Whitley County Obituaries

Collins, Mrs. Richard
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died March 14, 1899

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     Mrs. Richard Collins died rather suddenly and unexpectedly Monday. The deceased was born January 20, 1822; died March 14, 1899, aged 77 years, 1 month and 23 days. She was the widow of Richard Collin. She leaves one son, Virgil, of St. Louis and three daughters, Jennie, Emma and Lottie, the girls all being present at her death.


Collins, Parmenas
Columbia City News - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday August 4, 1859

     Some days ago the sad intelligence came to our town that Parmenas Collins, brother to Richard and James S. Collins, came to his death at his Rancho in the State of California on the 8th day of June last, by being severely kicked upon his chest by a horse which was hitched to a wagon, he survived but a few hours after having received the fatal injury.
     The deceased was born March 20th 1811, hence at his death, he was in the 49th year of his age. He was a most amiable man in every particular, and never failed to win the esteem of all good man with whom he became acquainted. He died in a strange land among strangers, far from the home of his youthful days and from those that loved him best and longed to see him return to their embrace once more on earth. He received the kind attention no doubt of those around him. He is said to have been a most estimable man and citizen.


Combs, Louisa Cleveland
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (008-FF)
Columbia City Post– Whitley County, Indiana
No date. (died February 12, 1914)

     Mrs. Louisa Combs Dead At Whitley. Was Pioneer of the Township and Was Born There Over 76 Years Ago – Funeral Saturday Afternoon.
     Mrs. Louisa Combs passed away at her home in South Whitley Thursday morning at 2:15. She suffered a stroke of paralysis five weeks ago which made her helpless up to the time of her death, and last Thursday morning she sustained another stroke which was the result of her death. She has been failing for over a year.
     Louisa Cleveland was born in Cleveland township, in July, 1837, and was 76 years old. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cleveland, the pioneers of Cleveland township, and from whom that township received its name. The deceased was united in marriage to J. K. Combs, of South Whitley, in 1859, and since that time has made that place her home. To this union twelve children were born, four of whom are living; H.L. of Jackson, Mich.; Charles and Ward, of South Whitley, and Mrs. O.H. Bowman, of Pierceton. Mrs. Combs leaves besides her children, one sister, Mrs. L. Martin, near South Whitley, and two brothers, Will and Fin Cleveland, of Anderson. Her husband preceded her in death 17 years ago.
     She was a devoted member of the M.E. church and attended regularly, living the life of a Christian woman.
     The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at two o’clock from the house. Rev. McCoy officiating. Burial in the South Whitley cemetery.


Conner, Robert D.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Old Home Town News Letter Insert March 31, 1945 Page 1
flag for veterans Killed in Action World War II

     Mr. and Mrs. David W. Conner, who last April were notified of the death of their son, Pfc Ralph E. Conner, on the Anzio Beachhead, Tuesday received word of the death of their second son, Pfc Robert D. Conner, 19, on Iwo Jima. Their only remaining son, Howard, was inducted into the armed forces Tuesday. Robert Conner died March 3 on Iwo Jima where he was fighting with the Fifth Marine Division. He enlisted in the marine corps in June 1943. He was a native of Fort Wayne but spent most of his life in Noble county, graduating from the Churubusco high school in 1943. Ralph Conner was killed April 24, 1944 in Italy. Surviving besides the parents and brother are four sisters.


Cook, Austin Bennett
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, February 26, 1937

     Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Thorncreek Baptist church for Austin Bennett Cook, 76, Thorncreek township, familiarly known to his friends as Ben. Burial will be made in the Stough cemetery. Mr. Cook had been in failing health for several months but death came unexpectedly.
     Since the death of his wife Mr. Cook had lived in his own home until the past few months when he went to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clyde Cramer in Thorncreek township, where death occurred.
     He had been a life long resident of Whitley county and during his life engaged in farming. His enterprise was not limited to farming alone, for in the winter months he did neighborhood butchering. He was known for his sterling worth and was highly esteemed by his neighbors and friends.
     Mr. Cook was born to Henry and Elizabeth Summers Cook, April 6, 1860. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Cullers, November 5, 1882. Mrs. Cook passed away February 8, 1920. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ida Zellers, of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Clyde Cramer, Thorncreek township, at whose home he passed away, and Mrs. Glenn Hull, of Washington township, also the following grandchildren: Virginia, Austin, Keith, Eugene, Phil and Norene Hull, and one sister, Mrs. John C. Jeffries, at Lake James in Steuben county.
     Preceding him in death besides his wife were three sons, William, Austin and Perry Cook. In 1917 Mr. Cook accepted the Christian faith. The body was brought to the Luckenbill Funeral home in this city and will be returned to the Cramer house this evening, where friends may call.


Cook, Mary Jane (Cullers)
Columbia City Evening Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday February 9, 1920

     Mrs. Ben Cook, of Thorncreek township, died Sunday night at 12:20 o’clock of heart trouble, following a very brief illness. She had been sick only since Friday night.
     Mary Jane Cullers, daughter of Samuel and Lavina Foster Cullers, was born November 6, 1864, in Franklin county, Ohio, being 55 years, 3 months and 2 days old at her death. She was married November 5, 1882, to Ben Cook, who survives. Six children were born to this union, three of whom are dead. It will be recalled that a few years ago two of the boys died of infantile paralysis. The surviving children are Mrs. W. H. Zellers, of Fort Wayne, Miss Clara Cook, at home, and Mrs. Russell Hull, of Thorncreek township. The deceased was a life-long member of the Baptist church and was always devoted to her home and family.


Coplen, Austin G
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday February 14, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. J. H. Morsches has been notified of the death of her brother-in-law, Austin G. Coplen, 83, a resident of Whitley county for many years, who died suddenly at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of his son Ernest H. Coplen in Dallas, Texas. The body will arrive in Columbia City Friday morning and will be accompanied here by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Coplen. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home, where friends will be received until the hour of the service. Burial will be made in South Park Cemetery beside the grave of his wife. Mr. Coplen was a son of Cyrenus Coplen, superintendent at the County Farm Home near this city a number of years ago. His wife the former Ella Brown, died in Thorncreek township May 8, 1940. Following the death of his wife Mr. Coplen went to Texas to reside with his son and family. Survivors besides the son are one granddaughter, Marjory, wife of Lt Charles Rudolph now stationed at Shreveport, La. and a grandson, Robert Coplen who recently graduated from the Dallas schools and will enter military service February 23. Nieces and nephews reside in the county.


Coppage, Ray
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Commercial – September 30, 1910)

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     Edward Russel of Troy township Thursday morning received a letter from his daughter, Mrs, Ray Coppage, Iba Zanbales Province, Phillipine Islands stating that on August 14, her husband drowned while in bathing with two other companions. The accident happened in the afternoon, the unfortunate man being caught by the under current and swept out into the sea, beyond the aid of those who tried to save him, and he drowned in sight of his wife who had accompanied him to the bathing pool. The men with him were both swept out at the same time, but one of them was strong enough to fight his way back, while the other was saved by a Filipino. Mrs. Coppage saw the helplessness of her husband and started in to save him but was prevented by those standing on the bank. The body was washed ashore about two hours after the drowning…Mrs. Coppage states that the remains of her husband will be brought back home in the course of two or three months, or just as soon as she can make the necessary arrangements. Mr. Coppage was acting in the capacity of principal of the schools at Iba and his wife was teaching the higher grades…The Coppage family had been in the Phillipines for the past six years. The husband is survived by a wife and a little daughter who is four years of age.

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