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Minonk News Dispatch 16 December 1920
Romulus Dalley Dies
Word has been received here of the death at Washington, D.C. of Romulus Dalley, who formerly [illegible word] the Hotel Woodford in Minonk and at one time owned both this hotel and the Hotel Dasher. He was born in Quincy, Michigan, and in 1876 was married to Miss Jennie [illegible word]. Three children survive: H.B. Dalley, Clyde C. Dalley and Mrs. Allen Scott Wolfe, all of Washington.
The Metamora Herald
September 15, 1944
FRANK DANEKAS DIES AT WASHBURN, AGED 78
Chicago Tribune - 11 April 2003
William Harrison "Harry" Davison, 78 years, of Sandwich, IL, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona, IL.
Harry was born August 6, 1924 in Minonk , IL, the son of the late Lester S. and Doris, nee Kerrick Davison.
He served his country honorably with the U.S. Army-Air Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement in 1984 he was employed as a pilot for United Airlines. He was a member of the Retired United Pilots Association (RUPA). He was an avid golfer able to play the game from either side of the ball because of his being "ambidextrous".
He is survived by his wife Helen, nee Beyer Davison of Sandwich, IL; daughter Sue-Ellen Davison of LaSalle, IL and sister Betty (S.S.) Woods of Pensacola, FL. His parents and brother John Davison preceded him in death.
Visitation will take place on Monday, April 14, 2003 at the Burkhart Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold St. in Sandwich, IL from 2 to 5 p.m. at which time Pastor Jenny Weber will conduct a funeral service. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Davison Cemetery west of Minonk , IL.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.
Peoria Journal Star, 12 August 1997
MINONK -- Delmar W. Decker, 80, of 204 W. Fourth St. died at 7:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 14, 1916, in Minonk to Heinie and Margaret Redenius Decker, he married Margerine Rients on Feb. 18, 1939, in rural Flanagan. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Richard of rural Minonk; one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Janice) Rogers of Lexington; one brother, Wayne of Roanoke; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. One brother and one grandson preceded him in death.
He was a retired farmer and also worked for Petri Construction Co.
He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Craig Swenson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery.
Bloomington Pantagraph, 11 July 2006
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Wayne W. Decker, 83
of 105 Pleasant Street, Roanoke, died at 1:02 am on Tuesday,
November 21, 2006 at the Eureka Community Hospital.
He was born on June 4, 1923 in Minonk, IL to Heinie and Margaret Rodenius [Redenius] Decker. He married Lila Fischer on June 10, 1951 in Minonk, IL. She survives.
Also surviving are four daughters: Connie (Fred) Meyer of Eureka, Joyce (Joe) Fever of Oreana, IL, Jeanne (Dave) Daraban of Smithville, MO, Jayne (Mark) Frerichs of Roanoke; three sons, Ron Decker, Jim Decker, Tony (Lynn) Decker all of Roanoke; and seventeen grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one infant sister.
Wayne served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #463 in Roanoke. Wayne had served on the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department for a many years.
Wayne worked for Komatsu Dresser in Peoria for 24 years. He also owned and operated Decker Water Service in Roanoke for 20 years.
Wayne was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25. The Rev. Bruce Scarbeary will officiate. Burial will be in the Roanoke Township Cemetery.
Untitled newspaper clipping, 14 October,
MINONK -- The funeral for Annie B. DeFreese, 91, of 201 Locust St., Minonk, formerly of Benson, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Benson, with the Rev. Bill Hecht officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Benson. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home El Paso, is in charge of arrangements.
She died at 6:05 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12, 2001) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, R.R. Benson, IL 61516.
She was born March 3, 1911 at Roanoke, the daughter of Waite and Anna Hanson Flohr. She married Reinke DeFreese in 1927. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sisters, Bertha (Henry) Kalkwarf and Edith (Clarence) Obert, both of Minonk.
One brother and four sisters preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Benson. She was employed by the Minonk Garment Factory and also sorted corn for Pfister Hybrid Corn Co., El Paso.
Metamora Herald, 27 January 1956
Mrs. Louis deFreese, 49, Dies at her Home Near Benson Jan. 18.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann deFreese, 49, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday last week at her farm home near Benson.
The body was taken to the Tallyn-Folkers memorial home in Minonk and returned to the deFreese home, where visitation began at 2 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St Peter's Lutheran church west of Benson. The Rev. J. H. Prange officiated. Burial was in St Peter's cemetery.
Mrs. deFreese was born July 23, 1906 in Linn Township, a daughter of Waite and Ann Hansen Flohr. She was married to Louis deFreese April 7, 1926. She lived all her life in the Benson community.
She is survived by her husband, her mother, a daughter, Mrs. Leona Aeschliman, and two grandchildren, all of Benson, and six sisters, Mrs. Lena Baumann; Mrs. Anna deFreese and Mrs. Marie Wehking, all of Benson, Mrs. Margaret Ruestman of Minonk and Mrs. Edith Obert and Mrs. Bertha Kalkwarf, both of Flanagan.
Her father and brother preceded her in death.
She was a member of St Peter's Lutheran church.
From an untitled newspaper clipping hand dated 19 January, 1956.
Mrs. Louie deFreese, 49, Benson, Died Last Night; Rites Saturday
Mrs. Louie deFreese, 49, a lifelong resident of the Benson rural area, died at her farm home at 5:30 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday Jan. 18). She had been afflicted with a lingering illness.
The remains were taken to the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home. Friends may call at the residence after 2 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at St. Peter's Lutheran church in Linn township with the Rev John Prange, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with the pallbearers being Lester Tjaden, Edward Johnson, Louis Meinhold, Edward Eilts, William Oltman and Robert Harms.
Deceased was born Elizabeth Ann Flohr, in Linn township, on July 23, 1906. She was a daughter of Waite and Ann Hanson Flohr. She was united in marriage with Louie deFreese on April 7, 1926 at the Linn township church, and spent her entire life as a resident of the Benson community. She was a member of St Peter's Lutheran church in Linn township.
Surviving are her husband, Louie deFreese, and one daughter, Mrs. Leona Aeschliman, of Benson. She is also survived by six sisters and her mother, Mrs. Wait Flohr, and there are two grandchildren. Her father and a brother preceded her in death.
Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
Benson - Lena deFreese, 105, formerly of rural route Benson, died at 11:55 a.m. Sunday, September 17, 2006 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke where she was a resident.
Lena was born on June 9, 1901 in Roanoke, IL a daughter to John A. and Anna Gastman Woltzen. She married Harm deFreese on February 19, 1924 in Benson IL. He died on June 25, 1974.
Surviving is one daughter, Edna (John W.) Meils of Rutland; six grandchildren, Rene` (Duane) Dunham of Woodstock, GA; Craig deFreese of Orlando, FL; Scott (Janet) Meils of Toluca; Joe (Elaine) Meils of Conway Ark; Elaine Meils of Bloomington; Mollie (Steve) Mann of Benson; eight great grandchildren, Ted Dunham, Jordan Pohlman, Ashley Mann, Jessie Meils, Savannah Mann, Conner deFreese, Carrie deFreese, and Austin Mann.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Harold deFreese, three brothers, Albert, Ben and John Woltzen, three sisters, Fannie Woltzen, Anna Oltman, Mary Oltman, and two infant grandchildren.
Lena was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Benson where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Ladies Aid.
Lena enjoyed gardening, baking, quilting and crocheting. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all that knew her.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. The Rev. William Hecht will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:00 am on Thursday before the service. Burial will be at Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donorís choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnsonharris.com
From an untitled, undated newspaper clipping. He died in
Benson - Reinke F. de Freese, 68, a retired farmer of rural Benson, died at 9:45 a.m. yesterday at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St Peter's Lutheran Church near Benson, the Rev. Ervin Buhs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. tomorrow in Wilcox-Folkers Memorial Home, Benson.
He was born in Benson Nov. 23, 1901, a son of Reinke and Carrie Baker de Freese, and in Benson Jan. 2, 1929, married Annie Flohr.
Surviving are his widow; two brothers, Harm and Henry de Freese of Benson; and a sister, Mrs. Julius Folkerts of Minonk. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.
Mr. de Freese was a member of St Peter's Lutheran Church.
Untitled newspaper clipping, hand dated 2
Reinke De Freese, Sr., Benson Pioneer, Dies
Beloved Resident Passes Away at his Home, Saturday -- Funeral on Monday
With the passing of Reinke de Freese, Sr., on Saturday morning at 1:45 o'clock, the community of Benson has again lost one of its pioneer residents.
Mr. de Freese was born in Ochtelbur, East Frisia, Germany, on July 17, 1850. When he was about six years old his father died and a number of years later his mother, brothers and sister emigrated to America. This left the young boy in Germany without close relatives and it was but natural that he wished to join the family in their new home. When friends of the mother were going to come to America in 1866, Reinke was confirmed in his home church and immediately thereafter he came to join the family which was living on the farm north of Benson, now occupied by Harm de Freese. Here he lived until after the death of his mother.
In 1893, on August 22, he was united in marriage with Miss Hiskea Peters. The couple lived on the farm now occupied by their son, Louis, until the spring of 1926, when they moved to Benson.
This union was blessed with six children, who all mourn the loss of their father. They are Mrs. Marie Folkerts, Mrs. John Manninga, Harm, Reinke, Louis and Henry. He is also survived by his widow and four grandchildren.
Mr. de Freese always enjoyed good health until old age began to approach. During the past two or three years he lost strength and seldom left the house although really not sick until the last week of his life. During that week his strength failed rapidly and when pneumonia attacked him there was no hope for a prolonged life. He reached the age of 83 years, three months and 11 days.
Rev. O.H. Behrens officiated at the funeral services on Monday afternoon at St Peter's church of Benson, of which he was a member for many years. The following acted as pallbearers: Dick Gerdes, Frank Gommels, Wm. Mennen, Harm Tjaden, Ralph Oltman, E. A. Woltzen. Burial was in the church cemetery. Many from Minonk attended the funeral.
Untitled newspaper clipping, 22 February
John Delaney, 60, died at 5:40 p.m. Monday at St Joseph's hospital, in Bloomington, where he had been a patient for several weeks. The body was brought to the Otto-Vincent memorial home here pending funeral arrangements.
He was born in September, 1883, in county Mayo, Ireland, the son of James and Marie Murphy Delaney. He came to this community 42 years ago where he engaged in farming. He was a member of St Mary's Catholic church.
He is survived by four brothers, James, El Paso; William, California; Edward and David, in Ireland; a sister, Kathryn, Ireland; several nieces and nephews.
Peoria Journal Star, 7 December 1993
Kenneth E. DeWilde, 74, of 6932 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Roanoke, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1993, at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital.
Born March 4, 1919, in Peoria to Albert J. and Sena Woltzen DeWilde, he married Janet Reagan on Sept. 22, 1945, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. John (Ann DeWilde) Faccone of Tempe, Ariz, and one grandchild.
He was a World War II Army veteran.
He was a credit representative at a Phoenix newspaper for 22 years.
He was a member of Scottsdale United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Roanoke Township Cemetery. The Rev Larry Olson will officiate. There will be no visitation. The family will receive friends at Roanoke United Methodist Church following the service. Arrangements are by Remmert Funeral Home, Roanoke.
Memorials may be made to Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 4140 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251.
Peoria Journal Star 14 April 1995
BENSON -- Louis W. Dirks, 77, of 113 Reiter, Box 383, died at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 1995, at Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.
Born Nov. 28, 1917, in Secor to Fred and Mary Itzen Dirks, he married Vera Mae Koch on Jan. 21, 1955, in Benson. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Ray of El Paso; three grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Lester (Leona) Onnen of Benson.
He owned and operated a farm in rural El Paso for many years. He also was groundskeeper for St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Benson. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Benson, where services will be at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Joseph Bleakley will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Remmert Funeral Home in Roanoke, and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church, Benson Ambulance Service or Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home.
Metamora Herald 27 Jan 1933
Mrs. William Dirks, 79, of Secor, is Dead
Mrs. William Dirks, 79, died at St Francis hospital, Peoria, Wednesday morning. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Secor Lutheran church of which she was a member. The Rev. J. F. Schnack officiated and burial was in Secor cemetery.
Mrs. Dirks was born in Germany. Her husband preceded her in death two years ago. Surviving are two sons: Harm, Gilman; Fred, at home; and five daughters: Mrs. Daniey (should be Daniel) Igena, Ayr, N. D.; Mrs. Minnie Bents, Welcome, Minn.; Mrs. Harm Harms, and Mrs. Henry Seggerman, Toluca; and Mrs. Peter Buck, Benson. Three brothers, Harm and Henry Seggerman, Secor, and Dick Seggerman, of Granger, Ind., also survive.
No source for obituary.
Benson- Vera Mae Dirks,
76, formerly of Benson, passed away at 3:10 am on Wednesday Dec. 26,
2007 at Snyder Village Health Center in Metamora where she was a
No source for obituary.
Merlon G. Dornbush,
77, of 2912 CR 100N Road, Rutland, passed away at 1:19 a.m. Saturday
(July 19, 2008) at his residence.
No source for obituary 7 February 1944
Henry Dressler, 75, died at 7 p.m. Saturday at his home southwest of El Paso, from a stroke suffered two weeks ago. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
He was born Jan. 31, 1868, near Primaseno, Germany, son of Henry and Katherine Krummel Dressler. He came to America with his parents at the age of 4, coming to El Paso 49 years ago. He was married to Elizabeth Crusius in February, 1894. They had resided on the same farm about three and a half miles southwest of El Paso since.
Four children survive: Jacob H. and George of El Paso and twin daughters, Miss Edna at home, and Elsie Katherine, who died Sept. 15, 1912.
Three grandchildren, Eugene, Edson and Elsie Ann of El Paso and three brothers, Louis of Parma, Mo., Fred of Weldon and Theodore of Farmer City and one sister, Mrs. H.C. Peterson of Cedar Falls, Ia., also survive. Three sisters preceded him in death.
He was a member of Emanuel Evangelical church in El Paso.
Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Rev. Richard Olson will
officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation
will be on Monday from 5 to 8 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home,
No source for obituary.
The funeral service for Herman F. Durre, 81 of Minonk will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 28, 2002 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, with Military Services conducted by Minonk American Legion Post. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at the church. Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk.
Mr. Durre passed away 5:30 P.M. Monday, March 25, 2002 at
Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minonk where he had been a resident
for the past two years.
No source for obituary.
Robert R. "Bob" Durre,
85, Flanagan, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 17, 2009) at Good
Samaritan Home, Flanagan.
No source for obituary.
Larry W. Durst, 68, of
Cazenovia, passed away Friday February 8, 2008 at his residence.
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