Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Whicker / Wicker


Freeman  Family  Funeral  Home
January 2014
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          Evelyn Mae Wicker, 95, of Shelbyville, formerly of St. Paul, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Waldron Health and Rehab in Waldron.  She was born August 30. 1918, in Rush County, the daughter of  Roscoe and  Mina (Pope) Jones.  She married  Kenmore Wicker  on February 27, 1943, and he preceded her in death on December 9, 1987.
          Evelyn is survived by her nephews,  Larry Bridges  (wife, Sharon) of Needham and  Robert M. Bridges (Mary Ann)  of Rushville; thirteen great-nieces and nephews; and thirteen great-great-nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; and sister,  Virginia Bridges.
          Evelyn graduated from Milroy High School and Indiana Business College.  She was a member of Moscow Christian Church for over 75 years, she taught Sunday school for over 40 years and was the church organist for over 60 years.  Evelyn retired as secretary of Major T. Jesterís in 1983, after 25 years of service.  She was formerly a Rush County 4-H leader and precinct committee person.
          Visitation will be from 10 am to 12 noon, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Moscow Christian Church, 9098 S. River Road in Moscow.  Funeral services will be at 12 noon Saturday at the church, with Mark Wesner officiating.   Interment will be at Moscow Cemetery.  Services entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Moscow Christian Church, 9098 S. River Road, Moscow, Indiana 46156.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Feb. 3 or 4, 1957
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County Native's Rites Tuesday
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Mrs. Wicker Dies at Daughter's Home
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Mrs. Vira E. Wicker, 87, native of Shelby county and former resident of Hancock county, died Saturday (Feb.2,1957)  in Union Township. 
Burial:  Asbury cemetery.
Murphy Mortuary.  Services will be held at the Morristown Nazarene Church Tuesday.
Member of the Morristown NazareneChurch and the last of a family of eight children, 
Mrs. Wicker was born January 17, 1870, d/o  Harrison  and  Rosanna (Cook) Rhoades.
December 16,1886,  married to  George Wicker  and since his death in 1944, she had made her home with her children.
Survivors:  children,  Mrs. Bert Carmony, Union Township;  Russell Wicker  of this city,  Clyde, Hanover Township,  Neal  of near New Castle and  Omer  of Carthage;  12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. 
A son, Harry, preceded in death.
Contributed by Anne Ruby
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
June 11, 1956
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EMMA  M. WICKER
EXPIRES  MONDAY
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Mrs. Emma Mae Wicker, 89, Rays Crossing community, died today.  Born in Shelby County on April 18, 1867, the daughter of  Harrison and Rosanna Cook Rhodes.  Husband, Jasper L[incoln] Wicker, died April 16, 1924.
Survivors:  two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Myers  of Morristown and  Mrs. Hallie Thomas  of Greensburg;  son, Carroll Wicker  of Rays Crossing,  sister, Mrs. Vera Wicker  of Rays Crossing.
Oral E. Wicker,  (son) preceded her in death.
Rev. Lloyd Sommers; L.V. Hauk Funeral Home in Morristown.  Burial in Asbury Cemetery.
Contributed by Anne Ruby
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
October 4, 1952
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FORMER  COUNTY
WOMAN  DIES
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          Word has been received here of the death of  Mrs. Oral Wicker,  widow of  Austin Wicker,  in Twin Falls, Idaho.
          MRS.  WICKER,  who was 62 years of age, had been ill since last May with a heart condition.  A native of Shelby county,  Mrs. Wicker had resided in Idaho since 1926 and her home was near Twin Falls.  Her death occurred on September 27 and funeral services and burial were made in the western city.  Mrs. Wicker is survived by a sister,  Mrs. Myrl Ross  of Acton; one son and three daughters and four grandchildren.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
March 27, 1947
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Heart Ailment Causes Death
William T. Wicker, 73, Dies at Home of Daughter
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          A heart ailment has caused the death of  William T. Wicker, a retired Shelby county farmer.  Mr. Wicker, who was 73 years of age, died at 8:30 o'clock this morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Gibson Gray, in Sugar Creek township.† He had been ill for the past six weeks.  Mr. Wicker was the son of  David and Ellen Frances (Rhoades) Wicker, and was born in this county on July 17, 1873.† He had engaged in farming through his lifetime and had resided at his home in VanBuren township for about 70 years.  On November 12, 1896, he was married to  Sarah E. Wickliff, whose death occurred on April 15, 1946.  Four children were born to the union and three of them survive.† The survivors are  Wayne Wicker, of VanBuren township;  Mrs. Carroll (Bessie) Sleeth, of Lake City, Fla, and  Mrs. Gray, at whose home he died.  Another daughter  Lora Opal Wicker, died in infancy.† Other survivors are three brothers,  George Wicker, of VanBuren township;  Austin Wicker, of Kimberley, Idaho, and  S. V. Wicker, of VanBuren township, and a sister  Mrs. Virgil Russell, of Acton.  Mr. Wicker was the oldest of the children in his family.   He also leaves nine grandchildren.  Funeral services wil be conducted at the Liberty church in Marion township on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, with the Rev. E. R. Schwartz officiating.  Burial in the Libety church cemetery will be in charge of L.V. Hauk.† Friends may call at the Hauk funeral home.
Contributed by Anne Ruby


A Shelby County Newspaper
March 19, 1936
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WICKER  RITES  TO  BE  SUNDAY
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Mother of Six Children Dies
at Home in Union Township
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          Mrs. Mary M. Wicker, 31 years old, wife of  Oral Wicker, died at home in Union township at 6 o'clock Thursday evening.
          Her death resulted from complications following the birth of a daughter ten days ago.
          The deceased was born Aug. 14, 1904 in Shelby county, the daughter of  Joseph and Gertrude Wooldridge.  She was married Dec. 1, 1922 to  Mr. Wicker.  Mrs. Wicker was a member of the Shiloh Christian church in Hancock county.
          Surviving are the husband; one son, Olan, five daughters,  Evelyn,  Thelma,  Irma Lee,  Doris  and  Sue Ann, ten days old; her parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wooldridge  of Hancock county; a brother,  Roy W. Wooldridge, of Greenfield; four sisters,  Miss Bertha Wooldridge of Indianapolis,  Mrs. Edith Brooks,  Mrs. Philip Apple,  Vivian Imogene Wooldridge, all of Greenfield; and her grandmother,  Mrs. Mary E. Diebert  of Fairland.
          Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning at Blue River Chapel in Union township with the Rev. Roy Schwartz, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Asbury cemetery.
Contributed by Anne Ruby


The  Morristown  Sun
Morristown, Indiana
Thursday, April 17, 1924
Vol. 23,  Number 34,  page 1
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Jasper L. Wicker Died Tuesday
Death Due to Heart Trouble --
Was Lifelong Resident of Union Township
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          Jasper L. Wicker, age 63 years and life long resident of Union township, died at his home about five miles southeast of Morristown at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday morning from heart trouble.  He had been suffering from this disease for the past two or three weeks, but at no time was he confined to his bed and his sudden death early Tuesday morning came as a distinct shock to his many friends of the community.
          Mr. Wicker was the son of  Thomas and Nancy Wicker  and was born at what is known as the old Wicker homestead in Union township, only a few rods from the place where he died.  He had spent his entire life in Union township, and had become one of the most prominent and successful farmers of that community.  He was a conscientious, Christian gentlemen and possessed a congeniality that made for him scores and scores of friends who are deeply grieved at his death.
          Funeral services will be held at the Blue River Chapel church at 10 o'clock Friday morning, in charge of Rev. Lewis of Gwynneville and interment will be made in Asbury cemetery by Carmony Bros. funeral directors.
          Besides the widow he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. S. T. Myers  and  Mrs. Sylvester Thomas  of near Morristown; two sons, Oral, who lives near the home place and   Carrol  at home, and seven grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers, Thomas Wicker, of Shelbyville, George Wicker  of near Morristown and two sisters, Mrs. John Nigh  of Greenfield and  Mrs. Dorothy Carter  of Morristown.
Submitted by Anne Ruby
Note from Anne:  Jasper Lincoln Wicker


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Number 107, 1921
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Died Suddenly Country Home
David Wicker Passed Away at home
in County Early This Morning
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          David Wicker, aged 76 years, life long resident of this county passed away at his home in Van Buren Township, five miles south of Fountaintown at 12:30 this morning.  Death was caused from heart trouble.
          Mr. Wicker complained of being sick on last Thursday, and a physician was called.  He seemed to be recovering and yesterday was apparently in normal condition.  Late last night he again became sick and aroused the family, who immediately called the doctor.  Mr. Wicker passed away before the physician arrived.
          The deceased was a life long resident of this county and for several years resided in this city.  He was well and favorably known and his death removed one the county's most influential men.
          Surviving besides the widow, he leaves four sons and one daughter,  William Wicker  and  George Wicker, of Van Buren township;  Arthur Wicker, of Decatur county;  Stacy Wicker, of Indianapolis, and  Mrs. Hester Russell, of Acton.  Three brothers and three sisters also survive:  Jasper Wicker, of Union Township,  Thomas Wicker, of Shelbyville,  George A. Wicker  of Hancock county,  Mrs. Dorothy Carter, of Morristown;  Mrs. Hester Rhoades, of Van Buren township and  Mrs. John Nigh, of Greenfield.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the Liberty U.B. church, Friday morning at 10:30, the Rev. J. L. Brown officiating.  Burial will be made in the church cemetery in charge of Carmony Brothers, undertakers.
Submitted by Anne Ruby


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, August 24, 1911.
Page 4   Column 1
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MRS.  MARTHA  WICKER.
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(From Monday's Daily.)
          Mrs. Martha V. Wicker  widow of the late  William Wicker,  died at nine o'clock Saturday evening at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Thomas Clark,  98 Elizabeth street, of paralysis, aged seventy-one years, seven months and twenty-eight days.  Mrs. Wicker was a native of North Carolina, having come to this county with her husband while still very young.  They weer residents of Brandywine township till the death of Mr. Wicker, July 31, 1910.  Since them[sic] Mrs. Wicker had been making her home with her daughter.  She was an estimable lady loved and respected by all who knew her.
          The deceased is survived by six children,  Mrs. Flora Croley  of Indianapolis,  Mrs. Maggie Clark  and  Mrs. Zettit Phares  of this city,  Lee Wicker  of Rushville,  Ed Wicker  of Anderson, and  John Wicker  of this city.
          The funeral services were held at the Clark home at three o'clock this afternoon, Elder Thomas Hubbard of Marietta, officiating.  Interment was made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of M. G. Tindall.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday December 6, 1910
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DEATHS AND FUNERALS
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          Jerry Wicker,  an aged and highly respected citizen of Morristown, ded Monday morning at 2 o'clock at his home.  He had been ill for a number of months and his death was not unexpected.  He was eighty-eight years of age.  Mr. Wicker, until two months ago had resided on a farm in Hanover township, and at that time he moved to Morristown to spend his declining days.  Deceased is survived by his widow and five sons and ond daughter and a large number of grandchildren.  He was a member of the Morristown M. P. church and was an active worker in the church affairs when he was younger.  The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in the M. P. church in Morristown, the Rev. Hendricks officiating.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, August 1, 1910
  DEATHS  AND  FUNERALS

          William Wicker,  a veteran of the civil war, died at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. George Phares,  one mile south of Fairland, at 8:25 o'clock Sunday morning, July 31, 1910, of tuberculosis, aged seventy-six years, five months and twenty days.  Mr. Wicker had been ill for several months and his death had been expected for some time.  During his term of service in the war he was a private in Company F, 147th Indiana regiment.  Mr. Wicker was married May 19, 1843, to  Martha V. Vance.  To this union were born eight children, six of whom survive.  They are  Leander,  of Rush county;  John W.,  of this city;  Eddie F.,  of Anderson;  Mrs. Flora Croley,  of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Mary Clark,  of this city, and  Mrs. Zetta Phares,  at whose home Mr. Wicker's death occurrec.  The funeral services will be held at the Main street M. E. church at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. U. G. Abbott officiting, and interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of M. G. Tindall.  The cortege will leave the house at 1 o'clock.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Republican
Friday, February 20, 1903
Page 6   Column 3
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          The death angel, with his cold icy fingers, has stilled a human heart, and removed one from among us.  Winfield Francis Wicker  died February 12, 1903, and was buried February 13, 1903, at the Bennett grave yeard.  A short service was held at the house of the deceased at 11 o'clock a.m. Friday, Rev. James L. Brown officiating.  He was born March 6, 1849, and has always lived in Shelby county, where he has fought the battles of life with zealous energy and fond hopes of better days to come.  But often beset with many disappointment, and when in the declining years of his life, with a physique that gave every promise of old age, to be stricken with that dreaded disease, cancer, was indeed a disappointment.  Death to him, in his great suffering and pain, was a welcome voyage to the great beyond, where there is no death and where all is peace and happiness forever.  He leaves a wife, five sons and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday December 15, 1898
Page 3 column 2
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          Elijah Wicker died suddenly Sunday morning at the residence of Cal Bass, in Marion township.  He dropped dead while sitting in his chair talking to the members of the family.  He was past eighty years of age.  Short funeral services were held at the house today at one p.m.  Remains were interred at Blue River Chapel Cemetery.  During his life he was married twice.  He leaves two sons and one daughter by his first marriage and one son and one daughter by his second marriage.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Hancock  Democrat
Thursday, November 22, 1894
Page 1
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DEATHS.
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          Monday night, Nov. 19, Mrs. Jane Whicker, aged 80 years, at home of her son-in-law, Henry Kamper, in Gwynneville.  Funeral Wednesday at 2 p.m.at Blue River chapel.  C. W. Morrison & Son, Undertakers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 7, 1896
Page 3 column 6
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RAY'S  CROSSING
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(May 4, 1896)
          David Wicker, and old citizen, died on Saturday and was buried on Sunday in the Chapel cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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