Andrew T. York, 89, rt 5, died at 7:35 a.m. Sunday, April 17, 1983 at Dukes Hospital.

He was born in Butler Twp., Miami County, on Dec 9, 1893, and lived most of his life here. He was the son of John Henry and Ellen Gassaway York. On Sept 1, 1913, he married Nettie Marie Webb and she survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Eldon of Peru and John Walter of Akron; 4 grandchildren and 1 grear-grandchild, 2 sisters are deceased.

Mr. York was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Loree First Brethren Church where he served on the Board of Deacons. Services will be conducted at the church at 11 a.m. Wed. with the Rev. Claude Stogsdill officiating. Burial will be in Sante Fe cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, and at the church one hour before the time of the service on Wed.
Obituary Peru Daily Tribune, Peru Indiana; submitted by: Linda Crockett York - (husband's grandfather)

Nettie Marie York

Nettie Marie York, 89, Peru RR 5, died at 4:45 pm Sunday Jan 5, 1986, in Miller's Merry Manor in Peru.

She was born Jan 9, 1896, in Cass County, In, a daughter of Robert and Oma (Glassburn) Webb. Sept 1, 1913, She married Andrew T. York, who died April 17, 1983.

Surviving are 2 sons, John Walter York of Akron and Eldon York of Peru RR 5; 2 brothers Otho and Glenn Webb, both of Brooksville, Fla.; 2 sisters Mary Murray and Margaret Shaffer, both of Ft Wayne; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and 2 step great-grandchildren. 5 brothers and 3 sisters are deceased.

A homemaker, she had lived most of her life in Miami County and was a member of the Loree First Brethren Church.

Services will be at 11 am Wed. in the church. The Rev. Claude Stogsdill will officiate and burial will be in Sante Fe cemetery. Friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home in Bunker Hill and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wed.
Obituary -- Peru Tribune -- Ft. Wayne News Sentinel; submitted by: Linda Crockett York - (husband's grandmother)


Maxine "Mickey" R. York , 57, Rt 5, died at 9 p.m. Monday, 2-27-1984, at her home, after an extended illness. She was born in Miami county on 3-9-1926 to James H, and Nellie Fincher McMinn. She married Robert Eldon York on 12-1-1946, and he survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Nellie Stickel of Milford; 2 daughters Karen, wife of Mike Shriver R5, and Kim, wife of Jeff Graham, Macon, Ga., one sister Betty Kirk of Peru and 3 brothers, Charles McMinn of Peru, Robert McMinn of Logansport and Ray McMinn of Fairberry, Ill. one stepbrother, Raymond Stickel of Clayton NM and 3 stepsisters Irma Cripe and Wilma Clem both of Elkhart and Neva Drudge of Goshen; and 2 grandchildren. One sister is deceased.

A lifelong resident of Miami County, Mrs. York was a homemaker. She was member and deaconess of Loree First Brethren Church.

Services will be at the church at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Claude Stogsdill and the Rev. Ronald Waters officiating. Burial will be in the Sante Fe cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. thursday at Allen Funeral Home. Bunker Hill. and at the church one hour before services on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Loree First Brethren church building fund.
Submitted by: Linda Crockett York - (husband's aunt)

Robert Lee Webb

Robert Lee Webb, 65, died at his home 1 mile E of Bunker Hill yesterday evening at 5 p.m. after a years illness. Mr. Webb, a farmer in the Bunker Hill Community for the past 31 years was born in Franklin County, Va on 5-10-1867 and at the age of 20 years moved to Miami Co., Ind. In Sept 1898 he was united in marriage to Wyoma Glassburn. Mr. Webb was a member of the Brethren church of Loree, the Redman Lodge of Miami, and the Moose Lodge of Peru. Surviving besides the widow are 6 daughters: Mrs. Clara Bryant of Onward; Mrs. Nettie York of Sante Fe; Mrs. Bessie Wint erode of Wabash County, Mrs. Mildred Mills of Peru, and Margaret and Mary Webb of Kokomo. 6 sons: Howard of Kokomo, Otha and A; of Peru, ed and Charles at home, a brother Benjamin of Virginia and 2 sisters Sarah Cunningham and Mary Prather of Virginia. funeral services will be conducted in Loree Brethren church Sunday afternoon with Rev DAC teeter officiating with interment at the Rankin cemetery, in charge of the Redman Lodge of Miami.


Robert Lee Webb, age 65, died at the family residence, one mile east of here, Thursday evening at 5,o'clock after a lingering illness of tuberculosis.

Mr Webb was born and reared in Franklin County, Virginia on May 10, 1867 and at the age of 20 years moved to Miami County. In Sept 1888, he was united in marriage with miss Wyoma Glassburn who survives. Thirteen children were born of whom twelve are living, as follows: Mrs. Clara Bryant of Onward; Mrs. Bessie Winterrowd of Wabash County,; Mrs. Nettie York of Sante Fe; Mrs. Mildred Mills, Earl and Otho of Peru; Howard, of Kokomo; Edgar of Bunker Hill; and Mary, Maruerite, Charles and Glen at home. There are also a brother Benjamin, and 2 sisters, mrs. mary Prather, and mrs. SArah Cunningham all of Virginia, and 20 grandchildren.

The deceased had been a farmer in the Bunker Hill community for many years. He was a member of the Redman Lodge at Miami and the Moose Lodge of Peru. 4 years ago he united with the Loree Brethren Church where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. at 1:30 o'clocl, with the Rev. D.A.C. Teeter officiating, assisted by Rev. C.C. Grisso. Burial was in Rankin cemetery with the Miami Red Men assisting.

The Webb family have been very unfortunate. Their home having been destroyed by fire several months ago, and the illness and death of Mr. Webb.

Pall bearers were: Basil Ennis, Charles ERbaugh, Marion Starkey, Arthur Betzner, John mast, Loren Clymer.
SOURCES UNKNOWN; DIED 1-5-1933; Submitted by: Linda Crockett York -

(Wyoma Glassburn Webb)

Mrs. Wyoma Webb, age 64, widow of Robert Webb, died suddenly of a heart attack at her home north of Loree, Monday morning at 6:30 , 7-5-1937.

She was born 9-18-1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Glassburn

She was united in marriage to Robert Webb, and to this union 13 children were born, 12 of whom survive: Mrs. Clara Bryant of Onward, Mrs. Bessie Winterroad of Wabash County, Mrs. Nettie york of Peru, Howard Webb of Kokomo, Earl Webb of Peru, Edgar Webb of Loree, Mrs. Mildred Mills of Peru, Otho Webb of PEru, Mrs. Mary Murray of Peru; Glen and Charles Webb and Miss Margaret Webb all at home.

Surviving also are 2 sisters, Mrs. Sarah Hansen of Ashland Wisconsin, and Mrs. Neva Pall (Powell) of Huntington, 3 brothers Robert and Walter Glassburn of Clay Twp. and John Glassburn of Brown County 25 grandchildren and 1 great grand child.

Mr. Webb passed away 1-5-1933

The Webb family moved to their present home from the farm east of town a year ago last March.

Mrs. Webb was a member of the Loree Methodist Church, where funeral services were conducted Wed afternoon at 2 o'clock. The paster, Rev C.Y. Gilmer, officiating. Burial in Rankin cemetery

The body was removed to the Wayne Ladd funeral home and prepared for burial and was returned to the late residence. Mrs. Mildred Mills, one of the daughters collapsed at the funeral, and was taken to the Webb home, where Dr. Barnett was called. It was some time before she fully recovered.
SOURCE UNKN0WN, DIED 1-5-1937; Submitted by: Linda Crockett York -

(Benjamin Webb)

B. Harvey Webb, aged 19 years, son of Mr and Mrs Robert Webb of near Bunker Hill, expired about 9 o'clock Sat evening at the home of A.A. Ford 291 North Fremont Street. He had been ill for a long time and his death was caused by dropsy. The remains were taken to the Webb family residence Mon afternoon, and the funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Tues morning.
SOURCE UNKN0WN, DIED 8-19-1911; Submitted by: Linda Crockett York -

(Samuel Glassburn)

Wed. evening as the 4 o'clock trolley cars met on Broadway at Main, Samuel Glassburn was just starting home in his buggy. The horse took fright, whirled around overturning the buggy, his head striking a sharp corner of a stone, which killed him almost instantly. The body was taken to Fetter's undertaking establishment on west Main street and friends were notified.

Sammy Glassburn was a substantial farmer in clay Twp. where he owned 200 acres. He was aged 78 years. He was a soldier in the Mexican War and had lived in this county since 1849. Mr. Glassburn was the father of 14 children, 12 of whom are living and all are grown.
Peru Tribune --4 Sept 1903; Submitted by: Linda Crockett York -

(Robert Glassburn)

PERU, IND. June 17,1948 Robert Glassburn, 84, and his grandson, James Glassburn, 14, both of Three Oaks, Mich. were killed yesterday when their automobile was struck by a west bound Pa RR freight train

Omer Glassburn, 13, was seriously hurt.
1-16-1948; Traverse City, Michigan --news; Submitted by: Linda Crockett York -


    Alice M. Berkheiser, 55, Mexico, died at Dukes Hospital at 5:15 a.m. today following a one-year illness.

    A retired employe of Square D Co., she had been a life resident of the community. She had served as the Mexico correspondent for the Peru Daily Tribune for a number of years. Born Oct. 21, 1919, in Miami County, she was the daughter of Floyd and Laura Prather Mygrant, both deceased. In 1940 she was married to Joseph Berkheiser who survives.

    Mrs. Berkheiser was a member of the First Brethren Church in Mexico and of the Women's Missiionary Club.

    Surviving with her husband are five sons: William, James, and Floyd, all of Peru; Charles of Rt. 1, Peru, and Donald at home; two half-brothers, Elbert Mygrant of Rt. 3, Peru, Everett Mygrant of Mobile, Ala.; six sisters, Mrs. Kelton Jenkins of Bunker Hill; Mrs. Ronald Saltz and Mrs. Wayne McMahan, both of Peru; Mrs. John Behney of Akron; Mrs. John Akers of Orlando, Fla.,and Bonnie Mygrant of Kokomo; and seven grandchildren.

    The funeral will be at the First Brethren Church in Mexico at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Gerald Barr will officiate and burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call at the Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before the service Monday.
"Peru Daily Tribune", Peru, Miami County, Indiana, Friday, December 6, 1974, page 2; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    Word has been received here of the death of Floyd Berkheiser, 74, of Kenosha, Wisc., which occurred there on Friday, Feb. 12. He had been bedfast six years after suffering a stroke.

    Mr. Berkheiser, a native of Mexico, had been a travelling salesman for a grocery wholesaler. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, and a sister.

    Funeral services were conducted in Kenosha on Monday, Feb. 15, and the body was brought to Mexico for graveside services in Greenlawn Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
"The Denver Tribune", Denver, Miami County, Indiana, Friday, February 19, 1960, page 6; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    John Berkheiser, the son of John and Margaret Bressler Berkheiser, was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, May 11, 1862, and died Sunday afternoon, July 17, 1932, being 70 years, 8 months and 16 days of age. He had been in ill health for several years and seriously ill since last Nov. 10.

    He was one of a family of twelve children and when he was five years old, at the close of the Civil War he came west wtih his parents and settled in Miami County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood.

    On August 26, 1884 he was married to Ivy Clendenning, who survives him. In June, 1892, forty years ago, the family moved to Sheldon, Ill. Mr. Berkheiser was a mason and engaged in the manufacture of cement blocks.

    Surviving besides the widow are two sons and a daughter: Floyd Berkheiser, grocery merchant in Duluth, Minn.; Dr. Elven Berkheiser of Chicago, a noted bone specialist, and Miss Vernie Berkheiser at home; a brother, Joseph Berkheiser, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Francis of Mexico.

    Funeral services were held at the residence at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday, conducted by Rev. David Creighton, pastor of the the Presbyterian Church. After a short service at the house, the remains were taken overland to Mexico, Ind., where services were held in the Baptist Church, burial being made in the family lot in Greenlawn cemetery.
"Denver Tribune", July 28, 1932, page 4; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    Ivy Clendenning Berkheiser was born in Miami County Indiana on May 14, 1867 and died after a short illness at her home in Sheldon, Ill., on Thursday evening, April 4, 1940 being 72 years, 11 months and 21 days of age.

    On August 26, 1884 she was married to John Berkheiser at Mexico, Ind., who preceded her in death on July 17, 1932. To this union were born three children, namely: Vernie Berkheiser, of Sheldon, Dr. Olvin J. Berkheiser, of Chicago and Floyd L. Berkheiser, of Duluth, Minn. In addition to these she leaves one half-brother, William Moore, of Claypool, Ind., and two half-sisters, Mrs. Mary Warren, of Mishawaka, Ind.. and Mrs. Elnora Berger, of Macy, Ind., and three grandchildren, born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Berkheiser at Duluth, Minn.

    In June 1892 the deceased moved to Sheldon, Ill., where the children were all educated and raised to maturity.

    Funeral services were held at the residence at 10 o'clock Saturday morning conducted by Rev. David Creighton, pastor of the Presbyterian church. After a short service at the house the remains were taken overland to Mexico, Ind., where services were held in the Baptist church, burial being made in the family lot at Greenlawn cemetery. Dr. Creighton, the flower girls and a number of other sympathizing friends accompanied the body to the scene of burial where a host of relatives and friends awaited.
"The Denver Tribune", April 11, 1940, page 5; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

Margaret Berkheiser

    Mrs. Margaret Berkheiser, a widow of John Berkheiser, died at her home near Weasaw and will be buried in that cemetery The funeral services will be held in the Weasaw church at 2 o'clock tomorrow.
"The Denver Tribune", Thursday, June 11, 1903; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

Dropped Dead.

    Mrs. Malinda Stackman, daughter of Mrs. John Berkheiser, died very suddenly on Monday afternoon. She and her sister, Miss Alice Berkheiser had gone to the home of a neighbor, Daniel Berger's, for a visit and while sitting in the room talking, she fell from her chair and was dead when her friends reached her. Dr. Wright, of this place, was hastily summoned, and after a careful investigation and inquiry, he found that her death was caused by neuralgia of the heart. She was a widow lady about forty-eight years of age, and resided with her mother near Weasaw.

    The funeral services were held at the Weasaw church, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. M. Baker. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
"The Denver Tribune", Thursday, February 22, 1900; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

From "To Well-Known Aged Men Succomb After Long Illnesses"

    Funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren at Mexico Tuesday afternoon for Joseph Berkheiser 87-year-old Mexico resident, who died at 4:30 Sunday morning. The Rev. W. A. Bender of Logansport officiated in the last rites and interment was made in Greenlawn cemetery. The body of the aged man who was widely known, was taken from the Kline funeral home to the church at 1 o'clock and lay in state for an hour before the services.

    Mr. Berkheiser, a retired stone mason and sexton of Greenlawn cemetery for many years had been ill of paralysis for two years. His death was caused by complications.

    Mr. Berkheiser affiliated with Mexico Baptist church 68 years ago and at the time of his death was the oldest member of that church.

    He was born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, May 1, 1854, and was the seventh child of twelve children of John and Margaret (Bressler) Berkheiser. He came to Miami county in 1866, locating in the Weasaw settlement north of Denver, and in 1877 he moved to Mexico.

    In 1875 Mr. Berkheiser was united in marriage with Lydia Sullivan who preceded him in death in 1928.

    Surviving are two sons, Elmer and James Berkheiser, both of Mexico; Mrs. Myrtle Allman of Denver; five grandchildren, and one great grandson.
"Denver Tribune", Thursday, May 7, 1942; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    Mrs. Joseph Berkheiser died at her home in Mexico at 1:40 o'clock Wednesday morning, her death terminating two weeks illness from peritonitus. Mrs. Berkheiser was a life-long resident of the vicinity of Mexico and was well known and highly esteemed throughout the community.

    Lydia Ann Sullivan was born in Williams County, Ohio, December 2, 1851, the daughter of Phillip and Rosanna Long Sullivan. Her parents moved to Mexico, Indiana, before she was a year old and there she spent the seventy-six years of her life.

    She was married, February 11, 1875, to Joseph Berkheiser, who with three sons survives. The sons are Elmer Franklin, of Mexico; Charles Delbert, of Pueblo, Colo., and James Monroe Berkheiser, of Indianapolis. She, also, leaves two sisters and two brothers: Martha Kline, of Mexico; Sarah Dick, of Troy, Ohio, and Noah and Isaac Sullivan, of Twelve Mile.

    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Saturday from the Mexico Baptist Church, of which congregation she had been a member for fifty-two years. Rev. C. S. Davisson, of Rochester, will be in charge. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Rob't S. Kline is the funeral director.
"The Denver Tribune", Thursday, November 29, 1928; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

Joseph M. Berkheiser

    Joseph M. Berkheiser, 79, 455 Oak St., died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 1988, at Duke Memorial Hospital.

    He was born Jan. 1, 1909, in Mexico to Elmer F. and Cora Balsbaugh Berkheiser. He married Alice M. Mygrant. She died De. 6, 1974. On Dec. 9, 1978, he married Esther C. Cromey. She survives.

    Also surviving are five sons, William, Charles, James and Don, all of Peru, and Floyd of Batesville, Ark.; one sister, Bernice Dietrich of Mesa, Ariz.; and 13 grandchildren.

    Mr. Berkheiser was retired from the Square D Company. He was a member of the Senior Citizens Club.

    He wasalso a member of the Mexico United Methodist Church where services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, the Rev. Phil Lutz officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

    Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, and one hour before services at the church.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Dukes Continuing Care Unit.
"Peru Tribune", Peru, Miami County, Indiana; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    Franklin F. Berkheiser was born in Wayne township, in Schuylkill Co., in the state of Pennsylvania of the 5th day of August, 1852. In the fall of 1867 he united with the Reformed Church at Summer Hill, Pa., at the age of 15, of which church he was a faithful member until he saw fit by inconveniences to change his faith. On the 20th day of Sept., 1873, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Berger who survives him. To this union were born nine children two of whom preceded their father to a home beyond.

    In the spring of 1875 Bro. and Sister Berkheiser removed to Miami Co., Ind., and located at Woolleytown where he lived and labored for 13 years.

    The family then moved five or six miles farther north where they were deprived of attending the church of their faith and coming in contact with the doctrine and privileges of the Church of God, at Olive Branch, of which Brother Berkheiser was a faithful member until Sept. 30, 1895, at the age of 43 years 1 mo. and 25 days, when death called him from the church militant to the church triumphant. He leaves a wife and seven children besides a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was a kind and faithful father, a true and loving husband. To know him was to love him, and his example is worthy of imitation.

    Our loss is his gain. There is reward for his labors and rest for his soul.

    Funeral services were conducted from the New Enterprise church by O. A. Cook, of Rochester, assisted by Rev. Emor D. Robbins, of Denver.

Interment in New Enterprise cemetery, Oct. 1, 1895.
This obituary comes from a photocopy of three newspaper clippings from Meritt Berkheiser's Bible. Probably from "The Denver Tribune" around September 30, 1895; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

Mary Ann Berkheiser

    Mary Ann Berger, daughter of Daniel Berger and wife, was born in Schuylkill County, Pa., March 26, 1851. At an early age she was baptized and confirmed in the Reformed Church.

    In September 1873 she was united in marriage with Franklin F. Berkheiser who preceded her in death in Sept. 1895. She and her husband were baptized and made members of the Churck of God, where she remained until his death, after which she united with the Baptist Church at Denver, Ind. where she was an active member.

    Franklin Berkheiser and wife became the parents of nine children: Howard B. of Miami, Fla; Wm O., who died at eighteen years of age; Merrit E. and Harvey E., of Fulton County; Lewis A., of New Haven; Emma R. and Dora E. Murphy, of Denver; Lillie L. Britton, of Peru, and Franklin F., who died at the age of nine years.

    After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Berkheiser moved from Pennsylvania to Miami County, Ind., where they live till his death. In late years Mrs. Berkheiser has visited with her children, passing away at the home of Merrit E. Berkheiser on May 27, 1921, after an extended illness. Her seven children, seventeen grandchildren, two brothers and two sister remain to mourn her departure.
    Tell me my secret soul,
    O, tell me Hope and Faith,
    Is there no resting place
    From sorrow, sin and death?
    Is there no happy spot
    Where mortals may be blessed,
    Where grief may find a balm
    And weariness a rest?
    Faith, Hope and Love,
    Best boons to mortals given,
    Waved their bright wings and whispered--
    "Yes, in heaven!"

This obituary comes from a photocopy of three newspaper clippings from Meritt Berkheiser's Bible. Probably from "The Denver Tribune". THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1921; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

William Otho Berkheiser

    BERKHEISER-In Miami county, Ind., March 14, 1895, of brain trouble, Bro. Wm. Otho Berkheiser, aged 18 years, 3 months and 17 days.

    The subject of this sketch was born in Richland township, Miami county, Ind., and was received into the church of God fellowship under the efficient labors of Elder Miller. Bro William was a kind and loving young man, and by his gentleness and integrity had won the love and confidence of the entire community. He bore his suffering patiently, without a murmur or complaint, until the end. Olive Branch church feels the loss of his influence and labors; but our loss is his gain. He has gone to enjoy the fellowship of the church triumphant forever in heaven. May the Lord bless the parents in the sad bereavement, and keep them faithful unto the end, that when they shall be called to go they may be permitted to go into that city where they need not the light of the candle, neither of the sun, and where all tears are wiped from the eyes.

    A precious one from us has gone,
        A voice we loved is still;
    A place is vacant in our home,
        Which can never be filled.

    God in His wisdom has recalled
        The boon his love had given;
    And though the body moulders here,
        The soul is safe in heaven.

        The remains were laid to rest in the New Enterprise Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor. Text--Isaiah xxxviii. 1. "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live."                 M. S. HEMMINGER.
This obituary comes from a photocopy of three newspaper clippings from Meritt Berkheiser's Bible. Probably from "The Denver Tribune".; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

Lewis A. Berkheiser

    Lewis A. Berkheiser, 78, 1007 Bell Ave., New Haven, died at 8 a.m. today at Parkview Memorial Hospital where he was a patient 12 days. He had been in failing health four months.

    Born near Denver, Ind., Mr. Berkheiser came to New Haven 39 years ago. He belonged to the New Haven Methodist Church and the official church board.

    Survivors include his wife, Lealdae; three sons, Harold A., Fort Wayne, Russell F., Ossian, and Warren E., New Haven; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Mafit, New Haven; two brothers, Howard H., Miami, Fla., and Harvey E., Argos: two sisters, Miss Emma Berkheiser, Flora, and Mrs. Dora Murphy, Fort Wayne, and 11 grandchildren.

    Friends may call at E. Harper & Sons Funeral Home, New Haven, after 7 p.m. Saturday and after 12 noon Monday at New Haven Methodist Church.

Services will be at the church at 2 p.m. Monday with Dr. Neuman.
"Fort Wayne News-Sentinel", Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, Friday, January 6, 1961; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

From "Three Pioneers Gone." - George Dewald

    George Dewald, one of Union township's best citizens, died at his home north of Denver last Monday. Mr. Dewald came to this country in an early day and by hard work and perseverance had won an amount of this world's goods, together with the respect and esteem of all who knew him.
"Denver Tribune", Denver, Miami County, Indiana, Thursday, April 17, 1902; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    George Dewald was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., Jan. 19th, 1823, and died April 14th, 1902, aged 79 years 2 months and 25 days.

    He was married to Katharine Ham, to which union were born nine children of whom ? were still living. He was again (very unreadable due to smudge) Elizabeth Ann Daggy, and to this union seven children were born, five of whom are yet living. He joined the Lutheran church in early life, while living in Pennsylvania, and has been a neighbor to all who knew him and a willing helper in every time of christian duty.

    The funeral was held at Weasaw, the occasion improved by Frank Fisher, from Rev. 14:13, to a large concourse of people.

    Interment in cemetery near by. Thus we see that another old pioneer has gone across the chilly waters of death.
Obituary Source Unknown; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser


    The last will and testament of Elizabeth A. Dawald, who died May 7, has been filed for probate in the circuit court. The will was executed December 26, 1906, and the signing witnesses were Walter C. Bailey and Eska Flinn. In the will the testatrix states that she was making her home with her children and it was her request that the executor pay to the child at whose home she might be living at the time of her demise, the sum of $50 for the extra care she would need during her sickness. All the remainder of the estate is to be shared equally by the children, who are Luemma Hoover, Eli M. Dawald, Eliza E. Raber, Henry E. Dawald and Julia J. Alspach. The two sons-in-law, Albert G. Alspach and Larkin L. Raber, are nominated in the will to serve as executors without bond.
"The Denver Tribune", Denver, Indiana, Thursday, May 15, 1924; Submitted by: Rick Berkheiser

Mrs. I. D. Anstine -- Bunker Hill

    Funeral Services for Mra. Barbara Etta Anstine will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Leon s. Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Walters officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery west of Bunker Hill.

    Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.

    Mrs. Anstine, 85, a resident of Peru R.R.5, died at 1 p.m. friday at Peru Nursing Home. She had been ill eight years, with her condition becoming serious six months ago.

    She was born in Pipe Creek Township, Miami County, Sept 7 1876, the daughter of Isaac and Mary (Keller) Shepler. she was married Nov 26, 1899 in Miami County to Isaac D. Anstine, who died June 3, 1947. All her life was spent in Miami County.

    Mrs. Anstine was a member of the Bunker Hill Methodist Church.

    The only survivor is a nephew, Walter Eshelman, Peru R. R. 5. Two sisters are deceased.
Kokomo Tribune Obituary, Sunday Oct 15 1961; Submitted by Debby Beheler

Verne H. Bowman, 87, Converse

    Verne H. Bowman, 87, Converse, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 6, 1999, at his residence.

    He was born May 15, 1912, in Wabash County to Wilson Eli and Alice Hiatt Bowman. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Weaver Pressler. His second wife, Hazel Givens Bowman, died June 5, 1959.

    Mr. Bowman farmed for more than 50 years in Howard, Miami, and Wabash counties. He retired in 1987. He was custodian at Indiana University Kokomo and for the Gaslight Apartments in Converse. He also drove a "kid back" for Butler Township Schools and was a member of the Amboy United Methodist Church.

    Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Caroline Bowman, Wabash, and James and Billie Bowman, Amboy; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara McGinnis, Wabash, Carolyn and Phil Manning, Columbia City, and Linda and Kenny Prickett, Converse; a sister and brother-in-law, Naomi and Karl Hawley, Greensburg.

    Two brothers, Ralph and Cecil, and a sister, Betty, are deceased.

    Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Laird Funeral Home, Amboy. The Rev. John Haines will officiate.

    Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Amboy.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Amboy or Converse Fire and Ambulance Organizations.


    Mrs. Catherine Anstine died Saturday morning, Nov. 14 at 5:30 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Homer Arrick, in Amboy. She had been in failing health for some time. She was 73 years, 11 months and 2 days old.

    She was born in Virginia and came to Miami county when she was a small girl. Later she moved to Wabash county, where she spent many years on a farm north of Somerset.

    Her husband, William Anstine, died eight or nine years ago, since which time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Arrick, and family. She was a loving mother, and a good neighbor, and had a large circle of friends.

    She is survived by one son, Irvin, of Kokomo, two daughters, Lena Arrick, of Amboy and Sarah, of Wabash, four brothers, five sisters, and many other relatives.

    The funeral was held Monday morning, Nov. 15, at the Church of the Brethren near Vernon, of which church she was a member, the services being in charge of Prof. Otho Winger, of Manchester College. Burial was made in the Vernon cemetery.
Obituary - The Peru Republican - Friday, November 26, 1926 p.8


- Funeral Services Will be Held Tuesday Morning at Eleven O'clock

    William Anstine was called by death Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at his home, seven miles south of Wabash. He had been in failing health for two years and was confined to his bed with a complication of troubles for two months.

    Mr. Anstine was born in Miami county, sixty-eight years ago, February 26, 1918 and lived there until twenty-six years ago, when he came with his family to Wabash county. He was married in 1880 to the widow who survives him. They were the parents of two daughters and one son, Mrs. Sarah Harvey of Somerset, Mrs. Lena Arick of Amboy, being the daughters and Irvin Anstine of Harver, Montana being the son.

    Mr. Anustin (sic) was a faithful member of the Brethren in Christ church. He followed the vocation of a farmer all his life.

    Four sisters are living to mourn the death of their brother. They are Mrs. Ellen Clingenpeel of Bennet Switch, Ind., Mrs. Elizabeth Brubaker and Mrs. Uriah Warner of Wabash county; Mrs. Mary Hoover of Wayne county, Ind.

    Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock at the Church of the Brethren on the Vernon pike. Rev Rife of Roann will be in charge.
Obituary - Wabash Plain Dealer - August 5, 1918

Obituary of William W. Haines

    W. W. Haines departed this life Saturday night, December 5, at his home in South Peru. Mr. Haines was born February 14, 1812, hence at the time of his death he was in his eighty-fifth year. He had lived in Peru about 25 years. By trade he was a worker in wood and when he first came to Peru, he was employed in the cabinet works in South Peru. For a number of years he was a insurance solicitor for R. H. Bouslog, for the past four years he has been in poor health and too much enfeebled by age to engage in any business.

    Mr. Haines was a Odd Fellow of 35 years standing and took a great interest in all that pertains to the order. He was a charter member of Peru Lodge 539, which was established in 1876, and a charter member of Peru Encampment. His widow is sister of R. H. Bouslog, by whom he leaves two children, a son and a daughter. We believe Mr. Haines was married early in life to a wife, who died many years ago and by whom he has a son living, but of this fact we have no exact data at hand.

    Mr. Haines was a member of the Presbyterian church and his funeral was preached by Rev. Harry Nyce on Tuesday afternoon. The interment took place at Mt. Hope cemetery under the auspices of the Odd Fellows.


    Joseph C. Clymer, a life-long resident of Miami county, died at his home in Washington township Wednesday morning at 4:15 o'clock following a few weeks illness from complications. Mr. Clymer was 84 years and 3 days of age at the time of his death.

    He was born near Denver, has lived his entire lifetime in Miami county and was a well known farmer.

    He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Emma Clymer and four children, Mrs. Walter Shropshire, Chester and Harold Clymer, all of Washington township and Mrs. Mary Porter of South Haven, Michigan. A sister, Miss Eliza Clymer, who makes her home with the brother's family, also survives.

    Funeral services will be held at the Loree Brethren church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. D. A. C. Feeter officiating. Interment will be in the Rankin cemetery.
[PERU DAILY TRIBUNE, 18 Mar 1931] Submitted by Mechele Burbank


    Levi Clymer, one of the oldest and most respected citizens in Miami county, died at his home, in Clay township, Monday. He had reached the extreme old age of eighty-one years, attaining that age last Friday, and was very feeble. His death was caused by his aged and enfeebled condition. Mr. Clymer was born in 1810 and moved to this county when it was yet a wilderness with nothing that would indicate civilization. He first settled in Jefferson township but afterwards moved to Clay township where he has resided for the last thirty years. He has been a farmer all his life and in all his business relations he has been noted for the strictest integrity. None could say of him that he had ever done them a wrong. His life has been characterized by that moral force and christian endeavor that go towards making stronger the ties that bind human affection. He leaves three children living, Joseph C., ex-county treasurer, James and Lydia. His remains were buried in the Clymer cemetery, Wednesday afternoon, followed by a large concorse of friends and relatives.
[MIAMI COUNTY SENTINEL, 1/21/1892] Submitted by Mechele Burbank

    Levi Clymer, father of ex-Treasurer Joseph C. Clymer, died at his home in Clay township, near Miami, last Monday at noon, aged 81 years. He had been ailing for nearly a year but was not bedfast until quite recently. He was a pioneer of Miami county having settled near Mexico, in Jefferson township, as early as 1835, and about forty-four years later removed to Clay township. He leaves two sons, Joseph C. and James K., and one daughter, Lida. His home had been with James, who farmed the father's place. Mr. Clymer was an intelligent, upright and widely esteemed citizen. His funeral took place on Wednesday and his remains were consigned to their last repost in the Clymer burying ground.
[PERU REPUBLICAN, 1/22/1892] Submitted by Mechele Burbank

Robert Clendening

    Robert Clendening, sr., who died March 27th, 1891, was born October 15, 1810, in Tyrone county, Ireland. His life on earth completed a cycle of eighty years, five months and twelve days. At the age of fifteen years he came to America and located in the Dominion of Canada. In 1833 he removed to Miami county. His first real estate was pre-empted on what is now the Solomon See farm in Jefferson township, two miles west of the village of Denver. In 1849 he enlarged his possessions by purchasing a quarter section of land in Richland township, where he resided until his death. December 8th, 1839, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Clymer, who bore him nine children, five of whom survive their mother, who died March 14, 1863. The subject of this sketch was married to Mrs. Nancy Waite in 1864. To this marriage was born one daughter, now living. In 1866 he married Mrs. Nancy Lawrence, his widow.

    The deceased was a man who had seen Miami county in all its stages of prosperity rise from an almost unbroken wilderness, inhabited by a few sturdy pioneers, and the remnant of once powerful Indian tribes to take its place in the front rank of counties in Indiana. He has witnessed the disappearance of forests, the bridging of rivers, the building of canal and railroads, and the growth of Peru from an insignificant village to a prosperous city. His life's duration marks an epoch in the development of the great Northwest. He was a man hasty in action, violent in speech and at times imperious and exacting to those about him. In extenuation it may be said that no man ever discovered a taint of revenged nor a trace of malice in his make-up. He would go out of his way to meet anyone with whom he had had an altercation to offer the honest clasp of friendship. Nature gave him a forgiving spirit and a religious bent. In his latter days one might frequently find him in odd places engaged in a prayer of forgiveness for some rash _expression. No mendicant ever stopped at this door and missed a welcome. The destitute and affluent alike knew him as "Uncle Robert." The old and the young, the learned and the ignorant found a companion in "Uncle Robert." He passed away without pain. The angel of death found him ready. To his spiritual advisor he spoke as follows: "I have a peace within that the world knows nothing of." The interment was at the Chili cemetery where a large concourse of friends bade a final adieu to all that was earthly of "Uncle Robert."
Miami County Sentinel 2 APR 1891; Submitted by Mechele Burbank


    Chester Clymer, 88, Mexico, died yesterday, Jan.4, 1979, at 5:40 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

    He was born in Miami County May 22, 1890, the son of Joseph and Emma Miller Clymer. A lifelong resident of Miami County, he was a retired farmer. He married Elsie Borden on April 1, 1913, and she survives.

    Mr. Clymer was a member of the Loree Church of the Brethren.

    Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Josephine Kopke, Kingman, Ariz., and Mildred McGuire, Mexico; two sons, Roger, Boone, Iowa, and Ralph, Peru; a sister, Mary Porter, South Haven, Mich.; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

    Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home. The Rev. Stephen Cole will officiate with burial in Crider Chapel Cemetery.

    Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Submitted by Mechele Burbank


    John Bills, son of Elias, Sr. and Melinda Bills (should be Olinda) was born south of Macy December 22, 1848.

    Of the brothers and sisters preceding him in death were Louisa, Elizabeth, Ollie and Levi.

    Those surviving him are Mrs. Phoebe Groat of Hammond, Wm. H., Elias, Jr. with whom he lived at the time of his death, and Eunice.

    He died February 1, 1917 aged 58 years, 1 month and 9 days."

*     According to Elias Bills' obituary John Bills died in the line of work - threshing.
Submitted by Mechele Burbank


    "Elias Bills, well-known to practically everybody in Macy and vicinity, died at the Dukes Hospital in Peru at 12 o'clock Monday night after an illness of several months' duration of the dropsy. He had been living alone here in Macy for a long time, caring for himself the best he could and only a short time before his death his condition became so bad that his friends decided to take him to the hospital and he had been in that institution but a few hours when death suddenly relieved his suffering. His funeral took place from the Christian Church yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Thomas Luckey officiating. Burial was made in Plainview cemetery.

    The deceased was the son of Elias Bills and was born on a farm two miles southwest of Macy about 65 years ago and had lived in this vicinity all his life, with the exception of three or four years spent in the Chili neighborhood. He followed the occupation of a thresher for many years, during the threshing season, and at other times engaged in drilling wells and selling pumps, being associated with his brother, John Bills, who died some years ago, in that line of work. He never married, had no close relatives and was the last of the Bills family. His closest relatives were Mrs. Unity Cotes, a half sister, who resides in Peru, and E. B. Clendenning [sic], a first cousin, residing in the southwestern suburbs of Macy."
Submitted by Mechele Burbank

Heart Attack Proves Fatal

    PERU -- Orval J. Stookey, 64, 278 E. Fifth St., was dead on arrival at Dukes Memorial hospital, Peru, at 2 a.m. Wednesday, having suffered an apparent heart attack.

    Born April 11, 1902, in Fulton county, he was the son of Harry and Matilda Books Stookey. In 1928 he was married to Bernice Thommen, who survives.

    A conductor for the C & O Railroad, he had lived in Peru since 1941, moving here from Kewanna.

    He was a member of the Peru EUB Church and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.

    Survivors include his mother, of Rochester; one son, Donald E., Fort Wayne; two daughters, Mrs. Bernard Butt, Valparaiso, and Mrs. Kenard Taylor Jr., Fort Wayne; two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Maroney, Logansport, and Mrs. Ernest Becker, Fulton; and eight grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Drake-Flowers Chapel, Peru, the Rev. Paul Steele and the Rev. John Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery.

    Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Thursday.
Logansport Pharos-Tribune; Wednesday evening, July 13, 1966

Bertha A. Jones

    Miss Bertha Jones, aged 39, 1322 south Calhoun St [Ft. Wayne],died at 4:10 o'clock this morning at the Methodist hospital, after an operation. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Frank Brock, of Portland, Ore., and three brothers, Louis, of Wapakoneta, O.; Ralph, of Angola, and James Jones, of Marion. She was a member of the Progressive Brethren church at Mexico.
11-11-1926, Fort Wayne News Sentinel; Submitted by Dawna Morton

Thomas N. Maish, 75

   Thomas N. Maish, 75, Miami, died at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 at the Heart Center of Indiana, Indianapolis.

   He was born Dec. 16, 1927 in Howard County to Floyd and Laura Wade Maish. He married Annie M. Sears Maish March 9, 1951, and she survives.

   Maish graduated from Kokomo High School in 1947, and was in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1942.

   He retired from Cabot Corporation in 1983 after 32 years. He also was a member of Miami United Methodist Church, enjoyed fishing, playing golf, singing in a barbershop chorus, gardening, spending time with family, and living life to the fullest extent in his own way.

   Survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Becky Zehring and husband Larry, Bunker Hill; two sons, Jeff Maish and wife Pam, Bunker Hill, and Tim Maish and wife Dora, Macy; six grandchildren, Dana and Kimberly Zehring, Brad, Kaitlyn, Chris and Adem Maish; a great-grandchild, Sydnye Combs; a brother, Myron Maish and wife Alice, Russiaville; and a sister, Ruth Guariano, Oakford.

   He was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers.

   The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Allen Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, with Pastor Norm McBride officiating. Burial will be in Galveston Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
10/16/2003 Peru Tribune

Lola M. Pearcy, 99

   Lola M. Pearcy, 99, Peru, died at 7:53 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003 at Dukes Continuing Care Center.

   She was born May 1, 1904 in Miami County to Lewis and Fannie Harvey Glassburn Allen. She married James M. Pearcy Sept. 3, 1921, and he died July 10, 1984.

   Pearcy and her husband owned and operated Peru Feed & Farm Equipment from 1936 to 1967. She also was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

   Survivors include a daughter, Betty Wilson, Peru; a son, J.O. Pearcy and wife Joyce, Peru; a brother, LaMoine Glassburn, Okeechobee, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Margaret Fox; a granddaughter, Jody Pearcy; and two brothers.

   The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Galveston Cemetery, with Pastor Steven Ailes officiating. Burial will be in Galveston Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Memorial contributions may be made through Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home to Main Street United Methodist Church, Peru.
10/10/2003 Peru Tribune

C.(ornelius) A.(rthur) Carnine Dies at Bennetts Switch Farm Residence

    C.A. carnine, 68, died at his home near Bennetts Switch in Deer Creek Township yesterday ,neuralgia of the heart being the immediate cause of death. He had been in poor health for two years or more. Mr. Carnine was born in Johnson County November 13, 1858 but had spent the most of his life in Deer Creek township where he was well and favorably known.

    Mr. Carnine was married to Nora Pennington at Kokomo ,February 23,1888, and from this union four children survive, Mrs. Hazel Barr of Tipton; Mrs. Nellie Hohn of Springville, Ind; and Charles and Esther Carnine living at home. He is also survived by a brother, William Carnine of Bennetts Switch and three sisters, who are Mrs. Ella Ashley of Indianapolis;Mrs. Hattie Clem of McGrawsville;and Mrs. Melissa Ennis of Kokomo. John Carnine, for a number of years assessor of Deer Creek township and a brother of the deceased,died just recently. The time of the funeral has not been learned. The burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo

   (The service was held at the Bennetts Switch Church)
Peru Tribune, Peru, In Wednesday,June 2, 1926.

Mrs. Nora Kepner Dies of Pneumonia-

    Mrs. Nora Lavonne Kepner, 36, wife of James M. Kepner of Denver, In. formerly in business in Kokomo, died Tuesday afternoon at Duke's Memorial hospital, Peru, of complications that followed pneumonia. Surviving with the husband are two children, William C. age 15, and Norma Jane, age 14. She leaves also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Carnine of Miami, and a sister Mrs. Don Clark, 1200 East Walnut street, Kokomo.

    The husband formerly operated a radiator shop in East Sycamore street, this city, and has a wide acquaintance here.

    Funeral services have been set for 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Denver Methodist Church, of which Mrs. Kepner was a member.
Kokomo Tribune of March 18, 1946

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