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Charles Willey, 1874-1943


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/20/2009 at 19:35:49

C. Willey Retired R. I. Man Dies

Although Known to Have Weak Heart Death is Great Shock to Family and Friends

Charles Willey, 69, died suddenly at his home at 3:30 Saturday afternoon [May 1, 1943]. A heart attack was the cause of death. He was a retired Rock Island engineer. He retired from railroad work in August 1936 because of serious illness.

In 1905 Mr. Willey started work for the Rock Island railroad. Previously he had worked as a grain buyer in Estherville and Racine, Wis.

Mr. Willey was born February 3, 1874 in Cotter, Louisa county and received his education in the public schools of that county. He married Neva Linn July 30, 1917 at Des Moines.

He was a member of the Elks lodge, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Duncan post of Spanish-American War Veterans. He was also prominent in a number of other activities.

Survive him are his widow, three daughters, Mrs. R. J. Nelson of Brownwood, Texas, who arrived Monday morning from Camp Bowie, Texas with her husband, Lieut. Nelson; and Ruth and Joyce at home; four brothers, John Willey of Omaha, Frank Willey of Long Beach, Calif., Harlan Willey of near Wallingford and Walter Willey of Sibley, and a sister Mrs. Nell Orris of Long Beach, Calif.

Funeral service were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Mahlum and Anderson chapel at 2:30 p.m. by the Rev. F. W. Ortmeyer. Burial was in the East Side cemetery.

Pallbearers were N. E. Demoney, P. F. Scholtes, Ray Bryan, A. Haffey, Ralph McKay and Wilbur Hemphill.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Estherville Daily News, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, May 6, 1943.


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