Ottawa Republican Times
July 12, 1899
It was a shock to the many friends of Willard Gentleman in this city, when his death at St. Luke's hospital, Chicago, from an attack of diabetes and gastric fever combined, was announced late Saturday evening.
It was not known here that he was seriously ill until his sister, Mrs. C. D. Basore, was summoned to Chicago Thursday to see him. The change for the worse did not come until Saturday morning and then he sank rapidly to the end.
Mr. Gentleman was born in Fall River township on the farm now occupied by his brother and sisters. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gentleman, early settlers of this county, and was about 45 years of age. He finished his education at Cornell College at Ithaca, N.Y., and only two weeks ago attended the commencement exercises and alumni reunion at this old college. He chose the law as a profession and was a brilliant attorney. He practiced in Ottawa for a number of years as a partner of Chase Fowler later with Fowler Bros. Twelve years ago he opened offices in Chicago, where he was successful from the start. He had a suite of four rooms in the Chicago opera house block and did a lucrative business, having a well regulated corps of assistants and a large clientage.
He never married and lived for five or six years at the Great Northern until he moved to the Lexington.
He leaves surviving him two brothers, James, of Chicago, Frank, of Fall River, and two sisters, Mrs. John E. Muir and Mrs. C. D. Basore, both residing in Fall River.
The body was brought down here Sunday afternoon and the funeral occurred Monday from the residence of the family in Fall River township at 2 o'clock. The interment was made in Summit View cemetery, South Ottawa.
The pall-bearers at the funeral Monday were Judge H. W. Johnson, Clarence Griggs, J. H. Fowler and Duncan McDougall, of Ottawa, and two members of the Chicago bar who came down to attend the funeral.