From the Fort Wayne, IN,  Journal Gazette of February 24, 2006


ELFRIEDA M. GUMP, 77, of Huntertown, died Wednesday, February 22, 2006, at Town House Retirement Community, Fort Wayne.   Born in Fort Wayne, she graduated from Central High School.  She married Elvin R. “Andy” Gump, in 1947, and had lived in Huntertown since 1949.   She was a homemaker.


Surviving are sons:

            JERRY (Rebecca) GUMP of Churubusco

            ROGER (Judy) GUMP

            TIM (Mary) GUMP both of Huntertown

            TOM (Cindy) GUMP of Marion


            ELIZABETH (Robert) McCAGUE of New Haven

Eleven grandchildren

Five great-grandchildren


She was preceded in death by her husband, ANDY, in 1990 and


            NORBERT EHMKE

            ELMER EHMKE


            VELMA ANDERSON


            NICHOLAS GUMP


Service is 11 a.m. Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco, with calling one hour before services.  Calling also from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.   Burial in Fairview Cemetery, northwest of Huntertown.  Memorials to Cancer Services of Allen County or Huntertown Volunteer Fire Department. 





Passes Away at Home Northwest of Garrett as the Result of a Cerebral Hemorrhage


The death of WILLIAM H. GUMP, a well known farmer living three and three-quarter miles northwest of Garrett, took place at his home at 4 o’clock Friday morning.


Mr. Gump was 72 years of age and had been in ill health for two years.   He was bedfast the last two weeks and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last Wednesday night.  The body will be returned from the George W. Iler mortuary in Garrett to the residence Saturday morning and the funeral will be held at the Christian Union church northwest of Garrett Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.   REV. W. E. PITTENGER of the Garrett Methodist Church will officiate, assisted by REV. E. W. THOMAS of the Christian Union church.   Interment will be made in the church cemetery.


Mr. Gump was born in Butler township near Cedar Creek, January 14, 1873, and was married to Ettie Ober, January 2, 1898.   The resided on the farm northwest of Garrett for the last 39 years.  


Surviving are the widow,

One son:

            FOREST W. GUMP, living two miles southwest of his parents’ home on State Road 8

One daughter:

            MRS. NELLIE SWANDER, of two and a half miles north of Garrett on State Road


One sister:

            MRS. EMMA YODER, of Huntertown

Two half-brothers:

            GERRY & PERRY GUMP, of southwest of Garrett

One half-sister:

            MISS EFFIE GUMP, a teacher in the Garrett High School, who lives in the Gerry

            Gump home,

And one grandchild:

            JAY WILLIAM NORRIS, who lives in his grandparent’s home.

Another son, JAY, died in 1934.


Mr. Gump was a member of the Garrett Methodist Church. 


(We have Williams death date as May 4, 1945)  




MRS. WILLIAM GUMP, 78, of four and a half miles northwest of Garrett died Monday at 3:30 a.m. at Lowe Nursing Home in Butler of senility.   She had been in poor health many years and was a patient at the nursing home 17 months.


The body was taken to the George W. Iler mortuary in Garrett where it will remain until Wednesday at 11 a.m.   It will then be removed to Christian Union Church northwest of Garrett, where it will lie in state until services at 2 p.m.   The Rev. F. Hazen Sparks of the Garrett Methodist church, of which she was a member, will officiate and burial will follow in Union Cemetery, northwest of Garrett.


Mrs. Gump was the former ETTIE OBER and she was born October 30, 1873 in Butler Twp.   She and Mr. Gump were married January 2, 1898 and they lived at the late residence for 45 years.   He died May 4, 1945.


Surviving are a son:

            FORREST GUMP of northwest Garrett

One daughter:

            Mrs. Nellie Swander of two and one half miles north of Garrett on Road 327 and

One Grandchild.  


(October 30, 1873 to August 4, 1952) 







JAY EMMERT GUMP, 24, died from Bright’s disease Wednesday night at 10 o’clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. GUMP, three and one half miles northwest of Garrett.  For the last 6 weeks Jay had been ill, but not until a week ago last Saturday was he bedfast.   Until that time he had been able to be about doing his work on his father’s farm and he had come to Garrett a number of times.


He was born June 8, 1909, at the farm home where he died;  he would have been 25 years old on June 8.   He attended the North Keyser school for his primary education and then entered Garrett high school in 1926.   After his sophomore year he left school and began working on his father’s farm, where he has lived all his life.


Besides his parents, a brother, FORREST W. GUMP of Richland township, and a sister, MRS. NELLIE NORRIS, at home, survive.   No funeral arrangements have yet been made.





Forrest W. Gump, 88, died Tuesday at 5 a.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor.   Mr. Gump was born July 1, 1900 in DeKalb County to WILLIAM and ETTIE (Ober) GUMP.   He was a lifetime resident of DeKalb county where he was a farmer until his retirement in 1975.   He was a school bus driver for Keyser Township for 21 years.   He was a member of the First Church of Christ.


On March 12, 1932, he married MINNIE KUCKUCK in South Bend.   She survives in their home at 1714 Woodview.   He was preceded in death by one brother, JAY GUMP, and one sister, NELLIE SWANDER.


Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Garrett First Church of Christ, with Lloyd R. Mealer officiating.   Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery, Corunna.   McKee-Miles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.   Preferred memorials are to the church. 


(July 1, 1900 to August 30, 1988)




Garrett --  Minnie L. Gump, 102, died Monday at 6:20 p.m. in DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn.   She was born December 23, 1893 in Fairfield Center, DeKalb County, to AUGUST and AUGUSTA (LOHRMAN) KUCKUCK.   She married FORREST GUMP in South Bend on March 12, 1932.   He preceded her in death August 30, 1988.


Mrs. Gump was a retired school teacher in Fairfield Township and Ashley schools for 16 years and was a member of the First Church of Christ in Garrett.  


Surviving are several nieces and nephews.   In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and three sisters.   


Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in McKee-Miles Funeral Home, Garrett, with the Rev. Lloyd Mealer officiating.   Burial will be in Fairfield Center Cemetery, Corunna.   Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.   Preferred memorials are to the First Church of Christ or to the donor’s choice.  


(December 23, 1893 to October 28, 1996)







The death of DAVID GUMP a resident of Butler Township (DeKalb Co.) for nearly 3 score years took place Friday morning at 8:15 o’clock at his home 3 and ˝ miles South of Garrett. 


Mr. Gump who was past 81 years of age had been in failing health from heart disease since last February.   His condition was worse for the last week, but he was able to be out of bed.   He arose and dressed Friday morning, but soon afterward was stricken fatally.


Born in Miami county, Ohio, Mr. Gump came to Indiana with his parents when he was only 8 months of age.   The family settled near Huntertown and Mr. Gump lived there until his marriage to Phoebe Vandolah.   They then moved onto the farm where Mr. Gump lived the remainder of his life.


The first Mrs. Gump died 6 years after the marriage.   On February 12, 1880 Mr. Gump married AMANDA RINEHOLD and she died June 1, 1923.   Surviving are 2 children by the first marriage and 4 by the second.  


The were:

            WILLIAM GUMP of northwest of Garrett

            EMMA GUMP of near Huntertown

            PERRY GUMP who lives near the family home

            GERRY GUMP and the

            MISSES LENA and EFFIE GUMP, at home.

There are also 3 grandchildren and one great grandchild

One brother, PERRY GUMP of Philadelphia

Two sisters, MRS. EMMA FAIR of North Manchester and

            MRS. LOUISA KUHNS of south of Garrett


Mr. Gump was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren.


Funeral services will be held at the church at Cedar Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the pastor, the Rev. A. F. Morris officiating.   Interment will be made at Cedar Chapel cemetery.   The pallbearers will be Samuel H. Downend, Lewis Duket, William Ballentine, H. A. Grubb, David Ober and Henry Shenk. 


(1847 to September 14, 1928)






The death of MRS. MANDA GUMP, wife of DAVID GUMP, and a resident of Butler township for 43 years took place Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home, 4 miles south of Garrett.


Mrs. Gump’s death was caused by asthma of the heart.   She had suffered from the disease for 2 years and her condition was serious for the last 3 months.   She was bedfast 2 weeks. 


Mrs. Gump was born in Seneca county, Ohio, April 16, 1853 and therefore was past 70 years of age.   When she was 6 years old, her parents moved to Indiana, settling near Huntertown.   She resided there until she was married, on February 12, 1880.   She and Mr. Gump have ever since lived on the farm where she died.


Of 6 children, 4 survive:

            GERRY GUMP and the

            MISSES LENA and EFFIE GUMP are at home

            PERRY GUMP lives nearby

            One child died in infancy and another

            ARTHUR died 7 years ago.

Surviving also are two brothers:

            DAVID RINEHOLD, near Auburn

            PERRY RINEHOLD at Huntertown


Mrs. Gump is a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren.   Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Cedar Church, the pastor, the Rev. T. G. Weaver, officiating.   Interment will be in Cedar Chapel cemetery.  


(April 16, 1853 to June 1, 1923)





Funeral Services for E. Gerry Gump, 84, will be held on Sunday – Died at Hospital in Garrett.


E. GERRY GUMP, 84, a lifelong resident of the Garrett area, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday at the Garrett Community hospital in Garrett.   Mr. Gump entered the hospital on February 25 and had been in failing health with a complication of ailments for the past several years. 


The body is at the McKee funeral home in Garrett, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday.   Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Glen Mulligan of Bloomington, former pastor of the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren.   The current pastor Rev. Ora DeLauter, will assist with the services.   Burial will be in the Cedar Chapel Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Mr. Gump was born near Garrett on December 20, 1882, and was the son of DAVID and AMANDA GUMP.   The late home is located two and one half miles southwest of Garrett.   He was a member of the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren.


In a ceremony conducted on November 26, 1903  MR. GUMP and BELVA SURFUS were united in marriage.   She died on June 17, 1905.   Mr. Gump was engaged in farming.   The only survivor is a brother, PERRY GUMP, of Route 1, Garrett.


(December 20, 1882 to March 10, 1967)





PERRY A. GUMP, 80, of three miles southwest of Garrett, well-known farmer and resident of the area all of his life, died Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Garrett Community Hospital where he had been a patient since last Wednesday.   He had been in failing health for several years and complications caused his death.


The body is at the McKee funeral home where friends may call after 7:30 p.m. today.   The body will be removed Wednesday at 11 a.m. to the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren for final rites at 1:30 p.m.  Rev. Glenn F. Mulligan, a former pastor of the church, will officiate assisted by the present pastor, Rev. Michael L. Hodson.   Burial will follow in Embry Cemetery, southwest of Garrett.


Mr. Gump was born March 17, 1887, at Rt. 1 Garrett, a son of the late DAVID and AMANDA GUMP.   He was married February 20, 1910 to BERTHA M. DOWNEND of near Churubusco.  She is the only close survivor.   Mr. Gump was a member of the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren. 


(March 17, 1887 – February 18, 1968)







Apparently recovering from an operation and from the grip, ARTHUR JACOB GUMP, a member of one of the prominent families of this community, died suddenly at 1:30 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home three miles southwest of Garrett on the EDWARD KELHAM farm.  


Mr. Gump was aged 30 years, 11 months, and 4 days.   On December 28 he was operated upon at Sacred Heart hospital for rupture and varicose veins and was a patient at the hospital 4 weeks.    The nature of the operation made him unable to work for some time, but he was getting along nicely.   Recently he had the grip, but had not been in a serious condition.   On Monday he had an attack of acute heart failure and expired within 10 minutes.  


Mr. Gump was the son of Mr. and Mrs. DAVID GUMP of Cedar and was born on the Gump farm.   On September 20, 1908, he was married to Miss MARY KELHAM, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. EDWARD KELHAM of Altona.   They have no children.   Surviving besides the widow and his parents are


Two brothers:

            GERRY GUMP of Cedar

            PERRY GUMP, 2 miles southwest of Garrett

A half-brother:

            WILL GUMP, northwest of Garrett

Two sisters:

            Misses LENA and EFFIE GUMP of Cedar

A half-sister:

            EMMA GUMP of east of Huntertown.


Mr. Gump was a member of the Church of the Brethren. 


Funeral services will be held at the church at Cedar Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. D. E. Hoover officiating and interment will be made in Embrey Cemetery.  


(March 1885 to February 14, 1916)





LENA MAE GUMP died Monday morning at 9:45 o’clock from cerebral apoplexy at her home at Cedar, 4 miles southwest of Garrett, after an illness of 4 years.   Miss Gump was born May 24, 1889 at Cedar and lived on the home farm her entire life.


The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock central standard time at the Church of the Brethren at Cedar, with the Rev. A. F. Morris officiating.   Interment will be made in the Cedar Chapel Cemetery.


The parents, who were DAVID and AMANDA GUMP are both dead.   Surviving are


2 brothers:

            GERRY GUMP, at home

            PERRY GUMP, of Keyser township

1 half brother:

            WILLIAM GUMP of Keyser township

A sister:

            MISS EFFIE GUMP, at home and a


            MISS EMMA GUMP, of Perry Township


(May 24, 1889 to September 3, 1929)





Miss EFFIE B. GUMP, 64, commercial teacher of typing and shorthand in Garrett High School since 1936, died Monday at 7:25 a.m. in Garrett Community Hospital.


Miss Gump suffered a stroke of paralysis March 20, 1960 and suffered several strokes after that.   Complications from the strokes caused her death.   She had been a patient in the Souder hospital at Auburn and at Garrett Community Hospital on previous occasions.   She last entered the Garrett hospital, Sunday at 7:20 a.m. when her condition became critical.


The body was taken to the McKee funeral home where it will remain until final rites Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren, southwest of Garrett, with the Rev. Glenn Mulligan officiating.   Burial will follow in Cedar Chapel Cemetery, southeast of Garrett.


Miss Gump was born August 26, 1896, on a farm southwest of Garrett, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. DAVID GUMP.   She resided with her brother, GERRY, southwest of Garrett.   Another brother, PERRY, lives on an adjoining farm.


Miss Gump was graduated from Garrett High School in 1914 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester College in 1925.   She taught school at Bremen, Nappanee and Plain township in Kosciusko county before going to LaGrange in 1928.   She left LaGrange in 1936 to come to Garrett as a high school teacher.   She taught there until becoming ill in March 1960.     Miss Gump was a member of the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren.


She was a member of the Business & Professional Women’s club of Garrett, the Classroom Teachers Association at Garrett-Butler- Keyser schools, Indiana State Teachers Association, and the National Education Association.  


(August 26, 1896 to July 24, 1961)







Clyde M. Swander, 70, of Golden Lake, north of Ashley, a former Richland township, DeKalb county resident, died at the Dr. Bonnell M. Souder hospital in Auburn at 6:40 a.m. Sunday.  Mr. Swander had been in failing health since he suffered a stroke 4 years ago.   He had been confined to his bed for the past 2 years and entered the hospital 4 weeks ago.


He was born 2 miles north of Garrett on April 1, 1893, the son of the late EMANUEL and FRANCES STREBE SWANDER.  He and NELLIE E. GUMP were married June 3, 1944.   Mr. Swander was a retired farmer.


Surviving in addition to his wife are

A step-son:  J. W. NORRIS of Garrett  and

One step-grandchild.

Four brothers preceded him in death.


Mr. Swander was a member of the American Legion Post No. 31 at Angola.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Dilgard & Cline funeral home in Auburn at 2 p.m. Tuesday.   Officiated at the services will be the Rev. A. K. Trout of Mishawaka, former pastor of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn.   Burial will be in Union Cemetery, northwest of Garrett. 


(April 1, 1893 to March 8, 1964)







NELLIE E. SWANDER, 82, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday in Miller’s Merry Manor, Garrett, where she resided 4 years.   She formerly lived at 310 East First Street, Auburn. 


Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today in Dilgard-Cline & Southern Funeral Home, Auburn, with Rev. Gary Evans, associate pastor of the Auburn Methodist Church officiating.   Burial will be in Christian Union Cemetery. 


Mrs. Swander was born in DeKalb County on May 17, 1903, the daughter of WILLIAM GUMP and EDDY (OBER) GUMP.     (Etta Ober)     She and Clyde Swander were married in June 1945.   He preceded her in death in 1963.  


Survivors include a son:

            JAY W. NORRIS, 415 East King St., Garrett

A brother:

            FORREST GUMP, Garrett

One grandson


Mrs. Swander was preceded in death by a brother, JAY GUMP

A retired housewife, Mrs. Swander was a member of the Methodist church


(May 17, 1903 to October 1, 1985)






CORUNNA – ORA L. NORRIS, 73 died Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.   Mr. Norris had been ill for 3 months and had been at home for the last two months.  The son of WILLIAM and ELLEN NORRIS, Mr. Norris was born in Corunna on July 4, 1903.   He made his late home at Route 1, Corunna and had been a lifelong resident of the area.


Mr. Norris was a retired farmer and a member of the Corunna Methodist Church. 


Surviving Mr. Norris are

One son:

            JAY NORRIS, Garrett

One step-son:

            AUBUREY TREESH, Fort Wayne

One step-daughter:

            ROMONA CONNERS


Funeral services will be held at the McKee Funeral Home in Garrett on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.   Burial will be at the Sixteen Cemetery near Corunna.   Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Friday.   


Hand dated 16 Sept. 1976   (July 4, 1903 to September 16, 1976)





GARRETT – JAY W. NORRIS, 73, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at 2 p.m. in the VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne.   He worked in maintenance for the Garrett Street Department for 33 years, retiring in 1990.   He was a lifelong Garrett resident, and a member of the Garrett American Legion and Garrett United Methodist Church.  


Mr. Norris was born February 17, 1928 in Auburn to ORIE A. and NELLIE E. (GUMP) NORRIS.   He married JANE A. BROWN and she survives.   Also surviving him is one son, WILLIAM NORRIS of Garrett. 


Services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, with the Rev. Richard A. Pickard officiating.   Burial will be in Christian Union Cemetery, rural Garrett.


Calling is Thursday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. in the funeral home.   Memorials are to the VA Hospital in Fort Wayne and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garrett. 


(February 17, 1928 to April 16, 2001)