“The Old Must Die”


BENJAMIN BAILEY was born in Essex County, New York, January 11, 1814.   Here he passed the early part of his childhood, amid the grand and picturesque scenery of the Adirondack mountains, a place which is destined to produce and develop manhood in the highest degree.   At the age of 16 years he removed with his father and family to Madison County, Ohio.   Here he took an active part as one of the young and heroic pioneers, for which, that and the adjacent vicinity was so famous. 


In 1839 he turned his attention to the land still farther westward and thus it was that he became one of the sons of toil in our own grand state.   In 1841, he married MARGARET SCOTT, who was a young and estimable lady, residing with her parents near Wolf Lake, Noble County, Indiana.   He then moved to Fort Wayne, which was then nothing more than a mere trading post.   The following year he moved on the old homestead which has ever been so dear to him, and which he redeemed from the primeval forest which the country at that time mostly consisted of. 


During their married life 13 children were born them them;  5 boys and 8 girls, 12 of whom and the faithful wife and mother mourn his loss.   He departed this life, October the 4th, 1887, aged 73 years, 8 months and 22 days.  


Characteristics of the deceased:

            He was a loyal citizen in the broadest sense of the term.

            He never lost an opportunity in helping his fellow-men.

            He was a faithful husband and a loving father and

            Always gave every other man all the privileges he claimed for himself.


Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities.  In the gloom of death, hope sees a star, but again all hopes are baffled and the billows roar over a sunken ship.   In all the years that are gone, in all the years that are to come, there never was and never will be a stronger loving maulier man. 




MARGARET BAILY nee SCOTT, was born in Madison County, Ohio, October 31, 1821, and departed this life June 10, 1899, aged 77 years, 7 months and 9 days.


She was married to BENJAMIN BAILY in 1841.   To this union were born thirteen children, nine of whom survive, her husband and four children having preceded her to their final resting place.   The funeral took place at Grove Bethel, Tuesday, June 13, and was largely attended.  REV. J. H. ELSON, assisted by REV. W. L. MEESE, conducted the funeral services.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery at Auburn.  


Mrs. Baily was one of the pioneers of DeKalb County, who are passing away one by one, and it will be but a few years when they will live only in the memory of their children and their grand-children. 






Following a long illness of several months during which time he was bedfast for 7 weeks, J. C. Bailey, for many years a groceryman at St. Joe passed away Saturday morning.   Death was due to complications. 


He was born in Jackson Township, August 29, 1852 and passed away at the age of 75 years, 11 months, and 19 days.   On April 6, 1876 he was married to MARY McNABB and to this union were born 3 daughters and 2 sons.   One daughter, IDA, died Dec. 25, 1915.    Surviving beside the widow are:


2 sons:

            B. L. BAILEY of Auburn

            ROBERT BAILEY  of Jackson township

2 daughters:

            Mrs. GEORGE WATSON of near St. Joe

            Mrs. MARVIN POPER of St. Joe

Five grandchildren

Also 5 great grandchildren

Four grandchildren are deceased


2 sisters:

            Mrs. DORA DEPEW of Auburn

            Mrs. GEORGE BENDER of Big Rapids, Michigan

1 brother:

            R. S. BAILEY of Auburn


He moved to St. Joe in 1900.   He engaged in the meat business for years, later turning his attentions to the grocery business of which he and his wife were actively engaged at the time of his departure.


The funeral was held from the home Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. C. H. Havena of Muncie officiating and E. R. Kinsey, funeral director.   Burial was made in Riverside Cemetery.




MARY ELIZABETH McNABB born in Jackson Township, DeKalb County, Indiana, October 4, 1858, departed this life June 6, 1936 at the age of 77 years, 8 months and 2 days.   She was married to JOHN C. BAILEY April 6, 1876.   To this union were born five children:

            B. L. BAILEY of Auburn

            Mrs. ALICE WATSON of Jackson Township

            Mrs. IDA PUGSLEY, deceased

            MRS. WINNIE POPER

            ROBERT S. BAILEY of near St. Joe


There are 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, all living.   Early in life Mrs. Bailey became a member of the United Brethren Church.   For many years she resided on the County Line road and then moved to St. Joe where her husband engaged in the meat business.   At the death of her husband, she made her home with her children, passing away at the home of her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Poper.


The funeral was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Popar, east of St. Joe, Tuesday afternoon, J. N. Scholes officiating.   Burial was made in Riverside Cemetery, St. Joe.










Benjamin L. Bailey, age 79, a teacher in the Auburn City schools for 33 years, died at 9:50 p.m. Friday in the Dr. Bonnell M. Souder hospital in Auburn. 


In failing health for the past two years, he had been admitted to the hospital four weeks ago.   He died from complications of age.


Mr. Bailey, a resident of Auburn for 40 years, lived at 335 West Fifth street.   He moved to Auburn in 1917 and accepted a position as teacher in the city elementary schools.  For 33 years until his retirement in May of 1949, Mr. Bailey was employed in the city school system.   For many years he was principal at the DeSoto school.   With the exception of 5 years at the Harrison school, he was employed as a teacher at the Desoto.


A native of Allen county, Mr. Bailey was born July 18, 1877, son of the late John C. and Mary Bailey.   He taught school in two Allen county schools before he moved to Auburn.


His wife, the former Ida Stafford, died in 1952.   They had no children.  Surviving are

A brother, ROBERT S. BAILEY, of St. Joe

2 sisters, Mrs. MARVIN POPER of 347!/2 West Fifth street, Auburn and

            Mrs. ALICE BAUMGARDNER, Spencerville

A sister,   Mrs. IDA PUGSLEY, preceded him in death.


Mr. Bailey was a member of the First Methodist Church in Auburn.   The body removed to the Gerig funeral home in Auburn where friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight.   Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Monday.   The pastor of the Methodist church in Auburn, the Rev. Albert L. Clarke will officiate at the rites with interment in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. 



Interesting newspaper article on the estate of Benjamin L. Bailey lists those who would receive from his estate.    They were as follows:


Mabel Stafford, a sister-in-law living in Boise, Idaho

Marguerite Davis Cook, a niece of Conoga Park, CA

Jaquelin Penny, a niece of Boise, Idaho

Mildren Ann Stafford, a niece of Hinsdale, Ill

Winnie Poper, a sister living in Auburn

Alice Baumgartner, a sister of R. 1, Spencerville

Mrs. Ersel Horn, a niece of Lima, Ohio

Robert Bailey, a brother living at R. 1 Spencerville

Also a Lyston Searfoss who had probably been a good friend and caregiver received property.








ROBERT S. BAILEY, 73, of St. Joe died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. HARVEY CARR of St. Joe, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday from a heart attack.


Mr. Bailey had been in failing health for the past four years.   He was a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ at St. Joe.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baidinger and Walter Funeral Home in Spencerville.  Donald Bullock, pastor of the St. Joe Church of Christ will officiate at the services with burial following in Riverside Cemetery at St. Joe.


Mr. Bailey was born August 5, 1893 in Allen county.  He was the son of JOHN and MARY (McNABB) BAILEY.   He has resided in St. Joe for 19 years.


His wife, ODESSA MAVIS BAILEY, died in December of 1961.   Surviving are


A daughter:

            MRS. HARVEY CARR

Four grandchildren

Two great grandchildren

Three brothers-in-law:

            KARL, BRUCE, and QUENTIN MAVIS all of Auburn




BAILEY ODESSA L.  wife of Robert S. Bailey




Mrs. Odessa L. Bailey of near St. Joe, age 65, Sister of four Auburn residents, dies suddenly at her home. 


Funeral services for Mrs. Odessa Bailey, 65, of one and one-half miles southwest of St. Joe, formerly of Auburn, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ in St. Joe.   The Rev. Donald Frost of the Aboite Church of Christ will officiate, assisted by the resident minister, Rev. Douglas Holley


Burial will be in Riverside cemetery in St. Joe.   The body is at the Baidinger & Walter funeral home in Spencerville and will be taken Tuesday noon to the church to lie in state until time for the services. 


Mrs. Bailey, who was the sister of

            Everett Mavis of 610 North Jackson Street, Auburn

            Quentin Mavis of 307 West Twelfth Street, Aburn

            Bruce Mavis of near Auburn and

            Karl Mavis of 330 West Ninth Street, Auburn.


Died suddenly at her home at _______ a.m. Saturday.   She had just returned from Spencerville with her grandson and upon entering the home, slumped to the floor.   A physician was called but Mrs. Bailey apparently had died instantly of a heart attack.   She had been afflicted with a heart ailment for several years.   Her husband, Robert S. Bailey was in the home at the time of her death, convalescing from a recent illness.   Odessa Lillian was born _____________ daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Mavis.   She resided in and near Hicksville before her marriage to Mr. Bailey and then the family established their farm home in Indiana and have lived in DeKalb county most of the time, except for a brief stay in Defiance, Ohio.


In addition to the above survivors, Mrs. Bailey is survived by

A daughter:

            Mrs. Harvey Carr of St. Joe

Four grandchildren      

            Mrs. Larry Barber of Bloomington, Ind.

            Nicolas Joe, Melanie Jayne and Fern Renee Carr and

Another brother:

Loren Mavis of Van Wert, Ohio


Two children Kathryn and Russell Bailey died in infancy and

Two sisters, Mrs. Verieta Arrants and Mrs. LaRue Bouten also preceded her in death.


Mrs. Bailey was a member of the St. Joe Church of Christ and of the W.B.A. in Hicksville






Auburn – FERN MAVIS (BAILEY) CARR, 89, of Auburn, died Friday December 31, 2004 at Wesley Healthcare in Auburn.   Mrs. Carr was born February 9, 1915.   She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, school bus driver, school cook, factory worker, seamstress and good friend.


She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Joe and WELCA, and a member emeritus of the Ladies Literary Guild.


She was preceded in death by her husband, HARVEY A. CARR;  her parents, ROBERT and ODESSA BAILEY;  a brother, RUSSELL;  and a sister, KATHERINE.


Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, NICHOLAS and DARLENE CARR of St. Joe

Three daughters and two sons-in-law:

            R. ANDREA (CARR) and LARRY BARBER of Bloomington

            MELANIE (CARR) GAFKEN of Hamilton and

            F. RENEE (CARR) and LARRY COLLINS of Waterloo

11 grandchildren and their spouses:

            SHANNON (BARBER) and James Dion of Portage, Michigan

            ERIN (BARBER) and FRANK FLESSER III of Bloomington

            CHRISTOPHER BARBER of Bloomington

            K. MICHAEL and JACKIE BARBER of Bloomington

            PAUL and JODY CARR of Butler

            KYLE and CINDY CARR of Fort Wayne

            ELIZABETH GAFKEN of Bayonne, New Jersey

            REBECCA GAFKEN of Hamilton

            VICTORIA GAFKEN of Hamilton

            KEVEN COLLINS of Angola

            BENJAMIN COLLINS of Water

10 great grandchildren:


            ALEXANDER, and LILLIAN


Private viewing will be at McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home in Auburn.   Memorial services will be announced at a later date.   Memorials are to the Arthritis Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.  






AUBURN - VIRGINIA BAKER, 76, died Friday at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn.   She was born in Jackson, Michigan.   She was a secretary for Cooper Products Co. in Auburn for 10 years, retiring in 1974.


Surviving are her husband, HAROLD

Two daughters:

            MARYNELLE KELLER of Auburn

            BRENDA SEBERT of Butler

Five grandchildren.


Services at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Church of Christ, Garrett.   Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.   Burial in Riverside Cemetery, St. Joe.   Memorials to Charles Littel Mission in care of the First Church of Christ, Garrett.








MRS. ALICE E. WATSON, 85, of near Spencerville, died at the DeKalb Memorial Hospital at 2:50 a.m. Monday.   Mrs. Watson, widow of the late GEORGE WATSON, had been in failing health for several months and was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago. 


She had resided with a daughter, Mrs. RAY WASSON of near Spencerville for several months and had been a resident of the area all of her married life. 


Surviving in addition to her daughter are:


Three grandchildren

Ten great grandchildren

Three great great grandchildren

A brother, ROBERT BAILEY of Rt. 1, Spencerville

A foster daughter, MRS. MARY ALICE FREDERICK OF Frederic, Wisconsin

Four foster grandchildren.


Mrs. Watson was a member of the Spencerville Methodist Church.   The body is at the Baidinger & Walter funeral home in Spencerville where friends may call after noon on Tuesday.     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Spencerville Methodist Church.      (The rest is not readable) 






Complication of ailments fatal to former Mayor of Auburn -  funeral services to be held Friday afternoon.  


Word of the passing of WARREN LIGE of 802 East Seventh street, Auburn, at 3:00 o’clock Wednesday night came as a distinct shock to a host of friends and acquaintances.


The former Mayor of Auburn, who served for 13 years, died from a complication of ailments at the Dr. Bonnell Souder hospital, where he had been taken on Tuesday.   He had not been in the best of health for several years, although he continued active in business until about a month before his death.   He was the owner of the Lige Warming and Ventilating Co., a contracting concern with offices in the Staman building which installed heating plants in schools and other public buildings.


Besides acting as mayor of Auburn, Mr. Lige was a moving spirit in many local enterprises.   He served as president of the City National bank at one time;  he was a past master of Auburn lodge No. 214 F&AM;  was a member of William Hacker chapter, No. 63 R.A.M., Dekalb Council No. 57 R. and S.M. and a 32nd degree Mason.   He was a life member of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and held directorates in a number of local industries.   He belonged to the First Methodist Church and politically was a democrat.


Mr. Lige was born August 7, 1883 on a farm 5 miles south of Auburn and resided in Auburn and DeKalb county all of his life.   On January 13, 1907 he was married to Louella Hollopeter, who resided south of Auburn and she survives.


To this union were born four children:

            WARREN LIGE, JR. of 802 East Seventh street, Auburn

            MRS. BETTY INESON of Meriden, Conn.

            MRS. RUTH BREEDING of Hollywood, Florida

            WALTER LIGE of Deerfield, Ill.

A brother, JOSEPH LIGE of 701 North Main street, Auburn and six grandchildren also survive.  


The body was taken to the Gerig funeral home and will remain there until after funeral services, to be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.   Rev. H. F. Craven, pastor of the Auburn Presbyterian church will officiate.   Burial will be made in the Cedar Chapel Cemetery. 






Auburn --  WARREN LIGE, JR., 79, died Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Laurels of DeKalb Nursing Home in Butler. 


He was a pharmacist and retired in 1994 from Hook’s Drug Store and Keltch Pharmacy.  Previously he had worked at Romiser Drug Store.    He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Marines on the USS Washington.


Mr. Lige was a member of the Auburn Presbyterian Church and he was a 50 year member of the DeKalb Lodge 214 F&AM.   He graduated from Butler University College of Pharmacy in 1953 and had been a member of the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity since 1951.


He was born October 13, 1924 in Auburn to Warren Sr. and Luella (Hollopeter) Lige.   On August 10, 1947 he married CONNIE  FEAGLER.   She died November 25, 1988.   He married  GWEN SHAMBAUGH, and although divorced, she was a constant friend and caregiver.


Surviving are a daughter:

            LORNA SCHLOSSER of Auburn

A son:

            MIKE LIGE of Auburn

A sister:

            RUTH BREEDING of Miami, Florida

Two grandchildren:



Preceding him in death were two brothers, HARROLD and WALTER “JACK” LIGE and a sister, BETTY.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo.   Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn.   Calling will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials are to the American Heart Association. 





November 25, 1988


Auburn --  CONSTANCE LORRAINE LIGE, 61, died Friday evening at home.   Surviving are her husband, WARREN;  a son, MIKE of Auburn;  a daughter, LORNA SCHLOSSER of Auburn;  a brother;  and a granddaughter.


Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo.   Calling 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.   Memorials to the Hiemach Center, Auburn






EDMUND H. FREEMAN, 93, died at 5 a.m. today in Betz Nursing Home, Auburn.   He was born March 31, 1889 in Jackson Township.   He lived at Route 1, Butler.   He was a retired farmer.   He married FAY ZERNS in Garrett on April 30, 1913.   His wife survives.


Also surviving are:


Two daughters:

            Mrs. BETTY BERRYHILL, of Huntington

            Mrs. VIRGINIA BRY, of Butler

Two sons:

            DONALD, of Hamilton

            BILLY, of Huntertown

12 grandchildren

13 great grandchildren

1 great great grandchild.


Three brothers, three sisters and one daughter preceded him in death. 




Services will be in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo at 11 a.m. Thursday.   The Rev. Dewey Findley will officiate.   Burial will be in Cedar Chapel Cemetery.   Friends may call at Feller Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday.






Resident of Jackson Township, DeKalb County, all of his lifetime was 71 – Funeral services on Saturday.


LEWIS E. FREEMAN, 71, died at his home on Rt. 1 Auburn, at 12 o’clock noon Wednesday from a complication of ailments following an illness of one and one-half years.   The body was removed to the Gerig Funeral home in Auburn where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday.


The Rev. Jim Fritz, pastor of the Alterstar Methodist church will officiate at the services and burial will follow in Woodlawn cemetery near Auburn.   Mr. Freeman was born on January 18, 1891 in Jackson township DeKalb county, 6 miles southeast of Auburn.   He was the son of Alex and Sylvia Bailey Freeman.


On January 15, 1916 he and HAZEL I. STRONG were married at Altona.   Mr. Freeman was a retired farmer and resided all of his lifetime in Jackson township. 


Surviving in addition to the widow are:


Two brothers:

            ROSCOE FREEMAN of 224 South Division Street, Auburn

            ED FREEMAN of Rt. 1 Butler

Two sisters:

            Mrs. INEZ WAPPES of Rt. 1, Auburn

            Mrs. RALPH LOCHNER of Fort Wayne


Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon.







Roscoe Freeman, 70, suffered fatal injury in a fall while working at Woodlawn Cemetery.


ROSCOE FREEMAN, 70, who resided at 224 South Division street, Auburn, died at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.    Mr. Freeman died from a skull fracture suffered in a fall while he was working at Woodlawn Cemetery, near Auburn, on Wednesday.


He was taken to DeKalb Memorial hospital in Auburn and then transferred to the hospital in Fort Wayne.   He was a part-time worker at the cemetery.  


Mr. Freeman was born July 31, 1893 in DeKalb County and resided in the area all of his lifetime.   He was the son of ALEXANDER and SYLVIA BAILEY FREEMAN.  


He served in the Merchant Marines during World War I.


The body was removed to the Wm. H. Loy funeral home in Auburn, where friends may call after 7 o’clock Sunday evening.   Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Verdean Owens, pastor of the Nazarene church in Auburn, officiating.   Burial will follow in the Cedar Chapel cemetery southwest of Auburn


Mr. Freeman was a retired employee of the Ricke Metal Products Corp. in Auburn .   He and Esther Hunterton were married on December 28, 1921.


Surviving are the wife

Two sons:

            DALE FREEMAN of 115 S. Baxter street, Auburn

            ROBERT FREEMAN of Hudson

Two daughters:

            Mrs. DONNA PFEFFERKORN of Waterloo

            Mrs. ILA FREY of Rt. 2, Waterloo

12 grandchildren

1 great grandchild 

A brother, E. H. FREEMAN of Rt. 1, Butler

Two sisters:

            Mrs. INEZ WAPPES of Rt. 1, Auburn

            Mrs. MARGARET LOCHNER of Fort Wayne






Auburn - ESTHER L. FREEMAN, 95, died Thursday at Kendallville Manor, Kendallville.   Born in Newville, she was a homemaker.   Her husband, ROSCOE, died in 1964.  


Surviving are a daughter, DONNA ALDRICH of Auburn

Two sons:  DALE of Auburn and ROBERT of Kendallville

12 grandchildren

23 great grandchildren.

A daughter, ILA FREY, preceded her in death


Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo.   Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today.  Burial at Cedar Creek Chapel Cemetery, Garrett.   Memorials to American Cancer Society.   







WARREN -  BETTY M. BERRYHILL, 84, of Warren, died Saturday, January 7, 2006 6:45 a.m. at United Methodist Memorial Home, Warren.    Born May 18, 1921, in Butler, she was the daughter of the late EDMUND and FAYE ZERN FREEMAN.   She was a life long homemaker and entered the United Methodist Memorial Home on December 31, 2003.   She was a 1938 graduate of Butler High School and was a member of Pilcher’s Chapel Church, Huntington.   She married CHESTER A. BERRYHILL on June 7, 1939 in Indiand and he died on June 14, 2005.  


Survived by her sons:

            LARRY (RUTH ANN) BERRYHILL of Warren

            JERRY (DIANA) BERRYHILL of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands


            BILLY (GEORGIA) FREEMAN of Fort Wayne


            VIRGINIA BRY of Auburn

Five grandchildren

13 great grandchildren.  

She was also preceded in death by her sister, HELEN GRIFFIN, and brother, DON FREEMAN.


Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glancy Funeral Homes – H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren, with calling one hour prior to service.   The Rev. Russell Buzzard and Pastor Doug Sharrard officiating.  Calling is also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.   Burial at Lancaster Cemetery, Huntington. 








BUTLER --  VIRGINIA L. BRY, 89, of Butler, died Saturday, January 21, 2006 at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn.


On November 14, 1916 in DeKalb County, she was born to EDMOND F and EDNA FAY (ZERN) FREEMAN.   She married EDWARD F. BRY on March 24, 1937, in DeKalb County.   He preceded her in death in 1955.


She was a licensed practical nurse at the Souder Hospital in Auburn, and also at Meadow Haven.   She retired after a combined 26 years of service from Meadow Haven in 1978.   Mrs. Bry attended the Norris Chapel United Methodist Church, and was very proud of the family farm and being a farmer’s wife. 


Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law,

            BEVERLY J. and FRANK JOHNSON of Butler

A brother and sister-in-law,

            BILLY and GEORGIA FREEMAN of Fort Wayne

And a grandson,

            MARK E. JOHNSON


In addition to her husband and parents, a son, JAMES E. BRY, a brother, DONALD FREEMAN, and two sisters, HELEN GRIFFIN and BETTY BERRYHILL, preceded her in death.


Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, with Rev. Diane Barrett officiating.   Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery, Garrett.


Calling will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 Monday at the funeral home.   Memorials are to the American Cancer Society. 







HAMILTON – MERL WAPPES, 79, died Tuesday at home.   Born in Churubusco, he was a farmer and retired from Simpson Industries, Edon, Ohio, in 1983.   He was a World War II Army veteran. 


Surviving are:

Three sons:

            DAVID WAPPES of Fremont

            BRUCE WAPPES

            BRYCE WAPPES, both of Hamilton

Two daughters:

            SHIRLEY MAIER

            JUDY MUCHLFELD, both of Edon

A brother:

            FORREST WAPPES of Ashley

Two sisters:

            WANDA WILKS of Auburn

            VERA CREAGER of Butler

12 grandchildren

1 great granddaughter

His wife, THELMA, died in 1991


Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.   Burial in Hamilton Cemetery. 







AUBURN --  FORREST WAPPES, 78, of Auburn died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn.   A form Ashley resident, Mr. Wappes worked on a farm for most of his life.   He was a member of New Hope Christian Center in Waterloo. 


A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a 50-year member of the American Legion post in Orland and a 50-year member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.   He was also a 50-year member of the Knights of Pythias.  


He was born October 6, 1926 in LaOtto to JOE WALLACE and MARY INEZ (FREEMAN) WAPPES.    


Surviving are two sisters:

            VERA M. CREAGER of Butler

            WANDA B. WILKS of Auburn


He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers:



Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo.   Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery in rural Garrett.   Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Orland post of the American Legion.   Calling will be Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.   Memorials are to New Hope Christian Center of Waterloo.  







AUBURN - MARY LOU HAMMAN, 41, died Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient 11 days.   She was a registered nurse, retiring May 30 from DeKalb Home Health Care.   She was a member of the First Christian Church in Auburn, and lived most of her life in Auburn.


Mrs. Hamman was born September 18, 1952, in Auburn to ARTHUR J. and WANDA B. (WAPPES) WILKS.   They survive in Auburn.


She married MICHAEL E. HAMMAN on July 22, 1972, in Auburn, and he survives.


Also surviving are three sons:

            JOHN M., KEVIN A., and JASON A. all at home

One brother, LARRY D. WILKS of Auburn


Friends may call today from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. in McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home, Auburn.   Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Alice L. Hupp, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating.   Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. 


Memorial contributions may be given to DeKalb Home Health Care, or the DeKalb County unit of the American Cancer Society.







Auburn - ARTHUR MORR BAILEY, 87, died Thursday, August 31, 2006 at Wesley Health Care in Auburn.  Mr. Bailey worked as a machinist at General Electric Co. in Fort Wayne for 39 years, retiring in 1981 and was a farmer.   He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942-1945.   He was a member of Meese Chapel United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 97 in Auburn, the Waterloo Veterans of Foreign Wars, Loyal Order of the Moose 566 and Friendship Grange.   He made the land available for the original Jackson Township Little League baseball diamond.


He was born to WILLIAM ARTHUR FREDRICK BAILEY and BEULAH MAE (MORR) BAILEY.   They preceded him in death.


He married DEROYAL INEZ PENLAND on Feb. 20, 1941 in Auburn.   She died in October 1978.


Surviving are:

Two sons:

            THOMAS ARTHUR BAILEY of Beloit, Wisconsin

            WILLIAM EUGENE BAILEY of Auburn

Two daughters:


            PAMELA SUE DAUB, both of Auburn

14 Grandchildren

26 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Granddaughter


He was preceded in death by 2 brothers:

            LAMAR "BUD" BAILEY



Services will be Sunday t 2 p.m. in Feller & Clark Funeral Home, Auburn.   The Rev. Saneta Maiko and the Rev. Eugene Woolever will officiate.   Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Auburn, with a military graveside service by American Legion Post 97 of Auburn.   Calling will be Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are to Meese Chapel United Methodist Church of rural Auburn.






Beulah May Bailey, 80, 344 West Ninth Street, Auburn died Friday at 10 a.m. at her home.   She had been ill for 6 months.


Mrs. Bailey was born April 28, 1899 in Auburn, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Johnston) Morr.   She lived at the Ninth Street address for 10 years.


Surviving are two sons:

            ARTHUR, Route 2, Auburn

            LAMAR, 807 E. Fifth St., Auburn

One sister:

            Mrs. GEORGE (MARIE) PETERSON, Akin, Minn.

One brother:

            DONALD MOOR, Mt. Sterling, Ohio

5 Grandchildren

14 Great grandchildren


Mrs. Bailey retired from the General Electric Company in 1949.   She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Friendship Grange Lodge.


Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Dilgard, Cline and Southern Feneral Home, the Rev. Carl O. Wirey officiating.   Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.   Friends may call at the funeral home after 2:30 p.m. Sunday.




Obituary of LAMAR BAILEY


Auburn - LAMAR "BUD" BAILEY, 85 of Auburn died Saturday, August 13, 2005, at 9:40 a.m. in Betz Nursing Home of Auburn.   He worked at Rieke Corp until his retirement in 1982.   He was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Japan and the Philippines.   He was a former member of the Auburn Elks and Moose lodges.


Mr. Bailey was born July 24, 1920 in DeKalb County to ARTHUR and BEULAH (MORR) BAILEY.  His wife, JEAN (BROWN) BAILEY survives.


Also surviving are:

A daughter and son-in-law:

            GEORGIA and DANIEL HEIMAN of McClish Lake

A step-daughter and step-son-in-law:

            LISA and BUCK COLLINS of Auburn

3 step sons and 2 step daughters-in-law:

            GARY and ASONYA BROWN of Grandview Heights, Ohio

            MONTE and MONA BROWN of Spencerville

            LES BROWN of St. Joe

A brother:

            ARTHUR BAILEY of Auburn

2 grandchildren

4 stepgrandchildren

2 great  grandchildren


He was preceded in death by his parents;  his first wife, ELIZABETH ABILEY, and a stepdaughter, DAWN BROWN. 


Private graveside services will be held at a later date.   Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn.  Calling will be Tuesday from 5 to7 p.m. at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, IN


Memorials are to the First United Methodist Church of Auburn or the DeKalb Humane Shelter at Butler.




ELSIE HESS died a few days after giving birth to her daughter, June Mary.   June Mary was raised by her aunt Georgia.   


Obituary Sept. 22, 1920




Mrs. Frank Hess passes away at Sacred Heart Hospital at Garrett - Baby seems to be getting along nicely.


Paralysis of the bowels, following a Caesarian operation caused the death on August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Sacred Heart hospital at Garrett of Mrs. Frank Hess, 17 years old of South Van Buren Street, Auburn.  The baby, JUNE MAY, was born August 21 and the mother was thought to be getting along nicely until Wednesday morning when a turn for the worse came.


Elsie Bailey Hess was born in DeKalb county and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bailey of Sherwood, Ohio.   She was united in marriage November 22, 1913, to Frank Hess and this was their first child. 


She is survived by two sisters, MRS. ROY CLARK of Toledo Ohio

            and HATTIE TRASTER who made her home with her.  

A brother, JAMES BAILEY, of Sherwood, also survives besides her father and a step-mother.  








Fort Wayne -- CARL R. BAILEY, 84, died on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Heritage Park. 


Born in Huntertown, he was the son of the late HARRISON C. and FRANCIS (VANDOLAH) BAILEY.   A lifelong resident of Huntertown, he was the former owner and operator of Huntertown Grain Company where he started when he was 16 years old.   He also worked and retired from Custer Grain after 22 years service.   He was an Army veteran of World War II.  


Surviving are his wife, MARIE BAILEY


            NANCY (JAMES) O'CONNELL  of Huntertown

            PAM PORTER of Fort Wayne


            RANDY (CINDY) BAILEY of Huntertown


            WILMA REBBE of Sherman Oaks, California

Five grandchildren

Eight great-grandchildren

Two great-great-grandchildren.  


He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, MARGARET BAILEY

Two brothers: 

            ELDON BAILEY

            ROSS BAILEY

Two sisters:

            EDNA and DORIS


Covington Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.  Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.   Preferred memorials are to "The Jester's of St. Francis," a special needs theater group or donor's choice.    Burial will be in Huntertown Cemetery.






HUNTERTOWN – ELDON W. BAILEY, 90, a resident of Huntertown, died at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2008, at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne.   He had been in failing health for some time and had entered the nursing home on July 3.   Mr. Bailey was born on October 21, 1917, in Perry Township, a son of HARRISON and FRANCES (VANDOLAH) BAILEY.   He spent his formative years there, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1936.  


On February 29, 1940, he was married in Huntertown to RUBY ARNOLD, and spent all of his adult life in Perry Township.   He was employed as the head custodian at Northwest Allen County School Corporation from 1955, until retiring in 1981.   He was a member of the Huntertown Methodist Church, Huntertown Lodge 689 F & AM, and the Huntertown Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. 


Mrs. Bailey preceded him in death on March 1, 2008.


Surviving are a son:

            ARNOLD (CORINE) BAILEY of Fort Wayne

Two daughters:

            GAY (DAVID) INKROTE of Dallas, Texas

            KATHY (RANEY) BOUTHOT of Fort Wayne

A brother:

            CARL BAILEY of Huntertown

A sister:

            WILMA REBBE of Los Angeles, California

Four grandchildren

Two step-grandchildren

Two great grandchildren


In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by a brother, ROSS BAILEY, and two sisters, DORIS SCHLATTER and EDNA BAILEY.  


Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Sherri Long, associate pastor of Huntertown United Methodist Church, officiating.   The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday from 2-7 p.m. or one hour prior to the service.   Interment with military graveside rites will be at Huntertown Cemetery.   Memorials are to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana or Huntertown United Methodist Church.





BAILEY, RUBY Century 10


Huntertown – RUBY B. BAILEY, 88, a resident of rural Huntertown and wife of ELDON W. BAILEY, died at 5:32 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at her residence.   She had been in declining health since November.   Mrs. Bailey was born in Eel River Township on January 30, 1920, a daughter of JAMES FRANKLIN and GOLDIE (HEWEN) ARNOLD.   She spent her formative years on the family farm there, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1937. 


On February 29, 1940 she was married in Huntertown to ELDON W. BAILEY, and the couple have lived at their present home in Perry Township since 1955.   She had been employed as a custodian with the Northwest Allen County Schools for 26 years, retiring from there in 1982.   She was also a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church. 


Surviving are her husband, ELDON

A son:

            ARNOLD (CORINE) BAILEY of Fort Wayne

Two daughters:

            GAY (DAVID) INKROTE of Dallas, Texas

            KATHY (RANEY) BOUTHOT of Fort Wayne

A brother:

            GEORGE ARNOLD of Fort Wayne

Four grandchildren and

Two great-grandchildren


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by

Two sisters:


A brother:

            SIDNEY ARNOLD


Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastors Greg Hiatt and Sherri Long of Huntertown United Methodist Church officiating.    The family will receive friends at the mortuary today from 2 to 8 p.m. or one hour prior to the service Thursday.   Interment will be at the Huntertown Cemetery.   Memorials are to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana or Huntertown Methodist Church.  


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