Mr. Levi Avey, a much respected and pioneer citizen of Polo was called to rest Thursday morning, August 18, at 12:30. Mr. Avey had been in ill health for many years, and during the past three years he had not been able to leave the house. The direct cause of his death was apoplexy. Levi Avey, son of George and Nancy Avey, was born in Boonsboro, Maryland, February 15, 1841 and had reached the advanced age of 80 years, 6 months and 3 days. For the past sixty years he had made his home in Ogle Co. Ill., the most of which time was lived in Polo. He was married to Miss Jennie Rummonds, November 11, 1873, and to this union five children were born: Bert who died April 11, 1905; Mrs. Thomas Dodson of Polo; Fred and Grover, both of Chicago, and Frances (S. M. Faith) of Iowa City, Ia. Mr. Avey is also survived by one grandchild, John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Avey, one sister, Mrs. Thomas Watts of Mt Morris, and one brother Joseph, also of Mt. Morris.
He had been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America since November 10, 1887. The older residents of this city and surrounding country will remember Mr. Avey as one of the leading auctioneers of this part of the state, he having served a large territory in that capacity for many years and until ill health necessitated his retirement from active business life. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, Rev Kabele of Mt. Morris officiating and Mrs. Blanche Stevenson furnishing the vocal numbers. Interment was made in Fairmount Cemetery. Members of the M. W. A. acted as pall bearers.
Contributed by Julie Bartimus (source unknown)
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