Whitley County Obituaries

Lower, David F.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died January 27, 1911)

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     When death invaded the home of David F. Lower in Larwill Thursday evening, one of the good men of that town was removed from this life… David F. Lower was born in Columbiana county, O., July 27, 1830, and was 80 years and 6 months of age at his death. He grew up in the county of his birth. September 22, 1850, he was united to Marry Jane Kelley, and to them three children were born. Dr. Melvin Lower, one of the sons, died at North Manchester, two years ago last May, and John, also a physician, died about ten years ago. The daughter, Mrs. John Garrison, resides in Los Angeles, California. They moved to Whitley county and located in Richland township in 1861, and Mrs. Lower passed away in 1891.
     His second wife was Phoebe Roberts and they were married in Larwill in 1892, the wife still surviving. He also leaves three sisters: Mrs. Levi King and Mrs. Catherine Heaslant, of Columbiana county, O., and Mrs. Sidney Weaver, of Holt county, Missouri; and three brothers, Albert Lower, of Springfield, Missouri; John Lower, of South Dakota, and Lee Lower of Larwill.

Lower, Joseph and Albert
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday June 4, 1945 Page 6

     Death came at 7 o’clock last night at Linvill Memorial hospital to Joseph B. Lower 67, general manager at one time of the Oriental Consolidated Gold Mining Company in Korea. Death followed a years illness. Sunday evening the family of Mr. Lower was notified of the death of his brother Albert Lower, 73, which occurred Sunday Morning at Grover, Colorado, where he had lived for the past 30 years. The two men, born in Whitley county, were sons of John B. and Julia Ann Schuh Lower.
     In 1901, Joseph B. Lower went to Korea with the original group of men from Whitley county, organized by the late Leigh Hunt. In 1930 he became general manager of the company; he served in that position until the mines were sold, when he returned to the United states. He spent the past six years in California, Nevada, New York and Columbia City. He was born December 16, 1877. Before he was admitted to Linvill Memorial hospital, Mr. Lower made his home with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Schumaker, 501 West Market Street. He was married March 30, 1906 to Elsie Alice Schumaker, who died Dec 31, 1929 while a resident of Honolulu. A daughter Mrs. John Dana, survives, also a grand-daughter, Marie Jepsen of San Francisco, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. Dana arrived in Columbia City three weeks ago after being interned for 38 months in prison camps in the Philippines. They were residents of Bagino, P I. Mr. Dana was with the United States Engineering department in the Philippines. Mr. Lower was a member of Columbia City Lodge No 189 F and A M and the Elks Order. Friends will be received after 7:30 o’clock tonight at the Smith Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. G. L. Kleespie of Grace Lutheran church officiating. Committal services will be held in Greenhill cemetery.
     The two brothers are survived by another brother Dr. Wallace Lower of Ft. Smith, Ark. and five sisters, Mrs. Viola Miller, Indianola, Iowa; Mrs. Melvin Schumaker, Mrs. Hurley Schumaker, Mrs. George Miller, Columbia City and Mrs. Mable Bridge Iowa. Albert Lower is also survived by his wife the former Bessie Lawrence of Whitley county; three sons, Robert Lower, Washington, D. C.; John Lower of Grover, Colo., Homer Lower, who is serving in the United States Navy, and one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Hahn, Grover, Colo. Mr. Lower was a teacher in the Whitley county school system at one time. After locating at Grover, Colo. he became manager of the Farmers Elevator company and later operated a drug store in the city. Funeral arrangements for Albert Lower are incomplete. Committal services will be held in Compton Church cemetery near this city, where a child of the Lowers is buried.

Luckenbill, Charles Gideon
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday March 20, 1952

     Charles Gideon Luckenbill, 61, 310 Catherine Ave., manager for more than 34 years of the Sherman White Produce Station in this city, died at 4:29 a.m. today at Whitley County Hospital. In ill health for a number of years, his condition became critical last night at 10 o’clock and he was admitted to the hospital. He was at his post of duty Wednesday.
     Previous to his connection with the Sherman White Company, Mr. Luckenbill was associated with his brothers, Schuyler and Argyle Luckenbill, in the undertaking and furniture business in this city.
     Born September 2, 1890, in Miami county near Peru, Mr. Luckenbill came to Columbia City in 1898. His father was the late Rev. Lewis A. Luckenbill, pastor for a number of years of the First Church of God in this city. His mother was the former Laura A. Alspach. On January 11, 1914, he was married to Miss Clella Sharpe, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sharpe of this city.
     The widow survives, also two sons, Lewis, connected with the Hall Hardware company in Warsaw, and Charles Levon, director of band in the high school at Grinnell, Iowa. Also surviving are two brothers, Schuyler Luckenbill of this city and Argyle Luckenbill, now located at Sierra Madre, Calif. A sister, Mrs. Jennie Maxwell, is deceased and a brother, Lewis Allen, died in infancy.
     Mr. Luckenbill had been active in the Columbia City Fire Department for a number of years and in 1940 was made fire chief, resigning as fire chief in 1947 because of his health. He was a member of the Elks lodge also the Eagles lodge.
     Friends will be received after 4 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home. The Rev. Marion Shroyer will officiate at funeral services to be held at the funeral home at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be held in South Park cemetery.
     The brother, Schuyler Luckenbill of this city, has been in California with his brother, Argyle Luckenbill, and both will return here by plane, arriving here in time for funeral services on Saturday.

Luckenbill, Charles Levon
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday January 4, 1964

     Word has been received of the death of Charles Levon Luckenbill at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, December 29 in the Community Hospital at Geneva, Illinois. He had entered the hospital on Friday after a heart attack and died following a second attack.
     He was born in Columbia City May 4, 1917 to Gideon and Clella Sharpe Luckenbill. He was graduated from the Columbia high school with the class of 1935 where he participated in band, orchestra, glee club, choir, speech events, and was on the basketball and baseball teams.
     He was graduated from college at Fayette, Missouri majoring in music. He served with the Air Force from August 1942 until he was discharged in November 1946 with the rank of major. He was high school band director at Marceline, Missouri and Grinnell, Iowa for several years and for the past three years has been head of the music department at Lyon-Healy, music publishers at Chicago.
     He and his family, his wife the former Betty Ann Jones of New Camboia, Missouri and daughters, Janet Ann a senior in high school and Deborah Ruth, 12, lived in Glen Ellyn, Ill. A suburb of Chicago. He was director of the youth and adult choirs in the First Congregational Church at Glen Ellyn of which he and his family were members. Funeral rites were at the church, December 31 with burial in the Allerton Memorial Cemetery near Glen Ellyn.
     Surviving are the wife and daughters at Glen Ellyn; the mother, Mrs. Clella Luckenbill, city; a brother, Lewis Luckenbill, Warsaw. He was preceded in death by his father, Gideon Luckenbill March 20, 1952, who was manager of the Sherman White Company for many years.
     Attending the services from this area were Mrs. Paul Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sharpe, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Sharpe, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Graves, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sharpe, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Kindig and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Grove.
     Levon was a grandson of the late Rev. Lewis A. Luckenbill, a former Church of God minister and partner in the undertaking firm of Luckenbill and Stickler.

Luckenbill, Clella Ruth (Sharpe)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday July 8, 1980

     Mrs. Clella Ruth Luckenbill, 87, 102 ½ North Chauncey Street, widow of Charles Gideon Luckenbill, died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday at Millers Merry Manor. She had been a resident there several months.
     Mrs. Luckenbill was born at Cambridge, Furnace County, Nebraska June 12, 1893, a daughter of Frank and Mina Foster Sharpe. In August of 1893, she moved with her parents and a sister Madge, to a farm in Thorncreek Township. They later moved to East Hanna Street where she spent her formative years. While a student at Columbia City High School she worked as a clerk and cashier at the Hudson Dry Goods Store on West Van Buren Street.
     January 12, 1912, she was married to Charles Gideon Luckenbill by the groom’s brother, the Rev. Lewis A. Luckenbill. They started housekeeping on the Luckenbill farm west of Columbia City. January 20, 1941, they moved to 310 Catherine Avenue.
     Mrs. Luckenbill was a life long member of United Brethren Church, now United Methodist Church, a former member of True Blue Sunday School Class, WSCS, adult choir. For many years she taught Sunday School to young people. She was a member of Ruth Rebekah Lodge 341, Past Noble Grands Club, Columbia City Chapter 65 Order of Eastern Star, Whitley County Historical Society. April 17, 1967 she received the "Decoration of Chivalry" award by the Odd Fellowship in recognition of the grand and noble work the Rebekahs do for humanity. In later years, Mrs. Luckenbill was a clerk at Schultz Brothers Stores in Columbia City.
     Her husband died March 20, 1952. A son, Charles L. Luckenbill, died December 29, 1963, and a son, Lewis F. Luckenbill, died November 3, 1977. Surviving relatives include two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Hope Luckenbill of Warsaw and Mrs. Betty Luckenbill of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Also surviving are five grand children, Charles David Luckenbill, Mrs. Klifford (Dona) Kreicker, both of Warsaw; Mrs. Mike (Dorian) Joy of Lexington, Ky., Mrs. Craig (Janet) Nolan of Bartlett, Ill., Mrs. Rich (Deborah) Culota of Webster, Texas.; one brother, M. Lee Sharpe, Rochester. There are eight great grandchildren.
     A brother Joe, two sisters, Madge Galbreath and Rena Groves are deceased. Friends may call at Smith and Sons Funeral Home Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Rev. James B. Willyard, pastor of Columbia City United Methodist Church, will officiate at the funeral Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
     Ruth Rebekah Lodge and Columbia City Chapter Order of Eastern Star will conduct twilight services at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery.

Luckenbill, Lewis F.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday November 4, 1977

     Columbia City native Lewis F. Luckenbill, 63, Warsaw, son of Mrs. Clella R. Luckenbill, 102 ½ N. Chauncey St., died at 11:17 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Kosciusko Community Hospital after becoming ill while at his work in Doctor’s Clinic, Warsaw, where he was business manager of the clinic. Death was ascribed to a cardiac condition from which he had suffered for more than a year.
     He was born here on Aug. 10, 1914, a son of Gideon and Clella Sharpe Luckenbill but had resided in Warsaw for 34 years. Formerly he was patient relations director at Murphy Medical Center, Warsaw.
     His marriage on Dec. 9, 1934 at Muncie was to Hope Hughey. She survives along with his mother; one son, C. David, Warsaw; two daughters, Mrs. Klifford (Donna) Kreicker, Warsaw and Mrs. Michael (Dorian) Joy, Wilmorre, Ky. and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother.
     Mr. Luckenbill was the immediate past president of the Warsaw Kiwanis club. Other Memberships he held were in Warsaw Order of Eastern Star Chapter 88, Warsaw Lodge 73, F&A.M.; Fort Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite.
     Calling at the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Warsaw, will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and the Warsaw Masonic lodge will conduct its memorial service in the funeral home at 8 p.m. today. Services in the funeral home will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Claude Stogsdill officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery at Warsaw.

Luckenbill, Robert S.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
June 11, 1993 page 2

     Robert S. Luckenbill, 71, of Columbia City, died at 1:35 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne where he was transferred earlier in the morning. Mr. Luckenbill was taken to Whitley County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after becoming ill at his home.
     He was born September 6, 1921, in Columbia City, the son of U.Schuyler and Wilma Hazen Luckenbill. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1940. On December 21, 1946, he was united in marriage to Betty J. Grant. He has been a resident of Columbia City all but two years of his life, which were spent in Hollywood, Fla.
     He managed gas stations for Standard Oil in Columbia City for several years. In 1957, he began employment at W.S. Shamban, where he was a tool room foreman until his retirement in 1979 after 21 years of service.
     He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Columbia City and affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia City.
     Surviving relatives include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Cinda S. Trier of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Dennis (Marta) Harshbarger of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Tony and Scott Trier and Chad and Tara Harshbarger.
     The family will have a private service on Saturday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Columbia City.

Luecke, Christian W.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday June 13 1945 Page 6

     Christian W. Luecke, age 78, Washington township framer and a native and life long resident of Whitley county, died suddenly at 6:30 o’clock Tuesday evening of a heart ailment. He had been in failing health for the past year. Mr. Luecke was born in Washington township February 12, 1867, to Christian and Hanna Striebling Luecke, natives of Germany. He was married May 30, 1888 to Dorothy Schepper who survives with three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Kneller at home; Mrs. Emma Siever, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Hilda Shoop, Terre Haute. Other survivors are 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. Luecke was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in this city. The body, brought to the Smith Funeral Home in this city, will be returned this evening to the residence where friends will be received. Funeral rites will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in this city at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. G. L. Kleespie officiating. A prayer service will be held at the home at 1 o’clock. Committal services will be held in Eberhard cemetery south of Columbia City.



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