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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

H. Earl Husselman
Contributed by Scot Vincent

The Evening Star: Dec. 8, 1970
Former three-term commissioner, H. Earl Husselman, dead at 79

    Auburn- A prominent Dekalb Co. farmer H. Earl Husselman, Rt. 2, Waterloo, died in Dr. Bonnell M. Souder Hospital at 2 p.m. Mon. at the age of 79.
    A lifetime resident of Dekalb Co., Mr. Husselman was born in Grant twp. Mar. 31, 1891, to Adam and Amy (McCague) Husselman.
    He had been in failing health for the last nine years and entered the hospital two weeks before his death.
    Mr. Husselman had been identified with the Grant twp. farming community for many years.  An active Republican he was elected Dekalb Co. Commissioner in 1956 and served three terms.
    He also served on the Dekalb Co. Fair Board for 10 years before being elected president of the association in 1952 and again re-elected in 1953. 
    In Jan., 1919, Mr. Husselman married Delia Miller of Fairfield twp.  The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1969.
    Surviving in addition to the widow are three children, Lloyd , Rt. 2, Waterloo; Mrs. Martin (Bonnie) Chritlieb, Rt. 3, Angola; and Mrs. Robert (Betty) Dilgard, Rt. 3, Auburn; a sister Mrs. Viola Johnson, 1326 Jackson St. Auburn; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Husselman was considered an authority on local history, having written many articles on pioneer living.
    In 1953 he authored a series of articles on Dekalb Co. history for The Shopper’s Guide, a publication by the Auburn Retail Marchants Association.
    Mr. Husselman was a member of the Indiana Historical Society.  His family’s history goes back to the Revolutionary War, when George Husselman first came to America.  Descendants of George Husselman established themselves in the wilds of Dekalb Co. in 1839.
    Mr. Husselman was a 50-year member of the Dekalb Lodge 214 F.& A.M. and a longtime member of Odd Fellows Lodge 591 in Auburn.  He attended Cedar Lake Church of Christ.
    Funeral services for Mr. Husselman will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thurs. at the Gerig Funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Newhard, pastor of the Cedar Lake Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn cem.
    Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wed.

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