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 John Henry Coomler

John Henry Coomler

Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Oct 1925 (aged 87)
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, USA
Burial Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 5, Lot: 94, Sp: 7
Memorial ID 45500490 · View Source
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The Kokomo Daily Tribune
Monday, Ocotber 19, 1925

J.H. Coomler Passes Away Early Sunday
Had Been In Failing Health for Some Tiem and End Was Not Unexpected.
Was Man Widely Known
Civil War Soldier and Long Prominenet Citizen - Funeral Tuesday Afternoon

John H. Coomler, 87 years, Civil War veteran, resident of Howard County for forty-five years and of Kokomo for thirty-five died at his home, 515 West Jackson street early Sunday morning of no malady in particular but rather of a complete exhaustion of the vital organism.

Cast in rugged mold and a man who throughout four score years and more enjoyed robust health, Mr. Coomler several months ago began to fail. He complained of no sickness but it was observed that he was being overtaken by a steadily increasing weakness. Gradually his trips downtown where he was accustomed to meet his former comrades in arms and other old friends at their headquarters in the courthouse basement, grew infrequent, and, finally, a few weeks ago ceased altogether, since which time he had been confimed to his home. Last week it was observed that his vitality was at a low ebb, and that the end was approaching. His family and friends were not surprised, therefore, when at 4:00 Sunday morning the final summons came.

John Henry Coomler was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, December 12, 1837 and was brought by his parents to Indiana in 1847. They settled in Wabash County and there the son grew to manhood, working on the farm and engaging in all the hard labour of pioneer life.

Early in the year 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Susan Thomas, who also was a member of a Wabash county pioneer family. Mrs. Coomler, a women who throughout her long life was distiguished for the neighborliness and a most conspicuous Christian goodness, died two years ago last March.

The surviving children are seven in number, three sons and four daughters. The sons are Benjamin Coomler, Brownsville, Oregon, Sherman Coomler, Jarvis, Oregon, and Ovid Cecile Coomler, Indianapolis. The daughters are Miss Martha Coomler, a teacher in Kokomo schools, who with fine devotion kept the home of her parents in their old age, Mrs. Cora Carithers of Newcastle, Indiana, Mrs. Nettie Foster, of Seattle, Washington and Mrs. Etta Graff, who with her husband, is traveling in California.

On intensly loyal and sturdily patriotic impulse, Mr. Coomler, early in the Civil War period, offered himself for service in the preservation of the Union, becoming a member of the 101 Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the close of the war. Returning to his home in Wabash county he resumed farming which he followed there unitl 1880 when he sold his holdings and moved to Howard County, acquiring a fine farm five miles northeast of Kokomo in Howard Township. There he remained until he moved to Kokomo.

During his residence here Mr. Coomler had engaged in various pursuits being frequently called in to service in connection with public works. He was widely known and so familiar a figure in the downtown district that he had come to be recognised as a sort of landmark. When failing health necessitated his absence from his usual haunts, all who knew him noted his absence and commented on it regretfully realizing that the probabilities were that he would never come again.

Mr. Coomler was a favorite with his associates, because of his homespun ways, his practically unfailing cheerfulness, his whimsical philosophy, his pungent wit and his droll forms of expression. He was, in truth, a character and a most interesting and engaging one, having an individuality that was orginal in every way.

The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, at 1:30, at Grace M.E. Church, the Reverend W.R. Freeland, of Richmond, Indiana officiating assisted by the Reverend J.W. Potter. present pastor of the church. The services will be under the auspices of T.J. Harrington Post G.A.R. The burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery.

Mr. Coomler and the late Hamilton M. Sailors, a former county clerk, were associated from boyhood, first being schoolmates, then members of the same company in the army and finally close friends through life's meridian and afternoon. They were all but inseperable companions in their later years. Mr. Sailors, it will be remember, expired suddenly something less than two years ago. It was from that time that Mr. Coomlers decline dated. He did not realize it himself, but after his old friend was taken, he seemed to glide into the feebleness that was the forerunner of the end.

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