Rochester Sentinel

 

2016

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

 

Lloyd Hatfield

Lloyd W. Hatfield, 71, Rochester, died Friday at his home.

Survivors include daughter Tina Fernandez, Plymouth; four sons, Bill Hatfield and John Hatfield, both of Plymouth, Rick Hatfield and Ed Hatfield, both of Bremen; four brothers, Butch Hatfield, Elkhart, Rich Hatfield, Fort Wayne, Dale Hatfield and Gary Hatfield.

Visitation is from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. The family will have a private funeral service.

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

 

LaBerta Marie Patch LaTurner

April 10, 1918 – Jan. 2, 2016

LaBerta Marie Patch LaTurner, 97, Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver, formerly of Argos, passed away at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Culver.

She was born on April 10, 1918, in Sand Creek, Mont., the daughter of Lee Hall and Olive (Simons) Thornburg. She attended Lone Pine School in that area and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1936. She then graduated from Kennedy Deaconess Hospital in Havre, Mont., and worked there as a registered nurse.

LaBerta married Stanley Lynd Patch on Dec. 24, 1940, in Sand Creek, Mont. They later moved to Culbertson, Mont., where their children attended school. LaBerta worked at the new twelve bed hospital in Culbertson.

In 1957, the family moved to Nyona Lake, where she worked for Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester for 26 years before retiring in April 1983. Her husband Stanley Patch preceded her in death on June 8, 1966. On Nov. 9, 1979, she married Francis Eugene LaTurner of Argos, where they made their home. Francis preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1996.

LaBerta was a member of Parkside Community Church (Argos Bible Church) Argos, and enjoyed painting, writing poetry, quilting, reading, making rice bags and pillows.

Survivors include her children, Janie and husband Jim Mechling, Argos, Diana Patch, Holland, Mich., Keith and wife Jane Patch, Osteen, Fla.; stepchildren Robert and wife Mary LaTurner, Normal, Ill., Karen Alison, Kokomo; son-in-law John Fry, Rochester; grandchildren Glenda Mechling-Smith and husband Bill, Argos, Michael and wife Delane Mechling, Lafayette, Colo., Jeff Patch, Calif., Brian Patch and companion Melissa, California, Lori Fry and companion Rodney Young, Rochester, Lisa Fry, Richman Hills, Ga., Brady Patch, Holland, Mich., Sueann VanDerMyden and husband Rick, Elk Grove, Calif.; great-grandchildren Kelton Fry, Courtney Fry, Kiah Fry, Krista Fry, all of Rochester, James Mechling Smith, Argos, Tristan Patch, Holland, Mich., Brianna Mechling and Alexa Mechling, Lafayette, Colo., Courtney VanDerMyden and Tori VanDerMyden, Elk Grove, Calif.; great-great-grandchildren, Iro Fry and Raylee Fry, both of Rochester; and seven step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; daughter Marilyn Fry in 2014; and eight brothers and sisters.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Parkside Community Church, 210 S. Maple St., Argos. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Dennis Nesbitt

Dennis Nesbitt, 66, Rochester, passed away on Jan. 2, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Jerry Lynn Tolson

Jerry Lynn Tolson, 67, Argos, died at 12:45 a.m. CST, Jan. 1, 2016, at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago.

Survivors include his wife Linda Tolson, Argos; sons Jeffrey Tolson, Argos, and Benjamin Tolson, Argos; sisters Helen Mullins, Knox, Anna Marie Rudd, Michigan City; brothers James Tolson, North Judson, Raymond Tolson, Knox, Hager Tolson, Knox, Danny Tolson, Florida, and Michael Tolson, Knox.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos. There will be an additional time to share with the family from 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 6, 2016, at the church. His funeral service is at noon on Jan. 6, 2016, at the church Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Frances “Joan” Freed

Oct. 11, 1923 – Jan. 1, 2016

Frances “Joan” Freed, 92, a lifetime Marshall County resident, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in the Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth.

The daughter of Russell L. and Lucy M. (Coplen) Good, Joan was born in Argos on Oct. 11, 1923. She was a member of the Argos graduating class of 1941.

Joan married Ray A. Freed on Oct. 21, 1945. Ray preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1989. To this union two children were born, Stephen and Beverly.

Joan had worked as the receptionist for Dr. Peterson, Dr. Guild and Dr. Vore for 23 years, retiring in 1986.

She was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Plymouth, where she sang in the choir, was a member of the Mary Martha Circle, and helped many times with the bake sales and cookie walks. She was a member of the Golden Girls, a group of women friends, and an active volunteer at the Marshall County Historical Museum. Among her hobbies, Joan was making items from plastic canvas for her church bazaars.

A special thank you to the staff that helped care for Joan, and friends that Joan made at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home.

Joan is survived by her son, Stephen and Velma Freed, Plymouth; granddaughters, Angie Comer, Christina (Johnathan) Bednarski, Samantha Freed and Lindsy (Randy) Nichols; five great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Eloise Good, Mentone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Beverly (Jim) Comer, brother Wendell D. Good, and sister Carmen (Herman) Alderfer.

Friends may visit with Joan’s family from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2016, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services will immediately follow at noon with Rev. Eric Ahlemeyer of Calvary Lutheran Church officiating.

Entombment will take place in the New Oakhill Mausoleum, Plymouth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall County Historical Museum, 123 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family at www.johnson–danielson. com.

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

 

Dorothy J. Butt

Dorothy J. Butt, 85, Peru, died Saturday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth Butt, Peru; children Teresa Blue, Fifield, Wisc., Christine Meador, Indianapolis, Julia McGinnis, Monticello, Ky., Steven Butt, Mesa, Ariz.; sisters Doris Beck, Peru, and Frances Gochenour, Peru.

Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Dennis R. Nesbit

Dennis R. Nesbit, 66, Rochester died Saturday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his father, Harold Nesbit, Branson, Mo.; children Kristien Ball, Clarkston, Wash., Mike Ward, Rochester, Richard Nesbit, Seattle, Wash., Jerrod Dauenhauer, Tennessee; sister Linda Schmitt, Rochester; and brothers Mike Nesbit, Rochester, and Jeff Nesbit, Fort Ogden, Fla.

His funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

 

Dennis Nesbit

June 28, 1949 - Jan. 2, 2016

Mr. Dennis Richard Nesbit, 66, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. On June 28, 1949, Dennis was born in Kokomo to Harold and Mildred Jameson Nesbit. Growing up in Howard County, he shared his childhood with a sister and two brothers. Dennis and his family made many memories skiing, fishing and boating across the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou.

Patriotism beckoned in 1968, with great pride Dennis answered the call serving our country during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1974.

He was a member of the Manitou VFW Post # 1343, the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post # 36, Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Manitou Moose Family Center.

On March 31, 1998, Dennis married Laura Brantley Nesbit in Columbus. Together they shared nearly seven years of life’s adventures till her passing in 2005.

Gifted with his hands, Dennis enjoyed working residential construction for his brother Mike. He was accomplished with aspects of plumbing, especially sweating copper.

An American sportsman, Dennis loved to fish the waters of Lakes Manitou and Nyona. Armed with his casting rod and tackle box he looked forward

to catching the limit of blue gill and bass. He also enjoyed hunting squirrel, rabbit and deer.

Dennis is lovingly remembered by his dear friend, Carmi Bickham, Rochester; father Harold Nesbit, Branson, Mo.; a daughter, Kristien Ball, Clarkston, Wash.; three sons, Mike Ward, Rochester, Richard Nesbit, Seattle, Jerrod Dauenhauer, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Kyle Dauenhauer, Jordan Ball, Susan Ball, Alexandria Kostelnic; a sister, Linda Schmitt, Rochester; two brothers, Mike Nesbit and wife Julia, Rochester, Jeff Nesbit, Fort Ogden, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Dennis in death are his dear mother Mildred on Jan. 18, 2009; beloved wife Laura in 2005; and grandparents.

A celebration of the life of Dennis Richard Nesbit will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Harry Migonis officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Marine Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County DAV Van Fund through the Fulton County Auditor’s Office, 125 W. 9th St. Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

 

No obituaries

 

Friday, January 8, 2016

 

No obituaries

 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

 

Jackie S. Cumberland

May 11, 1962 – Jan. 7, 2016

Jackie S. Cumberland, 53, Akron, died at 12:40 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, after being in failing health for a year. She was born on May 11, 1962, in Warsaw, to Ronald E. and Dixie S. (Krebs) Secrist. On Nov. 9, 1980, at the Mentone United Methodist Church, she married Greg A. Cumberland. He survives.

She had worked at Tippecanoe Valley Schools for 21 years. She enjoyed being a SWOOP Reading instructor for the last nine years at Akron Elementary School.

She was a 1980 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School where she swam and was a Vikette. She was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church. Jackie enjoyed going with her husband to Tin Caps games, baking cakes, shopping, especially on black Friday, as well as spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Greg Cumberland, Akron; mother Dixie Secrist, Mentone; daughter Heather and husband Doug Corliss, Greenwood; son Derek Cumberland, Fortville; sisters Robin and husband Phil Arnold, Monroe; Penny and husband Mike Smith, Estonia; brother Tim Secrist, Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by father Ronald E. Secrist (2003); and sister Toni Secrist (1968).

Her funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Mentone United Methodist Church, 116 E. Main St., Mentone, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten. Burial is at Akron Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Elementary School SWOOP Reading Program, the Henry Township Fire Department or the Warsaw Cancer Care Center. You may share a memory or online condolences at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Margaret J. Grass

Margaret J. Grass, 92, Goshen, formerly of Fulton County, died Thursday at her home.

She is survived by six children, Rhea Meiring, Monrovia, Teresa Lechlitner, Goshen, Victor Grass, Sun City, Ariz., Eric Grass, Glendale, Ariz., Jane Aldridge, Macon, Ga., and Brenda Russell, Marion, Mont.; a sister, Ruth Kaser, Elkhart and a half sister, Bonnie Bryant, Kendallville.

Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the funeral service.

 

Helen Bowell

Helen Bowell, 91, Plymouth, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

 

Josephine E. Sanders

Nov. 27, 1918 - Jan. 9, 2016

Mrs. Josephine E. Sanders, 97, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

On Nov. 27, 1918, Josephine Eloise Utter was born in Henry Township, a cherished daughter of Harley and Gertrude Johnson Utter. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters and five brothers.

On Oct. 26, 1937, near Bruce Lake Josephine and Ervin Jay Sanders were married. They enjoyed more than 62 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

As the matriarch of the Sanders family, Grandma Jo was proud to oversee four generations. She loved and adored her family. She was known for her culinary skills. In greatest demand were her beef and noodles, a secret family recipe passed down through the years. She enjoyed holidays and special family celebrations, making memories of a lifetime.

Josephine is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Connie Walters and husband Jimmie, Kay Nixon Davis and husband Marvin, all of Rochester; a daughter- in-law, Marge Sanders, Mentone; a son, Marvin Sanders, Ruidoso, N.M.; nine grandchildren, Cindisu Dehne, Michael and Lori Sanders, Chad Walters, Becky and Stan Tressler, Jennifer and Charlie Manns, Kristen Sanders, Kelly Sanders, Tracey and John Bos, and Jay Nixon; ten great-grandchildren, Garrett Sanders, Nathan Sanders, Emily Sanders, Rachel Tressler, Ryan Tressler, Kate Josephine Manns, Lila Manns, Maxwell Bos, Benjamin Bos and Malory Olive Nixon; and special lifelong friends Eugene and Mary Jane Foley and Diana Foley Welker; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Josephine in death are her parents; beloved husband Jay on Feb. 28, 2000; a cherished son Larry Sanders, Jan. 17, 2015; two sisters and five brothers; a daughter-in-law Patsy Sanders in 2008.

“Yoo-Hoo!” Thank you for your love and support and wonderful care during my stay with Hickory Creek.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Josephine Eloise Sanders will be noon Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Teri White officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-noon. Burial will follow in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 801 Jefferson St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the donor’s choice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Phyllis Triplett

Phyllis D. Triplett, 75, Rochester, died Saturday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

She is survived by a daughter, Melissa Fitzpatrick, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; a son, Russell Triplett, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Riverview Community Church, Tippecanoe. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Helen Bowell

Helen Irene Bowell, 91, Plymouth, formerly of Argos, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include daughters Sue Ann Stults, Waterville, Ohio, and Lisa Ann Davis, Argos; son Randy Allen Bowell, Maumee, Ohio.

Her funeral service is noon Saturday at Argos United Methodist Church. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the church. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 

Dorothy M. Bryant

Dorothy M. Bryant, 80, Rochester died Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Charles W. Gross Jr.

Jan. 7, 1940 - Jan. 8, 2016

Charles W. “Sonny” Gross Jr., 76, Warsaw, passed away at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at his family farm in Syracuse. He was born Jan. 7, 1940, in Warsaw, to Charles W. & Wilma G. (Norman) Gross.

He was a lifetime Warsaw and Syracuse area resident and attended Warsaw High School. He was married on Oct. 6, 1962, in Warsaw, to Avis J. Graff, who preceded him on Feb. 17, 2011. On Jan. 20, 2012, in New Paris, he married June E. (May) Weaver, who survives. He was the owner and operator of Gross & Sons Lumber Company for over 50 years and formerly farmed.

He was a member of the Grace Bible Baptist Church in New Paris, Northern Indiana Johnny Poppers (formerly known as Two-Cylinder) Club, and former member of the Gideon’s International in Goshen.

He is survived by his wife, June Gross, Warsaw; six daughters, Dana (Les) Ridgeway, Milford, Amy (Don) Ritter, Milford, Shirley (Joel) Wallenbeck, Syracuse, Leah Gross, Syracuse,Rebekah (Matt) Gilbert, Ligonier, and Joyce (Jeff) Gilbert, Wawaka; two sons, Paul Gross, Syracuse and Michael (Heather) Gross, New Paris; three stepdaughters, Dianna (Mike) Sopher, Gilead, Cris (Dan) Sweeny, Silver Lake, and Shelly Thomas, Warsaw; stepson David Gross, Talma; 21 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; six stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Pete (Ada) Gross, Warsaw, Fred Gross, Stevensville, Mont., and Joe Gross, Syracuse. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, sister Helen Harris and brother Gene Gross.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at the funeral home, with Pastor Mike Gross of Grace Bible Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be given to Grace Bible Baptist Church, 68080 County Road 23, New Paris, IN 46553. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send condolences to the family in Mr. Gross’ memory please visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Berdenia Merle Ball

Aug. 18, 1932 - Jan. 8, 2016

Berdenia Merle Ball, 83, Ligonier, on Jan. 8, 2016, at 1:45 a.m. stepped into Heaven, walking hand in hand with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into everlasting life, welcomed by her loving husband Bob, along with family and friends.

She was born on Aug. 18, 1932, in a little house at the edge of Fulton, to her parents Urbin and Edith (Baird) Jackson and one older sister Charlene.

On June 17, 1951, at the Fulton Evangelical United Brethren Church, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Charlene, who married Gene Williams, she married Walter “Bob”Ball Jr.

They were together two days shy of 60 years of marriage. They raised four children who were blessed to have loving, caring parents.

After graduating from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 as a registered nurse, she worked in surgery, OB and on various medical floors in several hospitals, along with doing private duty nursing, Director of Nursing at Woodlawn Hospital and Strawberry Village Nursing Home. She also taught nursing classes at several nursing homes and worked for home care before retiring from

the nursing field.

Berdenia was a loving and caring mother and will be dearly missed by children Steven (Nadiya) Ball, Fort Wayne, Mary Ann (Leland) Hooley, Ligonier, Phillip (Tina) Ball, Ligonier, and Mary Alice (Bryan) Yoes, Houston; six grandchildren, Jeremiah (Rhoda) Ball, Ligonier, Olivia (Jonathan) Kline, Huntington, Megan (Tyler) Esposito, Houston, Ashley and Elizabeth Yoes, Houston, Ruslan (Shelia) Sadonova Ball, Napa Valley, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Audrey and Colten Kline, Alina and Sasha Sadonova Ball, Juliette Ball and Hallie Joy Esposito.

A funeral in honor of Berdenia will be at the Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. Pastor Troy Diersing will officiate. Burial will take place at Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier. Family and friends will be received on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, from 2-8 p.m. at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, viewing will be at the church from 10-11 a.m. followed by the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the International Rett Syndrome Association or the Ligonier Evangelical Church.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 

Dorothy M. Bryant

July 27, 1935 - Jan. 11, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy M. Bryant, 80, Rochester, passed away at 6:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Life Care Center, Rochester, following a valiant and courageous battle with cancer since February of 2014. Born in Foraker, Ky., on July 27, 1935, Dorothy was a cherished daughter of Chester and Susie Craft Arnett. As one of nine children, she shared her childhood with three sisters and five brothers.

On June 10, 1956, in Perrysburg, Dorothy married the love of her life and best friend, Virgil L. Bryant. They shared 47 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children, Treina, Gary and Todd. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren.

With a strong work ethic, Dorothy was a supervisor at Hart Schaffner & Marx for more than 45 years. She later worked with her family at Bryant Ice Service. More recently, Dorothy assisted her niece Lisa in the kitchen of the Streamliner Family Restaurant.

To relax Dorothy enjoyed visiting her family in Arizona and Florida during the winter months. She took great pride with mowing and manicuring her yard and maintained beautiful flower gardens that enhanced her home’s landscape. As a grandma she adored Ashley, Shelby and Brady and was proud of their many accomplishments.

Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory are a daughter, Treina Bradley and husbandRon, Rochester; two sons, Gary Bryant and wife Chris, Rochester; Todd Bryant and companion Trina Buben, Glendale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Ashley Bradley-Witzberger and wife Jeffri Witzberger, Shelby Bryant, Brady Bryant; three sisters, Helen Horn, Gloria Calhoun and husband Larry, Barbara Swank and husband Jim, all of Rochester; a sister-in-law, Carol Arnett, Argos; four brothers, Hoy Arnett, Lady Lake, Fla., Don Arnett and wife Pat, Memphis, Tenn., Ronnie Arnett and wife Jenelle of West Virginia, Wayne Arnett and companion Doris Lewis, Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Dorothy in death are her parents; beloved husband Virgil on Oct. 13, 2003; and a brother, Tommie Arnett in 1972.

A sunset celebration of the life of Dorothy M. Bryant will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. A private family burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Michael Calhoun Scholarship Fund or the Fulton County Animal Education & Adoption Center fund, both at the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Phyllis D. Triplett

July 6, 1940 - Jan. 9, 2016

Mrs. Phyllis D. Triplett, 75, Rochester, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Hickory Creek, Rochester. In Virginia, Phyllis Delores Pittman was born on July 6, 1940. She was the cherished daughter of Miller and Dallas Duty Pittman. Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother, Bobby.

On June 30, 1961, Phyllis and Jack Triplett were married in Helenwood, Tenn. They shared 54 years of life’s adventures until Jack’s passing on Nov. 26, 2015.

A devoted member of the Riverview Community Church, Phyllis provided musical accompaniment, playing the piano for Sunday services. She was actively involved in many of the church’s causes and was a member of the adult Sunday school class. In addition to her church, she was dedicated to many community philanthropic endeavors. She served as a director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Fulton County. For many years Phyllis played a vital role with the Muscular Dystrophy Association lock-up, playing the roll of judge.

To relax Phyllis looked forward to the challenge of crossword puzzles and word games to keep her mentally sharp. She and Jack enjoyed the adventures of travel. They were quite accomplished, visiting all 50 contiguous states. Paramount in her life were her three grandchildren, who she truly adored. Looking forward to reciprocal visits to Iowa or the grandkids to Indiana, there was nothing more important than getting together and making memories.

Phyllis is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Melissa Fitzpatrick and husband Martin of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; a son, Russell “Rusty” Triplett and wife Laura, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three grandchildren, Sydney, Sammie and Erik Triplett.

Preceding Phyllis in death are her parents; beloved husband Jack; and two brothers, one in infancy and Bobby Pittman.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Phyllis D. Triplett will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at the Riverview Community Church, 3780 Indiana 110, Tippecanoe. Rev. Rod Ruberg will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. She will be laid to eternal rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, southeast of Rochester.

Memorials may be made to the Riverview Church Roofing Fund or R.S.V.P., 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN 46975. Envelopes for both are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

 

No obituaries

 

Friday, January 15, 2016

 

No obituaries

 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

 

Richard A. Wood

Richard A. Wood, 77, Akron, died Friday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Peggy A. Miller

Peggy A. Miller, 65, Rochester, died Friday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 

Peggy A. Miller

June 21, 1950 - Jan. 15, 2016

Peggy A. Miller 65, Rochester, passed away peacefully at 6:49 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her loving family, husband Tom, daughters, Betsy (David), Karen (Shawn), son Andrew (Laura) and niece Amber Basham. She was born on June 21, 1950, in Peru, the daughter of Ralph and Dorthea (Werr) Mull. On Dec. 2, 1972, in Rochester, she married Thomas Miller and he survives.

Mrs. Miller had been a bookkeeper for The City Dray and a homemaker. In her spare time she enjoyed cross stitching, computer games, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Miller, Rochester; children Betsy and husband David Kirk, Brookville, Karen Miller and husband Shawn Slagle, Muncie, Andrew and wife Laura Miller, Rochester; grandchildren Nathan Miller, Hannah Miller, Rachel Ways, all of Rochester; mother Dorthea and husband Dayton Vincent, Lafayette; sister Jennifer and husband David Criswell, Lafayette; brothers Ralph “Rick” Mull and husband Laird Brownlee, Lafayette, Brent and wife Jean Mull, Lafayette; and her mother-in-law, Evelyn Miller, North Manchester. She was preceded in death by her father and sister Barbara Basham.

Memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Donald “Don” Borden

May 15, 1957 - Jan. 16, 2016

Donald “Don” Borden, 58, Rochester, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at his home. Born on May 15, 1957, in Fulton County, Donald Arthur Borden was the cherished son of Charles and Maleta Barkman Borden. During his high school years, Don was among five drummers playing percussion for the band. He also was a lineman for the Zebra football team. In 1975 with great pride Don graduated from Rochester High School.

On Sep. 28, 1996, in Rochester, Don married the love of his life and best friend Patricia “Pat” White Borden. Together they enjoyed nearly nine years of life’s adventures.

For many years Don worked at Lobdell-Emery in Argos. Currently he was employed by Wilson Fertilizer & Grain of Rochester. His memberships include the National Rifle Association, Eagles Lodge # 852, Manitou V.F.W. Post # 1343, Leroy Shelton American Legion Post # 36, Sons of the American Legion.

An avid American sportsman, Don enjoyed hunting deer and rabbit. He also fished the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou, catching the limit of bluegill on many summer days. Late spring would bring on the planting of the flower gardens around the home and enhancing thelandscape. Don and Pat collaborated on many woodworking projects, creating gifts

for family and custom projects for special friends. On Friday night, upon his return home from work, Don would head to the refrigerator and exclaim, “It’s Miller time!”

Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife Pat, at home; two sons, Bryan Borden and Greg Borden, both of Springfield, Ohio; two grandsons, William and Steve Borden, Springfield, Ohio; several, step-grandchildren; and his feline companions Calley the calico and Stripy the tiger cat. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Donald “Don” Borden will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Rev. Junior Bose will officiate. Don’s family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to his service. Preferred memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Heart Association,3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL, 60674, or the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, Rochester. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Marvin Holloway

Marvin Holloway, 83, Rochester, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

William M. Livingston

Jan. 31, 1943 - Jan. 14, 2016 

Mr. William M. Livingston, 72, of Rochester, passed away at 9:38 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Visiting Nurse Hospice of Fort Wayne. On Jan. 31, 1943, in Hackensack, N.J., William Murray Livingston was born. He was a treasured son of William Murray and Trina Radyke Livingston.

Patriotism beckoned and Bill answered the call, serving with the U.S. Air Force from Feb. 28, 1962 through Jan. 27, 1966. Following his service stint, he worked for the C & O Railroad. Later the company became CSX. Bill retired as a conductor after 38 years of dedicated service.

In Rochester, on October 23, 2013, Bill and Carla “Kay” Murphy Small Livingston were married.

Bill was a member of Rochester’s Antioch Baptist Church and U.T.U.

Along with his wife Kay, at home, left to cherish Bill’s memory are ten children: daughter Constance Bunn and grandchildren Christopher Sr., Joshua, Gabrielle and great-grandchildren Christopher Jr., and Austin; daughter Dee Dee and Randal Chilcutt, and grandchildren B.J., Randal Jr., Drew, Jimmy and great-grandchildren Jakob, Devon, Sam and Lola Mae; son Tim and Leslie Pfalzgraf and grandsons Dustin, Garrett and great-grandchildren Daisy Mae, Maverick; daughter Brenda and Phillip Stevens, grandchildren Michael, Carly, Johnny, Wesley and great-grandchildren Brendan, Gabe, Grace, Emma; daughter Tracy and Jeff Bitner, grandchildren Joshua, Nicky, Mariah, Dustin and great-grandchildren

Grace, Madelyn, Tristan, Levi, Emily and Cadence; daughter Trina and Jeremy Rumsey, grandchildren Stefani, Hannah, Noah and a great-grandchild, Gabriel; daughter Sierra and David Modro; son Billy and Stacey Livingston III, grandchildren Jada and William IV; daughter Beth and John Allen and grandchildren Sophia, Lilia, Stella and Julia; daughter Janeen and Anthony Clark and grandson Donny. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and fur babies Prisca, Sadie, Kojack and Kiana.

Preceding Bill in death are his parents; a sister B.J. Teschon; a son Martin; grandchildren Leah Anna, Macara; his second wife Naomi Ruth Livingston; and his fur baby Micah.

A celebration of the life of William Murray Livingston will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru. Military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force Honors Team and the Fulton County Honor Guard. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jerry Richardson

Aug. 17, 1951 - Jan. 8, 2016

LEESBURG – Jerry L. Richardson, 64, passed away surrounded by a loving circle of family and dear friends on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at 10:50 a.m, following admission the previous morning at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

A lifetime resident of the area, Jerry was born Aug. 17, 1951, to William (Bill) and Mary Richardson and spent his early years in Silver Lake. The family then moved to Warsaw where Jerry attended Warsaw Community High School, graduating in 1969. In 1970, Jerry began his career at Hand Industries, where he continued to work until retiring as executive vice president in 2015.

Jerry and his wife Paula began their happy life together in 1997 where they lived on Lake Tippecanoe. On May 12, 2007, they were married on a boat overlooking Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Fla., where they routinely vacationed. Their love of travel took them to many places together as a couple or with friends and family. Jerry was a kind and generous man who made everyone around him feel special. He loved sunshine and lake life, where he was always the captain of every boating adventure. His smile and laugh were infectious to young and old, whether on the golf course with friends or playing trains with his youngest grandson last Christmas.

He was father and friend to his loving sons, Jerry W. Richardson and wife

Sarah, Westfield, and Jonathan L. Richardson and wife Nora Durkin, Chicago, Ill.; proud and loving Poppy to his three beautiful grandchildren, Will, Maddie and Emmett.

Surviving family includes brother Larry Richardson and wife JoAnn, Warsaw; mother-in-law Rosemary Davidson, Leiters Ford, and sister-in-law Laura Davidson and wife Nora Skolnick, Braintree, Vt.

A memorial service for friends and family will be at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 7812 E. Vawter Park Road, Syracuse, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. Reception will follow at Oakwood Resort, 702 E. Lakeview Road, also in Syracuse. Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, 4356 N. Indiana 15, Warsaw, is in charge of arrangements.

To send condolences to the family of Jerry Richardson, please visit www.cremationserviceskc.com. Memorial gifts may be made to the IU Simon Cancer Center for Dr. Hanna’s cancer research. Please make checks payable to IU Foundation and mail to IUF, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, In 46207-7072. Indicate “In memory of Jerry Richardson” on the memo line. You may also make donations online at, cancer.iu.edu/giving, or to Purple Martin Conservation Association at purplemartin. org.

Cancer took Jerry from his loved ones, but cancer never took his courage or love for life. A beautiful man, a beautiful life.

 

Richard A. Wood

Aug. 4, 1938 - Jan. 15, 2016

Richard A. Wood, 77, Akron, died at 5:36 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at his residence.

He was born to Lester A. and Edna M. (Blodgett) Wood on Aug. 4, 1938, in Rochester. On Sept. 2, 1959, in Akron, he married Mary Frances Arthur, who survives.

He was a mechanic at Arthur’s Service and owner at Ray’s Service Station in Akron. A 1956 graduate of Akron High School, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed going to the round table at the restaurant to have coffee and talk about the day’s news. He also was a very dedicated Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Wood, Akron; daughter Joyce Mikesell, Athens, and son Raymond and wife Jill

Wood, Akron; grandchildren, Brianne, Dylan, and Shane; sisters Helen and husband Dick Clark, New Haven, and Mary Alice and husband Frank Roberts, Prescott, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester A. and Edna M. Wood.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St.,Akron, with Pastor Jeff Sumner officiating and military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date at Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Lions Club. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Consuelo Hinke

Consuelo McNabb Hinke, 83, Port Angeles, Wash., died Wednesday, in Lacey, Wash. She was born in Fulton County.

Survivors include her sister, Genevieve Gray, Greenwood.

Connie’s ashes are to be spread at sea by The Neptune Society.

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 

Donald L. Rans

Sept. 18, 1936 - Dec. 28, 2015

Donald Lynn Rans, 79, Laguna Niguel, Calif., passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. A memorial service will be at South Shores Church in Data Point, Calif., on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. Lynn was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Rochester, to Donald Chester Rans and Mary A. (Landis) Rans. He graduated from Indiana University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. On June 21, 1958, he married the former Sally Ann Sharp in Saint Louis, Mo. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University in 1963 and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Indiana University in 1972.

He received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1958, and he was promoted through the officer ranks to become a brigadier general. His last duty assignment was as the Deputy Comptroller for the Air Force at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal, among others. He retired from the Air Force on Sept. 1, 1984.

Following retirement from the military, Lynn became a professor of accounting at California State University, Los Angeles, from 1984 to 1999. During his tenure he taught advanced accounting courses and had served as chairman of the Accounting Department. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Cost Accountants. He had also taught previously at CSU in San Bernardino and Long Beach.

Lynn is survived by his wife, Sally; his son, Kevin Stuart Rans; his daughter, Laura Lynn (Rans) Pope; his brother, Stephen James Rans; and his four grandchildren, Andrew Rans, Christopher Rans, Natalia Pope, and Elayna Pope. Lynn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all, and he will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Those wishing to contribute to a memorial for him may provide tribute donations in his name to the South Shores Church or to the Alzheimers Association at www. alz.org/donate.

 

Susan L. Kirk

April 20, 1957 - Jan. 17, 2016

Susan L. Kirk, 58, Rochester, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on April 20, 1957, in Kokomo, the daughter of Donald Ward and Donna (Jarrette) Polley.

Susan was a 1975 graduate of Rochester High School.

Survivors include her son, Ryan Barnett, Omiya, Japan; daughter Kyla Kirk and Fiance’ Dylan Johnson, Fulton; grandchildren Logan Scott and Harper

Johnson, both of Fulton; mother Donna and husband Robert Rhodes, Rochester; sisters Margot Denger, Carmel, Lee Ann and husband Brett Stinson, Holly Springs, N.C.; and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her father, Ward Polley in 1977.

A private service will be observed. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Marvin W. Holloway

Marvin Wayne Holloway, 83, Rochester, died Monday at his residence.

He is survived by a daughter, Tina McKee, Rochester; three sons, Mark Holloway, Palm City, Fla., Thomas Holloway, Rochester, Christopher Holloway, Rochester; and brother Bernard Holloway, Rochester.

His funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

 

Stephen L. Hartzler

Stephen L. Hartzler, 83, Akron, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital of South

Bend. Funeral arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Marvin W. Holloway

May 28, 1932 - Jan. 18, 2016

Mr. Marvin W. Holloway, 83, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 5:10 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at his residence. On May 28, 1932, Marvin Wayne Holloway was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Elvin “Peck” and Eva Ruth Bechtel Holloway. Growing up as one of nine children he shared his childhood with two sisters and six brothers. With great Zebra pride, Marvin graduated from Rochester High School in 1950.

Patriotism beckoned and Marv answered the call to serve with the U.S. Army, entering on July 17, 1953. During his service stint he was stationed in Korea and Hawaii. He was awarded the national defense service medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon and sharpshooter. He was honorably discharged on July 12, 1955.

Marvin and Mary Ellen Foster were married on May 17, 1952, in Rochester. Together they shared 48 years of life’s adventures. Mary Ellen passed away on June 18, 2000. Their union produced a daughter and three sons. Three more generations have been added to the family tree with 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-greatgrandson. Later, Marvin married June Large, who passed away in 2007.

With a strong work ethic, Marv was a dedicated employee of the Safeway Steel Company for more than four decades. He was a quality control engineer for the Rochester plant. Following its closing he moved to South Carolina, retiring two years later. More recently he worked at Sav-A-Lot from 1998-2008.

Marvin was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Logansport.

To relax Marvin enjoyed all aspects of ceramics. He created gifts for family and special friends, especially Christmas themed figurines, nativities and Christmas trees. Woodworking was another area of expertise. Marv especially enjoyed refinishing wood and making repairs, restoring it to like-new condition.

With great joy, Marvin initiated a family tradition on Christmas eve. He personally took charge of culinary delights for the family snack table. Among his family’s favorites are million dollar fudge, sausage balls and spicy pecans.

Left to cherish Marvin’s memory are a daughter, Tina M. McKee and husband Edgar of Rochester; three sons, Mark S. Holloway and wife Danette of Palm City, Fla., Thomas F. Holloway and wife Tami of Rochester, Christopher W. Holloway of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Mark Holloway and wife Jennifer, Brooke Holloway, Derrick Holloway and wife Kim, Jessica Prater and husband Rick, Brittlyn Mow and husband Troy, Candace Zehner and husband Joshua, Tadd Hettinger, Nicole Holloway, Christopher Holloway, Alyssa Simpson and husband Garth, Nate Holloway; 22 great-grandchildren; a great-greatgrandson; one brother, Bernard “Bernie” Holloway and wife Grace of Rochester; two sisters-in-law, Clair

Holloway and Margaret Ann Kocker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Marvin in death are his parents; wife; a daughter, Marva Elaine; a great-granddaughter, Tinsleigh; two sisters, Wanda Chalk and Rose Mary McGlothin; six brothers, Russell, Walter, Howard, Lester, Gerald and Theodore Holloway.

A celebration of the life of Marvin Wayne Holloway will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Bishop William Tincher officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor’s Team. Burial will follow in the Citizens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Howard Hunter

Sept. 30, 1929 - Jan. 20, 2016

Howard Hunter, 86, Akron, died 5:20 am, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, after being hospitalized on Saturday. Howard was born on Sept. 30, 1929, in Kosciusko County, to Herschel “Bud” and Helen (Speicher) Hunter. On Sept. 11, 1949, in Akron, he married Marian Musial. She survives.

He worked for Pike Lumber of Akron for 17 years and retired from Moore Business Forms of Rochester.

He was a 1947 graduate of Sydney High School. He served in the Indiana National Guard for eight years. He attended the Akron Church of God for 57 years. He enjoyed the Cubs and the Colts and drinking coffee at the restaurant, and he loved gardening and sharing what he grew with everyone.

Survivors include his wife Marian Hunter, Akron; daughters Shirley and husband Ron Smith, Fishers, and Debra and husband Tim Mills, Perrysville, Ohio; son Larry and wife Lana Hunter, Akron; seven grandchildren, Dustin, Jill, Bret, Andy, Kari, Ryan and Ashley; nine great-grandchildren, Kayla, Maddie, Jace, Rily, Breanna, Macey, Sadie, Hunter and Skylar; and sister Lucy and husband Bill Smith, Pierceton. He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law Elsie Engle.

His funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron, with Pastor Ryan Chapman officiating. Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Yellow Creek Lake Ministries for Youth Campers. You may share a memory or send online condolences at www. hartzlerfuneralservices.com. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert Kindig

Robert Kindig, 92, Rochester died Wednesday at his residence.

 

Violet Overholt

Violet Overholt, 86, Mentone, died Tuesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Kokomo. Funeral arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Andrew E. Overmyer

Dec. 2, 1990 - Jan. 19, 2016

Andrew “Drew” Elliott Overmyer, 25, Argos, died Jan. 19, 2016, at 10:53 a.m. in the 6000 block of Old U.S. 31 North from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 2, 1990, in South Bend, to Timothy M. Overmyer and Lori L. (Nordgren) Overmyer. He lived his entire life in Argos.

He was currently the secretary at The Cross church, Rochester. Drew had also worked at Madras, Argos, Zimmer, in Warsaw, and Zentis Foods, Plymouth.

He was a licensed soccer official with the IHSAA and USSF. And, he attended The Cross church, Rochester.

Drew was a class of 2009 Argos High School graduate.

While in school he was active in soccer, basketball and baseball. He also was in choir and the musicals.

Survivors include his parents, Tim and Lori Overmyer of Argos; sister Ashley A. (Overmyer) Beldon and husband Chris of Argos; brother Joshua M. Overmyer of Argos; paternal grandparents Meril and Dorothy Overmyer of Argos; maternal grandparents Elliott and Shirley Nordgren of Niles, Mich.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, from 3-8 p.m. at The Cross church, 100 W. Third St., Rochester. The funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at the church with Rev. Martin Furrow of The Cross and Rev. Brian Trump, Parkside Community Church, Argos, officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross church, 100 W. Third St., Rochester, Indiana 46975. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

 

Friday January 22, 2016

 

Stephen L. Hartzler

May 14, 1932 - Jan. 19, 2016

Stephen L. Hartzler, 83, Akron, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Following a valiant effort to live, he passed on to join his wife of 64 years.

He was born on May 14, 1932, in Miami County to Lester “Joe” and Helen Marie (Thompson) Hartzler. On June 17, 1951, in the Athens EUB Church, he married Kathryn I. Walters, who preceded him on July 13, 2015.

Raised on the farm, Steve’s first job was at General Tire in Wabash. He worked his way on to Sonoco Products Company of Akron, where he retired as plant superintendent. During his 32 years at Sonoco, he and his wife raised their family while working their successful livestock and farming operation. His family’s involvement in 4-H led to a Hereford herd that they maintained throughout their lives.

Steve moved from Gilead to the Akron area the summer before his senior year. He continued to play basketball and baseball at Akron High School before graduating in 1950. There he also met his future wife, Kathryn Walters.

He started his political career as a Republican precinct committeeman. In 1980 he was elected as a Fulton County councilman, and later he was elected a Fulton County commissioner, where he served as president. He served on numerous political boards and was a current member of the Fulton County Alcoholic

Beverage Board. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash. He also served on the 4-H Fair Board and the Fulton County Community Foundation board.

Steve and wife Kathryn were avid sports fans. They held season tickets at Tippecanoe Valley High School for the boy’s basketball games since the school’s inception, as well as having season tickets to the Notre Dame women’s basketball games for many years.

Survivors include daughters Stephenia Barkman, Rochester, Melinda and husband Pete Pratt, Rochester; son Mark and wife Deb Hartzler, Akron; grandchildren Melea Powell-Hoffer, Stephen Heinzmann, Stacey McGriff, Blaine Hartzler, and Ashley Marrs; stepgrandchildren Stacy Barkman, Scott Barkman, Tara Wolfe, and Tabitha Floor; 19 great-grandchildren, and he was anticipating the birth of a great-granddaughter; sister Patsy and husband Channing Utter, Akron; brother Larry and wife Bev Hartzler, Akron.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn I. Hartzler, on July 13, 2015; his parents, Lester “Joe” and Helen Marie Hartzler; and brothers Richard “Jack” and Jerome Hartzler.

His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Pastor Phil Pratt will officiate.

Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Stephen and Kathryn Hartzler Memorial Scholarship entrusted at the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. You may share a memory or send online condolences at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

 

Robert V. Kindig

Robert Vernon Kindig, 92, Rochester, died Wednesday at his residence.

Survivors include his son, Dr. John Kindig; daughters Janis Strickland and Beth Kindig; and sister Margilee Greer.

There will not be a funeral service. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Violet Overholt

Violet Overholt, 86, Mentone, died Tuesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Kokomo.

Survivors include nephew Dennis Norris, Mentone.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial, Mentone. Visitation is one hour prior to service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday January 23, 2016

 

George C. Enyart

Sept. 6, 1971 - Jan. 21, 2016

Former Rochester resident Mr. George C. Enyart, 44, of Osceola, passed away at 5:19 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Mishawaka. On Sept. 6, 1971, George Clinton Enyart was born in Rochester to William “Baldy” F. and Patricia Mae Murray Enyart. Growing up he shared his childhood with three sisters and two brothers.

George is remembered for his beautiful smile that could light up a room. To relax he enjoyed watching television.

Left to cherish George’s memory are his mother, Pat of Rochester; three sisters, Dawn M. Enyart, of Warsaw; Tonya L. Hughie of Carlsbad, N.M.; Angela K. Storey of Rochester; two brothers, James “Jim” L. L. Enyart, of Rochester, and William “Bill” F. Enyart II and companion Penny Wentzel of Rochester; five nieces and nephews, Brook L. Enyart, Lindsey N. Coffman, William F. Enyart III, Zachary D. Herrell, Kaisor W. Storey; and five great-nieces and great-nephews, Aaryah L. Coffman, Aaryanna L. Coffman, Aaliyah L. Johnson, Braxton M. Enyart and Kasen Coffman; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

George was preceded in death by his father, William “Baldy” Enyart on May 21, 2013.

A celebration of the life of George C. Enyart will be 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester,

with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Citizens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Manitou Training Center, 1690 E. Lucas St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

Dolores Biggs Iholts

Dolores Biggs Iholts 81, Rochester, died Friday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert Vernon Kindig

June 20, 1923 - Jan. 20, 2016

Robert “Bob” Vernon Kindig, 92, Rochester, died Jan. 20, 2016. Despite being born in Fort Wayne, living his productive career years in Elkhart and his early retirement with his son in Indianapolis, Bob always considered the Fulton County area of Akron and Rochester his home. Fulton County was where he grew up from a toddler to a young adult. After moving back to Rochester, Bob spent several enjoyable years establishing new friends and reconnecting with old friends from the past.

Unfortunately, age and health problems compromised his lifestyle. Bob accepted this and was appreciative of the help that he received to live independently

as long as he could in his home area. Bob taught by example through how he lived his life: self-reliance, honesty, integrity and continuing quest for knowledge. Bob was an expert in accounting, fishing, gardening, genealogy and fixing things that were in need of maintenance or repair.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Kindig and Neva Personett Kindig and sister Helen Kindig Chapman.

Survivors are son Dr. John Kindig; daughter-in-law Dr. Wendy Kindig, whom Bob considered to be a daughter; daughters Janis Strickland and Beth Kindig; sister Margilee Greer and their respective offspring.

Bob gratefully thanks Gentiva Hospice and his many friends and neighbors for helping him remain in his own home until his death.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. At Bob’s request there will be no formal funeral service. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

 

Monday January 25, 2016

 

Dolores Biggs Iholts

June 29, 1934 - Jan. 22, 2016

Dolores Biggs Iholts, 81, Rochester, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

She was born on June 29, 1934, in Rochester, the daughter of Admiral Dewey and Pauline Marie (Dale) Biggs. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1953 and had served with the U.S. Air Force. Later in life, she returned to school at the University of Evansville to study real estate.

Dolores spent many years living and working in South Bend. While in South Bend, she had worked for the United States Government in various divisions until her retirement.

In her spare time, she attended the Lutheran Church, loved her time with her dogs, worked on genealogy and family history and loved to read and be with her family.

Survivors include her sister, Jean Koch, Rochester; nieces and nephews, Richard D. Biggs, Darryl Biggs, Marcia E. DeLee, all of South Bend, Dave A. Biggs, Rochester, Dennis F. Koch, Fort Wayne, Cheri Hogan, Rochester, Joseph D. Koch, Rochester, Brad A. Biggs, Fullerton, Calif., Lolly Rees, Ladoga; several great-nieces and great-nephews, including special great-nieces Kassie Koch, Kokomo, and Lizzie Reese, Ladoga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Dale R. Biggs, William D. Biggs, Richard E. Biggs and Robert D. Biggs; sisters Betty L. Biggs and Julia I. Biggs.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard.

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

 

Scott B. Shelburne

Scott B. Shelburne, 59, Columbia S.C., and formerly of Rochester, died Saturday at Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia, SC.

 Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Violet Overholt

Feb. 16, 1929 - Jan. 19, 2016

Violet Overholt, 86, Mentone, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at 11:05 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital of Kokomo. She was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Kosciusko County to Walter and Lola (Miller Parker) Overholt. She was a homemaker taking care of the elderly and her family members; and when the need arose, she took care of babies and always enjoyed children.

She was a member of the Burket United Methodist Church. She liked to do needle work, cook, and visit with people.

Survivors include niece Joyce and husband Ralph Marley, Russiaville; nephew Dennis Norris, Mentone; great-niece Jennifer Marley, Zionsville; great-nephew Michael and wife Michelle Marley, Kokomo. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Wilma Norris.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with, Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Jerry Landwerlen

Jerry Landwerlen, 73, Mentone, died Friday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Julianne Thompson

Julianne Thompson, 88, Mentone, died Saturday

at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Tuesday January 26, 2016

 

Carol Jean Lange

July 18, 1936 - Jan. 23, 2016

Carol Jean Lange, 79, of Isle of Palms, S.C., wife of Gerald A. “Gerry” Lange, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Carol was born July 18, 1936, in Talma, the daughter of the late Orton Paul Zent and Clarabelle Hunter Zent.

She worked in retail sales and was a member of ESA sorority. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed ceramics.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald A. Lange; sons Todd Walters and his wife, Dee Dee of Westfield; Tim Walters and his wife Julie, of Brownsburg, Andy Lange and his wife, Melissa, of Charleston, S.C., and Brian Lange and his wife Jamie, of Buchanan, Mich.; her brother, Michael Zent and his wife Rheta, of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie Zent.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel is handling arrangements.

 

Ora John Schoonover

May 25, 1927 - Jan. 24, 2016

Ora John Schoonover, 88, passed away at the Faith Haven Senior Care Center, Jackson, Mich., on Jan. 24, 2016.

He was born on May 25, 1927, to John and Leda (Campbell) Schoonover in Hartford, Mich. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific.

 He went on to work as an electrician for Advanced Technology and Testing in Detroit, Mich. Ora loved fishing, hunting and tinkering with mechanical things. And he went on many motorcycle trips.

Later, in life his nephew and wife Robert (Janice) Benson cared for Ora by providing him with his own place to live and eventually becoming his legal guardians. They made sure he had the opportunity to do all those things he loved so much for as long as he was able.

Surviving are two sisters, Jean (Schoonover) Miller of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Renee (Breidinger) Hartuniewicz of Conklin, Mich.; one brother, Russ Breidinger, of Rochester; two sons, Rick Schoonover, of New Port Richey, Fla., and Rodney Schoonover, of Coleraine, Minn.; one daughter, Orie Lee Boyd; and numerous nephews, nieces and grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Anna (Mulky) Schoonover of Bucyrus, Ohio; five brothers, Leonard Bakeman of Washington State, Robert Benson of Onondaga, Mich., James Schoonover of Onondaga, Mich., and Claude Breidinger of Deland, Fla., Gary Wayne Breidinger of Jackson, Mich.; three sisters, Vera (Bakeman) Haire of Jackson, Mich., Wilma (Bakeman) Miller of Onondaga, Mich., and Erma (Schoonover) Porter of Winter Haven, Fla.

The viewing for friends and family will be from 11 a.m.–noon Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at the Skinner Funeral Home, 315 S. River St., Eaton Rapids, Mich., 48827. The funeral service will follow visitation. To share memories and condolences please visit www. SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

 

Scott B. Shelburne

Scott B. Shelburne, 59, of Camden, S.C., formerly of Rochester, died Saturday at Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia, S.C.

Survivors include three daughters, Jenifer Rodriguez, Rochester, Brittney Bodie, Jacksonville, N.C., Riley Shelburne, Camden, S.C.; four sisters, Tammy See, Rochester, Betsy Shelburne, State College, Pa., Misty DePoy; Mindy Navarro, all of Rochester; five brothers, Jeffrey Shelburne, Rochester, Rusty Shelburne, Scott, Mich., Rodney Shelburne, Warsaw, Randy Shelburne, Rochester, Barney Shelburne, Byron, Ill.

His funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Mike VanHeyningen officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday January 27, 2016

 

Arthur Giesler

Arthur Giesler, 77, rural Rochester, died Tuesday

at his residence.

 Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Dr. Jerry R. Landwerlen

Dr. Jerry R. Landwerlen, 73, Mentone, died Friday.

Survivors include his wife Susan Landwerlen, Mentone; sons Thad Landwerlen, Holly, Mich., Thane Landwerlen, Warsaw, Ty Landwerlen, Warsaw, Taber Landwerlen, Indianapolis; sisters Nancy Everhart, Brazil, Marilyn Graham, Shelbyville.

There will be no funeral service at this time. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Julianne M. Thompson

Julianne M. Thompson, 88, Mentone, died Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include daughter Tamah Thompson, Tippecanoe; sons Terry Thompson, San Francisco, and Tony Thompson, Warsaw.

There will be a private family service Friday. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Richard Wappenstein

Nov. 2, 1944 - Jan. 25, 2016

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Richard Wappenstein passed away Monday morning, Jan. 25, 2016.

Dick was born Nov. 2, 1944, in South Bend, the son of Francis and Martha (Wilson) Wappenstein. He was a member of Portage United Church of Christ and the owner and operator of Dick’s Korner Convenience Store in Portage for several years. Dick was very handy and enjoyed tinkering on things just for fun. He enjoyed rollerskating, life itself, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time going to his grandchildren’s many school and sports activities.

On Sept. 26, 1964, Dick was united in marriage to his loving wife, the former Janet Arnett, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Judy (Jim) Praeger, Rick (Elaine) Wappenstein; six grandchildren, Bailey, Kelsey, Samantha, Liam, Anya, and Reese; four “adopted” grandchildren, Maxwell Pidgeon, Kathryn, Gavin and Alexis Fiddes; goddaughter Jill Postl; and several nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jill Marie; sister Sue Wappenstein; and brother Francis Wappenstein.

A service to celebrate Dick’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Portage United Church of Christ, 2731 W. Milham, Portage, Mich., with Pastor David Moffett-Moore officiating. Friends may meet the family Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th St., Kalamazoo, Mich.  Private family interment will be on Monday in Chapel Hill Memorial Garden Cemetery in Osceola.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or Portage United Church of Christ. To view Dick’s personalized guestbook please visit www.langelands.com.

 

Thursday January 28, 2016

 

Larry Jay Pattee

July 2, 1940 - Jan. 26, 2016

Larry Jay Pattee, 75, Griffin, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

He was born in Kewanna on July 2, 1940.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman J. and Cleo Floyd Pattee; stepmother Dorothy Kindig Pattee; brother Richard A. Pattee.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Bozen Pattee; son and daughter-inlaw Corey S. and Sarah Billo Pattee; daughters and sons-in-law Nicole Pattee Gladden and Joseph R. Gladden, Tracey Pattee Roesner and William A. Roesner; eight grandchildren; brother and sister- in-law David E. Pattee and Joyce Stephens Pattee; stepsister Donnetta Hobbs; stepbrother Lee Chapman; sister- in-law, Elizabeth Pattee.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Ga., is handling of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www. ingramfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Scott B. Shelburne

August 31. 1956 - Jan. 23, 2016,

Former Rochester resident, Mr. Scotty B. Shelburne, 59, of Camden, S.C., passed away following a valiant battle with cancer, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia, S.C.

On August 31. 1956, Scotty Boyd Shelburne was born in Noblesville. He was a treasured son of Howard Dale and Rebecca Jacquelyne Wire Shelburne. Growing up as one of eleven children, Scott was the third oldest, sharing his childhood with four sisters and six brothers. The Shelburne family moved to Rochester when he was a youngster.

          During his high school years Scott employed his gift of rhythm as a member of the percussion section in the band. He was a fleet-footed, four-year letterman running for the RHS cross-country team. In 1974, with great Zebra pride, Scott graduated from Rochester High School.

Initially Scott worked for Wilson’s Coal & Grain, Rochester. For 27 years, from 1980-2007, he worked for Target Corporation with stints in Indiana at Lebanon and Brownsburg before being transferred to South Carolina in 2002. Since 2007 he was a self-employed independent contractor for Central Payment Corporation.

 An accomplished ham radio operator, Scott was known to his buddies as “kb9jxi.” He spent hours on the radio making many friends over the airwaves. He cheered for the Colts and Pacers. To relax Scott enjoyed catching the warm summer breeze while riding his cream and crimson Yamaha. In 2004 he and Barney enjoyed a memorable road trip through the Smokie and Blue Ridge Mountains while traveling to the Tail of the Dragon.

 A sun lover, Scott maintained a golden tan. Annually he planted a colorful flower garden to enhance the landscape of his home. An avid photographer, Scott enjoyed capturing the beauty of nature, sunsets, wildlife and the most important subject in his life, his family.

Scott was passionate about his family and truly adored his daughters. He was a brother who was admired and could be counted on to share wisdom or help out with whatever might be needed. If there was an opportunity for an adventure Scott was always ready for action. He cherished the time spent with his family.

Left to cherish Scott’s memory are three daughters, Jenifer Shelburne Rodriguez and wife Kindra Field, Rochester, Brittney Bodie and husband Blaine, Jacksonville, N.C., Riley Shelburne and companion Daniel Gambrell, Camden, S.C.; four sisters, Tammy See, Rochester, Betsy Shelburne, State College, Pa., Misty DePoy and husband Timothy, Mindy Navarro and husband Hector, all of Rochester; five brothers, Jeffrey Shelburne and wife Jeanie, Rochester; Rusty Shelburne and wife Laurie, Scott, Mich., Rodney Shelburne and wife Darla, Warsaw, Randy Shelburne and wife Carol, Rochester, Barney Shelburne and wife Lorraine, Byron, Ill.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and two feline companions, Layla and Michael, black and white domestic short-haired cats. Preceding Scott in death are his parents and a brother, Gary Shelburne, on June 25, 2014.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Scott Shelburne will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike VanHeyningen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Scott will be laid to rest in the family plot at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Friday January 29, 2016

Eugene Anderson

Eugene Anderson, 89, Logansport, died Wednesday at McKinney Place, Logansport.

Survivors include son John Anderson, Twelve Mile; brother Burton Anderson, Lexington, Ky.; and sister Dorothy Nichols, Lawrenceburg, Ky.

His funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Edith L. Franklin

Edith L. Barker Harper Franklin, 85, Rochester, formerly of Silver Lake and Akron, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

 Funeral arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Carol Jean Zent Lange

Memorial visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, for Carol Jean Zent Lange, 79, Isle of Palms, S.C., and formerly of Rochester, who died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in South Carolina.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

Dean L. Perdue

Dean L. Perdue, 85, Rochester, died Wednesday at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

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

 

Saturday January 30, 2016

 

Jerry Burton

Jerry Burton, 53, Rochester, died Friday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Arthur H. “Sonny” Giesler

August 9, 1938 - Jan. 26, 2016

On the morning of Jan. 26, 2016, Sonny Giesler passed peacefully in his home in rural Rochester. He was comforted by his loving wife as he went to be with his Lord and Savior. Sonny was 77 years old.

 He was born in the town of Eldon, Okla., on Aug. 9, 1938. He was the son of the late Earl and Edith (Tudor) Giesler. On Oct. 23, 2003, he married Patricia McKenzie. She survives.

He retired from Midwest Operating Engineers of Valparaiso, where he was a heavy equipment operator and a proud member of the Local 150.

Sonny lived life to the fullest. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed fishing in the Tippecanoe River right outside his home. He loved to hunt and eagerly looked forward to deer hunting season every fall. He enjoyed playing softball. He was a diehard Cubs fan. He loved to travel with his wife, enjoying trips to Alaska and the Islands. He was a nature lover, enjoying gardening and canning. He was a great cook, famous for his biscuits and gravy. He was also a prankster who loved to laugh and make others laugh. Most of all, he loved his family, friends, and his dog Anne. He was always eager to do anything for anyone.

Sonny is survived by his wife Patricia Giesler; son Dan Giesler, of Fort Collins, Colo.; two granddaughters, Etta and Jessi Giesler; a brother, Harold Giesler, of Rochester; two stepdaughters, Tammy and husband Chris McClone, of Pierceton, and Kim and husband Jeff Combs, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a stepson, Jamie and wife Pam Norman, of Silver Lake. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; four sisters; and had been married to Ethel Weidmann, who also preceded him.

Friends and family may call at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St. Akron, noon-2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Jeff Combs will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Leiters Ford Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Hospice of Plymouth.

A special thanks to the Center for Hospice of Plymouth for their wonderful care of Sonny during his last weeks.

Share memories or send online condolences at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Patricia Giesler

Patricia Giesler, 76, of rural Rochester, died Friday at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

 Funeral arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Matthew “Matt” Lee Alford

Nov. 27, 1971 - Jan. 27, 2016

Matthew “Matt” Lee Alford, 44, Tippecanoe, died at 4:58 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1971, to David Lynn Alford and Marcella Sue (Sanders) Alford in Elkhart. On July 1, 1995, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw, he married Jennifer (Carr) Alford. He lived in Tippecanoe for the last 20 years, coming from Rochester.

He worked at Chore-Time Brock in Milford, and he was owner-operator of Finish First Wall Board in Tippecanoe.

He attended Warsaw Community Church, Warsaw, and was a past member of Mystic Hills Golf Club. Matt was a graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School with the class of 1991 and he attended Vincennes University.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Alford, Tippecanoe; daughter Sydney Kay Alford and son Parker Matthew Alford, both at home; mother Marcella Phillips, of Tippecanoe; sisters Susan Branham and husband Michael, of Winnsbord, Texas, and Julie Larson and husband Jeff, of Pierceton; brother Michael Alford and girlfriend Callie Mejia, of Elkhart; father-in-law and mother-in-law Robert and Linda Carr, of Mentone; brother-inlaw Rob Carr, of Mentone; and sister-inlaw Carol Hunt and husband Doug, of Hartford City. He was preceded in death by his father, David L. Alford and stepfather Maurice D. Phillips.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. A private family service will be at a later date with Rev. Jeff Pfeifer of the Warsaw Community Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Fund for Sydney and Parker Alford. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral. com. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Dean L. Perdue

Sept. 20, 1930 - Jan. 27, 2016

Dean L. Perdue, 85, Rochester, passed away at 8:04 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1930, in Rochester, the son of Thomas D. Sr. and Viola Stanley Perdue. He attended Purdue University and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the Signal Corps. On Jan. 23, 1954, at the First Baptist Church in Lansing, Ill., he married Joyce A. Cencion, and she survives.

Mr. Perdue had worked and was one of three owners/operators of Gilliland Auto Machine Company, Rochester.

He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served as custodian for close to 30 years. He had been a member of the Rochester

Lions Club, Gideons, Moose Lodge, and the American Legion. He enjoyed working with electronics, computers and had been a licensed radio and television repairman. In his spare time, he enjoyed tending to his yard and was a season ticket holder of Notre Dame women’s basketball.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce A. Perdue, Rochester; daughters Deana and husband David Gottschalk, Rochester, Karen and husband Dave McGowen; grandson Dean and wife Natalia Gottschalk, Chicago; sister Dorothy Crissinger, Rochester; stepbrother Richard Gilliland, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Thomas “Sonny” Perdue, Jr. and Melvin L. Perdue; sister Frances Perdue; and stepfather Gig Gilliland.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Gail Law officiating. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Ruby Siders

Ruby Leslie Spence Siders, 91, Mexico, died Thursday at her residence.

She is survived by her three children, Ernest Spence, Camden, Ruth Correll, and Kenneth Spence, Greencastle; two sisters, Norma Klingaman, Florida, and Alma Houser, Delphi.

A funeral service is 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday February 1, 2016

 

Patricia A. Giesler

Oct. 25, 1939 – Jan. 29, 2016

Patricia “Patty” Ann Giesler, daughter of the late Robert and Marian McKenzie, entered her eternal home in heaven on Jan. 29, 2016.

Patty was born on Oct. 25, 1939, in Harrisburg, Pa., the oldest child of five.

Patty moved with her family to Silver Lake when she was 16 years old. She graduated from Silver Lake High School.

She was a great nurturer and was always putting others before herself. Patty had a huge capacity to love – she had the biggest heart. Other people recognized her genuine love – and they would instantly know how much she cared.

Patty owned and operated the Fashionette Beauty Salon in Akron for many years. She was loved deeply by her customers; one even arrived by tractor during a winter storm so Patty could do her hair.

Patty loved life and lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed walking, nature and going to the beach. She loved to dance, loved to laugh and especially loved to shop! Most of all Patty loved the Lord, always looking for ways to deepen her faith. She had a special place in her heart for missionaries. God gifted her with a huge capacity to love others, especially her family.

In addition to her parents, Patty was preceded in death by her husband Arthur “Sonny” Giesler and her sister Linda Carmen.

Patty is survived by two daughters, Tammy (Chris) McClone, Pierceton, and Kim (Jeff) Combs, Upland, Calif.; one son, Jamie (Pam) Norman, Silver Lake; and one stepson, Dan Giesler, Fort Collins, Colo. Patty had eight grandchildren, Dustin McClone, Aaron McClone, Bethany McGrew, Tyler Phillips, Niki Horton, Geoffrey Combs, Joshua Norman, and Dekota Norman, and two step-grandchildren, Jessi Giesler and Etta Giesler. Patty is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren.

Patty will be greatly missed by her friends and family but the knowledge that she is with Jesus gives them peace and comfort. A celebration of her life is Feb. 2 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Claypool. Friends may call upon the family from 10-11 a.m. with a service of celebration beginning at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Helping Hands in Motion, a mission organization that helps establish and nurture churches in Haiti and India. Checks can be sent to HHIM 743 NW Biscayne Dr., Port St. Lucie, FL 34983. Donations can also be made electronically by going to helpinghandsinmotion.org/donations/. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Jerry E. Burton

Jerry E. Burton, 53, Rochester, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday at his residence.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; daughters Melissa Burton and Christy Hornburger, Rochester; adopted daughter Samantha Flores Medina, Winamac; sister Tiffany Simonin, Kewanna; brother Don Burton, Rochester; foster brother Daniel Dieringer, Fort Wayne; and foster mother Susie Dieringer, Huntington.

His funeral is at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Kay Goshert Camp

July 18, 1952 – Jan. 29, 2016

Kay Goshert Camp, 63, of Mentone, took the hand of her Savior and stepped into heaven on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at 10:52 p.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, where she had resided since March of 2014.

 Kay Arlene was born July 18, 1952, to James and Iola (Tucker) Goshert.

She was a 1970 graduate of Mentone High School, a 1975 graduate of Manchester College and held a Master’s Degree from Ball State University. Kay taught business at Rochester High School and I.C.E. at Tippecanoe Valley High School.

In her spare time she made floral arrangements, enjoyed sharing produce from her garden and had attended The Cross church of Rochester. Kay was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and fought it with her strong faith and determination. Kay always had a heart of compassion for hurting people, especially those also dealing with cancer.

Survivors include her parents, James and Iola Goshert, Mentone; two sisters, Janet Goshert, Fort Wayne, and Faith Goshert, Mentone; two brothers, Kerry and wife Kim Goshert, Mentone, and Jerry and wife Reba, New Paris; three nieces, Brooklyn, Carissa and Danae, all of New Paris. She was preceded in death by her brother Lyle Lee Goshert.

Friends and family may call at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, with the funeral to follow at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Forrest Tabor will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Marsha A. Koons

May 16, 1940 – Jan. 30, 2016

Marsha A. Koons, 75, Rochester, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at her residence. She was born on May 16, 1940, in Muncie, the daughter of Orville and Dessie (Edwards) Renfroe. On Dec. 21, 1979, in Rochester, she married Donald D. Koons. He preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 2011.

Marsha worked at various companies over the years. She had been a bank teller, a secretary for Wayside Bowling Alley and Pride Care, both of Kalamazoo, Mich., and had worked for the former Burger Chef Corporation in Indianapolis in accounting. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles

Lodge.

 In her spare time, she enjoyed doing anything artistic, especially woodworking, painting and building furniture. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with all of her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Hammel, Rochester; sons, Mike and wife Laura Cloud, Rochester, Jeff and wife Deb Cloud, Rochester, Ty and wife Rita Cloud, Rochester; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Georgia Townsend, Rochester, Cora and husband Richard Reese, Denver. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Harold Townsend.

Memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016,

at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Larry Pyeatt officiating. Friends may visit from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Edward E. Downing

Jan. 27, 1930 – Jan. 30, 2016

Edward E. “Rudy” Downing, 86, of Peru, passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at 3:13 a.m. at his residence.

 Rudy was born in Star City on Jan. 27, 1930, the son of Ralph F. and Julia M. Conner Downing. Rudy was a 1949 graduate of Peru High School. He married Alice Sawyer on July 8, 1950, and she preceded him in death Sept. 23, 1973. He then married Claudette Ann Mathis Dec. 28, 1974, and she survives. He worked as a licensed plumber at Delco Electronics until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, the Peru Maennerchor, The Knights of Columbus and Local UAW #292.

Rudy was an avid sports fan and thoroughly enjoyed watching Peru High School sports. He was an enthusiastic gardener and proud of his Hibiscus flowers. His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Claudett; children Gary and his wife Debbie Downing, Peru, Michael Downing and fiancé Suzanne Ahnert, Rochester, Lisa and her husband Gary Loe, Peru, Timothy and his wife Gail Downing, Etna Green; step-children, Dan and his wife Dawn Dock, Dallas, Texas, David and his wife Debbie Dock, Macungie, Pa., Paul Dock, Cucamonga, Calif.; grandchildren Joshua and Stacey Downing, Justin and Danielle Downing, Jennifer and Rick Miller, Patrick Downing and Anna, Nicole Rodriquez and Matt, Mandi and Filip Bielanski, Amber Loe and Froy, Hannah Downing, Jackson Downing and Quinn Downing; step-grandchildren Adam Dock, Andrew Dock, Christopher and Missy Dock, Matthew Dock, Megan and Johnathan Nolter, Lauren Dock, Michelle Crance, Lesley Dock and Samantha Dock; great-grandchildren Grady Downing, Ashley Miller, Alice Miller, Averi Miller, Olivia Downing, Owen Downing, Matea Downing, Andrew Rodriquez, Mason Atkins, Samantha Lovall and Max Bielanski; step-great-grandchildren Evelyn Dock, Madison Ennis and Charles Ennis; a brother, Francis and his wife Mary Jo Downing; and a sister, Mary Funkhouser.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alice Sawyer Downing, granddaughter Kristy Downing and daughter-in-law Brenda Dock.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Edward E. “Rudy” Downing is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at the St. Charles Catholic School with Father Adam Mauman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. A prayer service will be at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made through the funeral home to St. Charles Catholic Church Building Fund or the Peru High School Athletic Department.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes. com.

 

Marc Smiley

Marc Smiley, 58, Rochester, passed away on Jan. 31, 2016, at Chase Center Nursing and Rehab, Logansport.

Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday February 2, 2016

 

Margaret V. Black

Nov. 1, 1933 – Feb. 1, 2016

Margaret V. “Maggie” Black, 82, of rural Akron, died at 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

She was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Pendleton, to Richard and Irene (Umbenhour) Hodges. On Nov. 3, 1951, in Akron, she married Gene Black. He survives.

Maggie was a homemaker and worked for R.R. Donnelley and Sons, Warsaw, retiring after 24 years.

She was a 1951 graduate of Mentone High School. She attended the Akron Church of God. Maggie enjoyed reading, collecting glass and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Black, Akron; daughters Amy Black, Akron, Arissa and husband Dan “Jake” Grossman, Akron; sons Allen and wife Janet Black, Akron, Henry “Hank” and wife Susan Black, Warsaw; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Cornileus Hodges, North Carolina; brother- in-law Athur Sohlke, Virginia.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Irene Hodges; son Amber A. Black; daughter Althea Black; granddaughter Catherine Grossman; two sisters and four brothers.

Her funeral service is 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Burial will be at Nichols Cemetery, Akron. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Church of God or the Cancer Care Fund of Kosciusko. Memories and online condolences may be shared at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Bill E. Brown

May 29, 1933 - Jan. 31, 2016

Bill E. Brown, 82, Rochester, passed away at 11:04 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on May 29, 1933, in Pulaski County, the son of Louis E. and Olive (Harris) Brown. On Sept. 9, 1956, in Peru, he married Patsy L. Gayhart, and she survives. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Brown had been a tool and die maker, retiring from General Motors in Kokomo after 27 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, croquet, swimming, playing euchre, and he loved playing games with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy brown, Rochester; children Kathy Smith, Monticello, Iowa, Bill and wife Brenda Brown, Sharpsville, Sharon and husband Joe Rock, Rochester; six grandchildren, Christina Davis and husband Ian, Monticello, Iowa, Richard Lucker and wife Kathy, Rochester, Michael Brown and wife Jenny, Kokomo, Amanda Philapy and husband Josh, Sharpsville, Casie Atkins and fiancé Neil Baumann, Rochester, Joey Rock, Rochester; several great-grandchildren; and brother Jerry Brown, Kokomo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louis E. Brown; mother Olive Jones; nine brothers and sisters; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where a military graveside service will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

 

Jerry E. Burton

Dec. 18, 1962 - Jan. 29, 2016

Mr. Jerry Edward Burton, 53, Rochester and Leiter’s Ford, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at his residence.

On Dec. 18, 1962, Jerry was born in Auburn. Through the years, he was nurtured by his foster parents. His final two years under foster care, he resided in the home of Butch and Susie Dieringer. During this time he learned some basic skills of carpentry from Butch, who was a craftsman. With a home filled with love and joy and the desire to share the lives of a trio of children, Harold and Elaine Morgan Burton adopted Jerry Edward Burton at age 14 along with Tiffany and Don.

In 1982, as a proud Cavalier, Jerry graduated from Culver Community High School. He was very active in Future Farmers of America during his high school years. During his teen years he grew spiritually while attending Whippoorwill Church with his family. Following high school, patriotism beckoned and Jerry answered the call to serve with the U.S. Army.

On Nov. 3, 1984, Jerry and Katharine “Kathy” Jenkinson were united in holy matrimony at the Whippoorwill Church by Pastor Mayhew and she became Kathy Burton. Together they enjoyed more than 31 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two wonderful grandchildren, along with the anticipation of the arrival of a new grandson in early June.

With a strong work ethic, Jerry was accomplished, possessing a vast arsenal of skills. He worked for Indiana Tool in Plymouth, Pike Lumber in Akron and Medallion Cabinets in Culver. More recently it was Fulton Industries. Jerry just noted his two-year anniversary with Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna. He enjoyed assisting his father-in-law, Al, with the Jenkinson tree removal and trimming business.

Blessed with an eye for design, Jerry owned his residential construction company, Home Craftsman, building custom homes, designing remodeling projects and making repairs for many years. The craftsmanship exhibited on the finished project, whether it be a wheelchair ramp to a custom home, was second to none. Kathy accompanied him to the project sites creating photo essays of the project in progress from start to finish and all construction phases.

An avid marksman, Jerry also enjoyed the sport of target shooting. This allowed him to use skills acquired from his army days. He was known for his marksmanship as a sniper. Jerry loved going to auctions and finding success by snaring the bargain of the day. To relax he played the violin with great expertise.

Paramount in Jerry’s life was his family. He was known for his work ethic. He provided for them and was always there to share wisdom and his emotional support. Known as “Jerry Bear” to his wife Kathy, an annual Valentine’s Day gift from him was a special cuddly bear. A term of endearment he used frequently for Kathy was his “old lady,” because she edged him by a mere two months in the chronology department. They were inseparable, a dynamic team always together sharing adventures in life for more than three decades.

As an active hands-on Dad, Jerry was there for his daughters. He helped them with their homes, making repairs and improvements, while insisting on their active involvement to learn the basics of carpentry. He also taught them many of life’s lessons and helped them with their acquisition of the financial skills necessary for success. He adored his grandchildren and looked forward to making special memories during their visits. Papa shared his love of carpentry with Aliyah. She was his shadow and always helped him fix things as he worked on the task of the day. When the project was complete Papa always paid her for her help.

Left to cherish Jerry’s memory are his wife, Kathy; two daughters, Melissa Burton and her fiancee’ Nathen Minix, Rochester, Christy (Burton) Hornburger and husband Jimmy, Leiter’s Ford; a sister, Tiffany Simonin, Kewanna; a brother, Don Burton and wife Melinda, Rochester; a foster brother, Daniel Dieringer, Fort Wayne; his foster mother, Susie Dieringer, Huntington; two grandchildren, Caleb Lee Minix and Aliyah Lynn Hornburger; in-laws Al and Judy Jenkinson, Kewanna; brothers-inlaw Doug Jenkinson, Rochester, Mike and Susie Jenkinson, and Danny and Angel Jenkinson, all of Leiter’s Ford; special family friend Samantha Flores Medina and husband Josh, Winamac, and their children Aliana Donderiz and Alex Chapman; spiritual parents Jim and Janet Dills, Plymouth; spiritual mother Rebecca “Mom” McCombs, Walkerton; several cousins, nieces and nephews; his cherished canine companion, Princess Chi-Chi the Blue Chihuahua.

Preceding Jerry in death are his father, Harold Burton, on Nov. 10, 1981; his mother, Elaine Burton, on March 1, 2011; an infant daughter, Alisha Lynn Burton, on June 7, 1985; and his foster father, Butch Dieringer.

A celebration of the life of Jerry E. Burton will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Bob Metzger and Pastor Mark Lantz officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Virginia L. Scott

Feb. 3, 1928 - Jan. 31, 2016

Virginia L. Scott, 87, Warsaw, and formerly of Rochester, passed away peacefully at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw. She was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., to Milo and Esther Hair. On June 29, 1946, she married the love of her life, Eugene “Scotty” Scott. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2002.

Virginia spent many wonderful evenings on the dance floor with Scotty. While she enjoyed dressing up and socializing, she could roof a house with the best of them. She often helped to build their early homes.

Virginia was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and watching live theater, especially when her grandson was performing.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Kevin (and spouse Lynnette) Scott, Warsaw, Doug (and spouse Ellen) Scott, Rochester; one granddaughter, Stephanie Rensberger (and spouse Rich), Kewanna; three grandsons, Skye Scott, New York City; Steven Scott, Rochester, and Bryce Scott, Louisville Ky. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald Hair, Jim Hair and Claude Hair.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Rochester, with a service following at 7 p.m. A private internment will be at a later date at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Marc A. Smiley

April 12, 1957- Jan. 31, 2016

Mr. Marc A. Smiley, 58, Rochester passed away at 3:35 a.m., Jan. 31, 2016, at Chase Center Nursing and Rehab in Logansport, following a valiant and courageous 30-year battle with muscular dystrophy. Marc faced greater challenges in the last 16 months, but he maintained his dignity and persevered with grace until his final day.

On April 12, 1957, in Rochester, Marc Aaron Smiley was born. He was a treasured son of Jack and Joyce Lowe Smiley. Growing up he shared his childhood with a brother, Jon. With great Zebra pride he graduated from Rochester High School in 1976.

At the Rochester City Hall on Sept. 18, 1990, with Mayor Phil Thompson presiding, Marc married the love of his life, Nicole Beach. Together

they enjoyed more than 25 years of life’s adventures. He was a simple man who dearly loved his family and so loved life itself!

A devoted employee of the McMahan O’Connor Construction Company, Marc worked at its concrete plants. He was a member of Union Local #274. Marc loved watching NASCAR racing, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as his favorite driver. He was the proud owner of unique money clips and had a pocket knife collection.

Left to cherish Marc’s memory are his loving wife, Nicole, at home; father Jack Smiley, of Rochester; brother Jon Smiley, of Kewanna; his in-laws Russell and Vicky Dugan, of Rochester, Paul and Debbie Beach, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; sister-inlaw Jennifer Gamble, of Columbia City; nephews and nieces Cody, Ashley, Echo and Maddox Gamble; and grandmother Sharon Graham, Logansport. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Preceding Marc in death is his mother, Joyce.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Marc A. Smiley will be 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Terry Baldwin will officiate. Friends may visit with his family from 1-3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the family plot at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.

Online expressions may be left for Marc’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Glenda L. Starner

March 7, 1934 - Jan. 31, 2016

Glenda L. Starner, 81, rural Claypool, died at 5:15 pm, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Mason Health Care of Warsaw.

She was born March 7, 1934, in Wabash, the daughter of Roy and Katherine (Perry) Holle. On Sept. 8, 1951, she was married to Robert Starner, who preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 2013.

Glenda had worked for Kimble Glass, Blue Bell’s, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by daughter Susan and husband Tim Werstler, Pierceton; son David Starner and wife Kris, Claypool; sister Connie Craig, Warsaw; five grandsons, Zachary, Jacob and Brodie Starner and Jason and Nathan Werstler; and a great-granddaughter, Adalyn Starner.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Starner; daughter Marsha Starner; and three brothers, Archie, Jack, and Harold Holle.

Her funeral service is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Denny Bollenbacher officiating. Visitation is 5-6 p.m., Thursday at King Memorial Home. Burial will be at Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation National Headquarters Donations, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130.

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

 

Wednesday February 3, 2016

 

Alta Baker

Oct. 13, 1932 - Jan. 31, 2016

Alta Baker, 83, South Bend, passed away on Jan. 31, 2016, in South Bend. Mrs. Baker was born Oct. 13, 1932, in Hamlet, to Carl and Iva Huhnke. She graduated from Hamlet High School. After graduation, she worked for Allis-Chalmers in LaPorte, where she met her husband, Waldo Baker. She also worked for almost 20 years as a cook for Kmart Restaurant, and she won numerous ribbons for her baking and gardening from the LaPorte County Fair.

Wife, mother, grandmother, and wonderful cook and baker, she spent her retirement time gardening, traveling and going fishing with her husband.

As a wife and lifelong partner, she leaves behind her husband of 61 years, Waldo Baker. They were longtime residents of LaPorte, where they were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by three children, Donna (Mike) Miles-Robison, Janet (Bryan) Truex, and Steven Baker; five grandchildren, Josh Miles, Zach Miles, Charles Baker, Banan Truex, and Alexandria Truex; sister Hazel Poulsen; and several nieces, nephews, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Merle Huhnke, Warren Huhnke, and Clarence Huhnke.

A funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 11 a.m. (Eastern Time) at Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery,

Walkerton. Friends may visit on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545. To leave online condolences, visit rannellsfuneralhome.com.

 

Edith Barker Harper Franklin

Sept. 17, 1930 - Jan. 27, 2016

Edith L. “Edie” Barker Harper Franklin, 85, of Rochester, and formerly of Silver Lake and Akron, died 11:20 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Woodlawn Hospital. She was born Sept. 17, 1930, in Argos, Marshall County, to Irvin and Hazel (Coutler) Barker. On Aug. 29, 1948, in Rochester, she married Paul P.A. Harper, he preceded in 1987. She then married on Feb. 15, 1998, to George Franklin, who preceded on Nov. 23, 2015.

She worked at Harvey’s Dime Store, Thermos Gas, Fashion Dress Store, Bounsall Shoes, and managed the Senior Center in Silver Lake.

She was a 1948 graduate of Richland Center High School. She attended the Akron Church of God for more than 60 years. She enjoyed traveling to Branson, Mo. and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Survivors include daughter Jeannine M. Harper, Rochester; son Daniel Harper, Rochester; stepdaughter Joyce and husband David Pike, Anderson; stepsons Harry and wife DyAnne Franklin, Davidson, Mich., and Mike and Susie Franklin, Anderson; 11 stepgrandchildren; 12 step-greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Her memorial service is 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron. Visitation is 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the church.

A remembrance place will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Church of God or Wee Care Ministries. Share memories or send online condolences at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Ethel Kenny

Ethel Delight (Holland) Feitshans Kenny, 94, Beavercreek, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at home.

Ethel was born to the late Fred and Sarah Holland. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wendell Feitshans in 1969 and her second husband, Robert Kenny in 1997.

Ethel graduated in 1939 from Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio, and studied to be a registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati. She served in the Naval Nurse Cadet Program and worked as an RN at Miami Valley and Kettering (Ohio) hospitals. While at Kettering she was a head nurse of pulmonary rehabilitation. She was a Master Gardener and an active member of the Women’s Republican Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Poor, Riverside, Ohio, sons Martin Feitshans, Beavercreek, and Fred (Sheri) Feitshans, of Houston, Texas; stepchildren Michael (Tonia) Kenny of Rochester, Sheila (Gus) Vitali, Centerville, Ohio, Bridget Kenny, Dayton, Ohio, Kevin Kenny, Kettering, Ohio, and Patrick (Andee) Kenny of Cave Creek, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at the Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek, with burial to follow in Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg, Ohio. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until the time of service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

 

Charles A. Richardson

Charles A. Richardson, 65, Kewanna, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Hugh W. Silberman

Hugh W. Silberman, 74, South Bend, and formerly of Rochester, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in his home.

Survivors include his wife LaVon Silberman; daughters Ursula Irwin, Burr Ridge, Ill., Angela Williams, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Heather Silberman, Chicago; sisters Madonna Johnson, Hillsboro, Iowa, Claudia Medsker, Fort Wayne, Cheryle Neubeck, Rochester, and Suzanne Jones, Macy.

Visitation with the family is Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, from 3-8 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home, Hickey Chapel, South Bend.

 

David Solomon

David James Solomon, 46, Terrell, Texas, and formerly of Argos, died Sunday in Forney, Texas, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

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

 

Thursday February 4, 2016

 

Buddy E. Barnette

Buddy E. Barnette, 76, died at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver, on Tuesday, Feb

2, 2016. There will be a private service. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Margaret Lane Wagoner

July 3, 1938 - February 1, 2016

Margaret Lane Brown Guttman Wagoner, 77, Sheridan, passed away on Monday afternoon, Feb. 1, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Lane was born on July 3, 1938, in Salem, to the late Charles and Kathleen (Colglazier) Brown.

After graduating from Salem High School with the Class of 1956, she continued with her education, earning a degree in elementary education from DePauw University in 1960. Lane was the co-owner and administrator of the Sheridan Healthcare Center from 19771989. She was a very active member of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church. She loved cooking meals for different church functions. It didn’t matter what the occasion, if food was needed at the church, Lane was always glad to make whatever was needed. She was also a member of the Phi Beta Psi sorority.

 Lane loved traveling and working around the house. However, there was one thing that she enjoyed above anything else and that was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Family was very important to Lane, and she felt blessed for every moment she got to spend with them.

Lane is survived by her husband, Norman O. Wagoner. She and Norm were married on Feb. 8, 1992. She is also survived by her four daughters, Debbie Carlisle (Kevin) of Sheridan, Kathy Smart (Tony) of Carmel, Mindy Durbin of Sheridan, and Jennifer Guttman of Sheridan; two stepsons, Russell Wagoner (Kristin) of Noblesville, and David Wagoner of Atlanta, Indiana; 14 grandchildren, Kristy Perrine (John), Justin Carlisle, Drew Carlisle (Lauren), Tyler Smart, Ryan Smart, Brandon Smart, P.J. Smart, Kendra Durbin, Emily Guttman, Eliza Guttman, Aaron Wagoner, Noah Wagoner, Maya Wagoner and Tara Wagoner; three great-grandchildren, Baylen Perrine, Bowen Perrine and Hadleigh Carlisle; and one brother, Terry McKillip (Gina) of Lafayette. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Arthur McKillip; and her brother, Larry Brown.

A service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St., Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Reverend Byron Fritz will be officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the Sheridan First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions in Lane’s memory may be made to either the Sheridan Public Library or to the Lunch Club program, c/o the Sheridan First United Methodist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kercheval Funeral Home, Sheridan.

 

Edward M. King

Edward M. King, 91, Rochester, passed away at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3,

2016, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Hugh W. Silberman

Feb. 18, 1942 - Jan. 20, 2016

Hugh W. Silberman, 73, South Bend, formerly Rochester, passed away Jan. 20, 2016, at home. He was born Feb. 18, 1942, in Chicago.

Hugh graduated from Rochester High School in 1960 and married LaVon Johnson in 1962. He attended Indiana University, South Bend. He moved to South Bend in 1964.

In 1968, he started Automatic Molded Plastics, a custom injection molding company. He later opened Aquarius Tool and Mold and Aquarius Plastic Finishers, which he sold in 1998 upon retirement. He is past chairman of the Midwest section of the Society of Plastics Industry and served on many local boards.

After retirement, he became a certified U.S. Coast Guard captain. He fulfilled his lifelong dream by sailing his 43-foot Catamaran from Capetown, South Africa, through the Atlantic and Caribbean to the U.S.

Survivors include his wife LaVon “Bonnie” Silberman; daughters Ursula Irwin, Burr Ridge, Ill., Angela Williams, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Heather Silberman, Chicago; granddaughters Cassidy Irwin, Courtney Irwin, Ruby Williams and Pearl Williams; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters Madonna Johnson, Hillsboro, Iowa, Claudia Medsker, Fort Wayne, Cheryle Neubeck, Rochester, and Suzanne Jones, Macy.

Preceding him were his parents, Donald and Edna Silberman; and sister Sandra Briney.

A celebration of life is 3-8 p.m. Feb. 12, 2016, at Palmer Funeral Home, Hickey Chapel, South Bend. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorial contributions to St. Patrick’s Park, South Bend, or Center for Hospice Care, Mishawaka. Express online condolences at www. palmerfuneralhomes.com.

 

Charles A. Richardson

Jan. 22, 1951 - Feb. 2, 2016

Charles A. Richardson, 65, of Kewanna, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Born on Jan. 22, 1951, in Rochester, he was the son of Kenneth and Phyllis (Smith) Richardson.

Charlie formerly worked at Kewanna Metal Specialties, retiring in 2014. He was a member of the V.F.W. Charlie enjoyed socializing, fishing with his boys and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a Purple Heart recipient who served in the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his children, Crystal Thomas (Chris) of Kewanna, Charles Richardson of Kewanna, Andrew Richardson of Missouri, and Shane Richardson of Kewanna; mother Phyllis Richardson of Rochester; grandchildren Alexis and Eli; and sisters Sue and Kathy. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Richardson; and brother Gary Richardson.

A services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Rev. Todd Wilson officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the funeral home.

You may sign the online guestbook or leave condolences for the Richardson family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Friday February 5, 2016

 

Jean Headly Hetrick

Jean Headley Hetrick, 75, Argos, died Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Hannah Belle Marrs

Nov. 19, 1921 – Feb. 3, 2016

Hannah Belle Marrs, 94, formerly of South Whitley, died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Peabody Home, North Manchester, where she resided since December 2004. She was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Whitley County, a daughter of Carlyle Roberts and Lettie Mae (Bayman) Thomson. Her formative years were spent in Cleveland Township. She graduated from South Whitley High School.

On Dec. 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Barton E. Marrs. They made their home north of South Whitley until the mid 1970s when they moved to Chapman Lake. Mr. Marrs died Feb. 22, 1980. In the fall of 1980, Hannah moved to Rochester until returning to South Whitley in 1990.

Hannah devoted her life to being a mother and a homemaker as well as a lifemate to her husband. She was employed a short time in the cafeteria at South Whitley School and was a lifetime member of Collamer Christian Church.

Surviving relatives include three children, Steven B. (Carolyn) Marrs of Olney, Ill., Thomas C. (Shannon) Marrs of Rochester, and Janet A. (Steven) Keirn of South Whitley; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Latta of Warsaw.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Stump; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Collamer Christian Church. Condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome. com.

 

David James Solomon

David James Solomon, 46, Terrell, Texas, and formerly of Argos, died Sunday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Forney, Texas.

Survivors include daughters Ashley Fout, Akron, and Amber Solomon, Kokomo; son Austin Solomon, Kokomo; mother Bonnie Solomon, Argos; sisters Sheila Beers, Argos, and Lou Ann Norman, Terrell, Texas; brother Jerry Solomon, Argos.

Visitation is Monday 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. His funeral service will follow visitation at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

G. Jean Spoor

Sept. 9, 1922 – Feb. 3, 2016

G. Jean Spoor, 93, of Culver, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 9:46 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

Born on Sept. 9, 1922, in Winamac, she was the daughter of the late George Carl and Sarah (Hahn) Hood.

She was a 1939 Star City High School graduate. After graduation she worked as a secretary to E.G. Fry of Winamac.

On Aug. 25, 1943, she married Lester P. Spoor at the Christian parsonage in Winamac. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2002.

Jean spent most of her life as a farm wife and during that time, she also retired as the assistant librarian from the Monterey Tippecanoe Township Library after 18 years.

She formerly attended Monterey United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Winamac. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her sons, Gary Spoor (Dorothy) of Cookeville, Tenn., Thomas G. Spoor, Sr. (LaVonda) of Monterey, Mark Spoor (Evelyn) of Indianapolis, and daughter Linda Weaver (Mike) of Roanoke. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, four stepgreat-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by son Alan Spoor; granddaughters Kelly, Kimberly and Amanda Spoor; great-grandson Chase Bonnell; brothers Kenneth, Jay and Cecil Hood; and sister Ruth DePoy.

A service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation will also be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Star City West Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Order of the Eastern Star, Winamac.

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

 

Charles A. Richardson

Charles A. Richardson, 65, of Kewanna, died at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Survivors include his children, Crystal Thomas, Charles Richardson, Shane Richardson, all of Kewanna, Andrew Richardson, Missouri; mother Phyllis Barrett, Rochester; sisters Kathy Mounts and Cindy Sue Schaffner, Rochester.

Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday February 6, 2016

 

Jean Headley Hetrick

Jean Headley Hetrick, 75, Argos, died Thursday at her residence.

Jean is survived by her husband, Max L. Hetrick Sr., Argos, daughters Shanna Story, Argos; Cynthia Boener, Argos, and Lisa Botto, Plymouth; sister Patricia Gilliland, Warsaw.

Visitation is Monday 4-8 p.m. at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Monday February 8, 2016

 

Ivan Abrams

Ivan Abrams, 80, Rochester, died Sunday at his home.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn, at home; three daughters, Chris Sutton, Leeann Fisher, Rhonda Abbott, all of Rochester; four sons, Joe Manns, Athens, Jack Hedrick, Jim Hedrick and John Hedrick, all of Rochester.

His funeral service is Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Edward M. King

June 8, 1924 – Feb. 3, 2016

Edward M. King 91, Rochester, passed away at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on June 8, 1924, in Talma, the son of Fred and Elma (Crum) King. He grew up on his family farm and served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1949. On Nov. 3, 1950, in Rochester, he married Juanita Thompson. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2015.

Mr. King, early in life, had worked for the Bendix Corporation in South Bend, and he retired from the U.S. Postal Service with more than thirty years of service. He had been a member of the First Baptist Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, carving, woodworking, chatting over coffee with his friends at McDonald’s and most of all spending time with his family.

Survivors include his children, Susan and husband Rick Hart, Mentone, Doug and wife Vickie King, New Carlisle, John and wife Jackie King, Florida, Scott and wife Amy King, Rochester; son-in-law, Mike Thompson; grandchildren Penny (Ringle) and husband Jason Sharp, Ohio, Gretchen (Hart) and husband Johnny Wadkins, Bourbon; Jordan, Jeremy, Jason, Jaimee, Jennifer, Janna 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 Aidan Hart, Kingman, Braeden, Grant, Sadie, Addy and Oakley Wadkins, all of Bourbon; great-great-grandson Michael Sharp, Ohio; sisters Elvira and husband Gerald Romine, Mentone, Charlotte and husband Richard Massey, Arkansas, Julie Faulkner, Bremen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jo Ellen Thompson; grandson Aaron Hart; great-grandson Caleb Hart; sisters Hazel Kercher, Ruby Dinwoodie, and Frances Miller.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Darral Peoples

Darral Peoples, 64, Macy, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Survivors include his wife, Melanie Peoples, Macy; four children, Mika Peoples, Louisiana, Sarah Gibson, Kokomo; Darral Peoples, Jr., Macy, and Kurt H. Peoples, Macy; four siblings, Harold Peoples, Glinda Jones, Karen Rollins, and Beverly Wright, all of Louisiana.

A funeral service was 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Tuesday February 9, 2016

 

Ivan Abrams

Nov. 1, 1935 - Feb. 7, 2016

Mr. Ivan “Buddy” Abrams, 80, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2016, at his home. This followed a valiant and courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Minnie, a small town in Floyd County, Ky., on Nov. 1, 1935, Ivan was a treasured son of Wiley and Roxie Hall Abrams. Growing up as the youngest of five children, Ivan shared his childhood with two sisters and two brothers.

In 1968 Ivan moved to Rochester from Drift, Ky. It was here that he met Carolyn Smith, the love of his life, who later became his best friend and wife. At the First Presbyterian Church on Nov. 25, 1971, Ivan and Carolyn were united in marriage. Together they enjoyed more than 44 years of life’s adventures.

With a solid work ethic, Ivan worked at Torin Brookside Corporation for 33 years, retiring in 2002. A man of perpetual motion, in 2007, he returned to the work force for Rochester Metal Products as a security guard, retiring late last year after eight years of service.

As the patriarch of the Abrams family, Grandpa Ivan was proud to oversee five generations. There was nothing more fun than enjoying the company and visits of his grandchildren and their kids. Many memories were made fishing at Lake Manitou’s Dam, baiting their hooks and assisting them with landing the catch of the day. He enjoyed working in the yard and annually planting a truck-patch garden with Carolyn. Fall would bring on the bountiful harvest with canning and freezing a supply for winter’s use.

To kick back and relax, Ivan enjoyed camping with his family at Yogi Bear near Plymouth. There was nothing more fun than sitting around the campfire beneath the starlit summer skies making memories, cooking a hot dog or creating a s’more over the campfire while enjoying his drink of choice, an ice cold coke. He was also a great competitor, throwing horseshoes with dead-eye accuracy.

With an outgoing, uplifting personality and extraordinary sense of humor, Ivan could enter a room and have a captive audience laughing in a matter of a few minutes. As the youngest of five children, he brought much joy to his family by being active and inquisitive. He was always curious to discover what made everything tick. Ivan will be missed by all, but his family knows where he is now. He is happy and joyful after being reunited with family and friends who have gone before. Rest in peace until we meet again.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Carolyn, at home; three daughters, Chris Sutton and husband Randy, Leeann Fisher and husband John, Rhonda Abbott and husband Todd, all of Rochester; four sons Joe Manns of Athens, Jack Hedrick and wife Mary, Jim Hedrick and companion Dawn, John Hedrick and wife Iva, all of Rochester; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his cherished canine companions Tiny the blonde Pomeranian and Scoobie the red and tan Dachshund, who will all be mourning his passing. Preceding him in death are his parents; two sisters Marie and Ruby; and two brothers Ed and Effort.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Ivan “Buddy” Abrams will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. Friends may visit with his family from noon-2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Citizen’s Cemetery. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Kelby Graig Jones

July 11, 1978 - Feb. 7, 2016

Kelby Craig Jones, 37, of Warsaw, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at 8:38 a.m. in his residence.

On July 11, 1978, he was born in Peru, to K.C. and Doris (Tibbets) Jones. He lived in Colorado until he moved to Rochester, where he graduated in 1997. He met LaDonna (Fitzpatrick) Jones, who survives, in 1998. They were united in marriage on June 10, 1999. They had four children, Kyle Jones, Marissa Jones, Collin Jones and Hayley Jones, who survive in Warsaw.

Kelby went back to school and graduated from IPFW in Fort Wayne with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He took a job with Warsaw Community Schools as a building tech at Harrison Elementary then was promoted to a district tech serving Harrison, Washington, Madison and Leesburg Elementary Schools and Edgewood Middle School. He also worked weekends at Avis Car Rental in Warsaw.

He is also survived by his mother Doris (Tibbets) Jones, North Carolina; a sister, Alice (Jones) Harris; and a grandmother, Ella Jones, of Marion.

He was preceded in death by his father, K.C. Jones; a sister, Johna Jones; grandparents Rex E. and Mary (Harger) Tibbets and James and Arthena (Downey) Jones.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw, with Pastor Danny Jones and David Jones officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw.

Memorials may be made to The Jones Children Educational Fund in care of McMcHatton–Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, IN 46580. McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with all arrangements. To sign the guest register or leave condolences, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels. com.

 

Edward M. King

June 8, 1924 - Feb. 3, 2016

Edward M. King, 91, Rochester, passed away at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on June 8, 1924, in Talma, the son of Fred and Elma (Crum) King. He grew up on his family farm and served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1949. On Nov. 3, 1950, in Rochester, he married Juanita Thompson. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2015.

Mr. King early in life had worked for the Bendix Corporation in South Bend, and retired from the U. S. Postal Service with more than 30 years of service. He had been a member of the First Baptist Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, carving, woodworking, chatting over coffee with his friends at McDonald’s and most of all spending time with his family.

Survivors include his children, Susan and husband Rick Hart, Mentone, Doug and wife Vickie King, New Carlisle, John and wife Jackie King, Bradenton, Fla., Scott and wife Amy King, Rochester; son-in-law Mike Thompson, Rochester; grandchildren Stephanie “Penni” (Ringle) and husband John Jason Sharp, Ohio, Gretchen (Hart) and husband Johnny Wadkins, Bourbon; Jordan, Jeremey, Jason, Jaimee, Jennifer, Janna King, all of Bradenton, Fla.; and 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 Aidan Hart, Kingman; Braeden, Grant, Sadie, Addy and Oakley Wadkins, all of Bourbon; great-greatgrandsons Michael and Drake Sharp, Ohio; sisters Elvira and husband Gerald Romine, Mentone, Charlotte and husband Richard Massey, Arkansas, Julie Faulkner, Bremen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jo Ellen Thompson; grandson Aaron Hart; great-grandson Caleb Hart; sisters Hazel Kercher, Ruby Dinwoodie, and Frances Miller.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where a military graveside service will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Sarah Muinzer

Sarah Muinzer, 42, Oak Harbor, Wash., and formerly of Lucerne, died Monday in Oak Harbor. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

 

William Rockey

William L. Rockey, 73, Peru, died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Rockey, Peru; two sons, William Rockey, Jr., Beaverton, Ore., and Jeff Rockey, Peru.

His funeral service was Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Wednesday February 10, 2016

 

Karen Ewen

Karen L. Ewen, 69, Rochester, died Tuesday at Kindred Hospital, Mishawaka.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; son Garrett Ewen, Granger; two brothers, Dick Halfast, Frisco, Texas, and Greg Halfast, Rochester.

There will be a private funeral service. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Helen M. Good

Nov. 10, 1933 – Feb. 8, 2016

Helen M. Good, 82, Mentone, died at 2:58 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1933, in Rochester, to Harley and Wiladine (Shively) Beck. On Aug. 22, 1953, in Rochester, she married Joseph C. Good. He survives.

She was an Avon salesperson for 46 years. She was a 1951 graduate of Rochester High School and a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church. She also was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mentone, which joined the Warsaw chapter. With Helen’s occupation, she enjoyed visiting with many people.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph C. Good, Mentone; daughters Sandra and husband Marvin Book, Columbus, Janice and husband Fred Pfeiffer, Indianapolis; grandchildren Emily Kern, Corydon, and Neil Book, Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Katherine Hisey.

There will not be a funeral service at this time. Her place of remembrance is the Mentone Cemetery. King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church. You may share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Thursday February 11, 2016

 

Carol Minix

Carol Jane Minix, 79, Warsaw, and formerly of Bourbon and Polk City, Fla., died Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include daughters Lanette Bauters, Akron, Linda Thompson and Lora Mellott, both of Bourbon; sons Craig Scholl, Tampa, Fla., and Brian Scholl, Polk City, Fla.; sister Gene Epler, Columbia City; brother Jay Fanning, Taylors, S.C.

A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Karen L. Ewen

July 24, 1946 – Feb. 9, 2016

Mrs. Karen L. Ewen, 69, of Rochester, passed away at 2:55 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Kindred Hospital of Mishawaka. On July 24, 1946, Karen Lee Halfast was born in Cory, Pa. She was the cherished daughter of Dr. Richard and Clarice J. Bell Halfast. Growing up she shared her childhood with two brothers, Rick and Greg. With great Wildkat pride Karen graduated from Kokomo High School in 1964.

After high school, in pursuit of her dream to become a health care professional in the field of nursing, Karen attended Taylor University and earned an associate degree. She continued on at Indiana University, earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1970.

On Aug. 24, 1969, in Kokomo, Karen married the love of her life and best friend, James R. “Jim” Ewen. Together they shared more than 46 years of life’s adventures. From their union came a wonderful son, Garrett. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three beautiful grandchildren.

From 1975 until her retirement in 2000, revered by her colleagues, Karen served Woodlawn Hospital for many years as director of nursing. She later accepted an appointment as vice president of nursing services.

She was a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and the Indiana Nurses Association.

Paramount in Grandma Karen’s life was her family. She looked forward to and cherished the visits of her grandchildren. There were many adventures of coming to the lake while they all enjoyed the water related activities. Cookouts and fun and games all contributed to making special memories.

Karen will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jim; a son, Garrett Ewen and wife Kim of Granger; three grandchildren, Caden, Gavin and Linzie Ewen; two brothers, Dick “Rick” Halfast and wife Lynne of Frisco, Texas, and Greg Halfast and wife Jean of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Karen in death are her parents.

Mrs. Karen L. Ewen will have a private service. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. She will be laid to eternal rest in the family plot in Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago, 134 N. LaSalle St. #1360, Chicago, IL 60602.

The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Friday February 12, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday February 13, 2016

 

Elizabeth French

Elizabeth Vaudene French, 83, Silver Lake, died Friday.

She is survived by husband Ed, Silver Lake; sons Gary, Fort Wayne, and Ron, Okemos, Mich.; daughter Kathy Judy, Peru; brother Gene, McPherson, Kan.; sisters Jane Shepherd, Silver Lake, Shirley Kinch, North Manchester, and Dianne Floor, North Manchester.

Her funeral service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at South Pleasant United Methodist Church, North Manchester. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the church.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

 

Monday February 15, 2016

 

No Paper

 

Tuesday February 16, 2016

 

Myron A. Carlson

Sept. 7, 1923 - Feb. 11, 2016

Myron A. Carlson, 92, Valparaiso, passed away,Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

He was born Sept. 7, 1923, in Pontiac, Ill., the son of Werner and Anna (Kallem) Carlson.

On June 8, 1946, in Rochester, he married Frances L. Eshelman, who preceded him in death Jan. 21, 2016. Myron was a senior attendant with the Indiana Toll Road. Myron enjoyed golfing, painting and traveling with his wife Frances.

Surviving are his sons, David (Mary) Carlson of Wisconsin and Bill (Carol) Carlson of California; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Francis Carlson of Rochester.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso. His funeral service will be 7 p.m. EST at Bartholomew Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Leitzke and Pastor Allen Schoonover officiating. Burial will be Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, at 2 p.m. EST.

Memorial donations may be made to the V.N.A. Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the service. You may sign the online guestbook at www.bartholomewnewhard. com.

 

Paul E. Davis

June 25, 1923 - Feb. 13, 2016

Paul E. Davis Jr., 92, Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at his residence. He was born on June 25, 1923, in Indianapolis, the son of Paul E. and Dorthea (Beck) Davis Sr. After graduating from high school, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatre escorting destroyers to their destinations. On Oct. 22, 1949, in Rochester, he married Bonnie M. Blacketor. She preceded him in death on Sept. 15, 2005. Paul and Bonnie had lived in various cities over the years, but referred to Rochester as his own “Mayberry.”

Paul worked for the Ford Motor Company as a machine’s foreman, Allison Transmission of Indianapolis and retired from Caterpillar Tractor in 1986 as a floor machinist. He was a member of the Indianapolis Masonic Lodge #564, Scottish Rite for more than 50 years and was a member of First Baptist Church. Paul was a regular, every morning, for breakfast at Woodlawn Hospital, where he appreciated seeing his “Sunshiner Gals” and received the title of “Hospital Ambassador” from hospital administrator John Alley. He deeply appreciated his friendship over the years with Rev. Junior Bose and Dr. Mark Spencer and all his church family.

Survivors include his niece, Rhonda and husband Michael Smith, Kewanna; nephews Bob and wife Nellie McGrew, Fulton, Don and wife Freda McGrew, Fulton, Wilbur and wife Joretta Wheadon, Rochester, Courtney and wife Maria Rhodes, Dallas, Texas; several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Davis on April 29, 1980, and brother, Richard G. Davis.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard to assist with flag decorations at Memorial Day. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Cruz C. Pena

Feb. 27, 1963 - Feb. 10, 2016

Cruz C. “Cue” Pena, 52, Kokomo, passed away at 9:40 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Community Howard Regional Hospital.

He was born Feb. 27, 1963 in Beeville, Texas, to Gloria and Cruz Peña. Cruz was a 1981 graduate of Olivet High School, Olivet, Mich. He loved strolling his neighborhood, watching his favorite movies and TV shows, along with making and listening to music which he had a passion for. Cruz loved spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren who were his best friends. He loved making everyone around him smile with his great sense of humor.

Survivors include his daughter, Shauni Peña and son-in-law Dakota Phelps; grandchildren Mekhi Peña “Coconut,” Gabriel Heiskell “Gabaroonie,” and Amelia Peña “Sweet Pea,” all of Kokomo; daughter Constancia Peña, Leiters Ford; three sisters, Vilma Wall and husband Bob, Cocoa, Fla., Rosie Trutanich and husband Michael, Garden Valley, Idaho, and Amada Peña, Rochester; an uncle, who was more of a brother, Ernest Cantu and wife Diane, Woodstock, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews. Cruz was preceded in death by his parents; son Kyle Peña; and brother Joselito Pena.

Following the wishes of Cruz, cremation will take place and a private service will be held by his family. Arrangements are by Indiana Funeral Care.

 

Clair David Reinhold

May 29, 1929 - Feb. 12, 2016

Clair David Reinhold, 86, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at 11:10 p.m. He passed away at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. Clair was born on May 29, 1929, in Monterey, to the late Clarence and Grace Reinhold. Clair graduated from Monterey High School in 1947. On Dec. 21, 1952, he married the love of his life, Betty Hoffman. She survives. Clair served in the U.S. Army. He had worked at Eaton Corporation in Winamac for more than 30 years.

 Clair enjoyed remodeling and building houses as well as gardening. He also enjoyed working auctions for Dewain Davis. Clair was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winamac. He loved his grandchildren very much, especially attending their sporting events. Clair will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Reinhold; his children, Kent (Sandy) Reinhold; Cathy Penicaro; David (Bonnie) Reinhold, and Marcia (John) Miller; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; siblings Mary (Bud) Hammond, Florence, John, Donald Reinhold, and Marion (Sharon) Reinhold; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Brad Penicaro; grandson David F. Penicaro; and siblings Elden Reinhold and Wilma Reinhold.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with visitation there Wednesday 3-8 p.m. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military rites. Memorial contributions may be given to Calvary Baptist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Wednesday February 17, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday February 18, 2016

 

Elizabeth Richardson

Elizabeth Richardson, 54, Kewanna, died Tuesday at her residence. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Richard A. Lemler

Feb. 28, 1935 - Feb. 17, 2016

Richard “Dick” A. Lemler, 80, of Tippecanoe, passed away at 9:20 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at home in his peaceful sleep. Dick was born on Feb. 28, 1935, in Bourbon, to Harold and Ruth (Secrist) Lemler. He was a lifelong resident of Marshall County. He was a farmer and had worked as an escort for Fairmont Homes.

In his spare time he enjoyed Indiana University Hoosiers sports, and he was a Green Bay Packer fan. He also enjoyed the euchre club, which he had been a part of for more than 50 years, and enjoyed having coffee with the “Corner Boys Club” at the corner restaurant in Bourbon, where many stories were shared. Dick also served in the U.S. Army.

Dick married the love of his life, Carol J. Redman, on June 29, 1955. She preceded in death June 19, 2011.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Jill (Mrs. Tom) Neyhart of New Carlisle; and his son, Mike and Kim Lemler of Milford. He was further blessed with his grandchildren Abigail, Emily, Jacob, Gabe and Hannah; three brothers, Lowell “Butch” and Nancy Lemler of Bourbon, Chester “Chub” Lemler of Tippecanoe, and Dennis “Boomer” Lemler of Bourbon. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, June Klotz and Peg Briney; two brothers, Kenneth and LaMar Lemler.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 19 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at Tippecanoe Community Church, East 18B Road, Tippecanoe. His funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the church with David Steakhouse officiating. The family is asking that you dress casual for the funeral. Dick’s request is blue jeans! Burial will follow in the Tippecanoe Cemetery with military honors by the Bourbon American Legion.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Impact Campus Ministries of South Bend, P.O. Box 82925, Tampa, Florida 33682.

Deaton Clemens Funeral Home is privileged to be entrusted in arranging the services of Richard Lemler.

 

Friday February 19, 2016

 

Elizabeth Richardson

Sept. 20, 1961 – Feb. 16, 2016

Elizabeth Richardson, 54, of Kewanna, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, 2016, at her residence.

Born on Sept. 20, 1961, in Cheyenne, Wyo., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Barbara (Pack) Ball. She was employed at WestRock Company in Plymouth. Her hobbies included Facebook and social media, hosting cookouts and spending time with family.

Survivors include her children, Crystal Thomas (Chris) of Kewanna, Andrew Richardson of Missouri, Charles Richardson of Kewanna and Shane Richardson of Kewanna; grandchildren Alexis and Eli; sister Dorothy Ball of Virginia; and brother Andrew Ball (Naomi) of Rochester. She was also preceded in death by brothers Thomas, Charles, William and Truman Ball.

A service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor Gary Clingler officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Sign the online guestbook or leave condolences for the Richardson family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Saturday February 20, 2016

 

William H. Garman

William “Bill” H. Garman 63, Rochester, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Larry L. Klein

Larry L. Klein, 80, Akron, died at 11:05 a.m. Friday at Kosciusko Community Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Donald C. Pittman

Donald C. Pittman, 65, Rochester, died at 9:35 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2016, at St. Elizabeth East, Lafayette. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Kathleen M. Vires

Kathleen M. Vires, 79, Rochester, died at 10:25 a.m. Thursday at home. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Monday February 22, 2016

 

William “Bill” H. Garman

July 24, 1952 - Feb. 19, 2016

William “Bill” H. Garman, 63, Rochester, passed away at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at his residence. He was born on July 24, 1952, in Hillsboro, Ohio, the son of Everett and Lillian (Davis) Garman. On April 3, 1976, in Tucson, Ariz., he married Susan J. Clavers and she survives.

Bill retired from the United States Air Force as a master sergeant after serving more than 33 years. He served during the Vietnam War, having been stationed in Vietnam, Guam and Thailand. He worked as a jet engine mechanic and aircraft crew chief during his military career. He was a member of First Christian Church, Eagles Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, Master Gardeners, 4-H Council, 4-H Fair Board and Extension Board and was a former Miami County 4-H leader and superintendent. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, woodworking and lawn care.

Survivors include his wife, Susan J. Garman, Rochester; sons Brian and wife Kristie Garman, Huntington, Michael Garman and girlfriend, Carrie Teller, Winder, Ga.; daughter Sandra and husband Michael Hoffarth, Rochester; grandchildren Galan and Liam Dishner, both of Huntington, Makenzie Garman, Huntington, Christopher and Isaac Garman, both of West Lafayette; brothers John and wife Renate Garman, Schierstein, Germany, Jim and wife Bunny Garman, Hilton Head Island, S.C; sisters Nedra and husband Jim Guthrie, Grove City, Ohio, Lori and husband Darrell Tillis, Orient, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents in 2001.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at First Christian Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Mike VanHeyningen officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to service Friday at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Shirley A. Felda

Feb. 7, 1946 - Feb. 19, 2016

Shirley A. Felda, 70, Kewanna, passed away at 9:56 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1946, in Fulton County, the daughter of George “Pete” and Hazel (Click) Sutton. On Sept. 19, 1969, in Rochester, she married Thomas Lee Felda. He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2004.

Mrs. Felda had worked at T.M. Morris Manufacturing in Fulton for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed word search books and puzzles.

Survivors include her sons, Jim and wife Kari Felda, Kewanna, Chuck Felda, Kewanna; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim and wife Arvella Sutton, Fulton, Butch and wife Rita Sutton, Fulton; sisters, Nina Krisher, Anderson, and Jane Reames, Burlington; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Tom Felda, daughter Tammy J. Clancy and grandson Ryan Holloway.

 A time to celebrate Shirley’s life will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Kewanna- Union Township Fire Station. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com

 

Larry L. Klein

Aug. 14, 1935 - Feb. 19, 2016

Larry L. Klein, 80, Akron, died at 11:05 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw after being in failing health for several months He was born to Ellis and Treva (Morris) Klein on Aug. 14, 1935 in Akron. On June 19, 1955, in Akron, he married Barbara McDaniel. She preceded him in August 1973. Then he married Carolyn Kay Slaby on Sept 13, 1977, in Mishawaka. She survives He had been a superintendent, principal and school teacher at Maconaquah and North Miami schools where he coached basketball and cross country. He also had been a minister at Church of God in Muncie and First Church of God in Peru. He was the dean of students at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona Beach, Fla.

Larry was a 1953 graduate of Beaver Dam High School, then Anderson College in 1958. He received his Masters in School Administration degree from Butler University. He was ordained in 1986 as a minister of the Church of God. He was a former member of the Akron Lions Club and the Rochester Optimist Club.

Survivors include his wife Kay Klein, Akron; daughter Kathy Miles, Akron; sons Melvin Klein, Ft. Wayne, Gary Klein, Beaver Dam Lake, Claypool; stepdaughters Cami and husband Steve Nail, Atlanta, Ga., Keriann and husband David Martin, Knightstown; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his first wife, Barbara Klein, parents Ellis and Treva Klein and a sonin- law, Verl Miles in 2013.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Akron Church of God.

Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at Akron Church of God with Pastor Ryan Chpaman officiating. Burial will be Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, 1515 Provident Dr, Warsaw, or the WeeCare Children’s Ministries. Share a memory or send an online Condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Kathleen M. Vires

Kathleen M. Vires, 79, Indiana 14 West, Rochester, died at 10:25 p.m. Thursday at home.

Survivors include sons Terrance Vires, Florida, and Brian T. Vires, Wisconsin; sisters Irene Lisak, Culver, Patricia Kolar, Argos, Beatrice M. Beran, California, Jean Henney, Culver, Georgia Ford, Rochester, Martha Rosario, Puerto Rico; and brothers Arthur Doody, Woodridge, Ill., and Terrance Doody, Culver.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, followed by a 2 p.m. funeral service at the funeral home.

 

Emory D. Watrous

Emory D. Watrous, 73, East 17th Road, Argos, died at 5:22 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Earl-Grossman Funeral

Home, Argos.

 

John Howkinson         

John Howkinson. 79, Rochester, died Sunday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home. Rochester.

 

James McIntosh

James McIntosh. 82, Tippecanoe, died 3:47 a.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Tuesday February 23, 2016

 

John W. Howkinson

John W. Howkinson, 78, Rochester, died at 3:54 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; a daughter, Mary Beth Fox; a son, Mark Howkinson; and a sister, Jan Arnot.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church.

 

David Earl Snyder

David Earl Snyder, 86, Peru, died at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

He is survived by his three daughters, Cindy Murphy, Valorie Cole, and Lisa Wooten, all of Peru; three sisters, Anita Burrous, Indianapolis, Virginia Langston, Debary, Fla. and Vivian Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mexico Baptist Church. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Emory D. Watrous

Emory D. Watrous, 73, Argos, died at 5:22 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, Argos; daughter Vicki Mudra, Crystal Lake, Ill., sisters Carol Shrader, Rochester, and Ka Harris, Andrews.

Visitation is 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Funeral service follows.

 

Wednesday February 24, 2016

 

John Howkinson

1936 - 2016

Highlights from the Dash. Born: March 27,1936 to Mayme (Bryan) Howkinson, d. 1938, and Richard Howkinson, d. 1993. Stepmother Mary (Finney) Howkinson, d. 2009. Brother Jim Howkinson, d. 2005. Sister Jill Howkinson, d. 1943. Sister Jan (Howkinson) Arnott and Jon, both surviving. 1954: Ran a 56-second quarter mile; received the Staggs Award for Monticello High School’s Most Outstanding Athlete; high school graduation.

1954-1957: United States Marine Corps. 1957: Wedded Barbara (Sparks) Howkinson, survives. 1958: Daughter Mary Beth (Howkinson) Fox; and Jimmy Fox m. 1993, both surviving, Caryville, Tenn. 1960: son Mark; and Penny (Dewitt) Howkinson m. 1983; grandchildren, Amelya, Tyler, Adrian, Gabriella; all surviving. 1961-1998: Teacher Rochester High School; state recognition for athletic coaching 25 years plus. 1962: Member Grace United Methodist Church; serving as a Sunday School teacher and lay leader. 1963-1982: Installed 132 swimming pools with best friend and fellow teacher Simon Deeb. 1966: Founding and lifelong board member of First Federal Savings Bank. 1968-2005: Husbandry to his small Angus cow herd.

1968-2014: Traveled to 127 foreign countries. 1974: Member of the Rochester Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 1992: Member Rochester Lions Club; serving a term as president and in 2013 receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

February 21, 2016: Died in peace at 3:52 p.m.

A celebration of the life of Mr. John Howkinson will be Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Grace United Methodist Church at 201 W. Seventh St., Rochester. Pastor Kerry O’Brien will officiate. His family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rochester Lion’s Club will have a memorial service for Lion John at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, c/o Rochester High School, 1 Zebra Lane, Rochester, IN 46975; Rochester Lions Club Ramp Fund, P.O. Box 851, Rochester, IN 46975; Grace United Methodist Church Free Meal Fund, 201 W. Seventh St., Rochester. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

James McIntosh

James McIntosh, 82, Tippecanoe, died at 3:47 a.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include his wife Arminta, Tippecanoe, and son James, Warsaw.

Graveside service is at noon Saturday at the Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Thursday February 25, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday February 26, 2016

 

Jo Ann Nichols

Jo Ann Nichols, 60, died Wednesday in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her brother, John Nichols, and sister, Beverly Nichols, both of Rochester.

 Arrangements are by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home of Fort Wayne.

 

Saturday February 27, 2016

 

Etheree Jones

Etheree L. Jones, 85, Rochester and formerly of Kewanna, died at 12:50 a.m., Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

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

 

Donald C. Pittman

Donald Carl Pittman, 65, Rochester, died at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth East of Lafayette.

He is survived by two sisters Diane Williams and Kathy Kantz; a son, Daniel Pittman.

His funeral service is at 2 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Visitation is one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Monday February 29, 2016

 

Etheree Linda Jones

Aug. 26, 1930 - Feb. 26, 2016

Etheree Linda Jones, 85, Rochester and formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 12:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Life Care Center in Rochester.

 Born Aug. 26, 1930 in Langley, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Lewis H. and Eunice (Graves) Bashaw. On May 9, 1950, in Warren, she married Dean E. Jones. He preceded her in death April 22, 2014. She was a 1949 Langley High School graduate.

Linda was a former realtor and tax preparer. She and her husband Dean formerly owned and operated the Kewanna and Culver Laundry Mats.

Linda enjoyed sewing, fishing, gardening and camping. Survivors include her two sons, Ronald D. Jones (Bobbie) of Kewanna and Steven L. Jones (Nancy) of Virginia Beach; sister Wanda Aldred of Shoals; sisters-in-law, Naomi Martin and Velma Souers, both of Bluffton; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by an infant brother and a sister, Elois Drain.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor Aaron McCombs officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Kewanna Citizens IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association. Sign the online guest book or leave condolence for the Jones family at www. ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Tuesday March 1, 2016

 

Ruth Enyart

Ruth Meek Enyart, 92, Rochester, died at 1:50 a.m, Monday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She is survived by two daughters, June Howe, Rochester, and Sharon Herington, Mundelein, Ill.

Her funeral service is noon Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Donald R. King

Aug. 1, 1944 - Feb. 28, 2016

Donald R. King, 71, Rochester, passed away at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. He was born on Aug. 1, 1944, in Noblesville, the son of Donald G. and Wanda (Ballard) King. He grew up in Noblesville with his mother and stepfather, Wanda and Dick Camp, before moving to Rochester 48 years ago. He was a United States Air Force veteran.

Don retired from Lau Industries as a machinist after 25 years of service and had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. In his spare time he enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.

Survivors include his children, Rob and wife Julie King, Rochester, Sharon Grigsby, Bedford, Stephen King and companion Shannon Smith, Rochester; mother and step-father Wanda and Dick Camp, Noblesville; grandchildren Ashlyn, Emily, Hanna and Noah King, all of Rochester, Scott Brown, Louisville, Ky., Tasha, Shawn and Jessica Brown, all of Bedford, Skyla Smith, Rochester; great-grandchildren Lily Brown and Aiden Brown, both of Bedford; sister Darlene Smith, Florida; and aunt Joan McVey, Noblesville. He was preceded in death by his father.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with Rev. Mike McKinney officiating. Friends may visit at the church on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Wednesday March 2, 2016

 

Dolores Czichilski

Dolores C. Czichilski, 85, Rochester, died at 9:05 a.m., Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Paula Manzo, Anaheim, Calif.; and a son, David Czichilski of Rochester.

Private family service will be Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

 

Ruth Meek Enyart

Nov. 26, 1923 - Feb. 29, 2016

Ruth Meek Enyart, 92, of Rochester, passed away at 1:50 a.m., Monday, Feb. 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

On Nov. 26, 1923, Ruth was born in Toledo, Ohio, a cherished daughter of Wesley Odus and Cecelia Grace Freeman Meek. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters and a brother.

On Dec. 7, 1940, in Peru, Ruth Meek married the love of her life, Mr. Raymond Enyart. As best friends 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.

A loyal and devoted member of the Rochester Church of the Nazarene, Ruth’s membership spanned more than six and a half decades. As a faithful servant of her church, she taught adult Sunday school, was a member of the choir’s soprano section and was a prayer warrior. Serving as president of the church missions, Ruth and Ray embraced a memorable mission trip to Suriname in the 1980’s. They also once visited Nassau, Bahamas to help with the construction of a church. An avid reader, Ruth’s favorite book was the Bible.

There were many Sundays after church, Ruth would return to her kitchen command post and prepare an amazing Sunday dinner. Whether it was a hot roast complimented by potatoes and vegetables or a sizzling meatloaf fresh from the oven, she would always serve rolls, salads and warm pie or cake, a true banquet fit for a king.

A vibrant lady who was always surrounded by friends and church family, Ruth was very neighborly, offering a helping hand, listening ear and a caring heart. She cared for many shut-ins in her earlier years. Each spring she planted flower gardens that enhanced the landscape of her home. A craftsman with her hands she was accomplished with sewing, quilting and cake decorating. Many will remember her warm smile and twinkling eyes as she greeted her customers at Zimmerman’s Bakery.

Ruth is lovingly remembered by two daughters, June Howe and husband David of Rochester, Sharon Herington and husband Dohn of Mundelein, Ill.; three grandchildren, Doug Howe, Cheryl Cholewczynski and husband Mike, Marc Alan Herington and wife Suzanne; two great-grandchildren, Lindsay Joy and Brooke Noel Herington; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Ruth in death are her parents; husband Raymond on Jan. 26, 2015; two sisters, Olga Marie Cook and Helen Bright; and a brother, Rev. Emmitt Meek.

The Enyart family wishes to express their grateful appreciation for the kind assistance, love and care conveyed to their treasured mother by her caregivers of Life Care Center’s Martin Hall and Gentiva Hospice.

A celebration of the life of Ruth Meek Enyart will be at noon Thursday, March 3, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice or Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, c/o Church of The Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday March 3, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday March 4, 2016

 

Ralph E. Oldt Jr.

Ralph E. Oldt Jr., 65, New Lenox, Ill., died at 4:19 a.m. Friday at Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox.

Survivors include his cousins Gary and Alan Wentzel, Kewanna, and James Wentzel, Leiters Ford.

A graveside service will be conducted at Bruce Lake Cemetery at a later date. Harrison-Metzer-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna, is handling arrangements.

 

Eugene Wooten

Eugene Wooten, 86, Peru, died at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru. Visitation is 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday March 5, 2016

 

Lucille Stacy

Lucille M. Stacy, 85, Rochester, died at 8:20 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Ervin; two daughters, Simona Budas, Bolingbrook, Ill., and Bettina Motzney, Palatine, Ill.; two sisters, Dorothy Santoyo and Annette Vargas; six brothers, Fred Santoyo, Pete Santoyo, Florentino Santoyo II, Jesse Santoyo, Adolph Santoyo, Trino Santoyo.

Mass of Christian Burial is 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Monday March 7, 2016

 

Jerry Reyburn

Jerry Reyburn, 80, 2720 Manitou Park Court, Rochester, died at 7 p.m. March 1, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Helene, Danville; son Tom, Boalsburg, Pa.; and son Bret, Plainfield.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Tuesday March 8, 2016

 

Jerry H. Reyburn

Oct. 26, 1935 – March 1, 2016

Jerry H. Reyburn, 80, 2720 Manitou Park Court, Rochester, passed away at 7 p.m. March 1, 2016.

Born Oct. 26, 1935, in Kokomo, he was the son of Benjamin and Regina (Martz) Reyburn. He and Helene Baker were married on Aug. 15, 1958, in Harlingen, Texas. She survives.

Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, graduating from Purdue University with a degree in forestry. As a U.S. Air Force officer, he applied his talents to fighting forest fires and training pilots in survival skills. Leaving the USAF, Jerry accepted a position at The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agriculture and earned his doctorate degree in forestry. As part of the Pennsylvania State Extension Service, Dr. Reyburn touched the lives of many 4-H youth. Jerry was a coach of youth soccer leagues in State College, Pa., and an NCAA soccer referee. After retiring from P.S.U., he traveled the world working for the Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations. His journeys reached all seven continents.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Regina Reyburn. Survivors include wife, Helene, of Danville; son Tom and wife Kari (Holter) of Boalsburg, Pa.; son Bret and wife Rainie (Rizzo), of Plainfield; grandson Scott; two brothers, Ned and Phil; and aunt Julia Reyburn.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to a local hospice, local library, children’s hospital or organization of choice.

 

Wednesday March 9, 2016

 

Shirley A. Felda

A celebration of life for Shirley A. Felda is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Kewanna-Union Township Fire Station. Shirley, 70, of Kewanna, passed away at 9:56 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Jean Boldry

Jean Boldry 88, Rochester, died at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday March 10, 2016

 

Jean Boldry

Nov. 4, 1927 - March 8, 2016

Jean Boldry, 88, Rochester, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. She was born on Nov. 4, 1927, in Twelve Mile, the daughter of Ralph and Hazel Mae (Dawalt) Swank. On Aug. 1, 1946, in Lucerne, she married Gale E. Boldry. He preceded her in death on April 20, 2012.

Mrs. Boldry had been a homemaker and had assisted her husband in running the family farm. She was a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church, Fulton. She enjoyed making crafts, gardening, following her family’s sporting events and, along with her husband Gale, traveling extensively around the world.

Survivors include her children, Dr. Michael A. and wife Linda Boldry, Rochester, Philip and wife Karen Boldry, Macy, Steven and wife Anita Boldry, Rochester, Lori Ann and husband Ronald Jaworski, Osceola, Lisa Maroney, Richmond; grandchildren Brian Boldry, Teresa Simpson, Staci Pfeiffer, Todd Boldry, Chad Boldry, Tammy Bonnell, Brad Boldry, Scott Boldry, Katherine Jaworski, Alice Jaworski, Sam Jaworski, Jacob Maroney; several great-grandchildren; and sister Ethel Mae and husband Dr. James Fall, Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester with Rev. Todd Wilson and Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may visit from 3-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Dean C. Nellans Jr.

Aug. 10, 1925 - March 8, 2016

Dean C. Nellans Jr., 90, Mentone, died at 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Mason Health Care of Warsaw.

He was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Mentone, the son of Dean C. and Ethel (Tucker) Nellans. On Dec. 17, 1964, in Mentone, he married Jeannine Blue. She survives.

Dean was a farmer and a truck driver. He was a 1943 graduate of Mentone High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Warsaw American Legion Post 425. Dean enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, birds, his cats and yard work. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannine Nellans, Mentone; daughters Sherry and husband Stan Pequignot, Warsaw, Kathy and husband Lloyd Morgan, Akron; sons Randy and wife Aimee Nellans, Rochester, Rusty and wife Kelly Nellans, Mentone; 29 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and sister Juanita Paulus, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his son, Sonny Nellans; and sistersGeraldine “Jerry” Smith and Norma Jean Clauss.

Dean’s funeral service is 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone with Pastor Denny Bollenbacher joined by speaker Sunday Adelakin. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery with graveside military rites performed by the Warsaw American Legion Post.

 Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Warsaw American Legion. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Violet A. M. Risner

Dec. 11, 2015 - March 8, 2016

Violet Anne Marie Risner, 2 ½ months, Rochester, passed away at 11:20 a.m., Tuesday March 8, 2016, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Violet was born on Dec. 11, 2015, in South Bend, the daughter of Jeff Risner and Brittany Marie Mickey.

Survivors include her parents, of Rochester; brothers Maddox Daniel, Jaxon Gabriel, and Xayden Michael Lee, all of Rochester; grandparents Tracy and Fritz Risner Jr., Rochester, Daniel Mickey, Rochester; great-grandparents Virginia Risner, Rochester, Fritz Sr. and Patricia Risner, Winamac, Ronald and Norma Potter, Peru, Edith Flannigan, Benton, Ill., Madalene Mickey, Hobart; great-great-grandmother Minnie Hairston, Mississippi; godparents Kendra Day, Akron, Shawn Bucher, Akron, Tera Stoner, Rochester, and Keagen Minix, Culver; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandma, Anne Marie Fields, and great-grandparents Roxanna and Michael Herrell, Thomas Schwei and John Mickey.

Funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Gail Law officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley’s Children Hospital, Indianapolis. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Friday March 11, 2016

 

Manford L. Norris

Sept. 24, 1925 – March 9, 2016.

Manford L. Norris, 90, of Wanatah, passed away peacefully at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Avalon Springs Health Campus, Valparaiso. He was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Culver, to Victor Leo and Minnie Alice (Bowen) Norris.

 Manford was a retired school teacher for the Morgan Township School System. He honorably served during WWII in the United States Army and received a Purple Heart during his service. Manford fostered seven children over the years. He was an active member of the Crossroads Baptist Church, Wanatah. Manford had been a Sunday School teacher and a song leader during church services. He volunteered at Baptist Children’s Home and enjoyed playing the dulcimer.

On Aug. 11, 1956, he married Luella (Osborn) Norris, who preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 1991. On July 3, 1992, he married Ruth (Beasley) Norris, who preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2016. Also preceding in death were his parents; five brothers, Nelson, John, Woodrow, Wendell and James Norris; and two sisters, Lucille Speck and Betty Miller.

Surviving are four children, Karen (Gary) Bolton of Knox, James (Kim) Norris of North Carolina, Linda (David) Carullo of Valparaiso and Alan (Kathy) Norris of Westville; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral celebrating his life is at noon Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Crossroads Baptist Church, 10027 W. 1000 South, Wanatah. Visitation and viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte, 219-362-3100, is caring for the arrangements. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, following services.

Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Crossroads Baptist Church, 10027 W. 1000 South, Wanatah, IN 46390 or to the Baptist Children’s Home, 354 West Street, Suite No. 1, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

 

Corbin Minix

Corbin Edward Minix, 1 day, of Rochester, died at 9:40 p.m. March 2,

2016, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

Jeffrey L. Newlin

Jeffrey Lee Newlin, 61, formerly of Rochester, passed away Wednesday at his home in Crown Point. Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral

Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday March 12, 2016

 

George E. Burton

George E. Burton, 83, Rochester, died at 3:45 a.m., Friday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; four sons: Dennis and Craig, Rochester, Bruce, Camden, Ohio, and Roger, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home. Friends may visit from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Gary W. Bradley

Gary W. Bradley, 59, Akron, died 6:08 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

He is survived by a brother, Richard A. Smith, Rochester. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 1-3 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Mary Dolores Hawk

Aug. 23, 1936 - March 1, 2016

Donald Earl Hawk

Jan. 24, 1936 - March 2, 2016

Mary Dolores Hawk, 79, of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away at 5:54 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Healthpark Hospital, Fort Myers, Fla., surrounded by her loving family. She was unable to recover after open heart surgery. Sixteen hours later, she reached out for her husband’s hand to be with her in Heaven.

Surrounded by his children, Donald Earl Hawk, 80, died at 9:49 a.m., March 2, 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease, in Coral Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation, Cape Coral, where he resided.

Mary was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Muncie, to William and Ruby Dunkin Dorell.

Don was born Jan. 14, 1936, in Fulton County, to Edward and Leona Gibson Hawk.

They were married Oct. 27, 1954, in Michigan.

Before retiring to Cape Coral, they owned Hawk Auto Repair, Walkerton, and previously owned Hawk Radiator Shop, Warsaw.

Surviving are their five children: Caramia Hawk, Fort Myers, Fla., Donald Kim (Laura) Hawk, North Fort Myers, Fla., Kevin (Tina) Hawk, North Fort Myers, Karen (Brett) Harding, Cape Coral, and Cindy Hawk, Bokeelia, Fla., 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his sister, Terry (Michael) Partridge, Allen, Texas, her sisters, Beatrice Teel, Noblesville, and formerly of Warsaw, and Sandra (Tom) Groninger, Warsaw, and a brother, Fred (Diane) Dorell, Warsaw. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Klus. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Hawk, and a brother, Bob Hawk.

Memorial events and celebrations of their lives will be at 2 p.m. March 26, 2016, at Karen’s residence, 17911 Eagle View Lane, Cape Coral, and this summer in Culver. Memorials may be mailed to Karen Harding, 17911 Eagle View Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33909 for final expenses and to be distributed to various agencies who cared for them. Visit www.gendronfuneralhome. com to share a memory.

 

Corbin Minix

Corbin E. Minix, 1 day old, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.  He is survived by his parents Melissa Burton and Nathen Minix and brother, Caleb Minix, Rochester.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

 

Monday March 14, 2016

 

George E. Burton

Jan. 31, 1933 – March 11, 2016

Mr. George Edward Burton, 83, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 3:45 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester. On Jan. 31, 1933, George was born in Fulton County, a treasured son of Edgar Harold and Grace Arlene Musselman Burton. Growing up in Liberty Township he shared his childhood with his brother Harold. George graduated from Fulton High School in 1951. During his high school years he played on the Bulldog basketball team and was a catcher for the baseball team. The class of ’51 was unique, more like family through the years. George savored their times spent together, annually at Christmas, the summer picnic and the alumni banquet.

Following high school, patriotism beckoned, George answered the call, serving with the United States Army during the Korean War. In October of 2014, he was recognized as a member of an Honor Flight originating from Lafayette.

George and Carol Marie Rogers were married on April 5, 1959, in Francesville. They shared nearly 43 years together. From their union came four handsome sons. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations. A few years after the passing of their spouses, on Feb. 20, 2005, George and Gloria Kay Jenkins were married. Blending their families, they enjoyed more than eleven years together.

A lifelong farmer, in the early years George raised and milked a fine herd of 115 head of Holsteins. Their farming operation included over 400 acres of corn, hay and beans. He was active with Farm Bureau, Fulton County 4-H and Rural Youth.

A man of strong faith, George was a member of the Whippoorwill Church for decades. He served as deacon and trustee for many years. Most recently he attended the First Christian Church in Winamac. George was a devoted member of the Pulaski County Chapter of Gideon’s International.

Accomplished in the sport of square dancing, George was a member of the Swinging Dudes until they dissolved. He then became a member of the Tippecanoe Twirlers. To relax he and Gloria enjoyed playing a variety of card games as members of the Pegs & Joker Club.

George is survived by his wife Gloria; four sons, Dennis Burton and wife Linda, Craig Burton and wife Mitzi, all of Rochester, Bruce Burton and wife Audrey of Camden, Ohio, Roger Burton and wife Lisa of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two stepchildren, Cathy Field and husband Duane, David Lee Jenkins and wife Laura, all of Winamac; nine grandchildren, Scott Burton and wife Jenna of Claypool, Kevin Burton and wife Kimberly of Rochester, Sean Burton and wife Madison of Eaton, Ohio, Kyle Burton and wife Eleny of Fort Wayne, Kara Burton of Camden, Ohio, Jessica Burton of Louisville, Ky., Alexandra Burton of Brooklyn, N.Y., Abbagail Burton and friend Zane Olinger of Rochester, Katie Biscella and husband Shane of Logansport; seven stepgrandchildren, Cheryl Raymond and husband Nathan of Fort Wayne, Amanda Mundell of Crown Point, Max Mundell of Hobart, Rachel Mundell of Hobart, Nolan Jenkins of Winamac, Alyssa Jenkins of Indianapolis, Zane Jenkins of Winamac; four great-grandchildren, McKinley Burton, Harrison Burton, Ellison Burton, Liam Burton; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Jacoby Jenkins, Taelynn Raymond, Katelynn Raymond, Jason Jenkins; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding George in death are his parents, wife Carol on March 15, 2002, his brother Harold Burton on Nov. 10, 1981, and a stepgrandson, Daniel Duane Field on March of 1991.

A celebration of the life of George Edward Burton will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home with pastors Brian Sewell and Rick Abbott officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Pulaski County Gideons, with envelopes available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to George’s family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Earl Deaton

Earl Deaton, 77, Macy, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Steven Nelson

Steven Nelson, 62, Rochester, died at 2:50 a.m. Friday, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Jeffrey L. Newlin

Jeffrey L. Newlin, 61, formerly of Rochester, died Wednesday in his Schererville home.

He is survived by two daughters, Lesley Klauk and Melissa Huffman; a son, James Lee Newlin; parents James and Donna Newlin; and two sisters, Julie Wagoner and Lori Frounfelter.

His funeral service is at 4 p.m. April 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

George J. Reed

Nov 3, 1929 – March 10, 2016

George J. Reed, 86, Mentone, died at 6:14 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Ft. Wayne. He was born Nov. 3, 1929, in Nappanee, the son of George M. and Dorothy (Hardy) Reed. On May 29, 1948, in Mentone he married June Brown, who preceded him on April 30, 2012.

He was a machinist and an inspector at Precimed Inc. of Columbia City. A 1948 graduate of Mentone High School, he was a member of the Mentone Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping at Jellystone Park and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved most of all having his family close to him.

George’s survivors include two sons, Terry and wife Debra Reed, Mentone, and Rocky and wife Diane Reed, Pierceton; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; sister Linda and husband Allen Corwin, Wakarusa. He was preceded in death by his wife June Reed; daughter Salena Ann Reed and son Max Lane Reed; brothers Bill and Glen; sisters Cora, Glenice, and Lucille.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Jeff Truex officiating. Burial

will be at Mentone Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today, Monday, March 14, 2016 at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday March 15, 2016

 

Earl Deaton

Earl Deaton, 77, Macy, died at home Sunday.

 He is survived by sons Earl Jr., Hazard, Ky., Charles, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., William, Macy; daughters Lora Deaton, Peru, Shari Simonson, Rochester; a sister, Lora Davis, Macy; and a brother, Walter, Louisville.

Funeral service is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 2 p.m. until time of service.

 

Robert Holloway

Robert l. Holloway, 89, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Jeanelle L. Poe

Jeanelle L. Poe, 33, Mentone, died Saturday at her home.

Survivors include her parents, Steven and Barbara Conaway, Mentone; daughters Karalei and Bailey Poe; son Harley; sister Julie Sanders, Vassar, Mich.; brother Steven Conaway, Mentone.

Private family service will be at a later date. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday March 16, 2016

 

Earl Deaton

Dec. 16, 1938 - March 13, 2016

Earl Deaton, 77, Macy passed away at his home unexpectedly on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Born in Hazard, Ky. on Dec. 16, 1938, Earl was a treasured son of Willie and Armina Cornett Deaton. He was the second youngest of a beautiful and vibrant family of 14 children.

On Sept. 28, 1957, in Fulton, Earl married the love of his life, Ruth Ann Francis. Over the years they became best friends, sharing more than 51 years of life’s adventures. The family tree flourished with the added blessings of 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

A professional meat cutter, many will remember Earl’s prime cuts made at Berkway Supermarket. He worked a stint at Peru’s Five Star Market meat department. Then Jack Townsend brought him back home to Rochester at Townsend’s IGA, a meat cutter in demand by many of his special customers, delivering the perfect cut. As one of Indiana’s first meat processors, Earl opened a custom meat processing shop near his home. With a great passion for his skills he taught “Little Earl” the techniques of meat-cutting and processing.

An entrepreneur, in earlier years, Earl owned Earl’s Grill and Games in downtown Macy. It was here the people could relax, shoot pool and dine on some of the area’s finest foods. He was maybe best known for his crispy smelt.

Earl’s memberships include the Lincoln Masonic Lodge in Macy and the Manitou VFW Post #1343 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, both of Rochester.

With a heart of a true American sportsman, Earl engaged in hunting deer and rabbit. Late spring brought on a search for the morels. His favorite fishing locales were Nyona Lake and Fletcher’s Lake, where he could be seen armed with his casting rod and tackle box in hand, ready to catch the limit of bluegill, bass, crappie and catfish. Of course Earl looked forward to an annual expedition to Canada and fishing for the coveted walleye. Many friends brought him their prized specimens, from deer heads to the catch of a lifetime, for him to taxidermy and preserve the great memory in real life.

From his kitchen command post, Earl was quite at home performing the duties as chief cook. In demand were some of his special dishes, including vegetable soup, Coney dogs, beef stew, pork chops and smelt. Annually he and Ruth Ann planted a truck patch garden allowing him to use some of the produce in his special dishes. She tended to the garden while he cooked. Together each autumn they collected the bountiful harvest. Ruth Ann would freeze and can the produce for winters use.

Left to cherish Earl’s memory are: three sons, Earl Deaton Jr. of Hazard, Ky., Charles Kenneth Deaton of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., William Earl “Little Earl” Deaton and wife Pamila of Macy; two daughters, Lora Deaton of Peru, Shari Simonson and husband Brian of Rochester; a sister, Lora Davis of Macy; a brother, Walter “Bill” Deaton of Louisville; a son of the heart, John Powell of Macy; 12 grandchildren Teffeny Deaton, Chuck Deaton, Danyell Chobot, Jason Huff, Joni Popejoy, Jeff Mitchell Jr., Keith Mitchell, Brandon Arven, Bradlee Arven, Calvin Deaton, Meranda Fletchall and Jason Dolen. Numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding Earl in death are his beloved wife Ruth Ann Deaton on July 26, 2009; the Deaton brothers, Dewey, Lee, John, Raymond, Wallace, Pete; two sisters, infant Susie Deaton and Martha Combs; and a grandson, Jesse Dolen on July 23, 2014.

A sunset celebration of life service for Mr. Earl Deaton will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with his family from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Skip Shambarger will officiate. A private family burial will follow at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Earl’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Dianne Buckmiller

Dianne Buckmiller, 73, Rochester, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending with Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Josefina Rudd

Josefina M. Rudd, 71, Rochester, died at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home.

 

Thursday March 17, 2016

 

Steve Joseph Nelson

June 27, 1953 - March 11, 2016

Steve Joseph Nelson, 62, Rochester, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at his residence. He was born on June 27, 1953, in Salina, Kan. He was the son of James and Rose Ann (Dreher) Nelson. Steve graduated from Coast Joint Union High School, Cambria, Calif., and worked for Securitas Inc. in California for many years before retiring. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially taking them to the park, Star Trek, western TV shows and movies, country music and going to the library.

Survivors include his children, Shaun Nelson, Wilmington, N.C., Donovan Nelson, Cambria, Calif., and Joline Nelson, Rochester; grandchildren, Arabella Taylor, Aydin Taylor and Milo Taylor, all of Rochester; and brother, Scott Nelson, Fredonia, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com

 

Robert L. Holloway, Sr.

Robert L Holloway, Sr., 89, Rochester, died Monday at his residence.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Chapel, Kokomo; a son, Robbie, Rochester; a sister, Phyllis Duzan, Warsaw.

His funeral service is at 11 a.m. March 21, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Clarice M. Spindler

March 17, 1927 - March 15, 2016

Clarice M. Spindler, 88, a Marshall County resident all her life, passed away surrounded by her loving family at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in the Hospice House of South Bend.

Clarice was born on March 17, 1927, in Rochester, to Estele J. and Bessie Idella (Kamp) Eshelman.

While attending Plymouth High School, Clarice and a group of friends started the Sub-Deb Club that met once a month for lunch and once a year with their mothers for tea. She was one of the last three ladies still living from this club.

On September 14, 1946, in Rochester, Clarice would become the bride of Virgil J. Spindler. He would precede her in death on May 8, 2004.

She worked for American Optical for over 27 years and then as a greeter at Walmart before her retirement in 1991.

Clarice was a member of the Sunrise Church in Plymouth and the Red Hat Society. She and Virgil were season ticket holders for PHS basketball for many years. She enjoyed bird watching and talking with people. She treasured family time, watching her grandchildren and attending their various events.

Clarice is survived by her children: Sheila (John) Rinkenberg, Melinda Honeycutt, and Tom (Cheri) Spindler, all of Plymouth, Nancy (Tom) Huffman, Rochester, and Doreen Spindler, Indianapolis; as well as 17 grandchildren and many great- and great-great- grandchildren. Clarice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Larry, granddaughter Joleen Spindler and sisters, Jean Mitchell and Mary Duncan.

There will be no visitation. Graveside funeral services will take place in New Oak Hill Cemetery Friday, March 18, 2016, 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the family: www.johnson-danielson.com

 

Josefina M. Rudd

April 17, 1944 - March 15, 2016

Josefina M. Rudd, 71, Rochester, passed away at 9:50 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on April 17, 1944, in Ormoc City, Philippines to Eulialio and Espectacion (Malinao) Espinosa.

On April 16, 1970, in the Philippines, she married Larry D. Rudd. He survives.

She retired from R.R. Donnelley in Warsaw. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, fishing and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Rudd, Rochester; daughters, Laura (Donn) Whitenight, Rochester, Dina Rudd, Philippines; son, Floro (Rita) Rudd, Lafayette; grandchildren, Joe Jewell, Rochester, Teisha Rudd, Washington, D.C., Cheyenne, Dakota, and Cherokee Whitenight, all of Rochester; great-grandson, Clark Jewell, Rochester, and another great-grandchild expected this fall; sister, Felisa Agala, Philippines; brother-in-law, Dennis Rudd, Tiosa; and mother-in-law, Thelma Rudd, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Josie Lynn Espinosa; sisters Sita Etulle, Alejandra Espinosa and Slawa Espinosa; brother Eulialio Espinosa, Jr.; father-in-law James Rudd; sister-in-law Linda Rudd; and brother-inlaw Roger Rudd.

Funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Jim Dillinger officiating. Friends may visit from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rochester High School Cheerleaders or the Rochester High School Athletic Department. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com

 

Dianne (Bernero) Buckmiller

March 4, 1943 - March 14, 2016

Dianne (Bernero) Buckmiller, 73, Rochester, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Rochester.

Dianne was born March 4, 1943, in Scottsville, Ky., to Frank and Jewell (Lewis) Bernero. She lived most of her life in the Marshall County

community and was a factory worker at Hart, Schaffner & Marx and at Heaters in North Webster.

She is survived by her sisters, Kath (Arthur) Trout, Akron, and Alice Maciejewski of Michigan; brother, Mike Bernero, Plymouth; three nephews, Ross, Marc, and Pat; and two nieces, Charlene and Rhonda. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2016, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos with Rev. Kyle Schnitz officiating. Burial will be at New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m-1 p.m. prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, 11165 13th Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earl-grossmanfuneral.com

 

Friday March 18, 2016

 

Robert L. Holloway Sr.

January 29, 1927 - March 14, 2016

Mr. Robert L. Holloway Sr. 89, of Rochester, passed away at 3:40 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. On January 29, 1927, Hugh Robert Lee Holloway was born in Rochester to Lee Roy and Lillie May Mikesell Holloway. As one of 12 children he shared his childhood with eight sisters and three brothers.

Staff Sgt. Robert L. Holloway was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1947. He served as a MP and was a light tank crewman. During his two tours of duty, he spent 11 months in Japan and 17 months in Germany.

Robert and Vera Frances Shriver were married May 27, 1948, in Wabash. They shared 54 years of life’s blessings. Vera passed away on April 25, 2002.

In 1981, after 31 years of service, Bob retired as a shipping clerk at Sealed Power. He worked as a security guard for 30 years at Rochester Metal Products. Managing the Northgate and Manitou Manor apartments kept Bob busy. He also enjoyed managing the yacht clubs in American Falls and Pocatello, Idaho.

Woodworking was a favorite pastime. Shelving and yard art, including Uncle Sam flag holders, were often gifts for family and special friends. He took great pride in mowing and manicuring his lawn.

Bob is lovingly survived by a daughter Gloria “Ann” Chapel of Kokomo; a son, Robbie “Opie” Holloway Jr. and wife Becky of Rochester; five grandchildren, Susan Meissnest and husband Kurt, Deanna Kay Johnson, Kimberly Sue Zellers, Chrystal Lyn Raderstorf, Robert Lee Holloway III; four great-grandchildren, Branden Karl Johnson, Tori Lyn Raderstorf, Carly Rose Zellers, Kylie Frances Brook Johnson; a sister, Phyllis “Jean” Duzan of Warsaw; brother-inlaw, Glen Shriver of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Robert in death are his parents, wife, daughter and son-inlaw Karen and Carl Johnson, son-inlaw Larry Chapel, daughter-in-law Lyn Holloway and 10 siblings.

A celebration of the life of Robert Lee Holloway will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Larry Mowrer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Interment will be in the Akron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice or the Fulton County Cancer Fund. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Lisa R. Roark

Lisa R. Roark, 52, 2800 Highway 17/92 Lot No. 51, Haines City, Fla., formerly of Argos, died 10:35 a.m. Saturday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick; daughters Nichole Snavely, Argos, and Katie Schrock, South Bend; son James Garner Jr., Leiters Ford; sisters Rae Ann Harris and Rejeana; and brothers John Lowry Jr., Carl Lowry, Jerry Lowry, Tim Lowry, Terry Lowry and Bobby Lowry.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Visitation is from 11 a.m. Monday to the time of the service.

 

Bonnie J. Shoemaker

Bonnie J. Shoemaker, 77, rural Claypool, died 10:26 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; son Mark Marti, Warsaw; daughter Stacia Henry, Orlando, Fla.; sisters Patricia Febles and Sandra Muscello and brother Thomas Mortimore, all of Kendallville.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday March 19, 2016

 

Bonnie J. Shoemaker

March 2, 1939 - March 16, 2016

Bonnie J. Shoemaker, 77, of rural Claypool, passed away at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

She was born March 2, 1939, in Kendallville, to Homer and Reba (Olinger) Mortimore.

On Nov. 26, 1982, in Rochester, she married Paul A. Shoemaker. He survives.

She worked in health care and for Hart, Schaffner & Marx of Rochester and was a homemaker.

She graduated from Kendallville High School in 1956 and attended the Akron Church of God. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and wintering in St. Cloud, Fla., with her husband.

Survivors include her husband Paul, Claypool; son Mark Marti, Warsaw; daughter Stacia (Dave) Henry, Orlando, Fla.; sisters Patricia (Jerry) Febles and Sandra Muscello, both of Kendallville; brother Thomas (Carolyn) Mortimore, Kendallville; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Leahmae Palmer, sister-in-law Laura Shoemaker and brother Jerry Mortimore.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at King Memorial Home, 101 North Tucker St., Mentone. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March

20, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hamlett Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www. hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Tyler L. Prater Willett

Infant Tyler L. Prater Willett, Rochester, died 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Survivors include his parents Kayla Prater and Zachary Willett and sister Annaleigh.

Service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, 303 S. Jefferson St., Silver Lake. Visitation is 4 p.m. to the time of the funeral at the church. The Hartzler Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Monday March 21, 2016

 

Florence J. Baldwin

July 27, 1930 – March 19, 2016

Florence J. Baldwin, 85, of Kewanna, passed away peacefully at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born on July 27, 1930, in Winamac she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Mary (Young) Stepp. On Nov. 29, 1947, she married Richard C. Baldwin. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1987.

Florence had been a waitress at the Mar-Lo Restaurant in Kewanna and she formerly owned and operated Baldwin Sundries in Kewanna for many years and then retired from Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna.

Florence was a member of Kewanna United Methodist Church where she was active in the Food Pantry Ministry as well as the United Methodist Women. She was also a former member of the Kewanna Union-Township Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking and playing Yahtzee with her best friend, Virginia Agnew.

Survivors include her children, Larry Baldwin (Bev), Steve Baldwin (Pam), Charles “Chuck” Baldwin (Barbie), Tami Powell (Rich) and Deana Thomas (Bryan) all of Kewanna; sister Marilyn McCormick (Bob) of Elizabethtown, Ky.; grandchildren Stephanie Griesch (Kurt), Laurie Paulik (Jeff), Jennifer Mikesell, Scott Baldwin (Becky), Shawna Amit (Jonathen), Lisa Barr, Scotty Oliver (Gillian), Christopher Baldwin (Keila), Charlie Baldwin, Cody Baldwin, Chanse Baldwin, Brittney Schroder (Jake), Caleb Baldwin (Rachelle Sherman), Traci Leininger (Tony), Trent Powell (Janet Daake), Trish Forry (Brent), Brandi Thomas, Courtney Thomas (Clinton Shepherd) and Whitney Thomas (Charles Roland); great-grandchildren Beatrice Griesch, Carson Paulik, Adrian Paulik, Breanne Paulik, Keisha Mikesell (Danny Maggart), Autumn Mikesell, Trey Mikesell, Hannah Baldwin, Evan Baldwin, Naomi Baldwin, Tessa Baldwin, Dovev Amit, Miya Amit, Micah Amit, Landrew Barr, Chandler Patterson, Hadley Gray, Noah Oliver and Aileen Oliver, Trent Cripe, McKenzie Baldwin, Avery Baldwin, Kayden Baldwin, Aleah Baldwin, Parker Baldwin, Emmett Leininger, Abigail Powell, Ivy Powell, Mitchell Powell, Grace Daake, Zak Daake, Ava Forry, Parker Forry, Ashlyn Bailey, Corbyn Bailey, Elijah Holloway, Isaiah Riddle, Anaiah Dulin, Rianne Stier, Josh Shepherd and Karter Shepherd; and great-great-grandchildren, McKenley Ward and Mason Maggart.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Stepp; and sisters Arnabelle Penicaro, Phyllis Jo Cochran and Janice Kay “Butch” Stepp.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Kewanna United Methodist Church with Pastor Todd Wilson officiating. Visitation will be 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the church and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will follow at Citizens I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Kewanna.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kewanna Food Pantry Ministry. Sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Baldwin family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Fred Zellers

Fred Zellers, 92, Rochester, died Sunday at home. Survivors include his wife Mary Jane; three daughters Julie Korte, Indianapolis, Nancy Miller, Culver, and Janet Cox of Zurich, Switzerland; and two brothers Louis, Azusa, Calif., and Phillip, Manassas, Va.

There will be a private family service. Visitation is from 4-6p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Norma J. Burns

Norma J. Burns, 88, Akron, died 3:25 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday March 22, 2016

 

Norma J. Burns

June 7, 1927 - March 20, 2016

Norma Jean Burns, 88, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord at 3:25 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was born June 7, 1927, in Akron, to Max and Etta (Vickery) Kuhn. On Feb. 5, 1947, in Silver Lake, she married Emerson E. Burns, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1990.

She retired in 1992 from Edmonton Manufacturing (Topps) of Rochester, after working there for 33 years.

She was a 1945 graduate of Akron High School and an active member of the Omega Church and Akron WCTU. She enjoyed her church family and church

functions. She also enjoyed reading, doing Sudoku and being with her family.

She is survived by her son Randy (Rita) Burns of Akron; two daughters, Marcia (Joe) Mikel of Etna Green and Janet (Allen) Black of Akron; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three step great-grandchildren; and six step great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Neil Kuhn, and a daughter, Carolyn Bauman.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to Omega Church. Friends and family can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Aubrey Jones

Aubrey Jones, 87, Rochester, died 2:17 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Lida B. (Cowen) Thompson-Norris

Lida B. (Cowen) Thompson-Norris, 97, 18 B Road, Argos, died 5:40 a.m. Monday at home.

Survivors include her daughters Bonnie S. Lohmann, Nevada City, Calif., Loralie Coffin, Indianapolis, and Maurine B. Wrede, Rapid City, S.D.; and son Don D. Thompson, Argos.

Service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, West State Road 10, Culver. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to the time of the funeral at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Fred Zellers

May 26, 1923 - March 20, 2016

Fred Zellers, 92, lifelong Fulton County resident and landowner, died Sunday at his home. He was born May 26, 1923, to Murlen and Louise (Gorseline) Zellers. After graduating from Rochester High School in 1941, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After serving as a mathematical calibration specialist on an ordnance transport ship in the English Channel he returned to Fulton County to farm.

On July 22, 1951, he married Mary Jane Jeffrey. Together they built their family business, Fred’s proudest achievement.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he had served as a trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; his daughters Julie (Rick) Korte, Indianapolis, Nancy (Ron) Miller, Culver, and Janet (Dan) Cox, Zurich, Switzerland; granddaughters Amanda Miller, Bremen, Cindy Miller, Cleveland, Ohio, Taylor Cox, Los Angeles, Calif., and Alexandra Cox, Zurich, Switzerland; and his brothers Louis, Azusa, Calif., and Phillip, Manassas, Va.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Private family service celebrating his life will be on Thursday. Burial will follow at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Camp-We-Can or the Grace United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday March 23, 2016

 

Aubrey M. Jones

Dec. 22, 1928 - March 21, 2016

Aubrey M. Jones, 87, of Rochester, passed away at 2:17 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at Woodlawn Hospital. On Dec. 22, 1928, Aubrey was born in Shelby County, Ill., to Harry and Vangie Ripley Jones. Growing up, he shared his childhood with three sisters and three brothers.

Aubrey and Mary Ann Virden were married on March 3, 1950. They have shared 66 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced two daughters and three sons. Two more generations have been added to the family tree with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Aubrey and Mary Ann were the owners and operators of A& M Trucking. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the Eagles fraternal lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 1343.

Aubrey is lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Ann; two daughters, Charlotte Ramsey and husband Roger of Shelby Township, Mich., Beverly Floor and husband Mark of Akron; three sons, Richard Jones of Etna Green, Michael Jones and wife Pam of Talma, and Dan Jones and wife Jennifer of Claypool; eight grandchildren, Fred Jones, Matt Jones, Melody “Mel” Jones, Rachelle Heldt, Jennifer Wu, Sarah Jones, Hannah Jones, Jesse Floor; five great-grandchildren, Jacob and Emily Heldt, Mason Wu, Luke Jones, Korbin Schoettmer; two sisters, Maureen McMillan of New Mexico, Janice Hamilton and husband Charlie of North Carolina; three brothers, Floyd Jones of Decatur, Ill., Larry Jones and wife Dot of New Buffalo, Mich., Carroll Jones and wife Susie of Assumption, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and best friend Jasper Dulin of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna Becker of Missouri.

A celebration of the life of Aubrey M. Jones will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Education and Adoption Center Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1343. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday March 24, 2016

 

Dennis W. Derryberry

Sept. 19, 1957 - March 22, 2016

Dennis W. Derryberry, 58, Akron, passed away at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 19, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Bill and Lucille (Clevenger) Derryberry.

On March 17, 2000, in Rochester, he married Reba D. Honkomp. She survives.

Dennis was a supervisor for Lau Industries of Rochester, where he had worked for 29 years. He attended the Walk by Faith Community Church of Roann. He enjoyed fishing, landscaping around the house, building many things and collecting M& M’s figurines.

Survivors include his wife Reba; daughters Dawn Renee and husband Tim Boone, Virginia, and Shelly Lyn Tennant, Leesburg; biological children, Sara and Mike Derryberry, Indianapolis; grandchildren Braxton and Kennedy Tennant and Adella and Wyatt Boone; mother Lucille Derryberry; and brother Mike Derryberry, Cleveland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Reba L. Honkomp, father Bill Derryberry, brother Greg Derryberry, sister-in-law Linda Haeck, brother-in-law Richard Geller, and his loving dog.

Service is at 4 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Visitation is from 1 p.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Kindred Healthcare and Hospice. Friends and family can share a memory or send an online condolence at www. hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Thomas E. Nolin

Thomas E. Nolin, 69, 204 W. Plum St., Argos, died Sunday at home.

Survivors include a daughter, Kellie Shei, Argos; sisters Malinda Wakeland, Plymouth, Sandra Heyde, Bremen, and Tommie Jean Ripper, Sandwich, Ill.; and brothers Jim, Argos, and Jerry, Warsaw.

Service will be 10 a.m. today at Argos United Methodist Church, 570 N. Michigan St. Visitation was 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Friday March 25, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday March 26, 2016

 

Thomas Edward Norman

Oct. 27, 1950 – March 24, 2016

Thomas Edward Norman, 65, Peru, passed away at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru. Born Oct. 27, 1950, in Miami County, he was the son of David J. and Marjorie L. Nichols Norman.

He was a graduate of North Miami High School, and he worked for many years at Creighton Brothers.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, David and Grace Norman, Macy; five children, Cindy Ray and husband Jason, Tammy Carter and husband

Josh, David Norman and Greg Norman, all of Peru, and Michael Norman, Indianapolis; one brother, Ronald Norman and wife Jennifer, Macy; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; stepbrothers Richard and Robert Robins; and stepsister Cindy Squires.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Plainview Cemetery, Macy.

 

Marilyn E. Penn

Marilyn E. Penn, 65, Mentone, died Friday at her home. Survivors include her husband Daniel; daughter Heather Banghart, Mentone; sons Jonathan Brown and Jeremy Hassel, both of Warsaw; brothers Charlie Frush, Warsaw, and Dick Frush, Pennsylvania; and sister Jeanne Weirick, Warsaw.

Service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday March 28, 2016

 

Shirley A. Adamson

July 7, 1937 - March 25, 2016

Shirley A. Adamson, 78, Akron, passed away unexpectedly at 7:28 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2016, at Parkview Regional Hospital of Fort Wayne.

She was born July 7, 1937, in Fulton County, to Kenneth and Mary (Royer) Luckenbill. On July 23, 1960, in Argos, she married Richard L. Adamson, who survives.

She had worked for Chamberlain and Wen Products of Akron for 42 years. She also worked in Republican politics. She was a graduate of Akron High School in 1955.

She enjoyed flower gardening, painting, decorating, collecting antiques, playing solitaire and repurposing many things. She spent her life helping others. She loved spending time with family and her dog Maggie.

She is survived by her husband Richard Adamson, Akron; sisters Nancy Luckenbill, Warsaw, Judy and husband Bruce Grindle, Syracuse; nephews Daniel and wife Sherri Grindle, Millersburg, Jeffery Grindle, Fort Wayne; and niece Kathy and husband Norman Prater, Akron. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Gary Luckenbill.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Vern Hostetler officiating.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Friends and family can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

GeNelle E. Hoffman

GeNelle E. Hoffman, 96, formerly of Akron, died Saturday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home.

 

Tuesday March 29, 2016

 

Ron J. Shockey

Ron J. Shockey, 77, Silver Lake, died Sunday at his home. Survivors include his wife Nancy; daughter Karen Eis, Point Isabelle, Texas; son Ronald II, North Manchester; and father Robert, Point Isabelle, Texas.

No service is planned at this time. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday March 30, 2016

 

Hershell Shepherd

Hershell Shepherd, 74, rural Warsaw, died Monday at Vibra Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Case, Printer, Ky., Jane Meade and Sue, both of Warsaw; a son, Arthur, Nashville, Tenn.; a sister; and a brother.

Funeral service is 1 p.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, 101 North Tucker St., Mentone. Visitation is from noon to the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

GeNelle E. Hoffman

GeNelle E. Hoffman, 95, formerly of Akron, died Saturday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

Survivors include two daughters, Karna Earl, Warsaw, and Jacqie Hoffman, Carmel; and a son, Ronald, Stuart, Fla.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Visitation is 1 p.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Rodney C. Lewis

Rodney C. Lewis, 46, Rochester, died Monday at Indiana Health University Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home.

 

Thursday March 31, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday April 1, 2016

 

Beverly Jo Feltis Rensberger

Dec. 28, 1940 - March 30, 2016

Beverly Jo Feltis Rensberger, 75, Rochester, passed away on March 30, 2016, at her residence after a long battle with kidney disease. She was born on Dec. 28, 1940, in Royal Center, the daughter of Yale Marvin and Thale Mae Kistler Feltis. Beverly retired from Kmart and then worked 10 years for the Miami County Museum.

She is survived by her loving husband, Carl D. Rensberger, Rochester. She was the beloved mother of six children, Michael Keith and wife Shelley, Plainfield; Jeffrey Keith and wife Candace, Locust, N.J.; Christine Ewing and husband Dale, Michigantown; Stevan “Scott” Keith and wife Wendy, Deedsville; Bradley Keith and wife Judy, Pocatello, Idaho; and Andrew Keith and Katherine Medain of Michigantown.

Also surviving are her five stepchildren, Penny Rensberger Bunn, Macon, Ga., Angela Rensberger DiGiammarino, Juliette, Ga., Andrea Rensberger Daniels, Juliette, Ga., Aaron Rensberger and wife Bethany, Gray, Ga., and Kellie Ann McKenzie and husband Michael, Denver, Colo.; brother Larry Feltis and wife Joy, Ft. Myers, Fla.; and sister Janet Feltis Moss and husband Dick, Peru. She is mourned by her extended family which includes 29 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by her innumerable nieces and nephews and cherished friends. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Marshall Lee Keith and Robert P. Nutter.

She will be mourned and cherished by all the lives she touched in an amazing and fun-filled life.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Bob Metzger officiating. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the funeral in Hamlet Community Cemetery, rural Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Museum.

 

GeNelle E. Hoffman

Oct. 4, 1920 - March 26, 2016

GeNelle E. Hoffman, 95, formerly of Akron, passed away at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester. She was born Oct. 4, 1920, in Akron, to Emmet and Hazel (Merley) Taylor. On July 3, 1938, in Akron, she married Earl Hoffman, who preceded her in death on July 1, 2012.

She was a homemaker and former co-owner of Hoffman Body Shop of Akron, where she was bookkeeper.

GeNelle was a graduate of Akron High School in 1938 and was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church for 62 years where she served as financial secretary for 30 years. She also was a member of the Sunshine Bunco Club. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Survivors include two daughters, Karna and husband Frank Earl, Warsaw, and Jacqie Hoffman, Carmel; a son, Ronald Hoffman, Stuart, Fla.; five grandchildren, Todd and wife Shelly Hoffman, Corey and wife Mickey Hoffman, Lori and husband Richard Hine, Leneé and husband Dan Coleman, and Dustin and wife Tonya DuBois; nine great-grandchildren; and JoAnn Craft of Akron, who showed unending love and care. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Larry Hoffman; brothers Emmet Taylor Jr. and Charles Taylor; and sister Norma Lee Dye.

Memorial service is 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David Eaton officiating.

Visitation is 1 p.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to Akron United Methodist Church, Great Lakes Hospice or Kindred Healthcare. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Rodney C. Lewis

Rodney C. Lewis, 46, Rochester, died Monday at IU Health University Hospital, Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Shannon; two children, Ryan and Sarah, Rochester; a sister, Dixie, Rochester; and four brothers, Ronald, Randy and Raymond, all of Rochester, and Robin, Anderson.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are handled by Earl-Love Funeral Home.

 

Rev. Teresa V. Lewis

March 3, 1950 - March 29, 2016

Rev. Teresa V. Lewis, 66, of rural Macy, and formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away at 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

She was born March 3, 1950, in Elwood, to Orville R. and Virginia Mae (Hutto) Lewis.

She was a United Methodist church pastor. She had been the minister of the Roann United Methodist Church and was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

She was a graduate of Windfall High School in 1968 and then graduated from ILIF College of Denver, Colo., with her Master of Divinity degree.

Survivors include two sisters, Fran Renee and husband Malcolm Burbury, New South Wales, Australia, and Tracey and husband Leonard Luty, Pine, Colo.; a brother, Richard C. and wife Sherry Lewis, Kokomo; two nieces; a nephew; four grandnieces; and a grandnephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Darcy Kit Lewis-McMahon.

No visitation or service is planned at this time. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Methodist church of the donor’s choice. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Saturday April 2, 2016

 

Lee M. Redinger I

Lee M. Redinger I, 63, Argos, died Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Arlene M. Deeds

Arlene M. Deeds, 96, formerly of Rochester, died Feb. 21, 2016, in Green Valley, Ariz.

A private service was on Friday at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Lillian “Lil” Zook Burkholder

March 3, 1956 - March 31, 2016

Lillian “Lil” Zook Burkholder, 60, Rochester, died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio from complications of heart surgery.

She was born March 3, 1956, in Lancaster, Pa., to Amos Jr. and Linda (Yoder) Zook. On Feb. 25, 1978, she married Gary Burkholder in Lancaster, Pa. He survives.

She was a homemaker and a member of Maple Lawn Amish Mennonite Church in Nappanee.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; children, Janita Burkholder, Nappanee, Wade (Charlotte) Burkholder, Hagerstown, Md., Lynda (Jason) Wolfe, Lewisburg, Pa., and Adrian (Rachel) Burkholder, Mentone; seven grandchildren; four sisters; and five brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, a sister and two brothers.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, at the Nappanee Missionary Church sanctuary for Maple Lawn Amish Mennonite Church officiated by Nate Zook, nephew of Lillian, of Cornerstone Church, Pittsburgh, Pa., assisted by Thomas Mast and Paul Yoder, Maple Lawn Amish Mennonite Church, and Delbert Schlabach, Stillwaters Church, Russellville, Ohio. Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, and 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Nappanee Missionary Church chapel. Burial will follow at the church’s cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Haven Renewal Ministry.

Lil’s motto was: “Every day is a gift.” The family would like to express their appreciation for people’s many thoughts and prayers. Arrangements are handled by Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

 

Jeffrey L. Newlin

Feb. 8, 1955 - March 9, 2016

Jeffrey L. Newlin, 61, a former Rochester resident, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in his Schererville home. Jeffrey Lee was born in Robinson, Ill., on Feb. 8, 1955. He was the treasured son of James L. and Donna Sue Mikeworth Newlin. Growing up, he shared his childhood with two sisters. With great Fighting Tartar pride, Jeff graduated in 1973 from Fairbury Cropsey High School in Fairbury, Ill. He continued his formal education at the University of Kentucky. While at UK, Jeff was a proud fraternity brother of the men of Phi Gamma Delta. He regarded them as blood brothers, enjoying the camaraderie they shared.

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rochester, Jeff and Carol J. Molinaro were married on Nov. 27, 1976. Three wonderful children came from their union: Lesley, Melissa and Jim. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren. Jeff and Carol separated after a number of years, but they remained lifelong friends.

An avid sportsman, Jeff enjoyed hunting rabbits and squirrels. In his early years, he perfected his hunting technique at his grandmother’s farm. To relax, he enjoyed shooting pool or playing Risk or rummy. Jeff was accomplished, having mastered the game of chess. An animal lover and a friend to all animals, Jeff cared for dogs and cats as if they were family throughout his life. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.

Left to cherish Jeff’s memory are two daughters, Lesley Klauk and husband Alec of Flossmoor, Ill., and Melissa Huffman and husband Aaron of Villa Park, Ill.; a son, James Lee Newlin and girlfriend Amanda Perryman of Bensenville, Ill.; his parents, James and Donna Newlin of Rochester; three grandchildren, Aidan Klauk, Bennett Klauk and Lily Huffman; two sisters, Julie Wagoner and husband Larry of Auburn, and Lori Frounfelter and husband Dr. D.J. of Rochester; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Carol Newlin, on March 6, 2011, and grandparents Byrl and Agnes Newlin and Joe and Lola Mikeworth.

A celebration of the life of Jeffrey Lee Newlin will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 West Seventh St., Rochester, with Pastor Kerry O’Brien officiating. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude. org. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Jeff’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com. Arrangements are handled by Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Glenn R. Williams

Aug. 8, 1922 - April 1, 2016

Glenn R. Williams, 93, Rochester, passed away at 12:03 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 8, 1922, in Cass County, the son of Wilbur and Mildred (Kistler) Williams. He served with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart while serving in Germany.

On Jan. 8, 1944, in Pulaski County, he married Margaret A. Kasten. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2015.

He had been a dairy farmer and was a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church. He loved his John Deere equipment, football and time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered by many who drove by his house as the fellow sitting in a golf cart with his bib overalls, his cigar and his John Deere hat.

Survivors include his children, Diane Miller, Kokomo, Steve and wife Rebecca Williams, Macy, and Beth Doles, Indianapolis; daughter-in-law, Karen Williams, Ramona, Okla.; grandchildren, Chad Williams, Owasso, Okla., Jeremy Williams, Jackson, Mich., Kyle Doles, Indianapolis, Zachary and wife Stacy Williams, Galveston, Andrew Williams, Warren, Ark., Daniel and wife Katie Williams, Logansport, and Sarah and husband Greg Rockel, Indianapolis; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Bertha Antico, Connersville; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Williams, Venice, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dean Williams; grandson, Brent Williams; brothers Homer E. Williams and Keith Williams; and a sister, Belva Skinner.

Graveside service will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2015, at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Military graveside service will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Fulton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Monday April 4, 2016

 

Theodore E. Thurin

Theodore E. Thurin, 90, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Richard L. Peterson

Richard L. Peterson, 76, of rural Rochester, died Sunday at home.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home.

 

Glenn R. Williams

Visitation for Glenn R. Williams, 93, Rochester, who died Friday, is now from 2-4 p.m. today at the Fulton Community Building, Fulton.

 

Tuesday April 5, 2016

 

Michael R. Wright

Michael R. Wright, 61, Denver, died Sunday in Florida. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home.

 

Theodore E. Thurin

Theodore E. Thurin, 90, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, formerly of Culver, died Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, and his daughter, Linda J. Redinger, Argos.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, Culver. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to the time of the service at the church.

Arrangements are handled by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Richard L. Peterson.

July 27, 1939 – April 3, 2016

Richard L. Peterson, 76, of rural Rochester, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at his residence.

 He was born on July 27, 1939, in Fulton County to Harley and Bertha (Beard) Wynn and was adopted at an early age by Joe and Mary Isabelle (Drudge) Peterson. On April 8, 1962, in Mentone, he married Jerilyn L. Craig. She survives.

 He worked for Craig Welding, in law enforcement in Fulton County as a deputy and in Akron and Mentone, and for the Indiana State Highway Department.

He was 1959 graduate of Talma High School and served his country in the Army National Guard. He was a member of the Riverview Community Church and a lifetime member of the NRA. He also was a member of the Mentone Masonic Lodge where he had been a member for 50 years, the F.O.P., and a founding member of the Blacktop Cruisers Car Club.

 He and his wife enjoyed wintering in Wickenburg, Ariz. He was a collector of all farm toys, model trains and guns. He also was a fan of Elvis and the Green Bay Packers and was a Ford and John Deere man.

Survivors include his wife, Jerilyn Peterson; a daughter, Diane and husband Rod Eaton, Rochester; a son, Chris and wife Dawn Peterson, Mentone; seven grandchildren, Jared, Courtney, Missy, Tyler, Trenton, Trey and Taylor; five great-grandchildren, Ryker, Jarhett, Owen, Brantlee and Ellie; a brother, Marvin and wife Nyla Snyder, Argos; a half brother, Paul and wife Chris Prilaman, Logansport; and a half sister, Mae Swigart, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary Isabelle Peterson; biological parents, Harley and Bertha Wynn; a son, Todd Peterson; a sister, Sonja Gerig; half brothers Ernest, Lowell, Alfred, Paul, and Eli Wynn, Clide Zeiger and Donnie Prilaman; and half sisters Ruth Roach and Delma Maudlin.

Service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone with Pastor Rodney Ruberg officiating. Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Riverview Community Church or the charity of a person’s choice. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at: www. hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Lee Morgan Redinger

Nov. 29, 1952 – April 1, 2016

Lee Morgan Redinger, 63, of Argos, passed away at 11:05 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

On Nov. 29, 1952, Lee was born in Plymouth to Ward Mark and Virginia Belle Newhouse Redinger.

Lee graduated from Argos High School with the Class of 1971. Shortly after graduation, Lee joined the U.S. Army. He served as a member of the military police and was honorably discharged in 1974. As a civilian, Lee worked for the Marshall County Police Department. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Lee is survived by two daughters, Cassandra Knight and husband Jerry, and Autumn Chaja and husband Edward, both of Rochester; a son, Lee M. Redinger II and wife Heather, Rochester; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Joy Evard, South Bend; two brothers, Arthur Redinger and wife Sally, Liberty, and Charles Redinger and wife Linda, Argos; a sister-in-law, Ginny Redinger, Troy, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl Redinger.

Following Lee’s wishes, there will be no service. Arrangements are handled by the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Raymond B. Krick

Raymond B. Krick, 78, Rochester, died Monday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home.

 

Bret Hake

Bret Hake, 49, Rochester, died Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday April 6, 2016

 

Leta A. Hallatt

Leta A. Hallatt, 81, died Sunday at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.

Survivors include her nephew, Robert Eiler II, Rochester, and her sister, Elsie Fuller, Anderson.

Service is 1 p.m. Thursday at Loose Funeral Home, Anderson. Visitation is 11 a.m. Thursday to the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Raymond B. Krick

June 1, 1937 - April 4, 2016

Raymond B. Krick, 78, Rochester, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Monday April 4, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester. He was born on June 1, 1937, in Muncie, the son of Orville F. and Anna Irene (Eckerle) Krick.

 Raymond was a professional musician who played the steel guitar and also spent 40 years working in the jewelry repair business. He attended Madison Street United Methodist Church, Muncie, and Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester; was a member of the Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge; and was a member of the Petal Steel Guitar Association. He enjoyed making steel guitars, having custom-made more than 30 in his lifetime. Raymond also enjoyed his recording studio at his home and performing with different bands over the years at road shows, clubs and lodges.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelley Krick, St. Petersburg, Fla.; foster daughter Kim Krick, Florida; three grandchildren; and his feline companion, Smokey. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Krick, and his parents.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday April 8, 2016, at Tomlinson Cemetery, Muncie. Friends may visit from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Bret L. Hake

Bret L. Hake, 49, Rochester, died Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include his siblings, Doyle Allen Willard, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Ryan Lee Hake, Peru.

There is no service scheduled at this time. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday April 7, 2016

 

Christine Lee Halas-Watson

Dec. 28, 1953 - April 5, 2016

Christine Lee Halas Watson, 62, Fulton, passed away on April 5, 2016, in Zion, Ill. She was born Dec. 28, 1953, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 Chris was a beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her family and enjoyed showing hospitality to friends and strangers alike. Playing euchre and sewing were her favorite hobbies.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Candy Gernandt Newton, and her brother, Ray Lookhart Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Watson, Fulton; daughter Laniya (Wilford Jr.) Howe, Albuquerque, N.M.; sons David (Jessica) Halas, Warsaw, and Bruce (Shanna) Halas, Zion, Ill.; stepdaughters Arnette (Jeff) Rains, Bolivar, Mo., and Audra (Paul) Turner, Eucha, Okla.; grandchildren Eric and Emelia Howe, Albuquerque, N.M., Emmaline, Elijah, EllaChristine, Evelyn, Essalie, and Elaina Halas, Warsaw, Damion Musselman and Levi Rains, Bolivar, Mo., and Breanna Gray, Ryan Miranda, and Michael Turner, Eucha, Okla.; honorary son Keith Parsons; father Gerald Newton; sisters Laniya (Bill) Borden, Lafayette, and Cindy Custodio and Connie Edwards, Albuquerque, N.M.; many nieces and nephews, including Anne, Royce, Noah, and Reyco Borden, Lafayette, and family friends Charlie and Elaine Bye.

There will be a remembrance gathering on Saturday, April 9, at the Fulton Baptist Church, 106 W. Dunn St., Fulton, from noon-3 p.m., followed by a 3-4 p.m. memorial service at the church.

 

Patricia A. Junkin

Patricia Junkin, 68, Akron, died Friday at home. Survivors include her son, Ron Junkin, Lincoln, Calif.; daughters Trisha Junkin, and Terri Hermann, both of Mesa, Ariz.; and brothers Alan P. Line, Placerville, Calif., and Desmond W. Line, Duncan, S.C.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home.

 

Friday April 8, 2016

 

Melanie J. Peoples

Melanie J. Peoples, 49, Macy, died in China. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home.

 

Michael Ray “Lightning” Wright

Oct. 28, 1954 - April 3, 2016

Michael Ray “Lightning” Wright, 61, Denver, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 3, 2016, while vacationing in Florida. Born Oct. 28, 1954, in Peru, he was the son of Max Marr “Mick” and Maxine Alice Richardson Wright. On March 4, 1978, in Peru, he was married to the former Rebecca S. Lester. She survives.

Mike was a 1973 graduate of North Miami High School, and he was an engineer for CSX Transportation in Lafayette.

Mike loved spending time outdoors, especially fishing, and he would travel to Minnesota each year to enjoy this favorite pastime. Mike enjoyed sports and many other things, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his one and only, precious granddaughter, Palmer. She had her grandpa, affectionately known to her as “Bagong,” wrapped around her little finger, and Mike loved driving “Palmer’s 2015 Ford Mustang GT.”

Surviving along with his wife are two children, Brian M. Wright and wife Leigh, Peru; Michelle L. Wright, Kokomo; one granddaughter, Palmer Wright, Peru; one sister, Susie Peters and husband Jerry; mother-in-law Carolyn Lester, Peru; sister-in law Becky Lytle and husband Dana, Denver; brother-in-law Robbie Lester and wife Linda, Peru; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, David D. Wright; one sister, Carol Jean Trexler; father-in-law Charlie Lester; and brother- in-law Gary Lester.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Steve Quinlan officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Memorial contributions may be made to Miami County Relay for Life-Team Lightning, the Kokomo Humane Society or Westlawn Cemetery.

Family and friends can sign the online guestbook at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Jerry L. Sisinger

Nov. 14, 1938 - April 6, 2016

Jerry L. Sisinger, 77, of McCordsville, formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at his residence.

Born Nov. 14, 1938, he was the son of the late John and Alice (Sawyer) Sisinger. He married Patricia J. (Butte) Offutt in 1989.

Jerry was a lifelong farmer, and he also formerly owned and operated PJS Trucking Co. Most recently, he was employed at CFS in Kewanna as a custom applicator. He was a longtime member of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, and he was a member of the VFW Post No. 1121 in Kewanna.

Jerry loved wintering in Florida where he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with friends. He was an avid NASCAR fan, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia J. Sisinger, of McCordsville; his children, Lee, Kathleen and Lisa; and his stepson, Dr. Stephen Offutt and his wife, Ashley Offutt of Lynn; and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Sisinger.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Pastor Todd Wilson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Family and friends can sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Sisinger family at www.ransfuneralhomes. com.

 

Saturday April 9, 2016

 

Kenny C. Basham

Sept. 10, 1956 - April 5, 2016

Kenny C. Basham, 59, of Rochester, formerly of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 5, at his home.

Kenny was born in South Bend, on Sept. 10, 1956, to Paul R. and Alice J. (Tetzlaff) Basham.

Kenny loved and enjoyed his motorcycles, bike riding, NASCAR, archery, and Notre Dame football and being with his son and his family. He was very active in The Cross church in Rochester and enjoyed helping with the church food bank.

He is survived by his son, Jarred Fairchild of Rochester; his mother, Alice J. Basham; his sister, Kay A. Basham; and his two brothers, Jeff R. and Russell A. Basham, all of South Bend. Also surviving are Kenny’s very special aunts and uncles, Carolyn J. Neiswender, Liz Basham, Margaret Nintz, Ruth Barnhart, Janice Kurz, Ardith Mornout, Jackie Tetzlaff, Alan Tetzlaff, Juanita Tetzlaff, Jerry Tetzlaff and Burt Tetzlaff; and cousins by the dozens. Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Paul R. Basham on Dec. 6, 2003.

 A celebration of life service will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11 at Hanley and Sons Southwest Chapel Funeral Home, 23421 State Road 23/ West Ireland Road, South Bend, with Pastor Martin A. Furrow officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 p.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memorial contributions be made to The Cross church, 100 W. Third St., Rochester, IN 46957, in Kenny’s memory. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes. com.

The Hanley and Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Basham family.

 

Monday April 11, 2016

 

Harold Junior Wright

Aug. 22, 1944 – April 8, 2016

Harold Junior Wright, 71, Michigan Road, Argos, passed away at 5:59 p.m. on April 8, 2016, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, following a very sudden illness.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1944, in Gage, Ky., of Ballard County, to Samuel Wright and Audrey (Hensley) Wright.

He was married on July 8, 1967, in Etna Green to the former Joyce E. Mullins. She survives.

Harold lived most of his life in the Argos community. He worked for Hensley Fabricating as a fabricator and retired in August 2015 after 22 years. He attended the Argos Church of Jesus Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce E. Wright, of Argos; sons Chad Allen Wright and wife Melissa of Argos, and Timothy Wayne Wright and wife Deana of Plymouth; granddaughters Cloey Wright, Zailie Wright and Madison Wright; sisters Helen Epley and husband John, of Kentucky, Sandy Schori and husband Ken, of Argos, Wanda Lloyd, of Plymouth, Rita Pennington and husband David, of Argos, and Janice Wright, of Kentucky; and brothers John Wright, of Argos, Jack Wright and wife Sarah, of Culver, and Joe Wright of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Lorena Fritters and Elizabeth Wright; and a brother, Jamie Wright.

Funeral service is at noon Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Argos Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Rd., Argos, officiated by the Rev. Lloyd Howard of the Argos Church of Jesus Christ. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to the time of the funeral at the church. Burial is at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Memorial contributions can be made to the Argos Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Rd., Argos, Indiana 46501. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral. com. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Charles L. Riddle

Charles L. Riddle, 89, of Rochester, died Sunday at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral

Home.

 

Tuesday April 12, 2016

 

Lee M. Redinger

Lee M. Redinger, 63, Argos, died April 1, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include two daughters, Cassandra Knight, and Autumn Chaja, both of Rochester; a son, Lee M. Redinger II, Rochester; one sister, Joy Evard, South Bend; and two brothers, Arthur Redinger, Liberty, and Charles Redinger, Argos.

Service is 3 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Visitation is 2 p.m. Thursday to the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Carl Richard

Carl Richard, 55, Rochester, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday April 13, 2016

 

Sarah Kay Muinzer

Nov. 10, 1973 - Jan. 18, 2016

Sarah Kay Muinzer, 42, Oak Harbor, Wash., and formerly of Lucerne, passed away on Jan. 18, 2016, in Oak Harbor, Wash. She was born on Nov. 10, 1973, to Joseph A. and Betty (Lemmon) Muinzer. She graduated from Caston High School in 1992.

Sarah was a self-employed landscaper. She had been a member of the Fletcher’s Lake United Methodist Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, drawing, hiking, camping and staying in touch with her friends on Facebook.

Survivors include her children, Britney N. Quigney, North Mancester, Jacob D. Quigney, Joseph J. Quigney, and Bethany G. Quigney, all of Riverside, Ohio; mother Betty Muinzer, Lucerne; brothers Danny J. Showley, Lucerne, and Kurt Muinzer, Indianapolis; and sister Laura Ann Haston, Noblesville. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph A. Muinzer, on Nov. 22, 1988.

Memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Fulton, with the Rev. Dave Sommers

officiating. Interment will follow at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher’s Lake United Methodist Church.

 

Charles L. Riddle

Charles L. Riddle, 89, Argos, died Sunday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

Survivors include his wife, Lola; a daughter, Denise Williams, Rochester; and three sons, Ronald, and Duane, both of Rochester, and Douglas, Akron.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the funeral service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Carl Richard

Carl Richard, 55, Rochester, died Saturday.  Survivors include his wife, Charla; five daughters, Jacqueline R. Richard-Wood, Liberty, Miss., Callie Richard, Chloe Richard, Clover Richard, and Carli Rae Richard, all of Rochester; a son, John J., Rochester; and 11 siblings, Frank Keitzer, Rochester, Mary Rockenbaugh, Peru, Ted, Rochester, Rita Jenkins, Rochester, Hugh, Rochester, Charly, Rochester, Joe, Rochester, Mark, Holiday, Fla., Ruth Gunter, Rochester, Ed, Rochester, and Jane,

Rochester.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-8 p.m Friday and one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Thursday April 14, 2016

 

John W. Haworth

Sept. 8, 1947 – April 12, 2016

John W. Haworth, 68, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at his home. John was a lifelong Rochester resident.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1947, in Rochester, the son of Max and Martha ( Dreher) Haworth, the youngest brother of four siblings.

John graduated from Rochester High School in 1966. He was a retired third generation building contractor and started his own contracting business in 1971 at the age of 23. In his profession, John was known for his skilled perfection. His work ethic was impeccable.

In John’s younger school days, he enjoyed spending time at the local roller rink with friends. He later found his love of the game of pool. In high school, he was known as “the local shark.” He spent many happy hours at the Chalk & Cue.

On May 4, 1968, in Rochester, he married his high school sweetheart, Kate Young. She survives. John and Kate enjoyed working together renovating their over 100-year-old home, as well as cultivating a beautiful landscape to set it off. They enjoyed traveling together with their family and later with friends or just each other.

 John was an avid dog lover since his childhood. He had many throughout his life. Most recently, John enjoyed the time spent with his beagle Marley.

After John’s retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his many friends. He had his “breakfast” pals and his afternoon McDonald’s coffee pals. Many “world problems” were solved at those gatherings!

John and Kate’s union produced two daughters, who were the loves of his life, Anne Marie and husband Mark McGriff, Greenwood, and Jennifer and husband Brian Richter, Rochester; and his three grandchildren who brought him so much joy, Nicolas and Blake Richter, Rochester, and Hannah McGriff, Greenwood. He is also survived by his three brothers, Bill and wife Norma Haworth, Naperville, Ill., Bob and wife Linda Haworth, Rochester, and Tom Haworth, West Lafayette; several nieces and nephews; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Dickie L. Haworth; and mother-in-law Anne Allison.

Graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday April 16, 2016, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Carl “Carly” Andrew Richard

May 21, 1960 – April 9, 2016

Carl “Carly” Andrew Richard, 55, of Rochester, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016. On May 21, 1960, Carl Andrew Richard was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Joseph Jacob and Ellen Reinholt Richard. Growing up as a twin with his brother Charly, he shared his childhood with four sisters and six other brothers. Carly was a proud member of the Rochester High School class of 1979.

As a young man, Carly developed a strong work ethic on the family dairy farm. His love for agriculture and dedication to the dairy herd were lifelong passions. He later developed an interest in concrete work. As a concrete artist, he would create custom decorative designs for his customers. His ability to finish flatwork was flawless and unparalleled. Carly was the best of the best!

To relax, Carly loved to cut wood. Being accomplished and having the great skill of cutting with his chain saw, he spent a great deal of time cutting and stacking for winter’s use. With a great sense of humor, he loved to tell jokes. Pink Floyd and AC/DC were his favorite vocal groups. Always at his side was “Sis,” his chocolate lab.

Carly is survived by his wife Charla; five daughters, Jacqueline R. Richard-Wood and husband Billy, Liberty, Miss., Callie Richard, Chloe Richard, Clover Richard, and Carli Rae Richard, all of Rochester; a son, John Jacob “Jake” Richard, Rochester; a stepson, Quentin Nichols, Rochester; five grandchildren, Shane Alan Woods, Brooke Renane Woods, Megan Grace Woods, Avery Nicole Woods, and Jaden Marie Richard; 11 siblings, Frank Keitzer and companion Yvonne Foster, Rochester, Mary Rockenbaugh and husband Jim, Peru, Ted Richard and wife Linda, Rochester, Rita Jenkins and husband Jim, Rochester, Hugh Richard and wife Vicky, Rochester, twin Charly Richard and wife Tammy, Rochester, Joe Richard, Rochester, Mark Richard and wife Christy, Holiday, Fla., Ruth Gunter and husband Dwight, Rochester, Ed Richard and wife Amy, Indianapolis, and Jane Richard and companion Kyle VanMeter, Rochester; his cherished canine companion, Sis; and 29 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, James Richard; a sister-in-law, Carla Richard; and a niece, Tracy Lee Ann Richard.

A celebration of the life of Carl “Carly” Andrew Richard will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Terry Baldwin officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, and from one hour prior to the time of the funeral service on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment is in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Karen S. Ellenwood

March 10, 1950 - April 12, 2016

Karen S. Ellenwood, 66, Akron, passed away at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Center for Hospice Care Hospice House, South Bend. She was born on March 10, 1950, in Louisville, Ky., to George and Lillian (Parks) Welch. On Jan. 17, 1970, in Louisville, Ky., she married Gary B. Ellenwood. He survives.

Karen was a homemaker and worked for 10 years at Winona Corporation of Mentone as well as Viking Foods of Akron. She was a graduate of duPont Manual High School of Louisville, Ky. She enjoyed attending and cheering loudly for her kids and grandkids at their sporting events.

Survivors include her husband, Gary, Akron; two daughters, Gina and husband Tad Staller, Fort Wayne, and Jessica Ellenwood, Chicago, Ill.; two sons, Jeff and wife Stephanie Ellenwood, Akron, and Jonathan and wife Shi’Ann Ellenwood, Mentone; 12 grandchildren, Ariel, Brice, Sabrina, Tad Jr., Doug, Koria, Olivia, Alexandra, Jackson, Kayley, Alissa, and Branden; two great-grandchildren, Ariana and Blake; two sisters, LeEtta and husband Bill McGarren, Brandenburg, Ky., and Linda Howlett, Elizabethtown, Ky.; and two brothers, Herbie and wife Rosie Welch, Brandenburg, Ky., and Mike and wife Darlene Welch, Shepherdsville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian Welch; and her brother-in-law, Coleman Howlett.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Randy Samuels officiating. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Akron Youth League. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Friday April 15, 2016

 

Charles Lee Riddle

April 1, 1927 – April 10, 2016

Charles Lee Riddle, 89, of Argos, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

 On April 1, 1927, Charles Lee was born in Rochester, the treasured son of Charles E. and Irma O. Schertz Riddle. As one of three children growing up, he shared his childhood with two sisters, Norita and Dorcas. In 1945, he graduated and earned the distinction of being named the valedictorian of his class from Richland Center High School. His younger sister Dorcas was the salutatorian of the same class.

Following high school, patriotism beckoned. Charles answered the call by joining the U.S. Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947.

At Rochester’s First Baptist Church on June 27, 1951, Charles and Lola F. Pierce were married. Together, they shared over 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union, came four wonderful children, a daughter and three sons. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

As a young man of about 30 years, Charles Lee began his transportation assignment with Richland Center School. This was the perfect complement to his farming operation and family. Back in the day, bus drivers were charged with providing the bus and worked as independent contractors. The Riddle bus allowed their family to enjoy many summertime adventures.

 An accomplished handyman, Charles created a conversion, outfitting the bus with bunk beds, a stove and an ice box cooled by a 50-pound block of ice. The 54 passenger bus was an inline six, with a speed topping out at 45 miles per hour.

 The Riddle family enjoyed camping out and traveled to many destinations including Canada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. The family would spend a week camping at France Park, allowing Charles Lee to return home for milking and Lola to work at the courthouse.

When Richland Center and Rochester consolidated, Charles began transportation with Rochester Schools. His career driving the school bus totaled 50 years. Mr. Riddle garnered great respect from the students, athletes and choir members he traveled with by safely getting them to their destination and back home. He took great joy in getting to know the riders on his daily routes.

 Annually, the holiday season brought a treasured gift from Mr. Riddle specially packaged; he provided each of the kids with a new pencil, apple and candy bar for Christmas. The last day of school was when he treated the kids to ice cream at The Flagpole and reversed the route so the kids could see where their friends lived. Mr. Riddle found the extracurricular activities to be especially enjoyable; the Zebra men of the mats and Mrs. Judy Hubbard’s Manitous were among his favorites to haul. Dedicated to the kids, he would enjoy the concerts or cheer them on to victory. He would support them and be with them and for them, always offering compliments and words of encouragement.

Life on the farm brought Charles Lee great contentment, satisfaction and happiness. He was proud to oversee his fine herd of Holsteins. He looked forward to annually planting a truck patch garden and, of course, to autumn’s bountiful harvest. After chores on summer nights, he was fine-tuning the garden until the veil of darkness fell across the skies. Flower gardens accented the landscape, especially his beautiful gladiolus. A family legacy and second-generation tradition, each spring brought on the tapping of the syrup from the maple syrup camp. Every Sunday, the family enjoyed Dad’s homemade ice cream. He could make a variety of flavors.

An amazing man with many talents, Charles was proficient as a pianist. Self-taught, he played almost any request by ear. The duo of Lola and Charles provided joyful music for a number of weddings. With passion for mankind, he proudly donated exactly 199 pints or (24.875 gallons) of blood to the American Red Cross.

As a young couple, Charles and Lola attended the Tiosa Brethren Church; but most of their life, they were members of the First Baptist Church where Charlie was always in the thick of things, lending a helpful hand. Most recently, he helped with the church’s free meal program. Charles Lee was also a devoted member of the Richland Center IOOF Lodge No. 435 for over a half century. Active in the local grass-roots political scene, he was a former precinct committeeman, member of the county election board and Richland Township trustee.

The warmth of the spring brought on the hunt for the morels. Charles Lee always experienced great success, sharing the harvest with family and his card club friends. The supply was never depleted, and everyone enjoyed their fill of the festive and delicious feast. Lola and Charlie were avid card players. They frequently played with their euchre and canasta clubs. Charlie played with the men on lodge night too! They also vacationed on many senior bus trips. Mystery trips were Charles’ favorites.

Paramount in Charles Lee’s life was his family. As a grandpa, he was the proud patriarch of the Riddle family, overseeing four generations. Whether

it was being seated around the campfire telling stories, cranking the ice cream machine on Sunday afternoon or heading out for a summer break adventure in their customized convertible bus, the family was the center of his attention. Making wonderful memories was his specialty.

Left to cherish Charles’ memory are his wife, Lola; a daughter, Denise Williams and husband Randy, of Rochester; three sons, Ronald Riddle and wife Judy, of Rochester, Douglas Riddle and wife Peggy, of Akron, Duane Riddle and wife Donna, of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; Alan Riddle, of Rochester, Brooke Nieter and husband Aaron, of Warsaw, Amy Thompson, of Rochester, Melissa Riddle, of Summersville, S.C., James Riddle, of Akron, Charles Owen Riddle, of Rochester, Andrew Michael Riddle, of Rochester, Jeremiah Riddle, of Rochester, Stephen Williams, of Rochester, Robert Williams and wife Samantha, of Leiters Ford; four great-grandchildren; two brothersin- law, John Kuhn, and Fredrick VanDuyne, both of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles Lee was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Janice Louise; and two sisters, Norita Kuhn and Dorcas VanDuyne.

A celebration of the life of Charles Lee Riddle will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer and the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge will have a memorial service at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the First Baptist Church, 1000 Main St., Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Louise Murphy

L. Louise Murphy, 97, Peru, and formerly of rural Denver, died Thursday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Survivors include a son, Richard R. Murphy, Denver; and a daughter, Nancy Masten, Peru.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday April 16, 2016

No Obituaries

 

Monday April 18, 2016

 

Gerald “ Jerry” Klopp

Gerald “Jerry” Klopp, 82, Rochester, died Saturday at IU Health Arnett, Lafayette.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Townsend, Rochester; two sons, Gerald “Jerry” Roy Klopp Jr., Illinois, William “Bill” Klopp, Logansport; a sister, Sharon Mendoza, Illinois; and a brother, William “Bill” Klopp, Illinois.

Visitation is 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Good Family Funeral Home. A memorial service follows at 2:30 p.m. at the Knox Masonic Lodge.

 

Tuesday April 19, 2016

 

Gerald “Jerry” Klopp

May 1, 1933 – April 16, 2016

Gerald “Jerry” Klopp, 82, of Rochester, passed away at IU Health Arnett Hospital, in Lafayette, on Saturday, April 16, 2016. On May 1, 1933, in Chicago, Gerald Roy Klopp was born. He was a treasured son of William and Helen Blessing Klopp. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a sister, Sharon, and a brother, Bill.

In Chicago, on Jan. 5, 1952, Jerry married the love of his life, Alverna Ulrich Klopp. Over the years, they became best friends and shared over 60 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A truck-driving professional, Jerry drove for Carolina Freight, day trips around the Chicago - Gary area. He was a loyal member of the Teamsters Local No. 705. Jerry was a 45-year member of the Azure Lodge No. 1153 out of Western Springs, Ill. He served two terms as past master.

An avid American sportsman, Jerry enjoyed fishing. He annually traveled to Canada to catch the limit of the Northern Pike. He was also a member of Rochester’s Country Lanes men’s league.

Left to cherish his memory are a daughter, Linda Townsend, Rochester; two sons, Gerald “Jerry” Roy Klopp Jr. and companion Mary Toomey, of Illinois, and William “Bill” Klopp and wife Geraldine of Logansport; three grandchildren, Silveria Zamora, Roy Zamora and wife Sheri, and Matthew Klopp; a sister, Sharon

Mendoza of Illinois; a brother, William “Bill” Klopp, of Illinois; and his cherished canine companion, China, a tan and black Chorkie. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Friends will be received by the family of Jerry Klopp on Wednesday, April 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. The Rochester Masonic Lodge No. 79 will hold a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service will be conducted by the lodge’s worshipful master at 3 p.m. at the Leiters Ford Cemetery. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Wheeler Conley

June 22, 1934 – April 18, 2016

Wheeler Conley, 81, Rochester, passed away at 6:29 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2016, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He was born on June 22, 1934, in Salyersville, Ky., the son of Bernie and Trenie E. (Cooper) Conley. He served with the U.S. Army as a military police officer during the Korean War. In 1956, in Athens, he married Vada Shepherd. She preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2009.

Wheeler was the owner and operator of Wheeler Conley and Sons Coal Sales for over 48 years. He also drove for New Holland Ford. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Eagles Lodge. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his yard, gardening and trucking.

 Survivors include his daughters, Priscilla and husband Jimmy Nash, Mentone, and Cheryl and husband Dan Felda, Monterey; sons Terry Conley, Rochester,

Timothy and wife Candi Conley, Rochester, Bart and wife Trina Conley, Rochester, and Matthew Conley, Rochester; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers Wade Conley, Kewanna, and Bernie Conley Jr., Hinckley, Ill.; and sister June Patrick, Valparaiso.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jenny Lynn Conley; sisters Trixie Puckett, Bessie Enyart, and Julia Conley; and brothers Walter Conley, Ross Conley, Russ Conley, Bob Conley, Forrest Conley, and Will Conley.

Funeral service will be conducted at noon Friday, April 22, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, where a military graveside service will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Wednesday April 20, 2016

 

Randy R. Clemens

Randy R. Clemens, 64, Argos, died Monday at home. Survivors include his children, Chris Clemens, Mishawaka, Brandi Scott, Elkhart, and Jaime Mathias, Brownsburg; and sisters Sharon Slonaker, Denver,

Janet Davidson, Warsaw, Betty Swift, Marcellus, Mich., and Sandy Ousley, Burkett.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Ada Fugate

Ada Fugate, 62, died Tuesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Thursday April 21, 2016

 

Jeanette M. Oestermyer

Jeanette M. Oestermyer, 86, Rochester, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Friday April 22, 2016

 

Jeanette M. Oestermyer

April 8, 1930 – April 20, 2016

Jeanette M. Oestermyer, 86, Rochester, passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester. She was born on April 8, 1930, in LaPorte County, the daughter of Irwin and Pearl (Jones) Hakes. On Sept. 11, 1948, in La Porte, she married Norman L. Oestermyer. He survives.

Jeanette had worked as an executive secretary for New Mexico State University and Purdue University. She had also worked for American Home Foods in La Porte for many years. She was a member of The Cross church in Rochester. While residing in New Mexico for many years, she was the church secretary for the Roswell Christian Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing the piano and organ, looking

for antiques and spending time with her beloved cats. She was a gifted poet, writing many poems and short stories. She published her own book of poetry. While residing in New Mexico, she founded the High Plains Poet Society.

Survivors include her husband, Norman L. Oestermyer, Rochester; daughter Deborah Marie and husband Richard Rennier, Rochester; grandchildren Richard and wife Jean Rennier, Wanatah, and Lisa Cooley, Valparaiso; great-grandchildren Kelsey Rennier, Wanatah, Noah Cooley, and Dylan Cooley, both of Valparaiso; brother-inlaw Eugene and wife Marcia Oestermyer, Lubbock, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Oestermyer; sisters Wanda Clemons, and Mary Nona; and brothers Rolland Hakes and Pudge Hakes.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Martin Furrows officiating. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Patton Cemetery, La Porte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Ada Jean Fugate

Nov. 7, 1953 - April 19, 2016

Ada Jean Fugate, 62, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at her home.

On Nov. 7, 1953, Ada was born in Starke County. She was the cherished daughter of Clyde and Bertha Jean Branham Cook.

Ada and Frank Fugate were married on September 16, 1972, in Knox. They shared 43 years of life’s adventures. Three wonderful children came from their union. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Ada enjoyed taking care of her family and receiving visits by her grandchildren, especially at the holidays and special family celebrations.

After 22 years of dedicated service, she retired from Lobdell-Emery Mfg. Co., Argos, in 2000.

Left to cherish Ada’s memory are her husband, Frank; daughter Paula Bruner and husband Eric, of Columbia City; two sons, Frank Fugate Jr. and wife Kimberly, of Rochester, and Michael Fugate and wife Dannel, of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Raymond Spencer, Ryan Spencer, Brandon Spencer, Tori Fugate, Maryea Meadows, Cole Meadows, Michael Hatfield, Nathan Fugate, Brooklan Fugate, Konner Fugate, and Austin Howard; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Noel and wife Teresa, of Logansport, Stanley Cook and wife Deborah, of North Judson, and Herschel Bell and wife Ruby, of Moorestown, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; and canine companions, Loopy the white poodle, and Buster the white pug. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private family service will be held. Arrangements are handled by Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Saturday April 23, 2016

 

Charles S. Herkless

Charles S. Herkless, 66, Rochester, died Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Harold W. Reffitt

July 20, 1957 - April 21, 2016

Harold W. Reffitt, 58, Macy, passed away at 4:20 p.m. April 21, 2016, at Community Hospital North, Indianapolis.

He was born July 20, 1957, in Prestonsburg, Ky., the son of Harold and Biddie (Bradley) Reffitt. On Feb. 11, 2005, in Fulton, he married Brenda (Stapleton) Bowen. She survives.

Harold had worked for Bellar Construction Management in Peru for 42 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Reffitt, Macy, children Ellen and husband Paul Slisher, Rochester, and Eric Bowen, Rochester; grandchildren David Schakel, Macy, Tabatha Bowen, Rochester, Quincy Pernatt, Rochester, and Mason Pernatt, Rochester; parents Harold and Biddie Reffitt, Rochester; brother Carl and wife Jill Reffitt, Peru; several nieces and nephews; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus Reffitt.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior

to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Monday April 25, 2016

 

Charles Steven Herkless

Feb. 3, 1950 – April 22, 2016

Charles Steven Herkless, 66, Rochester, passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. He was born on Feb. 3, 1950, in Rochester, the son of Heber C. Jr. and Margaret L. (Pyle) Herkless.

Steve worked as a concrete finisher and mason for many years while living in Jupiter, Fla. He returned to Rochester in 1997 and had worked for Holiday Rambler. He was a member of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association Local No. 692.

 He attended the First Baptist Church, Rochester, and in his free time he loved fishing, deep sea fishing and horse racing.

Survivors include his mother, Margaret Herkless, Rochester; sister Julia and husband Dale Schroeder, Columbus; nephews William Schroeder, Columbus, and John and wife Kristen Schroeder, Bloomington; great-nieces Taylor and Bailey Schroeder, Columbus; great-nephew Levi Schroeder, Bloomington; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Heber C. Herkless Jr.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Dee M. Royer

Dee M. Royer, 95, North Manchester, died Thursday at Timbercrest Senior Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service on Tuesday at the chapel.

Arrangements are handled by McKee Mortuary.

Tuesday April 26, 2016

 

Charles W. McKinney

April 6, 1931 - April 24, 2016

Charles W. McKinney, 85, a longtime Peru resident, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Rochester. He was born in Peru on April 6, 1931, the son of Wellington and Hazel McGinness McKinney. Charles married Shirley Jean Eberle on Sept. 10, 1950. She preceded him in death on Nov. 3, 1990. He married Joyce Hight on Jan. 10, 1993. She survives.

Mr. McKinney was a businessman in Peru, owning and operating McKinney’s Inc., a TV and appliance dealer from 1954 until 1974. Beginning in 1980, he was vice chairman and chief operating officer of the Wabash Valley Bank and Trust Company until his retirement in 1990.

Throughout his careers, Mr. McKinney was active in Peru and was aggressive in commercial real estate development, building and leasing many commercial buildings. He was also very active in industrial expansion in Peru.

He served on the boards of directors of the Wabash Valley Bank and Trust Company, Mount Hope Cemetery Association, First of America Bank-Wabash Valley, The Bayport Beach & Tennis Club and the Peru Industrial Development Corporation.

Mr. McKinney served on the board of trustees of Dukes Memorial Hospital from 1979 until 1991 and as chairman of the board for 10 of those years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru and served in various capacities including president of the congregation from 1969 until 1981. Also, he was a member of the Peru Maennerchor, the Peru Moose and many other civic organizations. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy from 1951 until 1954.

Surviving in addition to his wife Joyce are two sons, Ron McKinney and his wife Joyce, Sarasota, Fla., and Dr. Jon McKinney and his wife Meg, Lake Geneva, Wis.; two daughters, Pam McKinney, Logansport, and Jill Conner and her husband Andrew, Terre Haute; grandchildren Sarah and Alva Perry, Kyle, Emily and Eric McKinney, and Isabelle, Charlie, Theo and Henry Conner; and a sister, Barbara Moore, Danville.

When Mr. McKinney and Joyce were married in 1993, he acquired another loving, caring and supportive family. These include a son, Chuck Hight and his wife Michele, Peru; grandchildren Abbi, Kayde, and Jay and his wife Kayleigh; and great-grandchildren Kirsten, Haley Jo and Brantley. They also include a daughter, Nancy Easterday and her husband Larry; grandson Rich Easterday and his wife Maggi; great-grandchildren Megan and Mason; granddaughter Heather Chilcutt and her husband Cory; and great-grandchildren Kyndal Wheetley, Gabryella and Caiden.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Shirley; sisters Gweneth Saylor, Eloise McKinney and Kathryn Hann; and brothers Jack McKinney and Wayne McKinney.

A service of praise celebrating the life of Charles W. McKinney will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 181 W. Main St., Peru, with Pastor Kenneth Greenwald officiating. Friends may call at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery with military honors provided by members of the Miami County Military Rites Unit.

Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Family and friends may leave a memory or condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes. com.

 

Wednesday April 27, 2016

 

Charles W. Fruitt

Charles W. Fruitt, 61, Rochester, died Monday at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Paula; two daughters, Tuvara Meeks, Elkhart, and Nancy Fruitt, Warsaw; a son, James W. Gunnels, Bourbon; his father, Jack Owens Sr., Albany; a sister, Melissa Owens, Eaton; and a brother Jack Owens Jr., Maryland.

Funeral service is 5 p.m. Thursday at Riverview Community Church. Visitation is 2 p.m. to the time of the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are handled by Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Herbert C. Davis

July 17, 1914 - April 25, 2016

Herbert C. Davis, 101, Rochester, and formerly of Burket and Beaver Dam Lake, passed away at 11:42 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester. He was born on July 17, 1914, in Fulton County, to Walter C. and Lula (Paxton) Davis. On Nov. 13, 1939, in Rochester, he married Bertha M. Walters. She preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 1993.

He had been a farmer and retired from Champion Door, Warsaw, in 1980. He was previously a member of the Masonic Lodge of Mentone. He enjoyed gardening and liked to hunt and fish in his younger days.

Survivors include a son, John R. and wife Eileen Davis, Rochester; granddaughters Penny Wentzel and companion Bill Enyart, Rochester, and Lana and husband Keith Kocher, Shelbyville; and four great-grandsons, John David Wentzel, Keith Kocher Jr., Charles Davis Kocher, and Benjamen Parker Kocher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. and Lula Davis; his wife, Bertha M. Davis; and his brother, Edward Davis.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Wanda Carter officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Akron Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Athens Community Church. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Raymond L. Lewis

Raymond L. Lewis, 94, Mentone, died Tuesday at Mason Health & Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home.

 

Trisha L. Mark

Trisha L. Mark, 39, Elm Road, Bourbon, died Tuesday at Elkhart Hospice House.

Survivors include her daughters, Madison Mark and Allison Mark, both at home; mother Debra Nicodemus, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; father Steven Brown, Warsaw; and brother Matthew Brown, Plymouth.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are handled by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Quinton Barger

Quinton Barger, 59, Rochester, died Tuesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Thursday April 28, 2016

 

Charles “Charlie” W. Fruitt

Oct. 4, 1954 - April 25, 2016

Charles “Charlie” W. Fruitt, 61, Rochester, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at his residence.

On Oct. 4, 1954, Charles was born in Summitville. Charlie and Paula K. Gunnels Fruitt were married on July 24, 1992, in the Riverview Community Church. They shared nearly 24 years of life’s blessings.

As an independent contractor and a professional truck driver, Charlie traveled the open road many miles around America’s heartland each week. At home, Charlie enjoyed woodworking and planting the garden. Fall brought on the harvest, and he and Paula together would can and freeze their produce for winter’s use.

As an American sportsman, Charlie loved hunting rabbits, squirrel and deer. Late spring brought on mushroom hunting, and he enjoyed great success, returning home with a bountiful mess of juicy morels. Fishing was another way he relaxed. Charlie enjoyed the serenity of Chapman Lake. It was there that he landed the catch of the day with his trusty casting rod.

Left to cherish Charlie’s memory are his wife, Paula; two daughters, Tuvara Meeks and husband Curtis, Elkhart, and Nancy Fruitt and fiance Richard Gibson, Syracuse; a son, James W. Gunnels and wife Kayla, Bourbon; his father, Jack Owens Sr., Albany; six grandchildren, Amy Meeks, Hunter Meeks, Racheal Fruitt, Brayden Gunnels “Papaw’s little fishing buddy,” Taylor Gunnels, and Maycie Gunnels; a sister, Melissa Owens and companion Scott Baker, Eaton; a brother, Jack Owens Jr. and wife Peggy, Maryland; a canine companion, Tilly the brown-black Yorkshire terrier; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents and three Yorkies, Sophie, Tucker and Tank.

A celebration of the life of Charles W. Fruitt will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in the Riverview Community Church, 3780 State Rd. 110, Tippecanoe, with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday in the church. Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester is handling the arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Quinton E. Barger

Quinton “Eugene” Barger, 59, Rochester, died Tuesday at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Catrina; three sons, James Fuson, Gary, Clayton, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Shelton, Delong; and four sisters, Stella Williams, East Prairie, Mo., Wanda Howard, Portage, Terry Barger, Charleston, Mo., and Ruthann Horn, Portage.

Funeral service is 4 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Raymond L. Lewis

May 13, 1921 - April 26, 2016

Raymond L. Lewis, 94, Mentone, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Mason Health & Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

 He was born on May 13, 1921, in Argos, to Ernest H. and Cloie (Biddinger) Lewis. On Nov. 25, 1945, in Mentone he married Grace Alice Rans. She preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 2015.

Raymond and his wife owned and operated Lewis Motors of Mentone for 42 years, retiring in 1993. He and his wife also owned and operated Lewis Auto Sales of Mentone.

He was a graduate of Argos High School in 1939. He proudly served his country for three and half years in the Pacific Islands in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and was honorably discharged on Nov. 20, 1945. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mentone for more than 70 years where he taught Sunday School and was a longtime deacon.

 He was a charter member of the Mentone Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Mentone Lions Club for more than 75 years, for which he was very active. He and his wife were previously honored as grand marshals of the Mentone Egg Festival parade. He will always be remembered as a gentle, quiet man of dignity and integrity and a community leader.

Survivors include his son, Steve and wife Lenore Lewis, Mentone; his daughter, Sharon and husband Gary Creviston, Xenia, Ohio; five grandchildren, Stephanie and husband Shawn Collins, Etna Green, Gennifer and husband Troy Eaton, Walnut Creek, Ohio, Carey and wife Melissa Lewis, Mentone, Miranda and husband Marc Motter, Worthington, Ohio, and Rachel Creviston and husband Simon Ibrahimy, Washington, D.C.; eight great-grandchildren, Ryan Castle, Hallie Doberstein, Taylor and Kara Eaton, Tristyn and Kaitlyn Lewis, and Emily Grace and Samuel Motter; a stepgrandchild, Lillie Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest H. and Cloie Lewis; his wife, Grace Alice Lewis; his sister, Dorothy B. Bach; and his brothers, Richard and Dean Lewis.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Michael Wilhite and Pastor George Shoemaker officiating. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial is in the Mentone Cemetery with graveside military rites being performed by the Warsaw American Legion and VFW.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mentone Lions Club, the Kosciusko County Home Care & Hospice, Inc. or the First Baptist Church of Mentone. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Friday April 29, 2016

 

Jeannette B. Cole

Jeannette B. Cole, 87, Denver, died Thursday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Survivors include three children, Philip Maus, South Carolina, Sue Smith, Logansport, and Linda Galloway, South Carolina.

Funeral service is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home. Visitation is from noon until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Herschel E. Howard

Herschel E. Howard, 82, Leeton, Mo., formerly of Rochester, died April 20, 2016, in Columbia, Mo.

Survivors include his brother, Larry Howard; daughters Donita Huffman, Janet S. Tuley, Athens, Ellen Duff, Warsaw, Rhonda Jackson, Debra Zimmerman, and Karen Rohr; and son Larry W. Doolittle.

No service was held.

 

Saturday April 30, 2016

 

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson, 58, formerly of Rochester, died Tuesday in Seattle, Wash.

Local arrangements are being handled by Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Romayne Wentzel

Romayne Wentzel, 91, Kewanna, died Friday at Wynnfield Crossing.

Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home.

 

Monday May 2, 2016

 

Romayne Wentzel

March 8, 1925 - April 29, 2016

Romayne Wentzel, 91, of Kewanna, passed away peacefully at 8:35 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester.

Born March 8, 1925, in Macy, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Esther (Donaldson) Smith. On July 2, 1950, she married Covert Leroy Wentzel. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1997.

Romayne was a 1943 Fulton High School graduate and a graduate of Indiana University Nursing School. She was also a member of the Cadet Nurse Program during WWII.

She formerly worked at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester as a nurse. She was also a homemaker and farm wife. Romayne enjoyed reading. She was very involved in the development and construction of the new addition to the Kewanna Public Library. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Church at Bruce Lake, a former board member of the Kewanna Public Library for more than 10 years and a member of Farm Bureau.

Survivors include: her children, Timothy Wentzel (Jeri) of Hicksville, Ohio, Roger Wentzel (Julie) of Falls Church, Va., Donald Wentzel (Amy) of Fishers, Rebecca Slentz (Michael) of Butler, Christine Stopa (Spencer) of Mesa, Ariz., Carol Holmquest of Kewanna; grandchildren, Karla Morton (Jeremy) of Fulton, Mo., Laura Wentzel (Whitney Asher) of Lenox, Mass., Stephen Wentzel, of Lenox, Mass., Daniel Wentzel (Megan) of Las Cruces, N.M., John Slentz (Angie) of Butler, Rachel Slentz of Mishawaka, Matthew Slentz of Kiel, Wis., Peter Wentzel of Falls Church, Va., Katya Wentzel of Falls Church, Va., Nicholas Wentzel of Falls Church, Va., Nicole Stopa (J. Mardambek) of Anchorage, Alaska, Natasha Stopa of Madison, Wis., Franciszka Stopa of Socorro, N.M., Alex Wentzel of Fishers, Ryan Wentzel of Fishers, Derek Wentzel of Fishers; great-grandchildren, Timothy Morton of Fulton, Mo., Pearl Slentz and Rowan Tinker, both of Butler; sisters-in-law, Donna Smith of Rochester and Nancy Wentzel of Plymouth; and also several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Marian Miller and Maxine Smith, and brothers, Phillip Smith and Robert Smith.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel with Pastor Steve Miller officiating. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bruce Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewanna library, Pleasant Hill UMC and/or Salvation Army. Sign the online guest book or leave condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Howard J. Lease

Dec. 17 1930 - April 30, 2016

Howard James Lease, 85, Rochester, passed away at 7:47 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

 He was born on Dec. 17, 1930, in Kewanna, the son of Herrold J. and Alida (Babcock) Lease. On February 27, 1954, in Manchester, England, he married Joan Elizabeth Taylor and she survives.

Mr. Lease had worked for many years as a mechanic and had also done typewriter repair work. He served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War and had been a member of the Kiwanis Club, Experimental Aircraft Association and the RAF Burtonwood Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, anything associated with aviation and working on mechanical projects.

Survivors include: his wife, Joan E. Lease, Rochester; children, Warren and wife Gloria Lease, Rochester, Jeff and wife Colleen Lease, West Lafayette, Matt and wife Debbie Lease, Rochester; grandchildren, Mike and wife Tara Lease, Rochester, Brad and wife Cassie Lease, Lafayette, Stacey and husband Dustin Reamer, Rochester, Lindsey and husband Mathew Thomas, Jupiter, Fla., Mikki Lease and fiance’ David Ginsburg, St. Louis, Miss., Nichole and husband Nathan Foxworth, Rochester, Garrick and wife Denay Lease, Rochester, Denae’ Lease, Rochester, Kassie and husband Devon McCane, Rochester, Jeremy and wife Becky Zeiger, Rochester; and sixteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James Lease and great granddaughter Aylee Foxworth.

Private services will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers’ Association or the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Tuesday May 3, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday May 4, 2016

 

Cheryl Lee (Garrett) McKee

Jan. 2, 1947 - April 28, 2016

Cheryl Lee (Garrett) McKee, 69, Tulsa, Okla., passed away on April 28, 2016, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

She was born in Peru, on Jan. 2, 1947, to the late David and Rosanna (Durkes) Garrett.

A 1964 Indiana State Fair Queen, former educator and current businesswoman, she graduated from Peru High School and Tulsa University.

She is survived by her husband, Kirk; sons James (Tara) Secrest III, Tulsa, Okla., and David (Jenne) Secrest, McKinney, Texas; grandchildren Kylie, Joshua, James IV, and Hayden; stepson Sean (Tanya) McKee, Rochester; stepgrandchildren Kelsey, Kensey, and Karsyn; and a brother, John (Kay) Garrett, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Simpson.

Service is pending. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278 or at bethematch. org.

 

Thursday May 5, 2016

 

Mike Jackson

George “Mike” Jackson, 58, Cle Elum, Wash., formerly of Rochester, died April 26, 2016.

Survivors include two sisters, Susie Eikenberry, Rochester, and Teri Jackson, Bacliff, Texas.

Funeral service will be at a later date. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Gordon Clark Taiclet

July 27, 1932 – May 3, 2016

Gordon Clark Taiclet, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday morning, May 3, 2016, in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. He was a former resident of Monterey and Argos.

 Gordon will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as a businessman, philanthropist, community volunteer and devout Catholic.

 Gordon was born in Warren, Ohio, on July 27, 1932, to Louis C. and Mabel I. (Clark) Taiclet. Following his mother’s death at an early age, he was raised by his father and stepmother Esther V. Taiclet, who have preceded him in death.

 After graduating from Oxford Stewart High School where he lettered in basketball and football, he attended the University of Notre Dame for one year and then attained his Bachelor of Science in business from Miami University in 1954. Gordon also attended multiple business management seminars at Harvard University throughout his business career.

Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy “Dot” Mae Byrge. In 1954, the couple moved to the Monterey area.

After college, Gordon joined his father, Louis, in their family-owned country elevator business involving grain, feed, fertilizer and farm-related services named Buckeye Feed & Supply, Inc. and later named Buckeye Ag-Center, Inc. The business grew from one location to five locations (Monterey, Leiters Ford, Winamac, Argos and Kewanna) and employed hundreds of colleagues in these businesses that were integral parts of their local communities.

A hard-working man and entrepreneur, Gordon was involved in many ventures, including poultry and hog livestock production. He also owned and operated a small cattle operation and family farm for approximately 20 years. As part of his business, he founded and created the Tippecanoe Railroad Company in 1980 and created one of the first successful short line railroads in the country.

Gordon was an active volunteer in numerous community organizations. He served as three-term director of the National Grain and Feed Association, serving on the executive board and national transportation committee. Gordon was a three-term director and two-term president of the Indiana Grain and Feed Association. He was past president of the Monterey Lions Club and Argos Lions Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council. He was past president and board member of the Marshall County Community Foundation. He served as trustee and board secretary for Ancilla College and was the founding director of the Holy Family Foundation in Monterey.

Gordon was known for his special football tailgate parties throughout the Notre Dame football season and for his love of ND basketball, where he was a season ticket holder for over 40 years. He was an avid traveler and fisherman. He loved playing cards and storytelling. Gordon was very interested in international cultures and sponsored 12 foreign exchange students; many have remained friends.

In summary, Gordon’s best friend said of Gordon: “Many people loved him because he gave so much love to so many.”

Gordon is survived by his sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Dot; their six children, Terri J. (Dr. John) Ewalt, Madison, Wis., Pamela M. (Michael) Rarick, Beavercreek, Ohio, Barbara A. (Jim) Toussaint, Knoxville, Tenn., Danny C. (Marlene) Taiclet, Plymouth, David L. (Kathey) Taiclet, St. Louis, Mo., and son-in-law Cress (Lynn) Hizer, Indianapolis; 22 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters Lois Poort, Carol Domingo, Betty Chester, and Margie Taiclet. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Rebecca Taiclet Hizer; and his sister, Leah Chapman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the St. Michael Catholic Church, 613 N. Center Street, Plymouth. Visitation will be on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 3-8 p.m. at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Burial will follow the service on Saturday at the St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Monterey. A celebration of Gordon’s life and a reception for friends and family will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Swan Lake Resort, 5203 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail, Plymouth.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Rebecca Taiclet-Hizer Memorial Scholarship for Cancer Research at the University of Notre Dame, the Boys & Girls Club of Marshall County or the Marshall County Community Foundation to the Taiclet Family Fund for Agricultural Excellence at Ancilla College. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family through the website www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Dr. James Edward Ayers

May 22, 1945 – May 3, 2016

Dr. James Edward Ayers, 70, Lucerne, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Born on May 22, 1945, in Plymouth, Mich., he was the son of the late Edward Burt and Margaret Gladys (Bourne) Ayers.

 On Aug. 7, 1976, at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Jim married Vicki L. Pickens.

 Jim was a 1963 graduate of Plymouth High School in Michigan, then went on to attend Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated in 1967. He was also a 1970 graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.

 Jim was a longtime Logansport podiatrist and was a member of the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association. He was a former Caston school board member, serving

from 1994 to 2012.

Surviving along with his wife, Vicki, are two daughters, Jamie L. (Mark) Rudicel, Camden, and Jennifer H. Ayers, Indianapolis; two sons, James E. Ayers Jr., Boston, Mass., and Matthew G. (Christine) Ayers, Port Jervis, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Kathleen Ayers, Plymouth, Mich.; and six grandchildren, Samuel A. Rudicel, James E. Ayers III, Ryan G. Ayers, Katelyn E. Ayers, Anna R. Ayers, and Robert T. Ayers.

One brother, Harry Ayers, preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Gundrum Funeral Home, with Pastor Dean Snyder officiating. Cremation will be handled by Cass County Crematory in Logansport. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at Gundrum Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Friends and family may sign the guestbook and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Friday May 6, 2016

 

Arthur Spencer Sr.

Arthur Spencer Sr., 73, Rochester, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Jimmy M. “Jake” Jacobson

Sept. 10, 1939 - May 3, 2016

Jimmy M. “Jake” Jacobson, 76, Monterey, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital, Kokomo, after fighting cancer for the last few years.

Jimmy was born on Sept. 10, 1939, in Chicago to Melvin and Coral (Percival) Jacobson. He was a graduate of Thornton High School class of 1957.

 On June 16, 1962, Jimmy married Rose Tholl in Midlothian, Ill. They lived in Chicago Heights, Ill., until they moved to Monterey in 1972. Jimmy was a plumber most of his life, finally retiring from the Culver Academies after 25 years. He enjoyed gardening, going for morning coffee in Monterey and Culver and taking care of his many grandchildren.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Rose, Monterey; three sons, Jimmy Jacobson Jr., Rochester, Andrew Jacobson, Monterey, and Anthony (Erin) Jacobson, Rochester; two daughters, Rose Greer, Nashua, Iowa, and Georgana (Tim) Fishburn, Argos; brother Harry (Geri) Jacobson, Cave Creek, Ariz.; sisters Faith (Fred) York, Albuquerque, N.M., and Shirley Proudfoot, Fort Collins, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Coral Jacobson; father Melvin Jacobson; and brother Donald Jacobson.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will follow the funeral at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

Memorials may be given to the family. Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

 

Saturday May 7, 2016

 

Tolly “Ted” Vaughn

Tolly “Ted” Vaughn, 79, Rochester, died Thursday at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Centre, Wabash. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Arthur Lovett

Arthur Lovett, 64, Rochester, died Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Monday May 9, 2016

 

Tolly “Ted” Delwood Vaughn Sr.

Oct. 9, 1936 - May 5, 2016

Tolly “Ted” Delwood Vaughn Sr., 79, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 8:55 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Centre, Wabash.

 On Oct. 9, 1936, Ted was born in Wilson, Ark. He was a treasured son of Orville and Maude Cannon Vaughn. Growing up, he shared his childhood with five sisters and seven brothers. Following high school, Ted was proud to answer the call of patriotism. He served with the U.S. Navy for eight years.

In Salina, Kan., Ted and Carol Rigney Vaughn were married on Dec. 11, 1970. They shared 45 years of life’s adventures.

A dedicated employee of the Fulton County Highway Department, Ted retired after many years of service. He was a member of the Manitou VFW Post No. 1343.

Left to cherish Ted’s memory are his wife, Carol; two daughters, Tammy Wood and husband Mark, Rochester, and Tina Barnett and husband Kris, Rochester; a son, Tolly Vaughn Jr. and wife Cindy, Partridge, Kan.; five grandchildren, Josh Vaughn, J.D. Showley and wife Morgan, Brantlyn Showley and wife Janet, Blayne Hammel and wife Aleesha, and Carmi Rangel; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol MacIntosh and husband Larry, Harrisburg, Ark., and Linda Dawson, Osceola, Ark.; two brothers, J.E. Vaughn and wife Glenda, Rochester, and Billy V. Vaughn and wife Nadine “Dean,” Wilson, Ark; and several nieces and nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.

A private family service will be observed. The Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester is assisting the family. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Arthur Llovet

Arthur Llovet, 64, Rochester, died Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

Survivors include his wife, Sue, Rochester; children Stephanie Heckaman, Argos, and Adam Llovet, Washington, Ill.; and brother Bert Llovet, Chicago, Ill.

 No service is scheduled. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

John R. Nichols

John R. Nichols, 76, Claypool and Sun City, Ariz., died Sunday at Arrowhead Hospital, Glendale, Ariz. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home.

 

Marcia L. Kahler

Marcia L. Kahler, 71, Macy, died April 9, 2016, in Macy. Survivors include a brother; a daughter, Laura I. Kahler, Wilsonville, Ore.; and two sons, Clinton T. Kahler, Phoenix, Ariz., and Marshall L. Kahler, Lafayette.

Visitation is 7 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Tuesday May 10, 2016

 

Marjorie L. Baber

Marjorie L. Baber, 85, Warsaw, died Friday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth, Warsaw; and her children, Gerry Baber, Warsaw, Teresa Calhoun, Warsaw, and Tracy Moyer, Atwood.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel.

 

John R. Schneider

John R. Schneider, 67, Rochester, died Monday at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Katina L. Powell

Katina L. Powell, 43, Rochester, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

Wednesday May 11, 2016

 

John R. Schneider

Aug. 15, 1948 - May 9, 2016

John R. Schneider, 67, Rochester, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 15, 1948, in Evansville, the son of John M. and Ruth Sophia (Roesner) Schneider. On Jan. 24, 1970, at St. James Catholic Church in Evansville he married Ruth E. Seib. She survives.

He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in engineering and received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as well as with the Indiana National Guard.

John started his working career at Bucyrus-Erie in Evansville. He had also worked for Cooper Energy Services in Grove City, Pa., for 15 years. He had been vice president of Fulton Industries in Rochester and retired from the Rochester Community School Corporation as business manager. He had also taught part time at Ancilla College, teaching economics and business statistics. After retiring, he worked at the Akron Church of God and for John’s Flooring and Coverings.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Circus City Corvette Club, Peru, and had served as a board member for the Fulton County United Way. In his spare time, he loved working on restoring his 1948 Ford pickup truck and his Corvette.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth E. Schneider, Rochester; son Chris and wife Terra Schneider, West Jefferson, Ohio; daughter Julie and husband Steve Oliver, Sandy Lake, Pa.; grandchildren Canyon Schneider and Colston Schneider, West Jefferson, Ohio, and Paige Oliver, Claire Oliver and Lauren Oliver, Sandy Lake, Pa.; and sister Mary McGrew, Evansville. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carolyn Cox.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Mike McKinney officiating. Friends may visit 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions made to the Fulton County Literacy Coalition. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Katina L. Powell

Katina L. Powell, 43, Rochester, died Saturday.

Survivors include two sons, Keean Powell, and Kelton Powell, Rochester; mother, Henrietta Hill, Rochester; three sisters, Tami Cox, Argos, Kira Shotts, Rochester, and Debra Honeycutt, Rochester; and a brother, Art Shidler, Rochester.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

 

Ashley D. Correll

Ashley D. Correll, 44, Auburn, died April 13, 2016, at IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer; father Larry D. Correll, Auburn; and two brothers, Tony and Larry Correll.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Cemetery, Macy. Arrangements are handled by McClain Funeral Home.

 

Thursday May 12, 2016

 

Katina L. Powell

Sept. 30, 1972 - May 7, 2016

Katina L. Powell, 43, Rochester, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016.

On Sept. 30, 1972, Katina was born in Logansport, a cherished daughter of Arthur Lee and Henrietta Schroeder Shidler. A lifetime Fulton County resident, she graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1992.

Paramount in Katina’s life was her family. She was very proud of her sons and loved being with them. A favorite activity was watching their baseball games. To relax, she could be seen walking on the Nickel Plate or the Woodlawn trails. Often, she sat on her porch sipping coffee and reading the paper.

Katina is survived by two sons, Keean Powell and Kelton Powell, Rochester; mother Henrietta “Rita” Hill, Rochester; four sisters, Tami Cox and companion Chuck, Argos, Kira Shotts and husband Andy, Rochester, Nela Blancett and husband

Ken, Florida, and Debra Honeycutt and husband Dan, Rochester; a brother, Art Shidler, Rochester; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Art Shidler in 1973; an infant sister, Scarlet Hill; and two brothers, Jamie Hill and Trevor Hill.

A celebration of the life of Katina Powell will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Dan Honeycutt officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fulton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her sons. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

John R. Nichols

John R. Nichols, 76, Claypool, and Sun City, Ariz., died Sunday at Arrowhead Hospital, Glendale, Ariz.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie, Claypool; daughter Penny Miller, Warsaw; son Robert, Smyrna, Ga; and sister Cynthia Hoppas, San Marcos, Calif.

Funeral service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home.

 

Charles R. Hagenbush

Charles R. Hagenbush, 87, Argos, died Wednesday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Friday May 13, 2016

 

Charles R. Hagenbush

Charles R. Hagenbush, 87, Argos, died Wednesday at Parkview Regional Center, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include a daughter, Gayle Kintigh, Elkhart; sons Charles K., Argos, and Kent I., Fort Wayne; sister Evelyn L. Tracy, Argos; and brother Donald Hagenbush, Peru.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Charles H. Francis

Charles H. Francis, 70, Roann, died Wednesday.

Funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday May 14, 2016

 

Judy Sandstrom

Judy Sandstrom, 77, formerly of Rochester, died Friday at Community Hospital North, Indianapolis.

 Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Jack Bridge

Jack Bridge, 60, Terre Haute and formerly of Rochester, died Friday at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

Patricia A. Ginther

Patricia A. Ginther, 81, Rochester, died Friday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Survivors include a daughter, Gail McGuffey, Pengrove, Calif.; a son, Greg McGuffey, Indianapolis; and a sister, Myrtle Walker, Albuquerque, N.M.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Cross church. Visitation is one hour prior to the service in the church. Arrangements are handled by Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Monday May 16, 2016

 

Janet L. Andrews

Janet L. Andrews, 74, Rochester, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Jack Bridge

John “Jack” Charles Bridge, 60, Terre Haute and formerly of Rochester, died Friday at Union Hospital of Terre Haute.

Survivors include his father Robert Bridge, sister Nancy Waggoner and brother Stephen Bridge.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

 

Tuesday May 17, 2016

 

John “Jack” Charles Bridge

May 20, 1955 - May 13, 2016

Former Rochester resident, John “Jack” Charles Bridge, 60, of Terre Haute, passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2016, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

 On May 20, 1955, Jack was born in Logansport. He was a treasured son of Robert Rizer and Martha C. Weddle Bridge. Growing up as the youngest of three, he shared his childhood with a sister, Nancy, and brother Stephen.

During his high school years, Jack played football for the Zebras. His senior year, Jack was named as Northern Lakes Conference All-Conference offensive tackle. With varied interests, he also honed his skills in the artistic world. Jack’s favorite mediums were acrylics, oils or watercolors. Jack graduated from Rochester High School in 1974.

With great interest in the arts and history, Jack chose to study at Indiana State University. He later graduated from ISU with a double major. Armed with his artistic talents, Jack was employed at Johns Dental Lab. He specialized in using metals and ceramics to create crowns and bridges.

 To relax, he pursued his passion of art, creating unique works with oils and canvas. As a lifelong learner, Jack feasted on movies and books on history. His areas of expertise included World War II, the Civil War and Indiana history. His favorite sports teams were the Chicago Cubs and Bears.

An adventurer, Jack loved traveling around the Midwest via motorcycle or car. Frequent destinations were state or national parks where he camped out under the starlit skies. Late spring brought on mushroom hunting. In earlier years, Jack looked forward to hooking up with classmates Neil and Bill for their fishing trip at a designated locale around the Midwest.

Left to cherish Jack’s memory are his father, Robert Bridge and wife Carol, Rochester; a sister, Nancy Waggoner and husband Ted, Rochester; a brother, Stephen Bridge and wife Catherine, Indianapolis; seven nieces and nephews, Gretchen Anderson and husband Sgt. Scott, Fayetteville, N.C., Jeanette Habing and husband Philip, Carmel, Anne Dust and husband Silas, Indianapolis, Thomas “Tom” Lutholtz, Indianapolis, Joseph Lutholtz, Indianapolis, Mimi Bridge, Indianapolis, and Theresa Bridge, Indianapolis; and five great-nieces and great-nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Martha, on Nov. 11, 1976.

A celebration of the life of Jack Bridge will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike Van Heyningen officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. 375 N., Rochester, IN 46975, or the Vigo County Historical Museum, 1411 S. 6th St, Terre Haute, IN 47802. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Jack’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jerome T. Clavers

Jerome T. Clavers, 90, Rochester, died Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Janet L. Andrews

Janet L. Andrews, 74, Rochester, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Cindy Coffing, Rochester; three sons, Robert Andrews, Mentone, David Andrews, Rochester, and William Andrews, Rochester; and a sister, Pat Conley, Rochester.

Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Arrangements are handled by Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Judy M. Sandstrom

Judy M. Sandstrom, 77, Fishers and formerly of Rochester, died Friday at Community Hospital North, Indianapolis.

Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Lindstrom, Indianapolis, and Jill Weese, Galveston; and a son, Rick Stewart, Indianapolis.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Kenneth D. Harp

Kenneth D. Harp, 52, Peru, died Saturday at his home.

Survivors include seven brothers, Bill Poe, Denver, Tom Harp, Macy, Jack Poe, Peru, Pete Poe, Peru, Jim Harp, Florida, John Harp, Miami, and Matt Harp, Denver; and four sisters, Christine Strong, Peru, DeeAnn Biddle, Roann, Joyce McKinney, Florida, and Rochelle Martin, Perrysburg.

Funeral service is 7 p.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home. Visitation is 4 p.m. to the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday May 18, 2016

 

Jason ‘Jake’ C. Alberts

Feb. 14, 1972 - May 14, 2016

Jason “Jake” C. Alberts, 44, Wolcott, passed away at 4:13 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis.

 He was born Feb. 14, 1972, in Lafayette, to Robert and Patricia (Byron) Alberts. Jason was a 1990 graduate of Tri-County High School. He also graduated from Earlham College, Richmond, with a bachelor’s degree in history. He married the love of his life, Tiffany Younts, “Honey,” on Sept. 28, 1996, in West Jefferson, Ohio. Jason and Tiffany in the past two years moved from Warsaw to Wolcott.

We lost the best husband, daddy and friend we could ever have hoped for. He loved his family more than words can say. He was our teddy bear, goofball, tenderhearted and the love of our lives. He treasured the time with his children – playing with them, watching them and teaching them. Family was so very important to him!

 Jason and his wife attended Warsaw Community Church for 13 years prior to their move to Wolcott. He was a senior insurance adjuster at American Modern Insurance for the past 13 years. Jason enjoyed coaching football and baseball. Jason not only loved coaching from a sports aspect, but he was dedicated to his players becoming fine young men. Family, co-workers and friends looked up to Jake, with him always getting a smile out of them with his unique and awesome wit.

Surviving with his parents and wife are his children, Luke Christopher Alberts, Myah Elizabeth Alberts, Jacob Wesley Alberts, Joseph Henry Alberts, and Samuel James Alberts; brothers Jeffrey (Stacie) Alberts, Jon Alberts, and Justin (Amanda) Alberts; father-inlaw and mother-in-law Rick and Ruth Younts; brother-in-law Chad (Annisa) Younts; and six nephews and three nieces. Jason was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Vincent and Clarissa Byron; paternal grandparents Harry and Lois Alberts; and uncles Bill and Dave Alberts.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. (EST) Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Remington United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mary van Wijk officiating. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (EST) Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the church. Interment will follow in Remington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Jason’s name to Riley Children’s Hospital. Family and friends can share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

 

Thursday May 19, 2016

 

Jerome T. Clavers

Oct. 1, 1925 - May 16, 2016

Jerome T. Clavers, 90, Rochester and formerly of Chilton, Wis., passed away at 1:55 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver. He moved from Chilton, Wis. to Rochester in 2008.

He was born on Oct. 1, 1925, in Brillion, Wis., the son of Theodore and Caroline (Steinbach) Clavers.

On July 28, 1948, in Forest Junction, Wis., he married Florence Wiechman. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2010.

He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army, and had worked as a distribution clerk/estimator for Wisconsin Public Service Corporation for more than forty years. He was a member of the Ebenezer United Church of Christ and the American Legion, both of Chilton, Wis. He enjoyed summer band concerts, walking in the park, reading and supporting the Green Bay Packers and was an avid bowler.

Survivors include his children, Robert Clavers, La Crescent, Minn., and Susan (Clavers) Garman, Rochester; grandchildren Brian and wife Kristie Garman, Huntington, Michael Garman and girlfriend Carrie Teller, Winder, Ga., and Sandra and husband Michael Hoffarth, Rochester; great-grandchildren Galan

and Liam Dishner, Huntington, MaKenzie Garman, Huntington, and Christopher and Isaac Garman, West Lafayette; and sister Lorraine (Clavers) Giese, Brillion, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Francis Clavers; and sonin- law William Garman.

Memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, Chilton, Wis., with interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Chilton, Wis. Friends may visit from 2 p.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Bonnie M. Gearhart

Sept. 28, 1922 - May 18, 2016

Bonnie M. Gearhart, 93, Hoosier Village Retirement Center, Indianapolis, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1922, in Wabash County to Walter and Helena (Likens) Moyer.

On Aug. 24, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pa., she married Harold W. Gearhart. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2013.

Bonnie was a registered nurse at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, for several years and had also worked at St. Catherine’s Hospital, East Chicago. She graduated in 1945 from City Hospital, Indianapolis, with her nursing degree. She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church for many years.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey and wife Sharon Gearhart, Indianapolis; and granddaughter Lindsay and husband Evan Childers, Portland, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Helena Moyer; her husband Harold W. Gearhart; an infant child; her sisters Doris Newhard, Marjorie Cripe, and Marilyn McCain; and her brother Duane Moyer.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David Eaton officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial is in Akron Cemetery, Akron. Memorial contributions can be made to Akron United Methodist Church. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www. hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday May 20, 2016

 

Beverly Raya

Beverly Raya, 70, Warsaw, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Saturday May 21, 2016

 

Beverly Raya

Beverly Raya, 70, Rochester, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include a daughter, Angel Parker, Mentone; and a brother, Jack Brower, Rochester.

Funeral service is 3 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday May 23, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday May 24, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday May 25, 2016

 

George E. Critchley

George E. Critchley, 79, Macy, died Monday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Ellers Mortuary.

 

Richard L. Waltz

Richard L. Waltz, 78, Rochester, died Tuesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Thursday May 26, 2016

 

George Edward Critchley

April 24, 1937 – May 23, 2016

George Edward Critchley, 79, Macy, passed away at 10:08 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born April 24, 1937, in Kokomo, he was the son of the late George A. Critchley and Ruth Evelyn (Kauble) Critchley.

On Nov. 21, 1984, in Kokomo he married Bonnie Jean (Bell). She survives.

He was employed with Delco Electronics for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of UAW Local No. 292, Rochester Eagles, American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf and cards. He was a Chicago Cubs fan, I.U. fan and Indianapolis Colts fan.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Bonnie Jean Critchley, Macy; two sons, Jeff (Pat) Critchley, Winterhaven, Fla., and Tony (Barb) Critchley, Greentown; three stepsons, Randy (Andrea) Cline, Kokomo, Jeff Cline, Kokomo, and Bruce (Tami) Cline, Apex, N.C.; one stepdaughter, Tracy (Scott) Baber, Kirklin; two sisters, Carolyn (Gordon) LaLonde, Kokomo, and Phyllis (Jim) Smith, Kokomo; two grandchildren, Hannah Critchley, and Dionna (Mike) Murphy; stepgrandchildren Casey Cline, Courtney (Brett) Talley, Caitlin (Adam) Shotwell, Caden (Ashleigh) Cline, Ashley (Jesse) Lennon, Austin Cline, Brittani Cline, Shaya Baber, Baylee Baber, Stewart (Chelsea) Matlock, Maddie (Jeff) Barton, Landon (Abby) Matlock, and Evan (Amber) Matlock; and 17 stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a twin sister, Ruthann Mugg.

Funeral service is at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, at Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., Kokomo, with Pastor Chris Duncan officiating. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to the time of the service Friday at the mortuary. Entombment of remains will take place at a later date at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association of Indiana or to Bridges Outreach of Kokomo. People may read George’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary. com where they can sign the guestbook, make a memorial donation or share a personal message with the family.

 

Waldo Baker

Feb. 28, 1932 – May 24, 2016

Waldo Baker, 84, passed away May 24, 2016, in Mishawaka.

Waldo was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Rochester, to Ira and Edna Baker.

He graduated from Rochester High School and had an engineering degree from Purdue University. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1953 to November 1955.

He married his love and life partner, Alta, in 1954. They met at Allis Chalmers in La Porte, where they both worked. They were longtime residents of La Porte, where they were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Waldo also worked at Rockwell Standard in Gary and New York Blower in La Porte. In his later years, he owned and operated bicycle shops in Roseland and South Bend. Baker’s Bike Shops were his passion. A husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, he spent his retirement time woodworking, playing music, traveling and fishing with his wife.

He is survived by three children, Donna (Mike) Miles-Robison, Janet (Bryan) Truex, and Steven Baker; five grandchildren, Josh Miles, Zach Miles, Charles Baker, Banan Truex, and Alexandria Truex; brothers Paul Baker and Ira Baker; and several nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alta; his parents; one brother, Frederick Baker; and two sisters, Lu Edith Severns, and Ethel Ruth Johnson.

 Funeral service will be noon Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton. Friends may visit on Saturday from 11 a.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home. Fellowship will continue with a luncheon at Swan Lake Resort. Memorial contributions may be given to Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545. To leave online condolences, visit rannellsfuneralhome.com.

 

Richard L. Waltz

Dec. 29, 1937 – May 24, 2016

Richard L. Waltz, 78, Rochester, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at his residence. He was born on Dec. 29, 1937, in Talma, the son of John and Hazel (Clay) Waltz. On Jan. 20, 1961, in Kewanna, he married Karen L. Summers. She survives.

Richard graduated in 1955 from Richland Center High School where he was a member of the basketball team. A farmer all his life, he had also worked for Sutters Dairy as a milkman early in life, before eventually retiring from Sealed Power in Rochester. Richard had been a member of the Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, Fulton County Historical Power Association and the UAW. He had also been active in the horse club.

In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, antique tractors, horses, shuffleboard, playing cards and working on his farm. He also enjoyed riding around his farm on his golf cart with his dog.

Survivors include his wife, Karen L. Waltz, Rochester; children Tracy and wife Vicki Waltz, Rochester, and Terry L. and wife Lisa Lynn Waltz, Rochester; grandchildren Lee Waltz, Rochester, and Gage and wife Stephanie Waltz, Lebanon, Tenn.; stepgranddaughter Holli and husband Carlos Mares, Akron; stepgreat-grandchildren Hayden Smith, and Daphine and Xavier Mares, all of Akron; brother Byron and wife Sue Waltz, Rochester; sister Irene Montague, Cape Coral, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Richard Waltz; and sisters Marjorie Gibbons, Patsy Waltz, Betty L. Fawley, and Esther Jean Hawk.

No service will be observed. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or Cause for Paws. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Friday May 27, 2016

 

Gary L. McMillen

Dr. Gary L. “Mac” McMillen, 76, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Born in Monroe, Mac was a lifelong educator and served as the superintendent for Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District for 15 years, retiring in 2000. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College, master’s degree from Ball State University, and an educational specialist degree and doctorate from Indiana State University.

Mac had many talents and passions. In high school he was an all-county basketball athlete. As an educator, he established the Tri-Epsilon Drama

Club in Rochester and the Fulton County Players, with whom he produced several shows, and worked during college at the Wagon Wheel Theatre.

Mac mentored many people in the fields of education and performing arts. He was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of the Elks, an avid golfer, loved fine dining and cheering on the Colts.

 Surviving are his son, Ryan (Stephanie) McMillen of Grand Rapids, Mich.; stepgrandchildren Jake and Brandon Pelkey of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sisters Roberta “Bobbi” Dean of Fort Wayne, Sheila McMillen of Newport Richey, Fla., and April (Dan) Johnson of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; brothers Robin “Rex” McMillen of Fort Wayne, and Glen McMillen of Fort Wayne; and two stepgrandchildren. Mac was preceded in death by his father, Robert G. McMillen, mother Marjorie Chronister Lenwell, and brother Robert W. “Bill” McMillen.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. A celebration of life will be at Lakeside Golf Course, 746 N. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Wells County Foundation, Inc., 360 N. Main St., Suite C, Bluffton, IN 46714, for the Dr. Gary L. McMillen Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund will provide scholarships to graduating Bluffton High School seniors. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.

 

Joan P. Steele

Feb. 16, 1949 - May 26, 2016

Joan P. Steele, 67, Rochester, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1949, in Rochester, the daughter of Robert D. “Bob” and Hazel Marie (Boldry) Leavell.

On Dec. 27, 1980, in Crawfordsville, she married Wayne E. Steele. He survives.

Joan was a 1967 graduate of Caston High School and attended Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She worked at Farmers and Merchant Bank/Indiana Lawrence Bank, retiring from the trust department. She attended the First Baptist Church, Rochester, where she was a member of the Koinonia class. She was also past president of Tri-Kappa Sorority, secretary of Fulton County Republican Women, and a board member of the United Way of Fulton County and the Fulton County Community Foundation.  In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and decorating.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne E. Steele, Rochester; children Ryan and wife Kara Steele, Batesville, and Lindsey and husband Sean Mulholland, Noblesville; grandchildren Bentley Mulholland and Hadley Mulholland, Noblesville, and Micah Steele, Batesville, and one granddaughter due any day, who will be named Joanna Nadine Steele; brothers Joe and wife Alice Leavell, Westfield, Jerry and wife Betty Leavell, Rochester, Jack and wife Nancy Leavell, Cary, N.C., and Jeff and wife Diane Leavell, Wildwood, Mo., sister Judy and husband Ken Uiselt, Mercer, Pa.; mother-in-law Olive Steele, Crawfordsville; sister-in-law Janet and husband Bob Smiley, Crawfordsville; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Geist Christian Church, Fishers, First Baptist Church, Rochester, or North Stuart Baptist Church, Stuart, Fla. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Saturday May 28, 2016

 

Dr. Gary L. ‘Mac’ McMillen

Dr. Gary L. “Mac” McMillen, 76, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Monroe, Mac was a lifelong educator and served as the superintendent for Bluffton Harrison Metropolitan School District for 15 years, retiring in 2000. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College, master’s degree from Ball State University, and an educational specialist degree and doctorate from Indiana State University.

Mac had many talents and passions. In high school he was an all-county basketball athlete. As an educator, he established the Tri-Epsilon Drama Club in Rochester and the Fulton County Players, with whom he produced several shows, and he worked during college at the Wagon Wheel Theatre.

Mac mentored many people in the fields of education and performing arts. He was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of the Elks, an avid golfer, loved fine dining and cheering on the Colts.

Surviving are his son, Ryan (Stephanie) McMillen of Grand Rapids, Mich.; stepgrandchildren Jake and Brandon Pelkey of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sisters Roberta “Bobbi” Dean of Fort Wayne, Sheila McMillen of Newport Richey, Fla., and April (Dan) Johnson of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and brothers Robin “Rex” McMillen of Fort Wayne, and Glen McMillen of Fort Wayne. Mac was preceded in death by his father, Robert G. McMillen, mother Marjorie Chronister Lenwell, and brother Robert W. “Bill” McMillen.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. A celebration of life will be at Lakeside Golf Course, 746 N. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wells County Foundation, Inc., 360 N. Main St., Suite C, Bluffton, IN 46714, for the Dr. Gary L. McMillen Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund will provide scholarships to graduating Bluffton High School seniors. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons. com.

 

Irene M. Creighbaum

Irene M. Creighbaum, 77, Tippecanoe, died Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home.

 

Gerald L. Sanders

Gerald L. Sanders, 62, Macy, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Survivors include his brothers, Tom Sanders, Windom, Minn., and George Sanders, Magnolia, Texas; and sisters Robin E. Sanders, Sharpsville, and Willow Radcliff, Spencer.

No service is scheduled at this time. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Monday May 30, 2016

 

Holiday-No Paper

 

Tuesday May 31, 2016

 

Raymond D. Lewis

Raymond D. Lewis, 81, Rochester, died May 13, 2016, in Laurel, Miss. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Gary J. Kraning

Gary J. Kraning, 74, Peru, died Friday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; his son, Ken, Peru; and his sister, Linda Maze, Peru.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Lawrence Connor Jr.

Lawrence Conner Jr., 94, Mexico, died Sunday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Harriette, Peru; three sons, Eldon, Peru, Glenn, Peru, and Larry, Peru; and a sister, Janet K. Dalman, Holland, Mich.

Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mexico Church of the Brethren. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday June 1, 2016

 

Irene H. Smith

Irene H. Smith, 90, Olive Trail, Plymouth, died Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

Survivors include her son, David Smith, Daytona Beach, Fla.; her daughter, Marie Fishburn, Plymouth; and her brothers, Richard Hufnagel, Buffalo, N.Y., and Arthur Hufnagel, Buffalo, N.Y.

Arrangements are handled by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home. Burial is at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

 

Irene M. Creighbaum

Aug. 17, 1938 - May 26, 2016

Irene M. Creighbaum, 77, Tippecanoe, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. She was born on Aug. 17, 1938, in Pulaski County, to Francis and Sara (Highland) Ludwig. On June 20, 1959, in Mentone, she married Forrest G. Creighbaum Sr. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1995.

Irene was a homemaker. She formerly attended Grace Outreach Fellowship, Tippecanoe, and was a former member of the Moose Lodge, Warsaw, and the VFW, Plymouth. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, Yahtzee and gardening.

Survivors include her daughters, Anna Haroulakis, Warsaw, and Katherine and husband Duane Flory, Tippecanoe; her sons, Michael and wife Kimberly Creighbaum, Edwardsburg, Mich., Forrest Creighbaum Jr., Tippecanoe, and Marvin Creighbaum, Tippecanoe; her companion, Bob Sherrill, Tippecanoe; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Charles “Bud” Kring, Elkhart, and Dave Ludwig and companion Sharon, Bremen; and her sisters, Frances Ann and husband Floyd Dorsey, Argos, Martha and husband Richard Muffley, Plymouth, and Mary Helen DeVos, Argos.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Sara Ludwig; her stepmother, Violet E. Ludwig; her husband, Forrest G. Creighbaum Sr.; a great-grandchild; her brothers, Bobby Alan Ludwig, Michael Dale Kring, and Kenneth Ludwig; and her sister, Donna Mae Kring.

Memorial service is noon Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Grace Outreach Fellowship, Indiana 331, Tippecanoe, with the Rev. Rob Mace and Larrie Kreft officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery, at a later date. Arrangements are handled by King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorial contributions can be made to Grace Outreach Fellowship. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Thursday June 2, 2016

 

Deborah A. Dotson

Nov. 2, 1956 - May 31, 2016

Deborah A. Dotson, 59, Akron, passed away Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Nov. 2, 1956, in Warsaw, to Glen and Rebecca (Lester) Dotson.

 She worked in shipping for Mallard Coach Company in Nappanee for many years. She was a graduate of Akron High School in 1974 and was a former member of Silver Creek Church of God. She always enjoyed listening to gospel CDs and was a very active part of the Literacy Coalition at the Akron Carnegie Library.

Survivors include her father, Glen and wife Kathy Dotson, Akron; her sister, Sharon and husband Mitch Steele, North Manchester; and her nephews, Matthew Murray, Santa Fe, N.M., and Mark Murray, Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca Dotson.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St, Akron, with Pastor Thomas Craig officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. Burial is in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake. Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday June 3, 2016

 

Iris M. Anderson Thompson

Feb. 28, 1916 - June 1, 2016

Iris M. Anderson Thompson, 100, Mentone, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

She was born on Feb. 28, 1916, in Plymouth, to Roy and Ruby (York) Shearer.

She married Earl Anderson and later married Paul Thompson. Paul preceded her in death in 1995.

Iris worked for Farmers State Bank for 24 years, retiring in 1988. She was a 1934 graduate of West Township High School, Plymouth, and was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she had been Worthy Matron.

Survivors include her sons, Dennis and wife Mary Anderson, Warsaw, Roy “Fred” and wife Darlene Anderson, Mentone, Phil and wife Diana Anderson, Argos, and Jim Anderson, Argos; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Thompson; her grandson Kevin Anderson; her brothers Dwayne and Merald Shearer; and her sisters Margaret Lawrence and Norma Ayers.

Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Mentone Cemetery, with the Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. No visitation will occur. Arrangements are handled by King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church or to the donor’s charity of choice. Family and friends may share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Saturday June 4, 2016

 

Elizabeth Berger

July 23, 1916 – May 24, 2016

Elizabeth (Chouinard) Berger, born July 23, 1916, in Fowler passed away May 24, 2016, in Las Cruces, N.M., at the age of 99.

 She was interred in Las Cruces, N.M., with her husband Robert Berger (1914-1989).

She is survived by her children, Rosalie (Berger) Jordan, Rochester, and James (Carla) Berger, Goldsboro, N.C.; grandchildren Jeff Jordan, Jennifer (Berger) Derrick, and Kathryn (Berger) Wells; great-granddaughter Shanna Elizabeth (Derrick) Cox; and great-grandsons Ryan and Justin Johnson-Jordan.

For online condolences, please visit www.lapaz-grahams. com.

 

Martha Cloud

Feb. 10, 1933 – June 3, 2016

Martha Cloud, 83, Rochester, passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Born Feb. 10, 1933, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Oliver and Alice Mae Reams Baldwin.

She attended the First Assembly Church of God and Rochester Church of God for many years. She was a 1951 graduate of Rochester High School.

For many years, Martha was a telephone operator and retired from Rochester Telephone Company before working for many years at Hart, Schaffner & Marx. She enjoyed cross-stitch and needlepoint work, traveling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include one son, Neal Cloud and wife Debbie, Rochester; one daughter, Shirley Cloud Williams, Rochester; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two children, Sharon Woods and Judy Ann Cloud; nine brothers and five sisters.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Larry Pyeatt officiating. Burial follows at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Billie C. Bay

Billie C. Bay, 76, Rochester, died Friday at his home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Monday June 6, 2016

 

Loretta Strayer

Loretta Strayer, 91, Rochester, died Saturday at Pulaski Health Care, Winamac. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Helen Lois Moss

Nov. 15, 1923 – June 4, 2016

Helen Lois Moss, 92, Logansport and formerly of Twelve Mile, passed away at 11:18 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at McKinney Place, Logansport.

Born Nov. 15, 1923, in Cass County, she was the daughter of Edward Cornelian and Ada Alice Preiser Patton.

On June 24, 1945, in the Miami Baptist Church, she was married to Donald Deane Moss. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2006.

Helen was an active member of the Twelve Mile United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed teaching, working with the youth and playing the piano for many years. She enjoyed quilting, but her favorite hobby was fishing. For many years, she was the bookkeeper for Skinner Grocery and Appliance Store in Twelve Mile, and she retired from the United States Post Office.

She is survived by her three children, Jeffrey Deane Moss and wife Wanda, Twelve Mile, Dennis Lee “Denny” Moss and wife Bonnie, Rochester, and Peggy Lynn Dague and husband Jim, Grass Creek; six grandchildren, Wade (Deborah) Moss, Michael (Kristie) Moss, Elizabeth (Brent) Thomas, Sarah Moss, Andrew

(Janet) Dague, and Julie (Caleb) Russell; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Herman, Robert, John, and Max Patton; and three sisters, Delcie Swigart, Merle Crowe, and Florence Stineman.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Twelve Mile United Methodist Church, with Pastor Darelene DeHaai officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. The online guestbook may be signed at www.mcclainfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Twelve Mile United Methodist Church.

 

Eula J. Shepherd

June 27, 1936 – June 4, 2016

Eula J. Shepherd, 79, Rochester, passed away at 12:26 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at her residence. She was born on June 27, 1936, in Wolfe County, Ky., the daughter of John B. and Malvie (Lawson) Crain. She married Frederick E. Shepherd on April 6, 1974, in Rochester, Indiana. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1979.

Eula had worked for many years at Essex Wire in Akron, and had also worked for Townsend’s I.G.A. grocery store in Rochester. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mentone, and enjoyed gardening, flowers and cooking.

Survivors include her daughters, Joan and husband Eldon Sims, Abilene, Kan., Janice and husband Robert Randall, Silver Lake, Joyce and husband Wendell Randall, Claypool, Jean and husband Jimmie Johnson, Kewanna, Jennette Dennis, Rochester, Lynn Ulerick, Rochester; her sons, John and wife Terri Dennis, Rochester, and Justin and wife Kelly Thompson, Conneaut, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and her sister, Barbara George, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mona Day, and her brother, Bob Crain.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the First Baptist Church, Mentone, with the Rev. Mike Wilhite officiating. Friends may call 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service Wednesday at the church. Burial will take place at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Mentone. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

John V. LaFree

John V. Lafree, 62, Kokomo, died Thursday in Kokomo.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah LaFree; daughters Barbie (Scott) Conwell, Sharon LaFree, Shannon (Kenneth) Kepner, Sherry (Jim) Hamilton, and Tina (Steve) D’Alcey; sons Don LaFree and Greg LaFree; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel,

725 S. Main St., Kokomo. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Bill C. Bay

Aug. 16, 1939 - June 3, 2016

Bill C. Bay, 76, Rochester, passed away at 6:59 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1939, in Ochelata, Okla., the son of Ben and Helen (Miller) Bay. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam-era. On March 5, 1994, he married Darlene Alber at their home. She survives.

Bill retired after 40 years as a semitruck driver. He was a member of the Rochester Eagles. Bill was a certified pilot and enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed sailing, riding horses, mowing his yard and his neighbor’s yards and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Bay, Rochester; children, Rolland Bay, Carlisle; Raelene Bay and companion Denise Bogan, Florida; and Claudene Bay, Rochester; grandchildren Dalton Shultz and Tyler Shultz, stepgrandson Paul Bogan; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jim Bay and Ben Bay.

A private service will be observed. Interment is at Athens Cemetery. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Bend Children’s Hospital or Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Tuesday June 7, 2016

 

Richard Alan Runkle

Oct. 1, 1946 - June 4, 2016

Richard Alan Runkle, 69, Peru, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Hickory Creek, Peru. Born Oct. 1, 1946, in Miami County, he was the son of Charles A. and Marjory Evelyn See Runkle.

He was a member of Macy Christian Church and a 1964 graduate of North Miami High School. For many years, he was an independent truck driver.

Survivors include his children and siblings, Tammy Dock, New Castle, Karen Buell and husband Gary, Kingston, Tenn., Nancy Desmound, Cartersville, Ga., Rich Runkle and wife Brenda, Wabash, Randy Runkle and wife Sheila, Macy, and Terry Runkle and wife Joann, Kyle, Texas; and five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Robert Runkle.

Graveside service is at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Plainview Cemetery, Macy, with Pastor Doug Emberton officiating. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.mcclainfh. com.

 

Raymond Donald Lewis

May 17, 1934 - May 13, 2016

Raymond Donald Lewis, 81, formerly of Rochester, passed away May 13, 2016, in Laurel, Miss. He was born on May 17, 1934, the son of Raymond Everett

and Eleanor (Williams) Lewis. In 1953, he married Doris K. Watson. She preceded him in death in 2001.

Raymond served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a driver for Lever Brothers Trucking and was a member of the Eagles Lodge, VFW and the Moose. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.

Survivors include his children, Debra Ann Littrell, Akron, Donald Raymond Lewis, Rochester, Cindy Lou Lewis, Rochester, and Bobby Jo Lipply, Claypool; 30 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters Betty Ann Hill, Rochester, and Martha Scott, Rochester. Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Doris K. Lewis; son Ray Edward Lewis; brother Bobby Joe Lewis; and his parents.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Dwight Wagoner officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. Burial is at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Janice M. Hite

Janice M. Hite, 63, Lawrence Lake, Plymouth, died Friday at Signature Healthcare of Bremen. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Evelyn R. Newgent

Evelyn R. Newgent, 71, Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Rochester and Fort Wayne, died Thursday.

Survivors include her husband, S. Robert Newgent; and sons Craig, Keith and Kevin.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martha Catholic Church, 200 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, Fla. Arrangements are handled by Gulf Coast Cremations.

 

Loretta M. Strayer

Loretta M. Strayer, 91, Leiters Ford, died Saturday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Mays, Rochester; two sons, Richard Strayer, Decatur, Ill., and James Strayer, DeMotte; and three sisters, Ruth Roberta Hause, Highland, Jeanette Edna Brown, Schererville, and Opal Edna Jackson, Highland.

Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 11 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Susan M. Miller

Susan M. Miller, 57, Rochester, died Monday at her home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday June 8, 2016

 

Juanita G. Duff

Juanita G. Duff, 76, Meadow Lane, Plymouth, died Tuesday at We Belong Senior Home, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Thursday June 9, 2016

 

Juanita Gay (Stevens) Duff

March 1, 1940 - June 7, 2016

Juanita Gay (Stevens) Duff, 76, Meadow Lane, Plymouth, passed away at 2:30 a.m. June 7, 2016, at We Belong Senior Home, Plymouth. She had been in declining health for the past couple of years. She was born March 1, 1940, in Red Wine, Ky., to Sanford and Elizabeth (Hill) Stevens. She lived most of her life in the Argos community.

On June 29, 1957, in Argos, she married David L. Duff. They shared 55 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on March 18, 2013.

Juanita was a homemaker and housewife. She enjoyed spending time with her family, working in her yard and searching for new collectibles to decorate her home. Juanita loved and served the Lord and was active in her church throughout her life, singing and teaching Sunday School and setting a great example for her family and those around her. She never knew a stranger and was always ready to sit and listen to a good story, as well as share a few of her own. Many days, she could be found sitting on the front porch enjoying the sunshine and gentle breeze. She was a member of the Plymouth Church of Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her children, David Duff Jr. and wife Kim, Argos, Elizabeth Granning and husband John, Rochester, James Duff and wife Ellen, Warsaw, Naomi Ball and husband Andrew, Rochester, and Stephen Duff and wife Sue, Bourbon; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one soon-to-be great-grandchild; three sisters, Ruby Brock, Argos, Bonnie Susits and husband John, Argos, Linda Hale and husband Jim, Lakeville; and four brothers, Herbert Stevens and wife Shirley, Argos, Hobert Stevens and wife Claudett, Lakeville, William Stevens and wife Linda, Punta Gorda, Fla, and Sherman Stevens and wife Linda, Bourbon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Harold “Curly” Stevens, Donald Stevens, and James Stevens; and her sister, Edna Roberts.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos, with the Rev. Lloyd Howard of the Argos Church of Jesus Christ officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Burial is in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. Memorial contributions can be made to Michelle Craft, caregiver, 4795 N. Indiana 23, Grovertown, IN 46531. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Glenn E. Cleland

Glenn E. Cleland, 95, Rochester, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Morris, Goshen; and two sons, John Cleland, Indianapolis, and Larry Murfitt, West Point.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday in the funeral home.

 

Donald L. Mahoney

Donald L. Mahoney, 80, Juniper Road, Argos, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Andy L. Yoder

Andy L. Yoder, 69, 2200 S. Indiana 19, Akron, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Ada; eight daughters, Katie Miller, Akron, Christina Schwartz, Leesburg, Rhoda Yoder, Georgia, Freda Eicher, Shipshewana, Ada

Swartzentruber, Macy, Elizabeth Eicher, Nappanee, Alma Yoder, Akron, and Verba Yoder, Akron; four sons, Raymond Yoder, Chetopa, Kan., Leroy Yoder, Akron, Andy Jr. Yoder, Winterville, N.C., and Vernon Yoder, Akron; four brothers, Ervin, Danny, and Levi Jr., Hartly, Del., and Roman, Carlton, Pa.; and two sisters, Barbara Yoder, and Elizabeth Yoder, both of Hartly, Del.

Funeral service is noon Friday at Pleasant Hill School, 235 W. Pleasant Hill Road, Akron. Visitation is after 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Andy’s home, 2200 S. Indiana 19, Akron. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home.

 

Friday June 10, 2016

 

Mary E. Simmons

Mary E. Simmons, 91, Fulton, died Wednesday at Century Villa Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Greentown. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Katherine Lucille Fisher

June 30, 1923 - June 9, 2016

Katherine Lucille Fisher, 92, Rochester, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on June 30, 1923, in Warsaw, the daughter of William and Marion (Roose) Kinsey.

On Feb. 16, 1946, in Warsaw, she married Bernard L. Fisher. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2001.

Katherine worked for United Telephone; Cole Hardware, Logansport; and Chambers Tax Services, Logansport. She also helped run the family business, B.L. Fisher Associates. She spent many of her retirement years in McAllen, Texas, where she taught math to children in afterschool programs. She was a member of The Cross church, Rochester.

Survivors include her children, Sereta and husband Richard Dornick, Columbia City, Barry and wife Terri Fisher, Vanderbilt, Mich., and Terry Fisher, Rochester; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; a son, Jerry Lane Thorne; a great-granddaughter; one sister; one brother; and her parents.

A private graveside service will be observed. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross Benevolent Fund. Condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Susan M. Miller

Feb. 14, 1959 - June 6, 2016

Susan M. Miller, 57, Rochester, passed away at 4:36 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1959, in Rochester, the daughter of Roy Chalmer and Nancy Suzanne (Mow) Gibbons. She was a 1977 graduate of Rochester High School.

Earlier in life, Susan had worked for Marshall Electric, Thermogas, and for many years for Fulton Industries. She retired from Dean Foods in the fall of 2015 after 10 years of service. She had been a member of the Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge and ABATE. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading Stephen King novels and crocheting.

Survivors include her daughters, Jada Miller, Rochester, and Aspen Brown, Rochester; grandchildren Logan Gaines, Rochester, Ian Miller, Rochester, Elizabeth Brown, Rochester, and Alexander Brown, Rochester; mother Nancy Gibbons, Rochester; brothers David Gibbons and companion Peggy Kats, Mentone; and Michael and wife Theresa Gibbons, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and brother Timothy Lee Gibbons.

Friends may gather to celebrate Susan’s life from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Moose Lodge, 1911 West Side Road, Rochester. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Loretta M. Strayer

Feb. 3, 1925 - June 4, 2016

Loretta M. Strayer, 91, Leiters Ford, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

 On Feb. 3, 1925, Loretta Marie was born in Morehead, Ky., a cherished daughter of Fred and Florence Conn Fultz. She was born at home, and her arrival was anxiously awaited by her three older brothers and two sisters. Loretta shared her childhood as the seventh child in a family of 12 children. She began the foundation of her solid work ethic as a youngster helping with dishes and in the garden, making beds, and canning. The canning was completed in the absence of running water and electricity. She established herself early on as an accomplished cook, making the best biscuits and gravy over a wood-burning stove.

As a young woman, Loretta relocated to northwest Indiana, moving in with some of her older sisters. This gave her a greater opportunity to find employment. Following the war, Loretta met a handsome young man named Al at a square dance.

After nine months of courtship, Loretta Marie and Alfred James Strayer were married in Crown Point, on April 27, 1946. They shared 51 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three more generations. Al and Loretta raised their family in a loving and God-fearing home near Hammond. In 1983 after Al’s retirement, they moved to Leiters Ford on the banks of the Tippecanoe, where they enjoyed a wonderful life until Al’s passing in 1995.

Loretta was a member of the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her friends at the senior center and volunteered many hours at Rochester’s Woodlawn Hospital.

Paramount in Grandma Loretta’s life was her family. As matriarch of the Strayer family, it was with great pride that she oversaw five generations. She loved the holidays, special family celebrations and visits from everyone. She will be remembered for her delicious biscuits and gravy and her steaming-hot homemade chicken and dumplings.

Left to cherish Loretta’s memory are her daughter, Darlene Mays, Rochester; two sons, Richard Strayer and wife Sue, Decatur, Ill., and James Strayer and wife Patricia, DeMotte; six grandchildren, Douglas J. Strayer and wife Melissa, Rebecca Melton and husband Rob, Andrew Strayer, Sarah Mikesell and husband Luke, Jacob Strayer, and Adam Strayer; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; three sisters, Ruth Roberta Hause, Highland, Jeanette Faye Brown, Schererville, and Opal Edna Jackson, Highland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband Al, on Oct. 8, 1995; infant daughter, Donna Sue; grandson Daniel Mays, March 2014; sonin- law Daniel “Danny” Mays, Dec. 22, 2013; four sisters, Louanna Hamilton, Reba Buikema, Delores Harr, and Sarah Fultz at age 3; and four brothers, William, Kennis, Cliff and Paul Fultz.

A celebration of the life of Loretta M. Strayer will be at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Martin Furrow officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Rita Kathleen Mohler Foust

Rita Kathleen Mohler Foust met Jesus and took her last breath on earth and her first breath in heaven on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 12:06 a.m.

 She passed as she lived, very courageously and full of grace. Rita was passionate about her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchild. She enjoyed visiting family and friends and always had a hug for them.

She was a member of Rainbow Girls and the Lake Bruce Association, was a library volunteer in Plymouth, was on the board at the Church of the Nazarene in Winamac and was a founding member of Willow Creek Community Church. She worked at Suburban Trim and Glass and retired from State Farm Insurance.

She is survived by her children, daughter Kathy Sebby and husband John, Augusta, Ga., son Randy Foust and Linda, Mountain, Wis., and daughter Jennifer Wilk and Kevin, Roselle, Ill.; sister Joyce Brooks and husband Roy, Kokomo; grandchildren Heather Sebby, David Sebby, Christopher Sebby, Forrest Foust, Andrew Foust, Stephen Foust, Peter Foust, Christine Wilk, Paul Wilk, Bradley Wilk, Amy Wilk, and Daniel Wilk; eight great-grandchildren; and a greatgreat- grandson, Brayden. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Foust; parents Eva (Arthur) Mohler and Charles Mohler; sister Margaret Elaine Mohler Enoch; and twin great-granddaughters, Hannah and Olivia Nelson.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Judson Baptist Church, 1995 N. 750 W., Kokomo, with Pastor Gary Britton officiating. Rita’s final resting place will be in Bruce Lake Cemetery, Bruce Lake. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s memory to The Salvation Army or Judson Baptist Church. Messages of condolence may be left online at www. shirleyandstout.com.

 

Saturday June 11, 2016

 

Adrian G. Ralstin

Adrian G. Ralstin, 93, Mooresville and formerly of Rochester, died Friday at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger &

Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Mary E. Simmons

Mary E. Simmons, 91, Fulton, died Wednesday at Century Villa Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Greentown.

Mary is survived by four daughters, Judy Reed, Kewanna, Sharon Bowman, Fulton, Debbie Sheets, Twelve Mile, and Patti Donahue, Charleston, S.C.; and two sons, Jerry Simmons, Michigan City, and Ron Simmons, Topeka, Kan.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday in the funeral home.

 

Willnetta E. Miles

Willnetta E. Miles, 100, Rochester, died Friday at her home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Glenn E. Cleland

Dec. 3, 1920 – June 8, 2016

Glenn E. Cleland, former POW and World War II U.S. Army veteran, 95, Rochester, passed away at 12:06 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Woodlawn Hospital.

 On Dec. 3, 1920, Glenn was born at home west of Rochester on Indiana 14. He was the treasured son of Herman and Readah Baldwin Cleland. As a teenager, he developed a strong work ethic, working on the Otto McMahan farm from ages 14-22. With great Zebra pride, he graduated from Rochester High School in 1939.

Patriotism beckoned, and Glenn answered the call, serving with the U.S. Army during World War II. A member of the 12th Armored Division, he was captured and imprisoned at Herrlisheim, France, on Jan. 18, 1945. In a time span of 109 days, Sgt. Cleland served time in five prison camps – Baden-Baden, Ludwigsburg, Hammelsburg, Nuremburg and Moosburg. A “Hellcat” and sharpshooting heavy machine gunner, he was highly decorated with two coveted Bronze Stars.

Glenn and Donna E. Castleman were married Nov. 29, 1947, at the Burton Church, near Rochester. Together they enjoyed more than 55 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on Sept. 7, 2003.

Re-entering the local workforce, Glenn began employment with McMahan-O’Connor Construction Company on Oct. 14, 1947. He was a dedicated dispatcher for more than three decades. On Dec. 20, 1985, he retired following 38 years of service.

He was a loyal member of the Burton United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, the 12th Armored Division Association, and the Disabled Veterans Association and a life member of the American Ex-POWs. He was also a member of the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and Manitou VFW Post No. 1343.

In his younger years, Glenn umpired Little League baseball, enjoyed attending his children’s athletic activities and school programs and oversaw their 4-H projects. He was an avid bowler, once bowling an amazing 276 as his high score. He also liked to golf.

Donna and Glenn enjoyed wintering in Bradenton, Fla., for more than 25 years. They also annually planted a huge truck patch garden and froze and canned the bountiful harvest. He loved collecting antiques, milk bottles, postcards and Fostoria crystal. He visited many antique stores and flea markets in search of special treasures.

Left to cherish Glenn’s memory are a daughter, Linda Morris and husband Lynn, Goshen; two sons, John Cleland and wife Judy, Indianapolis, and Larry Murfitt and wife Judy, West Point; special friend Elsie Long; seven grandchildren, T.J. Murfitt, Jamie Murfitt Clifton, Krista Morris Lehman, Kurt Morris, Christopher Cleland, Brice Cleland, and Cecilia Cleland; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

A celebration of the life of Glenn E. Cleland will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Kerry O’Brien officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Military Rites Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. 7th St., Rochester, IN 46975, or to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Monday June 13, 2016

Willnetta E. Miles

Willnetta E. Miles, 100, Rochester, died Friday at her home.

She is survived by five children, Richard Miles, Penny Peters, Donald Miles, John Miles and Cindy Crump.

Funeral service is 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 11 a.m. until the time of service.

 

Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thompson, 41, Warsaw, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Mary L. Rose

Mary L. Rose, 83, Mentone, died Saturday at her home.

 She is survived by her daughter Tamara Louise Rose, Mentone; sons, James Allen, Warsaw, Kevin Dean, Warsaw, and Jeffery Lynn, Mentone.

Services are pending at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St. Mentone.

 

Mary E. Simmons

Oct. 8, 1924 – June 8, 2016

Mrs. Mary E. Simmons, 91, of Fulton, passed away at 11:56 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Century Villa Healthcare of Greentown.

 On October 8, 1924, in Rensselaer, Mary was born. She was the cherished daughter of John and Louella Montgomery Sowers. In 1943 she graduated from Sidney High School.

In Syracuse, on July 31, 1943, Mary and Warren W. Simmons were married. Together they shared nearly 70 years of life’s adventures. From their union came seven wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations. This was a life legacy of more than fifty.

The last two weeks of September brought on Warren and Mary’s annual fishing trip to Wisconsin. This allowed them time to relax and to haul in the limit. She cheered for the Chicago Cubs, and listened to oldie country music, Lawrence Welk and Big Joe Polka.

Grandma Mary was proud to oversee four generations. From her kitchen command post she is remembered for her steaming hot beef and noodles. She was an accomplished with handiwork and quilted, sewed and crocheted many projects. She and Warren annually planted a truck patch garden. Each fall they froze and canned the bountiful harvest to share with their family for winter’s use.

Left to cherish Mary’s memory are four daughters, Judy Reed and husband Kenny of Kewanna, Sharon Bowman of Fulton, Debbie Sheets and husband Ron of Twelve Mile, and Patti Donahue and husband John of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Jerry Simmons of Michigan City, and Ron Simmons and wife Teresa of Topeka, Kan.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mary in death are her parents, beloved husband Warren on March 31, 2013, infant son Richard Dale Simmons and great-grandson Junior Buswell.

A celebration of the life of Mary E. Simmons is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh. com.

 

Glen Dora Smith

Dec. 13, 1919 – June 12, 2016

 Glen Dora Smith, 96, Fishers and formerly of Akron, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1919, in Fulton County, the daughter of Alfred and Goldie (Smoker) Ferree. On Nov. 25, 1939, in Mentone, she married M. Franklin Smith. He preceded on Feb. 5, 2001.

She was a homemaker and with her husband owned and operated Smith Mobile Homes, of Noblesville. She was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School. She had attended Northminster Church and, growing up, the Akron Church of God.

Survivors include her sons, Merle Smith, New Port, Ky., Ron and wife Shirley Smith, Fishers, and Kent Smith, Madison, Ga.; five grandchildren, Brent, Joel, Jason, Ryan, Ashley. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Evelyn Lowman.

Her funeral service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Kathy Nelson officiating. Visitation is noon to the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial is in Akron Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Church of God or the St. Vincent Foundation, 8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Family and friends can share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday June 14, 2016

 

Matthew W. Thompson

Matthew W. Thompson, 41, Warsaw, died Saturday.

Survivors include his father, Denny Thompson, Akron; sisters Amy Heckaman, Warsaw, and Heather Turner, McLean, Va.; and brother Jason Thompson, Tsukuba, Japan.

There will be no funeral service. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Mary A. Weir

Dec. 7, 1923 – June 11, 2016

Mary A. Weir, 92, Huntington and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Heritage of Huntington.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1923, in Peru, to Edgar and Sarah LaVirgia (Dunn) Miller. Her parents preceded her in death.

She married Ronald G. Weir on Sept. 16, 1943, in Star City. He preceded her in death on March 16, 1964.

Mary was a 1941 graduate of Leiters Ford High School, a member of the Richland Center United Methodist Church, a past member of Richland Center IOOF Naomi Rebekah Lodge No. 859, and for more than 20 years a dedicated volunteer for the Fulton County Historical Society (FCHS). She was employed at the former Wabash Magnetics of Huntington and retired after 25 years.

She is survived by three children, H. Andrew (Opal) Weir, Anita R. (Philip, deceased) Rohrer, and Margaret A. (Joel) Roush; six grandchildren, Clay G. Weir, Andrea Corwin, Cynthia Huber and Angela York, Michele Skinner and Rebecca Metzger; 11 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Aside from her parents and husband, Mary also was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar A. Miller, and a sister, Evelyn Fletcher.

There will be no calling or service. A private graveside service will be at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Bailey-Love Mortuary. Preferred memorials may be made to the Burton-Richland Center United Methodist Church, 6990 N. 150 West, P.O. Box 412, Rochester, IN 46975, or the Fulton County Historical Society (FCHS), 37 E. 375 North, Rochester, IN 46975. Please sign the online guestbook at www.baileylove.com.

 

Wednesday June 15, 2016

 

Willnetta E. ‘Willie’ Miles

Aug. 21, 1915 - June 10, 2016

Willnetta E. “Willie” Miles, Fulton County centenarian, 100 years, 9 months, and 20 days, departed this life on June 10 at her home. She moved to Rochester in 2001.

Born on Aug. 21, 1915, in Greenwood, Willnetta Eileen McNeely was the cherished daughter of Carry Elmer McNeely and Florence Emily Aaron. As a child, she lived on a farm near Greenwood with her grandparents, Lewis and Artema Aaron. An honor student, she graduated from Whiteland High School, Whiteland, in 1933.

On June 10 of that summer, Willnetta married Luke Millard Miles. She spent 25 years as a dedicated farm wife and raised five children who survive, Richard Miles (Diane), Penny Peters (Chuck), Donald Miles (Judy), John Miles (Cathy), and Cindy Crump (Jack).

Other survivors include grandchildren Bruce, Leslie, Matt, Tom, Phil, Krista, Will and Jeremy. Great-grandchildren are Emily, Seth, Brittany, Trevor, Laura and twins Gillian and Margo. Willnetta had three great-great-granddaughters, Anna, Ellie and Aleah. Her only greatgreat grandson, Emmit Scott, was born on the morning of the day she passed away. Also surviving is her loving companion, confidante and friend, Debbie Horn, who made her last eight years a secure, happy and joyous experience. Willnetta was preceded in death by her parents and former husband.

Willnetta was a lifelong gardener, an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader, a watercolorist and a published poet. “Frost Flower,” an anthology of 77 years of poetry and penning her thoughts was formally published in February of 2015. While a resident of Greenwood, she authored a history column for the Greenwood newspapers.

As an artist, Willie used oils and acrylics as her mediums of expression on canvas. She took great joy in detailing landscapes and vintage barns. With a great love of music, she played the ukulele, violin, piano and keyboard. Her favorite music was

sung by Perry Como or Frank Sinatra, but she appreciated a variety of genres.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Willnetta E. Miles will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with her family from 11 a.m. until the time of her service Thursday at the funeral home. A 3:45 p.m. graveside service for the family will precede burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Willnetta’s family at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Adrian G. Ralstin

Jan. 2, 1923 – June 10, 2016

Adrian G. Ralstin, 93, Mooresville and formerly of Rochester and Kokomo, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

 Born Jan. 2, 1923, in Peru, he was the son of the late Guy V. and Hettie L. (Lunsford) Ralstin. On July 29, 1944, Adrian married Beverly J. Russell in Gainesville, Ga. She preceded him in death in 1998.

Adrian was a 1941 Peru High School graduate, and he also attended Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Houston.

He served in the United States Navy as a radar technician and was attached to VS-25 Air Anti-Submarine Squadron. Adrian was a fireman on the C& O and Wabash railroads. He was also a production supervisor for Delco Electronics, Kokomo, for 35 years.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Winamac and First Christian Church, Rochester. He most recently attended Nashville Christian Church, Nashville. He was also a member of the BPO Elks, American Legion Post 14 in Peru, Bruce Family International of North America, Society of Indiana Pioneers and the Fulton County Historical Society. Adrian enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Survivors are one son, David M. Ralstin (Catherine); grandchildren David Andrew Ralstin (Amber) and Arin Lindsay Lindauer (Tony); great-grandchildren Lindsay Diane Ralstin, Natalie Kay Ralstin and Baby Boy Lindauer; sister- in-law Judy Russell; niece Jennifer Hoover (Steve); nephew Jimmy Russell (Misty); nieces Barbara Williams (Dr. James) and Jackie Jarrard; great-nephews Tyler Hoover, Mitchell Hoover, Zachary Russell, and Isaac Russell; and several cousins. Aside from his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Janet Tower; and brother-in-law James M. Russell.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the First Christian Church, 106 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, 46996, with Pastor L.D. Campbell officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna, IN, 46939, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Graveside service and military rites will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Winamac. Sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Ralstin family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Thursday June 16, 2016

 

Newt Green III

Feb. 2, 1949 - June 13, 2016

Newt Green III, 67, Mentone, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1949, in Charleston, W. Va, to Newt and Alice Mae (Mullins) Green.

 In earlier years, Newt worked as a dispatcher for the Warsaw Police Department and in Georgia was a gunsmith and worked in the sheriff’s department in Atlanta, where he repaired and cleaned guns. More recently, people knew him as a wheeler-dealer around the Mentone area.

Newt served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam as a sharpshooter and received a Purple Heart medal, as well as other medals. He rode with the Jester Riding Club of Peru for charities for children and other benefit rides and always collected tabs for Riley Hospital for Children. He had a giving heart and wanted to help others.

Survivors include his daughters, Balinda Jo Vasquez, California, and Lisa Ann Green; brothers Gene Boggs, Muncie, Virgil and wife Joyce Bradley, Wellston, Ohio, and Sam and wife Terry Green, Fort Wayne; and sisters Dixie Coleman, Fort Wayne, Dorothy Williams, Wellston, Ohio, and Lorrie and husband Gary Trebby, Wellston, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law and a sisterin- law.

Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509. Family and friends may share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices. com.

 

Calvin ‘Cal’ Arnold

May 13, 1924 - June 15, 2016

Calvin “Cal” Arnold, 92, Noblesville, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Harbour Manor Care Center, Noblesville.

He was born on May 13, 1924, to E.D. and Marie (Ditmier) Arnold in Middletown, Ohio.

 Cal proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1950. For 60 years, he owned C.D. Arnold Company, retiring in 2005.

Cal is survived by his son, Mel (Colette) Arnold; daughter Denise Henke; sister Nancy Ausberger; brothers Jim (Audrey) Elliott, and Dr. Steve (Kaye) Elliott; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, E.D. Arnold and Marie Elliott; his wife Margaret Marie Arnold on April 30, 2010; brother David Elliott; and sister Janette O’Harold.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan St., Noblesville. Service is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the funeral home, with Pastor Doug Kizer officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at Hamilton Memorial Park Cemetery, Noblesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Condolences may be expressed at www.randallroberts.com.

 

Friday June 17, 2016

 

Susan Miller

A celebration of the life of Susan Miller, who passed away on June 6, 2016, will be from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Moose Lodge, 1911 West Side Road, Rochester. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Rex C.W. McHenry

Rex C.W. McHenry, 91, Peru, died Wednesday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

Survivors include his wife, Joan McHenry, Peru; and three children, Pamela A. Cole, Coldwater, Mich., Rex W. McHenry, Granger, and Bradley R. McHenry, Fishers.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is from noon to the time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Lloyd K. Goodnight

Lloyd K. Goodnight, 56, Peru, died Tuesday in Peru.

Survivors include one daughter, Amanda Recinos, Peru; two sons, Aaron and Andrew Renberg, Peru; one brother, Dennis Goodnight, Ohio; and one sister, Rebecca Phillips, Windfall.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Juanita M. Tomlinson

Juanita M. Tomlinson, 77, formerly of Rochester, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016.

Surviving are two sons, Bart Tomlinson, and Brian (Beverly) Tomlinson; and one daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Hiebing. Juanita was also a loving grandmother to seven grandchildren, Kevin and Logan Tomlinson, Adelyn (Eric Pennycoff) and Emily Tomlinson, and Justin, Gabriel and Mitchel Crowder; and one great-grandchild, Tessa Crowder. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Donald.

Private services will be held at a future date. Arrangements are handled by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home.

 

Saturday June 18, 2016

 

Ed French

Ed French, 83, Silver Lake, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include his sons, Gary French, Fort Wayne, and Ron French, Okemos, Mich.; and his daughter, Kathy Judy, Peru.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at South Pleasant United Methodist Church, 5064 W. 1400 North, North Manchester. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home.

Robert V. ‘Bob’ Kindig

Robert V. “Bob” Kindig died January 20, 2016.

 His celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. All family, friends, neighbors and caregivers of Bob are invited to attend. At Bob’s request, there will be no formal service. Dress is casual. Catered food will be served. There will be pictures, video and other memorabilia of Bob’s life so that those attending can share memories of how he touched their lives and learn about his 80 years lived before he returned to Rochester for his last 12. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Russell ‘Rusty’ Dale Warren

Russell “Rusty” Dale Warren, 57, Phoenix, Ariz., died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, at home. He was born on Oct. 7, 1958, to Bill and Maxine (Davis) Warren.

Rusty attended Scottsdale Loloma schools early on and was a member of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) for over 35 years. He loved painting and did many paintings, some of which were displayed at art shows in Scottsdale and Phoenix. He participated in the Special Olympics and earned ribbons and medals.

Rusty was also a good bowler and earned 50 trophies. He loved music, dancing and watching Hulk Hogan wrestling. He was a very special person who loved people and had many friends. He was a great entertainer, especially when he started reminiscing about years past.

Survivors include his parents, Bill and Maxine; sister Michelle (Jerry) Young; brother Lance (Kim) Warren; niece Brittani Warren; Aunt Sharon (Warren) Aylesworth, all of Phoenix; Aunt Millie Ditmire, Leiters Ford; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by brother Lyle; and grandparents, Bill and Gwen Warren, Russell and Pauline Moore, and Dale and Dorothy Davis.

Services will be at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Bldg 2, Phoenix, AZ 85014; STARS, 7507 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; or Hamblen Chapel, P.O. Box 8094, Phoenix, AZ 85066. Condolences may be mailed to the Warrens at 3618 N. 49th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

 

Monday June 20, 2016

 

Floyd L. Fraser

Floyd L. Fraser, 70, 6710 36th Ave. E. No. 202, Palmetto, Fla., died Thursday at Bill Young VA, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; his daughter, Tamara Eisan, Dover, Tenn.; and sons Matthew, Akron, and Paul, Fort Wayne.

Funeral service is pending cremation and will be at St. Petersburg, Fla., National Cemetery.

 

Tuesday June 21, 2016

 

Judith Ann Syler Gonzales

Sept. 3, 1942 – June 4, 2016

Judith Ann Syler Gonzales, 73, Santa Fe, N.M., passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1942, in Plymouth to Tom and Helen Syler. She was a 1960 graduate of Argos High School and eventually made her home in Santa Fe.

Judy is survived by her daughter, Laneia Marie Gonzales, and her granddaughter, Nicole C. (Margie) Gomez, as well as two amazing friends, Frank Gonzales and Kelley Dennison. She also leaves behind a large family in Indiana: sisters Tracy (Chuck) Pocock, Robin (Pat) Burkett, Tomi Syler, Tammie Caywood, and Debbie Magan; stepmother Pat Syler; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Judy was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Roselyn Syler; and sisters Marge Thacker and Sheryl Simons.

Judy loved the Santa Fe culture, the people and the beautiful mountains. She also loved animals, her roses and her garden.

There will be no service at Judy’s request. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions can be made to the animal shelter of one’s choice.

 

The Rev. Lee Allen Stubblefield

July 4, 1937 – June 10, 2016

The Rev. Lee Allen Stubblefield, 78, one of God’s most faithful servants, was called home on June 10, 2016, at Leisure Homestead, St. John, Kan

. He was born on July 4, 1937, in Tulsa, Okla., the son of Carson and Gertrude Rose Higley Stubblefield.

He was a Baptist minister serving at Omega Church, Akron, and Great Bend Bible Church, Great Bend, Kan., and was chaplain at Ogden Rescue Mission, Utah. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education at Western Bible Institute and was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Navy.

On Jan. 26, 1960, he married Janice Clare Keioskie at Subic Bay, Philippines. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Tammy Johnson (Jerry), Mentone, and Cherie Jacobs (Victor), Great Bend, Kan.; four sons, Mark Stubblefield (Linda), Lewisburg, Tenn., John Stubblefield (Eileen), Thompson Station, Tenn., David Fields (Karen), Springhill, Tenn., and Philip Stubblefield (Angie), Madison, Ala.; a brother, Bill Stubblefield, Fowler, Kan.; three sisters, Rosemary Horn, Logan, Kan., Cindy Ryan, Missouri, and Nikki Jiles, Sapulpa, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lee Allen Stubblefield II; and two sisters, Helen Geneva Stubblefield and Anita Blackburn.

Memorial service was at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Cross Point Church, Great Bend, Kan. Pastor Clay Boepple presided. Private family inurnment will be at the Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo. Memorials may be given to the Cross Point Church in care of Janice Stubblefield, 103 S.E. 60 Road, Great Bend, KS 67530. Minnis Chapel, St. John, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.

 

Betty Louise Kramer Hutchison

Dec. 2, 1926 – June 17, 2016

Betty Louise Kramer Hutchison, 89, Indiana 331, Bourbon, passed away at 7:42 a.m. June 17, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester following a brief illness.

She was born on Dec. 2, 1926, in Talma to Loren Kramer and Agnes Miller Kramer. She had lived in the Tippecanoe community most of her life.

On July 4, 1947, she married C. DeVon Hutchison. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1984.

She was a housewife and farmer’s wife. Betty graduated from Talma High School with the Class of 1944 and attended South Bend College of Commerce. She loved playing bingo at the Community Resource Center.

Betty is survived by her dear friends, Jamey Lemler, Tippecanoe, Lowell and Nancy Lemler, Bourbon, Clayton and Mary Lou Reed, Bourbon, Mike and Laudice Meinert, Bourbon, and William Reese, Argos; her stepsister, Vera Harper, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, C. Robert (Bob) Kramer.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Funeral service will be on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. George Shoemaker of the Tippecanoe Community Church officiating. of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com. Arrangements are handled by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home. Burial will be at Walnut Church in Talma.

 

Wednesday June 22, 2016

 

Dorothy A. Goss

Dorothy A. Goss, 78, Stillwater, Okla. and formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Gundrum Funeral Home.

 

Mary Jane Zellers

Mary Jane Zellers, 87, Rochester, died Tuesday at home.

Survivors include three daughters, Julie Korte, Indianapolis, Nancy Miller, Culver, and Janet Cox, Zurich, Switzerland; and a brother, Joe Jeffrey, Neillsville, Wis.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

 

Robert V. Kindig

Robert V. Kindig’s memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home. He died Jan. 20, 2016.

 

Thursday June 23, 2016

 

Mary Jane (Jeffrey) Zellers

Aug. 25, 1928 - June 21, 2016

Mary Jane (Jeffrey) Zellers died Tuesday, June 21, at her home. She was 87. She was born Aug. 25, 1928, to Dr. Newman S. and Mary (Homan) Jeffrey, in Salem.

A graduate of New Albany High School, she earned a teaching degree from DePauw University in 1950, where she received the award for Outstanding Senior Woman in Dramatics. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She came to Rochester in 1950 to teach English, speech and speech therapy. She coached plays and the debate team.

On July 22, 1951, she married Fred Zellers. Her father and grandfather performed the ceremony that began their life together. They were blessed with three daughters and four granddaughters.

A busy wife and mother, she used her talents as a public speaker, entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest. She became a speaker for the Indianapolis Convention Bureau.

Active in many organizations, she served as president of the local Tri Kappa chapter and as a parliamentarian at the state level. With her husband Fred, she helped plan the Prairiewood residential development known locally as Zellers Woods.

An avid genealogist, she traced the Jeffrey and Zellers family lines back many generations. She was a member of Colonial Dames, Society of Hoosier Pioneers, and the Fulton County Historical Society. She served as vice president of the Genealogical Society.

A longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church, she served as president of the board of trustees and the United Methodist Women and on various other committees.

She and Fred loved to travel and visited many exotic locations all over the world.

She is survived by three daughters, Julie (Rick) Korte, Indianapolis, Nancy (Ron) Miller, Culver, and Janet (Dan) Cox, Zurich, Switzerland; four granddaughters, Amanda Miller, Bremen, Cindy Miller, Bay Village, Ohio, Taylor Cox, Los Angeles, Calif., and Alexandra Cox, Zurich, Switzerland; and a brother, Joe Jeffrey,

Neillsville, Wis.

Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Funeral service will be at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 West Seventh St., Rochester, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016, with one hour of visitation prior to the service in the church. Burial will follow at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Camp-We-Can or the Grace United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Dorothy Ann ‘Dottie’ Goss

Sept. 21, 1937 – June 21, 2016

Dorothy Ann “Dottie” Goss, 78, Stillwater, Okla., and formerly of Fulton, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at her residence.

 Born on Sept. 21, 1937, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of the late Herschel and Helen (Messinger) Goss. Dottie was raised on a farm northwest of Fulton and graduated from Fulton High School in 1955 as the salutatorian of her class.

She then received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Before returning to the University of Illinois as a professor, she obtained her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Dottie served as a professor at the University of Illinois and University of Minnesota and retired from Oklahoma State University where she had received many honors for her dedication and work there.

She enjoyed traveling, attending basketball games, craft shows and spending time with family and friends.

Dottie is survived by her sister, Barbara (Granville) Hattery, Rochester; nephews Brian (Tara) Morrill, Logansport, and Gary (Beth) Williams, Rochester; nieces Beth (Wendell) Burton, Rochester, and Carla (Rich) Cesarski, Cary, N.C.; great-nieces and great-nephews Amanda (Steve) Metzger, Nicole (Vance) Monical, Ryan Williams, Ryley Williams, Ashlynn Morrill, Allison (Caleb) Comoglio, Kent Burton, and Taylor Cesarski; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews Troy Metzger, Mason Metzger, Max Metzger, Ella Monical, Jack Monical and Paisley Williams. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Louise L. Morrill; and a brother-in-law, Mark Williams.

A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. You may sign the online guestbook for Dottie at our website www.gundrumcares. com.

 

Friday June 24, 2016

 

Stephanie Lynn Krugman

Dec. 17, 1956 – June 22, 2016

Stephanie Lynn Krugman, 59, Syracuse, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016. She was born Dec. 17, 1956, in Traverse City, Mich.

 After graduating from high school she obtained a degree in radiology. She then moved to Brainerd, Minn., where she worked 20 years for a group of orthopedic surgeons. After retiring she worked in Arizona at a reptile compound where she assisted surgeons who performed surgeries on alligators and displayed reptiles to groups that visited the compound. She then moved to Jasper, Tenn., where she purchased land in the mountains. She was a master chef and an accomplished artist

and designed her own art studio outside of Brainerd, Minn.

Stephanie is survived by her mother, Shirley Dobson, Syracuse; her father, Noble Krugman, Rochester; a son, Colter (Kara) Jenkins, Brainerd, Minn.; a grandson, Daxon Jenkins, Brainerd, Minn.; a sister, Tami (Ron) Baumgartner, Syracuse; a sister-in-law, Kelly Krugman, Milford; two stepsisters, Jill Sampsel and Kimberlie Landis, both of Rochester; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was previously married to Henry Harlan Ebert, Brainerd, Minn.; they divorced.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Krugman.

A private service will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Country Bible Church, 8766 E. 500 N., North Webster, IN 46555. Condolences may be sent to Shirley Dobson, 1001 N. Harrison, Unit 7, Syracuse, IN 46567. Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Jerry L. Bretzinger

Jerry L. Bretzinger, 64, Rochester, died Thursday at his home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Saturday June 25, 2016

 

 

Grace L. Norman

March 24, 1930 - June 24, 2016

Grace L. Norman, 86, Macy, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Born March 24, 1930, in Wabash County, she was the daughter of Bruce F. and Esther Naomi (Miller) Bell. In 1948, she was married to Everett Robins. She was then married to David Norman in 1991 in Denver. He survives.

She was a waitress and cook for many years at various restaurants in Nyona Lake, Perrysburg and Macy, and she owned and operated a restaurant in Denver. She had also worked for the bowling alley and Redmon Basket Factory. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning and quilting.

Survivors include three children, Richard Robins and wife Jane, Denver, Robert Robins and companion Debra Yerk, Macy, and Cindy Squires, Macy; stepson Ronald Norman and wife Jennifer, Macy; five grandchildren, Kim Robins, Lafayette, Colo., Jeff (Rhonda) Robins, Denver, Tara Frush, Warsaw, Christal (Jason) White, Westland, Mich., and Amber (Joseph) Bridge, Monticello; several stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, with one great-grandson on the way. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Robins; two brothers, Harold and James Bell; and a stepson, Thomas Norman.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Jerry L. Bretzinger

Jerry L. Bretzinger, 64, Rochester, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; and three daughters, Cheryl Jones, Rochester, Sarah Brown, La Porte, and Amy Bretzinger, Rochester.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Brenda Kay Van Meter

July 17, 1956 - June 24, 2016

Brenda Kay Van Meter, 59, Jackson, Mich., and formerly of Flint, Mich., passed away at 5:08 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Mich.

 She was born on July 17, 1956, in Rochester, the daughter of Harold Dean and Lois (Burton) Van Meter.

Brenda had worked as a certified nurse aide in Flint, Mich., for many years and enjoyed visiting with friends on Facebook.

Survivors include her mother, Lois Van Meter, Jackson, Mich.; brother David and wife Barbara Van Meter, Ravenna, Ohio; nieces and nephews Ron Van Meter and wife Jen, Mason, Mich., Carrie Van Meter, Barberton, Ohio, Ashley Van Meter, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jessica Van Meter, Colorado Springs, Colorado, David Van Meter, Ravenna, Ohio, and Lauren Van Meter, Ravenna, Ohio; and great-nephew, Joey Van Meter, Mason, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her father in 2012; sister Barbara Van Meter in 1999; and grandparents Daniel L. and Leona Pauline (Creek) Van Meter, and Fred A. and Lelia Bell (Gault) Burton.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Metea Baptist Cemetery, Metea. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Monday June 27, 2016

 

Francis L. Babcock

Sept. 17, 1928 – Dec. 23, 2015

Francis Lee “Bud” “Doc” Babcock, 87, passed away of natural causes on Dec. 23, 2015, at his home in Green Valley, Ariz.

Born Sept. 17, 1928, in Rochester, Bud’s youth was happily spent on Lake Manitou, where his parents owned rental cottages, and over the years other businesses, including a restaurant, a meat processing plant and a boat dealership.

 Before pursuing his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees at Indiana University, Bud proudly served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

While he was stationed in Bainbridge, Md., he met his “life’s helpmate and one love,” Mary Galinski, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

Generally known as “Doc,” Bud moved his growing family to Culver, and opened his optometry practice in 1957, where he practiced until his retirement in 1998. For many years, he traveled to Argos twice a week to care for patients there as well.

 Bud found great joy in helping others – from annual elementary school vision checks to home visits for shut-ins to providing blood pressure monitoring at local clinics during his retirement. He helped make our little corner of the world a clearer place – thanks to a child’s brand new set of glasses or early detection of eye disease. Optometry was his profession, but making a difference in people’s lives was his art and his gift.

He is survived by his children, Mary Theressa “Terry” Babcock, Tucson, Ariz., Lawrence Alexander “Larry” Babcock, Fort Wayne, Robert Allen Babcock Sr. (Susan), Rome, Ga., William Howard Babcock, Rome, Ga., Rebecca Ann Babcock Kelly (Andrew), New Orleans, La.; and grandchildren R. Allen Babcock Jr., Leysin, Switzerland, Andrew Cooper Babcock, India, and Bradley Ross Pollard, Rome, Ga.; and Kathleen Mariella Kelly and Eamon Francis Kelly, New Orleans, La. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ella Galinski Babcock; his parents, Lawrence Isaac “Doc” and Theressa Mae (Hendricks) Babcock; his siblings, Bonita Jean Stewart and William L. Babcock; and his granddaughter, Mary Alice Babcock.

In accordance with their wishes, Mary and Bud’s ashes will be interred together during a private, graveside memorial service that will be held at the Culver Masonic Cemetery on June 29. Odom Funeral Home, of Culver, will be in charge of arrangements.

 

Jerry L. Bretzinger

July 22, 1951 – June 23, 2016

Mr. Jerry L. Bretzinger, 64, Rochester, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his residence.

In Rensselaer, on July 22, 1951, Jerry L. Bretzinger was born. He was a treasured son of Clarence “Pete” and Annabelle Downs Bretzinger. Growing up he shared his childhood with three brothers. During Jerry’s high school years he was a member of the Bombers basketball team. He also held the school record for throwing the shot put. In 1970 he graduated from Rensselaer High School.

On Nov. 27, 1971, in Kentland, Jerry married the love of his life Sue Chancellor. As best friends they shared over 44 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of nine wonderful grandchildren. In 1978, the Bretzingers moved to Rochester from Kentland.

A dedicated employee of Rochester Community Schools for two decades, Jerry served as building tech for many years at RHS. Most recently he worked as a member of the Riddle staff, planning to retire next week.

An outdoorsman, Jerry could be seen outside mowing or manicuring his landscape and flower gardens to perfection. He and Sue annually planted a vegetable garden. The autumn harvest was canned and frozen for winter’s use. They also enjoyed shopping and attending festivals around Indiana.

As an armchair athlete and devoted Boilermaker, Jerry cheered for Purdue. He occasionally attended some of their football and basketball games. He also was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan too!

Paramount in Jerry’s life was his family. As a grandpa of nine, he cherished their visits and special family celebrations for the holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. There was nothing better than spending time with family.

Left to cherish Jerry’s memory are his wife Sue; three daughters, Cheryl Jones and husband Dave of Rochester, Sarah Brown and husband Jason of LaPorte, Amy Bretzinger of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Jones, John Jones, Joey Jones, Olivia Alfrey and husband Simon, Noah Greer, Kirsta Greer, Allison Brown, Madelyn

Brown and Makenzie Brown; brother Rev. James F. Bretzinger and wife Debra of Fowler; stepmother Beulah Bretzinger of Newcastle; and his canine companion Riley the multi-colored Yorkie. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Richard and Clarence.

A celebration of the life of Jerry is 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor James F. Bretzinger will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expression of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Sally M. Townsend

Oct. 13, 1955 – June 26, 2016

Sally M. Townsend, 60, Peru, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016, in her residence.

She was born on October 13, 1955, in Logansport, to the late Kenneth K. and Doris (Campbell) Dishon. On October 18, 1986, in Fulton, she married Terry A. Townsend, who survives.

Sally worked at Essex and also owned “Our Place” Restaurant in Fulton. Sally was also a caregiver for her daughter Amanda. She enjoyed doing crafts and spending time with her friends and family.

Surviving along with her husband Terry are three sons, Jeremy (Kristie) Townsend, Oregon, Jaime (Nikki) Smith, Logansport, Zach Townsend and Fiancé Allison Hormann, Fort Wayne; two daughters, Jennifer (Troy) Roush, Lucerne, Amanda Townsend, Peru; grandchildren Braxton and Dakota Townsend and Cole Roush; brother, Jerry (Joan) Dishon, Kokomo; two sisters, Penny Dishon and Dorothy (Patrick) McCann. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Kelly and Henry Dishon, sister Cathy Dishon and granddaughter Emily Roush.

A celebration of life is at 2 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2016, in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor George Hapner officiating. Burial will take place at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Visitation is from noon until the time of service on Friday. You may sign Sally’s guestbook, view her video tribute and watch her funeral service, if you are unable to attend, at www.gundrumcares.com.

Tuesday June 28, 2016

 

Mary L. Rose

A funeral service for Mary L. Rose, Mentone, who died June 11, 2016, is 7 p.m. Thursday at Burket United Methodist Church.

 

Alma Hensley

Alma Hensley, 85, Plymouth, died Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include her daughters, Joyce A. Wilhelm, Argos, and Norma Jean Ruh, Argos; her sons, Jerry Hensley, Argos, Stanley Hensley, Plymouth, and Randy Hensley, Argos; her sister, Faye Montgomery, Tifton, Ohio; and her brother, Grover Craft, Tippecanoe.

Funeral service is at noon Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos. Visitation is 10 a.m. to the time of the service Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are handled by Earl-Grossman Funeral Home.

 

Jack Brazil

Jack Brazil, 73, Rochester, died Oct. 29, 2015, at home.

Survivors include his wife, Lynette; two daughters, Annette Cowen, Los Angeles, Calif., and Casey Nine, Dobbins, Calif.; two sons, Robert Brazil, Rochester, and John Brazil, Rochester; and two sisters, Jill Hegler, Los Angeles, Calif., and Donna Paris, New Mexico.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Donnabelle See

May 1, 1922 – June 24, 2016

Donnabelle See, 94, Deedsville, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at her residence.

Born May 1, 1922, in Royal Center, she was the daughter of Walter and Edith Caley Holcomb.

On Jan. 10, 1942, in Sharon, she was married to Harry See Jr. He preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2005.

She attended Royal Center schools and was a member of the Deedsville United Methodist Church. She loved writing and sending letters, sewing, baking, reading and genealogy. She loved her family and playing cards and was famous for her homemade rolls.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy (Jerry) Carlson, Deedsville; one daughter- in-law, Pat See; grandchildren Kelly (Rod) Roth, Macy, Kandy (Mike) Barker, Macy, Sarah (Dustin) Sisk, Akron, and Scott See, Deedsville; great-grandchildren Josh (Candace) Roth, Fishers, Zac Roth, Macy, Aaron Barker, Las Vegas, Nev., Austin Barker, Macy, Ashley (Steve) Reitan, Indianapolis, Randy See, Peru, and Patience See, Logansport; great-great-granddaughter Everly Reitan, Indianapolis; nephews, Richard (Karyn) Gundrum, Mark (Brenda) Gundrum, Ronnie (Janet) Holcomb, Tim (Carolyn) Holcomb, Kenny (Vicki) Holcomb, Jerry Pherson, Chris Pherson, and Jack Pherson; and the family’s beloved dog, Sadie. She is also survived by special friends, Sue Smith, Rochester, and Kris Reardon, Greenfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Edith Holcomb; one son, Larry Joe See; one granddaughter, Lori Carlson; two brothers, Raymond and Lowell Holcomb; three sisters, Evelyn Pherson, Wanda Gundrum, and Maxine Holcomb; a cousin, Dorothy Denny; a niece Marcia Kay Gundrum; and a special friend, Jane Kindig.

Funeral service will be at noon Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Deedsville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bill Babb and Chaplain Jason See officiating. Burial will follow in the Deedsville IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Fire Department.

 

Nina Ruth Hubbard

Oct. 16, 1925 – June 26, 2016

Nina Ruth Hubbard, 90, formerly of Rochester and currently of New Haven, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born in Rochester, on Oct. 16, 1925, to the late Charles W. Shively and Glenna (Sutton) Shively.

She graduated from Richland Center High School in 1943 and married Frederick B. Hubbard on May 6, 1943, in Rochester. Frederick preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1972.

Nina was employed for 28 years at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester as a medical transcriber. In the past, she was a very active member of the Rochester First Church of God. She served the church in various capacities, including as a board member and Sunday school teacher. Nina loved playing and singing gospel music. She sang with the Sunshine Singers, Savior’s Servants, and He’s Alive gospel music groups. Gospel music encompassed all of her being. She was also attended the Old Crossroads Baptist Church in Gilead on Sunday evenings.

Survivors include her daughter, Vicki Jo (LeRoy) Winchester, New Haven; her son, Jim Hubbard, Rochester; two granddaughters, Melanie (Paul) Welch, Avon, and Lisa Frye, Warsaw; and four great-grandchildren, Tristan Frye, Madelon Leininger, Zachary Welch, and Kaitlyn Welch.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 1 p.m. at The Cross, 100 W. Third St., Rochester, with visitation prior to the service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Rev. Greg Wolfe will officiate the service. Burial will be at Reichter Cemetery near Rochester. Memorial donations may be made to the national Alzheimer’s Association. Send a condolence to the family or view a video tribute of Nina at www.northernindianafuneralcare. com or find us on Facebook.com. Arrangements are handled by Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne.

 

Wednesday June 29, 2016

 

Lorene H. Billman

Lorene H. Billman, 94, Akron, died Tuesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Thursday June 30, 2016

 

LeRoy Mullins Jr.

LeRoy Mullins Jr., 72, Kewanna, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, Kewanna; sons Randy L. Mullins, Spokane, Wash., Richard L. Mullins, Winter Park, Fla., Ryan L. Mullins, DeBary, Fla., and Russell L. Mullins Sr., Kewanna; brother Ralph Mullins, Rochester; and sisters Verna Huegel, South Bend, Bessie Bain, Minnesota, Luella Mullins, Kokomo,

and Jean Caldwell, Minnesota.

The service is private. Arrangements are handled by Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home.

 

Lorene Helen Zartman Billman

Oct. 17, 1921 - June 28, 2016

Lorene Billman died at her home in Akron, on June 28, 2016. She was born Oct. 17, 1921, in Fulton, the daughter of Voris and Edna Surface Zartman.

 She graduated from Fulton High School in 1939. That fall, she entered the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Indianapolis where, at 17, she was the youngest member of her class. She graduated with the Class of 1942 as a registered nurse.

Her first job was at the old Woodlawn Hospital, where on her first day, a fellow nurse asked her to go on a blind date. She refused at first, but then relented. The date turned out to be Craig Wallace “Wally” Billman, an Argos native. When she went home that evening, she began copying her mother’s recipes into a notebook, explaining that she had just met the man she was going to marry.

The two were married Feb. 21, 1943, in Gainesville, Texas, where Wally was stationed in the Army. After Wally’s discharge from the U.S. Army, they moved several times due to Wally’s career with the Veterans Administration, finally settling in Hollywood, Fla., where Wally died in 1985.

Her nursing career included caring for burn victims from Pearl Harbor and paralyzed veterans from WWII – a cause she supported the rest of her life. Her many moves allowed her to pursue different fields of nursing, including geriatrics, home health care, as a school nurse and in a doctor’s office. Among her favorites were obstetrics and the emergency room.

Seven years after Wally’s death, Lorene retired from nursing and moved to Akron to be near her daughters and near where she grew up. She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church, Akron Red Hots and Rochester Royal Anti-ques. She loved traveling the world and sampling ethnic foods and was always ready for a new adventure, sailing being one of her favorites. She also loved gardening and in their heyday her flower gardens were full of vibrant color. She also enjoyed quilting, crocheting and other crafts, including creating fabulous rag rugs on her floor loom. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee, chatting and listening to the birds sing.

She is survived by her brother, Raymond and wife Marjorie Zartman, Fulton; sons Steven and wife Patricia, Evanston, Wyo., David, LaVerne, Calif., and Gregory, Plymouth; and daughters Marianne and husband Joe Day, Akron, and Alison Roose, Plymouth. She is also survived by grandchildren Christopher Gerbensky, Kelley and husband Doug Dunford, Sondra Billman, Molly Billman, Kristin and husband Ryan Trosper, and Chelsea and husband Matt Smith; and great-grandchildren Justin Gerbensky, Brendan and Carlie Dunford, Thaddeus Trosper, and Macy and Jenna Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wally, on Jan. 16, 1985, and grandson Patrick Day, in November 2006.

Lorene had requested that there would be no visitation and no funeral. At her request, she is to be cremated and her ashes scattered at the woods at the farm where she grew up near Fulton. Her family will have a private celebration of her life. Those wishing to honor Lorene with a memorial may do so to the Patrick Day Youth Fund at the Akron United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www. zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Friday July 1, 2016

 

Alma G. Drudge

Alma G. Drudge, 80, Mentone, died Wednesday at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Rex; daughter Rose Zartman, Leesburg; sons Rodger Drudge, Jacksonville, Fla., Eddie Drudge, Claypool, and John Drudge, Mentone; sister Lou Silveus, Mentone; and brothers Frank Setser, Germantown, Ohio, Marvin Setser, Clintwood, Va., Calvin Setser, Prestonburg, Ky., and Jimmy Setser, Etna Green.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cook’s Chapel Church, Warsaw. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are handled by King Memorial Home.

 

Saturday July 2, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday July 4, 2016

 

Holiday-No Paper

 

Tuesday July 5, 2016

 

Thomas G. Potter Sr.

Thomas G. Potter Sr., 47, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include his children, Adrianna Lee Potter, Rochester, and Thomas G. Potter Jr., Rochester; mother Mayfre Potter, Rochester; and brothers John D. Potter, Monterey, Dwayne E. Potter, Plymouth, and Roger L. Potter, Monterey.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Dale A. Douglass

June 27, 1928 – July 1, 2016

Dale A. Douglass, 88, Delphi, died Friday, July 1, 2016, at 6:10 a.m. at White Oak Health Campus, Monticello. He had been in declining health and was a resident there for the past six months.

He was born June 27, 1928, in Grass Creek, to the late Elmer and Nola Burton Douglass.

His marriage was to Thelma J. Rodgers on April 15, 1983, in Kokomo. She survives.

He was a 1946 graduate of Grass Creek High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, having served two years. He joined the Indiana State Police Department in 1952 and worked at the Indianapolis, West Lafayette and Peru posts, retiring as a first sergeant after 31 years in June 1983. He then worked for NIPSCO at Monticello in security for 13 years.

 While living in Delphi, he was involved with several philanthropic and fraternal organizations. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Delphi American Legion Post 75 and the Indiana State Police Alliance.

Surviving are his wife, Thelma J. Douglass, Delphi; daughter Karen Douglass Moore, Rochester; sons David A. Douglass, Rochester, and Kurt and Kim Douglass, Dublin, Ohio; sister Dorothy and Harry Richter, Rochester; brother Don and Nancy Douglass, Kewanna; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sonin- law, Dick Moore, and a stepson, Gary Boyles.

Funeral service is 6 p.m. today at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, with Indiana State Police District Chaplin Lee McReynolds officiating. Friends may call today from 4 p.m. until the time of his service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the ISP Alliance or the Alzheimer’s Association, with envelopes being available at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday July 6, 2016

 

Peggy L. Fishburn

Peggy L. Fishburn, 67, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016, in Fort Wayne.

 Born in Rochester, Peggy worked as a certified medical assistant with Northeast Ophthalmology, Dr. Al Wick and Dr. Barbara Schroeder. Most recently, she worked with Coram Home Infusion. She was a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church and always enjoyed golfing with her husband and friends.

Surviving are her husband, Allen Fishburn, of Fort Wayne; mother Ellen Newell, of Rochester; her sisters, Sue (Jerry) West, of Traverse City, Mich., and Diana (Brian) Reser, of Elkhart; nephews Mark (Sarah) West and Patrick (Maria) West; great-nephews Matthew and Nathan; and great-niece Giovi. Peggy was preceded in death by her father, Dick Newell.

Service is 11 a.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also was Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial is in IOOF Cemetery of Rochester at 3:30 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to the First Wayne Street United Methodist Church. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.

 

Thursday July 7, 2016

 

Gerald L. Sanders

A funeral service for Gerald L. Sanders, 62, Macy, who died May 26, 2016, is

1:30 p.m. Friday at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo.

 

Friday July 8, 2016

 

No Obituaries

Saturday July 9, 2016

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday July 11, 2016

 

Mary L. Goodner-Norris

Feb. 25, 1917 - July 9, 2016

Mary L. Goodner Norris, 99, of Fulton, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

 Mary was born on Feb. 25, 1917, in Fulton County to the late Noble O. and Vernie (Fry) Goodner.

 In August of 1996, she married Laurence Norris, who preceded in death on Aug. 24, 2008.

Mary was an elementary school teacher at Riddle Elementary School in Rochester for most of her life. She was also a member of the Fulton Baptist Temple, where she played the organ for many years.

Surviving her are two sisters, Dorothy Burton, Peoria, Ariz., Esther Miller, Rochester; three nephews, Kenny (Barb) Miller, Rochester, Joe (Sharen) Burton, Vienna, Va., Bill Burton (Brad Voigt), Philadelphia, Pa.; three nieces, Jean Ann Cooley, Macy, Linda (Dave) Fincher, Penny Duncan, both of Rochester; several great-and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Vera Goodner and brother Walter Goodner.

A celebration of life is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fulton Baptist Temple. You may sign Mary’s guestbook and watch her funeral service at www.gundrumcares. com.

 

Tuesday July 12, 2016

 

Matthew Brian Coers

Jan. 30, 2000 – July 6, 2016

Matthew Brian Coers, 16, Coldspring, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 6, 2016, as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

He was born Jan. 30, 2000, in Plymouth. As a young boy, he was a student at Caston Elementary School in Fulton before moving to Coldspring, Texas, in 2011 where he attended junior and senior high at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD.

Matthew was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coldspring where he was very active with the youth and could always be found sharing his love of the Lord. He was proud to play for the Coldspring Trojans in football and track and was a member

of the FFA. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 845.

Matthew loved hunting, fishing, horseback riding and football, but most of all, he loved the Lord. He was a joker who was always smiling and a protector who always stood up for what was right even when it wasn’t popular. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and was a light to all who knew him.

Family members that will live on to honor Matthew are his parents, Michelle and Enrique Guerrero, and father Lorne Coers; brothers Michael Coers, Nathan Winters, and Hector Guerrero; grandparents Mark and Tari Bateman; great-grandma Beryl Green; great-grandpa George N. Konopasek; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Michael and Martha Coers; and his maternal grandfather, George K. Konopasek.

A celebration of life service was scheduled for Monday, July 11, with open visitation at 2:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Coldspring. Pastor Dalton Currie was to officiate.

 

Linda Lou Baugh

Jan. 20, 1952 – July 11, 2016

Linda Lou Baugh, 64, Rochester, passed away at 6:03 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1952, in Rochester, the daughter of Glenn O. and Betty Jo (Cunningham) Squires. On Jan. 20, 1990, in Rochester, she married Vaughn Baugh. He survives.

Linda had been a homemaker and enjoyed raising snakes and fishing.

Survivors include her husband, Vaughn Baugh, Rochester; children Danny and wife Niki Amich, Rochester, Trula Amich and fiancé David Colt, Rochester, Jason and wife Victoria Amich, Noblesville, and Austin and wife Christina Baugh, Terre Haute; stepchildren Terry Baugh and companion Sue Wilmington, Benton, Ark., and Henry Baugh and companion Jo Ellen Williams, Rochester; 22 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Jean Ann Squires, Florida; brothers Randy Joe Squires, Columbia City, and Jim Lee Squires, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Russell Eugene Fromey Amich; and brother Glenn O. Squires Jr.

Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Cremation will take place after visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made towards stomach cancer research. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Wednesday July 13, 2016

 

Betty J. Sutton Tignor

June 7, 1935 – July 12, 2016

Betty J. Sutton Tignor, 81, Rochester, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

 She was born on June 7, 1935, in Champaign, Ill., the daughter of Russell and Catherine O. (Reed) Davisson.

 She married Eugene J. Sutton on May 28, 1960, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1995. On July 13, 2002, in Rochester, she married Clarence A. Tignor. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2008.

Mrs. Tignor had worked as a nurse aide at Woodlawn Hospital and Life Care Center and also was employed at Topps Manufacturing, all of Rochester. She attended Hillcrest Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed painting, ceramics, needlepoint, art and anything involving crafts.

Survivors include her children, Jeff and wife Elaine Sutton, Fulton, Randy and wife Chris Sutton, Rochester, and Rick Sutton, Rochester; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister Darlene Ecker, California; brother John Edward Davisson, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant grandchildren; and sisters Thelma Bohling and Patricia Bachtold.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh. com.

 

Richard L. Hoff

Richard L. Hoff, 78, Kewanna, died Tuesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Mary E. Lyons

Mary E. Lyons, 88, Macy, died Sunday.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Butt, Macy, and Ann Marie Lyons, Monroe, Mich.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Tipton. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Michigan at a later date. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Paul D. Rimpler

Paul D. Rimpler, 81, died July 2, 2016, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

Survivors include two children, Steve Rimpler, Twelve Mile, and Becky (Keith) Beck, Avon.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Thursday July 14, 2016

 

Richard L. Hoff

Nov. 18, 1937 - July 12, 2016

Richard L. Hoff, 78, Kewanna, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at his residence.

Born on Nov. 18, 1937, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Richard D. and Betty Jane (Hammond) Hoff.

He was married on Aug. 4, 1956, to Marilyn J. Mannies. She survives. He was a 1956 Grass Creek High School graduate.

Rich was a banker for 25 years before coming to Kewanna where he farmed and owned and operated RMAR Lawn Care Service starting in 1986.

He was a former member of F & AM Masonic Lodge in Russellville and a former board member of the Kewanna Public Library. Rich enjoyed gardening and reading. He also enjoyed attending soup dinners at Kewanna United Methodist Church and visiting with friends each morning at the coffee shop.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Hoff, Kewanna; daughters Kim K. Herrell (Michael), Warren, and Rhonda L. Hoff, Rochester; grandchildren William R. Lockhart II, Justin B. Lockhart, Brittany Herrell, Aaron Herrell, and Michael Crozier; great-grandchildren Legacy L. Lockhart, Selena Herrell, Liam L. Lockhart, and Nashton Herrell. He is also survived by brothers Rodney L. Hoff (Linda), Fletchers Lake, and Kenneth Hoff, Rochester; and sister Elaine K. Brown (Jerry), Lucerne.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Renee Lynette Hoff.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna chapel. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewanna Public Library and the Kewanna UMC soup kitchen. Sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Hoff family at www.ransfuneralhomes. com.

 

Friday July 15, 2016

 

Joyce Katschke

Joyce Katschke, 73, Rochester, died Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Allan E. Zeyen

Allan E. Zeyen, 84, Rochester, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; two daughters, Kathleen Kennell, Royal Center, and Lisa Zeyen, Star City; two sons, Mark Zeyen, Osceola,

and Scott Zeyen, Rochester; a sister, Lois Gleeson, Laconia, N.H.; and a brother, David Zeyen, New Palestine.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday July 16, 2016

 

Allen ‘Al’ Edgar Zeyen

July 1, 1932 – July 14, 2016

Allan “Al” Edgar Zeyen, 84, Rochester, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016, at his residence.

On July 1, 1932, Al was born in Indianapolis. He was a treasured son of Herman and Abigail Bevan Zeyen. Growing up, Al shared his childhood with a sister, Lois, and a little brother, David.

 In 1950, he graduated from Indianapolis Cathedral High School. Following high school, Al studied at Purdue University. He later served his country with the U.S. Navy for a four-year stint. As a graduate from Great Lakes Naval Station, Al was among the top six students in his diesel mechanics class of more than 600. He then shipped out to Guantanamo Bay where he was stationed for two years. His service created many fond lifetime memories.

In Indianapolis, on July 28, 1956, Al married Leona “Lee” Williams Zeyen. They later divorced. On Dec. 19, 1992 in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Al and Pat Thompson Zeyen were united in marriage.

A talented entrepreneur, Al owned the heating, ventilating and air conditioning company Sheet Metal Plus for a number of years, retiring in 1994. During the early years, he developed a strong work ethic that carried on throughout his life. His philosophy, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right,” was a legacy he conveyed to his children. Community-minded, Al was an officeholder of the Rochester Jaycees club, a member of the group during its infancy.

An adventurer with a great love for the outdoors, Al introduced his family to camping. In the early years, it was pitching a tent or parking the pop-up, later, it was cruising in the motor home. They visited all 48 continental states. A favorite destination was the Smoky Mountains. Catching a warm summer breeze while riding his Honda Gold Wing, Al was accompanied by his best friend, Chuck Pocock, traveling the iconic Route 66.

Gifted with the use of his hands, Al explored many realms. It all began during his Cathedral years when one of his works of art was featured at the Indianapolis John Herron Art Institute. Later he transitioned to creating colorful and unique stained glass designs, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Al expressed himself with pencil, charcoal and watercolor. He collected and restored vintage gas pumps. Al was amazing with his meticulous way of restoring antique cars. Some of his most memorable restorations were his 1931 Model A and the frameoff one of his 1969 Camaro. In fact, he proudly restored multiple classic Camaros from the late 1960s era. To relax, Al enjoyed listening to music. He appreciated many genres, but his favorite was classical.

Left to cherish Al’s memory are his wife, Pat; two daughters, Kathleen Kennell and husband Craig, Royal Center, and Lisa Zeyen and husband Jon Simmermaker, Winamac; two sons, Mark Zeyen, Osceola, and Scott Zeyen and wife Mona, Rochester; a stepdaughter, Tami Holloway and husband Tom, Rochester; a stepson, Rick Thompson and wife Jennifer, Rochester; eight grandchildren, Sara Cumberland, Claire Cumberland, Ashley McDonald and husband Brenton, Adam Kennell and wife Mary, Allyson Zeyen, Joseph Zeyen, Audr