Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Ruby June Comstock, 82, of Greenfield, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003.
Born June 30, 1921, in Fairland, d/o  William V. and  Sylvia (Helms) Harrell.  Married  Everad “Ed” A. Comstock  on July 5, 1943, and he survives.
Other survivors include one son,  Joel Comstock  of Greenwood; one sister,  Dorothy H. Pike  of Shelbyville; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by one brother, William Harrell.
Former Indianapolis resident.
Homemaker and several years ago was a buyer’s assistant in the accounting department for Schwitzer, in Indianapolis.
Graduated in 1939 from Fairland High School.
Member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church, in Indianapolis.
Pasco-Stillinger Funeral Home, 1780 W. Main St., in Greenfield.
Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 21st and Franklin streets, in Indianapolis, with the Rev. Allen W. Amstutz officiating.
Burial will be in Park Cemetery, in Greenfield.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, July 6, 1987
Edward K. Comstock, 79, 738 S. Tompkins St., lifelong Shelby County resident, died  Friday.  Lengthy illness.
Graduate of Mt. Auburn High School and Indiana Central College, taught school at Bengal, Cooper, Smithland and Lewis Creek schools.
Part owner and operator of Comstock Standard Service until 1984, and had also owned and operated Comstock Motorcycle Shop and a television repair shop.
Member of First Christian Church, Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 28 and the Blue River Amateur Radio Society and was co-founder of the Blue River Motorcycle Club.
S/o  William Samuel  and  Florabelle (Evans) Comstock, he was born on McCrea Hill, Hendricks Township, May 23, 1908.
Married July 31, 1932,  Rita Fern Cherry, who preceded him in death Nov. 26, 1972.
Married Aug. 6, 1976,  Louise Young Meloy, survives.  
Also surviving:  sons, John W. Comstock, Waldron, Mark E. Comstock, Arlington, Texas; 3 grandchildren;  brother, Warren E. Comstock, Shelbyville.  Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
Ewing Mortuary with the Rev. James Horner officiating.  
Burial  in Miller Cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, November 27, 1972
Mrs. Edward K. (Rita Fern) Comstock, 62, Shelbyville, died Sunday, Indianapolis.  Ill since March.
Well known local school teacher, having taught in the English and commercial departments of the Boggstown, Flat Rock, Waldron and Shelbyville schools for 36 years.
Member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the Shelbyville Central Classroom Teachers Association.
Member of the First Christian Church, Naamah Chapter No. 73, OES, and the Past Matron's Circle of the chapter; Vestavia Club and the local Business and Professional Women's Club.
Licensed amateur radio operator. Born in Hendricks Township on Oct. 12, 1910, d/o  Claude C. and G. Fern (McCain) Cherry.
July 31, 1932, married  Edward K. Comstock, who survives with her father and stepmother, Claude and Inez Cherry, of Hendricks township.
Also surviving:  2 sons, John W. Comstock, Waldron, and  Mark E. Comstock, Ocala, Fla.;  2 grandchildren;  a brother, Martin M. Cherry, Shelbyville; a sister, Mrs. David (Catherine) Evans, Hillsdale, Mich. Ewing Mortuary, with the Rev. James H. Horner officiating. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.
Contributions to Leukemia Research.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
March 5, 1954
Comstock Rites To Be Saturday
William (Pete) Comstock, 85, 701 Fair Ave, died Thursday; failing health for several years.
Born June 20, 1868, s/o  William  and  Louisa (Dobbins) Comstock.
Married  Daisy Spellman  in 1887.
Married  Lydia Ray  in 1889; she died in 1943.
Member of Trinity Methodist Church.
Retired paper hanger and plasterer.
Lifelong resident of Shelbyville.
Survivors:  sons, Frank Comstock (1st mrg) of Miamisburg, OH,  Ray Comstock (2nd mrg) of Shelbyville;  brother, Charles A. Comstock of Shelbyville;  3 half-brothers,  John,  George  and  Everett Comstock;  2 grandchildren;  7 great-grandchildren;  3 great-great-grandchildren.
Ewing Mortuary.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday June 20, 1952
Paralytic Stroke Fatal To Local Woman; Rites Monday
          Mrs. Cora Comstock, 86, lifelong resident of Shelby county, died at the W. S. Major Hospital Thursday evening at 6:30 o’clock.  She suffered a paralytic stroke last Sunday and had been hospitalized since Monday.
          Mrs. Comstock was a member of the First Christian Church and taught a Sunday school class there for many years.  A class of the church school is named in her honor.  She also was a member of the McQuiddy Rebekah lodge and the Current Topic Club.
          The daughter of  Frank and  Prudence (Kleinhens) Lane, she was born in St. Paul on June 4, 1869.  Her first marriage was to  John Dobbins  whose death occurred in March 1920.  On April 1, 1932, she was married to  Charles Comstock who survives with a sister and a brother,  Mrs. Pearl Reed and  Albert Lane.  There are several nieces and nephews.
          Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Ewing Mortuary with Rev. Ernest L. Ford officiating.  Interment will be at Forest Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Indianapolis  Star
October 4, 1923
Page 5
          Mrs. Vira Comstock,  formerly of this place, who died from apoplexy at her home in Shelbyville, was buried here.  Besides the husband, Charles Comstock, she is survived by her father,  K. Kemper,  and brother  Will Kemper, of this place and one sister, Mrs. Wilbur Smiley  of Indianapolis.  The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Baird, a returned missionary from China.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Indianapolis  Star
October 3, 1923
Page 9
          Shelbyville---- Mrs. Elvira Comstock,  56 years old, wife of  Charles Comstock,  is dead at her home here from paralysis with which she was stricken two months ago.  She was one of the best known women of this city, a leader in society circles and prominent in church work.  She had been a member of the choir at the First Christian Church for 30 years.  Besides the husband she leaves one sister,  Mrs. W. C. Smiley, of Indianapolis; one brother, William Kemper, of Morristown; two half brothers, the  Rev. J. C. Rhodes, of Goshen, Ind., and  Thomas Rhodes, this city.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Daily  Republican
March 12, 1888
Page 1
          Dr. Hiram Comstock,  of Hendricks township, died at 4 o'clock yesterday afteroon of dropsy of the heart after an illness of several months.  The deceased was born in Madison county, Ohio, March 17, 1820.  In 1824 the family removed to Hamilton county, Ohio, where the deceased was reared to manhood, from whence they removed to Montgomery county where the doctor began the study of medicine with his father.  In 1843, he came to Greenfield, where he engaged in the practice until 1846, when he removed to Freeport, Shelby county.  In 1849 he graduated from the medical college of Ohio and in 1855 removed to Marietta where he continued the practice.  In May 1843 he was married to  Rebecca Mills,  and to them was born three children viz:  Dr. James Comstock,  Francis S.,  wife of the late  William Garrison  and  John T. Comstock.  His first wife dying in 1851, he was married in 1852 to  Nancy E. Morgan,  who lived until 1856.  In September, 1857, he was married to  Lucy A. McCrea  and as the reult of the union three children were born viz:  Mrs. George Frederick,  William D.  and  Edward D. Comstock.  In 1846, Shelby Lodge No. 39 I.O.O.F. was organized and of the six charter members the deceased was one of the number.  Later on he had his membership transferred to Smithland lodge.  The doctor was well known over the county and in the neighborhood of Marietta and Smithland enjoyed for many years a very large practice.  In politics he was a pronounced Republican, always working hard for its success.  He belonged to the Methodist church in Marietta from which place the funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.  The burial will be at the Miller graveyard by Cummins & Edwards, funeral directors.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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