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Clarinda Journal
Clarinda, Iowa
November 28, 1918

Funeral of Zell S. Killingsworth.

In The Journal of last week was reported the death of Zell S. KILLINGSWORTH of Clarinda, which took place at Fort Omaha last Thursday morning, Nov. 21, 1918. Mr. KILLINGSWORTH was an orderly to the major in the medical corps of the United States army at Fort Omaha. His remains were received in Clarinda Friday afternoon, accompanied by a comrade, Edward NEWCOMB, formerly of this [Clarinda] city, who had been detailed as an escort for them. The next morning another of the dead soldier's comrades, Charles BAILEY, a Clarinda young man, arrived to honor to the departed comrade.

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the Kennelworth Hospital, the home of Zell's parents, Dr. and Mrs. D. H. KILLINGSWORTH. It was in charge of the pastor of the United Presbyterian church, Dr. W. C. WILLIAMSON, who was assited by Rev. M. M. CABLE, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, and rev. R. C. SNOGRASS, pastor of the Christian church. The service opened with a duet by Mrs. J. w. COZAD and Miss Dorothy PFANDER, who sang "Peace, Be Still." Mr. SNODGRASS read from the Scriptues, Mr. CABLE read the obituary, and made appropriate remarks, after which Dr. WILLIAMSON spoke fittingly and offered prayer. The service at the home closed by Miss Dorothy PFANDER singing the Twenty-third Psalm. There was a military service and burial at Birchwood cemetery.

Mr. CABLE was the minister in charge at the grave. The pallbearers were four soldiers, as follows: Edward NEWCOMB, Charles BAILEY, Paul MORRIS and Lavern FULLER, the later from New Market. The firing squad was compsoed of B. C. WILSON as sergeant and Homer WILLIAMS, W. G. DUNN, W.A. PARKINS, Frank B. PENNINGTON, Leslie FINLEY, Frank McMANAMA, F. R. FINLEY and C. H. GORTON. The color bearer was Glenn WHITMORE. Guy ORTH sounded taps. The American flag which draped the casket was removed by Edward NEWCOMB as the casket was lowered in the grave. The flag has been presented to the widow.

Private Zell S. KILLINGSWORTH was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, July 19, 1884, and passed away at Fort Omaha Nov. 21, 1918, aged 34 years 4 months and 2 days. In 1898 he moved with his parents to Clarinda, Iowa. On June 27, 1912, he was married to Miss Ruby APPLE of this city. To this union was born one daughter, Looraine.

April 22, 1918, he answered his country's call but not being able to pass all physical examinations he came home and was home only three weeks when he enlisted again and was stationed at Fort Omaha for the last six months of his life. In 1894, at Tingley, Iowa, he united with the United Presbyterian church. He also was a member of the Masonic fraternity and long was an honored member of the Clarinda fire department. For some years he was an employe (sic) of the Adams Express company in this city.

He leaves to mourn their loss, a wife, a daughter, father and mother, and one sister, Miss Blanche KILLINGSWORTH.

He was about and active until a few days before his death. He was a splendid young man who will be missed greatly by those who knew him.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2011

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