|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1912|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 2008|
Wilford Earl Lincoln, Abingdon Chapel
95, of rural Galesburg passed away August 11, 2008 at 6:20 am at Courtyard Estates, Monmouth, IL.
He was born on October 8, 1912 in Indian Point Township, Knox County, IL to Allen Earl and Nellie Shinkel Lincoln. He married Jessie Meadows on May 19, 1940. She survives along with two sons, Gary (Kathie) Lincoln of Altona, IL, Chris (Kay) Lincoln of Monmouth, IL, two daughters, LuAnn Ekstrom of Springfield, VA and Janet (Charles) Cunningham of Orion, IL; 7 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 7 step great-grandchildren, two sisters, Louise Byerly of Avon, IL and Maribelle (George) Fitch of Mendota, IL and a sister-in-law, Mary Lincoln of Monmouth, IL.
He was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Earl Lincoln, his parents, four brothers, Forrest, Orville, Deen and George and a sister, Doris Marshall.
Mr. Lincoln was a member of The Christian Church of Abingdon, where he had served as deacon, elder and trustee. He was a lifetime farmer who loved his calling. He had been a member of Farm Bureaus in the counties of McDonough, Warren and Knox. He raised polled Herefords and was a past member of the Polled Hereford Association. When he was selling milk, he was a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He also served on the Knox County Soil and Conservation District Board. He was part of the group that formed the Knox County Sportsmen's Club near St. Augustine, IL.
His special love for horses and ponies was evident in the joy of sharing them with family, especially children. He trained horses without ever using a whip. He followed every pony he sold and could tell you who bought it, where it went, even if it was resold.
When corn was hand picked, he could pick 100 bushel a day. He was the first farmer in the area to own a combine, which kept him busy with custom harvest. He never lost interest in the evolution of farming.
Services will be at The Christian Church of Abingdon on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 10:30 am with Rev. Jerald Hill and Rev. Charles Cunningham co-officiating. Burial will be in Abingdon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Christian Church of Abingdon or the Knox County Farm Bureau Foundation.
Allen E. Lincoln (1886 - 1976)
Nellie S. Shinkel Lincoln (1887 - 1976)
Jessie J Meadows Lincoln (1918 - 2013)
Wilford Earl Lincoln (1912 - 2008)
Deen Shinkel Lincoln (1915 - 2007)*
Created by: Times Up
Record added: Aug 11, 2008
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