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Jan 16, 1956

Ferdinand (Ferd) Oeth 76, a skilled machinist and a respected, life-long resident of South Posey county, died at 7 a.m. Sunday (15 Jan 1956) at his home at 219 W. Fifth street.


He had been ill for the last 2 1⁄2 years.


In the heyday of grain threshing with steam powered separators, Mr. Oeth operated threshing rigs on a wide scale and spent the winter months conditioning his threshing machinery and as an employee of Keck- Gonerman Co.


The body is at Short-Niehaus Funeral Home and will remain there through the funeral service set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Short-Niehaus chapel.  Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.  Rev. August E. Binder, pastor of Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church, will conduct the services.


Mr. Oeth had been a member of Trinity Church since boyhood.  He was a longtime member of Mt. Vernon lodge, No. 49, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


Surviving are the wife, Frieda Nebe Oeth; a son, Raymond, Indianapolis, and a daughter, Ruth, Evansville; one grandchild; four brother, Charles Oeth, Evansville, William Oeth, Marrs township, and Jake and Joseph, Mt. Vernon, and two sisters, Mrs Ann Coghill, Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Edith Barnes, Evansville.


The deceased was a native of Marrs township.  He was born on the Oeth homestead just south of State Road 62 on the Caborn road.  His parents were Charles Oeth and Elizabeth Winner Oeth.


His skill as a mechanic contributed to his very useful life and his integrity was highly regarded by a legion of friends and those with whom he had business association.



Originally submitted by Betty Sellers