Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Description: Obituary for Benedict Daniel SchlicherDate: December Unknown 1931
Newspaper published in: Unknown
Source: Transcription from family book
Benedict Daniel Schlicher was born on June 11, 1869 at Benson [Illinois], the son of Mr and Mrs John Schlicher. Soon after his birth he became a child of God by means of the sacred sacrament of baptism and in due time he renewed his confession of baptism in confirmation. When the deceased was six years old a strange disease afflicted the family, as a result of which the deceased as well as some other members of the family lost the power of speech and hearing. In spite of his handicap, the deceased could communicate with his nearest relatives.
He was united in marriage on the 18th day of October, 1893, to Miss Gertrude Grace Lena Saathoff, who preceded him in death on the 25th of January of this year. At the time of his marriage, the deceased lived in Kansas, but in the year 1901 he, with his family, moved to the vicinity of Fairbury, where he remained for the rest of his life. His marriage was blessed with the birth of seven children, all of whom survive the parents, the names of the children being: Hio, Willis, Clara Wessels and Phoebe Sparks of Fairbury; George and Ubena Range of Weston; and Louis of Sunnyvale, Calif.
Mr Schlicher always enjoyed good health, but Tuesday [22 December 1931] at 12:30 he was suddenly taken out of the land of the living when a train struck the car in which he was driving, throwing him out and under the train, killing him instantly. Besides the children mentioned, he leaves to mourn his death one brother, Jacob of Donnellson, Iowa; three sisters, Lena Boelsen of New York City, Lucy Tarmann of Flanagan, and Minnie Hafermann of Norwood, Minn., and also sixteen grandchildren. The span of his life was 62 years, 6 months and 11 days.
The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Baptist church, the Rev F.M. Bunge, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating, and were largely attended. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery. Among those from away attending the funeral were his brother, Jacob Schlicher and wife and two sons, Jacob and Dan of Donnellson, Iowa; a sister, Lucy Tarmann and daughter Florence and sons John and Theodore of Flanagan. Other relatives and friends from Pontiac, Colfax, Anchor, and Wing were also present.