Lawrence Lunkenheimer
Oberlin Herald, Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, 17 Jan 1929

Grim Reaper Again

                                         Wields His Sickle

An Unusual Number of Deaths of

Aged People to Record


During the past week death has claimed, Lawrence Lunkenheimer of Summit township; A.E. Bennett of Oberlin City; Nicholas Gill of Kanona and Barnet Witham of Cedar Bluffs. All four were men above 60 years of age.


Lawrence Lunkenheimer

Lawrence Lunkenheimer was born in the state of Illinois, March 4, 1864.

At the age of four years he moved with his parents to Hanover Kansas. Here he resided until the spring of 1885 when being 21 years of age he came to Decatur county where he homesteaded the land on which he lived at the time of his death. He bore his intense suffering uncomplainingly and passed quietly away at his home Saturday p.m. January 12, 1929 at the age of 64 year, 10 months and 8 days.

Mr. Lunkenheimer was united in marriage to Miss Eda Brandt November 4, 1888 at Oberlin, Kansas. To this union five children were born: Mrs. Flora Steiger of Menlo, Kans.; Mrs. Gustie Borthwick of Arvada, Wyoming and Harry, Alvin and Ida of Oberlin, Kansas.

He leaves to mourn his departure the five children, five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Dena Scheirkolk of Herkeimer, Kansas and Mrs. Eve Meitl of Leoville, Kansas and a host of relatives and friends. The faithful wife and companion passed to the Great Beyond, October 30 1925 at Rochester, Minn.

Mr. Lunkenheimer was one of the best known men in this section of the county and to know him was to respect him.

Coming to Decatur county 43 years ago he experienced all of the hardships of the early day. Strong and fearless he fought the battle of the Pioneer.

Lawrence Lunkenheimer was a true friend. His great heart was warm with the “western spirit”. With him and likewise his faithful wife friendship knew no bounds. No night was too dark, no storm too severe to stop them when a neighbor or friend was in need.

He practiced the life of kindness of sympathy and of sacrifice.

He was a kind and loving husband and father whose memory will be cherished and whose influence will be forever.

In the passing of Mr. Lunkenheimer, the community has lost a real friend and neighbor.

The funeral service was conducted Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Presbyterian church by Rev. J. E. Bartholomew of Oberlin. He was laid to rest by the side of his companion in the Oberlin cemetery.

Card of Thanks

To the many friends and neighbors who so kindly helped care for our beloved father; also for the kind words of sympathy and the flowers, to all we extend our sincere thanks and hope you are shown as much loving kindness when the dark hours come to you.

All of the children

of Lawrence Lunkenheimer


Oberlin Herald, Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas

17 Jan 1929

Submitted by:  Frank Knopp
Frank Knopp 
2140 Broken Circle Road
COS, CO 80915