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Tampico Torando, November 20, 1958 1;1


Funeral services for Roy E. McKenzie, lifelong resident of Tampico, were held Monday afternoon in the Methodist church. All business houses were closed during the service.

Rev. Hollis Wharton of Plainfield, former pastor of the church, read the 23rd Psalm and 121st Psalms and gave a message of comfort based on the verse 'Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.'

He was assisted by Rev. Henry J. Holverson, pastor of the church, who read from St. John and the Epistle of Paul to the romans. He also closed the service with a tribute to Mr. McKenzie.

Mr. Don Shontz of Sterling sang an arrangement of the 23rd Psalm accompanied by Mrs. Emery McNeil of Sterling at the organ.

Burial was in the Tampico Memorial cemetery with R. B. Kelly, Carl Rasmussen, R. B. Adams, Edwin Hoar, R J. Harms and L. C. Johnson serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy Brown of Des Moines, Ia., Gerald Sullivan, William Flock, Phil Ward, George Gerdes and Foster Fike of Sterling.

Mrs. Henry Schwagerman, Mrs. Ivan Bishop, Mrs. Edwin Hoar, Mrs. L. C. Johnson and Charles Aldrich were in charge of the many beautiful flowers.

Many contributed to a memorial to be given to the Cancer fund.

Those attending the services from a distance were Mrs. and Mrs. Roy Brown of Des Moines, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mercer of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Arni Richter and Mr. and Mrs. Hansen of Washington Island, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Emery Hansen of DeWitt, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooper an Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Helm of Dundee, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Walker of Winchester; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mann of Bloomington; Eldon Rachmeyer; Mr. and Mrs. Mueller of Aurora;  Mrs. Daisy Marshall of Freeport; Mrs. Bertha Hellier and Mrs. Mabel Deppi of Clinton, Ia.;  A. Anderson; Frank Wynet and Charles Snavely of Peoria and Mr. Johnson of Elburn; and many friends from neighboring towns.

Roy E. McKenzie was born Oct. 5, 1885, in Yorktown, Bureau County, a son of Ray H. and Lovina McKenzie. He received his education in the Tampico high school and Galesburg college.

On Dec. 8, 1906 he married Margaret Sturm in Santa Fe, N. M. They spent their entire married life in Tampico where he  was associated with the Tampico Hardware and Implement Co. and was chairman of the board of the Tampico National Bank.

He was a member of the Yorktown Masonic Lodge, the Knights Templar, the Elks, the Shriners, and the Rock River Country Club.

He is also a director of the Farm Equipment Acceptance Corp., and a director of the Farm Equipment Retail Association.

Mr. McKenzie passed away Friday evening at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Ia. from virus pneumonia. He was taken ill six weeks ago at Washington Island, Wis., where h e and Mrs. McKenzie were vacationing.

He leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mary Lou) Schmitt and Mrs. Dale (Ruth)  Kelly; one sister, Mrs. Fern Gillette and four grandchildren, Sandra and Connie Schmitt, Day and Margo Kelly, all of Tampico; two nieces, Mrs. Marjorie Glassburn of Williams, Ariz. and Mrs. Marie Hougardy of Los Angeles, California.

His parents and a brother, Clyde, preceded him in death.


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