Whitley County Obituaries

Shafer, Sarah (Rummel)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died October 22, 1909

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     Mrs. Sarah Shafer, an aged pioneer of this city and the widow of Christian Shafer, a broom maker, who resided on the south side for many years or until his death about six years ago, passed away Friday morning. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Haas, on East Swihart street, where she had been making her home. Sarah Rummel was born in Ohio December 8, 1828 and was aged 80 years, 10 months and 14 days. She is survived by one son, Oscar Shafer, of Troy township, and four daughters: Mrs. Samuel Haas, of this city, Mrs. Nettie Zollinger, Mrs. Phoebe Hoover and Mrs. Naomi Ernst of Fort Wayne.

Shaffer, Mary Cook Hull
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
September 26, 1981

     Mrs. Mary Glenn Shaffer, 80, R 3, died at 5:20 p.m. Friday, September 25, at Whitley County Hospital. She had been ill five weeks and had been a hospital patient since September 10. Her birth was June 27, 1901, in Thorncreek Township to Austin B. and Mary Jane Cullers Cook.
     She was first married to Russell Phillip Hull. He preceded her in death. May 28, 1955, she was married to Rudy Fay Shaffer. He died October 26, 1965.
     Mrs. Shaffer spent her life in this area. She was a retired employee of Whitley Products, Inc., and a member of West Point United Methodist Church. She also belonged to the church women's society and Lakeview club.
     Surviving are three sons, Austin Hull of Pierceton, Keith Hull of Hamlet and H. Eugene Hull of R 1; two daughters, Mrs. Jesse (Mary Virginia) McCoy of R 9, Mrs. Eugene (Neva Norene) Slack of Alfred, N. Y. There are 23 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Phil Hull; three brothers and two sisters.
     Visitation is at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday. The service will be 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Roy M. Hollopeter officiating. Burial will be at the Stough Cemetery, Thorncreek Township.

Sharpe, Joseph A.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday November 16, 1953

     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home for Joseph A. Sharpe, 312 Catherine Ave., who died at his residence Saturday night at 8:45. His death was unexpected although he had been in failing health for the past 20 months. The Rev. Lynn Henry, of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, of which Mr. Sharpe was a member, will officiate at the memorial rites and burial will be made in South Park cemetery.
     Mr. Sharpe was employed as house manager for the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a son of Frank and Mina E. Foster Sharpe, and was born on East Hanna street in Columbia City June 10, 1899. For a number of years, prior to the closing of Columbia City office, Mr. Sharpe was a produce buyer for the Sherman White company.
     He was married at Hillsdale, Mich., January 24, 1920 to Miss Freeda Decker, who survives with two sons, Robert Sharpe, 345 North Chauncey street, director of band in the local schools; Dean Sharpe, Fort Wayne; also a daughter, Mrs. Norman Graves, Washington township. Other survivors are four grandchildren; a brother, Lee Sharpe, Rochester, Ind., and three sisters, Mrs. Samuel Galbreath and Mrs. Gideon Luckenbill of this city, and Mrs. Rena Grove, Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Sharpe was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1906.

Sharpe, Mina Elizabeth (Foster)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday February 23, 1952

     Funeral services were held from the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock for the late Mrs. Mina E. Sharpe. Interment followed in South Park Cemetery.
     The Rev. Masion R. Shroyer officiated at the services assisted by the Rev. P. L. Mast, pastor of the First E. U. B. Church. Mrs. Rome Repp, soloist with the First Presbyterian Church choir, sang two favorite hymns of Mrs. Sharpe. Her organ accompaniment, the brief prelude and postlude to the services were played by Mrs. B. V. Widney.
     Members of the Ruth Rebekah Lodge attended the services in a group and assisted the granddaughters in carrying the floral tributes. Grandsons were pallbearers. They were Lewis Luckenbill, LaVon Luckenbill, Walter Eberhard, Robert Sharpe, Norman Galbreath and Norman Graves. Mrs. Sharpe’s only other grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Sharpe are enroute to California by automobile and could not be contacted to be advised of their grandmother’s death.

Sheadel, James
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday March 29, 1945 Page 2

     James Sheadel, age 63, of 709 27th Street, South Bend, superintendent of the Columbia City Municipal Light and Power plant at one time, died at 5:30 o’clock Thursday morning in Epworth hospital in South Bend. Death followed an appendectomy performed last Sunday. Apparently recovering from the operation, Mr. Sheadels condition became critical Wednesday and his death followed this morning. He was a son of Levi and Martha McDuffy Sheadel of Noble County. His marriage to Miss Blanche Magley, a teacher in the Columbia schools at the time of her marriage, occurred June 28, 1914. He was a graduate of Purdue University. The Sheadels moved from Columbia City to South Bend where Mr. Sheadel has been associated for a number of years with the Indiana-Michigan Power Co. He is survived by his wife; a son John, graduate of Purdue University, now located at Baarberton, O., two sisters, Mrs. Glen Pierce and Mrs. Irvin Swinehart residing in Wisconsin. Two brothers Roy Sheadel of Oregon and Horace Sheadel of Richmond. A Sister Mrs. William Fleck of near Churubusco died two weeks ago. Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the First Evangelical church, in South Bend of which Mr. Sheadel was a member. Burial will be made at South Bend.

Shearer, Minnie
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday February 10, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Minnie Shearer, past 58 years old, residing 3 1/2 miles south of Columbia City in Columbia township died this morning at 2:50 o’clock at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for the past week. Death was due to dropsy and heart disease. She was born in Columbia township on Oct 7, 1883, and was a daughter of Conrad and Rachel Weisweber Keller. On June 27, 1908 she was married at St. John’s Lutheran church to Raleigh Shearer of Washington township who died June 11, 1917. Surviving children include a daughter Mrs. Samuel Schrader, and a son Norman Shearer, both of Columbia township. A brother, William H. Keiser, and sister, Mrs. Ernest Fenker, both of Columbia township; also are living are three grandchildren. A brother is dead. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home. Mrs. Shearer was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church and the Ladies Aid society of the church and the Columbia township home division. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The body will be taken to the church at 12 noon where the casket will be opened. Rev. Hennig pastor of the church will conduct the services and burial will be in the Compton cemetery.

Shearer, Minnie Keiser
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday February 12, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at St John’s Lutheran Church for Mrs. Minnie Keiser Shearer, widow of Raleigh Shearer. The Rev. Valentine Henning, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment services will be held in the Compton cemetery. The body was returned to the home Sunday morning from the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home here. Friends may call at the residence, 3 1/2 miles south of Columbia City, Monday evening. At Noon Tuesday the casket will be taken to St. John’s church to lie in state until the hour of the services.

Sheckler, Alta F.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia, Whitley County, Indiana
October 29, 1963

     Funeral services for Mrs. Alta F. Sheckler, 83, the widow of Edd M. Sheckler, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Marion R. Shroyer, officiating. Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Stough Cemetery.
     Mrs. Sheckler, a resident of the Stickler apartments, died at 11 a.m. Monday at the Hillcrest Home where she had been a patient since February 1. She had been in failing health for the last three years and in January of this year was hospitalized following a slight stroke of apoplexy.
     She was a native of Thorncreek township, and was born on the Whitley-Noble county line on September 19, 1880, a daughter of Jerimiah and Sarah Ann Young Egolf.
     On December 4, 1902, she was united in marriage to Edd M. Sheckler. Their home was established on the Sheckler farm four mikes northwest of this city on the Sheckler Road where they spent their entire married life. Mr. Sheckler preceded her in death in July of 1956. A year following the death of her husband, she moved to Columbia City where she made her home in the Sticker apartments with her daughter, Ruth Sheckler. Her church affiliation was with the Thorncreek Baptist Church.
     The surviving relatives include two sons, H. Max Sheckler, R. 6 associated with the Standard Oil Service Station, South Main Street and Marshall L. Sheckler, R. 3; one daughter, Ruth Sheckler; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Emma Bower, Elkhart; four brothers, Samuel Egolf, R 1 Churubusco, Dewey Egolf, Merriam, Lawrence Egolf, Columbia City and Milo Egolf, Smith township. One son, Delmar, one daughter three brothers and one sister have preceded her in death. Friends may call at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home after 7 this evening.

Sheckler, Marshall L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
August 16, 1999

     Marshall L. Sheckler, 92, a retired Thorncreek Township farmer, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 1999, at Miller's Merry Manor in Columbia City where he had been a resident since June 29.
     Born October 11, 1906, in Whitley County, a son of Edward and Alta Egolf Sheckler, he completed his education in Red Bush School.
     On November 23, 1929, he married Nellie Engle and they made their first home in Columbia City. In the early '30s they moved to the family farm. Mrs. Sheckler died October 19, 1994. In addition to general farming, he was employed at LML from 1950 until his retirement in 1972.
     Survivors include a son and his wife, Max Eugene and Eunice Sheckler of Columbia City; three daughters and their husbands, Betty and Anthony Hill of Larwill, Dorothy and William Burton and Joyce and John Burton, all of Columbia City; a brother, Herbert Max Sheckler of Umatilla, Fla.; 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
     In addition to his parents and wife,he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Keith Sheckler, a grandson, Terry Sheckler, a brother, Delmar Sheckler and a sister, Ruth Sheckler.
     The funeral service begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday a Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City with the Rev. J. Philip Blake officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial is at Stough Cemetery in Thorncreek Township.

Sheckler, Maurice Edward
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 19, 1955

     Maurice Edward Sheckler, 78, of Thorncreek township, died at 7:30 Monday evening at his home. He had been ill for the past three months. He underwent surgery July 13 and had just returned to his home from the hospital.
     A native of Thorncreek township he was born May 26, 1877 to Thomas and Charlotte Wilder Sheckler on the farm where he died. His marriage to Florence Alta Egolf occurred in December 1902. He spent his life as a farmer and carpenter.
     Survivors are his wife; two sons, Marshall, Thorncreek township, and Max, Loon Lake; one daughter, Miss Ruth P. Sheckler at home. Seven grandchildren survive. A sister and three brothers and a son are deceased.
     Friends will be received at the J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home after 7:30 this evening. Services will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Marion Shroyer will officiate. Burial will be in the Stough cemetery.

Sheckler, Nellie Engle
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 20, 1994

     Nellie Sheckler, 81, a Thorncreek township resident, died at 3:26 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1994, at Parkview Memorial Hospital. She had been a patient in the Fort Wayne hospital since last Friday.
     She was born on Oct. 26, 1912, in Kosciusko County, near Akron, a daughter of Elmer E. and Myrtle Dancer Engle. Her formative years were spent on a farm in Kosciusko County. On Nov. 23, 1929, she was united in marriage to Marshall L. Sheckler and they made their first home in Columbia City for a brief time, then moved to Thorncreek township where they have since resided.
     The surviving relatives include her husband, Marshall; a son, Max Eugene Sheckler, Columbia City; three daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Betty) Hill, Larwill, Mrs. William (Dorothy) Burton and Mrs. John (Joyce) Burton both of Columbia City; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy Engle, Burkett and a sister, Blanche Egolf residing in Florida. A son, Robert Keith and three brothers, Daniel, Ellis and Estel preceded her in death.
     The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Curtis Johnson officiating. The visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The burial will be in the Stough Cemetery, Thorncreek Township.

Sheckler, Nellie Engle
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 22, 1994

     The funeral service for Nellie Sheckler, 81, was Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Johnson pastor of the Community Bible Church, officiating. A medley of hymns was played as the musical portion of the service. Included in the selections were "In the Sweet Bye and Bye", "Abide With Me", "The Old Rugged Cross", "Amazing Grace" and "Holy, Holy, Holy".
     Grandsons serving as pallbearers were Tony Sheckler, Don Sheckler, Michael Hill, John Burton, Richard Burton and William A. Burton, Jr.
     The committal service and burial was in Stough Cemetery, Thorncreek Township. Mrs. Sheckler, the wife of Marshall Sheckler, Died Oct. 19.

Sheckler, Ruth Pearl
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 20, 1986

     Ruth Pearl Sheckler, 82, Stickler Building Apartment 7, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Miller's Merry Manor. She had been in failing health for more than a year and entered the nursing home in July.
     She was born June 9, 1904, in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Morris Edward and Alta Egolf Sheckler. Her early life was spent in Thorncreek Township where she attended the Foster School. In 1957 she moved to Columbia City where she has since made her home.
     Miss Sheckler was a domestic helper for several local families after coming to Columbia City. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     Survivors include two brothers, Marshall Sheckler, R. 3, and Max Sheckler, Umatilla, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Fern) Barnes, Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, John Thomas Barnes, Fort Wayne,; Carol Ann Jacobson; Jeffery Barnes, serving with the U.S. Air Force; and Deborah McNeal, Fort Wayne; three great-grandchildren, Daniel and Robert McNeal and Rochelle Ann Barnes. Her parents and a brother, Delmar Sheckler, are deceased.
     Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Philip Blake, of First Baptist Church, officiating. Calling will be on Sunday, Dec. 21. from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be in the Stough Cemetery.

Sheckler, Ruth Pearl
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 23, 1986

     The funeral for Ruth Pearl Sheckler, 82, was Monday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Philip Blake, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.
     Mrs. Paul Zumbrum, organist, played "Beyond the Sunset". "When We All Get to Heaven" and "When They Ring Those Golden Bells."
     Church members and long-time friends serving as pallbearers were Ed Berwert, Von Hunnicutt, Brice Reimer, Rick Hunnicut, C. Taron Smith and Taron W. Smith. Interment was at Stough Cemetery, Thorncreek Township.

Sheets, Jacob Wesley
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (018-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 13, 1926

     Jacob Sheets Dies at Home South of Laud. Well-Known Resident of Jefferson Township Passes Away Monday Afternoon After Illness of Two Years – Funeral Occurs Wednesday Afternoon.
     Jacob W. Sheets, native of Jefferson township, and almost a life-long resident of that vicinity, passed away Monday afternoon at 1:50 o’clock at his home two and one-half miles south of Laud after an illness of two years from tuberculosis and complications.
     Mr. Sheets was born in Jefferson township, Whitley county, July 27, 1863, and he was aged 63 years 2 months and 14 days. His parents were the late Henry and Mary Ann Sheets. January 1, 1889 he was wedded to Miss Lillie May Simons of Jefferson township. They continued their residence in that vicinity and later moved to a farm south of Roanoke, where they lived five years. Twenty-eight years ago they moved back to Jefferson township.
     Surviving are the widow and the following ten children: Loval Sheets of Washington township, Mrs. Paris Smith, Huntington county; Willie Sheets, Jefferson township; Mrs. Homer Coolman, Detroit; Mrs. Clarence Rothenberger, Fort Wayne; Don Sheets of Union township; and Netha, Arlo, Sylvia, and Jacob Jr., at home. Three children have preceded their father in death. One brother, George Sheets of Huntington and a sister, Mrs. Calvin Coolman, of Huntington, also survive. Mr. Sheets had for many years been a member of the I.O.O.F. at Laud in which vicinity he had many friends who sadly note his passing.
     The funeral occurs Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Chapel, in Huntington county. Rev. Seth Painter, of Coesse, officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.

Sheets, Mary Ann Steward
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (018-PF)
Unidentified News clip
She died April 9, 1906

     Mrs. Mary A. Sheets, widow of Henry A. Sheets, a pioneer of Jefferson township, laid down life’s burden Monday, at 12:35 a.m. and quietly passed away at the home of her son, Jacob Sheets. She had been in failing health for some months from dropsy and other complications incident to advanced years. Two weeks ago, she was compelled to take to her bed and her strength slowly ebbed away.
     She was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1830, and was 75 years, 6 months and 5 days of age. She was united in marriage to Henry A. Sheets in Ohio, and came to Whitley county, in 1859, the husband dying fourteen years ago. Thirteen children were born to them, twelve sons and one daughter, and the latter with seven sons survive. They are as follows: Mrs. Alvin Coolman, George, John and Albert Sheets, of Huntington; Frank, Emmanuel and Jacob Sheets of Jefferson township. In addition to her large family she also raised one orphant [sic] girl, Bertha A. Weeks, formerly of Thorncreek township, who is now Mrs. Thomas W. Brady, of Warsaw. One sister-in-law also survives, Mrs. Lydia Stewart, of Oklahoma, and forty-one grand-children, and seven great-grand-children. The deceased was a member of the Dunkard church from childhood and was one of those noble women whoes [sic] untiring efforts have won for them a brighter home in other spheres.
     The funeral will occur Wednesday leaving the residence at 9 a.m. for the Eberhard frame church; interment near by.

Sherbahn, David A.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 16, 1927

     David A. Sherbahn, well-known young farmer of Cleveland township, passed away at 5:30 o’clock Saturday morning, in the St. Joseph hospital at Fort Wayne. A week ago Sunday, following a period of ill-health, he underwent an operation at the hospital for appendicitis, however, an abscessed condition was found, and it was impossible to remove the appendix at the time. The young man’s condition was at all times critical, although he seemed to rally a week ago.
     David A. Sherbahn was born September 5, 1893 in Cleveland township, to John M. and Harriet Sherbahn and at the time of his death he was aged 33 years, 8 months, and 7 days.
     Thirteen years ago he was wedded to Miss Alta Stallsmith, daughter of Daniel Stallsmith of Washington township. Their married life was spent in Washington and Cleveland townships.
     Surviving are the parents, the widow, two children; Galen, aged 11 and Dortha, aged 7; one brother, Edgar Sherbahn of Cleveland township and two sisters, Mrs. Ray Emley and Mrs. Arthur Dimmick, of Washington township. The decedent was a member of the Church of the Brethren.
     The remains were brought in the Miller & Pook ambulance to the home of the decedent, one mile south and one-half west of Tunker, Saturday forenoon.

Sherbahn, Edgar A.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 17, 1961

     Edgar A. Sherbahn, 70, of R.1, South Whitley, died at 4:30 o’clock this morning at the Whitley County Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past two days.
     Mr. Sherbahn, a carpenter and farmer, was born in Cleveland Township on September 17, 1891. He lived in Whitley County his entire life. On January 1, 1914, he married Nellie Ward. He was the son of John and Harriet Arnett Sherbahn.
     Surviving are the wife, Nellie; a son, Kenneth Sherbahn of South Whitley; a daughter, Mrs. Galen Wolfe Jr., Claypool; six grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ray Emley, North Manchester, and Mrs. Aquilla Dimmick, South Whitley.
     Mr. Sherbahn was a member of the Fairview EUB Church, the Whitley County Farm Bureau, Modern Woodman Lodge, director and member of the Whitley County and Northeastern Indiana Angus Association, was on the advisory board in Cleveland Township and was Cleveland Township trustee from 1940 to 1948. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Fairview EUB Church.
     Friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Elwood Walker, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in the South Whitley cemetery.

Sherbahn, Galen E.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 10, 1943

     Galen E. Sherbahn, 27, former Smith township resident, died Thursday at the Methodist hospital in Fort Wayne following an appendectomy. He was ill for one week before being admitted to the hospital on September 5th.
     Mr. Sherbahn resided on the William Richart farm four miles northwest of Roanoke for the past six years. Previous to that time he resided on the farm owned by his mother, Mrs. Kye Trout, seven miles northeast of Columbia City.
     He was married June 16, 1935, to Miss Lucille Richart at the Pleasant View United Brethren parsonage in Huntington county. He is survived by his wife; his mother, Mrs. Kye Trout; two sons, Galen and David LeRoy; and a sister, Mrs. Marshall Fisher of Columbia City.
     Rev. Cecil Smith will officiate at funeral services to be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Pleasant View United Brethren church in Huntington County. Interment will be made in the Lutheran cemetery in Huntington County.
     Note, obituary should read, a sister, Mrs. Glenn LeRoy Hickman, not Fisher.

Sherbahn, Mrs. John
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 15, 1936

     Mrs. John Sherbahn, 78, of Cleveland Township, died Monday morning at 9:10 o'clock. She was stricken ten days ago with paralysis.
     The husband and three children survive. The children are Edgar Sherbahn, Cleveland Township; Mrs. Ray Emley, North Manchester, and Mrs. Arthur Dimmick, Washington Township. One son, David, passed away some time ago. A sister, Mrs. Lewis Mishler, of Cleveland Township, and eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild also survive.
     Mrs. Sherbahn was born in Ohio, to Mr. and Mrs. David Arnett, January 18, 1858. She was a devout communicant of the Church of the Brethren at Tunker. She was a much beloved woman and possessed a wide circle of friends in her community.
     Funeral services will be held from the Tunker church, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will take place in the South Whitley cemetery.

Sherbahn, Mrs. John
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
June 16, 1936 page 17

     Columbia City, June 15 - Mrs. John Sherbahn, 78, died Monday forenoon at the family home in Cleveland township. Besides the husband, she is survived by three children, Edgar Sherbahn of Cleveland township, Mrs. Ray Emley of North Manchester and Mrs. Arthur Dimmick of Washington township. Funeral services will be held from the Tunker church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial in the South Whitley Cemetery.

Sherbahn, Vera
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
December 3, 1994

     Vera Sherbahn, 73, of Cleveland Township died yesterday in the Whitley County Memorial Hospital in Columbia City.
     She was a member of the South Whitley United Methodist Church and had served as the church treasurer for the past 10 years. She was president of the Whitley County Memorial Hospital Volunteers and Passages Inc. She was recently reelected to the Cleveland Township Advisory Board and had been a bookkeeper for the Farmers Elevator in South Whitley for many years.
     Surviving are her husband, Kenneth; a son, Craig Sherbahn of South Whitley; a foster son, John Sanders of Warsaw; a granddaughter, Cari Sherbahn; a grandson, Terry Sherbahn; a stepgrandson, Ted Nixon; foster grandchildren, Heather Long and Christopher Sanders; sisters, Ruth Darley of South Whitley and Nila Richards of Matthews; a half sister, Glee Eberly of South Whitley; and a half brother, Joseph Gambee of Liberty.
     Services are 2 p.m. Monday in Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Calling is from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 tomorrow in Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Preferred memorials are gifts to the Whitley County Memorial Hospital Volunteers or Passages Inc.

Sherwood, Dora Etta Garver
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, August 27, 1924

     The death of Mrs. Dora Etta Sherwood, wife of Justus Sherwood, of near Arcola, and formerly of Columbia township, occurred at midnight Monday night after a sudden illness due to paralysis. Mrs. Sherwood had apparently been in good health until Monday morning about 11 o'clock when she became ill with a stroke of paralysis. The stroke affected her left side and was what is termed progressive paralysis.
     Dora Etta Garger [sic] was born in Columbia City on December 7, 1872, and was a daughter of David and Margaret Williams Garver. She was 51 years old last December 7th. She grew to womanhood in Columbia City and on January 16, 1909, married Justus Sherwood. Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood resided on the old farm north of town until two years ago this coming November 1st, when they moved to the farm near Arcola. Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood have no children.
     In addition to the husband she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ben Warren, of near Columbia City. A brother died in infancy. Mrs. Sherwood was a member of the Columbia City Methodist church, transferring her membership to Arcola when she moved there.
     Funeral arrangements have not been definitely completed, but will be Thursday afternoon at the home near Arcola at 2 p.m., Rev. Forbes of Arcola, officiating. Burial will be in the Linvill cemetery.

Sherwood, Hugh Madison
Columbia City Commercial-Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 10, 1928

     Death claimed Hugh Madison Sherwood at 3:35 o'clock Wednesday morning after he had been ill six years with diabetes and had been confined to his bed for the past five years. Mr. Sherwood spent his entire life in and around Columbia City and was specially interested in horticulture, having owned a greenhouse for many years.
     Hugh Madison Sherwood died on his 70th birthday having been born on October 10, 1858 in Columbia City. His parents were James and Mary Jones Sherwood. He was married to Elimira Otis Pumphrey on November 25, 1879. His widow survives together with a foster son, Forest Baker of Hinsdale, Mont. Two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Sickafoose of North Chauncey Street and Mrs. H. J. Messner of Thorncreek twp are the only other surviving relatives. One sister died a number of years ago.
     Mr. Sherwood was a member of the Maccabee Order. He had many friends in Columbia City and the surrounding region and was always held in high esteem. No funeral arrangements have yet been made.

Sherwood, John D.
Undated article from "the Scrapbook"
Died May 10, 1912

     John D. Sherwood, one of the well known and influential citizens of this city, died at his home on West Ellsworth street Friday morning at 7:30, death resulting from a stroke of paralysis an heart trouble. The deceased was a resident of Thorncreek township for years and was also the proprietor of the tile mill northeast of the city until he gave his son, Justice, an interest in it. He was a man of high ideals and took a deep interest in all movements calculated to advance the material or moral welfare of the community.
     For the past four years his health had been poor, and at times he was confined to his bed, with seemingly little hope of ever getting out again. About four weeks ago he sustained a stroke of paralysis, and in his weakened condition he was unable to rally, but gradually lost ground and finally passed away at the hour mentioned.
     John D. Sherwood was born in Delaware county, Ohio, August 24, 1853; died in Columbia City, May 10th, 1912, aged 58 years, 8 months and 16 days. At the age of 19 he came to this county with his parents and settled in Thorncreek township. He taught in the common schools of the county for four years in the winter season and in the summer time devoted his attention to farming, later purchasing the interests of his brothers and sisters in the old homestead north of the city. He was united in marriage to Jennie Sherwood, February 22nd, 1875, and one son was born to them, Justice J., who was associated with his father in the manufacture of tile and who with his mother still survives.
     Mr. Sherwood was elected trustee of Thorncreek township in 1888, and was again elected to the same office in 1908, resigning after serving a little over a year, as he moved out of the township to this city. He filled the position in a most efficient manner and gave much of his time and attention to the business of the township.
     He was a member of the Methodist church of this city and gave to it financial and personal support. He also took an interest in all movements for the good of the farmer and was an active worker in the farmers' institutes, having served as president for a year.
     He leaves two brothers, Lewis E., and Presley R., of Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. James Maine, of Frederickstown, Ohio.

Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, May 15, 1912
     The funeral of ex-trustee, John D. Sherwood, who died Friday morning at his home on West Ellsworth street, occurred Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family residence, and was attended by a large number of old friends who paid the last tribute of respect to his memory. Rev. Charles W. Shoemaker, of the M. E. Church, conducted the services, and the pall bearers were Julius B. Leininger, Isaac M. Swigart, B. F. Magley, Josiah Archer, E. A. Barney and Judd Grant. The remains were laid to rest in the Linvill cemetery.

Sherwood, Justus J.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, January 4, 1956

     Justus J. Sherwood, 79, former local resident, died at 8:15 a.m. today at Whitley County Hospital where he had been a patient one day. He suffered a stroke of paralysis seven years ago and since that time had been in dialing health.
     He was a son of John and Jennie Sherwood and was born in Thorncreek township July 22, 1876. He resided in Columbia City until 1922 when he moved to a farm near Arcola.
     He married Dora Garver of West Van Buren street who died a number of years ago. His marriage to Mrs. Rosetta Meredith, who survives, occurred May 4, 1927. Other survivors are one step-daughter, Mrs. Talbert Pittinger, and one grandchild and one great-grandson. Mr. Sherwood was the last of his family.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel and committal services will be held in Greenhill cemetery. Friends will be received at the chapel after 7:30 tonight.

Sherwood, Mary Elizabeth (Jones)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday September 25, 1920

     Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Sherwood, widow of the late James Sherwood, died at her home on East Van Buren street Thursday evening, at eight o'clock. Owing to her advanced age she had been in feeble health for some time and two accidents which she sustained hastened her death. Last May she was doing some spading in her garden. It had been raining a short time before and her foot accidentally slipped off the spade, throwing her forward onto the handle, the fall resulting in a fractured arm. This arm was carried in a sling from then on. On July 23rd the deceased had the misfortune to suffer another fracture of the same arm. She was carrying a can of coffee on the arm and pouring from it into a coffee pot. The can slipped off and she reached for it, forgetting the injured arm for the moment and it was again broken.
     Mary Elizabeth Jones was a daughter of William and Elizabeth Helms Jones and was born in Muskegon county, O., July 28,1835, making her 85 years old last July. Her father died when she was a small child and when nine years old her mother decided to move to Whitley county. The trip was made in an oxcart and required eleven days to make the journey, because of the poor condition of the roads and the slow method of travel. The children walked the greater part of the distance. All those who made the trip are now dead, but were well known citizens, they being Mrs. Franklin Foust, Curtis Jones, Mrs. William Dunfee and Clinton Jones.
     When but seventeen years of age the young woman was united in marriage to James Sherwood and resided with him in this city until his death, thirty-five years ago. Four children were born to this union, three of whom survive, Hugh, who runs the Greenhouse, Mrs. Charles Sickafoose, of Columbia township, and Mrs. Jennie Messner of this city. The family always resided in Columbia City and Columbia township, two of the children being buried here. Mrs. Sherwood was the oldest member of the Spring Run Grange and was converted to the Methodist faith when a young woman.
     The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the home, Rev. L.A. Luckenbill officiating. A few days before her death Mrs. Sherwood requested that the funeral services be private and that there be no flowers. Burial will be in the Masonic cemetery.

Shinneman, Rachel Merriman
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died December 2, 1896

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     Rachel Merriman, daughter of Michaiah and Anna McCoy Merriman, was born in Salt Creek Township, Wayne County, Ohio, on the January 14, 1819. Died December 2, 1896 aged 77 years 10 months and 18 days. She was married to Jeremiah Merriman, on December 8, 1836, in Wayne County, Ohio; with her husband came to Washington Township, in this County in 1845, where she resided till she came to Columbia City, nearly 50 years ago.
     Her husband died in the autumn of 1846, leaving her with two small children. On July 14, 1850 she was married to Isaac Shinneman, who died about eleven years ago. The deceased was the mother of 8 children, 4 are dead and 4 are living, viz: Martin B. Merriman, David L. Shinneman, Rachel Ann Clark, and John F. Shinneman.
     In 1846, she was one of nine members which organized the Washington Township Baptist Church. In April 1853 she became a member of the first Baptist Church in this city.

Shively, Clarence M
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday June 11, 1945 Page 6

     The death of Clarence M. Shively of Smith township occurred Sunday afternoon about 6 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grover A. Jagger. Heart disease was the cause of the death of this 79 year old citizen of Smith township. He had been in poor heath for over a year past. Arrangements for the funeral service are not yet completed, pending word from a grandson who is in military service. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral home in Columbia City, where it is announced friends may call until Tuesday afternoon, when Mr. Shively will be returned to his residence. He was born near North Manchester, November 17, 1885, but has made his home in this county for the past fifty years. He was married October 6, 1888 to Sabie E. Zumbrun. She passed away on June 1, 1937. Four children survive them. They are Floyd E. Shivley of Churbusco, Mrs. Jagger; Smith township; Jesse I. Shively, Churubusco and William Shively of North Manchester. Two brothers William Shively and Charles Shively both of Churubusco also survive. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. The deceased was a member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren. He was a farmer during all of his active life. His father was Jacob Shively and his mother was Elizabeth Brumbaugh Shively, both natives of Ohio.

Shoemaker, Joseph
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 28, 1864

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     Obituary. Near Columbia City, September 22, 1864, Mr. Joseph Shoemaker, in the 106th year of his age.
     The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania, but in his early life moved to the State of New York where he lived until about eight years ago, when he came to this city, where he has been a citizen ever since. A good old man, a Christian has fallen at an age more than ordinary among men. Mr. Shoemaker was the oldest man in Whitley county, perhaps the oldest in the State. He retained his mental faculties to a remarkable degree even to his last hours on earth. He voted at all the presidential elections of the Government from its beginnings - From Gen. Washington to Lincoln. Has lived to see most of the nineteen presidents pass away. A good man has gone from our midst.
     His funeral was well attended by a large concourse of citizens and friends. The funeral services were performed by the Rev. R. H. Cook, of the Baptist church. Father Shoemaker is gone. Let him sleep in the grave where kind hands have laid him. M.

The Republican - Wednesday September 28, 1864
     In Memoria. Joseph Shoemaker died in Columbia City, Indiana, September 22nd, 1864, Aged, One Hundred and Five Years, Five Months and Twenty-Eight Days.
     Joseph Shoemaker was born in Pennsylvania on the 24th of March, 1759. In the early part of his life he lived in the Wyoming Valley. His father was an officer in the Revolutionary Army under General George Washington. At that time he was not old enough to be in the army, but was employed as Continental Mail carrier. While acting in this capacity he was often shot at by the Tories and Indians, and twice wounded by them. At one time in carrying the mail he was fired upon by a party of Tories who attempted to capture the mail, and received a ball in his hip, which he carried with him to his grave; but being lashed fast to his horse he escaped and carried the mail safe to its destination. George Washington was frequently at his father's house, and dined with the family.
     In the War of 1812, he was called to defend our lines at Buffalo and Black Rock. He married and moved to Canandaigua, N.Y., where he spent the greater part of his life, and raised a large family. About seven years since he came to this place, where he has resided until his decease. He has been a professor of Christianity for upwards of seventy years, and died in the full faith of the promises of his Redeemer.

Shoop, Delmor
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday, March 14, 1939

     Ill a week with lobar pneumonia, Delmor E. Shoop, 59, well-known Columbia township citizen, died at 1:34 o'clock this morning at the Linvill Memorial hospital here.
     He was born on the farm west of Columbia City on the old Yellowstone trail where he spent his entire life. To him many of his neighbors looked for advice. A leader in his community, he many times led in missions of neighborhood charity, contributing frequently in both money, time and labor when ill fortune befell others.
     Upon two different occasions during Democratic landslides Mr. Shoop was a Republican candidate for Columbia township trustee. He was a member of Grace Lutheran church in Columbia City and the local Modern Woodman camp.
     His birth occurred April 18, 1879. His parents were John and Mary Ann Mosher Shoop. On December 28, 1901 he was married to Jessie Grimes, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Donald Shoop, of Terre Haute; a daughter, Mrs. Paul Tagtmeyer, of Washington township; a brother, Earl Shoop, South Bend; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Dowell and Miss Lesta Shoop, both of Columbia township, and four grandchildren. A son and a daughter died in infancy.
     The body, removed to the DeMoney Funeral home, will be returned to the residence west of here on the Warsaw road Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning at Grace Lutheran church by the pastor, Rev. J. S. Hoentine. Burial will be made in Greenhill cemetery.

Shoop, Edna Peacock
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, January 31, 1920

     Mrs. Walter Earl Shoop, wife of the cashier of the Pierceton Bank, died at her home in that place Friday afternoon about one o'clock, following a week's illness from the influenza which ran into pneumonia. The deceased was about 26 years of age and was the mother of three little children, all of them having had the flu or being afflicted with it at the present time. Mrs. Peacock, the mother of the dead young woman, is also quite sick with the same disease. A sister, Georgia, who is employed at the bank, is the only member of the household to have escaped the plague.
     The deceased's maiden name was Edna Peacock and she resided at Dyer, Ind., at the time she was married to Mr. Shoop. She is survived by four sisters and two brothers in addition to the members of her own family already mentioned.

Shoop, John
Columbia City Commercial, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday, July 24, 1894

     John Shoop, the subject of this sketch, was born in Whitley county, Indiana, September 16, 1847, and died at his residence near Columbia City, July 18, 1894, being 46 years, 10 months and 2 days of age.
     April 16, 1874, he was married to his bereaved companion, Mary Ann Mosher. This has been a happy union and the faithful wife is now prostrated with grief. Besides Mrs. Shoop, there are four children who were forced to give up to their Heavenly Father a kind, indulgent earthly father. These are Nellie, Udelmer, Lestie and Earl. Brother Shoop was taken sick with La Grippe about five months ago which disease gradually extended into consumption. He was converted about nine years ago and later united with the Church of God.
     Many who have spoken of him speak well of his goodness. He was esteemed by his neighbors and was loved by and loved his Saviour. He was ready to go and receive everlasting life. His grief stricken family have the undivided sympathy of the public. His funeral occurred this forenoon from the M. E. church and was very largely attended, Rev. C. King, pastor of the church, officiated.

Shoop, Mary Ann (Mosher)
Nellie Raber's Digest of Obituaries
Abstract (C.C.C. 20 Nov 1901) (C.C.P. 20 Nov 1901)

     Mrs. John Shoop. Mary Ann Mosher was born 8 July 1850 in Whitley Co., Ind. to Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Mosher; died Sunday P.M. at her residence west of Columbia City, Ind. Her father who survives came to this county from N.Y. State in 1840; her mother, a native of Ohio and now deceased came in 1842. She married John Shoop on 16 Apr 1874. He died 18 July 1894. They had 5 children; Mrs. C. E. Dowell, Charles E., Delmore, Letta and Earl. Five brothers and 3 sisters are: Mesdames Aurelia Hawn, Rosa Burd, Phoebe Treesh; L.C. Mosher; H.L, C.B. and W.S. Mosher. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Ford in the M.E. Church, Columbia City, Ind. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Shrader, Simon E.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 28, 1945 Page 6

     Ill for the past six years, Simon E. Shrader, 70, died at 6:45 am today at his home in Cleveland township. He was a carpenter by trade. Mr. Shrader was born in Columbia township December 28, 1874 and his spent his entire life in Columbia City. His wife, the former Lizzie Shaffer to whom he was married July 20, 1904, died a number of years ago. Survivors are two daughters, Miss Opal Shrader at home and Mrs. Carl Miller Washington township, one sister Mrs. Hilbert Ward, Cleveland township; four granchildren, one of whom is Raymond Miller, now stationed in the South Pacific. A son Herman Shrader, is deceased. Dr. Harvey Lawrence, pastor of Eberhard Lutheran church, of which Mr. Shrader was a member, will officiate at funeral services to be held at the Eberhard Lutheran church at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, interment in Eberhard cemetery. Friends will be received at the mortuary after 6 o’clock tonight.

Shuder, Ward
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, January 14, 1920

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     Ward Shuder Dies in VA Hospital. Son of Daniel K. Shuder passed away after long illness at Key West – was but seventeen years old.
     Daniel K. Shuder, residing on Collins street, was greatly shocked Tuesday morning when he received a telegram from Key West, Fla., announcing the death of his son, Ward, in the naval hospital at that place, at 10:06 p.m., January 12. The telegram was dated 12:31 a.m. January 13. Death was caused by a general breakdown. The young man had the influenza during the last summer and this weakened him somewhat. He then suffered a general breakdown November 1st and since that time has been gradually growing worse until the end came. His father had a premonition of his death and was greatly alarmed when he was notified of his sickness, as at the time he enlisted he believed the young man would never return.
     The young sailor was born in South Bend, April 7, 1902, and would have been eighteen years old next April 7th. He came to this city with his parents and his father engaged in contracting and general work. The lad was educated in the schools of this city and last August 3rd he enlisted in the navy as an apprentice seaman at Fort Wayne, leaving here on August 7th for the Great Lakes naval training station. He was trained there several weeks and was then assigned to duty on a submarine chaser at Key West. While there he became ill and entered the hospital and remained there until his death. Besides his father, one sister, Edith, who is married and resides in Fort Wayne, and Bernice, at home, survive.
     Mr. Shuder wired to Key West, Fla., instructions to send the body to this city. The funeral arrangements will be made after the remains arrive.

Sickafoose, Charles Homer
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, January 15, 1948

     Charles Homer Sickafoose, past 76 years old, died this morning at his residence on North Line street in Columbia City about 8 a.m. He had been in failing health for more than two months and when he arose complained of not feeling well. He died while in the kitchen of his home.
     He was born in Washington township on March 5, 1871 and was a son of Levin and Mary Wolfe Sickafoose. Mr. Sickafoose spent his entire life in Whitley county and he was a former employe of the Columbia City Hardwood company. Failing health forced him to give up his work last Nov. 15.
     On Dec. 20, 1895 he was married to Florence Sherwood at the old Methodist parsonage by the Rev. Chauncey King. He is survived by Mrs. Sickafoose who resides at their home in this city. He was the last of a family of five children, four sisters preceding him in death.
     Mr. Sickafoose was a member of the Trinity Methodist church. The body was taken to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth funeral home where friends may call after 12 noon Friday and where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Rev. Dale C. Beatty will conduct the services and interment will be in the Greenhill cemetery.

Sickafoose, Florence Sherwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, June 23, 1950

     Mrs. Florence M. Sickafoose, resident of Columbia City for the past 25 years, died at 7:30 o'clock this morning in Memorial Hospital. She had been ill since last January and confined to her home and the hospital since that time. An autopsy will be held this evening to determine the cause of her death.
     She was a native of Columbia township and was married at the Methodist parsonage in Columbia City to Charles H. Sickafoose of Washington township on December 20, 1895. Mr. Sickafoose died January 15, 1948. Two sisters and a brother of Mrs. Sickafoose are deceased. Her only surviving relative is a nephew, Justice J. Sherwood of near Arcola.
     Mrs. Sickafoose had long been a member of Trinity Methodist church and active for many years in the Women's Society of Christian Service, also active in the work of the Golden Rule class of the Sunday school. Friends will be received after 11 a.m. Saturday at the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home.

Simmons, Howard
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died February 14, 1911)

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     Howard Simmons, one of the stalwart men of Thorncreek township in early days, died at his home near Crooked Lake in the extreme northern part of the county, Tuesday morning. Mr. Simmons was in his 83rd year and had been feeble during the winter months, so that when he contracted a heavy cold a few days ago pneumonia developed and death soon followed.
     He was born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, Nov. 9, 1828, and was 82 years, 3 months and 5 days of age at his death. His parents moved to Starke county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and where he remained until 1861, when he moved to this county and located in Thorncreek township… In 1853 he was united in marriage to Mary Bair and ten children were born to them, six of them dying in infancy. Those surviving are Samuel, of Gratiot county, Mich.; George, of Marcelona, Mich.; Mrs. Levi Royer, of Marion, Ind., and Velma, at home. Two brothers also survive him: Enoch, of St. Joseph county, and George, of Marshall county. His wife preceded him in death, dying about three years ago.

Simons, Pvt Herbert
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 17, 1945 Page 1

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     According to a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Edith Simons, now of Fort Wayne, Pvt. Herbert Simons, 25, was killed in action in Germany, March 22. He had enlisted in the service and left Columbia City last June. He went overseas in December and served in France and Belgium before going to Germany. He graduated from Columbia City high school in 1939. He is survived by the wife, a son, Lyle, two years old, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Simon, who formerly resided on the Hancock farm north of the city; two brothers, James at home, and Gaylon of Fort Wayne, a sister, Mrs. Max Fisher of Huntington. A brother, Rev. Arvin Simon, former pastor at Dunkirk, Ind., passed away two years ago.

Sims, Sgt Robert L
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday April 23, 1945 Page 6

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     Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Sims, 421 1/2 Ewald Street, Fort Wayne, residents of Columbia City at one time, were notified Sunday of the death of their son Sg.t Robert L. Sims, which occurred on Luzon early this month. Sgt. Sims was wounded in action on March 11 in Manila. He apparently had recovered from his wounds and was back in action when Mr. and Mrs. Sims were notified of his death. Sgt Sims had been overseas for 22 months when he met his death. He had been in Australia, New Guinea, Admiralty Islands and the Phillipines. He was in the first Calvary Division; Sgt. Sims entered military service in November 1942. His older brother Ervin Sims, Jr. is now stationed in Europe. Mr. Sims, father of the soldier, is a veteran of the First World War and is a member of Ray P. Harrison Post of the American Legion in this city.

Skinner, Dewey
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
January 6, 1945 Page 6

     Dewey Skinner, 46, resident of Columbia City until nine years ago, died suddenly at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon following a heart attack at his home in LaGrange. At the age of 15 Mr. Skinner took employment at the Peabody Mills in this city and was an employe of the company for a number of years. During the past few years he had been employed by the Kirsch Company at Sturgis, Mich., manufacturers at one time of curtain rods and blinds but now war production. Mr. Skinner was the son of Madison and Ida Weeks Skinner and was born in Noble County Oct. 13, 1898. His parents moved to Columbia City when he was a small boy. He is survived by his widow, the former Flossie Hillsdale, daughter of Mrs. Della Hapner, resident of Columbia City at one time, now living at Angola; a daughter, Mrs. Philip Marks and a twin grandaughter and grandson, James and Janice Marks of LaGrange, a stepson Robert Croy and a grandson, Billy Croy of Angola; one half-brother, Omar Whitman, chief of police in this city, and half sister, Dawn Whiteman Loe of this city. Funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon at LaGrange. Committal services will be held at 2:30 o’clock in South Park Cemetery south of Columbia City.



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