Walter M. Clelland
- Born: 10 Jan 1876, Missouri
- Marriage: Viola Aletha Lockhart
- Died: 5 Apr 1931, Goff, Nemah County, Kansas at age 55
- Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Goff, Nemaha County, Kansas, Plot: Lot 451
Noted events in his life were:
• Obituary, 1931, Goff Advance. WALTER CLELLAND BURIED TUESDAY
His Sudden Death Sunday Evening Came Without Warning.
For the fourth time in a few weeks the grim reaper has visited this community and taken a middle aged citizen actively engaged in their life's work. This time it was Walter Clelland, who had been a cheerful, willing cog in community life for half a century. Few men had the extensive friends of this good man, and a keen sorrow is felt by everyone. Mr. Clelland had been in his usual good health. During the day he had mentioned a slight pain in his head, but neither he nor his family gave it serious thought. He attended to his usual chores in the evening, and later went to the lot to shut up a cow that the Earl Brammer truck was to pick up and take to the market. On returning to the house he was resting on the davenport in the front room when stricken. Before Mrs. Clelland and little daughter could summon aid he had passed away. As word of his death was conveyed to relatives and friends it seemed hard to believe.
Walter Clelland was born January 10, 1876 near Craig, Mo., and departed this life at the home near Goff, Kansas, on April 5, 1931 at the age of 55 years, 2 months and 25 days. He was the fifth child of Enoch and Mary (Blankenbaker) Clelland, and at the age of five years came to Nemaha county with his parents and family, in 1881.
His boyhood days were spent on the old Clelland farm, northwest of Goff, where he attended the district school, and with his brothers and sisters helped the widowed m other on the farm. The father died when the children were small.
At the age of 23 he enlisted in Company F of the 19th U. S. Infantry, serving three years. He was in the Spanish-American War and saw service in the Philippine Islands. In the fall of 1903 he received an honorable discharge and returned home.
In June, 1904, he was married to Miss Viola Lockhart of Goff, Kansas. Five children were born to them, Vernon, Mary, and Eleanor Maxine of the home; Helen and Mrs. Erma Swift of Tulsa, Oklahoma; all of whom, with their mother, survive. He also leaves one sister, Lucy Amphlett of Independence, Kansas; three brothers, Charles of Canyon City, Colo.; Elzy and Calvin of this community; many nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends to revere the memory of a true and faithful husband, father, brother, and friend.
Walter Clelland was an active, friendly man and assumed full citizenship duty to his community as well as to his home. He was converted to the Christian faith and baptized in 1914. He was an ardent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a helpful worker in Goff Lodge No. 377, as well as in the district, where he was vice-president of the Round-Up. He read much and was firm and outspoken in his convictions on public questions. For several years he has been director of Goff Rural High School district and rendered an honest, conscientious service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Virginia Talley; two brothers, William and Andrew.
The funeral services at the home east of Goff Tuesday afternoon were attended by one of the largest number of friends of any ever held in this community. Rev. Robert Thompson, assisted by Rev. Hershel Glenn, both of Belleville, were in charge of the services and paid fine tribute to the deceased. A boys' quartet, William and James Collins, Harvard Goodrich and LeRoy Sparling, with Mrs. Goodrich, pianist, gave several beautiful and appropriate songs. Pallbearers were fellow Odd Fellows, E. F. Rosel, C. F. Shubert, Cameron Nickel, Noah Cooley, Isaac Camp, and C. G. Sourk. Honorary pallbearers were Spanish-American War veterans C. B. Nickel of Goff, S. E. Myers of Bancroft, W. G. Hedges of Muscotah, B. F. Staubus, J. H. Coleman, W. C. Myrick and T. R. Lyons of Sabetha. Full military honors at the grace were in charge of Goff Heald-Thieme Post of the American Legion. A firing squad, under the command of Ray Riley gave customary three-round salute over the grave. The always impressive "taps" were never more beautiful and awe-inspiring than on this bright, warm afternoon, with the large number of relatives and friends grouped about the open grave, covered with a wealth of colorful flowers. How fitting, comforting, peaceful a close was this last eulogy, as the clear notes of the bugle with soft echo marked the last tribute to a man that had served in peace and war to the best of his ability.
Walter married Viola Aletha Lockhart. (Viola Aletha Lockhart was born on 22 Nov 1882 in Nortonville, Jefferson County, Kansas, died on 5 Apr 1968 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Goff, Nemaha County, Kansas, Plot: Lot 451.)