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Obits > 1944 - John B. Houchens

Transcribed by Deb Thormahlen

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois

January 3, 1944


John B. Houchens Passes Saturday at Farm Home Near Prophetstown


            John B. Houchens, 67, retired farmer, died Saturday at his home Southeast of Prophetstown following an extended illness.  The body was removed to the Helm and Helm mortuary in Prophetstown.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the late home.  Rev. D.E. Springer of Tampico, pastor of the Leon church will officiate.  Internment will be in the Leon Cemetery.

            John Bruce Houchens son of James Walter and Anna Carolyn Lehman Houchens was born on May 25, 1880 in Decatur.  He received his education in the Chicago schools.  He was married at Rock Falls to Mira Goodell of the Leon community on September 1, 1914.  They lived in Chicago a year, then moved to Dixon.  They later moved to Rock Falls, then came to the Leon community where he resided for the past 20 years.  He was a member of the Leon Methodist church.

            He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Helen in the home, and 4 brothers William Ray of Glen Ellyn, Ralph S, Lincoln, Walter O of Stockton Ca, and Alonzo V of Seattle, Wash.

The Sterling Daily Gazette   January 5, 1944


John Houchens Rites Tuesday Afternoon


            Funeral services for John Houchens 67 who died Saturday were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the late home Southeast of Prophetstown.  Rev. D.E. Springer of Tampico, pastor of the Leon Methodist church officiated.  Mrs. Neva Denison of Tampico and Mrs. Lloyd Wildman sang “Saved By Grace” and “Ivory Palaces” accompanied by Mrs. S. O. Wildman. Internment was in the Leon Cemetery.  The pallbearers were Howard Matthews, Raymond Spath, Sivard Pierson, Walter Forward, Elwood Forward and Verne Woodworth.  Mrs. Howard Matthews, Mrs. Paul Lane and Mrs. Glenn Goodell assisted with flowers.



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