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Bertha Edith (Dolby) Cullar Daughter of David H Dolby Wife of Erie V Cullar 28 October 1898 - 14 October 1975 Uniondale - Mrs. Bertha E Cullar, 76, Rt. 1 Uniondale, died at 12:05 a.m. yesterday at the Clinic Hospital, Bluffton. A resident of Huntington and Wabash Counties most of her life, Mrs. Cullar, had lived at Rt. 4, Wabash for several years. She was a member of the Church of Our Savior United Methodist Church, Wabash, the Manchester Alumni Association, and the National and Indiana Retired Teacher's Association. Surviving is a son, Fred V., Rt. 1, Uniondale; a sister, Mrs. Rosa Jones, Huntington; and two grandsons. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Bailey Mortuary, Huntington, with the Rev. Douglas Knight and the Rev. Arthur Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Friends may call from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the mortuary Chronicle Tribune Wed. Oct 15 1975 Contributed By Christine Walters & Paul Haley -

Chronicle Tribune   Erle V Cullar 12 January 1893 - 12 January 1970 Husband of Bertha Dolby Gardens of Memory Cemetery Wells Co IN Funeral services for Erle V. Culler, 77, Rt. 4 Wabash, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Our Savior in Wabash, with the Rev. Earl Guingrich officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memory Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hunter Funeral Home, LaFontaine after 2 p.m. Thursday and until one hour prior to services. Mr. Culler died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fort Wayne VA Hospital. Born in South Bend, Mr. Culler was a member of the United Methodist Church of Our Savior in Wabash. He was a World War 1 Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Bertha; one son, Fred, Uniondale (Wells Co IN); two grandchildren and two brothers, Lee, Cleveland, Ohio (Cuhoyga Co) and Myron, Denver Colo.  [Contributed By Christine Walters & Paul Haley]

Chronicle Tribune   Leroy "Roy" Otto Dolby, 78, a native of Wells County, died at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, at 6:30 pm Sunday. He had been ill three years. Mr. Dolby resided in the Warren area until 1942, when he moved to Muncie. He was a clerk in a supermarket there. Mr. Dolby was a member of the Church of the Brethren. The body was taken to the Meeks Mortuary in Muncie, where friends may call tonight. It will be removed to the H. Brown and Son Funeral Home here, where friends may call after 2 pm Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at the Brown Funeral Home at 1:30 pm Wednesday. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery, Wells County. Survivors include the widow, Rebecca; a son, Claude Dolby, Bluffton; six daughtes, Mrs. Orval Holdren, South Bend; Mrs. Roy McIntire, Muncie; Mrs. Marple Cohee, Marion; Mrs. Jane Netrefa, Willow Springs, Ill; Mrs. Howard Winn, Huntsville Ala., and 10 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, a brother, Elmer Dolby, Chicago and a half brother, Ves Landis, Warren. Jones Cemetery - Wells Co IN [Contributed by Christine Walters]   

Funeral services for Mrs. Nora P. (Kingen) Dolby, 73, 514 Rex St., Muncie, were conducted today at the H. Brown and Son Funeral Home in Warren. Burial was in Jones Cemetery in Wells County. Mrs. Dolby died at 10 am Saturday at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie. She was a native of Jay County. She was a former resident of six miles east of Warren. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Muncie. Survivors include a son, Claude, Bluffton; five daughters, Mrs. Orville Holdren South Bend; Mrs. Roy McIntire, Muncie; Mrs. Marphle Cohee, Marion; Mrs. James Netrefa, Willow Springs ILL., and Mrs. Howard Winn, Huntsville, Ala; a foster daughter, Mrs. Patricia Bennett Conwell, Muncie; 18 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Jones Cemetery - Wells Co IN [Contributed by Christine Walters]

Bluffton, Ind.. Jan. 20.—Nathaniel Greenfield,  aged seventy-one, died of pleuro-pneumonia this mornings He was a prominent citizen and soldier. He enlisted as a recuit in Company G. Twelfth Infantry in1861. and in 1885 re-enlisted in the One hunrdred and fifty-third Indiana, rank quarter-master. [Indiana Journal January 22, 1896]

Rev. Abel Johnson who has been a highly esteemed citizen of this county for more than forty years, died at his home in Liberty Center, last Thursday morning, at the advanced age of seventy seven years. The funeral occurred Friday at the Liberty Center Baptist church of which he has been a pastor and member for a great number of years. The services were conducted by Rev. J.W. Porter of Anderson, and Rev. Charles Winans, the present pastor of the church. The funeral was largely attended. The deceased was confined to the house but a short time before his death, although he had been in feeble health for sometime. Elder Johnson was a true christian, a worthy church counsellor and an honest patriot, and the church and county have lost one of their best advisers and most respected citizens. [Bluffton Chronicle Date: April 16, 1891 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney]

Kampe's Son Dies. Second Victim of Tragic Accident Expires at Methodist Hospital This Morning Boyce's Injuries Serious
Alfred Kampe, 15-year-old son of Ernest Kampe, county treasurer, who was killed in an automobile accident at Dunfee, Indiana, 10 miles west of this city, yesterday afternoon, died at the Methodist hospital at7:30 o'clock this  morning, as a result of injuries received in the accident. James P. Boyce, a cigar salesman, living at 153 East Leith street, who was also injuried in the accident, was said to be in a serious comdition this morning, though attendants at the Methodist hospital believe that he will recover. X-ray photographs were being taken this morning to determine the extent, of Boyce's injuries. The accident occurred at about 3:30 oclock yesterday afternoon when the Ford car in which Kempe, his son and Mr. Boyce were riding was struck by eastbound Nickel Plate passenger train No. 2 on the grade crossing near Dunfee. The vicitms were rushed to Fort Wayne on the train and were taken to the Methodist hospital, where Mr. Kempe died shortly after 3:30 oclock. According to the story told by Mr. Boyce last night when questioned by the physicians and Coroner Benninghoff, the party had started to return to this city, after completeing some business with a storekeeper at dunfee. At the Nickel Plate crossing Mr. Boyce who was driving the car, declared that he stopped for several minutes to let a freight train pass. After the passage of the freight train  they started to cross the tracks on the signal from mr. Kempe to the effect that the road was clear, when the car wa suddenly struck by a speeding passenger train. The next thing I knew, Boyce declared, I was hanging onto the front of the engine and Mr. Kempe was there just as we had been sitting in the machine. I was at first dazed somewhat and couldn't seem to account for the fact that we were both riding on the front end of the train. Boyce declared that no warning had been given by the engines of the passenger train upon its approach to the crossing, He said that they had been carried more than 1,000 feet by the train after the machine had been struck. he stated that the train must have been traveling at a speed of more than 80 miles an hour. The machine in which the men had been riding was completely demolished in the collision. The wreckage was strewn for several hundred fett along the right-of-way of the railroad. Coroner Benninghoff declared this morning that he would conduct a through investigation of the accident. he stated the train crew and the engineer of the passenger train would be called to testify concerning its circumstances of the accident. [Date: Wednesday, August 16, 1922   Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana)   Section: Part Two   Page: 17   Piece: Two of Two  Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney ]

DIED....In Bluffton Ind., Effie and Ethel Loser, twin daughters of Wm. S. and Minerva Loser. Effie and Ethel were born July 29th 1880. Effie departed this life January 26th, 1881, aged 5 mons. 28 days. Ethel died January 27th 1881, aged 5 mons. and 29 days. Their father, W. S. Loser, died October 28th, 1880, and a little son, Chas. Ora, died November 11th 1880. Thus four, all of the family save the mother have been taken by the hand of death, with in the short space of three months. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church on the 29th inst., conducted by Rev. J.H. Rieder. [Bluffton Weekly Chronicle Date: Feb 3, 1881 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney]

Ossain Ind. Nov 13 - Hume Mahnensmith 18 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Mohnensmith died Tuesday evening at 5:30 o'clock following a two weeks illness due to influenza and pneumonia. the young man was a popular member of the junior class of the Ossian High School and of the High School Basketball team. He is survived by the parents and one brother and four sisters. In account of the illness of the mother, who is in a serious condition with influenza the boys body has been taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs, Frank Poughty. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon in  the open air is the weather permits. [Date: 1918-11-13; Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel]


Pioneer Resident of Wells County is Dead
Ossian Ind Aug 8 Ezekiel Roe, 95 years old, said to have been the oldest resident of Wells County died last evening at 6 o'clock at his home north of here. Death was due to senility. The deceased had been a resident of this county since 1859 when he purchased the farm on which he died near Ossian. He was born in Marion County near Indianapolis May 3, 1823 and was the son of Ezeckiel and Elizabeth Funk Roe. On July 8, 1823 he was united in marriage to Catherine Putterbaugh. eight children were born to this union and seven of them are living as follows; Andrew, Mary, the wife of John Krewson, Margaret, the wife of G.A. Bowman, Anna wife of H.J. Hunter, and E.H. Roe all of Ossian and vicinity, Arthur, of Columbia City, Arthur, of Columbia City. Amy, wife of Dr. D.G. Gerrell, of Payne, O. One brother Jeremiah Roe of Markle also survives. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence the Rev. W.E. Hamilton officiating. [Date: 1918-08-08; Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel ]

George W. Russell, son of J.L. and Elizabeth Russell was born in Wells county, Ind., Oct. 18, 1855; was united in marriage with Jemima Grove. Nov 17, 1878. The fruit of this union was one child who with its mother, two brothers and one sister preceeded Brother Russell to the eternal world. He was again united in marriage wit h Florence J. Grove Nov 25, 1889. The fruits of this union were three children all of whom with their mother, the father and mother of the deceased. two brothers and two sisters are left to mourn the loss. Brother Russell united with the Baptist church of Liberty Center several years ago, of which body he was a member at the time of his death which occurred December 31st, 1891, aged 36 years 1 month and 13 days. Funeral preached by his pastor Rev. C.S. Winans at the Baptist church at Liberty Center in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Interment in Fairview cemetery at Bluffton. [Bluffton Chronicle Date: 14 January 1892 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney]

John M. Springer, aged 81 years and four months, one of the oldest and best known Allen county farmers, and one of the organizers of the St. Mark's Lutheran church at Sheldon, in dead at the home of a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rita Springer, on the county line road near Sheldon. Death was due to the infirmities of age and followed an extended period of ill health. Mr. Springer was born in Steinhart, Germany, January 23, 1827, and came to America in 1888, soon after moving to Allen county, residing in this and Wells county continuously ever since. Soon after arriving in Allen county, Mr. Springer was united in marriage to Miss Eva M Fuchshuber, this union being blessed with five sons and one daughter, the mother, the daughter and three sons having preceded the decedent in death Mr. Springer obtained his naturalization papers soon after coming here and was despite his age, greatly interested in patriotic work. He was one of the organizers of the St. Mark's Lutheran church at Sheldon and played an important part in the growth of that parish.  Surviving relatives include two sons, John and David Springer both of Sheldon, fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the home of the daughter-in-law. The Rev. C Schnepel will officiate in German and the Rev. H. P. Dannecker in English Interment will take place in the parish cemetery. Friends kindly are asked to omit flowers.  [Mortuary Notice Date: Wednesday, June 19, 1918  Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN)  Section: Editorial and State News  Page: 12  Submitted by A Friend For Free Genealogy ]

BLUFFTON, Ind., Jan. 31- Nathaniel Webber of Logansport, formerly a leading merchant of Greenville, died this afternoon at the residence of John Studabaker, aged seventy-six. Indiana Journal February 3, 1897

Mrs. Rebecca Ann White, aged 89 years, died this morning at the county infirmary.  She was married to Albert A. White at Fort Wayne.  He died 50 years ago.  The funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 o'clock at the home of John Henry White, an only surviving son, 503 East Central avenue, this city. Burial will be inthe old cemetery here. [Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette, Sat.Jan 28, 1922. Submitters Name: Sheryl (Alles) Less]

Additional Obit from the Ft. Wayne Sentinel-- Death of Mrs. Rebecca White. (Special to the News-Sentinel) Bluffton, Ind.  Jan 27 -- Mrs. Rebecca White, Aged 93, died at the county infirmary at 6 o'clock this morning.  She is survived by the son, Roxie White, owner of the local barber shop.

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by Dale Donlon

Obituary for Rev. Dewey Jefferson Zent Rev. Dewey Zent Dies at Age of 77 Retired pastor of the Chester Center Christian Church, Rev. Dewey J. Zent, 77, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Clinic Hospital, where he had been a patient only a few days due to a heart condition. A son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Zent, he was born Feb. 21, 1898 in Liberty Twp. His marriage to Lulu Mendenhall, who died March 14 of this year, took place Aug. 19, 1916 in Mt. Zion. Survivors include four sons, Max L. and Hugh O., both of Warren, Edgar M. of Fort Wayne and Billy J. of Hartford City Route 1; a daughter, Mrs. Clinton (Katherine) Hartzell of Anderson; a brother, Oscar Zent of Clovis, N.M., 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Walker Funeral Home in Montpelier where Rev. Heskie Thompson of Upland will officiate at services at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery. [ Bluffton News Banner (Indiana) April 28, 1975, page 3 Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Obituary of Hugh Oscar Zent Hugh Zent, 58, Has Fatal Heart Attack An apparent heart attack has been attributed as the cause of death ofHugh O. Zent, 58, of Jackson Twp., Warren Route 2, who died suddenly at 5:30 p.m. Sunday while attending a family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Phillips in Montpelier. The Montpelier EMS unit was summoned to the scene, but Mr. Zent died before aid could be administered. An employe of Essex Corp. in Van Buren, he was a veteran of World War II. Born Sept. 12, 1918 in Wells County, he was a son of the late Rev. Dewey J. and Lulu Mendenhall Zent. His marriage to Helen Sutton, who survives, took place Feb. 10, 1941 in Jay County. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Jackie) Taylor of Syracuse; a son, Dewey of Warren; three brothers, Max L. and Billy J., both of Warren, and Edgar M, of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mrs. Clinton (Katherine) Hartzell of Anderson, and eight grandchildren. Calling will be after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Walker Funeral Home in Montpelier, where services at 2 p.m. Wednesday will be in charge of Rev. Marion Williams. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery in Wells County. [Bluffton News Banner (Indiana) August 8, 1977, page 3 Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]


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