Whitley County Obituaries

Palmer, Frederick J.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery records - He died August 27, 1909)

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     It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the untimely passing of Frederick J., son of Oscar B. and Sarah J. Palmer, of Etna township, Whitley county, Indiana. His premature going at the age of 21 years, 1 month and 16 days deepens the sorrow of the many friends and kindred…


Palmer, Jane
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery records - “Sarah Jane” died September 8, 1909)

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     The home of Oscar Palmer, in Troy township, was again visited by death at an early hour Friday morning, when the wife and mother was called to the world beyond. On the same day, one week previous, Fred Palmer, a son, was taken from the home, and four other members of the family are suffering from typhoid fever at the present time so that it would be difficult to conceive of a more deeply afflicted household than is the Palmer home at this writing.
     Ida Palmer, of Marion, who is divorced from her husband, came home to assist in caring for her brother, Fred. He did not have typhoid fever, but before his death the typhoid fever broke out in the family and five of them contracted it, including the mother. A daughter of Ida, aged 15, has the disease, and in addition Minnie and Irvin Palmer, young children in the family, have it, making the condition of the family most pitiable.
     The deceased was well and favorably known for years and was the mother of a large family. Her maiden name was Jane Thompson and she was in her sixty-fifth year at the time of her death. Her husband survives her, together with eight children: Mrs. Anderson Gerkin and Ida Palmer, of Marion; Mrs. Charles Girard, of Warsaw; Minnie and Hazel, at home; Judd Palmer, of Marion; Joe, of Thorncreek township, and Irvin, at home. Three sisters also survive her – Mrs. Joseph Jones of Etna; Mrs. Thomas Estlick, of Troy township, and Mrs. Adaline Strang, of Marshall county; also one brother, Benjamin Thompson, of Chicago.


Palmer, Joseph L.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, May 14, 1919

flag for veterans Died of Wounds in France - World War I

     Mr. and Mrs. Sam Palmer, of Richland township, after months of suspense, received a message Saturday, from the government stating that their son, Joseph L. Palmer, had died from the wounds received on the 28th day of last October, passing away the same day.
     The last letter Mr. and Mrs. Palmer had from their son was dated September 24, 1918, and at that time, although having been in active service, was in good health, but on January 15, 1919, a telegram came from Washington, stating that the young man had been mortally wounded on the 28th day of October. Following this information Mr. Palmer, through many sources, attempted to get into communication with some one who might give them further news. It wasn’t until about four weeks ago that they had a letter from a Mr. A. C. Burnshaw in France, whose duties were to trace missing men for their relatives, and he informed Mr. Palmer that he would make every effort to locate his boy. Whether the message that came Saturday, announcing the death, was due to Mr. Burnshaw’s efforts or not, the family is not aware, but they still hope to hear more of the details of their son’s passing. The young man was 29 years old and left May 25th, 1918 for training camp, having been sent to France in August and on the 28th day of October was wounded and died. He was one of a family of six, who, with the father and mother are heart broken over his untimely death.


Parkinson, George T.
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday July 2, 1902

     George F. [sic] Parkinson, aged 81 years, 10 months and 14 days, died Friday noon at his home on North Chauncey street, from a lingering illness, due to the infirmities of old age. About two weeks ago he sold his farm in Thorncreek township and removed to town to enjoy the ease and comfort surrounding city life. He was one of Whitley county's oldest and most prominent citizens. Mr. Parkinson was born in Perry county, Ohio, August 12, 1820. Our subject was married in his native country, in March, 1848, to Miss Sarah Foster, who survives him. In 1850 the couple came to Thorncreek township, this county, locating on 80 acres of land. He cleared away a portion and erected a cabin. To his marriage there have been born four children, three of whom survive him. His funeral occurred Sunday at 11 o'clock.


Parkinson, George
Columbia City Commercial Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday August 11, 1924

     George Parkinson, a well known plasterer and for 44 years a citizen of Columbia City, died at 2 o’clock Sunday at his home on North Chauncy Street. Death resulted from tuberculosis from which Mr. Parkinson had been a patient since the holidays. He was bedfast since the first of June.
     George Parkinson was born in Thorncreek twp. Oct. 15, 1855, and at his death was aged 68 years 9 months and 25 days. He was a son of George and Sarah Foster Parkinson. After spending his early life in Thorncreek township Mr. Parkinson married Mary Knight in 1974. They moved to Kansas where they remained six months before returning to Thorncreek township. Forty-four years ago they came to Columbia City. Mr. Parkinson became a plasterer and worked in this city and for many farmers in this vicinity. He was well known and highly respected.
     Besides the widow he is survived by two sons, Frank Parkinson of this city and Roy Parkinson of Huntertown. There is one brother, Jacob Parkinson of Cardin, Okla. At one time Mr. Parkinson was a member of the I.O.O.F. order but in later years dropped his membership. Mr. Parkinson knew the end was near and a few days ago planned his funeral, making requests as to what songs should be sang and directing other arrangements.
     Mr. Parkinson is also survived by three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the home, Rev. L.A. Luckenbill officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.


Parkison, Bessie Mildred (Fuller)
The Albion New Era - Noble County, Indiana
Wednesday May 5, 1993

     Bessie Mildred Parkison, 92, Wolf Lake resident died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 1993 in The Oaks at Columbia City where she had been a patient since 1990.
     She was born on March 29, 1901 in Noble Township, near Wolf Lake, a daughter of Abe and Mae Thorn Fuller. She was educated in the Wolf Lake School and in 1917, started her employment with Roy Parkison in his general store, called Parky’s in downtown Wolf Lake.
     In 1919, she was married to Mr. Parkison and they resided above the store until 125, when they moved to Huntertown to raise onions. After a year, they returned to Wolf Lake and purchased property on Onion Avenue and raised onions and began growing fruit and vegetables to sell in a roadside market on U.S. 33. Later, they bought a tavern next to their old general store, which they operated for 14 years. Mr. Parkison preceded her in death in March 1963.
     Her church affiliation was with the Wolf Lake Baptist Church. Mrs. Parkison has also served as the grand marshal for the Onion Days parade in Wolf Lake.
     The surviving relatives include three sons, George Parkison, Knapp Lake, John Parkison and Don Parkison both of Wolf Lake; 14 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and a great great grandson.
     She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Prince, a son, Frank and two sisters, Mary Heintzelman and Lillian Heintzelman.
     The funeral services were Friday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The Rev. Dan Carlson, pastor of the Wolf Lake Baptist Church, officiated. The burial was in the Thorn Cemetery at Ormas.


Parkison, Cynthia (Hass)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday November 1, 1943

     Mrs. Cynthia Hass Parkison, past 72 years old, died at 12:40 noon today at the Snoke convalescent home. She had been in failing health the past five years and seriously ill for the past year and a half. She had resided in Columbia City for the past 40 years. Mr. and Mrs. Parkison began housekeeping at Toledo, O. and came to Columbia City from Churubusco.
     Miss Hass was united in marriage in the Methodist church in Columbia City to Frank Parkison, local plasterer, who survives. Surviving also are six half sisters and one brother, Charles Hass of Warsaw. A sister preceded Mrs. Parkison in death. Mrs. Parkison was a member of Trinity Methodist church. Burial will be in South Park cemetery.


Parkison, Sarah (Foster)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday April 27, 1904

     Sarah Foster was born in Perry county, Ohio, May 14, 1818 and died in Columbia City, Indiana, April 24th, 1904, aged 85 years, 11 months and 10 days. Her parents, Benjamin and Margaret Foster were among the early settlers in Perry county and the subject, early in life, encountered the privations and hardships endured by the vanguard of our American civilization.
     In 1849, she was united in marriage to Geo. T. Parkison, of her own county, and with him two years later moved to a new home in Thorncreek township, four miles north of Columbia City, Indiana. Here they resided for more than half a century, and in those 51 years saw their friends come and go, the early woods transformed into fertile farms, in fact, all those changes which mark the growth of our country. In April of 1902 they for a second time changed their residence, this time moving to a home on north Chauncey street in this city, where two months later, the one who had been her companion for 53 years left for the world beyond. In this saddened home, she passed a year and a half - the last leaf on the tree - alone, waiting her call. Early in February 1904, being enfeebled by age and affliction she was taken to the home of her son, William Brubaker, on north Elm street, where she died April 24th, 1904.
     When a child, she was baptized in the Lutheran faith but after coming to Indiana she was prevented from uniting with any church by her restricted life in the pioneer settlements. She was one of twelve children, eight of whom preceded her in death. Those living are Eli Foster, of this county; Frank Foster, of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Eliza Dilts, of Perry county, Ohio. One daughter and three sons with twenty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren survive her. Three of her children, William Brubaker, George Parkison and Mrs. Mary Gibson reside in this city, the other, J. H. Parkison, in Miami, Indian Territory, one son, Benjamin Parkison, having died some years ago.


Parsley, Frederick B.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
September 25, 1989

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     Frederick B. Parsley, 51, Bear Lake, died at 2:12 p.m. Sunday, September 24, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Parsley was born November 5, 1937, in Allen County, to Fred and Mary Mills Parsley.
     He was employed at Goshen Power Equipment as an engine technician for several years, and for two years at Overland Power Equipment in Columbia City.
     He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 101st. Airborne from 1955 to 1958 in Germany and France. On September 13, 1986, he was married to Delores Tucker and they have always lived at Bear Lake.
     Surviving are his wife, Delores; sons, Benton of Los Angeles, Bruce and Bradley, both of Albion, and Brian of Kendallville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Jack (Jo) Reed of Ligonier; stepsons, Danny Brumbaugh, and Tony and Lloyd Brumbaugh, both of Albion. Also surviving are two brothers, David and Carl, both of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
     The service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco with the Rev. William Claxton officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

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