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Nathan McKimmy

   Eld, Nathan K. McKimmy, third son of Perry and Caroline McKimmy was born in Preston county, West Virginia, July 25, 1868, and departed this life June 4, 1922, at his home, 536 Dearborn street, Toledo, Ohio, aged 53 years, 10 months and days. At the age of six years he with his parents moved to Lenawee county, Mich., where he grew to manhood. In 1890 he was united in marriage to Lurena Fike, of Preston county, W. Va. To this union on son was born, who is still living. His home was opened to two girls, Mary Thomas and Erma Kaser, both orphans, to whom he always conducted himself as a father, Mary died at the age of 15, Erma is now a loved member of his home.

   At the age of 16 he united with the Church of the Brethren. He was so honest in his dealings, so sincere in his belief and so faithful in his trust in God, that the church appointed him first deacon, then to the ministry. He served in this cause 25 years. During this time he officiated at Coleman, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio, earnest and faithful, ready always to share, and always doing more than his share. He delivered two wonderful sermons on the day of his death. He served as elder for the Fairview church of Toledo.

   In 1909 he was called to pastorate of the Toledo church, then only a little mission. He labored faithfully and the beautiful church stands as a memorial to his untiring labor. Though often discouraged to almost past endurance he still would keep the faith, and expressed himself on his last day that he had a heart full of love for them all. Although the sound of his voice is stilled and his form no longer fills the sacred stand, his presence will be felt at every meeting ever held in this church.

   There are left to mourn their loss, his loving wife and son. Herley, his daughter-in-law, two grand-children, a foster daughter; his aged father, four brothers and two sisters, namely; Thos, and Luther of Beaverton, Fred and Alvin of Blissfield, Soloma Cowell of Beaverton and Addie Corwin of Adrian, and many friends far and near in whom he was always interested.

   Short services were held at the home. The body was then taken to the Toledo church he loved so dearly, then to the Fairview church where he was elder in charge. Both services were conducted by Elder Joe Gutlere. Interment in Zion cemetery.

   Dear is the spot where the Christian sleeps, And sweet the strain where the angels pour, O why should we in anguish weep? He is not lost but gone before. Secure from mortal care, By sin and sorrow vexed no more, Eternal happiness now he shares, He is not lost, but gone before, Now for the dead in Christ we weep, His sorrows now are o'er; The sea is calm. the tempest past, His peace is sealed, his rest is sure, Within that home he'll reign; While we weep and linger here, Our loss is his eternal gain.

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Zion Cemetery, Lenawee County, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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