Whitley County Obituaries

Fager, Oliver Perry
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 2, 1945 Page 6
flag for veterans Veteran of the Spanish American War

     Oliver Perry Fager, 72, died last night at 9:25 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Etta Edwards in South Whitley, following an extended illness with a complication of diseases. He was a son of Noah and Vashti Fager of Cleveland township and was born on June 13, 1872. Mr. Fager spent a number of years at Los Angeles, California, where he was a member of Roosevelt Camp, Spanish-American War Veterans. His survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Etta Edwards, South Whitley, and Mrs. Bertha Jellison, Fort Wayne; a brother, Dr. James Clifton Fager of Fort Wayne; also two nephews and two nieces. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Miller Funeral Home. Burial will be made at South Whitley.


Feit, Roy Jasper
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, December 25, 1918

flag for veterans World War I Soldier Killed in Action in France

     Mr. John Feit, of East Ellsworth street, received a message Monday evening about six o’clock, containing the sad intelligence that his son, Private Roy J. Feit, who was in the infantry, had been killed in action in France on October 13th. The telegram read as follows: Deeply regret to inform you that Private Roy J. Feit, infantry, officially reported killed in action on October 13th. Harris, Adjutant General.
     Roy Jasper Feit was a son of John and Emmeline Feit and was born January 19th, 1893, and was 25 years, 8 months and 14 days old at the time of his death. He was born in Columbia City, and went through the grade schools, quitting school after he left the eighth grade. About 1910 he joined his brother, Ralph, in Oregon, and was there for several years. He went from there to Camp Lewis, at Tacoma, Wash., in June of this year for training. He was sent overseas about the middle of August. He brother, Ralph, went across in July, he also being in the service. A letter was received by Mrs. Feit, Monday, from Ralph which was written after the armistice was signed, in which he stated that he hoped Roy was as lucky as he was. It is probable that they were in different fronts and for that reason Ralph had not yet heard of his brother’s misfortune.
     The message contained no information as to what sector Roy was in when he fell, but it is probable that he was in the Argonne region where the losses of the Americans were heavy during the last few weeks of the fighting.
     Roy is survived by his parents, four brothers and two sisters. They are: Charles, of Trenton, N. J.; Frank, of Anderson, Ind.; John of Kansas city; Walter, of Flint, Mich.; his sisters are Ellen Helt, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Laura Ogden, of Akron, Mich.
     Roy was well known in this city and had many friends among the younger generation who greatly regret to learn of his death. The news, coming at this time, when the parents had reason to feel assured that both their sons had come safely through the war, makes it especially hard to bear, but in their grief they have the sympathy of all who know them.


Ferguson, Hazlette Aileen (Brubaker) Phend
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday May 4, 1984

     Hazlette A. Ferguson, 82, of North Webster, died Thurdsay, May 3, at 8:05 p.m. at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City. She was born January 16, 1902 in Lorraine, Ohio to Charles and Maud Wise Brubaker.
     Mrs. Ferguson had lived in North Webster since 1959, moving there from Auburn. In 1964 she was married to Ray Ferguson. His death was in 1967. She was a member of the North Webster United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxillary.
     Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Walter (Phyllis) Mitchell of Larwill; Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Reiff of Warsaw; Mrs. Virginia Wiseman of Cromwell, and Mrs. Lester (Shirley) Webber of St. Louis; a son, William Phend of Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Jane Jacobs of Fort Wayne.
     The service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Harris Funeral Home in Syracuse with the Rev. Rex Lindermood officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Keister Cemetery, Whitley County.


Fiedler, Joseph G.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, January 8, 1919

flag for veterans World War I Soldier died of wounds received in action in France

     A message was received Saturday morning at the home of Edward Auer, of Washington township, containing the sad information that Private Joseph G. Fiedler had died on November 8th, of wounds received in action in France. The young man was wounded severely November 5th, and succumbed to his injuries a few days later, dying on November 8th, according to the official message. The first message stating that he had been wounded severely in action was received at the Auer home on December 11th, but it was hoped that he would recover. Mr. Fiedler is at present living in Fort Wayne.
     The official message received by Mr. Auer read as follows: “Deeply regret to inform you that Private Joseph G. Fiedler, infantry, wounded severely in action November 5th, died of wounds on November 8th. Further details will follow as soon as they are available. Harris. Adjutant General.”
     Joseph G. Fiedler was a son of Albert and Dortha (Felger) Fiedler and was born in Garecreek, Milan township, Allen county, November 25, 1889. At the time of his death, he lacked just seventeen days of being 29 years of age. The young man spent his youth in Allen county and a few years ago went to Montana. A year ago last September he came back from the west and worked on a farm in this county until he was sent to Camp Taylor last June. He did not train very long in this country, but was sent overseas in August. His training period was evidently short overseas, because in only two months after he arrived there the young man was sent into battle. He was wounded severely during the fighting which followed and his death took place as stated.
     On April 7, 1918, Private Fiedler married Regina Auer, daughter of Edward Auer, of Washington township, who still survives. She is at present making her home in Fort Wayne. Besides his parents the young man is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John Kerch, of Union township, and Bertha and Mary, at home, and five brothers, Edward, Harmon, Will, Martin and Clarence.
     The deceased was well known in Washington township and his many friends regret to hear of his death. While it was known that he was wounded severely, it was hoped that the wounds might not prove fatal. The news was a double shock, coming as it did so many days after the armistice was signed, and when the young man’s relatives could but hope that Private Fiedler had come safely through the war.


Fisher, Adam
The Columbia City Commercial-Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday September 8, 1923

flag for veterans Civil War Veteran

     Adam Fisher, Civil War veteran and retired farmer died at his home on East Jackson Street last evening. He was born in Perry county, Ohio May 28, 1845 to Jacob and Margaret Emerick Fisher. His parents moved to Whitley county when he was two years of age and settled on the William Hively farm in Thorncreek township. He enlisted in Company "D" 35th Regiment IVI.
     He married Mary E. Stem January 9, 1868. She passed away January 5, 1877. The following children survive the first union: Mrs. William Hively, Thorncreek twp., Mrs. Perry Lawrence, Walkerton, Lewis Fisher, Thorncreek twp., and Theodore Fisher, Fort Wayne.
     He then married Catherine Ollinger on January 13, 1878; she died July 2, 1923. The following children survive the second union; Charles Fisher, Columbia City; Mrs. Austin Hively, Thorncreek twp.; and Asher Fisher, Columbia City. He served for 6 years as Trustee of Thorncreek twp. and 9 years as Township Assessor. Other survivors include 23 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Interment at South Park.


Fisher, Lizzie Born
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
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     Christian Born, a well known citizen of Thorncreek township, received a message Friday announcing the death of his sister, Mrs. Lizzie Fisher, at Lafayette, Ohio. The deceased was born in Adams county, but was raised in Thorncreek township, by Jacob Fisher, deceased, when the family of children became divided by the death of their father. She was married to Marion F. Fisher in this county, when twenty-three years old and they removed immediately to a farm near Lafayette, Hardin county, Ohio. She was about fifty-two years old at the time of her death. Besides the husband, she leaves five sons and one daughter, all their children surviving. One son, Warner Fisher, resides on the Jonathan Keirn farm in Thorncreek township. Her brothers surviving are Crist, of Thorncreek township; John C., of Cadillac, Mich., and Henry Born, of Independence, Kansas. She has one sister, Mrs. Mary Smehl, of St. Maysa [?], Ohio, and one half-sister, Mrs. Susie Gross, of Churubusco, and one half-brother, Fred Switzer, of Thorncreek township.


Fisher, Theodore T.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Allen County, Indiana
Saturday November 27, 1943

     Theodore T. Fisher, 67, of 314 Jacobs Avenue, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock upon arriving at St. Joseph’s hospital where he was taken in the police ambulance after he collapsed at his work bench at the Fort Wayne Engineering and Manufacturing Company. Mr. Fisher had been ailing for some time but apparently was in his usual health just before he was stricken.
     A native of Whitley county, Mr. Fisher had been a resident of Fort Wayne 42 years and employed by the Fort Wayne Engineering and Manufacturing company 34 years. He was a member of the Methodist church and of the Fort Wayne Moose Lodge.
     Surviving are the wife Faye; a son, Ralph T. Fisher, operator of the Maumee theater; a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Bauer of Detroit; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Hively and Mrs. Minnie Hively of Whitley county; and two brothers, Charles and Asher Fisher of Columbia City.
     The body was taken to the Chalfant-Perry funeral home where friends may call after 7 o’clock tonight. Services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the funeral home with burial in the New Haven I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Fleck, Amanda
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday March 13, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Sonday Funeral Home in Churubusco for Mrs. William Fleck, 61, Smith township, the Rev. Frank Gravill Columbia City and Rev. J. E. Lawshe, Churubusco officiating. Burial in Eel River Cemetery. Mrs. Fleck died at 11:30 o’clock Monday morning at the Luckey hospital in Wolf Lake where she was admitted Saturday following a stroke of paralysis. She was the former Amanda Sheadel, daughter of Levi and Martha McDuffee Sheadel, and was born in Noble county Feb. 6, 1884. Surviving besides the husband are three brothers, James H. Sheadel South Bend; Roy Sheadel residing in Washington; Horace Sheadel, Richmond, two sisters, Mrs. Glen Pierce and Mrs. Irvin Swinehart, Exeland, Wisconsin, also four stepsons and a step-daughter. Mrs. Fleck was a member of the Methodist church in Churubusco.

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