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Henry Pilch          Send a link to a friend

Archived Feb. 21, 2005

MASON CITY -- Henry Delcheff Pilch, 92, of Mason City died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at 5:05 a.m. at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City, with Nash Shawgo officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Mr. Pilch retired in 1977 from State Farm Insurance, where he had been the director of auditing.

He served with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II.

He was born March 24, 1912, in Columbus to Charles T. and Komna Delschef Pilch. He married L. Louese Mentzer in 1942, and she died in 1983.

He is survived by one son, Jeffrey C. Pilch of Springfield; two daughters, Linda J. Jaspers of Springfield and Pamela (and Dan) Agrall of Mason City; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason City and the Shriners.

He graduated from Allerton Community High School and attended the University of Illinois, Bradley University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mason City Area Nursing Home.

Don Smith Sr.

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Archived Feb. 21, 2005

LINCOLN -- Don Smith Sr., 88, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at the Christian Village.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bennett Funeral Home, with Tom Gerdts officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton, with military honors. 

Mr. Smith was employed by Lincoln Locker Plant, Cities Services Inc. and Standard Oil Co. for 37 years. He retired in 1986.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Owensville, Ind., to George and Clara Shafer Smith. He married Evelyn Hafley on Feb. 13, 1940, at the First Christian Church in Hannibal, Mo.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years; two sons, Donald W. (and wife Dana) Smith of Springfield and Dennis K. Smith of Glendale, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Christa Hanselman, Mitch Smith, Kimberlie Smith, Kara Smith, Keetra Smith and Kendra Smith; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers and was the last survivor in his immediate family.

He was a member of Lincoln Christian Church, where he served as usher and greeter and was a member of the Friendship Corner Sunday school class. He was also a member of the Lincoln Ministerial Association, Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. 210 as a 32nd degree Mason, Logan County Shrine and Ansar Shrine in Springfield. He was also a proud member of the Tin Lizzy Patrol.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lincoln Christian Church, the Christian Village, Hospice Care of Southern Illinois and Oasis senior center.

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