Tombstone Tuesday – August 13, 2019 – Merlin Dwight Studebaker

Merlin Dwight (Doc) Studebaker was the son of Lula Etta (Wert) and Clay Studebaker. He was born in Uniondale , Indiana on August 28, 1923. Etta and Clyde had three sons; Merlin Dwight (1923), Lamoine Kenneth (1924-1926), and Richard Eugene(1930).

In the 1930 Federal census, Clay and Etta are living in Uniondale, Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. Clay is a construction worker who works on roadways and drainage systems. Merlin is listed with his parents and Syrus (Homer) Wert, Etta’s father is also living with them, he is seventy six years old. Lamoine died in 1926 before the federal census. In the 1940 Federal Census, The family remains in Uniondale and they now have two sons living with them and Etta’s Father, Homer who is now eighty-six.

Merlin registered for the draft in June of 1942. He enlisted into the Army in January of 1943. He serviced in the Army during WWII and rose to the rank of Sargent according to his burial records.

Merlin’s Obituary was shared on his Findagrave page.

Source: Bluffton News-Banner 
August 14, 2004 

“A native of Wells County, Merlin D. “Doc” Studebaker, 80, of Logansport, died Friday, Aug. 13 at Memorial Hospital in Logansport. 

Born Aug. 28, 1923 in Uniondale to Clay A. and L. Etta Wert Studebaker, his marriage on Sept. 23, 1945 in Logansport was to the former Patricia A. Noonan, who survives. 

He was a former co-owner of Studebaker Construction Co., and Cass County Stone, Inc. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne; Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne; Logansport Shrine Club, VFW Post 3790 and American Legion Post 60. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II he was a 1941 graduate of Union Center High School in Wells County. 

In addition to the wife, other survivors include a daughter, Connie Hallam of Logansport; a brother, Richard E. “Tink” Studebaker of Logansport; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Lutheran Church in Logansport with calling to be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Gundrum Funeral Home in Logansport. Calling also on Monday at the church one hour prior to services. There will be a Masonic Service Sunday at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Shriners Walk By. 

Preferred memorials to the church or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.”


Merlin died fifteen years ago on August 13, 2004. He is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery in Camden, Indiana according to his military records but I do not find a cemetery of that name in Camden. So I can not be certain where he is buried and while Findagrave has a memorial for him, they do not list him in a cemetery.

Rest in peace, Merlin!

Love Jan

Merlin is my second cousin one time removed.



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