Obituary of Levi Mastin
Taken from Lake City Graphic
Lake City, Iowa, Calhoun County


March 9, 1843 - July 5, 1926

  Levi Mastin was born in Coshocton, Ohio, March 9, 1843 and passed away at his home in Lake City, July 5, 1926, aged 83 years. He lived in Ohio until he was ten years old when the family moved to Springfield, Ill. Later he went to Indiana for a short time and then returned to Illinois.

  On July 7, 1861, he enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War, joining Company F, 41st Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. All but three of this Regiment were killed in action. Levi Mastin was honorably discharged December 17, 1863. However, the next day he reinlisted in Company G, 53rd Regiment of Illinois Veterans from which he was honorably discharged July 22, 1865. During his military career the decedent was in twenty-seven battles. However, he escaped unharmed except once when he received a slight wound in his shoulder caused by a rifle ball.

  On July 28, 1866, he married Fannie Elisabeth Warrenburg at Dewitt, Illinois.

  They lived for a number of years in Illinois and then moved near to Grand Junction, Iowa. Thirty-three years ago he moved to Lake City where he has continued to reside until the end. Twelve children came into this home, nine of which are living - five sons: Charles, Walter and Perry of Council Bluffs, Elmer of North Platte, Nebr., and Edward of Lake City, Iowa; and four daughters: Mrs. Dora Tobeck, Mrs. Etta Scott, and Mrs. Eva L. Bosley of Council Bluffs, and Mrs. Florence Rodius of Portland, Oregon. There are 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters and a brother: Mrs. Martha Fields, Mrs. Sarah Hansen[Henson] and John Mastin, all of Lucerne, Missouri.

  His wife and the mother of the twelve children died February 28, 1915. On October 10, 1916, he was married to Mrs. Nancy Murray at Sac City who survives him and to who he has been most faithful during their married life. She and seven of his children were at his bedside when he quietly passed away.

  Many years ago he was converted and on March 15, 1900 he took the church vows, joining the Methodist Church during the pastorate of Rev. E. G. Keith.

  This father who nurtured a large family of children who loved him dearly, and this member of the Grand Army of the Republic who was a loyal patriot in this country's need, has now gone to the great encampment on the eternal shores and to the quietude of the everlasting abode.

  The funeral service was held at the Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Dr. M. D. Bush. The members of the local Post of the G.A.R. attended the service in a body and had charge at the cemetery. A squad of World War soldiers fired a salute and L.D. Hawkins sounded taps. Burial was in Lake City Cemetery.

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