Whitley County Obituaries

Darnell, Mary (Helms)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday August 12, 1914

     The death of Mrs. Mary Darnell, an invalid who was making her home with her sister, Mrs. Thomas Fullerton, in the Foust block flats, above the Commercial-Mail printing office, occurred Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock after a long illness, in which she struggled bravely, but had to yield to the inevitable.
     The deceased was born May 25, 1840 and was 74 years, 2 months and 13 days of age, at the time of her death. She was born at Dresden, Ohio, and was a daughter of John Helms and Marjorie (Linton) Helms, who came here locating southwest of the city, in what was known then as "hell’s half acre" when she was a girl ten years old. When twenty years of age she was married to James C. Darnell, and moved immediately after her marriage to Chicago, where they resided until his death four years ago, when she came back to this city, to make her home with her sister, Mrs. Lucinda Helms-Fullerton. War was in existence in the south between the two parts of the union, and they left here in those days.
     Besides her sister, Mrs. Fullerton, she leaves two other sisters; Mrs. Sarah Gipe, of Newaygo, Mich., and Mrs. Nancy McManus, of Smith Falls, Canada; also one half sister, Mrs. Josiah Eberhard, of Columbia township. The funeral will occur at the residence in the Foust flats Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Luckenbill officiating, interment in South Park cemetery.

Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday August 22, 1914
     The will of Mrs. Mary Darnell, who died a week ago at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lucinda Fullerton, in the Foust block flats, was filed Friday in Clerk Harrison's office and was drawn July 15, 1914 and witnessed by Attorney I.T. Baily and Charles I. Jones of the First National bank.
     It named the latter institution as administrator of her estate, but as they cannot act in that capacity, a petition was also filed today signed by Mrs. Fullerton asking that the Provident Trust Co., be appointed administrator. The will is short and provides that after just debts and funeral expenses are paid, that a monument costing not more than $50 be erected over her grave.
     The sum of $100 is to be paid to Lilly Caldwell whom she raised and the balance of the estate of any kind shall become the property of her sister Mrs. Lucinda Fullerton who so kindly cared for her during the last three years.


Davis, Hubert Edward
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 19, 1919

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     Hubert Edward Davis, who was discharged from the army on February 14th was found dead in bed Sunday morning at 7:30 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Davis, three miles west of Churubusco. Dr. Jesse Briggs was called and when life was found to be extinct he called County Coroner L. W. Tennant, of Larwill. The cause of death was determined to be acute indigestion. He had not been sick at all before, and was a strong young man, so his death came as a great shock to is parents and acquaintances.
     This is the third death in the family within a short time, one son having died at Beaumont, Ill. And another at Mentone. These deaths being caused by the influenza. A grandchild also died recently.
     Hubert Edward Davis was born at Pierson, Ill. On February 5, 1891, and was 28 years, 1 month and 11 days of age. He was a son of Robert A. and Elizabeth Davis and resided most of his life in Smith township until he entered the army. He was unmarried. Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers and two sisters, namely, Ralph and Ronald and Maud, at home, and Mrs. Grace DeBore, of Ottawa, Ill. The deceased was a faithful member of the M. E. church.
     The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at the M. E. church, in Churubusco, Rev. Wherley officiating.


Davis, James
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (028-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday April 24, 1907

Was Ninety-two years of age. James Davis, nonagenarian died Tuesday forenoon near Larwill.
     One of the oldest pioneers in this county, James Davis, a veritable giant, in size and strength in the days of his prime, was gathered to his fathers at ten o’clock Tuesday, April 23d, 1907, at the great age of 92 years, 2 months and 5 days. His last visit to this city was made on his last birthday, February 18, 1907, at which time he was able to walk about the streets with as much ease as men twenty and thirty years his junior.
     On the 8th of April, while sitting in the home of his grandson, Lawrence Pletcher, in Troy township, he was stricken with apoplexy and it was then believed that the end was not far off. However, he rallied from the stroke, and there were times when he seemed to have fully regained consciousness and hopes were entertained for his recovery. However, a second stroke came at 1 o’clock Tuesday morning, which completely paralyzed his body, and he quietly slept away at the hour mentioned.
     James Davis was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and it is said that the old stone house in which he was born 92 years ago still stands, little changed by the storms and ravages of time. He had five brothers and two sisters, but all of them long since were claimed by death. He grew to manhood in Pennsylvania and learned the carpenter’s trade. In 1840 he was married to Elizabeth Kline, of Mill Grove, Ohio. To them eight children were born, three of whom survive: William and James Davis, of Lansing, Michigan, and Mrs. G.K. Ernest, of Fostoria, Ohio. His wife died in 1858, he was again married to Margaret Donaldson, who still survives at the age of 83 years. Two children were born to them: Mrs. Lester Pletcher, of Richland township, and William, who was killed in a boiler explosion eleven years ago. In addition to the relatives mentioned, he leaves 26 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
     In 1866 he and his family started for Iowa in a wagon, but the roads got so bad that they made a stop in the northern part of Kosciusko county, to wait till they got better. As a result he located there, and two years later moved to Columbia City. Later on he moved to Richland township, five miles west of this city, where he resided until his house and home were destroyed by fire. Then he visited around and finally located in Troy township, where his days were ended.
     Mr. Davis was one of the nicest old men in the county. He was always pleasant and cheerful, and seldom was heard to complain no matter how things were going with him. He was honorable and upright in his dealings with men and always treated those with whom he came in contact with the utmost courtesy and respect. He was a member of the United Brethren church and lived up to his profession.
     The funeral will probably occur Thursday forenoon at the Troy Presbyterian church, Rev. S. M. Hill of Newville, DeKalb county, officiating; interment at Troy cemetery.


DeBolt, Jessie Lankhart
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 17, 1945 Page 6

     Jessie Lankhart DeBolt, age 55 wife of John F. DeBolt, Richland township, died at 7:30 o’clock Monday night at the McDonald hospital in Warsaw. She was admitted to the hospital March 18. Her condition had been serious for the past six weeks. She was in failing health for the past 10 years. Mrs. DeBolt was born near Rockford, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1889. Coming to this city from Bourbon. Mrs. DeBolt resided in Columbia City for 15 years and a year ago moved with her family to Richland township. Her parents were Cyrus and Alice Barnett Lankhart of Ohio. Her marriage to Mr. DeBolt occurred at Wilshire, O. The husband and the following children survive. Francis DeBolt, Arcola; Kenneth DeBolt, Robert DeBolt, Ligonier; Mrs. Robert Neal, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Earnie P. Cripe Jr., Arcola; Mrs. Julius Zumbrun, Columbia City; PFC Raymond F. DeBolt now in Italy; Mrs. Mervin Miller, Columbia City; Rosemary, Harold, Ruth and Joan DeBolt at home; David DeBolt, who left Monday for military service. Other survivors are 14 grandchildren; a brother, Sgt Holman C. Lankhart now in the South Pacific; two sisters, Mrs. Herbert Byers, Noble county and Mrs. Charles Ray, Allen county. A sister and one son are deceased. Mrs. DeBolt was a member of the Free Methodist church. The Rev. Harry A. Duck of that church will officiate at funeral services to be held at the Demoney Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The Rev. F. W. Caulkins of Michigan City, conference superintendent, will assist in the service. Burial will be made in South Park Cemetery.


DeRobertis, Eloise Bailey
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
January 4, 1945 Page 1

     Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. John DeRobertis, the former Eloise Bailey of this city, whose death occurred in California the last of December following an appendectomy. Mrs. DeRobertis resided in North Hollywood. She is survived by her husband and a son and daughter, her mother Mrs. Lean Bailey, who is spending the winter in California and her father Lloyd Bailey, an attorney practicing law in Chicago. On business in New York at the time of his daughters death, Mr. Bailey made the trip by plane to California. Mrs. DeRobertis is also survived by a brother, Joseph, who is now in active duty in the navy.


Desper, Martha Elizabeth (Holycross) Loe
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died June 25, 1911)

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     The death of Mrs. Harvey Desper, of Larwill, Sunday forenoon came as a crushing blow to her husband and motherless little children, after a brave battle for life after giving birth to a son two weeks ago, and the bereft ones have the sympathy of all in their hour of distress.
     The maiden name of the deceased was Martha Elizabeth Holycross, born in Linn county, Iowa, July 17, 1865, and was 45 years, 11 months and 8 days of age at her death. She was a daughter of John Holycross and wife, deceased, and came to Whitley county in 1868, residing nearly all her life in Columbia township. She was united in marriage to Charles Loe, October 16, 1900, and one son Leroy, aged 10 years was born to them. They later divorced, and on December 17, 1905, she was wedded to her now bereft husband, two children surviving: Marie aged 5 years, and Hubert Lee, aged 14 days. Two sisters survive her: Mrs. Joseph Loe, of this city, and Mrs. Dan Bennett, of Larwill.
     Her death was the fifth to occur in the Holycross family in two years, her parents both having passed away during that time, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Blanchard, of Etna township, and a brother, Charles Holycross of this city.


DeVault, Louis Watson
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died June 10, 1900

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     Louis Watson DeVault was born February 16, 1876 and departed this life on Sunday, June 10, 1900, aged 24 years, 3 months and 21 days. His parents, Osmus F. DeVault and Julia A. DeVault, with two brothers, William A. and Charles L., are left to mourn his loss.
     He was born near Lorane, Whitley county, Indiana but when seven years of age removed to Smith township. He began teaching in the place of his brother in the Churubusco schools when a boy of sixteen, and continued as a teacher in the district schools, as principal of the Collins school, and of the Coesse school until compelled to abandon all work.


Devine, Scott Welker
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died July 22, 1900

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     Scott Welker Devine, son of Charles and Susan Devine, was born in Whitley county on December 4, 1893, died July 22, 1800 [sic], aged 6 years, 7 months and 18 days. Little Scott leaves a father, a mother, one brother, one sister and a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held in the Salem church near Wilmot, Ind., and interment in the beautiful cemetery near by.


Dietrich, Frank A.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 4, 1961

     Frank A. Dietrich, 81, Larwill, died unexpectedly at 11 a.m. today while walking in the street between his home and the residence of Mrs. Lucy Edgar.
     He suffered a slight stroke several years ago and had been in failing health since that time. He was under a physician's care and had been able to be about and was planning to meet an appointment with his family doctor.
     Mrs. Robert Elliott, a neighbor, happened to see Mr. Dietrich fall and summoned the Smith Funeral Hope ambulance. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Whitley County Hospital here.
     He was born Aug. 18, 1879 at Larwill, a son of Daniel and Elizabeth Dimmick Dietrich. On July 7, 1901 he was married to Maude James. They began housekeeping in Larwill where he was employed for 20 years as a lineman and trouble-shooter for the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company.
     From 1935 to 1943 they operated the Dietrich farm one mile east of Larwill in Richland township. Since 1943 they had made their home in Larwill. Mr. Dietrich retired from farming upon moving to Larwill. He was a member of the Larwill Methodist Church.
     Surviving in addition to the wife, Maude, are two sons, Eugene D., of Lancaster, Calif., and Robert A., of Michigan City; one daughter, Mrs. Jacob Sappington, Fort Wayne; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A brother, Fred, a sister, Dessa, and half-brother and two half-sisters preceded him in death. The body is at the Smith Funeral Home.


Dietrich, Maude (James)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday July 23, 1980

     Mrs. Maude Dietrich, 98, of Larwill, the widow of Frank Dietrich, died at 6:20 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. She entered the nursing home on November 30, 1979, following the fracture of her hip in a fall.
     She was a native of Larwill and was born on December 5, 1881, a daughter of Alfred and Mary Elliott James. Her formative years were spent in the Larwill community, and on July 7, 1901, she was united in marriage to Frank Dietrich.
     They established their home in Larwill and in 1935 moved to the Dietrich farm one mile east of Larwill in Richland Township. Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich operated the farm until 1943 when they retired from active farming and returned to Larwill. Mr. Dietrich preceded her in death on January 4, 1961.
     She was a member of the Larwill United Methodist Church and the Builder's Class of the Sunday School. She graduated from the Larwill High School and taught school prior to her marriage to Mr. Dietrich.
     The surviving relatives include one son, Eugene Dietrich, Lancaster, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Jacob (Margaret) Sappinton, 258 West Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne; three grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. A son, Robert, preceded her in death in July 1967.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. George W. Brunner, retired United Methodist Church pastor, will officiate at the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be on the family lot in the Lakeview Cemetery at Larwill.


Dietrich, Robert A.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday July 24, 1967

     Robert A. Dietrich, 58, retired store manager for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and a former resident at 4651 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Sarasota, Florida, died at 5:00 a.m. Sunday at the Whitley County Hospital where he had been a patient since June 16. He had been in failing health since May 1962 when he suffered an initial coronary heart attack. Throughout his illness he has been hospitalized on nine different occasions for treatment.
     He was a native of Larwill and was born on November 1, 1908, a son of Frank A. and Maude M. James Dietrich. After completing his education in the Columbia City High School, he was united in marriage on June 15, 1929 to the former Maxine Beezley.
     They established their first home in Columbia City and later resided in California. Throughout his active working years, he served as the store manager in seven different locations in both Indiana and California. In May 1965 he retired and went to Sarasota, Fla., where he and his wife managed a motel.
     On May 25 he returned to Indiana and was staying with Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Beezley when he was stricken with another attack which caused him to enter the hospital on June 16. Mr. Dietrich was a member of the Columbia City Lodge 1417 BPOE and the Methodist Church at Michigan. He was a former member of the Indiana National Guard.
     The surviving relatives, in addition to his wife, Maxine, include one son, Jack R. Dietrich, Anna Maria, Fla., three grandchildren, Beth, Jan Marie and Greg Dietrich; his mother, Mrs. Maude M. Dietrich, Larwill; one brother, Eugene Dietrich, Lancaster, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Sappington, Fort Wayne.
     Friends may call at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. today and after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Lewis Thomas, pastor of the North Webster Church of God, will officiate at the funeral service to be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Lakeview cemetery at Larwill.


Dimmick, Aquilla P.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 22, 1987

     Aquilla P. Dimmick, 87, formerly of 404 S. Main St., South Whitley, died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 1987, at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home. She had been a resident there since December 1981.
     Mrs. Dimmick was born November 5, 1899, in Whitley County, a daughter of John and Harriett Arnett Sherbahn. She was reared in Cleveland Township.
     On November 29, 1917, she was married to Arthur Dimmick. They lived all their lives in the South Whitley area. Mr. Dimmick died on November 30, 1958. She was a member of Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.
     Surviving are two sons; Leonard Dimmick of South Whitley, Lester Dimmick of Waterloo; a daughter, Mrs. Norma Hackworth of R.2, South Whitley; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Emley of North Manchester.
     Two brothers, Edgar and David Sherbahn; a granddaughter, Dianna; and a great grandson, Phillip, are deceased.
     The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley with the Rev. Virgil Juillerat officiating. Calling at the funeral home is today from 6 to 9 p.m.
     Interment will be at South Whitley Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.


Dimmick, Arthur L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City , Whitley County, Indiana
December 1, 1958

     Arthur L. Dimmick, 66, R 1, South Whitley, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Whitley County Hospital. He had been failing health approximately two years.
     Mr. Dimmick was born in Whitley county on April 4, 1892 the son of John and Mary Weybright Dimmick and lived in the county his entire life. On November 27, 1917 he married Aquilla Sherbahn who survives.
     In addition to the wife he is survived by two sons, Lester R 2 and Leonard of South Whitley; one daughter, Norma, at home; four granddaughters; and four brothers, Rastus, of Dixon, Ill., Harry of South Whitley, Edison and Roy, Tunker and a sister, Mrs. Millie Arnett of this city. He was a member of Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.
     The body is at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, where friends may call until noon on Tuesday, when the body will be taken to the Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren. The body will lie in state at the church until the hour of the funeral at 2:00 p.m., The Rev. Richard Knarr, officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley cemetery.


Dimmick, Leonard P.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
November 30, 2002

     Leonard P. Dimmick, 83, of South Whitley, a native of Columbia City, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
     He had worked for Fred O. Carey Construction for 14 years and for Bill Carey Construction for 15 years. Surviving are a daughter, Beverly J. Stephens of Fort Wayne; a sister, Norma Miller of South Whitley; a brother, Lester of Waterloo; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H., on July 20, and a daughter, Dianna S. Cripe. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Miller Chapel, South Whitley, with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to South Whitley-Cleveland Township Fire Department.
     Information provided by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Miller Chapel, South Whitley, 1-260-244-7601.


Dimmick, Leonard P.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
November 30, 2002

     Leonard P. Dimmick, 83, a resident of South Whitley, died at 12:17 p.m. Thursday, November 28, 2002 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
     Born August 13, 1919 in Columbia City, a son of Arthur and Aquilla (Sherbahn) Dimmick. He graduated from Washington Center School.
     On February 8, 1941, he was united in marriage to Mary Helen Land. They made their first home in Columbia City, later moving to Fort Wayne and Huntington. In 1950, they moved to South Whitley and resided on Calhoun Street for the past 33 years. Mrs. Dimmick died July 20, 2002.
     Mr. Dimmick was employed at Fred O. Carey Construction for 14 years and Bill Carey Construction for 15 years.
     Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Jean (Don) Stephens of Fort Wayne; a brother, Lester Dimmick of Waterloo; a sister, Norma Miller of South Whitley; a son-in-law, Doug Cripe of Warsaw; and two grandchildren.
     In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Dianna Sue Cripe. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with Rev. Connie Payne, pastor of South Whitley United Methodist Church, officiating.
     Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to South Whitley-Cleveland Township Fire Department.


Dimmick, Mary Helen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
July 22, 2002

     Mary Helen Dimmick, 82, of South Whitley, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at home. The Wheaton, Mo., native retired in 1979 from Chamberlin Products, and also had worked at Stump Printing.
     Surviving are her husband, Leonard; a daughter, Beverly J. Stephens of Fort Wayne; brothers Bill Land of Monett, Mo., and Jim D. Land of Diablo, Calif.; sisters Marjorie Burchett of Tecumseh, Mich., Emma L. Bartelsmeyer of Mount Vernon, Mo., and Joyce Manson of Grass Valley, Calif.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dianna S. Cripe, and three brothers.
     Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to the Cleveland Township Fire Department or Parkview Home Health and Hospice.
     Information provided by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, 1-260-244-7601.


Dimmick, Mary Helen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
July 22, 2002

     Mary Helen Dimmick, 82, a resident of South Whitley, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2002, at her home.
     She was born on March 25, 1920 in Wheaton, Newton County, Mo., a daughter of Alfred R. and Ruth Z. (Shewmake) Land. Her formative years were spent in Wheaton and she graduated from Wheaton High School.
     On February 8, 1941 she was united in marriage to Leonard P. Dimmick. They made their first home in Columbia City, later moving to Fort Wayne and Huntington. In 1950 they moved to South Whitley and have resided in their present home for the past 33 years.
     Employed at Chamberlin Products from 1951 until her retirement in 1979, she was then employed part-time at Stump Printing from 1979 until 1986.
     Survivors include her husband, Leonard; a daughter, Beverly Jean (Don) Stephens of Fort Wayne; a son-in-law, Doug Cripe of Warsaw; two grandchildren, Tara Stephens and Wesley Stephens; two brothers, Bill (Betty) Land of Monett, Mo., and Jim D. (Carol) Land of Diablo, Calif.; and three sisters, Marjorie Burchett of Tecumseh, Mich., Emma Lou (Doc) Bartelsmeyer of Mount Vernon, Mo., and Joyce Mason of Grass Valley, Calif.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dianna Sue Cripe; and three brothers, Paul Land, Ray Gene Land and Jack Land.
     The funeral services is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley. Burial is at South Whitley Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
     For those who wish, memorials may be made to Cleveland Township Fire Department or Parkview Home Health & Hospice.


Disler, Ruth G.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
February 15, 1995

     Ruth G. Disler, 90, of Churubusco died yesterday in Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. The Noble County native was the widow of Byard Egolf, who died in 1962, Rev. Herman Hedges, who died in 1977, and Ernest Disler, who died in 1989.
     Surviving are a daughter, Lucille Page of Avilla; a son, Keith Egolf of Riviera, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Lavon Strong of Churubusco; eight grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 step great- grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
     Services are 10 a.m. Friday in Sugar Grove Church of God, rural Churubusco, with burial in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco.
     Preferred memorials are gifts to the church or Sacred Heart Home.

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