Owen Leader 19 September 1963

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Mrs. Anna Need, 80 years old, of Worthington, mother of Mrs. LaPada Beach of Gosport, died last week. She was found dead in her chair. She was the widow of the late Sylvester Need. Mrs. Need was born at Paragon, February 11, 1883, the daughter of David R. Jamison and Elizabeth Pittman Jamison. She and Mr. Need were married November 21, 1901. He died March 13, 1961. Mrs. Need was a member of the Worthington Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Opal McDonald of San Diego, California; Mrs. Beach of Gosport; and a son Forrest U. Need, Fort Wayne. Following the services at the Myers Funeral Home, interment was made in the Worthington Cemetery.


Owen County Leader November 5, 1954

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Bert Need, the oldest son of Heenan and Lucy Need, was born January 12, 1889, near Vandalia, in Owen County, Indiana. He departed this life October 27, 1954 at the age of 65 years 9 months and 15 days. When Bert was 7 ½ years old his father was called home, leaving 2 little boys for the mother to raise. Her ambition was to raise two good Christian men. She continued conducting a family altar, and read the Bible to them every day and prayed with them for them and her prayers were answered. On August 16, 1911, he was united in marriage to Ilda Johnson, Spencer, Indiana. To this union was born six children. The first being twin boys who died at birth. Later the home was blessed with four more children, Wilma, Ovid, Wayne and Wanda. At the time of his death he was a member of the Spencer Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge of Jasonville. He leaves to mourn their loss his widow, Ilda Need, two daughters, Mrs. Wilma Matkins of Spencer and Mrs. Wanda Carroll of Chicago, two sons Rev. Ovid Need and Wayne Need of Clay City, one daughter-in-law, Lorene Need, who has cared for him during his last illness, seven grandchildren, Ovid, Jr., Richard, Melanie and Perry Need, Robert E. Matkins who is stationed with the Air Force in Iceland, and Marilyn Sue Matkins and Beverly Ann Need. Since his mother and only brother Curtis preceded him in death a number of years ago, his only other immediate survivor is an uncle Sylvester Need of Worthington, Indiana. He also leaves many other friends and relatives.

Curtis Need, Former Owen Countian, Victim of Influenza

Owen Leader 23 Oct. 1918

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Curtis Need, 24 years old, a son of Mrs. Lucy Need of Spencer, who died of pneumonia Oct. 9 at Norfolk, Va., was buried Friday at Switz City, where he made his home before enlisting in the navy. His mother of this city and his brother Bert Need, and family of Jasonville, attended the funeral. The following obituary was read. Curtis, son of W. H. and Lucy Need, was born Nov. 30, 1893 died Oct. 9, 1918, being 24 years 10 m. and 9 days old. Curtis was only a boy of three when his father was called home. When 14 he heard the call of God for a life of Christian service and became a member of the M. E. church at Vandalia, Ind. But was a member of the M. E. church at Jasonville at the time of his death. Never had he strayed from God nor forgotten the vows made to his heavenly Father at that time but had made life sweet and good for himself and all with whom he was associated. At the age of sixteen he moved with his mother and brother to Greene county. There on Feb. 12, 1913 he married Jessie Mae Slauter. To this union came one child, Evelyn Beulah, but three years ago the angel of death carried her back to the Father who had given her. In all things Curtis was very conscientious and when his country's call became very insistent for young men to rally to the cause of honor and humanity he felt very keenly that it was his duty to go. On July 1, 1918 he enlisted at Indianapolis as second class fireman. First he was sent to the Great Lakes Training Camp from which place he was transferred to Norfolk, Va., Aug. 8. On Aug. 16 he was transferred to U. S. S. Illinois as Second Class Engineman. He took sick Oct. 2 of influenza which developed into pneumonia. He was taken to the U. S. S. Mercy on Oct. 8 but died the following day. He leaves a wife who will always remember him as a most devoted husband, his every thought being for her comfort and happiness; a mother, Mrs. Lucy Need of Spencer, Ind., one brother Bert Need of Jasonville, Ind., a number of other relatives. His Masonic brothers at Center Point mourn him as a true Masonic brother. His congenial disposition won friends for him wherever he was and these friends will always remember him because of the happy spirit which characterized him. So it is a sweet good bye that we can all bid him for it is only till we say good morning in the home where no good byes are said


Owen Leader 17 Jan. 1975

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Mrs. Ilda (Johnson) Need, 66 years old, wife of the late Bert Need, died early Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wilma Matkins, 266 Wayne St., Spencer following a fairly long illness. Her husband, Bert Need, preceded her in death Oct. 27, 1954. She was born March 4, 1890 in Edgar County, Illinois, a daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. D. N. Johnson. Mrs. Need was a member of the Spencer Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Wilma Matkins of Spencer, and Mrs. Wanda Carroll of Chicago; two sons, Rev. Ovid Need of Fairbanks; and Wayne Need of Bridgeport. She also leaves seven grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Penrose of Bloomington, and Mrs. Mary Jones of Clear Creek. Following the death the body was taken to the West & Son Funeral Home, from where funeral services will be announced.


Submitted by Bruce Davis

James Albert Need, son of Joseph and Agnes (Martin) Need, was born in Owen County, Indiana September 15, 1857, and departed this world Sept. 18. 1931, at the age of 74 years and 3 days.

He had been been taken to Worthington for medical aid and seemingly was improving when the call came.

Mr. Need had grown up on a farm in Owen County and had chosen farming as his life work. He became a very successful farmer. He was united in marriage to Electa Hancock March 31, 1892. Not long after their marriage, they moved to Knox County where they lived for 25 years and where their family grew up. Three children were given them, Malinda Agnes, Foster Russell and Lee Howard. After 25 years of successful farming in Knox Co., Mr. Need sold his Knox Co. farm and purchased a farm near Worthington. This farm was not far from the Lincoln Christian Church where had held his membership ever since.

He was very devoted to his religion. Only two weeks ago, he was unable to go to church but insisted upon the family going. Four weeks ago he with his family attended a Home Coming at the Lincoln Church. His farm was five miles east of Lyons. Mr. Need had been in poor health for about two years, but due to his industrious nature he worked and kept going many times when he should have been resting. He was of a very pleasant and congenial disposition, making friends with all whom he met, always looking to the welfare of others and wishing to make everyone around him comfortable and happy. He was very devoted to his family. During his long period of illness, he bore his suffering with patience, never complaining, but always looking for the brighter days to come which we have reason to believe he is now enjoying. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, two sons, Foster R. and Lee H., both of Detroit Mich., and one daughter, Malinda A, Manis of Lyons, two half-brothers, Charles Need of Worthington, Joe Need of Nebraska, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Mose Strouse of Worthington and Mrs. John Latham of Brazil and many other relatives and friends.


30 Jan. 1938 (unknown paper)

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Mrs. Lucy Need, 71 years old, widow of Heenan Need, died at her home here Saturday night, Jan. 22 after a long illness due to cancer. She had been confined to her bed since July. Mrs. Need was a daughter of Wm. and Nancy McCreary and was born in Lafayette Township June 27, 1865. Her husband died several years ago. Surviving her are one son, Bert Need of Jordan; two brothers, Geo. McCreary of Turlock, Calif., and Nathan of Long Beach, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Lutitis Lucas, who has been here caring for her throughout her illness. There are four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs. Need was an ardent member of the Methodist Church and while health permitted she was in attendance at all church services. Funeral services, Rev. C. R. Stout, her pastor, officiating were held at the home Monday afternoon and interment was made in Riverside Cemetery. One of Mrs. Need’s requests was that there should be no flowers.


Feb. 3, 1938 unknown paper

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Lucy B. Need, daughter of Wm and Nancy (Ritter) McCrary, was born June 27, 1865; died Jan. 22, 1938, aged 72 years, 6 months and 24 days. She was born and reared in Owen County and has lived in Spencer 24 years, the last fifteen years alone. She was married to Wm. H. Need Jan. 1, 1888. To this union were born two children, Bert and Curtis. In about 8 years the husband and father was called by death, leaving Lucy to rear her family alone. During the World War Curtis was taken by death while in the service. She joined the Methodist Church early in life and has been a member of the M. E. Church in Spencer several years. Surviving relatives are one son, Bert, four grandchildren, Mrs. Wilma Matkins, Ovid, Wayne and Wanda Need; one great grandson, Bobby Matkins; two brothers Geo. And Nathan McCreary of California; one sister Mrs. Lutitia Lucas, who has cared for her so tenderly thru the last months of suffering.


Owen Leader, 6 Dec. 1951

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Mrs. Cannie (McCreary) Need, 83 years old, died in Bloomington Friday morning following an illness for more than four months. For the past several years she had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Ruby Smith, in Bloomington. Her husband, Mike H. Need preceded her in death a number of years ago. During the most of their married life they lived in Lafayette township, Owen county, where they operated a large stock farm. She was the daughter of the late Finley McCreary, and will be remembered by many of our older readers. Mrs. Need was a member of the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, in Owen county. Survivors include three children: Mrs. Pearl Cooper of Cloverdale; Ralph Need, Spencer rt. 3, and Mrs. Ruby Smith of Bloomington. Following death the body was taken to the Day Funeral Home, in Bloomington. Final rites were held Saturday afternoon at the Day Funeral Home, and interment was made in Worthington Cemetery.


Owen Leader Feb. 21, 1935

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Michael H. Need, 70 years old, a former living about eight miles west of Spencer, near Splinter Ridge Church, died Thursday night of heart trouble. He had been afflicted with a heart ailment for some time and a case of flue hastened the end. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Cannie Need, two daughters and a son. The children are Mrs. Frank Smith of Bloomington, Mrs. Pearl Carter and Ralph Need, both living at the parental home. Funeral services were held Sunday at Pleasant Hill (Splinter Ridge) Church, Rev. Dyar of Worthington, officiating. The following obituary was read: Michael H. Need, son of William and Sarah (Long) Need, was born January 17, 1865, and departed this life February 22, 1935. He was one of thirteen children. Mrs. Need was united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony to Cannie M. McCreery on December 19, 1889. To this union was born three children, Pearl Bell, Renos Ralph and Mrs. Ruby Lee Smith, wife of Mr. Frank O. Smith of Bloomington, Ind. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and three children, all of whom have been blessed with absence of death in their earthly family until the going of their devoted husband and father. He was converted and united with the Pleasant Hill Methodist Episcopal Church of Owen County, Indiana in 1890. He served this church as Layman, Trustee and Stewart at various times during the remainder of his life. He was faithful to the profession of Christ and to his church during all this time, except, for the infirmities of age he was not able to attend services as was once his wont. He also leaves to bemoan his going; four brothers, George Need of Bicknell, Ind.; Pius Need of Worthington, Ind.; Samuel of near Freedom, Ind.; and Sylvester of LaGrange, Ind. Two sisters are among those who are bereft at his departure. They are: Mrs. Pruett Day and Mrs. Wesley Easter of Worthington, Ind. Mr. Need was a devoted husband and father, who never stopped to consider any sacrifice he might make for the comfort and welfare of his loved ones too large a price to pay for their happiness. He was considered by all who knew him to be a good neighbor who tried to live a clean, upright and righteous life. He was very sympathetic and generous in his thoughts and treatment of the poor. During the past few, though long, years of the present depression he was heard many times in his expression of concern for the needy ones. Though not called on to suffer but a few days, yet his sufferings were very severe. But, through all this he displayed the characteristics of one unafraid to meet the issues of the death of the mortal and the beginning of the life that shall never end. His last words was the statement, "I trust Him and I am ready." Thus his earthly life victoriously closed Friday morning at one o'clock. Feb. 22, 1935, and his soul went peacefully home. Brother Need will be greatly and sadly missed by his relatives and a large host of friends and neighbors.


Submitted by Peggy Adams

Ralph R. Need, 68 years old, a retired farmer and car salesman died Saturday evening, December 31 in the Bloomington hospital where he had been a patient since Monday morning. He had been in failing health for the past several years, and was injured in a car wreck several weeks prior to his death. Death was due to complications. He had been a life long resident of Owen County, going to Bloomington a few years ago, to make him home with his sister, Mrs. Frank O. Smith. He was born July 28, 1898, in Lafayette township, Owen County, a son of the late Michael and Cannie McCreery Need. Mr. Need was a member of the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church. Survivors include the sisters, Mrs. Wilbur E. (Pearl) Cooper of Cloverdale, and Mrs. Frank O. (Ruby) Smith of Bloomington R. R. 6. Other survivors include a number of cousins. Following death the body was brought to the West & Son Funeral Home, where final rites were held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock with Rev. Charles Farr, officiating. Interment was made in the family plot in the Worthington Cemetery. Pallbearers serving at the final rites were: Lee Eddy, Ernest Detmer, Mr. Gee, Chester Need, Lenzy Hays and Howard Duling.


April 13, 1950 unknown paper

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Sam Need, 78 years old, a native of Lafayette township, Owen County, was killed Sunday in a car wreck as he was turning in his driveway at Arlington, near Bloomington. His chest crushed and his skull fractured, Mr. Need died within a minute or two. Dr. Robert E. Lyon Jr., Monroe county coroner, said direct cause of the elderly man's death was internal hemorrhage. Others injured in the Monroe County wreck were Carl Floyd, 27, of Terre Haute, and his wife , Virginia age 27. She was a son of the late William and Sarah Need, and spent a greater part of his life in this county where he was widely known by a host of relatives and friends. Survivors include two sons, Chester and Waldo Need, both of Gary; two daughters, Mrs. Nina Elliot of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Jessie Snyder, of Kokomo. He also leaves one brother, Sylvester Need of Worthington. The brother of Worthington is the last of the thirteen original members of the Need family. Ralph Need, who lives south of Spencer, was notified Sunday of the death of his uncle. Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at the Day Funeral Home in Bloomington, and interment was made in the Worthington Cemetery.


Owen Leader 16 Mar. 1961 (died 13 March 1961.)

Submitted by Peggy Adams

Sylvester Need, 82 years old, died Monday at his home in Worthington. He was a native of Owen County and the last of a family of thirteen children. He was a son of William and Sarah Need. Survivors include his wife, Anna,; a son, Uylesses Need, of South Bend and a daughter, Opal of San Diego, California. Mr. Need is an uncle of Ralph Need of Spencer.

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