Tombstone Tuesday–La Von Becher

La Von Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

La Von Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of La Von Eugene Becher, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Our Son
La Von
At Rest

La Von Eugene was born 14 December 1913 in Adams County, Indiana, the son of John H. and Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher. He was baptized at Zion on 18 June 1914 by Rev. Brobst, with his parents as his sponsors. He was confirmed at Zion by Rev. Albrecht on Palm Sunday, 10 April 1927.

La Von was enumerated in only two censuses. In 1920, at the age of six, he lived with his parents in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. [1] In 1930 his family lived in Laotto, Noble County, Indiana. [2]

La Von died two years later, on 27 August 1932, at the Adams County Hospital in Decatur, Indiana. He was 18 years, 8 months, and 6 days old. According to Zion Chatt’s records he died of bowel strangulation. According to his death certificate he died of a ruptured appendix with tuberculosis of the bowels as a contributory factor. La Von was survived by his parents and his brother Vernon. His father John Becher, of Willshire, was the informant for information on La Von’s death certificate. [3] La Von was buried on 29 August.

The funeral of Lavon Becker, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Becker, of three miles East of Willshire, was held this afternoon at the family home. The body was taken to Chattanooga, Mercer County, for burial. His death occurred in a hospital at Decatur, where he was operated upon for relief of conditions resulting from a ruptured appendix. He was born in Adams County, Indiana. [4]

I noticed that La Von’s surname is spelled Becher on his tombstone but written as Becker on both his death certificate and newspaper funeral notice.


[1] 1920 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.9A, dwelling 180, family 194, John H Beches; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 16 Jul 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 420.

[2] 1930 U.S. Census, Swan, Noble, Indiana, ED 20, p.3A, dwelling & family 63, John H Becher; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 16 Jul 2016); FHL microfilm 2340355, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 620.

[3] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, #23118, Von E. Becker, 27 Aug 1932; database on-line, ( : accessed 17 Jul 2016);  Indiana State Board of Health, Death Certificates, 1900-2011, microfilm from Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[4] Van Wet Daily Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 29 Aug 1932, p.3; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 Jul 2016).


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