Leonard Painter Dies At Son’s Home Sheldons Grove

Leonard Arner Painter, son of Lawrence and Mary Painter, was born near Pittsburg, Pa., May 16, 1847, and departed this life May 22, 1925, being at the time of his demise, 78 years and 6 days.

When a mere child, he with his mother came west, locating at Hannibal, Mo. During the Civil War period he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Soon after this, the family came to Illinois, locating in Fulton County.

He was united in marriage to Matilda Wyand, daughter of Peter and Mary Wyand. This union was blessed with eight children, namely: Mrs. S. D. Harmon, of Peoria, Ill., David Painter of Sheldons Grove, Ill., Leonard Painter of Astoria, Mrs. Chas. Stambaugh of Sheldons Grove, Mrs. Edward Wright of Douglas, Wyoming, Emery Painter of Rushville, Mrs. Elsworth Jolly of Lomax, Ill., Mrs. Elizabeth Schultz of Peoria. His wife and one son preceded him in death some years ago.

Fifty-four grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, besides a devoted daughter-in-law, Mrs. David Painter, who has nursed and cared for him during his last illness which has lasted over a period of eight years, are left to mourn his loss.

Mr. Painter was a consistent Christian, having united with the Methodist Episcopal church in 1885. He was a loving father, a staunch friend and a kind neighbor and will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived for so many years.

Funeral services was held at the Sheldons Grove M. E. church, conducted by Rev. E. T. Palmer, pastor of the Astoria M. E. church. Music was furnished by the choir of the Sheldons Grove church. Interment was in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 5/27/1925

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