Whitley County Obituaries

Gordon, Cynthia Olof
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 11, 1969

     Mrs. Cynthia Olof Gordon, 51, of 237 North Lane street, Churubusco, died at 12:15 a.m. today in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient the past three weeks.
     Born in Whitley County, May 17, 1918, she was a daughter of Alfred and Ethel Benhour Hickman. In 1939, she was married to Ermal Gordon, who died in May of 1966. She was a member of the Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star and the local Women of the Moose.
     She is survived by a son, Gary Gordon, and a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd (Janice) Miller, both of Churubusco; her mother, Mrs. Hickman, South Whitley; two brothers, LeRoy Hickman, Churubusco, Earl Hickman, Bristol; six sisters, Mrs. Mabel Wherry, Coesse, Mrs. Paul (Marjorie) Gradeless, Buchanan, Michigan, Mrs. John (Bonita) Stanley, Huntington, Mrs. Pat Nine, Adrian, Mich., Mrs. Orville (Marilyn) Laughlin, Riviera Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Burnel (Norma) Engle, Lake Park, Fla.
     Friends may call after 1 p.m. Saturday at the Krider-Lane Funeral Home in Churubusco and where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Richard Kistler officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview cemetery.


Gordon, Ermal A
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
May 2, 1966

     Ermal A Gordon, 50, of Churubusco, chief engineer at The Weatherhead Company here, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at his residence in Churubusco from a heart condition from which he had suffered for almost a year.
     He was born February 9, 1916, in Whitley County where he had lived all his life. He was married in 1939 to Olaf Hickman. Mr. Gordon had been employed at The Weatherhead Company here since 1939 and was chief engineer at the time of his death.
     Besides his wife, Olaf, he is survived by one son, Gary, and one daughter, Janis, both at home; his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Forest Boggs, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Junior Gordon, Churubusco, and Leonard Gordon, of Columbia City.
     He attended the EUB Church in Churubusco, was a member of Masonic Lodge 515, and the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 136, both of Churubusco; Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine Temple in Fort Wayne, and the Whitley County Shrine Club.
     Friends may call after 7 p.m. at the Krider Funeral Home in Churubusco where the funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Marion R. Shroyer at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery near Churubusco.


Goudy, Ida May
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 5, 1945 Page 6

     Ida May Goudy, past 75 years old, a resident of Hamilton, Steuben County, died Saturday evening at 7:05 o’clock at her home of carcinoma. She had been in declining health for the past two and one half years and had been critically ill for the past two weeks. She was born on May 10, 1869 in Thorncreek township to Samuel and Lavina Foster Cullers and on May 25, 1885 was united in marriage to William Goudy of Wabash county at the home of Rev. D. A. Workman in Thorncreek township. She went to her home in Steuben county from Fort Wayne in August 1939. Mr. Goudy died on August 18, 1939. Surviving children are Mrs. David Walters, R 1 Warsaw; Miss Ida Goudy, Cromwell; Dewey Goudy, Thorncreek township; Mrs. Ralph Steward, Fort Wayne and Mrs. Leo Radcliff, Hamilton. There are nine grandchildren and one great grandchild living and two sisters, Mrs. Sylvester Cramer of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Ella Cramer of Thorncreek township also survive. Two brothers and two sisters are dead. Mrs. Goudy was a member of the Thorncreek Baptist church. The body was taken to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call and where funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. John Martin pastor of the Evangelical church at Bippus will conduct the services and interment will be in the Stough cemetery in Thorncreek township.


Grable, S Sgt Virgil Earl
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday February 27, 1945 Page 1
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     S Sgt Virgil Earl Grable, of Noble County, a plane mechanic at the Carlsbad, New Mexico Army Air Field died at Carlsbad at 8:15 o’clock Monday Morning, according to word received Monday afternoon by his father, Crist C. Grable, who resides four miles south of Wolf Lake. No details were given. The body will be returned to the DeMoney Funeral Home in the city. Funeral arrangements will be completed after the arrival of the body in this city. S Sgt Grable entered service May 21, 1942. Before that time he was engaged in muck farming with Carl Seymoure of Noble County. He received training at Keesler Field in Mississippi and later attended the mechanics school in Philadelphia and following his graduation went to Carlsbad, New Mexico. Lt John G. Grable, a brother of SSgt Grable, is a hospital patient at Hondo, Texas, where he is recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia. SSgt Grable was born at Gas City Sep 30, 1910, to Crist C. and Dora Chapman Grable. Mrs. Grable died March 11, 1932. Survivors are the father; a sister, Miss Florence Grable, at home and the brother Lt John G. Grable stationed at Hondo, Texas. A sister is dead. SSgt Grable is a member of the Elks and the Eagles lodge in this city. Rev. Marion Shroyer will officiate at the funeral service and interment will be made in Thorn cemetery in Noble county.


Grable, Sarah Lamon
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (032-FF)
Unidentified News Clip
Sarah died October 9, 1920

     Mrs. Sarah Grable, an aged lady residing a mile north of Cresco, in Thorncreek township, died of uraemic poisoning Saturday morning at 9:15, following an extended illness. She had been suffering from the malady for a year or more, but it had only become serious during the part two weeks when she was confined to her bed.
     Sarah Lamon was a daughter of John and Catherine Lamon and was born in Thorncreek township, November 23, 1843, making her 71 years, 10 months and 16 days old. On November 11, 1869, she married George Washington Grable who preceded her in death May 13, 1905. Three children were born to this union, Ira Melvin and Marion, both of whom reside in Thorncreek township, and a twin sister of Marion Grable, who died when she was quite young. Twelve grandchildren also survive, together with one brother, Willis Lamon, of Thorncreek township.
     The funeral services will be held Monday at the Merriam Chapel church at 11 o’clock, Rev. Paige officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Grace, Mary Fritz
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (023-PF)
The Plymouth Democrat - Marshall County, Indiana
Thursday July 27, 1905

     Mary Fritz was born in Morrow county, Ohio, July 18th, 1905, aged 79 years and 8 days. She was married to Simon Grace in 1848. To this union was born six children, four boys and two girls, of which only three sons are left to mourn her loss, which are: Alonzo Grace, of Celina, O,; John W., of Andrews, Ind., and Simon L. Grace of Geneva, Ind., and besides a number of friends.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hilderbrand at the Blissville church, and the remains were tenderly laid in the Blissville cemetery nearby.


Grace, Simon
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (023-PF)
The Plymouth Republican - Marshall County, Indiana
Thursday, February 21, 1904

     Simon Grace died at his home five miles northwest of Plymouth, Feb. 15, 1901, aged 74 years and 8 days. Deceased came here from Allen county six years ago, having been for many years a resident of Allen and Whitley counties. He had a stroke of paralysis several months ago and never regained his strength. He was critically ill for about three weeks.
     He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter, all married. He was a good citizen and made many friends during his residence in this county. The funeral was held at Blissville church Sunday at 11 o’clock A.M.


Gradeless, Zenas
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (054-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday May 22, 1895

     With sorrow we state that Zenith [sic] Gradeless, of whose illness we have spoken, passed away at his home Sunday, May 12, at the age of 44 years. He was married to Mary VanMeter. To this union was born seven sons, the oldest having preceded his father to the grave. His funeral was preached at the Salem M.E. church, Tuesday May 14, by Rev Borket of the Columbia City U.B. church. His remains were laid to rest in the Concord cemetery. Mr. Gradeless was an industrious and honest man and was loved, honored and respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, six sons, five sisters and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. This family have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their bereavement.


Grant, Annabelle Genella
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, January 7, 1932

     Pneumonia Thursday morning caused the death of little Annabelle Genella Grant, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Grant of North Elm street. The little girl had been an invalid since birth.
     Her death occurred at 10:50 o'clock. She had been ill with pneumonia for a week, her constitution unable to withstand the severity of the illness.
     The little girl was born in Columbia City on January 11, 1927 and had she lived until Monday she would have reached her fifth birthday
     Both parents survive, Ezra and Annabelle (Keller) Grant; also the following brothers and sisters, Keller Grant, of this city, Elizabeth, George, Betty, Benjamin, and Joe Grant, all at home.
     Funeral plans had not been made at a late hour Thursday afternoon.


Grant, Annabell Keller
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
January 8, 1964

     Mrs. Ezra (Annabell) Grant, 71, died at 10:00 a.m. today at the Maple Hill Nursing Home. She suffered a fracture of her hip in February 1963 and has remained in bed since that time.
     She was a native of South Whitley and was born May 31, 1892, a daughter of Martin D. and Elizabeth Arnett Keller.
     On January 31, 1911, she was united in marriage to Ezra Grant. They started housekeeping in Columbia City where her husband was employed for many years as shoe repairman at the Weick and Sons Shoe Store. Mr. Grant preceded her in death on September 1, 1945.
     In late years she has made her home with her son, Joseph, in the Reed apartments. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church.
     The survivors include; four sons, Keller, George, Benjamin, and Joseph, all of Columbia City. Two daughters, Mrs. Cletus Cornelius, R.6; Mrs. Robert Luckenbill, R.6. 12 grandchildren and one great grandson. Two brothers, William D. Keller, R.4; and Firmer Keller, Wolcottville. Twin infants, a daughter, Annabell and two brothers have preceded her in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7:00 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Graham Kleespie will officiate at the funeral services Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Committal services will be in South Park cemetery.


Grant, Eliza Beard
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (052-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 17, 1913

     Second Oldest Resident Dead. Mrs. Eliza Beard Grant Passed Away at the Home of Her Son, J.D. Grant, Saturday Morning – Past 95.
     After enjoying a life of nearly one hundred years comparatively free from sickness, Mrs. Eliza Grant, who has lived in Whitley county for three quarters of a century, entered into peaceful and eternal rest Saturday morning about 5:30. She did not feel well Friday but was up and around most of the day, and Saturday morning she was up for a few minutes but had returned to her bed when she was overcome by a sinking spell and all of the members of the family were called to her bedside. In less than five minutes the spark of life had departed and her long life was ended.
     Mrs. Grant was one of the most remarkable pioneers of this county. At the time of her death she was ninety-five years, three months and seventeen days old, and if she had lived until this fall she would have had a continuous residence here of seventy-five years. With the single exception of John Haas, of this city, who is past ninety-six, she was the oldest person in Whitley county. In 1914, she won the loving cup offered for the oldest person registering on Old Settlers’ Day and this distinction was one which the deceased prized most highly.
     Elizabeth Beard was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, May 26th, 1818. When she was four years old her father died and her mother moved with the nine children of the family, in 1822, to Lodi, Ohio. All of the children of the family learned early what it meant to work and at the age of fifteen, on July 25, 1833, she was united in marriage to James Grant, and she was at the head of a household of her own at that early age. Five years later, or in the fall of 1838, she came with her husband and three children to Indiana and homesteaded in Troy township.
     Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Grant, six of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Sarah Coleman, of Indiana Harbor: John, of Los Angeles, Calif.,: Mrs. Celia Miller, of Gooding, Idaho: J. D. Grant, of this city: Mrs. Charles Sellars, of Toy township, and Mrs. Eli Taylor of Georgia. There are many grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, but all brothers and sisters have passed away. Mr. Grant died twenty-four years ago.
     The deceased was a charter member of the Baptist church in this city and she lived a devout Christian life. The passing of Mrs. Grant has removed another of the early pioneers who came to this county when it was really a wilderness, and the hardships and privations of the early days were endured by this venerable woman with fortitude and bravery, and she loved to indulge in reminiscences pertaining to the days of the pioneers and her own experiences in meeting and solving the problems which so often confronted her while rearing a family and doing her part in building and maintaining a home.
     The remains may be viewed any time Sunday at the Judd Grant home, and the funeral will occur Monday afternoon, leaving that residence at 1 o’clock for the Free Methodist church, at Lorane, where the services will be conducted at 2 o’clock; interment in the Adams cemetery.


Grant, Ezra
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 4, 1945

     Funeral services, in charge of the Rev. Marion Shroyer, were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Smith Funeral Home, for Ezra Grant, of this city, whose death occurred Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock at his residence, 608 East Ellsworth street after a year's illness. Committal services followed in South Park Cemetery.
     For 35 years Mr. Grant was employed as a clerk in the Weick shoe store and during that time was in charge of the shoe repair department of the store. Later he took employment at the Columbia Products, where he worked when he was taken ill.
     Mr. Grant resided for a number of years on North Line street. More recently the family had purchased a home on East Ellsworth street. He was a son of Ira and Ida (Blain) Grant, and was born at Lorane August 31, 1888. His marriage to Annabelle Keller took place January 31, 1911.
     Surviving are the widow; four sons, Pfc. Keller Grant, now stationed in the Philippines; Pfc. Benjamin Grant, on Guam; George Grant, who was recently discharged from military service after spending many months overseas; Joseph Grant, a junior in the Columbia City high school; two daughters, Mrs. Cletus Cornelius, Wilson Lake; Miss Betty Grant, in the office of Northern Indiana Public Service Company in this city; five brothers, Fred Grant, Soldiers' Home of Lafayette; Forrest Grant, Wyoming; Melvin Grant, of this city; Ralph Grant, Thorncreek Township; James Grant, Mishawaka; one sister, Miss Lydia Grant, Los Angeles, California; four grandchildren.
     Mr. Grant was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.


Grant, George J.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
January 18, 1982 pg. 6

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     Word has been received by local relatives of the death of George J. Grant, 62, Sunday at the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona. He had been a patient at the hospital following serious injuries in a automobile accident, which occurred in November.
     Mr. Grant was a native of Whitley County and was born January 26, 1919, a son of Ezra and Annabell Keller Grant. His formative years were spent in Columbia City, where he was educated in the Columbia City schools. Throughout his high school years, he was an outstanding football player on the CCHS teams, coached by the late Oris Abe Devol.
     During World War II, he was a technician in the United States Army. Prior to moving to Arizona, he was employed at Weatherhead Tool Division here. In Arizona, he was employed as a machinist. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge at Scottsdale, Arizona.
     Surviving relatives include one daughter, Mrs. Leroy (Nancy) Waugh, R. 6, three grandsons, Jim, George, and C. Jay Waugh; one brother, Benjamin Grant, this city; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Cornelius and Mrs. Robert (Betty) Luckenbill, both of this city. In addition to his parents, two brothers, Keller and Joseph are deceased.
     The body will be returned to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where services will be held at an hour and date to be announced. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery.


Grant, James
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (052-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday December 11, 1889

     Died, December 8th, 1889, after a short illness at his home in Lorane, Indiana, James Grant aged 83 years, 6 months, 17 days.
     James Grant was born in the state of New Jersey 1806. He was next to the youngest of a family of 9 children all of whom, (it is supposed) he had survived a number of years.
     He removed with his parents into Canada when a youth. In a few years he removed to the southron [sic] part of Indiana, remaining there but a short time. From there to New York, where he learned ship building. Also taught several terms of school. Come to the state of Ohio in the year 1831, where he engaged in teaching. Was married to Eliza Beard in the year of 1833, in Seneca County, Ohio.
     He remained in Ohio, until 1838 when he came to Whitley County, Indiana. Here he experienced in common with other pioneers of that early period the privations and hardships incident to a life in the wilderness. But with courageous fortitude, he and his ever cheerful companion bore up nobly under all the lonesome and discouraging surroundings; for some times there were not well ones enough in this fever stricken country to care properly for the sick. He lived to see the wilderness transformed into the homes of a happy, thriving and intelling [sic] community, which he has served in various capacities of usefulness. He served as Justice of the Peace a number of years, also as notary public and post-master.
     He and his companion united with the Regular Baptist Church in the year 1848, in which church he remained till he heard the welcome bidding, come up higher. He was the father of eleven children, of which eight survive him, four boys and four girls; all are married and have families. He leaves an aged wife, 44 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
     He has been quite feeble from old age for two years. He often expressed himself as ready and anxious to depart.
     The summons came at last. How strange. So recently with us, inspiring us with courage, - next we see him suffering – with life’s tide fluttering and hardly perceptible, weak and utterly helpless – dying, the heart that has ever beat with the good and the true is stopped – stopped for ever. But looking beyond we see him in his Father’s house where there is no night – no shoulders stooping with age and sorrow, no sicknesses, where the flowers of external youth are never blighted, where aching heads are never bowed in pain, where there are no tear dimmed eyes, clothed with the imperishable garments of eternal youth, there he walks and talks with the friends of his youth, - his middle age – his old age, who have gone before him. Yes, he walks and talks with the good of all ages in the home of God. Truly our loss is his gain. Rev. Loring conducted the funeral services at the Free Methodist church at Loraine Monday at 11 o’clock. The remains were laid away to rest in the Adams cemetery.


Grant, Joseph
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 24, 1977

     Joseph Grant, 49, of Roann, formerly of Columbia City. Was killed Thursday Evening, December 22, near LaGro in a car-truck collision.
     He is survived by his wife, three daughters, three sons, one step-son and two stepdaughters. Local relatives include a brother, Ben, and two sisters, Betty Luckenbill and Elizabeth Cornelius; also surviving is another brother George of Scottsdale, Arizona.
     Mr. Grant was an employee of American Hoist and Derrick. Friends may call at the Sheetz Funeral Home in Akron, Indiana, after 2 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday.


Grant, Joseph D.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Rochester Sentinel, Fulton County, Indiana
December 23, 1977

     Joseph D. Grant, 49, Roann, was killed in a traffic accident Thursday on U.S. 24 northeast of Wabash. He was born Sept. 6, 1928 in Columbia City to Ezra and Anna Belle Grant and had lived in Roann for 11 years, moving there from Columbia City. He was married Oct. 18, 1962 in Denver to Mary Shriver, who survives.
     He was employed by the American Hoist and Derrick Company, Fort Wayne, and was in the military service from 1950 to 1952, serving in Germany. He was a member of the LaGro American Legion post.
     Surviving with the wife are three daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Rodenbaugh, Fort Wayne; Joni and Julia Grant, both at home; three sons, Timothy Grant, Fort Wayne; David and Jeffrey Grant, both at home; three step-children, Debra Cunningham and Kimberly Keith, both at home, and Dannie Cunningham, Mishawaka; a grandchild; two brothers, and two sisters. A brother preceded in death.
     Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be in the Akron cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday and until time of service Monday.


Grant, Keller E.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 8, 1975

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     Keller E. Grant, 64, of 309 South Walnut Street, retired superintendent of the city sewage plant, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitley County Hospital, where he had been a patient since November 19. He had been in failing health for the past 15 years and he retired in 1972 after 43 years of services as a city employee.
     He was a native and life-long resident of Columbia City and was born May 30, 1911, a son of Ezra and Annabell Keller Grant. After completing his education in local schools, he became an employee of the city. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and the Philippines. On August 9, 1930, he was united in marriage to Mary C. Betzner.
     His church affiliation was with the Grace Lutheran Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 98 and for many years was a member of the Elks Lodge.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Mary C.; one son, Michael Grant, Fort Wayne; one daughter, Mrs. James (Joan) Rodgers, R 9; one grandson, Douglas Cowen, R 9; three brothers, George Grant, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Benjamin, Columbia City; Joseph Grant, R 2 Peru; two sisters Mrs. Elizabeth Cornelius and Mrs. Robert (Betty) Luckenbill, both of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.
     The body is at Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call. The funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Rev. Clark E. Hobby, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. The Burial will be in the Nolt cemetery, Columbia township.
     The City Utilities office will be closed 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday for the memorial services for Keller Grant, a former city employee


Grant, Mary C.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
June 6, 2000

     Mary C. Grant, 85, of Columbia City, a native of Whitley County, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne.
     She had retired in 1981 from United Telephone Co. as a supervisor, had also worked as an operator and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
     Surviving are a daughter, Joan Rogers of Clare, Mich.; a brother, LaMar Betzner of California; and a grandson, Douglas Cowen of Florida.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Keller E., a son, Michael, a brother, Russell Betzner, and sisters Opal and Zella Betzner, Constance J. Coyle, Hilda Gawthrop and Lois Smith.
     Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling two hours before services. Burial will be at Nolt Cemetery, Columbia Township.


Grant, Michael K.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
October 4, 1999

     Michael K. Grant, 59, of Fort Wayne, a Lutheran, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, at home. He enjoyed gourmet cooking and had an enthusiasm for antiques. The Columbia City native was the owner of Michael's Hair Design.
     Surviving are his mother, Mary C. Grant of Fort Wayne; a sister, Joan Rogers of Clare, Mich., and a nephew, Douglas S. Cowen of North Lauderdale, Fla. He was preceded in death by his father, Keller E. Grant.
     Services were today at Mungovan & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. Memorials are to Vista Hospice.


Grant, Mrs. G. H. [Minerva Barnes]
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Unidentified News Clip from “the Scrapbook”
Cemetery records show that she died July 30, 1894

     Mrs. G. H. Grant died at her home in Troy township last Sunday morning while engaged in milking, a stroke of apoplexy having produced death. She died very quickly. About, two years ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she had not entirely recovered, although she was able to walk around home and also strong enough to walk to near neighbors.
     The deceased was a daughter of the late Fielding Barnes and a sister of Zach and L. H., of Troy township, and John Barnes of this city. She was highly esteemed for her womanly qualities and many good traits of character, by all who knew her, and her death is deeply lamented by a large circle of relatives and friends. The funeral occurred yesterday at 3 o’clock from the Troy M. E. church. Rev Stewart, of Larwill, officiated.


Gray, Alta L. Anspaugh
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
September 14, 1985

     Alta L. Gray, 88, of Garrett, formerly of LaOtto, died at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett.
     Mrs. Gray was born Oct. 27, 1896, in Whitley County, a daughter of Charles and Cora Pritchard Anspaugh. She was married on Nov. 17, 1917 to Jesse Gray. They lived in Noble County and for 60 years had resided in LaOtto. Mr. Gray died in January of 1952.
     Mrs. Gray was the oldest member of LaOtto Wesleyan Methodist Church and was a member of Swanette Extension Club.
     Surviving are two sons, James of R 4, Albion, and Paul of LaOtto; a daughter, Mrs. Jay (Mary Ellen) Snell of R 2, Avilla; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Harold (Goldie) Waldeck of Columbia City, and a brother, Ralph Anspaugh of Denver, Colo.
     Two grandsons, Perry Turner and Kenneth Gray, and four brothers are deceased. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco. The service will be there at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Steven Scott officiating.
     Burial will be at Thorn Cemetery. Memorials are to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Foundation.


Greer, Lloyd
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday March 8, 1945 Page 6

     Lloyd Greer, age 63, died at 8 o’clock this morning at the home of his mother Mrs. Margaret Secrist at Etna, after an illness of several months. Mr. Greer was a former resident of Columbia City. He was born in Bourbon county, Kans., November 22, 1881 to Frank and Margaret Long Greer. He came with his parents to Whitley county at the age of four and had resided in the county since that time. In September 1901 he was married to Miss Glenn Mae Long. Mr. Greer had long been active in the Etna Conservation Club. He is survived by his mother, with whom he made his home; two sons; Samuel Clem Greer, Columbia City; Harry Ottis Greer, Etna and a brother Frank Greer, Jackson, Mich. The body was brought to the Smith Funeral Home in this city where friends will be received until 11 o’clock Sunday Morning, when it will be taken to the Etna Methodist church where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral service, which will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Albert Rider, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be made in Salem cemetery.


Grimes, Arvilla
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday March 26, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services for Mrs. Arvilla Grimes, 73, Cleveland township will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley the Rev. Noah McCoy of Silver Lake officiating. Burial will be made in the South Whitley cemetery. Mrs. Grimes, a native of Whitley county died Sunday morning at 9:30 o’clock at a nursing home in Ossian where she had been a patient for the past six weeks. She had been ill for the past 2 1/2 years and was brought from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Stuller in Continental, Ohio, to the nursing home. She was born in Whitley county December 23, 1871. Her husband, Asher Grimes died Aug 7, 1934. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Stuller, Contental, Ohio., two sons, Dae and Erie Grimes, South Whitley; two brothers, Charles Overholtzer, South Whitley, George Overholtzer, Cedar Springs, Ohio; two sisters Mrs. W. R. Howenstine, Huntington; Mrs. Pearl Hissem, Ossian; a grandson, Jack Demman Stuller, now serving in the Pacific, whose wife is now residing in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Grimes was a member of the United Brethren church and the Pythian Stater lodge.


Grogg, Mildred Aldene
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 28, 1944

     Mrs. Mildred Aldene Grogg, 27, of Churubusco, died at midnight Monday at the sanatorium in Richmond. The husband, Jack Grogg, and two daughters, Peggy Jean and Beverly I. survive. Other survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Tucker of Albion; a brother, Woodward Tucker, patient at the Richmond sanatorium; a brother, George Tucker of Albion, and four sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Herron, Columbia City; Alice Tucker of Albion; Mary Tucker of Churubusco, and Delores, at home.
     Tentative funeral arrangements have been made for Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Krider Funeral Home in Churubusco.


Grogg, Mildred Aldene
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 29, 1944

     Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Krider Funeral Home in Churubusco for Mrs. Jacob H. Grogg of that place, Rev. J.G. Towriss officiating. Burial will be made in Christian Chapel cemetery at Merriam.


Gross, Sarah Catherine
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday April 15, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley for Mrs. Sarah Catherine Gross, 73, who died Saturday night at 9:25 o’clock at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne where she was a patient for 8 days. She had been ill for more than a year. Rev. Moyne Landis will officiate at the funeral service. Burial will be made at South Whitley. A native of Wabash county. Mrs. Gross was born near North Manchester Dec. 13, 1871 to Christopher and Matilda Gross. She came to Whitley county from Wabash county 65 years ago. Surviving are three brothers, Samuel Gross, Sidney; Isaac and Jacob Gross, South Whitley; and a half brother, James H. Wagner of Sidney, also three nephews and five nieces. Mrs. Gross was a member of the Christian Church at Collamer.


Grover, Luella
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday March 3, 1945 Page 6

     Luella Grover, age 54, wife of Grover Walter, 504 South Line Street, was found dead at 3:30 o’clock Friday afternoon by Mr. Walter who two hours before had left his home and at that time his wife was apparently in her usual health. Mrs. Walter is thought to have died a short time after her husband left the house. She was found lying on the dining room floor. A local physician was called and pronounced death due to a cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral services will be held at the Smith Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Interment will be made in the Nolt cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7:30 o’clock tonight. Mrs. Walter was the former Luella Lahm and was born in Columbia City Sept 3, 1890 to Lewis J. and Mary Fullerton Lahm. Her marriage to Grover Walter occurred Oct. 5, 1912. Survivors are the husband, three daughters, Mrs. Howard Hayworth, Richmond; Mrs. Elbert Richards, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Paul Rawley, Columbia City; her mother, Mrs. Lewis J. Lahm, Fort Wayne; two sister, Mrs. Walter Airgood, Huntington; Mrs. Augusta Kiefer, Columbia City; a brother Walter J. Lahm, Fort Wayne, and four grandchildren. Two sisters are deceased.


Guisinger, Kenneth L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 25, 1986

     Kenneth L. Guisinger, 76, Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been a patient there since Friday, March 21.
     Mr. Guisinger was born in Ligonier on March 12, 1910 to Curtis and Clara (Lathem) Guisinger. He married Marciel Butler in Columbia City on December 31, 1932. Formerly of Tippecanoe, Mr. Guisinger later moved to Fort Wayne before residing locally since 1950.
     A retiree from General Electric, Fort Wayne, after 36 years of service, Mr. Guisinger also operated a service station in the Tri Lakes area for several years before his full retirement. Mr. Guisinger was a member of the G.E. Quarter Century Club and was a former member of the Tri Lakes Lions Club.
     Along with his wife, Marciel, surviving members of the family include two sons, William Guisinger of Phoenix, Arizona, and Dale Guisinger of Antigua, in the Caribbean Islands area; a daughter, Nancy Slusser of Columbia City; and one brother, Donald Guisinger of Columbia City.
     Also surviving are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
     Funeral services for Mr. Guisinger will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel, Columbia City, with the Rev. Jack Simons, of the Tri-Lakes Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, and Wednesday, March 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
     Interment will be in the South Park Cemetery. For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the Whitley County Heart Fund.


Guisinger, Kenneth L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 28, 1986

     The funeral for Kenneth L. Guisinger, former service station owner at Tri-Lakes, was Thursday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Jack Simons, pastor of Tri-Lakes Baptist Church officiated.
     Mrs. Ronald Mossburg was organist and "The Old Rugged Cross" was sung by Larry Born, Eugene Heckman, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harris.
     Relatives serving as pallbearers were Harold Leazier, Carl Guisinger, Dennis Leazier, Darlie Cox, Donald Leazier, and Wayne Leazier. Burial was in South Park Cemetery. Mr. Guisinger died on March 24.


Guisinger, Marciel D.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 23, 1998

     Marciel D. Guisinger, 83, of Tri Lakes, died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 1998, at ExtendaCare in Columbia City, where she had been a resident since January 1994.
     Born in Celina, Ohio, on November 11, 1914, she was a daughter of Frank and Minnie (Deitsch) Butler. During her childhood she was reared in South Whitley and later moved to Fort Wayne, completing her education at South Side High School.
     On December 31, 1932, she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Guisinger. They moved to Tri Lakes in 1950. Mr. Guisinger died March 24, 1986.
     Employed at Blue Bell for two years, she retired from Fort Wayne Tailoring Company after 25 yeas of service.
     She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Tri Lakes Lioness', and Thorncreek Township Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
     Surviving relatives include two sons, Dale E. Guisinger of Antigua, Caribbean Islands, and William L. Guisinger of Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter, Nancy Slusher, Tri Lakes; two brothers, Fred Butler of Leo; and Frank Butler, Fort Wayne; a sister, Ruth George, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Dale Butler, and four sisters, Gladys Myers, Violet Bishops, Betty Sincoe, and Jessie Mencer.
     The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Robert Siegrist, pastor of Tri Lakes Baptist Church, officiating.
     Visitation is from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial is at South Park Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Guisinger, Marciel D.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 27, 1998

     The funeral service for Marciel D. Guisinger, 83, was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, 1998, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Robert Siegrist, of Tri Lakes Baptist Church, officiating. Gene Heckman gave the eulogy.
     Favorite hymns played included "The Old Rugged Cross", "Amazing Grace", and "How Great Thou Art". Burial was at South Park Annex Cemetery. Serving as Casketbearers were Scott Guisinger, Todd Guisinger, Jason Slusher, Travis Guisinger, Kenny Leazier, and Steve Leazier.

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