The Rochester Sentinel

 

2010

 

Friday, January 1, 2010

 

No Paper-Holiday

 

Saturday, January 2, 2010

 

Donald F. Anderson

March 6, 1946-Dec. 30, 2009

          Donald F. ANDERSON, 63, of Lucerne, died unexpectedly Wednesday.

          Born March 6, 1946, in Miami County, he was the son of Weldon and Frances Boone Anderson. On Sept. 12, 1982, in Metea, in the front yard by the oak tree, he was married to Dianna Babb Anderson, who survives.

          A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Don served during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

          Don worked as an auto mechanic and farm machinery mechanic. He was a member of the Day of Grace congregation in Delphi.

          Surviving with his wife are his children, Donita (Chris) Gartner; James F. Anderson, New Waverly; Christa L. Anderson, Indianapolis; Holly A. See, Brookston; and Barry E. (wife Susie) See and Brook A. (wife Tina) See, all of Twelve Mile. Four brothers, Dick Anderson and Doug (Mary) Anderson, all of Walton; Tom (Rosemary) Anderson, Chicago, Ill.; and David (Glenna) Anderson, Peru, Ind. One sister, Janet (Al) Waltenberger, Macy; twelve grandchildren, Dustin Nelson, Eric Nelson, Branson Eber, Emily See, Carter See, Jadyn See, Kassie See, Kelsey Moss, Corey Moss, Joe Cattin, Andrea Simon and Cameron Simon; and one great-grandchild, Aiden Nelson.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister-in-law, Mary Anderson.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, with Brother Larry Owens and Pastor Don Webb officiating. Interment, with military rites, will follow in the Miami Baptist Cemetery, Adamsboro. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the chapel.

          You may light a candle of hope and remembrance in memory of Don and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 

Sharon J. Hileman

          Sharon J. HILEMAN, 65, 202 E. Davis, Fulton, died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Woodbridge Health Care Center in Logansport.

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

 

Shad L. McConkey

Dec. 12, 1965 - Jan. 1, 2010

          Shad Lee McCONKEY, 44, of Avon, passed away Friday after a seven-year battle with brain cancer.

          Shad was born Dec. 12, 1965, in Rochester to Larry and Betty Jacobson McConkey. He grew up in the Rochester area, along with his sister, Crystal. Shad graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1984 where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball.

          Following high school, Shad attended Ball State University and later received an associate degree from Ivy Tech. He married Kerri Morgan, from Covington. For several years, Shad was an operational manager for home builders in the Indianapolis area. He attended Kingsway Christian Church in Avon.

          Shad was a dedicated father to daughter Morgan and seven-year-old son Michael. He dearly loved coaching his daughter's softball and basketball teams, along with cheering for Morgan and Michael on and off the field. He enjoyed boating with his family and four wheeling with the kids. Shad was an avid Colts fan.

          Shad is remembered for his sense of humor and practical jokes. He found great joy in being with friends and getting together for celebrations. His chuckle and grin will be missed by all who loved him.

          Shad is survived by his children, Morgan and Michael, and wife Kerri, of Avon. His mother, Betty and stepfather Shawn Townsend, his sister, Crystal and husband Steve Duke, and nephews Chase and Wyatt, all of Brentwood, Tenn.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Larry McConkey.

          A gathering of family and friends will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday, at Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield.

 

Thomas V. Zartman

May 27, 1938-Dec. 31, 2009

          Thomas V. ZARTMAN, 71, of Rochester, died at 12:45 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

          Thomas was born May 27, 1938, in Fulton County to Omer "Bob" and Sara "Hazel" Rockey Zartman. He was married Nov. 14, 1956, in the town of Fulton, to Carolyn J. Newell.

          Thomas was a farmer. He was a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge No. 665 and former member of the Fulton Lions Club. Tom was a member of the 1957 class of Fulton High School. Tom enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He loved raising cattle, working on the farm and watching his grandkids in sports.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Zartman, Rochester; one daughter, Teresa Justice, Macy; two sons, David L. Zartman, Macy, and Jerry Zartman and wife Stephanie, Rochester; and one sister, Sue Rigney and husband Jim, Rochester. Four grandsons, Kyle Unger, Fulton; Branden Justice, Macy; Bradley Justice, Macy; and Thomas J. "T.J." Zartman, Rochester. Two granddaughters, Brittany Zartman, Rochester, and Missy Zartman, Rochester; a great-grandson, Brayden Unger, Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Penny Sue Zartman, son-in-law Charles V. Justice, sister Virginia Reed and brother Von Mike Zartman.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with the Rev. Bruce Russell and the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Fulton Baptist Temple or Hope Hospice. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com. 

 

Monday, January 4, 2010

 

Bill G. Griffis

          Bill G. GRIFFIS, 72, of 403 S. Walnut St., Burket, died Saturday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Audrey Griffis, Burket; son Brad Griffis, Mentone; sister Betty Boggs, Warsaw; and brother Bob Griffis, Claypool.

          A private family service will take place at a later date. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Sharon J. Hileman

          Sharon J. HILEMAN, 65, of 202 E. Davis St., Fulton, passed away at 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Woodbridge Health Care Center, Logansport.

          She was born Nov. 12, 1944, in Logansport, the daughter of Vincent George Calvin and Helen Calvin Raber. On Jan. 8, 1965, in Berne, she married William E. "Bill" Hileman. He preceded her in death July 6, 2008.

          Mrs. Hileman worked for Cauffman Engineering in Logansport.

          Survivors include her children, Sherry Hileman, Wabash, and Bill and wife Anna Hileman, Logansport; grandchildren Leann Hileman and Garrett Hileman, both of Logansport, and Colyn Levy Hetz, Wabash; mother Helen Raber, Macy; two stepsisters, Paula and husband Chuck Kline, Fishers, and Julie and Roger Bowman, Ohio; and a stepbrother, Gary and wife Diane Raber, Macy.

          She was preceded in death by her husband and father.

          Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Graveside services and interment will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fulton Cemetery.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

 

Craig W. Crow

March 9, 1969-Jan. 3, 2010

          Mr. Craig William CROW, 40, of 209 Westwood Lane, Rochester, passed away Sunday at his residence.

          Craig was born in Rochester on March 9, 1969, the son of Carl William and Sheila Fish Crow.

          Craig was a proud graduate of Plymouth High School with the Class of 1987. He was currently a dedicated employee of Bremen Castings, Bremen. His memberships included St. Joseph Catholic Church, a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion Post No. 36 and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 852, all of Rochester.

          As a Notre Dame football fan, Craig looked forward to the autumn days when the Fighting Irish took to the field. He also attended several N.D. ice hockey games. Craig amassed a collection of memorabilia with Star Wars and Star Trek themes predominant. His favorite gift from the Christmas holiday was a programmable mechanic robot. He had programmed it to bring him his favorite beverage while watching TV.

          An avid reader, Craig most enjoyed the works of James Patterson. As a "trekkie," he also enjoyed books on Star Trek, Star Wars and other fiction and mysteries. Craig was a collector and had hundreds of comic books, many of them vintage. A lover of animals, Craig once rescued a handsome feline domestic long-haired cat he named Romeo. They shared their home till the passing of Romeo to Rainbow Bridge last year.

          Craig is survived by his mother and stepfather, Sheila and Greg Shepherd, Rochester; father and stepmother, William "Bill" and Nancy Crow, Plymouth; one sister, Angie Cook and husband Mike, Portage, Mich.; special family members, Sherri Bahney, Rochester, with her children, Jessica, Chantel and Connar. Three stepsisters, Kathy Miller and husband Bryan, Kewanna; Lynn Studebaker and husband Danny, South Whitley; and Leesa Metzger and husband Steve, Claypool. Two stepbrothers, William Plummer, Kewanna, and Robert Plummer, Kewanna. 15 nieces and nephews, Zachary and Cassie Cook; Jacob, Kaitlyn and Joshua Miller; Seth and Brent Studebaker; Lauren, Sarah, Kayla and Kelsey Metzger; Hannah Plummer; and Jerry, Gary and Blake Plummer. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

          He was preceded in death by his grandparents and Romeo, his feline companion, a domestic longhair.

          A celebration of the life of Craig Crow will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Father Bert Woolson officiating. Interment will follow the service at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Jay M. Gillespie

Feb. 1, 1942-Jan. 3, 2010

          Jay M. GILLESPIE, 67, of Silver Lake, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at Haven Hospice, Chiefland, Fla.

          Jay was born Feb. 1, 1942, in Wabash, to William M. and Selena L. (Rhodes) Gillespie. His mother preceded him in death. He married Mary Ann Mast on Sept. 7, 1968. She died April 24, 2008.

          Jay was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retired, self-employed building contractor. He was a 1960 graduate of Silver Lake High School.

          He is survived by his father, William, Akron; daughter Ginger Dwyer, Morriston, Fla.; sister Mrs. Joe (Billie) Risner, Akron; and his grandchildren, Heather Dwyer, Akron, and Sara Dwyer, Silver Lake.

          Private services will be held. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. Arrangements are being handled by McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.

          Memorials may be made to Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, c/o K21Health Foundation, 2170 North Pointe Drive, Warsaw, IN 46582.

 

Shirley Rager

          Shirley RAGER, 63, of Culver, died Saturday at home.

          Survivors include her daughter, Nicole Dilts, Culver; and her sister, Marjorie Schenone, California.

          Private funeral services will be held at a later date. The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

 

Teddy A. Byers

          Teddy Allen BYERS, 70, of 709 E. 12th St., Apt. E, Mishawaka, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

          Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Sue Byers, South Bend; and two brothers, Jim Byers, Union Mills, and Charlie Byers, Plymouth.

          Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Friday, January 8, 2010

 

Margaret A. Steininger

          Margaret A. STEININGER, 90, of Culver, died Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include two sons, Hugh D. Steininger, South Bend, and Robert Steininger, Culver; and one daughter, Rhea Schmidt, Culver.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

 

Rhoda E. Craft-Hensley

          Rhoda Elizabeth (Vires) CRAFT-HENSLEY, 75, of 241 W. Marshall St., Argos, died Thursday at her residence.

          Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Craft, Argos; one son, Daniel Craft, Preston, Wash.; three sisters, Betty Houin, Argos, Deloris Doody, Culver, and Annetta Ritter, Rochester; and six brothers, Ewen Vires, Argos, Haroldean Vires, Argos, Pierce Vires Jr., Argos, Charles Vires, Argos, Bernard Vires, Bloomington, and Larry Vires, Argos.

          Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

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

 

Monday, January 11, 2010

 

Richard W. Halfast

          Richard W. HALFAST, 93, of 2225 Westside Drive, Rochester, died Saturday at his home.

          Survivors include a daughter, Karen Ewen, Rochester; two sons, Dick "Rick" Halfast, Fresco, Texas, and Greg Halfast, Rochester; and his sister, Bev Armitage, Corry, Pa.

          There will be private family services Thursday at the Good Family Funeral. Home, Rochester.

 

Sue E. Kemple

          Sue E. KEMPLE, 79, Culver, died Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

 

Violet Troutman

          Violet TROUTMAN, 86, Rochester, died Sunday at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester.

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

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

 

Richard W. Halfast

May 20, 1916-Jan. 9, 2010

          Richard W. HALFAST, M.D., 93, of 2225 Westside Drive, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family as he passed away at 10:37 a.m. Saturday at his home.

          He was born May 20, 1916, in Corry, Pa. He was the son of Frank and Edith Spencer Halfast.

          Following high school, young Richard pursued his pre-medicine degree at Taylor University, Upland, graduating in 1938. With a vision and purpose, he continued his education at Indiana University Medical School. May 10, 1942, was an event-filled, life-changing day. In the morning Richard became Dr. Halfast, M.D., and in the afternoon he met his beautiful bride, Clarice J. Bell, at the altar as they solemnized their wedding vows. Their lifelong commitment of friendship and family spanned nearly 64 years until the passing of his dear wife and best friend on Feb. 19, 2006.

          Following his internship at Springfield City Hospital in Springfield, Ohio, on July 14, 1943, Dr. Richard answered the call of patriotism. Capt. Halfast, M.D., served as chief medical officer of general surgery, participating in the Rhineland and central Europe campaigns during World War II with the U.S. Army. His MASH unit (74th General Hospital and 1st Auxiliary Surgical Group), was the first medical unit behind the active lines. Always in the thick of things, his assignment closely shadowed Gen. George C. Patton's unit.

          His unit was one of the first to enter the liberated German concentration camp in Dachau. Dr. Halfast developed great interest in the area of orthopedics, during his stint in Europe. Returning stateside he continued with the U.S. Army for 7 months at hospitals in Clinton, Iowa, and later Springfield, Mo. His primary focus was orthopedics, treating patients until his honorable discharge Aug. 8, 1946.

          In 1949 he and Clarice returned to the Kokomo area where he opened his practice, Kokomo Orthopedics. Doc was the only orthopedic surgeon north of Indianapolis in Indiana at the time. Within a year he hired a partner and it wasn't long till the demand of meeting his patients' needs required the practice to expand to four doctors. He served on the boards of both Kokomo hospitals, Howard Community and St. Joseph's. He was the first physician to serve on the board at St. Joseph's and was on the board of trustees of Taylor University for more than a decade.

          With colleague and close friend Dr. Dana Street, Dr. Richard developed and patented an instrument to surgically remove the intermediary nail most commonly found in the femur. Honoring his good friend, he bestowed his son Rick with the middle name Dana. Dr. Halfast pioneered and performed the first knuckle replacement in Indiana. This well-liked, popular doctor was dedicated to his patients' health and well-being. Many patients would approach him on the street to chat, and Doc could always recall the surgery or procedure he had performed on them.

          In 1953, Dr. Richard and Clarice decided a good place to relax with their family would be Rochester's Lake Manitou. Together they enjoyed a variety of water sports. As members of the Manitou Yacht Club, Doc, as skipper, taught his eager crew Karen, Rick and Greg the art of sailing. They also enjoyed fishing year round. Thirty years later, on July 1, 1983, the Halfasts decided it was time to enjoy their golden years and there was no place better to spend them than on the shores of Lake Manitou. Richard was a faithful and devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Rochester.

          For many years, the early springtime beckoned, and Dr. Richard and a few of his Kokomo buddies traveled to Minnesota's Leech Lake. Many times the ice was barely off, but their results were excellent, always catching the limit of walleye, perch and northern pike. Later Doc with Jim and Greg would make the trek north and west returning to the bountiful lake. As a fine woodworker, Dr. Richard took great pride in creating custom heirloom clocks for each of his children and grandchildren.

          Survivors include a daughter, Karen Ewen and husband Jim, Rochester; two sons, Dick "Rick" Halfast and wife Lynne, Fresco, Texas, and Greg Halfast and wife Jean, Rochester; five grandchildren, Garrett Ewen, Alicia Scorsone, Eric Halfast, Lauran Halfast, and Danleigh Kaplan. Eight great-grandchildren, Caden, Gavin and Linzie Ewen; Ainsley, Madelyn and Isla Rose Kaplan; and Amelia Joy and Gabriel Joseph Scorsone. Also surviving is his sister, Bev Armitage, Corry, Pa.

          Dr. Richard was welcomed to heaven by many including his wife, parents and adopted brother, Al Carnrike.

          Private family services celebrating the life of Dr. Richard W. Halfast, M.D., will be held Thursday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. He will be laid to eternal rest next to his beloved wife, Clarice, at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County: envelopes are available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Winston G. Montague

          Winston G. MONTAGUE, 93, of Warsaw and formerly of Bourbon, died Sunday at his residence.

          Survivors include eight daughters, Nancy Rockhill, Westfield; Sally McPeak, Pittsburg, Texas; Jeanene McGuire, Snohomish, Wash.; Aleta Montague, Winona Lake; Karen Horoho, Kokomo; Elaine Wetzel, Winona Lake; Debra Eberly, Warsaw; and Cheryl McDonald, Warsaw. Three sons, Tom Montague, Westminster, Colo.; Richard Montague, Westfield; and Michael Montague, Downers Grove, Ill.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Violet Troutman

March 17, 1923-Jan. 10, 2009

          Violet TROUTMAN, 86, of Rochester and formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester.

          Born March 17, 1923, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late William Curtis and Cora Mae (Martin) Hollis. On March 16, 1947, she married Donald W. Troutman and he preceded her in death May 9, 1996.

          Violet was a 1942 Twelve Mile High School graduate and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving with the WAVES, which included her service at Pearl Harbor from 1944 to 1946. She was a member of Kewanna Church of Christ and a former member and past worthy matron of the Kewanna Order of Eastern Star. She was also a Cub Scout den mother.

          She was formerly employed at Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester and she retired from Kewanna Metal Specialties, but Violet's main job was that of a farm wife and mother.

          After her retirement, she and her husband Don enjoyed spending several winters in Florida and being at home in Kewanna caring for their yard and house and the special visits from her grandchildren. Violet was also an avid reader. She moved to Wynnfield Crossing in 2006.

          Survivors include her son, Dr. Thomas O. Troutman and wife Joy, Rochester; foster son, Robert "Pete" Hurley, Rochester; a special niece, Sue Hamman and husband Ken, Winamac. Four grandchildren, April Donahue and husband Ben, Honolulu, Hawaii; Adam Troutman, Columbus, Ohio; Alissa Troutman and fiance Luis Ferro, Naples, Fla.; and Abigail Rom and husband Gary, Valparaiso. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

          She was also preceded in death by brothers Elmer, Leroy and Russell Hollis and sister Eileen Donathen.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kewanna Church of Christ. Pastor Scott Meneely will officiate and burial with military rites will be conducted at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the Kewanna Church of Christ.

          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 Troutman family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

 

Evelyn Hodge

Sept. 12, 1913-Jan. 12, 2010

          Evelyn HODGE, 96, Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport.

          She was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Rochester, the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth (Tipton) Darr. On Aug. 29, 1932, in Rochester, she married Harold "Bud" Hodge. He preceded her in death July 1, 1990.

          Mrs. Hodge had been a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Logansport. She enjoyed playing the organ and serving the Lord.

          Survivors include her nieces, Marguitta McLochlin, Rochester, and Marilyn Kiesling, Punta Gorda, Fla.; her great-nieces, Pam and husband Mike Dempsey, who Evelyn resided with for many years, Logansport, and Connie Scharnhorst, Rochester; and her great-nephew, Dennis and wife Becky Grogg, Logansport.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Pauline Easter, Helen Fansler, Marjorie Bryant and Barbara Stewart; and brothers, Howard Darr, and Cleo Darr.

          Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Andy Weil officiating. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, Logansport. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Donald D. Flenner

Dec. 4, 1925-Jan. 12, 2010

          Donald D. FLENNER, 84, Peru, formerly of Macy, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          He was born Dec. 4, 1925, in Perry Township, Miami County, to Fayne and Edna Berger Flenner. He married Adelene Scott on Jan. 24, 1948, at the home of her mother in Mexico. She survives in Peru.

          He was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church in Mexico. He was a retired farmer; a member of the Miami County Farm Bureau; an avid golfer, IU basketball fan and Colts fan; and enjoyed dancing. He lived and wintered in Florida for nine years. He enjoyed family and friends.

          Survivors include his wife in Peru. Four children, Cindy Jo Walker and husband Richard, Columbia City; Thomas Fayne Flenner and fiancee Carolyn Coffing, Warsaw; Amy Robison and husband Doug, Peru; and Julie Kepes and husband Frank, Peru. Nine grandchildren, Gregg Flenner, Danny Flenner, Brooke Robison, Lindsay Robison, Emily Stefanko, Beth Andrews, Brian Walker, Jacob Kepes and Hannah Kepes; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Estel Flenner, Rochester.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Galen Flenner.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with the Rev. Bob Clark officiating. Calling will be Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, at a later date.

          Memorials may be made to the New Life United Methodist Church.

 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

 

Pug Noreen Rayl

          Pug Noreen RAYL, 69, of 11537 E. Division Road, Akron, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, January 15, 2010

 

Lois A. Kimmel

Jan. 30, 1941-Jan. 13, 2010

          Lois Arlene KIMMEL, 68, of Rochester, died Wednesday afternoon.

          She was born in Wabash County on Jan. 30, 1941, to Levi and Fern Niccum Long. She married David Lewis Kimmel on Nov. 13, 1965, in North Manchester. He survives in Rochester.

          Also surviving are three children, Rebecca Kimmel, Warsaw; Carolyn Whitaker and husband David, Rochester; and Joseph Kimmel and wife Crystal, Macy. Five grandchildren, Brandon, Jared, Ryan, Mason and Ethan Whitaker. Three brothers, Donald Long, Roann; Larry and Doris Long, Silver Lake; and Galen and Diane Long, North Manchester. One sister, Margaret and Eddy Bayles, North Manchester.

          Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandson, Kenton Whitaker; her sister, Mary Long; and a nephew, Michael Long.

          She was a member of the Mexico Old German Baptist Brethren Church.

          Calling hours will be Saturday at the Mexico Old German Baptist Brethren Church, near Hoover, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be at the church on Sunday at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

          Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Sylvia P. Strader-Dunnell

          Sylvia P. STRADER-DUNNELL, 93, of Culver, died Saturday at her home.

          Survivors include her son, Dennis Strader, Fishers; her brother, Virgil D. Jordan, Mishawaka; and her sisters, Mildred Mandley, Mansfield, Ohio, and Ruth Jacobsen, Mishawaka.

          Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

 

Mary Kruger

Nov. 15, 1908-Jan. 14, 2010

          Mary "Florence" KRUGER, 101, of Logansport and formerly of Kewanna, died Thursday at her residence.

          She was born Nov. 15, 1908, in Pulaski County; she was the daughter of the late Fred and Grace (Stotler) Hengel. On Dec. 23, 1933, she married Raymond Kruger, of Francesville, and he preceded her in death Nov. 3, 1980.

          She was a member of Kewanna Church of Christ and the Ladies Aid Society.

          Florence enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, cooking for her family and watching Bobby Knight and IU basketball.

          She retired after 28 years from the Kewanna High School cafeteria.

          Survivors include daughter Dolores Woolington, Indianapolis; daughter-in-law Karen Kruger, Brownsburg. Her grandchildren, Mark Woolington and Mike Woolington and wife Deb, all of Logansport; Lori Harding and husband Gene, Mishawaka; and Lisa Kiesel and husband Kurt, Dayton, Ohio. Nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

          She was also preceded in death by son Larry Kruger, sisters Luella Brouillette and Lelia Beaverson, and great-granddaughter Kristen Woolington.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Pastor Scott Meneely will officiate and burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens in Winamac. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewanna Church of Christ. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

J. Robert Mathias

          James Robert "Bob" MATHIAS, of Yorkville, Calif., died Sunday at his home.

          A few weeks ago, at age 88, Bob decided to become a blogger. When setting up the "About Me" link, Bob directed that we enter the following to describe this "Bob" guy:

          A farm kid, A short basketball player, A collegiate, A soldier, A happily married man for 67 years, A teacher, A coach, A school superintendent, A real estate broker, A scribbler, A thinker. He was all of these things and more! We will add: A dad, A grandpa, An Adventurer, A Benefactor, A storyteller. He lived life to the fullest and on his terms! We will be forever blessed by his example. Visit his blog where we will continue to share his wonderful stories: mathiasjr.blogspot.com.

          He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Lois. He is survived by his son, Conde and wife Sylvia; son Tim and wife Wanda; daughter and her husband Sheri and Joe Hansen; daughter and her husband Cindi and Carl Wilson; sister and her husband June and Chuck Grove; brother and his wife Joe and Nancy Mathias; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the beloved grandpa of Justin and Marija Mathias, Nils and Tabatha Mathias, Ken and Rachel Hansen, Tyy and Lisa Hansen, Karen Hansen, Matt Wilson, Jenna and John Hibbard, Landon and Tara Wilson, Pam and Nick Smith, and David Mathias and Joshua Mathias, and he had five great-grandchildren.

          A celebration of life will be held Friday at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds Apple Hall in Boonville, Calif. The celebration will be followed by a potluck gathering.

          Donations can be made to the Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. 375 North, Rochester, IN 46975; the Anderson Valley Sports Boosters, P.O. Box 103, Boonville, CA 95415; or sponsor a child through World Vision, 800-777-5777 or www.worldvision.org.

          Please have flowers delivered to Rancheria Realty, 14250 Highway 128, Booneville, CA 95415, on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

Pug N. Rayl

          "Pug" Noreen RAYL, 69, of 11537 E. Division Road, Akron, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include her husband, Paul L. Rayl, at home. Six sons, Bradley T. Dalton, Petaluma, Calif.; Brian C. Dalton, Indianapolis; Jeffrey L. Rayl, Greenfield; Patrick B. Rayl, Hereford, Ariz.; Shawn B. Rayl, San Bruno, Calif.; and P. Andrew Rayl, Greenwood. One sister, Patricia Newlin, Portage.

          Services will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the funeral home.

 

Patricia L. Stambaugh

          Patricia L. "Patty" STAMBAUGH, 51, of 5020 S. Packerton Road, Warsaw, died Thursday at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Bobby Stambaugh, Warsaw; two sons, Shannon Stambaugh, Warsaw, and Justin Stambaugh, Mentone. Four sisters, Wilma Ritter, Akron; Sandra Snell, Winona Lake; Judy Hapner, Warsaw; and Karen Lewis, Pierceton. Four brothers, Charles Cole, North Webster; Allen Lowry, Warsaw; Ricky Lowry, Goshen; and David Lowry, Warsaw.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home.

 

Monday, January 18, 2010

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

 

William E. Baker

          William Eugene BAKER, 82, of 2843 N. 400 West, Rochester, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include special friend Wilma June Hart, Rochester; a son, Mickey Baker, Rochester; two sisters, Hazel Conwell, Rochester, and Betty Alderfer, Yuba City, Calif.; and a brother, Kenny Baker, Rochester.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Dorothy L. Brown

Sept. 9, 1921-Jan. 16, 2010

          Dorothy L. BROWN, 88, of 6648 W. 200 North, Rochester, passed away at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          She was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Morgan County, the daughter of Wesley and Arminta (Beck) Shelley. On Nov. 5, 1939, in Dana, she married Richard J. Brown. He preceded her in death June 30, 1991.

          Mrs. Brown worked as a field auditor for the state of Indiana as well as working on the family farm. She was a member of the Never Better Club; Rebekah Lodge; Fulton County Republican Party, where she served as secretary; and Fulton County Republican Women's Club, where she was precinct committeewoman, and she was an election poll worker for many years.

          She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, volunteering at the United Ministries Food Pantry and spending time with her family.

          Survivors include her children, Sonja J. Easterday, Rochester; Stephen J. Brown, Rochester; Shirley and husband Horace Ory, Poulsbo, Wash.; and Sharon J. and husband Larry Alber, Brookville, Ohio. 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one step-great grandchild; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

          She was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

          No services or visitation will be observed. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County 4-H Fund through the Fulton County Community Foundation or United Ministries Food Pantry. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Willard D. Higgins

Oct. 28, 1926-Jan. 17, 2010

          Mr. Willard D. HIGGINS, 83, of Warsaw, passed away Sunday at 7:15 a.m. in Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Willard was born the son of Orville and Hazel Anglin Higgins on Oct. 28, 1926, at Etna Green.

          He was a resident of the Etna Green, Rochester and Warsaw areas all his life. He was a graduate of Etna Green High School, Class of 1944. He owned and operated John Deere dealerships in both Rochester and Warsaw. He was a member of the Cruisin' Hoosiers, the John Deere 2-Cylinder Club and the Corvette Club. He enjoyed classic automobiles, antique tractors, car racing and water sports.

          Willard married Betty Stackhouse on March 26, 1950. She survives along with his four children, Patrick and wife Kristi Higgins, Warsaw; Paula and husband Bob Blyth, Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Meri and husband Fred Jessup, Goshen; and Melana and husband Dave Smith, Rochester. He was also blessed with eleven grandchildren, Heather Shank, Chase Higgins, Kaila Higgins, Brian Blyth, Logan Blyth, Lee Hartman, Carly Hartman, Linnea Smith, Lindsay Smith Straeter, Luke Smith and Landon Smith, along with four great-grandchildren, Branson, Austin and Hudson Schlemmer, and Ellie Straeter.

          He was preceded in death by two sisters and one grandson.

          A celebration of Willard's life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Calvary Baptist Church of Oswego, where he and Betty attended, with Pastors Udel Meyers and Rick Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon, and for one hour before services in the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Warsaw.

          The family would prefer memorial contributions in his memory, rather than flowers, to Word of Life Fellowship, P.O. Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870, attention Ryan Williamson. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at deaton-clemensfh@cyberlinkint.com.

 

Marie K. Larkin

Oct. 23, 1914-Jan. 16, 2010

          Marie K. LARKIN, 95, of Winamac and formerly of Kewanna, died at 12:25 p.m. Saturday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

          Born Oct. 23, 1914, in Otwell, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Dosha (Gray) Combs. On April 25, 1931, she married Thomas J. Larkin, and he preceded her in death on April 29, 1984.

          She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Kewanna.

          Marie retired from the H.W. Gossard Co. in Logansport after 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, reading and puzzle books.

          Survivors include her daughters, Maxine Bardsley and companion Jim Norman, Silver Lake; Eileen Stepp, Plymouth; Elaine Rans and husband Larry, Kewanna; Pat Foust and husband Harold, Leiters Ford; and Carol Earnest and husband Bill, Logansport. A brother, Calvin Combs and wife Marylyn, Texas; sister Doris Ervin, Kankakee, Ill; her grandchildren, Lynn Serles and husband William, Pam Julian and husband Rick, Joy Smith and husband Darrel, Jill Hester and husband Dallas, Robert Rans, Larry Rans and wife Barb, Susan Crawford and companion Kent Bonnell, Diana Sollars and companion Tom Moore, Colleen Keller and husband John, Carla McCormack and husband Brian, Jeff Foust and wife Susan, Scott Wood and wife Barb, and Kristine Franklin and husband Matt; 27 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

          She was also preceded in death by sisters Loraine Holland and Faye Chrisman, grandsons Mike and Bill Bardsley and Jimmy Stepp, and grandson-in-law Ray Smith.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel. Father Martin Sandhage will officiate and burial will be at St. Peters Cemetery in Winamac. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home where there will also be a Scripture service at 7 p.m.

          Memorial contributions may be made to one's favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Gail E. Murphy

June 19, 1925-Jan. 17, 2010

          Gail Edward MURPHY, 84, of Wabash, died at 9:10 a.m. Sunday at his daughter's home in rural Churubusco.

          He was born June 19, 1925, in Miami County to Charles E. and Mary (Clingenpeel) Murphy. Gail married Frances "Betty" Ayres in Churubusco, on Aug. 20, 1966. She died Sept. 17, 2007.

          He retired in 1987 from Helfin Sheet Metal in Wabash and was a World War II Army veteran. Gail was a member of Asbury Country Church in Wabash and a longtime member of the Wabash Men's Bowling League. He enjoyed camping, fishing, reading, and cooking. He also loved to bowl and tinker around.

          He is survived by four children, Lana (Bill) Campbell, Churubusco; Lois (Ron) Stroer, Houston, Texas; Sue (Sam) Blakeley, Henderson, Nev.; and David Murphy, Henderson, Nev. Three step-children, Betsy (Ron) Bowmer, Muncie; Richard (Nancy) Helm, Selma; and William (Jean) Helm, Columbia City. 25 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

          He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Murphy; a son, Lonnie Murphy; a step-son, Robert Helm; two grandsons; and two sisters.

          Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Mike Bullick officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

          Preferred memorial is to the Asbury Country Church. The memorial guest book for Gail may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Patricia I. Powell

          Patricia Irene POWELL, 62, Denver, died Monday at her residence.

          Survivors include four children, Ruth Thorpe, Peru; Russell Powell, Peru; Shelley Manley, Denver; and Scott Powell, Rochester. Five sisters, Doris Turnpaugh, Nyona Lake; Betty Miller, Rochester; Barbara Thompson, Rochester; Diana Mitchell, Aiken, S.C.; and Shirley Cook, Denver. Her brother, Thomas Ogle, Mexico.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Beverly Wagoner

          Beverly WAGONER, a resident of College Square Apartments, Rochester, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

 

Curly Baker

Nov. 1, 1927-Jan. 17, 2010

          William Eugene Curly BAKER, 82, of 2843 N. 400 West, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 11:58 p.m. Sunday at the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room.

          He was born Nov. 1, 1927, to William and Tressie Dehm Baker, who preceded him in death. Curly and the former Mary Ruth Kuhn were married Oct. 13, 1948. She preceded him in death March 1, 1953.

          Growing up he was one of seven children sharing his childhood with two sisters, Hazel and Betty, and four brothers, Kenny, Wad, Bud and Leonard. He was a proud graduate of Richland Center High School in 1945.

          As a dedicated and loyal employee of Rochester Metal Products, Curly worked for 40 years. He also enjoyed life on his family farm west of Rochester. Each year he planted corn, beans and wheat. He took great pride in raising his Hampshire pigs, many times overseeing an operation of over 100. Curly was an avid IU basketball fan, and cheered the Hurryin' Hoosiers to many victories.

          To relax, Curly enjoyed escaping to Canada's Caribou Lake for the best fishing trips with his close friends. Paramount in his life were his three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He always followed their many activities and simply enjoyed watching them grow and mature. He was always there to help them or share a bit of wisdom.

          Curly was quite an extraordinary cook. He'd create custom recipes, integrating ingredients tailored to satisfy the most discriminating tastes. If it could be done in the kitchen, Curly could handle it with style. From dirt pudding, coconut pie to chili, his culinary skills were crowd-pleasers, always receiving rave reviews. During the holidays he could be found in the kitchen creating fudge. Favorite family flavors were chocolate, peanut butter or pineapple. One of his favorite snacks was popcorn, especially making Jiffy-Pop on the stove top.

          A kind-hearted, gentle man, Curly always kept his backyard friends, the birds, fed. His concern for his feathery friends continued till the day he passed away. He also enjoyed observing them in their outdoor habitat. His favorite style of music was country-western.

          Curly is survived by his special friend, Wilma June Hart, Rochester; a son, Mickey Baker and wife Connie, Rochester. Three grandchildren, Christina Keyes and husband Seth, Churubusco; Andrew Baker, Ottawa, Ill.; and Rodger Baker, Rochester. Five great-grandchildren, Joshwa and Jonathin Baker, Rochester; and Benjamin Sery, Isabella and Juliet Keys, Churubusco. Two sisters, Hazel Conwell, Rochester, and Betty Alderfer and husband Bob, Yuba City, Calif.; a brother, Kenny Baker and wife Jean, Rochester, and their children, Sarah and William, Rochester; a sister-in-law, Nancy Baker, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; an infant daughter, Judy Ann; and three brothers, Leonard Baker, Harry "Bud" Baker and Weldon "Wad" Baker.

          A celebration of the life of Curly Baker will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Don Nunemaker officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the funeral in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Home Health Care. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


David E. Holiday

          David E. HOLIDAY, 74, Logansport and formerly of Fulton County, died at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at Chase Center, Logansport.

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

 

Pug Alexander Rayl

April 22, 1940-Jan. 12, 2010

          Mrs. "Pug" Noreen Alexander RAYL, 69, of 11537 Division Road, Akron, passed away at 12:01 p.m. Jan. 12 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, with her loving family at her bedside.

          She was born April 22, 1940, in Hammond, the daughter of the late Bernard and Lucille Gasaway Alexander. She was a 1958 graduate of Hammond High School. Pug also attended Indiana University of Bloomington for one year.

          As an employee of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, she was a dispatcher, a deputy matron, secretary-file clerk and a receptionist. Prior to this Pug was a clerk at a credit union, a waitress, worked in a factory and was a bookkeeper. Later she was employed by Wilson's Body Shop and then the Akron Vision Center. She and her husband were the co-owners of Neptune's Closet, a scuba store, Rayl's Wheels LLC, and Variety Plus Vending.

          Pug and her husband, Paul Rayl, met in 1975 and were married Feb. 25, 1976, joining from their previous marriages her two sons and his four sons. This union lasted 34 years.

          Paul and Pug enjoyed fishing, motorcycling and traveling to visit with their children and grandchildren.

          As a devoted wife and mother, Pug created custom afghans, quilts and scarves for family and special friends. She planted flower gardens to enhance the landscape of her home. Planting the vegetable garden was an annual event. She always looked forward to the harvest of the bountiful crop, and canning and freezing the results. A collector, Pug enjoyed antique hunting, vintage dolls, plates and was an ardent fan of Rockwell. Her memberships included the Indiana Sheriff's Association, Amputee Coalition of America and Locks of Love, to which she was a contributor.

          Pug is survived by her husband, Paul, at home. Six sons, Bradley T. Dalton and wife Catrin, Petaluma, Calif.; Brian C. Dalton, Indianapolis; Jeffrey L. Rayl, Greenfield; Patrick B. Rayl and wife Alicia, Hereford, Ariz.; Shawn B. Rayl and wife Charleen, San Bruno, Calif.; and P. Andrew Rayl and wife Melissa, Greenwood. 15 grandchildren; three nephews; one niece; and one sister, Patricia Newlin, Portage.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, "Butch" Bernard Alexander in 2007.

          A celebration of the life of Pug Rayl will be promptly at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Father Frank Kilcline officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made in her name to Shop With a Cop, American Heart Association, Locks of Love or the charity of one’s choice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

 

David E. Holiday

March 29, 1935-Jan. 19, 2010

          David Elmer HOLIDAY, 74, Logansport, and formerly of Fulton County, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Chase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Logansport.

          He was born March 29, 1935, in Fulton County, the son of Elmer and Edith (Siders) Holiday. He graduated from Grass Creek High School in 1953 and then attended Purdue University. He then served in the United States Army, serving part of his time in Japan.

          Mr. Holiday was formerly employed by Logansport Memorial Hospital and Wilson Foods, which he retired from in 1998. He was a member of the Fletchers Lake United Methodist Church.

          Survivors include his brothers, Richard and wife Helen Holiday, Peru, and Roger and wife Darlene Holiday, Wabash; his sisters, Margo and husband Neil Jeffries, Muncie, and Ellen "Lee" Holiday, Colfax, Wash. Nieces and nephews, Susan and husband Mitchell Cariaga, Highlands, Calif.; Daniel Holiday, Peru; Beth and husband Les Slough, Mountville, Penn.; Jessica Holiday, Avon; Vanessa Holiday, Bloomington; Amber Beaty, Fishers; Crystal and husband Jonathan Hendrix, Fishers; Susan and husband Horst Radtke, Deutschland, Germany; Linda Colwell, Ariz.; Diane and husband Juergen, Georgia; and Matthew Colwell.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with the Rev. Dave Sommers officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Terry K. Spitler

March 11, 1945-Jan. 19, 2010

          Terry K. SPITLER, 64, of 4423 20th Road, Tippecanoe, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at his residence following a brief illness.

          Terry was born March 11, 1945, in Chico, Calif., to Ronald C. and Mary I. (Metheny) Spitler. He was married June 10, 1972, at the Mentone United Methodist Church to Cynthia K. Whetstone, and she survives.

          Terry retired from NIPSCO after 33 years of service as a civil engineer. Also, in his retirement, he worked at the Warsaw airport and at Harmony Press.

          He graduated from Argos High School as valedictorian in 1963. Terry then attained a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1967. He attended the Mentone United Methodist Church. He loved to travel and spend time with his grandchildren. Terry was an outdoor person and enjoyed working outside around the farm.

          Survivors include his wife, Cindy Spitler, Tippecanoe; a daughter, Valerie and husband David Schmidt, Walkerton; a son, Brandon and wife Rebecca Spitler, Mentone; one grandson, Alex Schmidt; his mother, Mary Spitler, Argos; two sisters, Bev and husband Rick Sprague, Anderson, and Portia and husband Barry Wampler, Bourbon; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Helen Whetstone; a sister-in-law, Peg and husband Jake Stutzman, Harrisonburg, Va.; and brother-in-law John Whetstone, Silver Lake.

          He was preceded in death by an infant son and his father, Ronald C. Spitler.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Doris Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Center for Hospice and Palliative Care of Marshall County, the Potawatomi Wildlife Reserve, or the Mentone United Methodist Church.

          Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Beverly E. Wagoner

          Beverly Ellen WAGONER, 60 of 1729 Bancroft Ave., Rochester, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Surviving is a sister, Bonnie Lee Syrus, Indianapolis.

          Services will be at 11 A.M. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Friday, January 22, 2010

 

Bernice M. Gedeon

          Bernice M. GEDEON, 97, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, died Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Beverly E. Wagoner

Oct. 20, 1949-Jan. 18, 2010

          Beverly Ellen WAGONER, 60, of 1729 Bancroft Ave., Rochester, passed away at 1:59 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born in Rochester on Oct. 20, 1949, the daughter of the late William L. and Edith M. (Hunter) Wagoner.

          Beverly was a proud graduate of the Rochester High School Class of 1968. After high school she entered the work force with Torin Corp., now known as Lau Industries. She was dedicated to the company for 42 years. Bev was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for a number of years. Bev enjoyed a good game of bingo, shopping and dining out. Most recently she enjoyed dinners with best friend Richard Biltz.

          Her survivors include a sister, Bonnie Lee Syrus, Indianapolis; two nephews, Bill Syrus and wife Janet, New Palestine, and Jeff Syrus and wife Dana, Cloverdale; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Fulton County, including Sandy Carrico, who was like a sister to her.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          A celebration of the life of Beverly Wagoner will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit two hours prior to the service on Saturday. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

 

Bernice M. Gedeon

          Bernice M. GEDEON, 97, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, died at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Surviving is a brother, Clyde Bick, Plymouth.

          Private family services were held at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

William J. Redlin

          William J. "Billy" REDLIN, 29, of Kewanna, passed away Wednesday in his home.

          Survivors include his mother Sue Peto, Bourbon; his father, Bill Redlin, Star City; and his sister, Nicole Scarberry, Bourbon.

          The family will receive friends at a memorial visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon.

 

Monday, January 25, 2010

 

Billie Jo Buzbee

          Billie Jo "B.J." BUZBEE, 52, 10719 W. 600 South, Mentone, died at 9 a.m. Sunday at her residence.

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

 

Merlin D. Funk

          Merlin D. FUNK, 83, of Royal Center, died Saturday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Alice Funk, Royal Center; three sons, Conrad Funk and Robert Funk, both of Royal Center, and Garry Funk, Jasper; two daughters, Deena Hubler, Jasper, and Michele Funk-Cory, Fishers; and two brothers, Elvin and Timer Funk, both of Winamac.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Logansport. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

 


Dorothy M. Mester

          Dorothy M. MESTER, 82, of Culver, died Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

 

Jesse L. Allison Sr.

          Jesse L. ALLISON Sr., 75, 58 N. Blue Gill Road, Silver Lake, died Sunday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Laura Allison; and two sons, Todd Allison and Jesse Allison, both of Silver Lake.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Billie Jo Buzbee

Nov. 24, 1957-Jan. 24, 2010

          Billie Jo "B.J." BUZBEE, 52, 10719 W. 600 South, Mentone, passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday at her residence.

          She was born Nov. 24, 1957, in Troy, N.C., the daughter of Gary and Laura (Harris) MacDonald. She was a 1976 graduate of Triton High School, Bourbon. After high school, she received an associate degree from Michigan Christian College in 1977 and graduated from South Bend Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1984. On Aug. 10, 1985, in Logansport, she married David W. Buzbee and he survives.

          Mrs. Buzbee worked as a registered nurse at hospitals in Plymouth, Peru and Logansport. She was also a school teacher at Village Christian School in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, and a foster parent at Midwestern Children's Home in Pleasant Plain, Ohio.

          Mrs. Buzbee was a member of the Rochester Church of Christ, Rochester, was a Cub Scout leader for many years and in 2005 completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Christian University. Over the years she was active in church youth programs and had been on numerous medical mission trips to Haiti.

          Survivors include her husband, David Buzbee, Mentone. Her children, Jonathan and wife Angela Buzbee, Houlton, Maine; Naomi Buzbee, Mentone; Mary Buzbee, Mentone; and Shelton Carpenter, Mentone. Her parents, Gary and Laura MacDonald, Houlton, Maine; two sisters, Lisa and husband Ken Hooley, Tippecanoe, and Laurie and Ray Hedington, Plymouth; father-in-law and mother-in-law Billy and Louisa Buzbee, Logansport; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

          She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael MacDonald, and her grandparents.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rochester Church of Christ with the Rev. Jim Dillinger officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope for Haiti's Children, P.O. Box 936, Sugar Land, Texas, or info@hfhcministries.org. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Glen A. Hyden

          Glen A. “Mutt” HYDEN, 69, 115 W. Broadway St., Burket, died Monday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

 

M. Evone Humes

          M. Evone HUMES, 79, of Culver, died Tuesday in Culver.

          Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Slusher, Macy; and one sister, Pauline Hoover, Winamac.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Glen A. Hyden

          Glen A. "Mutt" HYDEN, 69, 115 W. Broadway St., Burket, died Monday at his residence.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Humble, Burket; and a sister, Amy Moody, Louisville, Ky.

          Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Dorothy M. Mester

          Dorothy M. MESTER, 82, of Culver, died Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her husband, Joseph L. Mester, Culver; and three sons, David S. Mester, Middlebury, Paul J. Mester, Walkerton, and Steven A. Mester.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Culver. There will be no visitation.

 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

 

Helen P. Zimmerman

          Helen P. ZIMMERMAN, 97, of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday at Timbercrest Healthcare Center.

          She was born July 27, 1912, near Roann in Wabash County to Charles C. and Lucinda (Burger) Miller. Helen was married to Elmer E. Zimmerman on Oct. 20, 1936, at home, by her father.

          She was a 1930 graduate of Roann High School and a 1935 graduate of North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minn. She was also a graduate of the Dale Carnege course. She co-owned, along with her husband, Elmer, a bakery in Constantine, Mich., and Zimmerman Pastries in Rochester for 25 years, retiring in May of 1976. She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and served as vice president of the Logansport District of the United Methodist Women. She was a former member of the Fulton County American Red Cross board of directors, past member of the Gideon's Auxiliary, and was a volunteer of the Ladies Auxiliary at Woodlawn Hospital, all in Rochester. Helen was also a member and former officer of the Rochester Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 70. Helen lived in Rochester from 1951-1991, when they moved to Timbercrest.

          She is survived by her husband, Elmer Zimmerman, North Manchester. Three sons, Jack (Janet) Zimmerman, Canyon Country, Calif.; Richard (Lanette) Zimmerman, San Francisco, Calif.; and Roger (Nancy) Zimmerman, Indianapolis. Her sister, Bertha (Conrad Snavely) Custer, Timbercrest; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

          Memorial services will be held at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester, on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Overmyer officiating. Private burial will be in Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, also at Timbercrest.

          Arrangements are by Grandstaff-Hentgen, Bender Chapel, North Manchester. Preferred memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. The memorial guest book for Helen may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Cleo Young

          Cleo YOUNG, 93, of Indianapolis and formerly of Akron and Rochester, died Tuesday at Indiana Heart Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include two daughters, Judy Burch, Indianapolis, and Loretta Black, Fishers.

          Services will be Saturday at noon at the Akron Church of God, with visitation two hours prior to the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Friday, January 29, 2010

 

Kenneth Griswold

          Kenneth GRISWOLD, 87, of Plymouth, died Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include one son, Barry Griswold, Plymouth; and one daughter, Carol Housouer, Rochester.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Bremen Church of the Brethren. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen.

 

Cleo W. Young

          Cleo W. YOUNG, 93, of 7472 Bluecreek South Drive, Indianapolis, and formerly of Akron and Rochester, went to be with the Lord, his wife and friends at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Indiana Heart Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Cleo was born June 17, 1916, in Miami County to Albert and Bankie (Hoffman) Young. He was married Feb. 26, 1938, in Wabash County to Jessie G. Smith; she passed away June 8, 1997.

          Cleo was a grain and livestock farmer. He was a longtime member of the Akron Church of God, and he also attended the Lake Placid Church of God. He graduated from Gilead High School. Cleo and his wife, Jessie, wintered in Lake Placid, Fla., for over 30 years, and in the later years they lived year round in Lake Placid. He had been a member of the WBCCI Airstream Club, and he attended club rallies all over the country. He also enjoyed fishing.

          Survivors include two daughters, Judy and husband Larry Burch, Indianapolis, and Loretta and husband Brook Black, Fishers; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

          He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Miller, and two brothers, Robert and Ralph Young.

          A celebration of life will be at noon Saturday at the Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Church of God or Gideons International. Online condolences can be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Saturday, January 30, 2010

 

Dale M. Davidson

          Dale M. DAVIDSON, 85, of Logansport, died at 4:50 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

          Dale was born March 10, 1924, in Cass County to Clyde and Blanche (Buchanan) Davidson. He was married Jan. 23, 1948, in the parsonage at Market Street Methodist Church to Betty L. Shaver.

          Dale owned and operated Davidson's Construction & Equipment Co. He was a former trustee of Bethlehem Township, a school bus driver for Metea, and he also farmed. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 66, Eagles, Isaac Walton League, and Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards and shuffleboard.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty L. Davidson, Logansport; two daughters, Sandy Shaw, Twelve Mile, and Donna E. Christiansen, Twelve Mile; daughter-in-law Cynthia Davidson, Twelve Mile. Five granddaughters, Shanna A. Zehr, Veedersburg; Trisha L. Price, Galveston; Tonya Hartman and husband Howard, Lucerne; Kimberly Davidson, Macy; and Angela York and husband Toby, Rochester. Two grandsons, Justin Shaw, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Matthew Davidson, Twelve Mile; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by one son, Mac D. Davidson; one son-in-law, Glen J. Christiansen; one grandchild, Aaron Christopher Davidson; three sisters, Georgia Davidson, Ruth Snoke and Helen Penny; and two brothers, Wendell Davidson and Galen Davidson.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Pastor Bill Kleymann officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Metea Cemetery, Metea.

          Donations may be made to the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Monday, February 1, 2010

 

Cindy L. Geiger

          Cindy L. GEIGER, 62, of Culver, died Friday at her home.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

 

Gilbert R. Jenkins

          Gilbert R. JENKINS, 85, Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 2:05 a.m. Saturday at the Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne.

          He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Lexington, Ill., the son of Gilbert R. and Glada (Hirst) Jenkins Sr. On Jan. 25, 1946, in Wenona, Ill., he married Jeanette Hylin. She preceded him in death Sept. 6, 1985. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy.

          Mr. Jenkins had owned and operated NAPA Auto Parts stores in Akron and Nappanee, as well as Shaffer Oil Co. and his own restaurant. He was a member of the Mentone Masonic Lodge; Fort Wayne Scottish Rite; Mizpah Shrine; Rochester Moose, Elks, and Eagles lodges; and the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. He enjoyed ice fishing, mushroom hunting, dancing and singing.

          Survivors include his children, Rick and wife Sandy Jenkins, Nappanee; Jerry and wife Clara Jenkins, Tipton; Ed Jenkins, Elkhart; Lynnette and husband Rick Van Cleave, Akron; and Brad Jenkins, Fort Wayne. 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ellenore Robinson, Bushnell, Ill., and Milli Janssen, Bloomington; and a brother, Bill and wife Alta Jenkins, Fairbury, Ill.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn Gahagan and brother Don Jenkins.

          Memorial and Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Beall officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Nancy L. Reibly

Nov. 25, 1937-Jan. 29, 2010

          Nancy L. REIBLY, 72, of Nyona Lake and formerly of Peru, Ind., died at 10:38 p.m. Friday at her residence.

          Nancy was born Nov. 25, 1937, in Peru, Ind., to the late Albert and Ruth E. (Widner) Schmidt. She was married Dec. 6, 1954, to Kenneth Reibly, and he survives.

          Nancy was a member of the First Christian Church, Peru. She graduated in 1955 from Peru High School.

          Nancy was retired from the Peru Civic Center. She also did catering service and cake decorating. She served several civic groups. She also had the Hart's & Video & Tanning business in Rochester for 12 years. She was a member of the South Mud Lake Booster Club. She was a member of the Peru Firemans Auxiliary for 53 years. She received the state of Indiana Merit of Honor Outstanding Service Award-Hostess with the Mostess 1980-1988 Notary from the Indiana governor's office.

          Nancy is survived by three daughters, Karen Lumpkin, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ruth Hart-Anderson and husband John, Rochester; and Mary Lou Betzner and husband Max, Peru. Three sons, William Reibly, Orlando, Fla.; Samuel Reibly and wife Phyllis, Burkburnett, Texas; and Dr. John Reibly and wife Lisa, Peru. A nephew, James A. Schmidt, Belton, S.C.; a brother, Albert W. Schmidt Jr., Riverview, Fla. Six grandkids, Zachary Pasley, Indianapolis; Zane Pasley, Indianapolis; Chrysta Cooley, Rochester; Anthony Reibly and wife Melody, Fort Rucker, Ala.; Samantha Reibly, Burkburnett, Texas; and Hannah Betzner, Indianapolis. Four great-grandkids, Parker Haynes, Lilly Reibly, Cash Pasley and Holden Pasley.

          Friends may call today at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cremation will follow. There will be no funeral service.

          In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Peru Fireman Ladies Auxiliary.

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

 

Cindy L. Geiger

          Cindy L. GEIGER, 62, of Culver, died Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her husband, Michael Geiger, Culver; a daughter, Lori Frettinger, Bluffton; a brother, Rodney Kemple, Indiana; and three sisters, Karen Coby, Rochester, Mary Ann Rowe, Culver, and Judy Fisher, Plymouth.

          Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Services will be at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Mary M. Kneeland

July 25, 1917-Jan. 31, 2010

          Mary M. KNEELAND, 92, of Atwood, died at 11:53 a.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital's emergency room, Warsaw.

          Mary was born July 25, 1917, in Atwood to Justin Day Irwin and Cathern (Wolf) Irwin. She was married to Warren R. Kneeland on March 11, 1936, in Atwood.

          Mary was a lifetime Atwood resident. She was a teacher, cook and secretary for Atwood school. She was a 1935 graduate of Atwood High School. She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Atwood, where she taught Sunday school and was the Sunday school superintendent; a member of the Home Ec Club, Atwood; and a past matron and 50-year member of the Bourbon Order of the Eastern Star.

          Survivors include one son, Justin (Maris) Kneeland, Dewey, Ill.; two daughters, Maureen (Michael) Pfeiffer, Rochester, and Cathy (Royce) Lenfestey, Warsaw; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by husband Warren R. Kneeland, Jan. 3, 1986; two brothers, Joseph M. Irwin, April 9, 1993, and Milton "Zeke" Irwin, Sept. 10, 2007.

          An Order of the Eastern Star service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A funeral service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Atwood, with Pastor Jerry Thomas of the church officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Stony Point Cemetery, Atwood.

          Memorials may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 306 E. Main St., Atwood, IN 46502.

 

Joseph P. Sweeney

April 20, 1925-Jan. 31, 2010

          Joseph P. SWEENEY, 84, of Franklin, a former resident of Rochester until two months ago, passed away unexpectedly Sunday at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was born April 20, 1925, in Kokomo to James Sweeney and Anna (Cunningham) Sweeney. He married Patricia A. (Smith) Sweeney on July 4, 1959, in Alpena, Mich., and she survives.

          Mr. Sweeney, along with his wife, was the founder of 92.1 WROI F.M. in Rochester in 1971 until 1983. He and his wife also were the owners of the Tasty Q Restaurant in Rochester from 1980 to 1992. He had also been an engineer for Delco in Kokomo. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Seminary in Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin.

          Survivors include his wife Patricia A. (Smith) Sweeney, Franklin. Three children, Cheryl L. Sweeney Halik and her husband William, Franklin; Michael P. Sweeney, Greenwood; and Maureen A. Sweeney-McCoige and her husband Douglas, Granger. Two grandchildren, Ashley McCoige and Cassandra McCoige, both of Granger.

          He was preceded in death by a grandchild Jessica McCoige, an infant brother James Sweeney and his parents.

          The Rev. Thomas Schliessmann will conduct a celebration of Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 114 Lancelot Drive, Franklin. Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 10 a.m. till service time. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin. Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, is handling the arrangements.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

 

John Quick

          Word has been received of the sudden death of Dr. John QUICK, son of the late Robert "Bob" and Bette (Hayden) Quick, all formerly of Rochester. Dr. Quick, 61, died early Friday morning of an apparent heart attack.

          A member of the RHS Class of 1966, Dr. Quick became an award-winning veterinarian following his graduation from Purdue University in 1981.

          Information about Dr. Quick's clinic can be found in the San Jose community business listings at www.sanjose.com/john-n-quick-dvm-b173314. In addition, the Morgan Hill Times carried an extensive article about Dr. Quick at www.morganhilltimes.com/news/262801-john-quick-dead-cause-unknown.

          At present his wife and children in California are in the process of making final funeral arrangements. Due to the prominence of Dr. Quick in the San Jose area, the viewing is being planned for the local civic center.

          Dr. Quick was preceded in death by both of his parents and by his older sister Sue Ann. In addition to his wife and three children in California, he is survived by his older brother Robert (Sue), New Jersey; younger sister Marcia (Larry) Gard, Chesterfield, Va.; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

Peggy Weiss

          Peggy WEISS, 65, of 2167 W. Indiana 14, Rochester, died at 12:05 p.m. Monday at her residence.

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

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

 

Sara K. Susits

          Sara Kathleen SUSITS, 94, of 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died at 5:50 p.m. Monday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

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

 

Peggy Jean Weiss

          Peggy Jean WEISS, 65, of 2167 W. Indiana 14, Rochester, died Monday at her residence.

          Peggy is survived by her husband, Terry, at home; her mother, Lauretta Stoner, Cromwell; two daughters, Jacki Weiss, Mishawaka, and Jodi Weiss, Rochester; a son, Brian Weiss, Rochester; a sister, Penny Limerick, Ligonier; and two brothers, Ted Stoner, Syracuse, and Jerry Stoner, Ligonier.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 


Thursday, February 4, 2010

 

Sara K. Susits

          Sara Kathleen SUSITS, 94, of 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, and formerly of Argos, died Monday at Miller's Merry Manor of Plymouth.

          Survivors include two sons, William L. Susits, Foley, Ala., and Fabian Susits, Lakeville.

          There are no services planned at this time.

 

Peggy Jean Weiss

June 28, 1944-Feb. 1, 2010

          Peggy Jean WEISS, 65, of 2167 W. Indiana 14, Rochester, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Monday, surrounded by her loving family.

          She was born June 28, 1944, at Wolf Lake to Kletice W. and Lauretta V. (Kohlberg) Stoner. Peggy was one of four children growing up with brothers Jerry and Ted and sister Penny.

          In 1962, with great pride, Peggy graduated from Cromwell High School. On Dec. 7, 1963, she and her best friend Terry W. Weiss were married at the home of her aunt in Syracuse. Their loving relationship spanned 46 years and produced three children, daughters Jacki and Jodi and son Brian.

          Most recently, Peggy managed the offices of R.E. Daake and Associates. For nearly 18 years Peggy could be seen trackside cheering for Terry then Brian at the go-kart tracks. These family events led them to many special places including Talladega, Charlotte, Atlanta and mid-Ohio to name a few. Her favorite track was Daytona, where they journeyed for 14 years to enjoy racing at its finest. The family's No. 1 cheerleader was always there full throttle!

          An avid bowler, Peggy greatly enjoyed annually going to the state tournaments and getting together with the girls in the leagues while hitting the lanes at Mishawaka. At home Peggy looked forward to spring and the planting of the flower gardens that enhanced her home. Mowing was also a preferred way to embrace nature. To relax, she listened to Neil Diamond and met the challenges of crossword puzzles. Antiquing was her forte, along with collecting snowmen and bunnies.

          Bringing Peggy her greatest joy was her family, especially during the holidays. Peggy always went all out with decorating and preparing the feast for her family to savor. Peggy leaves behind a wonderful legacy with the many lives she touched, but especially to her loving and devoted husband Terry, her three children who so admired her, and her three adoring grandchildren.

          Peggy is survived by her husband, Terry, at home; her mother, Lauretta Stoner, Cromwell; two daughters, Jacki Weiss, Mishawaka, and Jodi Weiss, Rochester; a son, Brian Weiss, Rochester; three grandchildren, Nicholas Weiss, Jessica Winkel and Jared Weiss; a sister, Penny Limerick and husband Dave, Ligonier; and two brothers, Ted Stoner and wife Becky, Syracuse, and Jerry Stoner and wife Amy, Ligonier.

          She was preceded in death by her father.

          A celebration of the life of Peggy Weiss will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will follow the services at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, February 5, 2010

 

Michael L. Crowell

June 21, 1972-Jan. 28, 2010

          Michael Loren CROWELL, 37, of Kewanna, died Jan. 28, 2010, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Born June 21, 1972, in Niles, Mich., he was the son of David A. Crowell and Norma (Wayne) Stahl. He was married July 21, 2007, to Sondra Kay Monroe; she survives.

          Michael loved to cook.

          Survivors include his wife, Sondra, Kewanna; his mother, Norma Stahl, Detour Village, Mich.; a daughter, Rachael Loren Crowell, Penckney, Mich.; and a brother, David A. Crowell, Charlestown.

          There will be no services.

          Arrangements are being handled by Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the Crowell family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

 

Charles E. Patterson

          Charles E. "Chuck" PATTERSON, 79, of Sebring, Fla., died Thursday at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

          Survivors include his wife, Mollie Patterson, Sebring; two daughters, Barbara L. Dewey and Rebecca A. Rezner, both of Sebring; and two sons, James A. Patterson, Rochester, and John L. Patterson, Sorrento, Fla.

          Services will be at the Good Shepard Hospice Sun Room, Sebring, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Sebring.

 

Monday, February 8, 2010

 

David A. Zengri

          David A. ZENGRI, 43, of Knox, died Saturday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Victoria Zengri, Knox; father Philip Zengri, Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Robin Zengri, LaPaz, and Lela Zengri, Ripley; two stepdaughters, Stephanie Minix and Michelle Minix, both of Knox; two brothers, Kevin Zengri and Donald Zengri, both of Chicago; and two sisters, Mary Zengri, Chicago, and Dena, Chicago.

          Visitation will be from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

 

James J. Basile Sr.

          James J. BASILE Sr., 82, Rochester, died at 7:55 p.m. Sunday at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital, Mishawaka.

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

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

 

James J. Basile Sr.

March 31, 1927-Feb. 7, 2010

          James J. BASILE Sr., 82, Rochester, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Sunday at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital, Mishawaka.

          He was born March 31, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Riepsa) Basile. On Jan. 21, 1952, in Chicago, he married Lucille M. Galow. She preceded him in death on Aug. 3, 2005. Mr. Basile was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War.

          Mr. Basile was a former telephone PBX installer with Illinois Bell, a former employee of McGills in Culver, and the former owner of the Hamburger Hut in Rochester. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and puzzles and was an avid computer user. 

          Survivors include his children, Barbara and husband Joe Rosario, Littleton, Colo.; James Basile Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.; Joseph and wife Julie Basile, Lafayette; John Basile; Mary Calhoun, Denver, Colo.; Robert Basile, Rochester; David Basile, Rochester; Adam Basile; and Christopher and wife Teresa Basile. 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Raak, Plainfield, Wis.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Saturday until funeral time at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Ida Bookwalter

          Ida BOOKWALTER, 98, of Hickory Creek at Rochester, died Tuesday at Hickory Creek.

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

 

A. C. Snyder

          A.C. "Al" SNYDER, 98, of Losantville and formerly of Argos, died at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday at Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, Fla.

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

 

Joanna VanScoy

March 15, 1916-Feb. 8, 2010

          Joanna W. VanSCOY, 93, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, and formerly of Akron, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:35 p.m. Monday at Miller's Merry Manor. She had been in failing health since Jan. 14.

          Joanna was born March 15, 1916, in Kosciusko County (Beaver Dam) to Sidney and Margaret (Heighway) Leininger. On Feb. 5, 1950, in Urbana, she was married to Howard G. VanScoy, who passed away Jan. 16, 2005.

          Joanna was a homemaker and had been the bookkeeper for Irelan & Baum Elevator and Lumberyard for 21 years.

          Joanna graduated from Akron High School in 1934. She was a member for many years at the Akron United Methodist Church where she helped with many areas such as funeral dinners and harvest suppers. She and her husband also were active members for many years in the Akron Chamber of Commerce.

          Survivors include a nephew, Thomas and wife Janet Tucker, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; a great-niece, Julianne and husband Jay Dunnuck, Midland, Mich.; and a great-nephew, Christopher and wife Liza Tucker, Sherrill, Iowa.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard VanScoy, and her sister and brother-in-law, Imo and Ralph Tucker.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Karen Ottjes of the Akron United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Akron United Methodist Church, Gideons International or the Akron Carnegie Public Library. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

 

James J. Basile Sr.

March 31, 1927-Feb. 7, 2010

          James J. BASILE Sr., 82, Rochester, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Sunday at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital, Mishawaka.

          He was born March 31, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Riepsa) Basile. On Jan. 26, 1952, in Chicago, he married Lucille M. Galow. She preceded him in death on Aug. 3, 2005. Mr. Basile was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War.

          Mr. Basile was a former telephone PBX installer with Illinois Bell, a former employee of McGills in Culver, and the former owner of the Hamburger Hut in Rochester. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and puzzles and was an avid computer user.

          Survivors include his children, Barbara and husband Joe Rosario, Littleton, Colo.; James Basile Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.; Joseph and wife Julie Basile, Lafayette; John Basile; Mary Calhoun, Denver, Colo.; Robert Basile, Rochester; David Basile, Rochester; Adam Basile; and Christopher and wife Teresa Basile. 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Raak, Plainfield, Wis.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Friday until funeral time at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Ida Bookwalter

June 2, 1911-Feb. 9, 2010

          Ida BOOKWALTER, 98, Rochester, departed this life for eternal rest at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek Health Care Center of Rochester.

          Ida was born June 2, 1911, in Young America, to Melvin and Estella (Michaels) Snavely. Growing up, young Ida shared her childhood years with five sisters and a brother.

          On March 26, 1932, in Kokomo she married Floyd Bookwalter. Their union spanned 65 years and produced two children, Carol and David. Floyd and Ida moved to Rochester from Merrillville nearly 30 years ago to enjoy their golden years on the shores of Lake Manitou. While living in Merrillville, Ida waited tables at some of the area's finest restaurants. As an entrepreneur, she opened Ida's Dress Shop, also in Merrillville, and later operated a full service beauty salon known as Ida's Shoppe.

          During her retirement years Ida greatly enjoyed fishing with her trusty casting rod from her north shore home, landing many blue gill and bass. As a dynamic team, Floyd cleaned the fish and Ida fried them to perfection. The kitchen was second nature for Ida. She was well-known for the delicious homemade pies she created to complement the dessert fare at Gropp's Restaurant. Her pie most requested by Floyd was lemon cream.

          Preparation of the feast for family celebrations, especially at the holidays, was Ida's forte. Many memories were made in the kitchen with her grandchildren. Their favorite food was grandma's potato soup. They would help her make the rivulets, then enjoy the tasty hot soup.

          It was remembered that she served as den mother to the Cub Scouts for several years. Ida could play the violin with great expertise. As a card player, Ida enjoyed spirited games of euchre.

          As an artist, Ida's chosen method of expression was through the medium of oils on canvas. She created many treasures for special friends and heirlooms for family, usually of landscapes or florals.

          It's known to a few that Ida was a survivor of breast cancer. She was first stricken at age 26. Ida was honored to be recognized for her spirit and positive attitude as a survivor and was featured on the survivors' calendar on December 2004.

          Ida was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.

          Her survivors include a daughter, Carol J. Steinhauer and husband Paul; a son, David G. Bookwalter; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Francis Ezra.

          She was preceded in death by stepson Errett in 1989, her husband, her parents, four sisters and a brother.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Ida Bookwalter will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with visitation an hour prior to services. Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate. She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Floyd at the Bethlehem Cemetery, Twelve Mile.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Lester Kamp

          Lester "Les" KAMP, 77, of Osceola, died Tuesday at his home.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Kamp, Osceola; two daughters, Sharon Tucker, Elkhart, and Laura Lake, Rockford, Mich.; two brothers, Wendel Dale Kamp, Harlinger, Texas, and Wayne Kamp, Akron; and a sister, Frances Rousseau, California.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Osceola United Methodist Church. Visitation will be a luncheon immediately following the service at the church.

 

Friday, February 12, 2010

 

Frances G. Eikenberry Williams

          Frances Gail Eikenberry WILLIAMS, 88, of Greenwood and formerly of Frankfort and Miami County, died Thursday at Village Oaks Retirement Center, Greenwood.

          Survivors include her children, Charles Williams, Indianapolis; Nancy Williams, Hayward, Calif.; and Ray Williams, Waterloo, Iowa. One brother, Dallas Eikenberry, Peru, Ind.; and two sisters, Laurabelle Cole, Chili, Ind., and Doris Walters, Frankfort.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

 

Laurabell J. Long

          Laurabell June LONG, 89, Peru, died Friday at her residence.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Waverly United Methodist Church, New Waverly, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the service.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Dorothy M. Miller

          Dorothy M. MILLER, 85, of Culver, died Thursday at the Mason Health Care Center, Warsaw.

          Survivors include her husband, Harold Miller; two children, Linda Johnston, Beaverton, Ore., and William Miller, Indianapolis; and one sister, Ruth Roberts, Manteno, Ill.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Winamac Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

Nellie G. Thorrington

          Nellie G. THORRINGTON, 77, of Denver, died Friday at Howard Regional Health Systems, Kokomo.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

A. C. Snyder

          Alpheus C. "Al" SNYDER, 98, of 9706 N. County Road 775 East, Losantville, died Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla.

          Survivors include his wife, Millie Snyder, at home; a daughter, Jo Schaden, Tallahassee, Fla.; and a son, Marvin Snyder, Argos.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the United Methodist Church, Argos. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the church.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, February 15, 2010

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

 

Kenneth R. Jagger

Dec. 23, 1918-Feb. 9, 2010

          Kenny JAGGER, who began his lifelong and highly successful musical career at the Colonial Hotel on Lake Manitou, died last Tuesday at the age of 91 in Indianapolis, where he and his late wife had resided for many years.

          Graduating from RHS in 1937, Kenny spent a year studying theater and radio organ at the Sherwood Music School in Chicago. In the summer of 1938, at the age of 19, he then launched his professional career at the basement Rathskeller restaurant of the Colonial.

          During that career, he traveled throughout the country playing organ and piano at celebrated hotels and lounges, including the midtown Sheraton Hotel in New York City. There he had his own nightly radio show and made recordings.

          As a resident of Indianapolis, he became locally famous for his musical appearances at the Graylynn Hotel, Indiana Theatre, Columbia Club, Shrine Club, Indianapolis and Highland country clubs, Indianapolis Athletic Club, and Lutz Supper Club.

          He was a committed motorcyclist and on his BMW model rode more than 300,000 miles in a 34-year period, a feat that brought him special recognition from the BMW management.

          Preceding him in death were Florence, his wife of 52 years, and younger brother Dale, also an RHS graduate. He is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Ann Harris and husband Richard of Muncie; a son, John Raymond Jagger and wife Leslie, Maryville, Tenn.; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

          A memorial service will be Saturday at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd., East Drive, Indianapolis. Visitation begins at 1 p.m., the service at 2 p.m. Online messages may be sent at www.harrywmoore.com.

 

Judith Barker

          Judith BARKER, 60, of 3916 N. Meridian Road, Rochester, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Judith Gunnels

          Judith GUNNELS, 60, of Mentone, died at 10:05 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

 

Judith E. Barker

July 7, 1949-Feb. 15, 2010

          Mrs. Judith E. BARKER, 60, of 3916 N. Meridian Road, Rochester, died Monday at her residence.

          She was born in Roanoke, Va., on July 7, 1949, the daughter of the late Robert W. and Marcelle (Widner) Coley.

          Judith became the bride of Donald J. Barker on July 1, 1977, in Cullman, Ala.

          As a person who loved the outdoors, Judy managed the Fulton County Conservation Club. With great pride she kept the grounds manicured to perfection, from mowing down to the fine tuning of edging in preparation for the shooters' competitions. She enjoyed planting flowers to enhance the beauty of her home overlooking the Tippecanoe River.

          To relax Judy and Don enjoyed boating in the glistening waters of various lakes in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Many times these escapes included the children and later the grandchildren. Embracing the outdoors, Judy and Don would camp under the stars, sometimes in a trailer with friends, earlier in a pop-up camper, or even in tents carried on board.

          The Barkers owned and loved their property in Park County. There were many quiet moments and great memories made there developing the land for the perfect retirement spot. Judy's greatest passion was for her family. As a consummate grandma, her best times were when her grandchildren surrounded her. As an active grandmother Judy taught the kids about nature. She enjoyed cheering them on in all of their sporting activities. Dialing long distance was the best method of staying in touch and talking with them, and keeping up on breaking news was her forte.

          Judy is remembered for her thoughtful, random acts of kindness that were unending. Whether it be for family or friends, Judy was there to lend a helping hand. She unselfishly put the needs of others before her own. Whether it was organizing Christmas dinner baskets for those less fortunate or helping with groceries or cash in a time of need, Judy was quietly in the background, always there to help out.

          It was a family tradition that Judy and Don hosted the family Thanksgiving celebration in their home. There the grandchildren could be found helping Nana, as she was affectionately known, apply the finishing touches to the delicious feast. Judy leaves behind her loving lifelong partner, husband Don, her adoring children, treasured grandchildren, a brother and sisters, the grateful shooters of the conservation club, and the many friends she touched along life's journey to cherish her memory.

          Judith is survived by her husband, Don, at home; a daughter, Michelle Runkel Karst and husband Scott, Madison; a son, Michael Runkel and wife Amanda, Valley Grove, Ala. Five grandchildren, Justin Sightes, LaPorte; Jack and A.J. Karst, Madison; and Meagan and Malachi Runkel, Valley Grove, Ala. Four sisters, Debbie Self and husband Michael, Fairview, Ala.; Donna Coley, Cullman, Ala.; Denise Parker and Donald Ray, Valley Grove, Ala.; and Robin Strickland, Madison, Ala. A brother, Robert Coley Jr. and wife Debbie, Walter, Ala; and very dear friends, Jim and Betty DeHaven, LaCrosse.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her mom, Marcelle Stricklin, in 1997; her dad, Robert Coley, in 1993; her youngest sister, Janice Coley, on Dec. 26, 2008; and her grandmother, Florence Young, in January of 2010.

          A celebration of the life of Judith E. Barker will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Ray Squibb officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or Friends of Fulton County Parks. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


James E. Bieghler

          James E. BIEGHLER, 71, of Rochester, died Friday at Clarion Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.

          Survivors include his wife, Joyce Bieghler, Rochester. Three sons, Charles Bieghler, Camden; Jackie Bieghler, Westfield; and Jeff Bieghler, Delphi. One daughter, Tammy Vibbert, Anderson; one brother, Howard Bieghler, Flora; one sister, Alice Elzbeek, Camden; and two stepsons, Rex Growcock, Wolcottville, and Roger Growcock, Monroe, N.C.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cree Funeral Home, Camden.

 

Judith K. Gunnels

Sept. 8, 1949-Feb. 15, 2010

          Judith K. GUNNELS, 60, of 503 N. Broadway St., Mentone, went home to be with the Lord at 10:05 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw.

          Judith was born Sept. 8, 1949, in Martin, Ky., to Arnold and Aggie (Bradley) Click. She was married Dec. 24, 1966, in Clintwood, Va., to Jesse Gunnels; he survives.

          Judith was a homemaker. She graduated from Martin High School in 1967, and she was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of Claypool.

          Survivors include her husband, Jesse Gunnels, Mentone. Three daughters, Yavonna and husband John Dotson, Silver Lake; Aggie and husband David Prater, Mentone; and Angela Hancock, Rochester. One son, Jesse T. Gunnels, Mentone. 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Seth, and Emily Dotson; Zachary and Noah Prater; Alycia and Justin Porter; and Mia Gunnels. Three sisters, Joyce Gunnels, Martin, Ky.; Ida Parker, Larwill; and Donna Moore, Cookville, Tenn.

          She was preceded in death by sister Debra Grace Walters, brother James Click and grandson David Prater.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, 205 N. Main St., Claypool, with Pastor Ralph Dotson officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Claypool. Visitation hours will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church.

          Arrangements are entrusted to King Memorial Home, Mentone. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Patricia S. Kistler

Aug. 15, 1940-Feb. 16, 2010

          Patricia Sue "Pat" KISTLER, 69, Zionsville, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 1:51 a.m. Tuesday at Zionsville Meadows, Zionsville.

          She was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Fulton County, the daughter of Richard and Marietta (Smith) Coplen.

          Mrs. Kistler was a homemaker and worked in various doctor's offices. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and she enjoyed playing bingo, spending time with her family and supporting her family's activities.

          Survivors include her children, Lisa and husband Kevin Kalinke, Indianapolis; Scott and wife Susie Kistler, Rochester; David Kistler, Indianapolis; and Amy Krier, Indianapolis. Her grandchildren, Courtney Garrison, Casey Kalinke, Austin Kalinke, Derek Garrison and Kevin Kalinke, all of Indianapolis; and Michael Kistler and Carter Kistler, both of Rochester. Two sisters, Martha and husband Robert Peterson, Rochester, and Nancy and husband Steve Derck, Antwerp, Ohio; and a brother, Chuck and wife Toni Coplen, Akron.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Dan Mundt officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to funeral service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery, Athens.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Judy A. Roby

          Judy Ann ROBY, 60, of 11081 W. 700 North, Culver, died Monday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her husband, Stephen G. Roby, Culver; a daughter, Rene Burton, Kewanna; her mother, Betty King, Anderson; two sisters, Diana Scott, Fortville, and Carol Gerard, Anderson; and a brother, Dan Livingston, Mount Summit.

          Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Leiters Ford Cemetery.

 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

 

Verna Faylor

          Verna FAYLOR, 98, of Logansport, formerly of Grass Creek, died at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

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

 

Maxine M. Todd

          Maxine M. TODD, 66, of Culver, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

 

Don Wert

          Don WERT, 100, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, died Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Graveside services will be at 9:30a.m Friday at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.  Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Friday, February 19, 2010

 

Gloria A. Andrews

June 29, 1951-Feb. 18, 2010

          Gloria Ann ANDREWS, 58, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, passed away at 1:13 a.m. Thursday at her residence.

          Gloria was born in Rochester on June 29, 1951, the daughter of the late William and Betty (Bruscher) Rouch. Gloria and David W. Andrews were married Oct. 10, 1981, in the First Church of God, Rochester.

          She was a graduate of Rochester High School and Knox Beauty College. She worked as a beautician at Feista Salon and later owned and operated G's Scissors of Rochester. She was also a homemaker and treasured the time with her grandson David III.

          Gloria was a member of the First Church of God and the Eagles Lodge, both of Rochester.

          She is survived by her husband, David, at home; a son, David Andrews II, Rochester; a grandson, David Andrews III, Rochester; a brother, Roger Rouch and wife Salina, Fulton; father- and mother-in-law Jerry and Janet Andrews, Fulton; and an aunt and two cousins.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Brandon.

          A celebration of the life of Gloria A. Andrews will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Larry Dodge officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

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

 

Margaret M. Hunter

Dec. 23, 1925-Feb. 17, 2010

          Margaret M. HUNTER, 84, of Logansport, died at 5:17 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

          She was born Dec. 23, 1925, in Logansport to Ora J. and Adda (Freeman) Harrison. She was married Dec. 8, 1945, in Rochester, to Charles E. "Bill" Hunter, who preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1988.

          Margaret was a homemaker and had worked as a cook for the Logansport High School cafeteria. She was a member of River of Life Christian Church, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing. She was a part-time nanny, and a mentor to several nieces and nephews. She and her husband owned and operated Hunter's Grocery Store on Clifton Avenue.

          Survivors include her son, James E. Hunter, Logansport; a granddaughter, Jenni Logan and husband Xaun, Logansport; great-granddaughter, Amanda Murray, West Lafayette; great-grandson, Ozzy Murray, Logansport; a sister, Vera Berkshire and husband Donald Meza, Ariz.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry Hunter and Ruth Ann, Rochester; sister-in-law Peggy Elinger, Rochester; sister-in-law Ruth Zartman, Plymouth; several nieces and nephews; and extended family, Lola, Brad and Emily Van Dyke.

          She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, Bill and Leonard Harrison, and one sister, Bettie Corcoran.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with the Rev. W. Frank Hibbard officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Moon Cemetery, Kewanna.

          Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

James A. Smith

          Akron native James A. SMITH, 75, of Glenwood, Ill., died Tuesday after a long illness.

          A 1952 graduate of Akron High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force before earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ball State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In the 1960s he wrote a series of programmed-learning textbooks for Encylopaedia Britannica that was used as supplementary math material in high schools and junior colleges all over the country for several years.

          Retired after 34 years as an associate professor of mathematics at Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, Jim is survived by his wife, Karen M. Smith, whom he married 50 years ago last June; two children, Lisa Smith, Glenwood, Ill., and Jay (Angela) Smith, Wildwood, Mo; and a brother, William Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo.

          His parents, Ernest and Esther Smith, and sister Jane Shull, all of Akron, preceded him in death.

          Jim's ashes will be scattered in Hawaii per his wishes. Arrangements were entrusted to Ryan Funeral Home, Homewood, Ill.

 

Joseph A. Tebben Jr.

Feb. 10, 1946-Feb. 15, 2010

          Joseph Anthony TEBBEN Jr., 64, of Rochester and formerly of Lima, Ohio, passed away at 6 p.m. Monday at his residence.

          He was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Lima, to Joseph A. and Geraldine A. (Shanahan) Tebben Sr., both of whom preceded him in death.

          Joseph grew up in Lima, and his family attended St. Rose Catholic Church. He played football for Lima Central Catholic and graduated in 1964. He joined the United States Navy, and was based in the Philippines while he served in the Vietnam War. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy, he and his children's mother, Carol (DePalma) Tebben, returned to Lima where he began his professional career with Kmart Corp. He held a variety of management positions with Kmart in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. His last position was store manager of the Plymouth Kmart, where he worked until his retirement in 2005. Joseph enjoyed gardening, golfing and playing cards, but his favorite outdoor activity was fishing, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

          He is survived by two sons, Michael A. and Melissa A. Tebben, Lake Villa, Ill., and Brendan C. and Christine B. Tebben, Fishers. Eight grandchildren, Lauren E. Tebben, Kara M. Tebben, Jenna M. Tebben, Jacob M. Tebben, Julia A. Tebben, Dominic G. Tebben and Nathaniel J. Tebben, all of Lake Villa, Ill.; and Miles C. Tebben, Fishers. Five brothers, John D. Tebben, Plymouth, Mich.; Marc F. Tebben, Centerville, Ohio; Thomas R. Tebben, Lima, Ohio; David J. Tebben, Lima, Ohio; and Peter Jerome Alan Tebben, Fort Wayne. Five sisters, Susan and Marc Hyser, Rochester, N.Y.; Anne Tebben, Wapakoneta, Ohio; Muriel and Jack Collins, Lima, Ohio; Jane and James Patterson, Lima, Ohio; and Mary and Mark Rasmussen, Lima, Ohio.

          A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima, Ohio. Father David Ross will officiate and interment will be in Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel, Lima, where a parish wake service will take place at 4 p.m.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

 

Charles D. Brown

          Charles Davis BROWN, 72, of Denver, died Thursday in the University Nursing Home, Upland.

          Survivors include his wife, Beverly; two children, James Brown, Avon, and John Brown, Peru; two stepchildren, Brian Raber, Macy, and Haley Hilliard, Indianapolis; and one sister, Mary Ann Eller, Burlington.

          Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel in Marion National Cemetery, Marion. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Verna L. Faylor

          Verna Lenora FAYLOR, 98, of Logansport and formerly of Grass Creek, died Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          Survivors include two caring neighbors and friends, Pauline and Donald Scales, Grass Creek.

          Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Grass Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are by Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

 

Maxine M. Todd

          Maxine M. TODD, 66, of Culver, died Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, Dennis Todd, Culver; one son, Mark Todd, Indianapolis; and two daughters, Michelle Smashey, Indianapolis, and Lisa Renee Oberle, Indianapolis.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Culver, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Odom Funeral Home of Culver is in charge of arrangements.

 

Monday, February 22, 2010

 

Rylan L. E. Bixler-Stuart

Oct. 8, 2009-Feb. 19, 2010

          Rylan Leon Emery BIXLER-STUART was born at 4:16 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009, in Logansport. He was the precious son of Sabrina Bixler and Brandon Stuart. He weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Rylan's life was a brief gift to his loving family. They were blessed with his earthly presence for 4 months and 11 days, before he went to be with Jesus at 12:07 p.m. Friday.

          Rylan was very busy bringing great happiness to his family and all that met him. His bright blue eyes twinkled with a special radiance of their own. His smile was contagious, bringing joy to all who surrounded him. Rylan was delighted to dance, liked listening to music, and loved chewing on his fist and fingers. The feel and touch of his silk slickie made him coo. To relax to the max, he enjoyed having his feet massaged.

          As a loving son and grandson he gave the best lover dovers imaginable. Rylan persevered with great determination showing his affections, loving hugs, cuddling, sweet kisses and baby talking with his adoring family. He especially enjoyed being held close and nuzzled by his parents and grandparents. His favorite color was red and his most treasured toy was his monkey.

          Baby Rylan is survived by his mother, Sabrina Bixler and companion James Upp, Rochester; his father, Brandon Stuart, Rochester; maternal grandparents Christina Miller and Rodney Talbott and Troy and Kristi Bixler, all of Rochester; paternal grandparents Tracy and Gary Stuart and Nelson and Kathy Cox, all of Rochester; and four uncles Jace Bixler, Caden Bixler, Aaron Stuart and Daren Miller, all of Rochester.

          A celebration of the life of cherished son, grandson, nephew and cousin Rylan Leon Emery Bixler-Stuart will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Don Meyer will officiate. Friends will be received by the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home.

          He will be laid to eternal rest in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery's Babyland. Memorials may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children, honoring his memory. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family through goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

John V. Hott

Oct. 16, 1926-Feb. 19, 2010

          John V. HOTT, 83, of Rochester, went to be with the Lord at 2:25 p.m. Friday at Seton Specialty Hospital in Lafayette.

          Born Oct. 16, 1926, in Marshall County, he was the son of the late Milo James and Letha (Harris) Hott. On Nov. 15, 1947, he married Mary Martha Sensibaugh; she survives.

          John was a part owner of Kewanna Implement for many years. He was also a farmer and truck driver who loved his tractors and trucks.

          John was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. He attended Liberty Baptist Church in Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Hott, Rochester; sons John "Jack" Hott (Prudence), Rochester, and James Hott (Rebecca), Kewanna; a daughter, Diane Sheetz, Akron; son Joseph Hott (Gwen), Kewanna; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by daughter Melody Hott, son Michael Hott and son-in-law David Sheetz.

          Graveside services with military rites will be held at 1 p.m. today in Moon Cemetery, Kewanna. Pastor David Webb will officiate.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the Hott family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

James A. Smith

          Akron native James A. SMITH, 75, of Glenwood, Ill., died Tuesday after a long illness.

          A 1952 graduate of Akron High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force before earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ball State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In the 1960s he wrote a series of programmed-learning textbooks for Encylopaedia Britannica that was used as supplementary math material in high schools and junior colleges all over the country for several years.

          Retired after 34 years as an associate professor of mathematics at Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, Jim is survived by his wife, Karen M. Smith, whom he married 50 years ago last June; two children, Lisa Smith, Glenwood, Ill., and Jay (Angela) Smith, Wildwood, Mo; and a brother, William Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo.

          His parents, Ernest and Esther Smith, and sister Jane Shull, all of Akron, preceded him in death.

          Jim's ashes will be scattered in Hawaii per his wishes. Arrangements were entrusted to Ryan Funeral Home, Homewood, Ill.

 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

 

Jean A. Brandt

          Jean A. BRANDT, 85, 1227 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 12:06 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

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

 

Betty C. Hartman

Aug. 4, 1925-Feb. 21, 2010

          Betty C. HARTMAN, 84, of Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester and formerly of Akron and Rochester, went home to be with the Lord and Savior and her husband at 7:01 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

          She was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Marshall County to Howard Ray and Mabel (Hepler) Kinney. She was married Feb. 24, 1946, to Gail R. Hartman, who passed away Dec. 28, 2001.

          Betty was a homemaker and in her earlier years she worked at Heckman Bindery of North Manchester and she also worked at Hart Shaffner & Marx of Rochester. She shared her cake-baking talents by making numerous birthday cakes and beautiful wedding cakes for years.

          She graduated from Burket High School. Betty played the organ and enjoyed sewing. She and her husband, Gail, loved to fish together in the local area as well as in Michigan and Wisconsin. They also enjoyed their time in Florida together during the winters. She was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church.

          Survivors include a daughter, Kathy and husband David Day, Akron; two sons, Reggie and wife Randena Hartman, Warsaw, and Larry and wife Penny Hartman, Larkspur, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and four sisters, Helen Whetstone, Mentone, Valoyce and husband Bob Hendrick, Greentown, Connie and husband John Howard, Pierceton, and Bonnie and husband Charles Brallier, Silver Lake.

          She was preceded in death by her husband; one granddaughter, Kimberly Day; and one sister, Katherine Kinney.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Doris Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Peabody Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences can be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

 

Jean A. Brandt

March 30, 1924-Feb. 22, 2010

          Jean A. BRANDT, 85, 1227 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 12:06 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born March 30, 1924, in Rochester, the daughter of Cleo and Louise (Carr) Drudge. She married Robert P. Brandt and he preceded her in death Nov. 15, 1990.

          Mrs. Brandt was a homemaker and worked at the former Hart Schaffner & Marx. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge and enjoyed fishing.

          Survivors include her sons, Robert Michael Brandt, San Diego, Calif., and Rick Brandt, Cape Coral, Fla.; granddaughter Melanie Annezone, Lehigh Acres, Fla.; great-grandson Zach Annezone, Lehigh Acres, Fla.; two sisters, Betty Van Baalen, Peru, and Carol Sue Barts, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was also preceded in death by her parents.

          Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Athens Cemetery, Athens with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Riley Hospital for Children. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Ted Groves

          Ted GROVES, 41, of rural Claypool, died at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday at the Kosciusko Community Hospital emergency.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

 

Leo L. Glaze

          Leo Lawrence GLAZE, 60, of Indianapolis and formerly of Rochester, died Saturday at 1 p.m.

          Survivors include his wife, Sharon; children Andrew Emmons, Janet Winterrowd, Delbert Ray Glaze and Shannon Skyles; sisters Carolyn Glaze, Judy Manns, Connie Wilkinson and Doris Roberts; and a brother, David Snowberger.

          Services were Wednesday at Cityview Christian Center in Indianapolis. Arrangements were entrusted to Stuart Mortuary, Indianapolis.

 

Friday, February 26, 2010

 

Raymon E. Shafer

Nov. 9, 1940-Feb. 25, 2010

          Raymon E. SHAFER, 69, of Denver, Ind., died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Raymon was born Nov. 9, 1940, in Miami County to the late Floyd and Mable (Morton) Shafer.

          Raymon was a 1959 graduate of Chili High School. He attended the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Kokomo. He was an avid New York Yankee baseball fan.

          He retired from Akron Concrete Products Co. He was a school bus driver for North Miami for 15 years. He also worked for the Miami County Highway Department for 10 years, and he was a farmer.

          Survivors include his wife, Eunice; daughter Tonya Higgenbotham (Tom), Peru; son Tracey Shafer (Brenda), Huntington; five grandchildren, Chantel and Toma Higgenbotham, and Preston, Emily and Ethan Shafer; two brothers, Lorn Shafer (Pearline), Amboy, and Donald Shafer (Sarah), Wabash; and his Saint Bernard dog, Bandit.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Phyllis Lund.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5741 W. 100 North, Kokomo, with Pastor Bud Probasco and Pastor George Hapner officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church and/or the American Heart Association.

 

Florence Wood

          Florence WOOD, 94, of Rochester, died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

 

Ted A. Groves

          Ted A. GROVES, 41, of 8662 S. Nellie Blvd., Claypool, died Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Survivors include his parents, Jim and Reta Groves, Claypool; and a sister, Carolyn D. Johnson, Claypool.

          Arrangements are entrusted to King Memorial Home, Mentone. A private family service will take place at a later date.

 

Betty J. Mullikin

          Betty J. MULLIKIN, 72, of Macy, died Thursday at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Clyde F. Mullikin; one daughter, Rhonda Reed, Macy; one son, Jeff Mullikin, Denver; one brother, Logan Morris Miller, Hamilton, Ohio; and one sister, Lilia Faye Price, Kingston, Tenn.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. There will be private family services at a later date.

 

Carol A. Newman

          Carol A. NEWMAN nee See, 86, of South Holland, Ill., and formerly of Hobart, died Thursday.

          Survivors include her sons, Lee Newman, Portland, and Roger Newman, Munster. Three daughters, Nancy Owens, Oregon, Wis.; Diane Donovan, Liberty Township, Ohio; and Katrina Rogan, Valparaiso. Brothers Earl See, Chili, and Larry See, Mexico; and sister Peggy Cline, Mexico.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Burns Funeral Home, Hobart, and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home.

 

Ronald J. Talbott

Jan. 14, 1938-Feb. 23, 2010

          Ronald Jay TALBOTT, 72, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Tuesday at his home.

          Born Jan. 14, 1938, in Fulton County, he was the son of Maurice Talbott and Helen (Weller-Talbott) Irvine.

          He graduated from Kewanna High School in 1956. He loved playing basketball and softball on the high school team. In the fall of 1956, he joined the U.S. Army. He was in the military police and served six months in the Marshall Islands before he was honorably discharged in the fall of 1958. He promptly married his high school sweetheart, Leona Irene Geisler. This union produced three children, a son, Kim Talbott, and two daughters, Rita (Talbott) Craft and Brenda Sue Talbott, a daughter who died as an infant.

          Ron was in the trucking industry for 30 years. The last 10 years before his retirement in 2000, he was owner/operator of Carpetmaster. After his retirement, fishing was his favorite hobby.

          He is survived by his wife, Leona Talbott; his son and daughter-in-law, Kim and Laurie (Shanafelt) Talbott; his daughter and son-in-law, Rita (Talbott) and Les Craft. Grandchildren Katie, Holly and Mary Talbott; Crystal (Craft) and Brian Hamm; and Joshua Craft. Great-granddaughter Ella Daisy Hamm; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Ann (Jester) Talbott and Jim and Peggy Talbott; sisters and brother-in-law, Joan (Talbott) Riffle and Lois (Talbott) and Carl Miller; and many uncles, aunts and cousins on both sides.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Brenda Sue Talbott; and brothers Darwin, Richard, William and Doyne Talbott.

          A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road, Mansfield, Ohio, conducted by the Rev. Ron Conaway Sr. Military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran's Burial Detail will follow the service at the funeral home. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, MedCentral Hospice or Mansfield Fire Department Station No. 3. For an online guest registry visit www.wappner.com.

 

Florence A. Wood

Dec. 25, 1915-Feb. 25, 2010

          Florence Arlene WOOD, 94, of 1208 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          She was born in Deedsville on Dec. 25, 1915, the daughter of the late Chester and Hulda (Gilliland) McCalla, and she was one of eleven children. She was married March 17, 1935, in Peru to Howard M. Wood, who preceded her in death in 1983.

          Florence was a devoted mother and wife and enjoyed making a wonderful home for her family. She and Howard annually planted a vegetable garden. To keep her mind sharp she enjoyed the challenges of jigsaws, crossword puzzles and solitaire. She looked forward to taking walks daily until she was nearly 82. Chatting with friends at the Community Resource Center or the grocery were means with which Florence kept up with the latest news.

          Florence is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Hiatt and husband Ernest, Rochester; two grandchildren, Cheryl Bieler and husband Jerry, Leimonster, Mass., and Gary Hiatt and wife Sara, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Ryan Bieler, Long Island, N.Y., and Justin Bieler, Annapolis, Md.; one great-great-grandson, Owen Bieler, Annapolis, Md.; and three sisters, Marjorie Miller, Patricia Lamb and Barbara Clark, all of Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Hazel Buchannan and Helen Dague; and five brothers, Harold McCalla, Echo McCalla, Everett McCalla, and, in infancy, Richard McCalla and Gerald McCalla.

          As requested, private family visitation and services will take place at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Interment will be at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Grace United Methodist Church of Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, March 1, 2010

 

Heather Paseka

          Heather PASEKA, 33, of Warsaw and formerly of Etna Green, died Friday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 


William G. Zartman Jr.

          William “Buss” G. ZARTMAN Jr., 77, of Macy (Nyona Lake) and formerly of Defiance, Ohio, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday at the Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

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

 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

 

Walter R. Flitcraft

          Walter R. "Walt" FLITCRAFT Sr., 81, of Roann, died at 12:13 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          He was born Aug. 6, 1928, in Miami County to Lloyd E. Flitcraft and Hazel Marie (Wertenberger) Flitcraft Rhodes. He married Margaret E. Thompson in Fulton, Ky., on March 15, 1948.

          Walt was a retired farmer and had worked 10 years at Hively Manufacturing in Roann. Walt was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Wabash American Legion, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed mowing his yard, picking up leaves and cracking walnuts. Most of all, he loved going to the cabin in upper Michigan to fish.

          He is survived by his wife, Margaret E. Flitcraft, Roann; three sons, Roger D. (Deborah) Flitcraft and Walter R. (Tracy) Flitcraft Jr., both of Wabash, and Joseph R. (Betty) Flitcraft, Roann. Five grandchildren, Carey A. Sommers, Cincinnati, Ohio; Reggie D. Flitcraft, Wabash; Aaron M. Flitcraft, Frankfort, Ill.; and Joe R. Flitcraft and Jewel M. Flitcraft, both of Roann. Two great-grandchildren, Jacob T. Amlung and Cecillia C. Sommers, both of Cincinnati; his niece, Phyllis (David) Barrett, Laketon; and a sister-in-law, Nellie Williams, Fulton, Ky.

          He was preceded in death by his grandson, Robert James Flitcraft; two brothers; and five sisters.

          Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 335 Chippewa Road, Roann, on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

          Preferred memorial is Roann Fire Department or American Diabetes Association.

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

 

Ferol Hammond

          Ferol HAMMOND, 94, of 311 Saner Drive, Akron, died Monday at her residence.

          Survivors include two sons, Jim B. Hammond, Indianapolis, and Danny J. "Doc" Hammond, Indianapolis; and a sister, Jean Renfroe, Akron.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Heather I. Paseka

          Heather Irene PASEKA, 33, of Valley Forge Apartments, Frontage Road, Warsaw, and formerly of rural Etna Green, died Friday at her residence.

          Survivors include her mother, Gloria Paseka, Etna Green; son Michael Paseka, Arkansas; special friend, Jose, Plymouth; sister Stephanie Dixon, Arkansas; and brother Andrew Paseka, Warsaw.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation an hour prior to the service.

 

William J. VanDerWeele

          William J. "Skip" VanDerWEELE, 84, formerly of 422 S. Michigan St., Argos, died at 7:50 p.m. Sunday at Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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

 


Geraldine Willyerd

          Geraldine WILLYERD, 63, of 792 S. 300 West, Rochester, died at 9:34 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

William G. Zartman

          William G. "Buss" ZARTMAN Jr., 77, of Macy (Nyona Lake) and formerly of Defiance, Ohio, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Sunday at the Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          He was born June 15, 1932, in Peru, the son of William G. and Anna (Gooch) Zartman Sr. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1950. After high school, he served with the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He was stationed at the Chicago Naval Air Station, the Naval Air Station, Norman, Okla., and the Aviation Electrician School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a member of the Jacksonville Naval Air Squadron from 1952 to 1956. On July 3, 1954, in Three Oaks, Mich., he married Marilyn M. Sittig. She preceded him in death Aug. 6, 2004. Mr. Zartman was a 1958 graduate of Tri-State University, Angola, with a degree in electrical engineering.

          Mr. Zartman had worked at McMahon-O'Connor Construction, Rochester; Pierceton Trucking Co., Pierceton; Gooch-Sinclair Filling Station, New Buffalo, Mich.; and Studebaker Corp., South Bend, before working for General Motors in Defiance, Ohio, from 1958 to 1987. He retired as manager from maintenance and engineering at General Motors in 1987. After his retirement, he moved to Redington Shores, Fla. He had been a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, and St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo, Fla., and enjoyed farming and boating.

          Survivors include his children, William G. "Buss" and wife Kim Zartman III, Macy (Nyona Lake); Brenda A. Cameron, Defiance, Ohio; and Paul R. Zartman, Palm Harbor, Fla. His grandchildren, William G. and wife Emily Zartman IV, Defiance, Ohio; Brett Zartman, Macy (Nyona Lake); Keith Cameron, Defiance, Ohio; Kyle Cameron, Defiance, Ohio; Joshua Cameron, Tennessee; Rex Cameron, Tennessee; Erica Zartman, Defiance, Ohio; Chase Zartman, Defiance, Ohio; Jennifer Zartman, Trinity, Fla.; and Trey Zartman, Trinity, Fla. His great-grandchildren, Addison, Brady, Skylee, Tanner, Jillian and Bryson, all of Defiance, Ohio, and Luctian, Kalida, Ohio. A brother, Robert and wife Diane Zartman, Macy (Nyona Lake); and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents in 1986.

          Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Revs. Bert Woolson and Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery, Macy, 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. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

 

Ferol Hammond

June 20, 1915-March 1, 2010

          Ferol HAMMOND, 94, of 311 Saner Drive, Akron, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Monday at her residence.

          Ferol was born in Akron on June 20, 1915, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Orpha (Rowe) Burkett.

          Ferol was a proud graduate of Akron High School in 1932. Later that year, on June 3, Ferol and her best friend and lifelong partner Jack Hammond solemnized their wedding vows in Wabash. Their marriage spanned 71 years and yielded two sons, Jim and Doc.

          Together Ferol and Jack owned and operated Hammond's Antiques in North Manchester. Over the years they collected many unique treasures. From 1945 to 1950 Ferol served the Liberty Mills community, with the U.S. Postal Service as postmistress. The couple resided in the North Manchester community for nearly 54 years before returning to Akron in 2003.

          Each summer Ferol planted beautiful flower gardens around her home to enhance the landscape. For a number of years she and Jack wintered at the Jupiter Island Community of Florida. She was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church and was a friend of the Olive Branch Church. Bringing the greatest happiness to Ferol was being with her family.

          Ferol is survived by two sons, Jim B. Hammond, Indianapolis, and Danny J. "Doc" Hammond, Indianapolis; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Renfroe, Akron; and several nieces and nephews, including special niece Karen Burkett Hylton and husband Loren, Carroll, Colo.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; an infant sister, Grace Burkett; and three brothers, Raymond, Norman and Oriville Burkett.

          A celebration of the life of Ferol Hammond will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating. Interment will follow in the Athens Cemetery. 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.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family through goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Elmer Lewis

April 7, 1921-March 1, 2010

          Elmer LEWIS, 88, of Warsaw, formerly of Akron, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          He was born April 7, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., to Michael and Lena (Goodman) Lewis. On Aug. 22, 1948, Elmer married Jeanette Magazine of Warsaw.

          After their wedding, Elmer began working for his father-in-law, Abe Magazine, at Magazine Coal and Rags, Warsaw. He would later go on to found Lewis Salvage Co. (now Lewis Salvage Corp. of Warsaw) in nearby Akron.

          His friends and family will remember him for his work ethic, sly sense of humor, and his enjoyment of small things, like a good, hot cup of coffee, all of which are captured and taught through Elmer's favorite saying, "If it works, don't fix it." Elmer was also a member of Congregation B'nai Jacob Synagogue.

          He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; four sons, Sidney and wife Yvonne, Kim and wife Shelly, Michael and wife Rita, and Mooch and wife Barbara. He also enjoyed his grandchildren, Justin and fiancee Marie Weiss; Tyler and wife Michelle; Paige and husband Aaron Martin; Abby and husband Jason Tomcsi; Michael and fiancee Sarah Lafferty; and Elizabeth, Cary, Jason and Kelly Grubb, and his four great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Lena; brother Leo; and sisters Esther, Rose and Dorothy.

          Graveside services will be held at the Jewish Cemetery in Fort Wayne on Thursday at 3 p.m. Arrangements are by D.O. McComb & Sons, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne.

          Memorials may be made to Congregation B'nai Jacob, Fort Wayne, or the Indiana Jewish Historical Society. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

Charles F. McGee

          Charles F. "Chuck" McGEE, 80, of 11117 W. Laurel Wood Lane, Avondale, Ariz., and formerly of Richland Center, died Tuesday at Brighton Gardens, Sun City, Ariz.

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

 

Eugene M. Secrist

Sept. 10, 1922-Feb. 28, 2010

          Mr. Eugene M. SECRIST, 87, of Bourbon, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at 9:37 p.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Plymouth.

          Eugene was born the son of Milo Secrist and Pearl Edith (Miller) Secrist on Sept. 10, 1922, at Bourbon. He had been a resident of the Bourbon area most of his life. He was a graduate of Bourbon High School, Class of 1940, and furthered his education in the business field at IUSB and the University of Alabama.

          As a veteran he served in the United States Army during World War II in the 850th Engineers, in the European theater.

          He retired in 1986 as the assistant administrator and financial controller of Parkview Hospital (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center) of Plymouth. He was also a past member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth and a Paul Harris Fellow.

          Eugene married Arlo Conger on July 17, 1948. She survives along with their four children, Lynn and husband Michael Gross, Warsaw; Karen and husband Rick Moriarty, Atwood; Debbie Tucker, Evansville; and Jeffrey and wife Sherri Secrist, Rochester. He was also blessed with nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

          A celebration of Mr. Secrist's life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Bourbon First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark A. Day officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home at 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, and for one hour before services in the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Plymouth.

          The family would welcome memorial contributions to the Bourbon First United Methodist Church, 204 N. Washington Street Bourbon, Indiana 46504 in his memory. You may send condolences via e-mail to the family at deaton-clemensfh@cyberlinkint.com.

 

Wayne J. VanDerWeele

          Dr. Wayne J. "Skip" VanDerWEELE, 84, formerly of 422 S. Michigan St., Argos, and 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died Sunday at Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh, Pa.

          Survivors include a son, Bill VanDerWeele, Gaithersburg, Md.; and a daughter, Suzanne Woods, New Kensington, Pa.

          Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Geraldine Williams Willyerd

          Geraldine Williams WILLYERD, 63, of 792 S. 300 West, Rochester, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Tolle, Rochester, and Cindy Willyerd, Logansport; a son, Edward Willyerd, Conway, Ark. Three brothers, Floyd Williams, Jefferson, Texas; Larry Williams, Blue River, Ky.; and Jerry Williams, Conway, Ark.

          Private family services will be held. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

 

William G. Zartman

June 15, 1932-Feb. 28, 2010

          William G. "Buss" ZARTMAN Jr., 77, of Macy (Nyona Lake) and formerly of Defiance, Ohio, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Sunday at the Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          He was born June 15, 1932, in Peru, the son of William G. and Anna (Gooch) Zartman Sr. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1950. After high school, he served with the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He was stationed at the Chicago Naval Air Station, the Naval Air Station, Norman, Okla., and the Aviation Electrician School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a member of the Jacksonville Naval Air Squadron from 1952 to 1956. On July 3, 1954, in Three Oaks, Mich., he married Marilyn M. Sittig. She preceded him in death Aug. 6, 2004. Mr. Zartman was a 1958 graduate of Tri-State University, Angola, with a degree in electrical engineering.

          Mr. Zartman had worked at McMahon-O'Connor Construction, Rochester; Pierceton Trucking Co., Pierceton; Gooch-Sinclair Filling Station, New Buffalo, Mich.; and Studebaker Corp., South Bend, before working for General Motors in Defiance, Ohio, from 1958 to 1987. He retired as manager from maintenance and engineering at General Motors in 1987. After his retirement, he moved to Redington Shores, Fla. He had been a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, and St. Jerome Catholic Church, Largo, Fla., and enjoyed farming and boating.

          Survivors include his children, William G. "Buss" and wife Kim Zartman III, Macy (Nyona Lake); Brenda A. Cameron, Defiance, Ohio; and Paul R. Zartman, Palm Harbor, Fla. His grandchildren, William G. and wife Emily Zartman IV, Defiance, Ohio; Brett Zartman, Macy (Nyona Lake); Keith Cameron, Defiance, Ohio; Kyle Cameron, Defiance, Ohio; Joshua Cameron, Tennessee; Rex Cameron, Tennessee; Erica Zartman, Defiance, Ohio; Chase Zartman, Defiance, Ohio; Jennifer Zartman, Trinity, Fla.; and Trey Zartman, Trinity, Fla. His great-grandchildren, Addison, Brady, Skylee, Tanner, Jillian and Bryson, all of Defiance, Ohio, and Luctian, Kalida, Ohio. A brother, Robert and wife Diane Zartman, Macy (Nyona Lake); and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents in 1986.

          Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Revs. Bert Woolson and Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery, Macy, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

 

Pauline R. Henderson

Jan. 4, 1921-March 2, 2010

          Pauline Ruby HENDERSON, 89, of South Bend and formerly of Rochester, died at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday at Hospice House in South Bend.

          Pauline was born Jan. 4, 1921, in South Bend to Frank and Joan (Zimmer) Hammond. She married R. Don Henderson Jr. on Feb. 15, 1941, in Osceola. He died June 9, 2004, in South Bend.

          Pauline was a housewife. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church in South Bend. She was an avid Notre Dame fan and she enjoyed decorating.

          Survivors include two sons, Don (Marianna) Henderson, Ormond Beach, Fla., and Fred (Kathy) Henderson, Osceola; five grandchildren, Jodi Ann Yee, Heather Henderson Green, Robin Don Henderson, Katie Henderson and Jessica Henderson. Seven great-grandchildren, Clair, Madison and Thomas Yee; Amelia and Oliver Green; and Emiline and Reid Henderson. And two brothers, Jack (Carolyn) Hammond, Abbeville, Ga., and William (Nan) Hammond, Peoria, Ill.

          She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.

          Services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at New Apostolic Church, 5602 S. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46614, with the Rev. Hans Sigg and the Rev. Dennis Spriggs officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman-Inman Funeral Home, Osceola Chapel, 1109 Lincolnway West, Osceola. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to New Apostolic Church, South Bend. Online condolences can be sent at www.wmzfh.com.

 

Charles F. McGee

          Charles F. "Chuck" McGEE, 79, of 11117 W. Laurel Wood Lane, Avondale, Ariz., and formerly of Richland Center, died Tuesday at Brighton Garden, Sun City, Ariz.

          Survivors include his sister, Aletha Ranstead, Argos; and special friend, James Ellison, Avondale, Ariz.

          Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richland Center United Methodist Church, Richland Center. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the church.

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

 

Jason Z. Rans

          Jason Z. RANS, 35, Monticello, died at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident at Cass county roads 1000 North and 225 East.

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

Friday, March 5, 2010

 

Charles F. McGee

Nov. 2, 1930-March 2, 2010

          Charles (Chuck) F. McGEE passed away March 2, 2010 at 12:30 a.m. Chuck was born November 29, 1930 in Richland Center to the late Clifford and Irene (Sanders) McGee.

          Chuck graduated from Richland Center High School in 1948. Shortly after graduating from high school Chuck was called to serve his country. Chuck served 4 years in the US Air Force as a dental technician. He completed training at Great Lakes Dental School graduating with honors. Afterwards he served the rest of his tour of duty in Germany.

          Chuck then went to work for United Airlines working until his retirement in 1988.

          Chuck was a man who lived his life to the fullest. An avid traveler, his travels took him too many great places. It was during his travels that he fell in love with Phoenix, AZ and decided to make it his home in 1987.

          Fighting a long, hard battle with his health Chuck was never one to give up hope or complain about his illness. During his last months, though fully bedridden, Chuck would say, "Help me up I'm going too."

          Though living apart from one another Chuck and his sister, Aletha, shared a very special closeness often talking day after day on the telephone. The miles between them never seemed to matter as long as a telephone was nearby.

          During Chuck's employment with United Airlines he met and befriended a co-worker, Jim Ellison. Chuck and Jim remained close friends for many years and it was Jim who took care of Chuck during his lengthy illness. Jim gave his all to make sure Chuck was well cared for and as comfortable as possible during his illness.

          Chuck's great sense of humor made him a favorite with his nephews and nieces. They all knew when Uncle Chuck came home for a visit it was going to be "fun time!" Not only were there many jokes but little jingles of funny songs as well.

          Chuck will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include a sister Aletha (Richard) Ranstead, Argos. Nephews Dave Ranstead, Rochester and Richard (Carrie) Ranstead, Argos. A niece Karen (Ric) Fouts, Rochester. Five great nephews and nieces, Staci (Stephen) Heinzmann, Aaron Ranstead, Karissa (Joey) Burkett all of Rochester. Ryan and Nicole Randstead, Argos. Special friend Jim Ellison, Avondale, AZ. Three great-great nieces and one great-great nephew.

          Friends may visit with the family from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Richland Center United Methodist Church with services following after. Pastor Don Nunemaker will be officiating.

          Memorial contributions may be made in Chuck's memory to: Hope Hospice of the Valley, 9720 West Peoria Ave., Suite 128, Peoria, AZ. 85345

          Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

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

 

Robert L. Blue,

Marjorie J. Blue

          Robert L. BLUE, 81, and Marjorie J. BLUE, 81, both of Rochester and formerly of Miami County, died Wednesday as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Tampa, Fla.

          Funeral arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Heather I. Paseka

          Heather Irene PASEKA, 33, of Valley Forge Apartments, Frontage Road, Warsaw, and formerly of rural Etna Green, died Friday at her residence.

          Survivors include her mother, Gloria Paseka, Etna Green; son Michael Paseka, Arkansas; special friend, Jose, Plymouth; sister Stephanie Dixon, Arkansas; and brother Andrew Paseka, Warsaw.

          Services were Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Jason Z. Rans

May 9, 1974-March 3, 2010

          Jason Z. RANS, 35, Monticello, passed away at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday in Cass County.

          He was born May 9, 1974, in Rochester, the son of James R. Rans and Mary Rans Scher. He was a 1992 graduate of Caston High School, where he had been a member of the wrestling, track and football teams. He attended Purdue University studying art. On July 29, 2007, at Fletchers Lake, he married Jeni Fisher and she survives.

          Mr. Rans was a tattoo artist owning Ink. Company in Monticello. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Logansport, and had been a Cub Scout leader and soccer coach. He enjoyed playing the guitar, frisbee golf, and spending time with his children's activities. 

          Survivors include his wife, Jeni Rans, Monticello; his children, Jameson Rans, Jonathon Rans, Elijah Yarber and Brianna Yarber, all of Monticello; his father, James R. Rans, Twelve Mile; his mother, Mary and husband Tom Scher, Sumter, S.C.; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

          He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Helen and Richard Rans and James and Dorothy Henderson. 

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Assembly of God Church, Logansport, with Pastor Andy Weil officiating. Friends may call at the church from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in the Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Jason Rans Memorial Fund through Lafayette Bank & Trust or through the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

 

Russell G. Thorrington

          Russell G. "Junior" THORRINGTON, 81, of Denver, died at 12:48 p.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Funeral arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Monday, March 8, 2010

 

Leah M. Richer

Sept. 30, 1919-March 6, 2010

          Mrs. Leah M. RICHER, 90, of Bourbon, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Saturday in her home.

          Leah was born the daughter of Walter and Molly (Holler) Harper on Sept. 30, 1919, at Kokomo. She had been a resident of Bourbon most all her life. She was a graduate of Kokomo High School, Class of 1937, and furthered her education at Indiana University and St. Francis College with a master's degree in reading education.

          She retired as a special education teacher from the Rochester Community School Corp. Leah was a faithful member of the First United Church of Christ and the Retired Teachers Association and worked as a volunteer at Kosciusko Community Hospital. She enjoyed reading, plays, being with her friends and her work at KCH as a volunteer.

          Leah married Nicholas M. Richer in 1953; he passed away in 1978.

          She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Richer, Bourbon; and her son, Nathan and wife Tamera Richer, Garland, Texas. She was also blessed with two grandchildren, Kelsey and Nicholas Richer, and two stepgrandchildren, Paul and Paige Ives.

          She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles E. and Audrey Harper.

          A memorial service of celebration will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the First United Church of Christ, Bourbon, with the Rev. Linda Sue Hewett officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church.

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

          The family would welcome memorial contributions to the Diabetes Foundation in her memory. You may send condolences via e-mail to the family at deaton-clemensfh@cyberlinkint.com.

 

Russell G. Thorrington

          Russell G. "Junior" THORRINGTON, 81, of Denver, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

 

Robert L. Blue and Marjorie J. Blue

July 22, 1928-March 3, 2010

          Robert Lee BLUE and Marjorie Joan BLUE, both 81, of Rochester and formerly of Miami County, passed away Wednesday near Tampa, Fla., as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

          Bob and Marge were both born July 22, 1928. They were married Oct. 15, 1949, in Cass County and had just celebrated 60 years of marriage.

          Bob was born in Miami County to Robert Warren and Ruth E. (Bowman) Blue and he graduated from Peru High School. He was a member of the Macy Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne Valley. He enjoyed woodworking and the fellowship with his friends during breakfast in Rochester. Bob began his career with the Nickel-Plate Railroad and retired from Norfolk-Southern as the station agent in Bluffton.

          Marge was born in Howard County to Charles T. and Thelma (Eldridge) Polk. She spent most of her adolescent years in the home of Charles and Ella Woods in Onward where she helped in their general store. Marge was a hospitality expert and enjoyed hosting guests in her home at the lake. She was an excellent cook, and had worked for several years as an Avon representative.

          Together, Bob and Marge attended the First Baptist Church in Rochester where they had made their church home for the past several years, they had formerly attended the Peru Grace Brethren Church. Bob and Marge enjoyed camping for many years with the Miami County Campers. They loved playing in neighborhood card games in Rochester, Peru and Florida.

          Bob and Marge retired in Rochester on Lake Manitou where they were active in the Lake Manitou Association.

          Survivors include their children, Linda Jo Davenport, Rochester, and Gregory Alan Blue and wife Teresa, Fifield, Wis. Five grandchildren, Joseph Davenport and wife Jackie, Phoenix, Ariz., and their children, Kaily and Kaiden; Jessie Davenport, Rochester; Jodie Davenport, Bloomington; Kelly Blue, Waukesha, Wis.; and Katie Schilling and husband Daniel, Oostburg, Wis.

          Marge leaves behind her brother, Sylvan "Pete" Polk and his wife Kathy Sue, Peru, and their children, James Polk and wife Christel, Patrick Polk and wife Deidre, Jacqueline Sipe and husband David, and Nancy Gariss and husband Dennis.

          Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Peru Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Mark Spencer, Pastor Dave Jodry and Pastor Ronald Bowland officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Rochester.

 


Margaret O. Bennett

March 15, 1917-March 7, 2010

          Margaret O. BENNETT, 92, of Metea, died at 1:50 p.m. Sunday at Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport.

          Margaret was born March 15, 1917, in Dotyville, Wis., to Frederick and Frances (Konen) Petri. She was married March 5, 1935, in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Dallas "Dick" Bennett, who preceded her in death May 12, 1997.

          Margaret was a homemaker and former co-owner of Bennett's Standard Station in Metea. She was a member of All Saint's Catholic Church, Logansport. She was a member of the Bethlehem Township Home Economics Club for over 60 years. Margaret enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting doilies with names.

          Survivors include two daughters, Sherrill McLochlin and husband James, Louisville, Ky., and Linda Scott and husband James, Rochester; a son, Ronald Bennett and wife Marcia, Logansport; sister Frances Marie Antisdel, Grafton, Wis. Seven grandchildren, Layne Wine and husband Kevin, North Carolina; David McLochlin, Louisville, Ky.; Scott McLochlin and wife Julie, Louisville, Ky.; Kris Martin, Logansport; Joseph Bennett and wife Liz, Logansport; Jeffery Bennett and wife Lori, Logansport; and Jay Bennett, New Mexico; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

          She was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters and one daughter.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at All Saint's Catholic Church, Logansport, with Father Mike McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Metea Cemetery. Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, is in charge of arrangements.

          Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association and Multiple Sclerosis Association. You may sign the guest book and send condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Annabelle Rathfon

          Annabelle RATHFON, 96, of Mentone, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday at The Cedars Retirement and Health Care, Leo.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

 

Annabelle Rathfon

Aug. 19, 1913-March 8, 2010

          Annabelle RATHFON, 96, of 701 W. Main St., Mentone, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday at The Cedars Retirement Home and Heath Care, Leo.

          Annabelle was born Aug. 19, 1913, in Warsaw, to Lloyd and Mae (Boyer) Hunter. She was married March 15, 1936, in Fulton County to E. Everett Rathfon, who passed away July 27, 1988.

          Annabelle was a resident for many years on a farm between Mentone and Rochester and later moved into Mentone. She moved to the area from Peru after marriage. She was a homemaker spending most of her life on the farm and helping to do all the daily chores.

          Annabelle graduated from Peru High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mentone. Annabelle taught Sunday school and sang in the choir that her husband directed for many years. She and her husband were the former owners of the land on which the activity center of the First Baptist Church is currently located. She was also a former DAR member. She was always a great cook as well as a wonderful seamstress.

          Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne Johnson, Fort Wayne; a sister, Carolyn and husband Harold "Bud" Fivecoat, Mentone. Three brothers, Lloyd Jr. and wife Doris Hunter, St. Joseph, Mich.; Charles and wife Lois Hunter, Mentone; and Deverle Hunter, Nashville, Tenn. A grandson, Jeffrey and wife Jenna Johnson, Hershey, Pa.; a granddaughter Jennifer and Nate Peterman, Bloomington; and five great-grandchildren, Sullivan, Lia and Evie Johnson and Deacon and Hudson Peterman.

          She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Lee Rathfon; two infant sons; two sisters, Juanita Ziegler and Irene O'Degard; and two brothers, Delbert and Robert Hunter.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with the Rev. Russell Ebersole and the Rev. Michael Wilhite officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home. Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

 

Stephanie R. Braasch

          Stephanie Renee BRAASCH, 23, of 113 S. First St., Argos, died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

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

 

James P. Moriarty

          James Patrick MORIARTY, 75, of 7501 19th Road, Argos, died Tuesday at Our Lady of Peace-Triumph Hospital, Mishawaka.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sonia Jo Amber, Hobe Sound, Fla. Three sons, James D. Moriarty, Seville, Fla.; Jerry A. Moriarty, Etna Green; and Jeffrey P. Moriarty, Argos;  and a sister, Linda Fuller, Wakarusa.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos, with visitation an hour prior to the service at the church.

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

 


Friday, March 12, 2010

 

Stephanie R. Braasch

          Stephanie Renee BRAASCH, 23, 113 S. First St., Argos, died Tuesday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

          Survivors include her father, Steve Braasch, Argos; and brothers Stephen and Shane Braasch, Argos.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Plymouth Baptist Church.

 

Shane A. Hostetler

          Shane Allen HOSTETLER, 37, Peru, died Thursday at his residence.

          Survivors include his parents, Joseph H. Hostetler Jr., Arizona, and Carol Sue Drake Duncan, Peru; one sister, Beth Pond, Peru; and two brothers, Jarred Hostetler, Denver, Colo., and Jeffrey Hostetler, Fla.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Skinner Worship Chapel, Twelve Mile, with visitation from noon until the service.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Curtis Walls

          Curtis "Curt" WALLS, 67, of Rochester and Clear Lake, Iowa, died Monday at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa.

          Survivors include his mother, Lois M. (Walls) Fulghum, and his stepfather, Russell Fulghum; his brother, Ron Walls; two daughters, Sarah Rollefson and Kimberly Haag; and his adopted son, Curtiss Werner, Osceola.

          Services were Thursday at First Christian Church, Clear Lake, Iowa.

          Arrangements were entrusted to Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, Iowa.

 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

 

Alice N. Swope

          Alice Nora SWOPE, 98, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, died at 1 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Alice is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Landis, Rochester; and a daughter-in-law, Floanna Swope, Rochester.

          Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.  Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.  Burial will follow at the Akron Cemetery.

 

Martha Whitaker

          Martha WHITAKER, 92, formerly of Liberty Mills, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday at her son’s residence in Pittsboro.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Monday, March 15, 2010

 

Clay Hensley

          Clay HENSLEY, 83, of 321 W. Marshall St., Argos, died Saturday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Alma Hensley, Argos; two daughters, Joyce Ann Wilhelm, Argos, and Norma Jean Ruh, Argos. Three sons, Jerry Hensley, Argos; Stanley Hensley, Walkerton; and Randy Hensley, Argos. And three sisters, Beatrice Patrick, Magoffin County, Ky.; Faye Duff, Argos; and Audrie Wright, Plymouth.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

 


Kathryn G. Rentschler

Aug.12, 1921-March 13, 2010

          Kathryn Grace (VanDuyne) RENTSCHLER, 88, of 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, went to be with our Lord in Heaven at 12:06 a.m. Saturday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          A lifetime resident of Fulton County, Kathryn was born Aug. 12, 1921, in the Mt. Zion community to Frank and Nellie Grace (Shelton) Van Duyne, who both preceded her in death. On Feb. 2, 1945, she and her best friend William Adam Rentschler solemnized their wedding vows. Their union spanned 34 years till his passing on April 1, 1979. Together they had four children, Donna, Hank, William and Jackie Lee, who preceded her in death at age 3.

          Kathryn was one of nine children, enjoying the company of three sisters and five brothers. As a student she attended Woodrow School. Growing up she learned many domestic responsibilities from her mother. Later as a homemaker she employed many culinary techniques. Kathryn enjoyed cooking, baking pies, cookies and cakes for her family and special friends to enjoy. You never left her home without her sharing a special homemade treat.

          Always working with her hands she created custom knitted afghans for her family. Kathryn was a devoted member of the Fulton Baptist Temple, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the women's auxiliaries of the Moose, Eagles and VFW.

          To relax Kathryn enjoyed playing solitaire, bingo and euchre. Always on the move she loved going on road trips with her family. As the matriarch of the family she is remembered as being kind and loving, doing anything for anyone, and being satisfied to feel she was of help. Grandma Kathryn loved her seven grandchildren and the seven great-grandchildren. It was a joy for her to share their company and nurture them, watching them as they grew up. Nothing was better than lighting up the room with the four generations as they shared family celebrations and holiday traditions.

          Kathryn is survived by a daughter, Donna VanMeter and husband Dean, Kewanna; two sons, Henry Adam Rentschler and wife Cindy, Rochester, and William Allan Rentschler and wife Jane, Fort Wayne. Seven grandchildren, Lora, Colleen, and Christine Rentschler, Rochester; Scott and Kathy Rentschler, Fort Wayne; and Julie Oberg and Carrie Craig, Rochester. And seven great-grandchildren, Tierney and Tori Rentschler, Luca Santella, Dakota Hayden, Blake Oberg, and twins Isaac and Alex Craig.

          Kathryn was welcomed to Heaven by her many friends and family, including her parents; husband William; her son, Jackie Lee; three sisters, Lucille Macy, Mary Zimmerman and Mae Crill; and five brothers, Fred, Don, Joe, Bob and Virgil Van Duyne.

          A celebration of the life of Kathryn Grace (Van Duyne) Rentschler was held Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Bruce Russell officiated. Interment followed at the Fulton Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Hickory Creek at Rochester or Fulton Baptist Temple. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Alice N. Swope

April 15, 1911-March 12, 2010

          Alice Nora SWOPE, 98, formerly of 300 E. 4th St., Rochester, passed away at 1 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Alice was born in Valentine, Neb., on April 15, 1911, the daughter of the late Jesse and Nora (Willsey) Linebrink. Growing up as one of seven children, she shared the family home with three sisters and three brothers. As a youngster she attended the Millark School in Macy, living most of her 98 years in Fulton County.

          On May 12, 1928, she became the bride of George Swope. Their marriage of 33 years produced three children, Kathleen, Marguerite and Jack. George preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1961.

          In addition to being a great wife and wonderful mother Alice worked for 14 years at Hart Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, as a seamstress, retiring in 1977.

          Alice was amazing and talented with the handiwork she created. Until 1995 she was keenly skilled with sewing, crocheting, embroidery and quilting. Many of her projects were often exhibited in the Fulton County 4-H Fair. It wasn't unusual for her to garner the blue ribbon first prize. Alice was also known for the meticulous detail of her tatted hankies. Her crocheted pineapple design table top doilies were a testimony of her patience.

          Alice is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Landis, Rochester; daughter-in-law Floanna Swope, Rochester; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George; a daughter, Marguerite, age 7; a son, Jack Swope; a granddaughter, Ashley Swope; a son-in-law, Lewis Landis; three sisters; and three brothers.

          A celebration of the life of Alice Nora Swope will be at 1 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service in the funeral home. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, George, at the Akron Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Ruth N. Urbin

May 10, 1919-March 13, 2010

          Ruth Nellans URBIN, 90, of Rochester and formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 2:24 a.m. Saturday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Ruth was born May 10, 1919, at her parents' farm home east of Olive Branch Church west of Fulton to Guy and Bertha (Barker) Nellans. She was a 1937 Fulton High School graduate. On Jan. 4, 1938, in Syracuse, she married John W. Urbin, of Kewanna, and he preceded her in death Nov. 26, 1994.

          The Barker and Nellan families were very musical and as a child at home they had Sunday night sing-alongs. Ruth loved music and she and her sister, Rachel, even sang on WLS Radio in Chicago. She was still singing and playing the piano two weeks before her death.

          She and her husband traveled the world on trips from Chevrolet and spent many years in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Her last trip to Florida was February through March 2009 to spend time with her daughter Jeanne Anne and Brian and the grandchildren who live in Naples. She enjoyed revisiting the things she saw years ago during her winters there.

          Ruth loved the birds, flowers and gardening. She sewed for all her children and herself in the latest styles. She raised African violets under grow lights in her basement for years and was a member of two clubs in which the members traded slips to start new plants. When she and John built an inground pool in 1963, the grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and sometimes all the neighborhood children, enjoyed endless hours of fun - especially when she served her famous chocolate malts from her homemade chocolate syrup. She also enjoyed bowling with her husband in Winamac and Rochester. Her favorite pastime in her later years was all the grandbabies that came into her life.

          She was a member of the Kewanna United Methodist Church, where she was formerly also a choir member; a member and former president of WSCS; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Kewanna; and a member of Kewanna Mothers Club.

          Surviving are her children, Janet Burkett and husband Jerry, Rochester; Jill Leazenby, Carmel; Jack Urbin and wife Jean, Kewanna; and Joy Troutman and husband Thomas, Rochester. Son-in-law Brian Markle, Naples, Fla.; sister-in-law Martha Ann Cook, Kewanna. And 13 grandchildren, Jeralyn and Steve Hines, Rochester; Jay and Robin Burkett, Chicago; Paige and Jim Simpson, Naples, Fla.; Patrick and Mirela Markle, Charlotte, N.C.; Jeremy and Nicole Markle, Louisville, Ky.; David and Erica Leazenby, Carmel; Amanda and Chad Kaluza, Carmel; Damon Leazenby, Noblesville; April and Ben Donahue, Honolulu, Hawaii; Adam Troutman, Columbus, Ohio; Alissa Troutman, Naples, Fla.; Abby and Gary Rom, Valparaiso; and Jessica and Jeremy Rentschler, Fulton. Also surviving are 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Jeanne Anne Markle, on May 26, 2009; a brother, Carl Nellans; and a sister, Rachel Rentschler.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kewanna United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steven McPeek officiating. Burial will be in Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today 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.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Kewanna United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 398, Kewanna, IN 46939. Online condolences may be made to the Urbin family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

George W. VanMeter

Dec. 24, 1925-March 13, 2010

          George Weldon "Wad" VanMETER, 84, of Logansport and formerly of Lucerne, died at 10:10 p.m. Saturday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          He was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Cass County to George F. and Lovie Ann (Fiedler) VanMeter.

          George was a retired construction worker and the former construction superintendent for the Cass County government building.

          He was a member of the Metea Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a 1943 graduate of Metea High School; a life member of Elks Lodge No. 270, New Albany; a member and past commander of Walton American Legion Post No. 418; and a member and past chef de gare of Voiture No. 729 40 & 8. George served 20 years on the board of directors of the Cass County Mental Health Association and 18 years on the board of the Memorial Center. He was a fifty-plus year member of Tipton Masonic Lodge No. 33.

          Survivors include a sister, Betty Zimmer and husband Louis, Royal Center; a brother, Donald W. VanMeter and wife Marjorie, Woodstock, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Studebaker and Mildred Rans; and three brothers, Ernie, Walter and Danny VanMeter.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Metea Baptist Church, Lucerne, with the Rev. William R. Cordes officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Zion Cemetery, Lucerne, with full graveside military rites.

          Memorials may be made to the Metea Baptist Church.

 

Martha Whitaker

June 4, 1917-March 12, 2010

          Beloved mother Martha WHITAKER, 92, of 260 E. Main St., North Manchester, and formerly of Liberty Mills, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Friday at her son's residence in Pittsboro.

          Martha was born June 4, 1917, in Mills Branch, Ky., to Mort and Mollie (Howard) Shepherd. She was married Nov. 16, 1935, in Kentucky to Lacy Whitaker, who preceded her in death Feb. 3, 2001.

          Martha was a homemaker and also worked at Heckman Bindery and Controls Co. of North Manchester. She was a member of the Sweetwater Assembly of God, North Manchester, and also attended Akron Church of God and the High School Road Church of Christ, Indianapolis. She loved gardening and sewing and she was a people lover.

          Survivors include five daughters, Alicia and husband Jim Shreve, Fort Wayne; Norma and husband William Cassaday, Arkansas; Sadie and husband Joe Shafer, Macy; Darlene Krause, North Palm Beach, Fla.; and Nadene and husband Gary Ward, Fort Wayne. Three sons, William R. and wife Janice Whitaker, Pittsboro; Earl and wife Jackie Whitaker, Warsaw; and Henry C. Whitaker, New Haven. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, six brothers and three sisters.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

          In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or the Day by Day Hospice, 1668 E. Main St., Danville, IN 46122. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

 

Dorine Kabell

          Dorine KABELL, 83, of Rochester, died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Ricky D. Lewis

Nov. 23, 1952-March 13, 2010

          Ricky D. LEWIS, 57, of Macy, passed away at 1:57 p.m. Saturday at Howard Regional Health Systems, Kokomo.

          He was born Nov. 23, 1952, in Frankfort to George A. and Beverly Jean (Ingle) Lewis.

          Ricky attended Attica High School and graduated from North White High School in Monon. He enjoyed NASCAR and was a big Jeff Gordon fan.

          Survivors include his father, George A. Lewis; a brother, Michael Lewis and wife Jane; a sister, Suzette Hagen; three nieces and one nephew; and seven great-nieces and six great-nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Jean Lewis.

          A memorial visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. at the mortuary with the Rev. Joseph Bougher officiating. There will be a private burial at a later date at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo.

          You are invited to read Ricky's obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com where you may sign the guest book, or share a personal message with the family. You may also order flowers for the family.

 

Henry A. Rentschler

Dec. 20, 1949-March 16, 2010

          Henry "Hank" Adam RENTSCHLER, 60, of Macy, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          Henry was born Dec. 20, 1949, in Fulton County to William Adam and Kathryn Grace (VanDuyne) Rentschler. He was married Aug. 30, 1980, in Fulton to Cindy A. Richter.

          He was a farmer. He was a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge No. 665 and a member of the Scottish Rite of South Bend. He attended the Fulton Baptist Temple. He enjoyed spending time with his family at home, cooking, fishing and touring the countryside.

          Survivors include his wife, Cindy Rentschler, Macy; three daughters, Laura Rentschler, Colleen Rentschler and Christine Rentschler, all of Fulton; a brother, William "Bill" Allan Rentschler and wife Jane, Fort Wayne; a sister, Donna VanMeter and husband Dean, Kewanna; a sister-in-law, Mindy Willis and husband Mike, Peru; a brother-in-law, Curt Richter and wife Sue, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by brother Jackie Lee Rentschler.

          Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Fulton Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce Russell officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice or the Fulton Baptist Temple. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

 

Dorine I. Kabell

          Dorine Iva KABELL, 83, of 3196 N. 700 West, Rochester, formerly of Newberry, Mich., died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include a daughter, Iva Masterson, Rochester. Three sisters, Viola Troop, Newberry, Mich.; Cora Mae Manning, Oklahoma; and Ella Sevarns, Kalamazoo, Mich. And four brothers, James Sevarns, Newberry, Mich.; Leroy Sevarns, Carson City, Mich.; Luke Sevarns, Manistique, Mich.; and Roger Sevarns, McMillen, Mich.

          Family services were held at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Barbara J. Sipe

          Barbara J. SIPE, 72, of Elkhart and born in Star City, died Tuesday at Hubbard Hill Estates, Elkhart.

          Survivors include her son, Mark Osborn, Elkhart; a sister, Shirley Robertson, Tullahoma, Tenn.; and two brothers, Larry Bonnell, St. Charles, Ill., and Gary Bonnell, Mishawaka.

          Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Elkhart, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 


Friday, March 19, 2010

 

Elnora L. Craig

Sept. 10, 1921-March 18, 2010

          Elnora L. CRAIG, 88, formerly of 5158 N. 825 East, Mentone, died at 1:20 a.m. Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Elnora was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Mentone to Jacob W. and Bessie C. (Tipton) Gross. She was married July 28, 1940, in Akron to George J. Craig, who passed away Jan. 14, 1985.

          Elnora and husband George started Craig Welding and she was formerly a bookkeeper for the welding shop and also was a homemaker.

          She was a member of the Riverview Community Church, Tippecanoe, and the Fulton County Republican Women's Club, where she was a past recipient of the woman of the year award. She was a member of the former Country Neighbors Home Ec Club. She enjoyed cooking and she also cross-stitched quilts for all of her grandchildren and most of her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling. She graduated from Talma High School as the salutatorian of the Class of 1939.

          Survivors include three daughters, Jerilyn and husband Richard Peterson, Rochester; Janet and husband Patrick Walters, Bourbon; and Pam Craig, Rochester. Two sons, Don Craig and Karen Whitehead, Mentone, and John Craig, Mentone; one sister, Lois Liebeler, Dunedin, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

          She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Carl Gross; and one grandson, Todd Peterson.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Rodney Ruberg officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home. Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Riverview Community Church, Tippecanoe, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

E. Richard Lewke

          The Rev. E. Richard LEWKE, 85, of 625 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, and formerly of 108 W. South St., Argos, died at 10:35 a.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

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

 

Glen E. Miller

          Glen Edward MILLER, 85, formerly of Perrysburg, died at 3:33 p.m. Thursday at Caring Hands Health Care Center in Peru.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Maryanna Walton

          Maryanna WALTON, 84, Peru, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday in Florida.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

 

Charlene L. Safford Bailey

          Charlene Louise Safford BAILEY, 93, Fort Collins, Colo., and formerly of Rochester, died Monday at Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Fort Collins, Colo.

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

 

Jim D. Bick

          Jim D. BICK, 69, of 3501 Country Club Drive, Rochester, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife, Katrina (Sharmbarger) Bick, at home.  And three daughters, Kelley Lease, Rochester; Kristin Wolfe, Westfield; and Kym Bausback, Greensburg.

          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.

 

E. Richard Lewke

          The Rev. E. Richard LEWKE, 85, of 625 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, and formerly of 108 W. South St., Argos, died Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Pretty Lake Trinity United Methodist Church, Plymouth. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Gregory L. McMillen

          Gregory L. McMILLEN, 54, of 3488 S. 400 East, Rochester, died Friday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Lisa McMillen, at home; a daughter Melea McMillen, Rochester; a son, Garrett McMillen, Rochester; his mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Bruce Hodgson, Cadillac, Mich.; his father and stepmother, Gary and Donna McMillen, Evart, Mich.; five sisters, Cheryl McMillen, Falls Church, Va.; Jazanne McMillen, Gallatin Gateway, Mont.; June Mitchell, Evart, Mich.; Margaret Westmaas, Marion, Mich.; and Deb Bryant, Evart, Mich.; and four brothers, Mitchell McMillen, New Milford, Conn.; Jon McMillen, Huntsville, Ala.; Bill Flachs, Evart, Mich.; and Chuck Flachs, Evart, Mich.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Glenn E. Miller

          Glenn Edward MILLER, 85, formerly of Perrysburg, died Thursday at Caring Hands Healthcare Center, Peru.

          Survivors include one son, Michael L. Miller, Conchita, Mexico.

          Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Perrysburg Community Cemetery, Perrysburg. There will be no visitation.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Malcolm G. Shoemaker

          Malcolm G. SHOEMAKER, 84, Denver, died Friday at his residence.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Janet R. Overfield Spencer

          Janet Reed Overfield SPENCER, 54, Rochester, died Friday at her residence.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Rochester.  Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

Maryanna Walton

          Maryanna WALTON, 84, Peru, died Wednesday at Florida Hospital Waterman Campus in Tavres, Fla.

          Survivors include one daughter, Lynn Annette Elkins, Texas.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mexico Church of the Brethren, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements.

 


Monday, March 22, 2010

 

Jim D. Bick

April 3, 1940-March 18, 2010

          Jim D. BICK, 69, of 3501 Country Club Drive, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 5:10 p.m. Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Jim was born in Rochester on April 3, 1940, the son of Andrew Jackson and Martiena (Geiger) Bick.

          As a high school athlete Jim was a member of the gridiron Zebras playing football for four years. With great pride in 1958 he graduated from Rochester High School. In 1959 he was beckoned by our country and served with the United States Navy in Vietnam from 1959 to 1963 in the Vietnam War. Jim was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36.

          On Oct. 7, 1995, Jim and his best friend, Katrina "Kitty" Shambarger, were married. They enjoyed traveling. Their favorite destination was New Orleans, but they also enjoyed visits to Mississippi, Florida, Las Vegas and California. Many remember Jim and his family providing north central Indiana with the finest concrete. Jim was the owner of Jack Bick and Sons Redi-Mix, and it was a common sight to see the red and white mixers cruising the streets, sometimes with Jim in the driver's seat.

          In his early years Jim enjoyed the thrill of racing snowmobiles. He traveled to Colorado many times to compete as one of the top contenders. Jim also looked forward to the arrival of the morels in late May. He enjoyed embracing nature as he hunted with friends. One of his favorite treasures was his 1977 yellow Corvette. Jim was a member of the Fort Wayne Corvette Club and enjoyed the camaraderie and friendly competition at many shows with fellow enthusiasts.

          Known to some as the "Gadget Guy," he was a self-described inventor. A few of his most coveted inventions include a gumball machine, an automatic dog food dispenser and a miniature sliding switchblade. Always working with his hands, he enjoyed woodworking and creating special projects for family and friends. To relax he listened to the "Oldies," but also enjoyed country and Cajun music as well.

          Jim is survived by his wife, Kitty, at home. Four daughters, Kelley Lease and husband Robert, Rochester, and their children, Meghan and husband Kyle McLochlin and Mallory and Lauren Mitchell; Kristin Wolfe and husband Paul, Westfield, and their children, Kayleigh Jenkins and Karlene Wolfe; Kym Bausback and husband Aaron, Greensburg, and their children, Kate, Abby and Benjamin Bausback; and Nikki Weitzel, Rochester, and her children, Bryce and Reece Weitzel. One son, Shawn Shambarger, Warsaw; a special friend, who was like a brother, Rich Stein and wife Sue, New Haven; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Bick.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Jim Bick will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Paul Tinkle officiating. Friends may visit the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment is at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made in his name to a charity of the donor's choice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Gregory L. McMillen

April 22, 1955-March 19, 2010

          Gregory L. McMILLEN, 54, of 3488 S. 400 East, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 6:10 a.m. Friday at his home.

          Greg was born April 22, 1955, in South Bend to Gary and Carolyn (Burkett) McMillen. He was the first of the McMillen kids. In the early years of his youth in the Green Oak community he shared his home with two sisters, Jazanne and Cheryl, and a brother, Mitchell. In 1966, the family moved to Evart, Mich. During his Michigan childhood, Greg was further surrounded by brothers and sisters to play with, tease and offer counsel, including brothers Bill, Chuck and Jon and sisters June, Margaret, Deb and Julie. With great pride, Greg graduated from Evart High School with his class in 1973.

          Returning to Rochester to help on the family farm, Greg was introduced to his future wife, Lisa Frances Savage, by his good friend Ronnie Young. On June 20, 1981, Greg and Lisa exchanged wedding vows at the First Christian Church. Their union spanned nearly 29 years and was blessed with three children. Blaine was born into Heaven in December of 1987, followed by Melea and Garrett who survive.

          Greg was a faithful member of the First Christian Church and served the Macy Masonic Lodge as past master. Until his illness he was employed with Madras Packaging of Argos.

          With agriculture in his blood, Greg greatly enjoyed a lifelong love for farming. There was nothing better than the smell of the fresh soil turning in the spring fields, on a crisp day while plowing or discing. The bountiful autumn harvest was a great reward of beans, corn and wheat planted earlier in the season. In more recent years Greg's interests transitioned from the fields to a huge truck patch garden and the pride he exhibited with the care of his lawn and landscape of his home. Throughout the summer growing season Greg issued reports on the progress of the garden, especially the sweet corn. He and his family looked forward with anticipation to the harvest of the juicy sweet treat.

          The warm days of late spring beckoned Greg to locations in northern Indiana and Michigan for adventures of mushroom hunting. Sometimes family or close friends accompanied him, but other locales were known only to him. Upon his return, Lisa would prepare the tasty delicacies for the family to enjoy. An avid wild game hunter, Greg would pack his favorite 12-gauge Mossburg shotgun for the hunt of rabbit, deer, pheasant, ducks, quail or geese. This also provided an opportunity for him to enjoy the company of his son Garrett and allowed him to teach the finer points of sportsmanship. His hunting buddies Garrett, Greg Halfast and Dick Eurit would often accompany him in the pursuit of bagging the perfect trophy.

          A true American sportsman, Greg enjoyed fishing near Mt. Zion and Lake Manitou with his casting rod for blue gill and bass. An annual event for the McMillen men was their fishing trip to the Crystal Falls area of Michigan, a land of many serene lakes. It was here that Greg, his brothers and dad enjoyed camaraderie, catching many fish and spinning many fish tales.

          Greg and his family enjoyed vacations to D.C. and Connecticut, and their annual trip to Chicago that included a trip to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play. An armchair athlete, Greg cheered for the crimson and cream, the IU men's basketball team. He would relax in his favorite chair with the remote in one hand and his "Bad Call," brick in the other. Greg was also an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and NASCAR racing, especially Jeff Gordon.

          In August of 2009, Greg was given a grim prognosis. With a positive attitude and wonderful support from his family he persevered and conquered the treatments. Surviving long beyond the calculated time, he remarkably enjoyed good quality of life and the holidays with his family, hunting for geese and many of the simple things in life he truly loved. As a testimony of his faith and quiet strength Greg rose to the challenges that confronted him. He will be truly missed by those left behind. As a loving husband, esteemed son, dedicated dad, treasured brother and loyal friend, he leaves his adoring family, hunting and fishing buddies and many friends he met along life's journey to cherish the memories of the many good times they shared. 

          Greg is survived by his wife, Lisa; a daughter and son, Melea McMillen and Garrett McMillen, both of Rochester; his mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Bruce Hodgson, Cadillac, Mich.; his father and stepmother, Gary and Donna McMillen, Evart, Mich. Five sisters, Cheryl McMillen, Falls Church, Va.; Jazanne McMillen, Gallatin Gateway, Mont.; June Mitchell and husband Jim, Evart, Mich.; Margaret Westmaas and husband Dave, Marion, Mich.; and Deb Bryant and husband Dennis, Evart, Mich. Four brothers, Mitchell McMillen and wife Lisa, New Milford, Conn.; Jon McMillen and wife Cathy, Huntsville, Ala.; Bill Flachs, Evart, Mich.; and Chuck Flachs and wife Karen, Evart, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Susie See and husband Barry, Twelve Mile; a brother-in-law, Klise Savage and wife Ginny, Kewanna; aunts and uncle Bill and Pat McMillen, Joyce Good and Orabelle Meredith, all of Rochester. Special cousins Janet, Darl and Seth Rock, Pee Wee and Diana Smith, and Jeri, Jon and Jeff Good, all of Rochester; Colleen McMillen and Sheila (McMillen) Keller, Indianapolis; and Brad McMillen, Studio City, Calif. Hunting buddies Greg Halfast and Dick Eurit and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

          He was preceded by an infant son, Blaine G. McMillen; sister, Julie Flachs; mother and father-in-law Frank and Mitzie Savage; paternal grandparents Florence McMillen and Gerald McMillen; maternal grandparents Otis and Beulah Burkett; cousin Jayne A. Good; and Uncle Bob and Aunt Sharon Burkett Hurd.

          A celebration of the life of Greg L. McMillen will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Fred Dorisse will officiate. Friends may visit with his family on hour prior to the service in the funeral home. He will be laid to eternal rest at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made in his name to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Janet R. Spencer

Dec. 1, 1955-March 19, 2010

          Janet Reed (Overfield) SPENCER, dearly loved wife, mother and friend, moved to her new heavenly address on Friday morning.

          Born Dec. 1, 1955, in Sacramento, Calif., she was the daughter of Richard Barbee and Joyce (Leu) Overfield. On July 15, 1978, she was married to Mark Spencer in Muncie. He survives in Rochester, where he is pastor of First Baptist Church.

          Her battle with ALS lasted over four years, taking away everything but her smile and her love for Jesus, family and friends. Jan was a loving and faithful pastor's wife; she enjoyed her church family. She was a role model to many and spent countless hours praying with her Moms in Touch group for children, loved ones, schools, teachers and her community. Teaching junior high Sunday school and small group Bible studies was part of her way of sharing her love for Jesus with others. Through her battle with ALS, she showed that God's strength is perfect even when we are weak.

          Jan graduated from Muncie Northside High School in 1973. She went on to college at Purdue University and graduated in 1977 with a degree in interior design. She enjoyed her work as a residential appraiser and the many people she met through her business, JRS Appraisal Services.

          She also leaves behind three children, Katie Miller and husband Tyler, Warsaw; Ryan Spencer, Indianapolis; and Reed Spencer, Rochester. Two brothers, Richard B. Overfield, Lebanon, and Travis A. Overfield, Muncie; one sister, Tracy Osborne, Muncie; one sister-in-law, Karen Lux, Largo, Fla.; and one brother-in-law, Paul Spencer, Minneapolis, Minn.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Rochester. Burial will follow in Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver

          Memorial contributions to the ALS Association or to Rochester First Baptist Church. Condolences may be left online at www.mcclainfh.com. 

 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

 

Janice E. Graham

Jan. 10, 1958-March 21, 2010

          Janice E. (Hogan) GRAHAM, 52, of Kewanna, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Born Jan. 10, 1958, in Rochester, she was the daughter of John E. "Jack" and Florence (Brown) Hogan. She was a 1976 graduate of Kewanna High School. On March 5, 1988, she married Eldon "Ozzie" Graham in Kewanna and he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2007.

          Janice was employed at Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna where she worked in quality control.

          She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of VFW Post No. 1121 in Kewanna. Her hobbies included playing solitaire, working puzzles, watching NASCAR and doing yard work. Janice was always looking out for others and she was a regular volunteer at the Special Olympics. Janice loved spending time with her grandchildren.

          Survivors include her mother, Florence Hogan, Kewanna. Three daughters, Stephanie Malchow and husband Mike, Rochester; Jamie Smith, Monticello; and Wendy Shock and husband Jonathon, Kewanna. Three sisters, Kathleen Dees and husband Rudy, Visalia, Calif.; Wendy J. Kelly and husband Daniel, West Lafayette; and Alice L. White and husband Darrell, Winamac. A brother, Michael E. Hogan, Kewanna; and five grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Hogan; husband, Ozzie Graham; and one sister, Linda Federer.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to Kewanna Volunteer Fire Department/First Responders, P.O. Box 95, Kewanna, IN 46939.

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

 

Josie M. Heckaman

May 21, 1990-March 20, 2010

          Josie Marie HECKAMAN, 19, Silver Lake, died at 9:50 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, following an accident earlier that day.

          Josie was born May 21, 1990, in South Bend to Jay D. and Sharon K. (Wright) Heckaman, who both survive in Silver Lake.

          Josie formerly worked at Dairy Queen, North Manchester, for three years and was a student at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, studying agricultural education.

          Josie graduated from Manchester High School in 2008, where she was a member of the track team, was active in Future Farmers of America and played saxophone in the band. She was a 10-year member of Wabash County 4-H, was a Star Camper at Camp Mollenhour, Silver Lake, and had achieved her Silver Award in Girl Scouts. Josie loved her family and friends, and enjoyed camping, the outdoors and her pets. She attended South Pleasant United Methodist Church, south of Silver Lake.

          Survivors also include paternal grandparents, Merl and Joann Heckaman, Warsaw; maternal grandfather, Waitsel "Gummy" Wright, Akron; paternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Bonnie Gragg, Warsaw; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

          She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Adeline G. Matzat-Wright.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at South Pleasant United Methodist Church, Indiana 15 and County Road 1400 North, three miles south of Silver Lake. Pastor Nikki Marker will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, Wabash County.

          Memorials may be made to the Future Farmers of America Chapter at Manchester High School, c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962. Condolences may be sent at www.mckeemortuary.com.

 

Patricia S. Pontious

          Patricia Sue “Patty” PONTIOUS, 61, 554 W. 200 North, Rochester, passed away at 1:02 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

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

 

Rickey Willard

          Rickey WILLARD, 62, of Rochester, died at 8:02 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

 

Janice E. Graham

Jan. 10, 1958-March 21, 2010

          Janice E. (Hogan) GRAHAM, 52, of Kewanna, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Born Jan. 10, 1958, in Rochester, she was the daughter of John E. "Jack" and Florence (Brown) Hogan. She was a 1976 graduate of Kewanna High School. On March 5, 1988, she married Eldon "Ozzie" Graham in Kewanna and he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2007.

          Janice was employed at Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna where she worked in quality control.

          She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of VFW Post No. 1121 in Kewanna. Her hobbies included playing solitaire, working puzzles, watching NASCAR and doing yard work. Janice was always looking out for others and she was a regular volunteer at the Special Olympics. Janice loved spending time with her grandchildren.

          Survivors include her mother, Florence Hogan, Kewanna. Three daughters, Stephanie Malchow and husband Mike, Rochester; Jamie Smith, Monticello; and Wendy Shock and husband Jonathon, Kewanna. Three sisters, Kathleen Dees and husband Rudy, Visalia, Calif.; Wendy J. Kelly and husband Daniel, West Lafayette; and Alice L. White and husband Darrell, Winamac. A brother, Michael E. Hogan, Kewanna; and five grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Hogan; husband, Ozzie Graham; and one sister, Linda Federer.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna. Pastor Scott Meneely will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and also one hour before the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to Kewanna Volunteer Fire Department/First Responders, P.O. Box 95, Kewanna, IN 46939.

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

 

Helen J. Montgomery

          Helen J. MONTGOMERY, 85, a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home of Plymouth, formerly of Bourbon, died Monday.

          Survivors include three daughters, Karen Frick, Warsaw;  Betty Hawthorne, Navarre, Ohio; and Pamela Loftus, Granger.  Three stepchildren, Gary Montgomery, Bourbon, and Mike Montgomery and June McCorkle, both of Warsaw.  Four sisters, Faye King, Bourbon; Lois Roahrig, Plymouth; Bonnie Craig, Nappanee; and Joyce Overmyer, Rochester, And two brothers, Roscoe Heckaman, Argos, and Leroy Heckaman, Bourbon.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon.  Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

 

Eva Hartman

          Eva HARTMAN, 94, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, and formerly of Akron, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Patricia S. Pontious

Oct. 12, 1948-March 22, 2010

          Patricia Sue "Patty" PONTIOUS, 61, 554 W. 200 North, Rochester, passed away at 1:02 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. 

          She was born Oct. 12, 1948, in Argos, the daughter of Charles and Lila (Pomeroy) Parrish. On Feb. 25, 1967, in Argos, she married David L. Pontious, and he survives.

          Mrs. Pontious was activities director at Hickory Creek at Rochester. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Rochester, where she was active with the women's ministry, and she had been a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed eating out with her husband, spending time with her family and helping others, and she will be remembered for her dedicated service to the residents of Hickory Creek.

          Survivors include her husband, David L. Pontious, Rochester; her son, Derek and wife Karen Pontious, Rochester. Her grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Devin McFarland, San Angelo, Texas; Justin Pontious, Westville; and Sierra Pontious, Rochester. Mother Lila Parrish, Argos; her sisters, Judith and husband Norman Crouch, Plymouth, and Michelle and husband Bruce Cook, Beckley, W.Va.; and her brother Michael and wife Lori Parrish, Argos.

          She was preceded in death by her father.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Daniel Davidson officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Thursday, March 25, 2010

 

Alvah P. Castle

          Alvah P. “Pete” CASTLE, 101, 531 Fulton Ave., Rochester, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

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

 

Wesley A. Kirkpatrick

          Wesley A. KIRKPATRICK, 98, of Plymouth, died Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements, which are incomplete.

 

Rickey D. Willard

          Rickey D. WILLARD, 62, of 1526 Wallace Ave., Rochester, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Alice, at home; and a daughter, Amanda Lynn Rene Maris, Kewanna.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation for one hour prior to the service.

 

Stephanie R. Oberg

          Stephanie Rene OBERG, 27, of 504 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, died Monday at her residence.

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

 

Friday, March 26, 2010

 

Alvah P. Castle

Feb. 19, 1909-March 24, 2010

          Alvah P. "Pete" CASTLE, 101, 531 Fulton Ave., Rochester, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          He was born Feb. 19, 1909, in Rochester, the son of Lawrence "Friday" and Ora (Brown) Castle. On Dec. 27, 1943, in Morristown, he married Lena Mae Osborne. She preceded him in death Jan. 18, 1991.

          Mr. Castle lived in Mishawaka from 1943 to 1992. He was a baker and worked at the former Uniroyal Corp. in Mishawaka. He was a member of the Eagles and enjoyed playing the horses and the lottery.

          Survivors include his sister, Betty Gordon, Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his sister, Emeline Crabtree.

          Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Joe Bankson officiating.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Catherine Crall

          Catherine CRALL, 91, of Rochester, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

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

 

Eva P. Hartman

Sept. 23, 1915-March 23, 2010

          Eva P. HARTMAN, 94, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, and formerly of Akron, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Eva was born Sept. 23, 1915, in Burket to Charley and Mercy (Flenar) Tucker. She was married Oct. 19, 1935, in Scottsburg to Henry N. Hartman, who died July 29, 1989.

          Eva worked as a building contractor.

          Eva graduated in 1933 from Burket High School. She was a member of VFW Post No. 1343, Eagles Aerie No. 852 and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Rochester. Eva attended the Akron United Methodist Church. She served as a Democrat on the election board for 62 consecutive years.

          Survivors include a daughter, Judy and husband Lee Grigsby, Warsaw; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry N. Hartman; her son, John J. Hartman, who passed Dec. 2, 2006; four sisters; a brother; and her companion dog Blackie in July of 2008.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Karen Ottjes officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Akron United Methodist Church or the Akron Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Stephanie R. Oberg

April 21, 1982-March 22, 2010

          Stephanie Rene OBERG, 27, 504 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, passed away Monday at her residence.

          She was born the daughter of Donna (Oberg) McClure and Steve McClure on April 21, 1982, in Wabash.

          She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and she loved music and to go to concerts.

          Survivors include her son, Gaberiel Donnavon Oberg, Macy; mother Donna McClure, Macy; her father, Steve McClure and companion Rita, North Manchester. Four sisters, Rhonda Whiteman, North Manchester; Angie Shepherd, North Manchester; Mandy Fox, Rochester; and Shelly Bailey, Rochester. Grandmother Madie L. Oberg, Macy; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

          She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Emil Julius Oberg and Howard H. McClure, and grandmother, Ruth Ann Rush.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Tom Craig officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private burial will take place in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephanie Oberg Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Frederick D. Rohrer

          Frederick D. ROHRER, 85, of Denton, Texas, and formerly of Rock Lake, Akron, died Wednesday evening at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

 

Frederick D. Rohrer

March 17, 1925-March 24, 2010

          Frederick Daniel ROHRER, 85, of 3901 Montecito Drive, Denton, Texas, and formerly of Elkhart and Rock Lake, Akron, passed away Wednesday at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

          Fred was born March 17, 1925, in North Manchester, to Charles C. and Mary E. (Flory) Rohrer. On Feb. 18, 1950, he married Betty Lou Clark, of Akron, who survives.

          Fred was an electronic engineer as well as a landlord.

          Fred was a 1943 graduate of Chester High School and also attended North Manchester College. He then graduated with a degree in applied radio engineering from Valparaiso Technical Institute in 1952. Fred and Betty retired and then moved to Texas in 2002 to be near family due to his illness. Fred served his country in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a supply sergeant stationed in Bolling Field, Washington, D.C. Fred and Betty were members of Christian Center of South Bend, where he served as an elder for many years. While living in the Akron area they attended the Akron Church of God. Fred and Betty just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last February.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty Rohrer, Denton, Texas; two daughters, Nancy Warner, Denton, Texas, and Sherrie and husband Randy Brandt, Highland Village, Texas; a son, Terry Rohrer, Tennessee; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John and wife Mary Ann Rohrer, North Manchester; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and husband Max Stinson and Donna and husband Larry Wahlig; brother-in-law Bob and JoAnn Clark; and several nieces and nephews.

          A celebration of the life of Fred Rohrer will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. James Shrock officiating. Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Church of God or the Kidney Foundation. Online condolences can be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Catherine E. Crall

May 19, 1918-March 25, 2010

          Catherine E. CRALL, 91, of Rochester, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Catherine was born in Fulton County on May 19, 1918, the daughter of the late Clyde E. and Bessie (Hartman) Towne. She and Estel Crall were married Nov. 19, 1939, in Akron.

          She was a homemaker and a caregiver. She was a good mom, enjoying the time spent with her family. Catherine also enjoyed collecting dolls.

          She was a member of the Akron Church of God.

          Catherine is survived by two daughters, Sue Helser and husband Laddie, Warsaw, and Diane Kay Bieganski and husband David, Cowelsville, N.Y.; a son, Richard Crall and wife Barbara, Rochester; a sister, Norma Starr, Rochester; a brother, Jack Towne and wife Beatrice, Marseille, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four daughters, Barbara Claxton, Ann Benzing and two in infancy; an infant son; four sisters, Lucille Rynearson, Mary Ann Winters, Marjorie Maddux and Evelyn Schultz; and four brothers, James, Vernon, Emerson and Harold Towne.

          A celebration of the life of Catherine Crall will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Charles Azbell officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service. Interment will follow the services at the Athens Hoover Cemetery, Athens.

          Memorials may be made to the Life Care Center Activity Fund. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, March 29, 2010

 

Lois G. Hoover

Jan. 3, 1927-March 28, 2010

          Lois Gene HOOVER, 83, of 1420 Jefferson St., Apt. 7, Rochester, and formerly of Akron, died at 2:58 a.m. Sunday at Visiting Nurse/Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.

          Gene was born Jan. 3, 1927, in Fulton County to Fred and Blanche (Hoover) Sommer. She was married Feb. 26, 1950, in Akron, to Raymond H. Hoover; he passed away June 19, 2001.

          Gene was a homemaker. She graduated from Gilead High School where she was salutatorian of her class. She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Gilead since she was 18 years old. Gene also taught Sunday school for 18 years at the Akron United Methodist Church. She and her husband Raymond raised deer and Gene would bottle feed rescued fawns.

          Survivors include two sons, C. David Hoover, Fort Wayne, and Fred R. and wife Mary Hoover, Macy; four grandchildren, Angela, Melissa, Katrina and Luke Hoover; and several great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Sommer, and a sister, Marian Kroft.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Karen Ottjes officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Akron United Methodist Church or the Visiting Nurse/Hospice Home of Fort Wayne. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Ruth B. MacQuillan

          Ruth B. MacQUILLAN, 93, of Culver, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          Survivors include her son, Malcolm A. MacQuillan, South Bend.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver, with visitation for one hour prior to the service.

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

 

Zerelda E. Barr

June 14, 1911-March 28, 2010

          Zerelda Elizabeth Frick Elliott BARR, 98, of Indianapolis, passed away Sunday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

          She was born June 14, 1911, to Otto Peter Frick and Harriet Estella Frick (Attkisson) in Salem.

          She graduated from Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, in 1929 and Indiana University in 1933 with a math major. She worked at Block's in Indianapolis before marrying Raymond Fuller Elliott Jr., of Greene, N.Y., in 1939. Raymond passed away in 1944. While raising their two children, she worked 20 years, first as a tabulator and later as supervisor of the tabulation department, at Walker Research, Indianapolis. In 1979 she married Winston H. Barr, originally of Logansport. Winston preceded her in death in 1992.

          She was a member of Tri Kappa, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Mu Latreian, Indiana University Alumni Association, and East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis. She enjoyed watching sporting events and was a staunch IU, Colts, and Pacers fan.

          She is survived by daughters Susan Elliott Schalliol (Edgar), Casa Grande, Ariz., and Helen Elliott Shiffer (John), Indianapolis; grandson Ryan Elliott Shiffer, Indianapolis, and granddaughter Angela Dickson Ngigi (John), Glide, Ore. Sons Alan Barr (Marsha), Seattle, Wash.; Wayne Barr, Oakland Park, Fla.; and Larry Barr (Betty), Fayetteville, Ga. Grandsons David Barr (Vanessa), Kent, Wash.; Brian Barr (Amanda), Bothell, Wash.; Nathan Barr (Tahiroh), Seattle, Wash.; and Kevin Barr, Seattle, Wash. Granddaughters Sharon Barr-Jeffrey (Anthony), Seattle, Wash.; Ruth Ann Craven (Steve), Franklin, Tenn.; Angela Parsons (Huber), Alexandria, Va.; and Megan Barr, Seattle, Wash. 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

          Visitation will be Thursday at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, Indianapolis, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Her funeral service will be at the funeral home Friday at 11:30 a.m. with burial following in Logansport. John C. Samples of East 91st Street Christian Church will be officiating.

          Please visit www.leppertmortuary.com where you can sign the guest book, leave a message for the family or make a memorial contribution in memory of Zerelda.

 

Bonnie R. Harper

          Bonnie Rue HARPER, 83, of 412 W. Eighth St., Rochester, died Monday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include two daughters, Donna J. Good, Rochester, and Cindy L. Harper, Denver, Colo.; and a sister, Goldie Humes, Oak Grove.

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

 

Opal Weidner

          Opal WEIDNER, 89, of Rochester, died at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

 

Robert E. McGee

          Robert E. McGEE, 79, 2708 Country Club Drive South, Rochester, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

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

 

Bonnie R. Harper

Jan. 26, 1927-March 29, 2010

Bonnie Rue HARPER, 83, of 412 W. Eighth St., Rochester, passed away at 8:03 p.m. Monday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Bonnie was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Lansing, Mich., to Bertha Bright and Jack Martin, and had lived most of her life in the Rochester area. Bonnie and Merle Devon Harper were married May 14, 1945, in Akron. He preceded her in death June 29, 1997.

          She retired in 1999 from Torx, where she was a sorter and a supervisor. Bonnie took pride in her flower gardens; her favorite flowers were her roses. Feeding corn to the squirrels was also a favorite pastime. Her feline, Cricket, was a "purrfect" companion, as they both had a lot of energy and never slowed down.

          Bonnie is survived by two daughters, Donna J. Good, Rochester, and Cindy L. Harper, Denver, Colo.; a sister, Goldie Humes, Oak Grove; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

          A celebration of the life of Bonnie Harper will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Paul Begley officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Humane Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Ralph E. Reddick

          Ralph E. REDDICK, 93, of 10 Wilmington Place, Dayton, Ohio, died March 18 at his residence.

          Ralph graduated from Rochester High School in 1934.

          Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Poole, Bakersville, Calif.; brother Kenneth E. Reddick, Marshall, Mich.; and sister Marcele Noell, Frankfort, Ky.

          Services were March 25 at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, Huber Heights, Ohio. Arrangements were entrusted to Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights.

 

Opal B. Weidner

          Opal WEIDNER, 89, of 1516 Wallace Ave., Rochester, died Tuesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Opal is survived by two daughters, Martha Dain, Rochester, and Mary Perez, Phoenix, Ariz.; and a brother, Kenneth Armentrout, The Colony, Texas.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 


Friday, April 2, 2010

 

Bob S. Clark

          Bob S. CLARK, 75, of Akron, died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday at the William Childs Hospice House of Palm Bay, Fla.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Robert E. McGee

Aug. 3, 1930-March 31, 2010

          Robert E. “Bob” McGEE, 79, 2708 Country Club Drive South, Rochester, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          He was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Athens, the son of Harley and Mariam (Barnhisel) McGee. Bob graduated from Akron High School and shortly after enlisted in the Air Force. On Sept. 10, 1956, in Rochester, he married Barbara Stinson, and she survives.

          Upon his return from service, he went to work for his father at Rochester Building Service, eventually taking over ownership. He had been a member of the Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, and had attended First Christian Church, Rochester. Throughout Bob’s early years he enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing; however, as the years progressed golf became his main interest.

          Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Barbara McGee, Rochester; a son, Michael McGee and friend Sharon Grimm, Rochester; a daughter, Patricia and husband Ed Carroll, Daleville; and grandchildren Morgan McGee, Rochester, and Nathaniel Carroll and Danielle Carroll, both of Daleville.

          He was preceded in death by his sister, Marcia Wertzberger.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, Rochester, with Dick Enyart officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the IOOF 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, First Christian Church, or the Fulton County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Opal B. Weidner

Dec. 16, 1920-March 30, 2010

          Opal B. WEIDNER, 89, formerly of 1516 Wallace Ave., Rochester, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester. She had been in failing health the past several months.

          She was born in Fairmont, Minn., on Dec. 16, 1920, the daughter of the late James and Nola F. (Woods) Armentrout.

          Opal became the bride of Harley O. Weidner on May 22, 1939, in Indianapolis; he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 1987. She lived most of her married life in the Rochester area.

          Opal attended the Liberty Baptist Church of Rochester. She loved her Lord and spent time in his Word daily.

          She had a great love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished the time spent with them.

          Opal is survived by two daughters, Martha Dain and husband Terry, Rochester, and Mary Perez, Phoenix, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Judy Weidner, Warsaw; a brother, Kenneth Armentrout, The Colony, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Clara Armentrout, Argos.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Wayne in 1998 and Harley G. in 2000; two grandsons, Lee Perez and Wayne Weidner Jr.; four sisters, Marietta Staszewski, Mable Ballinger, Miriam Hutchins and Gertrude Joseph; and a brother, Glen Armentrout.

          A celebration of the life of Opal Weidner will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Glen Mitchell officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at the Reichter Cemetery, northeast of Rochester.

          Memorials may be made in her name to Hickory Creek at Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

 

Bobby S. Clark

          Bobby Smoker CLARK, 75, of 556 Brentwood Drive, Akron, died Thursday at William Childs Hospice House, Palm Bay, Fla.

          Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Clark, Akron; two daughters, Deborah Gerber, Fort Wayne, and Dianna Roberts, Melbourne, Fla.; and three sisters, Betty Rohrer, Denton, Texas, and Mary Ann Stinson and Donna Wahlig, both of Fort Wayne.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Darlene J. Elsea

          Darlene J. ELSEA, 70, of 15218 Indiana 17, Burr Oak, died Thursday at her home.

          Survivors include a son, Brian Cites, Burr Oak; three daughters, Linda Bradford, Plymouth, and Becky Shepherd and Michelle Annis, both of Burr Oak; and a sister, Betty Gamble, Plymouth.

          Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. There will be no funeral service.

 

Richard D. Stahl

Jan. 15, 1922-April 1, 2010

          Richard Dee STAHL, 88, of 355 E. Walnut St., Macy, passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday at Caring Hands Healthcare and Rehab of Peru.

          He was born in Macy on Jan. 15, 1922, the son of the late Joel and Gertrude (Smith) Stahl, and lived most of his life in the Macy community.

          Dick was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Pacific theater during World War II, and he was discharged in 1945.

          On Nov. 4, 1948, he took Dorothy Lucille Turnipseed as his bride in Westfield. She preceded him in death Feb. 1, 2005.

          Dick retired in 1981 from the Norfolk & Southern Railroad, formerly the Nickel Plate Railroad, after 32 years of service.

          Dick was a member of the Macy Town Board, and had served as president. He was a member of the F&AM Lincoln Lodge No. 523, Macy, and was master of the lodge two terms and the secretary for 19 years.

          He enjoyed camping, fishing and bowling in his free time.

          Dick is survived by two daughters, Kathy Floyd and husband David, Macy, and Linda Leedy and husband Chris, Macy; three grandchildren, David Floyd, Michelle See and Aaron Leedy; three great-grandchildren, Lucas and Colin Floyd and Emery See; a sister, Opal Pontius, Rochester; and two brothers, Noble Stahl and wife Alvenia, LaPorte, and Wayne Stahl and wife Barbara of Chuby, Tenn.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a granddaughter, Courtney Floyd, in 1996; a sister, Bertha Mae Huff; and a brother, Raymond Stahl.

          A celebration of the life of Richard Stahl will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor David Welsh officiating. Interment will follow the services at Plainview Cemetery of Macy. Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. A Masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home conducted by the Lincoln Lodge.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln Lodge No. 523 of Macy. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


Monday, April 5, 2010

 

Merle G. Davis

May 7, 1915-April 1, 2010

          Merle G. DAVIS, 94, of Lafayette and formerly of Burnettsville, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rosewalk Commons of Lafayette.

          Merle was born May 7, 1915, in Burnettsville, to Elmer T. and Viola R. (Hook) Davis. On Sept. 29, 1939, in Delphi, he married Helen M. Clark. She died Aug. 18, 2007.

          Merle was a 1933 graduate of Burnettsville High School and attended the Eastlawn United Methodist Church in Idaville. He was a member of the Winamac Masonic Lodge; a life member of ATA (American Trap Association) in Vandellia, Ohio; and a member of the Twin Lakes Senior Citizens Club, AARP Chapter No. 3244, in Monticello, serving as a legislative chairman. He was also the chairman of the Indiana Beach Boat Trip, Monticello, and the Burnettsville Breakfast Club. Merle was very active in his condo association in Bradenton, Fla. He was a World War II Army veteran and was presented with the Silver Star for his efforts. Merle enjoyed shooting trap and working with computers. He worked construction for 32 years for McMahon-O'Connor Construction, which was located in Rochester.

          Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Ann (husband Michael) Taulman, Sun Prairie, Wis.; a son, Michael Brent Davis, Lafayette; grandchildren Jeannette, Scott and Patrick; great-grandsons Samuel and Jacob; and sister Donna Marie Burk, Logansport.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Glen Davis; and sisters Evelyn and Arlene.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller-Roscka Funeral Home, Monticello, with the Rev. Chris Dodson of the Monticello Christian Church officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Davis Cemetery located in rural Cass County, Burnettsville. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery.

          Memorials may be given to the Serenity Hospice Program, Lafayette. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 

Dale Eizinger

          Dale EIZINGER, 88, of Rochester, passed away Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

 

Charlene L. Bailey

Oct. 20, 1916-March 8, 2010

          Charlene Louise (Safford) BAILEY transitioned out of this life on March 8 at Good Samaritan Retirement Village of Fort Collins where she had been a resident since 2006.

          Charlene was born to Charles W. and Louise (Fellows) Safford on Oct. 20, 1916, near Tiosa in Fulton County. She graduated from Talma High School and earned an elementary teacher's certificate at Central Normal College. She taught elementary classes at Talma School, Hosford Park, Grass Creek, and Caston in Indiana. After marrying Earl Joseph Bailey in 1943 she and her family made their home in the vicinity of Rochester until she moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1993. Her hobbies included reading, needlework, photography, travel and solving the daily crosswords. She was a member of the American Baptist Church, Fort Collins, its fellowship class, friendship circle, and calling and prayer circles and taught Sunday school classes. She was a member of the Good Samaritan Auxiliary and a Poudre Valley Hospital volunteer where she made numerous crocheted caps for babies. Charlene was an active member of Church Women United for which she received special recognition for service in 2009.

          Before relocating, she was a member of the Rochester First Baptist Church; Rochester Women's Club; Mount Zion Club, for which she served as treasurer; Rochester Optimist; Women's Christian Temperance Union; Church Women United; and Indiana State Retired Teachers' Association, for which she founded the Fulton County chapter and served as president. She also was a receptionist in the chiropractic office of Aaron Blossom, D.C., in Rochester.

          She was especially proud of her work in improving people's lives through founding the Fulton County Literacy Coalition and teaching reading to several adult students.

          Charlene was preceded in death by husband Earl Joseph, her parents, sister Stella Catherine, and brothers Walter B., Donald E. and Albert E. Safford. She is survived by her sister, Christine A. King; sons Harold, Richard and Ralph; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

          Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Rochester.

          Contributions may be made in her memory to your local literacy program or the American Cancer Society.

 

Bobby S. Clark

Nov. 1, 1934-April 1, 2010

          Bobby Smoker CLARK, 75, of 556 Brentwood Drive, Akron, died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday at William Childs Hospice House, Palm Bay, Fla.

          Bobby was born Nov. 1, 1934, in Akron to Melvin and Mildred (Smoker) Clark. He was married June 23, 1956, in Akron to Jo Ann Cummins, and she survives.

          Bobby was a TV technician working for the Wane TV Channel 15 in Fort Wayne, and also for Channel 10 Post Newsweek in Miami, Fla.

          He was a 1952 graduate of Akron High School. He also graduated from Valparaiso Tech with an applied engineering degree in radio, and he had an engineering license in TV. He attended the Akron Church of God. Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the IBEW Local 349, Miami, Fla.

          Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Clark, Akron; two daughters, Deborah and husband Tom Gerber, Fort Wayne, and Dianna Roberts and Vinny Toral, Melbourne, Fla. Three sisters, Betty Rohrer, Denton, Texas, Mary Ann and husband Max Stinson, Fort Wayne, and Donna and husband Larry Wahlig, Fort Wayne. Six granddaughters, Christina Stauffer, Elizabeth Gregory, Linda Gregory, Jennifer Roberts, Danielle Roberts and Laura Roberts; four great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; one sister-in-law, Melbea Jones, Nappanee; and one brother-in-law, Ralph and wife Bev Cummins, Ellijay, Ga.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32905. Online condolences can be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Dale A. Eizinger

March 10, 1922-April 4, 2010

          Dale A. EIZINGER, 88, of 934 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 6 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester. He had been ill the past three weeks. 

          He was born in Tippecanoe on March 10, 1922, the son of the late Allen and Florence (Knepper) Eizinger. He was a graduate of Tippecanoe High School and Purdue University.

          While at Purdue he was a member of the Purdue Order of Military Merits, ROTC, Honorary Society and Ceres Agronomy Society.

          Capt. Eizinger served 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army. He served with the 63rd Infantry Division and was in combat in Europe with the 69th Division as an artillery officer and received the Bronze Star and Battle Star of Central Europe. After the war Dale was stationed in the United States forces headquarters in Frankfort, Germany, where for a short period of time he was in charge of operation "Paperclip," a project of sending German scientists to the United States Space Program.

          He and the former Nanette Burke were married in 1946 in Bourbon. They moved to Rochester and he served as assistant county agriculture agent for one year. Mr. Eizinger then began his 35-year teaching career at Rochester High School, retiring in 1982.

          He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Rochester, Rochester Classroom Teachers, National Education Association, Indiana Classroom Teachers Association and the Retired Teachers Association. He was also a member of the American Legion and Disabled Veterans.

          Dale is survived by his wife, Nanette, at home; a son, Timothy Eizinger and wife Lee Ann, Rochester. Four grandchildren, Burke Eizinger and wife Tasha, Greenwood; Amy Eizinger-Ott and husband Eric, Greenfield; Eric Eizinger, Chicago, Ill.; and Kurt Eizinger, San Diego, Calif. One sister, Donnabelle Pfeiffer and husband Don, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Brad P. Eizinger, in 2004; and a sister, Treva Ritenour.

          A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Summit Chapel Cemetery, northeast of Tippecanoe, with Pastor Linda Hewitt officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Rochester

          Memorials may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation for a scholarship established in his name. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Barbara S. Ryan

          Barbara S. RYAN, 71, of 2026 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, died at 3:05 p.m. Monday at The Waters of Summit City Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.

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

Betty R. Kohls

Dec. 13, 1932-March 31, 2010

          Betty R. KOHLS, 77, of 371 Odonah Ave., New Richmond, Wis., passed away Wednesday.

          Betty was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Swatara, Minn., to Elmer Howard Olds and Alice Marie Parker. On Sept. 14, 1949, she married George August Kohls. Betty resided in Rochester with her son Donnie and was employed at Life Care Center for nearly a year and a half before returning to Wisconsin in 1989.

          Betty is survived by her children, Linda (Mike) Cigan, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Patricia (Dean) Frenette, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Tom (Judy) Kohls, Cadott, Wis.; Dan (Mary) Kohls, Cadott, Wis.; Richard (Wendy) Kohls, Baldwin, Wis.; Donnie (Jayne) Kohls, Rochester; Sandy (Dave) Peckels, Roberts, Wis.; Tim Kohls, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Kim (Andy) Ersland, New Richmond, Wis.; and Michael Kohls, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 20 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

          Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Robert George Kohls; two sisters; two brothers; and three grandchildren in their infancy.

          Services were held at noon Friday at the Mae Rowan Ecumenical Chapel at Wissota Health, Chippewa Falls, Wis., with the Rev. Nate Oldenkamp officiating. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Marilyn A. Sowers

April 27, 1933-April 2, 2010

          Marilyn A. SOWERS, 76, of Warsaw and formerly of South Whitley, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Marilyn was born April 27, 1933, in Albion to Clarence and Violet (Harlan) Scoby. She was married June 7, 1955, to Gaylord G. Sowers, who preceded her in death Aug. 11, 2007.

          Marilyn was a homemaker. She attended chapel services at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

          Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn (Jay Hunt) Sowers, South Whitley; a son, Carl (spouse Laura) Sowers, Warsaw. Four grandchildren, Brittany (spouse Nick) Denney, Silver Lake; Elaine Hunt, South Whitley; Heather (fiance Mike Rhines) Sowers, Warsaw; and Branden Sowers, Warsaw. Three great-grandchildren, Garrett Arthur, Warsaw; Neville Denney, Silver Lake; and Addyson Rhines, Warsaw. Two sisters, Jean Krenatz, Warsaw, and Anita (spouse Eddie) Krebs, Warsaw; and two brothers, Jerry Anders and Alan (spouse Wanda) Anders, both of Pierceton.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, with Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Young Tigers Football and Cheerleading, P.O. Box 1796, Warsaw, IN 46581.

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

 

Barbara S. Ryan

          Barbara Sue (Lacefield) RYAN, 71, of 2026 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, died Monday at The Waters of Summit City Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include three daughters, Bunnie Sullivan, Fort Wayne; Laurie Rice, Papillion, Neb.; and Linda Seewer, Mount Washington, Ky. Three sons, Ronald Ryan, Fayetteville, N.C.; Kevin Ryan, Lakeland, Fla.; and James Ryan III, Lawton, Okla. And a sister, Claudia Shuey, Peru.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 


Robert E. Van Lue

Oct. 19, 1944-April 6, 2010

          Robert E. "Bob" VAN LUE, 65, of 705 E. 4th St., Rochester, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          He was born Oct. 19, 1944, in Rochester, the son of Robert D. and Verlie J. (Bradley) Van Lue. On Nov. 29, 1985, in Rochester, he married Nancy (Lyons) Heinzmann, and she survives.

          Mr. Van Lue was a U.S. Navy veteran and had graduated from Ivy Tech in respiratory therapy. He had worked as a respiratory therapist for Norrell Health Agency and had also been a life and health insurance salesman. He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church and the American Legion and loved to study genealogy, photography and model ship building and enjoyed anything pertaining to the ocean.

          Survivors include his wife, Nancy Van Lue, Rochester. Three children, Tina and husband Lawrence Rose, Diamond, Ohio; Larry and wife Amy Van Lue, Portland; and Wenonah and husband Joseph Maitland, Rochester. Five stepchildren, Michelle and husband Steve Hunsberger, Argos; Carmen and husband Brad Wilson, Akron; Amy Heinzmann and companion Todd Behny, Akron; Rebecca Heinzmann, Rochester; and Alyson Heinzmann and companion Justin Bradley, Rochester. Grandchildren Elizabeth Wilson, Jeffrey Marsh, Nathan Davis, Tyler Maitland, Abbey Maitland, Brittany Van Lue, MacKenzie Van Lue and Kylie Van Lue; stepgrandchildren, Kyle Hunsberger, Lacy Hunsberger, Emily Hunsberger, Aaron Ault, Jacob Rude, Gracie Wilson, Libby Wilson, Brandon Behny, Bryce Behny, Braxton Behny, LaShawna Burnett, Kaylie Heinzmann, Chayton Wolf, Brianna Norman, Baylee Bradley and Aubrielle Bradley; great-grandchildren Autumn Wilson and Brayden Wilson; stepgreat-grandchildren Myli Rude and Caedra Behny; brother Larry Van Lue, Hornbeak, Tenn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Lois Lyons, Rochester; sister-in-law Vera Utter and companion Devon Utter, Rochester; brother-in-law Roy Norman, Rochester; sister-in-law Sue Blanchard, Rochester; best friend Carl and wife Mary Grubbs, Macy; and his canine companion, Buster.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jerry Blanchard; and sister Phyllis Norman.

          Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Jerry Pittman officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery, southeast of 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 the Antioch Baptist Church or Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

 

Howard R. Hart Sr.

July 22, 1933-April 6, 2010

          Howard R. HART Sr., 76, of 727 E. 9th St., Rochester, passed away at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He was born July 22, 1933, in New Britain, Conn., the son of Frank and Mary (Pac) Hart. On Feb. 7, 1959, in Southwick, Mass., he married Joan Bell, and she survives. Mr. Hart was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

          Mr. Hart had worked for Hood Milk in Massachusetts and had worked for Farm Bureau Co-op in Rochester. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church, was active at the senior center and enjoyed camping.

          Survivors include his wife, Joan Hart, Rochester. His children, Mariam Hart, Florida; Howard R. Hart Jr., Rochester; Pam and husband Mike Frush, Warsaw; and Paul and wife Anne Hart, Macy. His grandchildren, Sara Frush, Warsaw; Tara Frush, Warsaw; Alicia and husband Paul Pe, Logansport; Zachary and wife Stacia Hart, Silver Lake; and Samuel Hart, Macy. Five great-grandchildren and a sister, Pat Van Gilder, Maryland. And three brothers, Francis and wife Jenny Hart, Southwick, Mass.; Donald Hart, Southwick, Mass.; and Bill Hart, Southwick, Mass.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandchild, Serenity Rayean Frush; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Hart.

          Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Plainview Cemetery, Macy, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, April 9, 2010

 

Paul G. Bennett

          Paul G. “Captain” BENNETT, 55, of Rochester, passed away Tuesday at his residence.

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

 

Lawrence D. Overlander

          Lawrence D. "Salty" OVERLANDER, 75, of 304 N. Center St., Akron, died Thursday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Overlander; two sisters, Carolyn Murphy, Rochester, and Marilyn Cleveland, Peru. And three brothers, Bob Kamp, North Manchester; Lewie Overlander, Akron; and Raymond Overlander, Pennelton.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

 

Paul G. Bennett

          Paul G. "Captain" BENNETT, 55, of Rochester, died Tuesday at his residence.

          He is survived by his wife, Cindy Lewis-Bennett, Rochester; sons Robert Bennett, California; and Donavon and Aaron Klein, both of Illinois; brother, William "Bill" Bennett, Lancaster, Calif.; and sister, Elaine Shea, North Carolina.

          Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Culver. Friends may call one hour prior to the time of service at the church.

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

 

Lawrence D. Overlander

May 31, 1934-April 8, 2010

          Lawrence D. "Salty" OVERLANDER, 75, of 304 N. Center St., Akron, died at 7 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

          Salty was born May 31, 1934, in Kosciusko County, the son of Edward and Katherine (Kamp) Overlander.­ On June 5, 1965, in Akron, he married Bonnie Gray, and she survives. Salty was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

          Salty had retired from Sonoco Products Co. after over 35 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Rochester, Akron Lions Club and the Akron United Methodist Church.

          Salty had always enjoyed fishing by the lake.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; sisters Carolyn Murphy, Rochester; and Marilyn and husband Robert Cleveland, Peru. Brothers Bob and wife Betty Kamp, North Manchester; Lewie and wife Kathy Overlander, Akron; and Raymond and wife Donna Overlander, Pennelton; sister-in-law, Barbara and Dan Gaby, Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, a niece and a nephew.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Rev. Phil Pratt officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery where military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion and the VFW, both of Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Akron United Methodist Church, the Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Amanda Kay Ramsey Memorial Scholarship through the NICF.

          Online condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

James A. Lowry

          James Allen LOWRY, 60, of Winamac, died Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

 

Robert Timbers

          Robert TIMBERS, 81, of 2814 Barrett Road, Rochester, died at 1:35 p.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, April 12, 2010

 

Mary L. Dellinger Bangel

Aug. 15, 1927-April 9, 2010

          Mary L. Dellinger BANGEL, 82, of Kewanna, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

          Born Aug. 15, 1927, in Winamac, she was the daughter of the late George and Violet (Phegley) Dellinger. On Feb. 27, 1954, she married Earl W. Bangel, and he survives.

          She was a 1945 Union Mills High School graduate and attended Butler University. She was also a 1951 graduate of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

          Mary was a former nurse at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester. She was also a busy farm wife for many years.

          She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Fulton County where she was also a member of the United Methodist Women's Circle of Love. She was a former Pink Lady at Pulaski Memorial Hospital and a former Fulton County 4-H Leader. Mary was currently a board member of Pulaski Memorial Home Healthcare and was a regular volunteer at area blood drives.

          Mary and her husband, Earl, enjoyed their experience of hosting a foreign exchange student from Germany in 1974. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, stamp collecting, gardening and canning. Mary also enjoyed square dancing.

          Surviving are her husband, Earl W. Bangel, Kewanna, children Darel W. Bangel and his wife, Nancy, Fort Wayne; Linda L. Bangel, Schoolcraft, Mich.; Louis A. Bangel and his wife, Jean, Winamac; and Bruce D. Bangel and his wife, Theresa, Indianapolis. Also, grandchildren Josh Bangel, Lafayette; Amber Merrill and her husband, Garrick, Madison, Ala.; Sara Bangel, West Lafayette; Rob Bangel, Indianapolis; Andrew Bangel, Fort Wayne; Kevin Bangel and fiancee Rachel Bernath, Indianapolis; and Joyce Bangel, Winamac.

          She is also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Arendell, and brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Arendell.

          Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Rev. Steven McPeek will officiate and burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to Pleasant Hill UMC, General Fund and/or the Fulton County Community Foundation. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the Bangel family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Chester R. Carpenter

          Chester Ray CARPENTER, 98, of Kewanna, died at 10:05 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

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

 


James A. Lowry

          James Allen LOWRY, 60, of Winamac, died Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

          Survivors include his sons, Chad A. Lowry, Bloomfield, and Matthew Lowry, Rensselaer; his brothers, Richard Lowry, Dean Lowry and Paul Lowry, all of Francesville; and two sisters, Donna Wen, New Brighton, Minn., and Mary Everidge, Rockville.

          Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Winamac Nazarene Church. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and also one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

          Arrangements were entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

 

Robert L. Timbers

Sept. 24, 1928-April 9, 2010

          Robert Leroy TIMBERS, 81, of 2814 Barrett Road, Rochester, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, following a sudden illness.

          He was born in Rochester on Sept. 24, 1928, to Robert L. and Edna (Reese) Timbers and was a lifetime resident.

          Bob and Julia M. Owens were married on Oct. 5, 1948, in Rochester.

          Food service was his life. In 1944 he started as a carhop, and managed the Modern Dairy Bar for 13 years. As an entrepreneur, he was the owner of the A&W Drive-In for 17 years and the Hamburger Hut for 4 years. He was also the former manager of The Streamliner of Rochester. He retired from the food business in 1986.

          "He spent all those years working all those hours, but doing what he liked best."

          He was an avid gardener and a striking bowler. Grandpa Bob enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.

          He is survived by his wife, Julia, at home; two daughters, Sandra Slisher and husband Kenneth, Robinson, Ill., and Connie Gunter and husband Russell, Star City; one son, Mark Timbers and wife Marsha, Huntington; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Clark and husband Richard, Albion; a brother, Dean Timbers and wife Peggy, Warsaw; and nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Clair Timbers.

          A celebration of the life of Robert Timbers will be at 1 p.m. Tuesdayt in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Kenneth Robinson officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Thelma L. Phillips

          Thelma L. PHILLIPS, 103, formerly of Rochester, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester.

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

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

 

Chester R. Carpenter

Oct. 21, 1911-April 9, 2010

          Chester Ray "Bald Eagle" CARPENTER, 98, of Kewanna, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born on Oct. 21, 1911, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late William and Jenny (Benge) Carpenter. On June 11, 1931, he married Edna Pearl Howell, and she survives.

          Mr. Carpenter was a farmer and an operating engineer for E&B Construction Co., formerly McMahan O'Connor Construction, Rochester. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 150, South Bend, and a member of Kewanna Baptist Church. He was also a member and vice chief of the American Cherokee Confederacy for 27 years.

          Chester enjoyed hunting and fishing.

          He is survived his wife, Edna Carpenter, Kewanna; two sons, Dale R. Carpenter, Kewanna, and James W. Carpenter and wife Patsy, Rochester; and two daughters, Joan C. McClellan and husband Roy and Linda S. Scott and husband David, both of Rochester. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Marion Frances Carpenter and Naomi Furnivall; son-in-law Donald Furnivall; six sisters; three brothers, one of whom was Chester's twin brother; grandsons Randy Furnivall and William Carpenter; great-grandson Vincent Wayne Carpenter Jr.; and great-great-granddaughter Liberty Bartrum.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kewanna Baptist Church, 414 E. Main St., Kewanna. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Pastor Demetriuis Anagnostu and Pastor Thad Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Arrangements are being handled by Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the Carpenter family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

 

Britany A. Hall

          Britany A. HALL, 16, of 871 E. Macy-Gilead Road, Macy, died at 4:04 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include parents, Stephanie and husband Stephen G. Wagner, Macy; four brothers, Taylor Wagner, Brett Austin Patrick, Braden Hall and Brandt Hall; and a sister, Celena Wagner.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at a location to be determined. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Dave Hardiman

          A memorial service for Dave HARDIMAN, who died Dec. 24, 2009, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kewanna Baptist Church.

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

 

Rose Lewis

          Rose LEWIS, 89, of 2057 E. Fourth St., Tiosa, died Monday in Lake Wales, Fla.

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

 

Thelma L. Steininger Phillips

Feb. 20, 1907-April 9, 2010

          Thelma L. PHILLIPS, 103, formerly of Rochester and Elkhart, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester.

          She was born in Logansport on Feb. 20, 1907, the daughter of the late Irvin and Ruby (Bunker) Steininger.

          Thelma moved to the Peabody Retirement Home from Rochester and had previously lived in Roann for 10 years, Elkhart for 48 years and South Bend for a few years.

          She and Hal Phillips were married Dec. 11, 1941, in Elkhart, and he preceded her in death.

          Thelma served the Imperial Fabrics & Decor of Elkhart as their loyal and devoted secretary for a number of years until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of the Elkhart Chapter of Business & Professional Women for many years. As a Christian woman of faith, Thelma was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Elkhart. She was an active member of her church's WSCS Elizabeth Circle. Her other memberships included Starlight Chapter 181, Order of the Eastern Star and The Order of White Shrine, all of Elkhart.

          As an animal lover, Thelma enjoyed the companionship of her feline friends, especially her Siamese cats. Honoring her true love and appreciation for domestic animals, it was her wish to request that memorials be made to the Wabash County Humane Society.

          She is survived by special family members, Dr. Peggy Lewis, DVM, of Marion; Kay White, Roann; Marilyn Garrison, North Manchester; and Marletta Oldfather, North Manchester. Her special cousins, the Rev. Mel Coil and wife Wilma, Carmel, and Becky Cordes, Roann; close friend Ken Holderead, Elkhart; and the kind and caring staff of Peabody Retirement Home.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and in 1980 a brother, Hugh "Bud" Steininger.

          A celebration of the life of Thelma L. Phillips will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Mel Coil officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

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

 

Robert Timbers

Sept. 24, 1928-April 9, 2010

          Robert TIMBERS, 81, of 2814 Barrett Road, Rochester, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, following a sudden illness.

          He was born in Rochester on Sept. 24, 1928, to Robert L. and Edna (Reese) Timbers and was a lifetime resident.

          Bob and Julia M. Owens were married on Oct. 5, 1948, in Rochester.

          Food service was his life. In 1944 he started as a carhop, and he managed the Modern Dairy Bar for 13 years. As an entrepreneur, he was the owner of the A&W Drive-In for 17 years and the Hamburger Hut for four years. He was also the former manager of The Streamliner of Rochester. He retired from the food business in 1986.

          "He spent all those years working all those hours, but doing what he liked best."

          He was an avid gardener and a striking bowler. Grandpa Bob enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.

          He is survived by his wife, Julia, at home; two daughters, Sandra Slisher and husband Kenneth, Robinson, Ill., and Connie Gunter and husband Russell, Star City; one son, Mark Timbers and wife Marsha, Huntington; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Clark and husband Richard, Albion; a brother, Dean Timbers and wife Peggy, Warsaw; and nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clair Timbers.

          A celebration of the life of Robert Timbers was held Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Kenneth Slisher officiating.

          Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Ferris B. Zechiel

          Ferris B. ZECHIEL, 101, of Culver, died Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements, which are incomplete.

 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

 

Britany A. Hall

June 28, 1993-April 12, 2010

          Britany A. HALL, 16, of 871 E. Macy-Gilead Road, Macy, died at 4:04 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne after an extended illness.

          Britany was born June 28, 1993, in Huntington, to Stephanie A. (Justice) Wagner.

          Britany was a sophomore at North Miami High School where she was very active in varsity soccer, track and cross country, as well as being recognized for academic honors. She was a proud North Miami Warrior and she especially loved playing soccer.

          Survivors include parents, Stephanie and husband Stephen G. Wagner, Macy; four brothers, Taylor Wagner, Brett Austin Patrick, Braden Hall and Brandt Hall; a sister, Celena Wagner; maternal grandparents Debbie and James Justice, Lagro; paternal grandfather Bob Hall, Wabash; paternal grandparents Stephen R. and Gaye Wagner, Macy; maternal great-grandparents Betty and Elmer Blevins, North Manchester; and paternal great-grandmother Pauline Giles, Ohio. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

          She was preceded in death by paternal grandmother Mary Hall.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Potters House Ministries, 774 Pike St., Wabash, with Bernice and Ellis Pickering of Potters House Ministries officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Marcella M. Murphy

          Marcella Mae MURPHY, 84, of Peru, and formerly of Denver, died Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include one son, David Edward Murphy, Logansport; and one daughter, June R. Brown, Peru.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Skinner Worship Chapel, Twelve Mile. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

          Arrangements are being handled by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Chloe Webb

May 23, 1938-April 14, 2010

          Chloe "Mae" WEBB, 71, of Rochester and formerly of Elwood, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          She was born May 23, 1938, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of the late William E. Castor and the late Juanita L. (Reynolds) Castor. Mae married Virgil R. Webb in 1959 and he preceded her in death.

          Mae was retired from Krogers.

          She is survived by her daughter, Penny and husband Mark Hahn, Shepherdsville, Ky.; a son, Brian and wife Kim Webb, Rochester; five grandchildren, Daniel Hahn, DeAnna Fields, Bryanna R. Webb, Dale Beck and Shelby Troyer; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Huffman, Madora, and Marilyn Spall, Seymour; and two brothers, Roy Eugene and wife Luana Castor and William "Mel" Castor, both of Elwood.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

          Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Dunnichay Funeral Home in Elwood, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be at Elwood Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, Indianapolis.

 

Friday, April 16, 2010

 

Robert D. Carpenter

          Robert D. “Chief” CARPENTER, 53, of 150 W. 850 North, Kewanna, died at 7:32 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

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

 

Ferris B. Zechiel

June 9, 1908-April 13, 2010

          Ferris B. ZECHIEL, 101, a Culver resident his entire life, was born June 9, 1908, and died Tuesday in Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          Ferris was the son of Jesse E. and Nora Pearl (Hatten) Zechiel. He was married Oct. 19, 1933, to Leona J. Grosvenor in Tipp City, Ohio. She preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2009.

          Ferris was a lifetime farmer and a generous, kindhearted, godly man who enjoyed practical jokes. His passing will leave a void in the hearts of many.

          Ferris is survived by children Larry (Ruth) Zechiel and Betty (Stan) Reinholt; grandchildren Susan (Marty) Mansfield, Dean (Tina) Zechiel, Jo Ann Zechiel, Ryan (Mindi) Reinholt and Beth (Rob) Herzog; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Elisabeth Davis, as well as many nieces and nephews.

          In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by daughter Carol Ann and sister Marguerite Zechiel.

          Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Culver Masonic Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be given to the Atlanta Bible College, 2020 Avalon Parkway, Suite 400, McDonough, GA 30253. Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

 

Robert D. Carpenter

          Robert Dale "Chief" CARPENTER, 53, of 283 N. 850 West, Kewanna, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include his mother, Delores Korl, Grand Junction, Mich.; his father, Dale Ray Carpenter, Kewanna; a sister, Debbie Cloud, Rochester; and two brothers, Roger E. Carpenter, Michigan, and Vincent W. Carpenter, Rochester.

          Services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Jamey R. Clemons

          Jamey Ray CLEMONS, 37, of 3757 N. 900 West, Cromwell, and formerly of Akron, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 9116 North Koher Road, Cromwell.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Kenneth E. Hattery

Aug. 1, 1935-April 15, 2010

          Kenneth E. HATTERY, 74, of rural Peru, umpired his final game at St. Vincent's Heart Center, Indianapolis, at 5 p.m. Thursday with his family surrounding him.

          He was born in Union Township on Aug. 1, 1935, to William Ernest and Gayle (Keim) Hattery. On Nov. 12, 1955, he was married to Delores (Donaldson) Hattery, who survives.

          He was a member of the former Perrysburg Baptist Church. He was in the military, serving in Korea in 1955 with an artillery unit. Kenny graduated from Deedsville High School and Manchester College, and he earned an administrative degree from Ball State University. He started teaching and coaching at North Miami High School in 1960 and was a school administrator at Caston High School and retired as a guidance director from Lewis Cass High School in 1998.

          Kenny was an instructor and umpire for the Amateur Softball Association and umpired many state and national fast pitch softball tourneys. He was a baseball instructor and umpire for the IHSAA and had umpired several state finals in high school baseball games. In recent years he had umpired small college fast pitch softball. Kenny was inducted into the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame in 2003.

          Other things he enjoyed besides loving his grandchildren and all of his large extended family were ice fishing in the winter, mushroom hunting in the spring and gardening in the summer. He was a Purdue fan and a member of the John Purdue Club.

          He is also survived by two sons, Troy and wife Janie and Kendel and wife Kandy, and four grandchildren, Dean, Melinda, Katelyn and Kassandra Hattery, all of rural Peru; two brothers, Granville (Barb), Rochester, and Max (Sue), Macy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

          Services for Kenneth E. Hattery will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Miami County Community Building at the Miami County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at Mexico Road and 200 North. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call at the community building from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to service. Arrangements are by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Community Foundation or the North Miami High School FFA scholarship fund. Envelopes will be available at the service.

 

Rose A. Lewis

          Rose Ann LEWIS, 89, of 2057 E. Fourth St., (Tiosa) Rochester, died Monday in Lake Wales, Fla.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Baker, Rochester; a son, Hugh Lewis, St. Augustine, Fla.; and two sisters, Harriett Winterrowd and Dorotha M. Sheets, both of Winona Lake.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday.

 

Monday, April 19, 2010

 

Robert D. Carpenter

          Robert Dale "Chief" CARPENTER, 53, of 283 N. 850 West, Kewanna, passed away at 7:32 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Bob was born in Rochester on July 17, 1956, the son of Dale Ray and Delores Irene (Simonin) Carpenter.

          Bob was a member of the American Cherokee Confederacy and a very active member of the local Paint Band, with which he loved participating in the Trail of Courage. His Indian name was Timber Wolf. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan. He enjoyed singing karaoke to Elvis Presley songs. Bob cherished spending time with his family and friends.

          Survivors include two sons, Joshua Carpenter Wilkins and Adam Carpenter Wilkins, both of Rochester; his mother, Delores Corl and husband Ken, Grand Junction, Mich.; his father, Dale Ray Carpenter, Kewanna; a sister, Debbie Cloud and husband Jeff, Rochester; two brothers, Roger E. Carpenter, Adrian, Mich., and Vincent W. Carpenter and wife Pam, Rochester; and nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by an infant brother, William Ray Carpenter and his grandparents, Chester Carpenter and Clarence and Irene Simonin.

          A celebration of the life of Robert "Chief" Carpenter will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Interment will be in Citizens Cemetery, Rochester.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Jamey R. Clemons

          Jamey Ray CLEMONS, 37, of 3757 N. 900 West, Cromwell, and formerly of Akron, died Thursday in Kosciusko County.

          Survivors include daughter Amanda Collins, Wolf Lake; mother Sue Clemons, Cromwell; father Erven Clemons and wife Dodi, Silver Lake; and sister Tammy and four half brothers, Mike, Nick, James and Tam.

          Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. There will be no services.

 

Edward A. White

Aug. 28, 1920-April 18, 2010

          Edward A. WHITE, 89, 5522 N. Indiana 25, Rochester, passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

          He was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Jenkins, Ky., the son of Alex and Ione White. On June 11, 1946, in Michigan City, he married Eleanor Ely; she preceded him in death March 29, 1957. On June 27, 1959, in Peru, he married Mary Ellen (Fries) Horton, and she survives. 

          Mr. White was a U.S. naval officer in World War II and the Korean conflict. He retired from Joy Manufacturing in Michigan City, after 35 years of service.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen White, Rochester; a son, Edward and wife Adrienne White, Baton Rouge, La.; a daughter, Anne and husband John Gary, Rochester; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Irene Appleman.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Charles Azbell officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru, where military graveside services will be conducted.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 

Rose A. Lewis

Dec. 18, 1920-April 12, 2010

          Rose Ann LEWIS, 89, of 2057 E. Fourth St., (Tiosa) Rochester, passed away April 12 in Lake Wales, Fla.

          Rose was born in Marshall County on Dec. 18, 1920, the daughter of the late James and Aurel Ethel (McQuen) Hershberger.

          On June 4, 1939, at the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Rose married her best friend Richard F. "Dick" Lewis. Their union spanned nearly 65 years and yielded two children, Sharon and Hugh.

          Rose is remembered for sharing her culinary skills and cooking with Florence Beehler for the students of Richland Center School for 16 years until consolidation closed the school in 1964. Later Rose worked at Wile's department store in Rochester. She was a faithful and loyal member of the Tiosa First Brethren Church and Order of the Eastern Star No. 26, Plymouth Chapter, and she was appointed as past matron of the Argos OES four times during her tenure.

          The Lewis family was close knit; each summer they looked forward to vacationing together. This annual event took the family a different direction each summer, and together they traveled to all 48 continental states. Later Rose and Dick toured Hawaii and Alaska to complete an all state tour. Many great memories were made when Rose and Dick went down under, vacationing in Australia. For nearly 40 years they enjoyed the warmth of the winter sunshine in Lake Wales while making a number of special snowbird friends from across the United States. Together they cultivated friendships at the card table while enjoying games of canasta and euchre. Both she and Dick never met a stranger. She was known for her contagious smile and positive attitude.

          Rose dearly loved her family and looked forward to holidays and special family celebrations, as she always baked and cooked to prepare the feast for her family to enjoy. To stay mentally sharp Rose challenged herself with word search puzzles. She created custom greeting cards using embroidery or sewing threads to add a special touch. To relax, Rose listened to the music of Guy Lombardo and Sammy Kaye, especially while making Sunday dinner.

          Rose is survived by a daughter, Sharon Baker, Rochester; a son, Hugh Lewis, St. Augustine, Fla.; two sisters, Harriett Winterrowd, Winona Lake, and Dorotha M. Sheets, Winona Lake; five grandchildren, Donald Baker, Beverly Rutledge, Caryl Biltz, and Gavin and Adam Lewis; four great-grandchildren, Beth and Savanna Baker, Amber Garrett, and Justin Biltz; and three great-great-grandchildren, Dezzerie Garrett, Emma Rose Sheets and Daniel Warren Combs.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Marvin and Carl Hershberger.

          A celebration of the life of Rose Lewis will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Larry Stutzman officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Walnut Brethren Cemetery, Argos.

          Memorials may be made to Tiosa Brethren Camp Fund, 2007 E. Fourth St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

 

Thora L. Goodrich

Jan. 29, 1925-April 20, 2010

          Thora L. (Bagwell) Simons GOODRICH, 85, of Royal Center, passed away at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

          Thora was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Cass County; she was the daughter of the late Athel J. and Lelia (Vernon) Bagwell. In June of 1945 she married John William Simons and he preceded her in death in 1964. On Sept. 23, 1966, she married Charles Edward Goodrich, and he preceded her in death March 24, 2002.

          Thora was a 1943 graduate of Royal Center High School.

          She retired after 11 years from National City Bank in Logansport where she worked in the trust department.

          Thora was a member of Crooked Creek Christian Church, Royal Center, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and was past president of the women's fellowship. She enjoyed her flower garden and going out to eat.

          Survivors include her children, Ronald J. Simons and wife Sharon and Terry W. Simons, all of Rochester; a stepson, John W. Goodrich and wife Jane, Logansport; two stepdaughters, Jean Hudson and husband Terry, Solsberry, and Janet Flinn and husband Mike, Logansport; a brother, Dale Bagwell and wife Phyllis, Mooresville; two sisters, Cletha Elliott and husband Donald, Logansport, and Jane Kennell and husband Fred, Royal Center; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

          She was also preceded in death by one great-granddaughter.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Crooked Creek Christian Church, Royal Center. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastors Crit Whitlock and Mike Fields will officiate and burial will be at Crooked Creek Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Crooked Creek Christian Church. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Cruz Pena

          Cruz PENA, 67, of 1433 Elm St., Rochester, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, April 23, 2010

 

Daniel D. Backus

          Daniel Duaine BACKUS, 59, of Silver Lake, died at 8:03 a.m. Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at McDonald Funeral Home, Wabash.

 

Marvin H. Brown

Dec. 6, 1912-April 15, 2010

          Marvin H. BROWN, 97, an Albuquerque, N.M., resident for more than 60 years, passed away on April 15.

          Marvin was born Dec. 6, 1912, in Fulton County to Florence (Rickel) and Arthur Brown.

          He worked as a security guard at Sandia Laboratory from 1949 to 1970. He was a member of University Heights United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling, politics, reading and family activities.

          Survivors include his daughters, Pauline Nipper and husband Tom, Locust Grove, Ga., and Charlotte Campbell and husband Jarret, Mesa, Ariz. Grandchildren Donna Poole, Alaska; Sam Nipper and Harold Nipper, both of Georgia; Marletta Warner, Wisconsin; Charlene McDonnough, South Carolina; Tina Maxwell and Roseann McDowell, both of New Mexico; Joy White and Daniel Bullard, both of Arizona. 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and niece Beverly Jo Brown, Indiana.

          He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Emery) Brown; his parents; and brother Raymond Brown.

          A memorial service will be today at 10 a.m. at University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver SE, Albuquerque. Inurnment will be at Sandia Memory Gardens, Albuquerque.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Brown's name are requested to University Heights United Methodist Church. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.

          Marvin's care has been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services, Albuquerque.

 

Richard M. Hansen

          Richard M. HANSEN, 55, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and formerly of Palos Heights, Ill., died Monday.

          Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver, with services at 1 p.m.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of local arrangements.

 

Carolyn M. See

          Carolyn Maxine SEE, 86, of Kokomo, died at Century Villa Health Care Center of Greentown.

          Survivors include two brothers, Neil Bernard and Jerry Bernard, both of Carmel.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Cruz F. Pena

          Cruz F. "Cuca" PENA, 67, of 1433 Elm St., Rochester, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

          Survivors include three daughters, Rosie P. Bennett, Torrance, Calif.; Vilma Wall, Rockledge, Fla.; and Amada Liddell, Rochester. Two sons, Cruz C. Pena Jr., Rochester, and Joselito Pena, Arizona; a sister, Alma Medina, Rochester; and two brothers, Juan Ochoa, Killeen, Texas, and Hector Ochoa, Pierceton.

          Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

 

Daniel D. Backus

          Daniel Duaine BACKUS, 59, of Silver Lake, died Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Diana; his mother and stepfather, Carma and Ronnie Gagnon, Mentone. Four children, Felicia Baker, North Webster; Bret Backus, Warsaw; Angela James, Culver; and Krista Bradley, Rochester. A brother, Steve Backus, Akron; stepbrother Stephen Gagnon, Warsaw; and stepsister Barb Heinbaugh, Wabash.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, Wabash. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Elsie E. Turner Master

          Elsie E. (Wharton) Turner MASTER, 90, of Rochester, passed away Thursday at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Fla.

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

 

Cruz F. Pena

July 21, 1942-April 21, 2010

          Cruz F. "Cuca" PENA, 67, of 1433 Elm St., Rochester, passed away at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

          Cruz, one of nine children, was born July 21, 1942, in Beeville, Texas, to Cruz and Paula Flores Ochoa.

          He and Gloria C. Cantu were married Feb. 10, 1962, in Beeville, Texas; she preceded him in death Oct. 19, 2006.

          Cruz, a role model for his family, was a man of great work ethic. He loved to work and is remembered for his hustle, drive and determination. To pass time he enjoyed scrapping aluminum and copper. He listened to Mexican music, Elvis Presley or Fleetwood Mac. Many times he could be seen relaxing in his backyard with a glass of ice cold pink lemonade while he enjoyed his friends, the squirrels and birds. With a wonderful positive attitude, Cruz always saw the good in everyone he met. Family and friends could depend on him as he put them first and was always there to help.

          As the patriarch of the family, loving husband, dad and grandpa, Cruz simply was very devoted to his family, as they were paramount in his eyes. He dearly loved his wife Gloria, and he now is reunited with her. He looked forward to the visits of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and appreciated the many memories they made while dining on McDonald's Happy Meals, for the children were the light of his life.

          Cruz is survived by three daughters, Rosie P. Bennett and fiance Michael Trutanich, Torrance, Calif.; Vilma Wall and husband Bob, Rockledge, Fla.; and Amada Liddell and husband Timothy, Rochester. Two sons, Cruz C. Pena Jr., Rochester, and Joselito Pena and fiancee Denise Barry, Arkansas; grandchildren Shauni Pena, Constancia Pena, Megan Bennett, Cassie Bennett, Destiny Barry, Brittany Barry, Craig Pena, Stephanie Pena, Michael Pena, Desmond Hughes and husband Donny, Monica Smith and fiance J.C. Jewell, and Cindy Smith; great-grandchildren Mekhi Pena, Aiden Pena, Devyn Pena, Iziah Hughes, Tristyn Hughes, Maddox Jewell, Wyatt Jewell and, expected to arrive in June, Gabriel Pena; a sister, Alma Medina, Rochester; two brothers, Juan Ochoa, Killeen, Texas, and Hector Ochoa, Pierceton; two sisters-in-law, Yolanda Merlo, Texas, and Sharon Cantu; a brother-in-law who was like a special son, Ernest Cantu and wife Diane, Georgia; and special family members, aunts Rafela Nygard and Tomasa Velasquez.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; his grandson and little champion, Kyle Pena; four sisters, Rebecca, Yolanda, Esther and Florence; and a brother Tony.

          A celebration of the life of Cruz Pena will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Elder Bruce Lenz officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

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

 

Monday, April 26, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

 

Lalla J. Heyde

          Lalla J. HEYDE, 76, of Rochester, died Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, James W. Heyde, at home. And three sons, Ed F. Heyde, Indianapolis; David Heyde, Rochester; and Robert Heyde, Prospect Heights, Ill.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

 

Lalla J. Heyde

July 29, 1933-April 26, 2010

          Lalla J. HEYDE, 76, of Rochester, passed away Monday shortly after her arrival at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born July 29, 1933, in Rochester to Edwin C. and Rebabelle (McMahan) Boswell, both of whom preceded her in death. On Aug. 29, 1954, she and James W. Heyde were married at the Grace United Methodist Church in Rochester by Dr. Humbert, president of DePauw University. Their marriage of 55 1/2 years produced three sons, Edwin, David and Robert.

          With great pride, Lalla graduated with the Rochester High School Class of 1951. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and English at DePauw University, graduating in 1955. Like her mother, she pledged the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. "Grammie" was very proud of her two granddaughters who continued the Theta family tradition for a third generation.

          Lalla was a loyal, lifetime member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She and husband Jim were among the founders of the Kum Join Us Young Adult Sunday School Class. Later she served her church as middle school Sunday school teacher and director of vacation Bible school. She also served as the church sponsored, Cub Scout den mother. Lalla was a Fulton County Public Library board member from 1996 to 2008. During her tenure, she served as president for a number of years. Lalla was one of the longest active members of the Tri Kappa sorority. She was an active member of the Fulton County Republican Women's Club, being honored as Republican Woman of the Year. In addition to her community service, Mrs. Heyde served as president of Enterprises Inc.

          Her survivors include husband James W. Heyde, at home. Three sons, Edwin Heyde and companion Angie Hahn, Indianapolis; David Heyde and wife Alison, Rochester; and Robert Heyde and wife Theresa, Prospect Heights, Ill. Eight grandchildren, E. Philip Heyde, Culver; Randall Heyde, Nashville, Tenn.; Mason D. Heyde, Rochester; Caroline, Blake and Alec Heyde, Mount Prospect, Ill.; and Audrina and Mitchell Smelser, Prospect Heights, Ill. And one sister, Rebecca Smith and husband Terry, Peru.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Lalla J. Heyde will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St., Rochester. The Rev. Maurice Grindle will officiate. Friends may visit with her family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow in the family plot at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation in memory of Mrs. Lalla Heyde. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Elsie E. Master

Aug. 23, 1919-April 22, 2010

          Elsie E. (Wharton) Turner MASTER, 90, of Rochester, passed away at 7:06 p.m. Thursday at The Villages Regional Hospital in Lady Lake, Fla.

          Born Aug. 23, 1919, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Tina (Myers) Wharton. On Oct. 28, 1939, she was married to Harvey E. Turner in Fulton County and he preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1993. She was married to Orlyn E. Master on Nov. 2, 1999, in the Garden of Gesthemne in Jerusalem by Ron Prilliman, her minister/pastor for many, many years.

          She was a member of the 1937 graduating class at Kewanna High School. Elsie worked for several years at the Fulton County Treasurer's Office and she retired from Fulton County REMC. Summers were busy with raising strawberries and a large garden for canning and freezing. She was a 4-H Leader helping members, and her daughters, with prize-winning 4-H projects.

          Elsie was a Life Member of the Fulton County Historical Museum, beginning in 1972, and was a founding member on the board of directors, assisting with the planning and development of the building of the museum in 1986. For many years she was a volunteer for the annual Trail of Courage and seamstress for numerous costumes. She greatly enjoyed dancing with the Heymaker Dance Group who toured with highly acclaimed performances!

          A member of Reiter Club, she had enjoyed monthly dinner meetings with their friends and spouses since 1948.

          Early retirement was spent traveling with her youngest daughter, Sandra May, and friends to Spain and Portgual, touring Italy, Germany and Lichtenstein, and traveling within the U.S. Some of her favorite places to revisit were the Botanical Gardens in Mendecino, Calif., and Big Thompson Canyon, Colo. In later years she traveled with Orlyn to 351st Bomber Squad reunions in England; Tuscon, Ariz.; Savannah, Ga.; San Diego, Ca.; and Branson, Mo. With Orlyn as pilot and Elsie as navigator, they also enjoyed flying his Piper Cherokee many times.

          Her membership in the Kewanna Church of Christ was the center of her faith, and strength in life.

          She is survived by her husband, Orlyn; two daughters, Susan E. Turner, Logansport, and Sandra May Stevens, Lady Lake, Fla; grandsons Brian E. (Lori) Van Duyne, Shane E. Van Duyne and Michael G. (Tina) Paschen; and great-grandchildren, Shayla Van Duyne, Skylar Van Duyne, Chase Van Duyne, Noah Van Duyne, McKenzie Paschen and Jacob Paschen. Stepchildren include Greg (Dee) Master, Houston, Texas; Geofrey (Catherine) Master, Bethesda, Md.; Dr. Gynette (Karl Siebert) Master, Houston, Texas; and Gizelle Master, Irving, Texas. Stepgrandchildren include Stuart Master; Sarah (Pete) Rothan; and John, David and Elizabeth Master.

          She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Marion Wharton, Ruth Madsen, Harlan Wharton and Esther Lake, and one great-grandson, Samuel Paschen.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kewanna Church of Christ in Kewanna. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

          Pastors Scott Meneeley and Ron Prilliman will officiate and burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Kewanna Church of Christ and/or the Fulton County Museum. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

 

Dorothy J. Hite

          Dorothy J. HITE, 77, of Leiters Ford, and formerly of Mishawaka, died Tuesday in an auto accident.

          Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, with two hours of visitation prior to the service.

 

Ralph C. Kreamer

          Ralph C. KREAMER, 90, of 11125 W., Willow Point, Kewanna, died Monday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

          Survivors include his wife, Ivy Kreamer. His children, Jerry Lee Kreamer, Monrovia; Verl Ray Kreamer, Kewanna; Bonita Stay, Plymouth; Linda Wright, Hartselle, Ala.; and Barry Stay, Plymouth. And his sister, Doris Zellers, Sun City, Fla.

          Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Plymouth, with services beginning at 11 a.m.

          Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth, is in charge of arrangements.

 

James L. Rhoads

Sept. 11, 1926-April 27, 2010

          James L. RHOADS, 83, of Carbondale, Ill., died at 9:34 a.m. Tuesday at Fifth Seasons, Benton, Ill.

          James was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Clinton, Mo., to Howard and Lovell (Todd) Rhoads.

          He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association and loved Saluki athletics. He was a Rotarian for many years.

          James was a loving father and grandfather. Survivors include his sons, Steve and Sandra Rhoads, West Frankfort, Ill.; Dan Rhoads, St. Louis, Mo.; Andrew Rhoads, Aurora, lll.; and John Douglas Rhoads, Pacific Junction, Iowa. His daughters, Kathryn Rhoads, Charleston, W.Va.; and Elena and Jose Baeza, St. Louis, Mo. Three brothers, Harold "Dusty" and Barb Rhoads, Blue Springs, Mo.; Ray and Jean Rhoads, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; and Robert Rhoads, Clinton, Mo. One sister, Pam Rhoads, Clinton, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Meredith and David Rhoads.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Phillip Rhoads.

          Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Union Funeral Home, West Frankfort, Ill., with visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.

          Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.

 

Friday, April 30, 2010

 

Dorothy Hite

June 8, 1932-April 27, 2010

          Dorothy "June" HITE, 77, of Leiters Ford and formerly of Mishawaka, passed away in an auto accident at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday.

          June was born June 8, 1932, in Shelbyville to the late Frank and Helen (Thomas) Hite.

          June spent many years working at Ball Band in Mishawaka. She loved to spend time with family going on family outings, making crafts and just spending time together. She was more than willing to go out of her way to help anyone in need, including the neighborhood cat. June will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

          Survivors include brother Victor Hite, South Whitley. Three sisters, Georgia Nickels, Fulton; Francis Helen Calhoun, Leiters Ford; and Joanne (Dick) Walters, Osceola. And several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews that called her Grandma June.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty Frink, who passed away Sept. 1, 2003.

          Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Fulton County Museum at 6 p.m. Monday.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society.

 

Mary Edith McKee

May 8, 1931-April 29, 2010

          Mary Edith McKEE, 78, of 318 E. Ninth St., Rochester, passed away at 9:23 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Mary Edith was born in Rochester on May 8, 1931, to Franklin Pierce and Mary G. (Gilliland) Alber. She graduated from Rochester High School with the Class of 1949, and was a lifetime Rochester resident.

          On June 30, 1949, she became the bride of Richard McKee at the Grace United Methodist Church of Rochester. In 1958 Richard and Mary Edith co-founded and co-owned The Shopping Guide News, retiring after 25 years. They also were the owners of the Akron-Mentone News.

          Following retirement, volunteering was a part of her life. Mary Edith was a 23-year member of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary. She was the Fulton County Republican Women past president and treasurer and the 1996 Woman of the Year. Her memberships also include the VFW No. 1343, Manitou Moose Lodge No. 1107 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 36, all of Rochester.

          Mary Edith is survived by her husband, Richard, at home; two daughters, Cheryl Brown and husband Jerry, Rochester, and Jacqueline Danhauser and husband David, Logansport. Four grandchildren, Jennifer Utter and husband Randy, Rochester; Julie Brown, Rochester; and Carmen and Kelsey Danhauser, Logansport. Three great-grandchildren, Jalin Marie Utter, Ryan Utter and Austin Utter. And a feline companion, Missy, a longhair domestic.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          A celebration of the life of Mary Edith McKee will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Martha J. McHenry

          Martha J. McHENRY, 96, of Brownsburg, formerly of Denver, died at 2:10 a.m. Thursday at Hendricks Regional Health, Brownsburg.

          Arrangements are pending with McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

 

Margaret M. Arnold

          Margaret Marie ARNOLD, 84, of 2906 Country Club Drive East, Rochester, died Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, Calvin "Cal" Arnold, at home; a daughter, Denise Henke, Noblesville; a son, Mel D. Arnold, Noblesville; and a sister, Francis Jean Sweitzer, Noblesville.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. There will be no local services.

 


Martha J. McHenry

          Martha J. McHENRY, 96, of Brownsburg, died Thursday at Hendricks Regional Health, Brownsburg.

          Survivors include a son, Jack McHenry, Brownsburg; a daughter, Jane Moon, Brandon, Fla.; and one sister, Maxine Hegel, Wabash.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Monday, May 3, 2010

 

Margaret M. Arnold

April 27, 1926-April 30, 2010

          Margaret Marie ARNOLD, 84, of 2906 Country Club Drive, Rochester, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Margaret was born in Noblesville on April 27, 1926, the daughter of Guy and Lucille (Mallary) Roudebush, both of whom preceded her in death. She was one of three children growing up, with a brother Horace and sister Frances. In 1944 she graduated from Noblesville High School. She later graduated from Beauty School in Indianapolis with a certificate in cosmetology.

          On Jan. 22, 1946, a snowy, wintry day, Margaret and Calvin Arnold solemnized their wedding vows at Calvin's Uncle Frank and Aunt Lillian Evans' home in Noblesville. Their marriage spanned a wonderful 64 years and produced two children, Denise and Mel. Later four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren were added to the family tree.

          Cal and Margaret raised their family on the Roudebush family farm, near Noblesville, where their family originally settled in 1824. For the last 27 years the Arnold's had resided on Lake Manitou as their permanent residence.

          Following her retirement she volunteered for over 20 years in the Woodlawn Hospital Gift Shop as a member of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member of the ladies auxiliaries of the Manitou Moose and Elks lodges and the American Legion. The Daughters of the American Revolution was another group with which Margaret was affiliated. Both Margaret and Cal were avid supporters of Purdue University. She was on the President's Council and a member of the John Purdue Club.

          Margaret attended the Union United Methodist Church, Noblesville, and the Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. She was also a member of the Woodland Country Club in Carmel. To relax she enjoyed crocheting quilts, scarves and other special gifts for family and friends to enjoy. She also enjoyed flower gardening to add color and beauty to the landscape of her home.

          Margaret is survived by her husband, Calvin "Cal" Arnold, at home; a daughter, Denise Henke and husband Brian, Noblesville; a son, Mel D. Arnold and wife Colette, Noblesville. Four grandchildren, Chad Arnold and wife Alicyn, Noblesville; Sara Jensen and husband Brian, Beaverfalls, Pa.; Josh Arnold, Winona Lake; and Paul Henke, West Lafayette. Three great-grandchildren, Toby and Zoe Jensen, Beaverfalls, Pa., and Xavier Arnold, Noblesville; and a sister, Frances Jean Sweitzer, Noblesville.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Horace Roudebush.

          Friends may visit with Margaret's family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Services will be continued in Noblesville at the Randall and Roberts Funeral Home, 1685 Westfield Road, Noblesville, with visitation Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Margaret Marie Arnold will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Randall and Roberts with visitation one hour prior to services. The Rev. Dr. Jim Witty will officiate. Entombment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Park Cemetery, Noblesville.

          Memorials may be sent to the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


Cedric L. Berdine

Sept. 9, 1932-May 1, 2010

          Mr. Cedric Leroy BERDINE, 77, of 5746 S. Indiana 25, Rochester, passed away, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday at his home.

          Cedric was born in Hebron on Sept. 9, 1932, the son of Charles and Ida (Frashour) Berdine.

          In 1950 Cedric graduated from Hebron High School. His love of music took him to Chicago where he studied piano at the Sherwood School of Music. One year later he received his piano certificate. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in music from Valparaiso University and later a master's in music education from Butler University.

          Mr. Berdine's teaching career began in 1955 at the Fulton Schools (now known as Caston School Corp.). His tenure of 40 years allowed for assignments of teaching while sharing his love and appreciation of music, both instrumental and vocal, to students from K-12, an opportunity he met with grace, style and an uncanny sense of humor. He also was assigned as drama coach for the high school dramatics club and accompanied them during musical productions. Mr. Berdine commanded a lifetime of respect from his students, as even years after graduation his former students were consistent in addressing him as Mr. B or Mr. Berdine.

          On Aug. 9, 1964, in Rushville, Cedric married Barbara J. Neuman. Their union spanned 45 years and produced three children, Aline, John and Scott.

          Barbara and Cedric treasured the memories of the vacations they shared. In 1970 the Berdines traveled out West to enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone National Park. In 1990 they vacationed and toured Germany, where their son Scott was stationed. A highlight was crossing the borders of East and West Germany, near Nuremburg, just prior to the border restriction suspension. 1994 brought the couple a cruise to beautiful Hawaii to celebrate their retirement.

          As the patriarch of the family, Cedric enjoyed the company of his grandchildren. A family tradition was established, that each summer the Berdine grandchildren would spend a month visiting Grandma and Grandpa. During this time Barb and Cedric took them on many interesting and educational day trips. Favorite locales were Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, planetarium and aquarium. There were trips to Connor Prairie, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Zoo, Deer Forest and Potawatomi Zoo, just to name a few.

          Cedric enjoyed flower gardening, annually planting flowers to enhance the beauty of the landscape of their home. A vegetable garden was also planted, so he and Barb would can so their family could enjoy the bountiful veggies year round. Cedric enjoyed woodworking, making custom creations for family and special friends. He was also a member of the Merry Little Woodworkers, joining some of the men from the Fulton F & AM Lodge to work on projects.

          Following his retirement, Cedric assumed the domestic cooking responsibilities. A chef in his own right, loving to exercise his culinary skills, he created custom recipes or modified ones he considered fitting the taste of his family or created something new by adding ingredients, usually never to be duplicated exactly the same.

          Cedric was active with the memberships he held. During his teaching years he served the Caston Classroom Teachers as their president and was head of the negotiations team for a number of years. He held life memberships with the Indiana State Teachers Association, NEA, Indiana State Teachers Association Retired and Indiana Retired Teachers Association. He was a longtime member of the Fulton County Retired Teachers, serving the group as past president.

          As a faithful member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 70 originating in Fulton, now combined with Rochester, he was worthy patron nine years. He served the group as grand organist for the grand chapter of OES from 2000 to 2001. He also was a member of the OES Reflections of Love Grand Family. As a member of South Bend's Scottish Rite he was a 32nd degree Mason. Cedric was a member of the Scottish Rite Choir for 20 years. Serving the Fulton F & AM Lodge No. 665 he was currently secretary and past worshipful master.

          Cedric was a loyal and devoted member of Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. He was a member of the praise team, Kum Join Us Sunday school class, and directed the chancel choir for a number of years. For over 20 years he shared his musical talents with the Fulton County Players serving the group as music director. He had accompanied the Fulton County Extension chorus since 1993 and the Noteables since their inception.

          Cedric is remembered for his dry sense of humor and twinkling eyes. He embraced time spent with old friends and cultivating new friendships. His abilities to express himself with the keyboard and piano were unparalleled. The many loving and tender moments he shared with Barbara, his children and grandchildren will always be held near to their hearts. He will certainly be missed by his family who loved and adored him, his teaching colleagues and former students, his family at Grace, the Masons, friends from Star and the hundreds of friends he made along life's journey to cherish his memory.

          Cedric is survived by his wife, Barbara Berdine, at home; a daughter, Aline Elizabeth Berdine, DeMotte; two sons, John Charles Berdine and wife Beverly, Leasburg, N.C., and Scott Allen Berdine, Leasburg, N.C.; three grandchildren, Tyffanie Lin Berdine, Lee-Anne Ruth Berdine and Diana Katelyn Berdine; and brother-in-law, Fred Neuman and wife Barb, Rutherfordton, N.C.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Shirley Pogue.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Cedric Leroy Berdine will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. On Tuesday, the Order of the Eastern Star No. 70 will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the Fulton F & AM Lodge No. 665 will conduct their memorial service. He will be laid to eternal rest at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Fulton F & AM Lodge No. 665 for a teaching scholarship to be established in his name or to the Grace United Methodist Church Music Department. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Jane A. Wakeland

          Jane A. WAKELAND, 59, of Culver, passed away Saturday at Memorial Hospital in South Bend after a 10-year battle with multiple myeloma.

          Jane was born July 8, 1950, in Lafayette to Arthur and Marsella Smith. She was married June 6, 1971, to Bruce Wakeland. He survives.

          Jane was a graduate of Purdue University. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in library science as well as her master's degree. She was the technology coordinator of the Culver Community School District where she was employed for 33 years. She was also a director of the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators.

          Jane is survived by her husband of 39 years, Bruce Wakeland; mother Marsella Smith; sister Kay (Vince) Schrader; sister-in-law Elaine (Joseph Zosky) Wakeland; brothers-in-law Neal (Keri) and Daniel (Janet) Wakeland; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Smith.

          A time of sharing memories with the family will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a memorial service at 7 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Miles for Myeloma, IU Foundation, P.O. Box 500, Bloomington, IN 47402. Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

 


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

 

Deborah J. Fultz

Feb. 27, 1953-April 30, 2010

          Deborah Jo (Hall) FULTZ, 57, of Rochester, died Friday at Hickory Creek nursing home.

          "Deb" was born Feb. 27, 1953, in Warsaw to Earl and Marilyn Hall and moved to Rochester in her early school years. She was a 1972 graduate of Rochester High School. Mr. Hall survives; Mrs. Hall preceded Deb in death Dec. 19, 2009.

          On June 11, 1992, Deb married Jon Fultz, who also survives. Others surviving include sisters Kathy Powers, Rochester, and Vickie (Tom) Snyder, Temperance, Mich.; twin daughters, Tonya (Larry) Williams, Logansport, and Sonya Ibarra, Delphi; son Craig Potts, Delphi; nine grandchildren; two stepsons; and three stepgrandsons.

          In keeping with her wish to help others, Deb requested that her body be donated for scientific research.

          A celebration of the life of Deb Fultz will be announced in the near future.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hickory Creek at Rochester, the American Cancer Society or Hope Hospice would be appreciated.

 

Tim Ray

          Tim RAY, 42, of Pennsylvania Ave., Plymouth, died Saturday at his residence.

          Survivors include three sisters, Debbie Spoor, Plymouth; Donna Stiles, Koontz Lake; and Cheri Bottorff, Knox. And two brothers, Steve Ray, South Carolina, and J. Ray, Plymouth.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

 

Richard Dezelan

          Richard "Dick" DEZELAN, 74, of Noblesville, died April 17 at the Yellow Rose Unit at Methodist Hospice in Indianapolis.

          Survivors include his wife, Margie Dezelan; daughter Denise Sejalon, Commerce Township, Mich.; son David Dezelan, Fishers; daughter Debra Dezelan, Fishers; son Daniel R. Dezelan, Fishers; and daughter Mary Diane Vandivier, Belleville, Mich.

          Services were April 20 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Noblesville. Arrangements were entrusted to Randall and Roberts Funeral Home, Fishers.

 

Jack L. Rhody

Feb. 27, 1940-May 4, 2010

          Jack L. RHODY, 70, of Royal Center, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Jack was born Feb. 27, 1940, in Logansport to Millard "Pete" and Marr (Conn) Rhody. He was married Dec. 8, 1962, in Royal Center to Bonnie B. Brandt.

          Jack was a brick mason for 50 years. He served as a foreman for the Zilokowski Co. before retiring.

          He was a member of Logansport Elks Lodge No. 66 and Royal Center Masonic Lodge No. 585. He was also a member of the Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center. Jack enjoyed spending time attending his grandchildren's activities and, since 1989, time at home on the Tippecanoe Lake.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie B. Rhody, Royal Center; two daughters, Tracey Rhody, Royal Center, and Shelly Turnpaugh and husband Vearl, Bringhurst; a brother, Max Rhody and wife Sandy, Las Vegas, Nev.; a granddaughter, Alisha Turnpaugh; two grandsons, Zachary Turnpaugh and Tanner Turnpaugh; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

          He was preceded in death by six sisters, Patsy Jeroski, Nancy Carol Rhody, Imogene Strauch, Georgie Swisher, Phyllis Achepohl and Gretchen Rivers; and three brothers, Fred Rhody, John Rhody and Millard "Moe" Rhody.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Pastor Jeff Tomson officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday. There will be an Elks memorial service at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

 

Richard Dezelan

          Richard “Dick” DEZELAN, 74, of Noblesville, died April 17 at the Yellow Rose Unit at Methodist Hospice in Indianapolis.

          Survivors include his wife, Margie Dezelan; daughter Denise Sejalon, Commerce Township, Mich.; son David Dezelan, Fishers; daughter Debra Dezelan, Fishers; son Daniel R. Dezelan, Fishers; and daughter Mary Diane Vandivier, Belleville Mich.

          Services were April 20 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Noblesville.  Arrangements were entrusted to Randall and Roberts Funeral Home, Fishers.

 

Dorothy M. Smith

          Dorothy Marcella SMITH, 71, of 201 N. Walnut St., Mentone, died at 11:31 p.m. Tuesday at her residence.

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

 


Friday, May 7, 2010

 

Reatha L. Ballenger

Jan. 23, 1911-May 5, 2010

          Reatha L. BALLENGER, 99, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, and formerly of Mentone, died at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Reatha was born Jan. 23, 1911, in Mentone to Ike and Goldie (McIntyre) Jefferies. She was married March 23, 1929, in Warsaw to Gerald A. Ballenger, who passed away Sept. 14, 1994.

          Reatha worked at Armour's Creamery and she was the hostess at the Steer Inn in the '60s as well as being a homemaker.

          Reatha attended Beaver Dam High School.

          Survivors include two daughters, Patricia and husband Mickey Eaton, Warsaw, and Diana and husband Larry Nellans, Fort Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kevin Eaton, Neal Nellans and Shelby Nellans Coleman; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Berniece Ballenger; a brother, Deverl "Doc" Jefferies; and a grandson, Kim Eaton.

          Private family services will be held Saturday with Pastor Rodney Ruberg officiating. Services were entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery.

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

 

Dorothy M. Smith

          Dorothy Marcella SMITH, 71, of 201 N. Walnut St., Mentone, and formerly of Argos, died Tuesday at her residence.

          Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Richardson, Mentone; a son, Robert Jason Smith, Knox; and two brothers, Jerry McGriff, Lawrence, Kan., and Paul Gene McGriff, Millington, Tenn.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

 

Leonard Beehler

          Leonard BEEHLER, 92, of Kewanna, died at 9:30 p.m., Thursday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

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

 

Pauline E. Snyder

          Pauline E. SNYDER, 86, 9964 E. 16th Road, Argos, died Friday at 12:30 a.m. at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Survivors include daughters Phyllis Jean Shivers and Ruth Kay Rinard, both of Argos, and Patsy Ann Singery, Inwood; sisters Donna Wargon and Rose Mary Harter, both of Goshen; and brother L. Jay Deisch, Huntertown.

          Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Argos United Methodist Church. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thomas D. Thompson

          Thomas D. "Tom" THOMPSON, 70, of 1505 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, died at 4:20 a.m. Friday at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, Mary 10, 2010

 

Leonard Beehler

          Leonard BEEHLER, 92, of Kewanna, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Born Aug. 20, 1917, in Fulton County, he was the son of the late Alvin and Grace (Crum) Beehler. On Oct. 8, 1940, he married Mary B. Wagoner, and she preceded him in death April 25, 1987.

          Leonard was a 1935 Richland Center High School graduate. He was a lifelong farmer and formerly had worked at various steel fabrication factories in the South Bend area as a burner.

          Leonard was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church, and he enjoyed woodworking and mushroom hunting.

          Survivors include his children, Sheila Warner, Kewanna; Charles Beehler and wife Betty, Walton; and Bruce Beehler and wife Ann, Kewanna. And his grandchildren, Linda Murphy and husband Hans, Carmel; Lt. Cmdr. Michael Warner, San Diego; Kevin Robertson, Fort Wayne; Sandy Dubois, Peru; Andy Grist and wife Alicia, Galveston; Todd Beehler and wife Paula, Rochester; Troy Beehler and wife Shoda, Rochester; and Traci Coursey and husband Tom, St. Joseph, Ill. He is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by one sister, Velma Ehresman.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pastor Don Meyer will officiate and burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Creek at Rochester and/or one's favorite charity. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the Beehler family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Delores A. Hollar

          Delores A. HOLLAR, 75, of 332 Grove St., Logansport, died at 8:51 a.m. Sunday at Howard Regional Health Systems, Kokomo.

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

 


Thomas D. Thompson

          Thomas D. "Tom" THOMPSON, loved by all who knew him, united with the Lord on Friday after a long battle with cancer with his family by his side.

          Tom was born Sept. 7, 1939, in St. Louis, Mich., the son of Jack and Dorothy (Leonard) Thompson. He graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, Mich., where he met the love of his life, Patricia A. "Pat" Stiles. They were married July 26, 1958.

          Tom was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Charles.

          He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. "Pat" Thompson, Rochester. His four children, Michael and wife Judy Thompson, Bloomington, Ill.; Tara Richie, Rochester; Kellie Miller, Fishers; and Todd and wife Tammy Thompson, Bradenton, Fla. Seven grandchildren, Eric and Dayne Thompson, Nathan Endris, Geoffrey and Emily Miller, and Tyler and Timmy Thompson; and two great-grandchildren, one of whom was blessed to be born the day of Tom's passing. Three brothers, Jess and wife Fran Thompson, Eaton Rapids, Mich.; David Thompson, Perry, Mich.; and Jack and wife Faye Thompson, Grand Ledge, Mich. And a sister-in-law, Ann Thompson, Laingsburg, Mich.

          Tom worked for Kroger in Lansing, Mich., before moving in 1964 to New Carlisle, where he worked as a salesman for Eckrich Meat Co. In 1978, Tom and Pat moved to Rochester to own and operate the Flagpole Drive-in until retirement in 2004, after which he devoted much of his time to helping Pat, an award-winning artist, with her art shows. Tom never met a stranger and always had a story or joke to leave you with a smile. He had many hobbies, though none more important than his tireless commitment to his faith, family and community. A Walk to Emmaus forever changed Tom's life in 1999 as he became a very active member of Rochester's Trinity United Methodist Church, where he helped form a men's breakfast group in 2009.

          Friends and family are invited to a memorial service celebrating Tom's accomplished life at Trinity United Methodist Church, 801 Jefferson St., Rochester, on Saturday at noon. The service will be officiated by Pastor Buck Padilla. A calling will precede the memorial service at the church, beginning at 10 a.m.

          The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in Rochester on behalf of Tom.

          Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, Mary 11, 2010

 

Philip M. Hatch

Feb. 14, 1939-May 8, 2010

          Philip Michael "Mike" HATCH, 71, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He very peacefully passed away with his family by his side in Indianapolis.

          Mike was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Rochester to Roscoe J. "Bill" and Mary M. (Kindig) Hatch.

          He was a 1957 graduate of Culver Military Academy, followed by Manchester College and Ball State University.

          He was a devoted husband for 45 years, a loving and caring father to three children, and a nurturing grandfather to five granddaughters. Surviving him is wife, Linda Burton; children Heidi and Mike Pozsgai, Gretchen and Joe Bricker, and Michael Hatch; granddaughters Kemper, Clarice and Mimi Bricker and Gabi and Ali Pozsgai; and three nieces and a nephew.

          He was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Lou Hatch in 1936 and Marilee Zimmerman in 1995.

          Mike will be remembered for his outlandishly great personality and charismatic ways. He dedicated his entire life to his family.

          A celebration of life will be held Friday at the Broadmoor Country Club, 2155 Kessler Blvd., West Drive, Indianapolis, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers and to honor his memories, contributions can be made to the Department of Natural Resources, c/o The Judy Burton Nature Preserve, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, or St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road, Indianapolis. Care and arrangements have been entrusted to the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, www.leppertmortuary.com.

 

David A. Heisler

Feb. 2, 1966-May 5, 2010

          David Allen "Dave" HEISLER, 44, of 7 Essex St., Salem, Mass., died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home.

          Dave was born Feb. 2, 1966, in Rochester to Franklin W. and Jane B. Heisler. He was married to Elizabeth Coughlan on Sept. 7, 1996, in Delaware.

          Dave graduated from Rochester High School in 1984 and Purdue University in 1988.

          He worked for Siemans Software PLM in Cinncinati, Ohio. His hobbies included herding and agility training with his Belgian Tervuren dogs, knife collecting, and coin collecting. He was a Methodist.

          Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Coughlan, Salem, Mass.; his beloved Tervuren dog, Cash; sister Phyllis Heisler, Oxford, N.C.; a brother, Glenn and Shannon Heisler, Delta Junction, Alaska; a sister, Barbara and Tony Matthews, Oxford, N.C.; and aunts, an uncle, and cousins in Indiana.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, Jane Heisler on March 28, 2006, and Franklin Heisler on Feb. 28, 2004; paternal grandparents Wayne and Agnes Heisler; maternal grandparents Glenn and Leota Groover; sister Rosemary Schneck; and his best friend, Harry.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Gonet Funeral Home, Salem, Mass., with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

          Instead of flowers you may make a donation to the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, American Heart Association, an animal charity of your choice or any other charity of your choice.

 

Delores A. Hollar

          Delores Ann (Guyse) HOLLAR, 75, of 332 Grove St., Logansport, died Sunday at Howard Regional Health Systems, Kokomo.

          Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Bleicher, Logansport; two sons, Michael L. Guyse, Syracuse, and Kenneth W. Guyse, Argos; sister Leona Good, Rochester; and two brothers, Lawrence Rude, Logansport, and Newton Rude Jr., Lebanon.

          Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

 

Beverly J. Jennings

          Beverly J. JENNINGS, 77, of 652 W. Marshall St., Argos, died at 6:55 p.m. Monday at her residence.

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

 

Paul D. Rager

March 23, 1924-May 10, 2010

          Paul Dean RAGER, 86, a Pretty Lake area resident in Plymouth, died at 5:16 p.m. Monday in his home following an illness.

          The son of Paul W. Rager and Henrietta (Williamson) Rager, he was born March 23, 1924. On April 2, 1967, he married Barbara A. McKinney in Anderson. She survives.

          Dean was a veteran of World War II, serving as a paratrooper with the 334th, a special unit attached to the 101st Screaming Eagles Airborne Division. He served from 1943 to 1946 in Italy and France.

          He graduated from Pierceton High School in 1942 and Manchester College in 1949. He went on to receive a master's in administration and education from Indiana University in 1954.

          Dean served many years in the education field. He was a high school teacher and coach at Sidney High School from 1949 to 1950. He taught fifth grade in the Monticello school system and served as junior high track and football coach from 1954 to 1959. He spent six years as the South Whitley High School principal from 1959 to 1965 and 12 years as the Akron elementary and junior high principal from 1965 to 1977. His last principal's position was at West Elementary School in Plymouth from 1977 to 1990.

          After retirement in 1990, Dean served as a student teacher supervisor for Ball State University and IUSB. In the fall of 2000 he was asked to serve as the interim principal for Webster School in Plymouth.

          Dean was a past member of the South Whitley and Akron Lions clubs and the Akron United Methodist Church. He served as president of District Area No. 5 of the Indiana Association of School Principals. He was also a past member of Plymouth Country Club and served on the board.

          Dean had numerous hobbies, which included photography; he took many wedding and school yearbook pictures. He was a life member of the U.S. Chess Federation and taught hundreds of children that attended his schools as well as those at the Plymouth Boys and Girls Club to play chess. Along with several of his friends, he built six Y-Flyer sailboats and helped start the Y-Flyer Fleet on Winona Lake and served as the fleet commander. Later, when he moved to Akron he sailed C-Scows on Lake Manitou and served as the fleet commander. Dean was also an avid golfer while a member of Plymouth Country Club.

          He loved to write and penned numerous short stories and poems. As an avid reader he always had a book by his side.

          Dean is also survived by three daughters, Pam and Mike McFarland, Akron; Rene and Shauli Rosen-Rager, Hemet, Calif.; and Christa Smith, Zionsville. One son, Delmar Rager, New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren, Bethany, Ryan, Yoni, Chelsea and Austin; one great-grandchild; one brother, Jack Rager, Pierceton; and two sisters, Marilee Bailey, Pierceton, and Nancy Schuman, Del Norte, Colo.

          Dean was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Judith Rager.

          As were Dean's wishes, there will be no visitation or public services, and a family memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Dean's name may be made to the Marshall County Boys and Girls Club, 314 E. Jefferson St., Plymouth, IN 46563; the Plymouth Public Library, 201 N. Center St., Plymouth; or to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center St., Suite C, Plymouth.

          The Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, is assisting with arrangements. Notes of condolence may be made to the family on the funeral home website, www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

 

Beverly J. Jennings

          Beverly June JENNINGS, 77, of 652 W. Marshall St., Argos, went home to be with the Lord at 6:55 p.m. Monday at her daughter's residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Loren M. Jennings, Pleasant Lake; two daughters, Cheri Cheramie, Norton, Ohio, and Jeanie Brown, Argos; a son, Chris Jennings, Lansing, Mich.; two sisters, Donna Gates, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Jean Nunnallee, Lavernia, Texas; and two brothers, Leon Hapner, Comstock, Mich., and Carl Hapner, Chiefland, Fla.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with calling one hour prior to the service at the First Baptist Church, Argos.

 


Friday, May 14, 2010

 

Laura M. Fish

          Laura M. FISH, 87, a lifetime Marshall and Fulton County resident, died Wednesday at her home.

          Survivors include her daughter, Gloria J. Swing, Kewanna; her son, Everett M. Fish, Lake City, Fla.; and two brothers, Lawrence Weaver, Acampo, Calif., and Bob Weaver, Plymouth.

          Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, with services following immediately at 2 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, May 17, 2010

 

Nita J. Wieringa

          Nita J. WIERINGA, 79, of Culver, died Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Arrangements are pending at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

 

Bill G. Griffis

          A graveside memorial service for Bill G. GRIFFIS, who died Jan. 2, will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Summit Chapel Cemetery, southeast of Bourbon on Indiana 10.

 

Floyd U. Kelly

Oct. 6, 1921-May 15, 2010

          Floyd Udell KELLY, 88, of Rochester, passed away Saturday.

          Floyd was born in Livingston, Ill., on Oct. 6, 1921, and was the first son of Cole F. and Elizabeth Bessie (nee Prosser) Kelly. He married Opal Pearl (nee Perry) Kelly on Oct. 3, 1942. She preceded him in death July 10, 1999, after 56 1/2 years of marriage.

          Floyd graduated from Adams School in 1936 and attended Gillespie High School in Illinois. He went on to attend the Hollup School of Welding and Engineering in Chicago. Floyd entered the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served as a staff sergeant in the ETO with the 482 AAA AW BN 9th Armored Division. He worked 24 years for Inland Steel and several years prior to that at Graver Tank, before retiring to Lake Manitou in Rochester.

          Floyd is survived by his three children, Floyd Thomas (Barbara) Kelly, Rochester; Ronald (Barbara) Kelly, Minooka, Ill.; and Patricia, nee Kelly, (James) Malloy, Cincinnati, Ohio. He leaves behind nine grandchildren, Corey (Sherri) Kelly, Texas; Sean Kelly, Rochester; Jeffrey Kelly, Bonfield, Ill.; Nicholas and Matthew Kelly, Minooka, Ill., David Malloy, Orange County, Calif.; Jeffery Malloy, Calif.; Perry, nee Malloy, (Chris) Grein, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Josh Malloy, Newport, Ky. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Brooklynn, Addy and Monte Grein; one brother, James Kelly, Gillespie, Ill.; and a sister, Lorraine Bakewell, Gretna, La.

          He was preceded in death by sister Alvera (nee Kelly) Hill and brother Ronald L. Kelly.

          Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland. Friends are invited to meet with the family today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service.

          Please visit www.mem.com.

 

Odon L. McClain

          Odon Lee McCLAIN, 74, of Schereville, died Monday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 


Wilbur L. McSherry

          Wilbur L. McSHERRY, 95, of 5353 S. 600 West, Claypool (Burket community), died at 10:15 a.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Nita J. Wieringa

          Nita J. WIERINGA, 79, of Culver, died Saturday at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her husband, William L. Wieringa; two sons, Larry and Chuck Wieringa, both of Knox; two daughters, Mary Guyse, Syracuse, and Connie James, Ora; and a sister, Helen Brady, Watseka, Ill.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the service Thursday.

 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

 

Opal Coleman

          Opal COLEMAN, 70, of 6203 W. 200 North, Rochester, died Tuesday morning in Rochester.

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

 

Wilbur L. McSherry

Dec. 3, 1914-May 17, 2010

          Wilbur L. McSHERRY, 95, a lifetime area resident living at 5353 S. County Road 600 West, Claypool (Burket community), died at 10:15 a.m. Monday at Miller's Merry Manor of Warsaw.

          Wilbur was born Dec. 3, 1914, in Kosciusko County at his current residence to Frederick and Dora Alice (Tucker) McSherry. He was married by the Rev. Sholty on July 25, 1936, in Fort Wayne to Helen L. Hagans, and she survives.

          Wilbur was a lifetime farmer who raised livestock and grain.

          Wilbur graduated from Burket High School in 1932 where he played basketball, baseball and later was a bowler and played softball. Wilbur was a member of the Burket United Methodist Church for many years. He was also a member of the Kosciusko County Historical Society. Wilbur loved to fish. He enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota and Michigan.

          Survivors include his wife, Helen L. McSherry, Claypool; two sons, Fred and wife Marilyn McSherry, Burket, and Steve and wife Diane McSherry, Mentone; four grandchildren, Kevin McSherry, Keith McSherry, Cindy Hathaway and Stephanie Widmeir; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by six sisters, four brothers and two granddaughters.

          Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, with Pastor Gary Loy and Pastor Sam Carns officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Burket United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Burket, IN 46508. Online condolences can be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Oden L. McClain

          Oden Lee McCLAIN, 74, of Schererville, died Monday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Retha, and nine children, Cynthia McClain; Robert McClain, Whiting; Michael E. Chandler, Portage; Veronica "Vicki" L. McClain, Hammond; Jeffrey G. Chandler, China Springs, Texas; Crystal A. Kleckner, Chenoa, Ill.; Regina McClain, Peru; Tammy L. Meyers, Lake Station; and Tracy L. Gore, St. John. Also surviving are two sisters, Barbara E. Stoner, Peru, and Donna M. Welty, Elkhart; and one brother, Hal W. McClain, Denver.

          Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, St. John, with visitation from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

          Funeral arrangements are being handled by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

 

Opal J. Coleman

May 11, 1940-May 18, 2010

          Opal J. COLEMAN, 70, of 6203 W. 200 North, Rochester, passed away Tuesday.

          On May 11, 1940, she was born in Rochester, the daughter of the late Charley and Dorothy (Imel) Artist, and had lived all of her life in Fulton County.

          Robert E. Coleman and Opal were married in 1954; he preceded her in death. Later she married Howard Rouser in 1965, who also preceded her in death.

          Opal was a homemaker, and had been employed at Walker's of Culver. She was a member of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles auxiliaries, all of Rochester. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling, reading, bingo, euchre and word search puzzles, and could often be seen on the dance floor. She was the gem of the family.

          Opal is survived by three daughters, Penny Wilburn, Rochester; Dorothy Stoner and husband Steven, Sparta, Tenn.; and Cindy Coleman, Rochester. One son, Robert Coleman and wife Linda, Lake Station; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews also survive.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Delcia DeGroff; and two brothers, Francis and Cletus Artist.

          A celebration of the life of Opal Coleman will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Friday. Interment will follow the service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of Rochester.Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Russell D. Spangle

Oct. 19, 1957-May 18, 2010

          Pastor Russell Dean SPANGLE, 52, of 5828 Skipton Court, Noblesville, and formerly of Silver Lake, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; he passed away at his residence Tuesday at 2 a.m. Russell was born to Duane and Becky (Manns) Spangle on Oct. 19, 1957, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1976.

          In 1976 at Silver Lake, he married Brenda Lynn England and they resided in Silver Lake. He was employed at Spangle Construction until 1990. From 1990 until 1998 he was associate pastor at New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, Warsaw. In 1998, he commenced pastoring Faith Family Church in Sheridan, and served until his passing.

          He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Brenda, Noblesville, and three daughters, Cassandra Spangle, Lubbock, Texas; Melanie (Bobby) Morris, Levelland, Texas; and Katherine Spangle, Noblesville. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Bo, Britt, Bryan and Maddison; his parents, Duane and Becky Spangle, Claypool; two brothers, Bruce (Lori) Spangle, Claypool, and Brian (Tamie) Spangle, Leesburg; and two sisters, Cheryl (Larry) Gibson, North Manchester, and Dana (Gale) Owens, Silver Lake.

          He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

          Visitation will be Friday from 2 p.m. until 6:55 p.m. at New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, 744 S. 325 East, Warsaw. The funeral service will be at 7 p.m. at the church officiated by Pastor John B. Lowe. Interment will be made at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

          In his memory, those that wish may donate to the Faith Family Church, 5828 Skipton Court, Noblesville, IN 46062.

          Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw. Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home's website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.

 


Friday, May 21, 2010

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

 

Jack K. Overmyer

          Rochester lost its best friend and biggest fan Friday morning when Jack K. OVERMYER, 85, died of lung disease at his Lake Manitou home.

          Overmyer, owner and president of The Rochester Sentinel, spent his working life at the forefront of community and professional organizations.  A relentless champion of his hometown, he was a successful journalist, historian, author and businessman.

          Overmyer was at the vanguard of successful efforts to bring the Hart Schaffner & Marx and Torin factories to Rochester.  He helped found the Fulton County Historical Society and the Round Barn Festival.  He held leadership roles in the Rochester Kiwanis Club, Fulton County Players, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Fist Federal Savings Bank and the Republican Party.

          His encyclopedic knowledge of Rochester’s history flavored much of his writing and reporting in the Sentinel.

          His book “A Stupendous Effort: The 87th Indiana in the War of the Rebellion” traced Fulton County soldiers in the Civil War, where they played a pivotal role in the Battle of Chickamauga.  It was published by Indiana University in 1997.  He wrote and published three other books – compilations of his speeches and pieces from his long-running Sentinel Column, Considered Comment.  Their titles were “Reflections of a Hoosier Editor,”  “Reflections of a Hoosier Editor Resumed” and “Gatherings.”  He was working on a fifth book, titled “Summing Up,” at the time of his death.  His final Sentinel column ran Tuesday.

          Overmyer was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1999.  Publishers from one end of the state to the other sought his counsel.

          In 2009, he won first place in the Hoosier State Press Association editorial general commentary contest.  His winning columns discussed his late wife Marge and the creation of Woodlawn Hospital.  It was a fitting bookend to his career.

          Overmyer was elected to the HSPA board of directors in 1964.  As first chairman of the HSPA Newsroom Seminar, he created Indiana’s first statewide news writing contest in 1967.  He was president of the HSPA from 1968 to 1969. 

          He connected with Rochester Middle School students who studied his work.  After hearing him speak and studying his work, RMS kids created a play based on his writings titled “Saturday Afternoon in Rochester With Jack” and performed it at the Fulton County Historical Society museum.  They also persuaded city fathers to name Dec. 12, 2009, Jack K. Overmyer Day.

          Overmyer donated his extensive Civil War library to the Fulton County Historical Society.

          For all his interest in history, he was no stranger to the modern world.  Until the very end, he was adept at navigating the Internet.  He bought an iPhone this year.

          Jack Kingery Overmyer was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Rochester to Charles Stephen and Edyth Kingery Overmyer.  His mother died May 7, 1957; his father on Sept. 16, 1978.  He represented the fourth generation of Overmyers to reside in Fulton County.  His sister, June Brinkroeger, Rochester, survives.

          He lived in Rochester his entire life except for the years 1942 to 1952, which he spent in Bloomington and Indianapolis.  He and his wife spent 10 winters on Sanibel Island, Fla., and 15 more in Scottsdale. Ariz.

          On June 1, 1946, in South Bend, he married Margery Louise Hodson.  They met while students at Indiana University.  Mrs. Overmyer died April 22, 2009, after a nine-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

          He was  a member of the Rochester High School Class of 1941 and a graduate of Columbia Elementary School.  He majored in government and political science at Indiana University, Class of 1946.

          Jack and Marge had four daughters:  Laura and husband Fred Brown, LaGrange, Ind.; Elizabeth and husband Gary Madlem, Rochester; Sarah O. and husband W.S. Wilson, Rochester; and the late Jennifer K. Overmyer, Indianapolis..  They had four grandchildren:  Jack Oldroyd, Elkhart; Luke and wife Nancy Wilson, Waddy, Ky.; Hannah Josephine Overmyer Wilson , Loughborough, England; and the late Robert Nelson, LaGrange.  They had one great-grandson:  Drake Browing Wilson, Waddy, Ky.

          Overmyer’s newspaper career began as sports editor for the Rochester News-Sentinel prior to his senior year in high school.  He remained on staff as general news reporter for a year after high school graduation, then enrolled at Indiana University in May 1942.

          While a student at Indiana University, he served three years – 1943 to 1946 – as athletic information director for Indiana University, publicizing all Hoosier athletic teams throughout the nation.  During that span, IU won its first Big Ten football championship, in 1945.

          In 1946, he joined the sports staff of The Indianapolis Star and for six years was that newspaper’s chief college sports writer, covering Big Ten and Indiana college athletics, as well as Indianapolis Indiana baseball, Indianapolis Caps hockey and state golf tournaments.  Between sports seasons, he was the sports department copy desk chief.

          Overmyer was managing editor of The Rochester News-Sentinel and Sentinel (renamed in 1961) from 1952-1966.  He became editor and publisher in 1966, president of The Sentinel Corp. in 1970 and assumed full ownership of the newspaper in July 1976.

          At Indiana University, he was president of his social fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and of the campus chapter of professional journalism fraternity Sigma Delta Chi.  He was a member of the Blue Key and Skull and Crescent honorary organizations and was sports editor of the Indiana Daily Student campus newspaper and Arbutus, the university yearbook.

          He enlisted in the U.S. Army’s Enlisted Reserve Corps while an IU student in 1942 and was given medical discharge in May 1943.  He was managing editor of The News-Sentinel for three months that summer before returning to college in September 1943.

          In Rochester, Overmyer was president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Cub and of the Fulton County Players, acting in many of the group’s stage productions, musicals and plays.

          He was the first president of the Fulton Count Historical Society and editor-founder of its Quarterly publication.

          He was a member of the committee that organized construction of Rochester’s city pool, a director of the United Community Givers (the United Way predecessor) and a member of the Lake Manitou Yacht Club.

          Then-Indiana Gov. Roger Branigin appointed Overmyer a trustee of Indiana Educational Services Foundation in 1968.  The board elected him secretary.

          He was a director of the Indian State Chamber of Commerce from 1975 to 1987 and received the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service award in 1977.

          He was named a director of First Federal Savings Bank in 1974 and continued to serve as director emeritus until his death.

          He was a former member of Indiana University’s Legislative Advisory Council and Indiana Civil Defense Advisory Council.

          He was former member of All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis.

          He was a member of the Rochester Elks and Moose lodges, the Indianapolis Press Club, the Columbia Club of Indianapolis, the Nature Conservancy, the Art institute of Chicago and the North Carolina chapter of the Royal Order of Raggedy Ass Reporters.

          Funeral services are at 1 p.m.. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home Rochester.  Friends may call from 11 a.m. to the hour of services.  He will be interred at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Jennifer K. Overmyer Memorial Fund for Rochester School Libraries via the Fulton County Community Foundation.  Fulton County Historical Society or Vernon Manor Children’s Home, 1955 Vernon St., Wabash, IN 46992.

 

Monday, May 24, 2010

 

Eugene W. Holmes

Jan. 24, 1935-May 22, 2010

          Eugene W. HOLMES, 75, of Rochester and a former resident of Kewanna, passed away at 7:52 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          He was born Jan. 24, 1935, in Constantine, Mich. He was a 1981 graduate of Albion High School in Michigan.

          Eugene was known in Kewanna as having a paper route. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Winamac and he enjoyed puzzles and crossword puzzles.

          Survivors include his brother, Lewis Holmes, and special friends, David and Sue Webb, Kewanna.

          Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Pastor Mark Pilger will officiate.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Harold L. Sutton Sr.

Jan. 23, 1935-May 21, 2010

          Harold L. SUTTON Sr., 75, of Kewanna, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Friday at his residence.

          Born Jan. 23, 1935, in Fulton County, he was the son of the late James Franklin and Ruth (Kistler) Sutton. On Feb. 21, 1976, he married Phyllis J. Calhoun, and she preceded him in death July 31, 2008.

          Harold was a 1953 Metea High School graduate. He had formerly worked at Wilson's in Logansport and he retired from Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna. Harold attended Kewanna United Methodist Church and he also enjoyed gardening.

          Survivors include his children, Harold Sutton Jr. and wife Krista, Bourbon; Robert Sutton and wife Sandy, Kewanna; Linda Reinholt and husband Art, Monterey; and Mary Wilcox, Knox. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Frances Calhoun, Leiters Ford; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by one son, Jim Sutton; two sisters; and one grandson.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pastor Steven McPeek will officiate and burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice. Online condolences and tributes may be made to the Sutton family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

 

Joyce A. Thomas

Feb. 20, 1945-May 22, 2010

          Joyce Ann THOMAS, 65, of South Whitley, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday of natural causes.

          She was born Feb. 20, 1945, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Dale J. and Shirley M. (Waters) Reiff. Her formative years were spent in Whitley County. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1963.

          She was employed for 32 years at Invensys Controls in North Manchester in the shipping/receiving department. She also owned and operated Joyce's Carwash in North Manchester. In recent years, she and her husband ran J.T. Transportation Service.

          On April 30, 2006, she married John Thomas in Hawaii, where they spent their honeymoon before returning to their South Whitley home, which they restored and remodeled. They attended the same church as children and grew up one mile apart.

          She was a member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren. Her hobbies were taking pictures over the years of which she made over 50 beautiful scrapbooks. Joyce was instrumental in keeping her high school classmates as a close group and coordinated activities with her co-workers.

          Surviving relatives include her husband, John; a daughter, Denise (Nelson) Constantine, Lawrenceburg Ga.; two grandchildren; a great grandson; her mother, Shirley Reiff, Columbia City; a brother, Steve (Doris) Reiff, South Whitley; a stepson; and two stepdaughters.

          The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

          Preferred memorials are to Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, South Whitley. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

 

Michael E. Gullett

          Michael E. GULLETT, 53, of Peru, died Monday at his residence.

          Survivors include his mother, Nancy Gullett, Peru; four children, Mike Gullett Jr., Holly Gullett, Angel Gullett and Tony Gullett; one brother, Butch Gullett; and one sister, Vicki Meier.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation two hours prior to the service.

 

Orville Prater

          Orville PRATER, 65, of Hyden, Ky., and formerly of Akron and Rochester areas, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the Appalachian Medical Center, Hazard, Ky.

          Local arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

 

Carma Jackson

          Carma JACKSON, 54, of 4667 E. Indiana 14, Rochester, died at 2:59 a.m. Tuesday at IU Med Center, Indianapolis.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Orville Prater

July 15, 1944-May 23, 2010

          Mr. Orville PRATER was born July 15, 1944, and departed this life Sunday at the Hazard ARH Medical Center in Hazard, Ky., at the age of 65 years. He was the son of the late Harry Prater and the late Pollie (Hale) Prater.

          He had been a resident of Leslie County, Ky., for the last 10 years, moving there from Indiana. He retired from hauling milk for Foremost Farms and had also driven truck for Dick Ogle Trucking. He was a member of the Stinnett Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and hunting as hobbies. He loved listening to bluegrass music.

          He leaves the following relatives surviving: wife Audrey Prater, Wendover, Ky. Four sons, Paul Prater and wife Debbie, Gilead; Greg Prater and wife Amy, Akron; Sherman Garringer and wife Barb, Rochester; and Michael Garringer and wife Brandy, Oregon. A daughter, Lorie Carpenter and husband Fred, Rochester; one brother, A.C. Prater and wife Joann, Rochester; one sister, Ella Manns and husband Lawrence, Warsaw; grandchildren Ryne, Caleb, Jennifer, Taylor, Sahra, Katie, Kinzie, Layne, Isabella, Evelyn and Matt; and a great-grandchild, Alayna.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Virginia Rawlins; and brother Monroe Prater.

          A visitation service was held at the Dwayne Walker Funeral Home, Hyden, Ky., on Tuesday. Visitation will be held locally Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, and funeral services for Orville will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Whitaker officiating.

          Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Carol A. Shull

March 3, 1961-May 24, 2010

          Carol Ann SHULL, 49, 1417 Elm St., Rochester, passed into eternity on Monday at 9:37 a.m. at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She often talked about her faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and was sure someday she would be in Heaven. No one expected it would be so soon. 

          Carol was born March 3, 1961, to Gerald and Lois (LaVerata) Barr in Libertyville, Ill. She graduated from The Christian School in Prairie du Sac, Wis.

          Carol married William E. Shull on July 3, 1982, in Fox Lake, Ill., and he survives. They had five children together, Rebecca A. (Roy) Duncan, Akron, Ohio; Jeremiah W. (Heidi) Shull, Rochester; William E. (Lori) Shull Jr., McHenry, Ill.; Daniel Shull, who preceded her in death; and James M. Shull, Rochester. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Ashlynn, Jaren, Landon, Jonathen, Quinlan, Olivia, Andrew and Kevin; her father, Gerald Barr, Libertyville, Ill. Brother and sisters, Jerry (Barbara) Barr, Antioch, Ill.; Laurie (Chuck) Norman, Waterloo, Iowa; Beverly (Eugene) Whitlock, Waterloo, Iowa; and Kathy Goote, Grand Rapids, Mich. And nieces and nephews, Greg, Ruth, Dena, Liz, Sandy, Benjamin, Ron and Jonathon.

          She was also preceded in death by her mother and a nephew, Andrew.