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[ED.: The following obituaries are transcribed from clippings that were pasted on a single sheet and photocopied by David Staub at the public library in Knox, Indiana around 1983. The publications from which the obituaries were clipped was not recorded on the photocopy nor were the publication dates of the obituaries shown. There was a marginal notation on the Earl Spoor obituary "R 1-4-66" which may indicate the date of publication. Also, the year "1953" was written by hand immediately under the headline of the Pearl Spoor obituary.]


Earl Spoor, 76, Knox, died at 2:45 p.m. at Starke Memorial Hospital January 1, 1966. He was born December 19, 1898 in Starke County. He is survived by his wife Eleanor; four sons, Robert, Knox; Lewis of North Judson; Larry, at home; and Sidney of Fort Gordon, Ga.; one daughter, Beverly, at home; two brothers, Ralph of North Judson and Car [sic] of Knox; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 4 at the Kennedy-Braman Funeral Home with Rev. Oscar Pace of South Bend officiating. Burial in Round Lake Cemetery.


Carl H. Spoor, 61, of 707 East Lake Street, Knox died Thursday, April 22, 1971 at his home from heart trouble. He was born March 30, 1910 in California Township, Starke County, where he lived all his life. He was employed at Culver Military Academy. He was a member of the Christian Church in Knox. On October 20, 1934 in Round Lake Church he married Lurena Welch, who survives.

He is also survived by one son, Arthur of Omaha, Nebraska and one grandchild.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at the Harry Price Funeral Home with Ray Patterson, pastor of the Knox Christian Church officiating. Burial was at Round Lake Cemetery.


Everett L. Spoor, R. R. 2, North Judson, passed away at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Ruff Nursing Home. Born August 23, 1880, Mr. Spoor was a retired farmer and a lifetime resident of Starke County.

Survivors include one son, Merle Spoor of Hammond; three grandchildren; one brother, Ben Spoor of South Bend, Washington; two sisters, Mrs. Della Grashans of South Bend, and Mrs. Orpha Garwood of Charleston, S. Carolina.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 P.M. at the Kennedy-Braman Chapel with Rev. James Burroughs officiating. Burial was in the Round Lake Cemetery.


Delbert Spoor, well known resident of Knox, suffered a heart attack while driving home from the automobile auction at Dyer, Indiana Friday evening, Oct. 26, at about 8:25. Charles Cook, passenger in the front seat of the car, grabbed the wheel and brought the car under control. He summoned the state police at the nearby station, who called an ambulance. Mr. Spoor was pronounced dead upon arrival at St. Margaret's Hospital in Hammond.

Delbert Spoor, born July 26, 1907, was a life long resident of Starke County. He was wed on September 28, 1937 to Lucille Brooke, who survives besides a daughter, Hester Bickel and a son, Donald of La Porte. He has three brothers, Ralph, Carl and Earl, living in Knox.

Delbert Spoor had served his community in many ways, as a member of the Knox Police Force, FOP, VFW Father's Auxiliary, and automobile sales and service. His body lay in state at the Kennedy-Braman Funeral Home in Knox until 2:00 Monday when Rev. Gerkin of the Christian church held services. Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery.


Ralph Spoor of Route 2, North Judson, died at 10:00 o'clock Friday morning, September 16, at his home following a heart attack. He was a California Township Trustee, and was a well-known farmer. He was born in Starke County on February 9, 1903 and lived here his lifetime. On July 16, 1924 he was married in Knox to the former Ida Mosher, who survives him.

Other survivors include one son, Norman of North Judson; two daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Jernas and Mrs. Ellen Brehob, both of Knox; three grandchildren; and one brother, Carl of Knox.

Funeral services Monday, September 19, at 2:00 in the afternoon at Kennedy-Braman Chapel with Rev. Oscar Pace of South Bend officiating. Burial in Round Lake Cemetery. Mr. Spoor was a member of the Starke County Farm Bureau, serving as a member of the Board of that organization; a member of the State Trustee's Association; he was a former County Road Superintendent; and was very active in Civic Affairs in the community.

Mrs. Pearl Spoor Dies Following Short Illness

Mrs. Pearl H. Spoor, daughter of John and Emily Hays Collins, was born in California township, Starke County, on March 4, 1877, and departed this life Feb. 17, at the age of 75 years, 11 months, 13 days. Mrs. Spoor had been ill six weeks and confined to her bed three weeks.

She was educated, grew to womanhood and spent her entire life in Starke County. She was a member of the Ancient Order of Gleaners for 49 years. She became a Christian many years ago and as a neighbor, friend, wife and mother, she so lived that it truly can be said of her "She served her Master."

On April 11, 1897, she was married to Vernon J. Spoor, who passed away 16 years ago. To this union seven children were born, three having died in infancy. She leaves to mourn her passing four sons, Earl E. and Ralph N. of California township and Delbert N. and Carl H. of Knox; also eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, besides many nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.

Long days, long nights you have borne your pain,
Waiting for cure, but all in vain
God saw that your [sic] were suffering,
And that the hills were hard to climb;
So He closed your weary eyes and whispered,
"Peace be thine."

Funeral services were held at the Round Lake church at 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon with Rev. Pace and Rev. Craybill officiating. Burial was made at Round Lake Cemetery.


Mrs. Chloe Spoor, 85, of 301 South Portland Street died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Viola Shilling, with whom she made her home. She was born January 4, 1885 at South Whitley. She was married to Forrest W. Spoor who preceded her in death in 1934. Survivors include three sons, Wade E. and Linus both of Knox and Lyman of Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, Harry Tannehill of Chicago and a sister, Mrs. Viola Shilling.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Kennedy-Braman Funeral Home with Rev. Oscar Pace, pastor of South Bend Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Round Lake Cemetery.

Transcribed by David Staub, 2 May 2004.

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