Randolph County, Indiana
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
James F. Lee died at his home in Bangor village at 2:10 a. m. Monday, Aug. 15th, 1898, aged 59 years, nine months and nine days. His funeral was held at
the Christian church Tuesday afternoon the address being delivered by Eld. E.
The Heavy Veteran Dead
In many respects this was the most remarkable funeral ever held in Van Buren
county, as Mr. Lee was conceded to be the heaviest man in the state. A few
weeks before his death his weight being 480 pounds, and it was estimated that
his weight at death was about 500. The casket containing the remains of Mr. Lee
was specially ordered by Undertaker Sherrod, was about four feet in width, and
six and a half feet long. This would not go through an ordinary door, it being
necessary to take the body out of the house before placing it in the casket.
Eight young strong men were selected as pall bearers, and several others gave
their assistance, all having plenty to do to get the ponderous casket in and
out the church.
A casket of this size would not go in an ordinary hearse, so a canopy top
spring wagon was specially arranged to carry it.
Uncommon as it is to conduct funerals of this kind it passed off without
incident, and a large number of people followed the body to its last resting
place in Arlington Hill.
James F. Lee was born in Indiana, and came to Michigan May, 1862. He served his
country during the rebellion, at the time of his entering the service his
weight being about 130 pounds. He was married to Miss Emily Willis in 1861. To
them was born four daughters, all of whom with their mother survive him.
We desire to express our most sincere thanks to the many kind friends and
neighbors who assisted us through the illness and death and burial of our
beloved husband and father.
Mrs. J. F. Lee
Mrs. W. C. Stockton
Mrs. C. E. Christian
Mrs. W. H. Babcock
Miss Mae Lee
Contributed by Linda Hartley
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