Leonial 'Pappy' Wright
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LINCOLN -- Leonial G. "Pappy" Wright, 89, died Tuesday,
March 21, 2006, at 6:45 a.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre.
Visitation was Friday morning at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
A graveside service followed at New
Union Cemetery, with Casey Tygrett officiating.
Mr. Wright retired from Lincoln Iron and Metal as a
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was born July 20, 1916, in Broadwell to James and
Hester Klarr Wright. He married Dorothy Humbert, and she
preceded him in death.
He is survived by one daughter, Kay (and George) Skelton
of San Jose; three sons, Russell (and Beth) Wright, James
(and Sherry) Wright and Robert Wright, all of Lincoln; two sisters,
Pauline Boward of Lincoln and Julia Emery of Bloomington; 16
grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Joann
Schrader; one great-grandson; one brother; and one sister.
He was a member of Eagles Lodge 2708 and American Legion
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of Illinois.
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HOPEDALE -- Natalie Ruth Mitchell, 72, died Monday, March
20, 2006, at 9:30 p.m. at Hopedale Hospital after a lengthy
battle with cancer.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Holland
and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holland and
Barry, with a short graveside service following at Bethel
Cemetery. The Rev. Dean Blackburn will be in charge.
Through the years, Mrs. Mitchell was proud of the fact
that her career was that of a housewife, mother and civic
She was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Brighton, Mass., to
Clayton and Venus Andrews. She met her future husband, Ken
Mitchell of Delavan, at a Fourth of July picnic in 1952.
They announced their engagement in October of that year, and
on Ken's return from Korea, they were married Feb. 20, 1954,
in Rutherford, N.J.
She and her husband lived in Illinois early in their
married life and, through a succession of transfers by Ken's
employer, eventually settled in California, where they lived
until retirement. Then they returned to Illinois, purchasing
a home in Hopedale.
She is survived by her husband, Ken, of Hopedale; son
Gary and his wife of Santa Rosa, Calif., and grandson Gary
Jr., serving in the U.S. Navy; son Glen, his wife and
grandson Ethan of Chatham; daughter Gayle and grandchildren
Kyle and Ashli of Springfield; son Gregory and his wife of
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; and son Gerald of Kentfield,
Mrs. Mitchell was active in her church, being president
of the United Methodist Women and Church Women United,
helped form a new Methodist church, and served on many
committees within the church.
She touched the lives of hundreds of young men through
her active leadership in the Scouting program, establishing
several Cub packs and Boy Scout troops. She also coordinated
the Cub day camp for many years, and her volunteer efforts
were recognized by her receipt of the Silver Beaver award.
She served as the chairman of the Sonoma County March of
Dimes in California. She also established community food
programs for the homeless and disadvantaged and another that
provided shoes for schoolchildren from low-income families.
These programs and the Cub packs and Boy Scout troops still
exist, as a credit to her dedication to help others.
She graduated from high school in Rutherford, N.J., and
before her marriage she was employed as an operator for New
Jersey Bell Telephone Company.
She lived a full and wondrous life and generously shared
her love with family, friends and those in need. She will be
sorely missed by those whose lives she touched, all those
who knew her and loved her dearly.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her name
to the Emden Historical Society or the charity of the
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LINCOLN -- Dr. Earl M. Swan, 92, died Thursday, March 16,
2006, at 10:50 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor.
A graveside service and Masonic rites will be conducted
at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Millcreek Baptist Church
Cemetery, Radcliff, Ky.
Holland and Barry Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Dr. Swan was a chiropractor, taught at Lincoln
Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Ind., and taught 11
years at Lincoln Junior High.
He was born May 11, 1913, in Huntingburg, Ind., to Thomas
W. and Amy Marshall Swan. He married Marjorie Rogers in Jan.
16, 1937, in Louisville, Ky. She died Nov. 23, 2004, in
He is survived by two sons, Terry Swan of Williamsville
and Thomas (and wife Raquel) Swan of Springfield; two
brothers, Edgar T. Swan of Princeton, Ind., and Loren Swan
of Medford, Ore.; one grandson, Rick Swan; and two
great-grandchildren, Alecia and Richard Swan.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Lincoln, a
past member of the Toastmaster's Club and past member of the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce. He was president
of the Lincoln Rotary Club from 1967 to 1968, a past master
of the Masonic Order Lodge 603 of Vine Grove, Ky., and past
president of Central Illinois Chiropractic Society.
He authored three books, "Swan's Poetic Gems," "Book of
Wisdom" and "The Secret Diary of Sancho Panza," exposing the
true story of Don Quixote.
He was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School and Army
Medical School in Washington, D.C. He earned a pre-med
bachelor's degree at the University of Louisville, received
his master's degree in education from Illinois State
University and graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College
in Indianapolis, Ind.
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