Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Wortman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, November 7, 1958
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DEATH  CLAIMS  MRS.  WORTMAN
Rites for Morristown Woman To Be Sunday
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Mrs. Ora Etta Wortman, 58, died Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield Thursday.
Resident of Morristown area most of her life.
Born in Shelby county May 19, 1870, d/o  William and  Sarah Ray Godowin.
September, 1898, married to  John Wortman; he preceded her in death.
Survivors:  son, Lawrence Wortman, Indianapolis,  five grandchildren,  five great-grandchildren.
Member of the Morristown Christian Church.
Frazier Funeral Home in Morristown with Rev. Robert Reeves officiating.
Burial:  Asbury cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Indianapolis  Star
Friday, November 7, 1958
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          WORTMAN--Mrs. Etta, mother of Lawrence Wortman of Indianapolis, passed away at the Greenfield Hospital Thursday a.m. Other survivors include 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, 1:30 p.m. C.S.T. or 2:30 C.D.T., at the Frazier Funeral Home in Morristown. Friends may call at the funeral home after Friday.  Interment Asbury Cemetery.
[NOTE: Ora Etta (Goodwin) Wortman was the daughter of Sarah (Ray) and William Goodwin, the last of their six children to pass away.]
Contributed by Jill Knitl.  See her Hoosier Heritage website


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, November 7, 1958
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E. C. WORTMAN,  79,  SUCCUMBS
Complications From Fall Cause Death
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Ephraim C. Worman, 79, died Wednesday at the Land Nursing Home in Morristown.
Fell on ice and fractured his hip on January 29 at his home in Gwynneville.  Complications of fracture resulted in death.
Born in Hanover Township July 12, 1871, s/o  Anderson  and  Jane Hester Wortman.
Married  Miss Lou Emma Wilson; she died in 1927.
Married  Mrs. Stella Copple; she survives.
Other survivors:  children  Warren R. Worman  of Mississippi and  Mrs. Leroy Stevens  of this city; step-daughter, Mrs. Neda Heicher  of Indianapolis.
Lived in Hanover township his entire life; farmer.
Member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Gwynneville.
Carmony Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Rev. S. W. Lovell and Rev. S. R. Aldrich officiating.
Burial:  Little Blue River Wesleyan cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
December 31, 1956
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LYALL  WORTMAN  DIES  AT  HOME
Rites for Morristown Man To Be Wednesday
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Lyall Wortman, 51, died Sunday at his home, Morristown.
Widely known Shelby county resident.
Born in Morristown, December 29, 1905, s/o  John  and  Etta Goodwin Wortman.
Married  Velma Davis  August 31, 1930; she survives.
Other survivors:  children, Janet Wortman, Indianapolis,  Robert,  Donald  and  William Wortman, at home; mother, Mrs. Etta Wortman, Morristown;  brother, Lawrence Wortman, Indianapolis.
Operator of the Home Appliance Store in Morristown.
General contractor for 20 years.
Past master and ex-secretary of Morristown Lodge No. 193 F. & A.M; member Shelby Chapter No. 20 R.A.M., Shelby Council No. 3, R. & S.M., and  Baldwin Commandery No. 2 Knights Templar.
Charter member and past president of Morristown Lions Club.
Past president Morristown Alumni Association.
Active with Boy Scouts; scout arrow head award in 1955.
Funeral:  Morristown Methodist Church.
Burial:  Asbury cemetery, Frazier Funeral Home.
Summaried by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Indianapolis  Star
Monday, May 5, 1953
John T. Wortman
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          Morristown, Ind. (Spl.)--John T. Wortman, 78-year-old pioneer Shelby County Boy Scout Leader, died Saturday in his home here.  He was in the building and construction business.           A native of Hanover Township, he was the first Scoutmaster in this area.  He was a member of the Morristown Christian Church, and celebrated his 54d wedding anniversary last September.
          Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Etta Wortman; two sons, Lawrence, Indianapolis, and Lyall Wortman, Morristown; a sister, Mrs. Alma Scherer, Long Beach, Cal., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
          Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Frazier Funeral Home. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.
Contributed by Jill Knitl.  See her Hoosier Heritage website


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, May 5, 1952
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JOHN  WORTMAN  DIES  AT  HOME
First County Scout Leader Succumbs; Rites Tuesday
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John T. Wortman, 77, died Saturday, Morristown.
Lifelong resident of Shelby county.
Born in Hanover township on August 25, 1874, s/o  Allen P.  and  Mary (Carter) Wortman.
Married  Etta Goodwin  September 11, 1898; she survives.
Other survivors:  sons, Lyall Wortman, Morristown  and  Lawrence Wortman, Indianapolis;  sister, Mrs. Alma Scherer, Long Beach, California;  five grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren.
Scoutmaster for the first Boy Scout troop in Shelby County, organized May 9, 1913.
Member Morristown Christian Church.
Building and construction trades.
Frazier Funeral Home, Morristown.
Burial:  Asbury cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, March 1, 1951
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E. C. WORTMAN,  79,  SUCCUMBS
Complications From Fall Cause Death
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Ephraim C. Wortman, 79, died Wednesday at the Land Nursing Home in Morristown.
Fell on ice and fractured his hip on January 29 at his home in Gwynneville.  Complications of fracture resulted in death.
Born in Hanover Township July 12, 1871, s/o  Anderson  and  Jane Hester Wortman.
Married  Miss Lou Emma Wilson; she died in 1927.
Married  Mrs. Stella Copple; she survives.
Other survivors:  children  Warren R. Wortman  of Mississippi and  Mrs. Leroy Stevens  of this city; step-daughter, Mrs. Neda Heicher  of Indianapolis.
Lived in Hanover township his entire life; farmer.
Member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Gwynneville.
Carmony Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Rev. S. W. Lovell and Rev. S. R. Aldrich officiating.
Burial:  Little Blue River Wesleyan cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Unknown  newspaper  and  publication  date
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Pvt. Wortman Is Killed in Okinawa Action
Message Received by Parents;
In Service for Less Than Year
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          Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Wortman of 5212 Burgess Avenue, Indianapolis, former residents of Morristown, have received word that their son, Pvt. Dwight E. Wortman, was killed in action with the Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa on April 14.  No details were contained in the War Department telegram. Pvt. Wortman was nineteen years of age.
          He was born on December 26, 1925, and was graduated from the Morristown High School, where he was a member of the basketball team, with the class of 1944.  He was inducted into service through the Shelby county Selective Service Board in June and following training at the Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejune, N.C. and Pariss Island, S.C. was sent overseas last December.  He had been on the front lines on Okinawa only 14 days.  Previous to that time he had been stationed on Guadalcanal.  His last letter to his parents was dated from there on March 28 and indicated his unit was moving into a combat area immediately.
          Surviving with his father and mother, who was Miss Louise Gottlieb before her marriage, are a sister, Mrs. Harold Arnold, of Indianapolis, and the grandparents, Mrs. Stella Gottlieb and Mr. and Mrs. John Wortman of Morristown. Pvt. Wortman is the 59th man from Shelby County to give his life for his country
in World War II.
Contributed by Jill Knitl.  See her Hoosier Heritage website


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 1, 1902
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DEATH  OF  ALLEN  WORTMAN
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From the Morristown Sun
          Allen Wortman, one of Morristown's well known citizens, died at his home on South Washington St. Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock, of congestion of the stomach, aged seventy-eight years.  Funeral services at the M. E. church Friday afternoon at two o'clock by Rev. F. M. Westhafer.  Interment in Asbury cemetery.  "Uncle Allen," as he was commonly called, was considered by all who knew him to be a good, kind-hearted and honest citizen, and it is said that he never failed to assist any one in need, and his many acts of kindness will always be remembered by his many friends who mourn his death.
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          Mr. Wortman was an honorable citizen of Shelby county and served one term as county commissioner with fidelity to his trust. He was a man of the people and respected by them.  After his term as commissioner expired, he became a prohibitionist and, we believe, continuing with that party to the date of his death.  Allen Wortman will be missed by the citizens of Hanover township especially.  He was a man honest, upright and moral and his death is lamented by all who knew him.
[Note:  born 27 Oct 1823 in NC;   died 22 Apr 1902]
Contributed by Jill Knitl

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Shelbyville, Indiana
Saturday, July 30, 1881
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          Mrs. A. P. Wortman,  of Hanover township, after a protracted illness, died yesterday.  Funeral this afternoon at Blue River Chapel.  Mr. Wortman has our deepest sympathy in his affliction, as well as that of his many friends in this city.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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