Private Raymond Clinton Moler

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World War I

Born: July 25, 1897 in Lebanon, Kansas
Died: October 5, 1918, Fort Sheridan, Illinois
Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Logan Township,
Smith County, Kansas

Son of Joseph Moler of Esbon, Kansas (previously Vernon).

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Tuesday October 8, 1918 The Lebanon Times, Smith County, Kansas

(page one - "Moller" spelling is in the original.)

The body of Ray Moller, who died at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, last Saturday of the new influenza disease, arrived in this city last evening. Funeral services and burial is taking place northwest of town today. Ray left Camp Funston only a few days before his death. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moller. The body was accompanied to this city by Charles Bottorf of Otego.

(obit - clipping undated but was from a later issue of The Lebanon Times)
Logan Soldier Dies

The people of this community were extremely sorry when the sudden news arrived here of the death of Private Raymond Moler, who died in the hospital at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, from Influenza. His illness was of very short duration, as he left Fort Riley in apparent good health and in the short space of four days from the time the first symptoms appeared he breathed his last.

Deceased is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Moler, formerly of Logan township, but now residing at Esbon, Kansas. The remains arrived in Lebanon at 8 o'clock Monday night and interment was made in the family burying ground at Mt. Hope. Services were read by the Rev. Grimes of Esbon. The local choir was in attendance. After the services Rev. Grimes delivered a most eloquent sermon characteristic of the greatest solemnity and patriotism. He pointed out the fine traits of the deceased, knowing him to be a sincere Christian, a true friend and an good citizen, having given everything for his country.

At the conclusion of a lengthy panegyric, the remains were taken to the grave where the clergyman again officiated. Raymond, who was 22 years old, expected to join his brother, Clay, in France, the latter being among the first to cross after the declaration of war. His other two brothers, Bennie and Harve, are in the draft, ready and willing to go when called. Deceased leaves father, mother, five brothers and two sisters as follows: Clay, Bennie, Harve, Ern.... (typesetter dropped line) ... Mrs. Olie Johnson, besides a large circle of friends to morn their loss. The ladies of the district in showing their appreciation of the deceased presented many flowers.


Lebanon Times clippings provided by Jonanna Runyon, Smith Center Public Library, Smith Center, Kansas.

Ray Clinton Moler, Happyville, age 21, born Lebanon, KS on July 25, 1897 registered for the draft in Yuma Co. on June 5, 1918. At that time he said he was working for Roy Upp, Eckley. Next of kin was Joe Moler, who had a Vernon address.
Medium height, medium frame, blue eyes, brown hair.

Ray C. Moler, Wray, is listed in the 1941 Colorado Adjutant General book, Roster of Men and Women Who Served in the World War from Colorado, 1917-18 as "died" in service.

A Private Henry C. Moler, Happyville, is also listed in the Colo Adjt. Gen. World War I service list.

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