Grant Leroy Dir was born in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, Ill., Aug. 4, 1868, passed away four miles north of New Bedford Feb. 8, 1941, at the age of 72 years, six months and two days. He was the son of William and Sarah Hackett Dir. He grew to manhood and assisted his father on the farm. Early in life he was converted to the Christian faith during the ministry of J. E. Pierce. He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen McDonald, Nov. 1, 1899. To this union were born five children. His wife passed away Jan. 28, 1909, leaving four small children. Under his tender care he kept them all together and made a home for them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and five sisters, one son, Wayne Leroy, died Oct. 13, 1926, and one daughter, who passed away in infancy. He leaves to mourn his passing, three sons, Leslie I., Glenn L. and Tracy F.; one grandson, Eugene, also one sister, Mrs. Sam Meek, Tampico; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The funeral was held at the New Bedford Church of Christ, Maynard Woudsma conducting, assisted by F. V. Kearns. The singing was by Lee Renner, accompanied by Mrs. Sylvia Lindgren. The pallbearers were James F. Johnson, Lowell Renner, M. M. Conkling, Fed Hansen, George Jacobsen and Cecil Neahring. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

(The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, February 14, 1941 - Friday, pg 7, submitted by Melva L. Taylor) 




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