IN MEMORIAM – WM. FINNEY
Wm. Finney was born in Sterling, (Whiteside Co.), Illinois,December 25, 1849, and died in Polo, Ill, Nov. 23, 1914. Bereftof a mother when but a little boy, he lived for a time in Iowa,afterward moving to West Grove, Ill where he lived until Dec.15, 1864. When a mere boy of 14, he enlisted in Co. D, 142 IllinoisInfantry, called for 100 days service. He was honorably dischargedat the close of his enlistment and on March 8, 1865 he re-enlistedand was assigned to Co. K, 15th Illinois Volunteers, and servedto the close of the war, receiving his discharge July 23, 1865.
At the close of the war, he returned to his old home inWest Grove and resumed a peaceful vocation in civil life. In1871, Jan. 19, he was united in holy bonds of wedlock with MissMelinda Shafstal, of near West Grove. Two children were bornto this union, Ira E. of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Katherine E.,at home. A brother, Abner, of Mount Morris, Ill. and a sister,Mrs. E. A. Young, of Oregon, Ill. and two half brothers, JamesS. of Alexandria, Ind. and Ira S. of Morrison, Iowa are left withthe grief stricken wife and children to mourn the untimely demise. There are two grandsons, Forrest, and Merrill, children of theson, Ira.
About six years ago, he moved to Polo, Ill. He was strickenwith paralysis last December, followed by a second stroke in February. He lived in feeble health until September 21, 1914 when he wastaken with a severe stroke from which he never rallied.
He was converted at a revival meeting in West Grove by Rev.J. W. Mohr, and united with the Evangelical Association. He wasa man of quiet, retiring disposition, but of deep religious convictions. His closing days were soothed and sustained by a simple, unfalteringtrust in the merits of a crucified Redeemer. He is gone to bewith Christ which is far better. May we all so live as to meethim there at last.
The funeral service was held in the United Evangelical Church,Wednesday, at 2:00 P. M. conducted by Rev. E. K. Yeakel, assistedby Revs. J. G. Fueght, of Forreston, and J. H. Keagle, pastorof the Evangelical Church in this city.
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