Melvin Chenoweth

Melvin Ezra Chenoweth, 81, of Table Grove, died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton.

He was born Nov. 8, 1917, in New Salem Township, McDonough County, a son of Ezra William and Flora Edith Ruby Chenoweth. He married Virginia Claudia Griffith on Feb. 21, 1940, in Keokuk, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Dale (and Martha) of Morton; two daughters, Marsha Jean Chenoweth of Naperville and Mrs. Richard (Rita Jean) Lear of Riverside, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Seven sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

He worked at Camp Ellis in Table Grove during World War II. He later worked for M&H Auto Supply in Macomb for 15 and a half years.

He was active postmaster of Table Grove for three years and was part owner of Farr Farm Service Inc. for 18 years, retiring in 1981. He also farmed in the Table Grove area all his life.

He was a member of Table Grove Community Church, where he held several church offices.

He was a 50-year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was an associate member of American Legion Post 413.

He served as treasurer of Table Grove Investors Club. He also served two consecutive three-year terms on the Fulton County Planning Commission and was an election judge for Farmers Township in Fulton County.

He also was a village trustee of Table Grove for 15 years and developed the house numbering system for Table Grove.

Services were held Saturday at his church with Rev. Tim Ashley officiating. Burial was in Harris Cemetery. Kost Memorial Home in Vermont was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church, American Legion Post 413 or to any charity.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/10/1999

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