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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.

Dale Ray SANDERS (1924 - 1989)

Kokomo Tribune - Thursday, 9 Nov 1989

Name: Dale Ray SANDERS
Age: 65
Died: 2 Nov 1989 - Halifax Hospital at Daytona Beach; living in Palm Coast FL.
Born: 28 Aug 1924, Sims IN
Parents: Ray C. & Grace MYERS SANDERS
Married: Mary L. KLINE 11 Feb 1978
Military Service: aviation machinist mate in Nay during WWII
Survivors: widow; mother; son Donald SANDERS; 3 daughters Mrs. David (Janis) MASSENGILL, Karen SHROCK, Mrs. Michael (Barbara) BURK; stepson George BUTZON III; stepdaughter Mrs. Al (Joni) ANDREAS; 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren. A daughter preceded him in death.
Services: Bellevue-Cedar Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home, Palm Coast FL and Ellers Mortuary.
No burial location noted; Volusia Cremation Society mentioned in obituary.

Rachel NEELY SASSAMAN (1844-1896)

Kokomo Daily Tribune Saturday Evening January 25, 1896 p4 col:3

Late this afternoon word was received from Galveston, announcing the death of Mrs. SASSAMAN, wife of Peter A. SASSAMAN, her death occurring since noon.
Deceased had been an invalid for many months. She died at the home of her brother, Hon. Joseph GRAY, at Galveston. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

Kokomo Daily Tribune Monday Evening January 27, 1896 p8 col:3

The funeral of Mrs. SASSAMAN will occur from the late residence, corner Webster and Walnut streets, Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. R. G. Roscamp.
Rachel L. NEELY was born in Juniate county, Pennsylvania, February 29, 1844. When twenty-four years of age she was married to Peter A. SASSAMAN, who survives her. One daughter, Mary, who died of spinal trouble last February, was born to them.
Since the loss of her daughter, Mrs. SASSAMAN has been rapidly failing, and about two weeks ago she was taken to the home of her twin sister, Mrs. Joseph GRAY, at Galveston, hoping that the sister could better care for her. The following Friday a complete break down came and last Saturday at noon she died.
Mrs. SASSAMAN was a consistant member in the Congregational and recently the Presbyterian churches, and died with her faith in the long eternity. Except the twin sister and an unmarried sister, Margaret j. NEELY, at Galveston, two brothers and a sister in Iowa survive her. Her remains were brought from Galveston this afternoon.

Jessie SEAGRAVES (c1887-1901)

Kokomo Daily Tribune, 22 October 1901

Miss Jessie SEAGRAVES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. SEAGRAVES, died of consumption, Friday morning, aged 14 years. She has been afflicted with that dread malady for some time. Mr. and Mrs. SEAGRAVES have buried three of their children in the past two years of this terrible disease. It seems rather hard for them to bear, but the "Lord Giveth and the Lord taketh away". The stricken family have the sympathy of all.
The funeral occurred at the Christian Church Monday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. PHILLIPS. Interment in the IOOF Cemetery.
Submitter: Linda Chan

Charles W. SLOAN (1862-1941)

Submitter: Todd Maddock (601 22nd Ave. Lewiston, Idaho 83501)

Charles W. SLOAN, 78, lifelong resident of Howard County, died at the home of his nurse, 619 West Sycamore Street, at 12:25 a. m. Sunday, following an illness since the first of the year. He was removed four weeks ago from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fern Edwards, 1330 West Walnut Street to the nursing home.
Mr. SLOAN was born April 8, 1862, in Liberty Township and came to Kokomo in 1917, where he worked as a carpenter until his retirement. He was united in marriage March 2, 1888, in Liberty Township, to Julia A. DICK. The wife died four years ago...."
Kokomo Daily Tribune, April 7, 1941

Francis MCKOWN SIMS SMITH (1832-1922)

Submitter: Rosalene Nielsen of Sacramento, CA
(Newspaper Obituary, Probably Russiaville) NOTE: 1900 Census said she had nine children and eight were alive.

Francis McKown Smith was born in Knox Co., Ohio, May 24th 1832, the oldest daughter of James and Mary McKown, and departed this life at the home of her son Omer B. Smith, in Clinton Co., Indiana, May 31st 1922, aged 90 years and 7 days.
Her parents moved to Indiana when she was a small child and settled in Boone County, later moving to Clinton County, where she grew to young womanhood. She was united in marriage to Larkin SIMS February 15, 1849. To this union was born one child Samuel SIMS now deceased. She was left a widow when only nineteen years of age with a small baby to care for.
Later she was united in marriage to Henry Smith and lived in Tipton County. In 1889 they removed to Clinton County where she resided until her death.
To this union were born eight children, Eliza Jane RAMSEYER, of West Middleton, Elmer SMITH of Streator, Illinois, Omer B. SMITH whom she spent the last [years in] Russiaville and Nora Etta SMITH who died in childhood.
She was left a widow by the death of Henry Smith, July 4th, 1903.
She leaves besides a besides a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her loss, 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Aunt Fannie, as she was familiarly known to many, never had an enemy. Her unfailing cheerfulness in adversity and trouble endeared to all who knew her.
Her natural wit was almost proverbial and although she lived a greater span of years than is usually allotted to people on this earth, yet her mind was clear and her patience unfailing until she was called to her reward.
To know her true worth, her real character, you need to have known her in her home when rearing her family. she lived this life with but a single purpose --the careful up bring of her children. From their infancy on no sacrifice was too great for their welfare--no task too hard to do in their behalf.
She knew life when sacrifices were many--work of the home in the daytime and at night when each loved child was tucked away; to sit and card and spin and weave so that her children might face the world unashamed. No person has ever been called to face the Great Tribunal that could approach the Pearly gates with greater knowledge that the gates would be open wide and that they would hear that Voice saying "enter thou in."

William SMITH (c1855-1917)

Taken from the Terre Haute Tribune Thursday, January 11, 1917

WILLIAM SMITH -- Brazil, Ind., Jan. 11
William Smith died at the home near the Kokomo mine yesterday of complications, aged 62 years. He is survived by a widow, one brother and three sisters. The remains were taken to his former home at Indianapolis this afternoon for burial.

Malcolm G. SNIDER (1922 - 1974)

Kokomo Tribune 22 Mar 1974, p 5

Name: Malcolm G. SNIDER
Age: 52
Died: 1 am 21 Mar 1974 at home in Galveston.
Born: 1 Feb 1922 in Kokomo
Married: 20 Jul 1973 to Carol FARLEY in Greentown
Military Service: veteran of WWII; member of VFW Post 1152.
Survivors: widow; son, Michael SNIDER (serving with US Army); daughter Mrs. Gary (Pam) ALLEN; 2 brothers, Otto and Mort SNIDER; 3 sisters, Mrs. Eileen SMITH, Mrs Peggy BOURFF and Miss Gertrude SNIDER.
Funeral Services: Peacock Funeral home
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery

Sarah SNOW (1822 - 1889)

1899, Jul 21 Obituary from Kokomo (IN) Tribune

SNOW. Sarah, the wife of John M. SNOW, died at 12:30 o'clock today at her home, one mile south of Darrough Chapel, aged 67 years. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10:00 o'clock at Darrough Chapel, with interment in Albright Cemetery.

Eugene W "Gene" STEVENSON (1925 - 1990)

Kokomo Tribune 21 Aug 1997, p 10

Name: Eugene W. "Gene" STEVENSON
Age: 65
Died: 9a Sunday, 19 Aug 1990 at home [ Fort Wayne, Indiana]
Born: 30 Jul 1925, Kokomo
Parents: Charles & Bertha HARVEY STEVENSON
Married: Dec 1949 - Irene M. MABREY
Military Service: Navy vet of WWII
Community Service: member of Howard Masonic Lodge 93 & Phoenix Scottish Rite
Survivors: widow and sister, Daisy WHISTLER. Five brothres and a sister precede him in death.
Services: D.O. McComb & Son Maplewood Park Funeral Home [Fort Wayne, IN] and Ellers Mortuary
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens


Submitter: Patricia Henson

Mrs. Jessie Thelma Stine, 56, 2139 N. Elizabeth St., died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. She had been ill for two months.
Born Oct. 26, 1919 in Bulls Gap, Tenn. Hawkins Co., She was the daughter of Jess and Sallie (Pittman) Mitchell. She was married April 23, 1936 to James Rufus Stine, who survives. She was a member of Truth Fellowship Church.
Also surviving are a son, James Robert Stine of Kokomo; five daughters, Mrs Barbara Henson, Mrs. Dorothy E. Phillips, Mrs. Kathleen Favors and Miss Katrina Stine, all of Kokomo and Mrs. Kathleen Favors of Sheridan RR. 2; a brother, James Mitchell of Ypsilanti, Mich.; 22 grandchildren and two great - grandchildren. A son and a daughter proceeded her in death.
Services will be at 8 pm. Thursday in Fenn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Helen Copeland officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. Thursday. The body will be taken to Steweat Funeral Home, Bulls Gap, Tenn., where friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Another service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Phillipi Church in Bulls Gap. Burial will be in Phillipi Cemetery

Elza B SALMONS (1896 - 1973)

Kokomo Tribune - Monday, 3 Dec 1973

Name: Elza B./Bryan SALMONS
Age: 77
Residence: 403 E. Sycamore, Kokomo IN
Died: 1:30 am Monday [3 Dec 1973], at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.
Born: 10 Oct 1896 in Ervin Twp., Howard Co IN
Parents: William & Ellen (BANNER) SALMONS
Married: Icie JAMESON - died 1944
Military: Served in Navy during WWI
Civic Involvement: American Legion; Young America Masonic Lodge
Employment: Car salesman, retired in 1968
Survivors: sister Mrs. Herbert (Prude) KEYES; 4 sisters & 2 brothers preceded him in death.
Services: Ellers Mortuary
Burial: Sunset Memory Gardens

Biographical Sketch

Charles F. SCHLEETER (1890 - 1979)

Kokomo Tribune - Thursday, 24 May 1979, p7

Name: Charles F. SCHLEETER
Age: 89
Residence: 6313 North Road 100 W, Kokomo
Died: 6:28am Wednesday [23 May 1979] at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo IN.
Born: 16 Apr 1890 in Ripley Co. IN
Parents: Herman & Anna (WAGNER) SCHLEETER
Employment: Kingston Division - retired as plant supervisor in 1968 after 56 years.
Civic Involvement: St. Patrick Church; American Legion; Knights of Columbus
Military: served in Army during WWI
Services: St. Patrick Catholic Church/Ellers Mortuary
Burial: Crown Point Cemetery

Biographical Sketch

John Wesley SLUSHER (1890 - 1971)

Kokomo Tribune - Wednesday, 15 Dec 1971, p 7

Name: John Wesley SLUSHER
Age: 83
Residence: 1310 E Virginia Ave, Kokomo
Died: 8:30 am Tuesday [14 Dec 1971] in a hospital in Houston, TX
Born: 28 Oct 1888 in Danville, IL
Parents: William and Amanda (WOODRUFF) SLUSHER
Married: Letha WATSON in 1923 - she survives him
Employment: Wm. H. Turner Co & Kokomo Brass Works
Survivors: widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Paul (Dorothy) NORRIS & Mrs. Murray (Maxine) FINLEY; 2 sons, Francis R. SLUSHER & Elvin Leroy SLUSHER; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Nelson SLUSHER and a sister Mrs. Clara CLIFFORD. A son, a daughter & 2 brothers are deceased.
Services: Ellers Funeral Chapel
Burial: Crown Point Cemetery

Biographical Sketch

Amariah P. SUTTON (1842 - 1920)

Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune, October 11, 1920

Amariah P. Sutton, aged 78 years, early day stock buyer, for years a merchant at Center and postmaster of that village, died Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock, at his late home in this city, 1029 South Main street.  The funeral will be held from the late home at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  The deceased was a brother of A.(Amos) J. Sutton, a well-known citizen of the county, who died last November.  He was a son of Henry and Mary M. Sutton, and was born June 5, 1842, coming to Howard county with his parents in 1854, settling upon a farm near Center.  Kokomo was then but a small place, with no houses south of Wildcat creek and a plank sidewalk around the court house square.  For a number of years Mr. Sutton engaged in the implement and machine business at Center, serving as postmaster during that time.  In an early day he was a stock buyer whose reputation for honesty and plighted word was of the highest.  He was a very accommodating man and often sacrificed his own interests to be obliging to his friends.  He was scrupulous about his word and his engagements and was held in highest esteem as a man and a citizen by all who bore his acquaintance.  In 1907 he moved to this city and formed a partnership with Edward Keeler in the coal business.  In a few years the firm sold its business and the deceased retired from active business.  Mr. Sutton in his religious belief was identified with the Primitive Baptists.  His parents were also of that faith. Meetings of the organization were held at the Sutton home with great frequency.  In politics Mr. Sutton was a lifelong republican, and a hard worker for his party, and was twice a candidate for sheriff, his opponent in one race being Isaac Wright, now mayor.  Mr. Sutton was united in marriage with Alice B. Edwards in 1872.  To this union two sons were born, John C. Sutton, who died in early childhood, and H. Clyde Sutton who with his mother survives.

Ray SWOPE (1897 - 1966)

Kokomo Tribune - Friday, 18 Mar 1966

Name: Ray SWOPE
Age: 68
Residence: RR1 Michigantown, IN
Died: 9:20 am Thursday [17 Mar 1966], in Tipton County Hospital.
Born: 16 May 1897 in Howard Co. IN
Parents: Russell & Myrtle ( PUMPHREY) SWOPE
Married: Mary WILSON on 8 Jan 1920 in Kokomo - spent entire married life in Howard & Clinton Co.
Civic Involvement: Windfall Christian Church; Russiaville Masonic Lodge; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Military: WWI veteran
Survivors: widow; 2 sons, Donald SWOPE and Ned SWOPE; 3 daughters, Mrs. Rex (Mary Jane) MCCOY; Mrs. Paul (Patricia Ann) GROSSWEILER & Miss Charlene SWOPE; 1 sister, Mrs. Victor (Roxie) BROO; 1 brother Harold SWOPE & 11 grandchildren.
Services: Picket Funeral Home in Greentown
Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Greentown.


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