William Gordon Parker
PARKER, NEWTON, HANN, MCKINNEY
Posted By: LA (email)
Date: 8/29/2008 at 12:22:28
W.G. Parker departed this life Dec. 15th, 1898, aged 67 years, 9 months and 2 days.
He was born in Terre Haute, Ind., in 1821. Located in Richland county, Wis., in 1845, and was married to Miss Emily McKinney in 1848, being the first couple married in that county. He resided in Postville for the past nine years. He leaves a wife and six children, four sons and two daughters, to mourn the loss of of a kind husband and loving father. The children are : W.R. Parker, of Independence, Ia,; Mrs. Jno. Newton, of Cleveland, O., J.T. and J.A. Parker, of this city; A.E. Parker, Hot Springs, Ark., and Mrs. W.F. Hann, of Urbana, Ohio, the last named having been with her father during his illness, and will remain a few days to comfort her mother in the first sad hours of her lonely widowhood. Deceased was formerly a member of the Christian church, and was respected and loved by all who knew him.
The funeral services, conducted by Rev. H. H. Barton, were held at the Methodist church at 10:30 o’clock, Sunday morning, being largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. The remains were laid to rest in Postville cemetery for the last long sleep, “the sleep that knows no waking.”
Sleep, dear father! Thy toils and pains are o’er,
Sleep till the great judgment morn,
That land without a storm.
Kind friends have bowed around thee,
And closed thine eyes to death;
While loved ones stood beside thee
And watched thy quickening breath,
But now thou are gone forever,
Thy voice no more we’ll hear,
Can we forget thee? Never!
We’ll think thee ever near,
We bid thee farewell, now, father;
But soon will follow thee;
We’ll meet thee at the judgment,
For that is God’s decree.
In loving remembrance, by his daughter,
Mrs. W. F. Hann.
~transcribed with typos, August 29, 2008
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