This obituary is one that must be shared.  It is for a fairly young attorney who died from a sudden illness.   In our current day, attorneys and lawyers are often the brunt of jokes regarding dishonesty and fraud, so it is heartening to read of an honest attorney who was loved by all.

“Friends Pay Last Tribute “

“Funeral Services for Deceased Attorney Held at Residence on East Fourth Street.  The large concourse of friends which attended the last rites for the late RWM, yesterday afternoon, marked the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

An Appreciation.  (The following ‘Appreciation’ written by Judge Peter J. Blosser, by request, was read by Rev. A. b. Riker during the funeral service:)

“No early clinging, No lingering gaze,

No strife at parting, No sore amaze;

But sweetly, gently, He passed away

From the world’s dim twilight, To endless day.”

In the death of RWM this community has lost a sterling citizen; the Ross County bar, a prominent member; his family a loving, devoted and wise counselor; and many friends an incomparable companion.

Through a long line of substantial ancestry came an inherent honesty and a patriotism amounting almost to a religion.  He always sponsored any cause which he believed to be the good of the community the state, or the country.

Well educated and well read, he had clear cut and original ideas on all matters of government, politics and topics of the day.  When, through careful reading and fair reasoning, he arrived at a conclusion, he remained true to his convictions.  He did not listen with a kindly ear to many of the new fangled ideas of government which have been advanced from time to time.  He clung to, and was a strong advocate of those sound fundamental principals upon which the forefathers founded the nation.

Having a pleasing personality, an alert mind and an unusual gift of wit and repartee, he possessed the qualities of a great trial lawyer. And although he did not specialize as an advocate he acquitted himself with great credit when he appeared in court in that capacity.  Of a retiring nature he did not devote himself to this branch of the law, though, had he done so he would, no doubt, have ranked second to none as a trial lawyer.

While recognized as a good lawyer, a man of many interests, and a public spirited citizen in full sympathy with all movements for the upbuilding and betterment of the community, it is in the capacity of kind friend and cheerful companion that he will be most deeply missed and most happily remembered.

By his many acts of kindness, his delight in helping others, his optimistic spirit and his gentle sarcasm he lightened the burdens of others.  He was a good man, and, in the larger sense a true Christian.  “For inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

For years the younger members of the bar have not hesitated to apply to him for counsel and advice, and it was always freely and cheerfully given.  It seemed to be a pleasure and a privilege for him to lend a helping hand.

He was most interesting conversationalist and charming companion.  With his keen sense of humor, ready wit, cheerful disposition and abundant store of anecdotes, he possessed a rare combination of qualities which make up an unusual and delightful personality.

His outstanding characteristics were honesty and fidelity – fidelity to duty, to friends and to any trust, however large or small.  Those who have enjoyed his friendship can testify to his loyalty – unswerving under all conditions and circumstances.  After the death of his wife eight years ago, nothing could be more beautiful than this devotion to his son as a fatherly adviser and brotherly companion.

So while RWM has gone to his eternal reward, he has left an everlasting legacy of good deeds and pleasant memories, and his spirit lives on.

‘To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.'”