Bosler Sarah Jane, 79, born to Aaron and Suzanne (Miller) Sloffer in Noble County in 1863, died April 20 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Pepple, 3 miles northeast of Churubusco. She had spent the greater part of her life in Noble County. Rites were held at Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren near the Pepple home. She is survived by 10 daughters and 3 sons. +



Bosler Albertus Henry, 73, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Verna Hatch, new Churubusco last Sunday night. He is survived by his wife, Sarah (Sloffer) Bosler and 13 children. The other children are Mrs. Carey Courtney, Mrs. Zeno Spitler, Mrs. Erma Rhodes, Miss Edna Bosler and Gloyd Bosler, all of California, Dr. Howard Bosler, a medical missionary in Africa, and Mrs. Nellie Pepple, Mrs. Sylvia Pepple and Mrs. Alice Bollinger of Allen County, Mrs. Eva Smith and Mrs. Elva Fulk of Whitley County, and Horace Bosler who teaches in the Huntertown schools. There are 47 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence in Los Angeles and a brother, Cassius in Riverdale, Cal. 11-20-1932





Sloffer Benjamin F, 86, who formerly operated a general store at LaOtto, died September 28 at his home after suffering a stroke of apoplexy about a week before. He was born September 1, 1865 on the Noble-Allen County Line and operated a store in LaOtto for many years before moving in 1909 to a farm near Larwill. He returned to LaOtto in 1917 and resumed operation of the store, retiring in 1935. Surviving are the wife, Anna; two sons, Burl A., Huntertown, and George L., near Churubusco; three granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. Funeral was Monday at the residence. Burial, Eel River Cemetery.  10-4-1951




Sloffer Anna E, 98, a longtime resident of the LaOtto community, died last Friday at the Sacred Heart Home. Funeral was Monday in Sonday & Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. She was born Feb. 20, 1868, in Allen County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McCurdy. She was married in 1896 to Benjamin Sloffer, and together they had operated a grocery store in LaOtto from 1909 to 1925. He died in 1951. She was a member of the LaOtto Wesleyan Methodist church. Surviving are two sons, Burl A., Huntertown, and George L., Churubusco; one brother, Merle McCurdy, Kendallville; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.  12-29-1966





Mrs. Carey Courtney

        RIVERDALE--Funeral services for Mrs. Carey E. Courtney, 80, of Riverdale will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the People's Funeral Chapel, Hanford.

        Burial will be in the Washington Colony Cemetery.

        Mrs. Courtney died Sunday evening in a local hospital.

        A native of Indiana, she had lived in the Riverdale area 60 years.

        She was a member of the Church of the Brethern in Laton.

        Surviving are two sons, Al and Orville Andrews, both of Riverdale; four daughters, Mrs. Grace V. Davis, Mrs. Edith Crow and Mrs. Alberta Novosad, all of Riverdale, and Mrs. Luella Blackwell, of Five Points; six sisters, Mrs. Vernie Hatch, Mrs. Sylvia Pepple, Mrs. Edith Smith and Mrs. Elva Fulk, all of Indiana, Mrs. Erma Rhoads of Fresno and Mrs. Edna Hiller of Redlands; three brothers, Gloyd Bosler of Fresno, and Howard and Horace Bosler, both of Indiana, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ethel Hill of Riverdale; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

        The family has aked that any remembrances go to the memorial fund of the Church of the Brethern, Laton, or the Evangical United Brethern Church of Riverdale

        Fresno Bee



Pepple Nellie, 70, resident of Swan Twp more than half a century, died Friday in Whitley County Hospital in Columbia City. A native of Bourbon, she was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren. Surviving are six sons, Arlo and Lloyd, LaOtto; Rev. Russell Pepple, Ottumwa, Ia.; Lincoln, Corunna; Glen, Avilla, and Paul, at home; five daughters, Mrs. Lucille Barnhart, Churubusco; Mrs. Mary Stauffer, Middlebury; Mrs. Catherine Clingenpeel, Avilla, and the Misses Sarah and Marjorie Pepple, at home; three brothers, Gloyd Bosler, Fresno, Calif.; Dr. Howard Bosler, Goshen, and Horace Bosler, Huntertown; seven sisters, Mrs. Carey Courtney, Riverdale, Calif.; Mrs. Verne Hatch, Huntertown; Mrs. Sylvia Pepple, Garrett; Mrs. Eva Smith, Auburn; Mrs. Elva Fulk, Churubusco; Mrs. Edna Hiller, Redlands, Calif., and Mrs. Erma Rhoads, Fresno; 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were held Monday in Pleasant Hill Church. Burial, Fairview Cemetery. ~ 1-19-1958



Pepple Elmer G, 77, resident of Swan Twp all his life, died Monday in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fort Wayne. He lived five miles northeast of Churubusco. He at one time taught school in Swan Twp and in Perry Twp, Allen County. He was a minister in Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren for more than forty years. Surviving are the widow, Nellie; six sons, Arlo and Lloyd, LaOtto, Rev. Russell Pepple, Chicago, Lincoln, Corunna, Glen, Avilla, and Paul, at home; six daughters, Miss Sarah Pepple, Fort Wayne; Miss Ruth Pepple, at home, Mrs. Lucile Barnhart, Churubusco, Mrs. Mary Stauffer, Plymouth, Mrs. Catherine Clingenpeel, Yoder, and Miss Marjorie Pepple, New Windsor, Md.; two brothers, Chester, Garrett, and Jerry, Goshen; two sisters, Mrs. Dannie Kaiser, Edon, Ohio, and Mrs. Francis Hogue, Garrett; twenty-three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were Thursday in the Pleasant Hill Church. Burial, Fairview Cemetery. ~ 9-23-1954



Pepple Sarah A, 84, of rural LaOtto, died Dec. 4, in Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne. She was born June 19, 1912 in Noble County to Elmer and Nellie (Bosler) Pepple She was a 1931 graduate of LaOtto High School and spent her entire life in Noble County. She was employed as a housekeeper for St. Joseph Medical Center and was a member of Agape Church of the Brethren. Surviving are 3 sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Lucile) Barnhart of Churubusco, Mrs. Leon (Catherine) Clingenpeel of Avilla, and Mrs. Fred (Marjorie) Scroggs of Columbia City. She was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral was Saturday in Agape Church of the Brethren. Burial, Fairview Cemetery. ~ 12-12-1996



Evening Star, Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana; Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1961




        Chester W. Pepple, 80, a retired roofing and siding contractor, died Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. at his home, 105 South Hamsher street, Garrett. He had been ill since Sept. 15 and a heart condition caused his death.

        The body is at the McKee funeral home in Garrett where it will remain until noon Friday when it will be taken to the Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren, southwest of Garrett, for rites at 2 p.m. The Rev. Glenn Millugan will officiate and burial will follow in Fairview cemetery, north of Huntertown. A preferred form of remembrance is a donation to a favorite charity. Mr. Pepple was a deacon of the church.

        Mr. Pepple was born Nov 18, 1881, west of LaOtto in Noble County, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pepple. He was married Feb. 24, 1909, in Allen County to Sylvia Bosler and they moved to Garrett 34 years ago.

                Surviving besides the widow are two daughters, Mrs. John Smith of Wolf lake and Mrs. Don Golden of Goshen; two sons, Kenneth Pepple of 810 South Franklin Street, Garrett, and George Pepple of 747 West 9th street, Auburn; a brother, Jerry Pepple of Sebring, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. May (sic) Kaiser of Eden, O.; and Mrs. Fancis Hogue of Rt. 1, LaOtto; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-granchildren



Pepple Kenneth Albert, 65, Garrett, died Oct. 29 in VA Hospital in Indianapolis. A resident of Garrett since 1939, he was born April 21, 1920 in Noble County to Chester W. and Sylvia (Bosler) Pepple. A retired truck driver and veteran of WW II, he was a life member of the VFW Post in Garrett and a member of Cedar Creek Church of the Brethren. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Pauline) Capehart, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Jerry (Joyce) Hogge, Cree Lake, Kendallville; one brother, George A., Auburn; one sister, Martha Golden of Kimmell; and two grandchildren. Preceding him in death were three sisters, Ethel Smith, Hilda Bailey and Lois Harland. Services were Saturday in McKee-Miles Funeral Home, Garrett. Burial, Fairview Cemetery






        Services were held Saturday afternoon at McKee-Miles Funeral Home, with the Rev. D.V. Dillinger officiating.  Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Churubusco.

        Mrs. Smith, 90, of 540 West 15th Street, Auburn, died at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Betz Nursing Home, where she had resided since Oct. 27.

        Born Oct. 30, 1893, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Albertus and Sarah (Sloffer) Bosler.  She married Arly Smith in Allen County on March 8, 1917.  He preceded her in death June 1, 1943.

        A lifetime resident of the area, Mrs. Smith was a member of the Auburn First Church of Christ. She was employed at the Auburn Rubber Company for 13 years, retiring in 1958.

        Survivors include a son, Melvin Smith, 1323 CR 60, Garrett; two daughters, Gladys Gift, Auburn, and Mrs. Lee (Leah) Johnson, Liberty, Ky.; three brothers, Gloyd Bosler, Fresno, Calif.; Howard Bosler, Goshen, and Horace Bosler, Sebring, Fla.; a sister, Elva Fulk, Avilla; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

        Eight sisters and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.

                Preferred memorials are requested to the Diabetes Association



        Tuesday, June 1, 1943  AUBURN EVENING STAR




        The death of Arly H. Smith, 52, took place Tuesday morning at 10:30 at his home two and a half miles northeast of Garrett.  He had been ill for six years with diabetes and complications and was recently a patient at the Sacred Heart hospital in Garrett.

        Mr. Smith was born October 22, 1890, in Eel River township, Allen County, and lived in that county until February, 1940, and when he and his family moved onto a farm owned by Mrs. Ida Grogg in DeKalb county.  He was married March 8, 1917 to Eva Bosler.

        Surviving are the widow; three children, Mrs. Oscar Johnson of Altona and Gladys and Fay Melvin Smith, at home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Huntertown; four brothers, Fred Smith of 108 South Peters Street, Garrett, Clarence Smith of Columbia City; David Smith of Crestline, O., and Norman Smith, who is in the Navy; three sisters, Mrs. Allie Baer of Churubusco, Mrs. Mary Daffron of R. 1 Churubusco, and Mrs. Bessie Engleman of Fort Wayne and three grandchildren.

        Mr. Smith was a member of the Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren.

        The body was returned to the residence from the George W. Her mortuary in Garrett Tuesday afternoon.

        The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at Pleasant Hill church, six miles east of Churubusco and burial will be made in Riverview cemetery south of Churubusco.





Fulk Elva A, 89, died May 17, 1985 at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. The widow of James F. Fulk, she had resided in Allen County near the Noble County line. She was born in Allen County to A. H. and Sara Jane Sloffer Bosler and married James F. Fulk Nov. 18, 1914. He died Nov. 3, 1968. She was a member of Sugar Grove Church of God. Surviving are two daughters, Lenora Ellen Geiger and Ruth Arehart, both of Churubusco; three sons, Jay of Huntertown, Lee of Miami, and Jacob of Churubusco; three brothers, Gloyd of Fresno, Calif., Howard of Goshen, and Horace of North Manchester; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Services were Monday at Sugar Grove Church of God. Burial, Riverview Cemetery.



Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, Indiana, Monday, July 15, 1985 page 12


        Dr. Howard A. Bosler, 85, of 1225 Greencroft Drive, died at 5:50 p.m. Saturday in the emergency room of Goshen General Hospital where he was taken after apparently suffering a stroke. He was born Nov. 27, 1899, in Allen County. He lived at Greencroft since 1975. He married Edith Gump on June 12, 1926. She died Jan. 1.

        Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rex (Esther Gene) Miller, New Paris and Cynthia Ann Bosler, Elkhart; four grandchildren, seven -great grandchildren; and two brothers, Gloyd (sic), Fresno, Calif., and Horace, North Manchester.

        Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New Paris Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Arlin Claassen, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Violett Cemetery.

Dr. Bosler graduated from Manchester College in 1923 and taught high school science and coached basketball in Indiana and Montana. In 1931, he graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and did church missionary work in Nigeria.

        He returned to Waterford Mills in 1950 to establish a medical practice. In 1964 he joined the staff of the former Norman Beatty Hospital in Westville where he worked with the criminally insane for five years and with the elderly for 3 1/2 years. He served on the board of the Oaklawn Mental Center from 1973 to 1975 and worked in the Goshen General Hospital Emergency Room until he retired in 1975. He was a member of the church and the Indiana State Medical Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of Greencroft Foundation. He represented the Church of the Brethren on the Oaklawn Psychaitric Board of Directors.

                Memorials may be made to the Bethany Theological Seminary of the New Paris Church of the Brethren



Sloffer George L, 88, of Holiday Trailer Park, Churubusco, died Aug. 1 in McCray Hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1889 in Allen County to Benjamin and Anna McCurdy Sloffer. He owned a general store in LaOtto until 1934, farmed before beginning work for Fort Wayne Stockyards in 1950 and later retired from that. His wife, Marguerite, died in 1939. Two daughters, Mrs. Gerald Buchanan and Mrs. Mary Jane Grimm, both Avilla, survive, as do five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Services at Sheets Funeral Home today. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. 8-3-1978



Pepple Arlo E, 70, of R. 1, Andrews, died at his home Jan. 31. He was born Feb. 23, 1906 in Swan Twp to Elmer and Nellie Bosler Pepple. He married Ora Gibson in September 1928 and they farmed west of LaOtto until 1965 when they moved to the farm near Andrews. He was a member of Agape Church of the Brethren on Carroll Road. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Albert of Fort Wayne, and Roy of Andrews; three daughters, Mrs. Esther Verhaegen of Auburn, Mrs. Bertha Vitzer of Andrews and Mrs. Sandra Rowe of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd of Columbia City; and five sisters, Mrs. Lucile Barnhart of Churubusco, Mrs. Mary Stauffer of Bradenton, Fla., Miss Sarah Pepple of Logansport, Mrs. Catherine Clingenpeel of Avilla and Mrs. Marjorie Scroggs of Fort Wayne. Services will be in Sheets Funeral Home today. Burial, Fairview Cemetery. ~ 2-3-1977



Pepple Lloyd A, 75, R. 9, Columbia City, died Friday at Whitley County Hospital from an apparent heart attack. He was born in Swan Twp on Aug. 23, 1907, the son of Elmer and Nellie Bosler Pepple. On Nov. 25, 1937 he married Mary Jane Coleman. They lived in the Ari area until 1960 when they moved to their present residence. He retired from Allied Mills in Fort Wayne in 1972 after serving 26 years. He was last employed in the maintenance department of the Alfran Nursing Home at Columbia City. He was a charter member of the Columbia City Church of the Brethren. Survivors include his wife; a son, Stanley "Gene" of Columbia City; 3 daughters, Mrs. John (Roselyn) Marsh of Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Dean (Margaret) Miller of Columbia City, and Miss Cathy of Tucson; 4 sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Lucille) Barnhart of Churubusco, Mrs. Leon (Catherine) Clingenpeel of Avilla, Mrs. Marjorie Scroggs of Fort Wayne, and Miss Sarah of Fort Wayne; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral was Sunday at the Columbia City Church of the Brethren. Burial Fairview Cemetery. Sept 1982



        HUNTERTOWN - Jay F. Fulk, 78, of Huntertown, died at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, September 5, 1999, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

        Mr. Fulk was born June 28, 1921, in Allen County a son of James and Elva Bosler Fulk, and lived all of his life in Allen County.

        On January 9, 1941, in Allen County he married Ilene I. Freeman and she preceded him in death August 17, 1988.

        He was a farmer and for five years worked for J. I. Case. He retired from the Coliseum as Chief Engineer working there from 1967 to 1982.

        Surviving is a daughter and son in law, Sherry Sue and Wayne Bringman of Colfax, Indiana; sisters Ruth Ann Arehart and Lenora Ellen, husband, Franklin Geiger of Churubusco and brothers, Lee and wife Neva Fulk and Jacob and wife Joyce Fulk of Churubusco; three grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

        Also deceased is a son, Dean F. Fulk and two brothers.

        Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco with Pastor Larry Smith of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.

        Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Huntertown.

                For those who wish, memorials may be given to the donor's choice



        April 15, 1926 - Dec. 2, 2003


        Lee Fulk, 77, a resident of rural Churubusco, died at 11:52 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 at the residence of his daughter in Cocoa, Fla. He had been in failing health since July.

        Born on April 15, 1926 in Allen County, he was a son of James and Elva (Bossler) Fulk.

        His marriage to Nevah M. Gaff took place in Churubusco on April 26, 1946 and the couple spent the early years of their marriage in Churubusco.

        In 1957, they moved to San Antonio, Texas and lived there until moving to Miami, Fla., in 1961, where he was self-employed as a heavy equipment operator. Following his retirement in 1992, the couple returned to Churubusco. Mrs. Fulk died April 8, 2003.

        He was a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Miami.

        Survivors include his children, Rose Ann (Paul) Herkenratt; William L. "Bill" Fulk, James T. (Jacqui) Fulk and Joseph W. (Denise) Fulk, all of Cocoa, Fla.; a brother, Jacob Earl (Joyce) Fulk of Churubusco; two sisters, Lenora Ellen (Franklin) Geiger; and Ruth Arehart, both of Churubusco; and six granddaughters.

        In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jacob Lynn, Fulk, Jay Fulk and John J. Fulk.

        The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, with the Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs of Churubusco United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 2 to8 p.m. Sunday. Interment is at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

        For those who wish, memorials may be direct to the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

                Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at sympathy&


Leslie M. Olson


Services for Leslie Marie Olson, 68, of Fresno will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Olson died Thursday. She was a self-employed hair stylist for 32 years.  Surviving are a son, Jeff Ramage of Fresno; her mother, Florence Bosler of Fresno; a sister, Blanche Bell of Byron; and two grandchildren.  Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lisle Funeral Home.  Remembrances may be sent to American Cancer Society, 2940 N. Fresno St., Fresno 93703.

Fresno Bee, February 23, 1991


Obit for DEAN F. FULK:

        CHURUBUSCO - Dean F. Fulk, 53, a native of Allen County and a resident of Bourbon, died at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Plymouth. He had been in failing health since December.

        He was born Oct. 19, 1945, in Garrett to Jay F. and Ilene I. (Freeman) Fulk. His father survives in Fort Wayne. On Oct. 22, 1970, in Churubusco, he married Linda Faylor. She also survives.

        Mr. Fulk had been an Allen and Whitley county resident until moving to Bourbon in 1983. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a 1964 graduate of Huntertown High School. He was a member of Local 414 Fort Wayne Teamsters for 27 years, American Legion Post 424, Bourbon, a 4-H leader in Marshall and Fulton counties, and a John Purdue Club member. He was a truck driver for Yellow Freight Lines in Fort Wayne.

        Surviving with his wife and father are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary and Heather Fulk of Lowell, and Chad Fulk of Bourbon; a daughter, Barbara Fulk of Bourbon; two stepchildren, Daniel Beiswanger and his wife, Stacy, of South Whitley, and Rhonda Beiswanger of Woodland Hills, Calif.; five grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry Sue and Wayne Bringman of Colfax.

        He was preceded in death by his mother, Ilene (Freeman) Fulk, and a daughter, Courtney Fulk.

                Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sheets Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Smith of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Eel River Cemetery, Allen County