William R. Updegraff, 88, father of Mrs.
T. A. Wheaton and a resident of Mt.Vernon in the Wheaton home for the last 11 years, died at Sunday (23 Oct 1955) at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville where he had been a patient for the last
A friendly interest in humanity, especially children, and a
philosophical bent coupled with a keen interest in current happenings that
earned him the role of a neighborhood sage, had endeared the aged man to Mt.Vernon.
Mr. was a native of Shelbyville, Ind., where funeral and burial rites will be
The body will remain at Short-Niehaus
Funeral Home until Tuesday morning when it will be taken to Ewing Funeral
Home in Shelbyville. The funeral service is set for Wednesday at the Shelbyville funeral
home chapel with burial following in Forest Hill cemetery there.
The officiating minister will be a long time friend of the
deceased, Rev. Samuel J. Cross, Shelbyville, a former pastor of FirstMethodistChurch in Mt.Vernon, of which Mr. Updegraff
was a member.
Surviving in addition to the daughter, Mrs. Wheaton, are four
other daughters, Mrs. William Rn. Riley, Mrs. C. N.
Thompson and Mrs. Robert Apple, all of Indianapolis, and Mrs. George Kyle,
Paragon, Ind., four grandchildren and one great grandchild; a half brother,
Bert Updergraff, Boggstown,
Ind., and two half sisters, Mrs. Nellie Parker, Boggstown,
Ind., and Mrs. Pearl Lancaster, Shelbyville, Ind.
Mr. Updergraff's wife, Jane died in 1934
He had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Wheaton, and her family for
the last 13 years- two years of which preceded the family's moving to Mt.Vernon upon Mt.Wheaton's purchase of the local pharmacy which
he now operates.
In his early years, Mr. Updegraff was a
farmer but prior to his retirement was for many years an International Harvestor farm machinery salesman at Shelbyville.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias
during the fraternity's heyday in Indiana.