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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, January 15, 1914

OBITUARY

William S. TENNANT was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, March 6, 1838, and departed this life at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, December 23, 1913, at the age of seventy-five years, nine months and seventeen days.

In early life he moved with his parents to Des Moines County, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. In the fall of 1861 he responded to the call of patriotism and duty by enlisting in the 14th Iowa Infantry, Company K. He served his country faithfully and well for over three years.

While home on a furlough in 1863 he was married to Christena TELFER, of Northfield, Iowa. To this union four children were born, two sons and two daughters, viz: Mrs. Addie M. KIRKPATRICK, of Des Moines; George A., Clifford and MRS. Cora E. TRIMBLE, all of Mount Ayr. The children were all permitted to be at his bedside when the summons came and the father was at rest. In November, 1886, he was happily and soundly converted. His life has adorned his profession. His has been a daily testimony for the King and a constant rebuke to sin. His death was in keeping with a Godly life and was one of quiet peace and holy triumph.

Unassuming, even modest and retiring in disposition, he lived as a patriotic citizen, a staunch advocate of the right, a good neighbor, a trustworthy friend, an exemplary Christian, a doting father and a model husband. The world has been made the better because he has lived in it, hearts are lonely because of his departure and a harder pull is made at our heart-strings since he has passed to citizenship in the skies. There is one less to answer at roll call in the Grand Army of the Republic and one more to respond among the Grand Army of the Redeemed. One more has been promoted from the ranks of the church militant to the victorious hosts of the church triumphant.

Transcription by Nancee (McMurtrey) SEIFERT, February 15, 2010

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