Decatur County Journal
January 28, 1915
Martin Luther Leffler, son of John and Barbara Leffler, was born September 17, 1843, in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and died at his home in Van Wert, Iowa, January 19, 1915, aged 71 years, 3 months and 3 days. His parents moved to Decatur County, Iowa, when the deceased was but a small boy and settled near the town of Grand River. Here he grew to young manhood, strong and robust. In February, 1862, when the government was calling for volunteers, this young man, a little past 18 years of age, responded to the call, enlisting in Co. A 17th Iowa Infantry. His term of service covered a period of three years and two months. He was wounded in a battle at Tilton, Georgia, by a bomb shell striking him on the head, causing him great pain and much suffering.
In February, 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss. Alice Bledsoe. They were the proud parents of three children, two daughters and one son, the latter died in infancy. The mother died in 1875, leaving the father to care for the little girls. He was afterward married to Miss. Laura Ward. They have always made their home in Van Wert. Their children are: Mrs. Grace Fuller, Mrs. Mamie Saylor, Mrs. Alice Lantz, Mrs. Ena Mahrenholz, and Bennie Leffler, all living in or near Van Wert. All of his children, except one daughter, Mrs. Kate Price, were present to help care for him in his last sickness. Mrs. Lou McConnell came from York, Nebraska, to see and assist in caring for her father in the last days.
It was about six weeks after he gave up his work when the end came. During this time every care that love and medical science could bestow was given him. His devoted wife, entirely forgetful of self, was ever at his side to answer his every need or call. The children and their companions were ever ready to render any possible service that would add to his comfort or relieve him in his suffering, but was of no permanent avail. He knew for days that he could not get well, but calmly sustained by a trustful faith in God whom he had loyally served, he approached the end peacefully, saying again and again "it is all right."
Mr. Leffler united with the Church of Christ in Van Wert in February, 1897, and remained in that fellowship till his death, a faithful and honored member. The funeral service was held in the new church on the 20th of January. the house was filled with friends of the deceased. The school came in a body with their teachers. They dismissed in honor of the deceased. They had learned to honor and respect the man, and no wonder, for 23 years, excepting one year, he had been the janitor of the school house. His every effort was made to keep the house in such condition as would insure the comfort of teacher and pupils.
Another good man has been taken away. He will be greatly missed by the community, the church, the school, but how much more by the widow and their children. They sorrow but look forward in hope of meeting beyond the sorrow of earth. Tis not "Farewell," but there it will be "Good Morning" (can't read last line...)
In the bright celestial dome,
When sweet angel voices singing,
Gladly bid us welcome home,
To the land of ancient story,
When the spirit knows no care,
In that land of light and glory,
Shall we know each other there?
When the holy angels meet us,
As we go to join their band,
Shall we know the friends that greet us,
In the glorious spirit land?
Shall we see the same eyes shining
On us as in days of yore?
Shall we feel their dear arms twining
Fondly round us as before?
Yes, my earth-worn soul rejoices,
And my weary heart grows light;
For the sweet and cheerful voices
And the forms so pure and bright,
That shall welcome us in Heaven,
Are the loved of long ago;
And to them 'tis kindly given,
Thus their mortal friends to know.
O, ye weary, sad and tossed ones,
Droop not, faint not by the way;
Ye shall join the loved and just ones,
In the land of perfect day.
Harp strings touched by angel fingers
Murmured in by raptured ear,
Even more their sweet song lingers,
We shall know each other there.