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Obituaries - Pg. 14

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Omak Chronicle, Mar 26, 1943, Okanogan Co., Washington
Funeral services were held Tuesday, afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Presbyterian church for C.C. Parkman , pioneer resident who died Friday noon, March 19, after a brief heart ailment.
Services were conducted by the Rev. E.E. Juday, with the Pateros Grange undertaker in charge, and burial was made at Okanogan. Music selections were sung by Mr and Mrs Ralph Breshears, Mrs Marie Gillings and S.L. Lillywhite, with Clark Copple accompanying at the pipe organ. Pall bearers were Martin Miller, R.P. Foster, E.S. Murray, L. Blackwood, Frank R and B.E. Hendrick. Many beautiful floral offerings were brought by friends and relatives.
Charles Chester Parkman was born Jan 31, 1866 Philo, Illinois, where he spent his early life. He was a graduate architect of the University of Illinois, and designed many of the campus buildings there.
Later he moved to Crescent City, Illinois, where he operated a lumber yard and bank. Here he was married to Carrie R. Cast in 1898 [1899]. They came to Washington in 1903, moving onto the homestead near Omak in the spring of 1904, where he spent the rest of his life except for 12 years in California recently with his son, Warren.
Mr Parkman helped build a section of Okanogan Irrigation district canal in 1908, and helped build many of the school buildings and dwellings in this district, besides planting his orchard and building his home on the ranch.
He was a member of the Odd Fellow, Modern Woodmen, and Masonic lodges, and was also a member of the Pogue Prairie Grange, now the Pogue Flat Grange. Mrs Parkman preceded him in death 22 years ago [1921].
Surviving are three sons, Ralph of Beaumont, Texas; Warren of Omak; and Howard of Pittsburgh, Pa; one brother W.W. Parkman of Yuma, Arizona; and four grandchildren.
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Omak Chronicle Mar 1921, Okanogan Co., Washington
Mrs Carrie Rachel [Cast] Parkman - A few friend gathered Sunday, Mar 20, to say in looks and actions the last farewells to Mrs C C Parkman, who passed on March 18th. Her Associates of the country club aided all in their power to ease the troubles of her family. Mrs Foster, of Okanogan, conducted the services at the house and at the Okanogan cemetery. A short summary of her life was given before the earthly manifestation was started on its last journey.
Carrie R Cast was born at Crescent City, Iroquois Co., Illinois to the thrift and energy necessary to the foundation work of that section's now splendid achievements. She took her place in the county's religious work as she was able to see the light of guidance. To her keen regret she was never permitted the gratification of all the education she craved. But she has done well.
On December 27, 1899, she began the fuller activities of her life, when she was married to C.C. Parkman [Charles Chester, at Iroquois Co., Illinois].
A broader field of harvest for her worker spirit was opened up when in March 1904, she arrived in this country. Of her trials and privations here, only one mortal will ever know. All now have a chance to see what her courageous spirit has accomplished both physical and social uplift.
Her motto was, "Hustle While You Wait." Of he we can truly say she has fought the good fight, she did not finish the course she could see ahead, but henceforth, there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness.

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Omak Memorial Cemetery, Okanogan County, Washington
Parkman, Carrie R Sept 14, 1865 - March 18, 1921
Parkman, Charles C Jan 31, 1866 - March 19, 1943
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Descendants of Charles Chester Parkman 1866 - 1943 & Carrie Rachel Cast 1865 - 1921
1. Warren Paschael Parkman b. Sept 18, 1905 Illinois - d. October 12, 1973 Orange Co., California
2. Howard Calvin Parkman b. Jan 25, 1908 Washington - d. July 08, 1983 San Diego Co., California
3. Ralph S Parkman b. Nov 27, 1909 Washington - d. July 02, 1993 Houston, Harris Co., Texas
Submitted by: Cathie Grant

News-Gazette, Lloyd F. Curtis

St. Joseph - Lloyd F. Curtis, 53, rural St. Joseph, died at 9:10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 3, 1966) at Burnham City Hospital, Champaign.

Prayer services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Rantoul, with Rev. Green, Pastor, and Rev. James Kidd officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

He was born May 25, 1913 in Scott County, son of James F. and Jessie Curtis. He married Anna Mae Walsh on Nov. 13, 1948 at Rantoul.
(They really got married in Pocahontas, Randolph County, Arkansas.)

Surviving are his wife; his mother of Springfield; two sons, Ronald and John; and four daughters, Rebecca, Cheryl, Jean and Mary, all at home; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Meyer of Jacksonville, Mrs. Helen Arnold of Loami, and Mrs. Margaret Mitchell of Jacksonville; and three brothers, Dale of Mattoon, Donald of Lebanon, Mo., and Paul of Waukegan.

He was a member of the St. Joseph Baptist Mission, and was superintendent and deacon of the church. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and had worked for the Champaign County Feed Co. for 10 years. He was an Insurance salesman at the time of his death.

Submitted by: Cheryl Behrend


The News-Gazette April 11, 1973
Ronald Curtis
Ronald F. Curtis, 23, of 15 Maplewood, U, died Tuesday (April 10, 1973) at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. at Heath and Sons Funeral Chapel, with Minister E. Ed Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.
Mr. Curtis was born Aug. 23, 1949, at Paxton, a son of Lloyd and Anna Mae Walsh Curtis. He married Lynne Oetgen Jan. 20, 1973, at Sidney, who survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Anna Mae Robbins, Mace, Ind., a brother, John, at home; four sisters, Mrs. Becky Brown and Jean Curtis, both of 315 N. Orchard, U, Cheryl Curtis, 44 Cedric Dr. U, and Mary Lou Curtis, Tolono; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Elsie Walsh, Rantoul. His father preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Sidney Christian Church and a 1967 graduate of St. Joseph-Ogden High School. He had attended the Illinois Commercial College and for the past 2 1/2 years, had been employed as a foreman at the Capitol Record Co. of Champaign.
Submitted by: Cheryl Behrend

Appeared in the Ivesdale News dateline Aug.30,1912     
Nearly Forty Years Resident Of Ivesdale
Mrs. Patrick Doyle,for nearly forty years a resident of Ivesdale,died at the family home in the north side of the village at 1:30 Oclock Monday afternoon.She had been in poor health for two years but an attack of pneumonia was the direct cause of her death. The end was not unexpected and she was prepared fo the end by Father Smith before his departure that morning for the retreat at St. Bedes.
Bridget Dolan was born in County Leitrim Ireland , in 1839 . Father Smith was summoned from St. Bedes for the funeral which was held Wednesday morning . Mass was at 9 oclock at St. Josephs church Interment was made at the Catholic cementery.
Among those here to attend the funeral were Thomas Doyle and Miss Ava Mae Cleary of El Paso. Mr. and Mrs. John Gunning and Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Brya of Tolono and James Gunning of Decatur.                                                                      
Submitted by: Daniel Burke

Mr. John Strouss, a resident of Walnut, Bureau County, IL, passed away on April 27, 1933 at the age of 93. Mr. Strouss was a great traveler and very active and energetic until his last illness in March 1933.
He was born in Unionville, Beaver County, PA. In his youth, he lived on a farm near Champaign, IL. On November 14, 1867 he married Mary Addie Campbell of Fisher, IL. To this union were born 10 children. In 1894, the Strouss family moved to the north of Walnut on a farm near the Green River.
On August 15, 1861 when the call came for defenders of the Union, John Strouss answered the call as a volunteer. Although a resident of East Bend, he enlisted in Chicago in the 37th Regiment, Company G, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, also known as the "Fremont Rifles." The 37th Illinois Regiment participated in the battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove and the sieges of Vicksburg and Fort Blakeley. Additionally, the regiment was involved in numerous skirmishes while performing garrison duty in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas. It also served brief stints in Tennessee and Florida. The 37th Illinois traveled nearly 18,000 miles during the war, and served longer than any other infantry, cavalry or artillery unit from Illinois. He was honorably discharged on October 4, 1864. Today, along with other members of the 37th, his name is engraved on the Illinois State Memorial in the National Military Cemetary and battlefield at Vicksburg, MS.
Mr. Strouss was a member and faithful attendant of the Walnut Christian Church. His remains were laid to rest in the Walnut Cemetary.
Submitted by: Dennis Krebs

Leonard Jackson Gilliland the son of Leonard and Anna Strack(who was born in Saddoris, Champaign Co. Illinois.) Gilliland,was born on a farm near Humboldt Iowa. Following his eduction he worked on various farms in the area. He was employed as a construction worker, building the Highway 3 bridge and the Humboldt Hotel. On 2 November 1940 Leonard was united in marriage to Emma Dietrich. He served in the United States and in the European Theatre. Following his discharge he returned home, where he owned and operated the Humboldt Radiator Shop until 1958 when he returned to farming. He retired from farming in 1983, and became employed with Farmegg until 1997. Mrs Gillliland passed away in February of 2000. and he continued to maintain his home in Humboldt.

Mr Gilliland is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Frank Rathke of Humboldt, granddaughters Cynthia, Mindy, and Mellissa. His sisters Mrs Pearl Terwilliger, Mrs Jennie Blanchard. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Emma, Letha Vinsand and Minnie Sorensen. and a brother Carl. He died 26 September 2001 Fort Dodge Iowa

Burial Indian Mound Cemetery Humboldt Iowa

Submitted by: Shirley Vinsand

Mrs. Doyle, 72, Ivesdale, dies in hospital. Mrs. James Doyle, 72, longtime resident of Ivesdale, died at 3:55 am at Mercy Hospital in Urbana. She had been an invalid since 1937 when she suffered a stroke. Mrs. Doyle had been in the Hubert Nursing Home and was removed to the hospital on Monday. The body was taken to the Owens Funeral Home where friends and family may call after 7:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Mrs. Doyle was born Julia Falvey Jan. 9, 1880, she was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Falvey who lived in Chicago, she was the last member of her family. Her marriage to James Doyle took place Jan. 8, 1901. Mrs. Doyle leaves her husband and three daughters Mrs. Lorretta McDonough of Dowagiac, Mich., Mrs. Veronica Faloona, and Mrs. Marie Burke both of Chicago, four sons James Doyle of Champaign, Joseph Doyle of Champaign, Frank and Leo at home in Ivesdale. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Submitted by: Daniel Burke


J. W. Boyd Dead. End Came Yesterday Morning at 10:45 — Funeral to be Held Tuesday

James Walter Boyd, better known as Walter Boyd, died yesterday morning at 10:45 at his home, 707 West Springfield avenue. He had not enjoyed good health for over a year and for the past three months had been bedfast. For several weeks his condition was very critical and the announcement of his death caused but little surprise as almost everyone knew his disease would terminate fatally. Tuberculosos of the stomach and bowels caused his death.

Mr. Boyd was born at the corner of First Street and University Avenue in Champaign, July 15, 1890 and with his parents came to Urbana in 1881 and since that time had resided here. His father, the late John W. Boyd, died about a year ago. Besides a mother, Mr. Boyd is survived by three brothers and three sisters.

The deceased was a member of the Home Forum Safety Fund association carrying a policy of $2,000. He was also a member of Co. M. I. N. G. and at the last encampment held at Springfield was highly honored. Almost everyone in Urbana knew Walter Boyd and all who knew him liked him for he had a very pleasing way that made him agreeable. Since leaving school he has always been connected with one of Urbana's leading business houses and had been a clerk at C. F. Gensel's grocery from the time the store was started until he was compelled to give up his position on account of failing health.

The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First M. E. church, Rev. J. w. Miller having charge of the services. The service will be in charge of Company M and the deceased will be given the burial of a soldier. The Home Forum lodge will attend and will probably give their burial service at the church. The remains will find a last resting place at Mt. Hope cemetery.

Funeral of J. W. Boyd

The funeral of the late James Walter Boyd was held yesterday afternoon from the First M. E. church and was very largely attended. Many beautiful floral offerings covered the casket. The services were under the auspices of Co. M. I. N. G. and were conducted by Rev. J. W. Miller. The pall bearers were taken from the ranks of Co. M. Followed by a long procession of friends and relatives the remains were taken to their last resting place at Mt. Hope cemetery.

Submitted by Celia G. Snyder (this is not my relative and I have no further information)


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