Whitley County Obituaries

Robison, Henry
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday December 14, 1904

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     Henry Robison, son of Henry and Ann Robison was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, January 7, 1833. Died in Whitley county, Indiana, December 7, 1904, aged 71 years and 11 months.
     He came to Indiana at an early age and at the beginning of the civil war enlisted in Co L of the 80th Indiana regiment of volunteers for three years, and at the expiration thereof reenlisted and served until the close of the war when he was honorably discharged. During his faithful service he was hit by a piece of shell on the left shoulder causing his left arm to be helpless, but remained with his Company until the close of the war cheering by words and songs.
     On the tenth day of October 1867 he was united in marriage to Lucy Scott to which union five children were born, two of who survive to mourn his loss. Those still living are Frank, of Marion, and Mrs. Ella Kimbal, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois. He leaves other relatives and a host of friends who mourn his departure.
     The funeral was conducted from the Lorane Free Methodist church Friday forenoon at 10 o'clock.


Robison, Ida Anna
Undated/Unidentified Clipping
(Ida died on November 22, 1899)

     On Friday of last week this community was called upon to pay their last tribute of respect to one that has been with us from infancy, attended our school and our social gatherings, and our pen cannot describe the sad parting.
     Ida A. Robison was born in Troy township, Whitley county, Indiana on January 17, 1872 and died November 22, 1899, aged 27 years, 10 months and 3 days. Anna was a patient sufferer for nearly four years of the dread disease consumption which has claimed her as its victim. Her last days were her happiest, fully realizing that the end was near she never complained but was pleased with what little could be done for her to relieve her sufferings and was submissive to the Lord's will in whose care she had placed her trust. Rejoicing in the hope of meeting kind parents, brothers and sisters in heaven she shook hands with all present and peacefully passed to the spirit world.


Robison, Lucy Ann (Strait)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 30, 1907

     The death of Mrs. Lucy Robinson, an old pioneer of Whitley county, who has been residing in this city for three months, at the home of Mrs. Lois Farren on south Line street, occurred at 10 a.m. Saturday. While she had been in feeble health for several years, her condition did not become serious until last Monday, when obstruction of the bowels developed and although every effort was made, her vitality was unable to survive the attack.
     Lucy Ann Strait was a daughter of Abram and Elizabeth Strait and was born June 20, 1836, at Cleveland, Ohio being 70 years, 7 months and 6 days of age. When four years old she came to Ligonier, Noble county, with her parents and grew to womanhood there. In 1855 they removed to Etna township, then a part of Noble county, and in 1857 was united in marriage to Charles Scott. Three children were born to them, two surviving, Perry B. Scott, of Marion and Mrs. Marian E. Watters, of Lorane.
     Her husband died July 16, 1865, and in 1867 she was united in marriage to Henry Robinson, who died Dec. 7, 1904. Five children were the fruit of the second marriage and two survive, Mrs. Ella Kimmel, of Mt. Carmel, Ill, and Frank Robison, of Marion. The deceased was the last of her family and no brothers or sisters survive her. She was a member of the Free Methodist church at Lorane in late years and was a good Christian woman, one whose work was well and faithfully performed in this world. Her memory will linger long with those who knew her best.
     The funeral occurred Monday at 10 a.m. at the Free Methodist church at Lorane, Rev. Perry E. Morgan officiating. Interment in Scott cemetery.

Columbia City Weekly Commercial Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday February 1, 1907

     Mrs. Luca A. Robison, wife of Henry Robison, deceased, died at her home on south Line street his city Saturday forenoon about ten o'clock after an illness of but a few days. She enjoyed her usual good health until last Monday when she was taken sick with obstruction of the bowels. She rapidly grew worse and death followed at the time stated.
     The deceased was a daughter of Abram and Elizabeth Strait and was born in Ohio June 20, 1836. When a young lady she came to this county. When still quite young she was united in marriage to Charles Scott. Three children were born to this union two of whom survive, they being Perry Scott of Marion, and Mrs. Harvey Waters of Lorane this county. A few years after the death of her first husband she was united in marriage to Henry Robison who died at his home near Lorane two years ago last December. To the second marriage three children were born two of whom survive, they being Mrs. Ella Kimball of Mt. Carmel, Illinois and Frank Robison of Marion, Indiana.
     The deceased was a member of a large family but is the last to pass away. After the death of her husband she resided for a time with her children at Marion but about three months ago she moved into the Prickett property on south Line street.
     The deceased for many years has been a member of the Free Methodist church at Lorane and the funeral services were conducted from that place Monday at 10 o'clock, Rev. Morgan of this city officiating. The remains were interred in the Scott cemetery near Etna.


Robison, Pearl Henry
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died December 19, 1901

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     Pearl Henry Robinson, was born at Lorane, Indiana April 3rd 1880 and died December 19th 1901 aged 21 years, 3 months and 16 days. Pearl, as we best knew him came home sick from his work on the 19th day of March, just 9 months previous to his death. His illness proved to be that dreaded disease consumption, from which he was a long and patient sufferer hollowing so closely his sister Anna, whom he so dearly loved and so frequently spoke of.
     In his death his parents have lost a dutiful son, the brothers and sisters a loving brother and the young people of the community, one of their number whose loss they deeply feel as their beautiful flower offerings testified.
     The funeral was held at the Free Methodist Church at this place on Sunday the 22nd. The house was filled with sorrowing friends who came to pay their last tribute of respect. Rev. J.M. Jolley, pastor of the church preached a very able and appropriate sermon. Interment in the Scotts cemetery.


Rockey, Frederick J.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
May 21, 1975

     Services for Frederick J. Rockey, 58, of 3205 Freeman St., will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Elzey-Dickey-Haggard Home for Funerals, Waynedale. He died at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Lutheran Hospital, shortly after admittance. He had been ill for two years.
     Mr. Rockey was a native of Whitley County and had lived in Fort Wayne 25 years. He was a retired employee of Essex International with 32 years service, a former vice president of the Essex Credit Union and a World War II veteran.
     Surviving are his wife, Bertha; three sons, Michael B. Myers, at home, Frederick W., Columbia City, and David A., R.R. 1, Decatur; two daughters, Mrs. Donna Jean Fahlsing, Fort Wayne, and Miss Janice E. Rockey, Winona Lake; a sister, Mrs. Frances Wolfe, Columbia City; a brother, Robert Kelly, Miami, Fla., a half brother, Harry Kelly, Churubusco, and a half sister, Mrs. Ethel Harter, Laotto.
     Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials are gifts to the First Brethren Church Building Fund.
     Note: Believe that Robert Kelly is a half brother also.


Rockey, Warren Harvey
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 2, 1944

     Warren Harvey Rockey, 803 East Van Buren street, Columbia City, died this morning at 12:15 o'clock at the Linvill Memorial hospital where he was taken Sunday evening after his condition became critical. Last Friday noon he was seriously injured when he fell from a lumber platform to the ground eight feet below.
     He was almost 52 years old and was born near Wolf Lake in Noble County and had resided here for a year and a half, coming here in April, 1943, from Churubusco near where he had lived for more than 30 years. He was un-married. His parents were David and Susan Goodyear Rockey, deceased. Mr. Rockey was yard man at the Columbia City Hardwood Lumber Co.
     Surviving brothers and sisters include Mrs. Ben Boyer, Larwill, William Rockey, 803 East Van Buren St., Columbia City, Lewis Rockey and Frederick Rockey, Springport, Mich., Mrs. Almeda Redding, South Bend, Mrs. Lillie Bennett, Plymouth, Mrs. Norman Hobbs, Iowa City, Ia., Mrs. Ross Stimer, Jackson, Mich.
     The body was taken to the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7:30 o'clock Monday evening. Services will be held at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon at the DeMoney Funeral Home with Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be made in the Wolf Lake cemetery.


Rockey, Warren Harvey
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 6, 1944

     Funeral services were held at 3:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the DeMoney Funeral Home for Warren Harvey Rockey, East Van Buren street. The services were in charge of the Rev. Fred J. Densmore, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene.
     Mrs. B.V. Widney, organist at the funeral home, presided at the organ during the service playing "Face to Face" and "Near the Cross." Fellow workers at the Columbia City Hardwood Co. who served as pallbearers were Alvin Glassett, Ernest Chapman, Walter Bardonner, Harley Pettit, Esta Keel, and Jack Peabody.
     Committal services were held in the Wolf Lake cemetery.


Rockey, William Francis
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 29, 1947

     William Francis Rockey, past 57 years old, 803 Van Buren street, Columbia City, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Rockey suffered a heart attack on September 21st at Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he went to purchase peaches. Later he was taken to the hospital where he was found to have acute heart disease. An autopsy was performed to determine the exact cause of death.
     He was born in Wolf Lake on April 22, 1890 and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockey. He lived at his present residence since 1937 except for a short time he spent in Fort Wayne. He came to Columbia City from Churubusco, where he and Mrs. Rockey resided from 1917 to 1937.
     Mr. Rockey was a fireman at the Columbia City Hardwood Lumber mill. On August 1, 1916, he was married to Zelma Clingerman, who survives.
     In addition to Mrs. Rockey a son, Frederick J. Rockey, resides at 807 Van Buren street and a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Wolfe lives at 325 Hanna street. There are four grandchildren living.
     The following named brothers and sisters are living; Mrs. Ben Boyer of Richland Township, Frederick Rockey and Mrs. Ross Stimer of Jackson, Michigan, Mrs. Lillie Bennett of near South Bend, Mrs. Almeda Reading of Lake Tomahaw, Wis., Mrs. Norman Hobbs of Iowa City, Iowa.
     The body was brought to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth funeral home where friends may call after ten o'clock Tuesday morning and where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Fred Densmore of Bristol, former pastor of the Nazarene church will conduct the services and interment will be in the Christian Chapel cemetery at Merriam.


Rockey, William Francis
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 2, 1947

     Funeral services for William Francis Rockey, 803 Van Buren Street, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Densmore of Bristol, former pastor of the local Church of the Nazarene, and the Rev. D.A. Glaze, pastor of the church, officiated.
     Mrs. Densmore sang three hymns requested by the family. They were; "Goodnight and Good Morning," "Just Inside the Eastern Gate," and "In the Garden". Her organ accompaniment was played by Mrs. B.V. Widney.
     Flower bearers were; Edna Lou Brown, Edna Mae Brockmeyer, Sally Lehman, Beverly Shoda, Emily Rosucci, Marilyn Shoda, Ida Dowell, and Ada Dowell.
     The pall bearers were chosen from Mr. Rockey's co-workers at the Columbia City Hardwood Lumber Company. They were; Ora Dowell, Harley Pettit, Earl Rothgeb, Glenn Chapman, Steven Shultz, and Albert Salesman.
     Committal services were held in Christian Chapel cemetery at Merriam.


Rockey, Zelma Ellen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
August 29, 1953

     Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home for Mrs. Zelma Ellen Rockey, 57, of Columbia City and Churubusco. She had been ill for more than a year. Death came at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Davis Nursing Home near Bluffton.
     Friends will be received at the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home after 7:30 tonight. Mrs. Rockey was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Her husband, William Francis Rockey, died in 1947. Her parents were William and Amanda Jane Klester Clingerman.
     Mrs. Rockey was employed at one time at Memorial Hospital, also at the Skipper Sandwich Shop. Surviving are a son, Frederick, Fort Wayne, and a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Wolfe, Columbia City, and five grandchildren, two brothers, Nathan Clingerman and Melvin Clingerman, Churubusco.


Rogers, Verlin
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, January 25, 1919

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     A telegram was received Tuesday evening by Mrs. John Walker of Brownwood, stating that her son, Verlin Rogers, had died of influenza at 1 o’clock Monday. The young man was a sailor on board the U. S. S. Prairie in Panama bay in Cuban waters and it was on that vessel that his death took place. Mrs. Walker had not heard from him for a few weeks, owing to the fact that the ship was on a cruise, and did not know that he was sick. Consequently news of his death came as a great shock to her. Mrs. Walker immediately, upon receiving the word, telegraphed to the naval authorities of the ship asking that the body be sent to Columbia City for burial.
     Verlin Rogers was a son of Mrs. Anna Walker, who was formerly Mrs. Anna Rogers, and was born on June 1, 1882, in Spaulding county, Ohio, and was 26 years, 7 months and 19 days old a the time of his death. He enlisted in the navy when but twenty-one years of age and served for four years, re-enlisting for like period of time when his term of enlistment expired. The young man was well known in this city, having served in Company “G” here for a year or more.
     There are no brothers or sisters surviving. No funeral arrangements will be made until Mrs. Walker hears from the navy department.
     Note: Verlin was a half-brother of Amos Walker who died in France on July 22, 1918 of wounds received in battle.


Rohn, Emma (Baumgartner)
South Whitley Tribune - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, March 6, 1952

     Last rites for Mrs. Emma Rohn will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Miller Funeral Home. Rev. M. C. Morrow will officiate and burial will be in the Lynn Grove cemetery at Berne. Mrs. Rohn passed away at 10 o'clock Tuesday night at her home following an illness of one year. Death was due to a heart condition.
     Mrs. Rohn was born in Adams county December 18, 1875, a daughter of John Jay and Rosena Horn Baumgartner. She was the wife of Leander Rohn who died in 1920. Mrs. Rohn was associated with her brother, Charles Baumgartner, in the dry goods business at South Whitley for three years and then operated the business herself for 20 years, selling the store in 1939 to Jesse Lebrun. Mrs. Rohn was a member of the South Whitley Methodist Church.
     She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Brubaker, Elkhart; a son, Bryce Rohn of Milford; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Oplinger of Berne, who has been caring for her sister for the past several months. Also surviving are two brothers, L. L. Baumgartner of Bluffton and C. C. Baumgartner of Hartford City. Two sisters and ten brothers are deceased.


Rosenberry, Margaret
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday June 9 1945 Page 6

     Margaret Rosenberry, age 57, inspector at the Columbia Products in this city, died at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne at 10:55 o’clock last night after an illness of two days. She was admitted to the hospital Friday. Mrs. Rosenberry had been a resident of South Whitley for the past several years. She was a daughter of Walter and Martha Fulton McDougall and was born in Windsor, Canada. She came from Canada to South Whitley to care for her sister, Mrs. Harry Grimes, during her last illness. Her husband, Ad Rosenberry died in Canada a number of years ago. Mrs. Bosenberry was a member of the Baptist Church at South Whitley and the Rebekkah lodge. Survivors are one brother, Walter McDougall of Muskogee, Okla.; a nephew Floyd Grimes, of Flint, Mich., and a number of nieces. Friends will be received at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley. Funeral arrangements will await the arrival of the brother from Oklahoma.


Rumbaugh, Jeffry Harold
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday March 13, 1945 Page 6

     Committal services will be held at 4:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in Greenlawn Memorial Park cemetery in Fort Wayne for Jeffry Harold Rumbaugh, born at 10 o’clock Monday night at St. Joseph hospital to S-Sgt and Mrs. Robert Harold Rumbaugh 1107 Delaware street, Fort Wayne. The child died at birth. Rev. Charles Hartsung, pastor of the Church of God at Putnam and Sherman Streets fort Wayne will officiate at the brief funeral service. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home in this city. Mrs. Rumbaugh was the former Ruby Ramsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ramsey of this city.


Rupert, Mary Etta
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday February 9, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Mary Etta Rupert, wife of Earl Rupert of Huntington county, died Thursday night at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for a week. She was born on Aug. 15, 1882, to Thomas and Sarah Callison, in Fulton county and had spent most of her life in Huntington county. The Rupert home is near the Whitley County line in Huntington. Surviving are the husband, to whom she was married April 30, 1904; three children, Mrs. Weldon Bennett of Warrenville, Ill.; Mrs. Dale Statzel of Huntington county and Everett Rupert of Huntington; nine grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Della Langston of Huntington county; and a brother Christie Callison of Fort Wayne. The body was taken to the Robbins Funeral Home in Huntington and will be returned to the home Saturday morning. Tentative funeral plans are for service Sunday afternoon oat Pleasant Chapel United Brethen Church with Rev. Cecil R Smith officiating.


Rupley, Mrs. Leon
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 15, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Leon Rupley, former local resident, died at 8 o’clock last night at St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for a number of weeks. Death followed an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at Wells Funeral Home in Geneva, her former home, at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be made at Geneva. Friends will be received at the C. M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne after 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. Mrs. Rupley resided in Columbia City for a number of years and was later a resident of Plymouth. For the past three years the family had lived in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Rupley was connected with the Flox Dry Goods store when a resident of Columbia City. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Capt Jack Rupley, stationed at Saline, Kan., who will arrive tonight in Fort Wayne and Lt (jg) Robert Rupley, stationed in the South Pacific; a daughter, Mrs. A. R. Botteler of Detroit, Mich.; a brother, Kenneth Shoemaker, Geneva, and four grand children, Jack Botteler, Detroit; and Jennifer, Jeffrey and John, children of Lt Rupley.


Russell, Fred Carl
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died December 14, 1918)

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     One of the saddest deaths in Columbia City for some time was that of Fred Carl Russell, who died of influenza and pneumonia at his home at the corner of Market and Walnut streets Saturday morning… He was a son of William and Anna Russell of Troy township, and was born September 5, 1888, being 30 years, 3 months and nine days old at the time of his death… About five years ago he was married to Hazel Sellers, to which union three children were born, William, Paul and Martha, all at home. Besides his wife he is survived by one brother, Glenn, and two sisters, Sylvia Crouch and Retta Smith, of Troy township.

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