Obit: Durst, James De Roy "Roy" (1882 - 1954)

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Durst, Lightfoot, Schutte, Kurasz, Sieg, Scholze, Marg, Smith, Stremikis, Baures, Flick, Walker, Mayer, Bedell, Raymond, Sysdel, Shaw, Krueger, Dahlberg, Langworthy, Hartmann 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.)  September 30, 1954 

Durst, James De Roy "Roy" (22 August 1882 - 19 September 1954) 

James De Roy Durst was born near Pine Island, Minn., on August 22, 1882, and died at the Neillsville Hospital September 19, 1954,a t the age of 72 years and 29 days.  He suffered a stroke at his home on Thursday morning, September 16. 

At the age of 15 years Mr. Durst came with his parents to the Town of Foster near Fairchild.  He was married on December 11, 1906, to Janie Lightfoot.  To this union 13 children were born - Virgil and James of Milwaukee, Ethel (Mrs. Alvin Schutte) Eva (Mrs. Wm. Kurasz), Vivian (Mrs. Henry Schutte) and Ivan, all of Neillsville; Dorothy (Mrs. Rolla Sieg) Fairchild; Leone (Mrs. Edwin Scholze) Humbird; Betty (Mrs. Walter Marg) Black River Falls; Ella Jean (Mrs. Clarence Scholze) Columbus; and Raymond and Neil at home.  One daughter, Verna, died in infancy. 

He is also survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Smith of Augusta, 31 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

He served as treasurer of the Town of Foster since 1938; prior to that he was on the school board for several years.   

The funeral was in charge of the Jenson Funeral Home of Hixton. The body reposed at his home from Monday afternoon until services at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, at the Methodist Church in Fairchild, the Rev. Hartmann of Humbird officiating. Burial was in the Fairchild Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were: August Stremikis, Arthur Baures, Albert Flick, George Walker, Herman Mayer and George Bedell.  Flowers were in charge of Mrs. August Stremikis, Mrs. Arthur Baures, Mrs. Al Raymond and Mrs. Herman Mayer. 

Mrs. Joe Sysdel and Mrs. Frank Shaw sang two selections, accompanied by Mrs. Lloyd Krueger at the organ. 

Those from away who attended the services were: Mr. and Mrs. James Durst, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Durst and son of Milwaukee, Stanford Lightfoot and sons, Donald and LaFayette of Beloit; Mrs. Nellie Dahlberg of Knapp; Michael Durst of Antigo; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schutte of Mukwonago, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Walker, Mrs. Fred Langworthy, Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Durst and Mrs. Paul Marg, of Eau Claire. 




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