Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

VanArsdall / VanOsdol / Van Arsdale


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, August 2, 2002
Russell VanOsdol Jr.
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Russell VanOsdol Jr., 76, Beech Grove, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002.
Born Feb. 28, 1926, in Milroy, s/o  Russell  and  Lela Mae (Cornelious) VanOsdol Sr..  Married  Kathryn F. McKinney  and she preceded him in death.
Survivors include 1 son, Jay R. VanOsdol  of Wanamaker; 1 daughter, Cheryl A. Kemple  of New Palestine; 4 grandchildren.
Retail bread sales for Sunbeam for 38 years, retiring in 1988.
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Post Road Christian Church, Indianapolis.
Little & Sons, 130 Main St., in Beech Grove.
Graveside services Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery in Shelby County.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, October 22, 1977
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Mrs. Tressie Van Arsdall, 79, Shelbyville, died Saturday, October 22, 1977 at Heritage Manor.
Born December 27, 1897, Shelby County, d/o  Benjamin  and  Mary Elizabeth Oliphant Smith.
Married  Benjamin Surpas  in 1915;  he died 1944.
Married  Albert A. Van Arsdall on December 3, 1946; he died April 5, 1972.
Lifelong resident of Shelby County.
Member New Life Methodist Church and Fairland OES.
Stepdaughter, Catherine Nelson, preceded in death.
Survivors:  sister, Mrs. Esther L. Smith, Fairland; nieces, Mrs. Mary Miller, Fairland, and  Mrs. Wilma Mae Kirschbaum, Shelbyville.
Carmony Funeral Home, Rev. Leslie McKown officiating.
Burial:  New Palestine Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, August 15, 1977
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Rollie B. VanArsdall, 74, Columbus, died Monday, August 15, 1977.
Born August 17, 1902, Shelby County, s/o  Everett  and  Edna Dickinson VanArsdall.
Married  Mary Taylor  on December 24, 1925 in St. Lewis Crossing.
Survivors:  wife;  daughter, Mrs. Dianan Paine, Columbus; brother,  Jay VanArsdall, Shelbyville;  Miss Alice VanArsdall, Shelbyville; two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by an infant daughter and four brothers.
Retired from Cummins Engine Company, Columbus.  Formerly employed at KCL, Shelbyville.
Member of the East Columbus United Methodist Church and Cummins Engine Company Retired Employees Assoc.
Services: East Columbus United Methodist Church.
Burial:  Garland Brook Cemetery. Columbus.
Reed-Jewell Funeral Home, Columbus.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, April 27, 1950
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          Mrs. Clara Vanarsdall,  former local resident, died Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of a daughter,  Mrs. Earl Powell, at New Port Richey, Fla.  Mrs. Vanarsdall was 84 years of age and had been in failing health for some time.
          She was born in Laurel on August 5, 1865, but had spent most of her life in Shelby county before going to the daughter's home five years ago.
          In 1888, she was married to  John Wesley Vanarsdall  who preceded her in death in 1919.  Surviving with the daughter at whose home she died are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth A. Stewart  of San Antonio, Tex., and a son,  Dolph Vanarsdall  of Houston, Tex.  A step-daughter,  Mrs. Garnett R. Fleming  of this city, died recently.  Also surviving are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
          Mrs. Vanarsdall was a member of the West Street Methodist Church.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary Monday at 2:00 p.m.  Interment will be at Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, October 6, 1944
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MRS. VANARSDALL
SUCCUMBS  AT  HOME
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Rites Will Be Held on Saturday Afternoon
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          Mrs. Edna [Myrtle] Vanarsdall,  64, wife of  Everett Vanarsdall,  died at her home west of Lewis Creek at 11:30 a.m. Thursday after an nillness of several years.
          The daughter of  John and  Louisa Dickinson,  she was born in Jackson township Jan. 10, 1880.  Her marriage to  Everett Vanarsdall  took place on Sept. 15, 1898.  Mrs. Vanarsdall was a member of te West St. Methodist Church.
          Surviving are the husband; one daughter,  Alice,  at home; five sons,  Harry,  Albert,  J. Everett, at home,  Rollie, of Shelbyville, and  George  in the armed service stationed in New Guinea, and one brother,  Elmer Dickinson, of Marion township.
          Funeral services will be held at the Morris H. Sleeth funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. J. A. Spaulding officiating.  Burial will be in the Miller cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4:00 .pm.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Kokomo  Tribune
Saturday, December 9, 1939
Page 3
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WOMAN  EXPIRES
EARLY  FRIDAY
AT  FRANKFORT
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Rites for Mrs. Van Arsdale
Arranged Sunday
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          Frankfort, Ind., Dec. 8. --- (Tribune Speical) --- Mrs. Mary Amanda Van Arsdale,  39, wife of  Owen Raymond Van Arsdale,  died at the residence, 1408 South Columbia street, early Friday morning, after an illness of two years.
          The daughter of  James J. and  Kittie (Stafford) Hayes,  she was born at Newtown, Ind., May 2, 1900, and was married to Mr. Van Arsdale, Dec. 23, 1922.  A resident of this city since infancy, she attended the local schools and in 1918 took employment with the Clover Leaf offices, remaining there until her marriage four years later.  She was a member of the Tabernacle Methodist church.
          Surviving are the husband, three children at home,  James Ray,  Charles Joseph  and  Doris Ruth;  her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Hayes; five brothers,  Edward L.,  Ira V.,  Charles M.,  Ralph J.  and  Russell R. Hayes,  and two sisters,  Miss Esther L. Hayes  and  Mrs. Ruth Wilden,  all of Frankfort.
          The body will be removed from the Aughe & Son mortuary to the home of the parents, 400 West Green street, where friends may call after 3 p.m., Saturday.
          Final rites will be conducted by the Rev. W. R. Kuhn, pastor at the Tabernacle Methodist church Sunday 2:30 p.m., with burial in Bunnell cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, April 7, 1936
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FUNERAL  WILL           
          BE  WEDNESDAY
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Mrs. VanArsdall  Dies  at
Home  Following Par-
alytic  Stroke
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          Mrs. Cordelia VanArsdall, 82 years old, died at her home, 816 South Noble street at 7 o'clock Monday night following a stroke of paralysis.
          Mrs. VanArsdall had been a resident of Shelby county her entire life and for the past thirty-five years had made her home in Shelbyville.  She was the daughter of  John R. and  Mary Phares Rhoades  and was born on Oct. 10, 1853.  Her father and mother were pioneer residents of Shelby county.  She was united in marriage to  James A. VanArsdall  on Sept. 18, 1872.  He preceded her Nov. 16, 1922.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
          Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. VanArsdall, eight of whom survive, five sons and three daughters,  Mrs. Harry E. Harrell of Fairland,  Mrs. Charles Ray, Brandywine township,  Mrs. Ed Armstrong, Washington township,  Everett, Jackson township,  LeRoy, Shelby township,  Paul W., Columbus,  Earl, Shelbyville and  Joseph VanArsdall at home.
          The deceased is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
          Funeral services will be held at the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. R. A. Radgdale, pastor of the West Street M. E. church, officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Forest Hill cemetery.
          Friends may call any time at the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary.  The grandsons of the deceased will serve as pallbearers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Kokomo  Tribune
October 3, 1932
Page 1
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FARMER  SUCCUMBS  TO
LONG  ILLNESS.
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          William A. Van Arsdal,  age 77 years, for nearly half a century a prominent farmer in Harrison township and on the West Sycamore pike, died at his home west of Kokomo at 12:30 o'clock Monday afternoon.  The deceased had been in poor health for nearly four months and although his illness had not been regarded as immediately critical until just before his death, his condition had been regarded as serious for some weeks.
          Mr. Van Arsdal was born in Johnson county and removed to the Kokomo Vicinity when a small boy, residing near here during practically his whole life time.  He was an able farmer and owned a number of valuable farm properties in western Howard county.
          The survivors include the widow,  Mrs. Belle Van Arsdal,  and two sisters,  Mrs. Mary White,  of West Sycamore street, Kokomo, and  Mrs. Jennie Jacobs,  of Windfall.  The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the Rich Chapel on North Washington street.  Friends may view the body there after noon Tuesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday October 4, 1928
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BELOVED  RESIDENT        
        PASSED  AWAY  SUNDAY
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          Funeral services for  Nancy J. VanArsdall  who died Sunday afternoon, about five o'clock at the home of her step-daughter,  Mrs. Lawrence Coers, two miles east of Shelbyville, will be conducted from the Mt. Pisgah church Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, with the Rev. J. E. Siferd, of Rosedale, officiating, assisted by the Rev. John Rees.  Burial is to be made in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.
          Mrs. VanArsdall was one of the most respected and beloved aged women of Shelby county and her loss iwll be a source of sincere grief to all who knew her.  She had been most active in church work and was a long time member of the Mt. Pisgah church and the Woman's Relief Corps, of Shelbyville.
          She was born near Sheridan, Ind., January 8, 1848 and was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper.  She was married twice, her first marriage being with  Lewis Wheeler.  One son was born to bless the union, Jerry, who passed away in 1925.
          In 1892 she became the wife of  Elijah VanArsdall, who preceded her in death.  She leaves besides the step-daughter, at whose home she died, one step-son, Elmer VanArsdall, of Lebanon; three brothers,  Otto and Alonzo Cooper, of Indianapolis and  John Cooper, of Lebanon; two sisters,  Mrs. Clem Picketts, of Sheridan and  Mrs. Anna Reese, of Wellington, Kansas.  Mrs. Sadie Wheeler, of this city was a daughter-in-law.  She leaves to mourn her death nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday October 1, 1928
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DEATH  OF  AGED        
        WOMAN OCCURS
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Mrs. Nancy  J. Vanarsdall,  Age
80,  Died  Sunday  At   Home  of
Step-daughter.
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FUNERAL  TO  BE  TUESDAY
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          Mrs. Nancy J. Vanarsdall,  age 80, widow of  Elijah Vanarsdall,  died at five o'clock Sunday morning at the home of her step-daughter,  Mrs. Lawrence Coers,  two miles east of this city.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.
          Born near Sheridan January 8, 1848, Mrs. Vanarsdall was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper.  She was first married to  Tevis Wheeler,  who died in 1887.  The only child of this union, a son,  Jerry Wheeler,  died June 1, 1925.  In September, 1892, she was married to Mr. Vanarsdall, who died October, 1924.
          Mrs. Vanarsdall was a member of the Mr. Pisgah church and a devout Christian.  She was affiliated with the Shelbyville unit of the Woman's Relief Corps.  Surviving Mrs. Vanarsdall are the step-daughter, Mrs. Coers, a step-son,  Elmer Vanarsdall of Lebanon; three brothers,  Otis  and  Alonzo Cooper, of Indianapolis and  John Cooper of Lebanon; two sisters,  Mrs. Clem Rickels of Sheridan and  Mrs. Anna Reece, of Wellington, Kansas; a daughter-in-law,  Mrs. Sadie Wheeler, of Shelbyville, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at then o'clock Tuesday morning at the Mt. Pisgah church with the Rev. J. E. Siferd of Rosedale officiating, assisted by the Rev. John Reese.  Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery in charge of Charles Ewing.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
September 28, 1925
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DEATH  FOLLOWS
TWO  YEARS’  ILLNESS
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Harding J. VanArsdall Passed Away
at Home of Sister, Mrs. Horace Davitt
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          Harding J. VanArsdall, widely known young man of this community passed away at 8:20 o’clock Sunday evening at the home of his sister, Mrs. Horace Davitt, 129 Second Street, after an illness of nearly two years, caused by tuberculosis.  He was moved last Friday from the home of his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Leroy VanArsdall, south of this city, to the home of his sister, where his death occurred.
          Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning from the St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. John C. Rager, pastor of the church officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery, in charge of C.F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.  Friends may call at the home from 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon until the hour of the funeral service Wednesday.
          He was the son of  Leroy and  Alta E. VanArsdall, and was born in Hendricks township, being at the time of his death, nineteen years, six months and fourteen days old.  Besides the parents, he leaves four sisters, Mrs. Horace Davitt, at whose home he died,  Thelma,  Mary  and  Margaret VanArsdall, all at home, three brothers,  John,  Carl Edward  and  Dale Avis, all at home and his grandmother,  Mrs. James VanArsdall, of this city. He was a devoted member of the St. Joseph Catholic church in this city.
Contributed by Linda Allen


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Monday, September 28, 1925
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LUNG  TROUBLE
CAUSED  DEATH
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Harding J. Vanarsdall, Age
Nineteen, Died at Home of
Sister Sunday.
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HOLD  FUNERAL  WEDNESDAY.
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          Harding J. VanArsdall,  age nineteen died Sunday night at eight-twenty o'clock, at the home of his sister,  Mrs. Horace C. Davitt,  No. 129 Second street.  His death was caused by lung trouble, and followed an illness of two years.
          He was the son of  Leroy and Alta E. VanArsdall,  living south of Shelbyville, on the Smithland pike.  He had been moved from the home of the parents to the home of his sister last Friday.  Besides the parents, he leaves four sister,  Mrs. David;  Thelma,  Mary  and  Margaret;  and three brothers,  John,  Carl,  Edward,  and  Dale Avis.  His grandmother,  Mrs. James VanArsdall,  of Shelbyville, also survives.
          Funeral services will be held Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Kokomo  Tribune
Monday, September 7, 1925
Page 1
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Stephen VanArsdal Funeral
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          The funeral of  Stephen A. VanArsdal  will be held at the late home, 1615 West Sycamore street Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Everett Nixon officiating.  The burial will be in Crown Point cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Kokomo  Tribune
Saturday, September 5, 1925
Page 1
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STEPHEN  A.  VAN ARSDAL  EX-
PIRES  AT  HOME  IN  WEST
SYCAMORE  ST.
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          Death claimed one of Kokomo's oldest residents today,  Stephen A. VanArsdal,  age 90, dying at his home, 1615 West Sycamore street.  His health had long been failing and finally there came a complete depletion of vital forces, no disease in particular but a yielding to the weakness of old age.
          Mr. VanArsdal is survived by one son,  William A. VanArsdal,  of Kokomo, and two daughters,  Mrs. Mary White,  of Kokomo, and  Mrs. Jennie Jacobs,  of Windfall.  Another son,  Charles VanArsdal,  died several years ago.
          The funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday forenoon at 10 o'clock, the Rev. Everett Nixon officiating.  Burial will be in Crown Point cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday October 25, 1924
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CIVIL  WAR  VETERAN        
        DIED  AT  NOON  TODAY
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Elijah  Vanarsdall,  One  Of
The  Best  Known  Residents
Of  This  City,  Died  At
Noon  Today.
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          Elijah Vanarsdall,  one of the well known residents of this city, died suddenly at noon today at his home at 456 west Mechanic street.  Mr. Vanarsdall had been in failing health for many years but became critically ill with heart trouble this morning and his death occurred in a short time.
          The deceased was born in Mercer county, Kentucky in 1846, being the son of  John and  Katharine [Terhune] Vanarsdall.  He had been a resident of Shelby county for many years and formerly lived east of the city before retiring from farming business and moving to this city for residence a number of years ago.  During the Civil War, he served as a Union soldier, and was a member of Dumont Post No. 18, G.A.R.  He was also a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist church.  The death of Mr. Vanarsdall removes from this city one of its best known residents.  When a young man, he was married to  Miss Lucy Judd  whose death occurred a few years later.  He was later married to  Miss Zora Coats  and to this union two children were born.  Thirty-three years ago Mr. Vanarsdall was married to  Miss Lillie Herringer [Herring], who is now deceased.  His widow who now survives him was  Mrs. Nancy Wheeler before her marriage to Mr. Vanarsdall.
          Surviving besides Mrs. Vanarsdall are two children,  Mrs. Lawrence Coers, east of the city, and  Elmer VanArsdall, of Lebanon, Ind., and one brother,  Stephan Vanarsdall, of Kokomo, Ind.
          Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ralph J. Edwards, the undertaker in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, October 25, 1924
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AGED  VETERAN        
        DIED  SUDDENLY
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Elijah Van Arsdal Passed
Away At Noon today From
Complications.
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FUNERAL  ANNOUNCED  LATER
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          Elijah VanArsdall, age 78, of 456 Mechanic avenue, died suddenly this morning at 11:45 o'clock of a complication of diseases.  Mr. VanArsdal had been ill but was much improved in the last few days.  He was feeling very much better this morning and was taken seriously ill only a few minutes before he died.  His one son, Elmer, of Lebanon, Ind., and daughter,  Mrs. Carrie Coers,  of this city, were not at his bedside when he died, because of the suddenness of the serious illness.
          Besides the children the deceased is also survived by the widow,  Mrs. Nancy VanArsdal.  He was a soldier in the civil war and used to tell the story of how he was in Ford's theatre in Washington when Lincoln was shot.  He was a member of the G.A.R. and was also a deacon in the First Baptist church of this city.  He has resided in this city for many years.
          Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ralph J. Edwards, who is in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday November 23, 1922
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PARALYSIS  WAS  CAUSE  OF  DEATH
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James A. Vanarsdall, Age Seventy-Two Years,
Died  Thursday  Evening
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HOLD  FUNERAL  SATURDAY
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          James A. Vanarsdall, age seventy-two years, died Thursday afternoon at three o’clock at his home, No. 334 West Mechanic Street. His death was caused by paralysis, with which he had been stricken last Sunday night.  Mr. Vanarsdall had been a resident of Shelby county for sixty-three years and for twenty-two years had lived in Shelbyville.  For fifty years he had been a member of the Center Methodist Episcopal church.
          He was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, June 13, 1850, and was the son of  John and Catheirne [Terhune] Vanarsdall.  He was married September 18, 1872 to Miss Cornelia Rhodes.  They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on September 13, this year.
          Mr. Vanarsdall leaves his widow, three daughters,  Mrs. Harry [Mina] Harrell, of Indianapolis,  Mrs. Charles  [Vania] Ray, of Brandywine township, and  Mrs. Ed Armstrong, of Flat Rock; five sons,  Everett Vanarsdall of Jackson township,  Earl Vanarsdall, of Brandywine township;  Paul Vanarsdall of Columbus,  Roy and  Joe Vanarsdall of this city, and two brothers  Stephen Vanarsdall of Kokomo and  Elijah Vanarsdall of this city.  Nineteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild also survive.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the home Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, the Rev. Edwin H. Boldrey, pastor of the First M. E. church, in this city, officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of C.F. Fix & Son
Contributed by Barb Huff for Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, December 14, 1919
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FUNERAL  WEDNESDAY  OF  J. W. VANARSDALL
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PROMINENT  CITIZEN  DIED  AT  HOME  HERE
MONDAY  EVENING  AFTER  LONG  ILLNESS.
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          Funeral services for the late  John Wesley Vanarsdall, who died Monday evening at 6:45 o'clock at his home, 309 south West street, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the late home.  The burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Death was caused from hardening of the arteries and followed an extended illness at his home here, the last few days of which his condition had been very critical.
          The death of Mr. Vanarsdall ends a notable career of a man who in public spirit and business judgment was unexcelled.  He was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, March 10, 1848, the first eight years of his life being spent in that community.  At his death he was aged seventy-one years, nine months and five days.  With his parents he came to Indiana, his father settling in Johnson county near  
Franklin.  When very young Mr. Vanarsdall began his work as an agriculturist and for nineteen years toiled until he had accumulated finances wherewith he could purchase his own land.  His labor was amply rewarded and by thoro business management he became one of the most successful farmers of the community.  In 1893 he retired from active farm work and moved to this city.  He was one of theoriginal organizers of the Shelby-Johnson County Farmers' Fire Insurance Co. and until three years ago served as treasurer of that organization which, thru his efforts, became the success that it is.  He also served this city as a member of the city council, besides being interested in many other projects for the betterment of civic interests.
           On March 1, 1877, his marriage with  Miss Maria B. Thayer  took place, whose death occurred several years later; he was married to  Anna Murphy, of Hendricks township, Oct. 30, 1885; her death occurring the next year.  Oct. 10, 1888, he was united in marriage with  Clara B. Allen,  who with three daughters and one son survive him; the daughters are  Mrs. Garnet R. Fleming, of this city;  Mrs. Earl M. Powell,  of Indianapolis and  Mrs. Harry Stewart,  of San Antonio, Texas, and the son, Dolph Vanarsdall, of Indianapolis.  Three brothers and one sister also survive, they being  Elijah  and  James Vanarsdall, of this city, and  Stephen Vanarsdall, of Kokomo, and  Mrs. Cora Ludlow, of Benton Harbor, Mich.
         In church work he was affiliated with the West St. M. E. Church of this city, being a member of the official board and an active organizer and worker there.  He was a member of B.P.O. Elks, No. 457, of this city and a splendid man in fraternal circles.
          Friends may call at the home from 6:30 till 9 o'clock this evening and from 10 till 1:30 Wednesday.  H. A. Hageman, of the Morris Sleeth undertaking establishment, has charge of the funeral and burial arrangements.
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WILL  ATTEND  FUNERAL.
          The members of B. P. O. Elks No. 457, will meet at the lodge rooms on west Broadway Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock to attend the funeral of  J. W. Vanarsdall.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, December 14, 1919
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J. W. VANARSDALL
DIED  LAST  NIGHT
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PROMINENT  FARMER
AND  BUSINESS  MAN
SUCCUMBED  TO
HARDNEING[sic]  OF  ARTERIES
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LODGE  CONDUCTS  FUNERAL
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          John Wesley VanArsdall, aged 71 years, a prominent retired farmer, business man and church official, died at 6:45 o'clock Monday evening at his home 309 south West street, of hardening of the arteries.  He had been in poor health for several months.
          Mr. VanArsdall for many years was prominent in the business and municipal life of the city.  He served as member of the city council for two terms, and was interested in the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co., which he assisted in organizing in Shelby and Johnson counties.  He remained the treasurer of the organization from the date of its origin until the time he was forced to retire a few years ago from failing health.  He was deeply interested in church work and for many years was a faithful worker in the West Street M. E. church.  He served the church as a member of the official board from 1983[sic] until his death.  Besides being actively identified with business, public and church work, he was also a member of the Elk's lodge of this city.
          He was born in Mercer County, Ky., March 10, 1848, of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls.  He came to Indiana with his parents at an early age and settled with them near Franklin in Johnson county.  Soon afterward he went to work on the various farms about his home, where he worked by the month for three and one-half years.  He then took up farming for himself and soon became one of the most successful and advanced of his community.  He retired from farm life in 1893 and moved to this city where he has lived since.
          He was married three times, his third wife surviving.  His first wife was formerly  Miss Maria B. Thayer, who died June 13, 1894.  The second time he married  Miss Annie J. Murphy, a daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Emeline Murphy  of Hendricks township, who also died October 4, 1886.  Two years later he was married to  Miss Clara B. Allen, who survives him.  Besides the widow he also leaves four children, three brothers and one sister.  The children are  Dolph D.,  and  Mrs. Earl M. Powell, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Harry R. Stewart, of San Antonio, Texas; and  Mrs. Garnet R. Fleming, of this city.  The brothers are  Elijah  and  James VanArsdall, both of this city, and  Stephan, of Kokomo.  Mrs. Cora Ludlow, only surviving sister, resides at Benton Harbor, Mich.
          The Elk's lodge of this city of which he was a member will have charge of the funeral arrangements.
          Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the late home on south West street.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of H. A. Hageman of the Morris H. Sleeth undertaking firm.
          Friends may call at the home from 6:30 o'clok[sic] this evening until nine and from 10 o'clock Wednesday morning until 1:30 this afternoon.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, June 20, 1918
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DEATH COMES AFTER
ILLNESS OF ONE WEEK
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Eugene Donald Vanarsdall Died at
Home of Parents in Jackson
Township Friday Afternoon.
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          After an illness of only one week,  Eugene Donald Vanarsdall,  the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Everett Vanarsdall,  died at their home in Jackson township, Friday afternoon at 2:20 o'clock.  His death was caused from peritonitis, which developed from an attack of appendicitis which he previously suffered.  He was aged nine years, one month and twenty-two days.
          Eugene Donald was born April 23, 1910 and altho his life had been brief, his had been such a cheery nature and his aims so high that he was a favorite with the entire neighborhood.  Of a family of seven children, his death is the first and the grief of his parents and family is very great.
          He is survived by five brothers and one sister,  J. Everett,  George,  Albert,  Rolla,  Harry and  Alice.  He also leaves his grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. James Dickinson,  of Jackson township, and  Mr. and Mrs. James Vanarsdall,  of this city.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Charles Payne, of Lewis Creek, officiating.  Burial will be made in the Eberhart cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix, undertakers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
January 14, 1892
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          Priscilla,  wife of  Elijah G. Vanarsdall,  died at her home 3 miles west of town at 5 o'clock a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, of erysipelas.  Age 33 years and 10 months.  Funeral services will be held at the house on Friday, Jan 15, at 1 p.m.  Rev. Allen officiating.  Cummins & Edwards, funeral directors.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
October 7, 1886
Page 3
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          Mrs. Annie Vanarsdall,  wife of  J. W. Vanarsdall,  died in childbirth at her home four miles west of town at one o'clock Monday afternoon, age thirty-four years.  They had been married only a little over a year.  The funeral services were held at her late home on Wednesday at ten o'clock a.m., Rev. T. L. Hughes, of this city officiating.  The remains were interred in the Wray Cemetery, D. B. Wilson funeral director.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Daily  Republican
Friday, June 13, 1884
Page 4, column 2
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          Maria B. Vanarsdall, wife of  John W. Vanarsdall,  died on Friday morning June 13, at 9 o'clock.  The funeral will take place at Center Chapel on Sunday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m., the services being conducted by Rev. J. W. Dashiell.  Mrs. Vanarsdall was a daughter of the late  Sidney Thayer,  and was well known and highly respected throughout the county.  [Buried Old Union/Ray/Center Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Phyllis Miller Fleming

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