Lockjaw Causes Death Of Little Benny Horner

Benny “Buddy” Horner passed away at the Schmitt Memorial hospital at Beardstown Thursday morning, June 9, at nine o’clock, after one week of intense suffering from lockjaw, which developed following an infection in his right hand caused by a cinder, which became embedded in his hand when he fell. He was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon.

A large number of sympathizing friends and relatives attended the funeral services which were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Astoria United Brethren church, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Interment in the Astoria cemetery.

Benny, son of Wilma Horner, was born near Astoria, Feb. 23, 1928, died at the age of 10 years, 3 months and 17 days.

“Buddy,” as he was always called by his friends and playmates, was of a lovable and sunny disposition and made friends wherever he went. He will be greatly missed in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mart Horner, where he has always lived, also by his friends and playmates. He attended the public schools of Astoria and was in the Fourth grade.

He leaves to mourn his untimely passing, his heartbroken mother, his grandfather and grandmother Horner, and the following aunts and uncles: Mrs. Ethyl Brillhart, Hermon, Ill.; Mrs. Irma Bucy, Vermont; Mrs. Mildred Bricker, Ipava; Mrs. Greeta Butler, Hallie Horner, Astoria; Lloyd Horner, Ipava; several cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 6/15/1938

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