April 21, 1910
LOY, JOHN W. - John W.
Loy was born January 1, 1821 in Butler county, Ohio. At an early age his
parents removed to Preble county and thence to Jay county, Indiana, where he
remained with them until twenty-four years of age when he came to Miami county,
where he resided until his death on April 14th at his home in Springcreek
township. He was married to Cynthia A. Buckles on February 14, 1849, who
survives him. To this union were born nine children, six sons and three
daughters, seven of whom survive and unite not only in mourning the loss of an
honored and revered father but in consoling the declining years of their equally
beloved mother who by the hand of death is now separated from her loving
companion of more than sixty one years. Fifty-seven of these years were
spent on the farm two miles southeast of Piqua which was purchased in 1853.
This picturesque home has been the scene of many happy gatherings of friends and
neighbors and the members of the unusually large and congenial family circle.
For many years it has been the custom of the family to hold the annual reunion
on January 1--the father's birthday--and these occasions have always been ones
of genuine pleasure, nothing being permitted to mar the happiness of those
present except the ever-increasing fear during the last few years that the
father, in whose honor these reunions were held and who so greatly enjoyed this
annual home coming of his children and their families, might not be spared for
the next one. Mr. Loy united with the Union Baptist in 1873 and retained
his membership in that church until a few years ago when it was transferred by
letter to the First Baptist church in Piqua where it remained to the time of his
death. He always took an active interest in the affairs of his church and
although by reason of impaired hearing and failing health he has been denied the
pleasure of church attendance for more than ten years yet his interest in its
welfare has never lagged. In politics he affiliated with the republican
party and for many years was a familiar figure at county conventions and other
political gatherings. Even up to the days of his last illness he was
keenly alive to the political, as well as commercial affairs of his county,
state and nation. His first vote for president of the United State was
cast for William Henry Harrison. At the time of his death he was the
oldest member of Warren Lodge, No. 24, F. & A. M., Piqua, Ohio. Early
in life he apprenticed himself to the carpenter trade and followed this
occupation for many years, until compelled through failing strength to give it
up. A large number of buildings erected by him throughout the county still
remain as monuments to his handiwork. The funeral services, held at his
late home on Saturday afternoon, April 16, 1910, were conducted by his pastor,
Rev. F. B. Noel, assisted by Rev. John Montgomery, D. D., of Piqua. This
is recorded the passing of another pioneer resident of Miami county, a man of
sterling qualities and worth, and one not only dearly beloved by his own family
and friends, but highly esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances.
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