Whitley County Obituaries

Hoard, Pete J.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died June 15, 1903

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     P. J. Hoard was born October 1, 1878 in Richland Township, Whitley County, Indiana and died in Rocky Ford, Colorado, June 15, 1903, aged 24 years 8 months and 14 days. He was married to Miss Almeda Adams, October 16, 1901, who is left to mourn the death with brothers and sisters, Kelis H. Hoard of Washington Township, Charles Hoard of Rocky Ford, Colorado; Archie Hoard of California; Mrs. Ethan Allen and Miss Alice Hoard of Sheldon, Ill. A sister, Mrs. Jesse A. Glassley, and a baby brother having gone before. The remains were brought to the home of his brother-in-law, Jesse A. Glassley at South Whitley.
     The mother died when he was seven years old, and a year later he found a home with Mr. and Mrs. H. McCloud at Lorane, who cared for him as their son. After his marriage he resided in Columbia City until within a few weeks of his departure for the west.


Hosler, Mae
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 14, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Donald Hosler of Laud died at 3:55 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Irene Byron Sanatorium near Fort Wayne where she was admitted the first of March. She had been ill for the past eight months. Mrs. Hosler spent a number of weeks in Arizona for the benefit of her health. She was the former Mae Shaffer and was born in Cleveland township May 3, 1918. Her parents are Landy and Cora Henemyer Shaffer of Washington township. Her marriage to Mr. Hosler, son of the Eldon Hoslers at Laud occurred at Bourbon October 8, 1938.
     Before her marriage Mrs. Hosler was employed at the Columbia Products and previous to that time at the Quality bakery in South Whitley. Surviving besides the husband and father and mother are four brothers, Pfc Harry Shaffer, somewhere in the South Pacific, Pfc Donald Eugene Shaffer at Billings General Hospital in Indianapolis and Joseph and Jerry Shaffer who reside at home; four sisters, Mrs. Glenn Freed, Claypool; Mrs. Gale Trout and Mrs. Donald Kneller, Columbia City; Janice Shaffer at home. Friends will be received at the DeMoney Funeral Home after 7:30 o’clock tonight. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary at 1:30 o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be made in Jefferson Chapel cemetery in Jefferson township.


Hosler, Maude
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday January 24, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the A. J. Berhalter Funeral Home in Kendallville for Mrs. Maude Hosler, 70, of Wolcottville, a sister of Mrs. Fred Howell of this city, whose death occurred Tuesday night in McCray Memorial hospital in Kendallville where she had been a patient since January 6 when she was stricken with paralysis. Burial will be made in Lakeview cemetery, Kendallville. Mrs. Hosler was a daughter of George and Angeline Johnston and was born January 6, 1875. Her marriage to J. A. Hosler occurred Dec 31, 1907. Mrs. Hosler lived north of Columbia City at one time and for many years was a resident of Noble County. She was a member of the United Brethren Church in this city and the Order of Eastern Star at Boyne City Michigan. Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Georgia, wife of Major Morton, a practicing physician at Houston, Texas, before entering military service; a son, William of Kendallville; two brothers, Fred Johnston of Kimmell; and three sisters, Mrs. Howell, Columbia City, Mrs. Levi Harroff and Mrs. Ocie Hill of Kimmell; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Owen Zumbrun north of Columbia City; and seven grandchildren.


Houze, Edward A.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday July 15, 1903

     Edward A. Houze died Friday afternoon at 1:30 after two days’ illness at the home of his father-in-law, Clinton Dunfee, of Jefferson township. The cause of the sudden death was paralysis. The deceased is a native of Florida, and had been in this county only six days.
     About four years ago he met Miss Estella Dunfee while she was visiting in the south. They in due time were married and came here to visit the parents of Mrs. Houze. They remained here several months, but as her health was not of the best, it was decided to return south. She grew stronger for a time, but of late has been in delicate health, and the husband fearing she could not last long in the south, brought her back to her former home.
     They arrived here last Saturday and Mrs. Houze is very feeble. Her husband had not been in the best of health but was able to care for her and be about. Last Wednesday he suffered from two chills. He was out in the field Thursday watching the binder work, but on going into the house said he felt bad and would lie down for a while. After a time members of the family had occasion to pass him and noticed that something was wrong. A physician was summoned, but on his arrival found the man unconscious, having been stricken with paralysis. All that was possible was done for the sick man, but he never rallied.
     The deceased was a man of twenty-eight years, having parents and other relatives in Florida. Word was sent here for the funeral, which occurred Sunday forenoon from the Compton church. Interment in church cemetery.


Howe, Mrs. Charles L.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 2, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Charles L. Howe, 79, mother of M. V. and Paul Lowe of Columbia City, died in a hospital at Orlando, Florida Monday morning. She was stricken during the past week with paralysis and the two sons left a few days ago for Orlando to be at their mother’s bedside. The body was taken to Shinnston, West Virginia, her former home. Funeral Services will be held at Bridgeport, West Virginia, Friday afternoon and committal services will be held there. Besides the two sons mentioned Mrs. Howe is survived by a son John, a resident of Charleston, West Virginia. Mrs. Howe will be remembered in this county, where she has visited a number of times.


Howenstine, Ansel Eugene
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday May 13, 1974

     Ansel Eugene Howenstine, 74, Roanoke R 2, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at his residence on County Road 900-S in Jefferson township. He had been in failing health for several years.
     He was a retired farmer. He was a native of Jefferson township, a son of Winfield Scott and Alice Kiser Howenstine, born on Feb. 12, 1900. He was married at the residence of the late Rev. A. M. Gillespie in Jefferson township to Burneida Dunfee on Jan. 22, 1922. She survives.
     The Howenstines lived from 1922 to 1925 in Jefferson township and in 1925 they moved to Fort Wayne. In 1928 they returned to Jefferson township and had continued their residence there since. He was a member of Saturn Christian Church.
     Surviving besides the wife, Burneida, are a son, Jay H., Roanoke R 2; one daughter, Mrs. John W. (Mildred) Kauffman, R 5; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Anise) Schinbeckler, Churubusco R 1. A son, Ansel Jr., and two brothers, Ernest and Charles, preceded Mr. Howenstine in death.
     Calling will be at the J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. After 1 p.m. Wednesday visitation will be at Saturn Christian Church where the funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. James Clifford, pastor, and the Rev. J. Maurice Thompson, pastor of the Salem Christian Church at Salem, Ind. Burial will be in the Oak Grove (Compton) cemetery.


Howenstine, Burneida (Dunfee)
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday November 11, 1991

     Burneida Howenstine, 91, died at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, November 10, 1991, at Covington Manor Nursing Home in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Howenstine was born on Sept. 24, 1900, in Pleasant Township, Allen County, to Orton L. and Leila Hook Dunfee. She was married on Jan. 22, 1922 to Ansel Eugene Howenstine at the home of the Rev. A.M. Gillespie in Jefferson Township. Mr. Howenstine died on May 12, 1974. She took up housekeeping in Jefferson Township and from 1925-1928 lived in Fort Wayne before returning to Jefferson Township. She moved to the nursing home in November of 1988.
     She was a homemaker and retired as a special telephone operator with Telephone Answering Service, Fort Wayne. Mrs. Howenstine had been a member of Saturn Christian Church for over 70 years. She taught Sunday School for many years and was a past president of the women's fellowship at the church.
     Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John (Mildred) Kaufman of rural Columbia City; grandchildren Ken Kauffman, Karen Kauffman, Steven Howenstine, Rhonda Ousley, Karla Keehn, Wayne Howenstine, Kevin Kauffman and Al Jerves. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren. Sons Ansel Jr. and Jay, and a sister Mildred Shriner, are deceased.
     The funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Saturn Christian Church with the Rev. Russell Riley officiating. Friends will be received at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home from 2 to 5 adn 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. Memorials are to Saturn Christian Church. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery.


Howenstine, Jay H.
Warsaw Times Union, Kosciusko County, Indiana
Tuesday March 11, 1986

flag for veterans World War II Veteran

     Services of Jay H. Howenstine, 59, of North Webster, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home here. The Rev. Rex Lindemood, pastor of the North Webster United Methodist Church, will officiate with interment to follow in the North Webster cemetery, Mock Addition.
     Howenstine died unexpectedly at 6:50 a.m. Monday in the Kosciusko Community Hospital emergency room. A native of Fort Wayne, he was born on Dec. 26, 1926 to Ansel Eugene and Burneida (Dunfee) Howenstine. On Sept. 5, 1948, he married Myrtle Alice Oxley, who survives.
     In 1969, he retired from the Dana Corp. in Fort Wayne, where he had worked for 22 1/2 years. In 1976 he moved from Tippecanoe Lake to North Webster.
     A veteran of World War II, he had served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Saturn Christian Church and attended the North Webster United Methodist Church; was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and of the Barbee Conservation Club, where he was on the board of directors.
     In addition to his wife, Myrtle Howenstine, survivors include his mother, Mrs. Burnieda Howenstine, Columbia City; two sons, Steven, Mulberry, and Wayne of North Webster; one daughter, Mrs. Troy (Rhonda Lynn) Ousley, Leesburg; five grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. John (Mildred) Kauffman, Columbia City. One brother is deceased.
     Friends may call in the funeral home from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where a memorial service will be conducted by the North Webster Masonic Lodge at 8 p.m. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the North Webster American Legion Post.


Howze, Estella (Dunfee)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday August 1, 1903

     Mrs. Estella Howze, daughter of S. J. [sic] Dunfee, died at the residence of her father in Jefferson township, Thursday evening at 9:30 o’clock, from the effects of dropsy and heart trouble.
     Mrs. Howze, it will be remembered, came home from Florida a few weeks ago, knowing that she was fatally ill. She was accompanied by her husband who died rather suddenly and unexpectedly three weeks ago. His wife survived him just three weeks lacking one day. The mother of the deceased also passed away eleven months ago to the day, so that the family has been sorely afflicted by the hand of death.
     Mrs. Howze had lived in Florida four years, and was 27 years of age at her death. She had no children, but leaves a father and six brothers and sisters to mourn her early death. In their sorrow they have the sympathy of the public.
     The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Compton church. Rev. C. E. Hunter, of Argos, will officiate.


Hull, Phillip
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday August 26, 1954

     Phillip Hull, 26, Kankakee, Ill., was fatally shocked shortly before noon today at the Charles Bills home R 3, near Lorane. Mr. Hull was taken to the Whitley County Hospital in the Smith ambulance but was dead on arrival there.
     According to Dr. L. G. Minick, Churubusco, who acted as coroner at the request of Dr. James R. Roth, county coroner, Hull together with his brother-in-law, Leslie Bills, was using a drill to repair a power mower. The drill was attached to an extension cord and it is believed developed a short. Hull was standing in water and his shoes and feet were wet.
     There was a report and Hull crumpled to the ground. Bills, who saw the accident, turned off the power and artificial respiration was given. This was continued by Stuart Smith when he arrived and two tanks of oxygen were consumed to no avail.
     The Bills home where the tragedy happened in a mile north and east of Lorane. Mrs. Phillip Hull is a daughter of the Charles Bills and the Hulls were visiting there and at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mary E. Hull, R 3.
     The body has been taken to the DeMoney - Hollingsworth Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Hurd, Bernice Wilcox
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (017-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday April 30, 1910

     Mrs. Sam Hurd’s Long Illness Ends. Passed Away Friday Morning. Death Occurred at the Home of Her Son Sam Hurd – Long a County Resident – Funeral Sunday
     Early Friday morning at the hour of 5:30 the spirit of Mrs. Samuel Hurd passed from her body worn by more than a year of sickness at the home of her son Sam Hurd south of the city, bringing to its close a long life of usefulness in this county for the past sixty years. Mrs. Hurd was afflicted with a form of stomach trouble that made it impossible for her to retain solid food and since March 1909 she has sustained life on liquid nourishment. Her weakened condition was such that she gradually sank into the last sleep and her passing Friday morning was peaceful.
     Bernice B. Wilcox was born in the state of New York, May 25, 1824, and died at Columbia City, April 29, 1910, aged 85 years, 11 months and 4 days. She remained with her parents and came with them to the state of Michigan when she was about fifteen years old and later moved to Allen county where the parents bought a farm on the site of the present city of Fort Wayne, just south of the village which then contained but a comparatively few inhabitants. In the year 1843 Miss Wilcox met Samuel Hurd and they were married in the month of March. They first settled upon what was the John Metz farm in Cleveland township and later moved to South Whitley here Mr. Hurd opened a blacksmith shop. Later they moved to Union township where they lived till the time of the death of Mr. Hurd, September 19, 1863.
     In her advance years Mrs. Hurd, made her home with her sons and her latter days were passed in the pleasantest surroundings. To Mr. and Mrs. Hurd ten children were born, four of them surviving. They are George K. Hurd, Butler county, Kan.: County Commissioner Jonathan Hurd, James J. and Samuel Hurd of this county. One sister Mrs. [illegible] and Mr. Francis D. Wilcox, a brother, of Eldorado, Kan., are the other surviving relatives. Mrs. Hurd has been a church member for the past seventy-five years and was a member of the Compton church of God at the time of her death. The funeral will be held at the Compton church Sunday morning, starting from the house at 10:30, Rev. L.A. Luckenbill officiating and interment in the church cemetery.


Hyre, Harrold Gustave
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, October 30, 1918

flag for veterans World War I - Navy - died at sea

     Mrs. Chester M. Esterline, of the Esterline hotel at Tri Lake, received a message Saturday containing the sad intelligence that their son, seaman Harrold Gustave Hyre, had died at sea from bronchial pneumonia. The telegram read as follows: “Deeply regret to inform you that Seaman Harrold Gustave Hyre, U. S. S. Nevada, died October 24, in foreign waters, from bronchial pneumonia. The body will be returned to this country. Harris. Acting Adjutant.”
     The last letter Mrs. Esterline received from her son was about a month ago, and at that time the ship on which he was serving was cruising in Siberian waters some distance out from Vladivostok, and it is thought that it was in this region the young man came to his death.
     He is the first Whitley county sailor to die in the service of his country. There are a great many soldiers from Whitley County, but comparatively few sailors.
     Harrold Gustave Hyre was the son of William and Mary Hyre, and was born in this county June 4, 1900, being just past eighteen years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Hyre were divorced and later Mrs. Hyre married Chester M. Esterline of the Esterline hotel. The young man’s father still survives, as does the mother, and a brother, Ervin, and sister, Hallie, both at home.
     The deceased enlisted in the navy three years ago when he was only a little past fifteen years of age. He was a fine big boy and was easily able to pass the stringent navy examination even at that time. For the past two years he had been in the commissary department and acted as a storekeeper on board the battleship Nevada, where he served from the time of his enlistment. He had made several trips to this county to visit his mother after joining the navy, and was in the best of health the last time he came. News of his death was a great shock to his parents.
     The unusual thing about the case is that the remains will be brought to this county four burial. The probability is that the ship was on its way home and the body will be brought to this country for that reason. Mrs. Esterline will be notified when the remains arrive and they will then be forwarded to this county for burial.
     The last time he was home he called at this office and his general bearing and modesty were commendable. He had been on many long sea journeys and had seen much of the world and was well informed but his manner and speech were wholly becoming to one of his years and vast experience.


Hyre, Jacob F.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Cemetery Records show he died May 16, 1899

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     The death of Mr. Jacob F. Hyre occurred at his home in this city Tuesday afternoon May 16th, after many weeks and months of suffering. He was born in Whitley county, Indiana November 17, 1868 and was aged 30 years, 5 months and 29 days. He married Miss Emma Aunspaugh on October 24, 1891, who with one son and one daughter survive him.

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