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Obituary ~ Michael Crees

The Leon Journal Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, May 27, 1926

OBITUARY - MICHAEL CREES

Michael Crees, the eldest child of Joseph and Catherine Ann Crees was born October 11, 1835 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and departed this life at Grand River, Iowa, May 27, 1926 at the age of 90 years, 8 months and 15 days. He was married to Miss Margaret A. Noe, July 3, 1871, who departed this life August 21, 1907. To this union were born eight children; Willis Wilbur, Joseph A., Ethel and Horace, who have preceded him in death. The living are: Mary J. Davidson, Catherine A. Beck, Clyde Alonzo, all of Grand River, Lewis and Maggie E. Weldon of Newton, Iowa. He leaves to mourn his death twenty-seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; four sisters, Rebecca Davidson, Sarah Beck, Catherine Koger of Grand River, Iowa; Maria Eller of Etna Mills, California; one brother, Joseph R. Crees, of Grand River, Iowa and many other relatives and host of friends. When he was ten years of age his parents came to Iowa and settled in Jefferson County, remaining there until 1854, when they removed with their family to Decatur County, where he has since made his home. He helped his father improve the wild land on Grand River bottoms until the Crees farm was numbered among the best in Decatur County. He confessed his faith in Christ many years ago and was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, living a faithful life until called home. He was of a kind and helpful disposition and was always anxious to help others. A loving father and a kind and true friend. May earth's loss be Heaven's gain. Since the death of his companion August 21, 1907 which is almost 19 years ago, he has made his home with his son Clyde on the old home farm in Decatur County, Iowa. He resided in Decatur County about 71 years and in Iowa 80 years. The burial was from Maple Grove M.E. Church, Saturday, May 29th at 2 p.m., conducted by the pastor, L.K. McNeil in the Oak Hill Cemetery, a very beautiful place to lay our loved ones to rest.

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