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Obituary of Andrew KEHL, Jr., and Margaret Ellen KEHL (ROGERS), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Ancestor of Juli Claussen

Name of Deceased: KEHL, Andrew, Jr., and KEHL, Margaret (ROGERS)
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Excerpts from “In Memoriam” booklets of Andrew, Jr. and Margaret Ellen ROGERS KEHL
Ellen ROGERS KEHL was born March 23, 1864 and died April 22, 1926.
Andrew KEHL was born June 11, 1859 and died April 26, 1929.
Church services for Mr. and Mrs. KEHL were at Youngblood Baptist Church, Nortonville, Illinois.
Mrs. KEHL’S service:
Preacher Roy MARCH, with music “Shadows”, sung by Beulah MUTCH, accompanist Mabel WHITLOCK.
Floral tributes were received from the Nortonville community, Hillcrest community, Union Grove Church, her nieces Minnie, Lula, Bertha and Della nee ROGERS, and daughter Edith KEHL EDWARDS and family. Pall bearers were John COVEY, John KELLEY, Fletcher SEYMOUR, Edwin SOOY, Clinton STROWMATT, and Robert HENRY. Flower girls were Mabel JONES, Meda COX, Ethel O. JACKSON, and Francis HAWKINS.

Mr. KEHL’S service:
Preacher Leo CROSSMAN, with music “When I Come to the End of the Road”, sung by Beulah MUTCH, accompanist Elizibeth SEYMOUR. Floral tributes were received from the Nortonville community, N.F. EDWARDS and family, Minnie, Lula, Bertha and Della nee ROGERS, and daughter Edith KEHL EDWARDS and family. Pall bearers were Lionel SEYMOUR, Paul DODSON, Oral HENRY, Loyd SORRELS, Nelson COX, and Fletcher SEYMOUR. Flower girls were Mabel SEYMOUR, Meda COX, Blanche DODSON, and Vena SORRELS.
Burials were at Whitlock Cemetery.

Obituary of Fletcher Marvin KENNEDY, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: KENNEDY, Fletcher Marvin
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: November 29, 1899
Obituary: Fletcher M. KENNEDY Dies from Wounds Received While Hunting.
One of those innumerable accidents that have brought sorrow to so many homes, occurred near this city last Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., the victim being Fletcher M., the second child and only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. KENNEDY, of this city. In company with Eugene BLAIR, a neighbor companion, young KENNEDY had left home to hunt in the country south and east of town. All went well with the two boys until the hour above named, when they attempted to enter the road just south of where the old creamery used to stand, by going through a hedge fence. Both had just passed through the fence, when from some unknown cause, young Kennedy’s gun was discharged, the entire contents of the gun passing through the unfortunate boy’s right leg. For a moment young BLAIR was horrified, but quickly recovering himself hastened to the road and was fortunate in intercepting a buggy driven by W. E. ROUSEY, a school teacher at Prospect, who assisted the wounded boy into the buggy and brought him to the office of Dr. BARTO, in this city. An examination of the wound showed that the muscular portion of the leg and a large portion of the bone had been shot away by the discharge of the gun while a number of shots had lodged in the left leg near the groin. Amputation was found necessary and Drs. BARTO, HUGHES and HENDERSON performed the operation. Owing to the great loss of blood the unfortunate boy was very weak and his condition was considered serious. He was taken to his home, and was left in as comfortable a condition as possible. About four o’clock Sunday morning Fletcher showed symptoms of lockjaw, and medical aid was summoned, but dissolution had set in, and at 8 o’clock death followed.
Fletcher was a bright, vivacious boy of 14 years, and being the only son, was the pride of his parents and sisters, whose grief over his unfortunate ending can not be measured by words. His mother and two sisters had gone to Jacksonville that morning and were totally unprepared for the sad news upon their return in the evening.
The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at 2 p.m., Monday, conducted by the Rev. A. WILLARD, pastor.
The attendance was very large, the public school children attending in a body, he being a member of the school.
The ceremony at the cemetery was very impressive, and many floral tributes were placed on the grave by loving hands and sorrowing hearts.
The pall bearers were: Gene BLAIR, Leland WEMPLE, Jay WEMPLE, Frank TODD, Bert FARMER and Ned BROWN, all school mates of the deceased.
In this their great affliction, the parents and sisters have the sympathy of the entire community.
Fletcher Marvin KENNEDY was born south of Waverly, Ill., Aug. 28, 1885. When four years of age he with his parents moved to Sangamon county, where they lived seven years, moving to Waverly in August, 1896. Fletcher was the only son of Frank and Julia KENNEDY, in a family of nine children. This alone gave him a prominent place in their hopes and affections. But his kind and cheerful disposition, his honest and reliable principles, his obedient ways and affectionate disposition, proved him worthy of all the love they lavished upon him. He was very precious in the hearts of each sister. He has been a companion in all their sports and joys, a sharer in all their sorrows, and a helpmate in all their labors.
He loved them with a tender and fervent love,
An affection that was born from above;
He made many an hour sparkle with gladness,
In that home now filled with sadness.
He made friends among all classes and today, sympathy abounds in all hearts. His brief life of 14 years, 2 months and 28 days, came to a close Nov. 26, 1899, as the result of an accident.

Obituary of Margaret KENT (RAMSEY), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: KENT, Margaret (RAMSEY)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: October 12, 1901
Obituary: Margaret KENT, whose maiden name was Margaret RAMSEY, was born Feb. 14, 1830 in Harrison county, Ohio, and died after a year and a half of patient suffering, oct. 6, 1901, aged 71 years, 7 months and 22 days. She was third of a family of eight children. Four brothers; John, Kyle, M. K. and Geo. RAMSEY, all of Boone county, Iowa, survive her.
She was married to Enoch KENT April 11, 1848 at Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio. Two children were born to them; Emma, who died in 1895, and George R., who with her husband survives her. They moved from Ohio to Illinois in 1854, locating in Waverly in 1855, which place has been their home ever since, having lived together about fifty-three and one-half years.
She was a member of the Presbyterian church, and was a bright and winsome character, loving to hear scripture reading, song and prayer at her bedside. She was very fond of the old hymns, such as, “Rock of Ages,” “Jesus Lover of my Soul” and many other sung by the fathers many years ago. In her patience she had a strong desire to depart and be with Christ, “A friend who will never leave nor forsake me,” but the Lord’s way was best, and she could await his time, who one day later heard her prayer, “Oh, Lord take me, take me home.” Her last words were “Open the door.” Sunday morning her friends thought of her as a new spirit in heaven, glad and young and free, and overjoyed with the beauty and music of the Regions of the Redeemed.
Her many dear friends will cherish her acquaintance as a sunny spot in their memory. High praise of her character and usefulness is forbidden by her request for a simple funeral without eulogy. Rev. T. C. COFFEE, assisted by Rev. D. T. BLACK, officiated, using the words of her sister’s funeral text, “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.” She was laid to rest in the East Cemetery, where the grave as covered with beautiful floral tributes.

Obituary of Mary C. KIMBER (EVANS), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: KIMBER, Mary C. (EVANS)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: January 12, 1901
Obituary: Mary C. EVANS, as born at Carrollton, Ill. Dec. 23, 1832, and died at her home in Waverly Jan. 8, 1901, at the age of 68 years and 15 days. In he year 1856 she was united in marriage to A. L. KIMBER, of Virden, Ill., where they resided until their removal to Waverly soon afterward. Mrs. KIMBER was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church until after her marriage when she changed her church relationship to the M.E. church and continued a faithful member until Sept. 8, 1895, when she united with the Congregational church of this city and remained a consistent and faithful member until her death. She leaves to mourn her loss, four children: A. L. KIMBER, of Chicago; George L., of Waverly; Anna, of New York; and Mrs. F. R. SMEDLEY, of Springfield; two brothers and one sister: John EVANS, of St. Louis, W. EVANS of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Margaret HEATON, of Florida.
Mrs. KIMBER had been a resident of Waverly for many years and her husband who preceded her to his reward several years ago, was one of the pioneers of our city and was a very influential and much respected citizen. His wife, as well, was a woman of wide acquaintance and had found a host of friends among her neighbors and acquaintances in Waverly.
The funeral was held at the Congregational church yesterday morning conducted by the Rev. Bugbey, assisted by Rev. Geo. W. WHITE. A very impressive and appropriate sermon was delivered by Rev. BUGBEY from the text, “Because I live ye shall live also.” Interment was made in East cemetery.

Obituary of Fannie KIRBY (LEAK), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: KIRBY, Fannie (LEAK)
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Obituary: Fanny, youngest daughter of George and Jane LEAK, was born June 30th, 1831, in Duffield, Yorkshire, England. She was married to John KIRBY, December 23, 1850. Soon afterward they came to America and chose Illinois as the place to establish their home. In the year 1883 they settled in what, through the years since, has been known as “the KIRBY Home,” and from which both have been translated to the home beyond the stars; the husband, November 27, 1909, and his companion just as the pendulum of time marked the early hour of May 12, 1922.
There were born to this husband and wife two sons and four daughters, two of whom, Miss Anna on August 10, 1902, and Miss Emma, October 18, 1915, were also translated to the heavenly home. The sons, William and George, the other daughters, Miss Rachel, and Mrs. W. T. MULLIGAN, three grandchildren, Marjorie and Kirby MULLIGAN, are the living representatives of this home, who, with four nieces and eight nephews and a host of Christian friends, on this Mother’s Day pay tribute, just tribute, to the saintly woman and Mother, who having “served her generation by the will of God,” has gone to “join the choir invisible”, of those immortal dead who live again.”
Mrs. KIRBY, early in life recognized the claims of Christ and became an earnest follower of Him as Her Lord and Master. She united with the Methodist Episcopal church and was one of the charter members of the Durbin church. She expressed her Christianity by being a true wife, a kind and loving mother, a sincere friend, and by a life of earnest ministry in behalf of her loved ones, her neighbors and friends, and by thorough devotion to the work of the church as long as her health permitted.
Her last illness began the fifteenth of last March, yet during the long, weary days, and sleepless nights since, she was uncomplaining, retained consciousness, was cheerful, glad to see and talk with her friends, and asked them to meet her in her eternal home. As the things temporal receded things eternal seemed more real to her. She expressed an abiding faith in the verities of the gospel and rejoiced in a hope of a blessed immortality and “undimmed by sorrow and unhurt by time.”

Obituary of Rev. J. W. KETTLE, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: KETTLE, J. W., Rev.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
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Rev. J. W. KETTLE, well known central Illinois Methodist minister, died Saturday night at Passavant hospital in Jacksonville. He had been ill about two months. Mr. KETTLE’S last pastorate was at New Salem, but he was well known in Morgan county having been pastor, for several years, of Providence church near Franklin. His acquaintance was extended by his activity in fraternal orders, he being a Mason and Knight of Pythias.
Funeral services were held at Centenary M. E. church in Jacksonville Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. George L. LOSH of Beardstown officiating, assisted by Rev. F. M. RULE, of Jacksonville. Interment was in Providence cemetery at Franklin, the services at the grave being in charge of the Masonic lodge.
There was no “guess for her dying pillow.” She met her “Pilot face to face when she crossed the bar.”

Franklin Times, May 1922
Funeral services were held at Durbin church Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. J. W. KETTLE and Rev. F. M. RULE.
Interment was in Providence cemetery.

Obituary of John F. KOESTER, Sr., Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
Ancestor of Gladys Eichelberger

Name of Deceased: KOESTER, John F., Sr.
Name of Newspaper: Rushville Times
or The Illinoisian Star
Date of Obituary: January 29, 1936
Obituary: Article was found in the Jail Museum in Rushville
KOESTER, John F. Sr., well known farmer, died at 4:30 p.m. on January 21, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Shelton THORNTON, who lives on the KOESTER farm, three and one-half miles south of Beardstown on the upper Meredosia Road. The body was taken to the CLINE funeral home, prepared for burial and then returned to the THORNTON home until time for the funeral which was held on January 25.
He was the eldest son of the late John F. and Henrietta G. KOESTER and was born December 6, 1850, on a farm known as the DUNLAP FARM where the city of Jacksonville now stands. With his parents he moved to a farm later purchased by his father, four and one-half miles southeast of Beardstown. Here he grew to manhood.
On March 8, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Augusta J. MANN of Beardstown. to this union nine children were born: John F., Jr., and Miss Eleanor KOESTER of Browning; Mrs. Anna H. WERRIES of Joy Prairie; Mrs.Cornelia M. TUCKER, Mrs. Lena KOESTER and Mrs. Mary THORNTON, of Beardstown. Three children preceded him in death, Clara A., aged 2 years; George S. and Jones H. in infancy. His wife passed away November 21, 1898.
His entire life was spent in farming, excepting ten years, which he spent in mining coal near Chapin. For nineteen years he lived on a farm near Bluff Springs, then bought a farm known as the Hy HERDKAMP place to which he moved and where he was at the time of his passing.
In 1862 his father died leaving him and his mother to care for seven children. Early in life he united with the German M.E. church and remained a faithful member until it disbanded. He then, together with his daughter, Eleanor, on Palm Sunday in 1919, united with the First Evangelical Lutheran church of Beardstown and was still a member when death called him.
Besides his family he is survived by twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One sister, Annie PIEHLER, of Beardstown, one half-sister, Mrs. Emma PIEHLER, of Sterling, KS; one half-brother, Fred C. MINCKLE, of Beardstown.
Burial was made in the family lot of the city cemetery near Beardstown.