Whitley County Obituaries

Frame, Mrs. Jesse
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 8, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services were conducted January 2 in the Memorial chapel at North Manchester for Mrs. Jessie Frame born in Columbia City 81 years ago. Her death occurred at the home December 31. Mrs. Frame was a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Hugh Wells, the former at one time minister of Grace Lutheran church in this city. Before her marriage Mrs. Frame was a teacher in the N. Manchester schools and she served for a number of years as organist at the Peabody Home, where she had resided for the past 13 years. Her husband was the late Charles B. Frame, a hardware merchant at North Manchester at one time.


Frazier, Mrs. Frances E
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday June 11, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Krider Funeral Home in Churubusco for Mrs. Frances E. Frazier, 42, resident of Churubusco, whose death occurred Saturday night in the Luckey hospital in Wolfe Lake, Rev. J. W. Rollings of the Churubusco United Brethren church will officiate. Burial will be made in Eel River cemetery. Mrs. Frazier died following an illness of three weeks. She is survived by Four daughters, Mrs. Pauline Gray, Mrs. Gladys Leuenberger, Bryan, O.; Miss Deloris Frazier, Evansville; Catherine Frazier at home; two sons, Rozell Frazier, Evansville, and Kemal Paul Frazier at home; also three grandchildren; two brothers, Roy Tulley of Union township and Chester Tulley of Churubusco and a sister, Mrs. Lucille Summers, Columbia City.


Friedeger, Frederick
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday March 2, 1945 Page 6

     Frederick Friedeger, past 78 years old, died this morning at 8 a.m. at the home of his cousin, Miss Ida Kourt, three and one-half miles southwest of Columbia City. He had been in failing health for the past several years but had been able to be out in the yard yesterday morning. He was born in Thorncreek township on Mary 7, 1866, and was a son of John and Sarah Rostover Friedeger. He never married and made his home with his cousin, Miss Ida Kourt, for the past 61 years. He was a retired painter and paper hanger. Mrs. John Cotterly, who is a patient in the clinic hospital at Bluffton suffering from a ruptured appendix, is the only surviving sister. One brother and four sisters are dead. Friends may call at the DeMoney Funeral Home after 10 a.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Rev. Charles J. Roberts pastor of the United Brethren church will conduct the services and interment will be in the Stough cemetery.


Fry, Sgt. Alfred
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday November 30, 1944

flag for veterans World War II Soldier Killed in Action in Italy

     Sgt. Alfred Fry Killed in Action. Met Death in Italy on November 17 - Had seen continual action with Fifth Army under Gen. Mark Clark.
     The tragedy of war struck at another Whitley county family Wednesday evening, with the delivery of a message to Mrs. Margaret Fry informing her of the death in battle of her husband, Staff Sergeant Alfred A. Fry, an infantryman.
     S-Sgt. Fry, a squad leader with the 85th “Cluster” Division of Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark's Fifth army in Italy, met his death on November 17, according to the War Department telegram.
     Sgt. Fry left this country February 21, 1944, going directly to Italy. Within a month after his arrival he went into the front lines, and had been in action continually since, except for rest periods of a day or so each. He had been with the Fifth army in their progress up the Italian peninsula, and participated in the battle of Casaino and the battle of Rome.
     On June 9 Mrs. Fry received a report from the War Department that her husband had been missing in action since May 12, but letters from him written after that date assured her of his safety. As nearly as the family here could learn the circumstances that occasioned the erroneous report, Sgt. Fry went into battle on May 11 with a platoon, and the group was 12 hours overdue in reporting to headquarters. Of the 40 in the platoon, only 10 returned.
     At about the same time, he wrote Mrs. Fry that he had been wounded in the arm by a fragment of shrapnel, but that the injury was so slight that it did not keep him out of action.
     His promotion from private to sergeant came five or six weeks ago, and recently he had been advanced to the rank of staff sergeant.
     The soldier was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Fry of Thorncreek township, and was born in Thorncreek township on October 26, 1914. He was graduated from Columbia City high school in 1932 and from Indiana University in 1938. His marriage to Miss Margaret Scott took place on June 18, 1939, in the First Presbyterian church in this city.
     Before his induction into the army in September, 1943, from Boston, Mass., he was associated with the Kemper Insurance company as an underwriter. For two and a half years he was with the Chicago offices of the company and then was transferred to Boston, where the family lived for a year and a half.
     Sgt. Fry received 17 weeks basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and was transferred to Fort George Meade, Md., for a short period before embarking for duty on foreign soil.
     Since he went into military service, Mrs. Fry and their daughter, Lidian Rochele, have been living with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Scott of North Walnut Street. The little girl will be two years old in February.
     Other members of the family besides Sgt. Fry's parents are five brothers, Paul Fry of Churubusco, Robert Fry of Thorncreek township, Roger and James Fry, at their parents' home, and Lt. Herbert Fry, an instructor in the infantry, who is now in a hospital at Jackson, Miss., for treatment of impaired hearing.


Fry, Fannie A. (McGuire)
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 28, 1986

     Fannie A. Fry, 74, of R 2, Churubusco, died at 12:35 p.m. Saturday April 26, 1986, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. Mrs. Fry became ill after suffering a heart attack on an airplane flight from Denver, Colo., to Chicago on April 20. She was taken to the Chicago hospital after arrival of the plane in Chicago.
     She was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Smith Township, a daughter of Ira and Eldora Jackson McGuire. She was raised in Smith Township and was educated in the Smith Center School, graduating from Churubusco High School in 1930. Mrs. Fry was employed for 10 years at Blue Bell in Columbia City.
     On Dec. 25, 1934, she was married to Paul Fry. They first lived on a farm in Smith Township, then moved to the Fry farm in Thorncreek Township. Since 1944 they have owned and operated the McGuire farm west of Churubusco.
     In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Fry was an Avon Product sales representative for 20 years. She was a member of Churubusco United Methodist Church, Churubusco Chapter Order of Eastern Star and Smith Extension Club. She was a charter member of the Culture Club.
     Surviving are her husband Paul; a son, Stephen Fry of R 1, Churubusco; two grandsons, Shawn and Seth Fry; a twin sister, Mrs. Guy (Lois) Gross of R 1, Churubusco.
     Two brothers, Joseph and Clarence McGuire, and two sisters, Elizabeth, and Kate Yarian, are deceased.
     The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City with the Rev. E. Vaughn Powell, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
     Calling is from 7 to 9 p.m. today, April 28, and from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Churubusco Chapter of the Eastern Star will conduct a twilight service at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Eel River Cemetery.


Fry, George Alfred
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday May 13, 1967

     George A. Fry, 80, former Thorncreek township trustee and superintendent of the Indiana State Conservation Department Fish Hatchery at Lake Wawasee, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the Prairie View Nursing Home, Warsaw, where he had been a patient since May 2. Although he had been in failing health for the past several months, he was able to be up and about the home until entering the Whitley County Hospital on April 25. His death followed a stroke of apoplexy which occurred at about midnight Friday.
     Mr. Fry was a native of Thorncreek township, and was born on October 29, 1886, a son of John T. and Catherine McClain Fry.
     After completing his education in the Thorncreek township schools, he was married on June 11, 1910, at Fort Wayne, to the former Lena Burnworth. They established their first home on the John Fry Farm seven miles north of Columbia City, and with the exception of one year spent in Noble county, and the years at Lake Wawasee, they have always resided on the same farm.
     Mr. Fry served as the trustee of Thorncreek township for four terms and was the superintendent of the fish hatchery at Lake Wawasee from 1946-1949.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Lena; five sons, Robert Fry, R 6; Paul Fry, R 1 Churubusco; Herbert Fry, Columbia City; Roger Fry, R 3 Columbia City; James Fry, Syracuse; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
     Two sons, Alfred and Mark, a daughter, four sisters, and three brothers, have preceded him in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Orlo Hibbs, pastor of the West Point Evangelical United Brethren Church, will officiate at the funeral service to be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial rites in the Thorn cemetery at Ormas.


Fry, Haskel Paul
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday May 8, 1989

     Churubusco - Paul Fry, 76, of Route 2, Churubusco, a Smith Township farmer, died at 12:42 a.m. Sunday, May 7, in the emergency room of the Whitley County Memorial Hospital, Columbia City, where he was taken by the EMS after suffering an apparent heart attack.
     Mr. Fry was a native of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, and was born on July 31, 1912, a son of George B. and Lena V. (Burnworth) Fry. His early life was spent on the Fry farm in Thorncreek Township and he was educated in the Thorncreek and Columbia City High School.
     On December 25, 1934, he was united in marriage to Fannie McGuire. Their first home was on a farm in Smith Township and after a year there they moved to the Fry farm in Thorncreek Township, which they operated until 1944 when they transferred to the McGuire farm on the Anderson Road west of Churubusco.
     His wife preceded him in death on April 26, 1986. Mr. Fry was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, the Churubusco Masonic Lodge No. 515 F & AM, the Mizpah Shrine and the Scottish Rite Consistory at Fort Wayne; and he was a former member of the 4-H Fair Board.
     He was a unique member of the Whitley County REMC and was elected to the original board of directors on September 15, 1955. Mr. Fry served as the board president for nine years, vice president for four years, treasurer for four years and secretary for two years during his 34 years of service on the board.
     In addition to his work with the local REMC, he was a former president of the Wabash Valley Association Board, 1977-1988, and represented the REMC in a wide variety of positions at the state, regional and national levels.
     The survivors include one son, Stephen Fry, of Route 1, Churubusco; two grandchildren, Shawn and Seth Fry; three brothers, Herbert E. Fry, Columbia City, Roger F. Fry, Route 3, Columbia City, and James E. Fry, of Syracuse.
     His parents, and three brothers, Robert A. Fry, Alfred A. Fry and Mark L. Fry, are deceased. The funeral will be on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Don Poyser, of Pierceton, officiating. Friends may call tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco. The Churubusco Masonic Lodge will hold a twilight service at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Fry, Herbert Edward
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday March 10, 1994

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     Herbert E. Fry, 73, a retired local school teacher, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 1994 in the Veteran's Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient since Feb. 15.
     He was born May 22, 1920, in Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, a son of George A. and Lena Burnworth Fry. He was raised on the Fry farm in Thorncreek Township and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1938.
     After completing his education, he engaged in farming and worked as a railroad trackman. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 16, 1943. Following his discharge on Sept. 18, 1945, he attended Ball State Teacher's College where he received his bachelor's degree and Indiana University where he received his master's degree.
     On Jan. 1, 1946, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Scott. He taught in the South Whitley school for several years, then at Columbia City Joint High School where he taught drafting and industrial arts, retiring in 1977.
     He was affiliated with Trinity Presbyterian Church, a member of the American Legion Post #98, Kiwanis, recently served on the Columbia City area tree revitalization committee, Indiana State Retired Teachers Association and was director of Camp Whitley for many years.
     He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; four children, Mrs. Gary (Amy) Carlisle, Columbia City; Eric Fry of Greenport, N.Y., Mrs. Richard (Lisa) Hockemeyer, South Whitley, and Munson Fry, Columbia City; four grandchildren, Lance and Brent Carlisle, Leah Fry and Brandy Busz; and two brothers, Roger Fry, Columbia City and James Fry, Syracuse.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Paul, Michael, Mark and Robert.
     The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Larry Schmoekel, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, officiating.
     Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The burial will be in the South Park Annex Cemetery, with American Legion Post #98 presenting military honors.


Fry, James Elmore
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday April 11, 1996

flag for veterans Korean War Veteran

     James E. Fry, 62, Syracuse, died at 1:53 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 1995, at Goshen General Hospital from complications of cancer.
     He was born Nov. 9, 1933 in Whitley County, a son of George and Lena Burnworth Fry. On May 4, 1979 he married Jane Wilburn Eby. She survives.
     He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He spent most of his life in the Syracuse area and was a real estate appraiser for Todd Realty, Syracuse.
     Fry was a member of the Indiana State and Kosciusko County Board of Realtors, American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, a past president of the Syracuse Lions Club and member of American Legion Post #223, Syracuse, a former member of Wawasee School Board, a former vice-president of State Bank of Syracuse and a former partner in Fry, Wells & Rogers Realty, Syracuse.
     Survivors include his wife, Jane Fry, four sons, Kevin J. Fry and Matthew P. Fry, both of Syracuse, Marc R. Fry, Grand Rapids, Mich., and David T. Fry, Kentwood, Mich.; one stepdaughter, Tami Urich, Syracuse; one stepson, Todd A. Eby, Goshen, seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and one brother, Roger Fry, Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
     The funeral service was at 1 p.m. at Eastlund-Harris Funeral Home, Syracuse with the Rev. Ronald Harshman officiating. Military graveside rites were at Syracuse Cemetery. Memorials are to Syracuse Cemetery Association.


Fry, Lena V. (Burnworth)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday August 6, 1974

     Mrs. Lena V. Fry, 82, R 3, Thorncreek township, the widow of George A. Fry, died at 4 a.m. today at the Whitley County Hospital where she had been a patient since Monday, July 29. Mrs. Fry had been in failing health for the past three years due to congestive heart failure.
     She was a native of Noble county, and was born on June 3, 1892, a daughter of Charles W. and Cora Long Burnworth. Her formative years were spent in both Whitley and Noble counties.
     On June 10, 1910, she was united in marriage to George A. Fry. Their first home was with Mr. Fry's parents in Thorncreek township, and with the exception of a brief period which was spent at the Indiana State Fish Hatchery at Lake Wawasee, they resided throughout their married life on the Fry farm in Thorncreek township. Her husband preceded her in death on May 13, 1967.
     The surviving relatives include four sons, Paul Fry, R 2 Churubusco; Herbert Fry, City; Roger F. Fry, R #; James Fry, R 4 Syracuse; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde Burnworth, Indianapolis; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Winebrenner, R 8 and Mrs. Doris Meier, City. Three sons, Robert, Alfred (Mike) and Mark; one brother, Melvin, and a sister Mrs. Emma Shew, preceded her in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. J. Phillip Blake, pastor of the Big Lake Church of God, 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 Thorn cemetery at Ormas.


Fry, Mark Lewis
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday December 4, 1936

     Mark Fry, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Fry, died at 1:50 p.m. today at the family's home. The young man's father is trustee of Thorncreek township.
     Death was due to carcinoma, the progress of which had necessitated an amputation and 12 other operations upon his right leg. Since returning about six weeks ago from the Methodist hospital at Fort Wayne he had been cared for at his parents' home. His condition for the past two weeks had been regarded as approaching the critical and hope for his ultimate recovery had been abandoned.
     The youth was graduated last spring from the Columbia City high school. He had received his elementary education in the Thorncreek township schools.
     He was born in Thorncreek township on May 2, 1918 to George and Lena Burnworth Fry. Surviving besides the parents are six brothers, Robert, and Paul Fry, both of Thorncreek township; Alfred, a student at Indiana University at Bloomington; Herbert, Robert and James, at home; also a grandfather, Charles Burnworth, who resides at Kimmell with Mrs. Paul Shew, one of his daughters.
     The body was brought to Luckenbill's Sons Funeral Home. Funeral plans will not be announced until tomorrow.
     The young man, despite the loss of time from school work made necessary by medical and surgical treatment, kept up with his studies and had started extension work as the first step toward earning a college degree.
     He had many friends both in his home community and among the students in the Columbia City schools. The sympathy of all these and the many friends of the Fry family is extended to them.


Fry, Robert Allen
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday October 18, 1969

     Robert A. Fry, 58, R 6, Etna-Troy township farmer, suffered a fatal heart attach Friday evening at his home eight miles northwest of this city on the Loon Lake Road.
     Mr. Fry, a driver for the Etna-Troy Center School, had made his usual route earlier Friday afternoon, and had then combined soybeans until approximately 7 o'clock. Soon after going to bed at approximately 10:30 Mrs. Fry was awakened when he made a peculiar coughing sound. She immediately called for help but his death occurred before the ambulance could arrive.
     He was a native of Thorncreek township, and was born on April 16, 1911, a son of George A. and Lena Burnworth Fry. After graduating from the Columbia City high school with the class of 1919, he engaged in farming and served as a substitute rural mail carrier.
     On April 16, 1933, he was united in marriage to the former Helen O. Cornelius. Their first home was in Thorncreek township on the Snyder farm south of the West Point Church. With the exception of five years which were spent on a large dairy farm at Sycamore, Illinois, they have always resided on farms in Thorncreek and Etna-Troy township. Since March 1958 they have made their home on the Cornelius farm.
     Mr. Fry was a member of the Etna-Troy Township Farm Bureau, and was a former member of the board of directors of the Whitley County REMC.
     For the past six years, in addition to his work in managing and operating the farm, he served as one of the school bus drivers for the Etna-Troy school.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Helen; one son, Phil A. Fry, R 6; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Carol A.) Jones, Maywood, Ill., six grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. George Fry, R 3; four brothers, Paul Fry, R 1 Churubusco; Herbert Fry, City, a teacher in the local schools; Roger Fry, R 3; and James Fry, Syracuse.
     In addition to his father, two brothers, Alfred (Mike) and Mark, preceded him in death. The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Orlo Hibbs, pastor of the West Point Church, will officiate at the funeral services to be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Committal services and burial will be in the Thorn cemetery at Ormas.


Fullerton, Lucinda (Helms)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday March 17, 1920

     Mrs. Tom Fullerton, a well known resident of the south side, died Sunday morning at six o'clock at her home following several days of suffering from heart trouble and complications. Her condition had been critical the last few days and her death was momentarily expected, although the latter part of the week she showed slight signs of improvement.
     Lucinda Helms was born in Dresden, Ohio, August 9, 1849, to John and Marjorie Linton Helms and was 72 years, 6 months and 5 days old. She was married December 29, 1869 to Thomas Fullerton, who survives with the following sisters; Sarah Gibe, Newago, Mich., Maxie McManus, Smith Falls, Mont., Mrs. Josiah Eberhard, of south Columbia township.
     The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at two oclock at the home. Rev. L. A. Luckenbill conducting the services. Burial will be in the South Park cemetery.


Fullmer, Jacob
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday evening January 15, 1946 Page 3

     Ill for the past several years, Jacob Fullmer, 70, died at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Sarah Emerson 211 1/2 W Van Buren St. with whom he had made his home for the past 23 years. Funeral services will be held at the Smith Funeral home at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. G. L. Kleespie of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Committal service will be held in South Park Cemetery. Mr. Fullmer was a son of Henry and Lovica Stetzel Fullmer and was born in Columbia township April 6, 1874. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Bonnell Mommett of Elkhart; the sister with whom he resided; a brother John Fullmer, and a sister, Mrs. Francis M Keirn, of Thorncreek township. The parents and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Miller, are deceased.


Funk, Erra E
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday May 22, 1945 Page 6

     Erra E. Funk, age 56, died Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock at her home in Noble county. She had been ill for the past year. She was the wife of Oscar O Fulk. Surviving besides the husband are six sons, Carl, Howard and Guy at home; Daniel of Whitley county; Jesse of Camden, Mich.; and Robert who is serving in the infantry; four daughters, Mrs. Howard Shroyer and Mrs. Leland McCoy, Noble county; Miss Gertrude Fulk, Fort Wayne, and Laurel at home, three brothers, Jesse and Daniel Rowland, Whitley county and George Rowland, Seattle, Wash. Tentative funeral arrangements have been set for Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Sonday Funeral Home in Churubusco. The son Robert Fulk, is said to be enroute home. Funeral arrangements will be completed when word is received from the son. Rev. Shellhamer and Rev. Marion Shroyer will officiate at the rites. Interment will be made in Riverview cemetery.

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