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Demaree Elmer, 77, died Sept. 28 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Decatur County May 20, 1910, the son of Francis and Myrtle (Hawthorn) Demaree. He married Mary K. Conner March 17, 1934 in Arcola and she died Jan. 27, 1984. He moved to Albion from Garrett in 1944 and was retired from trucking and as a superintendent of Chain O’ Lakes State Park. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Harold, R. 1, Albion; a sister, Neva Swineheart of R. 5, Columbia City; and two grandsons. One brother preceded him in death. Services Oct. 1 at Asbury United Church. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 10-8-1987 + 9-28-1987
Demaree Mary Katherine, 71, died Friday (d. 1-27-1984) in Leesburg, Fla. She was born Oct. 13, 1912 in Allen County, the daughter of Harry and Lula Conner. On March 17, 1934, she married Elmer Demaree in Arcola. Surviving are her husband; one son, Harold, R. 1, Albion; and two grandsons. Services Jan. 21 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Albion. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 2-2-1984 + 1-17-1984
Dembickie Lucille O, 87, died July 9, 2000 at Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. She was a homemaker and lived in Avilla for 55 years. She had worked in dry cleaning in Auburn and Kendallville. She was a former Garrett resident and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Harvest House. She was born May 30, 1913 in Kendallville to Willard and Myrtle (Hosler) Owen. She married Frank J. Dembickie on January 22, 1938 in Garrett. He died in 1975. Surviving are one daughter, Judith D. Henderson of Orange Park, Fla.; one son, Thomas A. Dembickie of Garrett; one sister, Donna Owen of Kendallville; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A sister, Lorene Ewell, preceded her in death. Services Friday at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 7-13-2000
Dembickie Rozella M, 87, of Fort Wayne, died Oct. 26, 2009 at Regency Place Nursing Home in Fort Wayne. She was an activities director at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn for 20 years, retiring in 2002. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garrett and Garrett Eagles Auxiliary. She was born Feb. 4, 1922 in Avilla to James and Bertha (Betts) Owen. She married Joseph Dembickie on Sept. 2, 1939 in Garrett. He died June 1, 1982. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Walter of Fort Wayne; 2 granddaughters; 6 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sadie Grate of Ashley. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Russell and Harold Owen; and a sister, Irene McPheeters. Mass of Christian Resurrection Thursday at St. Joseph Church. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ^ 10-28-2009
Deming Lyman H, 81, of Kendallville, died Jan. 1, 2012 in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. He retired from Taylor-Made in Kendallville after 34 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was born June 17, 1930, in Mayfield, N.Y., to Lyman E. and Verna M. (Ryther) Deming. Surviving are: 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Ken Tuchel, of DeWitt, Mich., Cheryl and Lenny Clouse, of Wolcottville, and Madilyn and Robert Davis, of Kendallville; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, David and Terri Deming, of Kendallville, and James Deming, of Rome City; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Earl, Carl and James Deming. Services Jan. 5 in Young Family Funeral Home. Honor guard services by VFW 2749 and American Legion 382. ^ 1-3-2011
DeMint Clara, 46, died last Friday in the Sacred Heart Hospital at Garrett. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church at Fort Wayne. She worked at the Fort Wayne Tailoring Co. before becoming ill one year ago. Surviving are four children, James Harris of Indianapolis, Jack Harris of New Jersey, Mrs. Richard Hathaway and Mrs. Merle Rigby, both of Fort Wayne; the father, Fred Hensch of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Hensch; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Kimmel and Mrs. Robert Robinson all of Fort Wayne. Services Monday at Klaehn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial, St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. ~ 11-22-1951
DeMint Mina was born Aug. 1, 1875 and died March 25, 1961. Services at Brimfield Methodist Church March 27, 1961. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 3-?-1961
DeMint Rene Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rondo (Barbara Lepper) DeMint of Avilla, was born November 15 and died later the same day. Survivors besides the parents include a sister, Sherry Lee; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lepper, LaOtto, and Mrs. and Mrs. Russell DeMint of Avilla. Services Monday at L. E. Berhalter Funeral Home. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 11-21-1957
DeMint Sherman H, about 79, (b. 1-8-1875) a retired Brimfield barber, died Jan. 28, 1954 at his home in Brimfield of a heart attack. Surviving are the widow, Mina; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Brojan of Bedford; three sons, John of Mishawaka, Robert of Auburn, and Harold of Grass Lake, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Clara Hogan of Spokane, Wash.; and a brother, George of Van Wert, Ohio. Funeral Saturday at Brimfield EUB Church. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 1-?-1954
DeMint William, 52, died at his home in Phoenix, Ariz. April 12. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and was a graduate of Avilla High School. His parents are Russell DeMint, Auburn, and Pauline Rubin of Miami, Fla. They survive, as do his wife, Barbara; and daughter, Sherry, in Phoenix. Services April 16 in Phoenix. ~ 4-23-1981
Demmon Lena, 20 years and 8 months, daughter of L. Demmon of this city, died last Monday of consumption. Funeral was Tuesday. ^ 8-14-1879
Demmon Leonard, 85, after an illness of 10 days, died at his home on W. Mitchell St. Thursday from grip followed by pneumonia. He came to this county in 1844. He leaves a widow; 4 daughters, Mrs. G. P. Alexander, Mrs. W. T. Holsinger, Mrs. W. W. Glosser, Mrs. G. Blaney of this city; 2 sons, Prof. I. N. of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Prof. E. F. of Grand Rapids, Mich. Funeral will be held from the residence Saturday. ^ 2-10-1899 He was born at Chesterfield, Mass. June 19, 1814, the youngest of 8 children born to David Demmon and Susan Torrey, his wife. He died at his home in Kendallville Feb. 9. When he was about 2 years old his family joined the tide of emigration, moving westward after the second war with England and settled in the Genesee Valley among the hills of Wyoming County, New York. His school education was of the most rudimentary kind. At an early age he served his apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade and for several years thereafter pursued that calling, much at the time as a master workman at various points in the south and west. About 1837 he settled on the western reserve some 20 miles south of Cleveland, O. where he remained for several years working at his trade. In Dec. 1840 he married Nancy Boughey who survives him. In 1844, having come into possession of lands in Noble County, he decided to remove thither and hew out a home from the forest. Accordingly in Oct. of that year with his wife and 2 small children he made his way by boat from Cleveland to Fort Wayne and thence over almost impassable roads to the place chosen for their home, about 3 miles southwest of Kendallville, then a hamlet of scarce a half dozen houses. A log cabin soon arose on the spot and the pioneer life began. From time to time other children were added till the number was nine, all of whom, save one, reached maturity. Early in 1876 he sold the farm and removed to town. Funeral at the residence on Feb. 11. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-17-1899
Demmon Nancy, 87, a pioneer resident of this city, died Saturday at her home at 206 W. Mitchell St. She was the widow of Leonard Demmon and a member of the Church of Christ. She leaves 4 daughters, Mrs. W. T. Holsinger, Mrs. G. P. Alexander, Mrs. Gertrude Blaney, Mrs. W. W. Glosser, all of this city; and 2 sons, Prof. I. N. Demmon of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Prof. E. F. Demmon of Grand Rapids, Mich. Three sisters, Mrs. Ann Crofoot near this city, Mrs. C. A. Butterfield of Indianapolis, Mrs. (Dr.) Wheelock of Salt Lake City, Utah; and one brother, Edward Boughey, living west of this city, also survive. Funeral was held from the G. P. Alexander home on W. Mitchell St. Monday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-20-1908 She was born at Franklin (now Kent), Ohio, July 18, 1820 and died at Kendallville Feb. 5, 1908. Her father was a native of Shropshire, England and her mother was of Pennsylvania German descent. At age 21 she married Leonard Demmon, a carpenter and builder. In 1844 they came to Noble County by the Maumee Canal to Fort Wayne and thence over corduroy roads to the house of a relative west of Lisbon. An opening was soon made in the wood and in Feb. 1845 the family settled on the spot where they were to remain for the next 30 years. There were 9 children, all but one reached adult years. On Feb. 9, 1899 the father died in his 85th year. ^ 2-27-1908
DeMotte Mary E, 92, of Cromwell, died Friday in Kingston of Ligonier Care Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1906 in Cromwell to Edwin and Minnie (Hunt) Kline. On Jan. 13, 1946 in Cromwell she married Richard DeMott, who died in 1987. She had been an elementary school teacher and was a member of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cromwell and OES. Surviving is a nephew. Funeral Tuesday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 2-26-1999
DeMotte Richard E, 76, Cromwell, died in the emergency room of Goshen General Hospital Thursday following a two-car collision in Elkhart County. He died of multiple internal and head injuries. He was born March 31, 1911 in Kokomo, the son of Arthur and Ethel (Gregory) DeMott. He married Mary E. Kline Jan. 13, 1943 in Cromwell. Surviving are his wife; a sister, Mrs. Earl (Bette) VanDyke of Marion. A sister preceded him in death. He had lived in the Cromwell area for 45 years and worked as a fare collector for the Indiana Toll Road Commission, retiring in 1978. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of West Noble American Legion Post 243, Calvary Lutheran Church, Cromwell, Cromwell Masonic Lodge 705 and the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite. Services Monday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ~ 12-29-1987 + 12-24-1987
Dempsey Donald Woodie, 11, son of Mrs. Ruth Dempsey of Chicago, died at the Cook County Hospital Tuesday from tetanus following a foot injury. Surviving are the parents and grandmother, Mrs. Jennie ?utz of Michigan. The grandmother, formerly Mrs. Wilkison, owned and operated the Southside Grocery here a few years ago. Funeral Thursday at Bonham Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 9-?-1935
Dempsey William was born at Hawpatch Jan. 16, 1838; died Feb. 11, 1899 age 61 years 28 days. ^ 6-9-1899
Demske - A little son of Mr. and Mrs. August Demske died Sunday. Funeral was at the Catholic Church Monday. ~ 9-16-1897
Demske Albert, 69, a brother of John Demske of Garrett and Joseph Demske of Avilla, died of cancer last Wednesday in the Willard Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 12, 1900 in Avilla and had lived in Willard for 35 years. He was a B & O boilermaker and then was a bartender at Willard Elks Lodge before retiring in 1965. Surviving besides the two brothers listed above are the wife, Marie; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Dixie Zabell of Plymouth, Mich.; another brother, Cyrus of San Francisco; two sisters, Miss Valeria Demske of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Elizabeth Paluszak of New Castle, Pa. Final rites Saturday at the Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, Ohio. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avilla. ~ 1-29-1970 + 1-?-1970
Demske Anthony "Tony" Demske, a native of Avilla, was killed in a traffic accident Jan. 8. No details for the accident were learned here. Surviving are the wife, Mary; four brothers, Joseph of the Sacred Heart Home, J. N. of Garrett, Albert, Willard, Ohio, and Cyrus, San Francisco: two sisters, Miss Valeria Demske, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Elizabeth Paluszak, New Castle. Final rites last Thursday in San Francisco. Burial, Presido National Cemetery at San Francisco. ~ 1-19-1967 + 1-?-1967
Demske Cecilia M, 90, of Avilla, died Saturday in Sacred heart Home in Avilla. She was born April 10, 1903 in Avilla to August and Elizabeth (Lemmon) Demske. She retired in 1968 from the housekeeping department of St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Funeral Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. + 1-1-1994
Demske Dominic "Pete", 59, died Friday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Garrett. He was born January 13, 1898, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Demske. His entire life was spent in the Avilla community. The last fifteen he was employed by the Zollner Piston Machine Co. in Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Surviving are the widow, Henrietta; three sons, John, Fred, and Carrol, all of this community; two sisters, Valeria Demske of Frankfort, Germany, and Mrs. Elizabeth Paluszak, New Castle, Pa., and five brothers, Albert, Willard, OH, John, Garrett, Joseph, Avilla, and Tony and Cy, San Francisco, Calif. Services Monday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. ~ 5-23-1957
Demske Elizabeth, 69, practically a lifelong resident of the Avilla community, died at her home east of Avilla Wednesday from a heart attack. She is survived by 4 sons, John, Mike and Mark at home, and Paul near Kendallville; and 2 daughters, Anna of Fort Wayne and Celia at home. Her husband, August, died about a year ago. Funeral will be Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. ^ 5-10-1934 Daughter of James and Anna (Casey) Lennard, she was born in Dearborn County, Dover, Indiana, October 5, 1874 and died May 9 at the age of 59 years 7 months and 4 days, her husband having preceded her in death 20 months ago. She was married to August Demske October 2, 1894 and resided on a farm east of Avilla. They had 8 children, Mary and Augustine having preceded her in infancy and the rest remain to mourn, along with 2 brothers, James and William Lennard of Dutchtown, Missouri; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Ennis of Killane, Eddenderry, Ireland. * Avilla News 5-17-1934
Demske Henrietta R, 82, of Avilla, died Sunday in Sacred Heart Home. She was born in Continental, Ohio Jan. 15, 1910, the daughter of Fred and Matilda (Liebrecht) Kreienbrink. On Sept. 11, 1937 in Garrett she married Dominic Demske. He died May 17, 1957. She retired in 1976 from Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Swan-Allen Harvest House. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. George (Carol) Younis of Kendallville; 2 sons, Fred of Avilla and John of Garrett; 4 sisters, Mrs. Eugene (Edna) Meyer and Mrs. Ralph (Leona) Fortman of Avilla, Mrs. Edward (Agnes) Van Gessel of Kendallville, and Mrs. Don (Ellen) Helmkamp of LaGrange; and 8 grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. + 5-24-1992
Demske John N, 85, died Sunday in his Garrett home. He was a veteran of WW I and a retired engineer with the B&O Railroad. He was born in Avilla Oct. 6, 1894 to Martin and Balbina (Christ) Demske. He and Margaret Cahill were married June 2, 1926 in Fort Wayne and she died Nov. 2, 1973. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garrett, Eagles, the Garrett Elks, Avilla American Legion and held the fourth degree in the Knights of Columbus. Services Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 10-18-1979 + 10-?-1979
Demske Joseph M, 88, died Thursday at Sacred Heart Home. He was a lifelong resident of the Avilla area and an employee and resident of the Home since 1951. He retired from farming 15 years ago. He was born Nov. 19, 1889 in Avilla to Martin and Balbina (Christ) Demske. Surviving are two sisters, Valeria Demske, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Elizabeth Paluszak, New Castle, Pa.; one brother, John Demske, Garrett. Mass was said April 8 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 4-13-1978 + 4-?-1978
Demske Joseph O, 77, of rural Wolcottville, died today in his residence. He was born in LaOtto Dec. 2, 1915 to Joseph W. and Mary Elizabeth (Schlosser) Demske. On Nov. 5, 1938 in Garrett, he married Loretta Mary Theresa Blomeke. He owned his own wiring, plumbing and heating business for 10 years and then was in maintenance at Ligonier Rubber Co. Most recently he worked for Midwestern Rubber in Dunlap, retiring in 1977. He was a member of St. Gaspar's Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Darlene) Mault of Wawaka; a son, Joseph of LaGrange; 3 sisters, Clara Rice of Phoenix, Ariz., Rose Tartter of Avilla, and Agnes Brackevelt of Mishawaka; 4 grandchildren, David and Joseph Jr. Demske, Jamie and Jeff Mault; and 2 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Mass of Christian Burial Friday in St. Gaspar's Church. Burial, St. Gaspar's Cemetery. + 12-2-1992
Demske Leo John, 58, died in the McCray Hospital at Kendallville Monday after suffering a heart attack a few hours earlier. He resided east of Avilla on State Road 8 with a brother, Mike Demske, and a sister, Celia. He became ill while chasing some cattle at his home and collapsed in the driveway of the Shell Filling Station while en route for medical aid. Surviving in addition to the sister and brother are two other brothers, Peter, LaOtto and Mark, Arcola. Services Friday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. ~ 11-1-1956
Demske Loretta Mary Theresa, 93, of Wolcottville, died Feb. 17, 2009 in Parkview Noble Hospital. She was a 1934 Ashley High School graduate and a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City. She was born near Waterloo on Dec. 9, 1915 to John and Flora (Karst) Blomeke. On Nov. 5, 1938 in Garrett she married Joseph O. Demske. Surviving are a son, Joseph L. Demske of Howe; a daughter, Darlene Mault of Wawaka; 4 grandchildren, Joseph Demske Jr., David and Amy Demske, Jamie and Joe McGrath and Jeff and Abbey Mault; and 6 great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Megan, Libbey and Carter Demske and Jacob and Josh McGrath. She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 2, 1992; a brother, Cornelius Blomeke; and a sister, Lucille Yingling. Mass of Christian Burial Feb. 21 at St. Gaspar Church. Burial, St. Gaspar Cemetery. ^ 2-19-2009
Demske Margaret E, 75, was born Nov. 10, 1897 in Logansport to James and Catherine (Farrett) Cahill. She married John N. Demske June 22, 1926 in Fort Wayne. She is survived by the husband and one nephew. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella and GIA to BLE, the Emblem Club of the Elks and Eagles’ Ladies. She resided at 407 S. Ijams St., Garrett for 47 years and died Nov. 2 in the Garrett Hospital. Services Monday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 11-8-1973 + 11-?-1973
Demske Mark R, 58, former Avilla resident, died Sunday while riding in an automobile north of Pierceton, Ind. A retired farmer living at Pierceton, he had been in poor health the past five years. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Spangle Funeral Home in Pierceton, pending the return of a son, Edward R. from South Vietnam. Also surviving are the wife, Julia; another son, James; a sister, Cecilia, Fort Wayne; and a brother Peter of Huntertown. A brother, Mike, Avilla, preceded him in death. ~ 9-1-1966 + 8-?-1966
Demske Mary, 101, was born Aug. 5, 1870, in New York. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death in 1942. She came to Noble County as a child and was a lifelong resident of the Ege area. She died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Martin, in St. Petersburg, Fla. She had lived in winter months in Florida for the past 30 years. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Fred Carter of Kendallville, Agnes Demske of Mishawaka, Clara Rice of Arizona and Mrs. Martin; two sons, Frank of South Bend and Joe of Topeka; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Two sons, Fred and Charles, and a daughter, Teresa, preceded her in heath. Funeral Mass was held May 16 in Immaculate Conception Church, Ege. Burial, Immaculate Conception Cemetery. ~ 5-18-1972 + 5-?-1972
Demske Mary C, 69, 110 W. Vine St., died today in McCray Hospital. A resident of this area since 1933, she was a native of Pierceton, the daughter of John and Emma (Blubaugh) Froehly. She and Peter P. Demske were married Feb. 28, 1933 in Kendallville. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband; one son, Paul of Garrett; three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Rehling, 706 N. State St., Mrs. Gerald (Catherine) Stankiawiz of Saginaw, Mich., and Mrs. Gary (Jeannie) Wigent, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Mark (Julia) Demske of Pierceton. Services Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. + 5-?-1971
Demske Michael, 64, resided on Ind. 8 about a mile east of Avilla, and died in McCray Hospital Feb. 2. A farmer and lifelong resident of the Avilla rural area, he was born April 7, 1901, to August and Elizabeth Lennard Demske. His father was a Noble County native and his mother was born in Dover. Surviving are two brothers, Peter of Huntertown and Mark of Pierceton; and a sister, Miss Cecilia Demske of Fort Wayne; three nieces, three nephews and two great-grandchildren. Funeral last Saturday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Avilla. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 2-10-1966 + 2-?-1966
Demske Patricia F, 59, of LaGrange, died July 26, 2002 at her home. She was employed by Aztec Wire of LaGrange and operated her own cleaning service. She was a former CCD teacher at St. Joseph and St. Gaspar Catholic churches. She was born Sept. 17, 1942 in Kendallville to Francis and Mary Ellen (Hinkley) Patterson. She married Joseph L. Demske on June 10, 1961 in Kendallville. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons, Joseph Jr. of Sturgis, Mich., and David of Angola; 2 sisters, Sarah Price of Ocean City, Md., and Martha Steele of Delta Junction, Alaska; 2 brothers, Thomas Patterson of Wolcottville and Michael Patterson of Brunswick, Ohio; and 2 grandchildren. Services Wednesday in St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City. ^ 7-28-2002
Demske Peter P, 74, died May 3 at Sacred Heart Home. He was a retired farmer living at Kendallville. Born in Avilla June 16, 1905, he was the son of August and Elizabeth Ann (Lennard) Demske. He married Mary C. Froehly Feb. 29, 1933 in Kendallville. She died May 15, 1971. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Mary Rose) Rehling, Kendallville, Mrs. Gerald (Catherine) Stankiewicz, Saginaw, Mich., and Mrs. Gary (Jeanie) Wigent, Fort Wayne; a son, Paul J., Avilla; a sister, Cecilia M. Demske, Columbia City; and seven grandchildren. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Services Wednesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kendallville. Burial, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. ~ 5-8-1980 + 5-3-1980
Demske Valeria died Nov. 17 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Fort Wayne. She was born in Avilla Dec. 25, 1905, the daughter of Martin and Balbina (Christ) Demske. She was a Sgt. Major in the Women’s Army Corps, retiring after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Avilla American Legion Post 240 and St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. The only survivor is a sister, Elizabeth Paluszak of New Castle, PA. Services Saturday in St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Fort Wayne. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 11-24-1987 + 11-17-1987
Denlar Fred, 66, died at a Chicago hospital March 8. He was a Mason and a member of the Episcopalian Church. Nearest relatives are a niece, Mrs. Wilma Abel, Chicago, and a nephew, Albert Denlar of Detroit. His mother was Alice Frazure Denlar and the family resided in Albion many years ago. Services Monday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 3-?-1950
Denlar Mell L, the son of Albert J. and Alice F. (Frazure) Denlar, was born in Albion, July 10, 1875 and died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. E. E. Prickett of this city April 22, 1922, aged 46 years, 9 months and 12 days, due to a lingering illness with organic heart trouble. He served a term in the U. S. Navy and early in the late World War enlisted at Detroit, Mich., with the American forces for service in France, being a member of the Rainbow Division which was the first at the front. On July 18, 1918, he was severely wounded in the big drive at Chateau Thierry, completely shattering his strong constitution. After his honorable discharge in May 1920 he entered upon a course of vocational training in special baking at a federal bakery in South Bend, Ind., where he remained until compelled to take a leave of absence on account of the illness which terminated in death. His parents and one brother have preceded him in death. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. G. W. Kane of Chicago, and Mrs. Willard T. Reynolds of this city; one brother, Fred R. of Chicago; and one son, Albert of Michigan. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose of Lansing, Mich. Funeral at the M.E. Church Monday. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 4-?-1922
Denner Clara E, about 45, (b. 12-16-1903) died Aug. 6, 1948 at a Richmond, Ind. hospital. Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Jennie Denner Chrisman of Albion; a brother, Elmer of Wawaka, and a sister, Mrs. Berland Conrad of Albion. Funeral Sunday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1948
Denner Mabel, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Denner of Wawaka, died last Monday in Elkhart Hospital after an illness from typhoid fever. She is survived by the parents; two sisters, Clara and Luella; and two brothers, William and Fred. The latter is confined to his home with typhoid fever at the present time. Mabel was a student in Wawaka High School. + 1924
Denner Mildred M, 67, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday at her home. She was a native of Akron, Ohio. Survivors include two daughters, Georgia Guin and Patricia Robinson, both of Fort Wayne; three sons, Michael, Fort Carson, Colo., James of LaOtto, and Theodore of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Gertrude Baumgartner of Fort Wayne. Services Saturday in St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. ~ 4-2-1980
Denney Arvil P, 89, died May 10, 2002 at Kingston of Ligonier, A dairy farmer, he was a member of Berean Baptist Church in Albion. He was born Oct. 20, 1912 in Pulaski County, Ky. to David and Oma (Robinson) Denney. He married Ruth M. Deardorff Aug. 8, 1935 in Lawrenceburg. Preceding him in death were his wife and 2 sisters, Thelma John and Opal Osborne. Surviving are a son, Everett Denney of Kendallville; a daughter Sandra Huntsman of Albion; a sister, Zella Underwood of Kimmell; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services May 13, 2002 at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 5-11-2002
Denney Karen Ann, 59, died February 4, 2007 at Parkview Noble Hospital. She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1965 and earned a master of nursing degree from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne. She was an employee of Parkview Noble and Parkview LaGrange Hospitals since 1971. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville and the Kendallville Garden Club. Born in Kendallville on February 7, 1947, she was the daughter of Lyman Lee and Josephine Irene (Hornett) Holbrook. She married Everett Rex Denney on May 28, 1974. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Brian K. Rupert of Kendallville and Christopher and Jennifer Denney, Mooresville; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Matthew Schroeder of Kimmell; 2 stepchildren; 6 grandchildren, Ray and Vincent Soto, Emily and Christian Denney, Nicholas and Sarah Schroeder; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyman "Dude" and Karen Holbrook and Larry and Shari Holbrook of Kendallville; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandra and Larry Huntsman of Albion; a sister-in-law, Linda Holbrook of Kendallville. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-5-2007
Denney Marybell R "Chick", 70, of Kendallville, died Tuesday in the home of her daughter in Muncie. She was born in Rome City on May 20, 1925 to James and Dorothy (Tidd) McClure. In Jan. 1944 in Wolcottville she married Donald Himes. He died in 1965. A 1943 Rome City High School graduate, she attended New Hope Baptist Church in Kendallville. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Virgil (Peggy) Lowe of Muncie, Mrs. David (Penny) Bloomfield of Rome City, and Tammy Himes of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Cathy Himes of Wolcottville; a sister, Ellen VanWagner of Kendallville; a brother, Norvin McClure of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Dean McClure, on May 19, 1991. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Woodruff Cemetery. + 4-16-1996
Denney Ruth M, 78, of Kimmell, died May 23, 1995 in Kingston of Ligonier. She was born Dec. 30, 1916 in Sparta Twp, Noble County to Alva and Blanche (Phebus) Deardorff. On Aug. 8, 1935 in Lawrenceburg she married Arvil Denney. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church. Surviving are her husband; a son, Rex of Kendallville; a daughter, Sandra Huntsman of Albion; a brother, Glen Deardorff of Kimmell; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Deardorff, and a sister, Doris Nowels. Funeral Friday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 5-23-1995
Dennihan Dennis, 56, died Saturday in St. Anne’s Home, Fort Wayne. He was born Nov. 20, 1925 in Elkhart, the son of Dennis and Mary (Mahoney) Dennihan. He was pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Avilla. He is survived by a brother, Patrick, Kansas City, Mo. Services Tuesday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial, church cemetery. ~ 2-4-1982 + 1-30-1982
Dennis Betty L, 83 of Fremont died March 16, 2005 at Life Care of LaGrange. She was a retired bartender and waitress who worked for the Hayraker in Cromwell and Bowlway in Ligonier. She was a member of Ligonier Eagles and Wolf lake VFW Auxiliary. She was born Nov. 4, 1921 in Fort Wayne to Clyde and Clara (Houser) Hamilton. She is survived by 2 daughters, Dailia Working of Angola and Jeanie Marrs of Cromwell; 3 grandchildren, Pam Feller, Paula Worden and Jeff Marrs; and 6 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Tanner, Stormie, Josh, Tabby and Tarrin. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Don and Harold. Services Friday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Stringtown Cemetery. ^ 3-17-2005
Dennis Ira E, 63, of R. 1, Cromwell, died Sunday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born March 9, 1920 in Somerset, he was the son of Ira V. and Eva (Holcomb) Dennis. On June 7, 1940 in Auburn, he married Betty L. Hamilton. He moved to Cromwell in 1971 from Fort Wayne where he retired from General Electric in 1980. He was a WW II Navy veteran and a member of the Fort Wayne VFW. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Joel (Dailia) Working of Leo, and Jeanie Marrs of Cromwell; a brother, Richard of Kokomo; a half-brother, John Hoover of Irons, Mich.; and three grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Orr Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Stringtown Cemetery. + 1-1-1984
Denny Melissa, near 83, died at her home in Ligonier Jan. 26. She was the last of a family of eight children, the daughter of Alfred and Cynthia Hays Cochran. The husband, J. A. Denny, died a number of years ago and she was a sister of the late William Cochran of Ligonier. Several nieces and nephews are the only survivors. + 1-?-1939
Dent Emma, 80, died at her home in Chicago. She was the widow of the late Adam Dent and the couple formerly resided at Cromwell. Years ago he was night telegrapher for the B &O at Albion. The body was brought to Ligonier for burial Thursday. + 2-?-1941
Dent Orin was born in Licking County, O. Sept. 9, 1827; died Dec. 31, 1898 age 72 years 3 months 20 days. ^ 6-9-1899
Denton Harold E, 54, R. 2, Ligonier, died Sunday from an apparent heart attack while driving his car near Kimmell. He was born July 31, 1934 in Madison County, the son of Luther and Eva (Ziders) Denton. On June 12, 1960 at Wolf Lake, he married Sandra Metzger. He had moved to Ligonier from Kimmell in 1976. He was a factory worker at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne and was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He was a member of Syracuse Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Mark (Vickie) Yoquelet of Ligonier, and Cindy Rupert of Wolf Lake; a son, Jeff of Ligonier; three sisters, Mrs. Melvin (Ethel) Weaver, and Mrs. Jerry (Carolyn) Happner, both Syracuse, and Mrs. Leonard (Betty) Gard of Ligonier; three brothers, Robert of Mentone, Carroll of Knox and Francis of Syracuse; and three grandchildren. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Services Wednesday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. + 5-14-1989
Denton Jeremy, 4, R. 2, Kendallville, died of cancer Saturday. He was born December 5, 1978 in Fort Wayne, the son of Steve and Michelle (McCaffrey) Denton. Surviving are his parents, a brother, Chris, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCaffrey, Fort Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. John Denton, R. 1, Wolcottville; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Iammarino, Fort Wayne, and Margaret McCaffrey, Fort Wayne. Services Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 7-14-1983 + 7-9-1983
Denton John Carl, 68, of R. 1, Wolcottville, died Wednesday in VA Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Feb. 2, 1919 in Porum, Okla., he was the son of General Jackson and Betty (Hodges) Denton. On April 13, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., he married Dorothy Bates. He had lived in the Wolcottville area 28 years, moving from Michigan. He was a set-up man for Machine-Rite and had worked for Lyall Electric. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Steven of Kendallville, and Chuck of Uniondale; a sister, Betty Lou of Anderson; four brothers, Emmitt of Memphis, Tenn., Edmond of San Diego, Calif., Lloyd and Wayne of Benton Harbor, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Sara, Michael and Christopher Denton. One grandson, Jeremy, preceded him in death. Services Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. + 2-18-1987
Denton Theresa Gayle, 10, walking across the ice on a channel that feeds Indian Lake with her brothers, after receiving permission from her mother, fell though and drowned Saturday as her mother and an Indiana State Police trooper failed in separate rescue efforts. She was born Aug. 27, 1969 in Springfield, Mo. to James Michael and Barbara Doebler Denton. She was a student at Perry Twp Elementary School. Surviving are the parents; two brothers, Joseph and Nathan; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Doebler, Springfield. Services Tuesday at Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-?-1980
Denzel Richard E "Dick" 33, of Lake Wawasee, died of leukemia Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Jan. 26, 1927 in Fort Wayne, spent most of his life in the lake area and moved to Lake Wawasee in 1946. He was a graduate of Indiana University and a veteran of WW II. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Ligonier, director of Cromwell State Bank, a member of Syracuse American Legion Post. Surviving are his parents, Raymond and Mildred (Blood) Denzel; and a sister, Mary Lou, all of Syracuse. Services Tuesday in the Church of the Little Flower at Lake Wawasee. Burial, Syracuse Cemetery. + 7-?-1960
DePew Bonnie G, 47, Gulfport, Miss., died April 26. She was a native of Evanston, Ill., and was a home health care nursing assistant. She was one of the founders of the Compassionate Friends of Harrison County, was active with the hospice program and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir in Gulfport. Surviving are her husband, former Avilla native, Paul of Orange Grove, Miss.; two sons, Patrick Ryan of Champaign, Ill, and Michael Ryan of Atlanta; three brothers, Tony McCammon of Neosho, Mo., Chester McCammon of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Jim Sullivan of Lake Charles, La.; two sisters, Patricia Morgan of Neosho, and Christine Scales of Watertown, N.Y.; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; three stepsons; and one stepdaughter. Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with private graveside services later. ~ 5-16-1989
DePew David was born in Marion County, Ohio June 10, 1836, and died Sept. 28, 1889, aged 53 years, ? months and 20 days. With his parents, in his youthful days, moved to DeKalb County, Ind., where his boyhood days were spent. On Dec. 26, 1858 he married Olive Cook. He subsequently purchased a farm in Noble County, where he resided until 1881 when he removed to York Twp where he lived until his death. In 18?? he was baptized in the Baptist Church but afterwards joined the Christian Church. He had seven children, four of whom with the wife, survive. Funeral in the M. E. Church at Brimfield. + 9-28-1889
DePew David, 24, Ligonier, was killed Tuesday when his motorcycle drove left of center line and crashed head-on with a car on DeKalb County Road 17 two miles west of Ashley. He was born Feb. 13, 1949 in Kendallville to Leon and Elva Smart DePew and was married to Frances Baker Aug. 14, 1970 in Ligonier. A member of Center Chapel Church near Kendallville, he was employed as a truck driver for an Elkhart firm. Surviving are the widow; two children, David 2, and Angela 1; his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Gard, Kendallville; three brothers, John, rural Kendallville, Robert, Kendallville, and Roger, Albion. Two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral Thursday in Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. + 8-?-1973
DePew David S, 67, of Kendallville, died March 21, 2006 at his home. He had lived in Kendallville the past 18 years. He had been a custodian at Trinity Church United Methodist and at KPC Media Group. He was a graduate of Garrett High School. He was born May 26, 1938 in Garrett to Ralph and Helen (Hawk) DePew. Surviving are 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Phyllis Balzer of Kendallville and Ruth and Arnold Berryhill of Avilla. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Bell Fee. Graveside services at Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 4-6-2006
DePew Essie B, 78, died Tuesday at her home in Garrett. She was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church north of Garrett. Survivors are her husband, Perry; two sons, Ralph of Avilla and Harold of Corunna; two sisters; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Thursday the body was taken to the church for services. ~ 4-30-1959
DePew Francis L, 83, of Logansport, died April 1, 2000 in Ligonier. He was born Aug. 17, 1916 in Wawaka to Greeley and Ada DePew. On Nov. 23, 1959 in Logansport he married Shirley D. Johnson. She died Aug. 1, 1997. He was a bus driver for 32 years for Indiana Motor Bus Co. Surviving are 2 daughters, Susan Saunders of Ligonier and Toni Thompson of Calif.; 2 sisters, Katherine S. Duncan and Anna Adams of North Liberty; 6 grandchildren, David, Susanna, Toni, Jill, Joe and Susan; 7 great-grandchildren, Shawna, Jeremy, Logan, Noah, Aaron, Christopher and Charles. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Helen Ward and Bonnie Steele. Services Wednesday in Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport. Burial, Mt. Hope Cemetery. + 4-1-2000
DePew Greeley C, 45, of LaGrange, well-known in the Albion area, a service man with the Northern Indiana Public Service Co., died last Tuesday at LaPorte Hospital following a major operation. Surviving are the widow; four daughters, including Mrs. Joseph Steele, formerly of Albion, now of Fort Wayne; a son; four grandchildren; and his mother. Funeral Friday at the Wawaka Church of the Brethren. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 7-?-1947
DePew Gregory, 18-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul DePew, former Avilla residents, now living in Gulfport, Miss., a senior at St. John’s High School in Gulfport, was killed Saturday in an auto accident. Surviving besides the parents are a sister, Regina DePew of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Edward and Charles, both of Gulfport; a great aunt, Mrs. R. J. Jones, Kendallville, and Mrs. Robert Meyer, Avilla. Funeral services in the First Catholic Church, Orange Grove, Miss. Interment in the Catholic Cemetery. ~ 12-18-1969 + 12-?-1969
DePew Hattie, one of Noble County’s oldest citizens was the daughter of Edward and Sarah Cadwell, born at Toledo, Ohio on May 27, 1843, and died Feb. 20, 1925, being aged 81 years, 8 months and 23 days. She was the mother of ten children and five boys. Surviving are one brother; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The brother, Francis Cadwell, lives in Le Sueur, Minn. Two daughters, Mrs. Nora Strickland of Cleburne, Texas, and Mrs. Hutoka Bender, the youngest child, remained at home in Wolf Lake to live with and care for her mother. Of the three sons surviving, Clarence lives at Springfield, Ill., Dr. Evarts lives at San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Heber lives at St. Louis, Mo. She was united in marriage to Dr. E. W. DePew on Feb. 12, 1863. For a short time they lived in Swan Twp, then in Steuben County, and later moving to Wolf Lake in Dec. 1864. He died in June 1911. Funeral at the old home. + 2-?-1925
DePew Heber B Dr. was born July 30, 1879 and died Feb. 4, 1963. Services at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home, Albion, Feb. 8, 1963. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. + 2-?-1963
DePew Helen B, 70, was born May 5, 1902 in Fort Recovery, Ohio, the daughter of V. E. and Mary (Gilmore) Hawk. She married Ralph W. DePew Dec. 3, 1923 in Waterloo. He survives. She died at her R. 2, Avilla home Monday. She was a resident of the area since 1912. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Arnold Berryhill, Mrs. J. L. Fee, and Mrs. Harry Balzer, all of Kendallville; one son, David S., R. 2, Avilla; two brothers, G. Clyde Hawk, Meadville, Pa., and Curtis F. Hawk, Geneva, Pa.; nine grandchildren. Services Friday at McKee Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 5-19-1973 + 5-?-1973
DePew Helen M, 75, Garrett, died last Thursday at Garrett Hospital from complications of an illness suffered about six weeks. She was born in Pierceton, Ind. on Dec. 1, 1892, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carteaux. She was married Sept. 13, 1912 to Herman DePew in Albion. Survivors in addition to her husband include a son, Paul of Gulfport, Miss.; seven daughters, Mrs. Robert Meyer, Avilla, Mrs. Joseph Mueller, Mrs. Edward Johnson, Mrs. Keith Flesch and Mrs. Harris Hoeffel, all of Garrett, Mrs. Harold Englert, Fort Worth Texas, and Mrs. A. D. Meyer of Columbia City. Also surviving are William Carteaux, Avilla, a brother, and a sister, Mrs. Ronald Jones, Kendallville; 31 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where final rites were held Saturday. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 5-2-1968 + 4-?-1968
DePew Herman, 87, died Saturday in Sacred Heart Home. He was a former resident of Garrett. He was a salesman for W. T. Raleigh Co., retiring in 1958 after 40 years service, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garrett. He was born in DeKalb County Sept. 8, 1893, to John and Rebecca (DeLong) DePew. He married Helen M. Carteaux Sept. 13, 1912 in Albion. His wife preceded him in death in April 1968. Surviving are one son, Paul, Gulfport, Miss.; seven daughters, Mrs. Hermine Meyer of Avilla, Mrs. Harold (Connie) Englert, Mrs. Marge Johnson, Mrs. Joe (Doris) Mueller, Mrs. Harris (Ann) Hoeffel and Mrs. Keith (Josie) Flesch, all of Garrett, and Mrs. Alphonse (Guinevere) Meyer, Columbia City; 31 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were one son, three brothers and two sisters. Services Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Church, Garrett. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 1-15-1981 + 1-?-1981
DePew Irene J, 81, of Ligonier, died Sunday in Kingston Health Care in Ligonier. She was born in Milan, Mich., Sept. 16, 1917 to Ellsworth and Sylvia (Ernsberger) Myers. On April 12, 1941 in Brighton, she married Monroe 'Tony' DePew. She and her husband founded DePew Plumbing and Heating in 1946 where she worked until retirement in 1981. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband; a son, Larry of Ligonier; 2 daughters, Mrs. Howard (Joyce) Brown of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Gary (Diane) Badorek of Plano, Texas; a brother, Robert Myers of Howe; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Coy, in 1987. Funeral today in Ligonier United Methodist Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 10-11-1998
DePew James died at his home in Mongo on March 14 at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 21 days. The funeral was held at the Dunkard Church near Brighton last Sunday. Burial, Church Cemetery. He was born Dec. 24, 1859 in Branch County, Mich., the son of Henry and Caroline DePew. He was one of a family of eight children, five of whom have preceded him in death. He was married to Elizabeth Bock Oct. 16, 1901 and had spent most of his life on the farm in LaGrange County where he died. The widow; one sister, Mrs. J. B. Foote of Coldwater, Mich.; and one brother, Burr, of near Greenfield, Ind. survive. + 3-14-1929
DePew John Edward, 41, was found dead last Wednesday along the tracks of the New York Central, near his home a mile west and a half mile north of Wawaka. The head and face were crushed but no other marks were found on the body. The coroner is making an investigation. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Helen and Lucille; and one son, Harold; one brother and two sisters. Funeral from the Cosperville Baptist Church Friday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 6-?-1935
DePew John H, 22, was killed only a few days before he was due to return home from the Thule Air Force Base in Greenland. The body reached Auburn Wednesday and was taken to the Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home. Services were this afternoon in the funeral home. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. Full military rites were conducted at the grave by a contingent of airmen from the Bunker Hill Air Force Base. Airman DePew, a 1955 graduate of St. Joe High School, was an employee for a time of International Harvester Co., Fort Wayne. His limited duty was to expire August 4. Surviving are the father, William C. DePew, R. R. 1, Auburn; his mother, Mrs. Orleva Funk, R. R. 1 Avilla; three brothers; five half-brothers; four half-sisters and the paternal grandparents. ~ 8-7-1958
DePew John H, 84, of Wawaka, died July 6, 2012 at his home. He was born near Wolf Lake March 8, 1928 to Leon R. and Elva (Smart) DePew. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He married Eileen Kline DePew on May 10, 1949 in Kendallville. He was the employed with Martin Construction of Fort Wayne for 28 years. He was a member of the Iron Workers Union of Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Albion American Legion.  Survivors include his wife; son, Harold “Skip” DePew of Garrett; 3 daughters, Penny and Max Powers of Kendallville, Tina Beckman of Kendallville, Kelly and Mikel Bryant of Rome City; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Roger and Penny DePew of Albion. and Robert DePew of Wawaka; sister, Doris and Keith Nesbitt of Albion. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph, Larry, and David DePew, and his sister Sharon DePew. ^ 7-8-2012
DePew Joseph, an old gentleman living north and east of Swan, died on Thursday last. He had done his chores in the morning and in company with a Mr. Stiles had gone to the woods to saw wood. In the midst of his work he was heard to exclaim, "What is the matter with me" and then sank down. His wife was at once notified but before she reached him he was past all earthly aid. The remains were taken to Corunna for burial, we understand. Mr. and Mrs. David DePew of York Twp were called to DeKalb County after hearing of the death of his father. ^ 12-24-1886
DePew Larry A, 58, died April 13, 2005 in an apparent accident. He was born October 19, 1946 in Garrett to Arthur W. and Lorene M. (Lash) DePew. Surviving are his mother; companion, Pat Clemons and her family; daughters, Becky and Rob Conrad of Auburn, Sharon and Todd Estes of Noblesville; grandchildren, Kevin DePew and Brandon Estes, Jacob and Trevor Conrad; brothers, Leslie of Garrett, Rich and Mona of Eugene, Ore.; sisters, Janice Richardson of Kendallville and Randy Rupp of Lafayette. He was a lineman at GTE Fort Wayne for 30 years, retiring in May 1998. He was a 1964 graduate of Garrett High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving 1965-67. He was a member of the Garrett American Legion, Auburn Moose and an Altona volunteer fireman. Service at Thomas Funeral Home. Burial, Embry Cemetery. ~ 4-21-2005
DePew Linnea A, 63, of Kendallville, died June 23, 2010 at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. She was a 20-year survivor of a liver trasnplant. She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1964. She worked for A&H Specialties in Kendallville. In 2009 she was named grand marshal of Noble County Fair. She was a treasurer of Gaslight Playhouse Inc. She was born Nov. 10, 1946 in Hastings, Neb. to Jacob and Edna (Maaske) Heathers. On Jan. 1, 1965 she married Robert DePew in Corunna. Surviving are 4 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Lee Ann DePew of Kendallville, Robin and Steve Fuhrman of Avilla, Lori Bowman of Peoria, Ill., and Renee and Sid Carty Jr. of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren, Heidi and Wes Spencer, Nick Fuhrman, Heather Wade, Philip, Elizabeth, Faith, Jakob and Grace Bowman, Derek, Arlan and Morgan Carty; and her mother of Kendallville. Preceding her in death was her husband on March 26, 1997. Funeral June 28 in Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 6-26-2010
DePew Loren died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday as he tried to escape a burning barn at his home at R. 1, Wolcottville. He apparently was filling a lawn mower with gasoline when the fumes ignited. The fire set his clothes on fire and when he was running from the barn he suffered the heart attack. He was born in Altona May 18, 1918, the son of Clarence and Martha Ann (Crumey) DePew. He married May I. Longyear May 29, 1942 in Goshen. He moved from Kendallville to R. 1, Wolcottville in 1969 and was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Robert of Kendallville, and Richard of Wolcottville; two sisters, Nellie Weidler of Sturgis, Mich., and Grace Schworm of Howe; a brother, Earl of Garrett; and six grandchildren. Funeral Friday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. + 8-10-1982
DePew Lorraine, former Avilla resident of Gulfport, Miss., died September 22 at her home there. The former Lorraine Townley and her husband, Paul, were married July 10, 1947 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. She was a former secretary and bookkeeper for St. John High School, a veteran of WW II, serving in the Marine Corps, and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gulfport. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Edward and Charles, both of Gulfport, a daughter, Regina Skinner of Columbus, Ga.; four grandchildren; a sister at Dallas, Texas. A son, Gregory, preceded her in death. Services in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gulfport, on September 24. ~ 10-7-1982
DePew Mae I, 86, of rural LaGrange, died Tuesday in Vencor Hospital, LaGrange. She was born in Kendallville Aug. 14, 1912 to Charles and Nina (Kruger) Longyear. On May 27, 1942 in Elkhart she married Loren DePew. He preceded her in death. She had been a beautician before her marriage. Surviving are 3 sisters, Mrs. George (Mary) Cochard of Fortville, Mrs. Rex (Ellen) Cochard of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Robert (Annabell) Rogers of Kendallville; a brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Lamora Longyear of Claypool; 7 grandchildren, Lee Ann, Mike and Dave DePew, Robin Fuhrman, Lori Bowman and Bill Hankinson; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Richard and Robert, and a brother, Charles Longyear. Funeral Thursday in Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery, rural Garrett. + 11-10-1998
DePew Mary Rose, 69, who was a lifelong resident of Garrett, died in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Saturday. She was born April 2, 1908 to Joseph A. and Christina Teders Weaver. She married Orville K. DePew Sept. 17, 1929, and he died Oct. 5, 1957. She had been employed by Stern Men’s Store. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ronald Brown, Auburn, and Mrs. David Burke, Bloomington; three sons, Daniel, Adrian, Mich., William and Alan, both Garrett; three brothers, Daniel and Earl, Fort Wayne, and Raymond, Garrett; one sister, Mrs. Edward Kokenge, Auburn, and 12 grandchildren. ~ 12-8-1977
DePew Michael L "Mike", 53, died March 18 in DeKalb Hospital. He was a factory worker for 35 years at Dana Corp., Fort Wayne. He lived in Auburn most of his life and was a 1960 Auburn High School graduate. He was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Garrett to Edward and Doris (Refner) DePew. He married Kay Frank on Oct. 12, 1992 in Auburn. Surviving are his mother in Auburn; his wife; a daughter, Lori L. of Avilla; 2 brothers, Steve and Tom of Auburn; a granddaughter, Carmelita; and a grandson, Jade Michael. His father and one brother, David, preceded him in death. Services March 21 in McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home. Burial, Roselawn Cemetery. ~ 3-28-1996
DePew Mildred I "Millie", 75, died August 10, 2001, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. The 35-year resident of Garrett was a member of the First Church of Christ in Garrett and a VFW Auxiliary Past District Commander. She was born July 10, 1926 in LaOtto to Fred A. and Gertrude (Neible) Smith. She married Earl DePew on January 21, 1947 in South Milford. He survives, with a daughter and son-in-law, Coleen and Mick Steward of Kendallville; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Linda DePew of Kendallville and Brian and Betsy DePew of Garrett; a brother, Clarence "Pete" Smith of Lady Lake, FL; a sister and sister-in-law, Evelyn and Richard Simanton of Auburn; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A brother, Paul Smith and 3 sisters, Geraldine Palmer, Orphelia Link and Patricia Kennedy, preceded her in death. Services Tuesday at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett. ^ 8-13-2001
DePew Monroe "Tony", 86, of Ligonier, died Jan. 26, 2004 at Avalon Nursing Home. He operated the Cities Service bulk plant and service station, and DePew Plumbing, Heating & Electrical in Ligonier until retirement in 1981. He was a member of the Ligonier Lions Club. He and his family donated their time and talents in the construction of Ligonier United Methodist Church. He was born Feb. 11, 1918 in LaGrange County to Burr and Ida Mae (Schultz) DePew. On April 12, 1940 in Brighton he married Irene Myers. She died in 1998. On July 11, 1999 he married Wiladean Franks. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Peg of Syracuse; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Howard Brown of Sarasota, Fla., and Diane and Gary Badorek of Plano, Texas; 2 stepchildren; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Suzanne Coy in 1987. Services Friday at Ligonier United Methodist Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 1-28-2004
DePew Paul R, 82, died October 6, 2000 in his summer home at Conneaut Lake, Pa. He was a farmer in Avilla until 1959 when he moved to Gulf Port, Miss. He was a U.S. Army engineer in the Pacific theater during WW II. He was born November 23, 1918 in Corunna to Herman and Helen (Carteaux) DePew. Surviving are his wife, Donna; 2 sons, Edward and Charles of Gulf Port; one daughter, Regina Skinner of Columbus, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Char Vance; 6 sisters, Hermine Meyer of Avilla, Marjorie Johnson, Dolores Mueller, and Anne Hoeffel of Garrett, Connie Englert of Auburn and Josie Flesch of Ossian. He married Lorraine Townley in 1947 and she preceded him in death. He married Bonnie Ryan and she died. In 1990 he married Donna Mayer and she survives. He was also preceded in death by one son, Gregory; one brother, Donald; and one sister, Gwenivere Meyer. Memorial services October 28 in St. Joseph Parish in Gulf Port. ~ 10-19-2000 & 11-2-2000
DePew Ralph L, about 29, of northeast Albion, died of uremic poisoning Nov. 1, 1956 at McCray Hospital. He was a veteran of WW II and had lived most of his life in his home community. He was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Surviving are the widow, Mary; two sons, Ralph and Steven Wayne, both at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon DePew of R. 3, Kendallville; a sister, Mrs. Doris Magnuson of Albion; five brothers, Harold of Kendallville, Robert of Florida where he is serving with the Army, and Roger, Larry and David at home; and the grandmother, Mrs. Eva Smart of Huntington. Funeral Saturday in a Kendallville funeral home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 11-?-1956
DePew Ralph W, 84, R. 2, Avilla, died Feb. 19 in DeKalb Hospital. He was born May 13, 1900 in DeKalb County, the son of Perry and Essie (Lawhead) DePew. He married Helen Hawk Dec. 3, 1923 in Waterloo. She died May 1, 1973. He was a retired farmer and had worked for the DeKalb County Highway Department and was a bus driver for Garrett schools for 27 years. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Arnold Berryhill, Mrs. J. L. Fee, and Mrs. Harry Balzer, all Kendallville; one son, David, Avilla; one brother, Harold; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Services Friday in McKee-Miles Funeral Home in Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 2-28-1985 + 2-19-1985
DePew Robert Earl, 54, of Kendallville, died Wednesday in the emergency room of McCray Hospital. He was born Nov. 26, 1942 in Kendallville to Loren and Mae (Longyear) DePew. On Jan. 1, 1965 in Corunna he married Linnea Heathers. He was a dairy farmer and manager of Sylvan Lake Service, Rome City. Surviving are his wife; his mother; 4 daughters, Lee Ann and Renee of Kendallville, Mrs. Steven (Robin) Fuhrman of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Lori) Bowman of Morton, Ill.; 6 grandchildren, Philip, Elizabeth and Faith Bowman, Heidi and Nick Fuhrman and Heather Wade. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard, earlier this month. Funeral Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-26-1996
DePew Roy D, 76, a resident of the DeKalb County Home, Auburn, died Thursday in DeKalb Hospital. Born Dec. 10, 1912 in Noble County, he was the son of Isaiah and Ola (Hanson) DePew. Surviving are two sisters, Erma Mawhorter of Millersburg and Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Hile of Kendallville. Funeral Sunday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 3-24-1988
DePew Sandra M, 50, of Kendallville, died January 20, 2012 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She graduated from East Noble High School in 1980. She had been employed as a cashier at WalMart in Kendallville for the last nine years. She was born September 6, 1961 in Kendallville to Edward and Mary (Warnick) Osborne. Surviving are 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Desiree Smith of Laporte and Destiny Hess and Clint Hess, Jr. of Kendallville; a son, Jason Smith of Cape Canaveral, Florida; 2 grandchildren, Clint Hess, III and Aubrey Hardesty; her mother, Mary Kneubuhler of Kendallville; and 4 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law, Richard and Shirley Kneubuhler of Kendallville, Randall and Diane Osborne of San Marcos, Texas, Bill Osborne of West Allis, Wisconsin, and David Kneubuhler of St. Louis, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her father. Memorial service Jan. 26 in Young Family Funeral Home. ^ 1-23-2012
DePew Stephanie Lynne, two-week old daughter of Michael and Patricia (Mettert) DePew, Waterloo, died Saturday in Lutheran Hospital. Surviving besides the parents are one sister, Lori at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward DePew, Waterloo, and Mr. and Mrs. James Mettert, R. 3, Auburn. Graveside services Tuesday at Embry Cemetery. ~ 4-4-1974
DePew Vaughn David, 88, died Oct. 11, 1995 in Columbia City Nursing Center. He was born June 28, 1907 in York Twp, Noble County, a son of Samuel and Almyra Bender DePew. He completed his education in York Center School. On May 23, 1931 he married Violet Mae Hoffman. He had worked as a livestock and gravel truck driver. Surviving are his wife, Violet; 2 sons, Max of Fort Wayne and Keith of Churubusco; a daughter, Darlene Level of Garrett; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. A daughter, Shirley, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral Saturday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 10-11-1995
DePew Violet Mae, 90, of Columbia City, died June 9, 2004 at The Oaks Living Center. She was a member of Merriam Christian Chapel. She was born Oct. 11, 1913 in Green Twp, Noble County, to George and Nannie (Wright) Hoffman. On May 23, 1931 she married Vaughn David DePew. He died Oct. 11, 1995. Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Max and Vivian of Fort Wayne and Keith and Bonnie of Churubusco; a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Norman Level of Garrett; 8 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley; a great-grandson; and a brother, Basil Hoffman. Services Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 6-10-2004
DePew Wiladean Franks, 95, died Nov. 16, 2012, in Fort Wayne. She was born on April 24, 1917 in Noble County to Claude and Tillie (Elijah) Conrad. After graduating from Wawaka High School she married Ford Franks in Greenfield on March 28, 1937. He died in 1992. On July 11, 1999, she married Monroe “Tony” DePew at the Ligonier United Methodist Church in Ligonier. He died in 2004. She had been a member of the Cosperville Baptist Church, the Wawaka United Methodist Church and the Ligonier United Methodist Church. She is survived by 2 children, Gary (Susan) Franks of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Patricia (Robert) Jones of Fort Wayne, a sister, Maxine Wilson of Florida; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Nov. 21 at Yeager Funeral Home.  Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 11-18-2012
DePore Maud M, 609 Grant St., died Thursday at Strawberry Village Nursing Home. The daughter of M. G. and Allice (Huffman) Clark, she was born March 29, 1888 in Winchester. Her husband, George W., died in 1938. She had been a lifetime Ligonier area resident. Surviving are two grandsons, George Kendall of Reno, Nev., and Steven Ball of Fort Wayne. Three daughters preceded her in death. Services at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-6-1982
DePoy Elma M, 88, died Tuesday in Wesley Manor Health Center, Frankfort. She was born May 8, 1903 in Sparta Twp, Noble County, the daughter of Theodore and Clara (Galloway) Wright. A registered nurse, she had worked as head nurse in the infant nursery in Augustana Hospital, Chicago. She was a member of Cromwell United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Alan of Battle Creek, Mich.; and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy, in 1957; and 2 brothers, Ersel and Clarence Wright. Graveside services in Sparta Cemetery. + 7-29-1991
DePue Burr was born March 20, 1875 and died Feb. 7, 1952. Services at English Prairie Church Feb. 9, 1952. Burial, English Prairie Cemetery. + 2-7-1952
DePue Charles F, 72, a former Cromwell resident, died of a heart attack at his home in Galesburg, Mich. on Dec. 26, 1970. He had been a resident of Galesburg the past twenty years. A barber by profession, he worked the trade in Cromwell and Mendon, Mich., until his retirement about six years ago. In the meantime he worked part-time as a bartender in Galesburg. He was born April 20, 1898 in Ohio. Surviving are one niece, Mrs. Rex Percy, Jackson, Mich., and several nephews. Funeral Dec. 29 in Galesburg, Mich. Burial, Mendon Cemetery. + 12-?-1970
Derby Gordon H Jr, 57, Kendallville, died Jan. 1 at his home. He was born in Indianapolis Oct. 30, 1931, the son of Gordon H. and Anne M. (Chesley) Derby. He was employed as an education representative for ITI and had lived in Kendallville about 12 years, moving from Albion. He was a 1955 graduate of Hanover College and was an Army veteran. Surviving are his parents at Indianapolis; four children, Robbin, Tucson, Ariz., Scott, Kyle Pratt, and Cristan, all Kendallville; two grandchildren; and one sister, Becky Blanton of Indianapolis. Services Thursday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 1-10-1989 + 1-1-1989
DeRossett Greenwade, 50, Avilla, a maintenance man working the third shift at Lane Foundry in Kendallville, died in a foundry accident last Wednesday. He had recently purchased the home on Main St., having moved here from Kentucky because of being able to make a better living and help his son who is attending college. He was born Jan. 24, 1919 in Floyd City, Ky., the son of Cecil and Nancy (Laferty) DeRossett. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two daughters at home, Mary Gladys 18, and Lois Ann 16; one son Grant Wade DeRossett 21, a student at the University in Lexington, Ky.; three sisters and seven brothers; his father. His body was transferred from the Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville to Hall Brothers Funeral Home of Martin, Ky., where funeral was held Saturday. ~ 1-15-1970
DeRossett Ruby "Jean", 55, formerly of Kendallville, died Monday in Miller’s Merry Manor, LaGrange. Born in Betsy Lane, Ky., Feb. 2, 1931, she was the daughter of Tom and Molly (Gunalls) Conn. On Dec. 27, 1946 she married William DeRossett, who died in 1977. An employee of Kraft, Inc., she had lived in Kendallville 26 years, moving from Martin, Ky. Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Christian of Kendallville; a son, Garry of Upland; three sisters and a brother, all of Ky.; and six grandchildren. Services Saturday in John C. Hall Funeral Home, Martin, with burial in Davison Memorial Garden, Ivel, Ky. + 6-30-1986
DeRossett William, 52, was killed in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday in Prestonsburg, Ky. Born Oct. 17, 1926 in Prestonsburg, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clell DeRossett. He married Ruby Conn in Paintsville, Ky. He was a 20-year resident of the Kendallville area and was a foreman at Newnam Foundry. He was a veteran of WW II, FFA, and Allied Molders of America. Surviving are the wife; a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Carolyn Christian, Kendallville; two sons, William Larry, Otisville, Mich., and Woodrow Garry, Kendallville; three sisters, Mrs. Elvira Tussey, Prestonsburg, Mrs. Goldie Branham, Jackson, Mich., and Mrs. Mary Mullins, Mendon, Ohio; five brothers, Sol and Martin, Kentucky, Tob and Garner, Mendon, Ohio, Damon, Wayland, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral Saturday in Hall Brothers Chapel, Martin, Ky. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky. + 9-?-1977
Derrow Arthur L, 73, died Saturday in Parkview Hospital. He had resided in Fort Wayne 50 years and retired in 1977 from Spate Plumbing. Surviving are his wife, Louise; four daughters, Mary L. Carroll, Janice E. Abramson and Geanette A. Haddix, all Fort Wayne, and Kathy R. DeCriscio of New Haven; three sons, Arthur L. Jr., David L. and Clinton M., all Fort Wayne; three sisters, Marie Preuss of Saginaw, Mich., Gladys Whittig of Auburn, and Helen Sanders of Ashley; six brothers, Howard of Waterloo, Guy, Glenn and Charles of Auburn, Chester of Avilla, and Robert of Fort Wayne; and 15 grandchildren. Services Tuesday in D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Greenlawn Memorial Park. + 12-10-1988
Derrow Betty Jean, 45, R. 3, Albion, mother of 10 children, died Friday at her home. She was the sister of Mrs. William Juif, R. 2, Avilla. Born September 27, 1925, she was the daughter of Clair and Jeanette (Rawles) Kunce. She was married on August 31, 1946, to Chester Derrow, who survives. Surviving besides the husband, father and sister are the children, Mrs. Jeanette Hollopeter, Albion, Mrs. Mary Ellen Owen, Columbia City, Mrs. Lois Kirkpatrick, Churubusco, and Ruth Ann, Alice, Claire, Peggy, June, Tom and Tim, all at home; one grandchild; two brothers, Richard Kunce, Kendallville, and Lee Kunce, Angola; and three other sisters, Mrs. Raymond Sheppard, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Robert Rupp, Angola, and Mrs. Robert Bryan, California. Services Sunday in Bonham-Miser-Brazzell Funeral Home at Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ~ 12-3-1970 + 11-27-1970
Derrow Chester C, 76, of Albion, died Sept. 7 in Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. He was born June 29, 1922 in Auburn to Charles F. and Cora (Bassett) Derrow. On Aug. 31, 1946 in Auburn he married Betty Jean Kunce. She died in Nov. 1970. He was a retired farmer and retired in 1983 from Borg Warner in Auburn. He was a veteran of the armed forces. Surviving are 8 daughters and their husbands, Jennette and Robert Shlater of Churubusco, and Ruth Ann Derrow, Lois Butler, Alice and Phil Weeks, Peg and Ron Conley, Claire and David Anderson, and June Derrow of Albion, and Mary and Roger Owen of Columbia City; 2 sons, Tom and wife Rita of LaOtto, and Tim of Albion; 3 sisters, Helen Sanders of Orland, Marie Pruess of Mich., and Gladys Whittig of Auburn; 2 brothers, Robert of Fort Wayne and Charles of Auburn; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 7 brothers and a son-in-law, Joe Butler. Funeral Friday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ~ 9-10-1998
Derrow J Earl, 74, died Saturday in his Auburn home. He was born in Concord Twp, DeKalb County, Oct. 26, 1907, the son of Charles and Cora (Bassett) Derrow. He married Ida Kinsey May 28, 1927. Retired in 1968 from Warner-Motive, he had lived at his current residence for 33 years. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Robert, Wis., and Dr. Donald of Auburn; three sisters, Marie Preuss, Saginaw, Mich., Gladys Whittig, Auburn, and Helen Sanders, Angola; eight brothers, Arthur and Harold, Fort Wayne, Guy and Glenn, DeKalb County, Charles, Garrett, Howard and Walter, Ashley, and Chester, Albion; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of Auburn First United Methodist Church. Services in Dilgard, Cline & Southern Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. + 9-?-1982
Derrow Ruth A, 63, died February 13, 2014 at her home in Albion. She was born on March 19, 1950, in Auburn, the daughter of Chester and Betty (Kunce) Derrow. She graduated from Central Noble High School in the class of 1969. She worked at Dexter Axle in Albion and was a member of the Albion American Legion Post #246 Women's Auxiliary. Surviving are her brothers, Tom and Tim Derrow of Albion; sisters, Lois Butler, Peggy Conley and June Derrow, all of Albion, Alice (Phil) Weeks of Albion, Mary (Roger) Owen of Columbia City and Jeannette Shlater of Churubusco. She was preceded in death by a sister, Claire Anderson. Cremation will follow and there will be no funeral services. Burial,Sweet Cemetery. 2-15-2014
DeSelm Florence R, 79, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday at the home of a son at 5226 Porta Trail. A native of Melvin, Ill., she was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her husband, Lester W.; four sons, Don and James, Fort Wayne, Jack, LaGrange, Ill., and Hilton, Danville, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Laura Mae Stell, Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Loren Cooper, Avilla; two sisters, Mrs. Lucille McCalister, Whittier, Calif., and Mrs. Eula Jane Trueblood, Long Beach, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services in D. O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 7-2-1970
Desmonds Helen V, 64, died Dec. 22 at her residence in Fort Wayne. An Ege native, she had lived most of her life in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Robert A.; a daughter, Rosalina A. Stier, Fort Wayne; a son, Lee R., Fort Wayne; a sister, Irma Pratt of Avilla; and a brother, Sylvester Hollis of Avilla; and four grandchildren. Services Thursday at Precious Blood Catholic Church, Fort Wayne. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. ~ 12-29-1987 + 12-22-1987
Desmonds Sherman J, 40, of Fort Wayne, husband of the former Joan C. Teders, was dead on arrival June 10, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fort Wayne. A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, he was a graduate of Central High School. He was employed at Indiana Rod & Wire Division of Phelps Dodge Corp. for 23 years. He was a member of the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. An Army veteran of Korea, he was a member of the American Legion Post 240 in Avilla. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Carolyn Sue and Diane M. and two sons, Steven A. and David E., all at home; his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heidenrich, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Robert and Gale, both of Fort Wayne; one sister, Mrs. Mary Fryback, Fort Wayne; two stepbrothers, Donald and Edward Heidenrich, both of Fort Wayne, and one stepsister, Mrs. Eileen Smith, Muncie. Services in the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. ~ 6-17-1971
Desormeaux Harry, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerold Desormeaux, was killed by a grenade May 17 while serving in the Army in Viet Nam. He had been there six months. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers, Phillip, Avilla, Wayne and Raymond, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Richard Campbell and Mrs. Robert Curtis of Sault Ste Marie, Mrs. Clayton Hunter of Lansing, Mich., and nieces and nephews. Funeral May 28 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sault Ste Marie, Mich. Burial, Oaklawn Chapel Gardens Cemetery, Sault Ste Marie. ~ 5-30-1968
DeSouza Will H, about 35, only son of Henry and Emily DeSouza, died in Kendallville April 2 of pneumonia. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, and came to this place several years ago, working for some time at the harness and saddlery establishment of F. Beazel. He was a brother of Mrs. M. M. Ritterband. ^ 4-11-1877
Desper Eugene H F, 69, of Kendallville, died Monday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Pierceton Feb. 22, 1922 to Harvey and Mary (Hass) Desper. On July 9, 1944 in Larwill, he married Mildred Louise Williamson. He had been a station agent for Conrail Railroad for 43 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist. Surviving are his wife; 4 sons, Dennis of Ligonier, David of Kendallville, Steven of Wabash and Douglas of Elkhart; and 7 grandchildren. A half-sister, Marie, preceded him in death. Services Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1991
Desper Sandra J, 62, of Kendallville, died April 10, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was a teacher for 30 years with the East Noble School Corporation. She graduated from East Noble High School in 1968 and St. Francis College in Fort Wayne in 1972. She later received her Masters of Education degree from St. Francis College. She was born in Kendallville on August 2, 1950, to Paul and Donna (Dillon) Schmidt. She married David Desper on December 19, 1970. She was an Eucharist minister for more than 20 years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Tri Kappa Sorority. She had been a Meals In Motion volunteer for five years. She was the first women inducted into the Kendallville Bowling Hall of Fame. Survivors include her husband; sons, Chris and Julie Desper of Kendallville and Matt Desper of Kendallville; daughter, Amy and Jon DeWitt of Avilla; 7 grandchildren, Ryan and Kayla Desper, Tristan and Mya DeWitt, Oakley and Brock Kerst, and Alyssa Desper; her mother; her brother, Stan and Michele Schmidt of Kendallville. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Schmidt in 1993; her brother, Terry Schmidt in 2004. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. 4-13-2013
DeSutter Marcella, 73, died October 2 in Whiting. She was the daughter of former resident, John Lemper, and the niece of Mrs. Frances Traxler, R. 2, Kendallville. Burial Monday in Whiting. ~ 10-7-1982
Deter Isaac, 80, of Kendallville, died Friday in McCray Hospital. As a Republican, he served one term as county clerk about thirty years ago. He had also been employed by the NYC Railroad, McCray Refrigerator Co., and the Flint & Walling Mfg. Co. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Masonic order and was a member of the board of directors of the Northeastern Indiana Agricultural Association. Surviving are the widow, Jennie Smith Deter; four brothers; one sister. Services Monday in L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 9-?-1950
Deter Reuben W, 80, resident of Noble and LaGrange counties, died at his home in Ligonier Tuesday. He was born May 30, 1856 in Clearspring Twp, LaGrange County, the son of Jacob and Maria Deter. He was a painter. Surviving are the widow; 6 brothers, George of LaGrange, Phillip of Deer Trail, Colo., Charles of Forsyth, Mont., Isaac of Kendallville, Burkey in Calif., Christ of South Bend; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Anna Davis, Hesperia, Mich., Mrs. Rachel Tate, Topeka, and Mrs. Elizabeth Morris, LaGrange. Funeral today from Kerr Funeral Home. Burial, Osborne Cemetery. * 1936
Deter Roy, 37, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Deter of near Brighton, died Tuesday from acute Bright’s disease. He is survived by his two children, Leroy and Margaret of Burr Oak, Mich., and his parents. + No date.
Detering August, the gardener, died Wednesday of some liver difficulty. He was about 50 years of age. Funeral Sunday. ^ 9-4-1885
Detering Esther E J, 82, of Kendallville, died Sunday in Kendallville Manor. She was born in Kendallville, Nov. 16, 1903 to Henry and Mina (Detering) Detering. A lifetime Kendallville area resident, she retired in 1972 after 33 years as an employee of Campbell & Fetter Bank, Kendallville. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and Kendallville BPW. There are no survivors. A brother, Herbert, preceded her in death. Services Wednesday in St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-16-1986
Detering Friederika Wilhelmina was born Oct. 20, 1863 in Aurora, Ind. She came with her parents, August and Louisa Detering, to Kendallville, where in the year 1877 she lost her mother. She was then fourteen years old. Besides herself were left the father and seven children, the youngest being but two years old. Her father soon joined his wife in death and Ricca found her heavy task increased as she now was both father and mother to the orphans. She died Dec. 30, 1896 and was buried beside her parents at Lake View Cemetery. + 12-30-1896
Detering George E A was born at Aurora, Ind. June 19, 1869. He removed with his parents to where the family have since lived near Kendallville in Nov. 1869. He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kendallville. He died between the 16th and 17th of Jan. at Abilene, Texas at the age of 32 years 6 months and 16 days. Funeral Jan. 21 at the home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. He leaves 3 brothers and 3 sisters. ^ 2-7-1902
Detering Herbert W, 80, of Kendallville, died Friday in a residence at 337 N. Oak St. Born Jan. 18, 1889, he was the son of Henry and Minnie (Detering) Detering. On Jan. 26, 1947 he married Mary Jane (Lohman) Wilstach in Kendallville. He was the former assistant postmaster in Kendallville 1924-1964. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He is survived by one sister, Esther E. J., Kendallville. Funeral Tuesday at St. John’s. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1979
Detering Louise Marie, wife of August Detering, aged 40 years, 5 months and 18 days, died in Kendallville Dec. 11. Funeral in the Lutheran Church tomorrow. ^12-12-1877
Detering Mary Jane (Lohman), 86, formerly of Kendallville, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was born March 22, 1906. On Jan. 26, 1947 she married Herbert Detering, who preceded her in death. A son, Jack Wilstach, also preceded her in death. Memorial services in California. + 10-24-1992
Detering William F, 78, a lifelong resident of Kendallville community, died Thursday from a heart attack at St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had spent the winter. In Kendallville he was associated with the Puritan Ice Cream Co. Surviving are the widow, a brother, and a sister. Funeral in Chicago. + 5-?-1940
Detlefsen Leona M Schuman, 88, of Kendallville, died March 27, 2002 at Epoch Senior Healthcare in Brewster, Mass. She was born Nov. 10, 1913 in Kendallville to Fredrick and Minnie (Rimmel) Schuman. In 1935 she married Paul Detlefsen in Kendallville. Surviving are 2 daughters, Janet Detlefsen of Brewster, Mass., and Ellen Worthington of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash.; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; 2 brothers, Irvin and Walter Schuman and 2 sisters, Elsie Schuman and Ester Baughman; and a daughter, Margaret J. Bendewald. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 3-30&31-2002
Detrick Marjorie F, 66, died Friday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She made her latest residence at R. 2, Orland. She was born Dec. 6, 1910 in Ill. to Mr. and Mrs. Jess and Rosa Smith. She married Theodore Magnuson, who died in 1970. She later married Douglas Detrick. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Ted Magnuson, Madison, Wis., and Dave Magnuson, Angola; four brothers, Russell, Auburn, Harold, Kendallville, Robert, Garrett, and Howard, Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Harrison (Jo) Strong, Marshall, Mich., and Mrs. Art (Jessie) Haynes, Auburn. Funeral Monday at Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. + 11-?-1977
Dettmann Geraldine E, 65, The Lamplighter, Kendallville, died Wednesday in Parkview Hospital. she was born Nov. 20, 1922 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Walter O. and Mary Ethel (McFail) Dettmann. She had moved from Detroit to Kendallville five years ago. She had worked for Our Savior Lutheran Church in Detroit and was a secretary for Church Growth Analysis and Learning Center, Corunna. Surviving is a brother, Walter, Harbor Springs, Mich. A brother, William D. died in 1956. Services Sunday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. + 11-25-1987
DeTurk Walter M, a retired farmer of R. 1, Akron, died Friday at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester. Born in Allen County on Jan. 2, 1885, he was the son of David and Ann DeTurk. On May 29, 1916 he was married at Albion to Treazah Alshouse. He moved to the Akron community in 1940 from Cromwell. Survivors include the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Hazel) Penn, Wabash; six sons, Clarence of Winona Lake, Richard, Ralph and Lewis, all of Wabash, Herman of Akron, and Guy of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Leona Kempf and Mrs. Carrie Burton, both Fort Wayne; one brother, Russell of Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two sons, one sister and two brothers. Funeral Monday. + 4-?-1969
Detwiler Susan Jean, 48, of Kendallville, died March 20, 2004 at her home. She had been employed in inventory control at Parker-Hannefin in Albion since 1984. She was a 1974 graduate of Churubusco High School. She was born Aug. 19, 1955 in Wolf Lake to Paul and Betty (Lowe) Gray. On Nov. 14, 1987 at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church she married Ralph Detwiler. Surviving are her husband; her mother; 2 daughters, Tara and Jamie Gallo of Albion; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Hector and Delisha Gallo of Auburn and Jose Gallo of Albion; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Florence Gray of Churubusco; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Bill Orr of Columbia City and Beth and James Franklin of Churubusco; and 4 grandchildren, Gavin, Ayden and Trace Gallo and Kailey Eminger. Services Friday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 3-23-2004
Deuerling Emma A died this morning at her home, 503 E. Mitchell St. She was the daughter of the late Jacob Reyher, a Kendallville merchant, and was born Feb. 2, 1859 at Edgerton O. Before she was two years of age the family moved to Kendallville and this had been her home ever since. She was married in 1877 to Joseph J. Deuerling who later was in partnership with Mr. Reyher for many years. He died nineteen years ago. Surviving are two children, George A., and Mrs. Carrie Bridenthal; and two grandchildren, all of this city. A stepmother, Mrs. Ella Reyher; and a half-sister, Mrs. Forrest E. Beyer of Fort Wayne survive. She was a member of the Eastern Stars, Rebekahs and the Whist Club. Funeral will probably be Wednesday at the residence. + 5-10-1920
Deuerling Joseph John was born in the city of Chicago, Ill., March 16, 1853, died at Kendallville, Aug. 13, 1901, aged 48 years, 4 months and 26 days. He came to Kendallville April 24, 1872 and was married to Emma A. Reyher Feb. 14, 1876. His wife and the only children born to them, George and Carrie, survive. He went into business with the firm of J. Reyher & Co. of this city Jan. 1, 1877 and continued therein up to the time of his death, a period of over twenty-four years. + 8-13-1901 ^ 8-23-1901
Deuitch Anna, 70, practically a lifelong resident of Avilla, died at her home Saturday from asthma. Surviving are the husband, John; two daughters, Mrs. Emma Vogeding and Mrs. Helen Carrick of Chicago; and two sons, Henry of Garrett, and Joe of Avilla. Funeral Tuesday from the Catholic Church. Burial, Catholic cemetery. + 7-?-1933
Deuitch Bernard "Dewey", 50, was found dead Saturday by chief of police John Stoner in the barn. He was born August 28, 1908 on a farm east of Avilla. The Russell Carteaux family now occupy the house. He had lived with the Walter Albertson family for twenty-seven years. Survivors are three brothers, William of Fort Wayne, August of Ossian, and Ed of North Dakota; and three sisters, Elizabeth Deuitch, Avilla, Louise Schoaff, Fort Wayne, and Esther Whittier of Garrett. Services Tuesday at L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 12-18-1958
Deuitch Carl W "Collie", 77, died Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a lifelong resident of Garrett. He was born in Avilla on Aug. 14, 1909 to Henry and Loretta (Long) Deuitch. On Jan. 14, 1952 in Angola he married Annabell Myers. Surviving are his wife; one son, Glen Murray of Garrett; six brothers, Norbert of Garrett, Don of Largo, Fla., Jack of LaPorte, Ind., Walter of Hanna, Ind., Richard of Seminole, Fla., and Robert of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Mrs. Wilbur (Katherine) Nichols of Kouts, Ind.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was a WW II Navy veteran and a brakeman for the B&O Railroad. He retired from his job in 1975 after 33 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Garrett, and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Services in McKee-Miles Funeral Home Tuesday. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. + 1-2-1987
Deuitch Edward H, 96, of Jamestown, N.D., a native of Avilla, died April 25, 2002 at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo, N.D. He had worked on the railroad in Indiana, as a lumberjack in Minn., and on a ranch in Wyoming. Surviving are 4 daughters, Caroline and Marlene Schielke of Jamestown, Sharon Rudnick of LaPalma, Calif., and Barbara Brunelle of Argusville; 3 sons, Donald and John of Jamestown, and Robert of Burlington; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; sons Edward and Eugene, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Services Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Jamestown. ^ 4-28-2002
Deuitch Henry A, 83, died Dec. 12 in the Garrett Hospital. He was born Jan. 19, 1885, in Avilla, a son of John and Anna Deuitch. He married Loretta Young, who died in 1935. Before his retirement he had been employed by the B & O Railroad, joining them in 1910 in the water station department. Surviving are seven sons, Carl, Garrett, with whom he lived, Norbert L., Robert, both of Garrett, Walter of Hanna, Donald of Milwaukee, and Jack and Richard of LaPorte; one daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Nichols of Kouts; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Emma Vogeding, Hammond. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla. Services Dec. 14. ~ 12-19-1968 + 12-12-1968
Deuitch Joe Louis, 83, died last Wednesday in the McCray Hospital. He was a native of Avilla and one of its oldest citizens at the time of his death. He was born here Oct. 12, 1883, the son of John and Anna Schenkel Deuitch. On Sept. 4, 1911, he married Edith Fulks in St. Mary’s Church. He was a farmer, retiring several years ago when he moved to 212 S. Main St. Surviving are one brother, Henry, with whom he lived; one sister, Mrs. Emma Vogeding, Homewood, Ill., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Saturday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. ~ 4-13-1967
Deuitch Joseph, a stone mason who lived one mile north of Avilla, died of apoplexy last Saturday while laying stone at M. J. Good’s in Swan Twp. ^ 8-15-1884
Deuitch Mary Edith, 67, a lifelong resident of this community, died Sunday in her home approximately two miles southwest of here. She was born in Avilla July 3, 1891. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Surviving are the husband, Joseph Deuitch, to whom she was married September 2, 1911; her mother, Mrs. Blanch Fulks, and a sister, Mrs. Martin Kostielney. Final rites Wednesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. ~ 7-10-1958
Deuschle Fred, a nephew of Gottlieb Deuschle, was found about 2 ˝ miles east of Kendallville by the side of the railroad track, the skull broken and the body party crowded under a small bridge. The probabilities are that the young man boarded a train at the station, intending to jump off while the train was moving, and in so doing, was plunged under this small bridge. He had been in the employ of Mr. Wall who resides in that vicinity. He was about 18 years of age and came from Germany about one year ago. ^ 11-23-1882
Deuschle Gottlieb was born Nov. 22, 1830 in Weitzheim, Wurttemberg, Germany, and came to this country in 1849 and located in Stark County, Ohio. His first marriage with Carolina Schlichtenmyer was celebrated in 1851. Two years later they came to Noble County. They had 8 children. Four preceded him in death and 4 daughters are left. His first wife died June 11, 1879, and Feb. 6, 1881 he married Elizabeth Meyers. They had a son and a daughter. The son died in infancy. Trevia, the daughter, remains. He leaves to the heirs an artistic and beautifully arranged farm house a little north overlooking our city. He died July 3, 65 years 7 months and 11 days. Funeral Sunday at the First Evangelical Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 7-10-1896
Deuschle Gottlieb, born in Germany 1832, settled 1858; died 1897. + Clippings book
Deutsch Elizabeth M, 75, died Sunday in Sacred Heart Home, where she had been a resident and employee since 1933. She was born near Avilla July 25, 1902 to Joseph and Carolyn (Dapp) Deutsch. Survivors include two sisters, Louise Shoaff, Fort Wayne, and Ester Whitticar, Garrett; two brothers, William, Florida, and Edward, Jamestown, N.D. Services Wednesday in Sacred Heart chapel. ~ 3-30-1978 + 3-?-1978
Deutsch Gerald E "Dick", 79, of Columbia City, died Dec. 15 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in New Haven, Ind., March 1, 1907, the son of Frank E. and Clara B. (Gebert) Deutsch. He moved to Smith Twp, Whitley County, as a small child. On July 13, 1946 he married Mabel Irene Pence. He was a rural letter carrier with the U. S. Postal Service, having retired in 1971. He was a member of BPOE No. 1417, the Rural Letter Carriers Association and the Whitley County Farm Bureau. He was a former Columbia Twp assessor. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Clara B. McGee, San Francisco, Cal.; one grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lloyd B., Farmersburg, Ind., Virgil W., South Whitley, and Clifford F., rural Columbia City; and five sisters, Mabel McIntyre, Keystone, Fla., Crystal Shively, Churubusco, Katherine Nace, Larwill, Virginia Owen, Albion, and Isabelle Maggart, LaOtto. Services Dec. 18 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Green Hill Cemetery, Columbia City. + 12-15-1986
Devenbaugh Samuel W was born March 20, 1829 in Richland County, Ohio. He came to Noble County in the spring of 1846 and began his citizenship in Indiana as an apprentice at the carpenter trade with his brother-in-law, Abraham Hostler at Albion. He married Sarah M. Hubbard Jan. 15, 1853, and they had 4 boys and 9 girls, only 3 of whom survive. His wife died Dec. 29, 1891. He married Julia C. Vincent Aug. 23, 1892. He died at his home west of Brimfield April 21, aged 68 years and 1 month. He leaves a wife, 2 sisters and 3 daughters. Funeral at the M. E. Church at Brimfield April 24. Burial cemetery north of Brimfield. ^ 4-29-1898
Devereau Rose A, 55, of South Bend, died July 7, 2010 in Hospice House of St. Joseph County. She had worked for Red Lobster in Mishawaka for 25 years and was a member of the Catholic Church. She was born Nov. 3, 1954 in Garrett to Garnel "Tom" and Patricia (Trowbridge) Handshoe. On Aug. 25, 2001 in South Bend she married Richard J. Devereau. Surviving are her husband; her mother and stepfather, Patricia and Bill Engle of Kendallville; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Garnel and Patricia Handshoe Jr. of Garrett and George A. Brumbaugh II of Garrett; a sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Eric Keck of Kendallville; and 2 half-brothers, Marshall and Linda Brumbaugh of Garrett and Jeffrey Brumbaugh of Kendallville. She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Christina K See. Mass of Christian burial Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Church, Kendallville. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ^ 7-11-2010
DeVinney James C, son of Dennis and Laurette Dibble DeVinney, was born in Newbury Twp, LaGrange County, Nov. 28, 1858 and died Sept. 2, 1936, aged 77 years, 9 months and 5 days. His parents died when he was four years old and he then lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cassen Dibble. When a young man he taught school in VanBuren Twp. In 1892 he started to operate a store in Howe and continued in that business for 18 years, then sold his establishment and went to Ill. as a salesman. He was trustee of Lima Twp for three terms and was manager of the Lima creamery. In 1912 he united with the Presbyterian Church in Howe. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lell Weiss of Howe, with whom he made his home; and one brother, Charles Alba DeVinney of Angola. + 9-2-1936
DeVoe Emma Alice, 21, of 2126 Thompson Ave., died Saturday night at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was born in LaOtto and has lived in Fort Wayne one year. She was a member of the Wayne Center M. E. Church near Kendallville. She is survived by her husband, Lewis DeVoe; her week-old daughter, Anna Louise; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lesta Simon of Avilla; four brothers, Walter Simon of Kendallville, Argyl and Dr. Clifford Simon of Fort Wayne, and Donald Simon of Huntertown; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Whonsetler of Avilla. Funeral this morning at the home of a brother, Dr. Clifford Simon of 802 W. Wayne St. and at 2 o’clock at Kendallville, with burial there. * 11-30-1935
DeVoe Josephine, 77, wife of William R. DeVoe, died at her home in Kendallville Saturday following a heart attack. She was born Josephine Joray, Dec. 8, 1856 in Springfield, O. She came with her parents to Steuben County and in 1873 came to the Kendallville community. In 1881 she was married to William R. Devoe. Surviving are the husband; five sons, Forrest at home, Maynard, Lapeer, Mich., Herbert, Marquette, Mich., William, Detroit, Mich., Elmer, Bluffton; one sister, Mrs. Clark Sheffer, Kendallville: 10 grandchildren. Two daughters, one in infancy, and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Funeral Monday from the home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1934 ^ 7-14-1934
DeVoe Lewis J, 66, Fort Wayne, died Monday in Waterman Memorial Hospital, Eustis, Fla. He was born Nov. 29, 1908 in Kendallville to Claude and Gladys (Merkling) DeVoe. He married Margaret E. Miller July 20, 1940 in Fort Wayne. He was a retired employee of General Electric Co., Fort Wayne, a member of Three Rivers Camera Club, and the Quarter Century Club at GE. Surviving are the wife; a daughter, Mrs. John (Anne) Weber, Kokomo; one brother, Doyle T., R. 1, Cree Lake; and two grandchildren. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-?-1975
DeVoe Margaret E, 63, Kendallville, died Wednesday in Bay Front Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla. Born Oct. 17, 1914 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Strunk) Miller. She married Lewis J. DeVoe July 20, 1940 in Fort Wayne. He died Feb. 24, 1975. Survivors include one stepdaughter, Mrs. John (Ann) Weber, Kokomo; one sister, Mrs. Guy (Mildred) Baghtel, R. 3, Wolcottville. Funeral Monday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1978
DeWald Stephen F, 87, died Wednesday at Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of George and Kathryn (Kohler) DeWald. On Oct. 14, 1918 he married Eileen Loos in Lajohn, Calif. A WW I veteran, he previously resided at 210 Spring Beach, Rome City. He was formerly employed at Horton Mfg. Co., Fort Wayne, and was also a retired carpenter. He was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City, and American Legion. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Howard (Mary) Cantwell, Rome City, and Mrs. Peter (Kathryn) Blichert, Fort Wayne; two sons, Steven, Fort Wayne, and George, Rome City; one sister, Catherine Rost, Fort Wayne; one brother, James, Fort Wayne; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral Saturday at St. Gaspar Church. Burial, St. Gaspar Cemetery. + 3-2-1983
Dewey Eva M, 89, of Ligonier, died Wednesday at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Ligonier. Born Jan. 10, 1895 in Tippecanoe, she was the daughter of David and Anna (Ritter) Hardesty. In Detroit she married Jesse G. Dewey who died in 1954. A lifetime area resident, she was a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church and Women’s Relief Corps. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Harry (Janis) Stults of Elkhart, Mrs. Kenneth (Martha) Franks of Ligonier, and Mildred Leming of Cromwell; a son, Robert D. of Wadsworth, Ohio; a sister, Mary Hansen of Columbia City; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services Saturday at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-28-1984
Dewey Thomas F, 71, died July 21, 1989 in Whitley County Hospital. He was a retired machinist for Dana Corporation in Columbia City. He was a U. S. Army WW II veteran and a member of Am-Vets, Eagles Lodge, and VFW of Columbia City. Surviving are his wife, Helen; a son, Thomas J. of Muncie; and three grandchildren. Service was Monday at Waters Funeral Home in Hartford City. Burial, Gardens of Memory, Muncie. Services Sunday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. (Both services and burials are included in the obituary. One is obviously incorrect.) + 7-21-1989
Dewey Walter Mrs died at her home in Glenside, Pa. on Thursday of last week. She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Noe, former residents of Ligonier. She was born in Michigan and came to this city when a small child. She graduated from Ligonier High School. On the death of her father, she moved with her mother to Grand Rapids, Mich., where she lived until her marriage to Mr. Dewey, moving at that time to Glenside. She is survived by her husband and daughter, Helen, aged 9 years, her mother and one brother, Claude G. Noe of Hillsdale, Mich. Ligonier Leader 9-19-1923 Contributed by Judy Richter
DeWitt Clarence E, 68, died Sunday from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Huntington County. He resided near Auburn and was a custodian for the DeKalb Central School System and had retired from Warner Gear in Auburn. He was born in Auburn August 11, 1914, the son of James H. and Elizabeth (DePew) DeWitt. He married Mary Helen Hyde in Garrett April 19, 1941. He was a member of the First Christian Church, the Knights of Pythias and was a Navy veteran of WW II. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Jake, Ashley, David, Woodburn, and Don, Muncie; a brother, Earl, Avilla; a sister, Ethel Ward, Auburn, and 12 grandchildren. Services September 2 in D. O. McComb & Sons Auburn Chapel. ~ 9-9-1982
DeWitt Dennis, 15, died Monday in a hunting accident. He and his brother, David, were hunting with their dog 2 miles west of LaOtto when the victim’s shotgun slipped from under his arm, hit the ground and discharged. He was a freshman at East Noble High School and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight DeWitt, R. 1, LaOtto; three brothers, David, Steven and Michael; grandfathers, Abe DeWitt, R. 1, LaOtto and Alfred Norwalt, Fort Wayne; a great-grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Sadler of Avilla. Services Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. ~ 12-25-1975 + 12-?-1975
DeWitt Doris M, 46, R. 1, LaOtto, died Thursday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Feb. 16, 1937 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Alfred and Gerald (Johnson) Norwalt. She married Dwight DeWitt Feb. 25, 1956 in Fort Wayne. She was a lifetime area resident and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Surviving are her husband and father; three sons, Steven, Fort Wayne, David and Mike, both at home; a sister, Linda McLand; and two brothers, Tom and Wally Norwalt, Fort Wayne; one grandchild. A son, Dennis, preceded her in death. Services Monday in Calvary Temple, Fort Wayne. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 10-6-1983 + 9-29-1983
DeWitt Dorothy died Sept. 2 at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Whitson, 110 Harding St. She was born July 8, 1893 in Noble County to Mary Ellen (Miller) and John E. Childs. She married Miles DeWitt in 1930 in Albion. He died in 1916. She lived in Noble County until about 1935 when she and her husband moved to Carson City, Nev. Prior to leaving the county, she and her husband operated the Riley Street Grocery. She returned to Kendallville in 1971 to live with her sister, who is the only survivor. The remains will be shipped to Carson City for burial. + 9-?-1975
DeWitt Earl, 80, Auburn, died Sunday at DeKalb Hospital. He was born in Auburn December 26, 1906, the son of James and Elizabeth (Steffen) DeWitt. He married Florence Pickard in Auburn in December 1937. He was a farmer, retired from the East Noble School Corporation as a maintenance man and after 30 years as an employee at Auburn Rubber. Surviving are his wife; one son, Earl Jr., Urbana, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Jeannie) Shearer, Auburn, and Patty Lou Houser of San Francisco, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Ethel Ward of Auburn. Services Wednesday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 6-18-1987 + 6-14-1987
DeWitt Eliza Ray, a former resident of Garrett, and a sister of engineer G. M. Ray of S. Lee St., died Thursday at her home in Fort Wayne. She was born in Guernsey County, O., Sept. 24, 1854 and therefore was sixty-eight years of age. She came to Garrett when she was thirty-five years old and lived here twelve or fourteen years. She has been a resident of Fort Wayne ever since. The marriage to Arthur DeWitt took place Oct. 31, 1894. Their only child, a daughter, is dead. Surviving are the husband; three brothers, Thomas Ray of Belmont County, O., Alfred Ray of Fletcher, Okla., and G. M. Ray of Garrett. Funeral at the DeWitt home in Fort Wayne Saturday. Burial, Calvary Cemetery, Garrett. + No date
DeWitt Elizabeth, mother of Earl DeWitt, died Monday in her home in Auburn Junction after a long illness. She was a native of Hamburg, Germany and came to Auburn Junction when an infant. Also surviving are the husband, James; four other sons; and two daughters. Services Wednesday. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. ~ 9-27-1956
DeWitt Florence, 72, Auburn, died Jan. 2 in DeKalb Hospital. She was born in DeKalb County Nov. 22, 1916. She married Earl DeWitt in December 1937 and he died in June 1987. She was a retired matron at East Noble High School. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Jeannie) Shearer of Auburn; a stepdaughter, Patty Lou Houser of San Francisco, Calif.; a stepson, Earl Jr. of Urbana, Ohio; a brother, Raymond Pickard of Irene Byron Health Center; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services Friday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 1-10-1989
DeWitt James, 79, of Auburn Junction, a retired Auburn Foundry worker, died Tuesday in Sacred Heart Hospital, Garrett. He was born Dec. 14, 1877 in White Pigeon, Mich. and had resided in Auburn Junction most of his life. Surviving are four sons, Carl and Charles of Auburn Junction, Earl of Avilla, and Clarence, Garrett; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Curran, Auburn Junction, and Mrs. Ethel Ward, Auburn; a stepson, Harry Hough, Fort Wayne; two brothers, David and Harry; two sisters, Mrs. Bess Wilson, Huntertown, and Mrs. Artie Utter, Pinconning, Mich.; 18 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. His wife, Elizabeth, died a year ago. Services Friday at the Gerig Funeral Home, Auburn. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. ~ 8-15-1957
DeWitt John, 72, died at the home of his son, Abe, R. 1, LaOtto, this morning. He was born in Paw Paw, Mich., April 6, 1884, to Newton and Mary DeWitt. However, he has lived most all of his life in Swan Twp. He was a member of the Swan Methodist Church. He is survived besides his son by three brothers, Richard of Chicago; David of Fort Wayne and Jim of Auburn; and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Huntertown. Funeral at L. E. Berhalter Funeral Home in Avilla Saturday. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 9-6-1956
DeWitt Margaret, 66, was born Oct. 25, 1907 in Allen County to Murvin and Maude (Drake) Freeman. In 1934 she married Abe DeWitt in Fort Wayne. She resided at R. 1, LaOtto and died in Parkview Hospital Monday after suffering a heart attack. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Garrett, and the Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Survivors include her husband; one son, Dwight, R. 1, LaOtto; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Beverly) Hirsch, Woodburn; two brothers, Ray, R. 2, Avilla, and Don, R. 1, LaOtto two sisters, Mrs. Harvey Christensen, R. 1, LaOtto, and Mrs. Clifford Emrich; and 8 grandchildren. Services Nov. 28 in the Calvary United Methodist Church. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. ~ 11-29-1973 + 11-?-1973
DeWitt Martha, 71, LaOtto, died October 27, 2004 in her home. She was born December 18, 1932 in Garrett to Marion and Dessie (Sunday) Wells. In November 1983 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla she married Dwight DeWitt. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Glenda McClellan of LaOtto and Matt and Deb McClellan of Albion; a daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Lee Hess of Monroeville; a brother, Phil Wells of Hamilton; 3 grandchildren, Jesse Hess, Sarah McClain and Aimee Johnson; 4 great-grandchildren, Katlin and Audrey Hess, Hunter McClain and Arissa Johnson. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Twila Dail, Doris Miller and Carolyn Heffy. A lifetime LaOtto area resident, she worked at Sheller Globe in Grabill for 15 years and was a volunteer teacher's aide at LaOtto Elementary School. Services at Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 10-21-2004
DeWitt Willard, the oldest surviving soldier of the War of 1812 and the oldest person in this section of the country, died. He was born March 25, 1776, therefore was about 105 years of age at the time of his death. He served for some time in the War of 1812, being a member of Capt. I. Bartlett’s New York Militia. For the past nine years he has received a government pension of $2 per month. He was married a few years ago to a woman many years his junior. She bore him several children. She still resides with them on their farm in Scott Twp. He had formerly lived near Avilla and his relatives say that he is ten years younger than the age reported, thus making him 97. > 2-10-1881

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