Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Milner


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday August 11, 2003
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GENEVA  MILNER
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Geneva Milner, 86, Fairland, died Saturday August 9, 2003, Heritage House in Shelbyville.
Born January 11, 1917, Moral township, daughter of  Byron and  Gladys (Webber) Pfendler.
Married Thomas L. Milner on May 19, 1947;  preceded her in death April 29, 1997.
Survivors include a daughter,  Susan K. Milner, Fairland.
Preceded in death by two sisters,  Maxine Olinger and  Mary Collier; and one half-brother,  Lester Pfendler.
Lifelong resident of Fairland.
Bookkeeper at the Fairland Grain Elevator from 1956 to 1981.
Member of the Fairland Order of the Eastern Star.
Carmony-Ewing Harrison street Funeral Home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Andy Lee officiating.
Burial:  Fairland Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday April 30, 1997
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THOMAS  L. MILNER
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Thomas L. Milner, 77, Fairland, died Tuesday, Major Hospital.
Born December 8, 1919, in Fairland, son of  Asher T. and Mamie C. (Cunningham) Milner.
Married  Geneva (Pfendler) Milner on May 19, 1947, she survives.
1938 graduate of Fairland High school.  Served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Machinist for Delco-Remy Inc., Anderson, for 47 years, retiring in 1987.
Survivors are a daughter,  Susan K. Milner, Fairland; and three sisters,  Helen M. Johnson, Fairland, and  Fern M. Griggs and  Nancy A. Stanberry, both of Indianapolis.
Friends may call Thursday at Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. James Horner officiating.
Burial in Fairland Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, Sept. 4, 1970
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Asher Milner Dies At 87
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          Asher T. Milner, 87, Fairland died Thursday at 12:50 p.m. at Major Hospital.  He had been hospitalized 13 drays and ill several weeks.  A lifelong resident of Fairland, Mr. Milner was a retired carpenter and employe of Naval Avionics Facility, Indianapolis, from where he retired in 1955  . He was a member of the Fairland Christian Church and a 50-year member of the Sugar Creek Masonic Lodge.  Born Oct. 12, 1882 in Fairland.  Mr. Milner was the son of  Thomas L. and  Virginia Ann O'Dell Milner. On April 21, 1910, he married  Mamie Cunningham, who died March 18, 1968.  Surviving are three daughters,  Mrs. Helen M. Johnson,  Mrs. Lester (Fern) Griggs  and  Mrs. Wayne (Nancy) Stanberry,  all of Indianapolis; a son,  Thomas L. Milner,  Fairland, and four grandchildren. A daughter,  Virginia  preceded in death. Services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sleeth Funeral Home, with the Rev. James H. Horner officiating.  Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday March 19, 1968
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RITES  SET  FOR  MRS. MILNER
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Fairland Area Woman Dies in Hospital
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Services at Sleeth Funeral Home Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for  Mrs. Asher (Mamie C.) Milner, 76, of R.R. 2, Fairland, who died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Major Hospital.
Burial in the Fairland Cemetery, with the Rev. James H. Horner officiating.
Lifelong resident of Shelby county, lived in the Fairland area 58 years.
Member of the Fairland Christian Church and Fairland Chapter No. 359, Order Eastern Star.
Born in Shelbyville on November 11, 1891, daughter of  Thomas and  Margaret (Huffman) Cunningham
On April 21, 1910, she married  Asher T. Milner, who survives at home.
Also surviving are four children,  Mrs. Helen M. Johnson, Shelbyville,  Mrs. Lester (Fern) Griggs and  Mrs. Wayne (Nancy) Stanberry, both of Indianapolis and  Thomas L. Milner of Fairland and four grandchildren.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday December 12, 1964
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DEATH  CLAIMS  CLARENCE  MILNER
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Rites For Retired Mechanic Are Monday
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Clarence C. "Hoppy" Milner, 79, retired automobile mechanic died at 6:00 a.m. today, Franklin nursing home.
 Resided south of Fairland.
Lifelong resident of Shelby County, born July 4, 1885 near Fairland. 
Son of  Thomas and  Virginia (Odell) Milner.
Member of the Fairland Christian Church.
Sleeth Funeral Home.
Burial in the Fairland cemetery.
Survivors include brother,  Asher Milner of Fairland, a nephew,  Thomas Milner of Fairland and three nieces,  Mrs. Helen Johnson  of this city and  Mrs. Wayne (Nancy) Stanberry,  and  Mrs. Fern Ross of Indianapolis.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Charlotte  Observer
Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday June 2, 1951
Page 6-A
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DEATH  TAKES  E. L. MILNER
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Former Charlotte Man Dies in Washington
At Home of Son, Col. M E. Milner
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          Edwin Lee Milner of Washington, D.C., formerly of Charlotte, died yesterday in Washington.  He had been in declining health for about two years.  Graveside services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at Elmwood Cemetery with Rev. James B. Ficklen of Covenant Presbyterian Church officiating.
           Mr. Milner was a native of Kentucky.  He and Mrs. Milner [Hattie (Mann)] lived in Charlotte for about 10 years and Mrs. Milner died about five years ago.  Mr. Milner then went to Frankfurt, Germany, where he spent a year with his son,  Lieut. Col. Morris E. Milner, who was stationed there.  At the time of his death, Mr. Milner was making his home with Colonel and Mrs. Milner in Washington.
          In addition to his son, Mr. Milner is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Charlotte  Observer
Charlotte, North Carolina
Monday June 4, 1945
Page 3
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MRS. MILNER’S  RITES  WILL  BE  HELD  TODAY
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          Last rites for  Mrs. Hattie [Mann] Milner, wife of  E. L. Milner, who died Saturday at her home, 910 East Trade Street, will be held at Douglas and Sing Chapel on Elizabeth Avenue this afternoon at 5 o’clock, with Dr. E. N. Orr, pastor of the A.R.P. Tabernacle, officiating.
Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery and pallbearers will be T. R. Funderburk, J. W. Maxwell, J. Floyd Hendrix, J. N. Chestnut, John D. Auten, and H. D. Little.
          Mrs. Milner, who was 69 years old, moved to Charlotte from Richmond, Virginia, 12 years ago.  She is survived by her husband, E. L. Milner, one son, Major Maurice E. Milner, now in Europe, and a sister,  Mrs. Carrie Fike of Portland, Oregon.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday November 4, 1943
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DEATH  OCCURS  AT  SON’S  HOME
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          Mrs. Virginia (Jennie) Milner, about 83, widow of  Thomas Milner, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the home of a son  Clarence C. Milner, near Fairland. She had been in failing health for some time. Death was due to a complication of diseases incidental to advanced age.
She was born in the home where death occurred, the daughter of  William and  Nancy Odell. She was a member of the Fairland Church of Christ. Mr. Milner’s death occurred about twenty-five years ago.
          Surviving with the son with whom she resided are a son,  Asher T. Milner, of Fairland; a sister,  Miss Dicy Odell, of near Fairland; three granddaughters and one grandson, who is stationed in Florida with the U.S. Army.
          Funeral services will be held at the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. James Cox, pastor of the Fairland Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be made in the Fairland cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday June 23, 1930
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FUNERAL  AT  FAIRLAND
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Benjamin Milner Died Sunday Morning
at Home in Ben Davis
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          A message has been received in this county concerning the death of Benjamin Milner, former resident of the Fairland community, which occurred at ten o’clock Sunday morning at his home in Ben Davis. Funeral services will be conducted in the Fairland cemetery.
          Mr. Milner was a resident of the Fairland community for a number of years. He went to Ben Davis to reside several years ago. He was a member of the Fairland Christian Church,
          Surviving are the widow [Valdora], one son, Fred, a daughter, Mrs. Walter Oldham, both of Ben Davis.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday July 23, 1918
Page 1 column 1
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THOMAS  MILNER  KILLED  BY  I. & C.
TRACTION  CAR  MONDAY  NIGHT
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HAD  BEEN  FISHING  FROM  BRIDGE
OVER  SWAMP  CREEK  WITH  FRIEND
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          Thomas L. Milner who lived on the south side of Fairland, was instantly killed Monday evening on the Swamp Creek bridge this side of the viaduct on the interurban road.  The car that struck Mr. Milner was due here at 4:50 o’clock and was in charge of  Clyde Nebro  motorman and  Jesse Giles, conductor.  With Mr. Milner at the time of the accident was  J. C. Patterson, the men having gone to the bridge to fish in the deep pool at that place.  As the interurban came down the grade and on the curve on the west side of the bridge, a passenger train on the Big Four was passing.  This prevented Mr. Milner and Mr. Patterson from hearing the fast approaching traction car.  As the motorman caught sight of the men on the bridge and applied the brakes Mr. Milner started to run and took chances with the car rather than to jump into the creek.  The body was hereby mangled, the left leg was cut off at the hip, the left arm was severed at the elbow, the abdomen was cut open, one hand was off and his head crushed almost to a pulp.  The car crew picked up the body, which was taken to the home of  Lynn West  in Fairland and later to his own home after the remains had been viewed by Coroner Inlow.
          Mr. Milner was 62 years old.  He served Brandywine township one year as trustee and was regarded in every respect as a first class citizen.  He was a member of the Fairland Masonic and Knights of Pythias orders.  The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at two-thirty o’clock at the Fairland Christian church, of which organization he had long been a member.
          Mr. Milner’s mother is still living and he left his wife and two children,  Asher Milner  and  Clarence Milner.
         
Mr. Milner has been engaged in contract work for a number of years particularly that of building bridges.
          Four brothers,  Benjamin Milner, of Ben Davis,  William of Mooresville,  Lee, of Richmond, Virginia, and  Harry, of Fort Wayne, and two sisters,  Mrs. Samuel [Susan] McClure, of Irvington, and  Mrs. Horace [Elvira] Cranmer of Utica, Ohio, also survive.
[Buried Fairland Cemetery]
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday February 23, 1911
Page 8
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DEATH  OF  MEXICAN  AND
CIVIL  WAR  VETERAN
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Lafayette Milner, Father of Thomas Milner, Died Today
---Funeral in Fairland Thursday
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(From Wednesday’s Daily)
          Lafayette Milner, 85, father of  Thomas Milner  of Fairland, a veteran of Mexican war and a soldier in the confederate army in the civil war died at the home of his son,  Benjamin T. Milner, in Ben Davis, Indiana Tuesday after an illness of several days.  Altho Mr. Milner never resided in this county he was well known here and his funeral will be held in Fairland Thursday morning.
          The aged man was born and reared in Kentucky and at the breaking out of the Mexican war he followed the American colors in the ranks until the last battle.  He was then twenty-one years of age and after the war he learned the profession of auctioneering, which he followed until he answered the call of his country to take up arms.  He was made a recruiting officer of the confederate forces early in the conflict and kept this position until the end.
          He remained in Kentucky until about twenty years ago when he moved to Indianapolis to make his home.  He continued as an auctioneer until a few years ago.  Since the death of his wife  [Evoline]  about three years ago, he has been making his home with his different children in this state.  Mr. Milner is survived by the following children:  five sons and two daughters;  Benjamin T., Ben Davis, Indiana;  Thomas Milner, Fairland;  William Milner, Indianapolis;  Lee Milner, Portland Oregon; and  Rev. Harry W. Milner, of Delphi;  Mrs. Susan McClure, Indianapolis and  Mrs. Ella Cranmer, of Utica, Ohio.
          Mr. Milner was a Mason and a member of the Baptist church.  The funeral services will be held in the Christian church at Fairland Thursday morning at eleven o’clock, the Rev. Samuel Tomlinson officiating.  The interment will take place in the Fairland cemetery in charge of R. J. Edwards funeral director.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday February 22, 1911
Page 1 column 5
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AGED  RESIDENT  OF  FAIRLAND  DEAD
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          Lafayette Milner, an aged resident of Fairland, died at the home of his son, B. F. Milner, at Ben Davis, Indiana, Tuesday.  Deceased was a soldier of the Mexican war and was aged sixty-five years.  Funeral services will be held in Fairland Thursday at 2 p.m.  Interment in Fairland cemetery.  Frank Timney, with Ralph J. Edwards, in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday February 12, 1908
Page 1 column 4
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DEATHS  ---  FUNERALS
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          Miss Willie Milner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Milner, of Moral township, died at ten o’clock Tuesday morning after an illness of many months.  She was a sufferer of tuberculosis.  Miss Milner was twenty-three years of age and a model young woman in every particular.  During the last illness she bore the affliction with fortitude and kept implicit faith in her master.  She was a school mistress two years but resigned her chosen vocation because of the illness resulting in death.  The young woman was a favorite of a large circle of friends and in her death a loss irrepairable is suffered.  She was a member of the Pythian Sisters lodge at Fairland.  She was a member of the Christian church of the same place where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 o’clock, the funeral cortege leaving the house at 10 o’clock.  Interment in the Fairland cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.  The surviving relatives are the parents and one brother and one sister.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday November 29, 1907
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CLAUDE  MILNER  DEAD
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          Claude Odell Milner, the eleven-year old son of ex-Trustee Thomas Milner and wife [Vrginia] , of Fairland, died at two o’clock Thursday afternoon of appendicitis after an illness since Friday.  The lad was a bright, gentlemanly little fellow and in his death the community loses a promising youth.               He was a leader among his schoolmates and a favorite with his teachers.
          Claude leaves a father and mother and two brothers,  Asher and  Clarence.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at two o’clock in the Christian church at Fairland, the Rev. M. V. Grisso and Rev. S. J. Tomlinson officiating.  Interment in the Fairland cemetery in charge of James Hoop, with Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday October 30, 1907
Page 1 column 6
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DEATHS  –  FUNERALS
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          Mrs. Emaline [Coombs] Milner, wife of Lafayette Milner and mother of ex Trustee Thomas Milner, of Brandywine township, died at her home in Indianapolis Monday, October 28, of paralysis, at the age of seventy-six years.  Besides the husband and son mentioned Mrs. Milner leaves four other sons,  Ben of Brandywine township,  William, Lee and  Harry; two daughters,  Mrs. Susie McClure and  Mrs. Ella Cramer.  Funeral services were held at the late home in Indianapolis this morning at 10 o’clock.  The remains were brought to Fairland on an interurban car and interment was made in the Fairland cemetery in charge of James Hoop, with Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
Friday January 9, 1903
Page 6 column 1
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          The funeral of  Miss Gertrude Milner was conducted at the Christian Church here Tuesday at 1 p.m., Rev. S. J. Tomlinson, of Irvington officiating.
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Ibid.
Friday January 16, 1903
Page 6 column 2
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          Resolved, That we highly appreciate the kindness of our trustee, Mr. Milner, in his untiring efforts to aid the schools and teachers.
Whereas, We desire to record our appreciation of the late Miss Gertrude Milner as a member of the corps of teachers of Brandywine township, and as a Christian lady; therefore:
          Resolved, That we deeply lament the loss of our co-worker and esteemed friend.
          Resolved, That we tender to her afflicted relatives our sincere condolences in their bereavement.
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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday January 22, 1903
Page 1 column 2
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(Fairland, Indiana January 20, 1903)
          I am requested by the relatives of the late Miss Gertie Milner  to express their thanks to those who so willingly and kindly assisted them by generous deeds and acts of sympathy, during the illness of their dear departed daughter and sister.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Tuesday  Republican
Tuesday June 4, 1901
Page 1 column 4
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KILLED  BY  LIGHTNING
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Charles Milner, of Fairland,
Meets with Sudden Death During Storm
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          Thursday evening during the heavy rain storm Charles Milner, the thirteen year old son of Thomas Milner, of Fairland, was killed by lightning. The boy was standing at the window in his home watching the progress of the storm. He probably had his hand against the window frame. Lightning struck the house on the roof, the bolt passing down the window frame killing the lad instantly. Mr. and Mrs. Milner were in the house, Mrs. Milner being in the room with the boy, but aside from a light shock neither were injured. The house was not damaged beyond the tearing off of three or four shingles. The boy was a bright little fellow and his death is cause for much sorrow in that community. Mr. Milner is the trustee of Brandywine township.
[Buried Fairland Cemetery]
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The  Friday  Republican
Friday June 7, 1901
Page 6 column 1
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          Mrs. Evaline Milner, her son William and daughter Helen, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Hattie Milner, of Denver, Colorado, was here Saturday attending the funeral of Charles Milner who was killed by lightning Thursday evening.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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