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ALBERT N. GAGE (1877-1916)

Albert N. Gage, son of Ezra and Rosanna Gage, was born in LaGrange county, Indiana, April 2, 1877, and departed this life March 1, 1916, after a lingering illness from tuberculosis, aged thirty-eight years, ten months, and twenty-nine days. He was industrious in his habits and strictly honest in his dealings with his fellowmen. He was united in marriage to Viola Baker, January 14, 1901. To this union wee born seven children, three sons and four daughters, the sons preceding him, Burton dying in infancy, Samuel, May 19, 1915, and Glen, June 21, 1915, aged thirteen years. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, four daughters, four brothers, two sisters and many friends. In the death of our friend, Albert, his companion laost a true husband, his chidren a kind fahter and his brothers and sisters a worthy brother. He was converted in May, 1915, and baptized in November, Pastor Clear officiating. While we feel that his family needs his tender care, there is the consolation that he can never suffer more, never again feel the chill of death and that upon his brow has been set the seal of everlasting peace.

Farewell, 'til we meet in the morning,
When the clouds and mists roll away.
Where there'll be no more anguish of parting,
No death in that beautiful day.

Our hearts are so crushed in this sorrow,
We scarcely can say, "It is best."
But we try to look up and remember,
You've entered the mansion of rest.

Farewell, though our hopes have perished,
And we tearfully pass 'neath the rod.
We will meet you, beloved, in the morning,
In the beautiful palace of God.
To the many friends and neighbors, who rendered us such valued aid and sympathy during the sickness and after the death of our beloved husband and father, we tender our heartfelt gratitude and thanks. --Mrs. Viola Gage and children

Funeral services for Albert Gage, who died Wednesday afternoon or last week, were held at the Plato church, at two o'clock in the afternoon of the following Friday, in charge of Pastor V. I. Clear. Before stricken with the fatal disease, tuberculosis, Mr. Gage was an industrious man, not only a hard worker but one who did his work well. Particularly sad is this case, the widow being left with four little girls to support. Two children died last summer, a babe of two months, Samuel E., in May, and the boy, Glenn, thirteen years old, of valvular heart trouble, in June. The neighborhood extends sympathy to the family in its bereavement.
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ANNA FAIR GAGE (1871-1958)

Mrs. Anna Gage Dies Friday After Extended Illness
Mrs. Anna Gage, lifelong resident of LaGrange and nearby community, passed away at the age of 87 years at the LaGrange County Hospital on Friday afternoon of last week. She had been a patient there since May 9, when she fell and broke her hip. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the LaGrange Methodist Church and burial occurred in Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Marion O. King officiated. Caton and Frurip Funeral Home was in charge. Survivors include one son Fred Gage of near LaGrange and three daughters, Mrs. Arney Palmer of Detroit and Mrs. Harold R. Funk and Mrs. Lester Norris of LaGrange; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Grant Gage, passed away in 1934, and she had resided in the Funk home since that time. Mrs. Gage was born May 4, 1871, the daughter of Noah and Ellen Group Fair. Of a retiring nature, she had devoted her entire life to serving her family and friends.
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BEATRICE A. ELLIOTT, 91, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of LaGrange. Born in Detroit, she was a nurse's aide and had worked in the LaGrange County recorder's office. Her husband, Frank, died in 1982. A son, William B., died in 1996. Surviving are two daughters, Lauretta Quast of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Barbara Schemahorn of Wolcottville; a son, Robert P. of LaGrange; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Frurip-May Funeral Home. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Eastern Star service at 6 p.m. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Mount Zion Lutheran Church or to Order of Eastern Star, Sylvan Chapter 251.
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MRS. BESSIE L. GAGE Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie L. Gage, 80, former Ashley postmistress, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Swank Funeral Home in Ashley. Mrs. Gage died Thursday, April 13 (1967), in Petersburg, Florida. A daughter and two grandchildren survive.
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Charles Gage, 75, Plato Resident, Dies Sunday
The death of Charles Gage, 75, lifelong resident of LaGrange county, occurred Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, Archie Gage, in LaGrange. He had lived in the Plato community until his health failed about 18 months ago and since then had resided with his children. He was well-known for his work as a mason. His wife, Allie Rush Gage, died 35 years ago. Surviving are four children, the sons, Archie of LaGrange and Frank of Columbia City, Mrs. Hubert Miller of near Brighton and Mrs. William Chipman of Butler; two step-children, Mrs. Calvin Meador of Texaco, Illinois, and Roy Gage of LaGrange; 19 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren and one brother, Horace Gage of Plato. The funeral services were conducted from the Caton and Frurip funeral home Tuesday at one o'clock with Rev. L. J. Beaver of the Church of God officiating. Burial was made at the Plato cemetery.
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EMMA GAGE HEALEY (1859-1926)

Mrs. Emma Healey, Life-Long Resident, Was Buried Monday
Mrs. Emma Gage Healey, who was born in LaGrange county November 23, 1859 and had lived here her entire life, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Irvy Charles, living each and south of LaGrange, on Friday of last week, shortly before noon. She had been stricken with apoplexy about a day before her death. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. Brown of the Evangelical church at Wolcottville, of which she was a memeber, officiating. Burial was made in the cemetery at Woodruff, beside the grave of her husband who died twelve years ago. Mrs. Healey was the eldest daughter of Ezra and Rosannah (Eastlick) Gage, early pioneers of the county. She received her education in the common shcools of the county, and when not in school, passed the yers of her girlhood and young womanhood in assisting the mother in the care of her large family. On December 3, 1882, she was united in marriage to Joseph R. Healey, with whom she lived a life of contentment and devotion of an unusual degree, never having ceased to miss him since on November 2, 1914, when he passed on before to await her coming. The were converted to the Christian faith through the efforts of Rev. and Mrs. Baldwin of the Evangelical church, and together united with that society as long as it existed. Later they untied with the class near their home, the Calvary Evangelical church, where she labored joyously and untiringly. Especially dear to her was her prayer meeting, where she relied updon Christ's promise that thought there only two or three gathered together, He would be with them. Her's was a beautiful Christian life, and through her prayers and influence, her aged father was brought to Christ. She loved her neighbors and never was happier than when she could do some kindness for someone in need, or consoling her loved ones in sorrow and grief. She was ambitious and frugal, and working with her husband their united labor and economy was rewarded by the home for which they had so long striven. This home was made still more precious by the birth of their only child, Leveda, who, after the death of the father, became Mrs. Irvy Charles. Twice more her home was gladdened by the coming in to it of two loved grandchildren, Harold Joseph and Helen Rosalie Charles, who were the delight and pleasure of Grandma's later years. Her home was her mecca and in it she was queen. A loyal wife, a sacrificing, loving mother, her memory will long be cherished by those who loved her most. For over a year had been in failing health, her friends noticing her gradual weakening condition, none however, realized it more than she, and it was her constant prayer that she might be taken home once more to dwell with the loved companion of earth. About two weeks before her decease, the grandson contracted scarlet fever and through her love she took upon herself the immediate care of him until he was safely recovered. When it seemed her work was finished and her prayer to be answered, the Lord saying, "Thou hast done what thou could do. Enter now into the joy of thy Lord," for after only a few hours of sickness, shortly after the noon hour of April 30, 1926, suddenly and swiftly the angel came, and with lips murmuring an unspoken farewell to the loved ones at her bedsides, her spirit was wafted away to swell in the city eternal forever more. On her passing, she leaves her daughter and husband, two grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Janie Cline, and three brothers, Horace, Grant and Charles Gage, all of LaGrange county, and one brother, Oliver Gage, of Auburn, Indiana. Two brothers, the eldest and youngest, Samuel and Albert Gage, preceded her several years ago.

"Goodby, thou blessed Mother of mine,
Goodby, dearest Sister, for a time,
Until that morn so bright and fair,
In which we all may have a share
And clasp glad hands in 'Over There,'
Where we may meet without a care
Around our Father's throne."
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Evelyn Klingler (June 14, 1917-April 14, 1978)
A former Orland resident and retired school teacher, Evelyn Klingler, 60, of 1004 Highland Drive, Angola, died in St. Mary's Hospital, Saginaw, Michigan, Friday morning, April 14. Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the Orland United Methodist Church with Reverend Ronald Manahan and Reverend Ford Stidham officiating. Interment followed in Greenlawn Cemetery near Orland. Beams Funeral Home, of Fremont, was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are contributions to the National Kidney Foundation. Mrs. Klingler was born June 14, 1917, at Mongo, the daughter of Roy and Neva (McKenzie) Wilson. A teacher for 37 years, Mrs. Klingler taught 18 years at Orland, two at South Milford and 17 at Freeland, Michigan. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sheldon (Margaret) Wohlers, of Angola; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Wilford (Lois) Dunkel, of LaGrange; and Mrs. Robert (Kathryn) Rhoades, of Elkhart. Her husband, Ronald, died in November 1977.
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GLENN GAGE (1903-1915)

After many days and nights of suffering Glenn B. Gage, son of Albert and Viola Baker Gage, died at his home, Monday night, at eleven o'clock, and the funeral services were held at the church at Plato, Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Through all the grief and affliction which has come to this family during the past six months, the entire community has been in deepest sympathy with them, a fact that everyone has manifested in word and deed. We will miss the little boy from our community for he was a lovable child, of obediant nature, cheerful, patient, and hopeful through his illness. Though unable to join in rollicking games with our children of the neighborhood, he was always happy and interested as an onlooker. The father returned from Rockville on receiving news of the death of his son and has decided not to return to the sanitarium.
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GRANT GAGE (1868-1934)
Grant Gage, prominent and substantial LaGrange county farmer, died suddenly Wednesday morning about eight o'clock, at his home southeast of Plato following an attack of heart trouble. He was 65 years old. The funeral will be held at two o'clock Friday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church in LaGrange, in charge of Rev. Fred R. Hill and burial will be made in Greenwood cemetery. Mr. Gage had lived in LaGrange county all of his life. he was born Oct. 16, 1868, in the county, the son of Ezra and Rosannah Gage. He was married to Anna Fair on Dec. 11, 1892. The widow, four children, Mrs. Arney Palmer, of Detroit, Mich., Fred Gage, of near LaGrange, and Mrs. Harold R. Funk and Mrs. Lester Norris, twins, of LaGrange, one sister Mrs. Samuel Cline, and two brothers, Charles and Horace B. Gage, all living east of LaGrange, and four grandchildren survive him. Mr. Gage's death was a great shock to his family as he had been in his usual health until he was stricken. He died within a few minutes.

Grant Gage
Grant Gage, son of Ezra and Rosanna (sic) Gage, was born in LaGrange county, Indiana, Oct. 10, 1868. He was the son of an early pioneer family and spent his entire life in LaGrange county. He was united in marriage to Anna Fair of Dec. 11, 1892. To this union were born four children, Wilma, Fred, Flossie, and Florence. Mr. Gage was engaged in farming his entire life and was superintendent of the Rogers orphans home for two years. He was a charter member of the K. of P. lodge at Mongo, Ind. He was a very loving and devoted husband and father. His 65 years of life were chartered by sterling principles of honest love and duty to his family and his friends. He helped his neighbors because he wanted to and they all liked him. Mr. Gage passed away very suddenly on March 14, as a result of a heart attack. His mother and father, four brothers, and a sister preceded him in death. There are left ot mourn their loss his loving wife, Anna, his four children and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Arney E. Palmer of Detroit, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gage and children, Monroe, Nina, and Maryanna, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Norris and daughter, Ramona, Mr. and Mrs. Harold R. Funk, one sister Mrs. Samuel Cline, two brothers, Horace Gage and Charles Gage and other relatives and a host of friends. Card of Thanks - We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to our neighbors and friends for the assistance and kindness shown and the beautiful floral offerings given after the death of our beloved husband and father.
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He Was a Great Grandson of Revolutionary War Soldier, General Thomas Gage (NOTE: This information is 100% inaccurate; the Gages from LaGrange County are NOT related to General Thomas Gage) LEAVES FIVE CHILDREN Excepting Eight Years He Had Always Lived In County
James Horace Gage, who was born in LaGrange county nearly eighty-one years ago, died at his nome in LaGrange, on North Sherman street, last Saturday morning, at half past ten o'clock, after a long invalidism with rheumatism, having been confined to his bed since last March. His funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, at the residence, with a sermon by Rev. Thomas A. Estell, pastor of the Lutheran church, and the burial was made in the Woodruff cemetery, beside the graves of a son and a daughter who died several years ago. Mr. Gage leaves a widow and five children, John A. Gage of Texico, Illinois, County Recorder George A Gage of LaGrange, Mrs. Sarah R. Ivens of Bristol, Mrs. Ella M. Culp of South Bend and Harvey S. Gage at home. Four children preceded their father in death, Mary Elizabeth in 1890, Martha A. in 1913, William W. in 1903 and James E. in 1887. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Julia A. Foster of Hudson, Michigan, a half brother, Lyman Fish of this county, a half sister, Mrs. Kansas E. Butt of LaGrange, twenty-two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. Gage was a son of Abram and Julia A. Holly Gage, a grandson of Abram Gage and a great grandson of General Thomas gage of the Revolutionary War. With the exception of about eight years he was a farmer in this county until he moved to LaGrange in 1912, the infirmities of age compelling him at that time to retire from the farm. He was converted in 1869 and then joined the Evangelical church at Woodruff, of which he was a faithful member until he moved from the old homestead. He then transferred to the Methodist Episcopal church, a membership the retained until he came to LaGrange in 1912, when he united with Mount Zion Lutheran church. Mr. Gage was a man of tireless industry, of unquestioned integrity and unusual moral courage. He was one of the old pioneer race that cleared the way for the generations that followed him and the work he did was a material contribution to our present prosperity and prestige of a community. He lived a long life, filled with things done, and at the last, weary and worn at the close of the journey, he fell asleep, passing on to the bourne where space and time are not, where only love abides.
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Many Friends Gather At Home To Pay Last Tribute
A large group of friends, of whom she had many in and around LaGrange, gathered Sunday afternoon at the William C. Timmis home on South Poplar street in LaGrange to mourn the tragic passing of Mrs. Timmis, to whom death came suddenly on Thursday evening of last week about nine o'clock. Mrs. Timmis had been automobiling with her grand daughter, Mrs. Russell L. Walter, and Mrs. Walther and little daughter, and on returning, had gone into the house alone. Feeling sick, she telephoned to her husband, who was up town, and when he reached the home her condition was so serious he immediately called a physician and Mrs. Walter, but Mrs. Timmis was beyond help of mortal hands and succumbed to the fatal stroke of apoplexy. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, at the home, with Rev. G. W. Livingstone of the Baptist church at Wolcottville in charge, and burial was made in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. Lydia Hall Timmis, the daughter of Leonard and Nancy Hall, was born July 6, 1853, in Bloomfield township, this county. On February 6, 1872, she was married to William C. Timmis at Sturgis, Michigan, and to this union six children were born, Lawrence H., Charles, Millie, Myrtle, Gertrude, and Arthur. Millie, Myrtle, and Charles preceded her in death. Lawrence, of LaGrange, Dr. Arthur M. of Ligonier, and Mrs. Gertrude Casteel of Continental, Ohio, survive. Four sisters and two brothers were also members of her family, Mrs. Jennie Labadie, Mrs. Nancy Hoofnagle, Mrs. Elizabeth Saunters, Josephine Timmis, and William and Leonard Hall, of whom but Mrs. Labadie, of South Bend, is living. Three grandchildren, Mrs. Russel L. Walter, Maynard and Harry Timmis, and one great grandchild, Margaret Ellen Walter, are also left to mourn her departure into the unseen country. Her son, Charles, lost his life about fourteen years ago, in a tragic crossing accident north of town, when his automobile was struck by a Grand Rapids and Indiana train. Mrs. Timmis was sincerely loved and respected by all who knew her, and the sudden call that came to her from above last Thursday evening was a shock to all. Since her girlhood days she had been a devoted and faithful memeber of the Baptist church. At the services last Sunday, a poem, a tribute to her character and Christian life, was written and read by Mrs. Frank Timmis of White Pigeon, of which the following few verses are excerpts: Loving daughter, wife and mother,/Kindly friend and Christian true,/And t'were well could we discover/Many more like her we knew. Long we will miss and mourn her presence/Though by faith's celar voice we know,/Through the Christ she loved,/She'll often hover 'round her loved below. Loving, cheering, guiding, leading/Them to realms of light and peace,/Where no pain or death can enter,/And all sin and sorrow cease.
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Mrs. Horace B. Gage Dies Sunday Afternoon
Mrs. Horace B. Gage, 78, a lifelong resident of LaGrange county, died Sunday afternoon at the County hospital where she had been for some time. Mrs. gage was Mary Lynn Keyes before her marriage and was born in Orland on Dec. 2, 1867, the daughter of Hiram and Mary Newton Keyes. Most of her young life was spent around Mongo and Brushy Prairie. She was married to Horace B. Gage on July 29, 1891 and to this union were born two daughters, Larue who proceeded her mother in death, and Hazel. Mr. and Mrs. Gage lived in Plato for many years and have many friends there. Surviving are the husband; the daughter, Mrs. Hazel Mathews of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Dorman of Ellensburg, WA; a brother, Harvey H. Keyes of Sturgis; and two grandsons, Knight Kincaid and Whitney Kinkaid, and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Plato Methodist church with Rev. C. L. Robinson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
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Mrs. Samuel E. Cline, a resident of Bloomfield township all of her life, passed away at the family home east of Plato last evening at six o'clock, from heart trouble. She had been in failing health for two or three years. Mrs. Cline, whose maiden name was Nancy Jane Gage, was born July 11, 1866, in Bloomfield township, the daughter of Ezra and Rosannah Gage. She and Mr. Cline were married Aug. 3, 1886. She would have been 68 years old next Wednesday. Mrs. Cline leave her husband, three sons, Charles, Vern and Claud, all of near Plato, two brothers, Charles Gage and Horace B. Gage, both of near Plato, and ten grandchildren. The funeral will be held at two o'clock Saturday afternnon from the home, and burial will be made in Greenwood cemetery, LaGrange.
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Ronald Klingler (December 3, 1918-November 14, 1977)
Ronald Klingler, 58, of 4820 Hillcrest Drive, Saginaw, Michigan, died at 9 a.m. Monday, November 14, in the Hoyt Nursing Home, Saginaw. Services are being conducted at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Beam Funeral Home, Fremont, with Ronald Manahan officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, near Orland. Klingler was born December 3, 1918, at Orland, to Richard and Eva (Penix) Klingler. He was a salesman for Northrup King Seed Company. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; one daughter, Mrs. Sheldon (Margaret) Wohlers, of Angola; and two grandchildren.
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WILLIAM L. GAGE (1940-1983)

William Gage, businessman, dies Sunday
William L. Gage, 43, or Howe, a local businessman, died Sunday, May 8, in the LaGrange Hospital from an apparent heart attack. He was born in LaGrange, January 6, 1940, the son of Archie and Retha (Ringler) Gage. Gage, owner of Billy Jo's and Little Jo's in LaGrange and Battle Creek, Mich., was a former employee of Skyline Corp. He was married in Howe, September 8, 1962, to Jo Ann Boals, who survives. Also surviving are his mother; three daughters, Mrs. Dan (Jo Lee) McKinley of Bronson, Mich., and Mrs. Delmer (Dianna) Neff and Mrs. Kent (Terry) Andrews, both of Howe; a son, William, Jr., of Howe; a brother, Gene, of Howe; two sisters, Mrs. Jean (Betty Lou) Merrifield of LaGrange and Mrs. Max (Mary Ellen) Alexander of Kendallville, and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the Shoup-Carney-Frost Funeral Home in Howe at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. The Rev. Carldean Merrifield and the Rev. Terry T. Timson will officiate. Friends may call in the funeral home from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Howe. Preferred memorials may be directed to the LaGrange County Children's Fund.
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Nancy Michael was born in Harrison County, Virginia, March 13, 1816. She married Isaac Gage, and two children were born to them and she buried them both. She was married to Leonard Hall, March 10, 1840. Nine children were born to them, seven girls and two boys, the oldest of whom enlisted in the late rebellion in 1861, and died in Nashville, Tenn., one year later. She buried her last husband, Dec. 27, 1882; then she went to live with her son, Ezra Gage, with whom she remainted until his death. She then came here to live with her son-in-law, Wm. Timmis. She had been a helpless invalid for about five months here where Mrs. Hoofnagle and her sister have had the whole charge of her. She was a great sufferer but bore it all with christian fortitude, and peacefully passed to her eternal rest. Mr. and Mrs. Hall resided in Johnson township until 1859, when they removed to Van Buren township. The surviving children are: Mrs. Hoofnagle, Mrs. W. C. Timmis, Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Labadie. The funeral was held from the house Wednesday Oct. 3, conducted by Rev. J. P. Jones, and the burial at the cemetery near the old home in Van Buren township. Contributed by Julie Burnette

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