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Rush County Obits

1908 -2000 Obiturary Index from The Banner, Knightstown Indiana (covering southern Henry County and northern Rush County).  The link will open a new window and take you to The Banner's site.

Thomas J. Allender,
One of the Tallest Men in the State.
RUSHVILLE, Ind, July 26.—Thomas J. Allender, who, with his brother James, enjoyed, the distinction of being- the tallest man in Rush county, died suddenly yesterday at his home, near Arlington, while preparing to attend church. Coroner Hackleman was called and fond death was caused by valvular heart disease, Allender was forty-eight years old and unmarried. He and his brother were the two tallest men In the county, both being exactly six feet eight inches in height. Allender was hurt three weeks ago in a runaway and was out for the first time yesterday, when he died.  Date: 1897-07-28; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Walter Ohlrogge Baker, 79, of Rushville, died Saturday, June 16 2007 at Miller's Merry Manor.  Born April 4, 1928, he was the son of George and Elsia (Ohlrogge) Baker, both deceased. He married Betty Brown in 1953; she preceded him in death in 1996. He married Frances Mozingo in 1997; she survives.  Mr. Baker lived in Rushville most of his life. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He worked for Rushville Consolidated High School as a custodian and maintenance worker for 32 years. He attended Hannegan Christian Church.  Survivors in addition to his wife include two daughters, Debbie (Mrs. James) Neal of Rushville and Kimberly J. Smith of Salisbury, N.C.; two step daughters, Robin (Mrs. Carl) Busald of Rushville and Linda (Mrs. Chris) Coyle of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Todd Funeral Home in Rushville with Warren Engel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hannegan Christian Church. (Source: Findagrave)

Obituary of Beulah J. Leith Barding

Peoria Journal Star, November 13, 1991, Page: D5
Beulah Barding
RUSHVILLE - Beulah J. Barding, 87, of Rushville died at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1991, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.  Born March 18, 1904, in Brazil, Ind., to James and Cora Leith, she married Charles E. "Jack" Barding on Sept. 11, 1927, in Brazil. He died Feb. 17, 1980. Surviving are two daughters, Marjorie Fulks of Rushville and Jacquelyn Mehne of Fort Lauderdale, Fla; one sister, Esther Leith of Brazil; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Rushville.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, the Rev. Jerry Watkins officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Clearview Cemetery, Brazil.

Obituary of Charles "Jack" E. Barding
died: February 24, 1980
Rushville Times, February  26, 1980
Rites Are Wednesday For Charles Barding, 76
Charles E. "Jack" Barding, 76, of 323 W. Clinton died at 9 p.m. Sunday at his home. He was pit superintendent at the Peabody Coal Mine, here, until retiring.  Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Worthington Funeral Home, the Rev. Gary Bass officiating.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Clearview Cemetery at Brazil with the Rev. Leland Brett officiating.  Born June 16, 1903, in Missouri, a James and Nannie Tegin Barding, he married Beulah Leith Sept., 11, 1927, at Brazil, Indiana.  Surviving are his wife; twin daughters, Mrs. Margie Fulks of Rushville and Mrs. Jacquelyn Mehne of Brazil; five grandchildren; one brother, Fred; and two sisters, Mrs. Letha McCullough and Mrs. Adeline Swearingen, all of Brazil. One brother preceded him in death.

Carthage, Ind., April, 27.- Micajah C. Binford, one of the oldest citizens of Canthage died at his home, near here Sunday night, aged eighty-four; Mr.Binford came to Carthage from North Carolina in 1826 and has been a prominent citizen and influential member of the Friends Church for many years.  Funeral Tuesday at 2 o'clock.  Indiana Journal April 29, 1896

Marcia Lynn (Miller) Blair (biography), 70, of Rushville, passed away May 5, 2010 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born June 16, 1939 in Crawfordsville, she was the daughter of J. Noble and Mildred Goff Miller, both deceased. Mrs. Blair graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1957.

She attended Butler University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961. While at Butler, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority, Beta Sigma Phi journalism honorary, and was president of Mortar Board, a senior women's honorary. She also was a member of Butler 's national qualifier debate team in 1956 and was the National Collegiate Extemporaneous Speech Champion in 1957. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in speech and language arts from Ball State University. It was at Butler where she met her husband, Les Blair, who survives her. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary April 29.

Together with Les, Marcia called Rushville home for nearly 47 years. A local educator for nearly 40 years, she sponsored everything from the Rushlite school newspaper and Holcad school yearbook to powder puff football and the academic team. Along the way, she managed to direct 67 high school plays. Her talents and call to service went well beyond teaching. She founded Slabtown Players, a summer drama group featuring high school students, which ran from 1967 to 1989. Hundreds of Rush County kids performed to thousands of theater-goers who enjoyed her original one-act skits and musical numbers. She continued writing for the next generation Briar Patch Players, and was even scheduled to write for The Players this summer.

She was a champion of Rushville and Rush County, serving on several civic and philanthropic boards. She was a long-time executive director and board member of the Rush County United Fund; board member, secretary, and president of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce; and, served on the boards of Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation and Rushville City Parks. She was active in Tri Kappa social sorority and Main Street Christian Church, where she served as one of the first women elders, was active in CWF, a member of the church board, and was to be the incoming board president.  She received many honors and recognitions, including Rushville BPW Woman of the Year, Rushville Republican Teacher of the Year, and Rush County Players Trouper of the Year.

Survivors in addition to her husband include sons, Patrick (Julie) Blair of Alexandria, Ky. and Michael (Jennifer) Blair of Indianapolis; daughter, Katie (Chris) Burkhardt of Rushville; grandchildren, Max, Christian, and Gabi Blair; and sister-in-law and long-time special friend, Dixie Blair Browning of Indianapolis.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Main Street Christian Church in Rushville with Pastor Sam Davenport presiding, followed by a lunch reception.  Cremation will follow.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.  Arrangements by Moster Mortuary in Rushville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Main Street Christian Church or the Marcia and Les Blair Rush County Community Foundation Scholarship. (Source: Findagrave)

Obituary of Mrs. Polly Ann Boring
Rushville, IN. Oct. 11, 1899. Mrs. Polly Ann Boring, age 86, widow of the late Thomas Boring and a resident of Rush County since 1826, died today of old age. She was one of the pioneer women who saw the first settlement of Rush County, coming here from Bourbon County, KY, with her father John Lowden, in the year mentioned. She leaves 5 children, Isaac and Frank Boring and Mrs. Mary Thompson of Rushville, JamesBoring of Elwood, and Mrs. Charity Abernathy of Indianapolis.

Jack William Brown (biography), 82, died Jan. 25, 2010.

Born July 24, 1927, in Newark, Ohio, he was the son of Richard S. and Helen (Peters) Brown, both deceased. He married Cinda Rice Aug. 8, 1976, she survives.

For details on Mr. Brown's life see the story on A1 of today's Rushville Republican.

Survivors in addition to his wife include son David (Debra) Brown of Richmond; daughter, Becky (friend John McHugh) Brown of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Katie Brown of Indianapolis and Ryan Brown of Bloomington; brothers-in-law, Dwight (Joan) Rice and Keith (Nancy) Rice, both of Rushville, and Jeff (Jenny) Downs of Kansas.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by brother, Bud Brown; and sisters, Mary Jane Rogers and Christine Neal.

A Celebration of Life service will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Rushville Consolidated High School gymnasium. A private memorial service will be held later at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the "Jack & Cinda Brown Basketball Mental Attitude Scholarship Fund" c/o the Rush County Community Foundation, 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173.  Arrangements by Moster Mortuary, Rushville. (Rushville Republican, January 25, 2010)

Rushville, Indiana--Ellen Jane Callane (biography), 79, 1219 Perkins Street, died Wednesday, February 20, 1991 in her home.
She was born March 12, 1911 in Rushville, the daughter of Charles and Lou Ellen Amos Crumpacker. On April 28, 1935, she married Richard Callane, who died August 26, 1984.  Callane was a junior high mathematics teacher in Rushville Schools from 1958 to 1971. She was a 30 year member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church and a member of Tri Kappa Sorority. She was a 1928 graduate of Rushville High school and a 1933 graduate of Indiana University.  Surviving are a son, James M. Callane of Kokomo; a daughter, Mrs. Ollie (Nancy L.) Christopher or Evergreen, Colorado; and six grandchildren. Two stepbrothers preceded her in death.  Arrangements were form Moster & Cox Mortuary.  (The Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, Indiana, February 21, 1991, Page 8 submitted by Christy Alchermes)

Rushville, Ind., Nov. 23.
Mrs. Margaret Catherine Brown was buried in East Hill Cemetery this afternoon. Mrs. Brown with her husband, the late John Brown, came to Rushville in 1845 and has been a constant resident of the city since. She was in her eighty-fourth year and died of nervous paralysis.  Indiana Journal November 25, 1896

Frances Pauline (Mitchell) Clifton (biography), 89, of Monticello, a respected past teacher in the Rush County School Systems, was called home to be with the Lord at 12:33am, on Saturday, August 1, 2015. She was born on February 14, 1926, to the late Marion Paul and Gertrude Anna (Rowen) Mitchell, in Battle Ground, Indiana.  Frances was raised on a farm with eight siblings during the economic upheaval of the Great Depression. From a young age, she learned the importance of God, family and hard work. Her childhood memories included tending to the chickens, hogs, cattle, picking berries and melons from the truck patch, and modeling with her siblings in publications of the Farm Bureau Magazine.

Frances graduated from Battle Grounds High School in 1944. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Purdue University, where she met the love of her life, Harold “Bud” Clarence Clifton, Jr., to whom she was united in marriage on June 26, 1948. They bought a farm in Rushville and were blessed with two daughters, Candyce and Mary Fran. After Bud’s sudden passing, Fran continued her studies at Ball State in Education; earning her Master’s Degree in 1973. Mrs. Clifton proudly dedicated 26 years of service teaching kindergarten, Home Economics, Science, and 5th Grade at the Rushville Consolidated Schools and honorably retired in the 80’s.

A true definition of a selfless, intelligent and inspirational leader, she attended the Monticello Methodist Church, Rushville Presbyterian Church, and Rushville Christian Church. Her memberships included Tri Kappa, Fortnightly, Red Hat Society, Bridge Club, and served as past secretary for the Indiana Women Educators.  She was a talented cook and even famous for making homemade noodles. In her spare time, she liked to play card games, sew and quilt. Above all, Frances thoroughly enjoyed spending time with loved ones, entertaining crowds by hosting gatherings and preparing meals. She once said, “The more we get together the happier you’ll be.”  Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Jean Warner, David Mitchell, Floyd Mitchell and Jessie Mitchell; grandchildren, Anna and Joseph Krumwiede; brother-in-law, Jack Weekley and sister-in-laws, Shirley and Mary Mitchell.

Survivors include her daughters, Candyce Louise Krumwiede (husband, David) of Johns Island, South Carolina and Mary Fran Hadley (husband, Dean) of Monrovia; siblings, Marjorie Heman (husband, Don) of Battle Ground, Carol Crooksten (husband, Donald) of Muncie, Ruth Weekley of Wabash and Phillip Mitchell (wife, Nancy) of Milroy; Oveta Mitchell of Lafayette; grandchildren, Laura Scott (husband, Emerson) of Stillwater, Minnesota, Erin Ennis (husband, Adam) of Monrovia, Rachel Wegner (husband, Logan) of Brazil, Sara Hadley of Monrovia and Colleen Hadley of Monrovia; great grandchildren, Ainsley Scott, Easton and Abel Ennis.  The funeral service will begin at 1pm, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Moster Mortuary in Rushville, with visitation held from 11am. Entombment will immediately follow the service in the East Hill Shrine Mausoleum, Rushville. Phil Mitchell will preside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harold and Frances Clifton Scholarship Fund, 117 N. Main Street, Rushville.

The Indiana State Journal 1897-03-17
Rushville, Ind March 15
Mrs. Sarepta Cline, a charitable woman of New Salem, is dead at the age of seventy-two.

Bridget Collins
Rushville, IN. Aug.30,1897
Mrs. Bridget Collins, aged 78, years ago well and favorably known among the Catholic population of Rush County, died yesterday evening at Richmond hospital for the insane.

Wyverine Copley, 82, a lifelong Rushville resident, passed away at 12:07 AM Thursday, July 5 in Rushville. She was born March 8, 1930 in Rushville, the last of 10 children born to Salem & Anna (Jenkins) Keith. She married Oliver "Junior" Copley on March 28, 1952 and he preceded her in death on April 7, 2001.  Wyverine was very active at the First Baptist Church in Rushville. She was a member of the Democratic Party and was voted Woman of the Year by the party at one time. She volunteered at Rush Memorial Hospital, worked in the cafeteria at RHS and had also worked at International Furniture many years ago.  Survivors include her sons, Paul W. & wife Wanda Copley and Larry & wife Ann Copley, both of Rushville, grandchildren, Shannon Smith, Stephanie (James) King, Tracey (Eric) Maples, Jamie (Matt) Clanton, Katie (Matt) Isaacs, Elizabeth (Luke) Whittaker, Samantha Copley and Chantel (John Paul) Fowler, step grandchildren, Mike (Debbie) Cameron and Pat (Michelle) Cameron, 19 great grandchildren also survive.

In addition to her parents and husband, Wyverine was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy, sisters, Stella, Myrtle, Belva and Marjorie and brothers, Daniel, Chester, William, Salem and Jimmy Keith.  Services will be held Monday, July 9 at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church in Rushville. Friends are welcome to visit from 9:30 AM until service time. Rev. Jay Noll will preside and burial will be in Rushville's East Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Gideon's Society. (Source: Findagrave)

Rushville Ind. Jan 8
Dr. Edward H. Crippen, for many years a prominent practitioner of Milroy, died this morning of heart and brain disease. He was a member of the Rush County Medical Society and popular among his conferees. He was sixty-three years of age. The funeral will be Friday afternoon.

Ruth B. Cudworth (biography), 96, passed away Dec. 12, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Rushville. She was born in Rush County on June 23, 1918, the daughter of Laverne Dunn and Amory (Barber) Dunn.  Ruth graduated from New Salem School and Purdue University. She earned a teaching degree and taught school at Arlington, Milroy where she was a 1962 class sponsor, and at Rushville. She enjoyed judging at county fairs including Fayette County and the Indiana State Fair.  Ruth married Ora George Cudworth on Jan. 26, 1940. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1983. They were parents to two sons, Roy (Patricia) Cudworth, Connersville and Joe (Marilyn) Cudworth, Rushville. Joe passed away on Dec. 14, 2013.

Survivers include her son Roy; eight grandchildren; and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, husband Ora and son Joe, she was preceded in death by her brother Maurice Dunn and great grandson Jeffery A. Cudworth.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Orange Cemetery. Pastor Phil Mitchell will preside.  The family requests in lieu of flower donations be made to Lion’s Camp Woodsmoke, 9219 E 640 N, Greensburg, IN 47240-8573 or the charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements entrusted to Moster Mortuary. (Source: Findagrave)

Robert M. DeMunbrun (biography), 82, of New Palestine, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at his home.  Born Aug. 11, 1922, in Rushville, he was the son of Charles M. and Ruth Marie (Simpson) DeMunbrun, both deceased. He married Wanda Fishburn Wilson July 25, 1992; she preceded him in death Aug. 8, 2004.  Mr. DeMunbrun lived most of his life in Rushville, but spent the past 13 years in New Palestine. He was a 1940 graduate of Arlington High School and an Indiana State University graduate. He also received a U.S. Navy commission from West Point. A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, he transported troops from sea to land using L.S.T. boats at Normandy. He was a member of the Battle of Normandy Foundation. He was chairman of the Math Department in Rushville for several years; he taught math in New Palestine and Rushville for more than 30 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rushville, Rushville VFW #1541, the Rush County Retired Teachers Association and the Indiana State Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include one step son, Philip A. Wilson of New Palestine; three step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.  Services will be at noon today at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville with the Rev. Dena Vittorio officiating. Burial, which will include a graveside military service conducted by the Rush County Veterans Honor Guard, will follow in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the mortuary.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Rushville. (Rushville Republican March 18, 2005 submitted by Darlene Ellerman Palmer)


Demunbrun, Robert M.
March 18, 2005

Robert M. DeMunbrun 82, New Palestine, died Wed., Mar. 16, 2005. Services: 12 p.m. Fri., Mar. 18 in Moster & Cox Mortaury, Rushville, with calling there 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial: East Hill Cemetery, Rushville. (Published at submitted by Darlene Ellerman Palmer)

Betty L. Sharpe Doll
Betty's wonderful life ended at age 57 from injuries suffered in a traffic accident.  Born September 30, 1950 in Rushville, she was the daughter of the late Mel Sharpe and Juanita Curtis Goddard; her Mother survives. Betty married Alfred E. Doll Jr. on July 28, 1976; he survives.  A graduate of Rushville High School Class of 1968, Betty was a lifelong Rushville resident until moving to rural Franklin County a few years ago. She worked for the Rush County Schools in the high school cafeteria since February 1982 and was the cafeteria manager since 1984. She was a bowler on the Tuesday night Ladies Recreation League in Rushville.  Survivors in addition to her mother and husband include one daughter, Yvonne (Mrs. Eddie) Stephens of Fountaintown; three sisters, Melita (Mrs. Jerry) Hartwell, Sara (Mrs. Dan) Clevenger and Georgia (Mrs. Brian) Gurley, all of Rushville; and three grandchildren.  Services were held at 10 AM Tuesday December 4, 2007 at Moster Mortuary in Rushville with Pastor Dena Vittorio officiating with burial following in Rushville's Calvary Cemetery.  Memorial contributions were made to the Diabetes Association or the St. Jude Children's Hospital.  (Source: Findagrave)

RUSHVILLE, Ind., June 1—Mrs. Margaret Duncan, wife of Charles L. Howard, of St. Paul, Shelby county, died yesterday at, her father's home near Falmouth of wart disease, aged thirty-one. She leaves a two-year-old son. She was a daughter of James Duncan, one of the Influential farmers of the neighborhood.  Date: 1896-06-03; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Date: 1896-01-29; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Rushville, Ind., Jan. 27.—The eight-year-old daughter of John Durrell died  at noon to-day of scarlet fever. The health board is alarmed at the spread of the disease In the eastern end of the county, where schools have closed and. people are in great fear of further ravages.

RUSHVILLE — Benjamin A. "Ben" Earley (biography), 90, of Kendallville died Monday, July 30, 2012, in The Chandler House, Kendallville.  He attended Anderson High School. He graduated from Ball State University in 1943, majoring in History. He received his Master's Degree from Indiana University.  Mr. Earley began his teaching career at Noblesville High School where he served as assistant basketball coach. He then became a History teacher at Muncie Central High School. Three years later he was asked to become Assistant Principal and Dean of Boys. In 1957, he became Principal of the Rushville High School. Then from 1965 to 1984, he was the Principal at the Kendallville Middle School.  Ben was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Chapter at Indiana University. He was Past President of both the Rushville and Kendallville Rotary Clubs. He was a member at Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville for many years, serving in many capacities.  His interests included sports, exercise, reading, family, and Bible study.

He was born November 5, 1921, in Bluffton, to Benjamin and Margaret Earley. He met Kathleen Mabus at Muncie Central High School where she was a teacher. They were married August 3, 1952, in Muncie. She preceded him in death on January 25, 2007.  Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gregory Earley of Fishers and Michael and Vicky Earley of Carmel; four grandchildren, Ross Earley, Evan Earley, Lauren Schlenk, and Liza Earley; and a new great grandson, Raylan.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward Earley and a nephew, Stephen Earley.  Funeral services will be Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.  Calling is Friday, August 3, 2012, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.  Preferred memorials are to Common Grace of Noble County or the Benjamin Earley Memorial Scholarship Fund.  View a video tribute after Friday or send condolences to the family at (August 1, 2012, Rushville Republican)
Rushville Republican (Rushville, IN) – Monday, November 18, 1957
Funeral services for Ernest J. Eskew, 77-year-old Rushville resident who died at 4 a.m. Sunday at Rushville Nursing Home, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Moster and Sons Mortuary in Laurel where friends may call at any time.  Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery with the Rev. Arthur Helsley officiating.  Mr. Eskew, who has been a resident of the nursing home about a years, lived on West Eighth Street.  He was born in Rush County on May 5, 1880, the son of Henry and Amelia Elliott Eskew, and had spent most of his life in this county.  His first wife, Mrs. Gladys May Jinks Eskew, and his second wife, Mrs. Belva Carson Eskew, preceded him in death.  Survivors include two sons, Clifford Eskew of Rushville and Marshall Eskew of Terra Bonne [Terrebonne], Ore.,; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Palmer of Laurel, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Submitted by Jim Dezotell

Mrs. Vira O. Fearsey, wife of Dr. Hale Pearsey, died at 9:40 o'clock Wednesday evening at the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis. Death was caused by Carcinoma, from which she had been suffering for about four months. She had been seriously ill for two months when she was removed from, her home here to the Indianapolis hospital.  The deceased was the daughter of Mrs. Amanda Clark who survives, and C. G. Clark, deceased. She was born June 26, 1889 in Kentucky and moved with her parents, when a small child, to Carthage. After five years residence there, they came to Rushville, where she has since made her home. At the time of her death she was 39 years of age.  Besides her mother,  she is survived by three brothers, Leonard Clark, of Miami, Fla., Joe Clark and Lawrence Clark of this city, five sisters, Mrs. Eva Fleehart of Roswell, N. M. Mrs. Nettie Kirklin, Mrs. Marie Stevens of this city, Mrs. Marjorie Caldwell of Indianapolis and Mrs. Russell Skipton of Miami, Fla., and the husband. Dr. Hale Pearsey.  Funeral services will be held at the residence, 633 North Jackson street, Saturday morning at ten o'clock. The Rev. C. L Stephenson of the Christian church, of which Mrs. Pearsey was a member, will have charge. Interment will be .made in East Hill cemetery.  The Daily Republican Thursday Sept 6  1923

Date: 1896-01-29; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Edward Frazee, one of the best-known young men of Rush county, and son of Benjamin Frazee, the largest land owner in the county, died this morning of typhoid fever. he was twenty-three years old and married about a year ago.

Lemuel Frow, a pensioner past seventy, while stooping this morning to adjust the strap on the back of his shoe, dropped dead of apoplexy at his wife's feet.  Date: 1896-06-03; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Melvin D. Gray (biography), 92, a long time Rush and Franklin County resident passed away in Batesville, IN on August 30, 2014. Melvin was born in Fayette County, IN on May 30, 1922 to the late Wendell P. and Roxie (Kennedy) Gray. He was a 1940 graduate of Rushville High School. Melvin was married briefly to Doris Hilmershausen of Wausau, Wisconsin, prior to marrying Ellen Charlene “Pinkie” (Call) on December 23, 1950 and she survives. This first union brought us our beloved daughter, sister, and friend, Judith.  Melvin served in the United States Army Air Corps 39th Fighter Squadron and the 5th Army Air Corps during WWII as a Communications Tech in the Pacific theater in the Philippines, New Guinea and Okinawa. He received 8 Bronze Stars and an Asian Pacific Ribbon.

Melvin was a graduate of Butler University in 1951 and the John Herron Art Institute, Indiana State and Ball State Universities and received his Master’s Degree in 1960. Melvin taught art classes to children at the Indianapolis Museum of Art while attending John Herron Art Institute. Melvin was written about in an article in the 1960’s magazine Indiana Live. He was an artist and teacher at Rockville, IN from 1951 to 1955 and retired from Rushville Consolidated High School in 1979. He designed the Sr. Circle at Rushville Consolidated High School, was a co-founder of the Homer Arts Festival, a member of the Rush County Retired Teachers Association, a member of the Rushville Masonic Lodge #62, York Rite and the Park County Low 12 Club. Melvin was a past President of the Indiana Arts Education Association and the Art Section for the Indiana State Teachers Association; he was the Rushville Creative Art Association founder, the first Indiana Representative to the National Art Teachers Association, Director of the Rush County Arts Board, and Representative to the Governors Commission of the Arts. In 1999 he received the Rushville High School-Rush County Consolidated High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

In addition to his wife, Ellen of Tucson AZ, Melvin leaves behind 2 sons, Jon Alan Gray and wife Louise of Milroy, IN and Warren Jay Gray and wife Sheila of Brighton, TN, 3 daughters Judith Ann Gray of Washington, DC, Marlesa Arlene Gray of Tucson AZ and Lora Jennifer and husband Charles Allen of Metamora, IN, -6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.  A Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 2-6 PM (or whenever) at the American Legion, 113 S. Morgan St., Rushville. All attendees are welcome to bring a story about Melvin to share in written form or at the podium. Photographs of Melvin & his art work to display would also be appreciated.  A new scholarship fund has been set up in Melvin's name at the Rush County Community Foundation, the Melvin D. Gray Art Scholarship Fund, 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN. 46173.  The family appreciates all the condolences & notes of sympathy they have received since Melvin's passing.

Mrs. Mary Gregg
Rushville, IN. Aug.30,1897
Mrs. Mary E. Gregg, one of Rushville’s pioneer woman, died this morning, the result of an old case of grip. Mrs. Gregg was born in Urbana, Ohio, 62 yrs ago, and was married in this city in 1852 to Samuel F. Gregg, who died 15 yrs ago. The surviving members of the family are James F. Gregg, of Indianapolis, Mrs. Samuel Craig, Miss Belle Gregg, and William H. Gregg.

William A. Hall (biography), Educator, Editor, Dies at Richmond
Richmond, Ind., Feb. 9 - William Alfred Hall, 74 years, farm editor of the Palladium-Item, died at noon Thursday in Reid Memorial hospital after several weeks illness.  Mr Hall was a native of Raliegh in Rush County.  At 19, on receiving his high school diploma, he began teaching at the Maple School in Rush County.  During summers he enrolled in terms at Danville, Hanover and Earlham colleges, working for his Bachelor's Degree.  Later he taught school at Ging and Glenwood in Rush and Fairview in Fayette County. He also was superintendent of the Ging and Glenwood high schools.  After nearly 40 years of teaching, he turned to journalism, obtaining his first newspaper job with the Richmond Paladium on December 28, 1922.  For several years he was a proofreader, and then became the paper's farm editor, a position he held until his recent illness.  Since coming to Wayne County he had lived in Centerville and owned a farm near there.

Mr Hall is survived by his widow, the former Alice Blanche Martin, whom he married in 1892 at Raleight; and a brother, Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Doan and Son Funeral home in Richmond with the Rev GF Powers officiating and burial will follow in Earlham Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home anytime after one o'clock Saturday afternoon.  (Rushville Republican, Feb. 9, 1940)

Aged Woman Dies Following Illness in Community Where Most of Life was Passed
Mrs. Alvira Hedrick 78.  died at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon at her home in Raleigh, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Kedrick has spent practically all her life in Raleigh, where she has many relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her In death. She is survived by her daughter Naomi, at home. Mrs. Hedrick has two sisters and one brother living, Mrs. Jennie Miles of Raleigh, Mrs. Sarah Bitner of Indianapolis., and Sylvester Spencer of Indianapolis. There are also several nieces and nephews in the Raleigh community.
Short funeral services will be held at the home of a nephew, Rich Miles, south of Raleigh, Sunday afternoon, after which the body will be removed to Pershing. Indiana, to the family burial place for interment.  The Daily Republican Friday June 22 1928

Death of John Howell  The Schuyler Citizen, Rushville, IL, February 29, 1872
Howell - Feb. 26th of lung fever, at his residence six miles south of Rushville, John Howell, in the 46th year of his age. Deceased was born in Indiana October 1st, 1828, and came to Illinois with his father when a boy. He was married to Mary Stutsman Aug. 31st, 1849, and settled on his present homestead in Woodstock township. He suited with the M. E. church in March, 1860, and was a worthy member of the same, occupying an official relation most of the time until his death. By his death the church loses an efficient worker, and the neighborhood its most active and influential member. Deceased leaves a wife and twelve children to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father.
(Contributed by Sara Hemp)

Clayton Eugene Huddleston (biography), 91, of Union City, passed away on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Harbour Manor in Noblesville.  Gene was beloved as a great family man to his wife of 67 years, Barbara (Butler), whom he married in Dublin on June 6, 1948; three sons, David (deceased), Dale (Claudia) Huddleston of Maryville, Tennessee, Gary (Lynn) Huddleston of Wabash; daughter in-law, Teri (John) Ditslear of Noblesville; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and sisters, Lela Fries of Straughn and Verda Huddleston of New Castle.  He is preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Julia (Petty) Huddleston; sister, Ruth Sarver; and son, David Huddleston.  A graduate of Straughn High School with the Class of 1942 and Ball State University, Gene spent his professional career in education. Primarily as Superintendent of Schools for Rushville, Yorktown and Randolph Eastern Union City school districts. He was a member of Rotary, Lewisville Masonic Lodge and the Indianapolis Murat Shrine organizations. Gene served on the Board of IHSAA and was an honored Army veteran of WW II. Serving in both the European and Japanese Theaters, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday Oct. 9, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, 1993 Cumberland Street, Dublin.  Burial with military honors will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City.  Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8.  (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana,October 8, 2015)

Rushville, IN. Dec.7,1897
J.C. Hutchinson, 67 years old brother of the Rev’s. J.F. & W.A. Hutchinson, died last night. Mrs. Hutchinson awoke at 5 o’clock this morning and found him dead in bed. Apoplexy was the cause of death.

The Daily Republican (Rushville, IN) – Saturday, November 8, 1913
Samuel Jinks, of near Laurel, was fatally shot yesterday while out on a hunting trip.  Mr. Jinks was climbing over a fence when in some manner the gun was discharged and he died almost immediately.  He was sixty-two years old and was well known in the Laurel neighborhood.  He is survived by a widow, two daughters and three sons.  Two of the sons, LeRue Jinks and Charles Jinks reside in Connersville.  Submitted by Jim Dezotell

Rushville, Ind, April 9. - Baxter Logan, who early in life was known to circus goers as the "Indiana fat boy" died at noon of dropsy. Logan traveled with many circus companies. He weighed when but seventeen years old over 350 pounds. Later he left the circus and entered the beer selling and ice business. He was a common figure on the streets perched on his wagon seat, and the jolting and jarring of the wagon did not affect him. A special order coffin had to be procured. It will be three feet broad and about twenty-eight inches deep. He was five feet six inches high and weighed 330 pounds at the time of his death.
Indiana Journal April 14, 1897

Norma G. (Currens) McGinnis (biography), 87 passed away September 7, 2015 in Panama City, Florida following a battle with cancer. Norma was a former, well respected art teacher with the Rush County Indiana School System.

She was born on November 15, 1927 in Starke County, Indiana to Russell L. Currens and Goldie M. (Overmyer) Currens. Norma grew up in Burr Oak, Indiana and graduated in 1945 from Culver High School. She went on to Indiana University where she met Robert E. McGinnis. They were married on August 28, 1955 in Burr Oak, they recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Norma earned her Master’s degree in Art Education from Indiana University. She enjoyed teaching and later retired to Panama City Beach, Florida with her family. She continued her love of painting and was a member of the Panama City Art Association. Throughout her life, Norma won many awards for her artwork. She also enjoyed playing the piano, the beach, boating, and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Joseph L. Currens Sr. She is survived by her husband, Robert McGinnis and daughter, Jennifer McGinnis both of Panama City Beach, Florida; and another daughter Marsha (Charles) Mott of Montgomery, Alabama; 2 grandchildren, Jayme Mott and Michael Mott both of Montgomery, Alabama. She also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Judi Currens of Culver, Indiana, as well as 2 nieces, a nephew, and many cousins.
Memorialization is by cremation and internment is at Kent Forest Lawn Cemetery in Panama City, Florida.

Roberta G. Porter (Biography), 72, of Rush County, passed away at her home in Rush County on October 19, 2015.  She was born December 1, 1942 in Logansport to Robert C. "Bob" & Geneva (Berkshire) Hammontree. Roberta was a 1961 graduate of Logansport High School & obtained her Bachelor's & Master's degrees in education from Ball State University. While at Ball State, Roberta was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and was a proud member of the Ball State Marching Mademoiselles. She married Donald R. Porter on June 10, 1967, and he survives.

Roberta was a retired Elementary teacher. She taught in Selma and Cadiz before her sons were born and became a substitute teacher for Rush County Schools in the early 1980’s. For six years, Roberta was a devoted teacher in Rush County for developmentally challenged children, a position from which she may have achieved her greatest joy and pride as an educator. Eventually, Roberta taught full time for Rush County Schools, serving the youth of Mays, Arlington, Milroy, and Rushville. She retired in 2007 after years of selfless dedication to hundreds of students. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority in Rushville and the Rush County Retired Teacher's Association.

In addition to her husband, Donald, of Rush County, Roberta is survived by her sons, Donald G. Porter & wife Marian of Knoxville, MD, Robert C. "Chuck" Porter & wife Susanna of Unadilla, NE and Bradley S. Porter of Boulder, CO; sisters, Ednamae Bowman of Bellingham, WA, Karen Skelton & husband Dave of Ft. Wayne, Sandy Spencer & husband Roger of Logansport and Lynda Warner & husband Bill of Reelsville, IN; grandchildren, Riley & Emma Porter and Matthew, Jennifer & Kimberly Porter. Many cherished nieces, nephews, colleagues, and students also survice.  Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert C. "Chuck" Hammontree, mother-in-law, Martha Barton, father-in-law, Randall Barton, brother-in-law, Mel Barton, and brother-in-law Dick Bowman.  Services will be held at 10 AM Monday, October 26, 2015 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville with Don, Chuck & Brad Porter presiding over services. Friends are welcome to visit at the mortuary from 2-6 PM Sunday, October 25.  Burial will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Thank a Teacher Fund thru the Rush County Community Foundation.

Obituary of John K. Stewart
John K. Stewart one of the leading citizens of Noble Township, is dead of cancer of the liver at age 74 years.  Date 1899-10-18 Paper: Indiana State Journal

Obit for Dr. Robert D. Stewart (Biography)
Dr. Robert D. Stewart, 41, of R. 1, Rushville, died Thursday morning in his home after an illness of one year. Born May 19, 1944 in Rushville, he was the son of Elmer Dewey and Louise (Lacey) Stewart. He had live in Rush County his entire life.

A 1962 New Salem graduate, he received his bachelor's degree in education from Ball State University. He received his master and doctor's degrees in education from Indiana University. He had been vice president of Hoosier Refreshment Company at Logansport since 1983. He had also been a partner with Randolph H. Deer in Stewart-Deer Farms. He was a member of the Rushville Elks 1307, the Indianapolis Columbia Club, and the American Polled Hereford Association.

Survivors include his business partner, Randolph H. Deer; one brother, James E of Greenfield; an aunt and uncle, Paul and Wilam Lacey of Indianapolis; three cousins, Paula Manville of Indianapolis, Kevin Lacey of Atlanta, Ga., and Michael Lacey of Waynesburg, Va.; one nephew, Jason Stewart of Greenfield; and one niece, Susan Stewart of Greenfield.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Moster and Cox Mortuary with the Rev. Victor Koontz officiating. Burial will be in Fisher Cemetery (aka Richland Cemetery). Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday in the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Little Hoosier Scholarships at Rushville Elementary School.

(Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, March 13, 1986)
Thanks go to Sue Otte, Rushville Library for her help in attaining this information.

John K Stiers Is Removed By Death
John K. Stiers, 58 years old, died suddenly at his home, 420 North Main Street at 12:10 0'clock Sunday morning. Mr. Stiers was born May 20, 1871 in this county and had resided here since. He was engaged in farming until in the fall of 1929 when Mr. and Mrs. Stiers moved to their present residence in this city.  The deceased is survived by the widow, Mrs Maude Stiers, and two children, Mrs Guy McBride of Mays and Howard James Stiers of this city.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at one thirty o'clock at the residence, 420 North Main street, in charge Rev C I Stephenson and burial will be made in East Hill cemetery.  Submitted by Rick Evans  Source: Rushville Republican, Rushville, IN (February 10, 1930)

Wife of William Stout Succumbs After Thirteen Weeks Illness From a Stomach Disorder
Mrs. Roxie Stout, died at 2:05 o'clock Thursday afternoon, at her home, 818 West Tenth street, after thirteen weeks of illness. Mrs. Stout was 44 years and eight months old at the time of her death. It was caused from stomach trouble. She was the wife of William Stout, who survives her.  The deceased was born in Rushville.the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Floyd. She was a prominent member of the Church of God, and did much good work in her community.  Mrs. Stout had no children. She is survived, in addition  to her husband, by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd, four brothers, William, Edward, Otto, and Clarence Floyd, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Kinsley and Mrs. Cora Stout, all of this city.  The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Church of God, 8th and Harrison streets, with the Rev.W. S. Sutherland of Princeton, Ind., formerly a pastor of this city, in charge of the services. The Rev. W. B. Crowell will assist in the services. Interment will be made in East Hill cemetery.  The Daily Republican Friday June 22 1928

Date: 1896-09-30; Paper: Indiana State Journal Rushville, Ind., Sept. 28
Mrs. Uriah Thomas, a highly-esteemed widow was buried at Homer to-day. She died at her home, near Alexandria, and was seventy-two years old. She was an aunt of Representative John Q. Thomas, of this city.

John Charles Webb (biography)
John Charles Webb, 69, of Rushville, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. John was born Feb. 22, 1946, the third of four children of Carl Earnest Webb and Sarah Ruth (Curry) Webb, in Rush County.  A 1964 graduate of Mays High School, John continued his education at Ball State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967 and a Master of Arts in 1971. He taught one year in Monticello and one year in Knightstown before settling in for 31 years at Rushville Consolidated High School. In addition to teaching all levels of mathematics, including the first A.P. Calculus classes, John served as Chairman of the Math Department, Junior Class sponsor, Chess Club organizer and sponsor, volunteer judge at Speech meets, and mentor of student teachers. John was also a strong advocate of teachers’ rights and served as president of the local teachers’ organization, as well as head of the negotiations committee for teacher benefits.  After retiring from teaching in May 2000, John was employed by the Indiana Federation of Teachers as a state staff representative. His job included traveling from border to border in Indiana to assist teachers’ locals in contract negotiations, arbitrations, and mediations. He retired from IFT in June 2013.  John was also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of Ivy Tech East, was both treasurer and the Director of the Rush County United Fund, was a member of both Center Christian Church and Main Street Christian Church, and was a long time member of the Elks and served as an officer as well.

On Jan. 20, 1978, John married Rebecca Sue Suttle, also a mathematics teacher. In addition to his wife Becky, John is survived by his son, Clinton Benjamin Webb of Rushville; granddaughter Bayleigh Ann Webb; and grandson Benjamin Charles Webb, both of Rushville; his daughter, Andrea Claire Webb and fiancé Brad Kuhn of Valencia, California; and grandsons Ryan Adam Davidson and Kyle Jeffrey Davidson, both of Valencia, Cal. John is also survived by his brother, Philip E. Webb of Danville, Vermont; sister, Joan E. Fudge and husband Bill of Rushville; and brother; Timothy L. Webb and wife Barb of Rush County. Also to remember John are his 12 nieces and nephews, 12 great nieces and great nephews, and many other family and friends.  John loved to spend time watching movies, doing yard work, reading history books, and working Sudoku puzzles, but he especially loved spending time with family playing all kinds of games.  Family and friends are invited to remember John and share their stories of John at the Rushville Elks Club located at 223 East Third Street in Rushville, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to The Rush County Community Foundation’s Thank a Teacher fund, their Rush County Historical Society fund, or directly to the Rush County Historical Society.  Arrangements entrusted to Moster Mortuary. (Rushville Republican, November 11, 2015)