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Rev Waldo Edgar Buell

Rev Waldo Edgar Buell

Westville, Franklin County, New York, USA
Death 1 Feb 1923 (aged 42)
Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Burial Birmingham, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Plot Sect 5 Row 3 going south
Memorial ID 118714945 · View Source
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42y 10m 3d

Son of Herbert William and Sarah Adele Rhoades Buell.
Married Gertrude Fairchild June 14, 1905 in New York.

Source: Van Buren Co. Genealogical Society Obituary Book B, page 116, Keosauqua Public Library; Keosauqua, IA

Posted By: Betty Hootman-Volunteer
Date: 1/21/2013 at 16:30:56

Obituary of Rev. W. E. Buell

Waldo Edgar Buell, son of the late Herbert and Sara A. Buell, was born March 29, 1880, at Westville, N. Y. and died February 1, 1923, at Keokuk, Iowa, at the age of 42 years, 10 months and 3 days.

He was the eldest of ten children, three of who have preceded him to the better world.

On June 14, 1905, he was married to Miss Gertrude M. Fairchild of Westville Center, N. Y., and to them were given six children, two of them, twins, Laura and Laurence died in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his earthly death, his wife and four children, Edith, Elsie, Harold and Virginia Rae; two brothers, Rev. Wm. A. Buell of Plymouth, Iowa, conference evangelist of the Upper Iowa conference, and Leslie H. Buell of Oskaloosa< Iowa; four sisters, Mrs. Ruth a Fairchild of Westville, N. Y., Mrs. Bertha L. Kessler and Miss Clara I., Buell of University Park, Iowa, Mrs. Vera M. Henderson of Lovilia, Iowa; also many other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. Buell grew to young manhood in Westville, N. Y., and after receiving his education there and in high school in Malone, taught in the public schools in New York for several years. In the fall of 1910 he brought his family to Iowa where he has since made his home. For several years he taught in the public schools of Iowa.

He was converted at an early age and united with the M. E. church at Westville N. Y., on March 24, 1895. He was always active in Sunday school and Epworth League work for that time. In 1914 he felt the call of God to the ministry and since that time has been an active preacher in the Iowa conference. He served the following pastorates: Packwood 1914, Lovilia 1916, Cincinnati 1917, Donnelson 1918, Danville 1920, Birmingham 1921.

His work as pastor showed the best qualities of the man. He was not quick to make acquaintances but his friendship was of that better type that held the love and esteem with those of whom he labored. Although his ministry was short it presented some marked characteristics. As a church builder he was preeminent and his work was of the lasting type that constructs and holds the confidence of the people as well.

As a preacher he was noted for careful preparation of his work so that his preaching was instructive, forceful and clear. At the conference sessions he was most interested in all that was done and when given a task, the duty was carefully performed. For the past seven years Brother Buell has worked on the statistical force and the correctness of the tabulations was in no small degree due to his carefulness.

Surely God's ways are to deep for us. Brother Buell's passing was in the very height of his labors. On the last Sunday in 1922, the new church in Birmingham was dedicated and the watchnight service that night was the beginning of special evangelistic services. These meetings continued until Thursday, January 25th.

He had not been feeling well for several days and at the Doctor's orders closed, or rather as he said, suspended the meeting for a few days. As the uneasiness increased he went to the hospital on Saturday and on Monday morning the operation took place. From the first the battle seemed to be a losing one, but his courage and faith did not slacken until just a few hours before the end. When he realized the passing was near his confidence of the future was so assured that he put it from him in the interest of those who must remain here on earth. He gave instructions regarding the instruction of the converts who had so recently yielded themselves to God at the meeting and gave advice about the future of the family. At his request his wife and eldest daughter Edith hastened to his bedside, but the train connection were such that they were granted only 20 minutes converse before the end came, and even in that brief time, that short farewell, his great love for the Master's work caused him to mention those with whom he had been laboring.

The funeral service was held in the M. E. church on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Superintendent E. J. Shook. Scripture readings were by Rev. J. E. Coleman of the local Presbyterian church, and Rev. H. F. Gilbert. The obituary notice and personal recollections of Bro. Buell was by Rev. C. A. Field of Ottumwa, and the sermon by Rev. E. J. Shook. Several songs were rendered by the Williams quartet. The church was filled to its capacity with sincere friends of the family, besides a large number of ministers in the conference were present.

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Rev. W. E. Buell, pastor of the Methodist church of this place, which occurred at the Graham Hospital in Keokuk, Thursday night of last week at 9:30 o'clock. He had been compelled to close his series of evangelistic meetings on the previous Thursday evening by the advice of physician, he being threatened with appendicitis. On Saturday evening he went to Keokuk and Dr. Dorsey advised an operation, which occurred the following Monday. He seemed to be recovering alright from the operation, but later complications set in, and on Thursday evening his wife and daughter Edith went to Keokuk, and he passed away about 20 minutes after their arrival. The remains were brought her on Friday evening and the funeral services were held in the Methodist church on Monday afternoon at 1:30, the interment in the Maple Hill cemetery at this place.

Rev. Buell had been on this charge about eighteen months. The past year has been a very busy one for him in the building of the new church, and was of valuable assistance to the building committee in overseeing the same and in helping with the finances. He had good judgment, was willing to abide by the judgment of others, was not over conceited in any way, always striving for the best for the church and the community. The church was dedicated on Sunday, January 31st, and on the following Tuesday commenced a series of meetings, which were in their fourth week when he was compelled to close on account of his health. The meetings were successful and he put in all the vim and energy he possessed which probably weakened him in combatting[sic] his physical trouble, although this was his first attack. His funeral service was the first held in the new church. His wife and children have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Great grandfather of Liv Tyler. Suggested by Yvonne. FAG contributor 46963285 See Dr. Harold L. Buell's memorial





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