Elkhart County, IN Obituaries: G Surnames

Elkhart County, IN Obituaries: G Surnames


Mary, wife of Charles Garmon, residing at Eagle Lake, died at 1 pm Thursday of cancer of the stomach. She was 43 years of age.

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Mrs. Hiram Geyer, aged about 50 years of Jackson twp., daughter of John Weybright, died last night (Aug. 14, 1900) of consumption. Henry B. Geyer Henry B. Geyer, aged nearly 22 years, died near Nappanee on Tuesday (Dec. 7, 1893 paper).

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Mr. Edward Geyer, 85, 554 N. Elm St., Nappanee, died May 25, 1974 at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been admitted one day earlier. He had been ill for 3 years. He was born April 13, 1889 in Nappanee to Joseph and Rachel (Miller) Geyer. He married Lavon Frenger on March 3, 1921 and she survives. Other survivers include a daughter, Mrs. Hobart (Louise) Farney, Nappanee; a brother, Harley, Nappanee, and a grandson. Two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Geyer had been a self-employed painter and paper hanger. Rev. E. Paul Weaver conducted services at the Union Center Church of the Brethren Tuesday morning, and burial was in Union Center Cemetery.

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Harley Geyer, 84, formerly of 302 Broad St., Nappanee, In., died at 11:50 p.m., Saturday in Lu Ann Nursing Home, where he had been living five months. He was born March 12, 1895, in Nappanee to Joseph and Rachel (Miller) Geyer. He married Marie Pippenger on May 29, 1918. She died Feb. 12, 1976. Surviving are two sons, Dean, Nappanee, Royce, Cleburne, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Kern, Nappanee; one foster daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Leming, Goshen; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Three brothers preceded him in death. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wright-Yoder Funeral Home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. James Hispkind, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery. Mr. Geyer was a retired postal clerk with the Nappanee Post Office and a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren and memorials may be given to that church.

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Mortuary Record

Henry Geyer, 70 yrs. old, died last evening (Nov. 1, 1923) at his home, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Milford, of a complication of diseases (& high blood pressure). He is survived by his wife, Mary, a son, Arthur Geyer of Syracuse, and a daughter, Mrs. Carl Gawthrop. Mr. Geyer had lived on his farm near Milford nearly all of his life. The funeral will be held at the Bethel Church, Milford, Sunday, and burial will be made in the Milford Cemetery.

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Hiram Geyer, aged 80, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jesse Metz, 4 1/2 miles southeast of New Paris, In., at 9 o'clock, Saturday night (Sept. 22, 1917) of apoplexy. He had lived in Goshen until a few years ago. Since which time he had been making his home with his several children, Mrs. Jesse Metz, Milo Geyer of Syracuse, and John Geyer of Butterfield, Michigan. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Shively Church near New Paris, In.

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John J. Geyer, 75, 554 E. John St., Nappanee, died Tuesday (Dec. 20, 1994) at 6:40 pm in Elkhart General Hospital. He had been ill since September and was hospitalized for 7 wks.

Born Sept. 23, 1919, in Union twp., to Orb and Arvilla(Smith) Geyer, he married Mildred Kraft in June 1946 in South Bend, In.

He had been co-owner of Geyer's Garage, in Nappanee, which closed in 1986.

Mr. Geyer was a WW II Veteran and he served as a crew chief in the 12th Air Force's 47th bombardment group. He was a member of the Nappanee American Legion and the Nappanee United Methodist Church.

Survivors in addition to his wife, are a brother, Donald "Andy" Geyer, Nappanee, and a sister, Dorothy Frenger, Nappanee. A brother, Glen Geyer, and a sister, Vera Terwillger, preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Thursday at the Thompson and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Services will be at 10 am Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Janet McFall-Brown of the Nappanee United Methodist Church officiating.

Representatives of the Nappanee American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside services for burial in Union Center Cemetery, Nappanee.

Memorials may be made to the Nappanee United Methodist Church.

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John S. Geyer, 79, 71519 Ind. 19 North, Nappanee, died at 9:50 pm Monday (July 3, 1989) at Elkhart General Hospital. He had been ill since December 1988.

He was born Jan. 1, 1910 in Nappanee, and married Dorothy Miller on June 24, 1939 in Bourbon, In. Surviving with Mrs. Geyer are 2 sons, Richard E. and Steven D. Geyer, both of Nappanee, with 4 grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Theo Wilson, Elkhart. Mr. Geyer was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Earl and Gerald, and a sister Blanche Leiter.

A former employee of Freese & Sons Dairy, Nappanee. Mr. Geyer retired from Mutschler Brothers, Nappanee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served with the 252nd combat engineers in Europe during WW II.

In addition, he was a member of Nappanee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6638; Nappanee American Legion Post 154; Nappanee Masonic Lodge 566 F&AM,; the Scottish Rite in South Bend, In.; and Orak Shrine in Hammond, In.

Friends may call from 2-4 & 7-9 pm Thursday at Thompson & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. A masonic memorial service will be held at 9 pm. Visitation will also be held for an hour before a 10:30 am funeral Friday at First Brethren Church, Nappanee, where Mr. Geyer was a member. The Rev. Alvin Shifflett from the church will officiate.

Burial will be in South Union Cemetery, Nappanee, with military graveside rites. Memorial contributions can be given to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County or First Brethren Church Building Fund.

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Joseph Geyer, 80 dies after weeks illness.

Joseph Geyer, 80, died at his home Monday morning (April 18, 1932) at 1:30 following a weeks illness from complication of diseases. He was born March 16, 1852 in Union twp., the son of John Geyer and had made his home at the present location for 46 yrs. where he followed the occupation of farming. He was married to Rachel Miller, Feb. 4, 1875, who preceded him in death. Surviving are the following children, Orb, Lon, Edward, & Harley Geyer all of Nappanee, a brother, John Geyer of Nappanee, two sisters, Saloma Hartsough, Syracuse, Ind., and Susanna Weybright of New Paris, Ind., eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Union Center Church with the Rev. John Frederick of the Church of the Brethren of which he was a member, officiating, assisted by the Rev. David Miller. Burial was in the Union Center Cemetery under the direction of Undertaker A.E. Wright.

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Funeral Services for John Geyer this Afternoon

(In the May 4th, 1950 paper)
Funeral services for John Geyer will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30 o'clock at the Church of the Brethren. Rev. S. W. Longenecker, pastor of the church, will have charge of the services and burial will follow at the Union Center Cemetery under the direction of Wright & Son. Mr. Geyer, one of Nappanee's oldest and most highly respected citizens, passed away at the home of a son, Clifford Geyer where he had made his home for the past eighteen yrs. He had been ill for the past four months. Born June 3, 1859, Mr. Geyer was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Geyer and was born in Union twp. On May 18, 1884 he was united in marriage to Elzina Miller at Bremen and they made their home in this vicinity. Mrs. Geyer died Jan. 3, 1931 and since that time he had lived with his son. Besides Clifford, the following children survive: Curtis Geyer and Vernon Geyer, both of Nappanee and nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren also survive. Katie Dearmyer Reed and Anna McCreary Troup were also reared in the Geyer home.

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Lon Geyer, 70, Lifelong Nap. Resident, Dies. Lifelong resident, Lon Geyer, 70, a painting contractor for 50 years, died in his home at 555 N. Elm, Nappanee, after being ill for 3 months with cancer. Mr. Geyer was a member of Church of the Brethren where services Monday were led by the pastor, Rev. Leland Emrick, assisted by Everett Pippen and Rev. Homer North, pastor of North Main St. Mennonite Church. Burial was at Union Center. Mr. Geyer was born in Nappanee, July 11, 1886, son of Joseph and Rachel (Miller) Geyer. In 1907 he married Valley V. Hollar and she survives. Other survivors are: three children, Mrs. Glen Yoder, Elkhart; Harold 358 E. John, Nappanee; and Mrs. Miriam Neibert, 555 N. Elm, Nappanee; two brothers, Edward, 554 N. Elm, Nappanee; and Harley 302 E. Broad, Nappanee; and 8 grandchildren. A third brother, Orb Geyer, is deceased.

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Mrs. Marie W. Geyer, 78, of 302 E. Broad St., Nappanee, In. died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Elkhart General Hospital where she had been a patient nine days. She had been ill several weeks. She was born Jan. 28, 1898 in Nappanee to Edward and Elizabeth (Sheets) Pippenger, and married Harley Geyer on May 29, 1918. He survives with two sons, Dean and Royce, both of Nappanee, a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Miller, Nappanee; a foster daughter, Mrs. Paul (Phyllis) Leming, Goshen; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley and John Pippenger, both of Nappanee; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Hollar, Union, Mrs. Lawrence Harter, Nappanee, Mrs. Gordon Millinger, and Mrs. John Johnson, both of New Paris. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight and 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Wright-Yoder Funeral Home. The body will lie in state one hour before the service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Nappanee Church of the Brethren, of which she was a member. The Rev. Gene Hipskind will officiate, assisted by the Rev. E. Paul Weaver of the Union Center Church of the Brethren. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the church. Mrs. Geyer was a member of the War Mothers, and retired custodian of the church.

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Orb Geyer, dies his country home Friday of last week. Orb Geyer answered the call of death on Friday, April 26th, 1946, at 6:30 p.m., following an illness of 3 weeks. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on April 6th and failed to survive the attack. Mr. Geyer was born in Union twp., on April 9, 1878, a son of Joseph and Rachel (Miller) Geyer and his entire life was spent in the same locality. He was united in marriage to Arvilla Smith on Dec. 10th, 1899 and for the past 25 years had been associated with his son, Glen, in the garage business. He is survived by his widow and 5 children; Glen, Mrs. Dorothy Frenger, Donald and John J., all of Nappanee and vicinity and Mrs. Guy Terwilliger, of Goshen; three brothers, Lon, Harley, and Ed Geyer, all of Nappanee, and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Union Center Church of the Brethren, he having been a member of that church for the past 32 years, Rev. Arthur Keim, of the Church of the Brethren, officiating and assisted by Rev. John Frederick. Burial was in the Union Center Cemetery under the direction of Wright & Son.

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Former Nappanee resident Royce E. Geyer, 56, Stevens Point, Wis., died at 11:26 pm, Thursday (June 2, 1983) after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Mr. Geyer was born Dec. 23, 1926 in Nappanee. He married Diana Owen July 23, 1977. For 21 yrs. he was employed by Coppes Kitchen Cabinet Co., Nappanee. He was a member of Nappanee Church of the Brethren and was a veteran of WW II. Survivors are his wife, Diana, 5 sons, Lanny, Barry, Tim and Todd (Twins), all of Nappanee, and Joel of Syracuse, 3 step-daughters, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Baker, Mishawaka, Mrs. William (Nickie) Janssen, Dowagiac, Mi., and Mrs. Joseph (Suzan) Craft, Niles, Mi, 1 brother, Dean Geyer, Nappanee, 1 sister, Shirley Miller, Nappanee, 1 foster sister, Mrs. Paul (Phyllis) Leming, Goshen, 2 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren. Friends will be reveived from 7-9 pm Monday at Wright-Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The Rev. Norman McVey will officiate at the service at 10:30 am., Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Union Center Cemetery.

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Roger Wade Geyer, son of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Geyer, dies on Monday. Roger Wade Geyer, the 4-day-old son of Mr. & Mrs. Earl M. Geyer of Elkhart who formerly lived in Nappanee, died in the Elkhart General Hospital at 5 0'clock Monday morning (Feb. 1937). Those surviving besides the parents are the following grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Geyer, and Mrs. Mary Lopp, all of Nappanee. A prayer service was held at 9:30 am Tuesday in the Meyer mortuary in Elkhart following which burial took place in the Union Center Cemetery. The service was in charge of the Rev. R. A. Strauss of the First Evangelical Church of Elkhart.

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Former Postmaster Of This City And Adjutant General Of Indiana Succumbs


Locating Here First In 1855, He Attains Majority Here,

And After Civil War Service Becomes Manufacturer

James K Gore a citizen of Elkhart most of the years since he accompanied his parents to this city—fifty-six years ago, one of the defenders of the nation in the Civil War, former manufacturer, an ex postmaster or Elkhart, and once Adjutant General of Indiana—succumbed at 1:15 PM this afternoon, after lying in an unconscious state since Thursday night.

The funeral service will probably be held Tuesday.

Col. Gore’s demise occurred at the home of himself and Mrs. Gore, No 308 West Marion Street. Though his health had been declining for a year or so, he had refrained from seeking medical advice until he was stricken with paralysis on June 13, his tongue and one side of his body being affected. The physician who then assumed charge of the patient ascertained hat Col. Gore was a victim of diabetes, this ailment contributing to the difficulties with which the attendants were confronted.

The death of Col. Gore removes one of the city’s best known citizens, a man who in his prime was one of the most popular of men engaged in building up this community’s various interests, in social, church and fraternal circles as well as business.


Col. Gore, who was born in Dutchess County, NY, in 1837, was a son of Samuel C and Ruth Ketchum Gore. Two years later his family moved to Putnam County, NY, and remained there until 1855, Col. Gore, in the meantime, learning the pattern making trade at cold Springs opposite West Point. In 1855 the family came to Elkhart and five years later Col. Gore went to Mishawaka where he was employed in a furniture factory. In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, he enlisted with the Sixth Michigan Volunteer Infantry. As leader of the regimental band, going to Baltimore, then to Newport News, New Orleans, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and finally again to New Orleans, where he was mustered out in 1862, the government having decided to dispense with brass bands in the army.

Col. Gore returned to Mishawaka and engaged in the manufacture of chairs but at the expiration of thirteen months raised a company of volunteers and was commissioned its Captain. The company was assigned to the 138th Indiana, going out for 100 days but remaining five months, being engaged in the duty of guarding railroads in the rear of Gen. Sherman’s army in its march through Georgia to the sea.


In 1865 Col. Gore went to Fond du Lac, Wis., where he was employed as foreman of the Union Iron Works. In 1869, he returned to Elkhart, and embarked in the planing-mill and wood working business with john Vanderlip until 1873, when Henry C Wright bought Mr. Vanderlip’s interest and the firm of Gore & Wright was formed.

Two years later, Frederick Wright bought H C Wright’s interest in the business, which suffered a serious loss by fire in 1874.

Col. Gore served as Postmaster from 1890 to 1894, and following the election of Governor Mount was Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, serving in that office during and following the Spanish American War. After retiring from that office he was in business in Indianapolis before returning to Elkhart.

Prior to his elevation to the Office of Adjutant General, Col. Gore had been active in the Indiana National Guard, and was Colonel of the Third Regiment I. N. G., at the time Governor Matthews ordered that regiment to Roby to suppress prize-fighting.


Col. Gore was married twice, his first wife, Miss Elizabeth E Field, whom he married in 1862, dying a year later. In 1866, Col. Gore married Miss Elizabeth J Ferris of Mishawaka, who survives him. One son, Morton W Gore, born to this union died in this city of typhoid fever soon after reaching manhood, the loss proving a heavy blow to Col. and Mrs. Gore.

Col. Gore, whose technical title by reason of his tenure as Adjutant General, was Brigadier General, is survived by his wife and the following sisters and brother: Mrs. J T Vanderlip of San Francisco, Mrs. M U Demarest, Mrs. C A Foster and Mrs. Franc Stevens of Elkhart, and John Gore. His mother died December 1, 1910, at the age of ninety-five, and his father died at an advanced age August 17, 1897.

Col. Gore was a member of Elmer post and of Masonic bodies. His church membership was in St. John’s Episcopal parish, of which he was an active member.



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Funeral services of Col. James K Gore will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 4 PM. Tuesday, Rev. L B Hastings officiating. The services will be in charge of the Masons and the Grand Army of the Republic. The body will lie in state at the church from 3 to 4 PM Tuesday.

Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated for the deceased in the church at 7 AM Tuesday.


Ida Grace, only child of Harvey W. and Mary E. Warstler, was born near Milford, Ind. on the 18th day of July, 1883 and died at the General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind, from peritonitis, following an operation for appendicitis on Monday, Sept. 11, 1916, aged 33 years, 1 month , and 23 days.

When she was a small child, less than two years old her father died, and later Charles E. Mathews of Albion, Ind. Became her stepfather, who in all the ways of life has proved to be a kind and indulgent father, indeed. Her education was not neglected, she graduated from the common school, from the Leesburg High school and from the Manchester college. She was an exemplary young lady, loved by every one who came in contact with her pure, innocent life. Early in life she united with the Church of the Brethren and lived faithful to her baptizmal vows until the Saviour called her home. Oct. 28, 1907, she was united in the holy bonds of wedlock to Rev. Harvey L. Hartsough of Nappanee, Ind. To this happy union four daughters were born, Mary, Vera, Roberta and Dorothy, a babe of 2 months. With all the household cares and responsibilities of wife and mother in the home, she was never too busy to administer unto others. She taught domestic science in the school where her husband taught agriculture. In her meek and quiet way she was continually doing good to those about her. She leaves besides her devoted husband and 4 daughters, her parents and brother Roy Mathews of Milford, her aged grandfather, Rev. J.H. Warstler of New Paris, together with a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Thursday by Rev. P.W. Stuckman at the Gravelton church, Interment at New Salem, near her girlhood home.

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