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Busch - Mrs., northwest of this place, died last night at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 11 days. She was an early settler of Allen Twp having located here in 1851. Her funeral will be held on Saturday from the German Lutheran Church. ~ 11-12-1891 ^ 11-20-1891
Busch, Albert, 74, a pioneer resident of this city and county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Stultz, W. Wayne St., Sunday. Death was due to a complication of diseases, together with the infirmities of old age. He was a native of Germany, coming to this country when 12 years old. During his youth he was a clerk in the George Glatte store in this city before and after the Civil War. For 25 years he and his family lived on a farm southwest of Kendallville. He moved to the city 8 years ago. He is survived by a widow, Christiana of this city; and one brother, Fred, southwest of the city; 6 sons, Enoch, George and Gustave of this city, Edward and Bernard D. of Fort Wayne, and William of Henry, Ill.; and 2 daughters, Minnie and Mrs. Charles Stultz of Kendallville. Funeral Wednesday from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stultz. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-4-1911
Busch, Albert J, 89, Garrett, died Sunday in the Garrett Hospital. He was born March 23, 1880 in Fairfield Twp, DeKalb County, and had lived in Garrett since 1917. He formerly worked in the B&O car shops, was a plumber for Charles Lumm and was a B&O janitor. He and Mary Catherine Voges were married in Auburn on Dec. 16, 1914 and she died April 29, 1962. Surviving are a son, Edmond H., Kendallville; two sisters, Miss Ida Busch, Kendallville, and Mrs. Julia Myers, Sacred Heart Home, Avilla; and one step-grandson. Services Tuesday at McKee Funeral Home in Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 10-30-1969
Busch, Alice, 76, died Thursday in McCray Hospital. She was born June 28, 1887, in Noble County and lived her entire life at her farm home at R. 2, Avilla. She was the daughter of John and Magdalene Lash. She was married on June 12, 1917 to Sidney Busch. She was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church. Surviving in addition to her husband is a sister, Mrs. Emma Phillips of the Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. Services Saturday at St. Maryís Church and burial was in the church cemetery. ~ 10-3-1963
Busch, Anna Elizabeth, 78, daughter of George and Magdalena Hess, was born in Noble County January 2, 1852 and died at her home in Allen Twp June 20, 1930, aged 78 years, 5 months and 18 days. She married Fredrick Busch on the 13th of October 1870. They had ten children: Theodore, South Bend; Lewertha, Chicago; Mrs. Tillie Bierwerth, Mishawaka; Mrs. Claude Sawyer, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Fred Rockstroh, South Bend; Mrs. Harry Munroe, Niles Mich.; Louis, Kendallville; Arthur, South Bend; and Earl at home. One daughter, Bertha preceded her in death. She leaves five girls, four boys, one sister and five brothers, fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was a member of the Lutheran Church at Kendallville. ~ 7-3-1930 The following brothers and sisters also survive; John Hess, Avilla, Will Hess, Hartford City, Mrs. Will Wolf, Avilla, Charles Hess, Fort Wayne, Sam Hess, St. Joseph, Mich., and Albert Hess, Lucas, O. Funeral Monday at Kendallville. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery. + 6-?-1930 ~ 7-3-1930
Busch, Arthur C, 88, died Monday in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. He was born in Avilla, Oct. 14, 1892. He moved to Mishawaka from Avilla in 1939. He married Martha Fritz in Avilla on June 17, 1922. She survives. Services Wednesday in Hahn-Tesfley-Devos Funeral Home in Mishawaka. ~ 11-13-1980
Busch, Augustuswas born Sept. 15, 1854 at Osenburg, Ohio, and died Jan. 29, 1930 at the home of his daughter in Toledo, Ohio, age 75 years, 4 months and 14 days. In 1881 he married Sarah Smith and they had 2 children, Maude M., who survives, and Chester A., who died in infancy. He was for many years a resident of Ligonier and worked in the Graham Carriage works. Mrs. Busch died Jan. 18, 1921. Funeral Saturday from Brown Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. Ligonier Leader 2-3-1930 Contributed by Judy Richter
Busch Christian
died this morning. About 2 years ago he moved to this city from his farm in Fairfield Twp, DeKalb County, and has been a resident of the city ever since. He leaves a widow, 4 daughters, Mrs. F. W. H. Ziebell, Mrs. Mart Bowman and the Misses Ida and Sarah Busch; 2 sons, Henry and Albert; and 4 grandchildren. Funeral Sunday at the Lutheran Church. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery at Fairfield Center. ^ 4-15-1910
Busch, Earl William, 98, died Thursday in Courtland Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. He was born in Noble County Oct. 8, 1895 to Frederick and Elizabeth (Hess) Busch. He married Georgia A. Rowland on July 1, 1922 in LaGrange County. She died in 1968. He was a painter and wallpaper hanger-interior decorator, retiring in 1960. A WW I Navy veteran, he had been employed by Wolf & Dessauer 15 years. Surviving are a son, Richard of Fort Wayne; a daughter Ruby Klausing of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday in Elzey & Haggard Home for Funerals, Fort Wayne. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery, Avilla. + 12-30-1993
Busch, Elsworth D, 67, a native of Kendallville, died Tuesday at his home. Born Aug. 7, 1921 in Kendallville, he was the son of Gus and Lulu (Bauman) Busch. He graduated from Kendallville High School, Concordia College in Fort Wayne, and Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He was a circuit counselor for the Fort Wayne Circuit - East of Indiana District. He retired in 1986 as senior pastor for St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, after 26 years. Surviving are his wife, Marie E.; four sons, Lawrence of Cleveland, Ohio, Charles of Auburn, and Theodore and Robert, Fort Wayne; a daughter, Katherine Schultz of Flora; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral Friday at St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-25-1988
Busch, Georgia A, 68, of Fort Wayne, died last Thursday at Lutheran Hospital shortly after admittance. She had lived in Fort Wayne 47 years and was a native of South Milford. She was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband, Earl; one son, Richard, Fort Wayne; one daughter, Mrs. Edward McKaig, Garden City, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Arlie Libey, Hudson; and nine grandchildren. Funeral Sunday at the Elzey Home for Funerals, Waynedale. Burial, Avilla Lutheran Cemetery. ~ 4-4-1968
Busch Grace I, 90, 405 W. Albion St., died Thursday at Sacred Heart Home. She was born Aug. 27, 1893 in Sawyer, Kan., the daughter of Martin and Sabina (Crowl) Crum. Her husband of more than 50 years, Louis Busch, died Sept. 23, 1972. She had lived in the Avilla area 60 years and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Sabina) Kistler, Avilla; and three grandchildren. Preceding her in death were seven sisters and three brothers. Services Saturday in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial Lutheran Cemetery. ~ 4-26-1984
Busch Gustave O, 87, a one-time resident of the Avilla area, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital at Kendallville. He was born in Kendallville Jan. 24, 1878, and for 42 years was a partner with Ernest Autenreith in the Start Grocery in Kendallville. Survivors are his wife, Lulu, whom he married May 12, 1906; one son, Rev. Ellsworth Busch, pastor of St. Peterís Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne; five grandchildren and one sister. A son, six brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Rites Friday in the Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 1-27-1966
Busch Henry, 14, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Busch of this township, died Monday from inflammation of the bowels. ~ 10-6-1898
Busch Herman, the long lost brother of Fred Busch, who was brought from Dakota last week dying from cancer, an account of which is given on our fourth page, died last evening at the home of his brother in the north part of this township. Since being brought here he recognized and conversed with all his relatives save one sister who arrived at his bedside after he had lost consciousness. He gave no particular explanation of his long silence, but said he intended to visit them and take them by surprise in a year or two. Funeral at the residence Saturday. + 12-8-1892
Busch Herman Edward, 66, native and lifelong resident of Kendallville, died at the Simon Convalescent Home there last Wednesday from cancer. Surviving are five brothers and one sister, Enoch, George and Gust of Kendallville, William of Henry, Ill., Bert of Muncie, and Mrs. Charles Stultz, Fort Wayne. Funeral Friday from A. J. Berhalter Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 9-?-1935
Busch Ida L, 93, Kendallville, died Friday at McCray Hospital. She was born Dec. 12, 1882 to Christian and Minerva Beight in DeKalb County. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Julia Meyers, Lutheran Home. Funeral Monday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 11-?-1976
Busch Janis, 17, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Busch residing 6 miles southwest of Kendallville, died Friday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Garrett, from peritonitis, following an operation for appendicitis. She was born April 9, 1920 and was a member of the senior class of Avilla High School. Last rites were Monday at the Catholic Church, Avilla, with interment in the nearby cemetery. + 12-?-1937
Busch Lewertha A, 92, a native of Noble County, died Sunday in the Kondas Nursing Home near Albion. The daughter of Fredrick and Elizabeth Hess Busch, she was born Nov. 29 in Allen Twp. She had been a nurse nearly all her life, working in Chicago until 1960. Surviving are three brothers, Louis, Avilla, Earl, Fort Wayne, and Arthur, Mishawaka; a sister, Mrs. E. Rockstroh, also of Avilla. Four sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral Tuesday in the L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home in Avilla. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery. ~ 12-23-1965
Busch Louis, 82, was born Feb. 25, 1890, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Hess) Busch. He was married March 2, 1919 in Pierceton to Grace Crum, who survives. He was a retired farmer living at 405 W. Albion St., Avilla. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Avilla. He died Saturday morning, Sept. 23 in McCray Hospital. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Bina) Kistler of Avilla; a sister, Mrs. Emma Rockstroh of Avilla; two brothers, Arthur of Mishawaka and Earl of Waynedale; three grandchildren, Denise, Rhonda and Gordon of Avilla. Services Sept. 25 in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial, church cemetery. ~ 9-28-1972
Busch Lulu M, 82, died Wednesday in McCray Hospital. She was born Nov. 7, 1882 in Noble County to Peter and Sophia (Dosch) Bauman. She married Gustave O. Busch May 12, 1906 in Noble County. He died Jan. 18, 1966. She was a lifetime area resident and a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are one son, Rev. Elsworth D., pastor of St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Lawrence, who died in 1932, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral Saturday in St. John Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 8-?-1975
Busch Martha A (Fritz), 83, a resident of the Fountainview Nursing Home, Mishawaka, and a former resident of Avilla, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She was born in East Chicago on Aug. 23, 1897 and married Arthur Busch on June 17, 1922 in Avilla. He died Nov. 10, 1980. She moved to Mishawaka 36 years ago from Avilla and was a member of St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Mishawaka. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Stephen (Violet) Casper of South Bend; a sister, Mrs. Emma Kester of Sebring, Fla.; two granddaughters and four great-grandsons. Services Thursday in Hahn-Peffley-DeVos Funeral Chapel, Mishawaka. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery, Avilla. + 3-?-1981
Busch, Minerva, 77 widow of the late Christian Busch died at her home on 236 Clark Street on 8-28-1925. She was born July 20, 1848 at the old Beightís homestead, east of this city, the daughter of the late Samuel and Barbara Beights. She married June 6, 1865 in DeKalb County. Christian preceded her in death 15 years ago last April. Nine children were born, six of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Busch resided on a farm in Fairfield Township, DeKalb County coming to Kendallville 17 years ago. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are 4 daughters, two sons, H. Busch and Albert Busch of Garrett; Ida Busch at home; Mrs. Frank Ziebell, Mrs. Ernest Kammerer and Mrs. Martin Bauman of this city; one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Pauline Noaker and John Beights of this city and S. Beights, South Bend; two half-brothers and one half-sister Henry Beights and Mrs. Caroline Kammerer, DeKalb Co and Samuel Beights of this city. Three brothers, one half-sister and one half-brother preceded her in death. The funeral service was held in the late home and funeral proper from St. John Lutheran Church Rev J. F. Kretzmann officiating. Interment Lake View, Kendallville. Pall bearers: George Kaiser, Fred D. Butz, W. H. Franke, Louis Holzer, E. H. Sabrosky and Walter Duve. + July 1925
Busch Sidney, 83, resident of R. 2, Avilla, was found dead of natural causes in his home Monday. He apparently had died Saturday. The only survivors are two nephews. Funeral mass today in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville. ~ 1-20-1972
Busch Theodore, 81, died last Monday of complications at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Milton Tharp, at South Bend. He was born north of Avilla, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Busch. In early life he engaged in farming and in 1920 moved to South Bend where he was employed by the Studebaker Corporation, retiring a few years ago. His wife, Alma Pankop Busch, died in 1919. Surviving besides the daughter are two sons, Ernest of Mishawaka, and Edwin of South Bend; four grandchildren; three brothers, Louis of Avilla, Arthur of Mishawaka, and Earl of Waynedale; three sisters, Miss Lewertha Busch of Chicago, Mrs. Tilla Bierwerth of Mishawaka and Mrs. Emma Rockstroh of South Bend. Services Thursday both at the funeral home and the South Bend Lutheran Church. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery, Avilla. ~ 6-11-1953
Busch Adeline M died March 12, 2010 at Parkview Noble Hospital. Tillie was born May 31, 1926 to Rollie and Mary Speakman in Decatur. She lived with her uncle and aunt, Dwight and Edna Sheets. She married Oscar H. Busche on Feb. 11, 1946. He died in 2008. Surviving are a daughter, Dianna and Tim Mock of Pierceton; 3 sons, Dwight and Phyllis Busche, Nick and Lori Busche of Albion, and Jerry
Busche of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Edna Goldner of Decatur, Mary Nine of Fort Wayne; and 3 brothers, William Speakman of Garrett, Dwight Speakman of Fort Wayne and James Speakman of Fla. She was preceded in death by her son, Oscar "Hermie" Busche in 1959; 3 sisters, Mable Sunderland, Della Jitchcock and Goldie Reynolds. Services Tuesday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ^ 3-14-2010
Busche Oscar Herman, 89, of Albion, died May 19, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital. He had a 40-year career as a long haul semi driver and owned a vehicle repair service in the Ligonier area 1959-1962 and operated a dairy farm until the mid-1970s. He was a veteran of the CCC and the U.S. Army. He was a member of American Legion, Teamsters Local 414 and VFW. He was born May 8, 1919 in Fort Wayne to Fred and Marie (Roush) Busche of Fort Wayne. He married Adeline Matilda Speakman on Feb. 11, 1946. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Dwight and Phyllis, Nick and Lori, and Jerry of Albion; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Tim Mock of Pierceton; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Arthur of Spencerville and Frederick of Fort Wayne; a sister, Martha Essex of Columbia City; and a half-brother, Don Amstutz of New Haven. He was preceded in death by a son, Oscar "Hermie"; 2 sisters, Helen and Mildred; 3 brothers, Freeman, Al and Kenneth; and a grandson. Services Saturday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ^ 5-20-2008
Buser Barbara, nee Miller, was born in Coshocton County, O., Feb. 7, 1827, the daughter of John and Julia Miller. On May 19, 1849 she married William Buser. In 1851 they moved to Noble County and settled near Avilla, where they lived until four years ago, when they moved to town. She joined the Evangelical Association 66 years ago. She was one of the charter members of the Avilla society. The immediate cause of death was paralysis, the stroke coming on Jan. 7, affecting her entire left side. From this she never rallied, dying Jan. 15, 1912, aged 84 years, 11 months and 8 days. She leaves one son, M. D. Fisher, 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral at the Evangelical Church this afternoon. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 1-17-1912
Bush Harry L, 73, R. 2, Wolcottville, was killed in an auto accident Monday on US 6 near CR 150E in Noble County. Surviving are six stepdaughters, Mary Coats, Barbara Owens and Bonnie Schuster, Albion, Sharon Bennett, Avilla, Patsy Gangwer, Rome City, and Frances Leitch, Wolf Lake. Services Friday at the Hutchins-Armes Funeral Home, Wolcottville. ~ 11-28-1985
Bush Hattie Mary Zillimaw, 73, died Aug. 19 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Cora Stephens, in Fort Wayne. A native of Wells County, she lived in Fort Wayne for the past forty years. Surviving besides the sister are two brothers, Sidney Bush, Avilla, and Clarence J. Bush, Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services Friday in the Klaehn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial, Lisbon Cemetery. ~ 8-20-1959
Bush Leonard, of Allen Twp, died at his home last Sunday and was buried at Lisbon on Monday. He emigrated from Germany in 1854 and settled in Allen, where he has since resided. He was in his 71st year. His wife and 5 children, all residents of the county, survive. ^ 8-19-1887
Bush Otto R, 82, resident of this community all his life, died Monday at his farm home four miles northeast of here. He was born in Lisbon and spent all his life farming in that area. He was a member of Kendallville Lodge No. 316, IOOF. His wife, Elizabeth, died 17 years ago. Surviving are an adopted daughter, Mrs. Everett Rice; and a sister, Mrs. David Wilson of Toledo. Funeral Wednesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-?-1941 (1-19-1942)
Bush Rex Daniel, 13, Ligonier, died Monday due to complications. The son of Gerald Bush, Carrollton, Ga., and Mrs. Sandra Bush, Ligonier, he was born in Goshen Feb. 21, 1916. He was a member of St. Patrickís Catholic Church, Ligonier. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Gary (Christine) Combs, Cromwell; three brothers, Michael, Jeffrey and Tony, all at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kief, Ligonier and Mrs. Margaret Grapp, Palo Alto, Calif. Services Thursday at St. Patrickís Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-?-1974
Bush William, Waverly, N.Y., died Oct. 29. He was the father of Mrs. C. B. Bixler of Kimmell, who was at his bedside during his terminal illness. + 11-?-1971
Bushing Raymond O, 65, died Saturday at his residence. He was born in Fort Wayne Oct. 17, 1922, the son of Oscar and Rangold (Rhinewald) Bushing. On Oct. 1, 1955, he married Mary Walburn, who survives. He had moved to Wolcottville from Fort Wayne one year ago. He retired in 1986 from Falstaff Brewery and was a member of Teamsters Local 1162 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Becky of Wolcottville, and Jeri Phillips of Perris, Calif.; a son, Michael of Phoenix, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Brenda Kegg of Huntertown; a stepson, Leon Garrett of Wolcottville; two grandchildren. No services. + 6-5-1988
Bushong Andrew, 78, died at his home west of this place on Monday, June 8. Funeral at Mt. Pleasant yesterday. ~ 6-11-1891 He was the father of Andrew Bushong of Wayne Center. ^ 6-12-1891
Bushong Anna "Laura", 96, R. 1, Albion, died Sunday in Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. Born Aug. 21, 1881 in White County, she was the daughter of George G. and Carrie (Boyland) Hufty. She first married Frederick Ruffing in 1900. He preceded her in death. She then married Thurlow Bushong in 1912. He died in 1958. She had lived in Carroll County until 1906 when she moved to Noble County. She was a member of the Rehoboth Ladies Aid. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Ivan (Claudia) Kline, Kendallville; two sons, Harold, R. 1, Albion, and Dale, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1978
Bushong Bernard C, 76, died Dec. 1, 2003 at his home. A farmer, he operated an excavating business most of his life. A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Brimfield Lions Club. He was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Jefferson Twp to Dale and Edna (Bower) Bushong. Preceding him in death were his stepmother, Elma Bushong; stepfather, Earl Crofoot; foster parents, Forrest and Ethel Edmonds; 3 brothers, Glade, William and Donald Bushong; and 2 foster sisters, Eloise Knapp and Helen Schinbeckler. On Sept. 29, 1949 in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Albion he married Joan Leatherman. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Kim of North Vernon and Steven and Jacqueline of Albion; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and Gregory Bricker and Jan and Michael Taulbee of Kendallville; 3 sisters, Virginia Leatherman of Albion, Phyllis Fullhart of Tucson, Ariz., and Mary Konger of Fort Wayne; 8 grandchildren and their spouses, Thane and Tara Bushong, Heather Bushong, Ryan and Jessica Bricker, Megan Bricker, Janelle Taulbee, Adam Taulbee, Diana Bushong and Natalie Bushong; a great-grandchild, Noah Bushong and Keith and Cheryl Leatherman. Keith was raised by the Bushongs following the death of his parents. Services Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ^ 12-3-2003
Bushong Betty J, 58, Fort Wayne and a former Kendallville resident, died Friday in Parkview Hospital. She was born in Kendallville and had lived in Fort Wayne for 30 years. Surviving are her husband, F. Lee Bushong; a daughter, Cherry Zemen; and a son, George, both Fort Wayne; a brother, John Ellis, Newbury Park, Cal., and three grandchildren. Services will be Monday in D. O. McComb Maplewood Park Funeral Home. Gravesides services in Lake View Cemetery. + 9-2-1983
Bushong Dale T, 79, died Friday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a native of Albion and lived in Fort Wayne most of his life. His parents were Thurlow and Ollie (DeCamp) Bushong. He was retired from Kelly Box and Packaging Corp. and was a veteran of WW II. His wife, Elma, preceded him in death in 1983. Surviving are three sons, Glade, Bill and Bernard, all of Albion; three daughters, Susan Nagy, Fort Wayne, Virginia Leatherman, Albion, and Phyllis Bertch, Elkhart; three stepsons: three stepdaughters; and one half-brother, Harold Bushong of Albion. Services Monday at C. M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 4-12-1984
Bushong Donald - Leaning over the edge of a small tank at the family home four miles southeast of here, Donald, two-and-a-half-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bushong was drowned as he tried to reach a floating dish of butter. The child was taken from the water by his mother shortly after he fell in. The tank had about two and a half feet of water in it. The dish was kept in the water to keep the butter cool. Apparently the childís liking for the food caused him to remove the cover of the dish and dig the butter out with his fingers. Indications were that he had secured some butter and that the dish floated to the far side of the tank while the child was reaching for more. Efforts at resuscitation failed. The tank is a small one beneath the framework of the windmill. The accident occurred shortly before noon. Besides the parents, three brothers, Glade, William and Bernard; two sisters, Virginia and Phyllis Jean, all at home; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thurlow Bushong of Jefferson Twp, and Mr. and Mrs. George Bower of Green Twp, survive. Funeral at the parentsí home Tuesday. + 6-?-1931
Bushong Elizabeth Joan, 79, of Albion, died May 7, 2003 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Kendallville. Born Sept. 3, 1923 in Albion, she was a retired cook for the Friendly Inn and several other area restaurants. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Brenda (John) Hoover of Albion, Mrs. Colette (Don) Parker of Huntertown, Mrs. LuAnn (Chuck) Spuller of Harbor Springs, Mich.; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gatwood. Private family services at Rose Hill Cemetery. ^ 5-14-2003
Bushong Elma M, 72, died Wednesday in Brighton Hall Nursing Home, New Haven. She was born in Bluffton. Survivors include her husband, Dale T.; four sons, Russell Jones of Monroeville, Lewis Bushong of Fort Wayne, Ronald Bushong of New Haven and Bert Johnson of Uniondale; four daughters, Beverly Koile of New Philadelphia, Ohio and Barbara Jones, Lois Martin and Sue Nagy, Fort Wayne; seven stepdaughters, Grace Jones of Fort Wayne, Irene Hockenberry of Bluffton, Flora Hirshy of Rochester, N. Y., Virginia Leatherman of Albion, Phyllis Bushong of Goshen, Christina Vicarrio and Margaret Pratt, both of Phoenix; three stepsons, Glade, Bill and Bernard Bushong, all of Albion; three sisters, Evelyn Teel, Fort Wayne, and Ruth Hildebrand and Goldie Eflinger, both of LaPorte; one brother, Otto Hutchinson of Bippus. Services Friday at C. M. Sloan & Son Funeral Home. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 4-7-1983 + 4-?-1983
Bushong Emerson, 82, of Cromwell, died Feb. 23, 2006 at Millers' Merry Manor in Syracuse. He was a retired dairy farmer who graduated in 1941 from Syracuse High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a radarman, radioman and gunner. He was a member of Indian Village United Methodist Church, West Noble American Legion Post and Wolf Lake VFW. He was born Oct. 16, 1923 in Syracuse to Gerald and Meta (Seehawer) Bushong. He married Marjorie R. Hontz on April 9, 1944 at the home of the bride's parents. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Daniel of Cromwell and Stephen of Churubusco; 2 daughters, Sasha Hively of Kimmell and Sharon Gerig of Angola; a brother, Merton of Lucas, Texas; 8 grandchildren and their spouses, Ingrid and Brad Kohlagen, Lukus Hively, Les and Amy Hively, Trent and Mary Gerig, Tiffany Gerig, Stefanie Bushong, Scott and Rachel Bushong and Stacie Bushong; and 2 great-grandchildren, Kaela Gerig and Cole Hively. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph. Services Sunday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 2-24-2006
Bushong Frank, son of the late Andrew and Catherine Bushong, died Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lydia Waltman, with whom he made his home since the death of his parents. Frank was the second youngest of a family of ten children, six of whom have preceded him in death. The surviving sisters are Mrs. Waltman and Mrs. Elizabeth Clemens of near Avilla. The brothers are Andrew of Burr Oak, Mich., and John of near South Milford, Ind. He was born June 15, 1863 at the old Bushong homestead in Swan Twp and died August 23, aged 63 years, 2 months and 7 days. Funeral at the home Tuesday. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 8-27-1925
Bushong Gerald, 73, R. 2, Syracuse, died in his home Monday of complications. Born at Syracuse on April 13, 1900, he was the son of Frank and Emma (Miller) Bushong. A farmer and lifetime resident of the Syracuse community, he married Meta Seebawer on June 31, 1922. He was a member of New Paris Missionary Church and a past director of Kosciusko County REMC. Surviving are the widow; three sons, Emerson, Cromwell, Merton, McKinney, Texas, and Ralph, Syracuse; twelve grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Mary) Wolever of Tippecanoe Lake. Funeral in Harris Funeral Home, Syracuse, today. Burial, Syracuse Cemetery. + 4-?-1974
Bushong Glade T, 77, died Sept. 29, 2000 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Oct. 10, 1922 in Jefferson Twp, Noble County, to Dale and Edna (Bower) Bushong. He retired from Stroman Electronics, Kendallville, in 1992. On Sept. 30, 1976 he married Wahnetta (Susie) Greenman in Albion. A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he was a member of American Legion Post 246 and attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Albion. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters, Mrs. John (Brenda) Hoover of Albion, Mrs. Don (Colette) Parker of Huntertown; Mrs. Chuck (LuAnn) Spuller of Harbor Springs, MI; 2 stepdaughters; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bernard of Albion; 3 sisters, Virginia Leatherman of Albion, Phyllis Fullhart of AZ, and Mary Nash of South Bend. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Bill and Donald. Funeral at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion, Oct. 3. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 10-4-2000
Bushong Glenn S, 85, Fort Wayne, died Thursday at The Towne House. He was born Jan. 29, 1890 to John and Mary (Sperbeck) Bushong in Swan Twp. He married Mae Bortner on Aug. 21, 1913 in Ligonier. He had been a lifetime resident of Kendallville until he and his wife moved to The Towne House five years ago. He was a retired railway mail clerk for the NYC Railroad. He was a member of the Christian Science Society, F&AM Lodge 276 of Kendallville, Eastern Star of Kendallville, and Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Virginia) Tesch, Kendallville; two sons, Robert J., Detroit, Mich., and F. Lee, Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. One sister preceded him in death. Funeral Sunday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-?-1975
Bushong John, about 45, lifelong resident of Rome City and vicinity, died Friday at his home from diabetes. He was born near Rome City, the son of Joseph Bushong. He had always made his home there and until his recent illness was employed as a carpenter. Surviving are the widow; 3 sisters, one in LaGrange, one in Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Rose Haney of Albion. Burial, Osborn Cemetery. Noble Co Democrat 2-18-1926
Bushong John, 74, native of Swan Twp, died at his home in South Milford May 7 from asthma and heart trouble. He was born April 21, 1860 in Swan Twp, the son of Andrew and Catherine Bushong. Forty-eight years ago last Thanksgiving Day he married Lotta Sperbeck at Sturgis, Mich. For a time they resided at the Bushong homestead in Swan Twp and 32 years ago the family located on a farm a mile southwest of South Milford. He was one of a family of 12 children and was the last survivor of the group. Much of his life has been spent farming. He was a member of the M. E. Church 40 years. He had been a resident in South Milford since March 19 following a fire which destroyed the family farm home. Surviving are the widow; 2 daughters, Edna at home and Neva, county nurse; and a son, Glenn of Kendallville. Funeral Wednesday. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. ^ 5-7-1934
Bushong Perry - On the morning of May 1 it was discovered near the crossing at Cainís siding east of Rome City on the G R & I Railway, fragments of torn clothing, fragments of human flesh and part of a body. The coroner determined the victim was Perry Bushong, who in company with a young man named Potts, went to Kendallville on April 30. While in Kendallville both had drank excessively and had gone to the station drunk intending to steal a ride home. At the station they got into a wrangle with the baggage master and Bushong, being the least drunk of the two, engaged in a battle with the baggage man. Soon after the scrap was over Bushong disappeared and Potts fell asleep. This is Pottsí story and he acknowledged that he was too drunk to see or judge very correctly of anything. He leaves a widow although he was only a little over 19 years of age. Noble Co Democrat 5-6-1891
Bushong Sarah Jane was born in Richland County, Ohio Dec. 16, 1846 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jerry Albertson in Avilla on Dec. 16, 1932. Her parents were Abijah and Margaret Simmons and she was one of 10 children. All of them with the parents have preceded her in death, except one sister, Mrs. Ollie Randall of Chicago. She was married to William Bushong in 1868. They soon settled on the farm since known as the Bushong farm. It was then in woods except for a small cleared strip. They were spared 50 years together during which time they cleared the land and became successful farmers. They had three children, Margaret, who is now Mrs. Jerry Albertson of Avilla; Thurlow, who lives on the farm in Jefferson Twp; and Maude, who is now Mrs. Fred Shew of near Wolcottville. There are 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. At the age of 17 she was baptized into the Lutheran Church and for many years she was an attendant and supporter of the Rehoboth Church near the old home. About 14 years ago Mr. Bushong died. Since that time she has lived among her children. She became ill about a week ago with pneumonia. She died on her 86th birthday. Funeral Monday at the Thurlow Bushong home. Burial, Albion. + 12-?-1932
Bushong Thurlow, 81, (b. 12-31-1876) a retired Jefferson Twp farmer, died at the farm home in which he was born June 21, 1958. He had spent his entire life on the farm. Surviving are the widow, Laura; one daughter, Mrs. Claudia Kline of Kendallville; two sons, Harold at home, and Dale of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Maude Shew of Cassopolis, Mich. Funeral Monday in Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 6-?-1958
Bushong Wahnetta (Susie), 69, died Dec. 13, 2002 at the Hospice Home of Northeastern Indiana in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born in Steuben County on March 15, 1933 to Willis and Bertha (Billman) Greenman. She worked for Dana Corp. in Churubusco and also as a cook at Albion Jefferson School. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. On Sept. 30, 1976 she married Glade Bushong in Albion. He died Sept. 29, 2002. She is survived by 2 daughters, Cindy (Phil) Jacob of Albion and Cathy (Mike) Blomberg of Wolcottville; 3 stepdaughters; 6 grandchildren, Chad, Brad and Shawn Jacob, Angela Kresse, Jodie Kline and Stephanie Evans; 9 great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Austin, Tristin and Owen Jacob, Justin, Holey and Alexandrea Kresse and Maria and Nathan Evans; 2 sisters, Elinor Conrad of Albion and Phyllis Weibel of New Port Richey, Fl. Two brothers, Max and Dale Greenman, also preceded her in death. Services Dec. 17 at Brazzell Funeral Home in Avilla. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ^ 12-18-2002
Bushong William was born in Columbiana County, Ohio May 23, 1843 and died near Albion Nov. 8, 1918, aged 75 years, 5 months and 15 days. He was one of a family of eleven children, three of whom, with the parents, have preceded him in death. Those surviving him are Mrs. Katherine Kinsey of South Dakota, Mrs. Joe Waltman, Mrs. Henderson Clemens, Mrs. Jane McCartney and Frank all of near Avilla, Andrew of Auburn, and John of South Milford. When he was about nine years of age, the family moved to Indiana from the Ohio home and settled southwest of Avilla. In 1860 he was married to Susette Wilson. They had two daughters, Mrs. Jane Applegate, who died about two years ago, and Mrs. Ida VanTilberg, who survives. The wife and mother died about 1865. On Aug. 9, 1868 he was married to Sarah Jane Simmons. They had three children, Mrs. Maggie Baldwin of Avilla, and Thurlow and Mrs. Fred Shew of Albion, all of whom with the widow and eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive. On Friday evening he took ill with apoplexy and lived only about two hours. He and Mrs. Bushong moved to their present home in 1874 when the land was wooded. He especially loved his grandchildren and they were always welcome at the old home. + 11-8-1918
Bushong William "Bill", 62, Albion, died Sunday at his residence. He was born Nov. 16, 1923 in Jefferson Twp, the son of Dale T. and Edna M. (Bower) Bushong. He married Carol B. Pierce in Albion June 6, 1947. He was a WW II veteran and employed by Monsanto Corporation of Ligonier in maintenance. He spent his entire life in Noble County and was a member of the Albion American Legion Post 246. He is survived by his wife; one son, James of Topeka; two daughters, Mrs. Jeffrey (Lana) Mountz of Kendallville, and Mrs. Michael (Melinda) Ley of Avilla; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Glade and Bernard, both Albion; three sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Virginia) Leatherman of Albion, Mrs. Phyllis Bertch of Elkhart, and Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Nash of South Bend. Services Wednesday at Orr Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 8-14-1986
Buss Edith Elaine, 78, died April 28, 2007 at Avalon Village Care Center in Ligonier. She was born Dec. 12, 1928 in Ege to William and Alta (Harrold) Fordyce. She married Walter Lee Buss on April 15, 1968 in Brimfield. A graduate of Avilla High School, she had been employed at Starcraft RV in Topeka for 22 years. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Sue Ann Birch of Albion; a stepdaughter and 2 stepsons; a brother, Charles Fordyce of Wolcottville; 2 granddaughters, Kristina Cochran and Sheila West; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Alouise Moore. Services Wednesday at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. ^ 4-30-2007
Busser Anna, 89, died Jan. 3, 2001 at Oak Leaf Village, Ligonier. She was born April 15, 1911 in Albach, Germany, to Karl Friederich and Anna Apollonia (Helling) Bar. She married Hermann Gehardt, who died in 1985. She married Alois Busser, who died in 1991. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Inge and Larry Baker of Kimmell; 2 grandsons, Tim and Tony Miller; and 2 great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Philip Miller. She was also preceded in death by a brother. Graveside services Saturday at Sparta Cemetery. ^ 1-4-2001
Busz Earl L was born Dec. 30, 1912 and died April 5, 1966. Services at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home, Albion, April 8. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 4-?-1966
Busz Gerald L, 43, of Albion, died Jan. 13, 1995 in the emergency room of McCray Hospital. He was born Sept. 14, 1951 in Warsaw to Darwin and Dorothy (Smith) Busz. He married Rhonda Miller on June 29, 1986 in Warsaw. He had been employed by Migler Trucking and Albion Wire. He was a member of American Legion Post 246 in Albion. Surviving are his wife and parents; 5 daughters, Mrs. Erick (Dawn) Sainer of Warsaw, Mrs. Bill (Staci) Luke of Albion, Melissa, Shandi and Saisha at home; 2 sons, Gary and Steaven at home; a sister, Katy of Warsaw; 2 brothers, Darwin and Brian of Warsaw; a half-brother, Tim Tackett; and 4 grandchildren. Funeral Monday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-13-1995
Busz Gertrude, daughter of John N. and Sarah Busz, was born in Albion, Sept. 22, 1909 and died at the home of her mother April 21, 1928, aged 18 years, 7 months and 29 days. In the spring of 1922 she united with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, in Albion. The father and one sister, Mary, and one brother, Lewis M., preceded her in death. The mother; two brothers, Dale of Garrett, and Kenneth of Albion; one sister, Mrs. Armilia Reinhart of South Milford survive. Funeral at the United Brethren Church Tuesday. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 4-21-1928
Busz Harvey B, about 80, a lifelong resident of the Albion community, died July 22, 1971 in the National Nursing Home at Columbia City. He was born Nov. 10, 1891 in Noble County to Harley and Lillian Busz. He was married to Rosa Gaff. He was a retired farmer and laborer. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Hulda Scheely of Goshen; and one son, Carl of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two sons, one brother and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral Saturday at Bonham, Miser & Brazzell Funeral Home in Albion. + 7-?-1971
Busz Henry A, only son of Simon and Minerva Busz, was born Aug. 16, 1859 and died on the farm where he was born and raised Oct. 22, 1903. Here he lived 71 years, 3 months and 6 days. On Jan. 24, 1887 he married Lilly Leigh. They had four children, Thurman of Pierceton, Harvey of Albion, Thirza Blaskie of Albion, and Susannah Steed of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, who died at 15 years of age. He was widely known throughout the state for his part in the Old Fiddlerís Contest and many other occasions where he helped furnish music. His last thoughts were full of happiness as he was preparing to play at the Farm Bureau meeting at Wolf Lake the night of his death. He joined the Rediger Tabernacle at Fort Wayne where he became intensely interested in eternal things on March 15, 1930. There are 11 grandchildren. He died of a heart attack he suffered while at the supper table of his daughter, Mrs. George Blaskie south of Albion last Wednesday. Funeral Oct. 24, 1930 at Burr Oak Baptist Church. Burial, Sanford Cemetery. + 10-?-1930
Busz Ida May died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Busz, Jr., on Jan. 2, 1920, aged 3 years 2 months and 19 days. Funeral at United Brethren Church Monday. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 1-?-1920
Busz Jacob, son of John and Mary Busz, was born in Green Twp, Jan. 24, 1856; died June 6, 1924, aged 68 years, four months and 12 days. He married Ruth Cleland March 22, 1884. They had three children, Frank S., Jacob Jr. of Monroe, Mich., and Mrs. Emma Elser, deceased, also Mrs. Anna Strouse, a daughter of a former marriage, who resides near Burr Oak. Jake Busz, by which name he was known, was a lifelong resident of Noble County, with the exception of a few years spent with his family in South Dakota. He was a good farmer and expert road builder. He leaves his wife; three children, Frank, Jacob Jr., and Anna Strouse; eight grandchildren; two brothers, three sisters, Arthur of Huntington, William of Calif., Mrs. Anna Benedict of Fennville, Mich., Mrs. Etta Stevenson of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Rachel Moore of Elkhart; two uncles, Henry of Burr Oak, and William Skeels of Albion; one aunt, Elizabeth Krouse of Pierceton, Mich. Funeral in the U. B. Church Monday. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 6-?-1924
Busz Jesse, farmer and old settler, died at his home in Noble Twp Jan. 19, 1892. Noble Co Democrat 1-27-1892
Busz John N, son of John and Mary C. Busz, was born in Noble County, March 30, 1869; died April 7, 1921, aged 52 years and 8 days. He married Sarah B. Gatwood July 3, 1894. They had three boys and three girls, one son, Louie, dying when small. He lived his entire life in Noble County and was in business for a number of years in Albion and Avilla. About 12 years ago he moved to the farm and was successful in this profession. About twenty-eight years ago he joined the United Brethren Church at his place. He was a member of the Maccabee Lodge. He leaves his wife; two sons and three daughters, namely, Dale, Armilia, Kenneth, Mary and Gertrude. Three sister have preceded him within the last year. Those left of the family are two brothers, Jacob of Albion and Arthur of Huntington; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Benedict of Fennville, Mich., Mrs. Rachel Moore and Mrs. Etta Stevenson of Albion; one uncle Henry; and one aunt, Elizabeth Krouse. He was the fourth member of the family to die within eleven months, Mrs. J. C. Cleland, Mrs. Sam Cleland, Mrs. Nathan Cleland, all of Albion, having preceded him within that time. Funeral at the U.B. Church Sunday. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 4-?-1921
Busz John Nicholas, son of Jacob Busz, one of the earliest settlers in that part of the Noble County territory, now known as Noble Twp, was born in that district on the 7th day of January, 1834 - nearly two and a half years before this county was organized. His birthplace was then in the jurisdiction of Allen County. On the 24th and 26th days of August, 1833, Jacob Busz, the father, had entered 120 acres of government land in Section 12, township 33 north, range 9 east, four months and twelve days before the birth of his eldest son. (Goodspeedís History of LaGrange and Noble Counties erroneously states that Jacob Busz immigrated into that township, bringing with him his sons, "John, Simon, Henry and Jesse." The fact is he came before John, the eldest, was born; and all others were born here.) At the time of Johnís birth the family were alone in Section 12 - that is they had no white neighbors, though plenty of red ones - but the next year Samuel Colvin entered land in the same section and John Olinger nearby in Sections 13 and 14; and the year following - 1836 - Barney Scarlett, Arba Hardy, John Muncy and Newman Scarlett entered lands in the immediate neighborhood, and not far away, the nucleus of Port Mitchell was started. Along the Fort Wayne and Goshen trail three miles south of them beside the Bristol and Tibbot family - Elisha Blackman, the Skinners, Otts, Butterbaugh, Britton, Safford, Colemans, Drivers, Benner, Nichols, and others - by the time John was six years old there were plenty of people near enough to be regarded in those days as near neighbors. On the 27th day of March, 1855, he married Mary Skeels, daughter of William Skeels, an old settler. She died the 14th of Sept. 1894. They had five sons and five daughters. He was a farmer, threshing machine owner and operator, general agricultural implement dealer, veterinary physician and surgeon, filled several local offices and gave his children opportunities for good common school education. He was a member of the Church of God and later of the United Brethren. He was a Union soldier in the War of the Rebellion, a pensioner, member of the GAR and was buried with soldierís honors. He died Aug. 22, 1895 at the age of 61 years 7 months and 15 days. + Clippings book
Busz Lawrence E, about 53, died April 5, 1966, when the car he was driving hit the Steffy Creek Bridge 2.2 miles south of Albion on State Road 9. He was alone in the car. The body was taken to Bonham & Miser Funeral Home in Albion, pending arrangements. + 4-?-1966
Busz Mariah L, daughter of John and Mariah Pressler (Mrs. Henry) died suddenly last Saturday at her home in Albion, aged 76 years and 19 days. Death was caused by apoplexy. Funeral at United Brethren Church Tuesday. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 1-?-1920
Busz Mary A (Skeels) settled in 1843; died Sept. 14, 1894, aged 56 years, 1 month and 8 days. ^ 6-14-1895
Busz Mary J, daughter of John and Sarah Busz, was born in Albion March 2, 1905 and died at her home Feb. 25, 1923, aged 17 years, 11 months and 14 days. At two years of age she became afflicted with spinal meningitis, which left her a constant sufferer with organic heart trouble and which aided mainly to the cause of her death. She joined the United Brethren Church when a little girl. She was an artist in needlecraft and domestic science, some of her handicraft having sold at a good price. Her father preceded her in death nearly two years ago, and one brother, Louie, dying when a child of seven years. Surviving are her mother; two brother and two sisters, namely, Dale, Kenneth, Armilia and Gertrude; grandfather and grandmother, Joseph and Mary Gatwood. + 2-?-1923
Busz Roger L, 61, died March 8, 2002 in Sunbridge Nursing Home in Elkhart. He was born March 10, 1940 in Wolf Lake to Earl and Audrey (Jerrod) Busz. He was a meat packer for Plumrose Meats for 18 years in Elkhart. He is survived by a son, Philip of Albion; a daughter, Kathy Krieger of Wolcottville; his mother, Audrey Frazier of Elkhart; a brother, Robert of Penn.; and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. Memorial service March 16 at Wolf Lake Park. ^ 3-13-2002
Busz Rosa, 82, a Noble County native, died Friday in the National Nursing Home, Columbia City. She was born Jan. 8, 1892 in Green Twp, the daughter of Henry and Huldah (Kinsey) Gaff. Her husband, Harvey Busz, and two sons preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Hulda Scheely; one son, Carl, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 10-?-1974
Busz Sarah, about 86, died Jan. 3 at the home of a son, Kenneth, near Garrett. She was a native of Albion, last member of the Joseph Gatwood family, a sister of the late Charles A., John, George and Ted Gatwood. Surviving besides the son Kenneth, is a son Dale of Garrett; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Reinhart near Kendallville; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services today at a Garrett funeral home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1955
Busz Simon W was born in Noble Twp, in 1836 and died Dec. 6, 1914, aged 78 years 10 months and 6 days. He was born and reared in Noble County and has lived in the same his entire life except while in defense of our country. He married Minerva Herendeen in 1868 and to this union were born a son and a daughter. The daughter died in 1876. He is survived by one son, Henry; one brother; 2 sisters; 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services Dec. 9 at Burr Oak Baptist Church. Burial, Sanford Cemetery. Albion New Era 12-16-1914
Busz Victor A, 25, (b. 8-28-1918 - d. 3-27-1944) was found dead beside the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad near Los Angeles. Private Busz was stationed at Camp Haan, Calif. with the Quartermaster Dept. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Busz; two brothers, Carl at home, and Earl at Kimmell; and one sister, Mrs. Charles Ohlwine of Ligonier. He had entered the military service on Sept. 15, 1942. Services at Christian Chapel. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 4-?-1944
Butcher Gladys L, 98, of Columbia City, died July 5, 2004 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She was born July 15, 1905 in Bourbon, Marshall County, to Charles and Rosa (DeVore) Smith. On Oct. 6, 1921 she married Orson Moore. He died March 12, 1964. On Dec. 28, 1968 she married James F. Butcher. He died July 28, 1971. She was employed several years at Holsinger Super Market in Rome City. Surviving are 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Dorothy and Keith Deetz of Helmer, Lucille Butcher of LaGrange, and Alta Acres of Columbia City; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were 3 sons, William, Orson and Herman Moore; a daughter, Edna Woodward; 3 brother, Charles, Milo and Myron Smith; and 2 sisters, Nellie and Mae Tidwell. Services Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 7-7-2004
Butcher Lucille Marie, 76, of LaGrange, died Feb. 1, 2005 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. She retired in 1990 from Pent Assemblies as a machine operator. She was born Aug. 17, 1928 in Ligonier to Orson Chester and Gladys Lucille (Smith) Moore. She married Robert DeWitt Butcher July 10, 1953 in Brimfield. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and David Bryan of LaGrange; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Deetz of Helmer and Alta Acres of Columbia City. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1996; a sister, Edna Woodard; and 2 brothers, Herman and Orson Moore. Services Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 2-13-2005
Butcher Robert DeWitt, 73, of Wolcottville, died Tuesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Oct. 27, 1923 in Bluffton to Reese DeWitt and Goldie (Rowe) Butcher. On June 10, 1953 in Brimfield he married Lucille Moore. He retired in 1986 as a tool designer for ITT in Fort Wayne and was a WW II Air Force veteran and a member of Wolcottville American Legion Post. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Ruth Ann Bryan of LaGrange; a son, Richard of Howe; a sister, Wanda Warrenburg of Bluffton; a brother, Hillard Butcher of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death in 1983 by a son, John. Funeral Saturday in Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. 12-24-1996
Butler Ada Mae, 92, Albion, died Tuesday at Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. Born April 2, 1885 in Noble County, she was the daughter of John and Laura (Jones) Stotts. She married Amos Fletcher Butler in 1901 in Noble County. He died in 1951. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Norma) Frederick, Hammond, and Mrs. Earl (Evelyn) Couts, St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One daughter, one son and two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral Friday at Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 4-?-1977
Butler Alice died Saturday. Funeral took place Sunday at Wawaka M. E. Church. ^ 2-26-1880
Butler Alice M, 76, (b. 10-10-1879) of near Albion, was found dead in her home east of Green Center on November 5, 1955. The supposition is that she died of a heart affliction. She lived at Kimmell for a number of years and was a member of the Sparta Christian Church there. She was the widow of Arthur Butler and is survived by seven sons: Kenneth of Avilla, Theodore and Russell of Elkhart, Logan of San Diego, Calif., Earl of Alford, Fla., Merle of Churubusco and Carl of Albion; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Banks of Panama City, Fla.; 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and three brothers, Walter Gard of Roanoke, Melvin Gard of Angola and Howard Gard, Wawaka. Services Monday in Sparta Christian Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ~ 11-10-1955
Butler Alma, 81, died Aug. 4, 1990 in Quality Care Nursing Home, Fremont, Ohio. She was born March 19, 1909 in Germany, the daughter of Otto and Cecelia (Stephans) Runge. On Aug. 11, 1929 in Huntington she married Harry Butler. He died in June 1985. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and OES of Albion. Surviving are a daughter, Anna M. Scott of Fremont, Ohio; a son, Jerry of Fremont, Ind.; a brother, Olaff Runge of the Virgin Islands; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother. Services Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. +8-4-1990
Butler Alpheus was of Virginia parentage, his father having been born in Culpepper County and his mother in Loudon, where they lived until 1822 when they moved to Ross County, Ohio, where Alpheus was born Jan. 13, 1829. The family came to Fort Wayne in 1830 and in 1831 moved to Elkhart County, where he grew to manhood. In Sept. 1860 he married Laura Jane Childs who is still living in the home northwest of Wolf Lake. He died April 17, 1891. Noble County Democrat 7-8-1891
Butler Amos F was born July 10, 1879 and died Dec. 3, 1951. Services at Bonham & Miserís Dec. 6. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 12-?-1951
Butler Arthur, son of Hiram and Ada Butler, was born in Edgerton, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1885 and died Oct. 19, 1923, aged 38 years and 21 days. In 1904 he was married to Esther Yeiser. They had six children, three of whom are dead, and three living - Evelyn, Dorothy and Dale. He also leaves the wife; three brothers; and two sisters. Funeral was Oct. 26 in Mr. Bonhamís undertaking parlors. Burial, Osborn Cemetery. + 10-?-1923
Butler Arthur L, 71, (b. 12-31-1875 - d. 12-20-1947) died Saturday at his home six miles east of Green Center. He was a member of the Christian Church at Sparta. He is survived by his wife, Alice; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Banks, Panama City, Fla.; seven sons, Theodore and Russell of Elkhart, Logan of San Diego, Calif., Earl of Ligonier, Merle of Cromwell, Carl of Columbia City, and Kenneth at home; 26 grandchildren; one brother, Oren of Albion. Services Tuesday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 12-20-1947
Butler Carl A, 79, died Saturday in his residence. He was born Aug. 25, 1915 in Kimmell to Arthur and Maddie (Kitchen) Butler. He married Mabel Grieder, who died Dec. 31, 1968. He retired from farming in 1975 in Jefferson Twp, Noble County. Surviving are 3 daughters, Alice Bauman of Garrett, Janet Pressler of New Paris and Ruth Persinger of Albion; 3 sons, Carlus of Garrett, Phil of Milford and Bruce of Goshen; 13 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. A son, Dale, and 2 sisters and 6 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral Thursday in Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, North Webster Cemetery. + 10-15-1994
Butler Catherine M, 74, died Friday at home. Born in Kendallville Nov. 23, 1912, she was the daughter of Charles F. and Marie (Young) Duwan. She had lived in Fort Wayne 50 years. Surviving is her husband, James B.; and a niece, Charles Duwan, Fort Wayne. Services today in St. Patrickís Catholic Church. Burial, Calvary Cemetery, Garrett. + 6-19-1987
Butler Chloe (Renkenberger), 65, wife of Henry Butler, died Friday in her home in Warsaw. She was born in Noble County and had resided in the Hopewell community until 1939 when the family moved to Warsaw. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Surviving are the husband; two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Longyear and Mrs. Paul Knopp, both of Claypool; two brothers, Melvin Renkenberger of Mackinaw City, Mich., and Marion Renkenberger of Logansport; and three grandchildren. Services in the Titus Funeral Home Monday. Burial, Oakwood Cemetery. ~ 5-9-1957
Butler Dunn Anthony died at his home in Ligonier on Jan. 23.  He was born May 18, 1846 near Galion, Crawford County, Ohio.  At an early day he came to Indiana with his father.  He married Mary Alice Knepper on Dec. 20, 1874, and to this union were born 2 sons, Arthur and Orran.  After the death of his wife, he married Sarah Ann Inks Oct. 4, 1880.  He leaves his wife; two sons, Arthur and Orran, and 9 grandchildren.  Funeral was at the home in Ligonier.  Burial, Cosperville Cemetery.  * 2-7-1918 Contributed by Margaret Ott
Butler Earl J, 68, Rome City, died this morning in McCray Hospital. He was born Feb. 10, 1905, the son of Wesley and Katherine (Schilt) Butler. He is survived by the widow, the former Vera Austin; two sons, Larry Lee and Jerry, Rome City; two sisters, Mrs. Brian (Frieda) Riehm, Kendallville, and Mrs. Curtis (Esther) Warner, Churubusco. He was preceded in death by a son and a brother. One grandchild also survives. Funeral Friday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. + 3-?-1973
Butler Edith H, 85, of Albion, died Saturday at her residence Born in Green Twp, Noble County, on August 27, 1906, she was the daughter of Frank and Mentor (Gaff) Herron. On July 29, 1927 in Kendallville, she married Fred C. Butler, who died in August 1983. A lifetime county resident, she had lived in Albion since 1927. She was a homemaker and member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Albion Study Club, OES and Happiness Group. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lee (Ann) Boggs of Albion; 5 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. One great-grandchild preceded her in death. Services Tuesday in Asbury United Methodist Church in Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion. ^ 9-16-1991
Butler Evelyn P, 75, died Nov. 28, 2000 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born March 18, 1925 in Altona to Joseph and Dorothy (Watier) Leeson. On Dec. 1, 1945 she married John J. Butler in Garrett. Surviving are her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Tom Barry of Auburn; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregg and Joy Butler of Brooklyn, Mich.; 4 granddaughters, Holly Barry, Shellie Jacques, April Curry and Julie Alexander; a grandson, Steve Garry; and a sister, Helen Bowman of Garrett. She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Leeson. Services Friday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 11-29-2000
Butler Fred C "Bus", 79, died Saturday in the Kendallville Nursing Home. He was born August 27, 1903, the son of Burl and Lelia (Cockley) Butler. He married Edith Herron July 29, 1927 in Kendallville. He was a former owner of the Albion Standard Station and a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Lee Boggs, R. 1, Albion; three sisters, Donna Wehmeyer, Albion, Mrs. Don (Mayme) Favinger, Knox, Ind., and Mrs. William (Helen) Smith of Detroit; one brother, Harry, R. 1, Albion; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Seven brothers, three sisters and one great-grandson preceded him in death. Services Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 8-25-1983
Butler Frederick F, 94, died Feb. 18, 2004 at his Terrace Hills, Kendallville, residence. He was born in Jefferson Twp, Noble County, on March 7, 1909 to Blanchard and Katherine (Strater) Butler. On Dec. 15, 1931 in LaGrange he married Helen "Patty" Davis. She died May 10, 1992. He was a farmer, raising livestock and growing popcorn. He later developed what is now Meadow Lanes and Terrace Hills residential communities. He was a member of First Christian Church and the Farm Bureau, both in Kendallville. Surviving are a sister, Arcille Overton of Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Services Saturday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-22-2004
Butler Ford H, 82, a former Skinner Lake resident, died July 31, 1980 at the Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, Ind. Born in Noble County to John F. and Lillian Beymer Butler, he married Ruth M. Fulk on March 6, 1920. She died in 1972. He lived at Skinner Lake until 1978 and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Center Chapel United Methodist Church of rural Kendallville. He is survived by four daughters; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services at the Methodist Home in Warren. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 7-?-1980
Butler George, 42, (b. 11-6-1915) former Albion resident who lived in Globe, Ariz., was found dead at his home April 20. He had been shot by person or persons unknown. Investigation are still being carried on to determine the circumstances under which his death occurred, by authorities there. The body was brought here for funeral services last Saturday, with burial at Rose Hill. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Lelia Butler; the widow, Virginia; three daughters, Mrs. Dale Middleton, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Kenney Miller, Angola, and Mrs. Edward Sterns, Garrett; a son, Bill, with the Army at Fort Ord, California; two grandchildren; five brothers, Harry and Fred of Albion, Guy of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dick of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Walter of South Bend; five sisters, Mrs. Don Favinger, Knox, Mrs. Helen Valentine and Mrs. Patricia Engle, Detroit, and Mrs. Don Smith and Mrs. Donna Belle Bowman of Albion. + 4-20-1957
Butler Gloria A, 49, died Saturday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She resided at R. 5, Kendallville and had been employed by the DeKalb County Sheriffís Department for three years until Jan. 1988. She worked for the DeKalb County Emergency Medical Service for 10 years. She was a graduate of the Grace Downs Airline School in New York. She attended the Corunna Community Church and was a member of the Noble County Steam and Gas Engine Club. She was a former secretary of the Butler Chamber of Commerce. She was born June 27, 1940 in Auburn to Henry and Elma (Franks) Lung. She married David Butler on Dec. 23, 1987 in Corunna. Surviving are her mother in Hamilton; her husband; two daughters, Kelly Workman of Fort Wayne and Lori Sowle of Auburn; one son, Keith Keltner of Auburn; two stepsons, Kevin Butler of Hamilton; two brothers, James of Butler and Henry Jr. of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and two sisters, Barbara Wagner of Warsaw and Nancy Shultz of Butler. Services Tuesday in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Corunna Cemetery. + 10-9-1989. + 10-9-1989
Butler Guy "Irish" died Dec. 21. He was the son of the late Burl and Lelia Butler of Albion. He is survived by the widow, Dorothy; two sons, Dennis, Salt Lake City; and Richard H., Huntington; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Heck, Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Don (Mayme) Favinger, Knox, Mrs. William (Helen) Smith and Mrs. Al (Pat) Vendal, both Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Don (Gail) Smith and Mrs. Ivan (Donna) Troyer, Albion; and three brothers, Dick, Benton Harbor, Mich., and Harry and Fred, both Albion. Funeral Saturday in McDouglas Funeral Home in Salt Lake City. + 12-?-1972
Butler Harry B, 82, R. 1, Albion, died Saturday (d.6-8-1985) at his residence. Born Aug. 4, 1902 in Albion, he was the son of Burl and Lelia (Cockley) Butler. On Aug. 11, 1929 in Huntington, he married Alma Runge. He was retired from the Butler & Black Insurance Agency and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of St. Markís Lutheran Church and Masonic Lodge, both of Albion, and Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Anna "Mayme" Scott of Fremont, Ohio; a son, Jerry L., of St. Albans, Vt.; 3 sisters, Donna Wehmeyer, Albion, Mrs. Don (Mayme) Favinger, Knox, and Mrs. William (Helen) Smith of Detroit; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Seven brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Services Tuesday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 6-8-1985
Butler Helen Alice "Patty", 83, of Kendallville, died May 10, 1992 in Parkview Hospital. She was born in LaGrange Feb. 6, 1909, the daughter of Bill and Gertrude Davis. She was married in LaGrange Dec. 15, 1931 to Fredrick F. Butler. Surviving are her husband. A brother, Richard Davis, preceded her in death. Funeral Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-10-1992
Butler Helen C, 77, died Friday at St. Josephís Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was a former Garrett resident. She was born Oct. 24, 1898 to Charles and Adella (Otis) Comparette in Albion and was a retired medical technician. She was a member of the Garrett United Presbyterian Church. Services Monday at McKee Funeral Home. Burial, Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, Ohio. ~ 2-12-1976
Butler Herbert T, son of Burl and Lelia Butler, born Nov. 11, 1911 near Albion, died at Sacred Heart Hospital at Garrett following an accident, April 21, 1933, being 22 years, five months and five days of age. The accident occurred when the automobile he was driving was struck by No. 7 westbound B&O Capital Limited at the State Road 3 crossing just south of Avilla. He grew up in Albion where he attended the Albion schools and the Lutheran Sunday School. On Aug. 2, 1930 he married Margaret Baughman of Kendallville, who with two infant sons, Theodore Richard and Robert Lee, survive to mourn their loss. Also surviving are his parents; seven brothers, Harry, Fred, Guy, Dick, George, Walter and William; and five sisters, Gail, Donna Belle, Patricia Ann, Mrs. Mayme Solliday and Mrs. Helen Valentine. Funeral from St. Markís Lutheran Church April 26. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 4-?-1933
Butler Herman Burl, 75, a lifelong resident of this community, died Aug. 16, 1950 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are the widow, Lelia; five daughters, Mrs. Mayme Solliday of Knox, Mrs. Jesse Valentine of Detroit, Mrs. Woodward Engle, Mrs. Don Smith and Mrs. Merton Bowman, all of Albion; and seven sons, Richard, Walter, John and Guy of South Bend, and Harry, Fred and George of Albion; 25 grandchildren; and a brother, Amos of Albion. Funeral Saturday at St. Markís Lutheran Church. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 8-?-1950
Butler Herman Leroy, son of Fletcher and Mae Butler, was born in Albion Aug. 24, 1908, died March 1, aged 14 years, 6 months and 5 days. On Jan. 21, 1920 he united and was baptized in the United Brethren Church at Albion. A recent attack of the flu followed by cerebral meningitis was the cause of death. He leaves his father and mother; three sisters, Leona, who teaches school east of Albion, Mrs. Norma Kimmel of Hammond, Ind., and Evelyn at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stotts of Avilla, and Rev. and Mrs. George Butler of Tampa, Fla.; two great-grandmothers, Mrs. Barbara Stotts of Kendallville, and Mrs. Lucinda Jones of Avilla. + 3-?-1923
Butler Jasmyn Danielle, daughter of Benjamin E. and Stacey D. (Hill) Butler, was stillborn Oct. 27, 2007. Surviving are her parents; a twin brother, Zachery E. of Butler; grandparents, Ralph and Patricia Butler of Albion and Richard and Diane Hill of Columbia City; and great-grandparents, John Flory of Albion and Cora Dean Hively of Columbia City. Private graveside services at Thorn Cemetery. ^ 11-8-2007
Butler Jerry D, 70, of Rome City, died October 24, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born on February 8, 1943, in Kendallville, a son of Earl and Vera (Austin) Butler. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. On September 24, 1981, he was married in Noble County to Deborah K. Combs. He owned and operated Jerry Butler Towing, and retired in 2003 after more than 25 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 381 in Rome City. Surviving relatives are his wife; 5 children, Rebecca (Douglas) Degroff, Karena (Stan) Woods, Jodi (Robert) Isaacs and Danny Combs, all of Kendallville, and Jerry Dee Butler Jr., of Rome City; a brother, Larry (Deborah) Butler of South Bend; 8 grandchildren, Skyler A. Woods, Tasha M. Woods, Cheyenne R. Woods, Lydia M., Douglas A.Jr., Derek A., Caitlyn R. and Kimerly A. Degroff; a great-grandson, Xander V. Wilcox. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Butler. ^ 10-26-2013
Butler John Festus, one of Jefferson Twpís pioneer citizens, died June 13. He would have been 80 years old next November 18. He had been in his usual health and had worked in the fields on Thursday. During the night he suffered a stroke of apoplexy and with the dawn of a new day slept away. Born in LaGrange County, he was one of nine children born to John and Celia Butler, all of whom have preceded him in death. As a young man he came to Noble County and married Lillian Beymer. They had three children, Mary, Blanchard and Ford. The wife and mother died in 1910 and Blanchard in 1933. Mary, who is now Mrs. Fred Forker of near Kendallville, and Ford, living on the home place, and 10 grandchildren survive him. In 1913 he married Mary Rinehart of Mansfield, Ohio, who survives. For many years he was a member of Zion United Brethren Church. Funeral at the home Monday. Burial, Union Cemetery. + 6-?-1936
Butler John P, about 43, was dead on arrival at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne on March 29, 1964. He is survived by his wife, Valda; a son, Gregory; and two daughters, Theresa and Annette, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Butler of Fort Wayne; a brother, Joseph of Fort Wayne; and four sisters, Mrs. William Gorsuch of Kimmell, Mrs. Francis McAbee of Paulding, Ohio, Mrs. Don Fox and Mrs. Robert Feeley of Fort Wayne. Funeral last Wednesday at St. Peterís Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. + 3-?-1964
Butler John W, 25, R. 2, Albion, was dead on arrival at Parkview Hospital March 23, 1988. He had been working with a horse on his motherís rural Albion farm when he was kicked in the left portion of his chest. He was born June 19, 1962 to Jerry and Linda (Baker) Butler in Jacksonville, N.C. He attended Churubusco High School and was employed as a welder at Garrett Industries in Hudson since 1985. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Jack Whittaker of R. 2, Albion; his father, Jerry of St. Albans, Vt.; a daughter, Stana of R. 2, Albion; a sister, Mrs. Fred (Lorie) Langhor of R. 2, Albion; a brother, Joseph of St. Albans; a half-sister, Jerrie Jo of St. Albans; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Baker, Mrs. Alma Butler of Fremont, Ohio, and Mrs. Clara McNeal of Fort Wayne. Services Saturday at Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 3-23-1988
Butler John W "Bill", 32, (b. 12-2-1921) a native of Albion and a resident here until shortly after he returned from duty during WW II when he moved to South Bend, died at McCray Hospital in Kendallville April 10, 1954 following surgery the morning of the same day. He was employed with the advertising department of Drewryís in South Bend. He enlisted in the Army Air Force Dec. 27, 1941 and received his basic training at Cheyenne, Wyo., and Salt Lake City, Utah. He went overseas to England on Sept. 14, 1942. He received his honorable discharge Oct. 8, 1945. Surviving are the widow, Dorothy; one stepdaughter, Susan; his mother, Mrs. Lelia Butler, Albion; five sisters, Mrs. Woodward Engle of Indianapolis, Mrs. Merton Bowman and Mrs. Don Smith of Albion, Mrs. Don Favinger of Knox and Mrs. Jess Valentine of Detroit; six brothers, Guy and George, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dick and Walter, South Bend, and Harry and Fred, Albion. Funeral at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home Tuesday. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 4-?-1954
Butler Joseph H "Joe", 47, of Albion, died April 19 in the emergency room of McCray Hospital. He was born in Garrett March 15, 1951 to Kenneth and Mary (Donley) Butler. His father preceded him in death. On March 22, 1975 in Kendallville he married Lois Darrow. A lifetime Noble County resident, he had lived in the Albion area 24 years. He was set-up group leader for Dexter Axle in Albion for 21 years. Surviving are his mother; his wife; 3 daughters, Joei Freeze of Mongo and Tina Cook and Rachel Camp of Auburn; 3 sons, Paul and Todd of Albion and Joseph A. of Angola; 11 grandchildren; 5 sisters, Barb Belschner of Wolcottville and Debra Ross, Pam Walkup, Sandy Hankins of Kendallville, and Linda Crockett of Ligonier; and 2 brothers, Kenneth of Avilla and Richard of Kendallville. Funeral Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ~ 4-23-1998
Butler Kenneth M, 55, was the son of Arthur and Alice (Gard) Butler, who are both deceased. His wife, Mary (Donley) Butler survives; also eight children, Kenneth L., R. 2, Avilla, Mrs. Jimmy (Barbara) Irish, Kendallville, Joseph, and Mrs. Linda King, both of Albion, Mrs. Stanley (Sandra) Whonsetler, Avilla, and Debra, Pamela and Richard, at home. He lived at R. 1, Avilla and died Sept. 10 in McCray Hospital. He was a resident of Avilla the past 35 years and had been employed by General Electric until his retirement in 1972. Services were held Sept. 12 in Berhalter-Preston Mortuary in Avilla. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 9-18-1975 He died Wednesday in McCray Hospital. His six brothers and sisters are Logan, Calif., Earl, Fla., Theodore, Elkhart, Merle, Churubusco, Carl, Albion, and Elsie Warstler, Garrett. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. + 9-?-1975
Butler Lelia M, 83, died at her home Jan. 15, 1965. She was a native and lifelong resident of Noble County, born Feb. 24, 1881, the daughter of John and DeLile Pepple Cockley. She was a member of St. Markís Lutheran Church and the Albion Prentiss Chapter OES. Her husband, Burl, died in 1950. She is survived by five sons, Harry and Fred of Albion, Guy of Salt Lake City, Utah, Richard of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Walter of South Bend; five daughters, Mrs. Gail Smith and Mrs. Donna Bowman of Albion, Mrs. Mayme Favinger of Knox, Mrs. Helen Smith and Mrs. Patricia Vendal, Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Martin of Toledo, Ohio, Mrs. Vesta Holderman of Ontario, Can., and Mrs. Hattie Clear of Jensen Beach, Cal.; one brother, Herbert of Ligonier; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren. Three sons and a daughter preceded her in death. Funeral Monday at S. Markís Church. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 1-?-1965
Butler Mabel M was born Dec. 15, 1915, died Dec. 31, 1968. Services were at Trinity United Methodist Church, Albion, Jan. 4, 1969. Burial, North Webster Cemetery. + 12-?-1968
Butler Mary Rinehart, 81, widow of the late J. F. Butler of Jefferson Twp, died at Mansfield, Ohio. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Lester Fields of Mansfield; stepchildren, Mrs. Fred Forker of near Kendallville, and Ford H. Butler of near Albion. + 9-?-1943
Butler May, 69 years, 4 months and 6 weeks, of Green Twp, died Sunday. She was on her way from the Ellis Warner home to the Clarence McCammon home. The McCammon family heard a noise on the front porch and when they went out found her sitting on the porch, ill. She died a few minutes later from a heart attack. She was born in 1864 in Ohio, the daughter of Wallace and Patty Harrington, and moved to Green Twp in 1904 from Goodland, Ind. Her husband, Henry, whom she married in 1889, died in Aug. 1915. Surviving are one son, Harry in Green Twp; 3 brothers, Ford in Swan Twp, Forest and Clyde of Goodland, Ind.; and one sister, Maude Harrington of Whittier, Calif. Funeral Wednesday at the M. E. Church. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. * 2-8-1934 ^ 2-6-1934
Butler Merle A, 74, R. 1, Churubusco, died Tuesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Feb. 19, 1914 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Butler in Noble County. He married Sylvia Iden on Nov. 25, 1935 and she died June 28, 1972. He married Vera B. Zimmerman Feb. 11, 1973. He was employed at Kunkle Valve Co. in Fort Wayne for 33 years and retired in 1979. He was a member of Sparta United Church of Christ in Kimmell. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Harold (Wilma) Phend of Albion, Mrs. Eugene (Wila Deane) Burns of Columbia City, and Rose Enos of Churubusco; three sons, Tom of Knox, Pa., Oras of Churubusco, and Ralph of Albion; one stepson, Don L. Zimmerman, R. 1, Corunna; one brother, Carl of Kendallville; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services Friday at Sparta Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 4-12-1988
Butler Richard H, 68, native of Albion, and a resident of Benton Harbor, Mich., died in that city. Survivors are a daughter, Nancy Kennedy of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Harry L., South Bend; four sisters, Gail Smith and Donna Wehmeyer, Albion; Mayme Favinger of Knox, and Helen Smith of Warren, Mich.; two brothers, Harry and Fred of Albion; and seven grandchildren. Funeral Monday in Florin Funeral Home, Benton Harbor. + 4-?-1980
Butler Robert, 74, died May 7, 2006 at his rural Kendallville home. He had been the chief product engineer and product manager of the S-Series truck for International Harvester in Fort Wayne and Springfield, Ohio, retiring in 1989 after 34 years of service. He graduated from Kendallville High School in 1950 and served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Purdue University in 1959 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. He was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist and Kendallville Lions Club. He was born Feb. 1, 1932 in Kendallville to Herbert and Margaret (Baughman) Butler. He married Judith Ellen Shank on Sept. 19,1 959 at Trinity Church. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Patrick and Mary Sue of Fishers and Timothy of Rome City; a daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Vince Buchanan of Leo; a brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Evelyn of Kendallville; 3 half brothers and their wives, William and Ruby Leamon of Artesia, N.M., Thomas and Nancy Leamon of Grand Rapids, Mich., and David and Linda Leamon of Kendallville; a half sister, Nancy Renkenberger of Kendallville; 3 grandsons, Ryan, Matthew and Nichols Butler; and 3 granddaughters, Bryn, Haley and Chloe Buchanan. Services Wednesday at Trinity Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 5-8-2006
Butler Rose Mabel died in her home, Glendale, Ariz., Monday. She was born near Albion and came to Arizona 12 years ago. Survivors include a son, Heiber of Churubusco; two daughters, Mrs. Echo Fisher and Ina M. Stickler, both of Glendale; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Services at Faith Baptist Church July 28, 1966. Burial, Resthaven Park. + 7-?-1966
Butler Ruth M, 70, Skinner Lake, died at her home July 11. She was born Jan. 12, 1902 in Kendallville, the daughter of John and Sarah (Houser) Fulk. She married Ford H. Butler March 6, 1920 in Kendallville. She resided on a farm in Jefferson Twp until she moved to Skinner Lake four years ago. She was a member of Center Chapel United Methodist Church near Rome City and the Union Ladies Aid. Surviving are the husband; four daughters, Mrs. Virginia Stebing, Hagerstown, Mrs. Sarajane Hill, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Joan Mason, Fort Wayne and Mrs. Sandra Hornett, Kendallville; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Services at Bonham-Miser-Brazzell Funeral Home Friday. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 7-?-1972
Butler Sarah, 80, Noble County pioneer, died at the home of her nephew, Harley Inks, at Wawaka Tuesday. Death was due to pneumonia. She had been a resident of Ligonier for many years and was a lifelong resident of the community. Surviving are two sons, Orin and Arthur. + 1925
Butler Thelma S, 46, died unexpectedly on January 14, 2010, at her residence in Kendallville. She was born in Kendallville on January 3, 1964, to Edgar and Flossie (Gibson) Caudill. She married Michael Butler on July 12, 1997, in Lisbon. Survivors include: her mother, Flossie Martin; her husband, Michael Butler; a daughter, Amanda Caudill; a son, Logan Butler all of Kendallville; a grandson, Landon Brinkman of Rome City; brothers, Frank, Bill, and Melvin Handshoe all of Angola, Edgar Caudill, Jr. of Kendallville and Dan Gibson of Indianapolis; and sisters, Rose Collins of Kendallville and Louise Helmer of Avilla. She was preceded in death by father, Edgar Caudill; brother, Jesse Handshoe; and sister, Donna Handshoe. Funeral, Jan. 19 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-17-2010
Butler Vera B Zimmerman, 91, of Corunna, died Aug. 2, 2004 at Hickory Creek nursing home in Kendallville. She was a home nurse and worked at Essex Wire. She was a member of Helmer United Methodist Church. She was born in LaGrange to Albert and Bessie (Lewellen) Feller and was raised by Burton and Lonnie Schermerhorn. In 1939 she married George Zimmerman. He died in 1953. In 1972 she married Merle Butler. He died in 1988. Surviving are a sister, Marie Dunn of Chicago; a son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Jacqueline Zimmerman of Corunna; 3 grandchildren, Julie Zimmerman and Michelle and Jay Baumgartner; and 2 great-grandchildren, Lucas and Sarah Baumgartner. A grandson, Thomas Zimmerman; a sister, Mildred Collier; and 2 brothers, Vern and Clifford Feller, preceded her in death. Services Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 8-3-2004
Butler Vera L, 81, died Dec. 26, 1999 in Byron Health Care Center, Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 10, 1918 in Fort Wayne to Robert and Mabel (Anderson) Austin. In 1942 she married Earl Butler. He died March 21, 1973. She retired from Essex Wire in Ligonier after 25 years of service. Surviving are 2 sons, Jerry of Rome City, and Larry of South Bend; a brother, Robert Ritter of Fort Wayne; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services Thursday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. + 10-26-1999
Butler Walter, 52, of South Bend, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital today of an apparent heart attack. He apparently fell in the kitchen of his home after having breakfast with his wife. The engine of an ambulance which was taking him to the hospital caught fire a short distance from the hospital. A second ambulance was sent. Born Aug. 29, 1918 in Albion, he married Marie Harley in Albion in 1948. She survives, along with two sons, Jerry of Albion and James of Fort Wayne; a stepson, Arthur Harley of South Bend; six grandchildren; four brothers, Harry and Fred, Albion, Guy of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Richard of Benton Harbor, Mich.; and five sisters, Mrs. Donna Troyer and Mrs. Gail Smith, both Albion, Mrs. Mayme Favinger of Knox, Mrs. Helen Smith and Mrs. Patricia Vendal, Detroit. He was an inspector for the South Bend Fire Dept., a member of Lodge 675, F&AM, and Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend. He was a WW II veteran, a member of VFW Post 116, Niles American Legion, Indiana and International Associations of Fire Fighters. Funeral Thursday at Hollis Funeral Home, South Bend Chapel. Burial, Mishawaka City Cemetery. + 7-?-1971
Butler Zaccheus and Sarah, an old couple who had sojourned together for more than 60 years, the last 49 of which were spent in this county (Elkhart), died within 4 days of each other - Mrs. Butler on the 26th of Feb. and her husband on March 1 - and were buried side by side in the Jackson Cemetery in Benton Twp yesterday. Zaccheus Butler was born in Culpepper County, Va. Aug. 19, 1795, and his wife in London County, Va. May 11, 1803. They were married Feb. 28, 1820 and removed to this county in March 1831. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 40 years previous to his death. They were the parents of Mr. A. I. Butler of near Wolf Lake. > 3-11-1880
Butt Ada F, 89, R. 2, Syracuse, died Jan. 19 at Goshen General Hospital. She was born July 6, 1889 in Green Center, where she resided most of her life. On Aug. 19, 1916, she married Layton D. Butt, who died in 1968. Surviving are two sons, Fred and Dale, both Syracuse; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral Jan. 22 at Harris Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 1-19-1979
Butt Frederick R, 77, of Syracuse, died Sunday in his residence. He was born in Noble County on June 1, 1917 to Layton and Ada (Lock) Butt. He married Violet Edelva (Kolbert) Hyndman. He had worked for Western Rubber in Goshen and was a self-employed radio technician. He was retired from the Electronics Center in North Webster. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Roger (Toni) Lemon of Kimmell; a son, Burton of Syracuse; a brother, Dale of Syracuse; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Eastlund-Harris Funeral Home in Syracuse. Burial, North Webster Mock Addition Cemetery. + 12-25-1994
Butt Layton D, about 75, of R. 1, Cromwell, died March 28, 1968 at his home southwest of Cromwell. He was a retired farmer and since retiring as a farmer was a part-time employee of Cromwell Lumber Co. He was born Jan. 30, 1893 in Ohio, the son of Harrison and Nola (Clouse) Butt, and was married in 1916 to Ada Lock. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Dale and Frederick, Syracuse; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. John (Ethel) Wingert, Johnstown, Ohio. Funeral the 31st at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 3-?-1968
Butterbaugh Paul D, 74, died Sunday in Fairfield Health Center, Fort Wayne. He was born in Silver Lake, Aug. 7, 1906, the son of Noah and Orpha (Funk) Butterbaugh. He married Pauline K. Smith Sept. 29, 1933 in North Manchester. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Carol) Moses, Indianapolis and Mrs. Roger (Nancy) Thompson, Decatur; three sons, Michael S., Bonn, West Germany, Dennis P., Rochester, Minn., and J. Patrick, Fort Wayne; a stepsister, Mrs. Walter (Inez) Haldeman, Jackson, Mich.; a half-brother, Roy L. Bridge, Greenwood; and 13 grandchildren. Services March 12 in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Eel River Cemetery, North Manchester. ~ 3-12-1981
Button Irving C, 89, of Kendallville, died Monday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Oct. 9, 1906 in Schaghticoke, N.Y. to James and Lovette (Mott) Button. On Aug. 28, 1939 in New Rochelle, N.Y. he married Louise R. Rockwell. A 1931 graduate of Syracuse University, he retired in 1972 from Northern Indiana Fuel & Light. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville, Masonic Blue Lodge, Sigma Nu Fraternity, American Legion Post 86, and Kendallville Rotary Club. He was a WW II U.S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife; and a son, David of Kendallville. Three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 2-19-1996
Button Louise R, 96, of Kendallville, died March 27, 2009 at Shepherd of the Hill in Kendallville. She was born September 20, 1912 in Meriden, Conn. to Charles F. and Ada (Coe) Rockwell. On Aug. 28, 1939 in New Rochelle, N.Y., she married Irving Button. He died Feb. 19, 1996. She was a graduate of Syracuse University in 1933 and Columbia University. She was an English teacher for East Noble School Corporation at the Avilla Middle School for 14 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville, Alpha Phi Sorority at Syracuse and Eta Phi Epsilon. Surviving are a son, David R. Button of Kendallville. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, William and Thomas Coe. Funeral in Young Family Funeral Home Tuesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 3-29-2009
Butts Alfred Fay, 39, native of Noble County, died of heart trouble at the home of his brother-in-law, David Fiandt, northwest of Wolcottville Saturday. He was born in Noble County April 9, 1891, the son of Daniel and Allie Butts. In March 1912 he married Ethel Fiandt. Twelve years ago the family moved to Weslaco, Texas, and they arrived here six weeks ago to spend the winter with relatives. He is survived by the wife; two daughters, Dorothy 16, and Virginia 6; his father Dan of Weslaco; and two brothers, Floyd and Ralph, South Bend. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the M. E. Church of Weslaco. Funeral at the Evangelical Church Tuesday. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 11-?-1930
Butts Charles E, about 88, died Nov. 5, 1960 at the LaGrange County Hospital where he had been a patient after suffering a broken hip in a fall. A lifelong resident of the Ligonier-Kimmell community, he was a member of the Sparta Christian Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harold Gard of northwest of Wawaka; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Rites yesterday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 11-?-1960 Mrs. Butts, the former Martha Kiester, died in 1955. + 11-?-1960
Butts John, 85, of Albion, and formerly of St. James, Mo., died January 8, 2013. He was born March 9, 1927, in Chelsea, Mass., to John and Elsie (Gill) Butts. On May 11, 1975, he married Dorthy L. Christian. He had attended Chelsea Schools in Chelsea, Mass. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the VFW in Peoria, Ill. He retired from Caterpillar after 35 years as a machinist. He is survived by his wife; 7 children: Jack of Haverhill, Mass., Henry (Lisa) Butts of Danvers, Mass., John of Lowell, Mass., Tim of Clinton, Ill., Tom of Wawaka, Ind., Mary (Dave) Underwood of Wawaka, and Amanda (Brad) Wagner of St. James, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Carl Butts of Amesbury, Mass.He was preceded in death by a daughter; a granddaughter; one brother; and 7 sisters. Service Jan. 10 at Sparta Cemetery. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 1-9-2013
Butts John W died at his home on S. Main St. Wednesday from paralysis. He was about 51 years of age and one of the proprietors of the meat market on N. Main St. He leaves a wife, one son, Forrest F.; 4 daughters, Mrs. A. J. Chappel, Misses Mabel and Lelah of this city, and Mrs. Arthur Kilbury of Elkhart; 2 grandchildren; his mother, Leah; 2 sisters, Mrs. Charles Sherwood and Mrs. A. M. Neufer of this city; and one brother, Charles of Ligonier. Funeral will be held from the late residence - the flat over the Cohen Store - Friday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 7-4-1907 He was born in York Twp Oct. 7, 1857; departed this life July 3, aged 50 years 8 months and 26 days. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Butts, he was the oldest of a family of 6 children, the father and 2 sisters preceding him in death. On July 4, 1878 he married Alice O. Mead. Seven children were born to them, 2 dying in infancy. He lived in or near York Twp until 1889 when they moved to this city. He was a member of the Church of Christ. ^ 7-11-1907
Butts Martha, about 84, died January 31, 1955 at her home two miles south of Kimmell. She was a native of Noble County, a lifelong resident, and a member of the Sparta Christian Church. Surviving are her husband, Charles; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Gard, Ligonier; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two brothers, Thomas and Lee Kiester, both of near Wolf Lake; three sisters, Mrs. Claude Kimmell and Mrs. Mary Beers of Kimmell, and Mrs. Carl Surfus of near Brimfield. Services Wednesday at Sparta Christian Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1955
Butts Phyllis C, 84, of rural Churubusco, died November 13, 2004 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She was born April 10, 1920 in Green Twp to Chauncey and Virgie (DeHoff) McCoy. On September 30, 1995 she married Robert E. Butts. She graduated from Huntertown High School in 1938. Surviving are her husband; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Thomas Motter and Norma and Jack Griebel of Fort Wayne; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and LaVera McCoy of Avilla; 3 stepchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard McCoy; her first husband, John Fulk, in 1975; and her second husband, Charles Macy, in 1987. She was a homemaker and a member of Churubusco United Methodist Church. Services at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 11-18-2004
Butz Ada T, 91, R. 1, Albion, died Monday in McCray Hospital. A Rome City native, she was a lifetime resident of York Twp, born Sept. 3, 1884 to Jacob N. and Ella (McDonald) Lower. Her husband, Herman L., whom she married Aug. 15, 1908, died in 1958. Five children survive, two daughters, Ruth E. Buffenbarger, Albion, Marie R. Howard, St. Louis, Mo.; Verlo R., Park Ridge, Ill., and Dr. Dale, executive director of the Illinois Farm Bureauís Commodities Division, Bloomington, Ill. Earl, Secretary of Agriculture. Sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Pleasure Club and a charter member of York Twp Homemakersí Club. Funeral Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Burial, Wright Cemetery. + 2-?-1976
Butz Christian of York Twp died Saturday. Cause of death was a malignant growth on the right lower maxillary. He was born March 3, 1822 at Wurttemberg, Germany. He came to this country when about 18 and came to Noble County in 1857. He is survived by 9 children. ^ 12-13-1906 He was born at Creilseim, Wurttemberg, Germany, March 3, 1822. He died Dec. 8 at the age of 84 years 9 months and 5 days. He came to America at the age of 18 the first time. Then after spending 10 years in New York navigating, returned to his Fatherland crossing the Atlantic Ocean seven times. Then he returned to America and married Mary Ley in Buffalo, N.Y. Aug. 12, 1857. They came to York Twp, the same year and spent the remainder of their lives there. They had 11 children. The first son died in infancy and their daughter, Louisa Martha at the age of 26 in 1901. The mother died in 1892. Nine children and 16 grandchildren survive. Funeral at the home Dec. 11. ^ 12-20-1906
Butz Christian Ulric, 73, native and lifelong resident of York Twp, died at his home last evening from paralysis and heart trouble. He was born in York Twp June 13, 1861, the son of Christian and Mary Ley Butz, where he spent his entire life. He was a farmer and building contractor, having a wide reputation as a barn raiser. He erected many large barns throughout northern Indiana. On March 25, 1886 he married Malissa Flinn. He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. He is survived by the widow; 2 sons, Herman of York Twp, and Hallie of this city; and a daughter, Mrs. Grace King of near Albion. A son died in infancy. Two brothers, Fred of Kendallville and William of York Twp; 5 sisters, Mrs. T. W. Shaffer, Mrs. George Hoffman, and Miss Minnie of this city, Mrs. Lena Wemple, Ligonier, and Mrs. Anna Shisler of Kimmell; and 13 grandchildren also survive. Funeral Nov. 24 from the late home. Burial, Wright Cemetery. ^ 11-22-1934 + 11-?-1934
Butz Dale E, 81, died May 30, 2003 at home. He was a veteran of WW II and served as an associate professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State University. He married Joyce Ringbloom Dec. 2, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minn. She preceded him in death. Surviving are 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Steve Phillips of San Antonio, Texas, Barbara and Steve Marks of Kankakee, Ill., and a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Jean Butz of Rochelle, Ill.; 6 grandchildren and spouses, Katie and Tim Marks, Allison and Julie Phillips, Charlie and Laura Butz; a brother, Earl L. Butz of West Lafayette. Memorial services Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Private internment of ashes. ^ 6-4-2003
Butz Dell, widow of the late William Butz, was born Oct. 15, 1869 in Elkhart Twp, daughter of John and Jane Renahan, died after one dayís illness at her home in York Twp May 31, 1947, age 77 years, six months and 18 days. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Walter E. Wolf of Ligonier, Mrs. Harvey E. Hull of Cromwell, and Miss Ruby of Fort Wayne; three sons, Forest of Wawaka, Harold and Walter, Albion; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one brother, J. A. of Saco, Montana. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church, York Twp Home Economics Club, The Pleasure Club and Indiana Farm Bureau. Funeral May 6 at Cosperville Baptist Church. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 5-?-1947
Butz Earl L, 98, died February 2, 2008 in Washington D.C. He was born July 3, 1909 and raised on a 160-acre livestock farm in Noble County. He was Secretary of Agriculture from 1971 to 1976 and traveled the world as a lecturer and consultant. He was one of the first five junior 4-H leaders in Indiana, all of whom came from Noble County. He married Mary Emma Powell from North Carolina in 1937. She died in July 1995. They had two sons, Bill and Thomas. Services Saturday in Federated Church in West Lafayette, Ind. ^ 2-4-2008
Butz Forest E, about 49, a farmer and a lifelong resident of the Wawaka community, was found dead in his bed Aug. 2, 1949, by his wife Helen. He had been ill one day and death apparently was caused by a heart attack. Surviving are the widow; two brothers, Harold and Walter, Albion; and three sisters, Mrs. Cleo Wolf of Ligonier, Mrs. Ruby Beard of Albion, and Mrs. Lela Hull of Cromwell. Funeral Friday at Cosperville Baptist Church where he held his membership. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 8-?-1949
Butz Glen H, 65, of Pierceton, died Wednesday in his residence. He was born March 22, 1927 in Albion to Halley U. and Lillian (Peterson) Butz. In 1957 in Indianapolis he married Alice Leary. A graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, he was a member of Warsaw Redeemer Lutheran Church. A pharmacist, he was owner of Glen's Prescription Shop in Pierceton. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters, Beth Moncrief and Kimberlee Butz of Pierceton and Carol Smith of Columbia City; a son, Ben of Girard, Ill.; 2 sisters, Esther Leonard of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Virginia Amling of Des Plaines, Ill.; 2 brothers, Lee of Zionsville and Ray of Burley, Idaho; and 7 grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial, Wright Cemetery, Albion. + 2-9-1994
Butz Harold R, 76, of R. 1, Albion, died Tuesday (d. 8-28-1979) in Millerís Merry Manor in LaGrange. Born in York Twp, Jan. 9, 1903, he was the son of William and Dell (Renahan) Butz. He lived most of his life in Noble County. He was a graduate of the University of Southern California and was a retired school teacher and farmer. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. The only immediate survivor is a brother, Walter E. of R. 1, Albion. A brother and three sisters preceded him in death. Funeral in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion, Friday. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 8-28-1979
Butz Helen E, 85, of R. 2, Wawaka, died today in Kenney Health Care Center, Ligonier. She was born in South Milford Dec. 31, 1902 to John and Margaret (Schoneboren) Nesbitt. On Feb. 1, 1934 in LaGrange she married Forest Butz, who died in 1949. She was a member of Cosperville Baptist Church, Elkhart Twp Homemakersí Club and Noble County Farm Bureau. Surviving are a brother, Paul of South Bend; and a nephew, Dan of Texas. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 11-10-1988
Butz Herman L, 71, a native of York Twp, and a lifelong resident of this county, died Oct. 23, 1958 in his home about three miles south of Albion. He was a farmer and a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church at Kendallville. Surviving are three sons, Dr. Earl Butz, formerly assistant United States Secretary of Agriculture and now on the Purdue University faculty, Verlo of Park Ridge, Ill., and Dale of Natick, Mass.; two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur Buffenbarger of R. 1, Albion, and Mrs. Robert Howard of St. Louis Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Grace King of near Albion; a brother, Halley of Indianapolis; and 16 grandchildren. Funeral Saturday at St. Johnís Lutheran Church. Burial, Wright Cemetery. + 10-?-1958
Butz Jayne M, 75, R. 1, Albion, died Nov. 28, 1988 in Kendallville Manor. She was born in Albion Aug. 16, 1913, the daughter of Claude and Fannie (Cress) Walton. In Jan. 1932 in Centreville, Mich., she married Walter E. Butz, who died Dec. 14, 1987. Surviving are two sisters, Peggy Walton of Kentucky, and Josephine Elin of Rochester. Two brothers preceded her in death. Services Wednesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 11-28-1988
Butz Lillian A, 91, of Twin Falls, Idaho, died Sunday in Twin Falls. She was born in West Brush Creek, Colo., on June 28, 1901 to Louis and Nettie (Horton) Peterson. She married Halley B. Butz, who died Nov. 2, 1961. She was a graduate of Twin Falls High School. Surviving are 2 daughters, Virginia Amling of Des Plaines, Ill. and Esther Leonard of Yorba Linda, Calif.; 3 sons, Lee of Zionsville, Glen of Pierceton and Ray of Burley, Idaho; a sister, Mrs. Harry Hostetler of Twin Falls; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Wright Cemetery. + 11-8-1992
Butz Louise, 26,daughter of Christian Butz of York Twp, died in a private sanitarium at Oxford, Ohio, where she had been taken for treatment a few weeks ago, Aug. 3, 1901. She was one of the teachers of the county and had also attended the state normal at Terre Haute. Brightís disease finally caused her death. Her sister, Miss Minnie, left for Oxford Saturday but did not reach her sisterís bedside until too late to see her alive. Funeral in the German Lutheran Church in Wawaka Tuesday. Burial, Wright Cemetery. + 8-?-1901
Butz Mary nee Ley, died on the 13th at her residence in York Twp at the age of 56 years, 6 months and 7 days, wife of Christian Butz. She was born at Crailshein, Wurttemberg, Germany Feb. 6, 1836. In 1854 she came to America but after a 2-years' sojourn she returned to her native land. She remained one year and again crossed the ocean for the United States, this time in company with her betrothed, Christian Butz, to whom she was married in 1857 at Buffalo, N.Y. by a Lutheran minister. The same year she came west with her husband, they taking up residence on the present site in York Twp where they lived for 35 years. The cause of her demise was an affection of the brain. Funeral on the 16th in English and in German. Burial, Wright Cemetery. ^ 8-26-1892
Butz Maude, 86, long-time resident of Avilla died Sunday in Anderson at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Helen Louise Ross, with whom she resided. She was born in Avilla on Aug. 5, 1877, and graduated from Avilla High School. She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Kendallville. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Ross are the latterís twin brother, Fred W. Butz, also of Anderson; another son, Dan R. Butz, Fort Meade, S. D.; another daughter, Mrs. Mary Beth Free, Harrisburg, Pa.; a half-sister, Mrs. Avilla Slagle, Riverton, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services at St. Johnís Church, Wednesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 12-19-1963
Butz Melissa E, daughter of John and Susanna Flinn, was born April 4, 1863 in York Twp. Her girlhood was spent in the township in which she was born. In 1886 on March 25, she married C. Ulric Butz of her own community. She and her husband began their married life in the same neighborhood where she has since resided. They had four children, Herman, Halley Grace, and Verlo who preceded her in death in infancy. The other children survive. Her husband died Nov. 21, 1934. She was Christian and from early life was reared in a Christian home. For many years she was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church and in later life became a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church at Kendallville. She died Sept. 24, 1940 at the age of 77 years. She leaves 3 children; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Cornelia Flinn of Wawaka, and Della Wilmott of Hutchinson, Kansas. + 9-?-1940
Butz Verlo R, 85, died Jan. 28, 1998. He was born May 5, 1913 to Herman and Ada (Lower) Butz. On July 11, 1942 in Fort Sill, Okla., he married Mary Kay Reinberg. A graduate of Wawaka High School, he was a 1936 graduate of Purdue University. During his 4 years of service he attained the rank of major. In 1979 he retired from his career in agriculture and publishing. Surviving are his wife of Chicago; 5 children, Marianne Hefferon of Chicago, Marcia Pardue of Lombard, Ill., David Butz of Belleville, Ill., Margo Mojicka of Eagle, Idaho, and Marjorie Morrissey of Skokie, Ill.; 2 brothers, Earl of Lafayette and Dale of Bloomington, Ill.; and 9 grandchildren. Two sisters, Ruth Buffenbarger and Marie Howard, preceded him in death. Memorial service Saturday in Wright Cemetery. + 7-20-1998
Butz Walter Earl, 82, R. 1, Albion, died at Kendallville Manor Healthcare Center this morning (d. 12-14-1987). Born in York Twp, Dec. 21, 1904, he was the son of William Earl and Dell (Renahan) Butz. In January 1932 he married Jayne Walter in Centreville, Mich. She survives. Three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral Wednesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 12-14-1987
Butz William, 76, farmer of near Wawaka and lifelong resident of that community, died Dec. 3, 1945 at his home. He was born May 14, 1869, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Butz. Survivors include the wife, Dell; three daughters, Mrs. Walter Wolf, Ligonier, Mrs. Harvey Hull, Cromwell, Miss Ruby at home; three sons, Forest and Harold of Albion, Walter, Bellville, Mich.; five sisters, Minnie, Mrs. George Hoffman, Mrs. Thurlow Shaffer, this city, Mrs. Anna Shisler, Kimmell, Mrs. Lena Wemple, Ligonier; one brother, Fred, Kendallville; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral Wednesday at the Kendallville Mortuary. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 12-?1945
Buuck Henry E of Pomona, Calif., and formerly a Kendallville resident, died July 5. He was born in Indiana March 25, 1902 and had lived in Pomona for 37 years. He and his family were residents of Kendallville from 1929 to 1952 when he was owner/manager of a Sinclair gas station on the corner of Main and Diamond Streets and a Gambles Auto & Home Supply Store on S. Main St. He had been a member of St. John Lutheran Church while in Kendallville. He was a structural mechanic for Lockheed Aircraft and was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Pamona. Surviving are his wife, Edna L.; three daughters, Kathleen Forker of Ithaca, N.Y., Barbra Goetz of Venice, Calif., and Mary Ellen Pargee of Orange, Calif.; two brothers, Fred and Robert, both Indiana; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services in Pomona. + 7-5-1989
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died in Carlisle, Iowa, Dec 13, 1891, aged 30 years 2 months. Artemitice C. Thompson was born in Noble Co IN Oct 16, 1861. Her parents moved to Iowa in her girlhood. On Jan 1, 1873 she married Rev. O C. Buxton. The disease of which she died was typhoid fever, she having contracted the same while in attendance upon her father, during his illness recently at Ogden, Iowa. She leaves a husband, a little girl about 12 months, and a daughter 11 years of age; father and mother, two brothers and two sisters. (From a Warren County, Iowa paper - contributed by Karen Zach)
Byall Gilbert E "Shorty", 64, died Tuesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Edgerton on March 1, 1927, the son of Earl and Oney (Hester) Byall. On Feb. 23, 1946 in Fort Wayne he married Mary E. Lewis. He graduated from Central High School in Fort Wayne and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He retired in 1981 from Dana Corp. with 31 years of service and was a member of Wolf Lake United Methodist Church and VFW Post. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons, David of Cromwell, Richard of Columbia City, and Larry of Ligonier; 2 brothers, Frank of Chicago and Fred of Fort Wayne; 3 sisters, Bessie White of Fort Wayne, Vera Amstutz of Harlan and Betty Corral of Ashland, Ohio; and 4 grandchildren. Services Friday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Sparta Cemetery with VFW military rites. + 7-29-1991
Byer Carol R, 31, R. 1, died Thursday (d. 5-4-1972) in Whitley County Hospital. She was born July 18, 1940 in Bucklin, Kansas, the daughter of Jesse and Ruth (Haller) Hughs. She was married March 28, 1964 to Herbert Lee Byer Jr. and they have resided on a farm four and a half miles south of Kimmell since their marriage. She attended Central Junior College, McPherson, Kan., and received her B.S. degree from Fort Wayne Bible College, her M.S. in elementary education from St. Frances College, Fort Wayne, and was a teacher in James Smart School, Fort Wayne, Washington Center, Noble County, and Thorncreek School in Whitley County. She was a member of Ormas Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband; parents; three children, Terril, Trisha and Timothy, all at home; four brothers, Ronald, Huntington, Lawrence, Hutchison, Kan., Roger, a missionary serving in the Philippine Islands, and Herby, Ashland, Kan.; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hughs, Protection, Kansas. Funeral Sunday at Ormas Baptist Church. + 5-?-1972
Byer Herbert G, 80, of R. 1, Kimmell, died today in Whitley County Hospital. Born April 28, 1899 in Van Wert County, Ohio, he was the son of James and Mary (Stetler) Byer. He married Ruby Ann Laukhart June 7, 1919. She died in 1954. On Nov. 3, 1956 he married Nora M. Dudgeon. He had lived in Adams County until 1925 when he moved to Noble County. He was a farmer, a member of Ormas Baptist Church and past president of Farmers Grain & Feed Co. in Columbia City. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Betty) Wolfe of R. 1, Albion, Mrs. Robert (Kathryn) Holt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Lester (Mary Lou) Phipps of R. 5, Warsaw; three sons, Eugene of Columbia City, Robert and Junior Lee, R. 1, Kimmell; a sister, Mrs. Rosa Ketcham, and a brother, Ervin, both Decatur; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral Sunday in Ormas Baptist Church. Burial Thorn Cemetery. + 8-?-1979
Byer Junior, 66, died Sept. 1, 2001 at home in Columbia City. A 1953 graduate of Wolf Lake High School, he served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Ormas Baptist Church and Wolf Lake VFW Post 4717. He was born Feb. 12, 1935 in Noble County to Herbert and Ruby (Laukhart) Byer. On March 28, 1964 he married Carol R. Hughs. She died May 4, 1972. On Jan. 18, 1975 he married Helen Lavanchy Chance. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Brian and Jackie Byer of Everett, Pa., Timothy and Julie Byer of Fort Wayne and Darrell Byer of Las Vegas; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, DaNette and Darrell Sade of Kimmell, Terril and Brian Mackey of Albion and Trisha and William Armstrong of Wolf Lake; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Joan Byer of Columbia City and Robert and Lois Byer of Kimmell; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Kathryn Holt of Sun City, Ariz., and Mary and Les Phipps of Warsaw; and 13 grandchildren. A sister, Betty Wolfe, preceded him in death. Services Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. ^ 9-4-2001
Byer Ruby, about 55, died June 19, 1954 at her home in Washington Twp. She was a native of Mercer County, Ohio, but had lived in Washington Twp for 16 years. She was a member of the Ormas Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband, Herbert; three sons, Eugene of Columbia City, Robert of Kimmell, and Junior, who is in the Navy, stationed at Newport, R. I.; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Wolfe and Mrs. Lester Phipps, both Alameda, Calif.; and a brother, Halman C. Laukhart of Gary. Funeral at Ormas Baptist Church Tuesday. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. + 6-?-1954
Byerley Albert J was born in Allen County April 27, 1910 to David and Rachel Byerley. He was a retired packer and checker at International Harvester, a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, and the AFL-CIO. He died Thursday as a result of a heart attack and exposure when his car ran out of gas on County Roads 300S and 675E southwest of Swan. He had attempted to find help and collapsed. He is survived by five sons, Jay C., Roger, Paul and Victor, all of R. 1, Avilla, and Glen, Harlan; one brother, William, Fort Wayne; and one sister, Mrs. Herb (Velma) Kanning of Fort Wayne. Services in the Berhalter-Preston Mortuary Sunday. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 12-27-1973
Byerley Alice C, 52, of rural Avilla, died Jan. 23 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born on June 12, 1935 in Allen County to George W. and Dorothy R. Warren Stillman. She married Jay C. Byerley on June 16, 1951. They first resided in Fort Wayne and in Harlan and moved to the Avilla area in 1970. She was a member of Burr Oak Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Howard J. of Tacoma, Wash., and Erick A. of Auburn; two daughters, Mrs. Mannfred (Cozette) Berger and Jamie R. Choka, both Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Dorothy R. Mitchell of Columbia City; two brothers, George W. of Fort Wayne and Richard of Columbia City; and three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Carol) Fisher of Fort Wayne, Charlotte Martin, and Mrs. Jack (Marguritte) Stevens, Athens, Mich. A daughter, Heidi Ternet, preceded her in death in 1980. Services Wednesday in Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 1-26-1988
Byerley Bruce H, 34, died Thursday at home of cancer. He was born Jan. 14, 1956 in Kendallville, the son of Rosella (Emerick) Richard Byerley. He married Cathy Chumblun on Nov. 2, 1981 in Kendallville. A 1974 East Noble High School graduate, he worked for United Parcel Service. Surviving are his wife and mother; a son, Jonathon (Bear) Byerley; 2 stepsons; 4 brothers, Ronald and Timothy of Kendallville, Richard II of Huntertown and Gary Roderick of South Milford. One brother preceded him in death. Mass at St. John's Catholic Church in Tucson, AZ. + 11-15-1990
Byerley Dale L - See Timothy A Byerley.
Byerley Timothy W, 55, of Kendallville died unexpectedly November 10, 2012, in his residence.  He was a 1975 graduate of East Noble High School.  He owned and operated Byerleyís Roofing and last worked for the International Laborers Union.  He was born June 4, 1957, in Kendallville to Richard L. and Rosella I. (Emerick) Byerley.  Surviving are a brother, Richard (Jan) Byerley of Huntertown.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Lewis, Bruce, Ronald Byerley and Gary Roderick.  Funeral Nov. 16 in Young Family Funeral Home.  ^ 11-13-2012
Byerley Ethel, 78, died Oct. 26, 2002 at her Auburn home. She was employed as a meat cutter at White Swan IGA for 19 years, also working at Dick's IGA. She was born July 9, 1924 in Whitley County to John and Grace (Deck) Croy. She married Eugene P. Byerley on Dec. 31, 1943 in Huntertown. He died in 1979. surviving are 5 daughters, Patricia Drake of Huntertown, Pamela Gingrich, Peggy Smock and Penny Favory of Auburn, and Paula Toam of Huntertown; 2 sons, Michael of Fort Wayne and Mark of Huntertown; one brother, Wilber Croy of Adams Lake; one sister, Mildred Foote of Columbia City; 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Max; a brother, Albert Croy; and a sister, Mabel Greenwell. Services Wednesday at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ^ 10-27-2002
Byerley Eugene P, 64, of Huntertown, died at his home Oct. 13. He was a retired employee of Old Crown Brewery in Fort Wayne. He was born to Henry and Laura Eby Byerley of Huntertown Feb. 3, 1915. He married Ethel Croy in 1943 and they always lived in Huntertown. His wife survives, as do two sons, Michael of Huntertown and Mark of Churubusco; five daughters, Patricia Drake, Pamela Geno and Paula Toam, all of Huntertown, Peggy Boszor of Kendallville, and Penny Rennecker of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Richard of Kendallville, and Bill of Huntertown; and four sisters, Jo Fosnaugh, Agnes Scott and Hilda Spangle, all of Huntertown and Martha Folken of Fort Wayne. Services in Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco, Oct. 15. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 10-18-1979
Byerley Evelyn Doris, 69, formerly of Rome City, died Tuesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born June 7, 1918 in Allen County, the daughter of James B. and Ocie Couts. She married Albert J. Byerley April 27, 1933. He preceded her in death in 1973. She had been employed as a nurseís aide and was a member of Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Fort Wayne. Surviving are three sons, Jay C. and Paul B., Avilla, and Gene, Grabill; two sisters, Thelma Kretsinger of Fort Wayne, and Helen McClure of Tri-Lakes; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Services Thursday at Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 5-31-1988
Byerley Jay C, 56, R. 1, Avilla, died Sunday in DeKalb Hospital. He was born July 31, 1933 in Fort Wayne, the son of Albert and Evelyn (Couts) Byerley. He married Alice C. Stillman June 16, 1951 and she died January 23, 1988. They lived in Fort Wayne until 1969 when they moved to Avilla. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1953 to 1961 and was employed with International Harvester for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of Burr Oak Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Howard J. with the Army at Denoe Aberling, Maryland, and Erick A. of Auburn; two daughters, Mrs. Mannfred (Cozette) Berger, Avilla, and Mrs. Carl (Jamie) Sinninger of Fort Wayne; and several grandchildren; two brothers, Paul B., Avilla, and Gene A., Grabill. Services Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 11-14-1989
Byerley Loretta L, 59, of rural Avilla, died Dec. 3 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 21, 1938 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Charles H. and Queentine Wood Bennett, and spent her formative years there. She was married in Auburn on March 5, 1955 to Paul B. Byerley. They moved southwest of Avilla 30 years ago. She was employed as a lab technician at Magnavox, Inc. in Fort Wayne for over 30 years. She was a member of the Sugar Grove Church of God. Surviving are the husband; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sharon Byerley and Gary and Susan Byerley of Avilla, and Mark and Tammy Byerley of Kendallville; a brother, Richard of Avilla; a niece that she raised, Lisa Smith of Avilla; and 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Feltner, and her parents. Funeral at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 12-11-1997
Byerley Max E, 19, of Huntertown, died in a one-car crash Oct. 1. He was pronounced dead at the scene after his car ran off the Gump Road and hit a utility pole. Born in DeKalb County Feb. 9, 1957 to Eugene and Ethel (Croy) Byerley, he was graduated from Carroll High School and employed by Tri-State Lumber Co. Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Mark and Michael, both of Huntertown; five sisters, Mrs. James Drake of Huntertown, Mrs. Delbert Geno of Rome City, Mrs. Peggy Nofzinger of New Haven, Mrs. Michael Rennaker of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Paula Toam of Huntertown. Services at Sheets Funeral Home Oct. 4. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 10-7-1976
Byerley Richard L, 55, R. 1, Kendallville, died Sunday in McCray Hospital. He was born Oct. 10, 1925 in Huntertown, the son of Henry and Laura (Eby) Byerley. He married Rosella I. Emerick Jan. 3, 1953 in Garrett. He had lived most of his life in the Kendallville area and had been self-employed in the roofing business for 15 years. He had been a driver for the East Noble School Corporation for 15 years, was a Navy veteran of WW II and was a member of the American Legion Post 86. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Vicki L., Philadelphia, Pa.; five sons, Richard L. II, Fort Wayne, Gary E Roderick, Ronald D., Bruce H., and Timothy W. all R. 1, Kendallville; four sisters, Mrs. Walter (Jo) Fosnaugh, Mrs. Carroll (Agnes) Scott, and Mrs. Wilber (Hilda) Spangle, all from Huntertown, and Mrs. Martha Folken, Fort Wayne; a brother, Clifton D., Huntertown; and five grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. ~ 12-11-1980
Byerley Roger W, R. 1, Avilla was dead on arrival at McCray Hospital November 2. He was born Jan. 13, 1935, the son of Albert and Evelyn (Couts) Byerley. He married Arlene Brown Sept. 6, 1952 in San Diego, Calif. A Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he had lived in the Avilla community 15 years, coming from Fort Wayne. He had been an employee of International Harvester 28 Ĺ years and was a member of the Believer Bible Fellowship in Churubusco. Surviving are his wife and mother; two sons, William R., and James W., both Avilla; two daughters, Sue Ellen Killcrease, Barto, FL, and Loretta Freed, Avilla; five grandchildren; three brothers, Jay and Paul, Avilla, and Gene of Harlan. One brother preceded him in death. Services Sunday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 11-10-1983
Byerley Ronald Dale, 46, died unexpectedly Sunday in the emergency room of McCray Hospital. He was born July 15, 1953 in Kendallville to Richard L. and Rosella (Emerick) Byerley. On Feb. 10, 1990 in Rome City he married Denise DeMuyt. He was employed as a millwright for Flint & Walling Inc. of Kendallville. Surviving are his mother and his wife; 3 daughters, Mrs. Brent (Jenny) Fox of Avilla and Brianna and Sydney at home; one son, Aaron of Kendallville; 3 brothers, Timothy Byerley of Kendallville; Gary Roderick of Wolcottville and Richard Byerley of Huntertown; 3 grandchildren, Gray Fox, Dalen and Maddison Byerley. He was preceded in death by his father and 2 brothers, Bruce and Lewis. Funeral Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Woodruff Cemetery. + 8-22-1999
Byerley Timothy A and Dale L., formerly of Avilla, Fort Wayne and Churubusco areas, died April 10 in an auto accident in Tarrant County, Texas. They were returning to Colorado from a drywall job in Texas. Born in Fort Wayne, they were the sons of Victor D. and Nancy (Smith) Byerley. Dale was born June 13, 1963 and Timothy, February 24, 1966. They worked for the Complete Maintenance Company of Lake Wood, Colorado as dry-wallers. They are survived by their mother and stepfather, Nancy and Rodger Ditmars of Auburn; three sisters, Lorraine Ditmars, Fort Wayne, Teresa Taylor of Lake Wood, Tina Byerley of Auburn; and a grandmother, Bessie A. Smith of Fort Wayne. Their father is deceased. Memorial services April 26 at the Paul Byerley residence on Hopewell Road. ~ 4-18-1989
Byers Clyde L, 57, of Culver and formerly of Brimfield, was dead on arrival Sunday at Lakeshore Clinic, Culver, following a heart attack. He was born July 4, 1928 in Johnstown, Pa. to Howard and Emma (Carlson) Byers. On Aug. 25, 1951 in Detroit, Mich., he married Betty McDonald. He had serviced several area churches including Brimfield and Culver, and was on the district board of directors of ministerial training of the United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Carol, and a son, David F., both Indianapolis; two sisters, Olivia Smith of Wyomissing, Pa.; and Eleanor McComghy of Marietta, Ga.; four brothers, Maurice of Johnstown, Pa., Rev. Howard of Cincinnati, Oh., Rev. William of Marietta, and Rev. Glenn of Warsaw. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Services Wednesday in Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver. Burial, Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton. + 5-4-1986
Byrd Frances, 79, died Sunday in a hospital in Hartsville, S.C. She was born in Kendallville to Homer and Leila (Radermaker) Hill. Her husband, Herbert M. Byrd, preceded her in death. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville and OES of Akron, S.C. Surviving are 2 stepdaughters; a brother, Neil Hill of Cookeville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lorna Clark. Graveside services Thursday in Lake View Cemetery. + 12-15-1991
Byrd Gerald, 39, 233 Clark St., died at McCray Hospital Wednesday. He was born Dec. 30, 1935 in Petros, Tenn. to Homer and Mahalia Byrd. He married Thelma Ridings Feb. 1, 1975. He was a core maker at Auburn Foundry. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Brenda Pusty, New Haven; one son, Randy at home; three stepsisters, Mary and Linda Greer at home, Janey Miller, Rome City; four sisters, Anna May Gerber, North Manchester, Francis Winebrenner and Betty Swartz, Fort Wayne, Charldean Douglas, Huntington; one brother, Sam, Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and a niece, Perry Boyd, at home. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. + 6-?-1976
Byrd Homer, 58, who resided north of Avilla, died last Friday at his home. He was born in Pioneer, Tenn., March 1, 1904. He had lived in the Avilla community for the past 14 years and was employed at the Newnam Foundry at Kendallville. He is survived by the widow, Hallie; one son, Gerald, Cocoa, Fla.; seven stepchildren; 17 grandchildren; two brothers, Sam and Malcom; three sisters, Miss Dorothy Byrd, Mrs. Bernard Thomas and Mrs. Dolly Churchfield. Funeral at L. E. Berhalter Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 3-8-1962
Byrd Naomi Ruth, 74, died March 15, 1995 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born March 21, 1920 in Davenport, Iowa, a daughter of Phillip G. and Mildred E. Hayman Phillips. She graduated in 1939 from Kokomo High School. On Dec. 24, 1940 she married Wayne B. Byrd in Kokomo. She retired as a bookkeeper for Bherns Oil Co. in Churubusco after 10 years. Surviving are 2 daughters, Torchia Fry of Churubusco and Mrs. James (Georgia) Schenher of LaOtto; and a son, Bradley (wife, Sandra) of Churubusco; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandsons. Her husband died March 11, 1971; and a sister, Dorthea Phillips, died Aug. 12, 1992. Funeral March 18 at Sheets Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 3-15-1995
Byrd Wayne B, 48, R. 1, LaOtto, died March 11, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born April 6, 1922 in Kokomo, he had been a resident of this area for 25 years. He was employed as an estimator and engineer for Weatherhead Co. in Syracuse. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of Columbia City American Legion Post No. 98. Surviving are the wife, Naomi, whom he married in 1940; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Torchia) Fry, R. 3, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. James Schenher, R. 1, LaOtto; one son, Brad, at home; his father, Floyd P. Byrd, Homeland, Calif.; the mother, Mrs. Nina Pearce, San Diego; seven grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers. Funeral Sunday at Krider-Lane Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ~ 3-18-1971

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