June 1, 1916
OBITUARY ~ WILLIAM B. YARYAN
William B. Yaryan was born in Clay Co., Indiana, July 22, 1838, and died at
his home in Clearfield, Iowa, May 28, 1916. In 1848 he came with his parents,
Jacob and Sarah Yaryan to Wapello County, Iowa, where the family resided for a
number of years.
In 1868 he moved to Ringgold county, and this community has been his home ever
since. About 20 years since he retired from the farm, moving to Clearfield.
He was married to Sarah II. Sage on Sept. 5, 1861. To this union seven
children were born, four of whom are still living, namely: - Mrs. Mary E.
Methvan, Kustis, Nebraska; Ad Hamon, Seattle, Washington; Metie A. Carr,
Broadwater, Nebraska; and Rosetta B. Gerard, Maloy, Iowa.
January 12, 1875, he was bereft of his early life's companion, and Mar. 8,
1877, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Bonnifield, who shared with him the joys,
comforts and sorrows of life for 24 years, dying Dec. 8, 1901.
On May 28, 1903, he was married to Mrs. Harriet Shawler, who is left to mourn
Mr. Yaryan had five brothers and one sister. Two brothers and the sister are
still living,-Jas. T. B., of Carthage, Mo.; Geo. W., of Carroll,
Nebraska; and Nancy 0. Hill, Rapid City, South Dakota. These and a large
circle of other relatives and friends mourn his death.
On Aug. 8,1862, he enlisted in Co. E. 22d Iowa Infantry. He served thru the
War, and was mustered out July, 1865, at Savannah. He saw much fighting and
made a good solider, being promoted to the rank of third sergeant. He was long
an active member of the G. A. R.
Mr. Yaryan united with the Methodist E. Church about 48 years ago. In his
religious life he was never very demonstrative, but was always a man of deep
convictions. High honor was a very prominent trait of his character. He was
friendly and neighborly toward all with whom he met, consequently he had many
friends, and was respected and highly honored by a large circle of
acquaintances. Kind in his home, patient in times of trial, and very
considerate of the welfare of others.
Coming to this state in an early day, he witnessed most of the development of
Southwestern Iowa, and he was an active element, in shaping this state what it
is. Thus in early life he saw much of hardship, both as a soldier and as a
pioneer; but this, as so often is the case, only helped to strengthen and
build up a strong manhood.
With tender memories and with the kindliest feelings, we lay his remains to
rest. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church on May 3Oth, at 3
p.m. The church was crowded. Ten of the surviving veterans sat in one pew.
Pastors Johnson and Aikin assisted C. A. Carlson in the service. The latter
preached from the text, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Interment
followed in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, June of 2011
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