Van Wert County, Ohio, Obituaries for 1895 - 1899

Obituaries for 1916 - 1920

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Surnames: EVANS
Decedent: J. R. Evans
Date listed: Tuesday, March 22, 1927

(Submitted by Kathryn Catherwood. Actual date of publication and death unknown.)

J.R. Evans, an old time resident of this community, passed away very suddenly last Sunday. He had been ailing for some time, but no one thought seriously. He visited with friends last Saturday evening, in the village, and arose Sunday morning at his usual time. While attempting to get a drink of water he dropped over and never regained consciousness. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with interment at Venedocia. Rev. Jones officiated. Mrs. Evans has a daughter living. Mrs. Fred Taylor, a sister, Mrs. R. O. Evans, and a brother, David Evans.

Surnames: BREESE
Decedent: J. D. Breese
Date listed: Saturday, July 23, 1927

(Submitted by Kathryn Catherwood)

J. D. Breese died July 23, 1927
The funeral of thelate J. D. Breese was held at the church last Tuesday. Mr. Breese had been ill for several weeks and had been a patient at Van Wert County Hospital for some time before he died. Mr. Breese had been a prominent figure in the religious life of the community and at the time of his death was a deacon of the Zion Church. His direct survivors are Mrs. Breese, David J. Breese and Mrs. E. M. Rees, together with grandchildren and other relatives. Interment was made at Venedocia cemetery. Rev. Edward Roberts, of Madison, Wisconsin, a former pastor, officiated.

Surnames: HAND
Decedent: Sarah A. Hand
Date listed: Monday, April 1, 1929

Sarah A. Hand was born in Van Wert Co. Ohio, Sept. 24, 1860 and died at her home in Superior, Nebraska, March 11, 1929 at the age of 68 years, 5 months and 15 days. She moved to Iowa with her parents and later to Gage Co., Nebraska in 1878.
She was married to John Reid at Blue Springs, Nebr. March 31, 1881 and settled on the Otoe Indian Reservation.
In the spring of 1893 they, with their children, moved to Jewell Co. near Webber, Kansas, where they resided until they retired from active live, when they moved to Superior, Nebraska where she lived at the time of her death.
In early life she united with the Evangelical Church in Gage Co., Nebraska and later transferred to the Presbyterian Church of which church she continued a member wherever she resided.
To their marriage union six children were born, two sons and four daughters. Two daughters, Janie and Ethel, dying in infancy.
She leaves to mourn her departure her companion of nearly 48 years, four children, Thomas J. Reid, Myrtle I. Crispin, Violet A. Graham and J. Golden Reid, all of whom reside near the home farm at Webber. Also ten grandchildren and two sisters and two brothers, Thomas Hand, Lisbon, ND; Mrs. Ettie Chapman, Home Kansas; Mrs. Lizzie Barry, Lawrence, Nebraska; and Lannie Hand, Wymore, Nebraska. With a host of friends and other relatives.
Mother we will miss you,
We will miss your tender care.
But we know you've gone to heaven
To be with the angels there.
(Submitted by: Glenda Hinz)

Decedent: Lucy Arvilla Hemlinger
Date listed: Monday, December 9, 1929

Mrs. Lucy Hemlinger Rites Will Be Held Here Wednesday.
Mrs. Lucy Arvilla Hemlinger, 85, widow of Milton Hemlinger, who had lived in Defiance since 1900, died today at 6 a.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. L.E. Eitniear, 909 Wesley St. after being in failing health for 5 years due to infirmities of age. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Funeral Home, Jefferson Ave. and Fifth St. with Rev. F. M. Swinehart, pastor of St. Paul's Mehtodist Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be made in Sherwood Cemetery, Defiance Co. Mrs. Hemlinger was born in Morrow Co. on April 1, 1844, a daughter of the late Joseph(Job) and Sarah Foust. When 12 years old, she moved with her parents to Van Wert. At the age of 21 she was married to John Knestrick, who died in Van Wert, Feb. 5, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Knestrick had 5 children who survive: Horace Knestrick, Mt. Gilead; Willis Knestrick, Defiance; Mrs. John Eller, Van Wert; Mrs. Hugh Davidson, Detroit; and Ishe Knestrick, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; In July 1883, Mr. and Mrs. Hemlinger were married at Van Wert and had three children: Mrs. Eitniear, Defiance; Mrs. E.A. Wheaton, Sherwood and Louis Hemlinger, who was killed here May 22, 1918 when a team of horses ran away at Turnbull Wagon Co. There are 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren surviving. Mrs. Hemlinger also leaves a brother Chauncey Foust, South Bend, Ind.

Submitted by Lucy Weaver

Surnames: FAIR
Decedent: Jesse Fair
Date listed: Thursday, January 30, 1930

Jesse Fair 63, a farmer of Ridge township, was found dead in bed Monday morning by his sister, Miss Catherine Fair. Death was due to heart attack.

Surnames: ELLIS
Decedent: P. A. Ellis
Date listed: Thursday, April 24, 1930

P.A. Ellis, a well-known resident of Celina, died Saturday morning in the Masonic Home in Springfield. His wife passed away on March 3. Mr. Ellis was born in Dublin township November 11, 1845, and was a well-known citizen of Mercer county.

Surnames: EMMERT
Decedent: Helen Buck Emmert
Date listed: Thursday, April 24, 1930

Mrs. Helen Buck Emmert, 20, wife of Charles Emmert of Piqua was brought to Van Wert to the Loe funeral home and services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Rockford U. B. Church. Mrs. Emmert, a former Rockford girl, was married last October and had made her home in Piqua until her illness. She died last Friday night at a Sanitarium near Columbus. She is survived by her husband, her mother and one brother, Floyd Buck. Burial was made in the Hopewell cemetery.

Surnames: ELLIS
Decedent: Mrs. P. A. Ellis
Date listed: Tuesday, June 3, 1930

Mrs. P. A. Ellis, 89, a well-known life-long resident of Ce- lina, died Monday in the Masonic Home in Springfield, where she was recently taken for care. Surviving are the husband P. A. Ellis, a sister, three grand children and other relatives. The funeral was held in Celina, Wednesday, from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Ellis.

Surnames: FALLER
Decedent: Alma Frances Faller
Date listed: Thursday, June 5, 1930

Mrs. Alma Frances Faller 67, died at her home south of Van Wert, Friday afternoon, following a lingering illness.

Surnames: FENK
Decedent: Clark Fenk
Date listed: Thursday, July 24, 1930

Clark Fenk 74, well known resident of Geneva, died Sunday.

Surnames: ECKHART
Decedent: Lewis Eckhart
Date listed: Thursday, August 21, 1930

After a long and useful life, Lewis Eckhart passed away Friday morning after a few days, sickness at his home north of Rockford. His passing was a sad blow to his family and friends. While not in the best of health, he was up and around and a frequent visitor in Rockford. His passing was the result of a stroke suffered Tuesday morning.
Lewis Eckhart, son of Cornelious and Elizabeth Eckhart, was born in Hocking county, Ohio, March 17, 1851, and departed. this life from his home north of Rockford. Ohio, August 15, 1930, aged 79 years, 4 months and 28 days.
With his parents he moved to Van Wert county in 1864, and after some years the home was established in Mercer county, where the remainder of his life was spent.
Mr. Eckhart was united in marriage to Hannah Flager, Feb. 1st. 1876, and to this union six children were born, Carrie, Charles, John, William, Glen and Clyde.
Mr. Eckhart was an Honored Mason, being a member of Shanes Lodge No.377 F. & A. M. with a service of 55 years on its roster. He was an honored citizen, a, good neighbor and a faithful friend. His sunny disposition will make him a man much missed in Rockford and community.
He was preceded in death by his beloved companion in the year of 1918; two sons also preceded him Charles passing in 1917 and Glen D. Sept.1918, being the first Rockford boy to lose his life in the World War. His memory has been and is being honored by his comrades who established the Rockford Post in his name, it be ing the Glen D. Eckhart post 508 of the American Legion.
Those left to mourn their loss are one brother, Edward Eckhart, of Hudson, Mich.: four children, Mrs. Carrie Robinson, John and William Eckhart, all of Rockford, Ohio and Clyde Eckhart of North Manchester, Ind., a number of other relatives and a host of friends.
We are building every day
In a good or evil way.
And the structure as it grows,
Will our inmost self disclose.

Till in every arch and line.
All our faults and failings shine;
It may grow a castle grand,
Or a wreck upon the sand.

Build it well what e'er you do,
Build it straight and strong, and true,
Build it clean, and high and broad,
Build it for the eye of God.

  The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Rock- ford United Brethren church; conducted by the pastor, Rev. V. H. Allman. Masonic funeral rites were conducted by members of Shanes Lodge F. & A. M. The interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.

Surnames: WELKER
Decedent: Sarah Jane Welker
Date listed: Friday, September 19, 1930

(Submitted by Jane Lewis)

Mrs. Sarah Jane Welker, widow of James Welker, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Pretorius, at Bippus, Friday afternoon about four o'clock. She was stricken with paralysis the first of last week and was helpless until her death. Friday morning she became unconscious. The body was brought to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Riley Elliott in North Manchester, and the funeral was held at the United Brethren church Sunday afternoon at 1:30. Burial was in Oaklawn cemetery.
  Mrs. Welker's maiden name was Sarah Jane White and she was the daughter of Ruphis White and wife. She was born in Ohio and was 76 years 3 months and 8 days old at death. She married James Welker and they lived in Ohio until six years after their marriage when they moved to a farm near Bolivar. Mr. Welker died about six years ago and since then she has lived with her children. Three daughters survive, Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Pretorius and Mrs. Ida Howell of Fortville. One child died in infancy. Two brothers are living, Charles of Oklahoma and Richard of Wabash and two sisters, Mrs. Oliver Silvers and Mrs. Caroline Roberts of St. Mary's, Ohio.

Surnames: EVANS
Decedent: Richard Morris Evans
Date listed: Thursday, September 25, 1930

Richard Morris Evans, 52, well known farmer living near Venedocia, was found dead in bed, having ended his life by shooting himself with a 22 calibre rifle. He had muffled the rifle with the bed coverings and it was hours later before it was discovered that he had ended his life. Evans was unmarried and made his home with a sister. Four other sisters survive.

Surnames: EICHLER
Decedent: Joyce Christopher Eichler
Date listed: Thursday, November 13, 1930

Joyce Christopher Eichler, 10, son of Mr. and, Mrs. J. L. Eichler, of Center township, died after a complicated illness of two years. Surviving are the parents, a twin brother John William and brothers Dale and Paul. Funeral services were held from the St. John Lutheran church in Celina, conducted by Rev. Einfalt. Burial in North Grove cemetery.

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