Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
June 19, 1933 - Monday, pg 6
WAYNE J ELMENDORF
Death Shocks The Community - Wayne M. Elmendorf Dies At Dixon Hospital
Tampico: - The death of Wayne J. Elmendorf, 33, which occurred at noon Sunday in the Dixon Hospital, shocked this entire community where he had been a life resident and was highly respected. Mr. Elmendorf had been in ill health for a year and a week ago was taken seriously ill and was removed to the hospital last Tuesday.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning in St. Mary's church, Rev. T. O. McGuire officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Wayne J. Elmendorf was born June 11, 1900 in Tampico, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elmendorf. He was married to Susan Manning on May 18, 1927 at Rochelle. For a number of years he had been employed as a clerk in his father's store. Besides his parents and wife, Mr. Elmendorf leaves one brother, Guy Elmendorf, and a host of friends who grieve his passing.
June 22nd - pg 10
Large Funeral Wednesday From Tampico Church - Firemen And Band Members Attend Rites Held For Wayne Elmendorf
Tampico: - Funeral services for the late Wayne J. Elmendorf were held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. T. O. Maguire officiating.
Mr. Elmendorf passed away Sunday at the Dixon hospital following a serious illness of about a week. An autopsy was held at the hospital Sunday afternoon and it was found that the appendix had not ruptured, as was previously supposed, but that peritonitis was caused by a condition of the kidneys believed to have existed since birth, and that nothing could have been done for him.
The large auditorium was filled to capacity with relatives and friends who had gathered in sympathy and esteem and expressed the sincere sorrow and regret felt by Tampico and surrounding community over the passing of one of its best loved and respected citizens. During the services Rev. Fr. McGuire paid a beautiful tribute to the life of the departed in speaking of his interest and activities in the church of which he was a faithful and sincere member, and also of his interest in the civic affairs of the village. Many beautiful floral offerings sent to the home carried messages of the love and sympathy of host of relatives and friends.
The pallbearers were Vernon Kelly, LeRoy Kelly, Edward Fullerson, Charles Roese, L. B. Winchell and Hubert Darby. The Tampico fire department of which Mr. Elmendorf had long been a member, being fire chief at the time of his death, attended in a body as did also the Tampico Community band with whom he had been associated over a period of years. As a mark of respect the business houses were all closed during the services.
Among those from out of town attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Luke Manning, Mr. and Mrs. John Manning, Frank Manning, Miss Kathryn Manning, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Lamb, Mrs. Mae Shepherd, Mrs. Kate Lamb, George Lamb, Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Sherwood, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hermann, Jerome Doden, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cleveland of Rochelle; Dr. Gents Perry of Evanston, Ernest Bush of Grand Rapids, Mich., Miss Mary E. Flynn of Chicago; Mrs. George S. Corl of Wheaton; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph, Mrs. Charles Henderson and daughter June, Mrs. A. R. Garrison and daughter Kathryn of Aurora; Will Robinson of South Bend, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Henrekin of Sycamore; Mr. and Mrs. Art Henrekin and son Jack and Miss Addie Henrekin of Sterling; and Mr. and Mrs. John Dawson of Rock Falls.
Wayne J. Elmendorf, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elmendorf was born June 11, 1900 in Tampico where he spent his entire life. He attended the local school and was a student at St. Ambrose college in Davenport, Ia., for a time after which he worked in the Elmendorf meat market for his father until the time of his last illness.
On May 18, 1927 he was married to Miss Susan Manning of Rochelle and they have made their home in the flat over the store.
Wayne was active in all civic organizations, having taken an active place in the Tampico band and serving for several years on the Tampico volunteer fire department being chief at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elmendorf, his brother Guy, three nieces, Helen, Mary and Mildred Elmendorf, and a host of relatives and friends.