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Crace Lester, 73, 1206 S. State St., died Thursday at his home. Born Aug. 29, 1931 in Magoffin, Ky., he was the son of Hernando and Drewcellia (Roard) Crace. On Aug. 29, 1931 in Ky., he married Ivory Adams. He was a Kendallville resident for 10 years. Prior to living in Kendallville, he lived in Plain City, Ohio. He was a retired employee from the National Electric Coil Co. in Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by one son, Robert of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Francis Davis of Marion, Ohio, and Diane Gamble of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one brother, Saney of Minefork, Ky.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. + 2-7-1985
Craft Alvin Floyd, 48, of Avilla, died May 25 in the emergency room of McCray Hospital. He was born July 15, 1949 in LaPorte to Virgil and Chloe (Pearish) Craft. He was a clerk at Sunshine Marketing in Auburn. He had lived in Avilla 8 years, coming from Walkerton. Surviving are 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Earl Eulitt of Avilla and Doris and Robert King of Elwood; and a brother, Calvin of LaPorte. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Clyde and Harold. Graveside services at Avilla Cemetery. ~ 6-4-1998
Craft Brice C, 31, Kendallville, died August 4, 2003 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born January 13, 1972 in Fort Wayne to Rick and Debra (Stouder) Craft. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Rick and Shelley Craft of Avilla; his mother and stepfather, Debra and Milford Terry of Kendallville; a brother, Matthew Craft of Norfolk, Va.; grandparents, Keith and Shirley Stouder of Kendallville and Gene and Linda Craft of Fort Wayne. He had attended Bethel Christian Baptist Church; had been employed at Flint Walling; was a graduate of East Noble High School; and a 2-year graduate of Purdue University's restaurant management program. Services at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 8-28-2003
Craft Charles Dwayne, 15, of R. 2, Kendallville, died Thursday in Parkview Hospital. He was born in Huntington March 6, 1964, the son of Chester and Fairlene (Watson) Craft. He was a student at Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative. Survivors are his parents; grandparents, Mrs. Mary Craft of Hazard, Ky., Mrs. Bessie Slone of Kendallville; and a brother Douglas Gene of R. 2, Kendallville. Private services Sunday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 2-?-1980
Craft Douglas G, 19, of R. 2, Kendallville, died today in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Hindman, Ky., June 7, 1961, the son of Chester and Fairlene (Watson) Craft. On Nov. 2, 1979 in Albion he married Cathy Speer. He was employed in the maintenance department of Newnam Foundry. Surviving are his wife and parents; an infant daughter, Terra Melissa at home; grandparents, Bessie Watson and May B. Craft, Kendallville. A brother preceded him in death. Services at Hite Funeral Home Wednesday. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 11-?-1980
Craft Joe Darrel, 62, of Kendallville, died March 14, 2009 at his residence. He was retired from the foundry, was a U.S. Navy
Vietnam Conflict veteran, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Kendallville. He was born Sept. 2, 1946 in Hindman, Ky., to Ora and Mary (Tharp) Craft. Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Steve Craft of Albion, Rob and Kelly and Herb and Jill Craft of Kendallville; 9 grandchildren; a great-grandson; 5 brothers and 4 sisters-in-law, Larry and Deb Craft of Ky., Charles and Deb Craft of Knox, Ind., Don and Sally and Chester and Edith Craft of Kendallville, and Verlie Craft of Va.; 3 sisters and one brother-in-law, Golden and Don Wright of Va., Juanita Combs of Ky., and Eileen Johnson of Knox, Ind. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tina, on Nov. 26, 2008; a brother, Virgil; and a sister, Amy Robinson. Services Tuesday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 3-16-2008
Craft Justine, 63, of Kendallville, died Nov. 26, 2008 at DeKalb Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kendallville. She was born in Hyden, Ky., on March 2, 1945 to Herbert and Dorothy (Logan) Lewis. She married Joe Darrel Craft on Oct. 1, 1962 in Pound Va. Surviving are her husband; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Steve Craft of Albion, Rob and Kelly Craft and William and Jill Craft of Kendallville; 9 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother and one sister. Services Saturday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 11-27-2008
Craft Lucy died at her home in Tipton, Ind. Oct. 31, 1948 at the age of 88 years and 8 months. The mother of Mrs. C. H. Smith of Jefferson Twp, she was a member of the Tipton Methodist Church for 64 years. Funeral at the Tipton Methodist Church yesterday. + 10-?-1948
Craft Merrilee A, 70, died at her Avilla home Oct. 4, 2002. She worked for Courier-Uniform Printing in Kendallville for 15 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Avilla. She was born on July 25, 1932 in Kendallville to Walter F. and Mary Ann (Walt) Debes. She married Harold Ray Jacobs in 1952. He died May 4, 1953. She married Robert L. Craft on Aug. 11, 1956. He died July 22, 1997. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Tina Craft of Albion; 3 daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah and Daniel Stoner of Kendallville and Carol and Jennifer Craft of Avilla; 4 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, Robert Debes of Kendallville, Leo and Carolyn Debes of Garrett, Tony and Martha Debes of Avilla, and Steven Debes of Colorado Spring, Colo.; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanette and Stanley Muzzillo of Auburn and Monica and Don Rasbaugh of Wawaka; and 4 grandchildren. Services Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Avilla. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ^ 10-7-2002
Craft Nancy, 35, died May 3 in Parkview Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Dwight, Churubusco High School basketball coach; three daughters, Alanna, Alicia and Amanda, all at home; her mother, Mrs. Margaret Mennewisch of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Mrs. Connie Ferguson of Churubusco. Rites were May 7 in St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. ~ 5-10-1979 + 5-3-1979
Craft Robert L, 64, of Kendallville, died July 20 in his residence. He was born in Warren Nov. 4, 1932 to Fred and Berniece (Cloud) Craft. He was retired from General Motors. Surviving are 3 daughters, Carol and Jennifer of Avilla, and Deb Stoner of Kendallville; a son, Steve of Albion; a sister, Pat Wickham of Marion; and 4 grandchildren, Jace and Kelsy Craft of Albion, Michael Harper and Nicholas Craft of Avilla. Private graveside services Saturday in Orange Cemetery. ~ 7-24-1997
Crager George, 74, died Oct. 2, 2003 at LaGrange Community Hospital. He had worked at Paper Mill in White Pigeon, Mich. and was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of VFW Post 2749 in Kendallville. He was born in Hueysville, Ky., on July 24, 1929, the son of Melvin and Laura (Handshoe) Crager. Surviving are 4 brothers, Raymond of Hamilton, Burnis and Johnny of Corunna and Steve of Ariz.; and 5 sisters, Annes Squire of Waterloo, Agnes Bolen of W. Va., Dorles Oliver of Ohio, Viola Morales of Texas and Bonnie Conley of Corunna. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Mosley, and a brother, Carlos. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 10-3-2002
Crager Hawley, 64, Claremore, Okla., formerly of Auburn, died Wednesday in Tulsa. He was born June 1, 1923 in Hueysville, Ky., the son of Kendall and Dovie (Shepherd) Crager. His wife, Wilma, preceded him in death. He was employed as a factory worker in Garrett and lived most of his life in Auburn. He moved to Oklahoma last year. He was a member of Freewill Baptist Church in Waterloo. Surviving are two sons, Gregory and Kyle, both Claremore, Okla.; one stepson, Conrad White, Valentine; four sisters, Silvia Warrix and Laura Allen, Hueysville, Ky., Alice Ousley, Willard, Ohio, and Gracie Dangler, Waterloo; two brothers, Homer and Ralph, both Hueysville, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-14-1987
Crager Ruby, 55, died Feb. 15 in DeKalb Hospital. She was born Aug. 31, 1927 in Hueysville, Ky., the daughter of Grover and Cathrine (Bailey) Stephens. In 1956 she married Estill Crager in Martin, Ky. Surviving are her husband, a son, David at home; a brother, Mitchell, Garrett; and a sister, Mrs. Earl (Mae) Patrick, Grass Lake, Michigan. Services Feb. 17 in McKee-Miles Funeral Home in Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 2-24-1983
Crago Frank T, 66, a farmer near Ligonier, died June 21 in McCray Hospital following surgery. He was born in Labetto, Kansas, Nov. 20, 1882. Surviving are the wife, Nettie; two daughters, Lucille and Helen at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Lula Mayfield, Humansville, Mo., and Mrs. Edna Clayton, Parsons, Kansas. The body was taken to the Kendallville Mortuary pending funeral arrangements. + 6-?-1948
Crago Helen E, 79, died Saturday at Goshen General Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1913 to Frank and Nettie (Priest) Crago in Noble County. She worked as a clerk at several Ligonier stores and was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church. One sister preceded her in death. Services Tuesday at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 11-22-1992
Crago Lucille M, 77 of Ligonier, died Sunday in Heritage Manor Health Care Center, Ligonier. She was born Sept. 8, 1911 in Noble County, the daughter of Frank T. and Nettie M. (Priest) Crago. A lifetime county resident, she was a clerk for Stansbury Dept. Store, Pettit Dept. Store and Banner Drug Store, and most recently worked at Fashion Farm. She was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church and a charter member of Wawaka Grange. Surviving are a sister, Helen, Ligonier; and a foster brother, Donald Lantz, Ligonier. Services Thursday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-1-1989
Crago Nettie M, about 63, widow of the late Frank Crago, died Nov. 5, 1948 at McCray Hospital. Her home was near Ligonier. She is survived by two daughters, both at home; and one brother, Clarence Priest of Albion. Funeral Sunday. + 11-?-1948
Craig Benjamin F was born in Delaware County, Ohio May 4, 1821 and died at his home 4 miles north of Kendallville Aug. 31. Funeral was at Wayne Center Sept. 2 He was married in 1841 and they had 2 sons, William and Ira, the former preceding his father in death about 7 years ago. The latter with the wife and grandchildren remain. He moved to Steuben County in 1855, living there 3 years, thence moving to Noble County to the farm upon which he resided until his death. He was a member of the M. E. Church. ^ 9-16-1892
Craig Dale L, 52, of R. 4 High Lake, Albion, died in Whitley County Hospital Sept. 18 shortly after being stricken at his home. He was born May 8, 1926 in Plymouth, a son of George Herbert and Ada Princess Birkeypile Craig. He married Bonnie Gay Oct. 27, 1973 and they lived at Green Center before moving to the lake three years ago. He served with the Army Canine Corps in WW II, was employed by Syracuse Rubber Products Co. and was a member of Fur Takers of America. Survivors are his wife; five sons, Dale Jr. of R. 4, Albion, Bruce of Columbia City, Byron and Kevin of Pierceton, and Robert at home; two daughters, Mrs. Melvin Brunner of Pierceton and Mrs. Allen Mast of Syracuse; 8 grandchildren; his mother of Bremen; one brother, Harry of Bremen; and five sisters, Mary Edith of Bremen, Esther Olive Craig and Mrs. Dale Gibbony, Elgin, Ill., Mrs. Jack Newsom of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mrs. Rod Rolston of South Bend. Services today in Sheets Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 9-?-1978
Craig David H, 70, died Wednesday in Bluffton Hospital Clinic. He was a retired teacher, coach and was in Ligonier for seven years before going in the trucking business in Albany with his brother. Upon retirement several years ago, he moved to Lake Wawasee with his wife. He was born March 13, 1905 to Lander and Mary (Penrod) Craig. On Oct. 18, 1928 he married Delight Huffman. He is survived by his wife; his son, David; and three grandchildren. He graduated from Pennville High School in 1924 and from Ball State University in 1932. Funeral Saturday in Williamson-Spencer Funeral Home in Portland. Burial, I00F Cemetery in Pennville. + 12-?-1975
Craig Denise M, 53, of rural Churubusco, died December 22, 2010 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She was born April 12, 1957 in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Ross and Evelyn (Budd) Clouse. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1975. On June 12, 1976 she married Gary E. Craig. She was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel. Surviving are her husband; four children Amy (Joe) McLaughlin of Columbia City, Michelle (Matt) Whan of Fort Wayne, Deanna (David) Thompson of Columbia City, and Nathan Craig, at Grace College; her parents; her brother Rev. Larry (Josefina) Clouse of Milford, New Hampshire; two sisters Charlene (Mike) Zeigler and Earlene Klein, both of Churubusco; and her 3 grandchildren Marisa McLaughlin, Alayna McLaughlin, and Kylee Whan. Funeral Dec. 29 at Merriam Christian Chapel. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. Sheets Childs Funeral Home 12-23-2010
Craig Imogene, youngest daughter of Ira N. and Versa L. Craig, was born July 2, 1883, deceased Dec. 23, 1885, aged 2 years, 5 months and 21 days. Funeral in the Center M. E. Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-23-1885 ^ 1-1-1886
Craig Ira N, 79, met a tragic death this morning when he was struck by lightning at the abandoned Stony Ridge School House northeast of the city, where he had gone for shelter from the wind, rain and electrical storm that visited this section shortly after 11:30 o’clock. Death was instantaneous and his lifeless form was discovered by a motorist from Jackson, Mich. who saw the body lying in the door way and summoned neighbors. Mr. Craig had been cutting corn in a field nearby and went to the building seeking shelter. Apparently he had been seated on a bench near the window casing in lightning’s path. He was born June 14, 1847 in Huron County, Ohio, the son of Benjamin and Anna Craig. In his early years the family moved to this community and 57 years ago he married Laura Alversa Squires, who died Sept. 1. They had resided at their farm in Wayne Twp since their marriage. They had three daughters and two sons. A daughter, Mrs. Charles Wert, W. Rush St., Kendallville; and a son, Roy of Battle Creek, Mich.; a granddaughter and a grandson survive. * 1926 10-1-1926
Craig Lori L, 40, of Rome City, died Dec. 13, 2009 in her residence. She was born May 17, 1969 in LaGrange to Jim and Carolyn (Stevens) Craig. Surviving are her mother, Carolyn Williams of Rome City, and her father and stepmother, Jim and Vicki Craig of Wolcottville; 2 daughters, Whitley Craig of Fort Wayne and Cynthia Lowe of Rome City; a son Johnathon Warble of Fort Wayne; 2 sisters, Michelle Miazgowicz of Portage, Mich., and Monica Brady of Rome City. Funeral Dec. 18, 2009 in Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 12-16-2009
Craig Marilyn S, 68, died March 18, 2000 in Kosciusko Community Hospital. She was born July 11, 1931 in Syracuse to Leo and Olive (Druckamiller) Pippenger. In 1950 she married Dale Craig, and in 1981, Don Poage. She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1949 and was employed 1969-1981 by Weatherhead Co. She was a member of AARP and New Life Fellowship Church of God. Surviving are 4 sons, Dale Craig Jr. of Albion, Bruce Craig of Columbia City, Kevin Craig of Oswego and Byron Craig of South Whitley; 2 daughters, Crystal Mast of Ligonier and Cheryl Dolbee of Warsaw; 2 stepsons; one brother, David Pippenger of Albion; 2 half-sisters, Carolyn Scheurich and Patsy Karst of Kendallville; 30 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Pippenger. Services Wednesday in New Life Church. Burial, Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery. + 3-18-2000
Craig Rosa, 83, died Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor in Columbia City. She was born in Noble County on Dec. 5, 1897, the daughter of Robert and Augustia Ramsey Truman. On Nov. 21, 1953, she married William Craig. They made their home in Churubusco. He died in 1959 and in 1960 she moved to Columbia City. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary 98 in Columbia City. Survivors include 3 sons, Ted Rusher of Anderson, Bob Rusher of Clinton, and Bud Rusher of Urbana, Ill.; six daughters, Mrs. Earl (Lavelda) Knight, Mrs. Ora (Bessie) Dowell, and Mrs. Clifford (Beulah) Gibson, Columbia City, Mrs. Carl (May) Grenko of Urbana, Ill., Mrs. Wava Pridamore of Philo, Ill., and Mrs. Tom (Mary Lou) Peacha of Rockford, Ill.; two stepsons, Robert Craig of Churubusco, and William Paul Craig of Milton, W. Va.; and three stepdaughters, Mrs. Ralph (June) Mathieu of Churubusco, Mrs. Robert (Margaret) Workman of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mrs. Ben (Sarah Ann) Blackshire of Ligonier; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Pedmont of Blue Lake, and Mrs. Jack (Laura) Ely of Columbia City; three brothers, Floyd of Fort Wayne, Clifford of Columbia City, and James of Churubusco; 35 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Two sons preceded her in death. Services Tuesday at Sheets Funeral Home. + 8-?-1981
Craig Sarah Ann, daughter of James and Rachel Crawford, was born in Ohio Feb. 1, 1846, and died at her home in Churubusco, Ind. Jan. 6, 1928, age 81 years, 11 months and 15 days. She married James Craig Feb. 4, 1866. They had six children. The husband and three children preceded her in death. Those living are Mrs. L. E. Boggs and Mrs. Albertus Lock, Whitley County, and Ira Craig, Churubusco; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother and one sister. She was a member of the Blue River Church of God. Funeral Monday at the U. B. Church. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. + 1-?-1928
Craighead Beulah Marie, 88, died July 15, 1983 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Sept. 25, 1894 in Merriam, to Salmon S. and Rebecca (Strouse) Winebrenner, and was the widow of George W. Craighead, who died in 1974. She obtained a degree from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and taught in Fort Wayne school system for 46 years, retiring in 1960. She was a member of First Wayne St. Methodist Church and the WCTU. She also had her 5-point Eastern Star pin. She is survived by a sister, Pauline Stephens of the Lawton Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne; two nephews, Joe Winebrenner, Fort Wayne, and Richard Stephens, Churubusco; two nieces, Marie Hazelton, Fort Wayne, and Pauline Billman, Albion. Private services July 18 at D. O. McComb Lakeside Chapel. Burial, Greenlawn Cemetery. + 7-15-1983
Cramar Edmond L, 81, of Churubusco, died March 28, 2001 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. He worked for International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 25 years and later for Maumee Truck Leasing and as a truck mechanic of Allen Dairy, retiring in 1975 after 12 years of service. A WW II veteran of the U.S. Army, he belonged to Churubusco Lodge 514 F&AM, the Mizpah Shrine and White Shrine of Jerusalem Faith 29 and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. He was born May 24, 1919 in Columbia City to John William and Ada (Haines) Cramar and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1939. On Aug. 16, 1942 he married Ida Pressler in Churubusco. She died Nov. 28, 1983. Three brothers and 3 sisters also preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Merle of Simi Valley, Calif.; and 3 grandchildren, Natalie, Matthew and Mark Cramar. Services Monday at Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. ^ 3-31-2001
Cramar Mary M, 72, a former resident of Blue Lake, Jan. 10, 2011, at the home of her daughter in Gleason, Tennessee. She was born on May 9, 1938 in Marietta, Ohio, and was married in Noble County on August 13, 1961 to Daniel R. Cramar. She had formerly worked at Essex Wire, and retired from Bluffton Rubber Company in Churubusco after 11 years. Her husband died July 28, 1990. Surviving are her children Jerry L. (Vickie) Lloyd of Laud, Terry L. (Regina) Lloyd of Rochester, Lorean (Lendell) Smith of Gleason, Tenn., and Tina (Larry) Hardesty of Ithaca, New York; a brother Fred C. Pabst of Celina, Ohio; a sister Betty (Donald) Waggoner of Marietta, Ohio; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral Jan. 15 at Sheets & Child Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. Sheets Childs 1-13-2011
Cramer Albert G was born Jan. 29, 1893 and died July 5, 1967. Services at Bonham Miser Funeral Home, Albion, July 7. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 7-?-1967
Cramer Alma E, 79, LaOtto, died Monday in the Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. She was born Sept. 16, 1890 in Wayne Twp, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Owen. She was married Oct. 8, 1908 in Albion to Charles A. Cramer and he died in 1954. Surviving are two grandchildren; a brother, Alva, Albion; and two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Hockenbarger, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. George Kimmel, Merriam. Funeral Wednesday in McKee Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 9-17-1970 + 9-?-1970
Cramer Bessie L, 86, formerly of Albion, died Friday in Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. Born Aug. 2, 1893 in DeKalb County, she was the daughter of Thomas and Amanda (Myers) Cool. She married Albert G. Cramer July 11, 1928 in DeKalb County. He died in 1967. She moved to Albion from Garrett approximately 20 years ago. She was a member of the Albion American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include a sister, Grace Brandon, Auburn. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. Services Monday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 5-?-1980
Cramer Catherine L, 91, died Oct. 30, 2007 at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. A graduate of Avilla High School, she had attended Indiana Business College in Fort Wayne and was employed for 30 years at the former Kaplin Furniture in Fort Wayne and had retired as a cook at Provena Sacred Heart Home. She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco. She was born in Fort Wayne on June 16, 1916 to Patrick and Elizabeth (Nolan) Lynch. She married Wilbur L. Cramer on July 2, 1939 in Fort Wayne. He died Feb. 29, 1988. Surviving are 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Monica and Thomas Lang of LaOtto and Lisa Miller of Fort Wayne; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Marilyn Cramer of Huntertown and Dennis Cramer of Churubusco; a sister, Patti Haffner of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Patrick T. Cramer on Jan. 15, 1970; a grandson, Brian E. Lang on Sept. 23, 1995; a granddaughter, Christina R. Hicks on Nov. 7, 1998; 2 sisters, Mary Stanger and Victoria Wise; and a brother, Lloyd Lynch. Service Friday at St. John Bosco Church. Burial, Ege Cemetery. ^ 10-31-2007
Cramer Charles A "Jess", 73, died May 13, at his home in LaOtto after a heart attack. Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Lila VanMeter, R. R. 12, Fort Wayne; one brother, Claude, Bristol; and two grandchildren. Services Sunday in the Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 5-20-1954 + 5-?-1954
Cramer Conrad, of Swan Twp, one of the old residents of the county, died on the 17th at the advanced age of 79 years and 28 days. > 8-1-1878
Cramer Cora, wife of Joe Cramer of Swan Twp died at the family residence April 19 from spinal meningitis. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Worman of Bluffton, and at the time of her death was 44 years, 5 months and 15 days of age. She is survived by her parents; husband; 2 brothers, Floyd and Harry of Bluffton. She was a granddaughter of the late Francis Williams, a former resident of this place. Funeral Saturday at the family residence. Burial, Bethlehem Cemetery. ~ 4-26-1923
Cramer Cordelia (Broughton) was born in Jefferson County, New York Aug. 5, 1824; died Jan. 26, 1905, aged 80 years 5 months and 21 days. When a child ten years of age, she with her parents moved to Clark County, Ohio, where after residing 4 years, they again sought a new home. Coming to Indiana in 1838, they were among the first of the early settlers, locating near the place in which she afterwards lived and died, at Swan. On Aug. 20, 1846 she married Ephriam Cramer. They had 8 children, 4 of whom are left. ^ 2-3-1905
Cramer David was born in Carroll County, Md. Sept. 1, 1841; was married to Harriet B. Kenny Jan. 7, 1869, and they had one son and 3 daughters, all of whom survive. In 1874 he moved from Baltimore County, Md. to Ionia County, Mich., where he resided until the spring of 1880, then moving to Noble County, his present home. He died March 20, aged 47 years, 6 months and 19 days. ^ 3-22-1889
Cramer Dennis L, 55, of Churubusco, died Aug. 9, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after becoming ill at work. He had worked at Precision Heat Treat Co. in Fort Wayne for more than 20 years and was an evening supervisor. A 1971 graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School, he was born March 27, 1953 in Fort Wayne to Wilber and Catherine (Lynch) Cramer. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Marilyn Cramer of Huntertown; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Lisa Miller of Fort Wayne and Monica and Thomas Lang of LaOtto. He was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick. Burial, Ege Cemetery. ^ 8-12-2008
Cramer Eliza’s funeral was held in Swan Saturday. She has been a cripple ever since she was a child. ^ 2-20-1879
Cramer Ella B, daughter of Jacob and Sarah Simon, was born in Noble County, July 27, 1861 and died at her home in LaOtto, April 28, 1931, aged 69 years, 9 months and 1 day. On Nov. 25, 1880 she married Franklin Cramer. They had five children, two daughters, Mrs. Stella Scheurich and Mrs. Vangie Cobbs, having preceded their mother in death. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Swan. She leaves her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Cobbs of LaOtto; two sons, Vinton of Fort Wayne and James of Swan; two sisters, Mrs. Will Moore of Missouri and Mrs. Malissa McGoogan of Fort Wayne; one brother, James Simon of Yuma, Arizona; 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. * 1931
Cramer Ella S, 90, Avilla, died November 3 in Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett. She was born January 1, 1892 in Allen Twp, the daughter of Samuel and Susan (Simon) Weimer. She married James Cramer February 20, 1912. He died October 27, 1955. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Ruth) Freeman and Mrs. Carl (Esther) Workman, Avilla; a son, Dean, of Hardy, Ark.; a brother, James of San Fernando, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Services Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 11-11-1982 + 11-3-1982
Cramer Elsie Pearl, 90, of R. 4, Columbia City, died Nov. 13, 1990 at Whitley County Hospital. She was born Sept. 15, 1900 in Noble County to John Quincy and Missouri Keister Coverstone. She married James W. Cramer on Nov. 24, 1923 in Columbia City. He died Dec. 5, 1959. She was a member of Modern Woodsmen of America. Surviving are a son, Paul of Seymour; daughters, Eva Maxwell and Ruth Cramer of rural Columbia City; 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a sister, Goldie Coverstone of Columbia City. Four brothers and a sister are deceased. Service Saturday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 11-15-1990
Cramer Ephraim of Swan Twp died June 18, 1892. ~ 6-8-1893 He passed nearly all his life in Noble County as he was born in 1832 in Jefferson County, N.Y., and at the age of 12 came to Noble County. On Aug. 20, 1846 he married Cordelia A. Broughton, a daughter of pioneer parents. They had 8 children, of whom 4 are living. In his religion he was a Methodist. In politics a Republican. ^ 6-9-1893
Cramer Evaline, 89, died at McCray Hospital Wednesday from the effects of a fall at her home a week ago. The only survivor is a daughter, Miss Mattie, with whom she resided at Cromwell. + 12-?-1942
Cramer Evelyn "Eva" D, 92, of Kendallville, died Wednesday at her residence. She was born in Elkhart on May 19, 1890 to Samuel David and Erminie (Martin) Myers. She married J. Frank Cramer Sept. 14, 1910 in Kendallville. A 45-year News-Sun employee, he preceded her in death Nov. 15, 1957. She had moved to Kendallville from Waterloo 87 years ago and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Kendallville. Surviving are a daughter, Joanne Roberts of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Harriett Hurley of Garrett; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Margaret Steckley, preceded her in death. Services Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-2-1983 + 3-2-1983
Cramer Franklin H, 77, died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital in South Bend. He was born in LaOtto April 27, 1905, and had spent most of his life in Mishawaka, moving there from Garrett. He married Beulah A. Groh in Albion June 27, 1924. He had been employed for 23 years at the former Studebaker Corp., and later at the Mishawaka Street Department, retiring in 1970. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Catherine) Berry, South Bend; two sons, Everett, South Bend, and Richard, Mishawaka; a sister, Mrs. Helen Foote, Garrett; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where services were conducted Tuesday. ~ 4-14-1983
Cramer Harrison
was born April 8, 1842; died March 6, 1921, age 78 years 8 months and 28 days. He married Lavina Homsher April 15, 1866. They had 8 children, 2 of which preceded him in death. There remain 6 children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Practically a lifelong resident of Noble County and a veteran of the Civil War, he died at his home 3 miles southwest of Avilla.
He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Surviving are the widow, 3 sons and 3 daughters, Otis of South Dakota, John of near Garrett, Joseph of near Avilla, Mrs. Edward Gump of Avilla, Mrs. Eli Haag of near Churubusco, and Miss Addie at home. Funeral Thursday from the residence. Burial Bethlehem Cemetery. * 1921
Cramer Henry, an old resident of Swan, died last week Tuesday. ^ 12-18-1879
Cramer Hugh Balliet, 70, of 2821 Kenmore St., Dayton, Ohio, died Thursday at his residence. He was born in Kendallville July 25, 1910, the son of Francis E. and Nettie (Balliet) Cramer. He married Ida Mae Rice, who survives. He was retired from the National Cash Register Company. Also surviving are a son, Robert of St. Henry, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Merle (Florede) Baughman of Kendallville, and Mrs. Stanley (June) Minar of Rome City; and three grandchildren. Services Monday in Tobias Funeral Home, Dayton, Ohio. Burial, Portland, Ind. + 12-?-1980
Cramer Ida E, 67, of Churubusco, died Monday in St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she married Edmond Cramer of Busco on Aug. 16, 1942. Surviving are her husband; a son, Merle E. of Jefferson City, MO; one brother, Ray Pressler of Churubusco; 2 sisters, Mrs. Harland (Ruth) Meeks of Churubusco and Mrs. Rachel Muter of Fort Wayne; and 2 grandchildren. Services Wednesday. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. * 12-?-1983
Cramer Isabella (Haag), 73, died on her birthday Monday (d. 1-15-1940) at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E. Foote, four miles north of Garrett. She was in excellent health until 5 days before her death when she was stricken with apoplexy. She became unconscious Thursday noon. She was born in Berks County, Pa., January 15, 1867. The family came to DeKalb County when she was 3 years old, locating in Keyser Twp. Four years later they moved to Noble County near Ari. Isabella Haag and John Cramer of near Swan were married December 21, 1890, and they moved out of LaOtto south. Three years later they bought a farm one and one-half miles south of Altona where they lived 30 years. Mr. Cramer died there May 16, 1924, and since that time his widow had been living with her children. She was a twin and was also the mother of twin boys, one deceased at 10 months. Surviving are two sons, Paris, a twin of Mishawaka, and Franklin of Churubusco; two daughters, Mrs. Homer Shellenberger on the home place near Altona, and Mrs. Elmer Foote near Auburn; and ten grandchildren. A brother, Eli Haag of north of town, died last month. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Altona. Funeral at the Christian Union Church Wednesday. Burial, Embry Cemetery. * 1940
Cramer James Franklin, 71, died October 7 in McCray Hospital. A former resident of Swan Twp, he had lived the past six and a half years in Kendallville, and died suddenly after suffering a heart attack. Born in Swan Twp September 19, 1884, he spent his life as a farmer there until the time of his retirement. He was married to Ella Weimer February 20, 1912. Surviving besides the wife are two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Freeman, R. 2, and Mrs. Esther Workman, Avilla; a son Dean, R. 2, Avilla; a brother V. C. near Fort Wayne; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Cobbs, LaOtto; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services Saturday in the Arthur J. Berhalter Home. Burial was in Swan Cemetery. ~ 11-3-1955
Cramer Jane (McCartney) was born in Penn. Aug. 17, 1850; deceased Oct. 23, aged 35 years, 2 months and 16 days. She was married to Miles Cramer July 4, 1871. She was the mother of 2 sons and one daughter (a babe). One child precede her in death. She also leaves her parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral in the Swan M. E. Church Oct. 24. ^ 10-30-1885
Cramer Joe, 95, who lived at R. 1, Avilla, died at his home Monday. His wife, Mabel, died March 24 this year. He was born Oct. 29, 1889 in Avilla to Harrison and Lovina (Homsher) Cramer. He married Mrs. Cramer in 1923 in Albion and was a lifetime Avilla resident and farmer. Surviving are two daughters, Maretha Kelham, Albion, and Florence Badger, Avilla; one son, Vernon Badger, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Services today in Berhalter-Preston Mortuary in Avilla. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 5-13-1976 + 5-?-1976
Cramer John Branton died Friday (d. 5-26-1924) at his home two and a half miles southwest of Garrett. He had been suffering from a complication of diseases for eight months and became bedfast May 9. Born at Swan September 11, 1868, he lived in Noble County until seventeen years ago when he moved to DeKalb County. He was married December 21, 1890 to Isabella Sarah Haag. She survives, with the following children, Mrs. Bessie Shellenberger of Fort Wayne, Paris Cramer of Flint, Ind., Mrs. Helen Foote of Richland Twp, and Franklin Cramer at home. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lovina Cramer, who lives in Swan Twp; two brothers, L. O. of Redfield, S. D., and Joseph of Noble County; and two sisters, Mrs. Edward Gump and Addie Cramer of Noble County. He was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church of Altona. The funeral was Monday at the Methodist Protestant Church. Burial, Embry Cemetery. * 1924
Cramer John, 60, an old citizen of Washington Twp, died a short time since. 5-30-1878
Cramer Josephine, 49, died Thursday from spinal meningitis. She is survived by her husband, her parents and two brothers. + 4-?-1923
Cramer Kenneth P, 61, of Kendallville, died Nov. 26 in McCray Hospital. He was born in Kendallville May 2, 1937 to Perry E. and Edith (Balser) Cramer. On Oct. 12, 1960 in Avilla he married Shirley DeLong. A lifetime Kendallville resident, he was a shipping and receiving technician for Silicones, retiring in 1996 after 13 years. Prior to that he was a truck driver for Steckley’s Feed Grain for 21 years. He was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of Moose Lodge 1301 and Eagles Lodge 985. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Jerry Smith and Marcy and Rodney Fogle of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery and Shelly Cramer of Kendallville; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Kenneth Pfaffman of Bradenton, Fla.; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters. Funeral in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. ~ 12-3-1998
Cramer Lola, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Cramer, died Monday. Her funeral was Tuesday. ^ 8-28-1879
Cramer Lovina, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Homsher, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, on Dec. 17, 1842 and died at her home April 9, 1925, aged 82 years, 3 months and 22 days. At the age of 6 years, she moved with her parents to the farm south of town, where she resided until her death. On April 15, 1869, she married Harrison Cramer of Swan Twp, and they had 8 children, four of whom survive, Mrs. Edward Gump of Avilla, L. A. Cramer of Tulsa, S. D., Addie at home, Joseph of Swan Twp. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emma Bricker of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Jacob Geiger of Collins; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since early life where services were held Saturday. Burial, Bethlehem Cemetery. ~ 4-16-1925
Cramer Mabel, 91, a lifetime Swan Twp resident, died March 24 in McCray Hospital. She was born March 3, 1885 to George and Matilda (Sands) Bilger in Swan Twp. Her husband, Joe Cramer, survives. Survivors include two daughters, Florence Badger, Avilla, and Maretha Kelham, Albion; one son, Vernon Badger, Fort Wayne; one sister, Mrs. Grace Jordan, R. 2, Avilla; two brothers, Ralph, Fort Wayne, and Virgil, Mission Viejo, Calif.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Services Friday in the Berhalter-Preston Mortuary in Avilla. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 4-1-1976 + 3-24-1976
Cramer Marguerite, 90, died Saturday in the Kendallville Lutheran Home. She was born in Kendallville Jan. 15, 1892 to William and Wilhelmina (Correll) Biebesheimer. On Oct. 4, 1930 in Fort Wayne she married Victor J. Cramer, who preceded her in death in 1956. She moved to Fort Wayne where she lived 50 years, returning to Kendallville in 1965. She retired as executive manager of Irene Byron after 27 years and was a member of the First Christian Church and Kendallville Study Club. Surviving is one daughter, Maxine A. Kelly of Anchorage, Alaska. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Services Tuesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 6-12-1982 + 6-12-1982
Cramer Marion, 91, retired DeKalb County farmer, died Wednesday in Sacred Heart Home. Survivors include a son, Walter of Garrett. Services were held January 30 in Auburn. ~ 2-5-1953
Cramer Mary E died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Mackie, Oct. 29. She would have been 77 years old on Nov. 1. Born in Monticello, New York, the daughter of James and Letitia Mulholland, she came at the age of three years with her family and settled near Albion. There were seven children in the family, and the only one now surviving is Mrs. Fred Lewis of near Albion. In April, 1878, she was married to Simon Cramer. They had 7 children, all of whom are living. They are Mrs. Andrew Mackie, Mrs. Charles Brewster, Mrs. Romeo Walton, all of Albion, Mrs. J. C. Williams, Albert and William, all of Garrett, and S. J. of Jackson, Mich. There are seven grand and two great-grandchildren also surviving. He died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mackie in Garrett on June 3, 1921. For 45 years she belonged to the United Brethren Church at Albion. Funeral at the U. B. Church last Thursday. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 10-?-1935
Cramer Mary E, 65, for many years a resident of this city, died Saturday from heart disease. She was the widow of W. S. Cramer, who died several years ago. In recent years she had taught piano lessons here. She was a member of OES and the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. W. C. Metzger of Canton, O., and a stepson, P. E. Cramer of New York. Short services from the residence. The body was sent to Tiffin, O. for burial. + 6-?-1931
Cramer Miles E, who had resided in Swan Twp for many years, died Wednesday at the home of his brother, Arthur, in Swan Twp, aged 67 years, 9 months and 6 days. He had returned from Anderson, where he had been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Herron, Tuesday, and was taken seriously ill that night. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Herron of Anderson; and one son; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Arthur of Swan and Edwin of Oberlin, Kansas. Funeral at Swan Church Saturday. Burial, beside his wife in Swan Cemetery. ~11-28-1917
Cramer Morrell B, 80, resident of LaOtto, died Monday in the home of a brother, Perry, Kendallville, with whom he had lived for the past week. A lifelong resident of Swan Twp, he was born Feb. 3, 1881. Also surviving are five sons, Hubert and Willard of Detroit, and Leo, Roger and Robert of Toledo, Ohio, and one sister, Florence Campbell of Wabash. Services Wednesday in L. E. Berhalter Son Funeral Home in Avilla. ~ 10-26-1961
Cramer Nettie M, 97, of Garden St., Kendallville, died Monday in the Kendallville Nursing Home. She had previously lived at Swan. She was born Sept. 2, 1882 in DeKalb County to Aaron and Nora (Moody) Balliet. She married Francis E. Cramer, who died in 1961. A retired licensed practical nurse, she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kendallville. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Merle (Florede) Baughman, Kendallville, and Mrs. Stan (June) Minar of rural Rome City; a son, Hugh of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Forest, Big Rapids, Mich.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One son, one daughter, five brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Services today in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 12-13-1979 + 12-?-1979
Cramer Orlo, 38, a life-long resident of this community, and an employee of the State Highway Department, died Friday in the Luckey Hospital at Wolf Lake after a long illness. Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Ethel Cramer, with whom he resided, one brother, Wilbur, of Churubusco, and two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Glass and Mrs. Thelma Leitch of Churubusco. Services Monday at the Evangelical Church. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 10-20-1949
Cramer Paris E, 58, of 318 S. Mill St., died this morning, (d.3-7-1955 St. Joseph County, IN apparently of a heart attack in the kitchen of a friend’s home, that of Mrs. Esther Huffman, 331 Beall Ct., while eating breakfast. The woman summoned the victim’s brother, Franklin Cramer of 2118 Liberty Dr., who in turn called police. Mrs. Huffman told investigating officers that she heard a "bump" in her kitchen at about 6:30 a.m. and when she investigated found Cramer lying on the floor. She said that the man was dead when she got to him. Cramer sometimes had breakfast with her, she added. He was born June 25, 1896 in Noble County, Ind., and moved here from that county 3 years ago. Surviving besides the brother are two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Berridge of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Maxine Storm of Mishawaka; a son, Wayne E.; and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Foote of Auburn, Ind., and Mrs. Bessie Shellenberger of Garrett, Ind. Funeral Wednesday in Bubb Chapel. Burial, Fairview Cemetery. * 1955
Cramer Pearl Edwin child of Mr. and Mrs. John Cramer of Swan Twp, died Sunday at the age of nine months. ~ 4-8-1897
Cramer Simon, son of William and Rachel Cramer, was born in Sunbury, Penn. Nov. 12, 1848, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bertha Mackie, Garrett, Ind., June 3, 1921, aged 72 years, 6 months and 22 days. He married Mary E. Mulholland April 14, 1878, and they had 7 four girls and three boys, all living. He came to Noble County, Nov. 15, 1874. With the exception of two years’ residence in Garrett, he has lived in this community, which is about 45 years. He served as city marshal of Albion for seven years. For many years he was a member of the United Brethren Church. Some years ago he changed to the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He died June 3. He leaves his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Ida Brewster of Albion, Mrs. Pearl Williams and Mrs. Bertha Mackie of Garrett, Mrs. Bernice Walton of Albion; three sons, Silas J. of Jackson, Mich., William H. and Albert G. of Garrett; six grandchildren; one brother, Silas C. of Sunbury, Penn.; two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Cake of Sunbury, Penn., and Mrs. Mary Smith of Liberty, Penn. + 6-?-1921
Cramer Shirley A, 61, of Kendallville, died January 6, 2001 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born June 11, 1939 in Kendallville to Claude Eugene and Mary Mae (Byrd) Delong. She was a lifetime resident of the area. On October 12, 1960 she married Kenneth P. Cramer in Avilla. He died November 19, 1998. She was a secretary at Steckley's Mill for 16 years and worked at Lewger Machine for 12 years. She retired from EPI-Dana in 1999 after 7 years. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery and Shelly Cramer of Kendallville; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Jeff Smith, and Marcy and Rodney Fogle of Kendallville; 3 sisters, Imojean Wilson and Betty Dubois of Albion, and Linda Delong of South Milford; 2 brothers, Jerry and Darrell Delong of Kendallville; and 8 grandchildren. One brother, Charles, also preceded her in death. Services at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 1-25-2001
Cramer Stephen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Cramer, was born in Swan Twp January 10, 1848 and died at his home in Swan, June 25, 1928, age 80 years, 5 months and 6 days. On the 5th of September 1869, he married Julia Wood. They had 7 children, Laura and Lola, who preceded the father in death, Carrie of Swan, Francis and Perry of Kendallville, Morrell of Swan and Florence of Wabash. Mr. Cramer spent all his life in Swan Twp and for 42 years has resided in Swan, where he died. He was a member of the Methodist Church and when able was found at the place of worship, where he served as janitor for thirty some years. Beside the children mentioned, he leaves the wife, one brother, and one sister, 28 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Wednesday in the Swan Church. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 7-5-1928 + 6-?-1928
Cramer Susan, 76, died Thursday at her home in Swan. Surviving are the husband, Morrell, two sons and two daughters. Services last Sunday at the home of a son, George Stice. Interment, Swan Cemetery. ~ 9-21-1950
Cramer Thomas, about 38, a native of Avilla, died at Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake, Oct. 14, 1949. He was an employee of the State Highway Dept. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ethel Cramer, with whom he resided; and a brother Wilbur of Churubusco; and two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Glass, Avilla, and Mrs. Thelma Leitch, Churubusco. + 10-?-1949
Cramer Vernice I, 61, was born July 1, 1912 to Charles W. and Maude L. (Ward) West. She married Harry E. Cramer January 28, 1934. He preceded her in death. She was a lifetime resident of Garrett and was employed as a sales clerk at L. S. Ayres in Fort Wayne until her illness. She was a member of the Garrett United Methodist Church, OES, Garden Club, 20th Century Club and the ladies golf league at the Garrett Country Club. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Marianna Shull, Auburn; one son, William, North Olmsted, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Glen Helbert, Garrett; one brother, Ward S., Leesburg; and six grandchildren. Services Sunday in McKee Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 5-23-1974
Cramer Waldo E "Doc", 71, Kendallville, was dead on arrival at McCray Hospital today. He was a bartender at Paul’s Tavern. Funeral at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home Monday. Burial, Swan Cemetery. + 10-?-1974
Cramer Wilbur L, 71, Churubusco, died Feb. 29 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was born June 13, 1916 in Noble County, the son of Wilbur L. and Ethel (Owen) Cramer. On July 2, 1939 he married Catherine L. Lynch in Fort Wayne. He moved to Churubusco in 1948 from Fort Wayne and retired in 1981 from management at Kunkle Valve, Fort Wayne, after 40 years. He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife and his mother; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Monica) Lang, LaOtto, and Lisa Miller of Fort Wayne; two sons, Michael of LaOtto, and Dennis of Churubusco; two sisters, Mrs. Daniel (Thelma) Leitch of Churubusco, and Hilda Glass of Avilla; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren. A son, Patrick, died in 1970, and a brother is also deceased. Services Thursday in St. John Bosco Church. Burial, Ege Cemetery. ~ 3-8-1988 + 2-29-1988
Cramer William H died at his Garrett home May 8, 1963 following a heart attack. He was a native of Albion and a retired conductor of the B O Railroad. He is survived by two sons, Harry of Garrett, and Robert of Kendallville; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry Rupp of Garrett; a brother, Albert of Albion; a sister, Mrs. Bernice Walton of Albion; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1948. Services at McKee Funeral Home in Garrett Saturday. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. + 5-8-1963
Cramer William L, son of John and Susannah Sollenbarger Cramer, was born in Penn. June 2, 1846. He died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Susanna Bause of Kimmell, Feb. 18, 1920, age 73 years 8 months and 6 days. He was married to Eliza Gilbert Oct. 26, 1866. She died in Sept. 1907. He was converted at the Salem Church over 50 years ago and was a faithful member of the U. B. Church at Indian Village. He leaves Josiah Cramer of Ligonier, Mrs. Rebecca Galloway of Wolf Lake, Mrs. Susanna Bause of near Kimmell. Mrs. Martha J. Miller, a sister, preceded him in death over 4 years ago. + 3-?-1920
Crance Marjorie M, of rural Albion, died Sunday in St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Noble County to Verl and Lura (Kesling) Strouse. On Dec. 20, 1957 she married Eugene W. Crance. He died June 28, 1990. A graduate of Albion High School, she was a checkout clerk for more than 40 years in Churubusco, most recently at Egolf's IGA. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Jackie) Hennigar of Muncie; a sister, Opal Emerick of Kendallville; 4 grandchildren, Mrs. Mike (Lorie) Krouse, Mrs. Jeff (Lisa) Dwyer and Carl and Chris Hennigar; and 3 great-grandchildren. Private family services today at Sheets Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 11-16-1997
Crandall Corvie E, 78, of Kirkland, Wash., died Saturday in Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, Wash. A native of Marion, he had lived in Fort Wayne most of his life, retiring to Rome City. He retired in 1969 as a manager at International Harvester after 41 years. He served the Allen County sheriff’s department as a reserve officer 1947-71. He was former president of the Fort Wayne Airstream Trailer Club and Coliseum Lion’s Club. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; three daughters, Lois Argo of Nashville, Tenn., Judy Locklair of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Cherry Ouren of Redmond, Wash.; a son, Steve Hatch of Kirkland, Wash.; two sisters, Wilma Grothous and Carolyn Hanna, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Robert of Indialantic, Fla., and Courtney of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. Memorial services Aug. 5 at Rome City United Methodist Church. + 7-16-1989
Crandall John was born at Trenton, Oneida County, New York, Feb. 27, 1840. On March 9, 1861 he was married to Hannah E. Gregg. They had five children, of whom two sons, John H. of Berrien Springs, Mich., and William, of Lawton, are living. His wife died at her home near Wolf Lake, May 1906. December 2, 1909 he married Elizabeth A. Wright at Albion. In 1878 he became a charter member of Wolf Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church. He leaves his wife; two sons, six stepchildren; ten grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. His death occurred at his home in Lawton, Mich. Nov. 26, 1921. + 11-?-1921
Crandell Eleanor, a resident of Howe since 1907, died at her home adjoining that of her son, Walter W., Sunday. She was the daughter of John and Hannah Long, early settlers of Indiana from Penn., and was born in Owen County Feb. 4, 1858. Her family came to Brighton about 1878, and in 1880 she was married to Edwin H. Crandell, who died in 1902. One son survives, Walter of Howe; also two sisters, Mrs. J. P. Hendricks of Sturgis, and Mrs. Stephen Custer of ?arksville, Mich.; and two brothers, Pius of Danville, Ill. and S. B. of Elkhart. Funeral at the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was a member, Tuesday. Burial, Brighton Cemetery. + 4-?-1953
Crandell Leta Schroeder, 69, wife of the late W. Walter Crandell, Howe merchant, died on Monday at her home in Howe from a heart attack. Survivors include a foster son, G. Walter Henricks; a grandson, Sgt. Walter Warner Henricks; a sister, Mrs. W. F. Adams of Sturgis; a brother, Charles Schroeder of Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish. Funeral Wednesday at St. James Chapel. Burial, Brighton Cemetery. + No date
Craven Abigail J, daughter of John and Polly Potts, and wife of Henry L. Craven, was born in Richland County, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1835, died June 9, 1895 in Todd County, Minn., aged 60 years, 5 months and 5 days. She came with her parents to Noble County and settled in Jefferson Twp in 1841. On the 7th of Dec. 1856 she was married to Henry L. Craven, son of another pioneer family of the same twp. They continued residing in Jefferson Twp for 35 years. Three sons were born there. In 1891 with their youngest son they emigrated to Minn. where he died. Husband and sons all survive her. + Clippings book. ^ 6-21-1895
Craven Charline T, 84, of Newberg, Ore. died at Newberg Community Hospital July 21, 1987. She was born the daughter of George and Effie (Flint) Shew Sept. 23, 1902 in Remington, Ind. She attended school at Wolf Lake, then attended Cleveland Bible Institute, now Malone College. At Malone College she met Everett H. Craven. They married Sept. 1, 1921, in Albion Ind. They made their home in Beaver, Kan., where he was pastor at the Friends Church. After serving in different pastorates, they became head residents at Taylor University, then head residents of Pennington Hall at George Fox College in Newberg. They retired at Sunny Ridge Manor in Nampa, Idaho, where he died in 1981. Surviving are the children, Earl and his wife Dorothy of Newberg, Betty Ann Spirup and her husband Jim of Albuquerque, N.M., Everett Jr. and his wife Helen of Wichita, Kan., and George and his wife, Carol of Whittier, Calif.; brother Eugene of Columbia City, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters. Memorial services July 24 at Attrell’s Newberg Chapel. Graveside services July 25 at Starr Cemetery in Starr, Idaho. + 7-21-1987
Craven Irene, 81, died Monday in LaGrange Hospital. She was born Dec. 28, 1901 in Noble County to Lancaster and Bertha (Smith) Craven. She had lived in Noble and LaGrange Counties all her life. Surviving is one cousin, Mrs. Karl Grossman of R. 1, Wolcottville. Services Thursday at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 7-25-1983
Craven James, 60, of Allen Twp, died at his home in Avilla Dec. 18. He was born in Wayne County, Ohio in 1820 and moved to Noble County in 1852. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over 40 years and served as a justice of the peace for a number of years. Funeral at Allen Chapel the 20th. He leaves a wife and 7 children. ^ 12-23-1880
Craven John, 78, for 71 years a resident of Orange Twp, died at Lakeside Hospital Wednesday from complications. He was born in Morrow County, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1854 and migrated to Noble County in 1861 with his parents who located at Brimfield. For a number of years he was janitor of the Brimfield M. E. Church. He was united in marriage some years ago, his wife dying Jan. 24, 1924. Surviving are a son C. F., Brimfield; and four sisters, Mrs. Ella Tryon, LaOtto, Mrs. Sherman Targgart, Kendallville, Mrs. Simon Granger and Mrs. A. S. Ziglear of Brimfield. Funeral Friday at Brimfield M. E. Church (rest of clipping torn off) + 11-?-1932
Craven Joy Ellen, 56, 1206 Garden St., died Sunday at her residence. Born in Whitley County Oct. 15, 1913, she was the daughter of Ben and Lillie Burch Smith. She had been a resident of Kendallville for 50 years. She was married May 15, 1945 in Albion to William Andrew Craven, who died Sept. 2, 1967. She was a member of Elmwood Mennonite Church, the Lucky Birthday Club, and VFW Auxiliary. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lewis E. (Gertrude) Groh, R. 3, and Mrs. Harold J. (Marjorie) Sibert, 224 E. Wayne St.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Smith, Kendallville; and a sister, Mrs. Elva Mollett, N.J. Funeral Wednesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1970
Crawford Catharine, 78, died at the old Kelly House on March 24 of supposed rheumatism of the heart. Burial, Waterloo last Tuesday. Catharine Switzer, born in Dauphin County, Pa. in 1804, married to John Crawford in 1820, moved from Pa. to Ashland County, Ohio in 1832, remained there until 1856 and then moved to Steuben County, Ind., remained there one year and then removed to Waterloo, Ind. Buried her husband in 1879 and was living with her daughter, Rebecca at Kendallville. Mother of 7 sons and 3 daughters, 5 of whom survive her. She was a member of the United Brethren Church. ^ 3-30-1882
Crawford Charles C, 62, was killed when struck by fast NYC train No. 6, eastbound at a point about two miles west of Butler. He was measuring railroad ties and as a freight train approached from the east he stepped to the opposite track directly in the path of the fast train No. 6. Death was instantaneous. He was born on a farm just east of this place in Allen Twp on August 17, 1863, the oldest son of the late Peter and Mary Crawford. On September 17, 1885 he married Helen Sherman. Two years after marriage they moved to Kendallville and have since made their home there. Thirty-five years ago he entered the employ of the railroad company and the last 25 years had served as an efficient foreman in the maintenance of way department of the New York Central Lines. Many years ago he united with the Evangelical Church. Surviving besides the widow is one daughter, Mrs. Harry Lisle of Kendallville; one son, Sherman, now employed in Illinois; one sister, Mrs. Badger of Tiffin, O.; two brothers, S. E. of Kendallville and John of near Corunna; and one half-brother, Harold Crawford of Cleveland, O. Six grandchildren also survive. Services Monday from the home at 420 W. Mitchell St., Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 9-3-1925
Crawford Hattie, wife of J. V. Crawford, died March 31 at her home in Elkhart County at the age of 46 years 3 months. A husband and five children remain. Burial, Osceola Cemetery. She was a member of the Evangelical Church. ~ 4-9-1891
Crawford I G, 45, native of Kendallville, died at his home in Elkhart Sunday from internal injuries received Saturday at the American Coating Mills there where he was a turbine engineer. He was born Sept. 8, 1888 in Kendallville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Welby Crawford. Prior to his removal to Elkhart he was employed at the interurban power plant here. He was married to Harriet Reynolds of Kendallville on Aug. 25, 1909. Surviving are the widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Waunete Gezzo, and Mrs. Dorothy Ish; and 2 grandchildren, all of Elkhart; a stepmother, Mrs. Charles Freeland, Willard, O.; a sister in Ill.; a brother, Howard in the U. S. Aviation Corps at Kelley Field, Texas; a half-brother, Harry Kessler of this city; a brother George Crawford, Norwalk, O.; and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Tinkey, Norwalk O. Funeral Tuesday from the home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 7-16-1934
Crawford Jacob V, 75, died in his home in Elkhart, June 18. He came to this state in 1853 from Licking County, O., where he was born in 1833. In 1864 he came to Elkhart County and settled in Baugo Twp where he finally bought a farm. He was married three times, first in 1857 to Lucinda M. Haines, and five children, Eustatia, John H., Luetta, Altha B. and Barbara, were born to them. Mrs. Crawford died in 1871 and two years later he married again, Harriet Gerig becoming his wife. They had six children, Chloe Newman of California, Oliver H., Susan D., Chester C., Ada Alexander and Harvey J. of Elkhart. Susan Crawford, the third wife, survives. ~ 7-8-1909
Crawford Mary A nee Truelove was born in Richland County, O., Oct. 28, 1845 and died near Avilla Aug 5, aged 40 years, 9 months and 7 days. She came to this county when about 6 years old and has been a resident here ever since. She was married to Peter Crawford Oct. 17, 1864. She leaves a husband, 3 sons and one daughter. Funeral on the 6th. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ^ 8-13-1886
Crawford Mary Ann, 86, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Luce Tuesday. Services will be held at the McKee and Clark Funeral Home Friday. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. Surviving are two brothers and one sister, her husband having died many years ago. ~ 4-28-1949
Crawford Minerva (Eddy) was born Oct. 4, 1828 in Wayne County, O. She married Thomas Crawford Jan. 31, 1850; moved to Noble County the same year. He died Oct. 15, 1872. They had six children, 3 of whom are living. She died June 18, aged 65 years 8 months and 14 days. She leaves 3 children, 2 sisters and one brother. ^ 7-13-1894
Crawford Minnie A (VanFerson) was born at Avilla Oct. 2, 1867, where she lived until 1883 when she moved with her grandparents to Kendallville, where in 1887 she was married to Welby Crawford. She died Jan. 16, 1895 at the age of 27 years, 3 months and 14 days. Three children, her husband, and a grandmother survive. + 1-16-1895 ^ 1-25-1895
Crawford P L, 63, died at the family residence just east of Avilla Monday. He was the father of C. C. and S. E. Crawford of this city. ^ 2-19-1904 He was born in Wyandotte County, Ohio September 1, 1840 and came to Noble County with his parents in 1854. He married Mary A. Truelove October 7, 1861. They had 3 sons and a daughter. She died Aug. 5, 1886. He married Francelia Brokaw May 19, 1891. He died February 15, 1904. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. * 2-25-1904
Crawford Scott Eugene, 34, Kendallville, died June 17, 2001 in a motorcycle accident at mile marker 84 on I-69 in Huntington County. The 1985 graduate of East Noble High School served in the U. S. Army from 1986 to 1988. He was employed by United Parcel Service since 1985. He was born December 25, 1966 in Fort Wayne to Donald Ray and Karen Elaine (North) Crawford, who survive in LaOtto. Also surviving are a daughter, Hailey Mae Crawford of Kendallville; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Lee Ann and John Wicker of Kendallville, and Diana and John Halderman of Wawaka. Services at Calvary United Methodist Church, Avilla. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 6-28-2001
Crawford William B was born in Wyandotte County, O., April 6, 1838; died in Clay County Kansas Nov. 10, 1886, age 48 years, 7 months and 4 days. He was married to Eliza VanScoyoc at Avilla April 11, 1861. They had 4 girls and 2 boys. Burial, Pleasant Valley Cemetery. ^ 11-26-1886
Creager Lydia Agnes (Mitchell) was born Oct. 1, 1860 in Kendallville. She united with the Presbyterian Church March 16, 1873. She graduated from Kendallville High School and from the high school at Ann Arbor, Mich. She graduated from Vassar College in 1884 and spent one year in the culinary department of Purdue University. She was married June 18, 1890 to Perry D. Creager. To them were born 4 daughters, Julia, Dorothy, Margaret and Agnes Catharine, Julia dying in infancy. Soon after her marriage she moved to Chicago. On Dec. 18 she fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral at the residence of John Mitchell Dec. 18. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-20-1895
Creech Carmen E, 44, Fort Wayne, sister of Mrs. James Kendrick, LaOtto, died Saturday in Lutheran Hospital. A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, she operated a beauty shop. She is also survived by her husband; four sons; two daughters; two brothers and four other sisters. Services Tuesday in St. Therese Catholic Church. ~ 12-11-1975
Creech Ruby Lucile, 53, Kimmell, died Friday in the National Nursing Home in Columbia City from cancer. Born May 16, 1917 in Bluffton, she was the daughter of Sylvester and Evelyne Reynolds. She was married Dec. 25, 1952 to Ruford Creech and lived in Kimmell since 1959. She was an employee of Ligonier Rubber Co. Surviving are the husband; two stepsons, William, Columbia City, and Darrell, rural Warsaw; a half-sister, Patricia, Fort Wayne. Funeral Sunday in Ulrey Funeral Home in Cromwell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 9-?-1972
Creigh Lauren Elizabeth, daughter of William P. and Beth A. Creigh of Rome City, died shortly after birth Wednesday in Parkview Hospital. Surviving are the parents; a sister, Lindsey A., and a brother, Jeremy L., both at home; grandparents, James T. and Jean Nann Ehinger of Wolcottville, and Mary Ann Creigh of Fort Wayne. Private services today. Burial, Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. + 3-1-1989
Creighton John Edwin, 94, a native of Kosciusko County, died last Friday in the Nicholson Convalescent Home in Goshen from complications. He was born near Atwood Feb. 17, 1871 and later moved to Mishawaka. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Virgil Bodle, Temple City, Calif., and Mrs. Roy W. Parker, Cromwell; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services Monday from Bubb Funeral Home, Mishawaka. Burial, Parkview Cemetery, Mishawaka. + 12-?-1964
Creps Earl L, 66, Ligonier bakery owner, died Wednesday in Luckey Hospital, Wolf Lake, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage last Friday. He was born in Wabash County and had lived in Ligonier 27 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Ligonier Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite and Shrine bodies in Fort Wayne. Surviving are the widow, Lula; one son, Robert; 2 grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. John Heath, Wabash. Services Friday at Ligonier Methodist Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 9-?-1956
Creps Lula M, 80, Ligonier, died in the Sacred Heart Nursing Home Monday from a heart ailment. She was born Jan. 13, 1896 to John and Pauline Sundheimer in Wabash. She married Earl Creps Dec. 2, 1916 in Wabash. He preceded her in death. She was a 52-year Ligonier resident, owner and operator of the Quality Bakery in Ligonier, and a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church, OES, American Legion, Ladies Shrine Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne and Friendly Neighbors of Wawasee. She is survived by one son, Robert, Ligonier; one sister, Mrs. Leroy Bink, Fla.; one brother, John, Fla.; and two grandchildren, James Creps, Ligonier, and Vicki Berkey, McKeesport, Pa. Funeral in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier, Wednesday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 1-?-1976
Creps Robert E, 68, of Ligonier, died Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend. He was born Nov. 15, 1917 in Wabash, the son of Earl and Lula (Sundheimer) Creps. On May 2, 1945 in San Francisco, Calif., he married Virginia Pearson. Nearly a lifetime Ligonier resident, he was owner and operator of the Ligonier Quality Bakery which has been owned by the Creps family for more than 50 years. An Army veteran, he was a member of the Ligonier Elks Club and American Legion. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Vicki Berkey of Fort Wayne; a son James of Ligonier; three grandchildren. Services Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-23-1985
Creps Virginia M, 90, of Ligonier, died February 15, 2013 in Albion. She was born September 9, 1922 in San Francisco, Calif., to Howard and Violet (Flagherty) Pearson. She married Robert L. Creps on May 2, 1945. She is survived by her son, Jim Creps, of Ligonier, and her daughter, Vicki (Dennis) Berkey, of Fremont; 4 grandchildren, Heather (Roger) McBride, Bryan Berkey, Brit (Abbey) Berkey and James (Nicole) Greiter; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Pearson. She was a nurse’s aide in San Francisco during World War II. She was the proprietor of Creps Quality Bakery in Ligonier, which had been in her family since 1926.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral mass Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 2-17-2013
Cress Forrest, 35, hardware dealer at Cosperville, died this morning. Death was due to complications including influenza and diabetes. He was a former resident of Ligonier. Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Beatrice; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Carl Gale; the mother, Mrs. Ida Cress; and a sister Mrs. Thelma Zimmerman, all of Cosperville. + 9-?-1929
Cress Mott, 43, barber of Wolf Lake, hanged himself in the basement of his home Sunday. He had been despondent over ill health. He is survived by the widow and three sisters, Mrs. Claude Walton, Albion, Mrs. Frank Smith, Chicago, and Mrs. Foster Wineing, Kendallville. Funeral Wednesday from Wolf Lake M. E. Church. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. + 12-?-1933
Cress Ralph V, 79, of R. 1, Kimmell, died Saturday at Columbia City Community Care Center. The son of Charles and Fannie (McDowell) Cress, he was born Sept. 26, 1904 in Ligonier. On Feb. 12, 1944 in Roanoke, he married Ruth Mertens. A former resident of Ligonier and Lake Wawasee, he was an industrial electrician and veteran of WW II. Surviving are his wife and a brother, Howard of New Haven. Services Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-3-1984
Cress Ruth E, 86, of Kimmell, died Friday in Valley View Health Care Center, Elkhart. She was born Feb. 27, 1911 in Fort Wayne to Fred and Clara (Kreckman) Mertens. On Feb. 12, 1944 in Roanoke she married Ralph Cress. He died in 1984. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ligonier. Surviving are a brother, Donald Mertens of Fort Wayne; Also preceding her in death were 5 sisters, Myrtle Byrer, Velma Yarman, Elenore Kanning, Margaret Henry and Helen Haugk; and 2 brothers Herbert and Willis Mertens. Funeral Monday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 2-?-1998
Cress Sylvester, son of Samuel and Rebecca Cress, was born in Albion, Oct. 3, 1851, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thella Zimmerman in Cosperville, July 7, 1928, aged 76 years, 9 months and 4 days. Aug. 6, 1875 he married Ida A. Kern of Sparta Twp. They had three children, Thella, Mae, and Alvin Gordon, who died in infancy, and Forrest Ray. In 1888 he with his wife united with the Sparta Christian Church. He spent most of his life at his farm home in Sparta Twp. He leaves his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Thella Zimmerman; one son, Forrest R. Cress, one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Caroline Cress, all of Cosperville; the grandchildren, Mrs. Eva C. Zimmerman Growcock and husband Harry R. Growcock, Mrs. Odonna E. Zimmerman Growcock, and husband Carl Growcock, Harold Cress Zimmerman and wife, all of South Bend; Miss Beatrice L. Cress and Miss Marvel Gale of Cosperville; and three great-grandchildren, Betty, Dick and George Growcock of South Bend; one sister, Mrs. Charlotte Shellenbarger. + 7-?-1928
Crevits Ella Louise, of this city, died of diphtheria Oct. 13, aged 14 years, 4 months and 20 days. ^ 10-20-1881
Cribbs Hannah E was born in Orange Twp, Ashland County, Ohio Feb. 1, 1840. She came with her parents to Allen Twp, Oct. 12, 1853. She resided with her parents on a farm south of Lisbon until June 5, 1862 when she was married to George Cribbs. They had 2 children, Nevada and Archie, both having preceded her in death at an early age. She died Oct. 14, aged 60 years 7 months and 13 days. She leaves a husband, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral at Lisbon Tuesday. Burial, Lisbon Cemetery. ^ 10-19-1900
Crider Earl A “Andy” Crider, 63, of Kimmell died December 27, 2010 at his home. Funeral Dec. 31 at Owen Family Funeral Home, North Webster. Burial, Salem Cemetery with military honors. ^ 12-30-2010
Crider Freeda, 65, Ligonier, died Monday at McCray Hospital. She was born March 25, 1910 in Roane County, W.Va. She married Charles Crider on July 9, 1971 in W. Va. She had resided in Ligonier 12 years. Survivors include the husband; seven daughters, Miss Madeline Myers, Goshen, Estle Myers, Mrs. Dixie Blackshire and Mrs. Sally O’Brien, Ligonier, Mrs. Viola Smith and Mrs. Barbara Nichols , W. Va., Mrs. Virginia Bright, Indianapolis; six sons, Harry Myers, Spencer. W. Va., James and Darrell Myers, Jamesport, Maine; Benjamin Myers, N. C., Keith Myers, Garrett, Billy Ray Myers, Goshen; 36 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The remains were transferred Wednesday to Spencer, W. Va. for services and burial. + 12-?-1975
Crider Helen D, 79, of LaGrange, died June 17, 2004 in LaGrange Hospital. She was retired from Essex Wire Corp. She was born Feb. 13, 1925 in Huntington to Harley and Alta (Line) Davis. Surviving are 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon and Kenneth Jones of Topeka and Susan Koelling of Pittsburg, Calif.; 2 brothers, Herbert Davis of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Russell Davis of Oregon; a sister, Ruth Wood of Southport, Fla.; 8 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Linton; and a brother, Jim Davis. Graveside services Monday in Sparta Cemetery. ^ 6-19-2004
Crider James T, 58, of Ligonier, died March 2, 2006 at Avalon Village. He was a self-employed construction contractor and a member of Millersburg Church of Christ. He had survived for over 17 years following double transplants. He was born June 21, 1947 in Dorchester, Va. to Paul and Helen (Klein) Crider. Surviving are his mother in Ligonier; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Brenda of Goshen and Phillip and Ruby of Ligonier; a sister, Paulette and David Wallace of Edinburgh, Ind. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Marie Bailey. Service Monday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 3-4-2006
Crider Paul, 74, of Ligonier, died Sunday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born May 27, 1921 in Dorchester, Va., to James and Sarah (Stewart) Crider. On Feb. 3, 1945 in LaCalamine, Belgium, he married Helen Klein. He retired in 1983 from Mogul Rubber Co. in Goshen and was also a minister for the United Pentecostal denomination. He was a member of Syracuse United Pentecostal Church. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons, James and Phillip of Ligonier, and John of Goshen; 2 daughters, Mrs. Harold (Marie) Bailey of Ligonier, and Mrs. David (Paulette) Wallace of Edinburgh; a brother, Arthur of Kingsport, Tenn.; 3 sisters, Grace Estep of Elizabethton, Tenn., Mrs. Robert (Della) Franklin of Cromwell, and Lucille Clark of Ligonier; 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Funeral Wednesday in Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery with military graveside rites. + 1-28-1996
Crigger Cody Ray was stillborn Jan. 10, 2003 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Surviving are his parents, Darren and Lori (Herron) Crigger of St. Joe; his grandparents, Sharon Herron of Churubusco, Don and Betty Crigger of Defiance, Ohio; and a great-grandfather, Virginia McBride of Churubusco. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gene Herron. Private family services Tuesday at Sheets Childs Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 1-12-2003
Cripe Alph S, 74, of Ligonier, died July 28, 1991 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Nov. 27, 1916 in Elkhart County to Harley and Nora (Smeltzer) Cripe. On Sept. 26, 1939 in Ligonier he married Roberta Secrist. A farmer, he was formerly employed by Lewis Lambright Auctioneers and New Paris Ford Tractor Sales. He was a member of Burr Oak Church, Millersburg Lions Club and Farm Bureau. He had been the community Santa Claus for 8 years. Surviving are his wife; 5 daughters, Mrs. James (Glenda) Duff of Walkerton, Mrs. William (Carol) Guyas of Ligonier, Mrs. Timothy (Joyce) Gaff of Kimmell, Joan Cripe of Ligonier, and Pamela Cripe of Alcoa, Tenn.; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Three brothers, a sister and a grandchild preceded him in death. Services Thursday in Burr Oak Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 7-28-1991
Cripe Bearl, 91, of 204 Lincolnway West, died Thursday in Goshen Hospital. A lifetime Ligonier area resident, she was born Sept. 2, 1890 in Noble County to Frank and Grizella (Trittipo) Hall. On Dec. 27, 1911 in Albion she married Benjamin Cripe, who died in 1976. She was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Topeka. Surviving are a son, Newell H. of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Beatrice Ross of Ligonier; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters and a sister preceded her in death. Services Sunday at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-12-1982
Cripe Benjamin R, 90, of Ligonier, died Friday at Strawberry Village Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 27, 1886 in LaGrange County to Amos S. and Rebecca (Nusbaum) Cripe. On Dec. 21, 1911 he married Bearl Hall in Albion. He was a lifetime area resident and a retired farmer. He was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Everett (Virginia) Elijah, Ligonier; one son, Newell H. Big Fork, Minn.; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral Sunday in Werker-Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 4-?-1976
Cripe Donald Vern, 82, of Kendallville, died March 16, 2000 in his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1917 in Kendallville to Vern and Mildred Deibele-Probst. He graduated from Avilla High School in 1936 and served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He retired from Newnam Foundry in 1983. Surviving are a sister, Betty Atz of Kendallville; 2 half-sisters, Marjorie Miller of Kendallville and Barbara Drerup of Avilla. He was preceded in death by a half-brother, George Probst. No services. + 3-16-2000
Cripe Earl, about 70, a resident of the Wawaka community since 1950, died Oct. 6, 1957 at his home following a heart attack. He lived in Goshen before moving to Wawaka. Surviving are the widow, Jessie; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Warstler of Goshen; a sister, Mrs. Laura Twiford of Wawaka; two stepsons, Delmas Glant of Wawaka and Jerome Glant of Elkhart; and four grandchildren. Funeral at a Goshen funeral home Wednesday. Burial, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Goshen. + 10-?-1957
Cripe Earnie V, 81, of Syracuse, died Saturday in his residence. He was born in Benton County on May 11, 1913 to Earnie P. and Bertha E. (Zolman) Cripe. He married Gladys R. DeBolt on June 26, 1937 in Columbia City. He formerly owned and operated Cripe's Gulf Station in Ligonier and retired in 1976 as a farmer and truck driver. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons, Earnie Jr. of Topeka, Richard and Terry of Syracuse; a daughter, Mrs. Eldon (Connie) Smith of Ligonier; 4 brothers, Alfred of Lakeland, Fla., Robert of Auburn, and Charles and Delbert of Columbia City; 4 sisters, Opal Johnston of Churubusco, Elizabeth Boggs of Columbia City, Lucille Dodd of Constantine, Mich., and Beverly Summers of Auburn; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jackie; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; and 2 grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday in Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-12-1994
Cripe Gladys R, 86, of Syracuse, died Oct. 16, 2004 in Miller's Merry Manor of Syracuse. Born April 8, 1918 in Berne to John and Jessie (Lankhart) Debolt, she was a retired inspector for Essex Wire. On June 26, 1937 in Columbia City, she married Earnie Cripe, who died Oct. 12, 1994. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Eldon Smith of Ligonier; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Earnie and Cheryl of LaGrange, Richard and Lois of Cromwell and Terry and Sally of Syracuse; one sister, Lois Blake of Fort Wayne; and one brother, Harold DeBolt of Syracuse; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Jack; 2 grandchildren; 5 sisters, Arveda, Alice, Christeen, Rosemary, Marilyn; and 5 brothers, Francis, Kenneth, Robert, Raymond and David. Graveside services Wednesday at Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 10-17-2004
Cripe Harley, 43, a farmer residing on the Jacob Sheets farm southwest of Ligonier, ended his life by the carbolic acid route Wednesday. He was found dead in his car near the Archie Dull farm east of Ligonier on Thursday by Glenn Roe, who had made an investigation Thursday morning since the car had been parked just off State Road 6 since Wednesday afternoon. He is survived by his widow and six children. Financial troubles were given as the cause of his act. He had purchased a bottle of acid at a local drug store yesterday but this bottle was found unemptied. + 8-?-1937
Cripe Harvey A, 59, of Jay St., Topeka, died Monday at the Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital. The son of Harley and Nora (Smeltzer) Cripe he was born Aug. 14, 1922 in Wakarusa. On June 5, 1943 in Elkhart he married Grace Willsey. He had moved from Kimmell to Topeka 11 years ago and retired in 1977 from Yoder Mfg. in New Paris. He was a WW II Army veteran and a member of the National Rifle Association. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Larry (Shirley) Jones of Tampa, Fla., and Rita of Topeka; a son, Dr. Kenneth of Cromwell; a sister, Mrs. Max (Edna) Coy of Ligonier; two brothers, Marvin of Goshen and Alph of Ligonier; three grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 1980 by a brother, Ray. Services at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier, Thursday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-28-1982
Cripe Jay D, a former resident of Kendallville, died in the Medical Center Hospital in Warsaw Monday after a short illness. Among the survivors are a son Norman, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Norman Cripe will be remembered as the former Marie Weimer. Services Thursday at Warsaw. ~ 4-17-1952
Cripe John E
, 16, drowned Monday in the Elkhart River at Dukes Bridge about three miles west of Rome City. He had been swimming with two other youths when his legs became entangled in some weed. He was born June 29, 1967 in Goshen, the son of Richard and Myrtle (Miller) Cripe. A lifetime Ligonier resident, he had just completed his freshman year at West Noble High School. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ligonier. Surviving are his parents; a sister, Angela and two brothers, Bobby and Benjamin, all Ligonier; grandparents, Mr. and Mr. Newell Cripe of Franklin, N. C., Mr. and Mrs. George Reed of Cromwell, and Noah Miller of Goshen. Services Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-4-1984
Cripe Jonas, 88, a lifelong resident of the North Webster community, died last Wednesday at McDonald Hospital in Warsaw. He was born Jan. 25, 1860, the son of Noah and Lydia Ann Cripe. His wife, Ann Rothenberger, whom he married Nov. 10, 1885, died Nov. 12, 1925. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Alonzo Clingerman of Cromwell. Funeral last Friday at North Webster Church of the Brethren. Burial, North Webster Cemetery. + 11-?-1948
Cripe June E, 79, died Aug. 13, 1998. She was born Nov. 5, 1918 in Albion to Roy and Julia Riddle. Surviving are her husband, John W. Cripe, owner of J.C. Pontoon, North Webster; 3 sons, David of Middlebury, Keith and his wife Kim of Syracuse, and John of Carmel; and 6 grandchildren. Services at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. + 8-13-1998
Cripe Lelia A, 75, of Kendallville, died at her residence. Born in Wayne Twp on Dec. 14, 1903, she was the daughter of Albert N. and Edith (Wren) Hutchins. On Sept. 17, 1923 she married Otis C. Cripe in Kendallville. He died March 16, 1970. She was a lifetime Kendallville resident, a member of Faith United Methodist Church, OES and the Nutrition Site. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Edith) Knauer of Jakarta, Indonesia; a son, Clair A. of Kensington, Md.; a brother, Myron C. of 117 E. Rush St., Kendallville; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A sister, Stella, preceded her in death. Services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 9-?-1979
Cripe Leona (Huber), 56, a former resident of Elkhart Twp, died at her home in Goshen Saturday following a heart attack. She is survived by the husband, Alvin; four daughters, all of Goshen; a son who resides in the state of Washington; and a half-sister, Mrs. Edward Piggott of Wawaka. Funeral Tuesday at West Goshen Church. Burial, Goshen Cemetery. + 6-?-1939
Cripe M Roberta, 81, of Ligonier, died Dec. 26, 2001 at home. She was a member of Burr Oak Church. She was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Noble County to W. Roy and Lura (Umbenhower) Secrist. On Sept. 26, 1939 in Ligonier she married Alph S. Cripe. He died July 28, 1991. A grandson, Kevin Guyas, is also deceased. Surviving are 5 daughters and 4 sons-in-law, Carol and William Guyas and Joan Cripe of Ligonier, Glenda and James Duff of Walkerton, Joyce and Timothy Gaff of Kimmell and Pamela and Lowell Andrew of Russellville, Tenn.; a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Jean Secrist of Cape Coral, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Thomas and Tracey Duff, Eric and Kamela Duff, Robert and Tracie Duff, Tony and Vickie Guyas, Lisa and Steve Paul, Ben Gaff, Monica and Lafe Huntsman, Kylian and Keefer Andrew, Kelly and Tyler Andrew; and 11 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor, Cory, Ethan, Kristen and Juna Duff, Jonathan and Jack Guyas, Michael and Samantha Paul and Katelyn Gaff. Services Saturday at Burr Oak Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 12-27-2001
Criqui Molinda, 61, of Wawaka, died April 18, 2004 at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. She had been employed for 10 years at Starcraft in Topeka and was a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Ligonier. She was born Oct. 23, 1942 in Handshoe, Ky., to William and Lilly (Moore) Hicks. On March 8, 1969 she married Leo Criqui. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons, Phillip of Topeka, Kan., and Jeremiah of Albion; 5 daughters, Teresa Johnston and Teresa Plemons of Topeka, Kan., Ramona Long of Jacksonville, Fla., Donna Jones of Wawaka and Brenda Staton of Ligonier; a brother, Scott Itschner of Salina, Kan.; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie. Services Wednesday at Trinity Assembly of God. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 4-19-2004
Crispell William died at his home in York Twp on March 20, 1881, aged 77 years, 7 months, 22 days. He was born in Ulster County, New York, and in May 1837 settled on the farm where he died. In early life he became a member of the Presbyterian Church, and in 1848 when the First Presbyterian Church was organized in Albion he was the first elder. From that time until near the time of his death he was never absent from his place at communion season and rarely was he absent from the public services. He was accompanied to the grave by a large number of the pioneers. (In the fall of 1840 he was a member of the jury which convicted John Lechner of the murder of John Farley during a drunken row at Rochester, then east of Ligonier on the Elkhart River. Lechner was subsequently hung at Goshen, the only known instance of an execution of a murder which took place in Noble County.) + 3-20-1881 & 3-24-1881 ^ 6-9-1881
Crist Bessie G, 80, Fort Wayne, mother of Clarence Crist, LaOtto, died Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Herbert R. Lees. She was born in Wells County and had resided in Fort Wayne 40 years. Survivors include five other sons, Albert, Coldwater, Mich., Robert, Fort Wayne, Roy, South Bend, Herman, living in Florida, and Richard, Winston-Salem, N. C.; one other daughter, Mrs. Gladys Ripper, Pekin, Ill.; two sisters, 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. ~ 4-12-1962
Crist Clella Mable, had lived in LaOtto 30 years before moving to Lakeland, Fla., where she died Sept. 24. She was born in Bluffton April 3, 1910, the daughter of Oliver and Verna (Markley) VanAman. She married Clarence Crist Feb. 24, 1930. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Kurt (Marie) Johnson, Chicago, Ill.; four sons, Max, Camarillo, Calif., Dale and Roger, both of Barlow, Fla., and Mike of Kendallville; several brothers and sisters; and 15 grandchildren. Services Saturday in Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Decatur Cemetery. ~ 10-2-1980 + 9-24-1980
Crist Clarence D, 89, of Lakeland, Fla., died Tuesday in Oak Bridge Nursing Home in Lakeland. He was born in Bluffton on Aug. 29, 1903, the son of William and Bessie (Wilson) Crist. He married Clella VanAman and she died in 1980. He then married Virginia Myers in Lakeland. A retired farmer, he was a member of the United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife; 4 sons, Max of Camarillo, Calif., Mike of Kendallville, Dale of Las Vegas and Roger of Sarasota, Fla.; a stepdaughter; a sister, Gladys Rayburn of Peoria, Ill.; a brother, Roy of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Five brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral Friday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Decatur Cemetery. + 9-1-1992
Crist Elda, 76, of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Wednesday in North Broward Medical Center. She was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on Sept. 12, 1916 to Odie and Madge (Strieby) Grindel. She was admissions officer for Fla. Atlantic University from 1964 until retirement in 1979. Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca Berning of Springfield, Va.; a son, Thomas of Rome City; and 2 grandchildren, Kimberly Berning and Brent Crist. Funeral Monday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-12-1993
Criswell Donald, 18, was killed in a truck accident in LaGrange County Tuesday. He was born Nov. 30, 1953 in Kendallville to Paul and Maudie Criswell, R. 1, Albion. Surviving are his parents; a sister, Diana 10, and a brother David 14, both at home; grandmothers, Vera Criswell, Brimfield, and Mrs. Helen Gibson, Mongo. He was a member of Jehovah Witnesses of Kendallville. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 9-?-1972
Criswell Edward J,79, of Stroh, died February 25, 2011, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. He was born in Albion on August 11, 1931, to Allen O. and Vera B. (Ackerman) Criswell. He served in the U.S. Army.After his retirement, Jay was employed as a truck driver with RW Trucking and as a school bus driver for the Prairie Heights School Corporation for 8 year. On April 7, 1972, he married Donna Kern. He was a member of the American Legion in Albion and the VFW in LaGrange. Survivors include his wife; three daughters and their spouses, Deb and Dean Twitchell of Angola, Michele Whipple of Vicksburg, Michigan and Cynthia and Michael Rhea of Kendallville; his grandchildren, Jared and Katie Anderson, Carrie and Jeff Pintar, Justin Rhea, Cole Twitchell, Joshua Rhea, Rachael Rhea and Sarah Rhea; his great-grandchildren, Adrien, Cailyn, Maxwell, and Jackson; three brothers, Fred Criswell of West Virginia, Larry Criswell of Rome City, and Michael and Sue Criswell of Wolcottville; two sisters, Bonnie Amerman of Kendallville and Barbara and Kenny VanWagner of Rome City. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Louie, Richard, Paul, Dean, Garman, Tom and Arthur; a sister, Hazel Bloomfield. Funeral Feb. 27 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Zion Cemetery, Corunna. ^ 2-26-2011
Criswell Garmon D, 38, a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor, LaGrange, died Wednesday at LaGrange Hospital. He was born July 28, 1945 in Kendallville to Allen and Vera (Ackerman) Criswell. Surviving are his mother at Miller’s Merry Manor; three sisters, Hazel Bloomfield of Hamilton, Bonnie Amerman of Brimfield, and Barbara VanWagner, Rome City; eight brothers, Richard, Fred and Larry, Rome City, Arthur of Edgerton, Ohio, Paul of Albion, Jay Edward and Michael, Stroh, and Thomas, Olympia Wash. Two brothers, Louis and Donald, preceded him in death. Services Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 5-2-1984
Criswell Paul A, 60, of Albion, was pronounced dead Monday when his body was found in a field west of Ind. 9 on U. S. 6. Death was from an apparent heart attack. He was born Feb. 23, 1928 in Noble County, the son of Allen O. and Vera Berdina (Ackerman) Criswell. On March 23, 1957 in LaGrange he married Maudie Terry. A lifetime county resident, he was disabled the past 20 years and had been a truck driver prior to his disability. He was a WW II and Korean Conflict veteran. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Diana Kay Coler, Ashley; a son, J. David, Kendallville; two sisters, Bonnie Amerman, Brimfield, and Barbara VanWagner, Rome City; seven brothers, Richard, Rome City, Arthur, Edgerton, Ohio, Jay, Stroh, Fred, Atlanta, Ga., Larry, Wawaka, Michael, Stroh, and Thomas, Lacey, Wash.; and five grandchildren. One son, Donald, three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Memorial services Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 6-13-1988
Criswell Richard C, 74, of Rome City, died July 21, 1999 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was born in Kendallville Jan. 28, 1925 to Allen and Vera (Ackerman) Criswell. On Nov. 2, 1946 in Kendallville he married Mary Friskney. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Lynn and Jerry Johnson of Albion, Denise Ferrier of Coldwater, Mich., and Brenda and Barry Steffe of Ligonier; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Roger of Rome City and Randy and Karen of Kendallville; 2 sisters, Bonnie Amerman of Lake Placid, Fla., and Barb VanWagner of Rome City; 6 brothers, Art of Edgerton, Ohio, Jay of Stroh, Fritz of Maysell, W.Va., Tom of Olympia, Wash., and Larry and Mike of Wolcottville; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda in 1948; a son, Terry in 1959; 4 brothers, Louis, Paul, Dean and Garman Criswell; and a sister, Hazel Bloomfield. Memorial services Sunday in American Legion Post 381, Rome City. + 7-21-1999
Criswell Roger Neil, 55, of Rome City, died March 12, 2005 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he was employed as a maintenance supervisor at Busche Enterprise. He was a member of American Legion Post 381 in Rome City. He was born in Kendallville on March 2, 1950 to Richard and Mary (Friskney) Criswell. He married Teresa Glass on Feb. 14, 2002. Surviving are his wife; his mother and her husband, Lee Baldwin, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Brittany Criswell of Bloomington, Brenay Criswell of Rome City, and Brandy and Chris Christianson of Kendallville; 3 stepdaughters; a brother, Randy of Rome City; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Lynn and Jerry Johnson of Albion, Brenda and Barry Steffe of Ligonier and Denise Ferrier of Mich.; and 7 grandchildren, Titus and Justice Christianson, George Clemens IV, Dakota Bradford, Danielle, Alyssia and Alexis Foltz. Service of remembrance Tuesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. ^ 3-13-2005
Criswell Thomas O, 67, of Lake St. Claire, Olympia, Wash., died February 15, 2007 at home. A Vietnam veteran, he retired from the U.S. Army and owned Tom's Barber Shop in Rainier. He was a Mason. He was born December 26, 1939 in Rome City to Allen and Vera (Ackerman) Criswell. While stationed in France he married Marie Moreaud. Surviving are his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Thomas Protti; a son, Thierry; 2 grandchildren, Jacob and Amanda Protti; 4 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, Edward J. Criswell of Stroh, Fred and Garnet Criswell of Maysel, W.Va., and Larry Criswell and Michael and Sue Criswell of Wolcottville; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Bonnie Amerman of Kendallville and Barbara and Kenneth VanWagner of Rome City. He was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Bloomfield; and 6 brothers, Louis, Richard, Arthur, Paul, Dean and Garmon. Burial today in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. ^ 2-20-2007
Criswell Tyler David, 21, of Fort Wayne, died May 10, 2005 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born May 9, 1984 in Kendallville to J. David and Jeaninne A. (Smith) Criswell. He was employed at the Cherry Hill Golf Club maintenance department. Surviving are his parents; grandparents, Herman Smith of Brimfield and Maudie Criswell of Kendallville. Memorial services Friday in Hockemeyer Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. ^ 5-11-2005
Criswell Vera B, 81, of R. 1, Albion, died Thursday at McCray Hospital. Born June 27, 1902 in Brimfield to Edward and Lillian (Young) Ackerman, she married Allen Criswell Oct. 21, 1921. He died April 23, 1968. Survivors include three daughters, Hazel Bloomfield of Hamilton, Bonnie Amerman of Brimfield and Barbara VanWagner of Rome City; eight sons, Richard, Fred and Larry, Rome City, Paul of Albion, Arthur of Edgerton, Ohio, J. Edward and Michael, Stroh, and Thomas of Olympia, Wash.; two sisters, Mabel Zimmerman of Kendallville and Ruby Fee of Butler; three brothers, Edward of Henrietta, Mich., Ralph of Wolcottville, and Robert of LaGrange; 45 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Three sons and two sisters preceded her in death. Services Monday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 5-17-1984
Critchfield Eva, a child of Mr. Critchfield was buried in Avilla last Saturday. ^ 3-5-1886
Critchfield Jennie R (Weaver) was born in Richland County, Ohio, November 8, 1858; died in Kendallville May 11, 1893. She married James H. Critchfield January 10, 1884. They had 3 children - Eva, Fred and Regis. Eva died at the age of eight months. (Daily Sun) ~ 5-18-1893 + 5-11-1893
Critchfield Regis, aged 27 years and 8 months, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Crone southwest of Kendallville Thursday following a long illness from tuberculosis. Funeral was Saturday. ~ 11-29-1916

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