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Obituary of Betty L. (ROBERTS) YOSWIG in October 2002.
Spouse: Robert W. Yoswig (married in 1960 in Springfield)
Parents: Ansel and Nettie (Ulrich) Roberts
Date of Birth: 31 May 1930
Age: 72
County of Birth: Lawrence
Date of Death: Thursday, 31 Oct 2002
City and County of Death: Springfield
Place of Interment: Camp Butler National Cemetery
Date of Newspaper: Unknown
Name of Newspaper: Unknown

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Carrie A. (LEDEKER) HALE in January 1993.
Spouse: Mr. Hale
Parents: Edward and Wilhelmina (Ulrich) Ledeker
Date of Birth: 3 Jan 1898
Age: 95
County of Birth: Richland
Date of Death: Monday, 4 Jan 1993
City and County of Death: Davenport,
Place of Interment: Olney Cemetery, Olney, IL
Date of Newspaper: 5 Jan 1993
Name of Newspaper: The Rock Island Argus

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary/Biography of Edward Francis LEDEKER.
   Edward Francis Ledeker, the son of Chris and Kathryn Ledeker was born July 15, 1858 in Richland County. After having reached the age of 87 years 8 months and 5 days he was called to his heavenly home March 20, 1946. He passed away just 14 weeks after his loving companion entered her home. 

   He spent his entire life in Richland County except for the past two years which he spent in Sumner, Illinois where he silently slipped away into eternity to await the arrival of his loved ones. 

   In his youth he became a member of the Evangelical Church in West Salem. He was united in marriage to Wilhelmina Ulrich on April 27, 1882. This home was blessed with twelve children, six sons and six daughters all of whom are still living except Homer who preceded him in death November 21, 1902. He leaves to mourn his departed, the eleven children namely, Albert of Olney, Louie of Peoria, Herman of Sumner, Herman of Sumner, Mrs. Bertha Ramsey to Sumner, Mrs. Ida Jones of Vincennes, Millie Provines of West Salem, the twins Willie of Arkansas City Kan. and Mrs. Minnie Brian of Monticello, Mrs. Carrie Hale of Olney, Mrs. Gladys Fulk of Hammond, Ind., and Marvin of Redenda Beath, California. 

   Besides these he leaves 49 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He also has many nieces, nephews and friends, who will greatly miss his presence from the family circle. 

   His parents, one brother two sisters, and one son, and his loving companion preceded him to the great beyond. 

   Of the 49 grandchildren he had 15 of them served in the armed forces during the past war protecting our country.

   A TRIBUTE TO FATHER
Dear father your journey is ended,
Your race has been faithfully run,
You've gone to that beautiful city
Your crown so deserved you have won.
Your smiles and your words, how we miss them
We'll never again hear your voice
Thank God there are mansions in glory
You with loved ones so sweetly rejoice.
The home we once cherished is broken,
No more there is pleasure we meet
But in glory we know we can meet you
Up there in Heaven so sweet.
Goodby as we tenderly lay you
from sight, but life's memories so sweet
Will last forever and ever.

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Herman I. LEDEKER, published in the 15 Dec 1966 issue of the Olney Daily Mail.
Herman I. Ledeker, 80, of 1014 E. South Avenue, passed away very suddenly yesterday afternoon at the family residence. He had lived at this address for the past 16 years.
   Mr. Ledeker was born in Richland County and was the son of Edward Ledeker and Wilhelmina Ledeker. He was a pipe fitter and had worked for many years in constructionwork. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.
   Mr. Ledeker was married to Viola Shick on December 20, 1905 She survives him.
   Also surviving are six children: Burnis P. Ledeker of Champaign, Lester R Ledeker of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Irene Abernathy of Salem, and Mrs. Betty White of OInev There are eight grandchildren.
   Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Louie Ledeker of Hanna City Illinois, Marvin Ledeker of Wilmington, Delaware, W. E. Ledeker of Arkansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Bertha Ramsey of Chicago, Mrs. Ida Jones of Vincennes Ind Mrs' Carrie Hale of Sumner, Mrs. Gladys Fulk of Hammond, Ind., Mrs. Minnie Brian of Deland and Mrs. Millie Provines of West Salem. There are several neices and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the memorial Chapel of the Summers-Rainey Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in the Crest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 o'clock this evening. (Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Louie H. LEDEKER, published in the 14 Apr 1980 issue of the Peoria Journal Star.
Spouse: Dollie Witte (died in 1965)
Parents: Edward and Wilhelmina Ledeker
Date of Birth: 7 Aug 1885
Age: 94
County of Birth: Richland
Date of Death: Saturday, Apr 1980
City and County of Death: Mountain Home, AR
Place of Interment: Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, IL
Date of Newspaper: 14 Apr 1980
Name of Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Marvin Dale LEDEKER published in the 25 Aug 1984 issue of the Breeze Courier, Taylorville, IL.
Spouse: Etta Mae (Bryson) Caudill (married 9 Nov 1973)
Parents: Edward and Wilhelmina (Ulrich) Ledeker
Date of Birth: 3 Oct 1908
Age: 75
County of Birth: Richland
Date of Death: Friday, 24 Aug 1984
City and County of Death: Taylorville, Christian
Place of Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery, Grayville, Edwards Co., IL
Date of Newspaper: 25 Aug 1984
Name of Newspaper: Breeze Courier

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Minnie Mae (ULRICH) BRIAN in March 1982.
Spouse: Bert Brian (married 1 Apr 1922 in Olney, IL)
Parents: Edward and Wilhelmina (Ulrich) Ledeker
Date of Birth: 4 Sep 1895
Age: 86
County of Birth: Richland
Date of Death: Sunday, 14 Mar 1982
City and County of Death: Champaign, Champaign
Place of Interment: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Parkersburg, IL
Date of Newspaper: unknown
Name of Newspaper: unknown

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Bert BRIAN, published in the 1 Apr 1982 issue of the Piatt County Journal-Republican.
Spouse: Minnie Mae Ledeker (died 14 Mar 1982; married 1 Apr 1922 in Olney, IL)
Parents: Nathan and Millie (Sanders) Brian
Date of Birth: 30 Jul 1900
Age: 81
County of Birth: Lawrence
Date of Death: Friday, 26 Mar 1982
City and County of Death: DeLand, Piatt
Place of Interment: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Parkersburg, IL
Date of Newspaper: 1 Apr 1982
Name of Newspaper: Piatt County Journal-Republican

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Lowell Ulrich.)

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Obituary of Elijah GROW, published in the 24 May 1904 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 1).
   Elijah Grow, son of John and Rachel Grow, was born in Wayne County, Indiana January 27, 1841, died in Sumner May 20, 1904, aged 63 years, 3 months and 24 days. At the death of his father he went to live with his uncle, Michale Byerley at Dayton, Ohio at which place he was united in marriage to Minerva A. Mooney, the 1st day of September 1863. To this union were born 4 children, three of which are still living - Mrs. Florence O. Howell, Clara E. and John W. Grow. He with his wife were members of the Reformed Church until they united with the Union Presbyterian church north of Sumner. Althougth undenominational in his views, he died a believer in the sacrificial death of Christ for the sins of the world and of his coming and of his kingdom, for which he taught his children to pray.
   Funeral services were held at the house conducted by Rev. N.C. Green assisted by Rev. W. M. Winnell, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, after which the remains were laid away in the Sumner Cemetery to rest until the morning of the resurrection.
   "May God comfort the bereaved family and sanctify this death to their spiritual and eternal welfare." (Submitted by Linda Worstell. Note that this is not a relative of the submitter, just on the same page as an obit for a relative.)

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Obituary of John WORSTELL, published in the 6 Dec 1900 issue of the Sumner Press (pg. 2?).
   John Worstell, a worthy resident of this township, died Sunday night from consumption, with which he has been afflicted for several months. He was a son of William Worstell, and was about 35 years of age. He leaves a wife and 3 children in straightened circumstances. (Submitted by Linda Worstell.)


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