Elmer A. Wedding Dies Suddenly Saturday Morning; Rites Monday

Funeral services for Elmer A. Wedding, 80, of Walnut, were held on Monday, September 10, at 2:00 p.m., from the Ross Funeral Home, with the Rev. James O. Davis, pastor of the Walnut United Methodist Church, officiating.

Organist was Mrs. Leon D. Andersen.

Casket attendants were E. A. Splain, George E. Gonigam, Milford Hoffman, Glenn R. Gonigam, Donald P Whitver, and Burke J. Livey.

Burial was in the Walnut Cemetery.

Elmer A. Wedding was born January 12, 1893 in Ottawa, Illinois, and passed away September 8, 1973. He spent his early years near Cherry, Illinois, where he lived with his parents, Charles and Rosa Cork Wedding, on a farm. He started country school there, and remembered seeing the men start digging the shaft for the Cherry Coal Mine. Later the family moved to a farm near Kasbeer, where he grew to manhood.
He ran a grocery wagon out of Kasbeer, collecting eggs and butter in exchange for groceries. He also recalled long hours picking and husking corn by hand as part-time help on several farms around Kasbeer.

He worked for the John Hensel family, and when they moved to Minnesota, he went with them, riding in the box-car with their stock. Later he left and attended the Minneapolis School of Business until he enlisted in the United States Army on June 23, 1918.

He served in France with Company F, 343rd Infantry, and was honorably discharged April 7, 1919.

He then came to Walnut and spent the remaining years of his life here, working for many years as an employee of the Gonigam, Bass, Hill Company.

On October 22, 1927 he married Caryl Meisenheimer. Two children were born to them; Eolyn Kay and Brent.

Elmer was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church, a member of the American Legion since 1920, a member of Walnut Lodge 722, A. F. & A. M., and served as secretary for 40 years; a member of Walnut Chapter 236 Royal Arch Masons, and a member of Orion Council No 8, Royal and Select Masters, Princeton. He had served on the Walnut Village Board.

He leaves his wife, Caryl; his children, Mrs. Robert L. (Eolyn Kay) Major, of Seattle, Washington, and Dr. Brent Wedding, of Corning, N. Y.; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, two sisters, and two brothers preceded him in death.

(newspaper unknown, probably the Walnut newspaper; date of death 8 Sep 1973, Walnut, Illinois, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)

Note: An interesting story about Elmer in World War I: Elmer was suffering from influenza and was sent home from Europe on a hospital ship. The flu was killing almost as many soldiers as the war. The ships doctor placed him in the hold with other soldiers that were not expected to live. They pinned a death certificate to his shirt. Elmer carried that death certificate with him until his real death in 1973)




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