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Menard County Review, Friday, April 6, 1979

"Lucky" VanEman dead at age 65

ATHENS- Oliver "Lucky" VanEman of Athens died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 4 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was 65 years of age.

Mr. VanEman was born February 21, 1914 in Menard County, the son of Frank and Laura Edith McKee VanEman. He was a member of the Indian Point Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Thelma; one daughter, Mrs. Janet Wells of Athens; one son, J.F. of Jacksonville; two brothers, Hubert of Athens and Robert of Kimberling City, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Bakur of Astoria, N.Y. and Mrs. Velda Miller of Elgin; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens with Rev. William Pullin officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.

Transcribed by: Rajean Gallagher


Athens Free Press, March 17, 1905

Death of John Naylor

John Samuel Naylor died March 14, at his home in North Athens aged sixty years, of catarrh of the stomach. His children are Thomas and Charles Naylor, Mrs. Thomas Rogers, Mrs. John Green, Mrs. Harvy Hunt, and Mrs. Herbert Piercille, all of whom reside in or near this city; and Mrs. Edward Mandlins, who resides in Bond county. He is also survived by one brother, Barny Naylor, and three sisters Mrs. Edward Vise, Mrs. William McGary and Mrs. William Thomas, who reside in this county. The decedent was born in Kentucky where he also married. About seventeen years ago he moved his family to this county, first to Greenview. About six years ago he moved to Athens and worked for some time in the coal mines. Later he took up farming for a livelihood.

The funeral will take place Thursday at 3 p.m. from the Lebanon church. The Rev. D. G. Carson officiating. Interment in the cemetery at Lebanon.

Submitted by: Rajean Gallagher

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