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Oct 24, 1955


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 2:30 p.m. Sunday (23 Oct 1955) at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville where he had been a patient for the last 11 days.


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 conducted.


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 2 p.m. 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 First Methodist Church 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 at Shelbyville.


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.



Originally submitted by Betty Sellers