Whitley County Obituaries

Lancaster, Erie
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 22, 1945

     Erie Lancaster, member of a well know pioneer family, was found dead at 7:30 o’clock this morning in the basement of his home where he had gone a few minutes before to look after the furnace. He had been in apparently good health and last night attended a family dinner given at the country home of his brother, Russell Lancaster, in Cleveland township. For the past several days Mr. Lancaster had been privileged to enjoy a visit with his son, Lt Robert Lancaster, USNR, who is scheduled to leave Friday for New York, but has wired asking for an extension to his leave. Tentative funeral arrangements have been set for Sunday afternoon. His parents were Alonzo and Nancy C. Mann Lancaster. He was born in Richland township, February 15, 1877. Mr. Lancaster spent his entire life in Richland and Cleveland townships and throughout his life was actively engaged in community affairs. He was a farmer for many years, worked as a well driller and plumber and for a number of years was manager of the Larwill Livestock Shipping Association. On January 6, 1904 Mr. Lancaster was married to Miss Daisy Cullimore, a teacher in the county at the time of her marriage. Surviving besides the widow are two sons, Lt Robert Lancaster, USNR, on sea duty during the past year; Eugene Lancaster, South Whitley, one sister Mrs. Adda Lansdown, South Whitley and Fort Wayne; three brothers Russell Lancaster, Cleveland township; Dr. Otil Lancaster, Fort Wayne; Clifton Lancaster, Estes Park, Colorado, and two little granddaughters, Beth Ellen and Susan Gene Lancaster of South Whitley. Mr. Lancaster was a member of the Methodist church at South Whitley and the Knights of Pythias Order.


Lawrence, Emily (Dunfee)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday June 6, 1933

     Mrs. Emily Lawrence, aged 74, died at 1:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the Linvill Memorial hospital where she had been a patient during the past week. Not long ago Mrs. Lawrence contracted summer influenza which developed into pneumonia.
     She was born on Feb. 28, 1859 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dunfee. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Alfred (Mabel) Bayman of Lafayette; a granddaughter; one brother, Lewis Dunfee of Los Angeles, Cal. and two sisters, Mrs. John McNabb and Miss Martha Dunfee of Columbia City.


Lawrence, Rosie Fisher
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, February 9, 1939

     Relatives here were informed today of the death in the Epworth hospital at South Bend of Mrs. Rosie Fisher Lawrence, wife of Perry Lawrence, of Walkerton.
     She had been in failing health for about two years, but only recently had her condition become serious. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence are former Whitley county residents. Mrs. Lawrence's death occurred, according to her husband, at 11:30 o'clock this morning from uremic poisoning.
     She was born July 20, 1870, to Adam and Mary Stemen [sic] Fisher, Columbia City. Surviving besides her husband are three brothers, Charles and Asher Fisher, city, and Theodore Fisher, Fort Wayne; two sisters, Mrs. Austin Hively and Mrs. William Hively, both of Thorncreek township. She was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Eva Lawrence, Columbia City, and sister-in-law of Mrs. Mary Tucker, Etna, Mrs. Arminda Smith, of Huntington, David Lawrence, of Portsmouth, O., Jacob Lawrence, of Hanna, Ind., and Mrs. J. A. DeMoney, Columbia City. A brother, Lewis Fisher, of this city preceded her in death.
     Funeral arrangements are expected to be made known to the local relatives late today.


Leamon, Catharine Keister
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (032-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday November 15, 1905

     Mrs. Catharine Leamon, an aged resident of Thorncreek township, died Friday at 3 p.m. at the home of her son Willis Leamon just north of Round Lake. She was only ill a week with pneumonia until the end came. She was 80 years 1 month and 12 days old and leaves two sons and a daughter. Willis Leamon and Mrs. Sarah Grable of Thorncreek township, Jacob Leamon of Green township, Noble county. Her husband died six years ago. The funeral occurred Monday 10 a.m. at Christian chapel; interment nearby.


Lee, Icel
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 19, 1945 Page 6

     Icel Lee, past 66 years old, died Sunday night of paralysis at her home at 403 Wayne Street Huntington. She had been ill for the past two years. She was born in Homer, Illinois on June 2, 1878, and had resided at 609 W Market Street in Columbia City most of her life, going to Huntington in July 1944. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Rodgers. On February 9, 1898 she married at Danville, Illinois to Ryland Lee of Homer, Illinois who survives and who is 85 years old. Surviving children include Harry Cecil Lee of Huntington; John S. Lee of Kendallville; Mrs. Walter Bardner, Hudson, Ind.; Ralph Lee of South Milford; Mrs. Thomas Eyanson and Mrs. Edwin Heupel of Columbia City; Mrs. Gladys Baugh of Fort Wayne. There are 13 surviving grandchildren. A son, Ernest Lee, is dead. The following named brothers and sisters survive; Revo Rodgers, Abilene, Texas; Argo Rodgers, Homer, Illinois; Mrs. Cecil Wallace, Champagne, Ohio; Vilne Rodgers, Chicago; Mrs. Lillian McGuigg, Columbus, Ohio. The body was taken to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call and where services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. Charles J. Roberts pastor of the First United Brethren church of Columbia City will conduct the services and interment will be in the Nolt Cemetery.


Lee, John Ryland
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday April 25, 1945 Page 6

     John Ryland Lee, age 85, former local resident died at 11:20 o’clock last night at the home of his son Ralph Lee, two miles east of South Milford in LaGrange county; where he had been visiting for the past two weeks. Death was due to a heart ailment. Mr. Lee was a retired farmer. For a number of years he lived in Union township and later was a resident of West Market Street. For the past year he had resided in Huntington. His wife, the former Icel Rodgers, to whom he was married February 9, 1898, died the 18th of March at Huntington. Mr. Lee was a native of Illinois and was born July 6, 1859 to John and Jennie Lee. The surviving children are Harry C. Lee, Huntington; John S. Lee, Kendallville; Mrs. Walter Bordner, Lake of the Woods; Ralph Lee, LaGrange county, Mrs. Thomas Eyanson and Mrs. Edwin Heupel, Columbia City; Mrs. Gladys Bauch, Fort Wayne. Eleven grandchildren also survive. Three brothers and four sisters of Mr. Lee are deceased. Funeral services will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home in this city at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, Dr. Charles J. Roberts of the United Brethren church officiating. Burial will be made in the Nolt cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 12 noon, Thursday.


Leininger, Alma Jane
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday January 27, 1945 Page 6

     Death came at 12:45 o’clock Friday afternoon to Mrs. Alma Jane Leininger, 58, of 414 East Swihart St. Death occurred at the Methodist hospital in Fort Wayne, where she was admitted last Wednesday. Mrs. Leininger had been in failing health since the tragic death of her husband which occurred in Columbia City 13 years ago. The Rev. Roscoe Wilson, pastor of the First United Brethren church at South Bend, former local minister will officiate at funeral services to be held at 10:30 o’clock Monday morning at the DeMoney Funeral Home. He will be assisted by Dr. C. J. Roberts of this city. Burial will be made in Greenhill cemetery. A daughter of Eli and Rachael Starts Van Wey, Mrs. Leininger was born in Cleveland township, March 27, 1886. She was married in Columbia City to Willis Edwin Leininger by the Rev. L. A. Luckenbill on Dec. 23, 1909. The death of Mr. Leininger occurred in this city Oct. 6, 1931, when he was struck by a failing plane near the Blue Bell factory. Mrs. Leininger is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Floyd A. Maggart of near Pierceton and Mrs. Eldridge V. Brockup, 414 E Swihart St; three sisters, Mrs. Milladore Sell, Columbia City; Mrs. Lewis Barnhart, Fort Wayne and Mrs. Minnie Snider, Columbia City; a brother Frank Van Wey, Fort Wayne and five grandchildren. A daughter, Sadie Leininger is deceased. Mrs. Leininger was a member of the First United Brethren church of this city.


Lemmon, Mary E.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday May 22, 1945 Page 6

     Mary E. Lemmon, 358 North Line street, died at 3:30 pm Monday. She had been ill for the past six months and critically ill for several weeks. Mrs. Lemmon was a daughter of Israel and Ann Baker Egolf and was born July 8, 1880, in Thorncreek township. Her husband, Henry O. Lemmon to whom she was married June 8, 1905, died a number of years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Herman Gill and one granddaughter, Mary Catherine Gill. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. William Hazen and Mrs. Flora Weeks of this city, and a brother, Charles Egolf of Thorncreek township. Friends will be received at the Smith funeral Home after 7:30 o’clock Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Interment will be made in Greenhill cemetery.


Lesley, Shirley Ann
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday Evening January 15, 1946 Page 5

     Brief funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley for Shirley Ann Lesley. Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Lesley of South Whitley, who died Friday night in St. Joseph hospital where the child was born October 30, 1944. Burial was made in the South Whitley Cemetery. The baby was not strong from birth and had been kept at the hospital. The Lesley’s have two other children.


Lewis, Ida Blanch (Joslin) Dressler
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday March 8, 1937

     Mrs. Melissa Bower, of this city, has been notified of the death of her sister, Mrs. Sam Lewis, 74, of Kansas City, who died Friday, of pneumonia which followed influenza.
     Mrs. Lewis and her husband were stricken with illness some weeks ago and were taken to the hospital. Mr. Lewis passed away four weeks ago. Mrs. Lewis died of shock when told of her husband’s death last Friday by a friend who visited her at the hospital.
     She was the former Ida Joslin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander [sic] Joslin, and was born at Loraine in Whitley county. She left this city thirty years ago. Surviving Mrs. Lewis is a son, Joseph, of New Mexico, and three sisters, Mrs. Bower, of this city; Mrs. Roxie Parkinson, of Oklahoma, and Mrs. Della Quillen of South Carolina.
     Note: Ida was also married to a John Dressler and had a daughter, Elnora Dressler, and a son, Joseph Dressler both born in the mid-1880's. She also had a son, Charles Joslin, born about 1879.


Linvill, Martha Jane (Myers)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died June 10, 1914)

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     Mrs. Martha Jane Linvill, widow of the late Dr. D. G. Linvill, who has been in failing health for the past few months, suffered a sinking spell last Thursday morning from which she failed to rally, and from that time on her life slowly ebbed away, until she passed into the sleep of death… She was aged seventy-eight years, five months and eighteen days.
     Martha Jane Myers was a daughter of Abram Myers and wife and she was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, December 23, 1835… On June 24, 1854, she was married to Dr. Linvill. Their family consisted of sixteen children; there are but four living: Dr. David Swan Linvill, Dr. Benjamin P. Linvill and Hayes Linvill, of this city, and Mrs. Daisy Wiedner, of Mishawak, Ind. One brother, Thomas Myers, who is older than the deceased lives at Wichita, Kansas.


Linvill, Rena
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died April 19, 1893

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     The death of Mrs. Dr. D. S. Linvill, occurred Wednesday morning, April 19, 1893. She was the only daughter of Mr. D. R. Hemmick, her mother, Lucy Watson, died when she was in her second year. She was married on June 1, 1887 to Dr. D. S. Linvill. They had one child, a daughter, who lived but little more than a year and died.


Long, Children (Grace Aldine, Jacob Elmer & Ralph Corydon)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died of Diptheria November/December 1896

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     Ralph Corydon, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Long, was born November 18, 1889, died November 20, 1896, aged 7 years and two days.
     Grace Aldine, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Long, was born January 3, 1888, died December 3, 1896 aged 8 years and eleven days.
     Jacob Elmer, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Long, was born October 22, 1892, died December 9, 1896, aged 4 years, one month and 17 days.
     Rev. J. T. Keesey, of Burket, preached the funerals, Sunday January 3, 1897 in the Eberhard church to the sorrowing friends.


Long, Edwin M.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, July 11, 1928

     Edwin M. Long, past 71 years old, a native of Etna township, Whitley county, died Sunday afternoon at 1:05 o'clock at the county farm and asylum after an illness of almost a year due to infirmities of old age. He was confined to his bed for the past seven months.
     He was born in Whitley county and was a son of John and Emily Long. His father preceded him in death but his mother makes her home at the county farm. She is past 91 years of age.
     Mr. Long resided in Whitley county practically all his life except for twenty years when he was a carpenter in Fort Wayne. He returned to Whitley county from Ft. Wayne two years ago.
     The deceased was twice married. His first marriage was to Dora Jane Bowlby. Two children were born to this union. Esta, wife of Samuel Swihart, of Fort Wayne, and Coral Haynes, of Kettle Falls, Wash. He was married a second time to Florence Kimes, of Ft. Wayne, who survives. Mrs. Long has been at the county farm for the past several months aiding in caring for her husband. There are two step children surviving this marriage, Ralph Kimes of Ft. Wayne, and Edna Kimes of New York. A brother, Mott Long, resides at Anderson.
     There are nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren living. Shortly before his death Mr. Long made arrangements to be baptized in the Mennonite church.
     Funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Hood & Smith funeral home in Columbia City. Rev. Benjamin King, of Fort Wayne, will conduct the services and burial will be in Salem cemetery.

Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, July 14, 1928

     Funeral services for Edwin M. Long were held at the Hood & Smith funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Rev. E. J. Hults of Etna conducted the services. The flower bearers were: Genevieve and Evelyn Shew, Ilo Smith, Inez Jordan. The pallbearers were: J. L. Myers, Melvin Burnsworth, Will Palmer, George Frye, Rollin Long, Paul Shew. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery.


Long, Emily Eliza (Joslin)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday December 6, 1929

     Mrs. Emily Long, 91, passed away at the county hospital near here at 6:30 o'clock Friday morning following an invalidism of several years duration. Mrs. Long had been ill many months following a stroke of paralysis and in recent weeks had contracted a heavy cold which was thought to have hastened her death.
     The deceased was born on December 12, 1837 and at the time of her death lacked but six days of being 92 years old. Mrs. Long was well known in the county. Surviving is one son, Mott Long, of Anderson, Ind.
     The decedent had been a patient at the institution where she died since February 20, 1928. The body has been removed to the Smith funeral home on South Line street.
     Mrs. Long was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Long [sic] and was born at Columbus, Ohio. When a small child she came with her parents to Lorane. She was married to John Long in 1853. She was the mother of eight children, seven having preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be held at the Smith funeral home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Salem cemetery in Noble county.
     Note: Emily's parents were James and Abigail (Goodrich) Joslin


Long, Iva (Doane)
Columbia City Commercial Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 27, 1922

     Mrs. Iva Doane-Long, wife of Oliver E. Long, former county treasurer, passed away Tuesday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock following an illness of three months of complications, the immediate cause of her death being typhoid fever.
     Mrs. Long was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Doane and was born in Etna township, April 15th, forty-seven years ago. The mother passed away several years ago and the father is now residing in Lorain, O. Besides the husband and daughter, Helen aged 10, and the aged father, she is survived by two half brothers and three half sisters.
     The deceased was a resident of this city during her husband's term of office but at the expiration of his term the family returned to their farm in Etna township where the deceased spent the greater part of her life. Mrs. Long was a woman beloved by all who knew her. Her untimely death has cast a shadow over the community where she spent her life. She was a devout member of the Etna M.E. church.
     Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in all probability at the home.


Long, John
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday February 7, 1900

     John Long was born in Ross county, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1826, died Jan. 21, 1900, aged 73 years, 1 month and 25 days.
     He emigrated with his parents to Indiana at the early age of 10 years and remained with them till Oct. 12, 1854, at which time he united in marriage to Emily J. Joslin and moved to the site of his present home soon after. Seven children was the result of this union, three of whom preceded him.
     He united with the Freewill Baptist church, of Ormas, Ind., in February 1890, and has always lived in consistent accord with its tenents. As to his c hristian character and fortitude no words of praise can pay better tribute than his humble and patient resignation during the past eighteen months of his affliction. Never once complaining or murmuring as to his lot, but only waiting for the summons to come up higher. As evidence of his faith and hope when interrogated as to his future, he smilingly replied that all was bright to him and earnestly requested all to do right and meet him in a better world. As a neighbor he was ever kind and true to his convictions of justice and right. As a husband and father his past life's devotion demonstrates better than words can tell. In the sacred grief of the friends thus deeply bereft we can but drop the tear of sympathy, and for consolation point tme to Him who doeth all things well. Though confronted by sad mementos of the pale horse and its rider that has severed the silver cord and so ruthlessly broken the dearest of earthly ties, it has but strengthened that invisable tie that binds us to the spirit land beyond. Though sorrow chills our souls and the clouds of gloom cling close above our heads while the weary years roll by, we have the cheerful assurance, "there is light beyond the clouds" and every year but narrows the surging tide and brings us closer to a blissful reunion in that haven of peace and rest.

     Twilight and evening bell,
         And after that the dark;
     And may there be no sadness of farewell,
         Where I embark.
     For though from out our home of time and place
         The soul may bear me far.
     I hope to see my Pilot, face to face.
         When I have crossed the bar.

     Funeral services were held at the Salem church, Tuesday, Jan. 23, conducted by his former pastor, S. H. Dull, of Hillsdale, Mich., and the remains were interred in the cemetery near the church.


Long, Mott R.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday July 17, 1950

     Mott R. Long, 84, former resident of Etna Township and later of Columbia City died Saturday at Anderson where he had lived for a number of years and where he was employed until he was past 80 years of age.
     For a number of years Mr. Long was associated with his brother, Monroe Long, in the threshing business in Etna Township. When a resident of Columbia City he worked as a carpenter.
     He is survived by his wife and a son, Rollin, resident of Fort Wayne. Surviving besides the widow and son are a number of nieces and nephews living in Whitley County.
     Funeral services were held this afternoon at Anderson and were attended by relatives from Whitley county.


Long, Oliver E.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday August 12, 1957

     Oliver E. Long, 84, retired Etna township carpenter and farmer and a former Whitley County treasurer, died at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Whitley County Hospital. He had entered the hospital Friday afternoon.
     Mr. Long was a native of Etna township and was born September 28, 1872, a son of William C. and Edna Caroline Jones Long. After completing his education at Valparaiso University he was united in marriage to Iva Doane and they started housekeeping on the same farm where Mr. Long spent his entire life, a mile and a half west of Etna in Etna-Troy township. In 1912 he was elected to the office of Whitley County treasurer and he served in that capacity for a term of four years.
     Mrs. Long preceded him in death September 26, 1922. Following the death of his wife, his sister Florence Long, made her home with him and for the past 25 years Mrs. Cora Cole has resided at the Long residence.
     The surviving relatives include one daughter, Mrs. Leon B. Alter; one sister, Mrs. Ray Burns, Etna-Troy township. In addition to his wife, he has been preceded in death by three sisters.
     The body was removed to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, where the Rev. Robert W. Crosby pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, conducted memorial services at 10 o'clock Monday morning. Committal services and burial followed the funeral home rites in the West Etna Community Church.


Long, Phillip
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (008-PF)
Unidentified Obituary
Phillip died April 4, 1916

     Phillip Long, an aged German resident of Jefferson township, who was confined to his bed for the past six weeks with dropsy and heart trouble, passed away Monday morning at 1:30 o’clock. Mr. Long was well along in life being 80 years, 5 months and 20 days old at the time of his death. He made his last trip to this city during the month of December and up until that time was in the best of health considering his age.
     Phillip Long was born in Pennsylvania on November 13, 1835, and was a son of Phillip and Margaret Long. A few years after his birth his parents moved to Starke county, Ohio, and at that place he received his education and spent his boyhood days. When twenty six years of age he came to Whitley county, Indiana and was united in Marriage to Eliza Rogers, and to this union five children were born, four of whom survive: namely, Mrs. Wesley Smith, of Jefferson township, Mrs. Joseph Mills of Aboite, Indiana, Mrs. Samuel Clem of Dixon, Indiana, and John Long of Huntington county, one child having passed away. A few years later his first wife passed away and he was again united in marriage to her sister, Susan Rogers, and to this union three children were born, one of whom survives, George Long, of Columbia City.
     After living as man and wife for some years the second Mrs. Long also passed away, and on January 19th 1911, Mr. Long and Miss Martha Reimer were married. No children were born to this union and the wife survives. Mr. Long was the last surviving member of his father’s family.
     The funeral will occur on Thursday; the cortege leaving the home at 1 o’clock for the Saturn church in Jefferson township. Rev. Gillespie will officiate and interment will be made at the Broxon cemetery.

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