Joint Services Being Held at Methodist Church for
Edward Leinen and Son Clyde
Edward died March 26, 1917 and
Clyde died March 28, 1917
|A double funeral is being held at the Methodist Episcopal church this afternoon�the funeral of a father and a son. The services are being conducted by Rev. Lamon. The bodies will be conveyed to Riverside cemetery in two hearses, and side by side all that is mortal of the father and son will be lowered at the same time to their last resting places.
The father, Ed Leinen, had long been a resident of Anamosa. He was born in this city April 8, 1862, and was a son of Nic Leinen, well remembered by old-time residents. He was a hard-working man who struggled sometimes against great odds in endeavor to live honestly and merit the respect of his fellow men. For a long time he was employed with the late W. A. Cunningham, and operated an ice wagon where he was faithful and obliging and had the confidence of those who dealt with him in that capacity for years.
Two years ago he was appointed city marshal and streets commissioner. He looked after his official duties in conscientious manner and with scrupulous care. About two weeks ago he was taken ill with tonsillitis. At that time there was sickness in his home, and he felt that if at all possible he must keep going. He did keep about his work, but it was at the cost of his own life. He caught cold, weakened and was forced to seek his bed. He continued to grow worse, finally lapsed into unconsciousness, and died last Monday. He had been a man of strong physique, but his strength had been overtaxed and he was unfit for the unfair struggle against the end.
To the son Clyde, who is to be buried at the same time, death came as a release from long and terrible suffering. Clyde was born in Anamosa May 6, 1899, and died at an early hour yesterday morning. His life was despaired of some time ago. Last fall he was taken ill and his suffering commenced immediately. He was afflicted with a trouble which first appeared in his hip. In hope that an operation might benefit him he was taken to Iowa City, but specialist gave no encouragement, and some weeks ago he was brought home to die. He had wasted away, and his condition was such that life was only a burden, with tortures which one cannot imagine.
The double funeral illustrates in striking manner the sore manner in which this home has been afflicted. The surviving widow is not in good health and has not been for some time. A daughter who lives in Cedar Rapids, is also said to be in very critical condition. It is a situation that calls for the exercise, on the part of friends and neighbors, of a true Christian spirit�one that counts for more than sermons or songs�the true spirit of helpfulness.
Submitted by: Laura Comley
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