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Bion Leonard Thayer
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1857
Warren County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1927

Bion Leonard Thayer, the son of George and Jeanette Thayer, was born in Warren county (sic), Illinois, near Roseville, April 19, 1857, and departed this life on February 28, 1927 at the age of 69 years, 10 months and 9 days. He was the third of the family of eight children, three brothers and one sister having preceded him in death.

He was united in marriage to Estella Cunningham on February 29, 1880, at Roseville, Ills. To this union were born five children, four sons and one daughter, Lovell O., Melvin L., and Mrs. Grace Mage (sic), Ruskin; and James Earl of Sidney, Nebr. One son died in infancy.

They resided on a farm near Roseville, for five years, then moved to Nuckolls county (sic), Nebraska, on a farm not far from Ruskin, where they lived until nine years ago, when the father and mother moved to Omaha. On November 23 of last year Mrs. Thayer died leaving the husband alone after thirty-three years of life together sharing with each other the life of pioneers in our county, with its trials, toils and sufferings, rearing their children to manhood and womanhood and giving them a fine start in the world.

Since the death of his wife, Mr. Thayer has been living with his son Melvin on the old homestead.

He leaves to mourn his departure, besides the children, two brothers and one sister, Darwin and Mrs. Nettie Ramage of Roseville, Ills.; and John Windsor Thayer, Nora, Nebraska; as well as fifteen grand children and a host of loyal friends.

Our departed brother when a young man made a profession of faith in Christ and united with the Baptist church at Roseville. He was a patient sufferer for a long time yet that faith in God was "steadfast and sure whle the billows roll."

Another one of our old pioneers has gone from our midst. We perhaps do not always realize what it meant to be a pioneer, for they labored under adverse circumstances and endured the hardship so that we may have th (sic) eblessings (sic) and the pleasures of these modern times. They sowed the seed and we entered into the harvest; they laid the foundation for our institutions such as the public school, the Sunday school, and the church. We owe them a debt which we can never pay.

Mr. Thayer was a good neighbor and always ready to lend a helping hand. He was a loving and dutiful husband and loved his home much, but the summons came for him to come to his Heavenly home.

Life's race well run,
Life's task well done,
And now comes rest.
Folded the hands that have faithfully labored;
Quietly clasped over the once troubled breast;
Gone are the heartaches, the waiting is ended-
Peacefully, tranquilly lying at rest.
Hushed are the throbbings of that faithful heart,
Anxious to live, yet patient in suffering,
Cheerful, though billows over him roll,
Happy today, he has heart the sweet summons, -
Enter thy Haven, Oh tempest-tossed soul.

The funeral services were held at the church in Ruskin at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. Stephen H. Jones of the Presbyterian church, Nelson. The body was laid to rest in the Ruskin cemetery.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, March 3, 1927 
Family links: 
  George Washington Thayer (1828 - 1918)
  Jeanette White Thayer (1835 - 1904)
  Rosa Estella Cunningham Thayer (1860 - 1926)*
  Lovell Orean Thayer (1880 - 1957)*
  Melvin LeRoy Thayer (1885 - 1947)*
  James Earl Thayer (1889 - 1935)*
  Grace May Thayer Magee (1891 - 1978)*
  John Winsor Thayer (1854 - 1930)*
  Bion Leonard Thayer (1857 - 1927)
  Ida Lavina Thayer Pratt (1862 - 1906)*
  Darwin Nelson Thayer (1865 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Creek Cemetery
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Lot 119, Space 3
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Feb 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47419508
Bion Leonard Thayer
Added by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Bion Leonard Thayer
Added by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Bion Leonard Thayer
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