Mabel Arvilla Furgason1

F, b. 27 October 1900, d. 12 May 1991
     Mabel Arvilla Furgason was born on 27 October 1900 at Lenawee Co., MI.1 She was the daughter of Herbert V. Furgason and Hattie M. Dunn.1 Mabel Arvilla Furgason married Thomas William Boyd, son of Matthew Boyd and Emma Barber, on 24 November 1920 at Rome, Lenawee Co., MI. Mabel Arvilla Furgason died on 12 May 1991 at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., MI, at age 90.

Children of Mabel Arvilla Furgason and Thomas William Boyd

Citations

  1. [S842] 1910 Federal Census, Lenawee County, Michigan. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 660; FHL #1374673.
  2. [S3274] 1930 Federal Census, Lenawee County, Michigan. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1007; FHL #2340742.

Ruth Louise Furgason

F, b. 1 April 1945, d. 21 February 2015
     Ruth Louise Furgason was born on 1 April 1945 at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., MI. She was the daughter of Bernard Lavern Furgason and Lila Isabelle Matthews. Ruth Louise Furgason married John Lee Winzeler. Ruth Louise Furgason and John Lee Winzeler were divorced. Ruth Louise Furgason married Lewis Ronald Greenman on 17 February 1973 at Benton Harbor, Berrien Co., MI. Ruth Louise Furgason died on 21 February 2015 at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., MI, at age 69 Newspaper article:

Ruth L. Greenman, age 69, of Tecumseh died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Tecumseh Place II in Tecumseh. She was born April 1, 1945, in Tecumseh to Bernard L. and Lila I. (Matthews) Furgason. She had been employed by General Motors for more than 35 years. On Feb. 17, 1973, she married Lewis Greenman in Benton Harbor. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2000. Ruth had an adventurous spirit, she enjoyed traveling, camping, riding motorcycles, spending time with her family and flying with her husband in their private plane. Ruth is survived by her children, Lewis D. (Adele) Greenman of Adrian, Linda (Bob) Warner of Tecumseh, Kenneth Winzeler of Tecumseh, Shelly (Craig) Benson of Dayton, Ohio, and Tom Greenman of Tecumseh; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary (Elton) Cox, Jodi Ross and Shirley (Stan) Schadewald; and a brother, Bill Furgason. In addition to her husband, Lewis, she was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and two sisters.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial of cremains will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian, following the service. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

Sandra Kay Furgason

F, b. 27 February 1955
     Sandra Kay Furgason was born on 27 February 1955. She was the daughter of Gaylon Duane Furgason.

Shirley Ann Furgason

F, b. 29 June 1941, d. 1 February 2020
     Shirley Ann Furgason was born on 29 June 1941 at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., MI. She was the daughter of Bernard Lavern Furgason and Lila Isabelle Matthews. Shirley Ann Furgason married Stanley Ross Schadewald, son of Ferdinand Albert Wilhelm Schadewald and Mary Della Hegy, on 10 October 1959 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Lenawee Co., MI. Shirley Ann Furgason died on 1 February 2020 at age 78

Obituary -- www.andersonfuneralservices.com:

Shirley Ann (Furgason) Schadewald, 78, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Blissfield Place.

She was born on June 29, 1941 in Tecumseh to Bernard L. & Lila I. (Matthews) Furgason. She attended Tecumseh Schools before graduating from Deerfield High School in 1959. On October 10, 1959 she was united in marriage to Stanley R. Schadewald and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his passing on December 18, 2017.

Along with being a homemaker, Shirley worked at various places including Kapnick Orchards before retiring from Peerless Gear in Clinton. She was very creative and spent a lot of her spare time painting ceramics and playing Bunco before a series of strokes took her ability away in the late 1990s. After that time, she enjoyed accompanying her husband to many classic car shows to display the many vehicles he restored including her Dodge “Little Red Express” truck.

Shirley is survived by two daughters, Susan (Dale) Southard of Blissfield, Debra (Rodger) Gallaway of Deerfield, and a son, David (Tammy) Schadewald of Lima, Ohio. Brother, John W. “Bill” Furgason of Blissfield and sister, Josephine “Jody” Ross of Tecumseh. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son, Edward, 6 brothers and 4 sisters.



Visitation hours for Shirley will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home in Blissfield. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home with Rev. William Finn officiating. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery. You may send condolences to the family at

www.andersonfuneralservices.com

Memorial donations can be given to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church or to Blissfield Place. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.

Child of Shirley Ann Furgason and Stanley Ross Schadewald

Verna Isabelle Furgason

F, b. 17 April 1922, d. 23 July 2009
     Verna Isabelle Furgason was born on 17 April 1922 at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., MI. She was the daughter of Bernard Lavern Furgason and Lila Isabelle Matthews. Verna Isabelle Furgason married Ivan Elden Cramer on 19 April 1941. Verna Isabelle Furgason married Walter J. Rowe on 16 September 1986. Verna Isabelle Furgason died on 23 July 2009 at Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI, at age 87 Newspaper article:

ADRIAN, Mich. -
Verna I. (Furgason) Cramer Rowe, age 87, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Grand Court in Adrian, Mich. Born on April 17, 1922, in Tecumseh, Mich., to Bernard and Lila (Matthews) Furgason, she graduated from Tecumseh High School. She married Ivan E. Cramer of Hudson, Mich., on April 19, 1941. He preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1973.

She is survived by sons, Wellington (Nancy) Cramer of Osseo, Lionel (Sue) Cramer of Pittsford; six
grandchildren, Lisa (Craig) Taylor, Michael (Sonya) Cramer, Lori (Ty) Ward, Joseph (Melissa ) Cramer, Bradley Cramer and Kimberley Cramer; 11 great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Andrew Taylor, Brandon, Joshua and Emilee Cramer, Lydia, Mariah and Leah Ward, and Joseph, Joshua and Jaden Cramer; five sisters, Vivian Woods, Mary Cox, Josephine Ross, Shirley Schadewald and Ruth Greenman; and one brother, John Furgason. On Sept. 16, 1986, she married Walter Rowe of Clinton, Mich. He survives, as do 12 stepchildren, many step grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Harold, Gordon, Glenn, Gaylon and Earnest.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial service will be conducted by Eagle Funeral Home, Hudson, at the Leonardson Cemetery, Pittsford, Mich., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2009, with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Juvenile Diabetes Association. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

Vivian Myrtle Furgason

F, b. 30 December 1928, d. 19 February 2011
     Vivian Myrtle Furgason was born on 30 December 1928 at Clinton, Lenawee Co., MI. She was the daughter of Bernard Lavern Furgason and Lila Isabelle Matthews. Vivian Myrtle Furgason married Wendell C. Woods, son of Oren Allen Woods and Elizabeth Esther Brown, on 28 August 1948 at Steuben Co., IN. Vivian Myrtle Furgason died on 19 February 2011 at Leesburg, Lake Co., FL, at age 82 Newspaper article:

LEESBURG, Fla. Vivian M. Woods, age 82, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Tecumseh, died Feb. 19, 2011, in Florida. She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Clinton Township to Bernard L. and Lila I. (Matthews) Furgason. On Aug. 28, 1948, she married Wendell C. Woods. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1999. She had been employed by Tecumseh Products for 35 years and then by Boysville of Michigan for 11 years, retiring on Dec. 30, 1993. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, and very involved in her community, Highland Lakes. She enjoyed playing Scrabble and bingo. Vivian is survived by her brother, William "Bill" Furgason of Blissfield; four sisters, Mary (Elton) Cox of Jacksonville, Fla., Josephine Ross of Tecumseh, Shirley (Stanley) Schadewald of Tecumseh and Ruth Greenman of Tecumseh; two sisters-in-law, Deloris Furgason of Deerfield and Clara Furgason of Tecumseh; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Wendell, she was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Gordon, Glen, Gaylon, Harold and Ernest Furgason; and a sister, Verna Rowe. At Vivian's request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date in April at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, 1448 Short St, Tecumseh. Burial of cremains will be held at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com.

The family wishes to thank Vivian's church family and friends of the Highland Lakes Community, for their care and support during her illness and after her passing. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice. Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Willard Furgason1

M, b. 19 December 1839, d. 1 March 1910
     Willard Furgason was born on 19 December 1839 at Cambridge Junction, Lenawee Co., MI.1 He married Adeline Priscilla Wilson on 11 December 1859 at Lenawee Co., MI. Willard Furgason died on 1 March 1910 at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., MI, at age 70. He was buried in March 1910 at Cambridge Junction Cemetery, Lenawee Co., MI, Findagrave #39544859.

Child of Willard Furgason and Adeline Priscilla Wilson

Citations

  1. [S1293] 1880 Federal Census, Lenawee County, Michigan. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 591; FHL #1254591.

Charles Wesley Furl

M, b. 13 April 1926, d. 12 October 2004
     Charles Wesley Furl was born on 13 April 1926 at Butler Co., PA. He married LaVonne Winifred Munsinger, daughter of Neville William Munsinger and Vera Margarette Bird, on 14 March 1971 at Nevada. Charles Wesley Furl married LaVonne Winifred Munsinger, daughter of Neville William Munsinger and Vera Margarette Bird, on 14 March 1983 at Reno, Washoe Co., NV. Charles Wesley Furl died on 12 October 2004 at Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, at age 78.

John Hiram Furney

M, b. 11 September 1854, d. 17 October 1913
     John Hiram Furney was born on 11 September 1854 at Ohio. He married Anna Caroline Geiger. John Hiram Furney died on 17 October 1913 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, at age 59. He was buried in October 1913 at Union Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, Findagrave #98752272.

Child of John Hiram Furney and Anna Caroline Geiger

Paul Kenneth Furney

M, b. 29 December 1920, d. 3 March 1995
     Paul Kenneth Furney was born on 29 December 1920 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH. He was the son of Ray Hanlon Furney and Clara B. Butts. Paul Kenneth Furney began military service WW II service, U.S. Army Air Corps, SSgt. He married Mildred Florence Wright, daughter of Harry Starck Wright and Emma L. Bennett, in 1947. Paul Kenneth Furney died on 3 March 1995 at Upper Arlington, Franklin Co., OH, at age 74. He was buried in March 1995 at Union Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, Findagrave #116123503.

Ray Hanlon Furney

M, b. 8 December 1887, d. 5 March 1947
     Ray Hanlon Furney was born on 8 December 1887 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH. He was the son of John Hiram Furney and Anna Caroline Geiger. Ray Hanlon Furney married Clara B. Butts, daughter of Peter Stanford Butts and Lida Serena Kerr. Ray Hanlon Furney died on 5 March 1947 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, at age 59. He was buried in March 1947 at Eastlawn Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, Findagrave #47710052.

Child of Ray Hanlon Furney and Clara B. Butts

Eleanor Edna Furr1

F, b. October 1867
     Eleanor Edna Furr was born in October 1867 at Indiana.1 She married Lewis Elmer Marshall on 22 November 1885 at Fountain Co., IN.

Child of Eleanor Edna Furr and Lewis Elmer Marshall

Citations

  1. [S2618] 1900 Federal Census, Fountain County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 370; FHL #1240370.

Elizabeth Furr

F
     Elizabeth Furr married Andrew J. Riddle, son of James Riddle and Ruth Gilmore, on 14 March 1858 at Augusta Co., VA.

John Furrey

M
     John Furrey married Sarah Fisher.

Child of John Furrey and Sarah Fisher

(?) Furry

F
     (?) Furry married Christian Newcomer, son of John Newcomer and Elizabeth Stoneman, circa 1771.

Children of (?) Furry and Christian Newcomer

George Darwin Furry

M, b. 10 September 1905, d. December 1985
     George Darwin Furry was born on 10 September 1905 at Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., IL. He was the son of George Washington Furry and Martha A. Hershey. George Darwin Furry died in December 1985 at Clearwater, Pinellas Co., FL, at age 80.

George Washington Furry

M, b. 4 July 1867, d. 22 June 1926
     Occupation: George attended Mount Morris College, where he graduated, and later graduated from the University of Michigan. He then returned to Mount Morris College as teacher of mathematics. George Washington Furry was born on 4 July 1867 at Monticello, Carroll Co., IN. He was the son of John Furrey and Sarah Fisher. George Washington Furry married Martha A. Hershey, daughter of Daniel Hershey and Barbara Ann Johnson, on 26 August 1897 at Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., IL. George Washington Furry died on 22 June 1926 at Evanston, Cook Co., IL, at age 58.

Children of George Washington Furry and Martha A. Hershey

Gladys Blossom Furry

F, b. 6 May 1902, d. 28 December 1990
     Gladys Blossom Furry married Charles Clyde Looney. Gladys Blossom Furry was born on 6 May 1902 at Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., IL. She was the daughter of George Washington Furry and Martha A. Hershey. Gladys Blossom Furry died on 28 December 1990 at Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, at age 88.

Joyce Genevieve Furry

F, b. circa 1810
     Joyce Genevieve Furry died at Absecon, Atlantic Co., NJ. She married Artyn Ward McLaughlin. Joyce Genevieve Furry was born circa 1810 at Illinois. She was the daughter of George Washington Furry and Martha A. Hershey.

Margaret Lucille Furry

F, b. 15 May 1899
     Margaret Lucille Furry died at Lake Bluff, Lake Co., IL. She lived at 127 Oak Terrace, Lake Bluff, Lake Co., IL. She was born on 15 May 1899 at Michigan. She was the daughter of George Washington Furry and Martha A. Hershey.

Nancy Furry1

F
     Nancy Furry married Henry Neikirk.1

Child of Nancy Furry and Henry Neikirk

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 432.

Charles F. Furse

M, b. 26 September 1912, d. 6 September 1998
     Charles F. Furse was born on 26 September 1912 at Michigan. He was the son of John Furse and Louise (?) Charles F. Furse married Beulah Dean DeWald, daughter of Daniel Hubert DeWald and Vergie Cloyd, on 7 July 1941. Charles F. Furse died on 6 September 1998 at age 85. He was buried in September 1998 at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside Co., CA.

John Furse

M
     John Furse married Louise (?).

Child of John Furse and Louise (?)

Frances Martha Fuseo

F, b. 6 September 1921, d. 21 November 1993
     Frances Martha Fuseo was born on 6 September 1921 at Akron, Summit Co., OH. She married Arthur Bertram Longbottom, son of George Longbottom and Lillian Grace Horn, on 16 February 1946. Frances Martha Fuseo died on 21 November 1993 at Martinez Lake, Yuma Co., AZ, at age 72.

Calvin Fuss

M
     Calvin Fuss married Emma Miller, daughter of John F. Miller and Martha Ann Metz, on 11 December 1882.

Paul Fussell

M, b. 15 January 1895, d. 16 July 1973
     Paul Fussell was born on 15 January 1895. He married Wilhma Wilson Sill on 28 September 1921 at Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA, Ceremony by Rev. Harold E. B. Speight. Paul Fussell died on 16 July 1973 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 78.

Child of Paul Fussell and Wilhma Wilson Sill

Ph.D. Paul Longstreth Fussell Jr.

M, b. 22 March 1924, d. 23 May 2012
     Ph.D. Paul Longstreth Fussell Jr. was born on 22 March 1924 at Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., CA. He was the son of Paul Fussell and Wilhma Wilson Sill. Ph.D. Paul Longstreth Fussell Jr. began military service WW II service, U.S. Army, European Theater, Bronze Star, Purple Heart. He was educated; BA, Pomona College
MA, English, Harvard
PhD., English, Harvard. Occupation: Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA. He married Harriette Virginia Rhawn, daughter of Heister Guie Rhawn and Mary Cordelia Franklin, after 1980, Paul was previously married to Betty Ellen Harper, and had two children, Sam and Rosalind. Ph.D. Paul Longstreth Fussell Jr. died on 23 May 2012 at Medford, Jackson Co., OR, at age 88

Obituary -- (via Tracy Devault) By BRUCE WEBER, MAY 23, 2012 :

Paul Fussell, Literary Scholar and Critic, Is Dead at 88

Paul Fussell, the wide-ranging, stingingly opinionated literary scholar and cultural critic whose admiration for Samuel Johnson, Kingsley Amis and the Boy Scout Handbook and his withering scorn for the romanticization of war, the predominance of television and much of American society were dispensed in more than 20 books, died on Wednesday in Medford, Ore. He was 88.

His stepson Cole Behringer said he died of natural causes in the long-term care facility where he had spent the last two years.

From the 1950s into 1970s, Mr. Fussell followed a conventional academic path, teaching and writing on literary topics, specializing in 18th-century British poetry and prose. But his career changed in 1975, when he published “The Great War and Modern Memory,” a monumental study of World War I and how its horrors fostered a disillusioned modernist sensibility.

“The Great War,” a work that drew on Mr. Fussell’s own bloody experience as an infantryman during World War II, won both the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the National Book Award for Arts and Letters.

Fussell’s influence was huge, Vincent B. Sherry wrote in “The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War.” “The book’s ambition and popularity move interpretation of the war from a relatively minor literary and historical specialization to a much more widespread cultural concern. His claims for the meaning of the war are profound and far-reaching; indeed, some have found them hyperbolic. Yet, whether in spite of or because of the enormity of his assertions, Fussell has set the agenda for most of the criticism that has followed him.”

The lavish praise and commercial success of “The Great War” transformed Mr. Fussell into a public intellectual, or perhaps more accurately a public curmudgeon; he crabbed, for instance, about Graham Greene’s “inability to master English syntax.” Mr. Fussell brought an erudition, a gift for readable prose, a willingness to offend and, as many critics noted, a whiff of snobbery to subjects like class, clothing, the dumbing down of American culture and the literature of travel.

“Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars” (1980) examined a tradition in writing rarely examined by scholars, and it was hailed for its critical acumen, though it also includes a rant against tourists and tourism, which he decries as the antithesis of ennobling travel and the bane of real travelers.

“ ‘Abroad’ is an exemplary piece of criticism,” Jonathan Raban wrote on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. “It is immensely readable. It bristles with ideas. It disinters a real lost masterpiece from the library stacks. It admits a whole area of writing — at last! — to its proper place in literary history. Its general thesis is, I think, wrongheaded, even mean, but Mr. Fussell argues it with such force and clarity that he makes it a pleasure to quarrel with him.”

In “Class: A Guide Through the American Status System” (1983), he divided American society into nine strata — from the idle rich (“the top out-of-sight”) to the institutionalized and imprisoned (“the bottom out-of-sight”) — and offered a comprehensive and often witty tour through the observable habits of each.

“Not smoking at all is very upper-class,” he wrote, “but in any way calling attention to one’s abstinence drops one to middle-class immediately.”

In “BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America” (1991), he offered an alphabetically organized jeremiad against everything “phony, clumsy, witless, untalented, vacant or boring” in this country “that many Americans can be persuaded is genuine, graceful, bright or fascinating.”

“Dismal food is bad,” he wrote. “Dismal food pretentiously served in a restaurant associated with the word ‘gourmet’ is BAD. Being alert to this distinction is a large part of the fun of being alive today, in a moment teeming with raucously overvalued emptiness and trash.”

Paul Fussell Jr., was born into an affluent family in Pasadena, Calif., on March 22, 1924. His father was a prominent lawyer. Paul attended Pomona College, from which he was drafted by the Army in 1943. Too late for the Allied invasion at Normandy, he nevertheless saw brutal action in Europe, where, in southeastern France, at age 20, he lay wounded while men under his command were being killed in an artillery barrage.

“Before that day was over I was sprayed with the contents of a soldier’s torso when I was lying behind him and he knelt to fire at a machine-gun holding us up; he was struck in the heart and out of the holes in the back of his field jacket flew little clouds of blood, tissue and powdered cloth,” Mr. Fussell wrote in a 1982 essay in Harper’s Magazine called “My War.” “Near him another man raised himself to fire, but the machine gun caught him in the mouth, and as he fell he looked back at me with surprise, blood and teeth dribbling out onto the leaves.”

During his tour of duty he won the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts — he was wounded in the back and legs — and he emerged with a disdain for those who would justify wars, especially those who never fought. He hammered the point in “The Great War” and other books, including “Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War” (1989), a relentless chronicle of everything that was dreadful or repugnant about the soldiering experience in World War II, and a memoir, “Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic” (1996).

Returning to Pomona in 1945, he earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1947 and went on to Harvard to earn a master’s and a doctorate in English. At Harvard he developed a disdain for academia akin to what he felt for the military. “From the 1950s on,” he wrote in “Doing Battle,” “my presiding emotion was annoyance, often intensifying to virtually disabling anger.”

Nonetheless, he pursued an academic career, teaching English first at Connecticut College for Women, then at Rutgers University and finally at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his many academic books were “The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke” (1965), “Poetic Meter and Poetic Form” (1965; revised, 1979), and “Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing” (1971).

These were books, he would later recall, that he was “supposed to write.” Then it struck him that he might reach a wider audience by comparing the art and literature created in response to earlier wars with that inspired by World War I. What he discovered was a deep fissure between the romantic views of the past, which saw warfare as a stage for gallantry and heroism, and the disillusionment bred by the shocking slaughter and grim hopelessness of trench warfare, the hallmark of “the great war.”

World War I’s chief cultural product was irony, Mr. Fussell found, as illustrated by the muttering, cynical language of the men on the battle lines and their governments’ fatuous appeals to patriotism. Popular and serious culture afterward was infused with “the sense of absurdity, disjuncture and polarization, the loathing of duly constituted authorities,” as the critic Robert Hughes wrote in a Time magazine review.

“Every war is ironic, because every war is worse than expected,” Mr. Fussell wrote. “Every war constitutes an irony of situation, because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its ends. Eight million people were destroyed because two persons, the archduke Francis Ferdinand and his consort, had been shot.”

Mr. Fussell’s marriage to the former Betty Ellen Harper, who later became known for writing about food under the name Betty Fussell, ended in divorce. (Ms. Fussell, in a 1999 memoir, “My Kitchen Wars,” wrote scathingly about their marriage.) He is survived by their two children, Sam and Rosalind Fussell; his wife, Harriette Behringer; four stepchildren, Cole, Rocklin, Marcy and Liese Behringer; a sister, Florence Fussell-Lind; 10 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

As caustic as Mr. Fussell could be about war (and many other things), he believed that the psychic wounds he sustained in battle were not only indelible but also beneficial.

“As I say in this new book of mine, not merely did I learn to kill,” he told Sheldon Hackney, who was then chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in a 1996 interview about “Doing Battle.” “But I learned to enjoy the prospect of killing,” he added.

“You learn that you have much wider dimensions than you had imagined before you had to fight a war. That’s salutary. It’s well to know exactly who you are, so you can conduct the rest of your life properly.”


The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Thursday, 24 May 2012; Page B06; (Newspapers.com):

Paul Fussell, 88, Writer, Penn prof

by Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer     

Paul Fussell, 88, an acclaimed author of books on war, poetry, and class, and a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, May 23, in Medford, Ore., of natural causes.

His stepson Cole Behringer said Mr. Fussell died at a long-term care home in Medford, where he eventually relocated with his wife, Harriet Behringer-Fussell, after moving from Philadelphia in 2008.

Fussell's 1975 book, "The Great War and Modern Memory," about the myths of World War I and the war's impact on literature, won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Modern Library publishing house named it one of the 20th century's best non-fiction books.

He joined the faculty of Penn in the early 1980s and retired? ? about a decade later. For years he and his wife lived in an apartment on Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square.

Mr. Fussell was born and raised in Pasadena, Calif., and attended Pasadena Junior College and Pomona College before being shipped off to Europe to fight in World War II, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and two purple hearts. After the war he completed his studies at Pomona College and later received a Ph.D. in 18th-century English literature from Harvard University.

He had two children, Rosalind and Sam, with his first wife, Betty Harper.

Mr. Fussell taught at Connecticut College and Rutgers University before arriving at Penn.

In a 1982 article in the Washington Post, a writer declared the colorfully opinionated Mr. Fussell "the nation's newest world-class curmudgeon." Mr. Fussell had just written an essay, "Notes on Class," that he planned to expand into a book.

He broadened that reputation with his 1991 book, "BAD: or The Dumbing of America,"

"Jeremiads about the decline of America are not in especially short supply, but when the Jeremiah is Paul Fussell ... attention must be paid," wrote Christopher Buckley in the New York Times. "What he likes about the United states would fit comfortably under a gerbil’s paw."

Mr. Fussell would return to writing about war, and criticized historian Stephen Ambrose, filmmaker Stephen Spielberg, and news anchor Tom Brokaw for being what he called "military romanticists."

He appeared in Ken Burn' 2007 documentary, "The War."

In addition to his two children, Mr. Fussell is survived by his wife; a sister, Florence Lind; and four stepchildren.

Memorial service arrangements are pending.

Helen Dail Fusselman1

F, b. 26 January 1920, d. 14 March 1995
     Helen Dail Fusselman was born on 26 January 1920 at Colorado.1 She was the daughter of Laurel Ottis Fusselman and Leota G. Sonner.1 Helen Dail Fusselman married Alfred Douglas Noble on 16 February 1942 at Ft. Wayne, Allen Co., IN. Helen Dail Fusselman died on 14 March 1995 at Ft. Wayne, Allen Co., IN, at age 75. She was buried in March 1995 at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Ft. Wayne, Allen Co., IN, Find A Grave Memorial# 30381537.

Child of Helen Dail Fusselman and Alfred Douglas Noble

Citations

  1. [S3097] 1940 Federal Census, Allen County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1117.

Joseph Wendall Fusselman1

M, b. 22 March 1924, d. 23 August 1987
     Joseph Wendall Fusselman was born on 22 March 1924 at Colorado.1 He was the son of Laurel Ottis Fusselman and Leota G. Sonner.1 Joseph Wendall Fusselman married Agnes Matilda Wittler on 7 September 1946, no children. Joseph Wendall Fusselman died on 23 August 1987 at Bluffton, Wells Co., IN, at age 63. He was buried in August 1987 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ft. Jennings, Putnam Co., OH, Find A Grave Memorial# 99037296.

Citations

  1. [S3097] 1940 Federal Census, Allen County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1117.

Laurel Ottis Fusselman1

M, b. 5 November 1898, d. 1969
     Laurel Ottis Fusselman was born on 5 November 1898 at Wells Co., IN.1 He was the son of Otto Lowell Fusselman and Cora Woods.1 Laurel Ottis Fusselman married Leota G. Sonner, daughter of Joseph Sonner and Adella Hill, on 25 December 1918 at Pueblo Co., CO. Laurel Ottis Fusselman was buried in 1969 at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Ft. Wayne, Allen Co., IN, Find A Grave Memorial# 28989282. He died in 1969.

Children of Laurel Ottis Fusselman and Leota G. Sonner

Citations

  1. [S3769] 1910 Federal Census, Wells County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 388; FHL #1374401.
  2. [S3097] 1940 Federal Census, Allen County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1117.