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Walter L. Funk
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1845
Hillsdale County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 1928
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Walter Funk, the son of Moses A. and Rachel Funk, married Frances "Fannie" Bellamy about 1868. They had two children:

1) William C. Funk (1869-?), who married Lillian Williams;
2) Albert "Bertie" Funk (1870-?), whose first wife was Rosamond E. Sansome, and whose second wife was Mary Julia Clergy.

Walter and Fannie divorced, and Walter remarried Lucy (surname unknown).

Fannie remarried Warren Van Allen. They had three children:

1) Edward W. Van Allen (1874-?), who married twice (first wife's name unknown), and second wife was Mary A. Gay;
2) Charles W. Van Allen (1886-?);
3) Claude H. Van Allen (1890-?), who married Ella A. Waddell.

Walter and Fannie's children William and Albert Funk often used the surname of their step-father Warren Van Allen.

On September 20, 1899 Fannie married for a third time, this time to the widower John Manning. He had two young children by his second marriage, and Fannie's two youngest, Charles and Claude, were still at home. John Manning died suddenly on June 2, 1903, and Fannie was left to raise his two children, Lucile and Thomas. Due to unfortunate circumstances, that arrangement did not last long; John's children were removed from her care by their late mother's brothers.


Walter L. Funk, Leader in G.A.R. Activities, Dies

Walter L. Funk, 83, one of the most prominent and active members of the G.A.R. through whose efforts two national G.A.R. encampments were brought to Grand Rapids, died Tuesday at his home, 141 1/2 Lyon St. NE.

Born in Jonesville, Hillsdale County, Mich., June 4, 1845, Mr. Funk devoted the greater part of his life to patriotic activities. He enlisted as a private in Co. A., Fourth Michigan Infantry, July 25, 1964, and after serving one year, was discharged on June 1, 1865. He served as a drummer boy and later fought under Gen. Grant.

Mr. Funk was instrumental in bringing the G.A.R. encampments to this city and had arrangements practically complete to make Grand Rapids the convention headquarters for the national encampment in 1930. He served this year as a member of the staff at the national G.A.R. commander-in-chief and at the time of the local encampments served on the mayor's committee. He had taken an active interest in all G.A.R. activities, having assisted in the organization of the Grand Army of the Republic after his war service.

Mr. Funk's father, Moses O. Funk, was captain of Co. I Fourth Michigan infantry, the same company of which his son was a member, and was also a member of Custer post.

He is survived by his widow, Lucy Funk. The body was removed to the Lyzen funeral home, where services will be held at 2:30 this afternoon under auspices of the G.A.R. Burial will be in Hillsdale.

(Grand Rapids [Michigan] Herald, June 14, 1928, p. 3.)


Sources: " Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861 -1865, vol. 4", also known as the "Brown Book" and personal research from the soldier's Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Application file from the National Archives.

For Further Information See:
Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry 1861-1866
4th Michigan Infantry
Family links: 
  Moses A. Funk (1812 - 1866)
  Lucy Hughes Funk (1852 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship


Oakhill Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: 4th Michigan Infantry
Originally Created by: Joann Geybels
Record added: Aug 09, 2011
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Thank you for your dedicated service as a soldier in the Fourth Michigan Infantry. May you rest in honor.
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