Rudolf Kencke

Rudolph Kencke, a pioneer resident of Stephenson county, passed away at his home, 629 East Stephenson street, at 8:15 o'clock Saturday evening, his passing resulting from a heart attack.  Although he had suffered several such attacks his passing came as a great shock to members of his family and his many friends throughout the community.
Rudolph Kencke was born in Newburg, Washington county, Wisconsin on October 10, 1844, and had been a resident of Stephenson county since 1858.  At that time, accompanied by his elder brother, Frederick, he started out from his native town, and after reaching this state took up his abode in Lancaster township.  Not long afterward he became proprietor of a tract of land in that township, having subsequently brought that tract up to a high state of cultivation.  For a time he was employed by the Freeport Tribune, an early day newspaper.  He was afterward occupied at farm labor until the outbreak of the civil war.  During 1861, he enlisted in Company G. 46th Ill. Vol. Inf., in which he served four years and five months and participated with his comrades in some of the most important battles of the war.  He was promoted to orderly sergeant and although experiencing many narrow escapes, returned home sound in body and mind, the only discomfort with which he was visited having been a brief attack of lung fever, which kept him in the hospital about fourteen days.
By his courage and fidelity he received the approval of his superior officers and the respect of his comrades.  He returned to Lancaster township and on June 11, 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha E. Smith, who was a native of Lancaster township.
Mr. Kencke was a republican in politics and held the position of commissioner of highways in Lancaster township for several years.  He was united in marriage the second time to Mrs. Margaret Fay, in 1903.  His widow and the following children survive: Henry Kencke, Freeport; Edward Kencke, Ballantine, Alta, Canada.  Two stepdaughters; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive as do two sisters. 
Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. Irving Fox, pastor of the Baptist church, will conduct the services and interment will be made in the Silver Springs cemetery.  The following will act as pallbearers: Conrad Kaiser, Wm. Kaiser, Ralph Miller, Chris Holtum, Jacob Newmiller and John Wagner.

Submitted by: Kay Gavin
OBITUARY: Freeport Journal Standard, Monday, December 28, 1925, Pg 3. (Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL)
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