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Ford County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Ford County

Index to Locations

  • Melvin Melvin Cemetery
  • Paxton Unknown location
  • Paxton Glen Cemetery

    Melvin Cemetery
    Melvin, Ford County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Leslie Cornelius Arends (1895-1985) — also known as Leslie C. Arends — of Melvin, Ford County, Ill. Born in Melvin, Ford County, Ill., September 27, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; banker; farmer; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1935-74 (17th District 1935-73, 15th District 1973-74); delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Farm Bureau; Freemasons. Died in Naples, Collier County, Fla., July 17, 1985 (age 89 years, 293 days). Interment at Melvin Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Teis Arends and Talea (Weiss) Arends; married to Betty Tychon.
      Epitaph: "His greatest gift was the love of people, and he gave it with compassion, dignity, and unerring grace. Elected forty years to the halls of the U.S. Congress, he served his fellow man, this district and the nation with wisdom and vision. For thirty-two years as Repubican Whip, serving with seven presidents, he was primary architect of a history-making bipartisan coalition in the House. Above all ws this noble man's love and devotion to his Creator, which guided his life, and is his greatest lasting legacy."
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial

    Unknown Location
    Paxton, Ford County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      James Wallace Dunnan — also known as J. Wallace Dunnan — of Paxton, Ford County, Ill. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912. Interment somewhere.

    Glen Cemetery
    Paxton, Ford County, Illinois
    Founded 1904
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Edward J. Pacey (1894-1972) — also known as E. J. Pacey — of Paxton, Ford County, Ill. Born June 12, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940, 1948 (alternate). Died May 14, 1972 (age 77 years, 337 days). Interment at Glen Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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