Van Wert County, Ohio, Obituaries for 1895 - 1899

Obituaries for 1916 - 1920

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Surnames: FAIR
Decedent: Aaron Fair
Date listed: Friday, January 11, 1918

Word was received here last evening of the death at Cleveland of Aaron Fair, a former resident of the city. Death was caused by heart trouble. Mr. Fair formerly resided with his son in Van Wert and among other relatives is survived by a brother, Frank Fair of Center street, and a sister, Mrs. John Pryor of Allingham street. Mr. Fair's son with whom he resided here up to a few months ago, is no longer in the city. No announcement concerning the funeral services or burial was received here.

Surnames: FAIR
Decedent: Aaron Fair
Date listed: Friday, January 11, 1918

Mrs. Dave Mace will arrive today from Cleveland where she attended the funeral of her uncle, Aaron Fair.

Surnames: JOHNSON
Decedent: Mrs. Shannon Johnson
Date listed: Sunday, January 13, 1918

MRS. SHANNON JOHNSON Funeral services of Mrs. Shannon Johnson were held at the U.B. church in Wren yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. John Freeman. Mrs. Johns was 82 years old, two months and 19 days of age. Mrs. Johnson was born in Champaign county, Oct 20, 1825. She was first married to Mr. Sheets, and after his death to Shannon Johnson, the latter passing away in December, 1907. From her first marriage several children survive. The children are: Mrs. (illegible) Gephart, Samuel P. Sheets, Decatur; Addison Sheets, Otto Sheets, Mrs. L. J. Clepler, of near Wren. Step-children are: Joe Johnson of near Wren, Mrs. Grace Mosuer, of Decatur.

Surnames: KELLEHER
Decedent: Helen Kelleher
Date listed: Friday, February 22, 1918

The funeral of Helen, the seventeen year old daughter of Cornelius Kelleher, of Detroit, formerly of Delphos, occurred this afternoon, at the home of George Dolt in Delphos. She died of tuberculosis.

Surnames: JONES
Decedent: William E. Jones
Date listed: Saturday, March 23, 1918

Funeral services for William E. Jones, former resident of Venedocia, will be held, in that town this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Jones died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Richard Chapman. of Columbus. He was 91,years of age and is survived by three children, Henry Jones of Venedocia, Mrs. Richard. Chapman of Columbus, and Charles Jones of Nebraska.

Surnames: FETTEL
Decedent: Nicholas Fettel
Date listed: Tuesday, April 2, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. L. Spieker and daughter, Miss Mildred, have returned from Sandusky where they were called by the death of Mrs. Spieker's father, the late Nicholas Fettel.

Decedent: Tabitha Feightner
Date listed: Friday, April 12, 1918

Word has been received in the city of the death of Mrs. Tabitha Feightner, a former resident of Van Wert, at the home of her son, Elmer Feightner, in Jackson, Mich. The arrangements for the funeral services had not been made last evening.

Decedent: Mrs. Samuel Feightner
Date listed: Saturday, April 13, 1918

Funeral services for Mrs. Samuel Feightner, who died recently at the, home of her son, Elmer Feightner, at Jackson, Mich., will be held this morning at 10 o'clock from the home of her sister, Mrs. R. E. Beck on South Harrison street. Burial will be made at Woodland. Mrs. Feightner who was 73 years of age at the time of her death, was a former resident of the county and had spent practically her entire life here.

Surnames: JONES
Decedent: Margaret Jones
Date listed: Tuesday, April 23, 1918

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Jones, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. J. Davies, East Raymond street, Sunday morning, will be held Tuesday morning from the Davies home. Mrs. Jones, who was well known to many friends and acquaintances in Van Wert county, had resided practically all of her life in Venedocia and Van Wert. A native of Wales she came to Van Wert county with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Parry, at the age of six years and has resided here continuously since then. For the past 15 years she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. D. J. Davies, her husband having died a number of years ago. Among her survivors are three daughters Mrs. John Erwood of Chicago, Mrs. C. W Bonnewitz of Van Wert and Mrs. D. J. Davies of Van Wert. Two Jones of Venedocia, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Edwards, preceded her in death. Burial will be made at Venedocia. Rev. H. D. Newcomer will have services.

Surnames: JONES
Decedent: Margaret Jones
Date listed: Tuesday, April 23, 1918

D.J. Davies has returned to the city from Ironton on account of the death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Jones.

Surnames: KALT
Decedent: Laura Kalt
Date listed: Tuesday, April 30, 1918

Miss Laura Kalt. a well known young lady of Delphos, died Friday morning at an early hour at the home of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Kalt, in that town. She was about twenty years and is survived by her parents, five sisters and two brothers. The funeral services have not been completed.

Surnames: EVANS
Decedent: Elizabeth Evans
Date listed: Thursday, May 23, 1918

The death of Mrs. W. B. Evans of Venedocia occurred yesterday at the Van Wert County hospital, following an operation for the relief of ulcers in the stomach. Mrs. Morgan's (sic) illness was of brief duration and her death comes as a sad shock her many friends and relatives in the county, where she has resided for a great number of years. The deceased, who was Elizabeth Morgan before her marriage, is survived by her husband and two sons, Harris and Morgan. No arrangements for the funeral and burial have yet been made.

Surnames: JOHNS
Decedent: Henry Johns
Date listed: Thursday, June 27, 1918

Passing in front of a waiting locomotive and failing to note the approach of a passenger train on another track cost the life of Henry Johns at Middle Point Wednesday morning. The accident was caused by the fact that the diseased (sic) has suffered with deafness for some years and was unable to hear the oncoming train. Johns was for many years a resident of South Wayne street, Van Wert, but recently hats been making his home with a son Oscar. He was aged 75 years and leaves a wide circle of acquaintances in the town and county. His immediate survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Frank Darling and three sons, Charles, Elijah and Oscar. The remains were brought to the B. L. Vore undertaking establishment in this city and prepared for burial. Funeral services will be held cometime (sic) Friday. Announcement of the hour and whether it will be from the house or church will be made later.

Surnames: FEASTER
Decedent: Philip Feaster
Date listed: Saturday, July 13, 1918

Funeral services for Philip Feaster, a former resident of Van Wert were conducted at the Vore Chapel East Main street Friday afternoon, at 2 o'clock with burial in Woodland. Mr. Feaster was unmarried and had resided at Gladwin, Mich., for the last 16 years, and died at a hospital in Saginaw from heart trouble.

Surnames: FIFE
Decedent: John Delbert Fife
Date listed: Tuesday, July 16, 1918

In the death of J.D. Fife, which occurred at the family home South avenue Sunday, Van Wert has lost one of its pioneer business men who by his long service, upright citizenship and kindly manner won unto himself a host of friends who will join with the family and immediate relatives in sincerely mourning his 1oss. Mr. Fife has been ill for a long period of time, but has born his suffering with that silent fortitude which has been a pronounced characteristic his long and useful life. John Delbert Fife was born in Carrol (sic) county Ohio Sept 15, 1849, of Robert and Mary Fife. When five years of age his parents moved to Van Wert county settling in Hoaglin township. In the year 1859 they moved to the farm, located five miles northeast of the city, and which is still property of the family. He learned the blacksmith trade with his father, who conducted shop at the southeast corner of Washington and Crawford streets After completing his trade he took employment with the late John Clark who conducted a shop on West Main street. In 1876 he joined with William Scheidt who was employed as a maker in the same shop. They purchased the shop and continued business there until May 1 1918, when Mr. Fife was compelled by illness to give up active work. Oct. 22, 1873, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Purdy of Van Wert and to this union was born three children, Harry E., residing at Lansing, Mich., Bessie M., residing at Fort Wayne, Ind., and Vera V. of this city. Five grandchildren also service. Funeral services will be conducted at the family home, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. R. Gunn of Fort Wayne. Burial at Woodland in charge of Van Wert lodge No. 257, I.O.O.F.

Surnames: JOHNSON
Decedent: William H. Johnson
Date listed: Wednesday, July 17, 1918

Funeral services for William H. Johnson, colored, who died at the home or his daughter In Grand Rapids, will be held at Bethel A. M. E. church at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Burial in Woodland.

Surnames: KELLOG
Decedent: Sarah C. Kellog
Date listed: Friday, August 9, 1918

Mrs. Sarah C. Kellog, mother of Mrs. S. A. Frantz, died at the Van Wert County hospital Thursday evening at six o'clock. Remains will be taken to Sewickley, Pa., her old home where funeral services will be held Saturday. Mrs. Kellog came to Van Wert recently to visit her daughter, whose husband is the recently appointed pastor of the Presbyterian church, and took ill shortly after her arival (sic). She was taken to the hospital about ten days ago, and grew steadily worse until she passed beyond the aid of medical science.

Surnames: KELLOG
Decedent: Mrs. Sara C. Kellog
Date listed: Tuesday, August 13, 1918

Noble Woman Summoned to Her
Reward In the Windowless
Palace of Rest.
Mrs. Sara C. Kellog, mother of Mrs. George Arthur Frantz, of South Washington street, died of a complication of diseases Thursday night, at the Van Wert County Hospital. Mrs. Kellog had in late years resided at Morristown, Pennsylvania, and came to Van Wert a few weeks ago for a visit at the Frantz home and to attend the installation service when Rev. Frantz became pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Kellog was stricken of sickness and her condition gradually grew worse, failing to yield to the best of medical skill. Mrs. Kellog was a native of Ireland and was aged sixty-six years. She was the widow of the late Samuel Henry Kellog, a prominent missionary of the Presbyterian Church, whose death occurred in India, in the year 1899. Mrs. Kellog was an active worker in the church and spent a number of years in India. The major portion of her residence in this country was spent in Philadelphia, and Pittsburg (sic). Her direct survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Ingalls, of Hamilton, Canada, Mrs. 0.S. Fellows, of Middletown, New York, Mrs. John B. Kelso, of Wooster, and Mrs. George Arthur Frantz. of Van Wert, and three sons, Dr. F.S. Kellog, of Pittsburg (sic), Edwin Henry Kellog, of Hartford, Connecticut and Robert Kellog, of Morristown, Pennsylvania The remains were taken to Sewickly, Pennsylvania, where the funeral service was held on Saturday.

Surnames: JONES
Decedent: Mrs. D. W. Jones
Date listed: Tuesday, August 13, 1918

The home of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Jones of East, Maple avenue was saddened yesterday by the news of the death of Mrs. Jones' mother, Mrs. D. W. Jones of Centerville, Ohio. The deceased lady, who was 74 years of age at the time of her death, had been seriously ill for the past two months. She was the mother of eight children, two girls and six boys, Mr. Jones being the only one who resides in Van Wert. Mr. Jones will leave Wednesday morning for Centerville to attend the funeral services which will be held at the family home Thursday.

Surnames: JONES
Decedent: Mrs. D. W. Jones
Date listed: Saturday, August 17, 1918

T.E. Jones has returned from Centerville where he attended the funeral services for his mother Friday.

Surnames: KENNEDY
Decedent: Arland Kennedy
Date listed: Friday, September 27, 1918

Sailor Stricken.
Arland Kennedy, an Ohio City boy died at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Thursday, of Influenza. He was a son of the Ohio City butcher of that name, and had been in the service about two months.

Surnames: FAUST
Decedent: Mrs. George Faust
Date listed: Thursday, October 3, 1918

After a lingering illness of a long duration, Mrs. George Faust, age 50 years died at her home east of Scott Wednesday evening at 10:30. The deceased lady who was well and favorably known was a life long resident of Hoaglin township, Van Wert county and was well known to many friends who will regret to learn of her death. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Mohr, Mrs. Foust is survived by her husband and four children, three sons and one daughter, John H. Foust and Glenn Foust of Van Wert county James E. Foust of Paulding county and Mrs. Harriet Alta Fast of Paulding county. In addition to the chidden, four sisters survive. They are Mrs. William Hoaglin, Union township, Mrs. J. W. Runable (this name is not clear) at Van Wert, Mrs. Alta Moon, Union township, Mrs. Harriet Ferguson, Hoaglin township, and two brothers, Walter of Hoaglin township and Edward Mohr of Scott. The funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist church Scott Saturday morning at 10 o'clock and burial will be made in Woodland cemetery. Services will be in charge of Rev. George of Willshire, formerly of Scott. (Note: The article spelled the name Faust and Foust.)

Surnames: KEITH
Decedent: Mrs. Albert Keith
Date listed: Sunday, October 13, 1918

A very sad death occurred Tuesday evening, in the passing of Mrs. Albert Keith, a widely known resident of Hoaglin township. She died following the birth of twin daughters and one of the babe also has passed away. The deceased, who was formerly Bessie Yoh daughter of Matthew Yoh, was thirty-one years of age, and is survived by the husband and three children. Due to the influenza restrictions, it was impossible to hold funeral services at this time, but a memorial will be held at a later date. The burial occurred Thursday afternoon, at the Mohr Cemetery in Hoaglin township, the funeral party leaving the home at one o'clock.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: Karl Kennith
Date listed: Tuesday, October 29, 1918

Brief funeral services were held, Monday, at the home of W. L. Kear, of Shaffer street, over the remains of his grandson. Karl Kennith the two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kear, who died at the family home at Toledo. Interment was made at Woodland Cemetery.

Surnames: KEITH
Decedent: Mrs. Albert Keith
Date listed: Friday, November 1, 1918

Card of Thanks.
We wish to express our sincere thanks for the help and kindness shown us by our neighbors and friends during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother. We want to thank also all the friends from Union and Hoaglin townships who husked the corn for us.
O. A. Keith and Family.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: Karl Kennith Kear
Date listed: Saturday, November 9, 1918

OBITUARY Karl Kennith Kear
Karl Kennith Kear, little son of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Kear, was born May 3, 1916, departed this life Oct. 26th, 1918, aged two years five months and 23 days.
Just two weeks have slowly past
Since our dear baby breathed his
last last, (sic)
The hand of death that touched his brow
We know he is in heaven now.

His little place is empty
And vacant is his bed,
His playthings are all laid aside
For, Oh, sweet Karl is dead.

All is dark within our home,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: Karl Kennith Kear
Date listed: Tuesday, November 12, 1918

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our gratitude to our friends and neighbors for the kindness during our sad bereavement, also for the, many beautiful floral offerings.
       Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kear
       Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Kear
      and Family.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: Joseph Kear
Date listed: Monday, November 18, 1918

Joseph Kear, a life long resident of Van Wert died Saturday afternoon, at his home on Center street, after a long illness. He was a member of the Macabees and the Second M. E. church and had been a machnists helper up to the time of his illness. The deceased was aged 50 years and is survived by his wife and five children. Mrs. Mable Palmer, Russel, Robert, Lucile and Floyd. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at the Second M. E. church at 10:00 o'clock.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: Joseph Kear
Date listed: Tuesday, November 19, 1918

The death of Joseph Kear occurred late Saturday afternoon at his home on Center street. due to a complication of ailments. Mr. Kear had been in failing health for the past couple of years and for more than two months his condition had been serious. He was born in this city fifty-three years ago and had always made Van Wert his home. The deceased is survived by a wife and the following children: Floyd, Russell and Robert Kear, Mrs. Harry Palmer and Miss Lucile Kear. Mr. Kear was popular with Cincinnati Northern shop-men where he had been employed for the past twenty years. He was a member of the Second M. E. Church and of K. O. T. M. His death will be sincerely regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Second M. E. Church, Tuesday morning, ten o'clock. Burial at Woodland Cemetery.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: John Joseph Kear
Date listed: Friday, November 29, 1918

John Joseph Kear was born in Van Wert, Ohio, May 25th 1836, died November 16th., 1918, aged 52 years, 5 months and 21 days. He was in marriage with Miss Laura Baker, August 6th, 1886. This union was favored with six children, three sons and three daughters. One died in infancy. Brother Kear is survived by his beloved companion, three sons Floyd, Russel and Robert Kear, and two daughters, Mrs. Harry Palmer and Miss Lucile Kear. Also three grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: William Kear. of Van Wert, Elden Kear, of Toledo, Mrs. Mate Strothers, of Grover Hill, Mrs. Charles Shoemaker, of Union City, Ind., Mrs. John McDarr, of Toledo, and Mrs. John Risor, of Jackson, Mich. He was a member of the Moose and Macabee Orders. The pastor of Second M. E. Church met this brother about one month ago and is therefore not well acquainted, with the deceased. In his late illness he gave utterance to clear views of religious convictions and a firm hope of everlasting life. "There is a land of pure delight where saints immortal reign; eternal day dispels the night and pleasures banish pain." Brother Kear was wondrously patient during his last illness and had the manner and air of one who understands that life's scenes in this world are closed. He who knows more of the eternal than any of the human family, has given us the promise "Lo I am with you even unto the end of the world." He also said "Not a sparrow falleth from the housetop without the Father's will. Ye are more value than many sparrows." The funeral was conducted by Rev. Sinclair and Rev. Gamble in the Second M. E. Church. Burial in Woodland Cemetery.

Dearest father thou has left us,
And our loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God that has bereft us
He can all sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life, is fled
When in heaven in joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

Surnames: KEAR
Decedent: John Joseph Kear
Date listed: Friday, November 29, 1918

Card of Thanks.
We wish to thank all those who assisted in the sickness and death of our dear husband and father, especially the Cincinnati Northern shop men, also the ladies quartet and the ministers for their comforting words. also for the many beautiful floral offerings.
       Mrs. Joseph Kear and Family.

Surnames: FARNAM
Decedent: Mrs. A.D. Farnam
Date listed: Saturday, December 14, 1918

At the home of her son, Frank Farnam, 109 North Wall street, Mrs. A.D. Farnam died at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. At the time of her Mrs. Farnam, who was well known to many friends, was 80 years of age She had been ill since Thursday, death ,resulting from the infirmities of old age. Among immediate survivors are two sons, Frank and John Farnam, both of Van Wert. No arrangements have been made as yet for the funeral services.

Surnames: FABER
Decedent: Leopold Faber
Date listed: Friday, December 20, 1918

Miss Emma Faber has been called to Delphos by the death of her father Leopold Faber, who died there Thursday afternoon following a four weeks' illness. Mr. Faber formerly resided in Van Wert for several months but in recent years his home had been in Delphos. Beside his wife he is survived by eight children, Miss Emma Faber of Van Wert being one of them.

Surnames: NEPTUNE
Decedent: Isabella Neptune
Date listed: Friday, December 12, 1919

Mrs. Isabella Neptune, mother of Dr. James Q. Neptune, of this city died very suddenly at 1:30 this morning at her home at Willshire, Ohio, death being due to apoplexy. Mrs. Margaret Bedcord, of this city, has been caring for her and this morning at the time stated, Mrs. Neptune was seized with a cough. She told Mrs. Bedcord that she believed she was taking a cold. Then she said "No I am chocking to death. I don't see why the good Lord can't take me". Those were practically her last words, for she drew a few breaths and succunbed, passing with no suffering.
Mrs. Neptune would have been eighty-five years of age next February. For eitghty-three years, she was a resident of this county, being one of the pioneer ladies.
Funeral arrangements are delayed, pending word from a daughter in Nebraska.

Submitted by Linda Ead,

Surnames: NEPTUNE
Decedent: Isabella Neptune
Date listed: Saturday, December 13, 1919

(Submitted by Linda Ead,

Funeral Today
Services for Mrs. Isabelle Neptune at Willshire, Ohio Funeral services for Mrs. Isabella Neptune, of Willshire, Ohio, mother of Dr. James Q. Neptune, of this city, will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Methodist church at Willshire. The death of this aged lady, who is so well known here, occured suddenly, with scarcely a moments warning yesterday morning, from apoplexy.

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