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Champaign County, Illinois

Obituaries - Pg. 1

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Sidney Times (IL) death notice 6 February 1914

John H. Buddemeier-successful farmer recently ( about a year ago) moved to Sidney. A good business man at the time of his death he was director of the State Bank of Sidney and a stockholder of the Sidney Grain Company. He died at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital, St. Louis, Jan 30, 1914.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church. His parents first settled in Cincinnati, Ohio then moved to Decatur Co., Indianna, and in 1880 ( John was 9 years old) to Sidney township. He studied in the Block School. His brothers were Sam and Henry. At his death he was board member of the Methodist Episcopal church, a member of the Masonic order and a Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star. He leaves a wife, one daughter, three brothers and five sisters.

Contributor Everett C. Block

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At the inquest held at Mittendorf chapel in connection with the death of Florence Loretta Cook (died 22 Apr 1926), the coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The verdict given is as follows: We, the jury found that Florence Loretta Cook came to her death as the result of a gunshot wound accidently inflicted by herself. We believe her death to be accidental. The eight witnesses who testified all stated that there was nothing in the actions of Miss Cook, that would lead one to believe she would take her own life. Funeral services for Florence Loretta Cook will be held at the Mittendord Chapel at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. S.E. Fisher, pastor of the University Place Christian church will officiate. Interment will be made a Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Linda Garrett


Graveside rites will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery for John D. Cook, 48, a native of Champaign, who died Thursday (May 8, 1958) at Wood River, where he had been living for three years. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Marks Funeral Home, Wood River. Rev. Manley Mace, pastor of the first Methodist Church, in Wood River, will officiate. Mr. Cook was born Oct. 2, 1909 in Champaign, son of William F. and Goldie Clary Cook. Before moving to Wood River, Mr. Cook had lived in Springfield. He is survived by a brother, William, Rosewood Heights, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph R. (Barbara) Powell, Hollister, Calif.

We had just moved to Hollister and my sister was still living in Wood River in our house which hadn't sold yet with her husband. My uncle John had come to live with them because of his health. My sister found him in bed the next morning, he had died in his sleep. She had to get the Hollister police to go to our house because we didn't have a phone yet. It is vivid in my memory, I was 8 years old.

Submitted by Linda Garrett

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Was stricken Tuesday Evening and Died Thursday Afternoon at O'Clock

It was with great surprise the public learned of the sudden serious illness and subsequent death of Alexander Funkhouse on last Thursday evening. While he had complained of not feeling well for a month or more, no alarm was felt as he kept continually at his work and bravely kept up his jovial spirit, notwithstanding the fact he felt very badly. On Tuesday afternoon he was up town. He went into a soda fountain and drank a cold drink. Returning to a bench on the sidewalk he sat down and at once collapsed. He was taken to his home and all that physicians and loving hands could do was employed, but to no avail. The cause of his death was (intussusception) commonly known as intestinal obstruction.

The funeral services were held from the Christian church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. J. Montgomery. The Treasury Lodge I.O.O.F., The Rebekahs, the local K. of P. Lodge and Urbana I.O.O.F. lodge were out in a body to pay their last respects to a departed brother who had been faithful to his trust.

It was one of the largest funerals held in the city. The church was filled to overflowing and a large crowd were unable to get into the church after the curch services three cars on the interurban were provided to convey the people to the Maplewood Cemetery, where the services of the orders were rendered at the grave.

Six sons of the deceased acted as active pall bearers.

Alexander Funkhouser was born near Greenburg, Ind., November 7, 1848. He came to Champaign county 57 years ago. He was married to Miss Addie James in 1875, who survives and to this union ten children were born, seven sons and three daughters all of whom survive, namely: Homer of Gerald; Otis of near Gifford; Edsel of near Urbana; Isaac, Clinton, Fred and Earl of Rantoul. Daughters: Mrs. Emergy Wright of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Louis Ledderboge of Bloomington and Mrs. Claud Sigler of Rantoul. One sister, Mrs. Sarah E. Lewis of Dawson, Iowa, and fifteen grandchildren.

Mr. Funkhouser was well known throughout the county. He had served his township as highway commissioner and held other positions of trust which he always filled with honor to himself and the people. He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father, and to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all he was a man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellow man, who *** into the dark places of life the *** the of human sympathy and human unhappiness is following the footsteps of his Master.

Submitted by Cathy Herpich

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