Tillman H. Schenck and Mattie A. (Shelton) Schenck
Decatur County Journal
Thursday, August 22, l9l8
TILLMAN H. SCHENCK was born in Rockville, Indiana, July 7, l846, and
died at his home in Leon, Iowa, August l5, l9l8, aged 72 years, l month
and 9 days.
In boyhood he moved with his parents to Decatur County, Iowa, where on
July 7, l867, he married MISS MATTIE A. SHELTON, who survives him.To
this union were born seven children, five of whom, JESSIE A., EDGAR H.,
WILLAH, LYDIA MAY, and JENNIE, have passed on before.The surviving
children are MRS. ETHEL PICKERING, of Leon, and MRS. MAUDE YOUNG, of Ft.
Worth, Texas.His loss is also mourned by eight grandchildren and seven
Throughout his long residence in Decatur County, MR. SCHENCK has always
been a factor for good; a positive influence for righteousness.
His upright life won for him the respect and esteem of all who knew
him.In l885 he was elected to the office of county auditor, which
office he filled satisfactorily for two terms.In l89l the people again
expressed their confidence in him by electing him to the office of
At the age of 2l he became a member of the Masonic Order, and is
identified with the early history of the Order of the Eastern Star in
Decatur County.He served both these Orders in different capacities
during his years of long and faithful membership.
In early life MR. SCHENCK united with the Methodist Episcopal Church,
where he remained a faithful member until his death.He suffered great
affliction in the early death of his children, but his sorrows only
tended to render him more sweet-spirited, patient, and sympathetic.His
life was gentle and the graces so marked in him, that those who knew him
best could stand and say to all the world, "This was a Christian."
Funeral services were held last Sunday morning at ll o'clock at the
Methodist Church, the services being conducted by Rev. W.M. Brooks,
Pastor of the Church, assisted by Rev. T.F. Campbell, Pastor of the
Presbyterian Church.Interment in the Leon Cemetery