Petersburg Observer July 23, 1937

Former local man dies following long illness; burial to be here Friday morning.

Luther Custer, for many years a resident of this city, died at his home in Bloomington Tuesday afternoon July 20, at the age of sixty two years. Mr. Custer had been in declining health for several months, and his death was not unexpected.

Funeral services are to be held at the residence in Bloomington at 1:30 Thursday and the remains will come to Petersburg that afternoon via Alton railroad, and will be take to the Thompson & Harms Funeral Home, where services are to be held at 10:30 Friday morning, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mr Custer was the son of Christian and Hannah Custer and was born on December 11, 1874 at Tice Station, east of Petersburg. He grew to manhood in the community in which he was born and was married here to Gertrude Morris, who preceded him in death three years ago.

A number of years ago, Mr. Custer engaged in the grocery business in this city, in partnership with his brother-in-law, E E. Morris. About twenty five years ago, he sold his interest in the business to Mr. Morris and went of Bloomington where he spent the rest of his life.

One daughter, as well as his wife, preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter, Miss Lorraine at home, one sister, Mrs. John Turner of Tice, and two brothers, Charles F Custer of this city and Henry Custer of California. Another brother, Will Custer died a few years (sic 1 year) ago.

Submitted by: Denny Custer


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