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Godfrey Fred Lenocker (1912)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 2/20/2017 at 08:15:09

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, December 18, 1912
Page 1


Death Only Day Apart. Double Funeral at Dexter, Monday

Double sorrow came to the Lenocker family last week in the death of two members of that estimable family; the wife of Jacob Lenocker died last Thursday, and the following day, G. F. Lenocker died. The father and son both lived in Dexter at the time of death, but both were claimed as Madison county people, because the largest part of their busy and useful lives were spent in Penn township. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church in Dexter last Monday and both were buried at the same time at the Dexter cemetery.

G. F. Lenocker, familiarly known as Fred was born in Holmes county, Ohio, in 1834, where he was married to Miss Drushell, a short time before coming to Madison county in 1869. He settled on a piece of prairie land in Penn townhip, which he improved and added to until it became one of the largest and most valuable farms in the county. There was no home anywhere, better or more widely known for its hospitality and good cheer. Fred Lenocker’s home was your home while you tarried there and on driving in at the wide open gate, the wayfarer who had ever before halted there for food and rest never for a moment doubted but that a courteous and hospitable reception awaited him.

The most characteristic and commendable trait of Fred Lenocker was his integrity, he was candid, confiding and free from guile. His honesty was not only of the financial order, but likewise he was honest in his conversation and demeanor. In all his affairs, whether he signed a paper, made a verbal promise or gave you a frown or a smile, it meant just what it expressed. In all things he filled to the full measure of requirement what it is to be an “honest man the noblest work of God”.

Mr. Lenocker has been ailing more or less over time during the last twenty five years. When he was serving in the office of county supervisor, to which he was elected in 1883, he was at times prostrated by an attack of indigestion. During all these subsequent years of suffering he remained the same alert man of business and confiding friend. He visited Winterset only a few weeks ago, and looked so well that the news of his death was quite a surprise to his most intimate friends.

A number of Winterset people attended the funeral last Monday. The services were conducted by Rev. Henry Wallace, assisted by the local ministers of Dexter. The immediate members of the Lenocker family are as follows: Mary, Reuben, France, deceased; Lizzie, now, Mrs. Fred Fitting; Jacob, Charles, Guy and Rena, now Mrs. Ray Mount.

Stuart Herald
Friday, December 20, 1912
Page 3

A Double Funeral at Dexter

G. F. Lenocker of Dexter, an old time resident of Madison county, died Friday, and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. Lenocker, died the day preceding. Funeral services for both were held Monday at the Presbyterian church. Henry Wallace of Des Moines, assisted the pastor, Rev. Bethel in the services over the remains of Mr. Lenocker and Rev. Baxter of Colfax, a former M.E. minister at Dexter, conducted the services over those of Mrs. Lenocker.

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