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P.O. Box 134
LaGrange, Indiana  46761

LaGrange County, Indiana ~ Obituaries

  This is an attempt to preserve the names of LaGrange County's citizens and relevant individuals. According to the Society of Indiana Pioneers, an individual was a pioneer of our state if they resided here on or before December 31, 1840.  I am not limiting this collection to Pioneers, all notices are welcome.

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Naylor, Clarence A.  -  90, of Columbus, Ohio and formerly of LaGrange, IN, died Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008 at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, OH.  In 1956, Mr. Naylor moved from Muncie, IN to LaGrange, Indiana and lived in LaGrange until a recent move to Columbus, OH. He was a self-employed contractor with Naylor Construction and a United States World War II Army Veteran.  Mr. Naylor was born May 13, 1918 in Flat Rock, IL to Arthur Lee and Effie Lena (Lounsberry) Naylor; they both precede him in death.  On August 21, 1945 he married Rua "Charlene" Rakes in Gaston, IN; Mrs. Naylor survives in Columbus, OH. Also surviving is a son John Naylor of Whitehall, OH; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; a sister Lorene Lipscomb of Muncie, IN; and a brother William Naylor of Valparaiso, IN.  Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons David E. Naylor in 1947 and Phillip G. Naylor in 2004; and a brother Henry Naylor.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange with the LaGrange American Legion Post #215 conducting military graveside services. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until the 3:00 pm service.  Memorials may be given to LaGrange American Legion Post # 215.  – Source:  "LaGrange Standard," LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, August 11, 2008

Needham, Abraham L.   -  "A.    L. Needham , Prominent Retired Wolcottville Grocer, Dies Monday"     Abraham L. Needham, aged 78, prominent citizen of Wolcottville, passed away at 1:40 p. m. at the McCray Memorial Hospital in Kendallville following four week’s illness of kidney trouble and complications.  He entered the hospital on Saturday.  Mr. and Mrs. Needham had returned from spending eight months with their daughter, Mrs. Ruah Kirlin, at Lima, Ohio.  He was born march 12, 1866, in Cook Co., Illinois, near Chicago, one of a family of 13 children.  His parents were Walter and Martha Cleeves Needham.  When he was eight years old, the family came to Indiana to live and settled on a farm, on what is known as Maple Street, southwest of Wolcottville, where he grew to manhood.  August 15, 1888, he was married to Mary Spearow of Woodruff.  Four children were born to them, three daughters and one son.  The son, Ray Needham preceded his father in death Dec. 22, 1929.  Mr. Needham was a successful grocer dealer in Wolcottville for 30 years and by his pleasing personality and kindness he made a host of friends.  He was a member of the Wolcottville Methodist church and in former years active in the choir.  He is survived by his wife; three daughters; Mrs. F. C. Gooding of South Bend, Mrs. Ruah Kirlin of Lima, Oh, and Mrs. H. H. Diggins of Wolcottville; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; Mrs. Fannie Gault of Rome City and Mrs. George Roy of Wolcottville.  Funeral services were held at the home this afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with Rev. Glen Sutton officiating.  Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Wolcottville.  "The LaGrange Standard", LaGrange, Indiana, Thursday, Oct. 5, 1944, Family Correction – Mother’s maiden name most likely spelled Clewes or at times Cluse. - Contributed by C. Edsall.
Martha Hill (Clewes)  #1 "Wolcottville Pioneer Dies - Mrs. Martha Needham, 94, Succumbs: Descendant of Sturdy English Family"
(Special to News-Sun) - Wolcottville, Ind., March 15, 1922 - Mrs. Martha Needham, age 94, LaGrange county's oldest resident and pioneer died this morning at the home of her daughter here,  Mrs. Arnold Gault, from infirmities incident to senility.  Martha Hill Clewes Needham was born in Derbyshire, England in 1823, coming from a distinguished English family and was the niece of Sir Rollan Hill, noted English minister.  In 185?, the family located in Australia and four years later returned to England later going to Canada and afterwards taking up a tract of land in Cook County, Illinois, which is now the heart of Chicago.  Some years ago, Mrs. Needham located here and has been a continuous resident ever since.  She was the last survivor of  a family of thirteen children and was the mother of thirteen children, six of whom survive, including three sons, William, Kendallville, Walter of Rome City, and A. L. Needham of Wolcottville; and three daughters, Mrs. Anna Holsinger, Mrs. (Jenny) Al Hassinger, and Mrs. Arnold Gault of this place.  One grand niece, Mrs. Rosamond Jeffries, Siox Rapids, Ia., grandchildren, and a number of great grandchildren also survive.  Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church here Friday afternoon.- Contributed by Torri Connelly.
        #2 -  Mrs. Walter B. Needham, in her 94th year, died at Wolcottville at forty minutes after five, Wednesday morning.  The funeral services will be conducted at the Wolcottville Methodist Episcopal church at two o’clock this afternoon.  Mrs. Needham, whose maiden name was Martha Hill Clewes, was born in Derbyshire, England, August 16, 1828.  After her marriage to Mr. Needham, she and her husband went to Australia on the sailing ships of that period.  Four years later they returned to England and their next journey was to Canada, where they joined a colony of English and Irish pioneers.  From there they moved to Chicago, where Mr. Needham was the owner of land now embraced in the suburb of Englewood.  The children of the family still have vivid recollections of the great Chicago fire.  Mrs. Needham's journeys were nearly equivalent to twice around the world.  She was a direct descendant of the famous Rowland Hill, the inventor one might say, of the postal systems of modern times.  Only one other of his descendants in living in American, Mrs. Rosalind Jefferies of Sioux Rapids, Iowa.  Mrs. Needham was the last of thirteen children and she herself bore thirteen children of whom six are now living - Mrs. Allen Hassinger (Jennie), Mrs. Fannie Gault, Mrs. Anna Holsinger, A.L. Needham of Wolcottville, W. J.. Needham, south of Wolcottville, and W. B.. Needham of Kendallville.  Another daughter, Mrs. Carson Marker, died within the past year. - The LaGrange Standard, Indiana, March 17, 1922- Contributed by C. Edsall.

Walter J. - "Last Rights For Walter J. Needham Held at Rome City Yesterday, "The funeral rites for Walter J. Needham, aged 73, well known farmer who had resided most of his life on a farm between Wolcottville and Rome City, were held at the Methodist Church at Rome City on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock.  Burial was made in the Orange Cemetery.  Mr. Needham’s death occurred on Sunday afternoon at the home of a son, Basil Needham, at 2224 Alabama Ave., Fort Wayne.  Mr. Needham was the son of Walter B. and Martha Needham, originally from Derbyshire, England.  His wife, the former Julia Dye, preceded him in death three years ago.  His entire married life was spent on the Needham family farm two miles northeast of Rome City.  Those surviving are two sons, Basil E. of Fort Wayne and Bruce B. of Traverse City, Mich., three grandchildren, Ruth and Dean, students at Indiana University, and Martha of Traverse City; a brother, A. L. Needham of Wolcottville, and two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Gault of Rome City and Mrs. George Roy of Wolcottville.  "The LaGrange Standard", LaGrange, Indiana, Thursday, January 28, 1943 - Contributed by C. Edsall.
William B. - "William B. Needham Dies Wednesday Morning"    William B. Needham, 77 years old and well known in this section, died early Wednesday morning from heart trouble, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Robert Herb, in Kendallville.  Mr. Needham was born in England.  Surviving relatives are five children, Robert and Frank Needham, and Mrs. Herb, all of Kendallville, Mrs. Grace Cameron of Montpelier, Ohio, and Mrs. Vincent Fulk of Hessville; two brothers, Abraham Needham of Wolcottville and Walter Needham of Rome City, and three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Hassinger, Mrs. Anna Roy, and Mrs. Fannie Gault, all from Wolcottville.  The funeral will be held this afternoon, Friday, at two o’clock, at the Herb home in Kendallville, with burial in the Lakeview Cemetery there. "The LaGrange Standard", LaGrange, Indiana, Thursday, Feb. 1, 1929 - Contributed by C. Edsall.

Neeley, Norma Jean (Wood) - 72, of Shipshewana, IN, died Sunday, January 25, 2009 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, IN.  In 1967, Mrs. Neeley moved to Shipshewana from Albion, PA. She retired from County Line Cheese Company in Shipshewana, and was a member of Eden Worship Center in Topeka, IN and Shipshewana Lake Conservation Club.  Mrs. Neeley was born on April 12, 1936 in Columbus, OH to Fred and Catherine (Ehrhart) Wood. On June 10, 1955 in Saegertown, PA she married Elwood Lee Neeley; he survives in Shipshewana.  Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, David M. and Sherry Neeley of Constantine, MI, Patrick K. and Laura L. Neeley of Goshen, IN, and Dennis L. and Joy Neeley of Shipshewana; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Lou Starkey of Warner-Robbins, GA; and a brother, James A. Wood of Edenboro, PA.  Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Lisa Dawn Neeley; three sisters; and four brothers.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Eden Worship Center in Topeka with Revs. Harold Gingerich and Matt Gingerich officiating.  Private family burial will take place in Grace Lawn Cemetery in Middlebury, IN.  Memorials may be given to Eden Worship Center. - Source: LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Jan. 2009

Neff, Ernest J. -  83, of 1721 Greencroft Blvd. Goshen, IN., formerly of Shipshewana, IN. died at 2:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at Greencroft Health Care Center Goshen, IN., where he had stayed since July 2005. He was born August 19, 1924 in LaGrange County, IN, to the late Mahlon Neff and the late Mary (Kauffman) Neff. On September 21, 1948 in Shipshewana, IN. he married Shirley K. Troyer. He and his wife were the owner/operators of a family laundry business in Gulliver, MI. He was a member of Shore Mennonite Church and he enjoyed to farming as a hobby. He lived 26 years in Gulliver, MI. prior to moving to Sturgis, MI. in 1982. He then moved to Shipshewana in 1987. Survivors include  his wife, Shirley K. Neff of Shipshewana and  4 Daughters, Deloris & Marvin Nolt of Ephrata, PA, Phyllis & Ronald Smith of Palm Bay, FL, Roberta Conyard of Richmond, VA, Yvonne & Ronald Leonard of Lake Odessa, MI;  5 Sons, Winfred & Debbie Neff of Gillette, WY, Sterling & Connie Neff of Sturgis, MI, Stewart & Carol Neff of Kaukauna, WI, Kevin & Colleen Neff of Sturgis, MI, Merle & Janet Neff of Goshen, IN;  20 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren; Sister, Mary B. Trible of Elkhart, IN; Brother, Wayne & Helen Neff of LaGrange, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 Brothers: Vernon, Devon and Elmer Neff, his twin sister: Esther Zook . Visitation will be from 2 – 8 PM Thursday at the Shore Mennonite Church. Graveside services will be held at 9:00 AM Friday at the Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana. A memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 2, 2008 at Shore Mennonite Church, 7235 West US 20, Shipshewana, IN. Services will be conducted by Rev. Carl Horner and the Rev. Brent Eash. Memorials may be given to Heifer Project International . - Elkhart County, Indiana Obituary May 2008

Neff, M. Elmer  -  86, of LaGrange, died at 3:59 a.m. Monday January 7, 2008 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.  He was a farmer and a carpenter living his lifetime in LaGrange County, IN. He had also worked for Yoder Popcorn Company. Elmer was a former board member of the LaGrange County 4-H fair and a member of Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana, IN.  He was born on February 11, 1921 in LaGrange County to Mahlon and Mary (Kauffman) Neff.  On June 28, 1952 he married Martha Lou (Atwater) in LaGrange County, IN. She survives in LaGrange.  Also surviving are two daughters and son-in-laws, Dianne and Philip Hostetler and Sally and Dave Hall all of LaGrange, IN. three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, one sister, Mary Bernice Trieble of Elkhart, IN; two brothers, Ernest Neff of Shipshewana, IN; and Wayne Neff of LaGrange, IN.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Ronda Neff in 2000, a son Craig Neff in 1993 and one sister, Esther Zook, two brothers, Vernon and Devon Neff.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana, IN; with the Rev. Carl Horner and Brent Eash officiating. Burial will take place in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, IN.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 from 3 - 8 p.m. at the Shore Mennonite Church.  Memorial may be contributed to the Craig & Ronda Neff Scholarship Fund C/O LaGrange County Community Foundation. - Source: LaGrangeCounty, Indiana Obituary, Jan. 2008

Neff, Peter W.  -  son of Abraham and Fannie (Plank) Neff, was born in LaGrange County, February 25, 1856, and departed this life January 5, 1924, aged sixty-seven years, ten months and eleven days. He spent his boyhood days in and around Scott and at the age of twenty-three years took up the work of a mason, which he continued until his death. On May 20, 1884, he married Mary Della Corner of Scott and to this union one daughter was born, Fannie, wife of Archie Reed, who died February 6, 1919. About seventeen years ago he moved from Scott to Sturgis, which has since been his home. For seven years he had been a sufferer from heart trouble. On October 3, 1923, he was forced to lay down his trowl. Although suffering intensely at times, he never gave up hoping that he would grow stronger. One brother, Amos, and one sister, Amanda (Neff) Miller, preceded him in death.  Besides the widow, he leaves to mourn his departure, a grandaughter, Lucile Hopkins; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Murray, Mrs. William Murray, Mrs. Emma Murray of Shipshewana and Mrs. Mary Hinkson of Goshen; two brothers, Joseph Neff of White Pigeon MI and John Neff of Kalamazoo MI.  The funeral was held Tuesday, January 8, at Sturgis, with burial in Scott Cemetery. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles

Nelson, Alma (Kauffman) - Shipshewana, age 91, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday (March 30, 1995) in Hendricks Community Hospital in Danville. She was admitted to the hospital two days ago and had been in ill health. She was born March 14, 1904, in Clarksville, Mich. She lived most of her life in Shipshewana and, as Alma KAUFFMAN, she married Dewey NELSON on Oct. 28, 1926. He died Aug. 1, 1991. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gene (Phyllis) CLODFELTER of Roachdale and Carol E. NELSON of Shipshewana; three sisters, Dorothy KAUFFMAN of Hastings, Mich., Rita STEIN of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Bernice SUCKLING of Livermore, Calif.,; three brothers, Clarence KAUFFMAN of Seattle, Wash., Truman KUAFFMAN (sic) of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Roy KAUFFMAN of Lake Odessa, Mich.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. One daughter, Shirley DAVIS, and one brother, Ralph, are deceased. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home in Middlebury. Friends also may call fro one hour prior to the 1:30 p.m. Sunday funeral service at Shipshewana United Methodist Church. The Rev. James Beckley will officiate. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery in Shipshewana. Mrs. NELSON, a retired school teacher and homemaker, had lived with her daughter, Phyllis CLODFELTER in Roachdale for the past year. She attended Central Michigan Norm School for two years and was a member of Shipshewana United Methodist Book Guild and the Mary and Martha Circle of the church. Memorials may be given to the Shipshewana United Methodist Church. source: undated newspaper (submitted by a volunteer, no family connection) Note: The surname of KAUFFMAN is also spelled Kuaffman in the obituary -

Arlene R. (Greeno) -  86, of Wolcottville, died Saturday, December 29, 2007 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.  She retired in 1984 from Sealed Power in LaGrange after working there for 27 years. Arlene was also a member of the Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church in Wolcottville and had been in the South Milford Friendship Club.  She was born on September 4, 1921 in Steuben County, IN; to Romie and Ethel (Diehm) Greeno.   On October 5, 1940 she married Waldo Nelson in LaGrange, IN. He survives in Wolcottville, IN.  Also surviving is a daughter, Beverly Jones of Kendallville, IN. and two grandchildren, David Zimmerman and Dean Zimmerman of Fort Wayne, IN. and two Great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Dennis Nelson in 1962, and a brother, Robert Greeno.  Funeral Services will be held at 10am, Thursday, January 3, 2008 at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, with the Rev. Brad Garrett officiating. Burial will take place in Woodruff Cemetery, Wolcottville, IN.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Frurip-May Funeral Home.  Memorials may be contributed to the Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church. - Source: LaGrange County, Indiana Obituary January 2008

Elizabeth Ann  (Bodel)  the daughter of Matilda Ann and Samuel Bodel was born March 21, 1868 and died Nov. 28, 1944 at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 7 days.  She was born and reared in LaGrange Co., Ind.  In 1906, she moved to Thomas, Okla., and in 1910 she moved to Bedford.  Except for a year or two, she spent her life in the Blackwell and Medford vicinity.  She became a member of the Church of Christ since 1910.  Her husband, one daughter and one son preceded her in death.  She leaves to mourn five daughters, Mrs. Same Yoder and Mrs. Carl Frederick, Blackwell, and Mrs. Otis Milford, Deer Creek, and Mrs. Isabel Shirley and Mrs. Ray Waggerman, both of Houston, Texas; two sons, Roscoe of kansas City, MO and Kenneth of Houston; and two brothers, Richard Bodel of Denver, Colo., and John Bodel of Bays City, Ore. - A Blackwell, Oklahoma Obituary for Elizabeth (Bodel) Nelson - "The Life of Joseph Gilmore Nelson:  His Ancestors and Descendants," by Celia Bell Richardson Yoder, Blackwell, OK, 1998

Nelson, Mrs. Elizabeth (Kile) -  of Shipshewana died at her home on Tuesday afternoon (June 6, 1939) after an illness of two months.  She was born February 16, 1868, near Scott, the daughter of Daniel and Elmira Kile.  She was married to Albion Nelson January 13, 1885.  Mr. Nelson passed away April 3, 1930.  Mrs. Nelson is survived by three children, Mrs. M.Y. Miller of Shipshewana, Mrs. Robert Wittmer and Harry Nelson of South Bend, ten grandchildren, one of them, Murl Baker, who made his home with her, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Mary Nelson of Constantine MI and two brothers, Charles and Joseph of White Pigeon MI.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at two o'clock in the Shipshewana Methodist Church. Rev. James F. Stephenson officiating. Burial was in the Scott Cemetery. - Contributed to the LaGrange GenWeb by Jim Knowles

Nelson, Frances B.  (Schuman) 82, of Monterey and formerly of Mongo died Sunday April 16, 2006 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Winamac, IN.  Mrs. Nelson was born on February 14, 1924 in Stroh, IN to Burl (Morrison) Schuman; her mother precedes her in death.  She had lived in LaGrange County all of her lifetime except for the last six years. She had been a homemaker.  On February 17, 1940 in Goshen, IN she married Clifford A. Nelson; he preceded her in death on October 16, 1999.  She is survived by three sons Clifford A. Nelson, Jr. of Howe, IN, Jerry S. Nelson of Kendallville, IN and Randy A. Nelson of Monterey, IN, four grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held on Thursday April 20, 2006 at English Prairie Cemetery in Howe at 11:30 am with Rev. William Foster officiating. There will be visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home also on Thursday. Burial will be in English Prairie Cemetery. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Nelson, Joseph  - "An Old Pioneer Departs on His 95th Birthday"    Joseph Nelson was born feb. 28, 1803 in Somerset Co., Penn., and in December of 1820, removed with his parents to Wayne County, Ohio.  In 1822 he moved into Stark Co., Ohio, and in January of 1824, he married Susanna Hart and they remained in Stark Co. until October 23, 1837, at which time they with their 5 children, loaded their few household effects on a wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen, and started for the state of Indiana.  Many were the trials and hardships of that long and tedious journey through the wilderness, swamps and over the unimproved roads and Indian trails.  Many times they were compelled to remain two nights at the same tavern by reason of the fact that they were so impeded by the difficulties that beset them on their journey.  On the 14th day of November 1827, they reached their destination in Newbury twp., LaGrange Co.  There Mr. Nelson cut the timber and raised his log cabin and called it home.  In 1839, he purchased 80 acres of the then forest in Newbury twp. and by working almost every day and night and by the great assistance of his wife he managed to support his family and pay for his home.  Rough fare and coarse diet satisfied their appetites.  Indian corn meal and wild game constituted the banquet spread on their board.  The Indians and the howling wolves were their most numerous neighbors.  But, in that, humble home admist the forest his God was not forgotten.  On Dec. 25, 1827, he organized and assisted his few neighbors in organizing and forming a church class which met in the different humble homes and prayer and preaching were held.  Mr. Nelson was appointed leader of the little band and held the position until 1854, when he was licensed to exhort and then he held services at his home and elsewhere among his neighbors and continued as class leader and exhorter for over 30 years and has ever since been a faithful and devout christian and member of the M. E. church.  In 1854, he purchased a farm in the northeast part of Eden twp. and built a house and barn and again he cleared the forest and assisted his children, who married, in providing homes for themselves.  And on Feb. 10, 1868, his wife died, leaving 8 children all of whom were at the time married.  There were born to them 12 children, only four of whom survive Mr. Nelson-  viz: Daniel Nelson, who resides in southern Indiana; Mary Jane Sparks, Oklahoma; Almira Buzzard, Leroy, Kansas; and Rebecca Hart, Carl City, Iowa.  He has 42 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and no less than 12 great-great-grandchildren.  October 20, 1868, he married Mary Abraham, mother of Eliza A. Burden, and on Oct. 4, 1872, he moved to the Hawpatch, this county, and March 30, 1875, his wife died, ever since which he has lived with and has been cared for by Mrs. Burden, his stepdaughter.  Oct. 27, 1892, he removed with Mrs. Burton from Hawpatch to LaGrange, where he lived until his death Feb. 28, 1898, his 95th birthday.  His life any many respects has been remarkable.  Almost a century has he watched the progress and development of our glorious republic.  He has witnessed a weak, struggling, little republic of 16 states and five and one half million people develop into 45 states and a population of about 89 millions and into the best and strongest form of a Republic government that the world has ever known.  And he as been an eye witness to the struggling efforts and the many great conflicts through which the government has passes while being fitted to become the greatest and most enlightened nation on Earth.  From the 9th to the 12th years of his age he witnessed the 2nd great conflict between the United States and England.  The many conflicts with the Indians and the War with Mexico were but a few of the important scenes upon the stage of his existence here.  The graft debates over the slavery question he heard and read and saw it terminate into the most terrible fratricidal contest the world has ever known.  He witnessed the liberation of 4,000,000 slaves and the course of slavery declared to have no longer an existence within the United States.  And out of the chaos he was the clouds of war dispelled and the sates consecrated anew by the blood of their patriots and today a united and powerful nation that knows no North or South, no east, or west.  What man could have hoped to witness more.  In politics he was a Democrat - casting his first presidential ITT for Andrew Jackson in 1824 and during his life voted for 18 candidates for president.  He was a loyal and patriotic citizen and an ardent supporter and defender of the laws of his country and those of his God.  Let us pause for a moment and see if we can comprehend and realize the various scenes through which he has passed.  A line of twenty men like him, if they were to join hands, would clasp the hand of Christ, and the 60th of such a line would tell us his name is Adam.  And when we attempt to recall what has transpired within that time we are lost in thought and the scenes fade until the sky of the past eternity shuts down our vision..  The most remarkable thing of Mr. Nelson's life was the fact that up to the day of his death he retained full control of his mental powers and his mind was as clear, his reasoning as perfect, and his memory as accurate as that of a man in the prime of his life.  And of him it can be truthfully said that he spoke ill of no one and passed away without leaving an enemy, but on the contrary, everyone who knew him mourns his loss.  He was an example of a well spent life.  Well and truly did he say, just before his death: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not me only but unto all them also that love his appearing."  Mr. Nelson was from a long-lived race of people; his father, Patrick Nelson, who was born in Ireland, died in this county at the age of 104 years, his mother, whose maiden name was Jane McMillan, of Scotch parentage lived to a very old age.  He leaves surviving him 2 brothers who reside in this county, George Nelson born in 1809 and William Nelson born in 1812.  An while with unfeigned regret we contemplate his separation from us, it is with sentiments of the most hallowed gratitude that we remember that "Death is Life," and that by it we are taught the imbecility of all things human and made acquainted with the grandeur of eternity.  These ceremonies are not rendered the deceased merely out of respect for him, but rather to the principles which have elevated, the virtues which have adored, and the benefits which have immortalized his character.  May his example ever be a sacred presence, like a band of attending Cherubim bending down from a purer region, and like the smile of Heaven shed a ray of their own into our hearts and make them as beautiful as themselves.  Long and often may those patient angels hover above us, watching for the spell in which is so seldom uttered and so soon forgotten.  And while we mourn the loss of Brother Nelson, may his example shine like a pillar of fire before us to encourage our advance and impel us to vigorously seek the imperishable reward, so that we may receive the commendation of the searcher of hearts and made to realize that, "There is no death!  What seems so is transition, this life of mortal breath.  It is but a suberb of the life elysian.  Whose portrait we call death!" - H.  The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church.  The pastor being absent the sermon was delivered by Rev. L. M. Coffman of the Presbyterian church, Rev. J. P. Jones conducting the services at the grave. - Source: "The Standard," LaGrange, Ind., March 10, 1898.

Joseph Gilmore Oklahoma, Nov. 1941 - G. Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore Nelson, was born Oct. 1, 1862 at Topeka, Ind. and died at Blackwell, Okl... on Nov. 25, 1941 at the age of 79 years, one month and 24 days.  On March 21, 1886, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Bodle and to this union were born 9 children, eight of whom survive.  In 1905, he moved his family to Thomas, Okl.., and three years later moved to the Blackwell community.  In 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson became members of the Church of Christ.  He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson; five daughters, Mrs. Ethyl Yoder, Mrs. Mavie Fredrick, Mrs. Isabel Shirley and Mrs. Lucille Waggerman, all of Blackwell and Mrs. Leona Milford of Deer Creek; and three sons, Melvin of Enid, Kenneth of Blackwell, and Roscoe of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Mrs. Belle Ballenger of South Bend, Ind., 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. - "The Life of Joseph Gilmore Nelson:  His Ancestors and Descendants," by Celia Bell Richardson Yoder, Blackwell, OK, 1998

Nelson, Lorraine (Burger) -  86, of LaGrange, IN, died Monday, December 1, 2008 at her residence.Living in LaGrange since 1965, she moved here from Detroit, MI. Mrs. Nelson was the former co-owner and secretary of Nelson Chevrolet in LaGrange, IN. She was formerly on the LaGrange County Hospital Board.  Mrs. Nelson was born on September 13, 1922 in Portage, PA to Herman and Rachel (Evans) Burger.   On August 8, 1943 in Little Rock, AR she married Frazier E. Nelson. Mr. Nelson preceded her in death on December 26, 1998.  Surviving is a son and daughter-in-law, David and Beverly Nelson of Howe, IN; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Nelson of Wolcottville, IN; and two grandchildren, Tad Nelson and Tara Trueblood.  Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; a son, Robert F. Nelson, on June 22, 2007; a grandson, Robert M. Nelson on December 12, 1989; and a brother, Robert E. Burger.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, with Rev. Ken Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Vernon Manor or 1st Presbyterian Church of LaGrange.  Visitation will be on Wed., Dec. 3, 2008 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Parkview Home Health and Hospice. - Source:  LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary – Dec. 2008

Nelson, Michael W.  -  66, of LaGrange, died unexpectedly, Sunday, July 20, 2008 at his home.  Michael had worked as an Insurance Agent and as a Real Estate Agent. He moved to LaGrange from Chicago in August of 1979. He was a member of the Meridian Sun Lodge F&AM #76, Mizpah Shrine, LaGrange Moose Lodge and Sons of the American Legion Post 215 of LaGrange.  He was born on February 9, 1942 in Wheelersburg, Ohio to Homer and Ruth (Dials) Nelson. They preceded him in death.  On February 14, 1980 he married Mary Ann Babcock in LaGrange, IN. She survives in LaGrange.  Also surviving are two step-daughters, Linda and Gary Albrecht of Arlington Heights, Il; Jody Ehret of LaGrange, IN; three step-sons, Wayne and Kathy Ehret and Rusty Ehret all of LaGrange, IN; Brent and Teresa Ehret of Howe, IN; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, two sisters, Joy Brown of Wheelersburg, OH; and Barbara Winkler of Portsmouth, OH.  Graveside Services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange, IN; with the Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating.  There will be no calling.  Memorials may be contributed to the Mizpah Shrine Transportation Fund or LaGrange County Council on Aging. – LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary "LaGrange News," from July 25, 2008

Nelson, Robert F.  - 59, Wolcottville, IN died Friday June 22, 2007 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Mr. Nelson was born on March 27, 1948 in Sturgis, MI to Frazier E. and Lorraine (Burger) Nelson.  Moving to LaGrange County from Detroit, MI in 1965 he was the former co-owner of Nelson Chevrolet and Pontiac in LaGrange from 1982 until 2006, and currently worked as a salesman at Midway Trailer Sales in Shipshewana, IN. He was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Parish in Howe, IN, the Meridian Sun Lodge #76 F & AM, Scottish Rite in Ft. Wayne, IN and Mizpah Shrine in Ft. Wayne, IN, American Quarter Horse Association, and was a former board member of the LaGrange County 4-H Fair Association.  On October 5, 2001 he was married to Patricia M. Schlabach in Howe, IN.  He is survived by his mother Lorraine Nelson of LaGrange, his wife Patricia Nelson of Wolcottville, IN, a stepdaughter Johanna D. DeMara of Chicago, IL, a stepson Andrew DeMara of LaGrange, IN, a brother and sister-in-law David J. and Beverly Nelson of Howe, IN, a niece Tara W. Trueblood of Chicago, IL, a nephew Tad R. Nelson of Indianapolis, IN, and beloved family friends Carla Williams and Kendall of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his father Frazier E. Nelson on December 26, 1998 and a son Robert M. Nelson on December 12, 1989.  There will be visitation from 2-8 pm on Monday June 25, 2007 at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the LaGrange County 4-H Fair Association Horse and Pony Club. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana, June 2007

Nelson, Susannah (Hart)  -  wife of Joseph Nelson, 62 years old, died Feb. 10, 1868.  She leaves a husband; 8 children; and 30 grandchildren to survive her loss.  Mrs. Nelson was one of the earliest settlers of LaGrange Co., Indiana and respected by all who knew her as a good Christian and kind-hearted neighbor and friend.  Where one eloquent and appropriate funeral deliverance was delivered by Rev. John Riddle of Millersburg.  -Source:  "LaGrange Standard," LaGrange, Ind., Mar. 6, 1868

Nelson, Waldo  -  90, of Wolcottville, IN died Monday March 31, 2008 at Kendallville Manor in Kendallville, IN.  Living his lifetime in LaGrange County he was a retired farmer and a member of the Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church in Wolcottville.  Mr. Nelson was born on August 26, 1917 in LaGrange County to Leo and Ruth (Mann) Nelson; they both precede him in death. On October 5, 1940 he married Arlene R. Greeno in LaGrange, IN; Mrs. Nelson preceded him in death on December 29, 2007.  Surviving is a daughter Beverly Jones of Kendallville, IN, two grandsons and their wives David & Desiree Zimmerman and Dean & Linda Zimmerman all of Fort Wayne, IN, two great-grandsons Grant & Derek Zimmerman both of Fort Wayne, and a sister Jean Nelson of Fort Wayne, IN. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, and a son Dennis W. Nelson on May 3, 1962, a sister Deloris Haley and three brothers Everett, Paul, and Charles Nelson.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday April 3, 2008 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with Rev. Brad Garrett officiating. Burial will be in Woodruff Cemetery, Wolcottville. Visitation will be from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary April 2008

Newhous, Amos   - One of the most venerable and respected citizens in the southern part of the county, died last week.  He had attained the ripe old age of 79 years, 8 months and 21 days, the last fourty years of which , was spent in this county, and upon the farm where he died. -“The LaGrange Standard,” Thursday, March 25, 1875, donated by Christopher T. Davis, Newark, NY

Newman, Danny C. -  61, of LaGrange, died Sunday December 22, 2013 at Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange. He spent his lifetime in LaGrange and was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church throughout his life. He was born on March 31, 1952 in LaGrange to Elvin and Hortense A. (Burgi) Newman. Danny operated his own lawn care and snow removal business. He also worked as a security guard. On November 24, 1979 he married Linda S. (Wise) in Sturgis, Mich. Linda preceded Danny in death on December 12, 2013. Surviving are his two brothers and sisters-in-law, E. Deaune and Gail Newman of Spokane, WA; Michael R. and Debra Newman of Forrest, VA; four nieces and a nephew. His parents, a wife and a son, Danny Ray Newman preceded Danny in death. Funeral Services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 797 N. Detroit St., LaGrange. The Rev. Sandra Hutchens and Rev. Thomas McShannock will be officiating. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, December 27th from 3-6pm. Memorials may be contributed to the Mt Zion Lutheran Church or the Kairos Prison Ministry International

Newman, Linda S.  - 65, of LaGrange, IN died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange, IN. Linda was born on February 6, 1948 in Fort Wayne, IN to Zebulon and Dorothy Marie (McMana) Wise. Living most of her lifetime in LaGrange County, she had worked as a dishwasher at several restaurants in LaGrange County. She was a volunteer with ARK Animal Shelter in LaGrange County and at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange, IN and was a member of the choir. Linda loved to sing and sang with many choirs in the area and loved doing karaoke. On November 24, 1979 in Sturgis, MI she married Danny C. Newman; he survives in LaGrange, IN. Also surviving are two brothers, Harry Wise of Kalamazoo, MI and Perry Wise of Florida; a foster sister, Sandy Hensler of Fort Wayne, IN; a foster brother, Danny Hively of Fort Wayne, IN; and several half and step sisters and brothers. Linda was preceded in death by a son, Danny Ray Newman, on June 9, 1982; her parents, Zebulon and Dorothy Marie Wise; a step-mother, Rosanna (Fry) Wise; foster parents, Richard and Ruth Ann Hively; and four brothers, Larry, Jerry, Terry, and Gary Wise. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 797 N. Detroit St., LaGrange, IN with Revs. Sandra Hutchens and Thomas McShannock officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, IN. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 2-6 pm at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society.

Newnam, Clarissa (Sturges)  -  was born May 12, 1817 in the state of New York; came to Indiana with her father in 1836; married G. P. Newnam in 1838. She was a member of the Disciple of Christian Church. She was the mother of 3 children, 2 of whom survive her, one son and a daughter, the latter now living in Kansas. Services were at the hall at South Milford. The body was laid away in the quiet tomb. ^ 9-9-1887 Kendallville Public Library Microfilm  - Source – Jack Walter, PA

Newnam, Harmer M.  56, physician of LaGrange County, died Friday at his home in South Milford from Bright’s disease. He was born March 4, 1861 near South Milford, the son of the late Isaac B. and Katie Newnam, the mother who survives. He received his early training in the Central Normal Schools at Danville, Ind. and then taught school in 1882. In 1886 he was graduated from the Rush Medical College at Chicago, Ill., and immediately thereafter entered partnership with Dr. John Dancer. He was married Oct. 21, 1886 to Miss Katie J. Dancer. They had five children. Since that time he has resided at South Milford, where he continued a successful practice until the time of his sickness. Surviving are the widow; mother; 2 daughters, Mrs. Belle Deal of Wyoming, Miss Beatrice at home; 3 sons, Iris P., John Russel, and Samuel H; and two sisters, Mrs. Will Walters and Mrs. Sumner Bell. Funeral will be Monday from the Baptist Church, South Milford. Burial, South Milford. + 10-12-1914 Noble County Library, Albion, Index Card  Note: Death year is 1917 on cemetery monument. - Contributed by Jack Walter, PA

Newnam, I. B.   - "I. B. NEWNAM SUCCUMBS TO TUBERCULOSIS"   "Was Pioneer of LaGrange County and Known Throughout This District"   I. B. Newnam, a pioneer of Milford Township, died last night after suffering for a long time with tuberculosis.  Mr. Newnam was born in Milford Township, January 4th, 1841 and spent his entire life upon the same farm.  He was a leading farmer of this community and owned many acres of finely improved land.  He leaves his wife, and three children, Dr. H. M. Newnam of South Milford, and Mrs. Wm. Walters who has been residing with the deceased and Mrs. Samuel Bell who resided one and a half miles southwest of this city.  Mr. Newnam was widely known and has many friends to mourn his absence.  The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house.  Rev. Mawhorter, Wawaka, officiating.  Burial will be at the South Milford cemetery. -Kendallville NewsSun, ,  March 5, 1911, Contributed by Jack Walter, PA

Nichols, Charles G. The sudden death of Charles G. Nichols of Lima on the (unreadable) . .   On Wednesday afternoon the funeral rites were performed at St. Mark's church, the solemn services being conducted by Rev. C. N. Spalding D.D. rector.  The attendance of friends from home and various parts of the county was far beyond the capacity of the church and a large concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place in the vault which he had been superintending the construction of up to the Friday preceding his death.  On few occasions has so much unaffected sorrow been displayed by the community.  All business places were closed during the services and all united to show tender respect for the departed and his family.  Charles G. Nichols was a son of Drusus and Rebecca Nichols , who not long after their marriage in Connecticut, became residents of LaGrange County.  Drusus Nichols operated the Mongo mill from 1834 to 1836, at one time owned a commission house at Fort Wayne, and was prominent in the building of the old plank road to that city.  His enterprise and business qualifications, as well as the prestige of a successful pioneer family, were inherited by his son, Charles G. who was born September 13, 1835, in Litchfield County, Conn. Coming to this county in his infancy, he returned to his native state at nine years of age, and was educated there.  Coming again to Greenfield township he engaged in farming until 1880 when he removed to Lima where he remained until his death.  In partnership with George Libey he conducted the machine shop and foundry at Lima and was prominent in the organization and successful management of the Lima Manufacturing company.  He was also a warm friend, and efficient supporter of the Howe Grammar School.  June 21, 1859 he was married to Miss Ellen Burnell, who survives. - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary undated

Nicholas, Wava (Wells) 80, of Wolcottville died Wednesday June 7, 2006 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN.
Mrs. Nicholas was born on June 25, 1925 in Stroh, IN to Chessie W. and Mary Jane (Ratliff) Wells; they both precede her in death.  Living her lifetime in LaGrange County she had worked as an assembler at Pent Electric.
On July 5, 1946 she was married in Garrett, IN to Robert E. Nicholas.  She is survived by her husband Robert E. Nicholas, Sr., a son Robert E. Nicholas, Jr. of Valparaiso, IN, a daughter Mrs. James (Marilyn) Cassell of North Webster, IN, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother Arthur Wells of LaGrange, IN.  She is also preceded in death by a brother Wayne Wells in October, 2004 and a sister Gladys Shultz in 1964.  Services will be held on Saturday June 10, 2006 at 11:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, IN with Rev. Jack Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday June 9th from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.  Memorials may be made to the Wolcottville United Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Nielsen, Pearl M. (Hart) - age 77, died Wednesday afternoon at LaGrange Co. Hospital where she had been a patient for 36 hours after suffering a heart attack.  She was born in LaGrange Co., on Aug. 23, 1892.  She was married to Hans Nielson on Oct. 17, 1911 who survives.   Also surviving are a son, Dane of Indianapolis and a daughter, Mrs. Catherin Causey of LaGrange.  Other survivors includ 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Lewis Hart of Hose and Fred Hart of LaGrange.  Friends may call after 2 pm at the Carney Frost Funeral HOme.  Services will be on Saturday and burial will be in Greenwood Cemt.  She was a member of hte United Methodist Church of Stroh, the LaGrange Co. Historical Society and the Garden Club.  - Elkhart Truth, Indiana, Sept. 11, 1969

Norris, Marie E. (Showalter) - Born in Middlebury, IN on Jan. 29, 1919 - Departed on Oct. 14, 2007 and resided in LaGrange, IN.  Maire Norris,  88, of LaGrange, IN died Sunday October 14, 2007 at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange, IN.  Mrs. Norris was born on January 29, 1919 in Middlebury, IN to the late I. Eugene and Ada (Smoker) Showalter.  Living in LaGrange since 1944 when she moved here from Middlebury, she was a retired school bus driver for the Lakeland School Corporation, LaGrange, IN, and a member of the LaGrange First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, IN.  On March 24, 1940 she married Linton G. Norris in Middlebury, IN; he preceded her in death on February 5, 2003.  Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law Waneta and Richard Foltz of Shipshewana, IN, a granddaughter Katrina Pruitt of Topeka, IN, a grandson Korwin Foltz of Shipshewana, IN, and two great-grandchildren Logan and Tanner Pruitt, and a nephew Harold Showalter of Atlanta, GA. Also preceding her in death was a brother Robert K. Showalter.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday October 17, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN.; with visitation from 1 - 2 p.m., the Rev. Harvey Chupp officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 16, 2007 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN. Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery in Middlebury, IN.  Memorials may be made to Gideon’s or the donor’s choice.  - LaGrange Co., Indiana Obituary, Oct. 2007

Northup, Roger E.  -  age 80, of LaGrange, died Sunday, June 12, 2005, at his residence.  He was born in LaGrange County on May 8, 1925 to Clyde and Berneice (Randol) Northup. They are both deceased.  He married Phyllis J. (Coney) on April 21, 1947 in Angola, IN. She survives in LaGrange.  A lifetime LaGrange County resident, Roger was a retired farmer and custodian for the Prairie Heights School Corporation. He was also a member of the Church of God in Stroh, IN. and a past 4-H leader.  Surviving are two daughters and son-in-laws, Mrs. Tom (Patricia) Howe and Mrs. Jeff (Sharon) Champion both of LaGrange. One son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Vicki Northup of LaGrange, six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, three sisters, Wilma Wilder of Auburn, Kathryn Wilder and Linda Howdyshell both of Hudson, and three brothers, Kenneth Northup of LaGrange, Floyd Northup of Lake Pleasant and Harold Northup of Fort Wayne.   He is preceded in death by a grandson Troy Howe, one sister Mildred Myers and a brother Garold Northup.  Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Wednesday, May 15th at the Frurip-May Funeral Home with the Rev Ken Weaver officiating. Visitation is 2-4pm & 6-8pm on Tuesday, May 14th at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brushy Chapel Cemetery in rural LaGrange. Memorials may be given to the Parkview Home Health and Hospice. - Source:  Obituary from the LaGrange Publishing Co., Indiana

Notestine, Florence A.  96, of LaGrange, IN died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at her home. Mrs. Notestine was born on July 21, 1917 in Milford Township, LaGrange County, IN to Willard Leroy and Jennie Byrdena (Wehrly) Howe. Living her lifetime in LaGrange County, she was a teacher from 1937-1989 and retired from Prairie Heights School Corporation. She was a member of Mongo United Methodist Church in Mongo, IN and the UMW of the church. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Gray Panthers, NEA, LaGrange College Club, and Mongo Lions Club. On December 11, 1941 in LaGrange, IN she married Herman T. Notestine. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1971. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Lawrence Russell "Bud" Howe. She is survived by eight nieces, Sue (John) Clifton of Kendallville, IN, Jean (Stan) Hunter of Kentucky, Julia (Bruce) Eagleson of LaGrange, IN, Jane (Bill) Dickie of Arizona, Maryellen Johnson of Garrett, IN, Marlene (Paul) Carper of Wolcottville, IN, Martha Howe of Albion, IN, and Deb (Randy) Simon of Wolcottville, IN; eight nephews, Larry (Grace) Spero of LaGrange, IN, Steve (Sharon) Notestine of Kentucky, Stan (Deb) Notestine of LaGrange, IN, Patrick (Cathy) Adams of Grand Rapids, MI, Duane Howe of Stroh, IN, Donald (Janet) Howe of Wolcottville, IN, Mike (Kelly) Howe of LaGrange, IN, and Mark (Lisa) Howe of Wolcottville, IN; and several great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Prairie Heights High School Auditorium with Revs. James Bartlett and Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be in Brighton Cemetery in rural Howe, IN. Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2013 at the high school auditorium from 2-8 pm. Memorials may be made to Howe-Notestine Scholarship at Prairie Heights High School.

Notestine, Ilah B. 'Nanny'  -  80, of Mongo, IN died Thursday January 24, 2008 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, IN.  Living her lifetime in Steuben and LaGrange Counties she was a homemaker and a school bus driver for Mongo High School. Ilah was a member of the Mongo United Methodist Church, the Mongo United Methodist Women, an assistant Lay Leader, the Minister of Music, and was the Church Historian. She was a former member of the Mongo Lions Club, and was the 2007 Honorary Mayor of Mongo.  Ilah was born on December 10, 1927 in Salem Center in Steuben County to the late Logan and Cinnie (Tritch) Parker. On August 19, 1951 she married Hildon W. Notestine in Mongo, IN; he preceded her in death on July 7, 1997.  She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Gloria Jean and Larry Preston of LaGrange and Heidi and Mark Blackburn of Angola, a son and daughter-in-law Ike and Pam Notestine of Mongo, ten grandchildren Denver Preston of Angola, Penny Hendrix of San Diego, CA, Davey, Dane, Brooke, and Britt Blackburn all of Angola, Caitlin and Samantha Ross and Jessica and Rebecca Notestine all of Mongo, four great-grandchildren Olivia and Lucas Preston of Angola and Amanda and Michaela Hendrix of San Diego, CA, and a sister Mary Lepley of Ashley. She was also preceded in death by a son Thomas John Notestine in October, 1966, two brothers and five sisters.  Funeral services will be held on Monday January 28, 2008 at 10:00 am at Mongo United Methodist Church with Rev. James Bartlett officiating. Burial will be in Springfield Township Cemetery, Mongo, IN. Visitation will be held on Sunday January 27, 2008 from 3-8 pm at the church.  Memorials may be made to Mongo United Methodist Church or the Mongo Fire Department.  Source:  LaGrange, IN Obituary  Feb. 2008        "Ilah Notestine’s living faith was inspiration to others" - By WANDA YODER   - MONGO — Faith was a driving force in the life of Ilah Notestine, Mongo’s honorary mayor.  The village of Mongo will miss her work in the church and community. Notestine died Thursday, Jan. 24.  Notestine’s devotion to God and her church, Mongo United Methodist, grew as she matured. She played the church piano and became the church’s minister of music and historian. She also served as a lay leader and member of the Mongo Methodist Women.  Her expressions of her faith extended outside the church walls as well. She was well known for her work in the community, particularly through the Mongo Lions Club. She also will be remembered for her poetry.  “I remember most her smile and how you were the only person around when you were talking to her,” said Jo Gunthorp of the Mongo Lions Club.  Staying true to her nature, Notestine spent most of her time talking about people other than herself, even when she received the Mayor of Mongo honors. Notestine, who turned 80 in December, said she felt honored to receive such an award and couldn’t say enough about the town of Mongo.   “It’s nice it all happened,” she said at the time. “I love Mongo and will do anything to make plans the way they want it. This was the first time I have ever ridden on the back of a convertible. It has been a blessing to have been a part of all of this”  At the time of her Mayor of Mongo interview, Notestine shared she had recently received a letter from a Christian girlfriend saying that her Christian faith was based on lessons Notestine taught in choir — lessons that she had shared with others.  Notestine had cancer surgery May 31. Doctors removed part of her jawbone. She explained in September that she felt good and was happy to not have had radiation or chemotherapy.  “Life has a lot of change. You learn to swing with it,” Notestine said.  When she was 20, her family moved to LaGrange County. In August 1951 she married Hildon Notestine in a ceremony at Mongo United Methodist Church. Hildon was a firefighter. He died while sitting in a fire truck in July 1997.  When the young couple first started attending the Mongo church, only 17 members attended. Notestine started a choir and played the piano, performing solos and singing with the choir over the years.  “Her choir, the church and her family meant everything to her,” her daughter, Gloria Preston of LaGrange, said.  In her younger days, Notestine drove a school bus for Mongo High School. Many in the area remember how she touched their lives. Some remember that, because of her short stature, the gas pedal had a block on it so she could reach the gas pedal and how she would visit schools teaching songs of the nation such as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”  Penny Hendrix of San Diego, Calif., said her grandmother always made her feel special.  “I have been away from home for over 20 years and still I received letters from Ilah once and sometimes three times a week. She kept me connected and close to my hometown. She made sure that I always new what was happening — when someone married, when a baby was born, someone was ill or the passing of someone in the community,” she said.  “Her love of history was a big part of our upbringing. I believe she was a spiritual warrior and warrior for our nation. She loved our country so much,” said Hendrix, who added that her 11-year-old daughter, Amanda, was to write a speech on how she would change the world. “If I were to change the world, I would give everyone my grandmother,” she said.   At the Sunday worship service following her death last week, Notestine’s piano remained silent and empty. The songs were sung a capella. Her choir robe was draped over the piano in her honor, and during the service each family member placed a rose in an empty vase at the piano in her honor.  At her funeral on Monday, the cherished Mayor of Mongo banner she received in September adorned her casket. She was buried in a purple choir robe from the original choir that she began more than 50 years ago.  Included inside the memorial card was a note from Notestine’s hand: “I have graduated. Praise the Lord! I want my memorial service to proclaim victory. Death was not easy. We were not created for earth only ... We were made to soar. So when you hear I am gone, ‘Sing!’”  Source:  Noble Co., Indiana Obituary



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