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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.

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  • October 31
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • October 31
    Trick-or-Treat hours set for Nashville
    6 to 9 p.m. Nashville
  • October 31
    Deadline to RSVP for Brown County/Purdue Extension dinner meeting
  • October 31
    Sprunica church fall community night
    5 to 9 p.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • October 31
    Trunk or Treat at Helmsburg church
    6 to 8 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 4
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    7 to 8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road