FULTON COUNTY INDIANA

 

OBITUARIES

 

1953

 

 

The News-Sentinel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The News-Sentinel

 

1953

 

Friday, January 2, 1953

 

Otto P. Frick

Mrs. E. M. RAGLAND, Lake Manitou, who has just returned from an extended visit out-of-town, today opened a message informing her of the death of Otto P. FRICK, which occurred in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Dec. 20th.

Mr. Frick for many years spent his vacations at his own cottage in the Bessmore Park addition at Lake Manitou.  He was buried in the Frick plot in a cemetery at Salem, [Indiana].

He is survived by his wife, 8008 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis; two daughters; a son and five grandchildren.

 

Bess Leffel

Mrs. Bess LEFFEL, 55, R.R. 4, Rochester, passed away at 8:00 a.m. today at the Rochester Nursing Home, where she had been a patient since December 28.  She had been seriously ill for three months.

Mrs. Leffel had been a resident of the Rochester community for the past five years moving here from Cass county.

Bess, daughter of F. P. and Kitty (WELSH) McFADDEN was born May 22, 1897 in Ashland county, Ohio.  On Sept. 11, 1915, she was married to Paul LEFFEL at Twelve Mile, Ind.  Mrs. Leffel was a member of the Twelve Mile Bethlehem Methodist church; was past matron of the Fulton O.E.S. and was a member of Naomi Shrine of Logansport.

Surviving are the husband; two daughers, Mrs. Elmer BOZARD, Kokomo and Mrs. Don TILTON, Cass county; two granddaughters, Carol Sue BOZARD and Catherine TILTON; two sisters, Mrs. Martha FISCHER, Seattle,Wash. and Miss Lulu McFADDEN, Painesville, Ohio.

Final rites in charge of Rev. Howard CRESS, will be held Sunday 1:30 p.m. at the Ditmire Chapel, Fulton.  Burial will be in the Bethlehem cemetery near Twelve Mile.

The Fulton O.E.S. chapter will conduct its services at the chapel 8 p.m. Saturday.  Friends may call at Ditmire funeral home.

 

Margaret Benedict

Mrs. Margaret BENEDICT, 56, who resided five miles south of Argos, died at 8:20 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital.  She had been seriously ill for the past six weeks.  All her life had been spent in the vicinity of Argos and the north portion of Fulton county.

A native of Marshall county, she was born May 23, 1896 to Clinton F. and Martha BODEY.  She was married to Forest A. BENEDICT on Jan. 15, 1918.  Mrs. Benedict was a member of the St. Paul E.U.B. church of Rochester.

Survivors are the husband, at home; a son, Charles E. [BENEDICT] and his wife, Eva L. and two grandchildren, Mary Kaye and Linda Lou [BENEDICT], all of Argos.  A brother, Forest [BODEY], and a sister Inez [BODEY], preceded her in death.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Richland Center Methodist church.  Rev. William A. HUGHES of Rochester, assisted by Rev. Mrs. Edith BRUNER, the Richland Center Methodist church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Richland Center I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home, from 7 p.m. this evening to 1 p.m. Sunday.

 

Laura Lee Miller

While visiting at the home of relatives in Wyandotte, Mich., Mrs. Laura Lee MILLER, 424 Grove street, Argos, passed away at 5 a.m. Thursday.  Her death was caused by a heart seizure.  Mrs. Miller had been a resident of Argos practically all of her life.

She was born Feb. 14, 1882, in Marshall county, the daughter of John and Alzina (WALLACE) FINNEY.  On Nov. 30, 1899 she was married to Lester MILLER at Plymouth.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1947.  Mrs. Miller was a member of the Argos Christian church, the Philathia Class, Ladies Aid and the Whippoorwill Ladies Aid.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Alzina RICHENBACHER, Detroit; a son, Ormond [MILLER] at home; two sisters, Mrs. Effie KLINE, Culver and Mrs. Melvina FALVEY, South Bend.

Funeral services, in charge of Rev. J. Robert COOVERT, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery, Argos.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, January 3, 1953

 

Edward Unger

Following a month’s illness Edward UNGER, 69, North Fulton Ave., this city, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.  Mr. Unger had been a resident of this city for two years, coming here from Metea.

He was born March 17, 1883 in Wabash county to Emanuel and Ellen (CURTIS) UNGER.  His first marriage was to Elizabeth HOOVER who preceded him in death on April 30, 1948.  Later he was wed to Dora DOWDY, who survives.

Other survivors are:  Four sons, Walter [UNGER], Lucerne; Eldon [UNGER], Twelve Mile; Paul [UNGER], Grand Rapids, Mich., and Ernest [UNGER], Detroit; four daughters, Lavonna SCHELEGAL, Detroit; Lois LANDON, Flint, Mich.; Bertha BUEACHER, Detroit and Helen COOPER, Peru; seventeen grandchildren and four sisters, Berthe COOPER, Bessie ANDERSON, both of Rochester; Eva SYLVESTER, Lagro, and Grace [UNGER], Fort Wayne.

Funeral services in charge of Rev. Kiah RAYL of the Assembly of God will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Ditmire Chapel, Fulton.  Burial will be in the Metea cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.

 

Cecil Ray McVay

Harry McVAY, 210 North Main street, this city, received word early today of the death of his grandson, Cecil Ray “C.R.” McVAY, of McAllister, Texas.  Mr. McVay, who was a Recruiting Officer in the Marine Corps stationed at McAllister, was fatally injured in an auto crash, which occurred at McAllister Friday evening.

C. R. McVAY, 28, was the son of Ray and Savola McVAY of Alice, Texas.  As a child he spent several summers in Fulton County with his grandfather and also his uncle, Wilford GUISE.


Survivors include the parents; two brothers, Ensign Richart Lee McVAY, who is on sea duty aboard the U.S.S. Marquette; and Danny [McVAY], at home; one sister, Mrs. Norma Jean SCHACH of McAllen, Texas, and the grandfather, Harry McVAY.  Mrs. Mary Alice OVERMYER of Rochester and Mrs. Ruth HITE of Kouts are aunts of the deceased.

C. R. and Richard Lee McVay, their father and an uncle, Ralph McVAY, of Oklahoma City visited relatives in Rochester last spring.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at the Charles Wilson Funeral Home at McAllister.

 

Monday, January 5, 1953

 

Hacel M. Tuttle

  Miss Hazel Marie TUTTLE, 59, of the Fulton County Home, passed away at2 p.m. Sunday at the Rochester Nursing Home.  She became seriously ill Christmas Day.  She had een a resident of this community since April 29, 1915.

Hazel Marie, daughter of Miles and Esther KENDLE TUTTLE, was born June 17, 1893 in Liberty township.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. William HUGHES officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester Citizens cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Infant Knotts

Brief services for the infant daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Slater KNOTTS were held Sunday afternoon.  The infant was stillborn Saturday morning at the Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  Interment was made in the Elwood city cemetery.  Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Foster Funeral Home.

 

James Allen Westwood

Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Foster Funeral Home for James Allen, day-old son of Carl and Frances WESTWOOD.  Rev. Stephen GUBI officiated and burial was made in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Surviving are the parents; a brother, Edward, and sister Evelyn, all at home; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore BARTS, Mishawaka; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas WESTWOOD, R.R 4, Rochester; a great-grandmother, Mrs. Elmer OLINGER and a great-grandfather, Lester STUBBS, Leiters Ford.

 

Tuesday, January 6, 1953

 

Stephen Allen Cole

Final rites for Stephen Allen COLE, 15-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. COLE, this city, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Harrison Funeral Home, Royal Center.  The Rev. A. Ray NOLAND will officiate.

The child passed away at 5:30 a.m. Monday at the Northern Indiana Children’s Hospital, South Bend, following a month’s illness.  He was born in Rochester, Sept. 28, 1951, to James R. and Margaret CONN COLE.

Surviving are the parents; a brother James; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Vera CONN, this city and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. COLE, Macy.


Mrs. Perry Moon

Rochester friends have received word of the death of Mrs. Perry MOON, Logansport, which occurred suddenly in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday afternoon.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon in Logansport.

Mrs. Moon was a sister of the late Mrs. Alice CLAYTON, this city, and of Frank YOUNG, Logansport.

 

Wednesday, January 7, 1953

 

Audrey G. Fenimore

Mrs. Audrey G. FENIMORE, 58, Lexington, Ky., died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn hospital.  Mrs. Fenimore, former resident of Akron, had been in ill health for the past six months.  The Fenimores moved from Akron to Kentucky 18 months ago.

A native of Fulton county, Mrs. Fenimore was born August 13, 1895, to C. V. and Hattie (BRYANT) KINDIG.  In 1911 she was married to Forest R. FENIMORE at Rochester.  She was a member of O. E. S. of North Judson and the Walter Hill Presbyterian church, Lexington, Ky.

Survivors are the husband; two daughters, Mrs. Ferrell SCHUG, Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Sonabelle BEAVERS, Lexington, Ky.; two sons, Ronald [FENIMORE], Akron; Vance [FENIMORE], Fort Wayne; two sisters, Mrs. Cecil JONES, South Bend; Mrs. Clarence MIKESELL, this city; five brothers, C. A., Oral and Roy KINDIG, all of Rochester; Cleon KINDIG, Macy, Calif.; Arnie KINDIG, Columbus, O., and nine grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Akron Methodist church with the Rev. Claude FAWNS officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Friends may call at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron, until 11:30 a.m. Friday.

 

J. Henry Sommer

A pioneer resident of Miami county, J. Henry SOMMER, 94, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home four miles south of Akron.  He had been seriously ill for two months.  Mr. Sommer, a retired farmer and veterinarian, had been a resident of Miami county for practically his entire life.

The son of John and Lunvira (FOLTZ) SOMMER was born February 2, 1858 in Allen county.  He was married to Hattie ENGLEHEART on March 1, 1884, at Denver, Ind.  Mr. Sommer was a member of the Lutheran church of Gilead, the Masonic Lodge since 1880 and was a charter member of the Gilead Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are his wife, at home; two sons, Charles SOMMER, Peru; Fred SOMMER, Akron and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  Burial will be in the Gilead cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Thursday.

 

Arthur P. True

Funeral services for Arthur P. TRUE, 76, formerly of Rochester, were held this afternoon at Lisle, Ill.  Mr. True passed away at his home in Lisle Sunday afternoon.

A retired railroader, he had been engaged in the grocery business for the past few years.  He was the son of Newton and Samantha TRUE, of this city.  A cousin, Fred TRUE, resides in Chicago.


Thursday, January 8, 1953

 

G. Merritt Mackey

Following an illness of a month, George Merritt MACKEY, 82, of this city, died at 1:40 a.m. today at Woodlawn hospital.  Mr. Mackey, a retired farmer, had been a resident of Fulton county his entire life.

He was born August 9, 1870, in Rochester.  His parents were Horace C. and Lucy (DUNLAP) MACKEY.  Mr. Mackey never married.  He was a member of the Rochester I.O.O.F. Lodge.

Surviving are two brothers, Oren MACKEY, Whiting; Dr. C. Gleason MACKEY, Culver; two sisters, Mrs. Mary HOFFMAN and Mrs. Charlotte PALMER, both of this city, and several nieces and nephews.

Final rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Foster Funeral Home.  Rev. W. D. ARCHIBALD, of Leiters Ford Methodist church, will officiate and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, here.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Alice V. Lambert

Mrs. Alice V. LAMBERT, 82, of near Twelve Mile, died Wednesday morning at her home after a lingering illness.  Mrs. Lambert had a wide acquaintance of friends throughout the southern section of Fulton county.

She was born February 11, 1861, in Poe, Ind., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon SNYDER.

Survivors are the husband, Fred [LAMBERT]; three daughters, Mrs. D. T. DUNGAN, R.R. 1, Twelve Mile; Mrs. Roy MOORE, Chillicothe, Mo.; Mrs. Fred PRATT, of near Twelve Mile; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Mary MILLER, Twelve Mile; Mrs. Sally MERLEY, Akron; Mrs. Elizabeth KOTTERMAN, Macy and a brother, O.O. SNYDER, Akron.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Friends may call at the Chase-Miller chapel, Logansport.

 

Friday, January 9, 1953

 

Alice Downs

Funeral services for Mrs. C. L. DOWNS, who died at 2:45 a.m. Thursday at her home, 724 W. Broadway, Mishawaka, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Evangelical church, that city.

Mrs. Downs, who was born in Pulaski County was married to C. L. DOWNS on October 8, 1914 at Rochester.  Her maiden name was Alice McCAY.  She was a member of the Mishawaka First Evangelical church.

Survivors are the husband; a son, Hugh Robert DOWNS, and a daughter, Mrs. Darrel K. MOORE, Jr., all of Mishawaka; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. C. V. NORRIS, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Ernest KEENER, Niles, Mich.;  Mrs. Ralph SHONK, this city; a brother, Charles McCAY, New Carlisle and an uncle, Thomas McCAY, Rochester.
Mrs. Ralph Shaver

Mrs. James WARE of Kewanna has received news of the death of Mrs. Ralph SHAVER, Polo, Ill.  The Shavers were residents of Union township for several years, residing on a farm which is now occupied by Robert HENDRICKSON and family.

Mrs. Shaver is survived by her husband and daughter Margaret [SHAVER].

 

Dr. Robert J. D. Peters

Funeral services were held in Indianapolis this afternoon for Dr. Robert J. D. PETERS, who passed away in his sleep Wednesday at his home 3203 East Michigan street, Indianapolis.

He was born in Macy on August 27, 1888, the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Benjamin PETERS.  He was a graduate of Macy high school and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Survivors include the widow and several nieces and nephews.

 

Saturday, January 10, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Monday, January 12, 1953

 

Opaleah M. Weaver

Mrs. Ray E. WEAVER, 46, R.R. 1, Roann, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at home.  Her death was attributed to a heart ailment, from which she had suffered for the past two months.  She had been a resident of the Roann community for 10 years, moving there from Deedsville.

Opaleah M., daughter of Edward and Matilda (BROWN) DEEDS, was borh December 6, 1906 at Deedsville.  She was married to Ray E. WEAVER on July 8, 1942 at Denver.  Mrs. Weaver was a member of Deedsville Ebenezer church.

Survivors are her husband; a sister, Mrs. Lucille PUGH, R.R. 2, Roann; three brothers, Guy DEEDS, Macy; Earl DEEDS, Deedsville; Dennis DEEDS, Rochester; three half-sisters, Mrs. Zoa KERSCHNER, Chili; Mrs. Floa BROWN, Denver; Mrs. Eva MATHIAS, Logansport, and a half-brother, Russell DEEDS, Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ebenezer church Deedsville, with the Rev. C. F. GOLDEN, Denver, officiating.  Burial will be in the Laketon cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron, until noon Tuesday.

 

Edna May Burns

A verdict of accidental death in the shooting of Mrs. Edna May BURNS, 29, Dec. 4, 1952, has been returned by Dr. Dean K. STINSON, Fulton County Coroner.

The verdict was returned after Dr. Stinson had received a report on a ballistics test made on the gun in the state crime laboratories in Indianapolis.

It is believed that Mrs. Burns received the fatal blast from the gun when it was discharged after she had dropped it in her home near Akron.
Tuesday, January 13, 1953

 

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Wednesday, January 14, 1953

 

Zora Blacketor

Mrs. Zora (STANLEY) BLACKETOR, 63, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening at her home, 1412 College avenue, this city.  She had been bedfast for the past three years.  Mrs. Blacketor had been a resident of Fulton county most of her life and moved to Rochester from the Kewanna vicinity.

She was born October 2, 1889, in Fayette county, Indiana.  Her parents were Franklin and Ada (RETHERFORD) STANLEY.  In March of 1911 she was married to Kline BLACKETOR, Sr., at Rochester.  Mrs. Blacketor was a member of the Baptist church of Kewanna.

Those surviving are the husband, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Byron GINN; three sons, Francis, Kline, Jr., and Raymond [BLACKETOR], all of Rochester; four brothers and sis sixters:  Glen STANLEY, Rochester; Russell and Nathan STANLEY, Elwood; Victor, Falmouth; Mrs. Clifford BAGGERLY and Mrs. Marion MURDEN, Rochester; Mrs. Thurman COOK, Logansport; Mrs. Loyd WERNER, Peru; Mrs. Harvey DAVIS, Elwood, and Mrs. Wilbur FRALING, Peru, and three grandchildren.  A daughter, Nila Jean [BLACKETOR], two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held in the Rochester Baptist church at 1:30 p.m. Friday.  Rev. Harry J. BAILEY and Rev. H. Gordon HYDE will officiate.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery here.  Friends may call at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.

 

Elmer M. Newcomb

Elmer M. NEWCOMB, 76, well-known farmer of the Woodrow neighborhood died at 12:30 p.m.  He had been in failing health since February 1952.

Mr. Newcomb had been a resident of Woodrow community for 61 years, coming there from Marshall county.  He is survived by his widow, two sons, Carl and James G. [NEWCOMB], of this city and a daughter, Mrs. Paul MYERS, also of Rochester.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Baptist church.  A complete obituary report will be published in Thursday edition of The News-Sentinel.

 

Thursday, January 15, 1953

 

Elmer M. Newcomb

Funeral services for Elmer M. NEWCOMB, R.R. 1, Rochester, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Baptist church with Rev. H. Gordon HYDE and Rev. Harry J. BAILEY officiating.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the Newcomb home in the Woodrow neighborhood.  Mr. Newcomb, who died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, was born March 13, 1876 in Marshall county.  His parents were Edwin A. and Katherine (SHONK) NEWCOMB.  He was married to Effie BLACKETOR on March 17, 1897 at Macy, Ind.  Mr. Newcomb attended the Rochester Baptist church and was active in Farm Bureau work.

He had been a resident of the Woodrow community for over three score of years and had many friends throughout Rochester and Fulton county.

Survivors are his wife, at home; two sons, Carl NEWCOMB and James G. “Doc”


NEWCOMB, and a daughter, Mrs. Paul MYERS, all of this city; a sister, Mrs. Hattie BISHOP, Bellingham, Wash., six grandchildren:  Edwin, Karl, Joan and Marcia NEWCOMB and William MYERS, all of Rochester, and Mrs. Eddie SNYDER, Lincoln, Ill.; and two great-granchildren, Lyman and Leonard SNYDER, Lincoln, Ill.

Two sons, Leonard and Floyd NEWCOMB, preceded their father in death.

 

Charles L. Cooper

Charles L. COOPER, 69, 112 E. 10th street, this city, died at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Joseph DYSON, of Clearwater, Fla.  Mr. Cooper suffered a stroke the forepart of last week and failed to rally.  He and his wife left Rochester December 31 for a visit with the Dysons in Clearwater.

Mr. Cooper was born May 18, 1883.  For over 35 years he was employed by the Nickel Plate railroad and resided in Argos.  He moved to Rochester a few years ago and worked for the Indiana Metal Products Company until his retirement.

He was a member of the Rochester Methodist church; a past master and past patron of the Argos Mason and O.E.S. lodges and also a member of the Marshall County Association of Actual Past Masters.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella H. (WALL) COOPER, of this city; a sister, Mrs. Joseph DYSON, Clearwater Fla., and four grandchildren.  Three children, Charles [COOPER], Jr., Washington, D.C.; Louis [COOPER], Chicago and Mrs Elinor MATHIA, Plymouth, preceded their father in death.

The body accompanied by Mrs. Cooper will arrive in Argos at noon Friday.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home after 7 p.m. Friday.

 

Friday, January 16, 1953

 

Louisa Huff

  Mrs. Louisa HUFF, 88, 217 North Michigan street, Argos, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sherman Nursing Home, Plymouth.  She had been a patient there for two weeks.  Her death was caused by a heart ailment.

Mrs. Huff was a member of the Argos Methodist church.  Her husband, Alfred HUFF, preceded her in death October 26, 1940.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Zola DOBSON, Baltimore, Md.; a son, Dale HUFF, Oakland, Cal., and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Friends may call at the Umbaugh funeral home Argos.

 

Charles L. Cooper

  Funeral services for Charles L. COOPER will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. Thomas J. LUKE, of South Bend will officiate and burial will be in the New Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.
Saturday, January 17, 1953

 

Louisa Huff

Final rites for Mrs. Louisa HUFF, who died at Plymouth Thursday evening, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos.  Rev. Allen B. RICE, Argos Methodist church, will be in charge of the services and burial will be in the Buck cemetery, Plymouth.

Friends may call at the Argos funeral home.

 

Amanda Bunn

Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda BUNN, 86, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Leiters Ford Methodist church.  Rev. Herman ADAMS, Hobart, will officiate and burial will be in the Leiters cemetery.

Mrs. Bunn died Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rhoda KURTZ, 623 N. Butrick St., Waukegan, Ill., where she had made her home for the past six years.

She was born in Mansfield, O., December 18, 1865, the daught er of Thomas and Lucinda EASTERDAY.  Her parents moved to Indiana when she was quite young and her entire life was spent in the vicinity of Leiters Ford.  Her husband, Charles BUNN, preceded her in death on March 17, 1935, and a daughter, Mrs. Lucretia SANNS, in December, 1933.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Rhoda KURTZ, Waukegan, Ill., and Mrs. Madge WAGONER, Plymouth; a sister, Mrs. Charles NEWCOMER, this city; ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

 

Monday, January 19, 1953

 

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Tuesday, January 20, 1953

 

Pearl Plank

Rochester relatives late Monday evening received word of the death of Mrs. Donald C. PLANK, Sr., which occurred in Brownsville, Texas, around 7:30 p.m. Monday.  Mrs. Plank suffered a heart seizuer and died almost instantly while riding in the family automobile with Mr. Plank.  Prior to this fatal attack she had been enjoying her usual good health.

The Planks, who reside in their home on Koffel’s Point, Lake Manitou, left here several weeks ago to spend the winter months in Brownsville.

Mrs. Plank, the former Pearl BARRETT, had been a resident of this city throughout her entire life and was active in both religious and social affairs of the city and county.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner J. BARRETT.

In 1940, she was married to Donald C. PLANK, Sr., of this city.  Mrs. Plank was a member of the Rochester Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star, this city.

Survivors are the husband; a brother, John BARRETT, this city; a nephew, Barrett IRVIN, Culver, and several cousins who reside in South Bend.

Mr. Plank entrained from Brownsville today with the body and is expected to arrive in Rochester Thursday.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Wednesday, January 21, 1953

 

T. P. Cook

  Dr. T. P. COOK, well-known veterinarian, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home, 403 E. 13th street, this city.  Dr. Cook suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and failed to rally.

His death came as shock to his wide acquaintance of friends throughout the city and county, as previously he had been in his usual good health.

He was prominently known throughout the midwest sulky horse racing circuit and was owner of “Dr. Broo,” a pacer which had won many races in county and state fairs in Indiana and ajoining states.

Theodore Purdy COOK was born April 30, 1882, in the Green Oak community, southeast of Rochester.  His parents were Del and Marthia (SHEETS) COOK.  He was a graduate of the Indiana Veterinarians’ College, Indianapolis, in 1911.  Following his graduation, he practiced in Illinois for two years and then returned to Rochester, where he has since resided.  Dr. Cook was appointed Deputy State Veterinarian in 1949.

He was married to Goldie HOPPER, May 3, 1929 at Wabash.

Survivors are his wife, at home; a sister, Mrs. Ethel NEWMAN, R.R. 6, Rochester; a niece and five nephews, Erma and Fred CLINGER, Shoshone, Idaho; Maurice, Ernest, Donald and Oren NEWMAN, all of this city.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rochester Baptist church with Rev. H. Gordon HYDE officiating.  The body will be placed to rest in the Rochester mausoleum.

The body was removed at 5 p.m. today from the Zimmerman Bros. funeral home to the residence, where friends may call.

 

Bert Slonaker

Bert SLONAKER, 72, farmer of near Monterey, suffered a stroke while at work Monday afternoon and died within 90 minutes.  He was assisting in the butchering of a hog for Mrs. Emma NORMAN when he was stricken.

Born Octoer 7, 1881, he was the son of Isaac and Martha MAHLER SLONAKER.

He is survived by his wife and several children and also a brother, Leonard SLONAKER, north of Rochester.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Edith L. Jones

Mrs. Edith L. JONES, 57, route 1, Macy, died 8:45 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital, where she had been a patient for past eight weeks.

She was born Sept. 28, 1895, in Miami County to Samuel D. and Minnie M. (DAY) ORR.  On Sept. 22, 1916, she was married to Martin L. JONES, at Peru.  Mrs. Jones was a member of the Perrysburg Baptist church and the Mission Circle.

Survivors are the husband, at home; a daughter, Emmaloo CASKEY, this city and a grandson, Ricky [CASKEY].

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg Baptist church.  Services will be in charge of Rev. and Mrs. Ericus FOOR.  Burial will be in the Greenlawn cemetery, Mexico.  Friends may call at the Ditmire Chapel, Fulton.
Pearl Plank

Funeral service for Mrs. Donald C. PLANK, who died in Brownsville, Texas, Monday will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD of the Christian church will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

 

Thursday, January 22, 1953

 

Pearl Plank

A change in plans for the final rites of Mrs. Donald C. PLANK, Sr. were announced today by the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home.  The services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Christian Church with Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD officiating.  It had previously been announced that the rites would be held at the funeral home.

The body will arrive at 8 p.m. Friday evening and will be taken to the Zimmerman home, where it will lie in state until the hour of the services.

 

Edith L. Jones

Funeral services for Mrs. Edith L. JONES, R. R. 1, Macy, who died Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Hospital will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Perrysburg Baptist church.  Burial will be made in the Greenlawn cemetery, Mexico.

 

Friday, January 23, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Saturday, January 24, 1953

 

Charles Foster

Rochester relatives late Friday evening received word of the death of Charles “Chuck” FOSTER, 38, 1216 College avenue, which occurred Friday afternoon at Groveland, Fla.  Details have not been received but it is believed he was the victim of a heart attack.

Mr. and Mrs. Foster, left for a Florida vacation last week, pulling a trailer belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Otis HAGEN.  The Hagens had planned to accompany them but illness prevented their departure.  Mrs. Foster, the former Marie BRYANT of this city, is a sister of Mrs. Hagen.

The Fosters arrived in Groveland January 17.

A native of Warsaw, Foster for the past few years has been employed in carpentry work with Charles POWERS of this city.  Prior to that he was a truck driver for Joe Van DALSEN, Macy.  Mrs. Foster is employed at the Boston Store, this city.

Surviving are his wife, his father; a son by a previous marriage and several sisters, all of Warsaw.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  The body is being returned to the Foster funeral home, this city.
Monday, January 26, 1953

 

Edgar Metheny

Edgar METHENY, 84, died at 11 a.m. Saturday at his home, 401 E. Walnut street, Argos.  He had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.  Mr. Metheny, who was co-owner of the Argos Telephone Company for many years, had spent his entire life in Marshall county.

He was born November 2, 1868, on a farm, near Bourbon to Andrew and Cynthia (PIERSON) METHENY.  In 1895 he was married to Clara PLATT, who died in 1911. His second marriage was to Maude Grace WILLIAMS on Sept. 15, 1951.  Mr. Metheny was a member of the Argos Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Howard KNEPER, Plymouth; Mrs. Ronald SPITLER, Argos; ten grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Edith HAND, Lakeland, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Argos Methodist church.  Rev. Allen B. RICE will officiate and burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery, Argos.  Friends may call at the funeral home until noon Tuesday.

 

Charles Foster

Funeral services for Charles “Chuck” FOSTER, of this city, who died in Groveland, Fla., Friday, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Bilby-McHatton funeral home, Warsaw.  Burial will be in a Warsaw cemetery.  The body arrived in Warsaw at 10:30 a.m. today.

 

Stuart Pendleton

Funeral services for Stuart PENDLETON, 79, Leiters Ford, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home, with the Rev. George CRANE officiating.  Burial will be in the Leiters Ford cemetery.

Mr. Pendleton, who had been a resident of Leiters Ford for the past 15 years, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Stansbury nursing home, this city.

He had been in failing health for nine years and critically ill for three weeks.

He was born March 18, 1873 in Iowa and in 1938 was married to Gertrude CRINER BRUNICON.  He was employed as a Raleigh products salesman and formerly resided at Bruce Lake.

Survivors are his wife, at home; three step-daughters, Mrs. Robert GREER, Lucerne; Mrs. Jean HERUS, Long Island, N.Y.; Mrs. Margaret JOHANSEN, Knightston, N.Y.; a brother, Daniel PENDLETON, and a sister, Miss Etta PENDLETON, both of Iowa.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 1953

 

Frederick Sidmore

Rochester friends have received word that funeral rites for Frederick SIDMORE, 43, formerly of this city, were held last Friday at Jackson, Mich.  Mr. Sidmore died following major surgery the forepart of last week.

He was the son of Mrs. Della SIDMORE, a former resident of Rochester.  He owned and operated a Super Market in Jackson for several years.

Survivors are his wife; a son Teddy [SIDMORE], at home; his mother, of Jackson, Mich., and an aunt, Mrs. Edith BRUBAKER of this city.
John R. Bryant

John R. BRYANT, 59, died at 11:15 a.m. today at his home 425 West 4th street, this city.  Death was attributed to a heart ailment.  He had been in failing health for four years. A retired farmer, he had resided in Fulton county throughout his entire life.

He was born June 9, [1893], to John F. and Eliza LAREMORE BRYANT.  He was married to Meda BERNARD on July 29, 1919.  For several years he was engaged in farming in the vicinity of Athens.

Survivors are his wife; a son, Kenneth [BRYANT]; a daughter Eileen KALEY, all of Rochester; three brothers, Clinton [BRYANT], Gary; Wesley [BRYANT], LaPorte; Ted [BRYANT], Arcola, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Grace KAISER, Rome City, Ind., and six grandchildren.  Two brothers and two sistes preceded in death.

Funeral services, in charge of Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH, assisted by Rev. L. E. POWELL, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Athens U. B. church.  Burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Athens.  Friends may call at the Foster funeral home up until 1:30 p.m. Friday.

 

Wednesday, January 28, 1953

 

Lewis A. Foor

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Johns Funeral Home at Mentone for Lewis A. FOOR, 84, lifelong resident of the Macy and Mentone community.  He died Saturday evening at the Masonic Home in Franklin where he had resided for the past five years.  He had been ill for the past three years with a heart ailment.

Mr. Foor was born in Macy and was first married to Cora STETSON in 1888.  She died in 1936.  In 1938, he married Mrs. Amy DAVIS, who died in 1946.

Surviving are a son, Ben FOOR of Rome City, two stepdaughters, Mrs. Bessie YOCUM of Washington and Mrs. Maude OUTTANK, Desmoines, Ia., two stepsons, Hugh LYONS of Des Moines, and Walter LYONS of Oklahoma; a grandson and two great-grandchildren.  Burial was made in the Macy cemetery.

 

Thursday, January 29, 1953

 

R. Frank Turnell

R. Frank [TURNELL], 75, former resident of Henry Township, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday at his home in Chicago.  Death was caused by a heart attack.

The body is being returned to the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Ethel Bright

Miss Ethel BRIGHT, 68, formerly of Akron, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday at a nursing home in Warsaw.  She had been in failing health for several months.  Her parents were John and Minerva BRIGHT.

Survivors are several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Final rites will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH will officiate and burial will be in the Akron cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Friday, January 30, 1953

 

R. Frank Turnell

Funeral services for R. Frank TURNELL, 75, who died Wednesday evening in the Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH will officiate and burial will be in the Akron cemetery.

Mr. Turnell was born October 4, 1877, in Wisconsin to Benjamin and Nellie TURNELL.  In 1911 he was married to Goldie PEARSON at Rochester.  He was a member of the Chicago Masonic lodge.

Survivors are his wife; two brothers, Clarence [TURNELL], Tacoma, Wash.; Lloyd [TURNELL], Wyakima, Wash.; three sisters, Erma TURNELL, Mrs. Ruth KERSHAW, Wyakima, Wash., and Mrs. Louella SETHER, Eugene, Ore.

 

Ethel Bright

Funeral services for Miss Ethel BRIGHT, 68, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  Miss Bright died at 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Allison nursing home, five miles east of Warsaw, where she had been a patient for 18 months.

She was the daughter of John and Minerva BRYANT and for several years resided in the Lincoln community.  No close relatives survive.  Burial will be in the Akron cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Bertha Thomas

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha (GANGWER) BASSLER THOMAS, Grass Creek, who died Thursday morning at Woodlawn hospital will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Metea Baptist church.  Burial will be in the Metea cemetery.

Bertha, daughter of Tillman and Susan GANGWER, was born Sept. 6, 1871 in Tiffin, O.  Her first marriage was to Frederick BASSLER, who died in 1929.  She was later wed to Melvin THOMAS, who preceded her in death in 1948.

Survivors include several children, grandchildren, sistes and brothers.

Friends may call at the Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.

 

Saturday, January 31, 1953

 

Worden Reser

Worden RESER, 53, night manager of the Rose Dale Motel, died at 4:45 p.m. Friday at his home in We-Like-It Trailer Court, Lake Manitou.  His death, which came suddenly, was attributed to a heart attack.  He had been in failing health for the past eight months.

Mr. Reser  and family had been residents of Rochester for four months, coming here from Laurelton, Long Island, N.Y.

He was born May 24, 1899, at Milford, Pa., to James and Carolyn (STEELE) RESER.  On August 2, 1918, he was married to Marie Lillian THORNTON at Brooklyn, N.Y.  Mr. Reser was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 of this city.

Surviving are his wife, at home; two sons, Charles W. and James W. [RESER], both of Rochester; and two daughters, Mrs. Laurice WAGNER, of Long Island, N.Y., and Miss Carol RESER, of this city.

Short prayer services will be held 6:30 p.m. today at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral


home.  Rev. Paul SCHWAN of the Lutheran church will officiate.  The body will be shipped to Milford, Pa., where services will be held Tuesday in the Stroyan and Crelin funeral home.  Burial will be made in the Milford cemetery.

 

Monday, February 2, 1953

 

Lauretta Faye Becker

Mrs. Lauretta Faye BECKER, 67, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at her home, 208 E. Walnut street, Argos.  Deth came suddenly from a heart seizure, but she had been in ill health for over a year.  She had resided in Argos and Plymouth throughout her entire live.

A native of Marshall county, she was born July 4, 1885, at Plymouth to Richard and Addie McGRIFF.  On March 31, 1910, she was married to William F. BECKER at Plymouth.  Mrs. Beckeer was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

Survivors are the husband; a daughter, Mrs. Louise PERSHING, Argos; three sons, Richard and Robert [BECKER], both of Argos; Gilbert [BECKER], Plymouth; ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  A son and a daughter died in infancy.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. Harry CLAYBAUGH of Argos, assisted by Rev. Ernest TREBER, of Darlington, will officiate.  Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.

 

Thomas R. Haimbaugh

Funeral services for Thomas R. HAIMBAUGH, 80, retired farmer of Mentone who died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Reed Funeral home, Mentone.  Rev. Milton DOUD will officiate and burial will be in the Mentone cemetery.  Mr. Haimbaugh had been in failing health for several years.

He was born in Fulton county on January 10, 1873, to Conrad and Sarah (KING) HAIMBAUGH.  On April 11, 1900 he was married to Leona BLUE.  He was a member of the Mentone Baptist church.

Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Linnie VERNETT, Mentone; and several nieces and nephews, including Lester ROGERS, of this city.  His wife preceded him in death in October, 1951.  Mr. and Mrs. Lester ROGERS will attend the services.

 

Selma Jefvert

Mrs. Selma JEFVERT, of Fowler, died Sunday afternoon at the St. Elizabeth hospital, Lafayette.  She had been seriously ill for five weeks.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Sophia HENNING, R.R. 1, this city, a niece, Mrs. Alfreda DeWEESE, R.R. 1, and a nephew, Rudolph HENNING, South Bend.

Funeral services will be held in the Fowler Presbyterian church, 2 p.m. Wednesday.

 

William H. Drumhiller

Rochester friends have received word of the death of William H. DRUMHILLER, 79, which occurred last Friday at his home in Mishawaka.  Final rites were held Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Drumhiller is survived by his wife, the former Myrtle HENDERSON of this city.  Mrs. Drumhiller is ill with influenza and was unable to attend the services.
Tuesday, February 3, 1953

 

Isabelle Graham

Arthur METZLER was called to Lincoln, Neb., today by the death of his sister, Mrs. Isabelle (METZLER) GRAHAM, who passed away Monday at 4:30 p.m.  Mrs. Graham was born in 1871 at Urbana, Ind.

Mrs. Graham was reared in Urbana and Rochester.  She graduated from the Rochester High School and taught in the grades here for several years.  She was the daughter of Dr. John B. METZLER and Anna Marie METZLER who moved to the United States from Germany.

Isabelle Metzler was married to John O. GRAHAM who preceded her in death.  Mr. Graham was a brother of Mrs. Norman STONER of Rochester.  Mr. Graham was associated with Beyer Brothers a former Rochester business firm for many years.  Later he moved to Lincoln, Neb., where he was a director of the Standard Oil Company of Nebraska.

Mrs. Graham is survived by her brother, Arthur Metzler, two nieces, Mrs. Kenneth SWANSON, and Mrs. Marjory METZLER KING, her nephew, Jerry METZLER, two sisters-in-law Mrs. Herman METZLER, and Mrs. Norman STONER.

Services will be conducted at Lincoln, Neb., and graveside services will be held in Rochester.  The Reverend Charles Merrill SMITH will conduct the graveside services at a date which will be announced.

 

George W. Carter

George William CARTER, 59, R.R. 3, Rochester, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn hospital from a heart ailment.  He had been in failing health for six months and critically ill for a week.  Mr. Carter had been a resident of this community for two years, coming here from Indianapolis.

Born at Pendleton on February 20, 1893, he was the son of Ebenezer and Mary CARTER.  He was married to Irene TUCKER on April 15, 1917.  A retired florist, Mr. Carter was a member of the Izaak Walton League of Indianapolis and the Hunting and Fishing Club of that city.

Survivors are his wife, at home; three sons, Gene CARTER, St. Louis; Jack W. CARTER and George R. CARTER, both at home, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. Paul TRUMBAUER, Talma Methodist church, will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 1953

 

Lillian Heltzel

Mrs. Lillian HELTZEL, 70, who resided three miles south of Akron, died at 4 a.m. today at Woodlawn hospital.  She became critically ill Tuesday evening and failed to rally after her removal to the hospital.  Mrs. Heltzel had been a resident of Henry township her entire life.

She was born Sept. 8, 1882, in Fulton county to Samuel and Martha (STINSON) DAWSON.  On February 3, 1907, she was married to Elmer HELTZEL.  Mrs. Heltzel was a member of the Gilead Methodist church and the Perry Twp. Home Ec club.

Survivors are the husband at home and the following children:  Col. William HELZEL, Canal Zone; Marvin [HELTZEL], Akron; Mrs. Amy SISULAK, Riverside, Ill.; Dr. Arthur


HELTZEL, Hopinnsville, Ky.; Mrs. Ethel MILLER, Logansport; Major Lester HELTZEL, Washington, D.C. and Gordon [HELTZEL], at home.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth CARR, Argos; Mrs. Gladys CHAMBERS, Corvalis, Wash., and four brothers, John and Frank DAWSON, Akron and S. D. and Paul DAWSON, both of Logansport.  A son, David [HELTZEL], was killed in action during World War II.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Friends may call at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home in Akron.

 

Lucille Campbell

Mrs. Mable McINTIRE of Lake Manitou today received word of the death of Mrs. Lucille CAMPBELL, which occurred at her home in Tempe, Arizona, January 29.

Mrs. Campbell’s husband, Paul [CAMPBELL], was the director of a dance orchestra which played at the Colonial Hotel pavilion for several summers, during World War II.  For the past few years the Campbells owned and operated a motel at Tempe.

 

Thursday, February 5, 1953

 

Clara Louise Rhodes

Mrs. Clara Louise RHODES, a pioneer resident of this city, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday at her home, 113 E. Tenth street.  Mrs. Rhodes had been in ill health since she suffered a fall last November and injured her shoulder.  She had been a patient in Woodlawn hospital for several weeks and was dismissed to return to her residence January 6.

She was born near Macy on January 28, 1862, the daughter of Frederick and Susanna (ZIMMERMAN) HOFFMAN.  Her husband, Dr. Eden E. RHODES and a son, Cyril [RHODES], preceded her in death.  Mrs. Rhodes was a member of the Rochester Eastern Star lodge, the Victoria Reading Circle and the Rochester Woman’s Club.

Survivors are a son, Fred RHODES, Ithaca, N.Y., who is a professor at Cornell University; a brother, Fred HOFFMAN, Long Beach, Cal., one granddaughter, and one great-grandchild.  A brother, Dr. George Edgar HOFFMAN, of this city, preceded her in death November 7, 1951.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Baptist church with the Rev. H. Gordon HYDE in charge.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral home.

 

Lillian Heltzel

Final rites for Mrs Lillian HELTZEL will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at her home, Three miles south of Akron.  Rev. Wayne ELLER and Rev. Roscoe PHENEGAR will officiate and burial will be in the Akron cemetery.  The body was removed from the Moyer Haupert funeral home to the residence where friends may call.

 

Isabelle Graham

A graveside service will be held at the I.O.O.F. cemetery Friday at 1 p.m. for Isabelle METZLER GRAHAM.  The Rev. Charles Merrill SMITH of the Methodist church will have charge of the service.  The Foster Funeral Home will have charge of the interment.
Pearl Bright

Rochester and Kewanna relatives have received word of the death of Mrs. H. A. BRIGHT, which occurred Saturday evening at her home, 823 South Mariposa street, Los Angeles.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and burial was in a Los Angeles cemetery.

Mrs. Bright’s maiden name was Pearl LEITER.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli LEITER and the family resided in Kewanna for several years.

Survivors are her husband, [Homer A.] BRIGHT, formerly of Akron; two sisters, Mrs. Grace (LEITER) ECHART, of Los Angeles; and Mrs. Olive (LEITER) COATS, of Oakland, Cal.  A brother, Arthur LEITER of Connersville preceded her in death.

Mollie LEITER of this city, a relative, who is spending the winter in California, attended the services.

 

Friday, February 6, 1953

 

Alvina Sinclair

Mrs. [Alvina SEBASTIAN] SINCLAIR, 57, a native of Austria, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the Rochester Nursing home.  Mrs. Sinclair resided on R.R. 1, Argos.  The Sinclairs have been residents of Marshall county for 20 years, coming there from Chicago.

She was born July 10, 1895 in Austria and came with her parents, Joseph and Caroline SEBASTIAN, to Chicago when quite young.  On July 1, 1916 she was married to David A. SINCLAIR.  She was a member of the Roman Catholic church.

Survivors are her husband, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Caroline GARDNER, Argos; two sisters and five brothers:  Mrs. Frances BREWSTER, Mrs. Harriett LARSON, Rudolph, James, John, Leo and Edward SEBASTIAN, all of Chicago.  A sister and a brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. Roy S. RICHEY, Walnut Brethren church, will officiate and burial will be in the Argos Maple Grove cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, February 7, 1953

 

James Carpenter, Sr.

James CARPENTER, Sr., 62, former resident of Pulaski county, died Friday evening at his home in Royal Center after a month’s illness.  He was born December 14, 1890, on a farm near Winamac.

On Sept. 21, 1910, he was married to Ethel EAKER.  His parents were Richard and Emma CARPENTER.

Surviving are two sons, Charles and James [CARPENTER], R.R. 3, Kewanna; two sisters, Mrs. Mary ZIMMERMAN, Kewanna; Mrs. G. HARDING, Cookerville, Tenn., and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Paul Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.  Burial will be made in the Mt. Hope cemetery, in Logansport.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Monday, February 9, 1953

 

Carl E. Duncan

An Indianapolis man, Carl E. DUNCAN, 52, was injured fatally at 2:10 o’clock Sunday morning when his car skidded off icy U.S. 31 and struck a utility pole, nine miles north of Rochester.

He died in a Zimmerman Brothers ambulance en route to City Hospital, Indianapolis.  He was first taken to Woodlawn Hospital here and was being transferred to Indianapolis when he died, at 9:30 o’clock Sunday morning.

Death was attributed to a collapsed lung and spine injuries.  Several vertebrae were crushed and he also suffered a possible skull fracture when he was pinned beneath the overturned car.

Ted KRIZMAN, South Bend, told investigating officers that he was forced off the road by Duncan who was attempting to pass another car on a hill four miles south of Argos.  It was snowing at the time and there was a film of snow on the highway.

Duncan, an employee of the Clemans Truck Lines, Inc., was returning to Indianapolis after visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. DUNCAN, in Buchanan, Mich.

He was a native of Bloomington.  Surviving are the widow, Lena [DUNCAN]; three daughters and a son.

Investigating officers were State Troopers Wayne JORDAN and Harold LEWIS and Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Richard WOOLRIDGE.

 

Dr. Alfred J. Decker

Rochester friends have received word of the death of Dr. A. J. DECKER, optometrist, which occurred last week at his home in Newton, Iowa.

Alfred J. DECKER was born in Rochester, November 12, 1883.  His parents were Oscar R. and Bianca DECKER.  The elder Decker, who was of Swiss descent, was a watchmaker and for several years owned and operated a jewelry and watch-making business in this city.

Dr. Decker is survived by his widow and a brother Max DECKER, of Chicago.

Final rites were held last Wednesday afternoon in the St. Stephens chuch and burial was in a Newton, Iowa, cemetery.

 

Mary Garver

Miss Mary Matilda “Mata” GARVER, 73, was found dead in bed at 7 a.m. Sunday by her sister, Mrs. Alda McGRIFF, with whom she made her home five miles southwest of Argos.  Dr. Otis BOWEN, coroner, of Bremen, who was called pronounced death was due to a heart seizure.

Miss Garver had spent her entire life in the vicinity of Argos with the exception of 10 years in Fort Wayne, where she was employed by the General Electric Company.

She was born December 27, 1879 at Burr Oak, Ind., to William and Melissa GARVER.  Miss Garver was a member of the Richland Center Methodist church.

Survivors are her sister, Mrs. Alda McGRIFF, a broher George GARVER, both of R.R. 3, Argos; three nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. John Paul JONES, Winamac and Rev. Mrs. Edith BRUNER will officiate.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Richland Center.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Tuesday February 10, 1953

 

Val Poffenbarger

Val POFFENBARGER, 48, former resident of this city, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday in the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette.  He suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow on Jan. 29, at his home in Monon, Ind., and was removed to the Lafayette hospital.

Mr. Poffenbarger left Rochester in 1924 to manage an A & P store in Monon.  In 1947 he opened up his own supermarket in that city.

He was born February 14, 1904, in Fulton county.  His parents were Clarence POFFENBARGER, of this city and Mrs. Lula BAKER of Lafayette.  He ws married to Lillian HOWELL.  Mr. Poffenbarger was a member of the Masonic Order.

Surviving are his parents; his wife, two daughters, Carol and Kay and a son Phillip [POFFENBARGER], all at home, and a sister, Mrs. Marjory YEAGER, of Lafayett.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 1953

 

Val Poffenbarger

Final rites for Val POFFENBARGER will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Monon Baptist church.  The Rev. G. DUFFIE, former pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the Bedford cemetery there.  Mr. Poffenbarger, former resident of this city, died Monday evening at the St. Elizabeth hospital, Lafayette.

 

Thursday, February 12, 1953

 

James H. Wilson

Funeral services for James H. “Jay” WILSON, 65, Leiters Ford, were held this afternoon at the Bubb Chapel, Mishawaka.

Mr. Wilson died Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis MOORE, R.R. 2, Osceola, following an eight weeks’ illness.

He had been a resident of Leiters Ford for five years, moving there from Mishawaka.  Until his last illness he had been employed by the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Mishawaka.

Surviving is his widow, the fomer Louise WUNDERLICH.

 

Friday, February 13, 1953

 

James O. Clemans

James O. CLEMANS, 74, farmer, residing near Macy, seven miles southwest of Akron, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at the home of his son, Herbert [CLEMANS].  Death was attributed to a heart ailment.  He had been a resident of Miami county throughout his entire life.

He was born November 29, 1878 in Miami county to Thomas and Samantha (BRYANT) CLEMANS.  In 1898 he was married to Mary HONOR.  Mr. Clemans was a member of the Macy Methodist church.  Surviving is the son, Herbert, R.R. 1, Akron, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron.  Rev. Warren ALNOR, Macy, will officiate and burial will be in macy Plainview cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.


Mrs. Guy Smith

Thomas McCOY of Rochester has received word of the death of his niece, Mrs. Guy [Ethel HALL] SMITH of South Bend.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bruce Lake church near Kewanna.

 

Saturday, February 14, 1953

 

Oliver Borden

Oliver BORDEN, 84, of the Loyal community, died Friday afternoon in a Logansport hospital where he had been a patient for the past two years.  He resided in Fulton county for a number of years where he ws engaged in farming until ill health forced his retirement.

His wife, formerly Sarah WALLACE, preceded in death in 1942.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ed CLAYBURN and Mrs. Chloe SHIVLEY, both of Rochester; Mrs Pauline DUNTON, Benton Harbor, Mich.; a son, Joseph BORDEN, Logansport and two brothers, Frank BORDEN of Illinois and Ed BORDEN, Pennville, Ind.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Emma Thompson

Mrs. Emma THOMPSON, 92, died at 10:45 a.m. today at her home, 316 Jay street, this city.  She had been a resident of Rochesrter for 16 years, coming here from Macy.

She was born April 30,  1860 in Ohio to David and Mary (ENGLE) FEECE.  On April 16, 1887, she was married to Charles C. THOMPSON, who died April 2, 1931.  Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Athens E. U. B. church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth NORRIS, this city; two brothers, Lewis FEECE, North Liberty, and Encee FEECE, Rochester; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 130 p.m. Monday at the Omega church.  Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH of Akron will officiate and burial will be in the Akron cemetery.  Friends may call at the Foster funeral home up until 12:30 p.m., Monday.

 

Vera Pearl Lohrman

Funeral services for Mrs. Vera Pearl LOHRMAN, 47, Burnettsville, who died Friday evening in Memorial hospital, Logansport, will be held at 2 p.m. in the McCloskey-Hamilton funeral home, Logansport.

Among the survivors is a sister, Mrs. Mary B. BARKER, R. 1, Rochester.

 

Monday, February 16, 1953

 

Oliver Borden

Funeral services for Oliver BORDEN, 84, retired farmer of the Loyal community, were held at 10 a.m. today at the Tiosa Brethren Church.  Rev. Harold L. WILLIAMS, of Logansport officiated and burial was in the Reichter cemetery, northeast of this city.
Frank M. Palmer

Funeral services for Frank M. PALMER, 63, well-known stock buyer of Macy, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Macy Christian church.  Rev. Leland PAUL, pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the Plainview cemetery, west of Macy.

Mr. Palmer died in his sleep at 5 p.m. Saturday from a heart seizure.  He had gone to his room upstairs a short time prior to the attack to take a rest.  Mr. Palmer was a lifelong resident of that community.  He served as postmaster at Macy for eight years.

Born April 25, 1889, in Logansport, he was the son of John and Mahala (SMILEY) PALMER.  On December 19, 1907, he was married to Edna HATCH.  Mr. Palmer was a member of the Christian church of Macy.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, W. V. PALMER, Peru; Richard J. PALMER, Detroit; five daughters, Mrs. Joe DOLCE, Chicago; Mrs. Don HAGENBUSH, Argos; Mrs. Lon ROBERTS, Chicago and Mrs. Don NEAL, Logansport; seven grandchildren; two sister, Mrs. J. M. BRACKETT, Peru and Mrs. Lyman BUNNELL, Beloit, Wis.; and a brother, John PALMER, Wabash.

Friends may call at Palmer residence up until the hour of the services.

 

Emile “Pop” Martin

Emile “Pop” MARTIN, 64, former owner of “The Brass Rail” cafe in this city, died Saturday morning in a hospital in Wickerburg, Ariz.  He suffered a stroke of paralysis several days ago and remained in a coma until his death.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

A native of France, he came to the United States when a small boy with his parents.  For a number of years, he resided in Kokomo where he operated The Martin Hotel and also a funeral home.

About a score of years ago he came to Rochester where he owned The Colonial Hotel and later the Lakeview Hotel at Lake Manitou.  Martin also operated the Hawkins Cafe and later “The Brass Rail.”

The latter he sold last fall and soon afterward moved to Arizona where he sought to improve his failing health.  A few months ago he purchased a restaurant in Wickerburg, which he owned at the time of his death.

During World War I, Martin served as interpreter for the late General John PERSHING during a great portion of that conflict.  At the time he received his discharge he was a captain and held that rank in the Kokomo National Guard unit.

For a number of years he owned and operated a number of dance bands and for a time served as a director as well as a featured soloist.

He was married three times, first to Miss Alta MILLER at Kokomo, and later to Mrs. Minnie HAWKINS of this city, both of whom preceded him in death.  In the summer of 1952 he was married to Mrs. Elsie GROSS of Akron.  She survives, as do a daughter at Kokomo and four grandchildren.

He was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic church and the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post of this city.

Martin’s daughter was called to his bedside the fore part of last week and Mrs. Howard HUNTER, Akron, daughter of Mrs. Martin, also went to Wickerburg upon receiving word of his critical condition.
Tuesday, February 17, 1953

 

L. L. Aker

Mr. and Mrs. Ora STEPHEN, of this city, have been called to Portland, Ind., by the death of her brother, L. L. AKER, who died at 12:15 a.m. today in a Bluffton hospital after undergoing surgery.

Mr. Aker was well-known to many Rochester residents, having visited here on numerous occasions.

He is survived by his wife, eight children, five sisters and two brothers, all of Portland, with the exception of a brother who is serving with the armed forces in Korea.  He owned and operated a plumbing and heating shop in Portland for many years.

 

Pauline Emmons

A committal service was held in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery at 2:45 plm. today for Mrs. Pauline EMMONS, 39, of South Bend, who died Saturday night in the Memorial hospital that city.

Her husband, James EMMONS, operated a meat market in Rochester for a number of years.  Mrs. Emmons was born in Fairhope, Pa., June 29, 1913, and had resided in South Bend since 1936.

She is survived by her husband; her father, John GATES, Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich.; three sisters and a brother.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, February 19, 1953

 

Arthur C. Nye

Arthur C. NYE, 68, former resident of Akron, died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph hospital, Michawaka, where he had been a patient for three days.  Mr. Nye had been a resident for 30 years of South Bend, where he was employed by the Bendix Corporation.

He was born Nov. 24, 1884, at Akron.  His parents were Isiah and Ellen (CLEVENGER) NYE.  In 1905 he was married to Ethel BRADWAY, who survives.

Other survivors are five [sic] children:  Louis, Kenneth and Raymond NYE; Mrs. Thelma MILLER and aight grandchildren, all of Akron.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home in Akron.  Rev. Hubert JOHNSON and Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH will officiate.  Burial will be in the Akron cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.
Bertha Engle

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha ENGLE, 82, who died Wednesday evening at the home of daughter-in-law, Mrs. B. E. GEILINGER, Logansport, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McCloskey-Hamilton chapel, Logansport.  Burial will be in the Kewanna I.O.O.F. cemetery.

She is survived by two sons:  DeVere ENGLE and Ralph ENGLE, Logansport; a sister, Mrs. Maude ANDERSON, Kewanna, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

 

Ella Mae Anderson

Mrs. Ella Mae ANDERSON, 73, died at 6:15 Wednesday evening at her home, 117 West Third street, this city.  She had been seriously ill for six months.  Prior to her residency in Rochester, Mrs. Anderson lived in the Burton community.

She was born September 8, 1879, in Ohio to Joseph W. and Martha HOWARD.  She was married to William H. ANDERSON on October 30, 1896.  He preceded her in death in 1946.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Baptist church of Rochester and the Burton Home Economics club.

Survivors are four sons and a daughter:  D. C. ANDERSON, Guy W. ANDERSON, Leroy ANDERSON and Howard ANDERSON, all of Rochester; Mrs. Lucie SEE, Macy; thirteen grandchildren and sisteen great-grandchildren.  A son, Dale [ANDERSON], preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God with Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH assisted by Rev. L. E. POWELL officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the Foster funeral home.

 

Friday, February 20, 1953

 

Emile “Pop” Martin

The Zimmerman Brothers funeral home received a telegram today from the Wickenburg funeral, Wickenburg, Ariz., stating that the body of Emile “Pop” MARTIN, former Rochester resident, is being returned to Rochester.  It will arrive on the 8 o’clock train over the Erie Railroad Sunday evening.  Mr. Martin died in Wickenburg last Saturday morning.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

 

Clarence L. Morrett

Clarence L. MORRETT, 80, retired farmer, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frienda MILLER of Akron.  He had been in ill health for 18 months.  Mr. Morrett had been a resident of Henry township for 77 years.

He was born January 8, 1873, at Harrisburg, Pa.  His parents were Samuel and Elizabeth (GROSS) MORRETT.  In 1891 he was married to Orpha HART, who preceded in death in 1939.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Clyde KING and Mrs. Frienda MILLER, both of Akron; Mrs. Harry CRAIG, Toledo, Ohio; Miss Anna MORRETT, Logansport; two sons, Wilbur [MORRETT], Akron; Carl [MORRETT], Toledo; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Tressie BARRETT, Los Angeles, Cal.  Three sons and a daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Friends may call at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron.
Saturday, February 21, 1953

 

Marion F. Martin

Marion F. MARTIN, 80, was found dead in bed this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul FLOOR, a mile east of Disko, where he had made his home for the past two years.  Death is believed to have been caused by a heart seizure.

He was born September 11, 1872, in Wabash county to Frederick and Lydia (KREIGHBAUM) MARTIN.  He was married to Pearl LAUTZENHISER who preceded him in death in 1936.  Mr. Martin was formerly employed by the Erie Railroad.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge, of Wabash.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Orvan FLOOR, Akron; Mrs. Paul FLOOR, Disko; Mrs. Wilbur KREAMER, Dixon, Ill.; a son, Marion MARTIN, Jr., Wabash; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; three brothers, George and Charles [MARTIN], Laketon, Fred, Akron and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie FREEMAN, Chicago and Mrs. Matilda TOWNS, Flint, Mich.

Final rites will be held 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home,Akron.  Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH will be in charge of the services.  Burial will be in the Alger cemetery, south of Laketon.  The Elks Lodge of Wabash will give its rites at the graveside.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Sunday.

 

Clarence L. Morrett

Funeral services for Clarence L. MORRETT will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron.  Rev. Daniel SLAYBAUGH will officiate and burial will be in the Akron cemetery.

 

Monday, February 23, 1953

 

Flo McNitt

Funeral services for Mrs. Flo LEITER McNITT, 71, of Kewanna, were held this afternoon at the Paul Harrison funeral home, Kewanna, and burial was in the Kewanna I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Mrs. McNitt died Friday night at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lucille COOK, Kewanna.

Born September 15, 1881, she was the daughter of John and Alice CLELAND LEITER.  In 1905 she was married to William H. McNITT, who preceded her in death.  Mrs. McNitt was a member of the Kewanna Methodist church.  Mrs. cook, the sister, is the only survivor.

 

Emile “Pop” Martin

Final rites for Emile “Pop” MARTIN, who died February 14 at Wickenburg, Ariz., will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD, of the Rochester Christian church will officiate.  The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will assist in the services.

The body will be laid to rest in the Crown Point Mausoleum, Kokomo.
Dale Poenix

Dale POENIX, of Atlanta, Ga., former Fulton county prosecuting attorney, was killed in an auto accident in that city Sunday.  His wife, who was riding with him, also was seriously injured.

Mrs. Poenix’s mother, Mrs. Betty KISTLER of Leiters Ford, received news of the accident late Sunday.  A few hours later in company with her son, Sidney KISTLER, South Bend, she departed for Atlanta.

Mr. Poenix, a graduate of Indiana University law school, maintained a law practice in this city for several years and was prosecutor in 1935-36.  At the time of his death he was employed as an adjustor for the All-State Insurance Company in the Atlanta area.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell POENIX, Grass Creek, currently are vacationing in Florida.

More details of the accident are expected to be received by county relatives later today.  It is believed final rites will be held either in Rochester or Grass Creek.

 

W. W. Zimmerman

William W. ZIMMERMAN, 71, well known citizen and retired postal employee of this city, died at 12:30 today in Woodlawn hospital, where he had been a patient for nearly three weeks.  His death was attributed to a heart ailment.  He had been in failing health since last September.

Mr. Zimmerman, through his activities in both lodge and postal work had made a host of friends throughout the entire state.  He retired from his duties as deputy post master of Rochester on November 30, 1951, after 43 years of service with the department.  Prior to his entry into the postal service in August of 1908, Mr. Zimmerman was a school teacher.

Born November 14, 1881 in Miami county, his parents were John Franklin and Sarah BLACKBURN ZIMMERMAN.  On April 1, 1905 he was married to Mabel A. NORMAN in Rochester.  He was a member of the Rochester Baptist church, the I.O.O.F.; the Encampment and Canton lodges; the Masonic Order and the Rebekahs.

Surviving are his wife at home, 417 E. 13th street, this city; four daughters, Mrs. Nina WAECHTER, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Hugh KIRKENDALL, Mrs. Wilma McKINNEY and Mrs. Stanley SAMUELSON, all of Rochester; three sons, Dale, Byron and Ralph [ZIMMERMAN], all of this city; fifteen grandchildren; a brother Lon ZIMMERMAN and a sister, Mrs. Otto BOELTER, both of Rochester.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Tuesday, February 24, 1953

 

William Kepler

William KEPLER, 84, retired farmer, of Argos died at 5:30 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital.  Death was attributed to a heart ailment.  He had been a patient at the hospital for the past week.

Mr. Kepler owned and operated a farm in the Poplar Grove community for over 35 years and moved to Argos two years ago.

He was born November 5, 1868 at Plymouth, to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis KEPLER.  In 1893 he was married to Addie WICKIZER.  Mr. Kepler was a member of the Maxinkuckee I.O.O.F. lodge No. 373 and served in all offices of that order including that of Past Grand.  He attended the Trinity and Poplar Grove Churches.

Survivors are his wife, 307 Apple street, Argos; two sons, Lewis and Guy [KEPLER], both of R.R. 3, Argos; a daughter, Mrs. Helen HULLINGER, R.R. 2, Argos; a brother John KEPLER,


Niles, Mich.; eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos with the Rev. KUHN, Hebron, officiating.  The Maxinkuckee I.O.O.F. will conduct graveside rites at the Poplar Grove cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Mettie Baker

Funeral services for Mrs. Mettie BAKER of Thayer, Ind., will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Catholic church in Shelby, Ind.  The body will then be brought to the Winamac Catholic cemetery where graveside services ill be conducted at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.  Mrs. Baker was a sister of Mrs. Victor HUDDLESTON, of this city.

 

Ed W. Reed

Ellis REED, of this city, has receive word that his brother, Ed W. REED, died Sunday at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.  Mr. Reed was a former resident of this city.  He was 82 years of age at the time of his death.  Final rites were to be held in Phoenix.

 

Dale Poenix

Final rites for Dale POENIX, 40, former resident of Rochester who was killed Sunday morning in an auto accident in Tampa, Fla., will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the United Brethren church, Grass Creek.  Burial will be in the Grass Creek cemetery.

Mr. Poenix, his wife and son, David [POENIX], 7, who are residents of Atlanta, Ga., were enroute to their home after visiting with parents Mr. and Mrs. Russell POENIX, Grass Creek, who are spending the winter in Palmetto, Fla., when the accident occurred.  Mrs. Poenix, the former Betty KISTLER, Leiters Ford, received several rib fractures and a punctured lung.  David escaped with minor injuries.

Dale, son of Russell and Ida (ROUCH) POENIX, was born September 17, 1912, in Fulton county.  He was graduated from Grass Creek high school and DePauw University.  He also graduated from Indiana University Law School and served as prosecutor of Fulton county during 1935 and 1936.  He was a member of the Fulton County Bar Association.

He had been a resident of Atlanta, Ga., since last fall, and was employed as an adjustor for the All-States Insurance Company.

Mr. Poenix was a veteran of World War II and served as an instrctor at Fort Benning, Ga.

Survivors are his wife and son, David, Atlanta, Ga.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell POENIX, Grass Creek and a brother, Robert POENIX, near Grass Creek.

The body now is enroute from Florida to the Paul Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.

 

W. W. Zimmerman

Funeral services for William W. ZIMMERMAN, retired deputy Rochester postmaster, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Rochester Baptist Church.  Rev. J. A. COOVERT of Argos, assisted by Rev. H. Gordon HYDE of Rochester, will officiate.  The I.O.O.F. lodge will give its final rites at the services and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  The body rests at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home where friends may call.

Mr. Zimmerman was a past grand master of the Indiana Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows and for the past 5 years had served as trustee of the state grand lodge.  His term as grand master was filled in 1930.  He had been the degree master of the Rochester I.O.O.F. for over 40 years.

In 1911 Mr. Zimmerman was initiated into the Indiana Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows and since that time he missed only two annual meetings.  He attended the annual sessions of the Grand


Lodge of Odd Fellows as a representative of the Indiana Grand Lodge at Winnepeg, Canada, and Columbus, Ohio.  At the time of his death, Mr. Zimmerman was adjutant of the Canton Barnett lodge of this city.

The retired deputy postmaster also was active in Masonic Lodge circles, being a member of Rochester Blue Lodge and the Royal Arch Chapter and the Order of Eastern Star.  He was grand master of the Rochester Masonic lodge in 1925.

Mr. Zimmerman was one of the founders of the local chapter of the Izaak Walton league and was a pioneer in the building of resort homes on Poet’s Point and Lily Park at Lake Manitou.

Prior to his employment in the Rochester postoffice, he taught school in Miami county, Mt. Zion and McKinley neighborhoods and later, for a period of two years, was principal of the LaPax high school.

 

Wednesday, February 25, 1953

 

Lottie L. Hubbard

Mrs. Lottie Loretta HUBBARD, 71, R.R. 5, Rochester, died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at her home.  Mrs. Hubbard suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and death occurred a few moments afterward.  She had been a resident of the Tiosa community practically all of her life.

Born December 2, 1881, on a farm near Tiosa, she was the daughter of Alvin and Elizabeth (HOLLOWAY) NEUELL.  In April of 1898 she was married to James HUBBARD, who died February 13, 1948.  Mrs. Hubbard was a member of the Tiosa Brethren church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dana STARR, Mentone; Mrs. William MIDDLETON, Argos; a son, Roy HUBBARD, R.R. 1, Rochester; three sisters, Mrs. Meda BRIGHT, this city; Mrs. Lilly McINTYRE, Tippecanoe; Mrs. Martha HUNTER, Bluffton; a brother, George NEUELL, Rochester; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Foster funeral home here with the Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD in charge.  Burial will be in the Reichter cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Dale Poenix

Mr. and Mrs. Russell POENIX of Grass Creek arrived home Tuesday evening from Tampa, Fla., to attend the final rites of their son, Dale POENIX, who was killed in an auto accident in Tampa, Sunday morning.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Grass Creek United Brethren church.  Burial will be in the Leiters Ford I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mrs. Poenix, who received fractured ribs in the accident, remains in the Memorial hospital, Tampa, where her condition is regarded as satisfactory.  The son, David, 7, who escaped with minor injuries, accompanied his grandparents to their home at Grass Creek.

 

Paul Spry, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Weldon CARR will attend the funeral services of Mrs. Carr’s nephew, Paul SPRY, Jr., 24, of Syracuse which will be held in that city at 2 p.m. Friday.

Paul was killed in an auto accident Monday night at Syracuse.  He is survived by his wife, two children and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul SPRY, Sr., all of Syracuse.
Thursday, February 26, 1953

 

Donald L. Bose

Donald L. BOSE, 61, formerly of Argos, died Wednesday morning at his home, 206 East 33rd street, Indianapolis.  Mr. Bose had been in ill health for over 10 years.

Following his graduation from Argos high school, he graduated from the Indiana University Law School in 1913.  While attending I.U. he was a member of the track team and established a 440-yard dash record which was unbroken for seven years.  He was a member of the Delta Tau Telta social fraternity.

Mr. Bose was born March 10, 1891 at Argos.  His parents were Lewis and Minnie BOSE.  He was married to Dorothy McINTOSH.  He was a member of the Episcopal church and the Mystic Tie of the Masonic Order, Indianapolis.

Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Mary [BOSE]; four sons, Don and James [BOSE], twins; David and Lewis [BOSE], and two grandchildren, all of Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  The Reverend Father SHERIDAN of the Plymouth Episcopalian church will officiate.  Burial will be in the Memorial Park addition of the Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Friday.

 

Ross Harden

Mrs. Dean ARVEN received word Wednesday that her great-uncle, Ross HARDEN, 81, of Decatur, died Tuesday evening from a heart attack.  He resided with his son, Clyde HARDEN, on a farm near Decatur.

Mr. and Mrs. Arven will attend the services, which are being held Friday afternoon at Decatur.

 

Friday, February 27, 1953 to Saturday, February 28, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Monday, March 2, 1953

 

Mary Baker and

Juey Ann Baker

Death came to Mrs. Mary BAKER, 21, at midnight Sunday in Woodlawn hospital, following the death of her two-day old infant daughter, Judy Ann BAKER, which occurred Sunday morning.

Mrs. Baker’s death resulted from complications in the wake of childbirth.  She had been ill health for the past month.

Born in Fulton county on July 25, 1931, Mrs. Baker had been a resident of the county and the Grandview community throughout her entire life.  She was the daughter of Harold and Louedva (BUNN) KUHN.  On October 13, 1948, she was married to Eugene BAKER.

Surviving are the husband and son Mickey [BAKER]; her parens, Mr. and Mrs. Harold KUHN, all of the Grandview neighborhood; two brothers, John and Larry [KUHN] and a sister, Jean [KUHN], all at home; her grandfather, Ed BUNN and grandmother Mrs. Edith CASTLEMAN, of Leadsville, Colo.

Infant Judy Ann Baker, was born at Woodlawn hospital, Friday morning, February 27, and


passed away Sunday morning, March 1st.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene BAKER, of Grandview.

Funeral services for the mother and infant daughter will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Grandview church, nothwest of Rochester with the Rev. Frank HIGLEY officiating.  Burial will be in the Richland Center cemetery.

Friends may call at the Foster funeral home until Tuesday evening at which time the bodies will be removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold KUHN, near Grandview.

 

Arthur J. Fry

Arthur J. FRY, 74, farmer residing two miles southeast of Fulton, died in a tenant house on his farm at 8:45 a.m. today while repairing a well.  Death resulted from a heart seizure.  He had resided in Liberty township throughout his entire life.

He was born October 20, 1878, to John and Jennie FRY.  He was married November 10, 1904, to [Verne A.] HORTON.  Mr. Fry was a member of the Fulton E.U.B. church.

Survivors are his wife, at home; three sons, Harold [FRY], Niles, Mich; Lee and Loren [FRY], both of Fulton; a daughter, Esther PATTERSON, Kokomo; ten grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Ora HORTON, Peru.  Two children, Ray and Helen [FRY] preceded in death.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  The body is at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton where friends may call.

 

William W. Zimmerman

Approximately 500 persons attended the funeral of William W. ZIMMERMAN at the First Baptist Church on Friday afternoon.  Rev. Robert COOVERT of Argos conducted the services.  Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Howard CLARK, present grand master of I.O.O.F., Richland Center; Mr. and Mrs. William H. STRAUB, Ft. Wayne; Mr. and Mrs. George W. LONG, Columbus; Mr. Fred MAJOR, Hartford City; Mr. Dawson SMITH, Madison; Mr. H. A. WINTEROWD, Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice A. CURTIS, Culver; Mr. and Mrs. Evert DOWNEY, Indianapolis; all past grand masters of the I.O.O.F.

Also Col. W. E. HIATT, Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Lester E. NELSON, Ft. Wayne; Mr. James A LAVERTON, Ft. Wayne; all past grand patriarch of the I.O.O.F.  Mr. Charles K. CRIST, past grand master, Hammond.  Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. ROESENER, grand secretary, Indianapolis; Mr. Robert NEWBAUER, secretary of I.O.O.F. Home, Hartford City; Major General R. A. WINENGER; Lt. Col. Frank SHULTE; Col. Warren ANDERSON, all of South Bend.

Mrs Dewey S. POTTS, Gary; Major Lorin MARQUIS, Ft. Wayne; Col. J. R. COLLINS, Gary; Mr. E. C. WELKER, superintendent of I.O.O.F. home, Greensburg; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth BECK, Lafayette; Mr. Nils L. PAULSON, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur SHUGART, Marion; Mrs. Ethel POTTS, president, Rebekah Assembly; Louis BRAKEFIELD, warden of Rebekah Assembly; Pearl COBLER, secretary of Rebekah Assembly.

Others were Luanne McCURDY, Wilmington, Del.; Sara Jane BOSWELL, Muncie; Mrs. Grace BOOKWALTER, Logansport; Mrs. Vivian MOWER, Peru; Mrs. Evert HALL, Macy; Mrs. Walter BANKS, Deedsville; Mr. and Mrs. Frank THARP, Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Robert FOSTER, South Bend; Flavilla TRACY, South Bend; Mrs. Margaret ADAMS and daughter Karen Sue, Huntington; Mrs. Grace WAECHTER, Huntington; and many others from Wabash, Mishawaka, Warsaw, Monticello, Tyner, Hobart, Rensselaer, and Peru.
Henry Shepherd

A Korean veteran of 10-months, Henry SHEPHERD, 24, was killed instantly about 1:55 o’clock Saturday morning on a curve just south of Warsaw on State Road 15 in a colision with a semi-truck driven by Norman Rex LaRUE, 24, Pierceton.

Kendall HOWARD, 22, R.R. 1, Roann, a companion of Shepherd’s, lies critically injured in Murphy Medical Center at Warsaw.  LaRue was held at the hospital for investigation but released.

The Shepherd car was demolished in the collision while damage to the truck is estimated at $1,200.  Investigating officers, State Patrolman Wallace MANROW and Kosciusko County Sheriff Carl LAMATTA, said the Shepherd car was traveling an estimated 45 miles per hour and on the wrong side of the road when the crash occurred.

Shepherd ws the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank SHEPHERD who reside 1 1/2 miles southwest of Silver Lake and who survive, as do several brothers and sisters, including Mrs. Tom HOPKINS, Akron.

Funeral services for Shepherd were held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hill church southeast of Silver Lake.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 1953

 

Arthur J. Fry

Final rites for Arthur J. FRY, who died of a heart attack Monday morning at his home near Fulton, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Fulton E.U.B. church.  Rev. Paul MAST, assisted by Rev. Leonard FLETCHER, will officiate and burial will be in the Fulton cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Ditmire Chapel to the residence two miles southeast of Fulton, Wednesday morning.  Friends may call at the residence.

 

Kendle Howard

Funeral services for Kendle HOWARD, 22, Laketon, second victim in the truck-auto crash which occurred on State Road 15 at the southern edge of Warsaw early Saturday, were held inServia this afternoon.

Howard died of his injuries at 5:50 o’clock Saturday evening in the Murphy Medical Center, Warsaw.

Final rites for Henry SHEPHERD, 24, another victim of the crash, were held Sunday afternoon in the Rose Hill church near Silver Lake.

Norman R. LaRUE, 24, Pierceton, driver of the semi-trailer, escaped with minor injuries.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 1953

 

John McLochlin

John “Ed” McLOCHLIN, 46, 1333 Liberty street, Logansport, died Tuesday night at the St. Joseph’s hospital, Logansport.  He had been in failing health for several months.

He was born in Fulton county January 13, 1907, the son of George and Anna MURTHA McLOCHLIN.  He was employed in the Bugby shoe repair shop for several years and was a veteran of World War II.  Mr. McLochlin was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic church and the Knights of Columbus, of Logansport. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; two sons, James and Patrick, all at home, and a brother, Francis McLOCHLIN, South Bend.

Final rites are pending.  Friends may call at the Kroeger funeral home, Logansport.


Pauline Rhodes

Final rites for Mrs. Pauline RHODES, 64, former resident of this city, will be held in the Forrest funeral home, South Bend, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Rhodes, who committed suicide by hanging in her home, 1904 South Third street, South Bend, Monday afternoon, left a note saying she was suffering from an incurable heart ailment.

Her husband, Raymond F. RHODES, is employee of the Studebaker Corporation.  The family moved from Rochester to South Bend in 1918.

 

W. W. Corbett

Mrs. Edna JONES, city clerk-treasurer, will leave for Wichita, Kan., Thursday morning where she will attend the funeral Saturday of her brother-in-law, W. W. CORBETT, who died suddenly Monday at St. Petersburg, Fla.  Mr. Corbett and his wife were spending the winter in St. Petersburg when he died.  Mrs. Jones will return to Rochester Monday.

 

Thursday, March 5, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Friday, March 6, 1953

 

Fannie C. Jones

Mrs. Fannie C. JONES, 68, died at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Grover STINGLEY residence, a mile east of Fulton, where she made her home.  She had been a resident of Liberty township for eight years.

A native of Howard county, she was born October 16, 1885, the daughter of Ossian and Narcissa MENDENHALL HOBSON.  She was a member of the Friends church at New London, Ind.

Surviving are a son, Fred F. JONES, New York City; a daughter, Mrs. James SHACKLEFORD, Bunker Hill; a sister, Mrs. Ellis WALDRON, Logansport; a brother, Enos HOBSON, Russiaville; and six grandchildren.

Brief servides will be conducted at the Ditmire Chapel, Fulton, at 10:30 a.m. Monday and final services held at 2 p.m. Monday at the church in New London.

Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home.

 

James M. Crabbs

Mrs. John W. PASCHALL has received word of the death of her brother James M. CRABBS, 81, which occurred at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in a nursing home at Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was born Feb. 4, 1872, in Fulton county to John and Nancy N. CRABBS, who lived on what is still known as the CRABBS farm west of the Rochester city park.  Mr. Crabbs was an agent for the Travelers Insurance Company.

Surviving are three children, a son, Edward [CRABBS] and a daughter, Mildred [CRABBS],  both of Grand Rapids; Frances [CRABBS] of Tennessee; a brother Elmer J. CRABBS, Evanston, Ill, and a sister, Mrs. John PASCHALL of this city.  A brother L. E. CRABBS of Rochester preceded him in death.

Final rites are to be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lula G. Suman

Mrs. Lula G. SUMAN, 85, 207 W. 13th street, died at 2:30 a.m. today from an abdominal hemorrhage which she suffered only a short time before her death.  Mrs. Suman was the widow of George SUMAN, one of the founders of the old Rochester Normal College.

The Sumans came to Rochester in 1902 and resided here until 1917, when they moved to Minneapolis, Minn.  Her husband died in 1928 at Minneapolis.  Mrs. Suman returned to Rochester in 1937 and has resided here since.

She was born March 8, 1868, in Blackford county, Ind., and in 1888 was married to George Suman.  Her parents were Montgomery and Malinda (SENOUR) GROENDYKE.  Mrs. Suman for several years was a college and school teacher.  Her husband was a professor in the Rochester Normal College.

Survivors are two sons, Herbert SUMAN, Oak Park, Ill.; George SUMAN, Waupaca, Wis.; two granddaughters and one great-grandson.

The body rests at Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Saturday, March 7, 1953

 

Mrs. Oscar Samuelson

Mrs. Oscar SAMUELSON, 66, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Watseka county hospital, Watseka, Ill.

Survivors are her husband, at home, 564 Mulberry Street, Watseka; five daughters, Mrs. Harry T. WEAKLEY, and Mrs. LaVern RHODES, both of Watseka; Mrs. Lewis HINES, Milford, Ill.; Mrs. Marion WILKINSON, Sheldon, Ill.; Mrs. Harry C. SHAPLEY, 2010 Magnolia Street, Texarkana, Tax.; four sons: Carl, Leslie and Maxwell, at home; Stanley SAMUELSON, Rochester; a brother, Earl KARR, South Whitley; a sister, Mrs. McKinley JOHNSON, Donovan, Ill., and fourteen grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Segier funeral home in Watseka, Ill.

 

Jack Fisher

Mrs. Norman R. STONER received word Friday of the death of her nephew Jack FISHER, 45, which occurred at his home in Tacoma, Wash.  Mr. Fisher’s wife, Ruth [SELBY FISHER], was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael SELBY, former residents of this city.

 

John H. Scheuer

Funeral services for John H. SCHEUER, 77, Monterey, who died Friday morning, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Ann’s Catholic church, Monterey.  Rev. Father Frederick SCHROEDER will officiate and burial will be in the St. Ann’s cemetery.  The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Born October 2, 1875, in Chicago, he was married to Lucy LATTUS, May 16, 1922.  Mr. Scheuer was a member of the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus and the Chicago Benevolent society.

Surviving are the wife, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Frances BAUER, Pulaski; a sister, Mrs. Margaret MASTER, Monterey; three brothers, Peter, Rochester; Frank, Gary and Joseph [SCHEUER], Arkansas.
Lula G. Suman

Funeral services for Mrs. Lula SUMAN will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  The body then will be taken to Indianapolis for cremation.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

Both sons of the deceased, Herbert Aladdin SUMAN, Oak Park, Ill., and George Belmont SUMAN, Waupaca, Wis., are here for the services.

 

Ramond M. Ditmire

Raymond Mahler DITMIRE, 56, well-known farmer residing a mile west of Delong, died at 9:45 p.m. Friday at his home.  He had been in failing health for a year and was critically ill for the past 10 days.  He had been a resident of that commnity since 1917, coming there from South Bend.

A native of Fulton County, he was born April 27, 1896, at Rochester, the son of Simon and Catherine (MAHLER) DITMIRE.  He was married to Mildred ZECHIEL of Culver on June 10, 1925.  Mr. Ditmire was a member of the Delong Methodist church and the Masonic Order of Kewanna.

Survivors are his wife; five daughters, Doris, Jean and June [DITMIRE], all at home; Mrs. Catherine OVERMYER, Rochester; Mrs. Ruth THOMAS, South Bend; three sons, Raymond, Lee and Norman [DITMIRE], all at home; a foster sister, Mrs. Virginia STEINMEIER, Indianapolis and four grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Delong church.  Rev. W. ARCHIBALD of Leiters Ford will officiate and burial will be in the Leiters Ford I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Friends may call at the Easterday funeral home, Culver.

 

Elmer O. Irwin

Elmer O. IRWIN, 61, retired farmer residing two miles southeast of Argos, died at 8:30 a.m. today in Woodlawn hospital where he had been a patient for a week.  Death was attributed to a coronary occlusion.  He was a life long resident of Marshall county.

Mr. Irwin ws born February 7, 1892, on a farm near Argos.  His parents were Wesley and Rosetta IRWIN.  On January 6, 1914, he was married to Iva MIDDLETON, Argos.  He was a member of the Jordan Baptist church and also attended the Argos Christian church.

Survivors are his wife, at home; two sons, Harold [IRWIN], Woodstock, Ill.; Kline [IRWIN], Plymouth; two brothers, Francis [IRWIN], Argos; Herschel [IRWIN], Plymouth; four sisters, Mrs. Nellie QUIVEY, near Plymouth; Mrs. Ila JONES, Mrs. Nova WARNER and Mrs. Crystal FISHBURN, all of Argos.

Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home, Argos, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday with rev. J. Robert COOVERT officiating.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery, Argos.
Monday, March 9, 1953

 

Nora A. Sands

Mrs. Nora A. SANDS, 75, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martha Ellen Martin, Akron.  She had been in ill health for two years and in a serious condition for three months.  Mrs. Sands had resided in Akron all her life with the exception of nine years in Peru.

She was born August 11, 1878 in Kosciusko county to Gilford and Lucinda (ROBINSON) MILLER.  In 1902 she was married to Samuel SANDS at Peru.  Mrs. Sands owned and operated the Eat Rite Cafe in Akron for several years.  Her husband preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Evangelical church.

Survivors are the daughter, Mrs. Martha Ellen MARTIN; two step-daughters, Mrs. Fay STEWART and Mrs. Kelvia CANFIELD, both of Toledo, Ohio; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron, with the Rev. John SMELTZER in charge.  Burial will be in Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.

The body rests at the funeral home, where friends may call.

 

Charles A. Eber

Charles A. EBER, 82, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at his farm home, four miles south of Rochester on State Road 25.  Mr. Eber, who had been a resident of the Mt. Olive community practically all of his life, had been seriously ill only a few days.

He was born May 13, 1870, in Miami county, near Gilead, to Louis and Elizabeth (DIELMAN) EBER.  On June 3, 1896, he was married to Maude GREEN, who died on January 2, 1899.  His second marriage on March 26, 1901, was to Minnie A. DAWALD.  Mr. Eber was a member of the Antioch U. B. church and the Maccabee Order.

Survivors are the wife, at home; four sons, Vern, John and Paul, all of south of Rochester; Carl [EBER], Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Frank [EBER], Macy; five sisters, Mrs. Emma HOFFMAN, Akron; Mrs. Lottie PONTIUS, Kalkaska, Mich.; Mrs. Sarah HANS, Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. Alice FELDER, South Bend; Mrs. Lola FELDER, San Mateo, Calif.; thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.  Rev. George CRANE, Rochester, assisted by Rev. LePAGE, Fulton, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Plainview cemetery, Macy.  Friends may call at the funeral home.  The family requests that flowers be omitted.

 

Ora Read

Mrs. Ora READ, 83, died at 8:15 a.m. today in the Dukes hospital, Peru, where she had been a patient since August, 1950.  Death resulted from complications which followed a hip fracture in August, 1950.  She had been a resident of Miami county since 1906, coming there from Illinois.

Mrs. Read was born in Momence, Ill., August 19, 1869.  Her parents were George and Sarah (HESS) OLDS.  Her husband, James [L.] READ, died in 1920.  She was a member of the Ebenezer church.

The following children survive:  Mrs. Lydia BERGER, Hammond; Ivan [READ], Plymouth; Mrs. Amy WILDMAN, Peru; Clare [READ], Gilead; Wayne [READ], Eagle Grove, Wis.; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Bertha MaCAIN,


Peru.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ebenezer church, with the Rev. Roscoe PHENEGER, officiating.  Burial will be in the Deedsville cemetery.  Friends may call at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.

 

Sarah Leicester

Friends in Aubbeenaubbee township have received word of the death of Mrs. Sarah (BLANCHARD) LEICESTER, widow of William LEICESTER, who died Saturday morning at her home in Elkhart.

She was born April 19, 1868, in Leiters Ford and she was married to Mr. Leicester, October 17, 1891, at Rochester.  Three daughters survive.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Walley funeral home, Elkhart.  Burial will be in the Rice cemetery, there.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 1953

 

Frank Pontious

Frank PONTIOUS, 83, of Athens, died 6:15 a.m. today in the Huntington County hospital, Huntington, Ind.  He had been seriously ill for a week.  Mr. Pontious was formerly a maintenance foreman on he Erie R.R. and was retired in 1945.

He was born December 25, 1869 in Fulton county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward PONTIOUS.  In December of 1897 he was married to Lula SMITH, who died in 1945.

Surviving are three sons, George, Huntington; Ralph, Elkhart; Raymond [PONTIOUS], Athens; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Will [PONTIOUS], Argos; two sisters, Mrs. Ida CRABILL, Rochester and Mrs. Maude CARNAHAN, Auburn.

Final rites will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Athens E. U. B. church with the Rev. Mrs. F. A. RISLEY officiating.  Friends may call at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.

 

Lee Shierling

Lee SHIERLING, 75, farmer residing near Fulton, died at 2:30 Monday afternoon in Woodlawn hospital, following a 10-day illness.  He had been a resident of Liberty township for 33 years.

Mr. Shierling was born May 22, 1877 in Randolph county, Indiana.  His parents were Joseph and Susan (ALMONROAD) SHIERLING.  His wife, the former Susan RESER, preceded him in death on April 3, 1952.

Survivors are a stepson, Lores MACE, Union City, Ind., a brother, Martin SHIERLING, Saratoga, Ind.

Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday.  Rev. Paul MAST will officiate and burial will be in the Fulton cemetery.

 

Cora Read

Funeral services for Mrs. Cora READ, 83, of near Gilead, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ebenezer church, with Rev. PHENEGER officiating.  The body has been taken from the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron, to the home of her son, Clare [READ], where friends may call after noon Wednesday.
George E. Ice

George E. ICE, 59, 620 Wallace Ave., this city, died at 8 a.m. today at Woodlawn hospital where he had been a patient since last Wednesday.  Death resulted from complications which followed injuries he received in a fall from an auto three weeks ago.  He had been a resident of this community practically all of his life.

The son of Andy and Lue (EYTCHESON) ICE, he was born in Rochester on October 27, 1893.  He was employed as a laborer.

Survivors are an aunt, Mrs. Meade KNIGHT, Hartford City; a stepbrother, Steve CROUSSORE; and two stepsisters, Mrs. Sylvia FLANNAGAN and Mrs. Clara KUNLEY, all of Lafayette, and several great- niece and nephews.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home with Rev. SAVAGE officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester Citizens cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Howard W. Rager

Howard W. RAGER, 73 years old, Laketon contractor, died at 2:40 o’clock Monday afternoon at a Logansport hospital following a two-year illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the Laketon E.U.B. church, the Rev. Howard STEELE and the Rev. J. F. BRIGHT officiating.  Burial will be in Laketon cemetery.

The body was taken to the Moyer-Haupert funeral home in Akron and will be removed to the residence in Laketon where friends may call after 11 o’clock Wednesday morning.

Mr. Rager, born March 22, 1879, in Wabash County, was the son of Albert and Lodema SHOLTY RAGER.  He was married in 1903 to the former Callie GOEHLER, who survives him.

Surviving, besides the widow, are six sisters, Mrs. Oma SARBER of Claypool, Mrs. Elva SHOEMAKER and Mrs. Ruth STEICHLER, both of Wabash.  Mrs. Mary LITTLEFIELD of Servia, Mrs. Edith WERTENBERGER of Silver Lake and Mrs. Bertha LEADER of West Africa, and two brothers, Lee and John RAGER, both of North Manchester.

A brother and two children preceded him in death.

Mr. Rager was a member of the Maccabees Lodge and the E.U.B. Church of Laketon.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 1953

 

John McGee

Mr. and Mrs. Russell BARTHOLOMEW, R.R.2, Rochester, will go to Harvey, Ill., where Friday they will attend the fneral services of the latters brother, John McGEE, 48.  Mr. McGee died Monday night.

 

Charlotte Cram

Mrs. Charlotte (KUBLEY) CRAM, 75, R.R. 1, Argos, died at 3:45 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital where she had been a patient for over six months.

Mrs. Cram resided at the old Kubley homeplace on the Marshall-Fulton County line, near Talma for 30 years.  She had many friends throughout Marshall and Fulton counties.

Charlotte, daughter of Jacob and Charlotte (BEEHLER) KUBLEY was born Jan. 29th, 1878 at Lansing, Tenn.  She was married to Quincy M. CRAM who preceded her in death in 1930.  Mrs. Cram was a member of the Christian church, of Talma and the Rebekah lodge of Tippecanoe.  She moved with her parents from Tennessee to her present farm home in 1885.


Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Mary M. WALKER of Indianapolois; a brother, Will R. KUBLEY, who made his home with her and several nephews and one niece.  Four sisters and two brothers preceded in death.  Charles H. ESSIG, this city, is a nephew.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Johns funeral home in Mentone.  Rev. Delbert RUBERG, of the Talma Christian church will officiate and burial will be in the Reichter cemetery, near Talma.

The body rests at the funeral home where friends may call.

 

Thursday, March 12, 1953

 

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Friday, March 13, 1953

 

Dwight L. Voorhees

Russell VOORHEES, ex-sheriff, of Rochester left Thursday for Richland, Ga., where he was called by the death of his father, Dwight L. VOORHEES, which occurred in a Richland hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. D. L. VOORHEES had spent the winter in Florida and were enroute to their home in Garrett, Ind., when he was stricken with a heart attack several days ago.  He was moved to a hospital.

Mr. Voorhees was a retired B. & O. railroad engineer.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Blanche VOORHEES; two sons, Millicant VOORHEES, Gary, and Russell VOORHEES, this city; a daghter, Mrs. Susan MINEAR, Fort Wayne, and four grandchildren.

The body is being returned to Garrett.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Margaret Ann Kistler

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Ann KISTLER, former resident of the Talma community, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Talma Methodist church with the Rev. Claude TROMBAUER officiating.  Burial will be in the Royal Center cemetery.

Mrs. Kistler died at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the home of her cousin, Mrs. John L. ELLIS, with whom she had lived for several years.

She was born on May 22, 1879 in Newcastle township.  Her parents were Albert and Susann DICK.  Her husband, Curtis KISTLER, preceded her in death in 1912.  Mrs. Kistler was a member of the Talma Methodist church.

Survivors are a foster son, Loren KREAMER, and a brother Willard DICK, both of Talma.

 

Edwin L. Hagans

Relatives here have received word of the death of Edwin L. HAGANS, 92, Elkhart, a former resident of Fulton county, who died in Elkhart, March 10.

He was born Octoer 17, 1869, in Fulton county and married Lillie L. NELSON in Rochester, February 13, 1892.

The Haganses resided on farms in Newcastle township for many years and moved to Elkhart in 1916, where he was employed by the Elkhart Brass Company until a few years ago.

Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Mrs. C. G. PETRY, Culver City, Cal.; two sons, Lee O. HAGANS, R.R. 5, Elkhart, and Davis N. HAGANS, Elkhart; five grandchildren and five


greatgrandchildren.

Final rites were held in Elkhart this afternoon and burial was made in the Rice cemetery in that city.

 

Saturday, March 14, 1953

 

Joseph F. Cizek

Joseph Frank CIZEK, R. R. 2, Lake Manitou, died at 5:45 a.m. today at his residence near the Old Fairview Hotel site.  He had been ill for the past six months.  Mr. Cizek had resided at Lake Manitou since 1947, coming here from Chicago.

He was born in Chicago.  His parents were James and Josephine (BARTA) CIZEK.  On June 24, 1911, he was married to Barbara ZALUD in Chicago.  Mr. Cizek was a member of the St. John Parish of Chicago.

Survivors are his wife, at home; a brother, James CIZEK, Chicago; three sisters, Mary CIZEK, Chicago; Mrs. Rose FLYNN of California; Mrs. Agnes ZALUD, Chicago; two brothers-in-law, Frank ZALUD and Harry SIMON, both of chicago and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Rose SIMON, also of Chicago, and several nieces and nephews.  A brother and sister preceded in death.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Joseph’s Catholic church with the Rev. Father Charles W. REMAKLUS, of Kewanna officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  The rosary will be recited at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home 7:30 p.m. Monday.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Monday, March 16, 1953 to Tuesday, March 17, 1953

 

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Wednesday, Marcy 18, 1953

 

Anna M. Hancock

Mrs. Anna M. HANCOCK, 57, of Gilead, died at 11 p.m. Tuesday at her home.  Death, which came suddenly, was attribted to a heart seizure.  She had been a resident of Gilead for three years, coming there from New York.

She was born February 12, 1896, in New York, N.Y., to Tony and Filemo FERELIO.  On September 10, 1922, she was married to F. R. HANCOCK.  The Hancocks operate a grocery and filling stateion at Gilead.

Survivors are the husband, Gilead; two sons, Tony VIOLINTA, Utica, N.Y.; William Lewis [HANCOCK], at home, and a daughter, Mrs. Louisa CARLONE, Utica, N.Y., and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Gilead Methodist church with Rev. Lyle RAMUSSIN and Rev. Roscoe FENEGER officiating.  Burial will be in the Gilead cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Sheets funeral home, Akron to the Hancock home Thursday at 4 p.m. when friends may call.
Thursday, March 19, 1953

 

Henry G. Altheide

Henry G. ALTHEIDE, R.R. 1, Culver, died early today in the Parkview Hospital, LaPorte.  Mr. Altheide had been seriously ill for the past several weeks.

He was born August 3, 1886, in Hancock county, Ill., and came to Marshall county as a boy with his parents, Henry and Minnie (LINNENBERGER) ALTHEIDE. He was engaged in farming until ill health forced his retirement.

Survivors are his wife, Audra [ALTHEIDE]; at home; three daughters, Mrs. Betty BOYD, Rochester; Mrs. Mary PORTER, Culver; Mrs. Anna Mae RICE, LaPorte; two sons, Henry E. ALTHEIDE and Dale OSBORN, both of Culver; ten grandchildren, and a half-brother, Louis ALTHEIDE, Plymouth.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Easterday funeral home, Culver.  Burial will be in the Culver cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Friday, March 20, 1953

 

Cora I. Town

Mrs. Cora Idella TOWN, 77, 329 W. 10th street, this city, died at 3:30 a.m. today in Woodlawn hospital.  Mrs. Town suffered a severe heart attack Wednesday evening at the home of her foster daughter, Mrs. Leona MOORE of Walnut, and was immediately taken to the hospital.

Mrs. Town had resided in Rochester since 1951 following the death of her husband that year.  She had been a resident of Fulton county since a young girl, coming here from Ohio.

Cora Idella, daughter of Adam and Catherine EMICK was born May 18, 1875, at Orrville, Ohio.  Her first marriage was to Amos ALDERFER, who died in 1932.  In 1943 she was married to Charles TOWN.  Mrs. Town was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors are a foster daughter, Mrs. I. W. MONROE, R.R. 1, Argos; three stepsons, Demoine TOWN, R.R. 1, Argos; Guilford TOWN, Mishawaka; Ronald TOWN, Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Lyda ROHRER, Paris, O.; three half-brothers, Ray EMICK, Mt. Eaton, O.; Glen EMICK, Fairborn, O.; Lloyd EMICK, Canton, O.; and a granddaughter, Mrs. Ruth BUNCH CAMPBELL of California.

Funeral services, in charge of Rev. Mrs. Edith BRUNER, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Burial will be in the Richland Center cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.

 

Amie G. Strouss

Funeral services for Amie Gordon STROUSS, 84, Mishawaka, were held today at the Mud Creek Church of Christ, seven miles south of Rochester.

Mr. Strouss, a former resident of Fulton county, died Wednesday in the St. Joseph hospital, Mishawaka.  He had resided in Mishawaka since 1943.

He is survived by his wife, Iona (TRAINOR) STROUSS; three daughters, four sons, eighteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; a sister and a brother.
William E. Catte

William E. CATTE, 46, of Warsaw, former resident of Rochester, died 11 p.m. Thursday in Newport News, V.  He was stricken with a coronary occlusion while he was driving a house trailer through to that city from the Elcar Coach Company, Bourbon, and died while enroute to a hospital.

He was born Jan. 16, 1907 at Richmond, Ind. to William and Elizabeth (BUSSON) CATTE.  In 1927, he was married to Helen JENNINGS at Richmond.  Mr. Catte was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic church of Warsaw.  For the past few years he was employed by the Elcar Coach Company.

Survivors are:  his wife, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Joe PRISER, Warsaw; Jane Ann and Carol Sue; a son, Richard [CATTE], all at home; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth CATTE, Richmond; four sisters, Mrs. George KILGUS, Anderson; Mrs. William FRANKS, Oshkosh, Wis.; Mrs. Edith EGLOFF, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mrs. Charles ROBERTS, Carlos, Ind.; a brother, Leonard CATTE, Richmond, and three grandchildren.

Final rites will be held 9 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart church, Warsaw.  Burial will be in the Oakwood cemetery.  Friends may call at the Bilby-McHatton funeral home after 11 a.m. Sunday until 8:30 a.m. Monday.

 

Saturday, March 21, 1953

 

Clarence E. Weller

Funeral services for Clarence E. WELLER, 72, who died at Dukes hospital, Peru, Friday morning will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wise funeral home, Peru.  Rev. L. E. TUCKER will officiate and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery.

He was born in Miami county in August, 1881, son of Henry and Lynn WELLER. He never married.

Surviving are two brothers and four sisters, James and Lynn WELLER, both of Peru; Mrs. Pleny SAMPSEL, Rochester; Mrs. Robert ARNOLD, Wabash; Mrs. Guy HOPPES, Macy and Mrs. Dola MURPHY, Peru.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Monday, March 23, 1953

 

Marva Elaine Holloway

Marva Elaine, one-day-old daughter of Marvin and Mary Ellen (FOSTER) HOLLOWAY, died at 12:10 a.m. today in Woodlawn Hospital.  Prematurity was given as the cause of death.  The infant was born Sunday.

Survivors are the parents, the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Edith FOSTER, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin HOLLOWAY, all of this city.

Final rites will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesda at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. Stephen GUBI will officiate and burial will be in the Citizens cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Tuesday, March 24, 1953

 

Rebecca Hoffman

Mrs. Rebecca HOFFMAN, 94, a pioneer resident of Akron, died at 11:15 p.m. Monday at the Rochester Nursing Home, where she had been a patient for several weeks.  She had been in failing health for over a year.

Rebecca, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (AULT) ZEGAFUSE, was born April 23, 1858, in Miami county.  She was married to Silas HOFFMAN in 1896 in Miami county.  Mrs. Hoffman was a member of the Evangelical church.  Her husband died a number of years ago.

Survivors are a brother, Emanuel ZEGAFUSE, Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.  Two brothers and two sisters preceded in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Akron Church of God.  The Rev. Daniel SLAYBAUGH will officiate and burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sheetz funeral home until 1 p.m. Thursday at which time the body will be taken to the church.

 

George N. Harts

Funeral services for George N. HARTS, 70, former Peru resident, will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday at the Drake-Flowers funeral home, Peru.

Harts, a resident of Spencerville, Ind., was killed in an ato accident east of Avilla, Sunday morning.

He was born May 23, 1882 in Delong to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin HARTS.  He was a member of the Peru Methodist church.

Surviving are three sons, Curtis R. and Austin H., both of Fort Wayne; Morris W. [HARTS], South Milford; two broters and a sister:  Arthur, Alexandria; Roy [HARTS], Amboy; Mrs. Monroe ZELLERS, Kewanna; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Laura B. Hood

Final rites for Mrs. Laura B. HOOD, 94, were held this afternoon at her home in Pulaski county.  Burial was made in the Kewanna I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mrs. Hood, who was the mother of Mrs. Chloa RENO of this city, died at 2 a.m. Sunday.

She was born Sept. 22, 1858, in Carroll county, the daughter of John and Mary (MARSHALL) BROWN.  On Jan. 14, 1878, she was married to Isaiah HOOD, who died in 1927.

Other survivors are two daughters, Essa ATHA, Montant, Cal.; Stella KORNER, at home; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grndchildren.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 1953

 

Edward Kesler

Funeral services for Edward KESLER, 77, former resident of Menone, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mentone Methodist church with the Rev. FROST of Warsaw in charge.  Burial will be in the Mentone cemetery.

Mr. Kesler died Monday night in the McDonald hospital, Warsaw where he had been a patient for several weeks.  He was a retired farmer.

The son of Isaac and Elizabeth KESLER, he was born in Mentone in 1875.  His first marriage in 1903 was to Nora PERSCBACER, who preceded him in death.  In 1929 he married Dadee TUCKER.  He was a member of the Mentone Methodist church and also of the Warsaw


Methodist church.

Survivors are his wife and two children, Nenian KESLER, Rochester and Argrella HEETER, Auburn.

The body will lie in state at the Kesler residence in Warsaw until 1 p.m. Thursday.

 

Ruth Gray

Rochester relatives have received word of the death of Mrs. W. Scott GRAY, the former Ruth TIPTON, of Wolcottville, Ind., which occurred Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Gray was born and raised in Rochester, the daugher of Mr. and Mrs. James TIPTON.  The Tiptons resided on West 11th street, this city, in the residence now occupied by Mrs. Ollie ROBBINS.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, four grandchildren and a brother, Howard TIPTON, who resides in the Southwest.  Robert ZELLER and Mrs. Floyd Van TRUMP, of this city, are cousins of the deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Gray residence in Wolcottville.

 

Bertha M. Brown

Mrs. Bertha M. BROWN, 72, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home, 229 W. Third street, Rochester, following a stroke of paralysis suffered March 14.  Mrs. Brown had been a resident of this city most of her life.

She was born in Henry township Feb. 1, 1881, to John U. and Alice (KUHN) BRYANT.  Her first marriage in 1901 was to Charles ALSPACH, who died in 1923.  On October 9, 1937, she was married to William BROWN.  Mrs. Brown was a member of the Rochester Church of God and the W.C.T.U.

Surviving are the husband, at home; two sons, Louis ALSPACH, Mishawaka; John ALSPACH, Sturgis, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Georgia HAVLICK, this city; two sisters, Mrs. Lou GROVE, Talma; Mrs. Fred FOLLMER, San Diego, Cal.; three brothers, Harley BRYANT, this city; Sam BRYANT, Morocco; Roy BRYANT, San Diego,Cal.; and a grandson, David ALSPACH, Mishawaka.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Rochester Church of God with the Rev. E. POWELL in charge.  Burial will be in the Plainview cemetery, Macy.

Friends may call at he Zimmerman Brothers Funeral home.

 

Richard Luey

Infant Richard P., 11-day-old son of Francis and Doris (BURNS) LUEY, Logansport, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Joseph’s hospital, that city.  The child was born March 13.

Survivors are the parents and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell LUEY, Lucerne, and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett BURNS, Fulton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursda at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.  Burial will be in the Indian Creek cemetery.
Thursday, March 26, 1953

 

Mary M. Walker

Mrs. Mary M. WALKER, 82, R. 5, died Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. in the Methodist hospital, Indianapolis.

Mrs. Walker had resided at her summer home near Talma, for many years and lived in Indianapolis during the winters.

Mary, daughter of Jacob and Charlotte (BEEHLER) KUBLEY was born Aug. 10, 1870, atAntioch, Tenn.  She married Charles M. WALKER, who preceded her in death in 1951.  She was a member of the Christian Church of Talma and the Eastern Star, Indianapolis.

Survivors are one son, Alonzo E. WALKER of Indianapolis, a grandson, Bud WALKER, and a granddaugher, Mrs. Russell ECKERT, both of Indianapolis.  One brother, Will R. KUBLEY of Argos.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Snday at the Johns Funeral home in Mentone.  Burial will be in the Tiptown cemetery, north of Tippecanoe.  The body will e brought to the Johns funeral home, Mentone, Saturday noon, where friends may call.

 

James F. Hooker

Funeral services for James Francis HOOKER, 37, Argos, who was fatally injured in the north Hammond railroad switching yards Tuesday evening, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. Allen B. RICE of the Argos Methodist church will officiate and burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery there.

Hooker, who had been employed by the B. & O. and Grand Trunk railroads for several years, died while enroute to the St. Margaret hospital.  He had never married.  He made his home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred HOOKER, 205 North Maple street, Argos.

Mr. Hooker was a graduate of Argos high school, class of ‘36, and for a nmber of years was active in the Argos Boy Scouts organization.

Surviving are his parents; a brother, Robert [HOOKER], Santa Monica, Calif.; his maternal grandmothers, Mrs. Jane HOOKER, Argos; Mrs. Mertie BREWER, Argos and several other relatives.

Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home.

 

Mrs. Otto Jefferies

Funeral services for Mrs. Otto JEFFERIES, 66, were held this afternoon at the Johns funeral home, Mentone.  Burial was in the Mentone cemetery.

She was born near Talma on March 2, 1887, to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney GREEN.  Mrs. Jefferies died Tuesday morning in the McDonald hospital, Warsaw.   She had been seriously ill for two years.

Survivors are the husband, of Mentone, a daughter Mrs. Lucille FISHER, Palestine, one son, Royal [JEFFERIES], Claypool; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Friday, March 27, 1953

 

[no obits]
Saturday, March 28, 1953

 

Franklin A. Thompson

Franklin Ambrose THOMPSON, 84, retired blacksmith of Inwood, died at 1 a.m. today at the home of his son, Omer THOMPSON, of Argos.  Mr. Thompson had been seriously ill for three months and in failing health for four years.  He had been a resident of Marshall county for 43 years coming there fromWabash.  He was born Jan. 24, 1869 near Bremen to David and Caroline THOMPSON.  On Dec. 12, 1899, he was married to Ella May JONES.

Survivors are his wife, Inwood; six daughters, Mrs. Elsie MINEAR, North Webster; Mrs. Leo PINKEY, Mentone; Mrs. Frances SMITH, Warsaw; Mrs. Elba JANKE, Mentone; Mrs. Louise DEACON, Mishawaka; Mrs. Catherine CAPES, Walkerton; three sons, Omer [THOMPSON], Argos; Emmett [THOMPSON] Warsaw; Kent [THOMPSON], at home; seventeen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Gale THOMPSON, Atwood and two sisters, Mrs. Emma NETTER, Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Sarah JONES, Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.  Rev. McCLURE of Tyner will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Monday, March 30, 1953

 

Clair D. Jones

Clair D. JONES, 38, R.R. 2, Rochester, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the Osteopathic Hospital, South Bend, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks.  He had been in ill health for six years.

Mr. Jones was born April 27, 1914 at Argos.  He was the son of Arley and Ila JONES.  On October 31, 1936 he was married to Margaret HEIGHWAY, at Rochester.  He was engaged in farming until ill health forced his retirement.  Mr. Jones was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist church.

Survivors are his wife; a son, Ronald [JONES], and a daughter, Jeanette [JONES], all at home; his parents; a brother, Ancil [JONES], R.R. 2, Argos, and two sisters, Mrs. Rose Ellen MORRILL and Mrs. Ruth ADAMS, both of Argos.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethlehem Baptist church.  Rev. Lloyd POWELL, assisted by Rev. Ericus FOOR, will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Athens.

The body will lie in state at the Grossman funeral home, Argos, from 7 p.m. today until 3 p.m. Tuesday.  It will then be removed to the Jones home where friends may call up until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Ezra Leazenby

Final rites for Ezra LEAZENBY, 74, Grass Creek, who died Saturday in a Logansport hospital, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.  Burial will be in the Royal Center cemetery.  He was born Feb. 15, 1879, to Jacob and Mahala SHERMAN LEAZENBY of Clymers.  He was a member of the Christian church, Kewanna.

Survivors are the widow, at home; three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Daisy BROWNING; Mrs. Goldie BRYAN, both of Logansport; Mrs. Lillian WEBSTER, Royal Center; Edward LEAZENBY, Warsaw; Albert LEAZENBY, Logansport.  Four brothers and three grandchildren preceded him in death.


Tuesday, March 31, 1953

 

George E. White

George E. WHITE, 80, retired farmer residing four and a half miles north of Akron, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday.  He had been ill for several weeks from pneumonia.  Mr. White had been a resident of Henry township his entire life.

He was born in Akron, Dec. 2, 1872, to Peter and Sarah (PRILL) WHITE.  On Nov. 11, 1893, he was married to Sidella ADAMSON, who preceded him in death in July, 1950.  Mr. White was a member of Olive Bethel Church of God.

Survivors are two sons: Everett [WHITE], Terre Hauts; Claud [WHITE], Akron; a daughter, Eliza Ann WHITE, at home, and a brother, John [WHITE], Elkhart.  Five brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Olive Bethel Church of God with the Rev. Gerald SNYDER in charge.  Burial will be in the Nichols cemetery.

The body will be taken from the Moyer-Haupert funeral home to the White residence at 11 a.m. Wednesday.  Friends may call at the residence.

 

William L. Holland

Funeral services for William L. HOLLAND, 77, of R.R. 2, Macy, were held this afternoon at the McCain funeral home, Denver.  Rev. M. C. MORROW was in charge of the rites and burial was in the Deedsville cemetery.

Mr. Holland, a retired plumber, died Saturday after a three years’ illness.  Born in England, he had been a resident of the Macy community for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah [HOLLAND]; a son, Albert E. [HOLLAND], Macy, and five grandchildren.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, April 2, 1953

 

Lulu Bell Brubaker

Mrs. J. Walter BRUBAKER, a lifelong resident of Fulton county, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at her home, 1023 South Monroe street, this city.  She had been seriously ill for the past six months.  Mrs. Brubaker had countless friends throughout Rochester and community and for several years assisted her husband in the management of the Brubaker Garage, which was sold several years ago to the Deeds Equipment Company.

Lulu Bell, daughter of Andrew J. and Sarah (WAUGH) HAIMBAUGH, was born on a farm near Mentone.  Practically all of her girlhood was spent on what is known as the HAIMBAUGH farm, located a mile and a quarter south of Rochester on State Road 25.  On December 23, 1896, she was married to J. Walter BRUBAKER, who survives.

She was a member of Rochester Baptist church, the Social Club, the McKinley Club and the Rebekah lodge.

Other survivors are a son, J. “Jack” BRUBAKER, R.R. 1, Rochester; a daughter, Mrs. Isaac HOLMES, this city; a sister, Mrs. Arthur DEAMER, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; a brother, Porter HAIMBAUGH, R.R. 6, Rochester; six grandsons; four great-grandsons, and several nieces and


nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Baptist church with the Rev. H. Gordon HYDE in charge.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

The body will be taken from the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home to the Brubaker residence at 4 p.m. Friday where friends may call.

 

Friday, April 3, 1953

 

Col. Isaac L. Kitts

Culver, Ind., April 3--Col. Isaac L. KITTS, director of horsemanship at Culver Military Academy, died Thursday night.  He was a member of the 1932 and 1936 U. S. Olmpic equestrian teams, and was a veteran of both World Wars.

 

Maggie Swick

Mrs. Maggie SWICK, 86, of Akron, died at 3 o’clock this morning in the Woodlawn Hospital following an illness of nine weeks.

The daughter of Jacob and Mary (SUMME) WEISS, she was born January 31, 1867, in Berne, Switzerland.  She came to this country at the age of 16.

She was united in marriage to Levi SWICK in 1885 at Beaver Dam.  He preceded her in death in 1930.

Mrs. Swick was a member of the Akron Church of God.

Survivors include three sons, Ira [SWICK], of Claypool; Sherman and Percy [SWICK] of Akron; eleven grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren, and one brother, Jacob WEISS, Claypool.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Akron Church of God with the Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH and the Rev. Harold CONRAD officiating.  Burial will be in the Palestine cemetery.

Friends may call at the Sheetz Funeral Home inAkron until 1 p.m. Sunday, when the body will be taken to the church to lie in state.

 

Saturday, April 4, 1953

 

Omer Francis Long

Omer Francis LONG, 76, well-known farmer residing four miles southwest of Argos, suffered a fatal heart attack at 2 p.m. Friday while in the Argos cigar store.  He died within a few minutes after the seizure.  He had been a resident of the Argos community his entire life.

He was born January 22, 1887, in Marshall county to Joseph and Rebekah LONG.  He was married to Ona ALDERFER, who preceded him in death on December 13,1930.  Mr. Long was a member of the Gleaners Lodge.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Marjory SMITH, R.R. 3, Argos; a grandson, Charles SMITH, R.R. 2, Argos; a great-grandson, Richard Earl SMITH, and two brothers, George LONG, South Bend and Charles LONG, R.R. 3, Argos.

Funeral services in charge of Rev. Albert VERMILLION of Jamestown, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Grossman funeral home.  Burial will be in the Richland Center cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Clayton R. Rookstool

Clayton Ray ROOKSTOOL, 68, farmer residing on R.R. 3, Rochester, died at 3 a.m. today in Woodlawn hospital.  He had been ill 10 days with a heart ailment.  Mr. Rookstool had been a resident of Grandview community for 25 years, coming there from South Bend.

He was born Aug. 22, 1884, in Rochester to David and Mahala ROOKSTOOL.  On June 1, 1912, he was married to Celia BRADWAY at South Bend.

Surviving are his wife, at home; a son, Kenneth [ROOKSTOOL], R.R. 3, and a daughter, Mrs. Berniece BITTERLING, R.R. 3,; his stepfather, Isaac BARNES, Peru; a brother, Sam ROOKSTOOL, South Bend; a sister, Mrs. Clark ARMEY, and three grandchildren.  Two children preceded him in death.

Final rites will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Rochester Church of god with the Rev. L. E. POWELL officiating.  Burial will be in the Highland cemetery, South Bend.  The body rests at the Foster Funeral home where friends may call.

 

Monday, April 6, 1953

 

August C. Beyer

Funeral services for August C. BEYER, 69, of Orrville, Ohio, were held this afternoon at the Presbyterian church in that city.  Burial was made in the Orrville Crown Hill cemetery.

Mr. Beyer, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BEYER, resided in Rochester for a few years where he was employed as cashier of the United State Bank and Trust Company.  He was a nephew of the late Edward BEYER, who operated a produce company and creamery and the electric light and power company in this city for a number of years.

The former resident died Tuesday at St. Petersburg, Fla., where he and his wife were spending the winter months.

Mr. Beyer was founder of the Orrville Milk Condensing Company.  He also served as director of the Goshen Milk Condensing Company, Goshen, Ind.  He was a charter member of the board of directors of Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville.  He was a member of the board of directors of the Orrville National Bank and was the chairman of the Orrville Rotary Club.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Vera (COOPER) BEYER; two daughters, Mrs. Rexford MOFFETT and Mrs. Raymond LINDAMOOD, both of Orrville; six grandchildren and two brothers, Forest BEYER, San Francisco, Cal., and Arthur BEYER, Kendallville.

 

Josephine Scotton

Mrs. Oliver KROM, this city, has received word of the death of her niece, Mrs. Josephine CHAMBERLAIN SCOTTON, Miami, Fla.  Mrs. Scotton was a cousin of Claude and Lynn CHAMBERLAIN, Mrs. Sarah ZIMMERMAN and Mrs. Myron BERKHEISER, all of Rochester and Mrs. Elgin GEBHART, Peru.

 

Rose Meyer

Rose MEYER, well-known resident of Rochester, died Sunday morning at her home, 715 Jefferson street, following a lengthy illness.

Miss Meyer was an active member of the Rochester Presbyterian church until about 10 years ago, when she became a victim of arthritis and arteriosclerosis.  During her years of invalidism she was cared for by Miss Etta BLACKETOR, her devoted nurse and friend.

She was born at Wabash in 1864, the daughter of Henry and Nancy MEYER.  In 1876, the family moved to Rochester.  She resided here throughout her life with the exception of two years


spent in Utah and California.

Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Emma SCULL, this city; three nephews and five nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home, with the Rev. Harold TURPIN officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.  Relatives request that flowers be omitted.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 1953

 

Mae Needham

Burial rites for Mrs. Mae NEEDHAM, widow of the late Dr. John NEEDHAM of Terre Haute, were held in the Pulaski, Ind., cemetery this afternoon.

The Needhams resided at Star City for several years and were well acquainted with many residents in the western section of Fulton county.  They often visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence HINTON.

 

Margaret V. Kistler

Miss Margaret V. KISTLER, 55, died at 7:15 a.m. today at the home of her sister, Mrs. Evan WHALLON, Akron.  She had been seriously ill for the past four months.  Miss Kistler had been a resident of Akron her entire life and had many friends throughout the northern section of Indiana.

She was born Dec. 4, 1897 to A.A. and Harriett (STRONG) KISTLER.  She taught school for 34 years.  For the last 30 years she was a primary teacher in the Warsaw city schools.  She also taught two years at Mantistique, Mich.; a year in Rochester and a year in Akron.  She was a graduate of the Mrs. Blaker’s Teachers College, Indianapolis.

Miss Kistler was a member of the Akron Methodist church, the Tri Kappa sorority of Warsaw; Mu-Gam of Akron; the Twi-ze-Month Club and the Martha Class of the Methodist church, Akron.

Survivors are the sister, Mrs. Whallon; a brother, Charles KISTLER, LaGrange, Ill.; five nieces and a nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Moher-Haupert funeral home, Akron, with the Rev. Claude FAWNS officiating.  Burial will be in the Akron cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, April 9, 1953

 

Clifford Shoemaker

Clifford SHOEMAKER, 63, farmer residing eight miles southeast of Argos, died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at his home. He had been ill for the past 10 days following a stroke of paralysis.

Mr. Shoemaker was born October 31, 1889 at Silver Lake,  Ind.  His parents were Daniel and Orpha (BURKETT) SHOEMAKER.  He was married to Nettie CHAPMAN on Jan. 2, 1907, at Warsaw.  Mr. Shoemaker was a member of the Walnut Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are his wife, at home; six sons, Ralph and Raymond [SHOEMAKER], Rochester; Roy and Claude [SHOEMAKER], Argos; Lee and Carl [SHOEMAKER], Los Angeles,


 Cal.; a daughter, Mrs. Fern SWIHART, Argos; three brothers, Lloyd [SHOEMAKER], Argos; Ted [SHOEMAKER], Burkett and Chester [SHOEMAKER], Silver Lake.  Two sons, Howard and Donald [SHOEMAKER] preceded him in death.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Church of the Brethren.  Rev. RAY, of Winona Lake, assisted by Rev. Roy S. RICHEY, Walnut, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Sand Hill cemetery.

Friends may call at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos.  The body will also lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

Anna L. Clayton

Rochester relatives received word today of the death of Mrs. Bernard [Anna L. CONDON] CLAYTON, former local resident, which occurred early this morning at her home in Zionsville, Ind.  Mrs. Clayton had been seriously ill since last November.

She was the daughter of Clark and Martha CONDON, this city.  For several years she was employed in the clerical department of the Beyer Brothers Produce Company of this city.  She was a graduate of R.H.S.  For several years the Claytons resided in Akron where Mr. Clayton was publisher of The Akron News.

Survivors are her husband, at home; a son, Bernard [CLAYTON], Jr., San Francisco, Cal.; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Le BORIE, New York, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel YOUNG, Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; Mrs. Frankie BARTLETT, Greenwood, Miss., two brothers, Joe and Walter CONDON, Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zionsville and burial will be in the Zionsville cemetery.

 

Virgil Lambert

Mrs. Kenneth OVERSTREET, Lake Manitou, received a telegram this morning informing her of the death of her brother, Virgil LAMBERT, which occurred earlier today at his home in El Camp, Texas.  He was a former resident of Shoals, Ind.

Funeral services are to be held in El Campo. Mrs. Overstreet recently visited her brother in El Campo.  She does not plan to attend the funeral rites.

 

Lefa Cunningham

Mrs. Lefa CUNNINGHAM, 73, died Wednesday afternoon at her home two miles northeast of Fulton.  She was found dead in her chair, presumably from a heart attack. Mrs. Cunningham had been an invalid for several years.  She had resided in the vicinity of Fulton her entire life.

Born October 9, 1879, in Liberty township, she was the daughter of Harvey and Sarah WORDEN ROSE.  On December 28, 1898 she was married to William CUNNINGHAM.  She was a member of the Fulton E.U.B. church.

Survivors are the husband; a granddaughter, Frances J. FLOYD, Alton, Ill.; a brother, William ROSE, Wabash, and a sister, Mrs. Mary PALMER, Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fulton E.U.B. church with the Rev. Paul MAST officiating.  Burial will be in Fulton cemetery.  The body will be removed from the Ditmire funeral home to the Cunningham residence Friday morning, where friends may call.
Friday, April 10, 1953

 

Robert Lee Ogle

Short prayer services were held at 2:30 p.m. today at the Foster funeral home for Robert Lee OGLE, son of Paul and Beverly HUNDT OGLE.  The infant was still born at 3:43 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Rev. Paul SCHWAN of the Lutheran church officiated and burial was in the Mt.Zion cemetery.

Surviving are the parents; a brother, Paul; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles OGLE, this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HUNDT, Plymouth.

 

Saturday, April 11, 1953 to Monday, April 13, 1953

 

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Tuesday, April 14, 1953

 

Mary Perkins

Mary PERKINS, 55, died Monday at her home in Kewanna following several weeks’ illness.  She has been a resident of that town her entire life.

She was born July 12, 1898, to Albert and Ella LINDEN.  On January 31, 1920, she was married to William PERKINS.  Mrs. Perkins was a member of the Prairie Grove E. U. B. church.

Survivors are her husband; a daughter, Jean [PERKINS]; her mother, Mrs. Louella LINDEN; five brothers, Hobart and Albert [LINDEN], Columbus, O.; Earl and Russell [LINDEN], Logansport; Hugh [LINDEN], Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Ethel and Imajean [LINDEN], Columbus, O.; a granddaughter and a grandson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Prairie Grove church with Rev. LePAGE officiating.  Burial will be in the adjacent cemetery.  Friends may call at the Perkins home.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, April 16, 1953

 

Olive Margaret McCoy

Mrs. Olive Margaret McCOY, 72, 302 W. 4th street, Rochester, died at 3:30 a.m. today at Woodlawn hospital.  Mrs. McCoy had been in ill health for 18 months and seriously ill for the past three weeks.  Her death was attributed to a heart ailment.

She had been a resident of this city since 1946, coming here from Indianapolis to care for her mother, Mrs. Emma Jane (FOSNER) HOFFMAN, who died in November, 1951.

Mrs. McCoy was born August 11, 1880, in Lycoming County, Pa., to Ellis and Emma Jane FOSNER.  In January, 1905, she was married to Delbert McCOY, who died in 1944.  She was a member of the Rochester O.E.S., the White Shrine, the Rebekah Lodge and attended the Trinity E.U.B. church, of this city.

Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Fred IZZARD, Tulsa, Okla.; a niece Olive FOSNER and  a


nephew, Emerson FOSNER, both of Sale Lake City, Utah.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. Stephen GUBI will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

 

 

Lulu Horn

  Mrs. Lulu HORN, 50, died Wednesday evening at her home in Bismarck, N.D., following several days illness from a heart ailment.  Mrs. Horn was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Von KOCHENDERFER, this city.

She was born on a farm near Bismarck, N.D. and was married to Lyman HORN on July 10, 1926.

Survivors are the husband; a son, Ronald Duane [HORN], and a daughter, Bonnie Jean [HORN], all of Bismarck.  A son, Lieut. Kendal HORN, a jet pilot, was killed last January in Texas.  Two brothers and a sister also survive.

 

June Shaw

Mrs. June [RULE] SHAW, 46, former Argos resident, died Wednesday morning at her home in Park Forest, Ill.

Mrs. Shaw was born in Argos on June 1, 1906.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Jessie RULE.  The Shaws had resided in Park Forest for a score of years.

Survivors are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara June TYLER; a son, John Charles [SHAW], all of Park Forest; her mother, Mrs. Jessie RULE, Indianapolis; five sisters, Mrs. Alfred HOFFMAN, Ann Arbor, Mich., Miss Rella RULE, Mrs. Elma FLOSSENZIER, Mrs. Eunice SHAFFER and Mrs. Myrtle COURIN, all of Indianapolis; two brothers, Ronald RULE, Batavia, Ill., and Laurence RULE, Lincoln, Neb.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos.  Rev. ENGLEMAN of the United Presbyterian Church, Park Forest, Ill., will officiate and burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery, Argos.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Friday, April 17, 1953

 

Dolph W. Parker

Dolph William PARKER, 65, 537 South Columbia street, South Bend, died at 2 a.m. today in Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  He had been critically ill for the past three weeks from pneumonia and complications.

A former resident of this city, Mr. Parker had lived in South Bend since 1918.  He had many friends throughout both Fulton and St. Joseph counties.

Dolph William, son of William and Florence PARKER, was born in Rochester on April 24, 1888.  Upon completion of his education he became a commercial artist and sign painter and was employed in this work for over two score of years.

Survivors are his wife, Leota [PARKER], at home; a daughter, Mrs. George FREDERICKS, South Bend; four grandchildren; two brothers, Russell H. PARKER, Rochester; Frederick PARKER, Brunswick, Ga.; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha WEBER, Hornell, N.Y.; Mrs. Mary PEDIGO, Indianapolis, and Mrs. Helen LUCAS, Rochester.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Ida Stacy

Mrs. Ida STACY, 90, of 180 Pontiac street, Rochester, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jerry W. MITCHELL, 897 South 11th street, Noblesville.  She had been in failing health for two years and critically ill during the past eight weeks.

Mrs. Stacy was born September 13, 1862, at Huntsville, O.  Her maiden name was Ida Virginia JOHNSTON.  She resided in Huntsville until her marriage to William H. STACY in 1885.  He preceded her in death in 1926.  Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Stacy continued to spend the summer at her home in this city.  She was a member of the Rochester Presbyterian church and was recently honored as being the oldest member of that religious organization.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Perry MITCHELL, Noblesville; Mrs. V. L. TATLOCK, Terre Haute; a son, Russell M. STACY, Akron, O.; five grandchildren; a great-grandson and a sister, Mrs. Ada STICKELS, Portland, Ore.  A son, William [STACY], and a daughter, Gladys [STACY], died in early childhood.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rochester Presbyterian church with the Rev. William HUBER of Noblesville Presbyterian church officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  The body will be removed from the Foster funeral home to the Stacy residence where friends may call after 7 p.m. today.

 

Saturday, April 18, 1953

 

Dolph Parker

Funeral services for Dolph PARKER, former Rochester resident, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hickey Funeral Home, South Bend.  The body then will be brought to Rochester where burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Mr. Parker died in South Bend at 3 a.m. Friday.

 

Monday, April 20, 1953

 

Walter Sullivan

Walter SULLIVAN, farmer, residing six miles southeast of Argos, died at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at his home.  Death was attributed to a heart ailment.  He had been a resident of that community for the past 10 years.

He was born Sept. 9, 1887 in Fulton county, the son of Michael and Angeline SULLIVAN.  He was married to Leona PARTRIDGE on November 14, 1908.  Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Rochester Lutheran church.

Surviving are his wife and a son, Gerald [SULLIVAN], both at home; a brother, Elmer SULLIVAN, Argos.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rochester Lutheran church with Rev. Paul SCHWAN, officiating.  Burial will be in the Reichter cemetery.  Friends may call at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos, until noon Tuesday at which time the body will be taken to the Lutheran church to lie in state until the hour of the services.
Daniel Guthrie

Daniel GUTHRIE, 83, died at 9:30 a.m. today at the Rochester Nursing Home, No. 1.  He had been a patient at the home since July 18, 1952.  Death was attributed to complications.  Mr. Guthrie had previously resided with Mr. and Mrs. Chester CARPENTER, R.R. 6, LaPorte, Ind.

He was born July 3, 1869 at LaPorte, Ind.  A niece, Mrs. George DELANEY, of Morocco, Ind., is the sole survivor.

The body rests at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Ruth Shaw

Rochester relatives and friends have received word of the sudden death of Mrs. Lyle [Ruth] SHAW, which occurred over the week end at her home in Escanaba, Mich.

Mrs. Shaw was the [Ruth SPEYER] daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPEYER of Culver.

She is survived by her husband and a son, of Escanaba, and several brothers and sisters, among whom is Mrs. Helen RHOADS, this city.

Services are to be held in Culver, Thursday afternoon.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 1953

 

David T. Wolf

David Tilton WOLF, 76, died at 1:45 p.m. Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry COOK, 528 West Fifth street, this city.  Death was attributed to a heart seizure.  He had been in failing health since last Octoer.

He was born August 28, 1876, in Green county, Ohio, to Abraham and Hannah Elizabeth (FLATTER) WOLF.  He was married in 1899 to Elizabeth MATTERS, who preceded him in death in 1929.  Mr. Wolf was engaged in farming for many years and more recently was a fruit dealer.  He had been a resident of this city and community for over 60 years.

Mr. Wolf was a member of the Rochester Church of God.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Harry COOK; Mrs. Emily ANDERSON, Paw Paw, Mich.; Mrs. Ruth KENDALL, Buckley, Mich.; Mrs. Leroy PONTIUS, Holland, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Anna BLACKETOR and Miss Esther WOLF, both of Rochester; two brothers, John and Roy WOLF, both of Niles, Mich.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Three sons, William, Claude and Floyd WOLF, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Foster funeral home with Rev. L. E. POWELL in charge.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Al Sanger

Mrs. Ernest BAXTER, R.R. 2, Rochester, today received word of the death of her brother-in-law, Al SANGER, which occurred in Arcadia, Cal.  Mr. Sanger was first vice president of the Camfield Manufacturing Company, Grand Haven, Mich.  He and his family had visited here on various occasions.
Ruth Shaw

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth (SPEYER) SHAW, of Escanaba, Mich., who died Saturday evening, will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Easterday funeral home, Culver.  Dr. Harry CAMPBELL of the Culver Methodist [Church] will officiate and burial will be in the Culver cemetery.

 

Daniel Guthrie

Final rites for Daniel GUTHRIE, 83, who died Monday morning at the Rochester Nursing Home No. 1, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  The Rev. Charles Merrill SMITH will officiate and burial will be in the Oakland cemetery, Morocco, Ind.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 1953

 

Benjamin M. Caldwell

Benjamin M. CALDWELL, 85, retired grocer, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Bruce Lake.  He had been in failing health for the past several weeks.

He was born May 2, 1867, at Rising Sun, Ind., to Mr. and Mrs. Basil CALDWELL.  Mr. Caldwell was a member of the Kewanna I.O.O.F. lodge.

Survivors are a son, James [CALDWELL], Bruce Lake; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The body is at the Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

Roy Tucker

Funeral services for Roy TUCKER, 58, who died Tuesday morning at his home north of Mentone, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Harrison Center of the Mentone E.U.B. Church.  Rev. David BOSSER, pastor of the church, will officiate.

Mr. tucker is survived by his wife, Opal [TUCKER]; a daughter, Mary Jane [TUCKER], at home; two sons, Robert [TUCKER], Argos, and Joe [TUCKER], Etna Green; four grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Roy BOWEN, Warsaw.

 

Carl A. Crabbs

Carl A. CRABBS, 63, well-known farmer of the Burton community, died at 1:12 a.m. today at the home of his brother, Don, four miles west of this city on the Burton road.  He had been in ill health for several years.

He was born September 25, 1889, in Fulton county.  His parents were Martin and Helen (THOMPSON) CRABBS.

Survivors are his brother, Don CRABBS, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. Mrs. Edith BRUNER will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Thelma Peterson

Mrs. Thelma PETERSON, 77, Mentone, died Tuesday morning in Woodlawn Hospital.  Mrs. Peterson and her husband had moved to Mentone from Chicago about nine months ago.

She was born in Sweden on June 10, 1875.  She was a member of the Wilson Chapter of O.E.S., Chicago, and was worthy matron of the chapter, Grand Ruth in 1930 of the State of Illinois. Survivors are the husband, Metz W. PETERSON, and a daughter, Mrs. Alber McKEIGHAN, both of Mentone; a sister who resides in Chicago and several brothers and sisters in Sweden.

Final rites will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Starr Funeral home, Chicago.  Burial will be in the Cedar Park cemetery, there.

 

Audrey Logan

Mrs. Audrey LOGAN, 41, 117 W. Mills street, Culver, died at 3 a.m. today in the Caylor Nickels hospital, Bluffton, where she had been a patient since Sunday.  Death was caused by a heart seizure.  Mr. and Mrs. Logan had been residents of Culver for three years, moving there from Argos.

She was born August 16, 1914, at Lakeville to Clinton and Lula RUFF.  On April 16, 1932, she was married to Carl LOGAN.  Mrs. Logan was a member of the Lakeville Methodist church, the Argos chapter of the O.E.S. and the Rebekah Lodge of Culver.

Survivors are the husband; a daughter, Linda [LOGAN], and a son, Wade [LOGAN], all of Culver; her parents, Lakeville and an uncle, R. O. ANNES, also of Lakeville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m Saturday at the Brossman funeral home, Argos, with Rev. E. B. RICE officiating.  The Argos O.E.S. Chapter will give its graveside rites at the New Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 8 p.m. this evening.

 

Thursday, April 23, 1953 to Monday, April 27, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Tuesday, April 28, 1953

 

Arthur V. Sampsel, Sr.

Funeral services for Arthur V. SAMPSEL, Sr., 73, of Jacksonville, Ill., who died Monday morning will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Peru Baptist church with the Rev. Gary ALBRITTEN officiating.

Mr. Sampsel’s death was caused by third degree burns which he suffered on March 17 while cleaning his lawn.

Born in Deedsville on January 3, 1880, he was the son of Paul and Amanda [ZARTMAN] SAMPSEL.  He was married to Alice ROHRER on June 25, 1899.

Survivors are his wife; a son, Arthur [SAMPSEL], Jr., Bunker Hill; a grandson; a brother Clarence SAMPSEL, Rochester and a sister, Mrs. Lola ARMOUR, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Poebe A. Corder

Final rites for Mrs. Phoebe A. CORDER, 75, of near Lucerne, who died Monday in the Parkview Hospital, Plymouth, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lucerne Christian church.  Rev. Loren SWEDENBURN will officiate.

Mrs. Corder, who was born in Fulton county on August 25, 1877, was the daughter of Adam and Martha (DeMOSS) SOMMERS.

Mrs. Irene CALVIN, this city, is a half-sister of the deceased.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 1953

 

Samuel F. Hamilton

Final rites for Samuel F. HAMILTON, 84, who died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Kewanna will be held in the Harrison funeral home, that city, at 10:30 a.m. Friday.  Rev. Forest HOWELL will officiate and burial will be in the Kewanna I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mr. Hamilton was born June 12, 1868, near Royal Center to George and Ellen (GRAUEL) HAMILTON.  He was married to Mary B. OSBORN in January, 1890.  He was a member of the Kewanna Methodist church.

Survivors are his wife, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle VALENTINE, Claypool; a brother, Charles HAMILTON, Los Angeles, Cal.; one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

 

Lyle Gordon Spencer

Lyle Gordon SPENCER, 50, former resident of the Argos community, was found dead at his home in Walbridge, Ohio, at 6 a.m. Monday.  Death had occurred several hours earlier from a heart seizure.  Mr. Spencer had been a resident of Walbridge for the past few years.

He was born December 23, 1902, at Culver the son of William and Sarah SPENCER.  he never married.  Mr. Spencer was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Grace YATES, Argos; two brothers, Glen [SPENCER], South Bend; Carl [SPENCER], Conneaut, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. J. Robert COOVERT of the Argos Christian church will officiate.  Burial will be in the new Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.

 

Thursday, April 30, 1953

 

Robert Fullenwider

Word has been received by Ira D. GOSS, of this city, of the death of Robert FULLENWIDER, which occurred in Los Angeles, Cal.  He had been ill from a heart ailment since last fall.  Mr. and Mrs. FULLENWIDER are well known here, where they have often visited at the home of Mr. Goss.

 

Elizabeth Tucker

Mrs. Gertrude ZARTMAN of this city has received word of the death of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth TUCKER, which occurred at her home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  Mrs. Zartman will not be able to attend the final rites on account of sickness.
Friday, May 1, 1953 to Saturday, May 2, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Monday, May 4, 1953

 

Ida May Combs

Mrs. Ida May COMBS, 71, of Macy died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday at her home.  She had been critically ill for two weeks.  Mrs. Combs had been a resident of Macy for 22 years, coming there from Alma, Mich.

She was born May 1, 1882, in Cass county, to Jacob and Rachel (EURIT) BOOKWALTER.  In 1905, she was married to Truman N. COMBS, who preceded her in death in 1944.  Mrs. Combs was a member of the Macy Methodist church.

Survivors are:  three sons, Byron W. COMBS, Hesperia, Mich.; Dale E. COMBS, Winamac; Victor H. COMBS, Macy; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret A. MEAD, Landing, Mich.; Mrs. Cherryl PLACE, Scheboygan [?], Mich.; Mrs. Loretta M. LEE, Macy; two sisters, Mrs. Edith WOLFE, South Bend; Mrs. Vern TEEL, Macy; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McCain funeral home, Denver.  Rev. W. K. ALNOR, Macy, will officiate and burial will be in the Macy Plainview cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home until an hour prior to the funeral.

 

Clyde M. Steen

Funeral services for Clyde M. “Dick” STEEN, 65, who died in the Irene Byron Sanitarium, Fort Wayne, at 5 p.m. Saturday, will be held at 2 p.m. DST Tuesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. Paul SCHWAN will officiate and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Mr. Steen had been a patient in the sanitarium since 1948.

His wife had visited him Saturday morning and he was believed to have been a trifle better than usual.  However, he became seriously ill later in the afternoon and death resulted.

He was born Novemer 20, 1887 in Van Wert county, Ohio, to John and Hester (KISSELL) STEEN.  He moved to Rochester with his parents when he was five years old.  For several years he was employed as a plumber in both Rochester and South Bend and at one time owned his own plumbing and heating shop here.

During World War II, he was employed at the Victory Ordnance plant at Mexico.

He was married to Lucille LOY on December 12, 1921.  Mr. Steen was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran church and the Eagles Lodge of Rochester.

Survivors are his wife, 420 Clayton street, this city; four sisters, Mrs. Edgar SHEETS, Plymouth; Mrs. Olive SHERMAN, Chicago; Mrs. Maude BRITTON, South Bend and Mrs. Ike EMMONS, this city, and three nephews and two nieces.

 

Monroe L. Scheidler

Pershing, Ind., May 4.--(INS)--Funeral services for the Rev. Monroe L. SCHEIDLER, 67, who died Saturday, will be held in Pershing, his home town, Wednesday afternoon.  Burial will be in Dublin.

He was the oldest minister in the Indiana Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.  He was pastor at Pershing when he retired 10 years ago but since that time he had taught Sunday School Class.


Other pastorates included Noblesville, Hicksville, O., Elkhart, South Bend, Rochester, Urbanna, Kokomo, Kendalville, and the second EUB church, Indianapolis.

 

Tuesday, May 5, 1953

 

Ova Stoops

Mrs. Allen [Ova] STOOPS, 60, of near Roann, died at 7 p.m. Monday evening at her home.  She had suffered a stroke 10 days previously.  Mrs. Stoops formerly resided near Kewanna and moved to Roann about 15 years ago.

She was born in 1893, in Wabash county, Ind.; her maiden name was Ova JONES.  Mrs. Stoops’ first marriage was to Arthur LAMBERT, a Fulton county resident.

Survivors are her husband, at home; and three daughters, Mrs. Frank GREER, R.R. 1, Kewanna; Mrs. Homer BAXTER, Wabash and Mrs. Lester SHIDAKER, Kewanna.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. DST Thursday at the Batchelor Church, five miles north of Wabash on State Road 15.  Burial will be in the Wabash cemetery.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 1953

[no obits]

 

Thursday, May 7, 1953

 

Judy Ann Cloud

Judy Ann [CLOUD], infant daughter of Earl J. and Martha (BALDWIN) CLOUD, 130 1/2 W. 8th street, was still born at Woodlawn Hospital, 11 a.m. today.  The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh CLOUD, of this city.  Final rites for infant are incomplete.

 

Jesse Linebrink

Jesse LINEBRINK, 74, Akron, died at 4:50 a.m. today at Woodlawn hospital.  He had been seriously ill for 10 days.  Mr. Linebrink had been a resident of Akron for 38 years, coming there from Ohio.

He was born April 28, 1879 in Defiance, Ohio, to Fred and Mary (HUGHES) LINEBRINK.  On February 2, 1908, he was married to Nora WORMAN.  Mr. Linebrink was a sawmill operator.

Survivors are: his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Roy COLLINS, Macy; Mrs. O’Neal GAGNON, Mrs. George SWOPE and Mrs. William MURPHY, all of Akron; a son Ray [LINEBRINK], Akron; twenty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  A son preceded in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. DST Saturday at the Akron Church of God.  Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH and Rev. Harold CONRAD will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Zion cemetery, southeast of Rochester.

Friends may call at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron, up until 1 p.m. Saturday.

 

Friday, May 8, 1953

 

Judy Ann Cloud

Graveside rites for Judy Ann, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. CLOUD, this city, were held at 10:30 a.m. today in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Rev. George CRANE was in charge of the services.  The infant was still-born at Woodlawn hospital at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Howard Tracy

Howard TRACY, 83, retired farmer of R.R. 2, Macy, died at 3:10 p.m. Thursday at his home following a 14 weeks’ illness.  He had been a resident of that community for six years, moving there from Miami county.

He was born Jan. 14, 1870, in Miami county to Samuel C. and Caroline (MONESMITH) TRACY.  His first marriage in 1893 was to Electa EDWARDS, who died in 1909.  He was married to Melissa KING at Peru in 1918.  She preceded him in death in 1946.  Mr. Tracy was a member of the Macy Methodist church.

Survivors are a son, Vivian [TRACY], R.R. 2, Macy; two daughters, Mrs. Mary SEE, Macy; Mrs. Mildred McLAIN, R.R. 2, Macy; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. DST Saturday at the McCain funeral home, Denver.  Rev. C. F. GOLDEN will officiate and burial will be in the Plainview cemetery, Macy.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, May 9, 1953

 

Jennie L. Clough

Rochester friends early today [received word of the death of] Jennie L. CLOUGH, which occurred at 8 p.m. Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eloise (GORDON) NAPOIL, of Paw Paw, Mich.  Mrs. Clough, widow of the late Rev. William CLOUGH moved from her South Main streethome here to Paw Paw about three years ago.

Graveside services will be held at the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery, 2:30 p.m. Monday.  Rev. ELIOTT of Paw Paw will officiate.

 

Monday, May 11, 1953

 

Alonzo Ault

Alonzo AULT, 69, died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at his home at the southern edge of Rochester.  He suffered a stroke about six days ago and failed to rally.

Mr. Ault, a retired carpenter, had resided in Rochester practically all of his life.

He was born May 25, 1883, in Wabash county.  His first marriage was to Cora May BOGGESS on October 4, 1904.  She preceded him in death in 1935.  On August 12, 1936, he was married to Belle ROBBINS.

Survivors are the wife, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette CLAY, Rochester; a stepson, Arthur OLDFATHER, this city; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Clyde AULT, Nyona Lake, and a half-brother, John AULT, Culver.

Funeral services in charge of Rev. Nathan WILLIAMS will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Burial will be in the Rochester Citizens cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Tuesday, May 12, 1953

 

Blanche Funk

Mrs. Oscar O. COPLEN of this city has received word of the death of her niece, Mrs. Blanche (STOCKBERGER) FUNK, which occurred last Wednesday, May 6, at Mrs. Funk’s home in Phoenix, Ariz.  Death was caused by a heart seizure.

She is the daughter of the late Clyde A. and Edith (FAULEY) STOCKBERGER, Tippecanoe.

She is survived by her husband; a brother, Otis A. STOCKBERGER, St. Louis, Mo.; two uncles, Jonas W. STOCKBERGER, Warsaw; George A. L. STOCKBERGER, Fort Wayne; two aunts, Mrs. Roy S. WOLF, Niles, Mich.; Mrs. Oscar COPLEN, this city.  A brother, Dwight D. STOCKBERGER, was killed by an airplane crash on June 14, 1938, at St. Louis.

 

Orlando E. Horn

Orlando “Ora” E. HORN, 80, well-known retired farmer, died at 9:15 a.m. today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harley ZOLMAN, 1009 Pontiac street, this city.  Death, which came suddenly, was from a heart seizure.  Mr. Horn had been in failing health for the past 10 years.

He was born December 25, 1872, in Fulton county to Christian and Dorothy (MEREDITH) HORN.  On July 11, 1896, he was married to Myrtle FENSTERMACHER who preceded him in death in 1946.  For many years Mr. Horn was engaged in farming in Newcastle township.  He was a member of the Methodist church of Talma and the Rochester I.O.O.F. lodge.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Harley ZOLMAN, this city; a son, Robert HORN, Huntington; a sister, Mrs. Cora A. BRYANT, Talma; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The body rests at the Foster funeral home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Robert Trexler

Robert TREXLER, 24, Ft. Wayne, brother of Ed TREXLER, athletic coach in Rochester’s Columbia and Lincoln schools, died Monday from injuries suffered in a highway mishap Sunday.

Trexler, riding in the front seat of an eastbound car, suffered a fractured skull and borken neck when the vehicle sideswiped a bridge on U.S. 24, two miles west of Peru at 6:40 o’clock Sunday morning.  He died at Dukes Hospital 24 hours later.

Driver of the car, Peter LOE, Jr., 25, Peru, was arrested on a charge of drunken driving.

Richard WILLIAMS, Ft. Wayne, brother-in-law of Trexler, was also a passenger in the car.  He and the driver were unhurt.

Funeral services for Trexler will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Wise Funeral Home, the Rev. F. C. WACKNITZ officiating.

 

Anna Stamey

Funeral services for Miss Anna STAMEY, 82, who died Sunday evening at her home in Flora, will be held at 2:30 Wednesday at the Old German Baptist chrch, that city.  Elder John BRUBAKER will officiate and burial will be in the Maple Lawn cemetery, Flora.  Mrs. Mabel HOFFMAN, of Akron, is a sister of the deceased.
Wednesday, May 13, 1953

 

Ora Horn

Funeral services for Orlando “Ora” HORN, who died at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, will be held at 2:30 p.m. DST Thursday at the Foster funeral home.  The Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH of Akron will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Members of the I.O.O.F. lodge will give the graveside rites.  Friends may call at he funeral home.

 

Thursday, May 14, 1953

 

Charles M. Taylor

Charles Melburn TAYLOR, 78, retired farmer, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home, 1527 Audubon avenue, Rochester.  He had been seriously ill for six weeks.

He was born June 13, 1874, in Utila, Ore. to Milton and Sarah DONALDSON TAYLOR.  He ws married to Ella FUGATE on April 4, 1896 in Rochester.

Practically all of his life was spent in fulton county.  Mr.Taylor was a member of the Rochester Christian church.

Surviving are his wife, at home; four sons and five daughters, Floyd [TAYLOR], Castleton, N.Y.; Howard and Everett [TAYLOR], Rochester; Cecil [TAYLOR], Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Jesse CHURCH and Mrs. Blanche GILLILAND, north of this city; Mrs. Wilbur HARTER, Akron; Mrs. Ralph CONWAY, Mrs. Annabelle PAWLICK, both of Michigan City; three broters, Elmer TAYLOR, this city; Arthur [TAYLOR], Granger, Ind.; and George [TAYLOR], Boise, Idaho; twenty-two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  A son preceded him in death.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. DST Saturday at the Foster funeral home with the Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Byron Patrick Kelly

Byron Patrick KELLY, 14-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald KELLY of Edwardsburg, Mich., was killed and his mother seriously injured in an auto accident at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 112, a half-mile east of Adamsville, Mich.

Mrs. Kelly’s husband, Donald Kelly, is a nephew of Mrs. Clyde CASTLEMAN, who resides northwest of Rochester.

The Kelly auto, driven by Mrs. Kelly, was struck broadside by another vehicle operated by James MALLEO, 22, Constantine, Mich.  Mrs. Kelly is in “fair condition” in Elkhart General Hospital suffering fractures of wrist, collarbone, nose and chest injuries.  She was to be removed to her home today.

The Kelly child, who suffered head injuries and rib fractures, died in the hospital Wednesday morning.

 

Friday, May 15, 1953

 

Andrew J. Ulerich

Funeral services for Andrew J. ULERICH, 63, R.R. 2, Kokomo, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Upper Deer Creek church.  Burial will be in North Union cemetery.  Mr. Ulerich, who died Thursday at his farm home, was the brother of Mrs. Mary ROBESON, of this city.
Irvin S. Miller

Irvin S. MILLER, 71, well-known farmer, died at 3:20 a.m. today at his home a half mile south of Macy.  He had been seriously ill for the past 10 days.

He was born Sept. 21, 1881, on a farm near Millark to Clark B. and Sarah (CALENTINE) MILLER.  He was married May 17, 1902 to Susie J. LONG.  Mr. Miller was a member of the Macy Christian church.

Survivors are his wife, at home; three sons, Ross [MILLER], Burbank, Cal; Donald [MILLER], Decatur, Ill.; Clark [MILLER], Macy; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel PRATT, Rochester; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  A daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Macy Christian church, with Rev. Leland PAUL officiating.  Burial will be in the Mt. Zion cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.

 

Clarence E. Bair

Clarence E. BAIR, prominent citizen of Argos, died suddenly following a major operation in the Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

His death occurred at 11 a.m. today.

For the past several years Mr. Bair was an employee of the Culver and Argos State Exchange banks.  He is survived by his widow and two children.

The body is being returned to the Grossman funeral home, Argos.

 

Louise A. Davis

Mrs. Louise Ann DAVIS, 72, died at 9:45 a.m. today at her home, 625 East 14th street, this city.  She had been in failing health for six years.  Mrs. Davis had been a resident of the city since 1945, coming here from Hammond.

Born June 19, 1880, she was the daughter of Jacob and Lottie GROSS.  On December 12, 1901, she was married to Oliver DAVIS.  She was a member of the Christian Fellowship church, Hammond.

Survivors are the husband, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Oscar LUDDERS, Dyer, Ind., a son, Oliver [DAVIS], South Haven, Mich.; a brother, Jacob GROSS, Rochester; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The body rests at Foster funeral home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

Saturday, May 16, 1953

 

Clarence E. Bair

Funeral services for Clarence E. BAIR, who died Friday at 11 a.m. in the Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  Rev. Allen B. RICE will officiate and burial will be in the Culver Masonic cemetery.  The Argos Masons will conduct their graveside rites.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

Mr. Bair was born Sept. 27, 1886, in the Jordan community southwest of Argos.  His parents were Nelson and Martha BAIR.  On October 26, 1910 he was married to Celesta KREIGHBAUM at Argos.  He had been employed by the Culver State Exchange Bank and its branches at Argos and LaPaz.  He retired from farming several years ago.

A 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, South Bend, he was also a member of the Argos Masonic lodge, an honorary member of the Culver Masonic Order; Past Master of the Argos lodge and Past Patron of the Emily Jane O.E.S. of Argos.  Mr. Bair was active in the Argos Lions Club


and was a member of the Maxinkuckee I.O.O.F. and of the Marshall County Past Masters Association.

Practically all of his life was spent in the Argos community with the exception of 12 years residency in Detroit.

Survivors are his wife, at their home five miles southwest of Argos; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Kathryn TYLER, Monticello; a son, Clarence E. [BAIR], Jr., Culver; a foster son, Stephen FISK, Oak Park, Ill., three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Louise Davis

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise DAVIS, who died Friday morning at her home on East 14th street, this city, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday DST in the Mentone Baptist church.  Rev. Clyde RODABAUGH of Terre Haute will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mentone cemetery.

Friends may call at the Foster funeral home up until 12:30 p.m. Monday at which time the body will be taken to the Mentone church to lie in state until the hour of the services.

 

Monday, May 18, 1953

 

William D. Marshall

Mr. and Mrs. William MARSHALL, 408 North Main street, Sunday received word of the death of their son, William Dean MARSHALL, which occurred at 11:40 a.m. Sunday at Fort Worth, Texas.

His death resulted from injuries suffered in an auto accident in Fort Worth last Saturday evening.  Details of the fatal accident were not available other than that it occurred dring a heavy electrical storm.

William, who had attained a rating of A/2c at the Carswell Air Base, Fort Worth, was serving as a medical corpsman in the Carswell hospital.  He entered the U.S. Air Force in September, 1951.

He was born in Rochester, November 16, 1930, to William and Orpha (MIKESELL) MARSHALL.  He graduated from RHS in 1950.  During his high school years he was an active member of the RHS tennis team and the RHS band.  While attending school William was employed as a clerk at the Coplen & Erdmann drug store.  He was a member of the Rochester Christian church.

Survivors are his parents, at home, and his grandmother, Mrs. Bertha MARSHALL, also of this city.

The body is being returned to the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

James Crist

Funeral services for James CRIST, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. James CRIST, who died Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at his home in Twelve Mile, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethlehem Methodist church.

Survivors are the parents; two sisters, Gloria and Sandra [CRIST], at home; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan CRIST, Twelve Mile and Mr. and Mrs. Albert TABLER, Fulton.

Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.
Fred Little

A former Grass Creek resident shot and killed himself early Saturday at his home in Chesterton, Ind., after creating an hour of terror by threatening to kill his wife, children and anyone else who approached him.

The tragedy resulted from a quarrel earlier in the night when Fred LITTLE, 43, had beaten his wife, Mary [LITTLE], and threatened his family with murder, according to Chesterton officers.  Mrs. Little escaped from the house and ran to the home of neighbors where she called for help.

When the officers arrived they were unable to enter the house and called Indiana State police to their aid.  The troopers found Little lying on the kitchen floor wounded from a .22 rifle which had sent a bullet through his neck and out behind his eyes.

Little was still clutching the gun and threatened to kill anyone who came near him.  The officers tossed a tear gas shell into the house and diverted Little’s attention long enough to rescue the two children.  Then the crazed man fired a second shot into his head.  He was dead on arrival at a Michigan City hospital.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Little had been married before and both had children by former marriages.  Only two of the youngsters were in the house.

Little was born near Grass Creek and lived in that community until seven years ago when he moved to Chesterton where he was employed as a railroad worker.  While in Grass Creek he worked on the C. & O. railroad.  Just recently Little had taken a job at Kingsbury where his wife was also employed.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Carlisle funeral home, Michigan City.  Burial will be in the Grass Creek cemetery.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 1953

 

Solomon Burns

Solomon “Sol” BURNS, 86, retired farmer of the Athens community, died at 4 a.m. today at the South Bend home of his daughter, Mrs. George McKEE.  He had been residing with his daughter for the past six months.  Mr. Burns had many friends throughout the county, where he had resided throughout his entire life.

He was born March 1, 1867 in Fulton county.  His parents were John and Nancy (COX) BURNS.  His wife, Mary [BURNS], preceded him in death in 1948.  Mr. Burns was engaged in farming in the Athens vicinity for many years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Earl JOHNSON, Mrs. Benjamin LOWE, Mrs. George McKEE, all of South Bend; Mrs. Charles BAKER, Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, Robert R. BURNS, Akron; Marion BURNS, Mt. Zion; Lester BURNS, Anderson; a sister, Mrs. Sarah RICKEL, of Wisconsin and twenty-one grandchildren.  A daughter preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. DST Thursday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  The Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Athens.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

 

William D. Marshall

Funeral services for William Dean “Bill” MARSHALL, who died Sunday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, from injuries received in an auto accident Saturday night, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Christian church.  The Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD, pastor of the church, will be assisted by Rev. F. C. SAVAGE of the Nazarene church.

Full military rites will be given by members of the Leroy C. Shelton Post of the American


Legion and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. William MARSHALL late Monday received word from the commander of the Carswell Air Base, Fort Worth, that their son received his fatal injuries in an auto accident which occurred during a blinding rainstorm at 9:50 p.m.Saturday, a mile east of Fort Worth.

The body will arrive in Rochester over the Erie R.R. at 1 a.m. DST Wednesday.  Friends may call at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The flag on the west side of the Courthouse lawn is flying at half mast in memory of Marshall.  The flag will remain so until after the young airman’s funeral.

 

Wednesday, May 20, 1953

 

Maria Foglesong

Funeral services for Mrs. Maria FOGLESONG, 85, of Kewanna, who died Tuesday afternoon in a Logansport nursing home, will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.  Reverend Henry BULGER and Joseph DUX will officiate and burial will be in Kewanna cemetery.

Mr. Foglesong was born [Maria ALLEN] October 18, 1867 in Pulaski county.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John ALLEN.  The deceased was a member of Kewanna Christian church and the Rebekah lodge.

Her husband, Harry FOGLESONG of Kewanna is the sole survivor.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, May 21, 1953

 

Cordelia Beck

Mrs. Cordelia BECK, 74, R.R. 2, Rochester, died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mabel ANDERSON, 262 Race street, this city.  She had been residing with her daughter for the past two weeks on account of serious illness.

She had resided on the Beck farm, three miles east of Rochester for 49 years, where she and her husband specialized in both farming and the poultry business.  Mrs. Beck was a member of the Rochester Christian church.

She was born December 23, 1878 at Burket.  Her parents were Samuel and Mary HORN.  She was married to Lee BECK on February 22, 1899.

Survivors are the husband; the daughter, Mrs. Anderson; a son, Harley [BECK], R.R. 1; two granddaughters, Helen BECK and Mrs. Mary Katherine HISEY and a sister-in-law, Mrs. G. C. HORN, Hammond.  One son and a daughter preceded her in death.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home, with the Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. George Lyle

Rochester friends this afternoon received word of the death of Mrs. George LYLE, 85, which occurred early today at her home near Indianapolis.  Mrs. Lyle, who is the mother of former RHS Coach Clyde LYLE, of Hammond, had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.

Other survivors are a daughter, Miss Velma [LYLE], at home and a son Vernon [LYLE] of Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the McCord funeral home, Oaklandon, Ind.


William Dean Marshall

Details concerning the tragic death of A-2c William Dean MARSHALL, which occurred Sunday morning in a Fort Worth hospital were related Wednesday afternoon by Sgt. Manford MILLER, Cincinnati, O., who accompanied Marshall’s body to his parents’ home in this city.

Sgt. Miller, a close friend of the Rochester youth, said William was enroute to attend a sorority dance at Arlington State College with his friend Miss Sandra GUNN, 19, when the car which he was driving collided with another on U.S. Highway 80, a mile east of Fort Worth.   J. B. FARRIS, a Negro chauffeur, was the driver of the other car, a Cadillac owned by his employer.

The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday during a blinding rain and electrical storm.  Miss Gunn was killed instantly.  A-2c Marshall died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday from internal injuries, a fractured leg and deep scalp wounds.  Farris also suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical condition in a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral services for Marshall will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Rochester Christian church.  The body rests at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home, where friends may call.

 

Friday, May 22, 1953

 

Edith Poor

Rochester relatives today received word of the death of Mrs. Charles POOR of Danvers, Mass., which occurred Thursday following a prolonged illness.

Mrs. Poor formerly was Miss Edith SHEPHERD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew SHEPHERD, former residents of this city.  She was 85 years of age at the time of her death.

Mrs. Poor, who was born totally deaf, attended a school for the deaf in Northampton, Mass.  Her husband preceded in death a few years ago.

Survivors are two sons, Frank and Raymond [POOR], and a daughter, Frances [POOR].  Mrs. Elizabeth STERNER, of this city, is a cousin of Mrs. Poor.

 

Samuel W. Glaze

Samuel W. GLAZE, 66, 1612 South Michigan street, South Bend, died Thursday morning in the Henrotin Hospital, Chicago, following a few months’ illness.  Mr. Glaze, a former resident of Rochester, moved to South Bend about 30 years ago.

He was born April 9, 1887 in Fulton County.  His wife was the former Leona HOLMES.  He was employed by he South Bend Tool & Die Company for many years.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Forest Hay funeral home, 1201 South Michigan street, South Bend.  Rev. James ELLERBROOK of the Indiana Avenue Christian church will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery, 3:30 p.m. Monday.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Lucinda Sheetz

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucinda SHEETZ, who died at her home in Bethlehem township, Cass county, Thursday, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.  Rev. Everett NIXON of Kokomo will officiate.  Burial will be in the Twelve Mile Bethlehem cemetery.

Born in Pulaski county, August 27, 1876, she was the daughter of Henry and Louisa WILDERMUTH MOYER.  On January 24, 1906, she was married to Fernando SHEETZ.  Mrs. Sheetz was a member of the Bethlehem Methodist church for 42 years.  Survivors are the husband; a daughter, Mrs. Ellis MOSS, of near Twelve Mile; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.


Edward I. Hunter

Edward I. HUNTER, 72, 1112 Altgeld street, South Bend, died at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Grove nursing home that city.  He had been a resident of South Bend for 23 years coming there from Rochester.

Mr. Hunter was born in Rochester, July 23, 1880 and was married to Daisy KEEL Sept. 28, 1899.  He was employed as a barber until his health forced his retirement a few years ago.  Mr. Hunter was a member of the F. & A. M. lodge, No. 149, Plymouth; the Eagles Lodge and the Transportation Club of South Bend.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond JEFFIRS, Benton Harbor, Mich.; two sons, Clifford D. and Dorman I. [HUNTER], both of South Bend; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a half-brother, Rex HUNTER, of Rochester.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Forest Hay funeral home, South Michigan street, South Bend.  Rev. F. E. DAVISON of the First Christian church will be in charge.  Burial will be in the St. Joe Valley Memorial Park cemetery.

 

Saturday, May 23, 1953

 

Charles H. O’Dell

Charles Hiram O’DELL, 66, farmer residing near Delong, died at 10:45 Friday evening at Woodlawn Hospital where he was admitted earlier in the evening.  Death was attributed to a heart ailment.  He had been in failing health for the past few years.

Mr. O’Dell had been a resident of the Delong community for 32 years, coming there from South Bend.

He was born April 24, 1887 in Kentucky to John and Sarah O’DELL.  He was married to Henrietta WINDHORST on April 24, 1912 in Indianapolis.

Survivors are his wife, at home; nine brothers, Ben and William [O’DELL], both of Crawfordsville; Frank [O’DELL], South Bend; Ernest [O’DELL], Niles, Mich.; Lester [O’DELL], Rochester; Edward and Simeon [O’DELL], both of Mishawaka; Leonard [O’DELL], Daggett, Calif.; Donald [O’DELL], R.R. 1, Argos; two sisters, Mrs. Lydia JONES, Delong; Mrs. Minnie WYATT, London, Ky.; his stepmother, Mrs. Mary O’DELL, Niles, Mich. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Foster funeral home with Rev. W. D. ARCHIBALD officiating.  Burial will be in the Leiters Ford I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Maude Stubbs

Final rites for Mrs. Maude STUBBS, of Kewanna, who died Thursday at 7:15 p.m. will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Harrison funeral home in that city.  Burial will be in the Kewanna I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Mrs. Stubbs had been a resident of Kewanna practically all of her life.

She was born June 21, 1882, in Pulaski county.  Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan FELTY.  In 1906 she was married to Fred STUBBS at Rochester.  Mrs. Stubbs was a member of the Kewanna Methodist church.

Surviving are the husband, at home; a half-brother, Leroy GARMAN, of Kewanna, and several nieces and nephews.
Monday, May 25, 1953

 

William G. Kestner

William George KESTNER, 66, died at 4 a.m. Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry ROUCH, Indiana Avenue, this city.  He had been in ill health for several years.

He was born Sept. 20, 1886, in Logansport to Henry and Matilda KESTNER.  He was employed on the Nickel Plate Road for over 17 years.  Practically all his life was spent in Rochester. Mr. Kestner was a member of the Leroy Shelton Post 36 American Legion and the VFW.

A cousin, Mrs. Katherine TIDD, Fort Wayne, is the sole survivor.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. L. E. POWELL will officiate and the American Legion will assist in the rites.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Joseph B. Swisher

  Joseph Bennett SWISHER, 39, R.R. 2, Rochester, died at 11:45 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.  He had been in failing health for the past 18 months.

Mr. Swisher had been a resident of this city for three years, coming here from Bluffton.  He had been manager of the Fulton County Lumber Company since his residency in this city.

Born November 19, 1913, at Reasor, Arkansas, he was the son of Fred S. and Kathreen BENNETT SWISHER.  He was married to Thelma REIFF, February 11, 1940.  Mr. Swisher was a member of the Rochester Methodist church.

Survivors are his wife, a daughter, Virginia [SWISHER]; a son, Stephen [SWISHER], all at home; his father, Fred SWISHER, Bluffton, and a sister, Mrs. Hariette PRICE, Waco, Texas.

Private funeral services for the immediate family were held at 11 a.m. this morning at the Foster Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Merrill SMITH officiating.  Burial was in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

 

Clifford Biddle

Mr. and Mrs. Ray YEAKLEY, of this city, were called to Jackson, Mich. Sunday night on account of the death of their brother-in-law, Clifford BIDDLE.  Mr. Biddle, who married Mrs. Yeakley’s twin-sister, died suddenly from a heart seizure.  He had many friends throughout this city, where he visited on numerous occasions.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul Episcopal church, Jackson, Mich.  Burial will be in the Jackson cemetery.

 

Tuesday, May 26, 1953

 

Jacob Rolland Bacon

Jacob Rolland BACON, Perrysburg, died at 6:30 p.m. Monday at his residence after a four days’ illness.  He had been a resident of Perrysburg community for 35 years, where he engaged in farming until his retirement a few years ago.

He was born October 9, 1869, in St. Clair county, Missouri.  His parents were James and Elizabeth (HUDSON) BACON.  In August of 1891 he was married to Mary Louise McMILLEN at Rochester.  She preceded him in death in 1941.  Mr. Bacon was a member of the Perrysburg Baptist church.

Survivors are a son, Walter [BACON], Mexico; Carl H. [BACON], Perrysburg; three


daughters, Rhoda BROWN, Warsaw; Mrs. Chloe STANLEY, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Mary HILL, Peru; thirteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and a brother Arthur J. BACON, Akron.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McCain funeral home, Denver.  Rev. C. F. GOLDEN will officiate and burial will be in the Perrysburg cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Della M. Kern

Final rites for Mrs. Della M. KERN, 64, R.R. 3, Peru, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Drake-Flowers funeral home, Peru.  Rev. Goldie KILLIAN will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Peru.

Mrs. Kern died at 2:30 a.m. Monday at the Dukes Hospital in Peru following a two years’ illness.  She was born in Fulton County Oct. 28, 1888, to Henry and Sarah ALSPACH.  Mrs. Kern was a member of the Church of the Brethren of Lakeville.

Surviving are her husband, William KERN and three daughters and a son:  Mrs. Arthur VINCENT, Elkhart; Mrs. Lewis BALDWIN, Peru; Mrs. John BUSH, Marion; Gerald [KARN], Peru; three brothers and a sister, Roy [ALSPACH], Akron; Jacob and Fred [ALSPACH], Rochester; Mrs. Walter BOCKOVER, Peru; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

George M. McKee

George M. McKEE, 56, of 3610 South St. Joseph street, South Bend, died at 7:35 a.m. today while enroute to the South Bend Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home at 7 o’clock this morning.  His death came as a severe shock to his many friends throughout Rochester and Henry township.

Mr. McKee had been a resident of South Bend since 1952, and was employed as a linotype operator for The South Bend Tribune.  George was employed as an operator-printer on The News-Sentinel for over 25 years and previous to that he had also worked on The Goshen Democrat, The Gary Post, and The Warsaw Times Union.

For several years he owned and resided on a farm located about a mile east of Athens.  He disposed of this property soon after moving to South Bend.

He was born December 13, 1896, at Kokomo to Mr. and Mrs. Marion McKEE.  His wife was the former Sarah BURNS, of near Akron to whom he was married on April 16, 1924.  George was a veteran of World War I.

Survivors are his wife, at home; two sons, Richard [McKEE], R.R. 4, Rochester; John [McKEE], Bluffton; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn WHITEHEAD, South Bend; Carol [McKEE], at home; three brothers, Howard [McKEE], Goshen; Frank and Fred [McKEE], Kokomo; a sister, Mrs. Charles HILL, South Bend and six grandchildren.  Mrs. McKee’s father, Solomon BURNS, who resided with her in South Bend, died last Tuesday.

The body is being taken today from South Bend to the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron, from where final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens cemetery, Mishawaka.
Wednesday, May 27, 1953

 

Jennie Belle Hinkle

Mrs. Jennie Belle HINKLE, 81, who for the past three years resided with her sister, Mrs. W. D. CHAPMAN, Argos, died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Sherman nursing home, Plymouth.  Mrs. Hinkle had been in failing health for the past four years.  Prior to moving to Argos, she had been a resident of Clarksville, Texas for over 40 years.

She was born May 5, 1872 at Markle, Ind., to Wesley and Carolyn BRICKLEY.  She was married to Arthur HINKLE in 1888.  He preceded her in death December 20, 1941.  Mrs. Hinkle was a member of the Clarksville, Texas Methodist church.

Survivors are the sister, Mrs. Chapman, Argos; a brother, Delvia BRICKLEY, Huntington; a niece, Mrs. Frances THOMPSON, Baltimore, Md. and a nephew, Howard E. CHAPMAN, Covina Highlands, Calif.

Brief prayer services will be held tonight 7 o’clock at the Grossman funeral home, Argos, with the Rev. Allen B. RICE in charge.  The body will then be sent to Clarksville, Texas where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Michael funeral home.  Burial will be in a Clarksville cemetery.  Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home up until 10 p.m. today.

 

Margaret Atkinson

Wayne ATKINSON, of this city, late Tuesday, received word of the death of his mother, Mrs. Margaret ATKINSON, which occurred Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe LOVE, of Riverside, Calif.  The body is being returned to Mrs. Atkinson’s home in Centerville, Iowa, where final rites are to be held.

 

George M. McKee

Funeral services for George McKEE, who died Tuesday morning at South Bend, will be held at 1 p.m. CDT Thursday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  The Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH will officiate.  Burial will be made in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Mishawaka.

 

Thursday, May 28, 1953

 

Emma E. Rinard

Mrs. Emma Elizabeth RINARD of Argos died at the Bair Nursing Home, Bourbon, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.  She had been in failing health for the past several months.  Practically all of her life had been spent in Argos.

She was born October 28, 1868, in Wells county, Indiana.  Her parents were Cyrus and Nancy HELLES MARSH.  She was married to Jacob RINARD, who died in 1932.  Mrs. Rinard was a saleswoman.  She was a member of the Argos O.E.S.

Survivors are a son, Ralph [RINARD], Argos; two brothers, Fred MARSH, Grand Haven, Mich.; Elmer MARSH, Hudson, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Nora KIRKWOOD, Keystone, Ind.; two grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos.  Rev. J. Robert COOVERT of the Argos Christian church will officiate and burial will be in the Maple Lawn cemetery, Argos.

Friends may call at the funeral home.
Margaaret Barnheisel

Mrs. Margaret (NEFF] HUNNESHAGEN BARNHEISEL, 79, former resident of this city, died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Mexico Brethren nursing home hospital, where she had been a patient for the past nine months.  Prior to her entry into the nursing home she had resided with her sister, Mrs. Mary BARNHEISEL, 215 West Ninth street, this city.

With the exception of 12 years when she lived in Gilead all of her life was spent in Rochester.

She was born May 26,1874, on a farm west of this city to Joseph and Harriet (WALTERS) NEFF.  She was married to Charles HUNNESHAGEN Sept. 29, 1897, who preceded her in death in February of 1933.  On August 25, 1935, she was married to Noah BARNHEISEL who died in 1948.  She was a most active member in the Trinity E.U.B. church; the W.C.T.U. and the Rebekah lodge of this city.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Peter G. HAZLETT, Marion; three sisters, Mrs. Mary BARNHEISEL, Mrs. Emma HAIMBAUGH, both of this city; Mrs. Amos SANDERS, Akron; three brothers, William R. NEFF, Wenatchee, Wash.; Frank NEFF, Pateros, Wash.; Floyd NEFF, Fort Wayne and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Foster Funeral home with the Rev. Stephen GUBI officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Friday, May 29, 1953

 

Benjamin McCoige

Benjamin McCOIGE, 67, farmer who resided with his son, Chester on R.R. 1, Culver, died at 2 a.m. today.  His death was due to injuries which he suffered in an auto accident a mile north of Rochester on U.S. 31 in August, 1951.  His wife was killed in this same crash.

Mr. McCoige had been a resident of the Culver and Argos communities for over 35 years, coming there from Tennessee.

He was born July 15, 1885 at White Pine, Tenn.  In 1906 he was married to Celesta CLOUSE at Cleveland, Tenn.

Survivors are three sons, John [McCOIGE], R.R. 1, Plymouth; Chester [McCOIGE], R.R. 1, Culver; Lewis [McCOIGE], Osceola; two brothers, Clyde [McCOIGE], Argos; George [McCOIGE], Morristown, Tenn.; four sisters, Mrs. Mae SMITH, Madisonville, Tenn.; Mrs. Minnie ELLIOTT, White Pine, Tenn.; Mrs. Ida GRUBER, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Pearl BAKER, Crossville, Tenn. and ten grandchildren.

The body will lie in state at the Grossman funeral home, Argos, until 10 a.m. Saturday, at which time it will be removed to the Chester McCoige home, near Culver, where friends may call and where final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Rev. James FITZHUGH, of the Maxinkuckee Methodist church will officiate.  Burial will be in the Poplar Grove cemetery, east of Culver.

 

Saturday, May 30, 1953

 

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Monday, June 1, 1953

 

Minnie M. Leavell

Mrs. Minnie M. LEAVELL, 85, lifetime resident of Fulton, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.  She has been critically ill for the past five weeks, following a hip fracture.

She was born July 8, 1867, in Fulton county to Henry and Elizabeth (FISHER) KIMBLE.  Her first marriage ws to George COOPER, who preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1916.  On July 3, 1920, she was married to John LEAVELL, who died July 24, 1937.  Mrs. Leavell ws a member of the Fulton E.U.B. church.

Survivors are a son, Harry COOPER, Rochester; a daughter, Vadie COOPER, at home; eighteen grandchildren; forty-four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Nolan KIMBLE, Kewanna and a sister, Mrs. Mollie ROUCH, Fulton.  Two sons, Otto and Alva [COOPER], preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton E.U.B. church with the Rev. Paul MANT, assisted by Rev. R. H. TURNER, officiating.  Burial will be in the Fulton cemetery.  Friends may call at the home up until the hour of the services.

 

Tuesday, June 2, 1953

 

Ida A. Jenkins

Funeral services for Mrs. Ida A. JENKINS, 89, widow of John W. JENKINS, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Crooked Creek Christian church.  Burial will be in an adjoining cemetery.  She died Monday morning in Logansport.

The body rests at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed QUINN, 15 West Clinton street, Logansport.

Mrs. Jenkins was born Sept. 12, 1863, at Rochester.  Her parents were George and Susan (GRAY) RENBARGER.

 

David Brumbaugh

Final rites for David BRUMBAUGH, 76, who died at Woodlawn Hospital Sunday were held this afternoon at the Harrison funeral home, Kewanna.  Rev. Forrest HOWELL officiated and burial was made in the Kewanna cemetery.

He was born in Union township on July 10, 1876, to Mr. and Mrs. Noah BRUMBAUGH.  An insurance agent, he resided at the Henry ZELLERS home, Kewanna, part of the time, although his home was in Fort Wayne.

Survivors are his widow, Ethel [BRUMBAUGH], and a daughter, Louise [BRUMBAUGH], both of Fort Wayne.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 1953

 

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Thursday, June 4, 1953

 

Alva K. Burger

Mr. and Mrs. Dean ARVEN of Rochester, were in Decatur, Ind., Wednesday where they attended the funeral services of Mrs. Arven’s grandfather, Alva K. BURGER.  Mr. Burger died Sunday morning at the age of 74.  Mrs. Harold HARVEY, Decatur, former resident of this city is a daughter of the deceased.

 

Friday, June 5, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Saturday, June 6, 1953

 

David Frank Edwards

David Frank EDWARDS, 86, life resident of Marshall County died at 6 p.m. Friday in the Park View Hospital, Plymouth.  He had been a patient there the past week.  Mr. Edwards was a retired farmer and maintained his home on Yearick street, Argos.

Mr. Edwards was born September 27, 1866 at Walnut, Ind.  His wife Nellie GREEN EDWARDS preceded him in death in 1936.

The only survivor is a nephew, Charles A. EDWARDS, of Columbus, Ohio.  One son, Loren [EDWARDS], died in 1923 and a sister, Alice [EDWARDS], passed away in 1951.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  The Rev. J. Robert COOVERT of the Argos Christian Church will officiate.  Burial will be made in the Reichter cemetery near Talma.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Elmore Fenstermaker

Final rites for Elmore FENSTERMAKER, 48, of Mentone, who died of a heart attack around noon Friday, will be held at the Johns funeral home, Mentone, 2 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Fenstermaker was cashier of the Farmers State Bank of Mentone.

He is survived by his wife, Lois [FENSTERMAKER]; a daughter, Sue [FENSTERMAKER], 12; his father, John FENSTERMAKER, Mentone; a sister, Mrs. Raymond HIBSCHMAN, Warsaw and a brother, Herschel FENSTERMAKER, Akron.

The body is at the funeral home where friends may pay thir respects.

 

Cathy Sue Gottschalk

Cathy Sue, six-day-old daughter of Robert and Elaine (WELLER) GOTTSCHALK, died at 8 a.m. today in Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors are the parents, two brothers, David Allen and Steven J. [GOTTSCHALK], 1000 Monroe street, this city; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley WELLER, R.R. 1, Akron and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred GOTTSCHALK, R.R. 1, Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. W. Paul MARSH, interim pastor of the Christian church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Monday, June 8, 1953

 

Omer Smith

Funeral services for Omer SMITH, 59, of near Kewanna, who died Saturday from a gunshot wound, were held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Harrison Funeral Home in Kewanna.

The Rev. Forest HOWELL and the Rev. Darwin LAVENGOOD officiated.  Burial was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Rochester.

Smith was found lying in the barn of his farm, about one and a half miles north of Kewanna shortly before noon Saturday by Rev. Lavengood.  A .32 calibre revolver was nearby.

Smith was rushed to Woodlawn Hospital and later was taken to Methodist Hospital at Indianapolis in a Zimmerman ambulance.  He died there at 4:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

Before the shooting, Smith called Rev. Lavengood by phone, asking him to come to his barn.  On arrival, the minister found Smith unconscious.

Members of Smith’s family told Sheriff Laurence NORRIS that he had been despondent recently.

No verdict in the death has been returned yet by the Marion County coroner’s office.

Smith was a member of the Methodist Church.  A farmer, he has resided most of his life in the Kewanna community.

Surviving are the widow, the former Ethel STRUCKMAN of Rochester; a son, Herbert SMITH of near Talma; two brothers, Bert and Oliver SMITH, both of Kewanna; a sister, Mrs. Norma HUDKINS of Kewanna, and four grandchildren.

 

Russell R. Williams

Fulton county relatives have received word of the death of Russell R. WILLIAMS, 57, which occurred Sunday at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He was born near Macy, the son of Frank and Ella (SLIFER) WILLIAMS.  He moved to Texas about 30 years ago, where he was in the contracting business.

Survivors are his widow, formerly Lena LARGE, of Fulton; two sons, Carl [WILLIAMS], Corpus Christi; Harvey [WILLIAMS], San Antonio, Texas; a daughter Dolly Helene [WILLIAMS], at home; his father, Frank WILLIAMS, Corpus Christi and a sister, Mrs. Fred COLLINS, Macy.

Earl ENYART, of this city; Mrs. Myrtle LUCKENBILL and Mrs. Jess WILLIAMS, of Leiters Ford are cousins of the deceased.

Final rites are being held in Corpus Christi Tuesday.  Burial will be in a cemetery in that city.

 

Charles G. Irvine

Death came early Sunday morning to Charles G. IRVINE, 57, at his home in South Bend following an illness of several weeks, due to a respiratory occlusion.

The deceased, a native of Rochester, where he attended school, was born in Monterey Jan. 23, 1896, to Martin A. and Elizabeth (WIDMAN) IRVINE.  He came to Rochester with his parents while yet a small boy.

In a ceremony performed at South Bend July 26, 1925, he was united in marriage with Florence WHITE, who survives.

Following graduation from Rochester high school, he entered the Army and saw service through World War I.

After discharge from the service he read law and practiced several years here and at Mitchell,


 Ind., before moving to South Bend in 1928.  He was a member of the Catholic church and the American Legion.

Other survivors are his mother; three brothers, Wilbert [IRVINE], Cal.; Mike and Bud [IRVINE], at home; one sister, Mrs. Rose SCHELL, Cincinnati.  Two brothers, Gus [IRVINE], killed in World War I, and Conrad [IRVINE], who died in an accident in Arizona, preceded him in death.

The body rests at the Forrest Hay funeral home in South Bend, where services will be held at 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning with the Rev. Fr. WIBBERT in charge.  Following the services, the body will be brought to the I.O.O.F. cemetery here, where committal services will be held, with the American Legion in charge of military rites.

 

H. N. Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. Jack GORDON of Rochester left Sunday for Farmville, Va., to attend the funeral services of Mr. Gordon’s brother, H. N. GORDON, 65, who died suddenly Saturday night at his home there.

Born in Kokomo, H. N. Gordon resided on a farm five miles west of Rochester for about 30 years before moving from the city in 1928.  While a resident here, he was employed at Armour’s.

Surviving are a son, Verle [GORDON], Farmville, Va., and three brothers and a sister:  Jack [GORDON], Rochester; William [GORDON], South Bend; Charles [GORDON], Fayetteville, Ark., and Mrs. Eva HIATT, Greentown.

Funeral rites are to be held in Farmville Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, June 9, 1953

 

Fred Page

Final rites for Fred PAGE, 77, brother of Harry E. PAGE, of this city, were held Saturday at his home in Weaverville, Cal.

Many of the city’s older residents will remember Mr. Page when he was associated with his brother Harry at the old Fairview Hotel for a few seasons.

Mr. Page is survived by his wife and a son, both in the West, and his brother Harry, of this city.

 

Wednesday, June 10, 1953

 

Thomas E. Jones

Thomas E. JONES, 87, a retired farmer of the Kewanna community, died Tuesday evening at his home on R.R. 3, Kewanna.  He had been seriously ill for two weeks.

Mr. Jones was born October 24, 1865, in Pulaski county.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Thurston JONES.  He was married to Ella BRUNK, who preceded him in death in 1935.  Mr. Jones was a member of the Grass Creek E.U.B. church.

Survivors are three sons, Ezra and Robert [JONES], Kewanna; Oscar [JONES], Alhambra, Cal.; a sister, Mrs. Pearl BADGERLY, Fulton; a half-sister, Mrs. Mary LONG, and sisteen grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Harrison funeral home, Kewanna, where rites are pending.
Charles Omer Kile

Following a two weeks’ illness from a heart ailment, Charles Omer KILE, 75, R.R. 2, Macy, died at his home at 4 a.m. today.  He had been a resident of the Macy community for over 40 years, where he was engaged in farming up until a few years ago.

He was born May 1, 1878, in Richland township, Miami county, to John and Eliza OLDS KILE.  In 1904 he was married to Elba STAUFFER at Denver.  Mr. Kile was a member of the Ebenezer Methodist church.

Survivors are his wife and two sons, Harold A. and Russell L. [KILE], all at home; a daughter, Mrs. Clara ROABAUGH, Poughkeepsie, Ark., and two grandchildren.  A sister preceded him in death.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at McCain funeral home, Denver.  Rev. J. R. PHENEGER will officiate and burial will be in the Ebenezer cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Thursday.

 

Thursday, June 11, 1953

 

Harry W. Ford

Harry Ward FORD, 54, a resident of Liberty township his entire life, died at 7:40 a.m. today, following a few days’ illness.  He was born in Fulton county on September 18, 1898 to Oliver and Emma BARKER FORD.

Survivors are three brothers, Chester [FORD], Fulton; William [FORD], Claypool; Ivan [FORD], North Liberty; and three sisters, Mrs. Roseann ROEBUCK, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Sarah NELLANS, Mishawaka; and Mrs. Edna NICHOLS, Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ditmire Chapel, Fulton.  The Rev. Leonard FLETCHER will officiate and burial will be made in the Smalley cemetery near Marshtown.

 

Friday, June 12, 1953

 

James Feece

A Leiters Ford youth, James FEECE, 19, was killed almost instantly Thursday afternoon when the truck he was driving was struck by a passenger train on a Leiters Ford railroad crossing.

Feece was driving a ton and a half truck, property of the Leiters Ford elevator, when it was struck by the Erie Railroad’s Chicago bound No. 5 passenger train at 3:16 p.m.  The truck was loaded with corn cobs.

Feece’s body is at the Foster Funeral Home here.  Funeral rites are pending until word is received from a brother in Korea.

The accident victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Woodlawn Hospital here.  He was brought to the hospital in the Foster ambulance.

A verdict of accidental death was returned by Fulton County Coroner Dean K. STINSON who said the youth died from multiple injuries.  Feece’s injuries included a fractured skull and pelvis and crushed chest.

Parts of the truck which Feece was driving were carried approximately one-fourth of a mile by the train before it could be halted by Engineer R. R. LEWIS of Huntington.  The truck was demolished.

Damage to the diesel locomotive on the fast passenger was extensive but the train was able to resume its journey a few minutes after the mishap.  The train had left Rochester at 3:04 p.m.


 for Chicago.

Witnesses at the accident scene told Deputy Sheriff Dee HOLLOWAY that the flasher warning signals announced the approach of the train and that the locomotive’s horn also signalled its coming.

Young Feece was an employee of Willis J. CRIPE, operator of the grain elevator.

Surviving the youth are his father, Gerald FEECE of Leiters Ford, and a brother, Sgt. Gerald FEECE, Jr., who is at the front lines in Korea.

 

Saturday, June 13, 1953

 

Grace Gould

Mrs. Grace GOULD, 78, former resident of this city, died Friday afternoon at the Peabody Memorial Home, North Manchester.  She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Tuesday and failed to rally.  She had been a resident of the home for the past three years.

For several years Mrs. Gould and her husband, Frank GOULD, resided at 329 West 13th street, this city.  Mr. Gould died several years ago.

Born August 25, 1874, in Lebanon, she was the daughter of Nathaniel and Belle CAMPBELL TITUS.  Mrs. Gould was a member of the D.A.R.

She had been in Rochester last week end where she was a guest of her former neighbor, Mrs. Nora BALDWIN.

The only survivors are two sisters, one residing in Lebanon and the other in Indianapolis.

Funeral servides will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the Peabody Home.  Burial will be in the Rochester Citizens cemetery.  Friends may call at the Peabody chapel.

 

James R. Feece

Funeral arrangements for James Richard FEECE, 19, who was killed in a grade-crossing accident at Leiters Ford Thursday afternoon are being delayed pending word from his brother Gerald [FEECE], Jr., who is with the U. S. Army in Korea.  The body is at the Foster Funeral Home, this city where friends may call.

 

Monday, June 15, 1953

 

William G. Sixbey

William G. SIXBEY, former resident of Fulton county, died at 2 a.m. Sunday at his home, 1610 Moreouse Avenue, Elkhart.  He had been in failing health for the past two years.  Had he lived until July 6th, he would have observed his 59th wedding anniversary.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Ethel (Van DORSTEN) SIXBEY; two sons, Mark [SIXBEY], Rochester; Glen [SIXBEY], Logansport; twin daughters, Mrs. Martha MAHLER and Mrs. Mary VOLZ, both of Elkhart; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  Two sons, Walter and Robert [SIXBEY], preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. DST Tuesday in the Eikenberry funeral home, Elkhart.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark SIXBEY were at the Sixbey home in Elkhart Sunday.
Charles Allen Hatt

Charles Allen HATT, 40, resident of Lake Manitou, north shore drive, died at Woodlawn Hospital at 9 a.m. today.  He had been a patient there since Saturday evening suffering from a heart ailment.  Mr. Hatt had been a resident of Lake Manitou for the past seven years, coming here from Logansport.

He was born January 12, 1913, at Kokomo to Bert and Lora Edith (ELLIS) HATT.  He was married to Mary Jane VORE on August 6, 1938, at Logansport. He was employed as a laborer by the McMahan Construction Co.

Survivors are his wife and seven [sic] children:  William, Eugene, Annabelle, Betty Jo, Edwin A., Bonnie Sue, Merry Edith, Vivian Louise [HATT], all at home; his father, Bert HATT, of Kokomo; a sister, Mrs. Hazel HILES, Kokomo and a half-brother, Leroy PACKARD, Peru.  His mother preceded him in death a week ago.

The body rests at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Arrangements for the final rites are pending.

 

Glenn M. Davidson

Glenn M. DAVIDSON, 56, 302 E. Wenger street, South Bend, died Monday morning in the Memorial Hospital, that city.  He had been in ill health for several years from a heart condition.

Mr. Davidson had been a resident of South Bend for 36 years, moving there from Rochester.

He was born Sept. 2, 1896 in Rochester to Louis and Loretta DAVIDSON.  His parents operated a grocery store at the corner of East Ninth and Franklin avenue for several years.

He is survived by the following children:  Mrs. Juanita WINANS, New York City; Richard C. DAVIDSON, Glenn D. DAVIDSON, Mrs. Virginia BUCMILLER, all of South Bend; Mrs. Ruth THOMPSON, Mishawaka; two sisters, Mrs. Donald BAKER, South Bend; Mrs. Kenneth ABELE, Buchanan, Mich. and a brother, Paul F. DAVIDSON, South Bend.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Forest G. Hay funeral home, South Bend.  Rev. Wilson S. PARKER of the South Bend E.U.B. church will officiate and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, Rochester.

Graveside services will be held at the cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

 

Charles Allen Hatt

Final rites for Charles HATT, 40 R.R. 2, Rochester, who died at 9 a.m. Monday, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wolf funeral home, Walton.  Burial will be in the Walton I.O.O.F. cemetery.  The body ws removed from the Zimmerman funeral home this city to Walton this afternoon.

 

J. R. Feece

Funeral services for James Richard FEECE, 19, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Leiters Ford Methodist church.  The Rev. ADAM of Hobart, assisted by Rev. ARCHIBALD of Leiters Ford will officiate.

The Feece youth was killed last Thursday, when a truck he was driving was struck by a Diesel passenger engine at the Erie crossing in Leiters.

The body was removed from the Foster funeral home, this city, to the Feece residence in Leiters Ford where friends may call until the hour of the services.
Thelma Feidner

Mrs. Thelma FEIDNER, 38, of near Kewanna, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday in the St. Joseph Hospital, Logansport, following a week’s illness from pneumonia.

Mrs. Feidner was author of “The County Line” column which has delighted readers of The News-Sentinel for the past five years.

She was born August 7, 1914, to Mr. and Mrs. Milford HOLLOWAY, at Denver, Ind.  Mrs. Feidner was a member of the Grass Creek E.U.B. church and was an active worker in that organization and numerous other projects throughout Union township.

Survivors are:  her hsband, George H. FEIDNER, and the following children:  Ruth, Charles, Sylvia, Myrtle, Curtis, David and Marion [FEIDNER].  She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Bessie RANNELLS, Chicago; Mrs. Mildred COFFIN, Peru; Mrs. Mary FELL, of Maryland and her father, Milford HOLLOWAY, Denver.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Harrison chapel, Kewanna.  Burial will be in the Grass Creek cemetery.

 

Wednesday, June 17, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, June 18, 1953

 

Almeda F. Bowman

Mrs. Almeda F. BOWMAN, 73, died at 1:50 a.m. today at her home, 1511 Bancroft avenue, this city.  She had been in ill health for the past year and in a seriousl condition for the past month.  Mrs. Bowman had been a resident of Rochester for eight years, coming here from Elkhart.

The daughter of Lafayette and Ettie (BRINKMAN) FENSTERMAKER, she was born April 25, 1880, on a farm northeast of Rochester.  She was married to Charles BOWMAN on August 12, 1904.  Mrs. Bowman was a member of the Pleasant Valley Evangelical church and the Rebekah Lodge, Elkhart.

Surviving are the husband, at home; a brother, Roy FENSTERMAKER, this city; a sister, Mrs. Viola STEFFEY, Peru; three nieces and a nephew.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. H. Gordon HYDE will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Charles Leon Crippen

Graveside rites for Charles Leon [CRIPPEN], who was stillborn at Woodlawn Hospital at 4 a.m. today will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Richland Center I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Survivors, other than the parents are:  a sister, Kathleen Sue [CRIPPEN]; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. K. CRIPPEN, Kewanna; Mr. and Mrs. Elvin KISTLER, Grass Creek and great-grandmother, Mrs. Pearl CORNELL, Fulton.

Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.
James Feece

Word was received Tuesday by Gerald FEECE, Leiters Ford, through the American Red Cross, that his son Gerald FEECE, Jr., who has been serving with the U.S. forces in Korea, will arrive home in the U.S. in about 10 days.

The furlough given Gerald was occasioned through the tragic death of his brother, James [FEECE], 19, who was killed in a grade crossing crash at Leiters Ford last Thursday afternoon.

Final rites for James were held Wednesday afternoon at the Leiters Ford Methodist church.  The body then was returned to the Foster funeral home this city and graveside rites will be held on the arrival of Gerald.

 

Carrie L. Barger

Mrs. Carrie L. BARGER, 97, died Wednesday evening at 6:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chloe HACKETT of Leiters Ford, with whom she had resided for the past several years.  She had been bedfast for nine weeks.  Practically all of her life has been spent in Leiters Ford.

Born in South Whitley, May 17, 1866, she was the daughter of Beverly and Catherine (ARNDT) FREELS.  She was married to John W. BARGER, Sept. 10, 1885, at Leiters Ford.  He preceded in death in 1941.

Mrs. Barger was the oldest member of Leiters Ford Methodist church; she was also a member of the W.S.C.S. and the Rebekah Lodge of Leiters Ford.

Survivors are a son, Ernest A. [BARGER], Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters, Mrs. Constance SPENCER, Argos; Mrs. Chloe HACKETT, Leiters Ford; twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hackett residence with the Rev. W. D. ARCHIBALD, officiating.  Burial will be in the Leiters Ford I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the Foster funeral home up until 11 a.m. Saturday at which time the body will be removed to the residence in Leiters.

 

Friday, June 19, 1953

 

Ernest P. Thompson

Ernest P. THOMPSON, 67, died at 1:20 a.m. today in the George PROTSMAN home, 900 North Center Street, Plymouth.  He had been in failing health for a year.

He was born Oct.6, 1885, in the Poplar Grove neighborhood, Marshall county.  His parents were Isaac and Bertha THOMPSON.  On March 17, 1907, he was married to Myrtle E. BOYCE at Plymouth.  For the past several years Mr. Thompson was employed by the Plymouth Products Box Company.

Survivors are his wife and a son, Forrest THOMPSON, both of Plymouth; two grandchildren, Terry and Bruce [THOMPSON]; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel MYERS, Mrs. Ida DUF, both of Argos; and Mrs. Blonda MARTIN, Rochester, and a brother, Alva THOMPSON, Argos.

Final rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.  The Rev. Edward BOASE of the Argos Methodist church will officiate.  Burial will be in the New Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.
Francis M. Umbaugh

Francis M. UMBAUGH, Hammond, died at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in the Beverly Shore Home, Michigan City, where he had been a patient since last March.  For many years Mr. Umbaugh owned and operated a general store at Tiosa.

He was born in Paulding county, Ohio on Oct. 1, 1861.  On December 16, 1891, he was married to Eva LEVEL at Rochester.  Mr. Umbaugh was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran church, Rochester.

Surviving are his wife and son, Orvil [UMBAUGH], both of Hammond; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rochester Lutheran church with Rev. Paul SCHWAN in charge.  Burial will be in the Reichter cemetery, northeast of this city.

Friends may call at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos, until 12:30 Sunday at which time the body will be brought to the church to lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

Newman G. Hoff

Funeral services for Newman G. HOFF, 71, retired farmer of Royal Center who died Thursday afternoon, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Brethren in that city.  Burial will be in a cemetery at Flora.

Born April 7, 1882, in Carroll county, he was the son of Jacob and Amanda CRIPE HOFF.  His wife, Gladys [HOFF], died in 1950.  He was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

Survivors are three sons and two daughters:  Abner [HOFF], Royal Center; Richard [HOFF], Grass Creek; Roger [HOFF], South Bend; Mrs. Marguerite COLE, Logansport; and Mrs. Jean COOK, Fayetteville, N.C.  A son preceded him in death.

Friends may call at the Chase-Miller chapel, Logansport, until an hour before the services.

 

Saturday, June 20, 1953

 

Margaret J. Costello

Final rites were held at 9 a.m. today in the St. Ann’s Catholic church, Kewanna, for Mrs. Margaret J. COSTELLO, who died in Chicago, Wednesday.  She was the widow of George COSTELLO.  She is survived by a son, George COSTELLO, of Chicago.

Burial was made in the St. Ann’s cemetery.

 

Monday, June 22, 1953

 

Harry W. Case

Final rites for Harry W. CASE, 93, former farmer of Newcastle and Henry townships, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rohrer funeral chapel, New Paris, Ind.  Rev. Lloyd OVERMYER of Bourbon will officiate and burial will be in the New Paris cemetery.  Mr. Case died Saturday in the MaDonald Hospital, Warsaw, following a two months’ illness.

He was born Dec. 20, 1859, in Shreve, Ohio, to Augusta and Margaret (KEISTER) CASE.  He was married to Ella WAY on Dec. 17, 1890.  His wife preceded in death on March 5, 1949.

Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. John WAKEMAN, Bremen; Mrs. John PIERCE, New Paris, Ind.; a brother, Edward CASE, Akron; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Priscilla Flynn

Mrs. Priscilla FLYNN, 81, of 130 E. 4th street, this city, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Woodlawn Hospital, where she had been a patient since March.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson RIDDLE, she was born August 1, 1871 in Marshall County.  She came to Fulton County, when quite young and had lived most of her life here.  Mrs. Flynn was a member of the Rochester Nazarene Church.

She was married to Frank FLYNN on Sept. 3, 1904.  He preceded her in death on October 23, 1945.

Surviving are two sons, Ray and Harold FLYNN, both of Rochester, and also three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Zimmerman Bros. funeral home where fritnds may call.  The Rev. F. C. SAVAGE will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

 

Arthur N. Wagoner

Funeral services for Arthur N. WAGONER, 84, who died Saturday at his home in Ashtabula, O., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian church, Plymouth.  Rev. Wallace JONES will officiate and burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery, that city.

Mr. Wagoner was born in Fulton county on Feb. 13, 1869.  He was married Dec. 8, 1895 to Esther Blanche KLINE, who with a son, Bernard [WAGONER], preceded him in death.

Survivors are a son Paul [WAGONER], Plymouth; three daughters, Mrs. Sarah Bernice REGER, Mrs. Marjory GOGAN, both of Ashtabula, O.; Mary WAGONER, Bettiah, India; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

 

Bertha Lou Cinninger

Mrs. Bertha Lou CINNINGER, 75, died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe LEWIS, three miles south of Argos on U.S. 31.  She had been in ill health for two and a half years.

She had been a resident of the Argos community for nine years and had lived in North Dakota for five years; the remainder of her life was spent in the Beaver Dam neigborhood.

Born Oct. 15, 1877, in Kosciusko county, her maiden name was Bertha Lou AUMSBAUGH. She was married to Charles CINNINGER in 1897.

Following his death in 1931 she had resided with her children.  Mrs. Cinninger had been a member of the Mentone Baptist church for many years.

Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Carolyn FIFE, R.R. 3, Argos; Mrs. Jeanette LEWIS, R.R. 1, Argos; a son, John CINNINGER, of near Argos; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Dessie FIDLER, Cromwell, Ind. and a brother, Walter AUMSBAUGH, Elkhart.

Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home, Argos, until noon Tuesday, at which time the body will be removed to the Palestine Christian Church, east of Mentone, on Road 25, where final rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. that day.  Rev. Harold FRAKER of Argos will officiate and burial will be in the Palestine church cemetery.
James R. Feece

Brief services for James Richard FEECE, Leiters Ford youth who was killed in a train-truck crash June 11, were held this afternoon at the Foster funeral home.  Only the immediate members of the Feece family were present.

Gerald FEECE, Jr., a brother of the victim, who is serving with the U. S. forces in Korea, attended the final rites.  Gerald arrived in Chicago early Sunday and then proceeded on to his father’s home in Leiters Ford.  Burial was made in the Leiters Ford cemetery.

 

Lester C. Wilson

Justin HALL was notified Sunday of the death of his step-brother, Lester C. WILSON, of Joplin, Mo.   Mr. Wilson was the son of the late Pierce WILSON and Anna (NEFF) WILSON.

The Wilsons for many years resided east of Rochester on what is now the Levi MOORE farm.  Mr. Wilson’s death was attributed to a heart attack.

Also surviving are his wife, Joplin, Mo.; and a step-sister, Mrs. Lowe RYNEARSON and several cousins at Rochester.  Burial will be at Joplin, Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, June 23, 1953

 

Frank S. Schlegelmich

Final rites for Farnk S. SCHLEGELMICH, 82, who died Sunday at his home near Royal Center, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Harrison funeral home, Royal Center.

Mrs. Fern DeWITT, Rochester, is a daughter of the deceased.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 1953

 

Anna Metsker

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Ida METSKER, 72, who was found dead Tuesday noon at her home, 1029 Franklin avenue, this city, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.

Rev. William HUGHES will officiate and burial will be in the Noblesville, Ind. cemetery.  The Rochester O.E.S. will conduct their rites at the funeral home at 7:30 o’clock this evening.

Born in Chicago, Feb. 14, 1881, she was the daughter of Alban F. and Ida Marie GOETZ.  In 1909, she was married to Alpha METSKER who preceded her in deth in 1945.

Surviving are four brothers:  Edwin and Martin [GOETZ], chicago; William [GOETZ], Knox; Harry [GOETZ], South Bend; and a niece, Mrs. Marvin BOOTH, Rochester.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Calder Alspach

Calder ALSPACH, 83, 1201 Monroe street, this city, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rochester Nursing Home No. 1, where he had been a patient for the past 17 months.  Mr. Alspach had been in failing health for the past seven years.

For many years he was engaged in farming on the Alspach farm, located three-and-a-half miles southeast of this city.

He was born on this farm May 15, 1870, to Edward and Susan HINDLE ALSPACH.  On August 23, 1899, he was married to Elizabeth HAY.  His wife preceded him in death in 1944.  He was a member of the Rochester I.O.O.F. lodge.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lester ROGERS, this city; six grandchildren; three great


grandchildren and other distant relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home with the Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH of Akron in charge.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

John N. Orr

John N. ORR, 85, a pioneer resident of Akron, died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past few days.  He had many friends throughout the eastern section of the county where he had resided his entire life.

He was born April 27, 1868, in Henry township to Melville and Nancy SEARS ORR.  He followed the profession of a school teacher for many years in Henry township.  He never married.  Mr. Orr was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 659, of Akron.

He is survived by the following nieces and nephews:  Mrs. Loren O. TITUS, South Bend; Miss Forrest FARMER, Minneapolis; Miss Edna ORR, Detroit; Albert FARMER, Minneapolis, and Tom ORR, Mishawaka.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. DST at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron, with the Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH officiating.  Burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.  The Masons will conduct their rites at the graveside.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Susan T. Thomson

Susan Taylor THOMSON, 76, 143 E. 4th street, this city, died at 11 p.m. Tuesday evening at Woodlawn Hospital.  Death was attributed to a heart attack which she suffered at her home early Tuesday afternoon.  She had been a resident of Rochester most of her life.

The daughter of Richard and Amanda THOMSON, she was born on March 23, 1877, in Peru.  Miss Thomson was a member and a most active worker in the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter of this city for many years.

She is survived by two nephews, Thomson LAWRENCE, South Bend; Hugh THOMSON, Indianapolis; three nieces, Helen WILLIAMSON, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mary WILSON, Malvern, Pa.; Grace THOMSON, Indianapolis and a grand-niece, June THOMSON, Indianapolis.

Final rites will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Burial will be made in the Peru cemetery.

 

Carry H. Funk

Carry H. FUNK, 72, R.R. 6, Rochester, died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday at his home.  His death was attributed to a sunstroke which he suffered five days ago during the heat wave.  Mr. Funk had been engaged in farming throughout his entire life.

He was born July 2, 1880 in Chillicothe, Ohio, to William and Matilda WARD FUNK and came to Fulton county when still quite young.  He was married to Lucille C. KING on Sept. 1, 1926.

Survivors are his widow and the following children: Elma [FUNK], Rochester, James [FUNK] with the U.S. Air Force in Texas; Mrs. Isabelle KAMP, Rochester; Arthur, Martha, Robert, Matilda, Helen, Hugh, Judith [FUNK] all at home.  Two daughters and a son by a previous marriage also survive: Mrs. Betty WHITESELL, Hobart; Mrs. Harold SMITH, Mishawaka; William [FUNK], Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Rose CAROTHERS, Akron and Mrs. Martha NORRIS, R.R. 6, Rochester.  Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Foster funeral home.  Burial will be in Mt. Hope cemetery, Akron.  Friends may call at the funeral home.


Thursday, June 25, 1953

 

Ester Mae Barkman

Mrs. Ester Mae BARKMAN, 67, died at 3:12 a.m. today at her home, R.R. 3, Rochester.  She had been in failing health for six months and critically ill for two weeks.  Mrs. Barkman had spent her entire life in the Grandview neighborhood, northwest of Rochester.

She was born Jan. 10, 1886 to Henry and Mary Ann BEEHLER MEHLING.  On Dec. 8, 1915, she was married to Charles BARKMAN.  Mrs. Barkman was a member of the Grandview church.

Survivors are the husband; three daughters, Miss Merriem BARKMAN, South Bend; Mrs. Ester Mae BUCK, Rochester; Miss Ruth [BARKMAN], at home; a brother, Milo MEHLING. R.R. 3, Rochester and a grandson.  A daughter, Lydia [BARKMAN], and two brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grandview church.  Rev. HIGHLEY will officiate and burial will be in the Richland Center cemetery.  Friends may call at the Foster funeral home up until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, at which time the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the hour of the services.

 

Friday, June 26, 1953

 

Max J. McGriff

Max Joe McGRIFF, 15, of near Argos who was injured Monday in a truck accident, died about 6 o’clock Thursday evening in a Waukegan, Ill., hospital.

McGriff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Parker McGRIFF who reside two and a half miles northwest of Argos, was in a semi-trailer being driven by his brother-in-law, Charles SMELTZ, 34, Plymouth.

Smeltz’s injuries are not believed to be critical.  He still is in the Waukegan hospital.  The truck he was driving collided with another Monday afternoon at a highwa intersection west of Waukegan.  The driver of the other truck was uninjured.

The truck in which young McGriff sustained the fatal injuries is owned by Bill MONTAGUE, Argos, another brother-in-law of the youth.  Smeltz and McGriff were returning from a town in Wisconsin where they had taken a load of feed from Chicago.

Shortly after the accident, it was necesssary to amputate one of McGriff’s legs below the knee.  He was given about 12 blood transfusions.

A student in Argos High School, the youth would have been a sophomore this fall.

Surviving, besides the parents, are five brothers, Paul and Robert [McGRIFF], both of Argos, James [McGRIFF] of Niles, Mich., Roland [McGRIFF] of South Bend and Raymond [McGRIFF] at home; two sisters, Mrs. Charles SMELTZ of Plymouth and Mrs. Bill MONTAGUE of Argos.  Two uncles, Leslie CARPENTER and Jesse STAYTON, are residents of Rochester.

The body will be brought to the Grossman Funeral Home at Argos tonight.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
Saturday, June 27, 1953

 

Max J. McGriff

Funeral services for Max Joe McGRIFF, 15, Argos, who died Thursday evening in a Waukegan, Ill., hospital from injuries received in a truck accidet Monday, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Argos Christian church.  Revs. Ernest TREBER and J. Robert COOVERT will officiate and burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery, Argos.

Max Joe, son of Parker and Eloise McGRIFF, was born August 16, 1938, at North Liberty, and moved to Argos with his parents when quite young.  He was a sophomore in Argos H. S. and attended the Gilead Methodist church.

Survivors are his parents, R.R. 3, Arogs; five brothers, James [McGRIFF], Niles, Mich.; Ronald [McGRIFF], South Bend; Paul, Robert and Raymond [McGRIFF], all of Argos; two sisters, Mrs. Marceal SCHMELTZ, Plymouth; Mrs. Rosemary MONTAGUE, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home up until noon Sunday at which time the body will be removed to the church.

Charles SCHMELTZ, 34, Plymouth, a brother-in-law of the deceased, who was driving the truck at the time of the accident, was released from the Waukegan, Ill., hospital, Friday afternoon.

 

Lillie M. Azbell

Mrs. Lillie May AZBELL of the Twelve Mile community died Friday following a lengthy illness.  She had been a resident of that community for 53 years.

The daughter of Jonathan and Sabina BOWMAN GRIEST, she was born Dec. 22, 1875.  She was married to Charles AZBELL on July 11, 1894 who, with the following children, survives:   Wilbur and Clinton [AZBELL], Peru; Thurman [AZBELL], Rochester; Wright and Raymond [AZBELL], Logansport; Henry [AZBELL], New Waverly; Della APPLEGATE and Nellie HOOVER, Hoover, Ind.; Christina ROUCH, Fulton; Letta BERRYMAN, Peru; Dora SCHNEIDER, Pontiac, Mich. and Pearl CUNNINGHAM, Logansport.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the New Bethlehem church.  Burial will be in an adjacent cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home up until an hour prior to the services.

 

Monday, June 29, 1953

 

George W. Bowers

George W. BOWERS, 58, died at 7:35 p.m. Sunday at his home, 530 East 13th street.  He suffered a heart attack an hour previous to his death.  he had been in ill health for some time, but his condition had not been regarded as serious.

Mr. Bowers had been a resident of this city for 24 years, coming here from Kewanna.  He was in charge of the meat department of the Morris Grocery.

He was born July 4, 1894, at Winamac to Benjamin and Arminta DEITRICH BOWERS.  On September 30, 1919, he was married to Hazel May HEATER at Rochester.

Mr. Bowers was a member of the Rochester Christian church; the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post and the Rochester I.O.O.F. lodge.

Survivors are his wife at home; three sons, George [BOWERS], Jr., James R. and Gerald [BOWERS], all of Rochester; three daughters, Mrs. James BOWELL Jr., Mrs. Walter WEBER, both of this city, and Mrs. Alfred WYNN, Morocco, Ind.; three brothers, Joe [BOWERS],


LaPorte; Ted [BOWERS], Lansing, Ill. and Harry [BOWERS], Fayetteville, N.C.; a sister, Mrs. Fern OWENS, Albuquerque, N.M., and eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rochester Christian church with Rev. Grant BLACKWOOD, of Bedford, officiating.  Burial will be in I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.

 

Bertha E. Kamp

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Elizabeth KAMP, 77, R.R. 3, Argos, were held at 3:30 p.m. today at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos.  The Rev. Edwin BOASE of the Argos Methodist church officiated.  Burial was made in the Jordan cemetery.

Mrs. Kamp had been a resident of Argos and community her entire life and had many friends throughout both Marshall and Fulton counties.

Bertha Elizabeth, daughter of John and Alice PARKHURST, was born May 26, 1876 in Green township, Marshall county.  She was married to Silas KAMP on Sept.3, 1893, in Argos.  Mrs. Kamp was a member of the Methodist church.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Nova THOMAS, R.R. 3, Argos; three brothers, Bud PARKHURST, Argos; Arthur PARKHURST and Guy PARKHURST, both of R.R. 3, Argos, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kamp’s daughter, Mrs. Thomas, has been Argos correspondent for The News-Sentinel for many years.

 

Tuesday, June 30, 1953

 

Andrew J. Olinger

Andrew Jackson OLINGER, 53, well-known farmer of the Reiter community, died at 1:50 p.m. Monday in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, where he had been a patient since last Sunday.  He had been seriously ill for 10 days.

Mr. Olinger was born March 9, 1900, and on December 12, 1923, he was married to Bessie COOK.  He was a member of the Kewanna Christian Church.

Survivors are his wife, at home; three sons, Dale [OLINGER], Fulton; Bethel [OLINGER], R.R. 1, Rochester and Merrell [OLINGER], U. S. Air Force in Japan; a daughter, Mrs. Vivian ENYART, this city; two brothers, Francis [OLINGER], Peru; Scott [OLINGER], South Bend and a sister, Mrs. Chloe OLINGER, Kansas and three granddaughters.  His son Merrell, arrived a few days ago from Japan to be with his father during his illness.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Burton church with the Rev. HAMILTON officiating.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.

The body was removed from the Foster funeral home to the Olinger residence, R.R. 6, late this afternoon where friends may call.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 1953

 

Mrs. Minnie WOOD, 82, of Lowell, died of a heart attack Tuesday morning at Ray, Minn.  A former resident of Newcastle township, Fulton county, she had resided in Lowell for the past 64 years.

Mrs. Wood was a sister of Mrs. Addie WALBURN, Akron; Ancil JEFFERIES, Macy, and Perry JEFFERIES, Rochester.  A brother Frank [JEFFERIES] preceded her in death in 1947.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at Lowell.
Pearl Clayburn

Miss Pearl CLAYBURN, 70, 1328 Monroe street, died at 12:35 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital where she had been a patient since June 22.  She had been in failing health for the past three months.  Miss Clayburn had been a resident of Rochester since 1928 moving here from the Clayburn farm six miles west of Rochester.

Born Feb. 19, 1883, she was a daughter of William W. and Elizabeth STAVER CLAYBURN.

Survivors are three brothers, Otto, Fred and Edward [CLAYBURN], all of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle PRATT, Kewanna and Jennie CLAYBURN, Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. Charles M. SMITH will officiate and burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, July 2, 1953

 

Anastasia Brennan

Final rites for Mrs. Anastasia BRENNAN, 83, Kewanna, who died Wednesday, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the St. Ann’s church, Kewanna.  The Rev. Father Charles RAMAKLUS will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery Logansport.

Born June 24, 1870, in Logansport, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Margaret HOFFMAN CARROLL.  Her marriage on May 4, 1893, in Logansport was to John F. BRENNEN.  He died in 1932.  Mrs. Brennan was a member of the St. Ann’s church, Kewanna and the Rosary sodality.

Survivors are a daughter, Margaret [BRENNAN], at home; a son, John R. [BRENNAN]. South Bend; three grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers:  Mrs. Charles ELPERS, Logansport; Mrs. P. J. HARTMAN, Romeo, Mich.; Mrs. Fred E. HOLMES, Royal Oak, Mich; William J. CARROLL, Terre Haute; Charles L. CARROLL, Los Angeles, Cal.

Friends may call at the Brennan residence.

 

Victor Bingeran

Mrs. Alvah LEBO of this city received word Wednesday of the death of her nephew, Victor BINGERAN, of Palm Beach, Fla.  He was a former resident of Rochester.

 

Nellie E. Bright

Mrs. Nellie Elizabeth BRIGHT, Akron, died at 4:30 a.m. today at the Rochester Nursing Home No. 1.  Mrs. Bright had been in ill health for the past four years.

She was born April 15, 1888, in Henry township to Noah and Etta COOK.  On Jan. 20, 1910, she was married to James Albert BRIGHT, who preceded her in death in 1931.  Mrs. Bright was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and World War II Mothers, Akron.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. William ENGLE, and Mrs. Gerald DUBBS, both of Warsaw; four sons, Kenneth, Junior, Robert [BRIGHT], all of Akron; George [BRIGHT], now serving in Korea; six grandchildren; two brothers, Harley COOK, Greenville, Ohio, and Guy COOK, Dayton, Ohio.

The body rests at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home Akron where final arrangements are pending.
Friday, July 3, 1953

 

Mabel Clevenger

Mrs. Mabel CLEVENGER, 65, of near Fulton, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital.  She had been in failing health for a year.

Born Sept. 7, 1887, in Liberty township, she was the daugher of Charles and Mary BAKER ZARTMAN.  On August 30, 1912 she was married to Oral CLEVENGER, who died May 18, 1941.  Mrs. Clevenger was a member of the Fulton EUB church.

Survivors are a brother, Voris ZARTMAN, Fulton; a sister, Mrs. Trudie ZABST, Fulton and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Ditmire funeral home, Fulton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at he Fulton EUB church with the Rev. Paul MAST in charge.  The body will lie in state at the church an hour prior to the final rites.

 

Monday, July 6, 1953

 

Max D. Heeter

Funeral rites for Max D. HEETER, former resident, who died Friday [July 3, 1953] evening at his home in Chicago from a heart seizure, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rochester Church of god.  Rev. L. E. POWELL will officiate and burial will be made in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Athens.

He was born July 22, 1898, near Athens to Leslie and Louella CHRISMAN HEETER.  While residing in Rochester, Max was employed as a telegrapher.  He had been employed by the Chicago Board of Trade for a number of years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Myrtle NICKELL; a daughter, Nancy [HEETER], and a son, Robert [HEETER], by a former marriage, all of Chicago; his mother, Mrs. Louella HEETER, and a sister, Mrs. Mary ELLIS, both of Macy; two brothers, Harold J. [HEETER], Buchanan, Mich. and Fred D. [HEETER], of Plymouth.

The body arrived at the Foster funeral home this afternoon where friends may call up until the hour of the services.

 

Ida Overmyer

Mrs. Ida OVERMYER, 78, Mishawaka, died Saturday afternoon in the Koogh Nursing home, that city, following a three-years’ illness.  Mrs. Overmyer formerly was a resident of Leiters Ford.

She was born March 13, 1875, on a farm near Athens to William and Mary Ann HARTMAN FEECE.  On April 10, 1898, she was married to Benjamin OVERMYER.  He preceded her in death several years ago.  Mrs. Overmyer was a member of the old Christian church in Leiters Ford.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ethel HARDING, North Liberty; a son, Everett [OVERMYER], South Bend; a sister, Mrs. Leonard SLONAKER, R.R. 3, Rochester; six brothers, Charles [FEECE], South Bend; Ezra [FEECE], Culver; Wilbur [FEECE], Delong; Wesley [FEECE], Winamac; Roland [FEECE], Valparaiso and James [FEECE], Aurora, Ill.  Two daughters, Daisy and Berniece [OVERMYER], preceded their mother in death.  Five grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Leiters Ford Methodist church.  Rev. H. L. ADAMS, Hobart, assisted by Rev. W. D. ARCHIBALD, Leiters Ford, will officiate.


 Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, Leiters.

Friends may call at the Foster funeral home until noon Tuesday at which time the body will be taken to Leiters Ford to lie in state at the Methodist church until the hour of the services.

 

Mary Reser

Charles RESER and James W. RESER left Friday afternoon for Milford, Pa., where they were called by the death of their mother, Mrs. Mary RESER, 53.  Mrs. Reser died at the home of her daughter, Miss Carol RESER, following a two weeks’ illness.

Mrs. Reser was a former resident of Rochester, moving here from Milford in October, 1952.  Her husband, J. Worden RESER, died in this city last January.

Survivors, other than the two sons and the daughter, is another daughter, Miss Laurice RESER, Oceanside, L.I.

Funeral services were held in Milford, Pa. this afternoon.

 

Tuesday, July 7, 1953

 

Guy W. Deeds

The body of Guy W. DEEDS, 56, of near Deedsville, who died suddenly Sunday at 4 p.m. from a cerebral hemorrhage arrived by air at Peru this morning from Washington, D.C.

Mr. Deeds was stricken in Washington while returning from a brief visit with his son, Bill, who is stationed at a U.S. Army camp in West Virginia.  For the past several years Mr. Deeds has been engaged in farming and the drainage contracting business.  Previously he was superintendent of the State Highway Garage at Winamac.

He was born May 24, 1897, at Deedsville to Mr. and Mrs. Edward DEEDS.  In 1918, he was married to Mahalia KLINGERMAN.

Mr. Deeds was a veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion Post of Winamac.  He was also a member of the Gilead Masonic lodge.

Surviving are his wife, at home, and the following children:  Dale [DEEDS], Deedsville; Mrs. John SHEPHARD, Winamac; Carter [DEEDS], Deedsville; Mrs. Delores LOWE, Deedsville; Bill [DEEDS], in the U. S. ARMY; Sandra and Jerry [DEEDS] at home and nine grandchildren.

The following brothers and sisters also survive:  Dennis [DEEDS], Lake Manitou; Earl [DEEDS], Deedsville; Mrs. Clem MATHIAS, Logansport; Mrs. Edwin KERSCHNER, Roann; Mrs. Roy BROWN, Deedsville; Russell [DEEDS], Milwaukee and Mrs. Paul PUGH, Gilead.

The body rests at the Cain funeral home, Denver, where final rites are pending.

 

Ada M. Himes

Mrs. Ada M. HIMES, 79, life resident of Marshall County, died at 11:40 p.m. Monday at her home, 412 North Maple Avenue, Argos.  Death was attributed to a heart attack which she suffered at 10:30 p.m. Monday.  She had been in ill health for the past several years.

She was born in Marshall county on July 29, 1873 to Albert M. and Sarah A. BARBER.  She was married to Marion A. HIMES on August 12, 1931.

Survivors are her husband and six children by a former marriage; four daughters, Mrs. Elaine MOLLEY, South Bend; Mrs. Clara SIMMONS, Plymouth; Mrs. Ethel FORD, Burbank, Cal.; Miss Mary HARTSAUGH, Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sons, Gale HARTSAUGH, Indianapolis; Oro [HARTSAUGH], St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Ray BARBER, South Bend; Alva BARBER, Walkerton; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Argos Methodist church with Rev. Edward BOASE officiating.  Burial will be in the New Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.  Friends may call at the Grossman funeral home, Argos.

 

Theodocia Stout

Funeral services for Mrs. William D. [Theodocia] STOUT, Sr., 74, who died Monday morning at her home in Akron will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Akron Methodist church.  The Rev. Claude FAWNS and the Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH will officiate and burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mrs. Stout was born March 20, 1879, [Theodocia WHITTENBERGER], in Henry township to Scott and Anna SLAYBAUGH WHITTENBERGER.  On February 2, 1900, she was married to William D. STOUT.  Mrs. Stout was a member of the Akron Methodist church.

Survivors are the husband and the following children:  Adam [STOUT], Akron; William [STOUT, Jr.], Rochester; Mrs. Odus CRAIG, Akron; Mrs. Leander BINNA, Chicago; Mrs. E. J. STEVENS, Memphis, Tenn.; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Otis WHITTENBERGER, Akron.

Friends may call at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron, until an hour prior to the final rites.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 1953

 

Minnie Blum

Mrs. Minnie BLUM, 74, of Akron, died at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital here.  Mrs. Blum made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Walter LEININGER, Akron for the past nine years.  She came to Akron from Philadelphia.

She was born Dec. 18, 1878, in Ireland and came to the U. S. in 1893.  Her parents were William and Marguerite McANSTIN BREEN.  In 1898 she was married to Harry BLUM in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Blum was a member of the Protestant-Episcopalian church of Philadelphia and the Akron Home Ec. club.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Leininger; a son, Martin BLUM, New York City; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron.  Rev. Claude FAWNS will officiate and burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Guy W. Deeds

Funeral services for Guy W. DEEDS, of Deedsville, who died Sunday at Washington, D.C., will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ebenezer church, northwest of Deedsville.  Rev. YARIAN of Flora will officiate and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Deedsville.

 

Ada M. Himes

Final rites for Mrs. Ada M. HIMES, of Argos, will be at 2 p.m. at the Grossman funeral home, with the Rev. Edward BOASE in charge.  Burial will be in the New Oak Hill cemetery, Plymouth.
Thursday, July 9, 1953

 

Spurgeon Morris

Funeral services for Spurgeon MORRIS, 66, who died Tuesday evening at 5:50 o’clock at Tampa, Fla. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron.  Rev. Dr. P. J. MORRIS, Granville, O., and Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH of Akron will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Peru.

Mr. Morris had resided in Florida for the past six years.  Previously he had lived in the Akron and Beaver Dam communities where he had engaged in farming.

He was born Aug. 23, 1886, at Vevay, to William and Clara SEGMON MORRIS.  In 1909 he was married to Mary TUDOR who preceded him in death in 1927.  He was a member of the First Baptist church of Peru.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Willis SWICK, Akron; a son, William Tudor MORRIS, Middleton, O.; two sisters, Mrs. Meta BOORN, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Mrs. Minabelle HUNT, Los Angeles, Cal.; a brother, Dr. P. J. MORRIS, Granville, O., and four grandchildren.  A daughter and a brother preceded in death.

The body will arrive in Akron Friday morning.  Friends may call at the Sheetz funeral home after 4 p.m. Friday.

 

William H. Brubaker

William Henry BRUBAKER, 84, pioneer resident of Fulton county died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home, 621 North Jefferson street, this city.  He had resided in the Woodrow community for many years.

Born Jan. 31, 1869, in Miami county, he was the son of Joel and Lavanda DENISTON BRUBAKER.  On Oct. 28, 1889, he was married to Hallavina BECRAFT.  His wife preceded him in death on April 26, 1951.  Mr. Brubaker engaged in farming practically all of his life. He was a member of the Rochester Baptist church and the I.O.O.F. and Eagles lodges, this city.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. John WEBER, this city; a granddaughter, Hallie WEBER; five brothers and two sisters:  J. Walter and Arthur A. BRUBAKER, this city; Omar J. BRUBAKER, Upland, Cal; Frederick E. BRUBAKER, Rockford, Ill.; Harold E. BRUBAKER, South Bend; Mrs. Emma CAMERER and Mrs. Maude DIELMAN, both of Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home with Rev. H. Gordon HYDE in charge.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Friday, July 10, 1953

 

Minnie Osman

Mr. and Mrs. William ZINK and Mrs. Jennie THARP, of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles LEMON of Idaville will go to Detroit Saturday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Minnie OSMAN, 73, who died Thursday avening at a nursing home in that city.

Mrs. Osman, who was born at Burnettsville, Ind., was a sister of Mrs. Zink, Mrs. Tharp and Charles LEMON.  She is survived by five children.  She had visited Rochester on numerous occasions.
Steve Finn

An employee on the Mill Creek Bridge project north of Rochester, Steve “Red” FINN, 67, died suddenly at 7:30 o’clock this morning while at work.  He suffered a heart attack.

Finn, a native of Des Moines, Ia., resided at 217 East Second Street, Peru.  He has worked for the McMahan Construction Company as a hod carrier for the past eight months on the Mill Creek Bridge job.

He was stricken while working on some piling on the west side of U.S. 31 and on the south side of the creek.

A member of the Hod Carriers Union, he was a steward of his local.

The body was taken to the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home here and this afternoon was taken to the Eikenberry Funeral Home in Peru.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Peru funeral home.

Only survivors are three nieces, all of Peru.  Finn’s wife, Louise GAFFREY FINN, died in 1942.

 

Saturday, July 11, 1953

 

Otto W. Love

Following a week’s serious illness, Otto W. LOVE, 73, farmer residing five miles north of Akron, died at 9:45 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.  He had been in failing health for several months.

He was born Dec. 7, 1879, in Miami county, to James and Mary ELLIOTT LOVE.  He was married to Sarah MABY at Akron in 1903.  She preceded him in death in 1912.  Mr. Love was a member of Knights of Pythias lodge in Akron.

Survivors are a son, Russell [LOVE], Mishawaka; a daughter, Miss Marie LOVE, Warsaw; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home, Akron.  Rev. Claude FAWNS will officiate and burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Sunday.

 

Monday, July 13, 1953

 

Inez M. Smith

Mrs. Inez M. SMITH, 54, of Wolf’s Point, Lake Manitou, died at 9 a.m. today at her home.  She had been seriously ill for the past week.  She had resided in this community since 1913 moving here from Logansport.

Inez M. [BALL], daughter of William A. and Theodosia (SMITH) BALL, was born March 1, 1899, at Logansport.  On April 24, 1921, she was married to Admiral F. SMITH at Rochester.  Mrs. Smith was a member of the Talma Christian church and the Mothers of World War II.

Survivors are her husband, at home; two sons, Walter D. and William A. [SMITH], both of Rochester; her father, William A. BALL, Rochester; a brother, Lester Allen BALL, Warsaw and a granddaughter, Susan Dianne SMITH, Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. Delbert RUBERG, Talma, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Tuesday, July 14, 1953

 

Lina Reuter

Funeral services for Mrs. Lina REUTER, 72, wife of Dr. A. P. REUTER of Peru, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lutheran church, Peru.  Rev. A. H. GALLMEIER will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, that city.

Mrs. Reuter died at 8:15 a.m. Monday at the Rochester Nursing Home where she and her husband had been medical patients since July 5.  Mrs. Reuter was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran church.

Survivors are her husband; two sons, Dr. Elbert Frederick REUTER, this city; Dr. Leonard A. REUTER, Peru; a sister, Mrs. Louise ROHRBERG, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Mrs. Ted DAVIS and Paul REUTER, this city; Jean and Johnnie REUTER, Peru.

 

Sally Ann Bucher

Sally Ann BUCHER, 11, R.R. 2, Akron, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday at the Children’s Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Death was attributed to pneumonia which followed a heart attack suffered a few weeks ago.  Sally had been in ill health practically all her life.

She was born Nov. 10, 1941, in Akron to Edward and Lucille (LEININGER) BUCHER.  Mr. Bucher operates the Farm Store in Akron.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheeta funeral home, Akron.  Rev. Wayne JOHNSON of Claypool will officiate and burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 1953

 

Charles Bauer

Coroner Dean K. STINSON, who was called to Kewanna Tuesday evening by the death of Charles BAUER, 37, Logansport, which occurred at the Kibitzer Cafe, at 11 p.m. today [?], pronounced death ws caused by coronary thrombosis.

Bauer, a switchman for the Pennsylvania R.R. had spent the day and evening with friends who were vacationing at Lake Bruce and had stopped at the cafe for a steak dinner when he was stricken.  His death was almost instantaneous.

The body was removed to the Chase-Miller funeral home, Logansport where arrangements are pending.

 

Thursday, July 16, 1953

 

[no obits]

 

Friday, July 17, 1953

 

Fred Overmyer

Word has been received here of the death of Fred OVERMYER, 82, formerly of the Sand Hill community, which occurred last Saturday at the home of his son, Harold [OVERMYER], in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

One of 13 children, the deceased was the son of Israel OVRMYER and Sarah MEYERS OVERMYER.

Funeral services and burial were held in Colorado.


Surviving are the son, two sisters, Mrs. Della SMITH of Rochester and Mrs. Guy SMITH of tiosa; five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Goldie KOFRON of Rochester.

 

Saturday, July 18, 1953

 

Floyd E. Babcock

Floyd Eldrith BABCOCK, 80, route 4, Rochester, died at 6:30 Friday evening at his home near Leiters Ford.  He had been seriously ill three months.

A resident of the Leiters Ford community most of his life he was born May 20, 1873, in Fulton county.  His marriage on Feb. 24, 1897 was to Emma OVERMYER.

A retired carpenter, he was a 50-year-member of the Richland Center Odd Fellows lodge.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Della COOK, Rochester; Mrs. Ethel SIMMERMAN, Milwaukee, Wis.; six grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; a half-brother, Ed BUNN, Leiters Ford; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ethel LOUGH, Rochester; Mrs Ada LOWMAN, Mishawaka.

The body was taken from the Foster funeral home to the residence this evening where friends may call until time of the service.  Final rites will be Monday at two o’clock DST at the Richland Center Methodist church, with the Reverend W. D. ARCHIBALD of Leiters Ford officiating.  Burial will be in the Richland Center I.O.O.F. cemetery.

 

Monday, July 20, 1953

 

John F. Greer

John Franklin GREER, 81, retired railroader who had resided in the Burton community for over 69 years, died at 4 a.m. Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest WALTERS, R.R. 5.  He had been in ill health for several years.

He was born June 18, 1872 at Harrisburg, Pa., to William and Julia GREER.  His first marriage was to Ella GANDY who preceded him in death in 1912.  On December 17, 1921, he was married to Myrtle BATCHELOR.

Surviving are his wife, who is now a patient in Woodlawn Hospital; three stepchildren,William BATCHELOR, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Donald HOLLOWAY, this city and Mrs. Ernest WALTERS, R.R. 5.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Foster funeral home.  Rev. Dale HAMILTON of the Burton Methodist church will officiate and burial will be in the [Moon] cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Joseph R. Little

Following a heart attack suffered Friday while shopping in Rochester, Joseph R. LITTLE, 74, R.R. 2, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Woodlawn Hospital.  He had been a resident of this community for 12 years, moving here from Plymouth.

Born in Jasper county, April 22, 1879, he was the son of David and Lucinda WARREN LITTLE.  In 1905 he was married to Sarah Martha KESSLER.  He followed the occupation of farming and was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, at home; four sons, Virgil [LITTLE], Logansport; Ralph [LITTLE], Miami, Fla.; Deverelle [LITTLE], Donaldson, Ind., and Kenneth [LITTLE], Plymouth; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Zimmerman Brothers funeral home.  Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH of Akron will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Hope cemetery, Athens.

 

Zetta Westerhouse

Mrs. Zetta (ORR) WESTERHOUSE, 53, former Rochester resident, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at the Shemman Nursing Home in Plymouth.

Mrs. Westerhouse, who had been in failing health for six months, had lived in Plymouth for the past two years.

She was born at Bowling Green, Ky., on May 22, 1900.  On April 22, 1949 she was married to John K. WESTERHOUSE who survives.

Other survivors include one brother, Ewing WHITTAKER, Bowling Green, Ky.; two sisters, Mrs. Charles DAVIS and Mrs. Carl YOUNG of Riverside, Ky.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Plymouth, with the Rev. Kenneth DUNN officiating.  Interment will be in the New Oak Hill cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

 

Jesse B. Downey

Jesse Bidwell DOWNEY, 61, Clayton street, Rochester, died at 7:45 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital.  He had been in failing health for three years.  A retired railroader of the Chicago Belt Line Mr. Downey had resided in Rochester three years, coming here from Gary.

He was born Feb. 27, 1892 in Huntington county.  His parents were John and Ann HARDINGER DOWNEY.  Mr. Downey was a member of the Rochester Moose lodge.

The following brothers and sisters survive:  George [DOWNEY], Rochester; John [DOWNEY], of Oregon; Bennett [DOWNEY], of California; Mrs. Zenia CLISE, Rochester; Mrs. Mary DANIELS, Niles, Mich. and Mrs. Goldie BUMBARGER, R.R. 4, Rochester.

The body is at the Foster funeral home where funeral arrangements are pending.

 

Minnie Brewer

Mrs. Minnie BREWER, 73, died from coronary embolism at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of Mrs. I. N. GOOD, 229 W. 7th street, where she had resided for the past three years.  The heart seizure was suffered two hours previous to death.

Mrs. Brewer had been a resident of this city since 1948, coming here from Fort Wayne.  She operated a dress shop on West Eighth street for over a year.

She was born Jan. 30, 1880, in Bellfontaine, Ohio to Mr. and Mrs. John KRAMER.  In 1901 she was married to John BREWER at Bellfontaine.  He preceded her in death in 1925.  Mrs. Brewer was a member of the Rochester Presbyterian church.

Survivors are a son, Howard [BREWER], Cincinnati; two sisters, Mrs. Arlene GALLMAN, Chi