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Edmund Wyatt Tratebas, 97, Nashville

Edmund Wyatt Tratebas, 97, Nashville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at Brown County Health & Living Community.

He was born Aug. 13, 1915 in Gossetsburg to John Tratebas II and Opal Barber Tratebas. His father owned a grist mill, initially the Gossett Mill and later the Tratebas Mill.

Edmund married Gladys Spurr on May 11, 1940 in Cook County, Illinois. The couple were modern before their time when they moved to Washington D.C., because Gladys’ boss was transferring there and did not want to lose her excellent secretarial skills. During World War II, Edmund worked for the War Department in the supply depot. Their first daughter arrived in Washington. Edmund left his job in the War Department to continue his studies for the ministry. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College in 1944, shortly after the second daugther arrived. Edmund earned a master's degree in Biblical literature from Wheaton College in 1950 and began teaching there. His son was born while he was working on his master's degree. He earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Dubuque University in 1952 and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He served at churches in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Ohio until 1967.  Edmund and Gladys added three more daughters while they lived in Iowa and Minnesota. He decided to switch careers in 1967 and began teaching English, philosophy, and religion courses at Northwestern College in Iowa.  While teaching, he continued to serve as a minister for a nearby Presbyterian church.

Edmund and Gladys purchased 36 acres in Brown County while they were living in Ohio and began building a log cabin there while Edmund was still teaching in Iowa. After he retired from Northwestern College, Edmund and Gladys moved to Nashville in December 1983. Edmund taught ethics and logic as an adjunct professor at IUPUI in Columbus from 1985 through 2006, and he also served as minister for the Knightwood Baptist Church from 1983-1990. He was active in the Brown County Historical Society.

Edmund will be missed by two brothers, George and Allen Tanner, both of Yuma, Ariz.; his son, Calvin Tratebas of Santa Monica, Calif.; his daughters, Alice Tratebas of Newcastle, Wyo., Patricia Tratebas and Mercure Volt, both of East Orange, N.J., and Linda Korthals of Temple, Texas; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Edmund was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gladys Tratebas, who died March 6, 2013; two brothers, John and Russell Tratebas; and his daughter, Pauline Tratebas.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Brown County Presbyterian Fellowship, 602 State Road 135 North.

Edmund donated his remains to I.U. Medical School, Indianapolis, and his ashes will ultimately be buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.

  • April 28
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 28
    BC Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 29
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 29
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 29
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District Board
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7606 State Road 45, Unionville
  • April 29
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • April 30
    Go Club at the library
    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 1
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 1
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
    'Back to the Future' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Morel Mushroom sale & festival at state park Nature Center
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 2
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Festival dance planned
    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Parade and food drive downtown
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • May 3
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 3
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 3
    'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 3
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 5
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    Quartet featured with gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 7
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 8
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 9
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • May 9
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • May 11
    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 13
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 14
    Local Coordinating Council
    8 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
  • May 16
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 16
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • June 20
    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)