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George Garrett Funk
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1880
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1945
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA

The son of Heinrich "Henry" Funk and Susan "Elizabeth" Hagen, George married Nellie Johnson on 15 Jan 1903 in Calhoun County, Illinois. He was a farmer.

George and Nellie were the parents of 10 children, including a set of twin boys. One son, Henry, died at the age of 20, and their oldest son, Ted, was electrocuted in 1936 while working on the Winfield Dam. All 5 of their surviving sons served in the United States military during World War II.

Sons Murl and John were both wounded in battles while fighting in Europe. In early 1945, the family received word that the Funks' fourth child, "Hurley," was missing in action. They believed him to have been taken prisoner by the Germans.

George G. was killed when the tractor he was driving overturned and crushed him in April of 1945. At the time of his death, he was 64 years, 9 months and 20 days old. He was buried next to his wife, Nellie, on 01 May 1945. She passed away in 1944.

After George's death in the tractor accident, the Funk family received notification that Hurley was not a POW, but had been killed in action on 16 Dec 1944.

Children: 3 daughters, 7 sons.

Father of:
Pauline Funk Wiener
Theodore Allen "Ted" Funk
Murl A. Funk
George "Hurley" Funk
Henry Ward Funk
Zola Eileen Funk Smith
Gerald Leland Funk (twin)
Harold L. Funk (twin)
Elizabeth L. "Lib" Funk Gillespie
John C. Funk

George's siblings:
Julia A. Funk Schulze
Theodore Cornelius Funk
Leo Anton Funk
Ida Josephine Funk Zigrang
Carl J. Funk
Edward Lawrence Funk
Raymond H. Funk


Obituary excerpts:

Misfortunes of George Funk End In Tragic Death

BRUSSELS The long, tragic trail of George Funk's life came to an end when his tractor overturned and crushed him to death on Franklin Hill between here and Hardin.

His 14-your-old grandson, Laverne Funk, whom he reared, leaped to safety when he saw the tractor, pulling a small farm building up the steep hill, had become overbalanced from the load behind it and was about to capsize.

A coroner's jury returned the routine verdict of ''accidental" death following an inquest conducted by Coroner Ellis Inman.

Funeral services have been set for 9 a. m. Tuesday at St. Norbert's Church with the Rev. Father Edmund Butler officiating and burial in Wilson cemetery. Funk's own tragic death occurred less than a year after his wife's but the list of his surviving sons adds to the story of tragedy in Funk's 64 years of life: Hurlye, a prisoner of the Germans; John, wounded as a paratrooper and in a Springfield, Mo., hospital. Another son, Merle, is fighting in Europe; still another, Gerald, in the south Pacific. Harold was the only one of five sons remaining with him. Still another son, Ted, was electrocuted 10 years ago in an accident on the Winfield dam.

Surviving, too, are three daughters, Mrs. Paul Wiener of Jerseyville and Mrs. Purl Smith and Mrs. Charles Gillespie of Wood River, and there are four brothers, Ted, Ed, Carl, and Raymond, and a sister, Mrs. Albert Zigrang, of Batchtown.

The fatal mishap brought about Funk's death just as he was about to settle on a 10-acre farm purchased within the last few weeks from Charles McDonald. Formerly he had rented the Mortland place, also on the Hardin-Brussels road. He was using a tractor to pull one of his buildings from his former place of residence to the new farm when the tractor flipped over.

(Alton Evening Telegraph; 30 Apr 1945; page 2)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.
Family links: 
  Heinrich Funk (1852 - 1921)
  Susan Elizabeth Hagen Funk (1852 - 1929)
  Nellie Johnson Funk (1879 - 1944)*
  Theodore Allen Funk (1906 - 1936)*
  George Hurley Funk (1909 - 1944)*
  Henry Ward Funk (1911 - 1931)*
  Zola Eileen Funk Smith (1913 - 1983)*
  Harold L. Funk (1915 - 1982)*
  Gerald Leland Funk (1915 - 1979)*
  Elizabeth I. Funk Gillespie (1916 - 1990)*
  John C. Funk (1919 - 1994)*
  Julia A. Funk Schulze (1875 - 1931)*
  Theodore Cornelius Funk (1877 - 1946)*
  George Garrett Funk (1880 - 1945)
  Leo Anton Funk (1882 - 1884)*
  Ida Josephine Funk Zigrang (1885 - 1962)*
  Carl J. Funk (1887 - 1957)*
  Edward Lawrence Funk (1889 - 1981)*
  Raymond H. Funk (1894 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship
Wilson Cemetery
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Lynn
Record added: Jul 22, 2010
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 Added: Dec. 13, 2014
With deepest respect for the terrible sacrifices endured by the Funk family while their sons fought for our country during World War II.
 Added: Jun. 25, 2012

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