Mrs. Elizabeth Alspaugh

Mrs. Elizabeth Alspaugh, aged 96? died Thursday morning at the ??? home in Rockford.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; September 22, 1922
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Joseph H. Auer

Delphos, O., Jan. 13, Joseph H. Auer, 81, a resident of this vicinity all his life, died at his home here early this morning. He had been in ill health since last August. Surviving are his widow, Mary; the following children: Miss Laura, at home, Ed of west of Delphos, George of Cleveland, Mrs. Walter Stippich of Lima, Mrs. Med Granger of Delphos, Miss Viola J. of Lima and Miss Marie F. of Cleveland; a step-daughter, Mrs. A. C. Sendelbach of Delphos; 35 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Mary Schaffer of Delphos. The funeral will be held at St. John's Catholic Church at 10:15 am Tuesday. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 14, 1940


William H. Ayers

Wm. H. Ayers, prominent politician and farmer, a man who was identified with the entire development of Van Wert county, died at Celina at 11 o'clock, Tuesday morning, following an operation for appendicitis. The funeral will be held at Celina at 9 o'clock this morning. My. Ayers was in Ohio City several days last week and his death was received with a great deal of sorrow. He has many relatives in this section as well as many friends who will attend the funeral.
[Buried Woodlawn Cem, Lima, Allen County, Ohio]
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; May 19, 1922
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


O. A. Balyeat

O. A. Balyeat, aged 69, judge of the probate court of Van Wert county, prominent in professional and political circles for many years, died from heart trouble at his home on Elm Street, Van Wert, Monday night, following an illness of two years. His condition became critical in the last few weeks. Mr. Balyeat had been prominent in public affairs in the community and the Van Wert area many years. He was mayor of that city for two terms and was (blurry and missing) probate court when he died. The funeral services were held from the home Thursday morning.
[Buried Woodland Union Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; December 22, 1922
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Caroline (Akom) Bashore

Mrs. Caroline Bashore, 90, of route 1, Ohio City, O., located five miles east of Willshire, O., died at 8 p.m. Thursday in Van Wert county hospital. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church. Born in Liberty township, Van Wert county, on Nov. 20, 1884, she was a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Emerick-Akom, and was married to Albertus Bashore, who died in 1935. Surviving are two sons, John of Middlepoint, O. and Christie of route 2, Rockford, O.; five daughters, Mrs. Harold (Matilda) Smith of route 1, Ohio City; Mrs. Gordon (Alice) Thomas of route 1, Ohio City; Mrs. Gerald (Louise) Leiter of Van Wert; Mrs. Gale (Alta) Zinn of route 2, Van Wert, O.; Mrs. Thelma Neuhauser of Markle; one sister, Mrs. Hubert (Dora) Garrett of Collinsville, Ill., 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One sister and four brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cowen & Son funeral home, Van Wert, with Rev. William H. Kallen officiating. Burial will be in the Ridge cemetery, located in Ridge township. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Saturday, February 15, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Franklin Huriah Beach

Frank Beach Was Instantly Killed.
The remains, mangled beyond recognition, with quivering flesh and crushed bones scattered along the track, of Frank Beach were picked up along the right of way of the Erie Railroad, Tuesday morning about the hour of ten o'clock, after he was struck by a freight train just east of Ohio City. Mr. Beach had been in the employ of the railroads for the past thirty-give years and had been with the Erie for a number of years where he served as section foreman and in filling other (rest is blurry) Mr. Beach was working saw tht the fatality could not be averted by them and just as the pilot was about to strike that unfortunate man, all turned their backs and closed their eyes to a scene where a man was hurled in to eternity in a most horrifying. Manner. It was then they observed that Frank Beach had passed the great divide and was in the hands of One more powerful than earthly care. The top of his head had been torn off in the terrific impact, the brains splashed over the body and bones crushed. The Cowan & Acker ambulance was called and the lifeless body was taken to the undertaker's parlors. Mr. Beach is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Black, of Convoy, and one son, Lieutenant Perry Beach, ???. One son, Lawrence Beach, was ??? while in ???? and died in a hospital at Washington, D. C. while en route to his home in Ohio City. The funeral services will be held at the Lutheran church this afternoon at ??, services conducted by Rev. Stuckenberg. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery, Ohio City. Frank Beach was a man who worked hard, lived according to the Golden Rule and courted the friendship of everyone. He will be missed among a wide circle of friends. Unexpected and sudden the accident was appalling, shocking., his familiarity with the work at hand, an intuition born of long service, failed Tuesday to warn Frank Beach of impending danger, death and the lingering sadness tht will mark the trail so oft traveled with lightness of heart and a keen sense of the duty he owed those for whom he worked. (Much of it blurry)
Ohio City Progress, Ohio City, Van Wert County, OH; November 17, 1922

Franklin Huriah Beach, son of Oscar and Eliza Beach was born June the 7th, 1857, in Hartford, Connecticut, died November 14th, 1922, near Ohio City, Ohio, aged 65 years, 5 mo. And 7 days. June the 3rd, 1889 he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Sophia Roberts. To them were born five children, three sons and two daughters, of whom one daughter Boneta, and two sons, Jesse and Lawrence preceded him in death. He leaves his wife, one daughter, Mrs. J. C. Black and one son, Perry Beach, four grandsons, one sisters and two brothers, all of whom mourn his untimely death. He also leaves several nieces and nephews who feel the poignant grief in the loss of a dearly beloved uncle. Frank Beach united with the Christian church at Elwood, Ind., when just a young man. After his marriage and removal to Ohio City, he with his wife united with the Lutheran church at this place. After a few years he with his family moved to Glenmore, Ohio and they transferred their church membership to Bethel United Brethren church at Greenbrier where they are now members. In 1913 he again moved to Ohio City, Ohio. The life of Frank Beach lived in such a manner that all whom he met have only the highest esteem and kindest remembrances. When still a young man he affiliated himself with the order of Knights of Pythias at Elwood, Indiana. After the order was instituted at Ohio City he brought his membership to this lodge and has always lived a true Knight. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church, Ohio City, conducted by Rev. H. C. Stuckenberg. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.
Ohio City Progress, Ohio City, Van Wert County, OH; December 15, 1922
Both contributed by Janice Vasilovski


John Belles

Danville, Ind., April 15 - John Belles, age 53, druggist, died Wednesday afternoon after an illness of less than an hour. He became ill at the drug store and walked home. Mrs. Belles had operated drug stores in many Indiana towns. In recent years he had a store at Shelbyville. Before coming to Danville about a year ago he was in the drug business near Danville, Ill. He is survived by the widow and a son, Charles Belles, superintendent of schools in Fountain County who lives at Covington.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


John Bocock

Hartford City, Jan. 9 - John Bocock, 78, a native of Grant County and a resident of Blackford County for many years, died this morning in the Masonic Home in Franklin where he had been a patient for the past two years. The body was returned to the Baxter & Markin Funeral Chapel here where the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Miss Edith Bocock of Los Angles, Cal., and Mrs. Margaret Jackson of Los Angeles, and a sister, Mrs. Clara Thompson of Casper, Wyo.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 10, 1940


Jerry Boyce

Funeral services for Jerry Boyce, 37, 1125 Hamilton Drive, who died of pneumonia at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital, will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the residence and 9 o'clock at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph Adler officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. The body will be taken home at 2 o'clock this afternoon from Mungovan & Sons Mortuary. Death followed a week's illness. Mr. Boyce was admitted to the hospital late Tuesday night. He was a lifelong resident of this city and was employed in the cost department of the Tokheim Oil Tank and Pump Company. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Survivors include the widow, Luella; three children, Jerry, Jr., Eileen and Jimmie Boyce at home; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Adang and Miss Rosella Boyce of this city; four brothers, James and Thomas Boyce of this city and Frank and Asa Boyce of Louisville, Ky., and the father, James Boyce of Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 25, 1940


Mr. and Mrs. Brandon

Muncie, Ind., Feb 3 - Last week at Chesterfield, west of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Brandon, an aged couple died, seemingly in poverty. A search revealed nearly $4,000 in gold coin in an old chest. There being no children, there were no direct heirs. It has developed that the rightful heir is George W. Parker, a needy farmer residing near this city, the only brother of Mrs. Brandon, who has employed a law firm to establish his rights to the cash.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery County, IN; February 3, 1892
Contributed by Karen Zach


Samuel E. Brown

Samuel E. Brown, 89, formerly of 3106 Kossuth street, died Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Scott nursing home where he had been a patient the past year. Born in Montgomery county, he had been a resident of Lafayette 50 years, retiring in 1933 as an engineer for the Lafayette Boxboard and Paper company. He was married in 1894 to Amanda Ross who survives with five children: Carl R., William E., and Roy E., all of Lafayette, Mrs. Ben Petty of West Lafayette, and Mrs. Carl Gable of Chicago.
Lafayette Journal and Courier (IN); Thursday May 28, 1953, p. 8
Contributed by Lena Harper


Elinor Jean Brumbaugh

Elinor Jean Brumbaugh, FEBRUARY 17, 1929 - OCTOBER 24, 2012
E. Jean Brumbaugh, 83, of Fort Wayne, died early Wednesday evening, Oct. 24, 2012 at Kingston Care. She was born Feb. 17, 1929 in Fort Wayne to the late William Burgess and Mary (Harman) Brumbaugh. She retired in 1989 after 42 years as Secretary to Superintendent and as Clerk of the Board at Fort Wayne Community Schools. She enjoyed her evening martini while reading anything and everything she could get her hands on. Surviving are her sister, Anna Spitler, of Ellicott City, MD; nephews, William (Carol) Koch, of Manitou Beach, MI, James (Mary) Koch, of Toledo, OH and Philip (Margaret) Spitler, of Ellicott, MD; and niece, Sally (Raymond) Strackbien, of Oak Hill, VA. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Voyce A. Brumbaugh in 1992 and Mary E. Koch, in 1980. Funeral Service is 1:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Rd. Chapel, 6424 Winchester Rd. with calling one hour prior. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred memorials to Arthritis Foundation. www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com
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Elmer Burkett

Injuries Fatal to Hotel Owner
Warsaw - Jan 10, Elmer Burkett, 51, of near Burket, died this afternoon at the Murphy Hospital after a short illness of uremic poisoning. The widow and a brother, James Burkett of Culver, survive.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 11, 1940


Evelyn M. (Kelly) Cable

Mrs. Evelyn M. Kelly Cable, 63 of Columbia City, a former resident of Decatur, died at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday at the I.U. Medical Center, Indianapolis, following open heart surgery. Born in Minnesota on March 15, 1911, she was the daughter of August and Laura Mayfield-Kelly, and was married in Decatur to Cyrus Cable on August 31, 1930. He preceded her in death on October 27, 1971. Her parents moved to Decatur where her father owned a dry cleaning business. She completed her education at Decatur high school, and after her marriage to Cyrus Cable, the couple made their first home in Decatur. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Phil Chapman of New Haven; Mrs. Charles Geiger of Churubusco; Mrs. John Ginter of Bloomington; Mrs. Dean Phillips of Columbia City; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Hall of Illinois and Mrs. Jacquelyn Rosselot of Fort Wayne; two brothers, August Kelly of Fort Wayne, and Roger Kelly of Punta Gordo, Florida; and 15 grandchildren. Her two brothers are former Decatur residents, moving from this city several years ago. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the J. A. DeMoney & Son funeral home, Columbia City. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today. The casket will remain closed.
[buried Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana]
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Friday, February 28, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


John C. Captain

Funeral services for John C. Captain, 58, of 308 East Jefferson Street, will be held Monday, 2 pm at Julian Schone's Funeral Home and burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery. Rev. Arcadios of the South Bend Greek Orthodox Church will be in charge. Captain died unexpectedly following a heart attack early Saturday morning while en route in Schone's ambulance to Methodist Hospital. He was stricken at his home. Captain was a restaurant cook and a native of Greece. He is survived by a daughter, Deloris of Fort Wayne; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Wilbur Belledin of South Bend and Miss Georgette Begue of Fort Wayne; three stepsons, William, Albert and Ralph Begue, all of Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 28, 1940


Mrs. Harriet Eilen Carr

Mrs. Harriet Eilen Carr, age 70 is dead at her home here, following a brief illness. A daughter and two sons survive.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Dr. F. A. Chenoweth

Winchester, Ind., April 15 - Dr. F. A. Chenoweth, age 78, died of pneumonia at his home here Wednesday. Dr. Chenoweth was born and reared here and had been a practicing physician for almost half a century. He was a 32nd degree Mason and SHriner. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is survived by the widow. The funeral will be held at the home Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


P. C. Daly, John Mahoney, Thomas Kinslow

Valparaiso, Ind., Feb 3 - An unusual occurrence Tuesday morning was the death of three prominent Irish citizens at nearly the same hour - PC Daly of the firm of Daly & Reagen; John Mahoney, prominently connected with the Ft. Wayne railroad and Thomas Kinslow, a prosperous farmer living near the city. Their funerals will occur together at St. Paul's Church. It will be the first triple funeral in the history of this city.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery County, IN; February 3, 1892
Contributed by Karen Zach


Mary (Hulse) Danforth

Columbus, Ind., April 15 - Funeral services were held at Elizabethtown today for Mrs. Mary Danforth, age 62, widow of Lyman Danforth, who died Tuesday at her home in Elizabethtown. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Anna Reesman of St. Paul, Minn; two brothers, Henry and Frederick Hulse of East Columbus and two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Spurgis of Ft. Meyers, Fla and Mrs. Amanda Hartman of Canal Loo, Mo.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Mrs. Rebecca Davis

Muncie, Ind., Feb 6 - Rebecca, wife of Joseph Davis, died Friday in this city. Last week the couple celebrated their 62nd marriage anniversary.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery County, IN; February 6, 1892
Contributed by Karen Zach


Grant Dick

Hartford City, Jan. 12 - Grant Dick, 37, former Blackford County resident, died Friday at the home of his mother, Mrs. Alonzo Dick of Mishawaka following a long illness. The widow survives.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 13, 1940


Mr. & Mrs. Elias Eviston, John Campbell, Ralph Cambell, Judge George R. Dunn

Marion, Ind., Feb 6 - Mrs. Elias Eviston died here Friday, following in four days her husband, who died last Monday while apparently in good health and praying that he might precede his sick wife to the grave. Both were in their 86th year. Thus within ten days have died here five persons at an average age of over 80 years. John Campbell at 95; his son Ralph at 75; and Judge George F. Dunn at 84, all having gone within that time. In most instances death has resulted from the grip.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery County, IN; February 6, 1892
Contributed by Karen Zach


George A. Ferris

Shelbyville, Ind., April 15 - George A. Ferris, age 59, died yesterday at his home in VanBuren Township, Shelby County. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Cordia House and Miss Rhoda Ferris of Van Buren Township and Mrs. Sarah Inlow of Fountaintown ... Mrs. Anne Ray, age 80, died yesterday at her home at Fairland, Shelby County. She is survived by four sons, Dr. Frank E. Ray of hHelbyville; Charles B. Ray of Fairland; Jacob Ray of Shelby County and Scott Ray of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Oliver James Frantz

Colon, Mich., - Jan 16, Oliver James Frantz, 82, a resident of this district all his life died at his home in Sherwood following a long illness. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. J. W. Miller of this village. Services were held at the Spencer Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in the Blossom Cemetery near here.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 17, 1940


Mrs. Charles F. Friend

(Handwritten date: Wednesday, May 22, 1935)
FRIEND FUNERAL RITES THURSDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Charles F. Friend of north of Decatur who died at her home on the Fonner Stock farm on federal road 27, Tuesday morning, will be held at the home at 4:15 o'clock Thursday afternoon with Rev. H. R. Carson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. The body will be removed to the home of a son, Arthur Friend, seven miles southeast of Auburn where a short service will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, followed with a service at 2 o'clock at the Rehobeth Methodist Episcopal church, six miles southeast of Auburn. Burial will be made in the Roselawn cemetery at Auburn.
Adams County Historical Museum, 1935 Scrapbook, image 17
Transcribed by Karin King


Mrs. Grace George

Word was received here yesterday of the death of Mrs. Grace George, charter member of Samoset Council No. 428, Degree of Pocahontas, at her home in Henryville. Survivors include two sons, the mother and a brother. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 16, 1940


Mrs. Anna Maria Grether

Funeral services for Anna Maria Grether, 76, a former resident of Decatur, was held Friday, Feb. 14, at the United Church of Christ., Neillsville, Wisconsin, with Rev. Gary Clark officiating. Burial was in Indian Mission cemetery, Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Mrs. Grether died Feb. 11. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, the Neillsville Grey Ladies and the Beaux Arts Club. Mrs. Grether was the wife of Rev. David Grether, who was a former pastor of the Salem United Church of Christ (Magley); he preceded her in death in 1945. In 1956 she married Rev. George Grether, a former pastor of the Zion United Church of Christ, Decatur, and he died in 1965. Surviving are five children, Rev. Jacob Grether of Windsor, Colo.; Mrs. Marie Stuebbe of Shafter, Calif.; David Frank Grether of St. Cloud, Minn.; Mrs. Ruth Gress of Trotwood, O.; Mrs. Grace Ploeger of Manitowoc, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangement were made by the Georgas-Gresche funeral home, Neillsville, Wis.
[buried Decorah Cemetery, Jackson County, Wisc.]
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN Friday February 28, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Albert Habegger

ALBERT HABEGGER FATALLY HURT IN AUTOMOBILE MISHAP WED.
Former Berne Young Man, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Habegger, Dies at Salida, Colorado; Was Employed in Railroad Work
BURIAL WILL BE MADE IN COLORADO
Albert Habegger, aged 36, former Berne man and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Habegger of West Van Buren St., was fatally injured in an automobile accident Wednesday, according to word received here Wednesday evening. The accident is believed to have happened near his home at Salida, Colo., where Mr. Habegger has been at home for the last several years. At 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon the Habegger family here received a telegram stating that Albert had been injured in an automobile accident. The message was brief and gave no details. At 7 o'clock last evening another telegram was received that he had died at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon presumably at some hospital, but this message also lacked details. Both telegrams were sent by his wife. It is not known if anyone else was injured, or the nature of the accident. Mr. Habegger left Berne about 13 years ago, going from here to Arkansas. From there he went to Colorado. He was employed on the railroad, working in switchyards most of the time. He had been in that line of work for quite a number of years. The deceased was born in Monroe tp., on the farm where David C. Nussbaum now resides, on Feb. 20, 1899, a son of Jacob A. and Lovina Neuenschwander Habegger. He spent his early days on the farm and moved to town with his parents in 1919. Soon afterwards he left Berne and in his early life was married to Dollie Reynolds. Last July Mr. Habegger was married again, this time to Myrtle Morgan of Utah. One step-son survives. The parents and the following brothers and sisters survive: Clarence, Berne; Mrs. Forrest Kessler, Detroit; Mrs. Benjamin Amstutz, Pandora, O.; Wilbert Habegger, Newcastle; Rev. Edison Habegger, now of Detroit; Clifford, at Bluffton, and Loretta and Florence at home. Four brothers died in infancy. Jacob Habegger, father of the deceased, is at present employed in Michigan, but was expected to arrive here today. Mr. Habegger was known by the nickname of "Shorty" and had visited in Berne last in 1930. According to the latest information received here, the funeral will be held at Salida, Colorado, and burial will be made there. The time of the funeral is not known, but it is not believed any of the relatives from here plan to attend.
[Albert Habegger buried Fairview Cemetery, Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado]
Adams County Historical Museum, 1935 Scrapbook, image 17

(Handwritten date: Monday, April 15, 1935)
HOLD HABEGGER RITES ON SAT. - Services Held Here and in Colorado For Albert Habegger
Funeral services for Albert Habegger, 36, former Berne man, who was killed in Colorado last Wednesday, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Salida, Colo. Burial was made in that city. Short services were also held here Saturday afternoon at the home of the parents of Mr. Habegger, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Habegger of West Van Buren St. Rev. Suckau officiated at the local services. No details of the accident have been received here except that Mr. Habegger was badly hurt around the body and had both legs practically crushed and severed.
Adams County Historical Museum 1935 Scrapbook, image 13
Both transcribed by Karin King


Mrs. Vearl Hale

Mrs. Vearl Hale, 71, of Coldwater Lake, Mich., sister of Mrs. Vera Wight of Decatur, died Thursday morning in Branch County Community Health Center, Coldwater, Mich. Mrs. Hale was a native of Fremont and lived most of her life in Fort Wayne until 1965, when she moved to Coldwater Lake. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane Geaney of Coldwater Lake; and two sisters, Mrs. Vera Wight of Decatur, and Mrs. Pearl Bender of Wolcottville. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. tonight in Putnam funeral home, Coldwater, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Klaehn's Wayne Street funeral home, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred memorials are gifts to the cancer society.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Friday, February 21, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Thomas Harmon

Warsaw, Ind., May 4 - Thomas Harmon, 2 year old son of Marvin Harmon, a farmer, choked to death when his head caught in a gate which he was attempting to climb. The baby's body was found hanging on the fence.
Crawfordsville Review May 7, 1918, p. 4
Contributed by Karen Zach


Mrs. L. M. Hartman

Warsaw - Jan 16, Mrs. L. M. Hartman, 73, of Elkhart, formerly of Warsaw, died at her home Monday night after a year's illness of paralysis. She moved to Elkhart from Warsaw about 30 years ago. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 pm at Elkhart where burial also will be made.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 17, 1940


Mrs. Chancey High (nee Riley)

Convoy, O., - Jan. 19, Mrs. Chancey High, 38, native of Allen County, Ind., died this morning of a heart ailment at her home in Tully Township. Surviving are her husband; three children, Robert, Maxine and Clara at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Riley of near Fort Wayne and a sister, Mrs. Doris High of near Kenton, O. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 pm Sunday followed by interment in the Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 20, 1940


John Hinton

Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec 2 - John Hinton, a grain and produce merchant of this city was run over by an express wagon Monday and killed.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; December 2, 1890, p. 1
Contributed by Karen Zach


Mary (Dick) Horther

Mrs. J. B. Horther died from the effects of dropsy at her home in Van Wert, Wednesday.
[Buried Woodland Union Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; March 26, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Gurnie Hoss

Gurnie Hoss, 67, of Marion, father of two Decatur residents, died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday at the Marion General Hospital, following a an extended illness. He was a retired service station employee. Surviving are four children, Mrs. Richard (Pennie) Brown of Decatur; Jerry of Marion; William of Jonesboro; Keith of Decatur and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday t 10 a.m. at the Needham funeral home, Marion, with burial in the IOOF cemetery, Marion. Friends may call at the funeral home today.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN Friday February 28, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Dale E. Howdyshell

Dale E. Howdyshell, 74, of Fort Wayne died Saturday at home. The Bluffton native retired in 1982 from Casad Depot after 23 years of service. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, M. Elaine; a son, Terry of Scottville, Ky.; daughters, Dianna Pequignot of Huntertown, Scherrie Hohenstein of Wolcottville, and Lynn Hundley of Monroeville; stepdaughters, Kathleen Nadolny of Hockessin, Del., and Laura Taylor of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorial services are 1 p.m. Saturday at South Wayne Baptist Church, 910 Cottage Ave. There will be no calling. Memorials are to the church.
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel (IN); Tuesday, January 6, 1998


Josiah G. Hull

Josiah G. Hull died at his home, east of Van Wert, Thursday, after an illness of two years. He is survived by a wife and five children.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; January 2, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Alexander Jacobs

Hartford City, Jan. 20 - The body of Alexander Jacobs, 67, for many years a prominent resident here, who died early this morning at the Irene Byron Sanatorium near Fort Wayne, was brought here this morning. The funeral will be held at the Burk & Fennig Funeral Home here Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. W. R. Montgomery, pastor of the United Brethren Church and burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The widow and a foster daughter, Mrs. Earl Sthrome of this city, survive.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 21, 1940


Charley Zebetin Johnson

Ohio City Oil Man Meets Violent Death.
Chas. Johnson, a former Ohio City boy, and son of Mrs. Michael Johnson, was instantly killed at Parker, Indiana, last Friday, while employed in drilling an oil well. They were in the act of letting down a string of tools when the unfortunate man stumbled and was caught in the bull rope. His body was cut in two. Death was instantaneous. The body was shipped to Mercer, the home of his wife for interment, which was made Tuesday. He was 47 years of age and leaves a wife and eight children. He was a nephew of Harve Goodwin of this place. Sidney Johnson and family, of El Dorado, Kansas; Wm. Johnson, of Texas, came home to attend the funeral. Sidney Johnson and family arrived in Ohio City, Monday evening. Oscar Johnson, of Billings, Oklahoma, could not attend an account of sickness. His wife is in the hospital and his child is seriously ill.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; January 2, 1920

Charley Zebetin Johnson, son of Mitchell and Margrette Johnson, was born near Mendon, Mercer Co., Ohio, November 1, 1873 and departed this life December 26, 1919, aged 46 yrs, 1 month and 25 days. He was united in marriage to Emma Houts. To this union was born four sons and four daughters. There came a time in Charley's life when he felt the need of a Savior and after a struggle at the altar he gave his heart to the Lord at his home and expressed the joy and happiness of his heart in the Lord, shouting and praising his name, but like a great many others, failed to keep the charge left him. However he was honest with his fellow men, believed in paying his honest debts. He was a kind and loving husband and father, and a loving boy at home with his father and mother.

A precious one from us has gone
A one who we love so dear
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled
Funeral was held at the Baptist church, at Mercer, Ohio and the body was laid to rest in the Mercer cemetery. Chas. Johnson was killed while in the act of kicking on the rope at a drilling well at Parker, Ind. His foot slipped and he fell in the wheel, the rope cutting him in two, killing him instantly. The brothers and sisters attending the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Johnson and family, of Eldorado, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Johnson, Santa Anna, Texas; Mrs. G. C. Reddick, Fredonia, Kansas; Mrs. Herman Porter, Lima. Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; January 9, 1920
Both contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Mrs. D. S. Johnson

Mrs. D. S. Johnson, aged 72 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Kirkland, at Van Wert Friday evening. Paralysis.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; April 23, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Nancy Valeria Johnson

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Winteregg-Linn & Haggard funeral home for Nancy Valeria Johnson, 72, 338 N. Eighth St., Decatur who died at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Phoenix. Rev. James Wolf will be in charge of services and burial will be in Ridge cemetery, Van Wert, O. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Sunday. Miss Johnson, a retired Citizens Telephone Co. employee, was born to William S. and Maude Shumaker Johnson on Nov. 22, 1902 in Van Wert. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Margaret) Cowgill, route 1, Van Wert, and Mrs. Mary Louise Erickson, Denver, Colo.; and two brothers, William H. Johnson, New Port Richey, Fla., and John F. Johnson, Fort Wayne.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Saturday, February 22, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Marlene (Schnurr) Keesler

Mrs. Marlene Keesler, 38, of Fort Wayne, sister of Mrs. Rita Gerke of Decatur, died at 3:40 a.m. Sunday in Parkview memorial hospital, where she had been a patient four days. She was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, William R.; two daughters, Marita and Kelly, both at home; three sons, Kevin and Kirt, both at home; and Kris, with the U.S. Navy overseas; two sisters, Mrs. Rosemary cooper of Leo and Mrs. Rita Gerke of Decatur; one stepsister, Mrs. Dorothy Shepard of Orlando, Fla.; a stepbrother, Richard Schnurr of Decatur, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schnurr of Fort Wayne. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park funeral home, Fort Wayne, where friends may call after 2 p.m. today. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred memorials are gifts to Nease Memorial Church of the Nazarene.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Monday, February 10, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Mrs. C. M. Kennedy

Insane Man Kills Wife With Hammer
The funeral of Mrs. C. M. Kennedy, who was killed at Findley, by her insane husband, was not held at Spencerville Friday, as originally planned but occurred Sunday. The postponement was made necessary by the inability to locater her son, Raymond Kennedy, now in New York City. His wife, Mrs. Edith Laurimore Kennedy, a former Van Wert girl, narrowly escaped a similar fate to that of the deceased, as she was also in the Kennedy home at the time of the tragedy, and the insane man came to her room and awakened her after he had killed his wife. The woman was slain by being struck on the head with a hammer as she lay on her sick bed. The son, R. R. Kennedy is well known throughout this section, having run for Senator of this district several years ago. The family formerly resided on a farm between Converse and Spencerville.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; June 25, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


William Ketchem

Word reached Ohio City, Wednesday evening that Wm. Ketchem had been found dead in the garage at his home in Rockford. He had been shot. When discovered by one of his sons who had gone in search, the body was cold. The opinion expressed is that of suicide. He was an undertaker, enjoyed a fine business and wide acquaintance. He was always spoken of with the highest (rest is cut off)
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


William J. Kienly

William J. Kienly, 82, lifetime resident of this city, died shortly after noon Wednesday in his home, 714 South street, following an illness of one year. He was a graduate of Lafayett high school and Kennedy business college and for 50 years was a saleman for the J. P. Michels company. He was a member of Central Presbyterian church and the Gideon society. His wife, the former Charlotte Ross, died in 1945. Surviving are two brothers, Albert V. Kienly, Sr., of Lafayette, and Andrew C. of San Francisco; two sisters, E. Louise Hunt of Lafayette and Mrs. Warren Hall of Chicago.
Lafayette Journal and Courier (IN); Thursday May 28, 1953, p. 8
Contributed by Lena Harper


Mrs. Martha Kirkpatrick

Mrs. Martha Kirkpatrick died at her home in Converse, Tuesday morning. She was aged 84 years.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; February 20, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Mrs. Peter Kline

Mrs. Peter Kline, an aged lady of Van Wert, died there Saturday.
[buried Wright Cemetery, Van Wert County, OH]
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; February 6, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Estella Kohne - Sister M. Frances Clare

Sister M. Frances Clare, 83, the former Estella Kohne, died Saturday at 6:20 p.m. at Nazareth Heights, Fond du Lac, Wis. Born July 12, 1891, in Adams county, she was a daughter of Alphonse C. and Mary Geels-Kohne. Sr. Frances Clare entered the congregation of St. Agnes on August 6, 1910. Receiving her degree in nursing in 1917, she served as director of the newly formed school of nursing for lay students and later was transferred to Hays, Kan., where she was hospital administrator from 1945-1951. She also established the school of nursing at Hays and was instrumental in developing and building a hospital at Colby, Kan. Sr. Frances Clare served for six years as president of the ninth district Kansas Nurses Association and also as a member of the executive board of the Catholic hospital association of the U.S. to Canada from 1942-1948. In 1951, Sr. Frances Clare was transferred to New York City where she served as directress of the Leo House. In 1960, she celebrated her 50th anniversary of her profession as a member of the Sisters of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac, Wis. Prior to retirement, she directed the health service at the convent in Fond du Lac. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Irene) Cole, and Mrs. Arthur (Agnes) Lutz, both of Louisville, Ky. One sister, Alberta, and four brothers, Rev. Ambrose A. Kohne, Raymond B. Kohne, Dr. Gerald J. Kohne and Charles Kohne preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the convent chapel in Fond du Lac, Wis., with Rev. Vincent Lengerich, a great grand nephew officiating.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Monday, February 17, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Frederick H. Kriete

Seymour, Ind., April 15 - Funeral services were held Wednesday for Frederick H. Kriete, age 67, who died at his home here. The widow, two daughters, and three sons survive.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Mrs. Jane Kuhl

The Soul of Mrs. Kuhl Leaves Its Tomb of Clay
Mrs. Jane Kuhl, aged 78 years, a highly respected and popular lady of Liberty township, died Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after an illness of several weeks. Infirmities of age, hastened her death. Mrs. Kuhl, up until the death of her husband several years ago, resided east of Ohio City. After the death of her husband she moved to Ohio City and occupied property on west Carmean street where she died. She was a member of the Lutheran church. The arrangements for the funeral have not been made, but they will probably be held Sunday t the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Stuckenberg. Interment in Woodlawn, beside the remains of her husband. Mrs. Kuhl will be remembered for her kindly disposition and her closing life is as the glow that shines for a time, only to be missed as the clouds gather, yet she lived her allotted time and goes home to receive the blessings of one who has well lived life.
Ohio City Progress, Van Wert County, OH; June 22, 1920
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


William D. Lee

William D. Lee, 81, of Fort Wayne, brother of Mrs. Flossie Dierkes of route 3, died at 12:37 p.m. Monday in Lutheran hospital, Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient since Dec. 25. He was a native of Adams county and had resided most of his life in Fort Wayne. He was a retired self-employed electrician and was a veteran of World War 2. Mr. Lee was born in Adams county on Sept. 3, 1893. Survivors include his wife, Laverne; a son, Gerald of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Delores Hazlett of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Joan Etzler of Auburn, and one sister, Mrs. Flossie Dierkes of Decatur. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Klaehn's Wayne Street Funeral home, Fort Wayne, where friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Home Lodge No. 324 will be in the Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials are gifts to St. John's United Church of Christ.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Tuesday, February 18, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Ida Anna (Garber) Lehman

Mrs. Ida Anna Lehman, 87, of 659 South Fulton Street, Berne, widow of John M. Lehman, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at her home. She operated a convalescent home at her residence and lived in Berne since 1942. Born in Missouri on May 27, 1887, she was a daughter of Israel and Barbara Suter-Garber, and was married to John M. Lehman on Jan. 1, 1909. He died in 1935. Survivors include one son, Peter Lehman of Berne; five daughters, Miss Melva Lehman of Hampden, Newfoundland, Canada; Mrs. Verline (Viola) Kimble of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Ivan Forrest (Ella) Sprunger of route 1, Berne, and Miss Clara Lehman of Berne; one sister, Ms. Sarah Klickman of Berne; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Nadine) Jelleff, two sons, Wilbert and Quinten, two brothers, Charles and Oswin and three sisters, Rose, Nellie and Fannie preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the First Mennonite Church, where she was a member, with Rev. Kenneth C. Bauman and Rev. John W. Sprunger officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Mennonite cemetery, Fortuna, Mo., where graveside service will be held.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN Friday February 28, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Catherine (Fox) Long

Avilla, Jan. 14 - Mrs. Catherine Long, 87, died at 6 am today at the home of her brother, John Fox of near Avilla after an illness of two weeks. Surviving are 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five brothers: John Fox, Albert Fox of Kendallville, Frank and Anthony Fox of Finlayson, Minn., and Joseph Fox of St. Louis. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church here with Rev. Leo Faurote officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery here. The body will be at the McKee & Clark Funeral Home here until time for the services.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 15, 1940


Willie Nelson Longsworth

It is with regret that we announce the death of one of the brightest little boys of our town, Willie Nelson Longsworth, son of Dr. Wm. N. and Olivia Longsworth, which took place on Friday night last, at ten o'clock. Willie's illness, Typhoid Fever, began some four weeks ago, his symptoms being from the commencement very unfavorable. Hemorrhage of the bowels set in at five o'clock on Friday evening, and at ten o'clock Willie was with those who had gone before. It is seldom that death makes such a mark.
[Buried Woodland Union, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; February 24, 1871
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Mahlon W. Marshall

Rockville, Ind., April 15 - Mahlon W. Marshall, age 87, is dead at his home here. Mr. Marshall was a civil war veteran and served as a county commissioner 45 years ago when the old Parke Couunty Courthouse was torn down and a new one erected. He was also four years prominent in Parke Lodge F and AM of Rockville. Surviving are his children, Lincoln Marshall of Glasgow, Mont; Lester Marshall of Kansas City; John Marshall of Peoria, Ill; Mrs. Margaret Lee of Closter, NJ; Miss Ethel Marshall of Washington and Mrs. Rhoda Banta of Marshall, Ind. Funeral services were held today.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


George W. McClelland

Columbus, Ind., Dec 2 - George W. McClelland, a farmer living here, attempted to swallow a piece of meat containing gristle and it lodged in his throat. All efforts to dislodge it were unavailing and he will die.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; December 2, 1890, p. 1
Contributed by Karen Zach


Robert McCrossin

Lebanon, May 6 - Robert McCrossin, 36 years of age, a laborer on the new Vandalia Railroad line between Indianapolis and Frankfort was accidentally run over about 4 o'clock Friday afternoon by the caboose of a work train and received fatal injuries to his left side. The accident occurred one mile west of Mechanicsburg. McCrossin stepped in front of the caboose just as the train started to back. The wheels of the car run over his left arm and leg, breaking the arm and cutting the biceps muscles and the large arteries of the arm. He was taken to the Palmer Hospital at Frankfort where he died that night.
Crawfordsville Review, Montgomery Co, IN; May 7, 1918, p. 4
Contributed by Karen Zach


Samuel Miller

Funeral services were held at the Redding Church near here, for Samuel Miller, age 56, formerly of Jackson County who died at Shirley. He is survived by the widow, a son and four daughters.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Edward Lewis Morton

Fatal Accident - A Young Man Instantly Killed While Testing a Loaded Gun.
A fatal and terrible accident, resulting in the death of one of the most worthy and promising young men of this county, took place in Putnam county on Saturday afternoon last. On Saturday morning Edward Lewis Morton, in company with his brother, left home, some five miles West of this town, for the purpose of visiting a sister, Mrs. Kohn, of Putnam county. They arrived at their destination before noon. After dinner they strolled over the farm, looking at the stock and chatting on home topics, when Edward resolved to shoot some squirrels. He went into the house, took down the gun and was heard to ask, "Is the gun loaded?" Before an answer could be given, the report of its discharge came, and his friends rushed into the room, where they fund Edward resting on his hands and knees, bleeding profusely from the mouth. He was taken up, and died instantly never uttering a groan or giving a sign of life. An examination showed that the ball had entered the mouth, slightly cutting both lips and lodging in the back part of the skull, which was terribly shattered. The gun had been loaded for some time and, having been exposed in damp weather, the cap was discolored. The supposition is, therefore, that Mr. Morton placed his foot on the hammer, and raised it while he blowed [sic] in the muzzle to ascertain if it was loaded, when it slipped off, and exploded the charge with the above fatal result. The friends brought the remains to the home of the deceased's father, Mr. S.R. Morton, of this township, which they reached at 2 o'clock on Sunday morning. The first notice that the parents had of the accident, was the arrival of the remains and escort at their door. The deceased was 17 years, 7 months and 4 days of age, a bright, promising young man, of moral habits and a favorite with all who knew him. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and, although the notice was short, the attendance is said to have been the largest ever drawn together at an interment in this county. A sermon was preached by Rev. Noah Hough, from the text "???"
[Buried Dix Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; 1871
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Miss Clara Lanier Murphy

Miss Clara Lanier Murphy, a daughter of Theoph-??? Murphy. Aged 13? years and 7 months. After an illness of three weeks of typhoid fever during which every attention by fond parents, and the best medical skill had been given, the young, beautiful and innocent life of Clara was taken from our midst. Like a tender plant, too fragile for the fierce blast, and too delicate for the sun's piercing rays, ???by the first fitful breeze that mildly crosses its path, and is lost forever to ??? admiring gaze; so did Clara seem to ??? to last, and was taken to a "higher and ??? sphere. She was loved by all who knew her. Almost idolized by her parents, who withheld the reasonable legitimate request. The songs she loved to sing, a piece entitled, "Heaven Home, sweet home," (in the "Shining ??") together with selections from favorite authors, show the natural vent of her mind to have been of an elevated character. She was retired in disposition, gentle in manner, thoughtful in denounce and respectful towards superiors. She was a constant attendant at Sunday School, in which she took special delight. She was studious in reading the New Testament, of which it was her custom to read a chapter every night before retiring to rest, thus storing her mind with the rich knowledge of divine things that resplendently shine on every page. She was fond of her schoolmates, and to say that she loved her teacher, would be but faintly expressing her feelings, and her teacher and schoolmates also manifested their affection for her in a noble tribute paid by them t the funeral services, by singing a beautiful song, "We shall meet them," "Many sweet children have lived and died." The spirit of which suggests the happy meeting in the far off land. At the singing of which every eye was suffused with tears.-It was well calculated to bear away on the retiring wavelet a great part of our sorrow. Just as the sun was veiling his face in shadow and the day was gathering up his purple robes, we silently laid Clara to her sweet rest, to await the angelic shout.
[Buried Woodland Union, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; 1871
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Kelly Renee Myers

Kelly Renee Myers, one-day-old daughter of Louis (Ed) and Susan Kay Reynolds-Myers, of Fort Recovery, O., died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Adams county memorial hospital. Kelly was born Monday at 8:22 a.m. Surviving in addition to the parents, are one sister, Denise, 8, at home and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reynolds of Decatur, and Louis and Lella Myers of Fort Discovery. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Springhill cemetery, Fort Recovery, with Rev. Don Plelpcher officiating. Friends may call at the Brockman funeral home, Fort Recovery, at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Wednesday, February 19, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Martha Ann (Stanton) Naples

Mrs. Martha Ann Naples, 79, died at 7 o'clock Thursday night at the home of her son, Jesse Easterday of 206 East Wildwood Avenue, following a short illness. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John Quinn of this city, Mrs. Etha Boone of Gary and Mrs. Bessie Mulligan of Chicago; five sons, Earl Easterday of Goodland, Jesse of this city, Everett of Independence, Kan., Clell of Wolcott and George Easterday of Chicago; a brother, William Stanton of Andrews and two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Moore of Andrews and Mrs. Clara Helmer of Indianapolis. The body was removed to Peltier-Ashley Funeral Home.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 26, 1940


Daniel Neff

SUDDEN DEATH
We are again called upon to chronicle a sudden death in our midst. On Sunday morning last, Mr. Daniel Neff, of Dayton, Ohio, was found dead in his bed, at the Van Wert House. He was a brother of Capt. C. Neff, proprietor of the above name hotel, whom he had been visiting for some two weeks past. When found, he was lying upon his face, and it is supposed he died in a spasm, as he had been, all his life, subject to this terrible affliction. On Monday the remains were taken, by Capt. Neff, to Winchester, Preble county, for interment. The deceased leaves a wife and four children, to morn the loss of a kind father and husband.
Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; February 17, 1871
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Carl Nelson

Carl Nelson, 49, of Hamilton, O., the husband of Charleen Shackley-Nelson, and a former resident of Decatur, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cincinnati General Hospital. He has been in failing health three years. Mr. Nelson was active in civil defense work. He was born in Portland on August 30, 1925, and married Charleen Shackley on March 9, 1947. She is the daughter of Mrs. Beulah Shackley, of Decatur and the late Raymond Shackley. Surviving in addition to the wife, are two children, Jon of Lima, O., and Kathleen, at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Webb funeral home, Hamilton, with burial in Millville, O. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Thursday, February 13, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Hobert Nichols

Hobert Nichols, 79, of route 1, Willshire, O., a retired farmer died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at the Van Wert county hospital, where he had been a patient 10 days. He had been in ill health for the past two years. Born in Greenup, Ky., on May 8, 1895, he was a son of Martin and Mandie Rowe-Nichols, and was married on July 4, 1918, to Beulah Williams, who survives. Also surviving are five children, Mrs. Charles (Helen) McDonald of route 1, Willshire; Russell Nichols of route 1, Willshire; Mrs. Clayton (Stella) Grimes of route 2, Kenton, O.; Mrs. Wallace (Julia) Comment of route 2,Convoy, O.; John Nichols of route 2, Rockford, O.; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Samuel and Raymond, and 16 brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charles McDonald residence, route 1, Willshire with Rev. Ed Johnson officiating. Friends may call at the Zwick funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight and until9 p.m. Friday, and at the McDonald residence from 10 a.m. Saturday until time of the services.
[Willshire Cemetery, Willshire, Van Wert county, Ohio]
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Thursday, February 13, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


daughter of Wesley Penny

Logansport, Ind., Dec 2 - The 3-year-old daughter of Wesley Penny was burned to death Monday evening. The father and mother were out milking when the child complained of being cold and went into the house to get warm. They were alarmed at her cries a few moments afterward and rushing to the house found her clothing in flames. She died from her injuries in two hours.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; December 2, 1890, p. 1
Contributed by Karen Zach


Charlotte (Taylor) Post

South Bend, Ind., March 27 - Mrs. Charles F. Post, 70 years old, mother of the manager of the South Bend Paper company was struck by a Lake Shore fast train and thrown nearly 100 feet, killing her instantly,
[Note: Born Geneva NY 12 Jan 1832 Died 25 March 1902 South Bend, Indiana]
Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; March 25, 1902
Contributed by Karen Zach


Rev. Walter L. Priebe

Rev. Walter L. Priebe, 58, of Grand Ledge, Mich., husband of a former Berne resident, Jean Reef-Priebe, died unexpectedly in his home Wednesday evening of an apparent heart attack. Rev. Priebe was a native of Minnesota and graduated from Wartburg College in Iowa and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Capital University at Columbus, O., and pastured churches at Chattanooga, O., ; Marietta, Minn., Chicago, and Bryan, O., before his Grand Ledge appointment. He was a former pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church at Chattanooga. Survivors include his wife; two sons, David of Cincinnati, O.; and Roger of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two brothers and three sisters. Rev. Priebe was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Naomi DeArmond of Berne. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Ledge, with burial at Grand Ledge. Rev. Priebe was a pastor of the church there for 11 years.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Saturday, February 8, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Louise (Fisher) Ridley

Mrs. Louise Ridley, colored, former local resident, died at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at Rockville. She resided at Plainfield. Survivors include the husband, John E. Ridley, Jr., and a son, John E. Ridley III, both of Plainfield; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher of this city and a sister. The body was brought to the Micheaux Funeral Home here last night.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 10, 1940


Charles Schabel

Versailles, Ind., April 15 - Charles Schabel is dead at his home at Moores Hill, after several months' illness. He was in the hardware business. Two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Truitt and Mrs. Charles Bruce of Milan, survive.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Dwight J. Shotts

Dwight J. Shotts, 74, of convoy, O., father of Stanley Ward Shotts of Decatur, died at 10:35 a.m. Monday in Fort Wayne's Parkview memorial hospital following a short illness. Born Oct. 1, 1900, in Illinois, he was the son of Perle and Ida May Stout-Shotts, and was married to Mabel Price on March 25, 1922. Survivors include the wife; one son, Stanley Ward Shotts of Decatur; two daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Joan) Knutson of Fletcher, N. C., and Betty Jean Anderson of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, brother and sister. The Convoy resident was a member of the United Methodist Church there, and had resided in the Convoy area since 1913. Mr. Shotts was a retired farmer and employee of Scott Equity Elevator. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Convoy United Methodist Church, with burial in Convoy IOOF cemetery. Friends may call at the Stanfield funeral home, Convoy, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Preferred memorials are to a favorite charity.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Wednesday, February 12, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Simon Sigefoose

Elkhart, Ind., Feb 3 - Simon Sigefoose, a well-known Elkhartman, committed suicide by hanging Tuesday, the result of a long spree.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; February 3, 1892
Contributed by Karen Zach


Alberta (Miller) Smith

Auburn, Jan. 16 - Mrs. Alberta Miller Smith, 68, of Newville, died Monday afternoon at the Souder Hospital here following a seven-week illness. Survivors include the husband, Harry T. Smith; three children, Mrs. Helen Smith of Newville and Clayton and Millard Smith of Fort Wayne, and one grandchild. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock (CST) at the Newville Christian Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery there.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 17, 1940


Mrs. Jessie Smith

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Smith, 50, of 371 Smith Street, who died at 6:05 o'clock Frida morning at the Lutheran Hospital where she was taken January 22, will be held Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock at Klaehn & Sons Funeral Home, Rev. B. E. Reemsnyder officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends may view the body at the funeral home. The deceased came here 14 years ago from Payne, O., where she was a member of the Reformed Church. She was a member of the Star of the East Chapter No. 514. Survivors include the husband, Wilbur M. Smith; two sons, Harry of this city and Mervel Smith at home and one grandchild.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 27, 1940


Henry Snow

Rockville, Ind., Dec 31 - The body of Henry Snow, age 34, who Saturday night shot and severely wounded John Berry, his brother-in-law, was found Sunday in an abandoned barn near the Berry home. The condition of Snow's body indicated that he had gone immediately from the scene of his attack on Berry and killed himself by shooting. Snow lived at the Berry home, and was employed as driver of the Jackson Township school hack. Berry will recover, although one arm will be permanently crippled. Snow and Berry had quarreled Christmas day over matters pertaining to the hack business, Berry having the contract. Saturday evening while Berry was milking Snow fired at Berry shattering his arm. Berry, although faint from the loss of blood, managed to reach the house and the sheriff was notified and a posse, started in search of the would-be murderer. It is the general belief Snow went to the abandoned barn immediately after the assault and sot himself. Snow was 34 years old. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. George Snow, of Mansfield, Ind and four sisters: Mrs. Oscar Combs of Terre Haute; Mrs. Theodore McHargue and Mrs. Guering VanFossom of Parke County and Mrs. Berry, with whom he made his home.
Crawfordsville Review, Montgomery Co, IN; January 1, 1918, p. 3
Contributed by Karen Zach


Miss Anna Snyder

Miss Anna Snyder, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Snyder, of Garrett, Ind., died Monday at 5 o'clock at the home Mr. August Habig, 1338 Buchanan street, this city. Death was caused by consumption. Miss Snyder was a member of the Methodist church at Garrett, Ind. The arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Allen County, Indiana; Tuesday, March 6, 1906

The funeral services of Miss Anna Snyder will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Habig, 1338 Buchanan street, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment at Lindenwood.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Allen County, Indiana; Wednesday, March 7, 1906
Both contributed by Karin King


Mrs. Edgar Springer (nee Geisler)

Mrs. Edgar Springer, 72, a former resident of route 6, in Pleasant Mills, died Saturday evening in Seminole, Fla. Surviving are her husband, Edgar Springer; two daughters, Joan of Clarkston, Mich.; Helen of Pontiac, Mich.; two brothers, Laurence of Columbia and Hubert of Decatur. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Geisler and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral arrangement are pending, but burial will be at Pontiac, Mich.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Monday, February 24, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Sarah Elizabeth (Douglass) Standiford

WREN LADY DEAD - Mrs. Sarah Standiford of Wren, O., Passed Away Last Night - Old Age Infirmities - Funeral Arrangements Held Until Word is Received From A Son
Mrs. Sarah Standiford, aged sixty-nine years, a highly esteemed lady of Wren, Ohio, wife of George W. Standiford, passed away last evening at 8:10 o'clock at the family home. Mrs. Standiford would have been seventy years of age, next August 20, and had been ill some time with a complication of diseases, attending old age. Mrs. Standiford's maiden name was Sarah Elizabeth Douglass, and she was born August 20, 1843, in Coshocton county, Ohio. Besides her husband, Mrs. Standiford leaves two sons and one daughter by a former marriage; and four step-sons and two step-daughters. Charles Standiford of the Schlickman feed yard of this city is a step-son. One of her sons resides in California, and no funeral arrangements will be made until he can be heard from. If he can come to attend, the funeral will probably not be held until the first of the week. If he cannot come, the services will probably be held Thursday. The Rev. Hamilton will officiate.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams Co, IN; Tuesday, 11 March 1913

Mrs. Sarah Standiford, aged 69, years, a highly esteemed lady of Wren, O., wife of George W. Standiford, passed away Monday evening at 8:10 o'clock at the family home. Mrs. Standiford would have been 70 years of age, next Aug. 20, and had been ill some time with a complication of diseases, attending old age. Mrs. Standiford's maiden name was Sarah Elizabeth Douglass and she was born Aug. 20, 1842, in Coshocton County, O. For the past five and a half years the family lived at Hola, Harding County, O. Besides her husband, Mrs. Standiford leaves two sons and one daughter by a former marriage; and four step-sons and two step-daughters. One of her sons resides in California, and no funeral arrangements will be made until he can be heard from. If he can come to attend, the funeral will probably not be held until the first of the week. If he cannot come, the services will probably be held Thursday. The Rev. Hamilton will officiate.
[buried Wren Cem., Wren, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; March 13, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Mr. & Mrs. Edward Stanley

Goshen, Ind., Feb 3 - Mrs. Edward Stanley died Saturday night. Sunday night Mr. Stanley passed away and on Tuesday they were buried together. They had lived at the present home for over 40 years.
[Note: Edward Stanley born Virginia 12 Aug 1830 died 1 Feb 1892 Elkhart County buried Zion Cemetery in Briston -- wife was Martha Jane Layton (married Miami, Ohio 29 April 1848) born 16 August 1828 died 30 Jan 1892.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; February 3, 1892, p. 3
Contributed by Karen Zach


Virgil States

Virgil States, well known locally as a former employee of The Bulletin Company, died at the home of his mother, at Ada, Sunday afternoon. The deceased had been a long time sufferer from tuberculosis, and for many weeks has been confined to his bed waiting the inevitable. The young man was only 32 years of age and had won through his own efforts a place among the progressive members of his craft, having advanced to the position of general manager of one of the leading printing establishments in Johnstown, Pa. While engaged in this city as foreman of the composing room of The Bulletin, he was married to Anna J. Jones, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Jones of Venedocia. He leaves besides his wife and mother, three young sons, Rowland, Leland and John, aged 8, 7 and 2 years, respectively. Mrs. Ray Gamble, south Avenue, this city, is a sister-in-law. Funeral services will be held at Ada Wednesday afternoon, with interment there. Virgil States was one of the finest types of young manhood ever a resident of this city and it is with deep regret that his untimely death is recorded. He was a gentlemanly, affable young tradesman who fully demonstrated that individual effort properly directed stood for success. His death is a loss not only to those who enjoyed his intimate acquaintanceship but to all who in any manner were privileged to be numbered among his friends.
[buried Hardin County, Ohio]
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; September 16, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


James A. Stevens

Mr. James A. Stevens, a well-known resident of Hoaglin Township, is dead at his home one-half mile east of the Lutheran Church in that township, the result of pneumonia, with which he was stricken only eight days ago, passing away Wednesday evening about 7 o'clock. He was born in 1855 and was a native of Kentucky. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. William Bradley of Hoaglin Township and Mrs. A.M. Vanable of Madison County, Ky., and one brother, Thomas Stevens, who has been making his home with the deceased. The funeral arrangements have not been made.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; Januaray 16, 1913

The funeral of James A. Stevens, who died at his home north of the city Wednesday evening, will be held at the Lutheran Church in Hoaglin Township Friday morning at 10 o'clock, with interment at Woodland.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; February 17, 1913
Both contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Mrs. Samuel Stillwagon

The funeral of Mrs. Samuel Stillwagon, who died at her home on Woodland Avenue Wednesday evening as the result of Tuberculosis, will be held at the United Brethren Church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.
[Woodland Union Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; July 4, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Edith Vada (Welch) Strickler

VAN WERT GIRL DIES IN RAGING WATERS - Met her Death on the West Side in Columbus in the Flood.
George A. Welch, a well known farmer, residing about three miles north of this city, received the sad word Monday evening that his daughter, Mrs. Edith Vada Strickler, 289 Centener Street, Columbus, was a victim of the flood in that city, and that her body had been recovered. He at once left for that city to claim the remains. Mrs. Strickler had been a teacher in the public schools until about three years ago where she married. He husband, Mr. Strickler, was manager of the White Bath Houses in that city, and was well know in this city. The same message also conveyed the news that a girl friend living just across the street, was also a flood victim, but her name was not given. Both parties resided in that section of Columbus which was the hardest hit, and where the Scioto has carried a new channel across a loop, their homes being directly in the new passage.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; April 1, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Rev. John Summersett

Rev. John Summersett was born in Shepherdstown, Virginia, Aug. 28th, 1792, and died at his residence, in Van Wert county, Ohio, Aug. 8th, 1871, aged 78 years, 11months and 17 days. Mr. Summersett, came to Ohio with his parents when quite a youth, and settled in Ross county. When only eleven years old he became the subject of converting grace, and united with the M.E. Church, of which he remained a worthy and efficient member, until called by death from the labor of earth, to the rewards of eternity. He was a member of the church 67 years, during most of which time he held official relations as class leader, steward and preacher. He came to northwestern Ohio, more than forty years ago, and rendered effective service in establishing the church in the wilds of Allen and Van Wert counties, before the "Lordly Savage" had receded from this part of the country. Mr. Summersett was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, and a consistent practical Christian. In each of these relations his example is worthy of the admiration and imitation of all who knew him. He suffered much during his illness, but with perfect resignation to the will of Divine Providence. He met his final hour with the heroic faith of a Christian soldier, shouting victory through the valley of the shadow of death. He leaves a number of children and grand-children to mourn their loss. The mourn not as they who have no hope. N.H.
Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; February 12, 1871
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


W. F. Switzer

W. F. Switzer, a widely known former resident South of the city, died very suddenly Wednesday, at the Van Wert County Hospital due to an attack of heart trouble, Mr. Switzer, who had been in poor health for the past couple of years, following a stroke of paralysis, became ill yesterday afternoon, while in the vicinity of the post office. An ambulance was called and he was removed to the hospital, where his death occurred a few hours later. Mr. Switzer, who was sixty-three years of age, was a native of Richland county but had spent the major part of his life in Liberty township, this county. He is survived by a wife, and three children; Mrs. Frank Hiller, of Thamesville, Canada, Carey Switzer, of Convoy, and Mrs. Isaac Putnam, of East Main street. The funeral services will be held from the M.R.E. Church, in Liberty township, Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock. Burial at Ohio City.
Twice A Week Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; Friday, July 26, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hiller, of Canada, were called here by the sudden death of her father, W. E. Switzer, whose funeral was held Sunday, at North Liberty. Those in attendance from distance were; His brother, V. E. Switzer and wife, of Lima, Tom Clements, Mr. and Mrs. Armor Smith, of Paulding, T. Switzer, of Hepburn, Mr. Smith, of Ft. Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. Cleland, of Hicksville, Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Switzer and family, F. E. Switzer and family, of Ft. Wayne and Mr. and Mrs. King, of Rockford.
[buried Woodland Union Cemetery, Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Twice A Week Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; August 2, 1918
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


son of Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor died at the home of its parents at New Bremen Sunday. Funeral services were held Monday. Mrs. Taylor was formerly Rhea Riley of this city.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; January 28, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


George Washington Thatcher

George Washington Thatcher, for many years a resident of this city, died Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of relatives in Ft. Wayne, as the result of a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Thatcher had only been in Ft. Wayne a few days, having gone there for a visit, when seized with the fatal attack. He was born Dec. 9, 1834, and was aged nearly 79 years. The remains were brought to this city Thursday evening over the Ohio Electric, and taken to his home, where the funeral arrangement will be made today.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; August 15, 1913

The funeral service of William (sic) Thatcher of South Tyler Street will be held from the home this afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. E. A. Lilly. Interment will be at Middlepoint.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; August 16, 1913
Both contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Rachel (Tucker) Thatcher

Mrs. Rachel Thatcher, an aged and esteemed resident of Delphos, died at her home in that city Monday morning, as the result of heart trouble, and pneumonia. She was 72 years of age. In 1862 was married in the city to Stephen Thatcher, one son, J. M. Thatcher of Delphos, surviving the union.
[buried Westside Cemetery, Delphos, Van Wert County, Ohio]
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; March 25, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


daughter of Mr. Stephen Thatcher

A CHILD BURNED TO DEATH-On Wednesday last a little daughter of Mr. Stephen Thatcher, who lives in the east part of this town, met with a most horrible death. Mrs. Thatcher had built a fire in the cook stove, and stepped out of the house, when the little girl set down upon the stove hearth, and her clothes caught fire, burning them off (rest is missing)
Van Wert Bulletin, Van Wert County, OH; 1871
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


W. F. Thiele

W. F. Thiele of 1320 Winter Street has received word of the death of his sister, Miss Mary A. Thiele at her home in Elgin, Ill. Funeral services and burial took place there.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 12, 1940


Mrs. Marie Anna Thompson

Mrs. Marie Anna Thompson, wife of Douglas Thompson, died at 6 o'clock Sunday morning at the Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne as the result of an obstruction of the bowels, for the relief of which she had undergone an operation. She was 28 years of age and is survived by her husband and two little daughters, Mildred, aged 4, and Dorothy, aged 1. The remains were brought to this city Monday morning and taken to the home of her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Thompson of West Maple Avenue, where private services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock. F riends and neighbors will attend. A request is made that no flowers be sent.
Van Wert Daily Times, Van Wert County, OH; January 21, 1913
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Marie (Burley) Toland

Marie Toland, 51, of Wichita Falls, Tex., a native of Berne, died Tuesday at Wichita Falls following an extended illness. Born in Berne on June 2, 1923, she was a daughter of Carl D. and Rachel Hirschy-Burley, and was married on Feb. 28, 1949, to Arvel C. Toland, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Allie Rachel) Bennett of Denver, Colorado, and Louise, at home; five sisters, Luella Burley, missionary in India; Mrs. Chester (Mahala) Schuelke, Agnes and Helen Burley, all of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Ruth Fox, of Berne; two brothers, Merrel Burley of Los Angeles and Robert Burley of Winona Lake, and two half-brothers, John Burley of Enfield, Conn., and Lynford Burley, with the U.S. Army in Germany. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Tanner funeral home, Iowa Park, Tex. Burial was in Texas.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Friday, February 21, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


John H. Tremmel

Funeral services for John H. Tremmel, 76, of 282 South Hanna Street, who died of pneumonia at 9:40 o'clock Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital following a five-day illness will be held Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock at Getz & Cahill's Funeral Home, and 10 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rev. John A. Bapst officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. St. Peter's Holy Name Society will meet Thursday night at the funeral home after Holy Hour services for recitation of the rosary. Friends may view the body at the funeral home after 2 o'clock this afternoon. The deceased was for many years employed as a boilermaker for the Nickel Plate Railroad, retiring six years ago. His wife, Catherine, died July 23, 1938. He was a member of St. Peter's Church and the Holy Name Society. Survivors include two sons, Robert and Gerald Tremmel at home, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Helt of this city.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 24, 1940


Jason Tudor

Tipton, Ind., April 15 - Funeral services for Jason Tudor, age 38, were conducted in the Kemp Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon. He is survived the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philander Tudor, a wife and several children.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Laura A. (Vail) VanDyne

Laura A. VanDyne, a resident of the Decatur community Care Center since October of 1973, died at 12 noon Friday t the Care Center. She was a former resident of Evansville. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Evansville, Order of the Eastern Star, and VFW aux. of Kirkwood, Mo. Born in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 16, 1888, she was a daughter of Thomas and Jennie Hazen-Vail, and was married on May 20, 1921, to Guy N. VanDyne, who died on March 14, 1952. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Beukeman funeral home, located in Chicago, with burial in the Beverly cemetery, Blue Island, Il. Friends may call at the Zwick funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Saturday, February 22, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


J. P. Walker

Wabash, Jan. 21 - Funeral services for J. P. Walker, 63, former resident of Wabash and father of Ralph Walker, were held yesterday at the Methodist Church at Tipton, followed by burial in Lapel.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 22, 1940


Emma (Burk) Ward

IN MEMORIAM
Mrs. Emma Burk Ward was born November 3, 1894, in Allen county, daughter of Christian V. Burk and Ellen Burk. She departed this life April 15 at 6 o'clock a.m. She was converted about four years ago in Decatur and since that time has lived in simple child-like faith in Jesus. A little more than a year ago she united with the Nazarene church. She was married to Harvey Ward November 10, 1916 and although she was afflicted most of this time she bore her suffering with sweet christian fortitude and he never failed to grant her the last wish. She is mourned by husband, father, three brothers, four sisters and a number of friends. Although we mourn and feel her loss, yet our loss Heaven's gain. We should look to the resurrection morn when the dead in Christ shall rise first and we who remain at His coming shall be caught up to be with Jesus forever in the City of Gold. Funeral at the Decatur U.B. church. Burial at Laman cemetery, Payne, O., April 17, 1918, conducted by Rev. C. J. Miner of Decatur, and Rev. Clyde E. Green, pastor of the Nazarene church, Bluffton, Ind.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, Indiana; April 25, 1918
Contributed by Karin King


J. D. Warren

Bryan, O., Jan. 14 - J. D. Warren, 50, owner of the Williams County Hardware Company of this city died last night at the Sawyer Sanitarium at Marion. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Lotta Warren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 pm at the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home here. Rev. Emil Carlsten will officiate and the Bryan Masonic Lodge will conduct rites. Burial will be in Allen, Mich.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 15, 1940


Ira Watkins

Monticello, Ind., April 15 - Ira Watkins, age 79, died at his homehere of heart disease. Surviving are the widow, two sons and two daughters.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Prine Welch

Delphos, O., - Jan 16, Prine Welch, 80, well-known resident of Delphos, died at his home here late yesterday. He had been ill for the past year and his condition became serious a week ago. Surviving are a daughter, Miss Florence Welch, at home, and a brother, Thomas Welch, Delphos. Funeral services will be held at the Welch home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with Rev. Edward A. Herr officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 17, 1940


Rufus Werling

Rufus Werling, 76, of Sarasota, Fla., the father of several area residents, died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday at the Sarasota memorial hospital. He was a former resident of route 1, Ossian, moving to Florida eight years ago. Mr. Werling, a retired farmer, was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, the former Marie Witte, whom he married June 27, 1926, at Friedheim Lutheran Church in Adams county; one son, Wilmer (Butch) Werling of route 1, Ossian; four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Erma) Henderson of New Haven; Mrs. Gerald (Iverna) Burns of Leo; Mrs. Robert (Helene) Hegerfeld of Hoagland; Mrs. Richard (Ruth Ann) Bultemeyer of St. Joe, Mich., and a former resident of route 1, Decatur; one brother, Reinhard Werling of route 1, Craigville; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Kammeyer of Woodburn; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elzey-Dickey-haggard Home for Funerals, Waynedale, with Rev .Donald Frank officiating. Burial will be in Concordia Gardens, Fort Wayne. Friends may call at the funeral home from7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 Wednesday. Preferred memorials are to the Concordia Lutheran Church organ fund.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Tuesday, February 11, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Joseph Whitcomb

Corydon, Ind., Feb 6 - Joseph Whitcomb, a rich farmer, aged 70 years, committed suicide Thursday night by hanging himself in his smokehouse.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery County, IN; February 6, 1892
Contributed by Karen Zach


JWillis
Mrs. Jeff Willis

Jeffersonville, Ind., Dec 2 - Jeff Willis of this city, cut his wife's throat Monday, fatally wounding her.
Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Montgomery Co, IN; December 2, 1890, p. 1
Contributed by Karen Zach


Blaine Wiltse

Blaine Wiltse, 62, of Pleasantville, N.Y., a former resident of Wells county and brother of Mrs. Garold (Harriett) Coolman of Decatur, died Wednesday evening after being hospitalized the past two months. He had been in ill health several months and his death has been attributed to bone cancer. He was a 1930 graduate of Bluffton high school and former member of the first Baptist Church. He left Bluffton soon after graduation and had been employed the past 35 years by General Telephone Co. Born August 15, 1912, in Wells county, he was a son of Harry B. and Emma Weist-Wiltse, and was married to Elizabeth Miller who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, a son, a sister, Mrs. Garold (Harriett) Coolman of Decatur, and two stepsisters, Mrs. Wilma Bennett of Pontiac, Mich., and Mrs. Orval (Pauline) Kaeser of Berne. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Beecher funeral home in Pleasantville, N.Y. with burial there.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN Friday February 28, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


William Wolff

Noblesville, Ind., April 15 - William Wolff, age 79, fell dead at his home at Arcadia Wednesday afternoon, the result of a stroke of paralysis. He was a merchant of Hamilton County for 50 years and widely known in business circles in central Indiana. The widow, two daughters, Mrs. William McKee of Indianapolis and Mrs. Howard Ward of Union City and a son, Walla Wolff, of Chicago, survive.
Indianapolis News (IN); 15 April 1926, p. 15
Contributed by Karen Zach


Myrtle (Cooper) Wombacher

Mrs. Myrtle Wombacher, 89, a former resident of Illinois, who resided with a daughter, Mrs. Robert Mutchler of route 2, Berne, died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday at the Adams county memorial hospital. She was born Nov. 5, 1885, in Illinois, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Redmon-Cooper, and was married Nov. 20, 1907, to Joseph Wombacher, who preceded her in death. She was a former resident of Peoria, Ill., moving to the Berne area several years ago. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Mutchler of route 2, Berne, with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Barney (Alice) Adkins of Peoria, Ill., one son, Tom of Peoria; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Yager funeral home. Burial will be in Springdale cemetery, Peoria. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight.
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Friday, February 7, 1975
Contributed by Janice Vasilovski


Miss Dolores Helen Wunderlin

The body of Miss Dolores Helen Wunderlin, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. Wunderlin of 436 East Jefferson Street, who died of peritonitis Sunday night in a Chicago hospital, will be brought to the Ankenbruck Funeral Home here today. Funeral arrangements will be made later. Miss Wunderlin became ill while visiting in Chicago. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and was graduated from St. Mary's Commercial School. She was a member St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Rose Sodality, the CYO and Antoinette Court, Catholic Order of Foresters of which her mother is chief ranger. Survivors include the parents; four brothers, Donald, Elmer Jr., Kenneth and Gerald Wunderlin and four sisters, Vivian, Joan, Mary and Helen Marie Wunderlin, all at home and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Kloss of Chicago.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (IN); January 23, 1940