Whitley County Obituaries

Meier, Donald L.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
October 17, 1966

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     Funeral services for Donald L. Meier, R 2, who was fatally injured by electrical shock Wednesday morning when the aluminum ladder he was using came in contact with the 7200 volt REMC line on the Homer Schuman farm west of this city, were held Saturday afternoon at the Smith and Son Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Phillip Blake, pastor of the Big Lake Church of God, officiating.
     George McGlennen of Fort Wayne sang two hymns, "Precious Lord" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." His accompaniment, the prelude and postlude to the service were played by Mrs. Phillip Blake.
     The pallbearers, nephews of Mr. Meier, were Terry Hadley, Eugene Darr, Jr., John Miller, Michael Sherman, Craig Meier, and James Roth. Committal services and burial followed the funeral home rites in the South Park cemetery.
     The color guard of American Legion Post presented the colors at the funeral home and cemetery. Those comprising the group were color bearers Donald J. Smith and Ralph Heald; color guards, Ned Trout and Alex Cordill. Past Commander Donald Smith presented the flag which draped the casket to Mrs. Meier.
     On Friday evening the members of the Columbia City Masonic Lodge 189 F. and A.M. conducted the twilight service of the order at the funeral home. Officers taking part in the service were Ralph Helfrich, worshipful master; Don R. Miller, chaplain; and Edwin Meitzler, organist.


Meier, Henry O.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
June 1, 1964

     Henry O. Meier, 64, R 2, Columbia township, a retired employe of the Whitley Products Co., died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at his home one and a half miles south of Columbia City on Ind. 9.
     He had been in failing health for the past ten years due to diabetes, and in March 1959 he was forced to submit to the amputation of his right leg. In April of 1961 it was necessary that the other leg be removed. Since that time he has remained bedfast with the exception of the hours that he could spend in a wheelchair.
     He was a native of Washington township, and was born on August 4, 1899, a son of John W. and Minnie Stickler Meier. After completing his education in the Columbia City schools. He was united in marriage on December 20, 1917, to Doris Burnworth.
     Their first home was in Warsaw and a short time later they moved to Fort Wayne where he became an employe of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, working as a brakeman. After spending 12 years in Fort Wayne, they moved to a farm on the Whitley-Noble county line where he operated a farm for a period of 14 years.
     In 1943 they moved to their present farm south of this city. He was employed at the Whitley Products Company plant here from 1942 to 1949 at which time he was compelled to retire due to his failing health. Mr. Meier was a member of the Big Lake Church of God and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
     He is survived by his wife, Doris; four sons, John Meier R 3; Phillip Meier, Indianapolis; Donald Meier R 3; Louis Meier, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Eugene Darr, R 1 Churubusco; Mrs. Paul Hadley, Marion; Mrs. Robert Miller, Columbia City; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Meier, this city; and one sister, Mrs. Alice McNabb, this city.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call. The Rev. J. Phillip Blake, pastor of the Big Lake Church of God, will officiate at the funeral services to be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the South Park cemetery.


Meier, John R.
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 1, 2000

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     John R. Meier, 79, a resident of Tri Lakes, died at 2:36 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2000 at Parkview Hospital. He was born October 11, 1920 in Whitley County, a son of Henry Otto and Doris Burnworth Meier. His formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township and he graduated from Columbia City High School in 1939.
     During W. W. II, Mr. Meier served in the U. S. Army in the European Theater. On August 4, 1941, he was united in marriage to Martha V. Cobb and they have spent their married life in the Columbia City area, moving to Round Lake in 1964.
     Mr. Meier had been employed by the Columbia Woolen Mill, Kroger Company, Dana Corporation and retired as a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Tri Lakes Baptist Church, American Legion Post #98, V.F.W. Post #5582, Tri Lakes Lions Club, A.A.R.P., Whitley County Council on Aging and a former member of the Masonic Lodge.
     Surviving relatives include his wife, Martha; two daughters, Mrs. Duane (Virginia) Wright, Columbia City, Mrs. Timothy (Lynda) Mix, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marilyn Darr, Tri Lakes, Mrs. Paul (Mildred) Hadley, Boynton Beach, Fla., Mrs. Robert (Barbara) Miller, Plymouth; two brothers, Phil (Bette) Meier, Woodstock, Ill., and Louis Meier, Danville, Ill. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Meier, and his parents.
     The funeral begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tri Lakes Baptist Church with Pastor David Bolton and Harry Harris officiating. Burial is at South Park Cemetery. The American Legion Post # 98 will present military honors at the graveside.
     Visitation is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City and one hour before the service at the church on Sunday. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Tri Lakes Baptist Church, Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab Unit of the Whitley Memorial Hospital, Tri Lakes Lions Club or V.F.W. Post #5582.


Meiser, Mary A. (Mechler)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records - Died 1910)

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     Wednesday evening, Mary A. Meiser, the wife of William Meiser, of east Jefferson street, passed away after an immediate illness of 11 weeks and a period of two years of failing health. Mary A. Mechler was born in Seneca county, Ohio, April 1, 1841, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mechler, and she came with her parents to this county when she was but a child in 1844. June 15, 1860 she was united in marriage to William Meiser and to them eight children were born, seven of whom survive. They are Charles Meiser, of this city, Lorin Meiser of Chicago, Mrs. S. C. Tuttle of Fort Wayne, Mrs. S. H. Randall, Mrs. Frank Brahm, Mrs. W. H. Kissinger, Miss Winona Meiser of this city. Two half brothers, Mathias and Jacob Slessman, also survive.


Mendenhall, John W.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 17, 1945 Page 6

     John W. Mendenhall, age 75, resident of Churubusco at one time, died Tuesday night in Cameron hospital at Angola where he was a patient for 15 months. He was an onion grower for many years and a resident of LaOtto, after residing in Churubusco. Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran hospital in Huntertown at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. Paul Walter officiating. Burial will be made in the Huntertown cemetery. The body brought to the Sonday Funeral Home in Churubusco will be taken to the church where it will lie in state one hour before the service. Mr. Mendenhall is survived by one son Argyle Mendenhall of LaOtto and a sister Mrs. Lizzie Williams of Huntertown. His wife the former Cora Rhoads of Churubusco died in 1931.


Menzie, Doris K.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Truth, Elkhart, Indiana
June 27, 2002

     Doris K. Menzie, 72, formerly of Mishawaka, died at AmeriCare Living Center in Elkhart Wednesday (June 26, 2002).
     Mrs. Menzie was born to Abner and Emma (Egolf) Bower on June 1, 1930, in Coesse, Ind. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Bryan (Jackie) Cavitt of Elkhart, Kathy Fulkerson and Mrs. Daniel (Cynthia) Kemp, both of Mishawaka; seven grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Watson of Shipshewana; and two brothers, Ted Bower of Elkhart and Jerry Bower of Columbia City. Three brothers, Jay, Joe and Lawrence Bower, are deceased.
     Friends may call for one hour before the service at 2 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. The Rev. Erv Mize will officiate and burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
     Mrs. Menzie worked as a nurse's aide for more than 15 years, retiring in 1994 from Rosewood Terrace. Memorials may be given to Elkhart General Community Hospice.


Menzie, Harlow
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, August 28, 1918

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     Harlow Menzie, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Menzie, of Troy township, was killed in action in France on August 4th, according to a telegram received by the young man’s father from the War Department late Friday afternoon. No details were given, other than those contained in the usual message of that sort. He was a member of the 47th Infantry, U. S. Regular army.
     The deceased enlisted in the regular army in July, 1916, at the time of the threatened trouble with Mexico, when the American troops were sent to the border. He was still in the army when war was declared against Germany, but his regiment was not sent overseas until the latter part of May, this year. His relatives heard from him regularly, but he did not give much information concerning his movements in France.
     Besides his parents, there are four brothers, John, Max and Bert, at home, and Jess, of Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Levi Barney, north of Larwill. Had he lived until Sept. 21st, he would have been thirty-five years old.
     The death of this young man just impresses on the people of this community more emphatically the fact that the nation is in war and that hundreds of thousands of American soldiers are standing side by side with our allies, stemming the efforts of a heartless and ambitious war lord who is driving his subjects to their death in the hope that he might gain world power and world dominion. Fearful as the price is, it is what must be expected from war and the sympathy of all goes out to those whose hearts are torn by the losses and sacrifices which are being sustained by their own flesh and blood.
     Harlow Menzie was a fine young man and his friends and relatives sincerely mourn his death and his memory will be cherished along with the others who are giving their lives on the battle fields of France.


Messner, James Harrison
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, January 19, 1934

     James Harrison Messner, 70, died at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Linvill Memorial hospital here, having been a patient at the institution since last Friday. Death was caused by cancer of the stomach. He had not complained of feeling unwell, however, until the first of the year.
     Mr. Messner was well known in and around Columbia City, having been a resident of Whitley county for 34 years. He was born in Summit county, Ohio, on October 15, 1863, to William and Mary Getz Messner. He resided in and near Akron, O., until he reached the age of 21. In 1885 he came to Indiana to make his home.
     On November 27, 1885, he was united in marriage to Clara Ellen Kimmel, daughter of Manias and Christina Kimmel of Noble county. Mr. and Mrs. Messner continued to reside in Noble county until 1896 when they moved to Whitley county. The family has since resided in this county.
     Surviving are three children, Raymond Messner of Union township, Charles Messner of Buffalo, N.Y., and Mrs. Lulu Plummer of Richland township. A son died in infancy. Mrs. Messner died in 1918 and the decedent later was married to Mrs. Jennie V. Sherwood, who passed away in 1933. In addition to the three children there survive two brothers, David and Andrew Messner of Akron, O., a sister, Mrs. Priscilla Watters of Kenmore, O.; six grandchildren, Phyllis and Jean Plummer, Janice, Katherine, DeLoris and Charles Messner.
     A brother, George Messner, of Wadsworth, O., died last December 31 and it was while Mr. Messner was attending his brother's funeral that he became ill. He had been in fairly good health until his Ohio visit. The ailment which caused his death developed rapidly since the first of the year and despite medical aid, caused his death yesterday afternoon. He was a member of the Baptist church.
     Mr. Messner was active in community projects and took a prominent part in fraternal and social work. He possessed a legion of friends and acquaintances to whom he was devoted. His death, following such a brief illness, is deeply regretted by the entire community.
     His body has been taken to the Smith Funeral Home where friends will be received by the family from Friday evening until the hour of the funeral. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. R. C. Plank of the Methodist church at the funeral home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Interment will be made in South Park cemetery.


Messner, Jennie Virginia (Sherwood)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday March 27, 1933

     Death came to Mrs. Harrison Messner, well known Thorncreek Township woman, at 1:40 o'clock Sunday morning, after a long illness of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Messner was stricken with apoplexy a few days ago and since that time her death had been hourly expected.
     During her life time of 79 years Mrs. Messner was a continuous resident of Whitley county. Most of her life was spent on the farm two miles north of Columbia City where she began housekeeping and where her death occurred.
     The deceased was born in Columbia City, August 6, 1853, where the DeMoney mortuary now stands. She was the first of four children born to James M. and Mary Jones Sherwood, early settlers of Whitley county. Mrs. Florence Sickafoose, wife of Charles Sickafoose, of North Chauncey Street, this city is the last and only surviving member of this family.
     The deceased was educated in the schools of Whitley county and taught several successful terms of school in the county prior to her marriage to John D. Sherwood, on February 22, 1875. Mr. Sherwood passed away May 10, 1912. To this union two children were born, a daughter who died at birth, and a son, Justus J. Sherwood, of Allen county.
     She was again united in marriage to Harrison J. Messner, a well known resident of the county who survives with the son and the sister of the deceased.
     Mrs. Messner never affiliated with any church or fraternal order, other than the Grange. Her life was spent in devotion to her home and family.
     The body was removed to the Luckenbill funeral home where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral and where friends may call. Funeral rites will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. R. C. Plank of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Commitment services will take place in Greenhill cemetery.


Meyers, Maggie (Schuman)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – December 12, 1908)

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     Mrs. Maggie Meyers, the aged widow of Abram Meyers, who died five months ago, passed into the last sleep Tuesday afternoon at the old Meyers home, on South Main street.
     Maggie Schuman was born December 5, 1829, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and was aged 79 years and 3 days. She grew to womanhood in the state of her birth and on December 5, 1854, was united in marriage to her deceased husband, in Clark county, Ohio. They came to this city in 1868 and resided here the remainder of their lives.
     The aged husband of the deceased passed away July 8, exactly five months previous to her death. She was a sister of William and Joshua Schuman, deceased pioneers of this county, and was the last of her race, leaving no brothers or sisters.
     She is survived by three sons and two daughters – ex-Treasurer Wm. E. Meyers, of this city; John and Chas. Meyers, of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. C. C. Anspaugh and Mrs. Will E. Travelbee, of this city.


Miller, Andrew
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, May 11, 1921

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     Andrew Miller, one of the best known and highly respected young men of this city, died Sunday afternoon at twenty minutes to five o’clock at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Charles Gale. He had been sick for more than two years from tuberculosis caused by being gassed at Chateau Thierrry. He was with the railway artillery and it was during the heavy fighting of July, 1918, that he was gassed. When it was learned that he had been gassed he was sent to Spain for about six weeks but the climate there did not help him much. He was later brought home and first discharged in May 1919, but he re-enlisted for one year. His condition became worse and when he was discharged a second time he was in the hospital at Oteen, N. C. The 17th of last December he entered the Irene Byron Tuberculosis hospital near Fort Wayne and came home from there the 17th of March. The dread malady had such a hold on him that he was unable to throw it off. Relatives said that his last words were, “I do love my country.”
     He was a son of Jacob and Martha Miller and was born on April 19, 1898, making him just a few days over 23 years of age. The young man’s parents died when he was but a babe and he was taken to the home of an aunt, Mrs. Charles Gale, where he was cared for since he was four months old. He made his home there most of his life. He volunteered May 5, 1917, going into the service from Ligonier. He served during several offensives and was in the army altogether eighteen months. On February 5, 1920, he was married at Salem, N. J. to Helen Mills and they were the parents of one child, Donald Louis, two months old. He was a member of the United Brethren church.
     Andrew was a boy naturally witty and his dry humor was appreciated by his friends. In a letter from him to this paper, while he was in the thick of the fighting in France, he spoke of the thousands of Yanks overseas and in his characteristic way he wrote that of all the U. S. soldiers over there “I am one of Uncle Sam’s best.” He was not large of stature, but he was courageous and conscientious and he was willing to do his bit for his country.
     After it became certain that he could not live, he asked his young wife to return to her parents in New Jersey. He was leaving for the hospital and he told her that he knew.. [there are two paragraphs are in the next column but the right half of that column was cut off by the microfilmers, I will try to get them from the original newspaper.]

Columbia City Post – Wednesday, May 11, 1921

     A military funeral will be held for Andrew Miller former world war soldier, who died Sunday. The Captain Ray P. Harrison Post of the American Legion will give their ritual at the grave and the firing squad will fire a salute in honor of the departed comrade. Those who will compose the firing squad are: John Gaston, commander, Corwin Bills, Byrl Young, Albert Sweeney, Merle Gipe, Noah Wolf, Claude Knecht, Joe Firestone and Ervin Kerch. The pall bearers will be John Kramer, Mark Rhoads, Elmer Bumb, John Rouch, Russell Eisaman and Robin Strong. Phil McNagny will act as chaplain.
     The funeral cortege will leave the Kyler home on North Main street at one o’clock for the United Brethren church where services will be conducted by Rev. O. B. Wells. The remains will then be taken to the Lindenwood cemetery at Fort Wayne for burial.


Miller, Prof Edward L.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday March 2, 1945 Page 6

     Word has been received here of the death of Prof. Edward L. Miller, 77, which occurred at noon Thursday at his home in Indianola, Iowa, following a short illness. Prof. Miller had been head of the School of Commerce in Simpson College at Indianola for 45 years. The title of Professor Emeritus was bestowed upon him in 1937 when he retired from active duty. Prof. Miller was married to Viola Lower of this city, when the two were students at Tri State College at Angola in 1889. At the time Prof. Miller was a student instructor in the college. Soon after their marriage the Millers located in Iowa when Prof. Miller became head of the School of Commerce in Simpson College. Mrs. Miller graduated from Columbia City high school in 1888 and was one of five graduates who formed the eighth graduating class of the Columbia City High school. Prof. Miller was a native of Maryland. He is survived by the widow and two sons, Leroy Miller of Manistee, Mich. and Capt Howard Miller who is stationed in California. The oldest son, Waldon Miller is deceased. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon in Indianola. Relatives of Mrs. Miller in Columbia City are a brother Joseph R. Lower and three sisters Mrs. Hurley Shoemaker, Mrs. Melvin Schumaker and Mrs. George R Miller.


Minard, Frederick Martin
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday May 19, 1945 Page 4

     Frederick Martin Minard, age 58, manager of the America Security Company, Goshen and former Albion resident, was killed early Thrusday night when his car was struck by a New York Central Passenger train at a crossing four miles southeast of Goshen. Surviving are the wife, Della; two sons, Sgt Max Minard, Camp Atterbury and Sgt Don Minnard, with the Ninth Army in Germany; four daughters, Mrs. Everett Stouder, Nappanee, Mrs. Howard Snoke, South Bend, and Mrs. Virgil Stuckman and Mrs. Leslie Field; two brothers, William Minard, Toledo, Ohio and George Minard, Columbia City, and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Burns, Albion. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 pm Sunday in the Albion United Brethren Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.


Miner, Mary A.
Columbia City News – Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday March 24, 1863

     Died. At her residence, March 4th, 1863, Mrs. Mary A. Miner, consort of Samuel A. Miner, aged 41 years, 5 months and 24 days.
     The deceased was an affectionate wife, a loving mother, respected sister, kind neighbor, and loved for her many virtues. The subject of our notice was born in Miami county, Ohio, in the year 1821. She emigrated to this State in 1843, where she has ever since lived. She leaves a kind husband and six children, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
     What deep mysterious magic spell
     Was o’er our spirit thrown,
     As silent we gazed on a lovely face,
     A face to us well known.

     ‘Twas our Mother’s form and our Mother’s face,
     And lovely, as Mothers’ are,
     But the [?] was stilled, and the eyes were sealed
     For the impress of death was there.

     Then, visit her grave, where oft’ we are going,
     Our hearts with sad grief has been riven,
     But then we must trust in a holier power,
     And think of Mother in Heaven.


Miner, Samuel A.
Columbia City News - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday June 10, 1862

     Died. - At the residence of his son, Samuel A. Miner, on the 5th day of June, 1862, Samuel Miner, Esq., aged 67 years, 6 months and 15 days.
     The subject of this notice was one of the early pioneers of this county, having settled here as early as the year 1837; he was a native of the State of Connecticut, having been born in that State on the 24th day of November 1794. In the year 1816, he settled in the State of New York, near where is now the city of Rochester, from whence he emigrated to Portage County, in the State of Ohio, in 1833, from whence he came to this County; he first settled in Smith Township, where he resided until about the year 1842, when he settled in Union Township, three miles east of this place, where he has continued to reside most of the time since. As one of the early settlers he is well and favorably known, as his Cabin, in early days, sheltered many a weary traveler; his kind and generous hospitalities won for him many warm and attached friends of early days, a few of whom survive him; his temperaments were peculiar to himself, making manifest his warm attachment to his friends; for honesty and integrity of purpose he had but few superiors.
     His religion was also peculiar to himself, his notions thereof, were formed after mature deliberation, he died in his faith, and is now with the precious dead, hence his faults (who is without them?) go with him to the grave; his better qualities are worthy of our imitation.
     His funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kistler, of the M. E. Denomination at the Lutheran Church, from whence his remains were followed by his six sons, a large number of grand children, and old friends, to the family burrying place, where his remains now rest side by side with his wife of his early life, who departed this life some three years since, where may they be at rest from their earthly cares.    By B. D. M.


Mishler, Barbara Arnett
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 26, 1945

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren for Mrs. Barbara Mishler, 85, widow of the late Lewis Mishler, prominent resident of Cleveland Township at one time. Rev. Kintler and Rev. Bowman, ministers of the Church of the Brethren from North Manchester, will officiate at the church rites, also committal service to be held in Springcreek Church Cemetery in Kosciusko County.
     Death came to Mrs. Mishler at 7:00 o'clock Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lowell Reiff in Cleveland Township. She had been seriously ill for the past six weeks.
     Mrs. Mishler was a native of Darke County, Ohio, and was born May 28, 1860, to David and Sarah Arnett. Her marriage to Mr. Mishler occurred September 15, 1880. Four children were born to the Mishlers, two dying in infancy.
     Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lowell Reiff, Cleveland Township, and a foster daughter, Mrs. Claud Blew of near Albion, also four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, Harley Mishler died June 22, 1945. Mrs. Mishler had long been a devout communicant of the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren.


Mishler, Ford
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
June 25, 1998 page 8A

     Ford Mishler, 83, of Columbia City died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Fort Wayne. The Whitley County native managed and operated the family farm. His wife, Orpha, died in 1993.
     Surviving are a son, Harley A. of South Whitley; a daughter, Beverly D. Pyle of Portland; a sister, Mrs. Leo Metzger of Auburn; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
     Private graveside services are 12:15 p.m. Saturday at South Whitley Cemetery. Private family calling is 11 a.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home, Columbia City.


Mishler, Ford Contributed by Chas Rockwood ~ chasrockwood@netscape.net Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
June 25, 1998

     Ford Mishler, 83, South Whitley, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Life Care Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
     He was born March 4, 1915, in Cleveland Township, a son of Harley A. and Ada Poland Mishler. He graduated from South Whitley High School.
     Mr. Mishler was married November 17, 1937, in Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, to the late Orpha I. Bollinger, a native of Tunker, Washington Township, Whitley County. She preceded him in death October 8, 1993.
     He lived all his life and managed and operated the Mishler family homestead in Cleveland Township. Mr. Mishler was an avid airplane pilot.
     Survivors include his son, Harley A. Mishler, South Whitley; a daughter, Beverly D. and her husband, William Pyle, Portland; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Leo Metzger, Auburn. He was preceded in death by a son, Roland Dallas Mishler.
     Private family visitation begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home, Columbia City. Private burial follows at South Whitley Cemetery with Pastor David Doubt, of Spring Creek Church, officiating.


Mishler, Harley A.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday June 23, 1945 Page 6

     Harley A. Mishler, 58 years old, was found dead in the hay field on his farm in Cleveland township at 12:30 pm Friday by his son, Ford Mishler. When he did not come to the house for dinner the son went to the field where he found his father dead. Death is believed to have taken place at 11:30 am. Mr. Mishler, one of Cleveland townships most prominent farmers, resided on road 14 three miles west of South Whitley. He was a native of Kosciusko county and was born September 30, 1886. He was married to Ada Poland January 6, 1910. His wife survives, also his aged mother, Mrs. Lewis Mishler; two children, Ford Mishler, who resides on the home farm, and a daughter, Mrs. Leo Metzger of Sherburne, New York and one sister, Mrs. Lowell Reiff, Cleveland township. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Springcreek Church of the Brethren of which Mr. Mishler was a devout member. Burial will be made in the South Whitley cemetery. Friends will be received after 6 o’clock tonight at the Mishler residence. Before that time friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley.


Mishler, Harley A.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 23, 1945

     Harley A. Mishler, 58 years old, was found dead in the hay field on his farm in Cleveland Township at 12:30 p.m. Friday, by his son, Ford Mishler. When he did not come to the house for dinner the son went to the field where he found his father dead. Death is believed to have taken place at 11:30 a.m.
     Mr. Mishler, one of Cleveland Township's most prominent farmers, resided on road 14, three miles west of South Whitley. He was a native of Kosciusko County and was born September 30, 1886.
     He was married to Ada Poland January 6, 1910. His wife survives, also his aged mother, Mrs. Lewis Mishler; two children, Ford Mishler, who resides on the home farm, and a daughter, Mrs. Leo Metzger, of Sherburne, N.Y.; and one sister, Mrs. Lowell Reiff, Cleveland Township.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Springcreek Church of the Brethren, of which Mr. Mishler was a devout member. Burial will be made in the South Whitley Cemetery.
     Friends will be received after 6 o'clock tonight at the Mishler residence. Before that time friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley.


Mishler, Lewis
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
January 6, 1943

     Lewis Mishler, 85, one of Cleveland Township's best known residents, died at 12:30 o'clock Tuesday after a lingering illness.
     Mr. Mishler was one of the County's most prosperous and representative citizens and his father, Daniel Mishler, who came from Ohio to north-eastern Indiana many years ago and settled in Kosciusko County, later moving to Whitley County, was a successful farmer. His mother was Catherine Miller, native of Ohio.
     He was born June 14, 1859, and was one of 11 children born to the Daniel Mishlers in Cleveland Township. He was reared on a farm and as a tiller of the soil continued in that vocation until his death. He rapidly progressed as a farmer and for many years was a breeder of fine livestock.
     Reared under wholesome parental influences Mr. Mishler developed a well rounded character. Throughout his life he was interested in church and civic affairs in his community.
     Surviving are the widow, Barbara (Arnett) Mishler; two children, Mrs. Sarah Reiff and Harley Mishler, both of South Whitley, and a foster daughter, Mrs. Tina Blew of Allen County, who came in the Mishler home at the age of three.
     For many years Mr. Mishler had been a prominent member of the Church of the Brethren at Pleasant View where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Moyne Landis of Sidney officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. Edward Kintler of North Manchester, interment will be in Spring Creek cemetery.
     The body, removed to the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, will be taken to the Mishler residence, south of South Whitley, Thursday.


Mishler, Orpha I.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 11, 1993

     Orpha I. Mishler, 80, of South Whitley, died at 12:25 p.m., on Friday, October 8, 1993, at Covington Manor Nursing Home, Fort Wayne, where she had been admitted earlier this week.
     She was born November 17, 1912, near Tunker, Washington Township, Whitley County, a daughter of Noah M. and Cora (Miller) Bollinger.
     She was reared near Tunker. She graduated from Washington Center High School and then attended Manchester College and Indiana University.
     On November 17, 1937, she was united in marriage to Ford Mishler at the Spring Creek Church Parsonage. She and her husband have lived for the past 55 years on the family farm west of Collamer in Cleveland Township. Mrs. Mishler taught at Washington Center School for five years. She was a lifetime member of the Cleveland Township Home Demonstration Club.
     Mrs. Mishler is survived by her husband, Ford Mishler, of South Whitley; daughter, Mrs. William (Beverly D.) Pyle, of Portland; a son, Harley A. Mishler, of South Whitley; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by one son, Roland Dallas Mishler, and three sisters, Gladys Bollinger, Dessie Bowman, and Iva Glaff.
     Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, at South Whitley Cemetery with Pastor Sam Han officiating. Funeral Arrangements were by DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City


Mishler, Orpha I.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 12, 1993

     Funeral services were held Sunday, October 10, 1993, at the South Whitley Cemetery, for Orpha I. Mishler, 80, wife of Ford Mishler. Mrs. Mishler died Friday, October 8, after a long illness.
     Officiating at the rites was the Rev. Sam Han, Pastor of the Spring Creek Church, Ford Mishler, Harley Mishler, Bill Pyle, Scott Mikel, Kevin Pyle, and Michael Thomas were the pallbearers.
     She was a native of Tunker and had resided for more than 55 years on the Mishler Homestead near South Whitley.


Mitchell, Lucinda J. (North)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died November 28, 1905

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     Mrs. Lucinda J. Mitchell, mother of Mrs. James Washburn, died at the residence of the latter Tuesday morning. Lucinda J. North was born June 19, 1830, at Hastings, Oswego county, New York; died in Columbia City November 28, 1905, aged 75 years, 4 months and 9 days. She was united in marriage to Daniel S. Mitchell, December 29, 1849, in New York state. They moved to Columbia City in 1863. She was the mother of two children, Lambert, of Pulaski, N. Y., and Mary, now Mrs. Washburn.


Moore, Claud Lewis
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 13, 1959

     Claud Lewis Moore, 60, residing west on U. S. 30, died at Whitley County Hospital at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Late August Mr. Moore suffered two heart attacks but apparently had recovered. A week ago he became ill at his home and was taken to the hospital.
     Mr. Moore was born January 26, 1899 in Thorncreek township to Frank and Clara Egolf Moore. In 1908 they moved to Columbia township. On June 14, 1917, he married Gladys Victorine Burnworth of Noble county and following his marriage they moved to Columbia City. For 18 years they lived in various towns while Mr. Moore worked as signalman on the Pennsylvania Railroad. He retired as signalman and recently was employed at the LML Engineering Co.
     Mr. Moore was a member of the F & AM Lodge, former member of Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen and attended the Oak Grove Church of god.
     Surviving in the wife, Gladys; his mother, Mrs. Clara Hazen, this city; two sons, Jack L., Union township and Keith Duane, Columbia township; two children whom they reared in their home, Robert Bartlett, Fort Walton, Fla., and Miss Edith Bartlett, Chicago; five grandchildren; one half brother, Paul Hazen, Mishawaka and a sister, Mrs. Melvin C. Wheeler, Etna-Troy township. A sister preceded him in death.
     The body is at the J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral home, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home, the Rev. Hubert Miller, pastor of the Oak Grove Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in the Thorn cemetery in Noble county.


Moore, Etta
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 1, 1945 Page 6

     Etta Moore, age 78, was found dead at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by the Mesdames Fred Waterfall, Arthur Cullimore and Firmer Keppler, neighbors of Mrs. Moore, who had been summoned by Fiermer Keppler, city mail carrier who was unable to rouse anyone at the Moore residence when he called there to deliver Mrs. Moore’s pension check in person. Mrs. Moore probably died Sunday night. She was found lying on a small couch against the wall. She apparently had frozen to death, according to Dr. E A Hershey of Churubusco county coroner, who held an inquest Thursday morning. Mrs. Moore was last seen Sunday. Since early last spring when the roof of her home caught fire and part of it was destroyed, she had eaten her meals at a restaurant and since that time had not heated her home, it is stated, depending on clothing and blankets to keep warm. Mrs. Moore moved to this city 35 years ago. She was the wife of Dr. Nathaniel Moore, physician at Merriam and a Civil War veteran, who died a number of years ago. A daughter, Miss Birdie Moore, patient in the State Hospital at Richmond survives. Funeral serevices will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 1:30 o’clock Frid afternoon, the Rev. Robert I. Marlett officiating. Burial will be made in Christian Chapel cemetery at Merriam. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7:30 o’clock tonight.


Morris, Hazel D.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Cemetery records show that she died January 6, 1908

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     Hazel D. Morris, daughter of J. E. Morris and wife, died Monday, January 6th at 7 p.m., in Chicago, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Al. H. Ramp, at 4329 Grand Boulevard, where she had made her home for a number of years. She was 19 years old and was born in this city.

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