FULTON COUNTY INDIANA

OBITUARIES
2007

ROCHESTER SENTINEL

COMPILED BY Wendell C. Tombaugh Phyllis M. McGurk

2008

The Rochester Sentinel

2007

Monday, January 1, 2007

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Paul Lyle Bammerlin

Aug. 19, 1940-Dec. 30, 2006

Paul Lyle BAMMERLIN, 66, Akron, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Select Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born in Peru, he was the son of Albert William Bammerlin and Ruth Agnes (Fites) Bammerlin, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Akron High School in 1958 and attended agriculture classes at Purdue University.

A retired farmer, he also retired in 2006 after 22 years with Pike Lumber Co., Akron. He married Lottie Colleen Lipply on Aug. 2, 1964, and she survives.

He was a member of Packerton United Methodist Church, Packerton, and Rochester Lodge No. 79 F&AM. He enjoyed working in his woodshop and raising cattle.

He is also survived by two daughters, Beth Colleen (Wayne) Landis, Mentone, and Betsy Jane (Andrew) Weaver, Claypool; and three grandsons, Zachary Landis and Jeremiah Landis, both of Mentone, and Joshua Weaver, Claypool. He loved his family and grandsons dearly.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Packerton United Methodist Church with Pastor Noel Reed and Pastor David Wagner officiating. Calling hours are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester. Memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 941 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240-1842 or Packerton United Methodist Church, 1705 Meridian St., North Manchester, IN 46962. Condolences may be sent at delaughtermckee.com.


 

Charles T. 'Tom' Floyd

July 22, 1946-Dec. 30, 2006

Charles T. "Tom" FLOYD, 60, Rochester, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Saturday at his residence near Kewanna.

Mr. Floyd was born on July 22, 1946, in Logansport. He was the son of the late Glenn R. and Marie (Wiseley) Floyd. On May 1, 2003, he married Tammy J. Hamilton. She survives.

He worked at Kewanna Metals, Kewanna, and was a member at Global Harvest Church, Monterey, and the Christian Home Church, Rochester. He enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Survivors include wife, Tammy J. Floyd, Rochester; sons, Thomas William Floyd (Tina), Robin A. Floyd, Timothy J. Floyd (Tammy), and a daughter, Viola Mae Henderson (Jeffrey), all of Winamac; stepsons, Craig B. Jones, Logansport, and Glen Hamilton, Rochester; a sister, Patsy VanVoorst of Monon; his father-in-law, Lawrence A. Hamilton, Rochester; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen Walters, whom he married Sept. 11, 1969, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Monterey, and who died in 1989. He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Charlene L. Rearick Jones, whom he married at Ora, on Aug. 19, 1990, and who died Sept. 1, 2002. He was also preceded by two brothers.

His funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Global Harvest Church, eight miles north of Winamac on U.S. 35, with Pastor Billy Bope officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Peters Catholic Cemetery, Winamac. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, Kewanna, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 621, Rochester, IN 46975.


 

Edna E. Lemler

Edna E. LEMLER, 66, of 201 W. Florence St., Bourbon, died Saturday at home.

Survivors include three daughters, Debra Whitley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kimberly Antrim, Rochester, and Lori Hestand, Chicago, Ill.; three sons, Michael Whitley, Douglas, Ga., Keith Lemler, Etna Green, and Kenneth Lemler Jr., Greenwood; a sister, Lou Guericke, Bourbon; and a brother, Eugene Johnson, Greensboro, N.C.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon, with visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from noon until the service Thursday.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

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Thursday, January 4, 2007


 

Ryan Wrigley Parmeter

Aug. 31, 2004-Dec. 30, 2006

Ryan Wrigley PARMETER, 2 1/2, of Thatcher, Ariz., was born on Aug. 31, 2004, and passed away Saturday, Dec, 30, 2006.

During his life, he touched the lives of many people with his intelligence, energy and vibrant personality. He could be found on Wednesday and Saturday nights on the campus of Eastern Arizona College following his dad's Gila Monster Basketball Team. Ryan's unique middle name was given due to his father's love and affection for the Chicago Cubs. A gift of pure joy, he touched many lives and was loved by all who knew him.

Survivors include his father, Tim Parmeter; grandparents, Patricia and Jim Dunnuck; aunt and uncle, Tara and Scott Seuferer; great-grandparents Frank and Juanita Johnson; and a host of extended family and friends.

His graveside service will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1800 Grant St., Logansport, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, with Rev. Doug Mankell officiating. Family and friends may join the funeral processional to the cemetery, which will leave Fisher Funeral Chapel at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service was held in Ryan's honor in Arizona today.

The family is requesting memorial contributions to be made in memory of Ryan to one of two organizations: The Graham County CASA Program, (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children), Graham County Courthouse, 800 W. Main, Safford, AZ 85546, or the Boys and Girls Club of Gila Valley, 805 S. 7th Ave., P.O. Box 272, Safford, AZ 85548. You may sign Ryan's guestbook and view his online photo album at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

Friday, January 5, 2007


 

James J. Clemens

James J. CLEMENS, 93, of 9905 E. 14th Road, Argos, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include three sons, Sam Clemens, Argos, Robert Reinholt, Culver, and Randy Clemens.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 3

p.m. Saturday.


 

Frederick Byron Keim

April 11, 1927-Jan. 5, 2007

Frederick Byron KEIM, 79, of 1210 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 12:05 a.m. today at his residence. His health had declined in the past few months.

He was born on April 11, 1927, at his family's farm just west of Green Oak (Rochester), the son of Robert William and Myrtle Florence (Jewell) Keim. He married neighbor and childhood friend, Mary Ruth Gottschalk, at her parent's home just south of Green Oak on Oct. 5, 1951, and she survives.

Fred attended grade school at Woodrow School and graduated from Rochester High School in 1945. He was a member of the Rochester varsity basketball team that won the sectional his senior year. Following graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II in Texas and Oklahoma.

He worked as a Northwest crane operator for 23 years with Sampsel and Son. Beginning in 1971, Fred worked as a mechanic for several automobile dealerships at Indiana 14 East and Indiana 25 North, starting with Bud Hartman Motors and lastly with the Louderback agency. Fred loved his family and spending time at his childhood home and family farm. His interest mainly focused on his 1942 International Farmall "H" tractor.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Keim, Rochester; son Keith Alan and wife Patricia Jean Keim, Rochester, and daughter, Jane Ann and husband Dr. Chad Colin Cripe, Philadelphia, Pa.; grandchildren, Natalie Renae Keim and Phillip Clark Keim, both of Rochester, Linnea Rose Cripe, Adison Perry Cripe, Ethan Colin Cripe, all of Philadelphia, Pa., Bryce Cripe Williams, Elkhart, foreign exchange student grandchildren, Thanh Nguyen, DaLat City, Vietnam and Rochester, and Margit Klinghammer, Lichterfelde, Germany. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Robert William Keim II and his parents.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Linda Sue Hewitt officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.


 

Donald R. Neidlinger

Nov. 22, 1936-Jan. 3, 2007

Donald R. "Don" NEIDLINGER, 70, a lifetime Marshall County resident, died of natural causes at his residence, 16682 14 B Road, Culver, at 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday, where he had lived since 1965.

Born in Tyner, on Nov. 22, 1936, the son of Fay O. and Marjorie Kelver Neidlinger, Don was raised in Culver. He graduated from Culver High School with the class of 1954, and earned his ferrier certificate from Michigan State University. He also received an associate's degree in equine science. In his younger years, he raced horses and remained a ferrier until December of this past year.

He was an expert field tile installer for more than 40 years through his company, Neidlinger Drainage. An avid sportsman he enjoyed coon hunting and raising fox terriers and coon dogs.

Musically talented, Don played the saxophone and stand-up bass with the band "Cardiac Kids," made up of various family members and friends. Don was proud to be a longtime charter member of the "Culver Liars Club."

He is survived by two daughters and two sons and soon-to-be eight grandchildren. His daughters and their families are: Donna G. Greene, Culver, and children, Chevy "Dodge" Porter and Johnathon George Hopple; Angela Neidlinger and Tim Weist, Argos, with children, Robert Allen Green II, Dugan Vaughn Green, Allison Weist and the anticipated arrival of Peyton Timothy Weist. His sons are: John P. Neidlinger, Plymouth, with daughter Kaitlin Dean Stone; and Casey B. and Angie Neidlinger, Greenwood, with son Elijah David Neidlinger. Two sisters, Joan and Francis Zink, Culver, and Jean and Clem Miller, Rochester, together with numerous nieces and nephews, survive as well. Don was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Morris, and three brothers, Ralph, Glen and Robert "Sam" Neidlinger.

Friends are invited to share memories of Don's life with his family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. A funeral service for Don will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Tom Padberg, chaplain of the Marshall County Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, will officiate. Burial will be in the Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver. Memorial gifts in Don's name may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family through the Internet: www.johnson-danielson.com.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

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Monday January 8, 2007

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


 

Edith Marie Deaton Carlin

Edith Marie Deaton CARLIN, 88, of Wynnfield Crossing, 1729 Wabash Ave., formerly of Claypool, died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Horn, Akron, and Jonanna Leopold, Harbor Springs, Mich.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Claypool United Methodist Church, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


 

George Robert Francis 'Lee' Baldwin

George Robert Francis "Lee" BALDWIN, 75, of 624 Forest Place, Culver, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Survivors include a son, Michael Baldwin, Wheeling, Ill., and a daughter, Kirsti San Trecker, Lake Zurich, Ill.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Culver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. Friday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.


 

Thomas H. Harger

Nov. 12, 1928-Jan. 10, 2006

Thomas H. HARGER, 78, of 12619 E. Indiana 114, Akron, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday at home.

Born in Flint, Mich., he was the son of Orville R. and Ethel B. Bolley Harger. On May 29, 1953, he married Dorothy J. Fellers at Chili. She survives.

He worked at General Electric for 12 years, then at General Tire for 32 years before retiring at age 62. He and his wife were owners of the Tom & Dot Restaurant, east of Akron, from 1965 to 1983.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He served with the Engineering Division. He was a member of the Eagles Manitou Aerie 852, Rochester.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy J. Harger, he is survived by one son, Phillip L. and wife Sheila Harger, Akron; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger

H. Harger, in February 1980.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., with the Rev. Frank Whitaker officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts of Rochester. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


 

Mary H. Olin

Mary H. OLIN, 84, of 11982 Indiana 10, Argos, died at 6:15

p.m. Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.


 

Carl Dorsey Ruley Sr.

Carl Dorsey RULEY Sr., 85, Lowell, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9

He is survived by one son, C. Dorsey (Betsy) Ruley Jr., Chicago, Ill.; three daughters, Linda R. "Babe" (C. Patrick) Hogan, Lowell, Patricia Jo (Mark) Brown, Logansport, and Charlotte "Charlee" (Tom) Schwenk, Rochester; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, in 1995.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Central time, Saturday at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, with Father Stephen Snoich officiating. Burial will follow at St. Edwards Cemetery, Lowell. Friends are invited to call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Central time, Friday at the funeral home.

Carl was a member of St. Augusta Catholic Church in Lake Village. A heavily decorated World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of the U.S.S. Helena Survivors, the Guadalcanal Survivors and American Legion Post No. 101 in Lowell. Carl was a member of the Bricklayers Union No. 6 in East Chicago, the Cedar Lake Yacht Club, the New Buffalo Yacht Club, the Winamac Antique Auto Club and the Atlantic City Cat Boat Association.


 

May Alene Shidler

May 6, 1917-Jan. 4, 2007

May Alene SHIDLER, 89, of 317 E. 13th St., Winamac, died at 11 p.m. Jan. 4 at St. Vincent Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Born in Winamac, she was the daughter of Chris and Irinda Farrar Linback. She married Thomas Shidler Jr. on Sept. 4, 1937, in Winamac. He died July 1, 1962.

A homemaker, May attended First Christian Church, Francesville, and was a home care assistant for many Winamac area residents. She was past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 1728 and a lifetime member of the VFW National Home in Michigan and of Fraternal Order of Eagles 2580, Winamac. May was recognized as an Outstanding Woman of Pulaski County in 2005. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and playing cards. May enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include five daughters, Iris (Chuck) Simonin, Winamac, Deloris Morgan, Monticello, Maxine "Mick" Smith, Winamac, Patricia "Trish" (Mark) Dahlenburg, Lafayette, Lorinda "Lou" (Ed) Grauel, Calimesa, Calif.; six sons, Oren (Maria) Shidler, Knox, Dennis "Butch" (Judy) Shidler, Royal Center, Garry (Elaine) Shidler, Rochester, Fred (Ann) Shidler, Monticello, Frank (Carla) Shidler, Star City, and Jake (Karen) Shidler, Logansport; 37 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Linback, Indianapolis, Alma (Bob) Ewing, Francesville, and Alice Shreves, Union Mills; a brother, Melvin "Bud" (Dorothy) Linback, Lafayette; and two daughters-in-law, Rosemary Meadows, Middletown, Ohio, and Pauline Shidler, Star City. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Thomas "Duke" Shidler III and Ronald Shidler; a granddaughter, Jackie Shidler; two sons-in-law, Bob Smith and Larry Morgan; five brothers, Clifford, Walter, Edgar, Harry and Henry Linback; and three sisters, Hazel Martin, Edna Shidler, Jean Roeschlein.

Her funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Burial was at Winamac Cemetery. Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday with a VFW Auxiliary service at 4 p.m. and an Eagles service at 4:15

p.m. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Memorial Hospice or the American Heart Association. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.frainmortuary.com.

Friday, January 12, 2007


 

Roger Calvert

Roger Lee CALVERT, 49, of 741 E. Center St., Apt. 2, Warsaw, died Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Calvert, Rochester, and three sisters, Janet Gaddis, Barbee Lake, Karen Crispen and Susan Calvert, both of Rochester.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour before the service


 

Randall Edward Davis

Sept. 21, 1971-Jan. 10, 2007

Services for Randall Edward DAVIS, 35, of Kewanna, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. He died Wednesday, Jan. 10, at his residence.

Born Sept. 21, 1971, in Winamac, he was the son of the late Jack E. Davis and Esther M. (Collins) Davis, who survives. He was employed by Rochester Rotational Molding, Rochester.

Randy enjoyed coon hunting and was an avid sports fan, especially a Chicago Bears fan. He enjoyed spending time with his children, his niece and nephews.

Surviving are his companion, Teresa B. Conner of Kewanna; sons, Brandon and Tristan Conner, both of Kewanna, and Cainan Wilson of Colorado; daughter, Tiffany Troutman of Kewanna; a twin brother, Raymond E. Davis, and a brother Rodger D. Davis, both of Winamac; sister, Jacalyn M. Galbreath (James) of Winamac; niece, Raychel Davis and nephews, Damen, Devon and Dakota Galbreath, all of Winamac.

Rev. William Guerin will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey. Friends may call 11

a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


 

Joseph Stephen 'Joe' Hidy

Nov. 3, 1944-Jan. 11, 2007

Joseph Stephen "Joe" HIDY, 62, of Wabash, died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at his home.

He was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Wabash to Gail and Iva (Bowers) Hidy. He married Patricia Nordman in Wabash on Feb. 3, 1973. He worked at Ford Meter Box in the ball valve department 29 years, retiring in June of 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hidy of Wabash; daughter, Katena (Brian) Vice of Fulton; son, Joseph G. Hidy of Wabash; four granddaughters, Brittany Vice, Alisha Vice, Sarina Vice and Grace Vice, all of Fulton; two brothers, Bryan (Linda) Hidy of Fort Wayne, and Jack Hidy of North Manchester; six sisters, Elizabeth "Bea" (John) Weesner of Fort Wayne, Janice Frye of North Manchester, Jane Shoudel of Fort Wayne, Phyllis (Louis) Muzzillo of Auburn, Barb Prater of Warsaw, Mary (Glen) Bryant of Portland; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Nordman of Silver Lake. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gail Hidy Jr., and three sisters, Doris Hidy, Myrtle Myers and Margaret Reed.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave, Wabash, with Guy Provance and J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The memorial guestbook for Joe may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen. com. Preferred memorial is Wabash County Cancer Society.


 

Eunice A. Leffert

Eunice A. LEFFERT, 87, 1630 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, formerly of rural Etna Green, died Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include a daughter, Marla Kuhn, Etna Green, and a brother, Eugene Cooper, Argos.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


 

Mary H. (Hoel) Olin

Feb. 8, 1922-Jan. 10, 2007

Mary H. (Hoel) OLIN, 11982 Indiana 10, recently of Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth, passed away peacefully with her family present.

Mary was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved to do needlework and travel with family.

She was married at the Congregational Christian Church in South Bend to Kenneth Reed Olin on Dec. 21, 1940. Kenneth preceded her on Oct. 25, 2005.

Mary was the eldest child of Edgar Lee and Esther Grube (Hoel) Farmer, born in South Bend. She attended school in South Bend, where she graduated from Washington Clay High School in 1939.

Survivors include one daughter, Marjorie Ann Olin (Dan) Snider; one son, Kenneth Lee (Barbara) Olin; two grandchildren, Russell Eric Olin Snider and Amy Marie Olin; three great-grandchildren, RJ, Caleb and Johanna Christine Rose Snider; and one brother, William Hoel, Camden, Mich. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Brian Daniel Snider, and her brother, Edgar Lee Hoel.

Mary always held her family as her top priority. She supported her husband, Kenneth, through his master's degree in education and his principal's and superintendent's licenses. She was a homemaker and was always there for her children, making them clothes and supporting their school and church activities. As an adult, she was active and a lifetime member of the Methodist churches in Leiters Ford and Argos.

Mary Olin's strongest talent was her sewing and her needlework. She was an excellent seamstress and made many clothes for her family including her in-laws, grandchildren and neighbors who were in need. She made altar cloths for the Argos United Methodist Church and many table runners and doilies for family and friends. Her top achievement was a hardanger piece that a friend talked her into entering in the Indiana State Fair. She won a blue ribbon and grand champion. She was surprised and proud.

She was a member of Argos United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir with her husband. She was in the Eastern Star and she and Ken supported many community activities.

Mary loved to go on camping trips with her husband and children each summer. She made friends easily and loved the camping atmosphere. After Ken retired, they enjoyed traveling with their GMC truck and Jayco camper all over North America. They were often joined by family and friends and spent three or four months each winter traveling to Texas, Arizona and California.

Visitation and memories may be shared from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Argos United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robert Vale officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Argos United Methodist Church building fund, Marshall County Center for Hospice and Palliative Care or the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


 

Loring Floyd Mac McKenzie

Oct. 20, 1922-Jan. 11, 2007

Loring Floyd Mac McKENZIE, 84, of 1201 Chicago Street, Logansport, died Thursday at 7:50 p.m. at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1922 to Floyd McKenzie and Ethel Culliton in St. Joseph County.

On May 1, 1982 he married Jennie L. Ferguson in Martinsville.

In 1988 he retired from Dale Winters Construction.  He also worked as department foreman for Wolf Construction.  He was a member of American Legion Post No. 60 and Local No. 615 Carpenters Union. He was a Navy veteran of WWII.  Mac enjoyed collecting antique carpenter tools and was a member of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie, Logansport; one daughter, Diana L. Barr and husband Leroy, Cedar City, Utah; one son, Edward McKenzie, Logansport; one step son Richard Enyart, Logansport; one sister, Nornetta Arven and husband Dean, Logansport; twelve grandchildren, two step grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandchild.

Services are Monday at 11 a.m. at Gundrum Funeral Home with Rev. William Art Maloney officiating.  Visitation will be from 1

p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Full military graveside rites will be performed.  Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation.

Monday, January 15, 2007


 

Wayne E. Mikesell

Feb. 20, 1921-Jan. 13, 2007 Wayne E. MIKESELL, 85, of 1308 Dogwood Drive, died at

2:25 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Clarence W. and Geraldine Lavonne Kindig Mikesell. He lived most of his life in the Talma, Mentone and Rochester communities.

On Jan. 10, 1942, in Bourbon, he married Virginia D. Coplen. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2001.

He was a dairy farmer and owned and operated Wayne's Fashions on Rochester's Main Street for 10 years. A U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a 2nd Lieutenant and a radar bombardier.

He attended Talma United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Rochester. He was a 50­year member of the Free & Accepted Masons No. 79, Rochester, and the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine Temple, Fort Wayne. Locally he served at the United Ministries Food Pantry and as Newcastle Township Trustee for a number of years.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay and husband Dale Gordon, Rochester; two sons, Garry W. Mikesell and wife Elaine, Berne, and Jack Stuart Mikesell and wife Janet Brewer, Dayton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Calvin Mikesell and wife Maggie, and Larry Mikesell and wife Connie, all of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a great-granddaughter, Jessica, in 1993; a sister, Clovis Peterson; and a brother, Sheldon Mikesell.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Tuesday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Leroy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.


 

Melba M. Rupp

Melba M. RUPP, 75, of 1001 Jefferson St., died at 7 a.m. today at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


 

Lois L. Osburn

Feb. 25, 1932-Jan. 15, 2007 Lois L. OSBURN, 74, of 9355 S. 1000 West, Akron, died at

9:45 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

Born in Marshall County, she was the daughter of Carl Blackburn and Hilda Johnston. On Nov. 15, 1953, in Mentone, she married Robert A. Osburn. He survives at home.

She worked at several area factories including Ristance in Mentone and Chamberlin Products in Akron.

She attended Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church in Silver Lake.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sharon and husband Eddie Sexton, Mentone, and Carol Reed, Akron; a sister, Juanita Scott, Bourbon; and a brother, Richard and wife Judy Blackburn. She was preceded in death by an infant brother.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church, 303 S. Jefferson St., Silver Lake, with the Rev. Frank Whitaker officiating. Burial will be at Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorials may be made to Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church, the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation.


 

Melba M. Rupp

Melba M. RUPP, 75, of 1001 Jefferson St., died Monday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, James F. Rupp, Rochester; daughters, Barbara Hart, Rochester, Norma Easterday, Winamac, Cindy Eastwood, Bremen; sons, Chuck Rupp, Akron, Jim Rupp, Logan, Ohio, Paul Rupp, Terre Haute, Frank Rupp, Plymouth; brothers, Howard Rhoades, Louisville, Ky., and Leonard Rhoades, Louisville, Ky.

Her funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


 

Robert 'Bob' Allen Curtis

Feb. 25, 1938-Jan. 15, 2007

Robert "Bob" Allen CURTIS, 68, of 225 Lakeview St., Culver, passed away at 8 p.m. Monday at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born on Feb. 25, 1938, in Plymouth to Maurice and Carrie (Kring) Curtis. He was a lifetime resident of the area. He married Nancy Hott-Smith on Jan. 11, 1979.

Bob graduated from Culver High School in 1956. He was a volunteer fireman in Culver for 20 years. Bob was a bricklayer and owned and operated his own trucking company. He drove for 43 years and retired from Frick Services. He was a 50-year member of the Maxinkuckee Odd Fellows Lodge.

Bob, also called Robbie, was blessed with five children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Bob is survived by his five children, Charles Curtis, Scott (Amy) Curtis and their sons Vance and Cameron Curtis, Shan (Doug) Farmer, Rory (Stephanie) Smith and their children Rhiannon, Jacob, Alex, Taylor, Jeb and Maggie and great-grandchild Mackenzie, Ryan (Jackie) Smith and children Kristi, Keaton and Kortney; one sister, Jean (Dave) Sisk; a sister-in-law, Lois Curtis; a niece, Amanda Curtis; nephews, Seth Curtis and Stuart Dennie; one aunt and several cousins. Extended family includes Kent and Dawn Dickey-Thomas and children Jamie and Jenna Thomas and Jeff and Shelli Dickey and children Kylie, Kassie and Karlie.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Maurice and Carrie Curtis and a brother, Warren Curtis.

Rev. Bryan Siefert and Alfie Salary will officiate services at 2

p.m. Friday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 School St., Culver. Interment will follow at Culver Masonic Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver with an Odd Fellows memorial service at 8 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to the Culver-Union Township Fire Dept., Maxinkuckee Odd Fellows Lodge, or the Southern Care Hospice, 310 W. McKinley, 340, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.


 

Linda L. Thompson

Linda L. THOMPSON, 63, of 1765 Petty Drive, Rochester, died at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Benny J. Willis

Benny J. WILLIS, 56, of Macy passed away at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

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Friday, January 19, 2007


 

Marjorie Hood

Marjorie HOOD, 88, Magnolia Street of Tompkinsville, Ky., formerly of Rochester, died Thursday at Monroe County Medical Center, Tompkinsville, Ky.

Survivors include a daughter, Dorcia "Dottie" Kistler, Mt. Herman, Ky.; a son, Alden Hood, Glasgow, Ky.; and a sister, Mary T. Whitehead, Tompkinsville, Ky.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yokley-Trible Funeral Home, 510 W. Fourth St., Tompkinsville, Ky. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today and one hour before the service. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling local arrangements.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

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Monday, January 22, 2007


 

Lois E. Click

Sept. 14, 1916-Jan. 20, 2007 Lois E. CLICK, 90, formerly of Denver, passed away at 7:50

p.m. Saturday at Miller's Merry Manor East, Wabash.

Born Sept. 14, 1916, in Miami County, she was the daughter of Samuel M. and Bessie M. Whitney Clingaman. On June 26, 1936, at the home of her parents, she married Donald E. Click and he preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1998.

She was a member of the former Denver First Brethren Church until its closing in 1990; she later attended Chili Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Doyne Click, Lagrange; three daughters, Shelbie Tidd, Stuart, Fla., Eunice Shafer, Denver, and Joyce Disler, Riverview, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Russell Clingaman, Bay City, Mich., and Kenneth Clingaman, Texas. She was preceded in death by one sister, Garnet Dock, and two brothers, Wendell and Leon Clingaman.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.


 

Geneva (Gross) Landis

March 19, 1924-Jan. 20, 2007
MUNCIE - Geneva LANDIS, 82, entered into eternal rest at 9:40 p.m.
Saturday at Beverly Living Center, formerly Williamsburg Village,
Muncie.

She was born March 19, 1924, in Irving, Ky., the daughter of Clarence D. and N. Ruth (Samples) Gross. She graduated from Irving High School, then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to work at Boeing as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II. She moved to Peru in 1946, where she met and married Charles G. Landis. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and spent much of her free time volunteering at Dukes Memorial Hospital in the Auxiliary and Grissom Air Museum until becoming ill with Alzheimer's disease. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Peru.

She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia (husband, Glen Templeton), two granddaughters, Stacy Templeton and Tammy Templeton, and one great-granddaughter, Lindsay Templeton, all of Muncie. She is also survived by two brothers, B. Douglas Gross, Peru, and Frank Gross, College Corner, Ohio, and two sisters, Atha Eddings, Columbia City, and Mary E. Itin, West Lafayette, along with eight nieces and six nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Charles (2002); two sisters, Thelma Masters (husband, Leon) and Sonja Johanknecht (husband, Arland), one niece and one great-niece, and her parents, Clarence and Ruth.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru. Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Stephen Fleck officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. Memorial contributions may be made to Grissom Air Museum, 1000 Hoosier Boulevard, Peru, IN 46970, or Indiana Alzheimer's Association, 9135

N. Meridian St., Suite B-4, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Arrangements are entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.


 

Max Wayne Shultz

July 1, 1932-Jan. 19, 2007

Max Wayne SHULTZ, 74, of 1207 W. 13th St., Rochester, died at 9:20 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center of Rochester, where he was a patient.

Born in Rochester to Clarence and Gladys Royer Shultz, he was a lifetime resident of the area. On Nov. 24, 1957, he married Marilyn Kay Hoover in Rochester. He owned and operated Shultz Body Shop and Wrecker Service, formerly of Rochester, for several years. Later, he and his wife owned and operated M & M R.V. and Camping, also of Rochester, for a number of years.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Lake Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn K. Shultz, Rochester; two daughters, Jennifer Ann Shultz, Alto Pass, Ill., and Julie Ann Kotterman, Rochester; a son, Kevin W. Shultz, Rochester; a granddaughter, Kayla Nichole Shultz, Rochester; two grandsons, Austin Wade Kotterman and Tanner Wayne Kotterman, both of Rochester; a sister, Phyllis Perry and husband Carl, Eaton Rapids, Mich.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eldon Eugene Shultz, in 1940.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Indiana 14 West, Rochester, with Pastor Rick Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Lake Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct military graveside rites. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


 

Betty Lou Little

Nov. 14, 1928-Jan. 22, 2007

Betty Lou LITTLE, 78, of 1219 Lakeshore Drive, Rochester, passed away at 7:03 p.m. Monday at home.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1928, in Akron, the daughter of Sam

C. and Hazel M. (Sutton) Smith. She first married Ralph Nicodemus. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1968. Her second marriage was to James Little on Nov. 14, 1970, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1991.

Mrs. Little was a public accountant and ran Betty Little Tax Service. She was past president of the VFW women's auxiliary, a member of the Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and former secretary-treasurer of Prill School Museum.

Survivors include her daughters, Sandy and husband David Smythe, Tippecanoe, Jenny Lou Layne, Athens, Penny and husband Fuzzy Pike, Rochester; stepson, John and wife Sue Little, Rochester; grandchildren, Jack Alan Ness, Mishawaka, Tony DeMarco, Mentone, Troy DeMarco, Mentone, Josh Pike, R.D. Pike, Brandi and husband Cory Winn, all of Rochester; great-grandchildren, Mason Smythe, Clunette, Cooper Winn, Rochester, Paige Smythe, Clunette, Kiera Smythe, Burket; a sister, Violet and husband Roy Fisher, Rochester; a brother, Allen Smith, Akron; a sister-in-law, Bertie Smith, Rochester; a brother-in-law, Earl Gaerte, Rochester; best friends and caregivers, Marquitta McLochlin, Rochester, and Connie Scharnhorst, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Smith; sister, Alice Gaerte; grandson, Jamie Ness; and two stepchildren.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Leukemia Society or Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@ rtcol.com.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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Thursday, January 25, 2007


 

Fred Banks

Oct. 27, 1915-Jan. 22, 2007 Fred BANKS, 91, of 625 College Avenue, Culver, died at 9:50

a.m. Monday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

He was born in Inwood, on Oct. 27, 1915, to Owen and Florence M. (Deacon) Banks, who had just moved near Culver in Union Township. On July 16, 1939, he married Edith P. Hatten of Culver.

Mr. Banks was involved in all aspects of the dairy business from milk production through home delivery. He started a milk route to the Silver Cup Bread Company in Nappanee in 1937 and Banks' Dairy in Winamac in 1939. In the 1940s he worked several years for Sealtest's Detroit Creamery in Michigan. In the 1950s he owned a dairy herd, and hauled can milk to Miller's Dairy in Culver and bulk milk to Reliable Dairy in South Bend. In the 1960s and early 1970s he expanded his businesses to include many routes and a milk transfer station in Culver supplying bulk milk to the Borden Company in Hammond, the Kroger Company in Indianapolis, Ray's Dairy in Logansport, Dixie Dairy in Michigan City, Hawthorn Melody Dairy in Plymouth and South Bend, the Dean Milk Company in Rochester and United Dairy Farmers in Cincinnati, Ohio. He sold his milk transport businesses in 1976.

After his wife Edith's retirement in 1986, the couple moved to Port Richey, Fla., where they lived several years, returning to their Culver home each summer. Mr. Banks sold the Florida properties and moved back to Culver in 2002.

Survivors include four children, Arthur Lamoin (Jean) Banks of Reston, Va., Randel E. (Gloria) Banks of Culver, Alan J. (Joan) Banks of Elkhart, and Karen S. (Gregory) Easterday of Culver; one sibling, Lloyd (Theresa) Banks of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Edith; a son, Richard D. Banks; and three brothers, Morris D. Banks, Louis C. Banks and Harold O. Banks. He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Robert Evan Easterday, and twin great-grandchildren, Devin and Elizabeth Day.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver. The funeral service will be at the Grace United Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Robin Keating officiating. Interment will take place in Zion Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Marshall County Hospice or Grace United Church of Christ. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via the obituary page of www.bonineodom.com. Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.


 

Amy Daulton

Amy DAULTON, 37, Rochester, died Wednesday in Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

William Clayton Kepner

William Clayton KEPNER, 81, West Lafayette, died Wednesday at Davis Manor, West Lafayette.

Survivors include his wife, Delores Jean Sausaman; two sons, Michael A. Kepner, Crawfordsville, and Scott W. Kepner, West Lafayette; a daughter, Julie A. Kepner, West Lafayette; and one sister, Norma Ireland, Denver.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.


 

Richard Lee Lewis Sr.

Richard Lee LEWIS Sr., 48, of 7130 W. 100 North, died at 9:57

p.m. Wednesday in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Richard L. Nolkemper

Richard L. NOLKEMPER, 70, of 6572 Grimme Lane (Yellow Creek Lake), Claypool, formerly of Warrenton, Mo., died at 9 a.m. Wednesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.


 

Helen M. Wilson

Helen M. WILSON, 92, Winona Lake, formerly of Onward, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Village Healthcare Center, Winona Lake. Arrangements are pending at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

Friday, January 26, 2007


 

Carolyn S. Elliott

Carolyn S. ELLIOTT, 69, LuAnn Nursing Home, Nappanee, died Wednesday at the nursing home.

Survivors include four daughters, Candy Housouer, Nappanee, Cindy Coplen, Etna Green, Connie Reynolds, Rochester, and Laurie Landry, Indiana; two sons, Larry Elliott and Mike Elliott, both of Nappanee; her mother, Violet Ham, Plymouth; two sisters, Sonia Kadlec and Peggy Hatfield, both of Plymouth.

There will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.


 

Mamie E. Hartman

Mamie E. HARTMAN, 86, Miller's Merry Manor, Wakarusa, died Tuesday at her residence.

Survivors include two sons, Gene Nelson, Anchor Point, Alaska, and Edward Strang, Pierceton; two daughters, Sandra Butte, Edwardsburg, Mich., and Mary Ann Robinson, Claypool; three sisters, Fern Bollman, Lapaz; Mary Lou Holt, Decatur, and Emma Louise Grizzel, Dalton, Ga.; a brother, Willard McCoy; and a half sister, Grace Dickmann, Lomira, Wis.

Her funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, with visitation from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.


 

Richard L. Nolkemper

Richard L. NOLKEMPER, 70, of 6572 Grimme Lane (Yellow Creek Lake), Claypool, died Wednesday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra A. Nolkemper, Claypool; three sons, Richard Nolkemper, Union, Mo., James Nolkemper and Joseph Nolkemper, both of New Melle, Mo.; two daughters, Anne Taylor, West Plaines, Mo., and Amy Carroll, Speedway; a sister, Phyllis Nolkemper, Maryland Heights, Mo.; and a brother, Frank Nolkemper, Highland, Calif.

There will be no public visitation or service. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


 

Elleyese Miller Hunt

Elleyse Miller HUNT, 67, of 9465 E 100 North, Akron, died at

2:25 p.m. Friday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.


 

Richard Lee Lewis Sr

July 11, 1958-Jan. 24, 2007

Richard Lee LEWIS Sr, 48, 7130 W 100 North, Rochester, passed away Wednesday at 9:57 p.m. In the Woodlawn Hospital ER due to a sudden illness.

He was born on July 11, 1958 in Rensselaer to Fern and Bonnie Brouhard Lewis. He spent most of his life in the Rochester area after leaving Rensselaer.

On Nov. 26, 1977 he married Betty Ann Van Meter in Rochester. He was formerly employed at Innovative Composites, Fulton. He was an avid Nascar fam. Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Lewis, at home; one daughter, Stephanie Gauthier and husband Wilfred, Rochester; one son, Richard Lewis Jr and wife Lora, Elwood; his father, Fern Lewis, Rochester; one sister, Dixie Lewis, Rochester; five brothers, Raymond Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Randy Lewis, all of Rochester; Rodney Lewis and wife Shannon, also of Rochester; Robin Lewis and wife Stacey, Akron.

Funeral services are Monday at 11 a.m. at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Burial is at Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. through the hour of the service on Monday. Electronic condolences may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Beverly J. Powell

Beverly J. POWELL, 69, 1110 Monroe St., Rochester, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Friday at her residence.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200

W. 18th St., Rochester.

Monday, January 29, 2007


 

Edna Lee DuBois

Edna Lee DuBOIS, 100, of 7481 N. 50 West, Richland Center, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Elleyese Miller Hunt

Elleyese Miller HUNT, 67, of 9465 E. 100 North, Akron, died Friday at home.

Survivors include three sons, Bobby Hughes, Darrell Hughes and Ralph Scuffham; six daughters, Patricia Paulson, Donna Snyder, Tina Hughes, Sandra Halper, Susan Fournier and Karen McComb; and a brother, Jerry W. Miller, Rochester.

No public visitation or service is planned. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.


 

Francis 'Larry' Kanouse

Francis "Larry" KANOUSE, 73, of 6234 N. 200 East, died at

1:10 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Irene L. Miller

May 5, 1912-Jan. 28, 2007

Irene L. MILLER, 94, of 6829 S. Beaver Dam Road, Claypool, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday at Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake.

Born in Loda, Ill., she was the daughter of Wallace Marshall and Amanda Steinman. She married Kenneth E. Miller on June 6, 1931, in Paxton, Ill. He died May 21, 2006. A homemaker, she was a member of Burket United Methodist Church, Burket.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyliss Cook, Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Dick (Janet) Woods, Mentone, and Mrs. Ken (Karen Sue) Weaver, Warsaw; two sons, Gene and wife Carolyn Miller, Akron, and Robert L. and wife Margret Miller, Claypool; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Ferd Marshall, Paxton, Ill. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Burket United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Zerkel officiating. Burial will be at Palestine Cemetery, Palestine. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorials may be made to Burket United Methodist Church.


 

Beverly J. Powell

June 7, 1937-Jan. 26, 2007

Beverly J. POWELL, 69, of 1110 Monroe St., Rochester, died Friday at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was in failing health for three months.

Born in Marion, she was the daughter of Armond and Ruth Burnett Rutledge. On Aug. 13, 1953, in Marion, she married Claude Powell. She moved from Marion to Rochester and lived here for 53 years.

Locally, she worked as a nurse's aide at area nursing homes. Prior to this, she was a painter in the furniture manufacturing business.

She loved the simple things in life. She enjoyed watching television and working puzzle books. Her favorite time was the time she spent playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Daryl Powell and wife Debbie, Rochester; four grandchildren, Brandi Armstrong and husband Bruce, Ashley Powell and fiance Jeff Furnivall, Christopher Powell, all of Rochester, and Amber Nettie, Plymouth; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel Armstrong, age 2, Garrett Armstrong, age 6 months, and Braydn Furnivall, 3 weeks, all of Rochester; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Powell, Plymouth. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kevin L. Powell, on May 16, 2003; and a sister, Helen Kubik on Jan. 23, 1972.

A private funeral service will be Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Woodlawn Home Health Care.


 

Sheryl L. Simons

Jan. 1, 1950-Jan. 28, 2007 Sheryl L. SIMONS, 57, of 11650 14-C Road, Argos, died at

3:41 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, following a three-year illness.

The daughter of Thomas G. and Roselyn (Hooker) Syler, she lived in Fulton and Marshall counties all her life. A 1968 Rochester High School graduate, she married Terry Simons in 1970. They later divorced. She worked in Dr. Byron Holm's office for 20 years until she became ill.

Survivors include two sons, Matthew Scott Simons, Knox, and Shane William Simons, Plymouth; a daughter, Jami Louise (David) Brewer, Rochester; four sisters, Judy Gonzalez, Santa Fe, N.M., Robin L. (Pat) Burkett, Argos, Tracy S. (Chuck) Pocock, Rochester, and Tomi J. Syler, Plymouth; two stepsisters, Tammie Caywood, Rochester, and Debbie (Richie) Magan, Florida; her stepmother, Pat Syler, Rochester; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marge Thacker.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with the Rev. John Branch officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the donor's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


 

Sallie Mae Mayfield

Sallie Mae MAYFIELD, 66, of 5453 Nighthawk Way, Indianapolis, formerly of Monterey, died Sunday at St. Vincent Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Survivors include a son, Mark Mayfield, Culver; a daughter, Vanessa McCain, Indianapolis; two brothers, George Salary, Forrest Park, Ga., and Samuel Salary, Culver; and four sisters, Juanita Spencer, Orlando, Fla., Charlotte Harvey, Youngstown, Ohio, Elizabeth Dozier, South Bend, and Lillie Richardson, Indianapolis.

Her funeral service will be at noon Saturday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with visitation after 10 a.m.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


 

Edna Lee DuBois

Edna Lee DuBOIS, 100, formerly of Argos, died Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour before the service Saturday.


 

Linnie B. Feldman

Dec. 6, 1919-Jan. 30, 2007

Linnie B. FELDMAN, 87, of 304 N. Broadway St., Mentone, died at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

Born in Fulton County to Levi B. Windbigler and Pearl Norris, she lived in this area all her life. She graduated from Mentone High School in 1938. On Feb. 2, 1939, in Warsaw, she married Charles Feldman. He died July 12, 1954.

She worked as a receptionist for O.L. McFadden, DVM, Culligan in Warsaw, Flowers Industries in Mentone and DePuy in Warsaw. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Mentone.

Survivors include five sons, Charles and wife Deloris Feldman, Rochester, James and wife Lynn Feldman, Warsaw, John and wife Janice Feldman, Akron, David and wife Judy Feldman, Akron, and Dennis and wife Carol Feldman, Brownsburg; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Feldman; a great-granddaughter, Suzanne Walters; a sister; and two brothers.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Norman McVay officiating. Burial will be at Summit Chapel, Bourbon. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


 

Francis Lawrence 'Larry' Kanouse

Nov. 23, 1933-Jan. 28, 2007

Francis Lawrence "Larry" KANOUSE, 73, of 6234 N. 200 East, Rochester, died at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where he was a patient since Thursday. His health was failing for one month.

A lifetime Fulton County resident, he was born in Rochester, to Donald Eugene and Mary Ruth Meek Kanouse. He was a member of the Richland Center 1948-1949 basketball team that went to Semi-State, where he was the Fulton County scoring champion. He graduated from Richland Center with the class of 1949.

On Nov. 12, 1954, he married Georgianna Alderfer. In 1992, he retired from Sealed Power Corp., Rochester, where he was a machine operator. He worked there for 30 years. In his spare time, he painted many area houses and barns with his late father and his son. He attended Tiosa Brethren Church and was a former member of the United Auto Workers Union. He and his son enjoyed collecting and tinkering with classic cars.

Survivors include his son, Rick Kanouse and wife Brandy, Rochester; two grandchildren, Amy Gillespie and husband Richard, Aruba, and Casey Johnson and wife Carie, Columbia City; a brother, David Kanouse and wife Nancy, Kokomo; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kristine A. Hunsberger, on June 17, 2006.

His funeral service was at 1 p.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Visitation was from noon until the service. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


 

Helen Wilson

April 1, 1914-Jan. 23, 2007

Helen M. WILSON, 92, of Winona Lake, died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Grace Village Healthcare Center, Winona Lake.

She was born April 1, 1914, in Rochester, the daughter of Harley E. and Tessie McCarter Barkman. She was married to Carl J. Wilson on June 16, 1948, in Rochester. He survives.

She was a member of Onward Christian Church, where she was active in many groups. She was also a member of the Onward Grange. She enjoyed traveling.

She taught elementary school in Rochester and Peru for many years. Surviving with her husband are one sister, Mabel Blacketor of Rochester and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, with the Rev. Robert Kellems officiating. Friends many call from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Kosciusko County. You may light a candle of hope in memory of Helen and view her guest book at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

Thursday, February 1, 2007


 

Frederick E. Baker

Nov. 23, 1929-Jan. 30, 2007

Frederick E. BAKER, age 77, of Penn Road in Mishawaka, passed away at his residence Tuesday of natural causes. Fred was born in Rochester, on Nov, 23, 1929, to Ira and Edna (Felty) Baker. On Oct. 19, 1968, Fred was united in marriage with the former Ms. Patricia Gothard in South Bend.

Pat Baker survives, along with their children, Casey Patterson Hale of Sacramento, Calif., Linda Hinkle, Martin (Laurie) Wade, and Lori (Kent) Thielka, all of Mishawaka. Surviving as well are five grandchildren: Megan Hinkle, Eric Hinkle, Tim Thielka, Bobby Wade and Tara Thielka. Also surviving are three brothers, Waldo (Alta) Baker of LaPorte, Paul (Jane) Baker of Elkhart and Ira Baker of LaOtto and a sister, LuEdith (Jack) Severns of Rochester. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ethel Ruth Johnson

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, with interment to follow in Park Cemetery, Fairmount. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Fred was a 1947 graduate of Rochester High School, and a graduate of Purdue University (Fort Wayne). Fred served his country during the Korean War era. He was employed by Cole Associates of South Bend as an architect, was the co-owner of Baker's Bike Shop in Mishawaka and then retired from Forsey Construction Inc. of South Bend. In his spare time, he enjoyed music, travel, photography, astronomy and collecting coins, gems and minerals. Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637. Online condolences may be sent to the Baker family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.


 

John E. Sunday

John E. SUNDAY, 80, Denver died Wednesday in Denver.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita, a daughter, Rebecca L. Lytle, a son, Robert E. Sunday, all of Denver; and three half brothers, James Sunday, Indianapolis, Charles Sunday, California, and William Sunday, Perrysburg.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Denver Baptist Church.

Friday, February 2, 2007

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Charles William Sosbe

Dec. 4, 1928-Feb. 1, 2007

Charles William SOSBE, 78, of Rochester, and formerly of Kokomo, passed away at 3:07 p.m. Thursday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1928, to Clarence and Beulah Anderson Sosbe in Kokomo.  On June 12, 1948 he married Wilma L. Gollner in Kokomo, she survives.

He retired from the Kokomo Police Department in 1972 with 20 years of service. During his service he served as assistant chief for nine years and chief two years. After retirement from the Kokomo Police Department he served as circuit court bailiff for four years.  He was a member of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police and Retired Policeman and Fireman Association of Indiana and also was an avid open wheel racing fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Debora K. Piercy and husband Stanley, Kokomo; Linda S. Wagoner and husband Michael of Rochester; two sons, Charles W. Sosbe Jr. and wife Karen of Kokomo and Timothy R. Sosbe and wife Debra of Rochester. Granddaughters, Nicolce Parkhurst and husband Russell; Lindsay Pesaresi; Jennifer Goad and husband Christopher; Stacey Sosbe; Errin Piercy; grandsons Christopher Sosbe and wife Amy; Nathan Lauderbaugh and fiancée Ashley Hannah; Daniel Wagoner and wife Erin; Boyd Piercy, Adam Piercy and wife Wanda; great-grandchildren, Kynzie, Jacob, Alexander, Treavor, Hailey, Kayla and Christopher. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ellers Mortuary Main St. Chapel, 725 South Main St., Kokomo with the Rev. John McCoy Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, Kokomo.  Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Ellers Main St. Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Association. Condolences may be e-mailed to condolences@ellersmortuary.com.

Monday, February 5, 2007

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007


 

James K. Meredith

James K. MEREDITH, 71, of 6862 N. 900 East, Mentone, died at 2:16 a.m. today at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.


 

Georgiana Schoen Emmons

Georgiana Schoen EMMONS, 89, South Acton, Mass., formerly of Rochester, died at 9 p.m. Monday in South Acton. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007


 

Pastor Lawrence A. Hamilton

Feb. 15, 1937-Feb. 6, 2007

Pastor Lawrence A. HAMILTON, 69, Rochester, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday at his residence near Kewanna. Pastor Hamilton was born on Feb. 15, 1937, in LaPorte. He was the son of the late William and Matteline (Shaffer) Hamilton. On May 22, 1956, he married Delores Ann Rearick, who preceded him in death on March 30, 1995.

He served in the United States Army, 1956-1962. He was pastor of The Home Christian Church, Rochester, and had formerly delivered papers for the Shopping Guide, Rochester. His hobbies included bowling, gardening and fishing.

Survivors include daughters Debra Stroller (Rick), Monticello, Patty Kemp (William), Homoassa, Fla., Tammy Floyd, Rochester, Brenda Adams (Mike), Georgia; sons, Glen Hamilton, Rochester, Sam Hamilton (Sharron), Kokomo, Daniel Hamilton (Julia), Argos, Larry Hamilton (Teryl), Florida; sisters, Louise Alsop, Shady Cove, Ore., Marie Walls, Mishawaka; and a brother, Billy Hamilton, Warsaw; 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Charles Floyd.

His funeral service will be 11 a.m., Eastern time, Friday at Global Harvest Church, 5110 E. 800 South, Monterey, with Pastor Billy Bope officiating. Global Harvest Church is eight miles north of Winamac on U.S. 35. Burial will follow at Star City West Cemetery, Star City. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern time, Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna chapel, and one hour prior to the time of the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, P.O. Box 621, Rochester, IN 46975. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.


 

James 'Jim' K. Meredith

Sept. 29, 1935-Feb. 6, 2007

James "Jim" K. MEREDITH, 71, of 6862 N. 900 East, Mentone, died at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. His health was failing for one year.

Born in Fulton County, he was the son of Frank J. Meredith and Mildred Klise. He graduated from Talma High School in 1954. On Dec. 19, 1954, he married Orabelle C. Kotterman at the Athens EUB Church. She survives at home. He was a farmer and lifetime Mentone area resident who lived his entire life on the Meredith Family Homestead Farm.

He formed the Jimmy Meredith band in which he was the drummer. The band played all over Indiana and in neighboring states.

He was a 50-year member of Moose Lodge No. 741 in Plymouth, and a member of Elks Lodge No. 2120 and Eagles Lodge Manitou Aerie No. 852, both of Rochester. He loved his German shepherd dog, Duke, and his John Deere tractors and equipment.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Diana and husband Glenn A. Smith, Rochester; a son, Gary K. Meredith, Central City, Colo.; two grandsons, Shane and wife Krysta Smith, Murray, Ky., and T.J. Smith, Rochester; a great-granddaughter, London Smith, Murray, Ky.; two nieces, Lisa and husband Greg McMillen and Susie and husband Barry See; and a nephew, Klise and wife Ginny Savage. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mitzie Savage, in October 2005.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Phil Pratt officiating. Burial will be at Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Thursday, February 8, 2007


 

Lorraine Bickle

Nov. 20, 1936-Feb. 7, 2007

Lorraine BICKLE, 70, Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday at her residence in Greensburg.

Born Nov. 20, 1936, in Millhousen, she was the daughter of Ed and Olga (Herbert) Wenning.

She was retired as an accounting assistant for Public Service Indiana in Rochester and Kokomo. She also had worked at 5/3 Bank in Greensburg. She was a volunteer at the Greensburg Free Health Clinic, a member of the Daughters of Isabelle, the St. Lawrence Auxiliary, a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greensburg, where she was in the adult choir, chairman of the Eucharistic Ministers, a lector and an usher. She was also treasurer of the hot meal program at St. Mary's.

She was married to Bernard P. Bickle on Sept. 4, 1976, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by four stepchildren, Phillip, Allan, Kathy and Kandi; one brother, Herbert (Martha) Wenning; two sisters, Joan Koors, Greensburg, Lucille Rethlake, Kokomo; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. A rosary service will be at 5:30

p.m. Sunday. Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greensburg with Msgr. Harold Knueven officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Catholic Church or the St. Mary's hot meals program.


 

James D. Swick, Phyllis A. Swick

James D. Swick Feb. 25, 1941-Feb. 6, 2007 Phyllis A. Swick April 28, 1943-Feb. 6, 2007

James D. SWICK, 65, and Phyllis A. SWICK, 63, both of 2172

W. 450 North, Rochester, died Tuesday as a result of a two-vehicle accident at Ferguson Road and Indiana 25, south of Warsaw.

She died at the scene of the accident. He died several hours later at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, of injuries he sustained in the accident.

He was born in Rochester to Merl Swick and Marjorie Slaybaugh and graduated from Akron High School in 1959. 

She was born Phyllis A. Parker in Scottsburg to Doyle Parker and Gladys Edwards and graduated from Lexington High School, Lexington, in 1961.

On Feb. 8, 1962, they were married in Akron by the Rev. Dan Slaybaugh.

He was an employee of Lau Industries, Rochester, from which he retired after 40 years of service. He was the former president of Torington Credit Union, Rochester, and was a member of the Western Beagle Club, Royal Center, and the St. Joe Valley Beagle Club, Plymouth.

She retired from Topps Safety Apparel Inc., Rochester.

He is survived by a sister, Merlee and husband Guy Bigler, Syracuse; two brothers, Tom and wife Connie Swick, Silver Lake, and David and wife Linda Swick, Rochester; and nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents preceded him in death.

She is survived by a sister, Linda Parker, Leiters Ford, and nieces, nephews and cousins. Her parents and a brother, James C. Parker, preceded her in death.

Their joint funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army.

Friday, February 9, 2007


 

Dwight Lee Groninger

June 24, 1930-Jan. 29, 2007

Dwight Lee GRONINGER, 76, Winter Park, Fla., passed away on Jan. 29, 2007, in Winter Park, Fla., after an extended illness.

He was born on June 24, 1930, in Akron. He was the youngest son of Roy L. and Mary Ferree Groninger. He married Kathy Perry Groninger, who survives in Winter Park, Fla.

He is also survived by a son, Keith Groninger; a daughter, Ann Holt; two grandchildren, Kate and Erik; a sister, Alice McFarland, Akron; and a brother, Gordon, and wife Mary Louise Groninger, Silver Lake. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Daine and Pauline Daine, and three brothers, Harold, Otto and Wayne Groninger.

He was a 1948 graduate of Akron High School and a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and Stanford University in California. He brought Indiana-style basketball to Presbyterian College, where he made the All-Star in his four years in college. After college, he went into the U.S. Army for 20 years, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He was a Lieutenant Corporal in the Army. He then was in the banking and computer business and volunteered at the Winter Park First United Methodist Church, helping with the 3-year-olds. He enjoyed children and loved his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Winter Park First United Methodist Church, 125 N. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 or VISTAS Hospice, 5151 Adanson St., Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32804. Services were at Winter Park First United Methodist Church in Winter Park on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Monday, February 12, 2007


 

Dorothy Brown

Dorothy BROWN, 87, Rochester, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.


 

Laura Lavada McEvoy 'Grandma Mac'

Feb. 12, 1913-Feb. 10, 2007

I [Laura Lavada McEVOY] have been called to my maker. I must leave my children, friends, Miss Lilly and the world I love so much.

My memorial service will be at Hartzler Funeral Home, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. with visitation one-half hour prior to the service. I have planned a private burial service with my family members at a later date.

Everybody knows I love flowers. Yet, I feel your money would be better spent if you gave a small contribution to the Akron Senior Citizens of Akron, Ind.

I want to thank the special people of the Akron community that expressed numerous acts of kindness to me. These acts made my fading years of life so very happy.

My survivors include three daughters, Francis and husband Bill Lewis, Star City, Mickey and husband Jack Parnell, Huntington, LaVada and husband Lyle Butt, Akron; and also one son, Daniel and wife Millie McEvoy, New Castle.

Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, Ind., is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


 

Dorothy M. Brown

April 14, 1919-Feb. 11, 2007

Dorothy M. BROWN, 87, Rochester, formerly of Macy and Athens, died at 2:55 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek of Rochester, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 14, 1919, at Macy, the daughter of Frank and Bertha Smith McCarter. She graduated from Macy High School. She married Raymond L. Brown on Nov. 28, 1942. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1999.

She is survived by a daughter, Beverly J. Brown, three granddaughters, Rachel Midkiff and husband Jasper, and twins Martha Zeiger and Melanie Zeiger, all of Rochester, and a great-grandson, Dan A. Midkiff.

A member of Macy Christian Church, Macy, she retired from Chamberlin Products in 1971. Dorothy enjoyed being with her family and friends and collecting owls. She loved flowers.

Due to the weather, arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Donations may be made to the cancer society or heart association.


 

Joyce A. Meyers

Joyce A. MEYERS, 73, died Sunday, February 11, 2007, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne, she was the owner and operator of the A&W Rootbeer Stand in New Haven for 10 years and with Budget Bug Waterbeds in Warsaw for eight years. She was a 1951 graduate of Huntertown High School and enjoyed golfing, bowling, IU basketball and football, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jack H. Meyers of Fort Wayne; children, Kathy (Rudy) Koch, Susan (Bob) Love both of New Haven, Ronald (Mary) Meyers of Kenosha, Wis., Linda (Terry) Screeton of Rochester, Karen (Brent) Knuckles of North Webster, David Meyers of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Barbara) Horstmeyer of Fort Wayne, and Bob (Ann) Horstmeyer of Coldwater, Mich. She was preceded in death by a son, James Meyers, and sister, Carol Bair.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Rev. Lowell Burrus will officiate. Calling will also be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.


 

Michele Turnpaugh

Michele TURNPAUGH, 39, (Nyona Lake) Macy, died at 3:31

a.m. today at Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Roger D. Yeider Jr.

Roger D. YEIDER Jr., 82, formerly of Rochester, died at 9:05

a.m. today at Sunrise Assisted Living, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


 

George Franklin Long

George Franklin LONG, 77, of 7487 E. 450 North, Rochester, died at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


 

Dorothy M. Brown

April 14, 1919-Feb. 11, 2007

Dorothy M. BROWN, 87, Rochester, formerly of Macy and Athens, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek nursing home, Rochester, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 14, 1919, in Macy to Frank and Bertha Smith McCarter. She married Raymond L. Brown on Nov. 28, 1942, and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1999.

Brown retired from Chamberlin Products in 1971.

She graduated from Macy High School in 1937 and she was a member of the Macy Christian Church, Macy. She enjoyed being with her family and friends, collecting owls and loved flowers.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly J. Brown, Rochester; three granddaughters, Rachel Midkiff and husband Jasper, Rochester, Martha Zeiger and twin sister Melanie Zeiger, Rochester; and one great-grandson, Dane A. Midkiff, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.


 

Michele Anne Turnpaugh

Feb. 15, 1967-Feb. 13, 2007

Michele Anne TURNPAUGH, 39, of 2861 Sunset Drive, (Nyona Lake) Macy, died at 3:31 a.m. Tuesday at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Her health was failing for six years.

Born in LaPorte, she was the daughter of Fredrick and Diana Daly Seymour. She graduated from LaPorte High School with the Class of 1986. She lived in LaPorte until 1986, when she moved to Rochester. In 1987, she moved to Nyona Lake.

On Sept. 5, 1987, she married Mark Alan Turnpaugh in Logansport. He survives at home.

She was a waitress at Margaritta's and Gropp's restaurants in Rochester and at Menke's in Union Mills. She most recently worked at Pak-A-Sak convenience store, Rochester, where she was known for her pleasant personality and always smiling face.

She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved NASCAR. Her favorite driver was Jeff Gordon.

She is also survived by a daughter, Chelsie D. Turnpaugh, and a son, Matthew A. Turnpaugh, both at home; her parents, Fredrick and Diana Seymour, Winamac; two brothers, Scott J. Seymour and wife Lori, Winamac, and Jeffery R. Seymour, LaPorte; nieces and nephews, Ronald, Andre, Jacob, Courtney and Caleb; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Bruce Russell, of Fulton Baptist Temple, officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation for Equipment.

Friday, February 16, 2007


 

George Franklin Long

June 16, 1929-Feb. 13, 2007

George Franklin LONG, 77, of 7487 E. 450 North, Rochester, passed away Tuesday at his residence.

He was born on June 16, 1929, in Fulton County, the son of Wilvin and Faye (Emmons) Long. He was a 1947 graduate of Talma High School. He married Virginia Sanders on Sept. 16, 1956, in Rochester. She preceded him in death on April 10, 1984.

Mr. Long was a farmer. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed woodworking, reading and traveling. He also enjoyed motorcycles and airplanes, including attending various air shows.

Survivors include his children, daughters Holly and husband Ron Tolzin, Francesville, and Heather Long, Rochester, and son, Birch and wife Kim Long, Rochester; grandchildren, Chris Najafiarab, Francesville, Andrew Najafiarab, Francesville, Ben Long, Rochester, Becky Long, Rochester; longtime friend, Bonita Griffith, Cromwell; niece, Margaret Carter, Rochester; nephew, Richard Roth, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Louise Roth and Joan Holt.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may call from noon until the service Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at Sycamore Cemetery, Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.


 

Roma ‘Jim’ Webb

Roma “Jim” WEBB, 77, Spencer, W. Va., formerly of Akron, died at 1 a.m. Thursday at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Saturday, February 17, 2007


 

Roma J. ‘Jim’ Webb

Roma J. “Jim” WEBB, 77, Spencer, W. Va., formerly of Akron, passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

Survivors include two sisters, JoAnn Whiting, Spencer, W. Va.; Nancy Retrose, Gasaway, W. Va.; two brothers, Fred Webb and Henry Webb, both of Spencer, W. Va.

A private family visitation took place in Spencer, W. Va.  The burial will be private at the Akron Cemetery, Akron.  No public visitation or funeral services are planned.  Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, February 19, 2007


 

Obie T. Craddock

Obie T. CRADDOCK, 65, of 802 Southside Drive, Warsaw, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.


 

Col. Owen ‘Al’ Heeter

Col. Owen “Al” HEETER, Ret., age 71, of 1458 Park Road, Rochester, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Trey Douglass Horn

Infant Trey Douglass HORN was stillborn at 8:52 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, Travis Horn and Kristin Douglass, 1036 S. 75 West, Rochester; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Mindy Douglass, Kewanna, and Kathy Douglass, Twelve Mile; paternal grandparents, Tim Horn, Rochester, and Dave and Tina Bratton, Tippecanoe; maternal great-grandparents, Don and Nancy Douglass, Kewanna, Jay Herrold, Grass Creek, Phyliss Scott, North Fort Myers, Fla., and Tom and Yvonne Fisher; paternal great-grandparents, Maurice and Janet Horn, Rochester; and two uncles, Josh and wife Tiffany Douglass, and Ty Horn. Preceding him in death were great-grandparents Nada Herrold and William Scott.

His funeral service was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Indiana 14 West, Rochester, with Pastor Dirk Raderstorf officiating. Burial was at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Marilyn Kay Shultz

Nov. 27, 1937—Feb. 17, 2007

Marilyn Kay SHULTZ, 69, of 340 18th St. Rochester, passed away at 12:35 a.m. Saturday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. 

She was born on Nov. 27, 1937, in Henry Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Glenn E. and Bessie N. (Thompson) Hoover. On Nov. 24, 1957, in Rochester, she married Max W. Shultz.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2007.

Mrs. Shultz was a beautician and homemaker.  For many years, she and her husband were co-owners of M&M RV Sales & Services and Shultz Body Shop in Rochester.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and enjoyed here rose garden, cooking and birdwatching.

Survivors include her daughters, Jennifer A. Shultz, Alto Pass, Ill., Julie A. Kotterman, Rochester; son, Kevin Shultz, Rochester; grandchildren, Kayla Shultz, Austin Kotterman, Tanner Kotterman, all of Rochester; brothers, Denny L. and wife Ann Hoover, Naples, Fla., Kenton J. and wife Sharon Hoover, Avon Park, Fla.; sister, Barbara Freeman, Springdale, Ark. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Rick Taylor officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to Parkinson’s Disease Association. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.


 

Roger D. Yeider Jr.

Roger D. YEIDER Jr., 82, formerly of Rochester, died Feb. 13 at Sunrise Assisted Living, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include a sister, Myra Jean Owens, Logansport.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 9 a.m. until time of the service Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


 

Obie Thomas Craddock Jr.

Obie Thomas CRADDOCK Jr., 65, of 802 Southside Drive, Warsaw, died Sunday at home.

Survivors include a son, Jeffery Alan Craddock, Indianapolis; two sisters, Carol Sue Smith, Lake Wales, Fla., and Betty Campbell, Leesburg; two brothers, Clayton Craddock, Zephyrhills, Fla., and Laron Douglas Craddock, Warsaw.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


 

Mary Elizabeth Geier

Jan. 1, 1946-Feb. 19, 2007 Services for Mary Elizabeth GEIER, 61, of Kewanna, will be at

10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal

Center Chapel.

Mary died at 3:22 a.m. Monday at Chase Center, Logansport.

Mary was born on Jan. 1, 1946, in Plymouth. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Dwight and Violet (Deaton) McClure. Mary was a 1964 Butler High School graduate.

Mary was a homemaker, a member of Fletchers Lake United Methodist Church, where she was active in Ladies Aid. She was very devoted to her family and her church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, she never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving are her husband, Max E. Geier of Kewanna; son, John W. Geier (Lisa) of Kewanna; daughter, Marilyn S. Geier of Kewanna; two brothers, John David McClure (Becky) of Cicero and James Michael McClure of Carmel; a sister, Jennifer Roark (Dwight) of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, Carissa Geier, Jasimine Westbrook, Derick Westbrook and John Andrew Geier.

Pastor David Sommers will officate at the services. Burial will be at Metea Cemetery, Metea. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletchers Lake United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.


 

Col. Owen 'Al' Heeter, Ret.

Col. Owen "Al" HEETER, Ret., 71, of 1458 Park Road, Rochester, died Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Ginger Heeter, at home; two daughters, Kimberly Huffman, Germany, and Kathy Sanchez, Louisville; a son, Jeffrey Dean Hunter, Rochester; two sisters, Mary Gene Groves, Logansport, and Joan Atkinson, Rochester; and a brother, Charles "Chuck" Heeter, Rochester.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.


 

Harold C. McCalla

Harold C. McCALLA, 57, of 1530 Audubon Ave., died at

11:35 a.m. Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


 

Col. Owen 'Al' Heeter 

Jan. 3, 1936-Feb. 17, 2007

Col. Owen "Al" HEETER, USAF Retired, age 71, of 1458 Park Road, Rochester, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester, surrounded by the loving and dedicated members of his family.

Col. Heeter was born Jan. 3, 1936, in Athens, the son of Darwin and Edythe Clevenger Heeter. During his youth, he was raised in the Akron area and he attended school at Akron for 10 years before graduating from Rochester High School in 1954. Al was a member of the RHS 1953 Indiana State Champion football team. He also was a standout on the 1952-1954 RHS baseball team.

Al was an employee of McMahan Construction Company, during his high school years. While at McMahan's, he served under the wing of his mentor, the late Ed Boswell. Upon graduation from RHS, he attended DePauw University, Greencastle, where he was a member of the graduating class of 1958. While at DePauw, Al lettered in baseball, was an active member of the ROTC and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. It was through the ROTC at DePauw that he discovered his love for flying.

On July 13, 1957, in Jackson, Miss., he married Mary Elizabeth Turk. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1996.

Upon his graduation from DePauw, Al entered the United States Air Force. He spent the next 30 years of his life serving our country. During his many years of service, Col. Heeter was stationed in the following locations: Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan; Richards Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri; Moron Air Base, Spain; Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Udorn Air Base, Thailand; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Norton Air Force Base, California; Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas; Howard Air Force Base, Panama; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; and Hurlburt Field, Florida.

During his tours of duty, Col. Heeter received many citations including: the Silver Star (the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the armed forces); Legion of Merit (awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievement); Distinguished Flying Cross (awarded to those who distinguish themselves in combat by heroism while in aerial flight); Bronze Star (awarded for bravery); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (awarded for outstanding noncombat meritorious achievement or service); Meritorious Service Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters (third highest award bestowed by the military, additional awards are denoted by the Oak Leaf Clusters); Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters (awarded for distinguished merit while in aerial flight); and the Air Force Commendation Medal (awarded for acts of courage).

Of his many accomplishments, Col. Heeter was a distinguished command helicopter pilot with more than 5,000 career flying hours; many of them were from rescue missions flown over Vietnam. He also served as Deputy Commander of the Panama Canal from 1976 to 1978. Col. Heeter was the first pilot to fly an HH-53 helicopter across the Pacific Ocean, traveling more than 9,000 miles. He served as Air Rescue and Recovery Service Commander from 1983 to 1985. His most notable experience was in November of 1978. It was then he was assigned the gruesome task of recovering the bodies of a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. In all, 913 bodies were recovered including that of the cult's leader, Jim Jones.

Upon retirement from the military, Al was employed for 10 years at Bell Helicopter, where he was a member of the company's International Sales Department, Fort Worth, Texas.

Following his retirement from Bell Helicopter, he returned to his hometown of Rochester where he was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Carolyn "Ginger" (Castleman-Hunter). They were married in Rochester on Dec. 27, 1997.

His memberships include: Grace United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge No. 2120; LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36, all of Rochester, DePauw Alumni, Phi Gamma Delta, Jolly Green Association, USAF Helicopter Pilots Association, AFA Retired and the Order of Daedalians. He was an avid golfer and, in his later years, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Along with his wife, Carolyn "Ginger" Heeter, who survives at home, he is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Huffman and husband Robert, Germany, and Kathy Sanchez and husband Maurice, Louisville, Ky.; a son, Jeffrey Dean Hunter and wife Kim, Rochester; two grandchildren, Raeann and Caleb Hunter, Rochester; a brother, Charles "Chuck" Heeter, Rochester; two sisters, Mary Gene Groves of Logansport and Joan Atkinson of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Owen A. Heeter Jr.; a brother, Darwin "Bud" Heeter; and three sisters, Margery Ellis, Lenora Sayger and Lucy Lane.

Services for Col. Owen "Al" Heeter will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Rick Taylor and the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday or on Saturday one hour prior to his services. Following his services, the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and the Lake Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct military rites at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at 11

a.m. March 26. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Fulton County Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Harold C. McCalla

May 9, 1949-Feb. 19, 2007

Harold C. McCALLA, 57, of 1530 Audubon Ave., Rochester, died at 11:35 a.m. Monday at his residence.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Echo L. and Freda M. Bruce Scott McCalla. A 1968 Rochester High School graduate, he lived in Rochester his whole life. He served our country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. On June 16, 1978, he married Kathy S. Sweet.

He worked at Manufactured Structures, Rochester, and was a member of the Over 40 Basketball League. Harold was the No. 1 Zebra fan, never missing a home or away football or boys basketball contest.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy McCalla, at home; a daughter, Melissa McCalla, at home; a son, Joseph McCalla, at home; three sisters, Gladys Galloway and husband John, Connie Terpstra and husband Peter Terpstra II, all of Rochester, and Sandra Wisenberg and husband James, Sebring, Fla.; two brothers, George F. Scott, Indianapolis, and Lavern Scott and wife Tammy, Rochester; 23 nieces and nephews; several aunts; and two sisters-in-law, Wilma Hart, Rochester, and Becky Knauff and husband Dave, Perrysburg. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Barbara Turner; and an infant brother, James.

A private family service will be Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home with Peter Terpstra II presiding. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice.

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Everett L. Thompson

Everett Leroy THOMPSON, 65, formerly of Rochester, died Jan. 30 at Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Alva May Thompson of Alabama and his brother, Theodore R. Thompson, Rochester.

A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Roudebush VA Medical Center chapel.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


 

Eldon Graham

Eldon GRAHAM, 69, of Kewanna, died at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

Friday, February 23, 2007


 

Eldon 'Ozzie' Glen Graham Jr. 

Sept. 22, 1937-Feb. 21, 2007

Eldon "Ozzie" Glen GRAHAM Jr., 69, of Kewanna, passed away at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born on Sept. 22, 1937, in Hammond, he was the son of the late Eldon Glen and Henrietta (Leber) Graham Sr. He married Janice Hogan on March 5, 1988, in Kewanna and she survives at home.

He was a member of VFW Post No. 1121, Kewanna, and F. &

A.M. of Hammond. Ozzie was a 1954 graduate of Thorton Fractional High School, Calumet City, Ill., and he was a veteran of the United States Army

Ozzie retired from Winamac Coil Spring, Kewanna, where he worked as a coiler. He enjoyed boating, camping and outdoor sports. Other hobbies include working on old cars and building and flying model airplanes.

Survivors also include a son, Adam Graham of Indiana; four daughters, Kelly Graham of Indiana, Stephanie Malchow (Michael) of Rochester, Jamie Smith (Bryan Carmen) of Monticello, Wendy Smith (Jonathan Shock) of Kewanna; and a brother, Henry R. Graham (Betty) of Oklahoma; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Florence and John Hogan of Kewanna; and several nieces and nephews. Surviving also is friend of the family Bernie Hawkey, who was like a son to Ozzie. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy L. Conn.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel. Burial will follow in the Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. today at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Kewanna Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 95, Kewanna, IN 46939 and/or Fulton County EMS c/o Woodlawn Hospital, 1400 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.


 

Marilyn J. Hartzler

Services for Marilyn J. HARTZLER, 68, 1013 E. Miami County Road 1500 North, Akron, died at 11:10 p.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.


 

Shirley G. Maloy

Shirley G. MALOY, 61, of Picayune, Miss., formerly of Royal Center, died Thursday at her residence.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


 

Ester L. Miller

Ester L. MILLER, 86, of 1113 Hill St., Rochester, died at 8:30

a.m. Friday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Marilyn J. Hartzler

Feb. 19, 1939-Feb. 22, 2007

Marilyn J. HARTZLER, 68, 1013 E. 1500 North, Akron, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Thursday at her residence.  

Born on Feb. 19, 1939, in Silver Lake, the daughter of Donald Shoemaker and Delphia Parker. On Nov. 5, 1960 she married Richard Jack Hartzler in Leesburg. He died on Sept. 2, 2001.

She was a homemaker and co-owner of the former Hartzler Trucking and Hartzler Farms.  She graduated in 1957 from Leesburg High School and was a member of the Perry-Do-Rites Home Economics Club.  She was also a member of the Akron Church of God where she was in the Homebuilders Class.

Survivors include 21 nieces and nephews: Sally Landrum, Marion; Don Brewer, North Manchester; Jim Brewer, Wabash; Nancy McCarty, Roann; Larry Keaffaber, West Virginia; Gary Keaffaber, Macy; Kerry Keaffaber, Akron; Kim Johnson, Muncie; Laura Shoemaker, Brian Shoemaker, Texas; Stephania Barkman, Rochester, Mark Hartzler, Akron; Melinda Pratt, Rochester; Chad Hartzler, Akron; Brad Smith, Macy, Dauneda Shultz, Rochester; Maribeth Wright, Roann; Jerry Hartlzler, Akron; Angie Gast, Akron; Todd Hartzler, Wabash; Cindy Hartzler, Wabash.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Akron Church of God, Akron with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating.  Visitation is from 2

p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 2305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Burial will be at the Laketon Cemetery, Laketon. Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Zion Amish School or Wabash/Miami County Home Hospice.

Monday, February 26, 2007


 

Glenn Bradley

Glenn BRADLEY, 44, Peru, died Sunday at his residence.

Survivors include his parents, Lee and Mary Lou Bradley; two daughters, Kayla Bradley and Sherese Bradley Rizo, both of Peru; two brothers, Doug Bradley, Syracuse, and Mike Bradley, Royalton, Ky.;

and three sisters, Lisa Simpson, Saylersville, Ky., Connie Tyler, Peru, and Lugina Benner, Peru.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


 

Marilyn J. Hartzler

Services for Marilyn J. HARTZLER, 68, of Akron, who died Thursday, were held at 10:30 a.m. today at Akron Church of Good.

In addition to the details in her obituary published Saturday, she is survived by a sister, Marjorie Brewer, La Fontaine, and was preceded in death by her parents;  husband, Richard Jack Hartzler; a brother, Gerald Shoemaker; and two sisters, Anna L. Keaffaber and Virginia L. Thompson.

She was a member of the Singles with a Vision Group, Wabash.  In her youth, she was very active in 4-H in Kosciusko County.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Amish School or Wabash/Miami County Home Hospice, 710 N. East St., Wabash, IN 46992. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, was in charge of arrangements.


 

Esther L. Miller

Feb. 7, 1921-Feb. 23, 2007

Esther L. MILLER, 86, of 1113 Hill St., Rochester, formerly of Kokomo, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Friday at her residence.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1921, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Owen L. and Ellen (Mann) Healy. On May 13, 1939, in Indianapolis, she married Russell R. Miller. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1986.

Mrs. Miller resided in Kokomo for more than 50 years and retired from Delco Electronics, where she worked on the relay line. In 1998, she moved to Rochester, where she attended First Christian Church and the church's Dorcas Circle. She was an active member of Fulton County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and enjoyed her family, friends and traveling.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet and husband Rick DeRose, Playa del Ray, Calif.; son, David and wife Charlotte Miller, Rochester; grandchildren, Doug and wife Angela Miller, Akron, Steven and wife Shari Miller, Rochester, Gina DeRose, Dallas, Texas, and Tony and wife Joanna DeRose, Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Madison Miller, Akron, Shelby, Sidney and Samantha Miller, Rochester, and Russell DeRose, Dallas, Texas; sister, Ruby and husband Dick Fontaine, Cape Coral, Fla.; brother, Myron Healy, Corono, Calif.; husband's sister, Irene Wagner, West Chester, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Edwin, Robert and Carl Healy.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Woody Slade officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service. Committal services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Memory Gardens Chapel of Peace Mausoleum, Kokomo, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to RSVP. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.


 

Joan E. Smith

Joan E. SMITH, 77, Sheridan, formerly of Kewanna, died Sunday at the Sheridian Healthcare Center.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


 

Beulah B. Burkett

Beulah B. BURKETT, 98, formerly of Rochester, died at 6:33

a.m. today at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


 

Beulah B. Burkett

Beulah B. BURKETT, 98, Rochester, died Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce A. Good, Rochester, and Carolyn Hodgson, Cadillac, Mich., and a sister, Mary Alice Wagoner, Rochester.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until the service Saturday.


 

Kenneth M. Kaminski

Kenneth M. KAMINSKI, 76, of 635 W. Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, formerly of Argos, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.  Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.


 

Walter Charles Ramsey

Walter Charles RAMSEY, 90, formerly of Denver, died Monday at Hickory Creek of Peru.

Survivors include a son, Joe Ramsey, Mexico, and a sister, Geneva Miller, Akron.

His funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4 p.m. until the service.

Thursday, March 1, 2007


 

Beulah ‘Bee’ Burkett

May 17, 1908-Feb. 27, 2007

Beulah Belle BURKETT, 98 years, 9 months and 10 days, departed this life to eternal rest on Tuesday at the Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

Beulah was born on May 17, 1908, in Richland Township at the home of her parents, William and Minnie Davis Shonk. Both have preceded her in death. She was a lifetime Fulton County resident with the exception of 16 years when she lived in Indianapolis.

On Nov. 25, 1928, in Rochester, she was married to Otis A. Burkett, who preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1970. Their marriage yielded four children - an infant son, John, who became an angel at six days, and three daughters, Joyce Ann, Carolyn Lee and Sharon Elaine. Sharon crossed Heaven's threshold in May of 2002.

Beulah was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church since age 15. She embraced Grace during her 83-year membership. Bee was the former president of the United Methodist Women and an active member of the Messenger Sunday school class and the ladies Morning Quest Circle.

Bee was the oldest living Zebra alumnus. With great pride, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1927. She also enjoyed her membership in the Rochester Women's Club. In the decade of the 1970s, she represented our county following her appointment as Fulton County Senior Queen.

Beulah served as bookkeeper and stenographer for the late Otto McMahan of the McMahan Construction Company. Later, she was employed by The Rochester Sentinel as a receptionist and bookkeeper. Her final stint of employment concluded when she retired as office manager from the Foster & Good Funeral Home at the age of 80 after 15 years of service.

From 1944 to 1972, Beulah and Otis owned the Main Street Tavern, where he bartended and prepared hand-breaded tenderloins and some of the best sandwiches and soups in Rochester. During this period, Beulah was well-known for the delicious homemade pies she served to complement the dessert fare at the tavern. Many evenings and every weekend were spent creating the delectable pies to please the discriminating tastes of her customers.

Living nearly a century and being our family's matriarch almost that long, our loving and dear Mother will be missed by Joyce A. Good of Rochester and Carolyn Hodgson and husband Bruce of Cadillac, Mich.

Grandma's wisdom and gentle touch will be remembered by Jeri, Jon and Jeff Good, Greg, Cheryl, Jazanne and Mitchell McMillen and Jennifer Eby and Christopher Hurd.

The great-grandchildren will always enjoy the great memories of Grandma, known as the "Queen Bee" or "Grandma Bee." The fourth generation includes: Landon, Layton, Jeffrey II and Jakob Good, Melea and Garrett McMillen, Corinna and Cassidy Good, Erin and Alex McMillen, Damon, Have, and Joshua Eby and Alexandria Price.

Mary Alice Wagoner, of Rochester, Beulah's younger sister will also miss the good times they shared playing cards, traveling and dining out.

In her earlier years, Beulah enjoyed adventures in traveling. During spring breaks, there were many visits to the Gulf Shores of Florida. She enjoyed fond memories of England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Hawaii and Seattle by train. A 90th birthday trip to Washington, D.C., was also a memory she often recollected. As a collector, Beulah acquired some interesting and unique collections of antique teacups and saucers, china plates and dolls.

Beulah was well-known by her card buddies for her spirited style of play. There was nothing better on a Saturday afternoon than enjoying lunch with the girls, taking a drive, then following up the dining experience with a few games of Spite and Malice.

The evolution of change Beulah witnessed during her incredible life was vast, yet she embraced each opportunity with enthusiasm and renewed spirit. It was the grace, style and positive attitude she possessed and radiated to others that kept her youth intact. She knew that in life, age is only a number and, with great pride, she shared her chronological achievements. She aspired to make it to triple digits and, on the threshold, nearly made it.

In addition to those previously mentioned, Beulah was preceded in death by her granddaughter Jayne Ann Good, great-grandson Blaine McMillen, three sons-in-law Eldon Adams, Junior D. Good and Robert P. Hurd, two half sisters Evelyn Shonk and Verna Lackey and half brother Ralph C. Shonk.

A celebration of Beulah "Bee" Burkett's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St. (Indiana 14 West). Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday or from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday. Pastor George Hapner and Pastor Rick Taylor will officiate the service.

Memorials may be made to The Guardian Angel Hospice of Logansport, Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Jayne A. Good Memorial Scholarship Fund/Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Kenneth M. Kaminski

Kenneth M. KAMINSKI, 75, of 635 W. Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, formerly of Argos, died Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Kaminski, Plymouth; a daughter, Susan Shafer, Plymouth; a son, Marvin Kaminski, Argos; three sisters, Shirley Snodgrass, Peoria, Ariz., Patricia Green, Walkerton, and Janet Russell, Colon, Mich.; and a brother, John Kaminski, Oregon.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.


 

Ellen P. Way

Ellen P. WAY, 69, of 7283 W. Bensart Drive, Beaver Dam Lake (Claypool), died at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Friday, March 2, 2007


 

Beulah 'Bee' Burkett

May 17, 1908-Feb. 27, 2007

Beulah Belle BURKETT, 98 years, 9 months and 10 days, departed this life to eternal rest on Tuesday at the Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

Beulah was born on May 17, 1908, in Richland Township at the home of her parents, William and Minnie Davis Shonk. Both have preceded her in death. She was a lifetime Fulton County resident with the exception of 16 years when she lived in Indianapolis.

On Nov. 25, 1928, in Rochester, she was married to Otis A. Burkett, who preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1970. Their marriage yielded four children - an infant son, John, who became an angel at six days, and three daughters, Joyce Ann, Carolyn Lee and Sharon Elaine. Sharon crossed Heaven's threshold in May of 2002.

Beulah was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church since age 15. She embraced Grace during her 83-year membership. Bee was the former president of the United Methodist Women and an active member of the Messenger Sunday school class and the ladies Morning Quest Circle.

Bee was the oldest living Zebra alumnus. With great pride, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1927. She also enjoyed her membership in the Rochester Women's Club. In the decade of the 1970s, she represented our county following her appointment as Fulton County Senior Queen.

Beulah served as bookkeeper and stenographer for the late Otto McMahan of the McMahan Construction Company. Later, she was employed by The Rochester Sentinel as a receptionist and bookkeeper. Her final stint of employment concluded when she retired as office manager from the Foster & Good Funeral Home at the age of 80 after 15 years of service.

From 1944 to 1972, Beulah and Otis owned the Main Street Tavern, where he bartended and prepared hand-breaded tenderloins and some of the best sandwiches and soups in Rochester. During this period, Beulah was well-known for the delicious homemade pies she served to complement the dessert fare at the tavern. Many evenings and every weekend were spent creating the delectable pies to please the discriminating tastes of her customers.

Living nearly a century and being our family's matriarch almost that long, our loving and dear Mother will be missed by Joyce A. Good of Rochester and Carolyn Hodgson and husband Bruce of Cadillac, Mich.

Grandma's wisdom and gentle touch will be remembered by Jeri, Jon and Jeff Good, Greg, Cheryl, Jazanne and Mitchell McMillen and Jennifer Eby and Christopher Hurd.

The great-grandchildren will always enjoy the great memories of Grandma, known as the "Queen Bee" or "Grandma Bee." The fourth generation includes: Landon, Layton, Jeffrey II and Jakob Good, Melea and Garrett McMillen, Corinna and Cassidy Good, Erin and Alex McMillen, Damon, Haven, and Joshua Eby and Alexandria Price.

Mary Alice Wagoner, of Rochester, Beulah's younger sister will also miss the good times they shared playing cards, traveling and dining out.

In her earlier years, Beulah enjoyed adventures in traveling. During spring breaks, there were many visits to the Gulf Shores of Florida. She enjoyed fond memories of England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Hawaii and Seattle by train. A 90th birthday trip to Washington, D.C., was also a memory she often recollected. As a collector, Beulah acquired some interesting and unique collections of antique teacups and saucers, china plates and dolls.

Beulah was well-known by her card buddies for her spirited style of play. There was nothing better on a Saturday afternoon than enjoying lunch with the girls, taking a drive, then following up the dining experience with a few games of Spite and Malice.

The evolution of change Beulah witnessed during her incredible life was vast, yet she embraced each opportunity with enthusiasm and renewed spirit. It was the grace, style and positive attitude she possessed and radiated to others that kept her youth intact. She knew that in life, age is only a number and, with great pride, she shared her chronological achievements. She aspired to make it to triple digits and, on the threshold, nearly made it.

In addition to those previously mentioned, Beulah was preceded in death by her granddaughter Jayne Ann Good, great-grandson Blaine McMillen, three sons-in-law Eldon Adams, Junior D. Good and Robert P. Hurd, two half sisters Evelyn Shonk and Verna Lackey and half brother Ralph C. Shonk.

A celebration of Beulah "Bee" Burkett's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St. (Indiana 14 West). Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today or from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday. Pastor George Hapner and Pastor Rick Taylor will officiate the service.

Memorials may be made to The Guardian Angel Hospice of Logansport, Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Jayne A. Good Memorial Scholarship Fund/Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Ellen P. Way

Ellen P. WAY, 69, of 7283 Bensart Drive, Beaver Dam Lake (Claypool), died Wednesday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

Survivors include her husband, LaVon O. Way, at home; a daughter, Yvonne Biehl, Twelve Mile; two sons, Rev. Gregory Way, Waco, Texas, and Anthony Way, Wabash; a sister, Norma Lobdell, Arlington, Texas; and a half brother, Lewis Hill, Georgia.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Saturday, March 3, 2007


 

Howard Edward Pownell

Dec. 14, 1914-Fe. 25, 2007

Howard POWNELL passed away peacefully on Feb. 25 at the age of 92. He was a kind and gentle man who lived life with grace and was loved by all who knew him.

Howard was born on Dec. 14, 1914, in Fulton, to Frank and Hazel (Beattie) Pownell. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Howard married Charlotte Penn on July 18, 1942, and they enjoyed 65 years together.

They settled in Long Beach, Calif., after spending time in Phoenix, Ariz. Howard retired from the City of Long Beach Water Department in 1976 after 30 years of dedicated service.  He and Charlotte moved to Salem, Oregon in 1979.

Howard is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughters and their husbands, Marilyn and Jon Krause of Olympia, Wash., Carole and Terry Cox of West Linn, Ore., Donna and John DiDomenico of Salem, Ore.; and his sister and her husband, Mary and John Marsh of Fairfax, Va. He was a loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a dear uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and interment were performed at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.

Monday, March 5, 2007


 

Ronald B. ‘Chris’ Christopher

Ronald B. “Chris” CHRISTOPHER, 73, Peru, formerly of Denver, died Friday at St. Vincent Hospice Center, Indianapolis.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.


 

Homer Dean Geller

Homer Dean GELLER, 76, of 700 E. 1300 North, Rochester, died at

9:04 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Melrose Jordan

Melrose JORDAN, 81, Rochester, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Lloyd Murphy

Lloyd MURPHY, 79, of 1026 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died at 11 p.m. Saturday at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Dorothy Lorraine Rumple

Dorothy Lorraine RUMPLE, 85, of 1139 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, died at 12:40 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital., Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Mary A. Tibbets

Mary A. TIBBETS, 77, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, formerly of Rochester, died at 6 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007


 

Adolph L. Cherechinsky

June 3, 1936-March 4, 2007

Adolph L. CHERECHINSKY, Rochester, passed away Sunday at home with his family at his side, at the age of 70.

He was born in Hammond on June 3, 1936, to the late Adolph

J. and Helen (Kerchak) Cherechinsky. He resided in Rochester for the past nine years and was formerly of Baroda, Mich. A retired salesman for Tom's Foods, he owned E&J Foods, a family-owned grocery store, in Black Oak, Gary, for 13 years.

He is survived by his wife, Gracie J. (nee Garrison) Cherechinsky of Rochester; five children, Catherine Conlin, San Francisco, Calif., Greg (Nancy) Cherechinsky, Valparaiso, David (Tara) Cherechinsky, Houston, Texas, Nancy (David) Speroff, Munster, Jo Anne (Patrick) Norris, Muncie; 12 grandchildren, Greg and Jonathan Norris, Fisher, Trent and Trev Cherechinsky, Benjamin and Camille Speroff, Joseph and Carolina Cherechinsky, Zachary Delorme, Brianna Chroeder, Jeremy Lucietta; stepson, Jeff Lucietta of Rochester; stepdaughter, Beth (Mike) Patton of Glendale, Ariz.; sister, Roberta Sredzinski of Valparaiso; former wife, Nancy (Dubravich) Balzer of Highland; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dear friend and brother-in-law, Leo Sredzinski.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Central time, Thursday at Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso, with Tara Cherechinsky officiating. Cremation will occur at Calvary Crematory, Portage. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Central time, Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in the name of Adolph Cherechinsky to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, on June 22, 2007, in Muncie, c/o Deb Kirkman, 2400 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47304. Arrangements by Dykes Funeral Home Inc., 219-462-3125.


 

Homer Dean Geller

May 30, 1930-March 3, 2007

Homer Dean GELLER, 76, of 700 E. 1300 North, Rochester, died at 9:04 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was a patient for one month. His health was failing for four years.

Born in Burr Oak, he was the son of William T. and Nellie Heath Geller. He graduated from Kewanna High School in 1948 and moved from Kewanna to Rochester in 1952.

He married Barbara Jernigan Dill in 1957. She died in 1973. He married Bertha Pontius Trosper in 1975 and she survives.

He retired in 1993 after years of employment as a mechanic at the Ford garage and Garver Motors of Rochester. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he served in the Korean War. He was a former member of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Moose Lodge of Rochester. He enjoyed gardening and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Geller, at home; three daughters, Robbin Elliott and husband Jay, Rochester, Teresa Hicks, Warsaw, and Roberta Williams and husband Mike, Akron; two sons, Charles Dill, Rochester, and Michael Trosper, Akron; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 18 nieces and 16 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamela Dill Kelly, in 1999; a son, Dennis Dill, in 2000; and two brothers, David Geller in 1997 and Robert Geller in 1935.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Todd Kauffman officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery, where the American Legion and VFW posts will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday.


 

Melrose 'Rose' Jordan

Melrose "Rose" JORDAN, 81, of 3663 W. 200 South, Kewanna, died Saturday at home.

Survivors include four daughters, Flo Rane Jordan, at home, Ann Harris, Leiters Ford, Rachael Clark, Kewanna, and Joann Jordan, Grand Junction, Colo.; four sons, Lynn Jordan, Monterey, Glenn Jordan, Plymouth, Terry Jordan, Osceola, and Marvin Jordan, Kewanna; two sisters, Dee Reed, Tunica County, Miss., and Vera Camel, Kansas City, Mo.; and two brothers, Eugene Brown and Richard "Dick" Brown, both of Detroit, Mich.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.


 

Lloyd Louis Murphy

March 15, 1928-March 3, 2007

Lloyd Louis MURPHY, 78, of 1026 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 11 p.m. Saturday at his residence.

He was born on March 15, 1928, in Escanaba, Mich., the son of William and Hanna (Waneberg) Murphy. On July 2, 1957, in South Bend, he married Ida Pearl Butcher. She preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 2003.

Mr. Murphy had worked for Kruger Printing in Milwaukee, Wis., and for Talma Fastener in Talma. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Odd Fellows Lodge and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Escanaba, Mich. Mr. Murphy was a very sociable person who enjoyed visiting with people, traveling, being an avid reader, studying history and wildlife.

Survivors include his daughter, Gretchen E. and husband Kenneth Wagenknecht, Rochester; son, John and wife Sharon James, Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Alysha Wagenknecht, Rochester, Hannah Wagenknecht, Rochester, Peter James, Illinois, Paul James, Park Ridge, Illinois, Josh James, Spokane, Wash.; sister, Stella Gotz, Dearborn, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Paul James; sister, Gladys Bergman; brothers, Wes Hansen and Bud Hansen; and brothers-in-law, Vince Bergman and Hank Gotz.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.


 

Dorothy Lorraine Rumple

Jan. 7, 1922-March 4, 2007

Dorothy Lorraine RUMPLE, 85, of 1139 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1922, in Doolittle Mills, the daughter of Nicholas and Mamie (Foster) Cassidy. On Feb. 14, 1942, in Marion, she married Haskell Eugene Rumple and he survives. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Rumple retired from Martin-Marietta Corp. in Louisville, Ky., as office manager. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. She enjoyed reading, drawing, writing poetry and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Haskell Eugene Rumple, Rochester; daughter, Patricia Border, Rochester; son, Michael and wife Jeannie Rumple, Elburn, Ill.; grandchildren, Kathleen and husband Antonio Davis, Rochester, Jessica Border, Rochester; great-grandchildren, Trey Davis, Kendal Davis, A.J. Davis, Eian Haywood, all of Rochester; sisters, Nadine and husband Tony Knaus, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Kathleen and husband Bill Loisch, Berwyn, Pa., Anna Lee and husband Bill Ellis, Memphis, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Janie Cassidy, Louisville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Nicholas Cassidy.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9:45

a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@ rtcol.com.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


 

Esther I. Fites

Esther I. FITES, 91, Hendricks, formerly of the Deedsville area, died Friday at Hendricks Nursing Home.

Survivors include three sisters, Lillian Peterson, Hendricks, Signe Strong, Shakopee, Minn., and Adeline Koester, Munster, and a brother, Gordon Anderson, Astoria, S.D.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Hammond. Birk Funeral Home, Hendricks, is handling arrangements.


 

Daisy Manns

Daisy MANNS, 86, of 406 E. Walnut St., Silver Lake, died at

2:20 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.


 

Charles W. Snyder

March 16, 1915-March 4, 2007

Charles W. SNYDER, 91, Waynetown, died at 2:05 a.m. Sunday at St. Clare Medical Center, Crawfordsville.

Born in Waynetown, he was the son of Myron B. and Nellie E. (Bounell) Snyder. He graduated from Waynetown High School in 1933. On Aug. 20, 1942, he married Ginevra L. Cooper in Indianapolis.

In 1945, he became the owner of a plumbing, heating and appliance company, which he expanded to include electronics. In 1957, he expanded the business again, under the name of Snyder LP Inc., as a Phillips Distributor, building a bulk L.P. gas plant in Waynetown and serving Montgomery and surrounding counties.

He was a member of Waynetown Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. A member of the Gideons International, he served in the Crawfordsville and Winona-Warsaw Camps. He ministered in prisons and spoke in churches with the Gideon message.

He enjoyed ham radio, bowling and electronics in his earlier years.

He is survived by two sons, Bob and Loretta Snyder, Lafayette, and Jim and Connie Snyder, Rochester; a daughter, Jeanette Snyder, Waynetown; a sister, Mary Anne and Rex Dazey, Ashland, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, on March 10, 2002, one young brother and one adult sister, Christine I. Smith.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Shoemaker Funeral Home, 202 Bratton Road, Waynetown, with the Revs. Ron Raffignone, Harold Holt and Bud Stidham officiating. Burial will be at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, Waynetown. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Waynetown Baptist Church. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.


 

Mary A. Tibbets

Mary A. TIBBETS, 77, of 5841 S. Monroe Street, Warsaw, formerly of Rochester, died Monday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Survivors include her daughters, Doris Jones, Warsaw, Rexene Wilson, Hagerstown; sisters, Esther Pratt, North Dakota, Martha Harger, New Mexico, Joyce Harger, North Dakota; brothers, Harvey Harger, Utah, Stephen Harger, Montana, Thomas Harger, Montana.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Converse Cemetery, Converse. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


 

Martha L. Eber

Martha L. EBER, 89, formerly of Rochester, died at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport.


 

Daisy Manns

Jan. 18, 1921-March 6, 2007 Daisy MANNS, 86, of 406 E. Walnut St., Silver Lake, died at

2:20 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in Floyd County, Ky., she was the daughter of George Bradford and Mary Slone. On Jan. 18, 1937, she married Ellis Manns in David, Ky. He passed away on March 29, 1981.

A homemaker, she attended the Pentecostal Church in Claypool. She loved her vegetable garden and in later years added a variety of flowers to the mix.

Survivors include six daughters, Dortha Bailey, Akron, Annie Grace and husband Luther Bailey, Claypool, Mary Bell and husband James Overbey, Claypool, Ruby Jean and husband Frank Kietzer, Rochester, Marcella Manns, Wabash, and Jenny Emmons, Silver Lake; six sons, Ballard Manns, Silver Lake, Lawrence and wife Ella Manns, Warsaw, Ed Manns, Silver Lake, George and wife Eula Manns, Claypool, Willard and wife Sue Manns, Akron, Dale and wife Sue Manns, Warsaw; 30 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Nora Owens, Silver Lake; and three brothers, Paul Thurman Bradford, Silver Lake, Menifee Bradford, Roann, Ellis "Red" Bradford, Kentucky. An abundance of nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by an infant son, William; a son-in-law, Douglas Bailey; a great-grandson, Noah Slone; five brothers, Richmond, Valice, Henry, Taylor and Jay Bradford.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastors Terry Bradford and Ralph Dotson officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


 

Martha J. Rish

Martha J. RISH, 90, of 425 N. Comstock St., Wabash, died Sunday at home.

Survivors include a son, Neil S. Rish Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters, Linda McCammack, Wabash, and Carolyn Dimario, LaHabra Heights, Calif.; and two brothers, Bernard Seiler, Muncie, and Toby Seiler, Rochester.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash.

Friday, March 9, 2007


 

Martha L. Eber

Sept. 27, 1917-March 7, 2007

Martha L. EBER, 89, formerly of Rochester, died at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

Born in North Manchester, she was the daughter of Oscar Crill and Cora Stocker. On May 1, 1938, she married Paul A. Eber in Donaldson. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1998.

A homemaker, she was a member of Fulton Baptist Temple, where she was active in the church choir and various youth fellowship activities.

She was a lady of many talents. She was an avid artist and did oil paintings, china plates, pins, pendants and figurines. She also poured and painted porcelain dolls. Her drawing of the Haimbaugh Round Barn was chosen to be displayed on the first memorabilia plate in 1971 and was also selected for the first custom Rochester Telephone Company directory cover in 1992.

Martha was an excellent cook and was well-known for her delicious cakes, pies, cookies and her homemade bread. She also made and decorated wedding cakes.

Martha and Paul spent most of their life on their farm in Liberty Township, Fulton County, before moving to Rochester in 1991. Martha and her late husband, Paul, were the proud parents of two sons and two daughters often referred to as the four-B's.

Survivors include two daughters, Bev Gundrum and husband Tom, Logansport, and Bonnie Mikesell and husband Larry, Rochester; two sons, Bob Eber and wife Mary Jane and Bill Eber and wife Laura, all of Rochester; a sister, Mable Sullivan, Twelve Mile; 10 grandchildren, Tonya Smith and husband Chris, Logansport, Lucinda Mikesell, Mt. Washington, Ky., Becky Schram and husband Peter, Atlanta, Corrina Miller and husband Calvin, West Point, Brenda Eber, Brian Eber and wife Hope, all of Rochester, Tabatha Garcia, Abilene, Texas, Ray Eber and wife Kit, Twelve Mile, Rusty Newby and wife Logan, Lucerne, and Kalea Brouyette and husband Kerry, Rochester; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kevin Smith of Logansport, Zachary and Nicole Spencer, Lauren and Ashlee Schram, all of Atlanta, Nash Miller of West Point, Branson Eber of Brookston, Destinee, Nathaniel and Savanna Garcia of Abilene, Texas, and Kaden Brouyette of Rochester. Four brothers, Lloyd, Paul, Harold and her twin brother Wayne preceded her in death.

Her funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation will be from 3

p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fulton Baptist Temple. The guest book may be signed and condolences may be sent to the family at www.gundrumfuneral home.com.


 

John 'Jack' Hogan

John "Jack" HOGAN, 84, Kewanna, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.


 

Desmond Jackson 

Desmond JACKSON, 78, of 630 E. Main, Atwood, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred of Atwood; two sons, Rick Jackson, Atwood, Mike Jackson, Warsaw; a daughter, Tonya Woodling, Atwood; three sisters, Imagene Caudill, Claypool, Lallie Spradlin, Warsaw, and Maxine Conley, Rochester; and two brothers, Harold Jackson, Mentone, and Merl Jackson, Michigan.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


 

John ‘Jack’ E. Hogan

Nov. 29, 1922-March 8, 2007

John “Jack” E. HOGAN, 84, Kewanna, went to the Great Yard Sale in the sky at 11:50 a.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born on Nov. 29, 1922, in Kewanna, he was the son of the late Elra Hogan and the late Ida Dahlke Hogan.  John was a 1940 graduate of Kewanna High School. He married Florence Brown on Jan. 18, 1946 in White Horse, N.J.; she survives.  Mr. Hogan was a World War II Army veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star for his service during the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a member of Kewanna United Methodist Church, Fulton County Historical Society, the Rochester American Legion Post No. 36, where he formerly served in the Honor Guard, VFW Post No. 1121 and the Rochester Eagles Lodge No. 852.  He worked at Sealed Power Co., Rochester for 20 years until his retirement in 1987.

Jack never knew a stranger. His hobbies included auctions, yard sales, dancing and being around people.

Survivors include his wife, Florence “Flo” Hogan of Kewanna; his son, Michael E. Hogan of Kewanna; daughters, Kathleen Dees (Rudy) of Visalia, Calif., Wendy J. Kelly (Daniel) of West Lafayette, Alice L. White (Darrell) of Winamac, Janice E. Graham of Kewanna; son-in-law, Joseph Federer of Wolcott; sister, Connie Shaw of LaPorte; grandchildren, Johna Bouda, Noah Hogan, John Dees, Katy Nimitz, Jacob Federer, Kristen Federer, Sarah McCleary, David White, Stephanie Malchow, Jamie Smith, Wendy Smith; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Dees, Hayley Nimitz, Michael Nimitz, Kaitlyn Malchow, Lucas Malchow, Madison Carmen and Haley Shock. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda K. Federer; brother, Roy Hogan; sister, Nelda Reed; granddaughter, Mary Beth White, and son-in-law Ozzie Graham.

His funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Pastor David Sommers officiating. Burial will follow at the Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna, with full military rites.  Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.  Memorials may be made to the Kewanna Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 95, Kewanna, IN 46939 and/or Fulton County EMS, c/o. Woodlawn Hospital, 1400 E. 9th St. Rochester, IN 46975. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.


 

Desmond Jackson

July 23, 1928-March 8, 2007

Desmond JACKSON, 78, of 630 E. Main, Atwood, passed on to be with his Heavenly Father at 3:35 p.m. Thursday at his home.

He was born on July 23, 1928, in Magoffin County, Ky., to John and Ocie (Stanley) Jackson. On June 29, 1951, he married Mildred Hall in Warsaw. He lived in Kosciusko County most of his life.

The founder of 30 West Auto Sales, he was in the automotive business for 58 years. He was a lifetime member of the Warsaw Moose Lodge for the past 40 years.

He was an avid hunter and spent every fall for the past 50 years in Iron River, Mich., at his cabin, where he taught his grandsons the art of hunting with much love and pride.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

He attended Victory Christian Center for the past six years and reached out to people in need of help, day or night.

He was a wonderful gardener and gardening became his life in the summer, when he supplied vegetables to his neighbors and friends.

Desmond is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mildred of Atwood; two sons, Rich (Jo Ellen) Jackson, Atwood, Mike Jackson, Warsaw; and a daughter, Tonya (Randy) Woodling, Atwood.  He also is survived by five granddaughters, Kristi Jackson, Atwood, Holli Jackson, St. Frances University, Britta Jackson, Brooklyn Jackson, and Breck Jackson, Warsaw; three grandsons, Nick Jackson, Atwood, Kegan Woodling, Ball State University, and Dylan Woodling, Atwood; three sisters, Imagene (Chester) Caudill, Claypool, Lalllie Spradlin, Warsaw, and Maxine Conley, Rochester; and two brothers, Harold Jackson, Mentone, and Merl Jackson, Michigan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Pastor Ron Patrick officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Kosciusko Home HealthCare & Hospice, 920 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580. To sign the guest book or send condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfunderachapels.com.


 

Faithe D. Crull

Faithe D. CRULL, 72, of 4175 N. 750 West, Leiters Ford, past away at 3:05 p.m. Friday at her residence.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

Monday, March 12, 2007


 

Clyde L. Alderfer

Clyde L. ALDERFER, 71, of 7907 N. Indiana 25, Tippecanoe, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.


 

Kenneth K. Cornell

Kenneth K. CORNELL, 62, Camden, Ohio, born in Fulton, died Sunday at home.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Spitler, New Lebanon, Ohio, and a son, Robert Cornell, Camden, Ohio.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nein-Barnes Funeral Home, Camden, Ohio, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 7

p.m. Tuesday.


 

Faithe D. Crull

Oct. 6, 1934—March 9, 2007

Faithe D. CRULL, 72, of 4157 N. 750 West, Leiters Ford, died at 3:05 p.m. Friday at her residence.  Her health was failing the past year and three months.

Born in Royal Center, she was the daughter of John M. and Jeanne Fall Bird. She was a 1952 Royal Center graduate.  She lived most of her life in Fulton County area with the exception of 19 years in California. On July 1, 1955, she married Clinton “Bud” Crull in Royal Center.

A homemaker, she worked in management at K-Mart in Antioch, Calif., and was the jewelry coordinator for Wal-Mart of Rochester for 10 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Clinton “Bud” Crull, at home; a daughter, Angel Crull, Leiters Ford; two sons, Nathan Crull and wife Joy, Phoenix Ariz., and John “Chewy” Crull and wife Debbie, Leiters Ford; seven grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson in infancy.

Private family services will be held.  Memorials may be made to Fulton County Relay for Life in her name.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, is handling arrangements.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Richard Lee 'Dick' Kinzie

July 3, 1947-March 10, 2007

Richard Lee "Dick" KINZIE, 59, Denver, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at 5:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, after an extended illness with leukemia.

He was born on July 3, 1947, in Peru to Wayne and Gwenneth (Long) Kinzie. He married Cindy (Ashbrook) Kinzie on July 1, 1972. He lived on the family farm all of his life.

Dick graduated from North Miami High School in 1965. He was a member of Denver Methodist Church and Pioneer Power Tractor Club of North Central Indiana. Dick milked cows for most of his life and was still raising cattle and farming.

Dick was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was one person, if you ever met him, you would never forget with his great personality and sense of humor. Dick loved spending time with his family especially his wonderful grandchildren, farming, Minneapolis-Moline tractors, toy tractors and his ducks.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, Denver; two daughters, Cori Knight and husband Michael, Denver, and Jaci France and husband Lee, Denver; four grandchildren, Owen Knight, Makinzie France, Calie France and Madison France; his mother, Gwenneth Kinzie, Denver; a sister, Joyce Gingrich and husband Max, Chili; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hardy and Mary Jane Ashbrook, Peru. Dick was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Kinzie.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with Pastor Jack Hess officiating. Burial will be at Chili Cemetery, Chili. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to North Miami FFA and St. Vincent Children's Hospital of Indianapolis.


 

Fern Taylor Lewis

Sept. 9, 1933-March 9, 2007

Fern Taylor LEWIS, age 73, of Rochester, and formerly of Rensselaer, passed away Friday at his residence. He was born on Sept. 9, 1933, in Medford, Wis., to Emmett Lewis and Edith (Sharp).

On Jan. 17, 1958, in Monon, he married Bonnie Jean (Brohard), who passed away Sept. 1, 1999. For 27 years, Fern worked as a molder for the Rochester Metal Corporation and also worked for Stalbaum Sawmill in Teft. He was affiliated with the Hillcrest Baptist Church of Rochester.

Fern Taylor Lewis is survived by: sons Raymond Lewis and Ronnie Lewis, daughter Dixie Lewis, all of Rochester, sons Rob (Stacey) Lewis, Disco, Randy Lewis, Rodney (Shannon) Lewis, all of Rochester; sister, Jean Gertrude, Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Betty Lewis, Rochester; five grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Jean (Brohard); his parents, Emmett Lewis and Edith (Sharp); his son Richard Lewis; and three brothers and two sisters. Friends may call from 11 a.m. Central time Tuesday until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Central time Tuesday at Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. The Rev. Jerry Pitman will officiate and burial will follow at the Fair Oaks Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


 

Betty Maxwell

Betty MAXWELL, 54, Rochester, died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Margaret Cora Nellans

Margaret Cora NELLANS, 86, Rochester, died today at St. Joseph Hospital, South Bend. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Lester W. Zeller

Lester W. ZELLER, 85, of 1304 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 8:25 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


 

Clyde L. Alderfer

Aug. 19, 1935-March 10, 2007

Clyde L. ALDERFER, 71, of 7987 N. Indiana 25, Tippecanoe, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at his residence. He was in failing health for two years.

Born in Fulton County to Carl Alderfer and Ruth Ault, he lived in the area all his life, except a few years in Peru. On Nov. 17, 1956, in Wabash, he married Patricia Ann Mellinger. She died May 7, 1979.

He was a farmer and loved his green and yellow. He was also a maintenance man for the former Dytronic Company in Leesburg, from which he retired. A disabled veteran of the Army National Guard, he was a life member of the American Legion of Plymouth and a past commander of the Marshall County Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 42.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly and husband Calvin Davis, Pierceton, Carol Walton, Indianapolis, and Lisa Alderfer, Palestine; two sons, David Alderfer and wife Brenda and Dennis Alderfer, all of Mentone; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Connie Alderfer, Warsaw; three sisters, Ruby and husband Earl Thompson, Mary Bruce, all of Mentone, and Phyllis and husband Don Schuster, LaPorte; and four brothers, Merl and wife Julie Alderfer, Laketon, Myron Alderfer, Rochester, Howard and wife Alberta Alderfer, Warsaw, and Wayne and wife Labina Alderfer, Cromwell. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Alderfer on Sept. 8, 2004; three brothers, Fred, Earl and Lloyd Alderfer; and a sister, Jessie Armstrong.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Thomas Harman officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 49 and the VFW, both of Warsaw. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Kosciusko County Home Health Care & Hospice, 902 Provident Drive, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581.


 

Eva R. Buzzard

Aug. 23, 1917-March 11, 2007

Eva Rae Arthur Mohler BUZZARD, 89, of Kokomo, continued her quest for life on Sunday from her Kokomo, Friendship Haven apartment. She joined Jesus quietly and peacefully with loving family members at her bedside.

The daughter of John and Lulu Arthur of Ervin Township, near Kokomo, she was born on Aug. 23, 1917, and was a graduate of Ervin Township High School.

Eva was a member of The Eastern Star, and received her Fifty Year Pin in recognition of her loyalty. She held several residential council positions at Friendship Haven, one of which was to be responsible for Sunday afternoon chapel. She loved music and played the piano and her singing was often heard at church and community events. She even wrote a song when she was quite young, for her "Daddy" after he died.

She also enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader until she lost her sight and then continued "reading" through library-provided cassette tapes. She was a seamstress and especially liked making soft-sculpture, like the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that she gave to each of her grandchildren and other children as well. Crocheting was one of her favorite hobbies. She crocheted anything you could think of and gave most of it away.

Her religious training began and ended at Judson Baptist Church in Ervin Township. She is listed on the Cradle Roll there in 1917. Her spiritual education continued at the Baptist Church of Fulton, The United Methodist Church of North Manchester, Mt. Etna Methodist Church, Kewanna Church of Christ and she has been a member of The Judson Baptist Church for the past several years.

Eva was married to Charles Mohler on Dec. 15, 1936. They were divorced and Charles preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Rita and Dave Foust of Lake Bruce and Joyce and Roy Brooks of Kokomo. One daughter, Elaine Enoch and husband Bill, preceded her in death. Grandchildren are Kathy Sebby and John of Portland, Ore., Randy Foust and Lynda of Mountain, Wis., Jenny Wilk and Kevin of Roselle, Ill., Natasha Jones and Pauleeta Evans of Indianapolis, Andrew Brooks and Andrea of Hemlock, Michael Brooks and Abbey of Cicero and Cathy Johnson and Geoff of Lafayette. There are 30 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Eva had three brothers and three sisters who have all preceded her in death. The brothers were Rev. J. Franklin, C. Ted and Russell Arthur. The sisters were Anna Courts, Mary Cook and Ethel Bouse. Five nieces surviving her are Bette Coleman and Paul of Baxter, Tenn., Norma Jean Lint of Barstow, Calif., Virginia Queen of Salem, Ore., Mary Lovelace and Joe of Russiaville, Peggy Burge and Sharon Shields, both of Kokomo. One nephew, John Courts and Nancy of Kokomo also survive.

Eva was married to Glenn Buzzard of La Fountain in 1969, and he precedes her in death. She is survived by stepchildren Bob Buzzard and Delores of Kalispell, Mont., Sarah Love of Greencastle, Edna Harris of Avon and Sandra Blanton of Paintsville, Ky. There are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Eva was a people-person and never missed an opportunity for a new friend, and easily extended her family. Two of those people are stepgrandchildren, Tracy Ness and Michael Hess, both of Huntington.

Plans for celebrating Eva's life on this earth will begin at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Her funeral will be at The Judson Baptist Church, 1995 S. 750 West, Kokomo, at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will be at Barnett Cemetery in western Howard County following the church service. Eva has requested that any donations go to the Judson Baptist Church building fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and the church.

Eva and her family have great admiration and gratitude for the wonderful caregivers from Area Five, Family Services, At Your Service Home Care, VNS Howard Regional Hospice and Georgia Ligon. You are all angels on earth. God bless you all.


 

Betty Maxwell

Feb. 17, 1952-March 11, 2007

Betty MAXWELL, 55, formerly of the Pleasant Hill County Home, Logansport, died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Born in Argos, to L. Maxine Metheny, she was adopted in 1957 by Homer and Lois Dunlap of Argos. She graduated from Argos High School. In June 1976, she married Ferrell Maxwell, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. She moved to Rochester in 2005 from Logansport.

Survivors include a son, Stephen Maxwell and wife Kristi, Savannah, Tenn.; her stepfather, Don Metheny, Rochester; four sisters, Mary Sanford and husband Chuck, Perris, Calif., Dorothy Kiggins, Argos, Robin Woodruff and husband Bill, St. Charles, Ky., and Debbie Powell and husband Roland, Akron; a brother, Terry Metheny and wife Heather, Plymouth; a sister-in-law, C. Dena Andrews, Michigan; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, mother, adoptive parents, sister Lyn Holloway and two brothers Boyd and Bob Dunlap.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Fulton County Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Margaret C. Nellans

Margaret Cora NELLANS, 86, Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth, formerly of Richland Center, died Monday at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, South Bend.

Survivors include a son, Robert J. Nellans, Argos; two daughters, Betty Click, Fort Wayne, and Linda Sue “Susie” Nellans, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and a half sister, Mary Jane Bell, Arizona.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home with visitation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.


 

Lester W. Zeller

May 2, 1921-March 11, 2007

Lester W. ZELLER, 85, of 1304 Wabash Avenue, Rochester, died at 8:25 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, where he was a patient for one day. He was in failing health for two years.

Born in Rochester to Robert and Audrey Wood Zeller, he was a lifetime Fulton County resident. He married Freida L. Bryant on Oct. 26, 1941, in Rochester. She preceded him in death on May 14, 1982. He married Marjorie Garner Crabill on Aug. 29, 1983, in the Upper Room in Nashville, Tenn.

He was a farmer most of his life and had worked at Beall's Tire Shop, formerly of Rochester. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II in the European Theater.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He enjoyed model railroads, computers and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie R. Zeller, at home; five daughters, Nancy Bowman and husband Ed, Fort Wayne, Joyce Skinner and husband Chuck, Lynn Haven, Fla., Carol Huph and husband Ray, Henderson, Nev., Sharon Harried and husband Doug, Trenton, Ill., and Judy Lewis and husband Jerry, Rochester; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Esther Crabill, Fort Wayne; a brother, Robert Zeller; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a son, Donald Crabill, in 1999; and a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sally "Liz" Zeller.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Revs. Will Lawson and Buck Padilla officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday. LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct military graveside rites. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@ rtcol.com.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


 

Margaret C. Nellans

Feb. 21, 1921-March 12, 2007

Margaret Cora (Sutton) (Nellans) NELLANS, 86, was born to Herbert Marion and Letta Turnbull Sutton on Feb. 21, 1921, in the Hastings-Battle Creek area of Michigan. Margaret died Monday of natural causes at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

Years later, after her birth family broke up, when she was 6 years old, Margaret and each of her full siblings lived with family members and friends. Eventually, her younger brother Paul was adopted by Otis Milton and Ethel Rogers Nellans, and they later adopted her at age 15. While Margaret never felt totally at ease with her new adoptive family, she applied all of her best efforts to her school work, and she ultimately graduated as the valedictorian of the Argos High School class of 1939.

Margaret married her first cousin by adoption - but NO blood relation, Robert Keith Nellans, in the parlor of her adoptive parents' home on June 1, 1941. Once they were married, Robert and Margaret moved to the farmstead of an adjacent farm. Robert was an accomplished blacksmith and welder in Rochester, but decided to move his family to Argos in 1943. He set up a blacksmith, welding and repair business in a single-car garage.

In 1947, he and Margaret purchased a 97-acre farm, north of Richland Center, for $100 per acre. Robert converted the chicken house into his blacksmith and repair shop.

When later approached about the possibility of trading the general store, locker plant and a house on a single acre of property in Richland Center for the farm, Robert saw the deal as an opportunity to build a new shop building in which he could do the welding.

Since up until then Margaret had never worked outside the home, she was ill prepared to run the store and the locker plant while Robert ran his shop during the day and evening. The entire family would share in the tasks of cutting, wrapping and freezing the meat that was brought in to be processed, typically starting at 3 a.m.

Robert and Margaret realized the store and locker plant were no longer viable businesses and closed them in the late 1950s.

To augment Robert's income from his shop and numerous other places he worked, Margaret, a homemaker, later worked at the Presbyterian Geneva Center as a housekeeper, where she continued to work until her retirement. An avid reader, she enjoyed working puzzles and was also a seamstress.

Robert was killed in an industrial accident in 1973. Margaret kept repeating that she would surely die soon as well, but her prediction of her own demise was quite premature.

In the face of the hugest challenges of her life, Margaret survived not one but two bouts of cancer over the past 16-year period. Her ability to enjoy life at home was attributed to her son, Robert "Bob" J. Nellans, and daughter-in-law, Dorthy I. (Kleier) Nellans. She remained housebound and able to live by herself until the fall of 2006, when she decided herself to become a member of the Miller's Senior Living facility in Plymouth. Margaret was the happiest she'd ever been in her life at Miller's!

Unfortunately, her stay in the facility was cut short by a stroke nearly six weeks later. Surviving the stroke and the hospital stay, she was subsequently taken to the adjacent Miller's Merry Manor nursing home. Margaret initially seemed to thrive after the stroke in spite of the fact that she would no longer be able to use either of her left limbs. Her health then seemed to rapidly decline.

Margaret was preceded in death by both her birth parents and adoptive parents; her husband in 1973; her son-in-law Ray Click; each of her brothers, Carl and Paul; and a stepgrandson, Rod Click.

Margaret is survived by her half sister, Mary Jane (Donely) Bell in Arizona. Margaret is also survived by her children, Robert (Dorthy)

J. Nellans near Argos, Betty Click near Fort Wayne and Linda Sue "Susie" Nellans, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Margaret is likewise survived by grandsons, Wesley Scot Nellans and wife Jennie and their children, Josiah and Laci Nellans, near Argos, and Kirk Patric Nellans and wife Kathryn and their children Emma Sue, Isaac Patrick and Grace Ann Nellans in Argos.

A celebration of Margaret Nellans' life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Dr. David Hogsett will officiate the service. Margaret will be laid to rest in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Richland Center United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@ rtcol.com.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


 

Nondas A. Beeney

Dec. 2, 1910-March 14, 2007

Nondas A. BEENEY, 96, Peabody Retirement Community, formerly of Laketon, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

Born in Andrews, she was the daughter of Alvah and Hazel (Druley) Strevy. On April 25, 1928, she married Alfred Leroy Beeney. He died on Dec. 19, 2000. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, William Beeney, North Manchester; two brothers, Paul Strevy and Richard Strevy, both of North Manchester; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating. Calling hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Andrews. Memorials may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N.

Walnut St., North Manchester, IN 46962. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Beeney family at delaughtermckee.com.


 

Kenny Gene Kellems

Kenny Gene KELLEMS, 47, a member of the Caston High School class of 1978, died Monday at his Texas residence

He is survived by two brothers, David Kellems, River Oaks, Texas, and Dennis Kellems, Arlington, Texas, and a sister, Debra Sink, Saginaw, Texas.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at River Oaks Church of Nazarene, River Oaks, Texas.

Friday, March 16, 2007


 

Eleanor D. Ketchum

May 8, 1919-March 15, 2007

Eleanor D. KETCHUM, 87, Kewanna, formerly of Margaretville, N.Y., passed away at 6:15 a.m. Thursday at her daughter's residence in Kewanna. Born May 8, 1919, at West Groton, Mass., she was the daughter of the late George Lane Dodge and Grace Darling Beverly.

She married William E. Ketchum on May 3, 1957, at Orangeburg, N.Y. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2005.

Mrs. Ketchum was a homemaker and enjoyed collecting things and going to yard sales. She was also a great cook. She was the youngest of 11 children and was the last living child in her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Sally Lewis, Kewanna, and Penelope Bosco, Blauvelt, N.Y.; a son, Roger (Darlene) Smith, Raymond, Wash.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. March 24 at her residence. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


 

Betty Hammond

Betty HAMMOND, 63, of 11442 E. 225 South, Akron, died at

6:18 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Monday, March 19, 2007


 

Phyllis Marie Farrer

Jan. 15, 1926-March 16, 2007

Phyllis Marie FARRER, 81, Rochester, died at 2:22 p.m. Friday at her home.

Born in Royal Center, she was the daughter of Harry Day and Ella Burton. She married James Edward Farrer on Oct. 14, 1942, in Logansport. He preceded her in death on April 5, 1997.

A homemaker, she was a member of VFW Post No. 3790 Ladies Auxiliary and attended Faith Outreach Center church in Rochester.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Hollering and husband Budd, Kewanna, and Patty Rhoades and husband Larry, Kokomo; a son, Dr. James Farrer and wife Sherry, Lafayette; a sister, Donna Pasquale, Kokomo; nine grandchildren, Master Sgt. Jack Barnett and companion Misty, Peru, Kris Barnett and wife Tina, Rochester, Jason Farrer, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jacob Rhoades and wife Carrie, Kokomo, Mike Barnett and wife Lori, Rochester, Jason Rhoades and wife Amy, Peoria, Ill., Jessica Taufatofua and husband David, Kokomo, Amanda Coull and husband Clayton, Rapid City, S.D., Emily Tiedeman and husband Chris, Pennville; 17 great-grandchildren, Kara and Kory Barnett of Rochester, J.D. and Brantlyn Showley of Rochester, Steven and Nicole Barnett of Peru, Kina, Fine, Saia and Elenoa Taufatofua of Kokomo, Liam, Aiden and Kiera Coull of Rapid City, S.D., Tyler Jay and Brady Rhoades of Peoria, Ill., Carter Tiedeman of Pennville and Hank Rhoades of Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, a sister and a great-grandson, Tanner Rhoades.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Dr. James Farrer officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Highland 4th Lot 92, Logansport. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Cause for Paws.


 

Betty Sue Hammond

Jan. 19, 1944-March 16, 2007

Betty Sue HAMMOND, 63, of 11442 E. 225 South, Akron, died at 6:18 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in Paint Lick, Ky., she was the daughter of James Jay Rogers and Effie Lee Keene. On Dec. 23, 1976, in Akron, she married Steven R. Hammond, who survives at home.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time at the Akron Flea Market.

She is also survived by a daughter, Tiena and husband Ron Carnes, Argos; four sons, William "Bill" and wife Ayce Fields, Akron, Chris Fields, Rochester, Randell and wife Angela Fields, Rochester, Sean and wife Stacy Hammond, Argos; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; eight sisters, Mildred Bowles, Plainfield, Barbara Cooper, Everton, Mary Guache, Cincinnati, Ohio, Annie McWhorter, Cincinnati, Ohio, Joyce Kirk, Plainfield, Janie Day, Cambridge City, Wanda Spurgin, Cambridge City, and Pam Wright, Rushville; a brother, James Rogers, Connersville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Roxanne Rogers and Johnetta Craycraft; and a niece, Debbie Craycraft.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery, Athens. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.


 

Teresa L. Martin

 Teresa L. MARTIN, 502 22nd Avenue West, Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Indiana, died Wednesday in Bradenton.

Survivors include her husband Donald, sons Scott and Charles, all of Bradenton, sisters Mary Ann Ranson, Beverly Zagaros and Barbara Rusk, and a brother, Lanny Stevens.

Her memorial service is at 7 p.m. today at Harvest Chapel Christian Church in Bradenton.


 

Alfred F. Mathiesen

Aug. 13, 1911-March 18, 2007

Alfred F. MATHIESEN, 95, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, formerly of Akron, died at 7:25 a.m. Sunday at Peabody Retirement Community.

Born in Edgar, Wis., he was the son of Charles Mathiesen and Minnie Schroeder. He married Eva Louise Rowe on June 6, 1942, in Athens. She passed away on Nov. 15, 2005.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in World War II and taught riveting class on Navy Pier.

He was a school teacher for 38 years. He taught industrial arts and agriculture at Akron High School for many years and he taught fifth grade at W.C. Mills Elementary in Wabash. He earned his bachelor's of science degree in River Falls, Wis., and his master's degree from Purdue University.

He was a member of Akron United Methodist Church, Rochester Masonic Lodge and the Retired Teachers Association. He loved gardening, woodworking and was very proud of his former students.

Survivors include a sister, Irene Habeck, Manitowac, Wis., and three nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ella Singelman and Alma Marquardt, and two brothers, Raymond and Leonard Mathiesen.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Don Dexheimer officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery, Athens. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Akron United Methodist Church, 121 N. Mishawaka St., Akron, IN 46910.


 

Rev. Bryan L. Ton

Jan. 19, 1948-March 17, 2007

Rev. Bryan L. TON 59, Forest, formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Howard Regional Healthcare System, Kokomo, after a 2 1/2-year battle with colon cancer.

Born on Jan. 19, 1948, in Hartford, Mich., he was the son of the late Lewis and Gertrude (Dabbert) Ton. On Oct. 13, 1973, he married Beverly A. Vannatta and she survives.

He was a 1966 graduate of Elston High School, Michigan City. He attended Indiana University and graduated from Purdue University. He received his master's of divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart.

He was an Army National Guard and Air Force veteran. He had previously taught English and German at Elston Jr. and Sr. High School, Michigan City. A gentle man of God with a wonderful sense of humor, he enjoyed music, children, good conversation and the occasional bad pun.

Rev. Ton was an elder in the North Indiana Conference of United Methodist Churches, where he served churches in St. Joseph County, Angola, Dyer, Kewanna/Pleasant Hill, Athens, Bippus, Alexandria, Reynolds/ Yeoman and Forest.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly A. Ton of Forest; daughter, Regen Ton of Bloomington; sons, Ian Ton (Liz) of Washington D.C., Joshua D. Ton of Bloomington and Dirk W. Ton of Lafayette; brothers, Ronald Lewis Ton of Michigan City, Richard Lewis Ton of Michigan City, and Kevin Lewis Ton of Chesterton. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Shirley Rochelle Ton and infant Kimberly Rochelle.

His memorial service will be at noon Wednesday at Forest United Methodist Church, 9383 E. 600 North, Forest, with calling hours from 10:30 a.m. until the service. A graveside service and burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna, with visitation immediately following at the Kewanna United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Floral arrangements may be sent to either Forest United Methodist Church or Kewanna United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the family at www. harrisonmetzger.com.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


 

George E. Halpeny

George E. HALPENY, 51, 10 White’s Dr., Somerset, formerly of Macy, died Saturday at his residence.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.  Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.


 

Steven A. Leedy

Steven A. LEEDY, 60, Macy, died Sunday at 10648 N. Miami County Road 100 East.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Skinner Worship Chapel in Cass County. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.


 

Rev. Bryan L. Ton

Jan. 19, 1948-March 17, 2007

Rev. Bryan L. TON, 59, Forest, formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Howard Regional Healthcare System, Kokomo, after a 2 1/2-year battle with colon cancer.

Born on Jan. 19, 1948, in Hartford, Mich., he was the son of the late Lewis and Gertrude (Dabbert) Ton. On Oct. 13, 1973, he married Beverly A. Vannatta and she survives.

He was a 1966 graduate of Elston High School, Michigan City. He attended Indiana University and graduated from Purdue University. He received his master's of divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart.

He was an Army National Guard and Air Force veteran. He had previously taught English and German at Elston Jr. and Sr. High School, Michigan City. A gentle man of God with a wonderful sense of humor, he enjoyed music, children, good conversation and the occasional bad pun.

Rev. Ton was an elder in the North Indiana Conference of United Methodist Churches, where he served churches in St. Joseph County, Angola, Dyer, Kewanna/Pleasant Hill, Athens, Bippus, Alexandria, Reynolds/Yeoman and Forest.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly A. Ton of Forest; daughter, Regen Ton of Bloomington; sons, Ian Ton (Liz) of Washington D.C., Joshua D. Ton of Bloomington and Dirk W. Ton of Lafayette; brothers, Ronald Lewis Ton of Michigan City, Richard Lewis Ton of Michigan City, and Kevin Lewis Ton of Chesterton. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Shirley Rochelle Ton and infant Kimberly Rochelle.

His memorial service will be at noon Wednesday at Forest United Methodist Church, 9383 E. 600 North, Forest, with calling hours from 10:30 a.m. until the service. A graveside service and burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna, with visitation immediately following at the Kewanna United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Floral arrangements may be sent to either Forest United Methodist Church or Kewanna United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007


 

Frances V. Smith

Nov. 5, 1928-March 23, 2007

Frances V. SMITH, 78, of 3131 George St. Apr. 102, Logansport, died at 3:35 a.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

Born in Noble County to George Bearss and Merceda Boyd, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1946. She also graduated from Elkhart Business College.  On March 26, 1950, she married Donald L. Smith, who preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1996. She retired after more than 30 years working as a nurse for the late Dr. Jay M. King.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise A. Smith, Logansport, two sons, Ronald A. Smith and wife Patti, Logansport, and Randall B. Smith and wife Donna, Frankfort:  two brothers, Wendell Bearss and wife Maxine, Rochester, and Bud Bearss and wife Ruby, Berne; a sister, Janis Garcia and husband Juan, Puebla, Mexico; three grandchildren, Michelle Hewitt and husband Jason, Peru, Andrew Hunt and wife Stephanie, Logansport, and Jamie Smith Frankfort; an three great-grandchildren, Jakob Hewitt, Kathleen Hunt and Ethan Hunt. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Rearick.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gundrum Funeral Home 1603 E. Broadway, Logansport.  Burial will be at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.


 

Eric Michael (Lutz) Miller

Sept. 5, 1975-March 22, 2007 Eric Michael (Lutz) MILLER, 31, Kewanna, passed away at

5:16 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Born on September 5, 1975, he was the son of William “Bill”

R. and Nancy C (Peters) Lutz.

 

Eric was a 1993 graduate of Caston High School, where he was pitcher of his high school baseball team.  He attended Vincennes University and Central Arkansas University, where he was, also, pitcher on the baseball teams.

Eric was employed by Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaners in both Logansport, and Alabama for 10 years.  His hobbies were fishing, camping and golfing.  Eric was the proud father of 4 daughters.

Survivors include his daughters, Brett Michelle Miller, Brook Madison Miller, Brynn Michael Miller & Brandee Mae Miller, all of Lewisburg: his parents, William R. “Bill” & Nancy C. (Peters) Lutz, Kewanna; maternal grandmother, Lois Large and paternal grandparents, William & Joy Lutz, all of Portmouth, Ohio; brothers, Shawn “Ern” Miller (Courtney) of Florence, Alabama, Shawn Lutz (Raymi), Rochester, and Chris Lutz, Columbus, Ohio; sister, Andrea Wallace (Jon), Kewanna; six nieces & Nephews.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Brady Peters.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Harrison Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Curt White officiating.

Burial will follow at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, March 26 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Monday, March 26, 2007


 

Richard L. Darling

March 13, 1935-March 25, 2007

Richard L. DARLING, 72, 2219 Westside Drive, Rochester, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2007, at 2:30 a.m. at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 13, 1935, in Hancock County, Ind., the son of Floyd and Helen Oakes Darling. Dick married Patricia Rafferty in the Bradley United Methodist Church, Green-field, on June 2, 1957. She survives. On June 2, 2007, Dick and Pat would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Dick graduated from Greenfield Central High School, attended Franklin College, received his bachelor's degree in education from Ball State University and his master's degree from Indiana University.

He served in the Indiana National Guard and taught history and coached at Knightstown High School, Whiteland High School and Thorntown High School. 

In 1966, he joined the administrative staff of the Maconaquah School Corporation and retired as assistant principal of Maconaquah Middle School in 1998.

He and his wife, Pat, resided in Peru from 1966 until moving to Lake Manitou in 2004. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Peru Moose Lodge, Peru Elks Lodge and the Peru Maennerchor. While residing in Peru, he was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church and upon moving to the lake he became a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Dick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Family and friends were a priority to him. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He thoroughly enjoyed his role as "Driver of the Boat" for his grandchildren as they rode around the lake. Dick had a twinkle in his eye, a smile that would warm your heart and a very dry sense of humor.

He was an avid I.U. basketball fan and had been a season ticket holder for many years. He attended Notre Dame girls' basketball games and was an usher and ticket taker for the Notre Dame football team for the past three years.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Pat, are sons Bryan Darling and wife Susan, of Noblesville; Michael Darling and wife Michelle of Newark, Ill.; and Douglas Darling and wife Ann of Zionsville; grandchildren Nathan Darling, Kimberlee Darling, Emilee Darling, Megan Darling, Lindsey Darling, Morgan Darling and Connor Darling; great-grandsons Deylen and Evan. Also surviving are brothers Norman Darling and his wife, Nancy, of Bend, Ore.; and Thomas Darling and his wife, Beverley, of Carmel.

A service celebrating the life of Richard L. Darling will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the Main Street United Methodist Church, 81 W. Main St., Peru. Pastor Steven Ailes and Pastor Rick Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the American Cancer Society.


 

Grace (Brown) Stojanovic

A memorial service for former Rochester resident Grace (Brown) STOJANOVIC, who died Nov. 5 in Gilroy, Calif., will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wynnfield Crossing reception room.

She was 82 years old. Survivors include her sister, Ellamae Holloway, Rochester; her brother, Walter Brown, Georgetown, S.C.; a son, Tom Shelton, Bakersfield, Calif.; a daughter, Sue Bias, Honolulu, Hawaii; and a son, Tim Shelton, Morgan Hill, Calif.


 

Daniel ‘Danny’ Wonders

Daniel “Danny” WONDERS, 75, of 1711 Mitchell Drive Rochester, died Sunday at his house.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


 

Beverly Kay (Hiers) Reames Kimble

June 23, 1944-March 25, 2007

Beverly K. KIMBLE, 62, Kewanna, passed away Sunday morning, March 25, at 9:32 a.m., at her home after a four-year battle with cancer.

Born June 23, 1944, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Roy Allen Hiers and Gertrude Stangle. She was then adopted by the late Charles Edgar and Mary Elizabeth Reames in 1947, and raised in the Fulton area.

She was a 1963 graduate of North Caston High School. On Nov. 10, 1963, she married Larry R. Kimble at the Fulton United Methodist Church. He survives.

Over the years, she worked at Paradise Truck Stop; the Elks Lodge 2120; Hart, Schaffner & Marx, all of Rochester; and at Lynn's Coffee Shop, Kewanna. She enjoyed spending time with her family, going to garage sales and flea markets, gardening and playing with her dogs, Samantha and Annie. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Lodge 1107, Rochester; Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, Lodge 1900, Plymouth; and the Kewanna Fire Belles.

Surviving along with her husband, Larry, are one daughter, RaeAnn Snider, Kewanna; three sons, David Kimble and wife Tiffany, Leiters Ford; Terry Kimble and wife Sarah, Rochester; Michael Kimble and wife Jennifer, Talma; 13 grandchildren: Chad Heinold, Victoria and Bethany Snider, Dustan and Shawna Kimble, Adam, Austin, Aaron and Aiden Kimble, all of Kewanna; Latasha Reames and husband Dustin, Winamac; Patrisha and Corrine Kimble, Talma; and Kendrick Kesler, Leiters Ford; one great-granddaughter, Haley Reames, Winamac; one brother, Charles Dewey Reames and wife Jane, Burlington; one half-sister, Teresa Newman, Colorado; and one half-brother, Ralph Marter, Illinois; several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by four sisters, Carol Hart, Margie McGill, Georgie Brown and Ethel Bliss; and one brother, Jerry Reames.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m., at Kewanna United Methodist Church, Kewanna. Pastor Mike Tatman will officiate. Burial will follow at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and one hour before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Cancer Institute, 1915 Lake Ave., Plymouth, IN 46563

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com


 

Daniel 'Danny' Wonders

Oct. 22, 1931-March 25, 2007

Daniel "Danny" WONDERS, 75, 1711 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, at his residence. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois Wonders; two daughters, Lori Roberts, Rochester; Nancy Ramsey, Akron; a son, Steven R. Wonders, Canaan, N.Y.; three sisters, Charlotte Miles, Coatsville; Mary Johnson, Omar, W.Va.; and Nancy Ullery, Monrovia. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


 

Daniel 'Danny' Wonders

Oct. 22, 1931-March 25, 2007

Daniel "Danny" WONDERS, 75, of 1711 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

Born in Indianapolis, he was the son of Alvin Charles and Mary

L. Campbell Wonders. He graduated from Indiana-polis Tech High School. On Feb. 1, 1952, in Indianapolis, he married Lois Smith, who survives.

He moved to Rochester from Indianapolis 37 years ago. Prior to the move, he was employed by Lake Central Airlines, Indiana-polis. He retired from Fulton County Aviation of Rochester.

He was a charter member of the Lake Manitou Tiger Club and was also a member of Moose Lodge No. 1107, Elks No. 2120 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 852, all in Rochester.

Danny embraced life on Lake Manitou. He made many memories with his wife, children and grandchildren, cruising the sparkling waters on their houseboat. With his gift for mechanics, he fashioned the motor from parts from at least three other engines. He enjoyed all aspects of fishing and pontooning, too.

Danny took great pride in his aviation abilities and enjoyed the freedom of flight. He was esteemed by local aviators for his forte with conquering the most intricate engine problems.

Music was a passion and he enjoyed providing accompaniment with his ukulele. Danny will be best remembered for cherishing the moments he spent with his grandchildren and as a devoted father to his children and a dedicated husband to Lois.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Wonders, at home; two daughters, Lori Roberts and husband Peter, Rochester, and Nancy Ramsey and husband Mark, Akron; a son, Steven R. Wonders, Canaan, N.Y.; grandchildren, Kiel and Nic Williams, Daniel and Adam Ramsey and Noah Roberts; three sisters, Charlotte "Butch" Miles, Coatsville, Mary "Maggie" Johnson and husband Rob, Omar, W.Va., and Nancy Ullery, Monrovia; and a son-in-law, Joe Williams and wife Lynn, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Susan Williams, on June 12, 2003; and a brother, Robert Wonders, in October 2006.

His funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and to United Ministries. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@ rtcol.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


 

Gloria J. Bowen

Gloria J. BOWEN, 82, of 1285 N. Indiana 19, Akron, died at

7:30 a.m. today at home.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Friday, March 30, 2007


 

Gloria J. Bowen

Sept. 12, 1924-March 29, 2007

 Gloria Jean (Pratt) BOWEN, 1285 N. Indiana 19, Akron, left her earthly home to be welcomed into her new heavenly home on Thursday, March 29, 2007, at 7:30 a.m. She was 82 years old and had been in failing health for many years.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1924, in Fulton County to Ralph and Beulah (Churchill) Pratt. On July 10, 1948, she married Paul Nelson Bowen at Omega Church, near Akron. They were married for 49 years. He passed away on Oct. 31, 1997.

She is survived by her three children, David Bowen and his wife Jane, Lawrenceville, Ga., Carol Graham and husband George, Akron, and Janet Hawley and husband Mark, Akron, and her brother, Ralph R. Pratt and his wife Phyllis, Mishawaka. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Robin Heckman and husband Ed, Akron, Uriah Graham, Bourbon, Charity Trent and husband Mark, Goshen, Matthew, Rachel and Michaela Hawley, Akron, Michael Fulford and wife Jennifer, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Richard Fulford, Myrtle Beach,

S.C. She also has seven great-grandchildren: Gavin, Katie and Nathaniel Heckman, Akron, Trey Trent, Nappanee, Mackenzie and Emerson Fulford, Lawrenceville, Ga., and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, and a grandson, Caleb Hucks.

She was a 1942 graduate of Akron High School and was active with the local church and YTC in her younger years. She sang in a quartet during those years with her future husband, Paul, her brother, Ralph "Rolly," and good friend, Lovie Bowen Mathias. She enjoyed working with youth and was the leader of the LTL for many years as well as the Omega Youth Group. She was a longtime member of Omega Church and had also served as a song leader and Sunday School teacher.

She worked at the Akron Public Library as assistant librarian for 37 years and was a member of the Akron WCTU.

A funeral service for Gloria Bowen will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2007, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, or one hour prior to the service on Monday. Pastor Thomas Tupps will officiate. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Omega Church, Akron WCTU or Akron Public Library.


 

Linda Frances Cornell Hall

Linda Frances Cornell HALL, 62, formerly of Akron, died March 16 in Tennessee as a result of a car accident.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Sayre, Monterey, Tenn., and Dawn Heady, Sparta, Tenn.; three sons, Mike Hall, Donnie Hall, both of Sparta, Tenn., and William Hall, Banner Community, Tenn.; a brother, William Cornell Sr., Akron; and a sister, Norene Francis, Smyrna, Tenn.

A memorial service was held March 19 at her daughter's home in Sparta. Jennings Funeral Home, Sparta, handled arrangements.

Saturday, March 31, 2007


 

Garland E. Southerton

Garland E. SOUTHERTON, 82, West Lafayette, formerly of Fulton, passed away at 10:55 p.m. on Thursday, at the Indiana Veterans’ Home in West Lafayette.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.  A full obituary will appear in Monday’s edition of the Sentinel.

Monday, April 2, 2007


 

Catherine 'Katie' G. Culp

Catherine "Katie" G. CULP, 80, of 9978 16th East Road, Argos, died Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Marion, Lebanon; three sons, Stephen Peltz, Plymouth, Ted Peltz, Logansport, and Dennis Peltz, Argos.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.


 

Hubert Carl Garber

Hubert Carl GARBER, 91, of 902 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Garland E. Southerton

Aug. 21, 1924-March 29, 2007

Garland E. SOUTHERTON, 82, formerly of Fulton County, died at 10:55 p.m. Thursday at Indiana Veterans' Home in West Lafayette.

Born Aug. 21, 1924, in Macy, he was the son of Charles and Essie Williams Southerton. On March 17, 1959, in Logansport, he was married to Marie C. Gust, and she survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Europe during World War II. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Eagles, all of Logansport, and the Disabled American Veterans in Plymouth.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Larry Southerton, Fulton, and Marty Turnipseed, Rochester; three daughters, Diana Middleton, Denver, Kathy Overholser, Twelve Mile, and Jennie Moran, Rochester; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Southerton and Steve McDonald; two brothers, Sherl and Chester Southerton; and two sisters, Ruth Abbott and Dolly Vice.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Teri White officiating. Burial will follow in Five Corners Cemetery, Macy, with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007


 

Donald Cooley

Donald COOLEY, 67, of 6541 S. Sunset Blvd., Macy, died at

7:50 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

Hubert Carl ‘Hack’ Garber

April 16, 1915 – April 1, 2007

Hubert Carl “Hack” GARBER, 91, of 902 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

He was born April 16, 1915, in Converse, the son of Ralph Edward and Bessie (Loy) Garber. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, who served in the European Theater. On Aug. 23, 1947, in Indianapolis, he married Jean McDougle and she survives.

Mr. Garber had been a construction manager working for Deniston & Garber Construction, J.C. O’Connor Construction, and retired from LaPorte Construction. He was a 50-year member of the Converse Lodge No. 601 F.&A.M., Converse, attended the Christian Church, Converse, and attended First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard, building furniture, playing golf, playing cards with family and friends, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Garber, Rochester; daughters Gretchen Elizabeth Coplen, Akron, Jennifer and husband Tim Quick, Plymouth; grandchildren, Daniel S. and wife Kelly Coplen, Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael A. Coplen, Chicago, Ill., Megan E. and husband Ryan Lebo, Plymouth, Nathan and wife Amber Quick, Marion; great-grandchildren, Cassandra Coplen, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jonah Coplen, Cincinnati, Ohio, Benjamin Quick, Marion, Isaiah Quick, Marion; a sister, Betty Haynes, Converse; a brother, Bert and wife Belle Garber, Converse; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Franklin Garber.

 Private interment will take place at a later date at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


 

Roger Curt Bailey

Oct. 15, 1943 – April 3, 2007 Roger Curt BAILEY, 63, of 2031 S. 650 East, Akron, died at

8:26 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, shortly after arrival. He was in failing health since developing a heart condition in 2004.

Born in Paintsville, Ky., to Curt and Audrey Brown Bailey, he lived most of his life in the Fulton County area after moving from Paintsville. He was a 1962 graduate of North Caston High School near Fulton.

On Nov. 25, 1970, he married Claudia Sue Masteller in Macy. She survives.

He was a parts manager for Hammel Motors, formerly of Rochester, for 28 years and later worked for Gaerte Engines, Rochester, and Advance Auto Parts, Logansport, until his retirement in September 2006.

He was an avid motorcyclist and attended the annual Sturgis Hog Rally in Sturgis, S.D. twice with his wife. He was a former member of Fulton County ABATE.

He appreciated anything Dodge and was an avid Dodge truck fan and as such, he was referred to by his family and friends as “The Original Dodge Boy.” He was very fond of and enjoyed wildlife and the outdoors, especially his cats.

Most of all, he loved his family, his wife, sisters and brothers. He was always there for them and them for him, when needed.

Survivors include his wife, Claudia Sue Bailey, at home; three sisters, Patricia Ann and husband Gary Douponce, Belleville, Mich., Kimberly and husband Todd Springer, Sarasota, Fla., and Pamela Bailey, Rochester; five brothers, Thomas P. Bailey, Rochester, Charles K. Bailey and wife Nancy, Lexington, Ky., Joseph R. Bailey, Sheldon L. Bailey and Douglas A. Bailey, all of Rochester; and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery, Athens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to his service Friday. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the National Wildlife Federation in his memory. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

Donald Cooley Sr.

Donald COOLEY Sr., 67, of 6541 S. Sunset Blvd., Macy (Nyona Lake), died Monday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Ann Cooley, at home; two daughters, Donna McCalla, Rochester, and Melissa Turner, Indianapolis; two sons, David Cooley, Nyona Lake, and Don “DJ” Cooley Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.; a sister, Jean Edington, Rochester; and two brothers, Bernie Cooley, Rochester, and Bill Cooley, Spokane, Wash.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service.


 

‘Ollie’ Marie Snyder

Dec. 8, 1902 – April 3, 2007

“Ollie” Marie SNYDER, 104, Hickory Creek of Rochester, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday at the nursing home.

Marie was born on Dec. 8, 1902, in Warsaw, the daughter of Allen and Bessie (Brown) Sutherlin. She grew up on the family farm outside Warsaw. On Jan. 27, 1923, in Warsaw, she married Elvan Snyder. To this union, two daughters were born. The couple moved to Rochester in 1935, where they spent the rest of their lives. Elvan preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1978.

Marie worked in several businesses in Rochester. She worked at the Times Theater, Shultz Brothers Five and Dime Store and Harvey’s Dime Store. Her love of gardening and flowers led to the arranging of flowers and making artificial floral arrangements for sale in the dime store. She was a longtime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty and husband Merle McGowen, Rochester, Joyce and husband James Thomas, Sun City, Ariz.; grandchildren, Michael and wife Janie McGowen, Indianapolis, David and wife Karen McGowen, Rochester, Gregory and wife Michele Thomas, Birmingham, Ala., Heidi and husband Kevin Deck, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Bryan and wife Julie Schneider-Thomas, Grand Rapids, Mich.; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Buck Padilla officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Hamlet Cemetery, Talma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, American Cancer Society or the Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Thursday, April 5, 2007


 

Donald Cooley Sr.

Oct. 3, 1939-April 2, 2007

Donald COOLEY Sr., 67, of 6541 S. Sunset Blvd., Macy (Nyona Lake), died at 7:50 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, where he was a patient since last Thursday.

Born in Petoskey, Mich., he was the son of William A. and Esther Reed Cooley. He lived most of his life in this area except two years in Washington.

On Aug. 29, 1965, he married Jean Ann Goodner in Logansport.

Shortly after his high school years, with great pride Don enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif. Soon after he returned to Fulton County, he owned and operated Save-More full service gas station in Rochester. Later, he owned and operated Cooley’s DX station in Fulton, later known as Cooley’s Sunoco station. He resided in Republic, Wash., where he co-owned Cooley’s Chevrolet Agency with his brother, Bill, for two years. Since 1972, Don was involved in the trucking industry. He drove from coast to coast and Canada, too.

Don’s memberships included Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, and the Logansport American Legion Post. He was also an official member of the Country Inn’s “Big Table.” This was the meeting place where locals gathered to discuss daily events and solve the world’s problems.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed landing jumbo bluegills from the sparkling waters of Nyona Lake. As an armchair quarterback, he loved cheering for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. Watching the NASCAR circuit and the Indiana Pacers was a pastime he pursued.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Ann Cooley, at home; two daughters, Donna McCalla and husband Harold, Rochester, and Melissa Turner and husband Ron, Indianapolis; two sons, David Cooley and companion Denece Correll, Nyona Lake, and Don “DJ” Cooley Jr. and wife Laura, Gilbert, Ariz.; five grandchildren, David Cooley, Darla Leavell, Jayne Parker, Donnie Cooley III, Taneyea Cooley; two canine companions, Gabby the Shih Tzu and Duke the Golden Retriever; a sister, Jean Edington and husband Ralph, Rochester; and two brothers, Bernie Cooley and wife Lucy, Rochester, and Bill Cooley and wife Dolly, Spokane, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Jayson McCalla; a brother, Richard Dixon; and a nephew, Ron Edington.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Dane Mathews officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, with military graveside rites conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


 

William Lynn Durkes

William Lynn DURKES, 61, of 706 Fulton Avenue, Rochester, died at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday, April 6, 2007


 

Wm. Lynn Durkes

Wm. Lynn DURKES, 61, of 706 Fulton Avenue, Rochester, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Durkes, at home; a daughter, Shelly Melton, Rochester; a son, Craig Durkes, Akron; a sister, Janice Newcomb-Mitchell, Pittsboro; and a brother, Ron Durkes, Fort Wayne.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday.


 

Dr. Winston Warren

Nov. 7, 1923-April 5, 2007

Dr. Winston WARREN, retired dentist and retired U.S. Army Colonel, died Thursday in Culver.

Born Nov. 7, 1923, in Marshall, to Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Warren, Winston was the youngest of nine children and the seventh to earn a doctorate degree.

Dr. Warren graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and had been a member of that faculty in the departments of crown and bridge and occlusion. He was a member of many professional organizations, a frequent contributor to dental journals and a lecturer to dental associations. He was a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge and Delta Tau Delta and Delta Sigma Delta fraternities. He served in the U.S. Army, both in the U.S. and Europe. His dental practices were in Rockville and Crawfordsville, where he retired in 1989.

Loving members of his family who survive are his wife, Lyndall; a daughter, Stacey Warren; a grandson, Philip Heyde; and a brother, Dr. Ward Warren.

In accordance with his wishes, services for Dr. Warren will be private and will be followed by cremation.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, friends may want to remember Winston with this prayer:

God, be with Winston at his departing

Enfold him in the bonds of Eternal Love and Peace

And grant him Everlasting Life.

In Christ’s name, Amen.

Saturday, April 7, 2007


 

Wm. Lynn Durkes

Oct. 25, 1945-April 4, 2007

Wm. Lynn DURKES, 61, of 706 Fulton Avenue, Rochester, died at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was ill for 10 months.

Born in Rochester to Arthur H. and Ruth Fletcher Durkes, he lived his entire life in the community.  Lynn was a proud Zebra alumnus, who graduated from Rochester High School in 1963.  Later he entered the U.S. Air Force and served our country during the Vietnam War. Lynn retired from Moore Business Forms following 23 years as a press operator.

On Aug. 10, 1991, he married Mary Lou Smith in Argos.

Each year Lynn looked forward to mushroom hunting adventures. He always acquired some of the largest and most palatable imaginable. As nature lovers, Lynn and Mary Lou created and built a backyard bird habitat, which attracts a variety of birds common to Indiana.  They were entertained and spent hours bird watching and observing nature in action.

Bringing Lynn his greatest joy was cheering on his grandchildren at their athletic events.  Whether it was basketball, baseball or football, Lynn was there as their No. 1 cheerleader and supporter.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Durkes, at home; a daughter, Shelly Melton and husband Dan, Rochester,; a son, Craig Durkes and wife Shari, Akron; six grandchildren, Justin and Brandon Melton, Rochester, and Alexia, Hannah, Mallory and Landon Durkes, Akron; a sister, Janice Newcomb-Mitchell and husband Bob, Pittsboro; a brother, Ron Durkes and wife Kay, Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Peggy Durkes, Rochester; 14 nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Ann Durkes; and a brother, James M. Durkes; and a brother-in-law, Edwin Newcomb.

Also surviving Lynn was his faithful canine companion, Peanut. Peanut was a devoted buddy to Lynn and spent time with him relaxing in his easy chair and watching football and basketball on television.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Revs. Henry Sprunger and Karen K. Rhoades Welling.  Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery with military graveside rites by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday.  Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Electronic condolences may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com


 

Linda Ann Apple

Sept. 19, 1942-April 5, 2007

Linda Ann APPLE, age 64, of 15837 Beech Road, Bourbon, passed away at 8:09 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Linda was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Warsaw, the daughter of Otis Thacker and Leona Cooper Thacker.  She was a resident of the Bourbon area most of her life.  She was a member of the Etna Green Church of Christ and was a graduate of Bourbon High School in the class of 1960. She was also a member of the Bourbon American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, reading, Notre Dame sports and especially the sporting events of her grandchildren.

Linda married Michael ‘Hal’ Apple on July 1, 1960; he passed away on Jan. 17, 2006. Linda was employed by DePuy of Warsaw in purchasing for Trauma and Extremities department.

She is survived by her three children; Kandi Davis, Bourbon; Monti and Elizabeth Apple, Akron; Hedi & John Music, Bourbon. She was blessed with thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also, she has her mother-in-law Shirley Apple of Sebring, Fla. And a brother, Richard Thacker, Sr., Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her husband and sister-in-law Janice Thacker

A celebration of Linda’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Etna Green Church of Christ, 206 W. Broadway, Etna Green, with Rev. Eugene Neyhart officiating.

The family will received friends from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home at 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, and for one hour before services in the church on Tuesday.  Burial will be in the Summit Chapel Cemetery, Bourbon.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Linda & Hal Apple Education Fund for their grandchildren in her memory.

Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Monday April 9, 2007


 

Pauline Russell

Pauline RUSSELL, 84, Leiters Ford, died at 6:25 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.


 

 

Dorothy L. Walters

May 9, 1915-April 7, 2007 Dorothy L. WALTERS, 91, of 971 W. Eighth St., died at 10:20

a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Her health was failing for 10 years.

Born in the Burton community of Fulton County, she was the daughter of Harry and Myrtle Etycheson Batchelor, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Rochester High School and lived her whole life in Fulton County.

On April 4, 1936, in Richland Township, she married Ernest “Bud” Walters, who preceded her in death on June 8, 2000. A homemaker, she also worked in food service at Rochester Middle School. She was a former member of the Evergreen Rebekah Lodge and Sand Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing with her husband and sewing for her family.

Survivors include three sons, Eddie Walters and wife Bonnie, Greensboro, N.C., Jimmie Walters and wife Connie, Rochester, and Ronnie Walters and wife Joan, Florida; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hattie Holloway, Rochester. She was preceded in death by a son, Mickie Walters, in 1967; a grandson, Ricky Joe Walters, on Oct. 10, 1990; and a brother, William Batchelor.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to United Ministries Outreach; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@ rtcol.com.

L.D. Wolf

L. D. WOLF, 84, Twelve Mile, died Sunday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

 

Survivors include his wife, Edna Evalena (Root) Wolf; two daughters, Judith Lavonne Whitaker, Delphi, and Janice Eilene Kuns, Twelve Mile; two sons, Lynn Douglas Wolf, Wonewoc, Wis., and Neil Edward Wolf, Logansport; and one sister, Esther L. Boyd, North Manchester.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mexico Old German Baptist Brethren Church. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pauline Idora Ault Russell

Pauline Idora Ault RUSSELL, 84, Leiters Ford, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Survivors include a son, William “Bill” Russell, Leiters Ford, and a sister, Irma Dean Hosimer, Beech Grove.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Richard R. Marshman

July 16, 1923-April 9, 2007

Richard R. MARSHMAN, 83, of Nokomis, Fla., passed away Monday.

He was born July 16, 1923, in South Bend. He owned and operated a machine shop before retiring to Nokomis, Fla., 18 years ago.

He was a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha; daughters, Linda Burkett and husband Dave and Carla Shelker; son, Terry Marshman; grandchildren, Debra Marrs, Andrea Harris and Terry Belcher and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to Senior Friendship Center (Venice “Living Room”), 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice, FL 34293. Ewing Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Idora Ault Russell

Aug. 12, 1922-April 8, 2007

On Easter morning at 6:15, Pauline said goodbye to her earthly family to be reunited with her God, his son Jesus Christ, her husband Everett William Russell and daughters Barbara Ann Wagoner and Rebecca Sue Nelson and other family members.

Pauline had served as a nurse’s aide at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She was a seamstress who worked at Mary’s Stitch & Knit, Fulton, and later retired from Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rochester. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and family. She was an avid mother, grandmother, friend, storyteller and playmate to many children.

Pauline was born in Culver on Aug. 12, 1922, to Herman and Rose Cromley Ault. She was married on her 18th birthday to Everett William Russell. She is survived by her only son, William “Bill” and wife Vicky Russell of Leiters Ford; a sister, Irma Dean and husband Lloyd Hosimer of Beech Grove; a son-in-law, Norman Wagoner of Sheridan; two brothers-in-law, Jim and wife Inez Russell of Granger and Tom and wife Karen Russell of Valparaiso; and a sister-in-law, Nina and husband Jim Sanders of Mishawaka, and several nieces and nephews. Pauline had six grandchildren, Russell and wife Debi Wagoner of Noblesville, David Wagoner of Arcadia, Scott and wife Kellie Russell of Fremont, Gretchen and husband Scott Johnson and Haidee and husband Mike Temme, all of Leiters Ford, and Tim and wife Alisa Nelson of LaVergne, Tenn., and 19 great-grandchildren, who were the joy of her life. Preceding Pauline in death were her parents, husband, two daughters, three sisters, a brother, several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and again Friday at 9:30 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Interment will follow at the Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver. By request of the family, donations may be made to the Aubbee Community Relay for Life team in memory of her daughters, Barbara and Becky, and dedicated to her son, Bill, who recently battled cancer and is a survivor. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Gordon Heltzel

Gordon HELTZEL died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wynnfield Crossing, 1729 Wabash Ave., where he lived.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Margaret M. Bradtke

Margaret M. BRADTKE, 74, of 107 E. Walnut St., Akron, died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Mary Alice Goodner

Nov. 29, 1919-April 12, 2007

Mary Alice GOODNER, 87, Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport, and formerly of Fulton, passed away at 7:23 p.m. Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1919, in Lucerne, the daughter of Claude Earl and Elsie L. (Murray) Hendee. On Dec. 17, 1941, in Fulton, she married Walter R. Goodner. He preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 1984.

Mrs. Goodner had been a homemaker and a loving child care provider in the Fulton community for more than 40 years. She was a member of the Fulton Baptist Temple, where she enjoyed attending Bible school, was a member of the Awana Club, WE Club and Mount Olive Club. She enjoyed crocheting and reading.

Survivors include her daughters, Jean Ann Cooley, Macy (Nyona Lake), Linda and husband David Fincher, Fort Wayne; grandchildren, David Cooley and companion Denece Correll, Macy, Donna and husband Harold McCalla, Rochester, Don and wife Laura Cooley Jr., Arizona, Melissa and husband Ron Turner, Indianapolis, Teresa and husband Dane Mathews, Huntington, Whitney and husband Tyler Daugherty, West Lafayette, Stephanie and husband Cory Costello, West Chester, Ohio, Garrett and wife Natalie Cain, West Chester, Ohio; 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothea King; son-in-law, Don Cooley; great-grandson, Jayson McCalla.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Revs. Dane Mathews and Bruce Russell officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the Fulton Baptist Temple. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Gordon E. Heltzel

Gordon E. HELTZEL, 85, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Heltzel, at home; a daughter, Kelly Heltzel, Conifer, Colo.; and a sister, Ethel Miller, Logansport.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Akron Church of God, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Gordon E. Heltzel

Sept. 24, 1921 – April 11, 2007

Gordon E. HELTZEL, 85, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at home.

He was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Perry Township of Miami County to Elmer and Lillian Dawson Heltzel.  On October 23, 1953 he married Jeannette Penrod in Morgantown.  She survives at home. He was a lifetime resident of Miami and Fulton Counties and moved to Rochester in 1978, coming from Akron.  Gordon graduated in 1940 from Gilead High School.  After graduation he became a Manchester Spartan, graduating from Manchester College with a B.S. degree in secondary education. He was awarded his lifetime license to teach school. Later he attended Indiana University earning his Masters of Science in education.

As a highly esteemed teacher, Mr. Heltzel served the students of the Clay Township schools in Miami County, and Akron High School, Akron, prior to returning to Miami County and the North Miami School Corporation, where he retired in 1973 as the audio­visual director.

During these years Gordon was also passionate about farming. With great pride he grew crops of golden wheat, towering corn and velvety green soybeans. In 1978 he parked his Ford tractor and retired from the rigors of agriculture.

Life also brought him many fishing adventures and family vacations that involved embracing nature.  He found paradise on the sparkling lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota where all of his brothers and sisters gathered to relax, fish and spend time together.

Gordon and his wife Jeannette found joy in traveling.  Some of their favorite vacation spots include, Canada, Mexico, Cancun.  They also spent memorable journeys traveling with the AARP Travel Group from Wabash County.

A favorite Friday evening activity of Gordon and Jeannette was gathering with teaching buddies and dining out at area eateries.  To top off the evening some spirited card games of euchre or pinochle were always included on the venue.

Since 1954 Gordon was a devoted member of the Akron Church of God. Professionally he was a member of the NEA, ISTA and the North Miami Classroom Teachers Association.  His community memberships included the Akron Lions Club of which he was a past president.  He was a 50+ year member of the Lincoln Lodge F. & A.M. #523. As a fry master, Gordon was a 20+ year member of the Famous Akron Jonah Club, preparing numerous fish dinners.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Kelly Heltzel of Conifer, Colo.; one grandson, Gordon Michael Heltzel of Floyd Knobs; daughter-in-law Shirley Zumstein, Floyd Knobs; sister, Ethel Miller of Logansport.  Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Stuart, Randy and Tom Sisulak, Paul, Alan and Dane Heltzel, Carolyn Smith, Deana Staples, Jeanine Davie, Leslie Cornwell and Sandy Phelps. He was preceded in death by parents, two sons, Kevin in infancy and Michael Gordon Heltzel in 2001; a sister, Amy Sisulak, seven brothers, Col. William Heltzel and Dr. Arthur Heltzel, Col. Charles Lester Heltzel, Samuel Heltzel, Robert Heltzel, Pvt. Earl Heltzel, nieces and nephews, Steve Miller, Robert Chaddock, Richard Earl Chaddock, K.C. Chaddock, Valerie Albury and Jyme Navarro.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron with Rev. Terry Canfield, Rev. Steve Fleck and Rev. George Hapner officiating.  Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester and one hour prior to services in the church on Sunday.  Memorials may be made to the Akron Church of God Church Camp for Kids.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Monday, April 16, 2007

George Lloyd Harper Jr.

July 16, 1925-April 14, 2007

George Lloyd HARPER Jr., 81 of 1045 Spade Drive, Rochester, died at 9:18 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in Mishawaka, he was the son of George Harper Sr. and Mildred Shriver Harper. He lived his whole life in the Akron and Rochester communities.  In 1944, George graduated from Akron High School. Soon after graduation it was with great pride that George served our country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War

II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  George also guarded the prisoners and served as photographer of evidence at the high profile Nuremberg crime trials.  It was at this time that he developed his love and appreciation for photography.

Never retiring from Delphi Corporation in Kokomo, George was an extraordinary and rare man, whose work ethic was exceptional. He was committed to excellence, as a dedicated senior member of the tool and die department.  During his 41 year tenure, he never missed a day of work.  It was this type of commitment that was a key ingredient to George’s secret to success in life.

On Aug. 26, 1949, he took the hand of his beautiful bride Vera “Vicki” Lewis in Akron. For the next 58 years of their lives, both Vera and George shared life’s greatest moments and were totally devoted to their family.

Throughout their lifetime they enjoyed vacationing to sightsee, rest and relax. Their favorite family vacation locations were on the west coast, Oregon and Washington. Texas was a destination of frequent visits, but New Orleans is the place held fondly in their hearts, as Vera and George and their daughters would visit multiple times each year.

As his family’s patriarch, George is remembered as a generous and kind gentleman.  When it was George’s turn to cook, with a radiant smile and a twinkle in his eyes, he took the family out and bought them dinner.  He embraced the special moments he shared with his family as they were paramount in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Vera, at home; two daughters, Linda Hayden White, Westfield, and Paula Wright and husband Dick, Spencerville; a granddaughter, Crissa Hayden-Fruits, Crawfordsville; four grandsons, Jamie Hayden, Greenwood, and Nathan, Benjamin and Daniel Wright. Spencerville; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeri Shearer, Fort Wayne; and a brother, Art Harper and wife Betty, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jolane Futrell; and three brothers, Merle, Paul and Ed Harper.

A celebration of the life of George Harper will be at 10 A.M. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Matt Harris officiating. Burial will be a t Athens Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the service Tuesday at the funeral home.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com

Mattie Pauline Mercer

Mattie Pauline MERCER, 93, Rochester, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Richard Wagoner

Richard WAGONER, 51, Rochester, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Tuesday, April 17,2007

Barry Delbert Black

Barry Delbert BLACK, 66, of 5178 Dovewood Trail, Warsaw, died Monday at Goshen General Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; a son, Sean Black, Carmel; and a brother, Barton Black, Syracuse.

Hiss funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Free Methodist Church, Winona Lake, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.  Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

Margaret M. Bradtke

Margaret M. BRADTKE, 73, of 107 E. Walnut St., Akron, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include five sons, Donald, Joseph, Robert, Darrell and Gary Bradtke; a brother, John Kenny; and a sister, Eileen Ramsey.  

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Ridge Church, Chicago, Ill., with visitation from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Palos Gaidas Funeral Home, Palos Hills, Ill.  Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, handled local arrangements.

Richard W. Crull

Richard W. CRULL, 76, Leiters Ford, died at 9:13 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Pauline Mercer

Pauline MERCER, 93, Life Care Center of Rochester, died Saturday at the nursing home. 

Survivors include her son, Edwin Mercer, Rochester.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour before the service.

Richard Wagner

Richard WAGNER, 51, Rochester, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Richard W. Crull

Aug. 29, 1930-April 16, 2007

Richard W. CRULL, 76, of 9618 W. Section Drive, Rochester (Leiters Ford), died at 9:13 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born in Tippecanoe in Marshall County, he was the son of Wilford “Sam” Wayne and Sarah Hemminger Crull.  A 1950 graduate of Leiters Ford High School, Richard lived the majority of his lifetime in the Leiters Ford community.  On April 13, 1952, in Richland Center, he married Lois Rae Crabbs.

Richard and his sons ran Crull Ready Mix for many years until Richard became ill in April of 1998. Richard and Lois then sold the concrete plant. He continued to haul sand, gravel, stone and black dirt to his loyal customers. 

Richard was one of the founders of the Aubbeenaubbee Township Volunteer Fire Department, which he was a member of for more than 50 years.  He was also a member of Leiters Ford United Methodist Church and Indiana Ready-Mix Association.

Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran.  He was a member of the Seabees from 1950 to 1952.

He loved racing, especially sprint car, dirt tracks and NASCAR.  He greatly enjoyed visiting the Shady Hill and Eldora tracks.  He most recently cheered for Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR circuit.

Survivors include his wife, Lois, Leiters Ford; two daughters, Lesa and husband John Gagnon, Akron, and Linda and husband Tom Morton, Argos; two sons, David Crull and wife Robbie, Leiters Ford, and Scott Crull and wife Jackie, Culver; a sister, Patsy Ruth Daly and husband John, Florida; two brothers, Clinton L. “Bud” Crull, Leiters Ford, and Charles Crull and wife Mary Jo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and five grandchildren, Mark, Brandon and Jamie Gagnon, Leland Crull and Jayson Shaffer. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Faithe Crull.

The family has entrusted Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with arrangements for Mr. Crull.  His family requests memorials be made to Leiters Ford United Methodist Church or Aubbeenaubbee Township Volunteer Fire Department in lieu of flowers. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.  A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Richard ‘Dick’ Wagner

Richard “Dick” WAGNER, 51, Rochester, died Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Solid Rock Church, Rochester.

Anna Faye Wimmer

Anna Faye WIMMER, 88, Amboy, died Wednesday at her daughter’s home near Amboy.

Survivors include her daughter, Joleen S. Means.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peoria Church with visitation from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Richard W. Crull

Richard W. CRULL, 76 of 9618 W. Section Drive, Rochester (Leiters Ford), died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Lois, Leiters Ford; two daughters, Lesa Gagnon, Akron, and Linda Morton, Argos; two sons, David Crull, Leiters Ford, and Schott Crull, Culver; a sister, Patsy Ruth Daly, Florida; and two brothers, Clinton L. “Bud” Crull, Leiters Ford, and Charles Crull, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aubbeenaubbee Township Fire Station.

Santa Taylor

Santa TAYLOR, 91, formerly of Rochester, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Health Center, St. Anthony, Minn. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Aubree Jean Townsend

Aubree Jean TOWNSEND, 3 months and 15 days old, of Monterey, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital, Plymouth.

Survivors include her parents, W. Corey Townsend and Gustave F. (Stirk) Salyer, brothers, Russell Cody and Dillon Ray Sayler, sisters, Erin Nicole, Courtney Alice and Reese Oliver Sayler, all of Monterey.

Her funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna. Visitation will be from noon to 3

p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Arthur Franklin Hicks

June 1, 1930-April 19, 2007

Arthur Franklin HICKS, age 76, Cassopolis, Mich., went to be with his Lord on Thursday at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Hillsdale County, Mich., on June 1, 1930, the son of Lloyd and Marie (Cook) Hicks.

Mr. Hicks was a retired Baptist preacher serving churches in Iowa, Kansas, Indiana and Michigan.  He served his country in the

U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lucille Nesbitt.

Left missing him is his family: wife, Norma (Smith) Hicks, whom he married on June 4, 1960, in South Bend; two daughters, Linda (Phillip) Armentrout, and children P.J., Christian and Emerald, and Beth Hicks ; two sons, Frank (Kim) Hicks and children, Ashley and Patrick, and Kevin (Donna) Hicks and children, Franki, Ashley, Krysten and Danielle; two brothers, Lloyd (Joan) Hicks and Dean (Mary) Hicks; a sister, Wanda Black; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, Mich. (269-279-5282), with Pastor Carl Henry officiating.

Interment will be at 1 p.m. following the service at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, Mich. Memorials may be donated to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Santa Sally Taylor

Sept. 14, 1915-April 19, 2007

Santa Sally TAYLOR, 91, Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Rochester, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Health Center, St. Anthony, Minn. Her health was failing for three weeks.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Samuel and Carmela Lianza Ranzula. On July 27, 1945, in Michigan City, she married Everett B. Taylor. A homemaker, she worked as an administrative partner in her husband’s contracting business, Taylor Construction Company.  She retired after working 44 years.  She lived in the Minneapolis area for 24 years after moving from Rochester, where she lived 38 years.

Survivors include a son, Terrance Bryan Taylor and wife Leslie, St. Paul, Minn.; a stepdaughter, Marilyn Jones and husband Francis “Casey” Jones, Rochester; grandchildren, Kai’li Brianna Taylor, St. Paul, Minn., Charles, Kevin and Candace Jones, Rochester, Christine Hooker, Kissimmee, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Dalessandro, Texas; and nieces and nephews, Dennis Dalessandro, Texas, Anthony Dalessandro, Michigan, Donna Grimes, Texas, Sammy and Anthony Ranzula, Illinois, Vincent Ranzula, United Kingdom; Carmella Albrego and Darlene Cameron, Illinois, and a number of nieces and nephews who called her Aunt Tiny.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Father Bert Woolson officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.  Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the Monday service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Clayton Clyde Chapin

Jan. 24, 1920-April 21, 2007

Clayton Clyde CHAPIN, 87, formerly of 106 W. Brown St., Fulton, died at 1:25 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where he lived the past 18 months.

Born near Macy, he was the son of David Edgar and Hazel Marie Hopper Chapin. A 1938 graduate of Macy High School, he lived in the Macy and Fulton communities his whole life.

On Nov. 23, 1952, he married Treva Mae Shoemaker at her parents’ home in Fulton. She survives.

He had worked at the former Victory Ordnance Co. and later at Olin Corp. of Peru, from which he retired in 1982 after 32 years of service.

He was a member of Fulton Baptist Temple and a former member of the Fulton Senior Citizens.  After his retirement, Clayton enjoyed mowing yards as a hobby.

In addition to his wife, Treva M. Chapin of Rochester, he is survived by a sister, Dorothy Swoverland of Deedsville.  He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Connie Sue.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Revs. Bruce Russell and George Hapner officiating.  Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.  Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Fulton Baptist Temple.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Leona Rae Stapleton

Leona Rae STAPLETON, 69, of 1170 S. Lakeshore Drive, Rock Lake, Akron, died Saturday at home.

Survivors include her husband, Watt E. Stapleton, at home; two daughters, Cindy Hemingway, Syracuse, and Angie Bradtke, Akron; four sons, Richard Chilcutt, Akron, Wesley Stapleton, Sturgis, Mich., Troy Stapleton, Leesburg, and Danny Stapleton, Royal Center; a sister, Loretta Merrell, Wimauma, Fla.; and two brothers, Clinton Bowman, Ten Mile, Tenn., and David McIntosh, Jefferson, Wis.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Janet Lewis

Janet LEWIS, 66, 874 Vintage Drive, Country Meadows, Rochester, died at 4:50 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Leona Rae Stapleton

Feb. 9, 1938 - April 21, 2007

Leona Rae STAPLETON, 69, of 1170 South Lakeshore Drive, Rock Lake near Akron, went to be with Jesus at 12:35 a.m. Saturday while at her residence.

Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Sisco Bowman and Melva Casebolt Bowman. On Aug. 2, 1956, in Logansport, she married Watt E. Stapleton, who survives at home.

She worked several years at United Technologies in Peru and also at Torx Products in Rochester. She attended Water of Life Church on Silver Lake and was a graduate of Iron River High School, Iron River, Mich.

She is also survived by two daughters, Cindy and husband Mark Hemingway, Syracuse, and Angie and husband Gary Bradtke, Akron; four sons, Richard Chilcutt, Akron, Wesley and wife Debbie Stapleton, Sturgis, Mich., Troy and wife Leslie Stapleton, Leesburg, and Danny and wife Julie Stapleton, Royal Center; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Loretta and husband Kenneth Merrell, Wimauma, Fla.; and two brothers, Clinton and wife Mary Bowman, Ten Mile, Tenn., and David and wife Teri McIntosh, Jefferson, Wis. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Jackson, and a brother, James Arnold Bowman.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Henry Arnett Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Kosciusko County Home Care & Hospice, 902 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580.

Larry Levi VanMeter

Larry Levi VanMETER of Alanson, Mich., passed away suddenly Tuesday April 17, 2007, in Zephyrhills, Fla. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey, Mich. Rev. David Duncan will officiate. Interment will be in Maple River Township Cemetery.

Larry spent 27 years as a farmer and in the tool and die trade in Mentone, at Midwest Spring Co. From there he moved to Pellston, Mich., to work for Circuit Control Corporation in Petoskey, Mich., for 14 years. Larry was also a pastor for five years at Heritage Christian Church Congregation in Conway, Mich.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Sharon, have spent the last two winters in Zephyrhills.

Larry is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Alanson, Mich.; son Lorin of Fort Wayne; daughter Carmen Waters and husband, Robert, and their son Jonathan of Pellston, Mich.; son Walter of Athens; son George and fiancee Beth Persinger of Indianapolis; and daughter Mindy of Pellston, Mich. Larry is also survived by his siblings, Dean, Dudley, Peggy, Tab and their families. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter O. and Naomi VanMeter; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cloyce R. and Belva C. Miller; and his brother-in-law, Raymond C. Miller.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 25, 2007, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey, Mich., where arrangements were handled.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Prince Gardner

Prince GARDNER, 73, of 9438 California, Rochester, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Monday at Community Hospital East, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Janet ‘Kay’ (Henderson ) Lewis

Janet “Kay” (Henderson) LEWIS, 66, of 874 Vintage Drive, Country Meadows, Rochester, died Monday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Survivors include three daughters, Angie A. Elkins, Ohio, Stacy

L. Kistler, Rochester, and Paige A. Ulery, Deer Creek; three sons, Tony A. Henderson, Scott L. Henderson, both of Rochester, and Erik

K. Henderson, Fulton; and a brother, Bob Vanata, The Villages, Fla.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Prince Gardner

Sept. 30, 1933 - April 23, 2007

Prince GARDNER, 73, of 9438 California, Rochester, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Monday at Community Hospital East, Indianapolis.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1933, in Burkville, Ala., to the late Mamon and Indiana (Grant) Gardner Sr. On Aug. 25, 1951, in Burkville, he was united with his loving wife Maggie Lee Harris. They moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Chicago, Ill., in 1953, and then to Rochester in 1968.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a strong man. He worked as a master bricklayer.

He leaves behind his wife, Maggie Lee Gardner, Rochester; his 10 children, Prince Gardner Jr., Detroit, Mich., Gladys and husband Tommy Hamer, Chicago, Ill., David Gardner, Chicago, Melinda and husband Raymond Salary, Michigan City, Jerome Gardner, St. Louis, Mo., Patricia and husband Jerry Booth, Indianapolis, Glenn Gardner, Rochester, and Juanita Gardner, Duane Gardner, Elizabeth Denise Gardner, all of Indianapolis; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Mamon and wife Margaret Gardner, Chicago, Ill.; and sisters, Mary and husband Kenneth Mockabee, Mabel Rice, and Ruby and husband Gary Cody, all of Cleveland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Shacola Gardner and Matthew Gardner.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Monterey United Methodist Church, 6195 Main St., Monterey, with the Rev. Andrew Murdock officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the funeral at the church. Burial will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery, Leiters Ford. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Clyde E. Pickens

Clyde E. PICKENS, 74, Logansport, died Wednesday in the Memorial Hospital emergency room in Logansport.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Y. Pickens, Logansport; five daughters, Cathy March, Lucerne, Becky Ruff, Royal Center, Stephanie Weaver, Idaville, Melissa Reynoso, Lori Arzola, both of Logansport; four sons, Clyde Pickens Jr., Oxford, Tim Pickens, Lucerne, Dan Pickens, Logansport, Scot Pickens, Missouri; two brothers, Ralph Pickens and Clifford Pickens, both of Lucerne; and a sister, Esther Books, Rochester.

His funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Jesse 'Junior' Vice

April 5, 1928 - April 25, 2007

Jesse "Junior" VICE, 79, 229 Lake St., Plymouth, formerly of 4981 Boicourt Drive, Rochester, died at 3:56 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital, Plymouth. He was in failing health.

The son of Jesse Vice Sr. and Ruth Allen Vice, he moved from Rochester to Plymouth in 2006.

He married Ella May Kline on Feb. 14, 1967, at Mt. Hope Church near Leiters Ford. He was a railroader for Norfolk & Western Railroad and worked as a crossman watchman. He belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 852, where he was a Golden Eagle, and to the Brotherhood of Railroaders.

Survivors include a son, Charles E. Vice and wife Pam, Plymouth; two grandsons, Nicolas Charles Edward Vice and Charles Storm Jesse Vice, both of Plymouth; a brother, Wayne Vice, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters, Opal and Mary; and a brother, Walley.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Elder Patrick Noonan officiating. Burial will be at Leiters Ford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to FOE No. 852, Rochester.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Kyong Mi Ladson

Kyong Mi LADSON, 48, Elkhart, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include her husband, Randy Ladson, formerly of Rochester; and, in South Korea, her mother, Kwi Yo Choe,; her son, Chae Su Choe; a brother, In Chol Kim, and two sisters, Kyong Suk and Kyong Ae Kim.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Michiana Korean Church, Elkhart, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church. Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, is handling arrangements.

Charles Hobson Tate II

Charles Hobson TATE II, 48, Rochester, died Saturday.

He is survived by four children, Charles Hobson Tate III, Joan Allyn Tate, Erin Marie Tate and Bryce Richard Scott-Tate.

A private service is being planned.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Charles William Callahan

Dec. 23, 1917-April 26, 2007

Charles William CALLAHAN, 89, of North Manchester, died Thursday at 2:15 p.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare Center in North Manchester.

He was born Dec. 23, 1917, in Francesville, to John J. and Ruth (Anderson) Callahan.

He married Bonita J. Michael in North Manchester on Oct. 19, 1946. He was a 1937 graduate of South Whitley High School.

Charles served in the U.S. Army for 4 ½ years during World War II with the Bataan Avengers.  He was in Company 1, 152nd Infantry, 38th Division, in the South Pacific.

He also worked as a truck driver for Trick Supply in North Manchester for 21 years, retiring in 1983.

Charles attended Faith Baptist Church in North Manchester and was an avid Indiana University basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. He loved his children and grandchildren.

Every year, the last weekend in July, Charles would attend a reunion with his Army buddies.

Charles is survived by his wife, Bonita J. Callahan of North Manchester; a son, Michael J. (Pamela) Callahan of North Manchester; two daughters, Bonnie Badskey of Goshen and Betsy (Michael) Warner of Granger; three sisters, Mary Montel of North Manchester, Berdene (Maurice) Azbell of Rochester and Frances Callahan of Winamac; three sisters-in-law, Trula Callahan of North Manchester, Sarah Callahan of Culver and Dorothy Callahan of Winamac; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by four brothers, one sister and one grandchild.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at Faith Baptist Church, 1303 State Road 13 West, North Manchester, with Pastor Andrew Gathany officiating. Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the church.  Memorials are to Faith Baptist Church in North Manchester or the donor’s choice.  The memorial guestbook for Charles may be signed online at grandstaff-hentgen.com.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Herman Devane Mathews

Herman Devane MATHEWS, 87, of 1915 Liberty Lane, Rochester, died at 7:30 a.m. today at home.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Jane F. Reinhold

March 15, 1928 - April 27, 2007

Jane F. REINHOLD, 79, of Monterey, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor in Culver.

Jane was born on March 15, 1928, in Blue Island, Ill., to the late Leonard and Magdalene (Posthuma) Welter. On Feb 9, 1946, Jane married Clem Reinhold in Monterey. He preceded her in death along with two brothers and a grandchild.

Jane was a longtime member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Monterey, a hospice volunteer, and a member of the Collins-Tasch American Legion Post No. 399 Auxiliary of Monterey. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and was also involved in 4-H and the Horse and Pony Club. In 2005, Jane was honored at the Women of Pulaski County Celebration.

Jane is survived by four daughters, Marie (Tom) Bauer of Rochester, Donna (Bob) Ringer of Plymouth, Linda (Ken) McCune of Monterey and Lisa (Roy) Garcia of Elk, Wash.; two sons, Tony (Marian) Reinhold and Bill Reinhold of Monterey; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; three sisters and one brother.

Friends may join Jane's family in remembering and celebrating her life at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, from 3 p.m. to 8

p.m. Tuesday with a spiritual wake service conducted at 8 p.m. Father Bert Woolson will officiate a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Monterey with burial following at St. Anne's Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Collins-Tasch American Legion Post No. 399 Auxiliary. Condolences may be sent via the Web site obituary page at www.bonineodom.com.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Lola Grace Eisenman

Lola Grace EISENMAN, 97, of Friendly Village Nursing Home, 900 Boyce Drive, Rhinelander, Wis., died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at the nursing home.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Herman Devane Mathews

Aug. 25, 1919-April 30, 2007

Herman Devane MATHEWS, a Fulton County resident all of his life, lived on Liberty Road in Rochester and passed away Monday. Herman was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

Herman was born in Newcastle Township on Aug. 25, 1919, one of six children born to Harley and Carrie Fern Dudgeon Mathews. He was a graduate of Talma High School.

He married our mother, Charlotte Ann Emmons, on Jan. 4, 1951, in Bourbon. They began their married life in Talma and moved to their present home in Rochester in 1964.

Herman was employed and retired from Dean Foods in 1985 after 30 years of service. He worked hard all his life and lovingly provided for his family.

Herman entered the Army on Feb. 3, 1942, and was honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1945. He served overseas in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a 60-year member of the American Legion.

Herman was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and had served as a trustee of the church. His favorite pastime other than his family was taking care of his yard and garden. He also enjoyed woodworking after he retired and made many wonderful keepsakes for his family. One thing he always insisted on was that he and his family be on time no matter where they went.

Herman is survived by his wife of 56 years and their six children, two sons and four daughters. His sons are Charles (Golnaz) Mathews, Fort Wayne, and Jim Mathews and companion Connie Charles, South Bend. His daughters are Anne (Steve) Campbell, Indianapolis, Jane (Rick) Van Loon, Gaston, Joyce Wagoner, Rochester, and Susie (Tony) Terry, Yorktown.

Ten grandchildren also survive. They are Aaron Campbell, Kristen (Brandon) Waite, Allison Campbell and Bethany (Zachary) Stephey, all of Indianapolis, Carrie (Chad) Gaines, Rochester, Aaron Van Loon (Cathy), New Albany, Elizabeth and Samantha Terry, Yorktown, and Justin and Jarrod Mathews, Fort Wayne, and great-grandson, Logan Gaines, Rochester.

He is also survived by one brother, Ernest (Claire) Mathews, Lakeville, and a sister, Mildred (Harold) Meiser, Rochester, and many nieces and nephews.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Minnie Mathews, Mary (Henry) Kindig and Martha (Lavoy) Hoffman.

A celebration of Herman's life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 3516 N. 650 East, Rochester, with the Rev. Phil Pratt officiating. His family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at the Reichter Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be accorded him by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Memorial gifts may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or Bethlehem Baptist Church. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@ rtcol.com.

Joyce A. Read

Sept. 28, 1941-April 29, 2007 Joyce A. READ, 65, of 13253 E. Indiana 114, Akron, died at 5

p.m. Sunday at her residence. Born in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Vernon and Pauline Gebert Fawley. She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1959.

On May 29, 1959, she married Larry E. Read in Syracuse. She and her husband owned and operated Reads Racing Inc. He passed away on Jan. 3, 2006.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie and husband Scott Eddy, Warsaw, and Carol and husband Michael Klinger, Akron; a son, Steve and wife Kelly, North Webster; eight grandchildren, Cathy and husband Matt Weiler, Warsaw, Lori and husband Kris Locklin, Pierceton, Mikey and wife Sharon Klinger, Larry Klinger, all of Akron, Doug Read, North Webster, Dian Klinger, Sandy Klinger and Gary Klinger, all of Akron; three great-grandchildren, Jenna and David Weiler, Warsaw, and Lex Locklin, Pierceton; a sister, Jean and husband Michael Anicka, Kentucky; and a brother, Vernon and wife Marcille Fawley, Fort Wayne.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be at Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

David Washburn Reid

David Washburn REID, 71, of 866 W. Ninth St., Rochester, died at 11 p.m. Monday at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Brenda J. Vermillion

Brenda Joyce VERMILLION, 60, Plymouth, formerly of Kewanna, died Wednesday at home.

 Survivors include her husband, James Vermillion, Plymouth; a son, Johnnie Fuller, Culver; a daughter, Sherry Nagy, Florida; her mother, Elverta Moore, Rochester; a brother, Devon Moore, Rochester; and two sisters, Charlene Ward, Bourbon, and Treva Murphy, Argos.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Rochester.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Elaine Nusbaum Roberts

Aug. 4, 1953-April 30, 2007

Elaine Nusbaum ROBERTS, 53, died Monday.

A homemaker, she loved to draw and write. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1972.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Charles W. Roberts, a son, John Roberts, and a daughter, Charlene Langly and husband Justin, all of Marksville, La.; her mother, Ethel Ludwig, three sisters, Orlandria Roberts, Melissa Grubbs and Diantha Bradley, all of Rochester; a brother, Winfred Nusbaum and Cindy, Austin, Texas; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Baltes, in 1986, and her father, Lloyd Nusbaum, in 1961.

A private service will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Marksville, La.

Jeff Wheeler

Jeff WHEELER, 40, Nyona Lake, died Tuesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Lola Grace Eisenman

Dec. 5, 1909-April 29, 2007

Lola Grace EISENMAN, 97, Friendly Village Nursing Home, 900 Boyce Drive, Rhinelander, Wis., died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at the nursing home.

Born in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Clyde Andrew and Mable Meyer Bick. She was a dynamic Lady Zebra basketball player and a 1927 Rochester High School graduate.

She married Frederick S. Eisenman on Sept. 5, 1927, in Macy. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1990. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, she and her husband wintered in Florida.

She was a school bus driver for the Oneida Community Schools in Wisconsin. She co-owned and assisted her husband with the Idlewild Resort in Harshaw, Wis.

She enjoyed playing bingo and cards, and making braided rugs.

She will be remembered for being a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and sister.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn M. Anderson and Linda Brown and husband Donald, all of Rhinelander, Wis.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Clyde Bick and wife Helen, Plymouth; a sister, Bernice Gedeon, Rochester; a cousin, John Pyle, Rochester; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a husband; a son, Frederick, in 1940; two brothers, Luroy Bick and Jack Bick; and a sister, Alvada Rookstool.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Arnesia (Dumplin) Lynn Jackson

Arnesia (Dumplin) Lynn JACKSON was born Aug. 2, 1972, to the union of Harvey and Beverly Jackson. She confessed her hope in Christ at an early age in Rochester.

Arnesia was and will always be a continuous gift in the lives she touched. Arnesia joined New Life Celebration Church of God, Feb. 1, 1998, where she served on the Koinonia Ministry, Greeters Ministry, and her passion she held for the Choir; she sang in the Voices of Celebration Choir. Arnesia has so many certificates presented to her from New Life Celebration Church of God. Her dedication to her church was of immeasurable passion. She always looked forward to traveling with her church choir and the yearly picnics. One of her special favorites was going to the women's retreat. At this year's retreat, last weekend, Arnesia was recognized for her special gift cards that she placed on every table for all the ladies. Arnesia was a special person and she lived her life in preparation for this day.

Arnesia graduated from Culver Jr. Sr. High School in 1990. Then she continued her education at Ivy Tech State College, where she studied computer literature. Besides being a joy to her family, Arnesia had a very special bond with her grandparents, Pearlie and Eldee Norman, who were there when she was born and there when she departed this life. Not only did she love her granddiddy and grandmommie, she cherished them with the utmost respect. Though her life was short, her love was long and everlasting from her soul.

Arnesia leaves to cherish her memories and strength, her father and mother, Harvey and Beverly Jackson of Rochester; four brothers, Harvey III of Kewanna, Joshua L. (Greta) of Kewanna, David L. (Katrina) of Rochester, Michael L. of Rochester; four sisters, Nianna of Chicago, Ill., Michelle L. of Indianapolis, Vanessa L. of South Bend and Phyllinga L. of Rochester; maternal grandparents, Pearlie and Eldee Norman of Blue Island, Ill.; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends that were as special to her as her family. Arnesia was preceded in death by her twin sisters, Sandra Ann and Wanda Renee, and her loving paternal grandmother, Rosie Lee Howell-Martinez.

Services will be Saturday, May 5, 2007. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Services will be from 11 a.m. to noon at New Life Celebration Church of God, 14243 South Dante Avenue, Dolton, Il 60419.

David Washburn Reid

David Washburn REID, of 866 W. Ninth St., Rochester, passed away at his residence on April 30 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was born and raised in Goodland, the son of Kenneth

N. Reid and Mary C. (Washburn) Reid.

In 1954, David graduated from Goodland High School, Goodland. He enlisted one year after graduating from high school in the U.S. Army. On May 2, 1958, he married Shirley Ann Ripley at First Baptist Church in Goodland.

After serving our country, David began working for Better Coil and Transformer of Goodland. The majority of his employment career involved the electrical coil industry. In 1976, David and his family moved to Rochester. At this time he worked for Marshall Electric Corporation until he retired in April of 2005 after 28 years of service.

David enjoyed working with computers. Jazz and big band music were his favorites. He also enjoyed his Holiday Rambler Trailer, camping and traveling with the Holiday Rambler Club of Lafayette for several years. He traveled with his wife and daughter Pam to several destinations including Ireland, Switzerland and an Alaskan cruise, which were among his favorites. Another favorite memory was an adventure to Arizona with daughter Paula and family.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, at home; three daughters, Pamela Handy and husband Keith, Lafayette, Carla Merrill and husband Rick, Apache Junction, Ariz., and Paula Murphy and husband Richard, Rochester. Also surviving are one niece, Connie Woodworth, Richmond; two nephews, Philip Reid, Cambridge City, and Jon Reid, Lafayette; two grandsons, Benjamin and Justin Murphy, Rochester; six stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ida K. Reid; two brothers, Philip Reid and Carrol K. Reid.

Friends may visit with the family from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. A celebration of David's life will follow at 5:30 p.m., with the Rev. Chris Dodson officiating. Interment will be at Goodland Cemetery in Goodland. Friends of the family are invited to attend the graveside service at 1 p.m. Central time Sunday. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Jeffrey Lynn Wheeler

May 20, 1966-May 1, 2007

Jeffrey Lynn WHEELER, 40, of Nyona Lake, went to be with our Lord Tuesday at his residence. He was born May 20, 1966.

He was a construction worker in Arizona for several years and also formerly worked for Fulton Industries, Rochester.

Jeff loved to hike, camp, fish and was very much a family man. He was an avid NASCAR fan and Jeff Gordon was his man. Jeff also liked to help handicapped children. Several years ago, Jeff's illness took most of these loves away from him.

Jeffrey leaves behind his wife, Renee Lynn Wheeler, and three daughters, Shelby Lynn, Harley Lynn and Chrissy Lynn Wheeler, all of Nyona Lake. Also surviving are his parents, Ron and Vicki Wheeler of Kewanna; two brothers, Robert Wheeler of Indiana and Christopher Wheeler of Show Low, Ariz.; an uncle, Jesse J. Sutton (Anni), Kewanna; two aunts, Sandra Shrader (Ron) of Topsham, Maine, and Karen Nava Smith of Lakeside, Ariz.; in-laws, Ron and Bonnie Gendron, Cottage Grove, Tenn.; best friends, Ron Vorhees and Timothy Kruse. Jeff also leaves behind many cousins in Indiana and Arizona that he dearly loved. Preceding him in death were his grandparents Vernon Dale Sutton and Gloria Jean Benedict Sutton.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the funeral home for expenses. A private memorial service will be held. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Col. Ronald D. Durkes

Feb. 14, 1936-May 4, 2007

Col. Ronald D. Durkes, USAF retired, 71, passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday in Fort Wayne.

He was born in Fulton County and raised in Rochester. Ron retired from the Air Force on Aug. 1, 1995, with 40-plus years of service to his country, including the 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard. During his service, Ron received numerous decorations, awards and ribbons.

He was a member of the National Guard Association, Air Force Association and Military Officers Association of America.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; daughters, Debra K. Durkes, Fort Wayne, and Diane A. (Jim) Starnes, Cromwell; a son, Gary L., Fort Wayne; a sister, Janice Mitchell, Pittsboro; a grandson, Adam Durkes; granddaughters, Alexa Durkes and Whitley Starnes; sisters-in-law, Peg Durkes and Marylou Durkes, both of Rochester; 11 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur H. and Ruth I. Durkes; a baby sister, Lois Ann Durkes; brothers, James M. and William Lynn Durkes; and brother-in-law, Ed Newcomb.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 420 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association of Allen County.

Ralph J. Fox

March 16, 1931-May 4, 2007

Ralph J. FOX, 76, of 6155 E. Washington St., Monterey, died at 6:41 p.m. Friday at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Born in Plymouth, he was the son of Fred and Elizabeth Winter Fox. He lived in Monterey most of his life.

He married Christine M. Penksa on Nov. 17, 1956, in Monterey. She survives.

Ralph served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Dean Foods, Rochester. He worked there for 40 years and never missed a day of work the entire time.

He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both in Monterey.

A former clerk-treasurer and a member of the Monterey Town Board, he also served on the Monterey-Tippecanoe Township Library Board. He was a former member of the Monterey Lions Club.

He was a tireless volunteer for many causes in Monterey and was instrumental in the awarding of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money for improvements to the community.

He was the grand marshal for the Monterey Days parade in 2000 and was known as the un-official Mayor of Monterey. The Culver Kiwanis Club is posthumously awarding him with a Community Service Award today.

He liked planes, trains and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Christine M. Fox, Monterey; daughter, Victoria E. Fox, Vista, Calif.; son, Ronald J. (Thelma) Fox, Leiters Ford; daughter, Ann K. (Dennis) Plummer, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; daughter, Sarah J. Fox, Kokomo; daughter, Angela (Chuck) Arnett, Destin, Fla.; son, Randal J. (Airetta) Fox, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; grandson, Khristopher Kowatch; granddaughter, Autum Kowatch; grandsons, Joshua Fox, Cory Fox and Austin Plummer; granddaughter, Madyson Plummer; grandson, Benjamin Muller; granddaughters, Elizabeth Arnett Clause, Britnie Arnett and Brandy Fox; grandson, Ty Fox; granddaughter, Katie Fox; and great-grandson, Kyle Kowatch. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Ziegler, Walburg, Texas; brothers, Clem Fox, Carl Fox, both of Plymouth, Father Thomas Fox, Remington, Lloyd Fox, Winamac, Donald Fox, Logansport, Richard Fox and Kenneth Fox, both of Plymouth; sister, Rose Ann Fox Master, Monterey; and brother, James Fox, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and three brothers, Paul Fox, Robert Fox and Theodore Fox.

His funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Monterey, with the Rev. Bert Woolson, Father Thomas Fox and Msgr. Robert Sell III officiating. Burial will be at St. Anne's Cemetery, Monterey, where military graveside rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A Scriptural wake service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.frainmortuary.com.

William 'Bill' R. Mikesell

May 13, 1930-May 6, 2007

William "Bill" R. MIKESELL, 76, of 4005 19B Road, Tippecanoe, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

William "Bill" was born on May 13, 1930, in Fulton, the son of Harold and Frances (Lemmon) Mikesell. After graduation from Fulton High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot during the Korean War. After being married and upon his discharge from the Air Force, Bill returned to Indiana to farm, work for NIPSCO and retire. He resided predominantly in Marshall County.

He is survived by his daughter, Frances D. Mikesell, Louisiana; sister, Marjorie Terpstra, Rochester; one niece and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marlon Dale Mikesell; and brothers, Paul Mikesell and Harold Mikesell.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Edna Mae Shewman

Edna Mae SHEWMAN, 91, of 836 E. Walnut St., Akron, Died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Survivors include three sons, Con Shewman, Harold Shewman, both of Akron, and Royce Shewman, Muncie, and a sister, Marianne Fruitt, North Manchester.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Akron Church of the Brethern. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Tuesday May 8, 2007

Edna Mae Shewman

May 3, 1916-May 6, 2007

Edna Mae SHEWMAN 91, of 836 E. Walnut St., Akron, died at 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

The daughter of Ray and Hazel Miller Butterbaugh, she was born on the family farm near North Manchester in Wabash County. She graduated from Laketon High School in 1935.

On July 1, 1936, she married Ralph E. Shewman at her family's farm. He passed away on Jan. 11, 2000.

A homemaker, she was also the bookkeeper at South End Motors Ford dealership in Akron from 1945 to 1989. She and her husband co-owned the dealership. She also was co-owner of the B-K Root Beer Stand on Akron's south end for more than 12 years. In earlier years, she and her husband had a dairy farm.

She was a member of Akron Church of the Brethren for more than 60 years. She was treasurer for many years and secretary of the women's organization.

She enjoyed being with her family, being outdoors and taking care of her flowers.

Survivors include three sons, Con and wife Sherri Shewman, Harold and wife Janice Shewman, all of Akron, and Royce and wife Sally Shewman, Muncie; a daughter-in-law, Carol Ann Shewman, Akron; a sister, Marianne and husband Eldon Fruitt, North Manchester; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Shewman, on July 25, 2006; two sisters, Eileen Blocher and Cleo Wagoner; and three brothers, Bob, Don and Leon Butterbaugh.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Akron Church of the Brethren, 212 S. Maple St., with Pastors David Hendry and Steve Fleck officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorials may be made to Akron Church of the Brethren.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Esther Irene Kopka

Esther Irene KOPKA, 74, of 313 N. Grove St., Argos, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Gordon, Logansport, and Lenora Kopka, Argos.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with visitation from 11

a.m. until the time of service Thursday.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sonja Geiger

Sonja GEIGER, 66, of 1106 Franklin St., Rochester, died at

7:45 a.m. today at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Jeff Tyler

Jeff TYLER, 52, of 2584 E. 200 North, Rochester, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Sonja 'Sunny' Lou Geiger

June 29, 1940-May 10, 2007

Sonja "Sunny" Lou GIEGER, 66, of 1106 Franklin St., Rochester, died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of Paul and Gene Johnston Mattix. On June 8, 1974, she married Charles "Dick" Geiger. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1981.

She was the former owner of Chamberlain's and The Dugout, both of Rochester. She was the past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Eagles Lodge and VFW.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Rogers and husband Richard, Akron, and Sherri Eiler and husband Rodney, Gaston; a son, James Ranstead and wife Renee, Osceola; nine grandchildren, Michael Rogers, Kurt Rogers, Jason Ranstead, Candy Rogers, Joshua Ranstead, Jeremy Ranstead, Jared Ranstead, Jacob Ranstead and Jacob Eiler; seven great-grandchildren; and nephews, Matthew Nard and Andrew Nard. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and a nephew.

Her funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Rodney Eiler officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the service Saturday. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Gertrude L. McCroskey

Gertrude L. McCROSKEY, 85, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, passed away at 5:40 a.m. today at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Jeffrey Marvin Tyler

Jeffrey Marvin TYLER, 52, of 2584 E. 200 North, Rochester, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, at home; eight daughters, Elizabeth Ray Justice, Etna Green, Amy Tyler, Pueblo, Colo., Elizabeth Anne Kuhn and Kathleen Mary Clark, both of Rochester, Patricia Diane Evans, Appleton, Wis., Lisa Blair, Culver, Priscilla Nelson, Monticello, and Jennifer Hamilton, Monticello; and three sons, Jeffrey Marvin Jr. Long, Churubusco, John Stockberger, Culver, and Dan Schidler, Rochester.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Sadie Rae Lindsey

Aug. 27, 1950-May 9, 2007

Sadie Rae LINDSEY, 56, Peru, passed away at 11 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

She was born on Aug. 27, 1950, in Portland, Ore., to Leonard

C. and Sadie P. (Elder) Lewis. On Feb. 9, 1974, she married James Lindsey. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2000.

She was a homemaker, former apartment manager and a talented artist.

Survivors include one daughter, Tina Rae Finnegan Raider, Peru; three grandchildren, Nash, Austin and Clay Raider; two sisters, Penny B. Finnegan, Rochester; Peggy J. Owings, Rusk, Tex.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and one brother, Leonard Lewis.

Her funeral service is Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Hoe, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with Pastor Butch Troke officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 11

a.m. until the time of the service.  Burial will take place at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rochester.

Gertrude L. McCroskey

May 13, 1920-May 11, 2007

Gertrude L. McCROSKEY, 85, of 340 E. 18th Street., Rochester, formerly of Fulton passed away at 5:40 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

She was born on May 13, 1921, in Fulton County, the daughter of Carl and Bessie (Graft) Michael. On Nov. 4, 1941, in Fulton, she married Randall McCroskey. He preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1990.

Mrs. McCroskey retired from the U.S. Post Office in Fulton. She was a member of the Fulton Wesleyan church.  She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

 Survivors include her daughters, Margaret Ditto, Kendallville, and Carol and husband Robert Macy, Rochester; grandchildren, Kim and husband Neal Stalhiem, Anderson, and Todd and wife Angel Ditto, Kendallville; great-grandchildren, Emily Ditto and Ethan Krus, both of Kendallville; nephews, Robert and wife Marilyn Bevington, Indianapolis, Raymond and wife Nancy Bevington, Kokomo, Paul and wife Christine Rouch and Dwight and Delores Stout, all of Bunker Hill.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Richard Dean officiating. Friends may call from noon until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery, northwest of Fulton.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Deane Henry Simpson

Deane Henry SIMPSON, 77, Port Ludlow, Wash., formerly of Fulton County, died May 3.

Survivors include his wife Joan; children, Diane Johnson Kithcart, Nordland, Wash., Debra Saint, Eatonville, Wash., and Mark Simpson, Newport, Wash.; and siblings, Neil Simpson, Seattle, Wash., Barbara Davidson, Olympia, Wash., and Leda Harlan, Okanagan, Wash.

A service will be Sunday, May 20 at the Saint home in Eatonville.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mark E. Howdeshell

Feb. 3, 1964-May 12, 2007

Mark E. HOWDESHELL, 43, of 787 W. Eighth St., Rochester, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday at home.

Born in East Chicago, he was the son of Malcolm L. and Lona

A. Henderson Howdeshell.

A 1982 graduate of Kewanna High School, he lived most of his life in Fulton County. He later graduated from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering.

He married Pam Milner on May 15, 1993, at the Burton Church in Fulton County He worked as a quality engineer/manager for T. I. Automotives in Ossian. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the Manitou Moose Lodge and Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Rochester. He enjoyed golf, softball, all music and was an avid reader. He was also interested in motorcycles and classic cars.

He is survived by his wife, Pam Howdeshell, at home; a daughter, Stacey Allen and husband Elliott, Fishers; a son, Dr. Cory Zent, DDS, and wife RaeAnn, Fishers; a grandson, Collin Allen, Fishers; a sister, Rosalie Harrison and husband Mike, Port Orange, Fla.; and four brothers, James Pearcy and wife Jeanne, McHenry, Ill., Malcolm L. Howdeshell and wife Lora, Rochester, Patrick Howdeshell and wife Tracy, Rochester, and Matthew C. Howdeshell, Akron. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Mark Spencer officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday. Mark's family is establishing the Mark A. Howdeshell Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Envelopes for his fund are available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Claude ‘Skip’ Jameson

Claude “Skip” JAMESON, 78, of 7577 N. 550 East, Rochester, died at 9:34 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Gertrude L. McCroskey

May 13, 1921-May 11, 2007

Gertrude L. McCROSKEY, 85, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, formerly of Fulton, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

She was born on May 13, 1921, in Fulton County, the daughter of Carl and Bessie (Graft) Michael. On Nov. 4, 1941, in Fulton, she married Randall McCroskey. He preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1990.

Mrs. McCroskey retired from the U.S. Post Office in Fulton. She was a member of the Fulton Wesleyan Church. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

 Survivors include her daughters, Margaret Ditto, Kendallville, and Carol and husband Robert Macy, Rochester; grandchildren, Kim and husband Neal Stalhiem, Anderson, and Todd and wife Angel Ditto, Kendallville; great-grandchildren, Emily Ditto and Ethan Krus, both of Kendallville; nephews, Robert and wife Marilyn Bevington, Indianapolis, Raymond and wife Nancy Bevington, Kokomo, Paul and wife Christine Rouch and Dwight and Delores Stout, all of Bunker Hill.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Richard Dean officiating. Friends may call from noon until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery, northwest of Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Jean 'A.J.' Mattice Nylin

March 6, 1921-May 11, 2007

Jean "A.J." Mattice NYLIN, 86, of 1006 Wabash Avenue, Rochester, passed away at 4:17 p.m. Friday at Howard Regional Health Systems, Kokomo.

She was born on March 6, 1921, in Illinois, the daughter of Max and Myra Davis Mattice. She married Carl "Tiny" Nylin. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Nylin worked for a stockbroker for many years. An accomplished musician, Jean and her husband performed for more than 56 years as the musical group, Jean and Tiny, "The Old Smoothies." She was a member of the American Legion, and had been a member at the Moose and Eagles lodges. She enjoyed playing music, socializing with her friends at the American Legion and playing cards.

Survivors include her nephews, Bruce and wife Sara Mattice, Macy, Wayne and wife Mary Mattice, Peru, Michael J. Mattice, Peru; and close friend, Carol Mevis, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her brother, Maurice Edmund Mattice, and nephews, Jack Mattice and Robert Mattice.

No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Steven Bruce Mattice Memorial Scholarship through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@ rtcol.com.

Verna O. Whitesell

Verna O. WHITESELL, 85, Mason Health Care Center, Warsaw, died at 3:35 a.m. today at the nursing home.  Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Carol A. Damron

Carol A. DAMRON, 57, of 1614 Idlewild Drive, Rochester, died at 3:22 a.m. today at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

June R. Large Holloway

June R. Large HOLLOWAY, 83, of 1311 Hill Street, Rochester, died at 10:18 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Claude 'Skip' Jameson Jr.

April 21, 1929-May 13, 2007

Claude "Skip" JAMESON Jr., 78, of 7577 N. 550 East, Rochester, died at 9:34 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, following a sudden illness.

Born in Mishawaka, he was the son of Claude and Treva Grundish Jameson. A 1948 graduate of Talma High School, he lived in the community for the past 65 years.

On Feb. 11, 1956, in Rochester, he married Harriet Ann Fultz. They later divorced.

A union electrician, he retired in 1991. He was a member of IBEW Local No. 668 for 50 years.

He was a U.S. Army and Navy veteran of the Korean War. He belonged to the LeRoy Shelton American Legion for 50 years and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was also a member of Talma United Methodist Church, the Elks Lodge and Eagles Lodge of Rochester, the Mentone Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and St. Joseph Valley and Fort Wayne Shrine clubs. He was an avid golfer, who loved to fish in Minnesota and to garden.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary E. Jameson, Perkasie, Pa.; a son, Charles "Skip" Jameson, Rochester; two grandchildren, Chelsea Louise Jameson and Trenton Wesley Jameson of Rochester; three nieces, Betsy Gilder of Ohio, Susan Matthews of Texas and Dana Daake, Rochester; a nephew, David Daake, Rochester; and a brother-in-law, Vitte Rudnickas of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Joanne Jameson; and two sisters, Janice Rudnickas and Sandra Daake.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike Beezley officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Claypool. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday. The LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct military graveside rites. Memorials may be made to the LeRoy Shelton American Legion. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Verna O. Whitesell

Verna O. WHITESELL, 85, Mason Health Care Center, Warsaw, died Monday at the nursing home.

Survivors include her sister, Julianne Thompson, Mentone.

A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mentone Cemetery. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Carol A. Damron

April 24, 1950-May 15, 2007

Carol A. DAMRON, 57, of 1614 Idlewild Drive, Rochester, passed away at 3:22 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

She was born on April 24, 1950, in Rochester, the daughter of Ronald L. and Nilah G. (Edwards) Baber. She was a 1967 graduate of North Miami High School. During high school, she attended school in Guam for several years while her family was stationed there. She enjoyed extensive traveling in the Far East during her high school years. After graduation, she traveled throughout Europe. On April 17, 1971, at the Macy United Methodist Church, Macy, she married David P. Damron and he survives.

Mrs. Damron had been a distribution clerk, field record clerk and service technician for Northern Indiana Public Service Company. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, boating, flowers, fix-it projects, traveling and spending time with her family.

 Survivors include her husband, David P. Damron, Rochester; son, Kyle and wife Megan Damron, Somerset, Ky.; brother, Rick L. and wife Teresa Baber, Rochester; sister, Barbara and husband Ed Brown, Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Rick Taylor officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or to Grace United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

June R. Large Holloway

June 13, 1923-May 14, 2007

Our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Wife, June R. HOLLOWAY, 83, passed away quietly at Life Care Center in Rochester on Monday, May 14, 2007, at 10:18 p.m., surrounded by family.

June was born on June 13, 1923, near Lake Bruce, Indiana, to Perry and Goldie (Wilson) Guise. June went to school at Leiters Ford and graduated in 1941 as valedictorian of her class.

On Feb. 14, 1942, she married Delbert E. "Sam" Large in Rochester, before Sam was shipped off to war in Europe. She was married to Sam for 44 wonderful years until his death in February 1986. They had two children, Sandra Sue and Ronald E. Large. Sandy predeceased Sam and June in May 1967.

June worked at Berkway Supermarket about 15 years. After Sandy's death, she stayed home to raise her grandchildren. She later worked at Safeway Steel Products for 21 years and retired in 1990.

June was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and was a longtime volunteer at Woodlawn Hospital.

On July 3, 2003, she married Marvin Holloway. Marvin and June had four wonderful years together.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Holloway; son, Ron Large and wife Marny Livingston of Woodinville, Wash.; four grandchildren, Gary Basham and wife Lynn of Austin, Texas, Greg Basham and wife Carleen of Rochester, Tim Large and Chris Large, both of Woodinville, Wash.; five great-grandchildren, Amanda Basham of Austin, Texas, Nathanael, Matthew and Adam Basham of Rochester and Ryan Basham of Tippecanoe, Ohio; one stepgranddaughter, Polly and husband Jeff Irwin of Akron; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Jacob and Jamin Irwin of Akron. Also predeceasing June were her brothers, Wilson Guise and his wife Lucy and Milo Guise; her sister, Beuna Vesta Buckingham and her husband Eugene Buckingham; and an infant sister.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Will Lawson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Burial will be at Lake Bruce Cemetery, Lake Bruce. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to the family via zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Helen E. Huffman

Helen E. HUFFMAN, 85, Kewanna, died at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

Brenda Sue Stevens

Brenda Sue STEVENS, 67, of 9033 W. Olson Road, Delong, died Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Helen E. Huffman

Oct. 2, 1921-May 15, 2007

Helen E. HUFFMAN, 85, Kewanna, passed away at 11:04 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

Born on Oct. 2, 1921, in Grass Creek, she was the daughter of the late Thurman and Vera (Lower) Huffman.

Helen was a 1939 graduate of Grass Creek High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Thomas Hardware in Grass Creek, retiring after 40 years.

She was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church and the Wayne Township Extension Homemakers. Her hobbies included jigsaw puzzles, reading, and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include a brother, Carl D. Huffman (Charlotte), Camden; nieces, Rita Ault (Carl), Rochester, Elaine Hartigan (Jack), Sparta, N.J., Carol Huffman, Fulton, and Judy Schock (Bill), Delphi; nephews, Alan Huffman (Jessica), Brownsburg, and David Huffman (Marcia), Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Donald and Albert Huffman.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grass Creek United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jan Moyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Grass Creek Cemetery, Grass Creek. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Grass Creek UMC, South State Road 17, Kewanna, IN 46939. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Juanita Faye Johnson

Juanita Faye JOHNSON, 67, of 2473 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Mark Jones

May 9, 1915-May 14, 2007

Graveside services for Mark JONES, 92, of Royal Center, will be at Royal Center Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Jones died at 8:46 p.m. Monday at his residence.

Born May 9, 1915, in Bloomington, he was the son of the late Orville E. and Zedda Mae (Brown) Jones. On Jan. 29, 1938, he married Dorothy B. Campbell and she survives.

He was a member and former superintendent of Zion United Methodist Church, Lucerne.

Mr. Jones attended Purdue University's short course in agriculture. He was a lifelong farmer who was passionate about agriculture and animals.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy B. Jones, Royal Center; two sons, Michael E. Jones of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Mark A. Jones (Karen) of Chicago, Ill.; a daughter, Tona M. Catavolos (George) of Zionsville; two brothers, Loren Jones (Jinny) of Fort Wayne and Roy Jones (Helen) of Star City; a sister, Mary Lou Parker (Verdele) of Lafayette; six grandchildren, Michelle Drajeske, Denise Rebeor, Mackenzie and Calli Jones, Lindsay and Stephanie Catavolos; five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Marisa Drajeske, Reagan, Tori and Lexi Rebeor. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Landis and Max Jones.

Pastor Greig Crowder will officiate at the services. Burial will be at Royal Center Cemetery, Royal Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Cass Transit, 115 S. Sixth St., Logansport, IN 46947. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Brenda Sue Stevens

Dec. 14, 1939-May 15, 2007

Brenda Sue STEVENS, 67, of 9033 W. Olson Road, Delong, died at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday at her residence.

Born in Morgan County, Ky., she was the daughter of Herman and Geneva (Collins) Collins. On Jan. 14, 1956, in Morehead, Ky., she married Stanley F. Stevens. They moved here from Morehead in 1965.

A homemaker, Brenda's family was paramount in her life. She was a loyal wife to Stanley, a loving mother to her six children and an adoring grandmother to her grandchildren. She cherished the time she spent with them.

She also enjoyed nature, her flower garden and watching birds, especially hummingbirds.

Survivors include her spouse, Stanley Stevens, at home; a daughter, Judy Scroggs, Delong; five sons, Phillip Stevens and wife Brenda, Rochester, Tim Stevens, Delong, Ryan Stevens and wife Tina, Mark Stevens and wife Delana and Christopher Stevens and wife Raeanne, all of Culver; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jewel Lacy and husband Gerald, Morehead, Ky., and Erma Plank, Cincinnati, Ohio; three brothers, Frank Collins, Farmers, Ky., Robert Collins and wife Linda, Paintsville, Ky., and Bradley Collins and wife Linda, Morehead, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Terry Stevens; two grandsons, Lance and Joshua Stevens; a sister, Myrna Wagoner; and two brothers, Larry and Rick Collins.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Robert Collins officiating. Burial will be at Leiters Ford Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Diana Hogue

Diana HOGUE, 54, of 1173 S. 1075 East, Akron, died at 4:07

a.m. today at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Juanita Faye Johnson

May 7, 1940-May 16, 2007

Juanita Faye JOHNSON, 67, of 2473 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at her residence. She was in failing health for two months.

Born in Richmond, Mo., she was the daughter of Orville and Zelma Jeffers Judd. On May 17, 1957, she married Woody Johnson in Richmond, Mo. He survives at home.

She retired from Othy Inc., Warsaw, where she worked in quality control. She lived in the Mentone area for 30 years.

She is also survived by three daughters, Cheryl and husband Dan Sneed, Taylorville, Ill., Shelly Sill, LaPorte, and Denise and husband Mark Fisher, Rochester; a son, Dennis and wife Katria Johnson, Oakwood, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and a brother, Floyd and wife Shirley Judd, Richmond, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Billy, Vernon, Lloyd and Larry Judd.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Chaplain Tom Padberg officiating. At the family's request, there will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

Charles D. Marburger

March 13, 1949-May 16, 2007

Charles D. MARBURGER, 58, Peru, died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Willis D. "Bud" and Joyce Dillman Marburger. They survive in Peru. He graduated from North Miami High School in 1967.

Formerly the vice president of Marburger Ready Mix, he was also employed by D & B Ready Mix and Irving Materials. He retired in 1994.

He was a member of Denver Baptist Church. His hobbies included golfing, hunting and fishing, cars and just being outdoors.

He is also survived by a daughter, Jessica and husband Mike Shannon, Logansport; two sons, Jason Marburger, Peru, and Jeff Marburger, Mexico; a grandson, Conner Shannon; and a brother, Michael Marburger, Peru.

His funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with Pastor Stephen Bates officiating. Burial will be at Ever-Rest Memorial Park in Cass County. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to the Wabash-Miami County Home Health Care & Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.

Margaret V. Young

Margaret V. YOUNG, 97, of Miller's Merry Manor, Peru, formerly of the Gilead area, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Diana Gene Hogue

May 23, 1952-May 18, 2007 Diana Gene HOGUE, 54, 1173 S. 1075 East, Akron, died at

4:07 a.m. Friday at her residence surrounded by family.

She was born in Rochester to Dewitt 'Bud' Stafford and Marilyn Lahman. Her father passed away on April 12, 2005. On June 6, 1971, she married Bruce A. Hogue at the Akron Church of God. He survives.

She owned and operated Hogue Engines Inc. with her husband. She was a member of the Olive Branch Church of God. A 1970 graduate of Akron High School, she also helped with the Fulton-Marshall County Special Olympics. She was also in charge of concessions at the Akron Speedway go-cart track. She enjoyed all types of flowers, and enjoyed yard work and bird watching.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce; one daughter, Rhonda Hogue, Culver; one son, Steven and wife Aubrey Hogue, Akron; her mother, Marilyn, Akron; one granddaughter, Karli Hogue, Akron; one sister, Cheryl and husband Robert Robinson, North Manchester; one brother, Darwin and wife Brenda Stafford, Dayton, Tex. 

Funeral services are Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Rev. Lowell Burrus and Rev. Lawrence See officiating. Visitation is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Memorial contributions may be made to Diana's precious granddaughter Karli Hogue's educational fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Margaret Viola Young

Jan. 29, 1910-May 18, 2007

Margaret Viola YOUNG, 97, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Peru.

Formerly of the Gilead area, she lived at the nursing home since August 1995.

Born in Wabash County, she was the daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Rose Bell King Miller. She married Floyd E. Young on Nov. 6, 1928 in Gilead. Prior to his passing on Jan. 31, 2000, they were married for 78 years.

A homemaker, she was a member of Gilead United Methodist Church and the WCSC. She enjoyed sewing, baking, journaling and ceramics. She also liked to dress dolls of Presidents' wives in inaugural gowns and received a letter from the White House about the gowns.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanita Haupt, Fort Wayne; two sons, Ronald Young and wife Carolyn, Rochester, and James Young, Gilead; a sister, Sarah Garretson, Warren; a sister-in-law, Geneva Miller, Akron; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Beverly Fields and infant Lois Judy Young; a sister, Betty Gilbert; two brothers, George and Wesley Miller; a daughter-in-law, Rosalene Young; a son-in-law, Charles Haupt; a great-grandson, Ryan Bennett; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Thomas Craig officiating. Burial will be at Gilead Cemetery, Gilead. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gilead Cemetery, Wabash/Miami County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Sandra Marie 'Sis' Castellano

Sandra Marie "Sis" CASTELLANO (nee Santiago), 64, Rochester, formerly of Chicago, passed away Saturday afternoon surrounded by family.

She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Albert Sr., loving mother and best friend of Karen (Thomas) Barry, Albert (Lynette), Keith, Jean, Angelo and Christopher, cherished and admired grandmother of Christine, Jill, Melissa, Keith Jr., Nicole, Lauren, Michael, Jaclyn, Antoinette, Matthew and Bella, great-grandmother of Aubrey, loving and nurturing sister of Richard (Sue), Dennis (Kelly), Judy (Richard), Irene (Dan Bruner) Santiago and the late John, fond aunt of many nieces and nephews and friend to many.

She was the proud owner of Windy City Fireworks, Rochester.

Her funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Dalcamo Funeral Home, 470 W. 26th St., Chicago, Ill., 312-842-8681, to All Saints-St. Anthony Church, where mass will be at 9:30

a.m. Entombment will be at Holy Sepulchre Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Suite C, Plymouth, IN 46563.

Donald George Peter

March 4, 1936-May 19, 2007

Donald George PETER, 71, of rural Rochester, died Saturday, at 5:35 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. He was born March 4, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to Gerald W. and Lucille (Hewes) Peter.

He married Marilyn E. Raney in Homewood, Ill., on Feb. 1, 1957. He was a 1954 graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill. He was the director of missions advancement for the Church of God General Conference. He also worked for Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service in Wabash, Roann and North Manchester, was a wholesale agriculture salesman 25 years, owned the Auto Works Body Shop in Rochester, was an officer and co-founder of Modern Materials Inc, owned the Coast to Coast Hardware in Rochester 5 years, was superintendent for Sylvestri Paving in the Chicago area, and was a real estate broker.

Don was a member and Sunday School teacher at Olive Branch Church of God. He was also a member and past president of Gideons International. Don was a former member, Sunday School teacher, and elder of the Rochester First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 25 years. He was a former member of the board of directors and chairman of the retail merchants committee of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, a former member and past president of the Rotary Club, and former member of the Boy Scouts of America, both of Rochester.

Don was an avid Notre Dame fan, and loved antique autos, trucks and tractors. He also belonged to the American Historical Antique Truck Association. He also enjoyed his workshop and spending time with his grandchildren.

He lived his life according to Mark 16:15, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel."

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn E. Peter of Rochester; a son, Gregory A. (Julie A.) Peter of Rochester, daughters, Laura S. (Scott) Berkey of Goshen, Donna L. (DelRoy) Ortmann of Kokomo, a son, Daniel G. (Kelli R.) Peter of Lafayette, a daughter, Joellyn R. (Matt) Detjen of Roseville, Calif.; brother, Judd (Kay) Peter of Oswego, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a brother.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Olive Branch Church of God, Roann, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Olive Branch Church of God and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. The memorial guest book for Donald may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com. Preferred memorial is Church of God General Conference Missions Fund or Gideons International Rochester Camp.

Gary Schnapf

Gary SCHNAPF, 47, Royal Center, died Sunday at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center.

Sidney Elizabeth Wyatt

Infant Sidney Elizabeth WYATT was born and died shortly afterward on Friday, May 18, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include her parents, Mark and Jacqueline Gale (Keene) Wyatt, Warsaw, and a brother, Jamison Wyatt, Warsaw.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Gary M. Schnapf

May 29, 1959-May 20, 2007

Services for Gary M. SCHNAPF, 47, of Royal Center, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center.

Gary died at 2:51 p.m. Sunday in Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

Born May 29, 1959, in Logansport, he was the son of Don and Charlotte (Sommers) Schnapf; they survive.

He was a 1977 graduate of Caston High School and a 1981 Purdue University graduate.

He was a lifelong dairy farmer.

Gary was a 10-year member of the John Purdue Club, FFA and Fulton County 4-H, where he was a past 4-H leader in charge of the dairy barn. He was on a collegiate dairy judging team at Purdue University, where he also was a judge at local county fairs. Gary was on the Fulton County 4-H Council and National Dairy Shrine Club. He was a member of the county, state and Indiana-Michigan Dairy Testing Associations and a board member with the Indiana State Holstein Association.

Gary enjoyed going to sales and showing cattle. He showed at the Indiana State Fair and the National Dairy Show in Louisville for more than 30 years.

Surviving are his parents, Don and Charlotte Schnapf of Royal Center; cousins, Mark and Jodie Schnapf of Newburg, and Rita and Steve Meny of Haubstadt. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Benhardt and Nora Schnapf, and his maternal grandparents, Harold and Ersa Sommers.

Pastor David Sommers will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Grass Creek Cemetery, Grass Creek. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center. Online condolences may be made to www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Jeffrey Marvin Tyler

Aug. 6, 1954-May 9, 2007

Jeffrey Marvin TYLER, 52, of 2584 E. 200 North, Rochester, died at 2:10 p.m. May 9 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Ralph and Sara Rae Campbell Tyler. They preceded him in death.

A lifetime Rochester community resident, he married Jane Beighley on April 3, 1987, in Rochester. They were married 20 years in April.

He was employed as a painter by Craig Welding, Rochester. He was a U.S. Marine and served during the Vietnam era.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Tyler, at home; eight daughters, Elizabeth Ray Justice and husband Terry, Etna Green, Amy Tyler, Pueblo, Colo., Elizabeth Anne Kuhn and husband James Lee, Rochester, Kathleen Mary Clark and husband Mark, Rochester, Patricia Diane Evans and husband John, Appleton, Wis., Lisa Blair and husband Scott, Culver, Priscilla Nelson and husband Brandan, Monticello, and Jennifer Hamilton and husband Joe, Monticello; three sons, Jeffrey Marvin Jr. Long and wife Trisha, Churubusco, John Stockberger and wife Amy, Culver, Dan Shidler and wife Karen, Rochester; 23 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A gathering was held at 10 a.m. May 12 at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation an hour prior to the service. John Evans officiated. Burial was at Bruce Lake Cemetery. The LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars provided military rites.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Juanita E. Flora Birk

Juanita E. Flora BIRK, 87, Macy, passed away at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday at her daughter’s home near Kewanna.

Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Helen Whittenberger Swick

May 5, 1910-May 13, 2007

Helen SWICK, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., formerly of Burket, left to be with the Lord on May 13, 2007.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Swick; a son, Merrill Swick; a daughter, Frances Swick Lester; a grandson, Tony Lester; two granddaughters, Cynthia Swick and Denise Swick Kitlinger; and a great-grandson Scott Roy Swick.

Surviving are a sister, Joanna Martin, Elkhart; two sons, Donald Swick, Huachuca City, Ariz., and Franklin Swick, Herford, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Helen was a farmer/housewife in Indiana. She moved to Arizona in 1970. She practiced her Christian faith for the majority of her life and was a member of the Warsaw Church of God, and later, a member of the Nazarene Church of Bisbee, Ariz.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Juanita E. Flora Birk

Feb. 23, 1920-May 22, 2007

Juanita E. Flora BIRK, 87, Macy, passed away at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday at the home of her daughter near Kewanna.

Born in Jefferson Township on Feb. 23, 1920, she was the daughter of Dale and Honor Maus Flora.

On April 6, 1940, at the home of her parents, she was married to Edward F. Birk and he survives.

She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where she was active in the women's group. She was also a member of the Pleasant Hour Club and the Notables singing group of Rochester. She enjoyed making all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren quilts, afghans and doing all sorts of crafts. She especially enjoyed making Christmas tree ornaments. Her mission for her church was to send cards to all the sick and shut-ins and sending greetings to the members on their anniversaries and birthdays.

Survivors include her children, James E. Birk and his wife Margo, Defiance, Ohio, and Gloria Friedrich and her husband Larry, Kewanna; six grandchildren, Amy Seeman and her husband Dan, Greenfield, Dale Friedrich and his wife Regina, Pierceton, Sara Birk, Missoula, Mont., Megan Birk, Lafayette, Dana Birk and Abby Birk, both of Defiance, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Nataleigh Friedrich and Morgan Seeman; and a sister, Eunice Webster and her husband Richard, Rialto, Calif.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Wayne Balmer and Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund or to Hope Hospice.

Josephine Elizabeth Clayburn

Aug. 31, 1916-Nov. 10, 2006

Josephine Elizabeth CLAYBURN, R.N., age 90, of Fletcher, N.C., passed away on Nov. 10, 2006, at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher.

Josephine was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Rochester to Merrit Edward and Edith Constance Borden Clayburn, the oldest of four children.

She was a retired nurse, graduating from Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital, Fletcher, and working for a short time at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, before spending 20 years in overseas mission work.

Josephine first served in Nokuphila Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa, then Kanye Hospital in Botswana, Africa, before returning home to care for her ailing mother.

For the next 13 years, she served as director of nurses training at her alma mater. After the death of her parents, she returned to Africa, serving at Kendu Bay Hospital in Kenya, Africa.

She was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including several years with the Rochester congregation.

Survivors included brothers and sisters-in-law, William (who died March 5, 2007) and Helen Clayburn, Burleson, Texas, Oliver and Mary Clayburn, Summersville, Mo., Duane and Barbara Clayburn, Brunswick, Ga.; 12 nieces and nephews; 17 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 24 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Josephine was predeceased by her parents; two brothers who died in infancy; one niece and one nephew.

She left behind one aunt, Pauline Dunton, Benton Harbor, Mich.; several first and second cousins in northern Indiana and southern Michigan; and a host of friends around the world, all who will greatly miss her as she awaits the return of her Lord Savior.

A memorial service will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one and one-half miles north of Rochester on Old U.S. Hwy. 31, at 2 p.m. Monday.

William Edward Clayburn

June 9, 1922-March 5, 2007

William Edward CLAYBURN was born June 9, 1922, in Elkhart, the second of four children, to Merrit Edward and Edith Constance Borden Clayburn. He lived most of his early life in Fulton County. He attended Talma High School, where he graduated in 1940. Following high school, he attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., where he met Helen Ethella Wrenn. They were married Oct. 12, 1942, in Collegedale, Tenn. Six weeks later, he was inducted into the army.

After he was discharged, he returned to Rochester and they moved onto the Hobick place near Talma where they farmed.

He graduated from Andrews University with a B.S. degree in agriculture in 1950.

In 1954, he returned to Rochester, where he worked for Dean Milk Company for a time, sold Ford cars at Jennings Motors, and was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1956, he began teaching agriculture and science at Deedsville High School. In 1960, he received his M.S. degree in guidance and counseling from Purdue University, and for the remainder of his career worked as a counselor.

During his retirement years, he lived in Union Springs, N.Y. In the winter of 1998, he suffered a stroke and, upon release from the hospital, moved to a nursing home in Burleson, Texas, near his son, Gerald. He remained there until his death on March 5, 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; two brothers, Oliver and Duane; three sons, James, Robert and Gerald; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

There will be a joint memorial service with his late sister, Josephine, at 2 p.m. Monday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rochester and he will be interned in Reister Cemetery.

Marilyn R. Nicodemus

Marilyn R. NICODEMUS, 85, formerly of Rochester, died at 5

a.m. today at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Marilyn R. Nicodemus

Marilyn R. NICODEMUS, 85, of 585 E. Arnott Drive, Rensselaer, formerly of 1031 Elm St., Rochester, died at 5 a.m. Thursday at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

Survivors include a daughter Roberta DeHaan, Rensselaer; two sisters, Bernita "Ann" Miller, Rochester, and Marjorie DeWitt, Logansport; and two brothers, Lewis "Bob" Shambarger, Plymouth, and Herb Shambarger, Laketon.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Ebenezer Cemetery. There is no visitation. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mark A. Hardebeck

Aug. 28, 1962-May 23, 2007

Mark A. HARDEBECK, age 44, of Rochester and formerly of Elwood, died Wednesday in Rochester. He was born on Aug. 28, 1962, in Elwood.

Mark was employed by Deans Foods of Rochester for 18 years. He first started serving as a volunteer fireman in Hobbs for 3 years, for Pipecreek Volunteer Fire Department for 8 years and Rochester Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years.

He is survived by his parents, Jim and Anna Hardebeck of Elwood, and his mother, Shirley Reeves of Elwood; three daughters, Brooklyn Hardebeck, Haley Hardebeck and Holly Hardebeck, all of Elwood; two sisters, Rhonda Mousty of Anderson and Brenda and husband Jeff Moss of Amboy; a brother, Richard and wife Wilma Hardebeck of Elwood; siblings, David and wife Ann Coubert of Warsaw, Mike Coubert and Robert Coubert of Elwood, Ed and wife Kitina Gordon of Elwood, Sue and husband Jeff Little of Goshen, Carmie and husband Dave Frye of Elwood, Fanny Coubert of Elwood; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dick and Naomi Hardebeck, and brother Mark Coubert.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dunnichay Funeral Home, 1113 S. Anderson St., Elwood, with Pastors Walt Weaver and Bill Chappel officiating. Burial will be at Elwood Cemetery Association in Elwood. Visitation will be from 2

p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests memorials be made to: Mark's Children's Trust Fund through the funeral home or Star Bank.

Lois 'Jean' Gundrum

Lois 'Jean' GUNDRUM, 62, 1240 W., Ind. 114, Fulton, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Friday at her residence.

Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

Brenda Sue Bagwell

Sept. 24, 1962—May 24, 2007

Brenda Sue BAGWELL, 44, (1925 Colonial Heritage) Vernon St., Wabash, and formerly of Mentone, passed away Thursday at her residence.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Anthony Jr., Warsaw; Michael James Flowers, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Joshua Lee Bagwell, Wabash; one sister, Melissa Dawn Shepherd, Scottown, Ohio; three brothers, Olen Shepherd Jr., Mentone; John Shepherd, Warsaw; Donald Ray Shepherd, Warsaw.

Visitation is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Burial is at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Monday, May 28, 2007

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Jessyca Jo Colwell

Jessyca Jo COLWELL, 29, of Mishawaka, passed away Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

Survivors include her infant son, Sawyer Dallas Burke, Mishawaka; her parents, Roland and Carla Colwell, Kewanna; a twin brother, Joshua Colwell, Rochester, and a sister, Cari Brown, Rochester.

Her funeral service was at 5 p.m. Monday at Budd Funeral Chapel, Mishawaka.

Rev. Ross Dean Cook

Sept. 26, 1931-May 25, 2007

The Rev. Ross Dean COOK, 75, of 555 N. Williams St., Nappanee, died at 6:26 p.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa.

Born in Miami County, he was the son of Horace D. and Ethel White Cook. He married Lois Anglin on Sept. 1, 1979, in Nappanee.

He was a graduate of Butler High School, Manchester College and Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Ill.

A retired Methodist minister, he was affiliated with the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He served churches in Liberty Mills, Rochester, Burr Oak and Pretty Lake, Roanoke, South Whitley, Syracuse, Howe, Freemont and Leo.  He was also on the staff of Bashor Home.

He moved to Nappanee in 1996.

He was a member of the Lions Club and Rotary Club and enjoyed John Deere tractors.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Cook; daughters, Rita (Mark) Pitman, Tomah, Wis., Diane Stewert, Cicero; a son, Gary (Annie) Cook, Syracuse; stepdaughters, Jill (Mike) Boleman, Douglasville, Ga., and Joan (Dan) Krieg, Fort Wayne; stepsons, Mike (Jennifer) Anglin and Tom (Kathy) Anglin of Nappanee; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his former wife, Charolotte Morrrill, Syracuse; sisters, Ruth Hunt, Amboy , and Doris (Richard) Kuntz, Oregon City, Ore.; and a brother, Dale Cook, Peru.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Nappanee United Methodist Church, with the pastor of the church, Rev., David Harrold, officiating. Burial will be at Bremen Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 950 N. Main St., Nappanee, and one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Sunshine Unit at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa.

Lois ‘Jean’ Gundrum

June 25, 1944-May 25, 2007

Lois “Jean” GUNDRUM, 62, of 1240 W. Indiana 114, Fulton, died unexpectedly at 4:45 a.m. Friday at her residence.

Born in Fulton, she was the daughter of Francis Marvin and Naomi Ruth Pickens Tyler.  She lived most of her life in the Fulton County area except for seven years, when she lived in Jackson, Mich.  She attended Rochester High School.

She was first married to Leelis T. Carpenter on Nov. 14, 1959, in Rochester, and then later married Bernard W. Gundrum on April 9, 1999, in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 2006.

A homemaker, she enjoyed collectibles, especially glassware, watches and jewelry. She loved gardening.  She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, all of Rochester.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah S. Carpenter, Jackson, Mich.; two grandsons, Joshua Roark, Jackson Mich., and Brian Roark and wife Tammy, Kewanna; four great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Zoe, Alyssa and Joey Roark, Kewanna; two stepsons, Richard Gundrum and wife Karyn, Logansport, and Mark Gundrum and wife Brenda Fulton; two stepgrandchildren; Emma Gundrum of Logansport and Adam Gundrum of Twelve Mile; four sisters, Elnora Sayger and husband Jack, Clymenia Halterman and husband Willis, Judy Kuhn and husband Chuck, Mona Snook and husband Philip, all of Rochester; three brothers, Billy Tyler and wife Donna, Paul Tyler and wife Sandy, and Jim Tyler and companion Betty, all of Rochester; nieces and nephews; and her beloved schnauzer, Tuffy.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband ; and two brothers, Ralph and Melvin Tyler.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at Bruce Lake Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.  Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. 

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Jane Gaumer Mills

Nov. 6, 1938-May 25, 2007

Carolyn Jane Gaumer MILLS, 68, of Silverton, Ore., passed away on Friday morning in the home of one of her sons.

Jane was born Nov. 6, 1938, in Rochester, the daughter of Leonard and Mabel Gaumer. She graduated from Rochester High School where she developed a lifelong interest in studying history, especially in the field of genealogy. Over the years, she had pieced together a very extensive family record.

Growing up in Rochester, Jane enjoyed playing tennis and attending baseball games with her father. As an adult, she enjoyed following the many sporting activities that her grandchildren were involved in. 

Jane married Kent Mills of Rochester in 1956 and had four children. She moved to Oregon in 1982, finally settling in Silverton. Of the many things that she was involved in, one of the most important to her was helping to improve the lives of the local Hispanic population. She taught adult English as a Second Language classes and assisted many people in the community with language issues. Jane was very well read and loved to travel.

She is survived by her four children: Dan, Jay and Karen of Silverton and Brady of Rockport, Texas. Jane also was very proud of her six grandchildren: Kari, Matt, Randall, John, Nathan and Sarah, all of Salem, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, John Gaumer.

Carol L. Morris

Carol L. MORRIS, 59, of 735 Madison St., Rochester, died at

6:05 a.m. today at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Helen Sherman 'Pam' Parmalee

June 24, 1914-May 28, 2007

Helen Sherman "Pam" PARMALEE, 92, of Life Care Center, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center.

Pam was born on June 24, 1914, in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Daniel W. and Edna (Sherman) Parmalee. She attended school in Rochester, N.Y., until her last year of high school, when she graduated from San Diego High School in 1932. She attended Los Angeles Junior College and the Ernest Belcher School of Dance. With her dance partner, Louise Davidson, who preceded her in death, she traveled extensively overseas on USO Shows and appeared on national theater circuits and television shows with such celebrities as Gertrude Lawrence, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucille Ball, Pee Wee King, Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Band, among others.

She owned and operated the Pamela and Louise Dance Studio in Plymouth and Peru for 20 years and in Rochester for 46 years until retiring in 1999. She choreographed several shows for the Fulton County Players. From 1954 to 1974, the studio did the choreography for the Plymouth High School choir and band shows and in the 1980s for the Tippecanoe Valley High School choir. From 1976, she was a correspondent for the Logansport Pharos-Tribune and the South Bend Tribune and Fulton County reporter for WNZE Radio, Plymouth.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Eagles and Moose auxiliaries, AARP, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts, and the Rochester Arts Commission and the Toastmasters Clubs.

Survivors include one nephew, Lonnie Parmalee, Union City, Calif., and two great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 6

p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pam Parmalee Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to zimmerman bros@rtcol.com

Jeff Wentzel

Sept. 28, 1957-May 26, 2007 Jeff WENTZEL, 49, of 5808 N. Indiana 25, Delphi, died at

9:13 p.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette. He was in failing health since December. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Norman and Shirley

Scheets Wentzel. His father preceded him in death.

He graduated from Rochester High School in 1976, and lived most of his life in Rochester. He moved to Delphi in 1991.

On Aug. 22, 1986, in Las Vegas, Nev., he married Janet Sharon Jared.

He was a truck driver for Venture Logistics of Lafayette for the past two years.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Wentzel, Delphi; a son, Dustin Wentzel, Logansport; a stepdaughter, Shelia Maloney, Logansport; stepgrandchildren, Hailey and O'Rion Maloney of Logansport; his mother, Shirley Wentzel, Rochester; a brother, David Wentzel, Rochester; a niece, Mandi Thompson, Rochester; a nephew, John David Wentzel, Rochester. In addition to his father, who died Oct. 13, 2006, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jodi Thompson, on Dec. 11, 2005; a stepdaughter, Lana Slease; and his father-in-law, James Jared.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to assist with medical bills. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Kermit M. Zent

Feb. 14, 1933-May 26, 2007 Kermit M. ZENT, 74, of 7611 E. 600 North, Rochester, died at

4:39 a.m. Saturday at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. He was seriously ill for four days. Born in Fulton County, he was the son of R. Earl and Elma

Bybee Zent. He graduated from Talma High School in 1951. A lifetime area resident, he married Nellie L. Christian on July 22, 1951, in Mentone. She died Dec. 31, 2003. On Nov. 19, 2005, he married Joan Welborn in Mentone, and she survives.

He was a farmer and also worked for several years at Craig Welding & Manufacturing, Mentone. He also worked part time at Niff-Corr Inc., Tippecanoe.

He was also a member of the Fulton County Historical Power Association. He enjoyed his farm and showing his restored tractors in shows and parades.

He was a very faithful member of First Baptist Church, Mentone.

In addition to his wife, Joan Zent, Rochester, he is survived by two daughters, Sherry and husband Dan Flenar, Columbia City, and Susie Zent, Tipton; two stepsons, Ernie and wife Bonnie Welborn, Milwaukee, Wis., and Gary and wife Sharon Welborn, Bourbon; five grandchildren; Scott Jones, Marisa Jones, Sarah and husband Matt Rose, Amanda Flenar and Adam Flenar; two great-grandchildren, Greg and Genna Rose; four stepgrandchildren, Amy Middaugh, Alissa Worsham, Brent and wife Amy Welborn, and Kristin and husband Dan McKendrek; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Tucker Everett Worsham, Maclain and Samantha Middaugh, and Bennett, Eve and Johanna Welborn; and a sister, Louise and husband Ron Gillum, Mesa, Ariz.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Michael Wilhite and Pastor Brad McGuire officiating. Burial will be at Sycamore Cemetery, southwest of Mentone. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Mentone.

Wednesday, Mary 30, 2007

Calvin Gene Lessing

Nov. 9, 1925-May 23, 2007

Calvin Gene LESSING, 82, of 683 Panchita Way, Los Altos, Calif., died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at his Los Altos home.

Born in Plymouth, he was the son of Robert and Elenora Overmeyer Lessing. They preceded him in death.

On Dec. 25, 1945, he married Marjorie Jean Kruzan in Richland Center, and she survives.

He retired from Philco-Ford, Loreal Division, in Palo Alto after 40 years. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

Following the family history of his father, Robert Lessing, Calvin was proudly and actively involved in freemasonry, serving as master of Josiah Roller Lodge No. 761, and later in Palo Alto-Roller Lodge No. 346 F. & A.M. He also served as presiding officer in many affiliated Masonic Fraternities including the Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Amaranth, all York Rite Bodies, Scottish Rite and the Red Cross of Constantine.

He served as a grand officer in The Grand Council, Cryptic Masons of California, and Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of California. He was a member of many other Masonic organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie, and three daughters: Lynda and Richard Wing, Sunnyvale, Calif., and their three sons, Jeffery of Las Vegas, Nev., James and Jason Wing and his wife Brett Greendwood-Wing, all of Vancouver, Wash.; Lynette Maher and son Jason of Cupertino, Calif.; and Lois and Rev. George Tarelton of Quincy, Calif., and their son, Burke, who is on duty with the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf. A brother, Richard Lessing, and his family reside in Akron.

A private family service was held at Skylawn Memorial Park, Half Moon Bay, Calif. on Saturday, May 26. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. July 22 at the Palo Alto Masonic Center at Florence and University Avenue in Palo Alto. All of his family and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to any of the following masonic charities in the name of Calvin G. Lessing: California Easter Star Foundation-Heart Research, Palo Alto Chapter No. 213, Palo Alto, CA 94301; Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, c/o B. Ridgeway-Grand Secretary, 65333 W. 87th St., Los Angeles, CA 90045-3716; Knights Templar Eye Foundation, c/o Elmer Curtis-Chairman, 11530 Torrey Pines Dr., East Auburn, CA 95602-8312.

Carol L. Morris

Carol L. MORRIS, 59, of 735 Madison St., Rochester, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

Survivors include her sisters, Shirley Heckathorn, Macy, and Ruth Livingston, Rochester, and her brother, George Morris, Peru.

A memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Robert J. Wentzel

Robert J. WENTZEL, 85, Englewood, Fla., formerly of Rochester and Dayton, Ohio, died Friday.

Survivors include Burns and Cuma Becht, Rochester.

Private services will be in Dayton, Ohio, at a later date.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Margaret 'Peggy' Davis

April 24, 1926-May 28, 2007

Margaret "Peggy" DAVIS, 81, a Plymouth resident since 1986, coming from Fort Myers, Fla., died of natural causes on Monday at the home of her daughter in Rochester.

She previously had lived in Argos and North Liberty.

Peggy was born in North Liberty, the daughter of Walter A. and Erma McKean Shinn, on April 24, 1926. She graduated from North Liberty High School with the class of 1944 and attended Manchester College.

On March 8, 1946, Peggy and Carl D. Davis were married in West Lafayette. Carl died in 1993.

Peggy worked for five years from 1970 to 1975 at the Coast to Coast Store in Argos. Peggy spent most of her time helping out on the farm and raising the children.

She enjoyed working and caring for her beautiful flower gardens. Peggy was a good bowler and reveled for good competition.

Peggy is survived by three daughters and two sons. They are Darlene (Michael) Cowger, Rochester, Cheri Riese, Elkhart, and Barb Davis, North Liberty. Her sons are Cary (Shirley) Davis, Wellington, Ky., and Larry (Lois) Davis, Plymouth. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. One brother, Mel Shinn, LaPorte, also survives. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Darwin Carl Davis; two grandsons, Danny Lee Davis and Michael Ernest Cowger Jr.; and two brothers, Donald and Everett Shinn.

Friends are invited to share memories of Peggy's life with her family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. A funeral service for Peggy with the Rev. Robert Vale, pastor of the Argos United Methodist Church, officiating will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorial gifts in Peggy's memory may be given to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family through the funeral home's Web site: www.johnson-danielson.com.

Charles Nigro

Charles NIGRO, 89, Hickory Creek of Rochester, died at 1:55

a.m. today at the nursing home.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family funeral Home, Rochester.

June Wynn

June WYNN, New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Culver, died at 6:47 p.m. Wednesday in Florida.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, 

Friday, June 1, 2007

Lawrence E. James

Lawrence E. JAMES, 74, 517 Northgate Circle, died at 6:30

p.m. Thursday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Charles N. Nigro

Charles N. NIGRO, 89, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Kay O'Brien, Glen Allen, Va., and a son, Charles Kent Nigro, Mechanicsville, Va.

Private family services will be held. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Betty Ellen Harding

Betty Ellen HARDING, 86, formerly of 1603 Sunset Drive, Rochester, died April 23 at Life Care Center in Littleton, Colo.

She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Ellen Harding and husband, John Holtz of Centennial, Colo.; her sister Helen and husband Daniel Ho of Rochester; nieces Paula Keultjes of Buchanan, Mich., and Jennifer Plaster of Wichita Falls, Texas; and two great-nephews, Kyle and Brandon Plaster.

A celebration of her life was held in Littleton on May 3. Private family services will be held later.

Cecil F. Hudkins

Cecil F. HUDKINS, 88, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away May 30, 2007.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Norma Jean; daughter, Caryl Redmond; sons, James and Michael; grandchildren, Kelly Hudkins, Lisa Livingston, Laura Mullis and Michelle Alston; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Cecil's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Odyssey Hospice, 6215 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206. Arrangements entrusted to Melcher Mission Chapel, Mesa, AZ (480) 832-3500.

Lawrence E. James

May 2, 1933-May 31, 2007

Lawrence E. JAMES, 517 Northgate Circle, Rochester, formerly of Kewanna, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at home.

Born in Logansport, he was the son of Floyd and Sylvia Budd James, who preceded him in death. A lifetime Fulton County resident, he married Frances Bailey on April 13, 1950, in Rensselaer. They were married 46 years.

In 1996, he retired from the Indiana State Highway Department. He then worked part time for Manufactured Structures, Rochester. Previously he enjoyed trucking as an independent contractor; he traveled around the Midwest and from coast to coast.

He enjoyed fishing and cherished the times spent watching his grandchildren’s' baseball, basketball games and wrestling matches. He loved eating out with friends. A nature lover, he liked to watch birds in their backyard habitat. He was a container gardener known for his Big Tree tomatoes.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Foster and husband Steve, Rochester, formerly of Winamac, Carolyn Marquart and husband Rex, New Paris, and Cheryl Jennings and husband Brian, Plymouth; a son, Larry James and wife Mary, Kewanna; a sister, Pearl McPherson, Kewanna; 11 grandchildren, Steven Jr. and Dustin Foster, Jason and Tracy Shafer, Marli Marquart, Jenna and Brent Easterday, Alexis Jennings, Shannon, Garrett and Branden James; six great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ralph, and a great-granddaughter.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4

p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Rochester Pathways. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

June Wynn

June 25, 1909-May 30, 2007

June WYNN, 97, of 6140 Congress St., New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Culver, died at 6:47 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Pines Nursing Center, New Port Richey, Fla.

She lived in New Port Richey since 2004, when she moved from Zephyrhills, Fla. She moved there from Culver in 1970.

Born in Argos, she was the daughter of David and Vada Large Smith, who preceded her in death.

On Nov. 28, 1926, she married Charles "Cleo" Wynn in Rochester. He preceded her in death in 1987. A homemaker, she enjoyed needlework of all kinds. She liked to sew and bake.

She was a charter member of the Maxinkuckee Rebekah Lodge and held a 50-plus year membership. She also belonged to Leesburg Rebekah Lodge of Lakeland, Fla., the Salvation Army, and the former Gilead Church of Argos.

Survivors include a daughter, Treva Rans and husband Dean Rans Jr., Port Richey, Fla.; two sons, Charles Wynn, and Bobby Wynn and wife Brenda, all of Culver; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Eugene; a son, Cecil, in 1996; a sister, Florence Smith; a brother, Lester Smith; and a daughter-in-law, Laura Wynn.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at Maxinkuckee IOOF Cemetery, Poplar Grove. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday. A Rebekah service will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Rebekah Lodge or the Salvation Army. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Monday, June 4, 2007

John Gaumer

Dec. 9, 1944-May 18, 2007

John GAUMER, 62, of Boise, Idaho, passed away May 18 at a Boise hospital.

John was born in Rochester on Dec. 9, 1944, to Leonard and Mabel Gaumer. He graduated from Rochester High School and from Manchester College in 1963 with a degree in German language and elementary education. He then worked for the Department of Defense as an elementary school teacher, teaching in Germany, Spain and Turkey from 1966 to 1987.

In August 1980, while teaching at the Izmir Elementary NATO School in Turkey, John met fellow teacher and his soul mate, Renette Priest, from Boise. John and Renette were married in Boise on July 7, 1983, a date picked by John as a remembrance of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain (and one he was sure never to forget). In 1987, John and Renette moved to Boise to join the family business,

M. R. Priest Inc., doing business as Advanced Sign & Design and Traffic Products.

John was an avid motorcyclist, a passionate Boise State University football fan and a lover of the arts and outdoors. John loved evening bicycle rides with his loving dogs, Chewy and Missy, in the sidecar and doted over his Himalayan cats, Keno and Obi. John's quiet time was spent grooming his beautiful yard and lounging in the gazebo on the creek.

A good friend memorialized John best when writing "his life and passionate devotion to all that he did will continue to bless so many forever more; what a great legacy, what a great man." John will be remembered for his uniqueness, enthusiasm, integrity, curiosity, sincerity and consideration of others. His compassion and spiritual awareness came from his practice and love of Zen meditation.

His friends cherished his friendship and are blessed to have been touched by his tender soul and heart. John's clever sense of humor and zeal for life filled those around him with joy.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Renette Gaumer of Boise; three nephews, Dan Mills and wife Terri and children John and Nathan of Salem, Ore.; Jay Mills and wife Janie and children Kari, Matt and Randall of Salem, Ore.; Brady Mills and wife Kara of Rockport, Texas; one niece, Karen Arthur and daughter Sarah of Salem, Ore. His sister, Jane Mills of Silverton, Ore., preceded him in death on May 25, 2007.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Idaho Dance Theater, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, ID 83702 or the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman, Boise, ID 83705. A private celebration of John's life was held at a later date.

Velma Jean (Yard) Hecht

Feb. 4, 1919-June 2, 2007

Velma Jean (Yard) HECHT, 88, of 3516 E. 650 South, Macy, passed away at 11:01 p.m. Saturday at her residence.

Mrs. Hecht was born on Feb. 4, 1919, in Monmouth, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mattie (Emanuelson) Yard. Her family moved to the Logansport area in the late 1920s. On Feb. 11, 1938, in Logansport, she married Russell H. Hecht. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1994. Russell and she lived in the Kokomo area and then in the Niles, Mich., area in the early 1940s. They returned to Indiana in the early 1960s, moving to the Rochester and Kokomo areas and eventually living in Macy. She was residing with her daughter, Carol Ann Casey, since April of 2005. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include seven daughters, Sandra Kay Cauffman and special friend Harry Watson, Niles, Mich., Carol Ann and husband Norm Casey, Macy, Jennifer Lyn Williams, Rochester, Connie Sue and husband Tom Swick, Silver Lake, Patty Lou and husband Dan Huff, Rochester, Tina Marie and husband Roscoe Mallot, Rochester, Nikkie Lee Wreglesworth and special friend Barry Thompson, Rochester; three sons, Alan Richard and wife Tammie Hecht, Mentone, Russell Harold Hecht Jr., Homosassa, Fla., Brian Keith Hecht and special friend Sara Tchop, Plymouth; 58 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Yard, Logansport; a brother-in-law, Virgil Cavanaugh, South Bend; two stepchildren, Willis and wife Juanita Hecht, Kokomo, and Beverly and husband Robert DeGraff, Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Hecht; seven brothers; two sisters; daughter-in-law, Judy Hecht; son-in-law, Al Cauffman; one grandson; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and one stepdaughter.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Dave Welsh officiating. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Todd Alan Horn

March 26, 1970-June 2, 2007

Todd Alan HORN, 37, of 1094 W. Ninth St., Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born in Peru, he was the son of Mickey and Janice Gibson Horn, who survive in Macy. He lived in Rochester for 17 years after moving from Macy.

On Feb. 17, 2006, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., he married Jacquelyn Lynn Scott.

As a youngster, Todd enjoyed the frequent visits to his grandparents' home on Lake Manitou. He looked forward to Grandpa taking him slalom skiing and bare footing. In 1988 with great Warrior pride, Todd graduated from North Miami High School. His love for mechanics and perfecting flaws in engines led him to become a local businessman. Todd owned and operated Horn Automotive. He was the master technician and dedicated to providing the best automotive care to his customers.

Todd was a man of diversified interests. As an American sportsman, he embraced nature by camping, boating, fishing for bluegill, waterskiing and as a marksman in target practice. His intense intrigue of engines created opportunities for drag racing. His favorite tracks were at Bunker Hill and Osceola.

He found catching the breeze, riding his Kawasaki Ninja, a.k.a. the Mean Green Demon, provided freedom and the ultimate in relaxation. As a Christian, Todd read his favorite book, The Bible, daily. As a family man, Todd was a devoted father, son, grandson and uncle. He adored his wife and best friend Jackie.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jackie Horn, Rochester, he is survived by a daughter, Amy; two sons, Anthony and Kyle; a brother, Troy Horn and wife Missy, Denver; his maternal grandfather, Carl Gibson; his paternal grandparents, Harold and Velma Horn, Mentone; his mother-in-law, Carolyn Ness and husband Tom, Rochester; his father-in-law, Lavern "Butch" Scott and companion Tammy, Rochester; a sister-in-law, Victoria and husband Phil Bailey, Culver; and a brother-in-law, Bruce and wife Mary Scott, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rhonda Horn, and his grandmother, Rose Gibson.

A celebration of Todd Alan Horn's life will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with his family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Pastor Don Meyer will officiate. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Hope Hospice through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Cecil F. Hudkins

Cecil F. HUDKINS, 88, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away May 30, 2007.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Norma Jean; daughter, Caryl Redmond; sons, James and Michael; grandchildren, Kelly Hudkins, Lisa Livingston, Laura Mullis and Michelle Alston; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Cecil's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Odyssey Hospice, 6215 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206. Arrangements are entrusted to Melcher Mission Chapel, Mesa, Ariz., 480-832-3500.

Clifford Newsome Sr.

Nov. 20, 1938-June 1, 2007

Clifford NEWSOME Sr., 68, of 7772 S. Kosciusko County Road 1300 West, Rochester, died at 9:38 p.m. Friday in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center emergency room, Plymouth, after a sudden illness.

Born in Hihat, Ky., he was the son of Perry and Nolia Sword Newsome. He married Julia Ann Bentley on Aug. 23, 1958, in Langley, Ky., and she survives.

He retired from Midwest Spring, Mentone, in 2001 after 38 years of service. He was the moderator of the Little Alvie Church, North Judson, and a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, Julia Ann Newsome, Rochester, he is survived by three sons, Kenneth Dale Newsome and wife Kelly, Warsaw, Cliff Newsome Jr. and wife Lesa, and Phill Newsome and wife Tammy, all of Mentone; four grandchildren, Joshua Wade Newsome and wife Alysa, Michele Lynn Newsom, Trenton Allen Newsome and Laura Beth Clevenger; two brothers, Cornelius Newsome and wife Judy, and William Lee Newsome, all of Warsaw; and a sister, Zelvia Newsome, Warsaw. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, three brothers and five sisters.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Preachers Russel Hicks, Estil Hamilton and Lowell Mullins officiating. Burial will be at Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7

p.m. Tuesday with a church service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Little Alvie Church, North Judson.

June Pearl Wickizer

June Pearl WICKIZER, 91, of 1900 Jeanwood Drive, Elkhart, formerly of Argos, died at 3 a.m. today at Eastlake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Elkhart. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

June Pearl Wickizer

June Pearl WICKIZER, 91, 24266 County Road 126, Goshen, formerly of Argos, died Monday at Eastlake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Elkhart.

Survivors include a daughter, Jo Nina Nolan, Goshen; a son, John Michael Wickizer, Swanton, Ohio; a brother, John Benedict, Warsaw; and a sister, Adeline Oliver, Tucson, Ariz.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Lena F. Kane

Oct. 1, 1918-May 22, 2007

Lena F. KANE, 88, Louisville, Ky., passed away Tuesday, May 22 at Heritage House of Salem.

She was born near Akron on Oct. 1, 1918, to Oliver P. and Essie Bell (Nye) Burns. Lena graduated with honors from Macy High School. After moving to Louisville, she worked as an accountant for St. Joseph Hospital and retired as a financial secretary for the Collegiate School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Kane Jr.; a son, Charles "Sonny" Edward Kane III; three sisters, Florence Bowen, Namona Calloway and Treva Reeves; one brother, Verl Burns; and one nephew.

She is survived by her sons, Philip Kane (Kay) of Palmyra and Ronald Kane (Gail) of Kettering, Ohio; three grandsons, Nicholas, Jeremy and Jordan; six great-grandchildren, Philip, Justin, Spencer, Hannah, Finnegan and Maggie; a sister-in-law, Mary Burns of LaPorte; and nieces and nephews, Jean Miller of Carmel, Rex Bowen of Rochester, Carolyn Chapple of Columbia City, Patsy Fincher of Macy, Joyce Cannon of Avon, Ill., Lela Barnhisel of Lexington, Ky., Carol Calloway of Rochester, Jerry Calloway of Macy and Lucia Robertson, Paducah, Ky.

Services were in Louisville on May 25 at Highlands Funeral Home and burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Diabetes Association or Alzheimer's Association.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Kenneth C. Stidham

Kenneth C. STIDHAM, 47, Monterey, died at 6:07 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Cleo Roy

Cleo ROY, 79, of 1535 E. Ninth St., Rochester, died at 11:25

a.m. Thursday at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Helen Whittenberger Swick

Helen Whittenberger SWICK, 97, Sierra Vista, Ariz., formerly of the Burket area, died May 13 in Arizona.

A graveside memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

Eva Woodcox

Eva WOODCOX, 69, of 317 W. 11th St., Rochester, died at

6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

George D. Workman

Oct. 26, 1921-June 7, 2007

George D. WORKMAN, 85, Heritage Pointe, Warren, formerly of Beaver Dam Lake, Claypool, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at Heritage Pointe. His health was failing for six months.

Born in Bartholomew County in southern Indiana, he was the son of M. Workman and Tillie Stephenson Workman. He married Irene Couch on Oct. 30, 1948, in Matthews.

He retired from Allison Diesel, Indianapolis.

He attended Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Post No. 49, Warsaw. He also belonged to Moose Lodge No. 1179 and Eagles Lodge No. 549, both of Wabash.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Workman, 801 Huntington Ave., P.O. Box 326, Warren, IN 46792, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

His funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Rob Seewald officiating. Entombment will be with chapel cemetery services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grant Memorial Park, Marion. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Sunday. Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Evadene D. Richhart

Evadene D. RICHHART, 82, of 3674 West Shore Drive, Bremen, died at 2:20 a.m. Friday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Cleo Richard Roy

Dec. 10, 1927-June 7, 2007

Cleo Richard ROY, 79, of 1535 E. 9th St., Rochester, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1927, in Lowell, the son of Dorothy (Carter) Nelson and Bernard Roy. On Nov. 1, 1971, at Lake Dalecarlia, he married Marcia (Lock) Mulford and she survives.

Mr. Roy worked as a farmer and a phlebotomist. He was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in World War II in the Occupational Army-Medical Corp in Japan. He was a member of Faith Outreach Center and enjoyed his motorcycle and drinking coffee with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Roy, Rochester; two sons, Michael (Jeanette) Roy, Eldersburg, Md., and Bobby Roy, Mountain Home, Ark.; three daughters, Suzanne Garon, Lowell, Patricia Durr and Steve Leonard, Lowell, and Deborah (Floyd) Breitbach, Mountain Home, Ark.; grandchildren, Caven Roy, Greta Roy, Ryan (Laurie) Durr, Tina (Tom) Hochbaum, Nicole (Ryan) Chandler, Shannon Proborski; six great-grandchildren; extended family, Paula (Manuel) Smith, Claudette Sarah (Paul) Ruel, David (Chantiva) Mulford; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel Hayden, Roselawn; three nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Donald Nelson; sister, Kay Reed; brother-in-law, Robert Reed; nephew, Timothy Reed.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Faith Outreach Center, Rochester, with Pastor Dan Mundt officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Claudia M. Sriver

Claudia M. SRIVER, 96, of 315 N. Maple St., Akron, died at

9:58 a.m. Friday at the Akron residence of her son, Gary. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Eva Marie Woodcox

Oct. 14, 1937-June 7, 2007

Eva Marie WOODCOX, 69, of 317 W. 11th St., Rochester, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

Born in Langley, Ky., she was the daughter of George and Liddie Bentley Reffett. She married Melvin Ben Woodcox on July 22, 1967, in North Webster.

A Rochester businesswoman, she started Arcox Manufacturing in 1975 and was the president of the company.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheted afghans. She had a greenhouse in the basement and grew up to 500 African violets. She enjoyed and loved her family.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Woodcox, Rochester; four sons, Tom Arnett and wife Barb, Clairton, Pa., Brett Arnett and companion Brook, Pasadena, Texas, Bruce Woodcox and wife Wendy and Travis Woodcox and companion Stacey Bradley, all of Rochester; three grandchildren, Cierra and Hannah Arnett, Clairton, Pa., and Braxton Woodcox, Rochester; a brother, Calvin Reffett and wife Verna, Rochester; and nephews, Shawn Reffett and wife Norma, Rochester, and Shane Reffett and wife Lisa, Ann Arbor, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Roger Reffett, in 2005.

Private family services will be at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. Eighth St., Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@ rtcol.com.

Richard P. Arnold

Oct. 4, 1966-June 7, 2007

Richard P. ARNOLD, 40, Mexico, passed away Thursday morning in Miami County.

Surviving is his wife, Melissa K. Memmer Correll, Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver with Pastor Eugene Correll officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Denver.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Helen L. Foley

April 2, 1932-June 8, 2007

Helen L. FOLEY, 75, Kokomo, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Friday at Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo.

Born in Fulton, she was the daughter of French C. and Bernice (Apt) Severns. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1950.

She first married John Armstrong on July 2, 1950. He preceded her in death in 1962. She then married Dale Foley on July 12, 1963, and he survives.

A lifelong hairdresser, she had beauty shops in Monticello, Kokomo and Rochester. She also worked for Globe Valve in Delphi for five years.

She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family. Her family was very important to her.

She is also survived by son and daughter-in-law Lanty E. and Shawnee Armstrong, Rochester; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra K. and Bob Fulwider, Noblesville; and son and daughter-in-law, Daniel

L. and Marcia Armstrong, Kokomo; grandchildren, John Armstrong, Galveston, Marisa Peckenpaugh, Indianapolis, Lanty E. Armstrong III, Rochester, and Lannette Armstrong, Fort Morgan, Colo.; and a brother, Dennis Severns, South Bend. She was also preceded in death by her parents and twin sister, Janet Guyer.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Murray-Weaver Funeral Home, Galveston Chapel, 401 S. California St., Galveston. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Monticello. Calling will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Murray-Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dr. Bechar and the staff of Howard Regional Oncology Center for their outstanding care of Helen. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com.

Cleo Richard Roy

Dec. 10, 1927-June 7, 2007

Cleo Richard ROY, 79, of 1535 E. Ninth St., Rochester, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1927, in Lowell, the son of Dorothy (Carter) Nelson and Bernard Roy. On Nov. 1, 1971, at Lake Dalecarlia, he married Marcia (Lock) Mulford and she survives.

Mr. Roy worked as a farmer and a phlebotomist. He was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in World War II in the Occupational Army-Medical Corp in Japan. He was a member of Faith Outreach Center and enjoyed his motorcycle and drinking coffee with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Roy, Rochester; two sons, Michael (Jeanette) Roy, Eldersburg, Md., and Bobby Roy, Mountain Home, Ark.; three daughters, Suzanne Garon, Lowell, Patricia Durr (Steve Leonard), Lowell, and Deborah (Floyd) Breitbach, Mountain Home, Ark.; grandchildren, Caven Roy, Greta Roy, Ryan (Laurie) Durr, Tina (Tom) Hochbaum, Nicole (Ryan) Chandler, Shannon Proborski; six great-grandchildren; extended family, Paula (Manuel) Smith, Claudette Sarah (Paul) Ruel, David (Chantiva) Mulford; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel Hayden, Roselawn; brother-in-law, Robert Reed, Lowell; three nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Donald Nelson; sister, Kay Reed; brother-in-law, Robert Hayden; nephew, Timothy Reed.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Faith Outreach Center, Rochester, with Pastor Dan Mundt officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Claudia M. Sriver

June 21, 1910-June 8, 2007 Claudia M. SRIVER, 96, of 315 N. Maple St., Akron, died at

9:58 a.m. Friday at the residence of her son, Gary.

Born in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Winfred C. and Emma Hoppes Rhodes. On March 31, 1934, in Rochester, she married Orville Sriver. He passed away on Dec. 15, 1998.

She worked at Indiana Metal, Rochester, and at Tru-Temper and Chamberlin Products, both in Akron.

She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a former member of the Athens EUB Church.

Survivors include two sons, Gary and wife Tamara Sriver, Akron, and Randy and wife Judy Sriver, Bremen; a brother, Robert and wife Donna Rhodes, Rochester; six grandchildren, Shawn and wife Tonya Sriver, Fishers, Letitia and husband Bill Leininger, Akron, Joshua and wife Christine Sriver, Akron, Natasha and husband Scott Maser, Fort Wayne, Lisa and husband Dave Langhout, Sarasota, Fla., and Matthew and wife Laurie Sriver, Fort Myers, Fla.; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Don, Rex, Ross, Cecil, Norman, Clyde and Dick Rhodes.

Her graveside funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Athens Cemetery, Athens. Private family visitation will be held. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, 420 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Deverl ‘Doc’ Jefferies

Deverl “Doc” JEFFERIES, 87, of 1707 Idlewild Drive, Rochester, died at 7:13 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.  

Evadene D. Richhart

Evadene D. RICHHART, 82, of 3674 West Shore Drive, Bremen, died Friday at home.

Survivors include her husband, Everett J. Richhart; a son, Delane Richhart, Lakeville; a daughter, Dorene Muszer, South Bend; and a brother, Bernard Schrome, LaPaz.

A private family service was held today at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Kenzie Raylee Moore Shultz

Kenzie Raylee Moore SHULTZ, 457 Manchester Drive, Rochester, passed away shortly after her birth at 11:54 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

She is survived by her father, Kily V. Shultz, Rochester; her mother, Rachael Moore, Rochester; maternal grandmother, Andrea Rogers, Rochester; maternal grandfather, Timothy Jackson, South Bend; paternal grandfather, Kelly Shultz, Rochester; paternal grandmother, Kris Murphy, Rochester; maternal great-grandparents, Jeffrey and Julie Beattie, Rochester, and maternal great-grandmother Kathy Christopher, Niles, Mich.; paternal great-grandparents, Don and Elizabeth Shultz, Deedsville, and Carolyn Murphy, Rochester; maternal aunt and uncle, Ashley and Brandon Beattie; maternal aunt, Elizabeth Jackson; and paternal uncles, Zachary Shultz and Bradley Johnson. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, Randy Jackson, and maternal uncle, Joshua Wade Jackson.

A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the baby section of IOOF Cemetery on West Third Street in Rochester. Pastor William Babb will conduct the service. No visitation will take place. Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Deverl 'Doc' Jefferies

June 12, 1919-June 11, 2007

Deverl "Doc" JEFFERIES, 87, of 1707 Idlewild Drive, Rochester, died at 7:13 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Born in Kosciusko County, he was the son of Isaac and Golda May McEntyre Jefferies. A lifetime Fulton County resident, he graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1937. On Oct. 12, 1940, he was married to Martha Kalmbacher in Logansport by the Rev. Edward DeWitt.

A farmer, he raised Holstein cattle and harvested wheat, soybeans and corn, east of Rochester. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He enjoyed fishing for bluegill and bass. He was an armchair quarterback who watched Notre Dame football and basketball.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Jefferies, Rochester; a daughter, Janelle Green and husband Brian, Rochester; a sister, Retha Ballenger, Warsaw; and a granddog, Dylan Green. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kent Jefferies, in 2001; and a sister, Bernice Ballenger.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Robert L. Thomas Jr.

Robert L. THOMAS Jr., 52, of 1729 Bancroft, Rochester, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Robert L. Thomas Jr.

Robert L. THOMAS Jr., 52, of 1729 Bancroft Avenue, Rochester, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his sister, Hope Redinger, Auburndale, Fla.

No services will be observed. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Violette Elsie Bedard

March 12, 1927-June 12, 2007

Visitation for Violette Elsie BEDARD nee Garbe, 80, of Roselle, Ill., will be from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. Monday at Medinah Baptist Church, 900 Foster Ave., Medinah, IL 60157. Interment will be private.

Born March 12, 1927, she died Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Elmhurst, Ill.

She was the wife of the late Fred; mother of Robert (Sally) Dain, Catherine (Kelly) Woods, Terrance (Martha) Dain, Norma (John) Hovan, Lois (Joseph) Costello, Fred (Judy) Bedard, Joyce Ultsch and Deborah (Brian) Weldt; sister of Evelyn Garbe, the late Charles Garbe and the late Edward Garbe; grandmother of 28; and great-grandmother of 24.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medinah Christian School, 900 Foster Ave., Medinah, IL 60157.

Arrangements were made by Christian Funeral Home, Chicago, 800-910-6000.

Alice Jones

Alice JONES, 82, Logansport, formerly of Twelve Mile, died Wednesday at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Survivors include her sons, Melvin L. Jones, Francesville, and Roger L. Jones, Twelve Mile.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. There will be no service.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Jeanette Lavon Miller

Jeanette Lavon MILLER, 85, Perrysburg, died Sunday at home.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Miller, Peru; two daughters, Susan Bolin, Logansport, and Linda Browning, Peru; and a sister, Doris Smith, Marion.

Her funeral will be at noon Wednesday at Skinner Worship Chapel near Twelve Mile. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Michael Eiser Sr.

Michael EISER Sr., 80, of No. 6 Indiana 25, Mentone, died this morning at home.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Eiser, Mentone; a daughter, Linda Hudson, Winona Lake; two sons, Michael Eiser Jr., Bourbon, Mark Eiser, Mentone; and a brother, Nicholas Eiser, Round Lake, Ill.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Merriem A. Alexander

Merriem A. ALEXANDER, 90, West Sixth Street, Mishawaka, formerly of Fulton County, died Tuesday at Countryside Nursing Home, Mishawaka.

Survivors include her husband, Theodore Alexander; a son, Charles V. Alexander, Mishawaka; and a sister, Esther Buck, Rochester.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

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Friday, June 22, 2007

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Merriem A. Alexander

Oct. 12, 1916-June 19, 2007

Merriem A. ALEXANDER, 90, of West Sixth Street, Mishawaka, passed away Tuesday morning at Countryside Nursing Home, where she was a patient March 25 through June 19.

Born in Fulton County to Charles and Esther Mehling Barkman, she graduated from Richland Center in 1935. She married Theodore Alexander on Feb. 9, 1957, in Mishawaka.

Survivors include her husband; a stepson, Theodore Jr.; a son, Charles V. Alexander, Mishawaka; a sister, Esther Buck, Rochester; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lydia and Ruth Buck.

Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m., which was the time of the funeral, Friday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola.

Betty M. Goshert

Aug. 21, 1920-June 21, 2007

Betty M. GOSHERT, 86, of 603 St. Joseph Drive, Kokomo, formerly of Burket and Mentone, died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo. She was in failing health since 2002.

Born in Kosciusko County, to Charles A. and Grace M. Leedy Hammer, she graduated from Atwood High School. She lived her whole life in the Kosciusko County area until she moved to Kokomo to be closer to her family.

On Feb. 17, 1940, in Winchester, she married Robert E. Goshert. He preceded her in death on June 25, 2002. A homemaker and nurse's aide, she devoted her life to her family and church.

She was a past matron of the Mentone Eastern Star and a longtime devoted member of Burket United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Alexander, Kokomo; a grandson, Jeffery and wife Michelle Blalock, Ferdinand; two granddaughters, Andrea and husband Randy Cline, Kokomo, and Jennifer and husband James Walker, Burlington; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Miller, Warsaw; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; an infant son, Leelan Goshert; and two brothers, Zanna and Charles Hammer.

 

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service Monday. The Rev. Harold Williams of Kokomo will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Memorials may be made to Burket United Methodist Church.

Allison Nicole Owens

Allison Nicole OWENS, Rochester, was stillborn Thursday, June 21, 2007, at 3:04 a.m. at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are her parents Arik G. and Robin A. (Heiden) Owens, Rochester; sister Abby E. Owens, Rochester; paternal grandparents, Gray and Sandy Owens, Madisonville, Ky.; paternal great-grandparents, Dale and Millie Smith, Rochester, and Lawrence and Vada Owens, Argos; maternal grandparents, Gary and Deb Heiden, Kewanna. She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Eileen Heiden.

Services will be private. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.

Monday, June 25, 2007

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Marjorie L. Holm

Word has been received of the death of Marjorie L. HOLM, of 606 N. Washington St., Bourbon. She died at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.  Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Rhea Rogers Peckat

Sept. 24, 1916 - June 8, 2007

Rhea Arlene PECKAT, 90, the former Rhea Rogers of Rochester, died June 8 at her home in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

She was born in this city Sept. 24, 1916, the daughter of Raymond and Ruth Lowe Rogers, and graduated from Rochester High School.

Rhea was an Arizona real estate agent many years, working in offices at Safford, Tucson and Sierra Vista, retiring in 1995. An active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, she enjoyed playing bridge and was a Red Hat Lady.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Barr and husband Rick of Sierra Vista and Connie Burroughs and husband Dick of Delaware; a son, Robert S. Dielman and wife Gemma of Virginia; a brother, Francis Rogers and wife Ruth of Indiana, and a sister, Nora Long also of Indiana; as well as grandchildren, Brandy and Scott Burroughs, Robert and Scott Dielman and Kim Nelson; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by first husband, Robert F. Dielman, and second husband, Roy Peckat, a brother, Jim Rogers, and a sister, Rose Benefield.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at the Hatfield Funeral Home in Sierra Vista on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Hospice Casa de la Paz of Sierra Vista or to the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church building fund.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Don A. Fore

March 19, 1949-June 26, 2007 Don A. FORE, 58, 4435 S. 1000 West, Mentone, died at 2:20

p.m. Tuesday at his residence. He was in failing health since 2000.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Welcome W. Fore Jr. and Deloris M. Ginther Fore. A 1967 Mentone High School graduate, he served in the U.S. Army in the military police. He was stationed in Savannah, Ga.

He retired from Spartech, Warsaw, in 2001. He worked there 30 years.

He enjoyed playing sudoku and spending time at Wal-Mart in Warsaw.

Survivors include his father, Welcome W. Fore Jr., Mentone; two nephews, Brandon and wife Eldora Fore, Etna Green, and Cory and wife Toni Fore, Mentone; and a great-nephew, Dale Allen Fore, Etna Green. He was preceded in death by his mother, Deloris M. Fore, in December 2005, and his brother, Larry Fore, in July 2000.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Doris Smith officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mentone Emergency Services.

Donald Owen Good

Donald Owen GOOD, 88, of 6168 N. 650 East, Monterey, died at 7:59 p.m. Tuesday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Marjorie Lucille Holm

Services for Marjorie Lucille HOLM, 606 N. Washington St., Bourbon, who died at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Bourbon First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and from noon until the service Friday at the church.

Survivors include a son, Kenton Boyd Holm, Arizona; a daughter, Karen Holm, Bourbon; and a brother, A.C. Snyder, Florida. She was a 1930 Argos High School graduate.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Donald Owen Good

July 30, 1918-June 26, 2007

Donald Owen GOOD 88, of 6168 N. 640 East, Monterey, died at 7:59 p.m. Tuesday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

Born in Ora to Charles A. and Hazel A. Collins Good, he lived his entire life in the Monterey community, except while serving in the

U.S. Army. He served 39 months in Europe including D-Day in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, where he got flack in both knees.

On April 25, 1953, he married Mary M. Sparks in San Pierre. They were married 54 years.

He was owner of Good Oil Company and retired in 1985. He belonged to the Shriners of South Bend, Masonic Lodge and American Legion of Monterey, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Winamac and Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation & Development. He was also a member of Monterey United Methodist Church and a Scout leader in Monterey.

An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he planted trees and enjoyed fishing for great northern pike and walleye in Canada and Wisconsin with his sons. He took great pride in his grandchildren and their accomplishments.

Survivors include his wife, Mary M. Good, at home; two daughters, Dixie Good, Rochester, and Debbie Machamer and husband Patrick, Winamac; two sons, Don Good and wife Margaret and Dean Good and wife Gwen, all of Monterey; 10 grandchildren, Josh and Kyle Sefchek, Holly, Alyssa, Lindsey and Caitlin Machamer, Nikki and Erin Good, Weston and Wyatt Good; and two sisters-in-law, Onda Good, North Manchester, and Pauline Good, Monterey. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Opal Good; and three brothers, Rex, Lorin and Ross Good.

A celebration of the life of Don Owen Good will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Monterey United Methodist Church, Monterey, with the Rev. Karen K. Rhoades Welling officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Monterey. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may visit with the family at the church from noon until the service Sunday. The family requests memorials be made in lieu of flowers to Monterey United Methodist Church, The Nature Conservancy of Winamac or the Don O. and Mary M. Good Scholarship Fund through First National Bank of Monterey. Memorials are accepted at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, 46975, or at the church. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Delbert Lamont

Delbert LAMONT, 75, of Sun City Ariz., died Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; a daughter, Lani, of Mississippi; a son, Del, of California; sisters, Florence Partridge of Rochester, Marjorie Kistler, Norma Reynolds of Indianapolis.

Marcia Nethercutt

Marcia NETHERCUTT, 67, Life Care Center of Rochester, died at

11:15 p.m. Wednesday at the nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

David Lee Simonin

David Lee SIMONIN, 58, of 1007 Elm St., Rochester, died at

2:30 a.m. today at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Delbert Lamont Guyer

Delbert Lamont GUYER, 75, of Sun City, Ariz., died Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; a daughter, Lani, of Tennessee; a son, Del, of California; sisters, Florence Partridge of Rochester, Marjorie Kistler, and Norma Reynolds of Indianapolis.

Rebecca R. Large

Rebecca R. LARGE, 48, of 16427 W. 18th Road, Culver, died Tuesday at home.

Survivors include her husband, John Large Jr., Culver; a son, Derrick J. Brewer; two daughters, Lauren L. Large and Alicia M. Large, both of Culver; and her mother, Marjory Raymer, Culver.

Her funeral service was at 1 p.m. today at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Argos, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is handling arrangements.

Marcia A. Nethercutt

April 10, 1940-June 27, 2007

Marcia A. NETHERCUTT, 67, Life Care Center of Rochester, formerly of Gilead, died at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at the nursing home.

Born in Wabash, she was the daughter of Oscar and Juanita Luckenbill Harman. A graduate of Gilead High School, she married Ernest Nethercutt, who passed away in 1986. A homemaker and babysitter, she was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in North Manchester. She loved to play bingo.

Survivors include a son, Scott Nethercutt, Huntington; two granddaughters, Denece Correll and companion David Cooley, Macy, and Brandee Nethercutt, Akron; a grandson, Michael Nethercutt and companion Jessica Ross, Laketon; two great-grandsons, Chaz Correll, Macy, and Ross Nethercutt, Laketon; two sisters, Joyce Mettler, Wabash, and Peggy Miller, Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Harman.

Private family services and burial will be Monday at the Akron Cemetery, with Rev. Ritter officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Life Care Center, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

David Lee Simonin

David Lee SIMONIN, 58, of 1007 Elm St., Rochester, died Thursday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela, at home; three sons, Danny See, Stanton, Ky., Chad Simonin, Noblesville, and Dustin Simonin, Fayetteville, Ark.; and five sisters, Ellen Kitterman, Thonotosassa, Fla., Delores Corl, Grand Junction, Mich., Merlene Winclechter, Streamland, Ill., Arlene Sriver, Rochester, and Carolyn Prunty, Kokomo.

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

Billy Edwin Stout

Billy Edwin STOUT, "Bill," passed away as the result of a brief illness in Lansing, Mich., on Sunday, May 27, 2007, with his daughters at his side.

Bill was born in Akron in July of 1921 to William and Theodoshia Stout. After graduating from Akron High School, Bill joined the United States Navy in 1942. Bill served during World War II, assigned to Pearl Harbor. He was honorably discharged on Jan 1, 1946.

After the war, Bill went to work with the Babson Brothers Company selling Surge milking machines. Bill was the consummate salesman, making friends wherever he went. He retired as regional manager for the midwest.

On April 6, 1947, Bill married Mary Virginia Shore of Rochester. She survives. Together Bill and Virginia raised four daughters. In 1956, he moved his family to Grand Ledge, Mich., where they lived for more than 40 years. Bill and Virginia then returned to Rochester to reside in Virginia's family home. After a short stay in North Manchester, the Stouts returned to Lansing in 2005 to be closer to their children.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest daughter, Julie Holley. He was also predeceased by his three sisters and brother: Helen Craig, Lucille Stevens, Willodean Binna and Adam Stout. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and daughters, Nancy Stout-Purkis (David) of Saginaw, Mich., Susan Stout of Petosky, Mich., and Marcia Wynalda (John) of Lansing. He was an extremely proud grandfather to Curtis Neal Holley (Michelle) of Merrimack, N.H., Lauren Stout Wynalda of Lansing and Eeva Caroline Stout Sharp of Petosky. In addition, he boasted of his three great-grandchildren, Jared, Brendan and Gavin Holley of New Hampshire.

Private family services were held today in Lansing with interment to take place later in the IOOF Cemetery in Rochester. Condolences may be sent to Virginia Stout, c/o Ingham Medical Care Facility, 3860 Dobie Road, Okemos, MI 48864.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Marcia A. Nethercutt

Private funeral services for Marcia A. NETHERCUTT, 67, who died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester, will be Monday. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

David Lee Simonin

Oct. 13, 1948-June 28, 2007 David Lee SIMONIN, 58, of 1007 Elm St., Rochester, died at

2:30 a.m. Thursday at home.   Born in Fulton County, he was the son of Clarence and Irene Kitterman Simonin.  He lived most of his life in this area. An over the road trucker, he worked for Pasquale, Logansport. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Rochester.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Ethiopia during the Vietnam era from 1968 to 1970.  He belonged to the LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36, Veterans of Foreign Wars No 1432 and Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 852, all of Rochester.

He was an Elvis impersonator and enjoyed karaoke and fishing.

On April 7, 2000, he married Pamela Jean See in Rochester. She survives at home.

Also surviving are three sons, Danny See and wife Patty, Stanton, Ky., Chad Simonin, Noblesville, and Dustin Simonin, Fayetteville, Ark.; four granddaughters, Loretta, Cheyenne, Elizabeth and Veronica; three grandsons, Shame, Danny and Dillon; five sisters, Ellen Kitterman, Thonotosassa, Fla., Delores Corl and her husband Ken of Grand Junction. Mich., Merlene Winclechter and her husband Ed Streamland, Ill., Arlene Sriver and her husband Loy, Rochester, and Carolyn Prunty and husband James, Kokomo; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, JoRetta Maibauer.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. The pallbearers will be Richard Oliver, Jim Conley, Randy Spaulding, Bob Carpenter, Richard Tyler, Terry Slisher and Doug Smimson as an honorary pallbearer.  Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester, with military rites conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service Monday.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Marjorie E. Easterday

Sept. 9, 1927-July 1, 2007

Marjorie E. EASTERDAY, 79, Winamac, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Living Center, St. Mary's, Ohio.

She was born on Sept. 9, 1927, in Fulton County, the daughter of Cecil and Ruth (Ford) Gunter. She married Robert Easterday on Nov. 3, 1946, and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Easterday worked for the war department during World War II. She also worked at RBM in Logansport and at Hart, Schaffner & Marx in Rochester. She attended the Rochester Church of God.

Survivors include her sons, Raymond and wife Norma Easterday, Wina-mac, and Robert Steve and wife Brenda Easterday, Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Samantha and husband Kenneth Tuley, Winamac, Savannah Easterday, Columbus, Ohio, Angela and husband William Davis, Liberty, Tenn., Margaret and husband David Walters, Winamac, Joe and wife Tammy Ritchie, Dowelltown, Tenn.; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred and husband Ralph Mullins, Rochester; and brothers, George Robert and wife Mary Gunter, Silt, Colo., Richard Dale and wife Evelyn Gunter, Mays Landing, N.J., and Ralph Lee and wife Janet Gunter, Rochester. She also was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Virgil, Raymond, Russell and Harold Ray "Dick" Gunter.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Grass Creek Cemetery, Grass Creek. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Donald Eugene Ensley

Donald Eugene ENSLEY, 80, Peru, formerly of Denver, died Saturday at Hickory Creek of Peru.

Survivors include his brother, Marvin Edward Ensley Jr., Peru.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.

Clarence G. Martens

Clarence G. MARTENS, 88, of 217 W. 10th St., Rochester, died at 6:40 p.m. Sunday in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Wilma Mullins

June 13, 1932-June 30, 2007 Wilma MULLINS, 75, of 2757 W. 1350 North, Macy, died at 1

a.m. Saturday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

Born in Mammoth, W.Va., she was the daughter of Emery and Juanita Mullins. On Nov. 10, 1951, in Beaumont, W.Va., she married Jesse Mullins Jr. She was a Macy resident since 1968, when she moved from Wisconsin.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Macy Firemen's Auxiliary for more than 20 years. She had been the treasurer. Wilma enjoyed flower gardening and bingo. She was a very active grandmother who crocheted baby blankets and afghans for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse, of Macy; three daughters, Cheryl Bach and husband Gary, Pewaukee, Wis., Terri Holbrook and Lori Oberg, both of Macy; two sons, Michael Mullins and Beverly Conley, and Larry Mullins and wife Karen, all of Macy; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters; three brothers; and Missy, Wilma's canine companion. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Fulton Mullins, in 1995; and a great-granddaughter, Reagan Cattin, in 2005.

Private family services are today at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor David Welsh officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be conveyed to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Merrill F. Stoner

Merrill F. STONER, 83, Peru, died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Clarence G. Martens

July 20, 1918-July 1, 2007

Clarence G. MARTENS, 88, of 217 W. 10th St., Rochester, died at 6:40 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born on July 20, 1918, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., he was the son of Clarence G. and Marion Alley Martens. Clarence graduated from Pennington High School of Pennington, N.J., in 1936. Upon graduation, he attended Booth & Bayliss Business College, Bridgeport, Conn.

Later, his country beckoned him and Clarence answered his call of patriotism as he began his tour of duty with the U.S. Army during World War II. His tour included assignments in North Africa, Sicily and the European Theaters. Clarence, a Staff Sergeant of Co. I, 47th Infantry, 9th Division, was awarded two Purple Hearts for being wounded in action. He was also honored with the highly coveted Silver Star on Aug. 22, 1944, for gallantry and an extraordinary exhibit of heroism.

Clarence was united in marriage to Marjorie F. McCracken on Aug. 6, 1947, in Manilla, Iowa. Together they shared nearly 60 years of marriage.

Clarence lived in Rochester since 1960, when he moved from Denison, Iowa. He managed the Fulton County REMC from 1960 to 1983, when he retired. He belonged to Grace United Methodist Church, LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36, Elks Lodge No. 2110 and was a life member of Disabled American Veterans.

Clarence was passionate about playing softball. Each winter he and Marjorie traveled to Bonita Springs, Fla., where he joined his softball buddies playing in the Citrus League. Proving age is only a number, as the oldest player, Clarence was voted MVP for the 2006 Citrus Park League champions! Still agile and multi-talented, he handled catching responsibilities and sometimes helped out at third or first base.

In the late 60s, Clarence and buddy Lloyd Adley formed Rochester's first girls softball team, "Baxter's Beauties." This was in addition to his coaching responsibilities with Little League. They coached the Beauties for several years. It was Clarence who was honored for his dedication to girls softball, tossing the first official pitch at the initial Rochester High School Lady Zebras softball game.

Golf was also his forte. He especially loved hitting the links and playing with his family at golf outings. Clarence was the cornerstone of his family. He will be missed for his wisdom, loving ways, sense of humor, teasing aggravation, warm brown eyes and loving smile. Paramount in his life was his family. Clarence loved and adored his grandchildren. It was with great pride that he cheered for them as they played basketball, baseball, football, golf and wrestling. He rarely missed a piano or dance recital, choir concert or play production ... always being there as the patriarch of the family.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie F. Martens, at home; four children, Murro Martens and wife Darla, Argyle, Texas, Marilee Diener and husband John, Wabash, Mark Martens and wife Betty, Rochester, and Michelle Winterrowd and husband Jeff, Rochester; grandchildren, Kevin Martens and wife Cara, Flower Mound, Texas, Kurt Martens and wife Kazzye, Boston, Mass., JT Diener and wife Kelli, Indianapolis, Nathaniel Diener and wife Mallori, Muncie, Katie Martens, Rochester, David Diener, Wabash, and Sadie Martens, Rochester; great-grandchildren, Cale and Riley Martens, Flower Mound, Texas; two sisters, Stella Weiss of Connecticut and Marion Bruno of New York; and cousins, Naomi Brede and Marty Goos. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Arnout Martens.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Memorials may be made to the Citrus Park Softball League, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Grace United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Merrill F. Stoner

Merrill F. STONER, 83, Peru, died Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, A. Charlene Poor Stoner; and a son, James G. Stoner, Peru. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Wm. Eugene Garthee

William Eugene GARTHEE, 63, of 2314 S. 400 West, Warsaw, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Goshen General Hospital, Goshen. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Wm. Eugene Garthee

Wm. Eugene GARTHEE, 63, of 2314 S. 400 West, Warsaw, died Wednesday at Goshen General Hospital, Goshen.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Garthee, Warsaw; a son, Thomas Garthee, Kansas; three daughters, Robyn Garthee and Amy Garthee, both of Warsaw, and Angela Beigh, North Manchester; and three sisters, Grace Shepherd, Marion, Jeanette Cowles, Michigan, and Patty Pope, Louisiana.

His funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

David Rich

A Peru-based Indiana State Police trooper who stopped to help an apparently stranded motorist was shot and killed Thursday, state police said.

Master Trooper David RICH was shot in the chest by a Michigan man who then reloaded the shotgun and killed himself, state police Sgt. Tony Slocum said. 

The shooting happened along U.S. 24 about 4 p.m., Slocum said. The shooter was identified at Joseph M. Vultaggio Jr., 21, of Gaylord, Mich.

Slocum said Vultaggio was driving a sport-utility vehicle that his father had reported stolen on Wednesday.

Rich, 41, was an 18-year veteran of the state police and was a detective assigned to the Peru post. Rich and his wife Connie, have a 7-year old daughter Lauren, and 4-year old twin sons, Carson and Connor.

Rich was from a law-enforcement family.  His father is former Indiana State Police trooper and Miami County Sheriff Jack Rich, who lives south of Mexico.

David Rich’s older brother, Bob Rich, is an Indiana State Police captain who oversees the northeast Indiana area of the state and formerly was a Bremen Post investigator.

Slocum said Indiana had “lost a very, very good man” and described Rich as the nicest person he had ever met.

“If that guy (Vultaggio) needed help, he would have gave him his shoes, his pants,” Slocum said. “He would have done anything to help him, just as he’s done here on many occasions at the post.”

“We all check on cars broken down all the time and wouldn’t think of something like this …” said Sgt. Miker Burns, a public relations officer from Redkey.

Burns said no funeral arrangements have been made yet.

The shooting prompted authorities to shut down the four-land highway in both directions around the scene near Wabash for more than two hours.

Rich is the first state trooper killed in a line-of-duty shooting since Trooper Scott Patrick was fatally shot in December 2003 after he stopped to a check a vehicle parked on an exit ramp along Interstate 80/94 in Gary. Darryl Jeter of Chicago was convicted of murder for Patrick’s death and was sentenced last year to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Joel L. Protala

Feb. 9, 1951-July 6, 2007 Joel L. PORTALA, 56, 111 N. Tucker St., Mentone, died at 2

p.m. Friday at his residence.

He is survived by one daughter, Sarah Akers, one son, Joel Portala, Detroit, Mich.; two sisters, Valiant Portala, Heather Portala, two brothers, Brent Portala and Ward Portala, all of Toledo, Ohio.

There is no visitation.  A family service is planned in Toledo. 

Monday, July 9, 2007

Richard L. Hoffman

April 30, 1939-July 7, 2007

Richard L. HOFFMAN, age 68, a resident of 115 W. State St., Etna Green, passed away on Saturday at 6:25 p.m. unexpectedly in his home of natural causes.

Richard was born the son of John Hoffman and Ella Koenig Hoffman on April 30, 1939, in Fulton County. He had been a resident of Etna Green since 1970.

He was joined in marriage on June 26, 1959, to Sharon Hill, who survives, along with their children: Cheryl and Pastor Michael VanCleave of Rogers, Alaska, Kim and Rick Reneker of Fort Wayne, Jeff Hoffman of Etna Green and Greg and Janell Hoffman of Tippecanoe. He was also blessed with five grandchildren: Tyson and Kristyn VanCleave, Eric Hoffman and Megan and Ryan Reneker. He also has a brother, Paul and wife Charlene Hoffman of Akron.

Richard was a graduate of Gilead High School, class of 1957. He was an owner of Hoffman Implement Sales in Etna Green from 1970 through 2002, when he retired. He also enjoyed his immaculate garden; he shared many of his produce items with friends and family. He and his wife also regularly attended Warsaw Wesleyan Church.

Funeral services to celebrate Richard's life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Warsaw Wesleyan Church, 2402 Old U.S. 30 West, with Pastor Wanda Carter and Pastor Michael VanCleave officiating. There will be a time of visiting and sharing memories with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115

S. Main St., Bourbon, and also one hour before services in the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow in the Etna Green Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Warsaw Wesleyan Church in his memory. Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Orpha F. Lee

Orpha F. LEE, 90, formerly of Argos, died Sunday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include a son, Darrel W. Lee, Argos, and a sister, Elsie Johnson, Hammond.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service.

Judith Ann Rager

Judith Ann RAGER, 60, died Thursday at Beauvais Manor, St. Louis, Mo.

Survivors include her parents, Dean and Barbara Rager, Plymouth, and Ardith Buntain Rager, Akron; three sisters, Pam McFarland, Akron, Rene Rosen-Rager, Hemet, Calif., Christa Smith, Zionsville; a brother, Del Rager, Lake Wales, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Kenneth P. Taylor

Dec. 25, 1938-July 7, 2007

Kenneth P. TAYLOR, 68, of 602 E. 15th St., Rochester, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at home. His health was failing since 2000.

Born in Harlan County, Ky., he was the son of Cecil N. and Frances Sarver Taylor. He lived in Fulton County and surrounding communities since 1962, when he moved from Peru.

He was first married to Anna Ruth Smith on July 27, 1962, in Rochester. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 1996. He married Judy A. Young on Feb. 12, 2000, in Rochester and she survives.

He was a machinist for Biomet, Warsaw, and retired in 2001. He attended Faith Outreach Center church, Rochester, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Logansport.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Rescue.

He loved remodeling and renovations, working with saws and tools, and all woodworking projects.

Survivors include: his wife, Judy Taylor, at home; two sons, Richard "Dick" A. Smith and wife Deena, Rochester, and Gary W.

Bradley, Leiters Ford; two grandsons, Cory A. Smith and wife Jennifer, Troy, Mich., and Michael J. Smith, Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren, Riley E. Smith and Jackson Cory Smith, Troy, Mich.; a sister, Sue Ramsey, Rockledge, Fla.; a brother, Ray Taylor and wife Bernadine, Williamsburgh, Ky.; a brother-in-law, Bernie Young and wife Carol, Rochester; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; two sisters, Hazel and Norma; and a brother, George.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Dan Mundt officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or to the Fulton County Animal Shelter.

My darling husband, I love you with all my heart and soul. You were truly my soulmate and I will hold you in my heart "till we meet again."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Barbara Jean Claxton

Aug. 11, 1940-July 9, 2007

Barbara Jean CLAXTON, 66, Warsaw, died Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

Born in Akron, she was the daughter of Estel and Catherine Towne Crall. A lifetime Warsaw resident, she married Garold L. Claxton on Aug. 2, 1958, in Warsaw. He died Jan. 13, 1990.

She worked as a mold maker for the Warsaw Foundry for 28 years. She belonged to the Salvation Army.

Survivors include her mother, Catherine Crall, Rochester; her mother-in-law, Mary Claxton, Fort Wayne; three daughters, Connie (Mark) Overdeer, Carolyn Claxton and Penny Claxton, all of Columbia City; two sons, Randy (Karen) Claxton, Pana, Ill., and Roger Claxton, Columbia City; two sisters, Sue (Laddie) Helser, Warsaw, and Diane Bieganski, Kowlesville, N.Y.; a brother, Richard Crall, Rochester; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Ann Benzing.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Capt. Jody Dalberg officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Orpha F. Lee

Orpha F. LEE, 90, formerly of Argos, died Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Survivors include a son, Darrel W. Lee, Argos, and a sister, Elsie Johnson, Hammond.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Elizabeth Ann Bartleman

Elizabeth Ann BARTLEMAN, 86, of 1710 Ewing Road, Rochester, died at 12:15 a.m. today at home.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Ada Mae Harris Gamboe

Ada Mae Harris GAMBOE, 97, of Culver, formerly of Kewanna, died at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Elizabeth Ann Bartleman

Aug. 8, 1920-July 11, 2007

Our mother and grandmother Elizabeth Ann BARTLEMAN, 86, of 1710 Ewing Road, Rochester, passed away at 12:17 a.m. Wednesday at home.  Her health was failing for seven weeks.

Born in Bedford, Pa., she was the daughter of Oliver James and Stella Smith Stiffler.  On Feb. 21, 1942, in Marion, she married Stanley D. Bartleman.  He preceded her in death in 1980.

She lived in Rochester since 1950, when she moved from Dallas, Texas. A homemaker, she collected antiques and was an animal lover. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol “Cookie” Dimond and husband Bob, San Francisco, Calif., and Gloria Carvey and husband Bruce, Rochester; five grandchildren, Scott, Matt and Nick Dimond, and Lisa Reffett and Stacey Carvey-Schoenhals; five great-grandchildren, Anselm, Lucas, Lily, Erik and Curby; and beloved family member, Melinda Dennis and family, Troy, Mich.  She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Father Joseph Jacob officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday. A prayer vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Ada Mae Harris Gamboe

Sept. 21, 1909-July 10, 2007

Services for Ada Mae Harris GAMBOE, 97, of Culver, formerly of Kewanna, will be at 2 p.m. Friday. She died Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor at Culver.

Born Sept. 21, 1909, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late William and Ida (Berryman) Adams. She was a member of Kewanna Church of Christ, and a lifelong member of the Rebekahs. Ada was also an avid reader.

Surviving are a daughter, Carole Hamman (Ronald) of Kewanna; daughter-in-law, Jo Harris, South Bend; four grandchildren, Terri Lynch, Scott Hamman, Ron and Chris Harris; and 11 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Dee Harris, on July 15, 1962; a son, William Harris; a grandson, Michael Hamman; two brothers, Orville Aldridge and Arnold Adams; and a sister, Retha Berryman.

Rev. Steve McPeek will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call Friday from noon until the time of the service at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna chapel. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

William Butler

An Army Ranger who fought during some of the nation’s bloodiest conflicts to become one of the most highly decorated Indiana National Guardsman has died, the military said Wednesday.

Master Sgt. William BUTLER, 77, of Winamac, died late Monday after suffering two heart attacks in the hospital where he was recovering from injuries suffered in a fall.

Butler served during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Iraq’s Operation Desert Storm in 1991, earning two Silver Stars for valor in combat and two Purple Hearts for injuries.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Brown, the Indiana Guard’s top-ranking enlisted soldier, said those awards and Butler’s selfless service set an example for soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan today.

“He was a military man and a complete warrior,” Brown said, adding that his service was a “backbone for how soldiers should be trained” for future conflicts.

The Indiana Guard has sent 11,000 soldiers to battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 – some several times.  Each has benefited from Butler’s influence, Brown said.

Butler was born in Indianapolis and entered the Army at 16 after stealing his brother’s birth certificate in the waning days of World War II. He later joined the Special Forces and deployed fro the front lines as a demolitions expert in Korea.

In Vietnam, Butler served in the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment. The battalion’s Delta Company was among few Guard units to serve in Vietnam, though thousands of Guardsmen were sent in smaller numbers to help other units, military officials said.

That rush to the fight defined Butler’s service and serves as a model for soldiers today, Brown said.

Army Chief Warrant Officer William Butler Jr. of Theresa,

N.Y. said his father was a “warrior” and perennial instructor who brought battle hardened lessons to younger troops.

“He was the toughest soldier I ever met in my life,” said Butler, who returned last spring from flying helicopters in Iraq.  “He was an inspiration.”

In August, the Army is to honor Butler by naming the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga., after him. The center is used by National Guard soldiers nationwide seeking Special Forces training.

Butler’s other awards number in the dozens and include the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the World War II Victory Medal. He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning on the same day as former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

A military honors funeral will be held Friday in Greenwood, Ind.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Marvin L. Coby

Marvin L. COBY, 84, of 730 School St., Culver, died at 5:05

p.m. Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.  Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Karl H. Hartisch III

Karl H. HARTISCH III, 36, Marion, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include his parents, Karl H. Hartisch Jr. and Jacqueline L. Hartisch, Rochester; a daughter, Zoe Hartisch, Fairmount; two sisters, Rebecca Owens, Lafontaine, and Paula Weber, Silver Lake.

His funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Casey Lloyd Funeral Home, Marion. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Dixie Norman

Nov. 18, 1933-July 9, 2007

Dixie NORMAN, 73, Warsaw, died Monday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Born in Winona Lake, she was the daughter of Paul and Ruth Gray Harris. On July 21, 1951, she married Roy Norman.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Norman, Warsaw; two sons, Roger Norman, Warsaw, and Brian (Paula) Norman, Leesburg; two daughters, Susan (Richard) Greeley, Goshen, and Laura Hill, Claypool; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Hile; a sister, Patricia Martin; a brother, Robert Harris; and two grandchildren, Rae Ann Symons and Matthew Busz.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Marvin L. Coby

June 19, 1923-July 11, 2007

Marvin L. COBY, 84, of Miller’s Merry Manor, 730 School St., Culver, died at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at the nursing home after a short illness.

Born in Monterey, he was the son of Otis and Ina Dell (Reinholt) Coby. A 1942 graduate of Monterey High School, he lived all his life in Pulaski, Fulton and Marshall counties.

On Oct. 27, 1956, in Kewanna, he married Violet Jane Warfield, who preceded him in death on May 11, 2003.

He worked at the Rochester Foundry, where he was a grinder for 20 years. He retired in 1986.

He was involved with the Fulton County 4-H rabbits programs for more than 17 years. He and his wife square danced with the Tippy Twirlers.

Survivors include two daughters, Geneva “Jenny” (Frank) Bischoff, Cassopolis, Mich., and Bonnie L. Kroft, Corpus Christi, Texas; a son, Alan L. (Rhonda) Coby of Fulton County; 11 grandchildren; six brothers, Alvin Coby and Gust Coby of Rochester, Orval Coby of Leesburg, Curt (Marilyn) Coby of Culver, Jay (Karen) Coby of Rochester, and Vernon (Jeanie) Coby of Culver.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother, Homer Coby.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with Pastor Mike Cissna officiating. Burial well be at Leiters Ford.  Visitation will be from 3

p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Purdue CES, Attn: Fulton County Hoppers, 1009 W. Third St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

John Shireman

July 14, 1930-July 12, 2007

John SHIREMAN, 76, of 1312 Lincolnway W., Osceola, IN, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday at his residence of natural causes.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Virginia “Jenny” (Riege) Shireman of Osceola; a daughter, Susan Seymore of Osceola; a son, Gary Shireman of Bremen; two brothers, Charles Shireman of Rochester, Donald Shireman of Cotton Wood, Arizona; four sisters, Mary Mitchell and Patricia Hayden of Rochester, Joan Davis of Osceola, and Jean Ketcham of Orland.

His funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday at the Zimmerman-Inman Funeral Home, 1109 Lincolnway W., Osceola, Indiana.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Frances E. Bowyer 

April 18, 1927-July 13, 2007 Frances E. BOWYER, 80, of 208 N. Maple St., Akron, died at

7:30 p.m. Friday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Orla Clyde Bowyer and Ethel Smith Bowyer. She was never married.

A homemaker, she lived with the Francis "Pat" Tarter family for 38 years. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Akron.

Survivors include four sisters, Eleanor D'Angelo, Okemos, Mich. Margaret Hanson, Taylor, Mich. Muriel Kistler, Chino, Calif. Catherine Clark, Southgate, Mich.; and two brothers, Lewis Bowyer, Indianapolis, and Richard Bowyer, Texas. Her open-hearted extended family is as follows: Francis "Pat" Tarter, Akron, with whom she lived, and her family, Sheila and husband Randy Runkle, Ed and wife Kristi Tarter, Cheryl Tarter, Sandy and husband Tom Smith, and Shelly and husband Richard Fry. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Bowyer; four brothers, Allen, Wendall, Howard and Dale Bowyer; and special friend, Chris Tarter.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Wayne Balmer officiating. Burial will be at Gaerte Cemetery, southeast of Akron. Visitation will be from 9:30

a.m. until the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Akron.

Miriam D. Drudge

Miriam D. DRUDGE, 91, of 411 N. Johnson St., Akron, died Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include two daughters, Priscilla Slone, Silver Lake, and Hannah Nolan, Rochester.

Private family services are today. There is no visitation.

Lester R. Flynn

Lester R. FLYNN, 82, of 721 E. 10th St., Rochester, died Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include a sister, Rosella Smeyers, Mishawaka.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Theadora Costello

Theadora COSTELLO, 84, Kewanna, died Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.

Miriam D. Drudge

Miriam D. DRUDGE, 91, of 411 N. Johnson St., Akron, died Sunday at Life Care center of Rochester

Survivors include two daughters, Priscilla Slone, Silver Lake, and Hannah Nolan, Rochester.

Private family services are today.  There is no visitation.

Lester R. Flynn

Lester R. FLYNN, 82, of 721 E. 10th St., Rochester, died Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include a sister, Rosella Smeyers, Mishawaka.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Theadora 'Dora' Costello

Sept. 15, 1922-July 16, 2007

Graveside services for Theadora "Dora" COSTELLO, 84, of Kewanna, will be at 10 a.m., Friday at Grass Creek Cemetery, Kewanna.

Dora passed away Monday at her residence.

Born Sept. 15, 1922, at Hardwich, Calif., she was the daughter of the late George and Martha Dillis. She married Harold R. Costello on May 29, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1998.

Mrs. Costello worked as a seamstress for Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, for 39 years until its closure. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed playing golf. She was a member of Promiseland Church, Fulton.

Surviving are two sons, Harold Costello (Patti), Kewanna, and Ron Costello, Kokomo; a daughter, Connie Nichols (Gene), Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Mary Roush, Riverdale, Calif.; four grandsons, Ryan Costello (Addie), Bonita Springs, Fla., Cory Costello (Stephanie), West Chester, Ohio, Joseph Jernigan, Maryville, Tenn., and Jeff Jernigan, Hyde Park, Mass.; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five brothers and a great-grandson.

Pastor Wade Moss will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Grass Creek Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Gene Easterday

Former Kewanna resident Gene EASTERDAY of 130 Fire Tower Road, Selma, Tenn., died Tuesday.  Arrangements are pending.

Mary Louise Smith

Mary Louise SMITH, 83, of Grave Village Healthcare, Winona Lake, formerly of Akron, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the nursing home.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Donald Ross Bookwalter

Former Twelve Mile resident Donald Ross BOOKWALTER, 71, of Farview Park, Ohio, died Tuesday at Farview Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Sally L. Hines Bookwalter; his children, Julie Perry of Logansport, Joni Olson of Brownstown, Jenny Bookwalter and Jill Kemer, both of Cleveland, Ohio; and a sister, Lois Murden of Carmel.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6

p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Edith E. Griswold

Dec. 19, 1919-July 17, 2007

Edith E. GRISWOLD, 87, died at 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth, following a sudden illness. 

A respected and admired citizen, Edith was a lifelong resident of Plymouth.

She was born in Denver, on Dec. 19, 1919, the daughter of Paul and Fay Stuber Griswold. She graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1938.

Edith started her career in 1939, as a secretary at the high school, before moving on to the Fort Wayne Community School system for 16 years. She came back to Plymouth, where she worked for Susie Robertson before working for 8 1/2 years at the Marshall County Division of Family and Children.

Edith played catcher on the Eaglettes Ladies Softball Team in 1944. Both before and after retiring, she worked part time at Felke's Florists.

An active member for many years in the Trinity United Methodist Church, Plymouth, Edith had also served as a Girl Scout leader.

Edith is survived by her brother, Kenneth Griswold of Plymouth; two nephews, Richard (Judy) Griswold and Barry Griswold, both of Plymouth; a niece, Carol Griswold Housouer of Rochester; three great-nephews; one great-niece; four great-great-nephews and two great-great-nieces.

Friends are invited to celebrate Edith's life and share memories of her from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services for Edith will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. William Kaster, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorial gifts may be given in Edith's memory to the Flower Fund of the Trinity United Methodist Church or to the Red Bird Mission. Letters of condolence may be sent to the funeral home via www.johnson-danielson.com.

Louise Smith

June 24, 1924-July 17, 2007

Louise SMITH, 83, of Grace Village Healthcare, Winona Lake, and formerly of Akron, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Village Healthcare.

Born in Miami County, she was the daughter of Victor R. and Ida Pearl Raymer Cover. She married Harold L. Smith on Feb. 1, 1944, in Macy. He passed away on Aug. 31, 2004. A homemaker, she helped her husband with their dairy farm.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women of the church, and Order of Eastern Star No. 124 of Macy, where she was a past worthy matron.

Survivors include a son, Randy J. Smith and wife Jeri, Akron; a sister, Lois Yoder, Macy; three grandchildren, Betsy and husband Barry Hiffner, Peru, Casey Smith, Lafayette, and Sally and husband Josh Nixon, West Lafayette; two great-grandsons, Lucas Hiffner and Dash Nixon. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Cook.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Lawrence See officiating. Burial will be at Gilead Cemetery, Gilead. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Linda S. (Thomas) Daugherty

Linda S. (Thomas) DAUGHERTY, 59, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Leslie Eugene Easterday

Leslie Eugene EASTERDAY, 77, of Selmer, Tenn., died Tuesday at Regional Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Dix Easterday, Selmer, Genn. a son, Steve Easterday, Columbia, Tenn.; a daughter, Susan McClellan, Hanover, Pa.; a brother, Everett Easterday, Kokomo; a sister Mildred Ingle, Kewanna.

His funeral service is at 1 p.m. today at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer in Selmer, Tenn.

Catherine 'Cathy' Skinner

Word has been received of the death of Catherine "Cathy" SKINNER, 81, of Summit Ridge, Colo., formerly of Akron. Local arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, including burial at Akron Cemetery.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Linda S. (Thomas) Daugherty

Nov. 30, 1947-July 19, 2007

Linda S. (Thomas) DAUGHERTY, 59, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born on Nov. 30, 1947, in Peru, the daughter of Paul and Betty (Reynolds) Thomas.

Mrs. Daugherty retired as a hairdresser and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her sons, Christopher and wife Stephanie Thomas, Bushnell, Fla., and Donovan and wife Shirley Daugherty, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.; daughter, Cassandra Daugherty, St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael Thomas, Bushnell, Fla., Gracie Daugherty, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., Dalton Coulliette, Bushnell, Fla., Donovan Wayne Daugherty, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., Derek Harris, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., Holden Harris, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.; brother, Steve and wife Beverly Thomas, Rochester; sisters, Cathy and husband Stuart McGuire, Springhill, Fla., Elizabeth Bleschmidt, Countryside, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Daugherty, and her parents.

Private services and interment will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Forest A. Cline

Forest A. CLINE, 89, of Miller’s Merry Manor, 730 School St., Culver, and formerly of Argos, died at 8:19 p.m. Saturday at the nursing home.  Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Kathleen R. Schoff

May 5, 1953-July 21, 2007

Kathleen R. SCHOFF, 54, of 7696 S. Indiana 25, Rochester, passed away at 11:07 p.m. Saturday at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

She was born on May 5, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Richard K. and Patricia (Rimmel) Taylor. On June 11, 1977, in Angola, she married Paul Edward Schoff Jr. He preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2005.

Mrs. Schoff was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include her sons, Zacharias Paul Schoff, Fulton, and Kristopher Edward Schoff, Fulton; daughter, Rose Anna and husband Richmond Lyke, Fulton; grandchild, Braxton Lyke, Fulton; mother, Patricia Taylor, Zanesville, Ohio; brothers, John Taylor, Angola, and Richard Taylor, Zanesville, Ohio; sisters, Cindi and husband Dennis Martin, Angola, and Barbara Taylor, Traverse City, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, cousins. She was preceded in death by her father.

Private burial and graveside services will take place at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Forrest A. Cline

Forrest A. CLINE, 89, of Miller's Merry Manor of Culver, formerly of 9944 E. 16th Road, Argos, died Saturday at the nursing home.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Ernsberger of Plymouth, Linda Smith of Indianapolis, and Shirley Marks of Bremen; a sister, Phyliss Stiver of Bourbon; and a brother, Jim Cline of Tennessee.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.

Leslie Eugene Easterday 

MSgt. USAF Retired Leslie Eugene EASTERDAY, 77, of Selmer, Tenn., died July 17 at Regional Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn.

He was an aviation technician for the U.S. Navy for nine years and the U.S. Air Force for 11 years. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Easterday participated in the Meals on Wheels program and was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Dix Easterday; a daughter, Susan McClellan and husband Chris of Hanover, Pa.; a son, Steve Easterday and wife Sue Ellen of Columbia, Tenn.; a sister, Mildred Engle and husband Marvin of Kewanna; a brother, Everett Easterday of Kokomo; nine grandchildren, Kevin, Brian, Jason, Matthew and Megan Easterday, Britainy Drew and husband Dennis, and Melinda, Paul and J. J. Stacey; three great-grandchildren, Logan and Delainey Drew and Rayne Stacey; and a brother-in-law, Owen McVay and wife Pat of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hulda Campbell Easter-day; a brother, William Easterday; a sister, Arlene McVay; and his wife's parents, Ewell and Linda Kelley Dix.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2007, at Shackelford Funeral Home Chapel in Selmer, with Lane Dix officiating. Memorials may be made to the Selmer Senior Center, Meals on Wheels or McNairy County Fire and Rescue Squad.

Merle E. Rogers

Nov. 25, 1932-July 23, 2007

Services for Merle E. ROGERS, 74, of Logansport, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel.

Mr. Rogers passed away Monday at his residence of natural causes.

Born Nov. 25, 1932, in Wolcott, he was the son of the late Glen

O. and Helen J. (Houk) Rogers. On Aug. 25, 1951, he married Carole

J. Brewer, she survives.

He was a member of the Burnettsville Christian Church, Operators Union Local No. 103 and a former member of the Logansport Bridge City Squares. Merle was a U.S. Army veteran who enjoyed deer hunting, mushroom hunting and working in general.

He was a heavy equipment operator and supervisor at McMahan's Construction, Rochester, for more than 30 years and most recently at Deichman Excavating, Logansport, for more than 10 years.

Surviving are his wife, Carole J. Rogers of Logansport; three sons, Gary W. Rogers of Logansport, Larry O. Rogers and Terry E. Rogers (Tamara), both of Royal Center; a daughter, Dorothy "Pam" Ellison (Bill) of Royal Center; two brothers, Melvin "Pete" Rogers (Lois) of Burnettsville, Marlin "Perry" Rogers of Westfield; a sister, Caroline Gaby of Westfield; eight grandchildren, Toni, Jimmy, Chrissy, Jeremy, Jason, David and Stephanie Rogers and Cory Ellison; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexis, Anthony, Matthew, Jacob and Lilly Rogers and Bailey Byers. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Milton "Pat" Rogers.

Pastor Dean Burnette will officiate at the service. Burial will be at Kistler Cemetery, Royal Center. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. Wednesday at the Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnettsville Christian Church, P.O. Box 65, Burnettsville, IN 47926. Online condolences may be made to the Rogers family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Russell A. Rogers

March 31, 1951-July 25, 2007

Russell A. ROGERS, 56, of Rochester, died at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room, Rochester.

Born in Gary, he was the son of Don and Marilyn Garvison. They preceded him in death. A 1969 graduate of Rochester High School, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He served from 1969 to 1973.

On July 24, 1971, he married Sherry Evans at First Christian Church, Rochester.

He worked as an oiler and mechanic for E & B Paving, Rochester. He belonged to Local No. 150 Operator-Engineers.

He was passionate about sporting activities and enjoyed motorcycling, umpiring Rochester girls softball, coaching youth bowling and ice fishing on the sparkling waters of Nyona Lake and Lake Manitou. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a past director of the Indiana Snowmobilers Association and president of the Salamonie Trailmaster Snowmobile Club. A fan of Richard Petty and NASCAR racing, he enjoyed racing go-carts at Akron Speedway. He was also a certified SCUBA diver.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Rogers, Rochester; a brother, Doug Garvison and wife Sue, Rochester; a sister, Rose Brady and husband Bob, Weaver, Ala.; his father-in-law, Robert Evans, Rochester; and a sister-in-law, Chris Swango and husband Steve, Virginia Beach, Va.

A celebration of the life of Russell A. Rogers will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Scott Seay officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be conducted by LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home. Russell's family requests memorials be made to Hope Hospice or the Fulton County Cancer Fund in lieu of flowers. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Wayne Lee Routt

Wayne Lee ROUTT, 51, of 3705 W. 1150 North, Macy, died at

6:30 p.m. Wednesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Cathy Skinner 

Catherine "Cathy" SKINNER, 81, Summit Ridge, Colo., formerly of Akron, died July 9 at home.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth "Bill" Skinner, Ronald Skinner and Donald Skinner, all of Colorado; a daughter, Irene Nichols of Colorado; and two sisters, Dorothy Hood and Henrietta Hall, both of Colorado.

Her funeral service was at 2 p.m. July 13 at Ertel Memorial Chapel, Cokedale, Colo. Local burial at Akron Cemetery was handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Lucile M. Feidner

Lucile M. FEIDNER, 96, Peabody Inn, North Manchester, died Thursday at Peabody Inn. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Leslie Eugene Easterday 

MSgt. USAF Retired Leslie Eugene EASTERDAY, 77, of Selmer, Tenn., died July 17 at Regional Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn.

He was an aviation technician for the U.S. Navy for nine years and the U.S. Air Force for 11 years. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Easterday participated in the Meals on Wheels program and was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Dix Easter-day; a daughter, Susan McClellan and husband Chris of Hanover, Pa.; a son, Steve Easterday and wife Sue Ellen of Columbia, Tenn.; a sister, Mildred Engle and husband Marvin of Kewanna; a brother, Everett Easterday of Kokomo; nine grandchildren, Kevin, Brian, Jason, Matthew and Megan Easterday, Britainy Drew and husband Dennis, and Melinda, Paul and J. J. Stacey; three great-grandchildren, Logan and Delainey Drew and Rayne Stacey; and a brother-in-law, Owen McVay and wife Pat of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hulda Campbell Easter-day; a brother, William Easterday; a sister, Arlene McVay; and his wife's parents, Ewell and Linda Kelley Dix.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2007, at Shackelford Funeral Home Chapel in Selmer, with Lane Dix officiating. Memorials may be made to the Selmer Senior Center, Meals on Wheels or McNairy County Fire and Rescue Squad.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Lucile Moore Feidner

June 22, 1911 – July 26, 2007

Lucile Moore FEIDNER, 96, Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester, died at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at her residence.

Born in Peru, she was the daughter of Archie and Lula Gore Moore. She lived most of her life in the Kewanna and Rochester communities.

On June 30, 1935, in Kewanna, she married Odin V. Feidner who preceded her in death.

A homemaker, she was a former member of the famous Akron Jonah Club. She also belonged to the Christian Church of Anoka.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews including Jim Ewen and wife Karen of Rochester; a great-nephew, Garrett Ewen and wife Kim of Granger; great-great-nephews, Caden and Gavin Ewen of Granger. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Gladys Moore, Marguerite Ewen and Allene Mills.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. David Wentroble officiating. Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Gregory “Greg” Meade

Feb. 27, 1952 – July 27, 2007 Gregory “Greg” MEADE, 55, 810 South Oak, Bluffton, died at

11:15 a.m. Friday at his residence.

Survivors include two daughters Melisa McCabe of Zanesville, Stephanie Duqinske of Ashville, NC; a son Adam Meade of Bluffton; a brother Jeff Meade; three brothers , Mike Meade of Bluffton, Pat Meade of Rochester, and Rex Meade of Ontario, Canada.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel.

Monday, July 30, 2007

James R. Beety

James R. BEETY, 67, Rochester, died Friday at Seaton Specialty Hospital, Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Martha S. Beety, Logansport; two sons, Michael H. Beety, Logansport, and John Dale Beety, Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Anna Gregorich, Lucerne; and a sister, Barbara A. Cory, Houston, Texas.

Private services will be held at a later date. Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, is handling arrangements.

Charles 'Chuck' W. Heeter 

Oct. 23, 1932-July 29, 2007

Charles "Chuck" W. HEETER, 74, of 1100 Park Road, Rochester, passed away at 3:08 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1932, in Rochester, the son of Darwin Dwight and Edythe (Clevenger) Heeter. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War.

Mr. Heeter worked at Fansler Lumber in Rochester and was a member of the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

Survivors include his sisters, Joan Atkinson, Rochester, and Mary Gene Groves, Logansport; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alan Heeter and Bud Heeter; and sisters, Margery Ellis, Lenora Sayger and Lucy Lane.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery, Athens, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call from noon until the time of the funeral at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to zimmerman-bros@rtcol.com.

Wayne Lee Routt

June 25, 1956-July 25, 2007

Wayne Lee ROUTT, 51, of 3705 W. 1150 North, Macy, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on June 25, 1956, in Wabash, the son of John and Betty (Eggert) Routt.

Wayne held various jobs in the area, but most recently worked for Deardorff Farm. He enjoyed farming, skiing, travel, spending time with his friends, but especially enjoyed the tranquility of his property.

Survivors include his parents, John and Betty Routt, Peru; a brother, Dan and wife Janice Routt, Fort Wayne; sisters, Pat Alspaugh, Galena, Ill., Janet and husband Bill Wakefield, Indianapolis, Pam Ranly and friend Dick Biggs, Houston, Texas. He will also be sadly missed by his six nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Miami County 4-H Community Building, 1029 W. 200 North, Peru. Friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the service time at the community building. Wayne and his family request donations in his honor be made to the North Miami Athletic Boosters, North Miami High School, Denver. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Ethel L. Weltz

Ethel L. WELTZ, 90, of 108 E. Main St., Burket, died Saturday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include a son, Dean Wallace, of Burket.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rosie C. Hyden

Rosie C. HYDEN, 69, Burket, died at 1 a.m. today at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Rosalie M. Lancaster

Rosalie M. LANCASTER, 82, of 4512 N. 800 West, Rochester, died at 3 a.m. Monday at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Esther K. Spitler

Esther K. SPITLER, 93, Miller’s Merry Manor, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died at 6:56 a.m. Monday at the nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Rosie B. Hyden

Rosie B. HYDEN, 69, of 115 W. Broadway St., Burket, died Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include her husband Glen "Mutt" A. Hyden, Burket; a daughter, Sheila Humble, Burket; six sisters, Lexie Stephens, Pierceton, Loretta Risner, Eunice Sammons, Joanna Lafferty, Marcelene Hyden and Linda Martin, all of Kentucky; and three brothers, Curtis Conn, David Conn and Troy Conn, all of Kentucky.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Evelyn Krieg

Evelyn KRIEG, 91, Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, formerly of Akron, died at 3:05 a.m. today at the nursing home.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Rosalie M. Lancaster

Sept. 10, 1924-July 30, 2007

 Rosalie LANCASTER, 82, of 4512 N. 800 West, Rochester (Leiters Ford), died at 3 a.m. Monday at home.

Her health was failing for one year.

The daughter of Earl J. and Helen VanKirk Lawson, she was born at their Leiters Ford home. She lived her whole life in that area.

In 1942, she graduated from Leiters Ford High School. She married Robert E. Lancaster on Nov. 24, 1944, in South Bend. He died on July 14, 1998.

She assisted her husband as a secretary for Lancaster Deamer Insurance agency. She retired from Torin in 1971 after working there for 12 years.

She belonged to Leiters Ford United Methodist Church.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and looked forward to their visits.

She is survived by two daughters, Malinda Lancaster, Carlisle, Mass., and Lucretia Webster and husband Greg, Peru; a son, James Lancaster, Uba City, Calif.; five grandsons, Shane and Troy Lancaster, Rob and Ted Webster and Justin Lancaster; two great-grandchildren, Paige and Jake Lancaster; a sister, Eloise Lawson, Rochester; and a brother, John Lawson, Tacoma, Wash. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Greg Lancaster in 1993 and Joseph Lancaster in 1998; and a brother, Albert Lawson in 1998.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Fred Guthrel officiating. Burial will be at Leiters Ford Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from noon until the service Friday. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Francisco A. Perez

Francisco A. PEREZ, 60, of 1107 Monroe St., Rochester, died at 2 a.m. today at home. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros., Funeral Home, Rochester.

Esther K. Spitler

Esther K. SPITLER, 93, Miller’s Merry Manor, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died Monday at the nursing home.

She has no immediate family survivors.

Her funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Earl Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Julie A. Foley

Julie A. FOLEY, 63, 220 W. Center St., Burket, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include four daughters, Crystal Ellison, Burket, Sharon Nault, Rochester, Karen Jackson, Burket, and Juanita Foley, Warsaw; a brother, Jimmy Adams, Defiance, Ohio; and three sisters, Alma Adams, Warsaw, Sally Chaney, Paintsville, Ky., and Bonnie Burchett, Prestonsburg, Ky.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Evelyn C. Krieg

Evelyn C. KRIEG, 91, Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, formerly of Akron, died Wednesday at the nursing home.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Gray, Warsaw; two sons, Steven Krieg, Akron, and Kenton Krieg, Philippines; and a brother, James Harvey, Kuhn, Wyo.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Akron Church of God with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Gloria J. McPeak

Gloria J. McPEAK, 65, Warsaw, died Wednesday at Mason Health Care.

Survivors include four daughters, Laurel Miller, Warsaw, Roma Terrell, Rochester, Noma McPeak, Warsaw, Daneyell McPeak, Warsaw; two brothers, Larry Miller, Warsaw, and Bobbie Miller, Fayetteville, N.C.; and a sister, Shirley Newman, Palestine.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, is handling arrangements.

Francisco 'Javier' Arroyo Perez Sr.

Dec. 22, 1946-Aug. 1, 2007

Francisco "Javier" (Mexican Cowboy) Arroyo PEREZ Sr., 60, of 1107 Monroe St., Rochester, passed away at 2 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1946, in Villa Insurgentes, Zacatecas, Mexico, the son of Camilo and Alejandrina Arroyo Perez. He became a United States citizen on March 27, 1979. On Dec. 22, 1971, in Rochester, he married Melody Shuey. She proceeded in death on Jan. 23, 2004.

Mr. Perez worked at Fort Worth Aluminum, Fort Worth, Texas, Kralis Bros., Mentone, and since 1999 at Rochester Metal Products, Rochester. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed listening to music, woodworking and watching wrestling.

Survivors include his son, Francisco Dwayne Perez Jr., Rochester; companion, Linda Waltz, Rochester; brothers, Dario and wife Carolina Perez, Purdy, Mo., Leonardo Perez, Villa Insurgentes, Zacatecas, Mexico, Rodolfo Perez, Butterfield, Mo., Pablo and wife Martha Perez, Monett, Mo.; sisters, Zenaida and husband Anastacio Gomez, Purdy, Mo., Modesta Perez, Santa Rita, Zacatecas, Mexico, Guadalupe Perez and husband Miguel, Villa Insurgentes, Zacatecas, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Esther K. Spitler

Esther K. SPITLER, 93, Miller’s Merry Manor, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died Monday at the nursing home.

She has no immediate family survivors.

Her funeral service was at 10 a.m. today at Earl Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Rosalie Lancaster

Sept. 10, 1924 – July 30, 2007

 Rosalie LANCASTER, 82, of 4512 N. 800 West, Rochester (Leiters Ford), died at 3 a.m. Monday at home.

Her health was failing for one year.

The daughter of Earl J. and Helen VanKirk Lawson, she was born at their Leiters Ford home.  She lived her whole life in that area.

In 1942, she graduated from Leiters Ford High School.  She married Robert E. Lancaster on Nov. 24, 1944, in South Bend.  He died on July 14, 1998.

She assisted her husband as a secretary for Lancaster Deamer Insurance agency. She retired from Torin in 1971 after working there for 12 years.

She belonged to Leiters Ford United Methodist Church.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and looked forward to their visits.

She is survived by two daughters, Malinda Lancaster, Carlisle, Mass., and Lucretia Webster and husband Greg, Peru; a son, James Lancaster, Uba City, Calif.; five grandsons Shane and Troy Lancaster, Rob and Ted Webster and Justin Lancaster, two great-grandchildren, Paige and Jake Lancaster; a sister, Eloise Lawson, Rochester, and a brother, John Lawson, Tacoma, Wash.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Greg Lancaster in 1993 and Joseph Lancaster in 1998; and a brother, Albert Lawson in 1998.

Her funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Fred Guthrel officiating. Burial was at Leiters Ford Cemetery.  Friends visited with the family from noon until the service Friday.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Monday, August 6, 2007

O. LeRoy Brown

Sept. 29, 1921-Aug. 4, 2007

O. LeRoy BROWN, 85, Kewanna, passed away at 7:27 a.m. Saturday at Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1921, in Rush County, the son of Frank and Mary (Brooks) Brown. On June 6, 1941, in Anderson, he married Ruth McClintock. She preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 1989. On May 15, 1993, in Rochester, he married Audra (Champ) Reed, and she survives.

Mr. Brown worked at Guide Lamp for 11 years and for the Logansport School Corporation for 21 years, retiring in 1983. He was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in the American Theater during World War II at Fort Bliss, Texas, as well as three years with the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of New Life Church, Rochester, and enjoyed his children, grandchildren and working in his yard.

Survivors include his wife, Audra Brown, Kewanna; son, Frank and wife Nancy Brown, Rochester; daughters, Connie and husband Jerry Jones, Winamac, Jerilynn and husband Terry Conwell, Rochester, Andrea and husband Tony Natali, Mishawaka; stepson, Rev. Donald and wife Vicki Reed, Elkhart; stepdaughter, Ruth Ann and husband Wayne Butler, Bucyrus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat­grandchildren; and his brother, Ivan Brown, Lapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the New Life Church, Fulton County Road 50 North and U.S. 31, Rochester, with the Rev. Donald Reed officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Kenneth Case

Kenneth CASE, 44, of 302 S. West St., Akron, died Saturday morning at home.  Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Kenneth Case

Kenneth CASE, 44, of 302 S. West St., Akron, died Saturday at home.

He is survived by two daughters, Anna Case, Indianapolis, and April Conley, North Manchester; a son, Shane Lee Case, Winamac; two sisters, Glendeane and Eugenia Case, both of Palestine; and three brothers, Rodney Case, Prestonsburg, Ky., Michael Case, Printer, Ky., and Roy Daniel Case, Palestine.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Free United Baptist Church, Pierceton, with visitation from 2 p.m. Tuesday until the service Wednesday at the church. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Dale A. Baldwin

Dale A. BALDWIN, 46, Logansport, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.

James Charles Fulcher Jr.

Nov. 3, 1988-July 28, 2007

James Charles FULCHER Jr., age 18 years, eight months and 25 days, entered into rest July 28 in Omaha, Neb.

He was born in Rochester.

James is survived by his father, James Charles Fulcher, Sr.; his mother, Susan Shortz; sisters, Tiffany and Crystal Fulcher; aunt and uncle, Rachel and John Moore; cousins, Ashley and Sheyanne Scheffer; and the family he adopted, Floyd, Tessie and Krystle Thompson, Kristine Hunt and Keith Fisher and many friends and coworkers who loved him.

His visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Cremation followed his visitation.

Dick J. ‘Dizz’ Plotner

Dick. J. “Dizz” PLOTNER, 69, died Tuesday at his Royal Center home.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Dale A. Baldwin

Dale A. BALDWIN, 46, Logansport, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.

Survivors include three daughters, Danielle N. Jones, Rochester, Patricia A. Baldwin, Elkhart, and Jennifer L. Baldwin, Arizona, and two brothers, James Baldwin, Navarre, Fla., and Gary L. Baldwin, South Bend.

His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Dick J. 'Diz' Plotner

Sept. 1, 1937-Aug. 6, 2007

Services for Dick J. "Diz" PLOTNER, 69, of Royal Center, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center.

He died Monday at his residence.

Born Sept. 1, 1937, in Royal Center, he was the son of the late Charles and Marie (Brew) Plotner. He retired from the Pioneer Regional School Corp. in 2003.

Diz attended Royal Center School. He enjoyed going to Harry's Coffee Shop, Royal Center, every morning and he especially enjoyed teasing the kids at school.

Surviving are a sister, Joyce Freels of Rochester; nieces and nephews, Judy Willis of Royal Center, Georgena Bayless of Franklin, Ron Plotner of Lafayette, Deb Rhodes of Logansport, Pam Schmaltz of Royal Center, Vicky Graham of Burnettsville, Jane Threlkeld of Arkansas, Sam Rogers of Winamac, Vere R. Rogers of Headlee, Jerry Winter of Winamac, Michael Kruzick of Texas, Doug Kruzick of Winamac, Mary Ellen Cassel of Winamac, David Snavley of Idaville, Sallie Barnhart of Michigan, Jim Freels of Peru, John Freels of Logansport and Carol Sue Chase of Lafayette. He is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Ronald and Donald Plotner, and three sisters, Polly Kruzick, Phae Snavley and Helen "Toots" Rogers.

Pastor Greig Crowder will officiate the services. Burial will be in Star City West Cemetery, Star City. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Elementary School, P.O. Box 517, Royal Center, IN 46978. Online condolences may be made to the Plotner family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Friday, August 10, 2007

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Monday, August 14, 2007

Scott Hathaway

June 2, 1955-Aug. 11, 2007

Scott HATHAWAY, age 52, Logansport, died at 8:31 a.m. Saturday in Danville, Ill.

Born in Logansport, he was the son of Donald G. Hathaway and Carlene (Reid) Hathaway.  His mother survives in Logansport.  Scott graduated from Logansport High School in 1973.

On June 15, 1990, in Logansport, he married Vicky Smith, who also survives.

Scott owned and operated Hathaway Heating & Air Conditioning Company.  Previously he was employed at Sears in the home improvement department.  He enjoyed running and was a member of the Kennekuk Road Runners.  He also enjoyed bike riding, golf, tennis and gardening.  Next year’s “Howl at the Moon” ultra marathon in Danville, Ill., will be in memory of Scott.

Scott was a wonderful, loving husband and father.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is also survived by daughters, Kiley Nason and her husband Ed, Ashley Hathaway and Carrie Hathaway, all of Logansport; a son, Jack Hathaway, Logansport; brothers, Jack Hathaway and Ted Hathaway and his wife Kelly, all of Logansport; a sister, Dawn Downham and her husband Dave, Logansport; a granddaughter, Kynzie Hathaway; aunts and uncles, Lois and Jim Gwin and Marley and Syndey Hathaway, all of Logansport; his father-in-law, Ed Smith and his wife Jane, Logansport; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. His father preceded him in death.  

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport, with Rev. Gary Lewis officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be placed online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

Richard J. ‘Dick’ Lewis

July 23, 1933-Aug. 10, 2007

Richard J. “Dick” LEWIS, 74, of 406 Charles St., Plymouth, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday in his home of natural causes.  Dick was a resident of Plymouth for 37 years, coming from South Bend.

Dick was born on July 23, 1933, in Rochester.  He was the son of Joel II and Margaret A. (Henderson) Lewis.  He was a graduate of Central High School, South Bend.

On Nov. 15, 1952, Dick and Theresa A. Susanna were married in South Bend.

Dick started Lewis Construction in 1970, when he moved to Plymouth.  He built several houses in the area.  He then worked for Eisenhour Home Improvements, retiring in June of 2006.

Several homes in Marshall County display his unique woodworking and ceramic tile talents. Dick also took pride in the Native Indiana wood flutes that he made.  An avid reader, he also followed Notre Dame football.

Despite his 15-month battle with cancer, he never lost his sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with people he met through business contacts or medical visits.

Dick was a Boy Scout leader in South Bend, where he received their “order of the Arrow.”

He is survived by Theresa, his wife of almost 55 years; one son, Richard N. “Rick” and Donna Lewis, West Palm Beach, Fla.; and two daughters, Susanna A. and Art Llovet, Argos, and Elizabeth A. and Brian Mosbey, Granger.  Dick is also survived by six grandchildren, Christopher (Brenda) Lewis and Heather (Michael) Anderson of Plymouth; Stephanie (Doug) Heckaman and Adam Llovet of Argos; Eric and Ryan Babendrager of Granger; and three sisters.  Great-grandchildren include Ashton and Mia Lewis of Plymouth, Peyton and Micah Heckaman of Argos and Karilynn and Sean Anderson of Plymouth. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.

Friends will be welcomed by Dick’s family to celebrate his life and hare their memories from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and after 7 a.m.

Tuesday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.  There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. today.  A mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Plymouth, were Dick was a member.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s cemetery, Plymouth.  Contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society or St. Michael’s Parish.  Messages of condolence to the family may be sent via the funeral home Web site, www.johnson-danielson.com.

Gaylord G. Sowers

Aug. 21, 1921-Aug. 11, 2007

Gaylord G. SOWERS, 85, of 900 Provident Drive, Warsaw, died at 8:08 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.

He was born in Newton County to John and Louella (Montgomery) Sowers. He lived in the Warsaw area most of his life.

On June 7, 1955, he married Marilyn Scoby, and she survives. He retired from Whitley Products.

In addition to this wife, Marilyn Sowers of Warsaw, he is survived by a daughter, Carolyn (Jay Hunt) Sowers of South Whitley; a son, Carl (Laura) Sowers of Warsaw; four grandchildren, Mrs. Nick (Brittany) Denny, Elaine Hunt, Heather Sowers and Branden Sowers; a great-grandson, Garrett Arthur; and a sister, Mrs. Warren (Mary) Simmons of Fulton.  He was preceded in death by two sisters.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Pierceton, with Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher officiating. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel. To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

Florence M. Thomas

Florence M. THOMAS, 82, Kewanna, died at 2:43 a.m. today at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

George William Carr

Aug. 27, 1916-July 25, 2007

George William CARR, 90, Burbank, Calif., died at 10:35 p.m. July 25 in Burbank.

He was born in Rochester to Walter Reuben Carr and Mattie Ann Dudgeon. He married Catherine M. Keesey on Aug. 11, 1945, in Logansport. She died Jan. 11, 1992.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Persian Gulf during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and the Army/Navy Union Garrison 291, of which he was the longest living past national commander. As national commander, George attended the inauguration of President Eisenhower and later met with President Truman in the Oval Office when he signed a bill to benefit veterans.

He worked as a used car sales manager for Gates Chevrolet in South Bend for 19 years, then worked for Associates Financial Services. George also served on the City Council in South Bend.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the St. Joseph Masonic Lodge.

George is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Bradley and Harriett Bell, both of Rochester; two daughters, Terri Woolley of California and Pam Bammel of Texas; two stepdaughters, Ginger Dorman of Missouri and Shirley Lettenmaier of California; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie and Rube Carr; his brothers, Deveral, Jay and Lewis Carr; and his sister, Dorothy Wyatt.

His funeral service was at 3 p.m. July 31 at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, Calif. Memorials may be made to the Army/Navy Union or the Diabetes Association.

Rev. Ray E. Mills

Rev. Ray E. MILLS, 83, Wesley Manor Retirement Community, Frankfort, died Sunday at home.

Born in Gillett Grove, Iowa, he was the son of Ross and Pearl Bargloff Mills.

On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Ruth Elizabeth Missal. She died March 11, 1995. He married Opal Lathrop on May 24, 1997, and she survives in Frankfort.

He was a United Methodist pastor from 1951 to 1986, when he retired as minister of visitation in Michigan City. Rev. Mills served the following United Methodist churches: North Liberty, 1954-1959; Grace in Rochester, 1959-1964; Gary City, 1964-1967; St. Matthew in Frankfort, 1967-1973; Warsaw First, 1973-1982; Muncie Gethsemane, 1982-1984; and Merrillville, 1984-1986.

He was a member of the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, a former Kiwanis member, and a member of the Singing Saints. As a Master Gardener, he left prayer gardens for all to enjoy. He enjoyed stamps, traveling and reading. He passionately loved his family and always lived to serve others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mark (Maxine) Mills of Logansport, and Beckie E. M. Clawson of Elkhart, two stepdaughters, Doris Winans of Fort Wayne and Dorothy (Russell) May of Lans Downe, Va.; a sister, Fay (George) Lanz of Spencer, Iowa; two brothers, Charles (Thelma) Mills of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, and Kay (Thelma) Mills of Raymore, Mo.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Wesley Manor, Amanda Reid Chapel, with Pastor Lore Blinn Gibson officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, at

2:30 p.m. Central time. Calling will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Genda Funeral Home, 608 N. Main St., Frankfort, and one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Fund of Wesley Manor, Frankfort, or the United Methodist Children's Home of Lebanon. Online condolences may be directed to gendafuneralhome.com.

Florence M. Thomas

March 3, 1925-Aug. 13, 2007

Services for Florence M. THOMAS, 82, of Grass Creek, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grass Creek United Methodist Church, 7219 S. Indiana 17, Kewanna.

She died at 2:43 a.m. Monday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born March 3, 1925, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Alpharetta (Congdon) Ratcliff. She was a 1943 graduate of Logansport High School.

On May 14, 1944, in Belton, Texas, she married Orville Thomas, and he survives.

Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker. She was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church and also of the Ladies Aid.

Surviving are her husband, Orville Thomas, Grass Creek; three sons, Wayne O. Thomas (Barbara) of Florida, James W. Thomas (Linda) of Grass Creek and David L. Thomas (Ruth), of Bennett, Colo.; nine grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant son; a grandson, James Walter Thomas Jr.; a brother, Carl Ratcliff; and a sister, Elizabeth Ratcliff.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Jan Moyer will officiate. Burial will be in Grass Creek Cemetery, Kewanna. Memorial contributions may be made to Ladies Aid c/o Grass Creek UMC, 7219 S. State Road 17, Kewanna, IN 46939. Online condolences may be made to the Thomas family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Frank F. Branham

Frank F. BRANHAM, 81, of 102 Miller Drive, Mentone, died at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Florence E. Polen

Florence E. POLEN, 101, Logansport, died at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday at Chase Center, Logansport.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel.

Jack Watson

Jack WATSON, 72, Liberty Mills, died at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital emergency room, Warsaw.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Frank F. Branham

Frank F. BRANHAM, 81, of 102 Miller's Drive, Lot 5, Mentone, died Tuesday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Branham, Mentone, and a daughter, Pauline Baker, Greenfield, Wis.

There is no funeral or visitation. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

Florence E. (Sims) Polen

Florence E. (Sims) POLEN, 101, Logansport, died Tuesday at Chase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Logansport.

Survivors include her daughter, Lois M. Harvey.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 7

p.m. today.

Jack Watson

Jack WATSON, 72, of 60 N. Fourth St., Liberty Mills, died Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Watson, Liberty Mills; six daughters, Vicki Brown, Cathy Norton, Jaki Crorrell, Tina Collins, Danniell Hunnicutt and DeDee Evans; a son, Dave Hunnicutt; a sister, Mary Ann Spangle; and a brother, Steve James.

His funeral service will be at 6 P.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 4 p.m. until the service.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Francis D. Zink

Francis D. ZINK, 84, of 805 Baker St., Plymouth died Thursday at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; two sons, Ron Zink, Rochester, and Rex Zink, Ray, Mich.; a daughter, Cheryll Wyne, Indianapolis, and a brother, Morris Zink, Sough Bend.

His funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Methodist Church, Culver, with visitation before the service from 4

p.m. to 7 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Francis D. Zink

July 14, 1923 - Aug. 16, 2007

PLYMOUTH - Francis D. ZINK, 805 Baker Street, Plymouth, died of natural causes in the Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, on Thursday at 1:15 a.m.

Born in Argos, the son of Don and Fern Bennett Zink, on July 14, 1923, Francis graduated from Argos High School with the class of 1941.

On May 8, 1948, in Argos, Francis and Joan Neidlinger were married.

He worked in construction all of his life. He was a highway concrete paving superintendent for McMahan- O'Connor Construction in Rochester, for more than 30 years.

Francis loved sports. He was an amateur baseball player in Marshall County and won the MVP trophy in an independent tourney in Plymouth in 1948.  He was good enough to get a tryout with the old St. Louis Browns' team.  In later years, he played softball and enjoyed the game of golf. He liked to work outside in his yard.

He served as a trustee of the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Culver.

Francis is survived by Joan, his wife of 59 years, and their three children, two sons and a daughter. They are Ron and Mary Zink of Rochester, Rex and Margaret Zink of Ray, Mich., and Cheryll and Gary Wyne, Indianapolis. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive as well, together with a brother, Morris Zink of South Bend. Francis was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Audrey Zink.

The family invites friends to share memories and celebrate the life of Francis at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral services for Francis, officiated by Ron Lewellen of the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Culver, will follow visitation at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, on Monday at 10

a.m. Gifts in Francis' memory may be given to the Emmanuel Methodist Church. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnson-danielson.com.

Dennis R. Adams

Dennis R. ADAMS, 1324 Sunset Drive, Winona Lake, died Friday morning at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Dennis R. Adams

Sept. 30, 1950-Aug. 17, 2007

Dennis R. ADAMS, 56, of 1324 Sunset Drive, Winona Lake, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. He was in failing health for several months.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Jack Adams Jr. and Aleene Lowry Adams. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1968.

He married Cindy Smythe on March 27, 1976, in Burket. She survives.

He was a salesman in the automotive industry, most recently working for Automotive Color and Supply and, prior to that, Schrader's Auto Parts, both in Warsaw.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 73 in Warsaw, Moose Lodge No. 1423 in Warsaw, Elks No. 802 in Warsaw, the Kosciusko County Shrine Club, Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine, the Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne, the Harley Owners Group and the John Purdue Club.

He enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle, NASCAR and street rod cars.

In addition to his wife, Cindy Adams of Winona Lake, he is survived by a daughter, Heather Adams, Lafayette; a sister, Diane and husband Rick Landis, Macy; a brother, Gary and wife Jeni Adams, Akron; and his chocolate Labrador retriever, Keenan.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Ken Locke officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alpha 1 Foundation or the Shriners Hospital for Children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

James Gilliland

Jan. 31, 1924-Aug. 18, 2007

James GILLILAND, 83, Fort Wayne, died Saturday at his residence.

Born Jan. 31, 1924, in Rochester, he was an electrician for Walsh Electric. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Vincennes.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Gilliland of Fort Wayne; son, Jim (Patricia) Gilliland and daughter Joyce (David) Woodcox, both of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Mandy Gleave, Matt Gilliland and Alisha Carlson; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at IOOF Cemetery in Rochester. D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Eugenia C. Howard

Eugenia C. HOWARD, 80, of 419 S. Cherry St., Akron, died Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include a son, Larry Howard, Warsaw; six sisters, Alga Cooper, Monroe, Mich., Ossie Coburn, Stroh, Marlene Meadows, Finley, Ohio, Billa Clemons, Lebanon, Ohio, Joyce Conley, South Milford, and Helen Tuttle, Garrett, Ky.; five brothers, Allen Chaffins, Garrett, Ky., Jim Chaffins, Ohio, Danny Chaffins, Auburn, Gary Chaffins, Garrett, Ky., and Herbert Chaffins, Kendallville.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Charles D. Young

March 26, 1919-Aug, 17, 2007

Charles D. YOUNG, 88, Marion, went home to be with the Lord at 8:30 a.m. Friday at his residence. 

He was born in Akron to the late Charles B. and Abbie J. (Smith) Young. He married Evelyn I. Barr; she proceeded in death on Nov. 26, 1997. He then married Charline Ingram Wasson. She survives.

Charles was regional manager for Mid Western United Life Insurance Co. for 41 years. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne. He was a member of the Elks, Moose Lodge and was a 33rd Mason and Shriner for 50 years. He was also a member of the Marion Exchange Club, American Legion and the VFW. Charles attended Grace Community Church and was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years in Marion and Tavares. He loved to fish and hunt and liked to travel.

In addition to his wife, Charline Young of Marion, he is survived by his daughters, Barbara I. (Victor) Devore, Swayzee, Rosilyn K.(Don)Vyhnalek, Fairmount, Janice (Bill) Studinka, Tavares, Fla., and Roselyn M. (Jack) Farley, Fairmount; a son, Charles S. (Mary) Young, Cadillac, Mich.; and two sisters, Zella Bain and Louise Garrick, both of Rochester; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Evelyn; brothers, Floyd and Donald Young; and his sister, Freda Trout.

Memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Grant County and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Marion. Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.

His funeral service was at 1 p.m. Monday at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Chapel, Marion, with visitation on Sunday. Dr. Tom Mansbarger officiated. Burial was at Grant Memorial Park, Marion.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Irma Johnson

Irma JOHNSON, 69, Grass Creek, passed away early Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna.

Helen M. Davis

April 11, 1917-Aug. 10, 2007

Helen M. DAVIS, 90, Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Burnettsville, died at 10:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Bradenton, where she lived the last three years.

She was born in Logansport on Wednesday, April 11, 1917, to James Arnold Clark and Ruby Elizabeth Michael Clark.

Helen graduated from Logansport High School in 1935. After graduating, she was Mr. Baker's private secretary at Bakers Supply Company, Logansport.

On Sept. 29, 1939, in Delphi, she married Merle G. Davis, and he survives in Bradenton, Fla.

Helen was the White County chairperson of the American Heart Association for 20 years, and while their children were in school, she was involved with the Parent-Teacher Association. She was also a 4­H leader for several years.

Helen formerly attended East Lawn United Methodist Church in Idaville. She was also a former member of the Burnettsville Breakfast Club of Burnettsville, Twin Lakes Senior Citizens, AARP Chapter 3244, both of Monticello, and was a member of Monticello's Crystal Chapter Order of Eastern Star for more than 50 years. While she lived in the Burnettsville area, the class of 1935 from Logansport High School would meet at the old Ambers Restaurant every month during the summer. Helen was the first person to be named the White County Volunteer of the Year, an honor sponsored by the Monticello Herald Journal newspaper.

She is also survived by a daughter, Cheryl Ann (Michael) Taulman, Sun Prairie, Wis.; a son, Michael Brent Davis, Lafayette; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Black, and a grandson, Glen Davis.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Miller-Roscka Funeral Home, Monticello. Burial will be at Davis Cemetery, in rural Burnettsville in Cass County. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Evelyn Baker Hartoin

Jan. 21, 1924-Aug. 21, 2007

Evelyn Baker HARTOIN, 83, of Macy, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday in her residence.

Born Jan. 21, 1924, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Bessie Hopper Wilson. On Oct. 28, 1943, in Logansport, she was married to Donald Baker, who preceded her in death. She was married June 18, 1966, in Logansport, to Milton Hartoin, who preceded her in death in 1988.

Evelyn retired from the American Red Cross, where she worked as executive secretary for eight years in Fulton County.

She was a member of Nyona & South Mud Lakes Association and the Bridge City Square Dancers club. She enjoyed being around the lake and was an avid bird watcher. She also enjoyed watching and cheering on Notre Dame teams.

Evelyn never met a stranger. The Lord was with her throughout her life, through the good times and the bad, especially as she battled cancer. Her faith and courage was an inspiration to everyone around her.

Surviving are four sons, Richard Baker and his companion, Jane Haugh, Logansport, Larry Baker and his wife Debbie, Walton, Terry Baker and his wife Monica, Nyona Lake, and Donald Baker and his wife Sue, of Carmel; one daughter, Sue Smith and her husband Gary, of Logansport; two brothers, Tim Wilson and his wife Martha, Logansport, and Eugene Wilson and his wife Pam, of Logansport, three sisters, Norma Winters, Walton, May Kumler, Logansport, and Faye Wilson, Logansport; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at Pisgah Cemetery, Logansport, at

10:30 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Jerry Moore officiating. Interment will follow. Contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, is handling arrangements. You may light a candle of hope and sign her guestbook online at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

Patricia Ann Mikel

Patricia Ann MIKEL, 62, of 227 E. High St., Atwood, died Tuesday at home.

 Survivors include her husband, James D. Mikel, Etna Green; a daughter, Anita Poyser, Atwood; three sons, Mathew Mikel, Mentone, Mark Mikel, Atwood, and Ben Mikel, Warsaw; a sister, Linda Hochstetler, Warsaw; and two brothers, Terry Burghduff, Morley, Mich., and Jerry Burghduff, Rome City.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Pilgrims Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Etna Green, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4

p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Sharon Sedlacek

Sharon SEDLACEK, 57, former Rochester resident, passed away Aug. 19, 2007, at St. Luke's Mayo hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Sharon was the daughter of Ken and Audrey Hartle, Culver, and Don and Laurel Sedlacek, Coldwater, Mich. 

Survivors include two daughters, Tambra Mitchell, Orlando, Fla., and Ashley Hoffman, Hope Sound, Fla.; two grandchildren, Anthony McBride, Hope Sound, and Olivia Mitchell, Orlando; four sisters, Suellen Sedlacek, Bremen, Sandra Hood, Culver, Stephanie (Scott) Bilby, Rochester, and Shelley (Joe) Sheppard; one brother, Stacey (Lisa) Hartle, Culver; two stepbrothers, Kenny and Kerry Hartle, Royal Center. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Memorial services will be Saturday in Jacksonville. Flowers or other messages of condolence can be sent to 8533 Walden Road, Jacksonville, FL 32244.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Lynn M. Leffert

Lynn M. LEFFERT, 62, Warsaw, formerly of Argos, died this morning at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Cecil L. Platt

Jan. 19, 1915-Aug. 23, 2007

Cecil L. PLATT, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 23, at Parkwood Health Care in Lebanon. He formerly lived in Lafayette, Rochester and Columbus.

Born Jan. 19, 1915, in Stockwell, he graduated from Stockwell High School in 1933. He was the son of the late Quincy Q. and Cora

L. Cart Platt. Mr. Platt was a metallurgist, professional photographer and entrepreneur. He married Bernadine V. DeHahn on Sept. 10, 1933. She preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 2002.

Mr. Platt was a member of First Baptist Church in Rochester, First Christian Church in Columbus and the American Society of Metallurgists.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Platt of Columbus, and Stephen Platt (Charlotte) of St. Louis, Mo. Friends may call at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., from 1 p.m. Monday until the service there at 2

p.m. Monday. Interment will be at St. Boniface Cemetery. Also surviving are four grandchildren. www.soller-baker.com

Margaret Wakeland

Margaret WAKELAND, 81, died Friday, Aug. 24, at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.

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

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lynn M. Leffert

Sept. 3, 1944-Aug. 24, 2007

Lynn M. LEFFERT, 62, of 619 W. Center St., Warsaw, formerly of Argos, died at 4:20 a.m. Friday at Veterans Administration Northern Indiana Health Care System, Fort Wayne.

Born in Fulton County, he was the son of Leon M. Leffert and Jeanette M. McGriff Leffert. He graduated from Argos High School in 1962, when he was also awarded the Indiana FFA Star Farmer award.

A cattle and grain farmer in Marshall County, he married Cheri Davis in Argos. He was a past member of the Marshall County Fair Board and Fair Council. Members of the American Hereford Cattle Association, his family raised prize-winning cattle north of Argos for years, showing them at many venues including the state fair and selling them for show.

A U.S. Army Specialist E5 Engineer, he served in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion post in Argos and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Plymouth.

He was also a member of the National Rifle Association. He loved to keep track of all of his family and their achievements.

Survivors include the mother of his four children, Cheri Riese, Elkhart; a daughter, Leslie Leffert, Elkhart; three sons, Lee M. Leffert and wife Carol, Culver, Christopher L. Leffert, stationed with the Navy in Hawaii, and Nicholas A. Leffert, stationed with the Army in Alaska; and three grandchildren, Dean Michael Leffert, Trevor Leffert and Katie Leffert. He was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Leffert, on Nov. 29, 1999.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with visitation from 4

p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW. Memorials may be made to the Marshall County 4-H Fair Association.

Lyman Leroy 'Rud' Mongosa

Oct. 15, 1936-Aug. 26, 2007 Lyman Leroy "Rud" MONGOSA, 70, Denver, passed away at

1:20 p.m. Sunday at his residence.

Born Oct. 15, 1936, in Miami County, he was the son of Lyman Vance and Eathel Fay Walker Mongosa. On Dec. 8, 1956, he married Juel Kay Lesley at the home of the late Rev. C. F. Golden, near Chili, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2001.

He was a member of the First Brethren Church, Mexico, and a former member of the Denver Saddle Club. He enjoyed saddle and pulling horses, coon hunting, Indiana basketball and farming.

He is survived by three daughters, Juel Ammerman and her husband Fred Ammerman Jr., Peru, Holly Hausse and her husband Les, Baton Rouge, La., and Katie Rudd and her husband Bernard, Denver; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Delmar, Henry and Joe Mongosa, all of Macy; four sisters, Eclista Birner, Peru, Doris Harshman, Galveston, Carolyn Knauff and Helen Alexander, both of Denver. One daughter, Brenda Fay Mongosa, and one grandson, Leroy Ammerman, preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, with Pastor Bill Cook officiating. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Robert Earl Seidner

Robert Earl SEIDNER, 79, Winston, Ore., formerly of Rochester, died Aug. 20 in a Eugene, Ore., hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria, Winston, Ore.; children, Terry Williams, Cottonwood, Calif., Richard Hursey, Redding, Calif., Edna Potter, Winston, Jim Styir, Shasta Lake City, Calif., Jerry Seidner, Traverse City, Mich.; two brothers, Gene Seidner and Bill Willard, Rochester; and four sisters, Louise Willard Skidmore Vernon, Rochester, Wilmajean Willard Tulley, Macy, Patsy Willard Taylor, Albuquerque, N.M., Marlene Willard Clark, Soap Lake, Wash.

Margaret L. Wakeland

March 9, 1926-Aug. 24, 2007

Margaret L. WAKELAND, 81, of 510 Clay St., Rochester, died at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, due to a short illness.

Born in Logansport, she was the daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Knox Wermes. On Aug. 31, 1946, she married Harold Keith Wakeland in Logansport. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 2001. She lived in Rochester since 1946, when she moved from Logansport.

A homemaker, she worked for and retired from Snyder's Jewelry Store, Rochester. She had also worked at the Colonial and the Moose.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester.

She was a diehard Cubs Fan, an avid bowler and a member of the 225 club. She golfed and enjoyed playing bingo and fishing.

Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Marie Wakeland, Waynesboro, Tenn.; three sons, Bruce E. Wakeland and wife Jane, Culver, Neal K. Wakeland and wife Keri, Rochester, Daniel E. Wakeland and wife Janet, Grandview, Texas; seven grandchildren, George Brownfield, Christine Chaffin, Rebecca Brownfield, Jennifer Putman, Nicole Wakeland, Keith Wakeland and Hailly Wakeland; five great-grandchildren, Ryan and Erin Brownfield, Marcella and Marina Chaffin and Akasha Putman; and two sisters, Marietta Shirley, Albuquerque, N.M., and Joan Rusk and husband Lewis, Lafayette. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers, Eugene, Leonard and Harold Wermes.

Her mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main St., Rochester, with Father Joseph Jacob officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. A prayer vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Kenneth D. Miller

Kenneth D. MILLER, 67, Royal Center, died Sunday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Miller, Royal Center; six daughters, Sandy Feltis, Teresa Slusser, Ardell Hettinger, Susan Harrison, all of Logansport, Terri Altman, Monticello, and Kenda Guy, Logansport; and a brother, Don Miller, Lake Cicott.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzer Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hattie Belle Holloway

Hattie Belle HOLLOWAY, 94, of Taneyville, Mo., formerly of Rochester, died Monday at Ozark Riverview Manor, Ozark, Mo.

Survivors include a son, John Holloway, Elkhart, and a daughter, Barbara Hittle, Taneyville, Mo.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home Chapel, Forsyth, Mo.

Robert E. Hayes

Robert E. HAYES, 86, Rochester, died Tuesday at his residence.

Survivors include three daughters, Melody Sue Schoff, Rochester, Carolyn Rosenbaum, Kingsford Heights, Carol Brown, LaPorte; two sons, Mitchell Hayes, Rochester, and David Hayes, Granger; a brother, Charles Hayes, Georgia; and four sisters, Marjorie

L. Carnine, Fairland, Maxine Fouts, St. Cloud, Fla., Carol Keck, North Salem, and Janet Jones, Indianapolis.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Haverstock Funeral Home, LaPorte, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service Saturday.

Eugene Spangler

Eugene SPANGLER, 86, of 2657 E. 900 South, Bunker Hill, died Monday at home.

 Survivors include five children, Robert Spangler, Bluffton, Barbara Deeds, Waterville, Ohio, Kenneth Spangler, Bunker Hill, Joyce Kline, Rochester, and Karen Wideman, Macy; sisters, Norma Lamb, Kokomo, and June Troyer, Peru; and a brother, Charles Spangler, Greentown.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Laird Funeral Home, Amboy, is handling arrangements.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Arvilla Whetstone

Arvilla WHETSTONE, 92, Kenilworth Nursing Home, Sebring, Fla., formerly of Tippecanoe, died at 12:20 a.m. Thursday at the nursing home. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Robert E. Hayes

July 28, 1921-Aug. 28, 2007

Robert E. HAYES, 86, Rochester, formerly of LaPorte, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday at home.

He lived many years in Granger and seven years in Rochester after moving from LaPorte.

Born in Ladoga, he was the son of Leonard and Clella (Apple) Hayes.

On Dec. 18, 1941, he married Frances Windmiller in Covington. She preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 1991.

He worked at Bendix Corp. for 25 years before going to Allis Chalmers, where he was a quality assurance supervisor. After 13 years there, he retired in 1983.

He was a staff sergeant and master cook in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II. He was decorated with four Bronze Stars. He was a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1176, South Bend.

A Boy Scout leader and foster parent, he loved to read, spend time outdoors and watch birds around his bird feeder. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by three daughters, Melody Sue (Charles) Schoff of Rochester, Carolyn Rosenbaum of Kingsford Heights, and Carol Brown of LaPorte; two sons, Mitchell (LaVada) Hayes of Rochester, David (Cindy) Hayes of Granger; a brother, Charles Hayes of Georgia; four sisters, Marjorie L. Carnine of Fairland, Maxine Fouts of St. Cloud, Fla., Carol Keck of North Salem, and Janet Jones of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. 

Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service today at Haverstock Funeral Home Inc., 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, with the Rev. Ransom Ebersole officiating. Visitation was also from 4

p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, 420 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975.

Jordan Cole Horn

May 31, 1995-Aug. 30, 2007 Jordan Cole HORN, 12, of 3408 S. 1000 East, Akron, died at

7:52 p.m. Thursday due to injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident at Fulton County Roads 225 South and 175 East near Akron.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of Tim and Gerri Cole Horn. He lived in the Akron and Rochester communities.

A sixth-grader at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, Akron, he was a wrestler and enjoyed skateboarding. He was interested in motors and engines and loved to ride go-karts, mini bikes, the garden tractor and the John Deere Gator.

 He attended Rochester Church of God.

He is survived by his mother, Gerri Ruiz, Akron; his father, Tim Horn and companion Kay Dulin of Rochester; four brothers, Kyle Horn of Akron, Travis Horn and wife Kristin of Rochester, Ty Horn of San Diego, Calif., and Rodnie Stone of Peru; his maternal grandparents, Patricia Cole of Denver and Monty and Janni Barnett of Crawfordsville; his paternal grandparents, Maurice and Janet Horn of Rochester. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, George "Dick" Cole.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Larry Pyeatt officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Jordan Horn Scholarship Fund for Tippecanoe Valley wrestlers. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Neil Clarke Simpson

Neil Clarke SIMPSON, age 83, passed peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, in Burien, Wash.

He was born in South Bend to Henry and Voy (Bailey) Simpson.

Neil is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Eva; sons, Darryl Simpson (Pamela) and Brett Simpson (Denise); daughter, Ronda Andrews (Gary); grandchildren, Robert Andrews (Amy), Phillip Andrews (Aubrey), Michelle Simpson (Jason) and Eric Simpson; great-grandchildren, Trenton Simpson, Kennedy Andrews and Kaylee Michels; sisters, Barbara Davidson and Leda Harlan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Ronald and Deane; sisters, Shirley Barkman, Betty Fay and Nelda Willcox; and grandson, Phillip G. Simpson.

Neil retired as a quality assurance supervisor in 1986 after 33 years of employment with Boeing.

Committal and military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash. The family has entrusted arrangements to Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA. (206) 242-1787. Please sign the guestbook at www.bonneywatson.com.

Donald N. Emerick

Donald N. EMERICK, 68, South Bend, died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at home.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma J. "Susie" (Pickens); daughter, Ginger L. Emerick of Rochester; sons, Keith L. Emerick of Kokomo, Michael R. Emerick of Rockford, Ill., Neal W. Emerik of South Bend; eight grandchildren; a sister, Carol L. McMillan of Cleveland, Tenn.; and a brother, James L. Emerick of Mishawaka.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where friends may visit one hour before services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Monday, September 3, 2007

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Monna Roselyn Bennett

Monna Roselyn BENNETT, 93, Portland, Ore., formerly of Warsaw, died Sunday at Providence Hospital in Portland.

She was born in Kosciusko County near Mentone and Akron.

There are no immediate family survivors.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

Ben Floyd Fleck

Oct. 14, 1933-Sept. 2, 2007

Ben Floyd FLECK, 73, Hickory Creek of Rochester, 340 E. 18th St., formerly of Orlando, Fla., and Akron, died at 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born in North Manchester, he was the son of Floyd W. and Daisy L. Brooks Fleck. He attended Akron High School.

He worked at General Tire, Wabash, and while living in Orlando, he worked as a security guard at Florida State University. He also worked at Delaughter Mortuary, North Manchester, and Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.

He was an avid hunter and loved to play euchre. He also enjoyed going to dog races. He loved to play croquet and always had to have the maroon mallet and ball.

He is survived by four daughters, Deborah Babcock, Raleigh, N.C., Cheryl A. McCullough, Akron, Linda and husband Frank Kamp, Rochester, and Kelly Banter, North Manchester; three sons, Steve Fleck, Macy, Tim Fleck and fiancee Kelly Strahlem, Akron, and Jeffery Allen Banter, North Manchester; a sister, Marcille and husband George McGlennen, Clarksville, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline M. Fleck.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Steve Fleck and Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Patricia A. Gumble

Patricia A. GUMBLE, 71, formerly of 300 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died at 6:20 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Jordan Cole Horn

May 31, 1995-Aug. 30, 2007 Jordan Cole HORN, 12, of 3408 S. 1000 East, Akron, died at

7:52 p.m. Thursday due to injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident at Fulton County Roads 225 South and 175 East near Akron. Born in Rochester, he was the son of Tim and Gerri Cole Horn. He lived in the Akron and Rochester communities.

A sixth-grader at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, Akron, he was a wrestler and enjoyed skateboarding. He was interested in motors and engines and loved to ride go-karts, mini bikes, the garden tractor and the John Deere Gator.

 He attended Rochester Church of God.

He is survived by his mother, Gerri Ruiz, Akron; his father, Tim Horn and companion Kay Dulin of Rochester; four brothers, Kyle Horn of Akron, Travis Horn and wife Kristin of Rochester, Ty Horn of San Diego, Calif., and Rodnie Stone of Peru; his maternal grandparents, Patricia Cole of Denver and Monty and Janni Barnett of Crawfordsville; his paternal grandparents, Maurice and Janet Horn of Rochester. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, George "Dick" Cole.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Larry Pyeatt officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Jordan Horn Scholarship Fund for Tippecanoe Valley wrestlers. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

William 'Linc' Hunter

Sept. 15, 1919-Sept. 3, 2007

William "Linc" HUNTER, 87, rural Wabash, formerly of Akron, died at 7:55 a.m. Monday at Wabash County Hospital Skilled Care, Wabash. He was hospitalized for three weeks.

Born in Miami County, he was the son of William and Marie Lukens Hunter. On April 27, 1946, he married Betty A. Floor, and she survives.

A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. His current lodge membership was with Lincoln Lodge, Macy.

In addition to his wife, Betty A. Hunter of Wabash, he is also survived by a son, Don Hunter and his wife Mary, Anderson; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Ellen and Alice. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Debra Jo, who died in 1978.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Rochester. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service Thursday at the funeral home. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Arvilla Whetstone

Arvilla WHETSTONE, 92, Sebring, Fla., formerly of Tippecanoe, died Thursday at Kenilworth Care & Rehab Center, Sebring.

Survivors include three daughters, Joan Eiser, Mentone, Joy Shonk, Sebring, Fla., and Jewel Wood, Tippecanoe; and a son, Dan Whetstone, Goshen.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Patricia A. Ginn Gumble

Patricia A. Ginn GUMBLE, 71, formerly of 300 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include a son, Michael Barnacastle, Pearce, Ariz., and daughters, Jessica Barnacastle, Tubac, Ariz., and Jennifer Barnacastle, Tucson, Ariz.

No service or visitation will take place. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Conne R. Daine

Dec. 29, 1949-Sept. 3, 2007

Conne R. DAINE, 57, Peru, died at 7:05 a.m. Monday at Howard Regional Hospital, Kokomo.

Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of Cleotis and Ruth (Groninger) Daine. She was married to Steven Swantner and he preceded her in death in 1972.

She worked as a print press operator at Sir Speedy Printing Center, Kokomo, and also was formerly employed by Millner Printing in Kokomo and American Stationery in Peru.

She is survived by a daughter, Dawn R. Buman and husband Chip, and three grandchildren, Sierra C. Swantner, Zoey M. Arrick and Blayklee S. Buman, all of Peru. Her brothers, Kerry Daine of Rochester and Larry Daine and wife Jennifer of Macy, also survive. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Mark Daine.

Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with Pastor Dooley Swantner officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Cecil R. Hood

Aug. 23, 1928-Sept. 3, 2007

Cecil R. HOOD, 79, of Kewanna, passed away Monday at Center for Hospice, South Bend.

Born Aug. 23, 1928, in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late George C. and Sarah E. (Hahn) Hood. He was a 1946 graduate of Star City High School and a veteran of the United States Army.

He was a motor home driver for many years and was also formerly employed by Kewanna Metal Specialties, Kewanna. Cecil was a member of the NRA.

Survivors include two sisters, Gertrude J. Spoor, Culver, and Ruth J. DePoy (George), Plymouth; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth K. Hood and Jay L. Hood, and a niece and a nephew.

Cecil's wish was for his body to be donated to the Indiana University Anatomical Education Program, after which his ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off Charleston, S.C.

Memorials may be made to Center for Hospice, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the Hood family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Wendell D. Lewark

Wendell D. LEWARK, 81, of 660 Forest Place, Apt. 15, Culver, died Monday at home.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred McQueen, and a brother, Paul Lewark, both of Fort Wayne.

There is no visitation. A memorial service will be planned later. Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is handling arrangements.

Friday, September 7, 2007

John Hyatt

John HYATT, 71, Fruitland Park, Fla., died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Fla. His wife, Norma Swihart Hammond Hyatt, is formerly of Akron.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Richard H. ‘Rick’ Beaulieu

Richard H. “Rick” BEAULIEU, Rochester, died at 12:08 p.m. Saturday at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. Arrangements are pending at Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport.

Carol S. Brazo

Jan. 23, 1943-Sept. 8, 2007 Carol S. BRAZO, 64, of 208 N. Broadway St., Mentone, died at

6:48 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Born in South Bend, she was the daughter of Marion and Fern Adams Carnes. She married Jim A. Brazo on Oct. 22, 1964, in Munich, Germany. He survives in Mentone. They were both from the Niles, Mich., area.

A registered nurse, she most recently worked for Hope Hospice. She received her nurse's training in Cook County, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University. She enjoyed caring for people through the hospice work she had done.

She was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church. She loved to paint, knit, sew and make baskets. She was a great nurse and homemaker.

She is also survived by a daughter, Connie and husband Tom Simons, Rochester; three sons, Greg Brazo and wife Shannon, Burket, Nathan Brazo and wife Rachel, Indianapolis, and Ben Brazo, Claypool; four granddaughters, ShaNell, Alexis and Morgan Brazo and Allison Ulrey; and a sister, Michelle Heibner, Saline, Mich.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Les Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church.

Patrick F. McLochlin

Patrick F. McLOCHLIN, 46, of 319 E. 14th St., No. 1, Rochester, died at 12:58 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Jimmy Allen Miller

Jimmy Allen "Jim" MILLER, 64, Peru, died Friday while walking his dogs at Mississinewa Reservoir.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Miller of Logansport and Ken Miller of Peru; and two sisters, Susan Bolin of Logansport and Linda Browning of Peru.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Skinner Worship Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Barbara Ann Springer Upp

Oct. 23, 1942-Sept. 9, 2007

Barbara Ann Springer UPP, 64, of 320 Madison St., Rochester, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born in Constantine, Mich., she was the daughter of Johnie Springer and Ella Springer Wallace. In 1947, when she was 5, she moved to Rochester from Massachusetts. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1960.

She graduated from the House of James Beauty College in 1961.

On June 9, 1968, she married David Upp in Leiters Ford.

She was employed by Superior Sample for 18 years.

A member of the Busy Belles Home Ec Club, she was a basket maker and enjoyed collecting baskets, sewing and reading mysteries.

In addition to her husband, who survives at home, she is survived by a son, Jerry Upp, Rochester; a sister, Kathie Adams and husband Kevin, Rochester; a brother, Charles Wallace and wife Anna, Lafayette; a sister-in-law, Connie Wallace, San Diego, Calif.; lifelong friend, Vernellee Reffitt, Rochester; and nieces and nephews, Shelby, Joe and Chris Wallace, Kelsie and Kallie Adams, and Mike and Jennifer Wallace. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clifton "Butch" Wallace, in 2005.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Fulton County Historical Society or Fulton County Transpo. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with her arrangements. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

John Harmon 'Jack' Hyatt

Sept. 13, 1935-Sept. 5, 2007

John Harmon "Jack" HYATT, 71, of 36 Harbor Oak Drive, Fruitland Park, Fla., died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Fla.

Born in Three Rivers, Mich., he was the son of John Russell Hyatt Jr. and Juanita Herman Higgins. He graduated from North Miami High School in Miami, Fla.

He married Norma L. Swihart Hammond on Sept. 23, 2000, at Akron United Methodist Church, Akron.

He retired from the Miami Fire Department and was a driver for Phillips Buick, Leesburg, Fla.

He was a member of the American Legion, National Rifle Association and Florida Army National Guard.

In addition to his wife, former Akron resident Norma Hyatt, who survives in Fruitland Park, he is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Frye of Bristol and Laurie Hyatt; a stepdaughter, Monica Collings of Akron; a stepson, Terry Hammond and wife Rachel, Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; a sister, Janice Trott of Griffin, Ga.; and a brother, Rick Karr of Jackson, Ga.

His funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with visitation from 4

p.m. until the service Wednesday. Pastor Terry Canfield will officiate. A private family graveside service will be Thursday at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, Mich. Memorials may be made to the Christian Children's Fund.

Patrick F. McLochlin

July 11, 1961-Sept. 10, 2007

Patrick F. McLOCHLIN, 46, of 319 E. 14th St., No.1, Rochester, passed away at 12:58 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

He was born on July 11, 1961, in Rochester, the son of Francis Patrick and Marquitta (Darr) McLochlin.

Mr. McLochlin worked as an independent truck driver. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame football, Indianapolis Colts football and NASCAR. He also enjoyed spending time with his two bulldogs, Jack and Charlie.

Survivors include his sons, Kyle McLochlin and fiancee Meghan Mitchell, Rochester, and Jason McLochlin, Rochester; mother, Marquitta McLochlin, Rochester; longtime companion, Sheila Sherman, Rochester; sister, Connie Scharnhorst, Rochester; half brother, Ronnie McLochlin, Logansport; stepchildren, Josh Sanderson, South Carolina, and Stephanie Sanderson, Rochester; aunts, Marilyn and husband Paul Kiesling, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Madeline Bryant, Rochester; and sister-in-law, Beth Foster, Rochester; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents; brother, Tom Foster; half brother, Donnie McLochlin; and brother-in-law, Rick Scharnhorst.

His funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Rod Ruberg officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Esther L. Meade

Esther L. MEADE, 70, of 4298 E. Mallard, Palestine (Mentone), died at 1:09 a.m. today at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Gladys M. Neterer

Gladys M. NETERER, 87, of 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester, died Friday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

There are no immediate family survivors.

Her funeral service will be at 1 pm. today at Grace Lutheran Church, Elkhart, with visitation one hour prior.  Waterman Westbrook Clouse Funeral Home, Elkhart, is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Richard H. 'Rick' Beaulieu

Feb. 3, 1949-Sept. 8, 2007

Richard H. "Rick" BEAULIEU, age 58, Rochester, formerly of Logansport, died at 12:08 p.m. Saturday at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Born in Logansport, he was the son of Hudon and Caroline (Wright) Beaulieu.

On Dec. 23, 1971, in Logansport, he married Patricia L. "Trish" Riemenschneider, who survives.

Rick was a 1967 graduate of Logansport High School and graduated from Purdue University's School of Pharmacy in 1978. He had also attended Ball State University, where he played varsity football. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.