Ford County, Illinois

Obituaries Ba-Bri

primary submitter: Gail Hahn Hutchcraft

 

BAILEY/BAILLIE

BAILEY, DAVID CHESTER

Born

12-17-1898

Died

10-16-1965

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1 Il. Pfc. 149th FA. Rainbow Div

BAILLIE, C. DUANE

C. Duane Baillie, 50, of rural Dewey, Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, 14, of Gibson City, and Lowell D. Davis, 62, of Strawn and formerly of Gibson City, all died instantly when the 1982 Enstrom helicopter, owned and piloted by Baillie, struck a fertilizer truck, flipped and smashed into the ground about 11 a.m. Monday 11-11-1996.

BAKEL

JERRY
The funeral of Jerry Lee Bakel, 33, of Sibley who died Tuesday 1-20-1981 was Saturday at Danforth-Sprau Funeral Home, Roberts, the Rev. Lynn Broughton officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Bakel was born 3-24-1947 in Mattoon, a son of Wilfred and Madeline Brendel Bakel. Surviving are his parents, Sibley; a sister, Linda Bradley, Sibley; and a brother, Orville Bakel, Wheeler, Mich.

BANE

GORDON W.

Born

1913

Parents

J. A. & Lou Whitaker Bane

Married

Zelma Lee Holler 10-15-1935 @ Bloomington, Il. McLean County

Children

Gordon, Jr.; Janet m. Bud Barnes; Shirley m. Benison; Carolyn; Patsy; Melody; Dixie; Barbara

Died

7-3-1966

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII

BARNES

ROSCOE M.
Roscoe M. Barnes, 38, died Tuesday, 12-21-1948, at his home in Rantoul. Death followed a heart attack while unloading building materials from his car. The body was sent to Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Services were held at Rantoul Methodist Church Friday. Further services were held at Sibley in the Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Detrick officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mr. Barnes was born 12-28-1909, son of Charles and Una Mae Barnes in Dix Twp near Elliott. Survivors are his wife, the former Mae Miller of Sibley; an 18-month-old son, Roscoe Morelan; three brothers, Glenn of Paxton, and Walter and Woodrow, both of near Gibson City; and one sister, Mrs. Glenn Rutledge of Rankin. He was preceded in death by an infant son. Since 1948 he worked as a civilian employee at Chanute Field, Rantoul.

BARNHART

WILLIAM L.

Born

3-17-1886 Nebraska

Married

Chloe D. McNabney Denne 9-15-1936 Champaign County

Died

5-6-1980, age 94

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1

BARR

RUBY B. (SWARM)

Ruby B. Barr, 69, Thomasboro, sister of a Gibson City woman, died Thursday 3-27-2003 at home. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church, Thomasboro, the Rev. Robert Mrosko officiating. Burial was in Beckman Cemetery, Thomasboro. Mrs. Barr was born 9-25-1933 in Gibson City, a daughter of Raymond L. and Agnes A. Nelson Swarm. She married Charles Barr 5-9-1952 in Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Mike Barr of Mahomet; two sisters, Edith Boggess of Versailles, Ky., and Grace Redmond of Gibson City; and two grandchildren. A son, a sister, and a grandson preceded her in death. Paxton Record 4-2-2003

BARROW

HAMILTON J.

Civil War - Co. C. State Trp. Mil.
John Kempshall Camp 1934 Sons of Confederate Veterans will have Memorial Day services April 24 at the Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. The services will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include a dedication ceremony at the grave of Mr. Hamilton Barrow, a Confederate Soldier. Mr. Barrow is the great-great-grandfather of Tom Barrow of Gibson City. A re-enactment ceremony will also be included in the services with seven participants taking part in this segment. Hamilton J. Barrow was featured in an article in a newspaper shortly before his 101st birthday, with the clipping furnished to the Courier by Ed Briggs, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. According to the article, Barrow was to celebrate his 101st birthday that `Dec 14 and was the oldest citizen of Ford County at that time. The article stated "This grand old man has had a colorful career. Shot through the head in '63 and piled up on the battlefield with the dead, retired from farming in '86 on account of poor health, Ham Barrow is still in the land of the living. He will celebrate his 101st birthday Saturday and friends will call to offer that congratulations to this ancient fighter for the Southern cause to which he dedicated his life in young manhood." He was born on a farm near Middleton, VA, 12-14-1839, a son of Frederick and arah Ann Barrow. He attended a country school about one mile from home and a school and church combined about three miles from home. He went for one term to school at Newton, Stephens City. He attended school only in the winter after the corn was husked. Most of the time, he had his father for a teacher. He assisted his father in his farming operations until the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the cause of the Confederacy and served in the State Troop Militia Co. C. After being placed on the pile for dead he was discovered by a woman and her daughter who resided near the lines. After noticing he was still alive, they took him to their home and cared for him until he was able for them to take him to his father's home in Winchester. This was in Feb. 1863. While recovering at his father's home he was taken prisoner and taken to Camp Chase, Ohio. After returning home he volunteered for service in Co. A. 11th VA Cavalry. While waiting for his uniform to be made and a wound to heal on his horse's leg, Lee surrendered and the war was over. He then continued to farm with his father until the latter sold out in 1867 and in September of that year moved his family to Illinois, first settling in Bloomington. Mr. Barrow and his father and older brothers came to Ford County and the father purchased the farm two miles east of what is now Gibson City. He hauled lumber from Paxton and built a house and had it ready for the rest of the family in the spring of 1868. Mr. Barrow married Susan Bradford on 3-27-1872 at Clarksburg, VA. And they went to housekeeping on his father's farm one and a half miles east of Gibson City. While operating this farm, he purchased 227 acres of land two miles northeast of Gibson City

BATSON

GUY L.

Born

7-28-1910

Married

Elizabeth Mae Bridgewater

Children

Donald; Lillian m. Godsey

Died

6-9-1987

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII Pfc. Army

BAUMAN

WINIFRED J.

Funeral services for Winifred J. Bauman were conducted Saturday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiated. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Bauman died Tuesday 1-11-2000 at Baptist Hospital, Louisville, KY.

BAYLOR

DENNIS

Born

4-17-1836

Married

Harriett

Died

2-27-1905

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.

Notes

Civil War PVT Co. K. 73rd Il. Inf.

BEACH

HARRY M.

Died

3-31-1945

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

CPL; WWII 12th Armored Tank BN - killed in action

BEASLEY

CASPER W.
The funeral of Casper W. Beasley, age 77 of Gibson City will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Dane Meuschke will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers include Robert Hanley, Kirk Rock, Dennis Kaeding, Larry Bleich, Roger Gerth, and Bob Goff. He died Sunday, 3-20-1994 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. He was born 9-22-1916 in Hillham, TN, a son of Alfred and Rhoda Talley Beasley, He married Barbara Prichard on 2-20-1942 in St. Charles, MO. She died 7-25-1992. Survivors include one son, Greg of Austin, TX; one daughter, Kay Reitz of Gibson City; two brothers, Arthur of Florida and Cecil of TN; two sisters, Effie Waddell of Celina, TN, and Velma Taylor of Glascow, KY; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers. Mr. Beasley was a brick mason for many years. He also worked at the Pillsbury Feed Mill in Roberts for 15 years. He was an Army veteran of WWII.

BEAVER

DARRICK

Fairbury - Darrick Lee Beaver, 31, of Kill Devil Hills, NC, ormerly of Mount Sidney, Va., and who grew up in Piper City, died Friday 3-7-2003 at a hospital in Chesapeake, Va.

Born

in Fairbury, Il - grew up in Piper City

Parents

 

Married

Lisa Redifer

Children

 

Siblings

 

Died

3-7-2003 Chesapeake, Va

Burial

Southern Shores Cemetery, Southern Shores, NC with full military honors

Notes

Paxton Record 3-12-2003

 

BECK

WILLIAM F.
William F. Beck, 64, of Lexington passed away Wednesday evening (4-30-1952) after an illness of two years. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Christian Church at Lexington. He was born in Duluth Minn. and was a former resident of Gibson City. He is survived by his wife, three children, Dale, Farrell, and June Stoutemoyer, all of Lexington, two brothers, John of Havre, Montana, who was unable to attend, George of Hemlock, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. Fred (Bertha) Stroh of this city. His father and mother, two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. and Mrs. George Beck and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Blunke of Hemlock Mich., Pete Anderson and daughter ElRosa of Alma, Mich., came from a distance to attend the funeral.
(notes from family file:
Name
William Frederick Beck

Born

12-13-1887 Duluth, MN.

Parents

Jacob B. and Emma Schoenfeldt Beck

Married

Ruby Jane Allison 1-21-1914 @ Bloomington, McLean County, Il

Died

4-30-1952 home in Lexington, Il

Burial

Lexington, Il.

BELL

JOHN B.

Died

5-23-1900

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.

Notes

LT. - Civil War Co. I. 25th Ind. Inf.

BENGE

FERNE L. (GOKEN)

Services for Ferne L. Benge, 88, of Gibson City, formerly of Weldon, were at 11 a.m. Monday at Trigg & Calvert Funeral Home, Weldon. Hugh Reynolds officiated. Burial was in Weldon Cemetery. Mrs. Benge died at 2 p.m. Wednesday 4-9-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 3-13-1915 in Weldon, a daughter of M.T. and Myrtle Ashton Goken. She married Rufus P. Benge on 2-6-1934 in Urbana. He died in 1966. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Benge of Gibson City and Jacqueline Franklin of Pekin; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Benge worked at the Deland-Weldon school system for 30 years. She was a Vanda Beauty counselor, member of Weldon United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the OES. Memorials may be made to Moyer District Library or First Christian Disciples of Christ Church, Gibson City. Paxton Record 4-16-2003

BENNETT

BARB HENRICKS
Barb Bennett, 57, of Thawville, band teacher at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Jr. High School, died at 10:33 a.m. Monday 12-8-2003 at home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Melvin, the Rev. Joel Catlin and the Rev. Donna Catlin officiating. Burial will be in Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery, Thawville. Mrs. Bennett was born 10-21-1946 at Champaign, a daughter of Firman and Ramona Chapman Henricks. She married Rodger Bennett 4-10-1971 in Cerro Gordo and he survives. Also surviving are one son, Jay Bennett of Champaign; her mother, Ramona Henricks of Cerro Gordo; one brother, Todd Henricks of Cerro Gordo, and one sister, Doreen Henricks of Avondale Estates, Ga. Her father, one brother and one sister are deceased. Mrs. Bennett was a member of the United Methodist Church, Melvin; American Legion Auxiliary Unit No 700 Thawville; Onarga Music Club and Macon County Salon No 568 of 8/40. She was a 1964 graduate of Cerro Gordo High School and a 1968 graduate of ISU with a degree in music. She began her teaching career in music in the Crescent City school system. She presently was the junior high band teacher at PBL and St. John's Lutheran Church in Buckley. She was a part-time music teacher at Nexus in Onarga.

BERGSTROM

HAMPTON G.

Born

9-7-1892

Parents

August & Anna Johnson Bergstrom

Married

Elise M. Christensen 10-18-1920

Children

Bernice M.(dec.) m. Roy West

Died

1985

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1 - Navy

BIERMAN

RAYMOND L.
Raymond L. Bierman, 76, of Gibson City died Sunday 8-13-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His graveside service will be Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Kathleen Riechmann officiating. There will be no visitation. He was born 8-14-1923 at Kankakee, the son of John and Ethel Spencer Bierman. Survivors include one son, Kerry (JoAnn) Bierman, Worthington, Ohio; one daughter, Paula (Dan) Estes, Cordova, TN.; one brother, Fred Heil of California; and four grandchildren. Mr. Bierman was a welder at Central Soya in Gibson City for 35 years, retiring in 1989. Mr. Bierman was a Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He received the Bronze Star for participation in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. He was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568; the Gibson City Masonic Lodge; and a civil defense volunteer in Gibson City.

BIGGER

 

JOHN J.

Died

5-11-1911

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City

Notes

Civil War Co. K. 8th Il. Inf.

TIMOTHY

Born

10-22-1880

Parents

J & J Bigger

Died

4-16-1947

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1 Sgt 325 MG BN 84 Div.

BIRKEY/BIRKY

BIRKEY, EARL

Gibson City - Earl Birkey, 81, of Gibson City died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday 5-8-1996 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana

BIRKY, LEWIS

Gibson City - Lewis Birky died 6-24-1999

BISHOP

 

ELSIE ANN BRADFORD

LEMUEL NEWTON

Mrs. Newton Bishop died yesterday at her home in Gibson City, following `a short illness of pneumonia. Deceased was 82 years old and had resided in that vicinity for many years. Before coming to Gibson City she resided in LeRoy. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Mrs. Ladelle Anderson of Oklahoma, Mrs. Cornielson of Loda, Mrs. Nannie Collins and Mrs. George Johnson of Indiana, Douglas Bishop of near Paxton, and Albert Bishop of Iowa. The funeral will be held Sunday.
Name
Lemuel Newton Bishop

Born

1-14-1825 Buck, Clark County, Ohio

Parents

John Bishop III and Nancy Welch Bishop

Married

7-8-1847 Clark County, Ohio to Elsie Ann Bradford

Died

2-9-1906, Ford County, Il

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery.


Name
Elsie Ann Bradford Newton

Born

2-21-1826, RI

Parents

unknown

Died

2-9-1906, Ford County, Il

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

BLEICH

KAREN M. (ULRICH)

Karen M. Bleich, 60, of rural Rankin, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday 4-12-2003 at Heartland Health Care of Paxton, where she had lived for three weeks after a long illness. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin. The Rev. Barbara Busboom officiated. Burial was in Rankin Union Cemetery. Mrs. Bleich was born 9-18-1942 in rural Clarence, a daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Tribbey Ulrich. She married Jerald (Jerry) Bleich on 2-18-1961 in Paxton. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Chris Bleich of rural Rankin; a daughter, Cathy Eighner of Cissna Park; four grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Ulrich of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister, Jean Lackey of Hoopeston. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Bleich attended rural Clarence schools and graduated from Paxton High School in 1960. She and her husband had farmed south of Rankin since 1961. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she served on several committees. She also was secretary-treasurer of the Women of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She was a member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Women's Committee and had served as an election judge. Paxton Record 4-16-2003

BLISSARD

EUNICE L. MARTENS

Funeral services for Eunice L. Blissard, who died 11-20-2003 were Monday morning at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. Bob Kinas officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Pallbearers were Neil Blissard, Bob Bollacker Jr., Jeff Sixt, Paul Blissard, Greg Tjarks and Kent Bielfeldt.

Born

2-14-1939 Bloomington, McLean County, Il

Parents

John H. and Hazel Koehler Martens

Married

Rowe M. Blissard 7-9-1960 Sibley, Ford County, Il

Died

11-20-2003 Gibson Area Hospital, following a heart attack

Burial

Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley, Ford County, Ill

BLUE

MARGARET A. (SPENCER) KOEHLER

Margaret A. Blue, Mesa AZ. a former Sibley School teacher

Born

7-29-1907 in Kansas City, KS

Parents

Ralph E. and Agnes E. Kirby Spencer

Married

Gus F. Koehler in 1933. He died in 1964

Clarence Blue 4-20-1973 in Rochester, Minn. He died in 1986.

Died

2-1-2003 at Odyssey Hospice, Mesa, AZ

Burial

private inurnment at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley, Il

Notes

Paxton Record 5-14-2003

BLUM

HILDA M. BRANZ
Hilda M. Blum, 82, died Saturday 2-10-1979 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex where she had lived eight years. Her funeral was Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home the Rev. James Bortell officiating; burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Pallbearers were V.B. Ernst, J.W. Swearingen, Geno Ferri, Robert Wissmiller, Melvin Wright, and Clarence Wurmnest. She was born 4-17-1896 in Wall Twp, a daughter of William and Annie Zander Branz. She married William Blum 2-15-1917 at Sibley; he died 12-16-1964. Surviving are a sister, Helen Unzicker, Gibson City; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers preceded her in death. She was a life-long resident of the Sibley-Guthrie-Gibson City area and a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church. She was a member of Gibson City American Legion Auxiliary and Guthrie Community Club.

BODE

ALBERT H.
Albert H. Bode, age 66 of Gibson City died Sunday 4-25-1993 at Indianapolis University Medical Center. His funeral will be Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with military rites accorded by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Pallbearers will include Mike Huppert, Dick Huppert, Jack Huppert, Ed Molck, Steve Bode and John Mangan. Mr. Bode was born 3-1-1927 in McLean, a son of John H. and Mabel I. Hilpert Bode. He married Loretta Endres on 2-3-1948 in Chatsworth and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, James E. of Bloomington; John C. of Champaign and Robert A. and Wayne L., both of Gibson City; three daughters, Marjorie A. Brown of Colorado Springs, CO.; Ellen S. Coons of Normal; and Irene A. Bode of Memphis, TN; two brothers, Henry of Champaign and Alvin of Lake Park, GA; three sisters, Edith Newman of Rossville and Esther Molck and Edna Huppert, both of Gibson City and 15 grandchildren. A son and his parents preceded him in death. Mr. Bode lived most of his life in Gibson City and worked for M.C. Slater, Inc. Granite City as a truck driver, retiring in 1981. He served in the US Army and was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City.

BOND/BONDS

 

 

 

GOLDIE

Paxton - Goldie Bond, 93, of Paxton died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday 3-26-1996 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

GRACE

Grace Bond, 92, of Gibson City, died at 10:40 p.m. Saturday 10-6-1984 at Gilman Nursing Home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. She was born 7-25-1892, in Dix Twp., a daughter of John and Ellen Brucker Bond. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Five sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

HELEN L.

Helen L. Bond, age 75 of Gibson City died at 10:35 p.m. Saturday, 12-26-1998 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 29 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Alfred Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Tracy Royal, Ryan Royal, Brad Tompkins, Jerry Tompkins, Hank Collins and Lilburn Blake. Mrs. Bond was born 1-27-1923 at Gibson City a daughter of George D. and Ruth Higgins Barr. She married Harold W. Bond on 8-6-1955 at Gibson City. Survivors include her husband, Harold W. Bond, of Gibson City; one daughter, Cathy Gray of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren and one brother, Charles Barr of Thomasboro. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Mrs. Bond lived in Gibson City all of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City and the Elliott AmVets Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Foundation.

BONDS, KADEN ROBERT

Kaden Robert Bonds of Gibson City was stillborn at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday 2-13-2001 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Peggy Richards will officiate. Memorials will be given to a charity of the family's choice. Kaden is survived by his parents, Shane Bonds and Misty Fry, both of Gibson City; two brothers, Cameron and Kole Bonds; paternal grandparents, Kathy Peterson and Robert Bonds, both of Rockford; maternal grandparents, Sherrill Garard of Gibson City and Mark Hobbs of Bellflower; maternal great-grandparents, Carol Nelson of Saybrook and Pete Nelson of Gibson City; and paternal great- ` grandfather Virgil Peterson, Rockford. He was preceded in death by his step-grandfather, John Garard and paternal great-grandparents.

BONNEN

MARY FRANCES

Mary Frances Bonnen, 85, of Piedmont, Okla. formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday 8-16-1994 at Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Bonnen was born 5-13-1909 at Garber, a daughter of William and Lydia Gerber Stolz. She married Charles E. Bonnen 2-20-1930. He died 4-2-1963. Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Givens, Piedmont, Okla.; and two grand- children. Six sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Bonnen moved to Piedmont from Gibson City in the late 1970's. She was a piano instructor in Gibson City, and a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, to which memorials may be made.

BOOG

AUGUST, JR.

August M. "Augie" Boog, Jr., age 68 of Crystal, Michigan, formerly of Paxton, died at 12:05 a.m. Friday 2-1-1991 at Carson City Hospital, Carson City, Michigan where he had been a patient for three days. His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton with the Revs. Gunard Heikkila and Robert Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the Schnepp Funeral Home, Crystal and from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton. He was born 1-9-1923 in rural Saybrook, a son of August L. and Elsie M. Bendler Boog. Surviving are one sister, Dorothy Kietzman of Paxton and one brother, Delmar of rural Melvin. Mr. Boog graduated from Bellflower High School in 1940. He retired from Northern Il. Gas Co. in Paxton 7-31-1980 after 28 years of employment. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Carson City and a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Buckley. At the time of his death, he was president of Crystal Lions Club. A hunting and fishing enthusiast, he moved to Crystal in August 1980. Memorials may be made to Crystal Lions Club, his church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

BORCHERS

ABBIE
(Gibson Courier Thursday 6-22-1950)
Funeral services for Abbie Borchers, 44, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Lamb Funeral Home, with Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil A. Borchers, born 2-9-1905 at Guthrie, Ill. He was married to Miss Wilma Jardine, 2-9-1927. He is survived by his wife, .........

EDNA C.

Edna C. Borchers, age 95 of Paxton, died at 4:51 p.m. Saturday 3-1-1997 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Her funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday March 5 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with the Reverend Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. There was no visitation. Pallbearers will include Donald Meyer, V.L. Fairfield, Charles Roby, John Brogan, Roy Lindholm and Ralph Borchers. Mrs. Borchers was born 11-28-1901 at Fredericksburg, Indiana, a daughter of Henry B. and Lovina Mathes Roby. She married Richard T. (Butch) Borchers on 7-4-1923 at Sibley. He preceded her in death on 11-25-1974. Survivors include one son, Warren Eugene Borchers and his wife, Erma, of Bloomington; one grandson, Dr. Stephen (Janet) Borchers of Roseville, California; one granddaughter, Lorita (Robert) Hallett of San Mateo, Ca and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Fern and Anna; five brothers, Frank, Charlie, Jim, Harry and John; and one daughter, Joanne who died 12-7-1943. Mrs. Borchers spent her childhood in Southern Indiana, moving to Prairie Home in Paxton and Sibley and Vicksburg and Marshall, Michigan before returning to Paxton in 1975. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Paxton, the local Senior Citizens of Paxton and the Ford County Historical Society. Active in community volunteering while she was a homemaker, Mrs. Borchers' life spanned the 20th century from riding the stagecoach in Southern Indiana to seeing men in space. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Paxton or to a charity of the donor's choice.

FREDERICK A.

Born

7-1-1902

Parents

Richard & Gretchen Roesch Borchers

Married

9-22-1942 to Gamalia W.

Died

4-133-1968

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII Mich. Tech 5 HQ Btry. 403 CA BN

LOUIS L.

The funeral of Louie L. Borchers, 71, who died Saturday 8-9-1980 of an apparent heart attack was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Hie Buhs, Martin Meyer, Louie Miller, Tony Heideman, Harold Miller and Kenneth Arnold. Mr. Borchers was born 2-20-1909 at Gibson City, a son of Richard and Gretchen Roesch Borchers. He married Lorene L. VanAntwerp 3-18-1933 at Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Richard, Edwardsville; and Russell, Gibson City; a daughter, Kathy Hillary, Downs; a sister, Freeda Bedel, Gibson City; a brother, Walter, Guthrie; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two sisters and two brothers. Mr. Borchers was a member of American Lutheran Church, Gibson City. He retired in July 1971, after 31 years of service with the Central Soya Co. Memorials may be made to the church or the Cardiac Care Unit of Gibson Community Hospital.

MYRTLE E.

Myrtle E. Borchers, 92, died at 2:15 p.m. yesterday 1-5-1985 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. She was born 7-20-1892, near Guthrie, a daughter of Christian and Katherine Schaefer Walters. She married Louis C. Borchers 2-24-1914, near Guthrie. He died 7-7-1979. Surviving are three sons, Ralph, Sibley; Orrell, Tucson, AZ; and Evan, Jonesboro, Ga.; two daughters, Frances O'neal, Gibson City and Helen Radzom, Kankakee; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Borchers was a lifetime Gibson City area resident. She was a member of Guthrie Community Club.

RALPH C.
Ralph C. Borchers, age 84, of Sibley died at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, 1-6-1999 at Olympia Fields Medical Center in Olympia Fields. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 11 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Al Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Gayle Glascock, Robert Glascock, Jeff McGuire, Dan McGuire, Dean Lindholm and Bill Anderson. Mr. Borchers was born 11-23-1914 at rural Melvin, a son of Louis C. and Myrtle E. Walters Borchers. He married Leona M. Conrad on 8-31-1940 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Leona M. Borchers of Sibley; two daughters, Sharalyn Borchers of Chicago and Marla Bodznick of South Glastsonbury, CT; one brother Evan Borchers of Jonesboro, Ga; one sister, Helen Radzom of Orangeburg, SC and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mr. Borchers lived in the Sibley and Gibson City areas for all of his life and graduated from Illinois State University at Normal. He was a farmer for many years. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, Mr. Borchers served on the Melvin-Sibley Board of Education. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or to an organization of the donor's choice.
ROSE WALTERS

Mrs. Rose Borchers, 86, a life-long resident of Gibson City - Sibley communities, died at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday (September 1965) at Gibson Community Hospital where she had been a patient for the past six weeks. Her funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Carl Grabemann officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Lamb Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Thursday and until noon Friday when she will be taken to the church. Mrs. Borchers was born 4-18-1879 in Sibley, the daughter of Chris and Maria Bastain Walters. She was married to Emil A. Borchers on 7-3-1897 in Sibley. He preceded here in death 7-27-1960. She is survived by three sons, August and Chris, both of Gibson City, and Richard of Marshall, Mich.; one daughter, Marie Nuss, of Paxton; seven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Borchers of Gibson City, Mrs. Ivan Brucker of Anchor and Mrs. Clarence Fickwiler of Melvin; two brothers, Chris and Homer Walters, both of Piper City; and a niece whom she raised in her home, Barbara Leonard (Hal) Day of Ft. Huemene, Ca. She was preceded in death by one son, one granddaughter, three sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the American Luthrean Church and the Ladies Aid Society.

WALTER M.

Born

8-21-1920

Parents

Richard & Gretchen Roesch Borchers

Died

12-16-1986

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII Pvt. Army Co. F. 117th Inf.

BORDERS

MARVIN

Marvin W. Borders, 84, of Gibson City died at 12:36 a.m. Saturday 1-19-2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Denny officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Gibson City, or Gibson City Telecare. Mr. Borders was born 7-19-1917 at Todd County, KY, the son of Jube Riley and Maud J. Kenner Borders. He married Lonnel Long on 10-27-1945 at Hopkinsville, KY. and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Jerry Borders, Sibley; and Danny (Debra) Borders, Gibson City; three daughters, Carolyn (Evan) Hish, Fairbury; Bonnie (Bob) Buhs, Gibson City; and Lori (David) Hallatt, Auburn; four sisters, Earlene Shelton and Jewl Griffin, both of Elkton, KY; and Shirley Millard, Auburnette, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Mr. Borders lived and farmed in Gibson City since 1951. He belonged to the First Baptist Church in Gibson City.

BOUGHAMER

JOSEPH

Born

9-15-1846 Carlisle, Pa

Died

4-18-1936

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Notes

Civil War Wolf's Co. 101 Pa. Inf.

BOWEN

IRENE

Irene Beck Bowen died 2-16-1975

BOWKER

MARY BATCHEIDER SPAULDING

Born

2-252-1829

Married

4-23-1855 to Rensseloer Bowker

Died

1-8-1876

Burial

first buried in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.

RENSSELOER

Mr. Bowker died at home of his daughter, Mrs. George Thackeray at Melvin, Il. and services were held there. He is buried beside his wife, a son and 2 grandchildren. He came as a pioneer to Ford County in 1868 and settled 2 miles south of Gibson City, now Green Farms.

Born

4-6-1829 Shefford, Shefford Co., Canada East

Parents

Cuhing & Abigal Rider Bowker

Married

4-23-1855 to Mary Batchelder Spaulding

Children

Albert Rensselaer Bowker b. 9-6-1859; Chellis Irwin Bowker b. 11-1-1860; Ella Spaulding Bowker b. 3-20-1863; Lucy Elvira Bowker b. 6-16-1864; Ernest S. Bowker b 7-12-1865; William Short Bowker b. 10-21-1866; Abby Spaulding Bowker b. 4-14-1869

Died

1-11-1914

Notes

occ: Contractor and builder

BOYD

WILLIAM J.

Born

1919

Married

Faye

Died

1981

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII Tec 5 Army

BRADD

CLIFFORD R.

Mansfield - Clifford R. Bradd, 89, of rural Mansfield, formerly of Gibson City and the Saybrook area, died at 1:15 a.m. yesterday 4-22-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex where he had been a resident for two years. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Samuel Simon officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. He was born 12-27-1900, in Gibson City, a son of James and Paulina Schuentz Bradd. He married Gladys L. Colvin 8-1-1922 in Gibson City. She died 1-9-1986. Surviving are six sons, Glenn, Bloomington; Gene, Cooksville; Earl, Saybrook; Robert, Clinton; Ernest, Vinton, Va.; and Marvin, Mansfield; two sisters, Grace Bradd and Dorothy Lovan, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. He had farmed in Gibson City, Saybrook and Mansfield for 52 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Bellflower Christian Church, Bellflower. Memorials may be made to his church or the Gibson Community Hopsital Annex.

GLADYS L. COLVIN

Gladys L. Bradd, 81, Mansfield, formerly of the Gibson City and Saybrook areas, died Thursday, 1-9-1986. Her funeral was Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Garth Lehman officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Bradd was born 7-23-1904 in Drummer Twp, a daughter of Ernest V. and Aggie F. Mains Colvin. She married Clifford R. Bradd 8-2-1922 at Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include six sons, Glenn, Bloomington; Gene, Cooksville; Earl R., Saybrook; Robert, Clinton; Ernest, Vinton, Va. and Marvin, Mansfield; three sisters, Grace Moody, Gibson City; Louisa Burns, Julesburg, Colo. and Bernice Anderson, Loveland, Colo; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death. She was a member of the Bellflower Christian Church, to which memorials may be made.

GRACE F.

Grace F. Bradd, 89, of Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of Gibson City, a retired Illinois State University and candy shop employee, died at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday 1-26-1993 at Millers Mary Manor Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Miss Bradd was born 12-2-1903 in Gibson City, a daughter of James W. and Paulina Schuentz Bradd. Survivors include one sister, Dorothy Lovan, Fort Wayne. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Miss Bradd, who had spent most of her life in Gibson City, moved to Normal in 1966 and worked in an ISU cafeteria and at a Fannie May candy shop. In 1986, she moved to Fort Wayne to be with her sister. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Normal. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

BRADFORD

JOHN (JACK)
John O. "Jack" Bradford, age 75, of Gibson City died at 10:10 a.m. Sunday 4-17-1994 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Phillip Curan officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m.Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Warren Birkey, Tom Eddleman, Dick Jardine, Steve Pacey, Rick Ertel and Tom Hunt. Mr. Bradford was born 8-25-1918 in Gibson City, the son of Keith and Mary Frances Turrell Bradford. He married Malinda J. Wiles on 11-1-1941 in Gibson City. She died 8-10-1991. Survivors include two sons, John Bradford of Houston Tx and Eric Bradford of Saybrook; one daughter, Jacqueline Dupuis of Naperville; a sister Ellen Gale of Glen Ellyn; and three grandsons, one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents. He lived in Gibson City for most of his life and worked for M & W Gear co., Gibson City as a mechanical engineer for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City and Gibson City Moose and Masonic Lodges. He also served as a Ford County Board member and was a Republican precint committeeman for Ford County. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the First Christian Church.
MALINDA J.

Malinda J. Bradford, 68, of Gibson City died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday 8-10-1991 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitaiton will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 8-13-1922 in Chenoa, a daughter of Elmer and Mary Hutson Wiles. She married John "Jack" Bradford on 11-1-1941 in Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, John, Houston, Texas and Eric, Saybrook; one daughter, Jacqueline Dupuis, Naperville; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother. A resident of the Gibson City area most of her life, Mrs. Bradford was a member of First Christian Church of Gibson City and Ladies of the Moose. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital, or a charity of the donor's choice.

BRADING

 

 

 

 

ALBERT J. D. "DUTCH"

Born

1-21-1894

Parents

Henry & Wilhelmina Struve Brading

Married

Mae M. Johnson

Died

5-9-1929

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1 HQ Co. 47th Art CAF

HENRY

Henry Brading, 72, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday (1941) at his home in Gibson City. He suffered a stroke a week ago. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gibson City Christian Church. The Rev. R.M. Luedde officiated. Burial was in Gibson City cemetery. Mr. Brading was born 12-28-1868 in the Province of Holstein, Germany, a son of John Detlaf and Anna Stroh Brading. He came to the United States when a young man. He married Miss Wilhelmina Struve on 5-21-1893 at LaHogue (Ford County), Il. The couple lived several years at Sibley and then moved to a farm near Anchor, Il. They came to Gibson City in June 1912. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Louella (Howard) Case of Gibson City, three sons, William E. and Marvin Brading of Gibson City, and Oliver Brading of Carlock, Il. Eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four sisters, Mary (John) Clausen of Anchor; Emma (Peter) Schroeder; Ella (Ed) Simpsen of Saybrook and Augusta (Cecil) Mott of Gibson City. A son and a daughter preceded him in death, Elsie and Albert.

MAE M. (JOHNSON)

The funeral of Mae M. Brading, age 97 of Gibson City was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City,with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Brading died at 4:03 a.m. Thursday 10-21-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Hme in Gibson City. She was born 5-1-1896 in Gibson City a daughter of John and Christine Mortensen Johnson. She married Albert "Dutch" Brading on 10-12-1927 in East St. Louis. He died 5-9-1929. Survivors include three nephews, John Burns and Jack Johnson of Gibson City; Richard Johnson of Rochester, Indiana and one niece Pat Miller of Gibson City, all of whom were reared by her. Other local survivors include seven nephews, Jene, Robert, Larry, David and Rod Johnson, all of Saybrook; and Jim Johnson of Bloomington and Ray Otto of Charlotte, NC and a niece, Ina Mae Wurzburger of Concord, Cal. She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. Pallbearers were Jack Johnson, Dick Johnson, Jim Miller, Kim Miller, Darrell Kroon and Jim Summers. Mrs. Brading was a member of the United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was...............

MARVIN

Marvin Brading, 33, died at 6 a.m. (1945) at Brokaw Hospital, Normal, Il. of a heart ailment. He had been in the hospital 19 days. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Christian Church with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Brading was born 8-29-1911, near Anchor, son of Henry and Wilhelmina Struve Brading. He married Miss Leota Brantley, 12-21-1930 at Kentland, Ind. They lived in Gibson City until one year ago when the moved to Atlanta, Il. He is survived by his wife and two children; Robert E. Lee and Ronald Dale; his mother, Gibson City; one sister, Mrs. Louella (Howard) Case; and two brothers, William of Gibson City and Oliver of Carlock, Il. His father and one brother preceded him in death.

WILHELMINA

Mrs. Wilhelmina (Struve) Brading, 78, of Gibson City, died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday (1953) in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Case. Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Born in Heide, Germany, (1875) a daughter of Detlof and Amelia Rothman Struve, Mrs. Brading came to the Sibley-Anchor community many years ago. She was married to Henry Brading on 5-21-1893, in LaHogue (Ford County) and the couple moved here in 1913. Mr. Brading died in 1941. Mrs. Brading leaves a daughter, Louella Case; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Claslin, Webster City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by four sons, Marvin, Oliver, Bill and Albert. Pallbearers were Carl Schoeder, John Schroeder, Henry Clausen, Ernest Schroeder, Earl Mott and Virgil Mott.

WILLIAM E.

Born

2-26-1895

Parents

Henry & Wilhelmina Struve Brading

Married

Lillian Rick

Died

10-4-1945

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1 - Il. CPL. 129 Inf. 33 Div. PH; Argonne Offensive - Sept to Nov 1918; Gassed 10-6-1918

BRADLEY

ZURA MAE
The funeral of Zura Mae Bradley, 92, formerly of Normal, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stubblefield Funeral Home, Normal. The Rev. James Bortell will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Bradley died at 4:07 p.m. Friday 8-20-1993 at LeRoy Manor Nursing Home. She was born 5-25-1901, in Elliott, the daughter of Ananias and Mary Russell Feek. She married Freeman Kenneth Bradley on 11-29-1928 in Jacksonville. He died 12-12-1978. Surviving are one daughter, Donna Frederick, North Madison, Ohio; three grand- children; and six great-grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. She graduated from Brown's Business College, Bloomington. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America No 637, the Richardson Rebekah Lodge of Normal and the Home Extension and was a volunteer member of the Brokaw Service League for 24 years. Memorials may be made to Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington or to Chaddock Boys School, Quincy.

BRADY

BERNADINE (WALL)

Bernadine W. Brady, 90, of Gibson City died at 5:40 a.m. Saturday 11-29-1997 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Brady was born 3-16-1907, at Arrowsmith, a daughter of James F. and Annie McNerney Wall. She married Leslie B. "Doc" Brady on 6-30-1928 at Oak Park. He died in 1978. Survivors include a daughter, Joan Hayes of Bristol, Ct.; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Mrs. Brady was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. She and her husband lived in the Chicago area from 1928 until they moved to Melvin in 1970. She lived in Melvin until 1976, then resided in Bloomington until she moved to Gibson City in 1992. She was known for her ability to make tea, cinnamon rolls and dinners.

BRANDT

 

EARL JACOB

Born

9-6-1919

Parents

Jacob H. & Anna Walters Brandt

Married

10-18-1947 to Marlie Martha

Children

son Merle Brandt

Died

6-26-1988

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII Tec. 5 Army

LOUIS H.

Born

1913

Parents

Henry & Anna Huisman Brandt

Married

8-9-1946 to Marguerite R. Taylor

Children

Howard; Patsy m. Bolds

Died

4-15-1981

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII Tec. 4 Co. F. 349th Inf.

MARGUERITE

The funeral of Marguerite I. Brandt, age 78, of Gibson City was held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibosn City, with the Reverend John McIntosh officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Richard Rosenbaum, Milton Pearson, Ernie Pearson and Steve Shaw. She died at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday 2-26-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Mrs. Brandt was born 5-12-1913 at Foosland, a daughter of George and Sarah Davis Taylor. She married Louis H. Brandt on 8-9-1946 at Decatur. He died 4-15-1981. Surviving are three sons, Robert Painter of Melvin; Darrell Painter of San Diego, Ca., and Howard Brandt of Gibson City; a daughter Patsy Bolds of Pekin; three brothers, Charles Taylor of Decatur; Roy Taylor of Heber Springs, Ark; and Wayne Taylor of Terre Haute, Indiana; three sisters, Berniece DeWitt and Nellie Marquis, both of Decatur and Helen Hardwick of Champaign; 15 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons and one daughter. She had been a resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life. Mrs. Brandt was employed by Gibson Community Hospital as a licensed practical nurse for 25 years. She attended the Gibson City Bible Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

BRANSON

CHARLES L.

Born

1901

Married

10-1-1928 to Ruth L. Lawson

Children

Jack; Barbara m. Ivan Sloat m. Roberts

Died

1982

Burial

Drummer Twp Cemetery

Notes

WWII

JACK L.
Jack L. Branson, 46, a lifetime resident of Gibson City, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, 8-3-1979, at Gibson Community Hospital Annex after a long illness. His funeral was 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, the Rev. Curtis Lindquist officiating. Burial was at Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darrell Kroon, Gil Jones, Dennis Higgins, Gene Preston, Don Rhodes and Herb Green. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Hawthorne and Jim Sommer. He was born 2-23-1933 at Gibson City, a son of Charles and Ruth Lawson Branson. He married Susie Aaron 6-30-1953, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are his father, Gibson City; two daughters, Jackie Naugle, Lincoln and Mrs. Kevin Harsha, Farmer City; a son, Jeff, at home; two grandchildren and one sister, Barbara Roberts, Aurora, Colo. He was preceded in death by his mother. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the church choir, and was a lay speaker of the church. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a veteran of the Korean War. For 15 years, he was employed by Northern Il Gas Co., Paxton. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church or to Ford County Cancer Society.

BRANTLEY

WALTER A.

Born

9-29-1887

Married

F. Marie

Died

10-23-1970

Burial

Gibson City Cemetery

Notes

WW1 Il. CPL. Army

BRANZ

HENRY J.

JOHN (JACK) H.

TWO SIBLEY BROTHERS PASS AWAY; DOUBLE FUNERAL HELD TUESDAY

Funeral services for Henry J. Branz, 66, Sibley, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Veterans Adm. Hospital at Dwight Friday 3-25-1960 were Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church at Sibley. Rev. George Freidinger officiated; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. An autopsy disclosed the Mr. Branz died of perforated ulcers, it was disclosed in a coroner's investigation. Mr. Branz, who lived alone, became seriously ill about 2 a.m. Friday , but could not seek aid because he did not have a telephone. Aid was summoned by a newsboy, Steve O'Neal, when he arrived at the home at 7:30 a.m. and Mr. Branz was taken to the Gibson Hospital at Gibson City. It was decided there that a specialist was required and Mr. Branz asked that he be taken to the hospital at Dwight. Mr. Branz was born 1-14-1894 at Sibley, a son of William and Anna Zanders Branz. He was married at Paxton to Helen Austman of Forrest, 2-2-1893. He had served as a janitor of the grade school for 26 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Sibley. The post will conduct services at the grave. Mr. Branz is survived by a brother, Jack, who is seriously ill at the Gibson Community Hospital; and two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Blum, Gibson City and Mrs. Helen Unzicker, Washington DC. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

John H. (Jack) Branz, 69, died at the Gibson Community Hospital Monday 3-28-1960; he had been a patient for 47 days. His 66 year old brother, Henry J. Branz died Friday afternoon. A double funeral was held Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley; the Rev. George Freidinger officiated and burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City. Mr. Branz was born 3-13-1891, near Chatsworth, a son of William and Anna Zander Branz. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lorene Miller, Oneco, Fl; two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Blum, Gibson City; Mrs. Helen Unzicker, Washinton DC and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. He was a lifelong resident of Sibley.

HILDA A. STEINLICHT

Mrs. George J. (Hilda A.) Branz 63, Sibley, died Saturday 11-14-1959 at her home. Funeral services were Tuesday at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, Rev. George Freidinger officiated; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. She was born 3-22-1896 at Anchor, a daughter of Emil and Paulina Rhode Steinlicht. She was married to George J. Branz 12-15-1915 at Sibley. She leaves her husband; one daughter, Mrs. George Hardesty, Sibley; four sons, Lyle E., Orvin H., Morton J. and Burl G., all of Sibley; six sisters, Mrs. Elsie Brandt, Gibson City; Mrs. Ida Eiben, Sibley; Mrs. Guy Brancato, Chicago; Mrs. Nelson Vogel, Manito; Mrs. Waldo Hurst, Orlando, FL; Mrs. Melvin Matson, Boston, Mass.; two brothers, Alfred, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and William, Hammond, Ind.; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor; and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley. She was a charter member of the Tabitha Society, the Mission Society, and the Burr Oak Home Economics Extension Unit.
WILLIAM
William Branz, 76, of Sibley, died Sunday at the Fairbury Hospital. The body was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Sibley with the Rev. Goez, pastor of the Lutheran Church officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Branz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Branz, was born 5-24-1879 in Livingston County. He married Miss Mary Zander, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zanders in Sibley, in 1898. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Blum of Sibley and Mrs. Helen Unzicker of Washington DC; two sons, Henry and John Branz of Sibley; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Fox of Kent.

BRESEE

CARYL STRAUSS

Caryl Strauss Bresee, age 97 of Champaign died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday 3-11-1997 at The Carle Arbours in Champaign. Private family services were held Friday March 14 with the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Mittendorf-Calvert Funeral Home in Champaign was in charge of the services. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at the funeral home. Mrs. Bresee was born 6-14-1899 in Gibson City a daughter of Bryson and Gertrude McClellan Strauss. She married John J. Bresee, who was an attorney in Champaign and former state's attorney. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Evan Strauss. Mrs. Bresee had been a resident of Carle Arbours for several years. She received her education at the University of Illinois where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She taught for many years at Hoopeston before moving to Champaign. She was active in RIO, DAR, Daughters of the American Colonists, The Champaign Historic Society and the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Bresee was also noted for her entertaining talks on hats. Her extensive collection of historic hats was donated recently to the University of Illinois School of Human and Community Development. She was a member of the University Presbyterian Church.

BRETHORST

BERTHA

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha "Betty" Brethorst, who died Wednesday (1971) will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Carmody Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Skillrud officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was a self-employed beauty operator. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was born in Sibley, (1887) a daughter of Deiterich and Ida Suntken Busing. She was married to Peter Brethorst in 1908 in Gibson City. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Anna Brucker of Gibson City; Mrs. Theda Gallagher of Cambria, Ca.; and Mrs. Sophia Fearon of Coalings, Ca. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and one brother. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary.

FERN (PING)

The funeral of Fern Brethorst, age 74 of rural Loda was conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Church. Mrs. Brethorst died at 1 p.m. Tuesday 9-25-1990 at her home. Pallbearers included Jason Brethorst, Terry Johnson, Don Brucker, Randy Johnson, Herbert Boehme and Norvin Martin. She was born 7-31-1916 at State Line City, Indiana, a daughter of Lester and Anna Long Ping. She married William A. Brethorst on 10-20-1935 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 10-8-1989. Survivors include one son, William of South Milwaukee; one daughter, Diana Rojas of Danville; one brother, Laurel Ping of Gibson City; two sisters, Pat Craft of Bloomington and Mary Alice Wallman of San Diego; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Brethorst was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

WILLIAM A.
William A. Brethorst, 77, of rural Loda died Sunday 10-8-1989 at the Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. Funeral services will be Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Brethorst was born 8-29-1912 at Anchor, a son of Lambert and Augusta Beecher Brethorst. He married Fern Ping on 10-20-1935 at Gibson City and she survives. Also surviving are a son, William L. Brethorst of South Milwaukee, Wis.; a daughter, Diana Rojas of Gibson City; a brother, Siept Brethorst of Bellflower; four sisters, Ida Pretzlaff, Minnie Huston, Margeret Harding and LaVerne Johnson, all of Gibson City; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by three sisters. Mr. Brethorst farmed near Loda for 23 years. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City. He served with the US Army during WWII.

BREWER

MABEL

Mable (sp?) B. Brewer, 69, a resident of Gibson City for 15 years, died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday, 3-8-1979 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen Brewer, Daryl Brewer, Gary Brewer, Robert Folkers, Steven Folkers, and Leonard Hasty. Mrs. Brewer was born 6-19-1909 at Dix, a daughter of Orley and Desi Bundy Self. She married Granville D. Brewer 11-22-1924 at Mount Carmel. He died 11-7-1977. Surviving are two daughters, Thelma Hasty, El Paso and Rosezetta Folkers, Cooksville; three sons, Harold and Raymond, both of Streator, and Thomas, Lacon; a sister, Clara Voles, Centralia; her father, Centralia; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her mother, four brothers, a son and two grandchildren preceded her in death. Mrs. Brewer was a member of First Christian Church of Gibson City. Memorial may be made to the church or to the Diabetes Foundation.

OPAL LOUISA (ADKINS)

Born

1-17-1914 in Danville

Parents

Edward and Mable Wheeler Adkins

Married

Richard Brewer 4-19-1939 in Danville. He died in 1992.

Died

5-1-2003 at Illinois Knights Templar Nursing Home, Paxton

Burial

graveside at Gordon Cemetery, Danville

Notes

Paxton Record 5-14-2003

BRIDGWATER

DOROTHY J. Dorothy Bridgwater, 58, Gibson City, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday 12-18-1983, in Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummr Twp Cemetery Gibson City. Mrs. Bridgwater was born 7-29-1925 in Gibson City, a daughter of Evan and Ethel Nelson Eminger. She married John Bridgwater 7-11-1942 in St. Charles, Mo. He survives. Others survivors include a son, Danny, Cedar City, Utah; a daughter, Rose Ann Moore, Melvin; and six grandchildren. Mrs. Bridgwater was a lifetime Gibson City resident. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the church, Gibson Community Hospital, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
JOHN T.
The funeral of John T. Bridgewater, 75, of Gibson City, will be Monday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate; burial with military rites will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. He died Tuesday 11-24-1998 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Mr. Bridgewater was born 6-18-1923 in McLean County, a son of Willie Ray and Mattie Sublett Bridgewater. He married Dorothy Eminger on 7-11-1942 at St. Charles, Mo. She died 12-18-1983. He later married Doris Rutledge on 9-8-1984. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Rose Ann (Ron) Moore, Sibley; one son, Jon (Nancy) Bridgewater, Glendora, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Nancy (Ronald) Hardesty, St. Peter, MN; and Janet (Robert) Davis, Gibson City; two sisters, Mabel Logsdon and Virginia Breeden, both of Gibson City; two half brothers, Jim Bridgewater San Bernardino Calif., and Charles Bridgewater, of Saybrook; four half sisters, Alice Ross, Hennet, Calif.; Betty Madden, Loda; Sandra Akin of Russellville, Ky.; and Ruby Davis, Gibson City; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one stepbrother. Mr. Bridgewater was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City; the Lee Lowery American Legion Post #568 in Gibson City; the Brotherton-Keller VFW in Gibson City; the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AM&AF. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a US Navy veteran of WWII 1942-44. Mr. Bridgewater farmed in the Gibson City area. He and Doris wintered in Arizona.

BRIGGS

GRACE

Grace Green Briggs, 94, of Grants Pass, Oregon, died Thursday, 9-17-1981 at Mariola Nursing Home. She was born 7-9-1887 in Gibson City, Ill., a daughter of Herbert and Amanda S. Green. She graduated from Gibson City High School and spent one year at Adrian College. She taught school one year. In 1907 she married Dr. F. Earle Briggs. He practiced in Ludlow and died in 1939. She moved to Santa Monica in 1942 and spent most of her adult life there. She moved to Grants Pass seven years ago. Mrs. Briggs was a member of the OES in Santa Monica for over 50 years. Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Male of Grants Pass, Wilma Pergande of Barstow, Calif., and Carol Berthelet of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a son, Raymond Briggs of Camarillo, Calif.; her sister Addie Burns of Banning, Calif.; a brother Raymond Green of Gibson City; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were at Lundberg's L.B. Hall Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Stanley Brown of the First Baptist Church officiating. Cremation was at Hillcrest Crematorium. Graveside services will be held in Gibson City Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Bortell will officiate. Donations in Mrs. Brigg's memory may be made to the Eastern Star home, in care of Lundgerg's

RICHARD A.

Richard A. Briggs, 69, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday (January 1950) at home. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 4-14-1863 at Buckhorn, son of Richard and Teresa Jean Morgan Briggs. He married Georgiana Chrisman, 5-22-1894 at Winchester. The couple lived at Chapten, Beverly......Barry, Jacksonville, Chicago and Gibson City for the past 14 years. He was retired. He was a one-time farmer. While in Chicago, he was plant engineer for Western Union. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Ina Fox of Gibson City, a son, E.A. Briggs of Des Plaines, Iowa; a sister Gertrude Scott of Catthage; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

BRINKMAN

JOHN H.
John H. Brinkman, age 76 of Fort Myers, FL, forrmerly of Loda, died Saturday 3-27-1993 at Coral Trace Manor Nursing Home in Cape Coral, Florida. His funeral will be conducted Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Philip Curran officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Military rites will be accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8:45 p.m. Mr. Brinkman was born 6-14-1916 in Gibson City, a son of John Henry and Sarah E. Haus Brinkman. Survivors include his wife, Leoma Brinkman of Fort Myers, FL; one daughter, Sally Jane Alt of Boise, Idaho; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Brinkman has resided in Florida since 1979. He was employed by the Chanute Air Force Base as a heating and cooling civil engineer until his retirement in 1973. He was a member of the Rantoul Masonic Lodge 470 AF & AM, the Araba Shrine, the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568, Elks Lodge and the Loyal Order of the Moose. Mr. Brinkman was a WWII Navy veteran. He was a member of First Congregational Community Church, Cape Coral, FL.