Hold Final Rites For John Ely, a Former Resident
Funeral services for John Ely, 72, of Toulon, former resident of
Princeville, were held Sunday afternoon at three o’clock at the Kidd
funeral home in Toulon. Rev. M. A. Beger, pastor of the Toulon Methodist
church, had charge and burial was in the Toulon cemetery.
service was given by Mrs. Dorothy Elderman, who was accompanied at the
organ by Mrs. Carolyn Wallace.
Bearers were Alva Ricketts, Frank
German and William Bouton of Princeville, Earl Gingrich, Harold E. Seay
and Charles I. DeBord of Toulon.
Mr. Ely, who had resided in Toulon
since 1942, passed away Friday morning following an illness of many
The oldest son of Joseph and Elizabeth Kyle Ely, he was born
October 15, 1875 at East Peoria. He spent his childhood in that
On August 4, 1898, he was united in marriage to Kate
Bundrick of Morton in a ceremony performed in Peoria. They started
housekeeping on a farm near Morton where they resided for 11 years,
moving to a farm near Princeville where they lived for 25 years. In
February, 1942, they moved to Toulon.
Surviving are his wife, two
daughters, Mrs. Forrest Johnson of Palisade, Colo., and Mrs. Harold
Cecil of Brimfield; five sons, Chester, Gilbert and Ralph of Wilmette,
John B. of Toulon and Robert of Princeville; four brothers, Louis of
Whitefield, Fred and Edward of Henry and Clarence of Walnut; two sisters
Mrs. Fred Thielbar of Lacon and Mrs. Ora Fountain of Henry; 16
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Among those from the
Princeville area attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nordwall,
Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Bouton, William Seidel, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burns and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank German, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kuntz, James Bouton,
Goldie Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. Clement Noonen, John Noonen, Mr. and Mrs.
Cecil Simon and daughter.