William August Beecher died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lambert Brethorst in Colfax, McLean, Illinois, at 12:20 a.m. Monday, January 29th, 1945. He was 92.Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor. The Rev. Hartwig Harms will officiate. Burial will be in the St John Lutheran cemetery. He was born in Tellingstedt, Germany 4-17-1852, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johann Beecher. He came to America when 20 to Danforth? Later he settled in Anchor Township McLean county, Illinois. He was a resident of the Anchor Community for 72 years. He was one of 24 charter members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. On 1-2-1873 William married Miss Anna Stroh in the Lutheran Church in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. They were parents of 11 children. His wife preceded him in death in 1903. Two sons also preceded him in death. On January 31, 1905 he married Wilhelmina Bielfeldt, who died in 1923. William August Beecher is survived by children, William, Jr; Louis, Emma Hinrichsen, Mrs Lage, all of Anchor, McLean county, Illinois; Mrs ___sta Brethorst, Edward, Her__ all of Colfax; Adolph, OK; Mrs Louise Lorig, MN; 40 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
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