Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, April 26, 1923
OBITUARY - JOHN FRANKLIN LANDES
John Franklin LANDES, son of Samuel and Magdalene LANDES, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, October 26, 1831, and
died in Leon, April 16, 1923, aged at his death, 91 years, 5 months and 21 days. He came when a child with his parents to
Indiana, and later to Iowa, coming first to Clarke County, near Osceola, and it was in Iowa that he spent the remainder of
During the Civil War he enlisted with the l8th Iowa Infantry at Hopeville, Iowa, July 28, 1862, and served as
First Lieutenant of Co. B., Dec. 21, 1863, he was promoted to be Captain of Co. A. When the war ended he returned to
Hopeville where he engaged in the mercantile business. Immediately upon his return from the Army, he was married to Emma
JOHNSON who lived only a few years. To this union one child was born, Lucius J. LANDES, who has preceded his father in
death by some years, having departed this life Nov. 5, 1915. June 29th, 1875, he was united in marriage to FRANCES
Isabelle TROWER; to this union five children were born, one of whom died in infancy, the others, Mrs. E. S. HARRIS, of
Leon, Iowa; Mr. Harry L. LANDES, of Grand River, Mrs. B. REASONER, of Beaconsfield; and Mrs. D. W. DAY, of Grand River,
survive. Beside these children, there are nine grandchildren, all living.
Mr. LANDES engaged in the general mercantile business at Westerville and Leon, besides at Hopeville, finally retiring with
his wife to their home in Grand River, where on the 16th of March, 1917, his wife departed this life. Since then, in his
failing years, he has made his home with his children, being at the time of his death with his daughter, Mrs. HARRIS, of
Leon. While in business in Leon, in the year 1895, he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained in faithful
fellowship as long as he remained in Leon. Owing to failing health, however, he never transferred his membership to
church in Grand River after moving there.
There had come to him with the gathering years, a realization of life's approaching end. He had always been used to a
life of activity and ambition and when his strength failed the prospect of death appealed to him, not as an ordeal to be
dreaded, but as a welcome entrance into the rest that remaineth for the people of God.
Funeral services were conducted at Grand River M.E. Church, Wednesday p.m., April 18, by J. E. HABLISTON, of Leon, and
burial was made in the Grand River Cemetery.
Transcription by Nancee (McMurtrey) Seifert, June of 2002
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