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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
January 19, 1905

OBITUARY - NELSON CARRIER RHOADES

Nelson Carrier RHOADES was born in Cattaraugus County, New York, in 1836, and died in Leon, Decatur County, Iowa, on January 9, 1905, aged 68 years, 9 months and 23 days. At the age of 13 years, he moved with his parents to Vernon County, Wisconsin, where he married in 1859 to Miss Temperance HART, who died in 1864. To this union were born two children, MARY ALICE, who died when five years old, and Francis who now resides in Lamoni. In l866 he was again united in marriage to Miss Lucy OSGOOD at Viroqua, Wisconsin. To this union were born eight children, four of whom are still living; Nelson C., Jr. of Littleton, Colorado; Matie KELLEY of Chicosa, Colorado; Edward J., whereabouts unknown and Eva MATHEWS, of Leon.

In 1867 the deceased united with the M.E. Church in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He afterward moved to Iowa and in 1881 united with the M.E. church of Garden Grove and a few years later with the same church of Leon, Iowa, of which he has been a most faithful member until the death angel took him to that home where there is no more sorrow or suffering. He will always be remembered as a most affectionate husband and father, always ready to do what he could for the comfort of others. In the last few days of his illness he often expressed himself as ready to die and prayed that the good Lord, who knows all of our sorrows, would take him home right away so he would be out of his misery.

Those of the relatives who were present at the deathbed were his wife, Mrs. Lucy E. RHOADES, son Francis M., grandson A. L. RHOADES, of Lamoni, Ia., Mrs. Eva MATHEWS, of Leon, A. G. OSGOOD and son, Charlie, of Mount Ayr, and Frank OSGOOD, of Mystic, Ia. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church, January 11, conducted by Rev. PILCHER. The remains were laid to rest in the Leon Cemetery.

The Lord giveth and he taketh away. His will, not ours, be done.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to extend our thanks to the public and members of the Yeoman Lodge for the kind assistance given us during the sickness and death of our husband and father.

MRS. LUCY E. RHOADES.
F. M. RHOADES.
MRS. EVA MATHEWS.

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008

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