Whitley County Obituaries

McClain, Ferne Dunfee
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday June 10, 1985

     Ferne Dunfee McClain, 68, of 206 E. Ewing St., South Bend, died at 11:50 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the family residence. Mrs. McClain formerly lived in Jefferson Township and the Raber community.
     She was born Sept. 28, 1916, in Whitley County, a daughter of Fred and Grace Toomey Dunfee. She resided locally until moving to South Bend in 1940. Her marriage was to Verlin L. McClain who was a veteran of World War II. Mrs. McClain retired from employment due to poor health.
     Her husband died on Dec. 23, 1965. Surviving are a brother, Lester Dunfee of R 1 Roanoke, and a sister-in-law, Edith Dunfee of Laud. A brother Paul is deceased.
     Friends may call at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be at the chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Clifford, pastor of Laud Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Jefferson Chapel Cemetery.


McClain, Verlin L.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
December 24, 1965

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     Death came to Verlin L. McClain, 50, of 206 East Ewing Street, South Bend at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph's Hospital in South Bend.
     He was born December 16, 1915 a son of Otis and Faye McClain. Both parents have preceded him in death. In 1938 he was married to Ferne Dunfee, Jefferson township and for the past 25 years they made their home in South Bend. Mr. McClain was an employe of Torrington Manufacturing Company and a veteran of World War II. Surviving is the wife, Ferne, South Bend.
     The body will be brought to the Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel where friends may call after noon Saturday. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Chapel cemetery.


McConnell, Charles B.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday May 12, 1945 Page 2

     Charles B. McConnell died at his home in Sidney at 3:30 o’clock Friday afternnon following an illness of nearly two years. Death was due to a heart ailment. Mr. McConnell was a son of George and Betsy McConnell and was born in Richland township, November 26, 1872. He had resided in the Boonville and Sidney community since he was nine years old. His marriage to Lottie Compton occurred at the brides home in Richland township June 29, 1898. The widow survives with one daughter, Mrs. Luther R. Vance of Kosciusko county. Other survivors are one sister, Mrs. Pauline Haines, aged 85, of Warsaw. Mr. McConnell was a dry goods merchant and a farmer for many years. He was a member of the Congregational Christian church and the Masonic lodge at Sidney. Friends will be received at the McConnell residence at Sidney where funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Howard Warner of Sidney Christian church officiating. Burial will be made in South Whitley.


McCoy, Harold O.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Indiana
July 18, 2003

     Harold O. McCoy, 86, prominent Churubusco businessman and community leader, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2003 at The Oaks in Columbia City following a lengthy illness. Born on April 28, 1917 in Green Township, Noble County, the only son of Orlo E. and Cora Naomi (Cooley) McCoy, his formative years were spent in that community. He was educated at the former Huckleberry School in Noble County and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1935.
     On June 26, 1938 he was married in Smith Township to Sylvelda L. Egolf. The couple spent their entire married life in Churubusco and had lived in 18 different residences in the Churubusco-area during their 55 years of marriage. Mrs. McCoy died on September 21, 1993. Upon completing his education, he went to work for his father at McCoy's Hatchery in Churubusco and purchased an interest in the business the following year. As the business continued to prosper, he and his father founded and operated McCoy's Feeds, Inc. in Churubusco. They also purchased a lumber business in Churubusco from Lewis W. Scattergood and founded the McCoy Lumber Company, also in Churubusco. The firm built many homes and businesses throughout the Churubusco-area.
     In 1956, he and his father sold their interest in their chicken hatchery and feed mill businesses and after 30 years, closed their lumber business. They built Churubusco Super-Valu (now Mor For Less), Churubusco Laundromat, and the former Family Restaurant (now Brevins' Downtown Eatery) on the property of their former lumber business, and owned those businesses for several years.
     Mr. McCoy, along with his son, Jerry McCoy, also owned and operated McCoy Realty in Churubusco for a period. His nearly 50 continuous years in the lumber and real estate business allowed him to be responsible for the housing of countless area families, as well as the commerce development of the Town of Churubusco.
     His life outside of his business and professional concerns was marked by community service and memberships in several organizations. He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, a charter member and past president of the Churubusco Rotary Club, was past president of the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce, and past chief of the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department. He was past president of the Fort Wayne Air Stream Travel Club and had traveled throughout the continental United States and Canada with that organization.
     A former member of the Smith Township Advisory Board, he also served as a director and stockholder of the Churubusco State Bank for several years.
     Surviving relatives include a son, Jerry (Beverly) McCoy of Winona Lake; a daughter, Coreen (Fred) Gilbert of rural Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
     The funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Churubusco United Methodist Church with the Rev. Christine-Newman Jacobs, officiating. The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, or at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
     For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Churubusco United Methodist Church, or Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, Fort Wayne.


McCoy, Sylvelda
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley Co., Indiana
September 23, 1993

     Sylvelda McCoy, 75, a resident of rural Churubusco, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1993, at 9:30 p.m., at the family residence north of Churubusco as the result of an apparent heart attack.
     Mr. McCoy was born April 13, 1918, in Smith Township, a daughter of Dewey and Eva Winebrenner Egolf, and a lifelong resident of the Churubusco area. She was united in marriage to Harold O. McCoy on June 26, 1938, in Smith Township.
     Mrs. McCoy was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and was former president of both the Indiana State Mission Circle and the Churubusco Literary Club.
     Surviving are her husband, Harold, to whom she was married 53 years; a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Coreen) Gilbert, of Fort Wayne; a son, Jerry McCoy, of Williamsburg, Va.,; her mother, Eva Egolf, of Merriam; two brothers, J. D. Egolf and Russell J. Egolf, both of rural Churubusco; and a sister, Mrs. Alton (Faith) Richards, of Tampa , Fla. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Christopher McCoy, Heather McCoy, Dan Gilbert and Joe Gilbert.
     The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dale H. Linhart and the Rev. Vaughn Powell officiating.
     The family will receive friends at the Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday or at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will take place in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
     For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Churubusco United Methodist Church.


McGee, Joellen Egolf
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post and Mail, Columbia City, Indiana
May 11, 2004

     Joellen Egolf McGee, 60, a resident of Fort Wayne and formerly of Churubusco, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2004 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health for some time and had been seriously ill the past two months.
     Born on April 11, 1944 at Wolf Lake, a daughter of Nile W. and Emma Louise (Clouse) Egolf, she spent her formative years in Churubusco, graduating from Churubusco High School in 1962.
     Most of her adult life was spent in Fort Wayne where she was formerly employed at Central Soya for 14 years. She was employed as the engineering program administrator at ITT in Fort Wayne and had worked there for the past 19 years.
     An avid fan of Indiana University basketball and former Coach Bobby Knight, she enjoyed crafts, sewing, her Bunko Club friends and most especially her grandsons.
     Surviving relatives include her daughter, Kelly McGee of Fort Wayne; a sister, Nancy (Steve) Parker of Simpsonville, S.C.; and two grandsons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Egolf.
     The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, at Churubusco United Methodist Church in Churubusco, with the Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs, officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, or at the church one hour prior to the service Tuesday. Interment is in the family plot at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
     For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, or to her grandsons, Shawn and Casey Weaver, scholarship fund in-care-of Three River's Federal Credit Union.


McKown, James
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (030-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday July 28, 1897

     James McKown was born in the state of New Jersey, June 25th, 1821. He moved to Hancock county, Ohio, with his parents when quite a small boy. When 12 years old his father died and the family became scattered. In course of time he came to Williams county, Ohio, where he became acquainted with the family of George Brenner. He was married to Lydia Brenner in 1846 and moved to Whitley county, Ind., in 1853, where he resided until death. He died July 21st, 1897, aged 76 years and 26 days. He leaves a wife and seven children, five daughters and two sons, one brother and a host of friends to mourn his death. The funeral was largely attended. D.W. Sanders conducted the services in the Baptist church of this city. The remains were interred in the Nolt cemetery.


McNabb, Eber L.
The Commercial Mail – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday September 26, 1941

     Eber L. McNabb, 66, died last night at 6 o'clock in Linvill Memorial Hospital of pneumonia and a complication of diseases. He was admitted to the hospital a week ago.
     Mr. McNabb was a native of Jefferson township and was born to John W. and Margaret Dunfee McNabb May 24, 1875. He spent his life in Whitley county and following the death of his wife two years ago, came to this city from Columbia township to make his home with his sister, Miss Wilda McNabb.
     Mr. McNabb was married to Minnie Maude Hively on Oct. 16, 1897. Mrs. McNabb's death occurred on June 5, 1939. He is survived by three children, DeWitt McNabb, Pennsylvania Railroad freight agent at Mendon, Mich.; Ellis R. McNabb, platoon seargeant in the United States Army stationed at Paris Island, S.C.; and Mrs. F.M. Schuyler of South Gate, Calif.; two sisters, Miss Wilda McNabb of this city and Mrs. Frank Bard of Corunna; and three grandchildren. Mr. McNabb wa a member of the IOOF order. Interment will be made in Greenhill cemetery.


McNabb, Ellis R.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday July 2, 1953

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     Ellis R. McNabb, 53, a retired First Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, died following a heart attack at 7:50 o'clock Wednesday evening at his home 203 South Whitley street. Although he had been subject to two prior heart attacks within the past years; his death was unexpected.
     He was a native of Thorncreek township, and was born on May 12, 1900, a son of Eber and Minnie Maud Hively McNabb. When a small boy he accompanied his parents to Columbia township, west of this city and was graduated from the local high school with the class of 1919.
     The same year he left the United States for Korea where for a year and a half he was employed by the Oriental Consolidated Gold Mining Company. Upon his return home, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 26, 1922. Prior to World War II, he had served in Cuba.
     During the last war he served in the South Pacific, having fought in the battles on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Pelelieu and Palau Islands. While engaged in the battle of Guadalcanal, his unit had the experience of going 51 days without food or water. They were even forced to watch the enemy steal food which was dropped by the U. S. Navy. In May, 1948 he was placed on fleet rescue status.
     He was a member of Columbia City Lodge No. 189 F. and A. M.; the Columbia City Chapter Order of the Eastern Star; American Legion Post No. 98; B. P. O. E. No. 1417 of this city; and the Scottish Right Consistory at Fort Wayne.
     On August 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to the former Alice B. Biddle, at Kendallville. They resided one year at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina and after a year spent at Kendallville, came to Columbia City where they have since made their home.
     Surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Alice McNabb; two step-children, Mrs. Anne Hamilton and Attorney James Biddle, both of this city; six grandchildren; one brother, W. Dewitt McNabb, Conklin, Mich.; and a sister, Mrs. Wanda Schuyler, South Gate, Calif.
     The body has been removed to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 o'clock Thursday evening. The Rev. Graham L. Kleespie, pastor of the Grace Lutheran church, will officiate at the funeral rites to be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Funeral Home. American Legion Post No. 98 will attend the service and conduct the military rites in Greenhill Cemetery. Columbia City Lodge No. 147 B. P. O. E. will conduct the ritualistic twilight service of the order at the funeral home at 8 o'clock Friday evening.


McNabb, Harry
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died September 16, 1907

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     Harry McNabb, a nephew of Marshal McNabb, of this city, died at his home in Garrett, Monday night about 12 o’clock. The young man was about 25 years of age and leaves a wife and one child, about 3 years old. He death was due to typhoid fever.
     The deceased was a machinist by trade and was employed in the shops in Garrett. He was an honorable young man and his untimely death is deplored by a large circle of friends.
     Marshal McNabb was called to Garrett Sunday evening and was present at the time of his nephew’s death.


McNabb, John W.
The Commercial Mail – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday April 23, 1930

     Death Tuesday afternoon claimed one of this community's prominent residents when John W. McNabb, 79, former sheriff of Whitley county, succumbed to a heart attack at his residence on West VanBuren street.
     The deceased was born in DeKalb county on June 12, 1850 to David and Sophia McNabb. He came to Whitley county in 1870 and two years later, on the 15th of September 1872 was united in marriage to Miss Wilmina Dunfee of Jefferson township.
     In the fall of 1890, he was elected Sheriff of Whitley county on the Democratic ticket and was re-elected to a second term. Mr. McNabb was prominent in his political party for many years. He was a former member of the city council, served as Chief of Police and Street Commissioner and Deputy Assessor of Columbia township. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias order in this city.
     Surviving are the widow; one son, Eber McNabb of Columbia township; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Bard of Corunna, Ind., and Miss Wilda McNabb, at home; one sister, Mrs. Martha Dellenbach of Corunna; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. McNabb was a member of a family of eight children.
     For many years the deceased traveled for the old Harper Buggy Company which was located here. For several years he was employed by the firm of Trembly & McNear in this city. Mr. McNabb also conducted the Raupfer business at Churbusco. He was conscientious in business and public office and had a host of admirers and friends. By his quiet unassuming ways and cheerful disposition he formed many warm friendships. The sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended to the members of the bereft family.
     Funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Interment will be in Greenhill cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.


McNabb, Margaret Dunfee
Columbia City Commercial-Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, March 24, 1941

     Rev. John B. Sparling of Trinity Methodist church will officiate at rites to be held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Margaret Wilmina McNabb, 88 years old, widow of John W. McNabb, who served as sheriff of Whitley county for four years. Services will be held at the McNabb residence, 408 West VanBuren street. Mrs. McNabb had been in failing health since 1930 when she fell and fractured her right hip, and had been seriously ill for the past week.
     She was born in Jefferson township to Jonathan S. and Mary Ann Quick Dunfee, November 26, 1852. Her marriage to Mr. McNabb, native of DeKalb county, occurred Sept. 15, 1872. Mr. McNabb died April 22, 1930. The surviving children are Miss Wilda McNabb, former Whitley county teacher and now owner of the Brown Bobby shop in this city; Mrs. Frank Bard of Corunna; and Eber McNabb of this city. Other survivors are one sister, Miss Martha Dunfee, who resides at the McNabb home; a brother, Lewis W. Dunfee of Los Angeles, Calif; and the following grandchildren: DeWitt McNabb of Mendon, Mich.; Ellis McNabb with the U.S. Marines in Cuba; Mrs. F.M. Schuyler of Los Angeles, Calif. There are three great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters of Mrs. McNabb have passed away.
     She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city for many years. Interment wil be made in Greenhill cemetery.


McNabb, Minnie Maude Hively
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday June 5, 1939

     Death came at 4 o’clock this morning to Mrs. Minnie Maude McNabb, 62, wife of Eber McNabb, at her home in Columbia township near the Huffman school, following a long illness. In failing health for many months, she submitted to a gall gladder operation January 30 at Three Rivers, Mich. She had been bedfast since May 12. Death was due to cancer.
     Mrs. McNabb, member of one of Whitley county’s prominent families, was born in Thorncreek township August 22, 1876, to Noah and Matilda King Hively. She was a life-long resident of the county. Her marriage to Mr. McNabb occurred on October 17, 1897.
     Surviving besides the husband are two sons, DeWitt McNabb, of Mendon, Mich., and Ellis McNabb of the U.S. Marines, stationed at the Norfolk Navy yards, Portsmouth, Va.; one daughter, Mrs. F.M. Schuyler, of Los Angeles, Cal.; three grandchildren, Keith McNabb, Larry and Deloris Schuyler.
     Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Chester Hively, Columbia township; Mrs. William Sell, Kosciusko county; Mrs. William Mathias, Richland township; Charles and Irvin Hively, Thorncreek township; Timothy Hively, Columbia City; and Clinton Hively, of Memphis, Tenn. Preceding her in death were three brothers and a sister.
     The body has been removed to the DeMoney Funeral Home where friends will be received until the funeral hour. Funeral services, to be in charge of Rev. G.F. Hubbartt, pastor of the Trinity Methodist church, will be conducted in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be made in Greenhill cemetery.


McNabb, Sophia Dunfee
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died December 31, 1905

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     Mrs. Sophia McNabb, mother of John W. McNabb of this city, died on Sunday December 31st, at the home of her daughter, near Corunna, Dekalb county. The deceased had been in poor health for some time, and on account of her advanced age her vital forces gradually waned until the end. Although her death seemed inevitable, the announcement of her demise was a shock to the family.
     The deceased was the wife of the late David McNabb, who preceded her to the beyond about eighteen years. She was born in Pennsylvania, August 13, 1823 and died in Dekalb county, Indiana on December 31st, 1905, at the age of 82 years, 4 months, and 18 days.
     Mr. and Mrs. McNabb soon after their marriage located in this state, in 1844. To the union eight children were born, six surviving; namely, George, John, Warren, and Frank McNabb, Mrs. Francita Harmes and Martha Delenebaugher, all being residents of Dekalb county, except John of this city and Frank of Kiowa, Kansas. The funeral occured Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the church near the home."


McNabb, Warren
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died April 18, 1913

     Garrett, Ind., April 18 - Gloom was cast over our little city this morning when it was learned that one of the leading citizens had passed away at 1:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital.
     Warren McNabb, county recorder of DeKalb county, and one of the best known and prominent men in the county, after a brief illness, gave up the struggle and peacefully passed into the sleep that knows no awakening. He had submitted to an operation Thursday morning for obstruction of the bowels and everything known to medical science was done but to no avail. He had been ill for a few days at a time several times this winter, but last Sunday was taken much worse and after a day or two the physicians decided that it was necessary to bring him to the hospital here and operate. He was conscious until the last and made all the necessary arrangements in his business matters, thinking that he perhaps might not get well. However, his family could not give up as long as there was life, and his devoted wife and daughters were at his bedside during the time he was in the hospital and not until they saw his eyes close in the last sleep did they give up.
     Mr. McNabb was born in Fairfield township, DeKalb county, 56 years ago, and all his life had been spent here. Thirty-two years ago he was married to Miss Laura McCague, of South Bend. They came to Garrett at that time and Mr. McNabb was given the position of foreman in the Baltimore & Ohio paint shop, which position he held until he made the race for county recorder and won last fall. During the thirty-two years he worked for the B. & O. he was considered one of the most efficient and reliable men in its employ, as his many years of service in that capacity will testify.
     Their home was blessed with the birth of four children, three of whom are living today, and are comforting their mother in her great hours of sorrow. They are: Mrs. Leigh Hunt of Kendallville; Mrs. Harve Williams of this city, and Frank, who resides in the west. Another son, Harry, died five years ago, leaving a widow, Mrs. Kathryn McNabb and little son, Warren., Jr., who is the only grandchild, and has been a great comfort to his grandparents.
     Mr. McNabb also has two brothers, John McNabb of Columbia City, and George, resided north of Corunna, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Dellanbaugh, who lives in Fairfield township, near the old home.
     Mr. And Mrs. McNabb had just moved to Auburn two weeks ago and were settled in their new home which they had purchased there. As county recorder he felt proud of the fact that the people had thought enough of him to put him in this office and felt that he was there to serve them and their interests. He was just getting in a position to attend to those duties which he enjoyed when the Great Master called him home. He was a prominent Odd Fellow and greatly interested in the progress of the order.
     After death the body was taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harve Williams, on Randolph street, where it will lie in state until Sunday afternoon when the funeral will be held there. Harve Williams, the son-in-law, has been appointed recorder to take up the work of Mr. McNabb.


McNabb, Wilda
The Evening Star - Auburn, Dekalb County, Indiana
Saturday June 26, 1954

     Funeral services for Miss Wilda McNabb, 81, a resident of Corunna for the past eight years, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Hazel Bard of Corunna.
     Miss McNabb, a native of Whitley county and a resident of the Columbia City community nearly all her life, died at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the Wakefield Convalescent home at Waterloo.
     Following rites at the Bard residence, the body will be taken to the Columbia City cemetery for graveside services and burial at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
     Miss McNabb had resided with her sister, the widow of the late Frank Bard, for eight years. She was admitted to the convalescent home a short time ago.
     The body was removed to the L.E. Berhalter & Son funeral home at Kendallville where friends may call until it is returned to the Bard home Sunday morning. Friends may call at the Bard residence until the hour of services.
     Miss McNabb was born in Whitley county June 16, 1873. She was a member of the Presbyterian church at Columbia City. Surviving besides the sister are a nephew, DeWitt McNabb of Conklin, Mich., and a niece, Wanda Schyler of Southgate, Calif.


McNagny, Alexander
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died 1911 ?)

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     Alexander McNagny, the aged father of Hon. William F. McNagny of this city expired at his home a mile west of Larwill, Tuesday afternoon… The deceased was born in January 1815 and his early life was spent in Ohio. He came with his family to Whitley county in 1845, and for 66 years past has resided upon the farm on which he died. He was in his 97th year and was one of the oldest residents of the county. His wife preceded him in death 28 years and he is survived by the son of this city and by one daughter, Miss Hattie, who made her home with him.


McNagny, Effie J. Wunderlich
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died September 9, 1893

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     Effie J. Wunderlich was born July 11, 1857. She died September 9, 1893. She was married to William F. McNagny, October 20, 1880.


McNear, Burdette F.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday February 24, 1945

     Death came at 6:10 am today to Burdette F. McNear at his residence at 311 N Chauncey St. Elected treasurer of Whitley County, Mr. McNear was ill during the political campaign and was never able to take over the office to which he was elected last November. His son and only child, Capt Robert B. McNear, stationed at Camp Ellis at McComb, Illinois will arrive in the city tonight. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home, the Rev. G. L. Kleespie of Grace Lutheran church officiating. Committal services will be held in South Park cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 10 o’clock Sunday morning.
     A resident of Whitley county practically all of his life, Mr. McNear had long been identified with the church and civic life of the county. From 1898 to 1912 he was engaged in the harness and buggy business with Samuel F. Trembley. In 1912 he took over the business and later was engaged in the grocery business. In 1936 he went into the retail coal business. He became deputy county treasurer in 1940 under Mark Noble. Long affiliated with Grace Lutheran church, Mr. McNear served as treasurer of the church for a number of years. He was long interested in Masonry bodies, including the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery. He was a past commander of Cyrene Commandery. His parents were Josiah and Antoinette Tucker McNear to whom he was born at Douglas in Butler county, Kansas January 1872. His marriage to Edith Ale took ploace in the city, October 31, 1900. Surving besides the widow and son are one sister. Mrs. Angie McGinley, Toledo, Ohio; a half-brother, Phil McNear of Chicago; and two granddaughters, Sandra and Carol McNear.

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