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Obituaries & Death Notices

KERR, Margery Elizabeth Whitehouse

KEWANEE -- Margery Elizabeth Kerr, 95, of Springfield, formerly of Kewanee, died at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996, in Springfield.

Born Aug. 15, 1901, in Kewanee to Roland and Maude Haver Whitehouse, she married Roy H. Kerr Sr. on April 20, 1921. He died Oct. 29, 1984. Two infant sons and two brothers also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Roy H. Jr. of Springfield and Roland of Apache Junction, Ariz.; one sister, Mary Hawkes of Norman, Okla.; two brothers, Herbert Whitehouse of LaSalle and Sidney Whitehouse of Norman; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Kewanee and War Mothers of World War II.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Brian Giese will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Source: Peoria Journal Star, October 08, 1996, Page: D6

Contributed by Susie Martin-Rott

KING, Francis Livingston

Death of Francis L. King

On Wednesday evening May 6th 1908 at the midnight hour, occurred the death of Francis Livingston King, the father of Dwight King who resides in the north part of town. Mr. King had been confined to the house for some months past and his death was caused by old age infirmities. He has made Cambridge and vicinity his home for the past forty years and was well known by this community.

The deceased was born in the fall of 1831, at Boston, Massachusetts (sic), and is the last of a family of six children to be called by the Grim Reaper; at the age of 78 years. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Roby, of Ontario township, Knox County, Illinois, and to this union were born thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters of which seven are left to mourn the departure of their departed father. Mrs. King passed away several years ago.

Mr. King came to Andover some forty years ago and has resided in this community ever since. He became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Andover shortly after his arrival there and was always found at his post in whatever undertaking he decided upon. Thus one by one we are called upon to chronicle the departure of our old settlers. Short funeral services were held at the Angevine undertaking parlors on last Saturday morning conducted by Rev. Witter of the M. E. church, after which the remains were taken to Andover for interment. The pall bearers were: William Patton, H. J. Wiedenhoeft, Sidney Wilkinson, Geo. Cherry, S. E. Shumaker and William Cochren.

Source & Date Not known but from a Henry Co Newspaper

Submitted by: Jim McQueen

[NOTES: I have no explanation for the birthplace of Francis L. King given as Boston, Massachusetts in this Obituary. It is clear from other records he was born and baptized in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA]

KOMER, Peter

Peter Komer Dies Yesterday Afternoon

Aged German Farmer Passes Away at The Home of John Faber

At the advanced age of 83 years, 3 months and 3 days, Peter Komer died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, at the home of his brother-in-law, John Faber, five miles southwest of Kewanee. Death was due to infirmities of age. Mr. Komer has been gradually failing all spring and so his death came not altogether unexpectedly.

Lived With His Son

Mr. Komer was born in Lukenborg, Germania, and resided there until coming to America in 1885. After coming to this country he made his home with his son Mich, residing southwest of Kewanee. Four years later he accompanied his son to Minnesota where he resided until 1893, when he again returned to Kewanee and has since then resided at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Faber.

Ten Children Born

August fifth of last year his wife passed away. There were ten children in the family, seven of whom are living, being as follows: Peter and John, who reside in Germany; Mich of Minnesota, Matthew of South Dakota, Mary, now Mrs. Hinslow, also of South Dakota; Miss Maggie of Kewanee, and Kate, now Mrs. Hartville, of Rockford. The funeral service will be conducted Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the Church of the Visitation. The remains will be laid to rest in St. Mary's cemetery.

Source: Kewanee Daily Star, Kewanee, Illinois, Wednesday, June 22, 1904

Submitted by Mimi Stang. This is my husband's great, great grandfather.

[NOTES: The family name in America was Kommer, with two m's. Peter Kommer was born in Luxembourg where the name was actually "Kummer." The daughter Mary of South Dakota is Mrs. Hansler, not "Hinslow." Her husband was Joseph Hansler.]

KRAKLIOW, Mrs. Alice

The funeral for Mrs. Alice Krakliow, 49, of 3212 Ninth avenue, Rock Island, will be at 2 Monday afternoon in Fifteenth Avenue Christian church.

A resident of Rock Island the last 30 years, Mrs. Krakliow died at 7:30 last night in St. Anthony's hospital following an illness of the past week.

The Rev. J. C. Bloebaum, pastor of Fifteenth Avenue church, will officiate at the services. Friends may call at Hodgson funeral home, Rock Island, after 7 tonight and until 11 Monday morning when the body will be removed to the church. Burial will be in Rock Island Memorial Park cemetery.

Mrs. Krakliow was born June 11, 1902, at Atkinson. She attended school in Atkinson, and was married to Russell E. Krakliow July 16, 1922, in Boone, Ia.

Mrs. Krakliow was an active member of the Fifteenth Avenue church, and was a member of the Daughters of Grand Army of the Republic.

Surviving are the widower; a daughter, Mrs. Harvey Lammers of Moline; four sisters, Mrs. Maud Gotthardt of Cleveland, Ill, Mrs. Lydia Blankenfeld of Davenport, Mrs. Gladys Arnold of Atkinson and Mrs. Francis Sullivan of Galva; two brothers, Charles H. Steiner of Atkinson, and Carl Steiner of Geneseo, and two grandchildren.

Contributed by Sue Williams

[d. March 28, 1952]