Parke County Indiana Obituaries
Surnames beginning with the letter "K "
"Aunt" Caroline Kalley, aged 91 years, died at her home north of town, Saturday morning at 2 o'clock after a lingering illness incident to old age. The deceased was a highly respected resident and a pioneer settler of Raccoon Township. She was a quiet, kind and home loving woman, industrious, painstaking and frugal. Devoted to her family, obliging to the neighbors and courteous to all. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant Valley Church Monday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. K. Fuson of Rockville, and the body laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
She is survived by two sons, Nathaniel of Montezuma and Lee at home, five daughters, Mrs. Margaret Carlin of Piattsville, Mrs. Eliza Elmore of Carson, Mrs. Ella Simmons of Rockville, Mrs. Sarah Riddle of Bridgeton, and Miss Belle at home, who has tenderly and lovingly cared for her mother for several years. Also several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends who extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved. - Terre Haute Tribune, 13 May 1919 (Thanks to Michael Mahoney for this one)
“Died in Pleasant Valley, Parke County, June 8th, Sarah J. KALLEY, daughter of D. and M. Kalley, aged 18 years and 7 months. - Parke County Republican, June 15, 1864
Waveland Independent, April 10, 1914 -- Nicholas B. Keen was b. near Berksville, Cumberland Co Kentucky on Aug 20, 1843. He departed this life on Sunday March 29, 1914, aged 70 years, 7 months and 9 days. He was the son of Samson and Eliza Keen, the first child of a family of 3. He was left an orphan quite young and spent his early life with an uncle. He united with the Methodist Church at an early age. At age 22 he came to Indiana where he spent the remainder of his life. About 1876 he attached himself to the Lutheran Church of which he remained a steadfast member until his death. He enlisted in the Union Army Sept 28, 1861. He was a member of Co F, 5th Kentucky Cavalry and served 3 years, 7 months and 7 days. He served as Sgt. of Scouts under Kilpatrick in Sherman's march to the sea. He was honorably discharged May 3, 1865 for expiration of term of enlistment. Those living to mourn his death area a bereaved wife and 8 children, 3 girls and 5 boys. Four of the children are by a former marriage Besides these, there are two sisters and a number of other near relatives and friends. A wife and four children preceded him in death. The last to depart this life was a daughter, Altha, who passed away a few years ago, the death of whom left an unhealing wound in a dear old father's heart. His daily life shoed his fine Christian character, always a smile and a kind word for all with whom he came in contact. He numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He was a fond, loving, affectionate husband and father. Father is gone and our home will never be as it once was, but our loss is Heaven's gain. We miss thee from our home dear father, we miss thee from thy place. A shadow o'er our home is cast, we miss the sunshine of thy face. We miss thy kind and loving hand, thy fond and tender care. Our home is dark without thee, father, we miss thee everywhere. The funeral services were held at the Philadelphia Lutheran Church, near Milligan, on Wed. and was attended by relatives and many friends. The services were conducted by Rev. Charles Hunt, the regular pastor, who gave a brief and beautiful discourse, after which the remains were interred at the Lutheran cemetery to await the promised day. L. K.
Waveland Independent, 12-11-1903 -- Mary Altha, daughter of Nicholas B. and Mary M. Keen was born near Milligan, Parke Co, Indiana, October 15, 1885, died December 9, 1903. No one thought she was seriously ill until Tuesday eve. She suffered only a very short time that evening after which she lay quietly until Wednesday about noon, she passed away to that better land, where there is no more suffering. Altha, as she was familiarly known to her relatives and friends, was exceptionally amiable and quickly made friends of all, whom she met. Her sudden death shocked all her friends beyond expression. at the age of 13 she joined the Lutheran Church near Milligan, and was baptized in infancy. She was a faithful member of that church to the time of her death. She graduated from the common schools in 1900 and entered the Rockville HS the succeeding year. She remained a member of that school until January when owing to the great shock she received by the death of her aunt, Mrs. Alvord, her health did not permit her to go any longer. She was loved by her schoolmates and all who knew her. In school she was obedient, bright, studious and cheerful and loved by all her teachers. The keynotes of her life were duty and love and she went about them with a sweet serenity and selfishness rare indeed. Her desire to serve, to assist others, to better the lives of those around her every possible benefit, made her one of the most lovable characters in the community. She never gave utterance to a murmur of complaint. She made the Bible her study and gave evidence of her faith in Christ and her hope in heaven, the home of the faithful in Christ. She had often expressed herself ready and willing to go to meet her Savior and her loved ones gone before. She loved Jesus and sought to serve him. The funeral services were held at the Philadelphia Lutheran Church on Friday, conducted by Rev. Isaiah Whitman in a brief and beautiful discourse very fitting the occasion. The body was buried in the Lutheran cemetery.
Charles Robert Keller, 61, of Montezuma died at 7:44 a.m. Monday, August 4, 1997, in West Central Community Hospital in Clinton. He was born February 15, 1936, in Russellville to Willard Keller and Louella Morris Keller. Survivors include his wife, Delores Hollingsworth Keller; three sons, Bobby Keller, Chuck Keller and Bryan Keller; two daughters, Terri Keller and Lori West; three sisters, Dora Koma, Betty Keller GILL and Nancy Sowers; three brothers, Dick Keller, Donald Keller and Larry Keller; and seven grandchildren. There are no services or visitation. Brown Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. - Terre Haute Tribune
“George Roscoe KELLER, 75, of Rt. 1 Marshall died at 10:41 a.m. Saturday at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville. He had been in failing health one year and seriously ill 10 days. He was b. July 17, 1889 near Wallace to Nanson (sic) and Virginia Wilkinson Keller. He was marr. to Myrtle Fay Hallett at Wallace December 27, 1911. He attended schools in and near Wallace and was a carpenter for the past 40 years. Survivors include his wife, five sons: Norman of Rt. 1, Tangier; Harold of Crawfordsville; Thomas of Marshall; Paul of Wallace and Bill of Redwood, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Ruth Carpenter of Rt. 1, Bloomingdale; two brothers, Frank of Rt. 2 Waynetown and Guy of RR Veedersburg; 12 grandchildren; 7 gr. grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Hurley, Ira and Dan. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tues at the Lutheran Church at Wallace. Rev. John R. Servies will officiate. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cem. at Wallace. The body will lie in state at the church one hour preceding the services Friends may call at the Servies Funeral Home in Waynetown (sic).” - Article provided by Karen Zach
“Frank KELLER, 85, who resided on Rt. 2, Waynetown for the last 20 years, died Monday morning after an illness of several months. A son of Manson and Virginia Wilkinson Keller, he was a native of near Wallace and was born November 23, 1885. He was educated in Jackson Township schools. Mr. Keller was a member of the Church of God at Alvin, Ill. He was married in 1916 to Ethel Hallett who died. His second marriage to Edna V. Gossett, she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Kenneth of Lafayette, Jess F. of Crawfordsville and Harold G of Waynetown, two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Janiece) Cooper of Covington and Mrs. Edgar (Laverne) Woodard of Jamestown; two step children, Everett Gosset of Coatsville and Mrs. Emil (Doris) Butts of Danville, Ill; 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mr. Keller was preceded in death by an infant daughter, three grandchildren, a great grandson and five brothers. Fun. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Servies-Thomas Fun Home with Rev. Clifton Morris officiating and burial in Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review December 8, 1970. Submitted by Karen Zach.
Myrtle F. KELLER, 91, RR 1, Bloomingdale, died Sunday, February 24, at Parke County Nursing Home in Rockville. Born December 4, 1893 near Waveland, she was the daughter of Harvey T. and Druzella Schemmerhorn Hallett. On December 11, 1911 she married Roscoe Keller, who died May 22, 1965. She attended school at Waveland and was a member of Woodland Heights Christian Church of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Survivors include a daughter, Mildred Carpenter of Bloomingdale; five sons, Norman Keller of Tangier, Harold Keller of Crawfordsville, Thomas Norman of Mecca, Paul ‘Mike’ Keller of Hillsboro, and Billy Keller of California; two sisters, Wanda Martin of Rockville, and Mary Miller of Russellville; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Services were conducted Thursdays at Thomas Funeral Home in Waynetown, with Rev. Jack Austin and Rev. Leonard Largent officiating. Burial was in Thanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Wallace.” - Parke County Sentinel, March 4, 1985
“The body of Mrs. Lola Belle KELLER, age 61, who died in the Woodmere hospital, Evansville at 5 o’clock Tuesday morning, October 18, was brought to the Barnes mortuary on the same day. Mrs. Keller was born in Parke County, the daughter of Oscar and Nancy Catlin, and has lived in the county until her marriage to Thomas Keller who preceded her in death. She is survived by one sister, Mary Sneath of Nyesville. Funeral service in charge of Rev. miller of the Otterbein Church were held in the Barnes Chapel at 10:30, Saturday morning. Burial in the Barnes cemetery near Judson. - Rockville Republican October 25, 1945
Rockville - Mrs. Mary Ann Cartright Kelsheimer, 62, a resident of RFD #3, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday. The daughter of George and Mattie Green Cartright, she was born in Parke County Nov 10, 1888. She was a member of Lyford Methodist Church. Surviving are the husband, George; two sons, Kenneth of Rockville and Sterlie of Rosedale; a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Lewis of Rosedale and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Barnes Funeral Home here, with burial in Rosedale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review 16 Feb 1951, Page 005
Waveland Independent News -- William Hunt Kemper of Mansfield, age 88, died in the hospital at Clinton, Friday afternoon, March 10. He was born in Mansfield, February 3, 1879, the son of Elias and Ruth A. Hunt Kemper. He was a member of the Mansfield Bible Church and Brazil Eagles Lodge. Mr. Kemper was a descendant of pioneer families, who were among the first settlers of Jackson Township in Parke County. He inherited the Kemper store in Mansfield from his father, Elias, who had inherited it from his father, William, over 100 years ago. Thus the store is one of Parke County's well known historic landmarks and still retains many of the features of an old time country store. The store is now operated by Mr. Kemper's daughter, Esther, and her husband, Joe Shake. For many years , at Christmas time, Mr. Kemper had sent all his children a gift subscription to the Republican. Surviving are a son, Howard, of Indianapolis; seven daughters, Mrs. Ruth Phipps of Greencastle, Mrs. Esther Shake and Mrs. Jane Berry of Mansfield; Mrs. Virginia Eaton of Rosedale, Mrs. Muriel Seery of Eaton, O., Mrs. Mildred Hansel of Chicago and Mrs. Grace Goodman of Rockport, 29 grand children and 41 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held, Tuesday morning, at the Cottrell funeral home in Rosedale with..... (sorry, this was cut-off -- submitted by Linda Robertson -- THANKS so much, Linda!
Minnie B. Kennedy, wife of John A. Kennedy, died at her home in Montezuma, November 2, 1923, age 52 years 10 months and 24 days. On October 12, 1918 she was united in marriage to John A. Kennedy of Montezuma. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, one stepdaughter, Mrs. Guy Harper, 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Akers of Fairmount, Il; Jennie Bartley of Terre Haute and Carrie Dixon of Rockville; four brother, Joshua Decker of Corning Iowa; O. S. Decker of Terre Haute and J. W. & B. F. Decker of Rockville. When quite young she united with the Methodist church and in later years, while living in Montezuma, she united with the church of Christ. Her death was not unexpected as she had been a patient sufferer for the past 3 years and bore it with a Christian spirit. - Rockville Tribune, November 14, 1923
“Edna W. daughter of John H. and Sarah Newlin was born August 30, 1858, departed this life December 9, 1910, aged 52 years, 3 months and 10 days. She was the third child of a family of nine. Father, mother, four brothers, two sisters have preceded her to the glory world. She was twice married. Her first marriage was on November 25, 1880 to Ira D. Russell. To this union a daughter was born – Estella, in whose home she was at the time of her death. On January 31, 1890, Mr. Russell was killed by a falling tree. Her second marriage was on Thanksgiving Day, 1892, to James Harvey Kennedy, who on August 3, 1910 was fatally injured and died two days later. She was a birthright member of the Friends Church, and early in life experienced a bright hope in the Savior’s love, and was a constant Christian up to the time of her death. She seemed to take quite an interest in church work for the past few years, and only wished she could have attended church more. Through her life, she was much devoted to her home, ever tireless in her efforts to make the home more comfortable. Although her griefs were many, she bore them all without a murmur. She leaves to mourn her loss three children, Estella McIntyre, and a son and a daughter by Mr. Kennedy’s former marriage – Mae Hutton and Halden Kennedy, to whom she was a second mother. Estella has a baby girl to whom her heart went out and for whom she felt a grandmother’s love. She also leaves two sisters – Lydia Peek and Lillie Strickler. The great comfort of those who mourn is the hope that the loved one is in the tender hands of our loving Savior. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Marshall Burial at Poplar Grove Cemetery.” Rockville Tribune December 21, 1910
Alfred KENNEDY died at his home in Kingman, Sunday night. Mr. Kennedy up to two years ago lived a short distance east of this place but went from here to Kingman, leaving his farm in the hands of his son John. He was a man about 70 years of age and for several months had been a great sufferer from bladder trouble. The funeral services were held at the U. B. Church in Sylvania Monday afternoon.” - Rockville Republican, July 20, 1904
Mrs. Laura E. KENNEDY, 71, former resident of Crawfordsville died May 10, 1962 in a Logansport Hospital. Born February 27, 1891 in Parke County, Mrs. Kennedy was the daughter of Scott and Martha Sutton Jarvis. She married Albert Kennedy Jan 18, 1936. Mrs. Kennedy was a graduate of the Chicago School of Nursing. Before moving to Crawfordsville she live din Parke County. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. May Jarvis of Indianapolis and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in Machledt & Servies Funeral Home at Waveland with Rev. John Servies officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Crawfordsville. - Tri-County News, May 17, 1962
Daniel Shane Kennedy, 45, of Montezuma died at 10:45 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, in his residence. He was employed in financial management with the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute. He was born October 15, 1955, in Newport Beach, Calif., to Harold Kennedy and Grace Greene Kennedy. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Tucker Kennedy, whom he married June 3, 2000, in Montezuma; two daughters, Christine Gilbert and Kelly Laznik, both of Montezuma; one son, Eric Kennedy of Montezuma; one stepdaughter, Heather Portwood of Montezuma; his father, of Montezuma; two sisters, Colleen Kennedy of Peru and Patty Woods of St. Bernice; seven grandchildren; and one step grandchild. He was preceded in death by his mother. He was a member of the National Guard, was former Montezuma Town Marshall, was former Parke County Sheriff's deputy, and was a former member of the Montezuma Fire Department. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday in Brown Funeral Home, with Chaplain Bill Long officiating. Burial is in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today. - Terre Haute Tribune
Mrs. Annie L. Kent, age 97, a native of Parke County died in the Home hospital, Lafayette, at 3 o’clock, Thursday afternoon. She spent the greater part of her long life in this community. For several years, she had lived with her stepson, Frank Kent, who moved from Rockville to Lafayette a few years ago. Mrs. Kent is survived by three step-children, and one brother, Elbridge Boyd of near Rockville , and several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held in the Bradfield funeral home here at 1:30 o’clock, Saturday, afternoon, Rev. R. V. Saylor, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial was made in the Rowe cemetery near Nyesville. - The Rockville Republican, 15 February 1940 - [contributed by Sandra J. Lee KSFarms@aol.com]
Horace Kent, Jr., 21 of Rockville, According to DR. B.H. Branson, Coroner, committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest at his home here about 11 p.m., Saturday night. He died in route to Vermillion County Hospital in a Barnes Ambulance at 11:45 p.m. He is survived by the widow, Mary, 2 sons, Robert Lee and Kenneth Ray; the parents Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kent Sr. of Rockville, three brothers, Oscar, Edward, and Richard all at home and three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Shell of Terre Haute; Gladys and Bertha at home. The body was taken to the Barnes Funeral Home and will be taken to the residence of the parents at 2 p.m. Monday. Funeral services at the Rockville Nazarine Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Reverend K.S. Johnson will conduct the services and burial will be in the Rockville Cemetery- Clintonian News, March 3, 1946: - shared by Sandy Elkins Juhl
"Mrs. Mary KENT, (wife of Elijah Kent, b. Jun 1840, Indiana; d. 04 Apr 1909, Rockville, Parke, Indiana; Mother was Malinda McNiel / McNeal) living one mile southeast of here who had been sick for 9 days with pneumonia, died early Sunday morning of heart failure. She was 68 years old, and was a woman loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at her home at 1 o'clock Monday, Rev. Barbre of the Christian Church officiating. Burial in Rowe Cemetery near Nyesville. She is survived by six daughters and two sons: Mrs. Horace McCarty of Catlin, Mrs. Isaac Keltner, Mrs. W. P. Harrison, Mrs. William Glasson, Mrs. Alex Hooker, Mrs. Samuel Chesser, Wallace and Charley Kent. - unknown newspaper ( Rowe Cemetery Listing gives death date as April 4, 1909" - shared by Sandy Elkins Juhl
John Kesner of Rockville, age 69, died at his home, Sunday evening, May 30. He was a member of the Flora Christian Church, the Rockville Masonic lodge and Low 12 Club, Mr. Kesner was a native of Parke Co. and had been a funeral director in Clinton, Attica and Rockville. Survivors include the widow, Faye; 3 sons, James of Shelby, Tennessee; Franklin of Camden and Ray Phillip of Lebanon; four sisters, Mrs. Glenn Sherrill of Montezuma RR; Mrs. Clarence Todd of Dana; Mrs. Clarence Owen of Rockville and Mrs. Ed Craig of New Ross. Funeral services were held, Tues afternoon in Flora with bur. in a cemetery at Camden. This is also thanks to Alberta Butler of the Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, Indiana -- Unknown source.
Miss Glenna Kesterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Kesterson of Milligan and Morris Sharp of Marshall were married on Sunday afternoon at the Methodist parsonage in Rockville the pastor Rev. Richmond Blake, reading the double ring ceremony. The attendants were Miss Lorine Holton of Hillsdale and Robert Taylor of Rockville. Mrs. Sharp was graduated from the Green Township high school. Mr. Sharp was graduated from the high school in Mobile, Alabama and at present is employed in Traverse City, Michigan where they will make their home. Following the ceremony a reception was given at the Kesterson home in Milligan. - Waveland Independent, Thursday, July 4, 1940
Relatives at Guion received word Saturday night of the death of Bud Kidwell of Indianapolis. The funeral services were in Indianapolis and the burial at the Strong cemetery at Guion, Monday. Waveland Independent, February 12, 1926
The following account of the killing of the little son of Bud Kidwell, who formerly lived here is from an Indianapolis daily. He was born on the Sam Milligan farm near here. On his way home for lunch after a morning of shoveling coal and cutting wood for a neighbor to earn 50 cents to help his widowed mother, Paul Kidwell, aged nine of 642 S. Missouri St was killed instantly by an auto in the 400 block of W. McCarty St (Saturday, Jan 21). The driver of the death car, Lawrence Kloepfer was not blamed by the police, but he was slated on a technical involuntary manslaughter charge. he stopped his car within three lengths, police said, Orville Minnett, a cousin aged 11 had been working with the Kidwell boy. "It's time for lunch, "Paul told his cousin and they started across the street in front of 407 McCarty St. They did not notice the other car from the East according to Orville. A second before the crash he said he saw Kloepfer's machine and called to his cousin, but the younger boy did not hear Orville said. The front of the car struck the boy's head and threw him to the pavement dead. Paul was in the second grade at school 12, the youngest of 5 living children. Two years ago his father died. A year ago his sister died. Paul was always working, said his mother. I had just gotten over my worst grief from the other two deaths. I don't know how I'll get over this. The family was waiting lunch for Paul when they were brought word of his death. Three brothers, Roy 24, Jesse 18 and Albert 15 and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Marshall and Grace and another survive him. - Waveland Independent, February 3, 1928
Mrs. Eliza Kidwell died at her home southwest of town on Monday of pneumonia at an advanced age. She was married to Jesse Kidwell in 1845 and was the mother of 8 children, five of whom survive. She united with the Christian Church in 1861 and lived a faithful Christian life. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence on Tuesday by Rev. LF Galey. Interment in Strong Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, Friday, February 24, 1899
October 1, at Rockville, infant of Joseph L. KIMBELL. Reported by Hargrave & Elson, funeral directors, Rockville Republican, October 10, 1888
George Thomas Kingan died at his home near Guion on Thursday afternoon of last week after being ill three weeks with kidney trouble. Funeral services at the ME Church on Saturday morning were conducted by Rev. J. E. Stone. Interment at Maple Ridge. He was born in Ohio December 9, 1847. He married Mary Matilda Moore May 15, 1873, who survives him. They had no children. He has one brother, Frank Kingan of Attica, and one sister, Mrs. DB Mason of Des Moines, Iowa. He was a member of the local lodge IOOF which attended the funeral in a body. Those from a distance attending the funeral were John A. Moore, Mrs. Olive Lewis, Miss Ruth Moore, Mrs. Roy Shaw of Crawfordsville; Mrs. Howard Charters of New Market and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kingan of Attica. - Waveland Independent January 19, 1917
Lem Kite, the account of whose death is taken from the Rockville Republican, was well known in Waveland, and was janitor of the school building one season. Lem Kite, age 53, died at his home, N. Jefferson St, last Fri night, following a second stroke of paralysis. Mr. Kite was born at Highhealth, TN, and at the age of 19 went West, later coming to Indiana. He resided in Guion till over a year ago, when with his family he moved to Rockville and was employed by C. W. Lee & Co. He is survived by his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Clyde Leatherman, Misses Vera and Olivene, and two sons, Taylor and Donald. The funeral was held Monday forenoon at 11 o'clock in Memorial Presbyterian church, Rev. W.F. Smith and Rev. J. M. Newsom officiating. The pall bearers were Tom Barnes, Elbert Phillips, Omar Phillips, Howard Clark, E. O. Phillips, and J. T. Alexander, members of Judson Masonic lodge. Flower bearers Mesdames Nora Phillips, Eulalia Hazlett, Lora Barnes, Minnie Phillips and Hazel Foncannon, members of Judson Easter Star Lodge. Interment was made in the Bethany cemetery. - Waveland Independent, Dec 26, 1926
John R. Kyle, aged 82 was kicked in the head by a horse Monday at his home near Raccoon. His skull was fractured and he died in Culver Hospital. - Waveland Independent, Oct 26, 1928