Elkhart County, IN Obituaries: M Surnames

Elkhart County, IN Obituaries: M Surnames

August 14, 1977
Businessman Dies Suddenly At Age 60

R. Dale Masten Sr., 60, of 58441 C.R. 7S., was dead on arrival Sunday evening at General Hospital, apparently of a heart attack.

He was born April 26, 1917, in Elkhart, and he and father founded the Masten Service Store in 1935. It was sold in 1968. At the time of his death, he was president of Mobe Tire Inc. On May 6, 1945, he married Thelma Glass, who died during childbirth April 3, 1950. On June 7, 1951, he married Patricia J. Lindstrom, in Delphi. She survives with a daughter, Mary Beth, two sons, Eric J. and Robert D. Jr., all of Elkhart; and a sister, Mrs. Homer (Bette) Batterson, Camden, Mich.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home where a Masonic memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery. Memorial may be given to the heart fund.

Mr. Masten was a member of the Augustana Lutheran Church, Kane Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of South Bend, and the Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


H. Grant Mates, 72, of 52489 Old Mill Drive, died at 6 a.m. today at home after an extended illness.

Mr. Mates was born March 29, 1911, in Wellston, Ohio, and married Gloria Gendron on Nov. 11, 1945, in Lowell, Mass. She survives with a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Nancy Ann) Wise, Hickory Hill, Ill.; a son, David G.; and a sister, Mrs. Austin (Dorothy) Shank, both of Elkhart, and two grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Walley - Mills - Zimmerman Funeral Home, where the George Washington Masonic Lodge will conduct memorial services at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert L. Radamaker, assistant rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Bristol.

Mr. Mates was a retired construction worker. He was a member of the George Washington Masonic Post 325, Bristol, and the Carpenters Union. He also served with the U. S. Navy during World War II.

Memorials may be made to the Elkhart Community Hospice or the organ fund at St. John's Episcopal Church.

Donated by Gerry Hubacka concho@primenet.com

Nov. 2, 1962 - The Elkhart Truth

BRISTOL -- Services for Isaac Mates, 77, Bristol Rt. 1, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wagner-Frost Funeral Home. Mr. Mates died Thursday at General Hospital where he had been admitted Monday.

He was a retired carpenter and farmer and had been a resident of the Bristol community for the past 30 years.

He was born May 29, 1885, in Wellston, Ohio, and married the former Mary Anna Long in April, 1908.

Survivors include a son, Harvey G., of Bristol; a daughter, Dorothy Ann, at home; four sisters and a brother, all of Springfield, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight.

Donated by Gerry Hubacka concho@primenet.com


Mrs. Maude McCulloch, 79, 701 West Wilkinson Street, died at 11 a.m. today at the Peterson Nursing Home where she had been a patient for the past seven months.

Mrs. McCulloch, who was born in Bristol on November 26, 1880 resided in the Goshen Community most of her life. On Sept. 7 1938, she married Frank McCulloch, who preceded her in death on February 27, 1960.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. David ( Inez ) Pepper of Goshen; a son, Gorden Simmons, Goshen; two stepsons, Jesse J. McCulloch of White Pigeon, Mich, and Frank M. of Sandy, Oregon; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Osborn, Albion, Mich., 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Culp Funeral Home after noon Thursday. Funeral arrangements will be completed tomorrow.

Donated by Estella Cox estella@maplenet.net


Frank I. McCulloch, 74, 701 West Wilkinson Street, was found dead at his home Saturday evening. Death was caused by a heart attack and he was found in a living room chair about 7 p.m. by a step-daughter, Mrs. David Pepper, Goshen.

Mr. McCulloch was born near Millersburg Jan. 19, 1896, and lived nearly all his life in the Goshen community. He resided 10 years in Oregon. He married Inez Gaskel in 1915 and she preceded him in death in 1930. He married Maude Simmons Sept. 7, 1938. Mr. McCulloch was an employee of Penn Controls, Inc., and had taken a leave of absence due to the illness of his wife.

He is survived by the widow; two sons, Jess J., White Pigeon, Mich., and Frank M., Sandy, Oregon; one stepson, Gorden Simmons, Goshen; one stepdaughter, Mrs. David ( Inez ) Pepper, Goshen; One stepbrother, James Spotts, South Bend; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends are being received at the Culp Funeral Home where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Clarence B. Fike will officiate and burial will be in Violett Cemetery. Mr. McCulloch was a member of the Goshen Moose Lodge, The Fairview Grange, and the Electrical Workers Union.

Donated by Estella Cox estella@maplenet.net


Miss Maude M. McNutt, 69, a resident of the New Paris community nearly all her life, died at 7:45 a.m. today at the Holm Convalescent home, 807 North Main Street, where she had been a patient since Saturday.Miss McNutt suffered a stroke last Thursday and was taken to Goshen Hospital before going to the convalescent home Saturday.A native of Deerfield, Mich., Miss McNutt was born Dec. 3, 1881, a daughter of John and Mary McNutt.  For the past 27 years she had resided in the Frank Method home in New Paris. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Jay Stiver, of Benton, and a brother, Robert McNutt, of Kalamazoo, Mich.Friends will be received at the Rohrer funeral chapel, New Paris, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  The Rev. E. J. Arthur will officiate and burial will be in Baintertown cemetery.

Donated by Butch Stiver flstiver@aol.com

The Goshen Daily News
Front Page Monday Oct. 19, 1891

Mary Mercer, aged 98 years, mother of Milton Mercer and Mrs. W. A. Beane, of this city, died last Saturday evening. The deceased was probably the oldest woman in the county, but notwithstanding her extreme age she retained her mental and physical strength remarkedly well and had been ailing only a short time. She was a kindhearted and true christian lady, having been almost a life long member of the Methodist church. She was born in Virginia, was twice married, and had lived in Northern Indiana over sixty years, and most of this time was a resident of this county. The funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of Mr. Mercer, on Olive street.

Submitted by Lady@netva.com

Dec. 26, 1915 - Dec. 31, 1999

GOSHEN - Doris Meroney, 84, of 901 River Ave., Goshen, died at 2:02 p.m. Friday (Dec. 31, 1999) in the Goshen General Hospital emergency room.

Arrangements are pending at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home in Goshen.

Submitted by Yvonne Schwartz


The Goshen Daily News-Times, Goshen, Feb., no year (but during prohibition)
Mrs. Jane M. Messick dies in Chicago
Another Elkhart county pioneer, Mrs. Jane Cowan Messick, aged 90 years last September, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie M. Woodard, in Chicago, last night at 7:30.
Ten children were born to Mrs. Messick, seven of whom are living, Woodson VE Messick of Goshen, JC Messick, Mary Mercer, Henrietta Hickok, Lillian VanNuys Goodwin and Mrs. Woodard of Chicago, and Cephus Messick of Hobart, Ind. Mrs. Messick's father was Joseph Steele Cowan, who entered land near New Paris in 1834, where Mrs. Messick was born. Mr. Cowan was a prominent early pioneer, serving as justice of the peace and a member of the state legislature. The family later moved to Goshen, living in a property where the post office now stands and later the site of the present city hospital.
The remains will reach Goshen Wednesday afternoon at 1:42 and following services at the Presbyterian church in charge of Rev. Dillon. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Donated by Terri Clemens oldstuff33@hotmail.com


Mrs. Frank Method dies following birth of twins:
Bertha Method, 42 years old, wife of Frank Method, of near New Paris, died at 1:30 this afternoon at the Goshen hospital after a several days illness following the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, on Friday morning. Mrs. Method had been suffering with kidney trouble previous to the time of delivery of the babies and her death resulted this afternoon. Mrs. Method is survived by her husband and 10 children, namely, Guy, Mrs. Fay Kauffman, Glenn, Russell, Delva, Dorothy, Eloise, Floyd and the twin babies, who are to be called Bertha and Frank. Two half brothers, Hascall and Walter Hoshaw, her father, James Hoshaw, of near New Paris and 2 half sisters, Mrs. May Butts of Goshen and Mrs. Dorothy Fude of Chicago, also survive.

Donated by Terri Clemens oldstuff33@hotmail.com


Mrs. Ella M. Metzler, 78, 142 Greencroft Dr. died at 8:40 p.m. Monday in Greencroft Nursing Center where she was admitted a week ago.

A native of Wakarusa, she was born Dec. 6, 1909, where she was married Jan 11,1944 to Forrest F. Metzler. He died Oct. 11, 1967. She was a homemaker and member of Holdeman Mennonite Church and attended Moody Bible Institute Chicago.

Survivors include two stepsons; Raymond Metzler, Wakarusa, and James Metzler, Goshen; stepdaughter, Mrs. Verl (Vesta) Lehman, Goshen; 16 stepgrandchildren; four stepgreatgrandchildren; two sisters, Marie Lehman, Knoxville, Tenn; and Emogene Enck, Stevens, PA; and four brothers, Ellis Martin, Wakarusa, Raymond, Nappanee; and Lamar and Harold, Chuluota, Fla. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Brown.

From here it is quite torn up, burial will be in Olive West Cemetery.

Donated by Debi Smeltzer dsmelt@shipshenet.com


May 24, 1930
Funeral services for Dora L. Meyers, who died Saturday in Washington, D.C., will be held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Charles W. Walley funeral home here. The Rev. E.W. Huelster will officiate. Mrs. Meyers was born in Miami county, Indiana, the daughter of Henry and Mary Neiswander. She was brought to Elkhart at the age of 13, and married F. William Meyers in 1889. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mary Mishler, her husband, three children, Fred, of Elkhart, and Gerald and Marjorie of Washington, D.C., three grandchildren, and two sisters, Katherine Sperry and Elizabeth Crissinger, of Elkhart.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


May 24, 1930
Fred Meyers of 917 Garfield avenue this morning received word of the death of his mother, Mrs. Dora Meyers, wife of William Meyers, in Washington, D.C. The family were former well known Elkhartans. The body will be brought back to this city arriving perhaps sometime Monday. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced later. In addition to the relatives named above, Mrs. Meyers is survived by a son, Gerald, and a daughter, Miss Marjorie Meyers, both of Washington.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


October 4, 1974
Dorothy (Dottie) Meyers, 81, 917 W. Garfield, died in her home Friday afternoon. She was born in Elkhart, Jan. 18, 1893, and was married to Frederick W. Meyers on Dec. 8, 1915, in Elkhart. He died on Aug. 8, 1964.

Surviving are two sons, James R. and Robert E., both of Elkhart, a daughter, Mrs. Louis R. (Dorothy) Shaw, Elkhart; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Samuel Carlton of St. Paul's United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


August 8, 1964
Fred W. Meyers, 917 W. Garfield, died Saturday in General Hospital, at the age of 74. He was a retired employee of Drakes.

Born in Elkhart on June 25, 1890, Mr. Meyers married the former Dorothy Dunn on December 8, 1915. She survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. Louis R. (Dorothy) Shaw, and two sons, James Richard and Robert E., all of Elkhart; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild; a brother, Gerald E. Meyers, and a sister, Miss Marjorie Meyers, both of Elkhart.

Friends may call at the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home after noon today. The Rev. W.W. Kennell of the First EUB Church will preside at services scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


September 17, 1974
The Elkhart Truth

Gerald E. Meyers, 82, of 1138 Bower St., was dead on arrival at General Hospital Tuesday morning.

He was born Oct. 16, 1891, in Elkhart, and married Mildred R. Fulton Oct. 21, 1920, in Sugar Creek, Ohio. She survives with a sister, Miss Marjorie Meyers of Elkhart.

Friends may call today in Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home where services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Samuel Carlton, St. Paul's United Methodist Church of which he was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Mr. Meyers was a veteran of WWI and had retired from the U.S. Navy Shipyard, Washington, D.C. He then worked for Labour Pump Co. where he retired in 1956. He was past patron of the Starlight Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star; 50-year member of Kane Masonic Lodge; and life member of the International Association of Machinists.

He was a past commander of WWI Veterans Barracks No. 750.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


Masonic Newsletter
Gerald E. Meyers was born October 16, 1891 at Elkhart, Indiana. Elected October 22, 1915 and Initiated as an Entered Apprentice November 17, 1915. He was Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft November 29, 1915 and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason December 9, 1915. The Grand Lodge Award of Gold was presented in 1965. He was called from his earthly labors to Eternal Refreshment September 17, 1974.

Here Endeth the Record of Our Beloved Brethren.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


April 1, 1929
Mrs. Margaret Meyer, 85, who for many years had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Wallace F. Corpe, 703 Harrison St., died today at 11:45 a.m. following a brief illness of bronchial trouble which developed last Wednesday. She is survived by four sons and seven daughters, all Elkhartans or former Elkhartans.

Mrs. Meyer was the last living charter member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church established here by thirteen families in 1889. She was born in Germany, near the city of Mines, April 20, 1843, coming to the United States in 1866. The following year she was married to Frederick Meyer at Adrian, Mich., and they moved to Elkhart in 1871. Mr. Meyer died in 1901.

Children surviving her, in addition to Mrs. Corpe, are Mrs. Lizzie Zipser, 307 East Lusher avenue, and Charles Meyer, 717 Wolfe avenue, both of Elkhart; Mrs. Tillie Bennett and Henry Meyer, both of Los Angeles; Mrs. Lena Burns of Oxford, Ohio; Mrs. Gussie Extire of San Francisco; Mrs. George Murphy of Hammond; Mrs. Margaret McClelland of Chicago; Fred Meyer of Detroit; and William Meyer of Washingtom, D.C. A brother, John Hammer, of Coldwater, also survives. Thirty-two grandchildren also survive. A fifth son, John Meyer, died here in 1922. Funeral arrangements are to be announced later.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


April 30, 1981
Mrs. Mildred R. Meyers, 84, of 1138 Bower St., died at 5 p.m. Saturday at General Hospital.

She was born Dec. 9, 1896, in Sugar Creek, Ohio. As Mildred R. Fulton, she married Gerald E. Meyers Oct. 21, 1920, in Sugar Creek. He died Sept. 17, 1974, in Elkhart.

Surviving is one sister, Mr. Freda Weaver, Clearwater, Fla.

She was a member of the church, the Emeritus League, and Susanna Wesley Circle of the Church. She also was a 50-year member of the Starlight Chapter of OES. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. James E. Lantz, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Rich Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Elkhart County Cancer Society or St. Paul's UM Church.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


May 30, 1948
William F. Meyers, 81, a retired painter and for 40 years a foreman with the former Elkhart Carriage and Harness Co., died Sunday at the home of a son, Gerald Meyers of 1138 Bower, following an illness of several years.

He was born July 4, 1867, in Adrian, Mich., and in January, 1889, was married to Dora L. Neiswander, who died in 1930. He is survived by another son, Frederick Meyers, and a daughter, Miss Marjorie Meyers; 2 brothers, Charles N. Meyers and Henry Meyers of California; 6 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Zipzer and Mrs. Pauline Corpe, both of Elkhart; Mrs. Anna Murphy, Hammond, Ind.; Mrs. Margaret McClellan, Chicago; Mrs. Gussie Eskstein, in California and Mrs. Lena Burns of Pontiac, Mich.; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren, and one step-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at the Charles Walley chapel at 1 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. C.W. Kocher, with burial in Grace Lawn cemetery.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


Goshen-Harold E. Miller, 56 of Goshen Rt. 7,died early today in Fort Wayne Veterans Hospital. He had been in ill health three months.

Mr. Miller was born Aug. 18, 1915, in Bristol, and married Anna Smeltzer of Wakarusa on Oct.29,1939. They lived at their present home 20 years.

His wife survives along with three sons, Keith, Savannah Ga.;and Gerald and David, both at home. And a grandson. Also surviving are his stepfather, and mother, Mr. And Mrs. Roy Pletcher, Newton,Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. F. L. Woods; Chowchilla, Calif; and Mrs. David Moore, Kansas City, Mo.; and a half-sister, Mrs. Charles Haarer, Newton.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church in charge of the Rev.Floyd Quenzer. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Bristol.

Donated by Debi Smeltzer dsmelt@shipshenet.com

April 21, 1920, Dec. 25, 2000 Syracuse, Ind.

Virginia V. (Stiver) Miller, 80, 500 E. Pickwick Drive, died Monday at 2:55 a.m. at Goshen General Hospital.

She was born April 21, 1920, in Goshen, to Ralph and Beulah (Anglemeyer) Bates. She married Merrill V. Stiver on July 11, 1942. He died in 1957. She married Levi E. Miller on Sept. 2, 1961. He died in 1984.

She was a seamstress at Carriage in Millersburg, retiring in 1979. She was a member of Rock Run Church of the Brethren, Goshen.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas, Syracuse, and Ronald, Georgia; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six stepsons, Rodney Miller and Wilfred Miller, both of Goshen, Larry Miller, Florida, Fred Miller, Indianapolis, Herbert Miller, Casper, Wy., and Marlin Miller, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Myrna Earhart, Cromwell, and Sandra Coy, Fort Wayne; two sisters, Berdine (Mrs. Vernon) Frey, Florida, and Ann (Mrs. Oscar) Packer, Bristol; and three brothers, Donald Bates, Elkhart, and Roy and Gordon Bates, Goshen.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eastlund Funeral Home-Harris Chapel. Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. David Lepage will officiate. Burial will be in Rock Run Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be directed to the cemetery or to Heifer Project International.

Taken from the Goshen News Goshen IN Tuesday, December 26, 2000 from Yvonne E. Schwartz Goshen, IN yvonneschwartz@yesmobilecatering.com Niece of Virginia Miller


New Paris-Mrs. William (Dora) Miller, 80, New Paris, died this morning in Goshen hospital.

She had been ill for a year and entered the hospital Dec.21 for surgery.

She was born July 27,1878 in Wakarusa

She was married Nov. 25, 1896 to Albert Werner who died Jan. 26, 1898. She was married Jan. 1, 1900 to William E. Miller, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Clyde Werner, Goshen, Eldon Miller, Ligonier, and Ray Miller New Paris; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Gardner, Miami, Fla.; and Mrs. Joe Brookins, New Paris. A half brother Ray Young, Phoeniz,Ariz.; two half sisters, Mrs. Bertha Werner, New Paris, and Mrs. Rose Benn, Edwardsburg,; 13 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Rohrer Funeral Home after 7 p.m. The body will be taken to the Maple Grove church west of New Paris at 1 p.m. Friday and services will be there at 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Donated by Debi Smeltzer dsmelt@shipshenet.com


May 13, 1934
Mrs. Mary Jane Mishler, 88, died at 4:35 p.m.. Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I.J. Crissinger, on Elkhart rural route No. 4, west of Jamestown.

She had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Crissinger for a long period, and since breaking one hip in a fall four years ago, had been confined to her bed.

Mrs. Mishler, who was the daughter of David and Sarah Wibble) Rohrer, was born June 19, 1845, in Maryland.

Surviving beside Mrs. Crissinger are another daughter, Mrs. Katherine Sperry, also of route No. 4; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Salmon of 507 Gladstone avenue.

Mrs. Mishler was a member of the Beulah Mennonite Brethren in Christ church on Blaine avenue.

The funeral will be held Wednesday. Friends will meet at the home at 1:30 p.m. and at the church at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Grace Lawn cemetery. The services will be in charge of the Rev. W.H. Moore.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net


Mishler, Mervin, born near Gravelton, Ind. died at Washington Park Hospital, Chicago, Jan. 14, 1920, aged 34 years, 3 months and 14 days. Dec. 9, 1905, he married Anna M. Tarman at New Paris, Ind. For seven years they remained on the farm west of New Paris, July 5, 1913, they moved to this place, where he remained in business up to the time of his death. Dec 3, 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Mishler united with the church of the Brethren, of which he remained a faithful member. He filled a number of responsible positions in the church and served as Sunday School superintendent for a number of years. He leaves his wife, 4 children, father, mother, one brother and one sister. -] Clara Harshman, New Paris, IN.

Donated by Terri Clemens oldstuff33@hotmail.com

MERVIN MISHLER (January 14, 1920)

Mervin Mishler, aged 34, died this morning at 12:40 at the Washington Park hospital at Chicago following an operation, after which complications caused death. The deceased is survived by his wife and 4 children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mishler of New Paris, one sister, Mrs. Charles Tarman and Alpheus Mishler, a brother. Mr. Mishler was operated upon for appendicitis one year ago, from which he never fully recovered and his death came as a great shock to his many relatives and friends. He was a very prominent merchant of New Paris and will be greatly missin the the community. Undertaker Chas. A. Rohrer and AC Tarman left for Chicago this morning and will return with the body to New Paris on the 5:10 train.

Donated by Terri Clemens oldstuff33@hotmail.com

GOSHEN NEWS, October 13, 1989

Kenneth B. Mock, 80, 22309 C.R. 4 E., Elkhart, died at 6 a.m. today in St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend.

He was born Oct. 4, 1909, in Kosciusko County, and was married June 7, 1930, to Virginia Pepper.

Survivors include Mrs. Mock; three sons, Frederick, Kenneth Jr. and Steven, all of Elkhart; four daughters, Mrs. John ( Delores ) Bole and Mrs. David ( Peggy ) Watson, both of Elkhart, Marlene Lung, Goshen, and Mrs. Jay ( Yvette ) Winther, Granger; 25 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Leslie and Donald, two brothers and three sisters.

Donated by Estella Cox estella@maplenet.net



Leslie Lee Mock And Vern Vincent Are Fatally Hurt

Two 16-year old youths, both born in Goshen, were fatally injured about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when the motorcycle they were riding collided with an automobile in Cass County, Mich., about seven miles north of Elkhart and near the rural community in which both boys lived.

Dead are Leslie Lee Mock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mock, Route 5, Elkhart, and Vernon Ray Vincent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vincent, who reside across the road from the Mocks.

Mock, riding behind Vincent on the motorcycle, died instantly, Vincent died at 7:05 a.m. today in Elkhart General Hospital.

Both bodies are at the Culp Funeral Home here.

The driver of the auto and four passengers were all thrown out of the vehicle as it turned over after the collision and two women remain confined today at Elkhart General Hospital. They are Mrs. Edith Mathews, 20, Cassopolis, Mich., wife of Henry Mathews, 26, the driver of the car, and Mrs. Raymond Bryant, 19, Mokena, Ill. Also, thrown out of the car but not injured were a young Mathews child and infant Raymond Bryant. Neither of the injured women was seriously hurt.

The former Goshen youths were killed as they were en route to a field to get some haying equipment. Vincent's father was following them in his truck when the crash occurred. Mr. Vincent said that the boys were headed north on the Calvin Center Road and were attempting a left turn into a lane leading to the hay field when they saw Mathews' approaching auto.

The Vincent boy apparently saw the approaching auto over the crest of a hill and attempted to turn back into the right side of the road when the cycle was struck by the auto. Mathews told investigating Michigan authorities that the cycle was in the center of the road when he first saw it and that he applied the brakes of his 1955 Chevrolet. The auto, authorities said, skidded 100 feet before the impact with the motorcycle. The boys were thrown into the air and the auto overturned, coming to rest on its wheels. The motorcycle was thrown into the ditch. The motorcycle, valued at $200 was demolished and damage to the auto was place at $1,000.

Leslie, born in Goshen July 13, 1939, would have been a junior at Elkhart High School this fall. The Vincent youth, born here Nov. 15, 1939, would have been a senior at EHS in September.

Surviving Mock in addition to his parents are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Ray ( Delores June ) Sheffer, Goshen; Frederick, Route 1, Goshen; and Marlene, Yvette, Kenneth Berle Jr., Donald Ralph, and Stevie Ray, all at home: and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Fravey, Goshen.

Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the parents arrive home from a vacation trip to Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Mock are expected to arrive home late tonight or early tomorrow. Vincent is survived by his parents and three sisters. Mrs. Arthur DeMetz, Dunlap, and Doris an Priscilla, both at home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Donated by Estella Cox estella@maplenet.net


An overdose of Tylenol was listed as the cause of death of Lisa M. Mock, 20, 22048 U.S. 33, Midway Trailer Court, according to Elkhart County Coroner Carl Yoder.

City paramedics and Concord Township firemen were summoned to the Mock residence Saturday and she was transferred to Goshen General Hospital in serious condition. She died at 12:33 a.m. today at the hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.

Donated by Estella Cox estella@maplenet.net


Virginia A. Mock, 80, 114 S. 27 th St., Goshen, formerly of 22309 C.R. 4, Elkhart, died at 11:06 p.m. Saturday in Elkhart General Hospital where she was admitted earlier in the day. She was ill three years.

She was born May 14, 1913, in Huntington, and was married June 7,1930, in Goshen, to Kenneth B. Mock. He died Oct. 13, 1989. She was a homemaker and spent most of her lifetime in the area. She was a member of Kessington Community Church, Union, Michigan, and Women of the Moose, Elkhart.

Surviving are four daughters, Delores ( Mrs. John ) Bole and Peggy ( Mrs. David ) Watson, both of Elkhart, Marlene Lung, Goshen, and Yvette ( Mrs. Jay ) Winther, Granger; three sons, Frederick, Kenneth Jr., and Steven, all of Elkhart; 24 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Leslie and Donald; three sisters, Estella Bell, Leota Smead and Cora Wilfred; and two brothers, Bill and David Pepper.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Yoder - Culp Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The rev. Paul E. Black, pastor of the Kessington Community Church, will officiate at the service. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be directed to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County or the American Heart Association.

Donated by Estella Cox estella@maplenet.net


January 24, 1984
Marjorie L. Myers, 90, of 1002 Bower St., died at 12:58 p.m. Monday at the Americana Healthcare Center, where she had been a patient for two months.

She was born July 11, 1893, in Elkhart County. Two nephews and a niece survive.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Grace Lawn Cemetery. The Rev. Kevin V. Chapman, assistant pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, will officiate.

She was a retired bookkeeper. She was a life member of the YWCA and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Arrangements are being made by the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Donated by Judy Palmaffy ancestors@cbd.net

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