Putnam County, Ohio
Funeral arrangements were being completed today for Miss Regina Jannin, 81, of New Bavaria, who died yesterday in a Waueson convalescent home. Arrangements are in charge of the Fischer Funeral Home at Ottawa. Born Dec 2, 1873, at New Bavaria, she never married. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church here. [Oct 6, 1955, Lima News]
Lucille M. Jerwers
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: abt 1917
Married: Edwin T Jerwers
Died: Aug 5, 1977 in St.Rita's Medical Center, Lima
Survived by: husband; 2 sons; 3 daughters; 2 brothers
Burial: St. Johns Church Cemetery, Glandorf
The subject of this sketch, the Rev. Robert Johnson, was born in Licking County, Ohio, September 15, 1830, and died at Columbus Grove, Ohio, December 16, 1912, aged 82 years, 3 months, and one day. He was the son of Robert R. and Mary Johnson, and one of a family of seven boys, one of which, John Johnson, survives him.
Soon after his birth his parents moved to Union County, Ohio, where he lived until 1850, when he moved to Shelby County, Ohio. Here on February 22, 1859, he was united in marriage to Catherine E. Edwards. To them was born one child, which died February 1860, and his wife died March 2d the same year. November 25, 1861 he married Lydia Margaret Curtis. To them were born eight children, five boys and three girls. Of these are now living two boys and three girls. Again he was bereaved in the death of his wife who passed away February 20, 1867. About October 1, 1875 he moved to Columbus Grove. Here on March 6, 1879 he was united in marriage to Sarah Cunningham. To them were born three boys. Altogether he was the father of twelve children, eight of whom, with twenty-one grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his last wife, survive him.
Robert Johnson was converted to God on New Years Eve 1846. He at once united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in Union County, where he was living at that time. For sixty-six years he lived a converted life. In spring of 1854 he joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church, in which for the remaining fifty-eight years of his earthly life he remained a member. He was licensed to preach by this church in August 1867, and was received into its Conference, and traveling connection in August, 1868, at Dayton, O. He was ordained as a minister in 1870. The ministry of this servant of God was a fruitful one. He was instrumental in the conversion of hundreds of souls, and in the organization of many churches.
He was a soldier of two wars, not only serving under the blood-stained banner of Jesus Christ, but under the flag of his country also. October 1, 1862, he responded to the call to arms for the defence of the Union against rebellion, by enlisting in Co. F. 20th Regt. O.V.I. and went to the front. May 12, 1863 he was wounded in the right arm, and while in the hospital, was taken prisoner and confined in Libby prison for a time. October 1st he was released by exchange of prisoners and was returned to his regiment, and was in every battle in which it was engaged until July 22(?), 1864 when he was wounded a second time in the right shoulder by a bullet which remained in his body to the end of his life. Entering this service as a christian man thoughout it all he kept faith with his Lord.
Throughout his long and useful life this servant of God exemplified by a goldy (sic godly?) walk and conversation the religion he professed and preached. In (blurred) afflictions, in personal trials, and many hardships of service, he was patient and enduring, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Such a man living well, died well. His last hours in the midst of much bodily suffering were (blurred) of spiritual triumph. He could literally say, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will give me in that day.” Death had no terrors for him. In the full possession of his faculties he awaited its approach, sure that the Captain of his salvation would meet him in the shadow, and take him home to heaven. Of course he died triumphant.
“Servant of God well done, Thy glorious warfares past. The battles fought, the victories won, and thou art crowned at last.”
Before his death he made all arrangements for his funeral. He requested that Rev. J. T. Brown, Belle Center, Ohio, preach his funeral sermon from 37 Psalm, 37 verse “Mark the perfect man and behold the upright; for the end of that man be peace.” By his request the Rev. Daniel Carter, D. D. pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, in whose church the funeral services were held assisted (blurred) the services, as did also the Rev. Ralph Kohr, minister of the Presbyterian church, who was present. This service was followed by a brief service of the local Post of G. A. R., at the conclusion of which the body was conveyed to the Turner cemetery, and laid away by loving hands, in its last resting place. ["Putnam County Vidette", 26 Dec 1912 - Sub. by Stephen Mitchell]