The Fourth of July weekend holiday traffic took a heavy toll of Fort Wayne and area residents. Of the 19 killed on the state's highways during the weekend, two were from Fort Wayne and one from Wolf Lake. Dead was Robert Young, 26, of 812 Union Chapel Road, killed in a crash on U.S. 33 eight miles north of Merriam. Also killed in that head-on crash was David Lee Burnheimer, 16, Box 161, Wolf Lake.
Burnheimer was killed instantly. He received skull and neck fractures. State Police said Burnheimer was southbound on U.S. 33, but crossed the center line and struck the Young car head-on. Investigating the accident were Troopers Sidney Fish and John Feiger and Noble County Deputy Sheriff Ray Sayles.
Burnheimer had completed his sophomore year at Wolf Lake High School. He was a member of Wolf Lake Baptist church.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Lee Burnheimer; a sister, Mrs. Judy Clevenger; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. H.C. Humbarger, all of Wolf Lake. Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home in Columbia city after 4 p.m. Monday. Services will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Max Benson officiating.
Journal Gazette, page 1A & 2A, 7-5-1965
Lee R. Burnheimer (1920 - 1978)
Note: 17 years old
Christian Chapel Cemetery
Plot: Section 6, Row 27
Created by: Jim Cox
Record added: May 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26562796
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