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Oakley Acus
85, died Tuesday at Community Hospital of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Evansport, Ohio, he was a farmer. Surviving are his wife, Cordelia; two daughters, Barbara Moats of Chesterfield, Mo., and Nancy Henson of Peoria, Ill.; a sister, Kathryn Mack of Evansport, Ohio; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was is preceded in death by a brother, Winfield Acus.Services at 1 p.m. Friday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, Ohio. Calling from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.Burial in Shiffler Cemetery
[Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - January 21, 1999]

William F. Allomong
William Forest Allomong, son of Mr. and Mrs. U. A. Allomong was born, March 23, 1898, and suddenly departed this life at his homein Bryan, Jan. 5, 1944, aged 45 years, 9 months and 12 days.
He was united in marriage with Miss Hannah Schlosser, Dec. 25, 1917. and to this union were born one son and two daughters.
He was a member of the Bryan Fire Department and for eleven years had faithfully served in this capacity. At the time of his death he was employed at the City Laundry.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge.
He was a kind loving husband, father and grandfather, and was of a kind dispostion and congenial worker among his fellow men, always responding cheerfully to the duties assigned him.
In July 1943, he was injured in an automobile accident and was confined to his home for twelve weeks, from this accident he never fully recovered but amidst his suffering, he always bore a cheerful smile.
Dec. 25, 1942, they observed their Silver Wedding anniversary.
He was a life-long resident of Bryan, and made many friends who will miss him.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife Hannah, two daughters, Carol Joan at home, Mrs. John Aschliman and husband of Bad Axe, Mich., son Robert and wife, two grandchildren Linda and Michael Allomong, two sisters, Agatha and Isabel, all of Bryan, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Interment in the Fountain Grove cemetery.
[The Bryan Press, Thursday, January 20, 1944 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Enos F Baerlin
Enos F. Baerlin, 91, of Edgerton, Ohio, died Tuesday [Oct. 9, 1994] at home. The Williams County, Ohio native retired in 1966 from Ford Motor Co. after 35 years and also farmed. His wife, Esther D., died in 1976. Surviving are a daughter, Betty Erickson of Dearborn, Mich.; a son, Martin of Dearborn; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services are 11:30 a.m. (Ohio time) Saturday in Zion Lutheran Church, rural Edgerton, with burial in the church cemetery. Calling is 2 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton.
[News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN)]

Russell D. Baker
Montpelier -- Russell D. Baker, 70, died Saturday at his home. Born in Williams County, Ohio, he was a longtime community resident and had worked as a switchman with the former Wabash Railroad and later as a self-employed contractor and owner and operator of Baker Electric. Surviving are his wife, Deloris; a daughter, Linda K. Boucher of Bryan, Ohio; a son, Rodney D. of Kunkle, Ohio; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother, James of Wellington, Ohio; three sisters, Mary Tressler of Florida, Dolly Viers of Montpelier, and Carol Parsons of Paulding, Ohio; and three step-sisters, Jewell Head, Virginia Utley, and Cheri Utley, all of Montpelier. Graveside services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier. No calling.
[The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) - August 22, 1999]

Helen Bauer
Mrs. Helen Bauer, 34, wife of Rev. Hershal Bauer, former Methodist minister at Pulaski, Stryker and Evansport, died at Hill Rose, Colo., his present charge, Friday. Death was caused by influenza. Services and burial were held Tuesday in Defiance, her former home.
[The Bryan Press, Thursday, January 20, 1944 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Charles Bassler
Charles Bassler Dies Suddenly At Home Sunday
Charles H. Bassler, 56, of route 4 Bryan, died suddenly Sunday morning at his home. He was a native of Henry County and had resided in the Bryan area for three years. He was employed as a welder at the Challenge-Cook Bros. Co. He previously lived in Toledo and was a member of Local 12 Auto Workers Union, CIO.
Surviving are his wife, Augusta; a brother, Russell of Toledo; a sister, Mrs. Birda Ingram of Bryan; and two stepsisters, Mrs. Mamie Aschleman, Sherwood, and Mrs. Martha Kille, Toledo. Burial in the Toledo Memorial Park.
[The Bryan Times, 2/22/1965 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Blanche Beck
Mrs. B. Beck Taken By Death
Mrs. Blanche Beck, 80, Bryan, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Cameron hospital, where she had been a patient one day. She had been ill since Sunday.
Mrs. Beck was a member of the Mt. Olive United Brethren church, Montpelier Grange, Farm Bureau Council and Senior Citizens club.
Surviving are three sons, Garland A. Beck, Bryan, formerly of Edgerton; Olen B. Beck, Detroit; and George K. Beck, Clare, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Kathryne Rotsel, Bryan; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a brother, Arlie Brown, Montpelier.
Services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 3:00 pm in the Greenisen Funeral Home. Rev. s. Glen Cameron will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, September 20, 1956 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Olen B. Beck
Montpelier -- Olen B. Beck, 94, of Grand Haven, Mich., formerly of Montpelier, died Friday at Metron of Forrest Hills, Grand Rapids, Mich. Born in Williams County, Ohio, he retired as a detective after 25 years with the Detroit Police Department, and later worked for security in the design center at General Motors Corp. in Detroit. His wife, Evelyn T., died in 1997. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Lefebvre of Grandville, Mich.; a son, Wesley V. of Grand Rapids; a brother, George of Grand Rapids; a sister, Kathryne Rotsel of Bryan; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) Saturday at Thompson Funeral Homes, Montpelier Chapel, with calling starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - October 6, 1999]

Lillian C. Betts
Well Known Center Township Woman Dies
Mrs. L.C. Betts Was Leader In County Activities
Services were held Tuesday at 2 o'clock in the Greenisen Funeral Home in Bryan for Mrs. L.C. (Lillian) Betts, 57, Center Township resident, who died Saturday morning in the Cameron hospital in Bryan folowing a long illness. Her condition became critical last week.
Active in community afairs for many years, Mrs. Betts was a member of the WRC, Bryan Garden Club, welfare chairman of the Homemakers Sunshine Club; the VFW Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Pythian Sisters, Eastern Stars, Lady Bugs and Farm Bureau.
She was also active in the affairs of Mount Olive Church, secretary of the Ladies Aid, vice president of World War II Club, judge advocate of the Navy Mothers Club, chaplain of the Rebeccas, Flora of Sodom Grange and a past president of the Williams County Federated Garden Clubs of Williams County.
Mrs. Betts was a native of Henry County but lived most of her life in this county.
Surviving besides the husband are three sons, Theron, Feroen, and Merle, seven grandchildren, her father, Jacob Mandly and two brothers, Elgar of Wauseon and John of Delta.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, January 27, 1955 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Dr. Glen Biddle
Bryan: Dr. Glen Biddle, 69, veterinarian; services Saturday at 3 p.m. in Cretors and Kissell Mortuary.
[Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

William Blair
William Blair, aged ninety-one years, died at Stryker, on the 21 inst. Mr. Blair was a veteran of 1812. He was the last survivor of the marines who fought under Commodore Perry. In 1813, the Governor of Pennsylvania awarded him a silver medal for gallantry displayed at the naval battle which resulted in "Perry's Victory". This medal was proudly cherished by the gallant veteran and constitutes valuable heir-loom to his descendents. His remains were conveyed to Mansfield, Ohio, for interment, and placed beside those of his wife, who died several years ago. That his remains should be placed beside hers was the the dying request of the old soldier, and exhibits a beautiful instance of the constancy of affection, reaching on life, as it did, almost to the full and rounded period of a century.
[Jan 14, 1871 Defiance Democrat - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Horace Greeley Blue
Horace Blue Rites Yesterday
Horace Greeley Blue, 83, died unexpectedly Monday morning in the home of a granddaughter, Mrs. Betty McLain, at Edon, after a brief illness. Surviving Mr. Blue, who had resided with the granddaughter two years, are a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Clay, Edgerton; a son, Wayne Blue, Hobbs, N.M.; seven grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. William Johnson, Montpelier.
The body was taken to the Krill Funeral Home, where services were conducted at 2 pm yesterday. The Rev. Howard Dunlap, of Edon officiated and burial was in the West Buffalo Cemetery northeast of here.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, June 2, 1955 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

George F. Bostater
George Frederick Bostater, 73 years, former Bryan farmer, died Saturday morning in his home in Toledo, where he had lived since last December. Services were held at the Oberlin-Ford chapel at 2:00p.m., Tuesday. Burial at Shiffler cemetery. He leaves his wife, Alta, a son James, three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Goldie Fulmer, Mrs. Cass Poland and a brother Sherman, all of Toledo, and another brother, David of Bryan.
[The Bryan Press, April 13, 1944 - Sub by FoFG]

Gladys M. Bostater
Montpelier - Gladys M. Bostater, 90, died Sunday at Harborside Healthcare of Northwestern Ohio, Bryan. Born in Williams County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Arthur J., died in 1985. Surviving are a son, Joseph of Fort Gratiot, Mich.; a sister, Pauline Hiner of Montpelier; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Homes, with calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - September 22, 1998]

Harvey Bowman
Harvey Bowman Rites Saturday
West Unity - Harvey H. Bowman, 63, of Rt. 1, West Unity, died Wednesday afternoon at his home just north of the turnpike.
Mr. Bowman, a farmer, was born near Orangeville, Pa. Aug 22, 1895, but had resided in this area for many years. He was a member of the West Franklin Methodist Church, the Fulton County Methodist Mens Brotherhood, and West Unity barbershop quartet organization. He was a veteran of World War I, having served 10 months in France with the army.
Surviving are his wife, Vera,; two daughters, Mrs. Orville (Geneva) Rueger, Archbold, and Mrs. Richard (Dorothy) Meier, Wauseon; six grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Sam C. Rupp, Archbold, and Mrs. Mary King and Mrs. Edward Meier, Swanton; and four brothers, Frank Bowman of West Unity, the Rev. Clyde Bowman of Lakewood, Orville Bowman, Findlay, and the Rev. Floyd Bowman, a missionary in Africa.
Services will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday in the West Franklin Methodist Church with the Rev. E.E. Roberts of Fayette officiating. Burial will be in the West Franklin Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hollingshead Funeral Home in West Unity.
[The Bryan Times, Thursday, October 2, 1958 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Frank P. Brakeman
Frank P. Brakeman, an aged and respected citizen of Melbern, and a civil was veteran, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Hesrick southwest of Bryan, last week Wednesday after a long illness.
[The Edgerton Earth June 21, 1917 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Zella Bruot
Zella Bruot Taken By Death
Mrs. Zella Bruot, 62, of R.R. 3 of Bryan, died June 9 in Detwiler hospital in Wauseon after an extended illness.
A native of Williams county, she was a member of the Salem Methodist church.
Survivors are her husband, Frank; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Diederick, Belleville, Mich., and Mrs. Maxine Forbes, Edgerton; two sons, Harold, Melbern, and Max, Bryan; a sister, Mrs. Inez McDaniel, Montpelier; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 12 in the Greenisen Funeral Home in Bryan with Rev. Howard Tomlinson officiating. Burial was in Brown Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth June, 21, 1956 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Matthias Bubenco
Matthias Bubenko, 79, died Monday night in the home of a daughter at 2606 Cosmol street in Toledo. He was born in Hungary, and resided on a farm northwest of Ney. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in Immaculate Conception church in Toledo followed by burial in Marysdale cemetery southeast of Ney.
[The Bryan Press, Thursday, January 20, 1944 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

John Buehrer
John Buehrer, 81, died Tuesday at his home in Stryker. Services will be held at 2 pm Thursday in the Grisier funeral home, Rev. T. J. Klaudt officiating, with burial at Evansport. He leaves a daughter, Clara Buehrer of Toledo, and two brothers.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, OH, 03/16/1944 - Sub. by FoFG]

Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns Passes Away
Ralph Burns, 51, who has been in failing health for several months passed away Thursday morning in the Cameron Hospital, Bryan, where he had been a patient for 2 weeks. He was a resident of Williams Center where he operated a slaughter house, besides being in the farming business with his son, Robert. He was a member of the Williams County Rabbit Breeders Association.
Surviving are the wife, the former Juanita Fisher of this vicinity, one son, Robert at home; his father, Charles Burns and a brother, Lloyd Burns of Route 4 Bryan.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Cretors and Kissell Funeral Home in Bryan with the Rev. Milton Ryerson pastor of the Williams Center United Brethren Church officiating. Burial was in the Farmer Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, December 23, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Erie P. Burrs
Erie P. Burrs Dies At Home
Mrs. Erie P. Burrs, 71, of RFD, Bryan, passed away Sunday evening at home. She leaves her son, Charles W. of Toledo, one daughter, Mrs. Winonah Voss, Grand Rapids, O., one sister, Mrytle Lamb, Bryan, and two brothers, Edward Lamb, Bryan and Arthur, Toledo. She lived at Plover Lake.
[The Bryan Times, 1/16/1962 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Deloris Celestino
Mrs. Delores Celestino, 43 years, died at her home two miles east of Bryan Sunday night. Services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Oberlin-Ford funeral home with Rev. Victor Roebuck officiating. Burial took place in Fountain Grove.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 18, 1944 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Peggy A. Coler
Pioneer - Mrs. Peggy A. Coler, 21, of Pioneer, wife of Harold Coler, died Wednesday afternoon in the St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, following a long illness. Mrs. Coler was born at Bryan on March 6, 1950, the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Bashor) Shankster, of Camden, Mich.She was a member of the Silver Creek Church of the Brethen , Pioneer. Surviving in addition to the husband and parents are five brothers and three sisters, and grandparents, Cletus Bashor and the Rev.and Mrs. Owen Shankster, all of Pioneer. The body is in the Thompson Funeral Home where funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Robert Heeter officiating. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery, near Camden. Calling hours will be after 10 a.m. Friday.
[The Bryan Times, Jul 1, 1971]

Leona Marie Cronk
Leona Marie, six months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Cronk, died Wednesday night in their home at 216 Enterprise street of pneumonia. Rev. L. M. Davis officiated at services Saturday at Oberlin-Ford funeral home. Burial was in Shiffler cemetery.
[The Bryan Press, April 13, 1944 - Sub. by FoFG]

Phyllis Davis
West Unity - Phyllis Davis, 54, owner of the Davis Manor Nursing Home in Alvordton, died late Tuesday evening, in Mercy Hospital in Toledo. Survivors include her husband, George. Service arrangements are pending at the Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity.
[The Bryan Times, Sep 19, 1984]

Lee Dorshimer
Dorshimer Killed In Auto Wreck - Farmer Dies When Autos Collide On Route 15
Another accident involving a fatality occurred yesterday afternoon at 4:30 on Route 15 about 5 miles north of Bryan. Lee Dorshimer, 81, of near Bryan, died in the ambulance on the way to Cameron hospital after receiving a skull fracture and other injuries in the accident.
Mr. Dorshimer was driving his 1930 Ford tudor south on 15 and was closely followed by David Russell, 53, of Dayton, Ohio, who was driving a 1947 Dodge sedan.
Russell was about to pass the Ford when Dorshimer made a left hand turn in front of him to go into his driveway. Russell could not stop in time to avoid the crash. Dorshimer's car rolled over and completely demolished it and the Dodge skidded 105 feet before coming to a stop in the right hand ditch.
The following statement was made by Russell to Deputy Sheriffs Bill Lamont and Dan Zuver who investigated the accident. "I was traveling south on Rte 15 about 45 miles per hour. I had slowed some and blew my horn. The Ford was traveling in the same direction at something like 30 miles an hour. I started to pass when the Ford suddenly turned left to go into a farm driveway. I jammed on my brakes but could not pass behind him. I hit him, turning the Ford over and turning me around."
At the time of the accident Russell's speed was believed to be about 50m.p.h. Mr. Russell suffered only minor injuries.
The body is in the Allen Funeral Home in Montpelier. Funeral services will be conducted in the Home at 2:30p.m. Friday with Rev. Lowell Rupp officiating. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery.
Mr. Dorshimer is survived by two sons, Ernest and Charles, both of Ferndale, Michigan.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, OH, Nov 11, 1948 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Walter Ensign
Attack Fatal To Walter Ensign
Walter Ensign, 68, a native of Defiance County, but a resident of Edgerton 12 years, died Monday afternoon in the Williams County General Hospital, Montpelier, where he had been taken at noon following a heart attack.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Burkhart and Mrs. Phyllis Jackson, Edgerton and Mrs. Alwilda Wolf, Butler, Ind.; two sons, Millard Ensign, Hicksville, and Ward Ensign, Toledo; his mother, Mrs. Clara E. Ensign, Hicksville; a brother, Charles Ensign, Alvordton, and eight grandchildren.
The body was returned here to the Krill Funeral Home where friends may call until 1:00 today. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock today at the Methodist-Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ralph C. Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, December 23, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Burton Everett
Burton Everett died in his home in Toledo Monday evening. Services will be held in the Oberlin-Ford funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Hugh S. Graham officiating. Burial will be in Boyton cemetery. He leaves his wife, Bertha, and other relatives and friends.
[The Bryan Press, April 13, 1944 - Sub by FoFG]

Dora Fiig
DORA FIIG DIES AT AGE OF 65; Illness extended over a period of five years; Funeral held Wednesday
Mrs. Dora Fiig, wife of John Fiig, passed away at her home Sunday at the age of 65. She had been in failing health for the past five years. Death was due to carcinoma.
Surviving besides the husband are three daughters, Mrs. Marguerite Hall and Mrs. Aretta Stark, Edgerton. Mrs. Rose Beavers, Bryan; four sons, Rupert and Carl Fiig, Edgerton, John Fiig Jr., Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and Kenneth Fiig, Harlington, Texas.
Services were held from St. Mary's church Wednesday at 9:30 am with requiem mass, Father Williams officiating, with Krill Funeral Service in charge. Burial in church cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Sanders, Roy Sanders, Fred Buchs, Marvin Jerger, Walter Goebel and Isadore Goebel.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, June 14, 1945 - Sub by Kate Watson]

George Gaskill
George Gaskill of Jefferson township died in Defiance hospital Sunday from a stroke suffered several weeks ago. He leaves one son, Clarence Gaskill of Defiance. Services were held in Defiance, Wednesday afternoon.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 18, 1944 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Elmer J. Gibbs
Montpelier -- ELMER J. GIBBS, 72, of rural Hillsdale County, Mich., died Sunday at Harborside Healthcare of Northwest Ohio. Born near Montpelier, he was a truck driver at Mobile Home Estates of Bryan, retiring after 21 years. Surviving are two sons, Mike of Bryan and Gary Sr. of Belle Center; a daughter, Trudy Dietsch of Montpelier; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Andrews of Montpelier.Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier. Calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - June 22, 1999]

Georgia Gillis
Graveside Rites Here Today For Georgia Gillis, 84
Word was received here this week of the Monday death of Mrs. Willard Gillis, of Toledo. She was the former Georgia Dunlap, a native of Edgerton as was her husband.
The funeral was held in Toledo this morning and graveside services have been scheduled for 2:00 this afternoon at Maple Grove Cemetery here. Among the survivors are several nieces and nephews and other close relatives in Edgerton.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, May 16, 1968 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Ralph G. Goebel
Ralph Goebel Dies Monday
Ralph G. Goebel, 41, a life long resident of this community, died Monday afternoon as he stepped from his automobile to the street where he collapsed and died instantly.
He had resided with his mother, Mrs. Margaret Goebel, three and a half miles north of Edgerton.
Other survivors include three brothers, Bernard and Maynard of Edgerton and Marvin with the Armed Forces in Germany and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Lennig, of San Gabriel, Cal.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic church, Rev. John H. Flynn will officiate and interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery. The recitation of the Rosary was in the funeral home at 8:30 pm Wednesday.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, June 21, 1956 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Jacob Goller
DIED- On Tuesday morning Charles F. Goller of this city received a telegram from Hotel Ryan, St. Paul, informing him that his father, Jacob Goller, was found dead in his bed at that house that morning of heart disease. Charles’ brother Henry happened to be here on a visit when the sad news came and was preparing to take the train for Clinton. The two brothers then took the train at once for St. Paul and will procure and convey the remains to Bryan, Ohio, where interment will take place beside his wife’s grave. Jacob Goller was a man about 55 years and had been engaged for some time traveling for a boot and shoe house.
[Jackson Sentinel, (Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa) Oct. 10, 1889 - Sub. by Ken Wright]

Wanda Graber
Wanda Darlene Graber, 22 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Graber of Stryker, died in Cameron hospital May 10 after a two day illness from peritonitis. Services were held Saturday, with burial in Lockport cemetery.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 18, 1944 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Rev. Hugh Graham
Rev. H. Graham Dies, Methodist Pastor 1939-46
Rev. Hugh Graham, minister of the Bryan Methodist Church from 1939-1946, died this morning at Canton, Ohio. Rev. Graham had gone to Xenia after leaving Bryan. He had been retired but following his retirement served a small Church near Canton in recent years.
Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 EDT (1:30 Bryan time) at the First Methodist Church in Canton. Friends may call at the Roland Gilbert Funeral Home in Canton, until Sunday morning.
Rev. Graham instituted the building program of the Methodist Church here, although the dedication did not come until 1948.
He leaves his wife, Charlotte and married daughter, Barbara.
[The Bryan Times, Thursday, October 2, 1958 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Edith Hamman
Illness Fatal To Edith Hamman
Mrs. Edith Hamman, 85, passed away Saturday in the Williams County Home, Bryan, Ohio after a long illness.
She is survived by a son, Carl, Wauseon, Ohio; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She spent several years in the Albert Imm home in Edgerton.
The body was taken to the Swift Funeral Home in Hamilton where services were conducted at 2:00 pm Tuesday with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, December 2, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Edward Hinkle
PIONEER RESIDENT TAKEN AT AGE 91
Edward Hinkle dies suddenly Sunday; Had been in feeble health for some time
The death of Edward Hinkle, 90, occurred unexpectedly at his home Sunday. He passed away in his sleep some time during the night. Mrs. Hinkle discovered that he was dead about 5 am as she felt his hand and found it cold. She immediately called the doctor. The doctor said that life had been extinct for several hours.
Mr. Hinkle, who had been a resident of Edgerton for the past 23 years, was born in Hicksville, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1854. His death was attributed to arterio-sclerosis.
Mr. Hinkle was united in marriage to Mrs. Cora Suffel March 7, 1922. Surviving besides the widow are one son, Clarence Hinkle, of Butler, Ind., and a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Bell, also of Butler, and four grandchildren.
Funeral was held from the Krill Funeral Home, Tuesday at 2 pm, Rev. E.J. Schueler, of Butler, officiating. Burial was made in West Buffalo cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, June 21, 1945 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Maxine Rose Hitt
1918-1998
Maxine Rose Hitt, 80, of Bryan, Ohio, died Thursday, Aug. 6, in Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan. She was born in Williams County, Ohio, and worked at Holabird Co. for 22 years, retiring in 1983. She was the treasurer of Fountain City Squares. She belonged to First Church of Christ, Bryan, and its Senior Saints Circle.Surviving are daughters, Linda Orewiler of Archbold, Ohio, and Gloria Shaffer of Bryan; sister, Marybell Davis of Bryan; brother, Earl Davis of Bryan; four granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren.Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, where calling is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be in Shiffler Cemetery.
[News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - August 8, 1998]

James A. Jinnings
Rites Held For James Jinnings
James A. Jinnings, 88, died Sunday morning at the Williams County Home, where he had been a patient for ten months.
A native of DeKalb County, Indiana, Mr. Jinnings had resided in Edgerton for the last 65 years. For many years he was employed in the banking business and after retiring he became associated with the Superior Spark Plug Co., retiring from this business eight years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Adrian Hankey of Van Dyke, Mich., two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The body was taken to the Krill Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist-Presbyterian Church at 2:30 pm Tuesday with the Rev. Ralph C. Tucker officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, December 23, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

W.D. Johnson
Montpelier -- W.D. "CORKY" JOHNSON, 78, died Saturday at his home. A lifelong resident of Williams County, Ohio, he was a farmer and a self-employed truck driver for about 30 years before his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Mildred J.; four daughters, Martha Derbyshire of Fort Wayne, Marilyn McKelvey of Montpelier, Irene Derbyshire of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Eileen Mehl of Columbus, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier. Calling 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial at Riverside Cemetery.
[The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) - September 6, 1999]

Wilber I. Johnson
DIES AT 90: Mr. and Mrs. Rollo J. Hopkins, of Fort Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E. Hopkins and daughters Marilyn and Dorothy attended graveside services for Wilber I. Johnson, at Farmer cemetery Monday. Deceased died in a convalescent home near Wooster, Ohio, Friday of last week.
Mr. Johnson will be remembered by the older residents of Edgerton. When a resident of West Unity he was a frequent visitor in the home of the late T.M. Hopkins. He was the last surviving member of the Johnson family.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, June 14, 1945 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Josephine Keefer
Josephine Keefer Dies, Services Are Thursday
EDGERTON - Mrs. Josephine Keefer, 78, died Monday afternoon in the Williams County Home. She formerly lived in Bryan with her granddaughter, Mrs. Tom Bender, who now resides in Edgerton. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Bryan. One daughter survives, Mrs. Ola Riehle, RD 1, Edgerton, and one son, John, Belleville, Mich.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three brothers, David Gaston, Mark Center, Abraham Gaston, Antwerp, and Paul Hartzler, Bryan. Burial in Forest Home Cemetery.
[The Bryan Times, 1/9/1962 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Lawrence "John" Keller Jr.
Lawrence "John" Keller Jr., 59, of Williams County, Ohio, a self-employed locksmith, died Wednesday, April 7, 1999, at home. The Williams County native was also a farmer and beekeeper, had worked at International Harvester in Fort Wayne from 1963 to 1978, was an Army veteran and enjoyed his family and the outdoors.
Surviving are his wife, Diana; sons David and Robert, both of Pleasant Lake; daughters Lori Henderson of Angola and Mary Beem of Fremont; a brother, Les McLain of Auburn; a stepsister, Nellie Rodriguez of Monrovia, Calif.; and two grandchildren. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, with calling from 9:30 a.m. until services. Burial will be in West Jamestown Cemetery, Fremont.
[The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN) - April 9, 1999]

Hazel M. Kemm
Hazel M. Kemm, 35, a sister of Clarence Wagner of Bryan, died Sunday at her home in Defiance after a stroke. Services were held Wednesday with burial in Myers cemetery.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 18, 1944 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Claude Killinger
Claude Killinger Passes Away
Claude Killinger, 74, who was born and raised in Edgerton, died at his home in Metz, November 25, after a long illness. He was a brother of the late Ed Killinger and the older here will remember his father, W.H. Killinger who was a prominent business man.
Surviving are the wife Glida, a sister, Mrs. Georgia Morgan, Chicago; a half-sister, Mrs. Forest Poorman, Ft. Wayne and a half brother, Maurice Killinger of Findlay, Ohio.
Funeral services were conducted from the Klink Funeral Home at Metz, Sunday, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Richard McDoll, officiating. Burial was in the South Metz Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, December 2, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Rebecca Kintigh
On the 8th inst., in Springfield township, William county, Mrs. Rebecca, wife of Henry Kintigh, aged 71 years.
[Defiance Democrat, Mar 1, 1851]

Eben Kirby
Ebon Kirby, 87, Buried Saturday
Eben Kirby, 87, a native of Petersburg, Ill., who had resided in this community several years, died early Wednesday evening, Jan. 20 in the Cunningham Rest Home at Alvordton, where he had been staying the past three months.
Surviving are two sons, Lawrence W. Kirby, Minneapolis, Minn., and Woodrow Kirby, Bryan; three daughters, Mrs. Roy Doty of Edon, Mrs. Werdie Helie, Rialto, Calif., and Mrs. William Scheid, San Bernadino, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Krill Funeral Home, where funeral services were conducted Saturday with the Rev. Ralph C. Tucker, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Edon Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, January 27, 1955 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Emma L. Krill
Services Set For Mrs. Emma Krill
Mrs. Emma L. Krill, 84, died about 2 am Tuesday, this week, in her home at Montpelier, where she had been in failing health for several months.
Surviving Mrs. Krill, a Defiance County native and a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, the WSCS of the church and Lillian Chapter 41, Order of Eastern Star, are the husband, Wesley, and a daughter, Mrs. Beredene Jocelyn, of Brooklyn, NY.
The body is at the Wilson Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 2 pm Friday, with the Rev. Floyd W. Powell officiating.
Burial will be in Edgerton's Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, January 27, 1955 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Henry Krill
ESTEEMED CITIZEN CALLED BY DEATH
Henry Krill, Widely Known Merchant, Closes His Earthly Career
At about 2:30 o'clock this (Thursday) morning the earthly career of Henry Krill came to a close. While his death was not unexpected, yet it was received with a great shock as the word was passed along.
Mr. Krill was one of the early pioneer business men of Edgerton, coming here in about 1874. Serving an apprenticeship with J.H. Miller in the undertaking and furniture business, he became a partner and later bought Mr. Miller's interest in the business. All caskets were custom made in those days.
Last April marked his 63rd year of entrance in business in Edgerton. In later years his sons Edwin and Oscar became affiliated with him in the work. Oscar has charge of the Krill & Son mortuary at Bryan and Edwin in Edgerton.
Mr. Krill had been confined to his bed for several weeks. Although he was barely able to do so, he got up from his sick bed on Thanksgiving and ate dinner with his children and their families. He remarked at the time that it would be the last observance of the day for him.
Deceased always took an interest in civic affairs, serving as councilman, mayor and on board of education at various times.
For many years he had been a loyal member of the Methodist Episcopal church, punctual in attendance, liberal in his giving, and faithful in his service.
He was a member of the order of Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He was a man of untiring energy and ambition, strictly honest and ever ready to extend generous aid to friends.
Mr. Krill had been in declining health for several years, but was active as a business man until failing powers could no longer serve him. Had he lived until April he would have reached his 80th milestone.
Surviving is the widow, three sons, Oscar, of Bryan, Edwin and Paul, of Edgerton, and a daughter, Mrs. W.S. Unger of Melbern.
Funeral services will be held from the M.E. church Friday at 3 pm, Rev. Horst officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 until 3 pm.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, December 22, 1938 - submitted by Kate Watson]

Samuel F. Krill
Samuel Krill Services Friday
Samuel F. Krill, 73, a lifelong resident of Williams County, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon at his home five miles south of Montpelier. He had been in failing health five years following a cerebral hemorrhage.
Surviving are the widow, Mary; three daughter, Mrs. Ruth Rutter of Coneaut, Mrs. Robert Trippy, Worthington, and Mrs. Paul Schott, Edgerton; four sons, Arthur, Edwin J., Donald and John Krill, Bryan; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Clair Hall, Concoy; and two brothers, H. Edward Krill , Bryan, and Albert Krill, Edgerton.
The body is here at the Krill Funeral Home where friends may call after noon today. At 1 pm tomorrow the body will be taken to the local Methodist Church for services at 2:30 pm, the Rev. Floyd Powell, officiating. Burial well be in the Brown Cemetery near Bryan.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, June 2, 1955 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Willis K. Krill
WILLIS K. KRILL, 82, of Montpelier, Ohio, died Thursday at his home. The Edgerton, Ohio, native retired in 1983 as District Soil Technician for Williams County Soil and Conservation after 15 years. Surviving are his wife, Lois C.; a son, Larry of Montpelier, Ohio; brothers, Russell and Dean Krill, both of Edgerton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services are 2 p.m. (Ohio time) Monday at Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, Ohio; burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton. Calling is 5 to 8 p.m. (Ohio time) Sunday at the funeral home.
[The News-Sentinel, (Fort Wayne, IN) - September 27, 1997]

Anna Kroll
Mrs. Anna Kroll, 74, died Wednesday night last week at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Hilda Gutsche, Butler. Surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Dora Gearhardt, Butler; two sons, Walter, Edgerton, and Willey, Reno, Nevada, and a grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Friday at 2 pm in the Johnson Funeral Home, Butler, Ind., Rev. E.J. Schueler officiating. Burial was made in Maple Grove cemetery, Edgerton.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, November 21, 1946 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Minnie Estella Lockhart
Sister of Local Man Buried in 'Pelier
Mrs. Minnie Estella Lockhart, 75, died Thursday morning in the Tebeau Manor Rest Home in Alvordton. She was born in Bryan.
Survivors include four sons, Kenneth Lockhart of Bryan; Melvin of San Francisco, Robert of Cincinnati and George of Auburn, Ind.; one daughter, Mrs. Clara Hanna of West Unity, 19 grandchildren; one brother, Herbert Strait of Edgerton; one sister, Mrs. Viola Rex of Bryan.
Funeral services were held in the Wilson Funeral Home, Montpelier, Saturday morning at 10:30 with Rev. Harold Suman officiating. Burial was in the Shiffler Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, January 3, 1963 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Charles Luke
Charles Luke Dies Today, Rites Friday
MONTPELIER - Charles Wesley Luke, 81, 111 West Main St., in Montpelier, died at 2 a.m. today at a Fayette rest home. He was a native of Williams County, a retired realtor, and a member of the E.U.B. Church. He leaves his son, Wayne Luke, Montpelier; a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Stonestreet, RD 2, Edon; a sister, Mrs. Frank Young, Edon; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial at Riverside Cemetery.
[The Bryan Times, Jan 16, 1962 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Lloyd Maneval
Funeral services for Lloyd Maneval, 31, of West Unity, who died Thursday at Cameron hospital, Bryan, were held Sunday. Maneval died from injuries received nine days ago when a gravel bank closed in a pit in which he was working. He suffered internal injuries.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, April 24, 1941 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Arthur C. Montgomery
A.C. Montgomery Rites Saturday
Montpelier - Arthur C. Montgomery, 67, of Montpelier, died Thursday morning in Williams County General Hospital after having been in failing health for several years. He was a retired Wabash Railroad engineer, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Montpelier Church of Christ and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
Surviving are four sons, Lt. Commander Cedric Montgomery, with the Navy stationed in Japan; Clarence Montgomery of Rt. 3, Montpelier; Robert Montgomery, Ft Wayne and James Montgomery, Sturgis, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Grime, West Unity, and Mrs. Velma Wortman, Paulding and 14 grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday at the Thompson Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Phillip J. McPherson, pastor of the Church of Christ. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
[The Bryan Times Thursday, October 2, 1958 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Eleanor J. Mowrey
Eleanor Jane (Hammond) Mowery daughter of Elnora and J.A.S. Hammond, was born in Franklin township, DeKalb county, Indiana, March 28, 1861, and passed the portals of this earthly border Dec. 10, 1938, aged 77 years, 8 months and 13 days.
She was united in marriage to Hiram Cunningham Jan. 1, 1881 at the home of her parents. To this union were born five children.
On the 30th day of June 1894 she was united in marriage to Jenner E. Blaisdell at Melbern, Ohio. To this union were born two children. On the 31st day of October 1898 he departed this life.
On June 16, 1907 she united in marriage to Noah S. Mowery at Edon, Ohio, who departed this life April 28, 1929. And with the assistance of her children was able to maintain her home until death.
She was born and raised in a Christian home and at the age of fourteen years gave her heart to Christ under the pastorate of Rev. Pedecord, at the old Hoverstock church near Butler, Ind.
In 1902 she united with Edgerton M.E. church under the pastorate of Rev. W.W. Curl since which time she has remained a faithful member.
There remains to mourn their loss: three sons, Vern E. Cunningham, Montpelier, Ohio, Ora H. Cunningham, Elkhart, Indiana, Clarence F. Blaisdell, Edgerton. Four daughters: Bertha A. Steffee, Edgerton, Nellie Strole, Swanton, Ohio, Hattie Garrett, Toledo, Ohio, Goldie Meyer, Edgerton. One brother, George E. Hammond, Hamilton, Indiana. Six step-children, seventeen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, December 15, 1938 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Harlan L. Poole
Harlan L. Poole, Civic Leader, Dies Saturday
Prominent Civic and Church Leader Buried Yesterday
Harlan L. Poole, President of the Edgerton State Bank Company died at approximately 1:30 am Saturday in Williams County General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 89 years old.
He was William County's oldest banker and also owned the Oak Manufacturing Company, and Airline Packing Company, both of Edgerton. Mr. Poole was one of the original founders of the bank which opened its doors 52 years ago and has been its president for the past 31 years.
He was a lifelong resident of Edgerton and Williams County and a prominent civic and church leader in the community of Edgerton. Mr. Poole began his long career as a farmer. Later he operated a tile manufacturing plant on his farm. He was an active member of the Methodist-Presbyterian Federated Church.
Under Mr. Poole's management the Edgerton State Bank has consistently grown and only recently remodeled its interior extensively. From a capital stock of $15,000 and total resources of $233,000 at the time of its founding, the bank has a capital stock of $460,000 with total resources of over $5,000,000.
Surviving Mr. Poole are his wife, Susan; to whom he was married 65 years, and four sons, Waldo, Cranston, and Russell, all of Edgerton, and Charles of Chicago.
The body was taken to the Krill Funeral Home in Edgerton where friends were able to call after 10 am Sunday. On Tuesday at 1 pm the body was taken to the Methodist-Presbyterian Church where it lay in state until the funeral at 3 pm with the Reverend Ralph C. Tucker, officiating.
Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Wednesday, November 24, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Ernest Ransdell
Rites Held For Ernest Ransdell
Ernest E. Ransdell, Chicago, a well-known visitor to Edgerton and the husband of the late Estella Boyd, a native of Edgerton, died last Friday in Omaho, Neb., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R.F. Koch.
Surviving in addition to the daughter is one grandchild. The body was brought to the Krill Funeral Home in Edgerton Sunday and graveside services were conducted Monday at 11 am at Maple Grove Cemetry, with William Wilson, pastor of the the Edgerton Church of Christ, officiating
. [The Edgerton Earth, Wednesday, November 24, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Raymond Reitzel
Raymond Reitzel Dies Suddenly, Rites Sunday
EDON - Raymond J. Reitzel,60, RD 2, Edon, died suddenly at the home of his son, Keith, also of RD 2, Edon, Thursday of a heart attack.
He was a former resident of Perrysburg, and was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church at Edon.
He leaves his wife, Ila, his son, Keith; two daughters, Mrs. Beverly McNeeley, of Toledo and Mrs. Marilyn Goeckerman, Perrysburg; a brother, Howard Reitzel, Pemberville; sisters, Mrs. Evalina Swartz of Walbridge, Mrs. Alta Buaman of Millburg, and Mrs. Emma Lusher of Perrysburg; and four grandchildren.
Burial at Bellevue Ridge Cemetery at Dowling.
[The Bryan Times, 1/12/1962 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Richard Rummel
Edon- Richard Rummel, 64, died at his residence in Edon on Monday evening. Mr. Rummel a WW 2 veteran, had been employed at the Hause Valve Co., in Montpelier.
Surviving are his wife, a son, and two daughters, three brothers; and four grandchildren.
Services are to be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kundard Funeral Home, Edon, with the Rev. Michael Berne officiating. Burial is to be in Edon cemetery. Calling hours are scheduled for after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
[The Bryan Times, Sep 19, 1984]

Raymond D. Rupp
RAYMOND D. RUPP, 88, of Bryan, Ohio, died Thursday. The Williams County, Ohio, native was a retired farmer and also had worked at Pet Milk Co. His wife, Lois E., died in 1987. Surviving are a daughter, Carol Wilson of Sterling Heights, Mich.; a son, Tom of Fort Wayne; brothers, Paul and Richard, both of Toledo, Ohio, and Sylvan of McComb, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday in Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, where calling is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial will be in Shiffler Cemetery.
[The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN) - November 15, 1996]

Flora Schaeffer
Services For Flora Schaeffer
Mrs. Flora Schaeffer, 98, passed away Wednesday evening in a nursing home at Worthington, O. Born and raised in Stryker, she was a former member of the United Brethren Church there.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Martha L. Paul, Columbus; two sons, Guy and Orville, who live in Florida. There are four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Burial in Boynton Cemetery.
[Bryan Times, 1/19/1962 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Dorothy B. Shackley
1910-1999
Dorothy B. Shackley-Bowman, 88, of Bryan, Ohio, a member of Faith United Methodist Church, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Arbors of Fort Wayne. The Williams County, Ohio, native was a homemaker. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her son, Dennis F. of Fort Wayne; stepdaughter LuAnn Hardesty of Bryan, Ohio; sister Wanda Smith of Bryan, Ohio; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; and sister Celia Coil. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, Ohio, with calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and two hours before services Monday. Burial will be in Fountain Grove Cemetery.
[The News-Sentinel, (Fort Wayne, IN) - September 11, 1999]

Carmie Shaull
Carmie Shaull Rites Tuesday; Dies Saturday Mrs. Carmie B. (Kauffman) Shaull, 70, formerly of Bryan and Edon, died at the K & E Rest Home, West Unity, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Shaull was born March 17, 1894 in Kunkle, the daughter of Henry and Eva (Reader) Kirkenberg. She is survived by a son-in-law, Vincent Cotter of West Unity; three grandchildren, Neil, Greg and Shelley Cotter; and a great granddaughter, Sheila Cotter, all of West Unity. Her husband, Irvin Kauffman, preceded her in death in 1948, and a daughter, Donna, passed away in 1956. Burial in the Edon Cemetery.
[The Bryan Times, 2/22/1965 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Esther M. Shook
ESTHER M. SHOOK, 92, of Edon, Ohio, died Sunday in Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan, Ohio. The Williams County native was the widow of Vane V., who died in 1985. Surviving are a daughter, Donna Lump of Edon; sisters, Ruth M. Coolman of Bryan and Ruby C. Sigg of Archbold, Ohio; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. (Ohio time) Wednesday in Krill Funeral Home, Edon, where calling is 4 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Edon Cemetery.
[The News-Sentinel, (Fort Wayne, IN) - October 8, 1996]

Donald M. Siebenal
Don Siebenaler Dies Suddenly
Donald M. Siebenal, who would have observed his 46th birthday anniversary Monday, suffered a fatal heart attack about 8 pm Sunday while working in the garage at his home here. Surviving are the widow, Dorothy, and two daughters, Julia and Dolores and a son, Donald at home.
Mr. Siebenaler served in the Navy in World War II. The body was taken to the Krill Funeral Home where services were held at 2:30 pm yesterday. Father John H. Flynn, Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiated. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, December 2, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Shirley A. Simmons
Shirley A. SIMMONS, 55, died Tuesday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Akron, Ohio, she was a waitress at Lester's Diner for 10 years. Surviving are two daughters, Wanita Mocherman and Bunny Shaffer, both of Bryan; a son, Lowell Alexander of Bryan; her parents, Nondias A. and Milo B. Long of Melbern; a brother, Otho B. Long of Melbern; nine grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a companion, Sandra K. Long of Logan. Services at 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Fort Wayne time) today at Rice Funeral Home, with calling two hours before services. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - June 19, 1997]

Clara M. Simon
Clara Simon Dies At Cleveland
Mrs. Clara M. Simon, a native of Edgerton, died Friday at Cleveland, where she had resided for many years. Surviving are a son, Vincent, Cleveland, and five grandchildren.
The body of Mrs. Simon was brought to Edgerton and taken to the Krill Funeral Home Monday. Graveside services were held yesterday at 9:30 am at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with the Reverend Joseph I. Schill officiating.
[The Edgerton Earth, Wednesday, November 24, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Olen (Jim) H. Simpson
Jim Simpson Buried Yesterday
Olen (Jim) H. Simpson, 71, R.R. #2, Hamilton, Indiana was found dead late Sunday afternoon in his home at Cold Springs.
Mr. Simpson had lived at Hamilton for the past two years, previously residing in Arkansas, Florida and Detroit. He was a native of Montpelier and a retired design engineer.
Surviving are on son, Kenneth of Englewood, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. William (Donna) Bell of Rochester, Mich.; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild; and one brother, Donald Simpson of ElDorada, Mo.
Funeral services were Wednesday at 2:00 pm in the Krill Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren W. Powell, pastor of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Burial followed in Tamarack Cemetery near Edgerton.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, May 15, 1969 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Emmett H. Sines
1920-1998
Emmett Harold Sines, 78, of Bryan, Ohio, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan.
The Bryan native retired from Aro Corp. in 1982 after more than 35 years' work. He belonged to Calvary United Methodist Church, Williams Center, Ohio, and was a member of the Ohio 38th and 111th Civil War re-enactment groups. He was an airplane pilot and mechanic and a member of the Williams County Conservation Club. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Luthera "Louth"; a son, Harold P. of Osseo, Mich.; a daughter, Marilyn Livengood of Bryan; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A brother, Kenneth; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter preceded him in death. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Interment will be in Williams Center Cemetery.
[The News-Sentinel, (Fort Wayne, IN) - August 12, 1998]

Mae Sites
Mae Sites Service Tomorrow At 2
Mrs. Mae Sites, 63, a native of Defiance County and a lifeling resident of the Edgerton area passed away about 3:30 pm Tuesday at her home. She has been ill for the past six months.
She is survived by her husband, Glen; two daughters, Mrs. Iona Fox, Bryan, Mrs. Anna Sesler, Edgerton; one son, Maynard, Minot, N.Dak.; and fourteen grandchildren. Other survivors include one brother, Gaylord Kittridge, Bradon, Fla., and five sisters, Mrs. Edith Rengee, Farmer, Mrs. Effie Roan, Edgerton, Mrs. Lois Kretzer, Sherwood, Mrs. Edna Alexander, Hicksville, and Miss Ruth Kittridge, Hicksville.
Funeral services will be held in the Krill Funeral Home Friday at 2:oo pm with Rev Donald Bullock of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, January 3, 1963 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Michael Smith
Michael Smith Rites Thursday
Michael Smith, 89, retired farmer, died at 2:30 am Monday in Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, where he had been a patient about 5 1/2 hours. He had been in failing health 3 1/2 years.
Surviving include the widow, Elizabeth, Edgerton, one son, John R. Smith of Bryan; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother, Henry Smith, Bradenton, Fla.
The remains are at the Krill Funeral Home. The recitation of the Rosary took place at 8:30 pm Wednesday.
Funeral services will be in St. Mary's Catholic church at 9:30 am Thursday with Rev. John H. Flynn officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, July 19, 1956 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Ed Strausborger
Ed Strausborger Dies Suddenly
Edward V. Strausborger, 66, a lifelong resident of Milford Township was stricken with a heart attack while driving a tractor which operated a corn picker at his farm last Wednesday afternoon. When he did not return home at the usual time, Mrs. Strausborger became alarmed and went to the field to investigate and found him where he had fallen from the tractor. He had evidently been dead for some time.
Mr. Strausborger had resided on the home farm except for the period of time when he served in the armed forces which included overseas duty in World War I.
Surviving besides his wife, Edna, are four brothers, Arthur and Elmer Strausborger, Edgerton, Olin and Claire, Elkhart, Ind., one sister, Mrs. Nora Economu, Chicago; a step-son, Samuel Alleman, Quincy, Mich.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Grace Stausborger, Edgerton; a step-grandson, Ronald Alleman, and a step-granddaughter, Mrs. Phyllis Arnold.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Strausborger and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Summers and Miss Ida Strausborger. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth, 11/11/1954 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Kenneth R. Suffel
KENNETH R. SUFFEL, 79, of Edgerton, Ohio, died Saturday in Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan, Ohio. The Williams County native was a veteran of World War II and retired from Aro Corp. in 1980 after 38 years. Surviving are his wife, Genevieve; daughter, Diane Seslar; sons, Duane, Bill and Donald; sister, Rozella Cape; and brother, Forrest, all of Edgerton; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. (Ohio time) Wednesday in Edgerton Church of Christ. Calling is 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton. Burial will be with military honors in Maple Grove Cemetery. [The News-Sentinel, (Fort Wayne, IN) - July 15, 1996]

Halsie L. Thomas
Halsie L. Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philo Thomas was born at Bryan, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1888, died at Toledo State Hospital March 23, 1921, aged 33 years and 1 month. His life for the most part was spent in the vicinity of Bryan. At the age of sixteen he was baptized and united with the Presbyterian church of the above named place where he held his membership to the time of his death. On July 4, 1915 he was united in marriage with Nellie May Whipple. Two daughters were born to this union, Phillis Anna aged 5 and Pauline Evelyn, aged 3 years.
The health of Mr. Thomas had been gradually failing for the last three years, finally resulting in his death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, two daughters, one brother and many other relatives and friends.
[Bryan Press, 3/31/1921 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Pamela S. Thorp
PAMELA S. THORP, 48, died Sunday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Montpelier. Born in Ohio, she was a press helper at Chase Brass & Copper Co. for 20 years. Surviving are a daughter, Stacy L. Thorp of Kunkle; and a brother, Gregory L. Thorp of Hubbard.Services at 1 p.m. EDT (noon Fort Wayne time) Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home, Pioneer, with calling after 2 p.m. EDT today. Burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - August 12, 1997]

David S. Tressler
While driving to Montpelier about two o'clock Friday afternoon, David S. Tressler, a prominent farmer who resided about 2 miles northeast of Blakeslee was struck by a Wabash train, and died two hours later from injuries received. Mr. Tressler was riding in a buggy with side curtains and it is thought he did not see the train as he attempted to cross the Wabash tracks near his home. Because of the cold weather, Mr. Tressler had a muffler about his head and as he is also slightly deaf, he probably did not hear the approaching train. He is sixty-five years old and is survived by a widow and five children
[The Edgerton Earth, December 15, 1910 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Virgil O. Tressler
Pioneer - VIRGIL O. TRESSLER , 87, died Tuesday at Hillsdale Community Health Center, Hillsdale, Mich. Born in Williams County, he was living in Camden, Mich. He had farmed in Williams County, Ohio, and in Hillsdale County, Mich. Surviving are his wife, Maxine; six sons, Richard of Winter Haven, Fla., Fred of Camden, Carl and Eugene, both of Hillsdale, Steven of Bryan and Clyde of Pioneer; two daughters, Frances Correa of Adrian, Mich., and Helen Keneda of Roanoke, W.Va.; 24 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home, Pioneer. Calling after 2 p.m. today. Burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - January 25, 1996]

Hattie M. Walden
Hattie May Walden, age 69, passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ed Evans, Monday afternoon. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Hugh S. Graham were held in the Krill funeral home Wednesday. Interment in Six Corners cemetery. Surviving are Mrs. Evans and a son William Keller of LaPorte, Ind., three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
[The Bryan Press, April 13, 1944 - Sub by FoFG]

Rev. Clarence W. Walmer
Final Rites for Rev. Walmer, 66
Triple funeral services were held this past week for the Rev. Clarence W. Walmer, 66, Montpelier, who had served for 43 years as pastor of various area United Brethren, Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist Churches. He held the post in the Edgerton-Emanuel Methodist charge for several years. He was a native of Bangor, Mich.
Rev. Walmer died Friday night in the Williams County General Hospital in Montpelier where he had been taken following an apparent heart attack. Final rites were conducted Monday afternoon in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Defiance, Monday evening at his current West Bridgewater Church, and finally Tuesday afternoon, in the Simpson United Methodist Church in Bangor. He was buried in the Bangor. Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie; four daughters, Mrs. Shirley Good of South Bend, Mrs. Erma Stork of Defiance, Mrs. Ardith Bradin of Waldbridge, and Mrs. Myrna Weigel of Galena, O.; one son, Duane, of Defiance; 13 grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.
[The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, June 5, 1969 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

William C. Walsh
William Colburn Walsh, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Walsh of near Bryan, died Jan 12 in Cameron hospital of pneumonia. Services were held Saturday, with burial in Fountain Grove cemetery.
[The Bryan Press, Thursday, January 20, 1944 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Florence Warner
BRYAN, O., July 14 - Mrs. Florence A. Warner, 69, died Sunday in her home. A native of Williams County, she was a member of the Bryan Methodist Church and the Senior Citizens Club. She had been an employee of the Holabird Company for 19 years, retiring in 1962. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles Kinney, Reading, Mich.; son, Wayne, Bryan: sisters, Mrs. Rose Falor, Adrian, Mich.; Mrs. Thelma Harrington, Bryan, and Mrs. Elsie Smith, Bryan; brothers, Claire Byers, Houston, Tex., and Fred Byers, Decatur, Ill., and 10 grandchildren. Burial in Shiffler Cemetery.
[The Blade: Toledo, Ohio, 07/14/1964 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Marvel M. Watson
Mrs. Bob Watson Buried Friday
Services for Mrs. Marvel M. Watson, 47, of Bryan Route 4 were held Friday at the Lick Creek Church of the Brethren. She apparently was the victim of suicide.
Mrs. Watson, a lifelong resident of the Bryan community, is survived by her husband, Robert; a son, David; two daughters Mary and Carol; a brother, Emerson Fisher, and three sisters, Mrs. Helen Smith of Montpelier, Mrs. Dorothy Ruble of Adrian and Mrs. Carmen Strawser of Bryan. Burial was in the Shiffler Cemetery.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, March 9, 1961 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Elizabeth Yeager Weitz
Elizabeth Yeager was born January 10, 1821, in Harmony, Butler County, Pennsylvania., Died, at Edgerton, OH, March 15, 1884; age 63 years, 5 months and 2 days, She removed with her parents to Portage County, OH when quite young, Was married to Adam Weitz September 17, 1839, in her 19th year,. In 1847 they removed to St, Joseph township, Williams County, OH where they have since resided, She was a woman of remarkable energy, and tore her full share in the toil and hardships of pioneer life, Of her eleven childrenm, ten grew tro full and useful manhood and womanhood under her watchful care, and nine are still living to bless her memory and grieve for her, To sacrifice her own comfort for the good of those under her care; seemed to be a source of joy to her,
She, with her husband, united with the M.E. church in 1842 and remained a constant and active member ever since, Her home was the home of the early "itinerent" and the house was used as a preaching place before churches and school-houses were built in this part of Williams county, and the traveling preachers were ever gladly received and made welcome to the food and shelter and comforts of her humble home, Those who have been led by her example to see the beauty of the teachings of the Master, whom she followed, are the best living witnesses to the consistency of her christian life.
[Edgerton Observer, 27 Mar 1884 -Sub by Dolores Norton]


Patsy Ruth Wines
Patsy Ruth Wines, 65, died Monday at Community Hospital of Williams County, Bryan. Born in Edgerton, Ohio, she had worked for 40 years as an assembler at Ohio Art Co. Surviving are a brother, Doyle Wines of Bryan; and two sisters, Judith Shaffer of Hartsville, Tenn., and Sharon Miller of Defiance, Ohio.Services at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. Fort Wayne time) Thursday at First Church of Christ, Bryan. Calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. EDT today at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. Burial at Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
[The Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN) - May 26, 1999]

Lewis Yackee
Death of Lewis Yackee
Lewis Yackee, eldest son of Henry and Sophia Yackee, and one of the best known residents of Williams county, died at his home near Edgerton, Thursday, July 13, 1916, aged 72 years, 8 months, and 5 days. He had been ill a long time and his death was not unexpected.
The funeral services were held at the home Sunday, July 16, at 2 o'clock, Rev. SW McClelland officiating, and the remains were interred in the Edgerton cemetery.
Lewis Yackee was born November 8, 1843, on a farm near Bryan, Ohio, where his youth was spent. Near the close of the Civil war he enlisted as a volunteer, but served only a few months.
He was united in marriage to Rachael Heineman, December 30, 1867, who together with five daughters survives him. Georgiana, the fourth daughter dying in infancy. Those living are: Flora, now Mrs. A.J. Schaeffer, of Ida Grove, Iowa; Sophia, now Mrs. Wm. Schultz, of Toledo; Eugenie, now Mrs. H.J. von Dohren, of Ida Grove, Iowa; Millie, now Mrs. O.N. Vincent, Dayton, Ohio and Bertha, of Toledo. Two brothers survive him, August, of Roberts, Ill., and Christian, of Barberton, Ohio. A sister, Magdeline, dying years ago, and a brother, Philip, who died last July, preceding him in death. He also leaves three grandchildren, Mrs. Geo. D. Lawson, Omaha, Nebr., Miss Helen Schaeffer, Ida Grove, Iowa, and Miss Doris Daykin, of Dayton, Ohio.
Forty-five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Yackee moved to Edgerton where, in company with his brothers, he engaged in blacksmithing and wagon making for some years, later entering other lines of business.
He was an ardent democrat and for years was one of the local leaders of that party. He was appointed postmaster at Edgerton by President Cleveland in the early nineties, serving in that office for four years.
During his residence of nearly half a century in Edgerton he made many warm friends, most of whom have preceded him in death, but many yet remain to mourn his departure.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness and sympathy extended during our late bereavement. Mrs. L. Yackee and Daughters
[The Edgerton Earth, Edgerton, Ohio, Friday, July 21, 1916 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Emma Catherine Yarger
Edgertonian's Relative Dies
A relative of Orville Yarger of Edgerton and one of Montpelier's oldest residents, Mrs. Emma Catherine Yarger, 96, died last Thursday morning in the Spence Convalescent Home in Alvordton.
She had been in failing health a long time. Until recently she had lived with her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Yarger, 204 Lincoln Ave.
A native of Salem, O., Mrs. Yarger and her husband, A.J., deceased, lived in Michigan for many years before moving to Montpelier in 1911. She was a member of the First Evangelical United Brethern Church.
Survivors besides her son, Ray, and two to other sons, Otto, of Atlanta, Mich. and Elroy of Angola; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Bryan of Bellville, Mich; Mrs. Elmina Ferguson of Montpelier and Mrs. Lulah Kuehn of Bryan, 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the Wilson Funeral Home Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Jerry Symonds officiating. Burial was in Marble Park Cemetery, Mich.
[The Edgerton Earth Thursday, March 9, 1961 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Dorothy Zigler
WOMAN JUMPED IN PATH OF TRAIN SAYS ENGINEER
Mrs. John Zigler Killed Near Home West of Montpelier
Mrs. Dorothy Zigler, 31, Montpelier route two, was instantly killed when struck by a Wabash passenger train two miles west of Montpelier at 5:55 p.m. Sunday.
Engineer Rust of train No. 7 told Sheriff A.R. Dewees that the woman stood along the tracks as the train approached and suddenly jumped in front of the engine, which struck her, crushing her head and arm. The sheriff was informed by her husband, John Zigler, that she had been mentally ill several months.
Mrs. Zigler was the ninth traffic victim in the county this year, and was the seventh to be killed by a train.
She is survived by her husband, John; mother, Mrs. Chas. Harbaugh, and a brother, Ellsworth Brubaker, of Montpelier; and a sister, Mrs. Orpha Hubble of Reading, Mich. Services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Allen-Friend funeral home with Rev. K. L. DeWalt officiating, and burial in Riverside cemetery at Montpelier.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 18, 1944 - Sub by Kate Watson]




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