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Rockford Morning Star Sat., 5-5-1928


Leaf River May 4. - John William Ridgeway, 74 years old, lifelong resident of this vicinity, died this morning at 3:30 o'clock at his home in Lightsville after several months of illness.

He was born at Egan June 28, 1853, and married Miss. Blanche Steffa Feb. 21, 1893. She survives him, with six children, Mrs. Laura Magin, Rockford, Mrs. Evelyn Rauch (spelled Raush in obit), Mt. Morris, Mrs. Enda Rauch (spelled Raush in obit), Leaf River, Mrs. Ruth Palmer, Leaf River, Roy Ridgeway, Collins, IA., and Louis Ridgeway, at home. He also leaves 14 grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Eva Fritzel, Pompeys Piller, Mont., Mrs. Gressle Horny, also of Pompeys Piller, and Mrs. Hattie Pitts, Richmond, and a brother, J.K. Ridgeway, Thayer Mo. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Leaf River United Brethren Church, and burial will be in Roundhouse Cemetery.

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