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TAMPICO TORNADO
Thursday, Oct. 26, 1944
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JESSE GILLETTE DIED SUDDENLY
Passed Away Thursday On Way Home From Chicago
Funeral services for Jesse Gillette were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 in the Parent Funeral Chapel following a prayer service in the home. The chapel was filled with sorrowing relatives and friends who come to pay their last respects. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

Rev. Harold Frost, pastor of the Church of Christ, gave a message of comfort, reading Ephesians 5:6-16 and using the "Shortness of Time"as the theme of his remarks. During the service the Methodist male quartette composed of Alan Curry, Edward Berge, Oscar Wetzell and Arthur Davis sang two favorite hymns: "Lead Kindly Light" and "Abide With Me."

At the close of the service Yorktown lodge A. F. & A. M. , of which the deceased was a member, held their rites with Lewis Oltmans and Richard Proctor of Sterling conducting the ceremony.

Burial was in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery with the following Masons serving as pallbearers: Dean Sippel, R. H. Hockman, Mike Shaheen, Arthur Davis, Arlyn Pratt and Edward Fullerton.

As a mark of respect, all business houses were closed during the service.

Among those from a distance who attended the services were his son, Claude Gillette of Pendleton, Ore.; his sister and niece, Mrs. Edythe Parr and Mrs. Morton Watt of Marseilles; Mrs. Beulah Rackmeyer of Aurora; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cantlin of Rock Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker of Morrison; W. L. Hendricks and Ernest Logan of Sterling.

Jesse Hull Gillette was born June 27, 1877, the son of George and Margaret Gillette. He was born in Marseilles, Ill. where he grew to young manhood and received his education.

He was married in 1913 to Hazel Fern McKenzie of Tampico. They resided in Chicago for a number of years where Mr. Gillette was employed by the Pullman Company as an interior decorator.

Mr. and Mrs. Gillette moved to Tampico about 11 years ago and since 1935 Mr. Gillette has been the manager of the Cash Clothing Store.

Mr. Gillette passed away suddenly Thursday night, Oct. 19, , at the age of 67, in Aurora as he had his wife were returning from a business trip to Chicago. They had stopped to visit relatives and friends in Aurora and were just beginning the trip homeward when Mr. Gillette suddenly took ill. They stopped the car and a policeman drove them to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. At the inquest which was held on Friday morning it was revealed that he passed away from coronary thrombosis. Mr. Gillette had been in poor health for some time.

Mr. Gillette was a member of the Yorktown Masonic Lodge. He had many friends in this community who mourn his sudden passing.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son of a former marriage, Claude Gillette of Pendleton, Ore.; and a sister, Mrs. Edythe Parr of Marseilles.

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