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Description: John Wesley McKee died at his home in Watseka

Date: July 15 1908

Newspaper published in: Watseka

John Wesley McKee died at his home in Watseka, Tuesday evening July 14, of paralysis, aged 65 years, 1 month and 23 days.
The deceased was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, May 21, 1843, and removed with his parents to this state when but a few years old, settling near St. Anne.
In 1862 he answered his country's call for volunteers and enlisted in Co. H. 76 Ill. Vol. Inf. under Captain Ruger of Mommence. He took part in the siege and capture of Vicksburg, the battle of Jackson, Miss., the siege and assault on Fort Blakely, Ala., and other engagements in which the regiment participated.
He was mustered out at the close of the war and returned to St. Anne where he was married in 1866, to Miss Jane Doty, who with their three children, Charles of Brookston, Ind., Mrs. Ellen Bard and John of Watseka, survive him.
After his marriage he took up residence in Iowa, where he followed farming for a few years, returning to Kankakee county 26 years ago
Eleven years ago Mr. and Mrs. McKee moved to Watseka and established themselves in a comfortable residence in the east part of town. For 25 years Mr. McKee had been practically helpless, having suffered a stroke of paralysis which rendered his left side helpless. The occasion of his death was another stroke which came upon him a week ago last Saturday, July 4, and which left him entirely helpless and speechless.
During all these weary years of waiting and suffering he had the untiring care and devotion of one of the most faithful wives who ever promised at the altar to "love honor and cherish until death do us part."
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at one o'clock at the house conducted by Dr. Joe Bell. Internment will be made at G.A.R. cemetery.

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