Source: North Manchester Journal, September 23, 1909

Old Resident Goes to His Reward Sunday.

Death removed one of the oldest citizens of Chester township, a patriarch and a father in Israel, Sunday evening when Jonas Warvel, Sr., passed away. He had been ill for a long time and death was not a great surprise although a shock to the family. A combination of troubles due to the breaking down on account of old age was the cause of his death. The end came peacefully. Funeral services were held at the Walnut street Church of the Brethren Tuesday afternoon, the sermon being preached by Rev. Albert Wright. Burial was made in Fairview cemetery. A very large congregation of relatives and friends attended the services.

Jonas Warvel was born in Virginia, May 20, 1824. In early life he moved to Pennsylvania and later to Ohio, settling in Montgomery county. In 1861 he came to Wabash county and settled on a farm southeast of this city which he owned at the time of his death. There were but few improvements on the place when he settled there but by hard work and constant industry he made of it one of the best farms in that section. While a resident of Ohio he was married to Susanna Hull, who died a few years later. They were the parents of three children, only one of whom survive. In 1855 he was married to Elizabeth Horning, who survives him. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom five survive, all well known and highly respected people. A few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Warvel were compelled to give up active work on the farm on account of their advancing years and they moved to this city, where thy have lived quietly and happily and are among the most esteemed residents of the town. Mr. Warvel was for many years an active and conscientious member of the Church of the Brethren, filling the position of deacon with ability. He was a conscientious, generous, upright and whole souled man known for his strict integrity in all his acts and dealings and was held in the highest esteem by the entire community. Death came at the end of a long, happy and prosperous life and he passed away in the confident hope of an immortal life. His age was a little more than 85 years. Mr. Warvel is survived by his wife, one brother, one sister, six children and numerous other relatives. The children are John Warvel, of Burnett's Creek, Mrs. W.C. Perry, of Milledgeville, Illinois, Mrs. Eli Myers, of Alaska, Dr. J.L. Warvel, of Sidney, Dr. Frank B. Warvel, of Anderson, Mrs. Etta W. Bowman and J.W. Warvel of this city. He also leaves a number of grandchildren.