Tombstone Tuesday–Larry Lee Bollenbacher

Larry Lee Bollenbacher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Larry Lee Bollenbacher, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Larry Lee
Dec 1938-Mary 1939

Larry Lee Bollenbacher was born 22 December 1938 in Berne, Indiana, the son of Ralph Henry (1912-1995) and Catharine Pearl (Maxwell) Bollenbacher (1918-2005). [1] Larry’s father Ralph was from Geneva, Indiana, the son of John M. and Emma Bollenbacher. Larry’s mother was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph P. and Anna S. (Gribler) Maxwell. [2]

Larry Bollenbacher was baptized at Zion Chatt on 19 February 1939 with Luther Egger and Kathryn (Graham) Egger serving as his sponsors.

Larry Bollenbacher died of lobar pneumonia on 25 March 1939 in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, and was buried on the 27th. He was only 3 months and 3 days old. S.S. Egger was in charge of the arrangements. [3]

Larry Lee Bollenbacher was Ralph and Catharine’s first child but they later had three other children:
Nancy Louise, married Warren Yoder
Gary Dean (1954-2003), married Karen Sue Fruchte


[1] Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Larry Lee Bollenbacher 22 Dec 1938;; Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images,, Ralph H. Bollenbacher and Catherine P. Maxwell, 1 May 1938; Fulton County Marriages Vol. 15, p.441; FHL microfilm 1426360.

[3] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1939, Roll 3, Larry Lee Bollenbacher, 25 Mar 1939;; Indiana State Board of Health, Death Certificates, 1900-2011, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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