Indiana McCaslins

William Oscar WykoffAge: 73 years19251999

Name
William Oscar Wykoff
Name suffix
Jr
Birth August 30, 1925 64 39
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1930 (Age 4 years)
Death of a motherAgnes Elizabeth McInnes
April 10, 1945 (Age 19 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a motherAgnes Elizabeth McInnes
after April 10, 1945 (Age 19 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Springdale Cemetery, Plot South grave, East 1/2, Lot 95, Plat B (Find A Grave Memorial# 94904940)
Death of a fatherWilliam Oscar Wykoff
July 25, 1949 (Age 23 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a fatherWilliam Oscar Wykoff
July 28, 1949 (Age 23 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Springdale Cemetery, Section West 1/2, Lot 7, Plat G (Find A Grave Memorial# 111538238).
Death of a half-brotherCharles John Wykoff
September 6, 1971 (Age 46 years)
Death of a half-brotherPaul Sargeant Wykoff
April 1972 (Age 46 years)
Death of a half-brotherGeorge W Benefiel
December 1972 (Age 47 years)
Death of a half-brotherLee Holliday Wykoff
February 17, 1974 (Age 48 years)
Death of a half-brotherRalph L Wykoff
October 4, 1976 (Age 51 years)
Burial of a half-brotherRalph L Wykoff
after October 4, 1976 (Age 51 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Springdale Cemetery, East 1/2, Lot 567, Plat 6 (Find A Grave Memorial# 99467336)
Death of a half-sisterWilletta Wykoff
May 1977 (Age 51 years)

Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a half-sisterWilletta Wykoff
May 1977 (Age 51 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Springdale Cemetery, Section East 1/2, Lot 7, Plat G
Death of a half-brotherJames C Benefiel
August 1977 (Age 51 years)
Death of a half-sisterMarion Frances Wykoff
December 9, 1984 (Age 59 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a half-sisterMarion Frances Wykoff
December 12, 1984 (Age 59 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Hebron Cemetery, Section A, Row 30 Stone 1 (Find A Grave Memorial# 59005694).
Death of a half-brotherPaul E Benefiel
January 1987 (Age 61 years)
Death May 15, 1999 (Age 73 years)
Burial after May 15, 1999
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Springdale Cemetery; Find A Grave Memorial# 35076589
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father
mother
Marriage: August 12, 1923, Jefferson, Indiana
2 years
himself
William Oscar Wykoff
Birth: August 30, 1925 64 39Kent, Jefferson, Indiana
Death: May 15, 1999Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana
Father’s family with Henrietta Orville (Etta) Williams - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage: June 21, 1888, Jefferson, Indiana
13 months
half-sister
10 months
half-sister
Grace Moore Wykoff
Birth: June 1, 1890 29 26, Delaware, Indiana
Death: November 19, 1919Madison, Jefferson, Indiana
1 year
half-sister
21 months
half-brother
16 months
half-brother
1 year
half-brother
2 years
half-brother
20 months
half-brother
William O Wykoff
Birth: July 1, 1899 38 35, Jennings, Indiana
Death: October 13, 1899, Jennings, Indiana
Mother’s family with William Henry Harrison Benefiel - View this family
step-father
mother
half-brother
George W Benefiel
Birth: November 16, 1906 60 20Indiana
Death: December 1972Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
13 months
half-brother
James C Benefiel
Birth: December 21, 1907 61 21Indiana
Death: August 1977Madison, Jefferson, Indiana
15 months
half-brother
Paul E Benefiel
Birth: March 25, 1909 63 22Indiana
Death: January 1987Madison, Jefferson, Indiana
half-sister
Private
half-sister
Private
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himself
William Oscar Wykoff
Birth: August 30, 1925 64 39Kent, Jefferson, Indiana
Death: May 15, 1999Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana
wife
Private

Burial

Springdale Cemetery; Find A Grave Memorial# 35076589

Shared note

In the 1930 US Federal Census for Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, 69-year-old Indiana-born William O Wykoff has married for a second time to 44-year-old Indiana-born Agnes [McInnes]. This is also a second marriage for Agnes and her daughter 14-year-old school girl Malina Benefiel is living with them. William and Agnes also have a son 4-1/2-year-old Indiana-born William O Wykoff, Jr. William Sr has no employment, bur Agnes is doing laundry out of the home. She has worked on the last regularly scheduled work day. The family is living at 709 Presbyterian Avenue in a house William owns, worth $500. William Sr's parents were both born in Indiana. Agnes' father was born in Scotland, her mother in Indiana.

In the 1940 US Federal Census for Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, 79-year-old William Wykoff [Sr] and his 54-year-old Indiana-born wife have in their household their 14-year-old Indiana-born son, William [Jr}. The Wykoff family is living at 707 Presbyterian Ave, which also was their residence in 1935. William Sr owns the house worth $450. William Sr has completed sixth grade, Agnes has completed high school, and William Jr has completed seventh grade and is attending school. Agnes is a cook in a public school, has earned $600 in the past year, but was out of work for five months. No one else in the family has a job. No one has a source of outside income.

William Oscar Wykoff is 15 years old when he applies for his Social Security number on 18 Feb 1941. He states that he is living at 709 Presbyterian Avenue, Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, that he was born 30 Aug 1925 at Kent, Jefferson, Indiana., that he is unemployed, has not held a job, and is single and white. His father's name is William Oscar Wykoff, and his mother's maiden name is Agnes Elizebeth [sic] McInnes.

Seaman 2nd Class William O Wykoff (Service Number 293 20 56) enlisted 28 Aug 1943 at Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana and reported to the USS Baker (DE190) [Destroyer Escort] on 23 Dec 1943.He is on the muster roll for the USS Baker (DE190) on 23 Dec 1944. His rank is now V-6 Seaman 2nd Class. He remains on the USS Baker through the end of WWII. His rank at the end of the war was Fireman 1st Class Motor Machinist Mate. He was discharged 10 Dec 1945.

From the "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships" "The Baker (DE-190) was launched 28 November 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N. J.; sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Baker, mother of Ensign Baker; and commissioned 23 December 1943, Lieutenant Commander L. B. Lockwood, USNR, in command. Reporting to the Atlantic Fleet, Baker was assigned to Escort Division 48 and escorted two trans-Atlantic convoys to North Africa (13 February-24 March and 12 April-30 May 1844). Between 20 June 1944 and 9 May 1945 she served with several hunter-killer task groups. On 5 July 1944 while operating with TG 22.10 in 4218' N., 5949' W., she delivered several depth charge attacks which forced the German submarine U-233 to surface. All Baker's guns opened fire, scoring several hits, and then she laid a 13-charge shallow pattern ahead of the submarine who rode squarely into the middle of the detonation. The sub's crew abandoned her just before Thomas (DE-102) rammed and sank her. Thirty-one survivors of the sub's crew were picked up and transferred to Card (CVE-11). From May until October 1945 Baker operated out of Quonset Point, R. I., as a plane guard during carrier qualifications. During November and part of December she escorted the captured German submarine U-977 to various eastern ports as a part of a Victory Loan drive. Baker went out of commission in reserve 4 March 1948 and was transferred to France under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program 29 March 1952. Baker received one battle star for her action with U-233."

William Oscar Wykoff Jr died on 15 May 1999 in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana 46806 and was buried in Springdale Cemetery, 600 W 5th Street, Madison, Jefferson, Indiana 47250. His tombstone states that he served in the US Navy in WWII.