Stunkard Cemetery Restoration
Cemetery gets much needed face-lift
Stunkard Cemetery east of Sidell has been
returned to its former beauty by a group of dedicated men. Ray
High, Bob Thomas and Jim Willis, all of Indianola, undertook
the project of resetting, cleaning and painting the fallen stones
that littered the country cemetery. Chad Kistler of Kistler
Excavating used his equipment to assist with the raising of
one large stone with arches.
This is the third cemetery restored by High
and his assistants. They previously restored Lebanon and Weaver
cemeteries, both also located in Carroll Township.
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being reassembled and cleaned, a pillared monument gets
a coat of white paint from Bob Thomas.
Walter McNeese was one of the last to be buried in the
cemetery. It is believe a later burial was held but
no stone marks the grave.
of the oldest stones is for Mildria Hutt who died in 1842.
Thomas and Ray High lift a cross to the top of one of
the tall stones in Stundard Cemetery during the restoration
stone of Morgan Crimmins shows the beauty of the old stones.
closed book atop a gravestone symbolizes the closure
of the person's life on earth. The stone shows the craftsmanship
of the 19th century stones.