Monday, November 9, 2009

Obituary - William Henry WAITS (1845-1927)


William Henry Waits was born in Clermont County Ohio, September 29, 1845. He departed this life at his home in Ruby, Nebraska, January 30, 1927. Age 81 years, 4 months, and one day.

He was united in marriag with Mrs. Elvie Pitt, January 24, 1875. To this union seven children were born, four sons and three daughters. He came to Nebraska in 1873 and Homesteaded in Hamilton County. He later moved to Seward County, and has made Seward County his place of residence until his death.

In 1861 at the opening of the civil war he was in the struggles at Harper's Ferry; he enlisted in Company H, 53rd regiment Ohio Volunteers and also served in Co. "F" 195th Ohio Regiment.

Mr Waits was a stonemason by trade laying the foundations of the Tishue Block, the Windsor Hotel, and was instrumental in building the Congregational church in Seward, Nebraska.

In 1893 he was converted, acknowledging Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Ruby, Nebraska. He remained a faithful member of that great branch of the Christian faith until his departure.

He leaves to remember him as a faithful husband and father, with the hope if Christ of a meeting beyond this life the following: his faithful wife and helpmeet; four sons; Frederick of Seward, Simeon, Thomas and Edwin, all of Seward County, Nebraska. Three daughters, Mrs Lovina Lunney of Valley county, Mrs Rhoda Davis of Ruby, Nebraska; Mrs Lizzie Davis of Seward County. There are twenty-nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, two brothers, James and Thomas of Western Nebraska, with large company of friends and acquaintances.

The funeral services were held from his home in Ruby, Nebr., on February 1st, conducted by Rev. D. A. McCullough, pastor of the Seward Methodist church. Burial was in Ruby cemetery.


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