|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1847|
|Death: ||Apr. 23, 1930|
OBITUARY OF GEORGE W. BLEEKS
George W. Bleeks was born in Richland County, in the State of Ohio, on the 12th day of March, 1847, and departed this life at his home in St. Joe, Indiana, on the 23rd day of April 1930. He was the son of James B. and Elizabeth Bleeks. His father was a carpenter by occupation, and April 20th, 1854, made the trip. Which was a strenuous one for those days, to DeKalb County, locating at Newville, and it was there that his son George was raised, and attended the public schools.
On October 27th, 1870, he was united in marriage to Mary Tiffany, a school-mate of his, and the daughter of Lewis and Olive Tiffany, a neighboring pioneer. In 1871 Mr. Bleeks moved to Orangeville, began housekeeping and engaged in farming. In 1879 he moved to St. Joe, where he bought an interest in a sawmill with Alex Filley, and John Sommerlot. In 1894 he moved to Moody farm, east of St. Joe, where he lived for five years, when he returned to St. Joe, engaging in the lumber business. In 1902 he was selected by the Democratic party as its candidate for Sheriff of DeKalb County, and was elected, and served his term with distinction to himself and credit to the office. At the close of his official career he returned to St. Joe. His good wife died July 11th, 1923, since which time he has resided with his children. In 1925 the light of day faded from before his eyes, but throughout the years he has remained patient and borne his affliction with gratitude in the joy of living.
Mr. Bleeks joined the United Brethren Church in 1878, and later became one of the charter members of the Methodist Protestant Church at St. Joe, and is the last survivor of the charter members.
Mr. Bleeks was the father of three sons and three daughters, one little daughter having died in infancy, and his sons Ray and Coran having gone on before, many years ago at the time they were six years of age. He leaves surviving him, his son Jay, and his daughters Adah and Sadie; also eight grandchildren, and two brothers, William Bleeks of St. Joe and Hiram Bleeks of Butler.
Mr. Bleeks was a fine example of the early pioneer families. He was of rugged physique and rugged character. All his life he was regarded by his neighbors as a man of the highest integrity, God-fearing, kindly, courteous, hospitable and helpful. He had a host of friends, and no enemies. Every trust reposed in him was executed with fidelity, and his death removes from DeKalb County one of the last surviving members of the old pioneer band which settled as developed DeKalb County, and made it what it is like today-one of the finest places in the world in which to live.
In his going he leaves a host of mournful friends and neighbors, but in the excellent example of citizenship which he characterized, he has builded for himself a monument which will never be forgotten.
Mary Loretta Tiffany Bleeks (1847 - 1923)
Infant Daughter Bleeks (1872 - 1872)*
Ray Bleeks (1874 - 1879)*
Coran Bleeks (1876 - 1881)*
Created by: KBJohnson
Record added: May 16, 2009
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