FULTON COUNTY INDIANA

 

OBITUARIES

 

2003

 

 

 

Rochester Sentinel

 

 

 

 

Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh

 

 

 

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2004

 

 

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2003

 

 

Thursday, January 2, 2003

 

Charles A. Burns

Nov. 14, 1931 – Dec. 31, 2002

Charles A. BURNS, 71, 6542 S. Old U.S. 31, Macy, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, Carmel.

Born in Peru to Charles R. and Rosemary HAWKINS BURNS, he married Marjorie GILL Nov. 9, 1951, in Logansport. She survives.

Mr. Burns was a 1950 graduate of Peru High School and attended Indiana State Technical School, Kokomo. He and his brother, Dan, founded Burns Construction Co., Macy, in 1969. He retired in 1996. He was a member of Elks Lodge 2120, Manitou Moose Lodge 1107, both of Rochester, Daytona Beach, Fla., Bridge Club, and the Delco Dance Club, Kokomo. He participated in the Indiana Auto Auction, Fort Wayne, and was a member of Subway Alumni Association of Notre Dame University, South Bend, and the Elks Golf Team, Rochester.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are four daughters, Charlene HARRISON and husband Terry, Denver, Vickey HECKERT, Virginia Beach, Virg., Valerie FLENAR and husband Brett, Akron, and Annie HENDRIX and husband David, Port Orange, Fla.; one son, Charles E. [BURNS], Daytona Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Laura and Kelli HARRISON, Daniel RICHARDS, Mandy CORTESE, Faith and Christian HECKERT, Melanie HELTON, Brian, Matthew and Jessica FLEBAR and Taylor and Tessa HENDRIX; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dan [BURNS] and wife Marilyn, Denver, and Larry [BURNS], Denver.

Preceding in death were his parents.

Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Dan MUNDT officiating. Burial will be at Mud Lake Chapel Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 1795 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.

 

Larry T. Wilson

Feb. 6, 1936 – Jan. 1, 2003

Larry Thomas WILSON, 66, Peru, died at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born in Kokomo to Floyd Clarence and Eva Pauline BROWN WILSON, he married Martha Lorraine BRADLEY Feb. 14, 1960, in Kokomo. She died May 28, 2002.

Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1993 and was a member of Peru Moose Lodge and United Auto Workers Union 685, Kokomo.

Survivors include three sons, Grant Thomas [WILSON] and wife Teresa, Rochester, Bradley


Thomas [WILSON] and wife Carman, Peru, James Patrick [WILSON] and wife Kari, Denver; one daughter, Marie Eileen SELDERS and husband Bob, Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Sarah STILLWELL, and Ashley, Brooke, Connor, Shea and Skyler WILSON; five brothers, Bob, Gary and Dave WILSON, all of Kokomo, and Clyde and Mark [WILSON], both of California; four sisters, Maureen COMWELL, Sue MASSEY, Nancy SLOAN and Carol STREEBIN, all of Kokomo.

Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, two brothers, Jim and Junior WILSON, and one sister, Mary COURAN.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Jeff GRAHAM officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Floyd C. Gearhart

Floyd C. GEARHART, 88, formerly of 420 Central St., Akron, died at 12:48 a.m. today at St. Frances Hospital, Beach Grove.

Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Robert R. Mitchell

Robert R. MITCHELL, 63, 602 Northgate Circle, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, January 3, 2003

 

Dr. Robert L. Burton

Nov. 27, 1944 – Jan. 2, 2003

Dr. Robert L. BURTON, 58, died at 1:55 a.m. Thursday at his Goodland residence.

Born in Logansport to Lincoln E. and Lucille ZUCK BURTON, he married Delores McKINLEY Feb. 9, 1969. She survives.

Dr. Burton was a graduate of Purdue University Veterinary Program and the University of Minnesota. He worked in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp. from 1968 to 1980 and served in the Indiana National Guard from 1980 to 1996. He owned and operated a veterinary practice in Remington and Kentland from 1980 to 2002. He was a member of Remington United Methodist Church, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Veterinary Association, Jasper County Board of Health, City Farmers and Tri-County Future Farmers of America Advisory Board.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are his mother, Lucille ZUCK BURTON, Rochester; two sons, Dr. Lance BURTON and wife Belinda, Auburn, Scott BURTON and wife Jeanne, Monticello; three grandchildren, Reid, Marie and Nicholas BURTON; one brother, Wendell [BURTON] and wife Beth, Rochester; and one sister, Luella HILL and husband John, Falls Church, Va.

Preceding in death was his father.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Remington United Methodist Church with Rev. Jacqueline FOLEY officiating. Burial will be at Goodland Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Stitz Funeral Home, 9 North St., Remington. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church Camp Scholarships Fund.


Anna V. Hartman

May 19, 1918 – Dec. 31, 2002

Anna V. HARTMAN, 84, Indianapolis, formerly of Rochester, died Tuesday at Brandywine Nursing Home, Greenfield.

Born in Rochester to Virgil and Fleetie CRIPPEN KING, she married Richard J. HARTMAN. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hartman was a homemaker and a teacher in Fulton County. She graduated from Ball State University in 1938.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy McEVOY, Indianapolis, Sue DUNLEVY and Lette JONES, both of Greenfield; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Luella EMERY and Alice FRIEDRICH, both of Rochester; and one brother, Lyman KING, Rochester.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, with Rev. Hubert NOLEN officiating. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Hancock County.

 

Floyd C. Gearhart

May 6, 1914 – Jan. 2, 2003

Floyd C. GEARHART, 88, Village Oaks Assisted Living, Indianapolis, formerly of 420 Central St., Akron, died at 12:48 a.m. Thursday at St. Frances Hospital, Beach Grove.

Born in Disko to Frank and Edna McPEAK GEARHART, he married Dorothy Marie KAMERER Nov. 12, 1942, in Springfield, Mo. She died in 1992.

Mr. Gearhart moved to Indianapolis after living most of his life in Fulton and Wabash counties. He was a manager at Treaty Elevator, Treaty, Ind. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in New Guinea and the Philippines.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Ann MASON and husband James, Indianapolis; one son, James Arthur [GEARHART] and wife Barbara, Freemont, Mich.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Opal L. GEARHART, Akron, Ruth MILLER and husband Charles and Dorothy ALGER and husband Ogden, all of North Manchester, Sharon MEENEN, Macy, and Joan HARRIS and husband Tom, Fulton; five brothers, Harold [GEARHART] and wife Bonnie, Indianapolis, Bill [GEARHART] and companion Sue DAINE, Athens, Roger [GEARHART] and wife Janet, Akron, Larry [GEARHART] and wife Donna, Fulton, and Dick [GEARHART] and wife Helen “Mickie,” Winamac.

Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, infant twin sisters and five brothers, Ray, Leonard, Donald, Leo and Max GEARHART.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.


Saturday, January 4, 2003

 

Robert R. Mitchell

April 3, 1939 – Jan. 1, 2003

Robert R. MITCHELL, 63, 602 Northgate Circle, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

Born in Kokomo, to Robert E. and Gwen MITCHELL, he came to Rochester from Kokomo in 1970.

Mr. Mitchell retired from the maintenance department at Rochester Metal Products in 1996 after 20 years. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 852, Rochester, and was a Kokomo High School graduate.

Survivors include one daughter, Valerie L. CARTER and husband Christopher, Martinez, Ga.; one son, Jonathon D. MITCHELL and wife LaDonna, Rochester; three grandchildren, Jasmine M. HUGHES, Georgia, and Joshua and Lindsay MITCHELL, both of Rochester.

Preceding in death were his parents, one sister, Kaye WILEY, and one brother, Michael MITCHELL.

Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior BOSE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

 

Monday, January 6, 2003

 

Alice M. Danner

Feb. 21, 1918 – Jan. 5, 2003

Alice May DANNER, 84, 301 S. Main St., Bourbon, died at 4:09 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Born in Mentone to Lot D. and Sarah JOHNSON ELLSWORTH, she married Glenn SECRIST in 1936. He died in 1968. She married William SCOTT in 1973. He died in 1982. She married Glenn DANNER July 20, 1985. He died in November, 1998.

Mrs. Danner moved to Bourbon from Mentone in 1973. She was a homemaker and worked at Cooper’s Dime Store, Mentone. She was a member of Bourbon First United Methodist Church, Bourbon American Legion Auxiliary and the Town and Country Home Economics Club.

Survivors include three daughters, Glenda McFARLAND, Ellen ELLIOTT and Serita WORKMAN, all of Bourbon; four sons, Jerry SECRIST and wife Mary and Ronald SECRIST and wife Dixie, all of Mentone, Larry SECRIST and wife Jean, Syracuse, and Steven SECRIST and wife Donita, Livingston, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with her husbands were her parents, four sisters, Marie WORKMAN, Mary SARBER, Leota REINHOLTZ and Betty FLORY, and one brother, John ELLSWORTH.

Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, with Rev. Robert RASCHKA officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Bourbon Emergency Medical Services.


Tuesday, January 7, 2003

 

Virginia A. Butt

Virginia A. BUTT, 82, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Marcia Newcomb Smith

Sept. 17, 1932 - Jan. 1, 2003

Marcia NEWCOMB SMITH, 70, of rural Eureka, Ill., died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at her home.

Born in Rochester to Carl B. and Alice LOWE NEWCOMB, she married Roger W. SMITH on May 15, 1957, in Culver. He died Dec. 30, 1993.

Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Rochester High School and Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy. She was owner and president for 42 years of W.R. Smith Drug Stores and Smith Surgical Supply, both of Peoria, Ill. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria, Ill.

Surviving are four daughters, Cindi WEBB and husband Joe, Deer Creek, Ill., Lynne SEILER and husband T.J., Peg SMITH, and Kathryn CONNER and husband Bill, all of Peoria; one sister, Joanne NEWCOMB BENDALL, Rochester; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services were Jan. 4 in Peoria. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Methodist Hospice, 535 NE Glen Oak, Peoria, IL 61606.

 

Lawrence J. Ray

April 2, 1930 – Jan. 6, 2003

Lawrence Joseph RAY, 72, 309 W. South St., Argos, died at 8:50 a.m. Monday at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth.

Born in Hamden, Ohio, to Earl and Myrtle BRADLEY RAY, he married Sally ROBINSON Feb. 28, 1959, in Crown Point. She survives.

Mr. Ray was a union millwright for 48 years, retiring in 1992. He attended Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church, Silver Lake. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Debbie SPOOR and husband Randy, Plymouth, Donna STILES and husband Jamie, Goose Creek, S.C., and Cheri HUNT and husband Don, Argos; three sons, Steve and John [RAY], both of Argos, and Tim [RAY], Plymouth; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two nieces and one nephew.

Preceding in death were his parents and one brother, Robert C. RAY.

Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Revs. Frank WHITTAKER and Robi WHITTAKER officiating. Burial will be at New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home or from noon until time of service.
Russell ‘Rusty’ Jackson Jr.

March 21, 1969 – Jan. 4, 2003

Russell “Rusty” JACKSON Jr., 33, Rogerville, Ala., formerly of Palestine, died Saturday at Parkway Medical Center, Decatur, Ala.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, to Russell and Bertha LAYTON JACKSON, he spent most of his life with his grandmother, Mertle DAMRON, prior to moving to Alabama. He was a member of Kosciusko County 4-H.

Survivors include his father, Russell JACKSON and wife Lisa, West Virginia; his mother, Bertha FRAME and husband John, Zanesville, Ohio; seven brothers, George [JACKSON] and wife Karen, Burket, David [JACKSON] and wife Jesse, Mentone, Donald [JACKSON] and wife Bo, West Virginia, Tim FRAME, Warsaw, Johnny FRAME, Zanesville, Ohio, Gary MOODY, Warsaw, and Brian MOODY, Zanesville, Ohio; four sisters, Serritha PETERSON and husband Pete, Zanesville, Ohio, Diana COLLIER and husband David, Virginia, Amy MOODY, Zanesville, Ohio, and Joyce JACKSON, West Virginia.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, 112 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Rev. Tim MORBITZER officiating. Burial will be at Palestine Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

 

Helen I. Benedict

Oct. 1, 1916 – Jan. 5, 2003

Helen I. BENEDICT, 86, Kokomo, formerly of Denver, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Village Healthcare Center, Kokomo.

Born in Fulton County, to Ralph Hugo and Emma May KUHN WALTERS, she married Lloyd W. BENEDICT March 25, 1936, in Peru. He died April 2, 1989.

Survivors include one son, DeWayne C. [BENEDICT] and wife Betty, Kokomo; three grandsons, Troy R., Brian L. and Scott A. BENEDICT; one granddaughter, Shawn R. BENEDICT; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Harold WALTERS, Lebanon; one sister, Thelma WARLICK, Elkhart.

Preceding in death with her husband were one son, Craig Lee [BENEDICT], one grandson, Mason D. BENEDICT, two sisters, Ruth YOUNT and Maxine KINLEY, and three brothers, Lester, Robert and Edward WALTERS.

Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver with Rev. George HAPNER officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

A. Reed Collins

Oct. 7, 1942 – Dec. 31, 2002

A. Reed COLLINS, 60, died at 12:06 a.m. Dec. 31 at his residence in Indian Mound, Tenn.

Born in Indian Mound, Tenn., to Ruth HARDIN, he married Dorina PLOCH Sept. 24, 1962, in Shawnie Town, Ill. He married Peggy EADES June 23, 1986, in Springfield, Tenn. She survives.

Mr. Collins was an automobile salesman. He was a member of Victory Tabernacle, Indian Mound, Tenn., and he enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are four daughters, Vita SHAMBARGER and husband Randy, Debbie FERNANDEZ and husband Hector, all of Rochester, Teresa COLLINS, Las Vegas, Nev., and Sandy COLLINS, Fort Hood, Texas; one son, Tony COLLINS and wife Trish, Rochester; his mother, of Hebron; two stepdaughters, Kim AUSTIN and husband Barry, Indian


Mound, Tenn., and Tammy MOORE and husband Todd, Clarksville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; five brothers, Gerald HARDIN Jr. and Dan HARDIN, both of Crown Point, Mike HARDIN, Demotte, John HARDIN, Valparaiso, and Deon HARDIN, Indiana; five sisters, Mary KANDLESTOFER and Wilma McLAUCHLAN, both of Wanatah, Diane NEUMANN, Valparaiso, Janice PARDUHN, Hebron, and Betty CORNWELL, Lowell; one uncle, R.E. COLLINS, Clarksville, Tenn.; 26 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding in death was his stepfather, Gerald HARDIN, in September, 1990, and his maternal grandparents, Ed and Mary T. COLLINS.

Services and burial were Jan. 2 in Tennessee. Anglin Funeral Home, Dover, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

 

Virginia A. Butt

April 29, 1920 – Jan. 6, 2003

Virginia A. BUTT, 82, died Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Richmond, Calif., to Roy MADEEN and Vina GEHRKE MADEEN MEYER, she was raised by her stepfather Ernest MEYER. She married O.C. BUTT March 25, 1947, in Lomita, Calif. He died June 26, 1971.

Mrs. Butt was a nursing assistant at several nursing homes in the Dundee, Ill., area. She came to Rochester from South Bend in 2001.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy BRASSEUR and husband Albert, South Bend; two sons, Alan [BUTT] and wife Lisa, Granger, and William [BUTT], Syracuse; three grandchildren, Julie and A.J. BRASSEUR, both of South Bend, and Kyle BUTT, Haskell, Okla.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and her stepfather.

Private services will be held Saturday in Dundee, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Feed the Children Fund, c/o Granger Community Church, 630 E. University Drive, Granger, IN 46530. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of local arrangements.

 

Gwendol K. Bennett

Oct. 8, 1932 – Jan. 7, 2003

Gwendol K. BENNETT, 70, died at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at his Warsaw residence.

Born in Kosciusko County to Leroy and Ruth GOODMAN BENNETT, he married Phyllis BOYER Aug. 25, 1956. She survives.

Mr. Bennett was a carpenter. He graduated from Burket High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, both of Warsaw.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Debra HERBERT and husband Brent, Bright; one grandson, Lucas HERBERT, Bright; two brothers, Eugene and Donald BENNETT, both of Etna Green; one sister, Edna Marie MOCK, Syracuse.

Preceding in death was one brother.

Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mentone Cemetery with Rev. Thomas E. EVERETT officiating. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Warsaw, will conduct military rites. No visitation is planned. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is in charge of arrangements.


Christina M. Sherman

Sept. 1, 1969 – Jan. 6, 2003

Christina M. SHERMAN, 33, 2375 N. Cass County Road 275 East, Logansport, died at 6:34 p.m. Monday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born in Logansport to Paul E. and Shirley Ann WARRAN SHERMAN, she was a home care worker and a member of Macy Christian Church.

Survivors include her parents, Paul E. and Shirley SHERMAN, Logansport; maternal grandmother, Margaret WARRAN, of Parr; three brothers, Stephen SHERMAN and wife Lowella, Macy, Shawn P. SHERMAN and Earl R. SHERMAN II and wife Lorinell, all of Logansport; one sister, Mary Margaret SHERMAN, Logansport; six nieces and nephews, Justin, Nicholas, Megan, Amanda and Jessica SHERMAN and Anne HIRSCHLER.

Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Road, Logansport, with Rev. David WELSH officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Logansport. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Macy Christian Church.

 

Ervin Pratt

April 2, 1931 – Jan. 7, 2003

Ervin PRATT, 71, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at his Boswell residence.

Born in Boswell to Lonnie and Florence BROWN PRATT, he married Frances SMITH in 1956 in Lafayette. She survives.

Mr. Pratt attended Boswell and Lafayette Jefferson high schools. He worked at Moews Seed Corn, Boswell, and Peerless Wire, Lafayette. He was a member and past commander of Boswell American Legion Post 476, Fowler American Legion Post 57, Fowler Veterans of Foreign Wars and Lafayette VFW, where he was in the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, and the 40 & 8 Club 755, Fowler. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Gwen MUSE and husband Ralph, Rochester, Linda CRISWELL and husband Ron, Lafayette, Bonnie STURGEON, Boswell; one son, Bob [PRATT] and wife Pam, Fowler; five grandchildren, Tony MUSE, Angela STURGEON, Kelsey and Kyra PRATT, Diane ANDERSON and Darren CRISWELL; three great-grandchildren, Michael MUSE and Mathew and Roy ANDERSON; and one sister, Edith Kay RATLIFF and husband Jerry, Martinsville.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Yuill-Shoemaker Funeral Home, Boswell, with Rev. Ronald LINDER officiating. Burial will be at Boswell Cemetery. The Boswell and Fowler American Legions will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.\

 

Lowell D. Safford

June 2, 1947 – Jan. 6, 2003

Lowell D. SAFFORD, 55, Goshen, formerly of the Rochester area, died at 2:22 p.m. Monday at Elkhart General Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Susan ZENT SAFFORD, at home; two daughters, Alisha and Angelia SAFFORD, both of Elkhart; one stepson, Jacob HARTMAN, Goshen; one stepdaughter, Jessica DeROO, Elkhart; adopted son, Joshua HARTMAN Jr., Goshen; his father, Walter SAFFORD, Goshen; in-laws, Roy and Wanda ZENTZ, Bremen; and six grandchildren.

Preceding in death were one stepson, Joshua HARTMAN, and one daughter, Victoria SAFFORD and his mother Thelma SANDERS SAFFORD.

Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, with Rev. Scott


TILLEY officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, January 9, 2003

 

Glen Bradley

March 15, 1931 – Jan. 8, 2003

Glen BRADLEY, 72, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at his residence at 530 E. 18th St.

Born in Newland, Jasper County, to John and June WHITAKER BRADLEY, he married Barbara Ellen HOLLOWAY June 6, 1954, in Rochester. She survives.

Mr. Bradley lived in Rochester most of his life. He owned and operated Bradley Plumbing and Heating, Rochester, until selling the business to his son, Dale, in 1998. He was a member of First Church of God, Rochester, where he was in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group and served as a trustee. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Cynthia BRADLEY, Rochester, and Cheryl McCULLOUGH, Kissimmee, Fla.; two sons, Glen A. “Jake” [BRADLEY] and wife Jennie and Dale BRADLEY, all of Rochester; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean GOODMAN and husband Robert, Rochester; one niece and two nephews.

Preceding in death were his parents.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. David DITTMAN officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to First Church of God, Rochester.

 

Lyda Crocker

Sept. 17, 1912 – Jan. 8, 2003

Lyda CROCKER, 90, 1204 Jefferson St., formerly of Manteno, Ill., died at 11 a.m. Wednesday at her residence.

Born in Glasford, Ill., she married Ferris CROCKER June 21, 1941. He survives.

Mrs. Crocker was a homemaker.

Surviving with her husband, at home, is one daughter, Carol STUMP and husband Cary, Rochester.

Services are Friday at Brown Funeral Home in Manteno, Ill.

 

Violet M. Herrin

Violet M. HARRIS, 99, formerly of Argos, died at 5:10 a.m. today at her residence at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.


Friday, January 10, 2003

 

Sheryl D. Cox

July 20, 1955 – Jan. 9, 2003

Sheryl D. COX, 47, died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at her residence at 2763 Big Hills Drive.

Born in Valparaiso to Lee E. RISNER and Joyce CULP RISNER MOORE, she married Ted J. COX Sept. 21, 1979, in Wheatfield. He survives.

Mrs. Cox was a homemaker and member of First Assembly of God Church, Rochester.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Lesley A. [COX], at home; one son, Ashton J. [COX] and wife Heather, Rochester; one granddaughter, Abigail B. COX; her mother, Joyce MOORE, Lafayette; her father Lee E. RISNER and wife Loretta, St. Petersburg, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Sadie RISNER, DeMotte; one brother, Mark K. RISNER, Vero Beach, Fla.; one stepbrother, Scott DICKINSON, St. Petersburg, Fla.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ted and Mary Ann COX, Rochester.

Services are at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God Church, Rochester, with Rev. Robert GEORGE officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Hope Rescue Mission, South Bend, through the funeral home.

 

Lyda E. Crocker

Sept. 17, 1912 – Jan. 8, 2003

Lyda E. CROCKER, 90, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at her Rochester residence.

Born in Glasford, Ill., to Lewis R. and Margaret FARMER SCARCLIFF, she married Ferris S. CROCKER June 21, 1941, in Peotone, Ill. He survives.

Mrs. Crocker, a homemaker, was former president of Manteno Senior Citizens Society, Kankakee County Senior Citizens. She was a member of Peotone United Methodist Church, where she was in the choir and bell choir, several church committees and past president of the Ladies’ Aid Society.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Carol STUMP and husband Cary, Rochester; one daughter-in-law, Susan CROCKER, Grant Park, Ill.; three sisters-in-law, Mary Helen RAPER, Peoria, Ariz., Evelyn CROCKER Peotone, Ill., and Donna Jean BEDORE, Thornton, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were one son, James CROCKER, two sisters, Verna BAKER and Gayle STADFELD, and one brother, Roy SCARCLIFF.

Services were today at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, Ill. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno, Ill. Memorials may be made to Peotone United Methodist Church.

 

Violet M. Herrin

May 3, 1903 – Jan. 9, 2003

Violet Marie HERRIN, 99, formerly of Argos, died at 5:10 a.m. Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Born in Mishawaka to Octave I. and Ida A. McWILLIAMS ARCHAMBEAULT, she married Iley J. HERRIN Oct. 8, 1930, in Crown Point. He died June 25, 1950.

Mrs. Herrin and her husband owned and operated Herrin & Fox Tavern, Argos.

Survivors include two daughters, Ila WARNER, Delton, Mich., Mary Jo STEPHENSON, Peru; one son, James [HERRIN], Argos; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia ROMINE, Bourbon; several nieces and nephews.


Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, two sisters, Lillian CHAPIN and Margaret HIGGINBOTHAM, and four brothers, Melvin, Jack, Clarence and Russell ARCHAMBEAULT.

Graveside services are at 3 p.m. Monday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may call from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Monday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Dale C. Wicoff

Dale C. WICOFF, 85, died Thursday at his 1099 W. Sixth St. residence.

Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, January 11, 2003

 

Martha G. Ellsworth

Feb. 22, 1917 – Jan. 10, 2003

Martha G. ELLSWORTH, 85, 420 East Center Street, Parkview Apartments, Bourbon, died 1:08 p.m. Friday at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Born in Bourbon to John H. REICHERT and Maude L. HERSHBERGER, she married John E. ELLSWORTH on April 17, 1938. He died May 17, 1996.

A graduate of Burbon High School, Mrs. Ellsworth was a homemaker and had worked for several years at Teel’s Restaurant, Mentone. She was also a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and the Jolly James. She was also in the WSCS of the Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Cynthia LEEPER and husband Dennis, Bremen, one granddaughter, Monica LEEPER, Brownsburg, and two sisters, Margaret FAWLEY, Burbon, and Mary LYONS, Waynesboro, Virginia.

Preceding in death are one grandson, Michael LEEPER, one sister, Frances ZILLMER, and one brother, Carl REICHERT.

Services are at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Doris SMITH officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Burbon EMS or the Mentone United Methodist Church.

 

Monday, January 13, 2003

 

Mary E. Luckenbill

Jan. 15, 1911 – Jan. 12, 2003

Mary E. LUCKENBILL, 91, 1241 S. County Road 875 East, Akron, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Akron to Jesse and Susan Lavina LANDIS ROYER, she married Kenneth H. LUCKENBILL Oct. 23, 1931, in Denver. He died Jan. 19, 1974.

Mrs. Luckenbill was a homemaker and retired Hart Schaffner & Marx worker. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Fulton County Republican Women’s Club and the Moose Lodge Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include three daughters, Nancy LUCKENBILL and Shirley ADAMSON and husband Richard, all of Akron, Judy GRINDLE and husband Bruce, Syracuse; five grandchildren, Kathryn PRATER and husband Norman, Akron, Patrick LUCKENBILL of Kentucky, Michael LUCKENBILL and wife Karen, Royal Center, Daniel GRINDLE and wife Sherri, Goshen, and


Jeffery GRINDLE, Fort Wayne; five great-grandchildren; Eric, Gregory and Austin PRATER, Michael LUCKENBILL Jr. and Sarah Anne GRINDLE.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one son, Gary [LUCENBILL], Sept. 9, 1995, and two brothers, James and Frank ROYER.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Carl SATRE officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hickory Creek of Rochester.

 

Timothy Shepherd

Timothy SHEPHERD, 40, 5858 Kingfisher Drive, Mentone, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Dale C. Wicoff

June 4, 1917 – Jan. 9, 2003

Dale C. WICOFF, 85, died Thursday morning at his residence at 1099 W. Sixth St.

Born in Steuben County to Charles Bruce and Mary WILKINSON HOLDRICH READ WICOFF, he married Lucile LEFFEL Dec. 25, 1942, in North Manchester. She survives.

Mr. Wicoff retired from teaching at Ivy Tech State College, Indianapolis. He worked at M & W Gear and John Deere. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, and Concord Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 556. He graduated in 1935 from Angola High School and earned a master’s degree from Purdue University.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Anne WRIGHT and husband Dave, Brownsburg; one son, John [WICOFF] and wife Lyndal, Mishawaka; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were his parents, two sisters, Helen WICOFF and Lucile CARROLL, and four brothers, Harold, John, Milton and Arthur WICOFF.

Private services were held Sunday. Rev. Junior BOSE officiated. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

 

 

Claudia I. Hunneshagen

Dec. 8, 1938 – Jan. 11, 2003

Claudia I. HUNNESHAGEN, 64, 7051 Cross St., Monterey, died at 7:41 p.m. Saturday at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso.

Born in Monterey to Walter M. and Wilma A. MASTER KELSEY, she married Robert R. HUNNESHAGEN Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Monterey. He survives.

Mrs. Hunneshagen drove school buses for Culver Community Schools and the Culver Academies. A lifetime Monterey resident, she was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Monterey, and wintered in Avon Park, Fla.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Colleen KLAUSING and husband Doug, Monterey; two sons, Timothy [HUNNESHAGEN], Fort Wayne, and Jeffrey [HUNNESHAGEN] and wife Sheri, Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and one brother, Edward KELSEY and wife Bertha, South Bend.

Preceding in death were her parents, one son, Stanley [HUNNESHAGEN], and one


granddaughter, Lydia HUNNESHAGEN.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Monterey, with Rev. Bert WOOLSON officiating. Burial will be at St. Anne’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and after 8 a.m. Friday at Frain Mortuary, Monterey. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Anne’s Catholic Church or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Timothy Shepherd

July 28, 1962 – Jan. 12, 2003

Timothy SHEPHERD, 40, 5858 Kingfisher Drive, Mentone, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Born in McDowell, Ky., to Douglas and Betty Lou STAMBAUGH SHEPHERD, he lived most of his life in the Mentone area.

Mr. Shepherd was an orthopedic polisher.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Lou SHEPHERD, Burket; one niece, Mandy YEAGER, Mentone; and one nephew, Chris YATES, Kentucky.

Preceding in death was his father and one sister, Beverly WRIGHT.

Services are at 7 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Daniel COX officiating. Private burial will be at Palestine Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. today until time of service at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

 

Charles Evans Sr.

April 9, 1923 – Jan. 13, 2003

Charles R. EVANS Sr., 79, Kewanna, died at 3:20 p.m. Monday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

He was born in Kewanna to Jacob and Mae CLARK EVANS.

Mr. Evans was a retired carpenter. He served in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Navy in World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of James Talbott Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1121, Kewanna, Herbert Kuhn American Legion Post 253, North Webster, the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Navy Memorial.

Survivors include five daughters, Dici MILLER, LaPorte, Texas, Dixi EVANS, Belevue, Neb., Fonscene CRAFT, Rochester, Michelle BROWN, Kewanna, and Tammy HECKT, Mentone; one son, Charles R. [EVANS] Jr., Junction City, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death were his parents and one brother.

No services are planned. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery Columbariam, Arlington, Va. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, is in charge of arrangements.


Thursday, January 16, 2003

 

Wanda E. Bixler

Sept. 20, 1922 – Jan. 14, 2003

Wanda Eileen BIXLER, 80, Monticello, died at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at White County Memorial Hospital, Monticello.

Born in Burnettsville to Elmer B. and Lillie M. HENDERSON LUCY, she married Floyd Ray BIXLER Dec. 23, 1939, in Burnettsville. He died Oct. 23, 1978.

Mrs. Bixler moved to Monticello in 1962. She had lived in Rochester, Warsaw and Burnettsville. She worked at Byran Manufacturing and was a member of First Baptist Church, Monticello, White County Historical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include two sons, Richard D. [BIXLER] and wife Mary, Rochester; Ray [BIXLER], Idaville; one daughter, Sue ONEAL and husband Terry, Itasca, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, six brothers and three sisters.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Davis Cemetery, Burnettsville, with Rev. Mark PITTMAN officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at Fisher-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home, 202 S. Illinois St., Monticello. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Monticello, or White County Council on Aging.

 

Jacob E. Overlander

Jacob E. OVERLANDER, 87, died at 8:30 a.m. today at his 1576 N. Old U.S. 31 residence.

Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, January 17, 2003

 

Jacob E. Overlander

March 19, 1915 – Jan. 16, 2003

Jacob E. OVERLANDER, 87, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at his 1576 N. Old U.S. 31 residence.

Born in Golden, Ill., to Everett and Baukea SLOTER OVERLANDER, he married Alice Marie BACON April 21, 1939, in Akron. She died July 20, 1980.

Mr. Overlander retired in 1981 from Culligan Soft Water Service, Rochester, after 31 years. He was a member of the Famous Akron Jonah Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat ZEYEN and husband Al, Rochester, Janet SIMPSON and husband David, Silver Lake; one son, Donald [OVERLANDER] and wife Joyce, North Manchester; 11 grandchildren, including Tami HOLLOWAY and husband Tom and Rick THOMPSON, all of Rochester; 32 great-grandchildren, including Jessica, Brittlyn and Candace HOLLOWAY and Courtney and Parker THOMPSON, all of Rochester; seven great-great-grandchildren; special friends, Helen YOUNG and Kenneth and Judy TAYLOR, all of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, three sisters, five brothers and one great-grandson, Gregory Lee THOMPSON.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Phil PRATT officiating. Burial will be at Hoover Cemetery, Athens. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Hospital Home Health Care.


Saturday, January 18, 2003

 

Jacob E. Overlander

March 19, 1915 – Jan. 16, 2003

Jacob E. OVERLANDER, 87, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at his 1576 N. Old U.S. 31 residence.

Born in Golden, Ill. to Everett and Baukea SLOTER OVERLANDER, he married Alice Marie BACON April 21, 1939, in Akron. She died July 20, 1980.

Mr. Overlander retired in 1981 from Culligan Soft Water Service, Rochester, after 31 years. He was a member of the Famous Akron Jonah Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat ZEYEN and husband Al, Rochester, Janet SIMPSON and husband David, Silver Lake; one son, Donald [OVERLANDER] and wife Joyce, North Manchester; 11 grandchildren, including Tami HOLLOWAY and husband Tom and Rick THOMPSON, all of Rochester; 32 great-grandchildren, including Jessica, Brittlyn and Candace HOLLOWAY and Courtney and Parker THOMPSON, all of Rochester; seven great-great-grandchildren; special friends, Helen YOUNG and Kenneth and Judy TAYLOR, all of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, three sisters, five brothers and one grandson, Gregory Lee Thompson.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Phil PRATT officiating. Burial will be at Hoover Cemetery, Athens. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Hospital Home Health Care.

 

Monday, January 20, 2003

 

William E. Iseton

June 27, 1965 – Jan. 17, 2003

William Edmund “Willie” ISETON, 37, 127 N. Crappie Road, Silver Lake, died at 1:06 p.m. Friday at 108 W. Main St., Silver Lake.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich. to Edmund and Marla PROTHERO ISETON, he married Charity ALLISON Nov. 5, 1984, in Ottawa, Ill. She survives.

Mr. Iseton was a carpenter and a member of the Akron Church of God.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are his parents, of Silver Lake; two daughters, Heather Shawnette Mae and Kathleen Deon Lee ISETON, both of Silver Lake; one son, Leroy William Dallas ISETON, Silver Lake; paternal grandmother, Jane ISETON, Silver Lake; two brothers, James [ISETON], Charlotte, N.C., and Peter [ISETON], Silver Lake; three sisters, Carol NORTHERN and Deon ALLISON, both of Altoona, Penn., and Kristina HOFFMEYER, North Manchester.

Preceding in death was one sister, Rebecca KETON.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.


Tuesday, January 21, 2003

 

Ruth Ann Price

Sept. 9, 1915 – Jan. 20, 2003

Ruth Ann PRICE, 87, 400 W. Fourth St., died at 11:10 a.m. Monday at her home.

Born in Wayne County to Earl and Opal HARTUP FUDGE, she married Denzel PRICE on Sept. 10, 1933 in Lynn. He survives. They moved from Sharpsville to Rochester in 1972.

She retired in 1984 from Woodlawn Hospital’s food services. She was a member of Sharpsville United Methodist Church, Republican Women’s Club, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and AARP. She played the violin, saxaphone and piano and enjoyed crafts, cooking and working with plastic canvas.

Surviving with her husband is one son, Dennis [PRICE], and wife Junette, Rochester; two granddaughters, Gail PRICE, and Lesley KRISHER and husband Chad, Rochester; one grandson, Jason PRICE, Rochester; and one great-grandson, Joshua N. PRICE, Rochester. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Calvin and Kenneth FUDGE.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday at Foster and Good Funeral Home with Rev. Jim WASMUTH officiating. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery, Fountain City. Visitation is  4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice or St. John Lutheran Church.

 

Kenneth G. Castleman

May 22, 1935 – Jan. 19, 2003

Rev. Kenneth Grayson CASTLEMAN, 67, 100 Kenilworth Road, Argos, died at 2:52 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

Born in Corinth, Ky., to Kenneth Ray and Bessie Mae PAGE CASTLEMAN, he married Barbara Frances BALDWIN March 17, 1957, in Rising Sun. She survives. Rev. Castleman was a Baptist minister and was fleet service manager for Navistar International Transportation Corp., Fort Wayne. He was a 1953 graduate of Dry Ridge High School, Dry Ridge, Ky., and received an associate’s degree from Boyce Bible School in 1995. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, Homestead, Fla., and the Navistar Retirement Group.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Aaron [CASTLEMAN] and wife Rev. Joyce, Greenwood; one daughter, Esther CASTLEMAN and husband Ted HERRMANN, Coral Gables, Fla.; one granddaughter, Elizabeth CASTLEMAN, Greenwood; two stepgrandchildren, Teddy and Lucia HERRMANN, Coral Gables, Fla.; one sister, Anita SMITH, Hernando, Fla.; one brother, Russell CASTLEMAN and wife Peggy, Dry Ridge, Ky.

Preceding in death were his parents.

Services are at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with Revs. John KNOPES and Joyce CASTLEMAN officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Dry Ridge, Ky. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and through 9 p.m. following service. A service and visitation will be held in Dry Ridge, Ky., Friday. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Eastside Baptist Church, Homestead, Fla., Bible Baptist Church, Plymouth, or the American Cancer Society.


Wednesday, January 22, 2003

 

H. June Cook

June 28, 1910 - Jan. 19, 2003

H. June COOK, 13381 Magnolia Ave., Corona, Calif., died Sunday at her residence.

Born in Rochester to A. Ray and Nelle WAGONER BABCOCK, she married Raymond L. COOK on June 1, 1936, in Fulton. He survives.

A retired teacher, she taught in Fulton and LaPorte for 23 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Corona, Calif., American Association University of Women and Indiana State Teachers Association. She attended Manchester and Bethel Colleges in Indiana.

Surviving with her husband is one daughter, Dianne COOK, Corona, Calif.; one son, James [COOK], and wife Shelia, Jefferson City, Missouri; one granddaughter. She was preceded in death by parents, one sister, Jean [BABCOCK]; and one brother, James A. [BABCOCK].

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Dr. Mark SPENCER officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Corona, Calif.

Foster and Good Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Franklin G. Loudermilk

Franklin G. LOUDERMILK, 52, 2099 N. Old U.S. 31, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, January 23, 2003

 

Robert Andre Eriks

Sept. 29, 1936 - Jan. 22, 2003

Robert Andre ERIKS, 66, 610 W. 375 North, Rochester, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, Carmel. He had been in failing health for the past six years.

Born in DeMotte to Andrew and Winifred KATS ERIKS, he married Patricia J. WRIGHT Sept. 28, 1957, at Lansing Bible Church, Lansing. Ill. She survives.

He lived in the Fulton County area since 1972, coming from Lowell. He was reared in Lansing, Ill.

He had owned and operated dairy farms in the Rochester and Akron areas and was a heavy equipment operator for the Operator and Engineers Union Local 150. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He was a member of the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post 36, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lake Manitou Post and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles 852, all of Rochester.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are five daughters, Jackie L. POWLEN and husband Jay, Kewanna, Gwen LEE and companion Gilbert LEE, Deborah L. KUCHEL and husband Brett, Teri L. UTTER and husband Rick, all of Rochester, Jennifer W. ERIKS and companion Michael KIMBLE, Kewanna; two sons, Robert A. ERIKS and wife Rose, Larry A. ERIKS and wife Kathy, all of Rochester; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Winette JOHNSON and husband Jim, Rochester; a brother, Larry D. ERIKS, Crown Point.

He was preceded by his parents, an infant brother and infant granddaughter, Gwyn ERIKS in 1991.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Foster and Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to services at the funeral home Sunday. The American


Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital or the American Lung Foundation.

 

Franklin G. Loudermilk

April 27, 1950 – Jan. 21, 2003

Franklin G. LOUDERMILK, 52, 2099 N. Old U.S. 31, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.

Born in Beckley, W. Va., to Emory G. and Wanda L. BRAGG LOUDERMILK, he married Sonja R. ZOPPE Nov. 25, 1978, in Rochester.

He was a correctional officer at the Miami Correctional Facility and worked at Dean Foods Co. 18 years.

Survivors include his wife and mother; one son, John F. LOUDERMILK, Rochester; three sisters, Linda WOOD, Akron, Ohio; Sondra K. LOUDERMILK, Rochester; Rhonda CALHOUN COSBY, Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Denvil LOUDERMILK, Akron, Ohio; two nieces, Loren and Leslie WOOD, Akron, Ohio; and one nephew, Robert CALHOUN, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his father on Feb. 7, 1974.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home with Pastor Larry PYEATT officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Friday or one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Donald E. Myers

July 15, 1911 – Jan. 22, 2003

Donald E. MYERS, 91, 525 S. Michigan St., Plymouth, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Culver to William J. and Daisy OYLER MYERS, he married Sylvia Irene POLLEY on Sept. 17, 1931 in Culver.

He moved from Rochester in 1938. He attended Rutland School and additional studies in the field of electronics. He first worked at Black and Bailey Hardware, Rochester, then Montgomery Ward, Plymouth, and John Meck Industries and Bendix Corp., South Bend, where he invented and improved production parts. He most recently worked at Hammel Motors.

He operated Myers Appliance Sales and Service, Plymouth, and enjoyed electronics and vintage radios. He was a member of the Indiana Historical Radio Society and Marshall and Fulton counties historical societies. He attended Rochester First Church of God and Plymouth Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Joyce E. PARSONS and husband Max Wayne, North Liberty; Janet L. BIXEL, Argos, and Judith A. BROWN and husband George, Punta Gorda, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Betty Jean MYERS, a sister, Edna PAQUETTE, and two brothers, Clarence and Milburn MYERS.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Plymouth Wesleyan Church, 11203 S. Michigan St., with Rev. Robert BARDSMAN and Pastor Les KEPHART officiating. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Memorials may be made to Plymouth Wesleyan Church.


Friday, January 24, 2003

 

Lois V. Crane

Aug. 28, 1917 – Jan. 23, 2003

Lois V. CRANE, 85, formerly of Waterhaven Apartments, Rochester, died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Clinton to Charles and May TEANY FENDER, she came to Rochester in 1992 from South Bend.

She was a secretary at Freeman & Speicer Auto Agency, South Bend, and a member and past president of American Legion Auxiliary Post 284, South Bend. She was a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Judie HILDEBRAND and husband Dallas, LaBelle, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, including Vickie HEWLIN, South Bend, Janet COX, Rochester, Joyce GINTHER, Akron, Paul DAWSON Jr., Mishawaka, Tim DAWSON, Elkhart, and Jay HILDEBRAND, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death were her parents and special friend Harry KALAMJA.

Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from noon until services at the funeral home.

 

Mary C. Lawson

Jan. 11, 1911 – Jan. 22, 2003

Mary C. LAWSON, 92, Mexico, died at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

Born in Naples, Italy to Michael and Ann ANDOLFI CESARANO, she married William F. LAWSON Sr. June 28, 1930, in Chicago, Ill. He died Feb. 14, 1981.

Mrs. Lawson worked at National Biscuit Co., Chicago, Ill., and retired from Torin, Rochester. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Peru, where she was in the Altar and Rosary Society and Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include one son, William W. [LAWSON] Jr. and wife Roxanne, Kokomo; two daughters, Linda SPEAR and husband Melvin, Mexico, Ann Marie REED, Naples, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Michael, David and Danny REED, Anthony and Justin SPEAR, Terry and Kerrie LAWSON and Nichole MOORE; two stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Tony CESARANO, Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Ann BIELAWSKI, McHenry, Ill.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one brother and five sisters.

Burial mass is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Peru, with Rev. Francis I. KILCLINE III officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. today at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru. There will be a Rosary service at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Charles Catholic School or Caring Hands Health Care Center.


Franklin G. Loudermilk

The following updated information has been received about Franklin G. LOUDERMILK, 52, 2099 N. Old U.S. 31, who died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Survivors include Ronda CALHOUN COSBY, Raleigh, N.C.; three nieces, Lauren and Leslie WOOD, both of Akron, Ohio, and Corey CALHOUN, Raleigh, N.C.; and one brother-in-law, Dennis CALHOUN, Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his father on Feb. 7, 1994.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. today or one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

 

Gracie Belle Pierce

Gracie Belle PIERCE, 97, 2020 Main St., died at 9:10 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Gracie Belle Pierce

April 23, 1905 – Jan. 23, 2003

Gracie Belle PIERCE, 97, 2020 S. Main St., died at 9:10 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Hawkins County, Tenn. to James Floyd and Henrietta JONES COOK, she married James Francis PIERCE Sept. 12, 1926, in Rochester. He died Feb. 14, 1971.

Mrs. Pierce came to Rochester from Tennessee in 1920. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Lola RIDDLE and husband Charles, Argos; 13 grandchildren, including Ron, Doug and Duane RIDDLE, Denise WILLIAMS, Lori CRAFT, Jon HILL and Christina HILL, all of the Rochester area; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Herman C. COOK, South Bend,; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one daughter, Carol HILL in 1985, and one son, Gene PIERCE in 1974.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior BOSE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society or First Baptist Church, Rochester.

 

Monday, January 27, 2003

 

Beverly Davis

Beverly DAVIS, 70, died at 4:45 a.m. today at her 4108 N. Fulton County Road 100 West residence. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Donald Joe Hendrickson

Former Rochester resident Donald Joe HENDRICKSON, 98, died Jan. 20 at his home in Leesburg, Fla.

He was the son of former residents Reuben B. and Vesta Ann HENDRICKSON.

Mr. Hendrickson graduated from Rochester High School in 1923 and earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in engineering from Purdue University.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly STERLING, Birmingham, Ala., and Maisie


MEREDITH, Kerrville, Texas; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Preceding in death was his wife, also a former Fulton County resident, Frances BUNN HENDRICKSON.

Memorial services were held in Leesburg and burial will be at Richland Center Community Cemetery, Fulton County.

 

Velma I. Holloway

Jan. 15, 1922 – Jan. 25, 2003

Velma I. HOLLOWAY, 81, 202 S. Maple St., Akron, died at 2:40 a.m. Saturday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne.

Born in South Bend to Samuel O. and Lura M. SENFF, she married Wade L. HOLLOWAY Nov. 23, 1941, in Akron. He died March 4, 1996.

Mrs. Holloway worked at Topps Safety Apparel, Rochester, and was a seamstress. She was a member of Akron Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia JONES and husband Ronald, Silver Lake, Debra TURNER and husband Jeffrey, Goshen; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Rex DAVIS, Elkhart.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one sister and one brother.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Akron Church of the Brethren with Rev. Erin HUIRAS officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorials may be made to Akron Church of the Brethren or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, 5910 Homestead, Ft. Wayne, IN 46814.

 

Dyann Phipps

Dyann BYERLINE PHIPPS, 62, Cadiz, Ky., formerly of Richland Center, died Sunday.

She is the mother of Jodi MILLER, Rochester.  There will be a family gathering at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home, Hopkinsville, Ky.

 

Mary E. Rans

Sept. 14, 1920 – Jan. 24, 2003

Mary Ellen YOUNG RANS, 80, Lucerne, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.  Born in Kokomo to Seth and Cora M. ALEXANDER LOVE, she married Virgil Neil YOUNG May 10, 1943, in Indianapolis. He died Feb. 25, 1967. She married Ralph Dean RANS Dec. 2, 1967, in Mexico. He died Jan. 11, 1985.

Mrs. Rans retired from Redman’s Basket Factory, Peru. She was co-owner of Dinner Bell Market, Perrysburg.

Survivors include three stepsons, Jim RANS and wife Donna, Rochester, Richard RANS and wife Rose, Lucerne, Andrew J. YOUNG, Florida; three stepdaughters, Mary Jo TROYER, Decatur, Ill., Sara Pio, Kokomo, Wynema BREIDENBACK, Chula Vista, Calif.; several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence LOVE and wife Ann and Frances LOVE and wife Judy, all of Kokomo; one sister, Betty GLENDENNING, Kokomo; special friend, Jim MICHAEL, Lucerne; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceeding in death with her husbands were two sisters.

Services were today at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport. Rev. Mike CANTRELL officiated. Burial was at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo. Memorials may be made to Metea Baptist Church.


Bobby G. Rhodes

Jan. 22, 1931 – Jan. 25, 2003

Bobby Gene RHODES, 72, Star City, died at 9:58 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born in Fulton County to John Porter and Luvilla BALLENGER RHODES, he married Nelda Mae LINES July 15, 1951, in Chesterton. She survives.

Mr. Rhodes attended Akron High School. He was a supervisor at the LaPorte district of the Indiana State Highway Department for 16 years, retiring in 1993. He owned and operated Bob’s Sonoco Service Station, East Gary, for 17 years.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Kathy M. MUSALL and husband Dennis, Walton, Vicky L. ROPP and husband Brian, Logansport; one son, Rick G. [RHODES] and wife Becky, Star City; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nina CHAPMAN, Irene MILLER and Lorene SPICE and husband Don, all of Rochester; one brother, Dale [RHODES] and wife Vernice, Rochester; one sister-in-law, Marjorie RHODES, Rochester; one brother-in-law, Bill GILLESPIE, Silver Lake.

Preceding in death were his parents, infant daughter Rhonda Kaye [RHODES], two sisters, Emalene KINDIG and Selena GILLESPIE, and two brothers, Tommy and Porter RHODES.

No services or visitation are planned. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery.

 

Barbara J. Schwier

Sept. 30, 1930 – Jan. 25, 2003

Barbara Jean SCHWIER, 72, died at 8 a.m. Saturday at her 6180 E. Indiana 14 residence.

Born in Lafayette to Raymond and Pearl QUAINTANCE PONTIUS, she lived most of her life in Fulton County, coming from Lafayette.

Ms. Schwier was a quality control agent at Chamberlin Products, Akron, for 25 years and at Federal Mogul, Leiters Ford, for nine years. She was an organizer for Teamsters Union Local 414, Fort Wayne, and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 36, Rochester, and the Women’s Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Culver. She was active with the Fulton County Democratic Women.

Survivors include a half foster sister, Frances “Faye” MELTON, at home; two daughters, Diana SHOEMAKER and husband Jerry, Akron, Sheryl “Sheri” WOODS, Rochester; five grandchildren; one great-grandaughter; one sister, Sharon J. PONTIUS, Rochester; one brother, Jerry D. PONTIUS, Lafayette.

Preceding in death were her parents.

Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice.

 

Helen L. Annen Weller

Helen L. ANNEN WELLER, 87, 300 E. Fourth St., Waterhaven Apt. 3G, died at 6:08 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.


Tuesday, January 28, 2003

 

Beverly Davis

Aug. 12, 1932 – Jan. 27, 2003

Beverly Jean Sophia OGLE DAVIS, 70, died at 4:50 a.m. Monday at her residence at 4108 N. Fulton County Road 100 West.

Born in Hanna to Arthur William and Helen Ellen HAZEN HUNDT, she married Paul Lloyd OGLE Jan. 21, 1950, in Plymouth. They later divorced.

Mrs. Davis retired in 1993 from General Tire Corp., Wabash, after 35 years. She came to Rochester from Bremen in 1953. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, where she was in the Luther Ann’s, Women of the Moose Lodge 1107 and president of Rochester chapter of Parents Without Partners for 20 years.

Survivors include one daughter, Vicky RICHARD and husband Hugh, Rochester; two sons, Paul Douglas OGLE Sr., Rochester, and Jeffery Mark OGLE and wife Judy, Leesburg, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Hugh D., Kristy, Adam and Toshia RICHARD, all of Rochester, Brian OGLE, Anderson, Paul Douglas OGLE Jr., Topeka, Erin OGLE, Louisville Ky., Jeffery M. OGLE Jr. and Mark OGLE, both of Rochester; five great-grandchildren; nine sisters, Delores OGLE, Rochester, Luella POWELL, Plymouth, Judy LOHAGEN and husband Dick, Pottstown, Penn., Carolyn COLBURN and husband David, Newark, Ohio, Barbara HARRINGTON and husband Steven and Tynna WALENGA and husband Mike, all of Bremen, Catherine GARZA and companion Mike, Lila HARMON and husband Bill, New Hope, Ky., Patricia IGELSKI and husband Raymond, Wabash; six brothers, Robert HUNDT, Richard HUNDT and wife Loretta and Paul HUNDT and wife Chris, all of Plymouth, William F. HUNDT and wife Donna, Bremen, George HUNDT, Illinois, and Francis HUNDT and wife Robbin, LaGrange.

Preceding in death were her parents, one son, Robert Lee OGLE in 1954, and one brother, Arthur HUNDT Jr.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson St., with Rev. Jim WASMUTH officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Steve Meier Sr.

Steve MEIER Sr., 52, Macy, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Kenneth A. Norman

Jan. 17, 1926 – Jan. 26, 2003

Kenneth A. NORMAN, 77, died at 2:10 p.m. Sunday at his residence at 1950 E. Indiana 24, Wabash.

Born in Miami County to Jesse F. and Judel ALSPACH NORMAN, he married Frances L. STRANGE May 30, 1952, at Lagro United Methodist Church. She survives.

Mr. Norman taught high school math and business for 38 years at Lagro, Southwood and Northfield schools. He attended Calvary Chapel Worship Center, Wabash, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are five sons, Randy R.[NORMAN] and wife Linda, of Wilkinson, Gary [NORMAN] and wife Kristie, Wabash, Steve [NORMAN] and wife Brenda,


Brighton, Mich., Ed A. [NORMAN], Indianapolis, and Brian J. [NORMAN], Wabash; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Martha WAGONER, Talma, Ruth BYRER, Mentone, Audra FOUTS, Sebring, Fla., Irene POWELL, Carpentersville, Ill.; three brothers, David [NORMAN], Macy, Roy [NORMAN] Warsaw, and Oran [NORMAN], Akron.

Preceding in death were his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 619 N. Indiana 13, Wabash, with Rev. Stephen ECKART officiating. Burial will be at Lagro Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home, Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash.

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

 

Carrie M. Arthur

Jan. 24, 1926 – Jan. 27, 2003

Carrie Mae ARTHUR, 77, Kokomo, died at 10:10 a.m. Monday at Waterford Place Health Campus, Kokomo.

Born in New London to Rev. J. Franklin and Hazel SHOOK ARTHUR, she graduated from Fulton High School in 1945 and Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., in 1955.

Miss Arthur was an apprentice pharmacist at Community Hospital, Indianapolis, and a member of First Baptist Church, Russiaville.

Survivors include three sisters, Betty COLEMAN and husband Paul, Zapata, Texas, Charlotte DIAL, Indianapolis, and Mary LOVELACE and husband Joseph, Russiaville; one aunt, Eva BUZZARD, Kokomo; 10 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were her parents.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Rev. Ron DeGRAFF officiating. Burial will be at Barnett Cemetery, Kokomo. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Russiaville, Russiaville Ambulance Service or Bona Vista of Kokomo.

 

Pauline Meier

Pauline MEIER, 82, died at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Steven C. Meier Sr.

Nov. 15, 1950 – Jan. 27, 2003

Steven Craig MEIER Sr., 52, Macy, died at 5:20 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Sterling, Ill. to Milo James and Lavern Edith BOLLER MEIER, he married Vicki L. GULLETT Feb. 17, 1974, in Indianapolis. She survives.

Mr. Meier worked at Kokomo Grain, Amboy, and Norfolk & Western, Norfolk & Southern and Central Railroads. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three sons, Steven Craig [MEIER] Jr., Joseph Arthur and Rickey Allen MEIER, all of Macy; three grandchildren, Kayla and Amber FRY and Stevie Nichole MEIER; one sister, Sandy BOWEN, Citra, Fla.; one brother, Carlton COVER, Macy.

Preceding in death were his father, Milo MEIER, his mother, Lavern MEIER COVER, and stepfather, Sunny COVER.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. David


WELSH officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

James E. Rose

James E. ROSE, 62, 3700 17th Road, Tippecanoe, died at 1:27 a.m. today at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thursday, January 30, 2003

 

Ula Bradley

June 11, 1902 – Jan. 28, 2003

Ula BRADLEY, 100, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

Born in Floyd County, Ky., to James and Reel FLANNERY TUSSEY, she married Green BRADLEY Feb. 15, 1919. He died Jan. 23, 1981.

Mrs. Bradley was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara MILLER and husband Richard, Winona Lake, Sandy GROSSNICKLE and husband Roger, North Manchester; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, three sons, three daughters, one brother and two sisters.

Services were today at Delaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel. Rev. J.P. FREEMAN officiated. Burial was at South Whitley Cemetery.

 

Marjorie L. Fee

Aug. 25, 1932 – Jan. 28, 2003

Marjorie L. FEE, 70, died at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday at her Kokomo residence.

Born in Wayne Township to Richard Lester and Wilma Irene JOHNSTON ROUCH, she married Glenn Ray FEE March 31, 1956, in Grass Creek. He died Oct. 8, 1972.

A homemaker, she was a member of Family Worship Center, Kokomo, Howard County Extension Homemakers Choraliers, Fulton County Historical Society, Grass Creek United Methodist Church, 20th Century Extension Homemakers Club and Fulton County Extension Homemaker Chorus. She was a 1950 graduate of Grass Creek High School and a 1955 graduate of Purdue University.

Survivors include one daughter, Narda MOCK and husband Roger, Kokomo; two granddaughters, Heather MOCK, Kokomo, and Sarah MOCK, Terre Haute; three sisters, Wilma THOMAS and Janece HERROLD, both of Kewanna, Carita BROWN, Rochester; and one brother, Gerald ROUCH, Atlanta.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna chapel, with Rev. Pat BOUSUM officiating. Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society or Family Worship Center, Kokomo.


Elaine Fugate Hill

Elaine FUGATE HILL, 67, Mentone, died at 12:15 a.m. today at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

James E. Rose

Nov. 25, 1940 – Jan. 29, 2003

James E. ROSE, 62, 3700 17B Road., Tippecanoe, died at 1:27 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Born in Hazard, Ky., to Ellis and Margaret ROBINSON ROSE, he married Beatrice HENSLEY July 6, 1990, in Argos. She survives.

Mr. Rose worked at Franklin Coach, Nappanee, and Travel Craft, Elkhart, for 30 years, and at Mid West Cable, Argos. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, and was an avid fisherman and gun collector.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Angela Marie ROSE, Bremen; one son, Rodney Charles ROSE, Bremen; three stepchildren, Sheila WAGERS and husband Enoch, Jackson, Ky., Wayne WRIGHT, Tippecanoe, Roger WRIGHT, South Bend; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Naomi MILES and husband Robert, Toledo, Ohio, Reatha TUCKER, Bristol; seven brothers, John [ROSE] and wife Wanda, New Mexico, Jerry [ROSE] and wife Bonnie, Crockett, Texas, Thomas [ROSE] and wife Wanda, Lovelady, Texas, William [ROSE] and wife Venda, Maynard and Frank [ROSE], all of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Carl [ROSE] and wife Christy, Bridgeman, Mich.

Preceding in death were his parents and one brother, Bobby Ray ROSE.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with Revs. Lloyd HOWARD and Ron HENSLEY officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to the church.

 

Friday, January 31, 2003

 

Florence E. ‘Betty’ Hoffman

Florence E. “Betty” HOFFMAN, 86, Winamac, died at 7:36 p.m. Thursday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac. Arrangements are pending at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

 

Pauline Meier

Dec. 24, 1921 – Jan. 28, 2003

Pauline MEIER, 82 formerly of 4031 E. Fulton County Road 300 South, died at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Matteson, Ill., to Paul and Stella SWINGENDORF MEIER, she came to Rochester in 1945 from Matteson. She was a homemaker and raised dogs.

Survivors include one niece, Nancy DUNNING, Lakewood, Colo.; three nephews, Norm MEIER, Newark, Ill., Paul MEIER, Munster, and Thomas MEIER, Christopher, Ill.

Preceding in death were her parents and one brother, Wilford MEIER in 1983.

No services are planned. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, handled arrangements.


Elaine Fugate Hill

Nov. 5, 1935 – Jan. 30, 2003

Elaine FUGATE HILL, 67, 105 E. Jackson St., Mentone, died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Born in Kosciusko County to Maurice E. and Cathern B. BLUE DUNNUCK, she married Thomas M. FUGATE in August 1961 in Mentone. He died April 22, 1984. She married Robert J. HILL July 17, 1992. He survives.

Mrs. Hill, a homemaker and an elementary school teacher, retired in 1997. She was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was recording secretary at Bell Museum, Mentone, where she was a trustee and served on the founding committee. She was a 1953 Mentone High School graduate and a 1957 Manchester College graduate.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Beth PARE and husband Paul, Culver; one son, Mark FUGATE and wife Sarah, Carmel; five grandchildren, Elise, Arielle and Nicole PARE and Graham and Lydia FUGATE; two brothers, Kenneth DUNNUCK and wife June Eva, Jackson, Mich., Forst DUNNUCK and wife Louise, Etna Green.

Preceding in death with her first husband were her parents and one sister, Marilyn Jean DUNNUCK.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Will LAWSON Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church, Bell Museum or Hope Hospice of Kosciusko County.

 

Saturday, February 1, 2003

 

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Monday, February 3, 2003

 

Linda K. Hogan Federer

Sept. 10, 1954 – Jan. 23, 2003

Former Kewanna resident Linda K. HOGAN FEDERER, 48, Wolcott, died Jan. 23 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette.

Born in Hammond to Jack and Flo HOGAN, she married Joseph FEDERER. He survives.

Mrs. Federer farmed with her family. She grew up in Kewanna and attended school there.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are her parents, of Kewanna; one son, Jason, [FEDERER] Wolcott; one daughter, Kristen [FEDERER], Wolcott; one brother, Michael HOGAN, Kewanna; four sisters, Kathleen DEES, California, Wendy KELLY, West Lafayette, Alice WHITE, Winamac, and Janice GRAHAM, Kewanna.

Services were in Monon.


Florence E. ‘Betty’ Hoffman

July 15, 1916 – Jan. 30, 2003

Florence E. “Betty” HOFFMAN, 86, 422 S. Burson St., Winamac, died at 7:36 p.m. Thursday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty REINHOLD and Marge CONN, both of Winamac; four sons, Arthur and Dan [HOFFMAN], both of Winamac, Howard [HOFFMAN], Rochester, Tom [HOFFMAN], Ashboro, N.C.

Services were today at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

 

Gertrude M. Jacobs

Sept. 5, 1913 – Feb. 2, 2003

Gertrude M. JACOBS, 89, formerly of 2746 S. Wabash Road., died at 2 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.  Born in Norris, Tenn., to Calvin N. and Tennessee “Tennie” ADKINS MELTON, she married Carl JACOBS Sept. 30, 1937, in Wabash. He died March 8, 1975.

Mrs. Jacobs came to Fulton County in 1960 from Norris, Tenn. She was a homemaker and a licensed practical nurse. She attended Riverview Community Church, near Talma.

Survivors include one daughter, Willodean “Dean” McCALL and husband Jay, Rochester; one son, Jack JACOBS and wife Vickie, Rochester; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert MELTON, Anderson, Tenn.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one great-grandson, Austin McCALL, one sister, Jessie MELTON, and infant brother, Ralph [MELTON], two half brothers, Bruce MELTON and Mack CARDEN.

Private graveside services will be held at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Rev. Larry PYEATT officiating. No visitation is planned. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society, 1819 E. Indiana 14, Rochester, IN 46975.

 

Barbara M. Riemenschneider

March 19, 1928 – Jan. 30, 2003

Barbara M. RIEMENSCHNEIDER, 74, Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Logansport, died at 8:35 a.m. Thursday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla.

Born in Royal Center to Clarence W. and Margaret FICKLE GOOD, she married William RIEMENSCHNEIDER in 1949. He died Jan. 3, 1969.

Mrs. Riemenschneider, retired in 1993 as a teacher for Logansport Community Schools. She taught at Fairview Elementary and Columbia Elementary schools. While a resident of Lakeland, Fla., she enjoyed the beach and ocean and remained a fervent Indiana University basketball fan. She was a graduate of Indiana University.

Survivors include daughters, Trish and Rick BEAULIEU and Julie and Jeffrey GREEN, all of Rochester, Randi STRONG, Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bill RIEMENSCHNEIDER and wife Kelly, Indianapolis, Brittin BEAULIEU, Chesterfield, Mo., Erin BEAULIEU, Lakeland, Fla., and Chelsey RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Logansport; a great-granddaughter, Alexa RIEMENSCHNEIDER.

Preceding in death with her husband was one son, Mark [RIEMENSCHNEIDER].

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport, with Rev. Donald RUHL officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Fund or the Humane Society.


Mildred L. Shippy

Sept. 6, 1910 – Feb. 1, 2003

Mildred L. SHIPPY, 92, Rochester, died at 6 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. She had been ill two weeks.

Born in Boonville to John M. and Margaret BENNIE JOHNSON, she married Emmitt D. SHIPPY April 7, 1932, in Ligonier. He died March 28, 1984.

Mrs. Shippy, a homemaker, came to Rochester in 1984 from Kendallville, where she resided since 1975. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Survivors include one son, Stuart [SHIPPY] and wife Janet, Rochester; four daughters, Janis SWANK and husband Don, Kendallville, Betty CHAPMAN and husband Jerry, New Carlisle, Patricia WOLFF and husband Dorman, Elkhart, and Susan Kay WALTERS and husband Edward, South Bend; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas M. JOHNSON, Kendallville.

Preceding in death was one sister, Lula Mae MILLARD.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville, with Rev. David HOGSETT officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church music department.

 

R. Wayne Smith

Feb. 22, 1922 – Jan. 31, 2003

Insurance man, civic leader Smith dies

Wayne SMITH, prominent civic leader and patriarch of Smith Sawyer Smith Insurance, died at his Lake Manitou home Friday.

Smith, 80, joined the Haskett and Jones Insurance Agency in 1949, and built it into one of the area’s leaders.  It is now Smith Sawyer and Smith, where two of his three sons, Mart and Ron, [SMITH] his son-in-law, Jack SAWYER, and two grandchildren work.

Smith was involved in various community service and athletic organizations.

He was a past Rochester Chamber of Commerce president, past president and district director of Lions International and former 4-H Fair Board member.  He helped form and charter the Fulton County United Way.

He was a 33rd Degree Mason and longtime Republican Party supporter.

He coached yourh baseball and basketball and was a high school and college basketball official throughout the north past of the state.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Afterwards, he attended Manchester College, an institution he was to support for the rest of his life.  He and his wife, Virginia [SMITH], established a college scholarship fund for Fulton County students attending the college.

Manchester College recognized his gifts by naming the entrance gate to its outdoor athletic facilities for him.

Smith billed himself a poor farm boy from Macy when accepting the 1991 Community Service Award from the Rochester and Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce.

“My utmost hope is to be able to, as a family and person, give back to the community the fulfillment and enjoyment I’ve had as part of the community,” he said during that awards ceremony.  “I think this community is just the berries of a place to live.”

His son, Ron, received the Chamber service award last month.  His son, Mart, has been president of the Rochester School Board for more than a decade.  His daughter, Sandy [SAWYER], is a past president of the Fulton County Library board of trustees.  His son, Terry [SMITH], built Rock Hollow Golf Course near Peru and is active in community affairs there.


R. Wayne SMITH, 80, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday at his 2009 Bessmore Park Road residence.

Born in Miami County to Benjamin and Emma WARD SMITH, he married Virginia V. BRYANT in January 1940. She survives.

Mr. Smith, a 1949 Manchester College graduate, joined Haskett and Jones Insurance Agency, now Smith, Sawyer & Smith Insurance in 1949 and moved to Rochester in 1953. Active in civic affairs throughout his career, he was president and district director of Lions International, president of Rochester Chamber of Commerce, received the Community Service Award in 1991, coached American Legion baseball, Buttermilk Bob’s basketball team and officiated high school and college basketball throughout northern Indiana 20 years. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Elks, Moose and Eagles lodges and the American Legion, all of Rochester, Lincoln Masonic Lodge, Macy, Orak and Mizpah Shrine and was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was a Manchester College trustee and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed Masonic work, raising horses, golf, bridge and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Sandra SAWYER and husband Jack, Rochester; three sons, Terry [SMITH] and wife Rebecca, Peru, Ron [SMITH] and wife Maureen and Mart [SMITH], all of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie MILLER, Richmond; one brother, Harold [SMITH], Warsaw.

Preceding in death were his parents and one brother, Benjamin.

Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, with Rev. Rick TAYLOR officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, where a Masonic service will be at 8 p.m., and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

 

Mary E. Troutman

March 19, 1910 – Jan. 31, 2003

Mary Elizabeth TROUTMAN, 92, Twin Falls, Idaho, died at 5 a.m. Friday at Sunbridge Care Center, Twin Falls.

Born in Kewanna to Hal P. and Elizabeth BARNETT TROUTMAN, she was a 1928 Kewanna High School graduate and attended business college in Chicago.

She was a clerk, agent and underwriter, among other jobs, at All State Insurance, which was in business only two years when she began. As promotions came and the company grew, she moved from Chicago to Philadelphia, to New York and back to Indianapolis for 15 years before retiring in 1975. She attended Catholic church.

Survivors include one brother, Charlie and wife Betty, MURTAUGH, Idaho; adopted sister, Ruthie SHAFFER, Rochester; four nieces, Nancy WERNER, Carmel, Barbara PELL and Merle, Lapel, Marigene STONE and husband Stephen, Monroe, Mich., Trudy HANEY, Akron; two nephews, Terry TROUTMAN and wife Darlene, Kewanna, Tim TROUTMAN, Leiters Ford; 13 great-nieces and nephews; several great-great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were three brothers, Dennis, Omer and Joe TROUTMAN.

Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Rev. Stephen STONE officiating. Burial will be at Barnett Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from noon until time of service. Memorials may be made to Barnett Cemetery.


Norma J. Vance

Oct. 26, 1914 – Feb. 1, 2003

Norma Jean VANCE, 88, 521 W. Fourth St., died Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester. She had been in failing health two years.

Born in Chicago, Ill., to Kenneth and Marguerite DENVER HOGLE, she married Glenn VANCE July 16, 1942, in South Dakota. He died in 1963.

Mrs. Vance came to Rochester in the summer of 1996 from Winston-Salem, N.C. She retired in 1971 as chief executive officer of Perfection Mica Corp., Bensenville, Ill., and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, Women’s Auxiliary of the Eagles Lodge 852 and was a lover of animals, a sports car enthusiast and was actively involved with political issues.

Survivors include two daughters, Bobbee VANCE, Rochester, Joyce Ann VANCE, Fort Wayne; one son, Rick [VANCE] and wife Debbie, Rochester; six grandchildren, Bethany MONAHAN, Brooke CYGNAR, Edward Vance VICTOR, Kelley CASEY, Derrick and Courtney VANCE; two great-grandchildren, Gage and Hunter CYGNAR.

Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with Father Joseph JACOB officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Evanston, Ill. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

 

Cody N. Erickson

Aug. 19, 1994 – Feb. 2, 2003

Cody N. ERICKSON, 8, 10772 King Rd., Plymouth, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  Born in South Bend to Gregg and Kelly HIATT ERICKSON, he was a first grader at Washington Elementary School, Plymouth, and a member of Sunrise Chapel.

Surviving with his parents are one sister, Danielle [ERICKSON] and one brother, Gregory II [ERICKSON], both at home; paternal grandparents Bernard Jr. and Jan ERICKSON, Bremen; great-grandmother, Florence ERICKSON, Walkerton; maternal great-grandparents Phillip and Shirley HIATT, Plymouth.

Preceding in death was his grandmother, Lois ERICKSON.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sunrise Chapel, Plymouth, with Rev. Rustin KRAPTL officiating. Burial will be at Morris Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Washington Elementary School, 1500 Lake Ave., Plymouth, IN 46563.

 

Franklin Gross

Franklin GROSS, 55, 4330 N. Fulton County Road 750 West, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Dorothy M. Kirk

Dorothy M. KIRK, 57, Culver, died at 10:42 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.


Wednesday, February 5, 2003

 

Franklin Gross Sr.

Aug. 18, 1947 – Feb. 3, 2003

Franklin GROSS Sr., 55, 9880 W. Erie Dr., died at 8:20 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Plymouth to Lewis and Viola SNYDER GROSS, he married Karen MEFFORD April 9, 2001, in Rochester. She survives.

Mr. Gross was a fiberglass worker at Maax Midwest, Bremen.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three sons, Franklin [GROSS] Jr., Rochester, Marc [GROSS], Inwood, and Shane [GROSS] South Bend; five daughters, Autie GRAHAM, North Liberty, Dawn KUNTZ, Plymouth, Crystal RAMIREZ, South Bend, Marie GROSS, Kentucky, and Loretta GROSS, Rochester; 20 grandchildren; his mother, South Bend; three brothers, Lee Roy [GROSS], Walkerton, David [GROSS], Leiters Ford, Dale [GROSS], Kentucky; five sisters, Shirley BEAN, Mishawaka, Mary KRICK and Barbara FISHER, both of Plymouth, Janet BOYER, South Bend, and Linda JOHNSON, Arizona.

Preceding in death were two brothers.

Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Rev. Todd WILSON officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

D. Marie Kirk

Dec. 27, 1945 – Feb. 3, 2003

D. Marie KIRK, 57, Culver, died at 10:42 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include husband Robert W. [KIRK], at home; six daughters, Kathy NAVARRETTE, Midland, Texas, Glenda KIRK, Hawesville, Ky., Sharon SCHLEMMER, Warsaw, Cindy CLINGLER, W. College Corner, Candy WEAVER, Monterey, and Bobbie Kaye EDMONSON, Kewanna; two sons, Tom CHUMLEY, Houston, Texas, and Jim CHUMLEY, Winamac; three sisters, Maxine ROBBINS, Knox, Rosie NICHOLS, Biloxi, Miss., and Linda RUSSELL, Wheatfield.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

James G. Schipper

May 17, 1936 – Feb. 3, 2003

James G. SCHIPPER, 66, 486 N. Comstock St., Wabash, died at 1:50 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

Born in Akron to Albert and Hazel BEHNEY SCHIPPER, he married Patricia SNOW July 27, 1956, in North Manchester. She survives.

Mr. Schipper retired in 1999 from E&B Paving, Rochester, where he was a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Wabash Hanna Masonic Lodge and International Union of Operating Engineers 103, Kokomo. He was owner and operator of Schipper Asphalt Sealing, Wabash, and worked for McMahon O’Connor Construction, Rochester. He was involved in construction more than 40 years.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Monica COON and husband Kevin and Stacy JAMERSON, all of Wabash; five grandchildren, Jamie and Joshua COON, Dustin SCHIPPER, Blake and Matthew JAMERSON, all of Wabash; one great-grandson, Trey COON, Wabash; one brother, Leon [SCHIPPER] and wife Betty, Akron; two sisters, Betty


KOTTERMAN, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mary SHOCK, Tempe, Ariz.

Preceding in death were his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Rev. Danny BOONE officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Jerry L. Shelton

April 6, 1951 – Jan. 4, 2003

Jerry Lee SHELTON, 51, 300 Rodgers St., Gaffney, S.C., died Tuesday at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

Born in Peru to Lonnie SHELTON and Jean Williams CHIVINGTON, he married Margaret CHARVONNEAU. She survives.

Mr. Shelton was a retired machinist.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are his father and stepmother, Lonnie and Judy SHELTON, Rochester; his mother, Jean CHIVINGTON, Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, David [SHELTON], Berlin, Germany, and Garrett [SHELTON] and wife Maria, Gaffney, S.C.; one brother, T.J. [SHELTON] and wife Chris, Rochester; one sister, Kathy KAISER, Apache Junction, Ariz.; two grandsons, Brandon SHELTON, Berlin, Germany, and David SHELTON, Gaffney, S.C.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, Gaffney, S.C. A memorial service will be held in Rochester at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation through Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson St., Rochester, IN 46975.

 

Thursday, February 6, 2003

 

Jazmin R. King

Jan. 10, 2003 - Feb. 4, 2003

Jazmin Renee KING, 25 days, died at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday at Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

Survivors include her parents, Cherri RIALE and Travis KING, Monterey; maternal grandparents, Andrew and Charlotte RIALE, Argos; paternal grandparents Lonnie and Debbie KING, Monterey; great-grandparents, Iley and Evelyn RILEY, Plymouth, Halton and Lula FORTSON, Columbus, Ga., Juanita JACKSON, Gary, and Bonnie and Don WHITESELL, Bradenton, Fla.; great-great-grandparent Ore WATSON, Magnolia, Ark. one brother, Kia RIALE and one sister, Victoria RIALE, both at home.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver.  Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey.  Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the family.


Dorothy M. Mitchell

April 4, 1924 - Feb. 5, 2003

Dorothy M. MITCHELL, 78, 433 E. 18th St., died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Walkerton to Frank P. and Marjorie ROSS ULLERY, she married Howard E. MITCHELL Sept. 20, 1942, in Hammond.  He survives.

Mrs. Mitchell was a Plymouth, Tyner and Rochester resident all of her life.  She attended Tyner and Teegarden schools and graduated from Lincoln High School, Plymouth, with the class of 1942.  She worked at Morris Dime Store 10 years and in Lord’s Dress Shop for four years, both businesses in Plymouth.

She enjoyed playing the guitar, organ and piano.  She was a member of Blissful Church of the Brethren.  She will be remembered for her devotion and love for her family.  Her family was everything to her.  She loved being with them and always wanted her grandchildren around her.

Surviving with her husband of 60 years are two daughters, Connie Lou MITCHELL, Rochester, and Sharon K. WILLYERD and husband Ed, Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Monte D. MITCHELL, Rochester; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lelah L. HENDRY, North Manchester.

Preceding in death were her parents and two brothers, Lester and Raymond ULLERY.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, with Rev. Glen MITCHELL officiating.  Burial will be at New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Lung Association.

 

Ed Powlen

May 28, 1953 - Feb. 4, 2003

Ed POWLEN, 49, 570 Juniper Rd., Bremen, died at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, after battling cancer.

Born in Logansport to Robert and Joyce RENTSCHLER POWLEN, he married Lori JOHANSON July 15, 1994.  She survives.

Mr. Powlen moved to the Bremen area in 1992.  A 1972 Caston High School graduate, he worked at Hop Cap, Bremen, for 15 years and currently at Covermaster, Elkhart.  He was co-owner of Trans Truk, Inc.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are his mother, Kewanna; three sons, Aaron [POWLEN], South Bend, Ryan [POWLEN], Mishawaka, and Brad [POWLEN], Star City; one step-daughter, Liza JACKSON, Rochester; one step=-son, Joshua LOVELACE, Mishawaka; two sisters, Sue WALTERS, Carmel, LuAn CONNOR, Kewanna; two brothers, Jay and Phil [POWLEN], both of Kewanna; three step-grandchildren.

Precedig in death was his father on Dec. 22, 2002.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen, with Rev. George HAPNER officiating.  Burial will be at Bremen Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Friday, February 7, 2003

 

Bruce Reed

Aug. 22, 1949 – Feb. 6, 2003

Bruce REED, 53, 661 S. County Road 900 East, Akron, died at 4:35 a.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Survivors include two brothers, Clyde and George [REED], both of Akron.

Services will be private and there is no visitation. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Saturday, February 8, 2003

 

Helen U. Federer

May 26, 1923 - Feb. 6, 2003

Helen U. FEDERER, 79, Wolcott, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday at the Monticello Assisted Living and Healthcare Center, Monticello.  Survivors include one daughter, Janice BROOKS, Wolcott, two sons, John FEDERER and Ed FEDERER, both of Wolcott, three sisters, Rita CHAPMAN, Winamac, Wilma KOEBCKE, Rensselaer, and Anna FLOHR, Ft. Wayne, and seven grandchildren.  Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sacrd Heart Catholic Church, Remington.  Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

 

John Hollar

John HOLLAR, 89, 8232 E. 16th Road, Argos, died Friday at 4:15 p.m. at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth.  Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Monday, February 10, 2003

 

Gloria A. Edwards

Nov. 7, 1948 – Feb. 8, 2003

Gloria A. EDWARDS, 54, 11548 W. South Park Rd., Kewanna (Lake Bruce), formerly of Gary, died at 8 p.m. Saturday at her residence.

Born in Gary to Audley and Maxine HINES SKINNER, she married Daniel K. EDWARDS Nov. 17, 1984, in Gary. He survives.

Mrs. Edwards retired from R & L Department Store, Gary, where she was a seamstress. She was a member of Kewanna First Baptist Church and the Calumet High School Class of 1967.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one brother, Aaron SKINNER, Gary; and one sister, Jany FLUD, Gary.

Preceding in death were her parents.

Services are at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Rev. John COCHRAN officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.


John K. Hollar

Aug. 29, 1913 – Feb. 7, 2003

John K. HOLLAR, 89, 8232 E. 16th Rd., Argos, died at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include one daughter, Melba HAMMAN, Argos; six sons, Richard, Lowell, William, James and Carl [HOLLAR], all of Argos, and Harvey [HOLLAR], Mishawaka; and one brother, LaVern [HOLLAR], Etna Green.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with Bruce LENZ officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Marshall County Hospice.

 

Frances M. Morris

Feb. 13, 1909 – Feb. 8, 2003

Frances M. MORRIS, 93, 374 Madison Ave., Peru, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include one son, Stanley SISK, Peru; and one daughter, Jackquine MADISON, Tennessee.

No services are planned. Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Robert Phend

Robert PHEND, 74, died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday at his residence at 10013 16th Rd., Argos.

Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Cheryl Grossman Tew

Jan. 13, 1952 – Feb. 8, 2003

Cheryl GROSSMAN TEW, 51, 17092 Old U.S. 31, Argos, died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. She had suffered from Lupus disease for three and one-half years.

Born in Rochester to Dale and Delores MILLER GROSSMAN, she married Wayne TEW June 24, 1973, at Tippecanoe Community Church. He survives.

Mrs. Tew returned to Argos in 2002, after living in Alvarado, Texas, for 17 years. A 1970 Argos High School graduate, she was a secretary at Alcon Laboratories, Fort Worth, Texas, for four years, at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Ill., for five years, at General Dynamics, Fort Worth, Texas, for seven years, and she was a homemaker. She was a member of Thompson Baptist Church, Alvarado, Texas.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are her parents, of Argos; one son, Mark W. [TEW], Irving, Texas, four sisters, Kandi S. DUNHAM and husband Kevin, Argos, Pamela K. BUESKING and husband Paul, Kokomo, Robin L. REICHARD and husband David, Warsaw, and Jodi A. GROSSMAN, Elwood; two brothers, Bruce A. GROSSMAN and wife Joanne, New Ross, and Roger D. GROSSMAN and wife Holly, Winona Lake; seven nieces and three nephews.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Tippecanoe Community Church with Rev. Ken TODD officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home, Valparaiso.


Paul N. Shaffer

April 27, 1935 – Feb. 8, 2003

Paul N. SHAFFER, 67, 580 E. Second St., Peru, died Saturday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Edith LESLIE SHAFFER, at home; one daughter, Julie WALKER, Peru; three sons, Kenneth [SHAFFER], Peru, Michael [SHAFFER], Amboy, and Nick [SHAFFER], Osceola; one brother, Robert [SHAFFER], Mexico; one sister, Nancy NOONAN, Rochester.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Burial will be at Marion National Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

 

Lillian A. Cunningham

Jan. 28, 1908 – Feb. 10, 2003

Lillian A. CUNNINGHAM, 95, 1429 College Ave., died at 12:20 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester, where she had been a patient. She was in failing health one month.

Born in Union County, Tenn., to Richard J. and Rose Ann COLVIN GRAVES, she married Walter A. CUNNINGHAM in February 1949 at Burton United Methodist Church. He died in June, 1976.

Mrs. Cunningham, a homemaker, was a member of Burton United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, both of Rochester, and she and her late husband had been very active in the former Akron Jonah Club, where she was a member more than 20 years. She was a Rochester resident for 70 years, coming from Kokomo.

Survivors include three daughters, Velma SMITH and husband Donald, LaPorte, Mary R. HILL and husband Bill, Peru, Martha A. SLAYBAUGH and fiancee Dean EAKRIGHT, Rochester; one son, William E. DAGUE and wife Dorothy, Kokomo; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; two half brothers, Lyle and Larry BROCK, both of Florida.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one daughter, Juanita DAGUE, one son, Richard DAGUE, one sister, Juanita McKEE, and two brothers, Troy FRANKLIN and Leroy GRAVES.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Will LAWSON officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Burton United Methodist Church.

 

Robert “Bill” Phend

May 28, 1928 – Feb. 9, 2003

Robert “Bill” PHEND, 74, died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday at his residence at 10013 16th Rd., Argos.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Irene EPPERT PHEND, Goshen; four daughters, Brenda G. VAUGHAN, Middlebury, Vicky L. SNYDER, Bourbon, Cynthia J. BRAUNEKER, Beaver Dam Lake, Pamela K. PHEND, Maurrice, Mich.; two sons, Robert W. [PFEND] Jr., Waco, Texas, and Jim A. [PFEND] Plymouth; and two sisters, Betty STROUDER and Marilyn J. FETTERS, both of Nappanee.


There will be a gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Jim Phend residence, 7300 Queen Rd., Plymouth. Burial at sea will be held at a later date. Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

 

Delores M. Ogle

March 12, 1934 – Feb. 12, 2003

Delores Mae OGLE, 68, died at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday at her 1601 Monroe St. residence following a short illness.

Born in Hanna to Arthur William and Helen Ellen HAZEN HUNDT, she married John C. OGLE Jan. 21, 1950, in Plymouth. He died July 28, 1984.

Mrs. Ogle was a Fulton County resident for 52 years, coming here from the Bremen area in Marshall County. She retired in 1986 after 22 years at General Tire Corp., Wabash. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rochester, where she was active in the Luther Ann’s. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 1107, Rochester, and the United Steelworkers Union Local 626, Wabash.

Survivors include one son, Donald J. [OGLE] and wife Jean, Rochester; five daughters, Carole L. DALE and Doris Jean JACKSON, Gloria D’AMICO and husband Donald and Julie LEHMAN and husband Shane, all of Rochester, and Sandra Kay BAHNEY and husband Dennis, Sharpsville; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; eight sisters, Louella POWELL, Plymouth, Judy LOHAGEN and husband Dick, Pottstown, Penn., Carolyn COLBURN and husband David, Newark, Ohio, Barbara HARRINGTON and husband Steve, Bremen, Tynna WALENGA and husband Mike, Bremen, Catherine GARZA and companion Mike, Plymouth, Lila HARMON and husband Bill, New Hope, Ky., and Patricia IGELSKI and husband Raymond, Wabash; six brothers, Robert HUNDT, Richard HUNDT and wife Loretta, all of Plymouth, William F. HUNDT and wife Donna, Bremen, George HUNDT, of Illinois, Paul HUNDT and wife Chris, Plymouth, and Francis HUNDT and wife Robbin, LaGrange.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one sister, Beverly Jean DAVIS, Jan. 27, 2003, and one brother, Arthur HUNDT Jr.

Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rochester, with Rev. Jim WASMUTH officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery, southeast of Rochester. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, or one hour prior to services at the church. The family requests memorials be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, February 13, 2003

 

Olive L. Shidler

Olive L. SHIDLER, 88, formerly of Kewanna, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at her daughter’s Chicago, Ill., residence.

Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.


Shirley A. Yakym

Oct. 6, 1934 – Feb. 11, 2003

Shirley A. YAKYM, 68, of York Rd., South Bend, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend.

Survivors include her husband, Rudy YAKYM Sr., at home, five sons, Rudy [YAKYM] Jr., South Bend, Chuck and Steve [YAKYM], both of Mishawaka, Frank [YAKYM], South Bend, and James [YAKYM] Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii; one daughter, Victoria J. ALEXY, South Bend; one brother, Leonard KLINE, San Ramon, Calif.; three sisters, Carol CARTER, Elkhart, Delores ROUNDS and Marlene GRUDZINSKI, both of Mishawaka.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Life Baptist Church. Friends may call from             4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola.

 

Sharon K. “Kathy” Pritchett-Giles

Jan. 29, 1956 – Feb. 11, 2003

Sharon Kathleen “Kathy” PRITCHETT-GILES, 47, 308 Apple St., Argos, died at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, as a result of chronic heart problems.

Born in Plymouth to Arnold M. Sr. and Dorothy R. REYNOLDS RHOADS, she graduated from Plymouth High School in 1975.

She was a cook at the highly regarded Grandma’s Kitchen, Argos, for approximately two years. Previously, she had worked for more than 10 years at Ristance, Argos. She was a dedicated mother and enjoyed baking, making many goodies for her family and friends. Her specialties were cinnamon rolls and crescent rolls, hot out of the oven. She liked watching movies and spending as much time as possible with her children, playing games and having good times.

She was a long-time member of Tiosa Brethren Church. In Plymouth she attended

Plymouth Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Ashley PRITCHETT, Roch-ester, and one son, Christopher GILES, Argos; two brothers, Arnold M. RHOADS and wife Pat, Plymouth, and Dennis A. RHOADS and wife Amy, South Bend; one sister, Mary Ellen ROBERTSON, Wellsley, Mass.; one aunt, Winnie POWELL, Naples, Fla.; and seven nieces and nephews and two cousins.

Preceding in death were her parents and one brother, Paul Lee RHOADS.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home. 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, with Rev. Richard GRILLEY, assistant pastor of Plymouth Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at New Oakhill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center or to a trust fund established for her children.


Friday, February 14, 2003

 

Alma L. Schell

Aug. 20, 1914 – Feb. 13, 2003

Alma Lou SCHELL, 88, Wynnfield Crossing, formerly of 2298 E. 300 North, Rochester, died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Logansport to Gerry and Elizabeth KETTERING KNOWLTON, she married Vernon SCHELL June 1, 1937, in Logansport. He died June 8, 2001.

Mrs. Schell was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and Order of the Eastern Star, both of Rochester. She was a former secretary for Rochester attorney James O. Wells.

Survivors include two sisters, Lois ZECH, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Alice WHITE and husband Jack, Cedar Springs, Mich.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents and one brother, Robert KNOWLTON.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Jim WASMUTH officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

 

Olive L. Shidler

Feb. 14, 1914 – Feb. 12, 2003

Olive L. SHIDLER, 88, formerly of Kewanna, died at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at her daughter’s Chicago, Ill., residence.

Born in White County to George and Leona GOSS COCHRAN, she married Darl E. SHIDLER May 9, 1933, in Crown Point. He died Dec. 20, 1996.

Mrs. Shidler, a homemaker, was a member of Kewanna Baptist Church. She liked working in her garden.

Survivors include one daughter, Darlene BIRD, Chicago, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mable GEISLER, Kewanna, Edna CONRAD, Monticello, and Myrtle FITZ, Peru.

Preceding in death with her husband were one brother and two sons.

Services are at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Rev. John COCHRAN officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. Sunday until time of service. Memorials may be made to Kewanna Baptist Church.

 

Saturday, February 15, 2003

 

Alma L. Schell

Aug. 20, 1914 - Feb. 13, 2003

An Eastern Star Service will be held for Alma L. SCHELL, 88, Wynnfield Crossing, formerly of 2298 E. 300 North, Rochester, who died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester, at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Jim WASMUTH officiating.  Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport.  Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.


Monday, February 17, 2003

 

Dale A. “Steve” Milliser

Aug. 15, 1921 – Feb. 16, 2003

Dale A. “Steve” MILLISER, 81, 2354 Westside Dr., died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Fulton County to Surph and Cora BRUCE MILLISER, he married Madge CARR on Jan. 31, 1947, at St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester. She survives.

Mr. Milliser worked for Nickel Plate Railroad and was a carpenter. He was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific Theater as a gunner aboard a    B-24. He was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Manitou Moose Lodge and American Legion, all of Rochester.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, John [MILLISER] and wife Linda, Rochester; two granddaughters, Amy MILLER and husband Gavin, Goshen, and Andrea MILLISER, Rochester.

Preceding in death were his parents, one brother and two sisters.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Joseph JACOB officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both Rochester posts. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Mental Health Association.

 

Tuesday, Febriary 18, 2003

 

Juanita V. Fox

Nov. 2, 1912 – Feb. 16, 2003

Juanita V. FOX, 90, Plymouth, died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Peace, South Bend.

No services are planned. Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Norma M. Wagoner

Aug. 8, 1936 – Feb. 17, 2003

Norma Marie WAGONER, 66, 16925 W. Lincoln Highway, Plymouth, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday at Walnut Creek Nursing Home, Plymouth.

Survivors include her husband, Cleon A. [WAGONER], at home; five daughters, Vonda OLSON, Marie PRICE and Londa BACA, all of Plymouth, Ronda MILLER, Goshen, and Rinda NETTROUER, Argos; one son, Cleon A. [WAGONER], Culver; her mother, Marie ROBBINS, Plymouth; one sister, Lena “Toge” NEWMAN, Florida; two brothers, Norman and Joe ROBBINS, both of Plymouth.

Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Herb HIATT officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.


Wednesday, February 19, 2003

 

Betty L. Utter Francis

Nov. 27, 1935 – Feb. 16, 2003

Betty Lorraine UTTER FRANCIS, 67, 116 W. Center St., Burket, died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Survivors include husband, John W. [FRANCIS], at home; two daughters, Pam SHERWOOD, North Manchester, Sandy ADAMS, Salem, Ohio; three sons, Robert and Shawn [FRANCIS], both of Rochester, and Bill [FRANCIS], Syracuse; one stepson, Bryon [FRANCIS], North Manchester.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cook’s Chapel, Warsaw. No visitation is planned.

 

Thursday, February 20, 2003

 

Richard Pontius

July 19, 1930 – Feb. 14, 2003

Richard PONTIUS, 72, died at approximately 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at his residence at 12495 N. Kosciusko County Road 700 West, Lot 2, Silver Lake.

Survivors include five brothers, Lawrence [PONTIUS], Sturgis, Mich., Omar [PONTIUS], Wabash, Robert and Russell [PONTIUS], both of Warsaw, and Paul [PONTIUS], Silver Lake.

Services will be conducted at a later date. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements,

 

Betty Roberson

March 24, 1921 – Feb. 19, 2003\

Betty [ROBERSON], 81, 2 Chase Park, Logansport, died at 6:32 a.m. Wednesday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, James W. [ROBERSON], Logansport, Gary D., [ROBERSON] Mishawaka; one daughter, Linda L. DYSON, North Manchester; one half brother, Oliver WADE, Delphi; stepbrother, Joseph LANE, Fountaintown; five stepsisters, Dorothy SHULY, of Indiana, May BROWN, Logansport, Mary Jane PETERSON, Rensselaer, Olive WADE, Carmel, and Nancy BERRY, Royal Center.

Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Rd., Logansport. Friends may call one hour prior to services.


Friday, February 21, 2003

 

Bernard J. Peters

Bernard J. PETERS, 85, 158 S. Kosciusko County Road 800 West, Warsaw, died at 1:10 a.m. today at Peabody Retirement Community.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Saturday, February 22, 2003

 

Bernard J. Peters

Jan. 25, 1918 - Feb. 21, 2003

Bernard J. PETERS, 85, 158 S. Kosciusko County Road 800 West, Warsaw, died at 1:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Peavody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

Born Jan. 25, 1918, to Anthony and Aleda LUCASSEN PETERS in Didam, Netherlands, he married Johanna R. MENTING, on April 27, 1949 at Keynbord, Netherlands.  She survives at home.

He moved to this area in 1949 from the Netherlands.  He was a dairy farmer.  He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, and the Moose Lodge.  He was with the Dutch Cavalry.  He became a United States citizen in 1954.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Ted (Mary) SHOEMAKER, North Webster; Mrs. Rich (Eileen) BRADFORD, North Manchester, and Mrs. Fritz (Diana) MILLER, Madison, Wisconsin; four sons, Anthony G. PETERS, Chester, W Va., Gary PETERS, Indianapolis, Darryl and wife Deb PETERS, Warsaw, Ronald J. PETERS, Warsaw; fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Ann CORNELESEN, Didam, Netherlands; two brothers, Gerrit and Antoon PETERS, both of Didam, Netherlands.  He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

An 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw with Monsignor James J. WOLF officiating.  Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.  A Rosary service follows at 5 p.m.  Burial will be in Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green.

 

Donald G. Myers

March 1, 1915 - Feb. 21, 2003

Donald G. MYERS, 87, Chili, died at 3:14 a.m. Friday at Millers Merry Manor, Peru.  Survivors include his wife, Helen Louise MYERS, six daughters, Donna LIPP, Fishers, Darlene RICHESON, Colorado, Diana SUNDAY, Perryasburg, Denella BROWNING, Peru, Dawn MYERS and Dara YORK, both of Indianapolis; two sons, Donald MYERS and Daniel MYERS, both of Peru; one brother, Walter MYERS, and two sisters, Jean HORTH and Joan ALFORD.  Services are at 3 p.m. Monday at McCain Funeral Home, Denver, Ind.  Friends may call from       4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday.


Monday, February 24, 2003

 

Thomas V. Buskirk

Dec. 3, 1933 – Feb. 22, 2003

Thomas V. BUSKIRK, 69, 100 W. Tyner Dr., Warsaw, died at 12:10 a.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Born in Warsaw to Thomas B. and Hilda Irene JAMES BUSKIRK, he married Patricia OLSON ROGERS July 13, 1999, in Warsaw. She survives.

Mr. Buskirk, a lifetime Warsaw resident, was a real estate investor, broker and auctioneer. He was a member of Leesburg United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two stepdaughters, Debra NIELSON and husband Len, Winona Lake, Denise Lynn ROGERS, Arcadia; one stepson, David Michael ROGERS, Leesburg; one sister, Becki DAVIS and husband Stephen, Leesburg; three stepgrandchildren.

Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, with Rev. Bob BROWN officiating. Burial will be at Leesburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Our Father’s House or Combined Community Services.

 

Pauline G. “Polly” Holland

Sept. 27, 1917 – Feb. 21, 2003

Pauline G.  “Polly” Vayett HOLLAND, 85, formerly of Macy, died at 6:40 p.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Born in Richmond to Warren and Ella Mae OWENS VAYETT, she married Albert W. HOLLAND July 25, 1933, in Logansport. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Holland was a Macy resident for 46 years, moving to Deedsville for 17 years and then to Peru. She was a member of Macy United Methodist Church and New Life Praise and Worship Center, Peru. She worked at Essex Wire, Peru, and retired from Chamberlin’s, Akron, in 1979. She was also a care giver.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary MYERS, Logansport, Waynetta DOUGLASS and husband Melvin, Walton; three sons, Paul [HOLLAND] and wife Linda, Denver, Robert [HOLLAND] and wife Reba, Deedsville, and James [HOLLAND] and wife Marilyn, Riverdale, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, five sisters, two brothers, two granddaughters and one son-in-law.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Larry UMWALT officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from      2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


Larry L. “Wolf” Potter

May 6, 1965 – Feb. 22, 2003

Larry L. “Wolf” POTTER, 37, 530 W. Olson Rd., died at 1:40 a.m. Saturday at Battle Creek Health Care System, Battle Creek, Mich., where he had been a patient for one week.

Born in Battle Creek, Mich., to Ronald L. and Ann HALL POTTER, he married Rhonda HERRELL April 6, 2002, in Rochester. She survives.

Mr. Potter came to Rochester in June 2002 from Battle Creek, Mich. He had been in failing health for two months. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 852, Rochester.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sons, Dale KOCHENDERFER, Rochester, Adam HAUSEL, Battle Creek, Mich.; one daughter, Lisa BUCKINGHAM, Battle Creek, Mich.; his mother, Ann AXTELL, Battle Creek, Mich.; father and stepmother, Ronald and Norma POTTER, Peru; four sisters, Tracy RISNER and husband Fritz, Rochester; Genny POTTER and Ronda HERPIN and husband Roy, all of Battle Creek, Mich., Debbie RUSERT, Peru; one brother, Henry POTTER and friend Lori, Battle Creek, Mich.; one brother-in-law, Larry RICHARDS, Battle Creek, Mich.; nieces, Amber RICHARDS, Kelly HERPIN, Shelbie RISNER, Michelle, Tabatha and Samantha STYLES and Brittany HERRELL; nephews, Cruiz and Jeff RISNER, Gary RICHARDS, Roy HERPIN II, Joe and John POTTER, Aaron and Mikey HERRELL; great nieces and nephews, Mark, Nicole, Michael and Brittany SNELL, Ryan, Jaycob and Roy HERPIN III.

Preceding in death was one brother.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark SPENCER officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from   2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Genny Potter residence, 600 Jameson St., Battle Creek, Mich.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 to Wednesday, Febrary 26, 2003

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, February 27, 2003

 

Thomas H. Fitzpatrick

Sept. 12, 1919 – Feb. 25, 2003

Thomas Henry FITZPATRICK, 83, died Tuesday at his Macy residence.

Born in Pulaski County to Thomas John and Blanche GROCK FITZPATRICK, he married Grace Charlene CLEMANS March 18, 1950, at Gilead Methodist Church. She died Dec. 14, 1989.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in Hawaii and Panama. He worked for Robison Homes, Peru.

Survivors include one daughter, Debra A. CADWALLADER, Denver; two sons, Gregory Scott and Gary Brian [FITZPATRICK], both of Macy; five grandchildren, Kasi N. CADWALLADER, Shannon, Joseph B., Daniel H. and Thomas G. FITZPATRICK; three great-grandsons, Aleck, Braden and Shea; one brother, Richard FITZPATRICK and wife Irene, Macy; six sisters, Sue DILLMAN and husband Don, Kokomo, Katherine THOMPSON and husband Francis, Akron, Roberta ROTH and husband William, Fort Wayne, Marlene KLINE and husband Robert, Mexico, Kay FISHER and husband Norman, Denver, and Patty ALMAN, Peru; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death with his wife were one sister, Margaret VanDALSEN, and two brothers, Leonard and Leon [FITZPATRICK].


Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Stan OWENS officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Clista M. Nicodemus

July 15, 1912 – Feb. 26, 2003

Clista Marie NICODEMUS, 90, died Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include three daughters, Breva Jane BISHOP, South Bend, Nora Kathren YOUNG, Bremen, and Janet SHERWOOD; three sons, Walter SHERWOOD, Romoland, Calif., and Paul STULL and John QUIGLEY; three sisters, Evelena BARCAS and Ollie HOWARD, both of Plymouth.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at New Oakhill Cemetery Chapel, Plymouth. Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Rebecca Robison

Rebecca ROBINSON, 84, 116 Madison St., died at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Roy “Roger” Tracy

Sept. 20, 1940 – Feb. 25, 2003

Roy “Roger” TRACY, 62, 3120 Baugher Dr., Tippecanoe, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went home to be with the Lord at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. Born in Pinsonfork, Ky., to Walter and Dorothy DAVIS TRACY, he married Juanita MAY June 4, 1960, in Wise, Va. She survives.

Mr. Tracy worked at Medtronic-Sofamor Danek, Warsaw. He previously owned and operated Tracy’s Service Center, Tippecanoe, and was a volunteer fireman for Tippecanoe Township Fire Department. He came to Indiana in 1972 from Detroit, Mich. He attended Warsaw Bible Church and was a member of Rock ‘N Roll Cruisers car club, known as the owner of the “Betty Boop Car” for several years.

He never forgot a joke or funny stories of family and friends. He was a special friend and will be deeply missed by many. We rest in the knowledge he will be awaiting the arrival of each of his friends and family members inside heaven’s gate.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three sons, Roger [TRACY] and wife Tacey and their five children and two great-grandchildren, of Syracuse, Richard [TRACY] and wife Richelle and their three children, of Etna Green, and Randall [TRACY] and wife Melissa and their four children, of Leesburg; two brothers, Ronald [TRACY] and wife Bonnie, Greenup, Ky., and Randall [TRACY] and wife Rita, Pinsonfork, Ky.; and one sister, Jean FIELDS, Grand Rapids, Mich. Several nieces, nephews, and grand and great-nephews and nieces also survive, including special nephew Bob VERNATTER and wife Shelley, Tippecanoe, and special niece Rhonda ELLIOTT and husband Roger, Tippecanoe.

Preceding in death were his parents, two sisters, Loretta Gail and Eleanor Lynn, [TRACY] and one son, Roy [TRACY] Jr.

Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Revs. Ken TODD and Douglas FRITZELL officiating. Burial will be at Summit Chapel Cemetery, Tippecanoe. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 319 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601, or to Warsaw Bible Church, P.O. Box 516, Warsaw, IN 46581.


Friday, February 28, 2003

 

Betty J. Baker

Aug. 30, 1918 – Feb. 27, 2003

Betty Jane BAKER, 84, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include several cousins.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Madilene Minix

Madilene MINIX, 69, 518 N. Maple St., Argos, died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth Campus. Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Rebecca Robison

April 4, 1918 – Feb. 26, 2003

Rebecca ROBISON, 84, 1116 Madison St., died at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room shortly after arrival.

Born in Damascus, Ark., to Tom Irvin and Emily Elsie RUSSELL HERRING, she married Jack WINFREY. He preceded in death. She married James ROBISON. He also preceded in death.

Mrs. Robison was in failing health for three months. She came to Rochester from Phoenix, Ariz., two months ago. She had lived in Eugene, Ore., before moving to Phoenix. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include four daughters, Madie Lee OBERG, Rochester, Mary Elsie BOGART and husband Don, Rainier, Ore., Judy Ann WINFREY, Lebanon, Ore., and Teresa Ann CLAYTON and husband Joe, Phoenix, Ariz.; four sons, Don WINFREY and wife Evelyn, Tuscon, Ariz., Carl WINFREY and wife Nancy, Tommy David WINFREY and wife Carlene and Gary WINFREY, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with her husbands were her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Graveside services will be conducted March 8 at Pioneer Old Sailor Cemetery, Noti, Ore. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Earnest L. Young

Aug. 12, 1924 – Feb. 27, 2003

Earnest L. YOUNG, 78, residing on Miami Road, South Bend, died at 1 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Born in Rochester to Everett and Mazy CLINE YOUNG, he married Claudia F. BOWLES Dec. 24, 1945, in Leiters Ford. She survives.

Mr. Young moved to South Bend from Leiters Ford in 1959. He retired in 1986 from Allied Signal, where he was a set-up man, after 38 years service. He was a member of Ireland Road Church of God and formerly attended Calvary Temple.

Surviving with his loving wife of 57 years, Claudia [YOUNG], are two daughters, Sandra Sue KALISTER, South Bend, Pamela Jean GRESHAM and husband Ron, Knoxville, Tenn.; one son, Ronald [YOUNG] and wife Lisa, Lebanon; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie RICKS, Francesville, and Shirley HANNAWICH, Wheatfield; and two brothers, Richard YOUNG, Culver, and Gerald YOUNG, Thorntown.


Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend, with Rev. Paul MURRAY and Rev. J. Mark MUNCY officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Paul Murray Evangelistic Association, 1848 St. Michael’s Court, South Bend, IN 46614.

 

Saturday, March 1, 2003

 

Madilene Minix

March 27, 1933 - Feb. 27, 2003

Madilene MINIX, 69, 518 N. Maple St., Argos, died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Survivors include one daughter, Carol PAYNE, Indianapolis; two sisters, Ella McFARLAND, Knox, Orlean ALLEN, Winamac; three brothers, Edgar SMITH, Knox, Homer SMITH, Union Mills, and Sam BARNETT, Walkerton.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.  Friends may call from noon until time of service.  Memorials may be made to charity or donor’s choice.

 

Monday, March 3, 2003

 

Jon T. Trimmer

Nov. 10, 1940 – Feb. 26, 2003

Jon T. TRIMMER, 62, died of natural causes at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday at his 107 Phillips St., Kewanna, residence. He had been in failing health.

Born in Anderson to Lee Edward and Jane O’ROARK TRIMMER, he married Linda KEELER May 22, 1999, in Rochester.

Mr. Trimmer came to Fulton County four years ago from Anderson. He was a 1959 Logansport High School graduate and served as a veterans service officer in Pensacola, Fla., for several years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Anderson. He was also a member of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36, Lake Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1343 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 852, all of Rochester.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are his parents, Lee and Jane TRIMMER, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two sisters, Teri and husband Robert LeBLANC, Hollywood, Fla., and Lori NEWHOUSE, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one brother, Greg TRIMMER, Phoenix, Ariz.; and one niece and one nephew.

Preceding in death were one sister, Susan TRIMMER, and one brother, Brian TRIMMER.

Military graveside services will be at Marion National Veterans Administration Cemetery, Marion. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

 

John E. Turner

John Elliott TURNER, 71, died at 11:35 a.m. Saturday at his Auburn residence.

Born in Muncie to John Henry and Anna B. JARRELL TURNER, he married Sharon JUNKIN Aug. 18, 1961, in Peru. She survives.

Mr. Turner was a teacher at Akron High School and retired from teaching in 1996 after 37 years at DeKalb Central High School. He was a member of Waterloo United Methodist Church and former member of Waterloo Lions Club.


Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sons, John H. [TURNER] and wife Terri and David J. [TURNER] and wife Mai, all of Auburn; one daughter, Anna FELLER and husband Carter, Auburn; five grandchildren, Gregory Allen and Kyle Edward FELLER, Meredith Ellen, John Elliott and Evan David TURNER; four brothers, Joseph [TURNER], Yorktown, James and David, [TURNER] both of Muncie, and Robert [TURNER], Brookeville, Ohio; two sisters, Martha LUTZ, Spring Port, and Lois WHEELER, Zionsville.

Preceding in death was one sister, Henrietta SEIDNER.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, with Rev. John HOSTETTER officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn, where the American Legion of Auburn will conduct graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Waterloo United Methodist Church or DeKalb Memorial Hospice.

 

Eva M. Wise

Sept. 4, 1912 – Feb. 28, 2003

Eva Marie WISE, 90, died Friday at her Chesterton residence.

Born in Monterey to Edward and Anna YOUNG REINHOLT, she married Arnold WISE Aug. 1, 1979, in Liberty Township. He died April 27, 1990.

Mrs. Wise was a former post-master in Fulton County and owned and operated Jones Grocery, Delong, for 47 years. A 1929 graduate of Aubbeenaubbee High School, she was a member of First Christian Church, Chesterton. She was a former member of Bonner Senior Center.

Survivors include one daughter, Melinda JONES, Chesterton; three grandchildren, Crystal WHITE, Darlene CRIDER and Carlene CARTER; 10 great-grandchildren, Jon, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Timothy, Ryne, David, Robert, James, Miriam and Hannah; four nephews, Donald, Ronald, Stanley and Jack REINHOLT; and two cats, Toby and Punkin.

Preceding in death with her husband were one brother, Donald REINHOLT, one granddaughter, Cynthia ROUCH in 1986, and husbands Chester Roland JONES in 1972, and Ray ESCHENBACH.

Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway St., Chesterton, with Rev. John SLOAN officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Porter County Visiting Nurse Association.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

 

Dale Hawley

Dale HAWLEY, 90, 130 19th Rd., Bourbon, died at 1:30 a.m. today at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Mildred R. Williams

June 13, 1930 – March 2, 2003

Mildred R. WILLIAMS, 72, 3072 Blackford Dr., Tippecanoe, died at 11:44 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

Born in Hazard, Ky., to William F. and Josie A. KNIPPER HARTBARGER, she married Roscoe M. “Toad” WILLIAMS March 11, 1950. He died Feb. 12, 1993.

Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and former owner of Toad’s Bait and Tackle Shop, Tippecanoe. She worked at Uniroyal, Mishawaka, and was a former member of Bourbon


American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty HOWARD and husband Tim, Karen SCOTT and Rita SCOTT and husband Carl G., all of Tippecanoe; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clara THORNTON, South Bend, and Anna BARKER, Hazard, Ky.; and two brothers, Rev. Ray HARTBARGER and wife Mary, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Fran HARTBARGER and wife Lenora, Mishawaka.

  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding in death were several sisters and brothers.

Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, with Rev. Kenneth TODD of Tippecanoe Community Church officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Tippecanoe Emergency Medical Services.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

 

Dale Hawley

March 19, 1912 – March 4, 2003

Dale HAWLEY, 90, 130 19th Rd., Bourbon, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

Survivors include one stepdaughter, Jean Ann NELSON and husband Phillip, Bourbon; one daughter, Pat MILLER, Auburn; one son, James LONG, Fort Wayne; three sisters, Margorie TROUT, Elkhart; Evelyn WELTY, Bourbon; and Deloris GAMBLE, Warsaw; one brother, Robert [HAWLEY], Warsaw.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Tippecanoe Community Church with Revs. Kenneth TODD and Doug FRITZLE officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Memorials may be made to Tippecanoe Community Church.

 

Thursday, March 6, 2003

 

[no obits]

 

Friday, March 7, 2003

 

Dolores Karn Doctor

Dolores KARN DOCTOR, 89, native of Rochester, died Wednesday at St. James City, Fla., after a long illness. She resided on Pine Island, Fla.

Mrs. Doctor was born in Rochester, the daughter of Oren and Margaret KARN, owners of the Coffee Shop, where she worked as a youngster. After graduation from Rochester High School she attended Indiana University. In Rochester, she was society editor of The News-Sentinel and later a legal secretary.

Her marriage was to Robert DOCTOR, a medical technician at Woodlawn Hospital, later a salesman for a pharmaceutical company. The Doctors moved to Florida from Lake James about 30 years ago.

She is survived by her husband and a son, William [DOCTOR], and wife Donna, Hudson, Ind. Cremation will follow funeral services.


Trinity S. Schaefer Medley

Infant Trinity Star Schaefer MEDLEY, living 13 hours, died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, March 8, 2003

 

[no obits]

 

Monday, March 10, 2003

 

Trinity Star Schaefer Medley

March 3, 2003 – March 4, 2003

Trinity Star Schaefer MEDLEY, 13 hours old, 501 E. 13th St., died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis.

Trinity Star was born at 5:24 p.m. March 3 in Indianapolis to William MEDLEY and Tammy SCHAEFER.

Survivors include father, William Medley, Rochester, mother, Tammy Schaefer, Rochester, mother Jeanette MEDLEY, Roch-ester; five half sisters, Megan MEDLEY, Kansas City, Mo., Kayla, Alice and Brandy HONEYCUTT, all of Rochester, and Markie OZMENT, Warsaw; three half brothers, Eric MEDLEY, Lincoln, Neb., Chris MEDLEY, Kansas City, Mo., and Randy HONEYCUTT, Rochester; maternal grandparents, John Norman and Carol Ann CASEY, Macy, and Richard and Nellie SLAYBAUGH, Talma; maternal great-grandmother, Velma Jean HECHT, Macy; five aunts, Cristiana CASEY and special friend Lisa FLECK, Rochester, Marjorie Joan SHAMBARGER, Kewanna, Vera TOMLIN, Talma, Tina FINE, Sarasota, Fla., and Barbara OZMENT, Warsaw; three uncles, Preston Scott CASEY and wife Judy, Akron, and Kevin C. SOUCY and James T. KING, both of Silver Lake; and several cousins.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Plainview Cemetery, Macy, with Rev. Phil PRATT officiating. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling services.

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

 

Junette G. Kohlun

Dec. 17, 1920 – March 10, 2003

Junette G. KOHLUN, 82, died at 12:55 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Riverton, Neb., to William and Elsie HUTSON BOYCE, she married Walter Russell KOHLUN Oct. 15, 1941, in Norton, Kan. He died Oct. 3, 1987.

Mrs. Kohlun came to Rochester 35 years ago from Clinton Sherman Air Force Base in Oklahoma. She was a teacher’s aid at Columbia and Riddle elementary schools. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Green Oak Community Club and was a Woodlawn Hospital volunteer.

Survivors include one daughter, Lynette BRAZIL and husband Jack, Rochester; three sons, William [KOHLUN] and wife Barbara, Fort Worth, Texas, Bruce [KOHLUN] and wife Cathy, Norman, Okla., and James ]KOHLUN] and wife Dorinda, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her twin sister, June LAMMERS and husband Clarence, Riverton, Neb.

Services and burial will be held in Orleans, Neb., at a later date. No local services or visitation


will be held. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Pre-school, 201 W. Seventh St. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Karleen K. Leicht

Oct. 23, 1960 – March 9, 2003

Karleen K. LEICHT, 42, Logansport, died at 9:10 a.m. Sunday at Chase Center, Logansport.

Born in Logansport to Francis R. and Lois A. COOK REYBURN, she married William S. LEICHT July 11, 1987, in Logansport. He died July 11, 2000.

Mrs. Leicht, a 1981 Logansport High School graduate, was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Michael [LEICHT], Logansport; her mother, Lois A. REYBURN, Walton; one sister, Brenda VARELLI, Galveston; three brothers, Timothy E. REYBURN, Peru, Kimball H. REYBURN, Kokomo, and Larry F. REYBURN and wife Melissa, Macy; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death with her husband was her father, in 1990.

Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ever Rest Chapel, Logansport. Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the chapel. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Center, Logansport, or the Special Olympics. Murray Funeral Home, Walton, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

 

[no obits]

 

Thursday, March 13, 2003

 

Lance T. Chumley

March 8, 2003 – March 11, 2003

Lance Thomas CHUMLEY, three days, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

Lance Thomas was born at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, to Lyndee BYERS and Thomas CHUMLEY, 6131 S. Burch Lane, Rochester. They survive.

Other survivors include twin sister Leigha [CHUMLEY]; grandparents, Patrick and Barbara ALLEN, Delong, Jeff and Lisa BYERS, Rochester, and Thomas W. CHUMLEY, Texas; great-grandparents, Edward and Joan BATCHELOR, Rochester, Bill and Dixie STEPHENS, Illinois, Robert KIRK, Culver, and Rev. Floyd and Margaret ALLEN, Delong; several aunts and uncles, including aunts Hollie STEPHENS, Stephanie ALLEN, Ashley ALLEN and Jessica CHUMLEY, and uncles Jeff BYERS Jr., Brett BYERS, Patrick ALLEN and Ryan CHUMLEY.

Preceding in death were four great-grandparents.

Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Gospel Lighthouse Church, Delong, with Rev. Floyd ALLEN officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services. Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Friday, March 14, 2003

 

Mary G. Fleury

May 7, 1920 - March 12, 2003

Mary Genevieve FLEURY, 82, 106 W. Washington St., Monterey, died at 1140 p.m. Wednesday at Indiana Veterans Home, West Lafayette.

Survivors include two sons, James C. and Edward A. [FLEURY], both of Monterey, and one sister, Marcella NIDIFFER, Marquette, Mich.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Monterey, with Rev. Bert WOOLSON officiating.  Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Saturday, March 15, 2003

 

[no obits]

 

Monday, March 17, 2003

 

Maggie Bowder

Maggie BOWDER, 69, 4684 N. Indiana 25, died at 12:53 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Opal Hoover

Opal HOOVER, 98, Tippecanoe, died at 7:10 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Josephine Warner

Josephine WARNER, 93, Wynnfield Crossing, died at 3:50 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

 

Magnolia “Maggie” Collins Bowden

March 1, 1934 – March 14, 2003

Magnolia “Maggie” COLLINS BOWDEN, 69, Rochester, died at 12:53 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include her husband, John [BOWDEN], Rochester; four sons, Lee HOWARD Jr., Wabash, Kenny HOWARD, Argos, Leslie HOWARD, Nappanee, and Paul HOWARD, Rochester; one daughter, Sue CLEMONS, Cromwell; three sisters, Geneva WALLEN, Kendallville, Marlene MILLER, Auburn, and Clora MONTGOMERY, Shelby, Ohio; four brothers, Comodora SHEPHERD, Combs, Ky., Beauford SHEPHERD, Corunna, Bud and Thelmar HANDSHOE, both of Auburn.

Graveside services are at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorials may be made to the family.


Kenneth D. Hohman

Kenneth D. HOHMAN, 85, 8611 S. Kosciusko County Road 500 West, Silver Lake, died at 11:10 p.m. Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Opal A. Hoover

Jan. 2, 1905 – March 17, 2003

Opal A. HOOVER, 98, formerly of Tippecanoe, died at 7:10 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in North Manchester to Ray and Ella PENCE RODOCKER, she married Howard A. “Tony” HOOVER July 18, 1921, in Crown Point. He died Feb. 16, 1991.

Mrs. Hoover moved to Tippecanoe from Claypool. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Emery (Phyllis) ROWLAND, Claypool; four grandchildren, Douglas MARKS, Plymouth, Avis WILKINSON and Roger ROWLAND, both of Syracuse, and Dennis ROWLAND, Claypool; nine great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with her husband was one half sister.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Rodney RUBERG officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Tippecanoe Emergency Medical Services.

 

Neva Olson

Neva OLSON, 89, Burket, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Elizabeth V. Sausaman

Oct. 19, 1922 – March 17, 2003

Elizabeth V. SAUSAMAN, 80, Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, formerly of Akron, died at 12:48 p.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Born in Bourbon to Irvin and Eva SWICK McHATTON, she married Robert F. SAUSAMAN Sr. Nov. 20, 1941, in Akron. He died July 9, 1967.

Mrs. Sausaman, a homemaker, was a member of Akron United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Randy (Mary) STUTZMAN, Mentone; three sons, Robert F. [SAUSAMAN[ Jr., Columbia City, Larry G. [SAUSAMAN] and wife Margorie, Mexico, Steve K. [SAUSAMAN] and wife Debra, Warsaw; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma PORTER KERSEY, Danville.

Preceding in death with her husband were three brothers, Rex, William and Gerald McHATTON.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Stevan HAIFLICH, of Akron United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.


Clara F. Sommers Sayers

Jan. 27, 1914 – March 16, 2003

Clara Fern SOMMERS SAYERS, 89, Star City, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

Born in Kewanna to Lewis L. and Mary Ida KEIPER McKEE, she married Lee W. SOMMERS May 1, 1932, at the Royal Center United Methodist parsonage. He died July 13, 1974. She married Keith SAYERS March 31, 1979, in Star City. He survives.

Mrs. Sayers, a homemaker, was a member of Star City United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a 1932 Royal Center High School graduate.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, Richard L. SOMMERS and wife Madaline, Star City; two daughters, Carol J. MARTIN, Coppell, Texas, and Mary L. SAYERS and husband Ed, Kewanna; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Wilma KISTLER, Ellettsville; one sister-in-law, Frances McKEE, South Bend; and one stepsister-in-law, Alice MONESMITH, Fulton.

Preceding in death with her first husband was one brother, Robert L. McKEE, one infant brother, Lewis Roy McKEE, one stepbrother, Oscar MONESMITH, and one son-in-law, Ronald L. MARTIN.

Services are at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with Rev. Kevin MARSH and Rev. David SOMMERS officiating. Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. Thursday until time of service. Memorials may be made to Star City United Methodist Church.

 

Josephine Warner

Jan. 1, 1910 – March 17, 2003

Josephine WARNER, 93, Wynnfield Crossing, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in the Antioch Community of Fulton County to Franklin and Sophia TETZLAFF GORDON, she married Henry O. WARNER Jan. 2, 1937, in Kokomo. He died Jan. 15, 1988.

Mrs. Warner was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter, Ellen JONES and husband Elvin, Leavenworth, Kan.; two sons, David [WARNER] and wife Carol, Warsaw, and Robert [WARNER] and wife Carol, Logansport; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ida SHAFER, Rochester, and Mabel UMBAUGH, Crown Point; one brother, Lester GORDON, Rochester.

Preceding in death with her husband were one sister, Pauline CRANMER, and three brothers, Howard, Carl and Arthur GORDON.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Russell GORDON officiating. Burials will be at IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

 

Nellie M. Cannedy

Nellie M. CANNEDY, 87, 330 W. 12th St., died Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.


Kenneth D. Hohman

Sept. 16, 1917 – March 17, 2003

Kenneth D. HOHMAN, 85, 8611 S. Kosciusko County Road 500 West, Silver Lake, died at 11:10 p.m. Monday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene E. WRAY HOHMAN, at home; and one son, Kevin [HOHMAN], Silver Lake.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Neva B. Olson

Feb. 10, 1914 – March 17, 2003

Neva B. OLSON, 89, 104 W. Main St., Burket, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Mentone Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Jess A. Thomas

Jess A. THOMAS, 85, died at 7:35 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Lowell E. Young

June 6, 1926 – March 18, 2003

Lowell E. YOUNG, 76, 10526 W. Fulton County Road 400 North, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday at his residence following a sudden illness.

Born southwest of Leiters Ford to Jesse and Bessie SHIDAKER YOUNG, he married Thelma Irene SMITH April 15, 1959, in Plymouth. She died March 29, 1998.

Mr. Young was in failing health for six years. A lifetime Leiters Ford resident, he retired from farming, which was his lifetime occupation. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran of the Pacific Theater.

Survivors include one sister, Anjean PETERSON and husband Deane, Kewanna; twin brothers, Delbert V. and Elbert V. [YOUNG], both of Rochester, near Leiters Ford; one niece, Vivian PETERSON, Kewanna; three nephews, John OVERMYER, Rochester, Don PETERSON, Kewanna, and Dwight PETERSON, Winamac.

Preceding in death with his wife were his parents, one sister, Doris OVERMYER, and two brothers, Elmer and Marion YOUNG.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Buck PADILLA officiating. Burial will be at Moon Cemetery, eight miles northwest of Rochester near Leiters Ford. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2003

 

Sherril L. Ness

Sherril Lee NESS, 48, 1109 E. Ninth St., died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


Nellie M. Cannedy

Feb. 25, 1916 – March 18, 2003

Nellie Mae CANNEDY, 87, 330 W. 12th St., died at 5:04 p.m. Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver, where she had been a patient since December.

Born in Goreville, Ill., to Otis and Mary JENKINS WHITE, she married Lester L. CANNEDY Feb. 24, 1935, in Goreville, Ill. He died April 20, 1999.

Mrs. Cannedy came to Fulton County in 1950 from Naperville, Ill. She was in failing health for three years. A homemaker, she was well-known for her seamstress work and quilting. She was a mail carrier for Rural Route 1, Culver, for several years and was a member of First Church of God, Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Vicki L. COOLEY and husband Gerald, Knox; three sons, Robert Samuel “Sam” [CANNEDY] and wife Marilyn and Gene ]CANNEDY] and wife Donna, all of Rochester, G. Wayne [CANNEDY] and wife Sharlene, Ditrus Heights, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie BAUMAN, Marion, Ill., and Faye PIERCE and husband Junior, Corning, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Cannedy was one of nine children.

Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Church of God, 100 W. Third St., with Rev. David DITTMAN and Rev. Leonard JACKSON officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made in her name to First Church of God, Rochester.

 

Jesse A. Thomas

Feb. 20, 1918 – March 19, 2003

Jesse Ault THOMAS, 85, died at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., to Pless and Elizabeth MEDFORD THOMAS, he married Maggie E. HACKNEY in 1941 in Knoxville, Tenn. She died July 21, 1967.

Mr. Thomas was a retired truck driver and construction worker. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include four daughters, Rebecca TAYLOR and husband Eddie, Rochester, Joyce ALONZO and husband Ramiro and Maggie HOLT and husband Eddie, all of Chicago, Ill., and Patricia THOMAS, Rensselaer; four sons, John [THOMAS], Knoxville, Tenn., Pete [THOMAS] and wife Patty, Bell Gardens, Calif., Gorden [THOMAS] and wife Sheri, Sun City, Calif., and Jesse [THOMAS] and wife Evelyn, Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Mabel CANNON, Knoxville, Tenn.; 50 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with his wife were one daughter, Carolyn F. CLINE, two grandchildren, Melissa A. SLATER and Michael Forest, and three brothers, John W., Phillip and Decater THOMAS.

Services are at noon Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Robert GEORGE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery where the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Rochester, will conduct military rites. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God, Rochester.


Josephine Warner

Jan. 1, 1910 – March 17, 2003

Josephine WARNER, 93, Wynnfield Crossing, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in the Antioch Community of Fulton County to Franklin and Sophia TETZLAFF GORDON, she married Harry O. WARNER Jan. 2, 1937, in Kokomo. He died Jan. 15, 1988.

Mrs. Warner was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter, Ellen JONES and husband Elvin, Leavenworth, Kan.; two sons, David [WARNER] and wife Carol, Warsaw, and Robert [WARNER] and wife Carol, Logansport; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ida SHAFER, Rochester, and Mabel UMBAUGH, Crown Point; one brother, Lester GORDON, Rochester.

Preceding in death with her husband were one sister, Pauline CRANMER, and three brothers, Howard, Carl and Arthur GORDON.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Russell GORDON officiating. Burials will be at IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from             4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

 

Friday, March 21, 2003

 

Neda Huddleston

Neda HUDDLESTON, 71, 6416 W. Fulton County Road 500 North, died at 1:40 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Helen V. McClain

Helen V. McCLAIN, 82, died at 3:35 a.m. today at her 1310 Sunwood Dr., South Bend, residence. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Sherril L. Ness

Nov. 3, 1954 – March 19, 2003

Sherril Lee NESS, 48, 1109 E. Ninth St., died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

Mr. Ness was born in Rochester to Roy Earl and Lillian E. BUTTON NESS. He was a machinist programmer for industrial inspection. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Rochester, and the Fulton County Conservation Club.

Survivors include special friend, Linda MOSGROVE, Rochester; four sisters, Lorraine GRAY and husband Merle, Camden, Irma JOHNSON and husband Robert, Akron, Betty Lou SMITH and husband James, Tulsa, Okla., and Wilma Jean HARVEY and husband Weldon, Talma; three brothers, Thomas Earl [NESS] and wife Carolyn, Rochester, Leonard Dale ]NESS] and wife Virginia, Long Beach, Calif., and Chester LeRoy [NESS’, St. Francisville, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Dawn HOBSCHEIDT, Denver, Colo.; and one grandchild.

Preceding in death were his parents, one brother, Vernal Robert NESS, in 1998, and one son, Seth NESS, in 2002.

Services are at 4 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Paul M. CECRLE officiating. Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services.


Virgil L. Reinholt

Virgil L. REINHOLT, 77, 20858 Sage Rd., Culver died at 7:37 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Saturday, March 22, 2003

 

Martha C. “Cathie” Marvel

Aug. 23, 1924 – March 21, 2003

Martha Catherine “Cathie” JONES MARVEL, 78, Brown County, died at 12:05 a.m. Friday at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, where she had been a patient two weeks.

Born near Attica to John Jacob and Erma Ruth JONES Sr., she was raised in Attica and graduated from Attica High School in 1942. She received a bachelor of science degree in liberal science at Purdue University. She also lived in Warsaw, Lafayette and Carmel, coming to Brown County in 1980.

Cathie married William F. MARVEL Sept. 17, 1949, in Attica. He survives.

Mrs. Marvel worked during World War II at Wright Air Field, Ohio. She was an assistant librarian at Carmel-Clay Schools. While working in schools, she attended Indiana University, studying library science. She was head librarian at Pendleton-Fall Creek Library and volunteered for Brown County Schools, retiring in 1978.

She was a Brownie leader, 4-H leader, president of the League of Women Voters in Lafayette and Hamilton County, and was a member of Purdue Alumni Association, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Brown County Farm Bureau.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are two daughters, Susan Elizabeth MARVEL and husband Dan McCARTHY, Rochester, Deborah Catherine WESLEY and husband Jon, Carmel; two sisters, Alta Virginia “Casey” HAYES and Erma Ruth WALKER, both of Attica; one brother, John Jacob JONES Jr., Plainfield; five grandchildren, Christina, Catherine WESLEY, Kevin William Marvel McCARTHY, Christopher Andrew WESLEY, Regan Suzanne MARVEL McCARTHY and Michael David WESLEY.

Preceding in death was one brother, Abbott Ensley “Stevie” JONES.

Services are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Maus Funeral Home, Attica, with Rev. Kate WALKER officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Attica. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Attica Public Library.

 

Virgil L. Reinholt

Jan. 12, 1926 – March 20, 2003

Virgil L. REINHOLT, 77, 20858 Sage Rd., Culver, died at 7:37 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Survivors include his wife, Betty L. [REINHOLT], at home; two sons, Dennis [REINHOLT], Rochester, and Michael, [REINHOLT] Walkerton; two daughters, Linda SHEDROW, Bradenton, Fla., and Brenda SELLERS, Bristol.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Mary Clara “Ieraci” Young

March 21, 2003

Mary Clara (IERACI) YOUNG, age 71, of Fort Myers, Florida died March 21, 2003. Mrs. Young was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She moved here with her husband Richard  [YOUNG] in 1980 from Ohio. Mrs. Young worked and retired from the Florida Dept. of Children and Families in 2000. She attended Indiana University at South Bend and worked for Studebaker Corporation. Mrs. Young is a member of Church of the Resurrection, Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, and the Poetry Guild and was an accomplished poet.

Mary and her loving husband Richard shared their 50th wedding anniversary on March 20, 2003. She is survived by her loving husband Richard, sons Mark A. (Sharon) YOUNG of Naples, Fla, Matthew R. (Annette) YOUNG of Orlando, Fla., Michael C. (Cathy) [YOUNG] of Greenville, SC., daughters, Melissa V. (Julito) ENRIQUE of Palm Harbor, Fla., Susan J. (Kevin) SIWA of Sugarland, Tx., mother, Josephine IERACI of South Bend, brothers, Frank IERACI, James IERACI, and sister, Rosemary COOMES, all of South Bend, grandchildren, Shannon, Lindsay and Ryan YOUNG, Dayna, Kara SIEWA, Ashley, Justin and Sydney YOUNG, Mandi, Jennifer and Stephanie YOUNG. Her father, Joseph IERACI preceded Mrs. Young in death. Mary’s family will receive friends Sunday, March 23, 2 to 5 p.m. at Kiser Funeral Home, 9231 Cypress Lake Drive. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at church of the Resurrection on Monday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. Internment will be in Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the American Lung Association, 1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers, Fla 33919.

 

Monday, March 24, 2003

 

Velva M. “Bib” Couch

March 26, 1923 – March 22, 2003

Velva M. “Bib” COUCH, 79, Marion, died at 10:28 a.m. Saturday at Marion General Hospital.

Survivors inlcude two sons, Dan [COUCH], Plymouth, and Tim [COUCH], Gas City; two daughters, Kathy STEELE, Marion, and Rita CHALK, South Whitley; one brother, Robert WILLIAMS, Marion; four sisters, Doris GREEN Hartford City, Kate ZILLER, St. Augustine, Fla., Helen FAUNCE, Gas City, and Florence WILLIAMS, Danville, Ill.

Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Home, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Neda Jo Huddleston

June 5, 1931 – March 21, 2003

Neda Jo HUDDLESTON, 71, 6416 W. Fulton County Road 500 North, died at 1:40 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where she had been a resident six weeks.

Born in Kokomo to Quinten Alex and Marguerite MICHAELS LYTLE, she married William E. HUDDLESTON in August 1954 in Frankfort. He survives.

Mrs. Huddleston came to Rochester from Frankfort, in Clinton County, 47 years ago. She worked in the food services department at the former Aubbeenaubbee School, Leiters Ford and Culver Community Schools, for several years. She also worked at the former Will-Wood Cafe, Leiters Ford, and was a member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, near Leiters Ford, where she served on the mission board. She was also a member of the Richland Center Rebekah Lodge


and Fulton County Historical Society.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, Billy J. [HUDDLESTON] and wife Penney, Rochester; two grandchildren, Clayton and Page HUDDLESTON, both of Rochester; one brother, Tommy Dean LYTLE and wife “Pat,” Indianapolis; and special friends, Allen and Mary CHESSER and Jane CROY.

Preceding in death were her parents, one grandson, John W. HUDDLESTON, in 1980, one brother, Max E. LYTLE, and one stepson, James L. HUDDLESTON.

Private family services were conducted Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Rev. Don METZGER officiated.

 

Helen V. McClain

Jan. 16, 1921 – March 21, 2003

Helen V. McCLAIN, 82, died at 3:25 a.m. Friday at her 1310 Sunwood Dr., South Bend, residence.

Born in South Bend to George and Elizabeth MAGYAR ROJICS, she married James G. McCLAIN July 28, 1972, in Kalamazoo, Mich. He preceded in death.

Mrs. McClain had been in failing health six months. A South Bend resident most of her life, she worked at the former Ball-Band Corp., Mishawaka, for several years. She was a licensed beautician in South Bend.

Survivors include one son, James [McCLAIN] and wife June, South Bend; three grandsons, James D. McCLAIN Jr. and wife Linda and Jayme D. McCLAIN and wife Judy, all of Jones, Mich., and Jerry D. McCLAIN, South Bend; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty HOUGHTON, Mishawaka, Irene HORNYAK, Silver Lake, Mich., and Margaret McINTYRE, South Bend; and one brother, George ROJICS, Florida.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, two sisters and three brothers.

A private family viewing was held at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Entombment will be at Highland Cemetery, South Bend. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Lewis D. Townsend

Lewis D. TOWNSEND, 55, Deedsville, died Saturday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

John L. Moriarty

John L. MORIARTY, 62, 406 N. Maple St., Argos, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Roberta H. Oatney

Roberta H. OATNEY, 84, 117 W. 12th St., died at 2:32 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.


Patrik H. Rowe

Patrik H. ROWE, 56, Attica, formerly of Rochester, died at 3 p.m. Monday near Roseau, Minn. Arrangements are pending at Maus Funeral Home, Attica, and Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

 

John L. Moriarty

July 12, 1940 – March 24, 2003

John Larry MORIARTY, 62, 406 N. Maple St., Argos, died at 12:35 p.m. Monday at Americare of Goshen.

Survivors include one son, Jack Lewis MORIARTY, Argos; three sisters, Marilyn SMILEY and Shirley KNEZEVICH, both of Argos, and Linda Jean FULLER, Wakarusa; and two brothers, James MORIARTY, Argos, and Terry MORIARTY, Plymouth.

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Roberta A. Oatney

Sept. 24, 1918 – March 24, 2003

Roberta A. OATNEY, 84, 117 W. 12th St., died at 2:32 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Rushville, Ohio, to Roy and Bertha BONTRAGER, she married John H. OATNEY March 23, 1938, in Rushville, Ohio. He died April 11, 1993.

Mrs. Oatney came to Rochester from Amboy, Ill., in 1958. She was a homemaker and a beautician and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, Ronald [OATNEY] and wife Kathryn, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter-in-law, Laura OATNEY, Wilmette, Ill.; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Anne and Margaret Leigh OATNEY, Wilmette, Ill.; two grandsons, Steven OATNEY, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael OATNEY and wife Rev. Clare, Dearborn, Mich.; two great-grandsons, John and Peter OATNEY, Dearborn, Mich.; one sister, Freda MORROW, Lancaster, Ohio.

Preceding in death with her husband was one son, Karl OATNEY, March 1, 2002, two sisters and one brother.

Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Halteman-Fett-Dyer Funeral Home, 436 N. Broad St., Lancaster, Ohio. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lancaster, Ohio. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services Friday at Halteman-Fett-Dyer Funeral Home.

 

Mary A. Smith

Mary A. SMITH, 82, Lowell, passed away Monday.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Shelby Senior Citizens and attended Shelby Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Tom BRUGH and wife Betty, Lake Station, John BRUGH and wife Gloria, Lansing, Ill., and Bill SMITH and wife Debbie, Vine Grove, Ky.; one daughter, Rebecca WILLIAMS and husband Bryant, Crown Point; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Christine MARSH and husband Clifford, Shelby, Ida POWELL and husband John, N. Little Rock, Ark., and Ruth PAXTON and husband Ed, Rochester; and one brother, Worley STINNETT and wife Lois, Valparaiso.

Preceding in death were her husband, Guy [SMITH], and parents, James L. and Georgeanna


STINNETT.

Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, with Rev. Charles HOCHMUTH officiating. Burial will be at West Creek Cemetery, Lowell. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Keith W. Tyler

 Keith W. “Judge” TYLER, 92, Wynnfield Crossing, died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2003

 

Richard C. Brown

Aug. 22, 1916 – March 26, 2003

Richard Carl BROWN, 86, 121 Eagle Lane, Fairfield Glade, Tenn., died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Wyndrite Health & Rehabilitation Center, Crossville, Tenn. He was a patient there for nine days.

A former Lake Manitou resident, he was born in Chicago, Ill., to Frederick and Margaret BROWN. He married Irma L. REED Dec. 28, 1945, in Chicago, Ill. She died Nov. 8, 1996.

Mr. Brown resided in the Fairfield Glade, Tenn., area, near Clarksville, Tenn., for 22 years, moving there from Indianapolis. Prior to that, he lived at Lake Manitou, Rochester. He was a district sales manager for the fire and rescue division of Mack Truck Sales, Allentown, Penn., for several years. He was a member of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Carol Lynn BROWN, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

Preceding in death with his wife were his parents and one daughter, Cheryl Lee BROWN, Jan. 16, 1965.

Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with Rev. Jill WALLEY officiating. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Patrik “Pat” H. Rowe

Feb. 23, 1947 – March 24, 2003

Patrik “Pat” H. ROWE, 56, Attica, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Lake of the Woods in Roseau, Minn., while on a fishing trip.

Born in Indianapolis to Dr. Howard H. and Margaret LEE ROWE, he was raised in Rochester, graduating from Rochester High School in 1965. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1970 and a master’s degree in education in 1984 from Indiana State University.

Mr. Rowe was a high school science teacher, teaching at Attica Consolidated School Corp. He began his teaching career in Attica in 1974 and was the high school’s football coach from 1974 to 1985, leading his team to the regional finals.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, and Eagles Lodge 2596, Attica. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting.

He married Patsy L. HUNTER June 29, 1996, in Plymouth. She survives. Other survivors include two stepdaughters, Wendy KEITH and husband Scott, Deedsville, and Haley VanDALSEN, Kokomo; two sisters, Lee Ann SAVAGE and husband Louis, Bluffton, Ohio, and Dina HEISHMAN and husband Steve, Plymouth; two grandchildren, Garrett and Hunter KEITH; seven nieces and nephews, Howard “Doc” NEWCOMB, Jean Ann LAUTZENHEISER, Mandi LUCAS, Sarah BRICKER, Joy SAVAGE, Lea HEISHMAN and Curtis HEISHMAN.

Preceding in death were his parents.


Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Howard NEWCOMB officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Attica High School gymnasium annex and from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Patrik H. Rowe Scholarship Fund, c/o Central National Bank & Trust, 2 S. Perry St., Attica, IN 47918.

 

Keith W. Tyler

Nov. 10, 1910 – March 25, 2003

Keith W. “Judge” TYLER, 92, Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester, died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born in Ligonier to Anthony Wayne and Daisy CAGLE TYLER, he married Vivian Margaret McDANIEL Dec. 25, 1936, in Elwood. She survives.

“Judge” Tyler and his wife came to Lake Manitou, Rochester, in 1950. He was an attorney and judge in Indianapolis and served as a part-time judge in Fulton County. He was a member of the American Legion, the Lake Manitou Association, the Indiana Bar Association, a 32nd Degree Mason, Indianapolis Shrine and Scottish Rite, Lake Manitou Moose Lodge and the Marion and Fulton County Bar Association. He was past president of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. “Judge” Tyler was a U.S. Army Lieutenant during World War II. He attended Michigan State University and graduated from Indiana University School of Law.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Deana K. STEARNS and husband Ben, Helena, Mont., Sandi S. VanDYKE, Pensacola, Fla., and Karen BOHN and husband Gene, Bristol; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Woody SLADE and Rev. Dan MUNDT officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Rochester posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Saturday. There will be a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, March 28, 2003

 

Richard H. Bailey

July 21, 1921 – March 26, 2003

Richard H. BAILEY, 81, Winamac, formerly of Logansport, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

Born in Logansport to Henry J. and Golda M. WATTS BAILEY, he married Elisabeth      Van WAGENEN Dec. 17, 1944, in Corning, Iowa. She died May 26, 1995.

Mr. Bailey was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 60. With his brothers, and later his nephew, he owned and operated Bailey’s Clothing Store in downtown Logansport for 38 years. He was a lifelong member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Logansport. While residing in Winamac he attended and received pastoral care from the First Presbyterian Church of Winamac.

Mr. Bailey was a graduate of Culver Military Academy, where he was a member of the Academy’s famed Black Horse Troop. He attended Culver Junior College and Indiana University,

where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Very active in the community in his younger

years, he was a member of the Logansport Jaycees and was past president of the board of the Cass County Chapter of the American Red Cross, past president of Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce and Logansport Rotary Club where he served on the board of trustees.

Survivors include two daughters, Lois MORTON and husband Doug, Rochester, and Laura


BAILEY, Winamac; three grandchildren, Chris [MORTON] and wife Kim, South Bend, Rob [MORTON] and wife Christi, Flora, and Katie MORTON, Rochester; four great-grandchildren, Abby and Mackenzie MORTON, South Bend, Wylie and Mary Sue MORTON, Flora. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding in death with his wife were one great-grandson, Michael MORTON, and two brothers, Ed and Paul BAILEY.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport, with Rev. Terry PHLEGER officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Saturday, March 29, 2003

 

Viola M. Smith

Nov. 15, 1930 – March 28, 2003

Viola M. SMITH, 72, 340 Ohio Street, Rochester, died Friday at 8:15 a.m. at her son’s residence, 336 Ohio St., Rochester. She had been ill for 3 months.

Born to Robert and Katherine BUNNELL REESER, she lived in Rochester her entire life.

She married Richard D. SMITH on Sept. 11, 1946, in Rochester. He preceded in death on May 18, 1984.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and loved to travel. She had been employed at Brookside, formerly known as Torin of Rochester. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene of Rochester.

Survivors include.one daughter, Betty ZOPPE of Sarasota, Fla., one son, Richard D. SMITH and wife Jenelle of Rochester, two sisters, Doris SAILING and Margaret RUSH, both of Kokomo, one sister-in-law, Clara REESER of Rochester, 3 grandchildren, Mario ZOPPE and wife Elenor of Sarasota, Fla., Heather SCOTT and husband Adam of New Haven, and Amanda Lee NEWCOMBER, stationed in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, with the U.S. Army, and one great-grandson, Marcus Anthony NEWCOMBER.

Preceding in death with her husband are her parents, one daughter, Viola Marie SMITH in 1972, and one brother, Robert REESER.

Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Foster and Good Funeral Home, 128 W. 6th St., Rochester, with reverend Ronald C. PURKEY officiating. Burial will be at the Rochester IOOF cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Hospice.

 

Jane Grose

March 27, 1925 – March 28, 2003

Jane GROSE, 78, 1820 Bessmore Park, Rochester, died Friday at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester.

Survivors include husband, Thomas W. GROSE, and one daughter, Jan Lee GINTHER.

Preceding in death was one brother, Harold YOUNG.

Services are at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.


Monday, March 31, 2003

Alvin O. Cooper

Sept. 19, 1910 – March 28, 2003

Alvin O. COOPER, 92, 140 Homan Ave., Elkhart, died at 11:50 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where he was a patient for four months.

Born in Culver to William and Ethel O’CONNOR COOPER, he married Thelma K. KINDIG Oct. 10, 1936, in LaPorte. She survives.

Mr. Cooper, a welder, was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 88, Elkhart, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed working in his yard, fishing and hunting.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one sister, Goldie Marie MAGNER, Dowagiac, Mich.; and one half-sister, Edith TUCKER, Lake Placid, Fla., and several nieces and nephews

Preceding in death were one sister, one brother, two stepsisters, two stepbrothers and one half sister.

Services are at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home & Crematory, 700 E. Jackson St., Elkhart, with Rev. George HEYBOER of Knox First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Rice Cemetery, where the Elkhart Disabled Veterans Chapter 19 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Billie C. “Bill” Foor

March 21, 1924 – March 29, 2003

Billie C. “Bill” FOOR, 79, Rockford, Ill., died at 1:03 p.m. Saturday at his home.

Born March 21, 1924, in Macy to Orville and Nina CARVEY FOOR, he married Lois J. ROSE July 20, 1946, in Marion. She died Oct. 28, 2000. He married Hattie H. HOGUE FEECE Dec. 8, 2001, in Belton, Texas. She survives.

Mr. Foor moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1951 following graduation from Purdue University. He was employed by Sundstrand on the accessories and equipment technical committee of the Aircraft Association. He was also chief engineer of Belvidere Products, Belvidere, Ill., for several years. A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, he flew on B-24s and B-25s in the CBI Theater North Burma Air Task Force. In 1970, he founded Smith Ecological Systems, Inc., designing and developing floating surface aerators, a sludge removal system for clarifiers and a flow-through cyanide reduction system. He was a charter member of Blackhawk Flying Club, Masonic Lodge, a trustee of Rockford Elks Lodge 64, the American Water Works Association, Rockford Purdue Club, Purdue Alumni Association and the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Bill was a devoted family man. Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sons, Stephen C. [FOOR] and David C. [FOOR] and wife Kim, all of Rockford, Ill.; two daughters, Nancy BERG and husband Mitch and Susan KELLY and husband Pat, all of Rockford, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Janis FOOR, Rockford, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Jeffrey and Stephanie FOOR and Benjamin and Samantha BERG and Shannan and Dana FOOR; three stepchildren, Lynn WALSH and husband AJ, Texas, Dennis FEECE and wife Deborah and Carol KUZMICZ and husband Leonard, all of Indiana; nine stepgrandchildren; and one brother, Nobert [FOOR] and wife Ruth, of Ohio.

Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rockford, Ill., with Rev. Dr. David SMAZIK officiating. Burial will be in Scandinavian Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford, Ill. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established at Visiting Nurses and Swedish American Home Health Care.


Eleanor Knoop

Eleanor KNOOP, 76, Mentone, died at 2:44 a.m. today at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Calvin E. Ringle

Jan. 9, 1921 – March 30, 2003

Calvin Earl RINGLE, 82, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at his 616 Northgate Circle residence.

Survivors include his wife, Mae McCLAIN RINGLE, at home; two sons, Jerry [RINGLE], Rochester, and Rick [RINGLE], Kokomo; two daughters, Karon PATTERSON, Lynchburg, Va., and Mary WESTWOOD, Rochester; three sisters, Ethel WROCKLAGE, Convoy, Ohio, Alice DILLARD, Rochester, and Nancy STILES, Mentone.

Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. David DITTMAN officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Viola M. Smith

Nov. 15, 1930 – March 28, 2003

Viola M. SMITH, 72, 340 Ohio Street, Rochester, died Friday at 8:15 a.m. at her son’s residence, 336 Ohio St., Rochester. She had been ill for three months.

Born in White County to Robert and Katherine BUNNELL REESER, she lived in Rochester her entire life.

She married Richard D. SMITH Sept. 11, 1946, in Rochester. He preceded in death on May 18, 1984.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and loved to travel. She had been employed at Brookside, formerly known as Torin of Rochester. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene of Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty ZOPPE of Sarasota, Fla., one son, Richard D. SMITH and wife Janelle, Rochester, two sisters, Doris SAILING, Kokomo, and Margaret RUSH, Windfall, one sister-in-law, Clara RESER, Rochester, three grandchildren, Mario ZOPPE and wife Elenor, Sarasota, Fla., Heather SCOTT and husband Adam, New Haven, and Amanda Lee NEWCOMER, stationed in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, with the U.S. Army; and one great-grandson, Marcus Anthony NEWCOMER.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one daughter, Viola Marie SMITH in 1972, and one brother, Robert REESER.

Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, 128 W. Sixth St., Rochester, with Rev. Ronald C. PURKEY officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.


Tuesday, April 1, 2003

 

Eleanor E. Knoop

Sept. 12, 1926 – March 31, 2003

Eleanor E. KNOOP, 76, Mentone, died at 2:44 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include three daughters, Lynne DICKISON, Jacksonville, Fla., Norma BRIDGE, Bristol, England, and LuAnn KISSINGER, North Webster; one son, Andy [KNOOP], Columbia, Mo.; and one sister, Lamora LONGYEAR, Claypool.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Doris SMITH officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Claypool. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Calvin E. Ringle

Jan. 9, 1920 – March 30, 2003

Calvin Earl RINGLE, 83, died at 5 a.m. Sunday at his 616 Northgate Circle residence.

Mr. Ringle was born in Wyatt to Kenneth and Ruth WRIGHT RINGLE. He was married to Mae McCLAIN Dec. 25, 1941, in Star City at the home of the bride’s parents by Rev. Margaret BAKER. Mrs. Ringle survives.

Mr. Ringle lived most of his adult life in Fulton County. He retired from the Woodlawn Hospital maintenance department in 1985. He attended First Church of God, Rochester, and was a lifetime member of Eagles Lodge 852, Rochester. He was active with senior citizens.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two sons, Jerry [RINGLE] and wife Linda, Rochester, and Rick [RINGLE], Kokomo; two daughters, Karon PATTERSON and husband Richard, Lynchburg, Va., and Mary WESTWOOD and husband Edward, Rochester; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ethel WROCKLAGE, Convoy, Ohio, Alice DILLARD and husband Bernard, Rochester, and Nancy STILES, Mentone; several nieces and nephews

Preceding in death were his parents, one son, Gary [RINGLE], one brother and four sisters.

Services are at 3 p.m. today at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. David DITTMAN officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Fulton County Cancer Fund.

 

Erda Royer

Erda ROYER, 100, 106 E. Orchard St., Akron, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.


Wednesday, April 2, 2003

 

Erda E. Royer

Feb. 3, 1903 – March 31, 2003

Erda E. ROYER, 100, 106 E. Orchard St., Akron, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday at her residence.

Born in Waterloo to I. James and M. Dorothy SPANGLE ROBINSON, she married Vern F. ROYER June 24, 1938, in Waterloo. He died June 16, 1990.

Mrs. Royer was a teacher in Waterloo and at Columbia Elementary School, Rochester.

She was also a homemaker. She graduated from Tri State College, Angola, and Manchester College, North Manchester. She was a member of Akron Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon WILLIAMS, Greentown; one son, Jack [ROYER], Arlington, Va.; two grandsons, Mike WILLIAMS and wife Laura, Greentown, and Chris WILLIAMS, West Lafayette; one great-granddaughter, Cassandra WILLIAMS.

Preceding in death with her husband were one daughter, Linda ROYER, four brothers and two sisters.

Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Erin HUIRAS officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Center, 504 N. Bay Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580, or Akron Church of the Brethren, 212 S. Maple St., Akron, IN 46910.

 

Thursday, April 3, 2003

 

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Friday, April 4, 2003

 

Donald L. Coffing

Feb. 1, 1927 – April 3, 2003

Donald Leroy COFFING, 76, Peru, died at 11:25 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

Born in Cass County to Russell and Goldie WILES COFFING, he married Donna J. ZELLERS Sept. 5, 1948, in Twelve Mile. She survives.

Mr. Coffing was a retired farmer and worked for N & W Railroad. He was a former manager of The Alpine Village Flea Market. He was a member of Mexico Church of the Brethren and Masonic Lodge No. 347, Mexico. Mr. Coffing was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Twila COLLINS and husband David, Bunker Hill, Anita SHARP and husband Gene, Newburgh and Chris COFFING, Bunker Hill; three sons, Mike [COFFING] and wife Debbie, Coldwater, Mich., Mark [COFFING[ and wife Bonnie, and Danny SOFIANOS and wife Amy, all of Peru; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five sisters, June GARROW and Rachel STEWART, both of Mishawaka, Nina LYNCH, Rochester, Betty LEWIS, Twelve Mile and Joan COFFING, Indianapolis; and two brothers, Richard [COFFING], Roann and Dewey [COFFING], Burnettsville.

Preceding in death were his parents and one brother, Kenneth W. “Bill” COFFING.

Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Todd WENGER officiating. Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mexico Church of the Brethren or Miami-Wabash County Hospice.


Mary P. “Pat” DeSutter

March 23, 1912 – April 3, 2003

Mary Patricia “Pat” CARR DeSUTTER, 91, 302 E. Jackson St., Attica, died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday at Woodland Manor Nursing Home, Attica.

Born in Benton County to Patrick W. and Minnie ROYAL CARR, she married Frederick Francis “F.F.” DeSUTTER April 2, 1932, in Attica. He died July 28, 1987.

Mrs. DeSutter was a lifetime Attica resident and graduated from Attica High School. She was a clerk at Public Service Indiana and worked for 33 years at Indiana Gas Co. She attended St. Francis Xavier Church, where she was an organist for many years. She was a former precinct committeewoman for Logan Township serving in the Democratic party. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority, Attica.

Survivors include one daughter, Dianne ROBINSON, Attica; one brother, James CARR and wife Grace, Rochester; two granddaughters, Amanda TERRONES, Chicago, Ill. and Patricia HARGAN and husband Brian, Covington; two great-grandchildren, Will and Jack HARGAN, Covington.

Preceding in death were three brothers, Paul, Frances and Robert CARR.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Church, Attica, with Rev. Charles KLINE officiating. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Attica. Memorials may be made to the Lions Club Leader Dog Program.

 

Onis D. Moon

May 5, 1959 – April 3, 2003

Onis Deon MOON, 43, Twelve Mile, died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

Mr. Moon was born in Logansport to Wendell R. and Freida BOOKWALTER MOON. He was a homemaker.

Survivors include his parents, Twelve Mile, two brothers, Everett A. MOON, Twelve Mile and fiance LaVerne HARTZLER and Jerry Lee MOON and wife Mimi, Twelve Mile; one sister, Carmen Sue CARTER and husband Steve, Russiaville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Teri WHITE officiating. Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call from          6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Center, Logansport, or Twelve Mile First Responders.

 

Saturday, April 5, 2203

 

Helen M. Ellars

Helen M. ELLARS, 87, 1842 W. Fulton County Road 375 North, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Wilson

Aug. 26, 1921 - April 3, 2003

Ruth GOATES WORLTON WILSON, 81, died at 12:03 a.m. Thursday in the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Provo, Utah.  Born in Lehi, Utah, to Dr. William and Essie GOATES WORLTON, she married Ramon Browning WILSON on July 27, 1945, in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. They moved to Provo in 1979 upon retirement.

She was vice president of the Lehi High School student body and a graduate of Utah State University, where she was president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and secretary of the senior class. During World War II, she taught at Lehi High School while her husband, Ray, served in the U.S. Army.

Most of her adult life was spent in West Lafayette, where he was a Purdue University professor. She was a Purdue Women’s Club officer and faculty advisor of the Purdue Dames

Club.

Active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all her life, she was president of the Purdue Ward Relief Society, Primary and Young Women’s organizations and was a supervisor at the Washington, D.C., Temple. She was an accomplished seamstress and gourmet cook who befriended many Utah students at Purdue.

Survivors include two sisters Margaret HUNSAKER, Grants Pass, Ore., and Ann ALLEN, Midvale, Utah; three daughters Lynn WILSON, Evansville, JoAnne PRICE and husband Jeff, Sandy, Utah, Kay MORGAN and husband Thom, Farmington, Utah; two sons Bill WILSON and wife Sarah, Rochester, and Bruce WILSON and wife Julie, North Ogden, Utah. She was especially close to her 11 grandchildren, Angelle, Greg, J.D. and Kathleen PRICE, Luke and Hannah Josephine WILSON, Nicholas and Lindsey WILSON and Matt, Danny and Anna MORGAN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four infant siblings and one sister, Madge (Ferris) EVANS, San Diego.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Pleasant View Ninth Ward Chapel, 2445 N. 650 E., Provo, Utah. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Wing Mortuary, Lehi, Utah, and from 9 a.m. until services Monday at the chapel.

 

Monday, April 7, 2003

 

Helen M. Ellars

Sept. 4, 1915 – April 4, 2003

Helen M. ELLARS, 87, 1882 W. Fulton County Road 375 North, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester where she had been a patient three days.

Born in Philadelphia, Penn., to John William and Viola FRANCE ALBAN HENTZ, she married Gerald “Jerry” ELLARS Jan. 24, 1944, in Philadelphia. He died July 4, 1991.

Mrs. Ellars owned and operated Ellars Boat Landing Drive-In Restaurant and retired from Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, after 16 years. She was a member of Fulton County Historical Society, a past two-term president of Glen Owens American Legion Post 14, Peru, member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 120, Peru, and she taught Sunday school at Peru Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include one sister, Dorothea CUESTA, West Chester, Penn.; two nieces and three great-nieces.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, one cousin, Ruth LEWIS, one great-nephew and one great-great-nephew.

Private family services will be held at a later date. No visitation is planned. Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.


Suzi Herrera

Feb. 16, 1956 – April 4, 2003

Suzi HERRERA, 47, 13529 E. County Road 225 South, Akron, died at 1:35 p.m. Friday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, following a sudden illness.

Born in Revena, Ohio, to Herman and Margaret WILLARD FLETCHER, she married Ignacio J. “Poncho” HERRERA March 17, 1973, in Revena, Ohio. He survives.

Mrs. Herrera was a homemaker and had been a nurse. She was a wildlife and conservation rehabilitationist. She loved all animals and was a horse owner.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are two sons, Juan [HERRERA], North Manchester, and Jamie “Jay” [HERRERA], Kokomo. Half brothers and half sisters also survive.

Preceding in death were her parents.

Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Naves Funeral Home, 304 E. Main St., Lebanon, Tenn., with Rev. Danny SELLARS officiating. Burial will be at Wilson County Memorial Park, Lebanon, Tenn. Friends may call from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

Loyd F. Saner

Dec. 21, 1926 – April 5, 2003

Loyd F. SANER, 76, 111 Saner Drive, Akron, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, where he was a patient for one day. He was in failing health three years.

Born in Macy to Homer Clark and Ferrell SCHINDLER SANER, he married Doris POTTENGER June 30, 1947, in Akron. She survives.

Mr. Saner was a lifetime Fulton County resident. He was a 1944 Akron High School graduate and a U.S. Army veteran. He was very proud to have earned his Master Watchmaker Certificate from Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute, Inc., Pittsburgh. In 1948 he and his wife founded Saner Jewelry at the current location of Lake City Bank, Akron. In 1961 they founded Tic Toc Trophy Shop, Akron, and operated it until it was sold in 1980. He was a member of Akron Lions Club, American Mensa Society and attended Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Deanna LOVE and husband Mike, Akron, and Denise HOWE and husband Les, Huntington; one son, Dennis SANER, Mooresville; five grandchildren, Lisa HOWE, Huntington, Eric LOVE, Akron, Kevin HOWE, Huntington, Brian LOVE, Akron, and Matthew SANER, Mooresville; three brothers, Roy [SANER] and wife Marilyn, Akron, Fred [SANER] and wife Willodene, Silver Lake, and Charles [SANER] and wife Lily, Warren; one sister-in-law, Kay SANER, West Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews, most of who live in the Akron area.

Preceding in death were his parents and one brother, Robert SANER, in 2001.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Rob SEEWALD and Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at West Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester. Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church Building Fund.

 

Carl E. Swanson

Carl E. SWANSON, 86, 415 E. Sixth St., died Saturday at Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Fla. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Tuesday, April 8, 2003

 

Jacobus “Jack” Vandenbrink

Nov. 1, 1931 – April 5, 2003

Jacobus “Jack” VANDENBRINK, 71, Lake Bruce, died at 6:40 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine THORNTON VANDENBRINK, at home; two sons, Gary and Robert [VANDENBRINK], both of Toronto, Canada; one daughter, Madge KIMMELL, Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Joppe KETTLE, Holland.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

 

Carl E. Swanson

Feb. 12, 1917 – April 4, 2003

Carl Emil SWANSON, 86, 415 E. Sixth St., and 1700 Barefoot Williams Rd., Naples, Fla., died at 9:23 p.m. Friday at Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Fla., where he was a patient following a short illness.

Born in Brookston to August and Lillian Belle MOORE SWANSON, he married Helen Irene WOOLLEY Aug. 1, 1936, in Rochester. She survives.

Mr. Swanson came to Fulton County from Brookston at age 5. He has wintered in Naples, Fla., the past 28 years. In Florida, he was employed by Naples-Marco K.O.A Kampground for 20 years, and was voted employee of the year in 1991. He retired as a truck driver from Bendix Homes, Bourbon. He was a member of Olive Bethel Church of God. Mr. Swanson was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran of the Pacific Theater. An avid traveler, he had toured all 50 states and went to Alaska twice. He also loved gardening.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Phyllis HOWARD and husband Paul, and Patricia BLACKBURN and husband Kenneth, all of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Brad HOWARD and wife Laura, Auburndale, Fla., Jeff HOWARD and wife Kelly, Rochester, Paula WALTZ and companion Kent SCHOLL, Rochester, Andrew HOWARD and wife Crystal, Bradenton, Fla., Julie CALVERT and husband Marc, Rochester, Douglas BLACKBURN, South Bend, Kenneth J. “K.J.” BLACKBURN and wife Amy, Rochester; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters Ramona JOHNSON and husband Lee, Warsaw, and Ruby DICKSON, Culver. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

Preceding in death were his parents, one granddaughter, Selena Jo HOWARD, one sister, Edna DICKSON, five brothers, Frank, Linden, Albert, Harold and John SWANSON, and one son-in-law, Kenneth BLACKBURN, in 1992.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church, Seventh and Jefferson streets, Rochester, with Rev. Rick TAYLOR officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Rochester. Envelopes will be available for donation at the funeral home.

 

H. Demoine Town

H. Demoine TOWN, 92, 1414 Spear St., died at 12:25 a.m. today at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.


Thursday, April 10, 2003

 

Charles W. “Diamond” Middaugh

Charles W. “Diamond” MIDDAUGH, 90, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen.

 

H. Demoine Town

Aug. 23, 1910 – April 9, 2003

H. Demoine TOWN, 92, 1414 Spear St., died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, South Bend, where he was a patient one week. Prior to that he was a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend, for three weeks.

Born north of Richland Center in Fulton County to Charles and Cora Etta COLE TOWN, he married Irene A. BRINEY Oct. 6, 1934, in Rochester near Lake Manitou. She survives.

Mr. Town was in failing health three years. A lifetime Fulton County resident, was involved in farming and was well known for his skills as a carpenter and an electrician. He was a member of First Christian Church, Rochester, and was active in the Talma-Newcastle Township Lions Club.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Janet BRIDEGROOM and husband Tom, Avon, Juanita YODER and husband John, Middleburg, Penn., and Judy EVANS and husband Mick, Rochester; one son, Jack Allen TOWN and wife Peg, Leesburg; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were his parents, one grandson, Jeffery TOWN, and three brothers, Gilford, Ronald and infant Luther [TOWN].

Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Woody SLADE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or the American Heart Association.

 

Friday, April 11, 2003

 

William A. Cessna

March 20, 1926 – April 10, 2003

William A. CESSNA, 77, 1945 N. Fulton County Road 1200 West, Kewanna, died at 9:55 p.m. Thursday at Starke Memorial Hospital, Knox.

Born in Rochester to Otto F. and Louise E. ARMSTRONG CESSNA, he married Barbara Jean GOOCH April 14, 1951, in Fulton County. She survives.

Mr. Cessna was a farmer and a rural mail carrier in the Kewanna area. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in the Philippines during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose Lodge.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are three daughters, Deborah Lynn CESSNA and husband Julio A. RAMIREZ, West Lafayette, Kimberly Jo HAZLETT, Rochester, and Barbara Jan and husband Timothy E. BRUCE, Remington; six grandchildren, Laurie FEECE, Rochester, Meghan E., Amanda and Kaleb HAZLETT, all of Rochester, and Joshua R. and Sarah E. BRUCE, both of Remington; one brother, Robert [CESSNA] and wife Kathleen, Rochester; one sister, Ann and husband Wilson SADOWSKY, Madison; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were his parents, an infant daughter, Denise Ann CESSNA, and one brother, Fredrick CESSNA.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home,


Rochester, where private services will be held. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Charles W. “Diamond” Middaugh

April 28, 1912 – April 8, 2003

Charles W. “Diamond” MIDDAUGH, 90, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Judith HUTCHISON, Fulton; and one son, William D. [MIDDAUGH], Las Vegas, Nev.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 605 S. Center St., Bremen. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mishler Funeral Home, 2030 Indiana 331, Bremen, and one hour prior to services at the church.

 

Saturday, April 12, 2003

 

Robert J. May

Oct. 10, 1936 - April 11, 2003

Robert J. MAY, 66, 6563 W.  County Road 850 South, Claypool, died at 8:35 a.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby J. SPARKS, Warsaw; two daughters, Bobbie Sue WELCH, North Carolina, and Robin MAY, Warsaw; five sons, John [MAY], Claypool; Bill ]MAY], Tennessee, Carson [MAY], Burket, and George and Rodney [MAY], both of Mentone; two sisters, Barb FRANCIS and Sue DAVIS, both of Warsaw; and three brothers, Bill and Richard [MAY], both of Warsaw, and Gene [MAY], Etna Green.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.  Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, April 14, 2003

 

Eugene W. Young

Aug. 4, 1934 – April 13, 2003

Eugene W. YOUNG, 68, 11277 Whispering Way, Culver, died at 10:10 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

Born in Chicago Ill., to Clarence and Leona FRANKS YOUNG, he married Joan IIAMES Aug. 29, 1969, in Cicero, Ill. She survives.

Mr. Young came to Culver five years ago from Cicero, Ill. He was a retired stationary engineer at Golub & Co., Chicago, Ill.

Surviving with is wife, at home, are one son, Daniel [YOUNG] and wife Sue, Carol Stream, Ill.; two daughters, Carol DANGLE and husband William, Naperville, Ill., and Patricia BERES and husband Gil, Carol Stream, Ill.; five grandchildren; three sisters, Barbara MANIGLIA and Beverly MALLAHAN, both of Cicero, Ill., and Nancy KIBLER, Culver.

Preceding in death were his parents.

Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sourek Manor Funeral Home, Cicero, Ill. Burial will be at Mt. Auburn Memorial Park, Stickney, Ill. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bonine Funeral Home, Culver, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sourek Manor Funeral Home, Cicero, Ill. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Marshall County.


Harold R. Gunter

Harold Ray GUNTER, 71, Fulton, died at 11:25 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

 

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

 

Harold R. Gunter

Aug. 19, 1931 – April 13, 2003

Harold Ray GUNTER, 71, 504 Park St., Fulton, died at 11:25 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Grass Creek to Cecil and Ruth FORD GUNTER, he married Avice R. ECKHART Aug. 31, 1957, in Fulton. She survives.

Mr. Gunter was a former employee of the Fulton County Highway Department and retired from T.M. Morris Co., Fulton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Gale SHULL and husband Tim, Rochester; one son, Jeffrey [GUNTER] and wife Chris, Peru; two granddaughters, Tracey SWICK and Chelsey EMMONS; two sisters, Mildred MULLINS and husband Ralph, Rochester, and Marjorie EASTERDAY, Winamac; three brothers, George R. [GUNTER] and wife Mary, Silt, Colo., Ralph [GUNTER] and wife Janet, Rochester, and Richard D. “Tom” [GUNTER] Mays Landing, N.J.; three stepgrandchildren, Kenny TOWSEN, Kimberly and Amanda SHAW; one step great-grandson, Joshua BOYLET.

Preceding in death were three brothers.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Fulton Cemetery with Rev. George HAPNER officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Disabled American Veterans. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles W. Middaugh

April 28, 1912 – April 8, 2003

Charles W. “Diamond” MIDDAUGH, 90, formerly of Bremen, died at 10:30 p.m. April 8 at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Bremen to Abner and Laura WHITE MIDDAUGH, he married Phyllis M. DAVIS. She died in 1947.

Mr. Middaugh retired from Bendix Corp. after 33 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bremen, and a former member of the Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include one daughter, Judith HUTCHISON and husband Leroy, Fulton; and one son, William D. [MIDDAUGH], Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death with his wife were five brothers.

Services were Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 605 S. Center St., Bremen. Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen, was in charge of arrangements.


Wednesday, April 16, 2003

 

Robert L. Allen

October 8, 1921 – April 15, 2003

Robert Louis ALLEN Sr., 81, 801 East Walnut Street, Akron, died at 12:11 p.m. Tuesday at his home. He had been in failing health for several years and bedfast the last six months.

The son of George W. and Esther Izetta FUNKE ALLEN, he was born October 8, 1921, in Niagara Falls, New York. After graduating from Niagara Falls High School in 1939, he attended the University of Alabama until World War II naval duty sent him to the South Pacific aboard the destroyer David W. Taylor. Upon his return to civilian life, he earned a degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, in 1946. He later completed work for a master’s degree at Memphis State, now the University of Memphis.

His 38-year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. Inc. took him from Niagara Falls to Memphis, Tenn., to Beaumont, Texas, and back to Memphis. He and his wife, the former J. Phyllis KKRUGER, whom he married Dec. 28, 1943, in Niagara Falls, moved to Akron in 1983 from Memphis. She died March 13, 1986. On July 30, 1989, he married the former Ann KINDIG in Akron. She survives.

An active worker for his adopted community, he was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church and Akron Revitalization Committee. He was a former member of the Akron Town Council and Akron’s first Comprehensive Plan Commission. Until failing health forced his resignation, he was a member of the Local Coordinating Council and an RSVP volunteer. He was also a member of Memphis Lodge No. 118 Free and Accepted Masons, the David W. Taylor Association and the Warsaw Astronomical Society. He enjoyed traveling, classical music, the opera, playing bridge, hunting, fishing, bowling, golf, sharing his love of history with others and working to improve Akron’s business, social and civic communities.

Surviving with his wife are five sons, Robert L. ALLEN Jr. and wife Susie, Collierville, Tenn., J. Phillip ALLEN, Akron, Michael S. ALLEN, Rochester, Todd SHEETZ and wife Cindy, Waynetown, and Doug SHEETZ and fiance Karleen MARTIN, Columbia City; a daughter, Mary Alice GIBBS and husband Jeff, Lewisville, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Robin and Melissa ALLEN, Collierville, Tenn., Brandi MAYORGA and Kelly ALLEN, both of Akron, Sandy ALLEN, Tennessee, Phyllis L. BOSTON, Atoka, Tenn., Martha and Kimberly SKIDMORE, Lewisville, Texas, Nicholas and Adam SHEETZ, both of Waynetown, and Kelzie and Maekenzie SHEETZ, both of Columbia City, and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Akron United Methodist Church with Rev. Stevan HAIFLICH officiating. Burial will be in the Akron Cemetery. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, and one hour prior to services at the church. A Masonic service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Akron United Methodist Church, Akron Revitalization Committee or Hope Hospice of Fulton County

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Harold R. Gunter

Aug. 19, 1931 – April 13, 2003

Harold Ray GUNTER, 71, 504 Park St., Fulton, died at 11:25 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Grass Creek to Cecil and Ruth FORD GUNTER, he married Avice R. ECKHART Aug. 31, 1957, in Fulton. She survives.

Mr. Gunter was a former employee of the Fulton County Highway Department and retired from T.M. Morris Co., Fulton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.


Surviving with his wife, at home, are one daughter, Gale SHULL and husband Tim, Rochester; one son, Jeffrey [GUNTER] and wife Chris, Peru; two granddaughters, Tracey SWICK and Chelsey EMMONS; two sisters, Mildred MULLINS and husband Ralph, Rochester, and Marjorie EASTERDAY, Winamac; three brothers, George R. [GUNTER] and wife Mary, Silt, Colo., Ralph [GUNTER] and wife Janet, Rochester, and Richard D. “Tom” [GUNTER], Mays Landing, N.J.; three stepgrandchildren, Kenny TOWSEN, Kimberly and Amanda SHULL; one step great-grandson, Joshua BOYLET.

Preceding in death were three brothers.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Fulton Cemetery with Rev. George HAPNER officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Disabled American Veterans. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Mike L. Summe

Mike L. SUMME, 62, Indiana 14, Akron, died at 7:35 a.m. today at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Thursday, April 17, 2003

 

Robert W. Davis

Robert W. DAVIS, 87, died at 1:30 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor West, Wabash. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Betty J. Dell

May 8, 1925 – April 11, 2003

Betty Jean DELL, 77, 223 Montgomery St., Logansport, died at 9 p.m. April 11 at her residence.

Born in Logansport to Arthur and Lillian NOBLE RUSSELL, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Dennis M. DELL and wife Debra, Rochester; two daughters, Diana HARRELL and husband Don, Belleview, Fla., and Cindy GOODMAN and husband Robert Jr., Rochester; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four brothers, Paul J. RUSSELL, LeRoy RUSSELL and wife Carol and Arthur RUSSELL and wife Betty, all of Logansport, and Donald RUSSELL, San Francisco, Calif.; and two sisters, Maxine STIGERS, Rockfield, and Margaret ATCHISON, Griffin, Ga.

Preceding in death was one son, Don SHUEY.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Gundrum Funeral Home, 306 16th St., Logansport, with Rev. Bob CREE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Phyllis P. Steininger

Phyllis P. STEININGER, 72, 1629 Jefferson St., died at 2:30 a.m. today at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester.


Michael L. Summe

Sept. 11, 1940 – April 16, 2003

Michael L. SUMME, 62, 11107 E. Indiana 14, Akron, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at his residence. He had been in failing health four months.

Born in Akron to Maynard R. and Winnifred V. GILLESPIE SUMME, he married Dixie L. BERGSTROM March 19, 1960, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She survives.

Mr. Summe was shop foreman at Pike Lumber Co. for 11 years. Prior to that he was an over-the-road semi-truck driver for Pike Lumber Co. for 20 years. He was a volunteer emergency medical technician for nine years. He was a girls softball coach, past president of the Akron Youth League and a founder of the Akron Youth League Ball Park. He was a member of Lincoln Masonic Lodge 523, Macy, Order of the Eastern Star 124, Macy, and past master of Gilead Masonic Lodge. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1959.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Michelle COOKSEY and husband Todd and Melissa KEIFER and husband Vic, all of Akron; two sons, Mitchell [SUMME] and wife Senita, Warsaw, and Duke [SUMME] and wife Audrey, Mentone; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Sandra SUMME, Rochester; and one uncle, Bill GILLESPIE, Akron.

Preceding in death were two brothers, Samuel and Robert SUMME.

Services are at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Larry HOWARD and Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Henry Township Ministerial Association or Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

 

Fred M. Vandermark

Fred M. VANDERMARK, 71, 6130 N. County Road 900 East, Mentone, died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone

 

Friday, April 18, 2003

 

Robert W. Davis

Jan. 27, 1916 – April 17, 2003

Robert W. DAVIS, 87, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash.

Survivors include his wife Esther [DAVIS], Wabash; one son, Larry [DAVIS], Ypsilanti, Mich.; three daughters, Joyce HIDY, North Manchester, Carol FRANCE, Claypool, and Lynn BEST, Silver Lake; a step-son, Dean SLOOP, North Manchester; two sisters, Dorothy KENNY, Milford, Alyce GOLTRY, Bakersfield, Calif.; four brothers, Joe [DAVIS], Dinuba, Calif., Glenn [DAVIS], Clarksville, Tenn., Roscoe [DAVIS], Orangeville, Ill., and Dan [DAVIS], Knox.

Service are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.


Phyllis P. Steininger

Jan. 27, 1931 – April 17, 2003

Phyllis P. STEININGER, 72, formerly of 18W155 63rd St., Westmont, Ill., died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at 1629 Jefferson St., Rochester, where she had been staying with her sister and brother-in-law.

Born in Rochester to Alfred “Ted” and Blanch WYNN BUTLER, she married Kenneth Paul STEININGER June 25, 1949, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1987.

She was a homemaker and lived in the Chicago area for the past 47 years.

Survivors include one son, Michael Paul STEININGER, New Mexico; two sisters, Marjorie BINGLE and husband Charles, Rochester, Donnabelle GARVER and husband Ralph, Logansport; one brother, William BUTLER and wife Nancy, Tucson, Ariz., and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home with Pastor Rob MACE officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery, northwest of Rochester. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday or one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made the cancer fund.

 

Saturday, April 19, 2003

 

Russell D. Reynolds

March 13, 1924 – April 18, 2003

Russell D. REYNOLDS, 79, Peru, died at 1:59 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy [REYNOLDS], Peru; three sons, Dean [REYNOLDS], Kokomo, Dennis [REYNOLDS], Arcadia, and David [REYNOLDS], Peru; and a brother, Don [REYNOLDS], Rochester.

Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Monday at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Robert W. Davis

Jan. 27, 1916 – April 17, 2003

Robert W. DAVIS, 87, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash.

Survivors include his wife Esther [DAVIS], Wabash; one son, Larry [DAVIS], Ypsilanti, Mich.; three daughters, Joyce HIDY, North Manchester, Carol FRANCE, Claypool, and Lynn BEST, Silver Lake; a step-son, Dean SLOOP, North Manchester; two sisters, Dorothy KENNY, Milford, Alyce GOLTRY, Bakersfield, Calif.; four brothers, Joe [DAVIS], Dinuba, Calif., Glenn [DAVIS], Clarksville, Tenn., Roscoe [DAVIS], Orangeville, Ill., and Dan [DAVIS], Knox.

Service are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation is 4 to       8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.


Phyllis P. Steininger

Jan. 27, 1931 – April 17, 2003

Phyllis P. STEININGER, 72, formerly of 18W155 63rd St., Westmont, Ill., died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at 1629 Jefferson St., Rochester, where she had been staying with her sister and brother-in-law.

Born in Rochester to Alfred “Ted” and Blanch WYNN BUTLER, she married Kenneth Paul STEININGER June 25, 1949, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1987.

She was a homemaker and lived in the Chicago area for the past 47 years.

Survivors include one son, Michael Paul STEININGER, New Mexico; two sisters, Marjorie BINGLE and husband Charles, Rochester, Donnabelle GARVER and husband Ralph, Logansport; one brother, William BUTLER and wife Nancy, Tucson, Ariz., and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Rob MACE officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery, northwest of Rochester. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday or one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made the cancer fund.

 

Monday, April 21, 2003

 

Maurice D. Eley

May 22, 1916 – April 19, 2003

Maurice D. ELEY, 86, 200 E. Plum St., Argos, died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include his wife, Inez L. ELEY, at home; two daughters, Carol Ann McELFRESH, South Bend, and Marilyn Jean JONES, Boulder, Colo.; one son, Robert Alan ELEY, Argos; and one brother, Jack ELEY, Bluffton.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Argos United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to services at the church.

 

Phyllis P. Steininger

Jan. 27, 1931 – April 17, 2003

Phyllis P. STEININGER, 72, formerly of 18W155 63rd St., Westmont, Ill., died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at 1629 Jefferson St., Rochester, where she had been staying with her sister and brother-in-law.

Born in Rochester to Alfred “Ted” and Blanch WYNN BUTLER, she married Kenneth Paul STEININGER June 25, 1949, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1987.

She was a homemaker and lived in the Chicago area for the past 54 years.

Survivors include one son, Michael Paul STEININGER and wife Kathleen, Belen, N.M.; two sisters, Marjorie BINGLE and husband Charles, Rochester, Donnabelle GARVER and husband Ralph, Logansport; one brother, William BUTLER and wife Nancy, Tucson, Ariz.,; one sister-in-law, Ila Mae HUGGY, Justice, Ill., and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Rob MACE officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery, northwest of Rochester. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today or one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made the cancer fund.


Tuesday, April 22, 2003

 

Connie J. Ramsey

Connie J. RAMSEY, 69, Akron, died at 7:20 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

 

Connie Jo Ramsey

April 17, 1934 – April 22, 2003

Connie Jo RAMSEY, 69, 310 E. Walnut St., Akron, died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Fulton County to Conrad and Ardella FREAMOUW SINGPIEL, she was a homemaker. She worked in home health care and private care and at the Meals on Wheels site.

Survivors include four daughters, Ardella SLAVENS and husband Charlie, Chalmers, Carolyn GRAY and husband Gary Sr., Akron, Joann RUTHERFORD, Logansport, and Katie CAMPBELL and husband Kenny, Akron; three sons, Donald [RAMSEY] and wife Beth, Rochester, Bill [RAMSEY] and wife Sherri, Akron, and Jim [RAMSEY] and wife Shonda, of Orland; 14 grandchildren; one sister, Frankie SPARKS, Grandville, Mich.; one brother, Stan SINGPIEL and wife Kathy, Wabash; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were two sons, Tom and Raymond RAMSEY, one granddaughter, and one sister, Mary Lou SHELTON.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Steve FLECK officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to multiple sclerosis or cystic fibrosis funds.

 

Fred M. Vandermark

Sept. 16, 1931 – April 16, 2003

Fred M. VANDERMARK, 71, 6130 N. County Road 900 East, Mentone, died at 7:45 p.m. April 16 at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Waltraude VANDERMARK, at home, and one sister, Iva June WOLFE, Laketon.

Graveside memorial services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery, southwest of Mentone. There is no visitation. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is in charge of arrangements.


Thursday, April 24, 2003

 

Leigha M. Chumley

March 8, 2003 – April 22, 2003

Leigha M. CHUMLEY, 6 weeks, 8998 Francis St., Delong, died Tuesday at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis.

Leigha was born in South Bend to Thomas and Lyndee BYERS CHUMLEY.

Survivors include her parents of Delong; grandparents, Patrick and Barbara ALLEN, Delong, Jeff and Lisa BYERS, Rochester, and Thomas W. CHUMLEY, Texas; great-grandparents, Edward and Joan BATCHELOR, Rochester, Bill and Dixie STEPHENS, Illinois, Robert KIRK, Culver, and Rev. Floyd and Margaret ALLEN, Delong; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding in death were her twin brother and four great-grandparents.

Services are at 4 p.m. Friday at Gospel Lighthouse Church, Delong. Burial will be at Leiters Ford Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Friday, April 25, 2003

 

Raymond E. Musselman

Raymond E. MUSSELMAN, 79, Peru, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Saturday, April 26, 2003

 

Raymond E. Musselman

May 18, 1923 – April 24, 2003

Raymond E. MUSSELMAN, 79, died at his residence Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Born in Miami County to Ezra and Nellie MUSSELMAN, he married Nina L. CARSON on June 1, 1941. She survives.

Mr. Musselman was a life long member of the Mexico Church of the Brethren, Mexico. He served as a deacon, CBYF youth councelor, Sunday school teacher, treasurer, trustee and sang bass in the quartets and church choir. He was selected a Master Farmer by Prarie Farmer magazine. He was a founder of the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District formed in 1954. He was president of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts and member of Indiana Department of Natural Resources Advisory Council. He was chairman of the Five School Consolidation which is now North Miami community schools. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives District #23 for 12 years. He also served as President of the North Miami community school board, the upper Wabash vocational school board of managers and formerly was an advisory board member of Jerrison Township school, Miami County.

Survivors include wife Nina MUSSELMAN, Peru, one daughter, Janet L. HUNTER and husband Michael, Minneapolis, Minn., five grandchildren, Rodney MUSSELMAN, Crawfordsville, Rachel OLSON, Boise, Idaho, Elizabeth BROD and husband Dr. Patrick BROD, La Cross, Wisc., Derek MUSSELMAN, Mexico, and Lynde MUSSELMAN, Roann, and six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Savannah and Colton MUSSELMAN, all of Roann, Halah MILLER, Boise, Idaho, and Zander and Griffin BROD, La Cross, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lee MUSSELMAN, one grandson, Ryan Lee MUSSELMAN, and two sisters, Helen HUNT and Mildred R. MUSSELMAN.


Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at the Mexico Church of the Bretheren, Mexico, with pastor Todd WENGER and Reverend Don RITCHEY officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International or the Habitat for Humanity.

 

Monday, April 28, 2003

 

Hildreth A. Coplen

Aug. 12, 1906 – April 27, 2003

Hildreth A. COPLEN, 96, died at 11 a.m. Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include two daughters, Velma LANTZ, Mentone, and Donna MELLOTT, Etna Green.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Eline J. DeSonia

July 26, 1949 – April 26, 2003

Eline Joyce ARTIST DeSONIA, 53, formerly of 705 E. Fourth St., Lot 64, died at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where she resided since January 2000. She was in failing health 3 1/2 years.

Born in Chicago, Ill., to Francis R. and Lillian Ann ARTIST, she married Daniel L. DeSONIA May 5, 1972, in Chicago, Ill. He survives.

Mrs. DeSonia, a homemaker, had worked at Torx Products, Rochester, and taught at Delong Christian Academy. She came to Fulton County in 1973.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are six daughters, Robin McCLOSKY and husband Dave, South Beloit, Ill., Theresa HALL and husband Rick, Rochester, Julie DeSONIA, Rockford, Ill., Lillian BLACKBURN and husband Robert, Sebring, Fla., Tammy MORIRITY and husband Steve Rockford, Ill., and Bobby Jo BLACKMAN and husband Jeffrey, Wabash; two sons, Arlington Joseph DeSONIA III “Joey,” Rockford, Ill., and Daniel L. DeSONIAa II and fiance Amanda GUYSE, Rochester; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandson; her mother, Lillian ARTIST, Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Marlene TINDELL and husband James, Lawrenceburg, Ky., Arlene ARTIST and Carol VALDEZ and husband James “Jimmy,” all of Chicago, Ill.; her grandmother, Ann SMIDA, Berwyn, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death was her father, Francis R. ARTIST, March 15, 1985.

Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Fred STAYTON officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bruce Lake. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

 

Dr. Lloyd A. Morgan

Aug. 18, 1924 – April 27, 2003

Dr. Lloyd A. MORGAN, 78, 614 E. Rochester St., Akron, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

Born in Plymouth to Oscar E. and Hazel UNGER MORGAN, he married Betty Drusilla IVEY May 6, 1945, in Jacksonville, Fla. She survives.

Dr. Morgan was a chiropractor for 40 years in Akron. He graduated in 1942 from Lapaz High School and in 1953 from Grand Palmer College of Chiropractory. He was a member of Akron United Methodist Church, Akron Lions Club, former member of Akron Masonic Lodge and Order


of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine, both of Fort Wayne, and a 33-year member of Rozella Ford Golf Club, Warsaw. A bowler for several years in the league at North Manchester, he also loved gardening. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are four daughters, Michele BRAUN and husband Tony, Logansport, Adria MARTINEZ, Akron, Allison STREVY and husband Gene, North Manchester, and Denise BUSSARD and husband David Akron; two sons, Dr. James [MORGAN] and wife Jan and Lloyd A. [MORGAN] Jr. and wife Kathy, all of Akron; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Jane WILSON and husband Ralph, Indianapolis, Mary Ann ORR and husband Joe, Warsaw, Helen ROBINSON and husband Mahlon and Barbara ELLIOTT and husband Jake, all of Tippecanoe, Kay SMITH and husband Bill, Plymouth, and Lois EVANS and husband Marty, South Bend; three brothers, James R. “Dick” [MORGAN] and wife Marvis, Akron, Daren [MORGAN] and wife Dorothy, Plymouth, and Stanley [MORGAN] and wife Dorothy, Akron.

Preceding in death were one daughter, Drusilla WHITTENBERGER, two brothers, Adrian and Wayne [MORGAN], and one sister, Norma FILLENGER.

A private family memorial service was held in Akron. There will be no public service or visitation. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Akron Lions Club.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

 

David L. Hawkey

July 15, 1965 – April 26, 2003

David L. HAWKEY, 37, Winamac, died at 1:48 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

Born in Winamac to Harold E. and Karaen L. SHIDLER HAWKEY, he was a welder at Galfab Inc., Winamac.

Mr. Hawkey, a 1984 Rochester High School graduate, was a member of Life Center Church, Winamac. He enjoyed working on vehicles.

Survivors include one daughter, Stacy EISANMAN, Rochester; three brothers, Rodney E. [HAWKEY] and wife Leslie and Tim [HAWKEY] and wife Linda, both of Kewanna; and Bernie [HAWKEY] and wife Theresa, Campbell, Mo.; and one sister, Maria and husband Kim BONNELL, Winamac.

Preceding in death were his parents and one sister.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Rev. Cliff GANO and Rev. Heath Hiatt officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

 

Mary M. McGriff

Mary M. McGRIFF, 86, died at 7:20 a.m. today at her residence at NVA Emily E. Flinn Community of Marion. Arrangements are pending at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

J.B. Rife

Nov. 25, 1929 – April 27, 2003

J.B. RIFE, 73, 610 Forest Drive, Winamac, died at 3:43 p.m. Sunday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hammond to Burvie and Dorothy Fay WHITE RIFE, he married Joyce REAM. She died May 16, 2002. He married Gloria A. MILLER BARNES Nov. 27, 1970, in Crown Point. She survives.


Mr. Rife started his career on the family farm and became a truck driver. A highlight came when he transported the first U.S. manned Mercury spacecraft named “Freedom 7” to the Smithsonian Institute while working for North American Van Lines. He then started his own business, J.B. Rife Trucking, in Winamac. He later worked for Cox West GMC, Logansport, where he was top salesman in the area for five years and achieved top 10 status in the nation. In 1976 he founded R & S Transport, which exists today as Rife Heavy Duty Truck Parts, Winamac. He retired in 1997 to the farm he established in 1983. He belonged to the Indiana Santa Gertrudas Association, and was the largest breeder in the state. He also frequented several regular morning coffee gatherings throughout the area.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are one son, Jeffrey B. [RIFE] and wife Dawn, Star City; one daughter, Karen L. SOMMERS and husband Daniel, West Lafayette; one daughter-in-law, Nancy RIFE, Winamac; eight grandchildren, Paul J. BRUCKER, Hillary RIFE and Adam RIFE, all of Winamac, Lynn EDGEL and husband Todd, West Lafayette, Samantha and Sierra RIFE, both of Star City, Lance HIATT, Jacksonville, Fla., and Paul FOLEY, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; one great-grandchild, Michell EDGEL, Lafayette; two sisters, Elnora JORDAN and Shirley BECKNER and husband Virgil, all of Winamac; two brothers, Orville [RIFE] and wife Lucille and Calvin [RIFE] and wife Virginia, all of Winamac.

Preceding in death were one daughter, Elizabeth HIATT, two sons, Steven and Robert RIFE, one brother, Gerald RIFE, and two sons-in-law, Paul BRUCKER and Dale HIATT.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main St., Winamac, with Rev. David E. CHILDS officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens, Winamac. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 8 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Memorial Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

 

Delores A. Rottmiller

Oct. 10, 1932 – April 28, 2003

Delores A. ROTTMILLER, 70, 2479 E. 19th Road, Tippecanoe, died at 12:13 p.m. Monday in Bremen Community Hospital.

Born in Argos to June D. and Zehner SHIREMAN, she married Donald ROTTMILLER June 24, 1951. He survives.

Mrs. Rottmiller moved to Tippecanoe from Bourbon 20 years ago. She had also lived in Plymouth, Argos and Mishawaka over the years. A team truck driver with her husband for many years, she also did office and clerical work for Osborn Manufacturing, Warsaw, Al Baugher Trucking and Hartzler Trucking. She was a member and recorder for the Women of the Moose, Lodge 1423, Warsaw.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are two daughters, Kathy BROWN, Bremen, and Karen LONG and husband David, Atwood; one son, Gale [ROTTMILLER] and wife Vickie; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Allen SHIREMAN and wife Darlene, Valparaiso.

Preceding in death was her mother and her sister, Lola LUPO.

Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, with Rev. Mick TOMLINSON officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Marshall County Hospice.


Thursday, May 1, 2003

 

Harriet M. Herrell

June 4, 1921 – May 1, 2003

Harriet Maxine HERRELL, 81, 400 E. Fourth St., Apt. 6G, died at 2 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester, where she was a patient following a sudden illness.

Born in Rochester to Lee Alton and Martha Washington McGRAW LEWIS, she married James Edward MIKESELL Aug. 29, 1938. He died May 14, 1964. She married Lloyd Herrell.

Mrs. Herrell, a lifetime Fulton County resident, worked at Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, for over 25 years. She attended First Church of God and was a charter member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 852, Rochester, and the Lake Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling and was active in league bowling at Quick’s Lanes, Rochester, for several years.

Survivors include one daughter, Sondra J. GELLER and companion Jerry BIDDLE, Tippecanoe; one son, Larry James MIKESELL and wife Wanda, Three Rivers, Mich.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sarah Jane YOUNG, Lansing, Mich., and Evabelle ENYART, Rochester; two brothers, Clyde LEWIS, Florida, and Jack “Jackie” Franklin LEWIS, Rochester; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, two sisters, O’dessa Louise COOK and Evelyn Ilene BALLENGER, and three brothers, Joel Harvey, Raymond Evert “Bid” and Lee A. LEWIS Jr.

Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

 

Mary M. McGriff

Aug. 11, 1916 – April 29, 2003

Mary Margaret McGRIFF, 86, died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday at her residence at Emily E. FLINN Community, Marion.

Survivors include two sons, Roger A. [McGRIFF], Edinburg, and Darrel L. [McGRIFF], Marion.

Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, May 2, 2003

 

Henry J. Montz

Sept. 16, 1912 – May 1, 2003

Henry John MONTZ, 90, 1167 S. Woodlawn Drive, Winamac, formerly of Kewanna, died at 9:23 p.m. Thursday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

Born in South Whitley to Clyde Franklin and Emelea KEISER MONTZ, he married Alice WELLER Oct. 10, 1937, in Kewanna. She died Jan. 30, 1971. He married Elizabeth McLOCHLIN COLGROVE May 12, 1973, in Winamac. She survives.

Mr. Montz was chief of the Kewanna Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a former Kewanna School System bus driver and formerly owned and operated Pure Oil Service Station, Kewanna. He also worked as a spring maker at Winamac Coil Spring, Kewanna, for 20 years. Mr. Montz was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac. He was an avid bowler


and a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Vivian Ann PESARESI and husband Dan, Mishawaka, and Lillian L. KOLASZAR and husband Marv, Salem, S.C.; two stepsons, Gary COLGROVE and wife Betty, Winamac, and Larry COLGROVE, Indianapolis; one stepdaughter, Sharon GERDEMAN and husband Rich, Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren, Christina MACE, Annamaria ROBB, Lorrie KENDALL, Cori KOLASZAR-BALL, Ali TREON and Dan PESARESI Jr.; three great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandchild.

Preceding in death was one son, Victor A. MONTZ, one brother and three sisters.

Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. John HOYING and Deacon Rich GERDEMAN officiating. Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main St., Winamac. A Rosary service will be at 6 p.m. and a scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the Kidney Foundation.

 

Saturday, May 3, 2003

 

Rachel L. Wicker

Rachel L. WICKER, 55, 814 Eastwich Drive, Lafayette, died at 12:20 p.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette.  Survivors include three sons, James P., William J. and Mark A CLEMONS, all of Lafayette, two daughters, Laurie E. MULLINS and Robin L. BRICKEY, both of Lafayette, three brothers, Kevin, David and Danny WICKER, al of Rochester, and two sisters, Linda GROSS and Bobby WICKER, both of Rochester.  Private services are scheduled at Hippensteel Funeral Home.

 

Monday, May 5, 2003

 

Sandra K. Brown

June 6, 1943 – May 4, 2003

Sandra Kay SHIDLER BROWN, 59, 1428 Elm St., died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday at her sister-in-law Rita HILL’s 879 W. Eighth St. residence. Hill had been caring for her during a lengthy illness.

Born to Spooner and Dorothy BROWN FUCHS, she married Boyd Eugene SHIDLER July 13, 1963, in Lakeville. He died Aug. 24, 1973. She married Harrold L. BROWN July 18, 1977, in California.

Mrs. Brown came to Fulton County in 1973 from Lakeville. She was an assembler at Robertson Transformer, Rochester, for 12 years, and worked at Lear Corp., Bourbon, for several years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rochester, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Lakeville, and the Lake Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fraternal Order of Eagles 852, both of Rochester.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Nicole BLAIR and husband Scott, Culver, Priscilla NELSON and husband Brandon, Rochester, Jennifer BROWN and companion Kyle BANDOW, Lago Vista, Texas; one son, Daniel E. SHIDLER and wife Karen, Rochester; 10 grandchildren, Chayton and Shelby BLAIR, Culver, Mashana SHIDLER, White Pigeon, Mich., Boyd and Bobby SMITH, Macy, “Sebastian” Dean Laine TRINKLE, Bicknell, Andrea BANDOW, Jonestown, Texas, Caleb and Devin BANDOW, Akron, and Joe HAMILTON, Rochester; two sisters, Linda HARBAUGH and husband Danny and Deanna ANDREWS, all of Bremen; three brothers, Barry


FUCHS and wife Joann, Lapaz, and Dennis and Ricky FUCHS; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were her parents and her first husband.

Services are at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior BOSE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4    to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Fulton County Cancer Fund.

 

Ruth A. Davis

Feb. 14, 1931 – May 4, 2003

Ruth Ann DAVIS, 72, 602 Gembler Road, San Antonio, Texas, formerly of 705 E. Fourth St. Lot 26, Rochester, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday at Regent Care Center, San Antonio, Texas. She resided there one and one-half years.

Born in LaFountain to Raymond and Nina RIDENOUR DILLON, she married James Franklin DAVIS Sept. 24, 1950, in LaFountain. He survives.

Mrs. Davis was in failing health four years. She resided in Rochester 28 years, coming from Indianapolis. She was a library aide for Rochester Community Schools for 19 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Surviving with her husband, at home, are three daughters, Pamela PITTENGER and husband David, Round Rock, Texas, Julie K. WILLIAMS and husband Tom, Cibolo, Texas, and Melanie BERRY and husband David, Kewanna; one son, Marvin J. [DAVIS], Rochester; nine grandchildren; one sister, Joyce SUMMERS and husband Robert, Wabash; one brother, Donald DILLON and wife Donna, LaFountain; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were her parents.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Rick TAYLOR officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of one’s choice.

 

Agnes E. Hinderlider

Aug. 13, 1910 – May 3, 2003

Agnes E. HINDERLIDER, 92, Winamac, died at 4:45 a.m. Saturday at Hickory Creek of Winamac.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth A. [HINDERLIDER], Kewanna; and one sister, Leona MARTIN, of Elizabeth.

Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Sarah F. Moody

June 18, 1911 – May 2, 2003

Sarah Frances MOODY, 91, South Bend, former long time Rochester resident, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Southfield Village, South Bend.

Born in Dugger to Ben and Dove ANDERSON FREEMAN, she married Glenn R. MOODY Sr. Oct 18, 1928, in Dugger. He died Sept. 23, 1982.

Mrs. Moody was a beautician and owned and operated Moody’s Beauty Shop, Rochester, for 35 years. She was a member of First Christian Church and Reiter Club, both of Rochester. She enjoyed her church, her friends and living in Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Margaret WICKIZER, South Bend; one brother, Stephen


FREEMAN, South Bend; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.

Preceding in death were one son, Glenn R. MOODY Jr., one brother, William FREEMAN, and one sister, Margaret DICKEY.

A celebration of life will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Woody SLADE officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Rochester, or St. Joseph County Hospice.

 

James W. Needham

Feb. 18, 1936 – May 4, 2003