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17 July 2011

Sunday's Obituary - J.M. Kilmer (1863-1921)

Daily Republican-Times, Ottawa, Illinois

Wednesday, October 19, 1921
J.M. Kilmer Succumbs at Iowa City, Iowa
pg 6
   J.M. Kilmer, aged 58, a former resident of Marseilles and Seneca, died at the Iowa City hospital, Iowa City, Iowa at 11 o'clock Monday night after a lingering illness. His death was caused by complication of diseases.
   The deceased was born March 13, 1863, in Manlius Township and resided in that vicinity most of his life. For a time he resided in Marseilles and thence went to Seneca, which town he left 11 years ago for Iowa. He was in the draying business in Marseilles and Seneca.
   He was married three times. In 1885 he married Mary Armstrong, who died in 1906. His second marriage took place in Ottawa in 1907, when he took Mae Bennett, of this city as his bride. She died three weeks after the wedding. His third marriage took place in this city when he married Mrs. Walter Sheldon, of Marseilles, in 1909. Three children were born of this union. The couple separated about a year ago, and since that time Mr. Kilmer had been living with a sister in Iowa.
   Surviving he leaves his wife, three children - James, Lucille and Georgia - two brothers - Peter Kilmer, of Lincoln, Neb. and W.J. Kilmer, of Waverly, Iowa - and three sisters - Mrs. Edward Bowers, of Ottawa, Mrs. Olive Trumper, Mason City, Iowa, and Mrs. Morellia Lane, Green Mountain, Iowa.
  The body will be shipped to Seneca for burial.

Seneca - Agency at Beffel's Store
p 8
Former Local Resident Will be Buried Here
   James Monroe Kilmer, better know to his friends in Seneca and vicinity as Roy Kilmer, died at the Iowa City hospital at Iowa City, Iowa, on October 17th. The cause of his death was high blood pressure and Bright's disease. The body will be brought to Seneca, arriving here sometime tomorrow morning. It will be taken to the home of his nephew, William Kilmer, in Seneca, and the funeral service will be held at the Kilmer home at 1 o'clock tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. Burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.
   Mr. Kilmer was well known in Seneca. He was in the draying business here for several years, and previous to that he farmed east of Seneca. He was born near Marseilles and spent most of his life in LaSalle county. He made Seneca his home for years, and left the last time ten years ago. He was first united in marriage with Miss Mary Armstrong, who died from injuries received in a fall while the family was living in the "brick house" on the Morris road, east of Seneca. He was again married, and his second wife died in 1908. He was married again, and his third wife survives him.
   Mr. Kilmer was 56 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, three children -James Edward Kilmer, Lucille Catherine Kilmer and George Kilmer, all at home - and by three sisters - Mrs. Edward Bowers, of Ottawa, Mrs. Marilla Lane, of Green Mountain, Iowa, and Mrs. E.H. Trumper, of Mason City, Iowa - and two brothers- W.J. Kilmer, of Waverly, Iowa, and Peter Kilmer of Lincoln, Neb.

Friday, October 21, 1921
Seneca - Agency at Beffel's Store
p 12
Many Attend Funeral Service for Roy Kilmer
   The funeral service of Roy Kilmer was held at the home of his nephew, W.A. Kilmer, at two o'clock yesterday afternoon. A large number of Seneca relatives and friends as will as friends and relatives from other towns, attended the service. Rev. J. F. Lawler, of Ottawa, had charge of the service. Mrs. Nina Goldie and Miss Isabelle Marshall of the Seneca Methodist church choir sang. The pall-bearers were William Underhill, Thomas Wright, Pat Judge, Thomas Wright [2x's], Frank Kelecher, and G.A. Gerber.
   Among those from out of town who attended were W.J. Kilmer, Waverly, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Tremper, Estherville, Iowa; James Kilmer, Estherville, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. John Sigler and Mr. and Mrs. William Sigler, Mrs. Dave Roe, Mrs. Lillie Holcomb, Mrs. John Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. James McIntyre and daughter, Margaret, Robert Sigler, all of Marseilles; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Williams of Grand Ridge; Walter and Arthur Kilmer, of Verona, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bowers, Mrs. Katherine Stadden and daughter Myrtle and Mrs. Esther Shelton, all of Seneca.