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From: The Lima News 
Sept 17, 1941
(Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss from family records)
 
William Harry Chambers
 
Ft. Loramie -  Sept 17,  Funeral services will be held  at the German Reformed Church here at at 2:00 p.m. for W. Harry Chambers 71, who died at his home three miles from
 here of a lingering  illness from complications . He was ill for over two months. The Rev. J. C. Medehert  of New Breman, will officiate and burial will be in the Newport Cemetery.
He was the son of Jerry Chambers and Alice Brown Chambers
 He married Miss Nettie Brown  in 1896 and she died in 1936.  Survivors include an  adopted daughter one brother Elmer Chambers, Ft. Lormaie, one sister Mrs. George Short,
Ft. Loramie; three half-sisters Mrs. Jess Shepherd, Mrs. Cary  Shepherd and Mrs. Hazel Brown, of Lima.  and a half brother George Inman of Texas  and Several grandchildren ;
and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death besides his wife, and parents ,two daughters and a son, a step-daughter and a sister.
From: The Lima News
May 1943
(Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss from family records)

TWO MIAMI MEN and former resident named on the missing in action lists issued Friday.  Lists a navy report of Alfonso Statelier  of Belfontaine, and Virgil W. Colson among the missing and AVG pilot by the name of Edward J. Lieholt of Camden, Preble Co., Ohio.
(See Notes #1 below)
From: Lima News
Wednesday, Aug.28, 1963
(Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss from family records)

ELMA P.. KISER

Celina- Mrs. Elma Preston Kiser ,58, of 314 Beaver died Tuesday at 1:40 p.m. in Otis Hospital.  She was born Feb. 2, 1905, in Mercer County to Ward and Plezzie Colson Preston .
She was married to James Kiser and he died Sept. 1954. Mrs. Kiser was an employee of Otis Hospital.
Surviving is a daughter, Frances , at home, a son Richard, at home, her mother Mrs. Plezzie Preston, of Montezuma ,a brother Homer Preston , Celina, two sisters Mrs. Harrod ( Opal) Menchofer, New Breman and Mrs. Eugene ( Goldie) Ballinger, Fairborn. Mrs. Kiser was a member of the Montezuma Church of Christ and Rebecca Lodge of Celina. Funeral services
will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the church with Rev. Russell Grubb officiating. Burial will be in North Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Vale and Stein Funeral Home.in Celina after 7:00 p.m. tonight.

 

NOTES:
#1 Celina, July 3, 1943:
Virgil Willis Colson 19, second class seaman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Colson, Celina reported missing, was said to be aboard the oil tanker Neosho.  Colson who entered the service in June 1941, has four brothers and one sister; Kenneth Eugene Colson, John Colson, Lester Colson and Elmer Colson and Bernice Colson all at home.  Prior to enlisting, Colson was a member of the Civil Conservation Corps.

Virgil would have been the great-grandson of James R. Colson and Mary Magdalene (Maggie) Pitsenbarger.  James R. Colson perished in a boiler explosion on St. Mary's (Great Lake)

Honored at "THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL, Washington D.C.:
Virgil Willis Colson - ID: 03935501 US Navy
Entered the Service From: Celina, Mercer Co., Ohio
Rank: Seaman, Second Class
Service: U.S. Navy, United States Navy
Died: Saturday, May 8, 1943
Memorialized at: Manila American Cemetery
Location: Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart
Activity during WWII:  Served in Coral Sea on USS Neosho Tanker.  Japanese sunk ship, died on May 8, 1943, Coral Sea.
Name: Virgil Willis Colson
Birth: 26 Mar. 1923 in Mercer Co., Ohio
Death: 8 May 1943 on the Navy Oil Tanker Ship "Neosho"
Father: James Henry Colson, b. 26 Sep. 1881 in Coldwater, Mercer Co., Ohio
Mother: Otha Yaney, b. 31 Jan. 1898 in Mercer Co., Ohio
(All notes contributed by Maggie Shepherd Moss)

 

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