FULTON COUNTY INDIANA

OBITUARIES

2015

 

 

The Rochester Sentinel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiled by

Phyllis McGurk


 

 

 

 

This book can be found in the website of the Fulton County Public Library, Rochester, Indiana, and can be downloaded and edited as you wish.


Rochester Sentinel

 

2015

 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Friday, January 2, 2015

 

Jean I. Miller

Dec. 20, 1929 - Dec. 31, 2014

Mrs. Jean Ilene Neidlinger MILLER, 85, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at her residence.

On Dec. 20, 1929, Jean was born in Marshall County a cherished daughter of Fay O. and Marjorie Kelver Neidlinger. As the fourth born of seven children, she shared her childhood with two sisters and four brothers. All the Neidlinger kids were introduced to the gift of music by their very talented mother. Jean became accomplished as a pianist in her youth. Intrigued with the accordion, Jean was self-taught, playing by ear. The children formed the Neidlinger Family band and played at local engagements. With great Cavalier pride, she graduated with her class from Culver High School in 1947.

Clem H. Miller Jr. and Jean were married on Nov. 27, 1947, in the Argos United Methodist Church. Together they shared 61 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced a daughter and two sons. Over the years, two more generations have been added to the family tree.

As the matriarch of the Miller family, grandma Jean was proud to oversee four generations. She truly adored her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Another passion was her love and appreciation of farming, assisting her husband Clem for a number of years with all aspects relative to their black Angus herd and grain farming. Each spring brought on the planting of their truck patch garden and the bountiful harvest of late summer canned and frozen for winter’s use. Keeping her finger on the pulse of farming to relax, she enjoyed the RFD channel.

Left to cherish Jean’s memory is her daughter, Eileen Fellers; her son: Charlie Miller and wife Katie, all of Rochester; six grandchildren, Brad Fellers and wife Kimi, Cory Fellers, Lori Williams and husband Jared, Joe Miller and wife Brianne, Sarah Miller and Greg Miller and wife Katie; five great–grandchildren, Courtney Fellers, Vivian and Grayson Miller, and twins Graham and Vanessa Miller; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Jean in death are her parents; husband Clem on April 17, 2008; son Tom Miller on March 14, 2012; son-in-law Steve Fellers on April 8, 2000; two sisters, Ruth Morris and Joan Zink; and four brothers, Ralph, Glen, Robert ‘Sam’ and Donald Neidlinger.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. A private family service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating.

Interment is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563 or to the Fulton County 4-H Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Jean’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Harold T. Posthuma

Aug. 12, 1935 - Dec. 31, 2014

Harold T. POSTHUMA, 79, Monterey, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Harold was born on Aug. 12, 1935, in Illinois to the late Garrett and Florence Kennedy Posthuma.

Harold served in the U.S. Army and was a former member of the American Legion. He worked for the United Telephone Co. for more than 40 years. He enjoyed restoring John Deere tractors. He also liked NASCAR, old westerns and Ford trucks. Harold liked to have a good time and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughters, Rae (Jeff) Bonnell, Monticello, and Cindy (Tom) Kasten, Winamac; son Tim (Darci) Posthuma, Warsaw; grandsons Brian (Tammy) Bonnell, Shawn (Jessica) Bonnell and Shay (Heather) Kasten; granddaughters Shanna (Derek) Bonnell, Britni (Carson) Posthuma VandenBossche and Kelsi Posthuma; great-grandsons Ty Bonnell and Brody Bonnell; and great-granddaughters Peyton Bonnell, Ally Bonnell, Raegan Kasten and Kinzie Bonnell; and brother Jim Posthuma, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his father, Garrett Posthuma; his mother, Florence Kennedy Posthuma; and his brother, Garrett Posthuma.

A celebration of life service is to be conducted by the family.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guest book at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Bonnie L. Zimpleman

March 24, 1925 - Dec. 30, 2014

Bonnie Louise ZIMPLEMAN, 89, Fulton, passed away at home Dec. 30, 2014, surrounded by family after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

Born on March 24, 1925, in Fulton, she was the daughter of Ralph and Minnie (Bruce) Eytcheson. On Sept. 27, 1947, she married William Zimpleman, the love of her life, and was married 49 years before his passing on Sept. 14, 1996.

Bonnie’s life was committed to helping Bill farm. She cooked countless meals for both her family and their help, assisted with paperwork and bookkeeping and raised their children. As a lifelong member of the Fulton Baptist Temple, she was also a longtime treasurer of the Fulton Baptist Ladies Missionary. She was most happy being at home enjoying her family, friends and church.

She is survived by sons Gene Zimpleman and wife Mary, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jack Zimpleman and wife Diane, Fulton, as well as Andy Curtis and wife Deb. Andy was like another son to her and spent 40 years as part of her life. In addition, she is survived by eight grandchildren, Angie (Paul) Deming, Ryan (Lisa) Zimpleman, Greg (Camile) Zimpleman and Laura (Jason) Woolever, all of Fulton, Kyle (Kimberly) Zimpleman, South Lyon, Mich., Todd (Nicole) Zimpleman, Niles, Mich., Marla Zimpleman, South Bend, and Garrett Robinson, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and infant twin sons.

Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in the Gundrum Funeral Home, 1603 Broadway, Logansport, with pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial is at the Fulton Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Baptist Temple, P.O. Box 186, Fulton, IN 46931 or the Fulton Community Center, 323 E. 600 South, Rochester, IN 46975.

You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

James F. Rupp

James F. RUPP, 96, Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include his daughters, Barbara Hart, Rochester, Norma Easterday, Winamac, and Cindy Eastwood, Rochester; and sons Chuck Rupp, Akron, Paul Rupp, Terre Haute, Frank Rupp, Rochester, and Bill Lee, California.

Graveside service is 2:30 p.m. today at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

 

Barbara E. Briney

Barbara E. BRINEY, 59, Rochester, died Thursday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Briney; daughter Heather Briney; parents John and Elnora Sayger; and two brothers, Tim Sayger and Ronnie Sayger, all of Rochester.

Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Virgil D. Freels

Virgil D. FREELS, 72, Marshtown, died Friday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

 

Joanne N. Bendall

Joanne N. BENDALL, 86, Rochester, died Friday in Indianapolis.

Her funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Rochester. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to service at the church Saturday.

 

Barbara E. Briney

Aug. 16, 1955 – Jan. 1, 2015

Mrs. Barbara E. BRINEY, 59, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at 3:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at her residence.

On Aug. 16, 1955, Barbara was born in Rochester, the cherished daughter of John and Elnora Tyler Sayger. Growing up, she shared her childhood with two brothers, Tim and Ronnie. In 1973, with great Zebra pride, she graduated with her class from Rochester High School.

Michael E. Briney and Barbara were married on Sept. 18, 1976, in The First Christian Church, Rochester. They shared 38 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced a beautiful daughter, Heather. Another generation was added to the family tree with the arrival of two grandchildren.

For many years Barbara and Michael oversaw a fine herd of 40 sows, including Durocs, black and white spots and Hampshire. They raised the baby pigs to fat hogs, and then they marketed them. Each spring she planted a large garden, freezing and canning the bountiful harvest each fall. Paramount in grandma Barbara’s life were her grandchildren. To relax, she enjoyed a unique variety of solitaire games.

Barbara is lovingly remembered by her husband, Michael; daughter Heather Briney, Rochester; two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Dakota Lindsley; parents John and Elnora Sayger, Rochester; two brothers, Tim Sayger and wife Linda, Rochester, and Ronnie Sayger and wife Tina, Rochester; two sisters-in-law, Kim Caudill and husband Kevin, Rochester, and Joyce Hassenplug and husband Charlie, Rochester; and nieces and nephews Makaila and Abby Caudill, Ed Hassenplug, Missy Kowal and husband Rob, Kara Martindale, Katelyn Sayger, Nicholas Sayger, Rebecca Rude and Laura Calvert.

Preceding Barbara in death are her grandparents, several aunts and uncles and her treasured canine companion, Peanut, a brindle, black and tan Chihuahua.

A celebration of the life of Barbara is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with pastor Bob Metzger officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment is to be at Richland Center Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mt Hope Church, 7022 W. 700 North, Rochester, IN 46975 or the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Animal Education Center, 715 Main St, Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Barbara’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Virgil D. ‘Boogie’ Freels

June 27, 1942 – Jan. 2, 2015

Virgil D. ‘Boogie’ FREELS, 72, Marshtown, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at his residence.

Born on June 27, 1942, in Marshtown, he was the son of the late Walter and Frances (Thiel) Freels. Virgil helped take care of his parents for many years and he also worked for several farmers through the years.

He enjoyed collecting toys, and he never knew a stranger.

Survivors include his brothers, Kenneth Freels, Florida, Walter Freels Jr., Fulton, Gene Freels (Shirley), Fulton, Audry Freels, Rochester, Clayton Freels (Sharon), Kewanna, and Roger Freels, Kewanna; and sisters Edith Hacker, Ohio, Shirley Shephard, Indianapolis, Katrina Clevenger (Jim), Rochester, and twin sister Vivian King, Rochester.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today, Jan. 5, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial is to be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Freels family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Philip Ray Gatliff

Nov. 18, 1924 – Jan. 2, 2015

Philip Ray GATLIFF, 90, passed away to his heavenly home on Jan. 2, 2015.

He was born in Rockcastle County, Ky., on Nov. 18, 1924, the oldest son of Wilburn and Stella Gatliff, on Scaffold Cane Road, Berea, Ky. He is survived by his daughters, Gail Wahl (Bob), Ashland, Ohio, and Phyllis Snyder (Tim), Versailles, Ky. He was a loving grandfather to grandsons Josh Heckathorn (Beth), Chico, Calif., and Griffin Heckathorn (Christina), Lexington, Ky.; and granddaughters Angela Paulin (Sam), Delaware, Ohio, Amy Stoner, Wayne, Ohio, and Allison Stone, Versailles, Ky. He was also proud of his 14 great-grandchildren. Philip has one sister who remains, Ruth Given (Kenny), Nampa, Idaho. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Ruth Reppert Gatliff; his brothers, Bert and Marvin Gatliff; and his sister, Lucy Boughton.

Philip was raised in the Berea, Ky., area until the age of 15 when his family moved to Wellington, Ohio. He was a World War II veteran, serving his country in Germany, Japan and the Philippines. Soon after his discharge in 1946, he and Ruth Reppert, Fairview, Ky., were married.

Philip worked in Lorain, Ohio, at Lehman’s Bakery and in 1957, they moved to New London, Ohio, where he worked for many years at Nickles Bakery. He was transferred as manager of the bakery to Rochester. He retired from the bakery after 25 years but continued to work. He was employed by Sealed Power, Rochester, until his final retirement in 1996. Philip and Ruth then moved back to Berea, Ky.

He was a member of the Rotary Club, and they both were active members of Gethsemane Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Following the death of his wife, Philip moved to Daisy Hill Senior Living facility, Versailles, Ky., where he enjoyed the remainder of his life.

Philip will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a man of honor, integrity and honesty and was a precious blessing to all who knew him.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Lakes Funeral Home, Berea, Ky., with Rev. Ed Cortez officiating. Burial is to follow in the Berea Cemetery with military honors. Visitation is Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Gethsemane Baptist Church, 775 Old US Hwy 25 North, Berea, KY 40403, Attn: Pastor Ed Cortez.

 

Earl Martin Jr.

Earl MARTIN Jr., 91, Avon, formerly of Rochester, died Friday at Manor Care Health Services-Prestwick, Avon.

No funeral service is scheduled at this time.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

 

Wilma P. McCray

July 2, 1930 - Jan. 4, 2015

Wilma P. McCRAYc 84, Rochester, passed away at 6:58 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

She was born on July 2, 1930, in Milford, Ill., the daughter of Willard and Tressie (Doud) McCay. On March 28, 1953, in Goodwine, Ill., she married Lloyd S. McCray, and he survives.

Mrs. McCray was a homemaker and worked for Rochester Community Schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rochester. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, collecting dolls, sewing, crafts and taking care of her family.

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd S. McCray, Rochester; children Melody and husband Greg Dalton, Fulton, Melvin ‘Skip’ and wife Cindy McCray, Kokomo, and Kevin and wife Debbie McCray, Bedford; grandchildren Walter Dalton, Terre Haute, Brad and wife Jody Dalton, Fulton, Joshua McCray, Warsaw, Nicollette and husband Jon Meradeth, Warsaw, and Evan McCray, Bedford; five great–grandchildren; and brother Robert and wife Pat McCay, Milford.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial is to be at Fulton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2014

 

Alice ‘Joanne’ Newcomb Bendall

Feb. 24, 1928 - Jan. 2, 2015

Alice ‘Joanne’ Newcomb BENDALL passed away Jan. 2, 2015, with her daughter at her side.

Born Feb. 24, 1928, on her family’s farm in Rochester, Bendall devoted her life to education, serving her community and continuing her family’s farming tradition as a sixth-generation Fulton County farmer.

She attended Purdue University on a 4-H scholarship and began teaching in 1949. By 1963, Bendall was a single parent, balancing teaching, parenting and serving as business manager for her parents’ livestock auction on Saturdays. Two nights a week she drove to Purdue, earning her first master’s degree. Years later, she earned her EPDA at Indiana State.

No underdog, disadvantaged student or struggling initiative had a more tenacious friend. She was a fierce advocate for what she believed to be right. Prestige meant nothing. Integrity and productivity meant all.

Bendall began at South Bend’s Riley High School in 1963, moving to Jackson High School and then “downtown” to become director of home economics in 1971. Her duties immediately expanded and in 1995, she was named director of adult and vocational education.

Gov. Evan Bayh appointed Bendall to the Indiana State Fair Board in 1993, and Gov. Frank O’Bannon reappointed her. A champion of agriculture and 4-H, she told stories of staying in the “new” Indiana State Fair Coliseum when she was a teenage 4-H’er!

She begrudgingly “retired’ in 1998, because her daughter thought it was time for a 70-year-old woman to stop commuting 100 miles a day through northern Indiana’s fickle weather. Bendall worried that all the fun would be over. Everyone who knew her knew that was unlikely.

The Fulton County Community Foundation appointed Bendall president in 2006. She founded the Fulton County 4-H Fund and set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for the first year. People scoffed. The goal was met in three months. Never (never) satisfied, Bendall set a personal goal to help raise $100,000 for the fund, and that goal was achieved in December 2013. Telling her something was impossible only meant that the glint in her eye grew brighter.

Honors included: IVA Merit Award, IVHEA Outstanding Service Award, South Bend YMCA Woman of the Year, Women’s Fest Lifetime Achievement Award and Purdue University’s Hidden Diamond Award. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Tri-Kappa and First Baptist Church, Rochester.

Bendall is survived by her daughter, JoEllen Bendall; and nieces Cindi Smith Webb (Joe), Lynne Smith Seiler (T.J.), Peg Smith and Katie Smith Connor (Bill).

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Alice) Newcomb and her sister, Marcia Newcomb Smith (Roger).

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson St., Rochester, where a Tri-Kappa Memorial service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Her funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at First Baptist Church, 10th and Main streets, Rochester. Visitation is an hour before the service.

Memorials may be made to the Joanne N. and JoEllen Bendall Fund at the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, P.O. Box 807, Rochester, with proceeds used for Fulton County scholarships or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 


 

Joseph M. Rentschler

Sept. 6, 1929 - Jan. 6, 2015

Joseph Melvin RENTSCHLER, Mint Hill, N.C., and formerly of Fulton, passed away on Jan. 6, 2015.

He was born Sept. 6, 1929, to George and O’Dessa (Buchanan) Rentschler.

He is survived by his children, Ronald and wife Sherry, Mint Hill, Rhonda and husband Jerry Heckathorn, Rochester, and Edward and wife Sue, Marshall, Ill.; grandchildren James Rentschler, North Carolina, Jeff and wife Wendy Rentschler, Eastover, N.C., Jason Rentschler, Texas, Jacque and husband Daniel Sullivan, San Antonio, Texas, Robert D. and wife Diana Powell, Rochester, Nick and wife Mandy Rentschler, Brownsburg, Kent and wife Amanda Rentschler, Georgetown, and Christy and husband Ben Kappas, Terre Haute; several great-grandchildren; his sister Helen King, Fulton; and his brother Raymond and wife Nellene Rentschler, Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Carol and Byron, and a brother-in-law, Lyman King.

There will be no services at his request.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

 

Forest ‘Frosty’ Harvey Montgomery

Jan. 21, 1922 - Jan. 5, 2015

Forest ‘Frosty’ Harvey MONTGOMERY, 92, Greenwood, formerly of Logansport, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Aspen Trace, Greenwood.

Born Jan. 21, 1922, in Van Buren Township, Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Everett Henry and Lena (Kimbell) Montgomery.

On Dec. 28, 1941, he married Alice Irene (Bonnell) Montgomery, who survives. He and Alice were married for 73 years.

Forest was a farmer and a former locomotive engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Penn Central Railroad. He also held two terms as the clerk of Cass County and two terms as the treasurer of Cass County. Along with his wife Alice, he co-owned Montgomery Realty in the Logansport area. He was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the board of the Logansport Savings Bank. He was also a longtime member of the Democratic Party and after retirement, he enjoyed spending winters with his wife in North Fort Myers, Fla.

Forest served in the U.S. Army from September 1942 until he was honorably discharged in November 1945. He served as a locomotive engineer with the Persian Gulf Command in what was then called Persia.

Forest is survived by his wife, Alice Irene Montgomery, Greenwood; daughter Marsha Lynn (David) Sander, Indianapolis; son Philip (Paula Dittrick) Montgomery, Houston; granddaughters Sarah Elaine (Sam) Schilling, Northampton, Mass., Elizabeth Irene Sander, Indianapolis, and Anna Michelle (Adam) King, Greenwood; grandson Zachary Hugo (Elissa) Sander, Mesa, Ariz.; brothers Junior Harold (Bonnie) Montgomery, Rochester, and Donald (Betty) Montgomery, Peru; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Henry Montgomery, mother Lena (Kimbell) Montgomery, and brother Darrell Everett Montgomery.

A celebration of life service is to be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Pastor Damon Soper officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the services at the funeral home Saturday.

Burial with full military rites will be at the Buck Cemetery in Thornhope.

You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

John L. Reasoner Jr.

John L. REASONER Jr., 85, Rochester, died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Eunice Rusler

Eunice RUSLER, 89, Plymouth, died Monday.

Survivors include her daughters, Pam Walters, Plymouth, and Kathy Croussore, LaPorte.

Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

 

John L. Reasoner Jr.

Oct. 26, 1929 - Jan. 6, 2015

John L. REASONER Jr., 85, Rochester, passed away at 10:11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1929, in Decatur, the son of John L. and Esther (Gable) Reasoner Sr. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On June 16, 1957, in Upland, he married Barbara Pinkerton, and she survives.

Mr. Reasoner worked as a diesel mechanic and heavy equipment operator as well as working at the Ball Corp., Muncie, and Fisher Body, Marion. Upon moving to Rochester, he became maintenance supervisor at Geneva Center, Rochester. He spent time in Saudi Arabia as a landscaping supervisor and retired from Coachman Vans, Elkhart. He was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church, Rochester, and was an active volunteer with United Ministries Food Pantry. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, auto mechanics, stamp and coin collecting.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Reasoner, Rochester; children Ryan L. and wife Teresa Reasoner, Rochester, Terri L. Reasoner-Landfald and husband Patrick Landfald, Geneva, Ill., and Nancy L. Starkey and fiance James Barker, Rochester; six grandchildren, Kara Starkey, Leah Starkey, Hannah Starkey, all of Fort Wayne, Trista Hopper, Effingham, Ill., Shane Reasoner, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Matthew Reasoner, Rochester; seven great–grandchildren; and sisters Jeannine Stinson, Fort Wayne, and Barbara Pemberton, Ashville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Community Presbyterian Church, Rochester, with Rev. Bill Kleymann and Rev. David Smook officiating. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Bernice Hartz

Bernice HARTZ, 99, Leiters Ford, died Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, January 9, 2015

 

Pauline B. ‘Polly’ Kuhn

Aug. 30, 1931 - Jan. 7, 2015

Pauline B. ‘Polly’ KUHN, 83, Mentone, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Akron, the daughter of John Otis and Pearl (Hart) Whittenberger. On May 18, 1951, she married Bernard D. Kuhn at the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron, and he survives.

In 1949, Polly graduated from Beaver Dam High School.

Polly was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and making pies, and most of all raising her family. She was a member of the Burket United Methodist Church and was always known for her friendliness.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard Kuhn, Mentone; daughters Beverly and husband Randy Romine, Etna Green, and Brenda and husband Donnie Lynch, Warsaw; sons Jeff Kuhn, Burket, and Greg and wife Lee Kuhn, Burket; seven grandchildren, Kerry, Cory, Kylie, Kayla, Ashley, Hannah, and Lacey; and seven great–grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Deloris Young, infant twin brother Kenneth, and brothers Richard, Robert and Donald Whittenberger.

Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 North Tucker St., Mentone, with pastor Gary Loy officiating. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. today, Jan. 9, 2015, at the funeral home.

Interment is at Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko County Home Care and Hospice or the Burket United Methodist Church.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

 

Bernice Hartz

Bernice HARTZ, 99, Leiters Ford, died Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Lahman, Rochester; a son, Michael Hartz, Valparaiso; and one sister, Dorothy Talbott, Plymouth.

Her funeral service is noon Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

 

Merle L. McGowen

Merle L. McGOWEN, 89, Rochester, died Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Betty L. McGowen, Rochester; and sons Michael P. McGowen, Scipio, and David L. McGowen, Rochester.

His funeral service is noon Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service.

 

Craig Foster

Craig FOSTER, 61, Kewanna, died Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Frank A. Harley

Frank A. HARLEY, 68, Argos, died Wednesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


 

Monday, January 12, 2015

 

Merle L. McGowen

July 31, 1925 - Jan. 9, 2015

Merle L. McGOWEN, 89, Rochester, passed away at 9:05 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2015, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

He was born on July 31, 1925, in Fulton County to Thomas Melburn and Pearl M. (Pfund) McGowen. He graduated from Talma High School in May, 1943 and on May 18, 1952, he married Betty L. Snyder of Rochester.

Merle was a farmer and also served the Rochester community as U.S. Postal clerk and later as a rural carrier for 42 years before retiring in 1987. He was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church and in 2010, became a member of the new Talma Church. He was a member of the Rochester IOOF Lodge #47 and an associate member of the former Richland Center Lodge #435, a past IOOF Grand Master of the State of Indiana from 1994-1995, a member of the Subordinate Lodge of the IOOF Mt. Horeb Encampment – Canton #9 of South Bend, and the Evergreen Rebekah Lodge #57. He was also a past member of the Rochester VFW Lodge, Talma Lions Club and a charter member of the Fulton County Coon Hunters.

Merle served the U.S. Army from April 1951 and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in March, 1957.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, sons, Col. (Ret.) Michael McGowen, PE (Janie) and David McGowen, (Karen), grandson, Maj. Matthew McGowen (Laura) and granddaughter, Jennifer (Sgt. David) Herr, great-grandchildren, Michael, Landon and Ryan Charles McGowen, June, Mikaela and Eliana Smith and Chloe Herr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Tressa Eiler, Bertha Johnson and Ignota Vandergrift, and by brothers John, Howard, and infant brother Kenneth.

His funeral service is noon, Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson Street, Rochester, with Reverend Donald Nunemaker officiating. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday, January 12, at the funeral home and one hour before the service. Odd Fellows Memorial Service will take place at 7 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.

Internment is at Hamlet Cemetery, just south of Talma, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Talma Church or to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 


 

Bernice Hartz

Sept. 30, 1915 - Jan. 6, 2015

Mrs. Bernice HARTZ, 99 years three months and six days, departed this life at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

A lifelong resident of the Leiters Ford area for nearly a century, Bernice was born on Sept. 30, 1915, in Delong, as a cherished daughter of Grover and Pearl Bunnell Kline. Growing up, she shared her childhood with six sisters and one brother.

Bernice and C.E. Mike Hartz married on her 20th birthday in Rochester. Together they shared 59 years of life’s adventures. He passed away Sept. 25, 1994. Their union produced a daughter and two sons. Over the years, three more generations have been added to the family tree.

As a homemaker, Bernice was always busy. The times with her grandchildren were cherished. To relax, she enjoyed reading and watching TV. She was a member of the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for a number of years.

Left to cherish Bernice’s memory are a daughter. Carol Lahman, Rochester; a son, Michael Hartz and wife Gloria, Valparaiso; seven grandchildren, Chris Hartz, Kerry Hartz, Karen Noel, Brad Lahman, Barry Lahman, Penny Cox and Scott Hartz; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Talbott, Plymouth; daughter-in-law Sally Andrews, Seattle, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Bernice in death are her parents; husband; son Jerry Hartz; five sisters, June Welling, Margaret Corbin, Betty Stayton, Wilhelmine “Martha” Ginther and Frances Bowersox; a brother, Robert Kline; and son-in-law Dean Lahman.

A celebration of the life of Bernice Hartz is noon Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with pastor Nancy Foster officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church or to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975 to honor her daughter, Carol, as a cancer survivor.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


 

Beverly T. Hile

Feb. 9, 1969 – Jan. 10, 2015

Beverly T. HILE, 45, Rochester, passed away at 9:56 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Aperion Care Nursing Home, Peru.

She was born in Elkhart on Feb. 9, 1969. She worked for Lau Industries, Rochester, as a Certified Nurse Aid at local nursing homes and for Four Seasons Mobile Home Estates.

Survivors include her children, Victoria Smith, Georgetown, Clifford Smith, Rochester, Virginia Higginbotham, South Bend, and Laura Higginbotham, Rochester; seven grandchildren; mother Betty Thornton, Rochester; sisters Joyce Harding, Mentone, Janet Schoonover, Wheaton, Ill., and Belinda Thornton, Cookeville, Tenn.; and brothers Bruce Wiard, Macy, and Brad Thornton, Cookeville, Tenn.

Her memorial service is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Riverview Community Church, 3780 State Road 110, Tippecanoe, with the Rev. Rod Ruberg officiating.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Frank A. Harley

Frank A. HARLEY, 68, Argos, died Wednesday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Harley, Argos; sons Brian and Brad Snyder, Argos; and brothers W. L. Harley, Argos, and John R. Harley, South Bend.

His funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at the James L. Corey American Legion Post No. 68, Argos, with visitation two hours prior to the service at the legion.

Arrangements are by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Rodney A. Lyons

Rodney A. LYONS, 46, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Rosanna Forney

Rosanna FORNEY, 88, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

William Day

William DAY, 88, of Roann, Indiana died at 4:49 pm, Sunday, January 11, 2015 at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

 

William D. “Bill” Day

Dec. 19, 1926 – Jan. 11, 2015

William D. “Bill” DAY, 88, rural Roann, died at 4:49 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 19, 1926, in Wabash County, to Howard and Ruth (Gilliland) Day. On Jan. 25, 1992, in Akron, he married Mary Nicodemus Emmons. She survives. Bill was a dairy farmer. He was a lifetime farmer. He also delivered “The Paper” of Wabash and the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette. He served his country in the U.S. Army serving during WWII in the Philippines. He was a 67-year member of the Laketon American Legion as well as a lifetime member of the VFW of Rochester. He was also a former member of the Laketon Lions Club. He loved his dog Buddy and enjoyed tractors, especially his D-17 Allis-Chalmers, which he bought new in 1964.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Day, Roann; daughters Linda and husband Mark Bristow, Omaha, Ark., and Paula and husband Randy Hackworth, Roann; sons Richard “Dick” and wife Renee Day, Denver, De and wife Joyce Day, Roann, and William David and wife Kathy Day, Mentone; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sisters Annie and husband Jordan Hudson, Roann, Darla and husband John Eads, Servia, Esta Alice and husband Carl Good, Servia, Phyllis Vandekamp, North Manchester, Peggy and husband Earl McCollough, Logansport, Liddy and husband Ken Crowel, Yuma, Ariz.; and brother Morris and wife Judy Day, North Manchester.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roberta K. “Wink” Emmons; a granddaughter, Kimberly Day; and brothers Ralph Jr., Rich, Newt and Gene Day.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Chad McAtee officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery, Athens, with graveside military rites performed by the American Legion. Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Laketon American Legion.

To share a Memory or send an online Condolence visit www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Craig Foster

Craig “Sam” FOSTER, 61, Rochester died at 7:28 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.

He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Foster; a son, Nicholas Foster, Plymouth; and his brother, Steven Foster, Rochester.

His celebration of life will be in the spring of 2015. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Mrs. Rosanna Forney

Aug. 15, 1926 – Jan. 10, 2015

Mrs. Rosanna FORNEY, 88, of Rochester, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:26 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10 at Woodlawn Hospital.

On August 15, 1926, Rosanna was born in Frankfort to Milton and Goldie Duddleston Weaver. Proudly she graduated from Frankfort High School in 1944.

Rosanna and the love of her life, Robert Lee Forney, were married on July 30, 1945, in the Shenandoah Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C. They shared 65 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced four daughters and one son. Two more generations have been added to the family tree. Rosanna cherished the time she spent with her family and grandkids. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester.

Rosanna will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Robert, and five children, Kathy Siders and husband Maurice of Rochester, William Scott Forney and wife Judith of Denton, Texas, Suzanne Halsey and husband Denny of Angola, Rebecca Morris and husband Butch of Denver, Kristie Brooks and husband Chad of Rochester; six grandsons, Marvin Siders, Andrew Halsey, Jason Morris, William Forney, Tyler Brooks and Aaron Brooks; one great-granddaughter and four great-grandsons.

Preceding Rosanna in death are her parents; seven siblings, Cyril, Thomas, Gladdy, Margaret, Betty and two in infancy.

A celebration of the life of Rosanna Forney will be at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Andrew Halsey officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975 Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Mae Ringle

Mae RINGLE, 93, Rochester, died at 10:40 a.m., Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Rodney A. Lyons

July 9, 1968 – Jan. 10, 2015

Rodney Alan LYONS, 46, of Rochester, passed away at 3:39 a.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital.

On July 9, 1968, Rodney was born in Lynnwood, Wash., to Edward George and Lucille Zuleger Lyons. Growing up, he shared his childhood with four sisters and one brother.

Rodney was a professional truck driver and often traveled coast to coast. He had a great sense of humor and was known to be quite the prankster. Watching old movies and westerns, especially starring John Wayne, was a favorite pastime. As an armchair quarterback, he cheered on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Cheeseheads of Green Bay. Logan’s Roadhouse was his restaurant of choice, but he also enjoyed meatloaf, pizza, chili and a simple PB&J on toast.

Left to cherish Rodney’s memory are his son, Edward George Lyons I of Rochester; his mother, Lucille Cooley and husband Shorty of Rochester; four sisters, Diane McClure and husband Daniel of Hampden, Me., Pamela Tape and husband David of Iron River, Mich., Karen Pluger and companion Richard of Clintonville, Wis., Brenda Higgins and husband Kenneth of Green Bay, Wis.; one brother, Michael Lyons and companion Kathy of Lake Geneva, Wis.; and three canine companions, Harley and Cuddles, both German Shepherds, and Rocky the Boxer; 15 nieces and nephews, Christopher, Brittany, Mikayla, Robert, Justin, Matthew, Melissa, Paige, Bobbi Jo, Bonnie, William, Whitney, Jeremiah, Megan and Nicholas; and many special friends.

Preceding Rodney in death are his father and grandparents.

A celebration of the life of Rodney Alan Lyons will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Amanda L. Stafford

Amanda L. STAFFORD, 37, Maple Street, Argos, died at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


 

Marianne Moloch

Feb. 24, 1943 – Jan. 11, 2015

Marianne MOLOCH, 71, of Kokomo, entered into the glory of Heaven Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 12:20 a.m. from her residence.

She was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Elwood to the late Edgar and Elizabeth (Teal) Spidel. On May 5, 1976, in Atlanta she married Sam Moloch, and he survives.

She was a homemaker who also worked at Ramada Inn in Kokomo and Laughners Cafeteria. She enjoyed reading her Bible. She enjoyed other people and never met a stranger. She liked going antiquing and would happen to find an antique she “just had to have.” In 1997 she and her husband Sam lived in Rochester for a new career for Sam. Then in 2010 after Sam’s retirement from truck driving, they returned home to Kokomo. They noticed how the old town had changed over their 13-year departure, but there were still places to go antiquing and there were a lot more places to dine out. As they would tell each other on occasion, “It’s been a heck of a ride and would do it all again.” She will be greatly missed by all who enjoyed her fighting spirit from her serious health problems. She always looked forward to what the future might bring her. She would face the problems and move forward. “Sweetheart, we all love you.”

Survivors include her husband, Samuel Gene Moloch of Kokomo; children Kimberly (Michael) Shepard of Cicero, David Wayne (companion Ruth) Worthman of Tipton, Gregory Joshua (Deborah Kay) Moloch of Kokomo; brother Dennis Lee (Frances) Spidel of Mesa, Ariz; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. Pastor David Osborne will officiate. Burial will follow in Crown Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Humane Society. You may read Marianne’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you can sign the guest book, order flowers or share a personal message to the family.

 


 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

 

Mrs. Mae Ringle

Sept. 21, 1921 – Jan. 12, 2015

Mrs. Mae RINGLE, 93, of Rochester, left this earth and made it to her eternal heavenly home at 10:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

On Sept. 1, 1921, Mae was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., to Rome Ott and Mary Maude White McClain. Growing up she shared her childhood with five sisters and a brother.

In Star City, on Dec. 25, 1941, Calvin Earl Ringle married the love of his life, Mae McClain Ringle, at the home of the bride’s parents. Together they shared nearly 62 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two daughters and three sons. He passed away on March 30, 2003.

Mae was a loyal member of the First Church of God for many years. After nearly 30 years of service, she retired as a quality inspector from Hart Schaffner Marx of Rochester. Memberships include Amalgamated Clothing Union, the Ladies Auxiliaries of the VFW, Moose and Eagles of Rochester.

As the proud matriarch of the Ringle family, Grandma oversaw five generations. Her family always visited on Sundays. She is remembered for her extraordinary culinary abilities, serving varieties of jellos and cakes. Most in demand was her banana-split cake. Always busy with her hands, she crocheted afghans for all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and the great-greats!

Hickory Creek was home to Mae for the past three years. She loved the family of friends she made there. One of the highlights of her week was the visit of two of her great-great-granddaughters.

Left to cherish Mae’s memory are two daughters, Karon Patterson and husband Richard of Lynchburg, Va., Mary Westwood and husband Edward of Rochester; one son, Rick Ringle and companion Marilyn Vote of Kokomo; daughter-in-law Linda Ringle of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Fred Kee, Calvin Kee, Rebecca Holt, Penni Sharp, Jennifer Overmyer, Joanna Sagun, Brian Ringle, Tracy Overmyer, Scott Westwood, Kim Westwood, Angela Westwood; two sisters-in-law, Alice Dillard and husband Bernard of Wabash, Nancy Stiles of Mentone; 16 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Preceding Mae in death are her parents; husband; two sons, Gary Ringle and Jerry Ringle; five sisters, Fannie Opal, Bessie Loretta, Margaret Louise, Lottie Marie, Pearl Irene; one brother, William Arthur; and eight siblings in infancy.

A celebration of the life of Mae Ringle will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester with Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Citizens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hickory Creek at Rochester, 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975 or to The Fulton County Council On Aging, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Leamon E. “Lum” Ackerman

Dec. 2, 1936 – Jan. 12, 2015

Leamon E. “Lum” ACKERMAN, 78, of Grass Creek, went home with his Lord and Savior at 4:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Logansport.

Born on Dec. 2, 1936, in Fox, Ark., he was the son of the late Arthur and Esther (Smith) Ackerman. On May 13, 1967, he married Kathryn “Kathy” Brown.

Lum retired in 1998 from the Fulton County Highway Department and was formerly employed at Byers Landfill in Logansport. He also had farmed in his earlier years.

He was a proud member of the NRA. Lum also was an avid fisherman who loved animals, driving his trucks and spending time with his friends at the local restaurants.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn “Kathy” Ackerman of Grass Creek; children Audry Gard (Fred) of Kokomo, Karen Sue LeVeque (Jim) of Lake Odessa, Mich., Andrew Curtis (Deb) of Fulton, Randall Curtis of Logansport, Michael Curtis (Linda) of Logansport and Robert Zimmerman of Amory, Miss. He also is survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by daughter, Debra McClure; brothers Troy Ackerman and Charles Speirs; and daughter-in-law Anita Zimmerman.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the NRA and/or the American Parkinson’s Association.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the family at www. ransfuneralhomes.com.

 


 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

 

Kathleen F. Cessna

Kathleen F. CESSNA, 91, Rochester, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Cessna, Rochester; and daughters, Cathie Berg, Urbana, Ill., and Christine Ravenscroft, Wabash.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service.

 

Martha Waymire

Martha WAYMIRE, 87, Rochester, formerly of Akron, died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

 

Kathleen F. Cessna

May 3, 1923 ­ Jan. 13, 2015

Kathleen F. CESSNA, 91, Rochester, passed away peacefully Jan. 13, 2015, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Kathleen was born May 3, 1923, in Talma, the daughter of William Fore and Eva Fore. She married Robert Cessna on Feb. 23, 1946, in Rochester. He survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Cathie Berg, Urbana, Ill., (Richard Berg), and Christine Ravenscroft, Wabash. Three grandchildren, Ryan Berg (Amber Berg), Portland, Ore., Robyn LaLonde (Brian LaLonde), Chicago, and Renee Lee (Brandon Lee), Washington, Ill.; and two great-grandchildren, Toby Lee and Raegen Lee.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Fore, mother Eva (Tippy) Fore, sisters Velma Bauter and Tural Kessler and brother Virl Fore.

She graduated from Rochester High School in 1941, Manchester College with a B.S. in elementary education and Indiana University with a M.S. in elementary education. Kathleen and Robert Cessna were united in marriage on Feb. 23, 1946, and started farming in 1951 where Kathleen and Robert shared the love of the land while raising their daughters in the Reiter community.

Kathleen was an active community member in Rochester as a member of the Fulton County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R), Rochester chapter of Eastern Star, Trinity United Methodist Church choir and choir director, Community Presbyterian Church choir director, and the president of the United Methodist Women. She also participated in T.H.E., Home Economics Club, Reiter Club, Kappa Delta Phi sorority, R.S.V.P., Friends of the Library and Prill School Museum board of directors and the board of directors of the Fulton County Players. She also formed her own liturgical dance company, performing for local and central Indiana churches.

Kathleen was known for her love of God, her family and life in general. She was a devoted wife, helping her husband with farming operations and raising their daughters. As her daughters grew up she also participated in costume construction for their dance recitals and plays, 4-H projects and church activities. Large smiles were brought to her life also by enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a devoted wife who worked alongside her husband in their flower gardens and community volunteer projects. They loved to travel the world and the U.S., which brought much happiness to their lives together. She and her husband also became brokers with Manitou Reality. Education of many forms was a cornerstone of Kathleen’s life. Some of her happiest memories were of her students at Columbia and Riddle schools in Rochester. After her retirement she also substituted at the high school teaching math, a subject she excelled in.

Coming from a musical family, she also spent many years as a member of the Fulton County Players with some of her musical/actress performances being in “On Golden Pond” (Ethel), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Golde), “Blithe Spirit” (Elvira), the Round Barn Cabaret production of “Sweet Charity,” “Once Upon a Mattress” (Lady Rowena), “The Sound of Music” (Sister Margaretta), “Funny Girl” (Mrs. Strakosh), “Mood Indigo,” “The Sunshine Boys” (Nurse), “Carousel” (Nettie Fowler), “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Annie” (Marie), “Oklahoma” (Chorus), “Mame” (Mother Burnside), “Will Someone Please Tell Me What Is Going On Here?” (Lucille), “Do You All Believe in Fairies, Once for the Asking” (Gretchen), “Music Man,” “Inherit the Wind” (Mrs. Brady), and “I Do! I Do!” When not acting she also served as the president of the Fulton County Players and the assistant director of several plays. Kathleen also joined the Culver Players and had roles in “Brigadoon” and “The Music Man.”

Art in many forms was a constant in Kathleen’s life from playing saxophone in the Rochester school bands and singing in the choir and church. She loved to share her talents with her family and friends. Much later in life, she also became a watercolor artist and shared her paintings with her family for their homes.

Kathleen was a shining star in all of her roles in life: daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, actress, musical performer. Her family and friends will miss her smile and “Let’s All Enjoy Life” attitude.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and a celebration of Kathleen’s life is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial follows at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church and the Fulton County Community Foundation – Robert and Kathleen Cessna Rochester High School Agriculture Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Arthur D. Fieser

Arthur D. FIESER, 86, Rochester, died Thursday at South Bend Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Mary M. Arms

Mary M. ARMS 80, Rochester, died Wednesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

 

Mary M. Arms

Oct. 16, 1934 – Jan. 14, 2015

Mary M. ARMS, 80, Rochester, passed away at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at her residence.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1934, in Appleton, Wis., the daughter of J.J. and Josephine (Blake) Schemmel. On June 1, 1957, at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base Chapel in Hawaii, she married Alan A. Arms, and he survives. Mrs. Arms worked for The Bookstore, Rochester, and as a deputy clerk in the Fulton County Clerk’s Office. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed bridge as well as reading.

Survivors include her husband, Alan A. Arms, Rochester; children Michele Arms and companion Jim Hirsch, Rockford, Ill., Sara and husband Kevin Ramach, Minneapolis, Amy and husband Brian Johnson, Carmel, and Anna and husband Mark Lewandowski, Milwaukee; five grandchildren, William Ramach, Sam Ramach, Kate Ramach, all of Minneapolis, Elaine Johnson, Carmel, and Isabelle Lewandowski, Milwaukee.

She was preceded in death by her son, Paul G. Arms, parents, sister and brother.

Funeral Mass is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Burial is to take place at a later date at Arlington Memorial Park, Rockford, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Louis Ray Voreis

June 4, 1928 – Jan. 15, 2015

Louis Ray VOREIS, 86, Plymouth, formerly of Burr Oak, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Louis was born on June 4, 1928, at home in rural Starke County. He was one of the three children born to Darl ‘Peck’ (Dorothy Van kirk) Voreis.

Louis was a gentle soul who enjoyed growing up on the family farm. He had many pets over the years and loved taking walks with his dogs around the farm. He was a big help to his mother and father around the farm, carrying in wood to burn for heat and helping with many other chores. Louis was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and he liked to join in on conversations about things he would hear on the news.

Louie had a sweet, innocent disposition. After his parents passed away, he lived at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester, for a while. He considered the nurses and staff his second family. Due to the fact that Louie had been a resident there longer than most of the staff, he was affectionately known as the mayor.

Louie is survived by seven nieces and nephews as well as his sister-in-law, Susanna Voreis Kline, Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Darl Jr., and sister Eava Scott on Dec. 30, 2014.

A private graveside service is to be conducted.

Memorials may be given to the Marshall County Humane Society in Louie’s memory.

Letters of condolence may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

Odom Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Arthur David ‘Dave’ Fieser

May 18, 1928 – Jan. 15, 2015

Arthur David ‘Dave’ FIESER, 86, Rochester, passed away at 5:31 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

He was born on May 18, 1928, in Chicago, the son of Arthur John and Marguerite (Beatty) Fieser. In his younger days, he enjoyed swimming, spending time as a lifeguard and speed skating. He graduated from Sullivan High School, Rogers Park, Ill., in 1946. On Nov. 9, 1948, in Kenosha, Wis., he married Patricia E. Morris. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2008.

Mr. Fieser was vice president at Harris N.A. Bank, Chicago, retiring in 1990. He also served with the Illinois National Guard. He was a supporter of the Humane Society and the Heritage Foundation. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and swimming at his Lake Manitou home.

Survivors include his son, John and wife Maggie Fieser, Naperville, Ill.; grandchildren Jessica and husband Jonathan Bufort, Milford, Conn., and Kurt James Fieser, Naperville, Ill.; great-granddaughter Vivian Mae Bufort, Milford; and his feline companion, Mikey.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service is to be announced at a later date.

Burial is to take place at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Martha E. Waymire

Sept. 30, 1927 – Jan. 14, 2015

 Martha E. WAYMIRE, 87, of Life Care Center, Rochester, formerly of Akron, died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Life Care Center.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1927, in Frankfurt, Germany, to George Arthur Max Karl and Margarete (Geschwinder) Karl. She was married on Aug. 7, 1948, in Bad Nuheim, Germany, to Vernon Marks ‘Bud’ Waymire. He preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 2008. Martha worked for Kroger, Ag Exchange, Wabash, Laid Law Corp., Peru, and Chamberlin/Wen Products, Akron. She also assisted her husband while he was the Henry Township trustee for many years. Martha also sold Avon Products.

She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church as well as the Fulton County Republican Women’s Club. She was an avid bowler and was in the 600 Club at Quick Lanes, Rochester, and Asby Lanes, Wabash. She enjoyed the children at the elementary school and sharing her life story with them. Being a war bride and achieving her citizenship, she helped many in the Hispanic community gain and know the importance of being an American citizen.

Survivors include her sons, Kurt and wife Brenda Waymire, Akron, and Kerry and wife Deb Waymire, Glendale, Ariz.; daughter-in-law Patsy Waymire, Akron; and four grandchildren, Zachariah, Lauren, Taylor and Nathan Waymire.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Michael Waymire and Max Waymire, grandson Elijah Waymire, and three brothers, Bernard, George and Kurt Karl.

Private family service is to be conducted at a later date.

Burial is to be at Gilead Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry Township Volunteer Fire Department or the Akron Youth League Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2105

 

Larry L. Sanders

Jan. 3, 1944 – Jan. 17, 2015

Mr. Larry L. SANDERS, 71, Mentone, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

Born in Fulton County on Jan. 3, 1944, Larry Lin Sanders was a treasured son of Ervin Jay and Josephine E. Utter Sanders. Growing up in Richland Township, he shared his childhood with two sisters, Connie and Kay, as well as his brother, Marvin. During his high school years, he attended Richland Center and then in his senior year transferred to Rochester High School. Larry excelled in sports pitching baseball and playing forward/guard for the Zebra basketball team. In the spring of 1962, Larry sailed over the high jump bar, shattering the RHS and Fulton County record at 6’ 1”.

Later, Larry ventured westward and attended Western New Mexico University. He continued his formal education at Arizona State. Patriotism beckoned, and Larry answered the call serving our country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

On Sept. 8, 1979, in Bryant, Larry married the love of his life Marjorie Welling Sanders. Together they shared more than 35 1/2 years of life’s adventures. From their union, came three beautiful daughters. The family tree continued to grow with the arrival of two precious granddaughters.

As a union plumber and pipefitter, Larry was a member of local unions No. 172 and No. 597. Over the years, he was a licensed plumbing contractor and served Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. as a maintenance director for more than a decade, retiring in 2009.

Larry enjoyed fishing, and he embraced the outdoors. He, along with accomplice Dave Burkett, enjoyed many fishing expeditions to the pristine lakes of Minnesota. Hitting the links, Tom Sawyer was seated next to him in their golf cart. Playing rounds on local courses was fun. Providing the greatest challenges were the courses they visited during excursions to Las Vegas. Each autumn, as an armchair quarterback, Larry was locked on to Notre Dame football. Living in a house divided he occasionally cheered for Indiana University and Purdue, expressing loyalty for his daughters who attended the respective schools. There were many spirited croquet competitions hosted in either his or grandma’s backyard.

Known as the family handyman, Larry could fix literally anything. A man of perpetual motion he was always ready to share his talents generously with family and friends. From his wood shop located in the garage, Larry created and built many gifts for his family – from rocking horses and a rocking crib to benches; if they dreamed it, he built it.

Left to cherish Larry’s memory are his wife, Marj, at home; three daughters, Jennifer Lynn Manns and husband Charles, Ossian, Kristen Leigh Sanders and Kelly Marie Sanders, both of Atlanta, Ga.; two granddaughters, Kate Josephine Manns, 5, and Lila Marie Manns, 3; two sisters, Connie Walters and husband Jim and Kay Davis and husband Marvin, all of Rochester; a brother, Marvin Sanders, Ruidoso, N.M.; his mother, Josephine Sanders, Rochester; five sisters-in-law, Cathy Bettinger and husband Mike, Geri Mestemaker and husband Mark, Judy Wellman and husband Roger, Joanne Alig and husband Greg, and Linda Wellman and husband Kevin; three brothers-in-law, Robert ‘Bob’ Welling and wife Rose, David Welling and wife Colleen and Paul Welling and wife Mary; and the best mother-in-law he ever had, Mary Ellen Welling. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death are his father, Ervin Jay Sanders on Feb. 28, 2000, father-in-law Marcel Welling on July 9, 2012, and sister-in-law Patsy Sanders.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Larry Lin Sanders is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. today and an hour prior to the service.

Burial follows at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Military graveside rites are to be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard as well as the U.S. Army Military Rites Team.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Mary and Jerrys Helping Hands, 10274 W. 600 South, Mentone, IN 46539, Tippecanoe Valley Boomerang Backpack program through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation Inc., 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN, 46580 at www.

kcfoundation.org/helpyourcommunity/nate/details/cat/1/id/8 or to the Peabody Retirement Community Smock Memory Center Caregivers Gift in care of Marjorie Sanders. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be conveyed to the family at www.goodfamilyfh.com in the care of Marjorie Sanders. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be conveyed to the family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Ernest M. Knight

Ernest M. KNIGHT, 70, died Saturday in Peru. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 

Jeanette Lewis

March 27, 1923 ­ Jan. 19, 2015

Jeanette LEWIS, 91, Warsaw, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at her residence.

She was born on March 27, 1923, to Abe and Esther Magazine. On Aug. 22, 1948, she married Elmer Lewis, who preceded her in death on March 1, 2010.

She worked with her husband’s business Lewis Salvage Co., Akron, and was a member of Congregation B’nai Jacob and a former member of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.

She is survived by four sons, Sidney and wife Yvonne, Kim and wife Shelly, Michael and wife Rita, and Mooch and wife Barbara. She also enjoyed her grandchildren, Justin and wife Marie, Tyler and wife Michelle, Paige and husband Aaron Martin, Abby and husband Jason Tomcsi, Michael and wife Sarah, Elizabeth, Cary and friend Alli, and Jason and Kelly Grube; and her nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Katz.

A graveside service is to be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the Jewish Cemetery, 6224 Old Decatur Road, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are by D.O. McComb & Sons, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be made to Congregation B’nai Jacob, Fort Wayne, or the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.

 

Russell Frederick Williams

Feb. 13, 1919 ­ Jan. 8, 2015

Russell Frederick WILLIAMS, 95, Walhalla, Mich., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Oakview Medical Care Facility, Ludington, Mich.

Russ was born on Feb. 13, 1919, in Mt. Carmel, Ill., to F. Earl and Sadie Edith (Winkler) Williams, and graduated from Rochester High School in 1936. Following his graduation, he worked various jobs before answering the call of his country and entering the military in 1941. He eventually became a flight instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps, teaching pilots to fly by instruments.

On Aug. 16, 1942, he married Evelyn Arvella Enyart in Phenix City, Ala., and they celebrated 66 years together before Evelyn preceded him in death in 2008. Following his discharge from the military in 1944, Russ and Evelyn moved to Walhalla where he worked 13 years at Star Watch Case, Ludington, before becoming caretaker of Watassa, a summer estate on the Pere Marquette River. Russ worked full-time at the ranch until 1984, easing into retirement by cutting back to part-time status.

Russ enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, bowling, playing pingpong, bird watching, deer hunting, the beauty of wildflowers and following the Detroit Tigers.

He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his children, Penny and David Buffenbarger, Midland, Mich., and David and Debby Williams, Walhalla; and his six grandchildren, Jason and Amy Williams, Scottville, Mich., Jody and Scott Dickinson, Ludington, Jessica and Jeff Kaiser, Jamie and Tim Rafter, all of Walhalla, Eric Buffenbarger, Redford, Mich., and Ryan and Candy Buffenbarger, New Carlisle, Ohio. He is also remembered by his 12 great-grandchildren; his brother, Frank and Nancy Lindley, Anderson; his sisters-in-law, Lee Williams, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Norma Jean and Dale Becker, Rochester; his brothers-in-law, Raymond and Ruth Enyart and Emerson and Barb Enyart, both of Rochester; and Carl and Pat Enyart, South Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his wife, Evelyn, Russ was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ed Williams, and his sisters, Eleanor Castleman, Mary Jane Hinkle and Peggy Mullins.

A graveside service will be conducted for Russ at Brookside Cemetery in Scottville, Mich., in the spring. There will be no funeral home visitation or service at this time. Those, who wish to make a contribution in Russ’ memory, may do so to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please visit Russ’ personal memory page at www.wymanfuneralservice.com to leave a tribute of Russ for his family or to light a candle in his memory.

 

Ernest Knight Jr.

Ernest KNIGHT Jr., 70, Akron, died Saturday at the Gilead General Store, Macy.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Rebecca Knight, Flat Rock, Mich.; two sons, Jeff Knight, Akron, and Ernie Knight, Roann; and a sister, Frances Eltzroth, Wabash.

A private family service is to be conducted.

Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Rachel Damron

Rachel E. DAMRON, 89, Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

 

Rachel Elizabeth Damron

Nov. 17, 1925 ­ Jan. 20, 2015

Mrs. Rachel Elizabeth DAMRON, 89, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

On Nov. 17, 1925, Rachel was born in Pikeville, Ky., a cherished daughter of Floyd and Dorothy Tackett Bumgardner. Growing up, she shared her childhood with four sisters and three brothers. She moved to North Manchester in 1941 and two years later moved to Rochester.

Rachel and Carl Damron married on March 14, 1944, in Rochester. Their union of nearly 71 years produced two sons. Over the years, two more generations have been added to the family tree.

During her 23-year nursing career, Rachel worked for Dr. Charles Richardson M.D. and later Dr. Joseph Richardson M.D. She retired from Dr. Joe Richardson’s office.

A dedicated member of the Church of the Nazarene, Rochester, Rachel served her church as secretary and treasurer. She taught Sunday school to the teen group, hosting many pizza parties and slumber parties for the kids throughout the years.

To relax, Rachel enjoyed crocheting, making many gifts of warmth. She crocheted afghans, doilies and dolls. At home from her kitchen command post, Rachel was a baker of extraordinary pies. Her hamburger pies and peanut butter pies were second to none. She is also remembered for her piping hot pecan and butterscotch pies served straight from the oven. Nothing delighted her more than cooking for her family.

Left to cherish Rachel’s memory are her husband, Carl; two sons, Earl Dean Damron and wife Paula, Rochester, and Rodney Eugene Damron, Big Rock, Ill.; five grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Keith, David and Beth; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Meyer, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Rachel in death are her parents; a grandson, Harold Damron; three sisters, Ellen Anderson, Jessie Stout and Carrie Katherine Willis; and three brothers, Monroe, Bennie and William Bumgardner.

A celebration of the life of Rachel Damron is 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, with Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment is to be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jeanette Lewis

March 27, 1923 ­ Jan. 19, 2015

Jeanette LEWIS, 91, Warsaw, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at her residence.

She was born on March 27, 1923, to Abe and Yetta Magazine. On Aug. 22, 1948, she married Elmer Lewis, who preceded her in death on March 1, 2010. She worked with her husband’s business Lewis Salvage Co., Akron, and was a member of Congregation B’nai Jacob and a former member of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.

She is survived by four sons, Sidney and wife Yvonne, Kim and wife Shelly, Michael and wife Rita, and Mooch and wife Barbara. She also enjoyed her grandchildren, Justin and wife Marie, Tyler and wife Michelle, Paige and husband Aaron Martin, Abby and husband Jason Tomcsi, Michael and wife Sarah, Elizabeth, Cary and friend Alli, and Jason and Kelly Grube; her nine great-grandchildren; and sisters Alice Solotkin and Lucille Kain.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Katz.

A graveside service is to be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the Jewish Cemetery, 6224 Old Decatur Road, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are by D.O. McComb & Sons, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be made to Congregation B’nai Jacob, Fort Wayne, or to the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.

 

Adelene L. Flenner

Adelene L. FLENNER, 86, Peru, formerly of Macy, died Wednesday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

Survivors include four children, Cindy J. Walker, Columbia City, Thomas F. Flenner, Warsaw; Amy Robison, Peru, and Julie Kepes, Peru.

Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Linda J.B. Davenport

Linda J.B. DAVENPORT, 63, formerly of Rochester, died Tuesday in Fargo, N.D. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Friday, January 23, 2015

 

Betty Draper

Aug. 13, 1935 – Jan. 21, 2015

Mrs. Betty J. DRAPER, 79, Rochester, passed away at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

On Aug. 13, 1935, Betty Jean Lanie was born in Fowler, the cherished daughter of Homer and Georganna Seneace Lanie. She grew up near Delphi and graduated with her class from Delphi High School in 1953.

Robert Wayne Draper and Betty married on Dec. 22, 1956, at the Catholic Church in Delphi. From their union came three wonderful daughters, Jill, Kathy and Cheryl. Over the years, the family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They recently celebrated 58 years of life’s adventures.

Most recently many will remember Betty welcoming customers to Walgreens. Her previous work career included stints at Maggie’s, Wiles, Baxter Drugs, Federal Mogul and The Rochester Sentinel. She was one of the founders of the Busy Belles home economics club, the past president of the Richland Center Lodge and served Richland Township as the Democratic precinct committeeman. An animal lover, Betty embraced nature by feeding birds, squirrels and hummingbirds that visited her backyard. She opened her home to a variety of pets, from kittens and dogs to a bunny. Each spring she planted flowers that accented the landscape of her home.

In the early years, it was Wayne who introduced Betty to sewing. His advice on techniques was well-taken. She created clothing ensembles for her daughters. Betty ascended to a new plateau, competing and garnering honors, with her mother during state fair competitions. This accomplished seamstress won multiple grand championships.

Betty is lovingly remembered by her husband, Wayne; three daughters, Jill Draper, Rochester, Kathy Vanderwall and husband Todd, Rochester, Cheryl Lawson, Union, Mo.; four grandchildren, Amanda and Austin Lawson as well as Kara and Ty Vanderwall; five great-grandchildren; and Tucker the dark tiger cat with a unique ocelot pattern.

Preceding Betty in death are her parents, son-in-law John Lawson on Jan. 31, 2013, a feline companion Buddy, canine companion Corky and Mecko the bunny.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Betty J. Draper is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. John Branch officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment is to be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund or the Fulton County Animal Adoption Center, both through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Gloria A. Brown

Oct. 16, 1927 – Jan. 21, 2015

Gloria A. BROWN, 87, Rochester, passed away at 6:54 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1927, in Hartford City, the daughter of Carlos and Opal (Peterson) Andre. On June 28, 1947, in Hartford City, she married Shirley E. Brown Jr. He preceded her in death on Dec.16, 1999.

Mrs. Brown was the owner of Rochester Glass Company Inc. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was active in the Parish Council and prayer group, Moose Lodge, Women of the Moose No. 1684 and women’s coffee club. In her spare time, she was an active bridge player and spent much of her time attending all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. As Gloria said, “I lived. I had fun. I died. What else do you need to know?”

Survivors include her daughters, Cheri C. Meiser and Debbie and husband Jim Frost, all of Rochester; sons Kevin A. and wife Terri Brown, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Greg D. and wife Karen K. Brown, Rochester, and Chris S. and wife Dee Brown, Rochester; grandchildren Matt and wife Gretchen Meiser, Michael Meiser, Amy and husband Derrick Vance, all of Rochester, Allie Gottschalk and fiance Jason Doerffler, Zac Gottschalk, Casey Brown, all of Fort Wayne, Nicolas and wife Cassie Brown, Rochester, Marcus Brown, Warsaw, Lucas Brown, Levi Brown, Chase Brown and Maci Brown, all of Rochester; nine great-grandchildren; brother Jean and wife Roberta Andre, Austin, Texas; and sisters Yvonne Farling, Carmel, and Theresa Teagarden, Marion.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Jane Heller, and her parents.

Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Visitation is 1-5 p.m. Sunday and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Prayer service is to be conducted at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial is to be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

 

Linda Jo (Blue) Davenport

March 4, 1951 – Jan. 20, 2015

Linda Jo (Blue) DAVENPORT, 63, formerly of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fargo, N.D., due to complications from lung cancer.

Born on March 4, 1951, in Miami County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Marjorie Joan Polk Blue. Linda was a 1969 graduate of Maconaquah High School before going on to college to obtain her BS and MS degrees in education. Linda was a devoted Christian, giving her time and talents to various congregations over the years in the communities where she was living. Linda was a talented needlepoint artist, creating many treasures for her family, friends and churches.

She leaves behind three children to cherish her memory, Joseph Davenport and his wife Jacquelyn, Harwood, N.D., Jessie Davenport, Fargo, N.D., and Jodie Davenport, Tempe, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Kaily and Kaiden Davenport, Harwood, N.D.; and one brother, Gregory Alan Blue and his wife Teresa, Fifield, Wis. Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with pastor Mark Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rochester First Baptist Church. The online guest book can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Lloyd Robert Ulerick

April 25, 1926 – Jan. 22, 2015

Lloyd Robert ULERICK, 88, Peru, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital.

Lloyd was born on April 25, 1926, to Forrest and Lola Ulerick. He was married to Shirley Bailey who preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 2011. He was a farmer.

Surviving are three children, Lloyd E. and Sondra Ulerick, Rochester, Joleen L. Sroda, Abilene, Texas, and Darrell L. and Elsa Ulerick, Peru. He will be lovingly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, one deceased; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Peru, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Burial is to be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

Arrangements are by Northern Indiana Funeral Care, Fort Wayne.

 

Robert Burns Becht

Aug. 19, 1954 – Jan. 22, 2015

Robert Burns BECHT, the beloved son of Burns S. Becht (Rochester, IN) and Cuma C. Becht, left the bounds of Earth on January 22, 2015.

Born in Kansas on August 19, 1954, Bob grew to become a man unwavering in his love and commitment to the God of Creation, family and a league of dedicated friends. He was an enigma; a competitive and steely figure who could curse like a sailor, yet also possessed the heart and tongue of a poet. All crossword puzzles: completed in pen. A devoted fan of the Indianapolis 500, he attended the past 51 years.

Bob loved fiercely and faithfully and was loved fiercely and faithfully in turn by Sarah Ann Sayger. Their journey in marriage began November 27, 1982, which happened to coincide with his coaching break between high school football and basketball seasons.

Bob’s greatest legacy is two daughters: Edna S. Becht, DO (fiance, Ed Schneiders) of South Bend, IN and Savannah D. Jewell (husband Chris), a veterinary student in West Lafayette, IN. They carry forward his love of music, love of literature both classic and comic, his ability to correctly use plural possessives, and the Becht skill of communicating displeasure by raising a single eyebrow. Bob treasured a legion of lifelong friends-all brothers and sisters to his spirit.

Bob is preceded in death by his mother, Cuma.

A celebration of the life of Bob Becht will be at noon EST on Monday, January 26, 2015 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Sue Ringenback officiating. Visitation is from 2-5 PM on Sunday, January 25th, and one hour prior to service Monday at the funeral home. Family and friends are welcome. Critics need not attend.

Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Larry L. Quimby

Larry L. QUIMBY, 71, Argos, died Friday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Monday, January 26, 2015

 

Larry L. Quimby

Larry L. QUIMBY, 71, Argos, died Friday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara L. Scott, Argos; daughters, Lisa Vladiff, Argos, Leigh A. Herbert, Spring Branch, Texas, Tina L. Pfahler, Argos, Tina Shackelford, Argos, and Billie J. Collins, Logansport; and son Thomas T. Quimby, Fort Campbell, Tenn.

His funeral service is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Earl Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 4 p.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

 

Warren Ousley Jr.

Warren OUSLEY Jr., 68, Rochester, died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

Mary E. Lease

Dec. 24, 1928 - Jan. 25, 2015

Mary E. LEASE, 86, Royal Center, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born on Dec. 24, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Flora (Barnett) Huffman. On Feb. 7, 1948, she married Robert E. Lease, and he preceded her in death on April 9, 2012.

Mary was a Royal Center High School graduate.

She retired from Switches/Federal Mogul, Logansport. Mary was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking and most of all, spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Robert ‘Mike’ Lease (Kelley), Rochester, and Beth A. Nubel, Logansport; grandchildren Robert Wells (Tammy), Chad Wells (Nikki), Stephanie Jackson (Kern), Amy Wyatt (Jay), Michelle Soel (Matthew), Mary Wells (Michael Myers), Shawn Nubel (Haley Samuelson), Kim Darche (Brad), Chris Lease (Erin Reid) as well as Paxton Lease, Meghan McLochlin (Kyle), Mallory Smith (Michael) and Lauren Mitchell; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Scott Lease; one daughter, Sarita Sue Hoehler; one brother, Joseph Huffman; and two sisters, Elizabeth Swisher and Eleanor Harris.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with pastor Adrian Curtis officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Kistler Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Royal Center United Methodist Church.

Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Lease family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Caitlin O. Heisler

Caitlin O. HEISLER, 20, Claypool, died Sunday at her residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Patricia E. Gallagher

Patricia E. GALLAGHER 67, Rochester, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Raymond Enyart

Raymond ENYART, 95, Rochester, died Monday at Life Care Center. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Kenneth Salyer

Kenneth SALYER, 53, Plymouth, died Sunday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth.

 

Warren Ousley Jr.

Jan. 9, 1947 - Jan. 24, 2015

Warren OUSLEY Jr., 68, Rochester, father, grandfather, brother, left us to be with the Lord Our Savior and his wife, Nancy, at 7:46 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born Jan. 9, 1947, in Prestonsburg, Ky., he was the son of Warren Sr. and Fanny Rose Ousley.

On Aug. 29, 1964, in Rochester, he was married to Nancy L. Norman, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2006.

Warren worked at Rochester Homes and the Tippecanoe and Akron foundries. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting.

He is survived by his children, Carla Lowe and husband Jimmy, Rochester, Tony Ousley, Rochester, Patty Ousley and husband Ben, Macy, Tina Amburgy and husband Phillip, Rochester, and Joseph Books and wife Rebecca, Macy; grandchildren April Lowe and James Lowe, Rochester, Savannah and husband Jimmy Olson, Rochester, Samuel Ousley, Rochester, Jonathan Ousley, Noblesville, Joshua Ousley, Macy, Cody Brunner and wife Samantha, Denver, Levi Amburgy, Rochester, Joey Books and Caitlyn Books, Macy; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are six siblings, Bennie R. Ousley and wife Nan, Rochester, Renee Miller, Florida, Jessie G. Ousley, Athens, Timothy Ousley and wife Jennifer, Rochester, Jimmy D. Ousley, Argos, and Jeffery L. Burns, Plymouth; and sister-in-law Theresa ‘Tweet’ Ousley, Athens.

His parents, Warren Ousley Sr. and Fanny Rose Burns and one brother, Tom Ousley, preceded him in death.

His memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until time of service.

Burial will follow at Athens Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to leave messages of condolence and sign the online guest book at www.zimmermanbros.com.

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

 

Patricia Eileen Gallagher

Aug. 12, 1947 – Jan. 26, 2015

 Patricia Eileen GALLAGHER, 67, Rochester, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1947, in Muskegon, Mich., the daughter of Norbert M. and Katherine Jane (Bull) Gallagher. Pat graduated from Rochester Community High School in 1965 and graduated from Marian College, now Marian University, Indianapolis, in 1969.

Pat worked as a social worker in Rochester after graduation, then moved to Washington D.C. to work as an administrative assistant for the U.S. State Department. After a period of time in Washington D.C., she packed up her bags and went to California and got a job working as a receptionist for the Emmy Corp. Pat returned to Rochester in 1978 to help with her father after he had a stroke.

Pat was a loving, good-hearted caregiver for her parents. She supported many charities over the years from Big Brothers/Big Sisters to World Wildlife Federation. She was also helpful with the charities and functions of the St Joseph Catholic Church, where she was an active member. She was also active with the Fulton County Democratic Women’s Club. When Pat returned to help her parents, she worked at the Fulton County Public Library until retiring in September 2012.

Survivors include her brothers, Thomas N. and wife Margaret Gallagher, Seminole, Fla., and Michael and wife Joan Gallagher, Wilmington, Ohio, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Maureen K. (Gallagher) Dahle-Melsaether.

Funeral mass is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Friday and 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date at Mona View Cemetery, Muskegon, Mich.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Public Library or to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 


 

Caitlin O. Heisler

Sept. 27, 1994 – Jan. 25, 2015

Caitlin O. HEISLER, 20, of Beaver Dam Lake, Claypool, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1994, in Rochester, to Terrance L. and Barbara (Bailey) Heisler. Caitlin was a 2013 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School where she was on the swim team. She attended Warsaw Community Church and enjoyed time with family, movies, music and the ocean, especially the gulf.

Survivors include her parents, Terry and Barbara Heisler, Claypool; sisters Shea Bailey, Mishawaka, and Terra Heisler, Claypool; brother Ryan and wife Brooke Heisler, Argos; maternal grandparents Ellie Bailey, Akron, and Robert Bailey, Rochester; paternal grandmother Doris Heisler, Warsaw; and seven nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her other grandparents.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with pastor E.J. Underwood officiating. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 28, 2015, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Riley Children’s Foundation.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Kenneth Lee Salyer

July 15, 1961 – Jan. 25, 2015

Kenneth Lee SALYER, 53, Plymouth, passed away at his residence at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a long illness.

Kenneth was born to Charles Sr. and Syntha (Howard) Salyer at the Starke County Hospital, Knox, on July 15, 1961. Kenneth was a self-employed truck driver for many years. He was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, treating his motorcycles as though they were his children. He was an ABATE Chapter Region One member for 13 years. He enjoyed watching old western shows on television and loved to scratch off instant lottery tickets.

Kenneth is survived by his mother, Syntha Salyer, Argos; his two daughters, Rebecca Salyer and Janet Garbas, Plymouth; and six grandchildren. His siblings are Charles Salyer Jr. and long-time companion Brenda Carter, Plymouth, Barbara Pritchett, Argos, Judy (Jeff) Pritchett, Rochester, and Janet Salyer, Palestine. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Bruce Salyer, whom he treated as his own son, and his uncle, Basel (Evalee) Hale, Pierceton.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Charles Sr.

Visitation is at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, from 4-7 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

His funeral service is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. EST at the funeral home, with Rev. Charles Krieg officiating.

Burial will follow at Bass Lake Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to ABATE Chapter Region One, P.O. Box 665, Bargersville, IN 46106.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the family through the website at www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Raymond Enyart

Raymond ENYART, 95, Rochester, died Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, June Howe, Rochester, and Sharon Herington, Mundelein, Ill.; a sister, Norma Becker, Rochester; and two brothers, Emerson Enyart, Rochester, and Carl Enyart, South Bend.

His funeral service is 6 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 

Raymond E. Enyart

May 19, 1919 ­ Jan. 26, 2015

Mr. Raymond E. ENYART, 95, known by many as ‘Ray the Lawnmower Man’ of Rochester, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

On May 19, 1919, Raymond Earl was born in Henpeck, just outside of Twelve Mile. He was a treasured son of Earl and Ursa Filbey Enyart. Growing up as one of eight children, Ray shared his childhood with three sisters and four brothers. With great Bulldog pride, Ray graduated with his class from Fulton High School in 1936.

Ray and Ruth Meek married on Dec. 7, 1940, in Peru. Together they shared more than 74 years of life’s adventures. From their union, came two beautiful daughters, June and Sharon. Over the years, the family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

As the second oldest of the Enyart kids, Ray acquired a strong work ethic from his dad and experiencing the Great Depression at the tender age of 10 years old. He was dedicated to Torx, working as a tool and die maker from 1951-1983 when he retired to go into small engine repair full time.

As an entrepreneur, he was an amazing man, gifted with his hands as well as his mechanical abilities. As such, Ray went full time with his small engine repair opening Ray’s Lawnmower Shop situated in the southwest quadrant of Rochester. He welcomed customers here, solving problems, repairing engines, ensuring customer satisfaction as the primary ingredient for success. Although push mowers were his specialties, he acquired a great love for John Deere riders. He formally retired less than a year ago in the spring of 2014. Each day, Ray trekked to join the Burger King breakfast bunch at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, catching up on the latest and solving the world’s problems. Always sharing his table were Wayne, George and Linda.

A faithful member of the Rochester Church of the Nazarene for more than 66 years, Ray physically and financially contributed to the building of the present structure, which was completed in 1965. As a good steward, he served his church as trustee, Sunday school superintendent, church bus driver, missions director and Sunday school teacher of the teen group for a number of years. Ruth and Ray embraced a memorable missions trip to Suriname in the 1980’s; they also once visited the Bahamas on a mission to help with the building of a church.

Remembered for a great sense of humor, Ray loved a good joke. He fashioned the foundation of his life around faith, family and friends. Ray and Ruth enjoyed adventures, traveling to family and friends, visiting Michigan, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio, to name a few of their favorite destinations. Promptness was his middle name, as he was always 10 minutes early, and he preferred to make immediate payment in cash.

A connoisseur of music, Ray loved Lawrence Welk, southern gospel, country and patriotic. A man of perpetual motion over the years, Ray built four homes. He once raised over 5,000 chickens. In his younger years, he and Ruth planted a truck patch garden each spring, then canned and froze the bountiful harvest every autumn. He also planted colorful flowerbeds to accent the landscape. One year he planted peanuts and cotton, giving them some northern exposure.

Left to cherish Ray’s memory are his loving wife, Ruth; two daughters, June Howe and husband David, Rochester, Sharon Herington and husband Dohn, Mundelein, Ill.; three grandchildren, Doug Howe, Cheryl Cholewczynski and husband Mike, and Marc Alan Herington and wife Suzanne; two great-grandchildren, Lindsay Herington and Brooke Herington; a sister, Norma Becker and husband Dale, Rochester; two brothers, Emerson Enyart and wife Barbara, Rochester, and Carl Enyart and wife Pat, South Bend; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and the many friends he met at Ray’s Lawnmower Shop.

Preceding Ray in death are his parents; two sisters, Evelyn Williams and Eileen Simpson; and two brothers, Wilson Enyart and Kenneth Enyart.

The Enyart family wishes to express their grateful appreciation for the kind assistance, love and care conveyed to their dad by Carl Damron, Ralph Bright, Randy and Carol Shelburne, pastor Don Meyer, Emerson and Barb Enyart, Norma and Dale Becker and the staff of Gentiva Hospice.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Raymond Earl Enyart is 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A private family burial is Saturday at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice or to the Church of the Nazarene Missions Fund. Online sympathies to his family may be expressed at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

 

Dolores Butcher

Dolores BUTCHER, 83, Rochester, died Saturday at Millers Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include her two daughters, Kathy Briney, Rochester, and Pam Radersdorf, Peru; and her sister, Peggy J. Grayson, Summerset.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

 

Warren Ousley Jr.

A memorial service for Warren OUSLEY Jr., 68, Rochester, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 12:30 p.m., until time of service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery.

His service has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 

Dolores L. Butcher

May 6, 1931 – Jan. 31, 2015

Mrs. Dolores L. BUTCHER, 83, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 3:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Born on May 6, 1931, Dolores Lucille was the cherished daughter of Verlynne and Dorothy Leedy Study. Growing up as the oldest, Dolores shared her childhood with a sister, Peggy Jo. In 1949, she graduated with her class from Peru High School. Remaining close with her classmates, she attended their 64th reunion in the fall of 2013.

On May 28, 1949, in Peru, Dolores L. Study married the love of her life, Fredrick L. Butcher. Together they enjoyed more than 58 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two wonderful daughters, Pam and Kathy. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

As an extraordinary cook and baker, Dolores was at home in her kitchen command post always fulfilling her family’s requests. Pies were her forte; among her specialties were cream, pineapple, pecan and chocolate. Grandma’s molasses and peanut butter cookies fresh from the oven were second to none. Peanut butter and chocolate fudge were also in high demand. As an avid reader in recent years, romance and fiction were her favorites.

Most recently, Dolores worked at Wal-Mart, retiring after a 10-year stint. Over the years, she also worked at Marshall Electric, Essex Wire, Logansport, and Cyclone Seeder, Urbana. She attended the First Baptist Church, Rochester, and was a member of the Moose Lodge, Peru.

Left to cherish Dolores’ memory are two daughters, Kathy Briney and husband Jim, Rochester, and Pam Raderstorf and companion Donna Hines, Peru; four grandchildren, Tobi Lewis and husband Gary, Tony Briney and companion Lori Johnson, Jami Conliff and husband Ray, and Leif Raderstorf and wife Tammy; eight great-grandchildren, Alysha, Tori, Nichole, Dustin, Cody, Dakota, Katelyn and Justin; four great-great-grandchildren, Kinley, Caleb, Colin and Zayne; a sister, Peggy Jo Grayson and husband John, Somerset; a niece, Christy Smith; and nephews Brian and Jeff Mullikin.

Preceding Dolores in death are her beloved husband, Fredrick, on Nov. 4, 2007, and her parents.

Family and close friends will celebrate the life of Mrs. Dolores Lucille Butcher at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit with her family one hour prior to her service.

There will not be a graveside service.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1000 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Carl W. Hodson

Carl W. HODSON, 86, Peru, died Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include his children, Carla Perry, New Plymouth, New Zealand, and David Hodson, Columbus, Ohio; and stepson David Leffel, Peru.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

 

Timothy F. Hoffa Sr.

Timothy F. HOFFA Sr., 58, Winamac, died Tuesday at Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria U. Hoffa, Winamac; sons Duane Hoffa, Westchester, Ill., and Tim Hoffa Jr., Winamac; daughter Bethanne Rude, Thornhope; brothers John G. Hoffa, Brown City, Mich., Robert Hoffa, Capac, Mich., Christopher Hoffa, Winamac, and Stephen Hoffa, Lapeer, Mich.; and sisters Linda Poirier, Capac, Mich., Brenda Moustakas, Clinton Township, Mich., and Kathy Scott, Las Vegas.

His funeral service is 1 p.m. Sunday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with visitation from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

 

James Monroe Baker

Nov. 11, 1959 – Feb. 2, 2015

James Monroe BAKER, 55, Rochester, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne.

He was born on Nov. 11, 1959, to Arthur and Marcialeen Baker, Peru.

Surviving are his son, Brian Baker, Peru; daughter Samantha Smith, San Diego; fiancee Idella Beliles, Rochester; sister Barb Cole, Lake Cicott; sister Arlene Caldwell, Hazard, Ky.; daughter-in-law Natasha Baker; grandchildren Alexyss Baker, James Baker Jr., Makenzee Baker, Joshua Baker, Kaylynn, Kyndra and Karyssa; and stepchildren Herman Beliles and Laura Beliles.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marcialeen Baker, son Joshua Baker and grandson Brayden Malik Arias Baker.

James worked at Western Reman Industrial, Peru, for 10 years.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Peoria Church, Peru.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Loletta L. Higdon

Loletta L. HIGDON, 46, Peru, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include two siblings, Karen Glenn and Mark A. Hall.

Her funeral service is 3 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

 

John C. Herrold

John C. HERROLD, 80, Grass Creek, died Thursday at St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Roger D. Rudd

Roger D. RUDD, 54, Rochester, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert Swihart

Robert SWIHART, 95, Rochester, died Thursday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Billy C. Wyatt

Billy C. WYATT, 83, Akron, formerly of Burbank, Ill., died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

 

John C. “J” Herrold

April 4, 1934 – Feb. 5, 2015

John C. “J” HERROLD, 80, Grass Creek, passed away at 10:02 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette.

Born April 4, 1934, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Carl and Olive (Apt) Herrold. On May 14, 1954, he married Nada C. Willy. She preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 2006.

He was a 1952 Grass Creek High School graduate.

He was a lifetime dairy farmer and a fifth-generation farmer in Wayne Township, Fulton County.

J was a former Wayne Township Republican precinct committee chairman for many years and a former Fulton County Republican chairman. He was also a Wayne Township trustee from 1979-2000. He was a longtime member of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department, and he served as fire chief for many years. He was a charter member of the Wayne Township Lions Club, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, formerly Kewanna and Rochester, now Royal Center No. 375, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, formerly Kewanna, now Rochester No. 79.

J was a lifetime member of the Grass Creek United Methodist Church, where he also formerly served as trustee.

He was an avid Jeff Gordon fan, and he enjoyed arrowhead and mushroom hunting, going to flea markets and collecting elephant figurines.

Survivors include his children, Mick Herrold (Becky), Twelve Mile, Mark Herrold (Kim), Grass Creek, Mindy Douglass (Jeff), Kewanna, and Michelle Rigney (Dan), Macy; sister-in-law Janece Herrold, Grass Creek; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by brother Robert Herrold.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with pastors Chris Madison and David Sommers officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/ or the National Kidney Foundation.

Sign the online guest book or leave condolences for the Herrold family at http://www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Robert L. Swihart

Jan. 26, 1920 – Feb. 5, 2015

Robert L. SWIHART, 95, Rochester, formerly of rural Argos, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 26, 1920, in Argos, to parents, Walter D. and Joanna (Rohrer) Swihart. He was married Dec. 10, 1939, in Plymouth, to Fern Shoemaker. She preceded him in death on July 17, 1997, then he married Barbara Walker on March 6, 1998, in Talma. She survives.

Robert was a farmer, a bus driver for Argos Community Schools for 17 years, and also worked for several years for the Marshall County Highway Department.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mentone. As a young man, he played the guitar and the piano. He enjoyed woodworking, clock collecting, working outdoors and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Swihart, Rochester; daughter Julia and husband John Baker, Warsaw; sons James Swihart, Rochester, Earl and wife Sandra Swihart, Bourbon, and Charles and wife Vicki Swihart, Rochester; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; five stepdaughters; one stepson; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Walter D. and Joanna Swihart; his first wife, Fern Swihart; two grandsons; two brothers, Arthur and Harold Swihart; sister Bernice Markley; and daughter-in-law Mary Swihart.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 North Tucker St., Mentone, with pastor Michael Wilhite officiating. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial is to be at the Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Mentone.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at http://www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

David A. Griffey

A memorial service for David A. GRIFFEY, who died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

The service will be conducted at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

 

Chance N. Beck

Chance N. BECK, 17, Macy, formerly of Akron, died Friday at his residence.

Survivors include his mother, Julie Shepherd, Macy; father Andrew Beck, Rochester; second mom Katrina Calloway, North Manchester; sisters Shana L. Leonhardt, Indianapolis, and Gracie Beck, Rochester; brothers Joshua Bailey, North Manchester, Wade Beck, Rochester, Noah Beck, North Manchester, Deontee Smith, Rochester, Steven Poe, Rochester, and Braydyn Poe, Rochester.

His memorial service is 1 p.m. Thursday at Akron Church of God.

Arrangements are by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Arthur D. Fieser

Arthur D. FIESER, 86, Rochester, died Jan. 15, 2015, in South Bend.

His funeral service is noon-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Fay Duff

Fay DUFF, 79, Tippecanoe, died Friday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Survivors include her husband, Carl D. Duff, Tippecanoe; daughters Debra J. Nicodemus, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Donna K. Burkholder, Waupun, Wis., and Denise M. Klingerman, Bourbon; sons John E. Duff, Plymouth, and William E. Duff, Argos; and sister Beatrice Patrick, Tippecanoe.

Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements are by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


 

Roger D. Rudd

June 18, 1960 ­ Feb. 5, 2015

The Dallas Cowboys have lost one of their most loyal and devoted fans. Mr. Roger Dale RUDD, 54, Rochester, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at his residence.

On June 18, 1960, Roger was a treasured son born to James G. and Thelma Jean Howard Rudd. Growing up as the youngest of four he shared his childhood with a sister and two brothers. Roger was the JV and varsity manager of both football and basketball teams during his years at RHS. He continued to help with those responsibilities beyond his high school years. With great Zebra pride, he graduated in 1979 with his class from Rochester High School.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Roger was loyal to America’s football team, the Dallas Cowboys. For more than two decades, he and his Mom made an annual pilgrimage over Thanksgiving weekend to Dallas to watch the Cowboys and cheer them to victory. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and was quite comfy attired in his Dallas letter-styled jacket or licensed sweats and ball cap.

An avid Notre Dame fan, Roger always watched their football and basketball teams. He also was a huge fan of the Chicago Cubbies.

Left to cherish Rogers’s memory are his mother, Thelma Rudd; two brothers, Larry Rudd and wife Josie and Dennis Rudd, all of Rochester; a niece, Laura Whitenite and husband Donn; a nephew, Joshua Rudd; and three great-nieces and nephews, Dakota, Cherokee and Cheyenne Whitenight; aunts and uncles, Eileen and John Davis, Dale and Sandy Rudd, Harold Howard, Paul and Phyllis Howard, Carl Howard and Ilene Howard; and several cousins.

Preceding Roger in death are his father, James, on June 18, 2014; his sister, Linda K. Rudd, on Dec. 25, 1995; and his grandparents.

A celebration of the life of Roger D. Rudd will be at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 9, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with pastor Mike VanHeyningen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Athens Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rochester High School men’s sports teams, P.O. Box 108, Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at http://www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Gwendolyn R. Maus

Gwendolyn R. MAUS, 90, Blair Ridge, formerly of Denver, Ind., died Friday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

Surviving her includes one sister, Connie Hunt, Peru.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Billy C. Wyatt

Billy C. WYATT, 83, Akron, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his daughters, Karen Shane, Akron, and Gail Wyatt, Steelville, Mo.; sons Billy Wyatt, Rochester, and Tony Wyatt, Burbank, Ill.; brothers Dewey M. Wyatt, Batavia, Ill., and Luther Wyatt, St. Charles, Ill.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Baptist Church, Rochester.

Arrangements are by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

 

Chance Nicholas Beck

June 23, 1997 ­ Feb. 6, 2015

Chance Nicholas BECK, 17, Macy, formerly of Akron, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at his residence.

He was born on June 23, 1997, in Whitley County, to Andrew E. Beck and Julie A. Carr. Chance was a Tippecanoe Valley High School junior. In earlier years, he played baseball, basketball and football. For many years and most recently, he was very involved in the TVHS soccer program where he had been co-captain. He had received many academic awards that he displayed on his letter jacket. He was a member and enjoyed working out at the Fulton County Wellness Center, Rochester. Many people loved him.

Survivors include his mother, Julie Shepherd and companion Barry Vigar, Macy; father Andrew Beck and companion Tonia Smith, Rochester; second mom Katrina Calloway, North Manchester; sisters Shana Lynn Leonhardt, Indianapolis, and Gracie Beck, Rochester; brothers Joshua and wife Angela Bailey, North Manchester, Wade Beck, Rochester, Noah Beck, North Manchester, Deontee Smith, Rochester, Steven Poe, Rochester, and Braydyn Poe, Rochester; maternal grandmother Diane and Paul Bravell, Fort Wayne; paternal grandparents Dennis and Annette Ayres, North Manchester; paternal great-grandmother Grace Kester, North Manchester; and several cousins, aunts, uncles and a niece He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Phillip Carr and paternal grandfather Roger Guthrie.

His memorial service is 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron, with Rev. Susan Keirn-Kester and pastor Michael McFarland officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chance Beck Memorial Fund via Bippus State Bank, North Manchester, or Hartzler Funeral Home. Share a memory or send an online condolence at http://www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

David A. Griffey

David A. GRIFFEY, 76, was born April 2, 1938, and passed Feb. 4, 2015.

Dave is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughters Tami Barnes, Pearland, Texas, and Natalie Gehrich, Rochester; son Steve Griffey, Peru; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four siblings.

Dave was born in Center to Darrell Francis Griffey and Elsie Louis (Cunningham) Griffey. He graduated from Galveston High School in 1956.

On Oct. 12, 1957, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Louise Duncan.

Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and received an honorable discharge Dec. 31, 1962. After his Army service, Dave and Carolyn returned to Kokomo, where he was a delivery driver for Omar Bakery for 16 months. Dave then worked at Kokomo Gas and Fuel for two years. While working at the gas company, among other duties, he taught classes at a local adult school on gas furnace installations and service. He created his own curriculum because none was published at that time. He left the gas company to work for Kokomo Sales Company as a salesman and manager.

In 1972, after being approached by three other heating contractors who were concerned about contractor ethics and workmanship, Dave helped form the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association. He served as president the first two years.

In 1974, Dave and Carolyn formed a new company, Dave Griffey Contracting Service Inc., a residential and light commercial plumbing, heating and cooling company. He retired from there in 1991.

In 1993, Dave was elected a Howard County Commissioner, serving in that position until Dec. 31, 2000. While commissioner, Dave played a key role in enticing Daimler Chrysler to build the Chrysler Indiana Transmission Plant II in Kokomo.

Other accomplishments and community service included president of the Northwest Indiana County Commissioners and president of the Howard County Solid Waste Management.

Dave and Carolyn were members of the Pioneer Auto Club from 1973-2012. He was a founder of the Haynes Apperson Festival and served as chairman from 1975-1982. Dave was president of the “City of Firsts” Automotive Heritage Museum. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, he played an integral part in establishing the Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum. He wrote two books about Kokomo’s automobile history, “The Pioneer,” and “Beyond the Pioneer.” He also wrote a book documenting the struggles and ultimate success of the Pioneer Auto Club in establishing the Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum.

Dave was a member of Lions Club International, for more than 35 years in both Howard and Fulton counties. He received the Melvin Jones Fellow award for his dedicated work with the Lions Club. Dave also served as president of the Villas West HOA and the Hoosier Cruisers RV club.

Dave was very proud to be an American and of the opportunities it provided. He was very dedicated to God, his family and his country. He is dearly missed by family and friends… Attaboy Dave!

His memorial service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. Visitation and celebration of his life will immediately follow, downstairs at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, or to the Freedom Hunt, 200 Fourth St., Logansport, IN 46947.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

 

E. Willodene Saner

E. Willodene SANER, 81, Silver Lake, died Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Saner, Silver Lake; daughters Julia Saner, Lebanon, Tenn., Marie London, Los Angeles, Elena Saner, Houston, and Cindy Okinczye, Vernon Hills, Ill.; brothers Ray Shelmadine, Mexico, and Ronald Shelmadine, Columbia City; and sister Connie Miller, New Carlisle, Ohio.

Her memorial service is 4 p.m. Thursday at Silver Lake Wesleyan Church, with visitation following the service at the church.

Arrangements are by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Frank J. Yuraitis

Frank J. YURAITIS, 73, Claypool, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

 

Billy C. Wyatt

May 2, 1931 - Feb. 5, 2015

Billy C. WYATT, 83, Akron, formerly of Burbank, Ill., passed away at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born May 2, 1931, in Dyer County, Tenn., to Dewey and Alice (Fisher) Wyatt.

On Oct. 20, 1951, in Hernada, Miss., he was married to Janie E. Roberson, who passed away on April 20, 2014.

Billy was a Union Iron Worker Local 63 in Chicago. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church, Rochester.

He is survived by daughters Karen and husband Charles Shane, Akron, and Gail Wyatt, Steelville, Mo.; sons Billy Wyatt, Rochester, and Tony and wife Theresa Wyatt, Burbank, Ill.; six grandchildren, Charles and wife Brenda Shane, Karla and husband Jeremy Lane, Tony Wyatt Jr., Vanessa Wyatt, Army Specialist Brandon Wyatt P.F.C., and Airman 1st Class Mallory Almodovar and husband Mike; five great-grandchildren, Kealy, Jacob, Katie Joe, Charles and Carter; and brothers Dewey Mitchell and wife Beverly Wyatt, Batavia, Ill., and Luther and wife Joyce Wyatt, St. Charles, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Alice Wyatt, wife Janie E. Wyatt, a sister and two brothers.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Liberty Baptist Church, 2089 Liberty Road, Rochester, with pastor Bill McSpadden officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

Hartzler Funeral Home is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

 

Richard L. Arven

Feb. 10, 1935 - Feb. 9, 2015

Richard L. ARVEN, 79, was born on Feb. 10, 1935, and passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.

He was born in Rochester to the late Victor and Mona Knotts Arven.

Richard is survived by his wife, Donna (Horn), Winterville, Ga.; daughters Lora Gurak (Paul), Georgia., Karen Fritts (Josh), Indiana, Susan VanLue (Eric), Indiana, Christy Lansangan (Joel), Florida, and Alonna Arven, Georgia; sons Greg Arven, North Carolina, Steve Arven, Indiana, and Jason Arven, Georgia; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers Larry (Mary) Arven, Indiana, and Albert Paul Arven, California.

On July 27, 1962, he married the love of his life, Donna J. Horn; together they celebrated 52 years.

He was on the very first Rochester Zebra football team and was well-known for his football and basketball skills. His height was an asset for the Zebras.

After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and completed four years. To further his education, he graduated from Western New Mexico University. He proudly served 16 years in the Air Force before his retirement. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving his country for over 20 years.

He grew up on Lake Manitou and just like his father he loved fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. He and his family enjoyed many travels to a variety of states and countries such as Germany, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Richard was a very kind and selfless person who always put his family first.

A memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Lord and Stephens East Chapel, Athens, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Welfare Department of foster care and adoptions.

 

Irma J. Pfost

Irma J. PFOST, 80, Rochester, formerly of Hobart, died Wednesday at her residence.

Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kewanna.

 

Friday, February 13, 2015

 

Irma J. Pfost

Feb. 16, 1934 ­ Feb. 11, 2015

Irma J. PFOST, 80, Rochester, formerly of Hobart, passed away peacefully at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born Feb. 16, 1934, in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna Apfelbacher.

Irma was a retired respiratory therapist. She worked in Kentucky, Idaho and Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso.

She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Sonya Alasevich, Valparaiso, Ellen Catanzarite (Todd), Rochester, Linda Alasevich Jaeger, Rochester, Dona Streetman, Valparaiso, Tim Edmaiston (Tina), Rochester, and Monica Edmaiston, Seattle. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Erika Grasham, Chad Grinder, Nicholas Alasevich, Leah Streetman, Luke Streetman, Charlie Streetman, Daniel Delarosa and Danielle Delarosa; six great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Pfost in 2006, one son, Peter Alasevich, and one brother.

No service is to be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Kewanna.

Sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Pfost family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Ryan Lee Stacy

March 18, 1984 ­ Feb. 10, 2015

Ryan Lee STACY, 30, Rochester, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Rochester.

He was born Sunday, March 18, 1984, in Plymouth, the son of Robert Lee Whitsall and Cathy Rutledge.

Surviving are his father, Robert Lee Whitsall, Plymouth; mother Cathy (Richard) Rutledge, Akron; grandmothers Marlene Stacy, Knox, and Helda Whitsall, Grovertown; brother Shane Warner, Plymouth; and sisters Amber Howard, Knox, and Heather Sehsedt, Winamac.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to time of service Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at the Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Knox.

His funeral service is to be conducted at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, with Rev. Heath Hiatt officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fletcher Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the family.

 

Frank J. Yuraitis

Frank J. YURAITIS, 73, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Yuraitis, Claypool; daughters Cheryl Hood, Casselberry, Fla., and Cathleen Evans, Griffith; sons Keith Yuraitis, St. John, and Patrick Strickland, Crown Point; and four brothers, Duane, Donald, Bob and Lewis Yuraitis.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no service.

Arrangements are by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

 

Charles Clevenger

May 4, 1925 ­ Feb. 13, 2015

Charles CLEVENGER, 89, Rochester, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at his residence.

He was born on May 4, 1925, in Fulton County, the son of Charles W. and Edith (Oliver) Clevenger. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. On Oct. 1, 1974, in Rochester, he married Frances L. (Miller) Maxson. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2014.

Mr. Clevenger worked for many years at Torx, Rochester. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Odd Fellows Lodge, Rebekah’s Lodge, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In his spare time, he enjoyed gun collecting and shooting.

Survivors include his children, Gary and wife Deb Clevenger, Rochester, Charlann Clevenger, Rochester, Linda and husband Bruce Lacher, South Bend, James and wife Maribel Maxson, Elkhart; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and aunt Luetta Scibert, Columbus, Ga.

His funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Buck Padilla officiating.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Breast Cancer Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Kay Ezra

Aug. 10, 1937 ­ Feb. 12, 2015

Kay EZRA, 77, Mishawaka, passed away on Feb. 12, 2015, in the home of her daughter after an extended time of poor health.

Kay was born on Aug. 10, 1937. She was the daughter of Floyd ‘Ted’ and Kathryn Van Meter of Grass Creek. She was a 1955 graduate of Grass Creek High School. Kay worked for Bell Telephone and retired from there after many years of service.

Kay is survived by her four children, Vickie (Joe) Calcagno, James (Jeri) Ezra, Kathryn (Tom) Branstetter and Felecia Hoyt. Kay had 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Lila (John) Ritschard; brothers Ted Van Meter and Martin (Sherry) Van Meter.

Preceding her in death are a brother, Jerry Myers, and granddaughter Amanda Ezra.

Neither visitation nor a memorial service are planned at this time.

 

Ethel M. Smith

Ethel M. SMITH, 88, formerly of Macy, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include her two children, Charles Smith, Macy, and Beverly Brown, Denver; and one brother, John Grogg, Houston.

Her funeral service is 6 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Betty J. Hagenbush

Betty J. HAGENBUSH, 86, died Friday at her residence.

Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

See Mrs. Hagenbush’s complete obituary at rochsent.com.

 

Monday, February 16, 2015

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

 

Andrew E. Beck

April 30, 1973 ­ Feb. 13, 2015

Andrew E. BECK, 41, Rochester, (Talma), formerly of North Manchester, unexpectedly passed at 10:25 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at his residence

He was born on April 30, 1973, in Independence, Mo., to Roger E. Guthrie and Annette Kester.

For the past 10 years, Tonia Smith, Rochester, was Andrew’s companion, and she survives.

Andrew had been a veal calf feeder for Strauss Feeds, North Manchester. He attended high school in North Manchester. He loved watching the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, and Mark Martin was his family’s driver in NASCAR. He enjoyed fishing on Sechrist Lake, and his children were the love of his life.

Survivors include his mother, Annette and husband Dennis Ayres, North Manchester; sons Wade Beck, South Whitley, and Noah Beck, North Manchester; daughters Shanna Lynn Leonhardt, Indianapolis, and Gracie Beck, Rochester; maternal grandmother Grace Kester, North Manchester; paternal grandmother Cleo Hippensteel, North Manchester; stepsons Deontee Smith, Steven Poe and Braydyn Poe, Rochester; sisters Abbie Isbell, North Manchester, and Lisa and husband Joseph Rioux, Sylvania, Ohio; stepbrothers Ryan Ayres, Dover, Ark., and Andy Ayres, North Manchester; and several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his son, Chance Beck, who passed Feb. 6, 2015, as well as his grandparents and father, Roger Guthrie.

His funeral service is 5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 17, 2015, at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, with Rev. Kurt Stout and Rev. Susan Keirn-Kester officiating. Visitation is 3:30-5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 17, 2015, at the church.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew Beck Memorial Fund payable at the Bippus State Bank or Hartzler Funeral Home.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Betty J. Hagenbush

Betty J. HAGENBUSH, 86, Argos, died Friday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Hagenbush, Argos; daughter Gayle Kintigh, Goshen; sons Charles K. Hagenbush, Argos, and Kent I. Hagenbush, Fort Wayne; sister Lucille Olds, Sebring, Fla.; and brothers Eugene Preslar, Sparta, Ill., Orville Preslar, Belvidere, Ill., Otis Preslar, Hot Springs, Ark., and Allen Presla, Oregon.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. today at the church.

Arrangements are by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Donald P. Joswiak

Donald P. JOSWIAK, 81, Claypool, died Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi Joswiak, Claypool; and sons Donald Joswiak, Hobart, and Matthew Joswiak, Chicago.

In honoring his request, no funeral service or visitation are planned.

Arrangements are by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Betty J. Kinney

Betty J. KINNEY, 79, Macy, died Friday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

Survivors include her husband, John H. Kinney; five children, Ginger Fitzpatrick, Martinsville, Michael Newcomb, Las Vegas, Steven Newcomb, Noblesville, Rebecca Eisenhut, Indianapolis, and Elizabeth Bush, Peru.

Her memorial service is 5 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Olive May Master

Sept. 22, 1928 ­ Feb. 14, 2015

 Olive May MASTER, 86, Winamac, passed away at 5:47 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital, Danville.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1928, in Winamac, to Walter and Cora Warmbrod Peters. Olive married Earl Robert Master on Feb. 20, 1949, at Lake Bruce. Earl died on March 4, 1974.

Olive was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist and the Circle of Love. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star No. 96, Winamac.

Olive was a bookkeeper for Buckeye Elevator, Monterey, for many years. She was also a former teller at the First National Bank, Monterey.

Olive enjoyed playing bunco, cooking and farming. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Nancy (Larry) Peters, Stilesville, and Bonnie (Robert) Elliott, Gonbach, Germany; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Ellen (Gene) Horn, Kewanna, Norma (Ralph) Master, Washington, Ill., and Lulu Belle Walker, Kokomo; and brother Willard (Helen) Peters, Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Lloyd Peters; mother Cora E. Warmbrod Peters; husband Earl Robert Master; daughter Beverly Kay Peterson; son Lemuel Lloyd Master; and sister Lucille Overmyer.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Lake Bruce.

Visitation is from 3-8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

An OES service is at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial is to be conducted at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Fund or the Heart Fund or Pleasant Hill Church.

Online condolences may be offered in the guest book at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

 

David R. Trantum

David R. TRANTUM, 75, Culver, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at home.

Survivors include his daughter, Lori Corwin; his son, Brent Trantum; his mother, Jane Trantum; his brothers, Dennis and Tom; and a sister, Lisa Newman.

His memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is assisting with arrangements.

 

Helen E. Tyler

Helen E. TYLER, 89, Peru, died Saturday at her residence.

Survivors include her children, Bill Tyler, Sharon Tyler, Sandy Tyler and Debra Wheetley, all of Peru.

Her funeral service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God, Peru, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Peirce C. Redington

Infant Peirce C. REDINGTON died Friday at IU Health, Goshen.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

Ramona A. Myers

Ramona A. MYERS, 85, Rochester, died Tuesday at her residence.

Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Phyllis Daulton

Phyllis DAULTON, 92, Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Peirce D. Redington

Infant Peirce D. REDINGTON, Nappanee, died Friday at IU Health, Goshen.

Survivors include his parents, Ashley Cox and Robert Redington; and a brother, Camden S. Redington.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

 

Ramona Ann ‘Monie’ Myers

June 19, 1929 – Feb. 17, 2015

Ramona Ann ‘Monie’ MYERS, 85, Rochester, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at her residence.

She was born on June 19, 1929, in Hillsdale, Mich., the daughter of Emanuel and Opal (Lamborn) Caywood. She was raised in Rochester by her beloved aunt and uncle, Marjorie (Lamborn) and Hans Garfield Hanson. On Sept. 9, 1950, in Rochester, she married John W. ‘Bill’ Myers. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2007.

Monie worked for many years in interior decorating with the House of Decor and worked with her husband Bill in the Mobil bulk oil business. In 1977, Monie and her husband purchased The Newsstand from Gates Thompson, where they enjoyed the newspapers, magazines, gifts and greeting cards. They enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people who frequented the store. They sold The Newsstand in 1992. The first few years of retirement were spent traveling to Florida and Arizona visiting various friends, families and training camp for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Tri Kappa. In her spare time, she enjoyed bird watching and gardening.

Survivors include her son, Jon Myers, Rochester; grandson Damon Myers, Indianapolis; brother Bob and wife Nancy Caywood, Rochester; and nieces and nephews Linda Myers Reno and husband Lee, Indianapolis, Debbie Caywood Magon and husband Richie, Pompano Beach, Fla., Tammie Caywood, Rochester, and Joe and wife Vicki Caywood, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Brett Garfield Myers, daughter Raynee’ Marlen Myers and niece Vickie Caywood Parsons.

A private service will be observed.

Burial will be at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Ministries Food Pantry. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

 

Phyllis J. Daulton

Phyllis J. DAULTON, 92, Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include her two daughters, Candace Ragland, Carmel, and Jill Alber, Rochester; and a son, Jack Daulton, Atlanta.

A private funeral service was conducted and arranged by Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

Peirce Devon Redington

Feb. 13, 2015 ­ Feb. 13, 2015

Little Mister Peirce Devon REDINGTON, Nappanee, was surrounded by his loving family when he was born into Heaven at 5:43 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at IU Health Goshen Hospital. Peirce Devon was the precious son of Ashley L. Cox and Robert J. Redington.

God’s blessings have been bestowed on Peirce Devon, weighing in at 5 pounds and 8.7 ounces. He was 19.5 inches in length. Very active in the womb, he joyfully listened to his mommy and daddy’s voices. Everyone anticipated the arrival of this curious and vibrant little boy named Peirce, especially his big brother Camden.

Little Peirce Devon will always be lovingly remembered by his big brother, Camden Scott Redington; maternal grandparents Devon Cox and wife Karen, and Tami Cox; paternal grandparents Lisa Hooker Keefe and John Paul Redington; great grandparents Floyd and Martha Cox, and Rita Hill; aunts Tangula Crawford and husband Allen, Callie Redington and companion Alex, Lynndy and Dusty Cox, and Kira Hill Shotts and husband Andy; and special uncle Cliff and Nancy Cox.

Funeral service for Peirce Devon Redington will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with pastor Danny Honeycutt officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Athens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for friends to bring a stuffed animal. The animals will be given to Toys for Tots in Peirce’s memory.

Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

 

Jouit Dean Willis

April 9, 1933 – Feb. 21, 2015

Jouit Dean WILLIS passed away peacefully Feb. 21, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru, with wife Virginia, daughter Carla and brother Bobby at his side.

He was born April 9, 1933, in Patsy County, Ky., and moved with his family to Peru at age 5. He met his wife at the Streamliner Drive-In, Rochester, and they were married by Rev. Kinsey at her family’s lake home on Lake Manitou. They spent 58 years together, enjoying camping, gardening, boating and traveling. They also enjoyed their children, grandchildren and friends upon retiring to the lake. Twelve winters were spent at Piney Point Mobile Park, Palmetto, Fla., where many new friendships were made.

Jouit retired from Kingston Products, Kokomo, and worked at Nails, Peru, and Kokomo Spring.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Cronin) Willis; his children, Michael (Melinda) Willis, Peru, Carla (John) Bontrager, Cicero, and Jeffrey (Ann) Willis, Lizton; grandchildren Briana Morehead, Jonathan Remley, Jennie Konkle, Jamie Remley, Jeremy Remley, Shannon Bontrager, Jared Bontrager, Cody Bontrager, Sara Willis, Shelby Broyles and Sylvia Willis; and great-grandchildren Michael, Ashton, Cohle, Peyton, Audrey, Natalie, Levi, Tyler, Carly Rose, Kaylee and Alaina. Jouit also is survived by a sister, Lois Hoover, and a brother, Bobby Willis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Sylvia Willis, and a brother, Lavone Willis.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, with the funeral service to be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 103 W. Third St., Peru.

Burial is to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru, with full military rites.

In lieu of floral arrangements, memorials may be made to The Freedom Hunt, 200 Fourth St., Logansport, IN 46947 or the American Cancer Society.

 

Allen L. Baker Sr.

Allen L. BAKER Sr., 86, Royal Center, died Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

Survivors include his children, Sonja K. Lindzy, Venice, Fla., Rick A. Baker, Ruth M. Baker, Robert L. Baker, all of Royal Center, Allen L. Baker, Logansport, and Linda M. Rude, Royal Center.

His funeral service is noon today at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service.

 

Hubert G. Bender

Hubert G. BENDER, 64, Macy, died Sunday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Jerry L. Kreamer

Jerry L. KREAMER, 66, Monrovia, formerly of Kewanna, died Saturday at his residence.

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

 

Emma L. Masteller

Emma L. MASTELLER, 98, Kewanna, died Sunday at her residence.

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

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 

Virginia Ruth Zellers Cook

Jan. 4, 1922 – Feb. 17, 2015

Atlanta, Texas — Virginia Ruth Zellers COOK, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in a Texarkana, Texas, nursing home.

Virginia was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Kewanna, to Arthur and Julia (Metzger) Zellers. She was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, O.A. ‘Art’ Cook, in 1993, sister Marjorie Zellers Martin and brother Virgil R. Zellers.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Jerry Whitehorn, Atlanta, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Janice Cook, Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Naoma (Babe) Seidel, Marilyn Williams and Nedra Bahler, Indianapolis; two brothers, Wayne Zellers, Sun City Center, Fla., and Herbert Zellers, Rochester; five grandchildren, Kim Whitehorn Burt, Toby Whitehorn, Karen Whitehorn Meinzer, Christopher Cook and Katelin Cook; seven great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Virginia spent many years traveling the country with her husband, Art, who made the Air Force his career. They retired to East Texas where they built their own home in the Piney Woods. They enjoyed traveling with their RV club and spent many winters in warm South Texas. Virginia was an avid Texas Rangers baseball fan, rarely missing a televised game.

A graveside service was conducted at Pine Crest Cemetery, Atlanta, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, with Brother Wes Chambers officiating.

Burial was under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service, Atlanta, Texas.

Online registration is at www.hannerfuneralservice.com.

 

Hubert G. Bender Jr.

Hubert G. BENDER Jr., 64, Macy, died Sunday at his home.

There are no funeral arrangements planned at this time.

Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home is caring for the family.

 

Jerry L. Kreamer

March 29, 1948 – Feb. 21, 2015

Jerry L. KREAMER, 66, Monrovia, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at his residence.

Born on March 29, 1948, in Fulton County, he was the son of Ralph Kreamer and Phyllis Brown. On Feb. 22, 1986, he married Rufina Sanchez.

He was a 1966 Kewanna High School graduate, a 1971 Indiana University graduate and a 1981 Purdue University graduate. Jerry was also a U.S. Army veteran.

Jerry was a retired computer programmer for Steel Dynamics, Pittsboro.

Jerry was a member of the Eminence Lions Club, and he was an avid IU fan. He enjoyed collecting trains, antique tractors and playing trumpet.

Survivors include his wife, Rufina Kreamer, Monrovia; children Matthew Kreamer (Lori), Martinsville, Lindsey Bailey, Indianapolis, and Michelle Spear (Josh), Indianapolis; mother Phyllis Pownall, Rochester; brother Verl Kreamer (Beverly), Kewanna; and three grandchildren, Noel Spear, Leia Bailey and Ethan Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Kreamer, and one brother, infant Darl Ralph Kreamer.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with pastor Todd Wilson officiating.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial with military rites will be conducted at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eminence Lions Club.

Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Kreamer family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Emma Louise Masteller

March 20, 1916 – Feb. 22, 2015

Emma Louise MASTELLER, 98, Kewanna, passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at her residence.

Born on March 20, 1916, in Hannibal, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Walter W. and Nellie Wilson. On Dec. 7, 1933, she married Robert L. Masteller, and he preceded her in death on March 4, 1984.

Mrs. Masteller was a homemaker. She also assisted her husband on their farm for many years.

She was past matron of the Rochester Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Kewanna United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Clan Gunn Society.

Survivors include her three sons, Billy Masteller (Ruth), Mishawaka, J. Masteller and Jonathan Masteller, both of Kewanna; six daughters, Dara Yoder, Argos, Mary Nell Smith (Ron), Twelve Mile, Barbara Wireman, Lafayette, Sally Masteller, Tuscon, Ariz., Martha Burns (Jeffrey), Atlanta, and Emma Masteller, Redwood City, Calif. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, daughter-in-law Cathy Masteller and son-in-law Clyde Wireman.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Kewanna United Methodist Church with pastor Todd Wilson officiating.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and also one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday.

Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

Sign the online guest book or leave condolences for the Masteller family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Patricia Merley Keim

Aug. 1, 1926 – Feb. 21, 2015

Patricia L. KEIM, 88, Peoria, Ill., passed away at 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Proctor Hospital, Peoria, Ill.

Pat was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Akron, the daughter of Nyle and Edith (Smith) Merley. She was the youngest of five children. She graduated from Akron High School in the class of 1944. In July 1993, she married Marvin Keim.

Pat worked as a bookkeeper at I-V Die Mold Co. in Peoria. Later, she was the bookkeeper at Peoria First Assembly of God church as well as a member.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Keim; her daughters Beth Ann and husband John Forkes, Waukesha, Wis., and Becky Sue and husband David Johns, Bartonville, Ill.; her only granddaughter, Amanda Forkes, Waukesha, Wis., as well as numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Preceding her were parents; two husbands, Richard Talbott, Metamora, Ill., and Edwin Johnson, Germantown Hills, Ill.; her stepmother, Josephine Merley, Akron; and one grandson, Matthew Johns, Bartonville, Ill.

Also preceding her in death were her two sisters, Martha Henning, West Allis, Wis., and Joanne Hiles, Rochester, and two brothers, Robert Merley, New Carlisle, and Ted Merley, Akron.

Pat’s visitation is Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home, Germantown Hills, Ill.

Friends may also call from 10-11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at the funeral home. Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

 

Beverly Jennings

Beverly JENNINGS, 87, died Monday at Hickory Creek, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 

Dorothy May Henning Thews

Nov. 22, 1928 – Feb. 23, 2015

Dorothy May Henning THEWS, 86, of Culver, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver, surrounded by her five children. Dorothy was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Culver to Harry and Rubie Lasch Henning. She graduated from Culver High School in 1946 and from Christian College, Columbia, Mo., in 1948. On Sept. 20, 1947, she married Roger L. Thews, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1977.

She worked as a secretary at Culver Military Academy in the Admissions Office. She was an executive secretary for the Wickes Corp., Argos. She served as the park superintendent for the Culver Town Park. She retired from Culver Girls Academy as a residence director for Argonne Tower and then Benson Hall.

She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Order of the Eastern Star and the Maxinkuckee Junior Women’s Club.

Dorothy was an avid reader and had a great appreciation for sports and music. She participated in sports in college and was a loyal fan to the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls.

She loved her family above all else and delighted in watching her children and grandchildren perform in sports and musical events. She had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed performing solos and in ensembles. She also sang in the church choir and for special occasions.

From a young age, she traveled with her family by train and car throughout the United States.

Survivors include her five children, Judith (Eric) Tipton, of Fort Wayne, Susan (Dennis) Eller, of Rochester, Virginia (Ronald) Cole, of Culver, Barbara (Larry) Rans, of Culver, and Roger (Susan) Thews Jr., of Culver; 11 grandchildren, Stacy Tipton, of Fort Wayne, Brett Tipton, of Indianapolis, Sarah (Adam) Zink, of Rochester, Andrew Eller, of Westerville, Ohio, Maija Cole, of Culver, Alexander Cole, of Culver, Julie Rans (James) Vicsik, of Elkhart, Benjamin (Erin) Rans, of Elkhart, Michael (Tiffany) Dees, of St. Louis, Emily (Anthony) Thews-Baldridge, of Hudson, Ohio, and Roger Thews III, of Oklahoma City; six great-grandchildren, Brayden Zink, Camden Zink, Ava Robertson, Lanie Cooper-Rans, Reginald Rans and Ryder Rans; and six nieces and nephews, Thomas Curtis, David Curtis, Lindon Curtis, Colleen Curtis (Petar) Grozdanovski, James Thews and Jan (Don) Miller.

he was preceded in death by her husband, Roger L. Thews Sr.; her parents, Henry and Rubie Henning; daughter Jacqueline Ann Thews; sister Mildred Henning Curtis; and nephew Stanley Curtis.

A time of visitation with Dorothy’s family will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Grace United Church of Christ, Culver, from 4:30-7 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m.

Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Culver Grace United Church of Christ or the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or a charitable organization of donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Hubert G. Bender Jr.

Hubert G. BENDER Jr., 64, Macy, died Sunday at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Bender; and children Rickey Nelson, Noblesville, Bobby Nelson, Fulton, Jeff Nelson, Williston, N.D., Larry Bender, Westville, and Karen Bender, Noblesville.

There are no funeral arrangements planned at this time.

Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home is caring for the family.

 

Beverly Jennings

Bev JENNINGS, 87, Rochester, died Monday.

Survivors include her children, Lisa Swope, Katie Miller, both of Rochester, Michael Jennings, Barre, Vt., Brian Jennings, Fort Gratiot, Mich., Wendy Anderson, New Paris, and Chris Jennings, Frisco, Texas.

Visitation is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. A private family service is to be conducted.

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

 

Beverly M. Jennings

Dec. 9, 1927 - Feb. 23, 2015

Bev JENNINGS, 87, of Rochester, went home on February 23, 2015. She was born in North Muskegon, Michigan, to George and Beatrice Olsen Mecher. She was the fourth daughter born to the union.

While growing up in Muskegon, Bev enjoyed spending the summers at the Lake Michigan Shore with her nieces Nancy and Ruth Anne. During the colder months she sewed doll clothes for the girls.

On October 16, 1954, Bev married C. Lee Jennings. Together they had six children. The Jennings crew enjoyed camping in Michigan when the children were young. Taking her children to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Benzie State Park and the blockhouse in Muskegon in addition to spending time, once again, at the Lake Michigan Shore, was a simple pleasure of Bev’s. Sewing and knitting for her children and grandchildren also brought great joy.

Before moving to Indiana, Beverly was a floor supervisor and operator for General Telephone in Muskegon. She continued this with the Rochester Telephone Company until the company switched to direct dial in 1974. From there she went to Torin Corporation, from which she retired.

On April 25, 1982, her beloved husband, C. Lee Jennings, passed away. She suddenly became a single mother and grandmother. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy.

As the matriarch of the Jennings clan, Bev instilled a strong work ethic while demonstrating a great love with the focus on her family, through her daily activities of raising six children while working full time with her communications employment. Over the years the family tree grew adding two more generations. Grandma “J” was remembered for her traditional homespun values and her unique sense of humor.

Bev’s love to travel was enhanced with her sons’ new home states of Vermont, Texas and Michigan. All of which she loved to visit for long stays when able.

In addition to her husband, Bev was preceded in death by her sisters; May Ella Mecher, Michigan; Ruth Mirabella, Florida; and Marge Vantrepott, Missouri; one brother, G. William Mecher, Alabama, and a granddaughter Ashley Swope.

Survivors include her children: Lisa and Bob Swope, Katie and Charlie Miller, all of Rochester; Michael Jennings, Barre, Vermont; Brian and Karen Jennings, Ft. Gratiot, Michigan; Wendy and John Anderson, New Paris, IN and Chris and Leslie Jennings, Frisco, TX. Remembering Grandma “J” are her grandchildren: Joe and Brianne Miller, Sarah Miller, Greg and Katie Miller, John Swope, Kyle and Adam VanMeter, all of Rochester; Rob Bruder, Indianapolis; Matt and Megan Jennings Liberta, Albany, New York; Dan and Ben Jennings, Ft. Gratiot, Michigan; Andy and Haley VanMeter Stepp, Winamac; Hannah, Evan and Molly Jennings, Frisco, Texas. Great-grandchildren are: Brandon Swope, Vivian, Grayson, Vanessa and Graham Miller, Amari Parson-Swope, and Sam Stepp. Her granddogs, the Toulouses I, II, III and IV, Maggie, Daisy, Copper and Shadow brought joy to her throughout her life.

Friends may visit with the family from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Private family services will be held. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Fulton County General Unrestricted Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, or the Hickory Creek of Rochester Activity Fund. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

 

Mary R. Thompson

Mary R. THOMPSON, 87, Plymouth, died Thursday at Hickory Creek, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

 

Mary Ruth (Hartman) Thompson

Nov. 27, 1927 ­ Feb. 26, 2015

Mary Ruth (Hartman) THOMPSON, 87, 13430 15th Road, Plymouth, died at 1:17 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Hickory Creek nursing home, Rochester. She had been in declining health for several months.

She was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Culver, to William Lawrence Hartman and Orpha (Ringer) Hartman. She lived in Marshall County all of her life.

On June 12, 1955, in Argos, she married John Richard Thompson. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1999.

She was a housewife and helped her husband operate their family farm. She also worked at McDonald’s and was a meter reader for REMC.

Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church, now Cornerstone Church, Argos, and belonged to the Extension Homemakers Club and the Home & Hobby Club.

Mary was a graduate of Culver High School with the class of 1946.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Botset and husband John, of Rochester; two grandchildren, Danielle Stayton, of Rochester, and David Stayton, of Plymouth; and brothers Darwin Hartman, of Culver, and Leo Hartman and wife Marge, of Plymouth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Richard Thompson, and infant daughter Becky Ruth Thompson.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. – noon Monday, March 2, 2015, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos.

Funeral service will follow the visitation at noon March 2, 2015, at the funeral home, with Pastor John Fishburn officiating.

Burial is at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marshall County 4-H; Attn: Extension Office, 112 W. Jefferson St., Room 304, Plymouth, IN 46563. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Joe Alber

Joe ALBER, 73, Rochester, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

 

Jean G. Childs

Jean G. CHILDS, 95, Rochester, formerly of Kokomo, died Saturday in Bremen. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

 

Richard G. Walters

Dec. 22, 1928 – Feb. 26, 2015

Richard G. WALTERS, 86, of Osceola, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Peabody Retirement Community.

The Silver Lake native was born Dec. 22, 1928, to Harley G. and Nerla M. (Hinsey) Walters. On Jan. 1, 1950, he married Jo Anne Hite. Richard was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Uniroyal after 38 years there. He was a member of Osceola United Methodist Church. He was a proficient handyman and woodworker, who enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing the organ and his membership in the Michiana Organ Club. Richard also volunteered with Real Services and assisted with food service and Meals on Wheels. In addition to his parents, Richard was also preceded in death by his siblings, Robert and Earl, Maude, Kathleen, Betty and Donnabelle. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Jo Anne Walters, of Osceola, and several nieces and nephews, including Sharon and Tom Fites, of Akron.

His funeral service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, where friends may call for one hour prior to service.

Burial is in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family’s preferred memorial is Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 N. Beech Road, Osceola, IN 46561. To sign the online guest book or to offer condolences, please visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com.

 

Brett Harmon

Brett HARMON, 47, Lafayette, formerly of Warsaw, died Monday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Richard Ritchie

Richard RITCHIE, 59, Rochester, died Monday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

 

Jean G. Childs

Sept. 30, 1919 ­ Feb. 28, 2015

Jean G. CHILDS, 95, Rochester, formerly of Kokomo, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Bremen.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1919, in Winamac, the daughter of James P. and Gertrude Magdaline (Gilsinger) Falvey. On June 29, 1939, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Knox, she married H.J. ‘Jim’ Childs. He preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 2003.

Jean graduated from Knox High School in 1936 and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. Mrs. Childs was a homemaker. She and her husband lived in Tipton from 1953 to 1992 when they moved to Kokomo. They spent many years wintering at their home in Hollywood, Fla., and enjoying summers in Indiana.

While living in Tipton, she was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, where she was active in the Rosary Society, and a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Kokomo. For many years, she was a member of the Ambassadair Travel Club, traveling extensively with her husband throughout much of the world. She was a dedicated mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was most proud of her marriage of 63 years to her husband, Jim.

Jean was an avid sports fan, closely following both her Hoosiers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. She last attended an Irish football game at the age of 92. She loved watching the birds and squirrels and providing them with their favorite snack – peanuts. Jean was a great example to us in many ways, not the least of which was her art of letter writing. Her cards and notes were cherished by all.

Survivors include her four children, daughter Donna (Tim) Renie, Rochester, son James (Pat) Childs, Galien, Mich., son Donald (Connie) Childs, Phoenix, and daughter Kathy (Mike) Renie, Rochester; 13 grandchildren, Andy (Theresa) Renie, Indianapolis, Jeff (Darlene) Renie, Lafayette, Kevin (Abigail) Renie, Rochester, Steve (Whitney) Renie, Lafayette, James (Kate) Childs, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Allen Childs, South Bend, Robyn (Joel) Martin, Bothel, Wash., Mark McGrath, Phoenix, Mike McGrath, Phoenix, Nathan (Sisa) Renie, Chicago, Kara (Chris) Fleck, Fortville, Adam (Destini) Renie, Knightstown, and Hana (Nick) Trinidad, LaPorte; 30 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Amber Renie, Indianapolis, Jessie, Jake and Josh Renie, Lafayette, Reece and Davis Renie, Rochester, Will and Charlie Renie, Lafayette, Sophia, Cecilia, Luke and Jessica Childs, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Drew and Jack Martin, Bothel, Wash., Penny and Ambross Renie, Chicago, Jillian, Max, Lucy, Mia and Angela Fleck, Fortville, Nolan, Owen, Baeli, Jovie and Veda Renie, Knightstown, and Myles, Roman and Dexter Trinidad, LaPorte; sisters Joan Carlson, Constantine, Mich., Jan Childs, Rensselaer, and Joyce Cleaveland, Elkhart; and brother Tom (Fran) Falvey, Ocala, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Samuel Lee Renie and brothers William Falvey and Kenneth Falvey.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

Entombment will take place at a private ceremony at Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Kokomo.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Mary L. Engle

July 22, 1927 ­ March 3, 2015

Mary L. ENGLE, 87, Rochester, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

She was born on July 22, 1927, in Fulton, the daughter of Vern G. and Cleo L. (Showley) Eber. After graduating from high school, she attended South Bend Business College. On Feb. 26, 1949, in Fulton, she married Devon W. Engle. He preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1991.

Mary, along with her husband, worked on the family farm for many years. When her three sons were in high school, she decided to go to work for six months to save some money. The six months turned into 20 years working for the former Chamberlains and Wenn’s Factory in Akron.

She was an active member of Safe Harbor Church, Rochester, and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, word puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include her sons, Rev. Robert and wife Christy Engle, Denver, Ind., and Phillip and wife Deb Engle, Chili Ind.; grandchildren Richard Devon Engle, Indiana, James Devon Engle, North Manchester, Amy Hope and husband Paul Oprisek, Wabash, Jennifer Marie and husband Chris Rexroad, Mexico, Ind., Zachary Robert and wife Cassidy Engle, Fort Wayne, and Colleen Ann and husband Chet Baines, Peru; great-grandchildren Caleb Rexroad, Carson Rexroad, Jason Oprisek, Caden Engle, Claire Baines, Chloe Baines and Parker Engle; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Engle, grandson Robert Scott Engle and sister Pauline DePoy.

Her funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at Safe Harbor Church, 1944 Sweetgum Road, Rochester, with Rev. Daniel Davidson officiating. Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Friday at the church.

Burial will follow service at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Gideon’s Bible International. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Brett R. Harmon

Brett R. HARMON, 47, Lafayette, formerly of Warsaw, died Monday at his residence.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Dotson, Warsaw; and sister Cheryl Reynolds, Goshen.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the memorial home.

 

Virginia R. Johnston

Virginia R. JOHNSTON, 77, Argos, died Monday at her residence.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Miller, Argos, Cindy Thorpe, Argos, and Nancy Faucet, Clemmons, N.C.; son Virgil A. Hopwood Jr., Scott, Mich.; and sisters Joan Glick, Fallbrook, Calif.; and Shiela Hern, Washington, Ill.

Her funeral service is 6 p.m. Friday at New Song Community Church, Plymouth, with visitation three hours prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

 

Richard M. Ritchie

Sept. 27, 1955 – March 2, 2015

Richard M. RITCHIE, 59, of Rochester, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 27, 1955, in Chicago, to Herschel and Beulah (Smith) Ritchie. He was married to Jean Dennis Johnson. Richard was a heavy machine operator for Miller Farm Drainage. He was involved with the 4-H Horse and Pony Club, supporting his daughter and continuing on for many years after her involvement.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer and husband Rick Thompson, Rochester; grandchildren Mackenzie, Shane, Parker and Courtney; mother Beulah Ritchie, Ellijay, Ga.; sisters Sheila Wright, Ellijay, Ga., and Lola Mercer, Bunker Hill; brothers Herschel and wife Jane Ritchie, Spring Valley, Ohio, Jim and wife Phyllis Ritchie, Macy, Lloyd and Kathy Ritchie, Bowersville, Ohio, Bill and wife Denise Ritchie, Ohio, David and wife Shawn Ritchie, Ellijay, Ga., and Doug Ritchie, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herschel Ritchie, and his brother, Buddy.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Mentone, 206 S. Oak St., with Pastor Michael Wilhite officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Bernard G. Busart

Bernard G. BUSART, 83, Culver, died Monday in Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Sue A. Busart, Culver; son Michael Busart, Culver; and sister Martha Shaw, Indianapolis.

His funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, Culver, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to time of service at the church.

Arrangements are by Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

 

Kenneth E. Holloway

Feb. 15, 1946 ­ March 4, 2015

Kenneth E. HOLLOWAY, 69, of Etna Green, passed away at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne.

He was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Rochester, to Omer Jack and Hazel (Tilden) Holloway.

Kenneth worked for Midwest Spring of Mentone for more than several years. He was a member of the Warsaw Moose Lodge. He attended Talma school.

Survivors include his son, Terry and wife Stacy Holloway, Cromwell; granddaughter TaLisa Nida; sister Carole Feltis, Rochester; brothers Marion and wife Pauline Holloway, Rochester, and Richard and wife Terri Holloway, Mentone; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Christopher Holloway and his infant sister Vivian Holloway.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Michael McFarland officiating. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at King Memorial Home.

Burial is at Tippecanoe Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone Fire Department.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Cynthia A. Graves

Cynthia A. GRAVES, 51, Macy, died Wednesday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Graves Sr.; son Zachary J. Bauder, Twelve Mile; and father ‘Dutch’ Molenaar, Stevensville, Texas.

Her eulogy is 2 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Brenda S. Holmes

Brenda S. HOLMES, 57, Rochester, died Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include her parents, Willis and Clymenia Halterman, Rochester; and a sister, Angela Condon, Harvard, Ill.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Wilma I. Casper

Wilma I. CASPER, 97, Effingham, Ill., formerly of Perrysburg, died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham.

Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

 

Brenda Sue Halterman Holmes

March 3, 1958 ­ March 5, 2015

Brenda Sue Halterman HOLMES, of Rochester, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family at Life Care Center of Rochester, just two days after her 57th birthday.

On March 3, 1958, Brenda was born in Rochester, a cherished daughter of Willis and Clymenia Tyler Halterman. With great Zebra pride, she graduated from Rochester High School with her class in 1977.

With a distinct gift of working with her hands, Brenda enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Her bedspreads were beautiful and treasured by family and special friends. Using acrylic oils and watercolors as her medium, Brenda transformed flower pots and stepping stones into garden keepsakes.

Left to cherish Brenda’s memory are her parents, Willis and Clymenia Halterman, of Rochester; a sister, Angela Condon and husband Shawn, of Harvard, Ill.; a niece, Lyndee Mersch and husband Mark, of Mercer, Pa.; a great-niece and great-nephew, Isabelle Mersch and Mason Mersch; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding Brenda in death are her brother, Willis Halterman Jr. in 1995 and her grandparents.

A celebration of the life of Brenda Sue Holmes will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor David Dittman officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Beverly A. Neff

May 1, 1936 ­ March 5, 2015

Beverly A. NEFF, 78, of rural Peru, died at 10:02 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

She was born May 1, 1936, in Miami County, to Robert and Lucille (Butt) Fouts. Beverly was a 1954 graduate of Chili High School. She married Ted A. Neff in Bunker Hill on June 6, 1954; he died Dec. 11, 2006. She was a homemaker and a member of Center Chapel First Brethren Church. She enjoyed reading, sewing, mowing her yard, working puzzles and spending time with her family.

She is survived by five daughters, Jean (Kenneth) Lawrence, of Logansport, Diane Neff, of Pullman, Wash., Darlene (Roger) Holiday, of Wabash, Nancy Neff, of Peru, and Linda Neff, of Goshen; nine grandchildren, Michael (Danielle) Lawrence, of Portland, Maine, John Lawrence, of Logansport, Matthew (Tiffany) Grimes, of Madison, Wis., Ben Grimes, of Washington, Jess Holiday, of Avon, Vanessa Holiday, of Bloomington, Tim (Mallery) Neff, of Whitestown, Charles Bender and Mykayla Bender, both of Peru; great-granddaughter Annabella Legg; brother-in-law Dan Neff; and sister-in-law Nelda Morris, all of Peru.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted A. Neff, her parents and her sister, Barbara Weller.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Rev. Al Peck officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

Preferred memorial is Alzheimer’s Association.

The memorial guest book for Beverly may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Brett R. Harmon

Brett R. HARMON, 47, Lafayette, formerly of Warsaw, died Monday at his residence.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Dotson, Warsaw, and sister Cheryl Reynolds, Goshen.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home Mentone.

 

Monday, March 9, 2015

 

Bernard ‘Bernie’ A. Sikora

July 26, 1933 – March 5, 2015

Bernard ‘Bernie’ A. SIKORA, 81, passed away at 4:16 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Bernie was born July 26, 1933, in Byesville, Ohio, to John G. and Josephine A. (Jurcak) Sikora.

He was a 1951 graduate of St. Benedict School, Cambridge, Ohio. Bernie attended Ohio State University and later graduated with an associate degree in business management from Purdue University.

Bernie served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

On March 8, 1969, Bernie and Lois E. Dill were married in Fort Wayne. They moved to Beaver Dam in 1973.

He worked as a foreman for ITT.

Bernie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and Elks Lodge, all in Ohio. He loved his dogs and enjoyed shooting his rifles and sitting outside to enjoy nature. He enjoyed watching college football, especially Ohio State and Purdue. Bernie and son Mike had a great time restoring a springtime yellow 1966 Mustang. All shared in family time camping in the backyard, going to air shows and a special trip to Disney World in 2010. He gave a gold dollar coin for each year being celebrated of the grandchildren’s birthdays; he also gave them a gold dollar coin for every “A” they earned on their report cards.

Survivors include his wife, Lois E. Sikora, Beaver Dam; two sons, John (Beth) Sikora, Pierceton, and Michael ‘Mike’ (Michele) Sikora, Warsaw; four grandchildren, Hannah, Sean, Alicia and Logan; two sisters, Joanne (Richard) Sebek, Chino Hills, Calif., and Therese (David) Compton, Westfield; as well as one brother, Francis ‘Frank’ Sikora, Birmingham, Ala.

Bernie was preceded in death by a brother, John A. Sikora, on July 16, 1941.

Visitation and service will be conducted at a later date. Pastor David Hummel of Trinity United Methodist Church, Warsaw, will officiate.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, where military honors will be conducted by Warsaw’s American Legion Post No. 49 and VFW Post No. 1126.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, P.O. Box 1906, Warsaw, IN 46581-1906.

Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, is caring for the family.

Visit www.titusfuneralhome.com.

 

Joyce A. Ricker

Joyce A. RICKER, 72, South Bend, formerly of Rochester, died Saturday at Sanctuary at Holy Cross, South Bend.

Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Victoria ‘Vicky’ L. Coffing

Dec. 28, 1954 – March 7, 2015

Victoria ‘Vicky’ L. COFFING, 60, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 28, 1954, in Frankfort, Germany, to the late Robert H. and Patricia Joan (Snyder) Cain. On May 18, 1974, in Twelve Mile, she married George E. Coffing, who survives.

Vicky worked as a private home health care provider, and she enjoyed being a farmer’s wife. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also a very active member of the Fulton United Methodist Church.

Surviving along with her husband, George, are three daughters, Georjeta Yeargean, Twelve Mile, Samantha (Kyle) Schanlaub, Rochester, and Jessica (Mikel) Fort, Kewanna; two sons, Jason Coffing, Twelve Mile, and Joshua (LeAnn) Coffing, Twelve Mile; 11 grandchildren, Austin Yeargean, Jesse Coffing, Ryan Coffing, Izabella and Abbagail Coffing, Krysta, Hunter and Cain Schanlaub, Hadlie and Elliot Coffing and Eric Fort; two great-grandchildren, Mryah and Branson Yeargean; two sisters, Rozetta (Phil) Zimmerman and Teresa (Michael) Ayers, both of Logansport; and her beloved dog, Toby.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Fulton United Methodist Church with Pastor Todd Wilson officiating.

Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery.

Visitation will be conducted from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church or the America Cancer Society.

You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 


 

Adalberto Gutierrez

Adalberto GUTIERREZ, 57, Akron, died Saturday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Howard Swafford

Howard SWAFFORD, Kewanna, died Saturday at his residence.

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

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

 

Adalberto Arias Gutierrez

Sept. 24, 1957 – March 7, 2015

Adalberto Arias GUTIERREZ, 57, of Akron, passed away at 8:18 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne.

He was born on Sept. 24, 1957, in Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico, to Salvador Gutierrez and Maria Delaluz Arias Munoz. Adalberto married Rachel Lucero on May 2, 1981, in Long Beach, Calif. He was a sheet metal mechanic and a farmer. He was a member of the Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, Silver Lake. He praised the Lord, took care of his animals and enjoyed his family time.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel Gutierrez, Akron; daughter Luz Cristina and husband Matthew Haussmann, Talma; sons Juan Alberto and wife Nicole Gutierrez, Rock Lake, Jesus A. Gutierrez, Akron, and Diego A. Gutierrez, Akron; grandchildren Emma Hill, Abigail Haussmann, Braxton Gutierrez, Chloe Haussmann, Bella Gutierrez and Mattilyn Haussmann; sisters Raqlue Gutierrez de Rios, Anna Rosa Gutierrez and Cristina Isabel Gutierrez de Martinez, Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Benjamin Gutierrez Arias.

His funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church Of God, 303 S. Jefferson St., Silver Lake, with Pastor Frank Whitaker officiating. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the church.

Burial is at Akron Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church Of God, Silver Lake.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

Joyce Ann Ricker

March 17, 1942 – March 7, 2015

Joyce Ann RICKER, 72, of South Bend, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Sanctuary at Holy Cross, South Bend.

She was born on March 17, 1942, in Waterloo, N.Y., the daughter of Edward Wesley and Mildred (Marsh) O’Neil. Ms. Ricker worked in medical transcripts at St. Joseph Hospital, South Bend, Four County Counseling, Rochester, and for Med-Quist. She was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Red Hatters Club and attended Timberland Bible Church, South Bend. She enjoyed crocheting, flowers and her cats.

Survivors include her children, Deborah (Van Dusen) and husband Mark Estes, Rochester, Walter J. and Brenda Van Dusen, Mishawaka, John and wife Roslyn Ricker, South Bend, and Joseph and wife Alison Ricker, Olive Branch, Miss.; grandchildren U.S. Air Force Maj. Justin and wife Anna Estes, Goldsboro, N.C., Cynthia and husband Christopher Morford, South Bend, Brittany and husband Derrick Voorhees, Rochester, Tami-Jo Kensell, Elkhart, Sydney and husband Tim Copeland, Chippewa, Pa., Adrian and husband Neal Dillon, Lawton, Okla., Ashley Singleton, North Liberty, Kari-Anne Van Dusen, Mishawaka, Emily Van Dusen, Mishawaka, Zoe Ricker, South Bend, Ava Grace Ricker, South Bend, Abigail Ricker, Elizabeth Ricker, Nathan Ricker, Sarah Ricker and Daniela Pineda, all of Olive Branch, Miss.; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Milton and wife Lillian O’Neil, Mishawaka; sister Mary Davis, Wenatchee, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert O’Neil.

A celebration of life will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Timberland Bible Church, 16623 Indiana 23, South Bend. Friends may visit one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Howard Swafford

Nov. 23, 1927 – March 7, 2015

Howard SWAFFORD, 87, beloved resident of Kewanna, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at his residence.

Born Nov. 23, 1927, he was the son of the late Ace and Daisy (Frazier) Swafford. He was raised with two brothers and six sisters in rural Star City. On Sept. 24, 1960, he married Charlotte Joan Hook, she survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Korea during 1946-47. Howard formerly worked at Moyer Grain in Star City where he retired after 40 years. He drove semitruck for 10 of those years and was a mechanic for the last 30 years. For years, Howard did mechanic, body work and painting in his garage. He also did lawnmower repair. After retiring in 1990, he and Tom Crissinger owned a race car and ran it for many years at Shady Hill Raceway. That car was his pride and joy; as were his grandchildren, they were the rays of his sunshine.

In the early 1970s, he and many others helped build the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1121 in Kewanna, where he was a life member. He formerly served as commander and was a former committee member for several offices at the post.

Howard faithfully visited his wife daily. He enjoyed going to the local coffee shop to get the daily scoop and visiting with his friends. He especially loved sitting outside his home playing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Swafford, of Kewanna; three children, Kenneth Swafford (Lori), of Kewanna, Diana Miner (Franklin), of Logansport, and Karen Long (Loren McCollough), of Lakeville; seven grandchildren, Kevin, Brandi (Dan), Nick, Howard (Amanda), Ian, Fayette and Shelby; and seven great-grandchildren, Jaden, Jacob, Madison, Aubrey, Jayson, Elijah and Kyle. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, one brother and one sister.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at the funeral home.

Burial with military rites will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Howard Swafford Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home and/or Disabled Veterans Fund.

Sign the online guest book or leave condolences for the Swafford family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Mavis Freda Jump

March 14, 1926 – March 7, 2015

Mavis Freda JUMP, 88, Mulberry, Fla., passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015.

She was born March 14, 1926, in Geddes, S.D., to Guy and Etta Van Schoonhoven. She attended South Dakota University where she met and married her husband, Pearl Allen Jump, on Sept. 29, 1946. Mavis was a loving mother and dedicated her life to helping others, having been the first director of the Fulton County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a state supervisor for Title IX in Indiana, a state director in Indiana for the Commission on Aging and Habitat for Humanity president in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She did not fight for women’s rights, she just took charge. She was the consummate minister’s wife, singing in the choir, leading classes and writing a weekly newsletter. She loved to travel, and she and her husband spent countless times traveling across the U.S. in an RV with her poodles. She loved to entertain and dance with her husband. She was an avid bridge player and a fan of the Colts and Jaguars. She was a breast cancer survivor. She was smart, amazing, feisty, compassionate, opinionated, stubborn – and loved by her family.

She is survived by three sons, Van A. Jump and wife Kathy, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Douglas B. Jump and wife Michele, Davenport, Fla., and Mark R. Jump, Lakeland, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter-in-law, Nancy Graham Jump.

Mrs. Jump’s ashes will be returned to the earth at a family gathering April 25, 2015, in the Friendship Garden of the Community Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Beach, Fla.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 

Karla Ann (Hattery) Meyer

Aug. 28, 1971 ­ March 8, 2015

The Lord, Our Savior, called Karla home at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the residence of her parents after a courageous and long-fought battle with cancer.

A daughter of Max and Sue Hattery, she was born on Aug. 28, 1971, and married Ronald Meyer on April 29, 2000.

Karla was a 1990 graduate of North Miami High School and a 10-year Miami County 4-H member. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994, earning a nursing degree. While at college, Karla belonged to the Lamba Sigma Honor Society and the Kappa Delta Tau sorority, where she formed many long-lasting friendships.

She served as a registered nurse at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru and was currently employed at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester. Her passion was nursing and caring for patients, which she did until becoming ill. She spent her life serving others in the field of health care through her role as a registered nurse in the areas of med-surg and oncology, as a CPR instructor and an instructor in the areas of cardiac and diabetic education.

Not only did Karla assist those in need of health care, she served the community by volunteering at school with children, coaching Upward Bound youth basketball and serving at Denver Baptist Church where she was a member. She enjoyed watching North Miami sporting activities and cheering for the Chicago Bears.

Karla leaves to cherish her memory, husband Ronald Meyer; daughter Abbigayle; son Carson; stepdaughter Erin Fisher (Matt and their children Ryan and Reid), West Harrison; parents Max and Sue Hattery, Macy; twin sister Karen Byrum (Roger), Twelve Mile; and brothers Kent Hattery (Debbie), Reading, Mass., and Kevin Hattery (Erica), Houston. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews Evelynn, Elizabeth and Edison (Karen and Roger), William, Andrew, Grace and Catherine (Kent and Debbie); and several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Karla’s contagious smile, infectious laughter, fun-loving attitude and enthusiasm for life touched all of those around her every day. Karla leaves us with this verse from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Family and friends will gather for visitation on Thursday, March 12 from noon-7 p.m. at the Mexico Church of the Brethren. A celebration of life will be conducted on Friday, March 13 at 11 a.m. also at the Mexico Church of the Brethren with Chaplain Jason See and Pastor Tim Earle presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Indiana Miami Community Foundation in memory of Karla Meyer.

 

James W. Turner

March 7, 1926 ­ March 10, 2015

James W. TURNER, 89, Rochester, passed away surrounded by his loving family at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

He was born on March 7, 1926, in Monterey, the son of Elisha and Vada (Morrison) Turner. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. On Aug. 6, 1955, in Norfolk, Va., he married Sondra Basham, and she survives.

Mr. Turner was a self-employed machinist, operating Turner Machines for over fifteen years. He also worked for Torx and Safeway for numerous years. After retirement, he spent many years escorting manufactured homes all across the country. He was a member of the Rochester Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed working in his yard, garden and workshop and following his beloved Chicago Cubs.

Survivors include his wife, Sondra Turner, Rochester; children Jo and husband Philip Pugh, Logansport, Bill Turner, Rochester, Michael Turner, Mishawaka, Robin and husband Ron Lewis, Rochester, and Patti Burns, Rochester; grandchildren Remus Shindledecker, Logansport, Sondra Burns, Rochester, Tommy Burns, Rochester, and Maggie May Hollar, Argos; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Quinton Shindledecker, brother John Turner and sister Gertrude Harmon.

His funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Don Meyer officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

 

Wilma I. Casper

Wilma I. CASPER, 96, formerly of Perrysburg, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, Ill.

Survivors include her children, Linda Demorest, Boise, Idaho, Lawrence Casper, North Manchester, and Lyle Casper, Effingham, Ill.

Her funeral service is 12:30 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Catherine L. Horban

Catherine L. HORBAN, 87, Rochester, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Survivors include three daughters, Suzanna Lozano, Hamilton, Ohio, Mary Ross, Peru, and Angela Miller, Rochester; six sons, John Pratt, Rochester, Gerald Horban, Elkhart, Blaise Horban, Colleyville, Texas, Andrew Horban, Rochester, Giles Horban, South Bend, and Stephen Horban, Rochester; and two brothers, Paul Henriott, Rochester, and Jim Henriott, Knox.

A Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Kenneth D. Trent

Kenneth D. TRENT, 54, Peru, died Friday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Survivors include one son, David Trent, Columbus, Ohio; daughter Kendra Trent, Peru; and two sisters, Doris Trent, Tipton, and Cindy Hicks, Kokomo.

The family is planning a memorial service to be conducted at a later time.

Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

 

Catherine Laverne Horban

Oct. 7, 1927 ­ March 11, 2015

Catherine Laverne HORBAN, of Rochester, died at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester where she had been a patient for three days. Her health had been declining for several years.

Born in Louisville, Ky., to John B. and Edna Tabler Henriott, she lived her adult life in Rochester. She graduated from Rochester High School and was employed at the Wiles Department Store in Rochester.

Catherine first married Melvin Pratt and produced a son. Later, she married Robert H. Horban on July 23, 1955, in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Rochester. Together they raised a family and farmed at 3719 N. Old U.S. 31, Rochester, until 1999 when they moved into Rochester.

 She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society for many years. Catherine’s greatest love and achievement was as a homemaker and the mother of 10 children. She relished in the fact that all her children are successful in their adult lives.

 Catherine will be lovingly remembered by three daughters, Suzanna Lozano, of Hamilton, Ohio, Mary Ross, of Peru, and Angela Miller, of Rochester; six sons, John Pratt and wife Nancy, of Rochester, Gerald Horban and wife Beth Ann, of Elkhart, Blaise Horban and wife Lynne, of Colleyville, Texas, Andrew Horban and wife Vickie, of Rochester, Giles Horban and wife Suzanne, of South Bend, and Stephen Horban and wife Patricia of Rochester; 31 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Henriott and wife Gertrud, of Rochester, and Jim Henriott and wife Bea, of Knox; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Catherine in death are her parents, her husband on Feb. 7, 2004, her daughter, Andrea Maria Horban, on Aug. 23, 1976, and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday March 14, 2015, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main St., Rochester, with Father Bert Woolson as celebrant. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. today, March 13, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities in her memory.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Liechty

July 13, 1933 ­ March 11, 2015

PLYMOUTH – The Rev. Dr. Ronald W. LIECHTY passed away at home as a result of complications following a stroke on Wednesday evening, March 11, 2015, with his family at his side.

Pastor Ron was 81 years old. Born July 13, 1933, in South Bend, Ron was the eldest child of Clarence E. and Verna (Welty) Liechty. He grew up working in his family’s business, the Liechty Hatchery, and being involved in the South Bend Table Tennis Club. He played on the U.S. tournament circuit from 1947-51 and ultimately won the junior singles national championship. He graduated from Riley High School in 1951 where he had been a six-year member of the marching band. He then graduated from DePauw University with a degree in economics in 1955. Drafted into the U.S. Navy, Ron witnessed the poverty and human need of post-war Asia as he spent his shore leave visiting missionaries in each Far East port. The experience forever changed the focus of Ron’s life. He returned from his two years of service to enroll in Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Naperville, Ill., and began serving Evangelical United Brethren congregations while a student there. He received his Master of Divinity degree and was ordained in 1960. After denominational merger, Ron served in the North Conference of the United Methodist Church until he officially retired in 1980. In 1982, after finishing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ron formally affiliated with the United Church of Christ, accepted the call from the First United Church of Christ in Plymouth in January 1983. He retired from that pulpit in 1998 but continued to do interim ministry for the next 14 years, serving five area congregations. Plymouth’s UCC congregation awarded him the honorary title of pastor emeritus in 2002.

Ron’s passion throughout his ministry was local church mission and ecumenism. As a pastor, he emphasized reaching out to the community and working cooperatively to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways, working to solve community problems and to meet human needs. He was co-founder of the Adams Street Ministries that continues cooperative programming among five local churches. His favorite phrase was, “God doesn’t call us to be religious. God calls us to be faithful.” Ron was the consummate “trouble shooter” and was sought after for his calm and deliberate approach to running meetings and chairing boards in both religious and secular contexts. Ron’s passion for making a difference kept him active and involved in his adopted Plymouth community until his life-altering stroke on Dec. 1, 2013.

Ron was also beloved by his family for his sound advice and stoic support in every life situation. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Anna (Bach) Liechty; eldest son Brian (and Becky) Liechty, of Plymouth; daughter Susan Lynn (and Larry) Peterson, of Tucson, Ariz.; foster daughter Debbie (and Damon) Bush, of Plymouth; stepson Bryan Crable (and Billie Murray), of Ardmore, Pa; and stepdaughter Audrey Lorraine (and Dean Anthony), of Fishers. Together the family circle includes 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with another great-grandson due in June. Ron is also survived by his brother, Richard (and Kay) Liechty and his sister, Evangeline (and David) Gleason, both of South Bend, his sister Carolee (and Howard) Ogburn, of Davenport, Fla., and his sister- in-law Nancye Fowler, of Plymouth, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheryl Ann Liechty.

Ron’s influence will continue to be felt in the many organizations he helped succeed over the years. He volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club since its inception, where the children called him “Mr. Ping Pong.” He served as president of the Garden Court Board and worked to improve housing for seniors and the developmentally disabled for 22 years, overseeing the construction of 10 facilities and adding 197 housing units for the elderly and disadvantaged. He served on the board of directors of the Marshall County Historical Society since 1993, and as its president since 2001, guiding the museum’s award-winning expansion. The Community Resource Center, dedicated in 2012, realized a 26-year dream Ron pursued to assist social service agencies. Plymouth’s Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center presented him with the Community Spirit Award in 2000. The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce recognized him with the Distinguished Citizen Award in 2003 and the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007. The Marshall County Community Foundation bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Ron learned in January that he was to receive a second Sagamore of the Wabash award from the governor, Indiana’s highest civilian honor. Ron once said that his only hobby in life was “helping make things happen.” His legacy serves as proof of a life well spent in that pursuit.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to First United Church of Christ or to other community organizations through which Ron Liechty invested his life, for example, the Community Resource Center or the Marshall County Historical Society Museum. Such contributions may be made through the Marshall County Community Foundation, 2710 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

 Friends may call on Monday, March 16, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Services will be conducted at First United Church of Christ, 321 N. Center St., Plymouth, on Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Calling will continue at the church after 10 a.m. until time of services. Rev. AnnMarie Kneebone will preside.

Burial will be in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.

Notes of condolence and special memories may be shared with the family through the website: www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

A. Virginia Romaine Thomas

Dec. 11, 1914 - March 13, 2015

A. Virginia Romine THOMAS, 100, formerly of rural Etna Green, passed away at 5 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.

She was born Dec. 11, 1914, in Mishawaka, to Octave and Ida (McWilliams) Archambeault. She was married May 3, 1932, in Bluffton, to Marvin Romine, he preceded her in death July 2, 1976. She then married Ward Thomas on Nov. 3, 1981, and he preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1996.

Virginia was a homemaker.

She was a graduate of Argos High School. She was a member of the Harrison Center Church of Etna Green where she taught children’s Sunday school for five years. She also was a member of the Merry Mollies Home Extension Club for many years and the Widow to Widow Club. She wintered in Sebring, Fla.

Survivors include her daughter, June and husband Harold Personett, Gilead, Roann; sons David and wife Dorene Romine, Mentone, James and wife Barbara Romine, Mentone, Wayne and wife Nancy Romine, Etna Green, and Dan and wife Diana Romine, Columbia City; stepdaughters Jennine and husband Wade Bentz, Indio, Calif., and Darlene and Jim Maurer, Leesburg; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sons John and Tommy Romine; sisters Lillian Chapin, Violet Herrin and Margaret Higgnbothum; and brothers Russel, Clarence, Melvin and Jack Archambeault.

Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Larry Goss officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Burial is to be at Harrison Center-Wooden Cemetery, Etna Green.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harrison Center Church, Harrison Center-Wooden Cemetery or the Harbor Light Hospice.

Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Joseph L. Alber

Joseph L. ALBER, 73, Rochester, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his son, Christopher Alber, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Kathryn Asala, Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister, Elaina Henry, Indianapolis.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Jerry Honeycutt Jr.

Jerry HONEYCUTT Jr., 44, of rural Akron, died March 13, 2015. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


 

Monday, March 16, 2015

 

Janice E. ‘Jan’ Pugh

Feb. 19, 1949 - March 15, 2015

          Janice E. ‘Jan’ PUGH, 66, Rochester, passed away at 8:57 a.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015, at her residence.

          She was born on Feb. 19, 1949, in Rochester, the daughter of Lowell D. and Betty (Sherrard) Thousand. On Feb. 4, 1984, in Rochester, she married Dale E. Pugh, and he survives.

          Mrs. Pugh was a hairdresser operating Hair We Are. She also worked for Wyles Department Store and Spurgeons. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, solving sudoku puzzles, following Notre Dame sports and her dogs.

          Survivors include her husband, Dale E. Pugh, Rochester; sons Drew Foreman, Macy, and Derrick Foreman, Rochester; stepchildren Kelli R. and husband Seth Nevins, New Whiteland, Kevin D. and wife Jill Pugh, Rochester, Shannon Pugh, Rochester, and Travis and wife Becky Pugh, Argos; grandchildren Gage Foreman and Hannah Foreman, both of Macy, Candace Foreman, Kelsey Foreman and Kyra Foreman, all of Rochester, Alyssa Rennaker, Brittney Castro, Jacob Nevins and Mackenzie Nevins, all of New Whiteland, Eli Pugh and Ean Pugh, both of Rochester, Alston Pugh, Clarksville, Tenn., Taylor Pugh, Rochester, Tori Pugh, McKenna Pugh, Kole Pugh, Sydney Pugh, Jayce Pugh and Kendra Pugh, all of Argos; three great-grandchildren, Conner Nevins, Emery Rennaker and Daxton Rennaker, all of New Whiteland; mother Betty Thousand, Rochester; brother Lowell ‘Jay’ and wife Lynda Thousand, Rochester; sisters Maryanna ‘Ann’ Thousand, Rochester, and Nancy and husband John Pratt, Rochester; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and her black lab Bubba.

          She was preceded in death by her father.

          Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Private interment will take place at Corinth Brethren Cemetery, Twelve Mile.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or the Fulton County Public Library.

          Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Stanley A. Cramer Sr.

          Stanley A. CRAMER Sr., 87, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

           Survivors include his wife, Helen; six children, Daniel Moore, Lafayette, Linda Snowberger, Lafayette, Stanley Cramer Jr., Stoughton, Wis., Emma Salkill, Cleveland, N.C., Theresa Neil, Kokomo, and Jennifer Babcock, Rochester; and a sister, Ellen Ross, Kodiak, Ark.

          His funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ, Rochester, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.

 

Ruth I. Fisher

          Ruth I. FISHER, 95, Rochester, died Sunday at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester.

          Her funeral service is 3 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Frank J. Pegg

          Frank J. PEGG, 87, Mexico, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include three children, Darryl Pegg, Mexico, Denise Alberts, Peru, and Darren Pegg, Bunker Hill.

          His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Halsie F. Holcomb

          Halsie F. HOLCOMB, 92, Peru, died Thursday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

Joseph Lee Alber

Jan. 16, 1942 ­ Feb. 26, 2015

          Joseph Lee ALBER, 73, of Rochester, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital of Fort Wayne.

          On Jan. 16, 1942, Joe was born to Thurle Paul and Glendola Mae Cummings Alber. He graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1960. With great pride, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960, served in Vietnam from April 1965 through April 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1968. For many years he worked in commercial construction, retiring from Rochester Homes in 2007.

          Joe is lovingly remembered by his companion, Dianna Cheesman; a son, Christopher Alber and wife Janel, of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Kathryn Asala and husband Douglas, of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, Samuel and Kacie Alber and Daniel and Breanna Asala; a sister, Elaina Henry and husband Bruce, of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Joe in death are his parents; his wife, Gloria Fellers Alber; his brother, R. Mark Alber; and a nephew, Nathan W. Alber.

          A proud member of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36 for 47 years, Joe was currently serving as the post commander. He also served in that capacity during 1995-1996 and was the past 2nd District commander of Indiana from 2006-2007. He previously held several other jobs during his tenure at Post 36. As a 20-year member, Joe served as the chefe de grac of the 40&8 from 1998-1999. Other memberships also included 43 years with Rochester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1314 and 23 years with Rochester Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 852.

          A celebration of the life of Joseph Lee Alber will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Dan DeCrow officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Wright-Patterson U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the Fulton County Honor Guard. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

          Following the service, a meal will be served at 1 p.m. for family and friends at the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36. Please bring your favorite story about Joe to share during the meal.

          In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial contributions be made to the Fulton County DAV Vehicle Fund, c/o Fulton County Auditor, 125 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Ruth Isabell Fisher

Sept. 27, 1919 ­ March 15, 2015

          Mrs. Ruth Isabell FISHER, 95, of Rochester, passed away at 4:03 a.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Wynnfield Crossing where she had made her home since 2005.

          On Sept. 27, 1919, Ruth was born in Fulton County, a cherished daughter of Vincen E. and Anna Fern Kline Teeter. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a sister, Dorothy, and two brothers, Ray and Robert. After high school, Ruth graduated from cosmetology school in Chicago.

          Ruth and Loy H. Fisher were married April 30, 1939. Together they enjoyed more than 57 years of life’s adventures. They made their home in southwest Michigan where they enjoyed fruit farming. Loy and Ruth annually introduced new plants and trees to their more than 200-acre fruit farm. With great pride, they manicured the plants, sprayed, oversaw pollination and the bountiful autumn harvest of the juicy apples and peaches and succulent blueberries and strawberries. Aunt Ruth and Uncle Loy are remembered for their sharing the fruits of their labor with family and special friends.

          Always opening their home to family for extended visits, our revered Aunt Ruth was an extraordinary hostess and a terrific cook, preparing feasts fit for a king. She dearly loved to entertain. She is remembered for her graciousness and a great sense of humor. Uncle Loy and Aunt Ruth were also adept at square dancing, floating around the floor with precision moves to the calls. To relax, they wintered in Florida for a number of years from October to March, garnering many new friends.

          Numerous nieces and nephews are left to cherish memories of Aunt Ruth including Walter and Donna Koebcke, of Kewanna.

          Preceding Ruth in death are her parents; husband; a sister, Dorothy Scherer; and two brothers, Robert V. Teeter and Ray Alderfer.

          A celebration of the life of Ruth Isabell Fisher will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Teri White officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

          Interment will be in the North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma, Mich.

          Memorials may be made honoring her memory to the Plymouth Congregational Church, 123 First St., Watervliet, MI 49098. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Stanley Arthur Cramer Sr.

Aug. 27, 1927 ­ March 14, 2015

          Mr. Stanley Arthur CRAMER Sr., 87, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 3:50 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          On Aug. 27, 1927, Stanley was born in Fostoria, Ohio. He was a treasured son of Harry and Amy Louisa Wolcott Cramer. As the youngest of three, growing up he shared his childhood with a sister, Ellen and a brother, Lawrence. With great pride, he graduated from Fostoria High School with his class in 1945.

          Following high school, patriotism beckoned, and Stanley answered the call, enlisting with the U.S. Air Force. His tour of duty concluded 23 years later at Grissom Air Force Base. He achieved the rank of senior master sergeant in the area of logistics.

          On Oct. 4, 1958, near Springfield, Ohio, Stanley married the love of his life who later became his best friend, Helen Schilliger Cramer. Together they shared more than 56 years of life’s adventures while raising seven wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

          After retiring from the Air Force, Stanley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies secondary education. An esteemed substitute teacher for a number of years, Mr. Cramer was affectionately known by his students as “Sarge.” He taught many of the students at Maconaquah, North Miami. Peru, Rochester and Caston schools.

          A devoted member of Rochester Church of Christ, Mr. Cramer worked with many youth groups and taught Sunday School classes. In his earlier years, he reached out to the youth by coaching the boys of summer – little league teams while residing in New Mexico. Some will remember him as the manager of our Burger Chef many years ago.

          A man of perpetual motion, always busy with his hands, Stanley was quite at home in his woodshop. An extraordinary craftsman he thrived on making custom creations for his family, turning out benches, turtle foot stools and piggy banks. An animal lover, Stanley and his family experienced the joy of pets, sharing their home with dogs, cats, gerbils and goldfish over his children’s formative years.

          Stanley is lovingly remembered by his wife, Helen; six children, Daniel Moore and wife Kathy, of Lafayette, Linda Snowberger and husband Carl, of Lafayette, Stanley Cramer Jr. and wife Nancy, of Stoughton, Wis., Emma Salkill, of Cleveland, N.C., Theresa Neil and husband Bob, of Kokomo, and Jennifer Babcock and husband Don, of Rochester; son-in-law Dave Tharp, of Peru; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ellen Ross and husband Bill, of Kodiak, Ark.

          Preceding Stanley in death are his parents; a daughter, Lois Tharp; a granddaughter; a grandson; a great-grandson; and a brother, Lawrence Cramer.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Stanley Arthur Cramer Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the Church of Christ, 120 E. Fifth St., Rochester, with Rev. Jim Dillinger officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

          Interment will be in the Paw Cemetery in Miami County.

          Military graveside rites will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force Honors Team and the Futon County Veteran’s Honor Guard.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ, 120 E. Fifth St., Rochester, IN 46975 Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Rudolph Calzavara

Sept. 26, 1928 ­ March 15, 2015

          Rudolph J. ‘Rudy’ CALZAVARA, 86, Hebron, Ill., died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at home.

          Among his survivors are his sister-in-law, Joan M. Graham, Rochester; niece Christina M. Seiler, Rochester, and nephew Kenneth Graham, Huntley, Ill.

          Rudy’s funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, Libertyville, Ill., where for many years he lived and raised his family as the owner of The Big Hat Rodeo Co.

          Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont Center, Ill.

 

Lawrence Basham

          Lawrence BASHAM, 82, Mishawaka, died Tuesday at Signature Healthcare, Bremen. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Judy A. Feldman

          Judy A. FELDMAN, 70, Akron, died Tuesday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Suzan Fincher

          Suzan FINCHER, 69, Macy, died Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

 

Suzan Kay Fincher

Sept. 4, 1945 ­ March 17, 2015

          Mrs. Suzan Kay FINCHER, 69, of Macy, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Millers Merry Manor of Logansport.

          On Sept. 4, 1945, Suzan was born in Ogden, Utah, to Ted and Letha Mae Newcomer Merley. Suzan and Lowell Fincher were married on July 13, 1963, in Macy.

          Suzan is lovingly remembered by her husband, Lowell; two daughters, Jody Taylor and husband Sam, of Logansport, and Tracy Knappen and husband Ed, of Macy; a son, Andrew Fincher and wife Jodi, of Akron; nine grandchildren, Courtney Hruby and husband Zachery, Ashley Taylor, Seth Fincher, Jesse Knappen, Bethany Brock and husband Tyler, Megan Knappen, Josie Knappen, Becca Knappen and Chrissy Knappen; a sister, Cheryl Merley, of Akron; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Storey and husband Dave and Lois Baich; and a brother- in-law, Joe Fincher and wife Patsy.

          Preceding Suzan in death are her parents and a sister, Karen Wilson.

          A celebration of the life of Suzan Fincher will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 2908 W. 200 North, Peru, with Pastor Kevin Palmer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Plainview Cemetery of Macy.

          Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

Judy A. Feldman

Jan. 17, 1945 ­ March 17, 2015

          Judy A. FELDMAN, 70, of rural Akron, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, surrounded by her husband and daughters when she met her Lord and Savior

          She was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Warsaw, to C. Wayne and Mary (Idle) Lynch. On March 20, 1965, she married David L. Feldman in Mentone, and he survives Judy was a homemaker.

          She was a 1963 graduate of Mentone High School. She was a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, an avid quilter and a faithful and dedicated wife and mother.

          Survivors include her husband, David L. Feldman, Akron; daughters Dana Feldman, Warsaw, and Rachelle Carson and companion Micheal Neiman, Shipshewana; brothers Dick and wife Betty Lynch, Claypool, and Terry Lynch, Leesburg; and sister Janice and husband John Feldman, Akron.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law Jean Lynch and nephew Tony Feldman.

          Graveside service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Mentone Cemetery with Rev. Evelyn Taylor Haney officiating.

          No visitation is planned at this time.

          Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047 or at www.lbda.org.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. Basham

May 8, 1932 ­ March 17, 2015

          Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. BASHAM, 82, of Mishawaka, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Signature Healthcare of Bremen after being in failing health for three years,

          Larry was born May 8, 1932, in Logansport, to Stuart and Juanita (Benson) Basham. He married Mary Etta Cox on May 18, 1952, in Fort Smith, Ark.

          He worked for American Electric Power for 26 years as a lineman and a supervisor. He also owned and operated, with his wife, South Bend Pools and also 3E Electric and Construction Inc. for many years.

          Larry graduated in 1950 from Logansport High School, where he played football and ran track. He then got redshirted at the University of Minnesota where he had a scholarship. He was then drafted during the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the St. Joseph County Valley Home Builders. He enjoyed being outdoors, farming and loved Notre Dame.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Etta Basham, Mishawaka; daughter Cindy and husband Richard Osborn, Mishawaka; grandsons Blaine Osborn, Seattle, and Neil Osborn, West Lafayette; and brother Jerry and wife Connie Basham, Kokomo.

          He was preceded in death by his bothers, Franklin Thomas and Phillip Basham.

          His funeral service is 3 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating.

          Visitation is 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, at the funeral home.

          Burial is at Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions are open to donor’s choice.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Mary E. Appleman

          Mary E. APPLEMAN, 93, Knox, died Wednesday at Catherine Kasper Life Center, Donaldson.

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

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

 

Mary E. Appleman

Dec. 3, 1921 ­ March 18, 2015

          Mary E. APPLEMAN, 93, of Knox, passed away peacefully at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson.

          Born Dec. 3, 1921, in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Ruth (Charters) Beghtel. On June 8, 1940, she married Kenneth Appleman. He preceded her in death in June 1991.

          She was a 1939 Kewanna High School graduate.

          Mary was a retired licensed practical nurse, or LPN.

          She was a member of Suburban Bible Church in Highland, and she attended Knox United Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed sewing, crafts, playing cards and bowling in her younger years.

          Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Ringen, of Knox, and Nancy Mantel (Paul), of Dyer; sisters Janice Corbett (Robert), of South Bend, Bonnie Barker (Virgil), of Winamac, and Barbara Gochenen; five grandchildren, Jennifer Skinner (Michael), Thomas Bitterling, Stephanie Arwood (Joe), Robert Lyons and Katherine Porojcic (Mark); 10 great-grandchildren, Ashley Arwood, Alexandia Bulick, Jordan Bulick, Victoria Bulick, Cassidy Porojcic, Sophia Porojcic, Nicholas Bitterling, Brady Bitterling, Chloe Bitterling and Hannah Bitterling.

          She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Sue Walters, brother Joseph Beghtel, sisters Patsy Schrader, Clara Sue Albee and Doris Tircuitt, adoptive parents Mr. and Mrs. Ferd and Stella Grube, grandchildren Nick Lyons and Emily Bitterling and son-in-law Richard Ringen.

          Her funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

          Burial will follow at Kewanna Citizens IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Suburban Bible Church and/or Youth for Christ.

          Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Anna B. Coughenour

Feb. 11, 1935 ­ March 17, 2015

          Anna B. COUGHENOUR, 80, of 301 S. Pine St., Akron, passed away March 17, 2015, at 9:20 p.m. at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Anna was born Feb. 11, 1935, in Pulaski County, to Cecil and Hazel (Wilhelm) Clingler. She lived for 56 years in Akron, coming from Delong. On March 30, 1957, in Leiters Ford, she married Kenneth Devon Coughenour.

          She worked at Chamberlain Products in Akron and then most of her life at Eaton Controls in North Manchester where she retired. She was a member of the Olive Branch Church in Roann. Her pastimes were crocheting and sitting outside, enjoying the outdoors. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

           Survivors include her son, Michael (spouse Vickie) Coughenour, of Akron; sisters Mildred Weiger, of Indianapolis, and Violet (spouse Eugene) Farris, of Salyersville, Ky.; sisters-in-law Shirley Clingler, of Delong, Joan Clingler, of Tippecanoe, and Josephine Clingler, of Akron; grandchildren and great-grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth D. Coughenour (1987), daughter Kathy Bucher (2004) and brothers Mel, Virgil and Irvin Clingler.

          Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

          Her funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, following visitation at the funeral home, with Pastor Jeff Sumner, of Olive Branch Church, officiating.

          Burial is at Akron IOOF Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Olive Branch Church youth group, 4581 E. 1200 North, Roann, IN 46974.

          Online condolences may be made online at www.earllovefuneralhome.com.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

 

Betty D. Gordon

          Betty D. GORDON, 90, Rochester, died Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

 

Betty D. Gordon

Oct. 4, 1925 – March 20, 2015

          Betty D. GORDON, 90, Rochester, passed away at 3:12 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Betty was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Rochester, the daughter of Lawrence and Ora (Brown) Castle. On Nov. 20, 1943, in San Diego, she married Virgil ‘Paul’ Gordon, after his completion of basic training with the U.S. Marine Corps and prior to his deployment to the South Pacific during World War II. Paul preceded her in death on June 22, 2005. They were married for 62 years, and she never stopped missing him and loving him.

          Betty worked as a supervisor for Olin in Mexico, Ind. She retired from Olin at the age of 58.

          Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Terry and husband Richard Schwartz, Valencia, Calif., Kenneth and wife Julie Love, Battle Ground, Wash., Claudia McCarty, Westfield, and Mark Fribley, Warsaw; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Rick Schwartz, Lynda Newman, Lesleen Riley, Craig Schwartz, Jon Love, Marc Love, Vince McCarty and Vaughn McCarty.

          She was preceded in death by her sisters, Lola Alexander and Emelyn Crabtree, and brother, Alvah ‘Pete’ Castle.

          Burial will take place in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          No service or visitation will be observed.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT, 84741. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Jerry M. Honeycutt

          Jerry M. HONEYCUTT, 44, Akron, died Friday, March 13, 2015, at his residence.

          Survivors include his daughter, Paige Honeycutt, North Manchester; father Jerry L. Honeycutt; and sister Amy Wilson, Ormond Beach, Fla.

          His funeral service is 6 p.m. Saturday at House of Prayer, Akron, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Robert E. Bird Sr.

Oct. 15, 1923 – March 21, 2015

          Robert E. BIRD Sr., age 91, of Culver, died early Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Robert was born to Earl and Carrie Bird on Oct. 15, 1923, in Du Quoin, Ill. Upon her remarriage, he was reared by Carrie and Kenny Stevens, along with his two sisters, Loretta (Stevens) Butt, of Marion, Ill., and the late Irma Jean (Stevens), of Kankakee, Ill.

          Robert joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Giant City, Ill., at the age of 16 and soon followed with an enlistment in the U.S. Army in 1940. He rose to be staff sergeant during his almost five years in Company G of the 10th Infantry, where he was a light machine gunner. During these years, he distinguished himself by earning the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart for bravery during battle in the European Theater.

          Upon his discharge in 1946, Robert married Lois Turner. Shortly thereafter, they moved to the Culver community, where both enjoyed the fellowship of many friends. During their 28-year marriage, they parented three children, Betty (David) Munchenburg, of Merrillville, Robert (Paulette) Bird Jr., of Charles Town, W.V., and the late Patricia Bird, of La Porte. In addition, Robert has 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

          In 1981, Robert married Gladys (Beck-Hinson), who preceded him in death in 2006. From this marriage, he had two stepdaughters, Theatus (Ted) Miller and Juanita (Gene) Ponsler, of Texas, as well as three step-grandchildren.

          Friends may join Robert’s family in celebrating his determined commitment to life at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A spiritual service will be officiated by Pastor Bob Metzger at 12:30 p.m.

          Burial will follow immediately at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.

           In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Kenneth Dee Smiley

Oct. 22, 1926 – March 21, 2015

          Kenneth Dee SMILEY, 88, of Logansport, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Elizabeth hospital in Lafayette.

          Born Oct. 22, 1926, in Fulton County, he was the son of the late Vern and Ethel (King) Smiley.

          On March 1, 1947, in Mishawaka, he was married to Amma Piercy, who survives.

          Kenneth was a retired electrical analyst for Delco in Kokomo where he had worked for 21 years.

          An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church, Logansport, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3790, and the America Legion Post No. 60. He owned and operated Smiley TV service in the 1960s. He was also a scoutmaster, and he received the Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit.

          Surviving with his wife are one son, Kane Everest (Marta) Smiley, of Logansport; two daughters, Jerry Ann Chomko, of Logansport, and Mickie Darlene Holt, of Bedford; one brother, James Lee Smiley, of Argos; two sisters, Margaret Vanderheyden, of California, and Carol Jean Florian, of Zionsville; eight grandchildren, Mark (Kathleen) Krueger, Erik (Nikki) Smiley, Karen (Bryce) Caudle, Jennifer (Ben) Rance, Ryan (Rachael) Edwards, Patrick Chomko, Shannon (Jeremy) Foreman and Lindsay Endris; and 22 great-grandchildren, Gage, Mark, Cadence and Joe, Cole and Jackson, Brylie and Caden, Bryanna, Tanner, Ethan, Alex, Sydney, Ella and Eli, Luke and Emma, Dylan and Owen and Daysha, Lilly and Shelby.

          He was preceded in death by one son, Kerry Franklin Smiley, and three brothers, Sam, Richard and Paul Smiley.

          A funeral service celebrating the life of Kenneth Smiley is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2015, at Main Street United Methodist Church, Logansport, with Pastor Damon Soper officiating.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

          Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

          Contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

          You may light a candle of hope, share messages of sympathy in his guest book and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 


 

Joanna B. Smith

          Joanna B. SMITH, 86, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her daughter, Lael George, Indianapolis; three sons, Tom Smith, Rochester, Greg Smith, Anderson, and Marc Smith, Trevose, Pa.; a sister, Carolyn Smith, San Antonio; and a brother, Kenneth Brashaber, Bloomington.

          Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Helen L. Hill

          Helen L. HILL, 86, North Manchester, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

Kenneth Dee Smiley

Oct. 22, 1926 ­ March 21, 2015

          Kenneth Dee SMILEY, 88, of Logansport, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Elizabeth hospital in Lafayette.

          Born Oct. 22, 1926, in Fulton County, he was the son of the late Vern and Ethel (King) Smiley.

          On March 1, 1947, in Mishawaka, he was married to Amma Piercy, who survives.

          Kenneth was a retired electrical analyst for Delco in Kokomo where he had worked for 21 years.

          An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church, Logansport, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3790, and the America Legion Post No. 60. He owned and operated Smiley TV service in the 1960s. He was also a scoutmaster, and he received the Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit. The Smiley’s cottage at Lake Manitou, Rochester, has produced a lot of fun family memories for more than 60 years.

          Surviving with his wife are one son, Kane Everest (Marta) Smiley, of Logansport; two daughters, Jerry Ann Chomko, of Logansport, and Mickie Darlene Holt, of Bedford; one brother, James (Charlotte) Smiley, of Argos; two sisters, Margaret Vanderheyden, of California, and Carol (Duke) Florian, of Zionsville; three sisters-in-law, Mellie Gunion, Margaret Piercy and Vel Piercy; eight grandchildren, Mark (Kathleen) Krueger, Erik (Nikki) Smiley, Karen (Bryce) Caudle, Jennifer (Ben) Rance, Ryan (Rachael) Edwards, Patrick Chomko, Shannon (Jeremy) Foreman and Lindsay Endris; and 22 great-grandchildren, Gage, Mark, Cadence and Joe, Cole and Jackson, Brylie and Caden, Bryanna, Tanner, Ethan, Alex, Sydney, Ella and Eli, Luke and Emma, Dylan and Owen and Daysha, Lilly and Shelby.

          He was preceded in death by one son, Kerry Franklin Smiley, and three brothers, Sam, Richard and Paul Smiley.

          A funeral service celebrating the life of Kenneth Smiley is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Main Street United Methodist Church, Logansport, with Pastor Damon Soper officiating.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

          Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

          Contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America and Main Street United Methodist Church.

          You may light a candle of hope, share messages of sympathy in his guest book and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 

Joanna B. Smith

Oct. 13, 1928 ­ March 21, 2015

          Joanna B. SMITH, 86, of Rochester, passed away at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, shortly after admission.

          Born in Monroe County on Oct. 13, 1928, Joanna was a cherished daughter of Ivan and Mary Edwards Brashaber. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a sister, Carolyn, and a brother, Kenneth. At the age of 16, she graduated from Bloomington High School with the class of 1944.

          On Sept. 2, 1949, Joanna and Everett Smith Jr. were married in Bloomington. Together they enjoyed more than 59 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, Lael, Tom, Greg and Marc. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

          A lifelong learner and educator, Joanna garnered her bachelor’s, master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Purdue University. Her career in education spanned more than four decades. She was Rochester High School’s Home Economics teacher from 1961-1981.

          In 1983, Dr. Smith headed the Indiana Department of Public Instruction Vocational Education Sector, working for more than a decade prior to her retirement in 1994. In 1977, she served as president of the American Vocational Association entity National Association of Vocational Home Economics Teachers.

          On Aug. 10, 1994, Gov. Evan Bayh bestowed Indiana’s highest honor to a Hoosier citizen as Dr. Joanna Smith was the recipient of the coveted Sagamore of the Wabash. She was a devoted member of the Grace United Methodist Church for more than a half-century. Other memberships include Fulton County Retired Teachers, past board member of the Woodlawn Foundation, past treasurer of the Fulton County Republican Women and a Psi Iota Xi alumnus. In her earlier years, she was active with the Fulton County 4-H, serving as the leader of the Never Give-Up Club affiliated with Richland Township from 1965-1975.

          Left to cherish Joanna’s memory are her daughter, Lael George and husband David, of Indianapolis; three sons, Tom Smith, of Rochester, Greg Smith and wife Audrey, of Anderson, and Marc Smith, of Trevose, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Katherine, Rachel, Stephen, Andy, Tony, Angela, Reed and Lily; four great-grandchildren, Caden, Liam, Talia and Everett; a sister, Carolyn Smith and husband David, of San Antonio; and a brother, Kenneth Brashaber and wife Charlotte, of Bloomington.

          Preceding her in death are her parents and beloved husband Everett Smith Jr. on Sept. 11, 2008.

          A celebration of the life of Dr. Joanna Brashaber Smith Ph.D. will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Rev. Maurice Grindle will officiate. Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 p.m. today and an hour prior to her service at the funeral home.

          She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband, Everett, in Richland Center’s IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or The Woodlawn Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Joanna’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Helen Louise Hill

Jan. 24, 1929 ­ March 22, 2015

          Helen Louise HILL, 86, of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, and formerly of Akron, Rochester and Peru, died 11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

          She was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Akron, to Ralph Waldo and Marie (Berger) Whittenberger.

          On July 27, 1947, Helen married Guy Hill Jr. at her parents’ home. He preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2013.

          Helen was a secretary and a bank teller. She was an Akron High School graduate. Helen and her husband were members of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club. She enjoyed playing cards and discussing politics. She was most happy spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Survivors include her daughters, Jane and husband Stephen Henson, Galena, Ohio, and Linda and husband Paul Studebaker, Akron; son John E. Hill, Lafayette, and his fiancee, Kate Mindrum, Savoy, Ill.; grandchildren Christopher, Kevin, Tadd, Brian, Bekah, Tim, Jennifer and Julie; and 23 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Guy Hill Jr., great-granddaughter, daughter-in-law Rebecca Hill, brothers Joseph and Donald Whittenberger and sister Mary Ann Cox.

          Her funeral service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Rev. Sue Babovec and Rev. Ted Cox officiating. Visitation is 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

          Burial is at Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Peabody Home Foundation.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Jerry M. Honeycutt

          Jerry M. HONEYCUTT, 44, Akron, died Friday, March 13, 2015, at his residence.

          Survivors include his daughter, Paige Honeycutt, North Manchester; father Jerry L. Honeycutt; and sister Amy Wilson, Ormond Beach, Fla.

          His funeral service is 6 p.m. Saturday at the House of Prayer, Akron, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

          Arrangements are by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Mary E. Tucker Bucher

          Mary E. Tucker BUCHER, 98, Winona Lake, died Monday at Grace Village Healthcare, Winona Lake.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 

Mary E. Tucker Bucher

Oct. 28, 1916 ­ March 23, 2015

          Mary E. Tucker BUCHER, 98, of rural Mentone, died 11:55 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Grace Village Retirement Community of Winona Lake.

          She was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Claypool, to Cloyce and Roxie (Parker) Miller. On June 9, 1937, in Claypool, she married Edison C. Tucker. He preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1969. She then married C. Edward Bucher on Jan. 5, 1985, in Beaver Dam. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1998.

          She worked at Tippecanoe Valley High School in the cafeteria for five years as well as being a wonderful homemaker, wife and mother.

          Mary was a Claypool High School graduate in 1934. She was a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a great cook and enjoyed knitting. She loved to watch her family in all their sports activities, especially basketball.

          Survivors include her daughter, JoAnn and husband Mike Williams, Atwood; grandchildren Kim Nelson, Plymouth, Chad and wife Lisa Tucker, Mentone, Stephanie and husband Scott Bibler, Claypool, Chan and wife Nicole Tucker, Mentone, Tara and husband Hunter Carlile, Winona Lake, and Cheri and husband Andy Mikesell, Zionsville; 15 great-grandchildren; and stepsons Chuck and wife Helen, Phillip and wife Jeanne and Paul and wife Pat Bucher and families.

          She was preceded in death by husbands Edison C. Tucker and C. Edward Bucher, son and daughter-in-law Charles M. and Cara L. Tucker, sister Maxine and husband Joe Ault and grandson Brian D. Nelson.

          Her funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Pastor Butch Troke and Pastor Lynn Breeden will officiate.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today, March 25, 2015, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, and one hour prior to the service at the memorial home Thursday.

          Burial is at Mentone Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Alice Gail Wright Teel

July 19, 1921 ­ March 23, 2015

          Alice Gail Wright TEEL, 93, formerly of Macy, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Rochester.

          Born July 19, 1921, in Macy, she was the daughter of William and Mary Shambarger Wright. On March 12, 1943, she was married to Glen A. Teel, and he preceded her in death on April 9, 1985.

          She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in northern Miami County, the Order of the Eastern Star and Miami County Extension Homemakers.

          Survivors include two daughters, Connie Klein and husband Jerry, Roann, and Glenda Miller and husband Jim, Macy; five grandchildren, Beth Sanson and husband Nick, North Manchester, Laura Huttel and husband Keith, Tipton, Tim Miller and wife Tammy, Logansport, Amy Hatfield, Anderson, and Andy Miller, Upland; 11 great-grandchildren, Kim, David and Bryan Wisenberg, Kayla Miller, Olivia, Allison, Jamie and Danielle Hatfield, Michelle Downham and husband Jason, Nicole Coon and husband Joshua, and Alex Sanson; two great-great-grandsons; and one sister, Marie Mathias, Roann.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters and four brothers.

          Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Wayne Balmer officiating.

          Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the funeral home.

          Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

          Memorial contributions may be directed towards Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Halsie F. Holcomb

          Halsie F. HOLCOMB, 92, Peru, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          Survivors include her two daughters, Jill Spin, Mexico, and Christine Beecher.

          No service is to be conducted at this time.

          Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Max G. Gill

          Max G. GILL, 87, Rochester, died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

 

Max G. Gill

Sept. 4, 1927 – March 24, 2015

          Max G. GILL, 87, Rochester, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He was born on Sept. 4, 1927, in Johnson County, the son of Clater E. and Mary (Smith) Gill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

          Max worked at Chrysler in Kokomo, owned several restaurants in the area, owned Fair Oaks Campground northwest of Rochester and worked as a bartender at the Dug Out. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, where he was past grand knight. He enjoyed coin collecting in his spare time.

          Survivors include his nephew, Don King, Rochester; great-niece and great-nephews, Rob and wife Julie King, Rochester, Stephen King, Rochester, and Sharon Grigsby, Bedford; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews Ashlyn, Emily, Hanna and Noah King, all of Rochester, and Scott Brown, Tasha Brown, Shawn Brown and Jessica Brown, all of Bedford.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

          Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church.

          Burial will be in the Albright Cemetery, Kokomo.

          Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Phyllis V. Steele

          Phyllis V. STEELE, 86, Akron, died Tuesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Billy L. Yeager

          Billy L. YEAGER, 79, Akron, died Wednesday at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Phyllis V. Steele

June 24, 1928 ­ March 24, 2015

          Phyllis V. STEELE, 86, 807 E. Main St., Akron, died at 9:47 p.m. March 24, 2015, at her residence.

          She was born on June 24, 1928, in Wabash County, to Carl and Marie (Crumrine) Summers. Phyllis lived most of her life in Akron coming from Wabash.

          Phyllis married Max Wayne Huffman on Nov. 7, 1946, in Akron. He preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 1969. She then married Paul F. Steele Jan. 29, 1972, in Chesterton. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2004.

          Phyllis worked at General Tire in Wabash, Chamberlain Products in Akron and Invensys Controls in North Manchester. She attended the Akron Church of God and enjoyed meeting with the Goldenaires at the church. She collected cardinals and painted woodcraft items made by her husband, Paul. They owned P&P Woodcraft and attended several craft events selling their products.

          Survivors include her four children, Thomas J. (Nancy) Huffman, of Rochester, Ronald E. (Doris) Huffman, of Macy, Bonnie L. (Paul Tyler) Fields, of Akron, and Max B. (Lori) Huffman, of Rochester; seven brothers, Glen (Ruth Anna) Summers, of Wabash, Jim (Marge) Summers, of Lagro, Richard (Barbara), of Chesterton, Jack (Carolyn) Summers, of Wabash, Rex Summers, of Wabash, Bernard (Becky), of Texas, and Robert (Joyce), of Wabash; one sister, Helen Rough, of Peru; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

          Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents, first husband Max Huffman, second husband Paul Steele, brothers Maurice and Ralph Summers, sister Judy Murphy, son Donald Wayne Huffman and son-in-law George A. Fields.

          Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

          The funeral service is 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home following visitation officiated by Rev. Terry Canfield of the Akron Church of God.

          Burial is in the Akron IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions can be made to Riley Children’s Foundation at Indiana University Health, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.

          Online condolences may be sent to www.earllovefuneralhome.com.

Billy L. Yeager

          Billy L. YEAGER, 79, Akron, died Wednesday at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife, Janice C. Yeager, Akron; three children, Melinda C. Rohrer, San Jose, Calif., Scott Yeager, Mentone, and Michelle Foust, Mentone; and one sister, Eloise Beery, Etna Green.

          His funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Silver Creek Church of God. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, and one hour prior to the service at the church Sunday.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

 

Irvin Jylland

          Irvin JYLLAND, 75, Rochester, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

 

Elsie E. Spangler

          Elsie E. SPANGLER, 99, Fulton, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Her funeral service is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

Nancy Orlan (Ragan) Parks

Nov. 29, 1925 ­ March 30, 2015

          Nancy Orlan (Ragan) PARKS, 89, of Mount Vernon, passed away March 30, 2015, at her home.

          She was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Noble County, to Edgar and Lauris (Herron) Ragan. Nancy graduated from Warsaw High School as a member of the class of 1945. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Dewitt Parks; son Patrick David Parks; four brothers, Phil, Pat, Bert and Jack; and one sister, Winifred.

          She is survived by her son, Marcus (Sandie) Parks, of Mooreland; daughter Laura (Tom) Sommerfield, of Mount Vernon; two grandchildren, Sarah Parks and Susan Clouse; and six great-grandchildren.

          Her funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, 601 Main St., Mount Vernon, with Rev. Fred Haywood officiating.

          Burial is to follow at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw.

          Visitation will be conducted from 4-7 p.m. today, March 31, 2015, at Schneider Funeral Home, 512 Main St., Mount Vernon, and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Posey Humane Society, 6500 Leonard Road. Mount Vernon, IN 47620.

          Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com.

 

Elsie E. Spangler

Jan. 26, 1916 ­ March 29, 2015

          Elsie E. SPANGLER, 99, Fulton, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born to Grover and Ruth (Sullivan) Moss in Cass County on Jan. 26, 1916. A graduate of the Twelve Mile High School, Elsie married Ed Spangler on Aug. 15, 1936, to begin a life as a farmer’s wife. Ed preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1963. She spent a great portion of the second half-century of her life as a cook in many local establishments, but her own restaurant in Fulton, “Elsie’s Restaurant,” remained her favorite. Elsie was an avid gardener as many years as she was able to give. A member of the Fulton Baptist Temple, she helped man the Penny Table for many years for vacation Bible school.

          Elsie’s three children with Ed survive, Sonja (Dean) Folger, Logansport, Bill Spangler, Fulton, and Linda Wade, Fulton; eight grandchildren, Sue Benson, San Diego, Daniel (Melinda) Folger, Phoenix, David Folger, Logansport, William (Sandy) Spangler II, Ormond Beach, Fla., Rose (Jay) Townsend, Kewanna, Ryan (Carrie) Craig, Kewanna, Nathan (Kindra) Craig, Rochester, and Joshua (Sara) Craig, Twelve Mile; great-grand-children Connie Gerlits, Nicole Gerlits and Lance Benson, of California, Katie, Jakob and Kaden Folger, of Arizona, and Tiler Folger, of Texas, Wes Spangler, of Florida, Mitchell and Kaleb Townsend, of Indiana, Isaac and Alex Craig, Rayne and Ryder Craig, and Allison and Bear Craig, of Indiana; great-great-grandchildren Natalie and Mackenzie Gerlits, of California; and one sister-in-law, Helen Moss, Logansport.

          Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Byron Moss and Dean Moss, sister Laura Kantzer, daughter-in-law Dolly Spangler and grandson-in-law Kevin Benson.

          Her funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today, March 31, 2015, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Wednesday.

          Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Baptist Temple. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbros.com.

 

Irvin A Jylland

          Irvin A JYLLAND, 75, Rochester, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Survivors include two daughters, Mary Hamric, Fort Wayne, and Jerri Miller, Tishamingo, Miss.; and a son, Carl Jylland, Fla.

          His funeral service will be announced at a later date.

          Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 

Mark W. Kistler

June 30, 1940 ­ March 30, 2015

          Mark W. KISTLER, 74, Twelve Mile, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, at his residence.

          Born June 30, 1940, he was the son to the late Wayne C. and Margaret J. (Foster) Kistler. On Jan. 2, 1994, he married Jean I. Cover in Rochester.

          Mark was a former bank loan officer at First National Bank of Rochester. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a 1968 graduate of New Mexico Western College, a charter member of the Rochester Optimist Club, a member of the Twelve Mile Lions Club and Metea Baptist Church.

          Surviving along with his wife are his two daughters, Lisa M. Kalinke, Indianapolis, and Amy L. (Paul) Krier, Indianapolis; two sons, Scott E. (Susan) Kistler, Rochester, and David L. Kistler, Indianapolis; two stepsons, Christopher (Kristee) Ulerick, Florence, Ky., and Branden (Jen) Ulerick, Peru; stepdaughter Kelley T. (Bobby) Nelson, Fulton; sister Marcia S. Bick, Rochester; sister-in-law Dottie Kistler, Mount Hermon, Ky.; brother M. ‘Kip’ Kistler, Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Courtney, Derek, Kevin, Michael and Carter; seven step-grandchildren, Casey, Austin, Lexi, Austin, Morgan, Kolton and Ashlynn; and one great-grandchild, Destinee.

          Mark was preceded in death by one brother, Milton ‘Sock’ Kistler, and one sister, Martha ‘Mitzy’ Mantos.

          A memorial service will be conducted at noon Friday, April 3, 2015, at Metea Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Cordes officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Cass County Honor Guard just prior to the funeral service.

          Memorials may be made to the Twelve Mile Lions Club or the Metea Baptist Church.

          You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

Lynn VanDerWeele

          Lynn VanDerWEELE, 83, Argos, died Tuesday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

James O. Wells

          James O. WELLS, 87, Rochester, died Tuesday at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

 

James O. Wells Jr.

          James O. WELLS Jr., 87, Rochester, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife, Christine; sons James O. Wells III, Rochester, and Mike Kline, Nashville; and daughters Cindy Courson, Danville, Ill., Charlene Baillieul, Rochester, and Rebecca Johnson, Carmel.

          Military rites is 6 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Karin Petro

          Karin PETRO, 53, Rochester, died Tuesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Friday, April 3, 2015

 

Karin Petro

Nov. 19, 1961 ­ March 31, 2015

          Karin PETRO, 53, Rochester, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at her residence.

          She was born on Nov. 19, 1961, in Chicago, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Joan (Strepek) Janick. She graduated from Kelly High School, Chicago, and DePaul University, Chicago, with a bachelor’s degree in business.

          Karin worked in treasury management services for various banks in Chicago, Colorado and Arizona. She was a member of the Rochester Moose Lodge and was treasurer for the Intermountain Humane Society in Conifer, Colo. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling and riding on her Harley-Davidson and was active in supporting her local humane societies. During Karin’s illness, she and her family appreciated the outstanding care given by Christina, her caregiver, and Gentiva Hospice.

          Survivors include her husband, John Petro, Rochester; parents Robert and Joan Janick, Silver Lake; stepson Jonathan Petro, Atlanta; brothers Robert “Bobby J.” Janick, Chicago, and Scott “Scotty” Janick, Justice, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

          Her memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Intermountain Humane Society, P.O. Box 1250 Conifer, CO 80433. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

James Oscar Wells Jr.

July 22, 1927 ­ March 31, 2015

          Mr. James Oscar WELLS Jr., 87, of Rochester, passed away at 10:58 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne.

          On July 22, 1927, Jim was born in Peru to James Oscar Sr. and Dolly May Harmon Wells. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a brother, Eugene. When Jim was 9 years old, his father, J.O. Wells Sr. bought a farm west of Rochester. He developed a fond attachment to farming. In 1945, he graduated from Peru High School. He then joined the U.S. Army. Jim was a member of the 114th Army Ground Forces Band. His stint on the European tour was completed during the occupational phase.

          Following his honorable discharge, Jim returned stateside, enrolling at Earlham College where he studied economics and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1951. During his tenure at Earlham, he spent two summers studying economics in Mexico City. After graduating from Earlham, he was employed at B.F. Goodrich, procurement for the military at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, building a housing development with his dad and his brother, Eugene. Later, Jim continued his formal education at Valparaiso University Law School, graduating in 1965.

          Jim first married Jeanne Justine Smith. Their union produced a son, James Oscar Wells III. After getting married to Jeanne and working various jobs, Jim started farming. Later, even after finishing law school, he still was actively engaged in farming. Even after his son had taken over, he found great joy in fixing tile and digging it up by hand.

          The Wells Law Office was established in 1966, and Jim provided many clients around the area with legal assistance. He retired in 2014 after nearly a half-century of continuous service. Attorney Wells served Fulton County as prosecuting attorney, being elected in 1966 and serving two terms from 1967-74. He later completed Steve Stinson’s term from 1977-78.

          Jim enjoyed running, kayaking, canoeing and cross-country skiing. In 1985, he went on a trip to Russia to cross-country ski. The trip and Jim were recognized in ski journals and Sports Illustrated. In 1948, Jim climbed Popocatepetl 5286m (17,343 ft.) with the Alpine Club of Mexico. Forty years later, in 1988, Jim returned with his son, Oscar, and climbed Popocatepetl for a second time.

          On Dec. 23, 1989, Jim and Christine Whitmore Kline were married near Rochester. They recently, in December of 2014, celebrated 25 years of marriage. In addition to sharing the interest of law, Jim and Christine enjoyed many travels together. Their favorite destinations were Switzerland, South Padre Island, Texas and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., where they enjoyed trekking the trails of cross-country skiing. Each summer they traveled multiple times to Stratford, Ontario, to enjoy the Shakespeare Festival.

          In 2006, Jim traveled with fellow alumni of Earlham College to Palestine on a mission of peace and to visit the Friends School of Ramallah. Jim gained an appreciation for the struggles of the Palestinians.

          The summer of 2014 brought on yet another adventure. Oscar and Jim traveled to Alaska. Trekking out on their own agenda via motorcoach, Jim was intrigued with the wildlife unique to the area and enjoyed the inherent beauty of the landscape.

          Jim volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America eventually receiving the Silver Beaver Award for his efforts. He worked for the benefit of the council and also helped with our local Boy Scout Troop 219. Some of the adventures he enjoyed with Troop 219 included trips to Philmont, Maine, and a five-day climb of Mount Rainer in which all participants summited successfully.

          To relax, Jim and Christine listened to the music of Cole Porter, classical composers, and Handel’s “Messiah,” his favorite. They also enjoyed Shakespeare. Jim enjoyed reading poetry and was an author of poetry. Each day brought on new observations while seated at the kitchen table. They created a wildlife sanctuary with multiple feeding stations, befriending the birds, deer and squirrels that visited their backyard. They both enjoyed weekly excursions to Green Oak Antiques to see what was new.

          Jim was a member of the Fulton County Bar Association, Fulton County Historical Society, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Rochester Rotary for more than 50 years and was a Paul Harris Fellow and a former president for our local club. He also held memberships of interest with the Eiteljorg Museum of Southwest Art in Indianapolis and the Chicago Museum of Art.

          Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife, Christine, and their blended family, James Oscar Wells III and Mendi Carroll, of Rochester, Mike Kline and wife Missy, of Nashville, Cindy Courson and husband Brian, of Danville, Ill., Charlene Baillieul and husband Scot, of Rochester, and Rebecca Johnson and husband Jared, of Carmel; grandchildren Oliver Greely Wells and wife Kristie, Emily Jean Wells and husband Jason Biggerstaff, James “Auggie” Oscar Wells IV, Matthew, Zachery, Jacob, Anya and Elias Kline, Isabella, Connor, Caleb and Jessica Courson, Leiton Haack and Broderick Baillieul, and Evan and Ashton Johnson; a great-grandson, Owen Grissom Wells; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

          Preceding Jim in death are his parents and two brothers, Eugene Harmon Wells and one in infancy, as well as his former wife, Jeanne.

          Celebrating the life of James O. Wells Jr., the family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. His family requests casual attire. Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor’s Team at 6 p.m.

          Preferred memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Boy Scout Troop 219, 724 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975; Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. 375 North, Rochester, IN 46975; or Earlham College – Friends School of Ramallah, 801 National Road, West Richmond, IN 47374. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Jim’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Lynn VanDerWeele

          Lynn VanDerWEELE, 83, Argos, died Tuesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Virginia VanDerWeele, Argos; daughters Teri L. Bair, Argos, and Tami J. Brock, Noblesville; sons Jack D. VanDerWeele, Argos, and Jon G. VanDerWeele, Argos; and sister Ann V. Lemon, Lake Oswego, Ore.

          Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, followed by a service of remembrance at the Argos United Methodist Church in the CLC Building from 3-5 p.m., with visitation noon-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

          Arrangements are by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Marie A. Archambeault

          Marie A. ARCHAMBEAULT, 69, Argos, died Tuesday at Saint Joseph Hospital, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Saturday, April 4 2015

 

Marie A. Archambeault

          Marie A. ARCHAMBEAULT, 69, Argos, died Tuesday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her son, Tony W. Thompson, Argos; daughter Tanna M. Sroda, Mishawaka; sister Ida M. Ratliff, Falls Church, Va.; and brother John J. Archambeault, Argos.

          A graveside service will be noon Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

          Arrangements are by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


 

George E. Honeycutt Jr.

          George E. HONEYCUTT Jr., 69, Wittensville, Ky., formerly of La Fontaine, died Thursday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Orville F. Thomas

          Orville F. THOMAS, 90, Strasburg, Colo., formerly of Grass Creek, died Thursday at Prairie Creek Assisted Living Center, Strasburg.

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

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

 

John Joseph Daly Jr.

April 3, 1920 – March 27, 2015

          John Joseph DALY Jr., 94, a father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully at his home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on March 27, 2015.

          The son of an Irish Olympics champion runner, he was born in New York City. John served proudly in the Army Air Corp during World War II. His plane was shot down, and he was taken prisoner of war and liberated after 14 months of confinement. Returning to the United States, John served nearly 36 years in continued service to this country. He served in the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service. John was an active member of the American Legion Post 0318 of Port St Lucie, Fla.

          He is survived by seven children, including two daughters, Maire and Deirdre, and five sons, John, Michael, Brian, Matthew and Patrick, and their spouses with 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. And his sister, Anita Collins, of Durham, N.C.

          John was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Patricia Gilmartin, and his second wife, Patsy Crull, and a sister, Mary Dibiase.

          His funeral service will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

          Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral and Cremation Services, Fort Pierce, Fla. An online guest book may be signed at www.haisleyfuneralhome.com.

 

William R. Imhoff

          William R. IMHOFF, 65, 20001 Gumwood Road, Argos, died Saturday at his residence.

          Survivors include four sons, Eddie Imhoff, Allen Imhoff, Ivo Imhoff, all of Argos, and Ervin Imhoff, Tippecanoe; seven daughters, Bernice Zimmerman, Waneta Weaver, Wilda Oberholtzer, all of Argos, Florence Ramer, Tippecanoe, Ruthann Martin, Wakarusa, Bertha Imhoff, Argos, and Rosily Martin, Goshen; three brothers, John Imhoff, Holland, Ky., Samuel Imhoff, Sheridan, Mich., and David Imhoff, Argos; and six sisters, Lydia Weaver, New Paris, Anna Rohrer, Dayton, Va., Leah Martin, Goshen, Emma Martin, Tippecanoe, Ida Imhoff, Goshen, and Maryann Martin, Spencer, Tenn.

          His funeral service is 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Tippecanoe Old Order Mennonite Church, Rochester. Visitation was 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at his residence.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

George E. Honeycutt Jr.

          George E. HONEYCUTT Jr., 69, Nippa, Ky., died Thursday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Nadene, Nippa, Ky.; three sons, Gary D. Honeycutt, Roann, Rick Osborne, Peru, and George E. Honeycutt III, Colorado; and one sister, Shelby J. Harris, Lagro.

          His funeral service is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Gladys A. Shambarger

          Gladys A. SHAMBARGER, 78, Macy, died Saturday at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include her husband, Loren, at home; two sons, David Shambarger and Skip Shambarger, both of Macy; two daughters, Beverly K. Cattin and Jean Lejeune, both of Peru; and three sisters, Mary Miller, Anderson, Nellie Scott, Lake Charles, La., and Carolyn Richards, Peru.

          Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to the service Wednesday.

 

Lavern R. Scott

          Lavern R. SCOTT, 71, Rochester, died Saturday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 

Lavern Ray ‘Butch’ Scott

Feb. 27, 1944 ­ April 4, 2015

          Lavern Ray “Butch” SCOTT, 71, Rochester, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at his residence.

          He was born on Feb. 27, 1944, in Hammond, the son of Arthur and Freda (Bruce) Scott.

          Mr. Scott retired from Dean Foods and was a member of the Eagles Lodge. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and most recently driving around in his truck visiting friends and family.

          Survivors include his children, Jackie Horn, Rochester, Bruce and wife Mary Scott, Rochester, and Vicky and husband Phil Bailey, Culver; grandchildren Anthony Ray Coplen, Auburn, Amy Rose, Auburn, Carla Conrad, Kokomo, David Scott, Rochester, Matthew Bailey, Culver, and Kevin Bailey, Culver; great-grandchildren Trevor Coplen, Rochester, Nikolai Conrad, Kokomo, and Yuri Conrad, Kokomo; companion Tammy Keefer, Rochester; brother George F. Scott, Indianapolis; sisters Gladys and husband John Galloway, Rochester, Connie and husband Peter Terpstra II, Indianapolis, and Sandra and husband Jim Wisenberg, Sebring, Fla.; sister-in-law Kathy McCalla, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his mother, father Echo L. McCalla, sister Barbara Turner, and brothers Harold McCalla and infant James Scott.

          There is no funeral service scheduled at this time.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Gladys A. Shambarger

Dec. 26, 1936 ­ April 4, 2015

          On April 4, 2015, Our Heavenly Father received one of his angels home to him.

          Gladys A. SHAMBARGER was born on Dec. 26, 1936, a cherished daughter of Daniel and Faye Geiger Powell. Growing up as one of six of the Powell children she shared her childhood with two brothers and three sisters. With great pride, she graduated from Macy High School in 1954.

          On May 16, 1954, in the Macy Methodist Church, Loren Shambarger married the love of his life and best friend, Gladys Powell Shambarger. Together they shared more than six decades of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, David, Skip, Beverly and Jean. Over the years, the family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren with another on the way in August. They expect the arrival of the fifth generation a great-great-grandson in May.

          An accomplished seamstress, Gladys retired from Hart, Schaffner & Marx in 2000 after a number of years of dedicated service. Always ready to lend a helping hand, she was among the first of the EMTs in Miami County in the late 1970s. Gladys was a member of the Macy Firefighter Auxiliary, where she served as the secretary for many years. She was also a member of the Macy Christian Church where she was ready to assist with the Ladies Aid by baking, cooking and contributing to the cause at hand.

          The warmth of May brought on one of Gladys’ favorite times of the year, mushroom hunting. She enjoyed trekking around woods on the family’s farm or going to Michigan in search of the morels. This time of the year also brought on the planting of the truckpatch garden she and Loren planted and maintained. They shared the bountiful harvest with family and special friends. Saturday morning was special as Gladys and family dined out enjoying her special request – biscuits and gravy.

          As the matriarch of the Shambarger family, Granny Gladys was proud to oversee four generations. There was nothing better than visits from the grandkids and the great-grands for they always lit up the room and her life. She looked forward to the holidays and other family celebrations – just getting together was paramount in her eyes.

          Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Loren, at home; two sons, David and Susie Shambarger and Loren “Skip” and Janet Shambarger, all of Macy: two daughters, Beverly Kay and Dennis Cattin and Jean and Robert Lejeune, all of Peru; three sisters, Mary and Henry Miller, of Anderson, Nellie and Marion “Pete” Scott, of Lake Charles, La., and Carolyn and John Richards, of Peru; nine grandchildren, Jim Cattin, Shane Cattin, Daniel “D.J.” Cattin and wife Amber, David Shambarger, James “JR” Cattin and wife Tina, Matthew Cattin and wife Hannah, Nikki Shambarger, Michael Shambarger and Ryan Shambarger and wife Laura; and 14 great-grandchildren, Colton, Jordon Miller, Sierra Cattin, Emily, Bridgette, Ryan Cattin, Allison, Crew Cattin, Ethan, Evan, Lennon Shambarger, Conner Bahney, Maddox Martin and Tynnleigh Cattin.

          Preceding her in death are her parents; two brothers, Dwane E. Powell and John H. Powell; and a great-granddaughter, Raygen Cattin.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Gladys A. Shambarger is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor David Welsh officiating.

          Burial will follow in the Five Corners Cemetery, Macy.

          Friends may visit with her family at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today and an hour prior to her service Wednesday.

          Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Macy-Allen Township Fire Department. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

 

Marilyn Ruth Hennon

Oct. 8, 1931 ­ April 5, 2015

          Marilyn Ruth HENNON, of Warsaw, passed away at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake at the age of 83.

          She attended school in Hammond. Marilyn lived in Hammond, Rochester, Bourbon and more recently she was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past six years. She attended Touch of Life Church in Warsaw. She loved crafts, sewing, flowers, cooking, and she especially loved her children.

          She was born on Oct. 8, 1931, in Hammond, to Joseph Earl O’Sullivan and Ruth Elizabeth (Brookman) O’Sullivan. In August of 1989, she was married to Stanley E. Hennon, who also passed away in 1993.

          Marilyn will be lovingly remembered by her son, Mike (Annette) Ray, Bourbon; three daughters, Michelle Curry, Argos, Melody Barker, Warsaw, and Cindy Davis, Haltom City, Texas; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Maureen (Richard) Kroslack, Hammond.

          She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Ray, in 1986; her husband, Stanley E. Hennon, in 1993; and her son-in-law, DeWayne Lee Barker, on Feb. 2, 2015.

          Visitation is prior to her funeral service on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. Her funeral service is 4 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor William Whitaker.

          Burial will follow with a graveside service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bourbon.

          Memorial donations in Marilyn’s name may be directed to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563 and would be appreciated by her family.

          Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.

 

Virgidelle R. Weasel

Sept. 17, 1942 ­ April 6, 2015

          Virgidelle R. WEASEL, 72, of Columbus, died at 11:40 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015, at her home.

          Born Sept. 17, 1942, Chicago Heights, Ill., Virgidelle was the daughter of Nicholas and Veronica Schutz Loehmer. Virgidelle retired in 2011 from Columbus Regional Hospital where she worked for 22 years. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators.

          Survivors include her daughters, Sabrina Weasel, of Nevada, and Angela (Russell) Emmitt, of Columbus; brothers Ralph (Ethel) Loehmer, of Monterey, Raymond (Anne) Loehmer, of Portage, Daniel Loehmer, of Logansport, and Loren (Angela) Loehmer, of Monterey; sisters Virginia (George Lam) Mutt, of San Diego, Vivian (David) Reinhold, of Kewanna, Irene (Daniel) Forest, of Monterey, and Loretta Watkins, of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren Logan and Thomas Emmitt.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington St., Columbus, with a rosary service conducted at 7 p.m.

          Family and friends may also call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Odom Funeral Home, 104 East Lake Shore Drive, Culver.

          A Mass of Christian burial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church, Monterey, with Father Burt Woolson officiating.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201, or Central Indiana Cancer Centers, 1701 N. Senate Ave., C6, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

          Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Virgidelle’s family at barkesweaverglick.com.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is assisting with local arrangements.

 

Orville F. Thomas

Nov. 29, 1924 ­ April 2, 2015

          Orville F. THOMAS, 90, of Strasburg, Colo., formerly of Grass Creek, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Prairie Creek Assisted Living Center in Strasburg.

          Born on Nov. 29, 1924, in Lucerne, he was the son of the late Floyd and Leona (Sutton) Thomas. On May 14, 1944, he married Florence M. Ratcliff. She preceded him in death on Aug. 13, 2007.

          He was a 1942 Grass Creek High School graduate, a graduate of Indianapolis University and an Indiana State University graduate where he received his master’s degree in education.

          Orville was a decorated U.S. Army veteran serving in the European Theater during WWII.

          He was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church, Grass Creek Lions Club, the National Education Association and AARP.

          Orville was a retired school teacher from Eastern Pulaski School Corp.

          Survivors include his sons, Wayne Thomas (Sandra), of Florida, and David Thomas (Ruth), of Bennett, Colo.; sister Bonnie Riggle, of Fulton; 10 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, James and Linda Thomas; grandson Jamie Thomas; and great-grandson Joshua Markulik.

          His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Pastor David Sommers officiating. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

          Burial with military rites will be performed at Grass Creek Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 619, Strasburg, CO 80136.

          Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Thomas family at www.ransfunerahomes.com.

 

Karin D. Petro

          A memorial service for Karin D. PETRO, 53, Rochester, who passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

 

Charlene Wogomon

          Charlene WOGOMON, 51, Rochester, died Wednesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

 

Thelma Arien Mannies

June 28, 1927 – April 7, 2015

          Thelma Arien MANNIES, 87, Akron, went home to be with the Lord at 11:01 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at her residence.

          Thelma was born June 28, 1927, in Estill County, Ky., to Dewey and Nettie (Lane) Rogers. She married Harold Ross “Red” Mannies on March 19, 1948, and he passed away on Aug. 13, 2006.

          She was an active member of the Bible Holiness Church in Wabash. She was a prayer warrior and her passion was serving God and helping others.

           Thelma is survived by her nine children, Rita Sue (Willard) Manns, Akron, Schery Lynn (Bruce) White, Peru, Mona Ree Holland, Logansport, Montie Ross (Theresa) Mannies, Logansport, Mira Jean (Lorenzo) Leon, Akron, Matthew James (Jackie) Mannies, Logansport, Velvet Vena (Dale) Bowser, Akron, Beth Ann (Donnie) Hopkins, Akron, and Shanen Doah (Darla) Mannies, Logansport; one brother, Irvil (Patricia) Rogers; one sister Fern Mcgrew; brother-in-law Arville Francis Mannies; 27 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

          She is preceded in death by daughter Becky Jo, brothers Macy, Denver, Bufford and Leniel Rogers, sister Ruby Scott and son-in-law Robert Holland.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with the Rev. Gary Gray, the Rev. David Bigger and her pastor Andrew Stanger officiating.

          Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gentiva Hospice.

 

Curtis L. Mills

          Curtis L. MILLS, 57, Macy, died Tuesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Barbara Mills, Macy; daughter Myranda Kruschinska, Portland, Ore.; two sisters, Linda Mills, Indianapolis, and Jan Pike, Indianapolis; and one brother, Kent Mills, Denver.

          His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Denver Baptist Church with visitation from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

          Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

 

Dianne Hoffman

Aug. 20, 1934 – April 9, 2015

          Dianne HOFFMAN, 80, Logansport, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          She was born on Aug. 20, 1934, in Logansport, the daughter of John A. and Elloise (Coppock) Degrief. On Jan. 6, 1962, she married James L. Hoffman, and he survives.

          Dianne was a 1952 graduate of Logansport High School and was very proud that her graduating class was still meeting once a month. She worked for 37 years at the Logansport Savings and Loan as a secretary and treasurer. She loved to cook, can, freeze and share food with others. Dianne loved her home on Longtree Lane and on Lake Manitou. She was one of the oldest members of First United Methodist Church in Logansport. She was a kind, caring, compassionate soul with a heart of gold. Dianne was loved by all who knew her. She always had a smile and a kind word for all around. Dianne loved to joke and laugh. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, aunt, friend and neighbor. Dianne was a very hard worker who enjoyed her job at the Logansport Savings and Loan Bank.

          Dianne is survived by her loving husband, James Hoffman; brother Ashton Degrief; special niece Jane (Tom) Lytle; brother-in-law Jerry Hoffman; sisters-in-law LaRue (Larry) Sheppard and Sharon Smith; nieces Jenni (Loshel) Voigt and Deb (James) Carabin; and nephew Dirk (Jodi) Degrief.

          Dianne was preceded in death by her parents, and her son, Toby Hoffman.

          Her funeral service is 11 a.m. today, April 13, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Broadway, Logansport, with the Rev. Dr. Dean Fager officiating. Burial will follow in Ever Rest Memorial Park Cemetery.

          Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time at the church today.

          Memorial contributions may be made in Dianne’s memory to the First United Methodist Church.

          Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.

          Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Martha DeTurk

          Martha DeTURK, 85, Rochester, died Sunday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

Joshua Lee Baxter

Jan. 16, 1974 – April 7, 2015

          Joshua Lee BAXTER, 41, passed away April 7, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

          He was born Jan. 16, 1974, in Rochester.

          Josh graduated in 1992 from Rochester High School. He then graduated from Purdue University and completed his education with an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

          As a youth, Josh enjoyed life on the farm as well as FFA, FCA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

          After his education, Josh headed west to Colorado to work as an investment manager. Josh enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, ATV riding and snowmobiling.

          Josh was promoted and moved to Oklahoma City. There he attended Life Church. He enjoyed raising his two children, their activities and his dog, Jim.

          Josh is survived by a son, Austin; a daughter, Eva; his mother, Christina; his brother, Chad; and his grandmother, Frances Baxter.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Baxter, and his grandparents, Parke Baxter and Westel and Alice Carr.

          A trust fund for Josh’s children is being established.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

 


 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 

Avery L. Van Dyke

March 7, 1938 ­ April 7, 2015

          Avery L. Van DYKE, 77, of Mishawaka, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

          The Claypool native was born March 7, 1938, to Clemans M. and Cora (Pratt) Van Dyke and grew up on the family farm. Avery was a graduate of Claypool High School and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Local No. 12775, and he retired from NIPSCO after 30 years of employment. He was a gentle, humble and intelligent man, who enjoyed scripture, music, gardening and home improvement projects. Avery was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Thomas Van Dyke, Clemans M. “Junior” Van Dyke Jr. and Harold Van Dyke as well as his sister, Marilyn Green.

          Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

          His committal service is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

          Family and friends should meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola.

          To sign the online guest book or to offer condolences to the family, please visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com.

 

Oma L. Manns

          Oma L. MANNS, 87, Akron, died Tuesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron

 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

 

Martha Ellen DeTurk

March 14, 1930 ­ April 12, 2015

          Mrs. Martha Ellen DeTURK, 85, of Rochester, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at her residence.

          On March 14, 1930, Martha was born in Bradshaw, W.Va., to Thomas and Millie Blankenship. She was one of 10 children.

          Martha and Guy DeTurk were married on March 21, 1953, in Grundy, Va., and moved to Indiana, making Rochester their home. They shared 53 years of life’s adventures. Guy passed away on April 12, 2006.

          Martha was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family and her canine and feline companions.

          Martha is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Barbara Ball, of Rochester; her son, Cecil Blankenship and wife Farrah, of Oakwood, Va.; four grandchildren, Bruce W. Wiard Jr., Michelle Grubbs, Destiney R. McKenzie and Melinda Martin; seven great-grandchildren, Stephanie Grubbs, Kyleigh Grubbs, Tiffany Martin, Derek Martin, Alexander Martin, Zachary McKenzie and Abigail McKenzie; and her feline companions, Hannah and Tiger.

          Preceding Martha in death are her parents; husband; four sisters, Linda, Rosie, Alice and Virginia; five brothers, Miles, Clarence, Wallace, Irvin and Moses; and daughter-in-law Norma Blankenship. Also, Cash, the brown and brindle pit bull, and her cats, Rumor and Sweet Pea, have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

          A private family service will be conducted.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

James K. Hauser

          James K. HAUSER, 84, Winamac, died Tuesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty Gould, Winamac; daughter Janice VanGorder, Zionsville; son Jeffery Hauser, Avon; and sisters Mary A. Webb, Winamac, and Olive Dalka, Medaryville.

          His funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. today at Frain Mortuary.

 

Oma L. Manns

May 21, 1927 ­ April 14, 2015

          Oma MANNS, 87, 808 E. Main St., Akron, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Hickory Creek at Rochester, where she had resided for 2 1/2 months.

          Oma was born in Prestonsburg, Ky., on May 21, 1927, to Charles and Lula (Dotson) Hackworth. Growing up, she shared her childhood with three sisters and seven brothers.

          On Feb. 14, 1946, in Prestonsburg, she married Bradie Manns. They shared 58 years together, living 52 years of her life in Akron.

          Oma was a housewife and worked at Chamberlain Products for 16 years. Raising four children, she made sure that they had everything they needed. She enjoyed taking walks and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and special friends, Phyllis, Bonnie and Rosie.

          Surviving Oma are three children, son DeWayne (Carolyn) Manns, of Yantis, Texas, and daughters, Delores Dague, of Akron, and Diann (Wayne) Grube, of Rochester; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Bradie Manns in 2004, son Dewight Manns in 2009, three sisters and seven brothers.

          Her funeral service is Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Thad Stewart of Omega Church and Old Cross Roads Church officiating.

          Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Akron IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975.

          Online condolences can be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com.

 

Friday, April 17, 2015

 

Martha Ellen DeTurk

March 14, 1930 ­ April 12, 2015

          Mrs. Martha Ellen DeTURK, 85, of Rochester, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at her residence.

          On March 14, 1930, Martha was born in Bradshaw, W.Va., to Thomas and Millie Blankenship. She was one of 10 children.

          Martha and Guy DeTurk were married on March 21, 1953, in Grundy, Va., and moved to Indiana, making the Rochester community their home. They shared 53 years of life’s adventures. Guy passed away on April 12, 2006.

          Martha was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family and her canine and feline companions.

          Martha is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Barbara Ball, of Rochester; her son, Cecil Blankenship, of Oakwood, Va.; four grandchildren, Bruce W. Wiard Jr., Farrah Grubbs, Destiney R. McKenzie and Melinda Martin; seven great-grandchildren, Stephanie Grubbs, Kyleigh Grubbs, Tiffany Martin, Derek Martin, Alexander Martin, Zachary McKenzie and Abigail McKenzie; and her feline companions, Hannah and Tiger.

          Preceding Martha in death are her parents; husband; four sisters, Linda, Rosie, Alice and Virginia; five brothers, Miles, Clarence, Wallace, Irvin and Moses; and daughter-in-law Norma Blankenship. Also, Cash, the brown and brindle pit bull, and her cats, Rumor and Sweet Pea, have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

          A private family service will be conducted.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

 

Nancy Parks

          Nancy Orlan Ragan PARKS, 89, formerly of Talma, died March 28, 2015, at home.

          Survivors include her daughter, Laura Lee Sommerfield and son Marcus Parks.

          Graveside service is at 11:30 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, followed by a celebration of life at Ragan farm.

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

 

Kurt Michael Miller

July 2 1997 ­ April 17, 2015

          Kurt Michael MILLER, 17, of Burket, died at 5:36 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at his residence after a garden tractor accident.

          On July 2, 1997, Kurt was born in Rochester to Kyle and Melinda (Rebman) Miller. Kurt was a Tippecanoe Valley High School junior. He was very active in the First Baptist Church of Warsaw and had planned to play for the softball team and be a leader in children’s church. He was a junior firefighter on the Burket Volunteer Fire Dept. He was involved in the Tippecanoe Valley FFA for three years and a nine-year member of Beaver Dam 4-H Club, where he was vice president this year. He showed dairy calf feeder steers for all nine years as well as completing American heritage project and farm toy scene. He loved Tippecanoe Valley sports, the TV shows “McHale’s Navy” and the “Dukes of Hazzard,” John Deere equipment, anything Ford, Notre Dame football, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, and Peyton Manning as well as Andrew Luck. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed life. He accepted Jesus Christ into his heart last September.

          His survivors include: parents Kyle and Melinda Miller, Burket; brother Kaleb and wife Kim Miller, Warsaw; paternal grandparents, Cecil and Bev Miller, Akron; maternal grandparents, Charles and Ada Rebman, South Whitley; many aunts and uncles and several cousins.

          His funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 2819 Patterson Road, Warsaw, with Pastor Steve Rahn, Pastor Rob Seewald and Chaplain Jim Baughman officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery.

          Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at First Baptist Church, with a fireman’s memorial service taking place at 8 p.m.

          Memorial contributions may be made in Kurt’s memory to the Kurt Miller 4-H Scholarship made payable to the Beaver Dam 4-H Club.

          Messages of condolence may be left online at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

          Arrangements are being made by King Memorial Funeral Home, Mentone.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

David F. Wallace Jr.

          David F. WALLACE Jr., 57, Argos, died Sunday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Survivors include his sisters, Darlene Barcus, Argos, Cathy Martz, Tippecanoe, Pamela Bodine, Ober, and Sheri Becker, Warsaw; and brothers John Wallace, Tippecanoe, Jesse Wallace, Rochester, and Donald Wallace, Rochester.

          His funeral service is noon Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Harold H. Brown

Harold H. BROWN, 86, Kewanna, died Monday.

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

 

Beverly J. Geller

          Beverly J. GELLER, 71, Rochester, died Monday in Jacksonville, Fla.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

Harold H. Brown

Aug. 16, 1928 ­ April 20, 2015

          Harold H. BROWN, 86, Kewanna, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at his companion’s residence in Wheatfield.

          Born on Aug. 16, 1928, in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Harry and Ferrell (Freeman) Brown. He married Rosamond Leiter in 1954, and she preceded him in death in 1994.

          He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War.

          Harold retired after 43 years from the Labors and Hod Carriers Union Local No. 274 in Lafayette.

          He enjoyed woodworking, spending time outdoors, taking care of his yard, playing cards and spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

          Survivors include his children, Harold E. Brown, of Kewanna, Ralph E. Brown, of Monterey, David A. Brown, of Buffalo, and Tina Brown Jenkinson, of Kewanna; sisters Phyllis Pownall, of Rochester, and Lola Lauder, of Michigan; brothers Richard Brown, of Winamac, and Leonard Brown, of Mentone; and companion Iris Taylor, of Wheatfield. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Brown.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Chaplain Bob Rawlins officiating.

          Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.

          Burial with military rites will be performed at Bruce Lake Cemetery.

           Sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Brown family at www. ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Joseph ‘Joe’ Edgar Fincher Jr.

Oct. 17, 1935 ­ April 21, 2015

          Joseph “Joe” Edgar FINCHER Jr., 79, Macy, passed away at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          Born Oct. 17, 1935, in Roann, he was the son of Joseph Edgar Sr. and Ruth A. Webb Fincher. On July 2, 1955, at the Perrysburg Baptist Church, he was married to Patsy L. Calloway, and she survives.

          Joe was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico, and the National Rifle Association. He was the past-president of the Indiana Professional Photographers, past-president of the Indianapolis Professional Photographers, advisory board member of the International Professional Photographers Guild, and earned the craftsman and certified professional degrees of the Professional Photographers of America. He was a professional photographer in Miami County for 52 years, and he was the owner/operator of Fincher Photos in Peru for 34 years.

          An active supporter of the 4-H program, Joe was the photography superintendent for over 25 years in Miami County and taught photography workshops to 4-H members in Miami and other counties as well as judging in many different counties.

          Surviving with his wife are four children, Joseph “Ed” Fincher III and wife Donna, David Fincher and wife Donna, Rochester, Paul Fincher and wife Sheryl, Pasco, Wash., and Shelli Fincher, Peru; grandchildren Lynette (Tom) Mollett, Michael (Angie) Fincher and Jason (Lindsay) Fincher, Rochester, Sam Murphy, Indianapolis, Sara (Rey) Garza, St. Louis, Stephanie (Chris) Hughes, Hermiston, Ore., Forest (Lynn) Fincher, Pasco, Wash., and Jessi and Billi Fisher, Peru; great-grandchildren Tommy and Timmy Mollett, Rochester, Alexis Hicks, Argos, Payton, Cory, Masen, Chase, Gavin and Kinley Fincher, Rochester, Owen and Brille Fincher, Pasco, Wash.; Maddison, Maxton and Michael Hughes, Hermiston, Ore.; and Rosemary Garza, St. Louis; sisters Marilyn Storey and husband David and Lois Baich; brother Lowell Fincher; and special friends Jim and Rae Panther.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law William Baich, and sister-in-law Suzan Fincher.

          A church service celebrating the life of Joe Fincher will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015, at New Life United Methodist Church with Pastor Sam Polito officiating, followed by a time of visitation in the church fellowship hall until 3 p.m.

          Memorial contributions may be made to New Life United Methodist Church or the National Rifle Association.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. The online guest book can be signed at www. mcclainfh.com.

 

Howard W. Fawley

          Howard W. FAWLEY, 86, Mentone, died Wednesday at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

 

Howard W. Fawley

Jan. 23, 1929 - April 22, 2015

          Howard W. FAWLEY, 86, of Mentone, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw, after being in failing health for two years.

          Born on Jan. 23, 1929, in Kosciusko County, to Milo and Mildred (Dunnuck) Fawley. Howard was married on Aug. 28, 1949, in Etna Green, to Peggy F. Agens, and she survives. He retired from Chore-Time Brock, of Milford. He also worked as an automobile salesman for Petro’s GM, of Warsaw, for several years.

          Howard was a 1946 graduate of Mentone High School. He was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge where he had been master and held many other positions and the Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne. He was a loyal Cubs fan, and he was a fan of Tippecanoe Valley High School basketball and football. He could always be found sitting in his front row seat with his good friend, Dale McGowen. Every year, he delivered sweet corn to the community with Don Craig. He was also a regular in the mornings at Teel’s Family Restaurant. Howard always kept an immaculate yard and enjoyed fishing.

          Survivors include his wife, Peggy Fawley, Mentone; daughters Linda and husband Mike Ault, Claypool, and Sandra and husband Garry Wise, Mentone; grandchildren Angela DePalma, Chris and wife Sarah Ault, Scott Wise, and Anne and husband Chris Taelman; and nine great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Jack D. and wife Betty Fawley.

          His funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating.

          Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at King Memorial Home.

          Burial is at Mentone Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Irvin A. Jylland

July 12, 1939 - March 26, 2015

          Mr. Irvin A. JYLLAND, 75, of Rochester, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

          On July 12, 1939, Irvin was born in Rochester, Minn., to Chester and Hazel Walker Jylland.

          Irv worked at Winamac Coil Spring until becoming disabled. To relax, he enjoyed going to the truck stop for a cup of coffee and catching up on the latest news. Known as “Mr. Fix-It,” Irv was often found working on lawn mowers and sweepers.

          Irv and Patsy Struble Jacobs were married on Jan. 28, 2000, in Rochester at Grace United Methodist Church. She passed away on Aug. 21, 2014.

          Irv is survived by two daughters, Mary Hamric, of Fort Wayne, and Jerri Miller, of Tishomingo, Miss.; a son, Carl Jylland, of Florida; stepdaughters Sevilla Rhoades, of Plymouth, and Sandra Stephens-Miller, of Indianapolis; several grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and his canine companion, Nicole.

          Preceding Irv in death are his parents; wife; a daughter, Kathern M. Padgett; a son, Irvin Jylland Jr.; and a sister.

          A graveside service for Mr. Irvin Jylland will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Citizen’s Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

          Good Family Funeral Home, of Rochester, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Robert H. Farley Sr.

Feb. 21, 1929 – April 22, 2015

          Robert H. FARLEY Sr., 86, of Chicago, passed away on April 22, 2015.

          Bob was the loving husband of the late Nola G. Farley RN for 59 years and an amazing and loving father to eight children, 38 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bob and Nola’s children, Robert H. Jr. (Jane), Karen, Brian (Debbie), Susan (John) Quinn, Jean Medina, Roger (Simone), Tricia (Gary) Dziabis and Nola Jean (Ed) O’Keefe miss him greatly and are blessed to have fond and loving memories of their parents.

          Bob was a loving brother to two brothers, Stephen (Kay) Farley and Frannie (Rosemary) Farley, and to sister Marguerite (Russ) Anderberg, and was a brother-in-law to Marilyn (the late Ray) Kucharski, Raymond (Phyllis) Dausman, Roger (Sharon) Dausman, Dorothy (Jack) Hickey and Harold (Donna) Dausman. He also was a fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

           Bob missed Nola terribly during the two years since her death yet remained very active with his family to the pleasure of all. He was an avid tennis player, successful entrepreneur and quiet benefactor to many in need. He loved spending time with family and friends, watching his children and grandchildren perform in sporting events, theater and in life. Bob and Nola spent many happy winters at Jekyll Island and over 50 memorable summers at the lake. He will always be remembered for his love of family and generosity.

          Visitation is Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 3-8 p.m. at Curley Funeral Home (through Heeney-Laughlin Directors), 6116 W. 111th St., Chicago Ridge, IL 60415.

          Family and friends will gather at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60643 on Monday morning for visitation from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

          Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Monday, and interment is at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

          Memorials to the Msgr. Gleeson Scholarship Fund c/o Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60643 are most appreciated.

          Funeral info: Contact Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Directors, 708-636-5500, or visit www.heeneyfh.com.

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

 

William ‘Bill’ Maurice Racer

Aug. 29, 1938 ­ April 25, 2015

          William “Bill” Maurice RACER passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Lafayette, with his daughter by his side.

          Bill was born in Montpelier, on Aug. 29, 1938, to Maurice (Jack) and Erie J. Pursifull Racer, who preceded him in death. As a young boy, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bill graduated from Montpelier High School in 1956 and then attended Ball State University. He started his business career as a young boy with his parents’ business, Racer’s Bakery, in Montpelier. He was in charge of “setting dough sponges” for that day’s bread. He also would load coal into stokers for the family bakery and other local businesses. As Bill became older, he became his father’s “Top Route Salesman.” After the closing of the bakery, he would work for several other bakery companies of which the last was Nickel’s Bakery of Rochester. During the time he worked there he broke sales records as a route salesman. He retired after 50 years of being in the bread business. His passion was the bread business, and he deeply missed his career after his retirement.

          He is survived by his sister, Betsy Parker, of Fort Wayne; daughters Jill Racer Lewis, of Lafayette, and Ann Racer Allen (husband Mark), of Smyrna, Tenn.; sons Jack Racer (wife Sandy), of Selma, and Andy Racer, of Muncie. Bill is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Lindsey Dodson (husband Jason), Race Allen, Chloe Allen, Maurissa Racer, Mauranda Racer, Mauriah Racer and J.D. Racer, and his two great-grandchildren, Afton Lewis and Aiden Dodson.

          Friends and family may share and remember at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W Windsor St., Montpelier, from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015.

          Funeral service for Bill will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home with Bob Bothast officiating.

          Arrangements are being handled by Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, Montpelier.

          Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Arthur D. Leslie

          Arthur D. LESLIE, 64, Rochester, died Sunday at VA Northern Indiana Health Campus, Marion.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Marilyn Diane Zartman

Jan. 23, 1935 ­ April 27, 2015

          Mrs. Marilyn Diane ZARTMAN, 80, of (Nyona Lake) Macy, passed away at 2:22 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at Community Howard Regional Hospital of Kokomo.

          On Jan. 23, 1935, Marilyn was born in Kokomo to Edward V. and Maxine A. Milner Brown. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a brother, Ed, near Fulton. With great Bulldog pride, Marilyn graduated with her class in 1952 from Fulton High School. Following high school, she pursued her dream of becoming a nurse, graduating from Holy Cross Central School of Nursing, Notre Dame, in 1955, being awarded with her registered nursing degree. Her career in nursing spanned more than four decades when she retired from the Veteran’s Medical Center in Marion on Jan. 23, 1997.

          Marilyn and Robert “Bob” Irvin Zartman were married on May 27, 1995, in Kokomo. Together they enjoyed nearly 20 years of life’s adventures.

          Marilyn is lovingly remembered by her husband, Bob; her mother, Maxine Brown, of Bunker Hill; a daughter, Beth Campbell and husband Chris, of Elwood; two sons, Bryan Barnett and wife Pamela, of Greentown, and Brent Barnett and wife Tina, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Samantha Laird and husband David, of Mason, Ohio; three grandsons, Braden, Jason and Craig Barnett; three stepgranddaughters, Lindsey Scott, Lauren Easley and Abigail Kerr, all of Mason, Ohio; a brother, Edward Brown and wife Barbara, of Kokomo; and her treasured canine companion, Molly, the Boston terrier.

          Preceding Marilyn in death are her father; a son, Brad Barnett, in 1977; and two grandsons, Ryan and Joshua Campbell.

          A celebration of the life of Marilyn D. Zartman will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

          Interment will be at Plainview Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

Ruth E. Guise

March 29, 1927 ­ April 27, 2015

          Ruth E. GUISE, 88, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015, at Woodview Healthcare, Fort Wayne.

          Ruth was born on March 29, 1927, in Fulton County, the 10th of 12 children to the late Charles E. and Odelia P. (Weisenberger) Decker. On Jan. 10, 1948, she married Milo P. Guise. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2005.

          Ruth has been a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church since 1966. She was a member of the Women of St. Mary’s and also volunteered at St. Joseph Catholic School. She is a 1945 graduate of Leiters Ford High School and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

          She retired from United Telephone Co. with 30 years of service.

          Surviving are three sons, Michael J. (Steff) Guise, of Parker, Colo., Andrew P. (Jennifer) Guise, of Decatur, and Randy J. (Annette) Guise, of New Haven; four daughters, Marsha E. (Jack) Riess, of Fort Wayne, Melissa J. DeArmond, of Fort Wayne, Laura M. Guise, of Indianapolis, and Leslie A. (Cary) Brown, of Decatur; a brother, Carl Decker, of Florida; a sister, Helen McFeely, of California; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry DeArmond, and a great-granddaughter, Ainsley J. Mitchell.

          Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur, with the reciting of the holy rosary at 3:30 p.m.

          A 9:20 a.m. prayer service will be on Friday, May 1, 2015, at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Father David Voors will be officiating.

          Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School or Masses.

          To sign our guest book, click on www. hshfuneralhome.com.

 

Beverly J. Geller

          Beverly J. GELLER, 71, formerly of Rochester, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at her home in Jacksonville, Fla.

          Survivors include two daughters, Pam Aldridge, Peru, and Eva Harper, Elkhart; a son, J.D. Nolen, Rochester; brothers Samuel MacLain, Jacksonville, Fla., Danny Conley, Argos, and brothers from Plymouth, Glasgow, Ky., and Biloxi, Miss.; and two sisters from Plymouth.

          Her funeral service is 4 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

Beverly Joan Geller

July 6, 1943 ­ April 20, 2015

          Mrs. Beverly Joan GELLER, 71, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at her home in Jacksonville, Fla.

          On July 6, 1943, Beverly was born in Rochester to Samuel Edward and Mildred Louise Cochran MacLain. She was a member of the Rochester High School class of 1963. The Rochester community was her home until 2012 when she moved to Florida. While she lived in Rochester, Beverly worked at several local eateries. She worked in assembly at Federal Mogul and later retired from Rochester Metal Products. Her memberships include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Moose and Eagle auxiliaries of Rochester.

          Beverly and George Wesley Geller were married on Sept. 30, 1989, in Rochester. They shared 19 years of life’s adventures. He passed away on Jan. 9, 2008.

          Fishing and hunting for mushrooms or playing shuffleboard or cribbage were always enjoyed by Bev. She cherished the time she could spend with her family and friends. Her canine companions, Chihuahuas Roxy and Radar, were also a very important part of her family. Often she would talk to her granddogs, Two Shoes and Casino. Beverly lived, laughed and loved and would do anything for anybody.

          Beverly is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Pam Aldridge and husband Ray, of Peru, and Eva Harper and husband Hop, of Elkhart; a son, J.D. Nolen and wife Tracy, of Rochester; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; brother Samuel MacLain, of Jacksonville, Fla., brother Danny Conley, of Argos, one brother and two sisters of Plymouth, a brother of Glasgow, Ky., and a brother of Biloxi, Miss.; her stepmother of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Beverly in death are her parents; husband; a grandson, Frederick Knauss; and a sister, Joyce Frazier.

          A celebration of the life of Beverly J. Geller will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Nicole L. Ebner

          Nicole L. EBNER 29, Rochester, died Monday at IU Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

 

Nicole L. Ebner

Dec. 23, 1985 ­ April 27, 2015

          Nicole L. EBNER, 29, Rochester, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Monday, April, 27, 2015, at IU Health, Lafayette.

          She was born in Knox on Dec. 23, 1985, the daughter of Daniel L. and Eleanor (Tunis) Ebner. She worked as a waitress and enjoyed doing crafts in her spare time.

          Survivors include her sons, Mitchell Alexander Pappas, Elkhart, and Seth Michael Pettingill, Rochester; parents Daniel and Eleanor Ebner; brothers Justin Tunis, Rochester, and Shaun and wife Amber Ebner, Chicago; fiance Christopher R. Hann, Frankfort; maternal grandmother Martha Bradley, Knox; paternal grandfather Richard Ebner, Pendleton; nephew Derick Tunis, Rochester; and nieces Ella Tunis, Rochester, and Brittney, Kylie and Savannah Ebner, all from Chicago.

          She was preceded in death by her grandfather, LeRoy Tunis, and grandmother Mavis Ebner. Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service.

          A private interment will take place at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Arthur ‘Art’ David Leslie

Dec. 30, 1950 ­ April 26, 2015

          Arthur “Art” David LESLIE, 64, Rochester, passed away April 26, 2015, in the VA Hospital, Marion, after an extended illness.

          Born Dec. 30, 1950, in Mishawaka, he was the son of Russell R. and Martha M. Leslie. Art graduated from Hauser High School, Hope, in 1970 after his family relocated from South Bend in 1966. He attended Christ the King Elementary School, South Bend, before they moved.

          After graduation, Art joined the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and served until 1977. While in the Air Force, Art was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Malstrom Air Force Base, Mont, and in Japan.

          Art was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman; he especially loved spending many hours in the woods looking for mushrooms. He loved collecting knives, guns and fishing tackle. He especially enjoyed hunting rabbits with his beloved beagles, Pepper, Harley and Copper.

          He is survived by his mother, Martha Leslie, who resides with his sister, Julia Sonafrank and companion Jim Ireland, Denver. Also, surviving are brothers Thomas (Delia) Leslie, Kirbyville, Mo., and Bruce Leslie, Pine, Ariz.; sister Dolores “Dee” (David) Greer, Denver; brother-in-law Mark Carrothers (Brenda), Kirklin; nephews Darryl Pugh, Craig Pugh, Tommy Leslie, Jonathon Carrothers, Nick Carrothers and Brent Leslie; nieces Kelly Russo, Racheal Leslie, April (Leslie) Deal, Leslie (Greer) Hendrix and Lisa (Greer) Turnpaugh; great-nephews Connor Pugh, Skylar Deal, Alexander Deal, Declan Carrothers, Timothy Hoffman, Dawson Pugh, Trace Pugh, Warren Russo, Lane Russo and Aiden Leslie; and great-nieces Jessica Hoffman, Elizabeth Hoffman, Baleigh Hendrix, Evelyn Hendrix, Joclyn Carrothers, Quinn Carrothers, Lily Leslie and Josie Leslie.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Leslie, sister JoAnn Carrothers, brother-in-law Joseph Sonafrank and niece Laura Greer.

          Honoring Art’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service.

          Family and friends are invited to attend military graveside rites presented by the Miami County Military Rites Team at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Marion National Cemetery, where Art will be laid to rest.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

 

William Freyberg

          C. William FREYBERG, 85, Rochester, died Saturday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Janet; a daughter, Becky Hart, Mentone; and two sons, Larry Freyberg, North Port, Fla., and Jerry Freyberg, Dothan, Ala.

          His funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

 

Branigan Bahney

          Branigan BAHNEY, 19, Warsaw, died Saturday in an automobile accident in Fulton County, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

John J. Cappadora Jr.

          John J. CAPPADORA Jr., 70, Winamac, died Saturday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Gregory C. Frain

          Gregory C. FRAIN, 68, Winamac, died Thursday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Patty Huff

          Patty HUFF, 62, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Nancy Sterk

          Nancy STERK, 62, Akron, died Sunday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

 

C. William ‘Bill’ Freyberg

April 14, 1930 – May 2, 2015

          Mr. C. William “Bill” FREYBERG, 85, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at home at 4:43 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015.

          Born on April 14, 1930, in Tiffin, Ohio, Coan William Freyberg was a treasured son of Frederick F. and Eileen Paxton Freyberg. At the age of 6 months, his family moved to Van Buren where he spent his youth with a brother, Fred, until age 12. The family moved to Chicago, and Bill graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1948.

          In pursuit of his lifelong dream to become a journalist, Bill studied journalism at Indiana University. His collegiate years were interrupted when he served our country with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War from December 1951 through December 1953. Returning stateside, he continued his studies at I.U. and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1955.

          On Valentine’s Day in 1952, Bill came home from the Marines on a brief leave to marry the love of his life, Janet Lee Smith. These best friends shared more than 63 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children, Larry, Becky and Jerry. Over the years, the family tree grew with the added blessings of four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

          Bill’s initial assignment was with The Rochester Sentinel as its sports writer. His career with The Sentinel spanned more than 37 years, ending in 1992 when he was serving our newspaper as its editor.

          Community oriented with a giving heart, Bill helped launch Rochester’s Little League program in 1955, serving as one of the four original managers. He served Rochester as past president of the chamber of commerce and the United Way. With a love for theater, he was a member of the Fulton County Players, serving the theater troop as sheriff during productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the “Music Man.”

          A devoted member of the Grace United Methodist Church for more than six decades, Bill was actively involved in his church, serving on various committees and teaching Sunday school classes. He also served on the board of the Northern Indiana County Community Foundation for many years.

          As the proud patriarch of the Freyberg family, overseeing four generations, Grandpa Bill was delighted with visits, cherishing his time spent with grandchildren and the greats too! As vibrant parents and grandparents, Janet and Bill were actively involved, cheering on the generations at their sporting activities, attending concerts, plays and academic honors. To relax, he enjoyed the game of golf.

          Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his wife, Janet, at home; a daughter, Becky Hart and husband John, of Mentone; two sons, Larry Freyberg, of North Port, Fla., and Jerry Freyberg and wife Tammy, of Dothan, Ala.; four grandchildren, Carmen Christine Rockwell and husband Stephen, Shelley Eileen Hart, Bradley Alan Freyberg and wife Jackie and Mark Andrew Freyberg; four great-grandchildren, Trenten, Courtney and Payten Sainer and Kora Rockwell; a sister-in-law, Donna Smith; and nieces and nephews.

          Preceding him in death are his parents and a brother, Fred Freyberg Jr.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. C. William “Bill” Freyberg will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Maurice Grindle will officiate.

          His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. today and an hour prior to service on Wednesday.

          Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St., Rochester, or The Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

John J. Cappadora Jr.

Dec. 7, 1944 – May 2, 2015

          John J. CAPPADORA Jr., 70, of Winamac, passed away at noon Saturday, May 2, 2015, at his residence.

          Born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Chicago, he was the son of the late John J. Sr. and June (Gore) Cappadora. On May 29, 1999, he married Kay Marie Lewis, and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2009.

          John retired from Amtrak in Chicago. He enjoyed fishing and taking care of his dogs.

          John is survived by a stepson, Andre Lewis, and special friends Donald Hedger and Trina Garbison, of Winamac.

          He is also preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Cappadora.

          A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Kewanna Citizens IOOF Cemetery.

          Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

          Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Branigan L. Bahney

          Branigan L. BAHNEY, 19, Akron, formerly of Warsaw, died Saturday in an automobile accident in Fulton County.

          Survivors include his mother, A’shel Santana and stepfather Ismael Santana, Warsaw; sisters Victoria Rosas and Marisha Bahney, both of Warsaw; and brother Isaiah Bahney, Warsaw.

          His funeral service is Friday at Mentone United Methodist Church with visitation from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Patty L. Huff

          Patty L. HUFF, 62, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include her husband, Daniel; a daughter, Kimberly D. Hecht; six sisters, Sandy Cauffman, Carol Casey, Connie Swick, Jenny Williams, Tina Malot and Sara L. Thompson; and four brothers, Bill Hecht, Rusty Hecht, Allen Hecht and Brian Hecht.

          Her funeral service is 1 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Nancy Sterk

          Nancy STERK, 62, Akron, died Sunday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include her four sisters, Margaret Tromp, Schererville, Bernice Brown, Akron, Wilma Belsan, Brookfield, Ill., and Cornelia Moore, Akron; and four brothers, Charles Sterk, Claypool, Robert Sterk, Sevierville, Tenn., Bert Sterk, Akron, and Lee Sterk, Rochester.

          Her funeral service is noon Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 

Patty Lou Huff

July 21, 1952 - May 2, 2015

          Patty Lou HUFF, 62, of Rochester, passed away at 7:17 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          On July 21, 1952, Patty was born in Niles, Mich., to Russell Harold and Velma Jean Yard Hecht. Many will remember Patty’s smile while serving them at the Main Street Tavern or the Streamliner. She also worked at Rochester Homes. Betty Boop and Patty had a special friendship, as Patty collected anything Betty Boop. Patty was fun, loving and outgoing, always thinking of others.

          Patty and Daniel R. Huff were married on April 3, 1982, in Rochester. They shared 33 years of life’s adventures.

          Patty is lovingly remembered by her husband, Daniel; a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Hecht and fiance Dustin Mathias, of Rochester; four grandchildren, Angel Nicole Shepherd and husband Jon, Anthony D. Moyer, Andrew Lee Floyd and wife Amanda and Harley R. Hecht; 10 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Sandy Cauffman and companion Harry Watson, Carol Casey and husband Norman, Connie Swick and husband Tom, Jenny Williams, Tina Malott and husband Roscoe and Sara Lee Thompson and husband Barry; four brothers, Bill Hecht and wife Juanita, Allen Hecht and wife Tammy, Rusty Hecht and Brian Hecht; her canine companion, Lacy, a red dachshund; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Patty in death are her parents; a brother, Larry Hecht; and a great-granddaughter, Hayven Hecht.

          A celebration of the life of Patty Lou Huff will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Nancy Sterk

June 24, 1952 - May 3, 2015

          Nancy STERK, 62, Akron, passed away at 11:53 a.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, following a surgery.

          Nancy was born on June 24, 1952, in Rochester, the daughter of Cornelius H. and Winnie (Kelderhouse) Sterk.

          She worked at Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, for several years and for Biomet, Warsaw, for a short time.

          Nancy graduated from Akron High School in 1970. She was a member of Akron United Methodist Church. She enjoyed collecting angels and buying trinkets for the family. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and sudoku.

          Survivors include four sisters, Margaret Tromp, Schererville, Bernice and husband Paul Brown, Akron, Wilma and husband Don Belsan, Brookfield, Ill., and Cornelia Moore, Akron; four brothers, Charles and wife Marilyn Sterk, Claypool, Robert and wife Sharon Sterk, Sevierville, Tenn., Bert and wife Theressa Sterk, Akron, and Lee and wife Leta Sterk, Rochester; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

          She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Herman and Richard Sterk; and three sisters, Nellie Mosher, Carrie Koster and Dorothy Sterk.

          Her funeral service is noon Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. David Eaton officiating. Visitation is 10:30 a.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

          In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Akron United Methodist Church’s stained glass window fund.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Branigan Lee Bahney

Oct. 14, 1995 - May 2, 2015

          Branigan Lee BAHNEY, 19, Akron, formerly of Warsaw, passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, May 2, 2015, in an automobile accident in Fulton County.

          Branigan was born Oct. 14, 1995, in Peru, to Fernando Paredes and A’shel (Bahney) Santana.

          He was employed at Pike Lumber Co., Akron.

          In 2014, Branigan graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School, where he played football and participated in the drama club. He was a member of the Indiana Army National Guard, Unit 113 engineers. He was also a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church where he played the bass guitar and was a youth leader.

          Survivors include his mother, A’shel Santana, and stepfather Ismael Santana, Warsaw; his twin sister Victoria Rosas and husband Carlos, Warsaw; sister Marisha Bahney, Warsaw; brother Isaiah Bahney, Warsaw; his maternal grandmother, Shelly Bahney and companion David Kuhn, Mentone; two uncles, Justin and wife Mandy Gearhart, Akron, and Josh and wife Nikki Bahney, Macy; three aunts, Lia and husband Jose Rosas, Akron, Jessica Bahney, Akron, and BethAnn, Wabash; a nephew, Ayven Rosas, Warsaw; several cousins and his dog, Darius.

          He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Bahney; his maternal great-grandparents, Max and Mary Jane Gearhart; and his paternal grandparents, Bob and Bonnie Bahney.

          His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015, at Mentone United Methodist Church with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

          Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone United Methodist Church – Youth Fund.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Jane F. Miller

          Jane F. MILLER, 93, Poway, Calif., formerly of Rochester, died Monday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

 

Donald R. Hibner

          Donald R. HIBNER, 77, Kewanna, died Tuesday at South Bend Memorial Hospital.

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

 

Dale E. Pugh

          Dale E. PUGH, 68, Rochester, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, May 8, 2015

 

Jane (Smith) Foellinger Miller

July 27, 1921 - May 4, 2015

          Jane (Smith) Foellinger MILLER, 93, Poway, Calif., and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, at her residence.

          She was born July 27, 1921, in Rochester, the daughter of Gerald Percy and Myra (Paramore) Smith. In 1939, she graduated from Rochester High School and attended Indiana University. On Jan. 11, 1941, in Rochester, she married Robert J. Foellinger. He preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 1960. On Oct. 25, 1961, in Rochester, she married Cloyd E. “Mode” Miller. He preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1996.

          Mrs. Miller retired as chairman of the board of the First National Bank of Rochester. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority at Indiana University, former treasurer of the Fulton County Salvation Army, and she served on the board of directors for the United Way of Fulton County. She also was a member of Tri Kappa, the Rochester Elks Lodge No. 2120 and the Moose Lodge No. 1107. She attended the First Baptist Church of Rochester, Foursquare Church of Rochester and the Heart of God of Rancho Bernardo, Calif. In her spare time, she enjoyed golf, bridge, car rides, sightseeing, gospel music and Turner Classic Movies.

          Survivors include her children, Robert Brooks Foellinger, Indianapolis, David Bishop Foellinger, Lahaina, Hawaii, and Julie (Miller) and husband Alan Young, Poway, Calif.; grandchildren Robert Brooks Foellinger II, Louisville, Ky., Chelsey Reiko Young, Poway, Calif., and Griffin Miller Young, Poway, Calif.; and cousin Marie Richmond Abbott, Ann Arbor, Mich.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Her funeral service will be conducted at noon Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Dale Eugene Pugh

Sept. 3, 1946 – May 6, 2015

          Dale Eugene PUGH, 68, Rochester, passed away at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He was born Sept. 3, 1946, in Peru, the son of Paul Roscoe and Clara Lucille (Deeds) Pugh. On Feb. 4, 1984, in Rochester, he married Janice E. Thousand. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2015.

          Dale worked for NIPSCO for 24 years as a station operator, retiring in 1999. He previously worked for Chrysler Corp. in Kokomo for 11 years and was also a farmer for many years.

          He was a member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge No. 79, 32nd-degree member of the Scottish Rite, South Bend, Rochester Order of the Eastern Star, United Steel Workers and the Grace United Methodist Church.

          Throughout his life, he enjoyed volunteering as a Little League baseball coach, delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering with Manitou Monster Triathlon and Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, and spending time with his family. He is remembered as a dedicated Rochester High School Zebras fan, attending numerous sporting events over the years. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs, Notre Dame and Pacers fan and lately a dedicated bicyclist, cycling all over Rochester with his faithful black lab “Bubba” running alongside.

          Survivors include his daughter, Kelli R. and husband Seth Nevins, New Whiteland; sons Kevin Dale and wife Jill Pugh, Rochester, Shannon Pugh and fiance Tina D. Hensley, Rochester, and Travis and wife Becky Pugh, Argos; stepsons Drew Foreman, Macy, and Derrick Foreman, Rochester; grandchildren Alyssa Rennaker, Brittney Rennaker, Jacob Nevins, Mackenzie Nevins, Eli Pugh, Ean Pugh, Alston Pugh, Taylor Pugh, Tori Pugh, McKenna Pugh, Kole Pugh, Sydney Pugh, Jayce Pugh, Kendra Pugh, Gage Foreman, Hannah Foreman, Candace Foreman, Kelsey Foreman, Kyra Foreman, Cody Hensley and Jazmine Hensley; and great-grandchildren Conner Nevins, Emery Rennaker and Daxton Rennaker.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harold Pugh and Jackson Pugh and sister Pauline Martin.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. A Masonic service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

          Private interment will take place at Corinth Cemetery, Twelve Mile. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Joshua Lee Baxter

Jan. 16, 1974 - April 7, 2015

          Joshua Lee BAXTER, 41, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

          He was born on Jan. 16, 1974, in Rochester.

          As a youth, Josh enjoyed life on the farm as well as FFA, FCA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

          In 1992, Josh graduated from Rochester High School. He then graduated from Purdue University and completed his education with an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

          After his education, Josh headed west to Colorado working as an investment manager. Josh enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, ATV riding and snowmobiling.

          Josh was promoted and moved to Oklahoma City. There he attended Life Church. He enjoyed raising his two children, their activities and his dog, Jim.

          Josh is survived by a son, Austin; a daughter, Eva; his mother, Christina; his brother, Chad; and his grandmother, Frances Baxter.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Baxter, and his grandparents, Parke Baxter and Westel and Alice Carr.

          Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Josh’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Fulton County Museum, 37 E. 375 North, just off U.S. 31. Pastor Maurice Grindle will speak at 2:30 p.m., followed by stories from family and friends. Afterwards, there will be food and fellowship. Attendees are asked to dress casual.

          Memorials for the college funds of Josh’s children, Austin, 13, and Eva, 10, may be made through Fran, Chris or Chad Baxter.

 

Robert A. Eiler Sr.

          Robert A. EILER Sr., 79, Rochester, died Thursday at Parkview North, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

 

Robert Austin Eiler Sr.

July 5, 1935 - May 7, 2015

          Mr. Robert Austin EILER Sr., 79, Rochester, passed away at 4:58 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

          On July 5, 1935, Bob was delivered by his proud father in Kewanna. His parents are the late Paul Austin and Nina J. Sutton Eiler. Growing up, he shared his childhood with two sisters. With great pride, he graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1953 and later attended Purdue University to study agriculture. As a press operator, Bob worked in the multicolored printing area of R.R. Donnelley of Warsaw. While living in Alexandria, he was a member of the Mount Olive Community Church of Muncie. After moving back to Rochester, he was a member of the Church of God.

          Bob and Kay Marie Hunter Alber were married on Dec. 12, 1992, in Warsaw. They shared 22 years of life’s adventures. They looked forward to their annual trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. From 1998-2014, they owned and operated B n K Enterprises, which included boarding stables and a rescue for horses. Pleasure riding was enjoyed by both Bob and Kay.

          Bob is lovingly remembered by his wife, Kay; six children, Robert A. Eiler and wife Mary, of Rochester, Rodney A. Eiler and wife Sherri, of Gaston, Kathy K. Pressel and husband Roderick, of Anderson, Mark E. Alber and wife Shelly, of Warsaw, Traci Alber and fiance Tommy Shepherd, of Mentone, and Paul W. Alber and wife Holly, of Rochester; grandchildren Sarah, Austin and Andrew Eiler, Jacob Eiler, Suzanne Pressel, Zach, Hannah and Jordan Alber, Cora, Brandt and Dalton Alber, Brody, Riley and Francis Alber, and Travis Keesling; two sisters, Leta Hallett and Elsie Fuller and husband John, all of Alexandria; three sisters-in-law, Lynda McCloughan and husband Ted, of Athens, Wanda Wilhelm and husband Richard, of Macy, and Patsy Rowe, of Monticello; a brother-in-law, Larry Hunter and wife Jean Ann, of Syracuse; several nieces and nephews; and Bella “Bratzilla,” a feline domestic shorthaired tiger cat, Tiki, an 11-pound black and white toy rat terrier and Miss Fern, a reddish-tan Chihuahua.

          Preceding Bob in death are his parents; his first wife, Jaqcueline S. Johnson Eiler; son Nathan W. Alber; and brother-in-law Nelson Dean Hunter.

          A celebration of the life of Robert Eiler will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor John Phillips officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Fulton County 4-H Horse and Pony Club.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Jimmy A. Gamble

Jan. 20, 1949 - May 6, 2015

          Jimmy A. GAMBLE, 66, of Culver, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

          Jimmy was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Rochester, to Curtis E. and Grace C. (Mevis) Gamble. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Jimmy married the former Billie Jones on Dec. 31, 1970. She passed away in August 1992. Jimmy worked in the maintenance department at Parkview Hospital, Plymouth, and continued with Saint Joseph Hospital, Plymouth.

          Jimmy is survived by his mother, Grace C. Gamble, of Plymouth; his sons, Todd (Amy) Gamble, of Rochester, Anthony (Faith) Gamble, of Plymouth, and Casey (Jessika) Gamble, of South Whitley; his daughters, Jenni Greene, of Plymouth, and Kimberly Baugh, of Culver; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brothers, Douglas Gamble, of Plymouth, and Terrance (Lynnette) Gamble, of Argos; his sisters, Debra, of Florida, and Brenda (Randy) Hoskin, of Plymouth; and his longtime companion, Betty Gamble.

          Jimmy was preceded in passing by his father, Curtis E. Gamble, and his brother, Curtis Gamble.

          A celebration of the life of Jimmy Gamble will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

          Memorials may be made to the Marshall County Community Foundation/Freedom Park, 2701 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

          Memories may be shared online at www.vangilderfuneralhome.com.

 

Donald R. Hibner

          Donald R. HIBNER, 77, Kewanna, died Tuesday at South Bend Memorial Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Etta E. Hibner, Kewanna; children Andy R. Hibner, Kewanna, Julie E. Thomas, Francesville, John W. Hibner, Anderson, and Jennifer R. Hibner, Kewanna; brothers LaVerne Hibner, Plymouth, and Dr. Dan Hibner, Indianapolis; and sisters Carol Smith and Cheryl Bright, both of Rochester.

          His funeral service is 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Winamac, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.

          Arrangements are by Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

 

Hazel C.S. Walker

          Hazel C.S. WALKER, 93, Peru, died Friday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Peru, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Ruth A. Bremer

          Ruth A. BREMER, 94, formerly of Akron, died Saturday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 

Ruth Ann (Gilbertson) Bremer

Aug. 13, 1921 - May 9, 2015

          Ruth resided at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester where she passed away at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the age of 93.

          She was born on Aug. 13, 1921, in Edmund, Wis., to Oscar E. and Carol (Draggs) Gilbertson. In her early years, she lived in Edmund, Wis., several years in Boulder, Colo., 50 years in Grand Rapids, Mich., and 10 years in Akron and North Manchester.

          Ruth graduated from Dodgeville High School, Dodgeville, Wis., in 1939 and then received her nursing degree in 1946 from Milwaukee General School of Nursing. She married Robert Baird (deceased) in 1952 and later divorced. She then married Donald J. Bremer on Sept. 2, 1960, in Grand Rapids, Mich. They were married for more than 50 years when he passed away in 2011.

          Ruth was a registered nurse and took great pride in her work as a nurse and enjoyed reunions with Blodgett Memorial Hospital retired nurses. She was a member of Wyoming Park United Methodist Church and the Akron United Methodist Church. She loved to encourage others, knitting and Bible studies. Caring for her family and friends gave her much joy.

          Surviving Ruth is one daughter, Carol (spouse David) Ellenwood, of Rochester; two sons, Douglas Baird, of Golden, Colo., and Thomas (spouse Nan) Baird, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Matthew (spouse Susan) Ellenwood and family, Marc (spouse Andrea) Ellenwood and family, Kathryn Ellenwood, Bradley Ellenwood (Justin McKendry), Patrick Baird, Trevor Baird and Jason Baird; five great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, William Jesse; nieces and nephew, all of Wisconsin; two cousins, Mary Jean Thomas, Dodgeville, Wis., and Kent Austin, of Verona, Wis.; and special friends Jim and Bonnie Linscott, Nancy Chapel, Paul and Patty Judd and family, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Maci Callow, North Manchester.

          Preceding Ruth in death are her parents, sister Barbara Jesse and husband Donald Bremer.

          Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, with family and friends at Peabody Retirement Community with the memorial service following at 11 a.m. Sue Babovec, chaplain at Peabody Retirement Community, will officiate.

          Burial will be at Grandville Cemetery in Grandville, Mich.

          Memorial contributions can be made to Peabody Foundation or Akron United Methodist Church or Wyoming Park United Methodist Church, Wyoming, Mich., or BeadforLife.org.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

          Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com.

 

Harriet A. Weaver

          Harriet A. WEAVER, 90, Peru, died Sunday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          Survivors include her three children, Linda Hebb, Pendleton, S.C., Terry Weaver, Peru, and Louanne Johnloz, Huntington; and one sister, Miriam Sites, Roann.

          Her funeral service is 3 p.m. Thursday at the Mexico Church of the Brethren with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

          Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 

Nancy Sterk

June 24, 1952 - May 3, 2015

          Nancy STERK, 62, of Akron, passed away at 11:53 a.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, following a surgery.

          She was born on June 24, 1952, in Rochester, the daughter of Cornelius H. and Winnie (Kelderhouse) Sterk.

          She worked several years at Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, and a short time at Biomet, Warsaw.

          Nancy graduated from Akron High School in 1970. She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church. Nancy enjoyed collecting angels and buying trinkets for the family. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and playing sudoku puzzles.

          Survivors include four sisters, Margaret Tromp, Schererville, Bernice and husband Paul Brown, Akron, Wilma and husband Don Belsan, Brookfield, Ill., and Cornelia Moore, Akron; four brothers, Charles and wife Marilyn Sterk, Claypool, Robert and wife Sharon Sterk, Sevierville, Tenn., Bert and wife Theressa Sterk, Akron, and Lee and wife Leta Sterk, Rochester; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

          She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Herman and Richard Sterk; and three sisters, Nellie Mosher, Carrie Koster and Dorothy Sterk.

          Her funeral service is noon Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Rev. David Eaton officiating.

          Visitation is 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home.

          Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Akron United Methodist Church’s stained glass window fund.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Sava Rudo

          Sava RUDO, 91, rural Akron, died Monday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

 

Karen R. Shank

Feb. 14, 1963 – May 12, 2015

          Karen R. SHANK, 52, of Winamac, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

          Born Feb. 14, 1963, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Donald L. and Doris E. (Walls) Woolington. On April 22, 2006, she married James N. Shank Jr., and he survives.

          She was a 1981 Kewanna High School graduate.

          Karen formerly worked at Ace Hardware, Winamac, and she was also a homemaker.

          Karen enjoyed cooking and was also an avid Colts and Nascar fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter, Sydney May, and her beloved dog, Zeke.

          She was a member of the Rochester Church of Christ.

          Survivors include her husband, Jim Shank Jr., of Winamac; mother Doris Woolington, of Kewanna; children Kayci Cunningham and Tracy Cunningham, both of Kewanna; granddaughter Sydney May, of Kewanna; brothers Mark (Mona) Woolington, Michael (Deb) Woolington, both of Logansport, and Dan (Cathy) Hassenplug, of Kewanna; father-in-law and mother-in-law James and Carol Shank, of Winamac, brother- in-law Jerry Shank, of Lafayette; and sister-in-law Kim (Terry) Kline, of Winamac.

          She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Woolington, and brother David Hassenplug.

          Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Rochester Church of Christ, 120 E. Fifth St., with Pastors Jim Dillinger and Doug Nolen officiating.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and also one hour before the time of service at the church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

          Sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Shank family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Sava Rudo

Jan. 10, 1924 – May 11, 2015

          Sava RUDO, age 91, 10138 E. 100 North, Akron, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

          He was born on Jan. 10, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., to Mike and Catherine (Bless) Rudo. He has lived in the Akron area for 26 years coming from Omaha, Neb.

          Sava married Barbara Holloway on July 4, 1953, at the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church near Akron. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad and Drakulich Trucking, retiring after 26 years of service living in Akron.

          Surviving Sava is his wife, Barbara Sava; two daughters, Sheryl (spouse Ena) Hayes, of Omaha, Neb., and Sandra (spouse Troy) Smith, of Claypool; one son, Scott (spouse Jo-Anna) Rudo, of Omaha, Neb.; one brother, Steve Rudo, of Akron; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Sava in death are his parents, brother George Rudo and sister Amelia Novakovich.

          Visitation will be 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015, with the funeral service at 12:30 p.m., following visitation at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

          Burial will be in the Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

          Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or donor’s choice.

          Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com.

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

 

Ronald Ulery

          Ronald ULERY, 73, Rochester, died Thursday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

 

Ronald L. Ulery

Nov. 17, 1941 - May 14, 2015

          Mr. Ronald L. ULERY, 73, of Rochester, passed away at 5:04 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at his residence.

          On Nov. 17, 1941, Ron was born in Twelve Mile to Richard and Rosella Bean Ulery. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters and four brothers. Ron was a member of the last class to graduate from Twelve Mile High School in 1961.

          Ron and Carolyn F. Weakman were married on Oct. 5, 1963, in Cass County and shared 51 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced two daughters and a son, later two more branches were added to the family tree with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

          As a tool and die machinist, Ron worker for Sealed Power. He also worked in maintenance at Argos Community Schools. “Fore!” was often heard by Ron at the Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek where, until last month, he was manicuring the greens. An avid golfer, Ron enjoyed playing the 18 holes. Playing a round of poker with friends was a lot of fun too. To relax, Ron read historical fiction and western novels by Louis L’Amour.

          Ron is lovingly remembered by his wife, Carolyn; his mother, Rosella Ulery, of Twelve Mile; two daughters, Debora Chaney, of Bellevue, Neb., and Brenda VanMeter and husband Dale “Tom,” of Rochester; a son, Rod Ulery and wife Kisia, of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Trishia, Joshua, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Tommy, Jade, Erin and Allison; four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Aurora, Coda and Champ; a sister, Betty Evans, of Logansport; four brothers, Donald Ulery, of Twelve Mile, Larry “Jay” Ulery and wife Mary, of Peru, Rich Ulery and wife Clara, of Rochester, and Robert “Bob” Ulery and wife Laura, of Logansport; and several nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Ron in death are his father and a sister, Shirley Ulery.

          A private service will be conducted for Ronald L. Ulery.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Monday, May 18, 2015

 

Mary Ruth Keim

Nov. 5, 1928 - May 16, 2015

          Mary Ruth KEIM, 86, Rochester, passed away at 3:28 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          She was born on Nov. 5, 1928, in Rochester, the daughter of Fred and Helen (Shuman) Gottschalk and graduated from Fulton High School in 1946. She married neighbor and childhood friend Frederick Byron Keim at her parents’ home just south of Green Oak on Oct. 5, 1951. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2007.

          Mary Ruth had worked as a bookkeeper at Modern Diary and at the Fulton County Bureau of Motor Vehicles. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday school and the Pleasant Hour Club, Fulton County Historical Society, where she was treasurer of the Genealogy section, and active in Fulton County 4-H. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy, Sudoku, sewing, quilting, baking pies, attending auctions, and especially bidding on items to add to her collection of stamps, glass and coins. She contributed her time and baking skills for the annual Dick Gottschalk Memorial Run cancer fundraiser for many years. She enjoyed tending to her annual flower plantings and was affectionately known as the “Flower Lady.” She enjoyed watching her birds and spending time with her family, friends and dear neighbors.

          Survivors include her son Keith Alan and wife Patricia Jean Clark Keim, Rochester; daughter Jane Ann Cripe, Philadelphia, Pa.; grandchildren Natalie Renae Keim, Indianapolis, Phillip Clark Keim, North Manchester, Linnea Rose Cripe, Adison Perry Cripe, and Ethan Colin Cripe, all of Philadelphia; brothers Robert O. and wife Elaine Gottschalk, Rochester, William E. and wife Linda Gottschalk, Bonita Springs, Fla, James E. Gottschalk, Fort Myers, Fla; sister Phyllis and husband James Bird, Logansport; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law Dr. Chad Cripe in 2014.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Reverend Linda Sue Hewitt and Pastor Susan Clark officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Carol Ann Shewman

          Carol Ann SHEWMAN, 75, Akron, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Barbara J. Engle

          Barbara J. ENGLE, 74, Kewanna, passed away at 1:52 p.m. Saturday, May 16,

2015, at I.U. Arnett Hospital, Lafayette. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Thelma Pauline Ailer Peterson

          Thelma Pauline Ailer PETERSON, 93, formerly of Rochester, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Grace Village Health Care Center, Winona Lake.

          Survivors include her son Barry Peterson, Rochester; sisters Velma Horn, Mentone, Donna Jo Ailer, Mishawaka, and Phyllis Swanson, Atwood.

          Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 

Crozier Joseph Boothe

Sept. 11, 1936 – May 18, 2015

          Crozier Joseph BOOTHE, 78, a resident of Grayslake, Ill., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Midwest Palliative Hospice Care Center in Glenview, Ill.

          He was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Pulaski, Va., to Crozier and Millie Boothe.

          Joe was a Protestant. He was an avid fan of the Cubs, Bears, wrestling and quarter horses. Joe owned several Standard-Amoco service stations. He enjoyed gardening, RV-ing and spending time with family and friends.

          Joe is survived by his children, M. Elayne (Harvey) Eichelberger, of Salem, Wis., Jerry (Kim) Boothe, of Beach Park, Ill., Lou (Steve) Biggs, of Rochester, and Leslye (Mike) Polowy, of Florida; his grandchildren, Robert (Pam) Pieroni, of Salem, Wis., Christopher (Carrie) Piha, of New Jersey, Courtney (Mike) Nerovich, of Chicago, Alex Boothe, of Ecuador, Cody Biggs, of Grayslake, Ill., Joey (Kelly) Biggs, of Rochester, Austyn Boothe, of Osh Kosh, Wis., Aaron Boothe, of Beach Park, Ill., Josh (Val) Eichelberger, of Antioch, Ill., and Adam Eichelberger, of Antioch, Ill.; his great-grandchildren, Craig Wende, Mason Wende, Markie Christensen, Espen Pieroni, Mackenzie Eichelberger, Rylen Pieroni, Christian Eichelberger, Jaxon Eichelberger and S.J. Biggs; and his sister, Lou Nester, of Martinsville, Va.

          He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Boothe; his son, Peter Andrews; his parents; his siblings; and many family friends.

          Visitation is Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. at the Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.

          His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the funeral chapel.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Midwest Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Glenview, Ill. For more information, please call 847-223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral. org.

 


 

Barbara J. Engle

Aug. 25, 1940 – May 16, 2015

          Barbara J. ENGLE, 74, of Kewanna, passed away at 1:52 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

          Born on Aug. 25, 1940, in Lebanon, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Anna Koopman.

          She was the 1958 valedictorian at Pittsboro High School.

          On May 15, 1982, she married Robert C. Engle in Brownsburg.

          Barbara was formerly employed as the head underwriter at American States Insurance Co. in Indianapolis for 20 years.

          Barbara was a follower and believer of the Worldwide Church of God Seventh Day, and she enjoyed gardening and taking care of her flowers.

          Survivors include her loving husband, Robert “Bob” Engle, of Kewanna; brother Norman Koopman (Mildred), of Pittsboro; and nieces and nephews, Tina Koopman, Robin and Jim Woodburn, Tom and Jackie Foust, Penny Keyser, Nancy Ewing, Cindy and Rick Eastwood, Sue and Ken Hamman, Larry and Joyce Donathen and Jon and Diana Donathen. She is also survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

          A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Lizton Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Lizton, Ind.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation and/or the American Heart Association.

          Please sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Engle family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Craig Foster

          Craig FOSTER, 61, Rochester, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his daughter, Melissa Foster, Plymouth; his son, Nicholas Foster, Plymouth; and his brother, Steven Foster, Rochester.

          His funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Kenneth R. See

Nov. 22, 1951 – May 18, 2015

          Kenneth R. SEE, 63, Rochester, passed away at 5 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart.

          He was born on Nov. 22, 1951, in Peru, the son of Victor R. and Donna (Smith) See.

          Mr. See worked for the North Central Co-op, Rochester, for more than 44 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed NASCAR and spending time with his family.

          Survivors include his daughters, Joni Monroe, Van Buren, Ark., and Jessica and husband Dustin France, Rochester; grandchildren Keagan France and Jackson France, Rochester, Raven Monroe, Caylin Monroe, Paetyn Monroe and Alex Orrender, all of Van Buren, Ark.; brothers William and wife Lucy See, Fulton, Bobby and wife Jody See, Fulton, Timothy and wife Janet See, Warsaw, and Scott and wife Diane See, Macy; sisters Vicky Overmyer, North Liberty, and Sarah and husband Terry Kimble, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin sons Jeremy and Jamey See, and brother Thomas G. See.

          His funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. George Hapner officiating.

          Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home in Fulton.

          Burial will take place at a later date in the Fulton Cemetery.

          Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimemrmanbrosfh.com.

 

Thelma Pauline Ailer Peterson

Nov. 23, 1921 – May 16, 2015

          Mrs. Thelma Pauline Ailer PETERSON, 93, formerly of Rochester, passed away at Grace Village Health Care Center, Winona Lake, on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

          Born on Nov. 23, 1921, in Fulton County, Thelma was a cherished daughter of Russell and Blanche Wynn Ailer. Growing up as the second eldest, she shared her childhood with three sisters, Velma, Donna Jo and Phyllis. With great Hickory pride, she graduated with her class from Talma High School in 1939.

          Thelma and Maurice J. Peterson were married on Oct. 25, 1941, in Tiosa. Together they enjoyed more than 47 years of life’s adventures and from their union came a son Barry. Over the years, the family tree grew with the added blessings of two more generations.

          In the early years, on their Newcastle Township farm, Thelma took care of her family by cooking and performing domestic chores. Additionally, she maintained the yard and gardens while overseeing the chicken operation.

          Thelma was a loyal and devoted member of the Riverview Community Church.

          As an adventurer, Thelma and Maurice took to the road in their travel trailer, visiting every state except Alaska. Some of their favorite destinations were the Rocky Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley. For 11 years, they spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz. Later, they visited Hawaii, the Bahamas and several European countries. There were memorable trips to Canada, and they were once a part of a 32-day caravan to Baja, Mexico, which included a ride on a ferry.

          Thelma and her trio of BFF lady friends Elnora Craig, Pat Evans and Lois Doud shared the joy of venturing out on bus trips. They also drove to other locales east of the Mississippi River. Many times they enjoyed employing practical jokes on each other and the thunderous laughter that accompanied the prank. Dining out and a drive through the country was a great way for them to relax with much chatter, catching up on the latest.

          As the matriarch of the Peterson family, Grandma Thelma was proud to oversee four generations. She enjoyed living near her family while watching her grandchildren, Amy and Brian, grow up to be the adults they are today. The great-grandchildren brought her happiness, keeping track of their school activities and with their visits at the holidays and special family celebrations.

          Left to cherish Thelma’s memory are her son, Barry Peterson and wife Judy, of Rochester; a granddaughter, Amy Elliott and husband Shawn, of Laingsburg, Mich., and their children, Austin and Josh Elliott; a grandson, Brian Peterson and wife Tracy, of Winona Lake, and their children, Haley, Emily and Abbey Peterson; three sisters, Velma Horn, of Mentone, Donna Jo Ailer, of Mishawaka, and Phyllis Swanson and husband Robert, of Atwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Thelma in death are her parents and husband, Maurice, on July 31, 1989.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Thelma Pauline Peterson will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Rod Ruberg officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

          Thelma will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband, Maurice, in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Riverview Community Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Russell W. See

          Russell W. SEE, 73, Andover, Ill., died Wednesday at Cheyenne Wyoming Regional Medical Center.

          Survivors include his loving wife, Phyllis See; daughter Shannon See, Denver; brother Ronald See, Peru; and sister Jackie Fultz, Logansport.

          His funeral service is 2 p.m. today at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion, Ill., with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

          An additional service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at Denver Baptist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements in Indiana.

 


 

Carol Ann Shewman

Aug. 3, 1939 - May 17, 2015

          Carol Ann SHEWMAN, 75, of Akron, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, after being in failing health for seven months   She was born on Aug. 3, 1939, in Akron, to Elmer and Blanche (Miller) Dickey.

          On Nov. 23, 1958, in Akron, she married Stanley L. Shewman, who preceded her in death on July 25, 2006.

          Carol worked for Akron Exchange State Bank for 20 years and later for First Bank of Akron. She also worked for Akron Elementary School for six years.

          Carol Ann graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1957. She was a member of the Akron Church of the Brethren where she played the piano. She enjoyed playing both the piano and organ and was always a music lover. She was very fond of her cats and enjoyed talking and visiting with all of her friends.

          Survivors include her sister, Marcella Meredith, Burket, and currently Miller’s Merry Manor; niece Melinda and husband Jim Webb, Claypool; nephew Marlin and wife Londa Meredith, Cicero; and several other nieces and nephews also survive.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley L. Shewman, and brother-in-law Vernon “Mumps” Meredith.

          Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David Hendry officiating.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Burial will be in Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 800 Roosevelt Road Building C, Suite 206, Glen Ellyn IL 60137 or the Akron Church of the Brethren.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Connie Sue Sutton

May 12, 1953 - May 14, 2015

          Connie Sue SUTTON left this life the evening of Thursday, May 14, 2015, in San Antonio, at the age of 62.

          Connie was born to Virgil and Erma Rock Sutton on May 12, 1953, in Rochester. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1971 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in health and human services from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She was most recently completing her master’s in professional counseling at Grand Canyon University and was passionate about her volunteer work for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She worked as a social worker for many years at her home in Tucson, Ariz., and recently relocated to San Antonio. Connie was also an avid blood donor and enjoyed reading, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

          Connie is lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Kimberly Nichols and husband Mel, of San Antonio, and Candy Rogers and husband Michael, of Tempe, Ariz.; her son, Justin Fraschetti, of Blackfoot, Idaho; eight grandchildren, James Garrett Bingle, Andrew and Benjamin Rogers, Jakob Bingle, Sarah Rose and Zachary Nichols, and Chelsey and Haley Fraschetti; her father, Virgil Sutton, of Rochester; three brothers, Bob (Kathy) Sutton, Roy (Martha) Sutton, of Rochester, and Ron (Cindy) Sutton, of Hartford, Ala.; and two sisters, Karen (Doug) Gladden, of Seneca, Ill., and Kristie (Alan) Amos, of Rushville; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

          Preceding Connie in death was her mother, Erma Sutton.

          A memorial service is being planned for a later date in both Rochester and Tucson, Ariz.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Connie Sue Sutton’s name to the southern Arizona chapter of NAMI.

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 

Craig “Sam” Foster

Nov. 26, 1953 - Jan. 9, 2015

          Mr. Craig “Sam” FOSTER, 61, of Rochester, passed away at 7:28 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          On Nov. 26, 1953, Sam was born in Indianapolis to Milton and Betty Jane Bruce Foster. Growing up he shared his childhood with three brothers, Steven, Bruce and David. As a U.S. Army veteran, Sam served during the Vietnam Era.

          Sam and Selene Hostetler were married on Sept. 30, 1979. Their union produced a son and daughter. Another generation of nine grandchildren have been added to the family tree.

          As a professional truck driver, Sam enjoyed mingling with people over breakfast and a cup of coffee. Until his health declined, he worked for Certified Farm Services of Kewanna.

          Sam will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Melissa Foster; and his son, Nicholas Foster and wife Jeanne, all of Plymouth; nine grandchildren, Kaitlin Moore, Angel Moore, Michael Moore, Ethan Moore, Brooklyn, Jasmine, Braedyn, Kezie and Kameron Foster; his brother, Steven Foster and wife Barb, of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          Preceding Sam in death are his parents and two brothers, Bruce Foster and David Foster.

          A celebration of the life of Craig “Sam” Foster is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Juanita M. King

          Juanita M. KING, 85, Rochester, died Tuesday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

Juanita M. King

Jan. 18, 1930 - May 19, 2015

          Juanita M. KING, 85, Rochester, passed away peacefully at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, into God’s glorious presence.

          She was born on Jan. 18, 1930, in Rochester, the daughter of Bryce and Arlene (Morris) Thompson. Juanita married Edward King on Nov. 3, 1950, in Rochester, which was witnessed by Devon Ogle and Barb Smiley. He survives.

          In 1948, Juanita graduated from Warren Beauty College and worked as a beautician. She then worked at Torin Corp. for many years until retiring in 1986. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Rochester. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers, baking, taking walks, reading, making afghans and quilts. She was an avid I.U. basketball fan, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

          Survivors include her husband, Ed King, Rochester; children Susan and husband Rick Hart, Mentone, Doug and wife Vickie King, New Carlisle, John and wife Jackie King, Florida, and Scott and wife Amy King, Rochester; son-in-law Mike Thompson, Rochester; grandchildren Penny (Ringle) and husband Jason Sharp, Ohio, Gretchen (Hart) and Johnny Wadkins, Bourbon, Jordan, Jeremey, Jason, Jaimee, Jennifer and Janna King, all of Florida, Nicole, Lana, Davis and Regan King, all of Rochester; granddaughter- in-law Shannon Hart, Kingman; stepgrandson Greg Miller, South Bend; great-grandchildren Zachary Sharp and Samantha Sharp, Ohio, Aubrey and Aidana Hart, Kingman, Braeden, Grant, Sadie, Addy and Oakley Wadkins, all of Bourbon; great-great-grandson Michael Sharp, Ohio; sisters Roberta Evans, Rochester, Mary Jo Goss, Columbia City, Carlene Snipes, Rochester; brother Robert “Bob” and wife Janice Thompson, Osceola; stepsister Betty Jo Ray; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Jo Ellen Thompson, grandson Aaron Hart, great-grandson Caleb Hart, stepsisters Mary Grund and Dorothy Richards and stepbrother John Vernon.

          Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Mickey D. Eaton

Dec. 1, 1930 - May 19, 2015

          Mickey D. EATON, 84, of Warsaw, formerly of Mentone, died 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his residence.

          He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, to Devon and Lena (Mollenhour) Eaton.

          He married the girl of his dreams, Patricia Ballenger, on June 13, 1951, in Denver, Colo., and she survives Mickey was employed by Dean Foods Co. for more than 37 years, which took his family to four different states. He spent the last 23 years in Rockford, Ill., as a project engineer.

          He was a 1948 graduate of Talma High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955, spending time in Germany and honorably discharged as staff sergeant. He attended the Pleasant View Bible Church in Warsaw and previously attended the Riverview Community Church. In his retirement, he enjoyed restoring old farm tractors on their farm near Mentone. He belonged to the Echoes of the Past Antique Tractor Club.

          Survivors include his wife, Patricia Eaton, Warsaw; son Kevin and wife Debra Eaton, Texas; three grandchildren, Joshua, Tricia and Jeramy; brother Jerry and wife Barbara Eaton, Rochester; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry and Diana Nellans, Fort Myers, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

          Preceded in death by his parents, sister Carol Crawford and son Kim Eaton on Dec. 27, 2006.

          His funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating.

          Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery.

          Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverview Community Church Roof Fund. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


 

Friday, May 22, 2015

 

Phyllis A. Zehner

          Phyllis A. ZEHNER, 87, Goddard, Kansas, formerly of Rochester, died Friday, May

8, 2015, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita, Kan.

          Survivors include her children, Carole Seese, Madison, Wis., Mary Stockemer, Colwich, Kan., Ruth Mulholland, Littleton, Colo., Paula Weintraut, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Bonnie Minney, of Littleton, Colo., and Vance Zehner of Verona, Wis.

          Her memorial service is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Medicalodges, Goddard, Kan.

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

 

Phyllis Anne Zehner

May 5, 1928 – May 8, 2015

          Phyllis Anne ZEHNER, 87, passed away peacefully Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita, Kan.

          Phyllis was born May 5, 1928, in Rochester, to H. Dean and D. Mearle Newcomb. She lived in Goddard, Kan., near her second born daughter, Mary, and her family. Phyllis was a loving and giving mother and grandmother. She loved the Lord with all her heart and had a wonderful, kind and gentle spirit.

          Phyllis graduated from Rochester High School in 1946. She was active in Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Rebecca Lodge. Her talented artistic ability was expanded by attending Vogue Beauty College, South Bend, and eventually owning her own shop, the Village Beauty Salon, Culver.

          She is survived by six of her seven children, Carole (Terry) Seese, Madison, Wis., Mary (Dan) Stockemer, Colwich, Kan., Ruth Mulholland, Littleton, Colo., Paula Weintraut, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Bonnie Minney, of Littleton, Colo., and Vance (Tracy) Zehner, of Verona, Wis.; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one nephew, Philip (Becky) Newcomb.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert, oldest son David and her ex-husband, Oscar.

          Her memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Medicalodges, Goddard, Kan. She will be placed next to her parents in Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery this summer.

          Memories and condolences may be made to the family at phyllis-anne-zehner. forevermissed.com.

 


 

Carolyn Thompson

          Carolyn THOMPSON, 80, Logansport, formerly of Akron, died Friday at Chase Center, Logansport.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Monday, May 25, 2015

 

No Obituaries – Holiday

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

Ruth A. Bowersox

Dec. 12, 1934 – May 24, 2015

          Ruth A. BOWERSOX, 80, Rochester, and a longtime Leiters Ford resident, passed away at 7:57 p.m. Sunday May 24, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          She was born on Dec. 12, 1934, in Fulton County, the daughter of James and Goldia (Garland) Calhoun. In 1952, at the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, she married John R. Bowersox, and he survives.

          Mrs. Bowersox retired from Hart, Schaffner and Marx after 15 years of service. She previously worked at Leiters Ford School in the cafeteria.\

          Survivors include her husband, John R. Bowersox, Rochester; son Dale Robert and wife Margaret Bowersox, Culver; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister Carol Kelsey, Monterey.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Doris Ann Cool; son Dean John Bowersox; brothers James W. Calhoun and Jack A. Calhoun; and sisters Clara Large, Susie Reinhold and Linda Baker.

          There will be no service at this time.

          Burial will be at a later date at Leiters Ford Cemetery.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Marguerite Effie Click

Sept. 25, 1924 – May 22, 2015

          Marguerite Effie CLICK, 90, a resident of Blair Ridge, Peru, and formerly of Denver, passed away at 6:44 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

          Born Sept. 25, 1924, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Walter and Mabel Woodcox Ball. On Dec. 29, 1942, in Bruce Lake, she was married to Robert G. Click, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 2001.

          She was a member of the Denver Baptist Church and worked for many years at Hart, Shaffner and Marx, Rochester. Marguerite loved fishing, cooking, spending time with her family and filling her life with laughter and enjoyment.\

          She is survived by two daughters, Janice Miriam Murphy and husband Dick, Denver, and Linda Kay Loveless and husband Gary, Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Tauscha Snyder, Gaston, Jennifer Spears, Carthage, N.Y., Amanda Thomas, Indianapolis, Tony Murphy, Denver, Michelle Murphy, Denver, Lisa Loveless, Seattle, and Brandon Loveless, Yorktown; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Leona Skinner, Elkhart, and Colleen Miller, Plainfield.

          In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Walter Ball Jr., and one sister, Lucille J. Cliffton.

          Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Denver Baptist Church, with Pastor Tim Earle officiating.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today, May 26, 2015, in the Denver Baptist Church sanctuary.

          Burial will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Baptist Church.

          Condolences may be made online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Beth Ann Hults

June 17, 1964 – May 23, 2015

          Beth Ann HULTS, 50, of Valley Park, Mo., passed away peacefully Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Big Bend Wood Health Care, Valley Park, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

          Born June 17, 1964, in Fort Wayne, a little baby girl found her home with Jerry and Shirley “Champ” Hults.

          Beth was known for her friendliness, quick smile, fun-loving personality and her great love for her cats, Toots, Moose and Gracie.

          Survivors include her mother, Shirley Hults, Carmel; brother Michael (Carolyn) Hults; two nephews, Connor and Tyler Hults, all of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; special friends Doris Strong and Lonnie (Cheryl) Dannenburg; many wonderful cousins, including Amy, Matthew and Dianne; and a special uncle, Gary (Jane) Champ, of Fletchers Lake.

          Beth was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Hults.\   

          A celebration of Beth’s life will be noon Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Dr. Horace Smith officiating.

          A gathering of family and friends will be conducted at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service. Please feel free to come visit with the family and stay for her celebration of life.

          Burial will be next to her father in the Bethlehem United Methodist Cemetery near Twelve Mile.

          Sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Michael E. McFarland

June 30, 1951 – May 24, 2015

          Rev. Michael E. McFARLAND, 63, of 1230 Madison St., Rochester, passed away and his faith became sight with his loving family at his side at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, after being in failing health since November.

          He was born June 30, 1951, in Rochester, to Eugene and Virginia (Swango) McFarland.

          He was married Sept. 2, 1976, in Rochester, to Susan J. Craig, and she survives.

          He was the Athens United Methodist Church minister for the last four years. Michael worked for Woodlawn Hospital in the emergency room and intensive care unit as well as for Kosciusko Community Hospital and Medstat, Warsaw. He also was a director of nursing at Peabody Retirement, North Manchester, worked in the EMS Department at Woodlawn and at the Bremen Kindred Nursing Home.

          Michael received his associate degree in general studies in 1990. He then attained his associate degree in nursing from Indiana University in 1991 and his bachelor’s degree in 1995. He took the community parish nurse course in Ohio to further his ministry. He was honored as the Outstanding Alumni in 1995 and received the Carle Foundation Award in 2002. He attended the Ozark Bible College, Neosho, Mo. He received his Ordination Certificate on July 30, 2007, from the Northwest Indiana District. He served as pastor of the Logansport and Kingsford Heights Assembly of God churches. He conducted revival meetings in Logansport, Mooresville and Athens. Michael also was the associate pastor at the Rochester Nazarene Church as well as being involved in children’s ministry. He was looking forward to having his next revival, Stepping Back in Time, tent meeting June 11-14. In previous years, he served as a city councilman in Rochester. He was a man of God who never knew a stranger and always put others before himself. He enjoyed family time, reading and eating at restaurants.

          Survivors include his wife, Sue McFarland, Rochester; daughters Melissa and husband Brian Weitzel and Rebecca and husband Brian Sweany, all of Rochester; sons Michael and wife Tamara McFarland, Rochester, and Matthew and wife Samantha McFarland, Lafayette; father Eugene McFarland, Rochester; mother-in-law Lorna Craig, Rochester; aunt Evelyn McFarland, Rochester; nine grandchildren, Clifford Vanata, Bronson and wife Dasha Vanata, Margaret and husband Andrew Rock, Madison Sweany and fiance Kyle Nelson, Joselin Sweany, Bryce Weitzel, Reese Weitzel, Nathinel Beck and Emma Beck; great-grandchildren Willow and Weston Vanata; brother Tim and wife Sue McFarland, Rochester; brother-in-law Jim and wife Judy Brazo, Warsaw; nieces and nephews Julia Gibbons, Laura Smiley, Tim Shepherd, Kim Hunt and Heather Cox; and dog Mollie.

          He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia McFarland, mother-in- law Jo and husband Guy Stayton, father-in-law Raymond Craig and brother-in-law Delmor Shepherd His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, IN 46975. Rev. Don Meyer and Lay Servant Michael Walters will officiate.

          Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Athens United Methodist Church, 230 S. 650 East, Athens.

          Burial will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Athens United Methodist Church teen ministry, Fulton County Animal Shelter or Gideon’s International.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Marcella J. Meredith

Nov. 25, 1930 – May 25, 2015

          Marcella J. MEREDITH, 84, Burket, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          She was born Nov. 25, 1930, in Kosciusko County, to Elmer and Blanche (Miller) Dickey. On Nov. 4, 1950, in Akron, Marcella was married to Vernon C. “Mumps” Meredith, who preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 2008.

          Marcella was a bookkeeper and also a homemaker. She was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School. She attended the Burket United Methodist Church and the Riverview Community Church. She was a member of the Kosciusko County Home Economics Club. She was very active in the Democratic Party in Kosciusko County. In their retirement years, she and her husband operated an antique business. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

          Survivors include her daughter, Melinda and husband Jim Webb, Claypool; son Marlin and wife Londa Meredith, Cicero; four grandchildren, Natasha, Cameron, Colin and Veronica; and a great-grandchild, Rylee.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Blanche Dickey; husband Vernon “Mumps” Meredith, infant son James D. Meredith and sister Carol Ann Shewman on May 17, 2015.

          Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Rev. Charles Gast officiating.

          Visitation is 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Burial will be in Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 800 Roosevelt Road, Building C, Suite 206, Glen Ellyn IL 60137.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Carolyn Thompson

Feb. 14, 1935 – May 22, 2015

          Carolyn THOMPSON, 80, Chase Center, Logansport, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Chase Center.

          She was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Providence, R.I., to Howard L. and Mildred (Randall) Card.

          Carolyn was a nurse’s aide in Rhode Island. She attended the Olive Bethel Church of God, Akron.

          Survivors include her sons, Joseph Thompson, Smithfield, R.I., Eugene Thompson, Macy, and Jake Thompson, Macy; daughters Donna Thompson and Sally Jo Thompson, both of Rhode Island; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Marian Donaldson, Florida, and Leah Quinn; and brother, Robert Card, Rhode Island.

          She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael and Mitchell Thompson, and her sister, Mable Murray.

          Per her wishes, no service will be conducted at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Bethel Church of God, Akron.

          Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

C. Robert Michel

Aug. 7, 1931 – May 21, 2015

          C. Robert MICHEL, 83, North Manchester, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

          He was born Aug. 7, 1931, in South Whitley, to Carl E. and Inez P. (Burch) Michel. On April 16, 1950, he married Joan M. Poer.

          He was a retired farmer and a member of the First Brethren Church, North Manchester.

          He and his wife enjoyed camping, and they spent many winters in Texas. He loved farming. He also enjoyed horseback riding at Salamonie Reservoir, mowing at The Village Hamlet mobile home park and spending time with his family and teasing his grandchildren.

          He is survived by his wife, Joan Michel, North Manchester; two sons, Richard L. (Nan) Michel, North Manchester, and Mark E. (Peggy) Michel, Pierceton; two daughters, Becky S. (Tom) Hendrix, Fort Wayne, and Roberta K. (Edward) Foor, Rochester; sisters M. Lavon Behny and M. Leanne (Jerry) Flinn, both of North Manchester; two stepdaughters, four step-great-grandchildren, 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Gene Behny, and one granddaughter, Amber Michel.

          His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, with Rev. Kurt Stout officiating.

          Family and friends may visit from 2-8 p.m. today, May 26, 2015, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, and one hour prior to the service at First Brethren Church.

          Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814 or First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, IN 46962. Online condolences may be emailed at delaughtermckee.com.

 

Evelyn M. Noell

          Evelyn M. NOELL, 90, formerly of Rochester, died Friday.

          Survivors include her daughter, Leslie Noell, Frankfort; sons Mark Noell, Danville, Matthew Noell, Lexington, and Timothy Noell, Lexington; and brother Kenneth Reddick, Marshall, Mich.

          Her funeral service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Milward-Southland Drive, Lexington, Ky., with visitation from 11 a.m. to time of service.

 

George D. Hendrickson

          George D. HENDRICKSON, 86, Grass Creek, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 

Edgel Rabon ‘Ray’ Ousley

Oct. 27, 1939 - May 25, 2015

          Edgel Rabon “Ray” OUSLEY, 75, of Mentone, passed away at 11:27 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis.

          On Oct. 27, 1939, he was born in Risner, Ky., to James and Nancy (Pitts) Ousley. He was united in marriage to Sandra K. Palmer on May 21, 1990, in Sevierville, Tenn., and she survives.

          Edgel proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1958-1960. He retired from Zimmer in 1995, after serving 21 years as an inspector.

          He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sandra Ousley, Mentone; two daughters, Nancy (and spouse Jeff) Gordon, Rochester, and Tammy (and spouse Sean) O’Connor, Mentone; one son, Tony (and spouse Nikki) Palmer, Warsaw; nine grandchildren, Brittany (and spouse Kyle) Marocco, Warsaw, Emily Gordon and fiance Kyle Dell, Rochester, Zachary Gordon, Rochester, Ryan Baldwin, Warsaw, Chelsea Baldwin, Mentone, Paige (and spouse Dustin) Scharf, Warsaw, Tabi Baldwin, Mentone, Danyelle Palmer, Winona Lake, and Tyler Palmer, Etna Green; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Marocco, Hayleigh Baldwin and Emily Baldwin; one brother, Gardis (and spouse Maudie) Ousley, Prestonsburg, Ky.; and one sister, Evie Thornsbury, Martin, Ky.

          Edgel was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and four brothers, Adam Ousley, Vernon Ousley, Claude Ousley and James “Elva” Ousley.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Rev. Sam Carns officiating.

          Visitation hours will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, in the funeral chapel.

          Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, with military honors by the American Legion Post No. 49 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1126, Warsaw.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.

          To sign the guest book or send online condolences, visit mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

George D. Hendrickson

Jan. 28, 1929 - May 25, 2015

          George D. HENDRICKSON, 86, of Grass Creek, passed away at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born Jan. 28, 1929, in South Bend, he was the son of the late Florance and Frances (Elliott) Hendrickson. On June 29, 1963, he married Marge N. Lloyd, and she survives.

          He was a 1947 Grass Creek High School graduate and a 1951 Indiana University graduate.

          He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.

          George retired in 1977 from National City Bank, Logansport, as a banker. He also was formerly a bank examiner at FDIC. George was a woodcutter and carpenter, who made and sold music instrument cases.

          He was a 50-year member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge No. 79, Scottish Rite, Shrine Club, Grass Creek Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1121, Kewanna. George was also a longtime treasurer and board member of the Grass Creek Cemetery. He enjoyed woodworking, cemetery preservation, telling stories and helping anybody in need.

          Survivors include his wife, Marge Hendrickson, of Grass Creek; son Staff Sgt. Charles D. Hendrickson (Anna), of Fort Belvoir, Va.; daughter Margaret E. Martin (Michael), of Zionsville; grandchildren Marisa Hendrickson, Joshua Martin and Andrew Martin; and step-grandchildren Bradley Dickison, Joshua Dickison, Michael Martin and Tiffany Colsten. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

          He was also preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Wineland.

          A celebration of George’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor David Sommers officiating.

          Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today, May 27, 2015, at the funeral home where there will also be a Masonic service at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

          Burial, with military rites, will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity in his memory.

          Sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Hendrickson family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

 

Sarah Jane Crimmins

Jan. 28, 1933 - May 26, 2015

          Sarah Jane CRIMMINS, 82, of Lucerne, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

          Born Jan. 28, 1933, in Harrison Township, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Esta (Mellinger) Herd. On Aug. 19, 1951, at the Indian Creek Christian Church, she married Richard Crimmins, who survives.

          Sarah Jane was a farmer’s wife. She was a 1951 graduate of Lucerne High School. She served as a 4-H leader since 1951. Sarah Jane was a former president of the Pioneer School Board where she served for 12 years. She was an Indiana State Fair board member for four years, served two terms on the Cass County Council, was a county women’s leader of Cass County Farm Bureau and district treasurer of Farm Bureau. Sarah Jane was very active in the Cass County Republican Party and a lifetime member of Indian Creek Christian Church.

          Surviving along with her husband, Richard, are her two daughters, Susie (Tom) Runkle, Fulton, and Jane (Michael) Jordan, Johnson Creek, Wis.; two sons, Herd (Loisann) Crimmins, Lucerne, and Gilbert (Mindy) Crimmins, Remington; 11 grandchildren, Kem Crimmins, Bronx, N.Y., Kitten (Trey) McClain, Evansville, Krystal (Chris) Howard, Logansport, Jeff (Donna) Runkle, Rochester, Greg (Laura) Runkle, Macy, Amy (Corey) Calvert, Rochester, Rebecca J. (Ted) Mueller, Watertown, Wis., Nicole L. (Andy) Wagner, Lisbon, Wis., Adam Crimmins, Lucerne, Austin (Kassidy) Crimmins, Mishawaka, and Brandon (Lisa) Crimmins, Indianapolis; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including two special nephews, David and Darrell Herd.

          She was preceded in death by one sister, Esther Kliene; two brothers, Elmer and Paul Herd; two grandchildren, Andy and Noel Crimmins; and one great-grandchild, Addison Jay McClain.

          A celebration of Sarah Jane’s life will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the Indian Creek Christian Church, Harrison Township of Cass County, with Jeff Strite officiating.

          Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, and one hour prior to the service in the church.

          Burial will follow in the Indian Creek Christian Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Cass County 4-H Association.

          You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Phillip J. Rentschler

          Phillip J. RENTSCHLER, 77, Macy, died Wednesday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

 

Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Phillip J. Rentschler

June 13, 1937 - May 27, 2015

          Phillip J. RENTSCHLER, 77, Macy, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at his residence.

          He was born June 13, 1937, in Fulton County, the son of Elgy V. and Mervine C. (Hubert) Rentschler. On Dec. 23, 1956, in Fulton, he married Margaret Ann Alber. She preceded him in death on June 30, 1994. On Feb. 14, 1997, at Fletcher’s Lake United Methodist Church, he married Marilyn Joyce (Fry) Giesler, and she survives.

          Phil was a 1955 graduate of Fulton High School and a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge. He worked as a farmer and loved woodworking full time. He enjoyed visiting with anyone who stopped by his wood shop, and he always treasured the time spent with his family.

          Survivors include his wife, Joyce Rentschler, Macy; daughters Cynthia and husband Greg Pownell, Logansport, Karen and husband Barry Capper, Plymouth; stepchildren Michael and wife Cindy Helvie, Marion, and Marilyn and husband Howard Shepard, Ohio; grandchildren Cameron Capper and fiancee Kayla, Ann Arbor, Mich., Blake Pownell, Logansport, and Bailey Capper, Cincinnati; stepgrandchildren Jonathon, Debra and Zachary Shepard, Ohio, Eric and wife Megan Helvie, New York, and Melody and husband Jared Rensberger, Pasadena, Calif.; brothers Jim and wife Doneta Rentschler, Lucerne, Ned and wife Juanita Rentschler, Rochester, and Dave and wife Nancy Rentschler, Paris, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          His funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. Dave Summers officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, and one hour prior to service at the funeral home in Fulton. A Masonic service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Masonic Lodge. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Dakota James ‘Cody’ Nilson

March 20, 1998 - May 26, 2015

          Dakota James “Cody” NILSON, 17, of Fulton, passed away at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

          He was born March 20, 1998, in Logansport, the son of Doug J.O. Nilson and Rebecca Minniear.

          Cody had just finished his junior year at Caston High School. He enjoyed playing video games, riding dirt bikes and playing hacky sack with his friends.

          Survivors include his father, Doug Nilson (Kim Brown), of Fulton; mother Rebecca Minniear (Camron Vawter), of Kewanna; grandparents Richard and Lois Nilson, of Twelve Mile, and Brenda Benedict, of Logansport; brothers Cole A. Nilson, of Fulton, Cane J. Nilson, of Fulton, and Clyde A.L. Wilson, of Star City. Cody is also survived by several aunts, uncles and many cousins.

          He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Terry “Jake” Benedict, and uncles Tracy Nilson and Terry Benedict Jr.

          His funeral service is 11 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2015, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Twelve Mile, with Pastor Adam Speicher officiating.

          Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Marocco-Rans Funeral Chapel, Logansport, and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

          Please sign Cody’s online guest book or leave a condolence for the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

 

Daniel Joseph Miller Sr.

July 4, 1957 - May 28, 2015

          Mr. Daniel Joseph MILLER Sr., 57, of Rochester, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at his residence.

          On July 4, 1957, a firecracker, Dan, was born in Rochester, a treasured son of Arden and Gloria Alspach Miller. Growing up, he shared his childhood with three sisters and a brother. He was a member of the Rochester High School Class of 1975.

          Patriotism beckoned, and Dan answered the call, joining the U.S. Navy in 1974. He was a submariner and was honorably discharged in 1977. Dan continued his love for our country by being active in the Fulton County Honor Guard. Other memberships include the LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36, the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1343, Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Rochester, and ABATE.

          As a tool and die machinist, Dan worked for Lobdell-Emery Manufacturing, Argos. At home, he was a master woodworker, creating custom gifts, fabricating nearly anything imaginable for family and special friends. A huge fan of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Dan collected memorabilia and was the proud owner of a 2015 Ultra-Glide Trike, electric blue with hot pearl accents. Relaxing while catching the warm summer breezes, Dan enjoyed adventures on his motorcycle. His two favorite destinations were attending Bean Blossom annually, and in August he would head down to Indianapolis for the NHRA drag races.

          An accomplished bowler, Dan once enjoyed a perfect 300 game at Quick’s Lanes. On summer evenings he stopped to dine at Dick’s Drive-In, enjoying an extra hot tostada with a side of chips with customized “Dan hot sauce.”

          Left to cherish Dan’s memory are a son, Dan Cook, of Rochester; his mother, Gloria Knox, of Rochester; three sisters, Brenda Popovich and husband Mike, of Springfield, Mo.; Angel Skidmore and husband Travis, of Rochester, and Pamela Daulton and husband Dave, of Rochester; several nieces and nephews; and the many friends he made along life’s journey.

          Preceding Dan in death are his father and his brother, Thomas J. Miller Sr.

          A celebration of the life of Daniel J. Miller Sr. will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Rod Utter officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

          Interment will be in the Reichter Cemetery.

          His final salute and military rites will be conducted by his friends, the Fulton County Honor Guard, the U.S. Navy Military Rites Team and the Patriot Guard.

          Memorials may be made to the Fulton County DAV Fund, c/o Fulton County auditor, 125 E. Ninth St., Rochester, IN 46975.

          Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Melvin Lee Springer

Jan. 20, 1964 - May 25, 2015

          Melvin Lee SPRINGER, 51, of Kokomo, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Lee was born in Kokomo on Jan. 20, 1964, to the late Melvin L. and Joan (McGibbon) Springer. He was employed at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester as a human resource specialist and Howard Community Regional Hospital in Kokomo. Lee enjoyed spending poolside with his friends.

          Lee is survived by his spouse, Neal Bowers-Springer, of Kokomo; siblings Kennard Springer, of Bringhurst, Fred (Joyce) Springer, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lachita (Darrell) Minix, of Kokomo; mother-in-law Sherian Pearson; sisters-in-law Barbara Garringer, Jackie Tate and Alice Hollstein; brothers-in-law Craig Bowers, Gary Bowers, Warren Pearson and Danny Pearson; several nieces and nephews; many very special friends; and his beloved dogs, Chauncey and Daphni.

          His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Ellers Mortuary, 3400 S. Webster St, Kokomo.

          Family and friends may call from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in Galveston Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Melvin Lee Springer.

          You may read Lee’s obituary online at www.ellersmortuary.com where you can sign the guest book, or share a personal message with the family.

 

Lois Hunter

          Lois HUNTER, 85, formerly of Mentone, died Thursday at Wedgewood Estates, Mansfield, Ohio.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Sharon L. Oliphant

          Sharon L. OLIPHANT, 68, Tippecanoe, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Cedar City, Utah.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Melvin R. Myers Jr.

          Melvin R. MYERS Jr., 84, died Nov. 30, 2014, in Lake Placid, Fla.

          His memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.