Whitley County Obituaries

Pressler, Gladys Irene (Phend)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday July 6, 1931

     Mrs. Ralph B. Pressler, 34, of Fort Wayne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phend of this city passed away at the Linvill Memorial hospital in this city at 3:10 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Pressler was taken ill on Sunday a week ago with appendicitis and submitted to an operation which was followed by paralysis of the bowels.
     Mrs. Pressler was formerly Gladys Irene Phend and was born August 8, 1896 at Nappanee, Ind. In 1898 she came with her parents to Columbia City where she grew to womanhood. She attended the public schools in this city and on September 1, 1922 was united in marriage to Ralph B. Pressler of Fort Wayne. The deceased had made her home in Fort Wayne since her marriage.
     She leaves to mourn her passing the husband and parents, one sister, Mrs. Lee Holderman of Phoenix, Ariz., and the following brothers, Victor, Russell, Donald, Virgil, Paul, and Gerald of this city and Cecil Phend of Spencerville, Ind. One brother preceded her in death. Other surviving relatives are eighteen nephews and nieces.
     Mrs. Pressler was highly esteemed by those who knew her. Her interests centered around her home and family and in the welfare of those about her.
     Funeral services will be held from the United Brethren church in this city at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Noah McCoy officiating. Interment in South Park cemetery.
     The remains may be viewed at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phend on South Chauncey St. until the hour of the funeral.

Pressler, John
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (020-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday July 14, 1886

     Mr. John Pressler, one of the oldest residents of the county, died at his home just north of town, Monday morning, at the advanced age of 79 years, 5 months, and 13 days, the cause of death being old age and general debility. He was the father of Valentine and Daniel Pressler, of Thorncreek township, Henry C., of Churubusco, and two other sons, who lived with him.
     For years he has been a devoted church member and has led an upright, christian life. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the church over the river, and was conducted by Rev. Kimmel. A large concourse of friends and neighbors and sorrowing relatives followed the remains of the good old father to their last resting place.

Pressler, Margaret A. (Charles)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died February 13, 1911)

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     Mrs. Daniel Pressler, of Thorncreek township, wife of a well known civil war veteran residing near Loon Lake, passed away Sunday morning, after bein an invalid for the last two years…The maiden name of the deceased was Margaret A. Charles, and she was born August 22, 1842, in Richland county, Ohio, being 68 years, 5 months and 22 days of age at the time of her death. She came to this county in 1859 and on February 10, 1861, was united in marriage to her bereft husband. Nine children were born to them, four sons surviving: Cameron Pressler of Etna, Arthur and Korah V. Pressler of Thorncreek township, and Guy Pressler of Benton Harbor, Michigan. One brother, Frank Charles, of Coon Rapids, Iowa, survives also.

Pressler, Ralph Bryan
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 23, 1979

flag for veterans World War I Veteran

     Ralph Bryan Pressler, 82, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:08 a.m. today at Veteran's Hospital in Fort Wayne. He entered the hospital on October 4, 1977.
     Born July 18, 1896 in North Manchester, he was a son of Wayne and Cora Anspaugh Pressler. He spent his entire life in Fort Wayne following his education in North Manchester.
     He was a veteran of World War I Coast Artillery of the U.S. Army; American Legion Post 96 since 1922. He had been a member of Post 47, Fort Wayne American Legion, F & AM, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, charter member of Whitley County Shrine Club, Mizpah Legion of Honor, honorary life member of Elks Lodge 1417.
     In 1922 he was married to Gladys Phend at the home of the late Rev. L.A. Luckenbill. She preceded him in death on July 4, 1931.
     In 1936 he was married in New York City to Gladys Martin. She preceded him in death on January 3, 1953. Mr. Pressler had resided at Loon Lake during summers. Several cousins in the area survive.
     Friends may call at J.A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home from 7-9p.m. Tuesday. Military rites will be by Columbia City American Legion Post at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Officiating will be the Rev. Graham Kleespie. Burial will be in South Park cemetery.

Pritchard, Catherine Goucher
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday March 10, 1945 Page 1

     Catherine Goucher Pritchard, age 82, died at 1 o’clock this morning at her home in South Whitley. Death followed a four month illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley. Mrs. Pritchard, a life long resident of the county had been a member of the South Whitley Methodist church for a number of years and was also a member of the Rebekah order. She was the wife of Walter Pritchard to whom she was married in 1880. Mrs. Pritchard was born in Cleveland township May 18, 1862. The husband and 3 sons, Merle and Reese Prtichard, South Whitley, and Harrison Pritchard of Bedford survive. Other survivors are 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pritchard, Mary Ann (Young)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died May 1, 1910)

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     Monday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. Noah Pritchard at her home in Thorncreek township, near the Hively church. Mary Ann Young was born in Starke county, Ohio, April 28, 1837, and died in Thorncreek township, May 1, 1910, aged 73 years and 4 days. When she was a young woman she came with her parents to this county and lived here for but a short time till they moved to Wabash county. In June 1857 she was married to Noah Pritchard and came to this county again where they settled upon a farm in Richland township and lived there until 15 years ago when they moved to Noble county and there resided for seven years. For the past eight years they have made their home in Thorncreek township with their son John, who is the assessor of the township. Six children survive their mother; John, at home; George, of this city; Mrs. Mary Wolf, of Columbia township; Mrs. Cora Anspaugh and Mrs. Stella Brich, of Noble county, and Samuel, of Richland township. In addition to the aged husband who is two months the senior of the deceased, she leaves two brothers, John and George Young, of North Manchester, and a sister, Mrs. M. F. Martin, of Red Cloud, Neb., who was at the bedside of her sister during her last hours. There were 29 grand children and 1 great grand child.

Prugh, Ada
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday January 30, 1945 Page 6

     Ada Prugh, age 83, a resident of the county at one time, died Monday morning at the home of her niece, Mrs. Clara Heagy, in Warsaw. She had been in failing health for some time. Mrs. Prugh was the former Ada Little and was born in Kosciusko county. She taught school in Whitley County and later was married to Sylvester Prugh, who died 16 years ago. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Prugh resided on a farm south of Larwill. They later lived east of Columbia City and then moved to a farm near Liberty Mills. Mr. Prugh’s death occurred in Warsaw. Mrs. Prugh is survived by a sister, Mrs. William Heagly, a resident of Packerton, and a number of nieces and nephews, who reside in Whitley and Kosciusko Co. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. Shepley pastor of the Warsaw Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

Prugh, Albert
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday evening January 16, 1946 Page 6

     Albert Prugh, 85, native of Richland township and a merchant at Larwill for a number of years, died at 4 o’clock this morning at his home in Larwill of coronary thrombosis. Mr. Prugh was the last of 14 children born to Abner and Nancy Ann Mathews Prugh. He was born August 14, 1859. His marriage to Gladys Whiteleather occurred Sep. 2, 1888. Mrs. Prugh died Aug. 27, 1939. Since the death of Mrs. Prugh, Mrs. Cora Cunningham has resided at the Prugh residence, caring for Mr. Prugh in his declining years. For a number of years Mr. Prugh was associated with --------(rest was cut out)



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