FULTON COUNTY INDIANA

 

OBITUARIES

 

2009

 

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The Rochester Sentinel

 

2009

 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

 

No Obituaries-Holiday

 

Friday, January 2, 2009

 

Dwight A. Thomas

          Dwight A. THOMAS, 56, of 10223 17th Road, Argos, died at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

 

Dorothy C. Fern

May 28, 1908-Jan. 1, 2009

          Dorothy C. FERN, 100, of Peru, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home.

          She was born in Scottsburg on May 28, 1908, the daughter of George and Estelle Carr. Dorothy grew up on a farm near Elwood and married Russell Fern on June 1, 1929, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1995.

          Dorothy lived on East Hartman Road, Anderson, for 62 years, and worked at Delco Remy Division of General Motors in Anderson. She attended Shiloh Friends Church, Elwood. She and her husband, Russell, lovingly raised two sons.

          Dorothy was well known in her Anderson community for making wonderful pies. She always had a pie ready for guests. She enjoyed working in her garden and canning the produce she grew.

          Surviving are two sons, Keith Fern and his wife Barbara of Rochester and Riverview, Fla., their two sons, Brian Fern and his wife Marcella of Warner Robins, Ga., and their children Corrynn, Kyler, Christian and Brayden, and Scott Fern of Indianapolis; and Donald Fern and his wife Janice of Peru and Naples, Fla., their three children, Matthew Fern and his wife Jacqueline of Woodland Hills, Calif., and their daughter Gabriella, Mark Fern and his wife Jennifer of Reading, Pa., and their sons Kyle and Chandler, and Melissa Rohde and her husband A.J. of Chicago, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers, Glen and Jay Carr.

          A service celebrating the life of Dorothy Fern will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, with Pastor Steven Ailes officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Anderson Memorial Park, Anderson. Memorial contributions may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church.

 

Shirley Jean Scott

          Shirley Jean SCOTT, 74, Rochester, died Dec. 16 at home.

          Survivors include her husband, Ronald E. Scott; daughters, Terri Sweet, Regina Lloyd, both of Rochester, and Rene' Schmeltz, New Haven; a son, Dennis Scott, Granger; sisters, Frances Joan Sauer, Nancy Ware of Mishawaka, Ellen Swihart, Margie Odione of Bremen; and a brother, James Slusser, Indianapolis.

          A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at St. John Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson St.

 

Monday, January 5, 2009

 

Flossie June Garn-Sirus

April 27, 1935-Jan. 3, 2009

          Flossie June GARN-SIRUS, 73, of South Bend, formerly of Culver, passed away Saturday at the Goshen General Hospital in Goshen at 4:20 a.m.

          June was born on April 27, 1935, in rural Marshall County, one of several children born to Charles and Cleo (McClane) Garn. She attended the Culver School system. She married Will Sirus on Oct. 1, 1989, at the Culver Eagles.

          June was a former employee of the Culver Military Academies, having held several positions. She enjoyed singing and once entertained the Oprah Winfrey audience before the show. She was passionate about volunteering her time, cooking meals for the homeless, and taking in stray pets.

          June is survived by her husband, William P. Sirus of South Bend; daughters, Susan Napier of Culver and C. Beatrice (Alan) Wentzel of Kewanna; sons, Billy Napier of Las Vegas and James (Barbara) Napier of Culver; sisters, Sarah Behnke of Culver, Mary Wolverton of Burr Oak, Wanda Miller of Plymouth and Margaret Newland of Coldwater, Mich.; grandchildren, Shari, John, Shawn, Stephanie, Gene, Emily, Becky, Alison, Phillip, Todd, Paula, Neil, Amanda and Denise; and 30 great-grandchildren.

          Visitation with the family will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver. The Rev. Dan Huhn will officiate funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Burr Oak Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family in June's memory. Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.bonineodom.com. The Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Betty Geane Glentzer

May 18, 1924–Jan. 3, 2009

          Betty Geane GLENTZER, 84, of 3022 E. 300 South, Rochester, passed away at 5:18 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Born in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Edward and Bessie Bybee Lowe. She lived the majority of her life in this community.

          On March 28, 1968, in Clearwater, Fla., she married Roy W. Glentzer, and he survives.

          Betty was a loyal employee of the Hart Schaffner & Marx Co. of Rochester. She also worked at Bryan's Wire-Cutting. She greatly enjoyed membership of several local service clubs including the VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 1545, the American Legion Auxiliary No. 36 and the Manitou Lodge Women of the Moose No. 866. As a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, she was awarded the designation of the "Golden Eagle." In her spare time, she also enjoyed knitting and was an avid reader.

          She is also survived by four daughters, Patricia Quier, Kitty Kesler and husband Jim, Tracy S. Lewis, all of Rochester, and Jackie Platz and husband Bobby, Mishawaka; a son, David Glentzer, Lacoohee, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Loraine Hunter, Rochester, and Sue Miller and husband Jeff, Hudson, Fla.; a sister, Melva Sanders, Rochester; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Edith Alber, Mildred Kramer, Iris Hattery, Minnie Neese and Maxine Sayger; and a son-in-law, Don Quier.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Betty Geane Glentzer will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., (Indiana 14 West), with the Rev. Sam Boys officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to her service at the funeral home. Betty will be laid to rest at the Athens-Hoover Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Breast Cancer Research of Indianapolis, American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Raymond L. Smith

May 2, 1938-Jan. 2, 2009

          Raymond L. "Ray" SMITH, 70, passed away peacefully at 3:30 a.m. Friday in his rural Leesburg home.

          Born in Rochester, he was the son of Henry "Hank" Smith and Bessie (McClain) Grubbs. He lived in Kosciusko County for the past 30 years.

          He married Judy A. Scheffer on Oct. 15, 1983, in Pulaski, and she survives in Leesburg. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past year.

          He was a machine operator for Dana Corp., where he worked for 25 years. He retired from Dana in 1994.

          A veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 30, 1956, in Chicago, Ill. He received the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged on Aug. 29, 1960 in California, and served in the Naval Reserve until Aug. 29, 1962.

          He belonged to Rochester Eagles No. 852 and North Webster American Legion Post No. 253.

          In addition to his wife, Judy Smith, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Brenda Smith, Goshen, and Jesse and Rhonda Bitterling, Star City; two daughters, Kendra Smith, Goshen, and Michelle Hand, Syracuse, and a daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Dan Wenzler, Star City; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and is now with his beloved dog, Chelsey.

          His funeral service was at 5 p.m. Sunday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with visitation prior to the service. Pastor Steve Peters of First Baptist Church of Warsaw officiated. North Webster American Legion conducted military honors. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row No. 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808, or the American Cancer Society, 601 W. Edison Road, South Bend, IN 46545.

 

Ashley Nicole Swope

          Ashley Nicole SWOPE, 23, formerly of Rochester, died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday in Defiance, Ohio.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Dwight Allen Thomas

Dec. 11, 1952-Dec. 31, 2008

          Dwight Allen THOMAS, 56, of 10223 17th Road, Argos, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Dec. 31, at his residence following a short illness.

          Born in South Bend, he was the son of Kenneth Earl and Ruth Mildred (Ditmire) Thomas. He married Thresa "Terri" Baker on Aug. 7, 1982, in Niles, Mich., and she survives in Argos.

          He was a plant supervisor at Standard Motor, Mishawaka, since 2004, and also worked at Ziebart. Before that, he worked in Argos at Ristance/Dana Corp.

          He lived in the Argos community the last 21 years after moving from South Bend.

          He graduated from Jackson High School in South Bend with the Class of 1971. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a military policeman from Aug. 29, 1972, to March 1, 1974. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged on Aug. 28, 1978. He was a faithful supporter of DAV and VFW and a member of Lakeville United Methodist Church, Lakeville.

          He earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Indiana University South Bend.

          Dwight was a huge Indiana University basketball and Notre Dame football fan. He loved Argos basketball and taking his grandchildren with him, working in his garden and mowing his lawn.

          In addition to his wife, Terri Thomas, he is survived by a son, Bryan Thomas and wife Cynthia, Rochester; a daughter, Laura M. Thomas and fiance Max Colon, Mishawaka; two grandchildren, Taylor L. and Alexus L. of Rochester; his mother, Ruth Thomas, South Bend; and his brother, Mark R. Thomas and wife Deborah, Osceola.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Earl Thomas.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Barry R. Borst will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, or Lakeville United Methodist Church, 610 N. Michigan St., Lakeville, IN 46536. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

 


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

 

Ashley Nicole Swope

Feb. 26, 1985-Jan. 4, 2009

          Ashley Nicole SWOPE was called to Heaven at the age of 23 and freed from her courageous 2 1/2-year battle with cancer on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio, surrounded by Angels and the everlasting love of her parents, Robert and Lisa Swope - Rochester, Judith Carr Parrott - Defiance, Ohio, brothers John Swope - Rochester, Robert Bruder - Indianapolis and Chase Swope - Defiance, Ohio. She was the proud mother of the family pride-and-joy, Brandon Lee Swope, age 4.

          Known as "Daddy's Girl" since her birth in Peru on Feb. 26, 1985, Ashley spent most of her life in Rochester. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester, where she dedicated her life, heart and soul to our Lord when she was baptized, together with her father and brother John on Sunday, May 17, 1994. She recently attended the First Church of God in Defiance, Ohio.

          In her youth, Ashley enjoyed being a member of the Rochester Royals Swim Team, taking several years of dance lessons at Pam and Louise Dance Studio, Super Saturdays at Purdue University and attending the Tippecanoe Baptist Church Camps in the summers.

          A proud graduate of the Rochester High School Class of 2003, she was an exceptional student, member of the National Honor Society, a Scholar Athlete, featured in Who's Who Among American High School Students, and an RHS Mentor.

          Ashley dearly loved being involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. She was a four-year member of the RHS choir program including the Women's Choir and Manitous, a four-year Athletic Trainer/Manager for the football team as well as ladies basketball, the track team, and the wrestling team along with being Manager for the RHS dance team. She was also an active participant in Tri-Epsilon Drama Club, Key Club, Spanish Club, Chess Club, and Jets.

          During her life, she thoroughly enjoyed vacationing with her family at Walt Disney World Resort when she was in Middle School, the Field of Dreams in Iowa, as well as traveling with the First Baptist Youth Group to the Grand Canyon while on a mission trip, mushroom hunting, shopping, and the company of her many friends and relatives. Most recently, she was proud to have the opportunity to take Brandon to Walt Disney World Resort compliments of the Angel Foundation and also to The Indianapolis Zoo, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and boating on Lake Manitou.

          In addition to her darling son, dearly loved parents and precious brothers, she will be sadly missed by her treasured Great-Grandmother Alice Swope, adoring Grandmothers Floanna Swope and Beverly Jennings, along with her Grandfather Louis Pfeiffer, all of Rochester, and a cherished abundance of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is being greeted in heaven by her grandmother Virginia Pfeiffer and beloved grandfathers Jack Swope, Richard Carr and C. Lee Jennings.

          A celebration of the life of Ashley Nicole Swope will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, (Indiana 14 West), with Youth Pastor Joseph Helt officiating. Friends may visit with Ashley's family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and an hour prior to services.

          Preferred memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Junior/Senior High Youth Group, Rochester, Community Health Professionals, Defiance, Ohio, or the Brandon Swope Education Fund in care of Teachers Credit Union, Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

 

Richard Lee Griswold

          Richard Lee GRISWOLD, 61, Plymouth, died Dec. 30 at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Judy Griswold, Plymouth; a son, Christopher J. Griswold, Bremen; a daughter, Angela Sue DeVault, Plymouth; his father, Kenneth Griswold, Bremen; a brother, Barry Griswold, Bremen; and a sister, Carol Housouer, Rochester.

          Services were Saturday at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen.

 

Christine Wolford

          Christine WOLFORD, 73, of 9556 W. Old 30, Etna Green, died Monday at home.

          Survivors include three sons, Dock Estep and Freddie Estep, Vinton, Ohio, and Timothy A. Cook, Tippecanoe; four sisters and a brother.

          Private family services were held Tuesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 


Thursday, January 8, 2009

 

Elizabeth 'Jane' Fraser

July 16, 1920-Jan. 6, 2009

          Elizabeth "Jane" FRASER, 88, of Bloomington and formerly of Linton, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday at Garden Villa in Bloomington.

          Born July 16, 1920, in Lyons, she was the daughter of Cyrus E. D. and Grace (Autrey) Ferguson.

          She worked for RCA in Bloomington for 19 years prior to retirement.

          Surviving relatives include: four sons, Cyrus Fraser of Bloomington, Ronald Fraser of Bloomington, Phil Fraser of Spencer and Floyd L. Fraser and wife Linda of Rochester; 15 grandchildren including Tamara "Tammy" and husband Kenneth Eisan and their sons Robert and Kristopher of Dover, Tenn., Matthew "Matt" Fraser and wife Jennifer and their children Connor and Jordan of Akron, and Paul Fraser and wife Nicole and son Tavis Zimmer of Rochester; 14 other great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert J. Fraser on July 14, 1993; two brothers; and two sisters.

          Graveside services will be conducted at Dowden Cemetery in rural Bloomfield. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home, Bloomfield, is in charge of arrangements.

 

J.P. 'Pete' Huddleston

June 16, 1938-Jan. 5, 2009

          J.P. "Pete" HUDDLESTON, 70, of 3709 S. 250 East, Lafayette, died Monday at 12:50 p.m. at his residence. He battled leukemia and other illnesses for the past nine years.

          He was born June 16, 1938, in Silver Point, Tenn., to the late Reuben E. and Beatrice Jones Huddleston. His marriage was to Susan L. Burkhart in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 30, 1991, and she survives. He attended Logansport High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1959, receiving his GED while in service. He was an aerial photographer for the Air Force.

          He worked for ALCOA, Lafayette, for 37 years, retiring in 2003.

          He attended Christ United Methodist Church, Lafayette, and the Logansport Eagles Lodge. He dearly loved and cherished his wife, son, daughters, grandchildren, and his extended family.

          Survivors include his wife, Susan L. Huddleston, Lafayette; son, Jeff W. Huddleston, Monticello; daughters, Michelle and Derrick Webb, West Lafayette, and Jennifer L. Stonebraker, Lafayette; brother, Glen and Agnes Huddleston, Logansport; sister, Shirley Story, San Diego, Calif.; stepson, Ed and Angie Elkins, Leesburg; stepdaughter, Marilee and Eric Gates, Fulton; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and former wife, Ginger B. Huddleston, Delphi. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

          Friends may call Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S. 18th St., Lafayette. The service will be there at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Scott Mann officiating. Burial will be at Davis Cemetery, Burnettsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society or the Christ United Methodist Church building fund. Envelopes will be available at the church. Online condolences may be sent to abbottfuneralhome@verizon.net. Abbott Funeral Home, Delphi, is in charge of arrangements.

 

James S. Woods

          James S. WOODS, 63, 8001 W. 100 South, Kewanna, died at 9:46 a.m. Dec. 11 at Woodlawn Hospital.

          He is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Grant and June Dyer, Chesterton, and Mary Francis Clark, Fulton, Md.; three brothers, David E. Woods Jr., Rochester, Denton S. Woods, Kewanna, and Thomas W. Woods, Cedar Lake.

          His funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

 

Friday, January 9, 2009

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, January 10, 2009

 

Henry Haggard

Aug. 23, 1935-Jan. 7, 2009

          Henry HAGGARD, 73, of Wabash died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home.

          He was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Claiborne County, Ark., to Clarence and Learly Mae (Horton) Haggard.

          Henry first married Clara Fix on July 25, 1960. He then married Sandra McCune in Wabash on Dec. 14, 1991. He retired from Container Corporation, Wabash, in August of 1998. He was a member of the Wabash Eagles Lodge and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Henry enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting and especially loved his grandchildren.

          He is survived by his wife, Sandra Haggard of Wabash; his and Clara's children, Wayne Haggard of Rockford, Ill., Julie Eakright of Wabash, Scarlet (Roger) Montague of Akron, and Jacki (Tom) MacLain of Rochester; Sandra's daughter, Teresa (Kenneth) Stanley of Roann; his sister, Mary Bogard of Harrisburg, Ark.; a half brother, John (Karen) Haggard, two half sisters, Frankie (Donnie) Thomas and Margaret (Ricky) Lawson, and a stepsister, Margie Akers, all of Heber Springs, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers; four sisters; his stepson, Charles E. Neal Jr.; and his grandson, Jeramy Stanley.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Guy Provance officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Preferred memorial is the Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice. The memorial guestbook for Henry may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Monday, January 12, 2009

 

Opal N. Flenner

Oct. 12, 1920-Jan. 10, 2009

          Opal N. FLENNER, 88, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Apt. E 211, Rochester, died at 5 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born in Miami County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Margaret (Day) Hartzler. Opal attended Gilead High School. On Oct. 12, 1990, in Anderson, she married Estel Flenner, and he survives in Rochester.

          She retired from Torx Products, Rochester, and was a homemaker in her later years. She was a member of First Church of God, Rochester, and enjoyed traveling and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          She is also survived by a daughter, Linda and husband Eldon Redinger, Winamac; three sons, Noel and wife Judy Kamp, Rochester, Jeff and wife Cindi Kamp, Indianapolis, and Neil and wife Pat Kamp, Rochester; a stepson, Jeffrey Flenner, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and nine stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.

          She was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Tilden and Evelyn Stallard; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Larry Dodge officiating. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery, Denver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or First Church of God, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

David Eugene Foust

Nov. 21, 1936-Jan. 10, 2009

          David Eugene FOUST, 72, Plymouth, died of a chronic, terminal illness at Culver Merry Manor Nursing Home, where he received wonderful care. Dave, as he was known to most, lived his life much as his life ended: with dignity, a great sense of humor, strong of character and faith and with a quiet sense of peacefulness.

          Dave was born Nov. 21, 1936, to Alice (Disinger) Foust and Norman Foust and lived most of his growing up years in Kewanna. He met and married his true soulmate, Rita Kathleen (Mohler) Foust, who survives him, on March 23, 1956.

          Dave was honorably discharged from the United States Army on Oct. 1, 1961. His patriotism was evident; an American flag was always displayed outside his home.

          Surviving are three children, Kathy and husband John Sebby of Lakewood, Colo., Randall (Randy) and Lynda Foust, of Mountain, Wis., and Jennifer (Jenny) and Kevin Wilk of Roselle, Ill. The people to bring him more joy than his children are his 12 surviving grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and their families to whom he was known affectionately as "Grandpa Dave." There is a sister-in-law, Joyce Brooks, and numerous nieces and nephews who have considered him a surrogate father as well.

          Dave was a brother to Willard and his wife Sally Foust of Kewanna, who preceded him in death. Surviving brothers are Harold and wife Patricia Foust of Leiters Ford and Marion Foust of Palm Harbor, Fla.

          Dave worked for 44 years at Dean Foods, beginning his career in Rochester, transferring to the corporate offices in Franklin Park, Ill., and then ending his career once again in Rochester.

          Dave's faith in our Lord Jesus and the saving of souls for heaven was of paramount concern to both Dave and his wife. They were both founding members of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburbs. Upon his retirement, he served as Sunday School Superintendent and on the Board of Directors at the Winamac Church of the Nazarene. Their move to Plymouth brought their membership to The First United Methodist Church of Plymouth.

          David's "Promotion To Glory" is truly heaven's gain!

          Visitation is at Johnson Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. His service will be Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, at 11 a.m. with calling one hour prior to the service at the church. Military funeral rites will be accorded to Dave by the Plymouth American Legion Post 27 and Plymouth VFW Post 1162. Memorials can be made to Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via the funeral home's Web site: www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Theda E. Hairrell

          Theda Elizabeth HAIRRELL, 92, formerly of rural Akron, died Dec. 31 in her home near Ocala, Fla.

          Surviving are three daughters, Cynthia (Ralph) Nolan, Ocala, Fla.; Judith (Randy) Sriver, Bremen, and Cassandra (John) Rish, North Manchester.

          Private graveside services will be officiated at Urbana, Ind., at a later date.

 

Charles Miller

Sept. 10, 1928-Jan. 9, 2009

          Charles B. MILLER, age 80, of 5270 Michigan Road, Plymouth, passed away at 11:06 a.m. on Friday at the Hospice House in South Bend.

          Charles was born on Sept. 10, 1928, in Waukegan, Ill., to Elias and Dona (Wagner) Miller. Charles and Esther "Duffy" M. Long were married on Feb. 7, 1950. "Duffy" passed away on July 1, 1973. On Nov. 4, 1988, Charles and Lucille Long were married.

          Charles was self-employed as a painter and wallpaper contractor. He was a member of the Plymouth Moose Lodge No. 721, American Legion Post No. 27, and the Plymouth VFW Post No. 1162, all of Plymouth. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He entered the Navy in January of 1946 and received an honorable discharge in 1950, after serving in China during the Korean War.

          Charles is survived by his wife, Lucille; his daughters, Linda M. Miller (Ted) of California, Diana S. Miller (Mike) of Florida, Janet Seamon (Lucky) of Argos; his son, Mark A. Miller (Amaryl) of California; his brothers, Ralph W. and Marie Miller of Schoorl, Holland, and Retired Lt. Col. USAF Alan M. and Carol Miller of Kewanna; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Duffy.

          Funeral services for Charles will be Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth, with the Rev. Ron Hensley officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Mich., at a later date. A time of visiting with the Miller family will be on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth. The family would like for memorial contributions to be given to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563. Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook and share memories of Charles with his family at www.vangilderfuneralhome.com.

 

Paula Rose Tripaldi

          Paula Rose TRIPALDI, 62, of 4189 N. 750 West, Rochester, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

 

James 'Jim' Berry

Sept. 27, 1926-Jan. 11, 2009

          James "Jim" BERRY, 82, Kewanna, died at 11:09 p.m. Sunday at home.

          He was born in Charleston, W.Va., to Thomas and Elsie Nickels Berry. Jim married Lois E. Vogel on Dec. 29, 1953, in Plainfield, and she survives.

          He owned and operated Jim Berry and Sons Inc., Kewanna.

          A World War II Army veteran, he was a member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1728, Winamac.

          In addition to his wife, Lois E. Berry, Kewanna, he is survived by five children, Ellen King and husband Don, Rochester, Jim Berry and wife Sharon, Kathy Green and husband Ron, David Berry and wife Melanie and Pat Berry and wife Tracy, all of Kewanna; grandchildren, Jeff King and wife Toni, Decatur, Ill., Melinda Shultz and husband Rich, Jamie Taylor and husband Nick, Matt Berry, all of Kewanna, Kellie Schmaltz and husband Jake, Royal Center, Brian Clemons and wife Veronika, Jacksonville, N.C., Adam Berry, Hali Berry, Chelce Snider and Sidney Berry, all of Kewanna; great-granddaughters, Madison and Bailey Schultz, Jessica Taylor, all of Kewanna, and Rileigh and Emilie Schmaltz of Royal Center; stepgrandsons, Aaron Green, Logansport, and Patrick Green, Flora.

          His service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with full military rites. The Rev. Scott Ellison will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shop With a Cop c/o the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

 

Charles Miller

Sept. 10, 1928-Jan. 9, 2009

          Charles B. MILLER, age 80, of 5270 Michigan Road, Plymouth, passed away at 11:06 a.m. on Friday at the Hospice House in South Bend.

          Charles was born on Sept. 10, 1928, in Waukegan, Ill., to Elias and Dona (Wagner) Miller. Charles and Esther "Duffy" M. Long were married on Feb. 7, 1950. "Duffy" passed away on July 1, 1973. On Nov. 4, 1988, Charles and Lucille Long were married.

          Charles was self-employed as a painter and wallpaper contractor. He was a member of the Plymouth Moose Lodge No. 721, American Legion Post No. 27, and the Plymouth VFW Post No. 1162, all of Plymouth. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He entered the Navy in January of 1946 and received an honorable discharge in 1950, after serving in China during the Korean War.

          Charles is survived by his wife, Lucille; his daughters, Linda M. Miller (Ted) of California, Diana S. Miller (Mike) of Florida, Janet Seamon (Lucky) of Argos; his son, Mark A. Miller (Amaryl) of California; his brothers, Ralph W. and Marie Miller of Schoorl, Holland, and Retired Lt. Col. USAF Alan M. and Carol Miller of Kewanna; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Duffy.

          Funeral services for Charles will be Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth, with the Rev. Ron Hensley officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Mich., at a later date. A time of visiting with the Miller family will be on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth. The family would like for memorial contributions to be given to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563. Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook and share memories of Charles with his family at www.vangilderfuneralhome.com.

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

 

Paula Tripaldi

          Paula Rose TRIPALDI, 62, 4189 N. 750 West, Rochester, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

 

Paula Rose Tripaldi

Jan. 23, 1946-Jan. 10, 2009

          Paula Rose TRIPALDI, 62, of 4189 N. 750 West, Rochester, died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in New York City, N.Y., she was the daughter of William Paul and Hazel I. Herrell Tripaldi. She lived in Rochester for 43 years after moving here from New York City.

          She was a trimmer for the mobile home industry and retired after 20 years from Rochester Homes.

          Paula enjoyed watching TV and using the computer. She also liked to work in her yard.

          She is survived by a sister, Cathy DiBenedetto and husband Patsy, Yonkers, N.Y.; special cousin, James Herrell and wife Michael; two nephews and a niece; four great-nephews and three great-nieces.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Willie Lee Tripaldi.

          A celebration of the life of Paula Rose Tripaldi will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., (Indiana 14 West), Rochester, with Mr. Ron Herrell officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with her family an hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, January 16, 2009

 

Ronald R. Atkinson

          Ronald R. ATKINSON, 57, of 1300 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Survivors include four sisters, Darlene Bulington, Remington, Carol Jensen, Rochester, Shirley Scheffer, Rochester, Donna Reynolds, Remington, and two brothers, Larry Atkinson, Monticello, and Steve Atkinson, Pontiac, Ill.

          Private family services will be at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Alva May Thompson

          Alva May THOMPSON, age 64, a resident of Prattville, Ala., passed away Wednesday.

          Mrs. Thompson is survived by her nieces, Candy Johnson and Deanna Turpen; nephews, Joseph Iliff-Duran, Doug Krisher, Billy Krisher, Jim Turpen, Tony Turpen; great-nieces, Nikki Lee, Amanda Hamby and Jenna Sanders; great-nephews, James Lee, Chris Lee, Cory Hamby, Kyle Turpen; two brothers, Bill Bradley, John Ivan Iliff Jr.; and sisters, Carolyn Turpen and Linda Jordon.

 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

 

Cuma Becht

          Cuma BECHT, 75, 1601 Madison St., Rochester, died Friday at 7:30 p.m. at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Marjorie L. Josetti

          Marjorie L. JOSETTI, 84, Kewanna, died at 8:40 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

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

 

Monday, January 19, 2009

 

No Obituaries – Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

 

Cuma C. Becht

March 9, 1933-Jan. 16, 2009

          Cuma Catherine BECHT, 75, of 1601 Madison St., Rochester, passed away at her home Friday at 7:30 p.m.

          She was born March 9, 1933, to Ralph G. and Rae Moler Dowen in Carbon. Her parents and a sister, Marcella Wentzel, preceded her in death.

          In 1950, she graduated from Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge. She attended Franklin College and later earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in guidance from Indiana University. Mrs. Becht taught school at Oaktown and Washington and became a counselor at Danville prior to moving to Fulton County in 1966. Here she taught at Grass Creek and served as a counselor at Caston High School. Later she was appointed the guidance counselor at Rochester Community High School until her retirement in 1988.

          An active member of the Manitou Moose Lodge, Chapter 1684, Cuma was selected by Mooseheart as Deputy Grand Regent for Indiana and Deputy Regional Manager for the Ladies of the Moose, organizing training sessions throughout Indiana for Mooseheart. She was a 58-year member of the Order of Eastern Star at Carbon and Brazil.

          As travelers, Cuma and Burns enjoyed their experiences and visits to a variety of locales all over the world. A memorable vacation was their visit to the North Pole. Cuma fondly recalled their visit to Germany. She also liked to sew, quilt and embroider, and shared her handiwork with family and friends.

          On June 26, 1953, she and Burns S. Becht were united in marriage. He survives with a son, Robert Becht and wife Sarah Sayger, and two granddaughters, Edna, 24, and Savannah, 18, all of Monticello, whom she greatly admired.

          Friends may visit with the family of Mrs. Cuma C. Becht from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. A memorial service will be conducted by the Women of the Moose at 6:30 p.m. Preferred memorials may be made to Manitou Moose charities. Burial will take place on March 9, 2009, at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

William J. Burgess

          William J. BURGESS, 81, Lake Bruce, died Saturday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Survivors include a son, Bruce O. Burgess, Monticello; daughters, Bonnie Lemaster, Griffith, and Nancy Burns, Ava, Mo.; brother, Kelly Burgess, Aix; and a sister, Ruby Fauser, Kewanna.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

 

Ula Cole

March 24, 1920-Jan. 18, 2009

          Ula COLE, 88, died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, where she lived.

          Born in Salyersville, Ky., she was the daughter of Noah and Maude (Coffee) Rudd. She lived in Marshall County for 38 years after moving from West Liberty, Ky.

          On March 29, 1935, she married Homer Cole in Salyersville. She was a homemaker.

          Survivors include four sons, Darrel W. Cole, Lebanon, Ron (Doris) Cole, Lebanon, Larry (Virginia) Cole, Albuquerque, N.M., and Philip (Lori) Cole, Lakeville; two daughters, Sue (Willie) Castle and Medrith (Jerry) Lard, all of Argos; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by four sisters, Pauline (Sterling) Taylor, Stockbridge, Mich., Edna Penix, Salyersville, Ky., Ausgustine Castle, Flat Gap, Ky., Barbara (Bert) Daniels, Salyersville, Ky.; and two brothers, Hurndon Rudd, Rochester, and E.J. (Mary Ellis) Russ, Salyersville, Ky.

          She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980; three sons, J.H. Cole, Kenneth Wayne Cole and Randall Keith Cole; three daughters, Sondra Cole, Leatress Penix and Joyce McGee; five brothers and three sisters.

          Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville, Ky. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Magoffin County Funeral Home with Pastor Esknovah Jackson officiating. Burial will be at the Rudd Family Cemetery, Salyersville, Ky. Online condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

 

Jack W. Griese

          Jack W. GRIESE, 79, of 2615 Wolf's Point Drive, Rochester, died at 10:54 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

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

 

Marjorie L. Josetti

Sept. 2, 1924-Jan. 16, 2009

          Services for Marjorie L. JOSETTI, 84, of Kewanna, formerly of Chicago, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Kewanna United Methodist Church with Pastor Steven McPeek officiating.

          She passed away at 8:40 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Born Sept. 2, 1924, in Elwood, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Verna Hazel (Hamilton) Hughes. On Oct. 28, 1944, she married Howard R. Josetti and he preceded her in death on May 15, 1994.

          Marjorie was a 1942 graduate of Fairmount High School. She retired in 1971 from Cook Electric in Chicago, where she had worked as an inspector. She attended Kewanna United Methodist Church, was a member of the VFW No. 1121 Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of the Lioness Club, Rochester.

          Survivors include two daughters, Verna Alm and her husband Lester of Winchester, Tenn., and Mary Ann Smith of Kewanna; a son, Howard Josetti and his wife, Donna of Poplar Grove, Ill.; and son-in-law, Ron Seno of Logansport; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

          She was also preceded in death by one son, David Josetti; one daughter, Connie Seno; one son-in-law, Art Smith; six brothers; two sisters; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

          Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna, and also one hour prior to the time of the service at the church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and online condolences may be made to the Josetti family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Harley Antone Justus

          Harley Antone JUSTUS, 86, 12080 17 B Road, Argos, died Monday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, R. Eleanor Justus; three daughters, Marsha Davis, Plymouth, Judith C. Justus, Argos, and Lea Ann Chamberlin, Plymouth; two brothers, Willis D. Justus, Mooresville, and Cecil Justus Jr., Scottsburg; and a sister, Laura M. Fulk, Worthington.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sunrise Chapel, Plymouth, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to the service.

 

Mildred Louise Nesbit

          Mildred Louise NESBIT, 79, of 701 W. Sixth St., Rochester, died Sunday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include her husband, William "Harold" Nesbit, at home; a daughter, Linda Schmitt, Rochester; three sons, Dennis Nesbit, Michael Nesbit, both of Rochester, and Jeffery Nesbit, Fort Ogden, Fla.; six sisters, Lucille Dowers, Kathryn Thomas, Edna Roberts, all of Kokomo, Helen Wrathall, Jupiter, Fla., Lola Kikta and Dorothy Hinkle, both of Port Orange, Fla.; and three brothers, William Jameson, Greentown, James T. Jameson, Londen, Tenn., and Roy Jameson, Kokomo.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from noon until the service.

 

Gerald L. Strayer

          Gerald L. STRAYER, 45, Burrows, died Friday at Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

          Survivors include his mother, Wanda Anderson, Burrows; daughter, Tiffany Strayer, Logansport; four brothers, Christopher Strayer, Akron, Joshua Anderson, Logansport, Russell Anderson, Burrows, and Chuck Butcher, Virginia; and three sisters, Cynthia Strayer, Logansport, Tammy Reed, Huntington, and Beth Strayer.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, with visitation from noon until the service.

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

 

Jack W. Griese

Dec. 17, 1929-Jan. 19, 2009

          Jack W. GRIESE, 79, of 2615 Wolf’s Point Drive, Rochester, passed away at 10:54 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          He was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Evansville, the son of Walter E. and Velma D. (York) Griese.  In 1952, he married Martha Hullinger and she preceded him in death in 1990.

          Mr. Griese was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.  He worked as a co-pilot and mechanic for Jeffrey Manufacturing in Fort Wayne from 1957-1967.  In 1967, he began work as a pilot for Wolfe Industries of Columbus, Ohio, retiring from there as Chief Pilot and Director of Aviation in 1990.

          Mr. Griese was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, lifetime member of the Moose Lodge, Professional Pilots Association and the Rochester Lions Club.

          Survivors include his longtime companion and partner, Betty Haun, Rochester; daughters, Terry Firmani, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Gail and husband Forest Lines, Columbus, Ohio; Betty’s children, Michael and wife Janet Young, Longview, Mass., Steven and wife Stacy Young, El Paso, Ill., Eric and wife Denise Haun, Wytheville, Va.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Memorial services will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

Mildred L. ‘Millie’ Nesbit

          Millie NESBIT, 701 W. 6th St., Rochester, went to be with her Lord at 10:40 a.m. Jan. 18, 2009, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, after an extended illness.

          She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family.  Millie, 79, was born June 10, 1929, to Grant and Bertha Jameson in Monroe County, Tenn., coming to Indiana in 1947.

          Millie was a homemaker most of her life.  She was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved fishing, bowling, and being with her family and had a very active, fulfilling life until suffering a stroke in 2003.

          Millie lived near Leesburg, Fla., 14 years before returning to Rochester in 2006.   She attended the Burton and Richland Center United Methodist churches, when health allowed.

          Mildred and W. Harold were married March 5, 1955, in Kokomo.  He survives.  She had four children, daughter, Linda Schmitt of Rochester; sons Dennis Nesbit and companion Carmie Bickham of Rochester, Michael Nesbit and wife Julie of Rochester and Jeffrey Nesbit of Fort Odgen, Fla.; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

          Millie came from a family of ten children, all surviving:  sisters, Lucille Dowers of Kokomo, Katherine Thomas of Kokomo, Edna Roberts and husband Dave of Kokomo, Helen Wrathrall of Jupiter, Fla., Dorothy Hinkle of Port Orange, Fla., Lola Kikta and husband Paul of Port Orange, Fla.; brothers, William Jameson and wife Annie of Greentown, Tommy Jameson and wife Lois of Loudon, Tenn., Roy Jameson and wife Joyce of Kokomo.

          Millie loved flowers.  Donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Rochester.

          Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon until 2 p.m., with services following with the Rev. Don Nunemaker officiating, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.  Burial will be at a later date.

 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

 

Onie Beckman

          Onie BECKMAN, 82, Logansport, died Wednesday at the Chase Center, Logansport.

          Survivors include sons, Rob Beckman, Rochester, and John Beckman, Kokomo; brother, Essie Horton, Cicero; and sisters, Jenny King, Cicero, and Bea Bollinger, Moline, Ill.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

 

Kay L. Creviston

Nov. 27, 1947-Jan. 20, 2009

          Kay L. CREVISTON, 61 , of 109 Clayton St., Rochester, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Lafayette.  She had been in failing health for several years.

          She was born on Nov. 27, 1947, in Rochester, the daughter of Donald and Thelma (Moore) Newman.  In 1964 she married Darrell Creviston, and they later divorced.  On Feb. 2, 1993, she married her companion of eight years, John “Jeff” Brubaker.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2007.

          Mrs. Creviston had worked at Sirkens, Superior Sample, Green Oak Antiques and Life Touch.  She was a current member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and had previously been a member of the Rochester Eagles Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

          Survivors include her three daughters, Julie (Creviston) (Williams) Shafer and husband Shanan, Rochester, Kendra (Creviston) Fuentes and husband Ray, Rochester, Michelle (Brubaker) Herrell and husband Scott, Rochester; one son, Donald Creviston and wife Crystal, Leiters Ford; and 16 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Private burial will take place at Athens Cemetery, Athens.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kay Creviston Memorial Fund to help defray final expenses.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com

 

Carl Leon Etchison

          Carl Leon ETCHISON, 79, Noblesville, died Wednesday at Riverview Hospital, Noblesville.

          Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, Noblesville; daughters, Retha Naylor, Frankton, Rhonda Perry, Noblesville, and Dahlie Bragg, Bloomington; sons, Carl Etchison, Spring, Texas, David Lavengood, Kokomo, Dan Lavengood, Noblesville; and brothers, Dallas Etchison, Tipton, and Gene Etchison, Cicero.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Noblesville, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Margaret Mulligan

May 28, 1923-Jan. 20, 2009

          Margaret “Marge” MULLIGAN, 85, of Zionsville died Tuesday.

          Born May 28, 1923, to John and Julia (Gaidosh) Marko in Philadelphia, Pa., she studied at Philadelphia School of Art after her graduation from high school.

          As a “Sweetheart of the 82nd Airborne,” Marge was one of the models whose photograph was mounted by the plane door for troopers to touch for luck.  She married her beloved Marine Veteran Harold Mulligan six months after he returned from war on March 26, 1945.

          She was employed as a tutor for Fayette County Schools, retiring in 1982 as Program Coordinator.

          Marge later became well known for her award-winning watercolors.  Marge was also well known for the beautiful crocheted items and clothing she made for family members, who were her true joy.

          Marge was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and was active in Between Paper and Pallet.

          She is survived by husband, Harold; children, Margaret “Peggy” Mulligan (Dale Herndon), James (Treva) Mulligan and Robert (Chris)Mulligan; grandchildren, Stacy, Scott, Shane, Brandy, Andy, Ryan, Janell, Melissa, Oliver and Matthew; and four great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by niece Paula Leech (Curt) and two brothers and two sisters.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Alphonsus Liguroi Catholic Church, 1870 W. Oak, Zionsville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday with calling one hour prior to the service.  The family requests that flowers not be sent; in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Association.  Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Zionsville, and online condolences may be made at www.Flanner-Buchanan.com.

 

Friday, January 23, 2009

 

Doris Leslie Linton

          Doris Leslie LINTON, 86, of the Leesburg-North Webster area, died at 10 a.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 


Phyllis Ann Norman

Oct. 8, 1935-Jan. 21, 2009

          Phyllis Ann NORMAN, 73, of 3868 N. Old U.S. 31, Rochester, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Peace, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

          Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of Robert and Pauline Blanchard VanLue, who preceded her in death. A lifetime community resident, she graduated from Rochester High School in 1953.

          She married Roy L. Norman on June 25, 1955, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2005. He survives at home.

          She was a homemaker and assisted her husband with the family business, Norman's TV Service of Rochester. She was a member of First Church of God, Rochester.

          She had many hobbies including her freshwater aquarium, needlepoint and word puzzles. She enjoyed reading, movies and the daily soap opera. Elvis was her favorite musician.

          Phyllis was proud to be the wife of a U.S. Air Force pilot as her husband served our country for 20 years. She cherished spending time with him, their children and grandchildren.

          They include two daughters, Linda Andrews and Debbie Montel and husband Tim, all of Rochester; two sons, Richard Norman and wife Bonnie, Rochester, and Tim Norman and wife Robin, Jamestown, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Jerry Blanchard and wife Sue, Bobby VanLue and wife Nancy, all of Rochester, and Larry VanLue, Macy.

          She was also preceded in death by her brother, Mark "Bink" VanLue.

          A celebration of the life of Phyllis Ann Norman will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Larry Dodge officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to First Church of God. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Donna K. Rans

May 2, 1942-Jan. 21, 2009

          Donna K. RANS, 66, of 640 E. 12th St., Rochester, passed away at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born on May 2, 1942, in Indianapolis, the daughter of George and Betty (Owens) Perkins.  On Aug. 31, 1974, in Converse, she married James R. Rans Sr., and he survives.

          Mrs. Rans retired from Hart, Schaffner and Marx in Rochester.  She had worked for Switches in Leiters Ford, Real Services of South Bend, YMCA, Rochester Nursing Home and Canterbury Manor, all of Rochester.  She enjoyed gardening, crochet, camping at Broken Arrow Campground and loved must in life to spend time with family and her many special friends.  She also enjoyed her trusted companions, her dog Chip and her bird Hermey.

          Survivors include her husband, James R. Rans Sr., Rochester; children, Betty and husband Tom Stroud, Fulton, Scott and wife Steph Bilby, Rochester, Paula and husband Norman Moore Jr., Rochester, Patrick and wife Brandi Bilby, Fulton, Jon and wife LaDonna Mitchell, Rochester, George Rans, Nappanee, Chuck Rans, Manassas, Va., Beth and husband Seamus Pinder, Fulton; 29 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; stepsons, James R. and wife Melody Rans Jr., Grant City, Ohio, Daniel and wife Nancy Rans, Akron; and brother, David and wife Carla Perkins, Brownsburg.

          She was preceded in death by her father and stepmother, George and Doris Perkins; her mother and stepfather, Betty and Huck Fenn; twin brother; and brother-in-law, Richard Rans.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros, Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Revs. Thad Stewart and Johnny Martin officiating.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 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 the Life Care Center Activity Department.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Jerry L. Schnieb

Oct. 24, 1936-Jan. 21, 2009

          Jerry L. SCHNIEB, 72, Logansport, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday at home.

          Born in Camden, he was the son of Cloyd and Pearl Olive Highland Schnieb.

          He married Linda Pugh on March 6, 1983, in Logansport, and she survives.

          He worked as a John Deere mechanic for Grant Implement Company.

          Mr. Schnieb enjoyed Sunday football, fishing and camping.

          Survivors include his wife, Linda Schnieb; four daughters, Kathy Combs and husband Daryl, Alabama, Carol Hunt and husband Todd, Georgia, Karyn Daily, Logansport, and Joyce Moss and companion Dennis Harris, Kokomo; sons, Keith Cunningham and wife Missy, Monticello, and Eric Schnieb and companion Shelby Allen, Tennessee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister Susie Bonnell, Monticello.

          He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe Schnieb, and a sister, Peggy.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with the Rev. Scott Ellison officiating.  Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.   Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Guardian Angel Hospice.

         

Cary G. Smith

June 22, 1955-Jan. 21, 2009

          Cary G. SMITH Sr., 53, of Troy, Ohio, and a former longtime resident of Rochester, passed away at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.

          He was born and raised in Muncie, on June 22, 1955, to Arthur William Smith Jr. and Lois (Stanley) Smith Branham.  His father preceded him in death and his mother survives and lives in Peru.

          Cary is survived by his son Cary G. and Monica Smith Jr., of Warsaw; daughter and son-in-law, Shawna and John Scripter of Peru; two grandchildren, Brittany Hostetler and John Douglas Scripter; great-grandchild, Jalenn Hostetler; twin brother, Arthur William Smith, of Troy; two sisters and brother-in-law, Grace and Ray Jones of Troy and Barbara Slater of Peru.

          Cary was an avid CB radio enthusiast who used the handle “Piston Rings.”

          There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St. Troy, with Pastor Ric Barnes officiating.  Following the service, there will be a meal served and everyone is welcome to attend.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Saturday, January 24, 2009

 

Everett W. Ellenwood

          Everett W. ELLENWOOD, 81, of 1507 Arrowhead Drive, Rochester, died at 4:25 p.m. Friday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Doris P. Leslie-Linton

          Doris P. LESLIE-LINTON, 86, of 501 Dolan Drive, Apt. A, Syracuse, died Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Survivors include two sons, Bruce James Leslie, Tucson, Ariz., and Larry Lee Leslie, Syracuse, and two sisters, Edna Cowen, LaPaz, and Mildred Grindle, Warsaw.

          Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.

 

Charles L. 'Roy' Smith

Feb. 18, 1929-Jan. 22, 2009

          Charles L. "Roy" SMITH, 79, Gilead, died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday at home.

          He was born in Miami County, the son of William H. and Elsie (Rentzel) Smith, who preceded him in death.

          He married Iris Schmidt on Oct. 27, 1950, and she survives.

          He was a retired dairy farmer, a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru, and a former member of Deedsville IOOF Lodge and the Gilead Masonic Lodge. He was also an avid euchre player.

          Survivors include a son, Charles Craig Smith and wife Donna, Gilead; a daughter, Cathy Jo Hileman and her family, Peru; grandsons, Matthew Minthorn and Aaron Charles Smith; a great-granddaughter, Greta Minthorn; and a sister, Joann Denny, Converse.

          He was also preceded in death by four brothers, William, Robert, Earl and infant George Smith, and eight sisters, Evelyn Betzner, Mildred Wilson, Kathryn Leedy, Esther Pattison, Naomi Cossairt, Wilma Jean Frieden, Mary Smith and Helen Linkenhelt.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 181 W. Main St., Peru, with Pastor Kenneth Greenwald officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

 


S. Evelyn Sowers

Aug. 31, 1928-Jan. 23, 2009

          S. Evelyn SOWERS, 80, of 11254 E. 225 South, Akron, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Formerly of Indianapolis, she moved to the Akron area in 1991.

          The daughter of Ross and Faun Sowers, she was born in Macy and graduated from Macy High School in 1947. She worked at Indiana National Bank in Indianapolis.

          She loved to quilt and read and enjoying taking vacations and traveling.

          Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Savage, Akron; several nieces and nephews; and good friend Barbara Mang, Nyona Lake.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Sowers.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Hospital Building Project. Online condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Anna Valera Tribbett

Jan. 8, 1933-Jan. 22, 2009

          Services for Anna Valera TRIBBETT, 76, of Royal Center will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center.

          She passed away Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born Jan. 8, 1933, in Marion, she was the daughter of the late Roy E. and Elizabeth Boehme and Myrtle (McClish) Stansell. On Aug. 24, 1952, she married Byron L. Tribbett and he preceded her in death on July 19, 1995.

          Anna was a 1951 graduate of Royal Center High School and also a graduate of Wright's Beauty College, Logansport. She formerly worked at Websters Grocery Store in Lake Cicott for many years and also was formerly a beautician. Anna retired from Logansport State Hospital in 1998 after 27 years. Anna and her husband also farmed for many years.

          She was a member of Center Presbyterian Church, Royal Center, Order of Eastern Star No. 375, Royal Center, where she was past matron and a member of the Retired Public Employees Association.

          Anna loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking. She also formerly played softball with the team members who were later made famous in "A League of their Own." She enjoyed sharing her birthday with Elvis Presley and was a big fan of his music. Anna loved her monthly gatherings with her classmates and had a wonderful circle of friends.

          Survivors include one son, Allen L. Tribbett and his wife, Andra, Royal Center; one daughter, Lynne A. Grosvenor and her husband, Timothy, Rochester; two brothers, William Boehme and James Boehme, Logansport; two sisters, Carolyn Cook and her husband, Howard, Rochester, and Barbara Jean Roller and her husband, James, Royal Center; six grandchildren, Anjanette Paul (Michael), Byron Osborn (Maricruz), Katrena Tribbett, Marjorie Osborn (Cory), Lincoln Osborn (Brandi) and Nicholas Tribbett (Summer); and seven great-grandchildren, Kelsi Wierenga, Matthew Osborn, Alyssa Solis, Chase Thomas, Megan Thomas, Justin Tribbett and Anna Osborn. She is also survived by her best friend and beloved poodle, Molly Sue.

          She is also preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Stiles, and one grandchild, Christina Osborn.

          Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and also one hour prior to the time of the service at the funeral home on Sunday. Pastors Jay Cline and Bill Kleymann will officiate and burial will be in Davis Cemetery, Burnettsville. Memorial contributions may be made to Center Presbyterian Church, Royal Center. Online condolences may be made to the Tribbett family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Monday, January 26, 2009

 

Mabel Barkman Blacketor

Sept. 20, 1915-Jan. 24, 2009

          Mabel Barkman BLACKETOR, 93, of 1725 Colonial Drive, Rochester, passed away at 11:44 a.m. Saturday at her residence.

          Mabel was born on Sept. 20, 1915, in Rochester, the daughter of Harley and Tessie (McCarter) Barkman. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1934 and the Indiana College of Beauty Culture at Indianapolis in June 1938. She was employed at a beauty shop in Tipton until her marriage to Kline Blacketor Jr. of Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 29, 1939, in Rochester. They lived in Santa Monica for several years and returned to Rochester in the early 1940s.

          Mabel and Kline had one child, Brent Blacketor, who was killed in a tragic accident after his freshman year of college. After his death, Mabel was inspired to give considerable improvements to the Rochester community as a memorial to Brent. These gifts included a donation of 25 acres of land for the establishment of the Brent Blacketor Memorial Sports Complex. She also gifted land to the city of Rochester for the expansion of the Mill Creek Golf Course for which the entrance was named the Brent Blacketor Drive.

          Mabel was Deputy Auditor for Robert Peterson for four years. She later worked in the business offices of Dr. Howard Rowe and Woodlawn Hospital. She was also the secretary and office manager for 31 years at Peterson Law Office, later Peterson and Morton Law Office, and retired from the Peterson and Waggoner Law Firm.

          Mabel was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, Rochester. She had been a 4-H leader and supported the 4-H livestock auction for many years. She was active in the Eastern Star and adviser to the Rainbow Girls. She contributed to and was a motivator for establishing the Pathways Project. She was a member of the Woodlawn Hospital Board of Trustees for 12 years. Mabel was one of the original board members of the Fulton County Community Foundation, where she served for eight years.

          In 1999, Mabel received the Community Service Award from the Rochester & Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce. That summer she served as the Marshal of the Round Barn Festival Parade.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kline; son Brent; sisters, Zula G. Long and Helen Wilson; and brother Earl Barkman. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

          Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose 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 Fulton County 4-H Fund in care of the Fulton County Community Foundation with envelopes available at the funeral home or to the donor's favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Everett W. Ellenwood

          Everett W. ELLENWOOD, 81, Rochester, died Friday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, at home, and two sons, David Ellenwood, Palos, lll, and Daniel Ellenwood, Cedar Knolls, N.J.

          Services and visitation were Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Doris Lorene Hittle

Feb. 23, 1928-Jan. 25, 2009

          Doris Lorene HITTLE, 78, of 1320 Smith St., Apt. 306, Logansport, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday at the Chase Center, Logansport. She was failing in health the past two years.

          Born in Pulaski County, she was the daughter of Harry E. and Mary M. Warmbrod Rock. She graduated from Metea High School in 1946 and lived in the Logansport community for 38 years.

          On April 2, 1948, she married Raymond L. Hittle northeast of Rochester. He preceded her in death on June 13, 1985.

          A homemaker, she had worked at TM Morris, Logansport. She belonged to the United Methodist Church of Clymers.

          Her favorite hobby was her French poodle, Buddy.

          Survivors include a son, Randy R. Hittle and wife Kenna, Terre Haute; two grandsons, Audie Lee Hittle and wife Jennifer, Terre Haute, and Joshua Ray Hittle, Muncie; two sisters, Anna Clemons and husband Ora "Bud," Macy, and Margaret White and husband Virgil, Macy; a brother, James Rock and wife Barbara, Rochester; and her faithful canine companion, Buddy.

          She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Erma Sutton; and three brothers, Ivan, Donald and infant Jesse Rock.

          A celebration of the life of Doris Lorene Hittle will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Indiana 14 West, Rochester. Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate her service. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest in the Zion Cemetery, southwest of Culver. Preferred memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Marianne Nixon

          Marianne NIXON, 59, of 1130 Fulton Ave., Rochester, passed away at 1:34 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

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

 

Charles W. Ray

July 7, 1931-Jan. 23, 2009

          Charles W. RAY, 77, of Carmel, formerly of Rochester, Bloomington and Jeffersonville, passed away Friday.

          He was born July 7, 1931, in Crawfordsville, to Harry E. and Elizabeth Coats Ray.

          Charles graduated from Rochester High School in the Class of 1949. He served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned his B.S. and MBA from Indiana University in Bloomington. Charles was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity, I.U. Foundation and was a letterman in Track & Field. In 2007, Charles received his 50 year I-Men Award.

          Charles married Elizabeth (Betty) Vernon Dec. 20, 1952. After receiving his MBA, he worked in the automotive industry with Chrysler Corp. and Peugeot of France. He then served as Director of Finance for Glenmore Distilleries in Louisville, Ky., retiring in 1979.

          Charles was a member of Carmel Lutheran Church, the Indiana Stamp Club, the Lighthouse Society and was an avid bridge player.

A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Carmel Lutheran Church, 4850 E. 131st St., Carmel.

          Charles is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty; devoted children, Kathy Ray-Huffman, Carmel, David (Susan) Ray and Michael (Anne) Ray, Encinitas, Calif.; six grandchildren, Julie Ray, Ryan Huffman, Erik Ray, Alex Ray, Hannah Ray and Sophie Ray.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Theological Seminary, Attn: Gary Nahrwald, 6600 N. Clinton, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

          Final arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

 

Ralph P. Chapman

Sept. 27, 1921-Jan. 16, 2009

          Ralph P. CHAPMAN, 87, North Manchester, died at 6:35 p.m. Jan. 16 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

          He was born in Bonaqua, Tenn., to Russell and Clara (Pluimer) Chapman.

          He served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945, and was a Tech Sergeant in Patton's 3rd Army, 80th Division. He received two Purple Hearts for injury in service, one with an Oak Leaf cluster. He also received the EAME Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars.

          On July 11, 1942, he married Betty Barr. She died Oct. 25, 2008.

          He was a self-employed farmer for many years. He was employed by Bourbon Creamery for six years and Laketon Creamery for 14 years until its closing. Later, he was employed with Endicott Church Furniture Co., Warsaw, and retired in 1984.

          He belonged to Congregational Christian Church, was a life member of American Legion Post No. 402, Laketon, and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

          Ralph enjoyed refinishing furniture, woodworking and caning chairs.

          Survivors include a son, Bruce Chapman and companion Phillip Addario, Westport, Conn.; a daughter, Mrs. Bill (Susan) Greer, North Manchester; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and his parents.

          Services and calling were at 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Peabody Chapel, North Manchester. Pastor J.P. Freeman officiated. Burial was at Reichter Cemetery, Talma. Memorials may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester, IN 46962. McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, handled arrangements.

 

Mary L. Kale

          Mary L. KALE, 79, of 515 W. Sixth St., Rochester, died at 3:09 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Marianne Nixon

Feb. 4, 1949-Jan. 24, 2009

          Marianne NIXON, 59, of 1130 Fulton Avenue, Rochester, passed away at 1:34 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

          She was born on Feb. 4, 1949, in Rochester, the daughter of James W. and Marjorie Rose (Clay) Nixon.

          Marianne had more than thirty years of nursing experience in the Logansport, Winamac and Rochester areas. She loved dogs, enjoyed flowers, playing bridge and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

          Survivors include her brother, Michael and wife Dottie Nixon, South Whitley; nieces, Tracey and husband Jon Bos, Alma, Mich., Jessica and husband Joe Schultz, Warsaw, and Katie Nixon, Mentone; nephews, Jason Nixon, Louisville, Ky., and Jonathan Nixon, Holland, Mich.; two great-nephews; two great-nieces; two stepnephews; and some "very close friends."

          She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Patrick Walters; and brother, James Dale Nixon.

          Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Buck Padilla officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

 

Mary Louise Kale

          Mary Louise KALE, 79, of 515 W. Sixth St., Rochester, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include two daughters, Beth Foster and Sharon Helt of Rochester; two sons, Donn Kale, Rochester, and Thomas Kale, St. Louis, Mo.; and a brother, Charles Green, Warsaw.

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

 

Charles 'Dave' Wicker

          Charles "Dave" WICKER, 56, Lake Bruce, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday.

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

 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

 

Marilyn Leanna Blacketor

April 23, 1922-Jan. 25, 2009

          Marilyn Leanna BLACKETOR, 86, Rochester, and Sky Valley, Calif., passed away Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif.

          She was born April 23, 1922, to Ross E. and Carrie E. Baldwin in Fulton County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sky Valley Chamber.

          She is survived by J.P. "Jake" Bates, her companion of more than 10 years; daughters, Rebecca (Dennis) Gray of Rochester, Rossanne (Steven) Egbert, Covina, Calif.; and son, Robert (Cynthia) Blacketor of Pt. Ludlow, Wash.; a sister, Catherine Beattie of Rochester; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James F. Blacketor.

          Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Mortuary, Cathedral City, Calif. Inurnment will be in Rochester at a later date.

          Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mary Louise Kale

Feb. 2, 1929-Jan. 26, 2009

          Mary Louise KALE, 79, of 515 W. Sixth St., Rochester, died at 3:09 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Fredia L. Yeazel Green, who preceded her in death.

          Mary was a proud graduate of the Talma High School Class of 1947. On Oct. 15, 1950, she married her best friend, Robert H. Kale. Their union of 47 1/2 years yielded a beautiful family of four children - Beth, Sharon, Donn and Tom. The family tree further expanded with the additions of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

          She did clerical work for Chester White.

          The family's matriarch, Mary was noted for her abilities as a baker. Her forte was delectable chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles and iced sugar cookies that she blended and baked for birthdays and special holidays. The sugar cream pies she created were extraordinary.

          A family tradition shared by Mary ­- handed down for four generations - was the secret recipe for making noodles. The technique of rolling and cutting them with perfection was also overseen by Mary, always meeting her expectations.

          Mary was a devoted member of Rochester's First Baptist Church. As a servant of her church, she was appointed as deaconess for a number of years. She also was a member of the Baptist Builders Sunday School class and the M & M's.

          She also belonged to the Home Front Club.

          Summertime brought on many of Mary's favorite things including cheering on the Chicago Cubs and making homemade ice cream. She also enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate her patriotism by flying the flag each day.

          Mary's two favorite days of the week were Sunday, providing her the opportunity to attend worship service and share in Sunday School class, and Monday, girls day out game day. This day provided great times and spirited games with daughter Beth and special friends Esther, Helen, Chris and Barbara. A variety of card games, dominos and Rummy cubes were among the group's best loved games.

          Game time was also enjoyed as a family event at times of celebration and the holidays. Trivial Pursuit and various board games offered challenges to keep the group sharp. It was Christmas evening 2008 that Mary and the family played till past 9 p.m. Mary deeply enjoyed the special music of the Big Band Era - especially the music of the Glen Miller orchestra.

          Mary leaves behind a great legacy to cherish many wonderful memories - her four loving children, seven adoring grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, her Baptist church family, the Monday game buddies and the many friends she made along the pathways of life's journey.

          Survivors include two daughters, Beth Foster and Sharon Helt and husband Robert of Rochester; two sons, Donn Kale and wife Brenda of Rochester and Thomas Kale and wife Phyllis of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Shari Miller and husband Steve, Greg Gentry and wife Kari, Amber Kale and fiance Kai, David Kale, Steve Helt and wife Jean, Amy Foster and Scott Kale; eight great-grandchildren, Shelby, Sidney, Samantha, Jazmine, Kalvin, Koltin, Jacob and Johnathon "J.J."; and a brother, Charles F. Green and wife Jennie, Warsaw.

          Her husband preceded her in death on April 19, 1998.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Mary Louise Kale will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Bob, in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Preferred memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Rochester. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Jerry J. Reed

          Jerry J. REED, 74, of 1308 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Dixie Reed, at home, and two daughters, Kim Sheehy, Rochester, and Brenda Ponto, Akron.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service.

 

Irene M. Robison

Feb. 26, 1919-Jan. 23, 2009

          A memorial service for Irene ROBISON, 89, Haines City, Fla., will be held at a later date.

          She died at 9 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Rehabilitation Nursing Home, Davenport, Fla.

          Born Feb. 26, 1919, outside of Rochester, Fulton County, she was the daughter of the late Earl R. and Mildred I. (Thorstenson) Townsend. On Dec. 25, 1940, in Leesburg, she married Earl F. Robison, who preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 2007.

          Irene was a 1936 graduate of Rochester High School and a 1940 graduate of Manchester College. She did substitute and homebound teaching and taught at Leesburg, Cutler and Syracuse high schools and retired in 1982 from Warsaw Middle School after 37 years in various teaching positions. She also did scheduling and bookkeeping for Robison Plumbing and Heating of Leesburg.

          Irene was a longtime member of Leesburg Methodist Church and active in earlier years in their women's groups. She helped with dinners and was always ready with a donation of one of her wonderful pies. She attended the Kosciusko Retired Teachers' group and Leesburg Travelers. She and her husband traveled extensively over the United States. They enjoyed having their grandchildren and nieces and nephews for stays with them. She continued a lifelong love of reading and still made visits from the nursing home to the library.

          Survivors include two sons, Stephen Robison, Haines City, Fla., and Rolland Earl Robison and his wife, Pam, Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Barbara A. Nelson, Logansport; three grandchildren, Vincent Gee, Robert and Randy Robison; and three great-grandsons.

          She was preceded in death by one brother killed in World War II, Earl Lawrence Townsend, and her lifelong friend, Ida Kate Burwell.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army.

 

Donald Leroy Rouch

May 15, 1915-Jan. 19, 2009

          Donald Leroy ROUCH, 93, Santee, Calif., went to be with his Lord on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.

          He was born May 15, 1915, in Miami, Fla., to Claude and Nellie (Lynch) Rouch (deceased).

          Donald was married to Naomi Ellen Wackerle for 63 years and she preceded him in death.

          Survivors include three children: Sandy Thompson (Jerry), Carmel, Sonja Guyer (Harold), Georgetown, Texas, and Fred Rouch (Ginger), Santee, Calif.; five grandsons and four granddaughters; and 18 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother Robert Rouch, Denver, Colo., and one sister-in-law Shirley Oates, Peru. One sister preceded him in death.

          Don was retired from Square D Company, Peru, with more than 43 years of service. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Elks and Moose lodges.

          A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Komen Breast Cancer Research.

 

Helen L. Stambaugh

          Helen L. STAMBAUGH, 73, of 2005 N. Franklin St., Mentone, died Wednesday in the Kosciusko Community Hospital emergency room.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Charles 'Dave' Wicker

          Charles "Dave" WICKER, 56, Lake Bruce, died Sunday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Survivors include his wife, Jennifer L. Wicker, Lake Bruce; children, Hunter and Hanna Wicker, Lake Bruce, Joshua Wicker, Michael David Trosper and Jaime Wicker; sisters, Linda Gross, Rochester, and Bobbie Sellers, Momence, Ill.; and brothers, Kevin Wicker, Rochester, and Danny Wicker, Delong.

          Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce, with visitation from noon to 1 p.m. at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Friday, January 30, 2009

 

Jerry J. Reed

Aug. 25, 1934-Jan. 28, 2009

          Jerry J. REED, 74, of 1308 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday at home.

          He was born in Kosciusko County to Dewy and Viola Beeny Reed.

          Jerry was a proud 1953 graduate of Akron High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Manchester College. At Clarkson College of Technology, he completed his master's of science.

          Mr. Reed was assigned to teach chemistry at Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, Ill. His stint as an esteemed chemistry teacher, captivating the attention of his students, spanned 3 1/2 decades. In June of 1991, he retired with life memberships of the National Education Association and the Illinois State Teacher's Association.

          On June 12, 1956, at the Mentone Methodist Church, Jerry took the hand of his beautiful bride, Dixie Linn, to be his lifetime mate, solemnizing their wedding vows. The Reeds celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2006. Their union produced two daughters, Kim and Brenda, and four grandchildren.

          Following retirement, Jerry and Dixie returned to their home county and settled in Rochester. Together they enjoyed planting the garden and harvesting a variety of vegetables.

          Jerry, a very kind hearted, caring and thoughtful man, could be seen strolling the neighborhood each day and checking in on friends and neighbors. He always took time to help them by assisting with home repairs, working on their cars or chauffeuring them to doctor's visits.

          To relax, Jerry joined his lifetime friend and schoolmate, Phil Pratt, for breakfast and to catch up on the latest daily events. They also enjoyed adventures fishing for Blue Gill on Barr Lake and Lake Manitou, many times returning their catch of the day to the sparkling waters.

          In addition to his family that he loved so dearly, Jerry looked forward to the arrival of their new addition, the fourth generation, precious great-granddaughter Amelia Grace Ponto due to arrive on or before Saturday. He was delighted with the visits of his grandchildren and playing bean bag toss, darts and fishing.

          Survivors include his wife, Dixie Reed, at home; two daughters, Kim Sheehy, Rochester, and Brenda Ponto and husband Kurt, Akron; four grandchildren, Megan Bailon, Okinawa, Japan, Nick Ponto, Claypool, Alex Sheehy, Muncie, and Brandon Sheehy, Rochester.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Jerry J. Reed will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., with Pastor Phillip Pratt officiating. Friends may visit with his family from 11 a.m. until his service. Burial will follow at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Hope Hospice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Howard 'J.R.' Slifer

April 28, 1931-Jan. 27, 2009

          Howard "J.R." SLIFER, 77, of Twelve Mile, passed away Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born April 28, 1931, in Twelve Mile, he was the son of Howard and Nellie Glassburn Slifer. On Sept. 12, 1948, at the Baptist Temple in Logansport, he was married to Eileen Kingery, and she survives.

          J.R. was the owner of the Ford dealership in Twelve Mile for more than 50 years. He received multiple Dealer In Excellence awards.

          He was proud to serve his community as a volunteer fireman for more than 50 years. He was named the first Fireman of the Year in Cass County in 1983. J.R. was one of the founding members of the Cass County Crime Stoppers and was past president. He was a member of the VFW in Logansport, Eagles No. 852, the American Legion No. 60 and a 50-year member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge No. 585.

          J.R. had a love for music and played guitar for 67 years. He had the privilege of playing with Hank Williams Jr., Stonewall Jackson and Crystal Gayle ... to name a few. In 1949, his band, the Cass County Ramblers, played the opening for the WSAL Radio Station. He enjoyed getting together with his friends for jam sessions and teaching his son and grandsons to play the guitar. He also had a love for camping, mushroom hunting and spending time with his family.

          Survivors include two children, Donita Hook and her husband Jim, Logansport, and Anita Boldry and her husband Steve, Rochester; a daughter-in-law, Helen Slifer, Florida; two sisters, Sandra Tigler and her husband Bill, Denver, and Patty Cooper and her husband Wally, Michigan; a sister-in-law, Mary Weller, Kokomo; 11 grandchildren, Rob Hook, Wendy James, Doug Hook, Bill Hook, Eric Slifer, Marcus Slifer, Gabby Slifer, Libby Behr, Tammy Bonnell, Brad Boldry and Scott Boldry; 14 great-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by one son, Charlie Slifer, and one brother, Richard Weller.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Cree officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery, rural Cass County. Friends are invited to call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Twelve Mile Volunteer Fire Department or American Diabetes Association.

 

Helen L. Stambaugh

          Helen L. STAMBAUGH, 73, of 205 N. Franklin St., Mentone, died Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include a daughter, Charlene Moore, Grayson, Ky., six sons, Jay Boggs and Harry Stambaugh, both of Mentone, Palmer Stambaugh, Bobby Stambaugh, Billy Stambaugh, James Robert Stambaugh, all of Warsaw; a brother, Palmer Honeycutt, Wabash; and three sisters, Alice Clatos, Wayne, W.Va., Charlotte Honeycutt, Paintsville, Ky., and Frances Childress, Wayne, W.Va.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

 

Kenneth Wilhelm

          Kenneth WILHELM, 83, Logansport, died Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Wilhelm, Logansport; daughters, Peggy L. Horn, Kewanna, and Lois Jean Callaway, Logansport; and a sister, Freida Swihart, Plymouth.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

 

Saturday, January 31, 2009

 

Norma J. Robbins

Sept. 2, 1938-Jan. 30, 2009

          Norma J. ROBBINS, 70, of Logansport, formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 7:57 a.m. Jan. 30, 2009 at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport.

          She was born on Sept. 2, 1938, the daughter of James Frank Sutton and Ruth (Kistler) Sutton. She graduated from Metea High School and worked several years at Switches in Leiters Ford.

          Survivors include her brother, Harold L. Sutton of Kewanna; sisters, Mary R. Sutton Shideler and husband William F. Shideler of Logansport and Wilma L. Altman of Peoria, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

          She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen R. Vernon, and her parents.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home in Fulton with the Rev. Dave Sommers officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will follow at the Metea Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Kathleen S. Stults

          Kathleen S. STULTS, 59, of 18509 Gumwood Road, Argos, died at 3:20 a.m. Friday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


Monday, February 2, 2009

 

Kathleen S. Stults

June 25, 1949-Jan. 30, 2009

          Kathleen S. STULTS, 59, of 18509 Gumwood Road, Argos, died at 3:20 a.m. Friday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, following a three-year illness.

          Born in Argos, she was the daughter of William H. and Donna Belle M. (Stouder) Blackford.  She lived all her life in the Argos and Marshall County community.  She graduated from Argos High School with the Class of 1967 and attended the Career Academy in Milwaukee, Wis.

          On Oct. 8, 1967, in Tippecanoe, she married David L. Stults, and he survives.

          She was the branch manager at 1st Source Bank, Argos.  She worked at the bank for 35 years.

          Kathy was a member of Tippecanoe Community Church, Tippecanoe.  She served on the Walnut Township Advisory Board and was active with the “Oold Gold Club,” the Green-Walnut Buyers Group and the Green-Walnut Young Farmers 4-H Club.

          In addition to her husband, David Stults, Argos, she is survived by three children, David L. Stults Jr. and wife Jennifer, Argos, Gayla R. Burger and husband Mark, Bremen, and Eric Stults and wife Stephanie, Middlebury; six grandchildren, Samantha and Jessica Stults, Argos, Blake and Haley Burger, Bremen, and Madeline and Luke Stults, Middlebury; her mother, Donna Belle Blackford, Argos; a sister, Colleeen Halter and husband Barry, Rolling Prairie; four brothers, Joe Blackford and wife Pam, Hebron, Steve Blackford and wife Kathy, Tippecanoe, Ken Blackford and wife Tina, Tippecanoe, and Bill Blackford and wife Lisa, Bowie, Md.; three sisters-in-law, Janet (Alan) Robinson, Chattanooga, Tenn., Judy (Kevin) Miller, Akron, and Sharlene “Shar” (Tom) Coahran, Rochester; and a brother-in-law, William “Bill” (Lisa) Stults, Argos.

          She was preceded in death by her father and her son, Greg A. Stults, on April 19, 1974.

          Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Tippecanoe Community Church, 2940 18-B Road, Tippecanoe, and one hour prior to the funeral service, which is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.  The Rev. Randy McElveen, the Rev. Ken Todd and the Rev. Alan Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe.  Memorials may be made to The Old Gold Club, Attn: Mr. Medich, 500 Yearick Ave., Argos, IN 46501; Tippecanoe Community Church, 2940 18-B Road, Tippecanoe, IN 46570; or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Northern Indiana Affiliate, 227 S. Main St. Suite 101, South Bend, IN 46601.  Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at earl-grossmanfuneral.com.  Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos is handling arrangements.

 

James R. Morgan

          James R. MORGAN, 82, Argos, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday at the St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

 

Pauline Johnston

          Pauline JOHNSTON, 88, formerly of Rochester, died on Jan. 31, 2009, at Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala.  K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Creamation Center Chapel, Jacksonville, Ala., will handle arrangements.

          She is survived by her husband, Howard Johnston of Jacksonville, Ala.; her daughters, Nicole (Herschel) Vance of St. Louis, Mo., and Jill (James) Gilbert of Clarksville, Tenn.; two sisters, Glenna (Warren) Huddleston of Taos, N.M., and Mary Bauchat of Michigan; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth Thompson; and her son, Eric Johnston.

          Donations may be made to the American Red Cross.  Online condolences may be made to the family at 222.klbrownfuneralhome.com.

 

James R. Morgan

March 27, 1926-Jan. 31, 2009

          James Richard “Dick” MORGAN, 82, a longtime Argos resident, passed away due to natural causes on Saturday evening in the St. Joseph Hospital at Fort Wayne.

          Dick was born March 27, 1926, in Plymouth, the son of Oscar Eugene and Hazel Agnes (Unger) Morgan.  He attended the Linkville School.

          In 1955 he was eager to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

          Dick was a carpenter by trade and personally raised hogs until an early disability prevented him from doing so.

          He first married Janet E. Hamman, who survives.  Together they had five children:  Hope C. (Virgil) Herring of Grovertown, Kelly L. (Paul) Antoine of Bryan, Ohio, Gretchen D. (John) Worley of LaPorte, Bridgett B. Koz of Argos and Mark R. (April) Morgan of Donaldson.

          On Sept. 19, 1987, in Argos, he married Marvis A. (Jones) Crum, whose children include:  Dawn M. (Dan) Byler of LaGrange, David A. (Julie) Crum of Plymouth, and Duane L. (Laura) Crum of Holmdel, N.J.  All together there are 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

          Dick’s surviving siblings are:  Daren (Dorothy) Morgan of Plymouth, Stanley (Dorothy) Morgan of Rochester, Jane Wilson of Greenwood, Mary Ann Orr of Warsaw, Helen Robinson and Barbara Kay (Bill) Smith and Lois Evans, all of Plymouth.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

          Dick was an active member of the Jordan Baptist Church.  He enjoyed square dancing as a member of the Rochester “Swinging Dudes,” was a Master Gardener and he wrote and had published works of poetry.  He also enjoyed reading, fishing, listening to country/western music and above all, time with family.

          In July of 2008, Dick was saddened at the passing of his wife, Marvis.  Also preceding in death were his parents; three brothers, Lloyd, Wayne Kent, and John Adrian Morgan; and a sister, Norma Fillinger.

          All are invited to share memories with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, where calling will continue after 7 a.m. Thursday in the absence of family.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Jordan Baptist Church, 11447 19th Road, Argos, with Pastor Thomas Tupps officiating.  Calling will occur there one hour prior to the services.  Burial will follow in the Jordan Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded to him.  Memorial gifts may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society, 601 W. Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

 

Daniel Bengston

          Daniel BENGSTON, a former Akron United Methodist Church pastor, died Jan. 26, in Richmond, Mo.

          Survivors include his wife, Jean Baker Bengston; daughters, Lois Douglas of Raleigh N.C., Cathy Habermehl, Ellen McDonald and Laura Baker; one son, Philip Bensgston of Versailles, Ky.; and one sister, Doris Combs of Niles, Mich.

 

Russell K. McComb

Sept. 26, 1923-Feb. 2, 2009

          Russell K. McCOMB, 85, of 403 S. Willow St., Flora, passed away at 12:02 p.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette.

          He was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Huntertown to Verne and Cecile Fitch McComb.  He was a 1941 graduate of Huntertown High School.

          On Sept. 7, 1946, he married Juanita Sheehan in Logansport and she survives in Flora.  He was a WWII veteran serving in the Army.  Mr. McComb was a stockman for Public Service Indiana and a member of the Methodist Church.

          He is survived by two sons, Russell K. McComb Jr. of Demotte, Raymond Jay McComb of Lafayette; and one daughter, Janis Marie Smith of Loveland, Colo.  Also surviving are four sisters, Marcella Sloffer and Dorothy Lucas, both of Huntertown, Phyllis Brown of Albion and Ann Kelham of Liotta.   He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one son.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Reinke Funeral Home, 103 N. Center St., Flora, with three hours of calling prior to the service of Friday.  Burial will be at Scottland Cemetery near Frankfort with military graveside honors.

 

Charles G. O’Conner

          Charles G. O’CONNER, 76, of 6209 S. 250 West, Rochester, died at 4:57 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thomas V. Sayger

          Dr. Thomas V. SAYGER, 57, Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Rochester, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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

 

Thursday, February 5, 2009

 

Charles Glen O’Connor

          Charles Glen O’CONNOR, 76, of 6209 S. 250 West, Rochester, died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty L. O’Connor, Rochester,; sons, Charles Ray O’Connor, Gillette, Wyo., Kenneth Wells, Costa Rica, and Randy Zehner, Pittsburg, Pa.; daughters, Debra O’Connor, Angola, Patricia Chee, Albuquerque, N.M., Pauline King, Coolidge, Ariz., Diane King, Knox, Barbara Charstens, Helensville, Wis., Judy Hovenden, Mentone, Cindy Sumey, Rochester, Louis Lairson, Hillsboro, Texas, and Windy Lauderback, Rochester; and brothers, Howard O’Connor, Bremen, John O’Connor, South Bend, and Merlyn O’Connor, Kentucky.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service.

 

Dr. Thomas V. Sayger

Nov. 3, 1951-Feb. 3, 2009

          Dr. Thomas V. SAYGER, 57, Memphis, Tenn., and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

          He was born on Nov. 3, 1951, in Rochester, the son of Maurice and Irene (Miller) Sayger.  He was a 1969 graduate of Akron High School, a 1973 graduate of Manchester College and received his Ph.D. in 1987 from Indiana State University.

          Dr. Sayger was a full professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at the University of Memphis.  Prior to teaching at the University of Memphis, he held faculty appointments at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.  In 2001, Dr. Sayger was a visiting professor at Orta Doou Teknik Universitesi (Middle East Technical University) in Ankara, Turkey.  Due to his interest in international issues of psychology, he maintained his professional ties to Turkey and collaborated with colleagues in Portugal, Russia, Ireland, Australia and other areas of the world.  Tom published widely (over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles) and co-authored three books, contributing extensively to research on conduct disorders in children and family therapy.  Dr. Sayger was revered by his graduate students and in 2006, he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.  In his spare time, he enjoyed genealogy and traveling.

          Survivors include his sister, Judith Sayger, South Bend; aunts, Nancy Baker, Laura and husband Jack Lewis, Nancy Sayger, all of Rochester; uncle, John and wife Elnora Sayger, Rochester; several cousins and his faithful companions, Scully, Scarlet and Scout.  He was preceded in death by his parents, mother Irene in 1992, father Maurice in 1994; his brother, Richard in 1969; maternal grandparents, Vernon and Versa Miller; paternal grandparents, Hershel and Mary Burnette Sayger; aunts, Esther Nicodemus, Irma Zolman Willodean Collins, and Maudie Coleman; and uncles, Leroy, Omer, Otis, Harry and Walter Sayger.

          Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Jeanne Hoffman 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 Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the donor’s favorite charity.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, February 6, 2009

 

Dorothy Ann Marriott

          Dorothy Ann MARRIOTT, 85, Arcadia, Calif., died at 2 a.m. Thursday at her residence in Arcadia.

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

 

Leona J. Zechiel

Jan. 21, 1913-Feb. 5, 2009

          Leona J. ZECHIEL, 96, a Culver resident all her married life, died at 8 a.m. Thursday in Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

          The daughter of Lula and Albert Grosvenor was born in Bourbon on Jan. 21, 1913.   She graduated with the Class of 1931 in Bourbon.

          On Oct. 19, 1933, she married Ferris Zechiel at Tipp City, Ohio.  He survives at 100 years old.

          Leona is also survived by a daughter, Betty (Stan) Reinholt, and a son, Larry (Ruth) Zechiel; five grandchildren, Susan (Marty) Mansfield, Dean (Tina) Zechiel, Jo Zechiel, Ryan (Mindi) Reinholt, and Beth (Rob) Herzong and 10 great-grandchildren.

          A homemaker, Leona loved to cook, garden, crafts, sew, teach Sunday School and read her Bible.  She was a 50-year member of Culver Homemakers, Marshall County Extension and a member of Community Bible Fellowship Church of God.

          Leona was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carol Ann in 1940; 3 sisters, Hester Kuhn, Iris Peirson and Bernice Calvert; five brothers, Arnold, Victor, Leonard, Harvey and Calvin Grosvenor; also a set of infant twin siblings.

          Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of Leona Zechiel from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.   The Rev. Bob Huddlestun and Bob Collier will officiate funeral services at 2 p.m.  Burial will follow at Culver Masonic Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be given in Leona’s memory to the Atlanta Bible College.  Notes of condolence and sharing of memories of Leona Zechiel may be e-mailed to the family at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home Web site obituary page at www.bonineodom.com.  The Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009

 

Maxine L. Coughlin

          Maxine L. Petrie Kistler COUGHLIN, 82, Logansport, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday at the McKinney House in Logansport.

          Arrangements are pending at Marocco Funeral chapel, Logansport.

 

Dorothy Ann Marriott

          Dorothy Ann MARRIOTT, 85, Arcadia, Calif., passed away at 2 a.m. Thursday at her residence in Arcadia.

          Survivors include her two sons, Richard Marriott and Scott Marriott, both of California.

          Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.   Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros, Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

James Lee Shelton

          James Lee SHELTON, 84, of 533 Quaking Aspen Lane, Windsor, Calif., formerly of Rochester, died Tuesday at Sutter Hospital, Santa Rosa, Calif.

          Survivors include his wife, Pat Shelton, Windsor, Calif., and children, Tom Shelton, Bakersfield, Sue Bias, Honolulu, Hawaii, Tim Shelton, Morgan Hill, Calif., Randy Phillips, Gilroy, Calif., Kevin Phillips, Boise, Idaho, and Cindy Harms, Windsor, Calif.

          His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today at Healdsburg Community Church, Healdsburg, Calif.

 


Monday, February 9, 2009

 

Maxine L. Petrie Kistler Coughlin

April 29, 1926-Feb. 6, 2009

          A mass of Christian burial for Maxine L. Petrie Kistler COUGHLIN, 82, of Logansport will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church, Logansport.

          She died at 6:45 a.m. Friday at the McKinney House, Logansport.

          Born on April 29, 1926, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late August and Lela (Gundrum) Petrie. On Aug. 15, 1964, she married George "Bob" Coughlin and he preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 2008.

          Maxine attended St. Josephs School and Logansport High School. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Rosary Society and the VFW No. 3790 Ladies Auxilliary. She was a homemaker and a former Memorial Hospital volunteer. Maxine enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and playing euchre and canasta.

          Survivors include sons, Don Kistler and wife Connie of Kokomo and Ron Kistler and wife Kerry of Logansport; daughter, Patricia Ann Evans of West Lafayette; stepsons, Daniel R. Coughlin and wife Diane of Fort Wayne and Timothy E. Coughlin and wife Pam of Chesterton; stepdaughter, Mary Kathryn Laskody of Norcross, Ga.; sister, Imogene LeDonne and husband Francis of Walton; sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Willison of Logansport; grandchildren, Scott Kistler and wife Courtney of Indianapolis, Tatum Egan and husband Joe of Oklahoma, Jessica Weathington and husband Cameron of Fort Worth, Texas, Kira Evans of Logansport, Carrie Richards and husband Brian of Fort Wayne, Emily Coughlin of Fort Wayne, Hilary Coughlin of Fort Wayne, Jamie Nygra of Portage, Lindsay Laskody of Florida and Robyn Murphy and husband Shane of Peru; great-grandchildren, Emma Kistler, Logan Egan, Callen Weathington, Ethan Coughlin, Daison Richards, Jazmine and Anthony Leydet.

          She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Donald "Spin" Kistler; son, Tommy Kistler; brothers, Dick, Charlie, Jim and Bob Petrie; and sisters, Bette Morecraft and Evelyn Bolander.

          Father Jeff Martin will officiate and burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

          Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Marocco Funeral Chapel, 119 E. Market St., Logansport, where there will also be a Scripture, Daughters of Isabella and VFW Ladies Auxiliary service at 6 p.m.

          While flowers are welcome, contributions in Maxine's memory may be made to the All Saints Catholic School. Online condolences may be to the family at www.maroccofc.com.

 

Michael E. Cowger

          Michael E. COWGER, 58, of 6571 N. Old Hwy. 31, Rochester, died Sunday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Darlene Cowger, Rochester, daughter, Carla Decker, Knox; son, Leon Cowger, Kansas City, Mo.; parents Bud and Donna Cowger, Rochester; brothers Kelly Cowger and Tim Cowger, both of Rochester, and sisters, Beverly Cooley, Talma, Dianna Overmyer, Tippecanoe, Twyla Hartman and Melody Avery, both of Argos.
          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Argos United Methodist Church, Argos, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Robin Lea Kelly

Feb. 4, 1954-Feb. 7, 2009

          Robin Lea KELLY, 55, of 1131 Franklin St., Rochester, Passed away at 6:45 a.m. Saturday at her residence.

          She was born on Feb. 4, 1954, in Rochester, the daughter of Sam and Esther (Armentrout) Shuey.  On March 5, 1977, in Rochester, she married John Kelly and he survives.

          Mrs. Kelly was a homemaker who enjoyed crafts, antiquing, going to garage sales and auctions.

          Survivors include her husband, John Kelly, Rochester; daughter, Kasie Kelly, Rochester; brothers, Martin ad wife Sue Shuey, Rensselaer, and Gary and wife Kathy Shuey, Rochester; sisters, Pequitta Montelongo, Rochester, Sue Griffis, Bourbon, and Sandra Watts, Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

          No services or visitation will be observed.  Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Christopher H. Najafiarab

          Christopher H. NAJAFIARAB, 25, Francesville, died Saturday at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

          Survivors include his mother Holly A. Tolzin, Francesville; his father, Reza Najafiarab, Iran; and brother, Andrew A. Najafiarab, Francesville.

          Services will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville, with visitation from 4 p.m. until the service.

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

 

Michael E. Cowger

Nov. 26, 1950-Feb. 8, 2009

          Michael E. COWGER, 58, of 6571 N. Old Hwy. 31, Rochester, died at 6:05 a.m. Sunday at his residence. He was ill since April 2008.

          Born in rural Star City, he was the son of Wilbur "Bud" and Donna (DePoy) Cowger. He lived most of his life in Marshall and Fulton counties. He graduated with the Argos High School Class of 1968.

          He married Darlene K. Davis on June 14, 1969, in Argos, and she survives.

          He worked in production at RBC Precision Products, Bremen.

          Michael was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed working in his yard and garden during the summer months. He was a member of the National Rifleman's Association and Northern Indiana Hunting Club.

          He attended Argos United Methodist Church.

          In addition to his wife, Darlene Cowger, Rochester, he is survived by a daughter, Carla Decker and husband Chris, Knox; a son, Leon Cowger, Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Matt, Chris and Jarod Decker of Knox; his parents, Bud and Donna Cowger, Rochester; two brothers, Kelly Cowger and Tim Cowger, both of Rochester; and four sisters, Beverly Cooley and husband Joe, Talma, Dianna Overmyer and husband Danni, Tippecanoe, Twyla Hartman and husband Mike, and Melody Avery and husband Clyde, all of Argos.

          He was preceded in death by a son, Michael E. Cowger Jr. in 1991; four brothers, Keith Lee Cowger, Leon "Buddy" Cowger, Bill Cowger and Terry Cowger; and a niece Donna Marie Cooley.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Argos United Methodist Church, 540 N. Michigan St., Argos, with the Rev. Ken Walker of the church officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, c/o Indiana University Foundation, Attn: Thoracic Oncology Program Fund, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 

Violet I. Overmyer

          Violet I. OVERMYER, 68, of 1001 W. Hively Ave., Elkhart, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Golden Living Center, Elkhart.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Eldon Pike

July 20, 1921-Feb. 9, 2009

          Eldon PIKE, 87, died at 3 p.m. Monday at Warsaw Meadows, Warsaw.

          Born in Rochester, he was the son of Ora Pike and Farie Wood. He married Mary Truex on Nov. 8, 1947, in Elkhart.

          He was owner of Pike Service Station, Atwood, for 26 years and retired in 1983. He lived most of his life in the Atwood and Etna Green areas.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Pike, Etna Green; two sisters, Wilma Draper, Warsaw, and Ilogene Seidner, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by two brothers, Forrest Pike and Finton Pike, and a sister, Marilyn Young.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher of New Beginnings Church, Atwood, will officiate. Burial will be at Stony Point Cemetery, Atwood. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to New Beginnings Church, 208 E. Main St., Atwood, IN 46502.

 

Joseph D. Stachelski

          Joseph D. STACHELSKI, 68, of 3100 E. Frontage Road, Warsaw, died at 1:17 p.m. Monday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Loren L. Betz

Aug. 12, 1924-Feb. 8, 2009

          Loren L. BETZ, 84, of 2656 N. 56th St., Unit 242H, Mesa, AZ 85215, former high school principal and superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, of congestive heart failure.

          Loren and his wife, Naomi, lived in Rochester from 1959 to 1976. Loren served as principal of RCHS from 1959 to 1965 and as superintendent of schools until 1976. The Betzes were active members of the community. Both were members of Grace United Methodist Church, and Loren was a member of the Kiwanis Club and a volunteer for Lay Witness Missions.

          Loren and Naomi moved from Rochester to Portland, Ind., where Loren served as superintendent of Jay County Schools until his retirement in 1985.

          Betz retired back to Rochester where they resided until 1990. Loren and Naomi spent time in Indianapolis before moving to Mesa, Ariz., where they have lived since.

          Faith, family, friends and work were the priorities by which he lived his life. An accomplished musician, Betz used his special gifts in all of his endeavors and played the piano beautifully until the day he died.

          Loren is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 63 years, Naomi (Mundy) L. Betz; four children, Bill (Marla) Betz, Susan Betz (Craig) Hintz, Muhammad (Ruby) Betz and David (Debbie) Betz; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

          In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, 2853 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47408.

 

Violet Irene Overmyer

          Violet Irene OVERMYER, 68, of 1001 W. Hively Ave., Elkhart, formerly of Marshall County, died Monday at Golden Living Center, Elkhart.

          Survivors include a sister, Mary L. Huber, Syracuse, and a brother, C. Meril Overmyer, Argos.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.

 

Marilyn R. Smiley

          Marilyn R. SMILEY, 79, formerly of Argos, died at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Wakarusa.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Joseph D. Stachelski

          Joseph D. STACHELSKI, 68, of 3100 E. Frontage Road, Apt. No. 71, Warsaw, died Monday at home.

          There are no immediate family survivors.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Rosanne Stokes

Rosanne STOKES, 89, Elwood, died Tuesday at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Elwood.

          Survivors include daughters, Suellen Stokes, Anderson, and LeAnn Linsmeyer, Elwood, and daughter-in-law, Sue Stokes, Rochester.

          Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Dunnichay Funeral Home, Elwood, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

 

Friday, February 13, 2009

 

John P. Markley

          John P. MARKLEY, 71, Peru, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn J. Fouts Markley; children, Jennifer Markley, Jacksonville, Ill., Troy Markley, Kokomo, Karen Trigg, Deedsville, John Weisenberger, Peru; and siblings, Linda Leisure, Kewanna, Susie Rysz, Bluffton, Ohio, Jeanie Froman, Ferdinand, Julie Birge, Kewanna, and Jeff Markley, Rochester.

          Services will be at noon Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

 

Marilyn Rose Smiley

Aug. 20, 1929-Feb. 11, 2009

          Marilyn Rose SMILEY, 79, formerly of 316 S. Michigan St., Argos, died at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Wakarusa, after a short illness.

          She was born in Argos to Clyde "Jim" O. and Marjorie (Krouse) Moriarty. She graduated with the Tippecanoe High School Class of 1947 and lived all her life in the Argos community.

          On July 25, 1947, she married Richard Louis Smiley in Paw Paw, Mich. He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2006.

          She worked at Kroger in Plymouth from 1962 to 1985 when she retired. She was a member of Argos Bible Church, Argos, and she and her husband were very active with The Old Gold Club, Argos.

          Survivors include two daughters, Diana (Terry) Ellis, Argos, and Patsy (Stephen) Lucas, Byron Center, Mich.; six grandchildren, Cheryl (Jeff) Shoup, Huntington, Tammy (Scott) Tuley, Trafalgar, Craig (Christen) Ellis, Argos, Lona (Adam) VanLoozenoord, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jason (Kori) Ellis, Clayton, and Jody (Matt) O'Dell, New Palestine; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, James P. Moriarty, Argos, and Terry L. Moriarty, Plymouth; and a sister, Linda (Leonard) Fuller, Wakarusa.

          She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Moriarty; and a sister, Shirley Knezevich, on May 7, 2008.

          Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Argos Bible Church, 210 S. Maple Ave., Argos, with the Rev. Phil Platz officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Memorials may be made to Argos Bible Church, 210 S. Maple Ave., Argos, IN 46501, or “Old Gold Club,” Attn: Mr. Medich, 500 Yearick Ave., Argos, IN 46501.

 

Saturday, February 14, 2009

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, February 16, 2009

 

No Obituaries – Holiday

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

 

James E. Lee

          James E. LEE, 69, of 6131 W. 200 South, Warsaw, died at 12:38 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Daniel L. Lynch

Oct. 13, 1942-Feb. 13, 2009

          Daniel L. LYNCH, age 66, Logansport, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Friday at his residence.

          Born in Logansport, he was the son of Paul and Agnes M. (Evans) Lynch.  He was married Nov. 21, 1970, at Wheatland Avenue Methodist Church to Marjorie Walters, who survives.

          Daniel had been employed as a truck driver at Exide Corp.  He later worked for USF Holland.

          Dan was a 1960 graduate of Metea High School.   He was a bus driver for the Logansport Community School Corp.  In later years, Dan especially enjoyed taking special needs children on bus trips to Indianapolis.

          Dan was a founding member and elder of Crossroads Community Bible Church in Perrysburg.

          Survivors include daughter, Danielle (Tony) Johnson, Galveston, son, Rod (Michelle) Lynch, Rockfield, and daughter, Ann Marie Lynch, Indianapolis; brothers, Max (Nina) Lynch, Rochester, and Tom (Sharon) Lynch, Ten Mile, Tenn.; a sister, Patti Longenecker, Warsaw; a brother-in-law, Kenny Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Cunningham, and a brother, Jack Lynch.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Crossroads Community Bible Church.  The Rev. Jim Rairigh of Crossroads Community Bible Church will officiate.  Burial will be at Ever-Rest Memorial Park.   Calling hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport, and at the church one hour prior to the funeral Wednesday.  Memorials may be made to Crossroads Community Bible Church (roof fund), 9303 N. Old U.S., 31, Macy, IN 46951.  Condolences may be placed online at kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Emma Jean Redinger

Jan. 23, 2008-Feb. 13, 2009

          Emma Jean REDINGER, 13 months, of 6650 17th Road, Argos, died at 2:53 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, following a very short illness.

          Born in Bremen, she was the daughter of Theodore "Ted" W. and Jennifer "Jenny" J. (Diangikis) Redinger, and they survive in Argos.

          She is also survived by siblings, Teddy and Samantha Redinger, Argos; paternal grandparents, Charles and Linda Redinger, Argos; maternal grandparents, Bob and Janice Diangikis, Argos, and Sharon Diangikis and fiance Larry Spaid, Plymouth; great-grandparents, Ted and Dorothy Thurin, Culver, Wilma J. Diangikis, Plymouth, John Diangikis, Bremen, Dorothy Spohn, Argos, and Al and Patricia Klinger of Florida; aunts and uncles, Rose and Dean Dodson, Charlie and Kelly Redinger, Bill and Alicia Redinger, Amy Diangikis, Julie Diangikis, Michelle Morgan, Matt Chizum, and Adam Diangikis.

          She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Ward and Virginia Redinger.

          Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Argos United Methodist Church, 540 N. Michigan St., with the Rev. Ken Walker of Argos United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos. Memorials may be made to Little Discover Pre-School, 570 N. Michigan St., Argos, IN 46501, or Argos Elementary School, 500 Yearick St., Argos, IN 46501. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

 

Carolyn Kay Stuber

Jan. 2, 1944-Feb. 16, 2009

          Carolyn Kay STUBER, 65, of Denver, died at 8:10 a.m. Monday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

          She was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Rochester to Russell Eldon and Helen Marie (McClaran) Ogle.

          Carolyn was a North Miami High School graduate. She married Allen Stuber in Denver on March 19, 1960. She enjoyed painting with oils and watercolors and crocheting.

          She is survived by her husband, Allen Stuber of Denver; three sons, Kurt (Jackie) Stuber of Denver, Kerry (Melissa) Stuber of Chili and Wendell Stuber of Denver; two daughters, Karen (David) Boone of Denver and Kara (Steven) Gordin of Warsaw; eight grandchildren, Nathan Stuber of Mexico, Jennie Stuber of Kokomo, Nicholas Stuber of Chili, Trent Gordin of Warsaw, David Jr. and Abbagail Boone, both of Denver, and Madisyn Gordin and Kaitlyn Gordin, both of Warsaw; six sisters, Doris Turnpaugh of Nyona Lake, Betty Miller of Rochester, Patricia Powell of Denver, Barbara (Ronald) Thompson of Rochester, Diana Mitchell of Aiken, S.C., and Shirley (Jim) Cook of Denver; and her brother, Thomas Ogle of Mexico.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 335 S. Chippewa Road, Roann, with Pastor Bill Sheets officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The memorial guestbook for Carolyn may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Heber C. Herkless

          Heber C. HERKLESS, 92, 1000 Fulton Ave., Rochester, died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

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

 

Brent Lee Jackson

          Brent Lee JACKSON, 34, North Manchester, formerly of Rochester, died at 3:22 a.m. Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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

 

James E. Lee

          James "Jim" E. LEE, 69, of 6131 W. 200 South, Warsaw, died Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Lee, Warsaw; children, Dawn Harris, Warsaw, Robin Ward, Phoenix, Ariz., Tim Lee, Mentone, and Kim Lee, Malta, N.Y.; his mother, Reah Lee, Warsaw; and sister, Jennie Earl, Atwood.

          Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Harrison Center Church, Etna Green, with visitation from 3 p.m. until the service. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Donald L. Naylor

Oct. 30, 1925-Feb. 17, 2009

          Donald L. NAYLOR, age 83, of Rochester and formerly of Brazil, died at 3:21 a.m. Tuesday in Rochester.

          He was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Indianapolis, as the son of Earl William and Irene Adams Naylor. Following graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Corps and served during World War II until his honorable discharge. He had been employed as a salesman selling hydraulic systems and parts. He retired from Central Hospital of Indianapolis, where he worked as a maintenance electrician supervisor. He married Sandy Soots, who preceded him in death October 2001.

          He was also preceded in death by his parents.

          He is survived by one sister, Carolyn Donaldson of Rochester; one son, Thomas Naylor of Indianapolis; two stepsons, Frank Teeter of Danville and William Teeter; one stepdaughter, Crystal Doyle; one sister-in-law, Helen Patton of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

          Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home, Brazil. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visit www.Moore-Funeral-Homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

 

Ralph J. Frettinger

Sept. 8, 1926-Feb. 17, 2009

          Ralph J. FRETTINGER, 82, Wanatah, died at 5:13 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          Born in Pulaski County, he was the son of John M. and Della L. (Goodwin) Frettinger. Ralph retired from U.S. Steel Mills of Gary.

          He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in Japan.

          He attended Family Bible Church of Wanatah and had also attended a Bible college. He taught Sunday school for 30 years at the Methodist church in Hamlet.

          He enjoyed gardening and especially growing roses. Ralph also loved to play the piano and read the Bible.

          Survivors include four daughters, Bonnie Jean Wilson, Williamsport, Linda and husband William Wright, West Lafayette, Brenda K. Cheesman, Covington, and Sandra L. and husband Terry Dobbels, Attica; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, David Paul Frettinger, Rochester.

          He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Frettinger, Hazel Dackwood and Gladys Ambrose, and four brothers, William, Roy, Frank and Walter Frettinger.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Tom Beaty officiating. Directly following the service, military rites will be performed by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343, both of Rochester. Burial will be at Kewanna IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Thomas John Hall

Feb. 23, 1947-Feb. 13, 2009

          Thomas "Tom" John HALL, 61, of County Road 17, Auburn, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday in Fort Wayne.

          He was born in Warsaw to John Thomas Hall and Margarett Evelyn Gores. He married Suesie Porter in 1972 in Fort Wayne. She survives in Auburn.

          A Vietnam veteran and farmer, he enjoyed gardening, cooking and raising animals.

          In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters, Terri Furnivall, Tippecanoe, and Wendy Utter, Logansport, and brothers, Mike Hall of Maryland and Tim Hall.

          He was preceded in death by his father on Dec. 7, 1979, his mother on June 5, 1970, and a sister, Henrrietta Clark on Oct. 13, 2008.

          Tom was cremated and his family had a private service at home.

 

Heber C. Herkless

Nov. 9, 1916-Feb. 17, 2009

          Heber C. HERKLESS, 92, of 1000 Fulton Ave., Rochester, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          He was born on Nov. 9, 1916, in Knightstown, the son of Heber Chase and Helen (Steiner) Herkless. On Aug. 2, 1941, in Rochester, he married Margaret L. Pyle, and she survives.

          Mr. Herkless attended Indiana University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He co-owned The Racket men's clothing store in Rochester for more than 40 years.

          He had been a member of the First Baptist Church, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge of Rochester. He was past president of the Rochester and Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Rochester School Board during the building phase of the high school, and a member of the Downtown Retail Merchants.

          Mr. Herkless was an avid Indiana University fan, enjoyed Indiana high school athletics, vacationing with his family in Michigan, spending time fishing and hunting, and his Thursday R.O.M.E.O.'s lunch group.

          Survivors include his wife, Margaret L. Herkless, Rochester; daughter, Julia and husband Dale Schroeder, Columbus; son, Charles Steven Herkless, Rochester; grandsons, William and wife Cindy Schroeder, Columbus, John and wife Kristen Schroeder, Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Bailey Schroeder, Columbus,and Levi Schroeder, Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David R. Herkless; and sister, Nancy Shields.

          Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer and the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may call from noon until the funeral. 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.

 

Lyle L. Hillman

          Lyle L. HILLMAN, 86, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, formerly of Battle Creek, Mich., passed away at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

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

 

Brent Lee Jackson

Feb. 5, 1975-Feb. 17, 2009

          Brent Lee JACKSON, 34, North Manchester and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 3:22 a.m. Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          He was born on Feb. 5, 1975, in South Carolina, the son of Peggy (Jackson) Kats. On July 4, 2008, in North Manchester, he married Keri Collins and she survives.

          Mr. Jackson was a 1992 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School and worked for Morton Buildings as a carpenter. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

          Survivors include his wife, Keri Jackson, North Manchester; daughters, Rachael Jackson and husband Justin Pontius, Rochester, Samantha Jackson, Rochester; son, Raven Jackson, Rochester; grandson, Cole Davis, Akron; mother, Peggy Kats, Warsaw; grandparents, Patsy and Terry Cave, Rochester; sisters, Nicole Kats, Warsaw, Dana Jackson, Akron; mother-in-law, Sandy Moore, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brent Lee Jackson Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


James 'Jim' E. Lee

Aug. 17, 1939-Feb. 16, 2009

          James "Jim" E. LEE, 69, of 6131 W. 200 South, Warsaw, went to be with his Heavenly Father at 12:38 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital after a sudden illness.

          He was born on Aug. 17, 1939, in Three Oaks, Mich., to Jack and Reah (Sensibaugh) Lee. He lived in the Atwood community all of his life.

          He married Rosalie R. Ryman on Nov. 14, 1957, in Atwood.

          He worked for Creighton Brothers for 29 years, where he was the production supervisor at Crystal Lake Egg Products, Atwood. He retired in 2001. He also had worked at Beachwood Lumber in Atwood for 11 years.

          He was a very active member of the Harrison Center Church, Etna Green. He had been actively involved in 4-H in Kosciusko County, having a child or grandchild in 4-H the last 41 years. He was a member of the Atwood High School Class of 1958. While in high school, he excelled in basketball and baseball. He continued his baseball career after high school with the Cleveland Indians organization.

          Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Lee of Warsaw; two daughters, Dawn Harris and husband Kevin of Warsaw and Robin Ward and husband David of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, Tim Lee and wife Cathy of Mentone and Kim Lee and wife Julie of Malta, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his mother, Reah Lee of Warsaw; a sister, Jennie Earl and husband Albert of Atwood; and brother-in-law, David Ryman and wife Diane of Atwood.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Lee in August 1990, and his brother, Joseph C. Lee in November 1978.

          A gathering of friends and family will be Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Harrison Center Church, 965 S. 800 West, Etna Green. Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Bill Stevens officiating. Burial will be at Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green. Memorials may be made to Harrison Center Church, 965 S. 800 West, Etna Green, IN 46524 or the 4-H Endowment at Kosciusko County Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


Friday, February 20, 2009

 

Lyle L. Hillman

June 14, 1922 - Feb. 17, 2009

          Lyle L. HILLMAN, 86, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, and formerly of Battle Creek, Mich., passed away at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          He was born on June 14, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., the son of James and Eva (Sumner) Hillman. On July 7, 1942, at Lake Orion, Mich., he married Doris Weeks and she survives. They moved to Battle Creek in 1962 and resided there until 2008 when they settled at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester.

          Mr. Hillman was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving with the Naval Amphibious Corps in the Pacific. He worked in the building trades, installing flooring, formica and tile and owned Crest Carpeting in Battle Creek.

          Mr. Hillman was an avid bowler and golfer, and he enjoyed deer hunting in the upper peninsula of Michigan and in Alaska with his family and friends. He was the oldest certified scuba diver in Battle Creek. He and his son, Roy, scuba dived in the Red Sea, with Lyle the oldest member of the group. He enjoyed gardening and yard work. He and his dog, Andy, spent hours "down at the pond" where Lyle created a lovely park and fishing site.

          Mr. Hillman was a member of the Westlake Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek, a member of the Masonic Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

          Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Doris Hillman, Rochester; daughters, Charis and husband Ron Conrad, Salem, Ore., Lynn and husband Don Groenleer, Rochester; son, Roy and wife Brenda Hillman, Battle Creek; and five grandchildren, Loriel and husband Gerry Donaghy, Portland, Ore., Christopher Hillman and Jamie Hillman, both of Battle Creek, Nicholas and wife Kae Groenleer, Carmel, and Chloe Conrad, Salem, Ore.

          The family expresses their gratefulness for the loving staff at Wynnfield Crossing and for the tender touch of Kellie and Brenda from Hope Hospice. God is Good.

          A memorial service will be conducted at a later date at Westlake Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter (Hilltop Kennel) or Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Mark E. Holcomb

          Mark Edward HOLCOMB, 44, 130 W. Second St., Rochester, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Therese Ann Holcomb, Rochester; sons, Kevin Taylor, Winamac, Phillip Holcomb, Rochester; daughters, Maressa Smith, Vincennes, Mandy Holcomb, Rochester; parents, Jackie and Beverly Holcomb, Rochester; stepchildren, Brian Thomas, Rochester, Erica Thomas, Wabash; brother, Jeff Holcomb, Rochester; sister, Amy Cline, Rochester.

          Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from noon until funeral service Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

Orland Leo Boone

          Orland Leo BOONE, 86, of 914 Pontiac St., Rochester, died Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Shirley Boone; children, Darla McCall, Geneva, Ill., Linda Kolby, Sunrise, Fla., Daniel Boone, St. Charles, Ill., Ronald Golden, Nappanee, Thomas Golden, Rochester; a sister, Ormella Therien, Momence, Ill.;and a brother, Cletus Boone, Kankakee, Ill.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Bernard Emil Gann

          Bernard Emil GANN, 81, of 16147 Muckshaw Road, Argos, died at 6:08 a.m. Friday at Goshen General Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Monday, February 23, 2009

 

Orland Leo Boone

Nov. 22, 1922-Feb. 20, 2009

          Mr. Orland Leo BOONE, 86, of 914 Pontiac St., Rochester, passed away at 5:17 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Orland was born in Papineau, Ill., on Nov. 22, 1922, the son of Leo and Delphine (Sprimont) Boone, who preceded him in death.

          As a graduate of St. Anne High School, near Kankakee, Ill., Orland was a member of the Class of 1940. He served his country as a proud member of the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Orland was a highly decorated member of the 486th Bomb Group, 835th Bomber Squadron. When he was stationed in England, he served as the belly gunner usually flying B-17 Bomber missions over Germany. Some of his decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, Air Medal 280, Carbon Sharpshooter and Pistol Marksman. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 11, 1945.

          Following his tour of duty, Orland returned home to Illinois and continued to assist his dad with the family's farming operation. Together they raised a fine herd of cattle and hogs. They also farmed corn, beans and wheat. In 1970, Orland and his family moved to Rochester and he purchased the Rochester Sale Barn, home of the regional livestock auction still held every Saturday.

          Later, Orland sold the sale barn and he was appointed as manager of the Rochester Moose Lodge No. 1107. He enjoyed the social activities of local lodges and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 852, the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1343 and the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36, all of Rochester. Orland was also a faithful member of the local military honors color guard unit, paying tribute to his fallen comrades.

          On Sept. 2, 1944, near Kankakee, Ill., Orland married Darlynne Johnston Boone. Together their family grew with the addition of three children - Darla, Linda and Daniel. Years later, in Springfield, Tenn., Orland was united in marriage to Shirley Muncy Golden on June 28, 1990.

          In addition to his wife, Shirley, at home, other survivors include two daughters, Darla McCall and husband James of Geneva, Ill., Linda Kolby of Sunrise, Fla.; a son, Daniel Boone of St. Charles, Ill.; two stepsons, Ronald and wife Tammy Golden of Nappanee, and Thomas Golden of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Brett McCall, Michael McCall and wife Shannon, Andrew McCall and wife Cara, Ryan McCall, Jennifer Boone Deniz and husband Ryan, Cathryn Boone and Corey Boone; and four stepgrandchildren, Timothy Golden and wife Amy, Jennifer Graves and husband Bryan, Brandon Rasler and Joshua Golden. Fourth-generation family members include eight great-grandchildren: Joseph, Riley-Ann, Allison, Thomas, Liam, Adain, Neave and Ciat McCall. Several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews survive. Orland is also survived by a sister, Ormella Boone Therien of Momence, Ill., and a brother, Cletus Boone and wife Jane of Kankakee, Ill. He is also survived by his canine companion, Pepper the Papillon, who assisted him on many errands as he cruised the streets of Rochester. Preceding him in death are his parents and the mother of his children, Darlynne Boone, in 2005.

          A celebration of the life of Orland Boone will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Father Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars military honor guard. Interment will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Hickory Creek of Rochester or the Parkinson's Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Paul F. Brucker

Nov. 8, 1934-Feb. 21, 2009

          Paul F. BRUCKER, 74, of 2497 Southway 31, Rochester, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at his residence.

          He was born on Nov. 8, 1934, in Monterey, the son of Albert P. and Lydia (Wade) Brucker. His parents preceded him in death at a young age and he was raised by his sister, Madeline Danti. He was a Monterey High School graduate of 1952 and attended Purdue University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. On June 9, 1956, in Rochester, he married Ann Cumberland and she survives.

          Mr. Brucker retired from Dean Foods, Rochester, as Quality Control Manager. He had also been a farmer since 1960, raising registered Hereford cattle and raising rabbits.

          Mr. Brucker was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus; Creamery License Board, Lafayette; Indiana International Harvester Chapter; a charter member of the National International Harvester Chapter; American Hereford Association; Northern Indiana Hereford Association; Indiana Rabbit Breeder's Association; and the American Rabbit Breeder's Association. He was an avid milk bottle collector and enjoyed his favorite pet boxer, Snipper.

          Survivors include his wife Ann Brucker, Rochester; daughters, Loretta Renee and husband Mark Baker, Akron, and Teresa and husband Jerry Bradbury, Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Jenifer Thompson, Rochester, Amber Spencer, Tulsa, Okla., Melissa Baker, Fort Wayne, Nicole and husband Shawn Born, South Whitley, Tabathia and husband Ricky Walsh, Virginia Beach, Va., and Ryan Baker, Akron; two stepgranddaughters, Heather and husband Lamont Gatling, Virginia Beach, Va., and Holly Bradbury, Virginia Beach, Va.; five great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane Perry, Winamac; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Madeline Danti, Evelyn Reinholt and Alberta Miller Calhoun.

          His funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church 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 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indianapolis Chapter, through the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Bernard Emil Gann

          Bernard Emil GANN, 81, 16147 Muckshaw Road, Argos, died Friday at Goshen General Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Lenora Gann, Argos; a son, Dennis Gann, Argos; and two daughters, Mary Beth Runyan, South Bend, and Kimberly Snyder, Argos.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Edna E. Mooney Smith

Dec. 6, 1913-Feb. 21, 2009

          Edna E. Mooney SMITH, 95, of 2119 Boulevard St., Rochester, died at 6:06 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born in London, Ky., to Benjamin H. and Gracie Nolan Cheek, one of 13 children. She moved here from London in 1952. She was first married to John L. Mooney, who preceded her in death in December 1945. She later married John F. Smith and he preceded her in death in October 1982.

          She retired from Chamberlin Products, Akron, and attended Whippoorwill Community Church, Rochester.

          Edna was a remarkable lady who exhibited focus, strength, courage and faith even when confronted with the most challenging moments and greatest adversity of her wonderful life. The tragic death of her first husband, John Mooney, left her with five young children to provide for and rear. The times were not easy at the conclusion of World War II. Living in their quaint, east central Kentucky home, in addition to being both Mom and Dad, Edna would work hard laboring in the fields, setting tobacco plants or hoeing corn for 75 cents per day. She planted a large vegetable garden and assisted others with laundry needs to provide the very best for her family. As an accomplished seamstress, it was Edna who made custom clothing for her children and herself - no pattern required.

          As a role model for her children, Edna instilled a strong work ethic, perseverance and goal setting as benchmarks for the groundwork for her children as active learners. These convictions cemented the family into a close-knit group while she conveyed through example life's necessary tools, positioning them for success later in life.

          Until recent years, as she arrived at her ninth decade of life, it was Edna who insisted on the total preparation of the traditional Christmas holiday feast for her loving family. Cooking like no one else with a Mother's touch, everything was created to perfection. She continued, in the most recent years, to make her delectable banana pudding, allowing other family members to pitch in with the festive dinner.

          Paramount in her life was her family. Following her retirement, accomplished with the crochet hook and nimble fingers, Edna hand crocheted afghans for all of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greats! More than 50 custom afghans were created for family and special friends. This was in addition to the handmade, hand-quilted quilts for her children and grandkids, each one a special creation, a family heirloom design and fashioned with love from Grandma Edna. As her hands became tired in later years, she turned to a variety of word puzzles to keep her mind sharp.

          Mrs. Edna E. Smith, a loving mom, special sister and devoted and proud grandma commanded the attention of five generations of adoring members of her family tree. They will remember her for her passion for family, with unending love, as a pillar of strength. With her twinkling blue eyes, she leaves her great family legacy, many friends she met along life's journey and her Whippoorwill church family to cherish her memory.

          She is survived by two daughters, Cleda Janke, Indianapolis, and Faye Grubbs and husband Max, Warsaw; a son, Jim Mooney and wife Nancy, Rochester; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Gray and husband Linville, and Martha Venable and husband Ernie, all of Eaton, Ohio; and a brother, Charles Cheek and wife Martha, New Jersey.

          She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Nora Crook and May Alderson, both in 2002; three sisters; and six brothers.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Edna E. Mooney Smith will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with her family from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pastor Brian Sewell will officiate. Edna will return to her Kentucky home to be laid to rest with her beloved husband, John Mooney. Visitation at the House-Rawlings Funeral Home, 510 E. Fourth St., London, Ky., will be on Thursday, an hour prior to her services at 2 p.m. Pastor Brian Sewell will officiate. Interment will follow at Bruner Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Whippoorwill Community Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral homes. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

LaVerne M. Sobak

Sept. 22, 1917-Feb. 21, 2009

          LaVerne M. SOBAK, 91, of 516 E. 14th St., Rochester, formerly of Plymouth and Crown Point, passed away at 12:47 a.m. Saturday at her residence.

          She was born on Sept. 22, 1917, in Watseka, Ill., the daughter of Louis and Lydia (Stoller) Landes. On Sept. 23, 1939, she married Stephen H. Sobak in Lansing, Ill., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1993.

          Mrs. Sobak was a homemaker and a member of Sunrise Chapel in Plymouth and Crosswind United Methodist Church in Logansport.

          Survivors include her daughter, Linda and husband Bob Clark, Rochester; grandchildren, Michael J. Sadler, Kewanna, Tammy Kottkamp, Kewanna, Stephanie J. Clark, Smyrna, Tenn., and Tiffany J. Barnes and husband Steven, Vandalia, Mich.; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Erma (Landes) Larsen, Madison.

          She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a daughter, Judy Sadler; granddaughters, Lori Bowyer and Christine Clark; sister, Florence Cowger; and brothers, Harold Landes and Bernard Landes.

          Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Plasterer 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 Grass Creek Cemetery, Grass Creek. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

Maleta Ellen Barkman Borden

May 13, 1919-Feb. 23, 2009

          Maleta Ellen Barkman BORDEN, 89, of 2761 N. Indiana 25, Rochester, died at 8:53 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          She was born in Fulton County to Mondo and Beulah Russell Barkman. A lifetime Fulton County resident, Maleta was a proud graduate of Talma High School in 1937. Later, she graduated from Central Beauty College in Indianapolis as a certified cosmetologist. Soon after, she opened her salon, known as Maleta's Beauty Shop. She styled, cut and colored area ladies' hair for 68 years, retiring in 2006.

          She married Charles Arthur Borden on May 30, 1941, in Logansport. He preceded her in death.

          Maleta was a faithful member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Pleasant Valley Home Economics Club, Fulton County Democratic Women, Fulton County Hairdressers Association, Farm Bureau, and Missionary Circle.

          She enjoyed flower gardening around her home. For special events and holidays, it was always Maleta who spearheaded the family dinners. Maleta was delighted to cook her family's favorite dishes.

          She was a caring friend who was always there to help others, putting others' needs before her own.

          Survivors include a son, Donald Borden and wife Patricia, Rochester; two grandsons, Bryan Borden, Springfield, Ohio, and Gregory Borden and wife Morgan, Urbana; two great-grandsons, William and Steven Borden; four stepgrandchildren, Bruce Mayhew, Michael Herrell, Rhonda Herrell and Cathy Ousley and husband Mike; a brother, Robert Peterson and wife Martha, Rochester; nieces and nephews, Linda Barkman Fuller, Roberta Suddith, Robert Suddith; Marcia Wenrick, Matthew Peterson and Elain Peterson Goebel; and a special cousin, Glen Borden.

          She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Chloris Barkman; a nephew, James L. Barkman; her loving and wonderful stepfather, Clarence Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.

          A celebration of the life of Maleta Borden will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Phil Pratt and the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Sue E. (Halterman) Tillman

June 20, 1933-Feb. 22, 2009

          Sue E. (Halterman) TILLMAN, 75, of 8883 S. 600 West, Claypool, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          She was born on June 20, 1933, in Noblesville.

          Sue's parents were the late Rex Ray and Ruby Alice (Newcomb) Halterman. Growing up in Fulton County, she married Robert A. Tillman in Tiosa on July 26, 1952, and he survives. She has lived in Kosciusko County since 1969.

          She was a member of the Fort Wayne Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch No. 348. (LA FRA; Robert retired from the U.S. Navy.) She attended the Apostolic Gospel Church and Touch of Life Church, both of Warsaw. Sue was a housewife and worked for Murphy Medical as a secretary in the lab.

          Sue is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Janet Wright and Cheryl Reeser, Claypool; sons, Larry Tillman, Huntington, Lanny Tillman, Rochester, Ira Craig Tillman, Plymouth, and Bruce (Charlene) Tillman, Warsaw; brothers, George (Marilyn) Halterman, Rochester, and Ned (Jane) Halterman, Rochester; a sister, Judy Jones, Rochester; stepbrothers, Robert (Shirley) Tobey, Rochester, and Tom Tobey, Indianapolis; 23 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, Bobby Tillman II, Jamey Tillman and Lisa Tillman; a son-in-law Garry; and a daughter-in-law, Rhonda.

          The service will be officiated by Pastors J.C. Sparks and John Reid. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Calling hours will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

Maleta Ellen Barkman Borden

May 13, 1919-Feb. 23, 2009

          Maleta Ellen Barkman BORDEN, 89, of 2761 N. Indiana 25, Rochester, died at 8:53 a.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          She was born in Fulton County to Mondo and Beulah Russell Barkman. A lifetime Fulton County resident, Maleta was a proud graduate of Talma High School in 1937. Later, she graduated from Central Beauty College in Indianapolis as a certified cosmetologist. Soon after, she opened her salon, known as Maleta's Beauty Shop. She styled, cut and colored area ladies' hair for 68 years, retiring in 2006.

          She married Charles Arthur Borden on May 30, 1941, in Logansport. He preceded her in death.

          Maleta was a faithful member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Pleasant Valley Home Economics Club, Fulton County Democratic Women, Fulton County Hairdressers Association, Farm Bureau, and Missionary Circle.

          She enjoyed flower gardening around her home. For special events and holidays, it was always Maleta who spearheaded the family dinners. Maleta was delighted to cook her family's favorite dishes.

          She was a caring friend who was always there to help others, putting others' needs before her own.

          Survivors include a son, Donald Borden and wife Patricia, Rochester; two grandsons, Bryan Borden, Springfield, Ohio, and Gregory Borden and wife Morgan, Urbana, Ohio; two great-grandsons, William and Steven Borden; four stepgrandchildren, Bruce Mayhew, Michael Herrell, Rhonda Herrell and Cathy Ousley and husband Mike; a brother, Robert Peterson and wife Martha, Rochester; nieces and nephews, Linda Barkman Fuller, Matthew Peterson, Elaine Peterson Goebel, Marcia Wenrick, Roberta Suddith and Robert Suddith; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and a special cousin, Glen Borden.

          She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Chloris Barkman; a nephew, James L. Barkman; her loving and wonderful stepfather, Clarence Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.

          A celebration of the life of Maleta Borden will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Phil Pratt and the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


Thursday, February 26, 2009

 

Jerry L. Marquis

          Jerry L. MARQUIS, 74, Peru, died Monday.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Peru Grace Brethren Church. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Friday, February 27, 2009

 

No Obituaries

Saturday, February 28, 2009

 

Jay Stackhouse

          Jay Hilbert STACKHOUSE, 70, of 7136 N. Indiana 25, (Talma) Rochester, died Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Dolores "Dee," at home; two daughters, Jamie R. Stackhouse-McCarty, Rockford, Mich., and Rexalee Ann Gordon, Three Oaks, Mich.; two sons, Jim Ashcraft, Hudson Lake, and Todd Ashcraft, LaPorte; his mother, Maxine N. Stackhouse, Rochester; and a sister, Beverly Fulnecky, South Bend.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service.

 

Monday, March 2, 2009

 

Pete Clemons

July 7, 1924-Feb. 28, 2009

          Pete CLEMONS, 84, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, and former longtime Fulton resident passed away at 1 p.m. Saturday at his residence.

          He was born on July 7, 1924, in Silver Point, Tenn., the son of Roscoe and Annabelle (Heflin) Clemons. On Nov. 27, 1943, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Kewanna, he married Marie Cecilia McLochlin, and she survives.

          Mr. Clemons had worked on the railroad, retiring from Conrail in Logansport after 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, and the Eagles Lodge in Logansport. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and was an avid sports fan.

          Survivors include his wife, Marie Cecilia Clemons, Rochester; sons, Larry and wife Barbara Clemons, Carmel, and James and wife Jeanine Clemons, San Jose, Calif.; grandchildren, Kevin and wife Macy Clemons, Northbrook, Ill., Jennifer and husband John Villela, Hingham, Mass., Sara and husband Timothy Perl, Indianapolis, Jenefer and husband Tony Brown, Los Angeles, Calif., and Natalie Clemons, San Jose, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Lloyd, Everett and Ellis Clemons and sisters, Earline Moss, Tavey Wildman and Hester Foster.

          Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. Ann's Cemetery, Kewanna. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

John Edward Sparks

July 3, 1930-Feb. 25, 2009

          John Edward SPARKS, 78, a native of Rochester, died in his home in Berkeley, Cali., early Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, after an extensive bout with cancer.

          He was born here July 3, 1930, the son of Russell L. Sparks, longtime local dentist, and Pauline Whittenberger Sparks. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and was graduated from Rochester High School in 1948. As an RHS student he participated in drama performances and basketball, excelled in scholarship and served as the editor of the Manitou Ripples.

          His idyllic youthful summers were spent with his brother Joe at the family cottage on Lake Manitou. During their teen years the brothers, along with many of the city's young people, worked at the local canning factory.

          Following high school graduation, John entered Indiana University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He also studied at the IU law school.

          After two years of Army service as a first lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps, John returned from duty in Korea and married his college sweetheart, Peggy Snyder from Indianapolis. Immediately following their September wedding, Peggy and John drove to Berkeley, where John entered Boalt Hall Law School. While at Boalt, he served as an editor of the University of California Law Review.

          Upon receiving his law degree in 1957, the couple moved to London for a year while John studied administrative law at the London School of Economics on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. That year gave the couple the opportunity not only to learn and to enjoy living in London, but to travel extensively in Europe, when John's mother, Polly, joined them. The year was an adventure they both recalled as the most exciting one of their lives.

          Upon their return to Berkeley, in 1958, John became associated with the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, while Peggy taught elementary school. John became a partner of the firm in 1967 and remained there until his retirement in 1995.

          During his professional career, John served as president of the Legal Aid Society, was a recipient of the Wheeler Oak Meritorious award, University of California, Berkeley, was president of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, and the American Judicature Society and served as president of the Barristers Club and on the board of directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

          Although living in California for most of his life, John never forgot his Indiana roots, nor parted with the cottage his father had bought in the 1930s. Each year John, his wife Peggy, and his brother Joe, who lives at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, returned here for summer reunions. Annually, they invited high school friends to join them for renewal of friendships, talk of old times and catch up with the new ones. "Old friends who can pick up on each other's lives, senses of humor and recollection of the good old days, are hard to find," John said in the last letter he ever would write, which was to his boyhood friend, Wilson Sadowsky.

          In true Sparks family tradition, John and Joe have shown their gratitude to their hometown by setting up the Russell L. and Pauline Whittenberger Sparks Memorial Scholarship Fund for Rochester High School seniors who value liberal arts and are preparing to go to college.

          With enormous strength and determination, John wagered a four-year battle with metastasized prostate cancer. In that same last letter he remarked, "We are playing with the cards we were dealt as best we can, and thank the powers that be that we are still able to fight the good fight."

          In addition to his wife, Peggy, John left two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Amy, William and Rebecca, a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn; and Kevin McCarthy; and four grandchildren, Spencer and Lewis McCarthy and Zachary and Sophia Sparks.

 

John E. Wagoner

          John E. WAGONER, 78, formerly of Rochester, died Saturday in Princeton.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

 

No Obituaries

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

 

Hattie M. Baldwin

          Hattie M. BALDWIN, 95, Rochester, died at 2:04 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Elizabeth Ann Bradley

          Elizabeth Ann "Betty" BRADLEY, 86, of 3601 Manitou Park Road, Rochester, died Tuesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Warren D. Cormican

June 14, 1942-March 2, 2009

          Warren D. CORMICAN, 66, of 921 Obispo St., Culver, died at 4:40 p.m. Monday at his residence following a lengthy illness.

          Born in Argos, he was the son of Marion Devon and Rosetta Irene (Grandstaff) Cormican. He attended Tippecanoe High School and lived in the Tippecanoe and Culver communities all of his life.

          On Sept. 11, 1985, he married Judy L. Bochantine in Tippecanoe, and she survives.

          He was a mechanic at Standard Service Station, Culver, and also worked at Damon Trailer Factory, Nappanee. He owned and operated Cormican Well Service.

          Warren was a member of Moose Lodge No. 1423 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1126, both of Warsaw.

          In addition to his wife, Judy Cormican, Culver, he is survived by two daughters, Millie Baker and husband Bill, Plymouth, and Anne Andrews, Tippecanoe; a son, Marion L. Cormican and wife Casey, Tippecanoe; two stepdaughters, Bridget Andrews, Culver, and Tabitha Smith and husband Chris, Monterey; a stepson, Michael E. Andrews Jr., Monterey; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Leona Kreft and husband Paul, Warsaw, Carrie Hunter and husband Steve, Rochester, and June Murray, Muncie; and a brother, Glen Cormican, South Bend.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jonathan Andrews.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with Larry Kreft officiating. Burial will be at Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

 

Eva Almeda Sims

July 12, 1916-March 2, 2009

          Eva Almeda SIMS, 92, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          She was born on July 12, 1916, in Akron, the daughter of Folen and Marie (Powell) Putman. She married Elston G. Sims on March 19, 1967, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on March 2, 1991.

          Mrs. Sims had worked at Hart, Schaffner & Marx in Rochester and had been a homemaker. She attended the First Assembly of God Church, Rochester.

          Survivors include her daughter, Eileen and husband Raymond Crousore, Batavia, Ohio; son, Delbert and wife Sun Ja Westwood, Rochester; grandchildren, Paula Crousore, Pamela and husband James Bernard, Patricia and husband Andy Howes, and Mark Crousore, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Nathan Howes, Matthew Howes, Amanda Bernard, Jessica Bernard, Lottie Bernard, Abagail Bernard and Tiffany Williamson, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-great-grandchild, Zoe Thompson, Cincinnati, Ohio; sister, Pauline Doll, Valparaiso; brother, Doyle and wife Betty Putman, Argos; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, one brother and a niece.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Daniel Davidson officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Akron Cemetery, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

John E. Wagoner

          John E. WAGONER, 78, formerly of Rochester, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Oakland.

          Survivors include his wife, Jean Wagoner, at home; a daughter, Lynda G. Cumberland, Patoka; two sons, Larry N. Wagoner, Auburn, and Layne V. Wagoner, Hot Springs Village, Ark.; two sisters, Wilma Bryant, Rochester, and Mary Murphy, Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Paul Don Wagoner, Alexandria, Va., and Kenneth Wagoner, Worchester, Mass.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from noon until the service.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

 

Elizabeth Ann Bradley

          Elizabeth Ann "Betty" BRADLEY, 86, of 3601 Manitou Park Road, Rochester, died Tuesday at home.

          Survivors include daughters, Patricia Pereira, Crown Point, and Linda Smith, Leo; a son, John Bradley, Plymouth; and a sister, Harriet Bell, Rochester.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Loren K. Cumberland

          Loren K. CUMBERLAND, 81, of 8332 S. Beaver Dam Road, Claypool, died Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include two sons, Stephen Cumberland, Claypool, and David Cumberland, Patoka.

          Private services will be at Akron Cemetery. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Edwin I. Jefferies

          Edwin I. JEFFERIES, 64, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, died at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

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

 

Friday, March 6, 2009

 

Hattie M. Baldwin

          Hattie M. BALDWIN, 96, Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center.

          Survivors include four sons, Wayne Baldwin, Logansport, Junior Baldwin, Rochester, David Baldwin, Merriam, Kan., and Gary Baldwin, Franklin; two sisters, Agatha Marsh and Thelma Frettinger; and three brothers, Charles Moon, Donald Moon and William Moon.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. March 16 at First Assembly of God, Rochester. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Bradley

Sept. 27, 1922-March 3, 2009

          Mrs. Elizabeth Ann "Betty" BRADLEY, 86, of 3601 Manitou Park Road, Rochester, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday at her residence, surrounded by her family.

          Betty was born in Rochester on Sept. 27, 1922, the daughter of the late Ruben W. and Mattie (Dudgeon) Carr. She was one of seven children. Betty was a lifetime Rochester community resident and a proud graduate of the Rochester High School, Class of 1940.

          She became the bride of Hillard Robert Bradley on March 1, 1942, in Peoria, Ill. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 2002.

          She retired from the Torin Corp. of Rochester.

          Betty was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and the Tri-Kappa Sorority and was a volunteer Gray Lady at Woodlawn Hospital, all of Rochester. She enjoyed traveling and visiting many states including Hawaii, Florida, Texas and Nevada. Betty was an avid swimmer and did water aerobics. Gardening flowers and vegetables, reading romance sagas and epics were hobbies, but the time spent with family, children and grandchildren was cherished.

          Elizabeth is survived by two daughters, Patricia and husband Roland Pereira of Crown Point and Linda and husband Thomas Smith of Leo; a son, John and wife Constantina Bradley of Plymouth; and a sister, Harriet Bell of Rochester. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, David, Robert, Karen, Melinda, Matthew, Jonathon and Elizabeth, and eight great-grandchildren, Thomas, Michelle, Nathalie, Courtney, Kyle, Isaak, Sydney and Avery.

          She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy, and four brothers, Deverle, George, Jay and Lewis.

          A celebration of the life of Betty Bradley will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Buck Padilla officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or Trinity United Methodist Church, both of Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.


Edwin I. Jefferies

July 19, 1944-March 4, 2009

          Edwin I. JEFFERIES, 64, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          He was born on July 19, 1944, in Rochester, the son of Lloyd E. and Florence (Irvine) Jefferies.  He graduated from Rochester High School in 1962 and attended Wabash College.

          Mr. Jefferies co-owned Gemini Music Store in Rochester from 1971-1982.  He attended the First Presbyterian Church and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

          Survivors include his brother, Ernest Jefferies, Santa Cruz, Calif.; nieces, Gael, Johanna and Leilani Jefferies; and nephew, Manitau Jefferies.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Private interment will take palace at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.  Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmerman bros@rtcol.com.

 

John E. Wagoner

March 2, 1930-Feb. 28, 2009

          Mr. John Edward WAGONER, 78, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Saturday at the Good Samaritan nursing Home in Oakland City.

          John was born in Fulton County on March 2, 1930, the son of the late Melvin and Lois (green) Wagoner.

          He was a 1948 graduate of Fulton High School.

          John was a self-employed bricklayer and was a member of the Local 15 of Logansport.  He retired in 1995.  He lived in Rochester for many years, moved to Bonita Springs, Fla., in 1982 and returned to Rochester in 2000, later moving to Princeton.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

          He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Rochester, and was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Rochester, for more than 50 years.

          John and Jean Ann Krathwohl were married on June 8, 1952, in Rochester.

          John is survived by his wife, Jean Wagoner; a daughter, Lynda G. Cumberland and husband David of Patoka; two sons, Larry N. Wagoner and wife Julie of Auburn and Layne V. Wagoner and wife Denise of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; five grandchildren, Shannon Key of Patoka, Stacy Pomeroy of Lake Worth, Fla., Eric Wagoner of Indianapolis, Jenny Wagoner of Bloomington, and Evan Wagoner of Auburn; and seven great-grandchildren.  John is also survived by two sisters , Wilma Bryant, Rochester, and Mary Murphy, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Paul Don Wagoner of Alexandria Va., and Kenneth Wagoner of Worchester, Mass.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Wagoner in 1983.

          A celebration of the life of John E. Wagoner will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from noon to 3 p.m.  An International Order of Odd Fellows service will be at 2:30 p.m. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Leroy Shelton American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Rochester or the American Diabetes Association.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

         

Lavon O. Way

          Lavon O. "Pee Wee" WAY, 77, of 7283 W. Bensart Drive, (Beaver Dam Lake) Claypool, died at 8 a.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Wabash.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

 

Edwin I. Jefferies

July 19, 1944-March 4, 2009

          Edwin I. JEFFERIES, 64, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          He was born on July 19, 1944, in Rochester, the son of Lloyd E. and Florence (Irvine) Jefferies.  He graduated from Rochester High School in 1962 and attended Wabash College.

          Mr. Jefferies co-owned Gemini Music Store in Rochester from 1971-1982.  He attended the First Presbyterian Church and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

          Survivors include his brother, Ernest Jefferies, Santa Cruz, Calif.; nieces, Gael, Johanna and Leilani Jefferies; and nephew, Manitau Jefferies; and step-mother, Vada Quackenbush Jefferies, Rochester.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Private interment will take palace at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.  Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmerman bros@rtcol.com.

 

Larry Lee Leslie

          Larry Lee LESLIE, 47, of 501 N. Dolan Drive, Apt. A, Syracuse, died Thursday at home.

          Survivors include a brother, Bruce James Leslie, Tucson, Ariz.

          A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

LaVon O. 'Pee Wee' Way

Feb. 25, 1932-March 5, 2009

          LaVon O. "Pee Wee" WAY, 77, of 7283 W. Bensart Drive, (Beaver Dam Lake) Claypool, died at 8 a.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Wabash.

          Born in Peru, he was the son of Clarence and Kathryn (Hipskind) Way. On May 8, 1955, he married Ellen P. Smith in Wabash. She passed away Feb. 28, 2007.

          He worked at U.S.G. of Wabash for 43 years and retired in 1994.

          LaVon was a Korean War Army veteran and member of Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron.

          He always enjoyed taking pontoon rides with his wife, Ellen, and his dog, Peaches, on Beaver Dam Lake.

          Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne and husband Gary Biehl, Twelve Mile; two sons, the Rev. Gregory and wife Terri Way, Waco, Texas, and Anthony and wife Holly Way, Wabash; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Jacqueline Foley and the Rev. Paul Butch Troke officiating. Burial will be at Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Monday, March 9, 2009

 

Richard E. Boganwright

Sept. 29, 1928–March 7, 2009

          Richard E. "Dick" BOGANWRIGHT, 80, of 8147 S. 1000 West, Claypool, died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday at his residence.

          Born in Mentone, he was the son of Leonard and Treva Harsh Boganwright. He graduated in 1946 from Beaver Dam High School.

          On March 2, 1957, he married Juanita I. Fear at the Mentone Methodist Church, and she survives.

          Dick worked at Eber's What Not & Novelties Store in Mentone for many years.

          Dick served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as part of the 81st Moratorium Combat.

          He worked as a U.S. Postal Service employee for 38 years and achieved the position of assistant postmaster.

          He lived on a Hoosier Homestead farm, which has been in his wife's family for more than 100 years. He also raised Angus cattle.

          Dick was a faithful member of Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, where he served and held nearly every position. He was also a member of American Legion Post No. 49, Warsaw.

          In addition to his wife, Juanita I. Boganwright, Claypool, he is survived by a daughter, Theresa and husband Randy Alber, Claypool; a son, Tim and wife Sara Boganwright, Claypool; grandchildren, Derek Alber, Dana Meyer, Daren Alber, Trent, Tyler and Sofie Boganwright; and two sisters, Iris Davis and Lois Miller, both of Mentone.

          He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Boganwright.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron, with the Rev. Jacqueline Foley and the Rev. Butch Troke officiating. Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Warsaw. Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron, and Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Rochester. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Loren K. Cumberland

Jan. 6, 1928–March 4, 2009

          Loren K. CUMBERLAND, 81, of 8332 S. Beaver Dam Road, Claypool, died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester, where he had been for one day.

          He was born to Walter and Blanche Hanson Cumberland on the family's Claypool farm and he lived there his entire life. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School.

          On Dec. 24, 1946, he married Betty Rife in Warsaw. She passed away on Jan. 29, 1996.

          He was a dairy and grain farmer and drove a school bus for Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation for many years.

          He loved International equipment and Holstein cattle. He was a member of the Kosciusko County Echoes from the Past and had been a member of Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.

          Survivors include two sons, Stephen Cumberland, Claypool, and David and wife Lynda Cumberland, Patoka; two grandsons, Craig and Jason Cumberland, both of Fort Wayne; three granddaughters, Shannon and husband Ross Key, Patoka, Cara Cumberland, Carmel, and Stacy and husband Jim Pomeroy, Lake Worth, Fla.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Cumberland, who passed away Oct. 14, 1990; seven brothers, Paul, Walter, Vernon, Frank, Eldon, Warren and George Cumberland; and a sister, Mary Horn.

          Private family services were entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Agnes Imogene Hartle

July 30, 1927–March 6, 2009

          Agnes Imogene HARTLE, 81, of 1031 E. Ninth St., Rochester, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Friday at her residence.

          She was born July 30, 1927, in Pulaski County, the daughter of Andrew and Laura (Crist) Foerg. She married Fred E. Hartle in San Antonio, Texas, on May 16, 1946, and he survives.

          Mrs. Hartle worked as a payroll clerk, retiring from Kolux in Kokomo. She also worked for the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles Branch in Winamac and for Tippecanoe River State Park. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, and enjoyed crocheting and gardening.

          Survivors include her husband, Fred E. Hartle, Rochester; two sons, Wes and wife Jean Hartle of Logansport and Ken and wife Ellen Hartle, Riverside, Calif.; a daughter, Chris Sewell, Macy; grandchildren, Tracy Cochrane, Ocoee, Fla., Shawn Hartle, Corona, Calif., and John Hartle, Stafford, Va.; four great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and three brothers.

          Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Winamac. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Earl Owen Nifong

          Earl Owen NIFONG, 85, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Fern, Argos; children, Reta Middaugh, Argos, Rose Feeney, Indianapolis, Devon Nifong and Kenny Nifong, both of Argos; a brother, Burl Nifong, Indianapolis; and sisters, Gladys Snyder and Betty Nolin, both of Argos.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Plymouth Church of the Brethren with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 7 a.m. Wednesday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Helen Louise (Smith) Olsen

Oct. 13, 1914–March 6, 2009

          Helen Louise (Smith) OLSEN, 94, of Kouts, passed away Friday.

          She was born Oct. 13, 1914, in LaCrosse to George and Ollie (Armstrong) Wadsworth and had been a resident of the Kouts and Hebron area all her life. Helen graduated from Hebron High School and was a cook at the Kouts Schools for more than 20 years. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Kouts, where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Missionary Society. She was also a charter member of the Kouts Lamplighters Home Demonstration Club.

          On Oct. 20, 1934, in Kouts, she married Roy Smith, who preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1944. On Nov. 24, 1946, in Hebron, she married Albert Olsen, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1964.

          Survivors include five children, Dale (Mildred) Smith of Rochester, Donald (Marthena) Smith of Missouri, Joyce Smith of York, Pa., Glen (Helen) Olsen of Kouts and Janet (Ron) Wittmer of Kouts; one sister, Marge Lippert of Valparaiso; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

          In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Wadsworth and one sister, Neva Bydalek.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Central time Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Kouts, the Rev. Richard Stoll officiating, with burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery in Kouts. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday morning at the church. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Kouts, or the Baptist Children's Home.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

 

Harry R. Miller Sr.

Jan. 12, 1949-March 9, 2009

          Harry R. MILLER Sr., 60, Akron, died Monday at his residence.

          Born in Defiance, Ohio, he was the son of James and Silvia Marihugh Miller.

          He was a truck driver for BFL in Rockport.

          Survivors include two sons, Harry Miller Jr., Defiance, and Earl Miller, Lima, Ohio; three daughters, Silvia Hurlock, Churchill, Tenn., Gwendolen Yocklin, Defiance, and Abbii Barnes, Mentone; three brothers, Glen (Ann) Miller, Paul (Janet) Miller and Ray (Katherine) Miller, all of Defiance; two sisters, Grace Joy, Westchester, Ohio, and Rita Keissling, Butler; and 11 grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Tabitha Whisenand and Georgia Lee Miller; a brother, Carl Miller; and four sisters, Irene Jarvis, Ruth Miller, June Speck and Margie Miller.

          His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will be at Brunersburg Cemetery in Defiance County. 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 American Cancer Society.

 

Ronald Dale Overmyer

          Ronald Dale OVERMYER, 79, of 2750 Hickory Lane, Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, at home; a son, Steve Overmyer, Rochester; a sister, Virginia Rosenbury, Rochester; and a brother, Donald Overmyer, Culver.

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

 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

 

Dorothy M. Bickel

          Dorothy M. BICKEL, 78, Knox, died Wednesday at Starke Memorial Hospital, Knox.

          Arrangements are pending at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Kay Marie Lewis-Cappadora

          Kay Marie LEWIS-CAPPADORA, Winamac, died Tuesday at Howard Regional System, Kokomo.

          Survivors include her husband, John, Winamac; a son, Andre Timothy Lewis, Little Rock, Ark.; and a brother and sister.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Ronald Dale Overmyer

April 15, 1929-March 10, 2009

          Mr. Ronald Dale OVERMYER, 79, of 2750 Hickory Lane, Rochester, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Ronnie was born in Fulton County on April 15, 1929, to Chester and Ruth Irene Aughinbaugh Overmyer.

          Ronnie was a proud member of the Richland Center Class of 1948. After his high school years, he married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Castleman. Their union produced a son Steve and later grandson Dustin. In 1952-1954 he served our country by joining the U.S. Marine Corps.

          As a lifelong farmer, Ronnie enjoyed plowing and planting atop his John Deere 4020. He farmed the acreage embracing his home and custom farmed for others in the neighborhood, overseeing more than 200 acres annually of corn and beans.

          With diverse interests, Ronnie found success with a variety of types of employment that complemented his love of agriculture. He drove a semi, hauling everything imaginable from port-a-pots to livestock from coast to coast, although he preferred day trips around the Midwest. He assembled farm machinery at the former Jones Implement Co.

          In the late 1960s, he served Rochester as Police Chief. Later he enjoyed auto sales, selling for Schnarel Motors and Hal Hammel Chrysler Dodge & Plymouth. His most recent venture was a five-year stint with the Department of Natural Resources serving as fish surveyor. Lake Manitou and five other local lakes were under his supervision.

          In Ronnie's childhood years, he attended Richland Center United Methodist Church, where he and Bonnie were active in M.Y.F. Later he attended the Burton United Methodist Church and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed scuba diving and cutting wood. As an American sportsman, he enjoyed hunting rabbits, pheasants and squirrel. During his adult life, he was a proud owner of several Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He and Bonnie enjoyed travels in their motor home, especially trips to Florida, Michigan, Missouri and the five winters they spent in Texas.

          Ronnie and Bonnie M. Castleman were married on May 7, 1950, in the Burton United Methodist Church. She survives at home. Their son, Steve Overmyer, of Rochester also survives as does grandson, Dustin Overmyer and his wife Robin, and two stepgreat-granddaughters, Jackie and Samantha of Rochester. Ronnie is also survived by a sister, Virginia Rosenbury of Rochester; a brother, Donald Overmyer and wife Marjorie of Culver and Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Olive Joan Overmyer; and an infant brother, Lewis Overmyer.

          A celebration of the life of Ronnie Overmyer will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. David Hogsett officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Memorials may be made in Ronnie's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation and Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, March 13, 2009

 

Arlette Heise

          Arlette (Agee) HEISE, 67, Winamac, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include her children, Sheila Conley, Rochester, and Steven Heise, South Chicago Heights, Ill.; sisters, Dorothy Rose, Peggy Mays, both of Winamac, Bonnie Zimmerman, North Judson, Melissa Agee, Winamac, and Delores Stone, North Judson; and brothers, Eardon Agee, North Judson, Judson Agee, Locanto, Fla., and Richard Agee, Winamac.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Central time Monday at O'Donnell Funeral Home, North Judson, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

 

Kay Marie Lewis-Cappadora

          Kay Marie LEWIS-CAPPADORA, Winamac, died Tuesday at Howard Regional System, Kokomo.

          Survivors include her husband, John, Winamac; a son, Andre Timothy Lewis, Little Rock, Ark.; a brother and sister.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Paul Mc Gaughey

          Paul McGAUGHEY, 66, of 4696 W. 250 North, Rochester, died Thursday in Joliet, Ill.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Genavee Nelson

Sept. 25, 1915-March 12, 2009

          Genavee NELSON, 93, of 111 Harvard St., Mentone, formerly of Shorewood Estates, 166 Owl Drive, Rochester, died at 5:10 a.m. Thursday at her daughter’s Mentone residence, where she lived for 11 years.

          Born in Akron, she was the daughter of Lee and Cora (Zechiel) Moore. A 1933 graduate of Akron High School, she attended Manchester College, where she got her teaching certification. She then received her master’s degree from St. Francis of Fort Wayne.

          She married Harold D. “Macy” Nelson on Dec. 28, 1943, and he passed away on July 20, 1979.

          Genavee was a teacher for 35 years. She taught at Akron, Mentone, Etna Green and Rochester’s Riddle Elementary School. She retired as a second grade teacher in 1979.

          She was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church, where she served as historian.

          She enjoyed painting and golfing in her younger years. She also loved to travel and read. She was a part of the Mentone Reading Club, Psi Iota, Fulton County Retired Teachers and the Indiana Reading Association.

          Survivors include her daughter, Sandra and husband Roger Moriarty, Mentone; a grandchild, Stephen and wife Jenny Moriarty, Rochester; two great-grandchildren, Molly and Grady Moriarty; and a daughter-in-law, Judy Nelson Coplen of Fort Wayne.

          She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Nelson, who passed away on June 3, 1973; a sister, Zelda Bell; and two brothers, William and Clair Moore.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Doris Smith officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Treva Windbigler

          Treva WINDBIGLER, 70, died Wednesday at the Chase Center, Logansport.

          Survivors include sisters, Cora Johnson, Marion, Betty Nice, Logansport, Nancy Kern, Peru, Betsy Catherine Hall, Indianapolis; brothers, Marvin Hall, Three Rivers, Mich., William Hall, Wabash, Richard Hall, Bunker Hill, and Robert Hall, North Manchester.

          Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

 

Hattie M. Baldwin

Nov. 26, 1913-March 3, 2009

          Hattie M. BALDWIN, 96, of Rochester died on March 3 at Life Care Center of Rochester, where she had resided the last four years.

          She was born on Nov. 26, 1913, in Mishawaka, the daughter of the late Charles M. and Elgie M. Ipes Moon.

          Hattie and Hugh Oliver Baldwin were married for 46 years. He preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1977.

          Mrs. Baldwin was a founder of the First Assembly of God Church, Rochester. This church was birthed in 1948 from a Bible study begun by Hattie Baldwin and her friend, Pauline Styck, in the Baldwin home. She was honored by First Assembly of God in 1988 when the church celebrated its 50th anniversary.  She was also recognized when the church dedicated and named their new fellowship hall after her in 2004.

          She was a devoted Christian, avid reader and enthusiastic student of the Bible who continued to memorize and quote scriptures daily even in her 90s. Hattie Baldwin enjoyed playing the piano and organ at home and was a church organist and adult Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also the manager of the Meals on Wheels senior citizen program in Rochester for several years until her retirement at age 85.

          Mrs. Baldwin is survived by her four sons, Wayne Baldwin of Logansport, Junior Baldwin of Rochester, David Baldwin of Merriam, Kansas, and Gary Baldwin of Franklin; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agatha Marsh and Thelma Frettinger; and three brothers, Charles Moon, Donald Moon and William Moon.

          She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Angie Baldwin, and two sisters, Donna Belle Hoff and Ethel Mathias.

          A celebration of the life of Hattie Baldwin will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Assembly of God, 1944 Sweetgum Road, Rochester. Her son, Dr. David Baldwin, and the Rev. Glen Mitchell will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will follow the services at Moon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Arlette (Agee) Heise

Aug. 6, 1941-March 11, 2009

          Arlette (Agee) HEISE, 67, Winamac, passed away Wednesday at home.

          She was born in Frenchburg, Ky., to William and Julia (Bailey) Agee. She married Raymond Joseph Heise on Aug. 22, 1959, and they later divorced.

          She worked 14 years at Switches/Federal Mogul in Leiters Ford and four years at Rose Acres, Winamac, until her illness.

          She enjoyed working in her flower garden and cooking for her family. She loved to crochet and make crafts of all kinds to give to her family.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sheila (Kent) Conley, Rochester; a son, Steven E. (Wendy) Heise, South Chicago Heights, Ill.; sisters, Dorothy Rose, Peggy Mays, both of Winamac, Bonnie (Tom) Zimmerman, North Judson, Melissa Agee, Winamac, and Delores (Jimmie) Stone, North Judson; brothers, Eardon P. Agee, North Judson, Judson (Dorothy) Agee, Locanto, Fla., and Richard (Delores) Agee, Winamac; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

          Preceding her in death were her parents; son, Raymond Joseph Heise Jr.; brother, Riley Agee and wife Carol; and nephews, Robert Agee and Franky Stone.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Central time Monday at O'Donnell Funeral Home, 302 Lane St., North Judson, with the Rev. Lynda K. Hosek officiating. Interment will be Monday at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Winamac. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Central time Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Virginia Kent

Nov. 27, 1921-Feb. 6, 2009

          Virginia KENT, 87, passed away on Feb. 6 at her home in Boynton Beach, Fla.

          Virginia "Ginny" was born in Rochester and attended Rochester High School. After some years in Mishawaka, working at Bendix, she relocated to Florida, where she was in business for over 30 years.

          She is survived by her twin sister, Elizabeth Kent of South Bend, and nieces, Kathy Sagi Sokolowski of South Bend and Linda Zorochin Orlich of Carmichael, Calif. Ginny will be greatly missed by family, friends and caregiver David Atwell, who knew and loved her.

 

Paul McGaughey

Sept. 9, 1942-March 12, 2009

          Mr. Paul McGAUGHEY, 66, of 4696 W. 250 North, Rochester, passed away Thursday at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, Ill.

          Paul was born in Mt. Eden, Ky., on Sept. 9, 1942, the son of William and Grace Woodring McGaughey. Paul was a proud 1959 graduate of Hazard High School, Hazard, Ky. Blessed with a mellow tenor voice, he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music at Campbellsville College, Campbellsville, Ky. During his undergraduate studies, he was selected and honored to solo in the Stephen Foster Story theater musical. This led to an offer to sing with the talented Blackwoods. He continued his graduate studies at Indiana State University and earned his master's degree in vocal music.

          As an esteemed teacher of the arts, Paul taught vocal music, history and driver's training at Knox High School, Knox. He also enjoyed coaching the wrestling mat men and was assistant high school football coach during his tenure. He later enjoyed a 22-year stint with the Fulton-Marshall Co-op, serving as manager of the Kewanna plant. Most recently Paul was semi-retired but enjoyed the trucking industry, taking runs locally and around the Midwest, hauling grain for the Glen-Di Trucking Co. of Rochester. He also hauled for Smith Farms during the harvest season.

          Paul and Donna Frey were married on Sept. 6, 1986, in Logansport, and she survives at home.

          At home Paul enjoyed many aspects of farming. He oversaw a fine herd of cattle including Black Angus, Crossbreds and Maine Anjou. Observing the behaviors of his cattle was intriguing and a favorite way to relax. He also farmed, growing hay for the dining pleasure of his cows. Paul supported many Fulton County 4-H activities. He was a past member of the 4-H Board and the Beef Committee. Our county's youth were of great importance as Paul was involved as an advisor for RHS FFA, an active RHS Booster Club member and former youth football coach.

          Paul looked forward to grilling out and fixing chicken and hamburgers for family cookouts. His favorite times were those spent with his family at home. He was proud to support his children in all of their endeavors athletically, at concerts and 4-H, where he beamed with all of their accomplishments. Sitting on the deck in the evening was a source of great relaxation. Paul enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the country. He kept the yard in immaculate condition and cultivated hybrid rose gardens that embraced their home. As an animal lover throughout his life, Paul enjoyed the company of horses and dogs.

          Discussing the daily events and problem solving with his comrades at the truck stop coffee table was time he looked forward to each day. Hanging out with the guys at the Rochester Sale Barn on Saturdays, visiting with old pals and making new friends came natural for Paul. As an armchair athlete, Paul cheered for I.U., Purdue and the University of Kentucky. Paul looked forward to the activities July brought forth with the annual 4-H Fair and renewing friendships at the Beef Barn.

          Earlier he attended the Burton Church and Whippoorwill Church, where he served as choir director for a number of years. Paul leaves behind his loving family, his neighbors and friends from the Burton community, former students, 4-H friends, truck stop and sale barn buddies and the many friends he made along life's journey to cherish his memory.

          He is also survived by his mother, Grace, Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Tina Haworth and husband Robert and their daughters, Elixa and Quinn of Burnettsville; four sons, Kyle of Rochester, Todd and wife Jane and their children, Elizabeth, Quintin and Jonathon of Walkerton, Kevin and wife Phoebe and their daughter Alexis of Knox, and Brian and wife Kelly and their daughter Abby of LaPorte; two sisters, Sue Lambert and husband Dr. Dan Lambert of Columbus, Ohio, and Brenda Gutzman and husband Mark of Lexington, Ky.; his mother-in-law, Eileen Frey of Logansport; a sister-in-law, Debbie Frey of Logansport; a brother-in-law, Randy Frey and wife Patti of Indianapolis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

          He was preceded in death by his father.

          A celebration of the life of Paul McGaughey will be at noon Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Jim Abbott officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Rock Creek Cemetery, Logansport. Memorials may be made in his name to Camp We Can. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Reginald M. Shaffer

Dec. 27, 1948-March 12, 2009

          Reginald "Reggie" M. SHAFFER, 60, of 14309 Black Farm Drive, Noblesville, formerly of Akron, died at 9:03 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

          Born in Wabash County, he was the son of Roscoe "Jim" M. and Gertrude M. (Gonder) Shaffer.       He lived approximately 30 years in Akron, coming from Wabash.

          On Dec. 21, 1968, in Wabash, he married Sandra K. Campbell. She died Sept. 9, 2002.

          He was a factory worker at several area factories, retiring from Sonoco Products of Akron.

          Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer J. (Daniel) Smith of Monterey; a son, Christian M. Shaffer of Akron; four grandchildren, Kacie and Evan Smith and Brodie and Hannah Shaffer; his father, Roscoe "Jim" M. Shaffer of Clearwater, Fla.; a brother, Ronald M. Shaffer of Noblesville; and a sister, Pamela J. Smith of Noblesville.

          He was also preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Shaffer, and a daughter, Anita Shaffer.

          Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion, with Father Glenn Kohrman officiating.  Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

 

Larry E. Stiver

          Larry E. STIVER, age 69, Eastman, Ga., formerly of Akron, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Ga.

          Funeral services were Wednesday at Gresston Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Cowles and the Rev. Dahl McDermitt Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Gresston Cemetery.

          Mr. Stiver was born in Warsaw, was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Navy, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and a member of Gresston Baptist Church.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Stiver.

          Survivors include his wife, Shirley Garrett Stiver; daughters, Stacy S. (Eric) Jarrell; son, Garret Stiver; mother, Luetta (Alderfer) Martens, formerly of Richland Center; two sisters, Cheryl Stiver-Munro and Lynette Weston; one brother, Richard Stiver; and four grandchildren, Kristin Mullis, Dawson Jarrell, Slade Jarrell and Marley Jarrell.

          The family may be contacted at the Stiver residence, 2228 Cochran Highway, Eastman, Ga.

          Cousins Charles and Frances Clevenger of Rochester attended the funeral.

          Serving as pallbearers were Thomas Walters, Edward Wallace, Trent Garrett, Ronnie Bowling, Daryl Noles and Cordell Fincher.

          Joan Couey was the musician for the funeral service.

          Stokes-Sutherland Funeral Home of Eastman handled arrangements.

 

Liene Zuments

          Liene ZUMENTS, 98, died at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Monday, March 16, 2009

 

Walter L. Harley

          Walter L. HARLEY, 92, of 501 N. Maple St., Argos, died Saturday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          Survivors include three sons, W. Lynn Harley, Argos, John R. Harley, South Bend, and Frank A. Harley, Argos.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.

 

Reginald M. Shaffer

Dec. 27, 1948-March 12, 2009

          Reginald "Reggie" M. SHAFFER, 60, of 14309 Black Farm Drive, Noblesville, formerly of Akron, died at 9:03 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

          Born in Wabash County, he was the son of Roscoe "Jim" M. and Gertrude M. (Gonder) Shaffer. He graduated from Wabash High School in 1967 and on Dec. 21, 1968, in Wabash, he married Sandra K. Campbell. She died Sept. 9, 2002.

          Reginald served his country in the U.S. Army, entering on Aug. 11, 1969. He was discharged on March 9, 1979, from the 2/41st Infantry, 2nd Armed Division from Fort Hood, Texas.

          He lived approximately 30 years in Akron, coming from Wabash.

          He was a factory worker at several area factories, retiring from Sonoco Products of Akron.

          Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer J. (Daniel) Smith of Monterey; a son, Christian M. Shaffer of Akron; four grandchildren, Kacie and Evan Smith and Brodie and Hannah Shaffer; his father, Roscoe "Jim" M. Shaffer of Clearwater, Fla.; a brother, Ronald M. Shaffer of Noblesville; and a sister, Pamela J. Smith of Noblesville.

          He was also preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Shaffer, and a daughter, Anita Shaffer.

          Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion, with Father Glenn Kohrman officiating. Military graveside rites will be performed by the U.S. Army. Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron.

 

Liene E. Zuments

          Liene E. ZUMENTS, 98, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include a grandson, Karl G. Darmstatter, Mishawaka.

          Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Weston Cemetery, Weston, Ohio.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

 

Norman E. Blackwood

          Norman E. BLACKWOOD, 73, Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Rochester, died March 5 a Beebee Medical Center, Lewis, Del.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, at home; five daughters; his mother, Doris Blackwood, Remington; two sisters, Joetta Duncan of California and Barbara Reynolds of southern Indiana; and a brother, Terry Blackwood, Atlanta, Ga.

          Parsell Funeral Home, Lewis, Del., handled arrangements.

 

Maxine J. Carroll

          Maxine J. CARROLL, 85, Bloomington, died Sunday.

          Survivors include sons, Jim Carroll, Austin, Texas, and Pat Carroll, Bloomington; a daughter, Deanna S. Whitaker, Greenfield; and a sister, Thelma Bundy, New Castle.

          Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Erlewein Mortuary, Greenfield, with visitation from noon until the service.

 

Steven L. Shambarger

          Steven L. SHAMBARGER, 60, Rochester, died Monday morning at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 

Dorothy Cumberland

          Dorothy CUMBERLAND, 82, of 1888 S. Woodfield Trail, Warsaw, died Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Steven Lynn Shambarger

July 15, 1948-March 16, 2009

          Mr. Steven Lynn SHAMBARGER, 60, P.O. Box 702, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Steve was born in Rochester on July 15, 1948, the son of Louis “Bob” and Betty Russell Shambarger and was a lifetime Rochester resident.  He was a proud graduate of the Rochester High School Class of 1966 and was a member of the football, basketball and track teams.

          Steve also graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy of Bloomington and pursued a career as a jailer for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.  He and his wife, Beth, were owners of the local Newsstand from 1991 to 2004.

          Steve was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam.  He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

          Steve and Beth E. Sherbondy were married on March 23, 1968, in Rochester, and she survives.  Also surviving are a son, Craig Shambarger and wife Carrie of Whitestown; a sister, Judy Sweany of Rochester; his father, Bob Shambarger of Plymouth; a brother-in-law, Otto Sherbondy and wife Cindy of Rochester; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

          Private family services will be held.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtco.com.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

Dorothy E. Cumberland

          Dorothy E. CUMBERLAND, 82, of 1888 S. Woodfield Trail, Warsaw, died Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Survivors include two daughters, Diane K. Cumberland, Houston, Texas, and Brenda Deardorff, Warsaw.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

Lois F. Kline

          Lois F. KLINE, 94, of 524 Clayton St., Rochester, formerly of Leiters Ford, died 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Friday, March 20, 2009

 

Dorothy E. Cumberland

March 28, 1926-March 17, 2009

          Dorothy E. CUMBERLAND, 82, of 1888 S. Woodfield Trail, Warsaw, died at 12:49 p.m. Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Dorothy was born on March 28, 1926, in Fulton County, the daughter of the Rev. Clyde R. and Edith (Moon) Walters.  She was married Nov. 3, 1946, to George Richard Cumberland in Van Wert, Ohio.  George preceded her in death on March 21, 2005.

          She retired from R.R. Donnelley & Sons, where she worked in the data processing department.  She also worked at United Telephone.

          She graduated from high school in Van Wert, Ohio.  She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Warsaw.  Dorothy loved to read and do crossword puzzles.  She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed wintering in Bradenton, Fla., with her husband, George.

          Survivors include two daughters, Diane K. Cumberland of Houston, Texas, and Brenda Deardorff of Warsaw;  three grandchildren, Kristin and husband Tyson Silveus, Freeland, Mich., Kelly and husband Don Michell of Fort Wayne, and Derrick Deardorff of West Lafayette; and six great-grandchildren, Caden and Megan Silveus, and Weber, Chloe, Laney and Emma Michell.

          She was also preceded in death by a sister Marie Shore.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Andy Martin officiating.  Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.  Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

          Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Kenneth Howard

          Kenneth HOWARD, 54, of 8011 20C Road, Argos, formerly of Akron, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Lois Fay Kline

          Lois Fay KLINE, 93, of 524 Clayton St., Rochester, died Wednesday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

          Survivors include a daughter, Linda Trimmer, Peru, and a son, James Kline, Sneedville, Tenn.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m.

 

Donald Wayne Rinehart

          Donald Wayne RINEHART, 84, Logansport, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Rinehart, Logansport; two brothers, John Rinehard, Kokomo, and Richard “Dick” Rinehart, Burrows; two sisters, Deloris Mullin, Burrows and Carol Highbaugh, Chambers, Galveston; two stepdaughters, Donna Benedict and Barbara Roads, both of Logansport; and a stemson, Delton McVay Jr., Brownville.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Marocco Funeral Chapel, Logansport, with visitation from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

 

Kenneth D. Howard

Feb. 8, 1955-March 19, 2009

          Kenneth D. HOWARD, 54, of Argos and formerly of Akron, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. He had been in failing health since July 2007.

          Kenneth was born on Feb. 8, 1955, in Auburn, the son of Lee and Maggie (Shepherd) Howard. He married Joyce E. Opple in Rochester on Jan. 23, 1973, and she passed away on May 1, 2001. He then married Deborah Trump in Rochester on Oct. 20, 2001, and she survives.

          He worked as maintenance manager at Hickory Creek health care, Rochester. He also did some general contracting.

          He is survived by his wife, Deborah; five daughters, Kendra and husband Roger Rife, Angela and husband Brian Graham, and Elaina Howard, all of Rochester, Lesli and husband Brandon Miller, North Liberty, and Lacey and husband Eric Clark, Argos; two sisters, Sue Clemons and Stephanie Howard, both of Ligonier; three brothers, Lee Howard Jr. and wife Linda, Wabash, Les and wife Boots Howard, Nappanee, and Paul Howard, Nappanee; and 12 grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; his parents; and a grandchild.

          Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Luther Bailey officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Lois Fay Kline

Dec. 8, 1915-March 18, 2009

          Mrs. Lois Fay KLINE, 93, formerly of rural Rochester, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

          Lois was born at Fletchers Lake on Dec. 8, 1915, the daughter of James A. and Ruth B. Shelton Henderson. Lois and Tillman J. Kline were married on Nov. 19, 1932, in Peru. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1983.

          Lois was a homemaker and a seamstress, making clothes for her family, including her children and grandchildren. She was an excellent cook, creating Sunday and holiday dinners, and was known for her pies, especially cherry and apple. Lois raised canaries, but loved to watch and feed all birds.

          Mrs. Kline was a member of the First Baptist Church of Argos for more than 60 years and was a Sunday School teacher for the primary classes.

          Lois is survived by a daughter, Linda Trimmer of Peru, and a son, James Kline and wife Bernice of Sneedville, Tenn. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Donald Kline; a great-grandson, Dustin; two sisters, Margaret and Bea; and three brothers, Lowell, James and Jesse.

          A celebration of the life of Lois Kline will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Rob Mace officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday. Interment will follow the service at the Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Argos. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


Monday, March 23, 2009

 

Eleanor K. Chain

Jan. 27, 1924-March 22, 2009

          Eleanor K. CHAIN, 85, of 119 Ohio St., Rochester, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Sunday at Waterford Place Health Care in Kokomo.

          She was born on Jan. 27, 1924, in Hammond, La., the daughter of Elja Joseph and Ruth (Thomas) Guillory. On Dec. 11, 1944, in Hammond, La., she married Marion Dennis Chain Jr. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1990.

          Mrs. Chain had been an executive secretary for many years. She had also worked as a veterinary technician at Parrett's Veterinary Hospital, Plymouth, and Culver Animal Hospital. She also worked at the G & G Grocery Store, Plymouth, and for Wal-Mart in both Plymouth and Rochester. She was a member of Burr Oak Church of God, a charter member of the former Plymouth Garden Club and Heartland Artist in South Bend, and also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She enjoyed painting, gardening, cooking, caring for animals and knitting.

          Survivors include her daughter, Judy Arnett, Rochester; son, Dennis Chain, Roswell, N.M.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy and husband Preston Landry, Colorado Springs, Colo., Caroll M. Pearson, Oconto, Wis.; and brother, Willard E. and wife Betty Guillory, Hammond, La. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

          Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Burr Oak Cemetery, Culver, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

John D. Cissna

June 25, 1968-March 19, 2009

          John D. CISSNA, 40, of Leiters Ford passed away Thursday.

          John was born on June 25, 1968, in Lebanon, one of four children born to Dan and Alpha (Jones) Cissna. He lived most of his life in Leiters Ford and graduated from Culver Community High School, where he was active in sports, arts and golf.

          He liked to fish and was a Boys State delegate in his senior year. After graduating, John attended Manchester College. He worked in construction as a concrete tester for E & B Paving and Plymouth Tube.

          John is survived by his loving parents, Dan and Alpha Cissna of Leiters Ford; a brother, Mike (Michelle) Cissna of Plymouth; sisters, Lisa Clement of Logansport and Patty (Dave) Caruana of Rockford, Ill.; and five nephews and four nieces.

          A time of sharing memories with the family and friends will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Mental Health Association. Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.bonineodom.com.

 

Marion D. Foust

          Marion D. "Red" FOUST, 63, died Friday at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla.

          Survivors include two sons, Eric and Philip, and a brother, Harold Foust.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Christian Church, Brownsburg.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

 

Berniece (Thompson) Ault

Sept. 20, 1915-March 21, 2009

          Berniece "Bea" (Thompson) AULT, 93, of St. Paul, Minn., and formerly of Rochester, died at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul.

          Berniece was born in Beaver, Wis., to Josiah Hower and Charity Reid Hower. She was married on Nov. 18, 1949, to Earl D. Thompson in Rochester. Earl died on April 22, 1985. She married Miller Ault on June 28, 1988, in Adelphi, Md., and he died on April 3, 2002.

          She was a member of the Fulton County Democrats.

          Survivors include a daughter, Kaye Thompson Peters and husband Jeffrey and their daughters Anne, Sarah and Emily of St. Paul; a son, Keith E. Thompson of Maryland; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Conrad of Florida and grandchildren Nicole Maxwell, Natalie McLaughlin and Chandler Brent Conrad; stepchildren, Carl and Rita Ault of Rochester and their children Heather, Aaron and April, and Dana and Les Gurney of Marion and their sons Kenneth and Allan and Margaret Ault; and many great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl D. Thompson and Miller Ault, and her son, Barry L. Conrad.

          Services will be in July at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, Beltsville, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union or the Fulton County Public Library.

 

Deborah A. Fellers

          Deborah A. FELLERS, 51, of Monterey died Sunday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna.

 

Gladys M. Kroft

March 9, 1911-March 22, 2009

          Gladys M. KROFT, 98, formerly of Akron, died at 7:13 p.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. She most recently lived with her daughter in Silver Lake.

          Gladys was born on March 9, 1911, in Fulton County, to George and Bessie (Kuhn) Krieg. She was married on Oct. 20, 1940, in Fort Wayne to Joseph A. Kroft, who passed away Nov. 18, 2003.

          A farmer's wife and a homemaker, she helped her husband on all areas of the farm.

          Gladys graduated in 1929 from Akron High School. She was a member of Akron Church of the Brethren and attended Akron Church of God. She was a member of the Summit Women's Club and the WCTU. She was also involved with Gideons International. Gladys and her husband, Joe, were also members of the Airstream Trailer Club for more than 20 years.

          She is survived by one son, Kenton L. Kroft and wife Maggie Doran-Kroft, Rochester; three daughters, Joyce Paxton, Warsaw, Janet and husband Michael Sells, Silver Lake, and Joann and husband Joel Snyder, Pierceton; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Thelma Ferree.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Akron Church of the Brethren, Akron, with the Rev. David Hendry and the Rev. Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or an organization of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

 

Richard Allen Hollar

          Richard Allen HOLLAR, 73, of 215 N. Maple Ave., Argos, died at 10 A.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

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

 

Sarah F. Miller

          Sarah F. (Haldeman) MILLER, 85, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, formerly of 1209 Jackson Blvd., died Tuesday at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.

          She is survived by a sister, Dolores Sriver, North Manchester, and a brother, Howard H. Haldeman, Eden, Utah.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Friday, March 27, 2009

 

Gertrude E. Leslie

March 4, 1925-March 23, 2009

          Gertrude E. LESLIE, 84, Logansport, passed away at 10 p.m. Monday at her residence.

          She was born March 4, 1925, in Detroit, Mich., to William Frederick and Avelena (Moses) Deacon. On May 17, 1967, in Niles, Mich., she was married to Emerson C. "Mike" Leslie, who preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 2008.

          Gert had been a receptionist for numerous local doctors' offices.

          She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a member of the ECW at the church. She enjoyed playing bridge with the local group of ladies as well as playing cards and games with her grandchildren. Gert and Mike had also enjoyed camping and square dancing.

          Survivors include two daughters, Gayle Griffith, Atlanta, Ga., and Dayle Maggart and her companion, Harold Heck, Huntertown; one son, Rick Wilson, Knoxville, Tenn.; three stepsons, Roger (Joyce) Leslie, Charles (Linda) Leslie, and Keith Leslie and his companion, Diane Campbell, all of Logansport; one brother, Ray Morgan, Lavonia, Mich.; one sister, Lorraine Bergman, Lavonia, Mich.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church with Father Theodore Neidlinger officiating. Burial will be at Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport. Memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church and online condolences may be placed at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Richard Allen Hollar

          Richard Allen HOLLAR, 73, of 215 N. Maple Ave., Argos, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Delores Hollar; three daughters, Rose Archambeault, Argos, Tena Flynn, Rochester, and Sharon Turner, Argos; five brothers, Lowell Hollar, Argos, Harvey Hollar, South Bend, William Hollar, James Hollar and Carl Hollar, all of Argos; and one sister, Melbea Hammond, Argos.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thaddeus F. Szostek

Jan. 15, 1927-March 25, 2009

          Thaddeus F. "Ted" SZOSTEK, 82, Gary, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          He was born on Jan. 15, 1927, in Gary, the son of Simon and Magedline (Fles) Szostek.

          Mr. Szostek had retired from U.S. Steel, Gary, where he had worked in the metallurgic lab. He was a member of the Silver Bell Club, Polish National Alliance, Sportsman Club, Polish Roman Catholic Union and St. Hedwig Catholic Church, Gary. He enjoyed golf, bowling, playing offtrack betting and gaming at the local casinos.

          Survivors include his sister, Lillian Banashak, Watertown, Wis.; sister-in-law, Frances Szostek, Crown Point; nephews, Edward and wife Rebecca Banashak, Rochester, Bob and wife Liz Summers, Rochester, Dennis and wife Cathy Szostek, Crown Point; nieces, Pat and husband Al Hook, Indianapolis, Karen and husband Dr. Charles Walker, Watertown, Wis., Sharon and husband Lee Perkins, Rotunda, Fla., Susan Kienzienski, Crown Point; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter (Szostek) Summers, Bennie Szostek and Chester Szostek; and sisters, Pauline Banashak and Sr. Mary Dorothy Szostek.

          A funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Merrillville with the Rev. Dennis Teles and the Rev. Deacon Joe Codespoti officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Rendina Funeral Home, Gary, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Rendina Funeral Home. Burial will be at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Sarah F. Miller

Dec. 12, 1923-March 24, 2009

          Sarah F. (Haldeman) MILLER, 85, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, formerly of 1209 Jackson Blvd., died Tuesday at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.

          Sarah was born Dec. 12, 1923, near Akron to Lloyd and Irene (Holtz) Haldeman. She was one of three siblings sharing her childhood with sister Dolores and brother Howard. In 1941, she graduated from Akron High School. She was married on July 17, 1952, to Richard M. Miller, who preceded her in death on June 10, 1995. She was a lifetime resident of Fulton County, except for the past two years in retirement at Peabody Retirement Community.

          As a partner with husband Dick, from 1960 to 1972 she assisted with the operations of Miller Auto Parts at 625 Main St. Later she was employed by Leiters Ford State Bank, Rochester.

          Sarah was a loyal member of the First Baptist Church and a devoted member of the Fulton County Democrat Women's Club. As a member of the Kappa Delta Phi, Psi Iota Chapter, Sarah looked forward to the Trail of Courage and assisting her sorority sisters with making chicken and noodles for the event.

          To relax, Sarah enjoyed listening to the music of the Big Band Era including Glen Miller and Nat King Cole. She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens around her home. After her retirement, she enjoyed the camaraderie of meeting the girls for morning coffee to catch up on the current events.

          She is survived by a sister, Dolores Sriver, North Manchester; a brother, Howard H. Haldeman, Eden, Utah; two nieces, Marsha Parker and husband Gary, Monroe, Mich., and Kathy Michel and husband Joe, Milan, Ill.; and two nephews, Steve Haldeman and Doug Haldeman and wife Denise.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be next to her husband at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service. The Kappa Delta Phi Sorority will also conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Peabody Retirement Home. Electronic condolences may be sent to goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2009

 

Frances B. Hammond

          Frances B. (Soldner) HAMMOND, 86, of Kokomo, died Thursday.

          She is survived by her daughter, Janice Grindle of Rochester.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.

 

Monday, March 30, 2009

 

Warren Eugene Montague

May 16, 1940-March 27, 2009

          Warren Eugene "Gene" MONTAGUE, 68, 207 N. Maple St., Akron, died at 9:50 p.m. Friday at his residence.

          Gene was born on May 16, 1940, in Warsaw, the son of LaVaun and Celia (Lemler) Montague. He was married on Sept. 27, 1975, in Akron, to Judy (Swihart) Montague, and she survives.

          He was a lifetime truck driver and had also done automobile body work.

          He graduated from Bourbon High School in 1958. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Korea and Germany with his last year of service in 1969. Gene was also a member of VFW Post No. 1343, Rochester, and American Legion Post No. 424, Bourbon. He also attended Bourbon United Pentecostal Church.

          Survivors include, along with his wife, two daughters, Tammy and husband James Bowser, Nappanee, and Tina and husband Tim Alspaugh, Akron; two sons, Roger and wife Scarlet Montague, Akron, and Richard Montague, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Nila and husband Gene Davis, Texas, and Phyllis Trentham, Texas; two brothers, Neil and wife Dori Montague, Bremen, and Tom Montague, Schererville; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

          Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David "Duck" Montague.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Mark Cottrill and Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery with graveside military rites performed by the American Legion and the VFW, both of Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Byron VanDoren

May 2, 1930-March 28, 2009

          Byron VanDOREN, 78, 1888 N. 1000 East, Akron, where he was a lifetime resident, died at noon Saturday at his residence.

          Byron was born May 2, 1930, on a farm near Akron, to Harold and Mary (Leech) VanDoren. He was married to Joyce A. Stockberger Baker on March 23, 1974, at their home in Akron.

          He was a farmer and owned and operated VanDoren Supply.

          He graduated from Akron High School in 1948. He served his country as a part of the Air Force and his last year of service was 1956. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 825, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343, American Legion Post No. 36 and the Moose Lodge 1109, all of Rochester. He served as an officer in the Eagles for many years. His greatest pleasures were enjoying his grandchildren and his many friends at the Eagles. He enjoyed country music, bird watching and fishing. He was also a collector of Allis-Chalmer tractors, wind chimes and Eagles.

          Survivors include his wife, Joyce VanDoren, Akron; a son, Harold and wife Miranda VanDoren; stepson, Mark and wife Renee Baker; grandchildren, Trent and Trista VanDoren, Jenifer Thompson and special friend Brian Bright, Melissa Baker and fiance Chad Rorick, and Ryan Baker and fiancee Aleshia Carr; nephews and nieces, Louis and wife Frances VanDoren, Susan and husband Wayne Fretz, Shannon and husband Nate Smoker, Harold and wife Lea Stockberger, Michael Williams, David and wife Missy Williams, Betsy and husband James Kuhn, Kathy Clark, Patty and husband John Evans, Krista Stockberger, and John and wife Amy Stockberger; brothers-in-law, Dick Nelson and Denny and wife Jan Stockberger; and a sister-in-law, Mary Seabolt.

          Byron was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Iva Nelson; a brother, Bill VanDoren, and a brother-in-law, Delbert Stockberger.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery with graveside military rites performed by LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343, both of Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, South Bend. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

 

James H. Birnell Jr.

Oct. 20, 1956-March 29, 2009

          James H. BIRNELL Jr., age 52, Logansport, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday in St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis.

          Jim was born on Oct. 20, 1956, in Logansport to James H. Birnell Sr. and Nancy (Shambarger) Birnell. He was married Nov. 4, 1977, in Logansport to MareiAnn Hoagland, who survives.

          Jim retired in 2007 from Chrysler Corp. in Kokomo. A 1975 graduate of Lewis Cass High School, he enjoyed all sports especially the St. Louis Cardinals and I.U. He enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia but especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

          Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Logansport American Legion.

          Survivors include his sons, Jay (Nicole) Birnell, Logansport, and Brandon Birnell (companion Lori Mann), Indianapolis; brothers, Rick (Lisa) Birnell, Lucerne, and Jeffrey Birnell, Indianapolis; sisters, Jackie (Randy) Bowman and Kay Lugabihl, both of Logansport; grandchildren, Lacy and Braxton Masters, Jayleigh and James Birnell, and Alex and Lilly Birnell; mother-in-law, Irene Hoagland, Logansport; father-in-law, Jack (Mary) Hoagland, Ft. Myers, Fla.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Margie and Les Jester, Logansport, Caroline Palmer, Colorado, Jeff and Lakay Hoagland, Colorado, Bob and Teresa Hoagland, Florida, and Jack and Barb Hoagland, Ohio; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport, with full military honors following at the funeral home. The Rev. Jim Sparks will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Private interment will be at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Vincent Hospice, Suite #100, 8450 N. Payne Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Condolences and personal remembrances may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Marjorie F. Buswell

          Marjorie F. BUSWELL, 82, of 3833 Hwy. 178 West, No. 46, Lakeview, Ark., died Monday.  Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Jerry L. Judy

Jan. 1, 1941-March 28, 2009

          Jerry L. JUDY, 68, of Peru passed away Saturday evening at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He had been battling cancer since 2006.

          Born Jan. 1, 1941, in Wabash County, he was the son of Raymond and Rowena Robertson Judy. In December 2003, he was married to Kathy French, and she survives.

          He was a retired roofer and he enjoyed horseback riding, mushroom hunting and being outdoors.

          Surviving besides his wife are his mother and father-in-law, the Rev. Ed and Vaudene French, Silver Lake; three daughters, Tracy Cave and husband Larry, Rochester, Katrina Fisher and husband Lance, Logansport, and Melissa Judy, Peru; two stepsons, Brian Judy and wife Ruby, Denver, and Steven Judy and wife Amanda, North Manchester; one stepdaughter, Kelly Sible, Peru; four grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Phyllis Moore, Deloras Pugh, and Janet See and husband Larry, all of Peru.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Judy; one sister, Annie Holland; and one son, Dennis Judy.

          Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Chaplain Steve Fleck officiating. Burial will follow at South Pleasant Cemetery, near Silver Lake. Friends are invited to call from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today before the funeral service.

 

M. Virginia Stout

Dec. 27, 1922-March 27, 2009

          Mary Virginia STOUT, nee Shore, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Friday in Okemos at the age of 86.

          Virginia was born in her family home on Dec. 27, 1922, in Rochester to Reba and Arthur Shore. She attended the Rochester schools and was a member of the Rochester High School Class of 1940. Following high school, Virginia went on to study sociology at DePauw University, earning her B.A. in 1944.

          On April 6, 1947, Virginia married Billy Edwin Stout in the First Presbyterian Church in Rochester. Together, Bill and Virginia raised four daughters. In 1955, the family moved to Grand Ledge, Mich., where they lived for more than 40 years. Virginia and Bill 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. Following Bill's death in 2007, Virginia has resided in Okemos.

          During her time in Grand Ledge, Virginia was active in her community. She was a Girl Scout leader and this led to her becoming a full-time employee of the Girl Scouts. In this capacity, Virginia coordinated the camping experience for scores of young women, shaping their lives and futures. As her daughters grew, she opened her heart and home to foreign exchange students from Norway, Finland and the former Yugoslavia.

          In addition to Bill, Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest daughter, Julie Holley. She was also preceded by her brother and sister-in-law, Byron and Marie Shore, and nephew, David Shore. She is survived by daughters, Nancy Stout-Purkis (David) of Saginaw, Susan Stout of Petoskey and Marcia Wynalda (John) of Lansing. Virginia was an extremely proud grandmother to Curtis Holley (Michele) of Merrimack, N.H., Lauren Schleicher, nee Wynalda, of Berkley, and Eeva Stout Sharp of Petoskey. She often boasted of her three great-grandchildren, Jared, Brendan and Gavin Holley of New Hampshire.

          Family services will be held on May 9 with internment to take place at a later date in the IOOF Cemetery in Rochester alongside Bill, daughter Julie, her mother and many other family members. Virginia's daughters suggest that, for those wishing, contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, 530 Jefferson St., Rochester, in her name, would be appreciated. The family is being served by the Peters and Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge.

 


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

 

Marjorie Fisher Buswell

          Marjorie Fisher BUSWELL, 82, of 3833 Hwy 178 West No. 46, Lakeview, Ark., died Monday at Gassville Nursing Center, Gassville, Ark.

          Survivors include her daughter, Marsha Meissner, Lakeview, Ark.; sons, John Steven Buswell, Lancaster, Pa., Garry A. Buswell, Mishawaka, and Charles Wayne Buswell, El Paso, Ill.; and sisters, Lena Copeland, Bourbon, and Dorothy Town, Bluffton, Ohio.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Sandra Kay Calhoun

          Sandra Kay CALHOUN, 48, of 3661 E. Ford Drive, Rochester, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Howard Hart, Rochester; daughter, Nichole Shaffer, Argos; mother, Judy Ernsburger, Plymouth; father, Charles Calhoun, Kentucky; brothers, Tim Calhoun, Plymouth, and David Calhoun, Dennis Calhoun, and Doug Calhoun, all of Argos.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, April 2, 2009

 

Midge Ramsey

Nov. 3, 1940-March 31, 2009

          Midge RAMSEY, 68, of 3675 S. 800 East, Akron, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at her residence.

          Midge was born on Nov. 3, 1940, in Altha, Fla., to Bryan and Olivia (Goody) Jernigan. On Feb. 24, 1958, in Akron, Midge and John W. Ramsey Sr. were married by the Rev. Harold Conrad at the Akron Church of God. She lived most of her life in Akron.

          Midge was secretary and co-owner, with John, of O & R Buildings, Akron, beginning in 1965. She enjoyed taking pictures and was a former member of the Manitou Camera Club. Some of her favorite things were flowers and hummingbirds. She enjoyed crocheting, feeding the birds and genealogy.

          Survivors include her husband, John; daughter, Deborah Ramsey, Akron; sons, John W. (Penny) Ramsey Jr. and Mark (Nancy) Ramsey, both of Akron, and Verlin (Beverly) Ramsey Sr., Rochester; brother, Michael (Cindy) Jernigan, Rochester; sisters, Patricia (Morse) Utter, Athens, and Shirley Allred, Shipshewana; seven grandchildren, Angela (Ryan) Parson, Kent Ramsey, Shawna (Nick) Stutzman, Verlin Ramsey Jr., Daniel Ramsey, Adam Ramsey, Tabatha Ramsey; and six great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Barbara Geller; and two brothers, Robert Jernigan and Joe Jernigan.

          Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Phillip Pratt officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences for the family may be sent to the funeral home through earllovefh@gmail.com.

 

Friday, April 3, 2009

 

Lois E. Shidaker

          Lois E. SHIDAKER, 94, Rochester, died at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Saturday, April 4, 2009

 

Marie K. McLochlin

Marie K. McLOCHLIN, 88, 1415 Washington St., Rochester, died at 11:50 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Lois E. Shidaker

July 21, 1914-April 1, 2009

          Lois E. SHIDAKER, 94, Rochester, formerly of Kewanna, died at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek in Rochester.

          Born July 21, 1914, in Wabash County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ova (Jones) Lambert. On Dec. 26, 1937, she married Lester H. Shidaker and he preceded her in death Oct. 15, 2008.

          She was a 1932 graduate of Linlawn High School in Wabash. Mrs. Shidaker was formerly bookkeeper for her husband Lester's business, Shidakers-DX/Sunoco Service Station in Kewanna, for 42 years.

          She was a member of the Kewanna Church of Christ and formerly Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Kewanna.

          Mrs. Shidaker was Sunday school teacher for many, many years and also played the organ. She also enjoyed quilting.

          Survivors include three daughters, Janice Bleeke and her husband, David, Ft. Wayne, Linda Worl and her husband, Bill, Huntertown, and Trudy Cilek and her husband, Dewayne, Crown Point; one sister, Sarah Baxter, North Manchester; one sister-in-law, Gladys Leap, Culver; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

          She was also preceded in death by one sister, Delia Greer.

          Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna, with Pastor Scott Meneely officiating. Burial will be in Moon Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewanna Church of Christ, P.O. Box 337, Kewanna, IN 46939.

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

 

Monday, April 6, 2009

 

Karen L. Gunter

          Karen Lea GUNTER, 65, 1409 Audubon Ave., Rochester, died Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

          Survivors include her husband Don L. Gunter, at home; her mother Alice Cover Hively, Macy; four daughters, Brenda Ernest, Tina Kline and Angie Johnson, all of Rochester, and Crystal Hively, Etna Green; two sons, Nick Kline, Tippecanoe, and Chuck Kline, Fishers; one stepdaughter, Davina Enders, Rochester; two stepsons, Leroy Enders, Illinois, and Brian Enders, Denver; one sister, Shari Burns, Denver; a half sister, Marvis Zimmerman, Akron; and a half brother, Billy Hively, Akron.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Danny Honeycutt officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Marie K. McLochlin

March 23, 1921-April 3, 2009

          Marie K.McLOCHLIN, 88, 1415 Washington St., Rochester, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          She was born on March 23, 1921, in Fulton County, the daughter of Omer and Agnes (Tyrell) Richardson. A lifelong resident of Fulton County, she graduated from Twelve Mile High School in 1939. On Jan. 2, 1940, in Rochester, she married J. Robert "Bob" McLochlin. He preceded her in death on July 20, 2003. They enjoyed their family and all their activities. They spent many years raising Standardbred horses, often traveling to races in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Marie was an avid card player, especially bridge and pinochle, and was also an excellent seamstress.

          In 1959, she became a hairdresser after completing courses for cosmetology in Logansport. She worked her own business, Marie's Countryside Beauty Shop, until the last few years. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she belonged to the Altar Society and Rosary Society, Reiter Club, Fulton County Hairdressers' Association, Pinhook Grange, Fulton County Women's Democrat Club, and the Moose Lodge.

          Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lucinda McLochlin, Rochester; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Bill McMillen, Rochester; grandchildren, John and wife Hilda McLochlin, Rochester, Andrea Marrs, Culver, Shannon and husband Tom Marrs, Rochester, Nicholle McLochlin (widow of Jeff McLochlin), Rochester, Colleen Wood, Indianapolis, Brad McMillen, Studio City, Calif., Sheila and husband Too Keller, Carmel; fourteen great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Warfield, Kewanna, and Jane Beery, Rochester; and her special family member, Beau, her pet schnauzer.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and grandson, Jeff McLochlin, who preceded her in death on July 5, 2006.

          Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program or the Fulton County Public Library. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

 

Martha Louise Carlton

Aug. 11, 1921-April 3, 2009

          Martha Louise CARLTON, 87, of Bloomington passed away at Bloomington Hospital Friday following a brief illness.

          She was born in McLeansboro, Ill., Aug. 11, 1921, to William G. and Ada (Meadows) Miller.

          She graduated from McLeansboro High School in Illinois with the Class of 1940. She worked for Farm Bureau Insurance in Indianapolis and later as a bank teller in Warsaw and Elkhart. On Sept. 4, 1943, she married Samuel E. Carlton. Mr. Carlton later graduated from seminary; he and Louise served at United Methodist churches in Indiana including Bridgeport, Brazil, Plymouth, Elkhart, Rochester, Griffith, Lafayette, Dyer, Brownsburg, Pendleton, Fort Wayne and Farmland.

          Louise was a member of the Brazil First United Methodist Church, the Homebuilders Sunday School class and United Methodist Women. She sang in the church choir and was responsible for church administrative duties.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, the Rev. Samuel E. Carlton; brother, Melvin Miller; and sister, Margaret Moore.

          Survivors include her children, Jim Carlton and wife Nedra, Brazil, Jan Anderson and husband Doug, Muncie, and Joan Zimmerman and husband Dennis Burch, Bloomington; grandchildren, Diana Carlton, Jana Johnson, Melissa Osner, Mark Anderson, Bradley Zimmerman, Meredith Anderson, Mathew Zimmerman and Molly Chasteen; great-grandchildren, Nathanial and Zion Osner, Grant Johnson, Marah Osner, Elsa Anderson, and Silas Chasteen; brother, Cameron Miller, Benton, Ill.; and many friends and extended family members.

          Services will be at First United Methodist Church, Brazil, at 1 p.m. today with Pastor Tony Alstott and Dr. Douglas Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at Lawson-Miller Chapel in Brazil and is from noon until the time of the service today. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in her memory.

 

Karen Lea Gunter

June 13, 1943-April 3, 2009

          Karen Lea GUNTER, 65, of 1409 Audubon Ave., Rochester, died Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

          Born in Macy on June 13, 1943, she was the daughter of Sherman and Alice Cover Hively. She married Don L. Gunter on Aug. 7, 1998, in Rochester. He survives at home. A homemaker, she attended First Baptist Church, Rochester.

          Karen enjoyed the adventures at the Blue Chip Casino. Playing the slots was her favorite. With a keen eye for a "good" machine, she enjoyed some nice jackpots and occasionally hitting the "Big One!" She was an avid bingo player, playing at the Miami Indian Bingo Club in Peru.

          To relax, Karen enjoyed listening to the music of Elton John and Elvis Presley. Cruising down the country roads with Don at her side, taking him places he'd never been, was ideal for a sunny Sunday afternoon. She was delighted to embrace nature with fishing for pan fish. Bluegills were her favorite catch of the day. There were many memories on the shimmering lakes of northern Indiana and travels to the pristine lakes of Minnesota. Karen's tool of the trade was her cane pole, a basic necessity for any fisherman. Armed with bee moths or red worms, she was always prepared to set the hook and land the big one!

          The 23 grandchildren and 18 greats were her pride and joy. She looked forward to their visits. Together they enjoyed playing games, cards and visits to Manitou Mountain. It was fun to go to the movie theater to watch the latest on the silver screen. They also were delighted to watch cartoons and movies while relaxing at Grandma's house.

          In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Alice, of Macy; four daughters, Brenda Ernest and husband Keith, Rochester, Tina Kline, Rochester, Crystal Hively and companion Jessica Lowe, Etna Green, and Angie Johnson and husband Dan, Rochester; two sons, Nick Kline and companion Mindi Williams, Tippecanoe, and Chuck Kline and wife Paula, Fishers; a stepdaughter, Davina Enders, Rochester; two stepsons, Leroy Enders and wife Lori, Illinois, and Brian Enders and wife Nora, Denver; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Karen was excited and looked forward to the arrival of two additional great-grandchildren due during the summer of 2009.

          She is also survived by a sister, Shari Burns and husband Terry, Denver; a half sister, Marvis Zimmerman and husband John, Akron; a half brother, Billy Hively and companion Carol Jones, Akron; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

          An animal lover, Karen had many fond memories of her Scottish terrier, Sambo, and Hercules the Boxer.

          Preceding her in death were her father and a toddler sister, Loretta Jean Hively.

          A celebration of the life of Karen Gunter will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Danny Honeycutt officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to her service. Karen will be laid to rest in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Shop with a Cop or Toys for Tots. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

James R. Rose

          James R. ROSE, 80, of 6531 W. Indiana 25, Mentone (Palestine), died at 1 p.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Paul Troke

June 2, 1931-April 4, 2009

          Paul TROKE, 77, Indianapolis, died on Saturday in Indianapolis.

          Paul was born on June 2, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio, to Gladys Rudd and Thomas P. Troke, who preceded him in death. His brother, Robert Troke, also preceded him in death.

          Paul grew up in Amo and graduated from Amo High School in 1949. He also graduated from Lain Technical College as a draftsman. He was employed at Ford Motor Co., Indianapolis, for 34 years as a tool designer. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951 to 1955. He was a member of Charity Tabernacle.

          He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Thelma Renner Troke; children, Butch (Wanda) Troke, Akron, Dan (Deb) Troke, Denver, Colo., Tom Troke, Oxford, Ohio, and Teresa (Joe) Sanders, Bloomington; grandchildren, Garrett Troke, Iraq, Stephanie (Chris) Herrnkind, Titusville, Fla., Heather Sanders, Bloomington, Hana (T.C. Collier) Sanders, Bloomington, Holli Sanders, Bloomington, Hunter Sanders, Bloomington, and Zachary Troke, Orlando, Fla.; great-grandchild, Kit Collier, Bloomington; siblings, Dorothy (Roy) Starks, Plainfield, and Virginia (Pat) Chew, Indianapolis.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Charity Tabernacle, 2700 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Entombment will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron, IN 46910. Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Decatur is handling arrangements.

 


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

 

Dean J. Rans

March 9, 1925-March 20, 2009

          Dean J. RANS, 84, Port Richey, Fla., passed away peacefully on March 20, 2009, surrounded by his loving family and with the Gulfside Regional Hospice at his bedside. He was a former Culver resident, moving to Port Richey, Fla., in 1989. He was born on March 9, 1925, in Fulton County to Fred and Lelia Rans. Dean graduated from Aubbeenaubbee Township High School and immediately joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

          Dean and the former Treva Wynn were married on Oct. 23, 1949. They renewed their wedding vows in the family home in Port Richey on Oct. 23, 2008, celebrating 59 years together.

          In Culver, Dean and Treva were the former owners of the Corner tavern and he was also the owner of Rans Auto Sales. For many years he was an avid race car driver.

          Dean is survived by his loving wife, Treva; two sons, Terry Rans and wife Beth, Port Richey, and Robert Rans and wife Julie, Plymouth; four daughters, Carole Lairson and husband Marion, Portland, Mary Strobel and husband Donald, Cannonburg, Pa., Kathy Hensley, Port Richey, and Judy Rans, Port Richey; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, Don Rans, Rochester; two brothers-in-law, Charles Wynn, Culver, and Bobby Wynn and wife Brenda, Culver; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Christopher Strobel; and a great-grandson, Mathew Stiles.

          Private family services were held at the family home on March 22, 2009, with Dean's grandson Jason Lairson officiating.

          Arrangements were entrusted to the Dobies Funeral & Crematory in Port Richey and locally to the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

James R. Rose

          James R. ROSE, 80, of 6531 W. Indiana 25, Mentone, died Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Rose, Warsaw; a daughter, Tamara Rose, Mentone; three sons, James A. Rose, Warsaw, Kevin Rose, Warsaw, and Jeffery Rose, Mentone; and two sisters, Betty Leek and Barbara Blackford, Warsaw.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

 

Elizabeth Faye Marie Easterday

April 4, 2009

          Elizabeth Faye Marie EASTERDAY was stillborn on April 4, 2009, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, to Gordon N. and Rochelle D. (Maggart) Easterday Jr., Warsaw.

          Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Karen Maggart, Silver Lake; paternal grandparents, Kenny and Candy Denny, Rochester, and Gordon Easterday, Rochester; maternal great-grandparents Jessy and Macie Melton, Kokomo; and paternal great-grandparents, Jolly and Glenda Vaughn, Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandmother, Marie Bolin.

          Private family services were held at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, on Wednesday with Pastor Luther Bailey. Burial was at Palestine Cemetery, Palestine. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

          Arrangements were handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Barbara Jean Kuhn

June 7, 1939-April 6, 2009

          Barbara Jean KUHN, 69, of 431 E. 13th St., Rochester, died at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born on June 7, 1939, in Plymouth, she was the daughter of Nenian E. Kesler and Esther B. Kesler.

          She worked at Rochester High School and drove a semitruck. She enjoyed her flowers and yard and attended the Church of the Nazarene.

          Survivors include her brothers, Jim and Kenneth Kesler, both of Rochester; her children, Brenda Boldt, Niles, Mich., Michele Buell, Logansport, and Tim Buell, Rochester; and her grandchildren, Amanda, Stephen, Fredrick, Garrett and Mercedes.

          She was preceded in death by her father on July 29, 1992; her mother on Feb. 9, 2005; and a son, Brian Buell.

          A memorial service will be at 7 p .m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, near the Kroger grocery store. Pastor Don Meyer of the church will officiate. Visitation with the family will be from 6 p.m. until the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Church of the Nazarene.

 

Friday, April 10, 2009

 

Ray C. Houghton

          Ray C. HOUGHTON, 70, Culver, died Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor in Culver.

          Survivors include his wife, Norma Houghton, Culver; son Lee Houghton, Culver; daughter, Lori Hines, Grovertown.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Lee R. Smith

          Lee R. SMITH, 77, of 6734 N. 600 West, Rochester, died Thursday at his residence.

          He is survived by his wife Bonnie Smith, Rochester; and two daughters, Mary Lou Durkes, Rochester, and Donna Louk, Argos.

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

 

Christine Ann Spaulding

          Christine Ann SPAULDING, 50, of Rochester, departed this life Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

          She worked for N.C.P. in accounting for the past year and a half.

          She is survived by her husband, Michael D. Spaulding; mother, Andree LaCasse; sons, Ryan and Michael (Myriah) Finnigan; stepsons, Michael David and Brian (Lori) Spaulding; sisters, Debra (Richard) Davenport, Doris (Mark) Balog and Marie-Andree (Jim) Prugar; brother, Michael (Tina) LaCasse; grandchildren, Dustin, Bryce and Kyle Spaulding and Margaux and Ender Finnigan; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, at 10 a.m. in St. Matthew Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to I.U. Simon Cancer Treatment Center. Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, Indianapolis, is assisting with arrangements.

 


Saturday, April 11, 2009

 

Eva Marie Warner Friend

July 6, 1919-April 9, 2009

          Eva Marie Warner FRIEND, 89, Peru, and formerly of Macy, passed away at 5 a.m. Thursday at Blair Ridge, Peru.

          Born July 6, 1919, in Miami County, she was the daughter of Leores O. and Kate Wilson Warner. On Oct. 16, 1941, she was married to Gerald D. Friend, and he preceded her in death on May 30, 1997.

          Mrs. Friend was a graduate of Deedsville High School and went on to attend Ball State Teachers College. She later received her Bachelor of Science degree from I.U. Kokomo. She taught elementary school at Fulton, Grass Creek, Gilead and North Miami Elementary.

          She was an active member of the Mexico Baptist Church, the Allen Township Mother's Club, Delta Kappa Gamma teacher's sorority, and the former Macy Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and genealogy.

          Survivors include two sons, James L. Friend and wife Judy, Peru, and William C. Friend and wife Ann, Macy; six grandchildren, Samantha Ward, Jennifer Sprague, Chris Herrell, Mandy Galyean, Trisha Spencer and Daniel Friend; nine great-grandchildren, Randy Marcus, Estella and James Ward, Rob and Harry Sprague, William and Sara Herrell and Jacob Spencer; two sisters, Nada Miller and husband Paul, Jeffersonville, and Rosie Linn, Macy; one brother, Fred Warner and wife Barbara, Peru; and one brother-in-law, Granville Hattery, Fulton.

          She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Leanna Friend; two sisters, Ann Hattery and Elizabeth Young; and two brothers-in-law, Acel Young and Dayne Linn.

          Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mexico Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

          Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mexico Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be directed towards the Mexico Baptist Church or National Parkinson Foundation.

          Arrangements are being handled by McClain Funeral Home, 3500 W. Indiana 16, Denver.

 


Lee R. Smith

Dec. 14, 1931-April 9, 2009

          Lee R. SMITH, 77, of 6734 N. 600 West, Rochester, departed this life at 8:40 a.m. Thursday following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

          Lee was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Mishawaka, to Roy and Mabel Hefner Smith. Both parents preceded him in death.

          As a proud graduate of Richland Center High School, Lee was a member of the Class of 1949. As a young man, he assisted his dad with the family farming operation. They farmed a variety of grains including wheat, corn and soybeans.

          With great pride, Lee answered the call to serve our country. He became a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving his tour of duty in Japan during the Korean War. Later he was honorably discharged, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

          Returning home to the Richland Center-Leiters Ford area, Lee continued to work with his dad on the farm. His love for agriculture continued throughout his life as he maintained a hobby farm.

          On Sept. 10, 1961, at the Santa Anna United Methodist Church near Argos, Lee married the love of his life, Bonnie Gibbons, and she survives. This union of 47 1/2 years yielded two outgoing and beautiful daughters, Mary Lou and Donna. As a loving father and role model, Lee instilled a work ethic of dedication and devotion. In 1996, he retired as a machinist from Sealed Power Corp. after 33 1/2 years of service, rarely missing a day of work. Lee was a member of the UAW No. 220 during his work tenure.

          At home Lee was meticulous about the care of his lawn. To relax he enjoyed listening to bluegrass music from the era of the 1940s to 1950s. Lee is also remembered to be very detail-oriented and led a very conservative lifestyle.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Smith, Rochester; two daughters, Mary Lou Durkes, Rochester, and Donna Louk and companion Terry Thompson, Argos; a sister, Phyllis (Bob) Overmyer, Rochester; and a niece, two nephews, and several great-nieces and great-nephews. In Heaven, Lee will join his extended family and many friends including his parents and sons-in-law, William Lynn Durkes (April 4, 2007) and Andy Louk (July 22, 2008).

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Lee R. Smith will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. The Rev. Henry Sprunger will officiate. Burial will follow at Poplar Grove/Maxinkuckee IOOF Cemetery near Culver, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Argos American Legion Post No. 68 and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service. Preferred memorials may be made in Lee's memory to Santa Anna United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, April 13, 2009

 

John David Fisher

          John David "J.D." FISHER, 49, Logansport, died at 7:58 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. He owned and operated Fisher Funeral Chapel, in Logansport, and Fisher-Loy Funeral Chapel, in Lafayette.

          Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, where a Masonic Service will be held at 5:45 p.m. followed by a Shrine Processional.

          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Fisher Funeral Chapel.

          Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

 

Carolyn K. Koenig

          Carolyn K. KOENIG, 65, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. The Frankfort native was the daughter of the late Lewis and Edyth Myers Jr.

          Carolyn was raised in Akron and was a graduate of Akron High School. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven. She retired in 2000 from Bertsch Vending, Warsaw, after 35 years of service, and was currently employed at Do-It-Best Corp.

          She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; children, Elaine (Tony) Jones of Fort Wayne, Brian Koenig of Linesville, Pa., and Amy (Joe) Cechvala of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Elise and Allison Jones and Avery Cechvala; sisters, Dixie Arter of Fort Wayne and Sandra (Tom) Sissel of Burlington, Vt.; nieces, Peggy (Charles) Good and Maureen McCluskey; and nephews, Paul Arter and Mark Sissel.

          She was preceded in death by her brother, Jay P. Myers.

          Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Lutheran Church, 1720 Indiana 930 East, New Haven, with calling one hour before service time. The Rev. David J. Williamson will officiate. Calling is also from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 East, New Haven. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

 

Sue Ann Miller

          Sue Ann MILLER, 60, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died at 11:42 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Vadis J. Ward

          Vadis J. WARD, 94, of 102 Miller Drive, Mentone, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline Gibble, Mentone; and a son, Ronald D. Ward, Valparaiso.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 

Russell Fromme

          Russell FROMME, 58, of 10402 S. Indiana 15, Silver Lake, died at 11:34 a.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Sue Ann Miller

          Sue Ann MILLER, 60, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

          She is survived by two daughters, Tabatha Minix, Akron, and Heather Metheny, Plymouth; two sons, Keith Razor and Cory Razor; and three sisters, Vicki Stephen, Phyllis Miller and Brenda Beery, all of Rochester.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Hermon Williams

          Hermon WILLIAMS, Conway, Ark., formerly of Rochester, died April 4, 2009.

          Survivors include a daughter, Idella Beliles, Rochester, and two sons, Bill Smith and Ricky Smith, both of Rochester.

          Services will be at a later date.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

 

Gloria Locke

          Gloria LOCKE, 82, Rochester, died at 8:05 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

 

Russell Fromme

          Russell "Rusty" FROMME, 58, of 10402 S. Indiana 15, Silver Lake, died Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include five daughters, Betty Deidel, North Platte, Neb., Billie Moore, Rochester, Wash., Sandra Dale, Curtis, Neb., Brittany Fromme, Rochester, Ind., and Cheyenne Fromme, Rochester, Ind.; two sons, Bruce Fromme, North Platte, Neb., and Dakota Fromme, Rochester, Ind.; mother, Bettie Wilson, Rochester, Ind.; father, Howard E. Fromme, Georgetown; two sisters, Sherry Halterman, Macy, and Rebecca Fromme; and three brothers, David Fall, Akron, Randy Singleton, North Muskegon, Mich., and Kenneth Fromme, New Albany.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Gloria Locke

          Gloria LOCKE, 82, Rochester, died Monday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include her sister, Jean Burnett, St. Peters, Mo., and her brother, John E. Daniels, St. Louis, Mo.

          Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, April 17, 2009

 

Russell Fromme

          Russell "Rusty" FROMME, 58, of 10402 S. Indiana 15, Silver Lake, died Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include five daughters, Betty Deidel, North Platte, Neb., Billie Moore, Rochester, Wash., Sandra Dale, Curtis, Neb., Brittany Fromme, Rochester, Ind., and Cheyenne Fromme, Rochester, Ind.; two sons, Bruce Fromme, North Platte, Neb., and Dakota Fromme, Rochester, Ind.; mother, Bettie Wilson, Rochester, Ind.; father, Howard E. Fromme, Georgetown; two sisters, Sherry Halterman, Macy, and Rebecca Fromme; and four brothers, David Fall, Akron, Randy Singleton, North Muskegon, Mich., Joe Fromme, New Albany, and Mike Fromme, New Albany.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Eileen A. Tanner

          Eileen A. TANNER, 86, of Monterey, died Thursday at her residence.

          Survivors include three sons, Ronald Tanner, Largo, Fla., George Tanner, Glendale, Ariz., and Jerry Tanner, Columbus, Ohio; five daughters, Donna Walters, Ora, Eloise Rose, Minerva, Ohio, Diana Fritter, Plymouth, Carolyn Craddock, Warsaw, and Jana Richardson, Tippecanoe; and a brother, James Hazlett, La Porte.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Central time Monday at Bible Baptist Church, Knox. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time Sunday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

 

David Lee Sanders

          David Lee SANDERS, 43, Logansport, died Thursday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Brenda.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Marocco Funeral Chapel, Logansport with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

 

Monday, April 20, 2009

 

Louise Clark

          Mary Louise CLARK, 80, formerly of 1535 E. Ninth St., Rochester, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include three sons, Ronald Clark, Port St. Lucia, Fla., Richard Clark, Rochester, and Kent Clark, Delong; and four brothers, Albert "Bud" Smith, Rochester, James Smith, Aurora, Ill., Tom Smith, Newport Beach, Va., and Donald Smith, Wabash.

          Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Martha A. Thompson

March 17, 1940–April 18, 2009

          Martha A. THOMPSON, 69, died at her residence at 3:14 a.m. Saturday. She had lived all of her life in the Plymouth, Rochester, Akron and Mentone areas.

          She was born in Rochester, the daughter of Orlo M. and Alta Foor Brown, on March 17, 1940. She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1958. In October of 1958, in Plymouth, she and Stuart Thompson were married.

          For over 40 years, Martha was a tax accountant. She loved to travel, especially on cruise ships. She enjoyed gardening and working outside. She was a member of the Plymouth Family Moose Lodge.

          Martha is survived by her two sons and their families, Carter (Amy) Thompson and children Victoria, Colin and Kelly, all of Plymouth, and Carl (Cynthia) Thompson and children Logan and Heath of Mooresville, N.C., and a sister, Sandra Kay (Larry) Garrison, Plymouth. Jerry Wycoff, Plymouth, a very close friend of Martha's and his daughter Sarah (Jon) Wicks and children Devin, Christina and Jon of Coloma, Mich., survive as well.

          Martha was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Lane Thompson, and a brother, Leroy E. Brown.

          Friends are invited to visit with the family and share memories of Martha from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dennis Wenzel, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial gifts in Martha's memory may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via the funeral home's Web site: www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Elmer Stanley Thornton

Oct. 22, 1926–April 18, 2009

          Elmer Stanley THORNTON, 82, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, moved to his heavenly home Saturday at 4 a.m. He leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife Betty, his loving family, and many dear friends.

          Mr. Thornton was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Twin Valley, Minn., to Herman Thornton and Francis (Starman) Thornton. He was married Sept. 26, 1964, to Betty Cook Wiard.

          For 37 years he was manager and maintenance director of Four Seasons Mobile Home Estates. He was also a mechanic, truck driver and salesman. He was a member of the Riverview Community Church. He enjoyed helping people, remodeling mobile homes and touring the mobile home estates in a golf cart.

          Survivors include his wife Betty, Rochester; three daughters, Beverly Thornton, Rochester; Joyce (Richard) Harding, Mentone, and Janet (Phil) Schoonover, Wheaton; one son, Bruce Wiard, Macy; grandchildren, Brad, Belinda, Victoria, Clifford, Virginia, Laura, Adam, Nathan, Alaina, Theresa, Bruce Jr., Farah, Joshua, Justin, Janetta and Melissa; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Grace Thornton, and brother-in-law, Arden and wife Doris Cook; and eight nieces, six nephews, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

          He was preceded in death by son Clifford Thornton; and five brothers, Albert, Frank, Harold, Norman and Lawrence Thornton.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Riverview Community Church, 3780 Indiana 110, Tippecanoe, with Pastor Rodney Ruberg officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Riverview Community Church or The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46574. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Edwin Tidd

          Edwin "Bud" TIDD, 79, of 1720 Colonial Drive, Rochester, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 1009

 

Edwin L. Tidd

Jan. 28, 1930–April 17, 2009

          Mr. Edwin L. "Bud" TIDD, 79, 1720 Colonial Drive, Rochester, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

          Bud was born Jan. 28, 1930, in Ben Davis, to John and Katherine (Lewis) Tidd. Both preceded him in death. On March 17, in Laughlin, Nev., he married Shelbie Click, who survives at home.

          Bud was owner of E.L. Tidd Truck Lines and Executive Coach Leasing. He was a Rochester resident for the past eight years coming from Stuart, Fla.

          He enjoyed traveling across country in his motorcoach. His favorite destinations were Nova Scotia, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, and Florida. He was a member of the Family Motorcoach Association for a number of years. To relax he enjoyed cruising the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou. The delightful lake waters in Florida were also the scene of many wonderful boating memories.

          Bud is survived by one daughter, Melanie Knueven and husband Tom, Avon; two sons, Edwin Tidd Jr. and wife Cindy, Brownsburg, and Ronald Tidd and wife Karen, Huntington; three grandchildren, Erika Hession, Jordan Knueven and Rachel Tidd; four stepchildren, Kim York and husband Ron, Kokomo, Karla Hack and husband Mike, Peru, Kevin Livengood and wife Georgetta, Muncie, and Kraig Livengood and wife Dara, Mentone; and six stepgranchildren.

          Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother Jonathon in 1980.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Edwin L. "Bud" Tidd will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. Friends may visit with his family from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Preferred memorials may be made to Hope Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, April 22,2009

 

Marilyn Leanna Blacketor

April 23, 1922-Jan. 25, 2009

          Marilyn Leanna BLACKETOR, 86, Rochester and Sky Valley, Calif., passed away on Jan. 25, 2009, in Palm Springs, Calif., following a short illness.

          She was born April 23, 1922, in Macy, the daughter of Ross Earl and Carrie (Friend) Baldwin. On Feb. 15, 1942, in Rochester, she married James F. Blacketor. He preceded her in death after 52 years of marriage in July of 1994.

          Marilyn graduated from Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, Calif., in 1975 with a degree in real estate. She retired as a real estate broker. She was a 50-plus year member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the church at Sky Valley, Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Sky Valley Women's Club.

          Marilyn and Jim lived in West Covina, Calif., for 35 years before retiring to the Palm Springs, Calif., area. They were summer residents on Lake Manitou, Rochester, after retiring.

          Marilyn is survived by her dear friend and companion of thirteen years, J.P. "Jake" Bates, Sky Valley, Calif. The two of them had moved to Rochester in April 2008 and were wintering in California at the time of her passing. She is also survived by her son, Robert and wife Cynthia Blacketor, Point Ludlow, Wash.; daughters, Rebecca and husband Dennis Gray, Rochester, and Rossanne and husband Steven Egbert, Covina, Calif.; sister, Catherine Baldwin, Rochester; six grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Drew Foreman, Rochester, John Gray, Rochester, Joshua Egbert, San Diego, Calif., Kristina Egbert, Santa Barbara, Calif., Michael and wife Tamara Blacketor, Hisperia, Calif., and Jamie Blacketor, Sonora, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren, Aaron Oglsrud, Sonora, Calif., Ashley Oglsrud, Sonora, Calif., Aubrey Frazier, Sonora, Calif., and Madison Castro, Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Wayne Baldwin and Ronald Baldwin, and a sister, Carol Black.

          Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will be in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Bruce Colley

          Bruce COLLEY, 65, died Thursday at his residence in Bruce Lake.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. May 2, 2009, at Retro Bistro Restaurant, 1746 W. Golf Road, Mt. Prospect, Ill., as well as at a later date for his lake family and friends.

          Arrangements are by Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna.

 

Albert L. Hunt

          Albert L. HUNT, 61, of 217 Pontiac St., Rochester, and formerly of Akron and Hampton, Va., died Tuesday.

          Survivors include a brother, Charles Hunt, Hampton, Va.

          Services will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at 9465 E. 100 North, Akron.

          Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Susan Kay Newnes

Nov. 27, 1944 - April 19, 2009

          Susan Kay NEWNES, 64, Logansport, died at 5 a.m. Sunday in her residence.

          Born Nov. 27, 1944, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Joseph H. and Elizabeth LaMar Gaumer Keller.

          Susan was a bartender/waitress at the Ambers, Elks Lodge 66 and VFW Post No. 3790.

          She enjoyed spending time loving and laughing with her family and friends.

          Surviving are her children, Bryan Eisenbise, Indianapolis, Cornell Eisenbise, Kentucky, Tracy Pugh and companion, Eric Hunter, and Adam Newnes and wife Crystal, all of Logansport; grandchildren Amber Eisenbise, Cornell Eisenbise, Izak Eisenbise, LaMar Pugh, Garrett Cook, Dominic Newnes, Drew Newnes, Brianna Newnes and Dawson Newnes, all of Logansport; sisters Karen Prisco and husband, Joe, Florida, and Nancy Fazzio, Illinois; brother Jay Keller and wife, Linda, Florida; aunt and uncle Judy and Stan Musgrave, Rochester; cousins Shelley and husband Rick Abbott, Rochester, Lance and wife Andrea Musgrave, and Craig and wife Raquel Musgrave and their children, all of Edmond, Okla.; and several nieces, nephews and other cousins.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Gundrum Funeral Home. Dr. Horace Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Walton IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Paul Norman Summy

April 23, 1936-April 19, 2009

          Paul Norman SUMMY, 72, of 3385 S. 275 East, Warsaw, died at 11:59 Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Paul was born April 23, 1936, in South Bend to Paul and Mara (Vandermark) Summy, and he moved to Palestine, Ind., early in life. On Feb. 11, 1955, in Burket, he was married to Willodean Woods.

          He was a foundry worker for Dalton Foundry for 50 years. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the 25 year Dalton Club and an avid deer hunter.

          Survivors include his wife Willodean, Warsaw; two daughters, Karen (Gregg) Foster, Mentone, and Peggy (Glen) Tharp, Warsaw; one sister, Mary Rose, Mentone; five grandchildren, Kiley, Aaron and Joshua Foster, Mentone, Sarah Tharp, Warsaw, and Lamar Tharp, Warsaw; and four great-grandchildren.

          Paul was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Summy.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Rod Mayer officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.

          Memorials may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 E. 86th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240. To sign the guest book or send condolences electronically, go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

Nawasa Vires

          Nawasa VIRES, 76, of 900 Provident Drive, Warsaw, died Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Jane Matthews, Columbia, S.C., and Pamela Sue Hotte, North Charleston, S.C.; one son, Claude Leroy Wood, Warsaw; and a sister, Vada Conley, Warsaw.

          Services will be at noon Thursday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with visitation two hours prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

 

Margery H. Overmyer

          Margery H. OVERMYER, 84, of 2524 Country Club Drive S., Rochester, died at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

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

 

Roger Jones

August 18, 1947-April 21, 2009

          Roger Lee JONES, 61, Twelve Mile, passed away at 11:29 p.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Born August 18, 1947, in Cass County, he was the son of the late Thomas "Tim" Leroy and E. Alice Wallace Jones. On Feb. 2, 1969, in Elizabethtown, N.C., he was married to Elaine Ann Baber, and she preceded him in death on August 18, 1996.

          Survivors include three daughters, Jennifer Lynn Pritt, Greenwood, Tina Marie See and husband Brook, Twelve Mile, and Tammy Lee Jones, Twelve Mile; nine grandchildren, Rachel Nicole Pritt, Nicholas Ryan Pritt, Kelsey Marie Moss, Corey Evan Moss, Timothy Allen Huff, Joe Thomas Cattin, Elaine Kathryn Sue Ann Taylor, Jadyn A. See, and Cassie Jo See; and one brother, Melvin L. Jones, Francesville.

          He was employed at Matthew-Warren, Logansport, where he had worked for nearly forty years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Elks and American Legion in Logansport.

          Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life. Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

www.mcclainfh.com

 

Leona Taylor

Dec. 3, 1917-April 21, 2009

          Leona F. TAYLOR, 91, of 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, passed away at 12:32 a.m. Tuesday, at Miller's Merry Manor, in Plymouth

          Leona was born on Dec. 3, 1917, in Rochester, to John and Gail (Galbreath) Good.

          Leona and W. Kenneth Taylor were united in marriage on June 3, 1935, in Rochester. Leona enjoyed being a mother and making a home for her family. She also loved to read and to garden.

          Leona is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl and Garry Bowman, Plymouth, and Nancy and Kevin Bammerlin, Plymouth; her son, Dennis and Marcia Taylor, Rochester; her sister, Patty Bryant, Plymouth; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.  Leona was preceded in death by her husband; W. Kenneth Taylor; their daughter, Connie Sue Taylor; her sisters, Ida Mae Overmyer, Donnabelle Summers, and Clarice Castleman; and her brothers, Max Good and Delbert Good.

          Van Gilder Funeral Home was in charge of the services. A family service for Leona was held. Burial was in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Friends are invited to sign the guest book and share memories with the Taylor family at www.vangilderfuneralhome.com.

 


Friday, April 24, 2009

 

Margery H. Overmyer

July 21, 1924-April 22, 2009

          Margery Louise Hodson OVERMYER, 84, died at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard Regional Health System hospital, Kokomo, following a heart attack and a nine-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

          Mrs. Overmyer was vice president and treasurer of The Sentinel Corp. She took an active part in the operation of The Rochester Sentinel as LifeStyles editor and in numerous business office positions.

          Born July 21, 1924, in South Bend, she was the daughter of Milo George and Florence Weld Hodson.

          Marge was a 1942 graduate of South Bend Central High School and a 1946 graduate of Indiana University, with an A.B. in English literature.

          On June 1, 1946, she married Jack K. Overmyer; the couple met while students at IU's Bloomington campus. He survives.

          She and Jack lived in Indianapolis until 1952, when he became editor of The Sentinel and they moved to Rochester. Today, he is president and owner of the newspaper. The Overmyers have lived at 2524 Country Club Drive S., on the east shore of Lake Manitou, in Rochester since 1967. They spent 10 winters on Sanibel Island, Fla., then 15 more in Scottsdale, Ariz.

          She was head librarian of the Fulton County Public Library, 1967 to 1969, and also served as president of the library's board of directors. She was founder and first president of Friends of the Fulton County Public Library. Later, she directed arrangements that resulted in demolition of the former Woodlawn Hospital building at Seventh and Pontiac streets so a new library building could be built on the site.

          A charter member and past president of Beta Mu chapter of Tri Kappa, Rochester, she was active from 1957 to 1964 in its state organization as province officer and as vice president of the Indiana Council. She was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

          She also was charter member and first secretary of the Fulton County Round Barn Festival committee in 1971 and a charter member of the board of trustees for public television Channel 34, South Bend-Elkhart.

          She served two terms as a member of the Alumni Council of Indiana University's School of Arts and Sciences. She was a former member of All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis.

          Cooking was one of her passions. She shared it with readers of The Sentinel on a regular basis. Her last column, The Good Cooker, appeared on April 16.

          Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Fred Brown, Howe, Elizabeth and Gary Madlem, Rochester, and Sarah and Bill Wilson, Rochester; three grandchildren, Jack Oldroyd, Elkhart, Luke and wife Nancy Wilson, Waddy, Ky., and Hannah Wilson, Loughborough, England; a sister, Mrs. Milton (Joann) Meigs, Lake Forest, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, June Brinkroeger, Rochester, and Jean Hodson, Naples, Fla. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Jennifer Overmyer, in 1999; a grandson, Robert Nelson, in 1989; and a brother, Richard Hodson, in 1978.

          The family will arrange a memorial service for Margery H. Overmyer after the impending birth of her first great-grandchild and the arrival of Hannah from England. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. The family requests memorials be made to Fulton County Public Library or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

 

Malissie Sanders

          Malissie SANDERS, 98, of Culver, died Monday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          Survivors include three sons, Jesse Taylor, Durant, Miss., James Taylor, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ezell Taylor; and two daughters, Margaret Thorn, Rochester, and Ruby Taylor, Chicago, Ill.

          Graveside services will be at Culver Masonic Cemetery at noon Monday, April 27, with visitation two hours prior to the service at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, April 27, 2009

 

Dewight Manns

          Dewight MANNS, 59, of 8520 E. 250 South, Akron, died Sunday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, Akron; mother, Oma Manns, Akron; daughter, Carissa Boomershine, Craigville; son, Charlie Manns, Greenville, S.C.; two sisters, Dee Dague, Kewanna, and Diann Grube, Rochester; and a brother, Dewayne Manns, Yantis, Texas.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

 

Fred E. Hartle

Feb. 4, 1922 - April 27, 2009

          Fred E. HARTLE, 87, 1031 E. Ninth St., Rochester, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Monday at his residence.

          He was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Burrows Camp, the son of Fred and Maude (Passmore) Hartle. On May 16, 1946, in San Antonio, Texas, he married Agnes Imogene Foerg. She preceded him in death March 6, 2009. He was an U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

          Mr. Hartle retired from Libby's in Kokomo and had also worked as an optician.

          He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed flying, woodworking, yard work, gardening and reading.

          Survivors include his sons, Wes and wife Jean Hartle, Logansport, Ken and wife Ellen Hartle, Riverside, Calif.; daughter, Chris Sewell, Macy; grandchildren, Tracy Cochrane, Ocoee, Fla., Shawn Hartle, Corona, Calif., Jon Hartle, Stafford, Va.; four stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; half brothers, Keith Mills, Michigan City, and Ralph Mills, Ohio; half sister, Iris Nova, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, one half brother, and one half sister.

          Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Bert Woolson and the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Winamac.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Dewight Manns

April 4, 1950 - April 26, 2009

          Dewight MANNS, 59, of 8520 E. 250 South, Akron, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday at his residence. He had been in failing health for a year.

          He was born April 4, 1950, in Rochester to Bradie and Oma (Hackworth) Manns. He married Carolyn S. Middaugh on Sept. 1, 1973, at Grace United Methodist Church in Rochester. He was a machinist at Sealed Power, Rochester, and Medtronic, Warsaw.

          Dewight graduated from Akron High School in 1969. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the Army. He and his wife attended the Sweetwater Assembly of God in North Manchester. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, Akron; mother, Oma Manns, Akron; daughter, Carissa and husband Jacob Boomershine, Craigville; son, Charlie and wife Jennifer Manns, Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren, Mason, Garrett, Elise and Kate; two sisters, Dee and husband Joe Dague, Kewanna, and Diann and husband Wayne Grube, Rochester; and a brother, Dewayne and wife Carolyn Manns, Yantis, Texas.

          He was preceded in death by his father on July 4, 2004.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Chad McAtee officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be sent to Sweetwater Assembly of God, North Manchester. Online condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

Janet Riffle

          Janet Sue RIFFLE, 76, of 810 E. 10th St., Rochester, died Tuesday at her residence.

          Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Franklin, Rochester, and Kerry Nelson, Rochester; one son, Jacob "Hank" Riffle, Akron; one sister, Bette Reynolds, Rochester; and one brother, Charles Miller, Rochester.

          Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 


Thursday, April 30, 2009

 

Janet Sue Riffle

Jan. 26, 1933 - April 28, 2009

          Janet Sue RIFFLE, 76, of 810 E. 10th St. Rochester, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

          She was born Jan. 26, 1933, in Rochester to Jacob and Dolly Kale Miller. She was a lifetime resident of Rochester, where she attended Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and had been employed at Topps Safety Apparel, Rochester, retiring on Dec. 31, 2008.

          Janet graduated as a proud member of the Rochester High School Class of 1951. In Rochester on July 19, 1953, she married the love of her life, Ralph Byron "Barney" Riffle Sr.  Their married life spanned nearly four decades until the sudden passing of Barney on July 20, 1990. Their union produced four children, Ralph "Barney" Jr., Kelly, Kerry and Jacob "Hank."

          As a loyal devoted employee at Topps Safety Apparel, Janet was a seamstress. She totally loved going to work and sharing in the camaraderie, treasuring her many friends she regarded as extended family. With a remarkable work ethic she continued her dedication to Topps until her retirement at age 75, just four months ago.

          An accomplished seamstress, Janet will be remembered especially for her creativity in making custom dolls, from Cabbage Patch to Raggedy Ann & Andy, for Kelly and Kerry. She also created clothing for Barbie dolls. As the children grew up, "Mom" always kept them clothed, with her special designs. To relax, in her spare time she enjoyed reading mysteries and playing the piano was a source of great satisfaction. Her garden provided summertime activities from the planting to canning. Janet shared the harvest of sweet corn, tomatoes and beans with her family and special friends.

          Janet was one of seven children. The importance of family was instilled in Janet as a young woman. The significance of family was carried on and reflected by her as the matriarch of the Riffle family. Holidays were paramount as Janet embraced each holiday celebration preparing special meals for all to enjoy. Sugar and Spice, her domestic short-haired felines, were also important family members.

          Janet is survived by two daughters, Kelly Franklin, Rochester, and Kerry Nelson and husband Brian, Rochester; one son, Jacob "Hank" Riffle and wife Chris, Akron; daughter-in-law, Gayle Riffle, Rochester; eight grandchildren, Aaron Walters, Aubry Franklin, Branden Nelson and wife Priscilla, Brett Nelson and wife Erin, Brittany Riffle, Kyle Riffle, Mindy Lewis, Dustin Lewis; four great-grandchildren, Brooke Nelson, Alexsis Nelson, Addison Nelson, Vallorie Nelson; one sister, Bette Reynolds, Rochester; and one brother, Charles Miller, Rochester.

          She was preceded by her parents; husband; a son Ralph "Barney" Riffle Jr. on Nov. 11, 2006, and a foster son Kevin Jenkins on July 4, 2001; a sister, Margaret Shearer; and three brothers, Jake Miller, Jim Miller, Ernie Overmyer.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Dan Mundt officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Janet will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Barney Sr. at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made in Janet's name to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or to the Fulton County Animal Shelter Humane Society Building Fund. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Miriam Louise Gordon

Jan. 18, 1923 - April 28, 2009

          Miriam Louise GORDON, 86, Rochester, passed away at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born Jan. 18, 1923, in Baroda, Mich., she was the daughter of Ralph Earl and Hildur Halverdina Ogren Cover. On June 28, 1952, in Peru, she was married to Ralph E. Gordon, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 1987.

          She was a member of the Macy Christian Church.

          Survivors include one daughter, Anna Garrison, Peru; one son, John Hoagland and wife Dianne, Twelve Mile; six granddaughters, Kimyl Lynne Raderstorf, Paula Jean Isley, Christine Ann Whitney, Elizabeth Suzanne Jones, Ruth Lee Glesige, and Tonnie Vigar; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Betty Klampe, Minn., and Alice Hively, Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by one son, Terry Gene Hoagland; and one great-grandson, Ian Raderstorf; and three brothers.

          Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor David Welsh officiating. Burial will follow at Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

          McClain Funeral Home, 3500 W. Indiana 16, Denver, is assisting the family with arrangements.

          www.mcclainfh.com

Friday, May 1, 2009

 

Marjorie A. Wolfe

          Marjorie A. WOLFE, 72, of Nyona Lake, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband Courtney; five children, Jim Wolfe, Medaryville, Pattie Newgent, Fort Wayne, Darlene Harris, Wabash, Becky Mast, Spicherville, and Janet Borden, Wabash; and two sisters, Marilyn Cook, Fort Wayne, and Margaret Wallace, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

 

J. Richard Coffing

          J. Richard COFFING, 87, of 5255 E. 1400 North, Roann, died at 12:35 p.m. at Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Marjorie A. Wolfe

July 12, 1936 - April 29, 2009

          Marjorie A. WOLFE, 72, of Nyona Lake (Macy), passed away at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Marge was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 12, 1936, the daughter of Earl and Irene Jeasch Wallace. She was married Jan. 18, 1963, to Courtney L. Wolfe in Mexico, Ind. She lived most of her life in the Fulton County - Miami County communities.

          Paramount in Marge's life was her family. She was a great mom, devoted wife and loving grandma. She was willing to go to the ends of the earth to please her family. Mom was known for her "killer" apple pies, second to none, and was remembered for traveling to Pennsylvania to catch up with Courtney's hunting cronies to learn of the ingredients of a custom potpie created by the hunters.

          Marge embraced Christianity. She enjoyed reading her Bible and other books of religious content. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester, she sang in the choir and served as Sunday school and Bible study teacher. Courtney joined her to lead the Baptist youth in B.Y.F.

          She annually planted a colorful flower garden that enhanced the grounds of her home. Vegetable gardening was another summer activity that was enjoyed by her family. Relaxing at home she enjoyed the music of the Big Band Era, especially Glen Miller. Challenging word puzzles was a test she welcomed each day. As a poet Marge authored numerous pieces of inspirational poetry on the importance of and simplicity of life.

          As the matriarch of the family, Marge was always there to nurture as a loving wife, devoted mother, dedicated grandmother to her 20 grandchildren, and an adoring great-grandmother for the fourth generation of six.

          Marjorie is survived by her husband Courtney; five children, Jim Wolfe and wife Geneva, Medaryville, Pattie Newgent and husband Craig, Fort Wayne, Darlene Harris and husband Richard, Wabash, Becky Mast and husband Jeff, Spicherville, and Janet Border, Wabash; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn Cook, Fort Wayne, and Margaret Wallace, Fort Wayne. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Earl, Charles and John Wallace.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Jimmy Calhoun officiating. Interment will follow the service at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mexico, Ind. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Preferred memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, May 4, 2009

 

Martha C. Andrews

June 8, 1921 – May 1, 2009

          Martha C. ANDREWS, 87, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw. She is now with her Christian parents and husband in heaven.

          Martha was born June 8, 1921, in Indianapolis to Roy E. and Edna C. (Jensen) Thompson. She married the Rev. John Andrews on Feb. 14, 1940, in Terre Haute.

          She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Kosciusko County. She was a member of the Retired Tigers Homemaker's Club. She taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years, and she was involved with many mission activities. She provided a home for missionaries on furlough. In the 1950s, she assisted her husband in the management and leadership of Winona Lake Christian Assembly.

          Survivors include two sons, Dennis R. "Denny" (Millie) Andrews, Winona Lake, and Jon R. Andrews, Warsaw; two daughters, Lynn C. (Ron) Hennig, North Webster, and Marlene J. (Richard) Stotts, Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John Andrews, on Dec. 5, 1995, and her brother, Wallace G. Thompson, on January 12, 1989.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with the Rev. Brian Sewell of Whippoorwill Community Church, Rochester, officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

          Memorials may be sent to Whippoorwill Community Church, 4795 N. 200 West, Rochester, IN 46975.

 

J. Richard Coffing

July 11, 1922 – May 1, 2009

          J. Richard "Dick" COFFING, 86, of 5255 E. 1400 North, Roann (Gilead area), died at 12:35 p.m. Friday at Timbercrest Retirement Community of North Manchester, where he had been a resident since January.

          Dick was born July 11, 1922, in Cass County to J. Russell and Goldie Pearl (Wiles) Coffing. He was married June 20, 1943, in Peru to Gladys Strong; she survives at Timbercrest.

          Dick graduated from Metea High School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 in the Air Force's 96th Bomb Group in England. He was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Roann. He was also a 50-year member of the Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 523, serving as the past master. He was a dairy cattle farmer, and on the farm he had decorative pheasants, swans, chickens and peacocks.

          Survivors include his wife, Gladys; one daughter, Rita and husband Greg Slater, North Manchester; two sons James L. and wife Sharon Coffing, Lake Villa, Ill., and Ronald D. and wife Deb Coffing, Monticello; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five sisters, June Garrow, Mishawaka, Rachael and husband Kenneth Stewart, Mishawaka, Nina and husband Max Lynch, Rochester, Betty and husband Ed Lewis, Twelve Mile, and Joan Coffing, Indianapolis; and one brother, Dewey and wife Virginia Coffing, Burnettsville.

          He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Coffing and William Coffing.

          Services will be at noon Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Andrew Sampson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service being performed at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery with graveside military rites performed by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343, both of Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Roann. Online condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Kathryn Elnora Cummins

          Kathryn "Katie" Elnora CUMMINS, 101, of Culver, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Cleon D. Overmyer

June 7, 1923 – April 30, 2009

          Cleon D. OVERMYER, 85, North Manchester, died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Peabody health care center, North Manchester.

          Mr. Overmyer was born in Leiters Ford on June 7, 1923, to William McKinley and Grace (Johnson) Overmyer, both of whom preceded him in death. On June 1, 1944, he married Iris Virginia Blackwell, and she preceded him in death Sept. 9, 1994.

          He graduated from Laketon High School in 1941, where he was senior class president and played on the basketball team. For many years he was a youth baseball coach in the North Manchester and Laketon area. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a livestock farmer and co-owner with his father of the Laketon Elevator, Laketon. Later he worked for United Telephone Co. in Warsaw. He attended the Akron United Methodist Church.

          Survivors include his sons, Michael (Peggy) Overmyer, Warsaw, and Mitchell (Kendall) Overmyer, Fort Wayne; a daughter, Mona (Mrs. Richard) Shepherd, Laketon; and five grandchildren.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with Pastor Duane Cragun and Pastor Karen Ottjes officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

          Memorials may be made to Laketon Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 213, Laketon, IN 46943, or to Akron United Methodist Church, 121 N. Mishawaka St., Akron, IN 46910. Electronic condolences may be e-mailed to delaughtermckee.com.

 

Nancy Lou Sayger

June 8, 1927 – May 2, 2009

          Nancy Lou SAYGER, 81, 1403 Sweetgum Road, Rochester, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born June 8, 1927, in Plymouth, the daughter of Samuel and Edna (Switzer) Baker. On July 6, 1946, in Mexico, Ind., she married Walter Allen Sayger. He preceded her in death May 14, 2001.

          Mrs. Sayger graduated from the Gary Methodist School of Nursing and was a registered nurse, having worked at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, and Parkview Hospital, Plymouth. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, Tri Kappa and DAR. She enjoyed quilting and was an avid reader.

          Survivors include her son, Paul Sayger and special friend, Laura Sheppard, Tippecanoe; daughters Linda Sayger, Rochester, and Sarah Sayger and husband Robert Becht, Monticello; daughter-in-law, Maria Sayger, Kokomo; grandchildren, Matthew and wife Maureen Rochelle Sayger, Muncie, Mark A. Sayger, Benjamin Sayger, and Brandon Sayger, all of Kokomo, Edna Becht and Savannah Becht, Monticello; great-grandson, Charlie Sayger, Muncie; sister, Mary Rinehart, Danville; brother, Charles William and wife Martha Baker, Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Mark E. Sayger; and sister, Barbara Baker Hartman.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

 

Margery H. Overmyer

          A memorial service for Margery H. OVERMYER, 84, of Rochester, will be at 2 p.m. May 15 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Overmyer, who battled Parkinson's disease for nine years, died April 22 at Howard Regional Health System hospital, Kokomo, following a heart attack.

 

Charlene J. Vaughn

April 25, 1937 - May 3, 2009

          Charlene J. VAUGHN, 72, 1863 W. Olson Road, Rochester, passed away at 6 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

          She was born April 25, 1937, in Bourbon, the daughter of Floyd K. "Kenny" and Thelma M. (Snyder) Nuell. On July 10, 1960, in Greentown, she married Orville "Arkie" Vaughn Jr. He preceded her in death Nov. 5, 2007.

          Mrs. Vaughn had been a homemaker and florist. She enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and hummingbirds.

          Survivors include her sons, Todd Vaughn, Rochester, and Trent Vaughn and companion Missy Reed, Rochester; daughters, Jacqueline D. Lewis, Rochester, Kim and husband Bill Rogers, Rochester, and Mara and husband Brian Miles, Driver, Ark.; grandchildren, Alonda Fansler, Travis Kiggins, Tiffany Lewis, Kristle Pegler, Elizabeth Butcher, Maci Tate, Todd Vaughn Jr., Justin Tate, Adrian Vaughn, Jeremy Fansler, Stacey Wilson, Brandy Hensley, and Donnie Rogers; thirteen great-grandchildren; brother, James Nuell, Warsaw; sister-in-law, Janet Nuell, Warsaw; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tommy D. Lewis; daughter-in-law, Stacey Vaughn; and brother, Weldon Nuell.

          Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cardinal Center, Warsaw. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

 

Richard W. Stoll

          Richard W. STOLL died Monday at St. Clare Medical Center in Crawfordsville.

          Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, and a funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Frain Mortuary.

 

Lloyd L. Woods

          Lloyd L. WOODS, 81, of 433 E. 18th St., Rochester, died Wednesday at Hickory Creek Health Care, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Joanna Woods, Rochester; one daughter, Cynthia McGuire, Camdenton, Mo.; two sons, Dan Woods, Warsaw, and Lanny Woods, Tenn.; a brother, Don Woods, Warsaw; and three sisters, Maxine Goon, Leesburg, Sadie Summy, Warsaw, and Gloria Jean Wade, Warsaw.

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

 

Friday, May 8, 2009

 

Jo Bowman

          Jo (Showley) BOWMAN, 72, passed away Wednesday at her home in Fort Wayne.

          She was born in Rochester and was a self-employed accountant with Bowman & Associates for 20 years. She was a member of the Fort Wayne Bowling Association Hall of Fame, and she was one of the top bowlers in the state. She enjoyed playing cards and playing Texas Hold'em on the computer.

          Surviving are her daughters, Brenda (Ronald) Gary, and Teresa G. Haskins, both of Fort Wayne; brother, Jim (Judy) Showley, Rochester; sisters, Caroline (Ralph) Barts, Huntington, and Pat (Glenn) Faircloth, Goldsboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Bree (Robert) Mullins, Amy (Eric) Dehner, April (Joshua) Augustine, Brook (Chris) Ringenberg and Amber Gary, all of Fort Wayne; and great-grandchildren, Alexis, Taylor, Justin and Ella Dehner, and Daisy Augustine.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlin and Lois (Zegafuse) Showley.

          Services will be at 7 p.m., Monday, at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com or Tributes.com.

 

Randall H. Furnivall

          Randall H. "Munchkin" FURNIVALL, 57, of 1030 Elm St., Rochester, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Kathy Sue; a daughter, Janella Furnivall, Logansport; a son, Jason Furnivall, Akron; and two brothers, Richard Furnivall, Rochester, and Ronald Furnivall, Rochester.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

James Lewis Johnson

          James Lewis JOHNSON, 63, Tonopah, Ariz., died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

James Michael Kring

          James Michael KRING, 49, 2403 U.S. 31, Lot 51, Plymouth, died at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Patricia Martin

          Patricia MARTIN, 73, Monterey, died at 7:31 p.m. Wednesday at LaPorte Regional Health System, LaPorte.

          Arrangements are pending at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Paul B. Wease

March 17, 1923 - May 7, 2009

          Paul B. WEASE, 86, Rochester, died Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Peru.

          He was born March 17, 1923, in Orange County to Paul B. and Viola Mae (Thacker) Wease. He married Flora Jean Mallow in 1953 and she preceded him in death Jan. 17, 1972. He married Mary Cox in 1975, and she survives.

          The Huron High School graduate served in the United States Army with Battery A 125th AAA BN (Mbl). He worked for the Square D Co. for 34 years, retiring in 1987. He also worked for Mill Creek golf course in Rochester for 15 years.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary; one daughter, Marianne Wease, Kokomo; and two sons, Robert Wease, Peru, and James Wease and wife Jacque, Hemet, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with Pastor Todd Kauffman officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service Saturday. Burial will be at Ranken Cemetery, Peru. A military committal service will be conducted by the Miami County Military Rites Team.

 

Lloyd L. Woods

April 12, 1928 - May 6, 2009

          Lloyd L. "Fuzz" WOODS, 81, of 433 E. 18th Street was summoned to the Heavens at 8:48 a.m. Wednesday, to be with his Lord and Savior. Welcoming him at Heaven's gate were many members of his family including his parents, Elmer and Harriet, infant daughter Cindy, brother Dick, sister-in-law Marcella and brother-in-law Norm.

          Lloyd was born April 12, 1928, in Kosciusko County, to Elmer and Harriet Marie Carey Woods. He was married June 2, 1967, in Rochester at the First Christian Church to Mary Joanna Chalk.

          He retired from Black Oxcide as a truck driver and had also driven truck for Nelsons Trucking, hauling livestock around the Midwest. He was a former member of the VFW in Rochester.

          With great pride Lloyd enlisted with the United States Army and served our country during the Korean War. As an avid outdoorsman Fuzz embraced nature as he camped out under the stars. One of his favorite locations was Gatlenburg, Tenn. He and Mary Jo also enjoyed many summers of camping on Kosciusko County's Dewart Lake. There was fishing and fun with many great times to relax. Almost every weekend Mary Jo would churn the ice cream maker - and create custom vanilla or chocolate, both favorites of Fuzz. Reflecting on life's simplicity were special moments by the bonfire under the moonlit skies.

          A memorable camping trip to the shores of Lake Erie also brought on an opportunity to fish. During this adventure Fuzz caught the limit on walleye, lake bass and perch. Country music was also a source of relaxation; the Statler Brothers were his favorite. Hot foods were not complete without some spicy hot salsa to top them off.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary, Rochester; one daughter, Cynthia McGuire, Camdenton, Mo.; two sons, Dan Woods, Warsaw, and Lanny Woods, Tenn.; several grandchildren; a brother, Don Woods, Warsaw; three sisters, Maxine Goon, Leesburg, Sadie Summy, Warsaw, and Gloria Jean Wade, Warsaw; one sister-in-law, Janet Woods, Palestine, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post and the Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lloyd will enter into eternal rest at the Mt. Zion Cemetery southeast of Rochester.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Hope Hospice or Hickory Creek Health Care Center. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

 

Randall H. Furnivall

Dec. 31, 1951 - May 7, 2009

          Randall H. "Munchkin" FURNIVALL, 57, of 1030 Elm St., Rochester, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          On Dec. 31, 1951, Randall H. Furnivall was born to Donald H. and Naomi Jean (Carpenter) Furnivall. He was married to Kathy Sue Smith on Dec. 22, 1974, in Rochester, and she survives.

          Randy's life story begins on a unique note. He was born 3 1/2 months premature, weighing a mere 1 pound 12 ounces. When he was allowed to come home he was brought in a shoe box. He was so tiny that he slept in a dresser drawer.

          As a young man, a proud Zebra, graduating from Rochester High School in 1972 - Randy was a record-setting wrestler. Wrestling at 98 pounds, this remarkable young man was MVP and garnered the most points for three consecutive years. It was Randy and teammate Wayne Grube who were the first men of the mats to be inducted into the Letterman's Club.

          Randy, known by his best friends as "Munchkin," proved that size doesn't matter. Overcoming many odds he was dealt, Randy answered with a positive attitude, highly motivated to persevere with grace and style. With his hustle, work ethic and common sense and great desire to help others he was an example for all to follow. He accomplished many things in his life of 57 years - and his influence was one of his greatest gifts - leaving a rippling effect to all of the lives he touched.

          As a 32-year member of the Fulton County Emergency Management Association, Randy was currently serving as communications chief. He also served the Fulton County CB Club as president for a number of years. Randy was also a member of the Old Cross Roads Baptist Church, Gilead.

          A collector of die cast cars of the 1950s to 1970s, Randy also loved the music of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys. In the early years it was Randy who enjoyed the camaraderie of sharing the daily events at Hardee's over coffee. More recently the coffee guys enjoy talking over the events of the day at Wendy's. Randy was always there in the thick of things.

          Following his graduation from RHS he attended the Elkhart Workshop for the Blind. Randy was recognized for his ability to motivate his classmates by common sense. His solid work ethic was also noted - as a hustler and the go to man to get the job done!

          Randy was a man of many talents. Early on in his career he worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Cedar Post Restaurant. He was also a dispatcher for the Rochester Police Department. As a bookkeeper he worked for RSVP and the Area V Council on Aging. As a mechanic he helped Jack Utter repairing mopeds and bicycles. Later utilizing his small engine repair skills, he opened a shop in his garage and repaired mowers and other small engines. Randy always kept busy helping others with a variety of odd jobs, as providing for his family was essential.

          Randy was a caring and a giving human, willing to share the shirt off his back. He enjoyed organizing and promoting fish fries and chili suppers for charity with the proceeds directed to Fulton County residents for Special Olympics or burn victims. In the evenings he enjoyed watching "COPS" and "America's Most Wanted," and he began six days a week with WROI's "Trading Post."

          Of supreme importance to Randy was his family. Together they enjoyed outings to Indiana Beach, Potawatomi Zoo, Science Central and Chuckie Cheese's. These outing and special times shared together always revolved around his children and then later grandchildren. This true gentleman with a heart of gold leaves behind a wonderful legacy. His loyal and devoted wife Kathy; adoring children, Janella Furnivall and John Banter, Logansport, and Jason Furnivall and wife Katheryn, Akron; four loving grandsons, Michael, Tyler, and Kyle Banter, Logansport, and Lerris "Leaf" Furnivall, Akron; and dedicated brothers, Richard Furnivall and wife Kathy, Rochester, and Ronald Furnivall and wife Tina, Rochester, all will remember the many good times their family shared, cherishing their memories. Munchkin will also be missed by his friends at the Old Cross Roads Baptist Church, coffee pals, CB buddies and the Fulton County EMA family. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

          Randy was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Esther Smith, and his brother-in-law, Karl Smith.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Randall H. "Munchkin" Furnivall will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating. Friends may visit with his family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and an hour prior to his service. Burial will follow in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to the Fulton County Special Olympics, Omega Church, the Old Cross Roads Baptist Church or the Indiana School for the Blind. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, May 11, 2009

 

James Michael Kring

          James Michael KRING, 49, 2403 U.S. 31, Lot 51, Plymouth, died Wednesday at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

          Survivors include his significant friend, Elizabeth Daugherty; former spouse Cathy Thomas; two daughters, Andre'a Kring and Alyssa Kring, both of Plymouth; two sons, Chandler Kring and Kenric Kring, both of Plymouth; and one sister, Dawn Truster, Franklin.

          Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Jeannette F. Mollenhour

          Jeannette F. MOLLENHOUR, 94, of Woodland Manor, Elkhart, and formerly of Mentone, died at 12:17 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Manor.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

 

Clara L. Parker

March 21, 1921 - May 10, 2009

          Clara L. PARKER, 88, of 1275 S. Zimmer Road (Indiana 25), Warsaw, with a winter residence in Sebring, Fla., died at 7 p.m. Sunday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Clara was born March 21, 1921, in Etna Green to William A. and Faye (Fawley) Schooley. She was married Sept. 10, 1939, to Robert Parker, who preceded her in death April 30, 1993.

          She was a graduate of Mentone High School. Clara and Robert spent most of their married lives in Bourbon. She worked for Cooper's Department Store in Mentone and Bourbon, and Robert was a contractor. They then moved to Carmel where Robert worked for J.R. Hahn Fastening Systems. For their final years together they moved to Warsaw where they both loved to golf a Rozella Ford Golf Club in Warsaw, where they were members.

          Clara is survived by two daughters, Patricia Smith, Bremen, and Betty Price, Sarasota, Fla.; two sons, Jon and wife LouAnn Parker, Silver Lake, and Steve and wife Karen Parker, Noblesville; 12 grandchildren, Christy Weldy, Terry Smith, Tony Smith, Vickie Herrick, Blaine Price, Brenda Massingille, Marla Howard, Chad Bailey, Darren Parker, Andria Harshman, Zach Parker and Laura Parker; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Neer, Lake Placid, Fla.

          She was preceded in death by a daughter, Dixie Bailey, and a sister, Fern Reichard.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Gail Law officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and online condolences may be made by visiting www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

 

Margery H. Overmyer

          A memorial service for Margery H. OVERMYER, 84, of Rochester, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the service at the funeral home.

          Mrs. Overmyer, who battled Parkinson’s disease for nine years, died April 22 at Howard Regional Health System hospital, Kokomo, following a heart attack.

 

Jeannette F. Mollenhour

          Jeannette F. MOLLENHOUR, 94, of Woodland Manor, Elkhart, and formerly of Mentone, died Saturday at Woodland Manor.

          Survivors include two daughters, Janice Felix, Farmington, N.M., and Jo Ann Cummins, Granger.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

 

Charles Wayne Redinger

          Charles Wayne REDINGER, 84, of 121 W. 12th St., Rochester, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife Pauline (Swears) Redinger; two sons, Charles A. Redinger, Greenfield, and Eldon W. Redinger, Winamac; and two sisters, Hilda McGowen, Rochester, and Gladys Thomas, Fort Wayne.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Thomas Alan Leffel

April 20, 1946 - May 12, 2009

          Thomas Alan LEFFEL, 63, Metea, passed away at 5:59 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          Born April 20, 1946, in Raymondville, Texas, he was the son of William H. and Delores (Laycock) Leffel.

          He owned and operated the Fulton Pub for the past 25 years.

          Survivors include his mother, Delores Hodson and husband Carl, Mexico, Ind.; two sons, Brent Alan Leffel and wife Cherree, Highland, and Brook Wayne Leffel and wife Donika, Israel; one daughter, Toma Marie Campbell and husband Jim, Rochester; grandchildren, Allison Caldwell and Sarah Amich, both of Rochester, Ava and Daniel Leffel, Highland, and Bennett Leffel, Israel; and brothers, William "Bill" Leffel and wife Margaret, Peru, Ind., David Leffel and wife Virginia, Peru, Ind., Steve Leffel and wife Mary, Fort Wayne, and Stanley Leffel and wife Janet, Antioch, Tenn.

          Friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home. Private burial will be at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life. The online guest book may be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Friday, May 15, 2009

 

Randall Lee Mow

          Randall Lee MOW, 65, of 314 Pontiac St., Rochester, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include a daughter, Christine Kneifel, Rochester; and two sons, Greg Mow and Gary Mow, both of Rochester.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from noon until the service Saturday.

 

Charles Wayne Redinger

April 2, 1925 - May 13, 2009

          Charles Wayne REDINGER, 84, of 121 W. 12th St., Rochester, passed away at 12:03 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Wayne was born in Rochester on April 2, 1925, the son of the late Charles Albert and Florence Matthews Redinger. He and the former Pauline Swears were married June 14, 1947, in Wabash; she survives.

          Wayne was a proud member of the Rochester High School Class of 1944. He enjoyed playing basketball for the revered coach Clyde Lyle. Wayne hit the hardwoods wearing number six and was a member of the 1943 RHS team that went to the state as part of the elite final four. During World War II, Wayne served our country with the U.S. Army in the European theatre. He was honored with two Bronze Stars among other awards prior to his honorable discharge.

          On June 14, 2007, Wayne and his wife Pauline celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their union produced two sons, Charles and Eldon. The family tree continued to grow later with the additions of four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

          As a songwriter, Wayne preferred the country-western style of music. He wrote music with lyrics usually about family or special friends. He once wrote a song for his Irish wife, Pauline, and another for his first born grandchild. He enjoyed relaxing while listening to the Statler Brothers or Marty Robbins.

          Wayne is remembered as your friendly meatcutter for Kroger of Rochester, serving his customers for 26 years. He also cut meat at the IGA Store in Argos for five years. His memberships included the First Christian Church, LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36, the Manitou VFW Post No. 1343 and the IOOF Lodge No. 47, all of Rochester.

          He is survived by his wife, Pauline; two sons, Charles A. Redinger and wife Peggy, Greenfield, and Eldon W. Redinger and wife Linda, Winamac; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Hilda McGowen and husband Merle, Rochester, and Gladys Thomas, Fort Wayne.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Jamie Redinger; four sisters, Eva Dean, Burnice, Annabelle, and Zonna; and a brother Lloyd.

          A celebration of the life of Charles Wayne Redinger will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with honored friend Mark Rodriguez officiating. Friends may visit with his family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to his services. The LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and the Manitou VFW Post No. 1343 will accord a graveside military honors service. Wayne will rest in eternal peace at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Hope Hospice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, May 16, 2009

 

Joseph H. Brown

August 20, 1923 - May 13, 2009

          Joseph H. BROWN, 85, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Kokomo.

          Joe was born in Kokomo on August 20, 1923, to Robert Avert and Grace Margaret (Garner) Brown. He spent his early childhood in and around the Kokomo area. The family moved to Miami County where he graduated from Chili High School and was a member of the basketball team. On January 19, 1947, he took Bonnie Dean Shively to be his loving wife of 62 years.

          Joe and Bonnie spent their first years of marriage in Fulton County where Joe helped on the family farm and drove a milk truck. He later worked at Sealed Power in Rochester until he moved his family to Pendleton where he worked as a guard at the penitentiary. Later he settled with his family in Kokomo where he worked for Chrysler Corp. as a guard. Joe retired from Chrysler in 1979.

          Joe was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many trips to Wisconsin with his family and friend Ike Hodson.

          He is survived by his wife; two sons, Robert D. Brown and Donald D. Brown and wife Bari; son-in-law, Steve McPike; nine grandchildren, Rebecca (Jason) VanHaecke, Kim (Travis) Donson, Amber (Jason) Wasson, Daniel (Kayla) Brown, Carrie (Scott) Perkins, Brian (Andrea) McPike, Christopher Brown, Donald (Becky) Brown, and Joshua (Heather) Brown; 26 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth Brown, Rochester, John Brown and wife Neva, Ashland, Ky., and R. Max Brown and wife Delores, Palestine, Ind.; and two sisters, Dorothy Bixler, Athens, Ind., and Grace Marie and husband C. Allen Miller, Rochester.

          He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mariel June McPike; his parents; three brothers, George Brown, Thomas Brown, and Ira Brown; and two great-grandchildren.

          Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Allen officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Calling will be two hours prior to services Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.mem.com.

 

Randall Lee Mow

August 24, 1943 - May 14, 2009

          Randall "Butch" Lee MOW, 65, of 314 Pontiac St., Rochester, passed away at 1:49 a.m. Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Randy was born in Washington, Ind., on August 24, 1943, the son of the late Herschel and Bernice L. Walters Mow.

          As a father Randy taught his children, Christy, Greg and Gary, appreciation of music from an early age. Sometimes in the evening they would relax and sit around the kitchen table singing gospel and country while he accompanied them on guitar. They built on their experiences by performing at local churches and occasional opportunities for karaoke. He began his entertainment career locally with Art Burge and the Country Showman, a group that performed around northern Indiana.

          In the early '80s after his children were grown, Randy struck out on his own and headed to Music City (Nashville) to pursue a lifelong dream. He had always loved the stage was into music and entertaining. He entertained as a solo act hitting the stage with his acoustical guitar and founded the company Mow Music Enterprises Inc. Sundial records then recorded his album, "A Time to Shine," and later a top 10 country music single, "Lookin' for a Baby to Rock." Taking his show on the road, Randy and son Gary created a custom mobile show stage complete with dressing room and living quarters. After more than 20 years, this entertainer, songwriter and musician returned to his hometown and family roots. Together he and the kids enjoyed a tradition established in the early years - frequent visits to Bruno's Pizzeria in Logansport. Even if Randy had already eaten, he was always up for a slice of Bruno's sausage pizza.

          Randy also enjoyed restoration and competition with his 1992 black Chevy Silverado. He won first place in the 1967 - present class for trucks at the annual Red Hot Car, Truck and Cycle show hosted by the Blacktop Cruisers Car Club in 2008.

          As a storyteller, Randy would always tell of accounts of the many people he'd met - some of them household personalities and big named stars that he'd chauffeured in his sleek black Cadillac stretch limousine, while he was in Nashville.

          He is survived by a daughter, Christine Kneifel and husband Ken, Rochester; and two sons, Greg Mow and wife Lori, Rochester, and Gary Mow and wife Becky, Rochester. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Randall "Butch" Mow will be at 3 p.m. today at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon through the hour of service Saturday. Burial will follow in the family plot at the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery northwest of Rochester.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Grace Village Rehabilitation Center or the Kidney Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Brian Jay Rouch

          Brian Jay ROUCH, 47, of 719 E. 425 North, Rochester, died Friday at South Bend Memorial Hospital from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

          Brian is survived by two daughters, Layne M. Rouch and Abigail Rouch, both of Rochester; a son, Brandon J. Rouch, Las Vegas, Nev.; and his parents, and Jean Rouch, Rochester.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Monday, May 18, 2009