Susan E. Knies

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The Post-Tribune (IN)
Friday, June 10, 2005

Susan E. Knies

SUSAN E. KNIES Norton Area, near Hillham formerly of Gary, Indiana Susan E. Knies, age 84 years, of the Norton Area, near Hillham, Indiana and formerly of Gary, Indiana, passed away at her residence at 6:45 P.M. on Wednesday, June 8, 2005. 

Susan was born on March 6, 1921 in Norton, Indiana to Evert and Maude (nee Wininger) Bledsoe. On March 2, 1942, Susan married the late Paul R. Knies. He passed away on January 12, 1974. Susan was a Homemaker and managed a Trailer Park that they owned in Gary, Indiana. She also previously worked at Crane. 

She loved to travel and became a snowbird, wintering in California and Arizona. Susan loved to play the piano. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at her Church. She quilted, sewed, upholstered furniture, did carpentry, and was the "Architect" of her home. She was a member of Cane Creek Christian Church. 

Susan was a 1939 Graduate of Cuzco High School. Susan is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one brother, Marvin Bledsoe. Susan is survived by her two sons, Myron Knies of Jasper, Indiana and Dan (Susie) Knies of Norton, Indiana; two daughters, Paula (Jay) Kable of Scottsdale, Arizona and Linda Robertson of Norton, Indiana; one sister, Norma Palmer of Scottsdale, Arizona; four grandchildren, James Knies of Norton, Indiana, Erica Robertson of Celestine, Indiana, Stacy Hamilton of Scottsdale, Arizona and Karen Kerr of Scottsdale, Arizona; and three great grandchildren. 

Friends may call on Friday, June 10, 2005 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at T. L. Pinnick Mortuary, 785 South Bears Bend Road, French Lick, Indiana 47432 (812) 936-7700. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, June 11, 2005 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., one hour prior to the Funeral Services, on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 10:00 A.M. at Cane Creek Christian Church in French Lick, Indiana. 

Pastors Merle and Nellie Mullins officiating. Burial at Cane Creek Cemetery. To share a memory with the family or to offer your condolences to the family, please view the obituary to sign the Guest Book at

Elmer L. Hueston

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Chronicle-Tribune (Marion, IN)
Thursday, March 27, 2003

LOGANSPORT - Elmer L. Hueston: Nov. 12, 1924-March 24, 2003

LOGANSPORT - Elmer L. Hueston, 78, 9650 E. 100N, died at 7:42 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center, Kokomo.

He was born in French Lick to the late John and Effie (Howard) Hueston. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific for 49 months. He married Claribel Wortinger in 1949. She survives.

Mr. Hueston retired in 1986 from the Marion General Motors plant after 26 years. He formerly also worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad for 10 years. He was a member of United Auto Workers, Fisher Body Sympathy Club and the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are children, Pamela Cullum, Van Buren, and John F. (Dana), Converse a son-in-law, Gary Cullum, Logansport grandchildren, Isaac Aaron and Kurk Cullum, Shannon (Eric) Bingaman, Jami Jo (David) Maynus, Amanda Sue (Dave) Fox a sister, Rosemary Farris, Owensville, Ky. and eight great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his stepmother, Nellie (Butcher) brothers, Darrel, Truman and Terry and sisters, Juanita Farris and Mabel Stone.

Services are at 2 p.m. today in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with the Rev. Eric Bingaman officiating. Burial is in Ever-Rest Memorial Park cemetery, Cass County, with military committal service by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Visitation was Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Heart Association.

Walter Eugene Harner

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The Washington Times-Herald
Monday , April 27, 2009

Walter Eugene Harner

Walter Eugene Harner, 97, died at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday at Emerald House. Born Jan. 19, 1912, in Martin County, he was the son of Leroy and Alma (Wininger) Harner. 

A 1932 graduate of Washington High School, he was a retired cattle farmer, specializing in Black Angus. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church and a former member of the board of trustees of the church and was a member of the building committee when United Brethern Church was built. He was also a member of American Angus Association, past president of Indiana Angus Association, past president of Southwest Indiana Angus Association, Daviess County Cattleman's Association, Indiana Angus Futerity Association, served on the USDA County and Community Committee from 1957 to 1988 and was hired as a field reporter for USDA in 1989. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harner took 4-H beef award winners to Chicago to commodities market and the international livestock exhibition for many years. He was a 57-year member of the Daviess County Coop and served on the board for many of those years. 

He was employed by Daviess County Farm Bureau Coop at different times for different services. 

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Carol Holland of Loogootee; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell Harner of Washington, Bernard and Susan Harner of Washington, and William "Bill" and Phyllis Harner of Eldora, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; sister, Norma Jean Traylor of Petersburg, and Norma Lee Feuquay Cape Coral, Fla.; brothers Lawrence Harner of Washington, and Cecil Harner of Lake Wales, Fla. His wife, Thelma Louise "Jean" (Goodman) Harner, whom he married Nov. 18, 1939, died September 2000. One grandson, Jeb Holland; one sister, Marie Harner; and one brother, Floyd Harner, are also deceased.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gill Chapel, with Rev. Marvin Cheek officiating. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Daviess County 4-H Association. (April 22, 2009)

The News-Dispatch
(Michigan City, IN) - October 8, 1998
Courtesy of Cathy Clark

Lois Beeker

BRIDGMAN, Mich. - Lois L. Beeker, 84, Bridgman, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Mich.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. EDT Friday at the Olivet Congregational Church, Bridgman, with the Rev. Russell Panico officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. EDT today at Boyd Funeral Home, Bridgman.

Mrs. Beeker was born Aug. 14, 1914, in Westville. She married Leonard Beeker, who died Nov. 23, 1972.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Shores, Lafayette, Ind.; and a son, Randy (Nancy) Beeker, St. Joseph; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ned Beeker in 1991; and two sisters, Sue Waters in 1986 and Frances Ellis in 1983.

Mrs. Beeker was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church where she was the church organist. She worked for many years at the Ben Franklin in Bridgman.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

The State Journal-Register
(Springfield, IL) - June 17, 1986
Courtesy of Cathy Clark

Sue I. Waters

Mrs. Sue I. Waters 86, of 900 N. Rutledge St. died at 3:46 p.m. Monday at St. John's Hospital.

Mrs. Waters was born in Shoals, Ind., on Jan 12, 1900, the daughter of Homer J. and Mildred C. Watson Ikerd.

She was preceded in death by her husband J.J. Waters, and one sister.

Before her retirement she was employed by the Internal Revenue Service.

She was a member of St. Agnes Church.

Surviving are one son John R. "Jack" of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lois Beeker of Bridgman, Mich.; and seven nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Agnes Church, with the Rev. Patrick Wright officiating.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Chalmer Harrison
Courtesy of Heather Harrison

April 15, 1920 - Aug. 10, 2009

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home for Chalmer Harrison, 89, Jasper, formerly of Dubois, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

Born April 15, 1920 in Dubois County, he was the son of John S. and Mattie Morgan Harrison. He was a farmer and he was of the protestant faith.

Survivors include one sister, Benis Breidenbaugh of Dubois, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents John S. and Mattie Morgan Harrison, one brother in infancy and one sister in infancy.

Officiating the service will be the Reverend Darrell Wininger. Burial will be at Cuzco Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

Down a narrow hidden path sought out by wisdom's eye, a peaceful place of refuge calls to come rest awhile beside.
Listen to the waters falling over mountains steep to gently flow for endless days through eternity's retreat.
And on the far horizon of the never setting sun the harvest of the whitened wheat is very nearly done.

As work on earth comes to a close peace will be complete, surrounded by the beauty of eternity's retreat.

Chalmer Harrison

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Herald, The (Jasper, IN) - Monday, August 10, 2009

Chalmer Harrison 89, Jasper

Chalmer Harrison, 89, Jasper, formerly of Dubois, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper.

He was born in Dubois County April 15, 1920, to John S. and Mattie (Morgan) Harrison.

Surviving are a sister, Benis Breidenbaugh, Dubois, and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister.

Mr. Harrison was a retired farmer and of the Protestant faith.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, 9640 W. State Road 56, French Lick. The Rev. Darrell Wineinger will officiate. Burial will be in Cuzco Cemetery, Cuzco.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Benis Breidenbaugh,103, Cuzco

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Herald, The (Jasper, IN) - Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Benis Breidenbaugh, 103, Cuzco, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Brookside Village Senior Living Community in Jasper.

She was born in Cuzco on Aug. 23, 1909, to John S. and Mattie (Morgan) Harrison. She married Elmer Breidenbaugh on April 27, 1947. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are a stepdaughter, Doris Blanchard, Indianapolis; 12 step-grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Chalmer and Merrill Harrison and an infant, and an infant sister.

Mrs. Breidenbaugh graduated from Oakland City College and was a teacher. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church in French Lick. Her hobbies were gardening and canning.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Marcia Carpenter will officiate. Burial will be in Cuzco Cemetery.

Friends may call after noon Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions be made to Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church, 9991 W. 175S, French Lick IN 47432.

Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick, is in charge of  arrangements. 

Condolences may be shared at

John W. Gibson 
Courtesy of Cathy Clark

 The Washington Democrat
Washington, Indiana

July 31, 1916 

Died On Excursion 

Car Inspector Finds The Body Of John Gibson On The Picnic Special

Gastritis The Cause 

Was Ill When He Boarded The Train at Seymour and Died in Toilet Room of Coach

Opening the door to a toilet room in one of the coaches of the special train which brought the local railroad employees home from the B&O Southwestern picnic at Seymour Saturday night, Earl Edwards, car inspector, found the body of John Gibson huddled up on the floor cold in death. The body was stiff, indicating death had occurred several hours before. 

Gibson, employed in the car repair department at the shops, made the trip to Seymour Saturday to the picnic. He ate numerous lunches during the day and was ill when he boarded the train at Seymour to come home. Members of the train crew took him to the toilet room and forgot all about him. It was after the train had reached it's destination and had been cut loose from the engine and backed onto the switch at the Ebner ice plant that Gibson's dead body was found. It was removed to a local undertaking establishment and later taken to the home on North Meridian Street. 

Coroner Poindexter held an inquest today and pronounced gastritis as the cause of death.

Gibson was forty-seven years old and is survived by his widow, several children and several brothers and sisters. Previous to moving here, he lived in the country northwest of Washington.

John W Gibson
Courtesy of Cathy Clark

 The Washington Gazette
Washington, Indiana
August 4, 1916 

Found Dead In Train Coach

Cramped in the men's toilet room of a passenger coach, the body of John W. Gibson, was found late Saturday night. Gibson, one of the employees who attended the railroad outing at Seymour, had died somewhere between Seymour and Washington. 

After the arrival of the train in this city, several coaches of the train were detached and placed on the siding at the Ebner ice plant. Car inspectors going through the cars in performance of their duties discovered the body. Rigor mortis had set in and it was evident that Gibson had died several hours before. 

Investigation disclosed that Gibson was intoxicated when he boarded the train at Seymour for the return trip and he was placed in the toilet room a short time after the train left that city, because of the deplorable condition of his clothing. He is believed to have died from an attack of gastritis, the result of an over indulgence in food and liquor. After placing Gibson in the toilet room, employees of the company raised the window to permit the inflow of fresh air and no evidence that Gibson was overcome by the heat was found. The man was an habitual user of intoxicants. 

Coroner Poindexter was notified of the death. The body was taken to an undertaking establishment where it was prepared for burial before removal to the family residence on North Meridian street. 

Gibson, prior to moving to Washington, was employed on farms northwest of Washington. Besides his widow, he leaves four children and several brothers and sisters. He was forty-seven years of age and belonged to the local lodge of the Woodmen of the World. He was employed in the car repairing department of the shops. 

Funeral services at the residence at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning will be followed with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. 

**After John's death, Julia filed a lawsuit against the B&O Southwestern Railroad for $10,000.00. An article in The Washington Democrat newspaper on December 18, 1916 stated that Julia accused the railroad of negligence in the death of her husband. 

A later article in The Washington Herald on March 7, 1917, stated that the trial would not take place and that a settlement had been reached with an undisclosed amount paid to Mrs. Gibson.

Julia Etta Gibson (Wife of John W Gibson)
Courtesy of Cathy Clark 

The Oregonian
Wednesday, February 27, 1957 

Gibson - February 25 Julia Ette of 11357 SE Powell blvd.; mother of Viola Unselt, Victoria Feehley, and Elba Gibson; sister of Miss Thena Thompson; 8 grandchildren.

Friends invited to services under the auspices of Portland Rebekah association, Friday, 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Mt. Scott Funeral Home, Foster rd at SE 59th. Entombment, Lincoln Memorial Mausoleum.  

Deceased was a member of Eureka Rebekah lodge and Ladies Circle, WOW, Washington, Indiana

John Baumert
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 The Washington Times-Herald(IN)
Friday, June 18, 2010 

John Baumert

BLOOMINGTON — John E. Baumert, 93, died at 9:50 a.m. Thursday at The Residence at McCormick's Creek. 

Born Sept. 4, 1916, in Washington, he was the son of Andrew and Lillie M. (Wathen) Baumert. 

He worked for Graham Farms before moving to Detroit in 1941. There, he worked for the New York Central Railroad and Ellis Trucking until his retirement. 

In his retirement, he traveled throughout the United States and enjoyed reading and watching westerns as well as playing cards. 

He is survived by two daughters, Shirley (Paul) Hill of Westland, Mich., and Carolyn S. (Bruce) Grefke of Livonia, Mich.; a son, John (Jean) Baumert of Bloomington; a sister, Eleanor Smith of Olney, Ill.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

His wife, Rachel Lorene (Wininger) Baumert, whom he married on Oct. 27, 1934, preceded him in death on May 5, 1981. Also preceding him in death were two grandchildren, Lisa (Grefke) Crockett and Gregory Hill; three brothers, Robert, Tony and Joseph Baumert; and five sisters, Emma Hurst, Louise Grove, Mary Alice Reel, Margie Reel and Ruth Cox. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, with Rev. Leo Kissel as celebrant. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ed Lee Mortuary. 
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice.

Edward Witsman
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The Evansville Courier & Press (IN)
Saturday, February 24, 1996

 Edward Witsman

BURNS CITY, Ind. - Edward W. Witsman, 77, died at 11:59 a.m. Thursday at his home after a short illness.

 He retired in 1978 after 33 years as a refrigeration and air-conditioning technician for Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.  

He was a World War II Army veteran with service in the 325th Glider Infantry. He fought in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Purple Heart and Silver Star. 

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, LaVeda Jean (Wininger); a daughter, Joyce Helms of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a son, Stephen K. of Burns City; three sisters, Edna Doades of Mount Carmel, Ill., Etta Street of Terre Haute and Jean Houserite of Bland, Mo.; two brothers, Arthur W. of Burns City and Dale E. of Holly Hills, Fla.; and six grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Poindexter-Hall & McClure Funeral Home, with burial in Burns City Cemetery, where Odon Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites. 

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

John Hyler
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 The Peoria Journal Star
January 5, 2011

 John Hyler

PEORIA - John H. Hyler, 92, of Lutheran Hillside Village passed away peacefully at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center.

 Born Aug. 25, 1918, in Peoria, a son of John E. and Ruby Ommen Hyler, John married Marvel G. Wineinger on Aug. 28, 1938, in East Peoria. She preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 1978, in Peoria. He later married Henrietta Held on July 3, 1982, in Peoria. She survives.

 Also surviving are two daughters, Sharon K. Fehr of Peoria and Marilyn "Sudie" Hyler of Peoria; one sister, Lola Atkinson of Peoria; four grandchildren, Debbie (Rick) Landers, Martie (Rich) Rumbold, Jeff Fehr and Beckie (Shawn) Sutton, all of Peoria; five great-grandchildren, Zack Landers, Lauren Landers, M.J. Moore, Hannah Sutton and Sarah Sutton, all of Peoria; several nieces and nephews; one stepson, David (LeeAnn) Held of Normal; one stepdaughter, Lynn (Eric) Hansen of Germantown Hills; and four stepgrandchildren.

 John was preceded in death by one daughter, Bonnie, and three brothers, Arthur, Donald and Herbert Hyler.

John worked for WABCO for 44 years, retiring as a design engineer in 1982.

 He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and achieved the status of Fellow.

 John was very active in the Free Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher, minister of music, youth director and trustee.

 Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at The Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. Paul Park and the Rev Lane Knouse will officiate. Visitation will be from noon until time of services Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

 Memorials may be made to South Side Mission, 1127 S. Laramie, Peoria, IL 61605.

Basil Milburn
Courtesy of Tom Sweeney

Barber County Index
Medicine Lodge, Kansas 
Friday, February 4, 1910

   Basil Milburn, who has had the position as janitor of the school house of this city, passed from this life Monday morning at 11:35 o'clock. 

  He suffered an attack of typhoid fever along about the first of October and although he had suffered two relapses before the first of the year, was able to sit up at that time and was walking around on the streets for two weeks preceding his late and final sickness.  Thursday of last week he was feeling exceedingly well but that night became very sick with what developed into pneumonia.  He kept getting worse until death relieved him from his suffering Monday.  He lost consciousness at about one o'clock that morning and failed to recognize anybody after that. 

   Basil Milburn was born March 15, 1864 at Hillham, Indiana, and died January 31, 1910, at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, age 45 years, 10 months and 16 days.  At the time of his removal here he was working at Jasper, Indiana, in a steel plant.  It was through the influence of Rev. H. C. Duckett, at the time pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city, that he secured the position as janitor of the school building here.  He was on his second year at that work and has made a splendid janitor. 

   He is survived by a wife and daughter, Lela, age fourteen, and brothers and sisters.  In the time the Milburn family has lived here they have made numberless friends who deeply mourn with the family. 

   School was dismissed Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday out of respect for Mr. Milburn. 

   Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. VanHorn and the remains were laid to rest in Highland cemetery. 

   The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the sorrowing wife, daughter and other relatives. 

Margaret Milburn
Courtesy of Tom Sweeney

Barber County Index
Medicine Lodge, Kansas 
Thursday, October 11, 1934

    Mrs. Margaret Milburn,  a former resident of this city, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. E. Kelly in Wichita, last Friday, October 5, 1934 at the age of 77 years.  Mrs. Milburn had been in poor health for several years.  Her husband, Basil Milburn, died at his home in Medicine Lodge in January 1910, and the body of his wife was brought to Medicine Lodge last Sunday to be buried beside him. 

   The Milburn family resided for some time in Medicine Lodge a number of years ago, and have many friends in this community who will be sorry to learn of Mrs. Milburn death. 

Basil Milburn and Margaret “Maggie” Welman were married in Dubois County on 18 Mar 1888.  When it was indexed, a mistake was made and it is under Basil Wilburn.

  John N Milburn
Courtesy of Tom Sweeney

Palestine Daily Herald
Palestine, Texas  
Thursday, January 21, 1904 

   On Thursday morning, Jan. 21, 1904, at 5 o'clock, Mr. John Milburn, father of Mr. B. B. Milburn, age 75 years, 8 months and 5 days, died.

   Funeral services were held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence of Mr. J. H. Fielding, 38 Queen street; interment in East Hill cemetery.

   Deceased came to Palestine about two months ago, from Hillham, Ind.