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Robert Chester Bixler
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Birth: Jul. 25, 1911
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1918
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA

Obit from The Elkhart Daily Review, dated July 20, 1918: PERMIT BURIAL OF BOY SUNDAY- BODY OF ROBERT BIXLER, WHO WAS KILLED BY INTERURBAN, WAS FRIGHTFULLY CUT: The death of Robert Bixler, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bixler of 1518 Hill Street, was accidental, according to the verdict of Coroner Eugene Holdeman made public this afternoon. The verdict was reached after an examination of witnesses of the tragedy. The principal witnesses called by the coroner were the Motorman John Peterson of Goshen, who was operating the car; Conductor A.B. Bickel of this city; night Sergeant Walter Domer and W.M. Glanders, a laborer who was working in an excavation nearby. Special permission for burial of Robert Cleveland Bixler, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Bixler, 1518 Hill Street, who was instantly killed at Indiana Ave. and West Franklin Street while playing in the street with a brother, Arthur, and a playmate, Howard Burleigh at 3:00 yesterday afternoon, when he was struck by a westbound interurban car, has been secured from the board of public works by C. Edwin Walley, a local undertaker. The city council some time ago passed an ordinance prohibiting the holding of Sunday funerals, Except in cases of emergency. It is necessary to bury the dead boy by tomorrow because of the terribly bruised condition of his little body. Funeral services are to be held at the home at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon with Rev. F. C. Lake officiating. Burial is to take place at Grace Lawn cemetery. Robert Chester Bixler was born July 25, 1911, in this city. Surviving besides the greif-stricken parents are three sisters- Katherine, age twelve; Bertha, age 9;and Lida age two- and one brother, Arthur, age eight. Another brother Charles, and a Sister, Jaynette, who were twins, died in infancy nine years ago. Mr. Bixler, who is employed as a switchtender by the New York Central, came to this city from Bristol about fifteen years ago. Persons, witnessing the accident, statethat the Burleigh boy and Arthur ran across in front of the oncoming car, reaching the other side in safety, but that Robert, who was running slightly behind the other boys, was not able to cross in time. Motorman John Peterson of Goshen, who was operating the car, was unable to bring the interurban to a stop until it had dragged the boy for a distance of more than 150 feet. The lad's skull was crushed and his body badly bruised. It is said that persons in the locality had warned the boys of their danger. C.M. Glanders,who was working in an excavation nearby, stated that he called to the boys as the car approached, but it is evident that they did not hear him."
This is the Obit. as written, but his middle name was Chester not Cleveland. Also Charles was not Jaynette's twin, it was Loretta Virginia. 
Family links: 
  Arthur Akin Bixler (1879 - 1947)
  Maude Bell Baker Bixler (1883 - 1949)
  Katherine May Bixler Breden (1906 - 1992)*
  Loretta Virginia Bixler (1908 - 1908)*
  Jaynette Pearl Bixler (1908 - 1908)*
  Bertha E. Bixler Cooper (1909 - 2002)*
  Arthur Franklin Bixler (1910 - 1975)*
  Robert Chester Bixler (1911 - 1918)
  Edward Donald Bixler (1919 - 1936)*
  Herman Philip Bixler (1921 - 1921)*
  Mildred Juanita Bixler Givens (1923 - 1992)*
  Leroy Lynn Bixler (1924 - 1993)*
*Calculated relationship
Grace Lawn Cemetery
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Kathy Line
Record added: May 07, 2010
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Robert Chester Bixler
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Robert Chester Bixler
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