Whitley County Obituaries

Pence, Magdaline Biery
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (007-PF)
Columbia City Commercial Mail – Whitley County, Indiana
November 27, 1908

     Mrs. Robert Pence, mother of Denver Pence of this county, died Saturday evening at Longcliffe asylum where she had been for the past four years. Saturday she suffered a stroke of paralysis and a few hours later death resulted. The remains were taken to the home of her son W. C. Pence at Huntington.
     The deceased was a native of Wauseon, Ohio, where she was born sixty-four years ago. She grew to womanhood there and was united in marriage to Robert Pence, who died twelve years ago. After her marriage she came with her husband to Huntington county and located on a farm nine miles north of Huntington. They resided there until Mr. Pence’s death. Mrs. Pence later moved to Huntington where she lived with her son. Five years ago she became sick and suffered from a complication of diseases which resulted in derangement of her mental faculties.
     Tuesday the remains were brought to the home of her daughter Mrs. Lester Wintz in Washington township this county. The funeral services will be held Wednesday forenoon the funeral party leaving the residence at 10 o’clock for the Sugar Creek Methodist church. Rev. L. A. Luckenbill of this city will officiate and interment will be made in the Evergreen Bethel cemetery.


Pence, Robert Lucas
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (007-PF)
Source: The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday May 26, 1897

     Tuesday last occurred the death of Robert L. Pence, of Jefferson township, from the effects of paralysis, with which he had been afflicted for some time, when a second stroke hastened his death.
     The deceased was about 62 years of age, being born June 2nd 1835, in Starke county, Ohio. He held the office of Justice of the Peace for a number of years.
     The funeral was held at the Evergreen church Thursday, Rev. W. W. Markley, of this city officiating.


Penn, PFC Kenneth E.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
March 12, 1945 or May 17, 1945
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana

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     Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Penn of South Whitley received a telegram from the War Department this morning announcing the death of their son, PFC Kenneth E. Penn, 23, killed in action in Germany on March 2. PFC Penn, who served in the infantry, entered military service October 27, 1942, receiving his basic training at Camp Atterbury. He went overseas April 1, 1944, going first to England, then to France, later to Germany and Belgium and then back to Germany. He was employed by Blue Bell, Inc. for a year and a half before he entered military service. Surviving besides his parents are his wife and a two year old son, Richard, who reside with Mrs. Penns parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Wince at South Whitley; three sisters, Mrs. Paul Boggs, Columbia City; Mrs. Frank Willette, South Whitley; Mrs. Earl Nelebom, North Manchester; four brothers, Everett Penn, North Manchester; Herbert, Earl and Ralph Penn, Wabash, and John Penn, Louisville, Kentucky.


Pentz, Elizabeth (Cressinger)
From the files of Rebeckah R. Wiseman
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died May 24, 1911)

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     Elizabeth L. Cressinger was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, the daughter of John and Salome Cressinger, March 29, 1830, and died in Columbia City, May 24, 1911, aged 81 years, 1 month and 25 days. She lived at home until the time of her marriage to Jacob Pentz, in Columbiana county, March 3, 1860. In 1866, they moved to Whitley county and settled upon a 160 acre farm in Union township. Three children were born to them, but one of whom survives, John C. Pentz, with whom she has madder her home for the past eleven years. In October, 1898, Mr. Pentz died and two years later Mrs. Pentz came to this city to live… In addition to her son, she is survived by a brother, Peter Cressinger, of Tacoma, Wash., and a sister, Mrs. R. G. Huffman of Homeworth, Ohio.


Perry, Henry
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (010-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday March 5, 1909

     Early Settler Passed Away. Henry Perry, of Columbia township, succombed to attack of apoplexy after health failed.
     Henry Perry, one of the pioneer settlers of Whitley county, died Thursday afternoon between 3 and 4 o’clock, at the home of his son, John A. Perry, in Columbia township, from a stroke of apoplexy. He had been in failing health for about three years, but the relatives had no idea that death was near when he was stricken.
     Henry Perry was born in Starke county, Ohio, September 24, 1829, and died March 4, 1909, being 79 years, 6 months and 7 days of age. He grew to manhood at his birthplace and in 1849 was married to Miss Rebecca Kile. In the year 1863 he came with his family to Whitley county and settled on the farm which he has since owned. He is survived by his wife and seven children, as follows: Mrs. Henry Long, Mrs. John Feit, of Columbia City; Mrs. Harry Hadley, Danville, Ind; Mrs. Henry Knodler, of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Cash Grimes and John A Perry, of Columbia township; Will Perry, of Etna Green. There are three half-sisters and one brother living. They are Mrs. Olneda Cowich, Warsaw; Mrs. Mertle Steed, Silver Lake; Mrs. Jennie Alexander, South Bend; Mrs. Jacob Perry, of Nebraska.
     Mr. Perry was one of the substantial German citizens of the county and was strictly honorable and upright in all his dealings with his fellow men. He was an honest man in all that the word implies and at all times had the confidence and respect of his neighbors and acquaintances. Those who survive him will cherish his memory and example as the years come and go.
     The funeral will be held from the Eberhart [sic] church, Sunday morning, at 10 o’clock, and will be in charge of Rev. Frelburger. Interment will be in the Eberhart cemetery.


Perry, Rebecca Kyle
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (010-PF)
Source: Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, January 31, 1917

     Mrs. Rebecca Perry, who made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Long, of East Market street, pased [sic] away Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from old age. She was the wife of Henry Perry and they formerly resided in the Eberhard settlement south of this city. She is survived by seven children, Ellen Kather, of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Cash Grimes, of Richland township, Mrs. John Feit, Mrs. Henry Long, of this city, William and John Perry, of this county, and Lydia, who resides at Indianapolis.


Phend, Cecil S.
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
November 11, 1991

     Cecil S. Phend, 97, former Noble County resident, died at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1991, at Medco Center in Fort Wayne. He had been hospitalized since Oct. 19. Mr. Phend was born in Nappanee on Sept. 10, 1894, to Henry and Susie Yarian Phend. When he was a small boy his family moved to Columbia City. He was educated at West Ward School and began employment with the F. L. Myers Ice Cream and Bottling Works.
     On May 5 [sic], 1916, he was married to Faith Reatha Miller. They lived in Columbia City until World War I when they moved to Detroit where he was employed by Henry Ford in the manufacturing of gears. At the close of the war, he transferred to the ship building business. In 1919 he returned to Columbia City and for 27 years was employed by the Harry Bollinger Tri Lakes Construction Company in the building of public roads. In 1947 they moved to Merriam where he joined with his son Harold in the operation of Phend's Merriam Garage. He retired in 1977. Mrs. Phend died on May 16, 1955.
     He was a member of Blue River Church of the Brethren where he served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. In 1931 he was ordained senior deacon of the church.
     Surviving are a son, Harold Phend of Albion; daughters Mrs. John (Madelyn) Walter of Columbia city, Mrs. Josephine Halter of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Merle (Betty) Pepple of Hicksville, Ohio, Mrs. Ty (Evelyn) winebrenner of Columbia city; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gerald “Duffty” Phend of Columbia City. Brothers Victor, Donald, Virgil, Paul and Russell, and sisters Berneice and Gladys are deceased.
     The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Blue River Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Craig Myer and the Rev. Richard Knarr officiating. Friends may call at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, from 2 to 9 p.m. today, and at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.


Phend, Donald D.
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
July 7, 1987

     Donald D. Phend, 84, of 409 S. Chauncey St., Columbia City, died at 12:04 a.m. today, July 7, 1987, at Whitley County Memorial Hospital. He had been hospitalized since Sunday.
     Mr. Phend was born Jan. 1, 1903, to Henry and Susan Yarian Phend. His marriage was on Sept. 5, 1932, to Heneretta Nelson. Mrs. Phend died on July 18, 1984. He was a member of Columbia City Eagles Lodge 1906 and was recognized in 1979 as being a 50-year member.
     Surviving are two sons: Richard Lee Phend of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Donald D. Phend of R 2, Leesburg; three daughters: Mrs. David (Pat) Katt of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Don (Judy) Parkinson of Wolf Lake, and Mrs. Ben (Sally) Black of Leesburg. There are 19 granchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
     Also surviving are three brothers: Gerald 'Dufty' Phend of Columbia City, Cecil Phend of Merriam and Victor Phend of Larwill; a sister, Mrs. Berniece Holderman of California. Four brothers and a sister are deceased.
     Friends may call at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel on Thursday from 1 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. The service will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Private committal rites will be conducted at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.


Phend, Edna Mullendore
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
February 15, 1982

     Mrs. Edna M. Phend, 63, 412 South Elm Street, the wife of Gerald (Dufty) Phend, died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient for nine days in the special kidney unit. She first became ill on October 1 and had been hospitalized since that time with the exception of two weeks.
     She was a native of Tunker and was born on August 13, 1917, a daughter of Therring and Nola M. Richman Mullendore. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City where she was educated in Columbia City High School.
     Following her marriage to Gerald (Dufty) Phend in 1937, they established their home in Columbia City where they spent their entire married lives.
     Mrs. Phend was a former employee of the Blue Bell Co., and was last employed at Richard's Restaurant where she was in charge of the salad bar. When her health failed, she was forced to retire.
     Surviving is her husband, who is a surgical patient at Lutheran Hospital. He submitted to surgery Sunday for the reduction of a fracture of his right hip suffered in a fall on the ice at his home. Other survivors include two sons, James S. Phend and Steven G. Phend, both at home; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Jane) Sroufe, R 5; two grandchildren, Tammy and Todd Sroufe; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Beachler, Park Terrace, City; Mrs. Richard (Ilene) Tieman, Solon Springs, Wis.
     Her parents, two brothers, Glen Eugene and Richard Harold Mullendore, are deceased. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Graham Kleespie officiating. Calling will be at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in Greenhill Cemetery.


Phend, Faith Reatha Miller
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
May 17, 1955

     Mrs. Faith Reatha Phend, 59, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at approximately 2:30 Monday afternoon at the Phend home in Merriam. She had been in failing health for the last five years but in recent months the heart condition seemed greatly improved. Mrs. Phend and her husband were sitting on the front porch of their home when she suffered the heart seizure which resulted in death before the doctor could arrive.
     She was a native of Thorncreek township, Whitley county, and was born on November 7, 1895, a daughter of George A. and Mary Ann Hyre Miller. On May 7, 1916, she was united in marriage to Cecil S. Phend. They started housekeeping in Columbia City and nineteen years ago moved to Merriam where Mr. Phend operates the Merriam Garage. Mrs. Phend was a life-long member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren and throughout the many years of service, she always took an active part in the music of the church. At the time of her death, she was serving as deaconess.
     The surviving relatives include her husband, Cecil S. Phend; one son, Harold Phend, who is associated with his father in the operation of the Merriam Garage; four daughters, Mrs. John Robert Walter, Pleasant Lake, Mrs. Josephine Poyser, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Merle Pepple, LaOtto and Mrs. Ty Winebrenner, R 4, Albion, and twelve grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she has been preceded in death by a brother, Monroe Miller, and one sister, Mrs. Arnie Pence.
     The body, taken to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, has been returned to the family residence in Merriam where friends may call after 7 o'clock this evening. At noon Thursday it will be taken to the Blue River Church of the Brethren to lie in state until the hour of the service. The Rev. Charles A. Light, and the Rev. L. U. Krider, will officiate at the memorial rites at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery at Merriam.


Phend, Henrietta Nelson
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
July 18, 1984

     Henrietta Pauline Phend, 72, of 409 S. Chauncey St., Columbia City, died at 6:30 a.m. today, July 18, at her home. Mrs. Phend had been in failing health for several years since suffering a stroke.
     Her birth was on Aug. 1, 1911, in Wolf Lake, to Ward L. and Letha A. Hile Nelson. She was raised in Wolf Lake and came to Columbia City when she married Donald D. Phend, Sr. on Sept. 5, 1932, in Columbia City. She had lived at the present address for 54 years.
     Surviving are her husband Donald; two sons, Richard Lee Phend of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Donald D. Phend of Columbia City; three daughters, Mrs. David (Pat) Katt of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Don (Judy) Parkison of Wolf Lake, and Mrs. Ben (Sally) Black of R 2, Leesburg; 19 granchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
     Also surviving are three brothers, Harley Nelson of Grand Rapids, Mich., Hugh Nelson of Lexington Park, Md., Hurshell (Bud) Nelson of Blue Lake; four sisters, Hattie Falls of Columbia City, Helene Giant of Washington Township, Hilda Ann Camp of Waterloo and Mrs. Duane (Hazel) Bowman of Ashley.
     Friends may call at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel Thursday and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be at the chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.


Phend, Henry A.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday July 10, 1958

     Henry A. Phend, 92, well-known local building contractor, died at 2:00 o'clock this morning at the Irvin Nursing Home, where he had been a patient since February 15, 1956.
     On January 29, 1956 he fell in his home and suffered a fractured right hip. Up until that time he had been active with the contracting business but following his injury he was forced to remain a bed patient.
     Mr. Phend was a native of Hepton, south of Nappanee, born November 7, 1863, a son of Jacob and Louisa Fisher Phend. He was united in marriage to Miss Susie Yarian, September 4, 1892 in Nappanee by the Rev. O. L. Richart, a minister of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Phends observed their 60th wedding anniversary in 1952. Mrs. Phend died April 29, 1956.
     Following their marriage they went to Harvey, Ill. Where they established their first home. They later returned to Nappanee and in 1898 came to Columbia City, where Mr. Phend was employed at the Heel factory. In 1920 they moved to the Phend residence at 502 South Chauncey street where he has since resided. Mr. Phend was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
     Throughout his life, Mr. Phend served the Columbia City community as a building contractor, building many homes and in addition to the family homes constructed, he likewise constructed a number of churches, among which were the EUB Church in this city, the Collins EUB and Hively EUB, the Big Lake Church of God, and was superintendent of the construction of the Trinity Methodist Church. He served as inspector on the Mary Raber school built in 1952.
     In addition to the buildings constructed by him he has likewise been responsible for building a number of downtown store buildings and has remodeled more than 50 of the down town store fronts.
     Mr. Phend was the last of a family of seven children. The surviving relatives include seven sons, Victor, Larwill; Cecil, Merriam; Russell, Tarpon Springs, Florida; Paul, Antwerp, Ohio; Donald, Virgil and Gerald of this city; and a daughter, Mrs. Bernice Turner, Temple City, Calif. He is survived by 30 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.
     The body is at the Smith Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7:00 this evening. At noon Saturday the body will be taken to the EUB Church to lie in state until the hour of funeral at 2:00 p.m. The church pastor, the Rev. P.F. Young and the Rev. Cecil Smith of Goblesville, will officiate at the services. Burial will be in South Park cemetery.


Phend, James Gerald
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
March 10, 1994

     James Gerald "Duffty" Phend, 85, a retired local building contractor, died at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 1994 at Miller's Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a patient for several years. He was born on Oct. 16, 1908, in Columbia City, a son of Henry and Susie L. Yarian Phend. His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he completed his education in 1930. After completing his education, he entered the contracting business with his father, constructing numerous homes adn store fronts in the Columbia City area. He later worked for a number of years for the R. L. McCoy Contstruction Company building bridges.
     In 1937, he was married to Edna M. Mullendore and they have always made their home in Columbia City. Mrs. Phend died Feb. 14, 1982. He was a former member of the Eagles, Moose, and Elks. He is survived by two sons, James S. Phend, Pierceton, and Steven G. Phend, Columbia City; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Jane) Sroufe, Columbia City; four grandchildren, Tammy and Todd Sroufe and Michael and Gregory Phend.
     He was the last of ten brothers and sisters, preceded by Victor, Donald, Virgil, Paul, Russell, Cecil, Richard, Berneice and Gladys.
     The funeral service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with Rev. J. Phillip Blake, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery.


Phend, Keith E.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday October 30, 1943

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     Local Youth is Killed Monday in Air Crash. A telegram from the U.S. Naval commander of the station at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, received Oct. 26th by M. F. Magley told of the death of his grandson, Keith E. Phend, aged 21, in an airplane crash on Oct. 25.
     Phend, who had recently completed his training as radioman upon a naval bomber plane, was in Columbia City on October 21 as the guest of his grandparents here. At the time of his visit here, he was on leave from the station in Rhode Island from Wednesday until Sunday. He had attained the rank of A.R.M. third class since his enlistment in the Navy on September 28, 1942 at Fort Wayne.
     His preliminary training was secured at Great Lakes U.S. Naval Training school and thence he went to the Naval air training school at Jacksonville, Fla. He was transferred to the Rhode Island station only about six weeks ago.
     The telegram announcing his death was as follows: "Deeply regret to inform you that Keith E. Phend was killed in an airplane crash on October 26, while in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. Sincere sympathy is extended to you in your great loss." The telegram was signed by the Commanding Officer of the station. A telegram was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Phend, at their home at Springport, Michigan, telling of the tragedy.
     The parents of the young man have advised Mr. and Mrs. Magley that the body will be sent to Springport, but that they plan for burial in Columbia City.
     The victim of the plane crash was born in Columbia City on March 4, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Phend, and attended school here in the grades. The family moved to Springport, where Mr. Phend has operated a service station for several years. Keith attended Jackson high school, from which he was graduated in the class of 1940. Following his graduation he assisted in the shop of his grandfather in Columbia City for nearly a year and then secured employment in the Freuhauf trailer plant at Fort Wayne, where he was employed when he enlisted in the Navy. While here he was a member of the Baptist church of Columbia City.
     No details of the plane crash have yet been received by relatives in this city, nor by his parents in Michigan.


Phend, Russell
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
May 9, 1983

     Russell "Dursty" Phend, 82, 1103 South Pinellis Avenue, Tarpon Springs, Florida, a former Whitley County resident, died at 7:14 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Tarpon Springs Hospital following a long illness.
     He was born in Columbia City October 16, 1900, a son of Henry and Susie L. Yarian Phend. His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he completed his education in the local schools.
     Following his marriage to Juanita Magley they established their first home in Columbia City, later moving to Springport, Mich., where he managed and operated a garage and service station until his retirement. Mr. and Mrs. Phend had resided in Tarpon Springs for the past ten years.
     The survivors, in addition to his wife, Juanita, include two sons, Ralph Phend, Hortonville, Mich., and Roger Phend, Winston Salem, N. C.; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Fischman, Jackson, Mich., Mrs. Nancy Horsch, Jackson, Mich., and Mrs. Sue Bradford, Springport, Mich.' Twenty grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Victor Phend, Donald Phend, and Gerald "Dufty" Phend, all of Columbia City, and Cecil Phend, Merriam; and one sister, Mrs. Bernyce Turner, Temple City, Calif. His parents, a son, Keith, and two brothers, Virgil and Paul, are deceased.
     A memorial service will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Allen Nye, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
     In order that a personal wish of Mr. Phend might be carried out, cremation will be at the Venson Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs. Final burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery.


Phend, Susie L. (Yarian)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 30, 1956

     Mrs. Susie L. Phend, 84, a resident at 502 South Chauncey street for more than 35 years, died at 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the Irvin Nursing Home where she had been a patient since September 14, 1954. Mrs. Phend has been bedfast since August 9, 1954 following a stroke of apoplexy.
     She was a native of Elkhart county, and was born January 5, 1872 northwest of Nappanee, a daughter of Eli and Lavina Berlin Yarian. Following her marriage on September 4, 1892, to Henry A. Phend, they went to Harvey, Illinois, where they established their first home. They later returned to Nappanee, and in 1898, moved to Columbia City where Mr. Phend became an employe of the Heel Factory here. In March, 1920, they moved to their present home on South Chauncey street. For many years Mrs. Phend has been a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
     Surviving relatives include her husband, Henry A. Phend, retired building contractor who is now a patient at the Irvin Nursing Home following a fracture of his hip; seven sons, Victor Phend, Larwill; Cecil Phend, Merriam; Russell Phend, Springport, Mich.; Donald Phend, Virgil Phend, Paul Phend, Gerald Phend, all of this city; one daughter, Mrs. Bernice Holderman Turner, Temple City Calif.; 30 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren. One son, Richard; a daughter, Gladys, two brothers and three sisters have preceded her in death.
     The body has been removed to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call until noon Tuesday when it will be taken to the Evangelical United Brethren Church to lie in state until the hour of the service. The pastor, the Rev. P.F. Young, and the Rev. Cecil Smith of Young America, will officiate at the memorial rites at 2 p.m. Committal services and burial will be in the South Park cemetery.


Pierce, 2nd Lt James
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday March 29, 1945 Page 1

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     2nd Lt. James Pierce, son of Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Pierce of Tri-Lakes was reported today as killed in action in an aerial battle over Formosa, according to information furnished by Marion Mayberry of Churbusco who delivered the War Department message to the parents. Rev. and Mrs. Pierce at once made plans to go to Indianapolis to notify their son’s wife who lives there. Lt. Pierce was killed on March 2, two days before the birth of a child to his wife on March 4. In addition to the wife and child and the young man’s parents, a daughter of eight years, Connie Jane, survives. Lt. Pierce had served overseas about a year as an Air Force pilot. Rev. Pierce, a retired Baptist minister and his wife just recently purchased a home at Tri-Lakes.


Pitenger, Anna Mary
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 2, 1945 Page 6

     Anna Mary Pitenger, 80 years old, died at 10:20 pm Sunday at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been seriously ill when she suffered a stroke of apoplexy a week ago. She also was afflicted with cerebral hemorrhage and areterio sclerosis. She was born in Union township on May 6, 1864 and resided in Whitley county most of her life. For the past 18 months she had resided at 305 East VanBuren Street, coming here from North Webster. She was a daughter of William and Dorothy Jane McGuilley Walker. On March 2, 1908 she was united in marriage at Coesse to the Rev. Melville C. Pittenger of Delaware county who is a retired minister of the Trinity Methodist church and who is 81 years old.
     In addition to the husband the following named step-children survive; Mrs. Nile Schrader, Columbia City; Wayne Pittenger, Coesse; John Pittenger of Hammond. A daughter is dead. There are five step-grandchildren, two step-greatgrandchildren living. Two sisters. Mrs. Alice Foster of North Webster and Mrs. Harry Swartz of Fort Wayne, a brother, Alfred M. Walker, Coesse, survive. Three brothers and a sister are dead. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 8 pm Monday. Mrs. Pittenger was a member of the Trinity Methodist church. Brief services will be held at 1:15 pm Wednesday at the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home in Columbia City and the funeral services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church at Coesse. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Donald E. Bailey, pastor of the Trinity Methodist church in Columbia City assited by Dr. B. F. Harrison, superintendent of the Wabash Methodist district and Dr. W. Earl Pittenger of Garrett, a brother of Rev. M. C. Pittenger. Interment will be in the Presbyterian cemetery at Coesse.


Plattner, Lee S. Jr.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday April 18, 1945 Page 1

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     Lee S. Plattner, Jr., son of Deputy Sheriff Lee S. Plattner and Grace Plattner, Route 6 Columbia City, died of wounds received in Germany, April 4th, according to a telegram received by the parents from the War Department and bearing the date of April 17, 1945. Pfc Plattner was born January 17, 1926 and was graduated from Larwill high school in 1944. He was inducted into the United States Army on July 12, 1944 and after receiving 17 weeks basic training at Fort Bliss and six weeks additional training at Camp Maxie, left for overseas duty about February 1, 1945. A letter received April 10 postmarked “somewhere in Germany” bearing date of March 29 was the last received from the young man by his parents. In his work on the western front, he was a member of the “Blue Ridge Division” commanded by General Howard McBride. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Burr Walton, 1221 Moores River Drive, Lansing, Michigan.


Plummer, Amelia Broxon
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (012-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday March 24, 1936

     Mrs. Amelia Plummer Dies at age of 90. Mother of H.L. Plummer, of Columbia City, Succumbed at Son’s Home Early This Morning at Advanced Age – Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon at the Saturn Church.
     Mrs. Amelia Ann Broxon Plummer, past 90 years of age, died this morning at 2:45 a.m. at the home of her son, H.L. Plummer, at 509 West Market street in Columbia City, after an illness due to infirmities of advanced age.
     She had been in declining health during the past several years, but had been confined to her bed only once since Saturday of last week.
     Amelia Ann Broxon was born near Connersville, Fayette county, Indiana, on October 5, 1845 and had reached the age of 90 years, 5 months, and 19 days when claimed by death. She was a daughter of James and Margaret Broxon.
     On March 21, 1866 she was united in marriage to Joseph B. Plummer, who preceded her in death on December 29, 1934. Mr. and Mrs. Plummer enjoyed an exceedingly long and happy married life. They not only celebrated their golden wedding, but quietly observed their 68th wedding anniversary a few months before Mr. Plummer passed away. During 36 years of their married life Mr. and Mrs. Plummer resided in Jefferson township. The Plummers lived at Roanoke 26 years and in Columbia City 6 years. Since her husband’s death she made her home with her son.
     Surviving Mrs. Plummer is one son H.L. Plummer, of Columbia City, and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Della Griffith, of Decatur, Ill., and two brothers, William Broxon, of Whitley county, and Charles O. Broxon of Monroevia, California, also survive. Mrs. Plummer was a life long member of the Saturn church and during her long and useful life followed the precepts of Christianity. She had many friends both in Jefferson township and Whitley county who will regret to learn of her passing.
     The body was removed to the Luckenbill Funeral Home from where it was returned to the residence at four o’clock this afternoon, where friends may call until the hour of the funeral. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Saturn church with Rev. A.M. Gillespie conducting the services. Burial will be in the Roanoke cemetery.


Plummer, Catherine Berry
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (012-PF)
Columbia City Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday April 1, 1886

     Aunt Katie Plummer, of Jefferson township, died on Saturday the 27th, and was buried at the Broxon grave yard, Monday the 29th. Uncle Samuel Plummer and family, moved to Jefferson township in an early day and by close attention to his farm became quite wealthy. They have many friends who mourn, and remember them for the many kind acts toward those in need. They were the parents of Joseph Plummer, trustee of Jefferson township.


Plummer, Joseph Berry
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (012-PF)
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He died December 29, 1934

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     Jos. B. Plummer Dies Today at the Age of 95. Resident of Whitley County for More Than 76 Years – Was Wounded in Battle of Missionary Ridge During the Civil War – Lived in Jefferson Township When Country was Wilderness – Funeral Monday at Saturn Church.
     Joseph B. Plummer, 95 years old last April, died at 8 o’clock this morning at his home here on North Oak street. He had been quite ill during the past month.
     Mr. Plummer and his wife, Mrs. Amelia Plummer, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last October 21. The decedent had attained the age of 95 years, 8 months and 25 days. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, April 4, 1839. The widow, Mrs. Amelia Broxon Plummer, now 89 years old, is a native of Fayette county, Indiana. They have been residents of Whitley county for more than 70 years.
     Besides the widow, Mr. Plummer is survived by one son, H.L. Plummer, of this city; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A son, Melvin, died at the age of seven years. Mr. Plummer for many years lived in Jefferson township and was trustee of this township 45 years ago. He was a successful farmer and noted for his industry. Upon retiring from the farm he and Mrs. Plummer moved to Roanoke where they resided several years before establishing their home in Columbia City six years ago.
     The marriage of Mr. Plummer to Amelia Broxon took place on October 21, 1867. Mr. Plummer then was a young veteran of the Civil was, having been honorably discharged from Company 1 of the 100th Indiana Volunteer infantry. He was wounded in the battle of Missionary Ridge. Upon settling in Jefferson township, then a wilderness, the Plummers lived in a log house. As the land was cleared and the profits from the farm increased, they later built a comfortable home.
     Mr. Plummer enjoyed the distinction of having voted in the presidential election of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest national heroes and the Civil War president.
     He was always solicitous of his neighbors’ welfare and was always willing and ready to aid those less fortunate. He retained his keen intellect until the time of his death.
     While the body was removed from the residence to the Luckenbill’s Sons Funeral Home, it will be returned to the residence late today and friends will be received at the home on North Oak street until the time of the funeral.
     The funeral will be conducted at the Saturn Christian church at 10:30 o’clock Monday morning, Rev. A.M. Gillespie officiating. Rev. Thompson, of Laud, will assist. Burial will be made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Roanoke.

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