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Obituaries - Weir
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Weirich Adam S, 69, died in Lakeside Hospital Wednesday. He came to Kendallville 9 years ago and had been employed by Flint & Walling Mfg. Co. Surviving are 2 sons, Clarence and Leroy of this city; and one daughter, Mrs. Berniece Fathauer of Indianapolis; one brother, Jacob of this city; and one sister, Mrs. Martha E. Gardner of Helmer. Funeral Saturday in a local funeral home. Burial, Fairfield Center Cemetery. + 11-?-1938
Weirich Alma, 8 years, 9 months and 13 days, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Weirich, died of diphtheria Nov. 4. ^ 11-10-1881
Weirich Charles "Al", 63, of Ossian, died Nov. 2, 1989 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Albion Oct. 26, 1926, he was the son of Thomas and Olera (Heltzel) Weirick. He was a member of American Legion Post. No. 246, Albion, and VFW in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Beverly; 2 sons, Mike and Charles of Fort Wayne; 3 daughters, Mrs. Larry (Linda) Rice, Mrs. Dave (Deanna) Cashdollar of Fort Wayne, and Jodi of Auburn; 2 brothers, Robert of Albion, Melvin of Kendallville; 3 sisters, Ruby Shaffer of Muncie, Mary Belle Kline of South Milford and Ruth Reinoehl of Avilla; and 12 grandchildren. Services Sunday in Elzey-Dickey-Haggard Funeral Home, Ossian. Burial, Oak Lawn Cemetery. + 11-2-1989
Weirich Chester Ray, 62, manager of the Wawaka Telephone Co. for 18 years, died at his home Friday. Surviving are the widow, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren and the mother. Funeral Monday at Fairfield Center Church. Burial, church cemetery. + 6-?-1936
Weirich Edna M, 86, died Saturday in Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange. She was born in DeKalb County July 25, 1894, the daughter of John and Florence (Elson) Husselman. Her husband, Roy Weirich, died in 1965. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Veryl (Joan) Weimer of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Jack (Betty) North of Wolcottville; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, one brother, and one sister preceded her in death. Services Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. ~ 2-5-1981 + 2-?-1981
Weirich Fern M, 99, of Ligonier, died Oct. 3, 2005 at Shepherd of the Hill nursing home. A native of Brook, Ind., she was a nurse and had worked at McCray Hospital in Kendallville and Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake and at Essex Wire in Ligonier. A Cromwell High School graduate, she was a member of OES and Ligonier BPW. She was born prematurely March 16, 1906 in Brook to James Edward and Roberta (Reiner) Swartz. She loved telling the story that she was so small her parents kept her in a shoe box by the wood stove to keep her warm. On Sept. 4, 1955 in Ligonier she married Milo Weirich. He died in 1963. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Claude and Henry Swartz; and 3 sisters, Madge and Nellie Swartz and Gladys Morris. Services Monday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 10-5-2005
Weirick Bonnie O, 83, a resident of Kendallville Manor, died Sept. 15. She was born in Garrett Jan. 28, 1905, the daughter of William and Lulu (Carnahan) Mason. She married Clarence Weirick in Michigan and he preceded her in death in 1974. She moved from DeKalb County to Kendallville in 1925. She was a member of the South Milford Church of Christ. Surviving are two daughters, June Orwig of Corunna, and Joy Mueller, LaOtto; a daughter-in-law, Jean Weirick of Kendallville; a sister, Orgie Gilbride of Michigan; 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Donald, preceded her in death Nov. 8, 1986, and a sister, Violet Bowers died in 1986. Services were Monday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. ~ 9-20-1988 + 9-15-1988
Weirick Clarence H, 71, was born April 1, 1903 in DeKalb County to Adam Sylvester and Tillie May (Henney) Weirich. He married Bonnie Mason in Coldwater, Mich., Aug 17, 1922 and was a retired employee of McCray Refrigeration Co. A resident of the Lamplighter, Kendallville, he died Oct. 24. Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Victor (June) Orwig, Corunna, and Mrs. Jerrold (Joy) Mueller, LaOtto; one son, Donald M., Kendallville; one sister, Mrs. Carl (Berniece) Fathauer, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Services Sunday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. ~ 10-31-1974 + 10-24-1974
Weirick Clyde, 74, former Kendallville resident, died Thursday at Community Hospital, Springfield, Ohio. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Philip Riehm, Kendallville; and 4 grandchildren in Toledo, Ohio. Preceding him in death was his wife, the former Margueriette Myers, who died in 1959; one daughter; and one son. He was born in Kendallville on Jan. 19, 1897, the son of Jacob M. and Hattie (Hovarter) Weirick. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Toledo, Ohio. Funeral Aug. 31 at the Masonic Home, Springfield. Burial, Masonic Cemetery. + 8-?-1971
Weirick Donald, 61, Kendallville, died Nov. 8 at his home. He was born in Kendallville July 24, 1925, the son of Clarence and Bonnie (Mason) Weirick. He married Lois "Jean" Cooley May 30, 1947 in Avilla. A lifetime Kendallville resident, he was a carpenter superintendent and Navy veteran of WW II. He was a member of First Christian Church, Kendallville. Surviving are his wife and mother; a daughter, Michele Ritchie of Kendallville; two sisters, June Orwig of Corunna, and Joy Mueller of LaOtto; and two granddaughters, Kristin and Faith Ritchie of Kendallville. Services Wednesday in the Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Fairfield Cemetery. ~ 11-13-1986 + 11-8-1986
Weise Ruth Shull, 82, died Oct. 17 at Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Homewood, Ill. She was a native of DeKalb County and had lived at Matteson, Ill. for the past four years. She was born Dec. 8, 1904, the daughter of Claude and Mary Hanson on a farm southwest of Garrett in Butler Twp. She graduated from Wilson Junior College in Chicago in 1933. Surviving are her husband, Giles; two daughters, Mrs. Carl (Iris) Zeiger of Jackson, Mich., and Mrs. Elmer (Bonnie) Schulz of Flossmoor, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Florence) Bloom of LaOtto, and Mrs. Roland (Martha) Harding of St. Joe; and a brother, Marvin Hanson of Boone, Iowa. Memorial services Sunday in Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren. ~ 11-24-1987
Welch Arthur E, 80, 1026 Town St., died at his home Sunday. He was born June 22, 1890 in Noble County, the son of Henry and Emma (Quince) Welch. He retired in 1955 from the Dodge Co., Detroit, Mich., where he was a tool and die maker. A veteran of WW I, he lived in Kendallville the last 12 years. Surviving are 3 daughters, Joan, Joyce Picher, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Josephine Schroskey, Grand Rapids, Mich.; 2 sons, Arthur and Eugene; 3 sisters, Inez Barhydt, Cora Barhydt and Etta Acker of Kendallville; and 18 grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. + 7-?-1970
Welch Bertha B, 85, who lived at LaOtto until moving to the Avilla Sacred Heart Home, died Sunday in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born in LaGrange County Dec. 5, 1885, the daughter of William and Eva Della (Hartzell) Pollock. She married Daniel Welch, who preceded her in death in 1964, on Sept. 2, 1905. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Shurl Rider, Fort Wayne; one son, John, Kendallville; five sisters, Mrs. Sarah Busz, Dundee, Mich., Mrs. Laura Smolinski, Kendallville, Mrs. Lida Allen, and Mrs. Viola Jackson, both of Monroe, Mich.; Mrs. Zola Bullard, Speedwell, Tenn.; two brothers, Floyd, Kendallville, and Donald, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral Wednesday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Bethel Cemetery, LaGrange County. ~ 4-16-1970 + 4-?-1970
Welch Betty L, 86, of Kendallville, died Feb. 25, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was a charter member of the Women of the Moose No. 1301. She was born July 9, 1921 in Kendallville to Shorty and Edna (Griem) Glass. She married Wallace Shultz on Nov. 22, 1938 in South Carolina. He died Aug. 25, 1963. She married Elroy E. Welch on Oct. 15, 1967 in Kendallville. He died Jan. 19, 2000. Surviving are 2 daughters, Rebecca Kruger-Wolff of Auburn and Julie Scott of Kendallville; a daughter-in-law, Diana Boyer of Kendallville; 14 grandchildren and their spouses, Laura and Dennis Eckert, Amy and Paul Pierce, Jennifer and John Anthrup, Molly and Gus Morrow, Babette and James Ball, Michael and Melissa Shultz, Adam Shultz, Brandee and Joseph Lash, Christopher Dieterle, Timothy and Tiffany Dieterle, Quinn Dieterle, Abigail and Jesse Cox, Zane Scott and Fawn Scott; several great and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Catherine Febles of California. She was also preceded in death by a son, David Shultz in 1989; a sister, Mary Jane Rider in 2002; and a son-in-law, Lawrence Wolff in 2005. Services Thursday at Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-26-2008
Welch Daniel, 87, LaOtto, died Sunday in McCray Hospital, Kendallville. A resident of Kendallville most of his life, he made his home in LaOtto the past five years. He was a retired molder and night watchman at Flint & Walling Mfg. Co. His wife, Bertha; a daughter, Mrs. S. F. Rider, Fort Wayne; and a son, John of Kendallville, survive. Services Tuesday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Bethel Cemetery near Wolcottville. ~ 3-5-1964
Welch Elroy E "Roy", 78, of Kendallville, died January 19, 2000 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Denton, Md., September 4, 1921, to Edward and Myrtle (Richard) Welch. On October 15, 1966 in Kendallville he married Betty L. (Glass) Shultz. She survives. He moved to Kendallville in 1966 from Aspers, Pa., where he had lived since he was 15 years old. He was a retired farmer and truck driver for Arco Auto Carriers of Kenosha, Wis., and a WW II Air Force veteran. He was a member of the VFW and Moose Lodge. Also surviving are 2 stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Rebecca Kruger-Wolff and Larry Wolff of Auburn, and Julie Scott of Kendallville; a stepdaughter-in-law, Diana Shultz of Kendallville; 12 step-grandchildren, Laura Eckert and Jennifer Antrup of Auburn, Amy Pierce of McClish Lake and Molly Morrow, Brandee Shultz, Christopher, Tim and Quinn Dieterle, Abigail, Zane and Fawn Scott, all of Kendallville, Babette Ball of South Milford, Michael Shultz of Avilla, Adam Shultz of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a stepson, David Arthur Shultz on October 6, 1989; a sister, Catherine Giberson; and a brother, Nelson. Services in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 1-20-2000
Welch Geraldine, 85, died Jan. 24, 2002 at home in Columbia City. She was a bookkeeper for 17 years at Central Drug Store and worked for a short time as a teller at Campbell & Fetter Bank. She was born July 5, 1916 in Kendallville to Leroy William and Fern Rachel (Hafer) Ruehart. On Aug. 29, 1953 in Butler she married Franklin Welch. He died Feb. 25, 1994. A sister, Betty Lepley is also deceased. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Beth Welch of Columbia City; a sister, Beverly Winsett of Fort Wayne; and 2 grandchildren, Brandy and Shawn Welch. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Circle Cemetery, Hudson. ^ 1-25-2002
Welch John W, 72, of 907 Villa Terrace, Kendallville, died Saturday at McCray Hospital. He was born in Albion June 29, 1911 to Daniel and Bertha (Pollock) Welch. On Oct. 28, 1933 in Albion he married Lauretta Gulick. He was a retired employee of Kendallville Foundry and a member of Trinity Church United Methodist. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters, Mrs. James (Annette) Luttman, and Mrs. Terry (Sally) Clem of Kendallville; and Mrs. Donald (Rachel) Flynn of Indianapolis; a sister, Mary Rider of Fort Wayne; 9 grandchildren, Jerry, James Jr., Jeffrey, Jon and Jill Luttman, Dorinda and Dawn Miller, Laura Clem and Jacob Flynn; and 3 great-grandchildren, Jenny, Joshua and Emily Luttman. Services at Trinity Church United Methodist Wednesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 8-6-1983
Welch Loretta A, 84, died April 8, 2001 in the emergency room of Parkview Noble Hospital. She was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist of Kendallville. She was born Aug. 16, 1916 in Corunna to John and Mary (Holsinger) Gulick. On Oct. 28, 1933 in Albion she married John W. Welch. He died Aug. 6, 1983. Two brothers, Everett and Ivan Gulick, also preceded her in death. Surviving are 3 daughters, Annette Luttman and Rachel Welch of Kendallville and Sally Clem of Fort Wayne; 5 grandsons, Jerry, Jeffery, Jon and James Jr. Luttman and Jacob Flynn; 5 granddaughters, Jill Carmony, Dorinda Miller, Dawn Krohn, Laura Kastner and Abigail Flynn; a half-brother, Raymond Gulick of Kendallville; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Trinity Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 4-9-2001
Weldon Clara Knox, about 89, a former resident of the Albion community, died Nov. 24, 1964 in a hospital in the vicinity of Knightstown, Ind. where she had resided with her daughter, Mrs. Kate Schrieber. Surviving also are 2 sons, Harry Knox of Fort Wayne and Richard Knox of Howe. Services Friday at a Kendallville funeral home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 11-?-1964
Weler Madonna, 24, of South Bend, died at the Healthwin Hospital after an illness of six months. Margaret and Evelyn Thompson of Elkhart are sisters, and there are two other sisters, two brothers and two children, Olive and Raymond Weler. Mrs. Weler was born in Ligonier. The burial will take place at Elkhart after services in South Bend on Friday. Contributed by Karen Zach
Welker L W of Albion died yesterday. He was born in Noble County, or that portion which has been detached and is now a part of Whitley County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Welker, who were pioneers here, coming in 1838 from Stark County, Ohio. In 1873 he commenced the study of law with A. W. Hooper of Columbia City and was admitted to the bar in 1877. In 1888 he married Hattie Graves of this city, who with his daughter, Xantha, survive. He was a member of the Masonic, Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows fraternities. Funeral will be Saturday at his residence in Albion. ^ 12-10-1909
Weller Charles, 77, who lived southeast of Avilla in Swan Twp and was one of northeastern Indiana’s most prominent dairy farmers, died at his home Monday of heart disease. He was born November 24, 1869 on a farm three miles southwest of Garrett in Butler Twp and had lived in this vicinity all of his life. His first wife, Ida Henry Weller, died February 20, 1930, and on January 26, 1933, he married Mrs. Minnie Bell of near Decatur. Surviving besides the widow are a daughter by his first marriage, Mrs. Freeman Kelham, who lives a half mile east of the parental home; and one granddaughter, Joan Kelham of Sheboygan, Wis., who visited her grandfather over the weekend. Two daughters preceded him in death, Dolly Floy Weller, who died at the age of 18 months, and Mrs. Gladys Bigelow, who died in 1934. He was a member of the Avilla Masonic Lodge and Altona Methodist Church. Services were Wednesday at Altona Methodist Church. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 5-29-1947
Weller Clara E, 98, died Friday in Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne. She was born March 13, 1888 in Noble County, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Rich) Sloffer. She married Frank E. Weller Aug. 13, 1909 in Garrett. He preceded her in death. She had lived in Garrett most of her life and was a member of the County Line Church of God, south of Auburn. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Allen (Leona) Ihrie, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Roy (Marian) Shoudel, Leo, Mrs. Oston (Grace) Roop, Garrett, and Kathryn Gilbert, Auburn; two sons, Floyd and Miles of Garrett; two sisters, Gladys Wolf of Avilla, and Ima Greenwell of Hernando, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services were Monday at County Line Church of God. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~ 4-24-1986 + 4-?-1986
Weller Florence G, 90, died Sept. 19 at Sacred Heart Home. She lived many years in Chicago where she was a sales clerk for Weibolt’s, Carson’s and Woolworth Co. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Chicago. She was born March 8, 1898 in DeKalb County, the daughter of Julius and Minnie (Greg) Marsh. Surviving are a son, Russell Donaldson, of Kendallville, and two granddaughters. A daughter, Sally Donaldson; a sister, Zella Hogue; and two brothers, James and Holly Marsh, preceded her in death. Services were Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Garrett. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~ 9-27-1988 + 9-19-1988
Weller Ida L (Henry) was born in Swan Twp July 12, 1870 and died Feb. 20, 1930 at the age of 59 years, 7 months and 8 days. In the fall of 1889 she married Charles Weller and for a few years they resided away from the old girlhood home, but about 25 years ago they purchased the old homestead and have resided there since. They had 3 children, one of these died at the age of 20 months, while 2 of them, Mrs. Gertrude Kelham and Mrs. Gladys Bigelow survive, with one granddaughter, Marjorie Joan Kelham; and one sister, Bertha in southern Mississippi. She was a member of the M. P. Church. > No date
Weller Samuel one of the old pioneers of northern Indiana, died of heart disease at his home in Swan Twp January 9, 1903, aged 86 years, 5 months and 17 days. He was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, July 23, 1816. When he was 19 he came with his parents to Clark County, Ohio, where he remained until 1842, when he came to DeKalb County, Indiana. He leaves a widow, 2 daughters one son, ten grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Obsequies were held Sunday. Burial, Swan Cemetery. 1903
Weller Willie, son of Phillip and Elizabeth Weller, died a week ago last Saturday and was buried on Monday. ^ 1-1-1880
Welling Elizabeth, 94, died Wednesday at Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. She was born Dec. 1, 1881 in Jay County to John and Clara (Nieman) Welling. She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. She is survived by nieces and nephews including, Mrs. Richard Fredricks and Emma Hoevel, Fort Wayne, and Walter Jacquay, New Haven. Funeral mass will be Friday at Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial, Sacred Heart Cemetery. + 9-?-1976
Wellman Lee A, 73, of 511 Morton St., Ligonier, died Monday at his residence. Born Dec. 19, 1911 in Georgetown, he was the son of Alvin and Ollie (Hollowell) Wellman. On May 11, 1946 in Ligonier he married Nadean Yoder. A 40-year Ligonier area resident, he was employed by Sprague Security in Ligonier. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife; 7 daughters, Evelyn Winebrenner and Linda Knafel of Albion, Rosalie Rarick of Columbia City, Ruth Prater of Warsaw, Coral Moore of Goshen, Janet Whitaker of Ligonier, and Nelda Krueger of Millersburg; 2 sons, Jerry of Cromwell, and James of Goshen; one brother, Arthur Ray of Bedford; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 9-2-1985
Wellman Nadean 81, died Jan. 13, 2001 at Carriage Manor Health Care. She was born June 30, 1919 in Ligonier to Ira and Cora (Swigart) Yoder. A lifetime resident of Ligonier, she married Lee Wellman on May 11, 1946. He died Sept. 2, 1985. She was also preceded in death by a brother and a grandson. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are 2 sons, James of Goshen and Jerry of Kimmell; 7 daughters, Evelyn Winebrenner of Albion, Rosalie Greene of Tempe, Ariz., Ruth Prater of Warsaw, Coral Moore of Goshen, Janet Allen of Cromwell, Linda Knafel of Albion and Nelda Kruger of Goshen; 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 1-14-2001
Wells Alta E was born Oct. 10, 1878 and died Feb. 20, 1953. Services at Bonham & Miser’s Feb. 22. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 2-20-1953
Wells Anna Barbara, 74, of Green Twp, died last Saturday. She was born in Germany July 26, 1857. Surviving are the husband; 3 sons, Elmer of Avilla, Delvert of Albion and Frederick of Ashley; 2 daughters, Mrs. Forrest Parker of Albion and Mrs. Walter Kiester; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral Tuesday at the home. Burial, Wesley Chapel. + 10-?-1931
Wells Arlene H, 92, of Leo, died Nov. 27 at Vencor Hospital, LaGrange. She was a member of Eastern Star in Leo and the American Kennel Club. She was born April 12, 1907 in Michigan to Carroll and Charlotte (Bonnie) Holbrook. In 1927 in LaOtto she married John W. Wells, who preceded her in death. Surviving are 4 sons, John of Fremont, Noel of Leo, Russell of Columbia City, and Dennis of Virginia; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Janine and Martin Erlenbaugh of Fremont, and Yvonne and James Passwater of Fla.; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. A brother, Rex, preceded her in death. Services at McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home, Auburn. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ~ 12-2-1999
Wells Beulah B, 78, of Avilla, died July 14, 2006 in Parkview Noble Hospital. She worked in the East Noble School Corp. cafeterias for many years and in dietary at the Provena Sacred Heart Home. She lived in the Avilla community all her life and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. On November 29, 1927 in Churubusco, she was born to Denver and Mary (Christeon) Herron. She married Clarence A. Wells in Auburn on December 28, 1945. He died September 28, 2000. Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Mary Kaye Wells, Westfield, and Richard and Sharrel Wells, Kendallville; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Kenneth Helmkamp, Avilla; 5 grandchildren, Suzanne Wells, Angela Cassidy, Elizabeth Way, Brett Helmkamp and Sarah Myers; and 5 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Samuel, Anna, Jack and Kinsey. Services at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 7-27-2006
Wells Bobby N, 30, Kendallville, died Oct. 13 in an industrial accident at Auburn Foundry where he was a maintenance worker. He was a graduate of Central Noble High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was born Jan. 7, 1969 in Kendallville to Robert and Marie (Dubea) Wells. He married Joanne Bobay on June 4, 1995 in LaOtto. Surviving are his parents in Albion; his wife; a daughter, Megan of Kendallville; 3 sons, Derek, Dustin and Casey of Kendallville; one sister, Cathleen Hughes of Auburn; one brother, Glen of Clarksville, Tenn.; and his grandparents, Jim and Evelyn Wells of Albion, and Phyllis Dubea of Auburn. Funeral in the funeral home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ~ 10-21-1999
Wells Cecil, 88, of Corunna, died Aug. 31, 2006 at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. He owned and operated Cecil Wells Excavating and attended the Corunna Community Church. He was born April 30, 1918 in LaOtto to Edward and Etta (Brand) Wells. He married Sarah Betty Littlefield in 1936 in Garrett. Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Helen of South Vienna, Ohio, and Robert and Emma of Corunna; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2000; a daughter, Winifred in 1942; 2 sisters and 6 brothers. Services Sunday in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ^ 9-1-2006
Wells Charles, 29, former Albion resident, died on Thursday at his home at Jacksonville, Ill. of tetanus. Funeral Saturday at Bonham Mortuary. Burial, Union Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, the father, 4 sisters and 4 brothers. + 8-?-1941
Wells Clarence A, 82, died September 26, 2000 at Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. He was born August 16, 1918 in Avilla to Elmer and Ida Mae (Koons) Wells. On December 28, 1945 in Auburn he married Beulah Herron. She survives. A lifetime area resident, he was employed by Newnam Mfg. in Kendallville. He was a WW II U.S. Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post 240, Avilla. Also surviving are 2 sons, Jerry of Indianapolis and Richard of Kendallville; a daughter, Judy Helmkamp of Avilla; 5 grandchildren, Suzanne and Elizabeth Wells, Angela Cassidy, Brett Helmkamp and Sarah Myers; and a sister, Bertha Teegardin of Kendallville. Services in Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military graveside services by American Legion Post 240, Avilla. ~ 10-5-2000
Wells Dale William, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wells east of Albion, died Saturday from injuries suffered in an auto collision near Poppy school house northeast of Kendallville Friday. It is though he was driving on the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into a car occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hampshire. Rites were held at the home of his parents. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Surviving are the parents; a sister and brother. + 5-?-1940
Wells Elmer, 75, retired farmer and native of DeKalb County, died Saturday in the Kondas Nursing Home near Albion. Services were yesterday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 8-13-1964
Wells Evelyn A, 92, died June 25, 2010 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born in St. Joseph County, Mich. on Sep. 19, 1917, the daughter of Marvin and Ethel (Richey) Eames. On Nov. 28, 1969 she marrked James Wells in Albion. He died July 27, 2000. She was a machine operator at General Electric in Fort Wayne, retiring after more than 30 years of service. She was a member of the American Legion Post 242 Women's Auxiliary. Surviving are her children, Ellen Dazey of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Floyd and Irene Clingerman of Albion and Phyllis Smith of Paoli; a stepson; 8 grandchildren, Sue (Larry) Montgomery, Larry (Marie) Ely, Rick Ely, Mike Clingerman, Jane (Floyd) Javis, Chrissy (Larry) Reed, Kevin Egolf and Todd (Johnine) Clingerman; 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Clingerman on Nov. 16, 1988; 2 grandchildren, Terry and Curt Clingerman. Funeral Tuesday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 6-27-2010
Wells Fred V, 64, (b. 1-13-1883) died Jan. 17 at his home in Albion. A son of August and Anna Wells, he was born east of Kendallville near the DeKalb County line. For many years he had farmed in this community and had worked in several Kendallville factories. Surviving are the widow, Lulu; 4 sons, Fred, James, Keith and Harry; 4 daughters, Mrs. Harold Coe, Mrs. Robert Snyder, Mrs. Delbert Hoover and Mrs. Bessie Moore, all of the Albion community; 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Mrs. Forrest Parker, Mrs. Margaret Kiester, and William Wells of Albion, and Elmer Wells of Avilla. Funeral Sunday in Wesleyan Methodist Church in Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 1-?-1947
Wells Fred Vinton, 85, of Indianapolis, died December 16, 1990 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born November 8, 1905 in Noble County, the son of Fred and Nellie (Eckels) Wells. He retired from Sincham Trucking in Indianapolis and was a member of Eagles Lodge in Albion. Surviving are 3 sisters, Ethel Coe, Beatrice Snyder and Mary Hoover of Albion; and one brother, Jim of Albion. Services today at Brazzell Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 12-16-1990
Wells Harry F, 66, died June 1 at his home in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born June 25, 1922 in Noble County to Fred V. and Nellie (Eckels) Wells. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1940 and retired in 1960 as a gunner’s mate. In 1962 he married Phyllis Johnson. He retired from carpentry work with his brother Jim and moved to Jacksonville in 1988. Survivors include his wife; a son, Jerry of Va.; 2 brothers, Jim of Albion, and F. Vinton of Indianapolis; 3 sisters, Ethel Coe, Beatrice Snyder, and Mary Hoover, all of Albion; and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Keith and Charles; and a sister, Bessie Barker. Burial will be at sea at a future date. + 6-1-1989
Wells Ida May died Monday at the Kondas Nursing Home, Albion. Funeral was Wednesday for Mrs. Elmer (Ida May) Wells, 76, a lifelong resident of this community. She was born Feb. 20, 1882, the daughter of William and Emma (Wirick) Koons, and was married to Mr. Wells in June 1915. Survivors besides the husband include a son, Clarence, R. 2, Avilla. A son, Dale, preceded her in death in 1940. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ~ 3-27-1958
Wells James E, 20, (b. 2-14-1948) was fatally wounded Aug. 29, 1968 in Viet Nam. Full military services were held at the Wesleyan Church Sept. 9. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; and infant son, Keith; his father, James; and one brother, Robert. His mother, Marjorie, died of a heart attack shortly after being advised of her son’s death. He worked with his father as a carpenter before entering the military service Jan. 2 of this year. He was a 1966 graduate of Albion-Jefferson High School. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 8-?-1968
Wells James N, 81, died July 27, 2000 in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. A lifetime resident of Albion, he was a self-employed carpenter until retiring in 1995. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during WW II and a member of American Legion Post 246 and VFW Post 6413 of Albion. He was born in Albion on October 23, 1918 to Fred and Nellie (Eckels) Wells. He married Marjorie B. Mason on May 10, 1941. She died September 2, 1968. He married Evelyn Eames on November 26, 1969 in Albion. Surviving are his wife; a son, Robert N. of Albion; a stepson, Floyd Clingerman of Albion; 2 stepdaughters, Ellen Dazy of Estro, Fla., and Phyllis Smith of Sheridan; a sister, Mary Hoover of Albion; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. One son, James E., died August 29, 1968 in Vietnam; and one grandson preceded him in death. Services Sunday at Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery with graveside military services by American Legion Post 246. ^ 7-29-2000
Wells Janice Lavone, 72, of Kendallville, died Nov. 23, 2006 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 27, 1934 in Kendallville to Gerald and Bertha (Greenwalt) Hoover. She married Max E. Wells on July 4, 1959 in Kendallville. Surviving are her husband; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Dinah Pierson of Kendallville; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Wilbur VanAuken of Rome City; a brother and his wife, Kenneth and Nancy Hoover of Burr Oak, Mich.; 2 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Pierson, and 2 stepsons. Services Monday at Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 11-25-2006
Wells John C "Chris", 74, a Cromwell brick mason, died last Sunday while sweeping snow from the sidewalk at his residence here. Funeral was at L. H. Moore Funeral Home Tuesday and Wednesday in South Bend. Burial, Riverview Cemetery, South Bend. He had lived in Cromwell nearly nine years. He was a former South Bend resident and was a member of the Bricklayers Union in South Bend and the Eagles Lodge at Plymouth. Surviving are his widow, Mary; a son, Kenneth of South Bend; a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Carter of South Bend; a brother, Rev. S. A. Wells, Warsaw; 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. + 3-?-1954
Wells Keith V, about 42, (b.10-16-1920) died of a heart ailment in his home southwest of Albion Jan. 3, 1963. He was the son of Fred and Nellie Wells, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Betty; 2 brothers, Harry and James of Albion, who were partners with him in a construction firm, Vinton of Indianapolis; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Hoover, Mrs. Beatrice Snyder and Mrs. Ethel Coe of Albion, and Mrs. Bessie (end of clipping). Services at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home, Albion, Jan. 5, 1963. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 1-?-1963
Wells Lawrence, 22, who was shot last Wednesday at Kendallville while trying to escape from chief of police Ora Sawyer who had arrested him for robbery, died Thursday at the Kendallville hospital. The coroner decided that the wound was inflicted by a bullet fired by deputy sheriff Kenneth Magnuson. + 5-?-1930
Wells Leah was born in York County, Pa. Dec. 24, 1824; and died in Kendallville March 7. Her parents removed to Wayne County, O. while she was quite young. She married Nelson Wells in 1847 and in 1862 they came to Fairfield Center, Ind. and in 1870 removed to Noble County. In the following autumn her husband lost his life by a runaway team. They had 3 children, Sarah (Long), Augustus and Andrew. Within a year after the death of her husband, her daughter was married and she was left heavily in debt with a farm to clear and only 2 small boys to assist her. She succeeded by much hard work and self-denial in keeping the farm. About 4 years ago she removed to Kendallville where she resided until her death. She was a member of the M. P. Church. Burial, Fairfield Center. ^ 3-17-1893
Wells Lulu (b.10-27-1887), widow of Fred Wells, died at McCray Hospital March 1, 1963. She is survived by 4 sons, Orville Hoover of Rome City, Wally Hoover of Ligonier, Gerald Hoover of Kendallville, and Delbert Hoover of Albion; 4 daughters, Mrs. Ruby Kile of Goshen, Mrs. Evelyn Kitchen of Wawaka, Mrs. Elizabeth Maggart of Syracuse, and Mrs. Mary Becker of Kendallville; 3 stepsons, Harry and James Wells of Albion, and Vinton Wells of Indianapolis; 4 stepdaughters, Mrs. Bessie Barker of Ligonier, and Mrs. Beatrice Snyder, Mrs. Ethel Coe and Mrs. Mary Hoover, all of Albion; 26 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 3-?-1963
Wells Marjorie B, about 44, died Sept. 2, 1968 at McCray Hospital following an illness extending over many years, but it is assumed her death was hastened by the news of the death of her son, James Edward, in Vietnam. She was born June 14, 1924 and was married to James N. Wells in Albion on May 10, 1941. She was a daughter of Charles Mason and was a native of Illinois. She is survived by the husband; a son, Robert N. of R. 3, Kendallville; 5 brothers, Floyd of Jacksonville, Ill., George, Francis, Roy and Cletus, all of Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Katherine Corwell of Jacksonville, Ill.; and 2 grandchildren. Funeral is this afternoon at the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 9-?-1968
Wells Nellie, 53, (b. 6-27-1885) died July 8 at Lakeside Hospital from complications. She is leaving her husband, 5 sons and 4 daughters. Funeral was July 11 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Albion. Burial, Union Cemetery. + 7-8-1938
Wells Phyllis J, 71, died March 23, 2001 at home in Ligonier. She graduated from Albion High School in 1947. She was born Aug. 31, 1929 in Kimmell to Lyman O. and Edna (Firestone) Johnson. On Oct. 14, 1961 in Butler she married Harry Wells. He died June 1, 1989. A sister, Barbara Johnson, and a brother, Richard Johnson, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Cathy Wells of Gloucester, Mass.; 2 sisters, Roberta Fisher of Ligonier and Lucy Weeks of Albion; 2 brothers, Robert and Paul Johnson of Albion; and 2 grandsons. Services Tuesday at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 3-26-2001
Wells Rolley Lewis, 82, died April 21 at Sublette-Satanta, Kansas. He was born Aug. 29, 1891 in Cromwell to John Corwin and Uricka Jane (Bender) Wells and he lived here and in the community for a number of years. Surviving are the widow; 2 sons and 3 daughters; 2 brothers, Dr. Paul O. of Harlan, Ky., and R. W. of Yuciapa, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Childers of Englewood, Colo.; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. + 4-21-1973
Wells Webb Eugene, 56, 506 W. Second St., Ligonier, died Tuesday in Goshen Hospital. He was born April 10, 1920 in Detroit, Mich. to Webb Eugene and Minnie (Leamon) Wells. He married Ina Dyer Jan. 5, 1946 in Reed City, Mich. He was a 16-year resident of the community. He was employed with Monsanto for 16 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ligonier, and was active in Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife; his mother at Hersey, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Bruce (Christine) Leslie, Ligonier; 3 sons, Eugene, Bloomington, Gary, Woodburn, and Dean at home; one sister, Mrs. Quentin (Betty) Verdier, Oregon, Wis.; and one grandchild. Funeral will be Friday in St. Patrick’s Church. Burial, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Reed City, Mich. + 5-?-1976
Wells William S, about 72, a retired carpenter and a lifelong resident of this community, died June 8, 1953 in the South Bend Hospital. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Lee Smith of South Bend, and Mrs. Norman Clouse of Syracuse; 2 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Elmer of Avilla; and one sister, Mrs. Forrest Parker of Albion. His wife, Alta, died Feb. 20. Funeral this afternoon at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 6-?-1953
Welsh Paul A (Msgr) died Saturday in Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. A native of Fort Wayne he served churches in Arcola and Peru, retiring in 1963. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Alice Peacock, Fort Wayne, and 11 nieces and nephews. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Fort Wayne, Wednesday. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. + 4-?-1972
Welty Marilyn J, 63, of Ligonier, died Thursday in Goshen General Hospital following a 2 1/2 month illness. She was born December 7, 1930 in Ligonier to Forrest and Donnabelle (Billman) Clawson. She married Willard Welty in Ligonier on November 10, 1951. A lifetime Ligonier resident, she was employed by BRC Rubber Co. for nearly 30 years. Surviving are her husband; a son, Craig of Fla.; 2 daughters, Debra Hochstetler and Gloria Welty of Ligonier; and 5 grandchildren. A brother, Forrest Clawson Jr., preceded her in death. Funeral Sunday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 10-29-1994
Welty Willard E, 81, of Ligonier, died January 31, 2012, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born on May 11, 1930, to Clifford and Leona Ruth (Miller) Welty in Etna Green, Ind. On November 10, 1952, he married Marilyn Jean Clawson; she died in 1994. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Goshen Rubber after over 48 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Goshen. He is survived by 3 children, Debra (Jerry) Hochstetler, Gloria Welty and Craig Welty all of Ligonier; 5 grandchildren, Clifford, Ryan, Troy, Josh and Holly; 4 great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Olivia, Sophira and Everett; and 2 siblings, Margaret Troyer of Goshen and Delores (Bill) Harmon of Union, Mich. He was preceded in death by 4 siblings, Laurabelle Bliele, Gerald Welty, Phyllis Sowers and Erma Baker. Private family graveside service at Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 2-1-2012
Wemple Eva R, 88, a resident of Topeka, died Thursday in South Bend Hospital. She was born in Noble County Sept. 20, 1894 to William and Rosetta (Gibson) Donat. She married Atlee Wemple Nov. 23, 1913 in Millersburg. He died Nov. 5, 1969. A lifetime area resident, she was a member of Topeka Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Leon (Dorothy) Meyers of Goshen, and Mrs. Verlo (Libby) Christner of Topeka; a sister, Veda Kinney of South Bend; 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside services Monday at Eden Cemetery, Topeka. + 3-31-1983
Wendel James died at the home of his daughter on S. Oak St. this morning while partaking of his breakfast. He suffered from dropsy. Funeral will be at the home tomorrow. Burial, Eel River. ^ 6-28-1910
Wendorf Anna Louise, 91, died Wednesday. She was born Oct. 11, 1890, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Scholz) Hackelberg. She was married to William Wendorf, who died in 1956. She had previously lived in Valparaiso. A son and 2 grandchildren survive. Services were today in the Lutheran Home chapel. Graveside services will be Friday in McCool Cemetery near Valparaiso. + 10-?-1981
Wenger Lucille, 52, of Rome City, died Sept. 4, 1960 in McCray Hospital. Surviving are the husband, Ezra; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Hulwick, Rome City, and Mrs. Dorothy Travis, Harbor, Ore.; a brother, Eldon Druley, Englewood, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Clayton Young, St. Joseph, Mich.; and a number of grandchildren. Services Tuesday in Williams Funeral Home, Wolcottville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 9-?-1960
Wenner Charles Jacob, 65, of Elkhart, died Sunday. He was born Feb. 6, 1919 and married Dixie Hoadley in 1963. Survivors include a son, Charles Jay; 2 stepchildren; 2 grandchildren; and 4 sisters, Mrs. Charles (Zelma) Price of Kendallville, Mrs. Frank (Gertrude) Swank of Ligonier, Mrs. Harry (Wilma) Carlson, Kokomo, and Mrs. Burton (Bonnie) Chapman of Azusa, Calif. Services at Grace Bible Church in Elkhart where he was a member. He was a member of River Valley Muzzle Loaders. + 12-2-1984
Wenner Ethel P McGahen, 85, 231 Clark St., died Thursday in McCray Hospital. She was born Dec. 31, 1890 in Kendallville to William and Emma (Daniels) Fritz. She married Archie Clyde McGahen Feb. 21, 1911. He died April 15, 1953. She later married Donald Wenner who died in 1965. She was a lifetime resident of Kendallville and worked at Flint & Walling Inc., and McCray Refrigeration Co. She also did housekeeping for local residents. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Delores Temple, Kendallville, and Mrs. Eleanor Goudy, Marshall, Mich.; one son, Lawrence McGahen, Kendallville; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Grobis, Kendallville; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 children. Funeral Monday in Berhalter-Preston Mortuary, Kendallville. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. + 3-?-1976
Wentworth Gerald, 63, died December 9, 2005 at his Kendallville residence. He was born in Kendallville on December 14, 1941 to Roy and Alice (Ford) Wentworth. He married Barbara Lee McCreery on March 31, 1961 in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; 5 daughters and sons-in-law, Tammi and Tim Murray and Tari Wentworth of Kendallville, Tina and Craig Burgi of LaGrange, Jodi and Brian Jernigan of Hudson, Melissa and Brian Getts of Avilla; 8 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Edith of Albion, Richard and Kathy of White Pigeon, Mich., Ray and Judy Wentworth of Springfield, Ohio; 3 sisters, Lavonne Forbes of Kendallville, Phyllis Schoup of Sturgis, Mich., Linda Wentworth of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Jr., and a sister, Marjorie Rouch. He was recently retired and had worked at McCray Refrigeration, Flint & Walling and King Seely. Funeral at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. ~ 12-15-2005
Wentworth Mark D, 44, Wawaka, died April 6, 2003. He was born June 10, 1958 to Roy Jr. and Fern (Krotzer) Wentworth. He married Jill Boszor March 30, 1996 in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; his mother of Wawaka; 2 sons, Mark Jr. Wentworth of Kendallville and Justin Yates of Wawaka; 2 daughters, Nicole Wentworth of Kendallville and Alexis Yates of Wawaka; 3 brothers, Michael of Kendallville, Mitchell of Angola and Matthew of Wawaka; 2 sisters, Michelle Barden of Syracuse and Melanie Layne of Wawaka; and a granddaughter Saige Days of Avilla. He father died July 6, 1999. He was employed by Coachman Industries in Middlebury and was a member of Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge and Sons of American Legion Post 86, all in Kendallville, and White Tails Unlimited. Services at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. ~ 4-17-2003
Wentworth Nora L, 81, of 318 E. Rush St., Kendallville, died at her residence Sunday from a heart condition. Born in Noble County Aug. 13, 1904, she was the daughter of Walter and Sarah (Zumbrun) Trowbridge. On July 3, 1925 in Coldwater, Mich., she married William H. Wentworth, who died Oct. 7, 1965. A lifetime Kendallville area resident, she had been employed by Kraft Inc. for 18 years. She was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist and the Second Time Around Club. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Robert (Beverly) Reynolds of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. Jack (Eleanor) Smith of R. 2, LaGrange; 3 sisters, Gertrude Walter of St. Joe, Kathryn Sawyer of Kendallville, and Marjorie Frick of Sturgis, Mich.; 2 brothers, Homer and Raymond of Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Services Friday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 12-22-1985
Wentworth Roy Jr, 64, of Wawaka, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital, Kendallville. He was born in Kendallville April 6, 1935 to Roy and Alice (Ford) Wentworth. On April 8, 1956 he married Fern Krotzer. He retired in 1997 from Mahoney Foundry and was a member of Moose Lodge. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Gayle Barden of Ligonier and Melanie and Kenneth Layne of Wawaka; 4 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Michael and Nancee Wentworth of Kendallville, Mark and Jill Wentworth of Rome City, and Mitchell and Matthew and Nancy Wentworth of Wawaka; 4 sisters, Marge Rouch of Ligonier, Phyllis Schoup of Sturgis, Mich., Lavonne Forbes of Kendallville, and Linda Wentworth of Fort Wayne; 4 brothers, Charles of Albion, Richard of Sturgis, Mich., Gerald of Kendallville and Raymond of Springfield, Ohio; and 14 grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. + 7-6-1999
Werker Arlene F, 74, of Albion, died May 29, 2009 at Progressive Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born May 25, 1935 in Elkhart County to Wilbur and Mary (Stoltz) Saggars. She married Wayne Werker Oct. 26, 1958. After working as an elementary school teacher she along with her husband built Albion Bowl in 1967. She was a graduate of Millersburg High School, Manchester College and received her Master's degree from St. Francis College. She was a member of Richville United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Grace Werker of Albion; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Don Sheline of Goshen and Rosalie and Steve Meck of Syracuse. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia in 2000; and a sister, Elaine Hibschman. Service Tuesday at Richville United Methodist Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 5-31-2008
Werker Arnold, 87, of Ligonier, died May 13, 2008 at the Courtyard Healthcare Center in Goshen. He had driven trucks for Studebaker in South Bend and Ligonier Rubber and had also been employed by Now Courier of Fort Wayne. He was a member of Sparta Church of Christ in Kimmell, Ligonier Lions Club and Elks. He was born in Sparta Twp, Noble County, May 2, 1921 to Orlo and Effie Werker. Surviving are 2 sons, Garry and Sally of Goshen and Brent of Fort Wayne; 3 stepchildren; a sister, Georgia Shellabarger of Brookville, Ohio; grandchildren and their spouses, Andrea and Patrick Noll and Mary Werker, Chad and Sarah Werker, Jenni and Jeff Meyer, Wendy Rosario-Bentley and Trevor Werker, Curt Bentley and Sara Nowakowski; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell; a sister, Gloria Bertram; and his former spouses, Carol Werker and Evelyn Ferguson. Services Monday at J.A. Brazzell and Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 5-16-2008
Werker Charles, about 90, died March 10, 1965 at the Kondas Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 22, 1874 in Noble County and was a retired Sparta Twp farmer. His wife, the former Myrta Earnhart, preceded him in death. Surviving are 2 sons, Coral of Kimmell and Arland of Burnt Hill, N.Y.; 3 brothers, Orlo of Ligonier, Wallace of Kimmell and John of Elma, Wash.; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. One son, Kenton, died in 1962. He was a member of North Star Lodge, IOOF of Albion. Funeral Saturday in Sparta Christian Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 3-?-1965
Werker Charles L, 58, of rural Syracuse, died March 23, 1995 at Kosciusko Community Hospital. He was born in Wolf Lake on Janaury 9, 1937 to Coral and Florence (Gerrard) Werker. He married Beth Moore on November 13, 1954 in Cromwell. He owned and operated Doc's Hardware in Albion and was part owner of Meyer & Werker Construction Co. He served in the National Guard and was a 1955 graduate of Cromwell High School. He spent his entire live in Noble and Kosciusko counties. He was a member of Cromwell Masonic Lodge 705, Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne and Mizpah Shrine. Surviving are his wife; a son, Charles R. of LaGrange; 3 daughters, Luellen Werker of Warsaw, Mrs. Dennis (Margaret) Meyer of North Webster and Mrs. Jim (Jane) Brickey of Ligonier; a brother, Ira of Warsaw; a sister, Mrs. Jack (Ida) Sieber of Albion; and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Marie Werker. Funeral Sunday in Orr Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 3-23-1995
Werker Coral, about 63, (b.10-27-1902) of R. 1, Cromwell, died Jan. 19, 1966 following a long illness of complications. He was a native of Noble County. He had lived on R. 1, Cromwell since 1949, from York Twp where he served 2 terms as township trustee. He is survived by his widow, Florence; and 2 children, Ira Lee with the Marine Corps in S.C.; and Mrs. Jack Sieber of Albion; 4 grandchildren; one brother, Orland of Burnt Hill, N.Y. One son and one daughter preceded him in death. He was a member of Sparta Christian Church where last rites were held Friday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1966
Werker Effie E, 83, R. 2, Ligonier, died Tuesday in Strawberry Village Nursing Home, Ligonier. Born Oct. 3, 1893 in Sparta Twp, she was the daughter of George and Mary (Kauffman) Maggart. She married Orlo Werker in Kimmell on Oct. 24, 1912. She lived her entire life in Sparta Twp. She was a member of the Sparta United Church of Christ for over 60 years and was a member of Greencastle Grange, Kimmell. Survivors are the husband; 2 daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Georgia) Shellabarger, Englewood, Ohio, and Mrs. Russell (Gloria) Bertram, Cromwell; one son, Arnold, Ligonier; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. One son, Russell, died in 1966. One brother and 2 sisters also preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday in Sparta United Church of Christ. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 8-?-1977
Werker Florence L, 71, Kimmell, died in Whitley County Hospital Sunday. Born in West Lebanon Nov. 15, 1905, she was the daughter of Ira and Mary (Shonkwiler) Gerrard. In 1936 she married Coral Werker in Noble County. He died in 1966. A former employee of Essex Corp., she had been a resident of the Kimmell area since 1930 after moving there from West Lebanon. She was a member of Sparta United Church of Christ, Washington Twp Home Demonstration Club, Rebekah Lodge, Albion, and Noble County Farm Bureau. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Ida) Sieber, Albion; 2 sons, Charles, Kimmell, and Ira, Cromwell; 2 sisters, Mrs. Irvin (Jean) Crandell, Mishawaka, and Mrs. Virginia Hensley, Kimmell; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Sparta United Church of Christ, Kimmell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 10-?-1976 (d. 10-24-1976)
Werker Harriet B, 73, died January 14, 2013, at her home in Ligonier. She was born on February 16, 1939, in Cromwell, one of 5 children born to Ralph and Mary (Bickel) Moore. She graduated from West Noble High School. On November 13, 1954, she married Charles Werker in Cromwell. He died March 3, 1995. She was the former owner of Doc’s Hardware in Albion and she owned and operated a dairy farm and also worked at Monsanto in Ligonier. She attended Calvary Lutheran Church and the Ligonier Apostolic Church. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Jim Brickey of Ligonier and Margaret and Dennis Meyer of North Webster; one son, Charles Werker of Kimmell; her grandchildren, Scott Dean and Sarah Meyer, Jill and James Stiles, Joy and Trent Wert, and David and Debbie Yankosky; and her great-grandchildren, Xavier Stiles, Xandria Stiles, Emmett Meyer, Jaxon Wert, Kristen, Michael, Christopher, Catherine, David, Eric, Casey and Topanga Yankosky; her brother, Milt Moore of Kendallville; and a sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Dave Stahly of Tipton, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her brother, Nary Moore, and a sister, Mary Williams. Funeral Jan. 18 at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 1-16-2013
Werker Harvey, 59, native and former resident of the Cromwell community, died Monday in a hospital at Annapolis, Md. of carcinoma. Services were this afternoon at L. H. Moore Funeral Home in Cromwell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Surviving are the widow; 4 brothers, Charles of Kimmell, Wallace and Orlo of near Kimmell, and John, Alma, Wash. + 8-?-1954
Werker Kenton E, 58, (b.2-27-1904 - d.11-29-1962) died last Thursday in Goshen Hospital. Services were held Saturday from Bonham & Miser Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Surviving are the wife, Marjorie; one son, Wayne; his father, Charles; and 2 brothers, Coral of Cromwell and C. Armand of Burnt Hills, N.Y. He was a graduate of Cromwell High School and resided in Sparta Twp many years. He later farmed in York Twp and recently resided in Albion and was employed at Lyon & Greenleaf Co. mill in Ligonier where he was stricken ill on Wednesday. + 11-?-1962
Werker Lena (Deardorff) died Sunday in a Colorado Springs, Colo. nursing home. She was born in Noble County Oct. 3, 1878. Surviving are a daughter, Esther Studt of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a son, Merritt, Colorado Springs; 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Melvin, died in 1932. Funeral will be Thursday at Sparta Christian Church, Kimmell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 4-?-1961
Werker Lulu, 80, widow of W. O. Werker, died Monday in Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Herald Knepper, R. 1, Cromwell, and Mrs. Laurence Beers, R. 1, Kimmell; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Harvey Launer, South Bend, and one sister, Mrs. Cleo Green, Ligonier. Services will be at Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Ligonier on March 13. + 3-?-1969
Werker Merritt, son of Melvin and Lena (Deardorff) Werker, died Feb. 15 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. His father died in 1932 and his mother in April 1961. The family moved to Colo. in 1922 from Cromwell. He is survived by his wife; a son; a daughter; and a sister, Mrs. Mal (Esther) Studt of Chattanooga, Tenn. Services were in Colorado Springs on Saturday. + 2-15-1962
Werker Myrtle M, about 67, wife of Charles Werker of near Albion, died at her country home July 9, 1947 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral was at the Sparta Christian Church July 11. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Surviving are the husband; 3 sons, Coral, trustee of York Twp, and Kenton, both residents near Albion, and Charles of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Harry Jones of Indianapolis; 4 brothers, Glen Earnhart of Kansas, Willis Earnhart of near Ligonier, Carl Earnhart of near Pierceton, and Arby Earnhart of near Albion. She was a member of North Star Rebekah Lodge of Albion. + 7-?-1947
Werker Nancy, 26, R. 2, Ligonier, died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 15, 1942 in Ligonier, she was a lifetime resident of that vicinity. She had been employed at the American State Bank in Ligonier and was a member of the Church of Christ at Kimmell. She was married on June 24, 1961 to Rex Werker, who survives, along with a 2-year old daughter, Kristina Lynn; her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. William D. Cochran of Ligonier; 2 brothers, William D. Jr. of Arlington, Va., and Stanley D. of Ardmore, Pa.; a grandmother, Mrs. G. H. Hose, Warsaw. Funeral was at Sparta United Church of Christ on Tuesday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. Her mother was the former Bernice Hose of Warsaw. + 2-?-1968
Werker Orlo R, 85, R. 2, died Sunday in Goshen Hospital. Born Aug. 21, 1892 in Sparta Twp, he was the son of Yangulph and Clara (Schlabach) Werker. He married Effie Maggart Oct. 24, 1912 in Kimmell. She died in 1977. He spent his entire life in Sparta Twp. He was a retired farmer and former Kimmell postmaster and former Noble County commissioner. He was a member of Sparta United Church of Christ, Greencastle Grange No. 2279, and Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club. Survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Georgia) Shellabarger, Englewood, Ohio, and Mrs. Russell (Gloria) Bertram, Cromwell; one son, Arnold, Ligonier; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday at Sparta United Church of Christ. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1978
Werker Patricia S, 40, died September 5, 2000 in the emergency room at Goshen Hospital. She was manager of Albion Bowl and a lifetime member of the community. She was a member of Sparta United Church of Christ, the Noble County Art Association, Indiana Rural Youth and numerous bowling leagues. She was born June 2, 1960 in Goshen to Wayne C. and Arlene (Saggars) Werker. Surviving are her parents and a brother, Douglas of Albion. Services Friday at Sparta United Church of Christ. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 9-6-2000
Werker Rose Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Coral Werker, died July 29, 1949 while taking a nap. Cause of death was myocarditis. She would have been 3 years old on Aug. 19. She is survived by her parents; 2 brothers, Charles Louis and Ira Lee at home; a sister, Mrs. Ida Sieber of near Albion; and a grandfather, Charles Werker of near Kimmell. Funeral Monday at Sparta Christian Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 7-?-1949
Werker Russell Louis, about 49, of R. 1, Kimmell, died Oct. 30, 1966 at his home. Surviving are the wife, Edrie; 2 sons, Ronnie of Fort Wayne, and Rex of near Ligonier; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Werker; one granddaughter; one brother and 2 sisters. Funeral was Wednesday at Kimmell United Church of Christ. + 10-?-1966
Werker Wallace died Saturday at Wolf Lake Nursing Home. Surviving are the widow, Lulu; 2 daughters, Mrs. Herald (Ruby) Knepper, Cromwell, and Mrs. Laurence (Alice) Beers, Kimmell; and a brother, John Y. of Woodland, Calif. Funeral was Monday in Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 3-?-1968
Werker Yangulph Mrs, 65, died at her home in town last week. Surviving are the husband; 7 sons, John of Washington, Will of Iowa, Melvin of Colorado Springs, Col., Harvey of Kansas City, Mo., Charles, Orlo and Wallace of near Cromwell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. Noble County Democrat 3-24-1927
Werschler Athole (Herrman), 67, Port Charlotte, Fla., died at her home Thursday of an apparent heart attack. Born May 10, 1911 in Ligonier, she graduated from Ligonier High School and was a member of the Ligonier Eastern Star Lodge. Surviving are her husband, Walter; a daughter, Mrs. Joan Lautman, Medsford, Mass.; a nephew, Danny Herrman, Ligonier; and 3 grandchildren. Services will be in Kays-Ponger Funeral Home in Port Charlotte on Monday. Burial, Rust Lawn Memorial Garden. + 9-?-1978
Wert Charlie R, 82, 225 W. Rush St., died Sunday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Aug. 15, 1889 in Goshen, he was the son of David F. and Amanda (Pyatt) Wert. He married Bydie A. Craig Oct. 18, 1908 in Kendallville. She died Feb. 16, 1962. He had lived at his present address the last 63 years, worked for 49 years and 4 months at Flint & Walling as chief billing clerk and was a member of BPOE 1194. A son, Hardy D., Fort Wayne; and a grandson, Delton L. Wert, Fort Wayne, survive. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral will be Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1972
Wert Dale E, 38, Avilla, died Tuesday at the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. He was born Aug. 27, 1945 in Kendallville, the son of Norman and Edna (Williamson) Wert. A lifetime area resident, he was employed by Allison Auto Parts and Amerman’s Sinclair. He was a Vietnam veteran and lifetime member of the Paralyzed Vets of America and the American Legion Post 86. Surviving are a grandmother, Lela Wert, Kendallville; four sisters, Nancy E. Metzger and Norma Wicker, Kendallville, Dianna J. Bell, South Milford, and Susie Wallen, Woodward, OK; a half-sister, Iantha Wooten, Kendallville; three brothers, Walter W., and Benny L., Kendallville, and Ray D., Westville; and a half-brother, Junior Wert, Goshen. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother. Services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ~ 11-3-1983 + 10-25-1983
Wert David F, 87, a resident in the Kendallville area since 5 years of age, died at his home in Kendallville Nov. 4. He served 4 years as assessor of Wayne Twp. Survivors are the widow; one son; one daughter; 2 grandsons and a sister. Funeral Friday. + 11-?-1942
Wert Eugene C, 80, of Kendallville died Dec. 25, 2009 at Kendallville Manor Health Care Center. He was born in Kendallville on March 6, 1929 to the late Lester and Geraldine (Forbes) Wert. He was a newspaper carrier for the Journal Gazette Newspaper. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Kendallville. Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Donald Zeedyk of Kendallville. Funeral Dec. 28, 2009 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. ^ 12-27-2009
Wert Hardy D, 84, of Fort Wayne, died Monday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Kendallville April 27, 1909 to Charles R. and Byrdie (Craig) Wert. On June 21, 1932 he married Velma P. Ackerman. He moved to Fort Wayne in 1936 and retired in 1976 after 39 years as accounting clerk for Wayne Hardware. He was a WW II Army veteran and a member of Crescent Ave. United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 47, Disabled American Veterans and a past member of Elks. Surviving are his wife; a son, Del L. of Fort Wayne; and 3 grandchildren, Mandy, Laura and Kristin of Fort Wayne. Two grandsons, Rob and Lynn, preceded him in death. Private services today in D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-31-1993
Wert Jane A, 73, formerly of Kendallville, died Thursday in Renaissance Village Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. She was born November 27, 1922 in Elwood to Gerald and Rose Leisure. In 1943 in Fort Wayne she married Bert "Doc" Wert. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband; 3 daughters, Jean Shifflett of Fort Wayne, Kathy Cady of Warren, and Mary Beerbower of Fort Wayne; 3 sons, John Wert of Woodburn, Mike Wert of Kendallville and Mark Wert of Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif.; 5 sisters, Geraldine Lambert, Irene Cox and Donna Leisure of Elwood, Fran Barrett of Muncie, and Jean Harmon of Bluffton; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 5-9-1996
Wert Jean, 76, died Oct. 25, 2004 at her home. She was a member of the Church of Christ in South Milford, Women of the Moose and American Legion Post 86 Auxiliary. She was born Aug. 10, 1928 in Kendallville to David and Tina (Whitford) Arnold. On July 30, 1935 in Angola she married Max Wert. He died March 19, 1993. Surviving are 2 daughter, Patricia Owen of Fort Wayne and Rita Kime of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Douglas Arnold of Webberville, Mich.; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 6 brothers and a sister. Services Thursday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. ^ 10-27-2004
Wert Kerri Lynn was stillborn Tuesday at McCray Hospital, Kendallville. Surviving are her parents, Wyman W. and Tina (Salisbury) Wert of Albion; 2 brothers, Jonathan W. and Justin L., at home; grandparents, Hoie and Cosbie Salisbury of Albion, Wyman L. Wert, Judy Robinson and Ed Smith of Kendallville; great-grandparents Luecreta Gibson of Kendallville and Maxine Wert of South Milford. Graveside services Friday in Orange Cemetery. + 10-18-1994
Wert Larry I, 43, (Maj.) of Fort Wayne, a native of Rome City, was killed Wednesday in a plane crash at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He was on a training mission with the Indiana Air National Guard at the time of the mishap. He had a 15-year flying career as a pilot for United Airlines. Surviving are the wife, Jacquelin; 2 sons, Randall S. and James I.; his mother, Maxine, South Milford; 2 sisters, Martha Gamble, Kendallville, and Hope Gaerte, Albion; and 2 brothers, Gregg, Kendallville, and Wyman, Poland, Ind. Military rites were held at Highland Park Cemetery chapel, Fort Wayne. + 3-3-1982
Wert Maxine E, Kendallville, died Monday in Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was born in Kendallville on March 5, 1916 to George and Margaret (Babcock) Lehner. On June 28, 1934 in South Milford, she married Ian Wert, who died February 13, 1966. A 1934 graduate of Kendallville High School, she retired from Kirsch Co. in Sturgis, Mich. in 1978. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church West Fairfield, Corunna and the Friendship Club. Surviving are 2 sons, Wyman of Kendallville and Gregory of New Baltimore, Mich.; 3 daughters, Hope A. Gaerte of Albion, Jacqui Wert of Columbia City, and Martha Gamble of Kendallville; a sister Zylpha Thomson of Southfield, Mich.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry; and a daughter, Deanna. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 6-21-1999
Wert Robert Lee, 39, of Merriam, died unexpectedly Thursday in his residence. He was born in Kendallville on April 10, 1955 to Walter W. and Joann (Swander) Wert. On August 14, 1982 he married Malinda Sherman in Albion. He graduated from West Noble High School in 1974, was employed by Plast-O-Matics in Albion and later worked as a welder at Walker Mfg. in Ligonier. He lived in Merriam the past 11 years. Surviving are his parents; his wife; a son, Trevor; 4 daughters, Trisha, Miranda, Leslee, and Bobbi Sue; 2 sisters, Mrs. Terry (Robin) Wills of Plymouth and Mrs. Jim (Becki) Sprandel of Kendallville; and a brother, William E. of LaGrange. Funeral Saturday in Sheets Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 6-2-1994
Wert Velma Pearl, 90, died December 1, 2000 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Kendallville, she was a homemaker and a member of Crescent Ave. United Methodist. Survivors include a son, Delton of Fort Wayne; a niece, Sandra Stephen; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hardy D.; and 2 grandchildren, Lynn and Robert Wert. Services Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-7-2000
Wert Wyman L, 66, died Sept. 25, 2001 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a truck driver for over 30 years, retiring from International Wire in Kendallville last year. A 1954 Kendallville High School graduate, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He was born April 13, 1935 to Ian M. and Maxine e. (Lehner) Wert. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Wes and Paula Wert of Kendallville; 2 stepchildren; a brother, Greg of rural Kendallville; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Hope and Ike Gaerte of Albion and Martha Gamble of Kendallville; 5 grandchildren, Jonathan, Justin, Bailee and Maegan Wert and Shelby Wainwright. A brother, Larry, and a sister, Deanna, preceded him in death. Services Friday at Hite Funeral Home. ^ 9-26-2001
Wertheimer Abram N, 66, died at his home on Union St. Monday. He was born Oct. 19, 1874, the son of Nathan and Rose Wertheimer. He graduated from the Ligonier public school and attended Notre Dame University. In 1908 he married Fannie Gates of St. Louis, Mo., who survive with 2 children, Mrs. Jane Auerbach and Nathan Wertheimer; a grandson, Walla Auerbach; one brother, Leon Wertheimer of Ligonier; 2 sisters, Mrs. Sam Wolf of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Milton Stern of Kalamazoo, Mich. Funeral Wednesday from the residence. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. * 1941
Wertheimer Leon, 92, died in St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a native and had been a resident of Ligonier until 17 years ago when he moved to Fort Wayne to reside with his daughter. Born July 23, 1877 in Ligonier, he was the son of Nathan and Rose (Weil) Wertheimer. He was married on March 18, 1914 in Terre Haute to Ruth Schloss who died in 1952. He was a retired seed merchant in Ligonier and the last living charter member of Ligonier Elks Lodge. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Herman Schlanger of Houston, Tex., and Mrs. William Latz of Fort Wayne; one sister, Mrs. Cecelia Stern of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 7 grandchildren. Funeral was in Ulrey Funeral Home last Friday. Burial, Jewish Cemetery, Oak Park. + 12-?-1970
Wertheimer Nathan A, 68, former resident of Ligonier, died July 26 in a Riverwoods, Ill. nursing home. He was the son of Abram and Fannie G. Wertheimer and a 1932 graduate of Ligonier High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with the class of 1936. He was a former member of the firm of N. Wertheimer & Sons of Ligonier, wholesale seed merchants, a firm founded by his grandfather. He was a veteran of WW II where he served under General Dwight D. Eisenhower in North Africa. Following his release from the army he moved to Highland Park, Ill., where he resided until his death. He was a member of the firm of Mile Triedinau, Inc. and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Triedinau; 2 daughters, Nancy Davis of East Norwich, N.Y., and Susan Greenberg of Highland Park, Ill.; 4 grandchildren and one sister, Jane Hart. + 7-26-1983
Wertz Ora Donnie, 53, of 105 N. Oak St., Albion, died today (d. 3-23-1985) in McCray Hospital. He was born July 1, 1931 in St. Marie, Ill. to Ora J. and Silvia (Kessler) Wertz, who are deceased. He was a machine operator for Heiman Tool, Brimfield. He moved to Noble County from Tipton 35 years ago. Surviving are his wife, Lois (Prater), whom he married July 3, 1968 in Grundy, Va.; 3 daughters, Mrs. Joe (Tami) Miller of Howe, and Tina and Angela, one son, Terry, all at home; 2 brothers, Norman of Goldsmith and John of Tipton; one sister, Martha Langley of Tipton; and 3 grandchildren. Services Monday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 3-23-1985
Wesson Brian T, 62, died July 23, 2003 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed by General Motors in Janesville, Wis. and Fort Wayne for 37 years. He was a member of Community Bible Church in Columbia City and UAW in Fort Wayne. He was born Feb. 25, 1941 in Pittsfield, N.H. to John Thomas and Violet Elizabeth (Tilton) Wesson. He graduated from Pittsfield High School. On Dec. 30, 1968 he married Jacqueline Jean Dooley in Rockton, Ill. She died Sept. 2, 2000. Surviving are 5 sons and 4 daughters-in-law, Dave and Sue of Janesville, Thomas and Cathy of Kimmell, Dennis and Amy of Albion, Weldon and Julie of Corpus Christi, Texas; and Shawn of Janesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dean Gerber of Neillsville, Wis.; 3 brothers, Robert of Pittsfield, N.H., Michael of Manchester, N.H., and John of Foxford, Mass. a sister and brother-in-law, Claire and Arnold Ries of Punta Gorda Fla.; and 13 grandchildren. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Craig. Services Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 7-25-2003
West Anjanette "A.J.", 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry J. West, R. 3, Syracuse, died Sunday at St. Jude’s Research Center, Memphis, Tenn., where she had been a patient 1 ˝ years with leukemia. Surviving are her parents; 3 sisters, Teresa, Emily and Andrea; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris West of Ligonier, and Orville Einsiedel and Emma Tilley, all of Kentucky. Services Friday at Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 4-8-1982
West Betty Jane, 28, St. Joe Road, died Oct. 25 at Irene Byron Sanatorium. She was a native of Fort Wayne. Surviving are the husband, William; 2 children, Brenda and Ronald; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Cothrell of Cromwell; 2 sisters, Miss Virginia, Houston, Texas, and Mrs. Eva Hall of St. Joe Road; and 2 brothers, George E. of Cromwell, and Jack with the Army at Fort Riley Kansas. Funeral at C. M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne Friday. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 10-25-1949
West Donna Jean, 51, of Ligonier, died June 8, 2001 at Oak Leaf Village after suffering with multiple sclerosis about 20 years. She was born June 17, 1949 in Wolf Lake to Max and Velma (Owen) Kiester. She married Gaylord West on Sept. 18, 1971 in Ligonier. She had been employed by Sam Patton Jr., CPA, Ligonier. A 1967 graduate of West Noble High School, she was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband; her mother, a daughter, Holly Lee of Ligonier; 2 stepchildren; a brother, Jim Kiester of Kimmell; 2 sisters, Judy Geiger and Joyce Beezley of Churubusco. Services Tuesday at Ligonier United Methodist Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 6-10-2001
West Ethel L, of Ligonier, died Sept. 28, 2013, at Avalon Village Nursing Home. She was born on Oct. 3, 1918, in Noble County to J.C. & Emma (Lawson) Lee. She married Morris “Bus” West in 1940. He died in 1982. She is survived by two sons, Jerry (Sheila) West of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Terry (Kathy) West of Syracuse; as well as 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Joyce) Lee of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Ronald (Sally) Lee of Stanton, Ky., and a sister, Wilma Ratliff of Freadburg, Ky. She was also preceded in death by her infant son, Larry West, a granddaughter, Anjanette West, and six siblings. She was a lifelong resident of Noble County. She was employed at Essex Wire for over 21 years and attended Ligonier Church of Christ. Funeral, Oct. 2, 2013, at Yeager Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 9-29-2013
West Gaylord, 64, 1007 Lincolnway West, died today in Goshen Hospital. Born July 10, 1918 in Middletown, Ohio, he was the son of Grover and Lula (Hanes) West. On April 12, 1941 he married Joan Noe in Kimmell. A truck driver, he was a Ligonier resident the past 36 years. He was a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Goshen, and was a veteran of WW II. Survivors include his wife; a son, Gaylord Jr. of Ligonier; 3 brothers, Morris of Ligonier, Dick of Syracuse, and Gordon of Dayton, Ohio; 4 sisters, Mrs. Dean Growcock of Kimmell, Mrs. Clyde Rollins, Mrs. Cecil Johnson, Mrs. Calvin Fisher and Mrs. Gary Bishop, all of Ligonier; and 3 grandchildren. Funeral will be Friday at Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-23-1982
West Grover C, 80, of Ligonier, died of complications at his home. He was born July 13, 1890 at Stanton, Ky. to Eli and Isabelle (Hall) West and had resided a Ligonier for the past 25 years. On Sept. 28, 1916 he married Lula Hanes at Hamilton, O. He was a retired night watchman. He is survived by his widow; 4 sons, Morris and Gaylord of Ligonier, Gordon, Clarksville, O., Dick, Syracuse; 5 daughters, Mrs. Dean Growcock, Kimmell, Mrs. Clyde Rollins, Mrs. Cecil Johnson, Mrs. Cal Fisher, Mrs. Gary Bishop of Ligonier; one brother, Oba, Stanton, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Florence Winkler, Cincinnati, O.; 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday at Ulrey Funeral Home. + 4-?-1970
West Joan, 75, of Ligonier, died Tuesday in Goshen General Hospital. She was born May 17, 1923 in Wolf Lake to Gordon and Mary (Braden) Noe. On April 12, 1941 she married Gaylord West, who died in 1982. A lifetime Noble County resident, she had worked for Dr. Jim Chase and Dr. Donald Hooker. She was a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church and its Good Samaritans. Surviving are a son, Gay of Ligonier; 3 grandchildren, Cindy Spain, Denny West and Holly Lee; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Annabelle. Funeral Friday in Ligonier United Methodist Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 9-8-1998
West Lula, 76, of Ligonier, died Friday in Goshen Hospital. Born Feb. 7, 1898 in Kentucky to Joseph and Sarah (Patrick) Hanes, she was married on Sept. 28, 1916 in Hamilton, Ohio to Grover C. West. A 29-year resident of Ligonier, she was a member of the Ligonier First Church of Christ. She is survived by 4 sons, Morris and Gaylord of Ligonier, Richard of Syracuse and Gordon of Clarksville, Ohio; 5 daughters, Mrs. Clyde Rollins, Mrs. Cecil Johnson, Mrs. Calvin Fisher and Mrs. Gary Bishop, all of Ligonier, and Mrs. Dean Growcock of Kimmel; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be Sunday at Ulrey Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 4-?-1974
West Morris "Bus", 66, of 805 S. Martin St., died Saturday at Goshen General Hospital of an apparent heart attack. He was born Dec. 17, 1916 in Middletown, Ohio to Grover and Lula (Hanes) West. On May 20, 1940 in Kimmell he married Ethel Lee. He had lived in Kimmell before moving to Ligonier 40 years ago. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Jerry of LaGrange, and Terry of R. 3, Syracuse; 5 sisters, Mrs. Dean Growcock of Kimmell, Mrs. Clyde Rollins, Mrs. Cecil Johnson, Mrs. Calvin Fisher and Mrs. Gary Bishop, all of Ligonier; 2 brothers, Gordon of Dayton, Ohio, and Dick of Syracuse; and 5 grandchildren. Services will be Tuesday at Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-25-1982
Westlake Ina, 66, R. 1, Kimmell, died last Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital, South Bend. She was born in Whitley County Sept. 1, 1914. She married Dewitt Westlake Sept. 7, 1935. He died in 1971. Surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Edna Evard, Granger, and Mrs. Eve Metzger, Columbia City. Services were last Wednesday in Harris Funeral Home, Syracuse. Burial, Washington Union Cemetery, Pierceton. She resided in the North Webster area most of her life. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the North Webster American Legion Auxiliary. + 5-9-1981
Westner Lillie R was born in Kendallville April 6, 1866 and died in the Hahnemann Hospital of Chicago April 30, aged 37 years and 24 days. She was the daughter of E. B. and Abigail Shattuck and their only child. When she was about one year old her father moved to a farm 4 ˝ miles north of Kendallville where she grew to womanhood and was married to Rev. Donald McEachron, a minister of the U. B. Church. They had 3 children but death took the children, then her husband and her mother. She married Frank M. Westner Feb. 26, 1899. She joined the U. B. church at Oak Grove. She took a little boy from the orphan’s home to raise, Robert Boering. She was an invalid for 2 years and finally submitted to an operation April 24, and died April 30. ^ 5-8-1903
Weston Catherine, wife of Thomas B. Weston, died July 16 of paralysis and dropsy, age 76 years, 6 months and 10 days. She was born in Huntingdon County, Penn. Jan. 6, 1802; emigrated to Licking County, Ohio; from there to LaGrange County, Ind. in 1838, John Anderson, her father, being the first settler on Pretty Prairie. She was married to Thomas B. Weston Dec. 7, 1843 and has been a resident of Wayne Twp, Noble County, ever since, having lived on the farm where she died 34 years, moving on it July 16, 1844 and dying July 16, 1878. Funeral was July 17. ^ 7-18-1878
Weston Eli B, of Chicago, died a few days ago at his residence in that city, and his body was brought to Kendallville for interment. He was a son of John Weston. He leaves a wife (nee Minnie Rosselwin) and a daughter. > 9-12-1878
Weston John was born in Middlesex, Ontario County, N.Y., Aug. 15, 1809. In childhood his parents moved to Geauga County, Ohio. At the age of 21 he was married to Fidelia Lamb. They lived in northern Ohio until March 1851 when he removed with his family to Rome City, Ind. In 1862 they came to Kendallville, where he died Feb. 9, 1881, aged 71 years, 6 months and 24 days. His companion survives him. They reared a family of 9 children, 3 of whom are living. The Methodist Episcopal Church was the one of his choice. > 2-24-1881 ^ 2-17-1881
Weston John, 63, a former Kendallville resident, died at his home in Alameda, Cal. A son of Mrs. J. D. Weatherford and a brother of Mrs. ?llie Franks, Riley St., suffered an attack of acute indigestion yesterday and died last night. Surviving relatives also include the widow, formerly Lula Foehl of this city and one son, Harold in Calif. + 1929
Weston John Emory was born in Troy, Geauga County, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1838, being at the time of his death 40 years and 27 days old. He came with his parents to this state in March 1851, settling at Rome City. For about 2 years previous to 1861 he, with his father’s family, resided in the city of Elkhart. At the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion, his father was appointed a sutler in one of the regiments and Emory assisted him in this position. He was married to Matilda Wilson on Dec. 20, 1864, at which time they settled on the farm where he has since lived and died. He leaves a wife and 2 children. > 9-26-1878 ^ 9-19-1878
Weston Thomas B was born in Pompey, Onondaga County, N.Y. Oct. 13, 1799, and moved with his father, Nathan N. while yet a school boy to Trenton, Monroe County, N.Y. where he worked on his father’s farm until his parent’s death which occurred Aug. 26, 1823, leaving him at 24 years of age to care for a mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 2 of them only a few years of age. In 1836 he came to this country and he narrated over and over again how he with others slept in what is now DeKalb County 7 nights in the woods, the wolves howling all around them. Returning to the state of New York, he married on Sept. 7, 1837, Paulina Maxfield of Copake, Columbia County, N.Y., moving next spring to Plymouth, Mich. His wife died June 20, 1841. The next year he came to make a permanent settlement in Noble County and was married to Catharine Anderson Dec. 7, 1843. Her father was the first settler on Pretty Prairie, LaGrange County. On July 16, 1844, he with his wife and only daughter by his first wife, then almost 6 years of age, moved into a log cabin built by him on that farm that he owned at his death. Five settlers constituted the population of Wayne Twp at that time. He could easily trace his ancestors back in the 7th degree to where one Thomas Weston landed from the Mayflower in 1620 at Plymouth, and another named John Weston who came from Buckinghamshire in the north of England to Salem in 1644, just 200 years before he came to Indiana. The late John Weston of this city whose demise occurred on Feb. last was a cousin of his. He was justice of peace for 24 years. He died Tuesday. > No date He died July 26 of paralysis. Services at Weston Chapel. ^ 7-28-1881 and 8-4-1881 ^ 6-15-1882
Westphal Beulah Madalaine, daughter of Julius and Lena Westphal, was born in Kendallville May 4, 1890 and died in the same city on March 1, aged 13 years 9 months 27 days. ^ 3-18-1904
Westphal Daniel Alan, 51, died of cancer Feb. 13, 2003 at the home of his sister, Christine Mills. Despite being physically disabled since birth, he attended Elkhart High School. He was born in Kendallville Aug. 9, 1951, the son of Harold C. and Marg J. (Cline) Westphal. Surviving are 5 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Sally and Leon Hicks and Carol Henry of Kendallville, Christine Mills of Elkhart, Lenore Baird of LaGrange and Barbara and Jerry Mortimore of Wolcottville; and 2 nephews with whom he was raised, William and Andrew Mills. Preceding him in death was a brother, Harold. Graveside services Monday at Fairfield Cemetery near Corunna. ^ 2-14-2003
Westphal Ernest, 100, died Friday at the Lutheran Home. Born Sept. 27, 1883 in Kendallville, he was the son of Fred A. and Fredericka Westphal. On Aug. 12, 1905 he married Ida Mae Bogner in Kendallville. She died Dec. 16, 1962. He was retired from Flint & Walling, where he had worked for 54 years. He was the oldest member of the Mitchell Street United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Harold E., 527 E. Wayne St. He was preceded in death by one brother, 2 half-brothers and 3 half-sisters. Services will be Monday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 11-25-1983
Westphal Guy S, 77, of 109 Newnam Ave., Kendallville, died Thursday in McCray Hospital. He was born in Kendallville Jan. 21, 1912, the son of Charles and Zilpha Westphal. He was retired from Flint & Walling Mfg. and formerly owned Westphal Appliance Store in Kendallville. Surviving are 2 daughters, Sonia Bailey and Gail E. Temple, Kendallville; 2 sons, Michael of Huntertown, and Sheridan C. of Fort Wayne; a sister, Ruth Gilbert of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 9 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Services Sunday in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 2-23-1989
Westphal Harmon, 61, lifelong resident of Kendallville, died at his home there Friday from heart trouble and Bright’s disease. Surviving are 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Mrs. William Fritz and Charles Westphal of Kendallville, Henry Westphal and Mrs. John Christie of Detroit, Mich. Funeral Monday from A. J. Berhalter Funeral Chapel. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1933
Westphal Harold Earl, 87 of Kendallville, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. He was born in Kendallville on June 9, 1906 to Ernest E. and Ida Mae (Bogner) Westphal. On June 16, 1925 in Kendallville he married Marie Eldora Thomas. A lifetime Kendallville resident, he had been a dispatcher for Flint & Walling Mfg., a meter reader for the city of Kendallville; and retired in 1976 as a dispatcher for Indiana Michigan Power. He played in the Kendallville city band and was a lifetime member of Mitchell St. Methodist Church. His wife and an aunt, Mrs. Charles (Theresa) Reade, survive. Funeral Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-11-1994
Westphal Julius C was born on July 31, 1868 at Kendallville, where he spent his entire life. He married Lena Nesbitt, Oct. 28, 1889. They had a son and a daughter, the daughter, Beulah, preceding him in death 25 years ago. The son, Cecil, lives in Kendallville. He also leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Herman and Charles Westphal and Mrs. W. C. Fritz of Kendallville, Henry Westphal and Mrs. John Christy of Detroit, Mich. Two sisters, Mrs. Gusta Bluhm and Mrs. Minnie Browand, preceded him in death. Two uncles and one aunt, Fred and Henry Eichelberg and Mrs. Dave Browand are among the immediate relatives surviving. He was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He died at his home June 1, 1929. He was a charter member of the Moose Lodge. Funeral was at the home in Kendallville on June 4. ^ 6-10-1929
Westphal Lewis, 63, 629 Wood St., died today at Lakeside Hospital from diabetes. He had been a resident of the city for many years and was a painter. His nearest relative, a sister, Mrs. Louise Aiken, died about 5 years ago. Funeral Thursday at the Berhalter Funeral Parlors. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1930
Westphal Marie E, 95, died June 23, 2002 at Shepherd of the Hill nursing home. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. She was born Feb. 17, 1907 in Plymouth to Jonas and Lydia (Anderson) Fry. She married Harold Westphal. He died Jan. 11, 1994. Also preceding her in death was a brother. Surviving are a sister, Lucille Feightner of Lansing, Mich. Services Thursday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 6-26-2002
Westphal Nancy C, 90, died Wednesday in McCray Hospital. Born Oct. 9, 1886 in Starke County, she was the daughter of William L. and Phebea (Shoup) Bowman. She was married Jan. 8, 1905 in Noble County to Arthur Nichols. In 1931 she married Charles Westphal in Albion. She was a Kendallville resident 40 years and had previously lived in Rome City. She is survived by 5 daughters, Beatrice Smith, Augusta, Mich., Helen Streeter, Battle Creek, Mich., Violet Marley and Lalah Morr, Kendallville; 3 sons, Harold Nichols, Lincoln, Mich., Audley Nichols, Colon, Mich., and Robert Nichols, Kendallville; 21 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-?-1977
Wetoskey Joseph M, 76, died Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born February 19, 1888, near Auburn, the son of John and Lena Wetoskey, and had been employed at the Sacred Heart Home for the past 35 years. He, at one time, served as farm superintendent and later as fireman. Survivors include one brother, Carl of Garrett; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Dunn, Waterloo, Mrs. Earl Vaught, New Haven, Mich., Mrs. Kathryn Borne, Logansport, and Mrs. Clara Ellert, Ashley. Funeral Saturday in the Sacred Heart Home chapel. Burial, Sacred Heart Cemetery. ~ 2-11-1965 + 2-?-1965
Wetsel Lillie died Thursday at her home here. Surviving are the husband, Lewis; one daughter, Mrs. Louis Allabach Jr. of Toledo; one brother, Rile Baird of Oklahoma City, Okla; 2 sisters Mrs. E. N. Draggoo of Elkhart and Mrs. Joe Hosler of Kendallville. Funeral Saturday at the home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1938
Wetzel Molly Lee, 19-month old daughter of Michael and Norma Mae (Ault) Wetzel, R. 2, Bristol, died Sunday in Goshen Hospital where she was born Nov. 9, 1970. She had been ill since birth. Surviving are the parents; a sister, Mindy Delight; and a brother, David; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Norvell Ault, Columbus, Ohio, Max Wetzel, Columbus, Mrs. Bill Jordan, Texas; 2 great-grandmothers, Mrs. Scott Wetzel, Colon, Mich., and Mrs. Mary Perfect, Columbus. Graveside services in Orland Cemetery Wednesday. + 5-?-1972
Whalen Lawrence J, 73, died Jan. 20, 2002 at The Lamplighter in Kendallville. He was in the plumbing and electrical business and worked for Rex Watson Plumbing in Avilla and Paul Becker & Sons. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Kendallville and the American Legion. He was born March 25, 1928 in Chicago to James and Ethel (Gardner) Whalen. Surviving are 4 stepchildren and 3 sisters, Mary Stuber, Anna McGrath and Kathy Schuller, all of Chicago. Services Wednesday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-21-2002
Whalen Sona L, 59, died Jan. 4, 2001 at her residence. She was born June 24, 1941 in Three Rivers, Mich. to George Poff and Helen (Kistler) Wiles. She was last employed at Indiana Deck in Waterloo and was a member of South Milford Church of Christ and Kendallville Eagles Auxiliary. She was divorced. Surviving are her mother in Kendallville; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Tammy Dodson of Albion, Richard and Rachelle Haslett Jr. of Kendallville, and Sterling and Jillaine Bastin of Auburn; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and David Ramer of Kendallville; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Violet June Birch of Ligonier. She was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Sue Cook. Services Monday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-6-2001
Whaley Ralph, 80, of rural Albion, died February 26, 2011, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. He was born March 22, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio. He served with the U. S. Army, and later re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On July 28, 1951, he married in Angola Betty J. Kime. He had co-owned and operated Preferred Companies since 1992, where he worked as a consultant. He was a member of Merriam Christian Chapel. His wife died Feb. 25, 2009. Surviving are his daughters, Linda (Roger) Wirt of Duchesne, Utah, and Rita Whaley of Quito, Ecuador; a brother, Burton (Gerrie) Paulson of Toledo; and a sister, Barbara (Robert) Sanders of Fremont. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Phyliss Kenyon. Memorial service March 5 at Merriam Christian Chapel. ^ 3-3-2011
Whan - a little son, aged 7 months, of Mr. and Mrs. Will Whan died last Thursday . ~10-20-1892
Whan Allie Rebecca, daughter of Jonathan S. and Alice R. Clark, and wife of George P. Whan, was born in Noble County April 28, 1885 and died Aug. 18, aged 16 years 3 months and 20 days. She married George P. Whan June 30, 1901. About 4 years ago she united with the Lutheran Church at Bethlehem. Funeral Monday. Burial, Swan Cemetery. Another daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark, who died 2 years ago, was the wife of Mr. Whan by a former marriage. ^ 8-23-1901
Whan Anna Eliza (Veazey), wife of Edwin Whan of Swan Twp, died Monday at her home from Bright’s disease. She was about 48 years of age and leaves a husband, 2 daughters, parents, sister, brothers. She was the older daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Veazey of Green Twp. She was a niece of Mrs. J. S. Conlogue of this city. Funeral was in Hopewell Church Wednesday. Burial, King Cemetery. ^ 5-21-1908 She was born in Swan Twp July 9, 1860; died May 18, 1908, aged 47 years 10 months and 9 days. She married Edwin R. Whan Nov. 7, 1889. They had 2 daughters, Hazel and Mary. She united with the Presbyterian Church at Hopewell about 16 years ago. ^ 6-4-1908
Whan Bralynn R, 1 day old daughter of Jillian N. Melton and Kyle Whan of Kendallville, died July 6, 2013, at Parkview Noble Hospital. Graveside service Thursday at Riverside Cemetery in Howe.^ 7-9-2013
Whan Edwin
, 89, residing east of Swan, died Monday in the Grace Convalescent Home, Fort Wayne. Two daughters had preceded him in death. He is survived by the wife, Minnie, and four grandchildren. Services Wednesday in the McKee & Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. ~ 1-11-1951 + 1951
Whan Emanuel Fox of Fort Wayne, who was serving a term in the county jail, escaped last Saturday and was recaptured by deputy sheriff Mannix but broke and run away from him and refusing to obey the command to "halt", was shot and killed by him. Young Whan is described as being addicted to drink, and when under such influence a tough customer. His father, Joseph Whan, of Fort Wayne, is known as a very worthy man and one of the finest millwrights in Indiana. The deputy sheriff was arrested and placed under $5,000 bonds. He now expressed much regret over the shooting and says he did not expect to kill him but wished to frighten and recapture him. ^ 8-10-1883
Whan Franklin died Friday at his home on the Noble-Allen County Line after an illness due to complications of diseases. He was born Oct. 29, 1851 in Noble County. On Oct. 26, 1876 he married Susanna Moore, who preceded him in death Jan. 17, 1917. Three sons and three daughters survive. They are namely, John W., of Edgerton, Kansas, Mrs. H. C. Brayton of Rome City, Mrs. F. E. Smith of Garrett, Mrs. James Pepple, also of Garrett, and Perry and Arthur of Avilla. Three brothers and three sisters are now living. They are Mrs. Olive Rich of Fort Wayne, William of Whitley County, Oliver of Noble County, George of Garrett, Mrs. Mary Lyons of Howe, Indiana, and Mrs. Elizabeth Strause of Avilla. Funeral Sunday at the home. Interment in Swan Cemetery. + 7-?-1924
Whan Frona, 47, died Sunday in Parkview Hospital. She was a lifetime resident of the Ege community in Swan Twp, having operated a general store and service station in Ege the past twenty years. Her husband, Ted, is manager of the Huntertown Grain and Lumber Co. Surviving in addition to the husband are three daughters, Mrs. Gaylord Warner, Huntertown, Dora and Carol, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Glenn Leiter, LaOtto, and Mrs. Robert Cook, Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, Frank Mallon, Kendallville, and James Mallon, Hanover. Services Wednesday in the Huntertown Methodist Church. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 8-2-1956
Whan George, 52, died Christmas Eve at his home in Huntertown. A native of Swan Twp, he was born March 2, 1914, the son of Perry and Minnie Whan. He was a veteran of WW II, having seen three years of active duty overseas, and was employed 16 years at the International Harvester in Fort Wayne. Surviving are the wife, Ima; a son, Gary, 13; the mother, Avilla; and four brothers, Kermit and Jack, of Avilla, Guy of LaOtto, and Warren (Ted), Huntertown. Funeral last Tuesday in the Huntertown Methodist Church. ~ 1-5-1967 + 1-?-1967
Whan Guy E, 41, R. 1, LaOtto, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital of first degree burns suffered Sunday. He was injured Sunday while he and Russell Conrad were painting a milk house. The two men were using a propane powered tank when one lit a cigarette causing an explosion. Born July 25, 1927 on R. 1, LaOtto, the son of Perry and Minnie (Kelham), he had resided all his life in LaOtto. On Aug. 23, 1947 he was married to Alice Janet Conrad of LaOtto. He was a driver for the Diversified Delivery Service in Fort Wayne. Surviving in addition to the wife are three sons, Kent A., R. 1, LaOtto, and Phillip P. and Terrill E., both at home; the mother, Avilla; three brothers, Kermit, R. 1, Avilla, Jack, Avilla, and Ted, Huntertown; and one grandchild. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Auburn, the Eagles Lodge in Fort Wayne and the Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Funeral Thursday in Calvary United Church. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 9-26-1968 + 9-?-1968
Whan Isabel J (Perry) was a native of the state of New York and was born Oct. 14, 1828 and died April 8, 1902, aged 73 years 5 months and 24 days. She was a daughter of the late Oliver L. Perry and Mary (Francis) Perry who settled in Swan Twp in 1836. She became a member of the United Brethren Church in her youthful days. Her marriage with John Whan took place in Swan Twp on Feb. 8, 1849 and they had 11 children, 2 of whom have died. At the time of their marriage they settled on the farm which they have occupied to the present time. They were among the oldest of Noble County pioneers and have seen the wilderness yield before the march of civilization. The funeral was held at the old homestead. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ^ 4-11-1902 She died Tuesday . She came with her parents to Swan Twp in 1836 and settled on the present J. F. Perry farm. The country was new and they enjoyed the blessing of pioneers who for years were happily sheltered beneath the slab roof of a log cabin in the woods of northern Indiana. No roads marked out and only Indian trails or glazed trees to guide the traveler. Fort Wayne was the nearest trading point. ~ 1902
Whan Jack R, 92, lifetime Avilla resident, died July 16, 2011 at the Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Noble County April 15, 1919 to Perry and Minnie (Kelham) Whan. He was a 1937 graduate and part of the last graduating class of the LaOtto High School. On May 29, 1941 he married Mary Louise Whan. She died July 15, 2008. He retired after 31 years of service as an electrician at International Harvester in Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. He served on the Avilla Fire Department from 1942 to 1974. He belonged to the Avilla F&AM Masonic Lodge # 460 and the Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne. He is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jan Whan of Indianapolis, and Donald and Debra Whan of Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren; Kara and Jeremy Baber, Christopher and Ashley Whan, Jaclyn and Donald Shuler and Jeff Whan; 4 great-grandchildren; Sophia Baber, Madelyn Whan, Isabella Baber and Maci Whan. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Whan, in March 1964; and 4 brothers; Kermit, Ted, George and Guy Whan. Funeral July 21 at Calvary United Methodist Church. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ^ 7-19-2011
Whan John was born in Harrison County, Ohio, Sept. 29, 1820, and died April 11, 1903, aged 82 years, 6 months and 12 days. He was the oldest of six children born to Joseph and Jane (Barton) Whan. He was married to Isabel J. Perry Feb. 8, 1848. They had eleven sons and daughters, viz., Olive I., Franklin, Theresa, Martha J., Oliver L., William, Mary J., Elizabeth I., John and James, all living and present except Martha J. and John, deceased, James and George D, who are in Colorado. When his father died in 1838 he was about eighteen years of age and the greater part of the care and responsibility of the family fell to his lot. Having been thrown upon his own resources at a comparatively early age, he, in 1843, bidding farewell to the familiar scenes of his childhood, came to Indiana and purchased a part of the farm that he owned until his decease, entered the wilderness, encountered its hardships, dangers and privations, and carved out a new home and new destinies for himself and family. He united with a branch of the Presbyterian Church when he was about eighteen years of age, in Washington County, Pennsylvania, also became a member of the Hopewell congregation in 1893, of which he remained a consistent member until his death. He rose to the honored position of one of Noble County’s commissioners, serving two terms, discharging its duties in a manner highly creditable to himself and to the public at large. One year ago his wife died at the age of seventy-three years. Obsequies were held at the Methodist Church at Swan, April 14. Burial, Swan Cemetery beside his wife. ^ 4-17-1903
Whan John, 76, a bachelor, died at his home near Albion Sunday from apoplexy. Surviving are the brother, Ed, Swan Twp; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ocie DeHoff Avilla, and Mrs. Rebecca Erickson of Garrett. + 3-?-1933
Whan John Greenleaf, Swan Twp, died in a hospital at El Paso, Texas, last Sunday of consumption. The sad news was conveyed to the friends here by a telegram from the Sisters of Charity in charge of the hospital, and arrangements were at once made to bring the remains home for burial. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Whan of Swan Twp and was 31 years of age. He has been in failing health for several years, and two weeks ago yesterday left for the south in the hope of benefiting his health. For several years he was engaged in teaching school, and his ultimate idea was to fit himself for the legal profession. He would have made his mark in the world had his life been spared. The funeral services will be held at Swan but at this writing the time has not been determined. ~ 11-10-1898 He was born in Swan Twp, May 21, 1867. His early life was spent on his father’s farm and attending district school until he was about 20. He attended school at Angola, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and DePauw University. He taught school 6 terms but his health failed so he had to give up teaching. He arrived in El Paso just one week before his death Nov. 6, aged 31 years 5 months and 15 days. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ^ 11-18-1898
Whan John Weston, 74, died December 30, at his home in LeLoup, Kansas. He had suffered a stroke on December 24. He was a native of Noble County and as a boy had resided with the family in Green Twp. Those attending services from this vicinity were a brother Arthur Whan, and three nephews, Kermit, Guy and Warren Whan. ~ 1-3-1952
Whan Jonas W, resident of Morrison Colo., died on May 23, 1902 from apoplexy. He was born at Swan, Sept. 23, 1853 and came to Morrison in 1878 and since made his residence in this place. Shortly after coming to Morrison he engaged in the limestone business and was for some years superintendent of A. H. Garfield’s extensive limestone quarries. On June 4, 1888 he married Miss Clara L. Johnson of Morrison. In the fall of 1900 he purchased the grocery and meat business of M. M. Nay and Sons, which he conducted about one year and sold to his brother-in-law, Mr. H. L. Deane. He leaves a wife, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, of whom one sister and brother reside in Denver. Burial, Morrison Cemetery. ^ 6-27-1902
Whan Joseph died at his home at Fort Wayne Sunday of consumption at the age of 63. He was a brother of John and William Whan of Swan Twp. ~ 7-23-1891 He died Sunday at his residence, 43 Baker St., Fort Wayne. He was born in Penn. July 25, 1828 and moved to this state in 1845 and has lived here ever since. Jan. 1, 1855 he married Catherine French. He was a millwright by trade. Two years since he was compelled to quite work, tubercular trouble having gained complete control of the vital organs. One year ago he united with the Second Presbyterian Church where funeral will be today. He leaves a wife but no children. He was a brother of John and William Whan of Swan Twp. He was a very fine mechanic and did more or less work in nearly every grist mill in this part of the state. ^ 7-24-1891
Whan Kenneth W, 64, of R. 1, Churubusco, died Nov. 20 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fort Wayne. A lifelong area resident, he was born March 19, 1909 to William and Lulu Boggs Whan. He was a farmer and security guard at Dana Corp. in Fort Wayne. He was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge. Surviving are 2 sons, Richard of R. 1, Ligonier, and John of R. 1, Churubusco; 5 grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Velma Kellam of Dunedin, Fla. Services will be Nov. 23 at Krider-Bair Funeral Home. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. * 11-?-1973
Whan Kermit G, 82, of Avilla, died March 31, 1993 in McCray Hospital in Kendallville. He had been ill 7 years. Born in Swan Twp, Noble County on April 25, 1910, he was the son of Perry and Minnie (Kelham) Whan. On July 5, 1931 in Avilla he married Lileth A. Weaver, who survives. A lifetime area resident, he was a retired farmer and bus driver for East Noble School Corp. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Surviving also are a daughter, Janis Groll of Mesa, Ariz.; 2 sons, Paul of Kendallville and Richard of Avilla; 2 brothers, Jack of Avilla and Ted of Huntertown; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Avilla. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. + 3-31-1993
Whan Lileth A, 98, died Oct. 19, 2008 at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was a lifetime area resident and a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. She was born in Swan Twp on Aug. 22, 1910 to Frank and Mae (Fisher) Weaver. She married Kermit G. Whan on July 5, 1931 in Avilla. Surviving are a son and his wife, Richard and Clara Whan of Avilla; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Whan of Kendallville; 9 grandchildren, Lana Ritter, Michael and Dennis Shroyer, Jerald and Jay Whan, Jackie Wakeman, Terri Keck, Tracy and Todd Whan; 2 step-grandchildren, James Groll and Joy Terry; 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 31, 1993; a daughter, Janis Groll on Feb. 15, 2003; a son , Paul Whan on Dec. 7, 2007; 3 sisters, Katherine Weaver, Rosetta Miller and Nina Growcock; and a brother, Lauren "Peenie" Weaver. Funeral Oct. 22, 2008 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ^ 10-21-2008
Whan Margaret K, 75, former Huntertown resident, died Feb. 28 at the home of a daughter, Phyllis Balliet of Fort Wayne, with whom she resided. Also surviving are two other daughters, Virginia Kresse of Bloomingdale, Mich. and Dorothy Donahue of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Herman Kugler of LaOtto and Wayne Kugler of Wolcottville, and a sister, Greniviere Kugler of LaOtto. Services will be today in McKee Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 3-3-1977 + 1977
Whan Mary (Strouss) was born in Pennsylvania 1827; settled 1835; a daughter of Jonas Strouss; died October 29, 1896, aged 68 years, 10 months. * 10-?-1896 She was born in Beaver County, Penn. Dec. 29, 1827. When 8 years of age she came with her parents to Noble County, Ind. and was married to William Whan Nov. 16, 1848. They had 5 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom except one son are yet living. There also remains her husband, her father now in his 97th year, 3 brothers and 4 sisters and 14 grandchildren. She Oct. 29 at her home in Swan Twp, aged 68 years and 10 months. She had been a Christian from early life. Funeral was held from the Hopewell Church. Burial, King Cemetery. ^ 11-6-1896
Whan Mary Grace, daughter of Jonathan S. and Alice Clark, was born in Noble County, Aug. 1, 1881; died Aug. 12, 1899, aged 18 years and 11 days of typhoid fever. She married George P. Whan May 13, 1899. In Jan. 1897 she united with the M. E. Church at Swan although so situated that she attended Bethlehem Church and Sunday School. She is survived by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters; and 2 brothers. Funeral was at Bethlehem on Sabbath. Burial, Swan Cemetery. * 8-?-1899 ^ 8-18-1899
Whan Mary Louise, 87, of New Haven, died July 15, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. A 1938 graduate of Avilla High School, she had been the assistant postmaster in Avilla and had served as secretary for East Noble superintendent of schools for 16 years. She was born Sept. 3, 1920 to Chester and Vera (Burnett) Castator in Perrysburg, Ohio. She married Jack R. Whan on May 29, 1941. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, David and Janet of Fishers and Donald and Debra of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Kara and Jeremy Baber, Christopher and Ashley Whan, Jacklyn and Donald Shuler and Jeff Whan; great-grandchildren, Sophia Baber and Madelyn Whan; a brother, Donald Castator of Lubbock, Texas; and a sister, Doris Haile of Elkhart. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas, on March 4, 1964. Services Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ^ 7-18-2008
Whan Minnie E, 81, was born Nov. 9, 1890 in Swan Twp, the daughter of George and Nettie (Yarde) Kelham. She married Perry Whan in 1909 in LaOtto. He preceded her in death in 1951. She moved to Avilla from Swan Twp in 1950 and was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church. She died Sunday in the Kendallville Nursing Home. She is survived by three sons, Kermit and Jack, Avilla, and Ted, Huntertown; one brother, Merl Kelham, Albion; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Services were October 25 in the Calvary United Methodist Church. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 10-26-1972 + 10-?-1972
Whan Minnie Lyons, 85, of LaOtto, died Saturday in McCray Hospital. A native of Jefferson Twp, she was the widow of Edwin Whan, who died six years ago. She had been a lifetime resident of Noble County. She was a member of the Swan Methodist Church. The only survivors are a niece and a nephew. Services were held Monday in the L. E. Berhalter & Sons Funeral Home here. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 12-27-1956
Whan Nancy May, 64, for many years a resident of Swan Twp, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Lester Smith at Fort Wayne, last Tuesday. She was born in York Twp May 13, 1867, the daughter of William and Sarah McKee. She married Oliver L. Whan Dec. 10, 1887 and resided on a farm in Swan Twp. He died July 2, 1931. She was affiliated with the Hopewell Presbyterian Church near Avilla. Surviving are 2 brothers, C. C. of Avilla, and E. H. of Swan Twp; 6 nephews and 4 nieces. Funeral was at the home of a brother, C. C. McKee in Avilla last Thursday. + 1-?-1932 ^ No date
Whan Paul A, 67, of Kendallville, Dec. 7, 2007, at Visiting Home and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. A 1958 graduate of Avilla High School, he had owned Paul A. Whan Nationwide Insurance Agency in Kendallville. He was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville Lodge 276 F&AM, the Mizpah Shrine and Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne, American Legion Post 86, Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited. He had attended Toledo Barber College. He was born in Swan Twp, Noble County, on Jan. 7, 1940, to Kermit G. and Lileth A. (Weaver) Whan. He married Joyce A. Wilson on Oct. 7, 1961, in Kendallville at Trinity Church United Methodist. Surviving are his wife; his mother of Avilla; two daughters and one son-in-law, Terri and Jeff Keck of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tracy Lehman of Fort Wayne; a son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Susannah Whan of Lexington, Ky.; 6 grandchildren, Kevinn Keck of Flagstaff, Ariz., Jeremy Keck of Phoenix, Ariz., Cliff Hannon and Callie Lehman of Fort Wayne, and Emma and Nicklaus Whan of Lexington, Ky.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Clara Whan of Avilla. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Janis Groll. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-8-2007
Whan Perry, 65, died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne June 20. He was taken ill Sunday night, June 10th, and taken to the Sacred Heart Hospital Monday. Mrs. Whan is a patient at the Sacred Heart Hospital, where she underwent surgery about four weeks ago. Survivors are the wife, Minnie; five sons, Kermit and Jack of Avilla, Ted and Guy of LaOtto and George of Huntertown; nine grandchildren; two brothers, John of Kansas and Arthur of Huntertown; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of Cedar Creek and Mrs. Edna Brayton of Rome City. He had been a farmer all his life, until moving to Avilla last November. Services will be held at the residence Saturday. Burial, Swan Cemetery. ~ 6-21-1951
Whan Richard, 69, of Cromwell, died July 9, 2005 at Goshen General Hospital. He was a supervisor at Silgan Plastics for 38 years and had served on the Cromwell Town Board one term. He was born April 17, 1936 in Churubusco to Kenneth and Thelma (Trump) Whan. He was a member of Cromwell Lutheran Church, VFW, West Noble American Legion, the 40 & 8 Club and Ligonier Elks. He served with the U.S. Army 77th Special Forces (Green Berets). On March 26, 1988 in Cromwell he married Anne C. Dall. Surviving are his wife; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Marcia Whan of Churubusco. Services Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, with his nephew, Rev. David Whan, officiating. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery, with military graveside services. ^ 7-10-2005
Whan Richard Brent, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Whan, was stillborn. Survivors include the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Briggs and Mrs. and Mrs. Kermit Whan. Services Monday at the Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 2-3-1955
Whan Susanna (Moore) was born in Stark County, Ohio Nov. 29, 1849 and died at her home in Swan Twp Jan. 17, 1917, aged 67 years, 1 month and 12 days. She was baptized March 29, 1850, when a child, in the Lutheran faith, and later in life became a member of the Lutheran Church near Wilmot, Indiana. Later, she, with her husband, moved to Green Twp where she became a member of the Church of God at Sugar Grove. She was married to Franklin Whan October 26, 1876. She leaves a husband and six children as follows: John Weston Whan, Mrs. Edna Brayton, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Perry Whan, Mrs. Mary Pepple and Arthur Whan; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Catherine McCloughan of Goshen and Mrs. Barbara Kiester of New Smyrna, Florida. * 1-?-1917
Whan Thomas Allen, 16-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Whan, 141 S. Main St., died Wednesday of injuries received when the car he was driving crashed into a utility pole two miles west of Avilla. A junior in Kendallville High School, he was en route west on Albion Street Extended when his car went out of control on the slippery blacktop and went off the right side of the road. He was born October 31, 1947 in McCray Hospital. Until he transferred to Kendallville at the beginning of his junior year, he had attended Avilla Elementary and High School. His mother is a secretary in the offices of East Noble School Corporation. He is survived by the parents; two brothers, David and Donald; the paternal grandfather, Chester Castator, Swan Twp; and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Perry Whan of Avilla. Services at Calvary Methodist Church Saturday. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 3-5-1964
Whan Warren L "Ted", 88, of Fort Wayne, died May 8, 2000 in St. Joseph Hospital. A native of Swan Twp, Noble County, he was the retired manager of Huntertown Grain & Lumber Co. Surviving are a daughter, Sally L. Warner of Huntertown; a brother, Jack of Avilla; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frona, in 1955. Services in D. O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 5-18-2000
Whan William, who died Jan. 4 at the age of 90 years and 20 days, was born in New Athens, O. From there he went with his parents to Beaver County, Pa., where he lived until about 21 years of age. He then came to Swan Twp, where he has since lived with the exception of a few months. The last fifty years were spent on the farm where the summons came to him. He was one of a family of six children, only one of whom survives him. He was married to Mary Strouss in 1848. They had nine children were born, seven of whom are living. For over fifty years Mr. Whan was a Christian and a church member. The funeral was held at the Hopewell Church, Jan. 7, and the remains were laid to rest in the King Cemetery by the side of his wife who died sixteen years ago. * 1-?-1913
Wheat Josephine, 88, widow of Joseph Wheat, died here early today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Katie Jourdan, of a heart attack. Born in Poland, she had been a resident of Kendallville and vicinity more than half a century. Surviving are one son, Henry of Chicago; and 4 daughters, Mrs. Mary Adams and Mrs. Anna Penniman of Chicago, Mrs. Marguerite Kasper of Harvey, Ill., and Mrs. Katie Jourdan of this city. Funeral was Wednesday in the local Catholic Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-?-1938
Wheatley Dorothy Kay, 73, of Rome City, died Aug. 27, 2010 in her residence. She retired in 2007 from Hendrickson Suspension in Kendallville. She was born Oct. 17, 1936 in Fort Wayne to Kendall and Alice (Denzel) Frech. Surviving are a daughter, Sherry Schroeder of Holland, Ohio; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Jaye Rebman of Wolcottville, and Michael and Kristy Rebman of Nashville, Ind.; 5 grandchildren, Ashley, Kaylie and Andrea Schroeder, Jason Rebman and Stephanie Grubb; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Rebman on April 25, 2010; a brother, James Frech; a sister, Marsha Edwards; and 2 husbands, Dan Rebman and John Wheatley. No funeral service. ^ 8-29-2010
Wheeler Adaline, died in Albion on Jan. 16 at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, H.W. and Doctor S.W. Lemmon, aged 78 years and 10 months. She was born in Mount Pleasant, Wayne County, Pa. on March 5, 1808; was married to Ransom F. Wheeler on Dec. 20, 1832. In 1844 they came to Noble County, purchased land in Allen Twp on which they settled. There they reared their children, Albert M. of Central City, Iowa, Ebenezer S. of Sault St. Marie, Mich., and Harriet W. Lemmon of Albion, all of whom are living. In 1869 they removed to Albion. From there in 1877 he passed on. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where rests many of her kindred. She was a sister of H.H. Wheeler of this city and Mrs. E. B. Spencer of Allen. ^ 1-21 & 28-1887
Wheeler Albert Mortimer was born in Wayne County, Pa. in Oct. 1833, and died in Central City March 22, aged 69 years and 5 months. He moved to Indiana in 1844, where 14 years later he married Sarah Jane McArthur. They came to Linn County in 1866, locating on their farm south of town. Sixteen years ago he entered the furniture business here, continuing it for about 6 years. Retiring from that he and his wife settled in their fine home at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets, where they lived until their death. Burial, Clarke Cemetery southwest of town. He was a former Allen Twp Noble Co. man. ^ 4-10-1903
Wheeler Charles L, father of Mrs. Thurlo Holcomb near Albion, died at his home Feb. 8. Funeral was at Christian Union Church Thursday. Burial, Sixteen Cemetery. He had formerly been employed by the B&O Railroad. Surviving are the widow; 2 daughters and one son. + 2-?-1945
Wheeler Charles T died at his residence in Mechanicsville, Iowa on May 22, 1874 of paralysis, aged 67 years and about 6 months. He leaves a widow, a son, and a daughter. We believe he has but one surviving brother, H.H. of Allen Twp; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Ransom F. Wheeler of Albion, Mrs. E.B. Spencer of Allen Twp and Mrs. Mumford. He was for many years a physician of Albion. + Clippings book
Wheeler Clara P, 89, died Aug. 15, 1943 at McCray Hospital from complications. She had been a resident of Albion for 30 years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edith DeLile, Champlain, Conn.; and one son, Maurice of Ann Arbor, Mich.; 3 grandchildren. Funeral was Tuesday at Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit. + 8-?-1943
Wheeler Emma (Hayward), 86, died at her home Sunday from complications. She was the widow of Henry Wheeler, a Civil War veteran, and had spent most of her life in Michigan. She came to Rome City 4 years ago to maker her home with her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Doud, who together with 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, survive. Funeral was Tuesday at the Baptist Church, Rome City. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 1933
Wheeler Ertis, 90, died Tuesday in Fountain View Nursing Home in Elkhart. Born March 1, 1884 in Ligonier, she was the daughter of Levi and Lillie (Wysong) Price. She was married April 29, 1906 in Chicago to Orlando Wheeler. He died in 1957. A lifetime resident of the Ligonier area, she was a member of Ligonier First Church of Christ, Eastern Star, Women’s Relief and VFW Auxiliary. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Robert Garber, Constantine, Mich., Mrs. Robert Smith, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Virgil Yoder, Kenosha, Wis.; one son, Maynard Wheeler, Elkhart; 3 sisters, Mrs. Clayton Witmer, Leesburg, Mrs. Earl Culver, North Webster, and Mrs. Jake Miller, Millersburg; one brother, David Price, Kimmell; 16 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral Thursday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1974
Wheeler Evelyn Pearl, 76, died Monday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Elkhart County, she lived in Fort Wayne for the past 4 years. She retired in 1983 as co-owner of M&E Laundromats in Elkhart County. Surviving are her husband, Maynard; a daughter, Sandra Kay Hohman of Fort Wayne; a son, Carl M. of Indianapolis; 2 brothers, Harvey Saggars of Ligonier and Vernon Saggars of Columbia City; and 2 grandchildren. Services Wednesday at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-23-1992
Wheeler George died Friday at the home of his son, Frank E. at 414 N. Walsh St., Garrett, from a complication of diseases. He was born Feb. 2, 1848 at Tarrant Hinton, England. He came to the United States when he was thirteen years of age. He lived for a short time in New York City. Then he moved to a farm near Brighton, Ind. Later he lived north of Helmer and he resided on a farm near Sixteen Church four miles north of Garrett for 18 years. He resided with his son, Frank, in Ashley for ten years and for the last years in Garrett. He married Phyletta Ellithorp Jan. 1, 1872. She died in 1916. Surviving are the children, Frank E.; Mrs. William Martz, N. Randolph St., Garrett, Charles L. of Avilla, and Greenwood B., north of Auburn; eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was a member of the Sixteen Church of the English Lutheran denomination where funeral services were held Sunday. Burial, Sixteen Cemetery. ~ 10-4-1928
Wheeler George Mrs, 69, of Ashley, died at the family home in that place Friday of heart trouble. She is survived by her husband; three sons, Charles residing west of this place; Greenwood of near Auburn, and Frank at home; one daughter, Mrs. Will Martz of Garrett. Funeral was at Ashley Sunday. Burial, Richland Center Cemetery. ~ 6-28-1916
Wheeler Grover C, 43, died Friday at the home of his brother, James, corner of Grant and Williams Streets at Kendallville. He was stricken Friday morning and a physician was summoned, and later his condition was greatly improved. He suffered a convulsion shortly before 4 o’clock and died soon after. ~ 12-6-1928
Wheeler Hannah (Carr), 96, of Allen Twp, died Nov. 20, 1880, probably the oldest person in Noble County at the time of her death. She was born in Greenwich, R.I. in 1784 and moved with her family to Wayne County, Penn. in 1801. There in 1804 she married Trueman Wheeler and in 1841 with her family immigrated to Noble County. She leaves 6 daughters and 1 son. Her home for years has been with her son-in-law and daughters, Mrs. E. B. Spencer and Mrs. Mumford. + 12-2-1880 ^ 12-?-1880 ^ 12-2-1880
Wheeler Heman H, a former resident of Kendallville, died at his home in Detroit Dec. 8 from a complication of diseases. He was born July 22, 1823 in Wayne County, Pa. He settled in Allen Twp in 1844 and resided there until within late years. About a year ago he moved to Detroit where he erected a beautiful home. His son, E. D. made his home with him. His wife and 3 adult children survive. His remains arrived yesterday afternoon on the Lake Shore train. Funeral will be this forenoon at the residence of E.B. Spencer. ^ 12-11-1891 Heeman H. Wheeler's funeral was Friday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Spencer. The remains have been laid to rest in the family burial ground at Mount Pleasant Cemetery where he erected a beautiful monument several years ago. He had 3 brothers and 8 sisters. Four sisters survive, Mrs. E. B. Spencer, Mrs. Mumford of this city, Mrs. Davis of Grass Valley, Cal., and Mrs. Noble of Galena, Kansas. He married Loretta Mather of Gilead, Branch County, Mich., who survives. Kendallville Standard Weekly 12-18-1891 Contributed by Judy Richter
Wheeler Henry Lawrence "Hank", 52, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. A meat cutter by trade, he had been employed several years ago at Koons Super Market before accepting a position in Kendallville. Death was caused by cancer. He was born September 5, 1907 in Kendallville, the son of James H. and Minnie Mae Wheeler. He was a veteran of WW II; a lifelong resident of Kendallville; a member of the First Church of Christ there; the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Carole Ann Sheets, Fort Wayne; two sons, Robert Allen, and Richard A., both of Bryan, Ohio; one brother, Everett, St. Clair, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Alvin Baker, Albion, and four grandchildren. One brother, one sister and one son preceded him in death. Services will be held in Hite Funeral Home Saturday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 9-17-1959
Wheeler Henry Warren, former resident of this township and son of Heman H. and Loretta Wheeler, pioneers of this county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Newburry at Detroit, Mich., on June 5. He has been afflicted for some time and had been practically blind for a number of years. His father was a wealthy land owner and influential citizen of this township many years ago, the Wheeler homestead being three and one-half miles west of Avilla. He left here years ago and had since made his home at Detroit, Mich. His body, accompanied by his son, Dr. Charles Wheeler of Detroit, was brought to Kendallville last Thursday and taken direct to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery for burial. ~ 6-14-1923
Wheeler Jessie Blondine, 89, died Monday in Whitley County Hospital. She was born May 12, 1904 in Thorncreek Twp, Whitley County, to Frank and Clara (Egolf) Moore. On June 29, 1922 she married Melvin C. Wheeler. He died January 13, 1978. She grew up in Columbia City. Following her marriage she made her home in Ormas for 14 years. She then moved to a farm southeast of Etna where for many years her husband operated M.C. Wheeler & Sons Plumbing & Well Drillers, Inc. She was a member of West Point United Methodist Church, the Ladies Aid, the Lakeview Club and Rebecca Lodge. Surviving are 3 sons, Thomas W. and Bill E. of Columbia City, and state senator, Harold H. "Potch" Wheeler of Larwill; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Lou Ann) Foster of Columbia City; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-great-grandson and a brother, Paul Hazen of Leesburg, Fla. Funeral Thursday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. + 11-29-1993
Wheeler Joseph M "Maynard", 91, of Fort Wayne, died January 6, 2007 at Woodview Healthcare Center in Fort Wayne. He was a native of Ligonier and 1935 graduate of Ligonier High School. He had lived in Goshen and worked as an electrician at Studebaker in South Bend for many years. In 1967, he and his wife, Evelyn P. (Saggars) Wheeler, founded the M&E Laundromats in Elkhart. They moved to Fort Wayne in 1989, and his wife of 55 years died in 1992. He was a 62-year member of the Ligonier Masonic Lodge 185 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne and Trinity Chapter 185 OES. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra K. Hohman of Fort Wayne; a son, Carl of Fort Wayne; a sister, Lillibel Ellis of Sun City, Ariz.; 2 grandchildren, Brenda and Michael Hohman of Fort Wayne and 2 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Services Wednesday at D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier. ^ 1-8-2007
Wheeler Max R, 77, of Ormas, died Monday in Whitley County Hospital following a stroke on Friday. He was born March 21, 1916 in Burr Oak in Noble County to Roy and Addie (Fogle) Wheeler. In June 1946 in Washington D.C. he married June E. Price. He grew up at Wolf Lake and graduated in 1934 from Wolf Lake High School. He had driven a truck for Kenosha Transport Co. and retired in 1981 from International Harvester after 30 years. He was a WW II veteran of the Corps of Engineers, stationed in Alaska and New Guinea. He was a member of Columbia City Eagles Lodge 1906, Albion American Legion Post 246 and Wolf Lake VFW Post 4717. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Barbara W. Renner of Winchester, Va., and Anita J. Furkis of Ligonier; 2 sons, S. Craig of Louisville, Ky., and M. Brian of Stephens City, Va.; a sister, Mildred Edwards of Wolf Lake; and 5 grandchildren, Zachary and Kara Renner and Zebulon, Kyle and Lauren Wheeler. A sister, Evelyn, preceded him in death. Funeral Friday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. + 5-3-1993
Wheeler Minnie Mae, about 81, died April 5, 1956 in Whitley County Hospital. Surviving are 2 sons, Everett of St. Clair, Mich., and Henry L. of Kendallville; and one daughter, Mrs. Alvin Baker of Albion; 7 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Cole of Converse. + 4-?-1956
Wheeler Ransom F died at his home in Albion on July 7, 1877, aged 76 years, 3 months and 7 days. He was born in one of the eastern states (New York we believe) on March 30, 1801, and immigrated to Indiana in 1844. He leaves behind an aged companion and 3 children, we believe - 2 sons and one daughter, the latter being the wife of our townsman, Dr. S. W. Lemon. Funeral at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Richter
Wheeler Rebecca died at her home in Rockfalls, Wis. She was about 55 years of age and formerly a resident of Noble County but moved to Wis. about 20 years ago with her husband, Jacob Wheeler. William Sawyer of near Merriam is a brother. Funeral was held and remains interred in a cemetery at Rockfalls. ^ 6-1-1906
Wheeler Riley, formerly of Avilla and a member of the local F&AM, died in Ohio, July 26. Survivors include the widow, Ruth; two sisters, Mrs. Thurlow (Carrie) Holcomb of Albion and Mrs. Jay (Violet) Hollinger of Waterloo; and two nieces. He left Avilla some 45 years ago. ~ 8-10-1972
Wheeler Thomas W, 77, Ormas, died Feb. 22, 2002 at his home. He was born March 5, 1924 in Ormas to Melvin Clinton and Jessie Blondine (Moore) Wheeler. He graduated from North Webster High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army during WW II in Australia, New Guinea and Burma. He served as president of the family corporation, Wheeler & Sons Inc. Well Drilling and Plumbing, until retirement in 1987. On Oct. 1, 1966 he married Beverly A. Menzie. He was a member of Larwill Due Guard Masonic Lodge, Columbia City American Legion Post No. 98, VFW, Eagles Lodge and had served as the president of the Thorn Cemetery Association. Surviving are his wife; 4 sons, Greg (Cecilia) Wheeler and Brad (Lydia) Wheeler of Columbia City, Tom (Debra) Goodrich of Albion and Steve (Diane) Goodrich of Gratiot, Wis.; 2 daughters, Janet (Duane) Waybright of Larwill and Suzanne (Harry) Plotner of Amboy; 2 brothers, Harold of Larwill and Bill of Columbia City; a sister, Luann (Jack) Foster of Columbia City; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Thorn Cemetery with military honors by Columbia City American Legion Post No. 98 at graveside. ^ 2-24-2002
Wheeler Truman S, son of Heman H. and Loretta M. Wheeler, died Dec. 10, 1875, aged 18 years 10 months and 8 days. Albion New Era 12-16-1875.
Wherley Mary, widow of the late John Wherley, died at her home in Kendallville last Tuesday from complications. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Rosie Strater, Lyford, Tex., Mrs. James Wible, South Milford, and Mrs. Harry Hough, Kendallville; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral was Friday from L. E. Berhalter Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-?-1935
Whetten William T, 69, R. 1, New Paris, died Thursday in his residence. He was born June 17, 1903 near Milford and had been employed in road construction. He married Martha Brown on Aug. 25, 1928. She survives, along with 4 sons, Larry of New Paris, Jerry, Gary of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Marvin of Wyoming, Mich.; 5 daughters, Mrs. Nelson Hoover of New Paris, Mrs. Susan Hoover of Syracuse, Mrs. Robert Peterson of Milford, and Mrs. Monroe Yoder of Ligonier, and Miss Anita of Goshen; 3 brothers, Sam of Elkhart, George and Wilbur of Syracuse; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Hapner of Goshen; his mother Mrs. Woodford Whetten of New Paris; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were Sunday in Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 11-?-1972
Whetzel - a 4-year old son of Joseph Whetzel died on Sunday with lung fever. Funeral next Sunday at the Hopewell Church. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. ^ 3-5-1886
Whetzel Amy M, 92, Ithaca, N.Y., died July 24 at her home. Born in Avilla, she was the daughter of Joseph Conrad and Gertrude Eckels Whetzel. She was employed by the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University as an executive secretary, retiring in 1958. Surviving are five nieces, Ruth Whetzel, Ithaca, Emma Gilbreth of Scott Valley, Calif., Gertrude Grover Lott of Essex, Conn., Amy Barker of Kendallville, and Ellen K. Whetzel of Lexington, S.C.; and three nephews, Henry Osner, Modesto, Calif., Russell Whetzel of Hudson, and Harry Whetzel of Wolcottville. Services July 29 in Forest Home Chapel. Private graveside services at East Lawn Cemetery. ~ 8-8-1989
Whetzel Bernadine, 77, died Thursday in Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 8, 1916 to Harry and Hazel (Frazie) Bailey. In July 1933 in Albion she married Harry J. Whetzel. She had lived in rural Wolcottville since 1946, moving from Rome City. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Rosemary Baker of Fort Wayne; 3 sons, Charles of Wheaton, Ill., Richard and Rex of Wolcottville; a sister, Ethel Fritz of Kendallville; 2 brothers, Harold Bailey of Kendallville and Donald Bailey of Fla.; and 13 grandchildren. A brother, Kenneth Bailey, preceded her in death in April. No services. Burial, Greenwood Cemetery. + 11-4-1993
Whetzel Bertha, 95, died Friday at McCray Hospital. She was born December 31, 1887, the daughter of John and Nettie (Renkenberger) Good. She married Samuel E. Whetzel December 12, 1906. He died August 29, 1955. A lifetime Noble County resident, she was a member of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church and was formerly of The Lamplighter. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Amy) Barker, R. 2, Kendallville, and Ruth Whetzel of Ithaca, NY; two sons, Russell, R. 1, Hudson, and Harry of Wolcottville; eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Services were Monday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 8-18-1983 + 8-12-1983
Whetzel Blanche Pearl, daughter of Andrew and Josephine Whetzel, was born at Avilla Jan. 18, 1883; and died at her home November 2, 1899, aged 16 years, 9 months and 15 days. She leaves 3 sisters, 3 brothers, a father and mother. Funeral was at Hopewell Presbyterian Church Nov. 4. * 1899
Whetzel Della Elizabeth, 83, of Hudson, died Sept. 20, 2008 at Shepherd of the Hill in Kendallville. She was born Feb. 21, 1925 in Kendallville to Fred Kline and Minnie Witzke. She was married to Russell J. Whetzel. He died July 21, 1994. Surviving are a son, Russell Jr. of Hudson; a sister, Dorothy Owens of Kendallville; 2 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and a sister. No services. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 9-21-2008
Whetzel Gertrude (Eckels) of Forest Home, died December 15, 1948, at her home. She was a member of Forest Home Chapel. She is survived by 3 daughters, Miss Minnie M. Whetzel, Miss Amy Whetzel, both of Forest Home, and Mrs. George A. Osner of Delano, Calif.; a son, Samuel E. Whetzel of Kendallville, Ind.; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. ~ 1-13-1949
Whetzel Hannah Catharine, daughter of Joseph and Susannah Whetzel, was born in Beaver County, Penn. July 3, 1853, and died Oct. 4, 1899, aged 46 years, 3 months and 1 day. She leaves 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral was Friday. Burial, Hopewell Cemetery. * 1899
Whetzel Harry Joseph, 89, of Kendallville, died Feb. 14, 2004 at his home. He was a farmer, born Jan. 25, 1915 in Swan Twp, Noble County, to Samuel and Bertha (Good) Whetzel. He married Bernadine Bailey in July 1933 in Albion. She died Nov. 4, 1993. He married Alice Cook on Aug. 1, 2004. Surviving are his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Glenn Baker of Fort Wayne; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Charles and LaDonna, Richard and Janice, and Rex Whetzel, all of Wolcottville; 4 stepsons; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Amy Barker of Kendallville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell, and a sister, Ruth Whetzel. Private graveside services later. Burial, Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. ^ 2-15-2004
Whetzel Herbert H, 67, a member of the Cornell faculty for 42 years and the first professor of plant pathology in the United States, died November 30, 1944 at his home in Forest Home, near Ithaca, New York. Memorial services were held Sunday in Sage Chapel at Cornell University after a private burial service Dec. 2. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Whetzel; a daughter, Gertrude Grover; a son, Joseph C.; 4 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Minnie and Amy Whetzel, all of Ithaca; and Mrs. George Osner of Delano, Calif.; and a brother, Samuel E. of Kendallville. He was born near Avilla on Sept. 5, 1877, the son of Joseph C. and Gertrude E. Whetzel. * 1944
Whetzel Joseph, an old citizen of Swan Twp, died on June 4, 1878, aged 71 years, 3 months and 7 days. He had been a resident of Noble County for about 21 years. > 6-13-1878
Whetzel Joseph Conrad, a longtime resident of Noble County, died at his home in Forest Home, near Ithaca, New York on October 15, 1937. Had he lived until October 31 he would have been 88 years old. He will be remembered by many of the older people of this vicinity who knew him when he lived on his farm now owned by Grover Renkenberger near Hopewell. He was born in Beaver County, Pa., Oct. 31, 1849, the son of Joseph and Susanna (Eickling) Whetzel. Descended from a long line of pioneer Pennsylvania "Dutch" farmers and preachers, he came to Noble County at the age of seven with his father, mother, three brothers, Samuel, Andrew and Charles; and three sisters, Mary Ann, Sarah Jane and Hannah. His father purchased a forest-covered area northeast of Hopewell Church, now known as the old "Jim Pfleidner Farm," which with the help of his sturdy sons, he cleared and brought under cultivation. I have often heard my father tell of helping cut great black walnut and yellow poplar trees, piling them in log heaps and burning them to clear the land for cropping. On October 26, 1876, he married Gertrude Eckels. They had three sons and three daughters, all but one of whom, Thurlow who died in childhood, survive their father. After a few years of farming near Mongo, Indiana, "Joe" Whetzel, as he was familiarly known, sold his little farm and leaving his young wife and two children with his father-in-law, Valentine Eckels, went to Oregon to seek his fortune. Returning about six months later, he purchased the old "Jonas Strouss Farm", southwest of the Hopewell Church. Through hard years of toil and wise management, he restored its rundown fields and buildings. He then sold this farm to Dell Renkenberger and purchased the farm of his father-in-law, Valentine Eckels, half a mile to the southwest. Here he lived for 15 years, a successful farmer and a substantial citizen of the community. He was always active in the church at Hopewell and in other community affairs. Retiring from the farm in the fall of 1912, he moved with his wife and three daughters to Forest Home, a little village on the outskirts of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, where his oldest son lived. Here he has made his home for the last twenty-five years of his life. When he moved to New York, he took with him his favorite grey mare, "Old Kit,". For many years, "Granddad Whetzel" and "Old Kit" were the daily delight of the many children of the village of Forest Home. They clambered into his one-horse wagon or bestrode Old Kit as my father went about his daily business of plowing gardens, hauling things and doing odd jobs for the people of the village. He was a trustee in the village church and was a much loved and respected member of the little community in which he had chosen to spend the last years of his life. He is survived by his widow, two sons, three daughters, four grandsons, four granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren. His oldest son, the writer, is a professor of plant pathology in Cornell University; his other son, Samuel E., a farmer near Kendallville, Indiana; his eldest daughter, Minnie, is a nurse; and his youngest daughter, Amy M., secretary to the dean of the College of Agriculture, live with their mother in Forest Home. Ruth E. Whetzel, Sam’s daughter, also lives with her grandmother. The other daughter, Mrs. George A. Osner, lives in Delano, California, where her husband is plant pathologist for the Earl Fruit Co. - by Herbert H. Whetzel. * 10-?-1937
Whetzel Lucy (Baker), wife of Prof. H. H. Whetzel of the N. Y. State College of Agriculture at Cornell University, died at the city hospital in Ithaca June 19 of uremic poisoning after an operation for appendicitis. Funeral was held at the residence, Forest Home, N.Y. on Friday. She leaves her husband and two children, Lucy Gertrude and Joseph Conrad; her parents; two sisters; a brother; and a grandmother. She was born and grew to young womanhood in Swan Twp two miles south of Avilla, graduating from Avilla High School in the class of 1899. Several years later she became the wife of Prof. H. H. Whetzel. ~ 6-26-1912
Whetzel Mary died in Ames, Iowa, June 9. She was a teacher in the Cleveland, Ohio, schools for forty years and often visited in this vicinity. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Chas. Whetzel and wife, Manetta. Surviving relatives are two nieces, Mrs. Chas. Richardson of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Mrs. Marlin Fuller of Forest Park, Ill. Graveside services in Avilla June 14. ~ 6-17-1954
Whetzel Minnie, 82, of 206 Forest Home Drive, (Ithaca, N.Y.) died Dec. 20, 1961, at her home. She is survived by a sister, Miss Amy Whetzel, and several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services and burial in East Lawn Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Whetzel and was born on the farm now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Grover Renkenberger. ~ 1-11-1962
Whetzel Russell J, 80, of Hudson, died today in the emergency room of Cameron Hospital in Angola. He was born in Avilla on July 27, 1913 to Samuel E. and Bertha V. (Good) Whetzel. On February 26, 1944 in Kendallville he married Della E. Kline. A 1931 graduate of Rome City High School, he had been a farmer all of his life. He moved from rural Kendallville where he had lived 28 years to a farm near Hudson in November 1964. Surviving are his wife; a son, Russell J. Jr. of Hudson; 2 sisters, Mrs. Dean (Amy) Barker of Kendallville, and Ruth Whetzel of Ithaca, N.Y.; a brother, Harry of Wolcottville; 2 grandchildren, Scott Whetzel and Kimberly Gerber; and 2 great-grandchildren, Bradley and Brittney Whetzel. Graveside services Sunday in Lake View Cemetery. + 7-21-1994
Whetzel Ruth E, 94, Kendallville, died April 27, 2003 at Parkview Noble Hospital. She was born in Swan Twp near Avilla on December 12, 1908 to Samuel E. and Bertha V. (Good) Whetzel. Surviving are a brother, Harry of Kendallville; a sister, Amy Barker of Kendallville; a sister-in-law, Della Whetzel of Hudson; and 8 nieces and nephews. One brother, Russell J., preceded her in death. She was a secretary at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. for 39 years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Women's Club. She moved to Kendallville in 1996. Graveside services at Lake View Cemetery. ~ 5-1-2003
Whetzel Samuel was born in Beaver County, Penn. Aug. 9, 1840. When a boy he removed with his parents to Noble County, which has been his home ever since. On Dec. 20, 1865 he married Amanda E. Yeiser. Five daughters were born to them, all of whom, with his wife, survive. About one year ago a tumor appeared just under the left arm which proved to be a cancerous growth of the most malignant character. He was a member of the Evangelical Association. He was aged 56 years 20 months and 12 days. Funeral was at the house on the 23rd. ^ 6-26-1896
Whetzel Samuel Eckels, 71, died at his home west of Kendallville Monday from a heart ailment. He was a Noble County native and the son of Joseph C. and Gertrude (Eckels) Whetzel. For the past seventeen years he had engaged in farming but prior to that he was caretaker at Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter Memorial on Sylvan Lake. Surviving are the widow; Bertha; two daughters, Miss Ruth Whetzel, Ithaca, N. Y., and Mrs. Amy Barker, Kendallville; two sons, Russell, Kendallville, and Harry, of Wolcottville; seven grandchildren; and three sisters, the Misses Amy and Minnie Whetzel, Ithaca, N. Y., and Mrs. Bess Osner, Delano, Calif. Two brothers preceded him in death. Services this afternoon. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 9-1-1955
Whetzel Sarah Jane was born Sept. 8, 1844 in Beaver County, Pa., and died life May 2, 1912 at the age of 68 years 7 months and 24 days. She united with the Presbyterian Church April 13, 1866. Death came at the home of her brother, J. C. Whetzel, from Bright’s disease. Funeral was Saturday at Hopewell Church. Burial, Hopewell Cemetery. ~ 5-8-1912
Whipple Clara died Oct. 23 at Detroit, Mich. of black small pox. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Straub. She leaves 2 sons; her mother, Mrs. Mary Straub of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Vera Yeagley of Hudson, Mich.; 2 brothers, Floyd and Pirl of Clawson, Mich.; an aged grandfather, Lycurgus Bowman of Fort Wayne. She was a resident in Albion when her father conducted a restaurant and bakery here. + 10-?-1924
Whirledge Mary Jane, 88, died Tuesday at her home on Liberty Mills Road near Fort Wayne. She was a member of United Brethren Church, Indian Village. Her husband, Benjamin, died in 1933. Survivors include a daughter, Maude Chaney at home; a son, Claude B. of Roanoke; 2 sisters, Mrs. Emma Lung, Cromwell, and Mrs. Nellie Johnson of Elkhart; 3 brothers, Hudson Galloway and Harry Galloway of near Cromwell, and Charles Galloway of Topanish, Wash. Funeral at Indian Village U. B. Church Friday. Burial, Indian Village Cemetery. + 2-?-1948
Whirledge Walter died following a stroke at his home on Nov. 16. Funeral Nov. 19 in Fullerton, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Maggart). + 11-19-1963
Whitacre Edna Jane, 83, died Sept. 12, 2003 at her daughter's home in Rensselaer. She was a secretary for Noble County Farm Bureau Insurance and Noble County REMC. She served as a WAC in the military from 1943 to 1950 and was a member of Wawaka United Methodist Church. She was born Nov. 6, 1919 in Wawaka to Joseph Ray and Cecil (Ramer) Becker. She graduated from Wawaka High School in 1937. On June 15, 1948 she married Hugh Douglas Whitacre in Md. He was reported missing in action while serving in the military on Nov. 26, 1950. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Stuff of Rensselaer; 2 grandsons, Ehrin and Taylor Stuff. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Becker; and 3 grandchildren. Per her request, her body will be cremated, with interment following at Arlington National Cemetery. ^ 9-13-2003
Whitacre John, 79, of Ligonier, died Sunday at his residence from an apparent heart attack. Born March 31, 1901 in Kosciusko County, he was the son of Edward and Mae (Secrist) Whitacre. In 1963 he married Ruth Biddle. He had lived in Ligonier 17 years after moving from North Webster. He was a retired farmer and factory employee. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Hall of Sidney; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Eleanor) Barnum of Ligonier; a son, Robert of North Webster; 2 brothers, Eugene of North Webster and Walter of Bippus; 9 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, North Webster Cemetery. + 1-11-1981
Whitacre Mildred L, 80, died Tuesday in Parkview Hospital. A native of Newark, Ohio, she had lived most of her life in Fort Wayne. She was retired from Magnavox in 1970. Surviving are a son, William C. Berning of Albion; a daughter, Martha H. Cohee of Albion; and 6 grandchildren. Services Friday in D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Covington Memorial Gardens. + 4-25-1989
Whitaker George W, 75, of Ligonier, died Friday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a retired coal miner and had lived in Ligonier since 1965, moving there from Berwind, W.Va. He was born June 26, 1914 in Cucumber, W.Va. to Huff and Fannie (Altizer) Whitaker. On September 17, 1945 he married Gertrude Charles in Welch, W.Va. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Burlie of Clyde, Ohio, and Bernard of Phoenix, Ariz.; 5 daughters, Mrs. Claude (Wanda) Shepherd of South Milford, Mrs. Norman (Joanne) Harter of Avilla, Mrs. James (Gloria) Weber of Fort Wayne, Mrs. David (Janette) Miles of Goshen and Mrs. Kent (Jackie) Taylor of Ligonier; 16 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, James of Mt. Hope, W.Va.; and one sister, Alta Delph of Sweetsenville, N.C. One son, Louie, preceded him in death. Services Monday at Orr Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-11-1990
Whitaker Louie D, 41, died Wednesday of cancer at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born May 16, 1948 in Welch, W.Va., the son of George and Gertrude (Charles) Whitaker. He married Janet Wellman February 21, 1970. He lived in Ligonier 24 years, coming from Berwind, W.Va. He was a machinist at Inno-Pac in Ligonier and a Vietnam Conflict Army veteran. Surviving are his parents; his wife; 5 sisters, Wanda Shepherd, Joanne Harter, Gloria Weber, Jannette Miles and Jackie Taylor; and 2 brothers, Burley of Clyde, Ohio, and Bernard of Phoenix, Ariz. Services Sunday at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 4-25-1990
Whitbey James H, 78, operator of the old Time Thresher & Sawmill Operators, Inc. since 1950 on his farm, died Monday in St. Joseph’s Hospital. He lived on the Johnson Road, R. 213, Fort Wayne. He was an engineer on the old Pennsylvania Railroad before retiring in 1954 after 42 years. He was born in Putnam County, Ohio, and lived in Fort Wayne from 1932 until moving to northwest Allen County in 1945. He was a WW I veteran, a member of the F&AM Lodge 515, the American Legion, and VFW, all at Churubusco. Survivors include his wife, Lillie; 3 daughters, Mrs. Russell Parker and Mrs. Adeline Johnson, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. John Vaughn, Butler; a foster son, James L. Clark, Johnson Road; and a sister, Mrs. Fay Oberlin, Waterloo. Services were Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Leo Cemetery. + 8-?-1976
Whitcomb Edna V, 70, died April 27 at Kendallville from complications. Funeral was Thursday at M. E. Church. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. Surviving are 7 children and 5 great-grandchildren. + 4-?-1937
Whitcomb Evelyn Kay, 50, of Kendallville, died May 7 in McCray Hospital. She was born in Kendallville April 25, 1947 to Donald and Helen (Eley) Parks. On Dec. 18, 1966 in Kendallville she married William H. Whitcomb. She was a former physical education and health teacher at East Noble High School. She was the first girls’ basketball, track and volleyball coach at East Noble. She was a member of the Assembly of God in Kendallville. Surviving are her husband; her parents in Avilla; a daughter, Lindy at home; 2 sons, Jason, Toledo, Ohio, and Spencer at home; and 5 brothers, Steve, Paul and James of Avilla, Bruce of Rome City, and Rev. William of Ligonier. Funeral was in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 5-15-1997
Whitcomb Kate, 86, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Gill, 2 miles west of here. She had suffered a fractured hip about 4 weeks ago in a fall. Surviving also are 3 other daughters, Mrs. Mary Weaver of Wawaka, Mrs. Ada DePew of South Bend, and Mrs. Thora Roysdon of Walkerton; and 2 sons, Lyman and Ed Piggott of Wawaka. Funeral was Tuesday from Wawaka Methodist Church. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. + 11-?-1943
Whitcomb Lillie G "Midge", 87, of Valley View Health Care Center, Elkhart, died Thursday in Elkhart Hospital. She was born Oct. 31, 1901 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Jesse and Nora (Swartz) Shelt. On Dec. 30, 1918 in Fort Wayne she married Harry R. Whitcomb, who died April 15, 1983. She and her husband co-owned Whitcomb Floor Coverings. She retired from Ziesel’s Dept. Store in 1963. She was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church in Elkhart and was a former OES member. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Martin L. (Donna J.) Smith of Elkhart; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ted (Bessie) Kemery of Kendallville, and Mrs. Laurel (Evelyn) Bowser of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, Ed Shelt of Elkhart; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. A son, Ronald E, preceded her in death. Services Saturday in Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Elkhart. Burial, Rice Cemetery. + 7-27-1989
Whitcomb Oliver "Stu", formerly of Sylvan Lake, Rome City, died Monday in St. Petersburg. He was a bartender at the VFW in Kendallville. His wife Pat survives in St. Petersburg, Fla. + 5-26-1986
Whitcomb Thelma G, 79, of 210 S. Oak St., Kendallville, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Born in Noble County May 29, 1907, she was the daughter of William and Maud (Wiley) Leins. On June 21, 1934 she married Howard D. Whitcomb, who died in Dec. 1960. A resident of Kendallville since moving from DeKalb County in 1943, she was a retired school teacher at Wayne Center and Kendallville Middle Schools. She retired in 1972. She was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist, Rebekah Lodge No. 378, Ben Hur Lodge No. 20, East Noble Education Association and McCray Hospital Auxiliary. Surviving are a son, William "Bill" of Kendallville and 3 grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death. Services Friday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-23-1986
White Amanda L died in this city March 15 from cancer at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Caleb Kline. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rice, who were early residents of this county. She married Mr. White Oct. 10, 1885 at Bement, Ill. She leaves a son and daughter; a sister and 2 brothers. Her age was 51 years 7 months and 21 days. Funeral at the M. E. Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 3-23-1894
White Bessie, 76, 110 North St., Ligonier, died Saturday at Goshen Hospital. Born June 4, 1893 in Ligonier to Charles and Mary (Hite) Clawson, she and Conrad M. White were married on Aug. 7, 1916. A lifetime resident of the Ligonier area, she graduated from Ligonier High School in 1913. She was a lifetime member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband; one son, Charles of Goshen; one sister, Mrs. Willard Fink, South Bend; and 2 brothers, William Clawson, Urbana, Ill., and George Clawson, Fla. Funeral Tuesday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-?-1970
White Claude L, of Anderson, Ind., died in St. John’s Hospital at Anderson on April 17 of lung cancer. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Russell Carteaux and Mrs. Robert Jones of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and eight grandchildren. ~ 4-24-1958
White Connie, 55, of Waukegan, Ill., died Sunday in St. Therese Hospital in Waukegan. She was born in Kendallville March 25, 1942 to Ray and Pauline (Keefer) White. She moved to Waukegan 24 years ago where she was a nurse in North Chicago Veterans' Hospital. She also served as a nurse in the Vietnam Conflict. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are her mother; a sister, Bonnie Bryant of Ligonier; and 2 half-sisters, Margaret Grass of Goshen and Ruth Kaser of Elkhart. Funeral Wednesday in Ligonier United Methodist Church. + 4-27-1997
White Conrad M "Coonie", 88, of 312 College St., Ligonier, died Friday at his residence of an apparent heart attack. Born April 8, 1891 in Noble County, he was the son of Milton and Rebecca (Snoke) White. On Aug. 7, 1916 he married Bessie Clawson, who died May 16, 1970. A lifetime area resident, he is survived by one son, Charles of Goshen, and 7 brothers and sisters. Funeral will be Tuesday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 4-?-1979
White Devan C, 15, of Ligonier, died Jan. 7, 2011 from cancer. He was born May 11, 1995 in Goshen to Michael White and Robynne Wagner. He is survived by: his parents; 5 siblings, Cory Wagner of Leesburg, Ind., Nicolas Johnson of Niles, Mich., Raquel, Connor and Jacqueline “Jackie” White, all of Ligonier; grandparents, George and Katherine Wright of Mishawaka; David and Margarita Pena of Ligonier; James Wagner Jr. of Niles, Mich.; and Ken and Alice Jennings of Ligonier. Funeral Jan. 12 at Trinity Assembly of God, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 1-9-2011
White Edward Alva was born Oct. 12, 1943 and died May 20, 1953. Services at Sparta Christian Church May 22. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 5-?-1953
White Eleanor B, 84, died Monday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette. She was born June 13, 1909 in Kendallville to Louis E. and Mary Jane Berhalter. She married Joe K. White on October 9, 1934 in Kendallville. He died June 17, 1967. She was a graduate of Kendallville High School and the National College of Education in Evanston, Ill. A resident of Noblesville for 60 years, she had retired as president of Whitecroft Farms Inc. She also taught in Michigan and Indiana schools. She was a member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa and attended First Christian Church of Noblesville. Surviving are 3 daughters, Sarah Holtkamp of Noblesville, Mary Poulos of West Lafayette and Helen Yoder of Sharpsville; one sister, Mrs. Toby Tyler of Huntington; and 4 grandchildren. Services Thursday at Hughes Funeral Home, Evans-Godby-Trout Memorial Chapel. + 9-13-1993
White Eliza J (Sites) was born in Cumberland County, Penn. Aug. 24, 1816, and died in Kendallville May 4, 1904, aged 87 years 7 months and 20 days. She wrote her own obituary. "I lost my father when quite young, and with my mother went to Ohio, where she was called from me in my thirteenth year." She had been a member of Kendallville M. E. Church since 1856. She married William S. White in 1833 in Stark County, Ohio, and they had one daughter and 5 sons. One son died in infancy; the daughter, Laura A., in Santa Fe, Ind. in 1853; the husband in Miami, Ind. in 1855, the sons, Wesley J. at Avilla, and James O. at Santa Monica Cal. She is survived by 2 sons, William S. of Mattoon, Ill., and Edwin J. of Kendallville, with whom she lived. She moved to Peru, Ind. in 1841, in 1848 to Miami, in 1856 to Kendallville, where she has since lived. Funeral Friday from the residence of E. J. White on Garden St. Burial, Peru. ^ 5-13-1904
White Fannie S, 83, died Tuesday at Luckey Memorial Nursing Home, Wolf Lake. She was born Nov. 14, 1887 in Ill. to Jesse and Rachel (Calhoun) Wheeler. She was married to Howard White, who died in 1969. She was a resident here for 40 years. Surviving are one brother and 4 sisters, including Mrs. Roy White, Ligonier. Funeral will be Thursday at Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-?-1970
White George A was born in Ross County, Ohio Jan. 15, 1817. In 1837 he married Mary A. Yahn, a sister of Benjamin and Presley Yahn, who were among the earliest settler of Kosciusko County and settled near the little town of Webster. Here they lived until 1864 when he came to Ligonier, where he died March 26, 1889. He was the father of 14 children, ten of whom are dead. Two of his children entered the Union Army - one returned but the other sleeps on a southern battle field. Noble Co Democrat 6-12-1889
White George H, 75, resident of this community the past 15 years, died Thursday at his home about one mile west of the city on the Drake Road from paralysis. He was born in Medina County, Ohio, where he resided until coming to this community 15 years ago. Since residing in Noble County he had engaged in farming. Surviving are the widow; a son, Harold, Detroit, Mich.; one brother and 2 sisters, Jacob White and Mrs. Viola Dague, Barberton, O., Mrs. Martha Morris, Canton, O. Funeral will be Saturday from Cedar Creek Church. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. ^ 8-24-1934
White Grace Elizabeth, 57, Kimmell, died Thursday in Goshen Hospital. Born in Churubusco on Oct. 21, 1909, she married Edward White. She was an employee of Ligonier Rubber Co. Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Mrs. Don Rowe, Wolcottville, Miss Carolyn at home; one brother, Kenneth, Summers, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Lois Schilling, Bippus. Services Saturday in Ligonier Ulrey-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1967
White H W, 81, retired Evangelical United Brethren minister, died at Dade City, Fla. last Monday. He had lived in Dade City about 4 months. A native of Jackson County, he had held pastorates in Ligonier, Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Elkhart, Frankfort, Morocco, Logansport and Albion. He was in the ministry 43 years and served the Albion church from 1948 to 1952. Survivors are the widow, Myrtle; 2 sons, Rev. Charles, Dade City, and Paul, Kankakee, Ill.; and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Rowan, Dayton, Ohio. Services were Saturday in the EUB Church in Ligonier. + 1957
White Jennings R, 38, of 306 E. Miller St., Ligonier, died Tuesday in Goshen Hospital. Born Nov. 22, 1941 in Jolo, W. Va., he was the son of Samuel and Virgie (Oosley) White. On May 9, 1966 in Grundy, Va., he married Alice Hicks. He had lived in Ligonier 7 years moving from Cleveland, Ohio. He was retired from Weatherhead Co. in Syracuse and was a member of Little Flossie Church in Lisbon. Surviving are his parents in Whitewood, Va.; his wife; 3 sons, Jennings Jr., Ronnie and Michael; a sister, Mrs. Elisha (Emma) Lester of Leland, N.C.; and a grandfather, John D. White of Whitewood, Val. Services will be Saturday in Little Flossie Church. + 8-?-1980
White Jessie I, 89, died at Lawton Place Nursing Home, Fort Wayne Tuesday. She was born Nov. 3, 1895 in Danville, Ill., and there on Feb. 24, 1916 she married Roy White, who died in 1971. A former Ligonier resident, she had resided at the nursing home the past 11 years. She was a member of Richville Methodist church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Florence Yarman and Mary Beaty of Fort Wayne; a son, Herman of Mercer, Pa.; a sister, Viola Huffman of Ill.; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be Friday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Eden Cemetery. + 1-22-1985
White Lottie (McCartney) was born Feb. 12, 1875 at Avilla; died at Grand Rapids, Mich. April 28, 1908, aged 33 years 2 months 12 days. She was married to Harry White Nov. 28, 1895. They had one daughter, Clarissa Catherine, 11. She leaves her husband, daughter, parents five sisters and 2 brothers. The remains were brought from Grand Rapids Wednesday and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Jane McCartney on S. Main St., Avilla, where on Friday the funeral was held. She was carried to her grave by her brothers Will and Fred; three brothers-in-law, Floyd Brawner, Jonas Veazey, Alton Dreibilbis; and cousin, Eph Krieger in the Avilla Cemetery. ^ 5-7-1908
White Marjorie (Powell) of Garland, Tex., died Oct. 6. A former resident of Churubusco, she was the daughter of John and Iva (McCullough) Powell. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy. Survivors include two sons, Lee White, Garland, Tex., and David Davison, Goshen; six sisters and one brother, Audra Hatch, Alice Kirkpatrick, John Powell, Janet Bianski, all Churubusco, Nancy Derrow, Auburn, Eleanor Richardson, Garland, Tex., and Rita Rowe, Avilla. Mass at Ege Catholic Church Tuesday. ~ 10-11-1988
White Milton died at his home Wednesday. Funeral was Friday from the U. B. Church in Ligonier. He leaves his wife; 3 sons, Conrad and George of Ligonier, and Will of Elkhart; 4 daughters, Mrs. John Boss of Wawaka, Mrs. Andrew Hough of South Bend, Mrs. Marion Galloway of Ligonier, and Emma of Michigan. + 1924
White Naomi Ruth, 91, died Dec. 24, 2001 at Northern Lakes Nursing & Rehab in Angola. She was an elementary school teacher in Kendallville and Auburn and was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist. She was born July 5, 1910 in Lowell to John H. and Ruby (Burnham) Spindler. On June 18, 1934 in Lowell she married Dr. J. Philip White. He died on April 9, 1988. Three brothers are also deceased Surviving are 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Dr. J. Philip White Jr. of Bloomington and Dr. Stephen S. and Kathie White of Angola; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ellen and James Lockwood of Speedway; 4 grandchildren, H. David, Brad, Mark and Heather White; and 8 great-grandchildren. Services today at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-26-2001
White Pauline, 88, died April 2, 2003 at her daughter's home in Kendallville. She graduated from Ligonier High School in 1932 and had worked in the laboratory at Kidd's Marshmallow Co., retiring after over 30 years of service. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. She was born in Kosciusko County May 30, 1914 to Earl Devoe and Mary Mildred (Orr) Keefer. She and Roland Raymond White were married by his father in Sept. 1941 in the United Brethren Church in Ligonier. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Bryant of Kendallville; 2 stepdaughters; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Connie; 2 brothers, Lester and Bob Keefer; and 2 great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 4-4-2003
White Pearl Stump, 78, Ligonier, died today in Goshen Hospital. She was born June 24, 1896 in Noble County to Joseph and Ella (Archer) Galloway. She married Asa Stump in 1917. He died in 1959. In 1963 she married George White, who died in 1966. Moving to Ligonier from North Webster 6 years ago, she was a member of World Gospel Church, Ligonier. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Gaerte, R. 1, Wawaka, and Mrs. Ruby Campbell, Ligonier; 2 sons, Joseph, Ligonier, and Lowell, Denver, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Housour, Elkhart; 7 stepchildren; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral Sunday in World Gospel Church. Burial, Salem Cemetery at Wilmot. + 10-?-1974
White Raymond E, 60, former area resident, died Sunday in Scottsdale Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born Feb. 9, 1915 in Angola. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Sharon Ery, Toledo, Ohio, and Miss Rayanna, Scottsdale; one son, Lloyd, Eldridge, Iowa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Buchheimer, R. 2, Britton, Mich., and Mrs. Violet Savarise, LaMirada, Calif.; 4 brothers, Richard C., West Palm Beach, Fla., Robert A., Bunker Hill, Grayson K., Greensboro, Pa., and Paul, Elkhart. Funeral Thursday in Kistler Funeral Home, Hudson. Burial, Flint Cemetery. + 3-?-1975
White Rebecca, 81, widow of Milton White, died Monday of senility. She was born at Chambersburg, Pa. and was brought to this vicinity when she was a child of 3 by her parents, who made the trip in a covered wagon. Surviving are 2 sons, George and Conrad of Ligonier; and 5 daughters, Mrs. John Boss of near Wawaka, at whose home she died, Mrs. Andrew Hough of South Bend, Mrs. S. D. Keefer and Mrs. Marion Galloway of Ligonier, and Mrs. John Hower of Vicksburg, Mich. A son, William, was killed in an automobile accident about 2 weeks ago. Funeral will be Thursday at United Brethren Church at Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-?-1932
White Robert E, 47, 604 N. Main St., Ligonier, died Thursday in his home. His death was ruled a suicide. He reportedly had attached a rope to a rafter in the laundry room and hanged himself. He was born Nov. 4, 1926 in Oak Hill, W. Va. He married Helen Carroll May 7, 1945 in W. Va. He moved to Ligonier from Sharon, W. Va. 6 years ago. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Mrs. Raymond Cook, W. Va., and Mrs. Jerry Lamb, Ligonier; 4 sons, Robert E. Jr. and Roger L., W. Va., and Jeff and Jack at home; 6 sisters and 2 brothers; 7 grandchildren. Services will be in East Bank, W. Va., with burial in Leewood, W. Va. + 4-?-1974
White Roy, 81, R. 1, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital from pneumonia. He was born April 24, 1889 in Danville, Ill. to James and Mary (Radebaugh) White and was married there in 1915 to Jessie Wheeler. He was a resident of this area for 26 years and was a retired farmer. Surviving are the widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Florence Yarman and Mary Beatty of Fort Wayne; one son, Herman, Streetsboro, Ohio; 2 brothers, Charles, Cumberland, Wis., and Ross, Danville; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at Ulrey Funeral Home. Burial, Eden Cemetery. + 2-?-1971
White Seth L, 76, died in McCray Hospital Friday after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was a former resident of Montpelier, Ohio, and moved to Knapp Lake near Kimmell 11 years ago. He was a retired machinist for Norfolk & Western Railroad and a member of World Gospel Evangelical Church. Survivors include his wife, Eunice; one son, Richard, Arlington, Texas; one daughter, Betty Jane Culbertson, New Haven; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Yarlott, Helena, Calif.; and 7 grandchildren. Services were Monday at Central United Brethren Church in Montpelier, Ohio. + 5-?-1976
White Sophia, widow of the late Ira B. White, aged 64 years 6 months and - days, died at her residence in Port Mitchell on April 30, 1874 of lung fever. Albion New Era 5-7-1874
White Trillah, 77, a former resident of Anderson, died Tuesday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mrs. and Mrs. Russell Carteaux, east of Avilla on Road 8. Born July 12, 1888, she was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Pefly Stevens. In 1915 she was married to Claude White, who died in April 1958. She left her home in Anderson, July 4, 1960, and has since made her home with her daughter. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Anderson but attended the Calvary Methodist Church in Avilla during her residence here. Survivors include, in addition to Mrs. Carteaux, another daughter, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Jones; ten grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Clifford Dale, of the Peabody Home in North Manchester. A brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held this morning in L. E. Berhalter Son Funeral Home, Avilla. Rites in the Harold Rozelle Funeral Home in Anderson Friday. Burial, Memorial Park Cemetery. ~ 9-2-1965 + 8-?-1965
White Walter R, 59, former resident of Ligonier, died at a Jackson, Mich. hospital Wednesday. He was living at Homer, Mich. He was born Aug. 23, 1918 to Shirley and Amanda (Wade) Hostetter here and married Blanche Myers on Nov. 10, 1942 at Albion. A truck driver for the Ford Motor Co. at Detroit, Mich., he lived at Ligonier for 20 years before moving to Michigan. He attended the United Methodist Church. Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Betty Lou Bauchman, Mrs. Nora Hurd, Mrs. Joyce Stapleton and Mrs. Susan Wheeler of Detroit; 2 sons, Kenneth and Dennis of Detroit; 4 sisters, Mrs. John (Donnabelle) Flint, Pico Rivera, Calif., Mrs. Wilma Saylor, Pasadena, Calif., Mrs. Winifred Hauck, Whittier, Calif., and Mrs. Merivern (Ruth) Fredricks, Glendale, Calif.; 4 brothers, Harold Hostetter, Syracuse, Herbert Wade, Ligonier, Maurice Hostetter, Goshen and Lawrence Wade, South Bend; and 9 grandchildren. Funeral will be Saturday at Werker-Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-?-1977
White Winifred Erma, about 55, a native of Noble County, died Jan. 26, 1969 at Mt. Pleasant Michigan. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Roe, born Feb. 24, 1913. She had lived the past 3 years in Barryton, Mich. She was married first to George Campbell, who died in 1938. Her second husband, Francis White, whom she married in 1953, survives, with 2 daughters, Mrs. Bill (Phyllis) Burnworth of Kimmell, and Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Hale of Mt. Pleasant; 5 sons, Fred, Harold and George Jr. Campbell, all of Ligonier; and William Hummell of Barryton; 2 sisters, Mrs. Stella Sroufe of North Webster and Mildred Geyer of Sturgis, Mich.; and 2 brothers, Merle of Mishawaka and Millard of Calif.; 30 grandchildren. Rites at Bonham, Miser & Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1969
Whitehead Eliza, 69, daughter of Daniel and Lavina Rice, was born in Atwater, Portage County, Ohio, in 1832; died at the home of her sister, Lavina Kline, in this city April 6. She leaves 2 sons, 2 brothers and one sister. Burial in the cemetery north of the city. ^ 4-12-1901
Whitehead Elsie, about 85, (b. 2-7-1871) died Nov. 6, 1956 at the State Soldiers’ Home where she had resided the past 9 years. Prior to that she was a resident of this community. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Grace Aller of Dayton, Ohio; 3 stepchildren, Erwin Whitehead of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Calvin Beck of Syracuse, and Mrs. Charles Breasner of Remington; 9 grandchildren; and one brother, Shirley Prickett of Port Angeles, Wash. Funeral was Friday at Albion Methodist Church. Burial, Milford Cemetery. + 11-?-1956
Whitely Dorothy S, 94, of Kendallville, died October 3, 2012, at Parkview Noble Hospital. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 26, 1918, to Charles and Zilpha (Campbell) Boyer. She graduated from the University of Michigan and married Clarence Moore “Bud” Whitely on February 28, 1946, in Detroit. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1995. She worked for General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, during WWII and later worked for ten years as an assistant manager in the sportswear division for J.L. Hudson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She spent 36 years in Grand Rapids where she volunteered at Blodgett Hospital, the Grand Rapids Art Museum and with the Republican Party. She was a member of the Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville. Survivors include 2 daughters, Susan and Terry Gaff of Kendallville and Betsy Whitely of Piedmont, California; her grandchildren, Tom Gaff , Virginia, Kristy and Michael Johnson, Cassie Gaff, and Robert Roth; her great-grandchild, Felix Johnson; and a brother, Robert Boyer of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was also preceded in death by her twin brother, Donald Boyer, and her oldest brother, Harold Boyer. Funeral Oct. 8 at Trinity Church United Methodist. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 10-6-2012
Whiteman Allen D, 56, died April 22, 2010 at Lakeland Nursing Center in Angola. He was born Jan. 10 1954 in Kendallville to Douglas and Reva (Hobgood) Whiteman. He was a 1973 graduate of East Noble High School. He worked for 30 years at the Dalton Foundry. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Sherri and Don Marquardt. Memorial graveside service May 1, 2010 at Lake View Cemetery. ^ 4-29-2010
Whiteman Douglas A, 66, of Sebring, Fla., and formerly of Kendallville, was dead on arrival Saturday in a Sebring hospital from a heart problem. He was born in Kendallville Sept. 19, 1919 to Dale and Pauline Whiteman. On July 21, 1954 in Evansville, he married Eva Hobgood. A lifetime resident of Kendallville until moving to Fla. 2 years ago, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WW II. He retired in 1983 after 36 years from Newnam Foundry where he was manufacturing manager. He was a member of First Christian Church, Elks, VFW, American Legion Post 86 and Foundryman’s Association in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Sherri) Marquardt of Woodridge, Ill.; a son, Allen D., Kendallville; his stepmother, Violet Whiteman of Kendallville; and a stepbrother, Ron Whiteman of Kendallville. Services will be Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-3-1986
Whiteman Henry "Hank", 65, died last Thursday at his home near Kimmell. Surviving are his wife, Ruth; 2 sons; a daughter; 2 sisters; and a brother. Services were Saturday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. + 1-?-1981
Whiteman Leroy, 72, R. 4, Albion, died August 24, 1990 at Whitley County Hospital. He was born in Whitley County to Steven and Sophia (Egolf) Whiteman and spent most of his life in Noble County. A WW II U. S. Army veteran, he retired from Liberty Homes in Syracuse in 1977. He was a member of FOE 1906 and VFW 1717 of Wolf Lake. November 15, 1941 he married Willodean Geiger in Churubusco. Surviving are his wife; a son, Roy (Mike) of Albion; a daughter, Mrs. David (Barbara) Hawn of Wolf Lake; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Clara Blanchard of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Services at Zollinsworth Chapel, Columbia City. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. + 8-24-1990
Whiteman Violet B, 75, of 910 S. State St., Kendallville, died Friday in McCray Hospital. Born in Kendallville Oct. 28, 1911, she was the daughter of George and Gertrude (Harter) Kline. On Sept. 28, 1933 she married Dale Whiteman, who died in 1964. A lifetime Kendallville resident, she was a member of the First Christian Church. Her only survivor is a son, Ronnie, Kendallville. Two sisters preceded her in death. Services Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-2-1987
Whiteman Willodean D, 83, of Columbia City, died Feb. 10, 2005 at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. She was born in Noble County on Jan. 2, 1922 to Arnie and Hazel (Birch) Geiger. She attended Wolf Lake High School and married Leroy D. Whiteman on Nov. 15, 1941 in Churubusco. He preceded her in death. She was employed at Blue Bell Inc. in Columbia City for 30 years and was a member of Eagles Auxiliary No. 1906 in Columbia City. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Lee Whiteman of Columbia City; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and David Hawn of Columbia City; 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dae Geiger; and 2 stepbrothers. Services Monday at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. ^ 2-12-2005
Whitfield Verna Irene, 95, of Vincennes, died Tuesday in United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville, Ill. A native of Palestine, Ill., she was a homemaker. Surviving is a daughter, Joan Robinson of Albion. Her husband, Joseph L. Whitfield, died in 1988. Funeral Saturday in First Presbyterian Church in Vincennes. Burial, Memorial Park Cemetery. + 9-7-1999
Whitford A D, 69, died last night at his residence 2 miles southeast of this city from paralysis. The funeral will be at Allen Chapel Friday. ^ 3-13-1879
Whitford Albert, 73, a lifelong resident of the county, died Thursday at his home east of Lisbon. He is survived by his widow; son, Blaine at home; a daughter, Mrs. Ray Shanower of Wolcottville; brother, John R.; and sister, Mrs. Jerry Brouse, both Kendallville. Funeral was held from the residence Sunday. ~ 12-27-1916
Whitford Amy (Roberts) was born in Erie County, Penn. July 2, 1823. She married William Whitford Oct. 9, 1843. After a residence in Ohio of 9 years after marriage she came with her husband to Noble County, and settled near their present place of residence where she lived until her death Jan. 21. They had 2 sons and 2 daughters, Albert who resides on the old family homestead in Allen Twp, John Q Whitford, Mrs. J. W. Brouse and Mrs. J. A. Canfield of this city. She has one brother, Nathan Roberts, living, who together with her companion and 4 children remain. Funeral was at Allen Chapel Church Jan. 23. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-28-1898
Whitford Elizabeth Catherine, 75, widow of Albert Whitford, died at her home 2 miles east of Kendallville Thursday from pneumonia. Born in Allen Twp, she had been a resident of that vicinity all her life. Surviving are one son, Blaine; one daughter, Mrs. Sarah Shanower of near Wolcottville; and 3 brothers, Frank Hinkley of Kendallville, and Elias and Leonard Hinkley of Detroit. Funeral was Saturday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-20-1928
Whitford Etta M (Potts) was born in Kendallville Feb. 12, 1870, and died at her home April 20, aged 29 years 29 months and 7 days. She was married to Frank Whitford Dec. 12, 1889. They had 2 children, Frankie 8, and Marie 3. ^ 4-28-1899
Whitford Flora, 70, widow of the late John Q. Whitford, died at the Kendallville hospital Saturday from heart trouble. Several nieces and nephews survive. Funeral was Tuesday from A. J. Berhalter Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-?-1935
Whitford Frances died last night at the family home, 627 E. Mitchell St., from pneumonia. She was a native of Noble County and the greater part of her life had been spent in this community. She was born June 4, 1873 in Swan Twp, the daughter of William and the late Olive McCartney. On Jan. 31, 1894 she married Fred E. Whitford. With the exception of a few years they resided at Frankfort, Lafayette and Hammond, La., they made their home in this community. + 2-1-1928
Whitford Gertrude M "Trudy", 75, Kendallville, died September 19, 2002 at her home. She was born in Lawrence, Mass. on Dec. 31, 1926 to Ernest J. and Marie Anne (Dube) Plourde. She married Jack Whitford on July 14, 1946 in Ashland, Mass. Surviving are her husband; 2 sons, Scott A. of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Daniel E. of Riverside, Calif.; a daughter, Anne M. Balbaugh of Rome City; 8 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; 2 brothers, Conrad J. Plourde and Robert J. Plourde. A daughter, Patricia, died in 1998. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and its Rosary Sodality. She had been a proofreader and receptionist at The News-Sun for several years, retiring in 1989. Services at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 9-26-2002
Whitford Gladys L, 82, 130 ˝ S. State St., died Sunday in Cameron Hospital, Angola. She was born Dec. 31, 1892 in LaGrange County to Curtis and Millie (Helm) Newman. A lifetime area resident, she was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Scott Iddings and F. E. Whitford. She was a secretary at Rollins Realty and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, OES and McCray Hospital Auxiliary. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Carl (Grace) Strock, and Mrs. Robert (Natalie) Sparks, Angola; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was the youngest of 13 brothers and sisters. Funeral will be Wednesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-?-1975
Whitford Gladys Marie, 86, of 612 E. Mitchell St., died Friday in the Kendallville Lutheran Home. Born in Altona on Jan. 28, 1901, she was the daughter of James Edwin and Henrietta (Dingman) Turney. On June 10, 1923, she married Robert A. Whitford, who died in 1962. A retired school teacher and part-time employee of Sears Roebuck & Co., she moved to the Kendallville area from Garrett 66 years ago. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Kendallville. Surviving are 3 daughters, Patricia Gilliland of Garrett, Virginia Yanuszeski and Roberta Hile, and a son, Jack E., all of Kendallville; 3 sisters, Treva Carpenter and Hazel Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla., Violet Worster of Auburn; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be Tuesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 11-27-1987
Whitford Jack E, 79, of Kendallville, died Jan. 26, 2004 at his home. He had been a service technician for Hossinger Refrigeration in Kendallville. He was a Navy veteran of WW II and a member of VFW Post 2749, American Legion Post 86, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus 7839 in Kendallville. He was born May 12, 1924 in Kendallville to Robert and Gladys (Turney) Whitford. On July 14, 1946 in Ashland, Mass., he married Gertrude M. Plourde. She died Sept. 19, 2002. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Anne M. and David Balbaugh of Rome City; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law Scott and Terry of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Daniel of Riverside, Calif.; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Virginia and Richard Yanuszeski of Kendallville and Pat Gilliland of Garrett; 7 grandchildren, Devon Balbaugh, Philip Pankop, Christopher, Matthew, Jennifer and Ernest Whitford, and Hannah Risser; and one great-grandson. Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Patricia Risser in 1998; a granddaughter, Jessica Pankop in 1986; and a sister, Roberta Hile. Services Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ^ 1-28-2004
Whitford Johanna Whilmena, 107, of Kendallville, died Friday in McCray Hospital. She had lived in Noble County since 1900, having moved from Fort Wayne. She was born February 27, 1885 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of August and Christina (Wolka) Stellhorn. On January 2, 1906 she married Scott Whitford, who died October 30, 1938. They were dairy farmers in rural Kendallville. She had lived in Sacred Heart Home in Avilla since 1987. She was a member of the Kendallville Church of Christ. An infant son, Valmont, and a half-sister, Clara Burger, preceded her in death. Surviving is a great-nephew, Jack Whitford of Kendallville. Funeral Sunday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 5-29-1992
Whitford Joseph D, living a few miles from Kendallville, died on Thursday of last week. > 6-6-1878
Whitford Joseph Howard, infant son of Roland and Agnes Whitford, was born July 26, 1904 and died Jan. 4, 1906. Funeral was at the Gospel Hall. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-12-1906
Whitford Joseph Valmont, 4-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Whitford was born Oct. 26, 1906 and died Feb. 27, 1907. Funeral will be at Gospel Hall Thursday. ^ 2-28-1907
Whitford Louisa M, daughter of Asahel and Jennet Webster, was born July 9, 1812 in Windom County, Vermont. She was connected remotely with Daniel Webster of national fame. Her parents removed to and settled in Wayne County, Ohio when she was 4. On Dec. 29, 1831 she married Alonzo D. Whitford and they had 3 sons and 3 daughters. Four preceded the mother in death. In 1833 they removed to Hancock County, Ohio. Here they lived 4 years, and then in 1837 they removed to Noble County. Here the family grew up but death entered as years passed by, and in the following order. In 1857 Webster Whitford was the first. In July 1866, Elmira W. Kerr. In Feb. 1874, Nancy R. Roberts. In March 1879, Alonzo D., the husband. In April 1894, Mahala L. Childs. She was a member of the M. P. Church. She died on Dec. 23, aged 82 years, 5 months and 14 days. She leaves 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral was at the house. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-22-1894
Whitford Mabel, 76, died Aug. 24, 2007 at Parkview Noble Hospital. She was employed at Kraft Foods in earlier years and retired from Eaton Controls in Kendallville in 1995 after 20 years. She was a member of First Church of God in Kendallville. She was born in rural Wolcottville on Dec. 30, 1930 to Roscoe and Rosa (Smith) Baker. She graduated from Wolcottville High School in 1948 and married Virgil Leroy Whitford on Dec. 30, 1950 in Kendallville. Surviving are her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Patrick Arnold, and a son, Steve, all of Kendallville; 4 grandchildren, Elisha, Erica and Erin Arnold and Paul Whitford; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Al Pyle of Kendallville. She was preceded in death by siblings Bertha Strayer, Harvey, Paul and Bobbie Baker. Services Monday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 8-26-2007
Whitford Mabel L, daughter of Joseph and Mattie Whitford, was born near this city Aug. 25, 1883. She died April 8, aged 15 years 7 months and 13 days. She leaves her parents and 4 brothers. Funeral at the M. P. Church Sunday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 4-15-1898
Whitford Matilda (Kitchen) was born in Clearspring Twp, LaGrange County Sept. 29, 1851. She was married to Joseph A. Whitford Jan. 1, 1877, locating on a farm 2 ˝ miles north of Kendallville, residing there until 1892 when they moved on the farm now occupied by their sons. They had 5 children. Two daughters preceded her in death. Cause of death was cancer. She died May 23, age 56 years 3 months and 2 day, leaving the husband, 3 sons, one stepson, 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 2 half-sisters, 3 half-brothers. Funeral at the Methodist Protestant Church May 25. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 5-28-1908
Whitford Rawson W of Roan, this state, died at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Lewis Holbrook, in this city Wednesday. He was a son of the late Harrison Whitford of Allen Twp where he was born and raised. He entered the ministry of the M. E. Church some 6 or 7 years ago. Burial, Allen Chapel ^ 12-3 & 10-1886
Whitford Ruth May, 76, of Kendallville, died Monday in Shepherd of the Hill nursing home. She was born in Elkhart County on October 29, 1917 to John and Dolly May (Barhydt) Mapes. She married Clayton Whitford, who preceded her in death. A housekeeper at McCray Hospital, she was a member of Kendallville Senior Citizens and American Legion Auxiliary Post 86, Kendallville. Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Ann Hook of Washington, Ill.; a son, John M. Whitford of Corpus Christi, Texas; 2 stepsons, Melvin Whitford of Waukegan, Ill. and Richard D. Whitford of Brownswood, Texas; 2 half-sisters, Doris Cox and Jimmy Furnow of Elkhart; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral Thursday in Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-24-1994
Whitford Scott A, 57, a lifelong resident and native of Noble County, and a prominent dairyman, died Oct. 30 while making change for a milk customer in Kendallville. His death was the result of a heart attack and high blood pressure. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. Survivors include the widow. + 10-?-1938
Whitford Stutely, 83, one of the pioneer residents of Kendallville, died at his home in this city. He was born in Wayne County, Ohio April 17, 1816, his parents having moved there from New York a year or two previous. His father, having settled on land near the present city of Wooster, Ohio, the son Stutely grew up to assist his father and several brothers in developing the new estate. In early manhood he followed his elder brothers, Augustus and Alonzo to the newer fields of development in Noble County, Ind. where he then remained about one year but which proved to be the field of labor for nearly all his later life. In 1841 he was married in Wayne County, Ohio to Elizabeth Wible of the same locality, and they had 6 children. In 1849 he, with many others, made a journey overland to the gold fields of Calif., returning a year later via the Isthmus of Panama with the fruits of his labor wrought from his California mine. During his enforced delay in crossing the isthmus he was attacked with the deadly yellow fever and for a time lay nigh unto death. In subsequent years he led 2 distinct parties to the newly discovered gold fields in the northwestern territories and Pike’s Peak with varying results. In 1852 he removed from his Ohio home with his family to Noble County, where he settled on a farm 2 1/2 miles north of Kendallville. There he remained, developing his farm and in manufacturing brick and tile until 1877 when he took up his home in Kendallville, where he has lived to the time of his death. Besides his wife there remain 4 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Of his family of 8 members, all are well-known residents of Kendallville or vicinity except the youngest son, John W., who resides at Fremont, Neb. The sons are Joseph A., Alonzo D., Melvin W. and John W. The daughters are Mrs. Chester Cookingham and Mrs. John A. Davis. The last named, with her family, has been occupying the old home in this city the past year or two. ^ 8-11-1899
Whitford Violet Marie Moore, 42, (b.4-20-1928) of R. 1, Wawaka, her daughter, Sandra Dawn Moore, (b.6-25-1948) about 4, and Mrs. Marjorie Rider, about 18, were killed Saturday (d. 2-21-1953) when the driver of their car, presumably Mrs. Whitford, drove in front of a fast NYC train about 5 ˝ miles north of Albion. The husbands were on duty in the U. S. Navy on the Pacific. Mrs. Whitford was employed at Essex Wire in Ligonier and Mrs. Rider was employed at Kraft Foods Co. in Kendallville. Mrs. Whitford’s first husband drowned some 3 years ago. Surviving are her husband, Melvin D.; her father and stepmother , Mr. and Mrs. Walter Swinehart, and a brother, George R, Fort Wayne; 4 sisters, Mrs. Robert Kruse, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Robert Schlotter and Mrs. Bill Spriggs of Kendallville; and Carol Jean Swinehart, Fort Wayne; and 2 grandmothers, Mrs. Iva Slagle of Churubusco and Mrs. Mary Schaefer of Kendallville. Also surviving are Sandra’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moore of Wawaka. Mrs. Rider is survived by her husband, Jack L.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Becker, Corunna, 2 brothers and 7 sisters. Services for the mother and daughter were Feb. 24 at Cosperville Baptist Church. Burial, Cosperville Cemetery. Funeral plans for Mrs. Rider were delayed pending the arrival of her husband. + 2-?-1953
Whitford Virgil L, 85, of Kendallville, died February 18, 2013, at the Chandler House near Kendallville. He was born in Kendallville on April 23, 1927, to Herbert Whitford and Wandis (Glassmeyer) Gastin. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Mabel Baker on December 30, 1950, in Kendallville and she died August 24, 2007. He was first employed with McCray Refrigeration for 24 years until it closed. He then went to work at Warner Gear in Auburn for a few years and retired as a truck driver from Airway Manufacturing near Waterloo. He was also a longtime active member of the Kendallville Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors include a daughter, Betty and Patrick Arnold of Kendallville; a son, Steve Whitford of Kendallville; 4 grandchildren, Elisha and Nate Schmidt, Erica and Mark Lash, Erin Arnold and Paul Whitford; a great-grandson, Teegyn Schmidt. Funeral Feb. 22 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-20-2013
Whitford William was born in Wayne County, Ohio Jan. 1821. He married Amy Roberts Oct. 1842. In March 1851 he moved to Noble County and settled on the farm where he died. His wife preceded him in death 5 years and 4 days. They had 2 sons and 2 daughters - Albert, John , Lucetta Brouse and Laura Canfield, all living. About 40 years ago he united with the Christian Church. He had 5 brothers and 5 sisters, all of whom preceded him in death except one sister, Mrs. Cordelia Tyler, living Wayne County, O. Funeral was at the home of his son, Albert. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-30-1903
Whitford William Melvin, 84, died Friday at his home in Kendallville from complications. He was born in Ohio but when 3 years old had moved to this community where he had since resided. Surviving are the widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. C. E. Leininger, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. C. L. Puffer, Angola; one sister, Mrs. John Davis, Chula Vista, Cal.; two grandchildren. Funeral was Monday from the late home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-?-1933
Whitford William Mrs, 73, died Friday at the farm home in this township. Funeral was at Allen Chapel Sunday. ~ 1-27-1898
Whitmer Mary E, 77, died at 2:30 a.m. June 18 at her home in Cromwell. Surviving are the husband, Henry; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Williams of Cromwell; and a brother, George Schlabach of Cromwell. Funeral was Friday at Cromwell Methodist Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 7-?-1941
Whitmore Mary Jane, daughter of Ira and Rachel Chilson, was born in Iberia, Morrow County, Ohio, July 30, 1850. She was the third of a family of 5 children, having one brother and 3 sisters. Nathan Chilson, the brother, is the only surviving one of the family. The Chilson family moved to Indiana, locating near Kendallville, where Mary Jane grew to womanhood. March 20, 1868 she married Elias Whitmore. They had 2 daughters, Orvilla and Sarah Adelaid, now Mrs. William Bennett and Mrs. J. Young of Ionia County, Michigan. Elias Whitmore and wife moved to Ionia, Michigan in 1870 and later located at their present country home in Ionia County. She was a member of the Wesleyan Methodists. Her death occurred at Grand Rapids, Mich. April 15, 1910. There remain a husband, 2 daughters, their husbands, 5 grandchildren. Funeral was at the Wesleyan Methodist Church near the home. Burial, Ionia County Cemetery. ^ 5-4-1910
Whitson Clyde, 39, widely known acrobat because of his work in circus and theatrical circles, died here Oct. 16 of heart disease at his home. Working with his 2 brothers, Lester and Buddy, he had been engaged in show business as a performer for 20 years. He is survived by his widow, Edna; one son, Clyde; his mother, Mrs. Charlotte Magoon of Vallejo, Calif.; 3 brothers, Jack of Vallejo, and Lester and Buddy of this city; 2 sisters, Mrs. Edna Dahl and Mrs. Robert Rielly of San Francisco. Funeral was Saturday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-?-1941
Whitson Clyde E III, 37, died Monday at his residence in Somerdale, N.J. He was born in Kendallville Dec. 14, 1949 to Patricia Ann (Manrow) and Clyde E. Whitson, II. His mother, and brother, Patrick Harry, preceded him in death. He was a 1968 graduate of Clarkstown High School, New City, N.Y., and a 1970 graduate of Rockland Community College, Suffern, N.Y. In 1972 he graduated from George Mason College of the University of Virginia with a bachelor of science degree. A U. S. Marine veteran, he was a special agent of the FBI. He was a member of American Legion Post 56, Washington, D.C. Surviving are his father of Orlando, Fla.; 3 sisters, Diana Lynn Laguna of Orlando; Lana Dawn of Frederick, Md., and Darcy Lee Behan of Leesburg, Va. Services Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Corunna Cemetery. + 5-18-1987
Whitson Floey died in Los Angeles. She had lived in Kendallville many years prior to moving to Calif. in 1956. She is survived by her husband, Buddy, who was a member of the Lucky Boys and Whitson Acrobatic Troop; a son, Reeve of Los Angeles. Services will be Tuesday in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. + 11-?-1981
Whitson Helen M, 86, of 110 Harding St., Kendallville, died Friday in Kendallville Manor. She was born in Kendallville June 10, 1900 to John and Mary Ellen (Miller) Childs. On Jan. 8, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., she married Lester Whitson, who died in 1980. A lifetime Kendallville resident, she was involved in show business. She was a member of OES No. 122 and Trinity Church United Methodist. Surviving are 2 grandchildren. A daughter, Charlotte Gildow, died in 1971. Services will be Tuesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 6-14-1986
Whitson Lester A, 81, of 110 E. Harding St., Kendallville, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Born in Petaluma, Calif., Jan. 27, 1898, he was one of seven children born to John A. and Charlotte (Wilkinson) Whitson. On Jan. 8, 1926 in Chicago he married Helen Childs. He had lived in Kendallville since 1911, moving from Petaluma. He went into show business in 1905, retiring in 1955. He was first with Norris & Rowe Circus and for 18 years was with every major circus including Barnum & Bailey, Ringling Brothers and the 2 combined. He played all major theaters and nightclubs in the U. S. and entertained every president from Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was nominated for the Circus Hall of Fame. On a trip to Europe in 1933 he entertained many crowned heads at the Palladium in London. Upon his retirement from show business, he became bailiff for Noble Circuit Court, a position he held for 6 ˝ years. He also was director of acrobatics at the Kendallville Youth Center. He was a 50-year member of the Kendallville Masonic Lodge, member of Noble Chapter No. 122 OES and Trinity Church United Methodist. Surviving are his wife; 2 grandchildren, Kent and Ann Gildow of Albany, N.Y. A daughter, Charlotte Gildow, died May 14, 1971. Funeral will be Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-?-1980
Whitson Patricia Ann, 61, of 4513 Stone Henge Circle, Orlando, Fla., died Sunday in West New Jersey Hospital, Summerdale, N.J. She was born in Corunna Dec. 12, 1925 to Harry R. and Martha (Osborne) Manrow. On March 1, 1948 in LaGrange, she married Clyde E. Whitson. She lived in Kendallville from 1946 to 1956 before moving to Lafayette. Surviving are her husband; 3 daughters, Diana Lynn Laguna and L. Dawn, both of Orlando; and Darcy Lee Behan of Leesburg, Va.; a son, Clyde E. III of Somerdale, N.J.; and 3 grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Corunna Cemetery. + 2-15-1987
Whitson Ruth, 63, R. 3, died Monday in her home. She was born Feb. 18, 1911 in Kendallville and married John A. Whitson who preceded her in death. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Colleen Davis, R. 3; three grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Services Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1974
Whittaker Fannie A, 92, of Columbia City, died June 1, 2006 at her home. She had been employed at McCoy's Hatchery in Churubusco, Lyall Electric in Albion and Frank's Greenhouse in Columbia City. She was born March 8, 1914 in Churubusco to Charles and Mary (Tucker) Wilkins. She married Homer Whittaker on March 27, 1932. He died Oct. 4, 2002. Surviving are 4 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Jack and Linda of Kendallville, Homer and Sharon of Churubusco, Frank, and Jim and Ann of Norman, Ark.; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Bob Poynter of Churubusco, Karen and Jerry Campbell of Olive Hill, Ky., and Linda and Darrell Yates of Columbia City; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Harold Bushong of Albion; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Lena Ferguson, Elma Garrison and Edna Addis; and 2 brothers, Dawson and Frank Wilkins. Services Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 6-2-2006
Whittaker Homer C, 91, died Oct. 4, 2002 at a family residence. He worked for Rousseau Brothers in Fort Wayne for 12 years and later at Bherns Oil in Churubusco. He retired in 1973 as a materials handler at Dana Corp. after 10 years of employment. He was born Jan. 1, 1911 in Magoffin County, Ky., to Buell and Amelia (Coldwell) Whittaker. He married Fannie Wilkins on March 27, 1932 in Churubusco. Surviving are his wife; 4 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Jack and Linda of Garrett, Homer and Sharon of Churubusco, Frank, and Jim and Ann of Norman, Ark.; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Bob Poynter of Tri-Lakes, Karen and Jerry Campbell of Avilla, and Linda and Darrell Yates of Columbia City; 2 half-brothers, Frank Whittaker of Gahon, Ohio and Raymond Whittaker of Lima, Ohio; 4 half-sisters, Lena Bodine, Ella Campbell, Darlene Collins and Edna Herring of Lima, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 brother, Mart and Beecher; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. Services Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ^ 10-5-2002
Whittecar Esther Marie, 95, died March 8 in Betz Nursing Home, Auburn. She was born Jan. 14, 1904 in Avilla to Joseph and Caroline (Dapp) Deuitch. She married Myron E. Whittecar on June 1, 1921, and he died April 4, 1973. Surviving are 2 sons, Eugene of LaGrange and James S. of Auburn; one daughter, Shirley Emenhiser of Auburn; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Monroe Francis and David James; 2 daughters, Patricia Louise Whittecar and Mary Rose Tuttle; and 5 brothers, Edward, Dewey, William, Gus and Domenick. Funeral Friday in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial, Calvary Cemetery, Garrett. ~ 3-11-1999
Whittig Donald K, 67, R. 2, Syracuse, died Friday at his home from cancer. He was born June 2, 1908 in Brook, Ind., the son of Edmond and Eliza (Personette) Whittig. He had lived in the Cromwell area since moving there from Ashley in 1952. He lived with his sister, Edith Andrews. Also surviving is a brother, Bayard W. of Eaton. He was a retired railroad employee. Services will be Sunday in Ulrey Funeral Home in Cromwell. + 2-?-1976
Whittington Arthur E, 88, Elkhart, died July 18 at the American Healthcare Center. Born April 28, 1892 in Trent, Mich., he and Rose Grobis were married Jan. 13, 1916 in Avilla. She survives with two sons, John E., Elkhart, and Wilbur, Vandalia; two daughters, Mrs. Rose M. Jensen, Goshen, and Mrs. Calvin (Phyllis) Poole, Lemont, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. He was self-employed as a piano turner and an organ and string instrument repairman. Services were July 22 at White Funeral Home and burial was in St. Vincent Cemetery there. ~ 7-31-1980
Whittington Ruby M, 88, of Auburn, died Dec. 12, 2011 at Wesley Health Care in Auburn. She had worked 40 years for Charleston Metal Products in Waterloo, retiring in 1990. She was a member of County Line Church of God and in recent years attended the Christian Assembly of God Church in Butler. She was born in Swan on March 25, 1923, to Oscar and Marie (Wood) Christlieb. She married Linley Hawver on Sept.22, 1940, in Auburn and he died on April 17, 1981. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Don L. and Judith Hawver of Butler; a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta G. and Richard Sapp of Pleasant Lake; 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Martha Howey of Angola and Lula Bell Sutton of Orland. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers Oscar “Buck”, Martin and Delbert Christlieb; and 2 sisters, Beulah Stayer and Mary Jane Schick. Services Friday at Feller & Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Cedar Creek Cemetery. ^ 12-14-2011
Whonsetler Anna, 85, died Saturday at her home in Avilla from a shock sustained in a fall in which she fractured her hip. She was practically a lifelong resident of Noble County for many years, making Swan Twp her home. Surviving are three sons, Melvin of Avilla, Clem of Aurora, Ill., and Clyde of near Avilla; a daughter, Mrs. Nettie Broughton of Avilla. Funeral Monday at the Methodist Church. + 12-?-1932
Whonsetler Bernard L, 72, of Hamilton Lake, died January 13, 2001 at Ohio Medical College in Toledo. He was born October 1, 1928 to Chester and Gertrude (DeHoff) Whonsetler. He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1947. He worked in Fort Wayne at International Harvester Co. and later at Schlatter Hardware. On August 12, 1950 he married Esther Heiniger in Bluffton. In 1954 they moved to Hicksville where he started as assistant cashier at the Hicksville Bank. He attended the Wisconsin School of Banking at Madison, graduating in 1959. He lived in Hicksville until moving to Hamilton Lake 7 years ago. He was president of the Hicksville Bank, a member of Churubusco OES and the Hicksville Masonic Lodge, a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hicksville, held 40 years of perfect attendance at the Hicksville Rotary Club, was a Rotary 660 governor's aide and Rotary Citizen of the Year in 1982. He was a member of the school board, four county vocational board, village council, park board, the village development corporation and the Fountain Manor board. Surviving are his wife; 4 daughters, Janet Hostetler of Littleton, Colo.; Paula Cline of Oregon, Ohio, Susan Guilford of Hicksville, and Mary Lou Nichols of Bryan, Ohio; one son, Craig of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; and one sister, Jean Thrush of LaOtto. He was preceded in death by a siser, Catherine Moore; a brother, Robert, and 2 grandchildren. Services at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial, Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. ~ 1-25-2001
Whonsetler Charles L, 77, a retired farmer who had resided in Avilla the past 26 years, died April 28 in McCray Hospital. He was born October 14, 1884 in LaOtto and was married November 29, 1906 to Etta Yarian. Surviving are the widow; two sons, Kenneth and Merlin, R. 1, Avilla; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Royer, Ft. Wayne; a brother, Chester, LaOtto; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LaOtto. Services April 30 at the McKee Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. ~ 5-3-1962
Whonsetler Chester E, 82, a retired farmer and lifetime resident of LaOtto, died Wednesday in the Fountain Manor Rest Home at Hicksville, Ohio. He was born Dec. 23, 1888, the son of Solomon and Louisa (Sowers) Whonsetler. Oct. 7, 1911, in LaOtto, he was married to Gertrude E. DeHoff. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto. Surviving are the wife; two sons, Robert of R. 1, Huntertown, and Bernard of Hicksville, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Theodore (Catherine) Brindle and Mrs. Robert (Jean) Thrush, both of LaOtto; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LaOtto. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 9-9-1971 + 9-?-1971
Whonsetler Clement A, 80, died at Sarasota, Fla., on May 5. Born and reared in Swan Twp, he spent most of his adult life in Aurora, Ill. Three years ago he moved to Sarasota. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. David Allison of Sarasota; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; a brother, Clyde, of Avilla. ~ 5-12-1966
Whonsetler Craig A, 47, LaOtto, died March 8, 2001 in his LaOtto home. He had worked at LaOtto Farm Supply since 1986 and was a lifetime LaOtto resident. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto and a 1973 graduate of East Noble High School. He was born December 11, 1953 in Kendallville to Joseph N. and Edith (Uhl) Whonsetler. His mother survives in Avilla and his father died June 8, 1997. He married Pamala Jo Kirkpatrick on October 23, 1982 in Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Nichole of New Port Richey, Fla.; a stepdaughter, April and Tim Baird of LaOtto; 2 stepsons and their wives, Christopher and Katrina Wolfe of Churubusco and Bert and Stacey Wolfe of Wolcottville; a brother, Guy of LaOtto; and a sister, Linda Coy of Albion. Services in Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. + 3-22-2001
Whonsetler Daniel M, 61, died at his home in Avilla yesterday of heart trouble. He arose at the usual hour but shortly after complained of not feeling well. While sitting in a chair he suddenly and without warning died. He with his family had recently moved to Avilla from his farm in Swan Twp, where he had lived many years. He leaves a wife and adopted daughter. Mrs. Whonsetler is a daughter of Mrs. Rebecca Crothers of Avilla. Funeral from the M. E. Church in Avilla Saturday. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ^ 3-17-1905
Whonsetler Dorothy J, 73, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and formerly of this area, died Thursday in Hospice at the Mount in Colorado Springs. She was born November 18, 1917 in Waterloo, N.Y., the daughter of Edward and Kate (Hales) McKee. She married Forrest W. Whonsetler, who died in 1976. She was a retired timekeeper at General Electric Co. after 20 years and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and OES. Surviving are 2 sisters, Mary Fletter of Fort Wayne and Fern Fisher of North Ridge, Calif.; and a brother, Robert of Dansville, N.Y. Services in D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-20-1991
Whonsetler Forrest W, 71, of 418 Windsor Dr., Fort Wayne, died Thursday in the Byron Health Center. He was born Feb. 1, 1905 in Swan Twp to J. Clyde and Stella M. (Iler) Whonsetler. He was a resident of Fort Wayne most of his life and a member of the Wallen Methodist Church, the Avilla Lodge 460 F&AM, the Scottish Rite and General Electric Quarter Century Club. He is survived by his widow, Dorothy (McKee) Whonsetler; his mother, one sister, Gladys M. Berkes, Kendallville: and one brother, Harold C., Fort Wayne. Services Saturday at Wallen Methodist Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 10-21-1976 + 10-?-1976
Whonsetler Gertrude E was born Sept. 25, 1889 near Huntertown to Burnie and Ocie (Whan) DeHoff. She was married in LaOtto Oct. 7, 1911 to Chester E. Whonsetler, who died in 1971. A LaOtto resident most of her life, she died Nov. 16 in McCray Hospital. Surviving are two sons, Robert, R. 1, Huntertown, and Bernard, Hicksville, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Reuel Moore, R. 1, Avilla, and Mrs. Robert Thrush, LaOtto; a brother, Forrest DeHoff, R. 2, Avilla; one sister, Mrs. Chauncey McCoy, Albion; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was a member of the LaOtto Emmanuel Lutheran Church where services were held Tuesday. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 11-21-1974 + 11-?-1974
Whonsetler Gretchen, 74, of 1419 Ludwig Park Dr., Fort Wayne, a native of Cromwell who was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, was dead on arrival at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne last Thursday. She was born in Syracuse to Homer and Hattie Smith and moved to Cromwell when a young lady and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1917. She was the widow of Walter L. Whonsetler who died in 1959. Surviving are a son, Rev. Richard, Louisville, Ky.; two daughters, Miss Harriett L., and Miss Margaret J., both at home; three brothers, Ernest and Edward, both Auburn, and Everett, Louisville; a sister, Mrs. Celia Kuhn, Pierceton; and 4 grandchildren. + 4-?-1972
Whonsetler Harold C, 79, died Wednesday at South West Regional Medical Center, Fort Myers, Fla. Born in Avilla, he lived most of his life in Fort Wayne before moving to Cape Coral, Fla. He retired in 1974 after 35 years with General Electric. Suviving are his wife, Grace E.; a son, Dennis Austin of Banner Elk, N.C.; a sister, Glayds Berkes of Fort Wayne; 3 granddaughters and 2 great-grandchildren. Services Monday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. * 6-15-1991
Whonsetler J Clyde, 86, 228 S. Main St., a director of the Avilla Community State Bank for 35 years, died Nov. 27, in the Sacred Heart Home. He was born Dec. 6, 1883, the son of Simon Peter and Anna Whonsetler, and was a lifelong resident of Noble County. In 1903 he was married to Stella Iler. He served on the board of directors of the Community State Bank up until his death. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and was also president of the bank from 1948 to 1955. Surviving are his wife, Stella; two sons, Forrest and Harold, both of Fort Wayne; one daughter, Mrs. Norman (Gladys) Berkes of Kendallville; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew. Two brothers, Clem and Mel, and two sisters, Dora and Nettie, preceded him in death. Funeral Sunday in Calvary United Methodist Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 12-4-1969 + 11-21-1969
Whonsetler James W, 31, died Monday in Indianapolis. He moved from Ft. Wayne to New Castle four years ago where he still lived. He was a buyer for the A & P Stores in Indianapolis. Surviving are the wife, Patricia Grant; two daughters, Christine and Betsy Ann, at home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Whonsetler, Ft. Wayne; two sisters, Harriet and Margaret; and one brother, Richard, Springfield, Ohio; the grandmother, Mrs. Hattie Smith, Fort Wayne. Services in Klaehn Funeral Home. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 9-26-1957 + 9-?-1957
Whonsetler Joseph N "Joe", 62, of Avilla, died June 8 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born July 16, 1934 in Allen County. His parents were Kenneth and Ruth (Worman) Whonsetler. On Feb. 21, 1953 in Syracuse he married Edith Uhl. A retired semi driver, he was a lifetime Noble County resident. He was a member of Avilla Lodge 460 F&AM, Mizpah Shrine, Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne and Noble Chapter OES No 122 in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Linda Coy of Albion; two sons, Craig and Guy of LaOtto; a brother, Dan of Avilla; 5 grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 6-12-1997
Whonsetler K Dan, 76, of rural Avilla, died May 3, 2012 at the Laurels of DeKalb in Butler. He was a longtime farmer, delivered gas and retired from Flint and Walling’s after many years of service.  He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto. Born on April 9, 1936, to Kenneth C. and Ruth (Worman) Whonsetler, he graduated from Avilla High School in 1957. He married Alice Griffin on April 15, 1977 in LaOtto. Surviving are his wife and 6 stepchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Whonsetler. Funeral May 8 at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ^ 5-6-2012
Whonsetler Kenneth C, 85, of rural Avilla, died today in his residence. He was born in Swan Twp, Noble County, January 14, 1908 to Charles and Mary Etta (Yarian) Whonsetler. On February 28, 1931 in Columbia City he married Ruth Worman. He was an electrician and farmer and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Joe of Avilla and K. Dan of Kendallville; a sister, Ruth Ryan of Kendallville; a brother Merlin of Avilla; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday in Brazzell Funeral home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. + 2-16-1993
Whonsetler Mary Etta, 80, R. 2, Avilla, died last Wednesday in McCray Hospital. Born March 12, 1886, near Avilla, she was the daughter of John and Susanna Yarian. She was married Nov. 29, 1906 to Charles W. Whonsetler, who died April 28, 1962. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth, R. 1, LaOtto, and Merlin, near Avilla; a daughter, Mrs. Maurice Royer, Rome City; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin, and a sister, Mrs. R. T. Pfleidner, both of Avilla. Services were in McKee Funeral Home in Garrett on Friday. Burial, Hooper Cemetery. ~ 5-26-1966
Whonsetler Mary J, 90, Avilla, died September 20, 2002 in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne. She was born October 2, 1912 in LaOtto to Lesta and Harriet Simon. She married Merlin Whonsetler on November 25, 1931 in Kendallville. Surviving are her husband; a son and daughter-in-law, Max C. and Mary Whonsetler of Avilla; a daughter-in-law, Carol Whonsetler of Avilla; 5 grandchildren, Stanley Whonsetler, Kathy Smith, Vicki Martin, Paula Zolman and Stephanie Wicker; 6 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy, on December 14, 1989; a great-grandchild; 4 brothers and a sister. A homemaker, she was a lifetime area resident and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto. Services Wednesday. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 9-26-2002
Whonsetler Mel, brother of Clyde Whonsetler and Mrs. Nettie Broughton, died in the hospital at Kalamazoo Sunday. Services were held in Three Rivers and burial was in the cemetery at Three Rivers. He was a former resident of this vicinity. ~ 10-9-1952
Whonsetler Melinda, 86, native of Green Twp, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alice Clark, at Avilla Friday from heart trouble. She was the daughter of Nathan and Rebecca Crothers and was married to Daniel Whonsetler, who died 20 years ago. Surviving besides the sister are a brother, Frank Crothers, of Avilla; a foster daughter, Mrs. William Peters, of Mishawaka, and four grandchildren. Funeral Sunday. + 12-?-1935
Whonsetler Merlin L, 92, Avilla, died November 20, 2002 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Kendallville. He was born in Swan Twp on April 11, 1910 to Charles L. and Mary E. (Yarian) Whonsetler. He married Mary J. Simon on November 25, 1931 in Kendallville. She died September 20, 2002. Also preceding him in death were a son, Tommy, who died December 14, 1989; a brother, Kenneth; a sister, Ruth Ryan; and a great-great-grandchild. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Max and Mary Whonsetler, and a daughter-in-law, Carol Whonsetler, all of Avilla; 5 grandchildren, Stanley Whonsetler, Kathy Smith, Vicki Martin, Paula Zolman and Stephanie Wicker; 6 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He had been a farmer and a lifetime resident of the community. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Farm Bureau. Services in Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 12-5-2002
Whonsetler Paul, 84, R. 2, Titusville, Fla., died Nov. 28 in the Jess Parrish Hospital in Titusville. He lived in Detroit until 1975, moving to Fla. Born in Avilla, he was the son of Melvin and Anna (Leitch) Whonsetler. He was a self-employed public accountant in the Detroit area for many years and was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Titusville. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Betty Louise Stemler, Titusville; a sister, Mrs. Betty Fisher, Kalamazoo, Mich.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services Nov. 30 at All Saints Episcopal Church. Burial, Brevard Memorial Park, Cocoa, Fla. ~ 12-6-1984
Whonsetler Robert C, 71, rural Huntertown, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born March 1, 1915 in Noble County, the son of Chester and Gertrude (DeHoff) Whonsetler. He married Marcile Troyer July 31, 1948. They lived in Fort Wayne until moving to their present farm in 1954. He served in WW II in the Air Force from 1941 to 1946 and worked for General Electric for 36 years, retiring in 1977, was a member of LaOtto Wesleyan Church, the Quarter Century Club of General Electric and a member of American Legion Post 240, Avilla. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Gary, Huntertown and Dale of Marion; a daughter, Mrs. Garry (Wanda) Christner, Peru; five grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Moore of LaOtto and Mrs. Robert (Jean) Thrush of LaOtto; one brother, Bernard of Hicksville, Ohio. Services Friday at the LaOtto Wesleyan Church. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 2-4-1987 + 2-?-1987
Whonsetler Ruth, 84, of Avilla, died Nov. 15 at Kendallville Manor Nursing Home. Surviving are sons Joe and Dan of Avilla; a sister, Bonnie Ryan of LaOtto; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 11-21-1996
Whonsetler Simon P, 65, Swan Twp farmer, died Tuesday. Funeral will be held from Bethlehem Church in Swan Twp Friday. He leaves a wife, 3 sons, Melvin and Clyde of Swan Twp and Clem of Indianapolis; and 2 daughters, Mrs. Walter Broughton of Swan and Mrs. John Crone Jr. of Wolcottville. ^ 8-29-1907
Whonsetler Stella May, 95, died November 19 in the Lutheran Home, Kendallville. She was born and raised in the LaOtto area, and lived in Avilla since 1935. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She was born July 30, 1886, a daughter of Oliver and Mary (Jacobs) Iler. She married J. Clyde Whonsetler in 1904, and he died November 27, 1969. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Norman (Gladys) Berkes, Kendallville; a son, Harold, Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a son, Forrest; three brothers and two sisters. Services were Sunday in Calvary Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 11-25-1981 + 11-19-1981
Whonsetler Tommy L, 55, R. 1, Avilla, died Thursday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Noble County Jan. 25, 1934, the son of Merlin and Mary (Simon) Whonsetler. He married Carol Dornseif Oct. 27, 1962 in Fort Wayne. He was an accountant for Allen County Motors for 35 years and was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto. Surviving are his wife and his parents; two daughters, Paula Zolman of Fort Wayne, and Stephanie Whonsetler at home; and a brother, Max of Avilla. Services were Monday in Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Hooper-King Cemetery. ~ 12-19-1989 + 12-14-1989
Whonsetler Walter L, 64, died October 18, at his home, 2512 Wells Street, Fort Wayne. He was a supervisor at the General Electric Co. plant for 42 years. He was a member of the Trinity English Lutheran Church. Surviving are the wife, Gretchen; a son, Rev. Richard, Wilmington, Ohio; two daughters, Harriet and Margaret, both at home; two brothers, Chester of LaOtto, and Charles of Avilla, and three grandchildren. Funeral Thursday in the Trinity English Lutheran Church. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 10-22-1959
Whysong Nellie L, 93, of Kendallville died Monday in her residence. She was born in Garrett on October 7, 1899 to William A. and Luella M. (Hovarter) Gunsaullus. On November 27, 1919 in Helmer she married Harold M. Whysong, who died in September 1944. She moved to Kendallville in 1963 from the Hudson/Helmer area. She was a homemaker and for 17 years worked in the dental office of Dr. Alden Thompson. She was a member of Helmer United Methodist Church and a past member of OES. Surviving are 2 daughters, Doris Thompson and Clarice Rogers of Kendallville; a son, Verle of Spokane, Wash.; a brother, Vern Gunsaullus of Fox Lake, Ill.; 3 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Vine and Leo Gunsaullus; and 2 grandsons, James Thompson in 1959 and Dr. Bill Thompson on March 30, 1984. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Circle Cemetery, Hudson. + 10-4-1993

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