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The Elkhart Truth, Nov 19, 1986 p. B6

Betty J. Babcock, 59, of 23042 Greenleaf Blvd., died at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 18, 1986) in the emergency room at Goshen General Hospital, where she was taken with injuries suffered in a traffic accident on U.S. 20, just east of C.R. 117.

She was born March 7, 1927, in LaGrange. As Betty J. Troyer, she married Charles A. Babcock on April 10, 1949, in Elkhart. He died Aug. 18, 1978, in Elkhart. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. David (Elizabeth) Atkinson, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; three sons, George E., Fairmount, John W., Elkhart, and Charles R., South Bend; seven grand-children; her mother, Mary Troyer; and one sister, Mrs. Robert (Beverly) Wise, both of Elkhart; and four brothers, Robert Troyer of Lake Bluff, Ill., Stanley Troyer of Springfield, Ill., Donald Troyer of Macomb, Ill., and Dr. Richard Troyer, Nampa, Idaho.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until service time at 1 p.m. Friday at the Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert E. Cassell of the Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Mrs. Babcock was employed at Middlebury Hardwood Products Co., and formerly was a registered nurse.

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Elkhart Truth, Mon., 13 Jun 1960 p. 2

Charles O. Babcock, 57, died unexpectedly at 9 o'clock this morning at his home, 170 St. Clair. He had worked as a polisher for the Buescher Band Instrument Co. for 37 years.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1902, in Pierrrceton, Ind., and married Elizabeth Roth on April 17, 1926, in Elkhart.

Mrs. Babcock survives, with two sons, Charles and Roger, and two daughters, Mary and Barbara, all of Elkhart; six grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Herman Woodkey of Elkhart and Mrs. Vera Kelley of Warsaw.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Walley Funeral home.

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Elkhart Truth, 8/29/1978 p. 20

Services were this after-nood at Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home for Charles A. Babcock, 51, 23042 Greenleaf Blvd., who died Friday night at Elkhart General Hospital after an extended illness.

The Rev. Robert E. Cassell, assisted by Sister Nora Frost, both of Grace Lutheran Church, officiated, and burial was in Rice Cemetery.

Mr. Babcock was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Elkhart. On April 10, 1949, he married Betty J. Troyer in Elkhart.

Surviving with her are three sons, George E., of Fairmount, Ind., and John W. and Charles R., both of Elkhart; one daughter Elizabeth A. of Elkhart; one brother, Roger Babcock of Elkhart; two sisters, Mary Babcock and Mrs. Ron (Barbara) High, both of Elkhart; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Babcock of Elkhart, and one grandchild.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War I, and he was office manager of Bill's Lumber Co. for 10 years.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund or the Kidney Foundation of Indiana.

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Elkhart Truth, 7/24/2000 p. A6
Sept. 3, 1908 - July 23, 2000

ELKHART - Elizabeth L. Babcock, 91, of 801 Windsor Circle, died at 7:40 a.m. Sunday (July 23,2000) at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born Sept. 3, 1908, in Elkhart to William H. and Catherine (Frey) Roth. She married Charles O. Babcock April 17, 1926, in Elkhart. He died June 13, 1960.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ronald L. (Barbara) High and Mary Elizabeth Babcock, both of Elkhart; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call one hour proir to the service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Mrs. Babcock worked in the cafeteria at Elkhart High School from 1959 to 1971.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Memorials may be given to the church.

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Elkhart Truth, Mon., 15 Oct 1984 p. 10

Roger A. Babcock, 55, of 1534 Cone St., died at 7:56 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room at Elkhart General Hospital. His death followed an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Elkhart, and married LaVerne V. "Vicki" Johnson on Jan. 13, 1968, in Elkhart.

She survives with three daughters, Deborah, Elkhart, Mrs. Mark (Catherine) Wyatt, Bristol, and Mrs. Stephen (Cynthia) Sachs, Arlington, Texas; two sons, Craig A. and Roger "Scotty", both at home; two grandchildren; his mother, Elizabeth Babcock; and two sisters, Mary and Mrs. Ronald (Barbara) High, all of Elkhart. One brother, Charles, died in 1978.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and until services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert E. Cassell, pastor, and the Rev. F. Laraine Sundin, assistant pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Mr. Babcock retired in 1982 from the Rollie Williams Paint Spot after becoming ill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy servicn in the Korean conflict. He also was a member of the Goshen Moose Lodge and Grace Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to the Lay Diabetic Society.

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Jan. 27, 1927 - April 20, 2000
Elkhart Truth, 4/22/2000 p. A4

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Bennie L. Balyeat, 73, of Mission Viejo, formerly of Elkhart, died in his home on Thursday (April 20, 2000).

Mr. Balyeat, the son of Chester and Marjorie (Roth) Balyeat, wa born in Elkhart on Jan. 27, 1927, and married Mary Checkley on July 5, 1947. They moved to California in 1972.

His wife survives with two daughters, Kathy Nielsen of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Linda Garcia of Orange, Calif.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Lambdin of Spring Hill, Fla., and Joyce Drysdale of Warner Robbins, Ga.; and two brothers, Elmer of Sun City, Calif., and Karl of Bristol.

Mr. Balyeat, a U.S. Army veteran, worked for 19 years in the building maintenance department at the University of California in Irvine.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at O'Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary. The funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo, followed by burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange.

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Elkhart Truth, 3/7/1979 p. 27

GOSHEN - Chester A. Balyeat Sr., 92, of 56698 C.R. 27, died at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday at Elkhart General Hospital, where he was a patient for 12 days.

He was born Dec. 27, 1886, in Middlebury, and married Margie G. Roth Aug. 3, 1972, in Elkhart.

Surviving are six sons, William J., and Daniel F., both of Elkhart, Louis F., Carmichaels, Pa., Elmer E. Laguna Hills, Calif., Bennie L., Santa Ana, Calif., and Karl R., Goshen; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Nell) Bailey, Manistee, Mich., Mrs. Ralph (Margaret) Lambdin, Teutopolis, Ill., and Mrs. Joyce Drysdale, Davnille, Calif., 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. One son, Chester A. Jr., died April 30, 1977.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home. Private graveside services will be Friday at St. Vincent Cemetery. The Rev. John Vrabely of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bristol, will officaite.

He retired in 1951 from Standard Oil Co., where he worked for 30 years.

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Elkhart Truth, Fri., 21 Oct 1988 p. B4

Friends of Daniel Floyd Balyeat, 65, of 56890 Pine Crest Drive may call from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home and for one hour prior to services at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Beulah Missionary Church. The Rev. E. Wayne Speicher will officiate. Burial will be in Olive West Cemetery.

Mr. Balyeat died at 8 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 20, 1988) at home after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Middlebury. He married Esther Rhonda Miller on March 15, 1946, in Elkhart. She survives with two daughters, Mrs. James (Diana) Everett, Bristol, and Mrs. Duane (Karen) Thompson, Elkhart; a son, Daniel L., Elkhart; six grandchildren; five brothers, William J., Elkhart, Louis F., Charmichaels, Pa., Elmer E., Laguna Hills, Calif., Bennie L. Santa Ana, Calif., and Karl R., Union; three sisters, Nell Bailey, Union, Mrs. Ralph (Margaret) Lambdin, Brookville, Fla., and Joyce Drysdale, Robins, Ga. A brother, Chester A. Jr., died in 1977.

Mr. Balyeat had worked at C.G. Conn for 25 years and at Vincent Bach division of Selmer for 15 years, where he was in management for the past five years. He was a member and former deacon of the Beulah Missionary Church. Mr. Balyeat was active in Boy Scouts and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, serving in World War II.

Memorials may be given to the youth fund of the Beulah Missionary Church.

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Elkhart Truth, Sun., 3 Dec 1989 p. B2

Louis F. Balyeat, 70, Carmichaels, Pa., formerly of Elkhart, died Friday afternoon (Dec. 1, 1989) at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W. Va.

He was born May 21, 1919, in Middlebury. He married Kathryn Gwynn on May 15, 1972, in Carmichaels. She survives with a daughter, Joan Courtney, Indianapolis; two stepsons, Howard D. Hair, Carmichaels, and John Hair, Aledo, Texas; a stepdaughter, Angela Marie Hair, Carmichaels; a granddaughter; four brothers, William, Elkhart, Carl, Bristol, Elmer, Sun City, Calif., and Benjamin, Santa Ana, Calif.; and two sisters, Margaret Lambdin, Tampa, Fla., and Joyce Drysdale, Warner Robins, Ga. Two brothers, Dan and Chet, and a sister, Nell Bailey, are deceased. Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Behm Funeral Home, Waynesburg, Pa., where services will be at 1 p.m. Monday. Officiating will be Rev. John Dorean, pastor of Jefferson Baptist Church, Jefferson, Pa. Burial will be in Muddy Creek Cemetery, Carmichaels.

Mr. Balyeat was a mobile home salesman, having retired recently. He had worked for several mobile home manufacturers in the Elkhart area, where he also had owned and operated his own mobile home sales firm. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in Europe.

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Elkhart Truth, Tue., 26 Dec 1972 p. 41

Mrs. Margie G. Balyeat, 80, Goshen Rt. 7 and formerly of Elkhart Rt. 2, died Saturlay evening at General Hospital. She was born Feb. 18, 1892, in Middlebury.

She married Chester A. Balyeat Aug. 3, 1911, in Elkhart. He survives with seven sons, William J. and Daniel F., of Elkhart; Karl R., Goshen; Chester A. Jr., Norwalk, Calif.; Louis F., Carmichaels, Pa.; Elmer E. and Bennie L., both of Santa Ana, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Nell) Bailey and Mrs. Ralph (Margaret) Lambdin, both of Edwardsburg, and Mrs. Richard (Joyce) Drysdale, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; 18(?) grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Also six sisters, Mrs. Helen Shuler, Mrs. Winifred Kamp, Mrs. Elizabeth Babcock, and Mrs. Edna Hilliard, all of Elkhart, Mrs. Louis (Ina) Bosse, Goshen and Miss Sarah Roth, Madison, Wis. and one brother, Dan Roth, Elkhart.

Firends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bristol, where the Rev. John Vrabely will officiate. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. today. Burial will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Elkhart.

Mrs. Balyeat was a member of the St. Mary's Church.

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Elkhart Truth, 2/28/1996 p. B2

ELKHART - William J. Balyeat, 83, of 1201 Maple Row, died at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 27, 19960 in Elkhart General Hospital. He was a patient there for three days.

He was born March 9, 1912, in Sturgis and married Viola S. (Roberts) Grissom on Nov. 24, 1962, in Elkhart. She survives with a stepdaughter, Mrs. Thomas (Joyce) Rose of Goshen; one stepgrandson; one stepgreat-granddaughter; three brothers, Karl R. of Bristol, Bennie L. of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Elmer E. of Sun City, Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Margaret) Lambdin of Spring Hill, Fla., and Joyce Drysdale of Robins, Ga. Three brothers and one sister are deceased.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Dr. Marvin Grooms of St. Paul's United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Mr. Balyeat retired from Auspro Manufacturing Company in Elkhart, where he was employed as a machinist. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and served with the U.S. Army.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or Elkhart Community Hospice Inc.

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Oct. 4, 1947-June 16, 2001
Tue, Jun 19, 2001 The Elkhart Truth

EDWARDSBURG -- George E. Bates Jr., 53, of Edwardsburg, died Saturday (June 16, 2001) as a result of an accidental drowning in Constantine.

Mr. Bates was born in Goshen on Oct. 4, 1947, to George E. Sr. and Lozetta (Purcell) Bates. He is survived by a sister, Laura J. Johnson of Elkhart.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home in Goshen, where the service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Mike Peters with Bethany Missionary Church will officiate and burial will be at New Paris Cemetery.

Mr. Bates, a 1965 graduate of Edwardsburg High School, worked as a telephone technician at TeleData Corp. and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Memorials may be given to any charity.

Submitted by Yvonne E. Schwartz

Sept. 6, 1923-Aug. 8, 2001 Elkhart, Ind.

Max J. Bates, 77, 24689 Idlewild Ave., died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at his home.

He was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Mishawaka, to Ina (Leer) and LeRoy Bates. He married Eloise E. Bates on Jan. 14, 1946, in Elkhart. She died Aug. 29, 2000.

He had been a bartender for Franklin Street Tavern and Sidetrack Tavern. He was a member of the American Legion Post 308, Osceola. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having served in World War II. Surviving are a daughter, Susan (Mrs. Chris) Marshall, Mishawaka; a son, Steven R. Bates, Elkhart; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service which will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, with the Rev. Jack McGlasson of Beulah Missionary Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Thursday August 9, 2001 Goshen News submitted by Yvonne E. Schwartz


Another Old Settler Gone - On last Saturday morning, January 24, 1885, Nathan Bates departed this life at his home in Jackson township, Elkhart County, In., at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 14 days.
He was born in Cayuga County, NY Oct. 10, 1810 and was married to Eliza Kinyon, in Onondago County, NY Jan. 1, 1830. They moved to and settled in Orleans County NY and from there came to Elkhart County, Ind. Sept. 29, 1843 and lived at various places in the vicinity of Benton. In 1850 or 51 he purchased 40 acres of land in Jackson township and moved on to it in the fall of the same year, where he lived until his death.

His companion still survives him, though in very feeble health. 55 years they journeyed together down the stream of time, until at last he reached the great ocean of Eternity. 41 years a resident of Elkhart County. He was consigned to the grave in the Rodabaugh cemetery, near Union Mills, on Jan. 26, 1885. Funeral discourse by Rev. JH Warstler, of the German Baptist Church. Besides his companion, he leaves on son, four daughters, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren to mourn their loss.

Ephraim Bates, the father of the deceased, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, having then a wife and 5 small children. During the progress of the war, he was taken a prisoner and placed on a British Man of War, where he was detained a prisoner for several years, when the ship on which he was came in battle with an American vessel of war and was captured by the Americans, through which means he was restored to his own country again. He then sought for his wife and children, but they could not be found; he searched the country over, but could hear nothing of them. He even went among the graves in the cemeteries and grave yards and continued his searches there, and at last he found a stone at the head of a grave upon which was the name of his wife, and by the side of that grave another small one, of on of the children. Of the other 4 children he was never able to learn anything, he could never find any trace of them. He supposed they were murdered by the Indians. After a time he married again, and by his second wife had 11 children, the subject of this sketch, Nathan Bates being one, and so far as it is known, the last one to bid adieu to earth.

Donated by Terri Clemens


Ralph E. Bates, 89, 1225 Greencroft Drive, Goshen, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Greencroft Nursing Center where he was admitted in August 1986.

A native of Elkhart County, he was born Sept. 25, 1900, and lived most of his lifetime in the area. On Oct. 4, 1919, he married B e u I a h Anglemyer. She died Jan. 6, 1980. Survivors include three

Daughters, Virginia Miller: Goshen, Mrs. Vernon (Berdine) Frey, Elkhart, and Mrs. Oscar (Annabelle) Packer, Middlebury; three sons, Donald, Elkhart, and W. Roy and Gordon, both of Goshen; 21 grandchildren; 45 great- grandchildren; three great-great- grandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs., Andrew (Kathryn) Kellerman, Fort Wayne, Margaret Neff, Mary Sailor and Oma Rohn, all of Goshen. He was preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers.

He was a retired farmer, school bus driver and was a member of the Rock Run Church of the Brethren.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. &he Rev. Monty Keeling, pastor of Rock Run Church of the Brethren, will officiate at the service. Burial will be in Rock Run Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Heifer Project International

Submitted by Yvonne Schwartz.

Goshen News Times and Democrat Jan. 18, 1935

Frank William Beane, 76, who served as democratic national committeman from Idaho from 1892 until 1896, died at 9:30 o'clock this morning at the Goshen hospital after a long illness. Death was due to cerebal hemorrhage.

Mr. Beane suffered a broken hip in a fall in Elkhart last October, and never recovered. He was a patient at the General hospital there from the time of the accident until he was brought to the Goshen hospital December 12.

The deceased was born in Goshen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Beane. His father was editor of the Goshen Democrat for a number of years.

Mr. Beane had reside in Goshen with his sister; Mrs. Mary L. Deahl, 312 S. Fifth street, for the past three and one half years. He came to Goshen from Salt Lake City Utah, where he located many years ago.

He left Goshen about 53 years ago going to Utah to follow his occupation as a telegraph operator. He was appointed registrar of lands by President Grover Cleveland during his first administration and then located at Blackfoot, Idaho.

Mr. Beane was one of the organizers of the democratic party in Idaho and was a member of the Idaho constitutional convention when the state was admitted to the union.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Grace B. Dale, of New York City, and two sisters, Mrs. Deahl and Mrs. Hattie A. Geddes, of Cleveland. His wife, Grace, died many years ago.

The body was removed to the Culp funeral home where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral, which has not been determined. Burial will be made in the family lot in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Submitted by

Goshen Daily News Feb. 6, 1926 Front Page.
Mrs. W.A. BEANE, Goshen Pioneer Resident Dead

Injury Sustained last Monday in fall hastens death Was Widow of William A. Beane, for many years Editor of the Goshen Democrat.

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Beane, 88 years old, a pioneer resident of Elkhart county,died this morning shortly before ten o'clock at her home,410 East Purl street, as the result of complications following a fall last Monday morning in which she sustained a fracture of the left hip.

Mrs. Beane was the widow of the late William A. Beane, who died 32 years ago and who for more then 40 years was connected with the Goshen Democrat, the greater part of that time was editor and proprietor.

Mrs. Beane for 65 years had been a member of the First Baptist church of Goshen. Until her fall, she enjoyed good health most of the time and maintained a remarkable interest in public affairs.

Surviving are six children; Mattie A. Geddes, Los Anglese, Calif.; Frank W. and Charles E. Beane, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs. Lincoln J. Carter and Joseph A. Beane, Goshen, and Mrs. Lucy D. Bullock, Jacksonville Fla.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral servies will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the home, the Rev. LeRoy H. Ellis of the First Baptist church officating. Burial in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Submitted by

Millersburg Echo, Paper dated March 7. 1947

Jacob Beckner, 85, died at the Goshen hospital Saturday morning where he had been a patient for two weeks suffering from a broken hip. Death was due to pneumonia.

The son of Elia and Eliza Beckner, he was born in Clinton township. At the age of eight his parents moved to Noble county where he lived until the time of his death. He was married to Margaret Hough, November 11, 1886, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son Eli, who lives on the homeplace, Three grandchildren, Arnold and Adrian Beckner, of Pheonix, Ariz., and Mrs. D. Stoner, of Millersburg, and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the United Brethren Church in Ligonier with Rev. Rollins officiating. Burial in Oak Park cemetery.

Donated by Lawrence Cripe Jr. via Toni Britton, whom had these newspapers on temporary loan in Aug 2001.

The Goshen News, Friday, July 14, 1961

Glenn L. Bell, 64 , 3l8 Chicago Avenue, died at 3:45 a.m. today at Long Lake, near Burr Oak, Mich., where he was vacationing with his family. Death was unexpected because Mr. Bell had not been ill and had been fishing yesterday.

Mr. Bell, who would have returned to work Monday at the Bendix plant in South Bend, became ill suddenly and was dead before a Colon, Mich., physician and rescue squad could reach the summer cottage at the Steinke Resort on Long Lake.

A native of Fort Scott, Kansas, Mr. Bell was born Sept. 24, l896, and married Estella Pepper April l7, l9l7. They moved from Elkhart to Goshen 40 years ago.

Survivors include the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Simon (Dorothy) Schwartz, Goshen, and Mrs. Russell (Marquaritte) Wade, Mishawaka; one grandchild, Ralph Bontrager Jr. , Goshen

Friends will be received after 7 p.m. Saturday at the Culp Funeral Home.

Submitted by Estella Cox

GOSHEN NEWS, Thurs., May 16, 1974

Mrs. Estella M. Bell, 78, 318 Chicago Avenue, died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Goshen General Hospital where she was a patient since March 7. Mrs. Bell had been in ill health since last November.

Born in Payne, Ohio, April 4, 1896, a daughter of William and Mary ( Burke ) Pepper, Mrs. Bell has lived in the Goshen area most of her life. She was married to Glenn L. Bell who died July 14, 1961.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Simon Schwartz, Goshen, and Mrs. Russell ( Margaret ) Wade, Mishawaka; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. George Wilfret, Goshen, and Mrs. Kenneth Mock and Mrs. Leota Smead, both of Elkhart.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Yoder - Culp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. J. Earl Hostetter, pastor.

Donated by Estella Cox

The Goshen News Tuesday, December 6, 1927

Boy Is Killed By Shotgun On Hunting Trip
Robert Bell, Thirteen, Instantly Killed In Accident
Goshen Lad Loses Life In Unusual Mishap East Of City Yesterday.

Robert Bell, thirteen years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Bell, of 2l9 Olive street, was instantly killed in a hunting accident Monday afternoon at about four o'clock. The accident occurred along the tracks of the Michigan branch of the New York Central, about four miles east of Goshen. A charge of a l2 gauge shotgun tore off the top of the boy's head, killing him instantly.

While no actually witnessed the accident, it is believed that the gun was discharged when the boy picked it up. Coroner W.A. Stauffer, of Elkhart who conducted an inquest at the Culp Funeral Home last evening returned a verdict of accidental death.

The Bell child was one of five boys who went hunting yesterday. Several of them ,the victim of the fatal accident included, "skipped' school for the occasion. The other members of the party were Earl Albert l 7, David Pepper l 7, William Pepper 2 l , and Kenneth Cripe l 2.

The boys drove a car out the Middlebury road to the end of the brick pavement, east to the first crossroad, and then north to the railroad tracks, where they left the car and walked east along the tracks in quest of game.

At the bridge over a small creek which crossed under the tracks the Cripe boy leaned his gun against a timber of the bridge while he was getting a drink of water from the creek. It was while he was taking a drink that he heard the discharge of the gun, and looking up saw the Bell boy lying on the ground. The other boys in the party were some distance away, and also were attracted by the sound of the gun. The gun, it was said, still stood against the timber where it had been placed, and at first there seemed to be some doubt as to where the charge had come from. The gun however showed an empty shell, and it is believed that the boy tried to pick up the gun, and as he did so the hammer caught on the timber and the gun was discharged. The Cripe boy had borrowed the gun from his brother-in-law, Herbert Bowers.

Samuel Rink and another man who was cutting wood nearby were called and an ambulance was called from Goshen. Chief of Police Lake Headly also went to the scene of the accident.

Robert Bell was born in Goshen and is survived by his parents and two sisters, Dorothy and Marguerite Bell.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Olive street Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. J.P. Hawk of the First Reformed Church will officiate and burial will be made in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Submitted by Estella Cox


Uncle Died at Warsaw. - James Berry was notified this morning of the death Tuesday night of his uncle, Thomas Berry in Warsaw. The
latter was a retired farmer, and for 25 years resided on a farm west of New Paris. He retired seen years ago and moved to Warsaw. He was a native of Ohio.

Donated by Terri Clemens


John "Jack " Bole, 58, 1001 W. Hively Ave. , Elkhart, died at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday in Elkhart General Hospital. He had lived at Rosewood Terrace, Elkhart, since Nov. 1.

A native of Elkhart, he was born Aug. 23, 1934, to Albert and Ethel ( Kreider ) Bole, and was married Sept. 10, 1960, in Elkhart, to Delores June Mock. Most of his lifetime was spent in the area. He retired from Elkhart Rubber Works and was a member of Goshen Moose Lodge 836.

Survivors include Mrs. Bole; a daughter, Debra L. McClane, Elkhart; two sons, George C. Sheffer, Goshen, and Jeff Bole, Elkhart; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Crowder, Osceola, and Marie Cleveland, Union, Mich.; and a brother, Albert Jr., Elkhart. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dolly Bole; two brothers, Edward and James; and a grandson, Michael C. Sheffer.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Thomas Clark, pastor of Little Pine Church of the Brethren, will officiate at the service.

Pallbearers for burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery will be Debra McClane, Chuck Warford, George Sheffer, Diane Sheffer, Jeff Bole and Chris Bole.

Donated by Estella Cox


[late Dec., 1933] John B. Bollinger - John B. Bollinger, 61, died last night at about 9:30 at his home one half mile east of New Paris. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy last evening, and had been in failing health for a number of years.
Mr. Bollinger was born in Ohio, June 23, 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Bollinger. In 1897, he was married to Nora Cripe. They lived in and near Shipshewana until 1920 when they came to New Paris. Mr. Bollinger was employed as a rural mail carrier.
Surviving are his wife, Nora, 7 daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Bauer of Montpelier, Mrs. John Miller, of Goshen, Mrs. William Miller of New Paris, and Grace, Carrie, Mildred and Mary Louise; five sons, the Rev. Russell Bollinger of Topeka, and Benjamin, Rolland, Paul and John, all of New Paris; 11 grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Ira Bollinger of Illinois and Phares Bollinger of South Whitley.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the New Paris Church of the Brethren, of which Mr. Bollinger was a member. Burial in New Paris cemetery.

Donated by Terri Clemens


Died - Bookwalter- At his home in this city, Sunday morning, 21st inst. of pneunomia, Edward W. Bookwalter, aged 21 years. Funeral services in the ME Church, Wednesday afternoon, 24th inst., conducted by Rev. S. Weeks, D.D. assisted by Dr. H.M. Herman and Rev. W.A. Brown. Interment, Hill Grove --- Edward W. Bookwalter, son of Daniel and Malinda Bookwalter, died at the residence of parents on Sunday morning at 7 o'clock. On the Sunday preceding, while engaged in the discharge of his duties, noting the attendance at the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school, he suffered so severely from the effects of a cold previously contracted that he was compelled to abandon his work before it was completed and go home...His desease, pneumonia, was well under control and up to Saturday noon he seemed im proving, but at that time heart trouble, the sequela of inflammatory rheumatism of a few years ago developed and a 7 o'clock the fatal termination occurred.

The funeral services were held on Wednesday, the 24h inst. At 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, with which he united in Feb., 1876, under the pastorate of Dr. Dustin. Knights of Pythias present ...our friend and brother Edward W. Bookwalter.

Donated by Terri Clemens

Elkhart Truth, Mon., 17 Aug 1942 p. 1, 2
Carl R. Bosse, Young Goshen Pilot, Killed In Texas Plane Crash
Visited by Parents When He Received Wings 2 Weeks Ago

GOSHEN: Mr. and Mrs. Louis D. Bosse, of 119 Crescent street, who spent 3 days with their son, Staff Sgt. Carl R. Bosse, 22 at Long Beach, Calif., just 2 weeks ago, today mourned his death in the crash of a bomber which 2 other crew members near Sweetwater, Tex., about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

He is the 12th Elkhart county man to lose his life while wearing a uniform of the United States armed forces since Dec. 7, 1941. In addition, 12 Elkhart county men are listed by the war and navy departments as missing or probably prisoners of war.

Several relatives of Sgt. Bosse live in Elkhart.

A military board of inquiry today sought the cause of the tragedy. The plane crashed and burned in a cotton field 10 miles north of Loraine, according to an Associated Press dispatch.

Notified by Telegram
The parents received word of the tragedy at 9 a.m. today in a telegram from Col. Ralph E. Spake, commanding officer of the Long Beach, Calif., municipal airport, where Staff Sgt. Bosse was stationed. The message read in part as follows:

"It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of your son, Carl R. Bosse, at 2:30 Aug. 16, near Sweetwater, Tex. The sympathy of the entire personnel of the Army Air Forces ferrying division is extended to you in the bereavement of your son."

A witness of the crash, Mrs. Arnold Haygood, said the plane burst into flames as it struck the ground. She said pieces of the ship began falling from it before it crashed. The tail of the craft was found about half a mile from the main wreckage, according to a press dispatch from Loraine.

H.S. Graduate
Also killed were 2nd Lt. John W.M. McMahan, 30, Long Beach, Cal., pilot; and Pvt. Eugene E. Pence, 21, Godfrey, Ill. Bosse was co-pilot of the ship.

Bosse, graduate of Goshen High school in 1938, applied for enlistment in the army air corps at South Bend July 28, 1941, reporting for enlistment at Ft. Benajmin Harrison, Indianapolis. He was first sent to Ellington field, Houston, Tex., where he received 4 months of preliminary training.

From Ellington field he was transferred to the replacement center at Kelly field, Texas, and was then sent to Cuero, Tex.; where he received 10 weeks of preliminary training. After completing his primary course Bosse took his basic training at Brayton Flying field, Brady, Tex.

Had Dinner With Him
He received his silver wings on Aug. 5 with 26 other Indiana pilots at ceremonies at the Gulf Coast Air Forces training center, Randolph field, Tex.

His parents paid him a surprise visit on the occasion of his graduation. They spent parts of three days with him and had dinner with him at the army canteen at Long Beach on his graduation day.

Mr. and Mrs. Bosse had expected their son to accompany them home after graduation, as he had been granted a 10-day furlough, but the furlough had been canceled 2 days before the parents arrived.

Born in Goshen
Staff Sgt. Bosse was born in Goshen Aug. 13, 1920. He was a member of St. John's Catholic church of Goshen.

Surviving in addition to the parents are the following brothers and sisters, George Bosse of Orville, O.; Mrs. Robert Chandler of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Mrs. Luke Huber of Goshen; Robert and Richard Bosse, both of Goshen; and John and Donald Bosse, both at home.

Young Bosse was a grandson of William H. Roth, 317 East Lexington avenue, his mother having been Miss Ina Roth of Elkhart. Uncles and aunts are City Detective William F. Roth, Mrs. Chester Balyeat of the Edwardsburg road, Mrs. Samuel Kamp of 1518 South Main street, Mrs. Charles O. Babcock of 170 St. Clair avenue, and Daniel G. Roth of 1624 Lane street, all of Elkhart; Floyd Roth of Bristol, Mrs. Helen Schuler of Milford and Mrs. Edna Salisbury of Logansport.

Sgt. Bosse is the fourth Goshen man listed among Elkhart county's 12 war dead. Preceding names on the Goshen roll of honor are George Robert Sheffer, 27, seaman first class; James William Stoller, 25, yeoman third class, and Richard Harold Baker, 23, seaman first class, of Goshen and Elkhart.

Donated by Judy Zervas jczervas at

Elkhart Truth, 10/3/1983 p. 13

GOSHEN - Funeral services were this monring at St. John's Catholic Church for Louis D. Bosse, 95, of 1100 W. Lincoln Ave., who died at 5:10 p.m. Friday at Greencroft Nursing Center.

Arrangements were made by the Blocker - Harris Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Goshen.

He was born Sept. 10, 1888, in Nappanee, and married Ina M. Roth June 19, 1907. She died in 1979.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Katherine Chandler, Goshen, and Mrs. Jeanette Huber, Green Valley, Ariz.; three sons, Robert, Goshen, Richard, Tubec, Zriz., and Donald, Fort Wayne; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Carl (Maude) Pestow, Goshen.

Mr. Bosse formerly was employed as a cabinet maker at Goshen Sash and Door and Caswell Ruyon. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the Elkhart County Cancer Society.

Donated by Judy Zervas jczervas at

Millersburg Echo, Dec 26, 1946

Mrs. Edna Agnes Boyer 72, lifelong resident of three miles north of Millersburg, and wife of Henry A. Boyer, died at 12:50 Friday at a Goshen convalescent home, where she was taken three weeks ago from a sanitarium near Lafayette, Ind. She was taken to Lafayette several months ago. Death was caused by a complication of illnesses.

Born in Middlebury township May 27, 1874, Mrs. Boyer was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Haines. She married Mr. Boyer in 1907 and he survives. Mrs. Boyer was a member of the First Brethren church.

In addition to Mr. Boyer, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Haynes, of Goshen and Mrs. Levi Kalb of Millersburg.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00pm at the First Brethren church, Goshen with the Rev. H. H. Rowsey officiating. Burial was in Forest Grove cemetery.

Donated by Lawrence Cripe Jr. via Toni Britton, whom had these newspapers on temporary loan in Aug 2001.


Mrs. Ruby Brenneman 55, of 153 Middlebury St., wife of Clyde Brenneman, died at 3:30 a.m. today, July 29,1949, in General Hospital following an operation performed several days ago.

She was born in St. Joseph County March 20,1894, a daughter of Mr. And Mrs Frederick Heldeman, and married Mr. Brenneman on March 12,1912. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Wakarusa, and served for many years as superintendent of the cradle roll department of its Sunday school. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Theron, and Clifford, borth of Elkhart, ;her stepmother,Mrs. Eliza Sarber of Plymouth;five brothers, Harry Holdeman of Wakarusa, Edwin Holdeman of Mishawake, Cecil of the Navy, and Melvin and Charles Holdeman, both of Bremen; three sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Wise, Mrs. Flossie Werner, and Mrs. Lulcy Brezger all of Elkhart, and five grandchildren.

The body, now at Lienhart Funeral Home, will be returned to the family home at 7 p.m. Saturday, where friends may call. Services will be held at the Girst Christian church in Wakarusa at 2:30 p.m.Monday. Note: no burial place is listed. Donated by Debi Smeltzer

The Goshen News, Tuesday, May 25, 1935

Alvin Burk, 62, of 7l4 East Lincoln avenue, died at 3 ll o'clock Monday at the Culp funeral home. The Rev. T.E. George will officiate. Burial will be made in the Oak Ridge cemetery. The body will lie in state at the home until Monday morning.

Mr. Burk was born in Payne,Ohio, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Burk. He came to Goshen about l5 years ago from Millersburg. His wife, Cleo Musselman Burk, died about l5 years ago.

Surviving are three children, Mrs. Raymond Shaffer, Goshen, John of Payne, and Webster of Butler, Ind. and three sisters, Mrs. Boston Rice of Attica, Ind., Mrs. John Fravey of Goshen, and Mrs. Edward Kurtz of Middlebury.

Submitted by Estella Cox

The Goshen News, August 19, 1963

Anton M.K. Burk Sr., 56 , 3l0 East Clinton Street, died at l0 p.m. Thursday at Elkhart General Hospital, to which he was admitted Wednesday. He had been ill since April and death was caused by cancer.

Mr. Burk was born Sept. l , l908, at Millersburg and he married Thelma Curtis Dec. 9, l96l.

Mr. Burk was a press operator at the Excel Rubber Company here for l 2 years and previously worked for the New York Central Railroad for l8 years.

Surviving are the widow; one son, O. Morris Kirby Burk, Goshen; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Maureen ) Michael, Goshen, and Miss Marlene Kathy Burk, Tacoma, Wash.; the following step-children: Richard L. Smith, Goshen; Mrs. Betty Hartman, Elkhart; William Thrailkill , Tacoma, Wash., Mrs. Willis (Phyllis) Hite, Goshen; and Mrs. David (Mary Lou) Fruchey, Elkhart; l 7 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Floyd (Doris ) Walsh, Mrs. Samuel (Mary) Eldridge and Mrs. Charles (Evelyn) Chokey, all of Goshen; and two brothers, Andrew Burk, White Pigeon,Mich., and Victor Burk, Goshen

Friends will be received after 6 p.m. Saturday

Submitted by Estella Cox

The Goshen News, Wednesday, January 3, 1968

Webster (Fuzzy ) Burk , 89 , former Goshen resident who has been making his home with a niece, Mrs. Sabrina Burk, 8l4 East Jackson Street, Elkhart, died at ll a.m. Tuesday at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been a patient since Dec. l3. Death was caused by complications.

A native of Payne, Ohio, Mr. Burk was born Jan. 20, l878, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Burk. He never married.

Mr. Burk retied in l960 from the New york Central Railroad System.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Alma Kurtz of Goshen and Mrs. Emma Rice, Attica, and a number of Nieces and Nephews.

Friends are being received at the Rieth- Rohrer- Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, where services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Irvin Kanode will officiate and burial will be in Brown cemetery, Millersburg.

Submitted by Estella Cox


Jones-Mrs. Violet M.Burkey, 57 of Rt.1 died this morning at her home after an illness of several years.

She was born Feb.4,1912 in Locke,Elkhart Co.and has lived in the Jones area most of her life.

She was married Oct.26,1929,in Angola,to Melvin Burkey.

Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Hapner, Elkhart, Mrs. Edna Sentenry, Indianapolis, and Mrs. JoyAnn Miller, Goshen; six sons, Max, Bristol, Lauren, Edwardsburg, Kenneth, Elkhart, Richard, Glen and Arthur all of Jones, and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Paul E. Maynew (?) Funeral Home in Edwardsburg.

Donated by Debi Smeltzer


[1912] Died in Chicago- Goshen relatives received word Thursday of the death in Chicago on Wednesday at one o'clock of Mrs. Mary Burland, aged 64 years, at her home, 4947 Prairie Ave. The deceased was a sister of Mrs. George W. Rule of 711 South Main St. and also a sister of the late John D. Umbenhour. She is survived by 4 children and was a daughter of John Umbenhour, sr. The last time Mrs. Burland was in Goshen was during the last illness of her brother last Nov. She recently contracted a severe cold and died of pneumonia.

Donated by Terri Clemens


Mellus Newspapers, MI
Thursday, September 22, 1960
Services Held in Indiana for Mrs. Clara Bussard

Funeral services were conducted Monday in Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Elkhart, Indiana, for Mrs. Clara A. Bussard, 77, who for the past 11 years had lived with a son, Stanley A. Bussard, of 3033 Alper, Lincoln Park , a Lincoln Park High School teacher. Burial was in Rice Cemetery, also in Elkhart.

Born April 21, 1883, in Allegan County, Mrs. Bussard was a graduate of Allegan High school and Kalamazoo Normal College, and taught schoool before her marriage in 1906 to the late Charles Franklin Bussard. She was active in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, and was the first woman on the churche's board of directors. IN Lincoln Park, she atted the First Methodist Church.

Mrs. Bussard suffered a stroke September 12 and died Friday in Zieger Osteopathic Hospital without gaining consciousness.

Surviving her, besides Stanley, are three sons, Maurice D, of North Miami Beach, Florida; James W., prosecuting attorney for Ottawa County, in Grand Haven, and Floyd P., of Jones Michigan; a duaghter, Mrs. Bessie L. Nicholas, of Portsmouth, Iowa; 33 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving her are a sister, Vionia Bradie, of Urbana, Illinois; a brother, Richard Smith, of Allegan, and more than 100 nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Suzanne Bussard Reaume


(1933) Rev. William Bussard, 84, a lifelong resident of Jackson township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harvey Hamilton, 6 miles north of Goshen at 8:00 this morning. He had been taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton last Thursday afternoon. The Rev. Mr. Bussard had been suffering from a heart and stomach ailment for the past 3 ears, and for 2 years had also been blind.
He was born July 29, 1849, west of Goshen and a child was taken by his parents to the Bethany community 3 miles south of New Paris, where he lived until 18 years ago, when he moved to New Paris and opened a canning factory. He was married in 1870 to Miss Charlotte Holderman.

The Rev. Mr. Bussard was a minister in the Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years and was a charter member of the New Paris Church.

Surviving are his wife, 3 daughters, Mrs. Aaron Neff of west of Goshen; Mrs. Charles Gardner of Bristol; and Mrs. Hamilton, 18 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

The body will be taken to the New Paris church of the Brethren at 12:00 where it may be viewed until the funeral at 2:00. Burial in New Paris cemetery.

Donated by Terri Clemens


Mrs. Elizabeth Butt, 78, widow of Hiram Butt, died at 3:30 this morning at her home 4? miles east of New Paris, from the infirmities of age. She is survived by a son, Orrie Butt, who lived with his mother, a sister, Mrs. Mollie Metzler, of Chicago, and a brother, Jacob Wantz, of Franklin, Ohio. Funeral at the United Brethren Church at Solomon's Creek, burial at Solomon's Creek.

Donated by Terri Clemens

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