William S. Luce, son of William and Hulda Luce, was born December 27 1840, at Cape Cod, Mass., and passed away at his home April 28, 1913, aged seventy-two years, four months and one day.
In 1858 he moved with his parents to Stark county, Illinois and on November 1, 1861, he was united in marriage to Jane C. McVicker. Four sons and three daughters were born to this union namely C. A., L. G., A. M., E. A., Mrs. Andy Thompkins, Mrs. George Coon and Mrs. Will Karr. Mrs. Luce died on September 19, 1881. He was again united in marriage to Desta Webb on March 2, 1890, and to this union one child was born, Iva May. Her mother passed away September 20, 1909.
Mr. Luce enlisted in 1862 in the 9th Ills. Cavalry, serving three years and three months. Thirty-eight years ago last March he came to Clarke county, Iowa, and has made this his home ever since. In 1891 he united with the Christian church in Illinois and has always been a consistent member of that church, having his membership at Leslie at the time of his death. He was one of a family of eight children, five boys and three girls, all having gone before except three brothers and one sister. He leaves to mourn his death besides his brothers, sister and children, sixteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from the home at eleven o’clock Wednesday morning, April 30th, conducted by Rev. W. C. Cole, and burial made in Maple Hill Cemetery.
– Published in The Osceola Democrat, Osceola, Iowa, Thursday, May 8, 1913