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Nicholas YONKER

Died: In Kankakee Town, Will county on the 10th last, Mr. Nicholas Yonker, aged 69 years.

Source: Wilmington Independent, 12 Dec 1861; 10 Dec 1861 Posted by Randall W. Younker, Oct 4, 2002


Good Man Buried Funeral of Mr. Ara B. YOUNG Held Yesterday in Jackson’s Grove The funeral services of Mr. Ara B. YOUNG were held at the Brown Church, Jackson’s Grove, Sunday. After a short service at the house of Mr. Levi H. EIB, brother-in-law of the deceased, the funeral cortege left for the Grove, where the interment took place. The deceased was the eldest son of Sheldon and Eliza Young. Although his residence had been in the West for the last twenty years, he still had many warm friends at the old homestead. His genial disposition, kind manner and ready hospitality won for him the friendship and affection of all, wherever he went. An honored and influential citizen, he will be missed by the community in which he lived. he was an obedient and affectionate son, and a loving and devoted husband. A widow and three children, two of whom are married, survive him.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 13, 1999


Visitation for Elda Marie Henrietta Pries Younker, 85 of rural Peotone, will be from 3-8 pm Friday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 am Saturday. Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery, Pallbearers will be William, Andrew, Terren and Dusten Maves, David Harper and Nickolas, Matthew, David, Daniel and Rany Younker. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone, where she was a lifelong member. She died Monday, August 8, 2005 at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee. She was born May 28, 1920 in rural Peotone, the daughter of Henry and Mary Mittag Pries. Her husband, William N. Younker, whom she married March 5, 1944 in Peotone, died in 1994. She was a member of the Ladies Aid at her church and the Eastern Will County Senior Services. She loved gardening. Surviving are three sons and daughters in law, Lee and Cheryl Younker, Gene and Christine Younker, all of Peotone, Willis and Mary Younker of Battle Creek, Michigan; two daughers and sons in law, Holly and Gene Maves of Peotone and Gale and Alan Harper of Frenso, California; 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. One brother, Emory Pries, is deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, date unknown Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 14, 2005


Benjamin YUNKER Dies in Hospital Benjamin YUNKER, 86 years old, a former Wilmington resident, died last night at 6:30 o’clock in Silver Cross hospital following an illness of 26 days duration. Mr. Yunker has made his home for the past four years with his nice Mrs. Robert PITCAIRN, 1305 Briargate avenue. His wife, Mrs. Mary FRIDLEY YUNKER, preceded him in death four years ago.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 27 May 1945; Date of Death: 26 May 1945 Posted by Randall W. Younker, Jul 22, 2002

Benjamin Yunker, a resident of Wilmington for many years passed away in Silver Cross hospital, Joliet, Saturday, May 26, 1945. He was born December 4, 1858 at San Ridge, Grundy county. He was the husband of the late Mary FRIDLEY who passed away July 2, 1939. They resided on a farm near Wilmington from 1887 until 1919 when they moved to Wilmington. Following his wife’s death six years ago, Mr. Yunker made his home in Elwood until 1941. Since that time he has lived in Joliet. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from the Addleman funeral home Tuesday afternoon, May 29 at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. Glenn DUNBAR officiating. Mrs. Joan MACK and Miss Glenda MOONE sang Abide With Me and Good Night and Good Morning. They were accompanied by Mrs. Glenn DUNBAR. Pallbearers were Henry BRODIE, Lawrence BITTERMANN, Julius LUTHER, John ALLEN, Godfred ARNSTROM, and Walter GIDDINES. Interment was in Oakwood [Protestant] Cemetery, Wilmington.

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 1 Jun 1945; Date of Death: 26 May 1945 Posted by Randall W. Younker, Oct 4, 2002

Betty Jean YUNKER

Betty Jean YUNKER passed away at her home July 1, 2004. She was a longtime resident of Frankfort and Orland Park area. She was a member of St. John’s women’s Guild and Funeral Committee. Betty leaves to cherish her memory, her loving children James E. (Kathleen) YUNKER of Monee, Carol Jean (Bob) LUZBETAK of New Lenox, Barbara Ann (Gary) KASTMAN of Orland Park and Nancy Lea YUNKER of Monee. Her dearest brothers Emil

Source: Joliet Herald News, 2 Jul 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 2, 2004

Bruce Lee YUNKER

Bruce Lee YUNKER Age 56, of Peotone passed away Saturday, December 27, 2003 at home. He was born September 23, 1947 in Blue Island, IL, the son of Dorothy (nee HENNING) BEAVER of Peotone and the late Norman Harvey YUNKER. He worked as a carpenter with Murray Brothers of Peotone. He was a member of Peotone Sportsmen Club, Peotone Bowling League, and founder of the Tuesday Night 501 Dart League. He is survived by his mother, daughter Brook YUNKER, brothers Norman YUNKER of South Chicago Heights, IL, Keith (Peggy) YUNKER of Peotone, IL and Terry YUNKER of Joliet, IL, sister Sandra (Wilbur) TESKE of Peotone, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father. Visitation Monday, December 29 from 2-9 p.m. at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 30 at 10 a.m. at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel with Rev. William RIEGLE officiating. Interment at St. John’s Cemetery in Mokena, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family

Source: Joliet Herald News, 28 Dec 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 28, 2003


Clyde H. YUNKER, Age 87, Life long resident of Mokena. Beloved husband of 64 years to Dorothy nee LAUFFER. Loving father of Delbert (Joan) YUNKER. Caring grandfather of Karen (fiance Frank McHENRY) YUNKER and Kim (John) NAVE. Fond great grandfather of Maverick and Dutch NAVE. Dear brother of Harry (Luella) YUNKER. Special friend, Nicholas McHENRY. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday, July 16, 2004 from 2:00- 9:00 PM at the Vadenburg Funeral Home 19604 S. Wolf Rd., Mokena, IL. Lying in state Saturday from 10:00 AM til time of service 11:00 AM at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10731 LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL, 60477. Interment in St. John Cemetery. Clyde was a WW II Army Veteran, Owner of Clyde Yunker Plumbing and Heating for 50 years and a life long member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers donations to the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church would be appreciated. 708-479-1210 or

Source: Joliet Herald News, 15 Jul 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 15, 2004


Edwin W. YUNKER Edwin W. YUNKER, passed away July 22 at his home in Mokena. Beloved husband of the late Laverne M. nee KROPP. Loving father of the late Lee (Marie) and the late Ronald (Diana). Dear grandfather of Lisa (Michael) WELZ, Brian (Kristin) YUNKER, Teresa (William) HARTFORD and Craig YUNKER. Fond great grandfather of Eric, Timothy and Katie WELZ, Sean and Nathan HARTFORD, Madeline and Max YUNKER. Lying in State Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM at the St. John United Church of Christ, 11100 Second St., Mokena. Interment: St. John Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2:00 to 9:00 PM at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Rd., Mokena. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. John Building Fund preferred. 708-478-1210.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 24 Jul 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 24, 2001


Luella YUNKER (nee HOGER) Age 78, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2005 at her home in Mokena, IL. Beloved wife of Harry YUNKER; loving mother of Bennett (Brenda), Delynn KIEDAISCH Naomi and the late Charles YUNKER; proud grandmother of Craig (Holly), Steven (Anne), Alison KIEDAISCH and Krista YUNKER; great grandmother of Kayla, Sean, Anna, Tyler and Ali; caring sister of Evelyn BARTLING and Hilbert (Joan) HOGER; devoted daughter of the late Albert and Mamie HOGER. Funeral service Saturday, August 27, 2005 lying in state 9:30 AM until the time of service at 10:30 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 10731 LaPorte Road, Mokena,IL, 60448. Interment in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Luella was a 20 year employee of Printing Craftsman in Joliet, IL. Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1946. Ruth Society member since 1947. Immanuel Lutheran Church organist for 25 years. She was also a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church or your favorite charity. Visitation Friday, August 26, 2005 from 2 to 9 PM at: Vandenberg Funeral Home 19604 S. Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL 708-479-1210

Source: Joliet Herald News, 25 Aug 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 25, 2005


Mrs. Benjamin Yunker passed away in the home of her brother John FRIDLEY of Elwood, Sunday, July 2, 1939. Her death followed an illness of several months, which she bore with true Christian fortitude. Mary A. FRIDLEY, daughter of John and Mary FRIDLEY, was born November 13, 1864 in Florence Township, where she grew to young womanhood. She was united in marriage with Benjamin Yunker October 14, 1885. They began housekeeping in Morris where they resided for 18 months. They then moved to Florence Township where they remained until December 1919 when they came to Wilmington to make their home. One son Tracy, who was born to Mr. And Mrs. Yunker, died June 26, 1919. Surviving relatives are the husband, daughter-in-law, Mrs. Alice Yunker, of Maywood; one brother, John FRIDLEY, of Elwood; one nephew, Ernest FRIDLEY, of Elwood; two nieces, Mrs. Robert PITCAIRN of Elwood and Mrs. Charles FAULKNER of Florence Township. Mrs. Yunker was a faithful member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Church. She will be remembered as a kind neighbor, a friend in time of need and a woman desirous of being helpful to others at all times. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Wilmington, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. J. Frank ANDERSON assisted by Rev. Glenn DUNBAR of Hampshire conducted the services. Mrs. William WHITMORE, Mrs. Donald HARROD, Misses Eva and Della CASSINGHAM sang Rock of Ages and Abide With Me. Mrs. Mabel MARSHALL was the accompanist. Serving as pallbearers were Henry OBLHUES; Thomas HASKERVILLE; L.A. HILLDERMANN, C. J. LUTHER, William WHITMORE, Sr., and Frank BARRY. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery [Wilmington].

Source: Wilmington Advocate, 7 Jul 1939 Posted by Randall W. Younker, Oct 4, 2002

Stanley E. YUNKER

Stanley E. YUNKER Age 88, of Minooka, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. Born in Orland Park, IL on October 15, 1915 to the late Edward and Mary (nee VITT)YUNKER. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Violet (nee MOSEL); six children, Leslie (Clara) of Plainfield, Elaine (Russel) PEPPERS of Champaign, Melvin (Sharon), Larry (Sandy) both of Rose Creek, MN, Marilyn (Gerald) HAUSAM of Dixon, KY, and Donna (Jay) LUDEMAN of Lake Mills, WI. Proud grandfather of 16 and the great grandfather of 12. Preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Kenneth; one sister, Thelma BRUHN; and a grandson, Douglas E. PEPPERS. Mr. Yunker was a dairy farmer all of his life before retiring in 1976. He then continued to enjoy tilling the land while working in his vegetable garden and cultivating fruit trees. He was a long time member of Minooka United Methodist Church and a DeKalb Seed Corn dealer for several years. He was a square dance enthusiast and a faithful fan of the Chicago Cubs. He will be dearly missed. Stanley YUNKER will be lying in state on Saturday, January 24, 2004 from 10 a.m. until time of services at 10:30 a.m. at Minooka United Methodist Church located at 205 Church Street. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Preferred memorials and tributes may be made to Minooka United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Visitation Friday from 2 to 4 and 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Maple Funeral Home. The Maple Funeral Home 24300 S. Ford Rd., Channahon 815-467-1234

Source: Joliet Herald News, 22 Jan 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 22, 2004