Lillian Day "Lillie" (Miner) Sheaks Little was born on one of four dates provided by historical sources -- July 20, 1882 - July 20, 1883 - Jan. 25, 1883 - or July 1884 -- in Sidney, Shelby County, OH. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane (Courtney) Miner.
As a young teenager, Lillie lived with her widowed mother and older brothers in Lafayette, Hardin County, near the Allen County border. In a tragic event in November 1895, she witnessed her mother and brothers Simon and William fatally beating a neighbor, William Rumbaugh, who had come to their home to reclaim a stove. During the confrontation, Simon told Rumbaugh that he wasn't going to get the stove, and that they would kill him. William pulled a revolver from his coat and said, "We intend to kill you and now is as good a time as any other."
Neighbor William Stell took the gun away from William, but in the scuffle that ensued, the mother was knocked to the ground. Simon jumped on Rumbaugh, and beat him senseless, inflicting a fatal brain hemorrhage. Said the Kenton Republican, "After Rumbaugh had received his death blow at the hands of Simon Miner, the mother and other son [William] sprang upon his almost lifeless body and beat him with clubs and a hoe handle." Daughter Lillie screamed, "Don't kill him, mother!" and Mary Jane replied, "Yes, I will kill the ---."
The mother and Simon were sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in the Ohio state penitentiary in Columbus, although the mother's sentence later was reduced in March 1896 to three months in jail.
When the opportunity arose to marry and leave home, Lillie jumped at the opportunity. While she was 14 years old at the time, Lillie disclosed her age as 16 when she married 24-year-old Henry Hiram ("Harry") Sheaks (1873-1930), also spelled "Sheets," on June 30, 1897. Justice of the peace S.J. Goodman performed the ceremony in Putnam County. A scribbled note on their marriage license shows that Lillie's mother signed her consent to the union, with the additional note that "said Lillian is likely soon to be com a mother." Interestingly, marriage license applications for this couple also have been found in Van Wert County and Port Clinton, Ottawa County. Henry was the son of Christopher and Rhoda Catherine (Decious) Sheaks.
Lillie and Henry had one son, Curray Rollo "Curry" Sheaks, born in October 1897.
Lillie's first marriage ended quickly in divorce. Rumors abounded that Hiram had been imprisoned for receiving stolen ducks in Auglaize County, but no evidence has been located. He married again to Amanda Vorhees and Sally Caldwell and resided at 112 Motts Street in St. Marys, Auglaize County, OH. He died there pf paralysis at the age of 57 on Dec. 28, 1930, with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery.
She wed again, at age 18, to 27-year-old Charles Andrew Little (1873-1963), a resident of Kalida, Putnam County, OH and the son of James Thomas and Sarah E. (Hight) Little. The nuptials were performed by H. Parson, a Methodist Episcopal minister of the Gospel, on Nov. 19, 1900, in Putnam County. Charles was tall and slender, with blue eyes and brown hair.
Lillie and Charles together bore eight known children -- Frederick "Gleadus" Little, Huldah Elizabeth Underwood, Zella Dove Kirkendall, David Little, Lillian Katherine Margaret Little, Jeanetta Carder, James Little and William T. Little.
Heartache rocked the family over and over -- starting when newborn son James died of spasms on Dec. 12, 1910, at the tender age of 21 days; when four month-year-old daughter Lillian died of cholera infantum caused bottle feeding on Sept. 24, 1919; and when son William died at the age of two months of bronchio-pneumonia, on Jan. 29, 1923. The little ones were buried in the cemetery in Kalida.
When the federal census was enumerated in 1910, Lillie and Charles and their children lived in the village of Kalida, Putnam County. Charles' occupation was as a railroad laborer. Charles registered for the military draft during World War I, in September 1918. He was age 45 at the time, employed as a "laborer" by John T. Nartker of Kalida, and his nearest relative was "Lula Day Little" of Kalida.
By 1920, when the census of Putnam County again was taken, Charles was listed as a "laborer - clearing land."
The census of 1930 indicates that the Littles lived on Plum Street in Kalida, with Charles laboring at a local stone quarry. Only their two youngest children resided under their roof that year.
Grandchildren recalled that Lillian enjoyed rocking in her chair, smoking a cob pipe and spitting tobacco in a spittoon while listening to the Grand Ole Opry. When the grandchildren would climb his trees, Charles would use his cane to prod them into coming back down.
In 1956-1959, Lillie made her home in Kalida, and was mentioned in a Kalamazoo, MI newspaper obituary of her sister Martha Conner and the Lima News obituary of her sister Sarah Josephine Moore. She was a member of the Kalida Methodist Church.
Sadly, Charles died in 1957, at the age of 90.
Lillie outlived him by six years. After enduring "an extended illness," reported the Lima News, she died at home on Jan. 22, 1963, at the age of 79. Funeral srvices were held in the Pentecostal Mission in Continental. The News disclosed that she was survived by 23 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren and that Kalida had been her home for 65 years..
~ Son Curray R. "Curry" Sheaks Sr. ~
Son Curray Rollo "Curry" Sheaks Sr. (1899-1964) was born on Oct. 9, 1897 (though reported on other records as 1898 or 1899).
He was raised with his mother, step-father and half siblings in Kalida.
At the age of 25, he resided in Kalida, and made his living as a laborer.
On Aug. 11, 1924, Curray was united in matrimony with Beatrice Decker (1906-1993), daughter of William M. and Cora (Lelky) Decker of Kalida. Because Beatrice was legally underage, her father appeared in court before a judge to declare his approval of the union. Rev. C.L. Buckler, of the Kalida Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated. Curray was age 25, and Beatrice 17, at the time.
The couple produced five children -- Wanda Beemer, Patsy Fought, Curray Rollo "Junior" Sheaks Jr., Adam D. Sheaks and Larry Lee Sheaks.
For 22 years, Curray was employed by Baldwin Lima Hamilton Corporation. They resided in the Kalida/Columbus Grove area and were members of the Methodist Church.
When his mother died in 1963, he was named in the newspaper obituary.
Curray died at home on Sept. 8, 1964 at the age of 65. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery following funeral services in the family church, with an obituary appearing in the Fremont News-Messenger.
Daughter Wanda Sheaks (1927-1994) was born in 1927. On June 19, 1943, she married Donald E. Beemer (Nov. 2, 1925-2021), son of Grover and Liola (Noirot) Beemer of North Creek, OH. Donald served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Later, the couple lived for many decades in Continental. They were the parents of MaDonna Beemer, Rhonda Beemer, Richard Beemer, Gary Beemer, Thomas Beemer and Timothy A. Beemer. Donald was employed by Central Transport in Lima and retired from the position. They belonged to Bryan First Assembly of God Church. Sadness cascaded over the family when son Timothy died at birth in Defiance City on Feb. 10, 1969. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Lima News. Wanda passed away on Nov. 24, 1994. The widowed Donald wed a second time on Sept. 2, 1995 to Jane Smith ( ? -2009). They remained together for14-plus years until her passing on Jan. 15, 2009. Donald remained in Continental to the end and joined Empowered Church in Findlay, OH. He surrendered to the angel of death at the age of 95 on June 9, 2021. He was survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Pastor Leonard Roessler officiated the funeral service, with burial followign in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.
Daughter Patsy Sheaks (1930-1992) was born in 1930. On March 5, 1948, she was wed to Henry Fought (March 29, 1928-2010), originally from Ottawa, OH and the son of Joseph Franklin and Nellie Jane (Johnson) Fought and stepson of Daniel Buckmaster. The Foughts resided in Ottawa and produced a brood of four offspring -- Marilyn Meyer, Sandy Verhoff, Tammy Schroeder and Jack Fought. During World War II, Henry served with the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions (Seabees). He was employed for 39 years by Louisiana Pacific in Ottawa. He was a member of the United Brotherhoods of Carpenters and Joiners of America, serving in the roles of president and vice president. He also belonged to the Leipsic Fishing and Hunting Association, the Ottawa posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Rifle Association. Said an obituary, Henry "was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved playing cards with friends and going on casino trips. He had a green thumb with gardening and enjoyed making fishing lures. His favorite food was the Kewpie Special." Sadly, Patsy succumbed to the spectre of death on Oct. 17, 1992. Her remains sleep for the ages in Harman Cemetery in Gilboa, OH. Henry outlived his bride by 18 years. He passed away at Elmwood Health Care Center at the Springs in Green Springs, OH at the age of 82 on Aug. 22, 2010. An obituary in the Lima News said he was survived by nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the New Creation Lutheran Church, Ottawa, led by Rev. Tim Tracy.
Son Curray Rollo "Junior" Sheaks Jr. (1932-1990) was born on Aug. 22, 1932. He made his home in Kalida. He was married and divorced, with evidence that the couple bore a daughter in 1953. Curray earned a living as a machinist. He made news in February 1963 when he "was beaten and robbed of his wallet and automobile," reported the Lima Citizen. He "was found by a taxicab driver at 10th Street and Reese Avenue and was taken to the police station... Sheaks told police he was beaten, his wallet containing two or three dollars was taken and he was thrown out of his car by two youths." Sadly, on Jan. 25, 1990, at the age of 57, he was pronounced dead on arrival at a Lima hospital. Details are not yet known. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Monroe Cemetery in Continental.
Son Adam D. Sheaks (1934-1984) was born on Oct. 27, 1934 in Putnam County. On May 31, 1958, when he was 23 years of age, he entered into marriage with Nondys Beemer ( ? - ? ), daughter of Grover S. and Viola V. (Noirot) Beemer of Continental. Seven children were born to the couple, among them Mark A. Sheaks, Richard "Rick" Sheaks, Jeffrey Sheaks, Darlene Rittenhouse, Cheryl Hill, Jill Branham and Robin Adkins. They resided in Continental and belonged to Wisterman Evangelical United Brethren Church, later renamed the United Methodist Church. Adam earned a living in Defiance at the Central Foundry Division of General Motors Corporation. After what the Lima News called "a sudden illness," he died in Defiance Hospital at age 49 in February 1984. Interment was in Monroe Cemetery, with the funeral performed by the hand of Rev. James Fry. Nondys survived her spouse by many years. She suffered the untimely deaths of son Mark in 1992, daughter Cheryl in 2007 and grandson Jeremy in 2014. In 2014, she lived in Continental.
Son Larry Lee Sheaks (1944-2017) was born on Aug. 24, 1944 in Kalida. His first wife was Sharon ( ? - ? ). They became the parents of three -- Christine De Santis, Daniel Sheaks and Douglas Sheaks. The couple divorced, and Sharon moved to Myrtle Beach, SC. At the age of 35, on July 19, 1980, he was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with Laura Spencer ( ? - ? ). They made a home in Defiance, OH. As his health declined, Larry was admitted to St. Luke's Medical Center in Maumee, OH. He passed away there at the age of 73 on Dec. 20, 2017.
~ Son Frederick Gleadus "Chick" Little ~
Son Frederick Gleadus "Chick" Little (1901-1986) was born on July 25, 1901 in Kalida, Putnam County.
On Sept. 8, 1933, he entered into marriage with Anna J. Horvath (June 12, 1908-1990), a native of Racine, WI and the daughter of John and Julianna (Asboth) Horvath. The wedding was held in Kalida.
They were the parents of Donald G. Little, John A. Little and Marilyn Bittner Gallaher.
The Littles resided for years in Woodville, Sandusky County. For three decades, Gleadus worked as a crusher operator for Martin-Marietta Corporation. He retired from the company in 1966. He also earned income for 19 years as custodian for the village of Woodville.
In the 1960s, the Littles dwelled on North Perry Street in Woodville. They belonged to the Woodville United Methodist Church, where Anna was active for 50 years with its Gleaners Sunday School class. Frederick held a membership in the Athletic Boosters Association.
At the age of 84, on July 21, 1986, Frederick passed away in the home of his daughter Marilyn on Fostoria Road in Pemberville. His obituary was published in the Fremont (OH) News-Messenger, which noted that the headcount of his survivors was 12 children and eight great-grandchildren. Rev. Richard L. Thomas officiated the funeral service, with burial in Westwood Cemetery.
The widowed Anna maintained her residence at 953 Lima Road in Woodville. As her health failed she was admitted to the Countryside Continuing Care Center in Fremont. She lived there for almost four years. Death swept her away there at the age of 82 on Oct. 8, 1990. Her obituary also appeared in the News-Messenger and in the Port Clinton News Herald.
Son Donald G. Little (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936. He made a home in 1986 in Woodville, OH and in 1990 in Galena, OH.
Son John A. Little (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938. He was in Dublin, OH in the mid-1980s and in Galena, OH in 1990.
Daughter Marilyn Little (1940- ? ) was born in about 1940. She was a 1957 graduate of Woodville High School. She appears to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse was Darryl C. Bittner ( ? - ? ). They together produced four known children, among them Julie Bittner. Marilyn filed for divorce in 1976. She moved to Woodville with Darryl staying in Genoa. Marilyn supported herself during this time as a truck driver and lived in Woodville. Then in about May 1982, she was joined in wedlock with 57-year-old truck driver Carnell Raymond Gallaher ( ? - ? ). News of their marriage license was printed in the Fremont News Messenger. Circa 1986, she resided on Fostoria Road in Pemberville, OH. By 1990, she had relocated to Perrysburg, OH.
~ Daughter Huldah Elizabeth (Little) Underwood ~
Daughter Huldah Elizabeth Little (1903-1951) was born in 1903 in Kalida, Putnam County.
At the age of 16, she married 21-year-old Olen Russell Underwood (1899-1970). The couple resided in rural Woodville Township in Sandusky County, OH.
They had at least three children -- Evelyn L. Alexander, Olen F. Underwood and Betty Jean Geisbuhler.
The 1930 census shows this family in Woodville Township, with Olan's occupation given as "laborer - lime plant."
Huldah passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Lucas County, OH at the age of 47, on Aug. 7, 1951. She was laid to rest in the Union Cemetery in Oak Harbor, OH.
Olen outlived his bride by 19 years. Death claimed him in 1970.
Daughter Evelyn L. Underwood (1921-1976) was born on April 21, 1921 in Kalida. She was married twice. Her first husband was William Penn Alexander (Sept. 16, 1921-1949), a native of Pittsburgh and the son of Charles D. Alexander. They tied the knot on Sept. 16, 1942 in the United Brethren Church in Woodville, OH. Evelyn and William settled in Monclova Township, Lucas County, OH. Together they bore a duo of children -- William F. Alexander and Janice Lynne Kennedy. William was a graduate of Oak Harbor High School and earned a living in sales with Jewel Tea Company. the pair held a membership in the Maumee Methodist Episcopal Church, with William singing in the church choir and teaching a Sunday School class. Sadly, their union only lasted for eight years until cleaved apart by death. Burdened with heart problems, William was admitted to a hospital in Perrysburg, OH where at age 27 he died on April 4, 1949. Leading the funeral service was Rev. Lloyd F. Holloway of the Maumee Methodist Church. Interment was in Oak Harbor Union Cemetery. The Fremont (OH) News-Messenger carried an obituary. After mourning for three years, she entered again into marriage in 1952 with her late husband's older brother, David Carroll Alexander (1917-1998). The pair appears to have borne a son, Joel Alexander. David was a 1950 graduate of the University of Toledo, having received a bachelor's degree in engineering. He then served for 31 years as a records engineer with Columbus and Southern Electric Company, with retirement in 1982. He enjoyed genealogy and was a licensed ham radio operator. David belonged to the Ohio National Guard 37th Infantry Division, 148th Infantry in Oak Harbor and the Howitzer Company of Defiance, and took part in the U.S. Army Persian Gulf Command. She died in Toledo on Oct. 22, 1976. Her remains sleep for the ages in Oak Harbor Union Cemetery in Ottawa County, OH. David survived Evelyn by more than two decades. He worked for a time as a short-order cook in Las Vegas at the Old Town Bar-B-Que. His final years were spent in Toledo on Whiteacre Road. He passed away at the age of 80 on April 26, 1998. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Oak Harbor.
Son Olen Frederick Shorty" Underwood (1922-2003) was born on Sept. 11, 1922 in Kalida. He grew up in Woodville, Sandusky Township, OH and as a young man worked there for the Standard Lime and Stone Company. He stood 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 210 lbs. Olen joined the U.S. Army during World War II. When he was 21 years of age, on Oct. 9, 1943, Olen was united in matrimony with Virginia M. "Grandma Shorty" Veley (June 23, 1923-2008), a Toledo native and the daughter of Dewey S. and Frances L. (Sams) Veley. Rev. r.A. Powell officiated the wedding ceremony. Virginia was a 1941 alumna of Libbey High School. The couple settled in Maumee, Lucas County, on the outskirts of Toledo. They remained in Maumee for good. Three daughters produced by this union were Sandra Kay Underwood, Barbara Keahey and Janet DeWese. They grieved at the death of daughter Sandra in 1967. The family belonged to the Somerset Evangelical United Brethren Church, later becoming the New Hope United Methodist Church, and Virginia served there in a number of volunteer roles. She also met regularly with high school friends for an extraordinary 67 years, a group known as "Just Us Girls." She enjoyed baking, especially apple pies, and had "a quick wit, often having a simple joke to tell that made you smile," said Toledo Blade. Sadly, Olen died on June 13, 2003 and rests for all of eternity in Toledo Memorial Park. Virginia outlived him by a little more than five years. She was carried away by the angel of death at age 85 on Oct. 5, 2008, as a patient in Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Daughter Betty Jean Underwood (1927-2005) was born in 1927. On June 3, 1950, in a wedding held in Woodville, OH, she entered into marriage with Paul Geisbuhler (1927-1974). Two children born into this family were Shelly Moherman and Dr. Timothy Geisbuhler. Betty earned a living with Ohio Bell in Toledo as a data processor. The family held a membership in the Solomon Lutheran Church in Woodville. Betty also belonged to the Woodville Fireman's Auxiliary, the Woodville Gad-a-Bouts and the Telephone Pioneers. The pair enjoyed traveling in their recreational vehicle. Sadly, Paul passed away on Nov. 12, 1974. Betty endured as a widow for more than three decades. With her health in decline, Betty became a patient in Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon, OH, and passed away there at the age of 77 on April 27, 2005. The remains were laid to rest in Westwood Cemetery, Woodville. Her obituary was published in the Fremont News-Messenger.
~ Daughter Zella Dove (Little) Kirkendall ~
Daughter Zella Dove Little (1908-1986) was born on Feb. 4, 1908 in Kalida, OH.
On Nov. 21, 1927, at age 19, she wed 23-year-old Rev. Noah "Lavern" Kirkendall (Sept. 25, 1904-1974), a laborer of Greensburg Township, Putnam County. He was the son of Noah and Mary (Crone) Kirkendall. Three years after their marriage, the Kirkendalls lived in Greensburg, Putnam County, where Lovern worked at "odd jobs."
They together bore three known children -- Gleadus L. "Jim" Kirkendall, Marguerite F. "Marge" McClintock and Rev. Russel Andrew Kirkendall.
For decades, the Kirkendalls made their residence at 336 Spruce Street in Fremont, Sandusky County, OH. Zella's aged mother lived in their home and passed away there in 1963.
Zella earned a living for two decades as a seamstress for Howard Zink Corporation. She held a membership in the Word of Faith Fellowship. The couple's address in 1974 was 336 Spruce Street in Fremont.
Sadly, Lavern was stricken at the age of 70 and taken to Memorial Hospital on Oct. 28, 1974, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. James Martin. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Oak Harbor.
Zella survived her husband by a dozen years. She surrendered to death at home on Feb. 10, 1986, just six days after her 78th birthday. An obituary in the Fremont News-Messenger noted that the headcount of her survivors was 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Rev. Donald Goodwin Jr. led the funeral service, with burial taking place in Oak Harbor's Union Cemetery.
Son Gleadus L. "Jim" Kirkendall (1928-1992) was born on Aug. 6, 1928 in Kalida, OH. He attended Woodville High School. Gleadus' first wife was Lucille Long (Jan. 6, 1930-1976), daugher of Ralph and Irma (Zickafoose) Long. They were wed on July 4, 1947. The couple became the parents of Gleadus "Butch" Kirkendall, Rev. Margaret Lucille Kirkendall, Virginia Poston and Janet Jones. Circa 1961, the Kirkendalls were in Washington, DC. They relocated back to Fremont, where as of 1965 Gleadus worked as a molder. Gleadus and Lucille separated by 1962 and divorced in January 1965, with both parties charging and counter-charging "neglect and cruelty," reported the Fremont News-Messenger. She was granted custody of three of the children, and he of one. On June 12, 1965, when he was 37 years of age, he entered into marriage with practical nurse Betty June (White) Palm ( ? - ? ), widow of Jesse Palm and a resident of Green Creek Township. She brought two stepsons into the union, John Palm and George Palm. The pair bore two more offspring of their own, Karen Louise Ottney and James Kirkendall. They dwelled on Drew Lake in Clyde, OH. For 45˝ years, he was employed by the automotive parts supplier Kelsey Hayes Company and retired on New Year's Day 1992. A few days before Christmas 1983, he was pictured in the News-Messenger, working outside in below-freezing temperatures, clearing debris from a sidewalk at the plant as co-workers installed a new roof. Socially, he held a membership in the Eagles lodge in Fremont. The family was plunged into mourning when stepson George Palm was killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 16, 1990. Sadly, at the age of 64, Gleadus died in Memorial Hospital on Nov. 2, 1992. His obituary was printed in the News-Messenger. He was survived by 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Interment of the remains was in McPherson Cemetery in Clyde. The widowed Betty remained in Clyde. Former wife Lucille married again to Charles Jeffries, lived in Toledo and produced at least one son. Lucille died at the age of 46 on Dec. 3, 1976.
Daughter Marguerite F. "Marge" Kirkendall (1929-2008) was born on Dec. 9, 1929 in Kalida, OH. She was joined in wedlock with Donald McClintock ( ? - ? ). They remained married for 29 years and were the parents of six -- Donald McClintock, Clyde McClintock, Kevin McClintock, Rhonda Stanley, Evelyn Daniels and John McClintock. Circa 1974-1992, the family dwelled in Rockford, IL. At some point Marguerite obtained a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Belin Memorial University. She put her education to good use in a professional career with Waterside Financial Group and then a dozen years of employment by Southern Imperial. She was given an honorary membership in the Living Word Ministries in Loves Park. She liked to crochet, knit and sew and give her creations away as gifts. She also enjoyed reading the Bible and novels. At the age of 78, she passed away on March 7, 2008. Her survivors included 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Interment was under the sod of Sunset Memorial Gardens, following funeral services by the hand of Pastor Gordy Smith of Heartland Community Church. An obituary was printed in the Rockford (IL) Register Star.
Son Rev. Russel Andrew Kirkendall (1931-2021) was born on July 17, 1931 in Kalida, OH. In the early 1950s, he attended Pentecostal College in St. Louis and Beeland Bible Institute. From there he went on to a six-decade career as a church pastor for 10 different congregations in Missouri, Ohio and Michigan, preaching in more than 200 locations. While in college, he is known to have held revival services at the Middle Creek Baptist Church near Roselm, OH as part of his training. On Feb. 4, 1950, Russell married Wanda Lee Cortson (Nov. 8, 1931-2016) in a ceremony held in Benton Harbor, MI. She was a native of Senath, MO and the daughter of Louis and Maude (Morgan) Corson. The Kirkendall's marriage endured the ups and downs of an extraordinary 66 years. Their brood of four known children includes Shirley Missie Yerkes, Rev. Jack Lamar Kirkendall, Rev. Andrew Phillip Kirkendall and Judy Kay Fowler. Russell served for a term on the Michigan District Board as the presbyter of the north eastern section. They made a home in Benton Harbor, MI in 1957, Buchanan, MI in 1974 and Galien, MI in 1976. He was installed in January 1983 as pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God in Port Clinton. The Kirkendalls moved once more, this time to Genoa, IL in the mid-1980s and remained into the 1990s. Their home in the early 2020s was in Fostoria, OH. In her own right, Wanda earned a living for years as a nurse's aide at Riverview Nursing Home, Oak Harbor. She also was employed in Benton Harbor with Voice of Music. Russel enjoyed horses and vacations with Wanda to see lighthouses. Sadly, Wanda surrendered to the angel of death on Dec. 18, 2016. Russel outlived her by four-and-a-half years. At the age of 89, he passed into glory on May 28, 2021. A headcount of his survivors included 24 grandchildren and a large number of great-grandchildren. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Salem Township, Oak Harbor.
~ Son David Leon Little ~
Son David Leon Little (1912-1991) was born on March 7, 1912 in Kalida.
He was united in matrimony with Elsie Lenore (1914-1979).
Seven known offspring of the pair were Charles Little, Phillip Little, James Little, Michael David Little, Daniel E. Little, Bobby Don Little and Rebekah DeSote.
David stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 194 lbs. He was required to register for the military draft during World War II. He disclosed that they dwelled in Woodville, Sandusky County, OH and that his employer was Standard Lime and Stone Company.
Circa 1950, when the federal census enumeration was made, David and Elsie and sons shared a home with David's parents on Main Street in Kalida. At that time, he earned a living manufacturing tubes.
He lived in Kalida, Putnam County in 1963.
Sadly, Elsie passed away in 1979.
Evidence suggests that David wed a second time to Helen C. (1913- ? ).
By 1986, he had relocated to Lima, OH. He died in Lima's St. Rita's Medical Center at age 78 on Feb. 18, 1991. Burial was in Union Township Cemetery, Kalida.
Son Phillip L. Little (1935-1999) was born in about 1935. He is known to have served in the U.S. Navy. Phillip died on July 15, 1999. The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Kalida's Unon Township Cemetery.
Son Michael David Little (1949-
Son Michael David Little (1949-1993) was born on Sept. 16, 1948. Death enveloped him at age 44 on Jan. 30, 1993. He sleeps for the ages in Woodland Cemetery in Reed City, MI.
Son Daniel E. Little (1953-2019) was born on Oct. 10, 1953 in Lima, OH. When he was 18 years of age, in 1971, he entered into marriage with Gail Goodwill ( ? - ? ). Their nuptials were held in St. Charles, MI. Together, the couple produced three children -- Chris Little, John Little and Traci Wohlfert. For 25 years, Daniel earned a living as a corrections officer. He sported a full bushy beard with tattoos on both arms. Daniel and Gail enjoyed hosting Sunday dinners and encouraging lively debate. In his free time he liked to camp, fish, hunt and tinker in his garage. Sadly, at the age of 66, Daniel passed away on Dec. 23, 2019.
Son Bobby Don Little ( ? - ? )
Daughter Rebekah Little (1942-1996) was born on July 15, 1942. On May 28, 1957, when she was 15 years of age, she married John DeSote Sr. (Nov. 14, 1935-2011), son of Adolf and Mary Frances (Ball) DeSota. Seven offspring born in this family were John N. DeSote Jr., Laura Phipps, Penny Dangler, Stanley DeSote, Donna Lara, Mark DeSote and John N. DeSote II. Sadly, Rebekah died at the age of 54 on April 23, 1996. Burial of her remains was in Blanca, CO, with the grave marker inscribed as though John would join her there someday. In fact John survived her by 15 years. He earned a living with the Laborers International Union Local 329 in Lima and retired from the position. He belonged to Pleasantview Missionary Church of Junction, OH. His final residence was in Cecil, OH. He surrendered to the angel of death in CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center on Dec. 1, 2011. His remains are at rest in Monroe Cemetery in Continental. Survivors included 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
~ Daughter Jenetta (Little) Carder ~
Daughter Jenetta "Juanita" Little (1914-1999) was born on May 15, 1914 in Kalida.
When she was 18 years of age, on Oct. 20, 1932, she wed John N. Carder (Aug. 14, 1909-1957), son of Silas and Eva (Hartoon) Carder of near Continental, OH.
Four offspring were born to this couple -- Nelson Eugene "Sunshine" Carder, Robert Carder, Bob A. Carder and Teresa Lynn Howard Okuly.
Sadness covered the family when son Robert died in infancy in 1935.
John earned a living in the Sylvania Electric factory located in Ottawa, OH.
Further heartache disrupted their lives when, at the age of 48, John passed away in St. Rita's Hospital in Sept. 1957, bringing an end to their union of 25 years. An obituary said he had been ill for a year. His remains were laid to rest in Monroe Cemetery, with his wife's nephew Rev. Russel Kirkendall officiating..
For the balance of her life, the widowed Jenetta made her home in Continental, Putnam County. She obtained employment with her husband's workplace, Sylvania in Ottawa, OH and worked there until retiring in 1979. She was admitted to the company's Quarter Century Club.
With her health failing, Jenetta was admitted to Lima Memorial Hospital, where she passed away on Nov. 1, 1999. She was survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was led by Jenetta's nephew, Russel.
Son Nelson Eugene "Sunshine" Carder (1933-2019) was born on July 10, 1933 in Continental and grew up in the town. In manhood he established a home in Ney, OH. On June 3, 1959, he was joined in holy matrimony with Bonnie Jean Batt (1937-2009). Their union endured for a remarkable half-century. The couple's trio of children were LuAnn DeNoi, Lisa Morman, Mark Carder and John William Carder. They lost son John in infancy in 1963. During the course of his working career, Nelson was employed by Hancock Brick and Tile in Ottawa, followed by General Motors in Defiance and Stine Lumber Company. From there he joined the streets department of the City of Bryan, OH and remained there for 20 years, until retirement in 1996. He also held a variety of part-time jobs, including at the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home and Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, and for 41 years as a reserve officer for the Bryan Police Department. In his free time he spent 44 years coaching the same Little League baseball team. The family belonged to St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Nelson giving his time for Saturday evening masses as a greeter and usher. Sadly, Bonnie Jean passed away on Oct. 10, 2009. Nelson survived his bride by a decade. At the age of 86, on Aug. 21, 2019, he passed away at home. Burial of the remains was in Evansport Cemetery.
Son Bob A. Carder relocated to California and was there in 1999.
Daughter Teresa Lynn Carder appears to have been married twice. She entered into marriage with Terry Howard. They dwelled in Continental in 1999. By 2019, she had wed (?) Okuly ( ? - ? ).