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Osage pioneer to be honored as Civil War veteran at Riverside

The ceremony for Luther Phelps will be held at Riverside Cemetery July 27.

Luther Phelps, a pioneer settler in Osage Township, will receive a Civil War grave marker and official graveside ceremony acknowledging his wartime military service at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

He was laid to rest in 1910 in an unmarked grave at Riverside Cemetery in Osage. The cemetery was established in 1883 and is in its 130th year.

Joan Edmonson, a local genealogy researcher and member of the cemetery board, located Phelp’s great-grandson, Norman Denstedt who resides in Menahga, and together they set the wheels in motion to secure an authentic Civil War marker from the Veterans Administration to mark Phelp’s grave.

The dedication service will include participation of the Marine Military Honor Guard, Greg Remus, Veterans Services coordinator, and attendance of Denstedt.

The public is invited. The cemetery is located on Washington Avenue, three blocks north of Highway 34. Bring a lawn chair.

For more information, call 573-3572 or 573-2772.