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Erie Cemetery History Project

John Pace (1855-1940)
Lucy (Lumbard) Pace (1840-1918)

An obituary of John Pace, who died April 11, 1940:

Aged Citizen of Erie Dies on Thursday
John Pace, 84, Resident of Community 74 Years, Expires

John Pace, esteemed resident of Erie, who with the exception of nine years had spent all of his 84 years in Newton Township and Erie, passed away at the Sterling public hospital Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Pace had been ailing for several months and seriously ill since last Friday when he was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Mr. Pace was born in Blackford County, IN, on Nov. 25, 1855, a son of Michael and Penelope McCullick Pace. He lived there until he was 9 years old, when he came to Illinois with his mother and step-father, Silas Jones. His father had died several years before. They traveled in a covered wagon and the trip to near Morrison required three weeks. They lived there for three months and then moved to a farm one mile west of Erie. They later moved to Erie where he attended the Erie school and then engaged in farm work.

On Nov. 30, 1880, he was married to Miss Lucy J. Lumbard of near Erie. They moved to a farm three miles northwest of Erie, retiring some years later to Erie. Mrs. Pace passed away Sept. 30, 1918. He was married the second time to Mrs. Alma Fenton on May 25, 1920. They lived on the farm for a few years and then returned to Erie. He was the oldest member of the Erie Baptist Church in point of years of membership.

Surviving besides the widow, are a step-daughter, Wilma Fenton Pace; a sister, Mrs. Malinda Wood, 86, of Erie; a half-brother, Harold Jones of Rockwell City, IA; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Retta Kline of Pilot Mound, IA, and Mrs. Eugene Goodale of Lake City, IA. A brother, John Pace, preceded him in death.

(Information from the Erie Independent)