John Ely

Princeville Telephone, Nov. 1947
Submitted by Mike McMullen 

 

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.

The song 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 months.

The oldest son of Joseph and Elizabeth Kyle Ely, he was born October 15, 1875 at East Peoria. He spent his childhood in that vicinity.

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.


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