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 found 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
Jacob D Austen, a well known farmer of Union Township expired this morning about 7:30 o'clock at his home northeast of Rushville, near Gings, death resulting from acute dilitation of the heart. He had been in poor health, but his death was sudden and unexpected. The deceased was 64 years old and was born in Fayette County, but moved to this county with his parents when two years old. His mother, Mrs Sarah Austen, age 91 years, is among the survivors. Other survivors include the widow and one daughter, Mrs Jess Brooks, of this county, and two sisters, Mrs Florence Wynn of near Mauzy and Mrs Mary Nichols of Indianapolis, and George Austen of this county. The deceased was an active member of the Ben Davis Christian Church, and had held several positions on the church board. Services for the deceased will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the late residence, and burial will be made in East Hill Cemetery. (Rushville Republican, January 5, 1923)
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)
Mrs Margaret Ball, of Rushville, aged about forty, got up from her bed at 2 o'clock yesterday morning to help her husband drive some stock out of the yard, and in a few minutes after returning to her bed died of heart disease. (Indianapolis News, Indianapolis Indiana, June 3, 1876)
Morrison (Mart) Beaver
Morrison (Mart) Beaver, age 87, a native of Rush County, expired Sunday night at 11:35 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs Jeannie Bower in Waldron. He had been ill about two weeks. Mr Beaver was born and resided all his life in Rush County until three months ago when he went to the home of his daughter. He lived at 1036 North Main Street. Mrs Beaver preceded him in death a year and half ago. Besides the daughter at whose home he died, survivors are one son, Bierney of Detroit, Mich.; and four daughters, Mrs Minnie Laken of Rushville, Mrs Maude Bailey of Denver, Colo. Mrs Effie Barret of Miami , Fla., and Mrs Nina Hite of Kokomo. The body will remain at the home of his daughter, Mrs Bower, in Waldron until Wednesday morning when it will be removed to the Moster Mortuary in this city where rites will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon. The Rev R Melvyn Thompson will officiate and burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary from Wednesday morning at ten o'clock until the hour of the funeral. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 3, 1938)
Luther Benson, the noted temance lecturer, died at Rushville, Indiana, June 21st. (Owingsville Outlook, Owingsville Kentucky, June 39, 1898)
Carthage, Ind., April, 27.- Micajah C. Binford, one of the oldest citizens of Carthage 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.
William A Braden
William Arthur Braden, age 75, expired at his home near Carthage Friday morning at three o'clock after several months of illness. Mr Braden had been seriously ill for five weeks. The deceased was a native of Scott County, Kentucky, being born there December 26, 1862. He came to this county in 1887 and was married to Miss Minnie McCarty in June 1892. Mr Braden had been a farmer all of his life and was a member of the Baptist church in Kentucky. Among the survivors are the widow, one daughter Mrs Alma Fields of Bedford; two grandchildren, two sisters Mrs Sallie Carr of Sandusky and Mrs Hallie Fry of New Castle. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. Private services will be held Monday morning at ten o'clock at his home on rural route two out of Carthage. Interment will be in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Friends my call at the late residence anytime on Sunday. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 28, 1938)
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)
Mrs J C (Nick) Brown expired at her home near Henderson Tuesday following a short illness of acute indigestion. The deceased was fifty-five years of age and her death was a severe shock to her family and friends. She became suddenly ill with indigestion Tuesday morning and died with a short time. The survivors are two foster children, Mrs Bertha Hendrix of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ralph Loyd, of this city; three foster grandchildren, Frances, Walter and William Mozingo, who lived with Mr and Mrs Brown; one half sister, Mrs Ester Selby of Richmond, Ind; one half brother, Jacob Brown of New Salem; and the husband. The funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the St Paul's Methodist Church in this city and burial will take place in the East Hill cemetery. (Rushville Republican Jan 3, 1923)
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
William Alfred Caldwell
William Alfred Caldwell, age 93 years, well known Civil War Veteran and a retired business man of Rushville, died Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 o'clock at his residence, 534 North Main Street. His death came as a shock because his illness was not believed to have been serious. He made almost daily trips to the business district, and was downtown last Friday. A cold had confined him to his bed for the past three days. He was born on a farm in Jackson township the son of James and Alcy (Plough) Caldwell. He was the eldest of eight children, the youngest, Oliver Caldwell of north of here, being a survivor. In 1873 Mr Caldwell was married to Emma Cullen of Rising Sun who preceded him in death. They were the parents of four children, all of who survive; Fred A Caldwell, local funeral director, Mrs A R Herkless, Mrs Wyatt Dewitt and Mrs James Tarbet, all of Rushville. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 5, 1938)
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)
About 6 o'clock yesterday morning, Ross Cassady, aged thirteen, son of Simon Cassady, living two miles southwest of Rushville, was struck by lightning while on his way through an open field to feed some stock. His father, who was harrowing about forty yards from the boy at the time, was uninjured. (Indianpolis News, Indianapolis Indiana, June 3, 1876)
George C Clark
Rushville, Ind., Nov 19: George C Clark, president of the Rushville National Bank and prominent in public affairs here for fifty years, died at the home of James W Brown, on East Third Street, last evening, of acute pneumonia. His illness was brief, the fatal attack not lasting much longer than twenty four hours. The funeral services will be held at the Brown home at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Burial will take place Wednesday morning in the Friends' Cemetery, South Arlington. The Odd Fellows and Bar Association will have charge of the final rites. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, November 20, 1900)
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.
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.
John T Cook
Rushville, Ind., Feb. 11: John T Cook, aged seventy-five, died at his home, three miles northeast of this city, yesterday. He was born in Indiana of North Caroline parentage, and had lived in this county nearly all his life. He was a prominent farmer, owning a rich quarter section of land. His death was due to uric poisoning. He left a widow and one son. His first wife and nine children all died of consumption. The funeral will be held tomorrow at Little Blue River Church, conducted by Elder Harvey Wright. Mr Cook was a lifelong Democrat and active in the political workof this county. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, Feb. 12, 1902)
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)
Wilbur J Cox
Wilbur J Cox, the well-known Rushville manufacturer, died yesterday. The doctors removed on of his kidneys last Thursday and Mr Cox was unable to rally after the operation. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, Jan. 16, 1864, and located on a farm near New Castle at an early age., and here he was reared. He followed school teaching for five years and then engaged in manufacturing at New Castle. Fire destroyed his plant in 1892, and in the year following he came to Rushville and, with Mr H C Yauky, established the firm of Cox and Yauky, makers of buggy and wagon rims and spokes. He leaves a wido and two small children. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and Knights of the Maccabees. He was close personal friend of Congressman James E Watson and County Clerk Thomas M Green, and was prominent among the active young Republicans of Rush County. The funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 am, and the remains will interred at Lewisville, Henry County. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, April 12, 1899)
Esther V (Kratzer) Cravath
Relatives here have received word of the death of Mrs Arthur M Cravath, age 55, at the Seaside Hospital in Long Beach, California. Mrs Cravath was born and reared in Rushville and prior to her marriage was Miss Esther V Kratzer, daughter of Mr and Mrs James Kratzer. Mr Kratzer at one time was a justice of peace in Rushville. She is survived by the husband and a daughter by a former marriage, Ruth McCloud Fish, and several distant relatives in this county. Interment will be made in California. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 14, 1938)
Dorothy Elizabeth Crawley (biography)
Dorothy Elizabeth (Humphrey) Crawley, age 102, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Dorothy was born Jan. 18, 1914, the daughter of Frank and Bessie (Brickler) Humphrey, both deceased. Two brothers and two sisters are all deceased: Harold, William, Lois Jean and Mary Lou. She graduated from Clarksburg High School in 1931 and Hanover College with a Teacher's License. She earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University. She taught at Richland, Mays, Haven, Belle Gregg and Rushville Elementary Schools, a total of 34 years. In 1934 she married Robert Crawley, deceased in 1988. She was a member of Main Street Christian Church, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and local and Indiana Retired Teachers Association. Dorothy was a devoted IU and Colts fan, never stopping her admiration for Peyton Manning and was likely Tony Stewarts's oldest NASCAR fan. She enjoyed writing poetry, traveling, reading mysteries, playing Sudoku and crossword puzzles.
She was always interested in others, grace-filled and open-minded. Dorothy often said, "We only believe what we've been told. When we get a chance to educate ourselves—to broaden our minds—it's a good thing! We are only limited by our own ignorance." Survivors are nephews, David (Shirley) Humphrey, Steven, great-nephews Chad (Lisa) and great-great nieces Kendal and Kelsey, Michael (Melissa) and great-great nephew Bentley, Christy Nesbit and brother-in-law William Nesbit. Contributions may be made to Main Street Christian Church or the Rush County Community Foundation. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville, where friends are welcome to visit from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday. Revs. Dena Vittorio and David Humphrey will preside. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, April 2016)
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 www2.indystar.com 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)
Charles Draper, native of Posey Township, Rush County, expired Thursday morning at three o'clock at his home in Fairmount. He had been in ill health for several months. Mr Draper was born in Posey Township, a son of Thomas and Sophonia Draper. He was about eighty years old. Mr Draper resided in Rush County until several years ago. Besides his widow he is survived by one daughter, Mrs Mary Tibby (editor's note: correct spelling of her name should be Kibbey), and three sons, Ed, Jim, and Ephraim, all of near Fairmount; one brother, James O Draper of Arlington; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews of Rush County. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at one o'clock at Fairmount with burial there. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 13, 1938)
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 www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com (August 1, 2012, Rushville Republican)
Marcus Nelson Ellis (biography)
Marcus Nelson Ellis, 94, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was born July 10, 1922 in Henry County near Knightstown to Frank and Pansy (Davis) Ellis, both deceased. He was married to his beloved wife, Dorothy Evelyn Ellis, for over 69 years. Marc graduated from Mays High School in 1940 and entered Cincinnati Bible College until the beginning of WWII. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program and became a B24 pilot, flying with the 15th AAF 459 +BG in Italy. He graduated from Ball State University in 1947. He taught Industrial Education and coached at Morristown, Mays, Rushville and Knightstown (where he was Teacher of the Year in 1970) for 30 years.
Marc was a member of Center Christian Church for over 60 years, where he served as elder and teacher. He served as Trustee of Center Township for 12 years.
Marc was a life member of the Optimist Club, a member of the Lion's Club, VFW, American Legion and Rush County Honor Guard. As a member of the Rush County Veterans Foundation he designed the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in North Veteran's Park in Rushville, as well as designing Veteran's Memorial in East Hill Cemetery. He designed many buildings, including the gazebo at Knightstown Square and the bell tower at Center Christian Church. He was Scout Master of Troop 26 for 10 years. He loved his family and community. He gave many hours to community service using his many skills. Marc also owned and operated Raintree Airport during the 70's on their family farm in northern Rush County.
Marcus is survived by children, Gregory (Elsi) Ellis of Washington, Jenny Beth Kimberly and Anna (Keith) Welch of Carthage, grandson L. Marc (Megan) Harris and great granddaughter Temple Dorothy. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, sisters Olive Mattox, Frances Morgan and brother Claude Ellis. Services will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Center Christian Church. There will be a fellowship time for family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The service to celebrate the life of Marcus Nelson Ellis will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. There will not be a graveside service although military honors will be given to conclude the service.
Deacons and Elders of Center Christian Church will be in charge of the service with the oversight of Burns Funeral Home of Milroy. Darryl Denney, Minister of Center Christian Church, will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Center Christian Church. Funeral services entrusted to Burns Funeral Home, Milroy. (Rushville Republican, March 19, 2017)
Rites Held For Charles W. Ertel
Charles Winfield Ertel, 74, was found dead Saturday morning at his home in Washington Township, southeast of Mays. Mr. Ertel's body was found in a kitchen chair by Herschell Peters, Rushville rural mail carrier, and a neighbor. After noticing that Mr. Ertel had not removed Thursday's mail from his mailbox, Peters asked a neighbor to help him investigatge. The men entered the Ertel home through an unlocked back door and found the elderly farmer dead in the kitchen. Dr. Robert B. Johnson, Rush County Cororner, and Sheriff Robert May were notificed. The coroner said the death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage, but time of death was not definitely established. Mr Ertel had been been in failing health for several years. Mr. Ertel, a farmer who lived alone, was born March 9, 1881, in Rush County, the son of Philip and Mary Katherine Bernau Ertel. His wife, Mrs. Marie Messerschmidt Ertel, died in 1942. A lifelong Rush County resident, Mr. Ertel was a member of the Main Street Christian Church and the Raliegh Masonic Lodge. Funeral services were held at 3:30 this afternoon at the Wyatt Moore Memorial with the Rev. Frank Helme officiating. Burial was in the East Hill Cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, March 5, 1956)
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
Belva R Eskew
Mrs Belva R Eskew, 57, a life long resident of Rush County, died suddenly at 10 pm Tuesday at Rush Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient only a day. Mrs Eskew had spent most of her life in the Plum Creek community northeast of here but recently had been living with a sister, Mrs Grace Jackson, 1033 North Morgan. She had been in ill health for four years and her husband, Ernest Eskew, now is staying in a rest home here. A daughter of Walter G and Lucy A Ertle Carson, she was born in Washington Township on November 1, 1899. Mrs Eskew was a member of the Plum Creek Christian Church. In addition to her husband and the sister with whom she had been living, Mrs Eskew is survived by four other sisters: Mrs Clara Breckenridge of Lewisville, Mrs Stella Carmichael of Rushville, Mrs Hester Loyd of Connersville and Mrs Mary Wilson of Fountain City. Funeral services will be at the Wyatt Moore Memorial at 10 am Friday with the Rev Graham Marsh officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial beginning Thursday morning. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, February 13, 1957)
Mrs W A Everhart (Esther Gordon Everhart)
Mrs W A Everhart, wife of the Christian church minister at Milroy, died Friday night at the church parsonage. Mrs Everhart had been in ill health for some time. The Rev and Mrs Everhart came to Milroy about a year ago. In addition to the husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs William Grundmann of St Louis and two grandsons. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at the church parsonage in Milroy and the body will be taken to her former hometown, Holton, where other services will be held in the Holton Christian Church at two o'clock, and interment will follow at Holton (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, February 5, 1938)
Les Fenimore (biography)
Les Fenimore, 81, a long time Rushville resident, passed away June 9, 2017 in Rushville. He was born May 4, 1936 in Muncie to Harold E. and Kreszentia (Siegwart) Fenimore. Les was a 1954 graduate of Burris High School, obtained his BS in 1958 from Indiana University and his MA in teaching from Purdue University in 1965 He married Ann Gilkey on July 31, 1959 and she survives.
Les taught Science and Math for 51 years, all but one year was in Rushville. He was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church and former member of St Paul's United Methodist Church where he had been treasurer. Les was very active in Rushville Little League and Babe Ruth League where he had served as President.
In addition to his wife, Ann, of Rushville, he is survived by his sons, Craig (Carol) Fenimore of Rushville and Bruce (Joni) Fenimore of Rushville and his 6 grandchildren. Les was preceded in death by his brother, Wm Arnold Fenimore in 1952.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM Saturday, June 17, 2017 in the First Presbyterian Church of Rushville with Rev. Greg Steible presiding. Friends are welcome to visit at Moster Mortuary, Rushville, from 4-8PM Friday evening, June 16. Interment will take place in the Columbarium at Rushville's East Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the donor's favorite charity. (Source: as appeared by Moster Mortuary on June 10, 2017)
Rushville, Ind., Sept. 3: Thomas Fleener, ex-constable, of Arlington, is dead of Bright's disease, aged sixty-four. He was well known and was the father of about twelve children. (The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, September 4, 1900)
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.
Florence H Frazier (Biography), 86, RR4 died Saturday at St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, where she had been a patient for about one week. Mrs Frazier was born February 5, 1889 in Rush County, the daughter of Marion and Ida Jane Parsons Harcourt. She was first married to Wilson Reid Crosley, who died in 1917. She was married to John J Frazier in 1918 and he died in 1962. The deceased was a member of the United Presbyterian Church and was a school teacher in Milroy and New Castle. She was member of the State Federated Artists Association and the Research Club. Surviving are two sons, two sisters and six grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by a son, Wilson Crosley, 1929, two brothers, James and Russell Harcourt; two sisters, Mary Brooks and Stella Henritzy. Funeral services will be held at the Murphy and Burns Funeral Home at 1:30 Wednesday with Dr Mac Hamon in charge. Burial will be in the Milroy Cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, April 28, 1975)
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
Laura A Gartin
Mrs Laura A Gartin, age 72, wife of John Gartin, expired Sunday night at 9:50 o'clock at her home in Circleville. She had been seriously ill for ten days and paralysis caused her death. The deceased resided practically all her life in Rush County. Mr Gartin operates the tourist cabins in Circleville. There is no other immediate survivor. Funeral services will be held at the late residence Wendesday afternoon at two o'clock and interment will be made in East Hill Cemetery. The Rev Hedrick and the Rev Gibson Wilson will officiate. Friends may call at the late residence from six o'clock this evening until the hour of service.
(Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 31, 1938)
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)
Mrs Adaline J Hardesty, 84, for 65 years a resident of Rush County, expired Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of her son, Dr Charles W Zike, in Manilla. A complication of diseases caused her death and she had been ill two years. The deceased was born April 20, 1853 in North Carolina but came to Rush County when nineteen years old. She resided the remainder of her life in Manilla vicinity. December 8, 1873 she was married to Joseph Zike and to this union four children were born, Dr Zike being the only survivor of this union. After the death of Mr Zike, she married Thomas Hardesty who also preceded her in death. Besides the son, Mrs Hardesty is survived by one sister, Mrs Anna Hauk of Arlington, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian chruch at Manilla. Furneral services will be held at the son's home in Manilla Friday afternoon at one o'clock and burial will be in Manilla cemetery. The Rev S M Riggle of Manilla M E Church will officiate. Friends may call at the late residence any time. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 26, 1938)
Raymond B Harding
Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 12: Raymond B Harding, an aviation mechanic of Milroy, Indiana was killed late yesterday at Carruthers Field here when struck in the head by a propeller, military authorities announced today. (Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore Oklahoma, October 13, 1918)
Raymond N. "Ray" Hay (biography)
Raymond N. Hay, 84, a long time Rushville resident, passed away January 15, 2016 in Rushville. He was born January 12, 1932 in Hanover to Ed & Bessie (Reed) Hay. Ray was a 1950 graduate of Saluda High School. He entered the US Air Force after graduation and then went on to obtain his BA in Education from Eastern KY University and later his MA from Ball State University where he also received qualifications in Guidance Counseling and his Principal's certificate. Ray married Geraldine "Jerri" Poor on December 17, 1967 and she survives. Ray was Principal at Mays School for 5 years and was then the Guidance counselor with Rushville Consolidated High School for 26 years. After he retired with the school systems he began Ray Hay Real Estate & sold real estate for 15 years. He was a member of Center Christian Church where he had been Treasurer for 30 years. Ray was also active in FCA, Mays Lions Club and the IN State & Rush County Retired Teacher's Association. He is survived by his wife, Jerri, of Rushville, a son, David Hay & wife Jenny and children Jayden, Blake & Breanah of Land-O-Lakes, FL, a daughter, Carol Hoppes & husband Eric of Mesa, AZ, grandsons, Christofer May & wife Shayla and children Aralynn & Silas and Dustin & Tristin May. Several nieces & nephews also survive. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers & 5 sisters. Services will be at 1 PM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Center Christian Church, 9112 N. 50W., Knightstown, IN. Friends are welcome to visit at the church on Wednesday from 10 AM until time of service. Rev. Bill Worrell will preside and burial will be in the Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Christian Church. (Findagrave)
MRS. ALVIRA HEDRICK
Aged Woman Dies Following Illness in Community Where Most of Life was Passed
HUSBAND PRECEDED HER IN DEATH SOME TIME AGO
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
Rushville, Ind., March 2: Mrs Martha Hildreth, widow of the late Dr Granville Hildreth, died at her home here last night of paralysis, aged seventy-five. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, March 3, 1899)
Helen Jeanette (Tonyes) Hill
Helen J. Hill, 81, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Milroy, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in Tampa. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Burns Funeral Home, 110 W. Main St., in Milroy. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Old Milroy Cemetery in Milroy. (Shelbyville News, Shelbyville Indiana, 22 Jan 2009)
William Howard, age 44, died Wednesday evening at his home in 619 East Seventh Street. Mr Howard had been ill two months and seriously ill for the past month. The deceased came to this city a little over a year ago from Oklahoma. He was employed at the George Todd Furniture Company. Survivors include the widow, two brothers, Milton and Lloyd, of Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs Cora Dawson and Mrs Lillie Nealey, both of Oklahoma and Mrs Daisy Lee of High Point, North Carolina. Funeral services will be held at the Wright Funeral Home in North Main Street Friday afternoon at two o'clock. Interment will follow in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call anytime preceding the services at the funeral home. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 13, 1938)
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)
Clara B Hungerford
Mrs Clara B Hungerford, age 69, wife of Elmer Hungerford and life long resident of Rush County, passed away at her home in Orange Township, one mile north of Gowdy, at 8:20 last night. She had been seriously ill only since Tuesday. Mrs Hungerford was born in Orange Township August 21, 1868, the daughter of Hiram B and Mary H Ward. In March 1892 she was married to Elmer Hungerford and to this union one son was born. She was a member of the Gowdy M E Church. Survivors are one son, Iden Hungerford of Orange Township; two sisters, Mrs Virgil Simpson of Orange Township and Mrs Oril Badger of Manilla; one brother Charles B Ward of Orange Township; one half brother, Joseph McVey of Kokomo; and one grandchild. A sister Mrs Oliver Wagoner, preseded her in death last Sunday. Services will be held in the Gowdy M E Church Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Burial will be in the East Hill Cemetery. Dr J T Scull of this city will officiate and will be assisted by the Rev Merritt Machlan of this city and the Rev S M Riggles of the Gowdy Church. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 7, 1938)
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.
Myrtle M. Hutchinson (biography) 94, of Rushville, passed away Nov. 27, 2016.
She was born May 2, 1922 in Cambridge Springs PA, a daughter of the late Homer and Mary Helen (Yates) Cardot. She married Carl M. Hutchinson June 5,1949 and he passed away Nov. 5, 2000. She graduated from Madison High In Rochester, NY, and from Purdue University BA 1947 and MS 1971. Myrtle taught at Arlington High School, Morristown and Rushville schools. She was a member of the National and Indiana Retired Teachers Associations. She is survived by a son, Lance Hutchinson of Arlington, IN; brother, Robert (wife Gail) Cardot and a sister, Nancy Nellis both of New York. A daughter-in-law Goldie Hutchinson of Talcott, WV; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son Lloyd, brothers, Homer & John, sisters, Margaret, Mary Lou & Shirley Anne and one great grand child. A Celebration of Life will be 10 AM Friday Dec. 2, 2016 at Todd Funeral Centre in Rushville with Roger Abraham and Aaron Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at the Arlington, IN, East Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 PM Thursday Dec. 1, 2016 at the funeral centre. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, Nov. 28, 2016)
Gerald Icenogle, the five year old son of Mr and Mrs Oscar Icenogle died this morning at seven o'clock at the home of his parents on West Ninth Street. Burial will take place in Richland tomorrow. (The Daily Republican, Rushville Indiana, December 29, 1916)
Mary A Inlow
Rushville, Ind., July 25: Mrs Mary A Inlow, aged seventy-one, widow of Dr John J Inlow, a pioneer physician of Manilla, died at her home in that town yesterday evening. Six of nine children survive. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, July 26, 1902)
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
Henry S. Joyner, Arlington, Dies
Henry S. Joyner, 83 year old retired railroad worker, was found dead late Wednesday afternoon at his home in Arlington. It was believed that Mr Joyner, who had been in ill health for several years, died about 11am. He was born in North Carolina on November 22, 1872, the son of Mr and Mrs Cornelius Joyner, but had spent most of his life in Arlington. Mr Joyner had retired after serving 50 years as an employee of the B&O Railroad. His wife, Mrs Myrtle Gordon Joyner, died in 1947. Two sons and two daughters also preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, Harry of Arlington and Dale of Monroe, Mich; a daughter, Mrs Barton Fishero of Crawfordsville; a sister, Mrs Alice Cain of North Carolina; two brothers, Grover and Sidney Joyner of North Carolina, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The Rev Robert Schondelmayer will conduct funeral services at 2PM Saturday at the Moster and Sons Mortuary with interment in Arlington East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after Friday noon. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, March 8, 1956)
Martha Louise Kendall (biography)
Martha Louise Kendall, 83, of Rushville, passed away March 14, 2016 at Rush Memorial Hospital. She was born March 1, 1933 in Economy, IN to Raymond and Juanita (Atkinson) Jordan. She was a 1951 graduate of Economy High School, obtained her BA in Education from Purdue University in 1955 and her MA in Elementary Education from Ball State University. She married Victor Carter Kendall on June 9, 1957.
Louise taught a total of 22 years, retiring in 1988. She spent a year at both Batesville and Liberty schools, two years at Manual in Indianapolis and 18 years as a kindergarten teacher at Manilla, Arlington and New Salem schools. She was a member of the Main Street Christian Church, the Gab, Garb and Glamour Home Demonstration Club, the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority in Rushville, the Rush County Retired Teachers Association, the Indiana State Teachers Association, and Phi Mu Sorority. Louise was a very loyal follower of the Circle City Sound Barbershop Chorus.
She is survived by her husband, Victor, of Rushville, sons, John Kendall of Alpharetta, GA and Brian (Mary) Kendall of Midlothian, VA, a daughter, Karen (Tom) Miller of Dayton, OH, brothers, David Jordan of Newton, KS and Ray Jordan (companion-Barbara) of Muncie and grandchildren, Carter & Will Kendall and Grace Miller, several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Margaret Jordan. Services will be held at 10 AM Friday, March 18, 2016 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Friends are welcome to visit at the mortuary from 4-8 PM Thursday evening, March 17. Rev. Dena Vittorio will preside. Graveside burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis at 2 PM on Friday, March 18. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thank A Teacher Fund thru the RCCF, Circle City Sound Barbershop Chorus or the Main Street Christian Church in Rushville.
Mrs Elizabeth Kinder, 97, reported Rush County's oldest resident, succumbed at her home in Glenwood at 6:45 o'clocl Sunday morning. She had been ill several months of complications. Mrs Kinder, widow of Alexander Kinder, was born in Fayette County, near Glenwood, March 7, 1841, and she had lived in the Glenwood community all her life. She was a member of the Fairview Christian Church. Only immediate survivors are two sisters, Mrs Evelyn Reed and Mrs Carolyn McConnell, both of Glenwood. Mrs Reed and Mrs McConnell are both over 90 years old. Funeral services will be held at the Fairview Christian Church Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock with the Rev Walter Crawley in charge. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushvill Indiana, February 7, 1938)
Floyd Kinnett, 60, life long resident of Anderson Township and county highway department employee, died at his home in Milroy at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. He had been ill about ten days. Mr Kinnett was born and reared in Anderson Township and had lived in that community all his life. He had been employed by the county highway department several years and was member of the Milroy F and A M Lodge, No 139 and the Methodist church. Survivors are the widow; sons Russell of Milroy and Robert of Bloomington; his father, John D Kinnett of Milroy, sisters Mrs Leona Darter of Milroy and Mrs Lusta Cameron of near Milroy; brothers Cary Kinnett of Williamstown and Frank of Greensburg, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted from the Milroy Methodist Church at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon and burial will take place in the Richland M E cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 18, 1938)
John Kirk, 68, well known retired farmer, expired at St Vincent's hospital in Indianapolis at 11:30 last night following a major operation. Mr Kirk underwent the operation last week but suffered a relapse Monday morning. The deceased resided with his sister, Mrs Anna Grover, at 717 North Willow Street in this city. Survivors include sisters Mrs Grover and Mrs Peter Kraus of Mays; brothers Maurice Kirk of Rushville and Arthur Kirk of Alton, Ill., and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the late residence anytime until the hour of the funeral. The deceased was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Services will be held Thursday at 9 o'clock at St Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev Francis Schaub in charge and burial will be in Calvary cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 25, 1938)
Ella Jane Lanning
Mrs Ella Jane Lanning, 74, wife of John Lanning, expired Friday night at 8:45 o'clock at her home in Moscow. Besides her husband survivors include two daughters, Mrs Georgia Gosnell of near Moscow and Mrs Bertha Bennett at home; two sisters, Miss Hester Alley of Metamora and Mrs Sherman Foster of near Milroy; two brothers, Will Alley of Metamora and George Alley of Detroit, Mich.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Moscow Christian Church and burial will be in Moscow Cemetery. The Rev W Guy Hamilton of Milroy U P Church will officiate. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 8, 1938)
Emma Zetta Lawson
Suffering a broken leg two weeks ago, Mrs Emma Zetta Lawson, 81, widow of Charles W Lawson, died at the home of her son, Thomas Lawson, two miles east of Milroy, at 8:45 o'clock Sunday morning. Mrs Lawson was born in Iowa, April 3, 1856, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Lefforge Logan. She was a member of the Milroy M E Church. Survivors are two sons, Thomas and Ralph; three sisters, Mrs Laura Stevens of Rush County and Mrs Jane Plummer and Mrs Clara Wine of Huntington County; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted from the son's home at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon with the Rev William M Russell in charge. Burial will take place in the MIlroy Cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 10, 1938)
Edward O Lee
Following a three weeks stay at the Major Hospital in Shelbyville, Edward O Lee of Arlington, age 68, died Monday morning at seven o'clock. He had been in failing health since August. The deceased was born August 18, 1869 in Michigan, the son of Curtis and Amanda Lee. He was afflicted with bad eye sight and at the age of six entered the State School for Blind at Indianapolis. Upon graduating he came to Arlington where he resided the remainder of his life. He was never married. Mr Lee owned a plumbing shop in Arlington and was known in the surrounding vicinity. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs Lillie Beckner of Arlington, Mrs Grace Ray of Carthage and Mrs Ruby Ridout of Mooresville; several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock in the Arlington Christian Church with the Rev Morris Wilson, pastor, in charge. Burial will be in Arlington cemetery. The body will remain at the L V Hauk Funeral parlors in Morristonw until the hour of the services. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 10, 1938)
Miss Mae Little expired this morning at the home of her sister Mrs Monroe Brooks, in Glenwood, at the age of 43 years. She was taken ill last September while visiting her sister, and never regained her strength to be removed to the home of her mother, Mrs Jennie Little, living east of Glenwood. The deceased was a member of the United Presbyterian church and was a resident of the Glenwood vicinity all her life. The survivors are the mother living east of Glenwood, the sister at whose home she died, and two brothers, Ralph Litte, who lived at home, and Leslie Little of Connersville. The funeral service will be conducted Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Christian Church in Glenwood and burial will take place in the cemetery south of Glenwood. (Rushville Republican, January 5, 1923)
Frank E Lockeridge
Apparently suffereing a heart attack during the night, Frank E Lockeridge, age 75, was found dead at his home, 2 1/2 miles north of here, Wednesday morning by relatives. Mr Lockeridge was born in this county and had resided here throughout his life. He was unmarried and lived alone. The deceased is survived by sisters, Mrs Matilad Alexander of this city and Mrs Mary Beale of Elwood, also nieces and nephews. Funeral services with the Rev Gibson Wilson in charge will be conducted Friday morning at 10 o'clock in the Moster Mortuary. Interment will be in East HIll cemetery. Friends may call at the Moster Mortuary anytime preceding the hour of the services. Dr R O Kennedy, county coroner, investigated and pronounced death due to organic heart disease. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 26, 1938)
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
Illness Fatal To Edgar Logan
Edgar E. Logan, 91, of Richland Township, died at Rush Memorial Hospital at 1:45 o'clock this morning after a long illness. He had been a hospital patient the last two months. A prominent farmer, Mr Logan was a lifelong resident of Richland Township. His home was east of Richland. He was born February 5, 1865, the son of James W. and Hester Wellman Logan. His wife, Mrs Amanda Ella Stark Logan, died in 1945. Mr. Logan was a member of the New Salem Methodist Church. Only survivors are a niece, Mrs Jules Kiplinger, and a nephew, Clifton Logan, both of Richland Township. The Rev Boyd Nelson will conduct funeral services at the Wyatt Moore Memorial at 10:30 Saturday morning with entombment following in East Hill Shrine Mausoleum. Friends may call at the memorial beginning noon Friday. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, March 8, 1956)
Rev. Andrew Lowden
Rushville, Ind., March 20: Rev Andrew Lowden, a well-known minister of the M E Church, died at his home in Ripley County today of typhoid and lung fever combined. Mr Lowden was born in Rush County fifty seven years ago and was one of a family of brothers prominent in the county. He was reared in Rush and was ordained a minister of Goddard's Church, five miles southwest of town. By his own request he will be buried in the cemetery adjoining this church. Rev Lowden was successful as a revivalist. His first meeting of this character was held in Rush County years ago and was a great success. Mr Lowden leaves a son, Dr Lucian A Lowden, of Manilla and two daughters, Mrs James Bebout, of Manilla, and Mrs George Krammes, of Rushville. John D Lowden of Indianapolis, is a brother. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, March 21, 1899)
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.
F C McIntire
F C McIntire, age 52, 1030 North Harrison Street, well known representative for the Gulg Refining Company, died Thursday morning at 5 o'clock at the home of his mother, Mrs William McIntire in Brandenburg, Ky. Mr and Mrs McIntire left here the day before Christmas to spend the holidays with relatives in Kentucky and soon after his arrival he was striken with heart trouble, from which he had been afflicted for several months. Mr McIntire came to Rushville in 1928 and established the bulk oil and gasoline plant for Gulf Company, which now serves Hancock, Shelby, Decatur, Rush and parts of Henry and Fayette counties. The deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Methodist church and also belonged to the local Rotary Club. He is survived by the widow, his mother, a brother O C McIntire of Rushville and another E A McIntire of Brandenburg, Ky.; sisters Mrs J H Hoskinson and Mrs W A Bassett of Brandenburg, Ky. Local relatives went to Kentucky Thursday and funeral arrangements will be announced later. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 27, 1938)
Mrs Laura McIntyre, wife of Mr Robert McIntyre, formerly of Paris, died at her home in Rushville, Indiana, Wednesday morning after a long illness of tuberculosis. Besides her husband, she is survived by one child. Mr McIntyre is a nephew of Mrs Nannie Ransdall, of Paris, and a son of the late Mr Joseph McIntyre, a Confederate soldier, who married Miss Maggie Honey, of Paris. (The Bourbon News, Paris Kentucky, February 14, 1919)
Mrs Cassie Macy, 79, life long resident of Posey Township and widow of Isaac Macy, expired at the home of her daughter, Mrs Thomas Macy, three miles north of Manilla at five o'clock Wednesday evening. She had been seriously ill a week of pneumonia and heart complications. Mrs Macy was born in Posey Township April 15, 1858, the daughter of James and Eulissa Swain Miller and had lived all her life in the community. She was married to Isaac Macy, May 30, 1877, he preceding her in death. Nine children were born to this union, eight of whom are still living. Mrs Macy was birthrite member of the Friends Church, north of Manilla. Survivors are daughters, Miss Peal Macy of Logansport, Mrs Thomas Lacy, at whose home she died, Mrs Lavane Spohn of Shelby County, Mrs Omer Barnard of Indianapolis, and Mrs Audie Harlan of Camdone, Ohio; sons, Clawson of Morristown, Shiriley of Rushville, and Eston of Arlington; one sister, Mrs Emily Rigsbee of Fairmont; brothers George Miller of Montana, and Preston Miller of Long Beach, Calif.; and eight grandchildren. Last rites will be conducted from the Friends Church, north of Manilla, at two o'clock Friday afternoon with the Rev Luther Addington of Kokomo, form pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, February 3, 1938)
Rushville, Ind., Sept. 23: James Mahan, aged eighty-nine, died at his home, south of Homer, last night. He went to sleep Saturday night and did not awake. He was the oldest man in Walker Township and at one time owned 640 acres of land and was a prominent stock dealer. At the time of his death he was in reduced circumstances. He was a native of Fleming County, Kentucky. The widow and five sons survive. The funeral will be held Wendesday, Dr M B Hyde officiating, with interment at Hurst Cemetery. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, September 24, 1902)
Rushville, Ind., Sept. 3: Mrs Rebecca Mitchell, of Glenwood, aged eighty, a former resident of this county, was buried today. She was born in England. (The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, September 4, 1900)
Rushville, Ind. May 17: Joseph Moore, of Posey Township, a wealthy bachelor with many eccentricities, died last night of kidney disease. He was seventy-three years old. He was the last of a family of seventeen children. (Indianapolis News, Indianapolis Indiana, May 17, 1899)
Joseph Moore, aged seventy-three, of near Arlington, died last night of kidney trouble. He was the last of a family of seventeen children and was a noted character. He was a bachelor and quite well to do. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, May 18, 1899)
Ray Moore, Local Resident, Killed by Lightning Bolt on Farm East of Rushville
Lightning claimed its second victim of the summer in Rush County Thursday morning, and the second employee of the Citizen's Independent Telephone Co., when Raymond Edward Moore, age 37, 830 West Ninth Street, was killed while picking blackberries in the Mauzy Woods, about five miles east of Rushville. The victim had gone berrying at 8:30 Thursday morning, it is reported, with the intention of picking one gallon of berries, and had nearly filled the gallon bucket which he took with him, when the thunderstorm caused him to seek shelter under a large beech tree near the berry patch. It was evident that he had walked under the large tree, one of three close together, and had placed the partially filled bucket on the ground, when he was struck by the bolt of lightning. Moor's sister-in-law, Mrs Cecil Moore, reported that his family became worried when he did not return, and shortly before dark they drove to the spot where he usually parked at the side of the road near the B&O Railroad. Sheriff Harry Levi was called immediately upon the finding of the car, and at 8 o'clock he, in company with about 12 other persons, using search lights, began to scour the area where he was known to have been picking berries. The body was found at about 9:15 o'clock, the sheriff reported, and had been dead for approximately 12 hours, according to the report of the county coroner, Dr Kennedy. Sheriff Levi stated that the body was found approximately 350 yards north of the Marvin Saxon residence, and examination of the three trees showed that the bolt that struck the victim did not touch the trees nearby. After being transported from the fatal scene to the Saxon residence, the body was removed to the Moster Mortuary where Dr Kennedy made his examination and reported death due to lightning. It was stated Moore had been wearing two belts, one to hand the bucket on as he picked berries, and the buckles of each were deeply imprinted on his body, burned by the bolt of lightning. The victim had been employed for some time in the trouble department of the local telephone company, and was widely known in and around Rush County as a basketball official. June 15, Ralph Davis, another employee of the telephone company, was fatally injured by a bolt of lightning while standing in a shelter at the Diekman Camp north of Rushville.
A native of Metamora, he was born July 8, 1911, a son of J P and Myrtle Ashworth Moore. He had resided near Liberty in Union County until nine years ago when he came here to live. Mr Moore was a member of the Main Street Christian Church. Survivors are the wido, Mrs Frances Evans Moore, and a son, Edward Marion, at home; his father of Greensburg; and a brother, Cecil Moore, of Rushville. Funeral services will held Monday morning at 10 o'clock in the Moster Mortuary with the Rev Frank Helme officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary beginning Saturday evening at 7 o'clock. (The Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, July 23, 1948)
Claude Morgan, age 59, life long resident of Rush County, expired at the home of his daughter, Mrs Newton Halterman, 2 1/2 miles southwest of the city, on the River Road, at 6:30 Wednesday evening. He had been ill for two years. Mr Morgan was born in Rush County March 4, 1878, the son of John and Rhoda Amos Morgan, both natives of Indiana. His wife, Floy Duke, preceded him in death. He was a member of the Main Street Christian Church. Survivors are the daughter, Mrs Halterman; sisters, Mrs Ora Richey of Milroy, Mrs Daisy Moore of Rushville, and Mrs Anna Ryse of Greenfield; brothers, Jack, Charles and William all of Rush County, and Joseph of Ohio; and one grandson Lair Halterman. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr and Mrs Halterman Friday afternoon at two o'clock and burial will follow in the East Hill Cemetery. The Rev Walter Crawley of New Salem assisted by the Rev R M Thompson will officiate. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, February 3, 1938)
Miss Anna Mullin died Saturday morning at 10:55 o'clock at her home, 702 North Perkins Street. She had been ill about one week. Miss Mullin was the daughter of the late C F and Viola Smith Mullin. She was born in Ripley County but came to Rush County when a small child and had resided the remainder of her life here. She was a member of the Christian church and Monday Circle. Two brothers survive and they are: Howard R Mullin of Brookville and Bert A Mullin of this city. A sister preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the late residence with the Rev R M Thompson, pastor of the Main Street Christian Church in charge. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence any time Sunday and until the hour of the service. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 22, 1938)
Rushville, Ind., May 10: Elwood Murphy, who was in the regular army for fifteen years and a member of the relief expedition sent to the aid of Custer after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, died a the county poor farm yesterday of pneumonia. His body was interred at East Hill Cemetery this afternoon at 2 o'clock. He was fifty-two years old. (The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, May 11, 1902)
Alonzo M Newhouse
Following a month's illness, Alonzo M Newhouse expired Saturday morning at 2:20 o'clock at his home in Jackson Township. He had been suffering with a complication of diseases. Mr Newhouse was a life long resident of Rush County and was 83 years old. His wife expired in August, 1935. Survivors include a son, Knowlie, who resided with his father; sisters Mrs Charles Caldwell and Mrs Henry Schrader of Rushville; brothers, James of near Gwynneville and Alva of this city; one granddaughter, Mrs Ethel Bebout; and two great grandchildren. Funeral servcies will be held Monday afternoon at one o'clock in the Little Blue River Baptist Church of which he was a member. The Rev P T Watkins of Lizton will officiate and interment will be made in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the late residence any time. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 22, 1938)
Mrs George Oliver
Rushville, Ind., March 30: Mrs George Oliver, aged about sixty years, landlady at the Oliver House, is dead of blood poison. She stepped on a rusty tack two months ago; blood poison set in, followed by grip. She was much better and was sitting up when she fell over dead in her chair. (The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, March 31, 1899)
Mrs Huldah Paulus, age 88, widow of Daniel Paulus and life long resident of Rush County, succumbed at the City Hospital at five o'clock Sunday evening. A complication of diseases was given as the cause of death. She had been a patient at the hospital three days. Mrs Paulus was born in Orange Township May 21, 1849 and she had lived in Rush County all her life. On May 4, 1865 she married Daniel Paulus, he preceding her in death in 1916. She was a member of the Big Flatrock Christian Church. Survivors are daughters Mrs Myrtle Brown of west of Milroy and Mrs Carrie C Brown of north of Rushville and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted from the Big Flatrock Christian Church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The Rev Walter Crawley of Falmouth will officiate with burial in the McCarthy cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 17, 1938)
Suffering a broken neck, Walter Pea, 23 year old local youth was killed instantly in an automobile accident, 7 miles north of Francesville, in Pulaski County, early Sunday morning. Young Pea was riding in a machine driven by Virgil Gobel, lumberyard owner of Francesville, when the accident occurred. The car failed to make a curve in the road and turned over several times. Pea's body was found thirty yards from the demolished machine. Gobel was reported seriously injured in the crash. The deceased was a life long resident of Rushville and lived at 534 West First Street. He is survived by his mother, Mrs Minnie Pea; a sister, Mrs Irene Clevenger; and three brothers, Clarence, Lawrence and Denver all of Rushville. His father, Elijah Pea, dies last August. Funeral services will be held at the Moster Mortuary Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Burial will take place in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after five o'clock this evening. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 10, 1938)
MRS. HALE PEARSEY SUMMONED BY DEATH
Mrs. Vira O. Pearsey, 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, Rushville Indiana, Thursday Sept 6 1928)
Mrs Mary Perkins, 75, wife of George Perkins, passed away at her home, 402 North Arthur Street, at midnight Saturday following an illness of several months. A complication of diseases caused her death. Mrs Perkins was a native of Ireland and came to this country when a girl. She had been a resident of Rushville many years. The deceased was a member of the St Mary's Catholic Church and Altar Society of the church. Survivors include the husband, daughter, Marie and son, Louis, both at home; and sisters, Mrs Bridget McGraw, Mrs Nora McNutty and Mrs Katie Joyce, all of Rushville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Last rites will be held at St Mary's Catholic Church at nine o'clock Tuesday morning with the Rev Francis Schaub, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
(Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 17, 1938)
Miss Margaret Plummer, 43, a school teacher for eighteen years, expired Sunday morning at 6:30 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs Osro Draper in Center Township. Death followed an illness of two months. Miss Plummer was born in Hancock County February 27, 1894, the daughter of William and Hattie White Plummer. She was a teacher in a Chicago high school the past eight years. Miss Plummer spent her vacations each year with her aunt, Mrs Bertha Trowbridge, in Mays. She was a member of the Carthage Christian Church. Survivors include the sister, Mrs Draper, brothers Verne Plummer of Carthage and Orville Plummer of Wilkinson, and three nieces. Last rites will be conducted from the Center Christian Church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with the Rev Ernest Addison of Knightstown in charge. Burial will take place in the Greenfield cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 24, 1938)
Clara Hall Pike
Mrs Clara Hall Pike, age 77, wife of Joseph H Pike Sr, and life long resident of Rush County, passed away at 8:45 o'clock Friday morning at her home in Richland Township. She had been in failing health for several months and in a serious condition the past week following a stroke. Mrs Pike was born in Anderson Township, Rush County, September 11, 1860, the daughter of Joseph and Martha Innis Hall, one of five children. In 1882 she was united in marriage to Joseph H Pike and to this union five children were born. The deceased was educated in the Old King School on the Billy King farm in Anderson Township. She became a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Milroy at the age of 13 and was a devoted and faithful member all of her life. For the past 36 years she had resided on the same farm in Richland Township. Mrs Pike's death was the first in the family in 55 years with the exception of two infatnt grandchildren. Survivors are the husband; daughters Mrs Frances Heiman and Mrs Grace Tarplee, both of Richland Township; sons Fred D of Noble Township and H E and J Gayle, both of Rushville; sisters Mrs Ella King and Mrs Effie Cable of Anderson Township and Mrs May Foster of Indianapolis; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. One brother, Will Hall, preceded her in death several years ago. Funeral services will be conducted from the late residence, one mile south of Neff's Corner, at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning. The Rev W Guy Hamilton of Milroy, assisted by the Rev John Heslip of Rushville and the Rev S M Riggle of Manilla, will officiate. Interment will take place in East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the home anytime after Saturday morning. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, February 4, 1938)
Jasper Pollitt, age 66, expired at his home 444 West First Street Saturday morning at 4:45 o'clock. He had been ill for some time and in a serious condition two months. The deceased was born March 24, 1871, in Shelby County but resided the greater part of his life in Rush County. He is survived by the widow; daughters, Mrs Ethel Clark at home, Mrs Edward Welch of Connersville, and Mrs Kenneth Reynolds of Portland; sons, Harold and Carrie at home, Lester of Connersville and Roy of this city; brother, Lucien Pollitt of Knightstown, half brother Hiland Pollitt of Indianapolis; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at ten o'clock at the Wright Funeral Home with the Rev R Melvyn Thompson, pastor of the Main Street Christian Church, in charge. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. Friends may call at the late residence Sunday morning after ten o'clock until the hour of the rites. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 15, 1938)
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.
Martha E Powell
Rushville lost one of its oldest residents with the death of Mrs Martha E Powell which occurred Monday afternoon at 1:10 o'clock at her home, 312 West Second Street. Mrs Powell was ninety one years old and was a life long resident of Rush County. She had been ill for the past two months suffering with a complication of diseases. The deceased was born November 12, 1846, in Homer, the daughter of Harrison and Mary Deweese Hinton. She had resided all of her life in Rushville and vicinity. She was married to James A Powell and to this union four children were born, three with the husband preceding her in death. She was a member of the Main Street Christian Church. Survivors are one son, T R Powell who resided with his mother; six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Friends may call at the Wyatt Funeral home from Tuesday morning until the hour of the services, which will be announced later. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 3, 1938)
Mrs David Sheaf
Rushville, Ind., Feb 12: Mrs David Sheaf, aged forty-two, dropped dead of apoplexy this morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs Boone Thorpe, on East Seventh Street. She was downtown yesterday and apparently in good health. She leaves two daughters, one at whose residence she died and one in Cincinnati, and her husband. The burial will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Upper Cemetery. (The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, Feb 13,1902 )
Miss Elizabeth Smith, age 78, expired at the Emily Flynn home in Marion Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Miss Smith was a former resident of Milroy. The deceased was born June 6, 1859, the daughter of Austin K Smith and Anne Hackett Smith in Milroy. Miss Smith lived in Milroy most of her life. She resided with relatives in Chattanoog, Tenn., for twenty five years and had been a resident of the Marion home for the past eight years. Miss Smith was a member of the Christian church. She is survived by brothers George L Smith of Memphis, Tenn., and Seneca Smith of Seattle, Wash.; several nephews and nieces, which inlcude Miss Anna Mullin and Bert Mullin of this city. Final rites will be held in the Milroy Christian Church Friday afternoon at two o'clock. Interment will follow in the Milroy cemetery. The Rev W A Everhart of Milroy will be in charge of the services. Friends may call at the Wyatt Funeral Home in this city any time after nnon Thursday until the hour of the services. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 19, 1938)
Word was received here this afternoon of the death of William Smith, formerly of this city at the home of his son, Omer Smith, in Scipio, Indiana, at 8:45 this morning. He ran the grease factory west of Rushville many years ago. The body will be brought here Sunday about noon and will taken directly to East Hill cemetery for burial. Mr Smith was a Red Man here. (The Daily Republican, Rushville Indiana, December 29, 1916)
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
Mrs. Missouri Stewart expired at her home in Milroy this morning at eight o'clock, at the age of 77 years following an illness of a complication of diseases. The deceased had been a life long resident of Anderson township. The survivors are one daughter Miss Anna Stewart, who lived with her mother, four sisters, Mrs Kate Smith, Mrs Jerusha Nadel, Mrs Arkie Tompkins, Mrs Martha Maxey, all of Milroy, two brothers, Weston Richey of Milroy and Mode Richey of Greensburg. The furneral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the late residence with the Rev R R Cross officiating. Burial will take place in the Milroy cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Feb 12, 1923)
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)
MRS. ROXIE STOUT CALLED BY DEATH
Wife of William Stout Succumbs After Thirteen Weeks Illness From a Stomach Disorder
FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE OBSERVED SATURDAY
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)
Arie M Taylor (Biography)
Arie M. Taylor, age eighty, of Rushville, known as the Grand Old Man of Rush County Schools, died today at City Hospital here after a long illness. He was born in Ripley County and after entering the school teaching profession there, he came to Rush County where he served as school principal in Richland, Glenwood, Raleigh, Milroy, Homer and Rushville. He retired three years ago.
Mr. Taylor was also widely known in music cirlces, having organized the Rushville High School Band. He served one term as Rush County Clerk from 1912 to 1916. The widow and one daughter, Mrs. Dudley Campbell, of this city survive. Service will be held here Saturday afternoon with burial in Raleigh.
(Indianapolis News, Indianapolis Indiana, May 2, 1940)
Emma A. Terhune (Biography)
Miss Emma A. Terhune, 102, of Milroy, regarded as Rush County's oldest resident, died suddenly about 8 a.m. today at the Kuhn Nursing Home in Waldron, where she had resided the past three years. Miss Terhune, a retired school teacher who spent all of her life in southern Rush County, continued to claim Milroy as her home. She retired in 1941 after teaching school for 50 years, most of that time at the Milroy school. Miss Terhune also formerly taught the Dorcas Band at the Milroy United Methodist Church, of which she was a member. She was born May 30, 1869, the daughter of William B. and Elizabeth Kerr Terhune, and observed her 102nd birthday last Memorial Day, when she received many remembrances. Miss Terhune, a graduate of Marion College, was a member of the I.S.T.A. Only survivors are nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Murphy and Burns Funeral Home in Milroy, with the Rev. L. D. Robertson officiating, and burial will be in the Richland Methodist Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Monday. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, June 26, 1971)
James Thomas, Jr., 34, expired suddenly at his home of his parents, Mr and Mrs James Thomas, Sr., in Arlington at 11:30 o'clock Sunday morning. He took seriously ill at five o'clock in the morning. The deceased had been in failing health for some time and a complication of diseases causes his death. Mr Thomas was born in Arlington December 12, 1903 and he had lived all his life in that community. He was a painter and paper hanger. Survivors are his parents, sister Mrs Russell Horton of Milroy, and four brothers, Virgil, Loren, Fred, and Kern, all of Anderson. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Arlington Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev H D Wedding, pastor, will officiate and burial will take place in the Arlington cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 24, 1938)
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.
Alice Pauline Tonyes
Miss Alice Pauline Tonyes, four year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Roy Tonyes living just west of Milroy, died Thursday evening at eight o'clock following a six weeks illness with heart trouble. The little girl is survived by her parents, one brother, Richard, and a sister, Marie. The funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the late residence, the Rev R R Cross pastor of the Milory M E Church having charge of the services assisted by the Rev C S Black of New Albany. Burial will be made in the Milroy cemetery. (The Daily Republican, Rushville Indiana, July 11, 1924)
Bertha Ramer Tonyes, 96, died Wednesday, July 4, 1990, in the Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home, Indianapolis. She was born in Rush County and spent most of her girlhood in Rush and Decatur counties. She was a member of the Milroy, Ind., Methodist Church and graduated from the Greensburg High School in 1912. She was the widow of Roy Tonyes. She is survived by a daughter, Helen Hill; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Marie and Pauline Tonyes, one son, Richard Tonyes, and one sister, Stella Platt. (Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg Indiana, Friday, July 6, 1990)
Lula Marie Tonyes, nine year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Roy Tonyes, living two miles southwest of Milroy died Sunday morning at one o'clock, death being caused from myocarditis, of which she had been ill for several weeks. The child is survived by the parents, and a smaller brother, having lost a sister by death a few months before. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the late residence; in charge is the Rev Clyde S Black of New Albany and Rev R R Cross of Milroy, with burial in the cemetery at Milroy. (The Daily Republican, Rushville Indiana, November 24, 1924)
Richard Ralph Tonyes, age 16, died at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs Roy Tonyes, near Milroy Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock. He had been seriously ill for the past week. The deceased was a member of the sophomore class of the Milroy High School. He was also a member of the Milroy Methodist Church and belonged to the Epworth League of that church. Survivors include the parents and one sister, Helen. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Funeral services will be held in the Milroy Methodist Church at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Interment will follow in the Milroy Cemetery. The Rev W F Russell of Milroy and the Rev Clyde Black of Indianapolis will be in charge. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, February 7, 1938)
Roy A Tonyes
Roy A Tonyes, 72 year old farmer of the Milroy community, died at 7:45 am today at the home of his daughter, Mrs Helen Hill of Shelbyville, where he had been staying for the last several weeks. Mr Tonyes, who lived two miles south of Milroy, had been ill for a year. He was born in Rush County on February 10, 1886, the son of Henry and Slice Smisor Tonyes. A resident of the Milroy community most of his life, Mr Tonyes was a member of the Milroy Methodist Church. Survivors include the widow, Mrs Bertha Platt Tonyes; the daughter, at whose home he died; a sister, Mrs Nettie Sparks, near Milroy, and a grandson, Richard D Hill. The Rev L D Robertson will conduct funeral services at 2 pm Friday at the Murphy Funeral Home in Milroy where friends may call after noon Thursday. Burial will be in Milroy Cemetery (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, September 10, 1958)
Martha Turner, 86, Dies Last Night
Mrs. Martha Turner, 86, died at 6PM Wednesday at the Jackson Nursing Home after a long period of failing health. Her home was at 424 West First. She was born in Rush County on July 17, 1869, a daughter of Andrew and Polly Nick Moore. Her husband, William Jefferson Turner, died in October of 1939. After having resided on a farm near here, Mrs Turner moved to Rushville following her husband's death. Survivors include one sister, Mrs Amanda Turner, northwest of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday at the Moster and Sons Mortuary with the Rev Frank Helme in charge. Burial will follow in Hannegan Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 4 o'clock this evening. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, March 8, 1956)
Polly R Wagoner
Mrs Polly R Wagoner, 67, wife of Oliver Wagoner, passed away at her home, one half mile west of the Webb school in Rushville township at four o'clock Sunday morning. She had been seriously ill since last Tuesday. Influenza and heart complications caused her death. Mrs Wagoner was born March 18, 1870. In December 13, 1891 she was married to Oliver Wagoner and five children were born to this union. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge M E Church. Survivors are the husband; two daughters, Mrs Fred Maple of Rushville, and Mrs Cecil Aumiller of Union City; three sons, Everett Roscoe and Harold Wagoner of Rushville and Paul Marion of Etna Green, Ind.; three sisters, Mrs Elmer Hungerford and Mrs Virgil Simpson of Rushville township and Mrs Oril Badger of Manilla; one brother Charles Ward of Moscow; and a half brother, Joseph McVey of Kokomo. Funeral services will be conducted at the Pleasant Ridge M E Church at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon with the Rev H G Wedding, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. (Rushville Republican, Rushville Indiana, January 3, 1938)
Mrs Claude Walker
Rushville, Ind., March 30: Mrs Claude Walker, twenty-five years old, died at her home near this city during the night of severe burns received ten days ago. She was passing an open grate when her clothes caught fire. The remains will be buried tomorrow at Stipp's Hill, in Franklin County, her old home. An infant daughter and her husband survive. (The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, March 31, 1899)
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)
Wendell L. Witsman (biography)
Wendell L. Witsman, 87, of Rushville passed away at the Flatrock River Lodge in Rushville, Sunday, March 6, 2016. Wendell was born March 27, 1928 in Kingman, IN to the late Hugh and Bessie (Huffman) Witsman. Wendell attended Kingman High School, where he graduated and went on to get his B.A. in health and physical fitness at the now Indianapolis University in 1950. Then his country called for his service and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduation, where he would serve and be honorably discharged in 1954. He married Eloise Gooding February 27, 1955. After his career in the USAF, Wendell continued where he left off and went into teaching. Wendell taught at over 14 schools over his career in Indiana finishing with Rushville Consolidated Schools. He received his Masters Degree in Education from Indiana State Teachers College in 1956. Wendell enjoyed many hobbies: bowling, fishing, modern camping, golf and traveling, just to name a few. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Eloise (Gooding) Witsman, children Maria Batchik of Richmond,IN, Dale (Heather) Witsman of Nashville, IN and Cindy Witsman of Dunreith, IN. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and his sister Katha Majors. In addition to his parents, Wendell was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6 pm at St. Mary Church in Rushville, IN. Visitation will be held from 4-6 Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Rush County Community Foundation 117 N. Main St. Rushville, IN 46173 Education Fund “Thank a Teacher”.
Mrs Elizabeth Willis, aged eighty, was buried at Moscow, Rush County, yesterday. Death was due to heart failure. She had been a resident of this county for many years. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, Feb. 12, 1902)
Mrs J Walter Wilson
Rushville, Ind., May 17: Mrs J Walter Wilson, of this city, died last night of a complication of ailments at her sister's home near Mauzy, aged twenty-eight. She is a sister of Posmaster A V Spivey, of this city, and leaves an infant daughter. (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, May 18, 1899)
Rushville, Ind., April 25: Peter Yoder, aged sixty-nine years, a veteran of the civil war, died suddenly at New Salem of heart disease (Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis Indiana, April 26, 1900)