Death Notices & Obituaries
OAKLEY, AMANDA – La Porte Daily Herald, 22 February 1904 - Mrs. Amanda Oakley died at her home in Rolling Prairie at 2 p. m. Sunday, after a long illness. She was a sufferer from organic heart disease. She leaves a husband, three sons, John, William, and Dennis, and one daughter, Mrs. Eliza Hull of this county. The funeral services will be held at the M. E. church at Rolling Prairie, Wednesday at 10:30 a. m., Rev. Wake officiating. Burial at Rolling Prairie cemetery. Weir, Seivert & Henrys in charge.
Olson, Martin J. - News Dispatch, Michigan City, Indiana - December 17, 1841 - Funeral Services for Martin J. Olson, 56, who died suddenly at 5:45 P.M. Monday at his home, R. R. 1, LaPorte will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Haverstock chapel, LaPorte an at 2:30 at Bethany Lutheran church there with Rev. E. J. Erlandson officiating. Burial will be in Carmel cemetery. Friends may call at Haverstock chapel today and until teh time of services. Mr. Olson was director of the Pinola Cooperative elevator. He was born Jan. 30, 1885 in LaPorte the son of Johannas and Ingrid Olson, and was married March 8, 1911 to Emma Nelson, LaPorte. Surviving are his wife, Emma, a daughter Mrs. Robert Gardner, LaPorte; a twin brother, Gust, East-Tawas, Mich,; another brother, William Gustafson, Gary and a sister, Mrs. Axel Paol, LaPorte. A daughter died in infancy.
Oman, Mamie (Dall) – Michigan City News, July 9, 1919 - -Mrs. Ervin Oman, 413 Dewey street, died early Friday morning following complications caused by childbirth. The baby a week old survives. Mamie Dall was born in Laporte June 2, 1899, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dall, residing three and a half miles south of New Buffalo. Two years ago she was united in marriage to Ervin Oman and to that union the one child, a son, was born. Besides the mourners at home she leaves one brother, Harry Dall, and one sister, Mrs. Stephen Towalski, the latter of East Chicago. The funeral will be held from the home of her parents, three and a half miles south of New Buffalo at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Burial in Hesston Cemetery.
Orcutt - HARVEY (TED) ORCUTT - Harvey (Ted) Orcutt, 73, of 314 Niles Street, died at 12:30 am today at the Community hospital. He had been ill for four months. Mr. Orcutt was born in Kosciusko county, Ind., on Oct. 4, 1890 to Harvey and Sara (Epler) Orcutt. He came here in 1914. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Carpenter's union. He was married Aug 3, 1915 at Grand Rapids, Mich, to Lora Ethel Cowden. Surviving are on son, Aldean Orcutt, Hudson Lake; one daughter, Mrs. Audrey Phillips, LaPorte; one brother, Lester Orcutt, Mount Pleasant, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Bowers, Leesburh, Ind.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am Thursday at the Haverstock Funeral home by the Rev. Dr. Floyd L. Blewfield. Burial will be in Union Mills cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel tomorrow noon and until time of services. Source: LaPorte Herald Argus, July 28, 1964, Tue, pg. 2. ORCUTT, HARVEY 10/4/1890 IN July, 1964 LA PORTE, LaPorte Herald Argus
Orlaske, August J. - MDND, Mon. 6 Dec 1948 - August J. Orlaske, 66, 616 Hoyt, died at 5 p.m. Sunday at his home. He had been ill one years.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Ott funeral chapel. Rev. A. P. Hardt, pastor of St. Johns Evangelical and Reformed Church, will officate and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the service.
Mr. Orlaske was born Otc 18, 1882 in Russia, the son of John and Henrietta Orlaske. He had been a resident of this city for 25 years and had been employed as a watchman at the C. A. Dunham Co. for the past seven years. On July 17. 1926, in this city he was married to Florence Krulikowske who survives. A son and a daughter preceded him in death> A sister, Mrs. August Reich, St. Joseph, also survives. Mr. Orlaske was a memver of Lodge No. 980, Loyal Order of Moose.
Osborn, Andrew Lawrence Judge - La Porte Daily Herald 13 Apr 1891 - Judge Osborn died this morning at ten minutes past five. His family was all present except Mrs. Benj. Owen, who was obliged to return to Chicago last night to attend a sick daughter. The judge had been unconscious for 32 hours before his death occurred. His wife died only a short time ago, the family being thus doubly afflicted.
Judge Osborn was taken ill January 20th, since which time he had been confined to the house, but not always to his bed. He would rally, and sit up in a chair, and talk and read, his mind being bright until the very last.
Andrew Lawrence Osborn was born May 27, 1815 at Waterbury, CT, and came to this county when 12 years old reaching it afoot. He first located at Michigan City, he and Polaski King and Harvey Truesdall being the last of the early settlers of this city who first located at Michigan City.
The subject of this sketch learned two trades, being a tailor and a printer. His first work in this city was a coat which he made for the late Col. Place. He began the study of law in Chicago with William Stewart, formerly of Binghamton, New York in 1857 he was elected circuit judge, being reelected in 1863 serving in all 13 years. In 1872 he was appointed a member of the state supreme court by Gov. Baker. He also served at one time in the legislature. Judge Osborn was an attorney for the Michigan City Railway Company from its organization, forty one years last November. Daniel Webster through the first shovel-full of dirt when road began, and Judge Osborn had the honor of throwing the second shovel full.
Deceased was twice married, first March 14, 1841, to Lucy Fuller Northam, sister of Job and Daniel Northam and November 26, 1863 to Abby Jane Northam, the later the being the first Mrs. Osborn's aunt. The judges first marriage took place near Kingsbury and the second in the city, Reverend George C. Noyce officiated. Nine children were the fruits of the first union, two of whom died in infancy. The seven who survive are: Mrs. Benjamin Owen of Chicago, Clark Osborn and Mrs. F. H. Kent of Huron Dakota, Mrs. Lucy Reese, A. L. Osborn Jr. of this city, T. Jerry, Nelsville, Wisconsin and William F. of Laporte. There were no children by the second marriage.
There is much regret felt and expressed at the judges death at this city where he has so long resided and he has been so favorably known. This feeling is not confined to the city or state for that matter, but it extends to other portions of the county. ......(several example of condolences in article including President Harrison, Washington DC. )
Another lengthy obituary and salute to the Judge may be found in the La Porte Daily Herald dated 15 Apr 1891 which describes the funeral arrangement and also stating his final resting place as being Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte, IN. - Copies of Obits available at the LaPorte County Library, La Porte Indiana.
Otwell, George N. - History of Berrien County, Coolidge
Subject of Sketch, George Otwell, provides the following information for his father, Emory Otwell George N. Otwell, superintendent of the Berrien Springs public schools and recognized in educational circles as a foremost representative of the system of public instruction in southwestern Michigan, was born on the 3d of August, 1875, on a farm about three and a half miles southwest of Three Oaks. His paternal grandfather, Emory Otwell, was a native of Ohio, and became one of the pioneer settlers of Laporte county, Indiana. He afterward removed to Stark county, Indiana, but subsequently again located in LaPorte county. His son, James M. Otwell, father of George N. Otwell, was born in Indiana, where he remained to the age of thirteen years, when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Three Oaks township, Berrien county, Michigan. Here he was reared upon the farm on which his son George N. was born, and, having arrived at years of maturity, he was married in Berrien county to Miss Mary J. Monroe, a daughter of Robert and Electa (Crouch) Monroe. Mrs. Otwell was born in Yates county, New York, and there spent her girlhood days. By her marriage she became the mother of six children, of whom two died in infancy, while four still survive, namely: Fannie E., the wife of Edwin W. Mayes, of Three Oaks; Byron J., living in New Buffalo, Michigan; George N.; and Nellie G., the wife of William Kramer, of Three Oaks, Michigan.
OWEN, ETTIE -THORPE - Michigan City News Wednesday Aug., 20, 1890 Wednesday Aug., 27, 1890 WATERFORD: Mrs. Owen of Pullman, daughter of Amos Thorp & sister of Mrs. Orman Perry of Waterford died Tuesday at her home. The remains were brought here this forenoon. Undertaker A. F. Earl met the remains at the depot and conveyed them to Summit school house, where the funeral was held. At her late residence in Gano, Illinois, Aug. 16, 1890, Ettie Thorpe-Owen, wife of Jacob Owen, aged 20 years. The funeral was held Wednesday from the M. E. Church at Summit. Many were the sad hearts when the news of her death was announced. She was born at Summit where she always resided until about two years previous to her death, when she went to Gano and became acquainted with Jacob Owen of that place, and about a year ago was united in marriage with him. How much she was loved and respected was told by the large procession of weeping friends that followed her to her last resting place, and the remains were interred at the Lowe's cemetery. Submitted by: Laura J. Heckman
Owen, Harry Ref: New Dispatch - Michigan City, IN - 4/8/2002
Harry Owen LaPORTE - Harry P. Owen, 77, LaPorte, died at 11:18 p.m. Saturday (April 6, 2002) at LaPorte Hospital. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Door Village Cemetery, with full military rites conducted. There is no visitation. Cremation has taken place, with interment in Door Village Cemetery. Cutler Funeral Home, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements. Mr. Owen was born March 2, 1925, in Marion County to Charles A. and Mary E. (Smith) Owen. He married Edna Ruth, who preceded him in death. Mr. Owen is survived by a son, two daughters, two stepsons, one stepdaughter, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a half-brother. Mr. Owen was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He achieved the rank of master sergeant, serving 17 years in the army. He also was a graduate of Valparaiso University and member of the American Legion in New Carlisle. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post No. 83, LaPorte.
Owens, Doris (Smith) - News Dispatch, Michigan City, IN
Berrien Springs, Mich. - Doris M. Smith Owens, 79, Berrien Springs, died at 10:35 a.m. EST Monday (Dec 28, 1998) at Teresa's Harvest Home Inc. in Berrien Springs.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. CST Thursday at Haverstock Funeral Home, LaPorte, with Pastor Joshua Lizarraga and Pastor Fordson Chimoga officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. Thursday until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial of ashes is at a later date at Foster Cemetery, LaPorte.
Mrs. Owens was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Michigan City to Edgar and Bertha Foster Martin.
She married Omer Owens on July 31, 1937, in Crown Point, Ind. He preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1998.
Mrs. Owens is survived by one daughter, Nancy Butler, Rolling Prairie, one brother, Lawrence Martin, Arizona, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and a son, Thomas Owens.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Teresa's Country Home Inc.
Owens, Omer - News Dispatch, Michigan City, IN
ROLLING PRAIRIE - Omer W. Owens, 82, Rolling Prairie, died at 6 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 29, 1998) at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital, Chicago.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Haverstock Funeral Home, LaPorte, with Pastors Joshua Lizarraga and Fordson Chimoga officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday until the time of service. Burial will take place in the Foster Cemetery, Rolling Prairie.
Mr. Owens was born Jan. 15, 1916 in Jackson County, Ind., the son of Thomas and Bertha Marhanka Owens. On July 31, 1937, in Crown Point, he married Doris (Smith) Martin, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Nancy Butler, Rolling Prairie; a daughter-in-law Patricia Owens, New Carlisle; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a sister Thelma Milner, Niles, Mich.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Owens; two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Owens lived in Rolling Prairie for 60 years. He attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Michigan City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Teresa's Country Home Inc