Whitley County Obituaries

Cordill, Harley R
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday June 28, 1945 Page 8

     Ill for the past six months, Harley R. Cordill, 59, of South Whitley died at 8:45 o’clock last night. Mr. Cordill had operated a filling station and ice business near the Nickel Plate tracks in South Whitley for a number of years but for the past several months had been unable to take care of his business. His son Paul Cordill of Warsaw came to South Whitley on Wednesday and Saturday of each week to assist his father, and last night was en route to Huntington for a load of ice. Harley Roscoe Cordill was born in Cleveland township Dec. 12, 1885, to James Monroe and Eugenia Kortwright Cordill. His marriage to Miss Mary E. Fries of Columbia City took place September 1, 1917. She survives with one son, Paul of Warsaw and two daughters, Marie G. and Ruth L. Cordill of South Whitley; a granddaughter, Ronna Ruth Cordill, Warsaw; one brother Clifton Cordill and a sister; Mrs. Franklin Foust of this city, and a sister; Mrs. Elizabeth Cave, North Manchester. Two sons are deceased. Friends will be received after 7 o’clock tonight at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, where funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be made in the south Whitley cemetery.


Cornelius, Blanche D. (Jones)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday August 13, 1975

     Mrs. Blanche D. Cornelius, 93, R 6, Etna-Troy township, the widow of Edwin B. Cornelius, died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Alfran Nursing Home. Although Mrs. Cornelius had been in failing health for more than a year she was still able to be up each day and was not bedfast until one week ago.
     She was a native of Columbia City, and was born on May 21, 1882, a daughter of Amos Henry and Cora O'Lily Jones Myers. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City and the Walnut Corners community of Columbia township.
     On August 17, 1904, she was united in marriage to Edwin B. Cornelius. They established their first home on the Raber Road in Union township, and in 1910 moved to the present home south of Loon Lake in Etna-Troy township.
     Her husband preceded her in death on December 19, 1949. Following his death, Mrs. Cornelius continued to make her home on the farm for eight years. She then resided with her daughters until her health failed and she was forced to enter the nursing home.
     She was a member of the West Point United Methodist Church; the Friendly Neighbors Aid; and was a charter member of the Lake View Club.
     The surviving relatives include one son, Walter E. Cornelius, 3629 Shady Ct., Fort Wayne; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Fry, R 6 and Mrs. Floyd (Willadene) Hill, Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, John Cornelius, Fort Wayne; Phil Fry, R 6; Mrs. Carroll Jones, Foxboro, New Jersey; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Edith Mullendore, Peoria, Ill. A sister, Mrs. Nellie Kenner, preceded her in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Charles E. Jones, grandson of Mrs. Cornelius, will officiate at the funeral service at 10:30 at the funeral home.
     Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Nolt cemetery. In order that a special request of Mrs. Cornelius might be carried out, the casket will remain closed.


Cornelius, Dennis C.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 24, 2002

     Dennis C. Cornelius, 59, of Warsaw, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at his residence. Born on February 25, 1943, in Columbia City, he was a son of Cletus and Elizabeth (Grant) Cornelius. On July 20, 1963, he was united in marriage to Nancy Wigent in Columbia City.
     A resident of Warsaw since 1965, he was a teacher at Warsaw Community High School, teaching health, physical education and drivers training. A member of Warsaw Community Church and the Bass Masters Association, he loved fishing and exercise.
     Survivors include his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Gina Miller and a son, Ben Cornelius, all of Warsaw; two grandchildren; his mother, Elizabeth Cornelius of Columbia City; and a brother, Fred Cornelius of Pierceton. He was preceded in death be his father.
     The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw with Pastor Dennis Wilson officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.


Cornelius, Edwin B.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday December 20, 1949

     Edwin B. Cornelius, 70, well-known Troy township farmer, died very unexpectedly at 10:30 o’clock Monday evening following a heart attack suffered at his home on the Loon Lake road seven miles northwest of Columbia City. He had not been ill prior to the heart attack which occurred soon after he had made preparation to retire for the night.
     He was born on June 1, 1870 in this city, a son of Frederick and Emmeline Kreig Cornelius. After spending his boyhood in Richland township, he was united in marriage on August 17, 1904 to Blanche Meyers. They established their home in Union township and thirty-nine years ago they moved to their present home in Troy township, south of Loon Lake. Mr. Cornelius had his church affiliation with the United Brethren Church.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Blanche Cornelius; one son, Walter Cornelius of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Fry, Thorncreek township; Mrs. Floyd Hill, Warsaw; three grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Cornelius, Columbia City, Ira Cornelius, Wilson Lake; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Culp, South Whitley. A daughter and two sisters have preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Charles Smith and Sons Funeral Home after 7 o’clock this evening. The Rev. Charles L. Davis, pastor of the West Point Church, will officiate at the funeral rites to be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Funeral Home. Committal services will be held in the Nolt Cemetery.


Cornelius, Elizabeth Jane Grant
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 11, 2004

     Elizabeth Jane Cornelius, 89, a native of Columbia City, died at 4:40 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2004 at Masons Health Care in Warsaw where she had been a resident since November 24.
     Born on May 9, 1915 in Columbia City, a daughter of Ezra and Annabelle (Keller) Grant. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City and her education was completed in Columbia City High School.
     On December 24, 1935, she was united in marriage to Ira Cletus Cornelius. They resided at Wilson Lake most of their married life. Mr. Cornelius died in September of 1973.
     A caregiver for the elderly, she is survived by a son, Fred Cornelius, Pierceton; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Cornelius of Warsaw; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Benjamin Grant of Columbia City; and a sister, Betty Luckenbill of Columbia City. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Cletus Cornelius, and three brothers, Keller, George, and Joe Grant.
     A graveside service is at 10 a.m. Monday, December 13, at South Park Annex Cemetery, Columbia City, with the Rev. Dennis Bollenbacher, chaplain at Masons Health Care officiating.
     For those who wish, memorials may be made to Masons Health Care. Arrangements are by Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City.


Cornelius, Lewis Fred
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 8, 2005

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     Lewis Fred Cornelius, 66, of Big Barbee Lake, died at 7:41 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in the emergency room of Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.
     Born on Sept. 24, 1938 in Columbia City, a son of Ira Cletus and Elizabeth Jane (Grant) Cornelius, his formative years were spent at Wilson Lake and he graduated from Larwill High School. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on Sept. 30, 1962 as a military policeman.
     A retired engineer from Norfolk and Southern Railroad, he began his employment with Erie Railroad who later merged with Conrail and later Norfolk and Southern. He retired in 2000 with more than 30 years of service.
     He was a member of Columbia City Lodge 189 Free & Accepted Masons and American Legion Post 253 in North Webster.
     Surviving relatives include a niece, a nephew, a sister-in-law, Nancy Cornelius and a special friend, Chris Cornelius, all of Warsaw.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Cletus Cornelius. A memorial service is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, with the Columbia City Lodge 189 F. & A.M. providing the Masonic rites and American Legion Post 253 from North Webster presenting military honors. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
     For those who wish, memorials may be made to Indiana Ducks Unlimited.


Cotton, John S.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – August 22, 1900)

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     Judge John S. Cotton, 79 years old, died at his home yesterday morning. The deceased was born in Millersburg, O., August 11, 1821. Shortly after attaining his majority he moved to Whitley county, and here figured conspicuously in politics, representing his county in the state legislature for five terms. In 1872 he went to Independence, Kan., and continued in the practice of law. After eight years in Independence, he came to Kansas City, where he resided until the time of his death.
     An aged wife and four children survive him: Mrs. A. V. Stine at Independence, Mrs. Calvin Heaton at Elk City, Miss Ida Cotton and Mr. Crawford Cotton live in Kansas City. – Kansas City Times, August 13th.
     Mr. Cotton will be remembered by many of the older residents of this county. He was a grand man and news of his death will be received with sadness by his old time friends.


Coverstone, Cory O.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 19, 1945 Page 6.

     Mrs. Edward Robinett of this city has been notified of the death of her brother, Cory O. Coverstone, 68, who died at 6 o’clock Friday evening at his home in Racine, Wisconsin, where he had resided for a number of years. Mrs. Robinett and her brother, Floyd Coverstone, returned a week ago from their brother’s bedside. He had been ill for some time and had undergone two major operations in the past nine months. Mr. Coverstone was born in Whitley county. He is survived by his wife, a stepdaughter, Ilene, wife of Lyle Travers, mayor at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a stepson Earl Nelson of California, his aged father, W. R. Coverstone of Columbia City and Fort Wayne; the sister, Mrs. Edward Robinett of this city, two brothers, Columbus, Ohio and Floyd Coverstone, Fort Wayne. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Racine, Wisconsin. Burial will be made in Lake Geneva.


Coyle, Catherine Matilda (Miller)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died February 21, 1916)

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     Catherine Matilda Coyle, widow of the late Francis Marion Coyle, a pioneer of Troy township, who has made her home with her son, Elmer Coyle, since the death of her husband, passed away Monday night after suffering since Christmas with grip and pneumonia… Catherine Matilda Miller was born in Delaware county, Ohio, January 18, 1847, and was 69 years, 1 month and 3 days old at the time of her death. She was a daughter of William D. and Elizabeth Miller and when 16 years old accompanied them to this county where they settled. After completing her education she was united in marriage to Francis Marion Coyle and they took up their residence on a farm in Troy township. To this union eight children were born, five of whom survive; they are, Elmer and Raymond Coyle, of Troy township, Mrs. Job Burnworth of this city, Mrs. Chas. Sattison, of Troy township, and Oral Coyle, of Warsaw. Mr. Coyle passed away eleven years ago and from that time until death, the widow made her home with her son Elmer. She is also survived by one brother, Jesse Miller of Etna township, and one sister, Mrs. John Sellers, of Warsaw.


Cramer, Aaron
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
September 10, 1937

     In ill health for the past year, tuberculosis having developed following an attack of pneumonia a year ago, Aaron Cramer, 71, a resident of Thorncreek township for the past thirty-seven years died Thursday evening at 5:05 o’clock.
     Short services will be held from the home Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, to be followed by funeral rites at the Thorncreek Baptist church at 2 o’clock, the Rev. Marion Shroyer of the First Church of God of this city officiating. Interment will be made in the Stough cemetery.
     With the exception of two years spent at Etna Green, Mr. and Mrs. Cramer had lived in Whitley county practically all of their married life. Mrs. Cramer was the former Ella Cullers.
     Mr. Cramer was born August 21, 1866 in DeKalb county to Samuel and Sarah Carper Cramer. The widow and the following children survive, Clyde, James, Mrs. George Smith, Harry and Alfred, all living in Whitley county. Other survivors are eleven grandchildren and three brothers, John and Claude Cramer of Columbia City and Sylvester Cramer, of Arcola. A son died some years ago.
     Mr. Cramer embraced the Christian faith three weeks ago. He was an honest and upright citizen and was held in high esteem by his neighbors and friends.


Cramer, Odessa
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday May 21, 1945 Page 6

     Odessa Cramer, past 75 years, died at 6:55 o’clock Monday morning at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne of cerebral apoplexy. She had been ill for the past ten years. She was born in Whitley county to Martin and Rachel Haines and resided in Whitley county all her life. At the time of her death she lived at 301 East Chicago Street, Columbia City. She was married when a young woman to James A. Cramer who died on August 5, 1930. Surviving are two sons Freeman Cramer, Detroit, and Emery of 1425 Winter Street, Fort Wayne and 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Two sons and a daughter are dead. Four sisters, Mrs. Mary Koch, Roanoke, Mrs. John Cramer, Mrs. Ida Boyd and Mrs. Jessie Snepp, Columbia City. One brother and two sisters are dead. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia City. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 10 o’clock Tuesday Morning. Funeral services will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 1:30 pm Wednesday. The Rev. Forest G. Weddle of the Columbia City Tabernacle will conduct services and interment will be in the Greenhill cemetery.


Crider, Lizzie (Douglas)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – July 14, 1897)

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     Mrs. Lizzie Douglas Crider died Monday evening at her home on Walnut street from consumption. Until a few months ago she resided in Terre Haute where she conducted a boarding hall, and it was due to her untiring efforts to please her patrons that her health was broken down.
     She was the daughter of Rev. A. J. Douglas. The deceased was for five years in charge of the Churubusco schools, and taught in our city schools for a period of three years. It was at the former place she met Mr. John Crider, to whom she was afterwards married. Mr. Crider has been dead for several years. Mrs. Crider leaves two daughters; Dora, aged sixteen, and Lulu, aged fourteen. The deceased was about forty-three years of age, and was widely known and universally loved for her many good qualities.


Cripe, Dianna Sue
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
March 20, 1967

     Mrs. Dianna Sue Cripe, 20, wife of Douglas E. Cripe, North Manchester R 1, died at 2 p.m. Sunday in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where she had been a patient following open heart surgery on March 14. The Cripes were married in South Whitley last July 23 and had since made their home R 1, North Manchester.
     Mrs. Cripe’s condition had progressed well following the surgery March 14 until pneumonia and other complications set in.
     She was born May 27, 1946, the daughter of Leonard P. and Mary Helen Land Dimmick, at Huntington County Hospital. She was graduated from South Whitley High School in 1964.
     Following her graduation she was employed by the Midwestern United Life Insurance Co., Fort Wayne, for three years. Her husband, at the time of their marriage, lived at Claypool R. 2.
     He survives; also her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Leonard P. Dimmick, 206 South Randolph Street, South Whitley; one sister, Beverly, South Whitley; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Aquilla Dimmick, South Whitley; the maternal grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Alfred Land, Yakima, Wash.
     The body is at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley where friends may call after 7 p.m. today, until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday where it will be taken to the South Whitley EUB Church for services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ross D. Cook, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the South Whitley cemetery.


Crowell, Harvey A.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, December 20, 1929

     Harvey A. Crowell, 58, member of one of the prominent Whitley county families and well known Jefferson township farmer, died at 4 o'clock in the Linvill hospital here Thursday evening. The deceased had been in declining health for over a year. His last illness however extended over three weeks. A week ago last Friday he submitted to an operation for removal of a stomach tumor and his condition had been regarded as very serious, finally resulting in death Thursday.
     Harvey Arnold Crowell was born in Jefferson township on August 27, 1871 to William and Gertrude Katzmire Crowell. In 1903 he was united in marriage to Lura Bell Harshbarger who survives him. Two children were born to this union and survive, namely, Arnold Leroy Crowell and Enid May Crowell at home.
     The decedent was baptized and united with the Evergreen Church of God about 16 years ago. At the time of his death he was a deacon of the church and superintendent of the Sunday School. He was a devout Christian and was loved by all who knew him. Mr. Crowell was a charter member of the Ben Hur lodge and also was for many years a member of the Knights of Pythias order.
     Few persons in the county possessed so extensive a circle of friends as the decedent. These unite in extending their sympathy to the bereft family.
     Mr. Crowell is also survived by two brothers, Oscar Crowell of North Elm street and Merritt W. Crowell of Jefferson township; a sister, Mrs. Cora Rickard of Detroit; and a half-sister, Mrs. Jacob Eberhard of Columbia township. A brother, Reed Crowell, preceded him in death several years ago in Louisiana.
     The body, which has been at the DeMoney funeral home will be taken to the Oscar Crowell home at Elm and park streets Friday evening where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Columbia City Church of God. Burial will be made in South Park cemetery.


Crowell, Maxie Josephine (Sherwood)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records show she died May 10, 1896)

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     Maxie Josephine Crowell, wife of Harvey Crowell, and who has been lying very low at her mothers home, Mrs. J. M. Sherwood, for the past few days ceased her suffering at midnight Sunday and her spirit went to him who gave it. The deceased was but 20 years of age and has been a happy wife only a little over a year.


Croxton, Daniel Childs
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday January 22, 1945 Page 6

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     Daniel Childs Croxton, age 76, resident of Coesse until three years ago, died at 9 o’clock Sunday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Dora Harsbarger, 1210 Burgess St., Fort Wayne. He had been seriously ill for about three weeks. He lived all his life in Whitley and Allen counties. He served with Co G 160th Infantry Regiment, in the Spanish-American War. Mr. Croxton is survived by the sister, Mrs. Harsbarger, a brother Jesse Croxton of Canada and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at the C. M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Interment will be made in the Lutheran cemetery at Coesse. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 o’clock tonight. Mr. Croxton was a member of Lloyd D. Clapham camp, Spanish-American War veterans in this city. Ritualistic services will be conducted in the Coesse cemetery by Lloyd D. Clapman Camp, and members of the Camp will officiate as pallbearers.


Cullers, Adam
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday January 13, 1917

     Adam Cullers, a son of Lamon Cullers, of the south side, passed away at the county hospital Wednesday morning at 2 o’clock. He was a sufferer from Bright’s disease and heart trouble and was admitted to the hospital at 11 o’clock the day before his death. Prior to that time he drove livery rigs for Henry Schumaker. He was born in Thorncreek township and was a son of Laman and Maude (Cramer) Cullers. The mother passed away several years ago. Had he lived until the 23rd of February he would have been 23 years old. He was unmarried and is survived by three brothers, Andrew, Claude and Ralph Cullers and one sister, Bessie Culelrs, all at home.
     The funeral will occur at 10:00 o’clock Thursday morning from the Church of God in this city. Rev. L. A. Luckenbill and Rev. H. G. Herendeen officiating. Interment in the Stough cemetery.


Cullers, Andrew James
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday February 14, 1986

     Andrew James Cullers, 90, of 506 Collins St., Columbia City, died at 1:10 a.m. today, Feb. 14, at Whitley County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Cullers had been ill for five years and had been hospitalized since Feb. 11.
     He was a Whitley County native. His birth was on June 26, 1895 in Whitley County, to Harmon Leamon and Maud Cramer Cullers. His marriage was on Feb. 17, 1923 to Ocie Bell Albert at Columbia City Brethren Church. The Cullerses had lived on Collins Street since 1927.
     Mr. Cullers retired in 1969 after 65 years with the maintenance of Way Department with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I and was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 1906 for more than 40 years.
     Mrs. Cullers died on March 20, 1980. Surviving are a daughter, Margaret M. Cullers of 506 Collins St., Columbia City; two brothers: Claud M. Cullers of R 9, Columbia City and Ralph Cullers of South Whitley; a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Bessie) Weston of 301 Collins St., Columbia City. A daughter, Evelyn Mae; a brother Adam and a sister, Sarah Lavina, are deceased.
     Friends may call at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Saturday and after noon Sunday. There will be a twilight service by the Eagles Lodge at 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Nolt cemetery.


Cullers, Claud Monroe
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday August 15, 1989

     Claud Monroe Cullers, 91, of 981S 50E, Columbia City, lifetime resident of Whitley County, died at 8:50a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Cullers was camping Friday at Atwood Shores Campgrounds when he fell and broke a hip.
     He was born July 9, 1898, in Whitley County, to Harmon Leamon and Maud Cramer Cullers. He graduated from the eighth grade, and retired in 1963 after more than 40 years of service with the Pennsylvania Railroad.
     His marriage was to Jessie Melinda Albert on Feb. 17, 1923, in Columbia City. She died on April 18, 1978. Mr. Cullers was a member of Eagles Lodge 1906. Surviving are a son, Richard A. Cullers of Columbia City; two daughters, Betty E. Baker and Bonnie L. Tonkel, both of Columbia City; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Bessie Weston of Columbia City. A daughter, Eldora Ray, brothers Ralph, Andrew and Adam, and a sister Sarah Lavina, are deceased.
     Friends may call at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home from 2 to 9 p.m. today. The service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. J. Phillip Blake officiating. Burial will be at Nolt Cemetery.


Cullers, Harmon Leamon
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, March 31, 1928

     Harmon Leamon Cullers, familiarly known as “Lafe” Cullers, died at his home on state road nine just off Swihart street Wednesday night after a brief illness due to influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Cullers became ill a week ago Wednesday and came home from his work. Influenza and pneumonia developed and resulted in his death.
     He was born in Thorncreek township on January 2, 1868 and was a son of Samuel and Lavina Foster Cullers and had reached the age of 60 years, 2 months and 26 days. He resided on a farm until fifteen years ago when he became and employe of the Pennsylvania railroad and worked on the section. Previous to that time he was employed on the Luther and John Schuman farm.
     On Aug. 9, 1893 he married Maud Cramer, who died 20 years ago. Six children were born to this union, two of whom, Adam, 22, and Sarah Lavina, 3, preceded their father in death. The surviving children are Andrew, Claud and Ralph Cullers and Mrs. Ralph Weston, all of Columbia City. Mr. and Mrs. Weston made their home with Mr. Cullers. Six grandchildren and one brother, Theodore Cullers, of North Manchester, and three sisters, Mrs. Aaron Cramer, of Thorncreek township, Mrs. Sylvester Cramer, of Arcola and Mrs. Will Goudy, of Troy township, are living.
     Mr. Cullers was a member of the Moose lodge of this city. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Church of God, Rev. H. G. Herendeen officiating. Burial will be in the Stough cemetery.


Cullers, Jessie Melinda Albert
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 9, 1979

     Mrs. Jessie Melinda Cullers, 74, of R. 9, died at 5:10 a.m. Sunday, April, 8, at Whitley County Hospital. She became ill at 2 a.m. Sunday and was taken to the emergency department at the hospital.
     Born September 13, 1904, in Albion, she was a daughter of Charles and Melinda Walker Albert. When she was a child, her family moved to Collins where she attended school. They later moved to Columbia City where she completed her education.
     On February 17, 1923, she was married to Claud Monroe Cullers. They had resided at their present home since 1928. Mrs. Cullers was a retired seamstress, working for Blue Bell Inc.
     Surviving are the husband, Claud; two daughters, Mrs. Russel (Eldora M.) Ray, 300 Collins street, Mrs. Betty E. Baker, R. 9; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Arthur Albert, R. 1, and one sister, Mrs. Andrew (Ocie) Cullers, 506 E. Collins street.
     Friends may call at J. A. DeMoney and Sons Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Graham L. Kleespie officiating.


Cullers, Jessie Melinda Albert
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 12, 1979

     The memorial services of Mrs. Claud Monroe Cullers, 74, R.9, were held Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of the J. A. DeMoney and Sons Funeral Home. Committal rites and interment were in the Nolt Cemetery.
     The Rev. Graham L. Kleespie, pastor emeritus of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiated at the memorial and committal services. A medley of Mrs. Cullers favorite music was played for the prelude and postlude.
     The casket bearers, six long-time friends of the Cullers family from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, were Murray Graves, Clarice Mitchell, Glen Davis, Floyd Graves, Keith A. Rupert and LeRoy Lauer. Mrs. Cullers, the former Jessie Melinda Albert, died Sunday.


Cullers, Lovina Foster
Columbia City Commercial, Whitley County, Indiana
November 18, 1886

     Lovina Foster was born September 3, 1836 in Perry Co., Ohio where on November 12, 1863 she married Samuel Cullers. They came to Whitley Co., Ind. on February 16, 1867. She died November 13, 1886. She was baptized in Ohio by the Rev. Hinkle of the Lutheran Church. Burial was in a cemetery 3 miles north of Columbia City, Ind.


Cullers, Margaret M.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
January 13, 2006

     Margaret M. Cullers, 81, of Columbia City, died at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City.
     Born in Columbia City on Aug. 17, 1924, she was a daughter of Andrew James and Ocie Bell (Albert) Cullers. A lifetime resident, she graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1942.
     She worked many years at Blue Bell Inc., a former Columbia City work and recreation wearing apparel manufacturer. She then went to United Technology, Inc., where she was employed until her retirement in 1989.
     A member of Thorncreek Bethel Church of God, she was also a member of the auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 1906, Silver Striders Walking Group, Whitley County Historical Society and AARP.
     Survivors include several cousins and her caregiver, Sue Metzger of Columbia City. She was preceded in death by her father in 1986, her mother in 1980, and a sister, Evelyn Mae Cullers.
     Visitation is from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City, with the funeral service following at 1 p.m. Pastor Rick Pride of Eagle Quest Church and Pastor Lannie Maloney of Thorncreek Bethel Church of God will officiate. Burial is at Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Ms. Cullers' memory to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Cullers, Maud Cramer
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday August 1, 1908


     Mrs. Lamon Cullers, wife of a tenant on the S. F. Trembley farm, just east of Larwill, died Thursday evening at 6:30 o'clock, after suffering for several years from consumption. During the past two weeks she had been unable to leave her bed.
     The maiden name of the deceased was Maud Cramer, born in Thorncreek township on February 3, 1875, being aged 33 years, 5 months and 27 days. She is survived by her husband and five children - Adam, Andrew, Claude, Ralph and Bessie, ranging from 15 to 5 years of age. Five brothers also survive her - Anton Cramer, of Troy township; Sylvester, James, John and Claud Cramer, of this city.
     The deceased was a good wife and kind mother and during her illness bore her suffering with great patience and fortitude. The friends of the bereft family extend their sympathy to them in their loss of wife and mother.
     The funeral will occur Sunday forenoon, leaving the home at 8 o'clock for Mission chapel, Rev. L. A. Luckenbill officiating; interment in Stough cemetery.


Cullers, Ocie Bell (Albert)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday March 21, 1980

     Mrs. Ocie Bell Cullers, 76, of 506 Collins Street, died at 3:07 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Whitley County Hospital. She had been admitted there Wednesday.
     Mrs. Cullers was born March 27, 1903 in Noble County to Charles and Malinda Eldora Walker Albert. When she was a young lady her family moved to Columbia City.
     February 17, 1923 she was married in Columbia City Brethren Church to Andrew J. Cullers. They spent their married lived in Columbia City.
     Surviving are the husband Andrew; one daughter, Ms. Margaret M. Cullers of Columbia City; one brother, Arthur Albert, R. 1. She was preceded in death by a daughter Evelyn and a sister, Jessie M. Cullers.
     Friends may call at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home after 7 p.m. today, and all day Saturday. Services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Graham Kleespie officiating. Burial will be in Nolt cemetery, Columbia township.


Cullers, Ralph Laymon
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday February 14, 1989

     Ralph Laymon Cullers, 85, of R 2, South Whitley, died at 1:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 1989 at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City. He had resided there since Aug. 1, 1986.
     Mr. Cullers was born July 27, 1903 in Columbia Township, to Laymon and Maude Cramer Cullers. His marriage was on Feb. 17, 1923 to Sylvia Frieda Ditton.
     Mr. Cullers worked at Whitley Products from 1941 to 1969. After retirement he was associated with J.A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home for eight years. He was a member of First Church of God, F & AM Commandery, Scottish Rite and Columbia City Elks Lodge.
     Mrs. Cullers died on Oct. 10, 1967. In 1968 Mr. Cullers moved from Columbia City to South Whitley. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Robert (Nellie Jean) Bishop of R 2, South Whitley and Mrs. Raymond (Frieda) Ray Jr. of Johnstown, Colo. There are seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Claude Cullers of Columbia City and a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Bessie) Weston of Columbia City. A brother Andrew and a grandson Robert Bishop are deceased.
     The service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Cullers, Samuel
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday February 24, 1912

     Samuel Cullers, a well known resident of this county for a good many years, died very suddenly, Wednesday afternoon at about five thirty o’clock, without the slightest illness preceding death. He had spent the day down town, being at the Yontz and Hallauer grocery and at the Engine House, talking and laughing, and appeared to be in the best of health. An noon, he bought some cookie, crackers and cheese at the above mentioned grocery, saying that it was too stormy a day to go home for dinner.
     About five o’clock he stopped at the postoffice to get his paper, and then started home. The snow had drifted badly in places, and the old man waded drifts knee deep, and there was a strong wind blowing in his face. It was a night such as would tax the strength of a strong young man, and after persistently struggling along, he finally reached the yard of his daughter, Mrs. Cramer, where he stopped and leaned up against a tree. Members of the family noticed him there and assisted him into the house, where he sat down in a chair and pulled off his gloves. He seemed very much exhausted and all he said was "I am all worn out". In a moment or so he had passed away.
     The deceased was born in Ohio and was 72 years, 6 months and 2 days of age at the time of his death. He came to this county many years ago and lived on a farm in Thorncreek township, which he owned. He was the father of eight children, six living, namely: Mrs. Mary Cook, Mrs. Ida Goudy, and Mrs. Ella Cramer of Thorncreek township; Laman Cullers of Richland township; Theodore Cullers and Mrs. Sarah Cramer, of this city. He is also survived by three sisters.
     Mr. Cullers was a man of kindly disposition and genial nature and was highly regarded by all who knew him. The children and surviving friends have the consolation of knowing that he was a good man and leaves an honorable name behind him.
     Dr. C.L. Souder, who was called by the family to attend Mr. Cullers, found him sitting in the chair dead. Death having been so sudden, he called Coroner Briggs from ‘Busco and they conducted an autopsy which disclosed that the aorta had ruptured a short distance from the heart. It is the largest artery in the body and the exertion of walking through the deep snow was more than the walls could stand.


Cullers, Sylvia Freda (Ditteon)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 11, 1967

     Mrs. Sylvia Freda Cullers, 62, of 317 Hanna street, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Hospital. She suffered her first stroke in 1954 and had been to the Mayo Clinci several times. She had been seriously ill since June.
     She was born August 29, 1905 to Daniel and Lorinda Mosher Ditteon. On February 23, 1923 she was united in marriage to Ralph Lamon Cullers, who survives.
     Mrs. Cullers was educated in the public schools of Whitley county. She lived for a time in Kendallville and Fort Wayne. The past 30 years were spent in Columbia City and one year in South Whitley. She was a member of the First Order of God and the Order of the Eastern Star.
     In addition to her husband, two daughters survive, Mrs. Robert (Jean) Bishop, R 2 South Whitley and Mrs. Raymond (Freda) Ray, R 1 South Whitley; seven grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Ditteon of Anderson and one sister, Mrs. Nellie Pullin, R 7.


Cullers-Baker, Betty Ellen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post and Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 1, 2006

     Betty Ellen Cullers-Baker, 80, of rural Columbia City, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at her home after a six-week illness.
     Born on Feb. 28, 1925, she was a daughter of Claud M. and Jessie (Albert) Cullers. A lifetime Whitley County resident, she attended Columbia City High School.
     She retired in 1986 as a utility inspector at Dana Weatherhead Co., Columbia City. She was a member of Silver Striders, Weatherhead Pioneer Club, AARP, Eagles Lodge 1906, American Legion 98, UAW and Eldermed, all of Columbia City.
     Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie L. Tonkel of Columbia City; a son, Richard A. (Sandra) Cullers of Greenwood; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eldora Cullers Ray.
     The service is private. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City.
     Memorial bequests may be given in Mrs. Baker's memory to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Cunningham, Charles L.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post - May 15, 1909)

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     Charles L. Cunningham, a popular and well known young musician, died at the home of Wallace Shuh, in Richland township Saturday morning. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson B. Cunningham, both deceased. The mother passed away when he was but a child four years of age, and the father died a couple of years ago. For several years Charles traveled with a circus band, being an expert musician, but was obliged to give it up when his lungs became affected. He was born near Etna, in this county, August 30, 1887, and at his death was 21 years, 8 months and 15 days of age. He leaves one sister, Miss Alta, stenographer for the Peabody Furniture company at North Manchester, and three brothers, Fred, of Joliet, Ill.; Perry, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Edward, who resides on the Clugston farm, near this city.


Cunningham, Margaret L. (Moore)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died March 25, 1911)

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     While sitting at the table Friday evening enjoying the evening meal, Mrs. Porter Cunningham, a well known widow of Larwill, was seized with a dizzy spell and a half hour later became unconscious, remaining in this state until death took place at 3:15 in the morning. She had not been sick and there was nothing to warn the daughters at home of the fatal attack which came so suddenly upon their mother…
     Mrs. Cunningham was the widow of Porter Cunningham who preceded her in death eleven years ago. Her maiden name was Margaret L. Moore and she was born in Wabash county, February 10, 1849; died at Larwill March 25, 1911, aged 62 years 1 month and 15 days. She was united in marriage to Porter Cunningham in Wabash county on the 2nd day of July 1868, and soon thereafter they removed to this county, residing in Richland, Troy and Etna townships. To them eight children were born, as follows: Alfreeda Clingerman, Richland township; William Cunningham, Missauke county, Mich.; Gilbert Cunningham, Big Fork, Minn.; Homer, Mishawaka; Jessie Eisaman, Roundout, Ill.; Joseph, Lottie and Cora, at Larwill. She is also survived by three brothers: Joseph Moore, Botna, Ia.; Quart Moore, Wabash county, and Calvin, in Michigan; and one sister, Nancy Bollinger of Mishawaka.


Cunningham, Wilson B.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records show he died April 9, 1908)

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     Wilson B. Cunningham, a well known and highly esteemed farmer of Richland township, answered the final call Thursday afternoon. The deceased was born at Oswego, Kosciusko county, September 21, 1842 and was aged 65 years, 6 months and 18 days at the time of his death. He was the son of Thomas B. Cunningham and wife, and came to Troy township when a lad. He grew to manhood there, and worked for his father until he finally enlisted in the civil war on February 17, 1865, and was mustered out at the close, after serving about six months in Co. B. 152 Indiana regiment. He returned home and took up the occupation of farming and was united in marriage to Alice S. Jones on August 1, 1871. She died May 13, 1892. Six children were born to them, five surviving, as follows: Edward, of Richland township; Perry A., of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Fred E., of Joliet, Ill.; Alta A. Cunningham, of Fort Wayne, and Charles, at home. He was one of five children and is survived, also, by one brother, Thomas Cunningham, of Troy township.

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