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This page contains obituaries or death notices (full or extract) of former Howard County residents.  If you have a notice you would like to add, please send to  Debby.


Dorman C BACK (1898 - 1961) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - 10 Jun 1961

Name: Dorman C BACK
Age: 62
Residence: 222 W Hoffer, Kokomo
Died: 5:10p  Sat., 10 Jun 1961 at St. Joseph Hospital.
Born: 24 Nov 1898 at Bergin KY
Parents: Alvin & Ora FAIN BACK
Married: Mildred NAVE 24 Mar  1921 - she preceded him in death; married Gladys Marie MILLER 20 Feb 1960.
WWI Veteran; moved to Kokomo in Mar 1951. Member of the Masons and the Moose;
Survivors: widow; 2 daughters Mrs. Daniel (Ruth) ALDINGER, Mrs. Hugh (Janet) PHILLIPS; 6 stepchildren - Thomas MILLER, Jack MILLER, Gene MILLER, Joseph MILLER, Mrs. Emery (Dortha) HUNT, Mrs. Harold (Judy) SHRADER; sister Mrs. Frank C. (Bertha) MURPHY; 6 grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  A son, a brother and one sister are deceased.,
Services: Fenn Funeral Home
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Sunset Memory Gardens: BACK, Dorman C.: Born 24 Nov 1898 - died 10 Jun 1961, age 62.  Buried in section 6, block 10, lot 12, grave 1.  Link to family gravestone --  Link to scan of obituary


Bessie M. FISHER BAGWELL (1896 - 1985) [extract]

unlabeled obit - circa 23 May 1985

Name: Bessie M. FISHER BAGWELL
Age: 88
Residence: 118 E Grant St, Greentown IN
Died: 8:15 am Thurs. 23 May 1985 in Hacienda Heights, CA.
Born: 23 Sep 1896 in Howard Co. IN
Parents: Eli and Elizabeth BOWLAND FISHER
Married: Edwin Russell BAGWELL on 12 Jun 1923 - he died 21 Apr 1973
Navy Veteran of WWI; member of American Legion Post 317 & Legion Auxiliary; Order of Eastern Star 195; First United Methodist Church.
Survivors: sister, Tess THORNE
Services: Hasler-Pickett Funeral Home
Burial: Greenlawn

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Greenlawn Cemetery: BAGWELL Bessie Marea: Born 23 Sep 1896 - died 23 May 1985, age 88. Buried 27 MAY 1985 Link to photo of family stone - link to military plaque - link to scan of obituary



Garry BAGWELL (1890/1892 - 1952) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Wednesday, 3 Dec 1952 , page 2

Name: Garry BAGWELL
Age: 60
Residence: 815 S Lafontaine St, Kokomo
Died: "shortly before noon", Wed., 3 Dec 1952.
Born: 4 Jul 1890 [sic - 1892] in Howard County, IN
Parents: John and Sarah (CARR) BAGWELL
Had lived in Kokomo for 29 years - occupation: barber
Married: Mary LORENZ 11 Sep 1924
Survivors: widow; 8 children - Garry BAGWELL Jr., Mrs. Richard COPE, Mrs. Jack GERHART, Mrs. Robert FORD, James BAGWELL, Richard BAGWELL, Nancy BAGWELL and Billy Joe BAGWELL; siblings - Mrs. Ernest GERHART, Mrs. Chester CANNON, Scott BAGWELL, Frank BAGWELL.
Services: Fenn Funeral Home

Biographical Sketch


Russell BAGWELL (1895 - 1973) [extract]

unlabeled obit - Sun., 22 Apr 1973

Name: Russell [Edwin Russell] BAGWELL
Age: 77
Residence: 118 E Grant St., Greentown IN
Died: Sat. 21 Apr 1973 at West Palm Beach, FL after lengthy illness.
Born: 4 Dec 1895 in Howard Co. IN
Parents: M.A & Dora DOLWIN BAGWELL
Married: Bessie FISHER on 12 Jun 1923 - she survives
Served in Quartermaster Corps in France during WWI; graduated from Greentown HS in 1917. Member of Greentown Lodge F& AM # 341 & Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite; American Legion Post #317.
Survivors: widow; 3 brothers - Delbert BAGWELL, Merrill BAGWELL & Jake BAGWELL; 3 sisters - Mrs. Edna POY, Mrs. Wilma WARD & Mrs. Arlene KECHT.
Services: Picket Funeral Home
Burial: Greenlawn

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Greenlawn Cemetery: BAGWELL Edwin Russell: Born 4 Dec 1895 - died 21 Apr 1973, age 77. Buried 24 APR 1973 WAL Section, lot 22 Link to photo of family stone - link to military plaque - link to scan of obituary 




Ruth Irene KILANDER BAGWELL (1897 - 1990) [extract]

unlabeled obit - circa 16 Sep 1990

Name: Ruth Irene KILANDER BAGWELL
Age: 92
Died: 11:14 pm Sun., Sep 16, 1990 at St. John's Medical Center, Anderson IN
Born: 18 Sep 1897 in Howard Co. IN
Parents: Francis and Lettie Ellen YOUNCE KILANDER
Co-owner & operator of Bagwell Coal Co. & piano teacher; member of Anderson Business and Professional Business Womens Club.
Survivors: niece Rebecca Irene ST. JOHN; sister Faye SLOANE
Services: Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, Anderson IN
Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery.

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Greenlawn Cemetery: BAGWELL Ruth: born 18 Sep 1897 - died 16 Sep 1990, age 92. Buried 21 SEP 1990, section 3, lot 110 Link to photo of family stone - link to scan of obituary




W. Merrill BAGWELL (1898 - 1990) [extract]

unlabeled obit - circa 16 Sep 1990

Name: W. [William] Merrill BAGWELL
Age: 92
Residence: 2023 W. Seventh St, Anderson IN
Died: 6:31p Sun 16 Sep 1990 at St. John's Medical Center [Anderson IN]
Born: 12 Apr 1898 in Howard Co. IN
Parents: Archibauld and Dora Belle OLWIN BAGWELL
Married: Ruth Irene KILANDER 16 Sep 1922
Member of American Legion [WWI Veteran]; owner & operator of Bagwell Coal Co. at Windfall and Speedwash Coin Laundry in Anderson.
Survivors: niece Rebecca Irene ST. JOHN; sister Wilma WARD
Services: Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, Anderson IN
Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery.

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Greenlawn Cemetery: BAGWELL Merrill: born 12 Apr 1898 - died 16 Sep 1990, age 92. Buried 21 SEP 1990 section 3, lot 110 Link to photo of family stone - link to scan of obituary



Edward A. BAILEY (1888- 1935) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Fri., 1 Nov 1935 p2

Name: Edward A. BAILEY
Age: 38
Died: 12:35a Fri., 1 Nov 1935 at his home - Sycamore Rd., Kokomo. Long illness, bedridden for 8 weeks.
Born: 4 Apr 1894 in St. Albans VT
Married: Ruth TYLER 23 Oct 1915
"Well known World War [One] Veteran"; member of American Legion Post #6
Survivors: widow; 4 children - Kenneth BAILEY, Mildred BAILEY, George Edwin BAILEY & Robert BAILEY; 3 sisters - Miss Louise BAILEY, Mrs. Clara WHITE, Mrs. Anna SHERMAN; 2 brothers George BAILEY & Charles BAILEY.
Services: Rich Funeral Home
Burial: Crown Point cemetery

Biographical sketch


Oscar BAIRD(c1859 - 1943) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - aft 2 May 1943

Name: Oscar BAIRD
Age: 84
Died: 2 May 1943 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette IN; had been living with son in Yeoman, IN
Occupation: Teacher for 40 years; 3 terms in Pittsburg [Clinton Co]; also county superintendent.
Survivors: 5 children - Byron BAIRD, Merton BAIRD, Oscar BAIRD Jr., Mrs. Mamie BLINN, Mrs. Ella GILPIN; a sister Miss Martha BAIRD. His wife predeceased him [name not provided]. A grandson, Billy Byron BAIRD was aboard the battleship Arizona when it was sunk at Pearl Harbor.
Funeral Home: Grimm & Sons
Burial: Bunnell Cemetery [Clinton Co. IN]

Link to biographical sketch


Lawrence "Pete" BALDWIN (1886 - 1941) [extract]

unknown newspaper - circa 27 Sep 1941

Name: Lawrence "Pete" BALDWIN
Residence: 1814 North Indiana Ave, Kokomo IN
Died: 5:30 Friday, 27 Sep 1941 at home
WWI Veteran - went to France with the 38th battery; member of American Legion.
Survivors: wife, Jean BALDWIN; sons Harold & George BALDWIN; 4 sisters - Mrs. George CAMPBELL, Mrs. Will GORDON, Mrs. Aggie PRATHER and Mrs. Chris FISHER; one brother Charles BALDWIN.  A sister - Mrs. Elmer RIDGEWAY and brother Orville BALDWIN preceded him in death.
Services: Rich chapel
Buried: North Union cemetery

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
North Union Cemetery: BALDWIN, E. Lawrence; Born  9 Oct 1886 - died 26 Sep 1941, age 54. Buried in   North Section, lot 9E    Link to photo of gravestone  -- Link to scan of obituary

Biographical Extract


W.A. BANKS (1844-1908)

[BANKS, William A.: Obituary, unnamed Miami Co.IN newspaper, DECEMBER 1908]
Submitter: Victoria Cheney

DEATH OF W. A. BANKS [submitter's comments in brackets]
W. A. BANKS died [Dec. 3, 1908] at his home in Converse Monday, after a prolonged illness. The deceased was 64 years of age. He had been a resident or Converse for about thirty five years, where for a long time he was engaged in the grocery and meat business ["wagonmaker" on 1870 Howard Co. census].

[BANKS, William A.: Obituary, unnamed Howard Co.IN newspaper, DECEMBER 1908]
Submitter: Victoria Cheney [submitter's comments in brackets]

DEATH OF WILLIAM BANKS -- Succumbs after Long Suffering, Member of G.A.R.
William A. BANKS a retired Converse business man died at his home here Monday night [Dec. 3, 1908] after confinement to his bed with severe suffering for the past six months. Funeral services conducted by Revs. J.E. Coffin and W.A. Settle were held at the M. E. church Wednesday.
Burial in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
GENEOLOGY [sic]
William A. BANKS was the son of Thomas W. BANKS and Hannah ERNIE BANKS. [Marr. & birth records of Graceham, Frederick Co.MD show a Thomas W. Banks married a "Hannah IRVIN."] In this family there are three sets of children. To the first wife of Thomas BANKS was born five children, William A. BANKS, Mrs. S.E. KINNEAR [Ella], Mrs. Mary V. WALTERS, and two children who died in infancy. Hannah E. BANKS departed this life in 1849.
Thomas BANKS second marriage was to Jane E. WOOD [should be WOODS]. To this union was born two children, a son who died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Harlem Kelsey [should be Mrs. HARLEN KELSAY, nee Matilda Jane "Jennie" BANKS], who resides three miles from Converse [Amboy, Miami Co.].
Thomas BANKS third marriage was to Margaret ARMSTRONG [later as widow Banks, she m2 James J. ANDERSON]. To this union was born five children, Mrs. A.V. DARBY [Mrs. Frank DARBY, nee Alice V. BANKS], James [M.] and Charles [F.] BANKS, two children having died in infancy. Of this third set of children all are gone except Mrs. A.V. DARBY.
William A. BANKS was born July 30, 1844 in Gettysburg, Maryland [this locale unknown; deed records show a Thomas W. Banks had farms in Carroll and Frederick Cos.MD].
He with his parents Thomas W. and Hannah BANKS moved overland from Maryland to Jerome, Ind., in the year 1848. His mother died in Jerome in 1849. The family then moved to Kokomo, Ind.
WAR RECORD
In March 1862 William A. BANKS enlisted in the war, in Company K. 60th Ind. [long list of where he served]. After Ft. Morgan was captured he turned his gun over to the government and was mustered out and came home March 1865.
He was married to Polly A. BABBS [her family below listed as "BABB"] July 6, 1879. [William's 1st wife was Lorena GOLDEN (div.). Polly Babbs' 1st husband was Mason A. CHENOWETH (div.); thus Grant Co.IN records show William Banks wed "Polly Chenoweth."]
For the past year he has been a great sufferer. Last September under the guidance of friends and the Pastor of the M. E. church he was led to Christ and was baptized by Rev. J.E. Coffin and received into full connection. His great lament was that he had waited so long ere he had given himself to the Lord. He died in the faith that God for Christs sake had pardoned his sins and received him into the great family of the redeemed. Age 64 years, 5 months, 4 days.
Among relatives attending the funeral of W. A. BANKS were [original obit lists them all in one paragraph, which was harder to read]

  • - a sister Mrs. DICKEY, husband and son, of Logansport [?a sister of his wife?];
  • - a sister Mrs. Ella KINNEAR, of Rushville;
  • - Harlem Kelsey [should be HARLEN KELSAY] and wife of west of town [Amboy, Miami Co.] she being a sister of Mr. BANKS [she was half-sister: Matilda "Jennie" Banks Kelsay], and [their college-age children] Eunice and Paul Kelsey [should be Eunice KELSAY, Paul KELSAY], of Richmond;
  • - the families of Will, James and George BABB, of Herbst, all brothers of Mrs. BANKS;
  • - Mr. and Mrs. CLEPLER of Galveston;
  • - Mrs. Lon [Alonzo A.] DUNCAN of Greentown [nee Mazie JONES, a dau. of Jennie Banks' 1st marr. to John E. JONES];
  • - Mrs. Mort HIATT of Greentown;
  • - Will JENNINGS of Kokomo;
  • - James PATTERSON and wife, and Mrs. Frank GARR of Herbst;
  • - Mrs. Lute HOWE of Indianapolis;
  • - Mrs. Dell HAMBLEN of Swayzee.

Dr. Freeman R. BANNON (1887 - 1949) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Thursday, 29 Sep 1949

Name: Dr. Freeman R. BANNON
Age: 61
Residence: 1714 W. Walnut St, Kokomo IN
Died: Wed. 28 Sep 1949 in Rochester MN - had gone for a visit with son, Dr. William G. BANNON.
Born: 28 Oct 1887 in Wallace IN
Parents: Samuel P. and Sarah Emily CAMPBELL BANNON
Education: Friends Academy in Bloomindale 1905; Indiana University 1911
WWI Veteran - enlisted 17 Jun 1917 - served until Mar 1918 - discharged for physical disability after attack of pneumonia.
Occupation: retired ear, eye, nose and throat specialist
Married: Miss Nettie Fairfield GREGORY in 1915; second marriage - Miss Hazel STIFEL.
Survivors: widow, son William G. BANNON, daughter Bette BANNON.
Services: Jacobs Funeral Service

Biographical Sketch


Clifford BANTA (1877 - 1961) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Monday, 27 Nov 1961 p2

Name: Clifford BANTA
Age: 84
Died: 5:40 pm Saturday, 25 Nov 1961 at the Lafayette State Soldiers' Home Hospital, Lafayette IN.
Born: 23 Feb 1877, Curveton, Cass Co. IN
Married: Vivan S. WILSON 25 May 1952.
Lived most of his life in Kokomo until moving to the Soldiers' Home 11 years ago. Spanish-American war veteran, retired locomotive engineer and member of Methodist church and Kokomo F & AM Lodge.
Survivors: widow; daughter, Mrs Paul B. TYNER; stepdaughter Mrs. Frederick W. FISHER; two step-sons, Thomas E. WILSON and Warren W. WILSON; one brother, Buford BANTA; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Services: Hippensteel Funeral Home, Lafayette IN & Soldiers' Home Chapel.
Military gravesite rites - cemetery not mentioned in obit.


Foster E. BARKER (1902 - 1975) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Friday, 31 Jan 1975

Name: Foster E. BARKER
Age: 72
Residence: 1421 N Indiana St., Kokomo IN
Died: Friday, 31 Jan 1975 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
Born: 6 Oct 1902 in Casterland, NY
Parents: Eugene and Elizabeth LINK BARKER
Married: Frieda MILLS in 1942
Served in US Navy for 23 years during & after WWI; member of Eagles Lodge.  Retired from Kingston Products Co.
Survivors: widow; step-daughter Mrs. Dorothy Mae SILVESTRI; sisters Mrs. Wallace (Nellie) COOK and Mrs. Amy ARQUETTE; 4 stepchildren.
Services: Ellers Mortuary
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens  Mauseoleum

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Sunset Memory Gardens: BARKER, Foster E.: Born 6 Oct 1902 - died 31 Jan 1975, age 72. Located in  Peace Building Block V,  Crypt 16D Level 1  Link to plaque --  Link to scan of obituary  


Creston BARNES (? - 1942 ) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - after 28 Nov 1942

Name: Creston BARNES
Died: Saturday, 28 Nov 1942 in Hollywood, Calif.
Funeral Home: Rich mortuary
Burial: private [cemetery not noted]

Link to biographical sketch


Walter E. BARNES (1894 - 1968) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Fri. 5 Jul 1968, p 10

Name: Walter E. BARNES
Age: 74
Residence: 1713 E Wheeler, Kokomo.
Died: Thursday evening, 4 Jul 1968 at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo IN
Born: 30 Dec 1894 in Cincinnati OH
WWI Veteran; former employee of Sears Roebuck & Co; member of Presbyterian Church
Survivors: sister who lives in Cincinnati [not named]
Services: Fenn Funeral Home
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Sunset Memory Gardens: BARNES, Walter E.: Born 30 Dec 1894 - died 4 Jul 1968, age 73. Buried in section 6, Block 5  Lot  55,  grave 3.   Link to military plaque --  Link to scan of obituary


Thomas W. BARNETT (1896 - 1992) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune, 12 Jan 1992

Name: Thomas W. BARNETT
Age: 95
Died: 1:55 am Sunday, Jan 12, 1992 in Howard Community Hospital.
Born:3 May 1896 in Columbia KY,
Parents: Clem and Sally (PENDLETON) BENNETT.
Married: 17 Aug 1919, he married Zelpha Elnora WILSON, who died 9 Feb 1990.
Employment: retired farmer and self-employed contractor.
Military Service: veteran of World War I,
Civic Involvement: Life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 28 and a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer.
Survivors: four sons: Virgil, Richard, Robert and Thomas BARNETT Jr., ; a sister, Mattie Cecil GOODMAN; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. A son, a daughter, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Services: Ellers Mortuary.
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens. Kokomo, IN

Biographical Sketch


Marguerite AULT BARNGROVER (1904-1969)

Submitter: Andree C. Swanson

Kokomo Tribune, page number unknown -- Sunday, Feb. 23, 1969

Mrs. Marguerite BARNGROVER, 64, wife of Robert BARNGROVER. Retired Kokomo High School teacher died on Feb 22 in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. She had been a patient there for one month.
Born Oct. 7, 1904, Parents: Walter and Ethel (ROSS) AULT.
Married June 16, 1925 to Robert Barngrover, and he survives.
Member of: Main Street United Methodist Church, and the Women's Society, Faith Circle and Kings Son and Daughters Class there. Phi Beta Psi associate sorority, Eastern Star, Cheer Guild and had served on the board of directors to the YWCA.
Survivors: husband; mother; one daughter, Mrs. Bruce D. (Marilyn) MCINTOSH, New Albany; a sister, Mrs. Edwin (Helen) MAYNARD, Kokomo; two brothers, Harold AULT, Anderson, and Burnell AULT, Fort Wayne; several nieces and nephews.One son and one sister preceded her in death.


Robert E BARRY Sr. (1901 - 1976) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune -  Tuesday, 7 Dec 1976

Name: Robert E BARRY Sr.
Age: 76
Residence: 2213 S Courtland Ave., Kokomo IN
Died: Tues. 7 Dec 1976 of apparent heart attack.
Born: 12 Jan 1901 in Niatic IL
Parents: James and Mary BARRY
Married: Inez BERRY
Served in US Navy in WWI; member of American Legion. Retired in 1967 from Schlitz Brewery.
Survivors: widow; son, Robert E. BARRY Jr.; brother Richard BARRY; 2 sisters Elizabeth GRIFFIN and Sister Verena; 4 grandchildren.
Services: Fenn Funeral Home
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Sunset Memory Gardens:  BARRY, Robert E. Sr.: Born 12 Jan 1901 - died 7 Dec 1976, age 75. Section 16, Block 6, lot 79, grave 1  Link to family plaque --  Link to scan of obituary


William S. BASSETT (c1925 - 1950) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Fri 9 Feb 1951

Name: William S. BASSETT
Age: 25
Died: 1 September 1950 in Korea - missing in action late August
Parents: Ronald O. BASSETT [mother not named]
Military Service: Served as machinegunner in WWII and saw action in Europe; enlisted Jun 1943 and discharged Feb 1946; re-enlisted Mar 1947 - served in Alaska & transferred to Korea 1 Aug 1950.
Education: Graduated Kokomo High School 1943; attended Purdue University after first military discharge.
Survivors: parents; 3 sisters, Mary Norma BASSETT, Mrs. Maurice HENDRICKS, Mrs. H.L. PETERSON; one brother Charles R. BASSETT.

Link to image of obituary



Pearl Otto BAUGHER (1891 - 1954) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Wed., 5 May 1954, p17

Name: Pearl Otto BAUGHER
Age: 62
Residence: South Downs Addition, Kokomo
Died: 7:43a Wed., 5 May 1954 at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo after suffering a stroke at home.
Born: 22 Aug 1891 near New London, Howard Co. IN
Parents: Allen and Melissa WINELAND BAUGHER
WWI Veteran; employee of Continental Steel Co.
Married: Gladys LOMAN 29 Feb 1948
Survivors: widow; 5 stepchildren - Lloyd E SHROCK, Leon SHROCK, Lawrence SHROCK, Mrs. Opal MADDOX and Mrs. Olive GLUNT; 15 stepgrandchildren; a brother, Walter BAUGHER; a sister Mrs. Eva Lee BRYANT and several nieces & nephews.
Services: Fenn Funeral Home
Burial: Crown Point Cemetery

Biographical Sketch


Leo A. BEAIRD (1898-1942) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - after 8 Dec 1942

Name: Leo A. BEAIRD
Age: 44
Died: 6:20 Tuesday [8 Dec 1942], at St. Joseph hospital; patient for 7 weeks and had major operation 2 weeks ago.
Born: 14 Mar 1898 in Missouri
Employment: mechanic for Shell American Petroleum Co. for 14 years
Survivors: widow, Mrs. Margaret BEAIRD, daughter Wilma Jean; two sisters Mrs. Roy SHOCKLEY and Mrs. Bertha HAMMAN. His parents and one sister are deceased.
Funeral Home: Rich - services at Cavalry Baptist
Burial: Memorial Park cemetery, Kokomo, IN

Biographical sketch


Wilford M "Zeke" BEATTY (?-1968)

Kokomo Tribune - Thursday, 14 Nov 1968

Name: Wilford M. (Zeke) BEATTY
Hometown: Tipton County,
Died: Wednesday [13 Nov 1968] in a hospital in Louisville Ky, where he had lived since the late 1910's.
Born: near Windfall,
Parents: Santford and Rose BEATTY.
Military Service: in France with the US Army during World War I and received the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in military action. He enlisted in Kokomo and before enlisting he was an employee of Stellite Works here.
Married Grace ARTL, in Louisville, who preceded him in death in 1960.
Survivors: two daughters, Mrs. Raymond SCHMIDT, Mrs. John FERRIELL.; 4 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four brothers, George, Paul, Orville and Noah BEATTY; and two sisters, Mrs. Zelma WARD and Mrs. Gordon (Bonnie) TINSLEY.
Services: Russmonson Funeral Home at Louisville.
Burial: "there" [Louisville].


Ella BECHDOL (c1886 -1942) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - 28 Dec 1942

Name: Miss Ella BECHDOL
Age: 56
Died: 10 o'clock Monday [27 Dec 1942] at St. Joseph Hospital, Logansport; resulting from a fall the week before in which her knee was broken (cause of death - pneumonia)
Survivors: Sister Mrs. Lulu BOWYER and brother Bertis BECHDOL.
Parents: Mr. and Mrs Nathan BECHDOL
Member of Methodist church
Funeral Home: Wolf in Walton
Burial: Walton cemetery (Cass Co. IN)


George H. BECK (1900 - 1958) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Friday, 24 Jan 1958 p 24

Name: George H. BECK
Died: Thursday, 23 Jan 1958 of a heart attack.
Born: 27 Apr 1900 in Tipton Co, IN
Graduated from Kokomo HS in 1918
Married: Miss Margaret SCHRADER in 1936
George worked at Haynes Automobile Co and American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Co for 36 years. WWI Veteran; American Legion and Masonic Lodge member.
Survivors: widow; 2 children - Suzann Mary BECK and Mark Edward BECK; mother Mrs. Ellen BECK; 3 sisters - Miss Zelda BECK; Mrs. Elsie BRAUN & Mrs. Ann FRAZIER; His father, John H. BECK died in 1922.
Services: Fenn Funeral Home
Burial: Crown Point [sic - actually in Memorial Park], Kokomo, IN

Biographical sketch


Paul E. BECKER (1896 - 1957) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune -  Fri., 11 Jan 1957

Name: Paul E. BECKER
Age: 60
Residence: 910 W Elm St., Kokomo IN
Died: Friday, 11 Jan 1957 - suffered heart attack at work at Continental Steel Co.
Born: 20 Feb 1896 in Houston TX
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Frank BECKER
Married: Zelda ROLER 26 Dec 1923
Served in Navy during WWI;  member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Survivors: widow; 3 daughters - Betty Lou/Mrs. Warren ODEN, Gretna Mae/Mrs. Paul HIGHTOWER and Mary Kay BECKER; 3 grandchildren; brother Edward BECKER, sister Mrs. Rosalee KESSLER; several nephews and nieces.
Services: Fenn Funeral Home/St. Patrick's Church
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens

The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
Sunset Memory Gardens: BECKER, Paul E.: Born 20 Feb 1896 - died 11 Jan 1957, age 60. Buried section 6, block 2, lot 40, grave2 Link to plaque --  Link to scan of obituary


Wilbur W. BEECHY (1897-1951) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Friday, 9 Mar 1951

Name: Wilbur W. BEECHY
Age: 54,
Hometown: Galveston
Services: John Thomas funeral home in Galveston.
Died: 9 Mar 1951 in a Logansport hospital after a long illness.
Burial: Rochester cemetery.
Survivors: widow, Mrs. Margaret BEECHY; two sons Robert & James; daughter, Patricia; sister, Mrs. Charles E. RANEY; brother Sidney M. BEECHY.
Born: 27 Sep 1897
Parents: Samuel and Lilly BEECHY.
Military Service: veteran of World War I member of the Galveston post of the American Legion. Member of the St. John's church in Kokomo.

Biographical Sketch


Edward E BEHR (1891 - 1950) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Saturday, 27 May 1950 p 11

Name: Edward E BEHR
Age: 59
Died: 6:30a 26 May 1950 at Veterans' Hospital [Marion IN?]
Born: near Elwood
WWI vet; worked at Kokomo Brass Works before moving to Marion and working at the hospital.
Survivors: widow, Arlena BEHR; 3 sons - Wayne BEHR, Max BEHR, Don BEHR; 3 daughters - Mrs. Peggy COX, Gwendolyn BEHR, Mrs. Beverly WIRTH; stepson Charles E CLARK; 17 grandchildren.
Services: Needham Funeral Home, Marion IN
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Kokomo, IN

Biographical sketch


Fred D. BELLAMY (1926 - 1971) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - aft 15 Jan 1991

Name: Fred D. BELLAMY
Age: 64
Died: 15 Jan 1991 in Rancho Cordoba, CA
Born: 1 July 1926
Parents: George Thomas BELLAMY and Eula BROWDER
Married: Pam KIMURA 16 Nov 1959
Military Service: Retired ast master sergeant from the Air Force after 26 years of service.
Survivors: widow; 2 sons, Fredric BELLAMY Jr., Mark BELLAMY; two brothers Frank L. and George T. BELLAMY; 4 sisters, Ollie B. GRADY, T. Juanita WHITE, F. Ruth WILSON and Millie BELLAMY. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
His body was donated to the Sierra Regional Eye and Tissue Bank; a memorial service was held in Kokomo at the Second Missionary Baptist church


John BENGE (c1870 - 1945) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Monday, 18 Jun 1945

Name: John BENGE
Age: 75
Hometown: Michigantown
Died: 11:30 o'clock Friday night [15 Jun 1945], at the St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo.
Survivors: daughter, Mrs. Geneva MORRISON. His wife died 11 Sep 1944.
Services: Lowery funeral home in Forest
Burial: Whiteman Cemetery (Clinton Co, IN)


Paul BENNETT (c1889 - 1952) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune - Saturday, 9 Feb 1952, p2

Name: Paul BENNETT
Age: 63
Died: Friday, 8 Feb 1952 at Carrollton, OH
Born: in Kokomo
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall BENNETT
Survivors: widow, Louisa HERRON; 2 sons - Paul BENNETT Jr. & Marshall BENNETT; 4 grandchildren.
Services: Allmon Funeral Home, Carrollton OH

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Gilbert S. BESS (1896 - 1992) [extract]

Kokomo Tribune -- 16 Sep 1992

Name: Gilbert S. BESS
Age: 96, 1029 S Cooper St.
Died: 11:09 am Wednesday 16 Sep 1992 in Howard Community Hospital.
Born: 12 May 1896 in Tipton County, a son of
Parents: Major Shelby and Ethel (PICKEREL) BESS.
Married: 25 Jun 1921, he married Hazel E. WRIGHT, who survives.
Civic Involvement: member of American Legion and attended Pilgrim Holiness Church.
Survivors: wife; sons Harold BESS, Jack BESS, and Adrian BESS ; three daughters, Donna PIERCE, Marilian DOLLENS, and Carolyn WILLIAM; 32 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. A brother, three sisters and two grandchildren preceded him in death.
Services: Sunset Memory Gardens chapel; entombment in the mausoleum.
Funeral Home: Ellers Mortuary.

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