John E. Korns Obituary

Obituary of John Edward Korns, Former Resident of Montour

A full account of the death of John Edward Korns, former Montour resident who died at St. Joseph. Mo., on October 25, has been received by friends and relatives here. The following obituary is taken from the newspaper at Unionville, Mo., where Mr. Korns lived for many years.

John Edward, oldest son of John and Louisa Korns, was born in Somerset County, Pa., June 8, 1850. His parents moved from Pennsylvania to Tama county, Iowa, settling in Highland township, while he was yet a boy.

He grew to manhood in Highland township and on Feb. 13, 1877, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Morgan. To this union six children were born. They are John R. of Unionville MO., Lydia S. Kinner of San Jose, Calif., Lillie Sulser of Powersville, Mo., Allen who died in infancy, Charles C. of Tama, Iowa, and Clara Potter of Unionville, Mo.

He is survived by his five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, three sisters, Ella Whelen of Grinnell, Iowa, Emma Roe of Kansas, Alice Wright of Oklahoma, and two brothers, George of Iowa and Charles of Nebraska.

Mr. Korns moved with his family to Putman county, Mo., in 1895, locating on a farm near West Liberty where his wife died April 5, 1898. He returned to Iowa two years later and spent most of his time near Montour and Marshalltown.

Five years ago he returned to Missouri to make his home with his children, spending most of his time with his youngest daughter, Clara. His mind became so deranged that the children were unable to care for him in their homes and we was taken to the state hospital at St. Joseph, Mo., where on Friday, October 25 his spirit took its flight, returning to God who gave it.

He was baptized in the Lutheran church and died in that faith. And thus another pioneer is gone, his battles fought, the victory won. Our thoughts cannot penetrate deep enough to understand the mysteries of life, but some day, we shall know and understand.

Funeral services were conducted by Dr. L.B. Coggins of the first Christian Church of Unionville in the West Liberty Methodist church on October 27 at two thirty in the afternoon. Interment was made by the side of his wife in the cemetery near by.

The pall bearers were Lee Noel, Charles Noel, George Potter, Henry Wolf, Clinton Patrick, and Gus Linderman. A quartet composed of Reverend Coggins, Reverend Hunsinger, Mrs. Tray Gilbert, and Mrs. John Shick sang. They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. William Quigley.

The above obituary was provided by a descendant of the father of John E. Korns, who wishes to remain anonymous. A hand annotation on the news clipping says that John E. Korns was a son of John D. Korns.

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