Whitley County Obituaries

Gaff, Howard S.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 3, 1945 Page 6

     Howard S. Gaff, 71, died this morning at the home of his sons, Roy Gaff in Churubusco. Surviving him are four sons, Roy of Churubusco, Gloyd, Laurel and Franklin, Noble county; one daughter, Mrs. LeVerne Sinnebarger of Churubusco; four sisters, Mrs. Nellie Baughman of Bluffton, Mrs. Caroline Gippinger of Albion, Mrs. Vennie Herron and Mrs. Mentor Herron of Churubusco; three brothers, Freeling Gaff of Noble Co, Victor and Glen Gaff of Churubusco. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at Merriam Christian Chapel, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Alfred Burk of Churubusco will officiate. The body will remain at the Krider Funeral Home Churubusco until the time of the funeral.


Galloway, Ellen Jane (Cunningham) Burns
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died December 29, 1923)

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     Ellen Jane Galloway, daughter of James T. and Mary Cunningham was born April 13, 1859 in Etna township, Whitley county, Indiana. There she grew to womanhood… She was united in marriage to William A. Burns June 29, 1877. He departed from this life March 31, 1905. To this union were born three children, Ray G. Burns, Haloy [sic] A. Burns and Mary A. Burns, who departed from this life July 25, 1893.
     She was again united in marriage to John F. Galloway March 14, 1914… She departed from this life Dec. 29, 1923, aged 64 years, 8 months and 16 days. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, John F. Galloway; two sons, Ray and Harlow Burns; three grandsons; a sister, Mrs. Amanda Roush; a brother, John Cunningham and a host of relatives and friends.


Garber, Fern (Lawrence)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday August 14, 1915

     Fern Garber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Lawrence, died at her home near Walkerton Tuesday at one o’clock, word to that effect reaching Mr. and Mrs. Adam Fisher of East Jackson street in this city Wednesday forenoon. The young woman would have been 22 years of age on the 16th day of September, and was a grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher. She was married in Illinois a couple of years ago to Roy Garber, and when the Perry Lawrence family moved to Indiana, near Walkerton, they also moved.
     William Heinley and wife, Charley Fisher and wife, Asher Fisher and Mrs. Milo Lawrence, all of this city, and Mrs. Mary Tucker of Etna will attend the funeral which will be conducted at Walkerton Thursday forenoon at 10 o’clock. The father of the deceased is a son of Mrs. Milo Lawrence.
     The deceased was a very lovely young woman and her untimely death is deeply felt by the relatives here and in Starke county.


Gebert, Jack E.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Old Home Town News Letter Insert Saturday January 20, 1945 Page 1
flag for veterans Died of Wounds - World War II

     Pfc Jack E. Gebert, 21 year old infantryman serving under Lt General George S. Patton in the Third Army, died on Christmas Day of wounds received in action in Belgium four days earlier, according to a message from the War Department reaching his family Tuesday. PFC Gebert was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gebert of Richland township and the husband of Mrs. Vlem Hertsel Gebert, daughter of Mrs. Glancy Hertsel of the same township. He was inducted on March 17, 1943 and trained at Camp Polk, La. He went overseas the last of April 1944. Surviving him besides his wife and parents are a two year old daughter Beverly Ann and a sister, Mrs. Vernon Fawley of Larwill. The family had received notification on January 2 that PFC Gebert had received battle wounds on Dec 21.


Gerkin, Ambrose
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died October 9, 1915)

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     Ambrose Gerkin was born on a farm in Noble County, October 1, 1862, and was 53 years and 8 days of age… In January, 1887 he was married to Cora E. Orcutt, of Troy township… He was the father of six children, five of whom survive: Hilbert, Willard, Ernest, Ruth and Alton. Merl died in his eighteenth year from appendicitis… He also leaves two half-brothers, Jasper and John of Noble county; also one full brother, Anderson Gerkin, of Marion, and three sisters, Mary Gross, Belle Hersey and Margaret Brown, all of Noble county. He also leaves a half-sister, Mary Droud, in Wyoming.


Gibson, Alfred A.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, October 20, 1928

     Alfred A. Gibson, aged 79 last September 15, for many years a resident of North Chauncey street, Columbia City, and who for the past six years had resided with a daughter, Mrs. O. L. Fleming, 2403 Winch street, Fort Wayne died at his daughter's home Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. He had been ill with complications and was bedfast for the past three weeks.
     The decedent was born in Boston, Mass., his parents dying when he was quite young. He came to Indiana when he was about 15 years of age. For several years he resided on a farm south of Columbia City, and later moved to this city, where he resided for thirty years, working as a teamster and laborer. Sixty years ago he was wedded to Mary Parkinson, daughter of the late George and Sarah Parkinson of Thorncreek township. Her death occurred seven years ago.
     Surviving are two sons, Charles A., of Fort Wayne and Edward, of Chicago; Mrs. Cora E. Kreason, of Chicago, Illinois and Mrs. James Riley of Columbia City; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Gibson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Columbia City.
     The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Fleming, at Fort Wayne, Rev. R. A. Davis officiating. Burial will be made in Green Hill cemetery, Columbia City, with short services at the grave.


Gibson, Mary Elizabeth Parkinson
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, April 30, 1921

     Mrs. Alfred A. Gibson died Thursday morning at 1 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Cora, in Chicago, where she has been since last July, according to a message received by this paper. The message also stated that the remains would arrive here Saturday evening on No. 8 at 6:40, and that the funeral announcement would come later.
     The announcement of her death was not unexpected to relatives here, as she had been ailing for several years. Last summer she fell and broke her hip and she partially recovered from this misfortune. Following this accident to his wife, Mr. Gibson went to Chicago and assisted in caring for his wife until her death.
     Mary Elizabeth Parkinson was born September 12, 1852 to George and Sarah (Foster) Parkinson, deceased, and at the time of her death was 68 years, 5 months and 16 days old. There are two surviving brothers, George Parkinson of North Chauncey street, this city, and Jake Parkinson, of Oklahoma. Many years ago she was united in marriage to Alfred A. Gibson, who survives, and eight children were born to them, six of whom are living. The latter are Charles, Edward, Cora, Blanch, Pearl and Louisa.
     She was a member of the Ben Hur order at one time and also of the Methodist Episcopal church. She had a number of friends in this city who will be grieved to learn of her demise.


Gilmer, Samuel A.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday February 23, 1945

     Samuel A. Gilmer, for the past 27 years a resident of Cleveland township, died on Thursday, February 22 at the Huntington hospital where he had been a patient for about ten days. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia. He had been in poor health for several months however. The body is at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, where friends may call this evening. On Saturday morning at ten o’clock the body will be taken to his home, about five miles south of South Whitley. Funeral services will be held at the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, at ten o’clock on Monday morning, with burial in the South Whitley cemetery. Mr. Gilmer was born in Rockingham, Virginia March 24, 1870, being 74 years of age at the time of his death. He and Mrs. Gilmer moved to Cleveland township from Union County, Indiana 27 years ago. He was married to Ida Snyder, September 25, 1895. The widow and three sons survive him. The sons are Rev. Clark Y. Gilmer, of Pa.; Rev. Roy J. Gilmer, Huntington and Heber H. Gilmer of Cleveland township. Four brothers and two sisters who reside in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia also survive him. For 45 years Mr. Gilmer had been a deacon in the church of the Brethren, including his residence in this county and during the time he was a member of the Pleasant View church.


Goble, Chester
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, June 5, 1920

flag for veterans World War I Veteran

     Mrs. George Goble, of Fort Wayne received a message from Stoney Island Wednesday night about ten o’clock stating that her son, Chester Goble, had been killed on the railroad at that point, which is near Chicago. The young man had been working on the Nickle Plate road for the past two years and was firing. No particulars as to how he came to meet his death were stated.
     He was the son of George Goble who makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Grover Baker, in Washington township, and was 22 years of age. He was in the service during the war but was not called out of this country. Besides the sister and his parents he is survived by one brother, Wheeler Goble, of Fort Wayne. The young man was well known in Washington township and had many friends who will be sorry to learn of his sad and tragic death.

Columbia City Post – June 9, 1920
     Robert Brown, engineer on the engine which killed Chester Goble, twenty-three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Goble, spent Sunday in this city with his brother, Harvey Brown, and told the circumstances under which Chester was killed. They were switching at Stoney Island, Ill., last Tuesday and about a quarter after eight Goble, who was firing, got off the engine to get at drink. The engine was running at the time but slowed down a few moments later. When Goble did not return after a fifteen minute wait Brown went to hunt for him and found his head on one side of the track and the body on the other. One glove on the right hand was torn partly off. There was no way of telling exactly how it happened but he is believed to have fallen under the wheels in some way.


Goble, Martha Ellen (Miller)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died May 14, 1910

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     Martha Ellen Miller, daughter of Philip Miller, was born in Whitley county, Ind., June 3, 1842, departed this life May 14, 1910, near Chandler, Okla., aged 67 years, 11 months and 11 days. The deceased was united in marriage to Abner D. Goble, December 25, 1859. To this union was born nine children, four of whom, with an aged husband, twenty grandchildren and one great grandchild and a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn her loss. The children are A. L. Goble, William P. Goble and Emma N. Bolen, of Chandler, Okla.; Mrs. Mollie Ball, of Glasco, Kan.
     Mrs. Goble’s former home was in Troy township, this county. In March, 1884, she moved with her family to Cloud county, Kan., where they resided until March, 1907, when they moved to Chandler, Okla.

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