(March 2, 1847 - February 10, 1922)
Wyoming Newspaper Project
March 3, 1922
This article, published in the Lusk Standard, is courtesy of the Wyoming Newspaper Project.
Ebenezer Kirby was born at Chesterfield, Illinois, March 2, 1847, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray Puntney, at Royal, Nebraska, February 10, 1922, aged 74 years, 11 months and 8 days. He grew to manhood in Illinois and was married to Zarillda Jackson, October 23, 1873. To this union were born six children, all of whom, save one, who died in infancy, survive him. He moved to Nora, Nebraska, in 1892, where his wife and child died. In 1894, he moved to Clearwater, Nebr., at which place he resided until 1909, when he went to Lusk Wyoming, to take a homestead. In 1916, he retired from farm life. After this he went to Tacoma, Washington, and remained four years with his daughter and returned on July 2, 1921, to Lusk, Wyoming. Being unable to stand the high altitude on account of the condition of his health, he came to Royal on September 24, and spent the time until his death with his son and daughters.
There survive him, four daughters, one son, and seven grand children, two brothers and one sister. They are: Mrs. Iva Van Tassell, of Lusk; Mrs. Maud Freishiem, of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Gertie Forsberg, Mrs. Ella Puntney, of Royal, and Truman Kirby, of Orchard. The brothers are John Kirby, of Salesville, Montana; Albert Kirby, of Douglas, and the sister Ella Crayne of New Smyrna, Florida.
The funeral services were held from the home of the daughter, Mrs. Ray Puntney, on February 13. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the Methodist church in Royal, where the public services were held. The pall bearers were H. S. Lytle, Wm. Bartsch, J. Riley, O. L. Puntney, E. Henry, Chas. Backburn. The pastor read from the nineteenth Psalm and also an epistle taken from the 1st Corinthians. Special music was rendered by the choir, which consisted of Mrs. Frank Clifton, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Shupe, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Rundquist, H. S. Funald and Mrs. Brittain.
Mrs. Alex. Browning, of Orchard,and Mrs. E. Henry, of Royal, took charge of the beautiful floral offerings.
At the close of the services the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Royal, the Masons taking charge of the services at the grave.
Mr. Kirby was a man who was held in the highest esteem by his fellowmen for his honesty, integrity and upright life. He was a devoted father and was deeply loved by his children, who reverenced him from early childhood.
Another aged man has answered the roll call. Rest has been given another pain-racked body and once more the summons has been uttered which bids a weary pilgrim unto Eternal life.
The many friends of the family join in extending heartfelt sympathy in the sorrow of parting.
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