William F. Banky
William Frederick Banky, son of Henry and Marie Banky, was born in Germany, Oct. 20, 1878. In the fall of 1880 he with his parents came to America settling- near Woodville. Several years later the family moved to Eliiston. He received Ms education in the church school at Elijstop...... .In
1893 he was- confirmed by Rev. A. C. Stange in the Trinity Evangel¬ ical church at Eliiston. Later the family moved to Trowbridge, then a farm north of Limestone. Mr. Banky was united in mar-' riage to Lena Buhrow in 1908. This union was blessed with seven children, one infant son preceding the father into eternity.
Mr. Banky was always active in community and church life. Along with his farm work he took up the bee industry. He organized the Ottawa County Bee Keepers Asso¬ ciation and was president of this organization until a year ago when he resigned because of ill health. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran church, Rocky Ridge, for over 26 years. For 12 years he served on the Council. He was a charter member of the Brotherhood.
He enjoyed good health until about two years ago. He submitt¬ ed to an operation a year ago January and recovered sufficiently to enable him to he up and around': during the summer. For the past three months he has been bedfast, i The Lord called him into eternity j Saturday morning. April 3, the j cause of his death being cancer, j He reached the age of 58 years, 5 months and 13 days.
He leaves to mourn his depart-' ure his beloved wife, six children,: three daughters, Mrs. James Loury' of Toledo. Clara. Elsie, three sons, j William Jr., Lawrence and Clar-I ence, one sister Mrs. Wm. Detmer, |: two brothers Louis of Rocky \; Ridge and Fred of Toledo, one I
uncle Henry Bomlitz of Cleveland, one aunt, Mrs. Catherine Prange, of Toledo, one grandson William James Loury and many other rel¬ atives and friends.
Funeral service was held Mon- ! day afternoon in St. John's Luth¬ eran church, Rocky Ridge, Rev. E. H. Kempfer, officiating. The i body was laid to rest in the El- . liston cemeterv. Fffs Pastor
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