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LAKE COUNTY INDIANA OBITUARIES



Aagard, Ray ---
Takes His Life
Ray Aagard, living on the Staley Donaha farm in Eagle Creek township, while despondent, took his own life Tuesday. He shot himself in the head. It is reported that he and his wife did not always live the happiest and it is thought that the worry over this might have temporarily unbalanced his mind and caused him to commit the rash act. He was not dead when he was found and he was started to a hospital but died in Crown Point before he could reach the hospital. [January 20, 1921, Lowell Tribune, page 1, column 6;Transcribed and Contributed by Marie Miller]


Ackerman, William W. - Last Mexican War Veteran in Lake County Called
William W. Ackerman was born in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland county, Michigan, February 24, 1827, and on Sunday March 21, 1915, surrounded by his wife and those of his children who could be present, at the age of 88 years and 27 days, he passed peacefully from earth, as easily and calmly as going to sleep, leaving behind him a blessed and beautiful memory. He enjoyed the best of health up to two years ago, when he had a severe sick spell, and since that time he has been in quite poor health. He lived in Michigan until he was about twelve years old, when he went to Erie county, Ohio, where he made his home with an uncle.
In May 1845, when he was only a few months past 18 years of age, he enlisted in Co. G, 3d Ohio Volunteers, for the Mexican war. For several years he has been the only Mexican war veteran in Lake county, and, at the time of his death, was the only one residing in northern Indiana. He served his country faithfully until the end of the war and after being honorably discharged returned to his home in Ohio, where he remained until 1848, when he came to West Creek township in company with Johnson Wheeler, grand-father of J.J. Wheeler, editor of the Lake County Star at Crown Point, and family, where, with his government land warrant, he took up 160 acres of land. Mr. Ackerman was united in marriage to Miss Mary Pulver April 19, 1850. To this union were born seven children. Her death occurred July 22, 1867. His second marriage occurred November 9, 1867, to Mrs. Betsey (Sanders) Graves. Four children were born to them. Of his eleven children, seven are living, three having died in infancy and one in early manhood. He continued to live on his farm until March 1882, when he with his family moved to Lowell, where he has since resided.
Mr. Ackerman was a man who had a wide acquaintance over the county and district. He was a man who made friends with all whom he came in contact; always of a jovial disposition. Mr. Ackerman was a great reader and until his eyesight failed, he kept well posted on all the happenings of the day. His home life was an ideal one, and he was never happier than when surrounded by his wife, his children and grand-children. He was a great lover of children and always had a kind word for them, and there is many a little tot in Lowell who will sincerely mourn him. He has been blessed with many happy and enjoyable years with his devoted wife and frequent visits of his children. Their home has been the scene of many a happy gathering.
Mr. Ackerman was always a staunch Republican in politics, and served as postmaster of Lowell for four years under President Harrison. He was engaged in the implement business in Lowell for several years. The writer has known Mr. Ackerman since he (the writer) was a small boy, and when we learned that he had passed away our heart was sad. We considered him one of our best friends and we feel that this friendship was mutual.
He leaves to mourn him his wife; three sons, Jasper L. of Monticello, Ind., T.L. of Belle Fourche, S.D., and C.G. of Los Angeles, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Ida Brandon of Mobile, Ala.; Mrs. S.A. Mulliken of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. D.C. Driscoll of Lowell, and Mrs. O.D. Mitchell of Eaton, Ind.; one step-son, William Graves, of Lowell, twenty-six grand-children, 19 great-grand-children and a large circle of relatives and friends outside the immediate family.
Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 2 p.m., and were attended by a large number of his old neighbors and friends, who gathered to pay their respects to one they had honored and respected in life. Rev. V.B. Servies, pastor of the M.E. church, who was selected by Mr. Ackerman, preached the funeral sermon from the following text, Job 5:26: "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like as a shock of corn cometh in his season." This text was selected by the family. Several selections were sung by Mrs. Harry Sanger, Miss Merle Belshaw and Melvin Greisel. After the funeral services at the home the funeral cortege wended its way to the mausoleum, where the Grand Army of the Republic, of which Mr. Ackerman was an honorary member, performed its beautiful ritualistic ceremony. Interment was made in the mausoleum building. Undertaker John Castle had charge of the burial services. The following pall bearers were selected by the deceased: Walter Einspahr, Alfred Einspahr, Edson Worley, Edmond Worley, L.W. Ragon and Cordie Ragon.
(LH--Vital Statistics, vol. 5, page 21)


Allman, Mary A.

Died very unexpectedly, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. McMahan, on Thursday, February 7, 1907, Mrs. Mary A. Allman; born in Chazy, New York, October 18, 1832, and so in the 75th year of her age. She was a prominent and very active member of this Association.
["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

Alspach, Rick Andrew

Rick Anthony Alspach, age 31, of Dyer, IN passed away Saturday, August 29, 2009 at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer.
He is survived by his adoring wife, Amber Rae; parents: Rick and Sue Alspach; twin sister, Nicole (Eric) Culp; brothers: Tim (Kristina) Alspach, Dan and Steve Alspach; nieces and nephews: Nolan, Simon, Chloe, and Delilah Culp and Charles and Thomas Alspach; grandma, Joan Plewniak; father- in-law, Tom Torluemke (Linda Dorman); mother-in-law, Natalie Navarro; grandmother-in-law, Christine Hutchings; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. Preceded in death by paternal grandparents: Frederick and Martha Alspach; and maternal grandparents: Aloysius and Theresa Rokosz; grandmother-in-law, Betty O'Donnell.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 9:45 a.m. at the Anthony and Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 9445 Calumet Avenue in Munster and a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1 Wilhelm Street, Schererville with the Rev. Martin J. Dobrzynski officiating. Burial will be held at the St. Michael Cemetery in Schererville. Visitation on Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 2:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Rick was a 1996 graduate of Bishop Noll Institute and a 2000 graduate of North Park University. He was employed at Compass Group/Canteen Corporation of Elmhurst, Illinois. Rick's love and passion shined on everyone in his life and through the things he loved to do, performing Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" at any available karaoke, fine wine and good food, holidays, travel, sports, romantic comedies, and his three cats, Sticky, Kunu and Ceasar. Rick loved the game of basketball and was a member of the Bishop Noll and North Park University basketball teams where he was affectionately knows as "shooter." He also played on the 1998 American Traveling All Star Team in Italy where he was the top scorer. His great love for the game extended beyond his playing career where he was involved in teaching young children at a basketball camp. He was an avid Cubs fan. His infectious, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and love will be missed by his wife and family and wide and close circle of great friends. [
Sept 2009, Submitted By Kristy Fox]

Anderson, James
Age 62, of Valparaiso, died Thursday, April 24, 1986, Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts.(Post Tribune, April 26, 1986 - Submitted by K. Torp)


Anderson, Lizzie
- of Munster, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 1990 at Munster Med-Inn.  Mrs. Anderson is survived by one stepson, Charlie Willams Jr.; two sisters, Susie Washington and Rosie (Willie) Smith; two brothers, Royzell (Carrie) Washington and Charlie (Lottie) Washington, Jr., all of Hurtsboro, Alabama; two nephews, Homer Williams and Hugh (Rachel) Thomas, Jr., both of East Chicago; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 24, at 11 a.m. from Antioch
Baptist Church, 3902-06 Alexander Ave., East Chicago with their Rev. Vincent L. McCutcheon officiating.  Interment will take place at Fern Oaks Cemetery in Griffith.  Friends may call Wednesday, October 24, at Antioch Baptist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to funeral services.  Hinton-Williams Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Date of Obit: Oct. 23, 1990


Angelos, Constantine
Constantine Angelos, aged 2? years, a veteran of the late war, passed away at the Veterans Hospital here on Tuesday. Death was due to maladies caused by exposure encountered while in the service of the United States. Deceased is survived by a wife, Mrs. C.F. Angelos, who was present at the time of death. The remains will be shipped to the former home of the family at Hammond Indiana for funeral services and interment.
[18 October 1922; Tucson Daily Citizen - Submitted by K. Torp]


Anthony, S.I.
His Death at Crown Point -- A Man Highly Esteemed by All
Valparaiso, Ind. Feb 14 - The Hon S.I. Anthony of this city died suddenly at Crown Point day before yesterday. Judge Anthony was prominent in legal and political circles in northern Indiana, and was held in high esteem by all his acquaintances and neighbors. A democrat in politics, he had held many positions of honor and trust. In 1844 and 1845 he represented this (Porter) county in the popular branch of the legislature; was a member of the last constitutional convention in the counties of Laporte, Porter, and Lake in the state senate. In 1970 he was the democratic candidate in this district for congress. At the time of his death he was chief counsel for the Baltimore, Pittsburg and Chicago railroad in its affairs in this state.

[Date: 15 Feb 1878; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]


Atkins, Ruth Alice May
Mrs. Atkins, Ruth Alice May, born in Akron, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1826, married to Alexander MacDonald in December, 1852, after his death to Henny Pratt, and finally, September 27, 1887, again a widow. She was married to Major B. Atkins, whom she outlived for several years and died August 31, 1905, nearly 79 years of age. She was a faithful mother to many, and a well known, highly esteemed woman in Crown Point for nearly fifty years.
["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


Auman -- James Auman of Indiana, who came to Aberdeen four months ago to make his home with his son, Frank Auman, passed away at their home at 802(?) 12th Ave. N.E. after an illness of about four weeks with heart trouble. He was 71 years of age and leaves to mourn his death four sons and one daughter. The sons are Frank of Aberdeen, Elmer, Lawrence and Leslie of Hammond, Ind, and the daughter Nora, also of Hammond. His wife preceded him in death twelve years ago, also a son several months ago. The body will be shipped from the Heubl? parlors Saturday to Hammond, Ind., and will be accompanied by the two sons. 1920-05-30; Paper: Aberdeen American (South Dakota)


Austgen, Joseph
Schererville, Ind. Nov. 28 - Corporal Joseph Austgen, son of Mrs. Theresa Austgen, died of wounds received in action in France, according to word received by his mother.
[From the Indianapolis Star, Friday November 29, 1918 - Transcribed by K. Torp]


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