Whitley County Obituaries

Richards, Mary
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday March 2, 1945 Page 6

     The death of Mary Richards, age 76, occurred last night at 6:30 o’clock at the Peabody Memorial Home at North Manchester where she had resided for a number of years. The body has been taken to Marion for funeral and committal services. Mrs. Richrds was a daughter of Dr. Henry Gregg and was born near Coesse. A daughter, Mrs. Helen Ball and a son Gregg Dinius are deceased. Mrs. Richrds was a sister of the late William K. Gregg of this city. A Niece, Mrs. Lillian LeVack, was at Mrs. Richards bedside when she died. Randall Gregg of this city is a nephew.

Richer, Marguerite
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 22, 1945

     Marguerite Richer, age 49, wife of Dr. Orville N. Richer of Warsaw, died Wednesday morning at the Richer residence 914 E. Main St., of a heart attack. She was found dead by her husband and Dr. C. C. DuBois who went to the house about noon. Dr. Richer had asked Dr. DuBois to diagnose a minor ailment of which his wife had complained earlier in the day. When found Mrs. Richer was slumped over the telephone and had been dead only a short time. At 11:15 o’clock. Mrs. Richer had telephoned a neighbor ingredients to use in baking a cherry cobbler, a dish which she had about half prepared before she died. She was a trained nurse. The husband, a daughter, Pharmacist Mate 2-c Hellen Heanne Richer of the Waves, and a sister, Mrs. Elva Hudson Washington survive. Mrs. Richer was active in church affairs, a past matron of the Order of Eastern Star; a member of a number of literary clubs and the American Legion Auxilliary at Warsaw.

Ricker, Isemia (Hocker)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery records – She died November 17, 1909)

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     Mrs. Isemia Hocker-Ricker, widow of the late A. A. Ricker, who has been ill for the past two years, and a confirmed invalid for the past year, died Wednesday evening at her home, 329 north Line street.
     Isemia Hocker was born on a farm near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1841, and was 68 years and 21 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage in 1858 to A. A. Ricker at her birthplace, where they resided until 1865, when they located at Wolf Lake, Noble county. At that place Mr. Ricker operated the grist mill and the following year moved his family to this city and took charge of the old Fremont Hotel. Later he engaged in the grocery trade and became agent for the Adams Express Company, which business he continued until 1888, the year of his death.
     To this union there were born four children, two surviving the parents, they being Elmer E. Ricker and Miss Emma Ricker, both of this city. There are six grand children: Chas. E. Snyder and the five children of E. E. Ricker, of this city; and two great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister are also left to mourn the death of Mrs. Ricker, they being Jeremiah Hocker, of Kansas City; B. W. Hocker, of Berlin, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Fannie Zeigler, of Harrisonville, Mo.

Rindfusz, Clyde
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(No Date)

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     Residents of Larwill and vicinity were greatly shocked Thursday morning to learn of the sudden death of Clyde Rindfusz, junior member of Rindfusz Bros. hardware merchants at Larwill. The deceased was a private in the Spanish American war Co. G 160th. Reg't and attributed the undermining of his health sleeping on the hot sands while in quarters at Newport News West Virginia.
     The deceased was a son of Henry Rindfusz and wife of Richland township, where he was born, and was 27 years 2 months and 2 days of age. In 1900 he was united in marriage with Lizzie Kirkpatrick who survives him, also his parents, one brother Everett E. and three sisters Mrs. Fred Morgan of Warsaw, Mrs. L. F. Stockford of Toledo, Ohio and Mrs. Bertha Richardson of Dundee, Michigan.

Rindfusz, Nancy (Eastom)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died May 15, 1910)

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     Citizens of Larwill were greatly shocked early Thursday morning by the news that Mrs. P. H. Rindfusz, an old and well known resident of that town, had passed away at some hour during the night and was found by her husband after he had returned from doing his morning chores at the barn.
     Nancy Eastom was born in Ross county, Ohio, September 1, 1844; died at Larwill, Indiana, May 5, 1910; aged 65 years, 8 months and 4 days. She was united in marriage to P. H. Rindfusz April 20, 1866, and the 8th day of August of the same year they came to Whitley county locating in Richland township. They are the parents of eight children, all of whom, except Clyde who died several years ago at Larwill, survive. The living are: Everett at Larwill, Ralph at Oberlin College; Mrs. Will Gingher at Larwill; Mrs. C. O. Radcliffe at Pierceton; Mrs. Clara Stockford of Monroe, Michigan; Mrs. Pearl Morgan of Kokomo, Indiana; Mrs. Bertha Richardson of Dundee, Michigan. She leaves two brothers, John Eastom of South Whitley, and Frank Eastom of Toledo, and one sister Mrs. Martha Frick, of Horfington, Kansas.

Ritcha, Charles L.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday March 8, 1945 Page 6

     Charles L. Ritcha, aged 72, a resident of Etna, died at 3 am today in McDonald hospital at Warsaw. He was admitted to the hospital on January 6. Mrs. Richa was also admitted to the hospital the same day and is still a hospital patient. Funeral services will be held at the Smith Funeral Home in this city at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Albert Rider of the Etna Methodist church officiating. Interment will be made in Sparta cemetery at Kimmell. Friends will be received at the funeral home. Mr. Ritcha was a son of Simon and Sarah Brown Ritcha and was born at Harlan June 12 1872. He was married to Urena Archer in 1896. Surviving besides the widow are two daughters, Mrs. George Eisenhut, Fort Wayne and Mrs. Perl Cottrell, Hicksville, O. and two brothers F. H. Ritcha and J. W. Ritcha, Fort Wayne.

Robinett, Ford Morris
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday May 28, 1992

     Ford Morris Robinett, 84, 555-552 N. Pantano Rd., Tucson, AZ, died May 26, 1992 in El Dorado Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.
     He was born on October 7, 1907 in Jefferson Township to Harvey and Pearl Click Robinett. On April 20, 1929 he was married to Fay Gillespie; who preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 1988. They had one son, Alan Lee Robinett, born in 1936 and died in 1959.
     A graduate of Jefferson Center High School, he was employed for International Harvester for a period of 40 years as a salesman. He retired in 1967. After living in Grand Rapids, Mich., for 12 years, the Robinetts moved to Traverse City, Mich., then in 1977 they moved to Tucson, Ariz.
     He was a member of the Masons of Michigan, and a member of Grand Rapids Chapter No. 7 R.A.M.; a member of the Grand Rapids Knights of Templar and after moving to Arizona, a member of the Catalina UMC of Tucson.
     Surviving are one brother, Joe Robinett; and two sisters, Pauline and Gusta Robinett. One brother and two sisters are deceased. Also surviving is a brother-in-law Glen Gillespie; 8 nieces and nephews; among them, Dorothea Wilson of Columbia City. Arrangements are pending at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home.

Robinett, Gusta A.
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday July 22, 1996

     Gusta A. Robinett, 91, died at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 1996, at Warren Memorial Home in Huntington County. She was born June 3, 1905 in Whitley County, a daughter of Harvey M. and Pearl M. Glick Robinette.
     Gusta was reared in Jefferson Township. In 1930, she went to China returning to the United States from 1943 to 1947. In 1947, she again went to China. When she retired in 1974, she came back to make her home again in Jefferson Township. In July 1992, she entered the United Methodist Home at Warren.
     She served as a Christian Missionary for the United Methodist Church for 42 years and before that she taught in the public schools in Whitley County.
     After getting her teaching license, she took a position with the Brimstone Elementary School, Jefferson Township, where she taught three years. She went from there to another position teaching in the Crowell School near Raber, Whitley County. She left there to enter Asbury College in Kentucky.
     In 1930, she left public school teaching in Whitley County and sailed for China to begin missionary service. From 1943 through 1947 she returned to the United States speaking and studying. She took theological training at Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Ill., and was graduated in 1946 with a bachelor of divinity degree.
     In 1947 she returned to China. She taught English and Religious Education at a women’s Bible training and high school in Yen-Ping and then did rural Christian evangelistic work in Fuklan Province until 1950. She was forced to leave the country because of the Communist conquest of the area.
     After three years of lecturing in the United States, Miss Robinett was assigned by the United Methodist Church to Sumatra, where for five years she taught in Bible Training Schools and in 1953 she was assigned to Indonesia to serve as pastor of Indonesia, Chinese and English speaking United Methodist churches. In 1959, she was appointed district superintendent of the Chinese district, a position she held until 1964, when the United Methodist Church in Indonesia became autonomous. At the time, Miss Robinett transferred her membership to the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. She retired in 1974 but continued speaking and studying in the United States. She had the distinction of being the first female worldwide District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.
     She received her formal education in the public schools of Jefferson Township, graduating from Jefferson Center High School with the Class of 1923. Following this she enrolled in Manchester College, North Manchester, where she earned her teaching license.
     In 1929, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky. She received a bachelor of divinity degree in 1946 from Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Ill.
     Miss Robinett has been an active member of the Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church, it’s Women’s Society of Christian Service and North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.
     Surviving relatives include a sister, Pauline E. Robinette, Warren; a brother, Joseph W. Robinette, Warren; two nephews, James H. Taylor, Athens Tenn., and David Barr, Fort Wayne; and two nieces Mrs. Richard (Dorthea) Wilson, Columbia City, and Virginia Crabbs, Frederick, Md.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Imogene Robinette Barr and Gertrude I. Robinette Taylor; and brothers, Roscoe A. Robinette, 1-year-old and Ford M. Robinett.
     The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church, Columbia City, with the Rev. Lucinda Hamilton officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Warren Home, and from noon until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Jefferson Chapel (Sand Bank), Columbia City. Memorials may be given to the church or charity of donor’s choice.

Robinett, Harmon L.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday May 24, 1954

     Harmon L. Robinett, 77, Jefferson township farmer and an employe of the Whitley County highway department for the past twelve years, died at 5 o’clock Sunday morning at the Whitley County Hospital where he had been a patient since April 28. He had been in failing health since February, suffering from a blood clot of the left leg.
     Mr. Robinett was born February 5, 1877, ten miles southeast of this city in Jefferson township, a son of John and Sarah Dunfee Robinett. September 2, 1902, he was united in marriage to the former Martha Outhier. Following their marriage, they established their home on the Robinett homestead where they continued to reside throughout their married life. Mrs. Robinett died June 1, 1934. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, and the Columbia City Elks Lodge 1417.
     In the year 1942 he became an employe of the Whitley County highway department, a position he held until his health failed early in February this year.
     The surviving relatives include two sons, Glen, and Kenneth Robinett, Fort Wayne; one daughter, Mrs. Henry Vogley, at home; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Harvey Robinett, Jefferson township; and one sister, Mrs. Iva Pence of Roanoke. In addition to his wife, he has been preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.
     The body has been taken to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 o’clock this evening. The Rev. Graham L. Kleespie, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate at the funeral rites to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Funeral Home. Committal services and burial will be in the Sandbank cemetery in Jefferson township.
     Members of the Columbia City Elks Lodge will meet at the funeral home at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening to conduct the twilight service of the order.

Robinett, John
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, July 13, 1904

     John Robinett, one of the oldest residents of Jefferson township, died at his home Monday morning at 2 o'clock, after several weeks' suffering. At the post mortem held by Drs. White and Richards it was found that death was due to gall stones. Four of the stones had a weight of seventy grains, and the sixty-seven that were removed had a weight of 250 grains.
     The deceased was in his 80th years, and was twice married, leaving the second wife and two sets of children to mourn his death, besides a large circle of friends. The funeral occurs Wednesday after noon and the burial will be at Sand Hill cemetery.

Robinett, Martha (Outhier)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday June 1, 1934

     Mrs. Harmon Robinett, 54, well known woman of Jefferson township, died Friday morning at 7:30 o’clock at the home of her son, Kenneth, 3605 Piqua Ave., Fort Wayne. Mrs. Robinett was a hospital patient for one week and for the past two weeks had been at her son’s home. She had been in failing health for many months of heart trouble.
     Mrs. Robinett was born in France and came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Outhier, to the United States when she was eighteen months old. Her parents located at Buffalo, N.Y. where they lived for one year and then located in Allen county where their deaths occurred. Their daughter continued to reside in Allen county until her marriage to Harmon Robinett thirty-one years ago. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Robinett established their home on a farm in Jefferson township where they have since resided.
     Surviving are the husband and three children, Glen and Kenneth of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Henry Vogley at home. Other surviving relatives are two grandchildren, one brother, Basil Outhier of Buffalo, N.Y., and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Stuart of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Amelia Gaff of Michigan and Mrs. Julia Shinbeckler of Dunfee.
     Mrs. Robinett was a zealous and consistent member of the Jefferson Chapel Methodist church. She possessed many fine personal qualities that made for her many warm and lasting friendships.
     The body, brought to the Luckenbill funeral home in this city, will be taken to the Robinett home in Jefferson Township late Friday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the Sand Bank church at 2 o’clock standard time.

Robinette, Harvey Maurice
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday June 15, 1956

     Harvey Maurice Robinette, 81, died in his sleep Friday morning at his residence in Jefferson township. He had been bedfast for the past two and one-half years.
     Mr. Robinette was born in Jefferson township on September 26, 1874, and had resided in this area during his entire life, except for a few months following his marriage in 1899, when he lived in Allen county. He was formerly a farmer, but has been retired for several years.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl M. Robinette; two sons, Ford M. Robinette, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Joseph W. Robinette, Jefferson township; four daughters, Mrs. J. Hobart Barr, Frederick, Missouri; Mrs. Harry H. Taylor, R. R. 5; Miss Gusta A. Robinette, Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia; and Miss Pauline E. Robinette, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Denver Pence, Roanoke.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home after noon on Saturday. Services will be held at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, with the Rev. J. Paul Clark of the Saturn Church of Christ and the Rev. Harold Oechsle of the Jefferson Chapel Methodist Church officiating. Mr. Robinette had been a member of the Saturn Church of Christ for over 30 years. Burial will be at Jefferson Chapel in Jefferson Township.

Robinette, Joseph W.
The Post & Mail – Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday March 21, 1998

     Joseph W. Robinette, 85, a resident of Huntington, died at 4:35 p.m. Friday, March 20, 1998 at Warren Memorial Home. He was born October 24, 1912 in Whitley County, a son of Harvey Maurice and Pearl May Glick Robinette. He received his education in Jefferson Township, graduating from Jefferson Center High School in 1930.
     He lived 80 years of his life in Jefferson Township. In January, 1993 he moved to the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren to be near his sisters, Gusta A. and Pauline E. Robinette. Until his retirement, Mr. Robinette owned and managed the family livestock and grain farm in rural Jefferson Township. Mr. Robinette was an active member of Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church since the late 1940’s.
     Surviving relatives include a sister, Pauline E. Robinette, R.N., Warren; two nieces, Mrs. Richard L. (Dorothea) Wilson, Columbia City and Mrs. Raymond V. (Virginia) Crabbs, Frederick, Md. And two nephews, David Barr, Fort Wayne and James H. Taylor, Athens.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Imogene Robinette Barr, Gertrude Iva Robinette and Gusta A. Robinett and two brothers, Ford M. Robinett and one-year old Roscoe A. Robinette.
     Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 1998 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City. Visitation is also from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, 1998 at Warren Memorial Home in Warren. Friends may also call after 12 noon, Monday, March 23, 1998 at Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church in Whitley County.
     Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, 1998 at Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Lucinda Hamilton officiating. Burial is at Jefferson Chapel.

Robinette, Pearl May (Glick)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, June 22, 1970

     Mrs. Pearl May Robinette, 89, R 5, widow of Harvey M. Robinette, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday in Whitley County Hospital where she was admitted as a patient Thursday morning. She had been in failing health for nine years.
     Mrs. Robinette lived on County Road 500-E in Jefferson township. She was a native of Jackson township, Huntington county, was born Jan. 10, 1881, a daughter of Emanuel W. and Margaret Caroline Briner Glick.
     She was married Jan. 12, 1899 to Harvey Maurice Robinette. She spent her entire life in Jefferson township except a few years of her childhood in Huntington county and a few months following her marriage when she and Mr. Robinette lived in Allen county. She was a member of Saturn Christian Church. Her husband died June 15, 1956.
     Surviving are two sons, Ford M., Traverse City, Mich., and Joseph W., R 5; four daughters, Mrs. J. Hobart (Imogene R.) Barr, Jefferson township, Mrs. Harry M. (Gertrude) Taylor, Jefferson township, Miss Gusta A. Robinette, a missionary in Medan, Sumatra who is now at home on furlough, and Miss Pauline E. Robinette, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two brothers, Howard C. Glick of Roanoke and Roscoe A. Glick of Columbia City; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Fairchild of Warren, Ohio. A son, Roscoe O., a sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
     The body is at the J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home. Friends may call there between 7 and 9 p.m. tonight. The Rev. James A. Clifford, pastor of Saturn Christian Church, and the Rev. O. Rex Lindenmood, pastor of Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church, will conduct the services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Jefferson Chapel cemetery.



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