Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Limpus / Lympus


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, July 14, 1966
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DEATH  CLAIMS  O. P. LIMPUS
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Rites Saturday For Retired Farmer, 85
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Oliver Porter Limpus, 85, Shelbyville, died Wednesday at 10:50 p.m.  Failing health since July, 1964.
Retired farmer and was a lifelong resident of Shelby County.  Member of the Lewis Creek Baptist Church.
Born in Shelby County on August 25, 1880, s/o  Emmett and Mary (Power) Limpus.  Married  Fern Newton on October 5, 1905, and she preceded in death on September 18, 1954.  On January 12, 1958, he married Zelda  Harrell  Judah, who survives.  Surviving with the widow are two step daughters, Mrs. Ernest Honeycutt of Indianapolis and  Mrs. J. Christopher McElroy of San Diego, California.  Two sisters preceded in death.
Ewing Mortuary, with Rev. Phillip Hodgkin and Rev. James Horner officiating.  Burial  in Forest Hill Cemetery.
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Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, September 18, 1954
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DEATH  CLAIMS
COUNTY  NATIVE
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Mrs. Fern Limpus, 68, of Shelby township, died at 7:20 a.m. today after an illness of one week.
Born in Liberty township on August 3, 1886,  d/o she was the daughter of  William and  Diantha (Biddinger) Newton.  October 8, 1905 marriage to Porter Limpus, who survives with a half-brother, Forrest Newton of Liberty township.  A son preceded her in death.
Spent all of her life in Shelby county and was a member of the Lewis Creek Baptist Church.  Ewing Mortuary with Rev. Kenneth Neuenschwander officiating.  Burial  in Forest Hill cemetery.
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Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
6 Mar 1948
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          Word has been received here of the death of  Elston Limpus,*  68, former Shelby county man, who died suddenly Thursday at his home in Meeker, Okla.  Mr. Limpus, who left here about 35 years ago, was born in Washington township and was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Bert Limpus.
          Surviving are three children,  Arthur, of California,  Mrs. Mildred Hall  and  Mrs. Lorene Branson [sic--Benson], both of Oklahoma; one sister,  Mrs. Cecil Snyder,  of Shelbyville; and a brother,  Isaac Limpus  of Washington township.  His wife died several years ago.
          Funeral services were conducted today at Meeker.
*Submitter's Note:  The last name is spelled  LYMPUS  on his tombstone pictured on findagrave.com; on the 1900, 1910 and 1940 census; and on the U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards.  However, his son,  Maurice "Arthur," did spell his last name  LIMPUS  in the 1930 and 1940 census; the Social Security Death Index; and the California, Death Index, 1940-1997.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and Betty Kitchen


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, 9 Mar 1934
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SHELBY     RESIDENTS     NOTIFIED
  OF     SISTER-IN-LAW'S     DEATH
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          Mrs. J. C. Voris,  of West Broadway, and  Mrs. W. O. B. Cribbs,  of east of Shelbyville, today received the sad news from their brother,  A. J. Limpus,  of Sioux City, Iowa, that his wife, who had been ill for several weeks, died last night at their home.
          Complications that set in after Mrs. Limpus was taken ill with pneumonia caused her death.  Burial will be at Redlands, South Dakota.
          Mr. Limpus is a cousin of  F. Hugh Limpus,  of this city.
Contributed byPhyllis Fleming and Betty Kitchen
Note from Phyllis:  Betty is searching for the obituary for  Della Limpus,  who also died in 1934 and outside of Indiana.  Based on the information in the obituary above, Betty found the following from the  "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989:"
Name:  Andy J Limpus
Gender:  Male
Residence Year:  1928
Residence Place:  Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Occupation:  Salesman
Spouse:  Nettie Limpus
Publication Title:  Sioux City, Iowa, City Directory, 1928
They are also in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930 census.


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, April 26, 1930
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DIES  SUDDENLY  AT  HOME  TODAY
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Ed C. Limpus, 65 Years Old,
Had Been Long Active In Sunday Schools
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VICTIM  OF  HEART  ATTACK
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Had Served as Principal of Major School
For Last Eighteen Months
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          Heart disease from which he had suffered for a long time although the serious nature of his affliction had not been generally known, caused the sudden death, about 9:30 o'clock this morning of  Ed C. Limpus, principal of the Major grade school, for the last 45 years connected with the schools of Shelbyville and Shelby County.  He was held in high esteem by all with whom he came in contact. Mr. Limpus had been working in the garden at his home shortly before his death occurred, and had complained to Mrs. William Bassett, a neighbor, of difficulty in breathing. A few minutes later he was found sitting in a rocking chair in his home at 1025 Harrison Avenue, dead.
          He was born July 6, 1865, thus being nearly 65 years of age at the time of his death. His parents were  Mr. and Mrs. Cameron J. Limpus.  He was the oldest of four brothers, the others being,  F. H. Limpus  of this city,  Harry W. Limpus,  of Indianapolis and  Odes H. Limpus,  of Chicago, all surviving. On December 23, 1888, he was married to  Miss Maggie M. Dickerson,  who also survives.  Mr. Limpus began his teaching career in the Shelby county schools in 1885 and remained in this work until 1890.  From the latter year until 1910 he taught in the Shelbyville schools, and in 1910 he was elected trustee of Addison township, serving for five years in that capacity.  In 1915 he returned to the Shelbyville schools as a teacher.  For the last eighteen months, Mr. Limpus had been principal of the Major school.  For eight years prior to his acceptance of this position he served as principal of the Departmental school on West Broadway.  At one time was principal of Grade School Building No.1 on East Franklin street.  He had also been principal of School No. 4 and of  the Walkerville school.
          Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the home on Harrison Avenue, Rev. R. R. Cross officiating. Ralph J. Edwards is the funeral director in charge.
[Buried Forest Hill]
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday March 9, 1920
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MELVINA  LYMPUS
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Died Tuesday Evening at Home
in Washington Township
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          Mrs. Melvina [DeBaun] Lympus, widow of the late  Isaac Lympus,  died at the home of her son, Walter Lympus, in Washington township, Tuesday evening at five o'clock, her age was 85 years, death resulting from a stroke of paralysis suffered one week ago.  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the Lewis Creek Baptist church, the Rev. James Brown officiating.  The interment will be made in the church graveyard in charge of  Mrs. Mary M. Tindall.  Mrs. Lympus lived with her son, where she died.  She was born in Washington township December 28, 1835, she being one of the oldest citizens of that township.  For many years she was a member of the Winchester M. E. church.  She left two sons, Elijah B. Lympus  and  Walter LympusRoland DeBaun  and  Mary DeBaun  are a brother and sister of Mrs. Lympus.  Ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren also survive.  Because of her long residence in the township and her general activity through an unusual long life, Mrs. Lympus was exceptionally well known.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Christine Moore


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, October 2, 1919
Page 1 column 1
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FOUND  DEAD  IN  FIELD
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Body Of Cameron J. Limpus
Discovered Leaning Against
Large Rick Of Wood
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DEAD MANY HOURS
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Coroner Stated Death
Was Caused By Paralysis
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Stick Found
With Blood Marks
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          Cameron J. Limpus, age seventy-eight years, well known resident of Shelbyville, and veteran of the civil war was found dead about nine o'clock this morning, in a woods pasture, near Johnson school house, three miles east of Shelbyville. The body was in a sitting position on the ground, and was leaning against a rick of wood.  Dr. George I. Inlow, of Blue Ridge, county coroner, was called and after an examination of the body, stated that death had been caused by paralysis.  Death, he said, had occurred Wednesday evening, a number of hours before the body had been discovered.  The coroner placed no credence in a report that death may have been caused by foul play, although a piece of stove wood was found beneath the body of Mr. Limpus, on which was a fair sized blood stain. There were no marks on the body, except some scratches on the hand. The coroner stated that he believed that the blood was from the slight wounds on his hands. There was no evidence that there had been an attempt to rob Mr. Limpus, as approximately $40 in bills and silver were found in his pockets. The body of Mr. Limpus was discovered this morning by Will Ogden and Dave Jones, who were passing along the road to work. Mr. Ogden and Lon Ballard, of this city have the contract for the construction of a road in the vicinity where the body was found. The body was about eighteen rods from the road, and could be seen plainly. When they approached they noticed that Mr. Limpus was dead, and immediately notified the coroner and relatives in this city. Persons who lived in the community had seen Mr. Limpus driving along the roads Wednesday afternoon. They saw the automobile stopped at the roadside during the night. Relatives of  Mr. Limpus were not alarmed Wednesday night when he failed to come home as he sometimes spent the night with relatives in the country, without sending word of his whereabouts. It was found that in entering the field where the body was found, that a wire fence had been cut. The instrument with which the cutting was done, could not be found. Mr. Limpus had lived the greater portion of his life in this county, where he was widely known.  He was the son of William Limpus, and was born in Franklin county, Ind., and came to Shelby county with his parents when a small boy. The family settled in Shelby township where Mr. Limpus lived until about twenty-five years ago, when he came to Shelbyville. He was twice married. He served for three years during the Civil war with the 16th Indiana Regiment, and was a prominent member of the local G.A.R. Post. Mr. Limpus took a great interest in the G.A.R. and attended many of the national encampments. He was also a member of the Masonic order here.  Mr. Limpus is survived by four sons, Harry, of Indianapolis; Odes, of Syracuse, New York; and Hugh and Ed Limpus, of this city; and two sisters, Mrs. Tempa Cronkhite, of Chicago, and Mrs. Harry Linder, of Greenfield.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ralph J. Edwards.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]


The  Shelbyville  Republican

Friday, October 3, 1919
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INQUEST  HELD  TODAY
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          Dr. G. I. Inlow, county coroner, held an inquest this afternoon on the death of Cameron J. Limpus, who was found dead in a field east of the city Friday. The coroner expected to clear up several mysterious circumstances which surrounded the death. A number of witnesses were called. Prosecutor George Tolen attended the inquest and took notes on the evidence.
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The  Frankfort  Weekly  Times
Frankfort, Indiana
Saturday, June 29,1918
Page 3
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B. T. LIMPUS DROPS FROM APOPLEXI
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Former Boyleston Merchant
Dies Sunday Noon
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Had Been in Good Health for
Pass Several Months—Funeral
Will Be Held on Wednesday
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(From Tuesday's Morning Times)
          B. T. Limpus, 74 years, former well known merchant of Boyleston, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at 12:40 from apoplexy. He had been in good health for the past several months and only 20 minutes before his death returned from Sunday school. He was in his chair and suddenly fell to the floor in a faint. When relatives reached his side he was gasping his last breath.
          The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the church in Boyleston and will be in charge of the Hillisburg lodge of the F. & A. M. Rev. E. W. Dunlavy of this city will officiate. Interment will be at Green Lawn cemetery.
          The deceased was born in Shelby county on July 2,1843, and when but a young man moved to Mechanicsburg, in Boone county, where he embarked in business. He was united in marriage on December 9,1866, to  Miss Sarah Garrott  of Mechanicsburg. To this union one son was born, Harry Limpus, and both of these preceded him to the Great Beyond. He later moved to Boyleston where on March 30,1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Elizabeth Strong. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Mildred Harrell and Jacob Limpus, both of this city. Fraternally he was a Mason having been a member of that order for 53 years. He was a staunch republican and for the past 30 years had been a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
          The sad announcement of his sudden death came as a distinct shock to the many friends and all join with the members of the immediate family in their sad hour of bereavement.
          Mr. Limpus was directly descended from prominent revolutionary families being a great, great, great, great grandson of Col. Henry Willis, the founder of Fredericksburg, and his wife Mildred Washington, an aunt of Gen. George Washington and was cousin to George Washington, five generations removed. He was also a great, great grandson of Major George Poage of the revolution. Mr. Limpus was of English descent being a great grandson John Limpus who came from London, England, to New York and who was a direct descendant of the ancient tribe of Olympus of Greece. Genealogical researchs show the family emigrated at the fall of the Roman empire to northern Italy, from there to Scotland, from there to Ireland, thence to London, England, where the name was changed to conform with English rules of spelling. The Limpus families joined the great flow of emigrants to the promising middle west where they settled in the Whitewater valley of Fayette and Franklin counties and during the year 1812 lived in a fort or block house, near Laurel, for protection from the Indians and were pioneers in the early history of Indiana.
Note:  Another Frankfort newspaper listed his birth date as 6 July 1844.
Contributed by Mary K. George


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, October 25, 1913
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A GOOD WOMAN DEAD
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Mrs. C. J. Limpus Passed
Away At Her Home        
        On Colescott Street
At 11:45 Today,        
        Funeral Monday
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          Mrs. Margaret J. Lympus, age sixty-eight years, seven months and ten days, died at 11:45 o'clock this morning at her home, 321 West Colescott street, from a complication of diseases. She leaves a husband, Cameron J. Lympus, and four sons, Trustee Ed Lympus of this city, Harry and Otis of Indianapolis and Hugh Lympus of  Vincennes. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the West Street M. E. church. Revs. Jensen and Cross will conduct the services. The interment will occur at Forest Hill in charge of Ralph J. Edwards. The Woman's Relief  Corps will have charge of the services at the grave. The obituary of this excellent woman will appear later.

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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, October 27, 1913
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DEATHS AND FUNERALS
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          The funeral services of the late Mrs. Martha Limpus, who died Saturday at her home, corner of West and Colescott streets, were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the West Street M.E. church, Rev. G. Jensen officiating, assisted by Rev. S. J. Cross. Burial was made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
          Mrs. Limpus is survived by her husband, C. J. Limpus, three sons, Hugh, of Vincennes, Harvey and Otis, of Indianapolis, one brother E.H. Dunn and one step son, Edward Limpus. She was united in marriage to Mr. Limpus October 28, 1868. Mrs. Limpus was a member of the West Street M. E. church. She was also a member of the Pythian Sisters, and the Women's Relief Corps. The latter order participated in the burial ceremony.
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The  Daily  Republican
Friday, January 14, 1887
Page 1 column 4
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          William A. Lympus, who died of paralysis at his home five miles south of this city on Thursday at 10 o'clock, was born in Butler County, Ohio, on August 5, 1809. Two years later, with his parents, he moved to Fayette county, Indiana, where the years of his childhood and youth were spent. Mr. Lympus' entire life was spent on a farm, except a few months, during which he taught in the common schools of Fayette county. He came to Shelby county in 1842. The cabin in which he lived at that time stood in the woods near the spot where his late residence is now located. He was married to Jane Wilson on August 13, 1835. Nine children were born to them, the eldest of whom died in infancy. The remaining eight are living and are as follows: Cameron Sloniker, Emmette and Mrs. Martha Maine, who live in Shelby township; Mrs. J. S. Thompson, of Indianapolis; Mrs. J. E. Kennedy, of Martinsville; Mrs. P. C. Cronkhite, of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. H. R. Leech, of this city. He united with the Winchester M.E. church in January, 1856, with which he remained to his death. He became a member of Shelby Lodge No. 28, F.& A.M. on January 21, 1860, and remained a member in good standing to the time of his demise. Jane Lympus, his wife died on November 28, 1865. He was married again to Fidelia Conner, on March 25, 1867. Mrs. Lympus is the mother of three sons by her first marriage, namely: Reuben Conner, of Connersville, Charles Conner of Brownsville, and John Conner, who lives near Waldron. There are no children by the last union. Mr. Lympus had the first paralytic stroke in May, 1884, the second on the 24th of November last, the third on January 6, but the fatal stroke came about half an hour before his death. In politics he was an ardent Republican and always took great interest in the success of the party of his belief. He was universally respected by his neighbors and friends and in his death the county has lost an honored citizen. "Peace to his ashes." The funeral services will be held on Sunday at the Winchester church, notice of which appears elsewhere in this paper.
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          The funeral services for the late William A. Lympus will be held at the Winchester church on Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock, the Rev. Isaac Miller and Rev. John Reese officiating.  The services at the grave will be in charge of the Masonic lodge of this city.
[Buried in Winchester cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman

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