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NAME: Van Auken, Charles (m. 1w - Lizzie Van Kleek, 2w - Martha L. Smith)

OBIT: Columbus Gazette, Columbus City IA, Thurs. 17 Aug 1899

 Charles Van Auken was born in Huron County, Ohio, August 15, 1847, and died at Columbus Junction, Iowa, August 17, 1899. He was a member of the 42nd and 87th regiments, Indiana infantry. He ws united in marriage to Miss Martha Smith December 11th, 1882. To this union seven children were born, all of whom survive with the wife.
 Mr. Van Auken was an honest, upright man, a good neighbor, and a kind and affectionate husband and father, one who always loved to be with his family. He realized that the end was near and told his wife not to grieve for him as he did not fear death, because he was fully prepared to meet his God. His last words were that it was all right, that he was ready to go. He said it seemed hard to leave his wife and children, but it was God's will to take him. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

OBIT: Columbus Safeguard, Columbus Junction IA, Fri 18 Aug 1899

 Chas. Van Auken, after a lingering illness, passed away at his home northwest of town at 4 a.m. yesterday morning. He was born in Huron County, O. [Ohio], Aug. 15, 1847, enlisted in Co. F, 42d Indiana, aug. 20, 1863, and served to the close of the war. He came to Iowa in 1869, was twice married, first to Miss Lizzie Van Kleek, by whom he had one child, and next to Miss Martha Smith and their union was blessed with seven children. Deceased was one of four brothers, who served in the civil war, but one of whom, Geo. L., survives.
 Funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock Saturday conducted by Rev. Kight. Interment at Columbus City.

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