Whitley County Obituaries

Brubaker, Charles Romain
Columbia City Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday December 28, 1945

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     Former Local Man Dies in Mississippi. Death of Charles Romey Brubaker Occurs December 19.
     Word has been received here of the death of Charles Romey Brubaker, native of Whitley county, which occured December 19 in the Veteran's hospital at Biloxi, Miss. He had resided at Pascagoula, Miss., for the past 25 years. Funeral rites and burial were held at Pascagoula.
     He had been declining in health for sometime. Mr. Brubaker last visited at his former home in Whitley county nine years ago. He was one of two sons born to Mr. and Mrs. William Brubaker, near Goose lake in Troy township, August 19, 1870. He was a Spanish American War veteran and was also a veteran of the First World War.
     Surviving relatives are three children, Mrs. Charles Jacobs, South Whitley; Mrs. Harold Dunn of Auburn, and William Brubaker of Elkhart; the widow, Viola Brubaker and a step-daughter Cathleen of Pascagoula; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     The mother of Mr. Brubaker was better known in Columbia City as Mrs. Malissa Bower. A brother, Hale Brubaker died while a student in Columbia university.

The Chronical Star, Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi
January 11, 1946
     The death of Charles R. Brubaker, 75 years old, occurred at the Veterans Hospital in Gulfport. Funeral services were conducted from the Fails Funeral home in Moss Point by the Rev. J. L. Morgan and the Rev. Vaughan of Newton, Miss., assisted by the Rev. John Brock, pastor of the First Baptist church in Moss Point.
     Mr. Brubaker was a native of Columbia City, Ind., and he had made his home in Pascagoula and Moss Point for the past 25 years. He served in the Spanish American War in 1898 and also in World War I.
     He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Viola Brubaker, and two daughters, Mrs. Victor Phend of Larwill, Ind., Mrs. Charles Jacobs of South Whitley, Ind., one son, William H. Brubaker of Elkhart, Ind., and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Kathleen Ladnier, Biloxi.

Brubaker, Fern F. (Rohn)
South Whitley Tribune - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday June 21, 1973

     Mrs. Fern F. Brubaker, 65, of 1101 W. Beardsley Avenue, Elkhart, passed away Thursday afternoon at her home in Elkhart. She had been ill three months.
     Born September 24, 1907, in Berne, she was the daughter of the late Mrs. Emma Rohn of South Whitley who owned and operated a dry goods store here. She married William H. Brubaker on January 5, 1924 and they made their home in Elkhart since 1929 where they owned and operated Bill's Restaurant on West Beardsley Avenue, Elkhart.
     She is survived by her husband, William, one son, Gene R. Brubaker, Elkhart; two daughters, Mrs. Lee (Mary) Nihart and Mrs. John (Glea) Lynch, both of Elkart; nine grandchildren; one brother, Brice Rohn of Valparaiso and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jane Jacobs of South Whitley.
     Memorial services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the Westbrook-Metz Funeral Home in Elkhart with the Rev. Richard Dolby, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Rice cemetery at Elkhart.

Brubaker, Martin
Commercial Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday November 13, 1908

     William Brubaker of near Etna was called to Rock Creek township Huntington county Saturday by the death of his brother Martin Brubaker. Martin Brubaker early Saturday morning succumbed to an attack of pneumonia with which he had been a sufferer for about two weeks. The deceased was born on the farm where he died on September 10, 1850 and with the exception of three years spent in Huntington had always lived on the farm.
     He was twice married and is survived by his second wife, eight children and a stepson, besides several brothers and two sisters and numerous other relatives. The funeral services were held at the White church in Huntington county Sunday afternoon, the party leaving the family residence at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. E. Etter of Warren officiated. The I.O.O.F. lodge of which the deceased was a member attended in a body.

Brubaker, Maurice Hale
The Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday December 17, 1910

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     Although tempered in a small degree by the news that he was dangerously ill, the sad intelligence that M. Hale Brubaker had passed away in New York City Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock was a heavy burden for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Brubaker, of Troy township, to bear, and a source of sorrow to his many friends here. He was taken ill last week with a heavy cold which he contracted at the meeting of the Indiana society of New York, Friday, December 3. The cold deepened and last Friday evening developed into pneumonia.
     When his condition was learned he was hurried to a New York hospital where he was attended by the foremost lung specialist in the city. Everything possible to human skill was done for the saving of his life. He was fortunate in the possession of several close college friends who were attending Columbia university with him and they gave him every attention and kept his parents and friends in the city informed. Leo C. Kelly, Lee McCanliss and R. M. Frink were Wabash college graduates who were closely attached to the deceased and they were at had to administer to his needs. Al C. Jennison, who is attending Harvard university and is also a Wabash man who knew Mr. Brubaker, hastened to New York with the knowledge of his illness and was constantly at his bedside until the end.
     The message from the young men to Mrs. Brubaker, sent Tuesday evening read: "Hale very low. Doctor says he is hardly holding his own. He recognized us both today. Crisis tomorrow (Wednesday). All depends on physical strength. (Signed) "Kelly and McCanliss."
     With the knowledge that he was fighting against terrible odds the parents believed that he might recover but shortly after one o’clock Wednesday the word came to this city that he had passed away. No details as to the sending of the body were given. The time which intervened between the coming of the disease and the end was just five days.
     Maurice Hale Brubaker was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Brubaker of Troy township, May 17, 1886, and died in New York City December 14, 1910, aged 24 years, 8 months and 27 days. He was a very brilliant boy and entered the high school in this city at the age of 13 years, after completing the common branches in his home township. In 1903 he graduated from the high school and for two years thereafter he was employed in this city on the Commercial-Mail and in the postoffice, where he performed his work in a thorough manner and taught school for one winter.
     In the fall of 1905 he entered Wabash college where he completed the regular four year course in three years, winning membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity for his excellence in scholarship. In addition to his ability as a student he distinguished himself as a leader of student enterprise, was instrumental in the organization of the press club and was a prominent member of one of the literary societies. At the conclusion of his college course he was awarded a scholarship in Columbia university. He accepted and entered the college of law, where he prosecuted his studies and at the same time carried enough outside work to largely support himself. He was associated with the Citizens’ League of New York and with the Municipal Art League which was engaged in public charities on a large scale.
     He was of untiring energy and never took up a responsibility that he did not discharge. He carried more work and did it easier than two average men in college and seemingly was never wearied. In that spirit he strove for an education, to fit himself thoroughly for his life’s work. His years of life were crowded, though they were few, with duties and privileges, all of which tended to broaden him and to deepen his influence on those who knew him. Friends he had without number and they feel profoundly the loss that has come upon them personally. To the brother and the parents are extended the sincerest sympathy in their hour of grief.
     Mr. Brubaker was a social member of the Modern Woodmen order, a member of Company G of the Indiana National guard for several years and was first lieutenant of the company at the time he resigned because of his duties in the east. He was not long away from the service however, for he joined the Naval Militia in New York and became acquainted with army life on the sea. He was a member of the Indiana society of New York and was intensely loyal to his mother state. In his last letter to his parents, in telling of the banquet of the society, he showed a warm feeling for Indiana and Whitley county. He was a member of the Baptist church in this city and at one time was the superintendent of the Sunday school there.
     He leaves his parents and one brother, C.R. Brubaker, of Traverse City, Michigan.

Brubaker, William
The Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday January 27, 1912

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     William Brubaker, an old veteran and one of the kindliest of men, entered into the long sleep at his home on North Elm street Friday forenoon about ten o’clock. He had been unconscious since Wednesday and his passing was peaceful and quiet. The last illness dates from a week ago Monday, but Mr. Brubaker had been feeling badly for the past six weeks, during which time he had not been off the premises. It was four years ago that his health began to fail, and the sad and untimely death of his son, Hale, which occurred December 14th, 1910, was an affliction which bore heavily upon him and burdened him with grief.
     Heart trouble and such complications as follow diseases of that organ undermined his strength and when Bright’s disease set in his powers of resistance were almost exhausted. William Brubaker was born in Perry county, Ohio, November 20, 1843; died in Columbia City, January 26th, 1912, aged 68 years, 2 months and 6 days.
     When a lad of eight years he came with his mother to Whitley county and had such educational advantages as the common schools of that time afforded. On the 21st day of April, 1861, when a lad of not much more that 17 years, he enlisted in Company E, 17th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving three years and two months in Wilder’s Brigade, Army of the Cumberland. He took part in all the battles and skirmishes in which his regiment was engaged. In one of these he was seriously wounded in the thigh and was forced to remain in the hospital for several months. After being discharged he joined Company I, 152nd Regiment, made up of veterans, being appointed sergeant of his company and serving till the close of the war, making an excellent record for bravery and loyalty to his country.
     He was united in marriage in 1871 to Melissa Joslin, and they were the parents of two children, Charles R., of Troy township, and Hale, deceased. About the time of his marriage he purchased a farm on the eastside of Goose Lake in Troy township, and they made their home there until a year ago when they moved to this city. In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by two brothers, Samuel, of Fort Wayne, and Thornton, of Huntington, and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Kent, of Huntington. He was a member of the G.A.R. having joined the post at Etna when it was first organized.
     Mr. Brubaker had many warm personal friends who will be pained to learn of his death, and the wife and son have the sympathy of all in their great sorrow. The funeral will occur Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Baptist church on west Van Buren street. Rev Will N. Ferris, the pastor, officiating; interment in the South Park Cemetery. The G.A.R. post of this city will have charge of the services.

Brubaker, William Hale
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 23, 1979

     William Brubaker died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jack (Glee) Lynch, in Orlando, Fla. He resided with her.
     Mr. Brubaker was born Feb. 22, 1905 to Charles Romain and Maud Wise Brubaker in Troy township. He spent his formative years in Columbia City, then moved to Elkhart where he was engaged in the restaurant business.
     He married the former Fern Rohn of South Whitley who preceded him in death in 1973. Following her death he moved to Orlando to live with his daughter.
     Survivors in addition to Mrs. Lynch include a son, Gene Brubaker of Elkhart; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hazlette Ferguson of North Webster and Mrs. Charles (Jane) Jacobs of Columbia City.
     He was preceded in death by his wife and one daughter, Mary Lee. Mr. Brubaker's remains will be returned to Elkhart.

Brumbaugh, Clarence
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, October 28, 1942

     Clarence Brumbaugh, 62, twin brother of Mrs. Merril Magley of this city, died at his home in Churubusco Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock. Death occurred a short time after the arrival of a physician. He had suffered from asthma for some time.
     Mr. Brumbaugh lost his eyesight at the age of 12 due to an injury which occurred when a piece of shell lodged in his eye while he was playing with gun shells. He later graduated from the Blind institute in Indianapolis, where he was married to Miss Fern Jenks, a member of his graduating class. The couple resided in the state capital for a few years after their marriage and then located in Churubusco. He was a broommaker by trade, and he will be remembered in this city as a salesman for his brooms. For the last several years he had operated a pop corn stand in Churubusco.
     Mr. Brumbaugh was born in Whitley county Sept. 4, 1880, to Jacob and Sarah Davis Brumbaugh. He is survived by the widow; a son, Wayne, aged 17, and a daughter, Vera, aged 14; his twin sister, Mrs. Merrill Magley of this city; and four brothers, William and Charles Brumbaugh of Albion, and Gustave and Lester Brumbaugh of Columbia City. A son died in infancy. In childhood Mr. Brumbaugh became a member of the church of the Brethren.
     Funeral services will be held at the Eel River Baptist church, Rev. Marion Shroyer of this city and Rev. H. Pierce, pastor of the Eel River church, officiating. Interment will be made in Eel River cemetery. Friends will be received at the Krider Funeral Home in Churubusco until the hour of the service.

Brumbaugh, Gustave Herman
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, March 5, 1945

     Gustave Herman Brumbaugh, past 52 years old, died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon at his home at 365 No. Walnut street, Columbia City. He had been ill for several years from chronic heart disease and his condition had been critical for the past week.
     He was born in Smith township on Dec. 9, 1892 and was a son of Jacob and Sarah Davis Brumbaugh. On Aug. 14, 1915 he was united in marriage at Abaline, Kans. to Sarah Elizabeth Longbine who survives. Surviving children are Mrs. Marshall Schinbeckler, Columbia City, and Phyllis and Sally Ann Brumbaugh at home. Seven children are dead.
     Three brothers, Charles and William Brumbaugh, Fort Wayne and a sister, Mrs. Merrill Magley of Columbia City, survive. Three brothers and a sister are dead.
     Mr. Brumbaugh was a tool room employe at the Whitley Products factory and was employed at the Magley machine shop for more than 11 years. He was a member of the Eagles lodge.
     The body was taken to the DeMoney Funeral Home where services were held at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon, the Rev. Marion R. Shroyer conducting the services. Interment was in the Greenhill cemetery.

Buckles, Russell
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 5, 1945 Page 1

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     Mrs. Lavina Buckles of North Elm Street received a telegram from the War Department Sunday morning which stated that her husband, Pvt Russell Buckles, 25, infantryman, was killed in action January 1 in Belgium. Pvt Buckles was recently reported missing in action. He entered service June 16, 1944 and received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Fla. Prior to his induction into military service, Mr. Buckles was employed by the Wayne Tailoring company of Fort Wayne. Pvt and Mrs. Buckles had resided in Columbia City since their marriage. Mrs. Buckles was the former Lavina Owen, daughter of George Owen of Avilla. Pvt Buckles is survived by the widow and five children, Richard 4, George 3, Donald 2, Paul 1, Jimmy five weeks old; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Buckles of Syracuse; two brothers Victor and William Buckles, 409 N Chauncey Street; three sisters Donna Belle Buckles 15 1/2 East Chicago street; Dorothy Buckles and Mrs. Obert Cramer, Fort Wayne.

Burch, William E.
Wednesday, November 10, 1920

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     Due partly to the efforts of the Whitley County Red Cross Society and partly to relatives, the body of William E. Burch, who died of pneumonia in France while in the U. S. army, will arrive in South Whitley Wednesday or Thursday of this week for burial.
     Leonard R. Schrader, chairman of the Whitley County Red Cross Society, sent a message Monday to New York City to the Red Cross there inquiring in regard to what disposition had been made of the remains of the deceased, and received an answer Tuesday, dated Nov. 8th, that in response to a telegram from Mrs. Malissa Carrier, of Kendallville, the body had been sent to South Whitley for burial and should reach there within two days.
     The young soldier was a son of the late William E. Burch and Mrs. Malissa Carrier, of Kendallville. He was 29 years old on March 9, 1918, and his death occurred in France on September 26th, 1918. He was one of those who died when the pneumonia epidemic swept through the army in France.
     He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Wilbur, James, and Don Burch, of South Whitley; Frank Burch and Mrs. Ben Smith, of Kendallville; Mrs. Ira Eubanks, of Huntington; and Mrs. John Hively, of Fort Wayne.
     Funeral services will be arranged when the remains of the young soldier reach South Whitley.
     Note: There was a short notice in the Columbia City Post of October 30, 1918 stating that his name had appeared on the casualty lists Sunday morning as being one of those who had died of disease.

Burd, Jacob Edward
The Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday December 26, 1944

     Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home for Jacob Edward Burd, past 77 years old, who died at 6:45 Sunday night at his farm home in Smith township two miles west of Collins. He had been ill for the past four years, and for the past year was seriously ill.
     He was born to William F. and Sarah Jane Burd, near Celina in Mercer county, Ohio, on August 23, 1867, and came to Whitley county in the spring of 1882 from Celina.
     On April 5, 1896, he was united in marriage to Rosanna D. Mosher of Columbia township. Mrs. Burd, who is 76 years old, survives. Furlow E. Burd of Smith township is the only surviving son. There are three grandchildren. A sister; Mrs. Mary Rodgers of Fort Wayne, survives. Another sister, Mrs. Lydia Creager, is deceased.
     Mr. Burd was a member of the West Columbia Evangelical church until its abandonment. Rev. O.P. Givens, pastor of the Collins United Brethren church, conducted the funeral rites. Burial was made in South Park cemetery.

Burd, Rosanna D. (Mosher)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 14, 1949

     Mrs. Rosanna D. Burd, past 80 years old, died at her residence in Smith township at 8 p.m. last night. She had been in failing health for the last three weeks and death was due to complications resulting from old age.
     She was born west of Columbia City in Columbia township on December 13, 1868 and was a daughter of Sanford T. and Lucy Ann Helms Mosher. She spent her entire life in Whitley county. On April 5, 1896 Rosanna Mosher was married to Jacob Edward Burd who died on December 24, 1945 [sic]. One son, Furlow Burd, of Smith township, survives. Mrs. Burd was the last member of a family of ten brothers and sisters.
     Mrs. Burd was one of the founders of the Bethel Evangelical church west of Columbia City. The body was taken to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home where friends may call and where the funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. Rev. O.P. Givens, former pastor of the Collins E.U.B. church and Rev. Wellis Bullis of the Blue River Methodist church will conduct the services. Burial will be in the South Park cemetery.

Burns, Abraham
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post - March 5, 1908

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     Abraham Burns, a son of John Burns, deceased, died Friday night at his home in Troy township from a complication of diseases. He formerly worked at the carpenter trade, but for a number of years has resided on his forty acre farm with his family.
     He was born in Richland township about 57 years ago and leaves a wife and two sons, Harlow and Ray, at home.

Burns, Harlow Asher
The Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday June 16, 1952

     Harlow A. Burns, past 71 years old, a farmer residing in Etna-Troy township, died Sunday evening at 8 o’clock at the Luckey Hospital where he was admitted Friday for surgery. He had been in failing health for the past four years.
     He was born near Larwill and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Burns. He spent all of his life in Whitley county, most of it on his farm in Etna-Troy township.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazlette Burns, R.R. 6, Columbia City, and a son, Thagrus A. Burns, 3810 Hiawatha Blvd., Fort Wayne. Two grandsons also survive. A son is dead. A brother, Ray Burns, Larwill, is living and a sister is dead.
     Mr. Burns was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church. The body was taken to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Monday and where funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday by Foster Jones of Warsaw, who preaches at the Troy Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Scott cemetery in Etna-Troy township.

Burns, Hazelette (Wise)
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, October 10, 1977

     Mrs. Hazelette Burns, formerly of Diplomat Drive, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Village Health Center, Fort Wayne. She had been a resident there since last Thanksgiving and had been bedfast for the past three weeks.
     She was a native of Thorncreek township and was born on October 10, 1885 a daughter of William P. and Sophia Dunfee Wise. Her formative years were spent in Troy township. On October 10, 1911, she was united in marriage to Harlow A. Burns. They established their home in Troy township where they spent their entire married life on the Burns farm. Mr. burns preceded her in death in June 1952. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Burns resided for a year on the farm and then moved to Columbia City.
     She was a member of the First Church of God, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Sunshine Club, Whitley County Historical Society and was a past president of the Senior Citizens.
     The surviving relatives include one son, Thagrus A. Burns, 8710 Maravilla Drive, Fort Wayne; two grandsons, Steven L. Burns and Gerald A. Burns, both of Fort Wayne and triplet great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann, Amy Marie and Michael Steven Burns.
     She was preceded in death by a son, Maurice, a sister, Mrs. Maude Yontz and two brothers, Harry and Maurice. The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where the family will receive friends after 2 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Hubert E. Miller, pastor of the First Church of God, officiating. The interment will be in the Keister cemetery in Etna-Troy township.

Burns, Sarah C. (Beard)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died January 18, 1918)

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     Mrs. Rufus Burns, a resident of North Main street since 1908 when the family moved from Thorncreek township to this city, passed away at her home Saturday morning… Sarah C. Beard was born to the late Samuel and Polly Beard in Richland township, July 22, 1858, and at the time of her death she was aged 59 years, 5 months and 27 days. She resided with her parents until her marriage to her bereft husband, Rufus Burns, on June 3, 1875…
     Six children were born and survive: Elgia Burns of Etna township; Mrs. Jacob Lawrence and Mrs. Elvin Bair of Hanna, Laporte county; Carl E. Bruns of Omaha, Neb.; Earl of Florissant, Mo.; and Miss Velma at home. One brother, Virgil Beard of Winfield, Kas., and three sisters, Mrs. Geo. Gilbert of Table Rock, Neb.; Mrs. Lewis Mowery of Richland township and Mrs. William Wynkoop of Troy township survive. There are also fourteen grandchildren.

Burnworth, Cora (Long)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday July 10, 1926

     Mrs. Cora Burnworth, past 60 years old, wife of Charles Burnworth, who now resides in Fort Wayne, and who was a former resident of Columbia City, died Tuesday afternoon at 2:45 o’clock a the Northern Indiana hospital for the insane at Logansport where she had been for the past five years. The immediate cause of death was paralysis and complications. She was born on January 4, 1866, in Etna township and was a daughter of John and Emily Long. Her mother is living and makes her home with her son, Monroe Long, east of Columbia City, but her father died 26 years ago.
     On August 16, 1890, Miss Long married Charles Burnworth, who now resides in Fort Wayne. They made their home in Noble county, in Thorncreek township, in Oklahoma, residing there seven or eight years ago, and in Columbia City. Mrs. Burnworth is survived by the following named children: Mrs. Claud Moore and Mrs. Henry Meier, of Columbia City, Mrs. George Fry, of Thorncreek township, Mrs. Paul Shew, of Ligonier, Clyde Burnworth, of Shibler, Okla., and Melvin Burnworth, of Noble county. In addition to the brother mentioned she is survived by another brother, Mott Long, of Fort Wayne.
     Mrs. Burnworth was a member of the Ormas Baptist church. The remains were brought to Columbia City by Luckenbill & Stickler. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Ormas Baptist church. Burial will be in the Thorn cemetery.

Burnsworth, Charles William
Obituary Card File, Albion-Noble County Public Library
No Date (died November 3, 1939)

     Cromwell, Nov. 7. Charles Burnsworth [sic], 72, died Friday night in the Wogoman Convalescent Home in Kendallville. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. George Fry and Mrs. Henry Maier [sic] of Columbia City, Mrs. Paul Shrew [sic] of Kimmel, and Mrs. Claude Moore of Pierceton; two sons, Melvin of Noble County, and Clyde of Indianapolis; one brother, Job of Columbia City; one sister, Mrs. Bernard Meyers of Columbia City; 29 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body was taken to the home of Melvin Burnsworth Sunday morning. Funeral services were conducted from the Orman Church at 2 o'clock Monday and burial was in nearby Phorn [sic] Cemetery.

Buzzard, Clarence Marrel
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday May 8, 1945 Page 6

     Clarence Marrel Buzzard, age 54, died today at Churubusco where he had resided for the past year. Mr. Buzzard moved from his farm in Wabash county to Churubusco. His marriage to Alma Dull of Churubusco occurred December 24, 1911. The wife survives. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Opal Brown, West Milton, Ohio; Mrs. Lulu Butler, New York City and the parents William Buzzard of Jefferson township, Huntington county and Mrs. Cora Buzzard Hoover of West Milton, Ohio. Mr. Buzzard resided at Elkhart at one time and later moved to Wabash county. He was born in Huntington county July 30, 1890. Friends will be received at the Bailey Funeral Home in Huntington, where Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. Burial will be made in Lancaster cemetery in Huntington county.

Byall, Maurice
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 7, 1945 Page 1
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     Maurice Byall, age 21, trench mortar gunner with the 84th division of the First army and a private first class in rank, was killed in action on February 23 in Germany, according to a message received from the War Department this morning by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Byall of Jefferson township. The young man was inducted into the armed service of the United States on February 27, 1943, and had his basic training at Camp Swift, Texas. He went overseas about Sept. 23, 1944, and was in England, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He had been in the Fifth Army and was transferred to the American First Army. Pfc Byall was born in Jefferson township and was 21 years old last August 16. He grew to manhood on the farm and was a graduate of Jefferson Center high school with the class of 1941. He was on the farm until a year and a half before his induction, when he went to work at the General Electric company plant in Fort Wayne and he was employed there when inducted into the service. The young soldier was a member of the Dunfee Christian Church. In addition to his parents he is survived by two brothers, Harry of Roanoke and Ned at home and two sisters, Helen and Patricia Byall, both at home.



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