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Francis J. Pepin
November 24, 1842–February 5, 1929

Francis J. Pepin, one of Monticello’s Civil War veterans, passed away at the home of his daughter, Miss Kittie Olden, last Tuesday morning, 3:15 o’clock. Mr. Pepin had suffered the infirmities of old age for some time. His death followed a severe attack of bronchial pneumonia. He had been confined to his bed for over a month.
Mr. Pepin was born at St. Thomas, Canada, November 24, 1842. He was the son of Michael and Julia Pepin. His early youth was spent at Rockford, Illinois; and later in a small community near Cresco. Mr. Pepin was married near that town October 11, 1868, to Sarah Phillips. There were seven children born to this union, three of whom survive their father, viz: Mrs. F. W. Olden, Monticello; Mrs. Paul Purcell, Denver, Colorado; and Charles Pepin of Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Pepin died November 21, 1921.
Mr. and Mrs. Pepin settled in Monticello in 1875, where they continued to make their home till death separated them seven years ago. Mr. Pepin was a member of Company I, 9th Iowa Infantry. He served for one and a half years in the northern army. At the beginning of the conflict he expressed a desire to enlist but, through the entreaties of his mother, he did not do so until after her death. He saw service through many of the important battles of the Civil War.
The funeral services were held this afternoon at the Presbyterian church, and were in charge of Reverend Leonard Duckett. Burial was made at Oakwood cemetery by the side of Mrs. Pepin. The American Legion firing squad and bugler took part in the internment ceremony. Three volleys were fired and tapes were sounded as a fitting close to a well spent life.
Those who attended the funeral from out of town were Charles Pepin, Cedar Rapids, and a niece of Mr. Pepin’s, Mrs. Lelia Anderson of Cresco.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, 7 February 1929


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