Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
February 6, 1946 - Wednesday, pg 9
FRED JOHN TORNOW
Funeral Services for Fred John Tornow, 83, at St. Paul's on Thursday
Funeral services for Fred John Tornow, 83, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Yorktown, preceded by a prayer service at the Parent Chapel in Tampico at 1:30. The Rev. C. J. Gess, pastor, will officiate. Committal will be at Yorktown. The body reposes at the funeral home.
Mr. Tornow passed away Tuesday morning at 8:30 at the home in Tampico, following a short illness of pneumonia. He was born Jan. 29, 1863 in Germany, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tornow. He received his education in Germany and came to the United States when he was 18 years old. He was first a farm worker near Walnut and later operated his own farm, retiring to Tampico 14 years ago.
He married Frederica Thurow in Bureau Township, Sept. 16, 1900. He was a member of St. Paul's Church. Mr. Tornow was a successful farmer and highly regarded by his neighbors.
Surviving are his wife; four sons, John, William and Carl of Tampico, and Ben of Deer Grove; six grandchildren and one brother, William Tornow of Sheffield.
February 11: Rites at Yorktown for Fred John Tornow
Funeral services for Fred John Tornow were held Thursday noon at 1:15 p.m. with a short prayer service at the Parent Chapel and at 2 p.m. at the st. Paul's Lutheran Church at Yorktown. Rev. C. J. Gess, pastor, officiated. Mrs. Carl Nelson sang "In the Garden" and "Good Night and Good Morning," accompanied by Carl Sandrock at the organ. Burial was in the Yorktown Cemetery with six nephews, Edward, Laverne, Arlie, Elmer, Floyd and Lester Tornow, serving as pallbearers. Among those who attended from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Tornow, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tornow, Mrs. Charlie Tornow, Edward, Laverne, Floyd Tornow, Walnut; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wright and Fred Steers, New Bedford; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Marshall, Rock Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Johnson of Sterling.