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Kelham Calvin, a brother of Melvin Kelham was born May 30, 1902, died February 18, 1970 on a ranch near Wolf, Wyoming, a son of the late James and Inez (Lung) Kelham. His daughter, Millacene Haynes of Fort Wayne and two granddaughters are the only survivors. * 1970
Kelham Edward Jr died Thursday. He was president of the DeKalb County Council and a Democratic leader and prominent citizen for many years. He had been a patient at the Garrett Hospital since March 26, when he was stricken with apoplexy at the J. P. Heinlen meat market on N. Randolph St. in Garrett. He failed gradually after that time but was conscious almost to the time of his death. Born in Richland County, Ohio, September 30, 1854, Mr. Kelham was in his seventieth year. When he was four years old his parents, who had emigrated to America from England, moved to DeKalb County, and he had lived in the county ever since. For many years he resided on a farm southwest of Garrett in Keyser Twp following the occupation of a farmer and carpenter. He retired thirteen years ago and moved to Altona. He served as trustee of Keyser Twp for two terms beginning a quarter of a century ago. He also served two terms as county commissioner, 1910-1916, from the southwest district, and he was a member when the new (DeKalb County) courthouse was being built. In 1918 he was elected a member of the county council and had the distinction of being the only Democrat elected to a county office that year. In 1922 he was re-elected and, the political complexion of the board changing to Democratic, he was made the president. Last year he assisted Keyser Twp assessor E. A. McKennan in the assessment of property, and he was acting in that capacity again this year when he was stricken with apoplexy. The marriage of Mr. Kelham and Cynthia Viola Whetzel took place February 1, 1880. Surviving besides the widow are four children: Mrs. Will Helme of Angola, Claude K. of Keyser Twp, Mrs. Gus Lysinger of W. King St., Garrett, and Mrs. Newton DePew, south of Altona. There are also four brothers, Thomas of Avilla, Joseph of Auburn Junction, George of Swan and Charles of Troy, Idaho; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Turner who makes her home with the L. E. Nicholson family at Cowen and Dennis Streets in Garrett. He also leaves eight grandchildren. He was a member of Garrett City Lodge, No. 537, F & AM. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Kelham had spent the summers at their cottage on Lake Gage. Funeral at the Altona Methodist Protestant Church Sunday. Burial, Embry Cemetery. * 1924
Kelham Edward S, 74, of Huntertown, a native of DeKalb County, died February 19 at his home after he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. He had been in ill health for the past two years. He was born in Butler Twp, DeKalb County on March 31, 1885 and resided five miles southwest of Garrett until moving to Huntertown in 1956. He was a retired farmer. He and Maude M. Smock were married in Kendallville, October 23, 1907. Surviving in addition to the widow are two sons, Russell and Joseph Kelham of near LaOtto; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hively, Kimmell; a sister, Mrs. Frank Conkle of Willard, Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday in Garrett. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~ 2-25-1960
Kelham Edward Sr. was born in Lincolnshire, England, November 13, 1826. Here, in one of the best agricultural and stock-raising counties of his motherland, the boy grew to manhood. Here he received his education and the thorough training in agricultural pursuits which assisted him in later years to gain an honorable competence and establish a reputation as a successful farmer and a thorough businessman. At the age of twenty-three he emigrated to the United States and settled in Richland County, Ohio. Here he found employment in building railroads and sailing on the Great Lakes for 3 years, and by practicing rigid economy accumulated sufficient means to purchase his forty-acre tract of land. Coming from a land where the acquisition of real estate by a young man was a thing well nigh impossible, to the glorious realm of the "Stars and Stripes" where his labor was soon rewarded by the possession of a home, these considerations must have filled his heart with joy and gratitude toward "Him Who doeth all things well," and caused him to hold in high regard the benign influences of this land of freedom. April 22, 1853 he was married to Mrs. Sarah Houston, whose maiden name was Downend, in Richland County, Ohio. They had ten children: Thomas, Edward, Mary, Joseph, James, Martha, George, Charles, Matilda and William. Of these, Matilda, William and Martha, with a stepson, Mitchell, have died. There remains 7 children and one stepson, John J. Huston. The wife died July 8, 1886 at the age of 60 years. Forty-five years ago Mr. Kelham came to DeKalb County and settled upon the land which has since been his home, to which he has added from time to time several other tracts of land in DeKalb and Noble counties. For several years he has been suffering from that dread disease, paralysis, and to which he succumbed September 29, 1902, lacking one month and 14days of living 75 years. In politics, he was Democrat of the Jacksonian type, but in all his opinions he was frank and honest, but never contentious. His religious views were broad and charitable. The community in which he lived was his church and to do good was his creed. He was drainage commissioner and county commissioner of DeKalb County and was administrator of some of the largest estates in northeastern Indiana, and every position of trust and confidence reposed in him was fulfilled with honor and credit to himself and to the full satisfaction of all concerned. His official career stands without a stain and will always remain an honorable legacy to his posterity. His mind was bright, active and receptive. He possessed a memory of large retentive power. He read much but thought more. This made him an encyclopedia of useful knowledge. Perhaps no citizen of this county, outside of the legal fraternity, was better informed on the statutes of the state of Indiana than he. This made him a valued friend and a safe and wise counselor in many business transactions. In his general character he was a pronounced type of the Anglo-Saxon race, a race which but a few centuries ago was obscure but which, we believe, is destined to rule the world, which needs more men of the stamp of Mr. Kelham. * 1902
Kelham Emma, 82, died yesterday at her home in Avilla after a long illness. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Alda Zellers at home; two sons, Jim and Frank of Avilla; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one brother. Services will be Wednesday at the residence. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. + 3-23-1941
Kelham Frank, 69, died October 10 at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Garrett, where he had been admitted about one hour earlier after suffering a heart attack at his home. Retired from business about four years ago, he had been a member of the hardware firm of Boszor & Kelham for many years. Survivors are the wife, May; a son Lawrence, Kendallville; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Weaver, Ventura, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Alda Zellers, Saratoga, Calif.; one brother, James, Avilla; and three grandchildren. Services at Clark Funeral home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 10-11-1951 + 10-?-1951
Kelham Fred died Wednesday on his 22nd birthday anniversary from tuberculosis. He leaves his wife; parents; 2 sisters, Mrs. Samuel Scheurich of Jefferson Twp and Mrs. Roy Zellers of Fort Wayne; and 3 brothers, Frank, James and John. Funeral at the Evangelical Church Thursday. Burial, King Cemetery. ^ 10-6-1909
Kelham Freeman, 80, R. 2, Avilla, died at the Garrett Hospital Sunday. He had been ill two years and died of heart disease. He was born July 1, 1891 to John and Inez Kelham. He was a lifelong resident of this area and a retired farmer. He was married to Gertrude Weller Feb. 5, 1915, at his family home. His wife preceded him in death in 1965. Survivors include one daughter, Miss Joan, at home; one brother, Melvin of R. 2, Avilla; and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Brace of Connersville. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Funeral Wednesday at McKee Funeral Home in Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 2-3-1972 + 1-?-1972
Kelham George, 76, died Wednesday near here of apoplexy. Surviving is the widow, a daughter, and a son. Funeral from a local funeral home yesterday. Burial, Swan Cemetery. + 5-21-1938
Kelham Gertrude, 72, died Tuesday following a heart attack. She was born Dec. 24, 1893 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weller and had been a resident of this area all her life. On Feb. 2, 1915 she was married at her parentsí home to Freeman Kelham. Survivors include the husband and a daughter, Miss Joan, also at home. She was a member of the Calvary Methodist Church, Avilla. Services Friday at McKee Funeral Home in Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 3-4-1965 + 3-?-1965
Kelham Jack E, 73, of Auburn, died Jan. 5, 2008 in his home. He was manager of LaOtto Feed & Grain and retired from Foamex in Auburn. He was a member of the Garrett Masonic Lodge. He was born July 5, 1934 to Joseph and Jeanette (Saylor) Kelham in DeKalb Co. A 1952 graduate of Huntertown High School, he attended Michigan State University on a basketball scholarship. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Forrest) Kelham; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Sandy Kelham of Columbia City and Susan and Michael Williams of Leo; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Bret and Brian of Butler, and Benjamin and Julie of LaOtto; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Sue Kelham of Garrett; one sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and John DePaolo of Garrett; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a son, Brad, and a sister, Patricia Kendig. Services Wednesday in Feller & Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ^ 1-7-2008
Kelham James C, 56, R. 2, Avilla, died Sunday in his home from complications of an illness of seven years. He was a lifetime area resident and a farmer, as well as an employee of County Line Cheese. He was a veteran of the Air Force, serving in WW II, a member of Garrett American Legion Post, Auburn Moose Lodge and Garrett United Methodist Church. Born in Garrett June 9, 1922, he was the son of Melvin and Mae Kelham. Surviving are his mother; four sons, George, Steven and Dave, all R. 2, Avilla and James (Ray) of Garrett; three daughters, Cynthia Bergner, Auburn, Sarah McNutt and Sandra Kelham, both Garrett; two sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Marjorie) Saxer, Garrett, and Mrs. Lenus (Jean) Walsh, Copperas Cove, Texas; and eight grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Services Wednesday in McKee Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Embry Cemetery. ~ 5-31-1979 + 5-?-1979
Kelham James W, 76, Avilla, died Thursday at his home. A retired farmer, he was born May 16, 1886, near Avilla, the son of Thomas and Emma Lobdell Kelham. He was a lifelong resident of the Avilla area. Surviving are the wife, the former Lulu Beckley, to whom he was married May 29, 1907 at the Kendallville EUB parsonage, and a sister, Mrs. Alda Zellers, El Cerrito, Calif. Services Sunday at L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home. Burial, King Cemetery. ~ 6-7-1962
Kelham Joan, 89, died Feb 22, 2010 at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. She was born Jan. 25, 1921 in Avilla to Freeman and Gertrude (Weller) Kelham. She was a music teacher at Fort Wayne Community Schools for 30 years before retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Garrett United Methodist Church, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Kappa Gamma Sororities. She is survived by several cousins, including Marjorie Saxer of Garrett, Steve and Kathy Kelham, Barron, Becky and Olivia Thomas, Tracy, Holly, Warren and Katelyn Joseph, Steven, Sara, Addison and Trey Kelham, all of Avilla. Funeral Wednesday at Thomas Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ^ 2-28-2010
Kelham John Cecil, son of Thomas and Emma Kelham, was born March 30, 1894 near Avilla, where he grew to manhood. He graduated from the Avilla High School with the class of 1912. On April 8, 1917 he married Miss Gladys Hersh. In June 1917 he completed the course at the Michigan Agricultural College and during the following summer he accepted a position as county agricultural agent in Wayne County, Mich. In September the young couple established their home in Kalamazoo, where he was employed as instructor of botany and zoology in the City High School. Before the completion of the term a shadow fell over this happy home when John became ill and was compelled to resign his position and return to Avilla to recuperate. His condition was better and worse at times, but since returning from his trip to Montana five weeks ago he grew rapidly worse until he died on December 6, 1918. His brother Fred and sister Mrs. Armetta Scheurich preceded him in death. Funeral Sunday. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. ~ 12-11-1918
Kelham Joseph A, a farmer residing one and a half miles southwest of Auburn, died Monday at his home as the result of uremic poisoning after being bedfast four weeks. The deceased, 79 years of age on April 6, was born in Shelby County, Ohio, the son of Edward and Sarah Kelham, natives of England who settled in Ohio, and when the deceased was one-year old moved to DeKalb County. He married Margaret L. Simon of Butler Twp on March 29, 1882. She survives. They had four children, one dying in infancy. The survivors are Edward S. and Mrs. Jennie Houser of Butler Twp, and Mrs. Goldie Conkle of Willard, Ohio; one brother, George of Swan; one sister, Mrs. Mary Turner, residing northwest of Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Cedar Chapel M. E. Church in Butler Twp. The funeral will be Wednesday. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. * 1936
Kelham Kittie May, 80, former Avilla resident, died last Friday in McCray Hospital, Kendallville. She and her husband operated a hardware store in Avilla until Mr. Kelhamís death in 1951. Mrs. Kelham moved to Kendallville about 11 years ago. She was a member of the First EUB Church. Surviving are a son, Lawrence, R. 2, Kendallville; a daughter, Mrs. Harry Weaver, Ventura, Calif.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 2-7-1963
Kelham Lawrence Thomas, 92, Avilla, died November 15, 2003 at Provena Sacred Heart Home. He was born March 27, 1911 in Avilla to Frank Edward and Kittie Mae (Lawrence) Kelham. On June 2, 1934 in Kendallville he married Mae M. Martin. She died December 7, 1998. Surviving are a son, Earl E. of San Francisco, Calif.; 2 nieces, Jean Orluske and Dorothy Wood of Ventura, Calif.; and foster family members, Mary Ruth Feller and Shirley Traster of Kendallville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Fuller. He was a 1930 graduate of Avilla High School and had retired from Kraft Foods after 29 years of service. A farmer, he was a former member of Mitchell St. United Methodist Church. Services at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 11-20-2003
Kelham Lulu E, 100, died Monday. She was born in Avilla September 19, 1881, the daughter of J. McClure and Lodema Kelly Beckley. She married James W. Kelham in 1906. He preceded her in death in 1962. She had been in charge of the Avilla Telephone Office several years, and was a member of Avilla Methodist Church. Surviving are several nieces and nephews, which include Mrs. Alice Freeman of Avilla, John and Robert Beckley of Albion, Marjorie Gappinger, Albion, and Lawrence Kelham of Kendallville. Also preceding her in death were four infant children, four sisters and two brothers. Services November 19 in Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 11-19-1981 + 11-16-1981
Kelham Mae M, 86, died today in Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. She was born April 4, 1912 in Kendallville to John and Julia (Weaver) Martin. On June 2, 1934 in Noble County, she married Lawrence T. Kelham. She was a 1930 graduate of Avilla High School and a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kendallville. Surviving are her husband; a son, Earl of San Francisco, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Venn of Battle Creek, Mich.; and 2 foster sisters, Shirley Traster and Mary Ruth Feller. She was preceded in death by 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-7-1998
Kelham Maretha J, 69, died Sept. 19 in the Wabash County Hospital. Born in Serbia (Yugoslav Republic) Feb. 18, 1910, she became the daughter of the late Joe and Mabel Cramer who resided southwest of Avilla. She married Merl G. Kelham Sept. 14, 1929 in Avilla, and he died March 30, 1974. She had lived in Albion since 1952, moving there from Marion. She was a practical nurse and dental assistant. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Albion, American Legion Auxiliary Post 246, and Prentiss Chapter OES. Surviving are her son, Tom of Avilla; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Ferguson, Elkhart, and Mrs. Ed (Betty Jo) Knafel of Wabash; a sister, Florence Badger, Fort Wayne; a brother, Robert Milich of New Mexico; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Sept. 22 service in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 9-27-1979 + 9-?-1979
Kelham Maude M, 88, was born May 20, 1887 in Arthur, Ill. to Joseph and Sara Smock. She married Edward S. Kelham Oct. 23, 1907 in Kendallville. He died Feb. 19, 1960. She was a member of the Altarstar Methodist Church. A LaOtto resident most of her life, she died in Garrett Hospital June 1. Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Russell, both of Garrett; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hively, Kimmell; 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Services July 4 in McKee Funeral Home. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~ 7-10-1975 + 7-?-1975
Kelham Melvin, 78, who lived at R. 2, Avilla, died Monday in Garrett Hospital. He was a lifetime area resident, a retired farmer, a member of the Garrett United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge in Garrett. He was born Dec. 12, 1897 in Avilla to James and Inez (Lung) Kelham and married Mae Clark in Hillsdale, Mich., Feb. 13, 1916. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Saxer, Garrett, and Mrs. Lenus Walsh, Copperas Cove, Texas; one son, James, R. 2, Avilla; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services today in McKee Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 5-27-1976 + 5-?-1976
Kelham Merl G, 66, was born in Swan Twp Sept. 16, 1907 to George and Nettie (Yarde) Kelham. He married Maretha Cramer Sept. 14, 1929 in the Avilla Methodist parsonage. She survives. He was the retired manager and stockholder in the Albion Lumber Co., a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Albion, Albion F &AM, Rotary and American Legion, was director of the Lumbermenís Association, a WW II veteran and a retired captain in the army reserve. He died Sunday in the Alfran Nursing Home in Columbia City. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Ferguson, New Haven, and Mrs. Ed (Betty Jo) Knafel, Wabash; one son, Tom, R. 1, Rome City; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two sisters preceded him in death. Services April 2 in Brazzell Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 4-4-1974 + 3-?-1974
Kelham Nettie, 81, widow of George Kelham and a resident of this community until about a year ago, died Saturday at the home of her son, Merl, in Marion. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Perry Whan, LaOtto, and Mrs. Osie Holbrook near Kendallville. Funeral Sunday at the Holbrook home and in Swan Methodist Church. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 2-19-1948
Kelham Robert E, 51, R. 2, Swanton, O., died Saturday following a one-vehicle crash on the Airport Highway in Toledo. He was born in Garrett April 24, 1917, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kelham of R. 2, Avilla. The body was taken to the Biehl & Malone Funeral Home in Swanton where services were held Tuesday. The body was then brought to the Embry Cemetery two miles southwest of Garrett for graveside services. He was married Aug. 3, 1943 at Albion to Evelyn Emehiser of that town. They had lived at Swanton for the past 18 years. Surviving besides the widow and the parents are four sons, Dennis, Michael and James at home, and Thomas of Terrance, Mich.; a brother, James Kelham, Garrett; and two sisters, Mrs. Raymond Saxer, Garrett, and Mrs. Lenus Walsh of Copperas Cove, Tex. He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Toledo. ~ 3-13-1969
Kelham Russell E, 74, died Jan. 30 at his rural LaOtto home. He was a former chairman of the Fourth District Democratic Central Committee and the DeKalb County Democratic Central Committee. He was instrumental in organizing the DeKalb County Council of Aging, was listed in "Whoís Who in the Midwest", was a member of Altarstar United Methodist Church, the Huntertown Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. He was employed at International Harvester from 1937 to 1971. He was born in Butler Twp, DeKalb County Sept. 19, 1911, the son of Edward S. and Maude (Smock) Kelham. He married Barbara Ann McComb in Tipton Sept. 19, 1936. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Edward of Garrett, and James of Urbana, Ohio; four daughters, Mrs. Ted (Sally) Thrush, Mrs. Kenneth (Alice) Yingling, and Mrs. Daniel (Kathy) Degitz, Garrett, and Mrs. Richard (Sandra) Gatza, Gross Ile, Mich.; one brother, Joseph, Garrett; and 16 grandchildren. One sister and one brother preceded him in death. Services Sunday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~ 2-6-1986 + 1-30-1986
Kelham Sarah (Downend) was born in Meltham Mills, Yorkshire, England, March 5, 1820 and died in DeKalb County, Indiana, July 8, 1886, at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 3 days. She emigrated to America with her parents when eight years old and settled in Richland County, Ohio. At the age of eighteen she was married to George Huston, and they had three sons, two of whom, John J. and Mitchell, survive. Mr. Huston died in 1852. In 1854 she was married to Edward Kelham, and they had seven sons and three daughters. Six sons and one daughter survive. Mrs. Kelham was a woman of kind heart and large sympathies for the unfortunate and the afflicted. Her care and assistance for the sick and sorrowing among the neighbors was well-known and her charities extended throughout her neighborhood. Those who need sympathy will greatly miss her. * 1886 ^ 7-9-1886
Kelham Thella, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Kelham living southwest of Avilla, died Saturday at the hospital in Garrett. ^ 5-8-1909
Kelham Thomas, son of Edward and Sarah Downend Kelham, was born in Richland County, Oh., April 5, 1853 and died Oct. 16, 1931 at his home in Avilla, aged 78 years, 6 months and 11 days. When he was five years of age he moved with his parents to this community and here made use of the meager educational advantages afforded in that day. On Feb. 3, 1878 he married Emma Lobdell, who remains. They resided on a farm near Avilla and had six children. Three of them, Fred T., John C., and Mrs. Armetta Mae Scheurich, preceded him in death. Two sons, Frank E. and James W., of Avilla, and one daughter, Mrs. Alda Zellers of Oakland, Calif., remain; also nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph of Auburn, George of LaOtto, Charles of Montana; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Turner of Garrett. Two brothers, Edward and James, and two half-brothers, John and Mitchell Huston, are deceased. He served almost two terms as trustee of Allen Twp, the first term by election and most of another term by appointment. Sixteen years ago he united with the Calvary Evangelical Church of Avilla. * 1931 > No date
Kell Elsie C, 83, of Huntertown, died Friday in St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne. A Gibson City, Ill. native, she lived in Huntertown since 1930. She was an employee with the former Home Telephone Co. and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LaOtto. Surviving are her husband, Jacob; a son, Frederick, and a daughter, Ann Lyons, both Huntertown; two sisters, Della Aden of Richmond, and Theresa Seidel of Shady Dale, Gal.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services today at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LaOtto. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. + 5-1-1987
Kell Russell Scott, 17, died of multiple fractures and severe internal injuries sustained in a one-car accident which occurred sometime Saturday during a rain. The body, missing for three days, was found last Tuesday southwest of Syracuse along Pickwick Road. The vehicle apparently, westbound on Pickwick Road, ran off the roadway near a curve, striking a tree. The driver was thrown out and the car continued down an embankment landing in a marsh. Two fisherman discovered the wreckage. He was born in Goshen Aug. 16, 1958 and lived nearly all his life in the Syracuse community. He was the son of Mrs. Donald (Charlotte) Hayden, R. 1, Syracuse, and Lyle Kell, Homosassa, Fla. Survivors include the mother and father, his stepfather, Donald Hayden; sister, Kathy, Muncie; brother Tommy at home; two stepbrothers, Terry and Barry Hayden at home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wolf of Albion. Funeral at Harris Funeral Home, Syracuse, Thursday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 10-?-1975
Kell Walter V, 84, of Fort Wayne, died Dec. 28 in McCray Hospital. He was retired from a combined career in the U. S. Defense Dept. and the Dept. of Agriculture after 35 years of service, and he was past president of the Allen County Plan Commission. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; three sons, K. Richard of Huntertown, W. Paul of Oakland, Calif., and Ralph W. of Lincoln Neb. Services Dec. 31 in Huntertown United Methodist Church. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 1-3-1974
Kellam Alvin Lawrence, 85, 636 Van Scoyoc St., retired teacher and farmer, died May 14 at his home. A former resident of Huntington and Wolcottville, he was born July 23, 1883 in Huntington County, the son of William C. and Martha (Fisher) Kellam. Surviving are the wife Grace, whom he married Dec. 25, 1907; one son, William, Avilla; one daughter, Mrs. Lucille Myers, Bloomington; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Thompson and Mrs. Bessie Priddy, both of Huntington; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services Saturday in Williams Funeral Home, Wolcottville. Burial, Woodland Cemetery in Wolcottville. ~ 5-22-1969 + 5-14-1969
Kellam Don L, 62, of Ligonier, died Saturday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born July 10, 1926 in Ligonier, the son of Leroy J. and Evelyn R. (Cooper) Kellam. On March 1, 1947 in St. Petersburg, Fla., he married Irene Brownstein, who died in 1976. He was a lifetime resident of the area and former owner-operator of Kellamís Foodtown in Ligonier until his retirement in 1974. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of WW II and a member of St. Patrickís Catholic Church, Ligonier, Ligonier Masonic Lodge No. 185, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, Shrine, and Mizpah Temple, Millersburg American Legion Post 484, Goshen Disabled American Veterans No. 15, Ligonier VFW Post 3931, LaGrange LOOM No. 1351 and Ligonier Elks Lodge No. 451. Surviving are a close friend, Betty Rohrer of Millersburg; a daughter, Christine Shelburne of Tucson, Ariz.; son, Jack of Syracuse; a sister, Virginia Lomont of Ligonier; and four grandchildren. Services today in St. Patrickís Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-3-1989
Kellam Evelyn R, 88, of Ligonier, died Sunday in Goshen Hospital. She was born Aug. 8, 1900 in Knox, the daughter of Jefferson H. and Edith A. (Kuenniger) Cooper. On June 29, 1920 in St. Joseph, Mich., she married Leroy J. Kellam who died in 1984. She had moved to Ligonier in 1924 from Goshen and had owned Gingerís Gift Shop in Ligonier since 1949. She was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of OES No. 325, Ligonier BPW and a charter member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 243. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Lomont, and a son, Don, both of Ligonier; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Services Wednesday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 4-2-1989
Kellam Grace, 82, 636 Van Scoyoc St., died October 30 in McCray Hospital. Born August 8, 1887 in Huntington County, she was the daughter of William and Alice (Miller) Stewart. She was married December 25, 1907 to Alvin Kellam, who died May 15, 1969. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lucille Myers, Bloomington; one son, William, Avilla; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. One son, two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday in Williams Funeral Home at Wolcottville. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. ~ 11-6-1969 + 10-30-1969
Kellam Irene"Renie", 48, Ligonier, was found dead at her home Monday. She was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Calif. to Abraham and Mary (OíConner) Brownstein. On March 1, 1948 she married Don Kellam in St. Petersburg, Fla. She had resided in Ligonier 28 years where she and her husband owned and operated Kellam Mobile Home Sales. She was a member of St. Patrickís Catholic Church, Ligonier. She is survived by her father in St. Petersburg, Fla.; her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Christy Perry, Fort Wayne; a son, Jack, Ligonier; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Tomko and Mrs. Norma Sewell, both of Philadelphia; one brother, Edward, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. Services Wednesday in St. Patrickís Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-?-1976
Kellam Jack Mark, 50, died Oct. 13, 2004 at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1954 in Wolf Lake to Donald and Irene (Brownstein) Kellam. He married Neta A. Clark on Oct. 30, 1990 in Goshen. He worked for Sam's Club for 15 years and formerly worked as a truck driver for Kidd & Co. in Ligonier. He was a 1972 graduate of West Noble High School and a 1976 graduate of Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Fla. He was a member of Ligonier Lodge 185 F&AM, Bristol Sons of the American Legion and St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Kimberly Barnes-Epper of Fort Myers, Fla.; and 4 stepchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Shelburn. Services Monday in Elkhart at Billings Funeral Home. Cremation followed. Burial later in Ligonier. ^ 10-22-2004
Kellam Leroy, 90, Ligonier grocer, died Friday in Goshen Hospital. Born May 18, 1894 in Wolcottville, he was the son of M. Birt and Lucinda (Albright) Kellam. On June 29, 1920 he married Evelyn Cooper in St. Joseph, Mich. He was a grocer for 58 years and owned and operated the former Kellam Foodtown store in Ligonier. A WW I veteran, he lived in Ligonier since 1924, moving from Goshen. He was a member of Ligonier Masonic Lodge 185, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne, Ligonier American Legion 243 and VFW Post 3931, and was affiliated with the Ligonier Presbyterian Church. Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Virginia Lomont, and a son, Don, both Ligonier; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services Monday at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-14-1984
Kellam Mary Euphemia, 90, of Colon, Mich., died January 20, 2004 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born July 6, 1913 in Monon, Ind. to Frank E. and Louie B. (Stamp) Webb. She was a 1931 graduate of Topeka High School and a 1933 graduate of International Business College in Fort Wayne. On January 16, 1935 in Wolcottville, she married William H. Kellam. He died December 17, 2001. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Joe Ganger of Colon; 2 grandchildren, Brent Cravens and Kris Leonard; and 6 great-grandchildren. She had been employed at Wibles Dept. Store in Wolcottville, the United Telephone Co. in LaGrange, and for many years at Brocks General Store in Avilla. She moved to Colon in 1997 and was a member of Colon Baptist Church. Services at Schipper Funeral Home, Colon. Burial, Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville. ~ 1-29-2004
Keller Albert John Austin, son of John and Lucinda Keller, was born in Ohio Feb. 5, 1848, died Nov. 21, 1923, age 75 years, 9 months and 16 days. On Sept. 20, 1873 he married Iantha Martin. They had no children. When 10 years of age he came with his uncle, John Wilson, from Ohio to this state and has lived in Noble County the most of his life and at Albion the latter part of his life. He leaves to mourn his wife; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lillie Griffen and Mrs. Alice Winters of Charlotte, Mich.; one uncle, John Wilson of Albion. Funeral at the home on W. Hazel St. Nov. 24. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 12-?-1923
Keller Anna M, 92, died Dec. 19, 1998 at Shepherd of the Hill nursing home in Kendallville. She was born Dec. 20, 1905 in Avilla to Frank J. and Sethera H. Diehm Lauer. On Feb. 3, 1925 she married Ralph L. Keller who died May 20, 1987. She was a lifetime Avilla resident and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Max (June) Newman of Kendallville and Mrs. Alton (Betty) Egolf of Avilla; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Osborne of Battle Creek, Mich. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Marcile Hess; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and 2 brothers, John and Charles. Services in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery. ~ 1-14-1999
Keller Arthur C, former Indiana State Police first sergeant assigned to Dune Park District, died Aug. 7 in Marshall County Parkview Hospital. Services were held in Plymouth, Ind. on Aug. 9. Probably his most tenacious effort was in the pursuit of the notorious John Dillinger. During these investigations he became known to many persons in the northern areas of the state of Indiana. After leaving the police department, he was employed by the state fire marshalís office in the capacity as investigator, where he served many years. + 8-7-1980
Keller Belva L, 89, died March 22, 1995 in Shepherd of the Hill nursing home in Kendallville. She was born in Noble County on April 28, 1905 to Norman and Fannie (Kuhns) Workman. She married Iden Halferty on Feb. 6, 1926. He preceded her in death. She married Glen Keller Feb. 23, 1963. He died in 1974. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Corunna. Surviving are a daughter, Vivian Perrettano of Cypress, Ca.; 2 sons, Marion Halferty of Albion and Lynn Halferty of South Milford; 3 stepsons; 2 sisters, Jeanne Blakley of Scottsdale, Az., and Joan Smith of Kansas; 2 brothers, Verle Workman of Saginaw, Mi., and John Workman of Arcadia, Fl.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 3-22-1995
Keller Carl A, 11, son of Jacob and Mrs. Keller, died Dec. 9 of scarlet fever. ^ 12-17-1886 + 12-9-1886
Keller Charles, 12, of this township, died of diphtheria Oct. 27. ^ 11-3-1881
Keller Clara, 78, mother of Jacob Keller of this city, died in New York last Saturday. Funeral Monday. ^ 2-24-1881
Keller Cleo Eugene "Butch", 33, who lived at R. 1, Auburn, died Friday at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich. of leukemia. He was born March 11, 1944 to Floyd and Martha (Lower) Keller Jr. of near Butler. He married Lois Provines Feb. 1, 1969 in Butler and was employed as lineman for Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. He was a member of the Butler American Legion. Survivors include his widow and parents; children, Amy Jo and Mitchell Eugene, R. 1, Auburn; grandparents, Floyd and Mildred Keller, Steuben County; and one sister, Sandra LaRowe, R. 1, LaOtto. Services Monday at Johnson Funeral Home in Butler. Burial, Waterloo Cemetery. ~ 5-26-1977
Keller Edward E "Gene", 71, died Wednesday in his Fort Wayne residence. He was born in Churubusco Feb. 18, 1922 to Glenn and Luella (Herendeen) Keller. He was owner of Gene Keller & Sons Construction Co., Inc. He was a WW II Army veteran and recipient of 3 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was a member of American Legion Post 296 and 10006. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Jean; 3 sons, Edward E Jr., Larry D. and Stan R. of Fort Wayne; 4 brothers, Ralph "Lee" of Kendallville and Russell, Clayton and Robert of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday in D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home. Burial, Prairie Grove Cemetery. + 12-29-1993
Keller Elizabeth Jane, wife of John W. Keller and daughter of Andrew Johnson, was born near Kendallville Oct. 14, 1851, aged 41 years and 17 days. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She leaves a husband and 2 children, besides 2 children of her husband by a former marriage for whom she cared as a mother; also an aged father, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Funeral at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial, cemetery near the church. ^ 11-4-1892
Keller Elmina, 80, died at her home in Albion Dec. 4 from heart ailment. Surviving is the husband, Eugene; two nieces and four nephews. Funeral Saturday at Miser Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 12-?-1941
Keller Elsie Mildred was born Aug. 4, 1907 and died Feb. 4, 1958. Services at William Funeral Home Feb. 7. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 1958
Keller Eugene, 86, died Dec. 10, 1941 at his home. His wife died a few days ago. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ada Gardner of Wolcottville, and Mrs. Mary DeCamp of Albion; 8 nieces and 4 nephews. Final rites Friday from Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Albion Cemetery. + 12-?-1941
Keller Eva C, 97, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Churubusco, died Jan. 14 in Mariner Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Noble County on Oct. 27, 1898 to Andrew P. and Cora (Harrold) Miller. She married Raleigh Keller Nov. 7, 1918. She had lived in Green Twp following her marriage and moved to Churubusco in 1932. In 1941she moved to Fort Wayne. She was employed by General Electric in Fort Wayne for 21 years, retiring in 1963. She was a member of Kendallville Eagles Auxiliary and General Electric Elex Club. Surviving are 3 daughters, LaVelda McCoy of Churubusco, Mrs. Arthur (Pauline) Troyer of LaOtto, and Mrs. Lester (Lucille) Green of Fort Wayne; a son, Isaac D. of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Treasy Boren; a brother, William; a grandson; and 2 great-grandchildren. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 1-18-1996
Keller George Washington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Keller, was born in Stark County, Ohio May 17, 1826; died in Jefferson Twp, Nov. 8, 1908, aged 82 years, 5 months and 21 days. He was married to Anna Secrist July 4, 1847. They had 7 children, Mesdames Almira Rensch, Francis Chamblin, Almeda Engle and Ida Gardner, and John, Calvin, Franklin and Eugene Keller. His wife and one son, John Calvin, preceded him in death. He married Sarah Baker Dec. 6, 1894. She survives. Obsequies in Rehoboth Church. Burial, Rehoboth Cemetery. 11-18-1908
Keller Glen, 74, of Albion, died May 19, 1974 at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1900 in Green Twp to Edward and Eliza (Diffendarfer) Keller. He was a self-employed carpenter and a lifetime resident of the area. He is survived by his wife, Belva; two daughters, Viva Harris of Wabash, and Donnabelle Boone of Fort Wayne; five sons, Edward E. of Fort Wayne, Ralph L. of Kendallville, Robert of Churubusco, and Clayton and Russell of Fort Wayne; one brother, Ralph of Albion; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Marion Halferty of Albion, Vivian Swigart of Westminister, Calif., and Lynn Halferty of South Milford. Funeral Tuesday at Brazzell Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 5-?-1974
Keller Helen B, 80, died Sunday in St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. She was born July 14, 1908 in Kendallville to Worthy and Minnie May (Collins) Keller. She was the granddaughter of Civil War veteran Charles and Isabella (Newman) Collins. A 1925 graduate of Kendallville High School, she was associated with the University of California at Irvine and the University of Arizona. Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Gertrude Appleman and Dorothy Pershing. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 8-23-1997
Keller Isaac D "Ike", 79, died August 17, 2002 at Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. He was born May 29, 1923 at Columbia City, the son of Raleigh and Evie (Miller) Keller and was a lifetime resident of Allen, Noble and Whitley counties. He was a truck driver for TransAmerican for 32 years, retiring in 1986. He also drove for several area trucking firms. He served in the U. S. Army during WW II. He married M. June Kaiser on September 1, 1942 in Churubusco. She died in 1984. He married Berneta Smith Lents November 2, 1985 in Allen County. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Sandra (Mrs. William) Osterman, Palmetto, Fl.; and a stepson, Larry L. Lents, Fort Wayne; 3 sisters, Lavelda McCoy, Avilla, Pauline Troyer, LaOtto, and Lucille (Mrs. Lester) Green, Fort Wayne. He was a member of LaOtto Wesleyan Church, where services were held. ~ 8-29-2002
Keller Jacob was born in Germany October 26, 1838. He died this morning from heart failure. In 1854 he was a stranger in a strange land seeking employment in New York City. He had jobs there and in New Jersey and Texas. He decided to move to Kendallville. In the spring of 1864 he engaged in business with Messrs. Kaufman and Jacobs, merchants. In 1889 he opened for business a private banking house, known as the Noble County Bank. Two years later the bank was incorporated with Keller as its president. In 1875 he married Pauline Hyman from Ligonier. She died Nov. 1, 1905. They had four children, Mrs. A. Jacobs at whose home he died, Mrs. L. S. Loeb, Duluth, Minn., Louis, Chicago, and Ralph J. connected with J. Keller & Co., this city. Due to poor health he had to leave Kendallville in 1891 and made his home for several years in Chicago where he believed the pure air of the lake would be beneficial. In 1888 he visited Europe where he saw many of the places familiar in his boyhood days. He returned home with better health. He served for two terms on the city council. Funeral at the home Sunday. Burial, Ligonier. + No date ^ 11-4-1909
Keller James Franklin, son of Washington and Anna (Secrist) Keller, was born in Richland County, Ohio, Feb. 5, 1853, and died Feb. 8, 1927, age 74 years and 3 days. He came with his parents to Noble County when he was 6 months of age and he grew to manhood on his fatherís farm in Green Twp. He married Jane Hayhurst. They had five daughters, Myrtle who died when eight years of age, Mrs. Artie Bear, Mrs. Addie Pontius, Mrs. Allie Hostetter, and Bernice. He was married March 3, 1910 to Mrs. Mattie Shaefer. They bought a small farm near Larwill, Ind. where she died Dec. 28, 1919. He leaves 3 sisters, one brother, 4 daughters. He attended church near his little farm in Whitley County. Funeral at Rehoboth Church Thursday. Burial, Rehoboth Cemetery. + 2-?-1927
Keller Martha I, 72, died Sept. 30 in her daughterís home in LaOtto. She lived in Sebring, Fla. and formerly lived in DeKalb County. She was a member of the Butler Eagles Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary. She was born Feb. 3, 1925 in Union Twp, DeKalb County, to Bruce and Mary (Wolfe) Lower. She married Floyd Keller Jr. on Oct. 4, 1941 in Auburn. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Sandra K. LaRowe of LaOtto; 3 sisters, Alice Snyder of Auburn, Beulah Hankey of Butler and Dorothy Freeman of Hamilton; one daughter-in-law, Lois Garman of Markle; 6 grandchildren, Curtis and Daniel LaRowe of LaOtto, Kimberly Yoder of Shipshewana, Amy Ewers of Wolcottville and Mitchell Keller and Jennifer Garman of Markle; and great-grandsons. One son, Cleo "Butch" Keller, one brother, Glenn, and one sister, Pauline Harmon, preceded her in death. Services Thursday in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Waterloo Cemetery. ~ 10-9-1997
Keller Mary, 88, died December 23, 2012, at her daughterís home in New Hampshire. She was born April 19, 1924, in Albion to Frank and Eva (Hanson) Rodman. She graduated from Albion High School in 1942. She married Ralph Keller on April 30, 1945. They had one daughter, Diana. She was employed as a telephone operator for 33 years, retiring in 1979. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kendallville. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005.She is survived by two sisters, Wava Duckworth and Pauline Meyer; her daughter, Diana Porritt and her husband, Bill, of Northwood, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Christopher DeLong and wife, Wendy, living in China; Lisa Butler and husband, Kenneth, of Avilla; Nikki Powers and husband, Bryan, of Barrington, New Hampshire great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Carissa DeLong, Audrey, Cassandra and Hannah Butler, Colin, Tad, Libby and Adah Powers great-great-grandchildren, Allison and Karson Butler. Funeral Dec. 29 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-27-2012
Keller Mary H, 51, of R. 3, Howe, died Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She had suffered a heart attack Sept. 12. Born July 18, 1930 in Ligonier, she was the daughter of Merl W. and Lucille Foster. She moved from Sturgis, Mich. to Howe 20 years ago and was employed by State Bank of Lima in Howe. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Connie) Kretschman of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Sharon) Buzenburg of Shipshewana, and Mrs. Daryle (Nancy) Beagly of Flint, Mich.; a brother, Arnold of Elkhart; and four grandchildren. Services Sunday in Shoup-Carney-Frost Funeral Home, Howe. + 11-4-1981
Keller Mattie Shaffer, 61, died at her home in Troy Twp, Whitley County, Dec. 28, after a long illness of cancer. She is survived by the husband, Frank; and a brother. Her son, Guy, died at her home two weeks previous with tuberculosis. + 12-28-1919
Keller Pauline (Hyman) was born in the city of New York on June 7, 1856. Her father died during her infancy and after the remarriage of her mother to Jacob Strauss of Ligonier, she moved with her parents to this state and spent a girlhood at Ligonier. There she was married on Oct. 26, 1875 to Jacob Keller of this city. They had three sons, 2 of whom, Carl and Sidney, died in their early boyhood. She died at Ligonier on Nov. 1 while visiting her parents. ^ 11-10-1905
Keller Ralph L, 85, Avilla, died May 22 in Lutheran Home, Kendallville. He was born in Green Twp August 31, 1901, the son of Edward and Eliza (Diffendarfer) Keller. He married Anna Lauer in 1925. He was employed as Noble County Highway supervisor from 1950 to 1955. He was also a self-employed contactor and had lived in the Avilla community for 60 years. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. June Newman, Kendallville, Mrs. Marcile Hess, Kendallville, and Mrs. Betty Egolf, Avilla; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. One grandson preceded him in death, as did two brothers, Raleigh and Glen. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Avilla, where services were Sunday. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery. ~ 5-28-1987 + 5-22-1987
Keller Ralph L "Lee", 81, of Kendallville, died November 30, 2005 at Kendallville Manor Healthcare Center. He retired from International Harvester June 30, 1981 after 36 years as a machine repairman. He was born in Columbia City December 8, 1923 to Glen and Luella (Herendeen) Keller. He married Mary H. Rodman on April 30, 1945 in Fort Wayne. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army as a paratrooper 1940-1945. He served in Pearl Harbor. He was a life member of VFW Post 2749 and American Legion Post 86 in Kendallville; also a member of F&AM Lodge in Kendallville and Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne; and Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Bill Porritt of Epsom, N.H.; 2 brothers, Clayton D. and Russell D. of Fort Wayne; 3 grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and Wendy Delong, Lisa and Lee Butler, and Nicole and Bryan Powers; 8 great-grandchildren, Colin, Tad and Libby Powers, Isaiah and Carissa Delong, Audrey, Cassandra and Hannah Butler. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Services at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 12-15-2005
Keller Robert, 65, died Oct. 31 in Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis. He retired in 1988 as a cement finisher and was a Korean Conflict Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Maxine; and 3 brothers, Ralph of Kendallville and Clayton and Russell of Fort Wayne. No services. + 10-31-1994
Keller Sarah Baker, daughter of Solomon and Rebecca Dreibelbis, was born in Northumberland County, Penn., Jan. 19, 1831, and died at Angola Dec. 1, 1913, aged 82 years, 10 months and 12 days. She was one of a family of ten children, all of whom are living except one sister. She came to Indiana when she was about 26 years old and married George Baker Nov. 12, 1858. They had 6 children, Marion, Laura, George, Nelson, Laverne and William, all of whom have preceded her in death except Nelson B. of Angola. On Dec. 6, 1894 she married George W. Keller. Several years ago she united with the Rehoboth Lutheran Church. She leaves one son, Nelson B. Baker; one stepson, Luman L. Baker; five brothers, three sisters; several grandchildren. Services at Jefferson Union Church Dec. 4. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 12-1-1913
Keller Sidney J died at the residence of his grandfather, Mr. Jacob Straus, in Ligonier May 4, aged 10 years, 5 months and 17 days. He was the son of Mr. Jacob Keller, well-known merchant of Kendallville. The disease which was the immediate cause of death was rheumatism of the heart. At the time that he was seized he was here in attendance at the wedding of his aunt, Miss Anna Straus. He died at the very same age to a day of a brother of his named Carl, who was buried in the Hebrew Cemetery in this town, two years ago last December. The boy himself realized his real condition and knew well that he was going to die. The night he died he told his watchers and his father that his time had come and that he would die about one oíclock in the morning. His prophecy was very nearly fulfilled. The father suggested to him that he would be all right in a day or two and return with him to his home in Kendallville. "No Pa," said he, "You will go home to Kendallville, but I will go to keep company with my brother Carl up in the cemetery here." + 5-4-1888
Kelley Alice, 83, widow of Thomas Kelley, died at her home in Ligonier Wednesday from complications the result of a fall previous. Surviving are two sons, Arthur of Ligonier, and Will of Chicago. + 5-?-1940 She was born Oct. 19, 1856 at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the daughter of Frank and Martha Marshall Culver. She married Thomas Kelley in 1877 and they were the parents of 5 children, two of whom survive. Her husband died 4 years ago. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Funeral Saturday at the home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. Ligonier Leader 5-2-1940
Kelley Arthur E, 70, died last Thursday at Logansport, Ind. of arterial sclerosis. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. Feb. 29, 1880, but moved to Ligonier with his family when ten years old. He was treasurer and manager of Lyon & Greenleaf, Inc. and was an officer of the Presbyterian Church for fifty years. He was an active member of the local Masonic Lodge and a member of the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite. He is survived by his widow, Bertha; son, James of Millersburg; two daughters, Helen, Ligonier, and Mrs. William Nelson, Kendallville; a brother, William T. of Chicago; and 3 grandchildren. Services in the Presbyterian Church last Saturday. Burial, Oak Cemetery. + 11-?-1950
Kelley Barney A, 74, of Kendallville, died Jan. 4, 2008 at Kendallville Manor Health Care Center. He was employed at Kraft foods and Tomco Plastics and was a member of First Baptist Church in Wolcottville. He was born in Evansville on March 30, 1933. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-6-2008
Kelley Freedom Roscoe, 56, R. 1, died Saturday at his home. He was born March 15, 1914 in Noble County, the son of George and Alice (Shanks) Kelley and was married in 1942 to Martha Ohlwine. He was head sawyer at Frick Lumber yard in Brimfield and was a member of Jehovahís Witnesses. Surviving are the widow; five daughters, Bonita Adcox, Atchison, Kan., Brenda Baldwin, Fort Wayne, and Debra, Marcia and Amanda, all at home; three sons, Freedom, Wolcottville, Bernard, Decatur, and Homer, at home; a half-sister, Ethel Harter, LaOtto; two brothers, Frederick Fort Wayne, Robert in Florida; a half-brother, Harry, Columbia City; and 7 grandchildren. Funeral at Hite Funeral Home Wednesday. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. + 1-?-1971
Kelley Gene R, 66, died unexpectedly Tuesday in McCray Hospital. He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Aug. 8, 1928 to Carl and Norine (Slater) Kelley. He was raised by his aunt, Kate Redwine. On March 13, 1954 in St. Louis, Mo. he married Bertha A. Haney. A graduate of Hugho High School, Hugo, Okla., he attended Gradwohl School of Lab Technique, Southeast Missouri State College, St. Francis College in Fort Wayne and Osteopathic School in Chicago. He had been a meat cutter for Maloley's grocery and owned Kelley's Liquor Store and the Snak Station in Kendallville. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Susan J. Ihrie of Kendallville and Kathryn Kelley of Charlotte, N.C.; 3 sons, Carl D. of Owensboro, Ky., Daniel G. of Columbia City and Stephen M. of Bozeman, Mont.; a sister, Virginia Fossdahl of Beaverton, Ore.; 3 brothers, Carl G. of Beaverton, Ore., C. Earl of Scottsdale, Ariz., and C. D. of Edmond, Okla.; and 9 grandchildren. Two grandsons preceded him in death. Funeral Friday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 8-23-1994
Kelley Harley L, 82, Fort Wayne, died Sunday at his home. He was a retired dairy farmer. Surviving are his wife, L. Elna; a daughter, Marjorie Bowser of LaOtto; three sons, Dr. Arleon of Albany, N.Y., Bernard of Fort Wayne, and William of Indianapolis; two sisters, Freda Wagg of Cass City and Ruby Evans of Georgetown, Mich.; and seven grandchildren. Services Thursday in DeFord United Methodist Church, Cass City. Burial, Novesta Township Cemetery, Cass City. ~ 11-8-1988 + 1988
Kelley Helen E, 76, a former Ligonier resident, died July 4 in the El Cajon Convalescent Center in El Cajon, Calif. She was born June 18, 1907 in Ligonier to Arthur and Bertha (Scott) Kelley. She lived her entire life in Ligonier until moving to Calif. 7 years ago. She was named Indiana Teacher of the Year in 1957 and in 1972 she retired from teaching. She worked as a librarian at the Ligonier Library for several years. She was organist and choir director of Ligonier Presbyterian Church for many years, and a member of Ligonier OES and BPW. Surviving are a sister, Margaret Nelson of San Diego, Calif.; two nieces, Mary Bradford and Jody Halligan, a nephew, David Nelson, all of Calif. Services Thursday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 7-4-1983
Kelley James B died Oct. 2, aged 65 years, 10 months and 25 days. He was born Nov. 7, 1819 in Ontario County, N.Y.. At the age of 12 years he was left to take care of himself and soon after that apprenticed himself to the gunsmithís trade. Moving to Willsboro, Tioga County, Pa., where at the age of 22 he married Nancy Willard, living with her nearly 21 years, and they had 7 children, 3 of whom survive him. He was married to his present wife Jan. 7, 1875, who also remains. He removed to Kendallville in Aug. 1861 and with the exception of about one year has been in the hotel business during all of that time. ^ 10-9-1885
Kelley James S, 69, R. 1, Ligonier, died March 14, 1978 at the University Community Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He was born March 7, 1909, the son of Arthur and Bertha (Scott) Kelley. He was a retired chemist for Lyon & Greenleaf in Ligonier. He married Nora Johnstonbaugh Sept. 31, 1943 in Warsaw. Surviving are his wife; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Nelson, San Diego, Calif., and Helen, Ligonier. He spent most of his life in the Ligonier area. He graduated from Wabash College and was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church, Kappa Sigma American Association of Cereal Chemists, Scottish Rite, BPOE 451 and Ligonier Lodge 185 F&AM. The body was cremated and graveside services will be Saturday at Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-?-1978
Kelley John Cecil, son of Justin Kelley and Allison Zimmerman, was stillborn at Parkview Noble Hospital on Oct. 7, 2008. Graveside services Saturday at Sweet Cemetery. ^ 10-8-2008
Kelley Joseph Michael, 38, died April 30 in Fort Wayneís Parkview Hospital. He was born in Auburn June 5, 1957 to John and Lois (Wyne) Kelley. He had lived in the LaOtto community 7 years. A sales engineer for Poorman Heating and Air Conditioning, he was a member of LaOtto Wesleyan Church and the American Motorcycle Association. Surviving are his parents; his wife, Carla R., a son, Jared and daughter Heather of LaOtto; 3 brothers, Steve of Jacksonville, Fla., and Chuck and Mike of Fort Wayne; 2 sisters, Kris Cullen and Lori DeHaven of Fort Wayne. Funeral May 3 in Lake Ave. Church of the Nazarene, Fort Wayne. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. ~ 5-9-1996
Kelley Madge, 87, 700 S. Main St., died Tuesday in Millerís Merry Manor, LaGrange. Born April 5, 1885 in Ligonier, she was the daughter of David and Addie (Jackson) Scott. In 1913 she married William T. Kelley in Chicago. He died in 1966. She moved to Ligonier 20 years ago from Chicago. She was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church and Chicago DAR. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ruth Osterheld, Indianapolis; and one brother, Merle Scott, Miami, Fla. Funeral Thursday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1972
Kelley Nora, formerly of Ligonier, and most recently of 89 West Lake Dr., Orange City, Fla., died Friday in West Volusia Hospital, DeLand, Fla. Born in Millersburg, she was the daughter of Edward and Kate (Garmand) Johnstonbaugh. On Dec. 31, 1943 in Warsaw she married James S. Kelley, who died in 1978. She had been a lifetime resident of the Ligonier area and a member of the Ligonier Presbyterian Church and OES. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Earl (Fern) Trostrud of Chicago and Mrs. James (Mary) Feeder of DeLand. The body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in Oak Park Cemetery. + 1-?-1982
Kelley Thomas, 80, one of the oldest millers in the United States, died at his home in Ligonier Sept. 17. He was born in New Haven, Conn., July 24, 1855. He was employed in the construction of the first roller mill in the United States, a mill brought from Austria, Hungary for the Philadelphia centennial exposition in 1876. He is survived by the widow and two sons, William of Chicago, and A. E. of Ligonier. Funeral Thursday from the home. Burial, Ligonier Cemetery. + 9-?-1935
Kelley William A, 62, died May 19 at Parkview Hospital. He was born April 20, 1920 in Evenwood, W. Va., the son of William A. and Ethel (Cross) Kelley Sr. He married Doris McWilliams September 27, 1941 in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; two sons, David and Robert, and a daughter, Donna, all of Kendallville; two sisters, Kathryn Little and Alma Pennington, both of Parsons, W. Va.; and two brothers, Leroy of Milwaukee, Wis., and Dale of Cresaptown, Md. Two brothers preceded him in death. He was a veteran of WW II, a member of VFW and American Legion Post 86, Kendallville. Services Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 5-27-1982 + 5-19-1982
Kellner Fredericka (Schmuck), 95, native of Germany and a pioneer resident of Elkhart Twp, died Saturday at the home of her son, F. J. Speckien, 455 Garden St., death resulting from the infirmities of age. She had not been critically ill and despite her age retained her faculties until the last. She was born in Germany August 10, 1837 and was 15 years of age when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schmuck, came to this country and located on a farm near Cosperville in Elkhart Twp. Since then, she had always made her home in Noble County. She was first married to Louis Speckien, who died 64 years ago. Later she was married to Tobias Kellner, whose death occurred about 10 years ago. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Kellner had resided with her children, residing at the home of her son, F. J. Speckien the past year. Surviving are three sons and one daughter, F. J. Speckien and George Kellner of this city, Henry Speckien, Ligonier, and Mrs. Sophia Carpenter, Niles, Mich. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren survive. Funeral will be held Wednesday from the Speckien home. Interment will probably be made in the Corunna Cemetery. * 1932 + 12-?-1932
Kellner Merle L, 64, Wawaka, died Friday of a heart attack suffered in a Kendallville restaurant. He was pronounced dead at McCray Hospital. Born April 29, 1909, he was the son of George and Belva Kellner. He was retired from McCray Refrigeration Co., Kendallville. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Robert Crosby, Allenhurst, N.M., and Mrs. Alfred Leyes, Mishawaka; and a brother, John, Clark Lake, Mich. Services Monday at Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. + 11-?-1973
Kellogg Frances E, wife of George B. Kellogg, died at Grand Rapids on the evening of the 5th, aged 43 years and 6 months. Her remains were brought to Grass Lake Sat. and on Sunday her funeral took place in the Congregational Church. She was buried in the west cemetery. She was a daughter of the late Hiram Smith of Grass Lake. She leaves a husband, one son and two daughters, one of the latter and the former being twins. She was born in this town. + No date
Kelly - son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Kelly, about seven or eight months old, died of cholera infantum on Monday. Funeral from the Kelly house on Wednesday. + 7-18-1887
Kelly Addie M, youngest daughter of Nicholas B. and Nancy C. Newnam, was born in Milford Twp, LaGrange County, Ind., March 24, 1863; died at the home of her parents in Kendallville April 3, 1898. She was married Oct. 18, 1881 to John D. Kelly. They had one child , James Newnam Kelly, Nov. 9, 1886, who died July 18, 1887. She leaves a father, mother, one sister, Mrs. Mollie Case; one brother, Homer D. to mourn. Funeral was April 5, 1898 from the home of her parents on Diamond St. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-3-1898 ^ 4-8-1898
Kelly Alta Mae, 50, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Surviving are a son, Charles Edward at home; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Haggard, Topeka; two grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Prentice, Cromwell. Her husband, Leonard, died several years ago. Funeral today from Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Burial, Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. + 9-?-1966
Kelly Charles J, 59, of Ligonier, died Thursday at Goshen Hospital. He was born May 19, 1925 in Blair, Ohio, the son of Charles and Alma (Hyatt) Kelly. On Nov. 19, 1946 in Graeton, W. Va., he married Phyllis Price. A 28-year resident of Ligonier, he was comptroller for Union Products in Cromwell. He was a Navy WW II veteran and a member St. Patrickís Catholic Church, Ligonier, and Goshen VFW. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Connie Miller of Howe, Anna Bechlem of New Paris, Carol Phillips of Middlebury, and Angel Kelly, Muncie; two sons, Ron and Steve, Cromwell; three sisters, Ann Haynes and Mary Lou, both of Cleveland, and Kitty Brice of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Paul of Deacherd, Tenn.; a half-brother, Thomas Lilly; and 14 grandchildren. Services Friday at St. Patrickís Church. Burial will be at a later date. + 1-22-1985
Kelly Charles L, 53, died Thursday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born April 12, 1941 in Wabash County to Jesse and Edna (Sopher) Kelly. On Nov. 19, 1966 in Wilmot he married Patsy Myers. A 1959 graduate of Laketon High School, he attended Manchester College and DePauw University. He was employed by Dana Corp. in Syracuse and was a member of Indian Village United Methodist Church and West Noble American Legion Post 243. Surviving are his wife; his mother; 4 sons, Charles Dials of Huntington, and Jesse Kelly, Randy and Scott White, all of Cromwell; 2 daughters, Tonya Kelly of Cromwell and Gail Barclay of Wolf Lake; 4 brothers, Leroy of Wabash, Paul of Lagro, Donald of Fort Myers, Fla., and John of Mount Morris, Ill.; 4 sisters, Margie Bell of Caro, Mich., Willadean Porter of Wabash and Joann Thrush and Jeanette Pearson of Las Vegas; and 7 grandchildren. A daughter and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral Sunday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Salem Cemetery. + 12-15-1994
Kelly Daniel M, son of John M and Malissa Parham Kelly, was born in Fawn River Twp, St. Joseph County, Mich., Aug. 27, 1861. He died at the Memorial Hospital in Sturgis July 12, 1936. He grew to manhood on the old John Kelly farm on the Michigan-Indiana state line northeast of Pretty Prairie. He attended school at Valparaiso and later went to the old Methodist Episcopal College in Fort Wayne. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 21. He taught school in Branch County, Mich., where he met and later married Eliza Milliman. They had six children, Mabel A., Eva I, Edith L, Robert J, Ralph A, and one who died in infancy. Robert died in Oct. 1927, the mother in June 1932, and Edith, then Mrs. Milo N. Wood, in Feb. 1935. Those who survive are Mabel, (Mrs. John J. Yunker of Howe), Eva I of Sturgis and Ralph A of Howe; the grandchildren; his brothers, Mort and Albert of the Pretty Prairie community; and his sisters, Sue Schaefer of Sturgis and Delia Yoder Davis of Fort Collins Colo. Funeral in Pretty Prairie Methodist Episcopal Church July 15. Burial, Pretty Prairie Cemetery. + 7-12-1936
Kelly Edward F "Ed", 72, Lamplighter, was pronounced dead on arrival Tuesday at McCray Hospital. He was born Feb. 14, 1902 in Tomah, Wis., to Dan and Hannah (Foby) Kelly. He married Zelma Harding May 16, 1924 in St. Joseph, Mich. She died Dec. 25, 1971. He moved to Kendallville from Wis. in 1924. He was a retired city employee and electrician, and came to Kendallville in charge of the cable line AT&T. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and its menís club, Moose Lodge and Ben Hur. Among the survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Victor (Marylin) Santizo, 120 Conlogue Ave.; and two grandsons, Bruce E. and Jeffrey L., with the U. S. Army. Two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral mass Friday in Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, Corunna Cemetery. + 5-?-1974
Kelly J B died a week or more ago in Kendallville. He was 65 years, 10 months and 25 days old, having been born in Ontario County, N.Y. in 1819. He moved to Kendallville in 1861 where he has resided ever since. > 10-15-1885
Kelly John D was born at Wolcottville Feb. 6, 1851; and died at Kendallville Sept. 11, aged 55 years 7 months and 5 days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Kelly, a pioneer settler of Indiana. The family moved to Rome City and came to Kendallville when he was a boy of about 10. October 18, 1881 he married Addie Newnam, and they had one child, a son. Both mother and child are now deceased. June 22, 1897 he married Emma Glant, and they had 4 children, 3 of whom remain with mother and a sister, Mrs. J. Q. Whitford. Funeral last Thursday from the home on N. Main St. He was a member of the Eagles and Elks. ^ 9-13-1906
Kelly John D, a native of Kendallville, died Friday in Elkhart Hospital. He was co-owner of Louisí and Kellyís Tavern in Elkhart the past 20 years and made his home at 1226 South Shore Dr. in Elkhart. He was married Jan. 19, 1941 to Angela M. Marino. Surviving are his wife; a son, John Jr., Elkhart; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Nelson, Skokie, Ill.; a brother, William; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Whitmyer and Mrs. Doris Michaels, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a granddaughter. He was a member of St. Vincentís DePaul Catholic Church in Elkhart where funeral will be held Monday. + 12-?-1971
Kelly Margaret E, 75, of R. 1, Wawaka, died Saturday in Kenney Retirement Community, Ligonier. She was born Nov. 14, 1910 in Noble County to Carlton and Grace J (Barrett) Poppy and had lived in Wawaka since 1973, moving from Hinchly, Ohio. She was a retired U. S. Navy nurse during WW II and a member of the Cosperville Baptist Church and Elkhart Twp Homemakersí Club. Her husband, George, preceded her in death. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. E. R. (Marseille) McPheron of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. James (Marie) Sprague of Ligonier; three brothers, Don of DeLeon Springs, Fla., Lelan, DeLand, Fla., and Millard of Sturgis, Mich. Services Tuesday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 7-26-1986
Kelly Phyllis Ann, 78, died May 26, 2004 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Goshen VFW Auxiliary. She was born Oct. 19, 1925 in Grafton, Va., the daughter of Leland and Nanette Adelaide (Preiss) Price. Her husband, Charles Joseph Kelly, preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 sons, Ronald and Steven of Cromwell; 4 daughters, Constance Kelly of LaGrange, Anna Bechlem of Middlebury, Carol Kelly of Goshen and Angela Frain of Orland; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. Burial, later. ^ 5-28-2004
Kelly Richard J, 55, of R. 3, LaGrange, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital. Born June 7, 1929 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Thomas J. and Elizabeth (McCabe) Kelly. On Aug. 24, 1968 in Michigan he married Teresa Brosnan. He moved to LaGrange County from South Bend 15 years ago. He was an electronic technician for the Federal Aviation Commission and served 3 1/2 years in the U. S. Navy. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in LaGrange. Surviving are his wife; his mother in Traverse City, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Kay) Benedict of Traverse City; and a brother Eugene J., Knoxville, Tenn. Services Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaGrange. Burial, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Silver Creek, Mich. + 5-?-1985
Kelly William D, 85, of Phoenix, died Oct. 30 at the Phoenix Mountain Nursing Center. He was a retired mail carrier. He was born in Kendallville and moved to Arizona in 1946. Surviving are his wife, Vivian; daughters, Pat Schulte, Nann Henderson, Georgia Pietro, and Sherry Giyer; a son, John Harlin; a sister; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. + 10-30-1985
Kelso Betty, 40, of Connersville, a resident of Huntertown until 1970, died May 10 in Reid Hospital at Richmond. She is survived by her husband, Charles; two sons, Greg Spiritoso and Chris Spiritoso, at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dickes of Huntertown; two brothers, Byram Dickes of Winnetka, Ill., and Lyle Dickes of Clayton, Mo.; a sister, Ruth Logar of Huntertown; two stepdaughters, Linda Faw and Kimberly Boughner, both of Connersville. She was a member of Grand Ave. United Methodist Church in Connersville. Funeral in Huntertown United Methodist Church May 14. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 5-17-1979
Kelty Patrick O, 73, of Rome City, died Aug. 1, 2004 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was retired from Keystone Concrete in Churubusco and a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of American Legion Post 381 in Rome City, VFW Post 2749 in Kendallville and Kendallville Elks Lodge. He was born March 1, 1931 in Fort Wayne to Robert and Blanche (Pion) Kelty. On April 27, 1957 in St. Jude Catholic Church in Fort Wayne he married Nancy Murphy. Surviving are his wife; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Carol Kelty of Leesburg, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Ralph and Linda Hollar of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by a brother, David. Services Wednesday at St. Gaspar Church. Burial, St. Gaspar Cemetery. ^ 8-2-2004
Kemerly Donald, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kemerly of Avilla, died last Thursday at the Garrett Hospital following an emergency operation for appendicitis. Surviving are the parents; four brothers, Carl, Ralph, Richard and Vernon; and three sisters, Mrs. Willard Miller, Fort Wayne, and Frances and Martha at home. Funeral Sunday at the Avilla M.E. Church. + 6-?-1935
Kemerly Herman C, 72, died May 17 at McCray Hospital. He was born January 1, 1888 in Hancock County, the son of Walter and Margaret Stewart Kemerly. He married Maude Brown October 16, 1912 at Greenfield, Ind., moving here in 1919 after living a short time in Chicago. He retired from the railway mail service in 1948 after 32 years of service. He was a member of Avilla Methodist Church, F&AM Lodge No. 460, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, and the Past Masters Association of the Masonic Lodge. Surviving besides his widow are three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Miller, Mrs. Martha Taggart of Dundee, Ill., and Mrs. Frances Winkler, Fort Wayne; four sons, Paul, Los Angeles, Calif., Ralph, Detroit, Mich., Richard, R. 2, Kendallville and Vernon, Avilla; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel George and Miss Alice Kemerly, Fortville, Ind., and Mrs. Fannie Reynolds of Greenfield, Ind.; two brothers, Ransom, Greenfield, Ind., and Ralph, Fortville, Ind., and 16 grandchildren. One son preceded him in death. The body will be removed to the Methodist Church, where services will be held. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 5-19-1960
Kemerly Maude, 90, Avilla, died July 30 Millerís Merry Manor, Garrett. She was born in Hamilton County, Ind., November 17, 1892. She married Herman Kemerly October 16, 1912 in Greenfield. He died in 1960. She had lived in the Avilla community for more than 50 years. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Avilla, and the Rebecca Lodge of Fortville. Surviving are three daughters, Ruth Miller and Martha Taggart, Dundee, Ill., and Frances Winkler, Fort Wayne; three sons, Paul, Los Angeles, Calif., and Ralph and Vernon, Avilla; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were two sons, Richard and Donald; three sisters and three brothers. Services Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 8-4-1983 + 7-30-1983
Kemerly Maxine L died Friday in Parkview Hospital. She was born January 10, 1919 in DeKalb County, the daughter of Loyal and Beulah (Moree) Imler. She married Ralph L. Kemerly December 20, 1940 in Avilla. She had lived in the area nine years, moving here from Detroit, and she was an employee of the Garrett School Corporation the past six years. Surviving are the husband; a daughter, Mrs. William (Peggy) Gay, Avilla; two sons, David L., Kendallville, Steven L., Garrett; three sisters, Mrs. Lorene Sleeper and Mrs. Harold (Jean) Uhl Jr., Kendallville, Mrs. Max (Pauline) Rice, Avilla; and six grandchildren. Services May 31 in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 6-3-1982
Kemerly Paul Franklin, 80, died April 1 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was born Jan. 22, 1917 in Greenfield to Herman and Maude (Brown) Kemerly. He graduated from Avilla High School. He married Helen Singleton from Albion in 1941. They had 2 children, Ronald and Suzanne, now of Lake Charles, La., and Bisbee, Ariz. In 1952 he married Ruth Crofoot and they had a daughter, Paula Bacon, who lives in Culver City, Calif. Also surviving are his wife; 5 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Frances Winkler of Fort Wayne and Martha Taggart of Dundee, Ill.; and 2 brothers, Ralph and Vern of Avilla. He had served with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He was a self-employed electrical contractor, a member of the Masonic Lodge, IBEW, VFW and American Legion. Entombment at Palm Springs Mausoleum in Cathedral City, Calif. ~ 5-15-1997
Kemerly Ralph L, 89, of Avilla, died Jan. 18, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital. He retired in 1997 as a maintenance man for the Garrett-Keyser-Butler School Corp. A 1937 graduate of Avilla High School, he served in the U.S. Army Infantry during WW II. He was born Nov. 20, 1918 in Chicago to Herman and Maude (Brown) Kemerly. He married Maxine Imler on Dec. 20, 1940. She died May 28, 1982. Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Anna Kemerly of Avilla and Steve and Rita Kemerly of LaOtto; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and William Gay of Avilla; his grandchildren and spouses, David Jr and Georgia Kemerly, Linda and Brent Ramsay, Kirk and Kim Gay, Chad and Kristy Gay, Jamie and Pam Kemerly and Crystal Sobieski; 15 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Francis Winkler of Kentucky and Martha Taggart of Wisconsin. Services private. ^ 1-23-2008
Kemerly Richard, 49,Kendallville, died Saturday morning at McCray Hospital. The Noble County Co-op manager for 20 years, he retired in April 1969. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, Calvary Baptist Fellowship, Kendallville, Avilla Masonic Lodge No. 460, and was a past associate guardian of the Kendallville Jobís Daughters. Born May 12, 1920, he was the son of Herman and Maude (Brown) Kemerly. His father is deceased and his mother survives. He was married to Madelynne Martz on May 30, 1941. She also survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Verlin (Nancy) Lung, and Mrs. Gregory (Kay Anne) Snapp; and one son, Thomas R., all of Kendallville; three sisters, Mrs. Robert Winkler, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Donald Taggart and Mrs. Willard Miller, both of Dundee, Ill.; and three brothers, Vernon, Avilla, Ralph, Detroit, Mich., and Paul, Los Angeles, Calif. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral services at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville Monday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 5-14-1970 + 5-?-1970
Kemerly Vernon "Vernie", 75, Avilla, died August 7, 2001 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville. The lifetime Noble County resident was a courier for Community State Bank and had retired from Northern Indiana Fuel & Light Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in WW II and a member of American Legion Post 240, Avilla, Kendallville VFW and Calvary United Methodist Church, Avilla. He was born May 31, 1926 in Avilla to Herman and Maude (Brown) Kemerly. On January 17, 1948 in Kendallville he married Mary Simon, who survives in Avilla. Also surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Terry and April Kemerly of Avilla, John and Sherry Kemerly of LaOtto and James Kemerly of Kendallville; a brother, Ralph of Fort Wayne; 2 sisters, Francis Winkler of Fort Wayne and Martha Taggart of Deerfield, Wis.; and 6 grandchildren, Bradley, Mandy, Matt, Jessie and Natalie Kemerly and Zach Swain. A daughter, Karyl Anne Swain, died August 7, 1983. Services at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Avilla Cemetery with military services by American Legion Post 240. ~ 8-?-2001
Kemery Bessie A, 92, died Wednesday in Kendallville Manor. She was born in Elkhart Nov. 8, 1898 to Jessie D. and Nora Belle (Swarts) Shelt. On Aug. 16, 1940 she married Theodore Kemery. He died Oct. 12, 1987. She was co-owner with her husband of Kemery Bakery in Kendallville, retiring about 25 years ago. She was a member of First Christian Church in Kendallville. Surviving are a son, Richard Rensberger of Cree Lake; a sister, Evelyn Bowser of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, Edwin Shelt of Elkhart; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Lillie Whitcomb and Helen Mann, preceded her in death. Services Sunday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-14-1991
Kemery Gladys Theresa, 84, died Friday at the Lutheran Home. She was born May 14, 1900 in Goshen, the daughter of Fred and Matie (Jorn) Smith and had been an employee of the Kendallville Laundry 20 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Marjorie) Uhl, R. 2, Avilla, and Mrs. Orval (Betty) Hoover of Rome City; a sister, Winifred Smith, Rome City; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Herschell, Virus and Vern, preceded her in death. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 11-1-1984 + 10-26-1984
Kemery Theodore, 85, Kendallville, died Oct. 12 at his home. He was born Feb. 15, 1902, the son of William and Elizabeth Kemery. He married Bessie A. Shelt. He was the owner of Kemery Bakery in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Orville (Betty) Hoover, Rome City, and Mrs. Dale (Marge) Uhl, Avilla; one stepson, Richard R. Rensberger, Kendallville; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Spitler, Fort Wayne; two brothers, John, Fort Wayne, and Lloyd of Calif.; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Two sisters preceded him in death. Services Oct. 15 in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 10-22-1987 + 10-12-1987
Kemp John R Jr, 65, of R. 1, Churubusco, died today at Parkview Hospital. He was born Dec. 11, 1919 in Fort Wayne to John R. and Emma (Mueller) Kemp. He was married Jan. 2, 1962 in Ligonier to Shirley Lortie. He was a resident of Churubusco for the past 14 years, moving from Fort Wayne. He is a retired mechanic with the Indian Head Trucking Co. in Fort Wayne and an Army WW II veteran. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Diane, Mrs. Gloria Green, and Mrs. Timothy (Melynda) Arend, all Churubusco, Mrs. Eddie (Jennie) Hall, Frankfort, Ky.; one brother, Jim of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. Services Monday at Orr Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Covington Memorial Gardens. + 10-24-1985
Kendal Catharine, aged 73 years 7 months and 9 days, did at the residence of William Wolf in Sparta Dec. 16, 1874. She leaves children and grandchildren. Funeral was Jan. 3 in Sparta school house. Albion New Era 1-14-1875
Kendall Carrie Ann, 36, of Anderson, died January 13, 2007 at the home of her fiance in Noblesville. She had been raised in Ligonier and moved to Anderson 6 years ago. She was born May 17, 1970 in Kendallville to Dale and Virgie (Hewitt) Cooper. Her mother died March 18, 2000. Surviving are her father in Ligonier; her fiance, Carl Harper; 3 brothers and a sister-in-law, Dale and Andrea Cooper of Ligonier, Brian Cooper of Albion and Jeremy Cooper of Rome City; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Bobbi and Jason Ritter of Albion, Suzette and Todd Hampton of Louisiana and Jennifer and Shane Cooper of Elizabethtown, Ky. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Nathan; grandparents, Roy and Lilia Hewitt, Wade and Kathleen Cooper. Services Saturday at J.A. Brazzell-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 1-18-2007
Kendall Laurel R, 85, died Thursday in Oak Leaf Village of Ligonier. He was born July 2, 1913 in Topeka to Riley and Maude (Zerbe) Kendall. On Sept. 28, 1935 in Wawaka he married Mary Blanche Frick. She died in 1996. He was a mechanic and owned Kendall's Texaco Garage in Wawaka for many years. He was a member of Wawaka Church of the Brethren. Surviving are a son, Michael of Wawaka; 3 daughters, Marilyn Elkins of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Linda Smith of LaGrange and Patce Bobeck of Topeka; a brother, Eldon of Fort Wayne; 2 sisters, Vera Berkey of Goshen and Arleen Oesch of Topeka; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a brother. Funeral Monday in Wawaka Church of the Brethren. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 1-14-1999
Kendall Mary Blanche, 80, died Tuesday in Vencor Hospital, LaGrange. She was born Oct. 1, 1915 in Wawaka to Ed and Mary Elizabeth (King) Frick. She married Laurel Kendall on Sept. 28, 1935 in Wawaka. She was a seamstress for Superior Sample Co. of Ligonier and was a member of Wawaka Church of the Brethren. Surviving are her husband; a son, Michael P. of Wawaka; 3 daughters, Marilyn Elkins of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Linda Smith of New Haven, and Patce Bobeck of Topeka; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 3 half-brothers. Funeral Friday in Wawaka Church of the Brethren. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 2-6-1996
Kendall Riley was born June 18, 1884 and died Sept. 14, 1970. Services at Wawaka Church of the Brethren Sept. 17. Burial, Eden Cemetery. + 9-?-1970
Kendregan Thomas, 79, died Nov. 14, 2007 at his Fort Wayne home. He was the owner and operator of Lebrato Remodeling in Fort Wayne. He was born Dec. 19, 1936 in Kankakee, Ill. to Richard and Vivian (Boudreau) Kendregan. He married Bonnie Scheurich on Aug. 18, 1967 in Angola. Surviving are his wife in Fort Wayne; a son, Kevin of Fort Wayne; and a brother, David of Illinois. Services will be private. ^ 11-15-2007
Kendrick Paul E, 45, of R. 1, Rome City, died Thursday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Glo, Ky., Aug. 23, 1941 to William and Goldie (Harper) Kendrick. He moved from Glo to this area 20 years ago and was employed by Newnam Foundry. Surviving are a sister, Catherine Bachorski, Canandaigua, N.Y.; and two brothers, Frank of Benton Harbor, Mich., and John of Rome City. Services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial in Kentucky. + 7-24-1986
Kenestrick Howard, 24, resident of Kendallville most of his life, died last Thursday at his home in Logansport. He was an accomplished musician, appearing in the high school band and orchestra and later with the city band. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Hilda (Getts) Kenestrick; one son, Edward Dean at home, the mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kenestrick of Logansport; four brothers, Paul of Westbury, N.Y., Millard and William of Washington, and John of Arlington, Va.; and two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Perry of Washington and Mavie Kenestrick of Logansport. Funeral Monday. Burial, Butler Cemetery. + 5-?-1941
Kenestrick Sherman, 73, died in his home in Kendallville Tuesday of a heart ailment. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Geneva Perry of Washington, Miss Mavie of Fowler; and five sons, Millard, John S and William, all of Washington, Paul of Freeport, L. I., and Howard at home; a brother, John of Dearborn, Mich. Funeral Thursday in the home. Burial, Butler Cemetery. + 10-?-1938
Keney Rufus, 85, died Wednesday at the County Home. For a number of years he was a resident of the Burr Oak community south of Albion. He has no near relatives. Funeral today at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 9-?-1949
Kennedy - An infant son of Ransom Kennedy died in Swan Twp last Saturday, aged 3 months and three days. The little child smothered to death while in bed. Funeral services were held in the Swan Church. ~ 9-26-1889 ^ 9-27-1889
Kennedy Beverly E, 78,of Auburn died Feb. 12, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born May 28, 1931, in Helmer, Ind., to Warren A. and Wava (Fifer) Deetz. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son Rodney E. Kennedy who died in August of 2002. She was a member of Auburn First United Methodist Church. She married Raymond Kennedy on Sept. 11, 1949. She is survived by her husband; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Kennedy of Auburn; grandchildren, Aaron (Heather) Kennedy. and Kelly (John) Richie; great grandchildren, Allyssa Richie, Jonathon Richie, Ava Kennedy and Cole Kennedy. Services will be Feb. 16, at Feller and Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery, Corunna. ^ 2-14-2010
Kennedy Donald D, 90, died June 19, 2000 in DeKalb Hospital. He worked in Phelps Dodge Indiana Rod & Wire Division for 27 years before retiring in 1974. He lived in St. Johns for 59 years before moving to Auburn 2 years ago. He was born August 26, 1909 in Lakeview, Ohio to George W. and Effie Jane (Killough) Kennedy. He married Velma E. Jordan in Avilla on June 11, 1927. She died in January 1991. Surviving are 5 sons, Raymond and Paul of Auburn, and Russell, Edward and Dale of Garrett; 2 daughters, Marilyn Battenberg of Fort Wayne and Jane Campbell of Albion; one brother, William of Waterloo; one sister, Dorothy Hilkey of Auburn; 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Service in Thomas Funeral Home of Garrett. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~6-29-2000
Kennedy Evelyn L, 76, of Garrett died Nov, 5, 2012, at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was a member of the Garrett Presbyterian Church. She was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Garrett, to Dana H. and Hazel B. (McClure) Garen and they preceded her in death. She married Dale M. Kennedy on June 11, 1955, in Garrett. He survives in Garrett. Also surviving are three sons, Dennis (Colleen) Kennedy of St. Louis, Mo., Bruce Kennedy of Chain Oí Lakes, Albion, and Steven Kennedy of Garrett; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Marian Franklin. Services Friday at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ^ 11-8-2012
Kennedy Paul L, 72, died November 7, 2012, at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. He served as a fireman with the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, and also worked for 42 years as a tool and die man for the Rieke Corporation in Auburn, retiring in 2000. He was born December 8, 1939, in Garrett, to Donald and Velma (Jordan) Kennedy. He married Linda L. Bailey on June 18, 1960, in the Meese Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Auburn, and she survives in Auburn. Also surviving are 5 children, Paula (Chris) Egly of Garrett, Karon (David) Felton of Warsaw, George (Rosie) Kennedy of Auburn, Diana (Randy) Fry of Auburn, and Baron Kennedy of Kendallville; 8 grandchildren, Scott (Amanda) Egly, Nicole Egly, Cyrus Felton, Paige Felton, Kyle (Jessica) Kennedy, Preston Kennedy, Justin Fry, and Courtney Fry; 3 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ayden, and Leianna; 4 brothers, Raymond Kennedy of Auburn, Russell (Beverly) Kennedy of Garrett, Edward (Ginger) Kennedy of Garrett, and Dale Kennedy of Garrett; and 2 sisters, Marilyn Miller of Garrett, and Jane Ann (Mike) Campbell of Albion.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Royer. Services Saturday at Feller & Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. ^11-8-2012
Kennedy Raymond L, 83, of Auburn, died December 31, 2013, at DeKalb Health in Auburn. He was born in Garrett on May 17, 1930, to Donald D. and Velma E. (Jordan) Kennedy. He was an electrician at Phelps-Dodge in Fort Wayne for 40 years, then worked at Auburn Foundry before retiring in 1993. He also served as a Police Reserve Officer for the Auburn Police Department for almost 40 years. He was a member of the Auburn First United Methodist Church. He married Beverly E. Deetz on September 11, 1949, and she died February 12, 2010. Surviving are 2 grandchildren, Kelly (John) Richie and Aaron (Heather) Kennedy of Wolcottville; 5 great-grandchildren, Allyssa Richie, Jonathon Richie, Ava Kennedy, Cole Kennedy and Ethan Hoover; 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Russell A. (Beverly) Kennedy of Garrett, Edward A. (Ginger) Kennedy of Garrett, Dale Kennedy of Garrett, Marilyn K. Miller of Garrett and Jane A. (Mike) Campbell of Albion. He was preceeded in death by his wife, a son Rodney Kennedy, a sister Patricia Royer and 2 brothers, Eugene Kennedy and Paul Kennedy. Services, January 4, 2014, at Feller and Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. ^ 1-2-2014 
Kennedy Robert O
, 56, Indianapolis, was pronounced dead on arrival Thursday at McCray Hospital following a heart attack in a local restaurant. He was born Jan. 12, 1919 in Kentucky to Robert I. and Lucindy (Morgan) Kennedy. He was working on a construction job in the area. Surviving are his wife, Elsie; and one son, Bobby F., Camby, Ind. Funeral Sunday in Scottsdale, Ky. + 3-?-1975
Kennedy Rodney E, 50, died Aug. 20, 2002 in a motorcycle accident in rural Auburn. He retired Jan. 1, 2002 from Dana Corp. in Fort Wayne. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Auburn. He was born March 18, 1952 in Garrett to Raymond and Beverly Deetz Kennedy. He married Sharon Grate on June 12, 197 in Cedar Lake Church of Christ, Waterloo. Surviving are his wife, a son, Aaron of Auburn; a daughter and son-in-law Kelly and John Richie of Kendallville; and a granddaughter Allyssa Richie. Services Saturday in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery, rural Corunna. ^ 8-22-2002
Kennedy Thomas, 55, 225 E. North St., died at his residence. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Nov. 27, 1921, he was the son of John and Marie (McKnight) Kennedy. On June 13, 1964 he married Helen Kistler Poff in Winter Haven, Calif. He had lived in Kendallville since 1964 and had lived in Burbank, Cal. prior to that time. He was a member of American Legion Post 86, Kendallville. Surviving are the wife; a daughter, Becky Smith, Phoenix, Ariz.; a son, Donald, Ky.; and three stepdaughters, Mrs. Gene (June) Birch, and Mrs. Darlo (Carol) Cook, both Ligonier, and Mrs. Lawrence (Sona) Whalen, Kendallville; 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1977
Kennedy Thomas Lee, 36, R. 3, Ligonier, was found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday by the Ligonier city police. His body was found in Houser Standard Station at the corner of Ind. 6 and 33 in his car on a wash rack. Born May 26, 1937 in Thomasville, N.C., he was the son of David and Eva Kennedy Wagner. He had lived in the Ligonier, LaGrange and Kimmel area and was an employee of Jorg and McDonald of Ligonier and a part-time employee of Houser Standard Station. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Menno Christner, Wawaka; a daughter, Dawn; and a son, Burton, both with guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Linn Walker; a half-sister, Caroline Sue Christner, Ligonier; four half-brothers, Ernest Kennedy, N.C., Dale Christner, Philadelphia, Pa., Rickie Christner in the U. S. Air Force, and Lloyd Christner, Wawaka. Services Sunday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 3-?-1974
Kennel Claude (PFC) was killed in action on Luzon on Feb. 14 while serving with his paratroop outfit. He was a graduate of Avilla High School with the class of 1941. He entered the armed forces on Jan. 22, 1943 and went overseas in May 1944. He served on New Guinea and Leyte as well as on Luzon. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Kennel of LaOtto; his wife, Vera of Fort Wayne; and one sister, Marjorie at home. + 1945
Kennel Lulu Belle, 87, former LaOtto resident of Fort Wayne, died in Parkview Hospital March 24. She was a member of Wallen United Methodist Church, Huntertown OES Chapter 388 and American Legion Auxiliary of Avilla. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Drake of Fort Wayne, and three brothers, Chester, Clyde and Melvin Warner, all of Fort Wayne. Services in Fort Wayne March 26. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 4-1-1976 + 3-?-1976
Kenney Mildred C, 79, died Sunday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born April 9, 1918 in Derry, Pa. to Joseph and Dorothy Hayden. On July 4, 1955 in Fort Wayne she married William Kenney. She retired in 1980 after 25 years as a salesperson for Wolf & Dessauer in Fort Wayne. She was a member of American Legion Post 381 Auxiliary in Rome City. Surviving are her husband; 2 sisters, Dorothy Schall and Betty Ruby of Latrobe, Pa.; and a brother, Joseph Hayden of Rainelle, W.Va. Funeral Wednesday in Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 3-8-1998
Kenney William P, 85, of Rome City, died Dec. 18, 2004 at home. He was a retiree of a brewery in Fort Wayne. A WW II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he was a member of Kendallville VFW Post 1749, Rome City American Legion Post 381 and the Kendallville Elks. He was born Dec. 1, 1919 in Latrobe, Pa. and married Mildred Hayden on July 4, 1955. She died in March 1989. Services Monday at Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery with military graveside rites. ^ 12-19-2004
Kenny Ivia P died at her home on Wednesday of last week. She was born at Wawaka and was graduated from the Toledo, O. hospital in 1904. Following her graduation there she devoted her time to nursing throughout this community, concluding those services at the time of her marriage to Edward Kenny of near Ligonier. She was the daughter of the late G. Schwab, business man of Albion. Surviving are the husband; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Netz of Perrysburg, O., and Mrs. Edna Otto of Deshler, O.; and a brother, Dale Schwab of Albion. Services from the home Friday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-?-1936
Kenny John P, 61, died June 10, 2000 in Chicago. He was born June 27, 1938 in Chicago to Edward J. and Mary (Berghoff) Kenny. He married Maureen Cowley. He was a real estate broker. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Colleen and Peter Kearney of Bannockburn, Ill., and Tracy Kenny of Chicago; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Edward and Lisa of Northbrook, Ill., Michael and Susan of Ravinia, Ill., and John P. of Chicago; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Mary and Max Roesler of Rome City, Sr. Elizabeth Kenny OSF, St. Paul, Minn., and Patricia and Anthony Fanone of Roselle, Ill.; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Carol Kenny of Harrison, Ariz.; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Maureen. Services Thursday in St. Gaspar's Catholic Church. Burial, St. Gaspar's Cemetery. + 6-10-2000
Kenny Margurite T, daughter of John and Maria (Fox) Kenny, was born at the old homestead Aug. 31, 1875. Her death occurred June 21, 1922 at Mansfield City Hospital. She leaves to morun her mother, 3 brothers, Henry D. of Mansfield, Ohio, John P of this city and Robert E at home. The father and 2 sisters preceded her in death, one sister dying in infancy and Elizabeth Kenny Dwyer. Funeral Saturday at St. John's Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. Ligonier Leader 6-28-1922 Contributed by Judy Richter
Kenny R E "Ed", 85, a farmer living about 3 miles northeast of Ligonier, died Sunday in St. Josephís Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a lifelong resident of the Ligonier community and in the early 1930ís had served as a Noble County commissioner. A niece and two nephews are the only immediate family. Funeral Wednesday in St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1956
Kenny Thomas was born in Lancashire, England, Jan. 6, 1805. He emigrated to America in 1826, landing at Baltimore City, near where in Sept. 1832 he married Susan Emily Smith. They had 7 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom survive save 2 sons and one daughter. He resided in Baltimore County for nearly 56 years. In 1878 he joined the Baptist Church. In 1882 his daughter, Mrs. Harriet R. Cramer brought him to her home in Noble County, where he lived until his death on April 6. Funeral Monday. Burial, Union Cemetery. ^ 4-12-1889
Kent Gladys E, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kent, was born in LaGrange County, Ind. July 17, 1897. She died near Helmer, Ind. from appendicitis Feb. 17, 1912. Funeral in Trinity Evangelical Church. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. She leaves to mourn a father, mother, three brothers, two sisters, and a grandmother. + 2-17-1912
Kent Marie, who was born and raised in LaOtto, died Nov. 3. She was owner and operator of Key Largo Inn and The Knotty Pine Motel. Before moving to Fort Wayne, she was a school teacher in Angola and later attendance officer for Steuben County. She is survived by a son, Bill, Fort Wayne; a brother, Bud Campbell, Kendallville; two sisters, Hazel Balliet, LaOtto and Violet Ferrier, Fort Wayne; two half-sisters, Nora Campbell, Fort Wayne, and Belle Hollis, Garrett. A sister, Goldie Young and a brother, Gus Campbell, LaOtto, preceded her in death. Services Nov. 7. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 11-10-1977 + 11-?-1977
Kent Maurice B was born April 2, 1914 and died Aug. 5, 1957. Services at Williams Funeral Home Aug. 8. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 8-5-1957
Kenworthy Elbert, 83, of Kokomo, died apparently of a heart ailment in a Kokomo hospital. He was married to Ethel DeMotte Kenworthy, mother of Richard DeMotte, Cromwell. Funeral Wednesday at the Ellerís Funeral Home, Kokomo. + 3-?-1974
Kenworthy Ethel M, 93, Kokomo, and formerly of Lake Wawasee and Ligonier, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. She was a retired retail sales clerk, a member of the Union St. Friendís Church and OES. She was born near Peru, Ind. She married Arthur DeMotte in 1910. They resided in Kokomo where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Upon his retirement they moved to Wawasee, residing on Morrison Island. Upon his death in 1944, she returned to Kokomo, later residing for a time in Ligonier. She married Elbert Kenworthy of Kokomo in 1964. He died in 1974. She is survived by a son, Richard DeMotte of Cromwell; a daughter, Mrs. Earl (Betty) Van Dyke of Marion, Ind.; a brother, Harold Gregory of Akron, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Cline of Kokomo and Mrs. Ruth Rouch of Rochester; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Judy DeMotte-Smith, died in 1963. Services at Ellers Mortuary in Kokomo Dec. 7 with graveside services at Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier, same day. + 8-?-1983
Kenzie H C Mrs., of LaOtto, died last Thursday. The remains were taken to Ohio Friday. Before her illness she was a great help to her husband in discharging his duties as station agent at both depots of that place. ^ 3-27-1879
Kepford Amanda J, 96, (b. 2-28-1868) died June 29, 1964 in the Hocker Nursing Home in Wolf Lake. She suffered a fractured hip several weeks ago. A native and lifelong resident of Noble County, she was the widow of Amos Kepford and had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Gaff of R. 2, Albion. She is survived by two more daughters, Mrs. Frances McCarty of Rome City, and Mrs. Gleason Miller of Wawaka; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Merriam Christian Chapel. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 6-?-1964
Kepford Amos C was born in Green Twp to John and Olive Bonar Kepford March 4, 1863 and died June 23, 1941. He was married to Amanda Friend March 21, 1891. They had three daughters, Mrs. C. E. Gaff of Albion, Mrs. G. A. Miller and Mrs. F. T. McCarty of Fort Wayne. He had been retired from farming for 23 years and had resided on the same farm for 49 years. Surviving are the widow and daughters; a grandson, J. C. Hawk of Albion; and a brother, D. E. of Havana, Ill. Services at the home on June 25. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 6-?-1941
Kepford Fred, 92, Civil War veteran, died Monday at the home of his niece, Mrs. Nicholas Herron of near Wolf Lake. Two sons and a daughter residing in Wyoming survive. Funeral Wednesday from the Christian Chapel near Wolf Lake. + 5-?-1931
Kepford John was born in Cumberland County, Penn. in 1834 and died in Noble County, March 23, 1908, aged 74 years, 2 months and 21 days. He moved to Ohio with his parents in what was known as the Black Swamp in 1836. They then moved to Michigan and in March 1847 they moved to Indiana and located on the farm where he has since lived. He married Olive B. Bonar April 20, 1862. They had 2 sons and one daughter, the latter having preceded them in infancy. He was a member of the Christian Church at Merriam. His last words were, "Thank God, boys, Iím going home." He leaves 2 sons, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and 2 granddaughters. Services at Merriam March 25. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. > 4-1-1908
Kepler George P, son of Solomon and Emma Kepler, was born March 11, 1888 in Bloomfield Twp, LaGrange County, Ind. and died at the Bronson Hospital at Kalamazoo, Mich. on Dec. 3, 1925. He was the principal of Scott and Stroh High Schools and taught in Mongo and LaGrange schools. He was elected trustee of Bloomfield Twp in 1922, a position he filled until his death. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Howe and attended the Congregational Church at Ontario. He leaves his father and mother; one brother, Ferman; and Ocena Mosier who has made her home with the Kepler family for many years. Funeral at the Congregational Church at Ontario on Dec. 6, 1925. + 12-3-1925
Keplinger Anna E died July 15. She was the mother of Mrs. Elizabeth Profitt, who left Tuesday for Dayton, where she expects to remain until after the services which will be Friday in the Ullmer Funeral Home at Dayton, Ohio. ~ 7-17-1952
Keplinger Anna N, 78, was born in Kentucky in 1897 and married Raymond C. Keplinger in 1917 in Centreville, Mich. He died in June 1974. She was the mother of former Avilla resident, Carl Dean Keplinger, who now resides in Hartford City. She lived in LaGrange and died Saturday of a heart attack. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Maurice (Juanita) Kirkpatrick, Sturgis, and Miss Betty A. Keplinger, at home; another son, Paul L. of LaGrange; one brother, William O. Brown of LaGrange; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday in Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange. Burial, Greenwood Cemetery. ~ 6-12-1975 + 6-?-1975
Kerlin Freda, 81, Silver Lake, died last Monday at Kosciusko Hospital. A lifetime resident of Silver Lake, she was born May 31, 1899 in Kosciusko County. She married Delbert Kerlin Sept. 7, 1923 at Silver Lake, where she and her husband owned and operated Kerlinís Department Store. Surviving are her husband and two sisters, Ruth Tucker, Silver Lake, and Mrs. John (Mary) Ulrey, Ligonier. Funeral at United Methodist Church, Silver Lake. Burial, Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. + 1-?-1981
Kern Ann Carroll, 53, of Kendallville, died Sunday in the emergency room of McCray Hospital. Born in Kendallville March 28, 1936, she was the daughter of Charles Neil and Agnes (Metler) Wright. On June 26, 1959 in Kendallville she married Walter Ross Kern. She had lived most of her life in Kendallville and was formerly employed by Kendallville Central School in the cafeteria for 10 years. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and the McCray Hospital Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband; her parents; a daughter, Cheryl Lynn of Kendallville; a son, Mark A. of Indianapolis; a sister, Jean Hostler of LaGrange; and two grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchison Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 6-18-1989
Kern Arthur R, 71, R. 2, Kendallville, died at McCray Hospital Saturday. He was born Jan. 4, 1904 in DeKalb County to George and Alta (Stark) Kern. He married Ethel Benjamin June 15, 1923 in DeKalb County. He had been a 31-year resident of this area, coming from Zanesville, Ohio. He was a retired fabric insulator at Phelps Dodge. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Arlene Hart, Kendallville, and Mrs. Gloria Rice, Yoder; three sons, Russell, Tucson, Ariz., Dean, Markle, and Walter, Kendallville; four sisters, Mrs. Frieda Lynch, Albion, Mrs. Emma Jahn and Mrs. Edna Conley, DeLand, Fla., and Mrs. Dora Ewell, Kendallville; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Services at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home today. Burial, Fairfield Center Cemetery. + 11-?-1975
Kern Bessie of Kendallville died Nov. 24, 1952 at McCray Hospital following surgery. She was born March 2, 1898 near Rochester, was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Church of Christ, Rotary Anns and other organizations. Her husband, Earl, is a Flint & Walling official. + 11-?-1952
Kern Edith, 85, died Saturday in the Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was formerly a Kendallville resident, born Sept. 23, 1901 in Noble County to Edward and Mathilda (Pankop) Blech. She married Henry Kern on Jan. 2, 1921 in Fairfield Twp in DeKalb County. He died in 1982. She lived in the area for 43 years and was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Anna) Wehr of Corunna; a son, Ed of Kendallville; two sisters, Minnie Wilhelm and Wanda Orwig, both of Ashley; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Two sisters preceded her in death. Services Tuesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Zion Lutheran Cemetery. + 11-22-1986
Kern Edith Mae, 73, 413 Sherman St., died Sunday at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital. She was born Aug. 30, 1909 in Lone Tree, N.D. to Jesse and Lillian (Gehres) Ford. She was married Feb. 16, 1929 in Kendallville to Ralph Kern. She was retired from the Atz Furniture Store and was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church. Surviving are the husband; a son, Gary of Carmel; three sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Ethel) Fritz, Turkey Lake, Mrs. John (Mary) Phelps, Ashley, and Mrs. Otto (Hazel) Mutze, Hamilton; five brothers, Gordon, South Bend, Edward, Lafayette, Henry, Benhan, Tex., Walter, Santa Maria, Calif., and Clarence, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; and a grandson, Ron, Carmel. Services Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 6-26-1983
Kern Ethel May, 96, Kendallville, died June 21, 2001 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville. She was a graduate of Ashley High School, a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church, Kendallville. She had lived on her own until entering Hickory Creek Nursing Home in mid-May. She was born August 28, 1904 to Marion and Bessie (Brand) Benjamin. On June 15, 1923 at Cedar Lake, she married Arthur William Russell Kern, who died in November 1975. A sister, Ruth Flannery; a stepbrother, Revis Robinson; and a grandson, Rusty Kern, also preceded her in death. Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Russell Kern of Rio Rico, Ariz., Dean and Ilene Kern of Bluffton, and Walter and Helen Kern of Kendallville; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Arlene and Wayne Hart of Avilla and Gloria "Jeanne" and David Ziclimski of Pretoria, South Africa; a sister, Esther Dirr of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Services at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Center Cemetery. ~ 6-28-2001
Kern, Frances H. Mrs. , 34 wife of Earl E. Kern died at her home on the corner of Daniel and Richmond streets. She had tuberculosis. She was born July 14, 1893 in DeKalb County near Butler, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Smith. The parents moved from the farm to Butler and about 23 years ago came to this city. She was schooled locally and graduated with the class of 1913. July 5, 1915 she married Earl E. Kern and to them were born two children. When young she united with the Church of Christ. Also she was a member of Kendallville Lodge No. 378, D. of R. and the Delphian Chapter. Surviving are the husband and parents and two daughters, Frances Elizabeth and Jeanne Eleanor; two sisters, Mrs. Myra Ihrie of Buchanan, MI; and Lillian of this city.; one brother Cassius Smith of Chicago, IL. A short funeral service will be held at the home and then the Church of Christ. Rev. D. R. Moss will officiate. Pallbearers included Chester Boszor; Alfred Bryant, Cyril Westphal, William Johnson, Ernest Linder and Orin Campbell. Wives of the pallbearers acted as flower girls. Interment Lake View Cemetery + May 1928
Kern Hannah was born in 1813 and died in Sparta Twp in Oct. 1877, being at the time of her death, 64 years old. Her father, Andrew C. Douglass, emigrated to Noble County in 1833 when she was 20 years of age and she lived here the remainder of her life. She was twice married, first to William Baker, by whom she had 2 children, both of whom are living. Baker died many years ago and she subsequently married Isaac Kern, who died several years ago. > 1877
Kern Henry A, 81, of Kendallville, died today in McCray Hospital. He was born July 30, 1895 in Bremen to Louis and Caroline (Ahrens) Kern. On Jan. 1, 1921 in DeKalb County, he married Edith Blech. He moved from DeKalb County to Kendallville 38 years ago, was a retired mail carrier and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Anna) Wehr of rural Corunna; a son, Edward of 206 Crescent Ave., Kendallville; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Margaret; two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Services Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Corunna. + 12-7-1982
Kern Ivah B died Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born in Kendallville and lived in Fort Wayne most of her life. Surviving are her husband, Donald E., and a son. J. Stanley of Fort Wayne. Services today in Trinity English Lutheran Church. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. + 2-3-1987
Kern Ralph, 81, of 413 Sherman St., died Tuesday at his home. Born May 18, 1902 in Kendallville to Jacob and Katie Kern, he married Edith Mae Ford on Feb. 16, 1929. She died June 26, 1983. A retired postal worker, he was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and spent over 35 years as a local weather observer for the National Weather Service. Survivors include a son, Gary of Carmel; a sister, Lucille Henderson of Lacey, Wash.; a grandson, Ron of Indianapolis. One brother preceded him in death. Services Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-15-1984
Kern Thelma J, 77, Kendallville, died Thursday in McCray Hospital of a heart attack. She was born June 20, 1898 in Kendallville to Albert B. and Bessie D. (Bruce) Eddy. She married C. William Johnson Nov. 22, 1919. He died June 28, 1947. She married Earl E. Kern Sept. 18, 1953. He died Feb. 2, 1970. She was a lifetime Kendallville resident, a member of First Christian Church, Eastern Star, DAR, Noble and LaGrange Chapter, and Associate Unit of Sigma Beta sorority. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William (Marilyn) Adelberger, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Mrs. George (Jean) Irwin, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. C. W. (Betty) Eulitt, Fort Wayne; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral Sunday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1976
Kerner Ave (Sheets) died of a heart attack Friday at her home in Westminster, Calif. She was born in Ligonier and moved to Calif. nine years ago. She was the widow of Leo Kerner. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jane Halobi; and a granddaughter, both of Westminster. Funeral was held Monday in Pollycart Catholic Church, Stanton, Calif. Graveside services today in Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-?-1971
Kerns James Thomas, 79, died Feb. 17, 2002 at his Kendallville home. He retired from Parameter Corp. in 1985 and before that worked for United Airlines for 25 year. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and in the military during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of American Legion Post 296 of Fort Wayne. He was born Nov. 22, 1922 in Charleston, W. Va. to Otmer James and Ruth (Terrill) Kerns. On Oct. 19, 1973 in Charleston he married Jane Palmer. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Simon Mares of London, U.K., and Virginia and Ronald Hallett of Williamsburg, Va.; 2 grandsons, Hal and Jack Kerns-Mares; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Anne and Dennis Miller of Baltimore, Md., and Mary Dosa of Washington, D.C. A son, James "Terry" Kerns; and a brother, Terrill, preceded him in death. Services Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. ^ 2-20-2002
Kerns Jane,74, of Kendallville, died Dec. 15, 2012, in her residence. She had worked for United Airlines for 10 years. She then worked in accounting for Waterfield Mortgage Co. for 25 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville. She was born Aug. 10, 1938, in Kendallville to Conrad and Catharine (Canode) Platner. On Oct. 19, 1973, in Charleston, WVa., she married James T. Kerns. He died Feb. 17, 2002. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Victor and Barbara Platner of Arkansas; and a sister and brother-in-law, Anne Platner and James Binder of Palm Springs, California. Service Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-18-2012
Kerr Amy died in this city on the 5th at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Enoch Johnson. She was the widow of John Kerr who was buried from the same place on Aug. 15, 1884. They were members of the Presbyterian Church in this place more than 36 years. ^ 10-17-1884
Kerr Ida, 70, of Rome City, died Sunday in Medical Center Hospital, Fort Wayne. She had operated a restaurant-bakery in Rome City for 45 years and was a distributor of newspaper and magazines. Her husband, William, died in 1932. Survivors include a brother, Sam Randall, Kendallville, and a sister, Mrs. Nellie Achnelt, Fort Wayne. She was a member of the Rome City Methodist Church, Pythian Sisters and the Eastern Star. Services Tuesday at a Kendallville funeral home. Burial, Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville. + 2-?-1944
Kerr Jennie, 98, pioneer, died at her home in Rome City Sunday. No immediate relatives are known. + 1-?-1942
Kerr John, 74 years, 10 months and 6 days, died in this city on the 15th. He was married to Amy Young Aug. 23, 1832. Both were received in membership in the Presbyterian Church in this place July 8, 1848. His funeral takes place on Sunday from the residence of E. G. Johnson. ^ 8-15 & 22-1884
Kerr Louis, 77, a funeral director of Ligonier, died Sunday at his home. His death was caused by hardening of the arteries. Surviving are two sisters and one brother. Funeral at Kerr Funeral Home in Ligonier Wednesday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-?-1942
Kerr William F, 64, died Sunday at his home in Rome City of cancer. Funeral will be held from the home Tuesday. Burial, Wolcottville Cemetery. He was born July 14, 1866 at Mansfield, O., the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kerr. He came here in 1898 and engaged in the baker and restaurant business. Several years ago he retired from the bakery business, although at times he engaged in baking pastries. On Feb. 18, 1894, he married Ida M. Randall. Surviving are the widow; five sisters, Mrs. Dora Smith, Wolcottville, Mrs. Laura Chapman, Alhambra, Cal., Mrs. Della Meyers, Morley, Mich., Mrs. Edith Cramer, Howard City, Mich., and Mrs. Ola Lowden, Lansing, Mich. He was affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, Eastern Star and Masonic orders. + 6-?-1930
Kerzan Winifred Lay, 86, died April 19, 2001 at Arbors at Fort Wayne. Born in England she had been employed with Kendallville Hospital and Kraft Foods, retiring as a nurse in 1970 from a private doctor's office in Chicago. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. She is survived by 3 sons, Terrance Lay of Phoenix, Ariz., Norman and Colin Lay of Fort Wayne; 2 daughters, Anne Dellinger and Susan Worrel of Fort Wayne; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph W. Lay in 1950, and her second husband, Rudolph P. Kerzan in 1976. Services Monday in D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 4-21-2001
Kesler Albert Andrew was born in Cardington, Morrow County, Ohio, July 17, 1851 and died at his home near Rome City Sept. 16, 1899, aged 49 years and 2 months. He immigrated to Indiana with his parents when a child six years of age and had been a resident of Noble County ever since. He married Ada Wolf Oct. 23, 1878. He leaves a companion; two daughters, one son, one granddaughter, four sisters and two brothers. Funeral at the M. E. Church, Rome City, Sept. 18. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 9-16-1899 ^ 10-6-1899
Kesler Andrew was born in Lycoming County, Penn., Oct. 15, 1816. He emigrated to Morrow County, Ohio in 1835, there he became acquainted with Mariah Bowyer, to whom he was married in 1937. They had 13 children, of whom 4 daughters and 3 sons survive. The mother and 6 children preceded him in death. He came to Noble County, and after a yearís residence in Rome City moved to his farm upon which he resided for 34 years. At the age of 19 he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was licensed to preach Sept. 26, 1857. Funeral at the M. E. Church in Brimfield. + & > No date ^ 3-9-1888
Kesler Eliza, 39, wife of Theodore P. Kesler, died in Bronson, Mich. April 14 at 9:30 p.m. She was born in Adrian, Mich. When 4 months old her parents came to Bronson where she passed nearly 26 years. She was married July 23, 1857 and in 1867 removed to Brimfield, Noble County. Funeral at the Baptist Church Saturday last. ^ 5-27-1880
Kesler Ella, 60, widow of T. P. Kesler, deceased, and a resident of Noble County for 37 years, died at the home of her daughter, Dr. Alta Boram of South Bend, Wednesday. Death was due to pneumonia which she contracted while visiting her daughter in South Bend. She was born Sept. 8, 1857 in Williams County, Ohio, the daughter of William and Mary Smith, both deceased. She was the last survivor of the original Smith family. She was educated in the common schools and took a course at Hillsdale College. Her second cousin, Charles Sanders, was one of the leading tenor singers in the concerts of England. He sang in the queenís court palace for three years. She was a member of Noble Chapter No. 122, OES, The WRC, the Rebekahs, and the auxiliary to the W.O.W. For 37 years she had resided on the Kesler homestead six miles west of Kendallville. Her husband, now deceased, offered his life and service in defense of the country during the Civil War. Surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Ethel Bellmont of Salt Lake City, Utah; and two sons, Glenn at the farm homestead and T. P. Jr. of Orange Twp. Obsequies will be held from the residence Sunday. Burial, Osborn Cemetery. + 2-28-1917
Kesler Emily Lavina, 83, died Saturday in McCray Hospital after suffering a stroke the day before. A native of Marshall County, she was born July 13, 1873, a daughter of Elliott B. and Ladama Ann Stout. She was the widow of Harvey Kesler, who died in 1949 after a marriage dating back to Aug. 25, 1895. She made her home on the Rimmel Road, R. 3, Kendallville until a year ago. She then lived with a son, Joseph H., also R. 3, and a daughter, Mrs. Ann Loetz of Sturgis, Mich. Services Tuesday in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 9-?-1956
Kesler Geraldine D, 95, died Nov. 16, 2001 in Home Hospital in Lafayette. A former Cromwell resident, she worked in her family's drug store in Cromwell and later retired as a teacher for Kimmell and Cromwell schools. She was a member of Cromwell United Methodist Church and a contributing writer for the Ligonier Leader. She was born July 27, 1927 in Centreville, Mich. to Harry and Nellie Hussey. On July 17, 1927 in Centreville she married Richard Kesler. He died in 1964. A daughter, Patricia Krieg, is also deceased. Surviving are a granddaughter and her spouse, Krystyl and Jeff Sloan; a grandson, Kerry Krieg; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services Saturday at Cromwell United Methodist Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 11-20-2001
Kesler Glenn W, 87, of Avilla, died April 10, 2004 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Kendallville. He was born February 14, 1917 in Brimfield to Glenn and Pearl (Overmyer) Kesler. On February 3, 1943 in Angola he married Ruth G. Forker. Surviving are his wife; a half-brother, Elwood Shanafelt, and several nieces and nephews. A farmer and 45-year member of the Farm Bureau, he was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II, a member of American Legion Post 86 and a former member of Eagles Lodge 455. Services at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ~ 4-22-2004
Kesler Harvey, 84, died at his farm home near Kendallville last Saturday from a heart ailment. Surviving are the wife, Emily; two sons, Joe of near Kendallville, and Richard of Cromwell; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Laura Loetz of Sturgis, Mich.; a grandchild; and three brothers, Jake and Ike of Mentone, and Ed of Warsaw. Funeral on Tuesday. + 3-?-1949
Kesler Iona Grace, 88, died Saturday in the home of her daughter. She was born in Jefferson Twp on March 17, 1908 to Frank and Elvira (Eckels) Albaugh. She married Carl Frederick on Jan. 1, 1930 in Allen County. He died Jan. 2, 1961. On Oct. 7, 1963 in Noble County she married Robert Kesler. He died May 7, 1985. She retired in 1973 as a dietary aide at McCray Hospital. Surviving are a daughter, Donna Mumaw of Kendallville; and 3 grandchildren, Rena Braun, Rhonda Ludy and Randy Acker. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Lydia Strouse, Ethel Shultz and Orpha Casselman; and 3 brothers, Thurlow "Tater", Clarence "Dutch" and Dale Albaugh. Funeral Tuesday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. + 3-23-1996
Kesler Irene G, 89, died Wednesday in the home of her daughter in Lady Lake, Fla. She was born in Defiance, Ohio, July 3, 1905 to Benjamin and Emma (Wolf) Myers. She married Donald Treesh, who preceded her in death. She married Joseph Kesler, who died Feb. 7, 1972. She was a member of Mitchell St. United Methodist Church in Kendallville. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Betty) Faux of Lady Lake; 2 sons, Donald Treesh of South Bend and Samuel Treesh of Bremen; a sister, Beulah Berglund of Royal Oak, Mich.; a brother, Raymond Myers of Howe; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother. Funeral Monday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 7-16-1997
Kesler John N was run over by the cars Thursday of last week. He was born Dec. 17, 1811 and died March 14, being 69 years, 2 months and 7 days of age. He had lived in Indiana 32 years and was one of Noble Countyís oldest settlers. He was an uncle of T. P. Kesler of Brimfield. Funeral at the church in Rome City Saturday last. ^ 3-31-1881
Kesler Joseph W, 71, R. 3, died Monday in McCray Hospital. He was born Nov. 24, 1900 in Kosciusko County to Harvey and Emily (Walker) Kesler and was married April 7, 1945 to Irene Treesh. He was a semi-retired farmer, member of the NFO and an avid hunter. Surviving are the widow; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Betty Faux, Elkhart; two stepsons, Donald Treesh, Elkhart, and Samuel Treesh, New Carlisle; one sister, Mrs. Henry (Ann) Loetz, Sturgis. One brother preceded him in death. Funeral Thursday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 2-?-1972
Kesler Mariah B, 65, died at her residence near Brimfield July 3. She was the wife of Andrew Kesler and mother of T. P. Kesler. ^ 7-7-1881
Kesler Maude, 95, R. 1, Cree Lake, Kendallville, died today at her residence. Born Oct. 8, 1882 in DeKalb County, she was the daughter of John and Maggie (Tritch) Hanes. Her husband, Grover, died Jan. 20, 1961. She was a 50-year member of Eastern Star. Surviving is one son, Robert, R. 1, Cree Lake. Three sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 4-?-1978
Kesler Pearl N, 85, R. 1, Albion, died Friday in the National Nursing Home. Born Nov. 9, 1885 in Fulton County, she resided most of her life in Noble County near Kendallville. She was married in 1916 in South Bend to Glenn Kesler who died in 1962. Her parents were Jerome and Emma Kissinger Overmyer. Surviving are two sons, Glenn Kesler, Drake Road, and Elwood Shanafelt; two sisters, Mrs. Versa Smith, Akron, Ind., and Blanche Miller, R. 1, Albion; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. A brother, Elmer, and sister, Mary Lou, preceded her in death. Funeral Sunday in Berhalter-Preston Mortuary in Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 7-?-1971
Kesler Retha May, about 72, at one time a supervisor with the Bell Telephone Co. in Chicago, died Dec. 3, 1959 at her home at Wawaka. She was born near Wawaka and returned there about 11 years ago after spending 25 years in Chicago. She was born Jan. 22, 1886 to Joseph and Emma Masters. Her husband, Theodore, died in 1938. They were married Nov. 8, 1907. Surviving are a son, Jack, and a sister, Bertha. Funeral at a Kendallville funeral home Sunday. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 12-?-1959
Kesler Richard C, 60, a teacher in the Cromwell Elementary School and a resident here 37 years, died of a heart attack Aug. 30, 1964 at his rural home near Cromwell. He was a native of Mentone, born Dec. 2, 1903. He was married at Centreville, Mich. July 17, 1927 to Geraldine Hussey. She is a teacher in the Cromwell schools. Surviving is his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Ann Craig of Lafayette; two grandchildren; one brother, Joe of near Kendallville; and a sister, Mrs. Ann Loetz of Sturgis, Mich. Last rites Wednesday at a Cromwell funeral home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1964
Kesler Robert, 77, of R. 1, Cree Lake, died Monday at McCray Hospital. He was born in DeKalb County Jan. 8, 1908, the son of Grover and Maude (Hanes) Kesler. On Oct. 7, 1963 in Kendallville he married Iona Albaugh. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ernie (Donna) Mumaw of Kendallville. Services Thursday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 5-6-1985
Kesler Theodore, 52, Noble County native, died Thursday at his home in Chicago. Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Theodora Frey of Wolf Lake; and one brother, Glen of near Brimfield. Burial services were held Monday at the Osborn Cemetery following services Sunday in Chicago. + 6-?-1938
Kesler Theodore Percival, son of Andrew and Maria (Boyer) Kesler, was born at Cardington, Marion County, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1837; died at his home in Orange Twp March 22, 1904, aged 66 years, 4 months and 19 days. His father was a Methodist minister and his grandfather (Boyer) was a hero of the Revolutionary War. He was a soldier in the War of the Rebellion and did faithful services as second lieutenant in Company D, 11th Regiment Michigan Volunteers in the army of the Tennessee. He was a member of Nelson Post No. 69 G.A.R. of this city and was the only soldier on record who was mustered in to the Grand Army at his residence, which was done by special dispensation of the State Department of the G.A.R. on account of his physical inability to attend the meeting of the Post. His early years were spent with his parents and family which consisted of thirteen persons, the father, mother and eleven children. He endured the hardships peculiar to the early settlement of the country, attended school at the old log cabin school house with its old slab benches, old-fashioned fireplace, goose quill pens and other primitive appliances common to those days. Quite early in life he located at Bronson, Mich., where he built two mills and engaged in merchandising. While there he married Eliza Keyes of Adrian, Mich. They had three children were born to this union, all of whom died early. Mrs. Keslerís death took place in April 1879. After a few years spent at Bronson, he came to Noble County and soon became identified in the construction of the air line branch of the Lake Shore Railroad and continued with this great corporation in the capacity of contractor and otherwise until 1888. In Sept. 1880 he was married to Ella Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of Jefferson Twp, Noble County, who, with two daughters and two sons born to them survive. They are Mrs. Alta M., wife of Harry Boram, Theodore P., Glen W., and Ethel. In 1874 (?) he erected the elegant and commodious residence where he and his family have resided since. He was a member of Lodge No. 319, F&AM, No. 64, R.A.M. and Apollo Commandery No. 19, K.T. of this city. His funeral took place from the residence on Thursday. Burial, Osborn Cemetery, about Ĺ mile north of his residence. + 3-22-1904 ^ 4-1-1904
Kesling Clyde was born near Warsaw, Ind. May 21, 1870. He died Aug. 21, 1930 at the age of 60 years and three months. He as the son of Cyrus and Virginia Guy Kesling. During his boyhood he attended the district school near his home and at the age of twelve came with his fatherís family in Noble County locating first in Green Twp where he lived for twenty years, after which he moved to Jefferson Twp to the farm where he had his home the rest of his life. He was the second of a family of six children of whom two together with the father had preceded him in death. These were Mrs. Iona McCoy and Mrs. Rose Herendeen. For many years he had lived with and cared for his mother, who with a brother, William S., and two sisters, Mrs. Alta Wells of Albion and Mrs. Cassie Herendeen of Kendallville, survive him. Funeral at Sweet Church Sunday. + 8-?-1930
Kesling Emily, 71, died April 7 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Allman, in Churubusco following a stroke of paralysis a week before. She was a native of Noble County where she spent most of her life and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Peter Kuhns of Green Twp, now deceased. + 4-?-1941
Kesling Harold Guy, 90, of R. 4, Albion, died Saturday at the Alfran Nursing Home in Columbia City. He was born August 27, 1892 in Noble County, the son of William and Emily Kuhns Kesling. He married Northa Winebrenner on November 1, 1919. He served with the National Guard from April 3, 1917 to August 5, 1917 in the Spanish scrimmage on the Mexican border. He also served in France during WW I. He was a contractor in Fort Wayne and later a farmer in Noble County. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Albion, the Scottish Rite and Shrine at Fort Wayne, the American Legion at Albion, a trustee for Noble Twp from 1954 to 1962 and a member of Christian Chapel. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Roy (Loena) Starkey of Wolf Lake, Mrs. Calvin (Ardilla) Dunfee of R. 2, Albion, and Mrs. John Devon (Maxine) Jaggers of R. 3, Columbia City; 21 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Ray (Lucille) Allman of Churubusco, Mrs. Dallas (Mary) Leitch of Albion. and Mrs. Ida Hufty of Kalamazoo, Mich. He was preceded in death by one son, Thad, one sister and one brother. Services Tuesday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ~ 9-9-1982 + 9-4-1982
Kesling Kathleen V, 76, of Wolf Lake, died Oct. 11 at Whitley Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wolf Lake on April 17, 1922, a daughter of Zeno Wesley Stiver and Wilma Eliza Sparrow. She was married in 1945 to Thad Kesling. He died in 1965. She was a graduate of Wolf Lake High School. She retired from Dana Corporation in Churubusco in 1987 after 22 years. She was a member of Lincolnway Church of Christ. Surviving are 3 daughters, Janet Wiseman of Mishawaka, Annette Kesling of Wolf Lake, and Sarah Oliver of Rome City; 3 sons, Guy and Keith of Columbia City, and William of Avilla; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and a grandson. Services at Shoda-Wilkinson Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ~ 10-22-1998
Kesling Northa, 86, of Albion, died Saturday at Columbia City Community Care Center. Born Sept. 30, 1898 in Noble County, she was the daughter of William "Gid" and Northa Ann (Winebrenner) Winebrenner. On Nov. 1, 1919 she married Harold "Guy" Kesling, who died Sept. 4, 1982. She had lived most of her life in Noble County and was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Roy (Loena) Starkey of Wolf Lake, Mrs. John D. (Maxine) Jagger and Mrs. Calvin (Ardella) Dunfee, both R. 2, Albion; five sisters, Fern Scott of Columbia City, Icelee Gilbert, Churubusco, Vera Winebrenner, Mary Sizemore and Vernice Stump, all R. 4, Albion; 21 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 8-10-1985
Kesling Thad A, 45, of Wolf Lake, died July 30, 1965 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a mechanic and a member of the Wolf Lake Fire Department. He was a native of Noble Twp, born April 11, 1920 to Harold Guy and Northa Winebrenner Kesling. At Albion on Sept. 1, 1945 he was married to Kathleen Stiver, also a native of Noble Twp. Their entire married life was spent in Wolf Lake. His boyhood days were spent in Fort Wayne and he also lived a few years in Jefferson Twp. Surviving are the wife; two daughters, Janet Sue and Annette Jane, at home; three sons, Guy Wesley, Keith Lamar and William Harold, at home; the parents of Wolf Lake; three sisters, Mrs. Roy (Loena) Starkey of Wolf Lake, Mrs. John Devon (Maxine) Jagger of Thorncreek Twp, and Mrs. Calvin (Ardella) Dunfee of Noble Twp. Services Sunday in a Columbia City funeral home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 7-30-1965
Kesling Virginia, the youngest daughter of William and Phoebe Guy, was born July 4, 1851 and died Jan. 14, 1938, aged 86 years, 6 months and 10 days. On Oct. 7, 1868 she was married to Cyrus Kesling and they had six children, William S., Clyde, Ona M. McCoy, Rosa Herendeen, Alta E. Wells and Cassie Herendeen. The husband and four children are deceased. Remaining are Alta E. Wells of Albion and Cassie Herendeen of Kendallville; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-granddaughters. Funeral from the Bonham Funeral Home Sunday. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 1-?-1938
Kesling William Samuel, 67, native and lifelong resident of Noble County, died Monday at his home south of Green Center following a long illness from Brightís disease. Surviving are the widow, Emily; two sons, Guy and Clair of Noble County; four daughters, Mrs. Ida Hufty, Mrs. Lena Straus, Mrs. Mary Leitch and Mrs. Lucille Allman, all of Noble County, his mother, Mrs. Virginia Kesling of Jefferson Twp; two sisters, Mrs. Alta Wells of Albion and Mrs. Cassie Herendeen of Kendallville. Funeral Wednesday at Green Center U. B. Church. + 7-?-1935
Kessler Dale, 90, of Kendallville, died August 5, 2012 at Parkview Noble Hospital. He was born at McCray Hospital in Kendallville on March 21, 1922 to Harry L. and Bess (Shadbolt) Kessler. He attended Kendallville High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He married Eleanor Johnson on June 21, 1944 when he was stationed in San Francisco, California. He worked for 38 years with Newnam Foundry in Kendallville before retiring in 1984. He later  started delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut in Kendallville. He was one of the first deliverymen for Pizza Hut which he did that for ten years. He and Eleanor volunteered for 5 years at Parkview Noble Hospital. He was on the Noble County Civil Defense. He was a member of the Kendallville V.F.W. Post 2749. Survivors include his wife; son Jerry and Julie Kessler of Kendallville; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son, Dr. Michael Kessler in 1996; a sister, Elizabeth; and 2 brothers, Kenneth and Richard Kessler. Gravewside services with military honors Aug. 7 at Lake View Cemetery. Hite Funeral Home 8-6-2012
Kessler Lloyd W, 52-year old longtime potato and mint grower of the "Ortville" area near LaOtto died Monday in the emergency room of Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born April 10, 1914, he moved to the Collins community as a boy and had resided in this area ever since. His marriage to the former Juanita Gilbert was on Sept. 17, 1938. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Huntertown, the Scottish Rite and the Shrine of Fort Wayne. He had previously served on the board of trustees of the East Noble Schools. Survivors include the wife, Juanita; two children, Lynn at home, and Mrs. Gaynl Spalla of Birmingham, Mich.; the mother, Mrs. Mae Kessler of Collins; six sisters, Mrs. Leola Clark of Decatur, Ill., Mrs. Eva Brown of Columbia City, Mrs. Ruth McLaughlin of Vancouver, Wash., and Mrs. Bert Brown, Mrs. Ed Flood and Mrs. Ivo Jones, all of Fort Wayne; six brothers, Raymond K. of Mount Clemons, Mich., Oren and Carl, both of Fair Oaks, Calif., Joe K. of Belding, Mich., William and Don of Collins. The funeral was Thursday in Krider Funeral Home. Burial, Riverview Cemetery. ~ 3-9-1967 + 3-?-1967
Kessler Michael J, 50, died Tuesday in Williamsburg Hospital, Williamsburg, Va. He was born Oct. 31, 1946 in Kendallville to Dale and Eleanor (Johnson) Kessler. He married Barbara L. Kropp June 7, 1969 in Kendallville. A 1965 graduate of Kendallville High School, he was a 1969 graduate of Indiana University and received his doctorate in 1975 from the University of Illinois. He was employed by Packard Bio-Science in Meridan Court as director of scientific education. Surviving are his parents in Kendallville; his wife; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Jennifer and Michael Dybas of Bollingbrook, Ill., and Stephanie Kessler of Bronxville, N.Y.; a son, Timothy of Wallingford, Conn.; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Julie Kessler of Kendallville. Funeral Saturday in St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-22-1997
Kessler Richard E, 59, died Sunday in his rural Auburn home. He had been an Auburn resident for 16 years. He was born Aug. 23, 1926 in Kendallville to Harry and Bessie Kessler. He married Martha Jenetta Fender Madden on Aug. 8, 1970 in Bryan, Ohio. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Kay Ann Roose of Waterloo; one son, Glenn of LaGrange; three stepchildren, Chester Peck of Latty, Ohio, Mary Jackson of Columbia City, and Charles Peck of Bryan, Ohio; two brothers, Dale of Kendallville, and Kenneth of Los Angeles; one sister, Elizabeth McBane of Lisbon, Ohio; and two grandchildren. He was a retired car body repairman, a past member of the Garrett Elks, a life member of the VFW Post 1892 in Garrett, and a member of the Avilla American Legion. He served in WW II. Services Tuesday in Dilgard, Cline & Southern Funeral Home, Auburn. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. + 7-27-1986
Kessler Rosetta M, 82, of Ashley-Hudson Manor died Thursday. She was born April 4, 1908 in DeKalb County to Charles and Eva (Miller) Schwartz. They are deceased. She married Frank L. Kessler in 1926. He died Nov. 10, 1964. Surviving are four sons, Frank of Waterloo, Carl of Indianapolis, Claude of New Orleans, and William of Albion; three daughters, Eva Wandel of Hudson, Pearl Kessler of Strongsville, Ohio, and Lilly Rodman of Angola; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. One brother, Albert, and three sons, Paul, Charles, and Oscar, preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. + 8-17-1989
Kester Arthur, 66, Auburn native, R. 3, Kendallville, died Tuesday in Millerís Merry Manor, LaGrange. He had been an employee of Burtzner-Wilhelm Gravel Co., working as an equipment operator the past 44 years. He was born Oct. 18, 1914 in Auburn to the late James and Addie Mae Kester. He married Rebecca Rowe in Fort Wayne on March 4, 1961. Surviving are his wife; a son, Robert, Bowling Green, Ohio; six sisters, Mrs. Lucille Hassett and Mrs. Jesse Brown of Waterloo, Mrs. Olive Hess, Mrs. Kate Munk and Mrs. Betty Russell of Auburn, and Mrs. Lavone Bradley, Garrett; and one granddaughter. Funeral Friday in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery. + 4-?-1981
Kester James Arthur, about 83, father of Robert Kester of Albion, died April 17, 1964 in San Gabriel, Calif. after suffering a fatal heart attack. Surviving also are a daughter, Mrs. Gordon Edward of San Gabriel; a son, Estel of Fort Wayne; and six grandchildren. Funeral and interment were in Butler on April 22. + 4-?-1964
Ketcham Grace died Aug. 5, 1963 at St. Vincentís Hospital in Indianapolis. She resided part-time with her son and family in Albion. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. James Bryant and Mrs. Paul McDowell of Indianapolis, Mrs. Vernon Acton of Logootee, and Mrs. Don Juillie of Los Altos, Calif.; a son, Albion attorney Louis G. Ketcham; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral at Royster & Afkin Mortuary. Burial, Floral Park Cemetery at Indianapolis. + 8-5-1963
Ketcham James, 55, of Millersburg, died April 25, 2001 at his residence. On Sept. 18, 1945 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was born to Ernest and Helen (Donaldson) Ketcham. He married Mary Martin. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of Ligonier American Legion Post 243 and self-employed owner of Ketcham Electric. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Jaime Skaggs of Shipshewana; a son, Michael of Topeka; a brother, Edward of Topeka; a sister, Patricia McCarty; and 3 grandchildren. A brother, Erle, and a sister, Kim, preceded him in death. Services April 30 at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery with military graveside services. ^ 4-28-2001
Ketcham Laura J, 93, of Westfield, Ind., formerly longtime resident of Albion, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in St. Vincentís Hospital, Indianapolis. On April 18, 1920, she was born in Kendallville to Fred and Carrie (Heltzel) McWhinney. On Feb. 14, 1942, she married Louis Ketcham in Indianapolis. He preceded her death. She graduated from Kendallville High School, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a legal secretary for most of her life primarily for her husband. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Albion, the Albion Study Club, Progress Club, Tri Kappa and United Methodist Women. Surviving are 2 sons, Dr. Robert Ketcham of Fort Wayne, and John (Suzanne) Ketcham of Westfield, Ind.; a daughter, Kathleen (Dan) Spiro of Bethesda, Md.; a brother, Fred (Linda) McWhinney of Kendallville, Ind.; 9 grandchildren, Michael (Erica) Ketcham, Cindi (Mark) McGarvey, Kirstin (Nathan) McMillen, Courtney (Joe) Worley, Ashley Ketcham, Ian Ketcham, Elena Ketcham, Hannah Spiro and Rebecca Spiro; and 9 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were a sister, Mary Cochard; and an infant daughter, Sarah Kathryn. ^ 9-22-2013
Ketcham Louis G, 72, died August 11, 1990 at McCray Hospital. He was born June 6, 1918 in Chicago to Roy and Grace Hoerter Ketcham. He was discharged from the U. S. Army in 1945 as a staff sergeant. He married Laura Jane McWhinney on Feb. 14, 1942. He graduated from Indiana University with an LLB degree in June 1948. He came to Albion in 1957 and took up practice in the Wrigley Building. He was Noble County prosecutor for 10 years and county attorney for many years. Surviving are his wife: 2 sons, Robert, a dentist in Fort Wayne; John, a lawyer in Ann Arbor, Mich.; a daughter, Kathleen (Mrs. Daniel Spiro), a lawyer in Falls Church, Va.; 6 grandchildren, Michael, Cynthia, Kirsten, Courtney and Ashley Ketcham and Hannah Spiro; 5 sisters, Barbara Griggs and Nancy Bryant of Indianapolis, Marjorie Acton, Loogootee, Olivia Jillie, Los Altos, Ca., and Sonia Newman, Schoolcraft, Mi.; and one brother, Gary of Ca. Funeral Wednesday in Asbury United Methodist Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery with military graveside rites. + 8-11-1990
Ketcham Roy Anderson died Nov. 10 in Schoolcraft, Mich. A teacher of art in Chicago schools for a number of years, he was also an illustrator for the Chicago Sun Times. He is survived by the widow, Marion; five daughters and two sons, including Albion attorney Louis G. Ketcham; 28 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother; and one sister. Memorial services Nov. 19 in United Church of Christ in Blue Island, Ill. + 11-?-1969
Ketering Elma, 85, R. 1, Syracuse, died July 12 at Fountainview Place, Elkhart. She was born June 10, 1893 in Wolf Lake and married in 1911 to Alva Ketering who died in June 1976. She was a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area and a member of Hex Grange. Surviving are a brother, Floyd Gray, Milford; two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Warner, Milford, and Mrs. Ruth Pressler, Warsaw. Funeral Friday at Harris Funeral Home, Syracuse. Burial, Syracuse Cemetery. + 7-12-1978
Kettlebar John, 90, former Ligonier resident, died today in Riley Nursing Home at Goshen. He was born May 6, 1880 in England to William and Mary Carr Kettlebar and lived in Elkhart County ten years. Prior to that he resided in the Ligonier area. Surviving are three sons, Max, Goshen, Alvin of Denfries, Va., and Tom, Naples, N.Y.; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Wiley, South Whitley, Miss Mildred, Mrs. Ed Rex, and Mrs. Joe Glaser, all of Ligonier; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday in Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 6-?-1970
Kettlebar Mildred, 85, of Ligonier, died Nov. 24, 2010 in Goshen Hospital. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after over 35 years of service. She was born Sept. 15, 1925 to John and Alice (Adair) Kettlebar. Survivors include a sister, Mary Alice Rex of Port Royal, S.C. Preceding her in death were 5 brothers, Wilbur, Alvin, Calvin, Tom and Max Kettlebar; and 2 sisters, Wanda Wiley and Clotha Glaser. A graveside service will be Dec. 3 in Thorn cemetery. ^ 11-28-2010
Kettleborough Grace died last Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Josephine Thiele in Fort Wayne following a short illness from a heart ailment. Surviving are the husband, William; a son, Garnold of Edgerton, Wis.; six daughters, Mrs. Thiele, Mrs. Gladys Colchin and Mrs. Thyra Erickson of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Irma Nitz of Grabill, Mrs. Fern Waldron of Kendallville, and Mrs. Louise Beckley of Albion; two brothers, Charles Bidwell of Chicago, and Corbin Bidwell of Canton, Ohio; and nine grandchildren. She was born at Albion March 26, 1876, the daughter of Nathan and Eliza Jane Bidwell, and died Nov. 21, 1942, being 66 years, 7 months and 25 days of age. She married William Kettleborough Nov. 10, 1900. One child, Thelma, died at the age of one and a half years. She was a member of Albion United Brethren Church and a lifelong resident of this community. Funeral Nov. 23 at Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 11-?-1942
Kettleborough William was born March 7, 1877 and died July 12, 1964. Services at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home, Albion, July 15, 1964. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 7-?-1964
Kettleborough William, 87, a former citizen of Kimmell and Albion, died Dec. 13 of complications at the home of a son, John at Ligonier. Funeral was Friday at Brown Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Surviving are the son at Ligonier, William of Albion, and a son at Indianapolis. + 12-?-1937
Keyes Jack, 61, of Kendallville, died from cancer on February 17, 2007 at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Oakhill High School in 1963 and served in the U.S. Army in 1967 during the Vietnam Conflict. He received a Purple Heart. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge in Converse and American Legion Post 86 in Kendallville. He was born in Huntington on July 16, 1945 to John and Zelma (Hoag) Keyes and was raised in Converse, Ind. He married Connie Pollock on October 20, 1972. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Tyson of Auburn and Timothy of South Milford; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Staci and Joel Bruce of El Paso, Texas, and Lanisa and John Dodson of Avilla; a sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Allen Gael of Fort Wayne; and 3 grandchildren, Conner and Emma Bruce and Taylor Dodson. He was preceded in death by his father in 1996 and his mother in 2005. Services Wednesday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-19-2007

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