Whitley County Obituaries

Earle, Lottie
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died January 30, 1893

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     Mrs. Lottie Earle departed this life January 30, 1893. She was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania September 14, 1849, and was married March 3, 1870 to W. C. Earle, who died after a few years leaving her a widow at the age of 24 years. Her three children, Minnie, Samuel K. and Lela, an aged mother and three sisters, Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Stevenson, and Mrs. Johnson survive her. Mrs. Hartman, an elder sister preceded her to the spirit world by only nine days.
     Her life was devoted to teaching, and for the past nine years she has been connected with the public schools of this city. For three years, she was secretary of the Kinsman W. R. C. and she was a member of the W. C. T. U. where she did efficient work for the cause of temperance.
     The above memorial notice was clipped from the DesMoines State Register, of the 3rd of February. Mrs. Earle was for years a resident of this city. She was a teacher in our public schools and sang in the choir of the Lutheran church.


Eberhard, Fanny Nolt
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (045-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 6, 1904

     Aged Citizen Dead. Mrs. Fanny Eberhard, widow of the late Henry Eberhard, died at her home, in South Columbia, Wednesday night at 9:30 o’clock. Her death was due to paralysis. She had frequent strokes for the past twelve years. The deceased was 71 years, 8 months and 1 day old at the time of her demise.
     Eight children survive to mourn her loss, besides a large circle of friends. The children are: Jacob, George, Henry, William, Miss Elizabeth, Mrs. Anna Maxwell, Mrs: Mary Perry and Mrs. Catherine Keiser. The funeral occurs Sunday morning from the Eberhard church, Rev. C.A. Herr, of Osborne, Ohio, officiating.


Eberhard, Henry
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (035-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday October 27, 1887

     Henry Eberhard was born in Stark county, Ohio, A. D. 1831. In infancy he was baptized in the German Reformed church. Remained a steadfast member of the church until death. In 1850 he moved with his parents to Whitley county, on the same farm on which he lived at the time of his death. On May 3d, 1855, he was married to Miss Fannie Nolt, who still survives him. He was the father of nine children, eight of whom are still living, four boys and four girls. He was hale and hearty until Thursday morning of last week, when at 5 o’clock he was stricken with paralysis and was soon unconscious remaining so until the next morning at 5 o’clock, when he died. Age 56 years, 5 month and 4 days. Funeral at Eberhard church (named in honor of his father and of which he was a constant member.) The service was conducted by Rev. C. H. Rockey, of Columbia City. In spite of constant rains the house was crowded. His remains were buried in the cemetery adjoining the church. The deceased was one of the prominent and successful farmers of the county.


Eberhard, Omer J.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday March 17, 1932

     Omer J. Eberhard, 43, foreman at the Oriental Show-You company, passed away at 11 o’clock Wednesday night following a ten days’ illness. Mr. Eberhard was taken ill a week ago Monday with influenza which later developed into pneumonia.
     His condition was complicated when Wells’ disease set in, a form of jaundice. With the passing of Mr. Eberhard, the community has lost one of its enterprising younger business men. He was employed as foreman at the Oriental Show-You company’s plant here for more than eight years. One of the oldest employees of the company in terms of service, he was most capable and well-liked by those who worked under him.
     Mr. Eberhard was born on April 6, 1888 in Columbia township to Jacob Eberhard and Elmira Broerman Eberhard. He was educated in the Whitley county schools and on May 5, 1912 was married to Miss Madge Sharp of this city. The couple lived on a farm in Columbia township for a number of years before establishing their residence in Columbia City eight years ago.
     Surviving are the widow; one son, Walter Eberhard, 16, who is a senior in the Columbia City high school; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eberhard of this city; and one brother, Reed Eberhard of Columbia township. The deceased was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Bertha Reese.
     Mr. Eberhard was a member of the local Modern Woodmen camp and the congregation of the Eberhard Lutheran church. He was admired for his industry and those qualities of character which had won him so many fast friends. These unite in extending their sympathy to the family.
     The body, removed to the Luckenbill’s Sons funeral chapel, was returned to the residence on North Walnut street Thursday afternoon. Friends will be received at the residence until the time of the funeral.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon in the United Brethren church, Rev. N. C. McCoy officiating assisted by Rev. L. L. Shaffer of Huntington. Interment will be made in South Park cemetery.


Edgar, Lucy Marchand Elliott
clipping from Whitley County Historical Museum
no newspaper noted - dated January 21, 1975

     Mrs. Lucy L. Edgar, 81, of Larwill, retired teller for The Farmers Loan and Trust Company, died at 4:45 a.m. today at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient since January 10. She had been in failing health since November 1973 when she retired from her work at the bank after completing 55 years of banking service.
     She was a native of Troy township, and was born on August 22, 1893, a daughter of Lyman and Nellie Barber Marchand. When only a small girl she moved with her parents to Larwill where she spent the remainder of her life.
     Mrs. Edgar graduated from the Larwill High School with the class of 1911 and then entered the International Business College at Fort Wayne. After completing her work there, she returned to Larwill.
     In 1918 she became an employe of the Larwill Bank as a teller, a position she held until 1931, when the Larwill bank merged with the Farmers Loan and Trust Company of Columbia City. At that time, she transferred to the local bank where she continued her association until her health failed and she was forced to retire in 1973. Mrs. Edgar’s church association was with the Larwill United Methodist Church.
     The surviving relatives include one son, Robert B. Elliott, owner-manager of the Elliott Service Station in Larwill; three grandchildren, Mrs. John (Roberta) Main, Stockton, Calif.; Robert B. Elliott, Jr., a student at Indiana University in Indianapolis and Randall J. Elliott, a student at Ball State University at Muncie. Her father preceded her in death in 1951, and her mother in 1956.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Tony Hardcastle, pastor of the Larwill United Methodist Church, will officiate at the funeral service to be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Lakeview cemetery at Larwill.


Edwards, Caleb William
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (023-FF)
Unidentified News clipping

     Caleb William Edwards was born March 19, 1820 and died Nov. 11, 1894. Was one of the earliest pioneers of Whitley county, located in Springfield, now called South Whitley, in the year 1846, and was united in marriage Dec 24, 1846, to Miss Elenora Combs, who survives in the strength of ripe maturity and honorable years. Of this happy union five children were born, two daughters and three sons. Three of them are still in the arena of active life – Victoria, Albert and John W. Each of these acutely feel the loss of a noble father and wise advisor.
     The career of this worthy pioneer forms a very important page in the history of our country, and its development. Previous to coming here he attended the Clinic of the Cleveland Medical College in 1844 and 1845, and his love of the healing art took him to Columbus, Ohio, in 1849, where he again applied his mind to the mastery of this noble art.
     Long before the great Wabash railroad passed through this part of the country, Mr. Edwards, in conjunction with James Collins, a now venerable patriarch of our community, went to New York and placed their all in such a secure manner that the opposition to Eel River became of non effect, and the land on which this model depot now rests was the gift of this active and generous man.
     He was a member of the Deming Lodge of F. & A. M. of North Manchester, for 15 years, and was also a member of Liberty Mills Lodge.
     Although his decease has been long expected, the community recognize the fact that a great landmark has been removed by the hand of relentless time. He was a type of stalwart manhood, fearless, and brave hearted. A man of common sense and loving heart. He despised Cant and hated Shams. He lived in the bosom of his family, with his brow uplifted towards God and truth. We remember him as an untired, erect pilgrim. Duty, home and country were his chief books, and on these pages are no blots, but the marks of struggles for peace and progress. For such men God’s angels wait, ready to lay away the staff of declining years, and the same watchers lead gently the last steps of finished lives, and place these heroes in the sunlight and smile of a satisfied Father. J.H.


Egley, Christian C
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
April 9, 1945 Page 1

     Christian C. Egley, 81 years old, a grain broker, was fatally hurt Saturday afternoon at 2:40 o’clock when the 1938 Ford coupe he was driving struck a culvert ten and one half inches thick and six feet long on state road 5, five miles north of South Whitley and 2 miles south of Larwill. Mr. Egley was found by passersby sitting in the car in a stupor and appeared to have suffered a stroke. He was taken to the St Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne in the Miller ambulance and died at 5:05 Saturday afternoon. Hospital authorities said death was due to a possible skull fracture and shock. He lived at the Kindler Hotel in Fort Wayne. The automobile Mr. Egley was driving went off the road and down into a swamp. It took a wrecker one and one-half hours to get the car out of the swamp. The whole front part of the machine was damaged. The accident was investigated by Robert Fortner of the Indiana state police.


Egolf, Adam
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (010-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday November 26, 1890

     Died. Egolf – At his residence, in Thorncreek township, Whitley county Indiana, Nov. 18th, Adam Egolf, aged 90 years, 3 months and 7 days.
     Adam Egolf was born in Montgomery county, Penn., August 6th, 1800. In the year 1827, he came to Ohio. While living there he was united in marriage, to Susan Shriner, May 16th, 1822, there being born to them a family of eleven children. In 1837 he moved to Whitley county, Indiana, purchasing and moving onto the land where he lived at the time of his death. His first wife died, in the year 1841. On the 22d day of October, 1842, he wedded Lydia Withem, there being born to them a family of eight children.
     He was brought up in the faith of the Lutheran church uniting in the year 1852 with the M.E. church, of which organization he was a leading member until it dissolved. In the year 1864 he united with the Church of God, living the life of a devoted christian to the hour of his death.
     One of the first pioneers to settle in the wilds of Whitley, good health blessed him until the year 1882, then in his 82d year, when he was stricken with paralysis, leaving him a helpless invalid to the hour of his death. During eight long years of suffering he was patient and forbearing, trusting in the Lord and bowing in humble submission to his will, until the Master said, “come.” Laid to rest beyond the four score, his was a life of singular uprightness. Whether as the affectionate husband, the kind father or the friend in time of need, his honesty and christian virtues shone forth like the beacon lights that shine out on the rock bound coast. A Spartan in his simplicity, he lived the life of the just – the reward a home among the blessed for evermore.


Egolf, Pfc Allan
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thurs April 5, 1945 Page 1

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     Death on the battlefield in France came March 20 to Pfc Allan Egolf, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emauel Egolf, Smith township, according to a telegram received from the War Department, Monday evening by the soldier’s wife, the former Madelene Jagger. An employe of the General Electric company in Fort Wayne, Pfc Egolf entered military service March 17, 1943. He trained at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas and at Camp Maxey, Texas, and left for overseas in November 1943 with the 38th Reconnaissance Squad. His Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad consisted of the first American soldiers to enter Paris. He was in England from November 1943 to June 8, 1944 when he crossed the English Channel into France.
     Pfc Egolf went through France, Belgium and Luxembourg and on Oct 1, 1944 entered Germany. Leaving Germany the 16th of March, the squad traveled over more than 400 miles in one day, according to a letter written to his wife March 17 when he reached Italy. His last letter to his wife dated March 19, stated that it was late in the night and that he was stationed near the Alps mountains in Italy. The next day he met his death in France. Pfc Egolf was married to Miss Madelene Jagger, duaghter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Jagger of Smith township, September 21, 1940. He was a graduate of the Churubusco high school. Survivors besides the wife and parents are three brothers, Harold Egolf, who left for military service the 27th of March, Niles Egolf of Noble county, Alton at home; and two sisters, Marvel Egolf in nurses code training in Lucas County hospital at Toledo, Ohio and Garnet at home.


Egolf, Pfc. Allen E.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 23, 1949 (Died March 20, 1945)

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     Funeral services for Pfc. Allen E. Egolf, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Egolf, Smith Township, who was killed while serving with the 38th. Division on March 20, 1945, near the French-Italian border, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Sonday Funeral Home in Churubusco, the Rev. Herman Hedges officiating.
     Graveside military honors will be conducted in the Merriam Christian Chapel cemetery by members of the Churubusco American Legion Post No. 157. The body will arrive in Columbia City at 10:30 next Tuesday evening and will be taken to the funeral home where friends may call after noon Wednesday.
     Pfc. Egolf was born on June 23, 1916, at Mt. Clemens, Michigan, a son of Samuel J. and Olive (Smith) Egolf. When a small boy, he came with his parents to Smith Township. After graduating with the class of 1935 from the Churubusco high school, he was employed by the General Electric Company at Fort Wayne. On September 21, 1940, he was united in marriage to the former Madelene Jagger.
     He was inducted into the Army at Camp Perry, Ohio, on March 17, 1943. After receiving his basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, and advanced unit training at Camp Maxie, Texas, he was assigned to the 38th. Division, and left for overseas duty on November 13, 1943.
     With sixteen other boys, he met his death when a time bomb exploded in a building the platoon had been assigned to investigate. Temporary burial was made in the St. Avoid Cemetery, France.
     The surviving relatives include the parents, three brothers, Nile Egolf, Churubusco, Harold Egolf, Smith Township, Alton Egolf, at home; two sisters, miss Marvel Egolf, Toledo, Ohio, and Miss Garnet Egolf, at home.


Egolf, Blanche
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 6, 1999

     Blanche Egolf, 77, a former Columbia City resident, died at 3:16 a.m. Sunday, April 4, 1999, at Florida Hospital Waterman in Eustis, Florida.
     She was born February 20, 1922 in Rochester, a daughter of Elmer and Myrtle Dancer Egolf, and as a child her family lived near Beaver Dam and Akron.
     She was married October 15, 1938 in Rochester to Carl B. Egolf, a Whitley County native. In 1939, she moved to Whitley County where she and Mr. Egolf resided on their Thorncreek Township farm. Following her husband's death in 1991, she moved to Columbia City and then to Florida in 1992. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband on the farm.
     Surviving relatives include four daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Charles (Darlene) Ousley, Claypool, Mrs. Carl (Lucille) Mishler, Larwill, Mrs. John (Betty) Cameron, Indianapolis, and Mrs. Sam (Janice M.) Cavanaugh, Umatilla, Florida; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Roy Engle, Claypool.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a son, Robert Lawrence Egolf, sisters, Violet Engle and Nellie Sheckler, brothers, Ellis Engle, Estle Engle, and Franklin Engle, and a half-brother, Dan Cole.
     Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at DeMoney Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the funeral home with Rev. Curtiss Johnson, former pastor of Community Bible Church, officiating. Burial is at Christian Chapel Cemetery in Merriam.


Egolf, Blanche
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 8, 1999

     The funeral service for Blanche Egolf, 77, was Wednesday morning, April 7, 1999, at DeMoney Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City, with Pastor Curtiss Johnson, former pastor of Community Bible Church, officiating.
     Staff organist Evelyn Stemen played a medley of traditional hymns including "Rock Of Ages" and "The Old Rugged Cross."
     The committal service followed at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Serving as casket bearers were Randy Ousley, Kevin Mishler, Brian Mishler, David Cameron, Phil Cameron, Dennis Cameron, and Carl Freewalt.
     Mrs. Egolf, a former Columbia City resident, died Sunday, April 4, 1999, in Eustis, Florida after a brief illness.


Egolf, Blanche M.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 17, 1971

     Mrs. Blanche M. Egolf, 76, retired nurses aide at the Linvill and Whitley County Hospitals, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Farris Nursing Home. She had been in failing health for the past two years and entered the nursing home a year ago following a stroke of apoplexy. On March 1st. she was hospitalized at Fort Wayne for emergency surgery, but recovered sufficiently to return to the nursing home.
     She was a native of Smith township, and was born on July 17, 1894, a daughter of Harvey and Cora Brumbaugh Claxton.
     She completed her education in the Collins Hugh School, and on February 22, 1912, was united in marriage to Clarence Egolf.
     They started their first home on a farm in Etna-Troy township, and after a year and a half there, moved to Smith township, where they resided until 1953 when they moved to their new home at 112 West North street. Mr. Egolf preceded her in death in 1955.
     Mrs. Egolf worked for a total of 22 years at the hospitals prior to her retirement in 1967. She was a member of the First Church of God of Columbia City, and the Theo Club.
     The surviving relatives include three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Hildreth) Appleby, Bellflower, Calif., Mrs. Conda (Geraldine) Samuels, R. 7, and Mrs. Darwin (Bonnie) Trautman, Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Clarence Anderson, Fort Wayne. In addition to her husband, a son, Wilbur, and two half-brothers preceded her in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Hubert Miller, pastor of the First Church of God, and the Rev. J. Phillip Blake, pastor of the Big Lake Church of God, will officiate at the funeral service to be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Christian Chapel cemetery at Merriam. The preferred memorials are gifts to the First Church of God.


Egolf, Byard T.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 27, 1962

     Byard T. Egolf, 62, died at 8:42 p.m. Tuesday (the 26th) at his trailer home on the farm of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Page, R 1, Avilla. He had been a patient at the hospital and had been released last Wednesday.
     Mr. Egolf was born January 18, 1900 in Whitley County, the son of Jeremiah and Sarah Ann Young Egolf. In 1920 he married Ruth Gaff and for a number of years he was a farmer. He also operated a restaurant in Churubusco and at Long Beach, California and his last employment was with the Compton City schools in Compton, California until poor health caused him to retire, moving to Churubusco last March. He was a member of the Blue River Bethel Church of God.
     Surviving, in addition to the wife, Ruth, are two sons, Homer Lee, Westminster, California and Erlin Keith, Lakewood, California; two daughters, Mrs. William Hanawalt, Las Vegas, Nevada and Mrs. Paul Page, Avilla; nine grandchildren, three great grandsons; four brothers, Lawrence, Columbia City and Sam, Milo E. and Dewey, all of Churubusco and two sisters, Mrs. Alta Sheckler, Columbia City, and Mrs. Emma Bower, Elkhart. A sister and three brothers preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Sunday and Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco after 7:00 this evening until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at which time the body will be taken to the Blue River Bethel Church of God to lie in state until the hour of the service at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Paul Tobias, pastor of the church will officiate at the funeral and burial rites. Burial will be in the Christian Chapel cemetery at Merriam


Egolf, Carl B.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 30, 1991

     Carl B. Egolf, 76, of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, died at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 1991, at his residence. He had been ill since June.
     Mr. Egolf was born on December 31, 1914, in Whitley County, a son of Vern and Pearl (Fisher) Egolf. He attended school in Larwill and lived most of his lifetime in Whitley County, living at his present home since 1950.
     On October 15, 1938, he was married in Rochester, Fulton County, to Blanche (Engle) Egolf, who survives.
     He was a general farm owner-manager until illness caused his recent retirement from farming, also had been employed by Anderson-Shroyer, retiring in 1979.
     In addition to his wife, Blanche, survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Charles (Darlene) Ousley of Claypool, and Mrs. Carl (Lucille) Mishler, Mrs. John (Betty) Cameron, and Mrs. Janice Paulus, all of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Gladys Reeg, Mission, Texas; and one step-brother, Otis Grunawalt of Columbia City.
     One son, Robert Lawrence Egolf, and one brother, Cecil Spurgeon Egolf, preceded Mr. Egolf in death.
     Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Curtis Johnson of Community Bible Church, officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Note: Two brother's died before Carl, not one, Spurgeon E. Egolf on April 12, 1979, and Cecil C. Egolf on May 13, 1987.


Egolf, Carl B.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 4, 1991

     The funeral for Carl B. Egolf, 76, retired Thorncreek Township farmer, was Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Johnson of Community Bible Church, officiating.
     "Rockin' Ages" and "Daddy's Hands" were vocals. Evelyn Stemen, organist, played "The Old Rugged Cross."
     Grandsons serving as bearers were Randy Ousley, Phillip Cameron, Carl Freewalt, Brian Mishler, David Cameron, and Dennis Cameron.
     Mr. Egolf died October 30. Burial was at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.


Egolf, Cecil C.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
May 13, 1987

     Cecil C. Egolf, 73, of R. 5, Columbia City, died at 3:40 a.m. today, May 13, 1987, at Whitley County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since May 2.
     Mr. Egolf was born June 18, 1913, in Whitley County to Verne and Pearl Fisher Egolf. His marriage was to Joyce Barrett and they have always lived in Whitley County. Mr. Egolf was engaged in general farming and was implement mechanic. He was a member of Modern Woodmen and the Conservation Club.
     Surviving are his wife Joyce; two sons, Stanley Egolf of Andrews and Dale Egolf of R. 5, Columbia City; four daughters, Mrs. Shirley Markley of Lake City, Fla., Paulette Dvorak of Indianapolis, Mrs. Michael (Lois) Scheer of Monticello, Utah, and Mrs. Gale D. Thompson of Tulsa, Okla.
     There are 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Egolf, of R. 3 Columbia City; a sister, Mrs. Homer (Gladys) Reeg of Mission, Texas.
     Friends may call at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel with the Revs. Richard Osberg of First Church of God and Hubert Miller of Oak grove Church of God officiating.
     Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Egolf had previously requested the elimination of flowers at his funeral. Memorials are to the Church of God.


Egolf, Clarence
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 9, 1955

     Clarence Egolf, 70, a resident of this city for the past four years, died at 4:15 Wednesday morning at the Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for five weeks. He had been in failing health since the fall of 1946 when he was forced to retire from active farming.
     He was a native of Smith Township, and was born July 8, 1884, a son of Jere and Sarah Ann Young Egolf. February 22, 1913, he was united in marriage to the former Blanche Claxton. They first established their home in Thorncreek Township, and after spending one year there, moved to Troy Township where they farmed for two years. In 1916, they moved to the Egolf farm in Smith Township, one mile east of Round Lake, which Mr. Egolf continued to operate until his health failed in 1946. Four years later, they moved to Columbia City where they made their home at 112 West North street. Mr. Egolf was a member of the Blue River Bethel Church of God.
     The surviving relatives, in addition to his wife, Blanche, include one son, Wilbur Egolf, Columbia Township; three daughters, Mrs. Hildreth Appleby, Compton, Calif., Mrs. Geraldine Samuels, Union Township, and Mrs. Bonnie Gene Trautman, this city; seven grandchildren; five brothers, Lawrence Egolf, this city, Dewey Egolf, Merriam, Samuel and Milo Egolf, both of Smith Township, and Byard Egolf, Long Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Alta Sheckler, Thorncreek Township, and Mrs. Emma Bower, Elkhart. One brother and one sister have preceded him in death.
     The body has been removed to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, where friends may call after 8 o’clock this evening. At noon Saturday, it will be taken to the Blue River Bethel Church of God to lie in state until the hour of service. The Rev. Alvin S. Link, pastor of the First Church of God, and the Rev. Elvin Hoffman, the church pastor, will officiate at the funeral rites at 2 o’clock. Committal services will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery at Merriam.


Egolf, Eva Winebrenner
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 7, 1999

     Eva Egolf, 102, a former resident of Merriam, died at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 1999, at The Oaks, Columbia City. She had been a patient since 1995.
     Mrs. Egolf was born in Green Township, Noble County, April 30, 1897, a daughter of Melvin and Ida Cunningham Winebrenner. She was educated at the former Wildcat School in Noble County, and spent her formative years in that area.
     On September 6, 1917, she was united in marriage to Dewey B. Egolf. The couple lived on the Egolf Homestead in Thorncreek Township in Whitley County during the early years of their marriage, until moving east of Merriam in 1947.
     She had been a member of the former Blue River Church of god in Smith Township and was currently a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church.
     Mr. Egolf preceded her in death on July 24, 1979. Surviving relatives include two sons, J.D. Egolf and Russell J. Egolf, both of Churubusco; a daughter, Mrs. Alton (Faith) Richards of Tampa, Fla. ; a sister,, Lucinda Duffee, Churubusco; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Syvelda McCoy, September 21, 1993. Also deceased are three sisters, three brothers, and one great-grandson.
     The funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco, with the Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
     The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. Interment is at the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Churubusco United Methodist Church.


Egolf, Evelyn Joyce
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post and Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 18, 2005

     Evelyn Joyce Egolf, 88, of rural Columbia City, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2005, at her son's home in Andrews, Huntington County.
     Born on May 14, 1917, in Blackhawk County, Iowa, she was a daughter of William Petit and Fayra Marguerite (McBride) Barrett. She attended a one-room school through the eighth grade and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1935.
     She married Cecil C. Egolf on May 19, 1935, in Goshen. He died May 13, 1987. Her entire lifetime was spent in Whitley County where she assisted her husband on their family farm. She was a clerk for 15 years at Teghtmeyer's Ace Hardware, retiring in 1977.
     She was a member of the Church of Our Glorius King in Huntington County, the NEO and the Ineabi Home Demonstration Club. Her hobbies included crocheting, traveling and crossword puzzles.
     Survivors include two sons, Stanley (Barbara) Egolf of Andrews, and Dale (Tamara) Egolf of Columbia City; three daughters, Fayra Paulette Egolf of Greenwood; Lois (Michael) Scheer of Monticello, Utah, and Gale D. (Sonny) Hick of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Lorene Turner of Hurricane, Utah; two brothers, William D. (Myrtle) Barrett of Avilla, and Oakley C. (Clara) Barrett of Olivehurst, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley N. Markley, and two sisters, Shirley Blocker and Darlene Black.
     Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Father Rick Leone of the Church of Our Glorius King officiating. Burial is at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam, Noble County.
     Memorial bequests may be given in Mrs. Egolf's memory to Church of Our Glorius King Church, Huntington. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Egolf, Florance Eugenia
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Columbia City Commercial April 12, 1888 - Raber

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     Florence Eugenia Egolf was born January 1, 1869 and died April 2d. She graduated from the common school course, March 13, 1886, being one of the first three to receive the honor under the present system of township graduation. She passed the county examination and became a teacher. She was nursing a sick family when she was taken ill.


Egolf, Homer L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 1, 1989

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     The funeral for Homer L. Egolf, 68, Columbia City, was Friday at 8 p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco with the Rev. Tony Bartlet officiating. Mr. Egolf died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, June 30, 1989, at his residence.
     He was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Whitley County, to Byard and Ruth Gaff Egolf. He served during World War II from 1943 to 1949 under the leadership of General George Patton.
     On Jan. 22, 1954, Mr. Egolf was married to Rose L. Neumann in Henderson, Nev. They first resided in Garden Grove, Calf., and after 30 years there, in 1978, he retired as a tool and die maker. In January of 1982 they moved back to Indiana.
     Surviving are his wife Rosa; a daughter, Mrs. Galen (Julie Ann) Gilbert; four grandsons, David, Larry, Michael and James; five great-grandchildren.
     Also surviving are his mother and step-father, Ernest and Ruth Disler of Churubusco; a brother, E. Keith Egolf of Bullhead City, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. William (Helen) Hannawalt of Cheyenne, Okla., and Mrs. Paul (Lucille) Page of Avilla. A son Klaus was killed in Vietnam in 1968.
     Burial is planned at Merriam Christian Chapel Cemetery. Memorials are to Kosciusko County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.


Egolf, Jere
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
August 5, 1937, page 5

     Jere Egolf, 88, life-long resident of this county, died Sunday morning at the Luckey Hospital at Wolf Lake after suffering a fractured hip when he fell out of bed Friday morning.
     Mr. Egolf spent his entire life on the farm on which he was born. Children surviving are: Vern, Lawrence, Milo, Dewey, Clarence, Sam and Bayard Egolf, and Mrs. Ed Sheckler of this county and Mrs. Emma Brower of near Pierceton.
     Funeral services in charge of Rev. John W. Jones were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Blue River Bethel Church. Interment was in the Christian Chapel Cemetery at Merriam.


Egolf, Sgt. Klaus D.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 7, 1968

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     Mr. and Mrs. Homer L. Egolf, of Westminster, Calif., received word March 4, that their son, Sgt. Klaus D. Egolf, had been killed in action in Vietnam. Rev. and Mrs. Herman Hedges, Churubusco, are grandparents of the youth.
     Sgt. Egolf was serving as commander of the third platoon of the 4th. Cavalry and was engaged in battle northeast of Saigon.
     He left the U.S. February 3, after enlisting in the Army in March 1966. He had been a medical student at the University of California at Los Angeles and planed to transfer to Indiana University upon leaving the Army. His parents, once Churubusco residents, were planning to return to Churubusco, and a new home on Ind. 205, east of Churubusco, was nearing completion. Sgt. Egolf would have completed his Army service in March 1969.
     The body is to be brought to Churubusco for burial but funeral plans are still pending. The youth’s parents visited in Churubusco last fall.
     Following memorial services in Westminster, located near Long Beach, the body will be flown to Churubusco with military escort and lie in state at the Sonday and Sheets Funeral Home.
     Funeral services will be held at the Churubusco funeral home and burial will follow in Merriam Christian Chapel Cemetery.


Egolf, Lawrence Lee
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 12, 1964

     Lawrence Lee Egolf, 75, West Market street, died Sunday at 6 a.m. in the Whitley County Hospital where he had been hospitalized one day. Recently he had been in the Maple Hill Nursing Home. Cause of death was a stroke.
     Born in Thorncreek Township on October 18, 1888, he was the son of Jerry and Sarah Young Egolf. He lived in Thorncreek Township and had lived in this community all of his life, where he made his living as a farmer.
     Survivors include three brothers, Sam of Noble County; Dewey of Merriam, and Milo of Whitley County. One sister, Mrs. Abner (Emma) Bower of Elkhart also survives. Four brothers and two sisters have preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel after 7:30 this evening. Services will be held at the Chapel on Wednesday at 2 p.m., with Rev. Herman Hedges officiating. Burial will take place in the Merriam Christian Chapel cemetery.


Egolf, Lawrence Lee
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 15, 1964

     Funeral services were conducted in the Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel Wednesday afternoon for Lawrence Egolf.
     Mrs. Russell Egolf, organist, presided at the console for the prelude and postlude of selected hymns. The Rev. Herman Hedges officiated at the rites and committal.
     The pallbearers, nephews of the deceased, were Max Sheckler, Cecil Egolf, Jerry Bower, Robert Cunningham, Nile Egolf, and J.D. Egolf. Burial was in the Merriam Christian Chapel cemetery.


Egolf, Lydia Gates Withem
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (010-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday November 26, 1890

     Died. Egolf – Lydia Egolf, wife of Adam Egolf, at their home in Thorncreek township, Whitley county, Indiana, Friday, Nov. 14th, aged 75 years, 4 months and 22 days.
     Lydia Egolf was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, June 22d, 1815. In the year 1831, she was married to Elisha Withem, and with her husband moved to Whitley county in the year 1840. In 1841 her husband died leaving to her care and to provide for their support three children. In 1842, she was united in marriage to Adam Egolf, the two sojourning in married bliss 48 years, death only separating the aged couple 22 hours. As in life devoted to each other, so in death they were laid side by side in the country churchyard.
     At the early age of 13 she became a member of the M. E. church, remaining with that organization until the year 1852, when she joined with her husband the M.P. church, and in the year 1864, both uniting with the Church of God. From youth to ripe old age her life, in word, act and deed, has been one of practical christianity – an example worthy to follow. Her’s indeed is the tribute due the blessed, that she was a good wife, a kind mother and a prayerful christian.
     Like her husband, to whose wants she ministered for six years in his paralytic condition, she too was stricken two years ago with paralysis, never recovering from the shock, death ending the battle of life on the 14th.
     In [sic] is meet and proper to add to the death announcement and brief biographical notes as given above of this historic couple in the annals of Whitley county, that a world of praise is due Mr. and Mrs. N.P. Sliger, for the care and attention they gave to the aged father and mother until the summons came calling them to the other shore. “Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth there.”


Egolf, Mildred I.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 29, 1986

     Mildred I. Egolf, 78, of Elkhart, died at 5:27 a.m. today, April 29, 1986, at Elkhart General Hospital. She had been ill for six months.
     Mrs. Egolf was retired from Needlecraft in Elkhart where she worked as a seamstress. She was a member of Women of the Moose Lodge 599.
     Surviving are a son, James of Elkhart; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; a brother, Louis Hertsel of Columbia City; four sisters, Mrs. Velma Waymire of Greenville, Ohio, Almeada Hertsel and Verna Jean Hertsel, and Mrs. Thelma Shand, all of Columbia City. A son, two brothers and a sister are deceased.
     Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Elkhart. The service will be at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Everett Caes officiating. Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery. Memorials are to the American Heart association.


Egolf, Myrtle Pearl Fisher
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 30, 1944

     Mrs. Myrtle Pearl Egolf, past 58 years old, 903 East Van Buren street, Columbia City, died yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient for the past 15 days. She had been ill for a week before being admitted to the hospital, death was pronounced due to uremia and acute nephritis.
     Myrtle Fisher was born near Crooked Lake in Thorncreek Township on April 2, 1886, and was a lifelong resident of Whitley County, residing for a time in Troy Township. Her mother, Emma (Lehman) Fisher, died in 1916, and her father, David Fisher, made his home with his daughter until she became ill.
     On September 25, 1906 Myrtle Fisher was united in marriage to Vern H. Egolf of Thorncreek Township, who died December 16, 1938.
     Surviving children include Spurgeon Egolf, Elkhart; Mrs. Homer Reeg, Long Beach, California; Cecil Egolf, Union Township; Carl Egolf, Silver Lake. A sister and brother, Mrs. Elmer Engle, and Firmer Fisher of Thorncreek Township, and a second brother, Chester Fisher, of Elkhart, and eight grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Egolf was a member of the First Church of God.
     The body was brought to the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call until 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be held at the First Church of God at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Marion R. Shroyer, former pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. F.A. Handley, pastor of the church. The casket will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Saturday where it will be opened until the hour of the services. Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery at Merriam.


Egolf, Myrtle Pearl Fisher
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 4, 1944

     Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in this city for Mrs. Myrtle Pearl Egolf, 58, who died Thursday at a Fort Wayne hospital. Brief services at 2:00 o'clock in the Peace Chapel of the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home were followed by the chief services at 2:30 o'clock at the First Church of God. The Rev. Marion R. Shroyer, former pastor of the church, and the Rev. F.A. Handley, pastor, officiated. Committal services were held in the Christian Chapel Cemetery near Merriam.
     Mr. and Mrs. Bayard M. Pressler sang three hymns, "The Old Rugged Cross," "Ivory Palaces," and "The Nearer, The Sweeter." Their piano accompaniment was played by Mrs. B.V. Widney.
     Men of the Pioneer Circle who served as the casket bearers were James Walker, Bert Bistow, Cleon Schuman, Earl Fisher, Ratio Smith, and Edwin Vandersaul. Their wives served as the flower bearers.


Egolf, Roger J.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Call & Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 4, 1935

     Roger J. Egolf, thirteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Egolf. Of Smith Township, passed away at one o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient since Thursday noon. His death was caused by septicemia resulting from a blister on his heel, which developed a week ago Saturday. His condition became alarming Wednesday, and the next day he was taken to the hospital.
     The lad was born on May 1, 1921, to Samuel J. and Olive (Smith) Egolf. The family at that time was living just north of Columbia City.
     Surviving are the parents, the grandfather, Jere Egolf, also of Smith Township, and the following brothers and sisters, all at home; Allen, Nile, Harold, Marvel, and Garnet. One sister, Geneva, died before he was born.
     Roger was a student in the eighth grade at the Blue River school, and was popular with his teacher and schoolmates. He was a regular attendant at the Blue River Bethel Sunday school, and early in January had received a medal for being present every Sunday during 1934. Before death came to him, he professed his faith in Christ, and the life eternal.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at ten o'clock at Blue River Bethel. Rev. A.N. Gilliland, the pastor, will be assisted by Rev. Marion Shroyer. Burial will be made in the Merriam Chapel cemetery.


Egolf, Ruth J.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post and Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
May 2, 1994

     Ruth J. Egolf, 71, of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, died at noon Monday in Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient two weeks.
     She was born Sept. 26, 1922 in Albion to August and Ethel Ferne (Moore) Borgman. She married J.D. Egolf on Feb. 24, 1945. He survives.
     Mrs. Egolf grew up in Wolf Lake where she resided with an aunt and uncle, Nora and Vern Geiger. She was a 1949 graduate of Wolf Lake High School and continued her education at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Wayne. She was employed by Dr. Ben Linvill at Linvill Memorial Hospital in Columbia City and had also worked for Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake and later Whitley County Memorial Hospital in Columbia City. She later worked in the office of Dr. Otto Lemberg and was last employed by Whitley Medical Associates in Columbia City, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Church of God and Whitley County Retired Nurses.
     Surviving with her husband are three sons, Dennis Egolf of Oak Park, Ill., Gary Egolf of Albion, and Gail Egolf of Columbia City; two daughters, Jody Long of Columbia City, and Cindy Egolf-ShamRao of Chicago; and four grandchildren, Christian, Andy, Eva and Jason. Also surviving are three brothers, Byron Borgman of Albuquerque, N.M., Charles Borgman of Seattle, Wash., and Ernest Borgman of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and a sister, Jan Reed of Soccoro, N.M. She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Johnson, and a grandson, Alex Egolf.
     Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Blue River Church of the Brethren. Burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday in Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Fund.


Egolf, Samuel Sr.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Albion, Noble County Library Surname File
April 1980

     Funeral services were Monday afternoon for Samuel J. Egolf, 87, of Rt. 1, Albion, who died Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Lowell (Marvel) Obermyer, Grand Rapids, Ohio.
     Mr. Egolf was born August 25, 1892 in Whitley County to Jeremiah and Sarah Young Egolf. He married Olive F. Smith on June 19, 1916 and they lived around Churubusco, then moved to Merriam where they lived for the last 17 years. Mr. And Mrs. Egolf owned The Dugout, a grocery store and filling station, at the corner of US 33 and the Noble-Whitley County Line Road, from 1935 to 1952.
     Survivors in addition to the daughter, are his widow, Olive; three sons, Alton of Avilla, Harold of Ashley, Nile of Seminole, Fla., another daughter, Mrs. William (Garnet) Rocke of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
     The Rev. Wilmer J. Frederick, pastor of Blue River Church of God officiated at the services at the Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco and burial was in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.


Egolf, Sarah A. Young
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Evening Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 30, 1919

     Mrs. Jeremiah Egolf died at her home in Thorncreek township Tuesday morning at 8:30 o'clock after an illness of long duration due to stomach trouble and complications. She was 57 years, 10 months and 5 days old at the time of her demise. Her condition had been serious for some time and her death was not unexpected to her relatives, though it came to a great shock to them.
     Sarah A. Young, was born September 24, 1861, in Ohio, to Christopher and Mary Young, deceased, came to this county when a girl with her parents. She was united in marriage on December 1, 1877, to Jeremiah Egolf, of Thorncreek township, and to them eleven children were born, ten of whom survive. They are Mrs. Ed Sheckler, of Thorncreek township, Mrs. Abner Bowers, of Cleveland township, Mrs. Zi Cunningham, of Churubusco, Sam Egolf, of Noble county, Clarence, of Smith township, Vern and Lawrence, of Richland township, and Dewey and Byard and Milo, at home. She has two sisters, Mrs. George Maggart, of North Webster and Mrs. Amanda Albert, of Burr Oak, Noble County, and two brothers, Amzie Young of Newton, Ill., and Joseph Young, of Kansas City, Kan.
     The deceased was a devout Christian woman and a kind and loving mother. She became a member of the Church of God many years ago and she died a firm believer in the Christian faith. She will be sadly missed by her family and a wide circle of friends and in their hour of great sorrow they have the sympathy of their acquaintances.
     The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Christian Chapel church at Meriam, Rev. Mantis, officiating, and interment in the church cemetery.


Egolf, Spurgeon E.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart Public Library, Elkhart, Indiana
April 12, 1979

     Spurgeon E. Egolf, 72, of 23117 U.S. 20 E., died at 5:30 a.m. today at General Hospital, following an extended illness.
     He was born Feb. 22, 1907, in Columbia City, and married Mildred I. Hertsel, June 8, 1929, in Elkhart. She survives with one son, James L., Elkhart; one sister, Mrs. Homer (Gladys) Reeg, Texas; two brothers, Cecil and Carl both of Columbia City, two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. One son Robert E. , died June 21, 1958, in an automobile accident.
     Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, where services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Gordon Bracker of the Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, will officiate. Burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam, Ind.
     He was a retired tool and die maker and employed at the Machine and Tool Speciality Co., and a member of the Elkhart Moose Lodge.


Egolf, Verne H.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 17, 1938

     Verne H. Egolf, just eight days past 56 years of age, died last night at 6:55 p.m. at his farm home in Thorncreek Township, known as the old Sheckler homestead, which he recently purchased, of an illness due to carcinoma of the left side of his face. He has been ill since last April and was confined to his bed the last three weeks.
     He was born in Thorncreek Township on December 8, 1882 to Jeremiah and Sarah Elizabeth (Young) Egolf, both of whom are dead. Mr. Egolf lived in Whitley County all his life.
     On September 5, 1905 he was united in marriage to Pearl Fisher, who survives, together with the following named children; Mrs. Homer Reeg of Bluffton, Spurgeon of Elkhart, Cecil of Columbia City, and Carl, at home. There are four grandchildren. Surviving also are the following named brothers and sisters, Clarence, Lawrence, Samuel, Dewey, Milo, Bayard, Mrs. Edward Sheckler, all of Thorncreek Township, and Mrs. Emma Bowers, Pierceton.
     Mr. Egolf was a farmer by occupation and also drove a school bus. He was an energetic, hard-working citizen who had numerous friends among his neighbors in Thorncreek Township and the County.
     The body was taken to the DeMoney funeral home from where it was returned to the Egolf residence. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Church of God in Columbia City, of which Mr. Egolf was a member. Rev. Marion Shroyer will officiate and burial will be in the Merriam Cemetery.


Egolf, Verne H.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 19, 1938

     Funeral rites were held at the Church of God, in this city, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, for Vern H. Egolf, of Thorncreek Township, a member of that church, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating.
     Interment was made in the church cemetery at Merriam. "The Old Rugged Cross," "No Disappointment in Heaven," and "Abide with Me" were used as duet numbers by Mrs. Bert Bristow and Miss Marjory Keiser, who were accompanied at the piano by Miss Lulu Buffenbarger.
     Pallbearers were James Walker, Earl Fisher, Keith Walker, Fred Sell, Clifford Jeffries, and Samuel Clark.


Egolf, Wilbur E.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
August 2, 1963

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     Wilbur E. Egolf, 44, senior member of the Egolf TV and Appliance Store on state road 9, near the north city limits, died of a heart attack at approximately 6:30 this morning while entering the Whitley County Hospital.
     A year ago he had been hospitalized due to a heart condition, and for the past two days he had not been feeling well due to chest pains. When the pains became more severe this morning he planed to enter the hospital for treatment. As he and his wife were entering the hospital he was stricken suddenly and died before help could reach him.
     He was a native of Smith Township, and was born on July 1, 1919, a son of Clarence and Blanche Claxton Egolf. Following his graduation from the Churubusco high school with the class of 1937, he became an employe of the Whitley County REMC. In 1939 he transferred to the Bowser Pump Company of Fort Wayne where he was employed until establishing the TV and Appliance Store here in 1953. Recently he had been associated with his son, Richard, in the operation of the business.
     During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he worked as an electrician in the atomic bomb station there.
     He was a member of the Blue River Church of God, Columbia City Lions Club, Columbia City American Legion Post 98, and the Whitley County Electric Service Association.
     On May 11, 1940, he was united in marriage to Marjorie I. Hively. Their first home was at Churubusco, and following one year there, they moved to Columbia City where they have since resided. Their present home adjoins the store.
     The surviving relatives, in addition to his wife, Marjorie, include three sons, Robert Egolf, 325 North Main Street, Richard (Dick) Egolf, who is associated with his father; Ronald Egolf, at home; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Blanche Egolf, this city; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Hildreth) Appleby, Bellflower, Calif., Mrs. Conda (Geraldine) (Connie Gene) Trautman, 345 No. Main street.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends mall call after 7 today. At 1:00 p.m. Sunday, it will be taken to the Blue River Church of God to lie in state until the hour of the service.
     The Rev. Richard Wood of Zanesville, and the Rev. Floyd Hedges of Winona Lake, will officiate at the funeral service to be held at 3:00 p.m. in the church. Committal services and burial will follow the church rites in the Christian Chapel cemetery. At Merriam.
     Note: Obituary should read for the sisters, Mrs. Conda (Geraldine) Samuels, and Mrs. (Bonnie Gene) Trautman.


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Emery, Catharine Beckley
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (019-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday February 8, 1893

     Catharine Beckler [sic] was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 25, 1812, and died at her home in Washington township, Whitley county, Indiana, January 24, 1893, aged 80 years, 10 months and 29 days. In the year 1820 she moved with her parents to Wayne county, Ohio, where she was left motherless at an early age.
     On the 22nd day of October, 1835, she was married to Henry Emery, and to this union three children were born, namely: Sabrina Ovince [sic], Mary Huffman and Thomas Emery, all of whom are living and ministered to her comfort, until death relieved her suffering.
     In the year 1844 she with her husband and family moved to Whitley county, Indiana, being one of the first settlers in Washington township. Everything was a wild wilderness when they settled at their present home. The bounding deer and the wild red man were frequently seen. In the winter of 1863 she united with the Christian church, that being the church of her choice. She remained a consistent member until God called her from her earthly home to her heavenly home. In her death the children have lost a kind and indulgent mother, the aged husband an affectionate and loving companion.
     Besides husband and children, she leaves to mourn her loss, a vast circle of friends, and twelve grandchildren who will greatly miss their grandma. To her grandchildren she was always as a mother in administering to their wants, but no more can they go to their dear grandma for her motherly kindness. She now has a higher work to do.
     But children and friends you may have a good hope of meeting your dear mother if you only prepare and live for that great day, when all mankind must stand before the king. “Blessed are those which sleep in the Lord.”
     Funeral services were held the 27, at 11:30 A. M., in the Lutheran church, Rev. Ed. Miller officiating. Interment in the Eberhard cemetery.


Emery, Henry
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (019-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 3, 1894

     Another one of Washington township’s old pioneers laid to his peaceful rest. Henry Emery, born August 19th, 1809, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, died December 20th, 1893, in Washington township, Whitley county, Indiana. Aged 84 years, 4 months and 1 day.
     At an early date he moved with his father to Wayne county, Ohio, where he lived until the year 1844. At this date he moved to Washington township, Whitley county, Indiana. The farm on which he lived and died was at that time covered with a dense forest, and all the country round. At this time the wild deer and red man were roving through the forests, and quite frequently would they visit the home of Father Emery. He was married to Cathrine Beckley October 22nd, 1835, in Wayne county, Ohio. They battled and conquered together the trials of life for over 57 years. But finally this devoted wife and loving mother proceeded this husband and father to that heavenly home ten months and twenty-six days.
     He was the father of three children, namely Sabina Wince, Mary Huffman, and Thomas, all of whom are living and administered to the sufferings of their aged father as children can until the angel of death relieved him of his sufferings. He was the grand-father of 12 grand-children; all of these survive the deceased.
     Never more in this world will these children see their beloved father come to visit them at their homes. The only thing that now awaits them is to live and die as did their father and grand-father. We then can have hope of meeting him in that brighter and happier world where sickness and sorrow never come.
     In the year 1863 he became a member of the Christian church, of the same he was a consistent member to the time of his departure from this vale of tears.
     The funeral took place at the Eberhard church. Rev. Miller of the Christian church officiating from these words: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”


Engle, Etta Mary
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday April 27, 1945 Page 5

     Etta Mary Engle, age 76, died at 8:45 o’clock this morning at the home of her son, Elmer Engle, north of Columbia City. Death was due to a heart ailment. Mrs. Engle was a daughter of John T. and Catherine McClain Fry and was born in Columbia township July 2, 1868. Her marriage to Jesse Engle of Thorncreek township took place on October 23, 1889. Mr. Engle died April 7, 1925. She spent her life in Whitley and Noble counties. The surviving children are Elmer Engle, Thorncreek Township; Mrs. Esta Hull, Richland township; Haskel Engle, Washington township; Noble county, Ralph Engle, Coesse; Clarence Engle, Noble township, Noble county; Pfc Sheldon Engle, now in the Mariannas; Mrs. Leland Blew, Columbia City; Mrs. William Crow, Ravenna, Michigan. Surviving brothers and sisters are William Fry, Mrs. Charles Weeks, P. E. Fry, Noble township, Noble county; George Fry, Thorncreek township, Whitley county. One brother and two sisters are deceased. Complete funeral arrangements have not been made. Rites will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home where friends will be received. Burial will be made in the Thorn cemetery in Noble county.


Engle,David
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (018-FF, 038-FF)
Columbia City Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday April 21, 1887

     David Engle was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Nov. 24th, 1809, married Margaret Beenfer [sic] on June 20th, 1833. Moved to Indiana, Whitley county, in Oct. 1846, where he remained till death Apr. 14th, 1887. Age 77 years, 4 months and 20 days. Our dear departed brother was brought to the knowledge of truth in early life and united with the Baptist church in Ohio. After coming to this State he united with a little church five miles north of this city. On January 28th, 1874, he was received into the Columbia City Baptist church, where he remained a devoted member until called away by death. He was sedate in manner, rather secluded, but steadfast in the faith once delivered to the saints. During his last illness, which was severe, his trust in God was strong and unwavering. The funeral took place last Sabbath morning in the Baptist church, the pastor officiating. His remains were borne to the Egolf cemetery, three miles and a half north east of this city to await the morning of the resurrection.


Erwin, Mrs. Jerry
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 12, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Jerry Erwin, age 72, died late Sunday afternoon at her home in Huntertown. Funeral services will be held at the Sonday Funeral Home Churubusco Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be made in Eel River cemetery. Survivors are the husband; son, Glen, Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and two brothers residing at Huntertown and Fort Wayne.


Estlick, Floyd
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, November 9, 1918

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     Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Estlick, of near Lorane, received the very sad news Wednesday morning that their son, Floyd, had passed away in a hospital in England. The news came as a great shock to the parents and to the young wife of the soldier as they knew nothing of his illness until they received the letter Wednesday.
     The young man took sick in France with lung fever and was transferred to England where he was placed in a hospital. On Oct. 3rd he started to write a letter to his parents but his condition became worse and he was unable to finish it, and after his death the letter was found by a chaplain who completed it. The chaplain stated that the young man died on October 15th. The letter was mailed from England Oct. 17th. The writer of the letter stated that he expected the parents to be notified by telegram before the letter arrived but the telegram never came. The letter was sent to Noble county to the young man’s mother in care of an aunt and has not yet arrived in this county at this writing.
     The young man is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Estlick and was born in this county 28 years ago the 1st of September. He spent his entire life here and attended the local high school. About a year ago he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Adair of Noble county, and had been residing on the Whitley-Noble county line until called into the service.
     He left this city June 5th for Indianapolis where he received special training at the Chamber of Commerce for three months and was then sent to France where he took sick and death followed at the time stated above. The young soldier is survived by his parents and wife and one brother, Clarence Estlick, who has been in France for some time, and two brothers, Russell and Albert, and one sister, Mary, at home.
     The young man was an ambitious young farmer who had many friends in this city and county who are greatly shocked by the sad news of his untimely death.


Estlick, Neil T.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday October 12, 1971

     The father of Robert Estlick, Neil T. Estlick, 78, of 1809 East Clark street, Warsaw, died at 10:30 p.m. Monday in Murphy Medical Center, Warsaw, where he had been hospitalized since Saturday.
     Born in Etna-Troy township, August 26, 1893, he was a son of Charles and Lura Groves Estlick. His marriage to the former Blanche Briggs occurred March 11, 1914. They resided on a farm in Whitley county until moving to Warsaw in 1943.
     A retired farmer, Mr. Estlick was a member of the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge at Larwill, and York Rite Chapter Council Commandery, Warsaw.
     In addition to his wife and son he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Dorothy) Wiltrout, Warsaw and Mrs. Kenneth (Lois) Blanding, Cedar Springs, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest (Naomi) Gerkin, South Bend and Mrs. Don (Eliza) Poland, Deming, N. M.; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the McHatton Funeral Home in Warsaw after 2 p.m. Wednesday and where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Ken Overmeyer officiating. Interment will be in Troy Presbyterian cemetery.


Estlick, Rebecca (Thompson)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records - Died December 3, 1924)

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     Mrs. Rebecca Estlick, 84 years old, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her son, Ray Estlick, of Troy township, after an illness of a few days… She was born in Delaware county, Ohio on June 19, 1839, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thompson. At the age of 12 years she came to Indiana with her parents and settled in Troy township and has made her home there ever since.
     Sixty-seven years ago Rebecca Thompson married Thomas Estlick and he died August 20, 1869. They were the parents of eight children, four of whom survive: Mrs. Sadie Elliott, of Los Angeles, Calif., Irvin Estlick, of Ruby, Wash., and Charles and Ray Estlick, of Troy township. One sister, Mrs. Josephine Jones, resides at Etna.


Eyanson, Thomas
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
No Date

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     The Eyanson brothers, of this city, received a message Friday announcing the death of their uncle, Thomas Eyanson, in Seattle, Wash., where he had been located for many years.
     The deceased was born in Pennsylvania in 1836, and grew to manhood there. He came to Huntington in 1860, with his deceased brother C. J. Eyanson, Sr., and was engaged in the merchant tailoring business for a number of years, finally coming to this city in 1865. He was engaged in business here with his brother, operating a clothing store for nine years, until he finally embarked in the woolen mill business in 1874.
     In 1892 he and his family left for Seattle, Wash., where he spent the remainder of his life. He is survived by one son, Edward Eyanson; two daughters, Mrs. Julia Eason and Mrs. Charles Johnston, all of Seattle, and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Heller and Mrs. J. B. Niezer, both of Fort Wayne.

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