El Dorado Republican, Monday, Sept. 11,
1916, Pg. 1
Vol. XXIV, No. 150
Date/place of death and unit information
also from "Journal of the Thirty-sixth Annual Encampment of the Grand Army
of the Republic, Department of Kansas" held in Salina, Kansas May 16, 17,
18, 1917. Contained in the Chaplains Memorial Roll.
Dennis Willard, 82, passed away at
his home southwest of El Dorado, Saturday evening, September 9, at 10 o’clock,
following a lingering illness of several years. A cancer of the stomach
was the cause of his death. He had been bedfast since June.
Funeral services were held from
the home at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. E. King of the
Methodist Episcopal church. Interment was had in the west cemetery.
Members of the Grand Army of the Republic of which Mr. Willard was a member,
gave their ritual service at the grave. The pallbearers were chosen from
among the comrades.
Mr. Willard was born February 22,
1834, in Michigan. Just before the Civil war, he was united in marriage to
Miss Harriet Lewis who died a few years later. Fifty years ago next
October he was married to Miss Emma Linder, who preceded him in death eleven
Mr. Willard came to Kansas in 1870
locating at Lyons, Rice county, Kan. He came to Butler county thirty-five
years ago and located on a farm about six miles east of town. He moved to
El Dorado twenty-eight years ago. Mr. Willard served in the Civil war.
He was a member of the 48th Indiana infantry.
Surviving him are three children:
Mrs. Ollie Duhendorff, Myton, Utah; Marion Willard, Neosho, Mo. and Mrs.
Chloe Marcum, El Dorado. Two brothers and two sisters also survive.
Mr. Willard was known as a good
citizen, a kind father, and a better friend never lived.