State Herald, Holyoke, Colorado, April 27, 1917
Thomas Robert Calkins was born at Guelph, Canada on July 17, 1860, and died at his home in Holyoke, Colorado on Saturday, April 21, age 56 years, 9 months and 4 days.
When a boy he came with the family to the United States and lived for a number of years in Michigan. In 1884 the family moved to Taylor County, Iowa, and, while making his home there, he was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Dillabaugh at Corning, Iowa. To them were born four children, Omer Ray, Mrs. Bertha May Patrick, Mrs. Ethel Rose Waln and Elson, who with their mother survive the deceased and make their home in Holyoke.
He moved with his family to Phillips County, Colorado in 1906, making his home on a farm for several years but had been residing in Holyoke for a few years at time of death.
He had a large acquaintance in the county and his kind and courteous treatment of all had made him many friends and he was highly respected by all who knew him.
He had been troubled some with poor health for some time but not to such an extent as to prevent him from attending to his regular business. He was at his place of business all day the day before death but soon after reaching home in
the evening he became unconscious from an attack of heart trouble and passed away soon after the midnight hour. Death came very suddenly to him and was a great shock not only to his family but to his many friends who had so recently seen him in his place of business.
The funeral services were conducted from the auditorium on Tuesday, April 24, Rev. Bainbridge preaching the sermon assisted by Rev. Dickey of Haxtun in the services. The business houses were closed during the services and the auditorium was well filled by sympathizing friends of the family. The burial ceremony was under the direction of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of which he had been a respected member for years and the body was laid to rest in the Holyoke
To the friends and members of the I.O.O.F Lodge who so kindly assisted us in the last sickness and the funeral services of our dear husband and father, we offer our heart felt thanks. --
Mrs. T.R. Calkins and family.
Adopted by Holyoke Lodge No. 76, I.O.O.F, at its regular meeting held Saturday evening, April 21, 1917.
Whereas, It has pleased the Supreme ruler Ruler of the Universe to call our Brother, Thomas R. Calkins, from his labors here on earth to that everlasting refreshment in the paradise of God, Where no discordant voices shall be heard where all the soul shall experience shall be perfect bliss, and all it shall express shall be perfect love, and love divine ennoble every heart.
Resolved, That we hold his name in grateful remembrance as he has for many years been a true and faithful Odd Fellow among us. We not only revere his memory, but his faithful, patient and well spent life. We emulate his amiable and virtuous character, his unfeigned piety to his God, his inflexible integrity to his trust, and as he passed through the dark valley of death, we believe the greatest light in Odd Fellowship lighted his pathway to a better world.
Resolved, That the Charter of the Lodge be draped in mourning for one lunar month, in honor of his memory, and that we extend to his wife and children and to his other relative our sympathy in this hour of bereavement, and commend them to God for consolation and comfort.
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, and a copy be sent to his wife, and that a copy of these resolutions be printed in each of the newspapers of the county.
Holyoke Lodge No. 78, I.O.O.F. -- S.C. Evans, J.H. Conklin, F.A. Ralston,
Thomas Robert Calkins
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