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Julianus (Julius) "Shorty" DeKeyrel
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Birth: Jan. 24, 1886
West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Death: Jan. 19, 1923
East Moline
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

Julianus (Julius) DeKeyrel was born in Esen, West Flanders, Belgium, the son of Aloysius (Alois) and Eugenie Joos DeKeyrel.

Julius came to the United States aboard the Vaderland on October 20, 1906. When he first arrived he worked in the machine shops of Rock Island County. According to his passport application in 1920 he was residing in Greybull, Wyoming where he worked for an oil company. On the Aquitania passenger manifests in September 1921, Greybull, Wyoming is listed as his last place of residence. In 1923 he was farming and living with his brother Rene DeKeyrel and his family in Illinois City, Rock Island County, Illinois.

He was called Shorty by the family because he was only 5 foot 1 3/4 inches tall. He never married.

Julius was killed in a car-train accident at the Seventeenth Street crossing in East Moline, Illinois. Julius was driving a new touring car which was struck by the Rocky Mountain Limited east-bound passenger train. He and his companion Ben Loontjens were headed north and stopped at the Seventeenth Street tracks for a west bound freight train. The crossing had no electrically operated warning signals and when the last car of the west bound train cleared the tracks, Julius started to cross the tracks unaware that the east bound train was coming from the other direction. The automobile was hurled to the south side of the tracks 20 feet away. Julius died at the scene, Mr. Loontjens died at a Moline hospital later that day.

Julius DeKeyrel was survived by his mother and two sisters in Belgium and three brothers, Rene and Camile DeKeyrel of Rock Island County, and Morris DeKeyrel in Wisconsin. 
 
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 Parents:
  Alois (Aloysius) Dekeyrel (1860 - 1907)
 
 Sibling:
  Julianus (Julius) DeKeyrel (1886 - 1923)
  Rene (Renatus) DeKeyrel (1886 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Marys Cemetery
East Moline
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Misssmarty
Record added: May 07, 2012
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Julianus (Julius) Shorty DeKeyrel
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Julianus (Julius) Shorty DeKeyrel
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