Obituaries - F

Born: 5-9-2003
Died: 8-16-2003
Burial: Friday 8-22-2003 Sibley United Methodist Church; Rev. Diane Watson; Rev. Scott Henley; Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley, IL; pallbearers: Jay VanScoyoc; Curt Roberts
Born: 1894
Married: M. Christine
Died: 1957
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI
Died 8-5-1972
Gibson City - Zadie E. Farmer, 85, of Gibson City died at 1 a.m. Tuesday 4-20-1999 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.
Born: 1896
Died: 11-25-1934
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI Il. Pvt 318th Inf. 80th Div. MG Co; Serial # 3104326
Co F. 73rd Il Inf.
Henry Farris, b 12-25-1841, Strakholt in Province of Hanover, Germany died 2-9-1920. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Son of Christopher Stauffer Farris. Mr. Farris served in the Union Army in the Civil War. Stationed at Nashville, Tn., discharged on account of sickness. He first married Emma Follick. She died when their daughter, Annie was 18 months old. In 1876 he married Bertha Bonnen. Six children were born to this union - six survive including Annie E. Patton; Elizabeth Rosenau, Iowa; Ben Farris, Wilmont, MN; John H. Farris, Gibson City; Katherine Fisher, Foosland; Margaraet C. Farris and Richard Farris, both of Gibson City.
Born: 7-4-1921
Died: 10-2-1950
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII Sgt. 818 Tank Destroyer BN PH
Born: 7-2-1893 @ LaHogue, Il
Parents: George and Bertha Wilhelmine Schoenfeldt Fasking; step-mother: Henricke Busing Fasking
Married: Martha Bertha Marie Wilde
Died: 6-9-1968
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI Il. Pfc C. I 46th Inf.
Born: 6-12-1915 at Paxton
Parents: Carl and Clara Skog Skonberg.
Married: Joseph Fasulo, 11-16-1940; he is deceased
Siblings: Viola Skonberg , GA; Dorothy (Gene) Houston, Paxton; one sister and two brothers are deceased
Died: 10-14-2003 at Lisle, Il
Burial: later date
Born: 2-6-1836
Married: Lydia M.
Children: John Faught; Earl Faught
Died: 2-23-1913
Burial: Gibson City Cemetery
Notes: Civil War - PVT Co. G. 4 Ill Cav.
Born: 1893
Married: Elsie G.
Children: Jack; Laura m. Stevenson
Died: 1964
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI Pfc Co. C. 45th Inf.
Born: 1890
Parents: A. N. & Mary A. Russell Feek
Died: 1-13-1924 TB
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI 2nd Lt. M.D. 131st Hosp.
Died: 11-30-1924
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI Pvt Il. 47 Coast Art. Corps
Robert Scott Fentress, age 65 of Gibson City died at 8:31 a.m. 10-16-2001 at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday October 19, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. October 18 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Don Follick, Steve Follick, Aaron Nettleton, Brian Nettleton, Eric Nettleton and Justin Nettleton. Mr. Fentress was born 8-18-1936 at Kingswood, KY a son of Wayne S. and Geraldean Phelps Fentress. Survivors include five sons, Michael Fentress and Rick Fentress of Eau Claire, MI; Robert Fentress, Jr. of Eldorado and William Fentress of El Dardo; five daughters, Teri Fentress, Rita Fentress and Tammy Bardwell, all of St. Charles, MO, Sue (Don) Follick of Cooksville and Kitty Krause of Las Vegas, NV; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Jo Nettleton of Gibson City; two step-brothers, Rodney Reynolds of Hartford KY and Larry Reynolds of McHenry and one step-sister, Betty Givens of McHenry. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Fentress lived in Texas before moving to Gibson City 10 years ago. He was a paratrooper veteran of the Army. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.
Born: 10-6-1912
Parents: Agastino and Giovanna Ferri
Married: Mildred D. Schuette Peyton
Died: 1-2-1982
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII Tech 5 Army Btry G 50th FA BN; Wounded in Germany 1945
Gibson City, 2-10-1920...Henry Ferriss, aged 78 years, died at his home Monday evening (2-9-1920). He leaves one daughter by his first wife, Mrs. Anna Patton of Iowa and surviving with the second wife, who was Miss Betty Homer?, the following children: Mrs. Lizzie Rosoman of Iowa, Benjamin of Iowa, Margaret and Richard, both at home, and John who lives near Gibson City. The deceased was an old soldier, having fought in the Civil War, and was a member of the G.A.R. The funeral services will be held at 2:30, Rev. Rutland in charge.
(following taken from Drummer Twp Cemetery records - as entered)
Henry Farris, father
Born: 12-27-1841, Germany
Parents: s/o Christopher & J. Stauffer Farris
Married: Bertha Bonnen, 1872
Children: Benjamin; Richard; John; Elizabeth; Frank; Margaret; Kate; Anna; Harry ; and an infant
Died: 2-9-1920
Burial: Drummr Twp Cemetery
Notes: service: PVT Co F. 73rd Ill Inf. Civil War
Bertha Bonnen Farris, mother
Born: 1-12-1855
Parents: d/o Bonnie P. & Tillie Grote Bonnen
Died: 12-22-1907, age 51 years
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Born: 1913
Married: George William LeRoy Fields
Died: May 6 or 7, 2002
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
George William LeRoy Fields, age 91, of Lincoln died at 7:40 p.m. 1-17-2003 at Maple Ridge Nursing Home. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. January 25 at the W.W. White - Pettiford Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Shawn Denney officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Fields was born 6-28-1911 at Gibson City a son of Samuel Jackson and Mary E. Thomas Fields. He married Edna Veral Burton who preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Ann Abrahamser (Alfred) of San Francisco, Ca.; three sisters, Anna Jean Pettiford of Springfield, Ertha Mary Hubbard (Lyman L.) of Springfield and Barbara Haynes of Chicago; one grandchild, Michele Abrahamser; and two great- grandchildren, Neima Weigel and Christian Abrahamsen, all of San Francisco, Ca. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Fields was special education teacher in Elgin and Springfield. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Beta Chapter of Champaign Urbana, Mason Lone Star 18 in Champaign, Consistory 27 JHK in Omaha, NE, 5295 Imperial Counsel AFA Order of Nobles of Mistic Shrine North and South America and Jurisdiction, life member of DAV of Champaign City 8. (Abrahamser and Abrahamsen - spelled both ways in original obit.)
Born: 3-2-1930 at Champaign County
Parents: s/o August C. and Ella Mae Smith Fillenwarth.
Married: Annabell Pittman 6-4-1949 at Champaign
Died: 4-29-2002
Burial: Blue Ridge Cemetery, Mansfield; pallbearers: Brian Vetter; Todd Vetter; Tony Fillenwarth; Randy Fillenwarth; Dan Gady; Don Eckstein; Tony Eckstein
Notes: of Sibley, Ford County, IL
Born: 1908
Parents: Richard & Martina Jensen Finis
Married: Gladys Fields
Children: Sharon m. Jerry Decker - div
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII Pvt. 1340th Service Command
Gladys R. Finis of Gibson City died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday 2-20-2003 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Champaign. A private graveside service was Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Finis was born at Cissna Park, a daughter of Jacob E. and Onie E. Rigdon Fields. She married Corliss H. "Corky" Finis 6-17-1934 at Gibson City. He died 6-25-1987. Surviving are one daughter, Sharon (Bill) Koch, Champaign; and two grandsons, Chris Decker and Brian Decker. Her parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Finis had lived in Gibson City since 1932. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Lee Lowery American Legion Auxiliary, both in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Gibson City. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003
Ralph Bernard Finis, age 80 of Gibson City died Sunday 1-11-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the First Christian Church of Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City where military rites were conducted by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Pallbearers included Timothy Finis, Jeffrey Finis, Mitch Risinger, Wayne Hansen, Don Hansen and Gary Hansen. Mr. Finis was born 9-14-1917 at Gibson City a son of Richard and Martina Jensen Finis. He married Viola Hansen on 9-23-1938 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Viola Finis of Gibson City; two sons, Douglas (Carolyn) Finis of Bellflower and Michael Finis of Gibson City; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Mr. Finis lived in Gibson City for all of his life. A Navy veteran of WWII, he was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City. He was also a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City.
Born: 11-30-1913
Parents: Richard & Martina Jensen Finis
Married: 6-2-1935 to Catherine Jacobs Jardine
Died: 7-29-1966
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII Il. A.S. Navy Reserve
Born: 3-12-1911
Parents: George, Sr. and Kathryn H. Fisher
Died: 2-17-1949
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII Tech 5 757 Mil. Police BN
Born: 1889
Married: Ruth G. McClellan 1931 in Chicago
Died: 12-19-1954
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI R/2c USN USS Kentucky
Born: 9-2-1847
Married: Emily
Died: 1-24-1906
Burial: Gibson City Cemetery
Notes: Civil War - Pvt Co. A. 36 Ill. Inf
Landon J. Foster, 76, of Sibley, died Thursday 10-16-2003 at his home. Funeral services were Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. Bob Kinas officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mr. Foster was born 9-15-1927 at Chenoa, a son of Harold R. and Wilma Donnell Foster. He married Lois I. Gerling 5-15-1949 at Bloomington. She died 4-4-1999. Surviving are three sons, Steve (Nancy) Foster of Gibson City, Dale Foster of Juda, Wis. and Kevin (Tammy) Foster of Portage, Wis.; one daughter, Eileen (Randy Reynolds) Price of Colfax; 11 grandchildren; one sister, Jeannette McCabe of Ind.; and one brother, Donald Foster of Pontiac. His parents are deceased. Mr. Foster was a farmer and he worked at Hicks Rocket Supply in Roberts. He was a member of the Illinois Jersey Cattle Club, the Sibley Lions Club and St. John's Lutheran Church of Sibley. He was a Navy veteran of WWII.
Born: 1910 Websster City, Mo.
Parents: Charles & Mary Kerkeys Fox
Married: 4-18-19441 to Letha Clifton; 8-12-1944 to Jacqueline Ruth Grant
Children: Michael Fox; Eric Fox
Died: 3-1-1983
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII S/Sgt. Army
FOX, J. H.
Born: 9-16-1846
Died: 4-6-1916
Burial: Gibson City Cemetery
Notes: Civil War - Co. E. 101 Il. Vol. Inf.
Gibson City - W. Thomas Francis, 87, of Bloomington, formerly of Gibson City died at 9:46 a.m. Sunday 12-26-1999 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Born: 8-21-1898
Parents: John & Louise Frederking
Married: Bess S. Swanson
Children: George, Jr.
Married: Viola Snider Redmond
Children: step-son: Robert Redmond
Died: 10-24-1958
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWI Il. Pvt STU Army TNG Corp
The funeral of Oscar E. French, 82, of Colfax, formerly of Bloomington will be Sunday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax. The Rev. Mark Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He died Thursday 8-26-1999 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Bloomington. Mr. French was born 10-12-1916 in Hickman County, KY, the son of Henry Calvin French and Pincky Mae Wilmurth French Gardner. He married Odessa Norine Edwards on 12-5-1944 in Dayton, Ohio and she survives in Bloomington. Also surviving are four daughters, Glenda Schweitzer, Bloomington, Doris Cummings, Seattle, WA., Gina Mills, Orlando, Fla.; Brenda Scott, Rantoul; one son, Edwin French, Houston TX; one sister, Audrey Short, Overland, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His parents, one son, Clarence Ray French; one daughter, Joyce Evelyn French; two brothers, Joe and Ethel French; and one sister, Edna; preceded him in death. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. (this is the way the obit read?)
Stanley D. Frieburg, age 73 of Gibson City died Friday 9-19-1997 at his home in Gion City. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Chalmers Steinlicht, Keith Dohleman, Sherman Bowen, Ron Ferguson, Mykal Eastin and Steve Taylor. Mr. Frieburg was born 8-15-1924 at Gibson City, a son of Fred J. and Esther Woodburn Frieburg. He married Ellen Kiper 2-18-1948 at Springfield. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Frieburg of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Frieburg in 1993. Mr. Frieburg enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served in the South Pacific and was one of the first occupation troops in Japan. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion, both Gibson City. Joining the Local 841 Operating Engineers in 1949, Mr. Frieburg worked for Parro Construction and then for University Asphalt in Urbana from 1966 until his retirement in 1990. He continued working part-time for several years. He served as the president of the Drummer Twp Cemetery Board in Gibson City for the past six years. He built and owned the first do-it-yourself car wash in this area in 1962 and in 1967 he built the building where the Subway restaurant is located in Gibson City. Mr. Frieburg was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City since 1940.
Born: 5-21-1924
Parents: Louis H. & Fredericka Roth Friese
Married: Virginia Neuzel
Died: 4-6-1991
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery
Notes: WWII Sgt. US Army
Gibson Courier 5-14-1953 Theodore H. Frykman, 49, was found dead in his car Sunday several miles north west of here. Death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been in failing health for the past several years.
Born: 4-12-1904 at Sycamore, Ill
Parents: s/o Magnus and Amanda Olson Frykman
Died: prior to 5-14-1953
Burial: Gibson City Cemetery; pallbearers: Dr. T.Q. Swanson; Wallace Suter; Cecil Rider; Lyle V. Thompson; Glenn Helmick; Kermit Bedel
Notes: He was a Lutheran and never married
Died: 7-19-1903
Burial: Gibson City Cemetery
Notes: Civil War - Co. G 25th Ohio Inf.
Funeral services for Esther Fay Fuoss, 88, formerly of Piper City, were at 11 a.m. Monday at the Presbyterian Church, Piper City, the Rev. Isabelle Davis officiating. Burial was in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City handled arrangements. Mrs. Fuoss died at 2 a.m. Thursday 2-13-2003 at St. Aidans Place, Portland, Ore. She was born 10-16-1914 in Piper City, a daughter of William and Fay Hamilton Brown. She married Rance Guthrie. He preceded her in death. She later married Lloyd Fuoss. He also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Dennis Fuoss of LaJolla, Calif.; two grandsons, Bill and Tom Guthrie, both of Texas; one granddaughter, Nicole Fuoss of Oregon; and five great-granddaughters. Mrs. Fuoss was preceded in death by one son, James Guthrie; one brother, Russell Brown; and one sister, Frances Nicholls. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Piper City. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crossword puzzles and the community of Piper City. She graduated from Piper City High School. Memorials may be made to her church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Paxton Record 2-19-2003
Died: 3-26-1908
Burial: Gibson City Cemetery
Notes: Civil War - Co. C.I. Mo. Engrs.

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