John F. Burditt, whose serious illness has been noted in these columns the past two weeks, died at his home in this city at 4:05 p.m. on last Saturday. For ten days he had been prostrate from the efforts of an attack of paralysis of the left side. Pneumonia and other complications set in a few days before his death and all human efforts to afford relief from his suffering proved unavailing.
John Forest Burditt was born in Fairfield, Jefferson-co., Iowa, on September 8, 1843, and was 61 years, 7 months and 14 days old at the time of his death. He was married in Henry-co., Iowa, on April 12, 1806, to Miss Rebecca Grant. In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Burditt moved from Iowa to Republic-co., Kans., where they continued to live until two or three years ago, when they went to Oklahoma, making their home with relatives in Dewey and Beaver-cos. Last fall they started back to Republic-co., but concluded to stop in Coldwater for a few months on the way. They had since made this their home.
Deceased was a man of kind impulse, industrious habits and unimpeachable character. He served the Union during the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in Co. K., Sixth Iowa Infantry. After 11 months' service he was compelled to return home on account of sickness. Recovering, he re-enlisted, entering Co. K., Nineteenth Iowa Infantry and served therein until the close of the war. He participated in the battles of Prairie Grove and Shiloh and in the siege of Vicksburg. His company fought Marmaduke in Missouri and also saw service in Arkansas and in Louisiana. For 11 months Mr. Burditt was a prisoner in Libby Prison. His war record was one of which he never had cause to be ashamed.
For many years the deceased had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He died with triumphant faith in Christ as his savor. The funeral services were held at the home at 10 a.m. on Monday and were in charge of Rev. C. E. Williams of the M. E. church, Rev. W. L. Roberts of the Presbyterian church assisted. Burial took place in Coldwater cemetery.
A son, Grant Burditt, of Beaver-co., Okla., and a daughter, Mrs. Lou Henderson, of Dewey-co., Okla., the only surviving children and the faithful wife were present, and to them the sincere sympathy of the entire community goes out in this their hour of sad bereavement. Three children of the family died several years ago.
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