Whitley County Obituaries

Anderson, Asa
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died August 18, 1917)

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     Asa Anderson, of Lorane, died suddenly Saturday afternoon at his home with neuralgia of the heart… The son of Caleb and Alicta Anderson, he was born in Ashland county, November 18, 1866, and at his death was aged 50 years and 9 months. He was married December 31, twenty-five years ago to Nettie Quinn, and five children survive: Allen A. Anderson, of Roundout, Ill.; Mrs. Joy Coy, of Kimmell; Thelman, at home; Lula Egner, of Thorncreek township; and Raymond, at home. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, Emmet Anderson, of Troy township; Hollis, of Marion, and Clyde, of Noble county; Mrs. Nettie Martin, of Etna township, and Clara Hanes, of Albion.


Anspaugh, Andrew Jackson
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (048-FF, 049-FF) Source: Unidentified Newsclip

     Andrew J. Anspaugh was born in Whitley County, Indiana. July 17th, 1847, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. M. Clouse, December 21st, 1923, aged 76 years, 5 months and 4 days. With the exception of about 12 years in Michigan, his life was spent in Ohio and Indiana.
     He leaves one sister, Mrs. Susan Banks, of Antwerp, Ohio; and five brothers: Alfred of Shepherd, Mich., Simon of Pontiac, Michigan, John W. of Helmer, Ind., and Frank and James, present address unknown.
     Three children survive: Mrs. Clara Clouse and Mrs. Florence R. Dull, of Willshire, Ohio, and Herman Anspaugh, of Coleman, Mich. Also eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. His wife Sarah, preceded him in death April 5th, 1923.
     While not an avowed Christian, he lived an exemplary life and said he was ready to go. So when life’s sweet journey ends, Soul and body part like friends – No quarrels, no murmurs, no delay; A kiss, a sigh, and so away.
     Appropriate services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clara Clouse, and he was laid to rest in the Willshire Cemetery.


Anspaugh, Charles
Kendallville Newspaper - Noble County, Indiana
Thursday June 10, 1971

     Charles Anspaugh, 103, father of Mrs. Alta Gray of LaOtto, died at 8 p.m. Monday in Garrett Hospital. A resident of R. 3, Howe, he most recently had resided with his daughter. A native of Whitley County, he was born Sept. 28, 1867, the son of Eli and Elenore (Stemm) Anspaugh. He and Ellen Pritchard were married Sept. 6, 1894. She preceded him in death in 1960. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Gray are four sons, Howard of Howe, John of Walkerton, Donald of Fort Wayne and Ralph of Denver, Colo.; another daughter, Mrs. Harold Waldbeck of Columbia City; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral was Thursday in Shoup Funeral Home, Howe. Burial, Riverside Cemetery, Howe.


Anspaugh, Hester Lenora (Stemm)
Undated, typed transcription
Hester died December 8, 1927

     Hester Lenora Stemm Anspaugh was born Jan. 4, 1844, near Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Conrad and Indiana Stemm. Her parents and the children lived successively in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, first locating in this state in Miami County.
     They came to Whitley County, in the northeastern section of the state in 1854, living in a log cabin where now stands what is known as the Hively Church. There the daughter grew to womanhood and, on October 19, 1865, married Eli H. Anspaugh.
     Mrs. Anspaugh was the mother of three children, one of whom died in infancy. She leaves her husband; the son, Charles, at whose home her death occurred on Thursday, Dec. 8, 1927; eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. One daughter, Della, wife of Noah Zumbrum, died nine years ago. Mrs. Anspaugh was in her eighty-fourth year.
     She lived through the period of pioneering in Indiana, reaching from the log cabin to the modern inventions that have contributed to a century of marvelous achievements. Her span of years included four wars in which the sons of the republic marched away to the fields of glory to do and die that a nation and its ideals and institutions might live.
     She saw the log cabin go its way, along with the ox cart and the stage coach, and she lived to see the telephone, the telegraph, the automobile, the radio and the airplane become commonplaces of human existence.
     Mrs. Anspaugh was an old-fashioned woman, wife and mother. Her concern was her family and its interests. She asked no higher privilege than that of ministering to the needs of her children and theirs.
     She was a member of the Church of God for over a quarter of a century, and as she believed so she lived, a modest, unassuming gentlewoman and Christian. Hers was a long life, a useful life and a loving life.
     As the shadows lengthened she was awearied, for she had labored unceasingly, and at last she fell asleep, gratefully, for she longed for the peace that comes “when evening calls us Home.” Her last sickness covered a period of nearly twenty weeks, but she made no complaint, for she knew her work was finished, and she was assured that in the shining city beyond the bourne of Time and Place, her Pilot was waiting and watching.
     We stand in sorrow at the breaking of these mortal ties, and in sadness we consign this earthly body to its final home, but we find consolation in the promise that God is loving and that where He is, there is no death – only life eternal and everlasting.
     Rev. C.J. Smith, pastor of the Church of God in LaGrange, had charge of the funeral of Mrs. Anspaugh, which was held on Sunday morning at ten o'clock from the home of the son, in Clay township, west of LaGrange one and a half miles. Burial was made in the cemetery at Ray in Steuben County.


Anspaugh, Mary (Hively)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died November 7, 1911)

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     Mary Anspaugh died Nov. 7, 1911, at the home of her son, David, near Clear Lake, Ind., at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 7 days. Mary Hively was born December 31, 1825, in Fairfield County, Ohio, and was the daughter of Daniel and Catherine Hively. When eleven years of age she moved with her parents to Whitley county, Ind., where she was married in 1844 to Solomon Anspaugh. To this unin was born three children, all of whom survive; Eli, of Kimmel, Catherine Brown, of Argos, and David of Clear Lake, Ind. Besides her children she is survived by three brothers, four sisters, eight grand-children, and seventeen great grand children.


Anspaugh, Mary Ellen (Wise)
Steuben Republican - Angola, Indiana
Wednesday October 21, 1936

     Mary E. Anspaugh, daughter of Jacob and Anna Wise was born in Whitley County, Indiana March 11, 1854; died at Clear Lake, Indiana October 13, 1936 at the age of 82 years 7 months and 2 days.
     She was married to David Anspaugh September 1871. To this union were born ten children, five of whom passed to the great beyond. Early in life she united with the English Lutheran Church and remained a member of that church until her death. She attended the Clear Lake Baptist Church.
     She lived in the neighborhood of Clear Lake for more than a quarter of a century. She was a good neighbor and a kind and loving wife and mother. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband and five children, two sons and three daughters; fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and one sister, Rose. Friends join with the family in sympathy in the loss of a good and kind neighbor and friend.
     Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.A. Turner in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Ray, Indiana Thursday October 15, 1936. Burial in the Covenantor cemetery.


Appleton, John H.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(He died April 10, 1911)

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     Following an illness of five weeks from kidney trouble, John H. Appleton, an aged veteran of the civil war and well known resident of this city, died at his home on East Ellsworth street Monday morning… John H. Appleton was born in Center county, Pennsylvania, November 27, 1832, and died in Columbia City, Ind., April 10, 1911, aged 78 years , 4 months and 12 days. He came with his parents as a boy to Wabash county and later took up land in Whitley county in Thorncreek township. On June 24, 1857 he was married to Matilda Dupler-Egolf. When the war broke out he went with others and enlisted for the defense of his country, leaving his wife and a family of three children. He served till the close of the war as a private in Company E. 17th Indiana. At the close of the war he returned to this country and remained on the farm till after the death of his first wife, April 11, 1878. He was married the second time in 1886, to Sarah Beemer... A sister, Mrs. Mary Ramey, of Laketon, survives him as do his wife and five children; George Appleton and Mrs. Elizabeth Alkier, of Manistee county, Mich.; Jonathan Appleton, Nashua, Mont.; Aaron Appleton and Mrs. Laura Hively, Thorncreek township.


Archer, Catherine VanHouten
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (041-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday August 24 1910

     Mrs. John Archer, a well known resident of Arcola, who has been an invalid for about eight years from complication of diseases, died Tuesday forenoon at 11:20 o’clock. She is survived by her husband and 6 grown children and was about 62 years of age. She is a member of the M. E. church, and the funeral will occur Thursday at 1 o’clock at the M. E. church in Arcola; interment in the Coesse cemetery.


Armstrong, Harriet Floy
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 8, 1945 Page 6

     Harriet Floy Armstrong, wife of Robert A. Armstrong, ticket agent at Churubusco died at 4 o’clock this morning after an illness of two years. Mr. Armstrong was agent in this city for a number of years and two or three years ago was transferred to Churubusco. Mrs. Armstrong was born in Crawford Co OH. Her marriage to Mr. Armstrong occurred Oct 23 1907. Surviving besides the husband are four children: Mrs. H M Brackem, Wabash; Mrs. D E Aumbaugh, Lima O; Lt T B Armstrong, with the United States Navy and Lt R S Armstrong, with the United States Army; five brothers, Stanley Smith, Dr. C G Smith and Dr. Clare Smith, Marion O; Oscar Smith of Willoughby O; Harry G Smith, Nevada O; three sisters, Mrs. A T Dwire, Bucyrus O; Miss Fannie Smith, Marion O; Mrs. E M Schauneker, Nevada O. Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Methodist church at Churubusco. Friends will be received at the Sonday Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are awaiting word from the two sons now in military service. One son is scheduled to arrive home Wednesday.


Arnett, Anna Holler
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Commercial, Whitley County, Indiana
March 1917

     Mrs. Joseph Arnett, well known resident of Cleveland Township, died at her home three and one half miles Southeast of South Whitley Wednesday forenoon at 11 o'clock after an illness of a year from dropsey and Bright's disease. She would have been 62 years of age next May 30.
     Anna Holler, daughter of the late Philip and Anna Holler, was born in Washington Township, Whitley Co. and resided there until she was married 38 years ago to Joseph Arnett who survives.
     Following the marriage the Arnetts moves to Cleveland Township where they have since resided. Of 8 children born to the union; the following survive; Ordine at home; John of Washington Township; David of Fort Wayne and Harley of Copemish, Mich. One sister, Mrs. John Eddy of Lewiston Mich., and two brothers, Philip Holler of Fort Wayne and Joseph Holler of Convoy, also survive. There are 6 grandchildren. The deceased was for years a faithful member of the Brethren church. Funeral announcements later.


Arnett, Charles A.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tuesday, January 4, 1966 page 3A

     Charles A. Arnett, 67, of 4915 Gaywood Drive, died at 12:50 p.m. yesterday in Parkview Memorial Hospital.
     A native of Whitley County, he resided in Fort Wayne 23 years, retiring in 1962 after 20 years with the General Electric Co. He was a member of Simpson Methodist Church.
     Survivors include his wife, Marie; two sons, Virgil, San Diego, Calif., and Kenneth, South Whitley; a daughter, Mrs. Warren Myers, Huntington; two stepsons, Kenneth Monesmith, Fort Wayne, and George Monesmith, Grabill; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Howard Hirschman, Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, George, South Whitley, and a sister, Mrs. Louis Dreyer, South Whitley.
     Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Chalfant-Perry-Klaehn Funeral Home, Dr. Evan Bergwall officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.


Arnett, Lt. Chester L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
July 28, 1975 pg. 7

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     Lt. Chester L. Arnett, 52, U.S. Navy, retired, died Sunday evening of an apparent heart attack at Orlando, Florida He was a former resident of the South Whitley area and had resided in Orlando since his retirement from the Navy.
     He was born on October 30, 1922, the son of Laustin and Millie Dimmick Arnett near South Whitley. His formative years were spent in the Tunker and South Whitley area and he was a graduate of Washington Center High School with the class of 1941.
     Upon completion of his education, he enlisted in the Navy and served until 1945 when he entered the contracting business with his half-brother, Merritt Williamson.
     In 1948 he re-enlisted in the Navy and retired seven years ago with the rank of Lieutenant. He was a member of the Columbia City Masonic Lodge 189.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, the former Velma Roby of Larwill, one daughter, Victoria Lynn Murray of Orlando; one grandson, Michael Murray; his mother, Mrs. Millie Arnett, now a patient at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Charles (Mabel) Londt, R. 1, Mrs. Francis (Icel) Brock, Algonac, Michigan, and Mrs. Eugene (Edna) Slagle, Argos. He was preceded in death by his father and a half-brother.
     The body is being brought to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where funeral arrangements are pending. The committal services and burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.


Arnett, David
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
February 4, 1911

     David Arnett, one of the Aged pioneers of Cleveland Township, residing near Tunker, died at 12:15 Thursday morning, after an illness of a week, from complications of old age. He had been in his usual health until a week ago, when he became very feeble and bedfast.
     He was born in Ohio, and was 80 years of age at his death. He came to this County at an early age and was a farmer all his life. His wife died nine years ago (12 yrs.) and he is survived by four daughters and two sons; Mrs. Lewis Mishler and Mrs. John Sherbahn, of Cleveland Township; Mrs. Arthur Keller, Harvey, and Joseph Arnett, of South Whitley, and Mrs. John Strobel, Bippus. No brothers and no sisters survive.
     The deceased was well known and highly regarded by the community in which he lived for a life time. The funeral will occur Saturday, meeting at the home at 9 o'clock and the funeral sermon at the Brethren Church. Interment at the Eberhard Cemetery.


Arnett, David H.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
June 20, 1945 pg. 3

     David H. Arnett, 65, 609 Geraldine Avenue, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lutheran Hospital where he had been a patient for two months. He was employed 29 years by the General Electric Company and retired January 1 as a power shear operator at the Broadway plant.
     He was a member of the G. E. Quarter Century Club. Born in Whitley County, Mr. Arnett had lived in Fort Wayne since 1913. His wife, Emma, died in 1939.
     Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Harold O. Martin, with whom he lived, and Mrs. Noah Lapp, West Liberty, O.; eight grandchildren, and two brothers, John, Constantine, Mich., and Harley, Battle Creek, Mich.
     The body was removed to the Chalfant-Perry Funeral Home, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Robert Faust Sheaffer officiating. Interment will be in the Eberhart Cemetery in Whitley County.


Arnett, Della Vance
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 24, 1936

     Funeral services were held today at Battle Creek, Mich., for Mrs. John Arnett, 50, the former Della Vance, of Whitley County, who died Monday in a Battle Creek hospital following an operation performed on December 10. Following the operation, a streptococci infection developed.
     Mrs. Arnett was a daughter of Thomas and Louisa (Shearer) Vance and was born in Washington Township. She was married to John Arnett in 1904, and lived in Cleveland Township until the family moved to Battle Creek fourteen years ago.
     The survivors are the husband, two daughters, Ruth McCutcheon and Margaret Ann Vance, and a son, Vance Richard Arnett, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Herbert Leppo, Battle Creek, Mich., Mrs. Sam Bentz, Roanoke, and Mrs. Fred Lynch, Washington Township, and three brothers, Charles Vance, Tecumseh, Mich., Ed Vance, Columbia Township, and Roy Vance, of Washington Township.


Arnett, Emma L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
May 30, 1939 pg. 2

     Mrs. Emma L. Arnett, 63, died at 7 o'clock Monday night at her home at 609 Geraldine avenue. She suffered a parabolic stroke a year ago. Born in Huntington county, she had resided here the last 30 years. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian church.
     Survivors include the husband, David H. Arnett; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Grace Martin of this city and Mrs. Florence Lapp of West Liberty, O.; two sisters, Mrs. William Weybeight of South Whitley and Mrs. Bertha Keister of Flint, Mich. The body was removed to Chalfant-Perry & Pook's funeral home.


Arnett, Florence Gertrude
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
June 19, 1939

     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Brethren at Tunker for Mrs. Florence Gertrude Arnett, 42, who died Saturday afternoon at her home in Cleveland Township, three and a half miles southeast of South Whitley. She had been ill for 11 months, bedfast for six months. During the past four weeks her condition had been regarded as serious.
     Mrs. Arnett was the wife of Charles Arnett. He survives, also two sons, Kenneth Arnett, of Columbia City, and Virgil Arnett, at home; a daughter, Loretta Arnett, at home; three brothers, Oscar Drotz, of Huntington, Joseph Drotz, of Butlerville, Ind., and Arthur Drotz , of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Myrtle Drotz, of Huntington County, and Mrs. Charles Greene, of Huntington; a half sister, Mrs. Jennie Lutz, Wabash County; and a grandson, Gerald Arnett.
     Mrs. Arnett was born October 16, 1896 in Clear Creek Township, Huntington County, to Lewis and Christina Drotz. Her marriage to Mr. Arnett took place on December 31, 1915.
     She was a member of the Church of the Brethren at Tunker where the funeral services will be held tomorrow, Rev. L.U. Krider will officiate.


Arnett, Harvey
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 8, 1935

     Harvey Arnett, 70, passed away at the home of his son, Charles Arnett, in Cleveland Township, at 5:57 o'clock this morning, following an illness which resulted from a paralytic stroke which he suffered Sunday, February 17, while preparing to attend church at Tunker. He had been helpless since suffering the stroke two weeks ago. His death occurred on the old Arnett homestead in Cleveland Township. Had Mr. Arnett lived until March 28, he would have been 71 years old.
     He was married to Mary Salesman about 49 years ago. She passed away twelve years ago. Surviving are three sons, Charles Arnett, at whose home he died, Laustin Arnett of South Whitley, and George Arnett of Cleveland Township; a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Dreyer of Washington Township; and eight grandchildren; also two sisters, Mrs. Lewis Mishler and Mrs. John Sherbahn of Cleveland Township.
     Practically a life-long member of the Cleveland Township community, he was well known in the South Whitley neighborhood. He possessed many friends who will greatly regret his death.
     He was a member of the Church of the Brethren at Tunker and a devote Christian. Funeral services will be conducted at the Tunker church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will take place in the Eberhard Cemetery.


Arnett, Joseph
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
South Whitley Tribune, South Whitley, Whitley County, Indiana
April 9, 1925 pg. 1

     Death comes to Joseph Arnett, one of Cleveland Township's aged residents, at the home of his son at Battle Creek, Mich., early Monday morning. The remains were brought to the home of Ordaine Arnett and funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren at Tunker, yesterday afternoon and burial was made in the Eberhand Cemetery.
     Mr. Arnett had spent the winter with his 2 sons at Battle Creek and had been in declining health for sometime, following an attack of grip. Thursday evening he was stricken with paralysis and death relived him at 1 o'clock Monday morning.
     The deceased lived in Cleveland Township many years, coming to Whitley Co. from Drake County, Ohio, when a boy. He was married to Anna Holler, March 4, 1878, who died 9 years ago. Four of eight sons born to them survived: John and Harley of Battle Creek, David of Fort Wayne, and Ordaine of Cleveland Township. The two later went to Battle Creek Saturday and were with the father when he passed away. One brother, Harvey Arnett, and two sisters, Mrs. John Sherbahm and Mrs.Lewis Mishler, all of Cleveland Township, also survive. His age at death was 71 years, 6 months, and nine days. He was a life-long member of the Church of Brethren, and a highly respected citizen.
     The remains were brought overland from Battle Creek by Miller & Pook, local undertakers, Tuesday.


Arnett, Julia Kline
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 13, 1965

     Mrs. Julia Arnett, 82, died at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne Friday at 5:00 p.m. She was born April 18, 1883 in Michigan. She had spent most of her life in Whitley County. She spent her winters with Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Stickler, 3924 Gaywood Drive, Fort Wayne.
     She was the daughter of Daniel and Mary Oswald Kline. Her husband, Oradine Arnett died in January, 1945. She was a member of the Sugar Creek of the brethren and the Ladies Aid.
     She is survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. James Holmes, Muncie; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Hostetler and Mrs. Robert Tracy, both of Hillman, Michigan; two brothers, Edward and Charles Kline, both of Atlanta, Michigan. One son, Robert, one sister, and three brothers have preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley. Rev. Harper Will, pastor of the Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren will officiate. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Sunday.


Arnett, Laustin Alfred
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 24, 1944

     Laustin Alfred Arnett, 55, died at 7:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Tunker following a heart attack which he suffered Thursday. He was stricken with paralysis seven years ago and since that time had not been in good health.
     Born in Cleveland Township April 19, 1889 to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Arnett, he resided in that township his entire life. He was married February 19, 1919 to Miss Millie Williamson, who survives.
     Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Londt, at home, and a son, Chester, who is overseas; a sister, Mrs. Louis Dreyer of Washington Township; and two brothers, George Arnett of South Whitley and Charles Arnett of Fort Wayne.
     Mr. Arnett was a member of the Church of the Brethren at Tunker.


Arnett, Laustin Alfred
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 25, 1944

     Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Brethren at Tunker on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Laustin Arnett, who died Friday morning. Friends will be received at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley until 11 o'clock Sunday morning when the body will be taken to the Church of the Brethren at Tunker where it will lie in state until the hour of service. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.
     The death of Mr. Arnett occurred Friday morning at the Arnett home at Tunker after a lingering illness.


Arnett, Laustin Alfred
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 27, 1944

     Rev. Garland Borden and Rev. Ansa Snell officiated at funeral services held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Church of the Brethren at Tunker for Laustin A. Arnett, Tunker resident.
     Miss Edith Monshan and Mrs. Edison Dimmick sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "Good Night Here, Good Morning Up There," and "There Are Only Shadows," accompanied by Mrs. Harry Bollinger at the piano.
     Pallbearers were Howard Kreider, Harold and Carol Young, L.D. Geist, Harry Bollinger, and Virgil Smith.
     The flower bearers were Mrs. Roger Smith, Mrs. Charles Bowerman, Miss Dora Belle Dreyer, Ruth Gangwer, Mrs. Loretta Myers, and Evelyn Galloway, nieces of Mr. Arnett.
     Committal services were held in the South Whitley Cemetery.


Arnett, Mary Salesman
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 9, 1923

     The death of Mrs. Mary Arnett of Cleveland Township took place Tuesday evening at her home and resulted from a stroke of paralysis and complications. She had been in poor health for the past three years and in March suffered the first stroke. She never fully recovered from this and last Friday evening, the second stroke came upon her, affecting her left side and rendering her unconscious. She continued sinking until death ended her suffering.
     She was formerly Mary Salesman and was born October 8, 1866 in Cleveland Township and at her death was 59 years, 7 months, and 27 days old. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Salesman, preceded her in death.
     In 1886, she married Harvey Arnett and they were the parents of four children, Mrs. Lewis Dreyer of Washington Township, Laustin Arnett of Cleveland Township, Charles Arnett of Mishawaka, and George Arnett, at home.
     In addition to the children, the husband and four brothers survive, namely, Henry Salesman, of Thorncreek Township, George Salesman, of Cleveland Township, Jacob, of Gas City, Ind., and Frank Salesman, whose address is unknown.
     Mrs. Arnett was a member of the Church of the Brethren at Tunker. The funeral cortege will leave the home at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon for the Church of the Brethren at Tunker, where services will be held. Burial will be in the Eberhard Cemetery.


Arnett, Millie L. Dimmick
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 24, 1980

     Millie L. Arnett, 95, died Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at Whitley County Hospital. She had been a resident at Alfran Nursing Home for six years.
     Mrs. Arnett was born in Washington Township on February 5, 1885. She was a daughter of John and Mary Weybright Dimmick.
     She was first married to Gideon Williamson. He preceded her in death in 1915. She was then married to Lawstin Arnett. He died in 1944. Mrs. Arnett was a member of Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.
     Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Edna) Slagel of Argos, Mrs. Francis (Icel) Brock of Hudson, Florida, Mrs. Charles (Mabel) Londt of Winter Springs, Florida; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, seven brothers.
     Friends may call at Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley. Services are Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Knarr officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley cemetery.


Arnett,Ordaine
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday January 23, 1945 Page 6

     Ill for the past four months and bedfast since last Friday, Ordaine Arnett died at 2:45 am today, at his home in Cleveland township. Mr. Arnett was born in Whitley Co 66 years ago and spent his entire life in the county. His wife, the former Julia Klein, survives. Other survivors are one granddaughter, Patty Jane Arnett, Fort Wayne, three brothers David Fort Wayne John Constantine, MI; Harley, Battle Creek MI. A son, Robert Arnett died a year ago. Mrs. Arnett was a member of the Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren at Tunker.


Arnett, Robert
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 6, 1943

     Robert J. Arnett, 8924 Gay street, Fort Wayne, former resident of Cleveland township, died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday evening at the General Electric Broadway plant in Fort Wayne, where he was employed as second shift foreman.
     He was born on February 8, 1907, to Mr. and Mrs. Oradine Arnett, in Cleveland Township, Whitley County, where he resided until ten years ago, when he moved to Fort Wayne.
     He was married to Alfreda Bohnstedt on May 20, 1933. Surviving him are the wife, a small daughter, Patty Jane, and his parents.
     The body was taken to the Miller Funeral Home at South Whitley and was returned Monday morning to the Arnett home in Fort Wayne, where friends will be received until 11 o'clock Wednesday morning.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Tunker Church of the Brethren, of which Mr. Arnett was a member and which he had served as Sunday school superintendent. Rev. L.U. Krider will officiate. Burial will take place in the South Whitley cemetery.


Arnett, Robert
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 9, 1943

     Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Tunker Church of the Brethren for Robert Arnett, former Cleveland Township resident, who died suddenly while in the cafeteria of the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne. Rev. L.U. Krider officiated at the service.
     Hymns were sung by Paul Keller and Miss Edith Monahan, who were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Keller. Pallbearers were Lowell Arnold, Ralph Solt, Morris Gage, Clarence Shanebeck, Walter Meineyer, and Harold Bowker. Flower bearers were Riley Keller, Robert Keller, Gale Sickafoose, Lloyd Montz, Harold Young, and Foster Bruch. Burial was made in the South Whitley cemetery.


Arnett, Velma R.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 9, 1987

     Velma R. Arnett, 64, of Orlando, Fla., died Sunday, March 8, 1987, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Warner Jr. in Orlando. Mrs. Arnett had been ill for several months.
     She was born in Larwill on February 23, 1923, a daughter of Rollo and Delia (Sweeney) Roby. She was educated in the Larwill School and her marriage was to Chester L. Arnett of South Whitley.
     Mr. Arnett served in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1968 as a lieutenant. Following his retirement, they made their home in Orlando. Mr. Arnett died on July 27, 1975.
     Mrs. Arnett is survived by her daughter, Mrs. J.A. (Vicki) Warner of Orlando, and two grandchildren. A brother, Dale Roby is deceased.
     A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at South Whitley Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Knarr officiating. There will be no calling. Smith and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Arnett, Viola Kaufman
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 12, 1912

     Relatives of Mrs. David Arnett in Cleveland Township were shocked to hear of her death, which occurred at Orsage, Canada Thursday evening, after word had been received that she was better.
     The remains reached South Whitley Monday afternoon, and the funeral will be conducted from the Dunkard church at Tunker Tuesday, at 10:00 o'clock a.m., the interment to be in the Eberhard Cemetery. Rev. Henry Ness will officiate.
     It is supposed that the death of Mrs. Arnett was due to gall stones. She and her husband went to Canada a little over a year ago and her death is deeply lamented by many relatives and acquaintances.
     Viola Kaufman was born January 15, 1874, and spent practically her whole life in Cleveland Township and was 38 years, 4 months, and 21 days of age.
     She leaves one brother, Andy Kaufman, at Leavertown, Michigan, and a half brother, Chas Snyder, of Sidney, Ohio, and two half sisters. She was a member of the Dunkard church and was esteemed and respected by a large circle of friends.
     Note: This obituary does not mention the two young daughters that also survive.


Athey, Sarah Belle Elliott
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, April 22, 1942

     Mrs. Sarah Belle Athey, a lifelong resident of this county except for a few years spent in Pierceton, died on Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Kenner on Road 30, where she had resided since the death of her husband, Aleck Athey, in 1937. Death came following an illness of five weeks.
     She was born Aug. 8, 1864, to Robert J. and Catherine Jones Elliott, in Troy township and was 77 years of age at the time of her demise. Three brothers and two sisters had preceded her in death. They were Samuel, William and Edwin Elliott, Mrs. James Bills and Mrs. Lewis [sic] Joslin.
     Mrs. Athey is survived by the following nephews and nieces: Othniel Elliott, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Bonnell Elliott, Beloit, Wis.; Otho and Horton Bills of Whitley county; Mrs. John Kenner, at whose home she had been living for the past four years; Mrs. Clyde Western and Mrs. Harry Keisler of Columbia City.
     The body has been removed to the Ashley Funeral Home in Pierceton and will be returned to the Kenner home Wednesday evening where friends may call after 6 o’clock.
     Funeral services will be held at the Troy Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Athey had been a member for 55 years, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Dr. E. C. Lindsay of Goshen, assisted by the Rev. L. I. Sommer of the Troy Methodist church, will have charge of the rites. Burial will be made in the Troy cemetery.


Atkinson, Rosanna
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 15, 1945 Page 6

     Following an illness of 10 days, Miss Rosanna Atkinson, 83, died Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 o’clock at 304 N Main St, which had been her residence since March 1917, when she came to this city to serve as housekeeper for the late Dr. Nathan I Kithcart. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home in this city, the Rev. Paul Chalfant of Peru, former local minister, officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. W J Malcolm of this city. Early Saturday morning the body will be taken to Mount Pleasant, O for committal services. Miss Atkinson was born in Jefferson county, Ohio February 23 1861, to Mark and Eliza Ely Atkinson. She was employed as a saleslady in Ohio before locating in this city. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city. Soon after coming to Columbia City Miss Atkinson became affiliated with the Philomathean club, a literary organization founded in this city in 1917. Since July 1937, Miss Atkinson had been cared for in her declining health by Mr. and Mrs. John Travelbee, Jr. who reside at the Kithcart homestead.


Auer, Henry Ludwig
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday March 20, 1945 Page 1

     Henry Ludwig Auer, past 81 years old, retired farmer, died this morning at 7:45 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Homer Ummel, in Washington township. Mr. Auer had been in declining health and suffered a stroke of apoplexy Sunday morning. He was born in Fort Wayne on February 13 1862 and was just a month and 7 days past 81 years old. He was a farmer all his life and came to Whitley county from Allen county and resided on a farm in Union township for the past 54 years. Mr. Auer had lived with his daughter since January 6, 1945. He was a son of Jacob and Sophia Ponne Auer. He grew to manhood in Allen county and on November 12 1891, was married to Justine Fiedler of Gar Creek, Indiana, the ceremony being performed at that place. In addition to Mrs. Ummel, Mr. Auer is survived by three sons, Carl G. of Union township, Joseph and Walter W. both of Allen county. A daughter, Esther is dead. There are 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren living. His only living sister is Mrs. George Briggeman of New Haven. Two brothers and four sisters are dead. Mr. Auer was a member of the Zion Lutheran church for the past 54 years,. The body was taken to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 pm at the Zion Lutheran church and will be conducted by Rev. O. A. Stamm and short services will be conducted at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 2:15 pm. The body may be viewed at the home.


Auer, Jacob
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (033-PF) Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday April 12, 1904

     Jacob Auer, one of the pioneer residents of Washington township, died very suddenly at the home of Charles Pook, his son-in-law, Friday morning. He had been ailing most of the winter, but was able to be up and around the house most of the time. He arose as usual Friday morning, dressing himself and prepared for breakfast. He complained of feeling badly and sat down in his favorite chair, but soon asked to be assisted to bed. It was then about 6:30 o’clock and life became extinct in a few moments. The deceased having long been a resident of this county, was widely and favorably known, and a host of friends, besides the many relatives, will mourn his sudden death.
     Jacob Auer was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, July 21, 1828, and died in Washington township, Whitley county, April 1st, 1904, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 20 days. He came to America in 1846 and settled in Fort Wayne. He was united in marriage in 1853 to Miss Sophia Panna, and they soon afterwards settled in this county. To this union there were eight children born, all whom with their mother, survive. The children are Edward Auer, Mrs. Charles Pook, Mrs. Caroline Dressler, William Auer, Henry Auer, Mrs. Mary Seivers, Mrs. Minnie Bowman and Mrs. Anna Briggaman. The deceased was a brother of Michael Auer of Peabody, and was one of the most honorable and upright men in Washington township.
     The funeral will occur Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock and going to the frame Lutheran church in Columbia township where the services will be conducted by Rev. Jungkuntz.


Austin, Lovina Jane (Seelye) Martin
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – December 3, 1910)

[Abstract - view scanned copy for full obituary]
     Mrs. Lovina Jane Austin or “Grandma” Austin, as she was most familiarly known, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. C. Scott, in Etna, after having reached nearly four score and ten years in this life.
     Her maiden name was Lovina Jane Seelye, and she was born June 22, 1823, at Port Huron, Ohio. When ten years of age she came to Indiana with her parents to Lagrange county, through the trackless wilderness, and later to Troy township in Whitley county, where she grew to womanhood.
     She was twice united in marriage, the first time to Stephen Martin, and the second time to Dr. Stephen S. Austin, both having passed to the grave some years ago. She is survived by six children: Mrs. T. M. Irwin, Mrs. Isaac Prickett, Mrs. Alice Swihart, Mrs. J. W. C. Scott and Perry G. Austin of Etna and Mrs. W. H. Smith of St. Helena, California. One sister, Mrs. James Kennery, of Osh-Kosh, Wisconsin, also survives.

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