Whitley County Obituaries

Kaufman, Elivra (Jackson) Foster
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, January 16, 1939

     Death at 10:30 o'clock last night claimed one of Columbia City's well-known women, Mrs. Elivra Kaufman, 82, of North Elm street. She had been unconscious since suffering a paralytic stroke Friday night. The severe stroke she suffered Friday was preceded by a lighter stroke a month ago.
     Mrs. Kaufman was a native of Thorncreek township, born Aug. 28, 1856, to Cyrus and Elizabeth Schnetizer Jackson. She was a life-long resident of Whitley county.
     Her first marriage was in 1872 to Pierce Foster. To this union were born two sons, Raymond, who preceded his mother in death, and Asa Foster, Columbia City truck line operator. Following the death of Mr. Foster she married Thomas Kaufman on Dec. 12, 1877. Mr. Kaufman, for many years an employe of the city, died August 17,1918. Surviving this marriage is a daughter, Mrs. Melvin Grant, the former Nora Kaufman. Mr. and Mrs. Grant resided with Mrs. Kaufman at her home, 127 North Elm street.
     Also surviving are a step-daughter, Mrs. Fred Tipton, of Rochester, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Emma Snyder, Holbrook, Neb.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kaufman, the last of her family, was preceded in death by three sisters.
     She was a life-long member of the First Baptist church here, giving active support to the congregational work and church-sponsored activities.
     The body, removed to the DeMoney Funeral Home, will be returned to the residence on North Elm street where friends will be received after 7 o'clock tonight. Funeral services, in charge of the Rev. Blake M. Franklin, pastor of the Baptist church, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the family residence. Burial will be made in the Adams cemetery.


Kaufman, Hannah Jane (Foster)
Whitley County Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday September 9, 1875

     Kaufman, Mrs. Hannah Jane died 26 Aug 1875 aged 21y 6m 25d. The funeral service was held in the Baptist Church of Columbia City, IN The text used by the Rev. J. H. Reider was taken from proverbs 27:1.

The Columbia City Post Wednesday Sept 8, 1875
Died. On the 26th day of August, 1875, Mrs. Hannah Jane Kaufman, aged 21 years 6 months and 28 days.
     The heart's keen anguish only those can tell
     Who have bid the dearest and the best farewell;
     The parting with our treasure, once our pride,
     More prized and honored than the world beside.


Kaufman, Thomas E.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, August 17, 1918

     Thomas E. Kaufman, a resident of Whitley county for the past 50 years, passed away at his home on Elm street Thursday night at 12:30 after being confined to his bed only since Monday. He has been in rather feeble health for the past few years but has been able to be around and do some work about the house. He has been suffering from paralysis and complications.
     He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kaufman and was born in Ohio June 7, 1848, and was aged 70 years, 2 months and 8 days at the time of his death. He moved to this county with his parents about fifty years ago and resided in this city. He was united in marriage to Miss Hanna Foster Jan. 1, 1841 [sic], but she passed away several years later. To this union one child was born, Mrs. Fred Tipton, of Rochester, and one step-son, Asa Foster, of this city.
     Dec. 12, 1877 he was again united in marriage to Elvira Jackson and they resided in Thorncreek township until 1901, when they moved to this city where they have since resided. To this union a daughter, Miss Nora, at home, was born. He is also survived by one brother Snyder Kaufman of Union township.
     Mr. Kaufman was not a member of any church but attended the Baptist church and was a man who attended strictly to his own affairs and was highly esteemed among his many acquaintances.
     The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church in this city, Rev. L.A. Luckenbill officiating, with burial in the Masonic cemetery.
     Note: His first marriage to Hannah Foster was on January 1, 1871.


Keefer, Eliza Jane (Washburn)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died October 16, 1912)

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     Eliza Jane Keefer was born in Canal Dover, Ohio, September 11, 1828; died in Los Angeles, California, October 16, 1912, aged 84 years, 1 month and 5 days. She was united in marriage in Columbia City to Samuel J. Keefer, September 9, 1847. Her husband preceded her in death, and she is survived by two daughters and one son, Mrs. Charlotte Fayman, of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Sarah K. Root and John Keefer of Los Angeles. James Washburn of this city is her brother, and he is the last survivor of a family of seven boys and three girls. Her father was the late Thomas Washburn.


Keirn, Addie Goodrich
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, September 28, 1949

     Relatives here have been notified of the death of Mrs. William Keirn, 90 years old, resident for many years at 609 West Market street, which occurred at 7 a.m. Tuesday, at the Shaum Nursing Home in Elkhart, where Leon Keirn, her son and only child, resides.
     She contracted pneumonia a week ago. Funeral services will be held at the Westbrook Funeral Home at Elkhart Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will be made in Rice cemetery.
     Other survivors are three grandchildren, Mrs. Ingram Frazier of London, England; Mrs. Ross Kincade and Mrs. Kenneth Schultz, Elkhart; four great-grandsons; two brothers, Roy Goodrich at Larwill and Don Goodrich of Kimmell, and a sister, Mrs. Nova Humbarger, Wolf Lake.
     Mrs. Keirn was a daughter of Silas and Amanda Goodrich, early pioneers of the county. She was born November 6, 1858. She married William Keirn February 12, 1879. Mr. Keirn died in February, 1946.


Keirn, Clyde E.
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday June 1, 1912

     Clyde E. Keirn, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Keirn, of West Market street, died at the home of his parents Tuesday morning at 12:10 o'clock, from an illness which had its beginning last December and clung to him continuously from that time. He was able to be about until Monday evening when he was compelled to take to his bed and his strength ebbed rapidly until seven o'clock Tuesday morning when he lapsed into unconsciousness and remained in that state till he passed quietly into the eternal sleep.
     The news of the death of this young man came as a shock to the entire community, and expressions of sympathy were heard on every hand. The deceased was not a demonstrative sort of a man but when his acquaintance had once been made, he was found to be a true and dependable friend. He attended to his own affairs at all times and carried on his duties in a quiet, unassuming manner, but his ability was such that he was in demand in his chosen avocation, that of an electrical engineer.
     The deceased was born in Etna township, on December 8th, 1879 and at the time of his death was 32 years, 5 months and 21 days of age. Soon after his birth, his parents moved to this city and he grew to manhood here. His opportunities were like those of other young men of this community, but his ambitions were greater, so he entered Purdue University and took the electrical engineering course.
     Completing the four years of work there and graduating with the class of 1904, he worked for the Edison Electrical Company of Chicago, going from their employ to the Superintendency of the Albion, Indiana electric light plant. He resigned that position to take up work on the Kendallville Interurban and after that line was completed, he went to Barnesville, in the eastern part of Ohio.
     Being very successful at Barnesville, his services were sought by the citizens of Paulding, Ohio, where he was located for the last two years. During his superintendency there, the plant in that city was brought to a high state of efficiency and his work was very successful.
     In the midst of his success, however, sickness came upon him and along last December he began to realize that his health was on the decline. His condition became worse and in April he resigned his position and about the middle of that month came to this city. Gradually and inevitably the malady, which was diabetes, progressed but he was able to be up and around until almost the very last. He had been spending some time at Tri-Lake and only came in from there Monday afternoon. He ate a hearty supper but soon afterwards severe pains seized him and the end came as stated above.
     The deceased was united in marriage, January 29, 1904, to Miss Josephine Adair, a daughter of the late Judge Adair, of this city, while he was yet a student in Purdue and this union was blessed with one daughter, Thelma, aged seven years, who with her bereft mother, survives. Besides his parents, one brother, Leon, of Elkhart, is left to mourn his untimely demise.
     Clyde Keirn was a member of the Masonic lodge at Paulding and was also a member of the Masonic Chapter.
     The funeral will be held Friday afternoon from the Lutheran church, Rev. D. W. Sanders, of Churubusco, officiating, and the interment will be in the Masonic cemetery in this city. The Masonic lodges of Paulding, Ohio and this city will have charge of the funeral.


Keirn, Elizabeth Longfellow
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (030-FF)
Whitley County Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday September 27, 1877

     KEIRN. – Elizabeth Longfellow, wife of Isaac Keirn, died September 14th, 1877, aged 79 years, 4 months and 7 days. Funeral services on Tuesday, the 24th, by Rev. Wm. Lash.
     The deceased was married January 2d, 1823, in Kent County, Delaware; moved from there to Madison County, Ohio, in 1826; from Ohio to their home in Whitley County, in the year 1836; joined the M. E. Church in 1828, and has lived a consistent christian life ever since, and passed away in perfect peace, with the full assurance of a christian’s hope – perfectly resigned. On Sabbath-day she called her children to her bedside, giving them good counsel and advice, singing the following verse: “Hurt and pain shall soar away, in that bright world of endless day.”


Keirn, Isaac
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (030-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday November 27, 1872

     DIED. At his residence in Thorncreek township, on Friday morning, October 11th, 1872, after a short illness, Mr. Isaac Keirn, aged 72 years, 6 months and 10 days.
     The deceased was born in Caroline county, Maryland, March 31st, 1800; moved to Madison county, Ohio, in 1826, and from there to Whitley county, Ind., in 1836, when all was a wilderness, and remained there until death removed him from the trouble and toils of this life. He leaves an aged companion and four children to mourn his departure, but gone to meet several children gone before him. A good old father has departed. The greatest eulogy which can be offered to his name is that he did his whole duty as a father and citizen. Peace be with his soul. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and acquaintances, many of whom were among the early settlers of Whitley county.
     Father, thou has left us here to mourn, We thy presence do miss;
     Thy voice will never cheer us again, For thou art gone to the realms of bliss.


Keirn, Isaac Sylvester
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (030-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 31, 1923

     Isaac Keirn, 72 years old last December 22nd, died at the home of his son, Robert Keirn, in Thorncreek township, on Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock, following a two weeks illness due to meningitis. He was stricken suddenly and his condition was regarded as critical from the start.
     The deceased was born in Thorncreek township and was a son of Turbert [sic] and Sarah Keirn. He grew to manhood in Thorncreek township and attended the schools there. After completing his education he took up farming and followed that occupation practically all his life. He was twice married, his first wife being Lucy Christ. They were the parents of two children, Mrs. Wesley Vanderford, of Troy township, and Mrs. Olin Orcutt, of Thorncreek township. He married a second time to Martha Cooperrider, who died a year ago. They were the parents of five children, Glen and Kenneth, of Larwill, Archie, of Pierceton, and Robert and Margaret at home.
     He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Frank, of Thorncreek township, Samuel, of Carlisle, Ind., Nathan, of Columbia township, John, of Isobel, Okla., Rebecca Reed, of North Judson, Ind., and Ella Tannehill, of Kankakee, Ill. Mr. Keirn was a member of the M.E. church at Larwill, and was an industrious, upright citizen, affable and kind in his dealings with his fellow man and respected by all who knew him.
     The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at Thorncreek Baptist church with burial in the Stough cemetery.


Keirn, William
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, February 6, 1947

     William Keirn, for many years a resident of 605 West Market street, died suddenly at 1:20 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home of his son and only child, Leon Keirn, at 216 Cleveland Ave., Elkhart, where he and Mrs. Keirn had been making their home.
     Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Westbrook Funeral Home at 1129 Prairie street, Elkhart, and burial will take place in that city.
     Mr. Keirn was a well known carpenter in Columbia City for many years. He was born February 12, 1876. His death occurred at the age of 92. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Keirn have spent the winter months in Elkhart with their son and family. More recently they sold their home here.
     Mr. and Mrs. Keirn were the parents of two sons, Clyde and Leon. Clyde died in 1912. Mrs. Keirn who survives was the former Ada Goodrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Goodrich. The couple was married in 1876. Had Mr. Keirn lived until February 12, the couple would have been married 72 years.
     Surviving besides the widow and son are three grandchildren, Mrs. Thelma Frazer of London, England, the daughter of the late Clyde Keirn and Mrs. Ross Kinkaide and Mrs. Kenneth Shultz of Elkhart, daughters of Leon Keirn. Four great-grandsons also survive.


Keiser, Catherine Ellen Eberhard
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (035-PF)
Unidentified News clip
She died August 26, 1925

     Mrs. Catherine Keiser Died in Fort Wayne. Wife of Frank Keiser, of Columbia Township, passed away in Lutheran Hospital – Death came after operation.
     Mrs. Catherine Keiser, about 50 years old, died Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock in Fort Wayne at the Lutheran hospital to which she had been taken Tuesday by J. A. DeMoney for an operation for strangulated hernia. The operation was performed and she seemed to be getting along alright [sic] until Wednesday morning when her condition became critical and death ensued.
     She was born in Columbia township and was a daughter of Henry and Fannie Nolt Eberhard. When a young woman she married Frank Keiser, who, with two sons, Henry Keiser, of Thorncreek township, and Clarence Keiser, at home, survive. In addition to the children and husband she is survived by the following named brothers and sisters: William Eberhard, Elizabeth, Mrs. John Maxwell and Mrs. John Perry, of Columbia township, and Jacob and George Eberhard, of Columbia City. Mrs. Keiser was a faithful member of the Eberhard church and an active worker in church circles and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.


Keiser, Daniel
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (004-PF)
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 2, 1895

     About ten o’clock on the evening of December 25th, Daniel Keiser, an old citizen of this county, died very suddenly at his home in the southern part of Columbia township. He was living with his son-in-law, Bayless Lower. They had spent the day at John Schrader’s and Mr. Keiser was feeling as well as usual. In the evening he urged his daughter and her husband to go to the Christmas entertainment at the Compton church. When they returned at 9:30, Mr. Keiser was sitting close to the stove, having just put more wood into it. He said to his daughter that he had a very bad sick spell and was still feeling badly. She brought out a lounge from an adjoining room and assisted him to it. He laid down but was uncomfortable. His daughter then raised him up and held his head in her lap.
     Bayless Lower rang the dinner bell, hoping to call in neighbors in order that a physician might be sent for. He had been gone but a few minutes, yet when he returned, Mr. Keiser had expired.
     The deceased was born October 6th, 1828 in Franklin county, Pennsylvania; died December 25th, 1894, aged 66 years, 2 months and 19 days. At an early age he moved with his parents to Stark county, Ohio, where in 1850 he was united in marriage to Rebecca Harvey. To them ten children were born, four of whom survive. They moved to Whitley County in 1852 and settled in the neighborhood where he died. Mrs. Keiser died in 1873, and the subject of this sketch remarried, taking for his wife Sarah Bell. She departed this life one year ago last August. The surviving children are Harvey, William, Ira and Mrs. Bayless Lower.
     The funeral occurred Thursday and was conducted in the Eberhard church by Rev. A. Leathers, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
     Daniel Keiser was a good citizen, a kind neighbor and a man who endeavored to be just in all his actions and dealings with his fellow man. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of his death.


Keiser, Hiram
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (034-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday May 18, 1929

     Hiram Keiser Passes Away at Age of 82. Well known and one of the oldest residents of the county answers last summons – funeral services Monday afternoon at home.
     Hiram Keiser, past 82 years old, died at 5:30 o’clock Friday evening at his home on West Ellsworth street, having been in failing health for several months past. Mr. Keiser never suffered and was conscious to the time of his death. He was one of the best known men in the county and regarded as one of the most public-spirited and capable citizens of the community.
     Hiram Keiser was born on February 4, 1847 in Stark county, Ohio, to Jacob and Mary Malone-Keiser. When but a boy he moved to Whitley county, Indiana to the Keiser homestead in south Columbia township in 1852. The old Keiser homestead is now the Jacob Keiser farm.
     On October 8, 1866 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Schrader who has been his life companion. Mrs. Keiser, who survives, is of pioneer stock of the county and has been a true helpmate to her husband throughout the many years of their married life. In the February of 1880 they moved to the present country home of the Keiser family in south Columbia township where they resided until two years ago when they took up their residence on West Ellsworth street in Columbia City.
     The decedent was a member of the New Mennonite Church, uniting with that body in 1876. In the early days the organization met at the homes of its respective members. He was a wonderful example of Christian fatherhood, industry and character.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Keiser were born the following children who survive: Frank and Mrs. Sarah Eberhard of South Columbia township; Levi J., Mrs. Fannie Dowell, John H., and Charles E., of Columbia City; Miss Cora and Amos Keiser of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Jennie Kreider and Mrs. Bertha A. Landis of Sterling, Ill.; and Mrs. Ruth Ludwig of Lima, Ohio. One child, Henrietta, died in infancy. The deceased was the last surviving member of his immediate family of eleven children. Of his generation, two cousins survive, Mrs. Elizabeth Beltz of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. N. F. Watson of Jefferson township.
     Mr. Keiser enjoyed the privilege of a long and most useful life. He slipped away into the great beyond at the twilight of day with a prayer on his lips.
     Funeral services will be held at the home, Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with the Rev. Will Rupe of Elmira Ohio, officiating. Interment will be made in the Nolt cemetery.


Keiser, Mary Ann Schrader
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (034-PF)
Columbia City Commercial Mail – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday March 20, 1935

     Rites for Mrs. Keiser to be held Friday. Mrs. Mary Keiser, Widow of Hiram Keiser, Passes Away Tuesday Afternoon Following Extended Illness – Pastor From Elmyra, O., to Officiate at Funeral. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Keiser, 87, widow of Hiram Keiser, will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday at the John Keiser residence on West Market street by the Rev. Will Rupe of Elmyra, Ohio, a Mennonite minister.
     Mrs. Keiser passed away following an extended illness, at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. She was a member of one of Whitley county’s pioneer families and was held in the greatest esteem by all who knew her.
     Mrs. Mary Keiser was a daughter of John and Henrietta Schrader, born at Millersburg, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 24, 1847. She attained the age of 87 years, 2 months, and 25 days. She came from Pennsylvania to Whitley county with her parents when 14 years old. The Schraders settled upon a farm in the southern part of Columbia township. On October 8, 1866, she was married to Hiram Keiser.
     In 1880 the Keisers moved to what is now the family homestead, four miles south of Columbia City. They resided there until 1927, when unable to carry on the work at the farm, they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Keiser died on May 17, 1929.
     Of the twelve children born to Hiram and Mary Keiser, eleven survive. A daughter, Henrietta, died in infancy. Those surviving are Frank, Levi, John, Charles, Mrs. Daniel Eberhard and Mrs. Fannie Dowell, of Columbia City: Miss Cora Keiser of Miami Fla.; Amos Keiser of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Jennie Krider and Mrs. Bertha Landis of Sterling, Ill., and Mrs. Ruth Ludwig of Trenton, Mich. Also surviving are sixteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Levi Plattner, of South Whitley and a brother, Elias Schrader of this county. Four sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.
     While Mrs. Keiser was devoted to her home and family, she was also a comforting neighbor and charitable acts were characteristic of her nature. She bore her illness with the greatest patience.
     She was a life long member of the New Mennonite church. The body, at the Smith Funeral Home, will be returned to the John Keiser residence this evening where friends will be received until the funeral hour. Following the funeral services Friday afternoon, interment will be made in the Nolt cemetery.


Keller, Abbie (Gruesbeck)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – November 16, 1910)

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     Mrs. Fred Keller, better known in this city as Abbie Gruesbeck, died suddenly Sunday morning at her home in Indianapolis, and the arrival of the news to her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter V. Gruesbeck, of South Walnut street, was a great shock to them, and to a large circle of friends here who knew her well and held her in high esteem.
     Abbie Gruesbeck was born in this city March 2, 1871, and was 39 years 8 months and 77 days of age at the time of her death. She grew to womanhood in this city… About fourteen years ago she was united in marriage to Frederick Keller, of Indianapolis, and has resided in that city since. Two sons were born to them, Fremont, aged 12, and Otto, aged 9 years.


Keller, Anna
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 22, 1975

     Anna Keller, 89, formerly of South Whitley, died Friday at Lutheran Home in Fort Wayne where she had resided since 1972. Her husband, Firmer Keller, died May 1971. She was born March 8, 1886, in Whitley county, a daughter of Jacob and Susan Schinbeckler Keifer. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America.
     Survivors include one brother, Henry Keifer, Burkett, and nieces and nephews. One daughter and nine brothers and sisters have preceded her in death.
     Funeral services were today at 1:30 p.m. at Miller’s Funeral Home, South Whitley with Rev. Carl Hazel officiating. Burial was in the South Whitley cemetery.


Keller, Fern Laura
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Commercial Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 21, 1970

     Mrs. Fern Laura Keller, 66, Tri-Lakes, became Whitley County's eighth 1970 traffic victim when her death occurred at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
     She was injured at 11 a.m. Thursday in a two-car collision at Ind. 9 and U.S. 30 in which she suffered internal injuries and a compound fracture of her right leg. Her husband, William D. Keller, 69, a patient at Whitley County Hospital was transferred to Parkland Hospital Sunday afternoon in the Hollingsworth ambulance. He was injured when the Keller car, northbound on Ind. 9 was struck by the eastbound car driven by Willie Spencer Jr., 18, of Hammond. Spencer and his two passengers were treated at Whitley County Hospital and released.
     Mrs. Keller and her husband resided on the Bear Road at Shriner Lake. She was a native of Columbia City, born on October 21, 1903 to Claude A. and Magdalene Bower. She had completed her education at Columbia City High School.
     She was married to William D. Keller on March 26, 1923 at Hillsdale, Mich. From 1942 to 1946, she and Mr. Keller lived in Huntington, since 1946, have resided at Tri-Lakes.
     In 1965, Mrs. Keller retired from Blue Bell Inc., where she had been a seamstress for nearly 40 years. Recently she had taken charge of the housekeeping department of the USL Motel at the S & L Truck Stop here. Her husband recently retired from his employment at Whitley Products Inc., Pierceton.
     Mrs. Keller was a member and former president of the Women of the Moose. She also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary.
     Surviving besides the husband are two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Gloria Jean) Kuester, 2829 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Maurice (Rebecca Ann) Schuddinck, R.1, Lebanon; three grandchildren, David and Lori Kuester and Jessalynn Schuddinck; two brothers, Glenn Bower, who resides at Meadowbrook Manor, R.1, and Claude A. Bower Jr., Van Buren; one sister, Mrs. Edward (Gale Crompton, Torrence, Calif.
     The body is at the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends will be received after 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Graham L. Kleespie will conduct the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.


Keller, Firmer M.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
May 4, 1971

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     Firmer M. Keller, 82, of 504 South Line Street, South Whitley, died at 12:45 a.m. today in the Veterans Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient one week.
     He was born in Rochester July 24, 1888, a son of Martin and Elizabeth Arnett Keller. He formerly lived in Fort Wayne and at Big Long Lake, Kendallville before locating in South Whitley. He was a retired employee of Essex Wire, a veteran of World War I and a member of the VFW Post at South Whitley, also the Eel River Masonic Lodge. Surviving is his wife, Anna, and one brother, William Keller, Shriner Lake.
     Friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home after noon on Wednesday and where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will follow in the South Whitley cemetery.


Keller, Loston J.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, August 20, 1934

     Loston J. Keller, 52, former South Whitley man injured fatally last Wednesday in an automobile accident near Erie, Pa., died Saturday evening in Hamot Hospital at Erie.
     The body was shipped to South Whitley, arriving at the Roy Miller funeral parlors Sunday evening. Funeral services will be held at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Cripe officiating. Interment will be made in Eberhard Cemetery.
     Mr. Keller resided at South Whitley until a short time ago. He was employed as a maintainer on the Nickel Plate railroad and recently moved to Westfield, N.Y. The accident, which cost the life of Mr. Keller, happened near Erie, Pa., where he was working last week.
     He was a son of Martin and Elizabeth Keller, born in Cleveland Township on October 26, 1881.
     Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Oliver of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Firmer Keller of Fort Wayne, and William Keller of Columbia City; and a sister, Mrs. Ezra Grant of Columbia City.
     The deceased was well known in Whitley County and had many friends here. Friends will be received at the Miller funeral parlors in South Whitley until the time of the funeral services tomorrow.


Keller, Martin S.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
May 31, 1919

     Martin S. Keller, a well known resident of South Whitley, died at the home of son-in-law, Ezra Grant, on North Elm street in this city, Thursday evening at 10 o'clock. Mr. Keller has been sick since January, suffering from dropsical trouble and a complication of diseases. He came to this city in March and since that time has been confined to his bed. He gradually declined, decreasing in strength and death came at last after a number of days of suffering.
     He was born in Indiana, May 13, 1856, and was 63 years and 16 days of age. He was a son of Thomas and Eliza (Smith) Keller and came to South Whitley when a young man. He was married about forty years ago to Elizabeth Arnett and to this union four children were born, one of whom died in infancy.
     The three surviving are Sargent Firmer Keller, Camp Merritt, N.J., Loston J. Keller, of South Whitley, and Mrs. Ezra Grant, of this city. Two full brothers, Joseph, of Marion, Indiana, and Nelson, of Cleveland Township, and one half sister, Mrs. William Sputh, of Carter, Michigan, survive. His wife died seven years ago this June.
     Mr. Keller was a member of the United Brethren Church of South Whitley, and was custodian of the South Whitley Cemetery foe a number of years.
     The funeral services will probably be held Sunday and burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.
     Note: This obituary is wrong on the total amount of children that Martin and Elizabeth had. William Douglas Keller, born June 15, 1901, was also a child of Martin and Elizabeth, as plainly stated in his obituary.


Keller, William Douglas
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 4, 1985

     William Douglas Keller, 83, formerly of 410 S. Oak St., Columbia City, died at 12:10 a.m. today, June 4, at Whitley County Memorial Hospital. He had resided at Columbia City Nursing Home prior to entering the hospital.
     Mr. Keller was born June 15, 1901, in South Whitley, a son of Martin and Elizabeth (Arnett) Keller. He moved to Columbia City from South Whitley in 1913. From 1942-46 he resided in Huntington and from 1946-1974 he lived at Tri-Lakes. From 1974 to 1982 he lived at S. Oak St.
     He retired in 1965 as a machinist with Whitley Products of Pierceton. As a young man, he served in the Indiana National Guard and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1919. Until his health failed he was an active member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges in Columbia City.
     Mr. Keller was married March 26, 1923, to Fern Laura Bower. Mrs. Keller died September 19, 1970, in Fort Wayne.
     Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Gloria) Kuester of 2829 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne and Mrs. Maurice (Rebecca Ann) Schuddinck of R.1, Yoder, Wyoming. There are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Firmer Keller and Loston Keller, and a sister, Elizabeth Grant, are deceased.
     Friends may call at Smith and Sons Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Newell Nelson officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.


Kelsey, George W.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 5, 1945 Page 6

     George W. Kelsey, age 87, died at 3:40 o’clock this morning at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was admitted Sunday afternoon. Mr. Kelsey was a teacher in the Whitley county schools for 10 years. He later operated a farm for a number of years and was in the grocery business at Laud. He retired in 1923. Funeral services will be held at the Smith Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be made in the Lutheran cemetery in Huntington county. Mr. Kelsey was born in Jefferson township October 20, 1857 to Aaron and Rebecca Jeffries Kelsey. He is survived by the widow, Sabina Ellen Kelsey and three daughters, Mrs. C J Westcatt, Cornwallis Ore., Mrs. C E Wright, Carbondale IL and Mrs. Evans, wife of Dr. C. Frank Evans of Louisville KY. Mrs. Kelsey was a member of the IOOF order at Laud.

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