Rudolph Leckington who has been in poor health for the last three years, passed away at his home two miles wist of Lena, at 1:15 O'clock p.m., Monday, Febuary 12th, 1917, at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 27 days. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Leckington and was born near Mifflintown, Juniata (sic) County, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1839. In the spring of 1852, the family left Pennsylvania for Illinois, coming by canal and steamboat to Hennipin, IL. The trip required six weeks and within one hour after landing, the mother passed away, having taken the measles while on the trip. In August of the same year they came to Stephenson County, locating west of Lena and in the spring of 1869, he located on the farm where he spent the remainder of his life. He was united in marriage to Clarissa Mizner, Septembr 22, 1862. To this union were born five children, four of whom survive him. He united with the Amity Evangelical Lutheran church, January 8th, 1890 and remained a member until the end. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, two sons, W.G. of Storm Lake, Iowa; Hollis H. on the home place, two daughters, Mrs. J.H. Krick of McClure, Pennsylvania and Mrs. Geo., L. Myers of Montrose, Colo, several brothers, seven grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services took place Thursday afternoon at the Amity Lutheran church, Rev. B. F. Grenoble, pastor of the church conducting the services. Interment followed at the family lot in the Lena cemetery.
Submitted by: Julie Sturtevant-Wirgau on 9 Jul 1998