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Obituaries & Death Notices

DALY, Isaac G.

Isaac G. Daly, 86, of 290 Woodstock st., Crystal Lake, died Friday at the Villa Nursing Home following a lingering illness.

He was born April 8, 1876, in Annawan, Ill., the son of Thomas and Mathilda Means Daly. Formerly in the trucking business he retired some 15 years ago and moved from Chicago to Crystal Lake.

Survivors include the widow, Lura Smith Daly, to whom he was married Sept. 16, 1903; one daughter, Doris, at home; and one brother, George of Newton, Ia. For over 30 years he was a member of the Traffic Club of Chicago, and he was a past high priest of Royal Arch Masons.

Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Querhammer Funeral Home, the Rev. Stanley Schmidt of the First Congregational church officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery.

Source not given

Contributed by Gail Dreher

DAVIS, Clarissa Satterlee

Mrs. Clarissa Satterlee Davis died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Crain, just west of Geneseo, at 3:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, 1901, aged 80 years, 5 months and 2 days.

Clarissa Satterlee comes of an old and honored English family. She was born at Newport, N.Y., June 5, 1821, and married Nathaniel Davis at Newport in 1842. They came to Geneseo in 1871. Her husband died 8 years ago last June, and she has lived with her daughter ever since. There are two children, Mrs. Clara Crain, of Geneseo, and Thomas Davis, of Grinnell, Ia. The latter has been confined to his bed two years with creeping paralysis. To these are extended the warm sympathies of many friends.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Congregational church. The funeral was held at the church on Monday, Rev. Millard officiating.

A sweet and thoughtful token upon her bier were 80 roses, representing her age, from Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Hoit.

O.D. Kinney, a cousin and noted lawyer of Duluth, was with Mrs. Davis in her last moments.

She was a sweet, lovable lady, whose thoughts and deeds were conceived in kindness. After ascended to the topmost round of the Ladder of Life, she stept into her rest."

Source: Geneseo Newspaper, Date: 1901

Submitted by: Deborah Lacy

[4th great-grandaughter of Clarissa Satterlee and Nathaniel Davis. 1400 Bell Springs Rd. Dripping Springs, TX 78620]

DeBORD, Frank R


Frank R. DeBord, 80, a Kewanee Boiler Co. retiree living at 201 Washington Apartments, died early today, April 9, in Kewanee Public Hosptial.

He was born Aug. 25, 1899 in Sneedsville, Tenn. The son of William and LaVerne DeBord. He was reared and educated in Teneesee. He married Leoni Shorb on March 6, 1921 in Range, Okla. The Debords moved to Kewanee in 1923. Mrs. DeBord died in 1972. DeBord married Alice Dunlap on Feb. 4, 1977 in Kewanee. She survives, with two daughters. Mrs. Walter (Ida) Hadsall and Mrs. Clarence (Irene) Jones, both of Kewanee, a son, Harold of Emden: 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters, and a daughter.

DeBord was employed by Kewanee Boiler Co. for 25 years prior to retirement.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home. Rev. Donald K. Herrick pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation are 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church.

Source: Star Courier, Kewanee, Ill Wednesday, April 9, 1980

Contributor: Thelma Cooper

DeBORD, Homer

Homer DeBord, 79, of R. 1, Kewanee, died at 6:30 a.m.Saturday, June 9, 1973 in Kewanee Public Hospital.

He was born in Sneedsville, Tenn., Sept. 16, 1893, the son of William and Martha Day DeBord. He married Minnie Calcutt Oct. 8, 1912 in Kewanee.

Mr. DeBord was employed as a finisher at Kewanee Boiler Corp. before retiring. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. William (Eva) Bender, and Mrs. Eleanor Schaeck, both of Racine, Wis, Mrs. Peter (Darlene) Begyn, Mrs. Hayden (Dorothy) Bengston and Mrs. Kenneth (Doris) Porter, all of Kewanee; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Frank DeBord of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, his parents, five bothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Creamer Funeral Home. The Rev. L. R. Luttig of the Free Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call Monday 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Free Methodist Church of Kewanee.

Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Saturday, June 9, 1974

Contributor: Thelma Cooper

DeBORD, Leona Mae

Funeral services for Mrs. Leona Mae (Frank) DeBord, 70, of 618 E. Fifth st., Kewanee, will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday in Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home. Mrs. DeBord died at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, August 20, 1972, at Kewanee Public Hospital. The Rev. Robert Larson of the Evangelical Covenant Church will officiate. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. DeBord was born Aug. 3, 1902, in Range, Okla., the daughter of Herbert and Ethel Laurance Shorb. She married Frank DeBord on March 6, 1921 in Range, and they moved to Kewanee in 1923. Mrs. DeBord was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Chruch, the Mary Circle, and the Adult Sunday School Class. She is survived by the husband; two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Ida) Hadsall, and Mrs. Clarence (Irene) Jones, both of Kewanee; one son, Harold, Emden, Illinois: 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchilden: two sisters, Mrs. Harry Brown, Hardesty, Okla; and Mrs. Earl Love Pollette, Texas; one brother Glen Shorb of Hermosa, South Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, two brothers, and two sisters.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Monday, August 21, 1972

Contributor: Thelma Cooper

DeBORD, Minnie

Mrs. Homer (Minnie) DeBord, 79, of R. 1, Kewanee, died at Kewanee Public Hospital at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 1973.

She was born in Kewanee July 18, 1893, the daughter of William and Agnes Golden Calcutt. She married Homer DeBord Oct. 8, 1913 in Kewanee. Mrs. DeBord was a member of the Free Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband; five daughters, Mrs. William (Eva) Bender and Mrs. Eleanor Schaeck, both of Racine, Wis., Mrs. Peter (Darlene) Begyn, Mrs. Hayden (Dorothy) Bengston, Mrs. Kenneth (Doris) Porter, all of Kewanee; seven grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, William Calcutt of Lake Gem, Fla., and Hiram Calcutt of Orion; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Korsell of Upland, Calif., Mrs. Jeanette Winter of Anaheim, Calif., Mrs. Chester (Lillian) Buchanan of Kewanee, and Mrs. Evelyn Martin of Fort Myers, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, four sisters and a brother.

Mrs. DeBord was employed as a seamstress for the Boss Mfg. Co. for 29 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Creamer Funeral Home with the Rev. L. R. Luttig officiating.

Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Free Methodist Church.

Source: Kewanee Star-Courier, Thursday, May 17, 1973

Contributor: Thelma Cooper

DeBORD, William

William DeBord, son of James and Jane DeBord, died at his home early this morning after an illness which had lasted about five months. He had grown steadily worse during the last two weeks. He was 70 years old.

Mr. DeBord ws born in Sneedville, Tenn., Feb. 20 1858. He came to Kewanee from Oklahoma where he had been following the occupation of a farmer. He has not lived in Kewanee very long. For the past four years, however, he has made his home here. He was a member of the Baptist church. His wife and eight children, two daughters and six sons survive him. Three children have preceded him in death. Those surviving are: Mrs. Jane Mahon, Big Stone Gap, VA; and James DeBord of the same place; Jess, of Newport, Tenn., and Henry, Homer and Flem of Kewanee. Mr. DeBord also has two brothers living, Charles in Ottumwa, Ia., and Tom in Knoxville, Tenn., as well as a sister, Mrs. Eliza Sothern of Bull's Gap, Va.

The funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home, the Rev. Mr. E. A. Lower officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Star Courier, Friday, April 20, 1928

Contributor: Thelma Cooper


DECKER, Lydia Louise Flansburg

Lydia Louisa Decker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P .H. Anderson at Lovelock, Nevada, Saturday, February 8 at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 2 days. Lydia L. Flansburg, third daughter of William and Mary Follett Flansburg was born at Dunkirk, Chautauqua county, New York, April 6, 1851 and moved with her parents at the age of four years to Galva, Knox County, then Henry Co, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood.

On October 1, 1871 she was united in marriage to Charles H. Decker and to this union nine children were born, three of whom died in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death November 24, 1916. She leaves to mourn her departure her children, Charles O. Decker and Alice L Roberts of Washington; Frank J Decker of Valbrand, Saskatchewan, Canada, Eva M. Long of Springdale, Arkansas, Mary A. Anderson and Oscar L. Decker of Lovelock, Nevada; twenty-four grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. W. H. Emery of Washington, Kansas.

At the age of eighteen she united with the Baptist church but later joined the Christian church and has been a faithful member the past forty-one years. In 1885 she came to Washington county with her husband and family, where for thirty-seven years she resided on a farm near Hollenberg. In 1922 she moved to Plattsmouth, Nebr., and for the past three years she has been with her daughter, Mrs. P. H. Anderson at Lovelock, Nevada.

She was a devoted wife, a loving mother , always ready to help in sickness and trouble. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon, February 15 at two o'clock in the Christian church in this city with George M. Caughran of Morrowville officiating. The burial was in Washington City Cemetery.

Source: Washington County (Kansas) Register, February 21, 1930

Contributed by Lynda Darby Ozinga

DeSKEERE, Mable Huffman

KEWANEE -- Mabel DeSkeere, 96, of Morrison, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:57 a.m. Monday, April 19, 1999, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison.

Born Aug. 6, 1902, in Kewanee to Levi and Minnie Brazee Huffman, she married Albert DeSkeere in 1965. He died in 1979. She also was preceded in death by one son, William E. Otis in 1944, three brothers and three sisters. Surviving are two stepdaughters, Mrs. Albert (Mariellen) Davis of Kewanee and Barbara Steele of Taylor Ridge; one stepson, David DeSkeere of Richland Hills, Texas; one grandson; three reat-grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and 21 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She worked at many area restaurants and also worked at the cab company, Peoples Cleaners and the Walworth Co., retiring in 1965. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before services. Brian Giese will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the Whiting Home.

Source: Peoria Journal Star, April 21, 1999

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

DRAIN, Jane Lawry

Jane Lawry was born in Daty county, Ireland, in 1827, and died August 14,1909. She was united in marriage to Samuel Drain in 1851. The union was blessed by eleven children, six sons and five daughters. They came to the United States in 1851, locating near Philadelphia, Pa., afterward moved to Henry Co., Illinois. In 1886 the family moved to Ruskin, Nuckolls Co., Nebraska where they lived happily until two years ago when Father Samuel Drain was called to rest.

Mother Drain made her home with her son Hugh until about three weeks before her death she went to visit her daughter, Mrs. Clabaugh, and there died.

Mrs. Drain in early life united with the Presbyterian church. She leaves to mourn her departure four sons and four daughters, two sons and one daughter having preceded her in death.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. McVey in the Presbyterian church, after which her body was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the cemetery south of Ruskin.

The family extend their thanks to the kind friends and neighbors for their words and deeds during the sickness and death.

Source not provided

Contributed by Pauline [Drury] Phelps

[maiden name also found as Lowry]


Atkinson, Ill., July 26 (1940) -- (Argus News Service) -- Mrs. Dora Dupree of Atkinson died suddenly this morning in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. And Mrs. Howard Butterfield of Chicago, with whom she had been visiting since July 2.

Mrs. Dupree was born in Atkinson and had spent most of her life in and near here. Her husband preceded her in death many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Butterfield of Chicago and Mrs. Minnie Parr of Wendell, Idaho; two sons, Harry of Atkinson and Walter of Geneseo, and four sisters, Mesdames Lottie Steiner and Mabel Fulton, both of Atkinson, Ollie Tomlinson of Geneseo and Anna Cuniff of Rock Falls, Ill.

Mrs. Dupree of Atkinson Taken

She Lived Entire Life in This Community; Four Children Are Survivors

Atkinson, July 26 (1940) -- Mrs. Dora Dupree, 75, widow of a former railroad section foreman and a life resident of this community, died this morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Butterfield in Chicago. Funeral services are being planned today and it is expected that they will be held in Atkinson.

Mrs. Dupree was born in Atkinson and was reared in this community. Her husband was killed in an accident on the railroad several years ago. She is survived by four children, Minnie Parr of Wendell, Id., Nellie Butterfield of Chicago, Harry Dupree of Atkinson and Walter Dupree of Geneseo. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Lottie Steiner and Mrs. Mabel Fulton of Atkinson, Mrs. Olle Tomlinson of Geneseo and Mrs. Anna Cuniss (should be Cuniff) of Rock Falls.

Contributed by Sue Williams

DUPREE, George W.

Mr. Geo. W. Dupree, a former resident in this vicinity and well known to our people, met with a fatal accident at Joliet Monday evening, June 21. While occupied in his duties as a brakeman on the Rock Island R.R., Mr. Dupree lost his life. It is supposed that in adjusting the couplings of the cars of a freight train, he lost his balance and fell beneath them. Several cars passed over him, cutting him in two and otherwise mangling his body.

He was brought to Atkinson for burial. The funeral services were held in the Cong'l church and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. B. Johnston. A large number of sympathizing friends attended the service and followed the corpse to Grandview cemetery, the place of burial, among whom were relatives and friends from Blue Island.

Mr. Dupree was born in Norwich, Chenango county, New York, May 4, 1862. He was married thirteen years ago to Dora Yarger, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Hugh Yarger of Atkinson. For some years they lived in the vicinity of Atkinson. About two years since they removed to Blue Island which was their home at the time of Mr. Dupree's death.

Among the friends of Mr. Dupree remaining to mourn his loss are his widow, Mrs. Dora Dupree, his four children, three sisters, and his aged father, Henry F. Dupree. Mr. Dupree senior, is about 85 years of age. He has made his home with his son and will feel the loss deeply. He is an aged veteran of the revolution of 1848 in Germany.

The loss of Mr. Dupree in the prime of his life is a great blow to his wife and little ones. The social family circle bound together by love is apparently broken. But the husband and father still lives in the heart's affection of wife, children, father and sisters.

There's a vacant place in the home to-day; a place none other can fill And our hearts full sore, look up to pray; our Father in Heaven we bow to thy will.

Contributed by Sue Williams

[he d. June 21, 1897]

DUPREE, George Walter


ATKINSON -- A 69-year-old Geneseo man, George Walter Dupree, was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car mishap on Williams St. here last night, apparently as the result of a heart attack.

Henry County Coroner Ralph Cole of Kewanee said no inquest is planned.

Dupree, who had resided at 118 North Vale in Geneseo, was en route to the home of a sister, Mrs. Nellie Kruger here, when he apparently was stricken. The auto, westbound on Williams St., veered off the road and struck a utility pole. The pole was broken in two upon impact.

The mishap occurred within three houses of the Kruger residence, where Mrs. Dupree was visiting while her husband was attending a meeting of the Atkinson Masonic Lodge.

Mr. And Mrs. Don Enyeart, who reside in the neighborhood of the Kruger home, and Ralph Buysse were the first to reach the scene. They immediately called for a local physician and the local fire department resuscitator.

Dupree was pronounced dead by the physician, however, before the resuscitator could be used.

Mrs. Dupree first learned of her husband's death when she and Mrs. Kruger, noticing the flashing light from the fire truck, walked the short distance to the scene to find out what had happened.

Services Friday

Services for Mr. Dupree will be at 1:30 Friday afternoon in the Wright Funeral Home here with the Rev. Robert L. Frank, pastor of the Atkinson Congregational Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Reynolds Cemetery. Masonic services are planned at 8 tomorrow night at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Mr. Dupree was born in Blue Island, the son of George William and Dora Yager (should be Yarger) Dupree. He married the former Mary Burns, April 2, 1927, in Rock Island.

He was a retired clerk of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.

In addition to the widow and the sister, Mrs. Kruger, Mr. Dupree is survived by a brother, Harry of Geneseo.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Contributed by Sue Williams

(note he d. Aug. 16, 1966)

DUPREE, Harry Franklin

GENESEO -- Harry F. Dupree, 92, of 126 N. Vail St., Geneseo, died Thursday at home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wright Funeral Home, Geneseo. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Atkinson. Memorials may be made to the family.

Mr. Dupree was born in Rock Island. He married Lillian Eaton in 1912 in Wendell, Idaho.

He retired as a self-employed carpenter and had been employed 20 years at Midland Electric Coal Co., Atkinson. He was a member of American Association of Retired Persons.

Survivors include the widow; daughters Norma Henander and Alice Schultz, and a son, George, all of Geneseo, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Sue Williams

[note he d. April 25, 1985]

DUPREE, Lillian Eaton "Dolly"

Lillian "Dolly" Dupree, 93, of 126 N. Vail, Geneseo, died today at home. Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Wright Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Burial is in Grandview Cemetery, Atkinson.

Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Geneseo.

Lillian Eaton was born Feb. 21, 1894 in Iowa Falls, Iowa. She married Harry F. Dupree Aug. 14, 1912 in Wendell, Idaho. He died April 25, 1985.

She was a member of the church.

Survivors include a son, George W., Geneseo; daughters, Norma Henander and Alice Schultz, both of Geneseo; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Contributed by Sue Williams

[she d. 12-11-1987]

DUTRO, Lydia Calista Woodward

Mrs. Lydia Clista (sic) Dutro, 75, died at her home, 517 East Eighth street shortly before noon today after an illness with infirmities due to advanced age.

Mrs Dutro was born July 4, 1854. She married James Dutro and he preceded her in death. She had made her home here for the past seven years. She was a member of the United Brethren church.

Surviving are the following children; Samuel, Arthur of Idaho, Clarence Elmer of Eldon, Ia; Martin Ulysses and Mrs. G. L. Zirkle, both of Muscatine, Mrs. T.C. Hanson of Marengo, Ia, and James K. Dutro of Muscatine. Two brothers, Richard Woodward of Ohio (sic) and Frank Atkinson (sic) of Muscatine, also survive.

The body is at the Fairbanks Home for Funerals and announcement of services will be made later.

Source; Muscatine Journal, Muscatine IA 27 Mar 1930

[Note: numerous errors in this obit; first was her name which was Calista. 2nd error was listing her brother Richard as a resident of Ohio--Richard lived in Kewanee, but was visiting his daughter Annie in OH at the time of his sister's death. Third, her brother Frank's last name was WOODWARD and he lived IN Atkinson, IL.]

Mrs. Lydia Clista (sic) Dutro

Funeral services for Mrs. Lydia Clisita (sic) Dutro, who died at her home 517 East Eighth street Thursday, will be conducted at the United Brethren church tonight at 7:30 by the Rev. Ira Hawley. The services are scheduled late because the body will be shipped to Brooklyn, Ia. for burial early Saturday morning.

A brother, Frank Woodward of Muscatine (sic-of Atkinson IL) and a daughter, Mrs. Lomax Chapman of Muscatine, survive in addition to those mentioned Thursday.

Source: Muscatine Journal, Muscatine IA, 28 Mar 1930

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

[Note: The second time they got Frank's name right but he didn't live in Muscatine, but in Atkinson IL. This is the sister of Franklin Storr Woodward and Richard Woodward (see obits under "W") It took many years to track her down (died in Muscatine IA-ironically my place of birth). Franklin's name and residence get totally botched in these announcements. They never did get it quite right. While neither item mentions Henry County, Lydia was born in IL and resided in both Bureau and Henry Co IL. She married in Henry Co IL to James S. Dutro. Additionally, the obituary states she was buried in Brooklyn IA. This is true, but later she and her husband were moved to Muscatine Memorial Park, Muscatine Iowa, where several of their children and their spouses are buried.]