Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Page 2
Forrest W. Colee, 81, died Saturday, 31 Jul 2004, Moses Lake, WA.
Born 7 Jan 1923, Shelbyville, s/o  Roscoe  and  Maude Colee.
Married  Betty Jean Rohlinger, 1943.
Survivors:  wife;  children, Gail Knapton (David),  Jim Colee,  Jeff Colee,  all of Moses Lake;  sisters, Juanita Mille,  Beulah Davis,  Dorothy Ciarletta (Nick), all of IN,  Betty Cockerham,  Rosemary Singer (John),  Hazel Cover,  all of FL; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.
Raised in Shelbyville.
Driver and salesman for oil companies incl Lake Petroleum, Conoco and Standard Oil.  Worked with Budson Co, Fairbanks, Alaska, Bering Straits.
Volunteer fireman, mercant policeman.
US Army Air Corps, WWII, Larson Air Force Base, Solomon Islands.
Member of Teamsters and very active in the Assembly of God Church.
Moses Lake Assembly of God Church with Pastor Devon Wood officiating.
Burial:  Ephrata City Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday February 17, 1944
Page 1 column 4
Funeral For Flat Rock Resident To Be Friday
          Mrs. Cora Colee, age seventy-seven, died at the W.S. Major hospital at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday of burns received on January 16th, when her clothing became ignited from a kitchen stove in her home in Flat Rock.  At that time she was saved from probable death when  Chadwick Linke, U.S. Navy, a neighbor, was visiting at the Colee home, and wrapped a blanket around her and extinguished the flames.
          Mrs. Colee was born in Shelby county in January 27, 1867, the daughter of  John and Maria [Thayer] Anderson.  On September 10, 1885, she was married to  Jacob Spurlin, who preceded her in death in 1909.  Five children were born to the union and four survive.
          On May 7, 1910, she was married to  Thomas Colee, who survives.  The surviving children are  Mrs. Blanche Kennedy,  Mrs. Sylvia Smith and  Fred Spurlin, all of Indianapolis, and  Ray Spurlin, of Glendale, California.  There are 12 grandchildren.
          Mrs. Spurlin [Colee] was a member of the Lewis Creek Wesleyan Methodist church and had spent the greater part of her life in Shelby county. 
          Funeral services will be held at the Charles Ewing mortuary, Friday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Pickett officiating.  Burial will be made in the Flat Rock cemetery.
          Friends may call at the mortuary after noon today.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Margie Bell

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, December 8, 1943
          Mrs. Emily C. Colee, seventy-two, wife of  George H. Colee, died at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at her home four miles east of Norristown after a long illness.
          Born Feb. 7, 1871, in Washington township, she was the daughter of  Lackey  and  Hannach Conlin.  She was married to Mr. Colee, of Noble township, Aug. 18, 1894.  Mrs. Colee was a member of the Geneva Methodist church.
          Surviving are the husband; six children,  Mrs. Frank Isley, of Washington township;  Mrs. Alfred Durbin; Shelbyville;  John W. Colee, Noble township;  Lloyd W. Colee, Greensburg;  Mrs. Paul Wilson, Decatur county;  and  Paul, with the United States Army serving in Italy; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister,  Mrs. Timothy J. Colby, Flat Rock, and a brother, Walter Conlin, San Bernadino, Cal.  A sister, Mrs. Minnie Anne Eason, died Nov. 4, 1943.
          Funeral services will be announced by Loren H. Murphy.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday October 9, 1916
Page 4 column 2
Died At Home of Daughter Here
At 7:40 O'Clock Sunday Night
          Mrs. Elizabeth Colee, 79, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Vice, 536 West Washington street, at seven-forty o'clock Sunday evening, death being caused by cancer of the face, from which she had been suffering for the past twenty-two years.
          She was born in Preble county, Ohio, September 26, 1836.  She was married to  John W. B. Colee, May 6, 1858, he passing away eight years ago.  Four of the seven children born to them survive.  They are  Charles, of Rush county;  Mrs. [Madora] Vice, at whose home she died;  Thomas, also of Rush county; and  George, of Noble township.  A brother, George Thornburg, and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Copeland, of Noble township, also survive.
          Mrs. Colee was a member of the United Brethern church, in Noble township. She had spent her entire life in this county and was well known.
          Short funeral services will be held at one o'clock at the home of the daughter, Mrs. Vice, on Washington street, the Rev. W. E. Carroll, officiating, and the body will be taken to the Norristown M. E. church, where services will be held at two-thirty o'clock, with the Rev. Joseph McQueen preaching the service.  Interment will be made in the Norristown cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Margie Bell

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
August 13, 1908
          John W. B. Colee died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. John Vice, 294 West Washington street, at 8:50 a.m. today, August 13th, 1908, of paralysis, aged seventy-two years.  He leaves four children, three sons and one daughter.  Time and place of funeral will be given later by M. G. Tindall.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming  for Margie Bell

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