Whitley County Obituaries

Raber, Sabrina Quick
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died May 20, 1908

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     Sabrina Quick was born November 12, 1855, in Union township, Whitley county, Indiana. She was a daughter of Lewis Quick, a pioneer farmer of this county, who died in February of this year.
     On February 28, 1875 she was united in marriage to John H. Raber. To this union were born three children, all of whom survive her: Mrs. Myrtle Faegler, of Cassopolis, Mich.; Mrs. Ada Chapman, of Muscatine, Iowa, and Gale, at home. For several years past Mrs. Raber had been in declining health, but her last illness dates from the day of her father’s death, February 7, 1908. While her suffering was intense, she bore it patiently, and peacefully passed into the beyond on Wednesday May 20, 1908, at the age of 52 years, 6 months and 8 days.


Rager, Richard H.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday March 20, 1945 Page 1

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     A telegram received this morning at South Whitley from the War Department announced the death of Sgt Richard H. Harley, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Arthur Harley of that place, who died on Corregidor February 24. His death was the result of wounds received in action. A letter received recently by the Harleys from Chaplain Newman Miller, former pastor of the South Whitley Baptist church, told of a visit he had made with their son. The last letter received from Sgt Harley by his parents was on February 20. Sgt Harley entered military service Oct 1939. He received his basic training at Fort Benjamin Harrison and later trained at Camp Custer, Mich. He was on the boat which started for Iceland before Pearl Harbor in Dec 1940, but the boat never reached Iceland and Sgt Harley was later hospitalized in New York City. Following his recovery he joined the Paratrooper Infantry Division and was the first man from Whitley county to join the paratroopers. In May 1942 he received his wings and the following October he left for the South Pacific. He was a member of the 503rd Paratrooper Infantry Division which landed on Leyte in 1944. He saw service at Mindoro, Nuemfor, and Leyte, landing on Corregidor February 14, 1945.
     Sgt Harley graduated from the South Whitley high school in 1937 and attended Indiana University, taking a one year course in business administration. His last employment before leaving for military service was with the Lehman Filling station at South Whitley. He is survived by his parents; two sisters, Lt Peggy M. Harley, a nurse in France; and Nancy Lou at home; a brother Pfc Arthur Harley who is stationed at Camp Howze, Texas and his aged grandfather, Olin Harley of South Whitley. Sgt Harley was a member of the First Baptist church at South Whitley and the Masonic Order.


Ramp, Paul B. Jr.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday March 26, 1945 Page 1

     The body of Paul B. Ramp Jr., 9 year old son of Mrs. and Mrs. Paul R Ramp, Sr., R R 4, who drowned at Crooked lake at 11 a.m. yesterday, was recovered at 9:45 o’clock this morning by City Firemen Ned Trout and Russell Wolfe. The body which was found in 60 feet of water, was brought to the Smith Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements. This first lake tragedy of the season occurred when Paul Ramp Sr. and his son were fishing on the lake some 200 yards from the Jack Peabody cottage, north and west of the old sunken island. The wind was quite strong and the waves kept washing over the sides of the boat. They had just started for shore but the water was too rough and the boat swamped. Both father and son could swim but the father had on boots and the son was wearing heavy winter clothing. They struggled with the boat but it kept rolling over. They swam for about five minutes, the father aiding his son, in an attempt to reach the sunken island where they could have touched bottom. Ramps daughter Patricia Ann heard their cries and roused three neighbors Morris Pool, Dwight Songer and a Mr. Roseberry who started for their rescue. But their boats had been on shore all winter and these had to be put into the water. The rescuers reached the exhausted Ramp but he had become so worn out in the struggle that he lost his grasp on the boy. Police and firemen were called and dragging operations were started and continued throughout all the daylight hours yesterday and this morning till the body was recovered. Dragging operations were considerably hampered by the great depth of the lake at the point where the boy went down and because of the under currents of the water. However the two fishing rods and a landing net the two had been using were recovered yesterday. Both the state police and the city firemen maintained squads on duty at the scene of the tragedy and a number of volunteers aided in the work. Fellow workers of Ramp, who is employed at the Studebaker Aviation plant in Fort Wayne, laid off today in order to be of assistance. The youth, Paul Bryan Ramp, Jr. would have been 10 years old on April 17, having been born in 1935. He is survived by his parents, Paul Raymond and Vera France Ramp; a sister Patricia Ann; and a brother David Ray. Mr. and Mrs. Emmet France are the only living grandparents.


Ramsey, Lovina (Miller)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died April 14, 1911)
(columbia City Post - Wednesday, April 19, 1911)

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     Mrs. Lovina Miller Ramsey, wife of David Ramsey, ex-marshal of Churubusco, died at her home in that town Saturday forenoon as the result of a stroke of apoplexy that afflicted her Thursday night… The deceased was one of seventeen children, and was born in Thorncreek township October 18, 1858, being 52 years, 5 months and 27 days of age at the time of her death. She was a daughter of Solomon Miller of North Chauncey street, this city, who still survives at 89 years of age.
     She was united in marriage to her bereft husband on January 8, 1874… Thirteen children survive her, six daughters and seven sons: Elward Ramsey, of this city; Milo Ramsey, of Thorncreek township; Freeman Ramsey, of Montana; Chester, Roscoe, Orville and Jewell Ramsey at home in Churubusco; Miss Emma Ramsey, Viola and Ida Ramsey, of Churubusco; Mrs. Augusta Truman, of Merriam, Noble county; Mrs. Eva Workman, of Eel River township, Allen county; Mrs. Josie Hagenaw, of Gary, Indiana.
     Eight sisters and two brothers also survive: Mrs. Lucinda Hively, Mrs. Malinda Hively, Mrs. Jane Judd, Mrs. Katie Judd, Mrs. Ellen Hively and Mrs. Anna Bowers, of Thorncreek township; Mrs. Mary Hanson, of this city, and Mrs. Emma Bowers, of Gary, Ind., David Miller, of Scottsburg, Ind., and Eli Miller of Fort Wayne.


Rathbone, Ida Belle (Walker)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died April 13, 1910

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     In the death of Mrs. David C. Rathbone, of south Line street, another victim was claimed by the great white plague, tuberculosis. Ida Belle Walker was born to Timothy and Mary Walker, of Columbia township, January 15, 1877, and died in Columbia City April 13, 1910, aged 33 years, 2 months and 28 days. She lived with her parents till the time of her marriage to David C. Rathbone, of this city, November 18, 1887, and since that time she had resided here. Their only child, Lewis, eight years old is made motherless by her taking off. The parents, the husband and one brother, James F. Walker, remain to mourn her loss.


Rathbun, Benjamin
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday June 5, 1945 Page 6

     Benjamin Rathbun, age 71 died at 2 o’clock this morning at his home in Warsaw. He was ill three days and was stricken with Paralysis just before his death. Mrs. Rathbun, the former Florence I. Adams of Whitley county, died May 16. Mr. and Mrs. Rathbun were married 42 years. They resided for a number of years in Columbia City and also resided on a farm in Whitley county. Mrs. Rathbun was a sister of Mrs. James Walker of Thorncreek. The following children survive; Argus Rathbun, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Bonnie Nehr, Mrs. Hazel Smith, Paul Rathbun, Warsaw; Dean Rathbun, Mrs. Alice Conaway, Fort Wayne. Other survivors are two brothers, Benjamin Rathbun, Elkhart; Jacob Rathbun, Warsaw, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Bennett, Warsaw. Lewis Rathbun of Thorncreek township is a nephew. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoonb at the church of God in Warsaw, of which Mr. Rathbun was a member. Burial will be made in Oakwood cemetery at Warsaw. Friends will be received at the Paul Bilby funeral Home in Warsaw.


Rathbun, Mrs. Benjamin
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 17, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Benjamin Rathbun, age 61, onetime resident of Columbia City and community, died at 1:09 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at her home in Warsaw after an extended illness of diabetes. Mrs. Rathbun was a sister of Mrs. James Walker of Thorncreek township. Her parents were Orlington and Elizabeth Adams. Surviving are the husband and six children, Aurgus Rathbun, Seattle, Wash; Paul Rathbun, Warsaw; Dean Rathbun, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Albert Neher and Mrs. Merle Smith, Warsaw; Mrs. Raleigh Conaway, Fort Wayne; four brothers, Ervin Adams, Los Angeles ,Calif.; Carl Adams, Glendale, Ariz.; Kenneth Adams, Peoria, Ill., Roy Adams, Warsaw; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Heinen, Nebraska; Mrs. Ross Arnold, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Walter Banghart, Warsaw; Mrs. James Walker, Thorncreek township, Whitley county; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Rathbun resided for a number of years in Columbia City and surrounding community. Funeral services will be held at the Church of God, Warsaw at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be made in Oakwood cemetery at Warsaw.


Ravely, Amanda Jane (Stem)
Undated article in "The Scrapbook"
Amanda died April 2, 1895

     A loved one has gone to rest. Jane Ravely was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1837, and departed this life April 2, 1895, aged fifty-eight years, two months and twenty-four days. She moved with her parents to Ashland county, Ohio, and from there to Whitley county, Indiana. She was married to William F. Ravely, March 10, 1859, to which union there were born no children. Two children were adopted who are still living and together with their adopted father mourn the untimely departure of an affectionate mother and wife.
     Mrs. Ravely was an estimable lady and was loved by all who knew her. She united with the German Baptist church and remained a member of that denomination until six years ago, when she became a member of the Christian church, as did also her husband. She was an active church worker and Sabbath school teacher. Many children have been led by her to love the God and to do his will. Her Sabbath school pupils, twenty in number, were very dear to her and impartial was her love for them. She was kind to all she met and leaves a good many friends to mourn her loss.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. George Hoyd, and her remains were laid to rest in the Merriam cemetery.


Ray, Eldora Mae
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 4, 1984

     Eldora Mae Ray, 60, a resident at Columbia City Community Care Center for two years, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, September 2, at the center. She had been ill for several years.
     Mrs. Ray was born January 3, 1924, in Cleveland Township to Claude and Jessie Albert Cullers. She was a retail pharmacy saleswoman for the former Key Pharmacy in Columbia City, and previously worked at Ion Capacitor and the Blue Bell. She was a former resident of 502 E. Ellsworth St., in Columbia City.
     She was a member of the Oak Street Wesleyan Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary. On September 21, 1946, she was married to Russell Frederick “Buck” Ray. He died on May 8, 1975.
     Surviving Mrs. Ray are three sons, Jerry L. Ray of R.1, South Whitley, Frederick M. Ray of Columbia City, and Rodger L. Ray of R.8, Columbia City; two daughters, Mrs. Robert J. (Debra) Reavis of R.8, Columbia City, and Mrs. Daniel G. (Tamara) Simmons of R.10, Columbia City; her father, Claude Cullers of R.9, Columbia City; a sister, Betty Baker of R.9, Columbia City; eight grandchildren.
     Friends may call at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The funeral will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Bruce Wrightsman officiating.
     Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery. The family suggest memorials be made to the donor’s favorite charity.


Ray, Eldora Mae
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 7, 1984

     The funeral for Eldora Mae Ray was Thursday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Wrightsman officiating.
     Organist Evelyn E. Culbertson played “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “He The Pearly Gates Will Open.”
     Pallbearers were Earl Knisely, Murray Graves, Fred Rex, Chad Tonkel, Doug Reavis, Morris Wolfe, Charles Tonkel Jr., and Richard Cullers.
     Interment was at Greenhill Cemetery. Mrs. Ray, widow of Russell Frederick “Buck” Ray, died September 2.


Ray, Russel Frederick
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
May 9, 1975

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     Russel Frederick (Buck) Ray, 61, of 502 East Ellsworth street, died of a heart attack at 3:40 p.m. Thursday. He was a lineman for the electrical department of Columbia City Municipal Utilities.
     He was born July 5, 1913 in Thorncreek township, a son of Loman and Pheba Ataline Kempf Ray. He married Eldora M. Cullers September 21, 1945 and she survives.
     A local resident all of his life, he was a veteran in World War II with the United States Navy and a member of VFW and the Community Horseshoe Club.
     Other survivors are three sons, Jerry L., R 1 South Whitley; Frederick M. (Fritz), R 4 Albion; Rodger L., 1135 Summit Avenue, New Haven; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Debra) Reavis, R 7; Tammy, at home; one brother, Francis W., R 6; one sister, Mrs. Herrold (Florence) Hess, 343 North Walnut Street.
     Calling at J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home will be 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Services will be there at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Thomas Douglas, pastor of Church of God at Syracuse, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenhill cemetery.


Raypole, Rosa Jane
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 17, 1945 Page 6

     Rosa Jane Raypole, age 68, wife of William W. Raypole, died at her home in Churubusco this morning. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church in Churubusco. Rev. Floyd Hedges and Rev. J. Lawshee officiating. Burial will be made in Blue River cemetery. The body will be returned to the residence this evening at 6 o’clock from the Krider Funeral Home. The daughter of William H. and Sara Gradeless, Mrs. Raypole was a lifelong resident of Whitley county. Survivors are the husband; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Gordon and Mrs. Charles Strong, Churubusco and Miss Blanche Raypole at home; two sons Olney and Theodore Raypole, Churubusco; two sisters Mrs. Charles Raypole and Mrs. Maude Egolf of near Columbia City, and 12 grandchildren. Mrs. Raypole was a member of the Blue River Methodist Church.


Reece, Sam
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, January 29, 1919

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Dink Morgan Writes of Sam Reece’s Death.
     Sergeant Virgil Morgan, of the 1st Tank Corps, who was cited for distinguished bravery in the St. Mihiel drive in which the American light tanks operated on a big scale for the first time, has written telling the names of the two Whitley county boys who were in the drive besides himself.
     In a former letter he state that he was the only one of the three to come out without a scratch, one of the boys being killed and the other wounded. The latter proved to be Homer Rider, of this city and the former was Sam Reece, formerly of Larwill, but whose wife and baby resided in Pierceton at the time he was killed.
     Morgan did not just know the details of his death or where he was buried but he is trying to find out both particulars. Mr. Reece was in a tank battalion operating on the left flank of the battalion Morgan was in. The boys were together just before they went to the front to participate in the big drive. Dink was well at the time the letter was written.

Columbia City Post – Saturday, March 29, 1919

Comrad of Sam Reece Writes. Gives details of how he met his death and expresses high opinion of him. Letter sent to the widow.

A. P. O. 714, A. E. F.
January 31, 1919

Mrs. Sam Reece,
     Pierceton, Indiana.

Dear Mrs. Reece,
     As I was a close friend of Sam’s and the driver of the tank, I was shown your letter to the Captain of our company.
     I was driver for Sam all the time on front and we were together nearly all of the time. I became acquainted with him last June and we were close friends to the last. Being of the same name we naturally formed a quick friendship.
     Our present captain was not with us while on the front so I take the liberty in answering your letter as I feel I am in better position to do so. Sam was killed about seven o’clock on the morning of Sept. 27, 1918. About an hour before, four tanks of which Sam’s was one were ordered to attack the enemy. As usual I was driving him. We had fought about an hour when a bullet came through the turret of the tank hitting Sam in the head and killing him instantly. He did not utter a sound.
     Thank God he did not have to suffer any pain. I was very excited and grieved at the time and did not look for any of his personal property. I do know however, some of the things he carried. He wore the wrist watch of which you speak, always. Many times he has shown me the folders of you and the baby and one of you and himself.
     He took great pride in them and many times I have seen him sitting alone looking at them. He carried a memorandum book but no nose glasses that I remember. When the soldiers are buried, a Chaplain is present. He collects all of their personal property and it is sent to the soldier’s nearest relative. You should have received it by now. I have known your husband many months and always found him to be an honest straight forward man. He had many friends and his loss was greatly felt by all. He always had a smile and a pleasant word for all. He was my buddie and I miss him very much. The Tank Corps will soon be in the States, I think, and I will be glad to come and talk to you if I can possibly do so, as I was the only one with your husband at his death. I will be only too glad to be of any service to you I can.
     Yours respectfully,
         WILLIS REES.
     C. A. 345 Bn. Tank Corps,
         A.P.O. 714, A.E.F.


Reed, Ella
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday February 5, 1945 Page 6

     Edward Hunsaker of Coesse has been notified of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Ella Reed, 86, who died at the home of a niece, Miss Florence Horn, in Cleveland, O. at 4:30 o’clock Sunday morning. She was ill two weeks. Mrs. Reed resided in Fort Wayne practically all her life. Since the death of her husband, Herbert Reed, well know railroad man of Fort Wayne, she had lived with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Reed has made extended visits with the Edward Hunsakers at Coesse. She recently visited her Great-nephew, Edward Hunsakers, Jr. in Fort Wayne. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning at the Klaehn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial will be made in Lindenwood cemetery. Rev. Robert F Sheaffer, pastor of Bethany Presbyterian church in Fort Wayne of which Mrs. Reed was a member, will officiate.


Reed, John
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday May 23, 1945 Page 6

     John Reed, age 89, resident of Etna for many years, died at 12:30 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon at the home of his granddaughter Mrs. Edward Harshbarger on Peabody Avenue in this city. Funeral services will be held at the Troxel Funeral Home in North Webster Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be made in the North Webster cemetery. Mr. Reed was born in Noble county near North Webster January 29, 1856. His wife died last November. Surviving are one daughter Mrs. Chauncey Kemery of this city and two sons, Alva Reed of Sturgis, Mich. and Arthur Reed, also a resident of Michigan.


Reeg, Homer
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 11, 1988

     Homer Reeg, 78, formerly of Larwill and South Whitley, died Tuesday at his home in Mission, Texas.
     Mr. Reeg was born Feb. 16, 1910, in Whitley County, to Frank and Rozzie Reeg. He lived in Oklahoma until his retirement in 1979, and then moved to Texas.
     Surviving are his wife Gladys; a son, Carl of Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs. Sylvain Belt of Larwill, Mrs. David Tennant of Fort Wayne and Patricia Loe of Larwill.
     A memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Mission at De Leon Funeral Home.


Reese, Emiline
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday February 5, 1945 Page 6

     The death of Mrs. Emiline Reese, past 80 years old, took place at 12:45 o’clock Sunday afternoon. She had been ill for three weeks following a stroke of apoplexy and had been confined to her bed during the time. Mrs. Reese was born on February 10, 1864 in Washington township and had gone to her home at 1709 Wells St., Fort Wayne, three years ago from Columbia City. She was married on April 2, 1884, at Eberhard Lutheran Church by the Rev. A Leathers to John Henry Reese of Columbia township. She was a daughter of William Kopp, a native of Germany. Her husband died on April 13, 1932. Surviving children are Mrs. Mary Vance, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Lloyd Stough Columbia City. A sister, Mrs. Martha Ummel of Columbia City, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive. One daughter, three sons, three brothers and five sisters are dead. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home in Columbia City where friends may call and where funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Marion Shroyer, minister of the Church of God, and interment will be in the Eberhard cemetery. Mrs. Reese was a member of the Eberhard Lutheran church.


Reider, David
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – February 2, 1910)

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     David Reider, a well known retired farmer residing just a mile west of the city, was a distinct shock to the community, when it occurred early Saturday morning from a sudden attach of heart failure. The deceased was born in Wayne county, June 30, 1843, and was aged 66 years, 6 months and 29 days at the time of his death. He grew to manhood at his birthplace and removed to this county in 1865, being united in marriage February 27, 1867, to Eliza Cook, a sister of Win Cook of this city.
     Five sons survive with the widow: John and Victor J. Reider of this city, Charles Reider of Thorncreek township, Elmer Reider of Plymouth and Royce Reider of Ft. Pierre, S. D. Two brothers and three sisters also survive: John Reider of Lost Angeles and James Reider of Riviera, Cal.; Mrs. W. E. Jones of this city, Mrs. Thomas Chestnut of Renssalaer, Ind., and Mrs. Henry Sayner of Fort Wayne.


Reiff, Lewis David
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 12, 2002

     Lewis David Reiff, 88, a resident of the Heritage of Huntington, died at 1:55 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2002 at Parkview Huntington Hospital Emergency Room. He was born January 3, 1914 in Cleveland Township, Whitley County, a son of Lowell J. and Sarah C. (Mishler) Reiff. His formative years were spent on a farm southwest of South Whitley.
     He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1932. He continued his education at Manchester College for one year, graduated from Purdue University in 1936 with a bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering and earned a Master Degree in Business Administration in 1958 from Michigan State University.
     He was first employed at Buckeye Steel Casting Company in Columbus, Ohio. In 1943 he began his employment with American Steel Foundry in East Chicago as an engineer, transferring after two years to Superior Steel Casting Company in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he served as assistant general manager for 20 years. He then managed the Casting Services Corps in Bridgeman, Michigan for five years, retiring in 1974.
     On August 18, 1934 he was united in marriage to K. Willodean Moore and they made their home in Michigan for many years. In 1975 they moved to Irish Lake, near Leesburg, where they resided until January 2002, when they moved to Huntington.
     He was a member of North Webster Church of Brethren, Benton Harbor F. & A.M. #298, Scottish Rite of Benton Harbor, Saladin Shrine of Grand Rapids, Warsaw Rotary, American Foundrymen’s Society, Carriage International Travel Club of Fort Wayne and the National Woodcarvers Association and Barbee Owners’ Association.
     He is survived by his wife, Willodean; Huntington; two sons, Paul Jon (Lulabella) Reiff, and (Lewis) David (Sue) Reiff Jr. both of Bluffton; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a son-in-law, Malcolm Sturm, Dana, Indiana. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Ann Sturm and a brother Dale.
     The funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2002, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Pastor Bill Shannon of the Bluffton United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2002, at the funeral home. For those who wish, memorials may be made to North Webster Church of Brethren.


Reiff, Lewis David
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
November 13, 2002

     Lewis David Reiff, 88, of Huntington and formerly of Irish Lake near Leesburg, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
     The Whitley County native retired in 1974 from Casting Service Corps in Bridgeman, Mich., had worked for American Steel Foundry in East Chicago as an engineer and transferred to Superior Steel Castings Co. in Benton Harbor, Mich., as an assistant general manager for 20 years. He was a member of North Webster Church of the Brethren, Benton Harbor, Mich., F&AM 298 and Scottish Rite, Warsaw Rotary and Saladin Shrine of Grand Rapids, Mich. Surviving are his wife, Willodean; sons Paul J. and Lewis D. Jr., both of Bluffton; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila A. Sturm, and a brother. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to the church.


Reiff, Sarah M.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
November 12, 1957

     Sarah M. Reiff, 69, of South Whitley, died at her home at 11:45 p.m. Monday. She had a coronary heart condition for the past eight years but death came unexpectedly.
     Mrs. Reiff was born in Cleveland township in March 1888 and had lived in Cleveland township all of her life. She married Lowell J. Reiff in 1911. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Lewis Reiff, Benton Harbor, Mich., Dale, R 1, South Whitley and five grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the Reiff home in South Whitley after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday until noon Friday, when the body will be taken to the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren to lie in state until the hour of the funeral at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.


Reynolds, Grace Etta Dunfee
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday March 6, 1945 Page 6

     Grace Etta Dunfee Reynolds, past 61 years old, died at the Maumee Valley hospital at Dayton, Ohio at 2:15 pm Sunday of carcinoma. She had been a patient there for the past three weeks and had been ill since Dec. 4, 1944. She was born on June 8, 1883 in Jefferson township to Justice C. and Olive Jackson Dunfee. Mrs. Reynolds grew to womanhood in Whitley county and in 1922 was married at Fort Wayne to Frank Patton Reynolds of Decatur who survives. There were no children. Mrs. Reynolds was formerly secretary of the YWCA in Fort Wayne and was a member of the Church of God at Sherman and Putman streets in Fort Wayne. She resided in Fort Wayne and Kentucky. Her most recent residence was at 116 W. Main Street in Osborne, O. Three brothers, Orton L. Dunfee and Carl H. Dunfee, both of South Bend and David Dunfee of Washington township and a sister, Mrs. Cecil Salts of Petroleau, Ontario, Canada survive. Two brothers and a sister are dead. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the oak Grove or Compton Church of God. The Rev. Charles Hartung pastor of the church of which Mrs. Reynolds was a member will conduct the services assisted by Rev. Ernest H Denhert, pastor of the Oak Grove Church. Interment will be in the Compton Cemetery.

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