Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Obituary of Alonzo Luce

Alonzo Luce was born in Penobscot County, Maine, April 13, 1838 and died at his late residence in Clarke County, Iowa, March 3, 1905 of diabetes with which he had been afflicted a number of years. When a youth he moved west with his parents coming to Illinois in 1854. Here he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Catherine Finley Miller, December 22, 1864. To them as parents eight children were given, five sons and three daughters. One daughter died in infancy while the seven still living were all present at their father's funeral.

The deceased enlisted in Co. B. 19th Illinois Infantry, serving his country as a brave, valiant soldier till honorably discharged July 9, 1864. After the close of the war he came to Iowa, Clarke County, settling on the farm where he spent the remainder of his life.

Brother Luce professed faith in Christ as his Savior and with his wife went into the Science Hill Baptist church as constituent members. Here he was a quiet peaceable member till the summons came calling him to rest. His life has been a living epistle, known and read of all men. He was an affectionate husband, a kind father, a true soldier, and obliging neighbor, and unfailing friend. He has fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith and is expecting the crown.

The funeral occurred on Sunday, March 5, at the Taylor school house and was largely attended. Services being conducted by Rev. F. Edwards of Osceola. Bro. Luce was a member of the Wm. Dufer Post, No. 297, located at Murray and was laid to rest in the Sanders Cemetery under the impressive ritualistic services of this order to await the resurrection of the just at the last day. The companion and her children have the sympathy of a large circle of ardent and kind friends. May the kind father of mercies sustain and comfort them. F. E.

- Published in The Osceola Democrat, Osceola, Iowa, March 9, 1905, page 1

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