Katherine Bixler 1928 - 2011

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The 5th of 6 children of Ralph Bixler (a farmer) and Nellie Parrish, Katherine Bixler, the fifth cousin once-removed on the mother's side of Nigel Horne, was born in Clay, Owen, Indiana, USA on 15 May 1928 and was married to Dora Simmerman (with whom she had 5 children: Richard, Michael, and David, along with 2 surviving children) in Brightwood, Marion, Indiana, USA on 11 Aug 1945.

During her life, she was living at Joe Zink Road, Clay, Owen, Indiana on 2 Apr 19301; in Limedale, Putnam, Indiana on 11 May 19402; and at 81 Keightly Road, Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana in 1992, in 1995 and in 2011.

She died on 6 Nov 2011 at Putnam County Hospital, Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana (katherine Bixler Simmerman, age 83, of Greencastle, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Putnam County Hospital. Born May 15, 1928 in Owen County, near Spencer, Ind., the sixth of seven children, she was the daughter of Ralph Voras and Nellie Mae (Parrish) Bixler. She married Dora Forest Simmerman on Aug. 11, 1945 and enjoyed 59 years of marriage, until his passing in 2004. Katherine retired from Mallory's, where she had worked as an assembler for 15 years, retiring on April 1, 1988. She had previously worked at DePauw University and RCA in Indianapolis. She was a long-time member of the Church of God of Greencastle, she was a woman of devote faith. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and most of all, time spent with her family. Survivors include her children, Richard (Fran) Simmerman, Michael (Marcia) Simmerman, Kathy Miles, Janice (Terry) Lents and David Simmerman, all of Putnam County; her brother, Arthur Eugene (Sharon) Snider; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Ruth Addy, Kitty Burgess-Noriega, Pauline Weaver and Anna Mae Hunter; two brothers, Robert and Thomas Bixler; a grandson, Jason Spears; and a great-great-grandson, DeAndre McCombs. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Bro. David Bard officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 4-7 pm. Condolences may be shared with the family c/o www.bittlesandhurtfuneralhome.com) and was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle c. 2011.


  1. Ralph Voris was born on 30 Sept 1896
  2. Nellie May was born on 3 Mar 1903


Katherine Bixler - death certificate

Katherine Bixler - death certificate

Kathrine Bixler

Kathrine Bixler

Katherine Bixler - Doar Forest - gravestone

Katherine Bixler - Doar Forest - gravestone

Katherine Bixler - Obituary

Katherine Bixler - Obituary




Family Tree

Family Tree



  1. US Census 1930 - Findmypast (was age 1 and the daughter of the head of the household)
  2. US Census 1940 - Findmypast (was age 11 and the stepdaughter of the head of the household)

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Birth date (15 May 1928) has no citations

Death date (6 Nov 2011) has no citations

Marriage date (11 Aug 1945) has no citations

Burial date (abt 2011) has no citations

Residence record for 2011 contains no citation

Residence record for 1995 contains no citation

Residence record for 1992 contains no citation

Location for 9 May 1940 (Limedale, Putnam, Indiana, USA) differs from father's (Morgan, Owen, Indiana, USA)

Date of residence (11 May 1940) differs from father's in same year (9 May 1940)

Not living with either parent in childhood when aged 11

Listed in the residence for 1992, but spouse Dora Simmerman is not

Listed in the residence for 1995, but spouse Dora Simmerman is not

Joe Zink Road, Clay, Owen, Indiana, USA isn't found

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