John Wesley SURSA, who was born December 23, 1856, near Belle RIve,
and spent his entire life in that neighborhood, died this morning at
4:20 o'clock at his home after a period of more that a year of ill health.
Mr. SURSA was a farmer known for his integrity. He took a prominent part
in fraternal and civic affairs and politics and had a wide circle of friends.
He was married in 1880 to Myra Arminta FARMER and she, with their six
children, survives him. The children are : Mrs. Hettie McPHERSON,
Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Essa JARED, Urbana; Mrs. Mary HOPKINS, Belle Rive;
Mrs. Nellie SHUMATE, Urbana; Charles E. SURSA, Belle Rive; and Miss Inez SURSA,
Mt. Vernon. One sister, Mrs. Mary ALLEN, is living and there are 18 grandchildren
and 8 great-grandchildren.
In 1909 Mr. SURSA was converted and united with the Union Grove United
Brethren Church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 696, of Belle Rive,
and was for many years Chaplain. He was also a member of the Modern Woodman.
He was active in political work and for a number of years served as Republican
committeeman in Pendleton Twp.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, September 29 at 1:30 at the
First Methodist Church in Belle Rive. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery