Furman Joseph Coble Obituary

Owen County Democrat March 25, 1920

Submitted by Carol Heidrick

Furman Joseph Coble was born November 21, 1865 at Indianapolis and departed this life March 8, 1920 at Robert Long Hospital at Indianapolis, 54 years 4 months 6 days. The greater part of his life was spent in Owen County where his parents moved from Indianapolis when he was but four years of age and located in Clay township where his boyhood was spent. His education was acquired at the district schools and at the Spencer schools. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Murphy at Indianapolis on July 8, 1903 and soon afterward located on a farm in Clay township where he lived until death overtook him. He united with the Roman Catholic Church in Indianapolis in the summer of 1909 and has always lived a Christian life and has taken a very active part in sunday school work, giving his services as a teacher of a class when needed. His body was removed from the hospital to the old home where the funeral services were held. The Rev. Kelly of Spencer Presbyterian officiated. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery.

He leaves to mourn his loss besides a host of friends, the members of his immediate family who are his widow, two sons and two daughters; James 15, Elizabeth 13, Agnes 12, Benjamin 8.


We wish in this way to extend our thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us in our recent sorrow, the death of our husband, father, brother, Furman J. Coble. Especially do we thank the Rev. Kelly for his words of consolation and the singers who assisted us.

The Coble Family


Owen County Democrat November 21, 1935

Submitted by Carol Heidrick

John R. Coble, 76 years old, a well known farmer northwest of Spencer, was found dead in bed Wednesday morning by his wife.

He had been in town Saturday in his usual health. However, for some time, he had complained occassionally of not feeling well. Heart failure was supposedly the cause of death.

Surviving are the widow and five children; Mrs. Ray Mitten of Spencer; Mrs. Kenneth Minnick of Cuba; Mrs. Ross Criss of Elnora; Mrs. Alva Melick of Lyons; and Ralph Coble living west of Spencer. As we go to press, funeral arrangements have not been announced.


Owen County Leader October 27, 1955

Submitted by Carol Heidrick

Mrs. Mary Agnes Coble, a former resident of Spencer, died Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis following a long illness.

She was born in County Galway, Ireland in 1874. She was a daughter of James and Mary Murphy, she came to this country as a young girl where she has continued to live. She was united in marriage to Furman J. Coble in 1903 who preceded her in death. To this union four children were born, namely: James Coble of Kokomo; Mrs. Elizabeth Tallmadge of Rockford, Ill; Mrs. Agnes Petty and Ben Coble, both of Spencer. She also leaves one sister, Margaret Waltz of Indianapolis; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Following death, the body was brought to West and Son Funeral Home. Final rites were held yesterday, Wednesday, at 10 o'clock at the St. Jude Catholic Church. Father Joseph Pucci was in charge and interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.


Owen County Native Dies Sunday Afternoon

Owen County Democrat Thursday, June 8, 1939

Submitted by Carol Heidrick

Mrs. Mary Etta Coble, 76 year old Owen County native and life long county resident at 4:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Spencer at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Mitten, west Market Street, following a short ten day illness of complications.

Born in Owen County, the daughter of James and Melinda Hendershott she had spent most of her life near Spencer. She was a member of the New Union Church of Christ. Her husband, John Coble, preceded her in death three years ago and since that time she had been making her home with her children. Up until the time of death of her husband, they had lived on a farm five miles northwest of Spencer.

Survivors beside the daughter, Mrs. Mitten are three other daughters; Mrs. Elizabeth Minnick of Spencer; Mrs. Alma Melick of Lyons; Mrs. Esta Criss of Hymera; one son, Ralph Coble of Spencer. Three brothers, Perry Hendershott and Dan Hendershott, both of northwest of Spencer, and Irwin Hendershott of south of Spencer; 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the New Union Church of Christ with Rev. Jewell Norman in charge. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.


Owen County Leader September 9, 1971

Submitted by Carol Heidrick

Ralph E. Coble, 71, of Cloverdale, died in Putnam County Hospital at Greencastle Sunday morning September 5. He was born in Owen County on March 20, 1900 the son of John Coble and Mary Etta Hendershott Coble. He was a member of the Spencer Church of Christ. Mr. Coble is survived by his widow, Mamie Davis Coble; one daughter, Lois Gaston, R.R. 2, Cloverdale; two sons, Darrell V. Coble, Loveland, Colorado; Ronald Lee Coble of Indianapolis; three sisters, Bessie (Mrs. Ray) Mitten of Spencer; Elizabeth Minnick of Spencer and Alma Melick of Oaktown and ten grandchildren.

Two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were at 2:00 pm Wednesday at West & Sons Funeral Home in Spencer with Henry Smith, minister of Spencer Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in New Union Cemetery.

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