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Obituaries & Death Notices

AINLEY, Aaron T.

Aaron T. Ainley, 5, of 713 Henry died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 1994, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born July 29, 1988, in Kewanee to Phillip R. and Rose M. Hulslander Ainley. Surviving are his parents and three brothers, Erick, Brian and Joshua, of Kewanee; grandparents James and Lois Hulslander, and William and Gladys Ainley, all of Kewanee; and great-grandparents Thelma Hulslander, Louis and Jennie Golden, and William and Gladys Ainley, all of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by three great-grandfathers.

He attended Belle Alexander School. He was a member of Assembly of God Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to Henry-Stark Special Education or Belle Alexander School.

Source: Peoria Journal Star, May 14, 1994 p C8

ALLEN, Royce

Royce Allen died at his residence in Munson, on Sunday morning, February 18, 1880. He had been ailing for some months, failing gradually until at last quietly and peacefully his life passed away.

He was born in Camden, Oneida Co, NY in 1817 to Persons & Chloe Tuttle Allen; came to Peoria County, New York in 1843, in advance of his parents & sister Mary Allen Whipple, her husband Russell Whipple and their Children, Semantha Shoup, Sophie Whipple, Charles Allen Whipple & his wife Alice Flansburg, her sisters, brothers & parents, Edwin Robert Whipple, Mary, Lillian & Daisy Whipple, sister Permilia Chloe Allen & brother Andrew Tuttle Allen; was married to a daughter of Eli Wilson, Sarah Wilson in 1846; and settled in Henry Co in 1859.

Since that time his house has been a sort of central landmark in the town of Munson - a home of unostenation, but generous hospitality. Many, indeed, are they who have been welcomed by Mr & Mrs. Allen to their social board and family circle; and many were the acquaintanceships an friendships formed by our departed brother, furing his twenty-seven years residence in our county. This high esteem and warm personal friendship was well represented by the gathering at the funeral ceremonies, under circumstances of unusual difficulty. It was truly interesting to witness the grave and tender expression on the face of those who in the long procession took their last look on the sleeping form.

Royce Allen was a quiet, unassuming man, somewhat reticent, but of even and cheerful temperament. He was a man of active intellect, quite interested in his early life in scientific and physiological subjects, both a reader and thinker. More than this, his mind was ever open to the discovery of new truth and the highway of progress. Human rights were sacred in his sight and no sacrifice or labor were shunned by him in their defense. He believe in equality and liberty as the common God-given heritage of all, without regard to birth, or sex, or color.

He was also progressive in his religious views and spiritual development. Diligent and active in business, frank and generous in social life, faithful and true in the duties and responsibilities of a citizen, he was through all and above all an earnest seeker after spiritual knowledge and attainment. Casting aside many old dogmas, her rejoiced in new views of life, death, and the future. Broadly and cheerfully tolerant, he traversed all the walks of life, but held firmly to his bright and beautiful faith until his peaceful passage through the gate that leads to the summer land.

Many are the friends who will join in this tribute, and tenderly will they join in our expression of sympathy with the bereaved wife Sarah, and children, Maria Gifford, Maggie Lay, Julia Topping, Carrie Allen, Persius Wilson Allen, Royce Allen & wife Lena, & youngest daughter Sarah Allen. Doubtless they fell and mourn his loss, but rejoice in touching and tender memories of husband and father.

A plain man, but true and genuine, a man of character, his memory is a legacy to all who knew him. Especially may his example be strong in moulding the life and character of young men.

SOURCE: Not given DATE: FEB 19, 1880

SUBMITTER: Lynda Darby Ozinga

ALVERSON, Hulda Irene

Hulda Irene Alverson, 86, of Galva died at 4 pm on Saturday, Jan 25th at the Kewanee Convalescent Center.

She was born Sept. 6th, 1899 in Galva, a daughter of Andrew & Lisen Fahnstrom.

She was educated in the Galva schools and graduated from the Kewanee Business College. She worked 10 years at Hayes Pump and Planter Co, Galva, and 18 years for the Galva School District 224 in the cafeteria.

She was married to Roy Alverson on June 30th, 1921 in Greenville, Kentucky, he died Sept. 23th, 1961.

Survivors include one son, Willard, Galva and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

She was a member of War Mothers, Galva and Grace United Methodist Church, Galva.

Funeral services were tuesday, Jan 28th, at 3;30 pm at Johnson - Gill-Schuster chapel in Galva, with Rev Dan Wright officiating. Calling hours were Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in Galva Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist church.

Source: Galva News, Date: 29 January 1986

Submitted by: Susan Fahnstrom

ANSON, Esther E.

Funeral Services for Miss Esther Anson were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in chapel at Seifert and Smith funeral home.

Rev. Carl L. Olson, pastor of Zion Lutheran church, was in charge of the service. Bearers were Albin Eastlund, Roy Lyle, Clarence Peterson, Ernest W. Anderson, Clarence Faull and Louis Gunther. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Date: Monday 9 Feb. 1948

Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: I have no info on this lady..the funeral notice was on the same page as one of my relatives]

ATWELL, Clarence C.

Atkinson – Clarence C. Atwell, 56, electrician at the Midland Electric Coal Co., died in his home this morning after several months' illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2 Wednesday afternoon in the Congregational church with the Rev. I. W. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Liberty cemetery. The body will be taken to the church at 1 Wednesday afternoon. Vandemore funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Atwell was born June 23, 1889, in Cornwall township, son of the late Henry and Carolyn Atwell. He was reared and educated here and spent all his life in this community. He was married July 12, 1910, to Ida Mae VandeWostyne.

Mr. Atwell was a member of the Masonic lodge and the Congregational church.

Survivors include the widow; a son, Floyd Atwell of Geneseo, and another son, Elden Atwell of Atkinson, and a daughter, Mrs. Myrle Hornecker of Geneseo.

Masonic services will be conducted at the grave in Liberty cemetery.

Source and date not given, died May 13, 1946

Submitted by: Sue A. Williams

ATWELL, Edward James

ATKINSON – Edward James Atwell, 75, died at his home yesterday after a short illness. Services will be at the Vandemore Funeral Home at 2 Saturday afternoon with the Masons in charge, with the Rev. Kenwood Bryant assisting. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Atwell was born in Cornwall Township June 26, 1881, son of Henry and Caroline Dupree Atwell.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Atkinson Lodge 43, AF & AM.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Barney Charlet and Mrs. Levrette Noble, both of Cambridge; three brothers, Frank of Sterling, and Howard and Ben of Atkinson, and six nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clarence.

Pallbearers will be Ben Sleaford, Rollin Farnam, Abe Sleight, Bert Swanson, A. W. Carr and Joe Seaford.

Source and date not given (d. June 20, 1957)

SUBMITTER: Sue A. Williams