Edward Kuechler, a civil war veteran, and an honored resident of Rushville for many years, died Wednesday night of last week at his home on South Liberty street, in his eighty-ninth year.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. E. K. Towle, were held at the late home on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Members of the I.O.O.F. lodge attended the services and conducted the burial rites of their order, and a company of World War veterans, members of Schuyler Post No. 4, American Legion, were present at the services to do honor to the departed war veteran. Internment was made in Rushville cemetery.
The following obituary was read at the services.
Edward Kuechler well known and highly respected citizen of Rushville, was born in Saxony, Germany on Dec. 26, 1841, and passed away after a short ilness of senile disability at his home on South Liberty Street, March 26, 1930, aged 88 years and 3 months.
Edward Kuechler was the second child of Carl William and Christina Caroline Kuechler, and came to this country with his parents at the age of 12 years, coming across the ocean in a sailing vessel which required three months to make the trip. The family settled on a farm near Arenzville, Illinois. His early life was spent on a farm, after which he larned the tinner's trade which he followed until his retirement several years ago.
He was one of a family of seven children, four brothers and two sisters: Robert A., Oscar H., Matilda T., Selma B., Herman H., and William C., all of whom, (except one brother, William living at Winchester, Illinois) with the parents, have passed to the Great Beyond.
The deceased was a veteran of the Civil war, having served with the union army a number of years. He was wounded at the battle of Vicksburg.
He was married to Emma Wankel on Dec. 21, 1871, at Arenzville, Illinois, and eight years ago, in 1922, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home. To this union were born three sons, Charles E., of Champaign, Illinois, Richard P., of Rushville and Rudolph W. of St. Louis, Mo., all of whom with the mother are left mourn the loss of a loving father and a kind and affectionate husband.
Early in life he joined the Lutheran church near Arenzville, Illinois. He was a member of Friendship Lodge No. 24, I.O.O.F. of Rushville, Illinois, by whom he was highly honored with the presentation of a fifty year veterans diamond jewel.
Besides his wife, three sons, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and one brother, he leaves a host of other relatives and many friends to mourn the loss of a good husband, father and neighbor.
The orginal "Rushville Times" obituary (newspaper clipping - 1930).