The Rochester Sentinel

 

2013

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 

Herbert D. McIntire

          Herbert D. McINTIRE, 86, Rochester, died at 12 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes and Cremation Service.

 

Bill C. Robinson

          Bill C. ROBINSON, 77, Warsaw, died at 5:56 p.m. Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include his wife, Judy Robinson, Warsaw; three daughters, Bonnie Long, Warsaw, Marlene Stookey, Warsaw, and Teresa Bullers, Warsaw; and one brother, Larry D. Robinson.

          Funeral service is at 3 p.m. Thursday, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Visitation is 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Ruth Zartman

          Ruth ZARTMAN, 90, Plymouth, died at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis M. Calhoun, Charlottesville, Va., and Carol A. Allhouse, Barberton, Ohio; one son, Ernest D. Zartman, Plymouth; one sister, Peggy Ehlinger, Rochester; and two brothers, Larry Hunter, Rochester and Russell D. Hunter, Jensen Beach, Fla.

          Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday, at the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, and an hour prior to the service.

 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

 

Herbert D. McIntire

Oct. 14, 1926 – Jan. 1, 2013

          Herbert D. McINTIRE, 86, long time Fulton County resident passed away at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Herb, as he was commonly known, was born on Oct. 14, 1926, near Athens, to Oval L. and Mary M. (Craig) McIntire. Most of Herb’s adult life was spent in the Kewanna area, where he farmed with the family until entering the military, serving our country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. During his tour of duty in Germany, Herb was selected to attend the N.C.O. Academy in Baumholder, Germany, and was proud of his graduation from that academy.

          Herb attended Rochester High School until mid-term his senior year and then transferred to Kewanna High School, where he graduated in 1945.

          During his high school career at Rochester, Herb played on the varsity basketball team under coach Harry Ray, and he was also a star shortstop on the fast-pitch softball and baseball teams.

          After graduating high school, Herb played for the Jones’ IHC traveling fastpitch softball team as well as playing for a number of years for the Kewanna Merchants and Winamac Coil Spring teams. Herb also played semi-pro baseball for years.

          Survivors include two sisters, Rowena Bryant (Kenny, deceased), of Rochester, and Doris Crabill (Dr. Del), of Charleston, Ill.; one brother, Leonard McIntire (Jane) of Crawfordville, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Patsy McIntire, of Seguin, Texas. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as special children, Bob Clyde, Mike Clyde, Gwen Hott and Nancy Luketich.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence McIntire and Alonzo Wilmer McIntire; and his wife, Mary Jane; and special friend, Violet Clyde.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel, with Chaplain Jason See officiating.

          Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the funeral home.

          Burial with military rites will be conducted at Citizens I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Kewanna.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice and/or one’s favorite charity.

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

 

Ruth H. Zartman

Aug. 29, 1922 – Jan. 1, 2013

          Mrs. Ruth H. ZARTMAN, 90, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Pilgrim Manor, Plymouth.

          Ruth was born on Aug. 29, 1922, the precious daughter of Guy and Lily E. Johnson Hunter. As one of 12 Hunter children, she shared her childhood with three sisters, Lucille, Dorothy, and Peggy, and eight brothers, Larry, Russell, Arthur, Harry, Empy, Bill, Kelly and Robert.

          On June 17, 1939, in Rochester, Ruth married her best friend Dean L. Zartman. Their union spanned over six decades and was blessed with three children, Phyllis Marie, Carol Ann and Ernest Dean. Over the years, the family tree grew to include seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

          In the early years, Ruth took great pride in flower and vegetable gardening around her home. As an accomplished seamstress, she tended to the family mending and made custom clothing. Once, she created a beautiful formal gown for one of her granddaughters to wear to a dance. To keep sharp, she enjoyed the challenges of word searches. The proud matriarch of four generations, Grandma Ruth especially enjoyed doting on her grandchildren and the great-grandchildren.

          Ruth is lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Phyllis Marie Calhoun and husband Robert, of Charlottesville, Va., and Carol Ann Allshouse, of Barberton, Ohio; one son, Ernest Dean Zartman and wife Lorna, of Plymouth; one sister, Peggy Ehlinger, of Rochester; two brothers, Larry Hunter and wife Ruth, of Rochester, and Russell Dean Hunter and wife Nancy, of Jensen Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

          Preceding Ruth in death are her parents and beloved husband of 61 years, Dean Zartman.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Ruth H. Zartman will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Friends may visit with her family from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday and an hour prior to her services.

          Burial will take place in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

          Expressions of sympathy may be written to Ruth's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Gerald Lybarger

Aug. 20, 1933 – Nov. 25, 2012

          Gerald “Jack” LYBARGER, 79, of North Manchester, died at 2:26 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          He was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Geneva, to Clarence and Marjorie A. (Smith) Lybarger.

          Jack was a 1951 graduate of Hoagland High School. Jack was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.

          He first married Mary Anne Owens on July 3, 1954; she died June 24, 1993. He then married Margene Abbott on July 26, 1997, in Rochester; she died Jan. 13, 2011.

          He retired from The Hardware Store in North Manchester, and also worked at Gaunt & Son Asphalt in Wabash and McMahan-O’Connor in Rochester.

          Jack was a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge, the South Bend Scottish Rite, the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine and Shrine Chanters. He could fix anything and loved history, animals, music and his country.

          He is survived by his 2 daughters, Laurel Lybarger, of Silver Lake, and Shaunn (Jeffrey) Munn, of Plymouth; one brother, Gary (Diane) Lybarger, of Hoagland; one sister, Dee Ann Blackburn, of Columbia City; five sisters- in-law, Jane Ann (Tom) Airgood and Mary Beth (Jon) Perkins, both of North Manchester; Carolyn Baumgartner, Donna Owens, and Linda Drake, all of Monmouth; and one brother-in-law, Ted Abbott, of Weeki Wachee, Fla.

          He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Springer.

          Jack’s memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the United Methodist Church, North Manchester, with Pastor Kevin DeKoninck and Pastor Larry Ray officiating. The service will start with a Masonic service.

          Family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, at the church.

          Private family burial will be in Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery at a later date.

          Arrangements were made by Grandstaff-Hentgen, Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

          Preferred memorials are Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or Epworth Forest Methodist Youth Camp.

          The memorial guestbook for Jack may be signed online at grandstaffhentgen.com.

 

Friday, January 4, 2013

 

Freddie G. Rice

          Freddie G. RICE, 73, Fulton, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

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

 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

 

Freddie G. Rice

June 10, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2013

          Freddie G. RICE, 73, Fulton, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at his residence.

          He was born on June 10, 1939, in Moreland, Ky., the son of Fred and Essie (Thomas) Rice.

          Freddie had lived in Gravel Switch, Ky., Logansport, Twelve Mile, and Pendleton, prior to moving to Fulton in 1997.

          He served with the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965.

          On Jan. 26, 1979, in Logansport, he married Elizabeth J. “Jan” Pittman, and she survives.

          Mr. Rice had been a safety hazard manager for the state of Indiana, having served over forty years in fire service. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and sitting and visiting on his front porch on Main Street in Fulton.

          Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth J. “Jan” Rice, Fulton; daughters, Brenda Whitaker and husband Steve Whitaker, Wetmore, Kan., and Sue Rice Schmitz and husband Kevin Schmitz, Netawaka, Kan.; stepson, Shawn “Mike” and wife Ute Fuller, Clarksville, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Kimberly and husband Brad Doyle, Monticello; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Curtis Rice, David and wife Bulah Rice and Joe Rice, all of Danville, Ky., sister, Lillian and husband Charlie Allender, Sandknob, Ky.; and special nephew, Tharren Stevens, Parksville, Ky.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Bonnie D. Rice; brothers, Michael Rice, Douglas Rice and Ottis Rice; sisters, Norma Rice and Nancy Reynolds; and sister-in-law, Ella Rice.

          Graveside services will be conducted at a later date at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

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

          Arrangements were made by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

Marilyn A. Stretch

Aug. 9, 1927 – Jan. 4, 2013

          Marilyn A. STRETCH, 85, of Rochester, passed away at 2:09 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Marilyn was born on Aug. 9, 1927, in Graymont, Ill., the precious daughter of Forrest and Clara (Bowers) Stretch. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a brother and four sisters.

          A loyal and devoted member of Rochester's First Baptist Church, Marilyn was active in the fellowship guild and the adult choir. She was also a leader of the kitchen crews, active with hosting funeral dinners and fundraiser meals for the church. She is best remembered for her delicious deviled eggs.

          In earlier years, she is remembered for the meticulous care of the colorful flower gardens that embraced her home. Only a few years back, passers- by marveled as she cruised on her walker around her gardens, weeding and picking up errant leaves.

          Paramount in her life was her family. She loved being in their company all through the years. Playing on the floor with some of the toddler nieces and nephews, she was known as Grandma-Aunt Marilyn. A couple of the kids accompanied her on a memorable bus trip to Branson, Mo. to see the amazing Rockettes. Her crocheted handiwork of detailed dollies and coasters were enjoyed by family and special friends. Marilyn loved watching the Notre Dame teams and the Colts play on television.

          Marilyn is lovingly remembered by a sister, Bonnie Townsend and husband Robert, of Rochester; one brother in-law, Francis Carlson; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Lavonne Bailey, Willa Wagoner and Martha Carlson; one brother, Louis Stretch; and two nephews, Ron Bailey and Wayne Wagoner.

          A celebration of the life of Marilyn Stretch will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester with Pastor Mark Spencer, Ph.D., officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.

          She will be laid to eternal rest on the family plot in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made in her name to First Baptist Church, Rochester.

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

 

Roger A. Puckett

          Roger A. PUCKETT, 68, Hebron, died at 11:10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2012, in Hobart.

          Survivors include his wife, LaDonna Puckett, Hebron; two sons, Jerry Puckett, Hebron, and Ryan Puckett, Suisun City, Calif.; one daughter, Kay Childs, Springtown, Texas; and one brother, Robert Puckett, Culver.

          Funeral service is at noon Monday at the Grace United Church of Christ, Culver.

          Visitation is 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday at the church.

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

 

William Johnson

          William ‘Bill’ JOHNSON, 80, Rochester, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Sharon (Hopkins) Johnson, Rochester; one daughter, Misty Johnson, Rochester; and one sister, Evelyn, Wisconsin.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

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

 

Robert Tipton

          Robert TIPTON, 66, Rochester, died Friday.

          Arrangements are pending with Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

 

 

Monday, January 7, 2013

 

Vada I. Coplen

Dec. 5, 1919 – Jan. 5, 2013

          Vada Irene (King) COPLEN, 93, Akron, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Born Dec. 5, 1919 in Perry Township, Miami County, she was the daughter of Martin Luther and Rosella (Barnhisel) King. On Sept. 17, 1939 in Crown Point, she was married to Wayne Devon Coplen, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2000.

          She attended the Akron United Methodist Church, and was a member of the former Gilead United Methodist Church.

          Vada was the mother of three children, Judy Kay Harvey, Warsaw, Larry K. Coplen, Warsaw, and Ronald L. Coplen, Akron. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Douglas Neil Harvey and Pamela Sue Harvey; one niece, Roberta Sue Shanks; and one nephew, Richard Carl Lamb.

          Three sisters, Beulah Lamb, Freida Fawley and Helen Bernice King preceded Vada in death.

          Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Burial will be in Gilead Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Gilead Cemetery Association.

          Arrangements are being handled by Vada’s cousin, Hal W. McClain of McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Virginia M. Balsbaugh

          Virginia M. (Gilbert) BALSBAUGH, 94, Denver, died Saturday, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

          Survivors include three daughters, Jean A. Musselman, Linda M. Koenig and Peggy J. Wells, all of Denver; and one sister, B. Josephine Hibbs, Columbia City.

          Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

 

Sherri Adamson

          Sherri ADAMSON, 50, Rochester, died Monday, at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

 

Vada I. Coplen

          Vada Irene (King) COPLEN, 93, Akron, died Saturday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Funeral service is at noon today at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of the service today at the funeral home.

 

F. Eloise Fred

          F. Eloise FRED, 89, Rochester, died at 3 p.m. Monday, in her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at the Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory, Logansport.

 

Esther L. Smoker

Dec. 6 1923 – Jan. 4, 2013

          Esther Louise (Easterday) SMOKER, 89, of North Manchester, formerly of Fulton County, passed away peacefully at 7:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in her residence at the Peabody Retirement Community.

          Born in her parents’ Fulton County home on Dec. 6, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Loris E. and Helen K. (Johnson) Easterday.

A 1941 graduate of Fulton High School, Esther had worked as a seamstress at H.W. Gossard many years ago. She had also worked as a coil winder at the former RBM.

          She was married to Donald M. Briggs on June 7, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1955. She later married George M. Altman, who preceded her in death in 1993. On June 21, 2001, she married Ernest Smoker, who survives in North Manchester.

          Esther was a member of the former Third Street United Methodist Church while living in Logansport. When her children were young, she was very active in the PTA in the Logansport schools. She later moved to Peru where she belonged to the Eagles Auxiliary. For eight years, Esther participated in a bowling league and was active in senior center activities in Peru.

          Surviving with her husband are four children and their spouses, Robert L. and Helen Briggs, of Las Vegas, Nev., Marilyn and Dennis White, of Speedway, Roseanna and Tom Kelley, of Bunker Hill, and James and Christina Briggs, of Richmond, Va.; 16 grandchildren, Richard, Kimberly, Timothy, Heidi, Mark, Melissa, David, Laurie, Christine, Bridget, Stacey, Brandon, Brent, Brianna, Christina and Camille; 25 great-grandchildren, Molly, Tiffany, Julianna, Jordan, Ashley, Bailey, Alex, Ava, Lilly, Joshua, Mandy, Kaylie, Mariah, Natoshia, Madison, Dylan, Brittany, Mia, Joey, Nikolai, Sebastian, Indy, Mason, Carson and Gracen; four great-great-grandchildren, Deegan, Dawson, Peyton and McKenzie.

          She was preceded in death by her son, Richard, who was Bob's twin brother; one sister, Wilma Halpeny; and two brothers, Richard Easterday and Don Easterday.

          A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, with Daniel Gray officiating.

          Visitation is one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

          Interment in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport, will follow funeral services.

          Contributions may be made to Area V Peru Senior Citizens Center, 661 East Main St., Peru. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

          You may light a candle, share condolences in her guestbook and view her video tribute online at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 

Beverly K. Suter

          Beverly K. SUTER, 72, Macy and Nyona Lake, died at 2:01 p.m. Monday, at Century Villa Health Care, Greentown.

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

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

 

Sherri M. Adamson

          Sherri Marie ADAMSON, 50, Rochester, died Monday, at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Teri; two sons, Derek Adamson, Tippecanoe, and Clayton Adamson, Rochester; her mother, Evelyn Braman, Rochester; two sisters, Judy Taylor, Walkerton, and Pat Rathburn, Warsaw; and three brothers, Bill Braman, Florida, Phill Braman, Michigan, and John Braman, Indianapolis.

          Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

F. Eloise Fred

Nov. 4, 1923 – Jan. 7, 2013

          F. Eloise FRED, 89, of Rochester, passed away in her residence at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

          Born on Nov. 4, 1923, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of the late Lawerance and Florence (Diveley) Rouch. On May 25, 1946 in Fulton, Eloise married Lavon H. Fred who survives.

          Mrs. Fred was a homemaker and a member of the Fulton Baptist Temple.

          Surviving along with her husband are three sons, William R. (Deborah) Fred, Rochester, Phillip (Barb) Fred, Mooresville, and David H. (Julie) Fred, Kewanna; one sister, Evelyn Kerby, Mishawaka; six grandchildren, Scott (Lisa) Fred, Tara (Dan) Taylor, Chris (Brettany) Fred, Alex (Julie) Fred, James (Kourtney) Fred, and Eli Fred; and three great-grandchildren, Megan Fred, Ashley Fred, and Olivia Taylor.

          She was preceded in death by two brothers, George “Bud” Rouch, and Cyril Edgar Rouch; and one sister, Joan Elizabeth Rouch.

          A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Fulton Baptist Temple with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating.

          Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the Fulton Baptist Temple.

          A private burial will be held in Salem Cemetery near Fulton.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice.

          You may sign the guestbook and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Lowell Graham

          Lowell “Toad” GRAHAM, 84, Rochester, died at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, at his daughter’s residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Sharon; one daughter, Vicky Dugan, Rochester; two sons, Jack Graham, Lucerne, and Tim Graham, Bainville, Mont.; and one sister, Virginia Dean, Grand Rapids, Mich.

          Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

John R. Mangum

          Pastor John R. MANGUM, 52, Fulton, died at 6:51 a.m. Tuesday, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Royal Center.

 

Beverly K. Suter

Aug. 17, 1940 – Jan. 7, 2013

          Beverly K. SUTER, 72, Macy (Nyona Lake), passed away at 2:01 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Century Villa Health Care, Greentown.

          She was born on Aug. 17, 1940, in Cass County, the daughter of Clyde T. and Mildred (Conklin) Cotner. On Jan. 2, 1959 in Florence, Ala., she married George L. Suter and he survives.

          Mrs. Suter had retired from Delco Electronics in Kokomo. She had been a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kokomo, and had been a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. In her spare, time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, oil painting, quilting and was an avid golfer, having accomplished a hole in one at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Logansport.

          Survivors include her husband, George L. Suter, Macy (Nyona Lake); one son, Anthony J. and wife Suzanne Suter Sr., Logansport; daughter, Nancy and husband Jody Hart, Rochester; grandchildren, Dr. Anthony J. Suter Jr., Redlands, Calif., Sara Suter, Austin, Texas, Cody Hart, Rochester, Beverly Hart, Rochester, and Shawna Hart, Rochester; and one great-grandson, Riley Bailey, Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

Robert O. Tipton

          Robert O. TIPTON, 66, Rochester, died at 5 p.m. Friday, at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Bertha Sue; and his mother, Audrey Rocks, Rochester.

          Funeral service is at 4 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

 

Lowell Graham

Jan. 26, 1928 – Jan. 8, 2013

          Mr. Lowell Phlegar “Toad” GRAHAM, 84, of Rochester, passed away, at the home of his daughter, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

          He was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Cass County, to Lewis P. and Zora (Snow) Graham. As one of eight children, he grew up with four sisters and three brothers. With great pride, Lowell graduated in 1947 from Logansport High School where he played basketball for the Berries.

          On July 17, 1948, Lowell and Sharon Grace Nice were married. Their union of 64.5 years produced three children. Over the years, the family tree grew with the added blessings of five generations.

          As a young man, Lowell worked for the railroad and J. C. O’Conner. He later farmed in White, LaPorte and Fulton counties – raising beans, corn and wheat. Lowell enjoyed raising a fine herd of Holsteins and overseeing the family dairy operation. He retired as a machinist from Sealed Power.

          As the patriarch of the Graham family, Lowell loved attending all of the scouting and sporting events of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Playing euchre on Tuesdays with his friends gave him great pleasure. He was always looking forward to playing cards and visiting at the senior center. Lowell enjoyed hunting, fishing, painting, reading and poetry, which he passed down through the years.

          Lowell is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sharon; one daughter, Vicky Dugan and husband Russell, of Rochester; two sons, Jack Graham and wife Judy, of Lucerne, and Tim Graham and wife Cheryl, of Bainville, Mont.; one sister, Virginia Smith Dean, of Grand Rapids Mich.; grandchildren, Nicole Smiley and husband Marc, of Rochester, Jennifer Gamble, of Rochester, Nathan Graham and wife Emily, of Monticello, Emily Kim and husband John, of Lompoc, Calif., Kurt Graham, of Lucerne, Calie Graham and fiance Jon Wineinger, of Froid, Mont., Lane and Tye Graham, of Bainville, Mont., and Jassen Dugan and wife Patti, of Akron; great-grandchildren, Cody Gamble and wife Keesha, of Auburn, Ashley Gamble, of Rochester, Lucas and Lauren Graham, of Monticello, Brook Wineinger, of Froid, Mont., Abby Kim, of Lompoc, Calif., and Shelbi, Shannon and Brandon Dugan, of Akron; and one great-great-granddaughter, Echo Gamble, of Auburn.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pluma, Saloma and Lucy; and brothers, Burman, Kenneth and Dean; along with several nieces and nephews.

          A celebration of the life of Lowell “Toad” Graham will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. A Masonic service will be at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

          Interment will be in the Pro Cemetery, south of Winamac.

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

 

Sherri M. Adamson

June 4, 1962 – Jan. 7, 2013

          Mrs. Sherri Marie ADAMSON, 50, of Rochester, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at her residence.

          Sherri was born on June 4, 1962, in Fulton, to Calvin Lee and Evelyn (VanDuyne) Braman. As one of six children, she shared her childhood with three brothers and two sisters.

          In the class of 1980, she was a proud graduate of Rochester High School. Later, she attended Purdue University.

          On Dec. 4, 1982, Sherri and Teri Lynn Adamson were married. Together, they enjoyed raising two sons. The blessings of two grandsons were added to the family tree.

          Paramount in her life was her family, especially her grandsons. She enjoyed shopping for them all. A sports enthusiast, she cheered for the Cubs and Peyton Manning.

          Sherri looked forward to girls nights out, a great dining experience and catching up with the latest news. To relax, she listened to country music and was an avid collector of John Deere memorabilia.

          Actively involved with her community, Sherri was a past leader with Fulton County 4-H Woodrow Peppers. During her earlier years, she was also a member of the Fulton County Republican Women and the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester. She served as treasurer for the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.

          Her sons Derek (2004) and Clayton (2013) played on the Viking baseball team and Clay for the Viking tennis team. She enjoyed following their activities and cheering the teams on. Her love for Viking sports grew, and Sherri could be seen from the sidelines of most of the ladies and mens Viking athletic contests.

          Sherri is lovingly remembered by her husband, Teri; two sons, Derek Adamson and wife Brittany, of Tippecanoe, Clayton Adamson, at home; two grandsons, Parker Lee Adamson and Brock Paul Adamson; her mother, Evelyn Braman, of Rochester; two sisters, Judy Taylor and husband Russ of Walkerton, and Pat Rathbun and husband Cam, of Warsaw; three brothers, Bill Braman and wife Georgina, of Florida, Phill Braman and wife Monica, of Michigan, and John Braman, of Indianapolis; her aunt, Marjorie Phillips; and canine companions, Lilly, a beagle/blue healer mix, and Sandy, a golden retriever. Cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. Sherri was preceded in death by her father Calvin on May 21, 2004.

          A celebration of the life of Sherri M. (Braman) Adamson will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester, with Pastor Junior Bose officiating.

          Friends may visit with her family from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Tippecanoe Valley Booster Club.

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

 

John R. Mangum

Oct. 5, 1960 – Jan. 8, 2013

          Pastor John R. MANGUM, 52, of Fulton, and formerly of Royal Center, went home to his Lord and Savior at 6:51 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

          Born on Oct. 5, 1960, in Whittier, Calif., he was the son of the late John R. Mangum Sr., and Mary June DeShon Smiley.

          On Feb. 15, 1992, he married Michelle L. Smith; she survives.

          John was currently serving as Pastor at Fulton United Methodist Church and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, at Lake Bruce. He also was a member and chaplain of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge No. 585. He formerly pastored at Park Place Church of God, in Bedford, and San Bernardino Church of God, in San Bernardino, Calif.

          He was a U.S. Army veteran who loved spending time with his wife and children. John will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

          Survivors include his wife, Michelle L. Mangum, of Fulton; his children, John Michael, Jennavive and James, all at home; sisters, Julie Mangum, of Chino, Calif., Patty Doughty (Mike), of Many, La., Katie Hudson (Adam), of Running Springs, Calif., and Laura Diener (Brett) of Many, La.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and Edna Smith, of Kokomo; brother-in-law, Ron S. Smith II (Shannon), of Kokomo; and sister-in-law, Heather Schimmelpfennig (Dean), of Kokomo. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

          A celebration of John’s Life with masonic and military rites will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Royal Center United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, with Pastor Kevin Drane officiating.

          Visiting with the family will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the services on Saturday at the Family Life Center.

          Memorial Contributions may be made to Community State Bank in Royal Center where there has been a fund placed in care of the Mangum Family.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Royal Center.

          Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Mangum family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Robert O. Tipton

Nov. 20, 1946 – Jan. 4, 2013

          Robert O. “Bob” TIPTON, 66, passed away at Woodlawn Hospital on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

          Bob was born on Nov. 20, 1946, in Fabius, Ala., the cherished son of Chester and Audrey (Phillips) Tipton. Growing up, he shared his childhood with his brother, Chester.

          As a young man, Bob played the electric guitar or accordion while his brother played the drums. They enjoyed the jam sessions, entertaining friends in the basement of their home. In 1965, with great pride, Bob graduated with his class from Carpentersville High School, in Carpentersville, Ill.

          Following high school, Bob answered the call of patriotism and served our country with the U.S. Navy, retiring after 22 years of service. He trained at the Great Lakes Naval Station. At the conclusion of his career, he taught classes on electricity near Memphis.

          A fisherman, Bob loved fishing around the lakes and ponds in Fulton County. On special occasions, he traveled to Kentucky to fish for anything that would bite! Bringing home the limit of the catch of the day, his mom would clean and fry them for all to enjoy.

          A lifelong patriot, Bob honored our country with memberships in the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and The Manitou V.F.W. Post No. 1343. He was a member of the coveted Fulton County Military Honor Guard, paying tribute to all of those who have served.

          Bob is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sue; his mother, Audrey Jacks, of Rochester, and aunt, Doris Conley, of Culver; as well as numerous cousins and special comrades of the Fulton County Military Honor Guard.

          Preceding Bob in death are his father, Chester G. Tipton; and his brother, Chester G. Tipton Jr.

          A celebration of the life of Robert O. Tipton will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Friends may visit the family one hour prior to the service.

          Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Military Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honors Team.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Bob’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Melvin J. Schryer

          Melvin J. SCHRYER, 81, Fort Wayne, and formerly of Rochester, died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

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

 

Friday, January 11, 2013

 

Anna M. Kelley

          Anna M. KELLEY, 95, Rochester, formerly of Plymouth, died at 10:13 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include her daughters, Mariam J. Wagenknecht, Rochester, Sheila Shivers, Argos, Janet Saunders, Plymouth, and Sandra Copas, Bloomington; and sons, James “Ed” Kelley, Rochester, Richard Kelley, Lake Worth, Fla., and Walter E. Kelley, Plymouth.

          Private graveside services were at 2 p.m. Thursday in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

 

 


 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

 

Patty S. Greer

April 17, 1936 – Jan. 10, 2013

          Patty S. GREER, 76, Rochester, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Thursday Jan. 10, 2013 at her residence.

          She was born on April 17, 1936 in Rochester, the daughter of Fred A. and Grace A. (Simonin) Stingley. On Sept. 27, 1952 in Knox, Indiana, she married Charles F. Greer. He preceded her in death on July 6, 2008.

          Mrs. Greer had been a homemaker and had worked at various restaurants in the area, as well as providing residential cleaning services. For many years, she had been active in the Fulton County Democrat Party and had worked the voting polls. In her spare time, she spent much time traveling across the country with her husband, who had been an over the road carrier. She also enjoyed cross stitching and crossword puzzles.

          Survivors include her children, Donald C. Greer and fiance Sandy Longino, Peru, and Kathy and husband Michael Minns, Peru; grandchildren, Curtis and wife Angela Smith, Logansport, Trenton and wife Bekie Smith, Syracuse, Aaron and wife Kelly Greer, Peru, Gabriel Greer and fiance Erin Rody, Peru, Melissa and husband Gary Cody, Peru, and Jennifer and husband Adam Jones, Peru; 22 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice and husband Dick Webb, Mentone.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Stingley, in 1972, and her mother, Grace Stingley Morris, in 1991, and three sisters.

          No services will be observed.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

          Online expressions may be made at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

          Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

Robert W. Mitchell

May 28, 1933 - Jan. 11, 2013

          Robert W. MITCHELL, 79, died peacefully on Jan. 11, 2013, at Hendricks County Hospital, Danville.

          He is survived by his wife, Janice Durkes Newcomb Mitchell, of Pittsboro. He was attended by his son, Curtiss Mitchell and stepson David Hansen, both of Florida. The illness was discovered only two weeks before his hospital visit.

          His surviving children are Jennifer M. Shepherd, of Warsaw, and Stephanie M. Augustin, of Burlington, Ky. His son Robert Mitchell Jr. is deceased. Surviving stepchildren are David Hensen, of Debary, Fla., Lt. Col. Jon Hensen, of Rapid City, S.D., Cathie Lukens, Rochester, Kent Newcomb, Brownsburg, Laura Titus, Brownsburg, Scott Newcomb, Salem, as well as their spouses and their children. He has seven grandchildren, 16 step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Surviving sisters are Elaine (Mitchell) VanLue, of Winter Springs, Fla., and Carol (Mitchell) Bennett, of Fort Wayne. His deceased half-sisters include Marguerite M. Frost, of Chicago, Ill., Maxine M. Lemler, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Phyllis Mitchell, of Rochester.

          Robert was a graduate of Rochester High School, enjoying band participation and being a cheerleader for the Zebras. He attended Indiana University, Bloomington and lived at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He attended Florida Southern in Lakeland, Fla. He was a sales engineer in Chicago for two years, and later moved his family to Rochester, where he operated the Rochester Auction Barn.

          He later moved to Florida, where he was a featured Disney World performer in children's activities with his creative balloon sculptures. He was a popular performer for numerous events. After years of touring with his wife Treeva and benefits for the Red Cross, Bob retired and founded gourmet popcorn and candy shops in DeBary and Longwood, Fla.

          Some years later, as a widower, Bob returned to a Rochester High School reunion and rekindled his friendship with Janice Durkes Newcomb. They were later married and moved to Pittsboro, where they enjoyed many years of shared church and family activities.

          Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg, with visitation there beginning at noon.

 

Melvin J. Schryer

          Melvin J. SCHRYER, 81, Fort Wayne, and formerly of Rochester, died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Grace (Medsker) Schryer, Fort Wayne; and four children.

          Private services will be observed.

 

Paul W. Scott

          Paul W. SCOTT, 93, Rochester, died at 8:54 p.m. Thursday, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Marietta; one son, Gene Scott, Plainfield; and one sister, Rosemary DePue, Argos.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Monday, January 14, 2013

 

Lester Dotson

Aug. 10, 1936 – Jan. 13, 2013

          Lester “Junior” DOTSON, 76, Akron, died at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He was born Aug. 10, 1936, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to Lester and Gladys (Prater) Dotson. On Dec. 20, 1955, he married Nancy Shafer in Macy. She survives at home.

          He was a millwright for over 48 years. He was a member of the Indiana/ Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Millwright Local No. 1076. Junior enjoyed tinkering and working on various things. He was an avid mushroom hunter and enjoyed country and western music.

          Survivors include his wife, Nancy Dotson, Akron; three daughters, Sharon and husband Ronnie Conley, Akron, Karen Tyler, Evansville, and Wendy and husband Tom Ellet, Roann; four grandchildren, Ryan Dotson, Brook Stevens, Caitlin Ellet, Renessa Ellet; five great-grandchildren, Brianne Zeiger, Miranda Dotson, Alexyss Dotson, Colton Dotson and Kaydence Stevens; and two sisters, Evalee Hill, Dayton, Ohio, and Ethel Johnson, Akron.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          A memorial visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

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

 

Eva Reese

          Eva REESE, 96, Rochester, died at 12:12 a.m. Sunday, at River Walk Village Nursing Home, Noblesville.

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

 

Paul W. Scott

Aug. 22, 1919 – Jan. 10, 2013

          Mr. Paul Wesley SCOTT, 93, of Rochester, passed away at 8:54 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

           Paul was born on Aug. 22, 1919, in Fulton County, the cherished son of Vernon F. and Anna B. (Sherrard) Scott. Growing up in Richland Township, he shared his childhood with two sisters, Rosemary and Marjorie and a brother Basil. As a proud Wildcat, Paul graduated with his class from Richland Center High School in 1937.

          On June 28, 1940, Paul married his best friend, Marietta Green in Koontz Lake. Together they shared 72.5 years of life's adventures. Born from their union was a son, Paul Eugene, and a daughter, Pamela Sue, who passed away at the age of 11 from complications of cystic fibrosis. The family tree grew over the years with the added blessings of two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

          For a number of years, Paul served Morton Buildings as office manager and sales representative from the Wabash offices. He and Marietta were life members of the Tiosa Brethern Church. Most recently, they attended the Riverview Community Church.

          Accomplished in the art of woodworking, Paul made many custom creations for the family. Some of the most treasured are shadow boxes, bowls, figurines and a unique plate that integrated three species of wood. Until recent years, he was meticulous with his lawn care. For many years, he and Marietta enjoyed planting a huge garden and harvesting the bounty so their family could enjoy produce year round.

          Paul is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marietta; one son, Gene Scott, of Plainfield; two grandchildren, Brian Scott and Brandy Saylor; five great-grandchildren, Lauren, Kelsey and Carly Scott, and Danni and Dayne Saylor; one sister, Rosemary DePue and husband John, of Argos; and several nieces and nephews.

          Paul was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pamela Sue Scott; one sister, Marjorie Umbaugh; and one brother, Basil Scott.

          A celebration of the life of Paul W. Scott will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester, with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Interment will be at the Reichter Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Paul's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Bonnie M. Walters

          Bonnie M. WALTERS, 85, Rochester, and formerly of the Akron and Gilead areas, died at 3:38 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include two sons, Randall Walters, Kokomo, and Michael Walters, Rochester; and one sister, Nina Opple, Rochester.

          Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

Carol Ann Cobb

Jan. 12, 1942 – Jan. 3, 2013

          Carol Ann COBB was called home by the Lord on Jan. 3, 2013.     Carol Ann was born on Jan. 12, 1942.

          She is survived by her son, Jeffery Cumberland, Goshen; daughter, Lora Lombard, Columbus, Ohio, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; her parents, Alice and Bernard Dillard, Wabash; and her brothers, Darrel Dillard, Chicago, Ill., and Edward Dillard, Wabash.

          She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Randell Dillard in 1991.

          Gravesides services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

Bonnie M. Walters

April 13, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2013

          Bonnie M. WALTERS, 85, Rochester, and formerly of the Akron and Gilead areas, passed away at 3:38 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          She was born April, 13, 1927, in Miami County, to parents Andrew and Bessie (Hinsey) Funnell. On Oct. 2, 1943, Bonnie married Donald “Pete” Walters in Peru. He preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1988.

          She was a cook at Gilead School. She also worked at Chamberlain Products of Akron, the grocery store in Akron and also at Wiles Apparel of Rochester, as well as being a homemaker.

          Bonnie attended Gilead School. She was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church and she also attended the Olive Branch Church of God. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards and board games, playing euchre with her small group, reading books and spending time with her grandchildren. She also really enjoyed going out to eat with her friends.

          Survivors include two sons, Randall Walters, Kokomo, and Michael and wife Peggy Walters, Rochester; five grandchildren, Kelly and husband Dr. Cameron Vanlaningham, Troy and wife Becky Walters, Rhonda Walters, Regina Walters, and Rodney Walters; nine great-grandchildren, Justin, Jon and James Walters, Luke, Logan, Laci and Leia Walters, and Noah and Carly Vanlaningham; one sister, Nina Opple, Rochester; special family and neighbors, Gary and Sarah Hudson, Macy, Elodie and husband Dan Grief and child Lauren, Carrie and husband Jon Finch, and Abbey and husband Josh DePoy and children Kendall and Hayden; and special friend Rita Walters.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald “Pete” Walters; one sister, Katherine Kuntz; and one great-granddaughter, Courtney Walters.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Michael McFarland officiating.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in Gilead Cemetery, Gilead.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Carnegie Library.

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

 


 

Thelma I. McDaniel

          Thelma I. McDANIEL, 86, Culver, died at 3:20 a.m. Saturday, in Culver.

          Survivors include one son, Stephen McDaniel, Plymouth; and one sister, Wilma Sorg, Clarksville.

          Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

          Visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

 

Eva J. Reese

          Eva J. REESE, 96, Rochester, died at 12:12 a.m. Sunday at Riverwalk Village, Noblesville.

          Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn L. Walker, Noblesville, and Shirley Parkhurst, Plymouth; one son, Harold Reese, Knox; one sister, Alberta “Bertie” Smith, Rochester; and one brother, Merle Collins, Rochester.

          Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

 

Jane L. Bailey

          Jane L. BAILEY, 85, Tippecanoe, died at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

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

 

Wilmadean Pandiscio

April 16, 1923 – Jan. 14, 2013

          Wilmadean PANDISCIO, 89, of Wabash, died at 7:10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

          She was born April 16, 1923, in Converse, to Reno and Bernice (Zook) Tibbetts.

          Wilmadean was a 1941 graduate of Swayzee High School, and a graduate of the Marion Business College. She married Anthony “Tony” Pandiscio on Oct. 6, 1978, in Peru. He died March 15, 2010. Wilmadean was a court reporter in Wabash and Rochester and also worked as a legal secretary in Wabash. She enjoyed crocheting. She had lived in Wabash since 1978.

          She is survived by two sons, Richard (Barb) Mughmaw, of Logansport, and David (Crystal) Mughmaw, of Mason, N.H.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merrill (Beverly) Tibbetts, of Converse, and Max Tibbetts, of Swayzee; her sister, Shirley Helton, of Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by three brothers.

          Graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, with Reverend Kurt Freeman officiating.

          Family and friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

          Preferred memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

 

Eva J. Reese

April 5, 1916 – Jan. 13, 2013

          Mrs. Eva J. (Collins) REESE, 96, of Rochester, passed away at 12:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Riverwalk Village, Noblesville.

          Eva was born on April 5, 1916, in Oakland, Ill., the precious daughter of Roscoe and Grace White Collins. Growing up as one of eight children, she shared her childhood with four sisters and three brothers.

          On Dec. 14, 1947, Eva married her best friend Buryl Reese, in Champaign, Ill. Their union spanned nearly half a century. Together, they raised two daughters, Evelyn and Shirley, and a son Harold. Over the years, the family tree grew with the added blessings of 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

          Eva is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Evelyn L. Walker, of Noblesville, and Shirley Parkhurst, of Plymouth; one son, Harold Smith, of Knox; one sister, Alberta “Bertie” Smith, of Rochester; and one brother, Merle Collins, of Rochester. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

          Eva was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 49 years, Buryl, on Dec. 31, 1996; three sisters, Leota Parks, Edna Holloway and Mildred Emigh; and two brothers, Carl Collins and Melvin Collins.

          A celebration of the life of Eva J. (Collins) Reese will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester, with Reverend Maurice Grindle officiating.

          Friends may visit two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

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

 

Jane L. Bailey

Aug. 16, 1927 – Jan. 15, 2013

          Jane Louise BAILEY, 85, Tippecanoe, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, following a brief illness.

           She was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Alanson, Mich., to her mother, Mamie Dicus. Jane lived all of her life in the Tippecanoe Community. She attended Walnut Township and Argos Community Schools.

          On Aug. 28, 1948, she married Glendon E. Bailey in the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos. He preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 2004.

          Jane spent her life as a farmer’s wife and homemaker. She spent many years milking cows and feeding chickens. Her greatest love was cooking and baking, followed very closely by gardening. She had prepared many goodies for this Christmas holiday and had spent much time canning this past summer. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds, especially the hummingbirds, having to refill two feeders daily during the summer.

          She was a member of the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos. Jane was formerly involved with Walnut Township Home Extensions Club and the Marshall County Farm Bureau, Marshall County. She and her husband contributed many projects to the open exhibits at the county 4-H fair.

          Survivors include one daughter, Rosemand Lindenman, of New Paris; three sons, Dennis Bailey and wife Cindy, of Tippecanoe, Lyndon Bailey and wife Mindy, of Argos, and Tim Bailey and wife Peggy, of Argos; nine grandchildren, Kip Bailey and wife Dana, Kirk Bailey and wife Vicki, Kyri Quimby and husband Cal, Mandy Nifong and husband Andy, Scott Bailey and wife Mandy, Chad Bailey and wife Kylie, Alyssa Hoffman and husband Mark, Trent Lindenman and wife Heather, and Tori Lindenman; and 11 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her mother; her husband; and son-in-law Phil Lindenman.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos, with Reverend Robert E. Rice officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos.

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

 

John Cowen

          John COWEN, age 80, passed away on Jan. 14, 2013, in Chicago, Ill.

          He was born in Marvel, Ark., in 1932, and moved to the Chicago area in the early 1950s. He was married to Ruth Cowen, who passed away in August of 2012.

          John spent much time in the Fulton County area in the past 25 years. He resided in his home at King’s Lake until 2011.

          A gifted singer and Bible teacher, he shared his talent with many – freely singing songs which he composed. Many Fulton County residents will recall his singing as he rang the Salvation Army bell in Rochester during the Christmas season.

          His wake and funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the True Light Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, Ill.

          The Joseph R. Jones Funeral Home, Chicago, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Friday, January 18, 2013

 

Robert G. Kepler

          Robert Guy KEPLER, 90, Culver, died at 3:25 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

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

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

 

Ray P. Hendrickson

Nov. 20, 1911 – Jan. 16, 2013

          Ray P. HENDRICKSON, 101, of Elkhart, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Hubbard Hill Estates.

          Ray was born Nov. 20, 1911, in Fulton County, to Lawrence W. and Blanche E. (Spotts) Hendrickson. On Aug. 14, 1938, in Fulton, he married Opal H. Stuber. She passed away Feb. 10, 2009.

          Ray graduated from Fulton High School in 1930, from Manchester College in 1939 and earned his masters degree from Indiana University in 1945. He taught in Fulton County from 1933-1940 and in Elkhart from 1940-1946. He was principal at Samuel Strong, Rice and Weston schools from 1946 until his retirement in 1976.

          He was a member of The Teacher and Principal Association and, in retirement, held local and state memberships.

          Ray was a member of McCoy Baptist Church, Elkhart, where he served for a number of years on the deacon board and as Sunday school superintendent. Ray and Opal enjoyed traveling and spent retirement winters in Florida.

          Ray is survived by two daughters, Alice (David) Golden, of Charleston, S.C., and Marcia (Robert) Burden, of Goshen; four grandchildren, Stephanie (Golden) Earhart, Barbara (Burden) Scott, Deborah (Golden) Elder, and Jeffrey Burden; and 9 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and two sisters.

          The family wishes to thank Hubbard Hill Retirement Community staff and Senior One Care for their loving care given to Ray during the last few months of his life.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at McCoy Baptist Church, Elkhart.

          Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart.

          Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery.

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

          Memorials may be given to McCoy Baptist Church, Elkhart.

 

Clarence E. Beach

Feb. 9, 1915 – Jan. 17, 2013

          Clarence E. BEACH, age 97, of Morgan Township, stepped peacefully into his eternal home on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at the VNA Horton Hospice Center, Valparaiso.

          He was born on Feb. 9, 1915, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Edward and Nellie (Cain) Beach. On Sept. 28, 1935, in Winamac, Clarence married Lillian M. Erwin. She preceded him in death in 1993.

          He is survived by his children, Carolyn Beach, of Valparaiso, Mildred (Dale) Smith, of Rochester, and Clifford (Dawn) Beach, of Valparaiso; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

          He was also preceded in death by two brothers; three sisters; one greatgrandson; and one great-great granddaughter.

          Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. CST on Monday, Jan. 21, at Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts, with burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.

          Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. CST Sunday at the funeral home.

          In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, 2205 N. Campbell, Valparaiso.

 

Rosemary Beard

          Rosmary (Spencer) BEARD, 80, Claypool and Beaver Dam Lake, died at 8:26 p.m. Thursday, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include one daughter, Ramara Hendrix, Claypool; one son, Steven Rish, Akron and Beaver Dam Lake; three sisters, Betty Spencer, Georgia, Joan Rumple, Upland, and June Hohman, Florida.

          Funeral service is at noon Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the funeral home.

 

Ellamae Holloway

Jan. 10, 1919 – Jan. 18, 2013

          Ellamae HOLLOWAY, 94, Rochester, passed away at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          She was born on Jan. 10, 1919, in Rochester, to Seldon J. Brown and Grace (Middleton) Brown, the fourth of six children, all of whom preceded her in death. Ellamae was married for 55 years to Conde D. Holloway, who preceded her in death on June 5, 1996.

          After graduating from Rochester High School in 1937, Ellamae earned a business degree from Indiana Business College. When she and her husband took over ownership of Rochester's Berkway Supermarket, at the corner of east Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue, she worked as the office manager for many years. Upon retirement from the grocery business, Ellamae and Conde spent several more years operating Conde’s Farm Market.

          Ellamae was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for more than 65 years, where she taught children’s classes and was a member of Morning Glory Circle. She participated in the church choir for more than 50 years and sang with the Fulton County Extension choir. She was a member of the adult chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

          One of the biggest joys of Ellamae’s life was the time spent traveling and camping with her family. Whether it was a weekend at a local campground or a traditional summer trip across the United States, memories were always made during these special times. Ellamae also enjoyed gardening, crafting and playing cards. She and Conde were both accomplished euchre players and loved antiquing.

          Ellamae and Conde were avid round and square dancers in the community. The passion for dancing continued with their snowbird friends in Florida during the years they were able to enjoy together after retirement.

          Preceding her in death besides her husband and parents, were her siblings, Jesse A. Brown, Edith (Brown) Nicholson, Walter J. Brown, Lawrence Brown and Grace (Brown) Stoyanovich.

          Ellamae is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane (Holloway) and Greg Daniels, of Bloomington, and their son Tony Daniels, of Noblesville; and one son, Joseph and wife Melanie Holloway and their two children, Brendan and Daryl Holloway, and one great-grandson, all of Minneapolis, Minn.

          There will be a private burial for family at IOOF Cemetery in Rochester, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

          In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County; Trinity United Methodist Church, 801 Jefferson St., Rochester, in care of Buck Padilla; or Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 576 Geiger Drive, Suite B, Roanoke.

          Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

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

 

Robert G. Kepler

Dec. 28, 1922 – January 17, 2013

          Robert Guy KEPLER, 90, Culver, passed away at 3:25 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at his home.

          Born the third of five children of Guy Vernon Kepler and Trella Elizabeth (Thompson) Kepler, “Bob” was born on Dec. 28, 1922, in a log cabin on the family farm on 18th Road east of Culver, in Union Township, Marshall County. Bob’s family included his parents; brother, Bill (Pat) Kepler; and sisters Helen (Phil) Peer, Letty (Ralph) Masten and Jane (Cecil) Warner.

          Bob attended the one-room Maxinkuckee School all his grade years except for one year at Santa Anna School. He was a member of Culver High School class of 1941. After high school, he worked on the farm under a one year deferment before entering the U.S. Navy, where he served on a PC boat in the South Pacific from Dec. 1944-June 1946.

          Bob worked with his father on the family farm. He also worked for Everett Norris at Maxinkuckee Orchard on Peach Road. It was when he was helping out an injured farmer, near Bourbon, that mutual friends introduced him to Doris Metheny – the woman who stayed by his side throughout the remainder of his life. Bob and Doris were married in the EUB church in Bourbon on Sunday, April 3, 1949.

          At the time of their marriage, Bob worked for the Indiana State Highway Department for a few years followed by employment with Marshall County Farm Bureau Cooperative. Throughout his work life, he also farmed the 80 acres on which he was born and the 100 acres of his parents. He began milking cows, raising dairy cattle, hogs, beef, sheep, chickens and rabbits. Ever the lover of animals, conversations revolved around his warm feelings for animals and farming. Reminiscing of earlier days farming with mules, Pat and Jack, are stories fondly remembered by his family. In 1955, Bob purchased a Chevy school bus and began 24 years of driving Culver school children.

          Bob was a member of Santa Anna United Methodist Church, Marshall County Farm Bureau and the Conservation Club. He was also Union Township’s 4-H tractor leader for many years.

          Survivors include his wife of more than 63 years, Doris; sons Vaughn Lee (Pam) Kepler and Mark Allen (Roberta) Kepler; four grandchildren, Molly (Spud) Armstrong, Matthew, Scott and Luke Kepler; and one great-granddaughter Lindy Armstrong. In addition, Bob has many nieces and nephews.

          Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill; sister, Letty and brothers-in-law, Phil Peer and Ralph Masten.

          The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, in Argos, with Pastor Henry Sprunger of Santa Anna Church officiating.

          Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

          Burial will be at Poplar Grove Cemetery located on Indiana 10, east of Culver, where many of his ancestors are buried.

          Bob’s family roots go back to the first settlers of Union Township.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Santa Anna United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

 

Robert B. Kirkland Jr.

          Robert B. KIRKLAND Jr., 84, formerly of the Rochester and Delong areas, died Jan. 7, 2013, in Riverview, Fla.

          Survivors include his wife, Doris, Riverview, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy Cannon, Leiters Ford, and Robin Minix, Kewanna; and one son Leslie Kirkland, Delong.

          A memorial service is planned for this summer in Leiters Ford.

 

Monday, January 21, 2013

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

Ronald L. Holloway

May 14, 1925 – Jan. 19, 2013

          Ronald L. HOLLOWAY, a Plymouth resident since 1963, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at his Klinger Street home, following an illness.

          At the age of 87, until his health would not allow, he continued to have a daily presence as the owner and operator, along with his two sons, of Holloway Electric Motor Services in Rochester. He maintained the attitude of “not going to retire” after 52 years of continued service to the area of rebuilding electric motors.

          Ronald Leo Holloway was born on May 14, 1925, in Burkett, the son of Charles Jasper and Zella Bernice (Slife) Holloway. An area resident most of his life, he graduated from Plymouth’s Lincoln High School in 1943. He completed course study in 1944 with the Coyne Electrical School in Chicago.

          In 1948, he entered the United States Navy and served for nearly 30 years and retired as an E5 on Dec. 17, 1978. For many years, Ron taught electric classes every Tuesday at the South Bend Naval Academy.

          In November of 1952, Ron took as his bride the former Helen J. Hudson. She preceded him in death on May 12, 2008.

          He had attended the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth. Ron was a member of the Plymouth Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marshall County Post 1162. He enjoyed working on his own cars, watching TV and trips to the casino.

          Ron is survived by his two sons; Thomas “Tom” Holloway, of Rochester, and Dennis Holloway, of Myers Lake in Plymouth. A friend, Steve Alderfer, made his home with Ron and assisted in his care. A brother, Lowell T. (Ann) Holloway, of Apache Junction, Ariz., also survives.

          Services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, with visitation beginning there at 11 a.m. until time of services.

          Burial will follow in the New Oakhill Cemetery, in Plymouth, with military honors provided by members of the Plymouth American Legion Post 27, V.F.W. Post 1162 and the D.A.V.

          Preferred memorial gifts are to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

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

 

Vera Ward

May 30, 1921 – Jan. 20, 2013

          Vera (Sprunk) WARD, 91, died at 6:18 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Tucker Hospice House, Kannapolis, N.C.

          She was born May 30, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., to parents Dr. John Paul and Clara Teresa (Marx) Sprunk. She was married to Robert C. Ward. He preceded in death in 1987.

          She was a member of Midway United Methodist Church, Kannapolis, N.C.

          Mrs. Ward is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Adkins and husband Ron of Kannapolis; stepgrandchildren, Tricia Douglas and husband Stan and Stephen Adkins and wife Christina; and great-stepgrandchildren, Brandon Douglas, Taylor Adkins and Katelyn Adkins.

          Funeral service begins at 2 p.m. today at Midway United Methodist Church, Kannapolis, N.C.

          Visitation is a half hour prior to the service in the church.

          Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, N.C.

          Lady’s Funeral Home, Kannapolis, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 


 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

 

Kevin G. Lamb

          Kevin Gray LAMB, 56, Macy, died Jan. 18, 2013.

          Survivors include one son, Aaron J. Lamb, Rochester; one daughter, Sara E. Hovermale, Denver; one brother, David E. Lamb, Peru; and one sister, Julia (Lamb) Glessner, Warren.

          Funeral services are 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Leroy C. Cosgray

          Leroy C. COSGRAY, Buffalo, died at 1:21 a.m. Monday, at Seton Hospital, Lafayette.

          Survivors include his wife, Judith Cosgray, Buffalo; two sons, Steven L. Cosgray and Mitchell Cosgray, Monticello; one daughter, Sheryl A. Jones, Westfield; one brother, Jerry Cosgray, Royal Center; and two sisters, Wanita Rehm, Burnettsville, Wilma Jean Berkshire, Royal Center.

          Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at Buffalo Christian Church, Buffalo.

          Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

 


 

Verlin A. Moon

          Verlin Arlo MOON, 85, Lucerne, died Friday at Chase Nursing and Rehab Center, Logansport.

          Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Moon; three children, Pamela Hines, Royal Center, John Moon, Peru, and Nancy Carter, Frankfort.

          Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

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

 

Monday, January 28, 2013

 

Milton L. Cox

Jan. 19, 1931 – Jan. 25, 2013

          Milton L. COX, 82, Akron, died at 7:53 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

          He was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Fulton County, to parents Paul and Aletha (Clinker) Cox. He was a lifelong Fulton County resident.

          Milton married Marita P. Clay on Feb. 1, 1952, in Huntington. He was a truck driver.

          Survivors include his wife, Marita; four children, Deborah (spouse Bill) Ponko, Warsaw, Marcia Shotts, Indianapolis, Milton E. Cox, Silver Lake, and Aletha (spouse Jeff) Dobbins, Silver Lake; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother and several sisters.

          As per Milton’s request, a private family memorial observance is planned.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements were made by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

          Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome@gmail.com.

 


 

Alma M. Dennie

          Alma Marybelle DENNIE, 98, Plymouth, and formerly of Argos, died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include four sons, Allen Dennie, Fort McCoy, Fla., Phillip Dennie, Bourbon, Andrew Dennie, Bourbon, and C. Joe Dennie, Argos.

          Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos.

          Visitation is 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

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

 

Betty L. Harper

          Betty L. HARPER 82, Rochester, died at 11:42 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent’s Heart Care Center, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include her husband, Arthur, at home; one daughter, Sharon Bockover, Twelve Mile; one son, Donald Harper, Rochester; three sisters, Della Wilson, South Bend, Ruth Carrithers, Peru, and Aretha Mills, Rochester; and one brother, David Floyd, Nyona Lake.

          Funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

Betty L. Harper

Jan. 5, 1931 – Jan. 26, 2013

          Mrs. Betty L. HARPER, 82, of Rochester, passed away at 11:42 p.m. on Jan. 26 at St. Vincent’s Heart Care Center, Indianapolis.

          Born on Jan. 5, 1931, Betty was the precious daughter of Lester and Chloe Floyd. As one of seven children growing up on the farm, she shared her childhood with four sisters and two brothers. In 1950, with great pride, she graduated from Macy High School.

          On March 28, 1953, in Akron, with the Reverend Slaybaugh presiding, Betty married her best friend Arthur L. ‘Art’ Harper. Their love and devotion to each other spanned nearly 60 years. Together they raised a son, Donald, and a daughter, Sharon. The family tree flourished with the added blessings of nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

          As the matriarch of the family, Betty loved the visits of the grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She is remembered as an extraordinary seamstress, many times creating shirts, dresses and curtains. Grandma Betty was best known for her gifts of warmth, especially custom created pajamas – complete with feet.

          Enjoying the outdoors in earlier years, Betty planted flower gardens that enhanced the landscape of her home. She especially used petunias, one of her favorites, and of course, the holidays brought about the cherished poinsettia. To keep sharp, Betty enjoyed the challenges of crossword puzzles.

          Betty is lovingly remembered by her husband, Arthur, at home; one daughter, Sharon Bockover and husband Kevin, of Twelve Mile; one son, Donald Harper, of Rochester; three sisters, Della Wilson, of South Bend, Ruth Carrithers and husband Brice, of Peru, and Aretha Mills, of Rochester; one brother, David Floyd and wife Kathy, of Nyona Lake; nine grandchildren, Cody Bockover, Kristina Bockover, Melisha Rensberger, Elijah Harper, Ashlee Harper, Adrial Harper, Jon-Tae Harper, Patrick Card and Brittney Card; and 13 great grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Dale Floyd; one sister, Grace Mills; and one daughter - in - law, Delberta ‘Dee’ Harper.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Betty L. Harper will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

          Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 p.m. today and one hour prior to her services.

          She will be laid to eternal rest on the family plot in the Akron Cemetery.

          Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Society through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

          Online messages of sympathy may be made to Betty's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Larry J. Wilkes

March 9, 1942 – Jan. 26, 2013

          Larry J. WILKES, Buena Park, Calif., died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Long Beach Community Hospital.

          He was born in Rochester, to Elverna (Lange) and James Wilkes on March 9, 1942.

          Larry was a graduate of Rochester High School’s class of 1960. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy and lived 40 years in southern California.

          Larry was a member of the Sea Coast Grace Church, a volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif., and a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, celebrating 37 years of sobriety. He visited every major league ball park in the U.S., despite complete paralysis on one side because he believed that “the only handicap in life is a bad attitude.”

          He is survived by one daughter, Jennifer (Chris) Kenny, granddaughters Rachel and Brooke, all of New York City, N.Y.; one sister, Diane (Mark) Jones, nieces Ann (John) Clark, Kristine (Troy) Bixler, great-niece Sabrina Bixler, greatnephews, Jace and Caden Bixler, greatgreat- nephew, James, all of Rochester; and special aunt, Elaine Adams, Indianapolis.

          A memorial service will be held in Buena Park, Calif., at a later date.

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

Richard K. DeWitt

Aug. 24, 1942 – Jan. 29, 2013

          Richard “Dick” K. DeWITT, 70, of Logansport, passed away at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Logansport Memorial Hospital.

          Born Aug. 24, 1942, in Rochester, to the late Charles C. and Marjorie G. (Shambarger) DeWitt. On May 28, 1966, in Logansport, Dick married Carol Ristedt, who survives.

          He was the owner and operator of West Side Transmission Repair. Dick was a 1961 graduate of Logansport High School. He was a member of the NHRA, and enjoyed working on cars.

          Surviving along with his wife, are one daughter, Cassie Grandstaff and fiance Tim Hodgini, Logansport; one son, Sean DeWitt, Royal Center; five grandchildren, Crystle Vaughan, Kokomo, Megan Vaughan, Tyler Grandstaff and Holland DeWitt, all of Logansport, and Brooklyn DeWitt, Cayuga; and one sister, Barbara (Jim) Raisor, Logansport.

          A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Jan. 31, 2013, in the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Ed Johnson officiating.

          Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, Jan. 30, 2013 in the funeral home.

          Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

          Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

          You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Shannon M. Beeks

          Shannon Marie BEEKS, 33, died Saturday in her home.

          Survivors include her father and stepmother, John and Cindy Atkins; her mother, Patty McGinnis; stepfather, Gregg Goff; two children, Samantha L. Justice and William B. Justice; five stepchildren, Alyssa Capri, Brooke A. Barnes, Courtney A. Madison, Austin A. Madison, and Chloe Madison; one brother, Jim Atkins; one stepbrother, Chad Armstrong; and one stepsister, Nikki Armstrong.

          Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, Marion.

          Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 


 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

H. Albert Earl

Jan. 17, 1944 – Jan. 29, 2013

          H. Albert EARL, 69, Warsaw, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at his residence, after declining in health since Oct. 2012.

          He was born Jan. 17, 1944, in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., to parents Jack and Edith R. (Stanifer) Earl. Albert lived in Kosciusko County since 1955, after coming from Claiborne County, Tenn.

          On Nov. 22, 1964, he married Jennie Lou Lee in rural Kosciusko County. They shared 49 years together.

          Albert worked for Creighton Brothers, Warsaw, as a truck driver for 15 years. In1973, he went to work at Beachwood Truss in Atwood, and worked as plant manager until his retirement in April 2006. He then started to work at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and the Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, with his son and daughter-in-law.

          He was a member of the Warsaw Wesleyan Church, Warsaw; the Atwood Lions Club, where he served as president in 2002-2003; Nappanee Raceway and the International Trotting & Pacing Harness Racing Association.

          Survivors include his wife, Jennie Earl, Atwood; children, Shawnee Hughes and husband Mark, of Mentone, Alan Earl and wife Luella, of Argos, Angela Himes and husband AJ, of Atwood, and Amie Rodgers, of Warsaw; grandchildren, Derek and Patrick Hughes, Brandy Veach, Joshua Earl and Alex Earl, Kristina and Michael Ammerman, Lillie Collins and Autumn Rodgers; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Grady Veach; brothers, Don Earl and wife Debbie, of Warsaw, Ray Earl and wife Becky, of Warsaw, and Ron Earl and wife Margarette, of North Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Betty Smith of Ft. Myers, Fla., Judy Fleming and husband Jim, of Warsaw, Jane Earl of Warsaw, and Pat Welker and husband Terry, of Warsaw.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Warsaw Wesleyan Church, Warsaw, with Reverand Gale Janofski officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the church.

          Burial will take place in Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Warsaw Wesleyan Church, 2402 W. Old Rd. 30, Warsaw; Nappanee Raceway, Attn: Gerald Delagrange, 11270 W. 600 South, Millersburg; or Atwood Lions Club, Attn: George Klinger, 1780 W. Lake St., Warsaw.

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

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

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

 

H. Albert Earl

          H. Albert EARL, 69, Warsaw, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Jennie Earl, Atwood; children, Shawnee Hughes, Mentone, Alan Earl, Argos, Angela Himes, Atwood, and Amie Rodgers, Warsaw; brothers, Don Earl, Warsaw, Ray Earl, Warsaw, and Ron Earl, North Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Betty Smith, Ft. Myers, Fla., Judy Fleming, Warsaw, Jane Earl, Warsaw, and Pat Welker, Warsaw.

          Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Warsaw Wesleyan Church, Warsaw.

          Visitation is 3-8 p.m. today at the church.

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

 

Phyllis Heskett

          Phyllis (McCarter) HESKETT passed away at Barclay Assisted Living, West Chester, Pa.

          She was born to Harry and Abigail (Wiltshire) McCarter on Jan. 31, 1922.

          She graduated from Fulton High School and received nurse’s training at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn (Michael) Wyatt, of West Chester, Pa.; one son, Dan (Lynda) Heskett, of Doylestown, Pa.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her brother Phil (Katie) McCarter and his family, of Rochester.

          Service and burial will be later in the spring.

 

Mary L. Long

Sept. 17, 1928 – Jan. 31, 2013

          Mary L. LONG, 84, Rochester, passed away at 9:18 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at her residence.

          She was born on Sept. 17, 1928 in Twelve Mile, the daughter of A. G. and Sylvia Viola (Gruwell) Cole.

          On Sept. 17, 1946, in Rochester, she married Fredrick C. Long. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2006.

          Mrs. Long had worked as a nurse’s aide at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, and General Tire, Wabash, during her early years of marriage. She retired after many years from Hart, Schaffner, & Marx, Rochester.

          She was a member of the First Christian Church, Rochester, where she was a member of the Women’s Club. In her spare time, she was a member of the Swinging Dudes Square Dancing club, enjoyed playing euchre, pinochle, crocheting and knitting and loved to fish.

          Survivors include her children, Sherry Long and partner Peg Robinson, Naples, Fla., and Alex Long, Rochester; grandchildren, Lindsey Marie Long, Vancouver, Wash., Fredrick C. Long III, Bloomington, Alicia Jane Long, Vancouver, Wash., and Kristopher Long and fiance Trivity Mitchell, Rochester; sisters, Rosanna and husband Bill Ross, Oakland City, and Sinda Easterday, Princeton; and one brother, Jerry and wife Sigrid Cole, Marion.

          Mrs. Long was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Thomas Long; four brothers, Charles Cole, James Cole, David Cole, and Francis Cole; and one sister, Alice Keim.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Reverend Mike VanHeyningen officiating.

          Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the funeral Monday at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Rochester.

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

 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

 

John H. Tyler Jr.

June 27, 1954 – Jan. 31, 2013

          John H. “John Boy” TYLER, Jr., 58, Peru, lost his courageous battle with cancer at 11:33 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

          John Boy was born on June 27, 1954 in Peru. He was the son of John Henry Tyler Sr., and Helen (Glassburn) Tyler. On Sept. 2, 1988 in Peru, he was married to Connie Ellen Bradley. They were married for 24 wonderful years.

          John Boy was an avid fisherman and hunter. He went on many fishing trips with his buddies to Michigan. He loved camping and spending time with his family and his buddies.

          In addition to his loving wife, he leaves behind his children, Angie D. Nice and husband James, Kewanna, Jessica M. Monce and husband Shawn, Peru, and Jacob T. Williams and wife Mandy, Peru; two brothers, John Melvin Tyler, California, and Bill Tyler, Peru; three sisters, Sharon Benjamin, Peru, Sandy Tyler, Peru, and Deb Wheetley, Peru; six grandchildren, Trista Nice, Haley Nice, Rylee Williams, Chanler Williams, Kayson Monce, and Kessa Monce; his father- and mother-in-law, Lee and Mary Lou Bradley; and his beloved canine companion, Roscoe.

          He was preceded in death by his father, John H. Tyler Sr.

          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor E.J. Litherland officiating. Pallbearers will be Dwight Burgess, Doyle Burgess, Carl Reffitt, Joe Reffitt, Jason Brown and Doug Bradley with honorary pallbearers, Carl Stapleton and Mike Bradley.

          Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

          Burial will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help with funeral expenses.

 

Monday, February 4, 2013

 

Donald E. Gross

Oct. 17, 1922 – Feb. 1, 2013

          Don GROSS, 90, was a resident of Rochester, formerly of Culver, and spent many winters in Florida.

          He has said, “When it is my time to go I will go.” Feb. 1, 2013, was his time to join the presence of our Lord.

          He was preceded in death by his 11 brothers and sisters.

          Don is survived by his wife Eileen, whom he married Oct. 29, 1945. They enjoyed many years of camping, fishing, gardening, ice/roller skating, dancing and most of all, family.

          He is also survived by his six children, Jim Gross, of Argos, Jerry (Janeal) Gross, of Shelbyville, Ky., Jean (Ron) Brown, of Anchorage, Alaska, Ron (Bettie) Gross, of Kewanna, Dan (Deb) Gross, of Leiters Ford, Donna (Joe) Higgins, of Roxboro, N.C.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

          Don served in World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. He was one of the six men who carpooled to Bendix, where he worked 30 years until retirement.

          A memorial service will be held by the family.

          Cards are welcome to Eileen Gross, P.O. Box 613, Leiters Ford.

 


 

Linda G. Willingham

June 19, 1958 – Feb. 1, 2013

          Linda ‘Lea’ Gail (Eatmon) WILLINGHAM, 54, Panama City, Fla., passed away at 2:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Lincoln, Neb., following an accidental fall on the ice while vacationing.

          She was born June 19, 1958, in Indiana. She was the daughter of James Clarence ‘J.C.’ Eatmon and Rosie (Williams) Bell.

          On Oct. 28, 1992, she married Stephen Willingham in Little Rock, Ark. He survives at home in Panama City, Fla.

          Linda was a private duty caregiver for the mentally handicapped before retiring due to health issues. Linda loved to draw and was a very good artist, especially using charcoals and chalks. She loved to ride her motorcycle and trike. She had a zest for life, and enjoyed skydiving and many other thrill-seeking adventures. She loved the ocean, and spent many hours enjoying the sunsets of Panama City Beach.

          Survivors include her brothers, Jerry (Debbie) Eatmon, of Jonesboro, Ark., Robert Eatmon, of Rochester, Donald Eatmon, of Rochester, and William (Donna) Bell, of Cavot, Ark.; her sisters, Brenda (Roger) Vogel, of Rochester, Debra (Russell) Howell, of Rochester, Patricia (Donald) Gossar, of Vincennes, Juanita Cruz, of Conway Ark., Vonda (Scott) Kirkpatrick, of Greenbriar, Ark., Vonita Pitones, of Conway, Ark.; her feline companion of 10 years, Timmy; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her father, James ‘J.C.’ Eatmon in 1994, her mother, Rosie (Williams) Bell in 2004, her stepfather, Walter Bell in 1997, and all her grandparents.

          A private family service will be held in Little Rock, Ark., at a later date.

          Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

John E. Large Sr.

          John E. LARGE Sr., 68, Culver, died at 10:07 a.m. Friday in Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary A. Large, Culver; one son, John E. Large Jr., Culver; one daughter, Jennifer VantWoud, Warsaw; and one brother, Dennis Large.

          Funeral service is at noon Tuesday at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church.

          Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the church.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Ruth C. Paxton

June 14, 1925 – Feb. 2, 2013

          Ruth C. (Rentschler) PAXTON, 87, Rochester, and formerly of Fulton, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday Feb. 2, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          She was born on June 14, 1925 in Roanoke, Va., the daughter of James L. and Georgianna (Perdue) Stinnett.

          She married Byron H. Rentschler and he preceded her in death in 1980. On April 19, 1986, in Fulton, Indiana, she married Edward L. Paxton, and he survives.

          Mrs. Paxton had been a homemaker. She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Rochester, and had been active in the Fulton Three C’s Club and Eastern Star. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, especially making and decorating cakes, collecting antiques, crocheting, and singing.

          Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Paxton, Rochester; daughter, Judy and husband Dennis Sensenich, Millersburg; sons, Larry and wife Barbara Rentschler, Fulton, and Roy and wife Tender Rentschler, Fulton; stepchildren, Judy Ann Paxton, Rochester, Charles Paxton, Las Vegas, Nev., Dale and Jeannie Paxton, Plymouth, Tonya and husband Michael Winnrotte, Plymouth, and Lisa and husband Richard Boal, Plymouth; grandchildren, Angie Kulczar, Millersburg, Deborah Sensenich and husband Darin Friesen, St. Louis, Mo., Patrick Bryon and wife Brooke Rentschler, Grass Creek, Lacey and husband Adam Miller, Greenwood, Andrew and wife Heather Rentschler, Denver, and Jeremy and wife Jessica Rentschler, Lucerne; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Christine Marsh, Shelby.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Candace Bailey; sisters, Mary Smith and Ida Gregg; brothers, George Stinnett and Robert Stinnett, and her step-son, Gary Paxton.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Dr. James Gabhart officiating.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Rochester, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

Shelly J. Haskins and Jillian E. Haskins

          Shelly J. HASKINS, 40, and Jillian E. “Jilly” HASKINS, 6, Monticello, died Saturday.

          Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

          Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Miller – Roscka Funeral Home, Monticello.

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

 

Harold Howard

          Harold ‘Chip’ HOWARD, 31, Rochester, died Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

 

Mary E. Wise

July 25, 1922 – Feb. 5, 2013

          Mary Ellen WISE, 90, of Mason Healthcare and Rehab Center, Warsaw, and formerly of Burket, passed away at 3:26 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at Mason Healthcare and Rehab Center, Warsaw.

          She was born July 25, 1922, in Miami County to parents Richard M. and Gertrude (Sunday) Gray. On May 29, 1942, she married Arthur C. Wise in Warsaw. He preceded her in death Nov. 6, 1981.

          Mary was a homemaker. She graduated from Akron High School. She attended the Burket United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Burket Fireman Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary of Mentone.

          Survivors include one daughter, Colleen Wise, Warsaw; one son, Garry and wife Sandy Wise, Mentone; one sister, Lois and husband Allen Woolley, Akron; five grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

          She was preceded in death by two sons, Jarry and Larry Wise; one granddaughter; two sisters, Cora Katherine Benner and Vivian Spence; six brothers, Richard O., Clifford, John W., Robert, Wm. Edward and Garland “Bud” Gray.

          Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Akron Cemetery, Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating.

          Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

          Services are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Services, with King Memorial Home, Mentone, serving the family.

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

 


 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

 

Harold Howard II

Feb. 5, 1981 – Feb. 4, 2013

          Mr. Harold ‘Chip’ HOWARD II, 31, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his residence.

          He was born on Feb. 5, 1981, in Columbia City, to Harold and Alice Mae (Steidel) Howard.

          Chip was a resident of Rochester his entire life. Tinkering with anything he could get his hands on was his favorite pastime. He also had an interest in guns and computers.

          Chip will be lovingly remembered by his two sisters, Carla R. Lester, of Rochester, and Heaven Shaffer, of Angola; one brother, Chris Howard; his fiance, Shelby Lynn Howard; one son, Jackson Carl Howard; one niece, Rebecca Anne Carr; his grandmother, Irene Howard; one aunt, Ruby Howard; one uncle, Clayton Howard, all of Rochester; and his canine companion, Buhhda.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

          Memorials may be made to the family through the Good Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 453, Rochester.

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

 

James V. Miracle

          James V. MIRACLE, 95, Culver, died at 9:20 a.m. Dec. 11, 2012, in Plymouth.

          Survivors include two sons, Thomas Y. Miracle, Culver, and Jay Miracle, Los Angeles, Calif.; and one daughter, Laura Oatney, Wilmette, Ill.

          Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Culver Academy Chapel, Culver.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

 

Ruth Black

          Ruth (Enyart) BLACK, 95, died Thursday at North Woods Commons, Kokomo.

          Survivors include one son, Phillip Black, Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Marcia Goldstein, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and Beverly Timberman, Collierville, Tenn.; and her niece, Nelda Mikesell, Rochester.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo.

 

Monday, February 11, 2013

 

Ruth Black

Jan. 29 1918 – Feb. 7, 2013

          Ruth (Enyart) BLACK, 95, died on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at North Woods Commons, Kokomo.

          Born Jan. 29, 1918, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Charles Thomas Enyart and Angeline E. (Conn) Enyart.        On Jan. 23, 1944, she was married to Eugene E. Black in the Fulton United Brethren Church by Reverend Stacy F. Shaw.

          She went to school in Fulton, and graduated in 1935 from Argos High School, Argos, and then attended Indiana Central College in Indianapolis. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Kokomo, for 46 years.

          For 37 years, Mrs. Black was the co-owner of Black Magazine Agency in Logansport, which supplied magazine subscriptions to schools and public libraries in the United States and countries abroad. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Kokomo and spent winters in Mesa, Ariz.

          Mrs. Black loved painting and making baby gowns for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. Her other interests were travel, reading, and, especially, watching the Pacers’ basketball games. Foremost in her life was her relationship with her Lord and Savior, her joy of her family and being a homemaker and entertaining friends.

          She is survived by one son, Philip Black and wife Judy, Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Marcia Goldstein, Mississauga, Ontario, and Beverly Timberman, Collierville, Tenn.; one sister, Maxine Elliott and husband Van, El Cajon, Calif.; two granddaughters, Rachel Goldstein-Davis and husband Steve Davis and Elizabeth Goldstein; one great-grandson, Eli Davis; two stepgrandchildren, Kellie Combs and Kurt Timberman and wife Brandy; five great-stepgrandchildren, Josh Combs, Allie Combs, Jared Timberman, Faith Timberman and Riley Timberman; nieces, Nelda Mikesell and husband Cliff, Rochester, Donna Conroy and husband Jim, Denver, Colo., and Colleen Grimson and husband John, San Diego, Calif.; and one nephew, Jay Enyart, Denver, Colo.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, on Sept. 18, 1996; her parents; two brothers, Robert and Wilbur; and one sister, Arabelle.

          Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo, with calling one hour prior. Reverends William Carmichael, Van C. Elliott and Keith Treadway will officiate.

          Graveside committal services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Memorial contributions can be made to Bible Baptist Church in Kokomo or the charity of donor’s choice.

          Online condolences may be left at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.

 


 

Lula M. Fields

Jan. 3, 1912 – Feb. 8, 2013

          Lula Mae FIELDS, 101, of Grass Creek, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at her residence.

          Born on Jan. 3, 1912, in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Ethel (Coplen) Morrett. On Sept. 9, 1933, she married Cecil M. Fields. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1984.

          She was a 1931 Rochester High School graduate. Lula was formerly employed at Kewanna Co-op, Fulton County License Branch and Sommers Elevator in Grass Creek. She was also a homemaker.

          She was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church, Ladies Aid and Wayne Township Friendly Home Demonstration Club.

          Survivors include her children, Roger Fields (Neva), of Kewanna, Richard Fields (Sharon), of Minneapolis, Minn., Shirley Shively (Jess), of Franklin, and Sandra Redmaster, of Fort Wayne; sister- in-law, Ann Morrett, of Greenfield; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

          She was also preceded in death by one son, John Fields; brother, Darwin “Duke” Morrett; and sister, Louise Morrett. Lula was also preceded in death by three infant brothers and one infant sister.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Pastor David Sommers officiating.

          Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

          Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

          Memorial Contributions may be made to Grass Creek United Methodist Church and/or Premier Hospice.

          Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Fields family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 


 

Lindsay A. Fisher

          Lindsay Ann (Hardee) FISHER, 33, Argos, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

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

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 

Theresa J. Austin

          Teresa J. AUSTIN, 52, Rochester, died at 8:21 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

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

 

James L. Friend

          James Leores FRIEND, 68, died at 12:55 a.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Linda Marcum

          Linda MARCUM, 64, Rochester, died Monday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 

Teresa J. Austin

          Teresa Jewell AUSTIN, 52, Rochester, died at 8:22 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include her son, Jacob Wright, Lafayette; her mother, Jimmie R. Malott, Woodstock, Ala.; her father and stepmother, Roscoe and Tina Malott, Rochester; grandmother, Jewell Townsend, West Blocton, Ala.; one sister, Lisa Brown, Delphi; three brothers, Richard Malott, Woodstock, Ala., James Malott, Sheridan, and Christopher Malott, Rochester.

          Private family services will be at Good Family Funeral Home at a later date.

 

Helen Easterday

Nov. 16, 1926 – Feb. 8, 2013

          Helen EASTERDAY, age 86, of Warsaw, passed away at 1:25 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in her daughter’s residence.

          She was born Nov. 16, 1926 in Rochester to Edward and Bessie (Guess) Sweany.

          A Warsaw resident since 2008, she formerly resided in Rochester and Zephyrhills, Fla. On Aug. 1, 1952 in Fulton, she was united in marriage to Walter L. Easterday, who survives.

          She was a retired nurse’s aid and QMA with 25 years of service at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She was an avid bingo player, Chicago Cubs fan and loved her husband, children and grandchildren very much.

          Survivors include one daughter, Linda (spouse Dave) Furnivall; one son, Paul Easterday; grandsons Troy (spouse Kim) Furnivall and Tracy (spouse Amy) Furnivall, all of Warsaw; sister, Betty Hall, of Rochester; and grandchildren Trent, Katie, Alex, Sara, Trae and Gabe.

          Seven brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

          Services were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Chaplain Teri White officiated.

          Calling was one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

          Entombment will be in St. Anne’s Columbarium, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Warsaw.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Youth Club, 765 W. Market St., Warsaw, or Hope Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester.

          To sign the guestbook or to send condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 


 

Lindsay A. Fisher

          Lindsay Ann (Hardee) FISHER, 33, Argos, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her parents, Kevin and Marilyn Hardee, Argos; one sister, Rachel Shafer, Argos; two brothers, Tyler Hardee, Argos, and Levi Hardee, Mesa, Ariz.; and grandparents, Don and Joann Ransberger, Kentucky.

          Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the CrossRoads Church, Plymouth.

          Visitation will be after the memorial service.

 

Linda I. Marcum

          Linda Irene MARCUM, 64, Rochester, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday in her home.

          Survivors include two daughters, Tracy L. Kats, Rochester, and Victoria Brookins, Winona Lake.

          Funeral service is at noon Thursday at McPheeters Bend Baptist Church.

          Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

          Good Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

James L. Friend

Nov. 1, 1944 – Feb. 11, 2013

          James Leores FRIEND, 68, passed away at 12:55 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

          Born Nov. 1, 1944 in Peru, he was the son of the late Gerald D. and Eva M. (Warner) Friend.

          On Nov. 24, 1982, he was married to the former Judy E. Myers at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, near Logansport, and she survives.

          Jim was an active member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Logansport, where he had served as an elder and went on a mission trip to Alaska. He had been a member of the board at Geneva Center, serving the Presbytery of the Wabash Valley. Jim retired in 1997 from Hendrickson Autos in Logansport.

          Survivors include his wife, Judy, of Rochester; three daughters, Samantha Ward and husband Brian, Denver; Jennifer Sprague and husband Matt, Westfield; and Trisha Spencer and husband Jeremy, Rochester; seven grandchildren, Randy Ward, Marc Ward, Robby Sprague, James ‘Harry’ Sprague, Essie Ward, Jacob Spencer and James Anthony Ward; one brother, William Friend and wife Ann, Macy; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

          A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Calvary Presbyterian Church with Pastor Doug Mankell, Pastor Stephen Quinlan and Pastor George Hapner officiating.

          Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

          In lieu of flowers, Jim requested that memorial contributions be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church-Good Samaritan Fund.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

Robert J. Jones

          Robert J. ‘Bob’ JONES, 64, Mentone, died at 9:25 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013.

          Survivors include four children, Jessica Halas, Vanessa Jones, Robert Jones and Andrew Jones, all of Warsaw.

          Graveside services were Feb. 7, 2013.

          A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, Warsaw.

 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

Robert J. Jones

          Robert J. ‘Bob’ JONES, 64, Mentone, died at 9:25 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay, at home, and four children, Jessica Halas, Vanessa Jones, Robert Jones and Andrew Jones, all of Warsaw.

          Graveside services were Feb. 7, 2013.

          A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, Warsaw.

 

Grace M. Woodfill

May 23, 1912-Feb. 11, 2013

          Grace M. (Peters) WOODFILL, died at age 100 on Feb. 11, 2013 in Catherine Kasper Life Center, Donaldson.

          Surviving daughters are Carol Johnson, of Plymouth, Sue (Alan) Milligan, of Franklin, Mary Grace (Chester) Oakes, of Arizona, and Jean (Delmos) Marshall of Rochester. Eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren also survive.

          She was preceded in death by her husband Wm. H. Woodfill.

          Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 18 from 3–7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Services will be in the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

          For memorial gifts, condolences and a complete story please visit: www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Friday, February 15, 2013

 

Paula R. Masterson

          Paula R. MASTERSON 39, Rochester, died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Alice C. Pearson

June 23, 1923 – Feb. 13, 2013

          Alice C. PEARSON, age 89, of River Park, passed away at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in her residence.

          Alice was born to Michael Joseph and Mary Ellen (Herrick) Bauman on June 23, 1923, in Mishawaka. With her family coming from St. Joseph County, she had been a Marshall County resident since 1931.

          She attended Hibbard and Culver schools and graduated from Plymouth Lincoln High School in 1941. Alice married her first husband, Gail E. Smith, on March 28, 1942, who is now deceased.

          She married Amos H. “Sonny” Pearson on Dec. 27, 1953, and shared many happy years together before his passing on Jan. 10, 1983.

          Alice worked at Biomet for 23 years in production packing, until her retirement in 1990. She was a lifetime member of the Women of the Moose for over 50 years, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 424 in Bourbon, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1162 in Plymouth, and the A.A.R.P Marshall County Chapter. She became a member of the Plymouth Church of the Brethren and on January 13th of this year. Alice would volunteer for many community activities and events. She loved dancing and was on a team for many years with the LaPaz Ladies Bowling League.

          Alice is survived by two sons, a daughter and their families. They are James Lee (Dianne) Smith of Plymouth and children, James Scott (Cristin) Smith of Poteet, Texas and Michael Thomas Smith of South Bend. Mary Anne Manzer and her children, Kathy Anne (Terry) Sillitoe, Karen Sue Sandoval, Daniel Rapp and twins; Titan A. Manzer all of Florida and Toby A. Manzer of Plymouth. Steven Ray (Debby Sue) Smith of Lampasas, Texas and children, Jason Leon (Grace) Smith of Killeen, Texas and Joshua Shane (Trina) Smith of Lampasas, Texas.

          A stepson Jack Dean (Bev) Pearson of Plymouth survives with 18 step-grandchildren, numerous great and greatgreat grandchildren and her caregiver and loving niece Lynn Fall. Her surviving siblings are; Lois M. (Art) Morrill of Argos, Doris E. (Dean) Anders of Niles, Michigan, Robert E. Bauman of Argos and numerous nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her spouse Amos, step-sons: Roger Allen Pearson and Tommy Lee Pearson and siblings; Ellen K. Rosebaum, Joan Faust, Michael J. Bauman Jr., Howard E. Bauman and Lawrence P. Bauman.

          Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17th in the Plymouth Church of the Brethren. Pastor Ruth Yoder will preside and a luncheon will immediately follow burial in the church fellowship hall.

          Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, and one hour prior to the services at the church.

          Burial will be in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.

          Memorial gifts may be made to the donor’s choice.

          Condolences may be sent to the family through the web-site, www.johnsondanielson.com.

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

 

David A. Carr

          David Allen CARR, 70, Rochester died at 1:42 p.m. Friday, at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital of Mishawaka.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert O. Starner

Nov. 18, 1927 – Feb. 14, 2013

          Robert O. ‘Shorty’ STARNER, 85, Claypool, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Mason Health Care & Rehab, Warsaw.

          He was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Plymouth, to parents Lloyd and Elizabeth (Burroughs) Starner. He married Glenda L. Holle on Sept. 8, 1951. She survives.

          In 1987, after 40 years of service, Bob retired from NIPSCO where he was a welder and then a crane operator. After retiring from NIPSCO, he became a fulltime farmer.

          He was a U.S. Army veteran, and also was a member of the Mentone Masonic Lodge. He was an avid John Deere tractor fan and liked working on tractors. He had a love for farming and all that came with it.

          Survivors include his wife, Glenda Starner, Claypool; one daughter, Susan and husband Tim Werstler, Pierceton; one son, David and wife Kris Starner, Claypool; five grandsons; and one sister, Dorothy Lockwood, South Bend.

          He was preceded in death by one daughter, Marcia Starner.

          Masonic service followed by a memorial service to remember Bob will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher officiating.

          Visitation is 5-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

          Burial will take place at a later date, at the Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1180 South, Indianapolis.

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

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 

Diane J. Harmon

Oct. 27, 1971 – Feb. 15, 2013

          Diane Jill (Sisk) HARMON, 41, a lifetime Kosciusko County resident, passed away at 5:21 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Hospital, Mishawaka, after a 23 year battle with Crohn’s Disease.

          Diane was born Oct. 27, 1971, in Warsaw, to parents Bill and Carol (Baumgartner) Sisk.

          She was a 1990 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Mentone. She went to the state swimming finals in 1987 and 1988 and holds the school record for the butterfly stroke.

          She married Dane Harmon on April 19, 2003, in Atwood.

          Diane was a homemaker. She was a member of Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Beaver Dam, raised pigs as a member of the Beaver Dam 4-H club and swam on the Tippy Valley aquatic team. She was outgoing and had a mind of her own. Diane loved her girls and family and would do anything for them.

          Survivors include her husband, Dane Harmon, Warsaw; two daughters, Angelica ‘Angel’ Jackson, Warsaw, and Cheyenne Jackson, Warsaw; one stepdaughter, Tiffany (Lance) Everts, Warsaw; one granddaughter, Zoey Everts, Warsaw; her parents, Bill and Carol Sisk, Claypool; one brother, Jack (Ronda) Sisk, Jacksonville, Fla.; and her maternal grandmother, Margaret Baumgartner.

          She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, W. Wayne Baumgartner; and her paternal grandparents, Jack and Doris Sisk.

          Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher of New Beginnings Community Church, Atwood, officiating.

          Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

          Memorials may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America National Processing Center, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, Minn., or online at www.ccfa.org.

 

Gerald L. Johnson

April 5, 1941 – Feb. 16, 2013

          Mr. Gerald ‘Jerry’ JOHNSON, 71, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 12:48 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in his home.

          On April 5, 1941, in Egeland, N.D., Gerald Leonard ‘Jerry’ Johnson was born. He was the cherished son of Axel and Lilly (Haller) Johnson. Growing up as the second youngest, he shared his childhood as one of 13 children.

          Following high school, patriotism beckoned him. With great pride, Jerry joined the Marine Corps and served our country during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

          On July 30, 1965 in Rochester, Jerry married his best friend and the love of his life Carolyn Braden. Their union spanned over 47.5 years, as they shared life’s adventures and raised one son and three daughters. Over the years, the added blessings of seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren were added to the family tree.

          An American sportsman, Jerry enjoyed the sport of fishing. Armed with his favorite casting rod or cane pole, he fished the lakes of northern Indiana for pan fish, traveled to Wisconsin for crappie or Oregon for king salmon. He hunted deer on their family’s Richland Center farm. An adventurer, he joined in on hunting expeditions, bagging elk with his brothers in Idaho.

          As an antique car buff, Jerry was endeared to the restoration of two great cars. His first was a 1956 Ford Fairlane with a rare buckskin and white paint job. With great determination, skill and sweat he returned the car to showroom quality. This sweet chariot became Carolyn’s ride when Jerry stumbled onto another even greater challenge. With his work cut out, he rescued a 1957 Chevy two door post, painted turquoise and white. The car was found in a fence row with a tree growing up in the middle. Following a complete overhaul, and restoration from engine to interior, this car turned many heads as Jerry competed in international car shows in the United States and Canada.

          Together, Jerry and Carolyn enjoyed the freedom of riding their maroon colored Honda Goldwing, catching the breeze on day trips around the midwest and venturing to Atlantic City and near Niagara Falls for longer trips. He also enjoyed the game of golf with his family and friends. Jerry’s favorite courses were the Elks and Mill Creek in Rochester and Pond View in Winamac. An armchair athlete, he loved cheering for the Colts, Indiana University basketball and NASCAR's Bobby Labonte.

          Jerry is lovingly remembered by his wife, Carolyn, at home; a son, Roger Johnson and wife Jennifer, of Rochester; three daughters, Robin Boyd and fiance Gary Williams, of Rochester, Terri Brooks and husband Bill, of Wolcott, and Debbie Carman and husband Mike; seven grandchildren, Chad and Missy Conwell, Jason Conwell, Aaron and Mallory Johnson, Adrienne Johnson and Adam Yeager, Liz Williams, Zachary Boyd, and Austin Carman; three greatgrandchildren; Ryan, Levi and Josh; a brother, Jim Johnson and wife Winette, of Rochester; and his canine companion, Pepper, a salt-and-pepper-colored miniature schnauzer.

          A celebration of the life of Jerry Johnson will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Teri White officiating.

          Friends may visit with his family from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

          He will be laid to rest on the family plot at the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery, northwest of Rochester.

          Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Military Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corps Honors Team.

          Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Hope Hospice.

          You may wish to sign Jerry’s online guestbook or light a candle honoring his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

David A. Carr

March 10, 1942 – Feb. 15, 2013

          David Allen CARR, 70, of Rochester, passed away at 1:42 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Rivercrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka.

          On March 10, 1942 in Miami, Fla., David Allen Carr was born. He was the treasured son of Walter and Florence (Sweeting) Carr. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a sister Brenda and two brothers Walter and Ronnie. In 1960, with great pride, he graduated from Southwest Miami High School.

          Following high school, David enlisted with the United States Navy to serve our country. To relax, David enjoyed fishing and playing cards, especially euchre. A nature lover, he fed the backyard birds and enjoyed watching birds in their natural habitat.

          David is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Andrea Shufelt, Rochester; three sons, Perry Gentry, of Rochester, Vince Klock, of Tennessee, and Harley Klock, of Lakeland, Fla.; several grandchildren including, locally, Alyssa Mechelle Shufelt, Allyson Rene Shufelt and Mark Ray Shufelt; a sister, Brenda Carr, of Miami, Fla.; and a brother, Walter Carr, of Tampa, Fla. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

          Preceding him in death are his parents; a daughter, Cheryl Gentry; and a brother, Ronnie Carr.

          A sunset celebration of the life of David Allen Carr will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating.

          Friends may visit with his family from 3:30 until the hour of the service.

          Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Military Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honors Team.

          Friends may send his family expressions of sympathy online at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Paula R. Masterson

          Paula R. MASTERSON, 39, Rochester, died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include her biological parents; mother, Leona Williams, Azle, Texas; siblings, P.J. Masterson, Plymouth, Stacy Lynn McAnally, Culver, Roger Eugene Williams, Mineral Wells, Texas, Kerry Pantle, Rochester, Bonnie Swartzell, Monterey, Patti Louk, Knox, Billy Stigall, Piketon, Ohio, and Dee Stigall, Piketon, Ohio.

          Memorial services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Visitation is 3-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Thomas Mattix

          Thomas M. MATTIX, 65, Speedway, formerly of Rochester, died Friday.

          Survivors include his mother, Alice Mattix; daughter, Samantha Mattix; and sisters, Shari Norris and Barbara Michels.

          Funeral services are at 1 p.m. today at Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway.

          Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

 

Doris A. Goode

          Doris Ann (Norris) GOODE, 65, died at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday, at Goshen Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Colvin W. Cox

          Colvin W. COX, 55, Macy, died Thursday.

          Survivors include his wife, Kelly Cox, Macy; one daughter, Carly Cox, Macy; one son, Cooper Cox, Macy; and one sister Maryjean Cox, Toledo, Ohio.

          Service is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Macy Christian Church, Macy.

          Hartzler Funeral Home is in charge of services.

 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

 

Colvin W. Cox

Jan. 5, 1958 – Feb. 14, 2013

          Colvin W. COX, 55, Macy, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

          He was born Jan. 5, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio, to parents Don and Helen (Colvin) Cox. On May 24, 1990, he married Kelly L. Music in Toledo, Ohio. She survives. Colvin had been a mechanic his entire life; most recently, he was the transportation co-director of Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.

          Colvin attended Start High School in Toledo, Ohio, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1983. He was an accomplished mechanic and adored his family.

          Survivors include his wife, Kelly Cox, Macy; one daughter, Carly Cox, Macy; one son, Cooper Cox, Macy; and one sister, Maryjean Cox, Toledo, Ohio.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, Don M. and Helen L. Cox, who had both passed away in the last year.

          Funeral service is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Macy Christian Church, Macy, with Pastor Dave Welsh officiating.

          Burial will take place at a later date in Toledo, Ohio.

          In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends share a memory of Colvin.

          Hartzler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

 

Doris A. Goode

          Doris Ann (Norris) GOODE, 65, Rochester, died at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday, at Goshen Hospital.

          Survivors include her husband, Tim; and one sister, Doreen M. Ehresman, Lafayette.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday, at the funeral home.

 

Friday, February 22, 2013

 

Doris A. Norris Goode

July 22, 1947 – Feb. 19, 2013

          Mrs. Doris Ann Norris GOODE, 65, of Rochester, passed away at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Goshen Hospital.

          Born in Rochester on July 22, 1947, Doris Ann was the precious daughter of Laurence Hubert ‘Buck’ and Marguerite (Slonaker) Norris. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a sister, Doreen, and brother, David. In 1965, she graduated with her class from Rochester High School.

          In 1971, Doris completed her studies at the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Between academic stints, Doris married her best friend and the love of her life, Mr. Timothy Owens Goode, in Buchanan, Mich. Following her studies at the University of Notre Dame in counseling psychology, she was awarded her master’s degree in 1988.

          Later that year, she and Tim opened the Goode Counseling Service with offices in South Bend. More recently, they moved the office to Lakeville. During her years of counseling, Doris developed a vast client base over north-central Indiana. She will be sadly missed by her many clients, who truly loved her.

          To relax, Doris enjoyed crafts; especially creating unique floral arrangements and flowered wreaths. She was also an accomplished musician. Seated at the keyboards of the organ and piano, she could make the instruments “sing.”

          Tim and Doris, life partners, shared many adventures over their 32 years of marriage. Not only were they partners in their counseling business, they enjoyed antiquing and local auctions. They were loyal to Notre Dame football and Muffet McGraw’s Lady Irish. They enjoyed both flower and vegetable gardening; and the sunsets from the cruise ships as they toured the Caribbean. At home, they shared many walks in the evening unwinding with their canine kids, Alice, the boxer and Eddie, the pit bull.

          Doris is lovingly remembered by her husband Tim; a sister, Doreen M. Ehresman and husband Steve, of Lafayette; nieces and nephews; and her treasured canine companions, Alice and Eddie.

          Preceding her in death are her parents; a brother, David Norris; an infant sister, Brenda Kay Norris, and an aunt, Doris Slonaker, for whom she was named.

          A celebration of the life of Doris Goode will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor James Tippin officiating. Representative Jackie Walorski will assist.

          Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to Indiana Pit Bull Rescue at www.indypitcrew.org.

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

 

R. Hollan

          R. ‘Doug’ HOLLAN, 61, Talma, died at 10:51 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Vergie; two sons, Douglas E. Hollan, Rochester, and Allen W. Hollan, Rochester; four sisters, Bonnie Combs, Jackson, Ky., Barbara Fugate, Bremen, Christine Turner, Wattsburg, Pa., and Dolly Hollan, Winchester, Ky.; and six brothers, Charles Hollan, Jackson, Ky., Edward Hollan, Bremen, John Hollan, Jackson, Ky., Bryce Hollan, Winchester, Ky., Ernest P. Hollan, Leslie, Ky., and Scott Hollan, Jackson, Ky.

          Funeral service is 3 p.m. Saturday at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon.

          Visitation is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Robert M. Townsend

          Robert M. TOWNSEND, 88, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Larry G. Townsend, Plymouth, and Paul D. Townsend, Roann; four sisters, Mary C. Gast, Norma J. Vedder, Donna M. Overlander and Carol A. Bradway; and two brothers, Harold L. Townsend, and Jack L. Townsend, all of Rochester.

          Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Visitation is 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Dale V. Thompson

          Dale V. THOMPSON, 92, formerly of Argos, died at 9:29 a.m. at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

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

 


 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

 

Earl C. Reisman

March 20, 1928 – Feb. 21, 2013

          Earl Charles REISMAN, 84, Monterey, died at 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2013, at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital, Mishawaka.

          Earl was born March 20, 1928, in Wellsville, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army from 1947 until 1949.

          He married Barbara Ellen Stamm on Sept. 4, 1965, in Plymouth. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2009. Earl was an auctioneer for several years. He was a truck driver most of his life.

          He was an avid mushroom hunter. He traveled to Michigan every spring to hunt them. He enjoyed bowling and playing cards. Earl enjoyed sports, especially Notre Dame football. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his friends. Earl was a storyteller and prankster.

          Survivors include two daughters, Debe S. (William) Fred, Rochester, and Kathy (Ken) Black, Buford, Ga.; one son, Steve (Mary) Reisman, Mercer, Wis.; two grandsons, Scott (Lisa) Fred and Stacy Reisman; two granddaughters, Tara (Danny) Taylor and Tiffany Reisman; three great-granddaughters, Megan Fred, Ashley Fred and Olivia Taylor; and one brother-in-law, John Stamm, Cathedral City, Calif.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Ellen (Stamm) Reisman; and one son, John S. Reisman.

          Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating.

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

          Burial will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce, at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

 

Robert M. Townsend

Jan. 4, 1925 – Feb. 21, 2013

          Mr. Robert M. TOWNSEND, 88, of Rochester, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          On Jan. 4, 1925, Robert was born, the treasured son of Walter D. and Mary Elizabeth (Wheadon) Townsend. Growing up as one of seven children, he shared his childhood with four sisters and two brothers. Following high school, patriotism beckoned him and he enlisted as a member of the United States Navy, serving our country during World War II in the Pacific theater.

          On Feb. 24, 1945, Robert and Bonnie L. Stretch were married in Rochester. Their wedding anniversary of 68 years is Sunday. Over the years, they raised two fine sons, Larry and Paul. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

          An American sportsman, Robert enjoyed hunting deer, trapping and fishing. He was a member of a horseshoe pitching team in Florida, while living near Lake Placid. To relax, he enjoyed watching R.F.D. TV and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

          In 1988, Robert retired from Dean Foods following 23.5 years of dedicated service. He was also a member of the Steelworkers union No. 5840, and over a 60 year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Robert and Bonnie were loyal and devoted to their First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion.

          As a farmer, Robert embraced the planting and harvest seasons. His first John Deere tractor was a 1946 A. The last tractor he farmed with was his cherished 1980 John Deere 4030. Following his retirement, Robert made over 60 pounds of delicious homemade noodles each week from a secret recipe, handed down through the generations from his family.

          Robert is lovingly remembered by his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Larry G. Townsend and wife Sheri, of Plymouth, and Paul D. Townsend and wife Melba, of Roann; four sisters, Mary Catherine Gast, Norma Jean Vedder and husband Gene, Donna Maxine Overlander and husband Raymond, and Carol Ann Bradway and husband Bob; two brothers, Harold LeRoy Townsend and wife Georgia, Jack Lee Townsend and wife Wanda, all of Rochester; three granddaughters, Amy Blackburn and husband K.J., Robin Huffman and husband Vincent, and Julie Hughes; two grandsons, Kris Fear and wife Lisa and Kerry Fear; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson.

          A celebration of the life of Robert M. Townsend will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mark Spencer officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.

          Burial will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce, at a later date.

          Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the United States Navy Honors Team.

          Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Rochester, or to Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

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

 

Nancy L. Van Lue

          Nancy L. VAN LUE, 66, Rochester, died at 9:59 a.m. Friday at her residence.

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

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

 

Nancy L. Van Lue

July 26, 1946 – Feb. 22, 2013

          Nancy L. (Heinzmann) VAN LUE, 66, Rochester, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at her residence.

          She was born on July 26, 1946, in Rochester, the daughter of James Wesley and Mary Ellen (Paxton) Lyons. On Aug. 30, 1964, in Rochester, she married Bondi Lynn Heinzmann. He preceded her in death on March 25, 1985. She then married Robert Van Lue on Nov. 29, 1985, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on April 6, 2010.

          Nancy had worked for the former P.N. Hirsch Store and Dollar General Store in Rochester for over 40 years. She was currently working as a retail clerk at Pak-A-Sak. She had been a member of the Antioch Baptist Church, as a past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star and the Eagles Lodge. In her spare time, Nancy was a devoted mother, grandma and great–grandma. She loved to babysit her grandchildren – always happy to play tea, make doll clothes or just go out for a drive. Nancy was an avid Elvis Presley fan and generous person who supported numerous charitable organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

          Survivors include her daughters, Michelle (Heinzmann) Hunsberger, Argos, Carmen (Heinzmann) Wilson, Akron, Amy and husband Todd Behny, Akron, Rebecca Heinzmann, Rochester, and Alyson Heinzmann and companion Justin Bradley, Rochester; grandchildren, Kyle Hunsberger, Lacey Hunsberger, Emily (Hunsberger) Vermillion and husband Keefe, Aaron Ault, Jacob and wife Shalena Rude, Gracie Wilson, Libby Wilson, Brandon Behny, Bryce Behny, Braxton Behny, LaShawna Burnett, Kaylie Heinzmann, Chayton Wolf, Brianna Norman, Bailey Bradley, Aubrielle Bradley, Rowan Heinzmann, Ashlyn Bradley; greatgrandchildren, Mylie Rude, Jameson Rude, Caedra Behny, Zhayden Behny, Karter Behny, Peyton Vermillion, Kemper Holzwart, and Johnathan Hanish; sister, Vera Lynne Utter and companion Devon Utter, Rochester; brother, Michael James and wife Lois Lyons, Rochester; and her canine companion, Buster. She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Brooklyn Faith (Heinzmann) Ault.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Reverend Jerry Pittman officiating.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Velva J. Lewis

          Velva Jean (Polen) LEWIS, 77, Logansport, formerly of Lucerne, died at 12:02 a.m. Sunday at Chase Center, Logansport.

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

 

Robert L. Stone

          Robert ‘Bob’ Leon STONE, 67, formerly of Argos, died at 1 a.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include one daughter, Laura Johnson, Argos; three sons, Robert ‘Tony’ A. Stone, Lafayette, Joseph P. Stone, Argos, and Andrew L. Stone, Argos; and five brothers, Landa Stone, Bremen, Larry Stone, Argos, Albert Stone, Herbert Stone and Ernie Stone, all of Jackson, Mich.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Dale V. Thompson

          Dale Vernon THOMPSON, 92, Argos, died at 9:29 a.m. Thursday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include his children, Robert K. Thompson, Plymouth, Dan A. Thompson, Plymouth, Kaye L. Wallen, Warsaw, and John C. Thompson, Terre Haute; and two sisters, Erma Ellinger, Bourbon, and Bernice Reese, Warsaw.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. today at Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos.

          The Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

Jane E. Kindig

Aug. 16, 1921 – Feb. 24, 2013

          Jane E. KINDIG, 91, formerly of Deedsville, passed away at 7:54 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Clare Bridge of Troy Healthcare Center, Troy, Mich.

          Born Aug. 16, 1921, in Richland Township, Miami County, she was the daughter of Robert and Alice Davis Weishaar.

          On Aug. 9, 1940, in Chili, she was married to Robert N. Kindig, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1996.

          She was a graduate of Chili High School and a longtime active member of the Deedsville United Methodist Church.

          Survivors include one son, Bob Kindig and his wife Karen, Rochester Hills, Mich.; three granddaughters, Barb Winters, Beth Meinen and Kellie King; and 10 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Jean Harvey; sister, Blanche Blaising; and brother, Charles Weishaar.

          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Deedsville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bill Babb officiating.

          Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Deedsville United Methodist Church.

          The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Velva J. Lewis

          Velva J. (Polen) LEWIS, 77, Logansport, formerly of Lucerne, died at 12:02 a.m. Sunday, at Chase Center, Logansport.

          Survivors include her children Charles ‘Rick’ Polen, Lucerne, Terry Polen, Lucerne, Peggy Benson, Lucerne, Cindy Schirm, Logansport, and Tracy Polen, Lucerne; brothers, Seldon Rowe, Plymouth, and Jess Mullins, Knox; and one sister, Melovie Rudd, Knox.

          Funeral service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Robert M. Townsend

Jan. 4, 1925 – Feb. 21, 2013

          Mr. Robert M. TOWNSEND, 88, of Rochester, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          On Jan. 4, 1925, Robert was born, the treasured son of Walter D. and Mary Elizabeth (Wheadon) Townsend. Growing up as one of seven children, he shared his childhood with four sisters and two brothers. Following high school, patriotism beckoned him and he enlisted as a member of the United States Navy, serving our country during World War II in the Pacific theater.

          On Feb. 24, 1945, Robert and Bonnie L. Stretch were married in Rochester. Their wedding anniversary of 68 years was Sunday. Over the years, they raised two fine sons, Larry and Paul. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

          An American sportsman, Robert enjoyed hunting deer, trapping and fishing. He was a member of a horseshoe pitching team in Florida, while living near Lake Placid. To relax, he enjoyed watching R.F.D. TV and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

          In 1988, Robert retired from Dean Foods following 23.5 years of dedicated service. He was also a member of the Steelworkers union No. 5840, and over a 60 year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Robert and Bonnie were loyal and devoted to their First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion.

          As a farmer, Robert embraced the planting and harvest seasons. His first John Deere tractor was a 1946 A. The last tractor he farmed with was his cherished 1980 John Deere 4030. Following his retirement, Robert made over 60 pounds of delicious home made noodles each week from a secret recipe, handed down through the generations from his family.

          Robert is lovingly remembered by his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Larry G. Townsend and wife Sheri, of Plymouth, and Paul D. Townsend and wife Melba, of Roann; four sisters, Mary Catherine Gast, Norma Jean Vedder and husband Gene, Donna Maxine Overlander and husband Raymond, and Carol Ann Bradway and husband Bob; two brothers, Harold LeRoy Townsend and wife Georgia, Jack Lee Townsend and wife Wanda, all of Rochester; three granddaughters, Amy Blackburn and husband K.J., Robin Huffman and husband Vincent, and Julie Hughes; two grandsons, Kris Fear and wife Lisa and Kerry Fear; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson.

          A celebration of the life of Robert M. Townsend was 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mark Spencer officiating.

          Interment was in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where military rites were conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the United States Navy Honors Team.

          Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Rochester, or to Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

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

 

Adam Wagers

          Adam WAGERS, 82, Knox, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, in Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Goldie Wagers, Knox; daughter, Lillie M. Ditlinger, South Bend; and seven sons, Lonnie Wagers, South Bend, Martin Wagers, Indianapolis, Russel Wagers, Argos, Adam Wagers, Plymouth, Stephen Wagers, Knox, Troy A. Wagers, Plymouth, and Timothy Wagers, Plymouth.

          Funeral service is at 2 p.m. today at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

          Visitation is noon-2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 

Charles N. Miller

          Charles Norman MILLER, 83, Rochester, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, at his residence.

          Survivors include two daughters, Terri Miller, LaPorte, and Kristine Lease, Rochester; one son, Christopher C. Miller, Rochester; and one sister, Bette Reynolds, Rochester.

          Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

Freeda Witham

          Freeda WITHAM, 84, Mentone, died at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26, at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Rex Witham, Mentone; one son, Gregory R. Witham, Valparaiso; three daughters, Caleen ‘Susie’ Rentschler, Mentone; Janie Gard, Carmel, and Sally Hearn, St. Charles, Ill.; and one sister, Ellen Flenar, Mentone.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Charles N. Miller

July 17, 1929 – Feb. 26, 2013

          Mr. Charles ‘Charlie’ MILLER, 83, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at his home.

          The treasured son of Jacob and Dollie (Kale) Miller, Charles Norman Miller was born on July 17, 1929, in Fulton County. As one of seven children, Charlie shared his childhood with three sisters and three brothers. At the age of 14, Charlie graduated with great pride from Rochester High School with the class of 1943.

          On Feb. 8, 1950 in Rochester, Charles married the love of his life who later became his best friend, Freda Faye Hounshell. Sharing life’s adventures for 51 years, Freda and Charlie raised three wonderful children, Terri, Kristine and Christopher. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren with another on the way in June.

          As a jet engine mechanic, Charlie served our country with the United States Air Force. Returning home, he and Freda started their family. An entrepreneur, Charlie owned and operated ‘Charlie’s Muffler Shop,’ located on Race Street for more than two decades. He retired in 1992, and the following year became the Riddle School crossing guard on Main and Third streets, keeping our children safe until his retirement in 2009.

          Over the years, Charlie’s favorite place to be, next to home, was camping, especially at the Fish-n-Fun Camp Ground, northwest of Rochester. He spent many evenings enjoying the warmth of the campfire, telling stories under the starlit skies. There was nothing like observing nature as he enjoyed floating the Tippecanoe with family and friends – several times each summer and fall.

          As the patriarch of the family, overseeing four generations – Charlie was delighted with the visits of the grandchildren and more recently, visits from the great-grandchildren. He was in charge of introducing the grandkids to camping and the out of doors life. Grandpa Charlie savored the times teaching them how to properly build a campfire and float the river without tipping the canoe, as camping is where many memories were made.

          Charles is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Terri Miller, of LaPorte, and Kristine Lease, of Rochester; one son, Christopher Charles Miller and wife Beth, of Rochester; one granddaughter, Stacey Lease and companion Dustin Reames, of Rochester; two grandsons, Michael Lease and wife Tara, of Rochester, and Brad Lease and wife Cassie, of Lafayette; one sister, Bette Reynolds, of Rochester; and his canine companion, Goofie, a yellow lab mix.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Freda, on Feb. 20, 2001; two sisters, Margaret Shearer and Janet Riffle; and three brothers, Jake Miller, Jim Miller and Ernie Overmyer.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Charles Miller will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Friday in the funeral home.

          Military rites will be conducted by Fulton County Honor Guard and the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

          Online expressions of sympathy, or lighting a candle to honor Charlie’s memory, may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday, March 1, 2013

 

Freeda Witham

Nov. 27, 1928 – Feb. 26, 2013

          Freeda WITHAM, 84, Mentone, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at her residence.

          She was born Nov. 27, 1928, in Plymouth, to Forrest and Goldie (Teel) Kesler. On Jan. 14, 1949, she married Rex Witham, in Mentone. He survives at home.

          She worked for Farmers State Bank of Mentone. Freeda was the secretary to the president of the bank. She spent 30 years at the bank and held a vice president title.

          She was a lifetime area resident and resided in her childhood home until her passing. Freeda was a 1946 graduate of Mentone High School. She was a lifetime member of the Mentone Church of Christ, and she faithfully read her Bible. She loved sharing time with her family and also enjoyed sewing and cooking.

          Survivors include her husband, Rex Witham, Mentone; one son, Gregory R. Witham, Valparaiso; three daughters, Caleen (Susie) Rentschler, Mentone, Janie and husband, Eric Gard, Carmel, and Sally and husband Jay Hearn, St. Charles, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Natalie, Nathan, Aaron, Katie, Maggie, Rachel and Charles; five great-grandchildren, Frank, Dustin, Darcy, Ben and Gibson; sister, Ellen Flenar, Mentone; and special nephews, Bob Everman, Nashville, and Bill Everman, Gas City.

          She was preceded in death by an infant, Carol; one daughter-in-law, Jennifer Witham; one sister, Eloise Everman; and one brother-in-law, Bob Flenar.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Billy Steele officiating.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

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

 

Stephen D. Brower

June 25, 1969 – Feb. 27, 2013

          Stephen D. BROWER, 43, Decatur, formerly of Akron, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at his Decatur residence.

          He was born June 25, 1969, in Rochester, to Daniel Brower and Barbara Manns.

          He was a 1987 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School. He also completed diesel mechanic school in Lima, Ohio. Following his mechanics school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989, where he served in Kuwait during Desert Storm. After eight years of service, he received his honorable discharge. Due to his military service, he became disabled and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association. Stephen enjoyed playing the banjo and bluegrass music. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and had most recently been riding within the last year. Stephen participated as a member of the Patriot Guard riders in the ride that escorted the Vietnam Veterans Wall to Marion.

          Survivors include one daughter, Aileen Brower, Fayetteville, N.C.; one son, Levi Brower, Rochester; his mother, Barbara Brower, Akron; his father, Daniel A. and wife Wanda Brower, Rochester; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Brower; two brothers, Roger and wife Pam Brower, Akron, and Daniel R. and wife Sarah Brower, Rockwell, Texas; one stepsister, Christy and husband Chris Vanata Rochester; two stepbrothers, Greg Mow, Rochester, and Gary and wife Becky Mow, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

          A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

          His place of remembrance will be at the Akron Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions are open to the donor’s choice.

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

          Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, has been entrusted with assisting the family in arrangements.

 

Jamie A. Sheets

          Jamie Allyn SHEETS, 39, Winamac, died at 3:42 p.m. Monday, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Carey M. and Donald W. Baugh Sr., Winamac; her companion, Wayde A. Bradley, Rochester; three daughters, Melissa M. Bradley, Rochester, Arianna R. Bradley, Rochester, and Havana J. Bradley, Rochester; one son, Ryan E. Bradley, Rochester; two sisters, Jo E. Nellans, Winamac, and Ariel J. Owens, Winamac; one stepsister, Concetta Denny, Star City; and three brothers, Donald Baugh Jr., Rochester, Patrick L. Baugh, Peru, and Jason M. Baugh, Logansport.

          Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

          Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 


 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

 

Lavon H. Fred

Aug. 12, 1922 – March 1, 2013

          Lavon H. FRED, 90, of Rochester, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, in his residence.

          Born Aug. 12, 1922, he was the son of the late Claude and Blanche (Martin) Fred. On May 25, 1946 in Fulton, he married Frances Eloise Rouch who preceded in death on Jan. 7, 2013.

          Lavon was a retired dairy and crop farmer. He also enjoyed restoring antique tractors. He was a WWII United States Army veteran, and a member of the Fulton Baptist Temple.

          Surviving him are three sons, William R. (Deborah) Fred, Rochester, Phillip (Barb) Fred, Mooresville, and David H. (Julie) Fred, Kewanna; six grandchildren, Scott (Lisa) Fred, Tara (Dan) Taylor, Chris (Brettany) Fred, Alex (Julie) Fred, James (Kourtney) Fred, and Eli Fred; and three great-grandchildren, Megan and Ashley Fred, and Olivia Taylor.

          He was preceded in death by one sister, Aline Friedrich.

          A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in the Fulton Baptist Temple with the Reverend Bruce Russell officiating.

          Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013, also in the church.

          Burial with full military graveside rights will be held in Salem Cemetery, Fulton.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice.

          You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Rev. Paul M. Cecrle

Nov. 9, 1926 – Feb. 28, 2013

          Rev. Paul M. CECRLE, 86, Rochester, passed away at 10:34 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He was born on Nov. 9, 1926, in Starke County, the son of Edward and Ruth (Reynolds) Cecrle. During World War II he served with the United States Army Air Corp. After being discharged from the military, he enrolled and graduated from the Tulsa Bible College in Tulsa, Okla.

          On June 23, 1950, in South Bend, he married Beverly I. Klapp. She preceded him in death on Feb. 17, 2004.

          Beginning in his ministry, Reverend Cecrle started churches in Kansas, pastoring at churches in Emporia, Council Grove and Manhattan, Kan. He also served as superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church in Kansas. In 1971, he resigned from the district and spent seven years traveling as an evangelist.

          Reverend Cecrle arrived in Rochester in 1975 as the pastor of Westside Apostolic Church, where he served for over 27 years. He was especially proud of the establishment of the Westside Apostolic Church Food Pantry. The food pantry was his joy for over 20 years, being able to provide food for hundreds of families each month. He loved mission work and was an avid supporter of numerous missions.

          In his spare time, he had his daily devotion to reading his Bible. He was gifted musically, being able to play the clarinet, saxophone, accordion, piano, harmonica and was starting to learn the violin. A devoted family man and husband, Reverend Cecrle enjoyed greatly the time spent with his family playing board games and cards. He had been a member of the American Legion, helped many church members and community members in need over the years and in the last few months of his life, he appreciated the care provided to him by Hope Hospice.

          Survivors include his daughters, Beth and husband Larry Nimmo, Littleton, Colo., and Debbie and husband John Phillips, Rochester; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Ben and wife Joan Cecrle, Melbourne, Fla., Charlie and wife Joyce Cecrle, Melbourne, Fla., David and wife Ann Cecrle, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Sam and wife Judy Cecrle, Walkerton; and sisters, Lou Goddard, Niles, Mich., and Betty Upham, South Bend.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons, Stephen Cecrle and Michael Cecrle; daughter, Rebecca Cecrle; granddaughter, Rachel Scott; and grandson, Daniel Cecrle.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Westside Apostolic Church, Rochester, with Reverends Steve Addison and Kenneth Mendenhall officiating.

          Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to service at the church.

          Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, where military graveside services will be conducted.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Apostolic Church Food Pantry.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Sandra M. Hood

          Sandra M. HOOD, 61, Danville, died at 7:08 p.m. Monday, in Indianapolis.

          Survivors include one son, Cody Hood, Leiters Ford; two daughters, Jessica Sutherland, Fort Wayne, and Charity Shields, Danville; two brothers, Stacy Hartle, Culver, and Kenneth Hartle, Royal Center; and three sisters, Shelly Sheppard, Culver, Stephanie Bilby, Rochester, and Sue Ellen Sedlacek, Galveston.

          Funeral service is at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

          Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, March 4, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 


 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

 

Robert G. Rouch

          Robert G. ‘Bob’ ROUCH, 84, Parker, Colo., died at 8:15 a.m. March 3, 2013, at Brookside Inn Nursing Home, Castle Rock, Colo.

          Survivors include one son, David D. Rouch; and two daughters, Robin L. Rouch and Lisa L. Roberson.

          Funeral service is at 5 p.m. Sunday at the home of Robin Rouch, Parker, Colo.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

Erin Gamble

Aug. 2, 1970 – March 3, 2013

          Erin Lynn (McGinley) GAMBLE, 42, Noblesville, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

           She was born on Aug. 2, 1970, to Terry and Mary (Salitros) McGinley in Ankara, Turkey. Erin was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and friend and fought a courageous battle with cancer. She was a 1988 graduate of Warren Central High School, a 1992 graduate of Ball State University and a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. Her nurturing personality led her to her career as a special education teacher for the Hamilton Southeastern School District. Erin was always ready to volunteer when needed and was active at the Bobby A. Mills – Field of Dreams baseball complex in Noblesville.

          In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Troy Gamble; two sons, Tyler and Garrison Gamble; sister, Kelli (Derek) Collins; father and mother-in-law, Victor and Jo Gamble; brother and sister-in-law, Shane and Allison Gamble; and five nieces and a nephew.

          Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, Noblesville, with Father Chris Wadelton officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and also Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., immediately prior to the service.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Erin Gamble – ErinStrong Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank office or via mail to The Erin Gamble – ErinStrong Memorial Fund, 16864 Clover Road, Noblesville, IN 46060.

          Online condolences may be made at www.randallroberts.com.

 

Ruth M. Green

          Ruth M. GREEN, 80, Rochester died at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at home.

          She is survived by two daughters, Sheryll Green and Misty Eskridge, Rochester; two sons, William “Brian” Green, Rochester, and Mickey Green, Kewanna; a sister, Janet “Dolly” Ballinger, Rochester; three brothers, Merrill Azbell, North Manchester, Wendell Azbell, North Vernon, and Daryle Azbell, Peru.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Tracy M. Lewis

June 6, 1962 – Feb. 17, 2013

          Tracy Michelle LEWIS, 50, Akron, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 17, 2013.

          She was born June 6, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, to Michael Lewis and Wildlean Carroll.

          She owned and operated Farmmaster Trailers in Laketon, a manufacturer of grain trailers, for 20 years. She had also worked at Fiesta Hair Salon in Rochester as a cosmetologist and esthetician and at Tanker Trailers Inc., Laketon.

          She graduated from Hyde Park Academy, Chicago, Ill., in 1980. In 2010, she received her degree from the Salon Academy in Kokomo, and in 2012, she earned a degree from CHT School of Cosmetology in Marion. She was a member of the Helen Wells Modeling Agency. Tracy enjoyed being with her family and friends. She also enjoyed working, going to school, music and helping others in any way she could. She was a devout Christian. She liked walking and was an animal lover.

          Survivors include her mother, Wildlean Carroll, Tampa, Fla.; her father, Michael and wife Evonne Lewis, Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Robin Curry Williams, Chicago, Ill.; Misty and husband Walter Coleman, Brewton, Ala., and Quita Lewis Coleman, Brewton, Ala; one brother, Walden Fitzgerald, Tampa, Fla., her friend Eric Sebasty, Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

          A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Akron Church of God, Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating.

          Hartzler Funeral Home has been entrusted with assisting the family in arrangements.

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

 

Juanita S. Johnson

Jan. 24, 1942 – March 5, 2013

          Juanita S. JOHNSON, 71, of Kewanna, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

           Born Jan. 24, 1942 in Vanceburg, Ken., she was the daughter of the late Burdick and Catherine (Rurak) Hughes. On Jan. 31, 1958, she married Frank H. Johnson. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2012.

          Juanita formerly worked at Federal Mogul in Leiters Ford for more than 20 years. She also formerly worked at Abie’s Market in Kewanna and Braun’s in Leiters Ford.

          She enjoyed taking care of flowers, quilting and shopping. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

          Survivors include her children, Sheila G. Seidel (Allen), of Winamac, Donna A. Dugan (Robert Rans), of Kewanna, Julia F. Brainerd, of Warsaw, and Frank H. Johnson (Wendi), of Rensselaer; brothers, Meredith Hughes, of Vanceburg, Ky., Ronnie Hughes, of Melbourne, Ky., and Douglas Hughes of Butler, Ohio; and sisters, Ethel Sullivan, of Garrison, Ky., Wanda Edington of Vanceburg, Ky., Mattie K. Barbour, of Maysville, Ky., Barbara Hughes, of Vanceburg, Ky., and Brenda Rand of Norwood, Ohio. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Hope, Jessica, Gavin, Brock, Bobby, Peggy Sue, David, Brenna and Holly and great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Graysen, Jackson, Alli, Alexis, Kylie, Aubrie, Carter, Laynie, Kailee and Paisley. She is also survived by her beloved dog, P.J.

          She was also preceded in death by son-in-law Richard Brainerd, grandson Tavin and brothers William Hughes and George Hughes.

          Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel with Chaplain Jason See officiating.

          Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at Bruce Lake Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association and/ or Hope Hospice.

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

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

 

Ruth M. Green

Nov. 13, 1932 – March 5, 2013

          Mrs. Ruth M. GREEN, 80, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 7:40 p.m. March 5, 2013, at her home.

           Born in New Waverly, on Nov. 13, 1932, Ruth Marilyn Azbell was the precious daughter of Thurman and Lova Snyder Azbell. As one of seven children, she shared her childhood with one sister and five brothers. Ruth, a proud Zebra, graduated from Rochester High School with her class in 1951.

          On June 13, 1953, Ruth and William ‘Junior’ Green were married at the First Christian Church of Rochester. Their union of 40 years produced four wonderful children – Sheryll, Brian, Mickey and Misty. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren.

          A loyal employee of Topps, Ruthie retired after 33 years of dedicated service. She achieved the most distinguished honor with the Eagles being designated as a ‘Golden Eagle’. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge Family Center and the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W.

          An accomplished Kegler for over six decades, Ruthie was a fierce competitor. Her love for bowling all began at the alleys above Bailey’s Hardware, as she was a pin setter in the late 1940’s. With authority, she let the good times roll – as a member of the ‘High 5’ at Quick’s Lanes, most years sitting perched atop with the number one ranking. A member of the coveted ‘250 Club,’ Ruthie once rolled a 699 series – including games of 265 and 256. Over the years, she bowled for Cook’s, Quick’s, Texaco and the Eagles teams.

          It was around 1963 that Ruthie and her mother Lova Azbell introduced our community to bunco – forming the Bunco Club. Friends from around the area are members and still roll the dice. Paramount in her life was her family. Ruthie cherished the time spent and memories made with her children and grandchildren. There were many summer parties enjoyed with family and friends, especially the Fourth of July parties at Misty’s.

          For the past 13 years, Ruthie’s best friend and faithful companion was Merle Collins. Together they enjoyed life’s adventures. He cared for her with admiration and respect during her times of greatest need. Sharing many interests, they played cards – especially euchre. They traveled around northern Indiana to various locales and locally to our senior center and the Eagles, enjoying many spirited games. Cranking up the music at the dance halls, Merle and Ruthie would dance the night away till the wee hours, dancing a variety of styles including the two-step. Her favorite, which she was best known for, was the ‘chicken dance’, allowing for touch of wildness to escape!

          Ruth is lovingly remembered by her companion Merle Collins; two daughters, Sheryll Green, Misty Eskridge and husband Keith; two sons, William ‘Brian’ Green and wife Janelle, all of Rochester, and Mickey Green, of Kewanna; one sister, Janet ‘Dolly’ Ballinger, of Rochester; three brothers, Merrill Azbell and wife Grace, of North Manchester, Wendell ‘Wendy’ Azbell and wife Carol, of North Vernon, and Daryle Azbell and wife Carolyn, of Peru; and three grandchildren, Larry Ryan Green, Mitchell Dean Green, and Chaz William G. Green, all of Rochester.

          Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband Junior on Dec. 3, 1993; and two brothers, Harold Dean Azbell and Maurice Azbell.

          A celebration of the life of Ruth M. Green will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Junior Bose officiating.

          Friends may visit with her family from 2-8 p.m. Friday and an hour prior to her service on Saturday.

          Interment will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Rochester, or Alliance EMS, Winamac.

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

 

Michael P. Walsh

          Michael P. WALSH, 50, Culver, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, in Rochester.

          Survivors include his mother, Jo Ann Walsh, Culver; his father, James F. Walsh, Culver; two brothers, Jim Walsh and Dan Walsh; and one sister, Sue Fitzgerald.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, Culver.

          Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

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

 


 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

 

Connie J. Mancini

Sept. 16, 1947 – March 7, 2013

          Connie Jean MANCINI, 65, Jackson, Mich. formerly of Hoffman Estates, Ill. and Fulton County, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Allegiance Hospice Home, in Jackson, Mich.

          She was born on Sept. 16, 1947, in Peru, the daughter of Charles B. and Donna (Thomas) Riggle Jr.

          In 1965, Connie graduated from Caston High School, Fulton, and then from Indiana State University. She had worked at Motorola for 25 years while living in Hoffman Estates, Ill. She was a member of the Willow Creek Community Church. She also enjoyed gardening and volunteering at DaVinci Primary School, her grandson’s school, in Jackson, Mich.

          Survivors include her daughters, Laurie and husband Hiroshi Yoshida, Jackson, Mich., and Christina and husband James Murray, Inverness, Scotland; grandchildren, Sophia Yoshida, John Paul Yoshida, and Patrick Yoshida, all of Jackson, Mich; father, Charles B. Riggle Jr., Fulton; and brother, Phil Riggle, Kewanna.

          She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna Riggle, in 1997; and her brother, John Riggle, in 1996.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in the Grass Creek Cemetery, Grass Creek.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the DaVinci Primary School, Jackson, Mich., or the Fulton County Museum, Rochester.

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

 


 

Monday, March 11, 2013

 

Leon G. Schipper

April 30, 1926 – March 9, 2013

          Leon G. ‘Lonnie’ SCHIPPER, 86, Akron, went to his eternal home at 2:13 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, with his family at his side in his residence.

          He was born April 30, 1926, in Wabash County, to parents Albert E. and Hazel (Bahney) Schipper. On June 9, 1951, he married Betty Shireman at the Emmanuel EUB Church, Roann, she survives.

          He and his wife operated a dairy farm southeast of Akron for over 40 years. Lonnie attended Akron and Gilead Schools, graduating from Laketon High School in 1944. He served as a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and received an honorable discharge June 9, 1946. He was a devoted member of Silver Creek Church of God of Silver Lake for over 50 years, where he faithfully served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty Schipper, Akron; one daughter, Jan and husband Dan Yoder, Claypool; two sons, Steve and wife Scheila Schipper, Macy, and Chris and wife Dena Schipper, Akron; eight grandchildren, Ryan Yoder, Fort Wayne, Danielle (Yoder) Kirtley, Grabill, Spencer Schipper, Waterford, Mich., Shanna (Schipper) Hawkens, Chicago, Ill., Skyler Schipper, Mooresville, N.C., and Jaclyn, Kirsten and Christopher Schipper, Akron; and six great-grandchildren, Halli Yoder, Kayden and Kolten Kirtley, Annsley and Easton Schipper and Adalynn Hawkens.

          He was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Jane Kotterman, Mary Ellen Shock and Darlene Kay Salyer; and four brothers, Roy, Albert Jr., James and Gary Schipper.

          Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, with Pastor Tom Craig officiating.

          Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Burial will take place in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, where graveside military rites will be performed by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, or Gideon’s International.

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

 

Diane J. Stocking

Oct. 8, 1932 – March 9, 2013

          Diane J. STOCKING 80, Rochester, passed away at 6:35 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born on Oct. 8, 1932, in Wolf Lake, the daughter of Seymour and Josephine Ellen (Walton) Elin. On Dec. 23, 1950, in Rochester, she married Robert L. Stocking and he survives.

          Mrs. Stocking had been a homemaker. She was a member of Tri-Kappa and enjoyed reading.

          Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Stocking, Rochester; children, Beth and husband Gary Washburn, Rochester, Scott and wife Teri Stocking, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Joseph and wife Crystal Stocking, Goose Creek, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; six great–grandchildren; and her brother, Alex and wife Sandy Elin, Boston, Mass.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Reverend Phil Pratt officiating.

          Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

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

 


 

Ronald R. Vorhees

Oct. 27, 1943 – March 8, 2013

          Ronald Ray VORHEES, 69, of Logan, Ohio, passed away March 8, 2013, at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

          Ronald was born Oct. 27, 1943, in Lancaster, Ohio, to Chester Ray and Frances Opal Vorhees.

          He retired after 32 years from the Chrysler Corp. in Kokomo. He also attended the Rockbridge United Methodist Church.

          Surviving are wife, Barbara J. Vorhees, whom he married in 1979; daughter, Regina Lynn Vorhees, of Kokomo; sons, Mark Allyn Vorhees, of Kokomo, and Ronald Lee (Patricia Wilkins) Vorhees, of Nynoa Lake; grandchildren, Kristopher Kane DeWitt, Justin Vorhees, Jake Conley, Audrey Lee Frances Vorhees, Braden Ray Vorhees, Camryn Alexander Vorhees, Haven Skyane Vorhees and Dalton Eugene Conley; great-grandchildren Max Williams, Layne Vorhees, Allyson Covert, and one on the way; stepdaughter, Marilyn (Bill) Bersbach; and stepgrandchildren Lindsey (Taylor) Phillips, Mackenzie (David) Jeffs and Decklin MacKenzie Jeffs.

          Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carolyn Sue Willison; and brother, Darrell Lee Vorhees.

          Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home, Logan, Ohio, with Reverend John Williams officiating.

          Calling hours will be observed from 4-6 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in South Bloomingville, Ohio.

          The family suggests donation be made in Ronald’s memory to the Rockbridge United Methodist Church, Rockbridge, Ohio.

          Letters of condolence may be sent to this family at the website, www.brownfuneralservice.net.

 


 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

 

Duane A. Balaban

          Duane A. BALABAN, 68, Macy, died at 2:55 a.m. Monday, Woodlawn Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Vickie S. Dice

March 5, 1954 – March 11, 2013

          Vickie Sue DICE, 59, Rochester, passed away at 6:16 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at her residence.

          She was born on March 5, 1954, in Kokomo. She was the daughter of Dalton and Judith (McFall) Hunt. On Dec. 8, 1972, in Richland Center, she married James R. ‘Jim’ Dice. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2009.

          Vickie had worked for Lau Industries, Rochester. She also had been part owner of Dice’s Mini-Mart, Fulton, and had worked at the former Tony’s Restaurant, Rochester. She was an active member of the U.A.W. and loved to spend time with her family and friends, visiting the gang at the Fulton Pub. She loved to go to the Blue Chip Casino.

          Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly and husband Mike Spoor, Rochester; grandchildren, Courtnee Dice, Makenna Ritter, and Marcus Ritter, all of Rochester, Whitney Dice and Ryan Dice, both of Elkhart; brothers, Jeffery Hunt, Florida, and Michael and wife Lisa McFall, Sydney, Australia; stepfather, David and wife Diane Pross, Russiaville; sister-in-law, Lou Ann White, Fort Wayne; and nephews, Rick A. White, Fort Wayne, and David Glen Hunt II, Kokomo.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James P. ‘Jimmy’ Dice in 2011; and brothers, Todd and David Glen Hunt.

          Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

          Burial will take place at a later date at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Vickie Dice Memorial Fund.

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

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 

Freddie W. Allen

          Freddie Wayne ALLEN, 50, Nappanee, formerly of Hurley Va., and Akron, died Monday, at his sister’s residence.

          Survivors include his sisters, Tabatha Blankenship, Akron, and Diane Blankenship, Akron.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

          Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Stephen K. Norris

May 10, 1948 – March 11, 2013

          Stephen Kent NORRIS passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, after a year long battle with ALS.

          He was born May 10, 1948 to Wendell and Helen (Parker) Norris, in Rochester, who preceded him in death.

          Steve developed a strong work ethic growing up on a dairy farm in Richland Center, with his five brothers. His love for basketball began at an early age and continued throughout his lifetime. Steve was a star basketball player for Rochester High School, earning a spot on the Indiana all-star basketball team.

          He went on to play basketball at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he earned his degree in physical education and mathematics. Steve excelled during his career at Butler, playing under Tony Hinkle, who nicknamed him ‘Short Spokes’. He was a two-time most valuable player for the men’s basketball team. During his senior year, he was also recognized as the most outstanding student and also received the Hilton U. Brown Award. Steve was inducted into the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, for both basketball and track and field. He was also inducted into the Rochester High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

          A veteran of the U.S. Army, Steve worked at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. Following his service, Steve spent the majority of his career as a math teacher at Carmel High School, where he also coached track and field.

          Steve is survived by his loving wife, Shari (Mattix) Norris; son, Brian (Caryn) Norris; and daughters Angie (Zack) Ritz, Heather (Carlo) Girolamo and Alison (Jeremy) Stevens. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and five brothers.

          Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Radiant Christian Life Church, Westfield.

          Calling will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Flanner and Buchanan, Carmel.

          Memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association through their website, www.alsa.org.

          Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.flannerbuchanan.com.

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

 

Freddie W. Allen

Sept. 16, 1963 – March 11, 2013

          Freddie Wayne ALLEN, 49, Nappanee, formerly of Hurley, Va., and Akron, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013, at his sister’s residence.

          He was born Sept. 16, 1963, in Grundy, Va., to parents Fred B. and Okie (Lester) Allen. He worked for Miller Manufacturing Company as a setup man for 19 years. Freddie enjoyed fishing and NASCAR; Dale Earnhardt Jr. was his favorite driver. He was very close to his nephews Corey and Seth Blankenship.

          Survivors include two sisters, Tabatha Blankenship, Akron, and Diane Blankenship and fiance Michael Reed, Akron; two nephews, Corey and Seth Blankenship, Akron; and special friends, Jim Weaver and Robert Blankenship, Nappanee.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Fred B. Allen, and mother and stepfather, Okie and Douglas Justice.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Connie Cline officiating.

          Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at the funeral home.

          Burial will be in Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

          Memorial donations are open to the donor’s choice.

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

 

Earl L. Grindle

          Earl Lemoine ‘Sonny’ GRINDLE, 83, North Manchester, died at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchestser.

          Survivors include his wife, Carol; five children, Debbie Hudson, Silver Lake, Rick Grindle, Wabash, Jeff Grindle, Pierceton, Jim Grindle, Pierceton, and Jill Slater, Claypool; and one stepdaughter, Tracy Gillespie, Kendallville.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, at First Brethren Church of North Manchester.

          Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday.

 

Patricia A. Lamb

Dec. 14, 1928 – March 13, 2013

          Patricia A. LAMB, 84, of Rochester, died at 2:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

          She had been living at Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru since Jan. 7, following some health complications.

          She was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Rochester, to Chester and Hulda (Gilliland) McCalla. She graduated from Rochester High School and worked as an administrative professional for many years.

          Patricia married Floyd L. Lamb, of Kokomo, who preceded her in death in 1983. She returned to Rochester in 1988, where she enjoyed the company of her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and many other extended family members and friends.

          She is survived by her daughter, Dona K. (Lamb) Wilson; son-in-law, Tony Wilson; and granddaughter Cossette Wilson, of Peru. She is also survived by her sisters, Marjorie Miller and Barbara Clark, both of Rochester.

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

          Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rochester, with Rev. Evan Strong officiating.

          Arrangements were made by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

 

Duane A. Balaban

          Duane Alan BALABAN, 68, Macy, died at 2:55 a.m. Monday, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann; one son, Michael Balaban, Max, N.D.; one sister, Sharyl Beattie, Salem, Ore.; and one brother, Gerald Balaban, Dallas, Ore.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

 

Larry D. Worley Sr.

          Larry D. WORLEY Sr., 72, Warsaw, died at 9:11 a.m. Friday, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include three sons, Leroy Worley, Warsaw, Terry Worley, Silver Lake, and Larry Worley Jr., Sebring, Fla.; stepchildren, Teresa Brown, North Webster, Lynn Breidert, St. Petersburg, Fla., Brad Breidert, Columbia City, and Janice Havener, Zanesville; one brother, Don Worley, Larwill; and two sisters, Virginia Wilson, Warsaw, and Margaret Knight, Claypool.

          Funeral service is at 7 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Mary E. Trump

          Mary Ellen TRUMP, 91, Argos, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

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

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

 

Virginia Mortensen

Aug. 6, 1930 – March 14, 2013

          Virginia ‘Ginny’ MORTENSEN, 82, of Noblesville, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013.

          She was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Brighton, Mich., to the late Russel Alger and Thelma (Stoughton) Stewart. Ginny was a graduate of Rochester High School, Rudae’s Beauty College and Kree Institute of Electrolysis. She was employed with Llano Grande Lake Park as a manager and Victoria Palms as an activity director for 25 years, both located in southern Texas. Ginny was affiliated with White River Christian Church, Noblesville. She enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Ginny is survived by her son, Cole Zartman (Mary Jo); sister, Mary Savage; grandchildren, Cory Zartman (Kelley), Shannon Belcher (Terry), Greg Eby (Toni) and Michael York; 11 greatgrandchildren; two stepdaughters; and one stepson.

          A daughter, Tina York; a granddaughter, Valerie Zuniga; and two brothers, John and Richard Stewart, preceded her in death.

          Memorial Services will be held at White River Christian Church at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Hamilton County at www.hamiltonhumane.com.

          Arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel.

 

Barth J. Hooker

July 28, 1953 – March 15, 2013

          Barth J. HOOKER, 59, Rochester, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at his residence.

          He was born on July 28, 1953, in Rochester, the son of Jack Barth and Carolyn Jane (Coplen) Hooker. Barth served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In 1994, at Kissimmee, Fla., he married Christine Jones and she survives.

          Mr. Hooker spent many years in the Orlando, Fla., area working as a union cement finisher and mason for Disney, working at the various Disney properties in Orlando. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Rochester. He enjoyed coaching his daughters’ softball teams and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds.

          Survivors include his wife, Christine Hooker, Rochester; daughters, Jane Hooker, Rochester, and Jada Hooker, Rochester; sisters, Sheila Bohm, Rochester, and Lisa Keefe, Rochester; brother, Brian and wife Tammy Hooker, Rochester; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepson, Jonathan Howard Kamp.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Mike VanHeyningen officiating.

          Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service the day of the funeral.

          Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery, Athens, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church.

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

 

Joyce P. Smith

April 9, 1926 – March 17, 2013

          Joyce P. SMITH, 86, formerly of Logansport, passed away at 6:55 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Rochester.

          Born April 9, 1926, she was the daughter of Arthur and Pearl (Klise) Hensell.

          On March 1, 1943, in Peru, she was married to Howard S. Smith. He preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 1987.

          Joyce had been a secretary at Logansport State Hospital and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling.

          Surviving are a daughter, Peggy (William) Walker, Rochester; grandchildren, Scott (Kim) Walker, Mike (Stacee) Walker, Renee Doktorczyk, Jeff Walker and Timothy (Heather) Walker; 14 great-grandchildren; and five greatgreat- grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Smith Walker; and brothers, Richard Hensell and Robert Hensell.

          The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport, with Pastor Sandy Hutchens officiating.

          Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

          Interment will be in Rock Creek Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, Logansport.

          Condolences may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Mary E. Trump

          Mary Ellen TRUMP, 91, Argos, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her sons, Harvey Trump, Argos, Marion Trump, Seattle, Wash., and Ray Trump, Argos.

          Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Argos Wesleyan Church, Argos.

          Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 

David L. Duff

          David L. DUFF, 75, died at 8:43 a.m. Monday, at his daughter’s residence in Rochester.

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

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

 

Agnes M. Kline

May 3, 1926 – March 18, 2013

          Agnes M. KLINE, 86, of Monterey, passed away at 4:34 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Born May 3, 1926, in Culver, she was the daughter of the late Clurel and Nellie (Shively) Mikesell. On Dec. 15, 1946, she married Marion F. Kline, and he preceded in death Dec. 24, 1997.

          She was a 1945 Leiters Ford High School graduate. Mrs. Kline was a homemaker and beautician.

          She was a former member of Zion Gospel Chapel in Kewanna. She attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Lake Bruce. She was also a member of NBC Extension Homemakers, Fulton County Farm Bureau and Gideon’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed doing embroidery.

          Survivors include her sons, Gary L. Kline (Julie), of Kewanna, and Ned A. Kline (Ruth), of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Lisa Blackford (Bill) of Bowie, Md.; and sisters, Joyce E. Plante, of Culver, and Betty L. Miller, of Elkhart. She is also survived by grandchildren, Phillip Kline and Lorena Kline, both of Kewanna, Bryce Blackford and Amber Blackford, both of Bowie, Md., and Danae Kline and Danica Kline, both of Marysville, Wash.; and great-grandson, Dawson Blackford, of Bowie, Md.

          Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

          Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the funeral home.

          Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens of Winamac.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International and/or Bashor Children’s Home, P.O. Box 843, Goshen.

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

 

LaVar H. Hamblin

March 29, 1957 – March 19, 2013

          LaVar Hollist HAMBLIN passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Burley, Idaho.

          LaVar was born on March 29, 1957, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Rex Mangum and Norine Hollist Hamblin. He was the first of their four sons. When LaVar was two, the family moved to Burley, Idaho.

          LaVar graduated from Burley High School in 1975. He attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a year. In 1976, LaVar was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served from 1976 to 1978 in the Indiana Indianapolis Mission. He especially enjoyed the rolling hills and colorful hardwoods of central and southern Indiana. Near the end of his mission, he was transferred back to an area he’d already served in (which was unusual). On his first night there, he was asked to play piano for a baptism. He didn’t know the girl being baptized, but he knew he would marry her. He returned to Indiana after his mission to date his soul mate. On June 27, 1979, he was married to Christine Shaffer for time and all eternity in the Ogden, Utah Temple. They were blessed with two children, Andrea and Eric.

          LaVar and Chris made their home in Indiana for the next 20 years. He was employed as a quality inspector at Goshen Rubber and later at Modine Manufacturing in Logansport.

          In 1992, LaVar was hired as a reporter/ writer for The Rochester Sentinel. He attended “Quark” training in St. Louis and added copy editor to his job. He truly enjoyed the varied stories he covered. His favorite was a flight in the belly of a C-130, refueling a jet somewhere over Ohio. Also during that time, LaVar served as a reserve police officer with the Rochester City Police Department, which began his love of handguns and target shooting. He made many friends in Indiana that remain special to him. In 1999, they moved to Burley. The family remained in Burley, and LaVar worked for the South Idaho Press and later for the Times-News in Twin Falls, until his health forced him to retire in December 2011.

          As a member of the LDS church, LaVar served in many callings. He served in young men’s, high priest group, ward clerk, and as a counselor in the Logansport bishopric for a number of years. Dearest to him was music. He was the pianist and chorister and sang in the choir and was always ready to lead the music during meetings if needed. LaVar enjoyed most of all spending time with family. Chris and his children were always with him in his spare time – they did not spend time apart.

          LaVar and Chris made their home on the Shaffer Farm in Indiana for 20 years. In 1999, they moved to Burley to care for LaVar’s mother. She passed away before the move to Idaho was completed. The family chose to stay, as Burley seemed like home.

          LaVar had many talents and hobbies. An avid reader, he enjoyed using the Library of Congress for research and teaching history to his children through living history events of the Revolutionary War era. The family became immersed in camping, wearing clothing made by him, and living the life of the period at rendezvous. He especially enjoyed participating with Brad and Wes and their families in the historic encampment at Nauvoo in 2002 during the open house of the NauvooTemple.

          LaVar enjoyed quilting (many times designing his own patterns), later using a long arm quilting machine, as use of his hands was limited by rheumatoid arthritis. He loved playing the guitar, singing, camping, Dutch oven cooking and photography. These were regular weekend activities. He was also a bead worker and enjoyed using his loom in making items in the woodland Indian style.

          LaVar was preceded in death by his parents Rex and Norine Hamblin and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Vic and Wilma Shaffer; also by a sister-in-law, Nancy Hamblin, and nephew, Jonathon Hamblin. He is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter, Andrea (Ryan) Tegan of Raft River; and son, Eric, of Burley. He is also survived by his four grandchildren who were so cherished by him (His eyes would light up when they came to visit.) – Madison, Grant, and Taylor Tegan and Hayden Hamblin. LaVar is also survived by his three brothers Garth (Sandy), Brad (Tamara), and Wesley (Nancy, deceased).

          The family will be forever grateful to doctors Kevin Owens, Eric Harris, Keith Harmon and Michael Francisco; the staff and friends of Cassia Regional Medical Center; the staff at Portneuf Cancer Center; and Intermountain Home Health/Hospice with special thanks to Lisa, Debbie, and Dr. Michael Klett.

          In lieu of flowers, the family reminds you to get a screening colonoscopy as directed by your physician and encourages you to make a donation to your local Hospice Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

          Viewing will be at the Rasmussen Funeral Home the evening before the funeral. A viewing will be held at the Burley Fourth Ward meetinghouse on 16th Street for one hour prior to the service.

 

David L. Duff

Sept. 20, 1937 – March 18, 2013

          David L. DUFF, 75, Argos, passed away at 8:43 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at his daughter’s residence in Rochester, following a lengthy illness.

          He was born Sept. 20, 1937, in Argos, to parents Earl and Bernice (Finney) Duff. He lived all his life in the Argos community.

          On June 29, 1957, he married Juanita Stevens in Argos. Together, they have shared the last 55 years.

          In 1958, David and Juanita were called into the ministry and he continued to minister and attend church faithfully until his passing. He also worked at Bremen Castings for 35 years and retired in 2000.

          He attended and was a member of the Plymouth Church of Jesus Christ, and was a graduate of Argos High School in the class of 1955.

          He left behind a great legacy and instilled a love for the Lord in the lives of his family and all those he met.

          Survivors include his wife, Juanita Duff, Argos; children, David Duff Jr. and wife Kim, Argos, Elizabeth Granning and husband John, Rochester, James Duff and wife Ellen, Warsaw, Naomi Ball and husband Andrew, Rochester, and Stephen Duff and wife Sue, Bourbon; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Dean Duff and wife Faye, Bourbon, and Don Duff, Bremen.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, James Duff.

          Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Plymouth Church of Jesus Christ, with the reverends Olan Howard and Lloyd Howard officiating.

          Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

          Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Plymouth Church of Jesus Christ.

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

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

 

Walter D. Cornell

          Walter Dean CORNELL, 91, Elkhart, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eastlake Terrace Senior Living Center, Elkhart.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Jose L. Carrillo-Pena

          Jose Luciano CARRILLO-PENA, 42, Plymouth, died Monday, at his residence.

          Survivors include his parents, Isabel Carrillo-Argueta and Petra Pena-Tepayotl; one son, Alex M. Carrillo, Quincy, Ill.; one daughter, Tabitha M. Hylton, Plymouth; one stepson, Sage Smith, Macy; one brother, Clemente Carrillo-Pena, Logansport; and three sisters, Flora, Isabel and Celestina Carrillo-Pena, all of Mexico.

          Funeral service is at 7 p.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          Visitation is 4 p.m. until the time of service Friday, at the funeral home.

 

Friday, March 22, 2013

 

William L. Bean

Jan. 3, 1936 – March 18, 2013

          William Lee BEAN, 77, Falfurrias, Texas, formerly of Rochester, died Monday, March 18, 2013.

          Bill was born on Jan. 3, 1936, in Hoover, to Schuyler and Nellie Azeel Bean.

          Bill graduated from Twelve Mile High School in 1954, at which time he joined and served in the U.S. Air Force. Bill was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Elks. He loved to play golf and music, like his boys.

          Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nancy Barns Bean; sons, Tony and Twyla Bean, Monterey, Kevin Bean and companion Melissa Balasa, Logansport, William Bean Jr. and companion Tina Johnson, Falfurrias, Texas, and Dempsey Bean and companion Ginger Nalley, Freer, Texas; nine grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and one sister, Marybelle Bell, Virginia Beach, Va.

          Bill was proceeded in death by his beloved daughter, Shonda Zimmerman; sisters, Lou Beiswanger and June Lowe; and one brother, Ray Bean.

          Interment will be private, with Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Home, Corpus Chirsti, Texas, handling the arrangements.

          Condolences can be sent to Nancy at 521 W. San Saba, Falfurrias, Texas, 78355.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

 

Betty Leazenby

Nov. 28, 1926 – March 17, 2013

          Betty Carr LEAZENBY passed peacefully on March 17, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.

          Born to Arvin and Hazel (Greer) Carr on Nov. 28, 1926, in South Bend, Betty was the oldest of four children. Betty and her husband resided in the Kewanna area during their early married years, raised their boys in Wyoming, Mich., where Betty worked at Purity Cylinder and at Derk’s Marine, and retired in Newaygo, Mich. Betty returned to Kewanna in 2000, and in 2012 she moved to Tucson, Ariz.

          Her brother Don Carr resides in Lady Lake, Fla., with his wife Mary Lou. Other surviving family includes three sons and daughters-in-law, Edward (Bud) and Donna Leazenby and Dennis and Laura Leazenby, all of Tucson, Ariz., and Gary and Pat Leazenby, of Carol Stream, Ill.; seven grandchildren including David (wife Erica) Leazenby and Amanda (husband Chad) Kaluza, of Carmel, Damon Leazenby, of Fishers, Brian Leazenby, of Elgin Ill., Jeff Leazenby, stationed in Portsmouth, N.H., Kevin (wife Diane) Baldus, of Aurora, Ill., and Carrie (husband Shayne) Lorenz, of Cadillac, Mich.; as well as eight great-grandchildren; 14 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews, and many great-greatnieces and nephews. Her husband Edward (Eddie); her parents; and her sisters, Barbara and Bea Ann, preceded her in death.

          A celebration of her life is planned for late spring or summer in her hometown of Kewanna.

 


 

Monday, March 25, 2013

 

Carey D. Landis

          Carey D. LANDIS, 101, Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash, formerly of Mentone died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash.

          Survivors include one son, Wayne L. Landis, Mentone.

          Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

William C. Sheppard

          William Clifford SHEPPARD, 69, Knox, and formerly of Rochester, died at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, at his residence.

          Survivors include his daughters, Beth Lawson, Des Plaines, Ill., and Karen Turner, Knox; brothers, Raymond Sheppard, Argos, Frank Sheppard, Gloversville, N.Y., and Joe Sheppard, Warsaw; and sisters, Susie Johnson, Walkerton, and Sally Rhodes, Plymouth.

          Visitation is from noon-6 p.m. May 18 at the Bear’s Den Restaurant, Argos.

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

 

Carey D. Landis

Nov. 18, 1911 – March 24, 2013

Carey D. LANDIS, 101, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash, and formerly of Mentone, died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash.

He was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Kosciusko County, to John and Sadie (Dirck) Landis. On Aug. 1, 1953, he married Jessie F. Thomas in Winona Lake. She preceded in death on Sept. 30, 1979.

He was a 1930 graduate of Talma High School. He was a member of the Packerton United Methodist Church. Carey was a Mentone volunteer fireman for over 25 years, where he was named fireman of the year, as well as Kosciusko County fireman of the year. He was a lifetime member of Indiana Volunteer Fireman Association. He enjoyed fishing and loved sports, especially going to basketball and baseball games.

Carey had been a school bus driver for Talma School, and also he was a carpenter and an electrician. He worked at the hardware store in Mentone and farmed in his early years.

Survivors include one son, Wayne L. and Beth Landis, Mentone; and two grandsons, Zachary Landis, Mentone, and Jeremiah Landis, Mentone.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Landis; and one sister, Velma Shafer.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2012, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor Bill Wood officiating.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the funeral home, and at 7 p.m. during visitation hours, a fireman’s memorial service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone Fire Department or the Packerton United Methodist Church.

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

 

William E. Caudill

William E. ‘Jack’ CAUDILL, 89, Silver Lake, died at 8:52 p.m. Sunday at his residence.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda S. Butler, Hartzel, Colo., and Sharon Walton, Nancy, Ky.; two sons, David Caudill, Warsaw, and Jackie Caudill, Akron; and two sisters, Mayme A. Chapman, Chesapeake, W. Va., and Lucy Rank, Lafayette.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 


 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

William E. Caudill

Feb. 6, 1924 – March 24, 2013

William E. ‘Jack’ CAUDILL, Silver Lake, died at 8:52 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Leander, Ky., to parents James W. and Bessie (Carpenter) Caudill. He married Goldia Lena Caudill on June 10, 1942. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2000.

He graduated from high school and college in Kentucky. Then, Jack was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran serving on the U.S.S. Benevolence medical ship. He was on the first ship to Japan when the war was over. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, both of North Manchester. He also enjoyed gold mining.

He had worked at Pierceton Trucking, of Laketon, and had owned Manchester Lanes, of North Manchester. Jack taught school in Kentucky after his military service.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Sue Butler, Hartzel, Colo., and Sharon and husband Leonard Walton, Nancy, Ky.; two sons, David and wife Kay Caudill, Warsaw, and Jackie Caudill and fiance Pam Craig, Akron; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mayme Alice Chapman, Chesapeake, W. Va., and Lucy Rank, Lafayette.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Goldia Lena Caudill; four sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Chaplain Joe Stark officiating.

Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, where graveside military rites will be performed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nightingale Hospice, 312 E. Dupont Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Gertrude M. Elliott

Gertrude Maude ELLIOTT, 83, formerly of South Bend and Tippecanoe, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Woodview Health Care, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

 

Gertrude M. Elliott

Gertrude Maude ELLIOTT, 83, Fort Wayne, formerly of South Bend and Tippecanoe, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, at Woodview Health Care, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include three sons, Mark Elliott, Bristol, Paul Elliott, Woodstock, Ill., and David Elliott, Fort Wayne.

Funeral service is at 3 p.m. Friday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, March 29, 2013

 

Nikki L. Powell

Nikki Lynne POWELL, 69, Rochester, died at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Elizabeth Central, Lafayette.

Survivor include her husband, John; two daughters, Michelle Morgan and Leslee Goss; and one sister, Shari Hartzler, all of Rochester.

Funeral service is at 6 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 3-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 


 

Friday, March 30, 2013

 

Nikki L. Powell

Jan. 10, 1944 – March 27, 2013

Mrs. Nikki Lynne Foster POWELL, 69, of Rochester, passed away at 4:25 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Central, Lafayette.

Born in Rochester, on January 10, 1944, Nikki Lynne was the daughter of Joseph and Evelyn McKee Foster. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a sister Shari and a brother Joseph. In 1962, with great Zebra pride, she graduated from Rochester High School.

On January 25, 2002, Nikki and Jonathon L. Powell were married in Indianapolis. Prior to this, the couple were best friends for more than 18 years, sharing the best of life for nearly three decades. Traveling to Ireland provided many great memories. She and Jon also enjoyed the thrill of drag racing. Her favorite strips were in Joliet and Indianapolis.

Reading was a source of relaxation, with suspense and thrillers being her favorite topics. Nikki, a die-hard Cub fan, was also loyal to Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, the Indy Colts and Tiger Woods on the putting green. She enjoyed observing nature in action, watching and feeding the domestic backyard birds, especially her friend the Rubythroated hummingbird.

The matriarch overseeing three generations, Nikki truly cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. Spring break with her family meant making memories in the warmth of the sunshine on the beach with sand and surf.

Nikki is lovingly remembered by her husband Jon; two daughters, Michelle Morgan and Leslee Goss and husband Glenn; and a sister, Shari Hartzler and husband Jim, all of Rochester; five grandchildren, Damon Myers, Gryphen Goss, Bailey Quick, Makenna Morgan and Brady Morgan; a niece, Jaymi Hartzler; and two nephews, Joseph Foster and Jonathon Foster. Three great nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Joseph Foster, in 1989.

A sunset celebration of the life of Nikki Foster Powell will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-6 p.m. on Monday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Education & Adoption Center or the Fulton County Public Library.

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

 

Monday, April 1, 2013

 

Alice M. Mattix

Alice M. MATTIX, 87, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, in Carmel.

Arrangements are pending with Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Warren Simmons

Warren SIMMONS, 92, Rochester, died at 8:35 a.m. Sunday at Chase Center, Logansport.

Arrangements are pending with Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

 

Alice M. Mattix

Alice M. MATTIX, 87, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, at her daughter’s home in Carmel.

Survivors include two daughters, Shari Norris, Carmel, and Barbara Michels, Evansville; and one sister, Margaret Brenner, Mesa, Ariz.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Visitation is one hour prior to the services Thursday, at the church.

Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Warren W. Simmons

June 18, 1920 – March 31, 2013

Mr. Warren W. ‘Simmie’ SIMMONS, 92, of Fulton, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Chase Center of Logansport.

Born in Whitley County on June 18, 1920, Warren was the son of Samuel and Clara (Pfleiderer) Simmons. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a brother, Russell, and a sister, Esther. In 1938, with great pride, he graduated from Coesse High School in Coesse. Simmie began working for the Nickel-Plate Railroad until he was drafted to serve our country. In January 1943, he entered basic training with the U.S. Army, during World War II. In 1946, he was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of master staff sergeant.

Prior to going overseas with the U.S. Army, Warren married the love of his life and best friend, Mary E. Sowers, on July 31, 1943, in Syracuse. Together, they shared life’s adventures for nearly 70 years. They raised six wonderful children. The family tree flourished with the added blessings of 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Returning home from the service, he farmed with his father on two family farms in Kosciusko County. In 1960, he moved his family to Fulton, where he was the manager and buyer for P.B. Stewart Hog Market. In 1971, he purchased Simmons Sunoco in Fulton, where he served the community with his friendly, welcoming personality and his mechanical skills.

Warren retired in 1987 and worked part time for Ag Services, while enjoying gardening, mushroom hunting, his bi-annual fishing trips to Wisconsin and IU basketball. As the proud patriarch of the Simmons family, Warren enjoyed the time spent with four generations.

Warren is lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary; four daughters, Judy Reed and husband Kenny, of Kewanna, Sharon Bowman, of Fulton, Debbie Sheets and husband Ron, of Twelve Mile, and Patti Donahue and husband John, of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Jerry Simmons, of Michigan City, and Ron Simmons and wife Teresa, of Topeka, Kan.; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Dale; a brother, Russell; a sister, Esther Wolfe; and a great-grandson, Junior Buswell.

A celebration of the life of Warren W. Simmons will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Rev. George Hapner and Rev. Bruce Russell will officiate.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Wednesday in the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held at the South Whitley Cemetery at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Military honors will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Guardian Angel Hospice or Angels of Mercy. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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

 

Lois E. Miller

Lois E. MILLER, 88, Rochester, died at 9:50 a.m. Monday, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

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

 

Lee Powell Whittington

Sept. 19, 1947 – March 29, 2013

Lee Powell WHITTINGTON, 65, of Logansport, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 29, 2013, in his home.

Born Sept. 19, 1947 in Brazil, he was the son of the late John “Jack” and Constance “Connie” Powell Whittington.

On July 3, 1974, in Rochester, he was married to Cheryl K. (McVay) Whittington, who survives.

Lee graduated from Logansport High School in 1966 and the University of Texas in 1970, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Lee began working for Rockwell International in 1970 before it later became Matthew-Warren Spring Division where he was currently the purchasing manager.

Lee was a proud member of the University of Texas Alumni Association, the Texas Exes and enjoyed watching their football and basketball games. As a Boiler Dad, he also watched the Boilermakers in basketball and football, and was eager for another season of Cardinals baseball. Lee had a love for music, especially Bruce Springsteen and a curiosity for science fiction.

Surviving, with his wife, are daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Lee and Benjamin Thomas Rotz of Sydney, Australia; sister, Lynne Whittington of Sheridan, Wyo.; and two grandchildren, Abigail Lee and Jack Thomas Rotz, both of Sydney, Australia.

Friends may call from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

At 11 a.m., the funeral procession will leave for Ever-Rest Memorial Park Chapel, Logansport, where a service, officiated by Pastor William Cortis, will be held at 11:30 a.m.

Interment will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Metea Baptist Church.

You may share condolences in his guestbook at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 

Donald M. Stubbs

Sept. 27, 1932 – March 31, 2013

Donald M. STUBBS, 80, of Culver, passed away peacefully at 10:13 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, while a resident at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

Donald was born on Sept. 27, 1932, to Carl and Laura (Shaw) in Argos. On Oct. 3, 1957, he was married to Betty L. Van Asdall at the Knox United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 2001.

Donald was the owner and operator of Stubbs Trucking & Excavating for 60 years prior to becoming ill in 2009. His wife, Betty, assisted in the operation of the business until she passed away. He had several health concerns while attending Culver Elementary and Jr. High School. At the age of 16, Floyd Annis, high school principal, recommended that his parents withdraw him from school and find a trade that he could develop and apply his time to.

He worked for area farmers, making hay and driving tractors while in school. He worked for Art and Judd Dillion for several years. When he turned 16, he went to work with Allen Weaver, driving the loaded maul trucks out of the bog area then parking them next to the public roads where Allen then delivered the loads to his customers. These three men were very instrumental in teaching him the use of farm and heavy equipment, as well as good and respected business operations. His parents and W.O. Osborn, State Exchange Bank President, helped secure funding to start his very own business at the age of 17.

Donald was very instrumental in changing the landscape in and around Culver, as well as the surrounding communities. He excavated the wetlands and created the channels located in Venetian Village, laid stone and riff raff sea walls around Lake Maxinkuckee, excavated several houses and businesses, removed fuel and oil storage tanks and excavated land and several properties for new development. He was contracted by the Culver Educational Foundation on several occasions to assist with development.

He was always willing to help the youth in Culver. He was a supporter of the Union Township 4-H Livestock Buyers Group and a Culver Little League sponsor. He excavated, graded and donated dirt for the development of the Culver Little League diamond under the direction and brainstorming of Alvin Triplet. He employed many young men to assist with his daily operations. For most, it was their first hard-laboring job.

Donald was a former member of the Culver-Union Township Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years, retiring as captain, the Culver Eagles Lodge and Antique Tuggers (tractors) of Indiana. He was a member of Maxinkuckee I.O.O.F Lodge and Plymouth-KiIwinning Free Masonic Lodge. He was honored as the citizen of the year by the Culver Eagles and received the Tuggers Sportsmanship award.

He enjoyed collecting Indian artifacts, Civil War history, wildlife protection and participating in the antique tractor pulls. He respected wildlife and developed land adjoining his property, dedicating it to the wildlife passing through the area.

He had an extensive Indian artifact collection, which he donated to the Antiquarian Society in 2009. Donald’s knowledge of the local community, county and surrounding area was respected by all who came in contact with him.

He is survived by his sister, Marlene (Richard) Shoddy, of Culver; son, Rodney L. (Jeanette) Stubbs, of Clyde, Texas; grandchildren, Rodney W. ‘Junior”’ (Jennifer) Stubbs, of Culver, and Ethan and Betty D. Stubbs, of Clyde, Texas; great-grandchildren Destiny and Leland Stubbs; great-stepgrandchildren, Logan, Matthew and Brandon; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; grandson, Heath Adam Stubbs; brother, William L. Stubbs; and his parents, Carl and Laura (Shaw) Stubbs who preceded him in 1993 and 1974, respectively.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with Rev. Jacob Juncker officiating.

Interment will follow at the Culver Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, and one hour prior to the service Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to the Culver-Union Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 

Alice M. Mattix

March 2, 1926 – March 31, 2013

Alice Mae MATTIX, 87, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on March 31, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Shari Norris, in Carmel.

On March 2, 1926, in Warsaw, Alice Mae Perry was born, the cherished daughter of Albert and Vesta (Coffin) Perry. Growing up, she shared her childhood with 10 siblings. With great pride, she graduated with her class in 1944 from Warsaw High School.

On Sept. 15, 1946, Alice married her best friend, Loren Mattix, who became the love of her life. Together, they shared 58 years of life’s adventures while raising three wonderful children: Tom, Shari and Barb. Over the years, the family tree flourished with the added blessings of five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Through the years, Alice oversaw the household and worked outside the home some, as guidance secretary at Rochester High School. She also managed the office of the Grace United Methodist Church for a number of years. When the children were raised, Alice envisioned a return to school for herself. She graduated from Manchester College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education, specializing in home economics and business.

Akron Middle School was home for 11 years as Mrs. Mattix headed the home economics department, teaching her students life skills of cooking, sewing, manners and other important domestic topics. During those early years, she garnered her master’s degree in secondary education from IU at Kokomo. In 1988, Alice retired to spend more time with her husband and to allow for additional time to dote on her cherished grandchildren, the fabulous five.

Trinity United Methodist Church was her church home for more than a half century. She and Loren enjoyed Bible study classes, singing in the choir, Sunday school and she was a member of the United Methodist Women. To relax, Alice enjoyed all kinds of card games, especially canasta and bridge. Alice instituted a family tradition of custom created birthday cakes annually for each of her loving grandchildren. As the matriarch of the family overseeing four generations, Grandma Alice loved to follow the grandchildren with their sporting activities, music programs and academic competitions.

Alice is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Shari Norris, of Carmel, and Barbara Michels and husband James, of Evansville; a sister, Margaret Brenner, of Mesa Ariz.; five grandchildren, Brian Norris, Angela Norris Ritz, Heather Norris Girolamo, Alison Norris Stevens and Samantha Mattix.

Preceding Alice in death are her parent; her husband, Loren on Nov. 25, 2004; son, Thomas Mattix on Feb. 15, 2013; son-in-law, Steve Norris on March 11, 2013; daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Mattix in 1991; and her treasured canine companion, Tasha, a black toy poodle, who crossed Rainbow Bridge in Nov. 2012.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Alice M. Mattix will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Jefferson and Eighth streets, Rochester. Pastor Buck Padilla will officiate.

Friends may visit with her family an hour prior to her services.

She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband, Loren, at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials honoring her memory may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.

The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with caring for her family.

To leave online expressions of sympathy or to light a candle, friends may visit www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Lois E. Miller

July 16, 1924 – April 1, 2013

Lois E. MILLER 88, Rochester, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born on July 16, 1924, in Kewanna, the daughter of Maurice and Helen (Weller) Talbott. On June 8, 1946, in Rochester, she married Carl C. Miller; and he survives.

Mrs. Miller had been a nurse’s aide at Woodlawn Hospital and enjoyed sewing and crafts.

Survivors include her husband, Carl C. Miller, Rochester; sons, Carl Richard and wife Joyce Miller, Kansas City, Mo., Phil Miller, Macy, and Dale Miller and companion Betsy Wheeler, Crosby, Texas; daughter, Susan and husband Dan Garpow, Rochester; grandchildren, Sarah Miller, Rebekah Miller, Hannah Miller, Jeremiah Miller, all of Kansas City, Mo., Lance Miller, Indiana, Nathan and wife Gabriella Miller, Amarillo, Texas, Chris and wife Tammie Smith, Dennis Smith, T.J. and wife Jenny Smith, Nichole Miller, Jackob Miller, all of Rochester, Shane and wife Krysta Smith, Hazel, Ky., Kacy and husband Stephen Barnaba, Baytown, Texas, Kevin and wife Trisha Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ian and wife Debi Miller, Krum, Texas; nine great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Joan Riffle, Lake Station; brother, James Talbott, New Jersey; and sisters-in-law, Leona Talbott, Mansfield, Ohio, and Ann Talbott, Fishers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Darwin, Richard, William, Jerry, Ronald and Doyne Talbott.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mark Spencer officiating.

Friends may call from noon until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Life Care Center’s activities department.

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

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

 

Nola G. Farley

Oct. 25, 1931 – April 1, 2013

Nola Gene (Dausman) FARLEY, R.N., 81, died Monday, April 1, 2013, in Brunswick, Ga.

Nola was born on Oct. 25, 1931, in Indianapolis.

She was the beloved wife of Robert H. Farley Sr. for 59 years.

Nola loved books, quilting, travel, gardening, photography, Jekyll Island and the lake. She loved her family most of all.

She was the loving mother of Robert H. Jr. (Jane), Karen, Brian (Debbie), Susan (John) Quinn, Jean Medina, Roger (Simone), Tricia (Gary) Dziabis and Nola Jean (Ed) O’Keefe. She was a dear grandma of 36 grandchildren and great-grandma to four.

Nola was the devoted sister of Marilyn (the late Ray) Kucharski, Raymond (Phyllis), Roger (Sharon), Dorothy (Jack) Hickey and Harold (Donna) Dausman, and was the fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Christ the King Church, Chicago, Ill.

Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Friday at the Brady-Gill Funeral Home (Heeney-Laughlin Directors), 2929 W. 87th St. Evergreen Park, Ill., and one hour prior to the service Saturday.

Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Christ the King Church (Gleeson Fund), 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.

 

Sue Tipton

Sue TIPTON, 73, Rochester, died at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending with Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

 

Milo D. Bryant

Milo Devain BRYANT, of Louisville, Ky., chairman and CEO of Ayrshire Electronics, died early Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013, at Jewish Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Rochester, he was the youngest of two boys and three girls born to Oliver and Fern Bryant.

Mr. Bryant attended Purdue University and served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He began his career as vice president of Graco Steel, in Louisville, Ky., and then moved to Brandeis Machinery. Through his 20 years of association with Brandeis Machinery, he rose to the position of executive vice president and general manager. He left Brandeis to launch his first business – Bryant Equipment – selling coal mining and heavy construction equipment. He has, over the years, been involved in the ownership of several businesses, including Challenger Lifts, Inc., the largest privately owned manufacturer of automotive hydraulic lifts in the United States; Quality Lifts, an Internet import lift company; Bryant Equipment, Inc.; AdChris Coal in Alabama; and M&D Mining with mines in West Virginia and Kentucky. He also built Ashland Materials, a large coal processing plant on the Big Sandy River, and was a partner in developing coal liquid technology.

Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Bryant owned and operated Ayrshire Electronics, a full-service electronic contract manufacturing service company, employing over 600 people with divisions in Harrodsburg, Ky., Fayetteville, Ark., Oakdale, Minn., Corinth, Miss., Reynosa, Mexico, and Taipei, Taiwan.

Mr. Bryant was appointed by Kentucky Governor Wallace Wilkinson to serve as Secretary of Transportation and Commissioner of Highways in 1988. He became a national leader as chairman of the governor’s task force on school bus safety, and most states today have adopted the standards, training and safety features implemented under his leadership.

Mr. Bryant served three terms on the Louisville/Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority. He was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for a Drug Free Kentucky, the board of directors of the Kentucky Coal Association, and the National Coal Association; and co-founder of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, Inc. He was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering.

He was a member of the Westport Road Baptist Church, the Pendennis Club, and Big Spring and Harmony Landing Country Clubs in Louisville, Ky., and the Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla.

Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Mary Dee Bryant; daughter, Sharon Oates; granddaughters, Christina and Kaitlyn Oates; grandson, Adam Oates; and his brother Audra Bryant.

His funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Westport Road Baptist Church, Lousiville, Ky., following Wednesday’s visitation.

Mr. Bryant’s visitation will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Pearson’s Funeral Home, Louisville, Ky., and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the church.

Burial will be at Cave Hill Cemetery.

 

Nelda L. Heckathorn

April 18, 1941 – April 4, 2013

Nelda L. HECKATHORN, 71, Macy, passed away at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

 Born April 18, 1941 in Irving, Ky., she was the daughter of Virgil and Lorene Rogers Watson. On June 13, 1959, on the Heckathorn family farm near Deedsville, she was married to Milton E. Heckathorn, and he survives.

She was a member of the Deedsville United Methodist Church, Miami County Extension Homemakers Club and was a longtime member of the DD Doers Homemakers Club. She was active with the 4-H program in Miami County, serving as a club leader and was on several different boards.

Survivors include two children, David E. Heckathorn, Rochester, and Sherry L. Wiese and husband Curtis, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Johnathan Bednarski, Jennifer Spencer, Paul Wiese, Janice Wiese and Rebecca Heckathorn; three great grandchildren, Regina Spencer, Cheyenne Spencer and Damien Neal; son-in-law, David M. Bednarski, Mexico; and two brothers, Ron Watson, Buckeye, Ariz., and Rick Watson, Anchorage, Alaska.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Carolyn Bednarski.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Deedsville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bill Babb officiating.

Visiting will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Burial will be in the Deedsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deedsville United Methodist Church.

The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Butch L. Sons

Butch L. SONS, 57, Peru, died at 2:05 a.m. Friday, at his residence.

Survivors include three children, Jesse Sons, Peru, Jodi Guntle, Peru, and Jake Sons, Peru; one brother, Dave Sons, Peru; and three sisters, Rita Green, Peru, Rose Southerland, Kokomo, and Mary Crabtree, Kentucky.

Funeral service is 7 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

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

 

Becky J. French

Becky J. FRENCH, 70, North Manchester, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, at her residence.

Arrangements are pending with McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

 

Bertha Tipton

Bertha ‘Sue’ TIPTON, 73, Rochester, died at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Newton and Ronald Brantley, Sharps Chapel, Tenn.; and her mother, Anna Graham, Rochester.

Funeral service is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Alice Hartman

Alice HARTMAN, 78, Olive Trail in Plymouth, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

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

 

Mary E. Hoover

Mary Ellen HOOVER, 80, Kewanna, died at 2:39 a.m. Sunday, in Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Brian A. Hoover, Kewanna; one daughter, Marsha L. Chambers, Xenia, Ohio; one brother, John Little, Pensacola, Fla.; and two sisters, Sandra Fischer, San Helena, S.C., and Joyce Schrum, Logansport.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Verl I. Miles

Verl I. MILES, 65, Akron, died at 11:57 a.m. Sunday, at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

Arrangements are pending with Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Alice A. Greisinger

Alice A. GREISINGER, 69, Rochester, died at 11:27 a.m. Saturday, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

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

 


 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

 

Dorothy L. Horn

Dorothy L. HORN, 96, Rochester, died at 5:50 a.m. Monday, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Metzger, Greenwood; and her son, Jack Horn, Akron.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ, Rochester.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Verl I. Miles Jr.

Sept. 18, 1947 – April 7, 2013

Verl I. MILES Jr., 65, Akron, passed away unexpectedly at 11:57 a.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Wabash County Hospital’s emergency room.

He was born Sept. 18, 1947, in Marion, to Verl and Lela Mae (Henson) Miles.

On May 18, 1990, he married Kathy Klein Spangle in Akron; she survives.

Verl graduated from Warsaw High School in 1965. He served his country in the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping and trail riding. Verl also loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

He was a U.S. Army Ranger for two years. Also, Verl was in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. Most recently, he was a maintenance man for the Fort Wayne Foundry in Columbia City.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Miles, Akron; two daughters, Amy and husband Bryan Rice, Silver Lake, and Leslie Miles, Warsaw; one stepson, Josh and wife Sarah Spangle, Warsaw; one stepdaughter, Amy and husband Brett Leach, Warsaw; grandchildren, Kegan, Hunter, Gabrien and Josiah Rice, Silver Lake, Ema Ousley, Warsaw, and Vivienne Spangle, Warsaw; three brothers, Gregg and wife Dianne Miles, Illinois, Douglas Miles, South Whitley, and Shayne and wife Tirzah Miles, Warsaw; and three sisters, Dawne Miles, Kentucky, Nikki and husband Lonnie Henson, Alabama, and Tasha Meyers, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Verl and Lela Mae Miles; and one brother, Darryl Miles.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Akron Church of God, with reverends Marvin Parrish and Michael Rohrer officiating. Services will be followed by military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Verl’s final remembrance place will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indy Vet House, Inc., 484 East Carmel Drive, No. 170, Carmel, 46032-2812.

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

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

 

Dorothy L. Horn

Aug. 14, 1916 – April 8, 2013

Dorothy L. HORN, 96, of Rochester, passed away at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

Born on Aug. 14, 1916, in Logansport, Dorothy L. Tobey was the precious daughter of Victor and Lucy Edith (Porter) Tobey. Growing up, she shared her childhood with her brother Howard. In 1935, with great Hickory pride, she graduated with her class from Talma High School.

On Oct. 17, 1936, Dorothy and Clarence Wilbur Horn were married in Bremen. Together, they enjoyed 36 years of life’s adventures, and they raised two wonderful children, Jack and Carolyn. Clarence preceded in death on Nov. 3, 1972.

For over a half century, Dorothy was a loyal and devoted member of the Church of Christ. She was also a member of the ladies Bible study class. Years earlier, she was active in Newcastle Township's Better Homes Club.

During the years that the family spent on the farm, Dorothy oversaw and maintained a couple of chicken houses, caring for the laying hens, feeding and gathering eggs. Each week, the chickens would produce several cases of eggs.

Dorothy loved children, and after she moved to Rochester in August of 1959, she provided child care from her home, caring for preschoolers and toddlers.

Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Carolyn Metzger, of Greenwood; and her son, Jack Horn and wife Helen, of Akron; four grandchildren, Jeffrey J. Horn, Pamela M. McCoy and husband Joseph, Daniel Metzger and wife Heidi and Lisa Reed and husband Dion; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Horn; special friends, Sheri Woods and Helen Cramer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 36 years, Clarence Wilbur Horn; and a brother, Howard Tobey.

A celebration of the life of Dorothy L. Horn will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in the Church of Christ, Rochester, with Pastor Jim Dillinger officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. today in Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church.

Interment will be in the Mentone Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Dorothy’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Kerry A. Pinder

Kerry A. PINDER died Sunday in Plymouth.

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

 


 

Edward R. Taylor

Edward R. TAYLOR Jr., 45, Rochester, died at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, at the Center for Hospice and Pallative Care Hospice House, Elkhart.

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

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 

Alice M. Hartman

Alice May HARTMAN, 78, Plymouth, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

Survivors include her husband, Darwin Hartman, Plymouth; and children, Kathryn Middaugh, Plymouth, David Hartman, Plymouth, Nancy Suseland, Plymouth, and Jim Hartman, Plymouth.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

 

Kerry A. Pinder

Kerry A. PINDER, 44, Culver, died Sunday.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday.

 

Alice Griesinger

Jan. 26, 1944 – April 6, 2013

Alice GRIESINGER, 69, Rochester, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born on Jan. 26, 1944, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Bean) Griesinger.

She had been a resident of Toledo and Maumee, Ohio, for most of her life, moving to Rochester in the past few years.

Alice had worked as a child care provider. She had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, Ohio, The Immaculate Conception, Toledo, Ohio, and had attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester.

In her spare time, she enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, playing bingo, knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include her son, Ronald J. Griesinger, Rochester; daughter-in-law, Wendy M. Kruse-Griesinger, Rochester; grandchildren, Shane Kruse, ShyAnn Griesinger and Shannan Griesinger; and her sister, Jane Adkins, Dayton, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and four sisters.

A Memorial Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Bert Woolson officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. Arrangements were made by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Mary E. Hoover

Mary Ellen HOOVER, 80, Kewanna died at 2:39 a.m. Sunday, in Woodlawn Hospital.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Edward R. Taylor Jr.

Oct. 4, 1967 – April 9, 2013

Edward Ronald TAYLOR Jr., 45, Rochester, passed away at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care Hospice House, Elkhart.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1967, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Eddie R. Sr. and Rebecca (Thomas) Taylor. On Nov. 10, 2012, in Delong, he married his soul mate and companion of 20 years, Lisa R. Clingler, and she survives.

Mr. Taylor worked as a carpet installer for Consolidated Carpet, Rochester. He enjoyed spending time with his family, shooting guns as a sport, building small wooden items and spending time with his dogs.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa R. Taylor, Rochester; children, Lauren Taylor, Bakersfield, Calif., Kayla and husband James Gunnels, Rochester, and Jeffery Birk, Delong; grandson, Brayden Gunnels, Rochester; mother, Rebecca Taylor, Rochester; brothers, Gary R. Taylor, Rochester, and Jeffery S. Taylor, Rochester; sisters, Paula and husband Jeff Holcomb, Rochester, and Karen Simpson, Rochester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Taylor; sister, Melissa Slater; niece, Kirsten Taylor; and his grandparents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. David Stevens officiating.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

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

 

Virginia L. Rauschke

Sept. 1, 1920 – April 10, 2013

Virginia Lorene RAUSCHKE, 92, Rochester, passed away at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her residence.

Lorene was born on Sept. 1, 1920, to Boyd and Eleonora (Hanson) Peterson on a farm near Rochester. After graduating from Rochester High School in 1938, she moved to Bloomington, Ill., where she worked for State Farm Insurance Co. at their corporate office. It was in Bloomington that she met and fell in love with Charles H. Rauschke. The couple married on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941, in the Peterson home.

When World War II broke out, Chuck enlisted and served in the European Theater. Lorene moved home with her parents and worked for her dad, Boyd Peterson, in his State Farm office. She also worked at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. It was during that time that Chuck and Lorene’s daughter, Susan, was born.

When Chuck came home from the war, he became a State Farm agent, taking over for Boyd. He and Lorene ran that State Farm agency for 50 years.

Lorene was a lifelong, active member of the First Christian Church of Rochester. She was a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher and an active member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, serving two terms as Area 4 coordinator. Lorene also served as deaconess, a trustee, church clerk, elder, chairman of the board and president of the CWF. She and Chuck also sang in the church choir for years.

She was an active member of the Beta Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa, and a charter member of the Beta Associate chapter of Tri Kappa. Lorene served as president of the Junior Woman’s Club, advisor of the Rainbow Girls and as a Brownie and 4-H leader. She was active in the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and served on the board of directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, taking over the position that her father and then her mother had served in for many years.

When Susan was a senior in high school, the Rauschkes became active in AFS, hosting an AFS scholar from New Zealand for a year. Barbara Chamber Mitchell became their second daughter and a sister to Susan. The relationship between both families has lasted a lifetime.

Lorene and Chuck were known for their warm and gracious hospitality, which they extended to family, friends and even strangers. Their home on the north shore of Lake Manitou was a favorite gathering place for their extended family. Their nieces, nephews and grandchildren all treasure their memories of being with grandma and grandpa or uncle Chuck and aunt Lorene in Rochester on the lake!

Lorene loved to travel, read, do needlework, garden, play bridge and meet new people. She treasured her friends, many of whom she had known most of her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Rauschke Clausen and son-in-law Edward L. Clausen, Highland; grandson, Jeffrey C. and wife Lynn Clausen, Oswego, Ill.; granddaughter, Beth Ann Clausen Chudy and husband Peter Chudy, Libertyville, Ill.; six greatgrandchildren, David Clausen, Brenna Clausen, Annalese Chudy, Leah Chudy, Michael Chudy and Thomas Chudy; sister, Selena Thacker, Indianapolis; and nine nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1990; her parents; sisters, Lucyanna Hitch and husband Oliver Hitch, and Fritzie Habig Brown and husband Michael Habig; brothers-in-law, Bill Rauschke and wife Elaine, Paul Rauschke and wife Maxine and Milton Thacker.

The family wishes to thank Wynnfield Crossing and their staff, her loving caregivers, Shelly Gibson, Denise Coffing and Alysse Sweet, and Hope Hospice for all of the wonderful care they have given to Lorene.

A celebration of Lorene’s life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at First Christian Church, Rochester, with Rev. Mike VanHeyningen officiating.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 


 

Friday, April 12, 2013

 

Ramon Browning Wilson

Sept. 22, 1922 – April 8, 2013

Professor Ramon Browning WILSON, 90, died Monday evening in Sandy, Utah.

Born Sept. 22, 1922 in Ogden, Utah, to Benjamin Andrew Wilson and Hannah Josephine (Browning) Wilson, he married Ruth Goates Worlton on July 27, 1945, in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She died in 2003. They had five children.

He graduated from Davis High School in 1940 and enrolled in Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) where he studied dairy production and agricultural economics. He worked his way through school milking cows, doing construction work on Hill Air Force Base, being a surveyor’s helper and with help from the GI Bill.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army via the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Three weeks after being married, he boarded a troop ship headed to the Pacific Theater of Operations. He spent four years in uniform and mustered out as a Captain with a year’s service in the Philippines.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah State in 1947. He earned his master’s degree in agricultural economics at Purdue University in 1948 and his doctorate from Purdue in 1950.

He joined the Utah State faculty and later worked for the California Department of Agriculture in Sacramento. In 1954, he returned to Purdue, where he spent the bulk of his career as a professor and administrator. He taught agricultural economics, public policy and marketing.

While at Purdue, he participated in trade missions to Europe, the Far East and South America. On one of those trips, he survived a plane crash into the Rio de Janeiro harbor. He led People to People missions to the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.

In 1974, he became Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and head of the USDA Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington, D.C. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa as a member of the NATO Food and Agriculture Planning Committee. He retired from Purdue in 1978, returned to Utah and spent three years at the Ezra Taft Benson Agriculture and Food Institute on the Brigham Young University campus. He participated in academic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University.

He was an active member of the Mormon church throughout his life, serving in a variety of church positions in Indiana, Washington and Utah. The Wilsons took considerable pleasure in befriending homesick Utah graduate students at Purdue.

He was active in the Sons of Utah Pioneers and the SCORE business mentoring organization.

An accomplished outdoorsman, he fished, hiked and hunted extensively in the Intermountain West.

Survivors include son, William Scott (Sarah) Wilson, Rochester; daughter, JoAnne (Jeff) Price, Sandy, Utah; son, Bruce Ramon (Julie) Wilson, Draper, Utah; daughter, Kay (Thom) Morgan, Farmington, Utah; grandchildren, Luke Ramon (Nancy) Wilson, Dr. Hannah Josephine Wilson, Dr. Greg Wilson (Angel) Price, Angelle Barrett, J.D. (Katie) Price, Kathleen (Michael) Snarr, Nicholas (Misty) Wilson, Lindsey Wilson, Matt (Emilee) Morgan, and Danny and Anna Morgan; and great-grandchildren Drake and Calvin Wilson, Scott, Jason, Sam and Elsa Price, Chase, Luke and Ruby Barrett, and Paige, Claire and Dayne Price.

Ray and Ruth’s daughter Lynn died in 2012.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sandy Hidden Valley Third Ward, 11755 S. Highland Dr., Sandy, Utah. Visitation begins at noon. Burial will be in Ogden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family, which is most appreciative of the care provided by Sunrise assisted living facility in Sandy, suggests memorials to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.

 

Virginia L. Rauschke

Virginia Lorene RAUSCHKE, 92, Rochester, passed away at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her residence.

Lorene was born on Sept. 1, 1920, to Boyd and Eleonora (Hanson) Peterson on a farm near Rochester.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, at First Christian Church, Rochester.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at the church.

 

John D. Hunter

John D. HUNTER, 84, Roann, died 5:30 a.m. Thursday, at Timbercrest of North Manchester.

Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

 

Marian Mahler

Jan 19, 1937 – April 3, 2013

Marian M. MAHLER, 76, of Ora, passed away on April 3, 2013, at home in the company of her husband.

Marian was born to Lester and Ruth (Gray) Manis on Jan. 19, 1937, in Hammond.

Marian was very creative and enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts. She also enjoyed reading and gardening. Marian was a retired U.S. Postmaster, as well as a longtime volunteer at the Starke County Humane Society. She loved her family and the Lord.

Marian is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth H. Mahler. She is also survived by her daughters, Patricia (Mahler) Fournier, of Chesterton, and Kimberly (Mahler) Dotson, of Carmel; son, Brent Mahler, of Michigan City; sisters, Vesta (Manis) Reeder, of Ora, and Ardith (Manis) Shaffer, of LaPorte; and her eight grandchildren Monicque, Jacquelyn, Steven, Melissa, Eric, Kevin, Spencer and Julia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Ruth Manis; brothers, Lester (Bud) Manis and John Manis; and sister, Ruth A. Manis.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 20, 2013, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, in Culver. The family invites you to stay for a meal and time of fellowship at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Starke County Humane Society.

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

 

Paul I. Ramer

Paul I. RAMER, Rochester, was stillborn at 3:55 a.m. April 12, 2013, at his residence.

Survivors include his parents, Elvin and Arlene (Imhoff) Ramer; brothers, Nelvin Ramer and Ben David Ramer; sisters, Marlene Ramer, Mary Emme Ramer and Anna Lou Ramer, all of Rochester; grandparents, Ben and Verna Ramer, Rochester, and David and Emma Imhoff, Goshen; and greatgrandparents, Christian and Lydia Weaver, Wakarusa, and Lizzie Imhoff, Goshen.

Graveside services were April 12, 2013, at the Tippecanoe Old Order Mennonite Cemetery, Rochester.

Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Sharon I. Swick

Sharon I. SWICK, 56, Akron, died at 7:15 a.m. April 12, 2013, at her residence.

Arrangements are pending with Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Monday, April 15, 2013

 

Karen Cochran

Karen COCHRAN, 64, Rochester, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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

 


 

John D. Hunter

March 30, 1929 – April 11, 2013

John D. HUNTER, 84, Roann, met his Savior at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Timbercrest, North Manchester.

He was born March 30, 1929, in Milwaukee, Wis., to the late Clarion E. and Emma (Thompson) Hunter. He was a graduate of Laketon High School in 1947, where he enjoyed math and history, plus playing baseball and basketball.

He married Barbara Duzenbery, Rochester, on March 12, 1950. She went to Heaven on April 1, 2012.

John worked in construction most of his life. He worked for Fred O. Carey Construction in Warsaw, where he was the project manager for many big construction jobs, including Grace College and churches in Indiana and Tulsa, Okla. In 1963, he started his own construction company, John D. Hunter Building Service, and built over 300 homes, plus churches including Calvary Baptist in Wabash, where he later became a member. He built many of the independent living units for both Timbercrest and Peabody Home in North Manchester. He was known for his attention to detail and enjoyed the finishing trim details the most. He also farmed, and instilled that love to his grandson. John retired in 1995 and spent his time restoring antique and classic cars, traveling and helping others.

John loved his family. They have two daughters, Brenda (Jeff) Ramseier, Silver Lake, and Connie (Bernie) Drew, North Manchester; and three very special grandchildren, Rachel (Alan) Davies, Savannah, Ga., Benjamin (Kristen) Ramseier, College Station, Texas, and Zachary (Amber) Ramseier, Roann. Other family members include a sister, Beverly (Henry) Phillabaum, Kokomo; sister-in-law, Shirley (Gene) Hunter, North Manchester; and brothers-in-law, Loyle Karns, Kokomo, Dick Duzenbery, Akron, and Don (Jan) Duzenbery, Plymouth.

Two brothers and a sister have preceded him in death.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Matt Haynes officiating.

Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, with a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Wabash, or the Wabash County Hospice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

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

 

Sharon I. Swick

July 24, 1956 – April 12, 2013

Sharon I. SWICK, 56, Akron, passed away after a two year battle with cancer, at 7:15 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at her residence.

 She was born July 24, 1956, in Peru, to parents Lamoine and Deema (Hall) Bowyer. Sharon married Terry G. Swick on Nov. 8, 1975, in Wabash. She was a homemaker. She had worked in health care and also worked at Chamberlain Products, Akron.

Sharon was a 1975 graduate of North Miami High School. She was a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. She enjoyed embroidery, cooking and also painting. Sharon was always an animal lover.

She is survived by her husband, Terry G. Swick, Akron; one daughter, Serena and husband David Smith, Rochester; four grandchildren, Kristina, Emma, David Jr. and Elizabeth; her twin sister, Shirley and husband William Galloway, Macy; and four brothers, David Lee Bowyer, Phoenix, Ariz., Danny Bowyer, Mishawaka, John Bowyer, Chili, and Jimmy and wife Brandi Bowyer, Peru.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Lamoine and Deema Bowyer; one brother, Lamoine Jr.; and one sister, Donna Elaine.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with pastors Butch Troke and Carol Wilson officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Goshen Cancer Center or the Indiana Women in Need Foundation.

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

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 

Peggy A. Wiley

Peggy A. WILEY, 82, Warsaw, died at 8:28 a.m. Monday at Mason Healthcare. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

Normalee Frobish

April 22, 1925 – April 10, 2013

Normalee FROBISH, 87, of Ocala, Fla., widow of John C. Frobish, met our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Goose Creek, S.C.

She was born on April 22, 1925, in Chili, to Forest and Ferol Stunkard.

Formerly of Macy and Zionsville, Normalee was a member of Macy United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority. At retirement, she was employed at Emerald Shores Elementary School in Ocala, Fla., as a teacher’s assistant. She was also a member of Church of Hope in Ocala.

She loved to cook, shop and spend time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her four children, Pam (Ron) Lykens, of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy (Terry) Williamson, of Goose Creek, S.C., Cyndi (John) Hagler, of Columbus, Ohio, and Todd (Maria) Frobish, of Ocala, Fla.; seven granddaughters, Jill (Eric) Campbell, Stacey (Mike) Rose, Jana (Aaron) Ambrose, Kristy Prather, Leigh (Britt) Stoudenmire, Autumn Carter and Adrian Carter; nine greatgrandchildren; and sister-in-law, Elaine Frobish Roberts, of Orange Park, Fla. Also surviving are her aunt, Lucile Robbins Bartlett (103 years old); her niece; nephews; and cousins.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Church of Hope, 3233 S.E. Maricamp Road, Ocala, Fla. Messages for the family may be left at www.palmettocremationsociety.com.

Memorial contributions are welcome and may be made to Intrepid Hospice, 2694 Lake Park Drive, First Floor, North Charleston, S.C., 29406.

 

George A. Moyer

Nov. 3, 1934 – April 15, 2013

George A. MOYER, 78, of Union, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Summit City Nursing & Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 3, 1934, in Fulton County, to Everett and Laura Eva (Costello) Moyer. On Dec. 27, 1970, in Elkhart, he married Janet L. Erickson. She survives along with five children, Debra (Ron) Bueche, of Osceola, Babette Moyer, of South Bend, Christine Moyer, of Dowagiac, Mich., Heidi (Andy) Scupham, of Union, Mich., and Mark (Emily) Moyer, of Bristol; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Joan (Harlan) Truax, of Pittsboro, and Marlene (Herb) Glassman, of Dawsonville, Ga.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Moyer.

George was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Augustana Lutheran Church and sang in the choir there. He also was a member of the Valley-Aires and Elcona Country Club. George enjoyed boating, Notre Dame football and spending time with his grandchildren. He worked for Riblet Products and Ventline and founded Moyers Inc., in 1980. He was an innovator in the RV industry and held two patents that changed seating design and function. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Augustana Lutheran Church, Elkhart. Pastor Steve Reshan will preside, and burial will follow in Zion Cemetery in Bristol.

Visitation for George will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Elkhart, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given to Augustana Lutheran Church.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.wmzfh.com.

 

Esther Reno

April 1, 1927 – April 16, 2013

Esther RENO, 86, Rochester, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

She was born April 1, 1927, in Soft Shell, Ky., the daughter of William and Sarah (Sturgill) Smith. She married Gene L. Reno on Dec. 16, 1950, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 2003.

Mrs. Reno worked at Essex Wiring, Akron, and at Topps Industries, Rochester. She was a homemaker for many years and enjoyed gardening, sewing and was a great cook.

Surviving are her sons, Michael G. Reno, Rochester, and Jim and wife Tonya Reno, Logansport; grandchildren, Brandi and husband Timm Reno, Royal Center, and Christopher and wife Trisha Reno, Paulding, Ohio; and greatgrandchildren, Keigen Reno and Gaven Reno, Royal Center, and Tobias and Carmen Reno, Paulding, Ohio.

Esther was the last surviving child of nine children.

Private services will be held at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

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

 

Peggy A. Wiley

Peggy A. WILEY, 82, Mason Health Care Center, Warsaw, died at 8:28 a.m. Monday, at her residence.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeri Hunt, Cicero, Penny Thomas, Warsaw, and Johnna Knisely, Warsaw; two brothers, Bob Burns, California, and Rod Burns, New Jersey; and one sister, Sharon Jones, Riverside, Calif.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Karen A. Cochran

Karen Adele COCHRAN, 64, died Saturday.

Survivors include her son, Sean M. Cochran; one sister, Rachael Swango; four brothers, Donald Cochran Jr., Jack Cochran, Andrew Cochran and Anthony Cochran, all of Rochester.

Funeral service is at 4 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

 

Normalee Frobish

April 22, 1925 – April 10, 2013

Normalee FROBISH, 87, of Ocala, Fla., widow of John C. Frobish, met our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Goose Creek, S.C.

She was born on April 22, 1925, in Chili, to Forest and Ferol Stunkard. Formerly of Macy and Zionsville, Normalee was a member of Macy United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority. At retirement, she was employed at Emerald Shores Elementary School in Ocala, Fla., as a teacher’s assistant. She was also a member of Church of Hope in Ocala.

She loved to cook, shop and spend time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her four children, Pam (Ron) Lykens, of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy (Terry) Williamson, of Goose Creek, S.C., Cyndi (John) Hagler, of Columbus, Ohio, and Todd (Maria) Frobish, of Ocala, Fla.; seven granddaughters, Jill (Eric) Campbell, Stacey (Mike) Rose, Jana (Aaron) Ambrose, Kristy Prather, Leigh (Britt) Stoudenmire, Autumn Carter and Adrian Carter; nine greatgrandchildren; and sister-in-law, Elaine Frobish Roberts, of Orange Park, Fla. Also surviving are her aunt, Lucile Robbins Bartlett (103 years old); her niece; nephews; and cousins.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Church of Hope, 3233 S.E. Maricamp Road, Ocala, Fla. Messages for the family may be left at www.palmettocremationsociety.com.

Memorial contributions are welcome and may be made to Intrepid Hospice, 2694 Lake Park Drive, First Floor, North Charleston, S.C., 29406.

 

James Enders

James ENDERS Jr., 72, formerly of Wyatt, died at 7:34 p.m. Monday, at the Indiana Veterans’ Home, West Lafayette.

Survivors include two sons, Leroy Enders, Vienna, Ill., and Brian Enders, New Castle; one daughter, Davina Enders, Rochester; two stepchildren, Tonya Jones, Kewanna, and David Jones, Fulton; one sister, Norma Kane, South Bend; and one brother, Darwin Enders, South Bend.

Funeral service is at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, April 19, 2013

 

Cynthia C. Flum

Private graveside service for Cynthia Carter FLUM, 60, Nashville, Tenn., is 11 a.m. Saturday at Culver Masonic Cemetery.

She is survived by her mother, Janice Carter, Plymouth; two sons, Mark Flum, Louisville, Ky., and Bryan Flum, Nashville, Tenn.; and one brother, Bruce Carter, Culver.

 

Joy L. Young

Feb. 15, 1963- April 17, 2013

Joy L. YOUNG, 50, 20414 Birch Road, Mentone, died unexpectedly at 10:27 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room.

She was born Feb. 15, 1963, in Wabash County to William and Kathryn (Renicker) O’Hara. They both survive. On June 1, 1991, she married Mark S. Young in North Manchester. He survives.

She was the secretary of North Central Co-Op for more than 10 years. Before that, she was the secretary at Winona Corporation for 14 years.

Joy graduated from North Manchester High School in 1981. She enjoyed bowling, her chickens and all aspects of farm life, as well as being active in Kosciusko County 4-H in goats, sheep and poultry.

Survivors include her husband, Mark, Mentone; her parents, William and Kathryn O’Hara, Silver Lake; daughters, Mariah Young and fiance Austin Metzger, North Manchester, Megan Young, Mentone, and Christy Berger, Rochester; sons, Josh Young, Rochester, and Jeremy Young, Rochester; seven grandchildren; sister, Maryann and husband Jack Bever, Lagro; and brothers, Dan and wife Loni O’Hara, Silver Lake, and Patrick O’Hara, South Whitley. She was preceded in death by one grandchild and a brother, Scott O’Hara.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Larrie Kreft officiating. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery.

Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko County 4-H Poultry or the American Heart Association.

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

 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

 

Nancy M. Gullett

Nancy Marie GULLETT, 80, Macy, formerly of Peru, died at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include two children, Arthur E. Gullett, Greenwood, and Vicki L. Binnion, Greentown; and three sisters, Sandy Roark, Greenwood, Jeanette Haggard, Greenwood, and Bernice Pond, Indianapolis.

Funeral service is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Visitation is from 4:30 p.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

 

Barbara L. Hudson

Barbara L. HUDSON, 66, rural Warsaw, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Brett Flenar

Brett FLENAR, 62, rural Akron, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Arrangements are pending with King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Lorin R. Bader

Lorin Ross BADER, 75, Peru, died Saturday morning at Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

Survivors include two children, Lorie R. Offutt, Logansport, and Lorin R. Bader Jr., Fort Worth, Texas; and two sisters, Crystal Labeer, Denver, Colo., and Iris Grant, Bozeman, Mont.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

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

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 

Larry G. Chapel

Larry G. CHAPEL, 68, Kokomo, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

John F. Routt

Jan. 12, 1921 – April 21, 2013

John Francis ROUTT, 92, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Galena, Ill., surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Wabash, on Jan. 12, 1921. John was the son of Susan and Thurman Routt. He had five siblings; three preceded him in death, and he is survived by sisters, Carolyn Shaw and Margie Blank.

John was married on Nov. 28, 1946, to Betty Jane (Eggert) Routt; she preceded him in death in 2009.

John was a lifelong farmer and was retired from Dean’s Foods in Rochester. John proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

John was a person who “never met a stranger.” He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved a good game of euchre and belonged to a euchre club in Miami County for over 50 years. John loved working on the farm and drove a tractor well into his 80’s. He was active with 4-H and raised Columbia sheep.

John and Betty had five children: Dan Routt, wife Janice, and their son, Daniel Routt; Patricia Alspaugh, husband Dave Alspaugh (deceased), their son, Jason Alspaugh and daughter, Shannon Spaid and husband, Aaron Spaid; Janet Wakefield, husband Bill Wakefield, their son, Josh Wakefield and wife Kasey Wakefield and daughter, Lauren Wakefield; Pam Ranly and Dick Biggs, and their son Jeremy Ford and wife Carlyn Ford; and Wayne Routt (deceased) and his stepsons, Michael Lucas and Nicholas Black. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.

The family requests no flowers. Any donations may go to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 13 East Main Street, Peru, note John Routt in the memo on the check.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the McClain Funeral Home in Denver.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Denver.

 

Brett J. Flenar

April 23, 1950 – April 21, 2013

Brett Jay FLENAR, 62, Akron, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, after being in failing health for two months.

He was born April 23, 1950, in Warsaw, to Robert and Ellen Lee (Kesler) Flenar. On July 11, 1981, he married Valerie Burns in Rochester; she survives.

Most recently, he worked for Rochester Rotational Molding, and he had also worked for Kokomo’s Chrysler transmission plant and Federal-Mogul Corporation.

He graduated from Mentone High School in 1968. He enjoyed camping with family, restoring antique tractors and engines and the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie Flenar, Akron; two daughters, Sandy Kay Rivera, Indianapolis, and Jessica Flenar, Kokomo; two sons, Brian and wife Kayla Flenar, Rochester, and Matthew and wife Abby Flenar, Rochester; his mother, Ellen Lee Flenar, Mentone, six grandchildren; two sisters, Diane and husband Lanny Idle, South Whitley, and Lynn and husband Roger Bucher, Fort Wayne; and his brother, Dan and wife Sherry Flenar, Columbia City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Flenar, on March 9, 2011.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Minister Billy Steele officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions are open to the donor’s choice.

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

 


 

Jack B. Washburn

Oct. 2, 1928 – April 21, 2013

Jack B. WASHBURN, 84, Rochester, passed away at 5:38 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at his residence.

Born in Larwill, in Whitley County, on Oct. 2, 1928, he was the son of Dale Owen and Ruth Selina (Klein) Washburn. On June 3, 1951, in Monticello, at the United Methodist Church, he was married to Eileen Lucile Gillespie; she survives.

Jack was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church in Mexico. Growing up in White County, he was a member and attended the Buffalo Christian Church. He graduated from Buffalo High School, where he won the Henry J. Reid Award as the outstanding senior boy in White County. Following graduation, he attended Ball State University in Muncie. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, and for over 35 years, he worked for NIPSCO Gas in Monticello, Peru, Plymouth and Merrillville.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. For 47 years, he traveled to South Dakota with friends and family to go pheasant hunting. As an athlete, Jack won several trophies for his golf and bowling skills and, during his youth, he excelled in softball, track and basketball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Whicker and husband Fred, Tipton, Nancy Washburn, Avon, David Washburn and wife Anne, Plymouth, and Beth Eads and husband James, Plymouth; and his beloved wirehaired, dachshund mix, Schotzie.

Jack is also survived by his eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Donna Washburn, Cape Coral, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Aaron Black; and one brother, Don Washburn.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico, with Pastor Sam Polito officiating.

Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Life United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice.

The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Barbara L. Hudson

Barbara L. HUDSON, 66, Warsaw, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Hudson, Warsaw; two daughters, Stephanie Kitson, Winona Lake, and Cathy Gonzales, Warsaw; and three brothers, Jim Price, Columbia City, Steve Price, Huntertown, and Mark Price, San Francisco, Calif.

Services, entrusted to King Memorial Home, Mentone, will be scheduled at a later date.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

Robert G. Strong

Robert Gale STRONG, 92, formerly of Logansport, died on Saturday, at his residence in Cherokee Village, Ark.

Survivors include two sisters, Gladys Coffing and Thelma Butcher; and one son, Alan Strong.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

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

 

Donald Schnapf

Donald SCHNAPF, 82, Logansport, formerly of Royal Center, died Tuesday, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Arrangements are pending at Harrison Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.

 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

 

Larry G. Chapel

Larry G. ‘Chappy’ CHAPEL, 68, Kokomo, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, at Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Ann; daughter, Susan Meissnest; and his mother, Wilodene ‘Willie’ Eltzeroth, all of Kokomo.

A memorial celebration will be held later this spring.

Arrangements were entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Donald R. Schnapf

March 10, 1931 – April 23, 2013

Donald R. ‘Snapper’ SCHNAPF, 82, of Logansport and formerly of rural Royal Center, passed away at 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born on March 10, 1931, in Evansville, he was the son of the late Benhardt and Nora (Stephens) Schnapf. On Feb. 1, 1953, he married Charlotte M. Sommers; she survives. He was a graduate of Boonville High School and a 1953 Purdue University graduate. Don was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a farmer in rural Fulton County from 1957 until his retirement in 2011.

Don was a former Fulton County 4H leader for over 35 years, where he was also in charge of the dairy barn for many years. He was a former member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church. Don had also been a former Wayne Township committeeman and volunteer fireman, and had also served on the Wayne Township Advisory Board. He enjoyed woodworking, model trains, fishing and spending time at their cottage on Mud Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Schnapf, of Logansport; niece, Rita Meny (Steve), of Haubstadt; and nephew, Mark Schnapf (Jodie), of Newburg.

He was also preceded in death by son, Gerald “Gary” Schnapf; one brother and one sister.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with Pastor David Sommers officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the funeral home and also one hour before the time of service on Saturday.

Burial with military rites will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Schnapf Scholarship Fund in care of Pulaski County Community Foundation and/or the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

Marguriet C. Quimby

Marguriet ‘Maggie’ Cleo QUIMBY, 56, Claypool, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, in Culver.

Survivors include her companion, Rae Stutzman, Beaver Dam; sisters, Valerie Wallis, Fort Wayne, and Pixie D. Harness, Plymouth; and brothers, Ronald L. Quimby, Florida, Stanley M. Quimby, South Bend, Thomas C. Quimby, Argos, Ernest L. Quimby Jr., Grovertown, and Michael O. Quimby, Rochester.

No services are planned at this time.

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

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

 

Betty L. Shepherd

Betty L. SHEPHERD, 70, Burket, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

Survivors include one sister, Yvone McSurley, Kingsbury; and one brother, James Stambaugh, Kentucky.

Funeral service is at 4 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Visitation is 3:30-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 


 

Danny L. McGowen Sr.

Danny Lee McGOWEN Sr., 66, Rochester, died at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

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

 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

 

Larry G. Chapel

April 7, 1945 - April 21, 2013

Mr. Larry G. ‘Chappy’ CHAPEL, 68, of Kokomo, passed away at 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Howard Community Hospital, Kokomo.

Born in Howard County, on April 7, 1945, Larry Gene was the treasured son of Fawns Guy and Wilodene (Weitzel) Chapel.

His pre-teen years were spent in Howard County, and at age 10, his family moved to Rochester. In 1963, as a proud Zebra, he graduated from Rochester High School. During his high school years, Larry played on the baseball team and on the gridiron; he played fullback.

On April 6, 1968, in Rochester, Larry Gene married the love of his life, Gloria Ann Holloway, who later became his best friend. Together, they shared 45 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced a beautiful daughter, Susan.

In 2001, Chappy, as he was known by all of his Chrysler buddies, retired after 38 years of dedicated service from the Kokomo Chrysler transmission plant, as a material handler. He was also a member of the UAW No. 685.

An avid bowler, Chappy sported a sizzling 188 average. He enjoyed letting the good times roll at the Cedar Crest Lanes, now known as the Kokomo Sports Bowl, as a member of the Chrysler League and the Senior League. Taking to the links was another favorite form of relaxation.

Together, Larry and Gloria would board his shiny Suzuki and catch the warm summer breeze while cruising the streets around the city, or taking a day trip to enjoy the sights. He loved playing cards with his cronies in Galveston and Kokomo. More recently he became an accomplished computer gamer, playing Call of Duty or Texas hold ‘em poker! Larry was the proud owner of a unique Garfield collection. He also owned a vast collection of Coke memorabilia.

Larry is lovingly remembered by his wife, Gloria Ann; his daughter, Susan Meissnest and husband Kurt; his mother, Wilodene ‘Willie’ Eltzeroth, all of Kokomo; his father-in-law, Bob Holloway, of Rochester; and his feline companion, big, fat cat ‘Ho,’ a long haired domestic.

Preceding him in death are his father, Fawns Guy Chapel in 1955; along with several aunts and uncles.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Larry G. ‘Chappy’ Chapel will be held later this spring.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friends may leave messages of condolence or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

John W. York

March 31, 1919 - April 26, 2013

John Walter YORK, 94, a longtime Akron resident, died at 4:22 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, after being in declining health for a number of years.

In spite of the fact he could no longer drive, he continued working until shortly before his death and considered his life as one well-lived.

Born March 31, 1919, in Wabash County, he was the son of Andrew Thomas ‘A.T.’ and Nettie M. (Webb) York. He graduated from Butler Township High School, Miami County, in 1937 as class valedictorian and entered Purdue University that fall. He left Purdue at the end of his freshman year and enrolled in Manchester College’s school of music in 1939. In 1940, he left college to draft house plans for D.A. Pike in Akron.

On March 30, 1941, he and Virginia Pike were married at the home of her parents, D.A. and Eva Pike. Virginia preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2000.

The couple moved to California in 1941, where John worked at Lockheed Aircraft as an engineer until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and eventually sent to Japan where he served in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

After his discharge in 1946, he bought a sawmill in Kenton, Ohio, that he described as the first sawmill he ever saw. He quit the saw mill in 1959 after, in his words, “The union took all of my money to pay false back wages and fines.” He worked for another company for two years before his sister-in-law, Helen Utter, asked him to work for Pike Lumber Company.

He and his family moved to Akron in 1961, and joined the Akron United Methodist Church, where John taught Sunday school and sang in the choir; his wife, Virginia, played the organ. John was also a lay speaker for the United Methodist Church. He was also a longtime member of the Akron Lions Club.

John left Pike in 1979 and pursued other lines of work, including developing computer programs with his son, Douglas, that were sold to other lumber companies. He served as Akron Clerk-Treasurer in the 1990’s.

At the dinner following his wife’s death, John Brown, now president of Pike Lumber Company, asked him to return to Pike Lumber Company as a salesman. He continued to do this, working from his home, until he became incapacitated.

He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Melcher, Akron; a grandson, Dana York, Fort Wayne; and his daughter-in-law, Linda Crockett York, Fort Wayne. Also surviving are one brother, Eldon and wife Phyllis York, Peru; two great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Karen Shriver, Akron, and Kim Graham, Peachtree City, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia York, on Dec. 4, 2000; and his son, Douglas York, on July 13, 2005.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with pastors Mimi Ault and Kent B. Harting officiating; a dinner will be held following the service at the Akron United Methodist Church and, following the dinner, there will be a graveside service and burial held at the Santa Fe Cemetery, Santa Fe, Miami County.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at the church.

Memorials can be made to the Akron United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, has been entrusted by the family with arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Danny L. McGowen Sr.

Danny Lee McGOWEN Sr., 67, Rochester, died at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

Survivors include daughters, Tammy Fetters, Plymouth, Wendy Jones, Avon, Lisa Kistler, Winamac, and Dana Orkis, North Judson; sons, Brian McGowan, Argos, Chris McGowen, Knox, and Danny McGowen Jr., Winamac; sisters, Sharon Ringle, Rochester, and Beverly Howton, Wakarusa; and one brother, Ronald McGowan, Lancaster, Pa.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, April 29, 2013

 

Larry J. Metzger

Larry Joe METZGER, 70, Rochester, died at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; one daughter, Annetta ‘Annie’ Tigler, Peru; and one son, Mark Metzger, Rochester.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Ellen M. Paxton

Jan. 20, 1930 – April 26, 2013

Ellen Marie PAXTON, 83, formerly of Wabash, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

She was born to the late Kenneth Leroy and Edna Victoria (Overholt) Bowser on Jan. 20, 1930, at Beaver Dam Lake.

She married Harmon W. Paxton on Jan. 31, 1948; he passed away Jan. 10, 1991.

She retired from General Tire, Wabash, after 37 years. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash.

She is survived by two sons, Jack Paxton (Yavonne), of Wabash, and Larry Paxton (Joanna), of Huntington; three daughters, Mrs. Mitchell (Victoria E.) Campbell, of Wabash, Mrs. Jerry (Connie) Enyeart, of Liberty Mills, and Phyllis Anne Paxton (Manny Garcia), of Andrews; sister, Phyllis Hines, of California; nine grandchildren, Brian Campbell (Tonya Kulczyk), Kevin Campbell (Wendy Gese), Scott Lamar (Jill), Timothy Lamar, Sabrina Laspina (Matt), Shawn Paxton, Stanley Enyeart (Nicole), Lucas Clark and Emilie Garcia; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by grandchild, Sharea Paxton; one brother; one sister; and stepsister.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at McDonald Funeral Home, Wabash, with Rev. Phil Lake officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will follow funeral services in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine.

Preferred memorials are to Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcdonaldfunerals.com.

 

Laurie Wheadon

Laurie WHEADON, 43, Rochester, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Vicki L. Bellamy

Vicki Lee Floor Reeser BELLAMY, 58, Rochester, died Sunday.

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

 

Paul Tyler

Jan. 14, 1936 – April 27, 2013

Paul TYLER, 77, Rochester, quietly passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on Jan. 14, 1936, in Fulton County, the son of Francis and Naomi (Pickens) Tyler. He was one of 10 children.

He served in the Indiana National Guard and the United States Army, serving a tour of duty in Korea. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles Lodge No. 852, where he served as trustee and president. Paul was also a past member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked at Magnetic Shield/Advance Magnetics for 35 years.

On Sept. 26, 1959, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rochester, he married Sandy Shriver; they shared their lives for nearly 54 years.

He was the loving father of five children, Valerie and husband Tom Grosvenor, Rochester, Jane Tyler, Rochester, Joe and wife Doreen Tyler, Culver, Jason Tyler, at home, and Thomas and wife Heather Tyler, Rochester. He was also the devoted grandfather of seven grandchildren, Trevor Tyler Grosvenor and Kari Dee Grosvenor; Emma Naomi and Andrew Lane Tyler; and Cailab Martin, Chloie Michelle and Cailynn Mae Tyler, all of Rochester; and two precious greatgranddaughters, Kori Dee and Ryli Rae Rouch, both of Rochester. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Donna Tyler; three sisters and one brother, all of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother- and father-in-law, Edna Smith and Martin Shriver; and three brothers, Melvin ‘Bud’, Ralph and Billy Tyler; and two sisters, Mona Lou and Jeannie.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, where military ceremonies will take place at 8:15 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rochester Community Schools Students Assistance Fund.

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

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

Vicki L. Bellamy

Vicki L. Floor Reeser BELLAMY, 58, Rochester, died Sunday, at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include three sisters, Robyn Burkett, Fayetteville, N.C., Yvonne Richard, Crest City, Fla., and Rosella Green, Rochester; and two brothers, Richard Reeser, Iowell, Mich., and David Reeser, Fayetteville, N.C.

Funeral service is at 4 p.m. Friday, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Anna B. Gentry

Jan. 17, 1928 – April 28, 2013

Anna Belle GENTRY, 85, Rochester, passed away at 10:24 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1928 in Good Hope, Ohio, the daughter of James and Ruth (Davidson) McCoppin. On Dec. 31, 1950 in Wakefield, Ohio, she married Kenneth Gentry, and he survives.

Mrs. Gentry had worked at various establishments including a grocery store, office, factory and lastly at Lehman’s Bakery in New London, Ohio, prior to her marriage to Kenneth. She spent her life as the family matriarch, tending to her family’s needs.

In her spare time, she enjoyed bird watching, especially hummingbirds, and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Gentry, Rochester; children, Mark and wife Melody Gentry, Rochester, and Vicky and husband Jerry Patton, Umatilla, Fla.; grandchildren, Greg and wife Kari Gentry, Columbia City, and Tiffany and husband Matt Carrigan, Fort Wayne; great-grandchildren, Jacob Gentry and Hunter Gentry, Columbia City, and Madelyn Carrigan, Fort Wayne; brother, Thomas and wife Shirley McCoppin, New London, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Eloise and husband Bill Byers, Kent, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mark Spencer officiating.

Friends may call from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

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

 

Larry J. Metzger

Sept. 4, 1942 – April 27, 2013

Larry Joe METZGER, 70, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Lafayette, on Sept. 4, 1942, Larry Joe was the treasured son of Paul and Dorothy (Mitchell) Metzger.

Growing up, he shared his childhood with his brother, Ronald. In 1960, with great Hornet pride, he graduated from Rossville High School.

After a three month courtship, in Muncie, on Dec. 1, 1963, Larry married the love of his life Patricia ‘Pat’ Johns. As “best friends,” together they shared 49 years of life’s adventures.

Their union produced two wonderful children, Annie and Mark. Over the years, the family tree grew to include four grandchildren.

Larry and Pat moved to Newcastle Township when he worked for Marsh Supermarkets as store manager for nearly 25 years. He later accepted an appointment with Talma Fastner as quality control manager, retiring in 2005. A dedicated, lifelong learner, at age 50, Larry took classes and earned associates degrees in computer science and business management from Indiana University and Ivy Tech.

An avid sports fan, Larry loved Notre Dame football and IU basketball. He enjoyed a variety of styles of auto racing and holds many memories of meeting some of the finest in their early years, chatting trackside with racers Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon. His favorite sprint car tracks are Gas City and Eldora, Ohio.

A.J. Foyt topped his list of favorite Indy style 500 drivers. The family enjoyed vacationing in Charlotte, N.C., at Lowes Motor Speedway, enjoying a huge racing weekend.

An American sportsman, Larry was a savvy angler, seen with his trusty tackle box and casting rod near the shores of the Tippecanoe River, or traveling to the pristine lake of Seventh Crow Wing in Minnesota. Shooting skeet and trap shooting, Larry was a supreme marksman. He also was an avid deer hunter, bagging some awesome trophies over the years.

Their home away from home was the cozy Fish-N-Fun Campgrounds, northwest of Rochester, nestled on the banks of the Tippecanoe. It was here, for decades, that family and friends gathered around the campfire, telling stories under the starlit summer skies. They enjoyed float trips on the river and relaxing while walking the nature trails.

Pat and Larry’s home embraced the banks of the Tippecanoe. It was here that they enjoyed watching the changes of the seasons, wildlife and the ever changing river. In the recent years, Larry built custom wood duck homes. Friday, he and Pat witnessed seven fluffy baby wood ducks hopping from their home to begin their lives. Memories like that are what the family will always treasure.

Larry took great pleasure in feeding the birds. He nearly domesticated two Canada geese known as Gertrude and Eclipse; each spring they returned and made special visits to the Metzger home, and when Larry shook the corn can, the feathered friends knew it was time to eat.

Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Annetta ‘Annie’ Tigler and husband Sam, of Peru, and their children, Sidney, Nathan and Emily Tigler; a son, Mark Metzger and wife Jennifer of Rochester; and his feline companion, Spookie, a black domestic short hair.

Preceding Larry in death are his parents; a grandson, Parker Joseph Metzger in Jan. 2013; and his brother, Ronald Metzger.

A celebration of the life of Larry Metzger will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

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

 

Laurie A. Wheadon

Nov. 28, 1969 – April 27, 2013

Laurie Ann WHEADON, 43, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Parkview Hospital Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Born on Nov. 28, 1969, Laurie was the precious daughter of W. Ronald and Susan Diane (Smith) Wheadon.

Growing up in Rochester, Laurie was a proud graduate of Rochester High School in 1988.

Known for her extraordinary culinary skills, Laurie is best remembered for her delightful chili and her delectable lemon meringue and mixed berry pies. She was the proud owner of a unique collection of Indian trinkets and Harley-Davidson memorabilia. Paramount in her life was her son Wade Garrett, as she dearly cherished the time she spent with him.

Laurie is lovingly remembered by her son, Wade Garrett Wheadon, at home; her mother, Susan Diane Wheadon; her father, W. Ronald Wheadon and wife Bridget, all of Rochester; two brothers James Ronald Wheadon, Rochester, and Paul E. Wheadon, North Hollywood, Calif.; a sister, Goldia C. Wheadon, Fort Wayne; maternal grandmother, Carolyn Sue Smith, paternal grandparents, Wilbur O. and Joretta Wheadon, all of Rochester; a niece, Cree S. Wheadon; and a great-nephew, Isaiah Wheadon. Several aunts and uncles also survive, along with her two cherished canine companions, fawn and brindle boxers, Blade and Buffy; and a feline friend, the Siamese, named Sushi.

A sunset gathering of friends and family reminiscing and remembering the good times will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2013, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Kewanna Citizen’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the education fund of Laurie’s son, Wade Garrett Wheadon.

Friends my sign the guest book or light a candle to honor Laurie’s memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

 

Vicki L. Bellamy

Dec. 7 1954 – April 28, 2013

Vicki Lee Floor Reeser BELLAMY, 58, of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital.

Born in Rochester on Dec. 7, 1954, Vicki Lee was the precious daughter of Dick and Clara Marie (Calvert) Floor. Growing up as one of seven children, she shared her childhood with three sisters, Robyn, Yvonne and Rosella; and three brothers, Richard, David and Forrest.

In 1973, with great pride, she graduated with her class from Rochester High School.

On July 17, 1976, at the Talma United Methodist Church, Vicki Lee married Michael Bellamy. He preceded her on Nov. 18, 2007.

An entrepreneur, Vicki, a videographer, owned Lolli-Pop Productions, a business where she created custom videos for all of life’s celebrations. Her business allowed her to employ the technology she so dearly loved. Vicki was the proud owner of a vast movie and music library. The music is found on formats spanning 33 and 45 records to CDs.

Literacy was another strength, as Vicki read to relax and especially enjoyed books on romance and mysteries. Her favorite authors were Kay Hooper and Linda Lael Miller. Genealogy research was also of great interest. As an accomplished author, Vicki wrote poetry.

Vicki is lovingly remembered by her beloved surrogate daughter, Ginger Rae Tullis Gosselin, of Kenosha, Wis.; three sisters, Robyn Burkett and husband David, of Fayetteville, N.C., Yvonne Richard and husband Pat, of Crest City, Fla., and Rosella Green and companion Kirk Marsh, of Rochester; two brothers, Richard Reeser and wife Debbie, of Lowell, Mich., and David Reeser and wife Alfreda, of Fayetteville, N.C.; four wonderful aunts, Mary Rock, of Mentone, Carol Saenz, of Mishawaka, Helen Enyart and husband Richard, of Rochester, and Barb Tullis and husband Bud, of Tippecanoe; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Vicki in death are her parents; a brother, Forrest Reeser; and her husband, Michael Bellamy.

A celebration of the life of Vicki Lee Floor Reeser Bellamy will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Her uncle, Mr. Richard Enyart will preside.

Friends may visit with her family from 1-4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

You may sign Vicki’s guestbook or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

 

Larry K. Andrews

Larry K. ANDREWS, 77, died at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday, at his residence. Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Friday, May 3, 2013

 

Larry K. Andrews

Larry K. ANDREWS, 77, Rochester, died at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Andrews, Rochester; daughters, Belinda Jackson, Argos, Brenda Andrews, Rochester, Diana Jackson, Fort Wayne, and Martha Sutton, Rochester; sons Dana Andrews, San Jose, Calif., and Mark Andrews, San Jose, Calif.; sisters, Mary Correll, Argos, Leila Denny, North Liberty, and Shirley Stevens, Argos; and brothers, Jerry Andrews, Rochester, and Doug Andrews, Argos.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.

Visitation is 2-6 p.m. at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

 

Ingeborg M. E. Russell

Ingeborg Margareta Elizabeth RUSSELL, 82, Peru, died at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center, Kokomo.

Survivors include four children, Ludwig C. R. Russell, Chili, Harold A. Russell, Peru, Kimberly S. D. Russell, Peru, and Tamara I. Russell, Peru; one brother and one sister.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Charles Catholic Church, Peru.

 


 

Edna J. Miller

Nov. 16, 1908 – May 3, 2013

Edna Joy MILLER, 104, Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, formerly of Mentone, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at her residence.

Edna was born Nov. 16, 1908, in Marshall County, to parents Orville E. and Nancy H. (Stackhouse) Martin.

She married Joseph A. Miller on Feb. 17, 1928, in Plymouth. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1989.

She was a homemaker. Edna was a member of the Burket United Methodist Church. Joy was active in the Scrambled Egg Band and the Mentone Nutrition Site. She loved gardening and cooking. She always enjoyed her family and was noted for her talent of crocheting and making doilies.

Edna is survived by two daughters-in-law, Sharon Miller, Akron, and Lois Miller, Mentone; four grandchildren, Darrel and wife Pam Miller, Mentone, LuAnn Greene, North Manchester, Doug and wife Lori Miller, Mentone, and Deb and husband Jim Glaze, Pierceton; two stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jack and James Miller; one brother, Onel Martin; and one sister, Frances Koch.

Funeral service is at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor Gary Loy officiating.

Visitation is 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burket United Methodist Church or the Mentone Fire Department.

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

 


 

Larry K. Andrews

July 25, 1935 – May 1, 2013

Larry K. ANDREWS, 77, Rochester, died at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his residence, after declining in health for several months.

He was born July 25, 1935, in Argos, the son of Thomas A. and Martha (Byers) Andrews.

He had lived in Fulton County for the last 28 years, coming from Argos.

On Feb. 5, 1955, in Culver, Larry married Patricia Elaine Mockus. Together, they shared the last 58 years.

He was a brick layer for the South Bend Brick Layers Union. Larry was a member of the American Legion of Rochester, and attended The Cross church, also in Rochester. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1955-1961.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Andrews, Rochester; daughters, Belinda Jackson and husband Phillip, of Argos, Brenda Andrews, of Rochester, Diana Jackson and husband Dale, of Fort Wayne, and Martha Sutton and husband Roy, of Rochester; sons, Dana Andrews and wife Cheryl, of San Jose, Calif., and Mark Andrews and wife Mitsi, of San Jose, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Correll and husband Bruce, of Argos, Leila Denny and husband Carl, of North Liberty, and Shirley Stevens and husband Herbert, of Argos; and brothers, Jerry Andrews and wife Janet, of Rochester, and Doug Andrews and wife Lynn, of Argos.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas Andrews and Michael Andrews; and sister, Linda Howard.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Monday, at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with Rev. David Pennington officiating.

Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Ill.

Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com.

 

Monday, May 6, 2013

 

Otis R. Bowen

Feb. 26, 1918 – May 4, 2013

The former governor, Dr. Otis Ray BOWEN, 95, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Catherine Kasper Life Center, Donaldson.

Doc was born to Vernie and Pearl (Wright) Bowen in Leiters Ford, on Feb. 26, 1918. He graduated from Francesville High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in 1939 and Doctorate of Medicine in 1942 from Indiana University. In 1943, Doc signed up for the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. He was with the first wave of troops in the invasion of Okinawa, and was honorably discharged as a captain in 1946.

After returning from the war, he started his own medical practice in Bremen. There he raised his four children with his wife Elizabeth Ann Steinmann, whom he married in 1939. In addition to practicing medicine, Doc served as Marshall County coroner and made a mark in Republican Party politics. In 1956, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. He lost a re-election bid to the House by four votes in 1958, but was elected to seven consecutive House terms beginning in 1960.

He became minority leader in 1965 and speaker in 1967. He served as speaker through four legislative sessions – 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1972. After unsuccessfully seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 1968, he was elected as the 44th governor of the State of Indiana in 1972. That same year, voters ratified a constitutional amendment allowing governors to serve consecutive terms. He won re-election in 1976 to become the first governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms. He was governor from Jan. 8, 1973, through Jan. 12, 1981.

After leaving office, he taught as a clinical professor of family medicine at Indiana University. In 1981, his wife Beth passed. Later, he married Rose May Hochstetler; she passed in 1992.

Doc continued to teach at Indiana University until President Ronald Reagan appointed him as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Quickly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he served in the cabinet until President Reagan left office on Jan. 20, 1989. He then retired to his home town of Bremen.

In 1992, Doc married Carol Hahn. Doc was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bremen, as well as the American Medical Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis International and many other academic and professional associations.

Of all the awards and accolades Doc Bowen received, he was most proud of the 3,000 plus babies he delivered in Marshall County.

Dr. Bowen is survived by his wife, Carol, of Bremen; four children, Rick (Sandy) Bowen, of River Falls, Wis., Judy (Dave) McGrew, of Richmond, Ky., Tim (Ann) Bowen, of Cornelius, N.C., and Rob (Patty) Bowen, of Bremen; two stepchildren, Vance (Michelle) Flosenzier and Mindy (Ron) Welty; 12 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Elizabeth Bowen and Rose Bowen; three sisters, Esther Plain, Evelyn Amacher and Sarah Jane Scandling; and one brother, Richard Bowen.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bremen.

Friends may call from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9, from 4-8 p.m. at the church.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and the caregivers at CKLC for their loving care, and therefore request that memorial contributions be given to Catherine Kasper Life Center, P.O. Box 1, Donaldson.

The Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mishlerfuneralhomes.com.

 

Richard P. Bair

Richard Paul ‘Dick’ BAIR, 85, Rochester, died Saturday, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Augie, at home; five daughters, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Arlington, Texas, Suzanne ‘Susie’ Bair, Amherst, N.Y., Jennifer Crane, Bloomington, Edie Hisey, Rochester, and Judy Griffis, Tippecanoe; and one son, Matthew Thompson, Kenosha, Wis.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rochester.

Visitation is 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Harold D. Warner

Harold Dimmitt WARNER, 93, Warsaw, died at11:55p.m.Saturday, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

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

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

 

Richard P. Bair

May 14, 1927 – May 4, 2013

Mr. Richard Paul ‘Dick’ BAIR, 85, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at home, Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Born on May 14, 1927, near Tiosa, Richard Paul was the treasured son of Malon and Trella Kenly Bair. Growing up on the farm, he shared his childhood with a sister Mary Louise. During the years of his youth, he assisted his dad with the family farming operation. Primarily crop farmers, they raised corn, wheat and soy beans.

In 1945, with great wildcat pride, Dick graduated with his class from Richland Center High School.

On Aug. 16, 1951, patriotism beckoned, and Dick answered the call, serving with the U.S. Marine Corp. During his stint with the Marines, he was charged as link trainer, teaching pilots to fly at night with exclusive reliance on the flight deck instruments. On Aug. 15, 1953, Sgt. Richard P. Bair was honorably discharged.

Many remember Dick as the owner of Richard Bair Photography, a talented professional photographer, capturing life’s most memorable events – weddings, graduations and anniversaries, to name a few. In 1976, he shot his last professional images, and moved to seed corn sales, allowing him to return to his first love, agriculture. As a sales representative for Syngenta, he retired in 1992. From 2000 until 2009, Dick served our Fulton County veterans as their service officer.

In Rochester, on Oct. 20, 1990, Dick married his best friend and the love of his life, Augusta ‘Augie’ Bathrick. Dick first laid his eyes on her while she was perched upon a bar stool at Baxter Drug Store. Their admiration was mutual and escalated. Together, they shared 22 years of life’s adventures, while blending a family of six wonderful children.

An avid gun collector, Dick was a member of the National Rifle Association and other gun entities. He also was the proud owner of a stylish hat collection. Dick also collected many fine writing instruments that he would color coordinate with his apparel of the day.

To relax, he and Augie enjoyed Sunday afternoons touring the countryside, observing the farmers’ progress and the varying stages of crop maturity from planting to the harvest.

As adventurers, Dick and Augie visited the Mississinewa Reservoir. Not long ago, they enjoyed hiking the trails. One of their last visits required that they scale up the side of a cliff on tree roots. They made it, huffing and puffing, then nearly collapsing at the picnic table close to their parked car. More recently, they both enjoyed visiting the Judy Burton Nature Preserve to watch the bald eagle soaring high or swooping over the pristine waters of the lake and catching its supper as the sun set.

Dining out was a favorite activity. Dick and Augie especially enjoyed Jarrety’s Place. They could always visit with family and friends while keeping abreast of Rochester’s latest. Dick particularly enjoyed watching the towns traffic – seeing who all was out and about.

A loyal and devoted life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dick attended church here for more than 80 years. He served his church in every capacity – sometimes twice. Dick was an elder, trustee and treasurer for a number of years. He served the congregation as president for multiple terms. He honored his family with the creation and erection of a stained glass window in the sanctuary.

Dick is lovingly remembered by his wife Augie, at home; five daughters, Ellen Fitzpatrick and husband Charles, of Arlington, Texas, Suzanne ‘Susie’ Bair and partner Christie Wise, Amherst, N.Y., Jennifer Crane and husband Bill, of Bloomington, Edie Hisey, of Rochester, and Judy Griffis and husband Brad, of Tippecanoe; a son, Matthew Thompson and wife Judy, of Kenosha, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Natalie Crane, Damien Shriver, Jackie Apt, Billie Reiter, Tanner Griffis, Adam Hisey, Jessica Hettinger and Justin Thompson; and 16 greatgrandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his parents; a sister, Mary Louise Bair; and a son-in-law, Russell Hisey.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Richard Paul ‘Dick’ Bair will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rochester.

Friends may visit with his family from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

He will be laid to eternal rest in the family plot at the Reichter Cemetery, where he served as trustee for a number of years. Military honors will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Marine Corp Honor Team.

The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements and caring for his family.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice.

You may wish to sign Dick’s guestbook or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Glen R. Southerton

Aug. 4, 1930 – May 5, 2013

Glen R. SOUTHERTON, of Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Glen was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Macy, to the late Henry Lee and Orpha Mae (Yoder) Southerton.

Glen was united in marriage to Ann Fenning on June 22, 1957, for a loving 55 years together.

Glen graduated from Rochester High School in 1948 and completed pharmacy school at University of Michigan in 1952. He served two years in the U.S. Army, until honorably discharged in September of 1954. Upon returning from the service, he completed his master’s degree from University of Michigan business school.

He joined the Upjohn Company in 1956, where he worked until his retirement in 1990. He served 14 years overseas while with Upjohn, joined by his wife and family.

He also loved to travel and take pictures.

Glen is survived by his wife, Ann Southerton of Kalamazoo, Mich.; his children, Deborah Lee (Robert) Wiley, of Portage, Mich., Fredrick Jay (Helen Bernardi) Southerton, of San Diego, Calif., Keith Edward (Sue Gawel) Southerton, of Caledonia, Mich., and Katharine Ann (Lars) Andersen, of Greenville, Mich.; and nine grandchildren, Thomas Alan and Heidi Ann Wiley, Lee Samuel, Emily Marie, Craig Eli, Erica Jean and Paul Francis Southerton, Jeremy Mogens and Devon Glen Andersen.

Glen is also preceded in death by his baby sister, Mary Lee Southerton.

A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Friendship Village (Kiva Room), Kalamazoo, Mich., with family greeting friends from 10-10:30 a.m. prior to the service.

A private interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich.

Arrangements were by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, Kalamazoo, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friendship Village (Woods Fund) or to Hospice Care of SW Michigan.

Please visit Glen’s personalized web page at www.langelands.com.

 

Harold D. Warner

Dec. 4, 1919 – May 4, 2013

Harold Dimmitt WARNER, 93, Warsaw, formerly of the Argos community, passed away at 11:55 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, following a sudden illness.

Harold was born on Dec. 4, 1919, in Escondido, Calif., to parents Vernon T. and Leila (Dimmitt) Warner.

He had lived with his daughter in Warsaw for the past eight months, but had spent his whole life in the Argos community.

On Feb. 29, 1939, he married Velma Lucille Heims in Argos.

Harold was a full-time farmer, and was a vegetable grower for Campbell Soups. He also had worked for Bendix from 1940-1944, and he worked in the past as a relator for Collins and Collins Reality in Plymouth. He was a past member of the Board of Realtors in Marshall County, and a graduate of Argos High School with the class of 1937.

Survivors include his wife, Velma Warner, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw; daughter, Pat West, of Warsaw; grandchildren, Rick Rish, of South Bend, Lee Ellen Rish, of Tunker, and Elizabeth Clark and husband Alex, of Warsaw; and great-grandchildren, Annabel Clark, Osiris Risk, Thaddeus Risk and Leonidas Risk.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Donna Jean Warner.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with Rev. Don Franklin of the Gospel Meeting House, Ora, officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rose Home, 72876 Kosciusko County Road 29, Syracuse.

Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral com.

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

 

Edith A. Strait

Edith Annette (Bentley) STRAIT, 106, Culver, died Oct. 24, 2012, in San Benito, Texas.

Survivors include two sons, Richard D. Strait, Bourbon, and Lawrence A. Strait, Santa Ana, Calif.

Graveside services will be at noon Saturday in Culver Masonic Cemetery.

The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Daniel J. Sokolowski

April 22, 1944 – May 5, 2013

Daniel ‘Danny’ Joseph SOKOLOWSKI, 69, Rochester, a former Kokomo resident, passed away at his home at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

He was born April 22, 1944, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Anthony and Therese (Matysiak) Sokolowski. On Sept. 17, 1988, in Kokomo, he married Dianne Roesener, who survives.

Danny was a 1963 graduate of Chicago Vocational High School. He was a tool and die maker at Delco Electronics, retiring in September 1999, after 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge No. 1107, Rochester, the VFW Post 1343, Rochester, the Eagles Lodge No. 852, Rochester, and the UAW Local 292, Kokomo.

Danny enjoyed weekly movie night with his beloved wife, fishing for crappie and blue gill, bowling, playing poker, woodworking, billiards, boating, leisure book reading, crossword puzzles, watching the Chicago Bears, cookouts and fish fries with family and friends, sharing time with his buddies, Jim Jansen and Lee Loy, just some good ol’ boys never meaning no harm and enjoying a cigar.

Danny is survived by his wife Dianne, of Rochester; children, Theresa Mileham (Shaun), of Attica, Karen Sokolowski (Joshua Walls), of South Whitley, Martin Sokolowski (Denna Neale), of Sebastopol, Calif., and Laura Cohee (Jeremy), of Kokomo; stepchildren, Troy Burger (Jianel Acevedo), of Kokomo, and Julie Thomison (Michael), of Kokomo; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his constant companion, Freddie, who was always by his side.

Danny was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Sokolowski; mother, Therese Matysiak Sokolowski Anderson; two brothers, Richard Sokolowski and Ronald Sokolowski; and his dogs Kaiser Von, Sullivan and Gracie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Kokomo.

Friends may visit with the family at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home and Crematory, Kokomo, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, with a scripture service at 8 p.m.

Burial will follow the funeral at Sunset Memory Garden in Kokomo.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.

 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

 

Carol M. Ingram

Aug. 24, 1945 – May 7, 2013

Carol M. ‘Mama’ INGRAM, 67, of Winamac, died at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at her son Richard’s residence in Francesville, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Aug. 24, 1945, in LaPorte, she was the daughter of the late Edward Park and Margaret Katherine (Fisher) Wiles.

On Nov. 26, 1968, she married Richard Ingram, and he preceded her in death Oct. 19, 1988.

She was a 1964 Knox Community High School graduate.

Carol formerly worked at Miller’s Merry Manor in Rochester and Austin All Manufacturing in LaPorte. She was also a homemaker.

She enjoyed helping others, and had volunteered at the Red Cross in Winamac for many years. Carol also enjoyed singing karaoke and spending time with family.

Survivors include her companion, Carl Bolen, of Winamac; her children, Michelle Neace (Calvin), of Knox, Heather Anderson (Mike), of Winamac, Carla Estes, of Winamac, Barbara Rumsey (Rob), of Monticello, Susan Ames (Cory), of Francesville, Richard Ingram (Janelle), of Francesville, Charles Ingram (Missy), of Buffalo, Kevin Ingram (Alana), of Winamac, Chad Bolen, of Georgia, and Charlie Bolen (Angie), of Francesville. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers; one sister; son-in-law, Walter Estes Jr.; and grandson, Trevor Dylan Ingram.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna.

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at the funeral home and also one hour before the time of service on Saturday.

Burial will be at Barnett Cemetery in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingram family.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave an online condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Friday, May 10, 2013

 

Shirley M. Heddens

Shirley May HEDDENS, 63, Rochester, formerly of Argos, died at 8:58 a.m. Thursday, at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Robert Heddens, Michigan City; stepchildren, LeAnn Commer, Michigan City, Wade Heddens, Fort Wayne, Scott Heddens, Indiana, and Keith Heddens, Lake Station; brothers, Ronald Stahl, Plymouth, and James Stahl, Plymouth; and sisters, Karen Obenchain, Plymouth, and Sherri Ludwig, Plymouth.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Arrangements were made by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

James P. Doody Sr.

James Patrick DOODY Sr., 84, Rochester, formerly of Plymouth, died at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, at his sister’s residence in Rochester.

Survivors include sisters, Irene Lisak, Plymouth, Patricia Kolar, Argos, Beatrice M. Beran, California, Jean Henney, Plymouth, Kathleen Vires, Rochester, Georgia Ford, Rochester, and Martha Rosario, Puerto Rico; and brothers, Arthur F. Doody, Woodridge, Ill., and Terrance Doody, Plymouth.

No services will take place at this time.

Arrangements were made by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, May 13, 2013

 

Marjorie Darocsi

Marjorie DAROCSI, 88, Fort Wayne, died Saturday, at Coventry Meadow, in Fort Wayne.

The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements.

 


 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

 

Marietta E. Shirley

Sept. 10, 1918 – May 11, 2013

Marietta Elizabeth Wermes SHIRLEY passed peacefully from this life to join her Lord and Savior and Blessed Mary in Heaven on May 11, 2013.

Marietta was born in Lafayette, to her parents John Bernard and Elizabeth Knox Wermes on Sept. 10, 1918.

She spent her formative years in Logansport, and married the love of her life Riley St. Elmo Shirley in 1941. Marietta and Riley lived in or near Rochester from 1956 through 2002, when they relocated to Annandale, Va. Marietta moved to her beloved casita in Corrales, N.M., in 2005 where she resided until her happy death.

Marietta was the committed and loving mother of eight children. Her deep faith in God was reflected in her laughter, quick wit, ability to forgive and acceptance of His will, compassion for all and willingness to put others before self. Her God-given gifts were mirrored in her stubborn Dutch attitude that enabled her to both survive and thrive in the midst of the many life challenges she faced.

Her ability to put others first led to a tremendously successful career as a factory worker at Torrington Manufacturing in Rochester, where her demonstrated loyalty, trust, competency and passion for life was reflected in the relationships she developed with co-workers, the leadership roles she had within the union and floor management and the high respect she earned from senior management.

She loved and was loved by those who knew her, especially her 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, who draw upon her faith, character and humor.

Marietta was a member of God’s creation as a faithful Catholic and lover of God, His Son Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout her life. She received her first Sacrament of Baptism at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lafayette, on Sept. 29, 1918. She received her first Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation in her early childhood years at St. Joseph Catholic Church and achieved academic success and graduated with honors as salutatorian at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Logansport.

She and Riley St. Elmo Shirley jointly received the Sacrament of Matrimony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Evansville, on Feb. 6, 1941. She further received God’s grace through the birth of her eight children, seven that were born from 1942 through 1953 in St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Logansport; five of them attended St. Bridgette’s Catholic School.

She routinely received the Holy Sacraments as an active member of St. Joseph’s and St. Bridgette’s in Logansport, from early childhood through 1956 when they moved to Fulton County. She joined St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rochester, and often attended St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Monterey, where she routinely gave and received God’s love with all she met.

After her retirement as a factory worker, she received the Sacraments on a regular basis, as she seldom missed a day of Mass for over 25 years at St. Joseph’s in Rochester, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, Va., and eventually San Ysidro Parish in Corrales, N.M., where she resided at the time of her death. She received the Sacrament of Last Rites (Final Anointing) from Father Michael DePalma of San Ysidro Parish on May 9, 2013.

Marietta is survived by her sons, Richard Allen (Eleanor) Shirley of Grants, N.M., Thomas Bernard (Sherry) Shirley of St. George, Utah, Riley Keith (Virginia) Shirley, of Indiana, and Paul (Wendy) Shirley, of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Anita Beth (Ronald) Gunzelman, of Lexington, S.C., and Diane Kristine (Carl) Cockrum, of Corrales, N.M.; daughter-in-law, Margo Shirley, of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Joan (Louis) Rusk, of Lafayette; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat- grandchildren.

Marietta was preceded in death by her husband, Riley St. Elmo Shirley; father, John Bernard Wermes; mother, Elizabeth Wermes; and sons, Joseph Charles Shirley and John Michael Shirley.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at San Ysidro Parish, Corrales, N.M. Public visitation will start at 9 a.m. MST. The Holy Rosary will be prayed starting at 9:30 a.m. MST with Marietta’s daughter, Diane Cockrum, reciting. A Requiem Mass will follow the Holy Rosary with Father Michael DePalma as Celebrant.

A public reception will immediately follow the mass at Hendron Hall at San Ysidro Parish.

Marietta will be interned with her proud military veteran husband and American Legion Commander Riley St. Elmo Shirley at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., in a private ennichement ceremony.

Should friends desire, the family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made at one or more of three organizations: WAVE Volunteer Economy Foundation, www. wavevolunteereconomy.org/support/ donate; Poor Claire Sisters, 3900 13th St. NE, Washington, D.C.; and Boys Town National, secure.boystown.org/Donate.

The WAVE Volunteer Economy Foundation 501 c3 Public Charity was established following the brutal murder of Marietta’s son, John Shirley, by Dr. Paul Shirley, to glorify God and promote peace and spiritual wellness in communities throughout the world. The foundation seeks to enable individual, relationship and community wellness by helping those who are willing to serve others in need obtain timely and affordable access to life’s necessary resources.

 

Genna L. Snelling

Genna Lynae SNELLING, infant, Rochester, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 


 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

 

Ruth E. Autrey

Nov. 16, 1927 – May 4, 2013

Ruth Evelyn AUTREY, age 85, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at her home near LaPorte.

She was the last of seven children born to Bert and Ocie Davis on Nov. 16, 1927.

She lived in Leiters Ford for many years. Ruth was a member of the 1946 graduating class of Leiters Ford High School.

On Oct. 11, 1946, she married Donald Autrey who preceded her in death on May 20, 1998.

While living in Leiters Ford, Ruth attended the Leiters Ford Methodist Church. After moving to the LaPorte area, she joined the Hillcrest United Methodist Church.

She is survived by four children, Ronald Autrey, of Hanna, Dianna Vaughn, of LaPorte, Dan Autrey, of LaPorte, and Randy Autrey, of Bethel, Maine; one sister, Eva Lebo, of Rochester; six grandchildren, Valerie Compton, Kirt Weakman, Kevin Weakman, James, Jennifer and Jacob Vaughn; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death along with her husband were her parents; a daughter, Sherry Weakman on May 31, 2000; three brothers, Guy, Dale and Cecil Davis; and two sisters, Zelma Grizzell and Donna Coleman.

A private graveside service was held with the Cutler Funeral Home assisting.

 

Marjorie L. Darocsi

Marjorie Laretta (Mills) DACORSI, 88, Fort Wayne, died Saturday.

Survivors include her daughters, Lonnie White, Roanoke, and LaDonna Weeks, Granger; sister, Joy Allen, Aurora, Colo.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

 

Daniel E. Rans

Nov. 12, 1971 – May 13, 2013

Daniel E. RANS, 41, Akron, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 13, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 12, 1971, in Rochester, the son of James R. Rans Sr. and Kathryn (Willard) Adams.

He married Nancy A. Floor on May 17, 1991, in Rochester. She survives.

He was employed by Zimmer Orthopedics, Warsaw, as a CNC operator.

Daniel was a 1990 graduate of Rochester High School. He attended The Cross, Rochester. He enjoyed cutting wood, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his dogs. He was always making and designing things out of various materials. He was a hard worker who loved his wife and son deeply, and he will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Rans, Akron; son, Travis Rans, Akron; mother, Kathryn and husband James Adams, Rochester; father- and mother- in- law, Larry and Ann Floor, Akron; brothers, James R. Jr. and wife Melanie Rans, Grove City, Ohio, George Rans, Plymouth, and Brandon and wife Nicole Rans, Killeen, Texas; sister, Beth and husband Seamus Pinder, Fulton; stepbrothers, Pat and wife Brandi Bilby, Rochester, Jon and wife LaDonna Mitchell, Rochester, and Scott Bilby, Akron; stepsisters, Betty and husband Tom Stroud, Fulton, and Paula Moore, Rochester; brother-in-law, Mark and wife Bev Floor, Akron; and sister-in-law, Deborah Floor, Claypool.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father, James R. Rans Sr.; and grandparents are preceded, including Ethel Willard.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Frank Whitaker and Pastor Martin Furrow officiating.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Memorial contributions will be open to the donor’s choice.

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

 

Betty L. (Reed) Kerby

Jan. 10, 1928 – May 10, 2013

Betty L. KERBY, 85, of Frankfort, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis.

She was born Jan. 10, 1928, in Fulton, the daughter of Sherman and Bessie (Etchison) Reed.

In 1947, she married James E. Kerby; he preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1987.

Betty was a graduate of Fulton High School. She worked at Federal Mogul, and was awarded there for her perfect attendance. Betty attended St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Frankfort.

Surviving Betty are her sons, Ron (Connie) Kerby, of Wabash, Bruce Kerby, of Frankfort, and Mark Kerby, of Crawfordsville; one brother, Don (Ruby) Reed, of Fulton; three granddaughters, Kelli, Shanelle and Anndra; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one grandson, Ryan Kerby.

Private family services were held with burial Tuesday in Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort.

Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

 

Clarence M. Basanda

Oct. 17, 1928 – May 12, 2013

Clarence M. BASANDA died of pneumonia on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Edwardsville, Ill.

Mr. Bassanda was born Oct. 17, 1928, to the late Michael and Margaret (Rosko) Basanda.

He grew up in the Hessville area of Hammond, and was a graduate of Hammond High School and Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business. He owned and operated Basanda Builders, building numerous garages for area homeowners. In later years, he farmed in Akron. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he served in various ministries.

Mr. Basanda is survived by nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Raymond C. Basanda; and two sisters, Mary Ann Teska and Irma Basanda.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, services will be held at the chapel of St. John/St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond.

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

 

Carl Bennett

Dec. 7, 1915 – May 15, 2013

Carl BENNETT passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, with his loving family by his side, in Fort Wayne.

 Carl was 97 years young, born on Dec. 7, 1915, in Rockford. Carl’s career with the Zollner Piston Company included player, coach, manager and athletic director of the basketball and softball teams. During his tenure, the teams won 16 championships. During the 1948-1949 season with the Pistons, the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America met in Fort Wayne to complete the formation of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Mitchell Bennett; sons, Kirk and Gary; daughter, Sandra Dodane; stepdaughter, Catherine Popp Hoffman; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior.

Calling is also 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.

Memorials may be made to Worship for Shut Ins or the Mad Anthony Hope House.

 

Genna L. Snelling

Genna Lynae SNELLING, infant, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include her parents, Ricky A. and Amber RaAnne (Calvert) Snelling; sister, Gracie RaAnne; brother, Gage Michael, all at home; maternal grandparents, Gary and Laura Calvert, Rochester; and paternal grandmother, Cindy Gunnels, Rochester.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

 

Donna L. Grim

Donna L. GRIM, 73, Rochester, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at her residence.

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

 

Genna L. Snelling

Genna Lynae SNELLING, infant, died Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include her parents, Ricky A. and Amber RaAnne (Calvert) Snelling; sister, Gracie RaAnne; brother, Gage Michael, all at home; maternal grandparents, Gary and Laura Calvert, Rochester, and Kurt and Lisa Castleman; and paternal grandmother, Cindy Gunnels, Rochester.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

 

Donna L. Grim

Donna L. GRIM, 73, Rochester, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, John Grim, Rochester; children, Rick Turnipseed, Blufton, S.C., Steven Turnipseed, Kewanna, Donald Turnipseed, Athens, Diana Turnipseed, Rochester, Robert Turnipseed, Rochester, and Judy Miller, Kewanna; stepchildren, Melody Craig, Mentone, Tammy Shepherd, Mentone, and Randy Grim, Rochester; and sisters, Ruth Grim, Rochester, Helen Treece, Columbia City, and June Smith, Goshen.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

Cody D. Floyd

Cody D. FLOYD, 16, Akron, died Sunday in Burket. Arrangements are pending with Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

 

Paul D. Dehnart

Dec. 18, 1934 – May 20, 2013

Paul D. DEHNART, 78, of Kouts, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1934, in Cadiz, Ohio, the son of Edwin and Ruth Dehnart.

Paul graduated from Brilliant High School, in Brilliant, Ohio, and worked for over 40 years in heating and air conditioning.

The past 11 years, he was employed by Enterprise Car Rental. He was very dedicated to his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

On March 16, 1956, he married Dorothy M. Matthews, who survives, along with their children, Jeff (Bobbi) Dehnart, of Winamac, Renee (Mel) Rakoczy, of McHenry, Ill., Chris Dehnart, of Chesterton, Vicki (Gary) Jacob, of Kouts, Greg (Debbie) Dehnart, of Portage, and Lynette (Albert) Stamper, of Winamac; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister; and five brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Wanda Logan.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, with Pastor Chris Terry officiating.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the funeral home.

Burial is to follow the funeral service at Graceland Cemetery.

The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude for the care and treatment received by everyone at VNA Horton Hospice of Valparaiso.

 

William F. Enyart I

William F. ‘Baldy’ ENYART I, 73, Rochester, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; three daughters, Dawn M. Enyart, Warsaw, Tonya L. Hughie, Carlsbad, N.M., and Angela K. Storey, Rochester; three sons, James L. Enyart, Rochester, William F. Enyart II, Leiters Ford, and George C. Enyart, Osceola; and one sister, Patty Jo Stilter, Conover, N.C.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Cody D. Floyd

July 7, 1996 – May 19, 2013

Cody David FLOYD, 16, Akron, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Burket.

He was born July 7, 1996, in Warsaw, to Bruce and Theresa (Hoff) Floyd. Cody was a sophomore at Tippecanoe Valley High School, where he played linebacker on the football team, wearing number 24. He always enjoyed all outdoor sports. He was also a wrestler, qualifying for regionals as a freshman, as well as being state ranked. He took a lot of agriculture classes. Cody was an eight-year 4-H member in the Henry Newcomers Club. He showed beef, cattle and swine. He also worked on community building projects in 4-H.

Survivors include his parents, Bruce and Theresa Floyd, Akron; maternal grandparents, George and Ruth Hoff, Akron; paternal grandmother, Shirley Denney, Akron; sisters, Samantha Hoff and Christy Floyd, Akron; nephew, Ian Conner, Akron; and paternal aunts, Anita and husband Gary Webb, Chesapeake, Ohio, and Crystal Long, Goshen.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Bruce D. Floyd Sr. and Tom Denney; and an uncle, Rodney Huff.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Tippecanoe Valley High School, with Pastor Danny Honeycutt officiating.

Visitation is 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the high school.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to TVHS wrestling or TVHS football.

Services are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

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

 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 

William F. Enyart I

May 9, 1940 – May 21, 2013

William Frederick ‘Baldy’ ENYART I, 73, of Rochester, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his residence.

Born in Winamac, on May 9, 1940, William Frederick was the treasured son of Melvin Adam and Edith A. (Cramer) Enyart. Growing up, he shared his childhood with three sisters.

On May 31, 1959, William and Patricia Mae Murray were married in Winamac. Their union of nearly 54 years produced six wonderful children. Over the years, the family tree flourished with the added blessings of five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A truck driving professional, Baldy drove for several companies including Farm Bureau Co-op for nearly a decade and Fairmount Homes. He enjoyed the challenges of word searches and crossword puzzles. Baldy relaxed while watching the game show channel at home. He was a life member of the Manitou V.F.W. No. 1343 and a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Visiting with friends over a cup of coffee at the truck stop helped Baldy stay abreast of local current events. Paramount in his life was his family. As the patriarch overseeing four generations, grandpa was always there with his grandchildren and more recently his great-grandchildren. He and Pat followed their activities, sporting events and school concerts.

Baldy is lovingly remembered by his wife, Pat; three daughters, Dawn M. Enyart, of Warsaw, Tonya L. Hughie, of Carlsbad, N.M., and Angela K. Storey, of Rochester; three sons, James L. Enyart, of Rochester, William F. Enyart II and companion Fawnda Butler, of Leiters Ford, and George C. Enyart, of Osceola; five grandchildren, Brook L. Enyart, Lindsey N. Enyart, William F. ‘Billy’ Enyart III, Zachary D. Herrell, and Kaisor W. Storey; four great grandchildren, Aaryah L. Abney, Aaryanna L. Abney, Aaliyah L. Johnson, and Braxton M. Enyart; a sister, Patty Jo Stilter and husband Gary, of Conover, N.C.; and two sisters-in-law, Chris Bradley and husband Chuck, and Cleta Poor and husband Jerry, all of Rochester.

Baldy was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pearl and Marilyn; and a brother in infancy.

A celebration of the life of William F. ‘Baldy’ Enyart I will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Citizens Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy or lighting a candle to honor Baldy’s memory may be made to his family online at www. goodfamilyfh.com.

 


 

Mildred V. Curtis

Mildred Virginia CURTIS, 92, Pensacola, Fla., died Jan. 5, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas L. Curtis, Culver, David A. Curtis, Pawleys Island, S.C., and Lindon J. Curtis, Cumming, Ga.; one daughter, Coleen Grozdanovski, Pensacola, Fla.; and one sister, Dorothy Thews, Culver.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at The Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Culver.

A gathering will be at noon Saturday at The Culver Depot.

 

Joan W. Snyder

Joan W. SNYDER, 82, Peru, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include her husband, David E. Snyder; daughters, Cindy Murphy, Valorie Cole and Lisa Wooten, all of Peru; and one sister Patty A. Spear, Mexico.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mexico Baptist Church.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the church.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

 

Harold Burch

Harold ‘Gene’ BURCH, 86, Rochester, died at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Bridget Wheaden

Bridget WHEADEN, 51, of Rochester, died at 11:21 a.m. Thursday, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

 

David O. Gagnon

Aug. 21, 1938 – May 20, 2013

David O’Neal GAGNON died May 20, 2013 in Wabash County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 21, 1938 to parents O’Neal and Mamie (Linebrink) Gagnon.

He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1957.

Survivors are his wife, Eve, Peru; his son, Leonard (Dawn) Gagnon, Silver Lake; stepchildren, Michael, Sandra and Brenda; brother, Virgil Gagnon, Warsaw; sisters, Rose Boyer, Burket, and Linda (Claude) Manuel, Florida; and grandsons, Nicholas, Christopher and Jeremy Gagnon, Silver Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jesse Gagnon; sister, Martha Gagnon; and son, Bruce Gagnon.

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. June 8, 2013, at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice.

 

Bridget R. Wheadon

Nov. 27, 1961 – May 23, 2013

Bridget Renee WHEADON, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family, when she passed away at 11:21 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

On March 16, 1984, Bridget and W. Ronald Wheadon were married in Kewanna. They shared 29 years of life’s adventures. Together, they blended a family of four children, Golda, Paul, Laurie and Jim. Later, the added blessings of two grandchildren and a great-grandson were added to the family tree.

Bridget cultivated many relationships through her Avon business. The ladies on her route loved and adored her. A stellar saleslady, Bridget ascended to the top in her district and number seven in the nation.

A line dancing extraordinaire, Bridget diligently attended the D & K dance classes every Thursday night. Arts, crafts and working with her hands was another forte. She enjoyed crocheting afghans and other gifts of warmth, weaving baskets and needle point, purses with beads and doilies.

As a young adult, Bridget learned from grandpa Albert Rans, the art of masonry. She hand selected field stone, blended the custom mortar and proceeded to lay a wall of stone to accent the wall behind the wood stove. She also built porch pillar stone accents to enhance the exterior of their home.

A month long tour of France with Paul and Golda, visiting the family’s exchange student was a memorable vacation. Each spring, Ron put out a huge garden. It was Bridget who harvested the bounty and canned a delicious supply for the family’s enjoyment during the winter months.

Relaxing with a good book from her vast personal library, Bridget enjoyed the company of her babies, Bear, Lily, Winnie and Lola seated next to her. Each spring, she planted flower gardens around her home to enhance the landscape.

Bridget is lovingly remembered by her husband, Ron, at home; a daughter, Golda C. Wheadon, of Fort Wayne; two sons, James Ronald Wheadon, of Rochester, and Paul E. Wheadon, of North Hollywood, Calif.; grandchildren, Cree Wheadon and Wade Wheadon; great grandson, Isaiah Wheadon; father- and mother-in-law, Wilbur O. and Joretta Wheadon, of Rochester; and her loving and devoted canine companions, the shih tzus, Bear, Lily, Winnie and Lola.

Preceding Bridget in death is a daughter, Laurie A. Wheadon on April 27, 2013.

A sunset gathering of friends and family reminiscing and remembering the good times will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, May 28, 2013, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Memorials may be given to her grandson, The Wade Wheadon Education Trust Fund or to the donor’s choice.

Online expressions of sympathy or the lighting of a candle may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Gene Burch

Dec. 28, 1926 – May 23, 2013

Gene BURCH, 86, Rochester, died at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013.

He was born in Wabash County on Dec. 28, 1926, the second youngest of 10 children of Don and Nona (Tracy) Burch. He married Jo Anne Leckrone on Sept. 12, 1952, and they enjoyed over 60 years of marriage while raising three children from their home on Bessmore Park Road.

Gene graduated from Akron High School in 1944 and served with the U.S. Army in North Africa, at the end of World War II.

He returned to Fulton County and began a career in newspaper printing – first with the Akron News and, in 1952, he moved to Rochester and began a 40year career at The Rochester Sentinel. Gene held positions as a pressman, line-o-type operator in the hot press days and composing room foreman and pressman after The Sentinel switched to offset printing.

Away from work, Gene’s passions included sports and the great outdoors. He fervently followed the Cubs, Bears, Colts, Pacers and Hoosiers. He played basketball in high school for the Akron Flyers and later played independent basketball with teams from Akron and Rochester. He played independent baseball for the Moose and fast-pitch softball for the Winamac Coil Springers.

Gene coached youth baseball for many years, including the little league Yankees and Pirates and the senior league Indians. After his baseball playing/ coaching days, his attention turned to the golf course, where he played regularly at the Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek.

Gene was a prolific vegetable gardener and passionate about fishing and small game hunting. As an outdoorsman, he knew every tree from its leaves and most by their bark after the leaves had fallen. He and his brothers had access and often a hidden jon boat to fish many small lakes in the area, and Gene raised a series of faithful beagles throughout his life for rabbit hunting.

The First Christian Church was Gene and Jo Anne’s church home for over 50 years, where Gene was a trustee and deacon. He was also a member of the American Legion, Rochester.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Debbie (Dan) Metzger, Fort Wayne; sons Alan (Donna), Cincinnati, Ohio; and Eric (Beth), Rochester; nine grandchildren Betsy (RJ) Leburg, Carmel, Alison Metzger, New Orleans, La., Caitlyn Metzger, Chicago, Ill., Neil Burch, Richmond, Va., Jacquelin (Michael) Barre, Huntsville, Ala., Evan Burch, Oxford, Ohio, and Brad, Traci and Sarah Burch, Rochester; and a sister, Nina (RJ) DeFord, North Manchester.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Courtney Burch; seven brothers, Max, Bud, Harvey, Estel, Byron, Sam and Ray; and a sister Geneva (Galen) Groninger.

Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 28, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Mike Van Heyningen officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, and one hour prior to the service the day of the funeral at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or the Fulton County Cancer Fund.

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

 

John P. Hawk

John P. HAWK, 64, Peru, died at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Arrangements are being handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

There will be a memorial service at a later date at Flowers & Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Monday, May 27, 2013

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

 

Lorene L. DeWitt

Lorene Labelle DeWITT, 96, Culver, formerly of Argos, died at 2:16 p.m. Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Osborn, Culver; sons, Larry DeWitt, Argos, and David DeWitt, Rushville; and brother, George Hochstetler, Nappanee.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

John C. Bradley

March 14, 1946 – May 25, 2013

John Clinton BRADLEY, 67, of Plymouth, passed away at 10:27 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital, Carmel, following surgery complications.

He was born on March 14, 1946, in Rochester, to Bob and Betty (Carr) Bradley, and graduated from Rochester High School in 1964.

He has resided in Plymouth since 1977.

John married Dina Bradley on Valentine’s Day in 1970 in Rochester. He was father to Jonathon and Elizabeth Bradley and grandfather to Sydney and Avery Bradley.

John served in the United States Navy for four years in Virginia Beach, New Hampshire, and Athens, Greece, where he met his wife. John traveled playing basketball in the Navy and never boarded a ship.

He earned a college degree in business management and worked as a Prudential Insurance agent for over 30 years. John was an avid bass fisherman, and member of the MARCO Bass Masters for over 30 years. He was also an active member of the Plymouth Moose Lodge.

John and Dina enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and he was known for “working to live, not living to work.” He enjoyed spending time with Zebra classmates at reunions and mini-reunions in Cape Coral, Fla., where John and Dina spent the last four winters. John could often be found playing poker on the Cape Coral Beach. John, who never met a stranger, was known for his outgoing, kind and humorous nature.

John Bradley was out fished by few, and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dina Bradley, of Plymouth; son, Jonathon Bradley and granddaughters Sydney and Avery, of Lafayette; daughter, Elizabeth Bradley, of New York City, N.Y.; sisters, Patricia (Roland) Pereira, of Crown Point, and Linda (Tom) Smith of Leo; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Bradley, in 2001; and his mother, Betty Bradley, in 2009.

Services will be in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, with military honors provided by members of the American Legion Post 27, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Marshall County Post 1162 and the D.A.V.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Immediately following the service, family and friends are then encouraged to attend a celebration of life reception at the Wesleyan Church, Plymouth, hosted by Chris and Sharon Collins.

Donations in John’s name can be made to Heminger House, Plymouth, at www.hemingerhouse.com or Marshall County Council on Aging, Plymouth, at www.marshallcountycouncilonaging. org.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the website www.johnsondanielson.com.

 

Leslie G. Grubbs

June 23, 1927 – May 25, 2013

Leslie G. ‘Tuffy’ GRUBBS, 85, Bourbon, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Mason Health Care, Warsaw.

He was born June 23, 1927, in Mentone, to Peter and Ada (Bradley) Grubbs.

On Sept. 25, 1945, he married Doris L. Flenar, in Mentone. She survives.

Tuffy attended Mentone High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII. He attended the Riverview Community Church of Tippecanoe. He loved fishing, camping, the Chicago Cubs and his dog, Buddy.

He had worked at Manwaring, Mentone, and later worked at Zimmer Orthopedics, Warsaw, for 17 years, where he retired in 1990.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly and husband Terry Lewis, Rochester, and Denise and husband Marty Heckaman, Etna Green; daughter- in-law, Tammy Grubbs, Bremen; 10 grandchildren, Jay and Leewanna Lewis, Amy Noel and Bob Cooper, Missy and Jeff Smith, Justin and Emily Grubbs, Landon Grubbs, Alyssa and Adam Siefer, Jason and Cortnie Heckaman, Adam and Amanda Heckaman, Rusty and Michele Heckaman and Holly and Isaac Sellers; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Tuffy was preceded in death by son, Tim Grubbs; sisters, Fern, Bernice, Fawn and Dollie; and brothers, Harvey, George, Harry, Jesse and Max.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon.

Memorial contributions to may be made to Mason Health Care’s Alzheimer’s Unit.

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

 


 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

 

Wilma P. Allred

June 10, 1932 – May 25, 2013

Wilma Pha ALLRED was born June 10, 1932, to Samuel and Pearle Belle (Metzger) Woods in Kewanna.

Following graduation in 1950 from Kewanna High School, Wilma was employed by Armour Creameries in Rochester as a licensed milk tester.

On April 2, 1959, Wilma was married to Tommy Calvin Allred, who died Dec. 19, 1990.

She also worked as a mag-card typist for the Chester White Record Association.

As a loyal member of First Baptist Church, Wilma served through the years as a Sunday school teacher, member of the finance board, board of Christian education, deaconess, financial secretary and was church secretary for 15 years.

Wilma retired in 2003 from Woodlawn Hospital, where she worked in the medical records department for 17 years.

She is survived by one son, Larry D. Sparks and wife Cathleen, Bloomington; daughters, Sharon Kay Morris and husband David and Linda Jean Allred, all of Rochester; four nephews, Kenneth (Mary) Gifford, LaMar (Delores) Gifford, Logansport, William (Dina) Gifford, Galveston, and James (George Ann) Gifford, Kokomo.

Preceding in death besides her husband and parents was one sister, Mabel A. Gifford; and one niece, Sandra Gifford, of Bremen.

Wilma has generously donated her remains to the anatomical education program of the Indiana University School of Medicine for research and education.

A celebration of life will be held, Saturday June 1, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Rochester. Friends may call on the family at 9:30 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Rochester, or the American Cancer Society.

 

Guy R. Mathis

Guy Ronald MATHIS, 70, Twelve Mile, died at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, Twelve Mile; seven children, Anthony W. Mathis, Florida, Robin M. Jeffs, Rochester, Rhonda Layton, Metea, Guy R. Mathis Jr., Peru, Regina VanDaele, Tennessee, Randi J. York, Twelve Mile, and Jeremiah Mathis, Twelve Mile; two brothers, Gerald Mathis, Kokomo, and John Berkenpile, Missouri; sister, Rebecca Boyles, Tennessee; half brothers, Mark Richardson, Georgia, and Clark Richardson, Tennessee; and half sister, Marjorie Richardson, South Bend.

The family is planning a private memorial service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Kristen M. Downing

Jan. 21, 1978 – May 27, 2013

Kristen Marie ‘Kristy’ (Barsh) DOWNING, 35, Kokomo, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She fought a valiant battle with cancer for three years, remaining cheerful and never complaining.

She was born Jan. 21, 1978, in Kokomo, to Ronald and Pamela (Waymire) Barsh.

On July 12, 2003, she married her high school sweetheart, Patrick Downing, at the First Christian Church in Kokomo, and he survives.

Kristy was a 1996 graduate of Kokomo High School, where she was a cheerleader and played tennis. As a 2000 graduate of Ball State University, cum laude, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement, and was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority.

She earned her master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002. She taught in the Kokomo schools for 12 years, having taught first and fourth grades at Bon Air, Elwood Haynes and, most recently, Lafayette Park. She was a member of KTA and PTO and served as a student council advisor. She also served on the InSAI Steering Team, a liaison between students and faculty. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teachers’ honorary.

She was a member of the First Christian Church and had served on the Diaconate Board as a Super Church Leader and was a member of the Rebekah Circle. Other memberships included the Kokomo Wildkat Boosters, and Cardinal Varsity Club. She enjoyed photography, dancing and shopping as well as time spent on Lake Manitou, boating and swimming.

She was a sports fan who followed the Kokomo Wildkats, Ball State Cardinals, Indianapolis Indians, Pacers and Colts. Favorite destinations were Florida beaches, Disney World and Chicago. Kristy loved being a wife to Patrick and a mother to Olivia and Owen, and especially treasured time with family and friends.

She will be sorely missed by her husband, Patrick; children, Olivia and Owen; her parents, Ronald and Pamela Barsh, all of Kokomo; her sister, Kimberly Picciola (Manny), of Chicago, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Jerri Roth (Pat), of Idaville; her father-in-law, Michael Downing, of Rochester; sister-in-law, Jennifer Miller (Rick), of Peru; brother-in-law, Adam Ennis, of Carmel; her aunt, Patricia Waymire, of Naples, Fla.; her uncle, Barry Barsh, of Marietta, Ga., and four cousins, Bonnie Balboa, William ‘Bill’ Barsh, Robin Saldana and Brian Barsh; and nieces and nephews, Sofia and Sam Picciola, of Chicago, Ill., and Ashley, Alice and Averi Miller, of Peru. She was blessed with special extended family members from the Downing, Fruth, Ennis and Roth families.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Dorothy Waymire and Robert and Wilma Barsh.

The family would like to thank all her physicians and nurses for their loving care during this journey.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the First Christian Church, Kokomo, with Pastor Will Jewsbury officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, and one hour before the service on Saturday.

Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kristy to the Olivia and Owen Downing College Fund, in care of Community First Bank, Kokomo, and/or the Kristen Downing Scholarship Fund, Kokomo Public Schools Education Foundation, and/or the First Christian Church, Kokomo.

Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.

 

Corriene M. Mechling

Corriene May MECHLING, 82, Bourbon, died at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, at her daughter’s residence.

Survivors include daughters, Roberta M. Tarlton, Bourbon, Cora A. Jones, Warsaw, and Robbin R. Crieghbaum, Bourbon; sons, Thomas T. Ludwig Jr., Columbus, David R. Mechling, LaFontaine, and Patrick L. Mechling, Alabama; sister, Ilene Height, Chapman Lake; and half brother, Keith Hardesty.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday at the United Pentecostal Church, Bourbon.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

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

 

John P. Hawk

Aug. 18, 1948 – May 22, 2013

John P. HAWK, 64, Peru, passed away at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 18, 1948, in Kendallville, to parents Albert E. ‘Ted’ Hawk Jr. and LaVerta Sundheimer. He was a graduate of Peru High School. John was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during Vietnam. He had previously belonged to various Saddle Clubs. He was a member of the Eagles, VFW, American Legion, the Literary Aid Society and the Wabash Valley Coon Hunters. He enjoyed camping, canoeing and keeping up with modern technology. He was also an avid reader.

He retired from N&W Railroad, and he also retired from Woodcrest, in Peru.

Survivors include two daughters, Mindy White, Altamont, Tenn., and Brandi Sharp, Peru; one son, Phillip and wife Dee Dee Hawk, Altamont, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Tyler White, Marley Fults, Trevor Hawk, Sawyer Hawk, Emma Sharp and Jaxon Sharp; three sisters, Pamela Dickinson, Akron, Lina Harding, Las Vegas, Nev., and LaVerta ‘Shelly’ and husband Pat Walgamuth, Akron; and two brothers, Fred and wife Michele Caudill, Peru, and Alan and wife Lesly Sundheimer, Franklin.

John was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Marvin and Lina Johnson.

Graveside services with full military rites will be conducted at the Akron Cemetery, Akron, at a later date.

Memorial visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Flowers and Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

Memorial contributions are open to the donor’s choice.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, has been entrusted by the family with arrangements.

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

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

 

Grace Marie Miller

Oct. 12, 1943 – May 29, 2013

Grace Marie MILLER, 69, of Rochester, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

Born Oct. 12, 1943, in Miami County, Grace Marie was the precious daughter of Robert Avert and Grace Margaret (Garner) Brown. Growing up, she shared her childhood with one sister and seven brothers.

On March 11, 1967, Grace and Choice ‘Al’ Miller were married in the First Christian Church, Rochester. Together they shared 42 years of life’s adventures.

Many will remember Gracie’s warm smile and friendly demeanor as she greeted customers at the Fulton County Treasurer’s Office. During her career, she also worked at the Fulton County Library and Modern Materials. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eagles.

An avid Notre Dame fan, Gracie scheduled her social calendar around cheering for the Fighting Irish. She also enjoyed bowling on the women’s league at Quick’s Lanes. The family of Gracie Marie wishes to thank her special friends for their love and support: Lois Wonders, Sherri Van Meter, Kim Boyer and Herb Corn.

Grace is lovingly remembered by one brother, Max Brown and wife Deloris, of Claypool; sister-in-law, Neva Brown, of Russell, Ky.; several nieces and nephews survive, including Don Brown and wife Bari and Robert ‘Bob’ Brown, all of Kokomo.

Grace Marie was welcomed to Heaven by her parents; husband, Al; a sister, Dorothy Bixler; six brothers, Bob, Joe, Lee, Ira, Kenneth and John; a brother-in-law, George Bixler; and many other friends and members of her extended family.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Grace Marie Miller will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 a.m. on Friday in the funeral home.

She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Al in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

Friends may sign her guestbook or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


 

Joyce Hubbard

Joyce E. HUBBARD, 58, Rochester, died at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday, May 31, 2013

 

Joyce E. Hubbard

Joyce Elaine HUBBARD, 58, Rochester, died at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; daughters, Melanie Leininger, Indianapolis, and Lisa Frye, Winona Lake; parents, Lavon and Betty Crissinger, Rochester; four sisters, Vickie Miller, Rochester, Carol Baker, Rochester, Cindy Tilden, Akron, and Kathy Schnitz, Plymouth; and two brothers, Jeff Crissinger, Rochester, and Terry Crissinger, Rochester.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

 

Nina L. Musselman

Nina Louise MUSSELMAN, 91, Bloomington, Minn., and formerly of rural Peru, passed away peacefully and suddenly on Thursday morning, May 30, 2013 at her residence in Friendship Village in Bloomington, Minn.

Born on the Carson family farm, she was the daughter of James Andrew and Marie K. (Stowman) Carson.

On June 1, 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Raymond E. Musselman in the living room of their farm home. Together they farmed and raised their two children, Janet L. Musselman Hunter and Robert L. Musselman.

Nina graduated from Jefferson Township High School in Mexico. She was a member of the Mexico Church of the Brethren where she served as treasurer, deaconess, Bible school teacher, Sunday school teacher and youth leader, as well as being the treasurer of the Middle Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren.

Mrs. Musselman was first and foremost the supportive wife of Raymond in his political career as an Indiana State Representative, as organizer of the N. Miami Consolidated School District, and as a founder of the Miami Co. Soil and Water Conservation District. She served in many elections as an election judge. In her 50s, Nina became a licensed private airplane pilot. She took pride in her homemaking, cooking and sewing.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet; her brother, Donald Carson, Peru; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert L. Musselman; and one grandson, Ryan L. Musselman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Mexico Church of the Brethren.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, Ark.

The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

 

Arlene Lytle

Feb. 23, 1924 – May 31, 2013

Arlene LYTLE, 89, Akron, passed away at 9:47 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, at Mason Healthcare, Warsaw.

Arlene was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Akron, to parents Wayne and Alta (Krieg) Alexander.

On March 29, 1947, in Silver Lake, she married Vance Lytle, in her parents’ residence. He survives.

She was a Burket High School graduate. Arlene was always very active at the Akron Church of God. She sang trios and solos, as well as teaching Sunday school. She participated in many things such as directing community bible schools, attending many activities at Yellow Creek Church of God campground, and she also was a Gray Lady at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arlene was a homemaker. She enjoyed ceramics, oil painting and working with her flowers.

Survivors include her husband, Vance Lytle, Akron; twin daughters, Sheryl and husband Walter Ruegner, Warsaw, and Sharon and husband Terry Tomlinson, Mansfield, Ohio; one son, Randall and wife Carol Lytle, Union, W. Va.; six grandchildren, Cory Lytle, Ceridwen Ruegner, Cassandra Lytle, Wes Tomlinson, Shawn Ruegner and Eric Tomlinson; one greatgrandchild, Carter Tomlinson; and one sister, Betty Doub, Silver Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Alta Alexander.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Akron Church of God, Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Joyce E. Hubbard

June 16, 1954 – May 28, 2013

Joyce Elaine HUBBARD, 58, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed from her Earthly life to our heavens at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Born in Rochester, on June 16, 1954, Joyce Elaine Crissinger was the precious daughter of Lavon and Betty Nichols Crissinger. Growing up, she shared her childhood with four sisters and two brothers. With great Bulldog pride, in 1972, she graduated with her class from Mentone High School.

On Feb. 10, 1973, Joyce Elaine married the love of her life, who later became her best friend, James Charles Hubbard. Together they raised two wonderful daughters, Melanie and Lisa, while sharing over 40 years of life’s adventures.

Working outside home, Joyce began her career at Hart Schaffner and Marx. Later, she worked for Mike Curran at the American States Insurance office. Until her health declined, she worked in the office of the prosecuting attorney. Joyce was also a loyal and devoted member of the Rochester First Church of God.

An accomplished folk artist, Joyce used acrylics to paint on a variety of items from milk cans, wood to pods of the milk weed. Custom gifts were shared with her family and special friends. Joyce’s favorite themes were Christmas, snowmen and Santa Claus. She delved into still life with great detail and a meticulous brush, depicting subjects like the Fulton County courthouse. Her works were displayed at many craft shows around northern Indiana and her parents’ store on north Main Street known as the Christmas Hut.

At home, Joyce decorated with country accents. She was proud owner of a unique collection of roosters. She and Jim annually planted the garden. Each fall, they enjoyed a bountiful harvest. Joyce was known for her crisp dill pickles, the perfect topping for a sizzling hot hamburger fresh off the grill.

For many years Joyce and Jim climbed aboard their shiny Honda Goldwing for day trips or to extend the weekend to favorite destinations of Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. There was nothing more relaxing than experiencing the freedom on the bike while touring and catching the warm breeze on a sunny summer day.

She and Jim also shared a love for speed – and racing. Many weekends, they took their girls to Plymouth and Anderson to enjoy the oval short tracks. The Indy 500 was an annual event, as was attending the World Outlaw Sprint Cars Circuit races, especially at the Terre Haute track.

Remembered for her twinkling eyes, warm smile and positive attitude, Joyce persevered as a role model for all of those who surrounded her. She illustrated what it is like to have true love and faith in God. Joyce was patient and remained radiant with her love for her family, friends and especially her Hickory Creek family.

Paramount in her life were daughters, Melanie and Lisa, and her grandchildren. Their visits always lit up the room. Staying in touch with friends, Joyce spent time at her computer. She was an avid Facebook user and enjoyed email. One of her favorite games was solitaire. She especially appreciated the friendship of her roommate, Pat Ginther.

The family of Joyce wishes to express their sincere thanks to their Hickory Creek family for the love, support and care given over the past 12 years. You are true angels that have become family.

Joyce is lovingly remembered by her husband, Jim; two daughters, Melanie Hubbard Leininger and fiance Paul Welch and their children, Madelon Mary-Anne Leinninger, Zachary Welch and Kaitlynn Welch, of Indianapolis, and Lisa Hubbard Frye and husband Nate and their children, Tristan James Frye, Ethan Frye and Elise Frye, of Winona Lake; parents, Lavon and Betty Crissinger, of Rochester; mother-in-law, Nina Hubbard, of Rochester; four sisters, Vickie Miller, of Rochester, Carol Baker, of Rochester, Cindy Tilden and husband Scott, of Akron, and Kathy Schnitz and companion Roll Inks, of Plymouth; two brothers, Jeff Crissinger and Terry Crissinger and wife Sandy, all of Rochester; a sister-in-law, Vicki Winchester and husband LeRoy, of New Haven; and her loyal roommate, Pat Ginther.

A celebration of the life of Joyce E. Hubbard will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Greg Wolfe officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

She will be laid to eternal rest in the family plot at the Reichter Cemetery, located in Newcastle Township, northeast of Rochester.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Creek, Rochester, or to the Indiana Chapter of ALS Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

 

Joan Zink

Nov. 18, 1927 – June 2, 2013

On Sunday, June 2, 2013, Joan ZINK, 85, left this world to be with Jesus.

Joan was born in Teegarden, on Nov. 18, 1927, and married Francis Don Zink, the love of her life, May 8, 1948. They were married 65 years. Their three children are Cheryll (Gary) Wyne, of Indianapolis, Ron (Mary) Zink, of Rochester, and Rex (Margaret) Zink, of Ray, Mich. Their seven grandchildren are Adam (Sarah) and Erik (Erica) Zink, Elizabeth (Zachary) Reyfus, Sam, Rex and Taylor Zink and Sarah Wyne (Michael) Barber. Their four great-grandchildren are Brayden and Camden Zink and Brooke and Briana Reyfus.

Jean Miller, of Rochester, sister, survives Joan and her other six siblings, born to Fay and Marjorie Neidlinger.

Joan grew up loving animals, and her favorite was her horse, Babe. She and her little sister, Ruthie, used to ride their horses to Argos to watch Francis play baseball.

Joan went to Tobias Beauty School and graduated with a degree in cosmetology. She worked until the birth of her children. Later, she was employed by Culver Military School. Joan and Francis were members of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Culver.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth. Funeral services will immediately follow in the funeral home at 7 p.m., officiated by Ron Lowellen of the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Culver.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 401 S. Main St., Culver.

Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Roberto Cervantes

Roberto ‘Tito’ CERVANTES, 21, Rochester, died at 7:17 p.m. Sunday, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Norma and Brent Arven, Rochester; his father, Roberto Cervantes, Plymouth; two sisters, Irma Cervantes, Plymouth, and Crystal Cervantes, Rochester; two brothers, Brandon Arven and Bradlee Arven, both of Rochester; maternal grandparents, Irma and Chris DeLaPaz, Plymouth, and Ismael Valdez, Reynosa, Mexico; and paternal grandparents, Larry and Mary Arven, Rochester, and Trinidad Zendejas, California.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Thursday, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Wymond B. Wilson

Dr. Wymond B. WILSON, 92, North Manchester, formerly of Mentone, died at 6:25 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

 

Elnora Krieg

May 2, 1923 – June 3, 2013

Elnora KRIEG, 90, of Akron, passed away at 2:05 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

She was born May 2, 1923, in Cass County, to parents Fred and Ethel (Merrell) Dillard.

On Nov. 23, 1941, Elnora married Floyd E. ‘Mike’ Krieg, in Plymouth. He passed away June 16, 1997.

She was a homemaker who attended the Akron Church of the Brethren. Elnora enjoyed traveling, refinishing antiques and spending time with her family.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Donald Dillard; and two sisters, Irene Ogle and Geneva ‘Babe’ Gray.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor David Hendry officiating.

Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Cemetery or the Akron Church of the Brethren.

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

 

Wymond B. Wilson

March 17, 1921 – June 2, 2013

Dr. Wymond B. WILSON, 92, North Manchester, formerly of Mentone, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

He was born March 17, 1921, in Steuben County, to parents Harvey and Bertha (Boyer) Wilson.

He married Arleda ‘Leda’ Hemry in Pleasant Lake, Steuben County, on June 27, 1953. She preceded in death on June 29, 2012.

Dr. Wilson was a general practitioner in Mentone from 1954 to 1991. He also worked with Woodlawn Hospital (1954-1962), Murphy Medical Center (1954-1976), Kosciusko County Board of Health, Kosciusko County Medical Society, board of directors and on staff of Kosciusko Community Hospital, medical director at Miller’s Merry Manor, of Warsaw, and the board of directors of the Mentone Farmers State Bank.

He graduated from Pleasant Lake High School in 1939. He then attended Giffin Junior College, where he played basketball. In 1942, he began his service to his country in the United States Air Force. Wymond then received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1949, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1953. He served the community of Mentone for 37 years.

He was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board. He was a member of many Mentone organizations, such as the Masons Lodge, Lions Club, Flying Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Bell Aircraft Museum Committee, Warsaw Elks and the Tippecanoe Valley School Board. He loved Indiana University basketball and football. He attended games for many years and was a member of the Varsity Club. In addition, he enjoyed spending time on the golf course.

He is survived by his brother, Wilbur Wilson, North Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arleda ‘Leda’ Wilson; and an infant sister.

Funeral service is at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating.

Visitation is 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, where military graveside rites will be performed by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church.

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

 

Larry G. Cox

Larry Gene COX, 62, died Sunday, in Kokomo.

Survivors include his former wife, Beverly (Keown) Shorter, Kokomo; two daughters, Jody (Cox) Sopher (Stone), Peru, and Victoria (Cox) Barrus, Peru; brothers, Mike Cox, Peru, and Jeff Cox, Peru; and three sisters, Judy Smith, Peru, Sue Beal, Peru, and Sharon Smith, Peru.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at the Eagles Lodge, Peru.

Visitation is noon–2 p.m. Friday at the lodge.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

 

Ivo E. Myers

March 22, 1927 – May 31, 2013

Ivo E. MYERS, 86, formerly of Warsaw and Akron, entered into heaven’s gates on Friday, May 31, 2013.

He was born March 22, 1927 to parents Harry E. and Nelly Myers.

Ivo lived most of his life in Griffith and St. John, moving to Lakeland, Fla., in 1975. He and his wife Patricia settled in Zephyrhills, Fla., in 2004.

He enjoyed traveling cross-country in a motor home. Ivo had been an IBEW member since 1946, and former deacon at Lakeland Southside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia; two daughters, Doris Mattison, of Manahawkin, N.J., and Dawne Huckeba of Lakeland, Fla.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

 

Friday, June 7, 2013

 

Ronald L. Brown

Ronald L. BROWN, 78, Warsaw, died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Judith L. Brown, Warsaw; and two stepdaughters, Tami Clemens, Warsaw, and Kristina Stahl, Huntington.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Ivo E. Myers

March 22, 1927 – June 1, 2013

Ivo E. MYERS, 86, formerly of Warsaw and Akron, entered into heaven’s gates on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

He was born March 22, 1927 to parents Harry E. and Nellie Myers.

Ivo lived most of his life in Griffith and St. John, moving to Lakeland, Fla., in 1975. He and his wife Patricia settled in Zephyr Hills, Fla., in 2004.

He enjoyed traveling cross-country in a motor home. Ivo had been an IBEW member since 1946, and former deacon at Lakeland Southside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia; two daughters, Doris Mattison, of Manahawkin, N.J., and Dawne Huckeba of Lakeland, Fla.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

 

Mary K. Carpenter Mosher

Sept. 18, 1921 – June 1, 2013

Mary K. Carpenter MOSHER died peacefully in her sleep on June 1, 2013, in Weatherford, Texas.

She was born in Plymouth, on Sept. 18, 1921, and was also a former resident of Rochester. She graduated from Plymouth High School and attended St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame.

Mary K. was the daughter of Francis A. and Mildred E. Bergman, also former Rochester residents, who operated the Rochester Laundry for many years.

Mary K. married Wilmer ‘Bill’ Carpenter in Nov. 1947, and had two children, Robert and Kathy. Wilmer passed away on June 9, 1980, and Mary K. married Fred Mosher on June 19, 1991, in Eureka Springs (Holiday Island), Ark., before relocating to Texas.

Mary K. was very proud of her family heritage, and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 50 years, serving as regent in her local chapter in Arkansas.

Mary K. is survived by her son, Robert, of Weatherford, Texas; granddaughters, Laura Aquino and Lindsey Carpenter; and great-granddaughter, Avaleigh Bain, all of Wisconsin. She is also survived by her brother, Joe and wife Mary Bergman, of Sneed’s Ferry, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her daughter, Kathy, in 1967; husbands, Wilmer and Fred (2011); brother, Bob Bergman; and her parents.

Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.

 

Esther K. McKinnis

Esther K. McKINNIS, 80, Culver, died Wednesday in Culver.

The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangement.

 

Monday, June 10, 2013

 

Rosemary G. Hollingsworth

July 19, 1915 – June 8, 2013

Rosemary G. HOLLINGSWORTH, 97, of Tipton, died at 5:05 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at IU Health Tipton Hospital.

She was born July 19, 1915, in Hamilton County, to John Walter and Gail (Fritz) Jordan. She had lived in Fulton County from 1947-1988, Lake County, Fla., from 1988-2001, and Kokomo from 2001-2005.

Rosemary married S. Keith Hollingsworth on Oct. 27, 1935, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1994.

Rosemary had worked 20 years for Essex Wire in Akron. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Paisley, Fla., and helped organize the Junior Leaders in Tipton County 4-H in the 1930’s. She belonged to the Omega Community Club in Omega in Fulton County, Fulton County Home Ec Club and was a 1933 graduate of Windfall High School.

Survivors include one daughter, Kay Annitta Burns and husband Howard, Tipton; one son, Walter Herbert Hollingsworth, Oregon; and one son- in- law, Richard Neff, Nappanee. She is also survived by four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Pam Jones, Shirley Hartsough, Phillip Jordan, Becky Canary, Esther ‘Petie’ Wust, Rachel McCain and Dick Harper.

Rosemary was preceded in death by one daughter, Karel Evangeline Neff; two brothers, John David Jordan and Robert Maxwell Jordan; and one sister, Ruth Harper.

Rosemary’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Young-Nichols Funeral Home, Tipton, with Rev. Mike Neff presiding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow the funeral in Albright Cemetery, Kokomo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipton County 4-H Program, 2300 S. Main St., Tipton, or Teen Blast Ministries, 316 S. Church St., Sharpsville.

 

David L. Thompson

David L. THOMPSON, 73, Rochester, died at 3:05 p.m. Sunday at his residence.

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

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 

Nina F. Opple

Dec. 23, 1923 – June 9, 2013

Nina Faye OPPLE, 89, of Life Care Center, Rochester, formerly of Akron and Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester, passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

She was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Perry Township, Miami County, to parents Andrew and Bessie L. (Hinsey) Funnell.

Nina graduated from Gilead High School; she was valedictorian. On June 24, 1945, in the Chili Baptist Church, she married Elbert Lorraine Opple. He preceded her in death Feb. 8, 1997.

Nina attended the Akron Church of God. She also was a volunteer at the Akron Elementary School. She was a bookkeeper and bank teller, as well as a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Ronald J. and wife Alice Opple, Rochester; five grandchildren, Kendra, Angela, Elaina, Janelle and Tyler; and six great-grandchildren.

Nina was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Lorraine Opple; son, Dennis Opple; daughter, Joyce E. Howard; sisters, Katherine Kuntz and Bonnie Walters; and one great-grandchild, Alex Michael Rife, who passed away April, 25, 2005.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care, 310 W. McKinley Ave., Suite 340, Mishawaka.

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

 

Ruth E. Lease

May 23, 1928 – June 9, 2013

Ruth E. LEASE, 85, of Lucerne, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at her residence.

Born on May 23, 1928, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Vida (Collins) Mutchler. On Nov. 27, 1968, she married Richard Lease. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1993.

She was a 1946 Kewanna High School graduate.

Ruth was formerly employed at the H.W. Gossard, Bonnells Restaurant and Kauffman Industries. She was also a retired seamstress from Hart, Schaffner and Marx after 31 years.

She was a member of Lucerne Christian Church, and Ruth enjoyed crocheting, gardening and reading.

Survivors include her daughter, Robyn Robertson (Donald), of Lucerne; grandchildren, Trisha Robertson (Ronnie Planck), Tiffany Hile (Nick) and Kaleb Robertson; great-grandchildren, Dakota Planck, Leonidas Hile, Chase Planck, Audrey Planck and Michelle Hile; sister, Francis Herrell, of Wisconsin; and brother, John ‘Jake’ Mutchler (Marge), of Rochester.

She was also preceded in death by granddaughter, Joni Robertson; brother, Donald Mutchler; and sisters, Jeanette Hunter, Josephine Tuley, Pauline Mutchler, Isabelle Mutchler and Martha Reeser.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger and Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with Pastor Dirk Raderstorf officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park.

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

 

David L. Thompson

May 3, 1940 – June 9, 2013

David L. THOMPSON, 73, Rochester, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on May 3, 1940, in Rochester, the son of Arthur and Helen (Tobey) Thompson. On Dec. 10, 1961, he married Patricia Overlander. On May 10, 1979, in Rochester, he married Saralie Stephen; she preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 2005.

Mr. Thompson had worked for 31 years at Sealed Power and had worked at Quick Lanes, both of Rochester. He also worked part time from his residence as a tool and die maker.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge, all of Rochester. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, bird watching and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his fiance, Patty Johnson, Rochester; children, Tami and husband Tom Holloway, Rick and wife Jennifer Thompson and Christopher and wife Kelli Hooks, all of Rochester; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat and husband Bill Kingery, Fulton, and Lorraine and husband Larry Norman, Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Thompson; and sisters, Joan Hudkins and Donna Bowyer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Jason See officiating.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice of Fulton County, American Cancer Society or the American Legion.

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

 

Betty Carr Leazenby

Betty Carr LEAZENBY died March 17, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.

Survivors include one brother, Don Carr, Lady Lake, Fla.; and sons, Edward ‘Bud’ Leazenby and Dennis Leazenby, both of Tucson, Ariz., and Gary Leazenby, of Carol Stream, Ill.

Graveside service is at 11 a.m. June 22 at Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery, near Bruce Lake.

 

Cecil Sue Skillen

Jan. 14, 1934 – May 29, 2013

Sue SKILLEN was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy; brothers, Harold, Clarence, John Robert ‘Bob’ and Jim; and sisters, Jean Mehring and L. Carol Skillen.

She is survived by brother, W. Dee (Carol) Skillen; nieces, Missy (Dean) Vance and Kelly (Brian) Rank, all of Omaha, Neb.; and nephew, Jim (Tonya) Mehring, Florence, Ky.

There will be no service at the decedent’s requests.

Memorials may be made to Josie Harper Hospice House, 7415 Cedar St., Omaha, Neb., or a charity of choice.

Condolences can be sent to W. Dee Skillen, 623 N. 42 St., Omaha, Neb.

 


 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 

Juanita K. Hall-Sixbey

July 8, 1952 – June 10, 2013

Juanita Kay HALL-SIXBEY, 60, of Sheridan, formerly of Rochester, passed away Monday morning, June 10, 2013, at Witham Hospital in Lebanon.

Born July 8, 1952, in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Reeford and Sue (Phillips) Hall.

Kay was a 1970 graduate of Rochester Community High School. She was an office manager for Moss Fertilizer and Superior Grain Elevator, in Twelve Mile, and for IMI, formerly Cowles Gravel Company.

After a disabling health issue in 1999, she volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital. She found her calling by caring for sick and elderly people, which she enjoyed greatly.

Kay is survived by her son, Shannon M. (Tonya) Sixbey, of Rochester; her daughter, Cassie Bennington, of Sheridan; her grandson and pride and joy, Kaleb M. Bennington, of Sheridan; brothers and sisters, Frank (Cathy) Hall of Healy, Alaska, Judy (Terry) Emmons, of The Villages, Fla., and Marty (Sue) Hall, of Sturgeon, Mo.; 17 nieces and nephews; 24 great-nieces and nephews; nine great-great-nieces and nephews; dear friend, special companion and caregiver, Joseph Barlew; and former husband Mike Sixbey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jerry Lee Hall; and a sister, Vivienne L. Rush.

She was a devoted caregiver, and in an effort to continue to help others, she proudly elected to be an organ donor.

Following cremation, a memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 13, 2013, at Kercheval Funeral Home, Sheridan, with visitation from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Reverend Jim Kyle will be officiating.

A graveside service at New Hope Cemetery, Phlox, will be held at a later date.

 

Joseph N. Keller

Joseph Nicholas KELLER died at 11 a.m. Monday, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Winamac.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church, Monterey.

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday, June 14, 2013

 

Harriet E. Bellar

Harriet E. BELLAR, 67, Denver, died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday.

 

Timothy R. Fleck

Nov. 13, 1963 – June 12, 2013

Timothy Ray FLECK, 49, Akron, passed away unexpectedly at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Woodlawn Hospital’s emergency room.

He was born Nov. 13, 1963, in Wabash, to parents Ben F. Fleck and Sharon Gearhart Meenen.

He had been the Akron town marshall since 1998, and he had been on the Akron Police Department for over 25 years. Before joining the Akron Police Department, he had been a deputy on the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

He was a 1982 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School and a 1992 Graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He was a member of the Henry Township Advisory Board. Also he was a member of the Fulton County and Indiana F.O.P.

He had previously served on the Akron Library Board and was previously a member of the Henry Township Fire Department. Tim was an avid Notre Dame fan, as well as a Tony Stewart fan, and he loved John Deere. He enjoyed mowing and was very particular about his yard.

Tim is survived by his fiance, Kelly Strahlem, Akron; three daughters, Cassandra Fleck, Akron, Hana Fleck, Peru, and Carrie Strahlem, Akron; three sons, Cory Fleck, Akron, Craig Fleck, Akron, and Sgt. Tyler and wife Katlyn Strahlem, Leavenworth, Kan.; mother, Sharon Meenen, Macy; grandchildren, Shaun Hinson, Leila Hinson, Brantley Strahlem and Halle Strahlem; sisters, Deborah and husband Brantley Bridges, Cary, N.C., Cheryl A. McCullough, Akron, and Linda and husband Frank Kamp, Akron; brother, Steve Fleck, Macy; several aunts and uncles; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ben F. Fleck; stepfather Howard ‘Bud’ Meenen; and nephew, Jonathan ‘Popper’ Kamp.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Akron Church of God, Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating.

Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at the church.

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for Hana Fleck entrusted at Lake City Bank.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of the arrangements.

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

 

Robert B. Kirkland Jr.

Sept. 25, 1928 – Jan. 7, 2013

Robert B. KIRKLAND Jr., Riverview, Fla., formerly of Delong, passed away on Jan. 7, 2013.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1928, in Dothan, Ala., to RoseLee (Burkett) and R. B. Kirkland Sr.

On April 17, 1948, in Columbus, Ga., he married Doris Whiddon.

Retiring from Youngstown Sheet & Tube in 1978, he moved to Florida, but spent most summers along the Tippecanoe River, enjoying his family. He enjoyed fishing of any kind, and many happy hours were spent fishing with family and friends. Also a big NASCAR fan, he loved going to Talladega with ‘the gang.’ During his years in Indiana, he worked with the Boy Scouts, taking them on many trips. Always willing to help out his friends, he was loved by all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; three children, Nancy (Charles) Cannon, Leiters Ford, Robin (Mark) Minix, Kewanna, and Leslie Kirkland, Delong; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-stepgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Judy Duke, Valley, Ala.; uncle J.C. Kirkland, Dothan, Ala.; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Jesse Kirkland; great-granddaughter, Elsie Maud Ringer; and daughter- in-law, Shari (Leslie) Kirkland.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. June 22, 2013, at Ralph Stayton’s, near the Tippecanoe River bridge in Leiters Ford. Everyone is invited to come and share some memories with the family. Pastor Dan Huhn will officiate.

 

Reah M. Lee

Reah Maxine LEE, 93, Warsaw, formerly of Atwood, died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

Survivors include one daughter, Jennie Earl, Atwood.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Warsaw Wesleyan Church, Warsaw.

Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

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

 

Herbert Davidson

Herbert DAVIDSON, 84, died Thursday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending with Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

 

JC Napier

Dec. 5, 1929 – June 13, 2013

JC NAPIER, 83, of Pierceton, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, in his residence.

On Dec. 5, 1929, he was born in Keokee, Va., to Milton and Beatrice (Stewert) Napier.

He married Kaylene (England) Johnson on May 29, 1977, in North Judson, who survives.

JC was born and raised in Keokee, Va., and then moved to Culver, in his late teens. He worked in carpentry and was a specialist at Culver Military Academy, where he retired from, and later, he also retired from Da-Lite Screen Company, Warsaw.

He was a member of Northern Little Dove Church, Pierceton, where he was a clerk for over 25 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and traveling to see those who were sick and in need of fellowship. JC was well loved by so many people; he loved his family, friends and church. He loved socializing with those he loved.

He is survived by his wife, Kaylene Napier, Pierceton; four daughters, C. Beatrice and spouse Alan H. Wentzel, Kewanna, Susan Ruth and spouse Lannie Stecher, Nappanee, Cynthia L. and spouse Neil Wilkinson, South Whitley, and Rita K. and spouse Robert Young, Elkhart; three sons, Billy G. and spouse Phyllis Napier, Monterey, James G. and spouse Barbara Napier, Culver, and Greg and spouse Pam Johnson, Woodlawn, Tenn.; four sisters, Joan and spouse Junior Bush, Keokee, Va., Ann and spouse Russell Bush, Closplint, Ky., Jean and late spouse Erle Collins, Martinsville, and Sharon Napier, Keokee, Va.; two brothers, Bill Napier, Detroit, Mich., and Rex Berl and spouse Brenda Napier, Eastbank, W. Va.; 20 grandchildren, John David and spouse Nicole Wentzel, Stephanie E. and spouse Mark Keller, Emily M. and spouse William Dilts, Alison E. and spouse Michael Sehstedt, Shari and spouse Edward Bugayong, Shawn Sterkenson, Billy Napier II, Tyler Napier, Rebecca Stotler, Phillip and spouse Cristy Stotler, Paula and spouse Kyle Hochstetler, Todd Napier, Neil Napier, Denise Napier, Joshua P. Wilkinson, Caleb Wilkinson, Garrett Johnson, Kaylee (Paige) Johnson, Connor M. Young and Haylee N. Young; 42 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. JC leaves behind many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Beatrice Napier; his brothers and sisters, George Napier, Janet Kelly, Merle Napier, Ed (Poe), Bob Napier, Evan Napier and Luvella Napier; and a great-grandson, Gunner Johnson.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at Northern Little Dove Church, Pierceton, with Elder Russell Hicks, Elder Morris Wicker, Elder Estill Hamilton, Elder Harvey Tuttle and Elder Tom Vanzant to lead in prayer.

Visitation hours will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2013, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, and visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Northern Little Dove Church, Pierceton.

Memorial contributions are to be made to Northern Little Dove Church, Pierceton.

To sign the guestbook or to send condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

Herbert P. Davidson

Herbet P. ‘Herbie’ DAVIDSON, 84, Rochester, died at 7:44 p.m. Thursday, at his residence.

Survivors include two daughters, Angela Davidson, Rochester, and Christine Stahl, South Bend; two sons, Ronald Davidson, Walkerton, and Shawn Davidson, Indianapolis; sister, Patricia Livingston, Georgia; and brother, Russ Davidson, Rochester.

Funeral service is at noon Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

 


 

Monday, June 17, 2013

 

Robert B. Kirkland Jr.

Sept. 25, 1928 – Jan. 7, 2013

Robert B. KIRKLAND Jr., Riverview, Fla., formerly of Delong, passed away on Jan. 7, 2013.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1928, in Dothan, Ala., to RoseLee (Burkett) and R. B. Kirkland Sr.

On April 17, 1948, in Columbus, Ga., he married Doris Whiddon.

Retiring from Youngstown Sheet & Tube in 1978, he moved to Florida, but spent most summers along the Tippecanoe River, enjoying his family. He enjoyed fishing of any kind, and many happy hours were spent fishing with family and friends. Also a big NASCAR fan, he loved going to Talladega with ‘the gang.’ During his years in Indiana, he worked with the Boy Scouts, taking them on many trips. Always willing to help out his friends, he was loved by all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; three children, Nancy (Charles) Cannon, Leiters Ford, Robin (Mark) Minix, Kewanna, and Leslie Kirkland, Delong; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-stepgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Judy Duke, Valley, Ala.; uncle J.C. Kirkland, Dothan, Ala.; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Jesse Kirkland; greatgranddaughter, Elsie Maude Ringer; and daughter-in-law, Shari (Leslie) Kirkland.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. June 22, 2013, at Ralph Stayton’s, near the Tippecanoe River bridge in Leiters Ford. Everyone is invited to come and share some memories with the family. Pastor Dan Huhn will officiate.

 

Maudie Hensley

Maudie HENSLEY, 97, Argos, died at 9:56 a.m. Saturday at her residence.

Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis Howard, Argos, Linda Tolson, Argos, Wanda Carroll, Argos, Fern Snead, Argos, and Cheryl Pennington, Plymouth; sons, Paul Hensley, Tippecanoe, James Hensley, Tippecanoe, Eugene Hensley, Argos, Ronald Hensley, Argos, and Richard Hensley, Argos; and one sister, Ressie Elam, Hazelgreen, Ky.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and an hour prior to the service at the church.

The Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Parlee L. Boothe

Parlee L. BOOTH, 78, Rochester, died at 9:40 p.m. Friday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Survivors include her Daughter, Lou Biggs, Rochester.

Graveside services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Thompson Cemetery, Verdunsville, W. Va.

Arrangements were made by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Roger L. Alvis

Roger Lee ALVIS, 89, Argos, died at 4:11 p.m. Saturday at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alvis, Culver; daughters, Donna Overmyer, Argos, Sandra Pfefferle, Bremen, and Carolyn Alvis, California; one son, Craig Alvis, Texas; and one sister, Phyllis Lindle, Indianapolis.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at the James Lowell Corey American Legion Post No. 68, Argos.

Arrangements were made by the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


 

Herbert P. Davidson

Sept. 2, 1928 – June 13, 2013

Herbert ‘Herbie’ P. DAVIDSON, 84, of Rochester, passed away at 7:44 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at his home.

Born in Peru, on Sept. 2, 1928, Herbert P. was a treasured son of Samuel and Louise (Adamson) Davidson. Growing up as one of seven children, he shared his childhood with two sisters and four brothers.

A proud 1946 graduate of Walkerton High School, Herbie enjoyed success in multiple sports. Playing basketball at the forward position for the Falcons, he was a defensive specialist – a top rebounder and shot blocker – intimidating his opponent. On the track team, he ran the 440 and was a hurdler.

At age 15, a smooth second baseman, with great ability to turn a double play, Herbie was heavily recruited by the Chicago Cubs. He played for the semi-pro South Bend team for a glove and $10 a week. Even with an extreme passion for the sport, he never attended a Cubs tryout.

When patriotism beckoned him, Herbie answered the call enlisting with the U.S. Army. Serving our country from Oct. 5, 1946 – March 10, 1948, Sgt. Herbert P. Davidson was honorably discharged, earning the decorations of World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal of Japan. He was also known for his excellence in marksmanship.

Herbie married the love of his life Janyce Peterson Davidson. Together they shared life’s adventures until her passing on Aug. 18, 2010.

Herbie was a member of the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36, Rochester, and a life member of the Mishawaka V.F.W. post. Herbie was a member of the Elks, Eagles and Moose fraternal lodges of Rochester. More recently, he enjoyed playing euchre at the community center.

A gifted engineer and entrepreneur, Herbie was one of the founders and a pioneer of the fiberglass industry. He collaborated with Les Brown and his brother Donald Davidson to form a corporation, Brown and Davidson. They provided the RV industry with shower and tub units. Known to many as the “King of Fiberglass,” the trio’s company flourished, expanding to 10 locations as exclusive providers to Coachman Industries and others.

As an American sportsman, Herbie loved to hunt. He bagged many trophies, among them were a mountain ram and wild boar. He also excelled at the game of golf, playing on courses in Tennessee, Florida and Indiana.

He enjoyed a unique and interesting collection of classic cars, speed boats and motorcycles. He first rode a Honda Goldwing, transitioning to his Harley.

A true Christian and disciple of God, Herbie lived his life with great compassion for his fellow man and others less fortunate. With Jesus in his heart, he conveyed random acts of kindness assisting friends and sometimes strangers whom he befriended.

Paramount in his life was his family. Herbie especially enjoyed a dynamic relationship with his younger brother, Russ. In 1991, he moved to Rochester to be closer to Russ. With a great mutual admiration for each other, together they enjoyed many adventures in life from hunting trips and fishing expeditions to the game of golf. A local resident for the last 22 years, he and Russ were loyal supporters of Rochester Zebra sports teams. The Davidson brothers were inseparable and were always there for each other.

Herbie is lovingly remembered by a brother, Russ Davidson and wife Karen, of Rochester; two daughters, Angela Davidson, of Rochester, and her children, Craig, RD and LeRoy, and Christine Stahl and husband Rick, of South Bend and their children, Marcus and Jesse; two sons, Ronald Davidson and wife Sonya, of Walkerton, and their children, Alana, Elaine and Aaron, and Shawn Davidson, of Indianapolis, and his daughter Lacon; and the children of the late James Davidson, Jackie, Sarah-Lorraine and Jimmy; 21 great-grandchildren, a sister, Patricia Livingston, of Georgia; canine companion, Bella the Yorkie; and nieces and nephews.

Herbie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janyce Davidson; a son, James Davidson; a sister, Donnabelle Sherland; and three brothers, Eugene, Earl and Don.

A celebration of the life of Herbert P. Davidson will be at noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesday in the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

The committal service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Walkerton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Electronic expression of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Harold E. Ulshafer

Harold E. ULSHAFER, 89, died at 9:23 p.m. Friday, in Peru.

He is survived by his son, Robert Ulshafer; and daughters, Beth Clark, Catherine Roberts and Melanie Ulshafer, all of Peru.

Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

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

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 

Lora J. Saleh

Lora J. SALEH, 64, Venice, Fla., formerly of Rochester, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Venice, Fla.

Survivors include one son, Ramy Saleh, Venice, Fla.; and one brother, Lary Eber, Star City.

Memorial service is at 5 p.m. today at the Salvation Army, Venice, Fla.

 

Jeffrey L. Hyndman

Jeffrey L. ‘Jeff’ HYNDMAN, 54, Macy, formerly of Culver, died at 7 a.m. Monday, at his residence.

Survivors include one son, Nicholas Hyndman, Culver; daughter, Alyssa Hyndman, Culver; stepchildren, Jennifer A. Smith, Rochester, Stephen J. Streets, Culver, and Deanna M. Hinsey, Culver; and sisters Neala Hyndman, Macy, and Lisa Hyndman, Logansport.

Graveside service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Jenay Louise Stukofski-Kneece

Infant Jenay Louise STUKOFSKI-KNEECE was stillborn at 9:45 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at Logansport Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center, Logansport.

She is survived by her loving parents, Michael Kneece and Jenessa Stukofski, of Kewanna; grandparents, John and Mary Stukofski, of Star City, and Raymond Eugene Kneece, of Circleville, Ohio; greatgrandparents, Joseph and Carole Kuhn, of Winamac; sisters, Alishia, Heather and Lacy Kneece; and brothers, David and Michael Kneece Jr., all of Ohio; uncle, Joseph Stukofski, of Winamac; and aunts, Cassondra Stukofski, of Indianapolis and Rosemary Stukofski, of Star City.

She was preceded in death by grandmother, Loretta Louise Kneece; and great-grandparents, Frank and Alice Stukofski.

Private family services will be held.

Interment will be at South St. Joseph Cemetery, Pulaski.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave condolences at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center.

 


 

Lillian Montz Koleszar

Sept. 30, 1945 – June 15, 2013

Lillian Montz KOLESZAR, 67, wife of Marvin Koleszar, of Salem, S.C., born Sept. 30, 1945, died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at her residence.

A native of Kewanna, Mrs. Koleszar was the daughter of the late Henry John and Alice Lorraine (Weller) Montz. Lillian was a graduate of Kewanna High School and Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Lillian was an active volunteer in the community for St. Paul’s Women’s Club and Clemson Community Care. She was also a Meals on Wheels driver for 35 years in various communities. She was an avid sports fan. She loved growing flowers and walking her dog, Marley, every day.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Koleszar is survived by daughters, Cori Koleszar, of Duluth, Ga., and Ali Treon, of Snellville, Ga.; three grandchildren, Jake Treon, Abby Treon and Drew Ball; sons-in-law, Eric Treon and Jeff Ball; and a sister, Vivian (Dan) Pesaresi, of Indiana; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie (Rex) Kiser, of Illinois.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Koleszar was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Montz.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Seneca.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Clemson Community Care Center, P.O. Box 271, Clemson, S.C.

 

Florence Hogan

Jan. 28, 1928 – June 18, 2013

Florence ‘Flo’ HOGAN, 85, of Kewanna, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital, in Rochester.

Born on Jan. 28, 1928, in Passaic, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Bertram and Margaret (Moshier) Brown. Florence was raised by her adopted parents, Jacob and Irene Metz.

On Jan. 18, 1946, she married John E. ‘Jack’ Hogan. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2007.

Flo had performed in the USO during WWII and had been the first female member of the band, Starlighters. She and her husband, Jack, enjoyed going out dancing and singing karaoke. She also enjoyed bowling.

Florence was a homemaker. She also formerly worked at Switches, Kewanna Metal Specialties and Winamac Coil Spring, in Kewanna.

She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Kewanna, and a former member of Kewanna United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of the former “Harvestairs,” performing at the annual Harvest Festival, in Kewanna.

She is survived by son, Michael E. Hogan, of Kewanna; daughters, Kathleen Dees (Rudy), of Visalia, Calif., Wendy J. Kelly (Daniel), of West Lafayette, and Alice L. White (Darrell), of Winamac; son-in-law, Joseph Federer, of Wolcott; brother, Donald Brown, of New Jersey; grandchildren, Johna Bouda, Noah Hogan, John Dees, Kerry ‘Katy’ Nimitz, Jason Federer, Kristen Federer, Sarah Cleary, David White, Stephanie Malchow, Jamie Smith and Wendy Shock; and greatgrandchildren, Brooklynn Dees, Hayley Nimitz, Michael Nimitz, Kaitlyn Malchow, Lucas Malchow, Madison Carmen, Haley Shock and Bella Shock.

She was also preceded in death by daughter and son-in-law, Janice E. and Ozzie Graham; daughter, Linda K. Federer; brother, Alan Brown; sisters, Violet Mueller and Edna Norris; and granddaughter, Mary Beth White. She was also preceded in death by her beloved dog, Missy.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Pastor David Sommers officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, and also one hour before the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery, in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kewanna Volunteer Fire Dept. and First Responders and/ or Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center.

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

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

 

Harold W. Gearhart

Dec. 24, 1921 – June 18, 2013

Harold W. GEARHART, 91, Hoosier Village Retirement Center, Indianapolis, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Wabash County, to parents Frank and Edna (McPeak) Gearhart.

On Aug. 24, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pa., he married Bonnie M. Moyer. She survives.

He had worked for the Erie Railroad for 20 years. He owned and operated the Akron Supermarket from 1962-1976. From 1976-1988, he was a real estate broker.

He was a Laketon High School graduate. Harold served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1945. He was a lifetime member of the 3rd Marine Division Association. He had been a member of the Akron United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie M. Gearhart, Indianapolis; son, Jeffrey and wife Sharon Gearhart, Indianapolis; granddaughter, Lindsay and husband Evan Childers, Portland, Ore., four sisters, Dorothy and husband Ogden Alger, North Manchester, Ruth and husband Charles Miller, North Manchester, Sharon Meenen, Macy, and Joan and husband Tom Harris, Fulton; and four brothers, William Gearhart and companion Sue, Athens, Dick and wife Helen Gearhart, Winamac, Roger and wife Janet Gearhart, Akron, and Larry and wife Donna Gearhart, Fulton.

He was preceded in death by twin infant sisters; one infant child; one sister, Opal Gearhart; and five brothers, Leo, Leonard, Floyd, Max, Donald and Ray Gearhart.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Butch Troke officiating.

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

Burial will be in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron United Methodist Church.

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

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

 

Carl C. Miller

Sept. 2, 1921 – June 19, 2013

Carl C. MILLER, 91, Rochester, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on Sept. 2, 1921 in Rochester, the son of Phill and Velma (Horton) Miller. On June 8, 1946, in Rochester, he married Lois Edna Talbott.

Together they had four children, C. Richard and wife Joyce Miller, Kansas City, Mo., Susan and husband Dan Garpow, Rochester, Phil Miller, Macy, and Dale Miller and companion Betsy Wheeler, Crosby, Texas. He was the proud grandparent of 16 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He is survived by sisters-in-law, Betty Miller and Irene Miller, both of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by brothers, infant Loren, Billy, Dick, John and Dale ‘Butch’ Miller; and sister, Audrey Barkman.

Carl proudly served with the United States Army during World War II with the 575th Ambulance Motor Company in England, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia. He drove an ambulance to transport wounded soldiers to rear hospitals, day and night driving over all types of terrains and under enemy fire. He served 21 months overseas.

Returning to the states, Carl worked as a truck driver and carpenter most of his life, helping to build numerous homes and apartments in the Logansport area.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing baseball and softball. He played baseball with his fellow servicemen overseas after the war and continued playing baseball and softball as a civilian in local leagues for many years. Carl and his wife Lois enjoyed traveling around to various craft shows and loved to support their grandchildren in all of their activities.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Jason See officiating.

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

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Ministries Food Pantry.

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

 

Velma L. Warner

Oct. 8, 1923 – June 18, 2013

Velma Lucille WARNER, 89, Warsaw, formerly of Argos, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, following a lengthy illness.

She was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Winamac, to parents Samuel L. Heims and Della A. (Waltz) Heims.

On Feb. 29, 1939, she married Harold L. Warner, in Winamac. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2013.

Velma lived in the Argos community for over 73 years, coming from Winamac. She was a housewife and homemaker who was a member of the Gospel Meeting House, Ora.

Survivors include her daughters, Pat West, Warsaw, and April R. Warner; grandchildren, Rick Rish, South Bend, Lee Ellen Rish, Tunker, and Elizabeth Clark and husband Alex, Warsaw; greatgrandchildren, Annabel Clark, Osiris Rish, Leonidas Rish and Thaddeus Rish; and sister-in-law, Janet Heims, Plymouth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Vera Litchwork and Adderinne Heims; and brothers, George, Ralph, Charlie, Merlin and Rev. Vern Heims.

Graveside service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, with Rev. Don Franklin of the Gospel Meeting House, Ora, officiating.

Visitation is 11a.m.-1p.m. Wednesday, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Home, 72876 County Road 29, Syracuse.

Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com.

 

Friday, June 21, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

 

Eugene M. Kelley

May 27, 1913 – June 21, 2013

Eugene M. KELLEY, 100, Rochester, passed away at 2 a.m. on Friday June 21, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

He was born on May 27, 1913, in Rochester, the son of Dan and Mary (Maury) Kelley.

On March 6, 1937, he married Devereux Cessna; she preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2005.

Mr. Kelley spent his working years as a surveyor/engineer on bridge building projects, working for the state of Indiana.

He attended Purdue University for three years. He was a 78-year member of the First Baptist Church and taught Sunday school for many years. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, R.O.M.E.O.’s Lunch Group, American Legion and V.F.W., all of Rochester.

Gene was a U.S. Army veteran, who proudly served in World War II. His specialties were cryptographic tech and rifle marksman. He served in New Guinea, Luzon and the southern Philippines. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three bronze stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one star, the Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Jennifer Wood, North Carolina, and Andrea Carter, Burbank, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Rhett Wood, North Carolina, and Bailey Carter, Burbank, Calif.; niece, Kathryn (Hugh) Rentschler; and nephews, Tom (Janet) Rockey, Chicago, Ill., and David Cessna, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lois Carol Kelley; infant, Mary Elizabeth Kelley; sisters, Cecile Carruthers, Mable Gaumer and Ruth Rockey.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013, at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Rev. Bose has enjoyed being Eugene’s caregiver for over 10 years.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

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

 


 

Esther J. Means

Sept. 17, 1916 – June 21, 2013

Esther J. MEANS, 96, Winona Lake, formerly of Logansport, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Grace Village, Warsaw.

Born Sept. 17, 1916 in Cass County, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Emma (Wilson) Means.

Esther was a retired school teacher. She taught in Rochester and several Cass County schools.

Surviving Esther is one cousin, Carl S. Wilson, Winona Lake.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Burial will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Onward.

You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Gust ‘Gussy’ Coby

Dec. 10, 1926 – June 21, 2013

Mr. Gust ‘Gussy’ COBY, 86, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 7:40 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Woodlawn Hospital.

On Dec. 10, 1926, Gust Morgan Coby was born in Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County. He was one of eight treasured sons of Otis and Ina D. (Reinhold) Coby.

In 1945, with great pride, he graduated from Monterey High School. A talented student-athlete, Gust played basketball and ran track.

With a strong agriculture background growing up, Gust was passionate about life on the farm. His dad instilled a strong work ethic. In the early years, he hand milked the Holstein herd. With the evolution of technology, he transitioned to milking machines. Many years, he oversaw a fine herd of over 100 cows and a variety of swine. He also planted grains annually. Gussy raised game birds, peacocks, pheasants and chickens.

An uncle who was always there for his nieces and nephews, Uncle Gust assisted the kids with their 4-H projects. Annually, he could be found at the Fulton County 4-H Swine Barn, always sharing tips on grooming and showmanship and helping all of the kids with whatever came up. He was their No. 1 cheerleader and took great pride in their accomplishments.

With his love for our youth, Gust drove the school bus for the Monterey School for a number of years. To relax, he would actively attend auctions of all types. He was a member of the Dairy Business Men’s Association.

Gust is lovingly remembered by five brothers, Alvin Cleo Coby, of Rochester, Orval Coby, of Leesburg, Curt Coby and wife Marilyn, of Culver, Jay Coby and wife Karen, of Rochester, and Vernon Coby and wife Jean, of Culver; 14 nieces and nephews; and several greatnieces and nephews. Gust was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Marvin and Homer.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Gust ‘Gussy’ Morgan Coby will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mr. Jeff Coby officiating.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County 4-H Swine Barn.

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

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

 

Mark J. Rodriguez

Nov. 21, 1954 – June 22, 2013

Mark J. RODRIGUEZ, 58, Rochester, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1954, in Gary, the son of James D. Rodriguez and Shirley (Arbaugh) Rodriguez-Pemberton.

On May 24, 1985, he married Gayle Lebo at the First Christian Church, Rochester.

Mark served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1973-1975, meritoriously promoted to sergeant. Returning to civilian life, he enrolled and graduated from the Indiana Police Academy in 1976. He became one of the youngest Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies to serve the department. He was a Kosciusko County probation officer, and had been the Fulton County Chief Probation Officer. He has served Fulton County as County Commissioner since 2006. Currently, Mark was the owner/operator of Paperless Business Solutions, designing software for the community corrections departments across the state.

He was member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder and board chairman, member of the Rochester Elks Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, American Legion, Indiana County Commissioners Association and was an active member of the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters.

In his spare time, Mark enjoyed nature and bird watching, working in the garden and his yard, ice fishing, Purdue tailgating and always enjoyed the time spent with his canine companion, Oreo, and feline companion, Chester. He adored his grandchildren, loved spending time with his family and took great pride in saying the family prayer at holidays.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Rodriguez; mother, Shirley and husband Val Pemberton; children, Jenifer Rodriguez and companion Kindra Field, Stacy Rodriguez, Stephanie and husband Kyle Bandow, and Michaila Rodriguez, all of Rochester; six grandchildren, Peyton Hibner, Ebony Hibner, Bryant Bandow, Caleb Bandow and Devin Bandow, all of Rochester, and Andrea Bandow, Jonestown, Texas; two brothers, James Rodriguez, Fulton, and Donald Smith, Rochester; three sisters, Ruby and husband Clayton ‘Cork’ Troglen, Rochester, Linda Rodriguez, Rochester, and Kara and husband Dale Graham, Macy; father-in-law and mother- in-law, Richard and Nancy Clay, Rochester; aunt, Josephine Konowal, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Rodriguez; stepfather, Donald Smith; and grandmother, Ruby Allard.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the First Christian Church, Rochester, with Rev. Mike Van Heyningen officiating.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Rochester.

Online condolences may be expressed at zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Betty L. Fawley

May 23, 1929 – June 22, 2013

Betty L. FAWLEY, 84, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, formerly of Mentone, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, in her residence.

She was born May 23, 1929, in Rochester, to John and Hazel (Clay) Waltz.

Betty married Jack D. Fawley on May 15, 1954, in Rochester. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2001.

She was a graduate of Richland Center High School in 1947. She was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed crocheting and sewing for her family. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren, and made all of them an afghan. For many years, she enjoyed attending the Nutrition Site in Mentone.

She worked in the cafeteria of Mentone School for 24 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy and husband Mike Whetstone, Mentone, and Carol and husband Wayne Hintz, Francesville; one son, J. Steven and wife Carla Fawley, Syracuse; 11 grandchildren, Jared, Malissa, Crystal, and Carlena, Nick, Blake, Cameron, Scott, Carrie, Jenny and Lisa; 14 greatgrandchildren; three sisters, Marjorie Gibbons, Rochester; Irene Montague, Fort Myers, Fla., and Patsy Waltz, Indianapolis; and two brothers, Richard and wife Karen Waltz, Rochester, and Byron and wife Sue Waltz, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, and one sister, Esther Jean Hawk.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating.

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

Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone Nutrition Site.

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

 

Eileen Halterman Petersen

Eileen Halterman PETERSEN, 95, Rochester, died at 7:32 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.

Survivors include her sons, Ted L. Halterman, Rochester, and Lynn Halterman, Carolina Beach, N.C.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

Eileen Halterman Petersen

June 6, 1918 – June 21, 2013

Eileen Halterman PETERSEN went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday June 21, 2013; Eileen simply passed away at her home in the care of one of her beloved caregivers.

Lois Eileen Waltz was born June 6, 1918, to Ort and Edith Waltz, of Fulton. She was one of four siblings, which included her three older brothers, Loren, Merrill and Robert, who preceded her in death, along with her parents. On New Years Eve 1938, in Roann, she married Harrison Robert ‘Het’ Halterman, of Richland Center, and the two were married for 45 years and raised two sons, Ted (Alma) of Rochester, and Lynn (Mary Kaye), of Carolina Beach, N.C.

Eileen would tell anyone who wanted to know the best part of her life was her six grand children, Craig Powell, of Fishers, Ginger Halterman Richard and Eric Halterman, of Rochester, Christina Halterman Parker, of Wilmington, Sara Halterman, of Aspen, and Andrew Halterman, of Wilmington.

Eileen was known to all family members as Aunt Eileen, especially to the four generations of nieces and nephews, and Grandma Eileen to the 11 greatgrandchildren, who she so dearly loved. Just recently, Eileen celebrated her 95th birthday and, up until a year ago, had been in good health.

Eileen graduated from Richland Center High School in 1936, and shortly after found herself married and in the middle of World War II in Colorado with her new husband Het. Eileen worked for the war effort, making dental features for wounded soldiers overseas. After the war was over, she and Het built a great life together in Rochester, and both were very proud to be part of the community, taking on many roles of leadership and community service, which included owning and operating Halterman’s Grocery for over 35 years. Eileen was a lifelong member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, and a founding member of the Fulton County Cancer Fund, a Woodlawn Hospital volunteer for 17 years and a member of the Fulton County Historical Society.

In March of 1983, Eileen’s life changed with the passing of Het, and for the next 14 years she dedicated herself to her family and friends and the adventures of traveling and visiting with relatives all over the U.S. Eileen loved to travel by train and took many trips with her sister-in-law Phyllis Waltz, of Bremen, and cousin, Ilene Strobel of Montpelier, Ohio.

On Sept. 27, 1997, she and Dale Petersen, of Rochester, were married. She and Dale spent 15 great years together. They enjoyed traveling and visiting friends and family until Dale’s passing in November of 2012. Eileen was very fond of Dale’s children, Marlene, Marvin, Jerri and Steve Petersen.

Eileen’s life was dedicated to God, her family, her friends and community. The family would like to sincerely thank all the people involved in Eileen’s care, especially to cousin, Jo Waltz, of Rochester, and to the love and kindness of all these special caregivers: Laura Wilson Conley, Darlene Reed, Bonnie Barnhardt and Leah Enyart.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.

The celebration of Eileen’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may also visit one hour prior to her service at the church.

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

 

Marcia A. Grimes

Marcia Ann GRIMES, 82, Peru, died Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

Survivors include two children, Howard D. Grimes, Pocatello, Idaho, and Kathi A. Beaver, Crystal River, Fla.; two sisters, Sharon L. Peppers, Denver, and Linda K. Kirk, Peru; and one brother, Donald Howard, Peru.

Visitation is 1-1:30 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Graveside services follow visitation in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver.

 

James E. Coiner Sr.

James E. COINER Sr., 71, Rochester, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, in Rochester.

Survivors include one daughter, Kristy Busse, Rochester; and two sons, James Coiner Jr., Rochester, and Michael Coiner, Plymouth.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Doris J. Harrison

Doris Jane HARRISON, 90, Nyona Lake, died Sunday at her residence.

Survivors include one daughter, Paula Del Vecchio, Rochester; and son, Robert Harrison, Kokomo.

Graveside service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Memory Gardens, Kokomo.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

Margaret L. Pluta

Oct. 19, 1921 – June 24, 2013

Margaret Lynette PLUTA, 91, of Robinson, Ill., formerly of Rochester, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013.

She was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Click, Okla., the daughter of Willard Clark and Nora Grace (Daron) Clark. Margaret worked at Kmart for 10 years in Clarmont, N.H. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Trinity United Methodist Church, both in Rochester.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Linda Jean Ganschow; her brother, Wayne Clark; and two sisters, Carolyn Montgomery and Mildred Newman.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Kristina Risner, Mt. Sterling, Ky., Richard Ganschow, Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Karla Rutledge and her husband Mitchell, Jeffersonville, Ky.; two brothers, Gene Clark, Flat Rock, Ill., and Don Clark (Sue), Robinson, Ill.; sister, Betty Haak, Robinson, Ill.; sister-in-law, Jane Clark, Evansville; and four great-grandchildren, Linda Jean Felda, Andrew Rutledge and Richard and Ashley Risner.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Goodwine Funeral Home, Robinson, Ill.

Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, rural Annapolis, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

Doris J. Harrison

May 7, 1923 – June 23, 2013

Doris Jane HARRISON, 90, of Nyona Lake, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her home.

Born in Armstrong Township, Pa., on May 7, 1923, Doris Jane was the precious daughter of Smith E. and Melissa (Householder) Klingensmith.

An avid roller skater, Doris and her future husband enjoyed the rink. Doris and George Arthur Harrison were married in Rosston, Pa., on Aug. 26, 1940. Together, they shared 43 years together and raised two wonderful children, Bob and Paula. The family tree flourished with the added blessings of seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Moving from Kokomo to Nyona Lake about 30 years ago, Doris and George loved cruising the sparkling waters of the lake. The sunsets were breathtaking, and there was nothing more relaxing than fishing beneath the bridge on their boat. Doris could be seen with her trusty casting rod, reeling blue gill and crappy – making the catch of the day!

George and Doris planted a garden annually that produced a bountiful harvest each autumn. Doris would freeze and can the produce for use in the winter and to share with special friends and family. Following the death of her beloved husband, George, Doris and Herb Humphries became special friends. They shared nearly 25 years of life’s adventures until his passing a few years ago.

Enjoying nature, Doris was a friend to hummingbirds, orioles and finches, feeding them through the year and observing their habits. To relax, she read books of romance. Always beside her was her feline companion and heart cat, Maxie, a long-haired tuxedo colored kitty. Doris was a member of the Manitou Moose Family Center and the Eagles ladies auxiliary.

A proud grandma and matriarch of five generations, Doris loved and cherished the time spent with her family. Hosting the family dinners, her specialties in demand were her brown sugar pudding and her refreshing cottage cheese pineapple salad. At the holidays, Grandma Doris’ Christmas candies were second to none. Chocolate covered cherries, turtles, maplenut, walnut and peppermint patties were delicious treats to be remembered.

Doris is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Paula Del Vecchio and fiance Dan Hartman, of Rochester; her son, Robert ‘Bob’ Harrison and wife Nancy, of Kokomo; seven grandchildren, Ryan Del Vecchio, Heidi Harrison, Brian Stonebraker, April Marley, Scott Stonebraker, Chris Stonebraker and Danny Harrison; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George, in 1983; a granddaughter, Holly Harrison and her special friend Herb Humphries.

A chapel service for Doris Jane Harrison will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the Sunset Memory Gardens, in Kokomo. Entombment will follow.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester.

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

 

Roger L. Alvis

Roger Lee ALVIS, 89, Argos, died at 4:11 p.m. June 15, 2013, at his residence.

Survivors include Marie Alvis, Culver; daughters, Donna Overmyer, Argos, Sandra Pfefferle, Bremen, and Carolyn Alvis, California; one son, Craig Alvis, Texas; and one sister, Phyllis Lindle, Indianapolis.

Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at the James Lowell Corey American Legion Post No. 68, Argos.

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

 

Louise Skidmore Vernon

Louise Skidmore VERNON, 95, Rochester, died at 10:25 p.m. Monday, at her residence.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Myers, Fort Wayne; a son, Travis Skidmore, Rochester; two stepdaughters, Judy Vernon Zent, Carmel, and Vicki Vernon Bobo, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Wilmajean Tullis, Macy; two half sisters, Patsy Taylor, Albuquerque, N.M., and Marlene Clark, Soap Lake, Wash.; a half brother, Bill Willard, Rochester; and a stepbrother, Gene Seidner, Rochester.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

 

Lawrence Anderson

Lawrence ANDERSON, 75, Kewanna, died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, at his residence.

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

 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

 

Louise Skidmore Vernon

May 17, 1918 – June 24, 2013

Louise Skidmore VERNON, 95, Rochester, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at her residence.

On May 17, 1918, she was born to Joshua M. and Mary (Shamp) Willard in Athens. Louise and William T. Skidmore were married on Dec. 2, 1945; he passed away on Aug. 9, 1984. Her second marriage was to John Vernon on Dec. 5, 1992. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1996.

In 1937, Louise became a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester.

After many years of service, she retired from Sears Roebuck & Co.

Louise is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Kay Myers and husband Carl, of Fort Wayne, and their sons Brett Myers and wife Suzie, Doug Myers and wife Pam, Scott Myers and wife Tara; their grandchildren, Abigel Myers, Dylan Myers and Grace Ann Myers, all of Fort Wayne; a son, Travis Skidmore and wife Angel, of Rochester, and their daughters, Deby Gauthier and husband Matt of Lincoln, Neb., Catherine Rhein and husband Troy, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Selly Campbell and husband TC, of Silver Lake; their grandchildren, Benjamin Gauthier, Seth Gauthier and Grace Gauthier; their stepgrandsons, Matt Nard and wife Carla and Andy Nard, both of Rochester; their great-stepgrandchildren, Hunter Nard and Megan Nard; two stepdaughters; Judy Vernon Zent, of Carmel, and Vicki Vernon Bobo and husband Don, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Wilmajean Tullis, of Macy; two half sisters, Patsy Taylor, of Albuquerque, N.M. and Marlene Clark, of Soap Lake, Wash.; a half brother, Bill Willard and wife Shirley, of Rochester; a stepbrother, Gene Seidner, of Rochester; four stepgrandchildren; 11 great-stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and a stepbrother, Bob Seidner.

A celebration of the life of Louise Skidmore Vernon will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mark Spencer and Rev. Junior Bose officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Gentiva Hospice.

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

 

Lawrence L. Anderson

May 27, 1938 – June 25, 2013

Lawrence L. ANDERSON, 75, Kewanna, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on May 27, 1938, in Kewanna, the son of Phil and Helen (Smith) Anderson.

On Nov. 14, 1964, in Rochester, he married Bonita Edington. She preceded him in death on May 13, 2005.

Mr. Anderson served in the United States Army and had been a farmer most of his life. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his daughter, Carla Roberts, Kewanna; sons, Robert Ray Neff, William Paul Neff, Gene W. Gamble and Patrick and wife Pam Gamble, all of Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, John and wife Sherry Anderson, Kewanna; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; and two sisters.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

 

Fern R. Carson

Fern R. CARSON, 85, Logansport, died at 2:39 p.m. Thursday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

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

 


 

Betty J. Becker

Betty J. BECKER, 90, Rochester, died at 7:21 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

 

Stanley L. Lantz

Aug. 29, 1951-June 27, 2013

Stanley Lee LANTZ, 61, died unexpectedly June 27, 2013, at his home in Elkhart.

He was born Aug. 29, 1951, in Elkhart to Harry Frederick Lantz and Geraldine Anna Stout Lantz (both deceased). Stanley is survived by his son Jason M. (Jayme) Lantz (age 35); and his daughter Lindsay N. (Rob) Lantz Anderson (age 33). Stanley also has a surviving brother, Steven F. Lantz, Seattle, Wash.

Stanley is grandfather to four grandchildren, Peyton G. Anderson (age 11) and Ashlyn K. Anderson (age 7), Cohen R. Lantz (age 7) and Camdyn R. Lantz (age 5).

Stanley graduated from Elkhart (now Central) High School in 1969 and went on to attend Vincennes University, Vincennes, 1969–1971. In 1972, Stanley joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Orlando, Fla. and Rantoul, Ill. At Rantoul, he met and married Sheila M. Enyeart (daughter of Robert and Elizabeth-Betty). They ultimately settled in Elkhart to raise their family.

Stanley was employed at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home when first married and living in Elkhart, starting in 1973. Ultimately, Stanley settled on a career as a quality and manufacturing engineer for Miles, now Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Laboratories Diagnostics Division, Mishawaka.

Outside his work career, Stanley took an active interest in helping to coach high school wrestling. He also participated as an adult counselor in summer camps for children with severe diabetes.

Above all other hobbies was Stanley’s love of the great outdoors (being the son of Harry “Fred” Lantz, could there be any other route?!). Name an animal or fish and they were on Stan’s list to be hunted down or caught, especially grouse (of Wisconsin fame), deer and all fish of the lakes. His greatest pleasure was spending a week with family and friends in the woods of Wisconsin hunting and cooking.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. service Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

If you desire, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Stanley’s memory to his grandchildren’s college fund, making checks payable to Steven Lantz.

 

Betty Becker

March 7, 1923-June 27, 2013

Betty (King) BECKER, 90, Rochester, passed away at 7:21 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born on March 7, 1923, in Rochester, the daughter of Joseph V. King II and Blanche (Rans) King. On Aug. 17, 1946, she married DeVerl Becker, of Rochester. Because her father was a senior clerk with the U.S. Indian Service, she lived on several Indian reservations and attended primary school with Indians who resided at the boarding school. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1940 and completed a one-year post-graduate business course.

At home, she was a jack of all trades. She could handle all the tools, including the power saw and the power drill. She fixed the plumbing and did electrical wiring wherever needed. She could fix about anything using tape, glue, string, wires and Popsicle sticks. She could pack boxes, suitcases and the trunk of the car tighter than anyone. She was the Coupon Queen before the TV show was born. Her pies took first place at any family gatherings. As family beautician, she kept the supply of Toni perms and curling rods, ready to give a perm when her records showed it was time. She loved to go fishing and found the most mushrooms on the hunt.

She belonged to bridge clubs and bowling leagues. She enjoyed playing bingo and dominoes and the penny machines at the Blue Chip Casino. She enjoyed big band music and danced whenever she had the opportunity. She was a charter member of the Beta Mu chapter of Tri Kappa sorority. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron from 1960-1961. She has been a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church since 1972. She worked as secretary at First Baptist Church for several years and at the Fulton County Public Library for 29 years as library clerk.

She led a very active life until Alzheimer’s disease brought her to her final stage of life. She lived a good life and had no regrets. She was at peace with family and friends, and they will miss her dearly.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Absi and husband Pierre, Rochester, Beth Higgins, Greenfield; four grandchildren, Laura (Absi) Ralston and husband Dennis, Granger, Rick Absi and wife Gessica (Brown) Indianapolis, Lydia (Absi) Claghorn and husband Bret, Roanoke, and Myra (Absi) Witte and husband Clint, South Whitley; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Linda (King) Allen and husband Jim, Michigan City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeVerl on Feb. 12, 2005, her parents, and three brothers, Joey King in 1938, Jack King in 2011 and Kirk King in 2005.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday July 1, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Buck Padilla officiating.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Council on Aging senior activities, Fulton County Public Library or Trinity United Methodist Church.

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

 

Fern R. Carson

Sept. 9, 1927-June 27, 2013

Fern Ruth CARSON, 85, Logansport, passed away at 2:39 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

Fern was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Fulton County, the daughter of Leon and Essie (Holiday) Lunsford. Fern’s mother died when she was 10 years old, and she was raised by her grandparents, Daniel and Ida (Montgomery) Holiday. She was a 1946 graduate of Grass Creek High School. On Aug. 3, 1958, she married John Morris Carson at the Olive Branch Church, and he survives.

Fern was a 56-year member of the former Olive Branch Methodist Church near Fulton, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and youth director. She also was a Cub Scout den leader, active in 4-H and helped in organizing the Pair or Better Twin Club of Logansport.

Fern worked at several offices and baby-sat for many children. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, canning, cross stitching, sewing and especially enjoyed her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, John Morris Carson, Logansport; twin sons, James H. and wife Dorraine Carson, Walton, and John W. and wife Brenda Carson, Logansport; son Robert J. Carson, Statesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Sara and husband Jimmy Sottile, Florida, John W. Carson II, Logansport, Alicia and Amanda Carson, both of Walton; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, granddaughter, and brother, Donald Lunsford.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service on Tuesday.

Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

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

 

Monday, July 1, 2013

 

Louise Skidmore Vernon

May 17, 1918 – June 24, 2013

Louise Skidmore VERNON, 95, Rochester, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at her residence.

On May 17, 1918, she was born to Joshua M. and Mary (Shamp) Willard in Athens. Louise and William T. Skidmore were married on Dec. 2, 1945, he passed away on Aug. 9, 1984. Her second marriage was to John Vernon on Dec. 5, 1992. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1996.

In 1937, Louise became a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester.

After many years of service, she retired from Sears Roebuck & Co.

Louise is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Kay Myers and husband Carl, of Fort Wayne, and their sons Brett Myers and wife Suzie, Doug Myers and wife Pam, Scott Myers and wife Tara; their grandchildren, Abigel Myers, Dylan Myers and Grace Ann Myers, all of Fort Wayne; a son, Travis Skidmore and wife Angel, of Rochester, and their daughters, Deby Gauthier and husband Matt of Lincoln, Neb., Catherine Rhein and husband Troy, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Selly Campbell and husband TC, of Silver Lake; their grandchildren, Benjamin Gauthier, Seth Gauthier and Grace Gauthier; their stepgrandsons, Matt Nard and wife Carla and Andy Nard, both of Rochester; their great-stepgrandchildren, Hunter Nard and Megan Nard; two stepdaughters; Judy Vernon Zent, of Carmel, and Vicki Vernon Bobo and husband Don, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Wilmajean Tullis, of Macy; two half sisters, Patsy Taylor, of Albuquerque, N.M. and Marlene Clark, of Soap Lake, Wash.; a half brother, Bill Willard and wife Shirley, of Rochester; a stepbrother, Gene Seidner, of Rochester; four stepgrandchildren; 11 great-stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; two sisters, Shirley Wagner and Helen Morris; a brother Charles Willard; and a stepbrother, Bob Seidner.

A celebration of the life of Louise Skidmore Vernon was on June 28, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Mark Spencer and Rev. Junior Bose officiating.

Interment was in IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

 

Hal W. McClain

April 11, 1941 – June 28, 2013

Hal Wayne McCLAIN, 72, Denver, passed away at 4:40 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, shortly after he collapsed at his home.

Born April 11, 1941, in Peru, he was the son of Tracy Earl and Keturah Elizabeth (Cutshall) McClain. On Oct. 11, 1980, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, in Kokomo, he was married to Nancy Kay Fulk, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 1993.

Hal was the owner and president of McClain Funeral Home, in Denver, where he began as an employee 50 years ago. He purchased the funeral home in 1970, and was proud to serve the North Miami Community and surrounding area his entire career as a funeral director. He was active in his community and was a member of the Mexico Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include his three sons, Ryan Allen and his wife Charlene, Sheridan, Bradley Andrew, Peru, and Jayke Allen, Peru; three grandchildren, Tyler Phillip, Allyson Taylor, and Elijah Michael; and four sisters-in-law, Betty Anne McClain, Lancaster, Pa., Virginia Joan Fulk, Terre Haute, Edna Ruth Fulk, Muncie, and Georgia Fulk, Terre Haute. He is also survived by his closest friends and work family, Ron Fites, Macy, Bill and Shirley Coahran, Macy, Jo Willis, Macy, and Bill and Nancy McGuire, Mexico. He is also survived by his three beloved dachshunds, Zacky, Flen and Trevor.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Barbara Stoner and Donna Welty; and three brothers, Eugene, Oden and Bernard McClain.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Mexico Church of the Brethren with Pastor Don Ritchey, Pastor Steve Ailes and Pastor Dave Beebe officiating.

Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver.

Visitation will be from noon-8 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Creek Nursing Home of Peru to help with the purchase of an activity van.

The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

 

Nancy E. Roark

Sept. 27, 1943 – June 29, 2013

Nancy Ellen ROARK, 69, Kokomo, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at her home.

She was born Sept. 27, 1943, in Peru, to Charles E. Black and Bertha Mae Stahl-Black.

She retired from Delphi in 2001 after 29 years of service. She enjoyed listening to Elvis and watching wrestling.

She is survived by sons, James ‘Bones’ Roark and Robert Roark; daughter, Vicky Roark; grandchildren, Heather Reed, Austin Roark, Cale Roark, Brayden Alexander, Ryan Roark, Olivia Pearson, Samantha Roark and Dalton Roark; great-grandson, Charlie Roark; sister, Roxie Dilts, Tampa, Fla.; and brothers, Joe Black, Peru, Roger Black, Logansport, and Dan Huff, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Augustes Black.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo, with Pastor Andrew Green officiating.

Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.

 

Ardys E. Weiand

Ardys E. WEIAND, 64, Fulton, died Sunday in her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip E. ‘Skeet’ Weiand.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory, Logansport.

 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

 

Clayton Lee Grizzle

Jan. 25, 1995 – June 30, 2013

Clayton Lee GRIZZLE, 18, of North Manchester, died at 7:08 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, in North Manchester, as a result of a tragic car accident.

He was born Jan. 25, 1995, in Wabash, to Daniel Clayton and Roberta Lee (Craig) Grizzle.

Clayton is a 2013 graduate of Manchester High School and was planning to attend Universal Technical Institute in Chicago, in August. He worked at McGuin’s Clean Cut Lawn Maintenance in Huntington. He loved soccer and playing airsoft with his great group of friends.

His passion was cars. He loved buying, selling and trading them. Everyone that knew Clayton saw his love of cars. He owned over 25 cars in his short time with us. He loved helping anyone that asked to find or fix cars. He was a great friend to many. Thanks to his love of soccer, he made sure he taught his brother, Kyle, his skills so he would love soccer as much as he did.

Clayton is survived by his parents, Daniel and Roberta Grizzle; brother, Kyle Lee Grizzle, all of North Manchester; grandparents, Robert and Sue Craig, of North Manchester, and Danny and Joann Grizzle, of Lagro; great-grandmothers, Dorothy Dulan and Margie Osborne, both of Wabash; and greatgrandparents Henry and Hazel Grizzle, of Lincolnville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Sweetwater Assembly of God, North Manchester, with Pastor Chad McAtee officiating.

Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

The memorial guestbook for Clayton may be signed online at www.grandstaff- hentgen.com.

 

Don Gross

Don GROSS, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Culver, who spent many winters in Florida, passed away there.

Don had said, “When it is my time to go, I will go.” Feb. 1, 2013, was his time to join the presence of Our Lord.

Don is survived by his wife, Eileen Smith, who he married on Oct. 29, 1945. Together, they enjoyed many years of camping, fishing, gardening, ice and roller skating, dancing and, most of all, family.

Don, an Army veteran, served his country during WWII. He was in the field artillery. He served under General George Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. After his discharge, he was one of six men who carpooled to Bendix, where he worked 30 years until his retirement.

In addition to his wife, Don is also survived by his six children, Jim Gross, of Argos, Jerry (Janeal) Gross, of Shelbyville, Ky., Jean (Ron) Brown, of Anchorage, Alaska, Ron (Bettie) Gross, of Kewanna, Dan (Deb) Gross, of Leiters Ford, and Donna (Joe) Higgins, of Roxboro, N.C. He is also survived by many grand- and great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters.

A memorial service for Don will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver.

Friends may visit with the family from 9:45 a.m. until service time.

Burial will follow in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charities.

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

 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Friday, July 5, 2013

 

Norita M. Kuhn

March 27, 1937 – July 2, 2013

Mrs. Norita Marie KUHN, 76, of Rochester, passed away at 6:07 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born in Fulton County on March 27, 1937, to Charles E. and Irma Opal (Schertz) Riddle. As one of three children, she shared her childhood with sister Dorcas and brother Charles Lee.

She was a proud graduate of Richland Center High School with the class of 1955.

Norita married her high school sweetheart, John E. Kuhn, on June 23, 1957, at the Tiosa Brethren Church. Their union of 56 years produced a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. Later, two grandchildren were added to the family tree.

Norita was a lifelong member of the Tiosa Brethren Church where she loved to play the organ. She had recently been attending Riverview Community Church.

Norita is lovingly remembered by her husband, John; her daughter, Kathy Kuhn, of Roanoke; her son, Jerry Kuhn and his wife Janel, of Russiaville; two grandchildren, Jared Tyler Kuhn and Nicole Katherine Kuhn; a sister, Dorcas VanDuyne and husband Fredrick, of Rochester; a brother, Charles Lee Riddle and wife Lola, of Argos, a brother-in-law, Larry Kuhn and wife Irene, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of the life of Norita Kuhn will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in the Riverview Community Church, with Rev. Rod Ruberg officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at the Good Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church.

Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Historical Museum through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

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

 

Harold G. Jeffries

Harold Gene JEFFRIES, 81, Tippecanoe, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday, at his residence.

Survivors include his daughter, Jody Luke, Goshen; and one sister, Marylou Botich, South Bend.

Funeral service is at noon Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the funeral home.

 

Phillip K. Mallory

Phillip K. MALLORY, 76, Culver, died Wednesday in Mishawaka.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Mallory, Culver; son, Kevin Mallory, Lapaz; daughter, Kris Kronewitter, South Bend; and brother, Michael Mallory, Indianapolis.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver.

Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements.

 


 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

 

Mary C. Smith

Mary C. SMITH, Culver, died Saturday in Culver. Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

 

Larry ‘Butch’ Goss

Jan. 14, 1932 – July 7, 2013

Larry ‘Butch’ GOSS, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his residence.

Born on Jan. 14, 1932 in Rochester, he was the son of Raymond and Alma (Rosborg) Goss. He was born and raised in Rochester, and graduated from Rochester Joint High School with the class of 1951. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years and spent one year in Korea. He was awarded the Good Conduct, the Korean Service and the United Nations Service medals for his service.

He married his wife Mary Jo Thompson, in Rochester, on April 12, 1953. Larry lived in various places prior to 1968, when he moved to Columbia City. He worked for the Schultz Brothers Company for 42 years, as store manager, then later with Ace Hardware and Reelcraft for several years. He also served on the city planning commission and the Chamber of Commerce committees. He was a member of the Columbia City Elks Lodge No. 1417 and the American Legion Post No. 98. Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Jo Goss, of Columbia City; sons, Mark (Dorothy) Goss, of Plymouth, and Greg (Margo) Goss, of South Whitley; daughter, Rae Ann (Jerry) Bowman, of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Virginia Mow, of Angola.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Raymond Goss.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.

A short prayer service will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gene Rohrer officiating.

Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Goss to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Parkview Home Health Hospice or to Ducks Unlimited.

Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send the family condolences or sign the guest register book.

 

Mary C. Smith

Mary C. SMITH, 85, Culver, died at 9:50 p.m. Saturday in Culver.

Survivors include two sons, Roger L. Smith, Culver, and Dusty Eckman, Plymouth; and one daughter, Sondra L. Smith, Plymouth.

Funeral service is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

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

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

 

Susan L. Burch

Aug. 10, 1942 – July 9, 2013

Susan L. (Allison) BURCH, 70, Rochester, passed away at 9:46 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1942, in Rochester, the daughter of Harry and Gertrude (Stanton) Allison.

On Aug. 12, 1989 in Mexico, she married Larry P. Burch, and he survives.

Mrs. Burch retired from Delco Electronics in Kokomo. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, golf, horses and loved to read.

Survivors include her husband, Larry P. Burch, Rochester; daughter, Tracey Johnson, Rochester; stepchildren, Mark and Diana Burch, Rochester, Jody Smith, Mishawaka, and Julie LaBere, Walkerton; nine grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; three sisters, Linda and husband Todd Schultz, Springfield, Ill., Jan Allison, Houston, Texas, and Dawn and husband Mark Brooks, Atlanta, Ga.; and stepfather, Russell Gallahan, Peru.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Allison; and mother, Gertrude Gallahan; and one grandchild.

Private services will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption & Education Center or to Shop With A Cop.

Arrangements were made by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Ronald P. Lasecki

March 17, 1939 – July 9, 2013

Ronald P. LASECKI, 74, of Rochester, went to be the Lord at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital.

He was born on March 17, 1939, in Detroit, Mich., to Aloysius P. and Louise (St. Peter) Lasecki. On Aug. 26, 1961, Ron married Mary Lu Sword at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, in Allen Park, Mich., and she survives.

Ron graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Dearborn, Mich. He was also a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and received his master’s degree from Ball State University. Ron worked for Chrysler for 35 years and retired in 1998 as personnel manager. Ron was in the U.S. Army at the rank of first lieutenant as an airborne ranger. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 656, in Kokomo, Elk’s No. 2120, in Rochester, and the Moose No. 1107, in Rochester.

Ron was active in his Catholic faith. He loved to golf, was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed going to Florida. He was very involved with his grandchildren and one of the proudest moments was getting to commission his grandson as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at West Point.

Survivors include his wife Mary Lu Lasecki, of Rochester; daughters, Kelly (Lindsey) Luttinen, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Amy (Tim) Daily, of Kokomo; son, Ronald (Pam) Lasecki Jr., of Lansdale, Pa.; sisters, Shirleen Magnan, of Ecorse, Mich., Rosalie (Fred) Piaskowski, of Pinckney, Mich.; brothers, Daniel (Mary Ann) Lasecki, of Lincoln Park, Mich., Peter (Kathy) Lasecki, of Taylor, Mich., and Gerard (Sandi) Lasecki, of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; and grandchildren, Matthew Daily, Melissa Dill, Mitch Daily, Mollie Daily, Maggie Daily, Sarah Luttinen, Megan Luttinen, Rebecca Luttinen, Luke Luttinen, Dylan Lasecki and Andrew Lasecki.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysius and Louise; and sister, Mary Jo Parks.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kokomo, on Saturday, July 13, 2013, with Father Ted Dudzinski officiating services.

Burial will follow at Kokomo Memorial Park.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes and Crematory, Kokomo, and a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Priests for Life, Legionaries of Christ, or St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.shirleyandstout.com.

 

Iolene J. Denton

Iolene Jo DENTON, 85, Rochester, died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, at her residence.

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

 

Catherine ‘Kate’ D. Herrell

Catherine ‘Kate’ D. HERRELL, 82, Rochester, died Tuesday, at her residence.

Survivors include four sons, Scott Herrell, Rochester, Ron ‘Butch’ Herrell, Kokomo, Steve Herrell, Rochester, and Jim Herrell, Rochester; and one sister, Alice Lutz, Culver.

Funeral services is at noon July 20 at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, July 12, 2013

 

Iolene J. Denton

March 18, 1928 – July 10, 2013

Iolene Jo DENTON, 85, Rochester, passed away at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at her residence.

Iolene was born on March 18, 1928, in Mishawaka, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Wisely) Messman. She graduated from Rochester High School and attended St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. On Feb. 17, 1950, in Kewanna, she married Harley R. Denton. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2002.

Iolene had worked as office manager for Denton Electric for many years, and had worked as a clerk for Farmers Home Administration. In her early years, she was one of the original ‘Baxter’s Beauties’ working at Baxter’s Drug Store in Rochester, and had driven the Fulton County Library Truck in the 1940s. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she had been Scrip coordinator, and had been active with Meals on Wheels. In her spare time, she was an avid bowler for over 70 years, and was an avid card and euchre player. She had been a member of the City Tennis team in the 1940s, and was a loyal Notre Dame fan, especially womens basketball, having been a season ticket holder for many years.

Survivors include her children, Ted Denton, Rochester, Tom and wife Paula Denton, Spring Grove, Pa., Terry Denton-Bible, Indianapolis, Tammy Denton, Indianapolis, and Tracey and husband Jeff Walker, Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Patricia Denton, Rochester, Staff Sgt. Jarad and wife Jennifer Denton, Hampton, Va., Jeff Walker Jr., Fort Wayne, Sara Murray, Bloomington, and Jacob Murray, Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Arianna Denton and Evelyn Denton, Hampton, Va.; and cousin, Jerry Garren, Naperville, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Bert Woolson officiating.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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

 

Catherine ‘Kate’ D. Herrell

Feb. 26, 1931 – July 9, 2013

Catherine ‘Kate’ D. HERRELL, 82, of Rochester, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

On Feb. 26, 1931, Catherine Delia was born in Fulton, the precious daughter of Clark and Helen (Fry) Wright. Growing up as one of eight children, she shared her childhood with three sisters and four brothers.

Loyd D. Herrell and Kate fell in love and married. Their union spanned over half a century. Together, they raised four handsome sons. Over the years, the family tree grew with the added blessings of eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

As a young lady, Kate worked as an accomplished seamstress at Hart, Schaffner and Marx for over 30 years, until their closing. For a number of years, with a grandma’s touch, she was a child care specialist. She also enjoyed helping others by custom cleaning of their homes. Kate worked at the Sider’s Blueberry Farm, assisting them with the harvest. With a passion for blueberries herself, she made pies, jams and enjoyed a juicy bowl to eat – topped with milk.

A perfectionist and lady of perpetual motion, Kate was always manicuring the landscape of her home. Planting flowers to accent the landscape, digging the grass out from the sidewalk cracks or shoveling snow, with great determination – nothing stopped her. With great pride, she owned a unique collection of teddy bears. To relax, she enjoyed taking a walk, usually striding off between 4 and 5 miles each day.

As a proud matriarch of the Herrell family, Grandma Kate oversaw four generations. She looked forward to visits from her grandchildren and the greatgrandchildren. Her grandsons always dropped by with their friends after school for visits. Grandma always had something good to eat. Their favorites where her chicken nuggets and cherry cheesecake. An avid sports grandma, Kate attended all of her grandchildren’s sporting events and enjoyed cheering for Scott’s fifth-grade basketball team.

Kate is lovingly remembered by her four sons, Scott Herrell and wife Michelle and their children, Travis and Jeffrey, of Rochester, Ron ‘Butch’ Herrell and wife Jan and their children, Amy and Ryan, of Kokomo, Steve Herrell and his children, Constance and Aaron, of Rochester, and Jim Herrell and his children, Loyd and T.J., of Rochester; numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Lutz and husband Don, of Culver, a sister-in-law, Sadie Miller of Rochester; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and six siblings, Francis Smith, Roscoe Beerwert, Daisy Brown, Walt Miller, William Miller and Arthur Miller.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Catherine ‘Kate’ D. Herrell will be at noon on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Terry Baldwin officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday in the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey.

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

 

Steven Swygart

Steven SWYGART, Akron, died at 2:37 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Letah S. Simpson

Dec. 12, 1915 – July 11, 2013

Letah Sarah SIMPSON, 97, of Frankfort, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Wesley Manor Retirement Community, Frankfort.

She was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Corunna, Mich., the daughter of Roy and Margie (Gerardy) Rose. On Oct. 3, 1940, she married William James Simpson; he preceded her in death May 7, 2000.

Letah graduated from Owosso High School, Michigan, and received further training at Malone College, Kletzing College, Indiana Wesleyan and Indiana University. She served in pastorates with her husband in Marion, Galveston, Tipton, Rochester, Anderson, South Bend and Sante Fe.

Letah is survived by one son, Roy (Linda) Simpson; two daughters, Marleta (Larry) Newberg and Linda (Harry) Jones; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, born July 10.

In addition to her husband, Letah is preceded in death by her parents, one sister and six brothers.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Amanda Reid Memorial Chapel at Wesley Manor in Frankfort from 2 p.m. until the beginning of the service at 3 p.m.

Pastor Jake Fisher and Pastor Barbara Kinsler will officiate.

Burial will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort.

Memorials in Letah’s name may be made to Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Manor or World Gospel Mission of Marion.

Arrangements are entrusted to Genda Funeral Home, Frankfort.

Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.

 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

 

Dr. Robert E. Hibner

April 24, 1943 – June 2, 2013

Dr. Robert E. HIBNER, Grass Valley, Calif., passed away after a battle with cancer.

He practiced as a veterinarian in the Livermore, Calif., area for several years. He was a 1961 graduate of Richland Center High School, and received his doctorate degree from the University of Davis, Sacramento, Calif.

His survivors include his wife, Chris; son, Scott (Lynda), Austin, Texas; brothers, LaVerne (Eileen), Plymouth, Dr. Dan, Rochester, and Don (Etta), Kewanna; sisters, Carol (Larry) Smith, Rochester, and Cheryl Bright, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents, Roy and Georgia Hibner; brother, Richard J.; and brother-in-law, Steve Bright.

Dr. Bob served in the U.S. Navy and after basic training at Great Lakes, he became a naval corpsman at Oakland Naval Hospital. When his naval service was over, he attended and received his doctorate degree from the University of Davis, Sacramento, in 1975. He had a clinic in Livermore, Calif., for many years. He was well known for his interests in horses and cattle, and was well respected for his large animal practice.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 20, at the Burton/Richland Center Methodist Church, Richland Center.

 

Monday, July 15, 2013

 

Tom D. Brovont

Tom D. BROVONT, 73, Rochester, died Sunday.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Steven J. Swygart

Sept. 8, 1947 – July 11, 2013

Stephen J. SWYGART, 65, Akron, passed away at 2:37 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Parkview Hospital at DuPont, Fort Wayne.

On Sept. 8, 1947, in Wabash County, Steven was born to parents Robert J. and Maxine A. (Frankstine) Swygart. He had lived in the Akron community for five years, relocating from New Haven, near Fort Wayne, where he had lived for 30 years.

In 1965, Steven graduated from Manchester High School, North Manchester.

In 1971, he married Jeanne A. Ice, in Laketon, at the United Methodist Church. Later, after 27 years of marriage, the couple divorced.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving three years from 1966-1969. After graduating from the Indianapolis School of Embalming and becoming a licensed funeral director, he was employed by Bender Funeral Home, DeLaughter Funeral Home, both in North Manchester, and then worked for DO McComb Funeral Home in Fort Wayne for 22 years.

Steven was a member of the Laketon American Legion and attended the Akron United Methodist Church.

He is survived by twin children, Tonya A. Clark, Fort Wayne, and Matt S. (spouse Karen) Swygart, Battle Creek, Mich.; five grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn S. (spouse Charles) Miller, Akron; and his mother, Maxine A. Swygart, who resides in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

Steven was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Swygart; and his brother, Ronald Ev. Swygart.

Funeral service is at noon Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. David Eaton of the Akron United Methodist Church officiating.

The United States Army renders military honors at the service, with the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard performing military rites.

Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date.

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

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 

Janice K. Bleeke

Janice Kay BLEEKE, 73, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013.

Born in Kewanna, Janice was a 1957 graduate of Kewanna High School and graduated from Elkhart University in dental assisting. She was a member of the Isaac Knapp Dental Alliance, Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and Fort Wayne Country Club Ladies Golf League. Janice was a wonderful wife and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are her loving husband of 50 years, Dr. David Bleeke, of Fort Wayne; sisters, Linda (Bill) Worl, of Huntertown, and Trudy (Dewayne) Cilek, of Crown Point; three nieces; and two nephews.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Lois (Lambert) Shidaker.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with calling 1 hour prior.

Calling is also 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Entombment is in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home or Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

To sign the online guestbook, go to www.domccombandsons.com.

 


 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

 

Tom D. Brovont

Aug. 7, 1939 – July 14, 2013

Tom D. BROVONT, of Rochester, died at the age of 73, on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at home.

The industrial arts teacher, coach and esteemed builder, developer and entrepreneur died after a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born Aug. 7, 1939, in Frankfort, to Roy D. and Betty (Douglas) Brovont, he graduated from Sweetser High School in 1957 and then from Ball State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology and later his master’s degree in the arts of education.

He married Martha Jean Dugdale on Jan. 14, 1961, in Muncie. Tom and Martha had three children, Jeffrey R., Julia K. and Douglas J. Martha passed away March 6, 1987, after 26 years of marriage.

After moving to Rochester, Tom began his 26-year teaching and coaching career in the fall of 1963 at Richland Center High School, where he taught industrial arts and physical education and coached boys basketball and track. He joined Rochester Community Schools in 1965 when the two Fulton County school systems consolidated.

At Rochester Schools, he taught industrial arts and was a track coach, assistant football coach and freshman, junior varsity and varsity basketball coach. Early in his career, Tom’s building trades class constructed the original administration building, and then, in 2011, he was a participating contractor when it was remodeled. He was the Rochester Middle School athletic director when he retired in 1989. His work ethic, vision and goal setting earned respect from his students, co-workers, fellow teachers and athletes and led to many lasting friendships.

In 1973, Tom joined with fellow Rochester teacher, Marvin Overmyer, to form Brovont & Overmyer Construction. In the spring of 1974, the company repaired many of the tornado-ravaged homes in the Rochester area. When not teaching or coaching, they worked evenings, weekends, summers and most school breaks on many homes around Fulton County. During these years, they also developed Spear Street and Court Street in the Manitou Heights addition.

In 1995, Tom started Tom Brovont & Son Builders and Developers and proceeded to build numerous custom homes in the local five-county area.

Tom was the driving force in many housing developments, the most visible of which is Wynnfield Crossing Assisted Living in Rochester. His other developments include Waterside Condominiums, Waterside South Duplexes, Wayland Place Duplexes, The Meadows subdivision, Hawthorne Ridge Apartments, Green Tree Apartments, Orchard Villas, Manitou Heights’ Lincoln and Arthur streets, all of Rochester; Riverwood of Winamac; Blackberry Trace subdivision, Barrington Hills and Harbor Shores Condominiums on Winona Lake in the Warsaw area; Waterford Crossing Assisted Living in Goshen; and Maplecrest Assisted Living in Bluffton, Ohio.

On Oct. 19, 2002, Tom married Rebecca Moss, and became stepfather to Sarah, Gretchen and Adam.

Tom was an active member of the Kosciusko/Fulton County Builders Association. He served as president and was an active member of the board of directors. He always looked forward to the Coats for Kids project, when he personally delivered coats to needy school children. Between 1991 and 2005, Tom built custom homes for the annual Homes on Parade event.

He was a charter member of the Rochester Optimist Club and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Indiana Homebuilders Association, for which he recruited numerous new members over the years. He served on the Fulton County Public Library board of directors from 1986-2001 and the Fulton County Council from 1995-1999.

He enjoyed the daily crossword puzzle, reading, attending his granddaughters’ tennis matches and spending time with family at Lake Maxinkuckee. He liked to travel, including trips to Europe, Africa and Canada, and especially to Charleston, S.C., and Washington, D.C.

No matter how you knew Tom, whether as family member, friend, teacher, coach or builder, everyone knew him to be tender, generous, kind hearted, optimistic, loving and understanding. His gentle sense of humor can be summed up this way, “The only thing more beautiful than a hundred acre of corn is a new house going up with a 12/12 pitch” Tom is survived by his wife, Rebecca Brovont; mother, Betty Brovont, of Rochester; sons, Jeffrey Roy Brovont, of Lafayette, and Douglas J. Brovont, of Rochester; stepchildren, Sarah Fischer, of Denver, Colo., Gretchen Speidel and husband Jason, of Brooklyn, Mich., and Adam Fischer, of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Martha Brianne Lewis, Greg Ryne Lewis and Madalyn Nicole Lewis, all of Rochester; three stepgranddaughters; sisters, Jennifer Brinker and husband Larry, of Ramona, Calif., and Jill Kimbrough and husband Phil, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.; and former son-in-law, Bryan Lewis, of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; his father, on Jan. 29, 1995; and daughter, Julia ‘Kim’ Lewis, on Nov. 7, 2003.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, with Reverend Linda Sue Hewitt officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be private in IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Brovont Memorial Fund at the Fulton County Community Foundation, 800 Main St., Rochester.

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

 

Richard B. Reed

Richard B. REED, 87, died at 9 p.m. Monday, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

 

Robert D. Biggs

April 10, 1936 – July 16, 2013

Our dad, Robert Dean BIGGS, was born April 10, 1936, in Rochester, and died July 16, 2013, in his home in Avon. The seventh of eight children, Dad grew up working hard. He earned a solid place in the world for his family and himself.

Dad’s father was Admiral Dewey Biggs, and Dad told stories of how that grand name afforded him some privilege for a very short while during the Korean War. His mother Pauline Marie (Dale) Biggs had eight children. Bob’s brother, Dick, and sisters, Betty and Judy, died while Dad was still a child. Dad’s brother, Bill, died in 1991, and his brother, Dale, died in 1998. Dad is survived by two sisters, Jean and Delores, both of Rochester.

Dad is also survived by his bride of 55 years, Patricia Sue (Ham) Biggs. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she met Dad while she was vacationing up at Lake Manitou. They were married May 4, 1958, in Indianapolis.

We are Dad and Mom’s children, Brad Alan and Laura Lynn (Lolly). Dad taught us that opposition is opportunity. He showed us how to persevere and stand strong for what we believe. From him, we learned the value of hard work, and the worth of personal integrity.

We remember that Dad loved Mom immensely. His eyes danced when he knew he had pleased her. We’re deeply grateful for all the sacrifices Dad made to give us lives rich in experience. Dad had a lovely singing voice and was expert in dozing on hard pews during sermons. He was a storyteller. He enjoyed jokes, golf and chocolate creme drops.

Dad was often tact-free. He cared a lot. He found great pleasure in extending his hand to help those in need. He was a salesman through and through; he reveled in the deal. Dad turned hard knocks into a life of accomplishment, a life that touched others.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. U.S. 36, Avon.

Please send no flowers. Instead, we’d be happy for you to donate to a charity of your choice in Dad’s memory.

Baker Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.bakerfuneralservice.com.

 

Lloyd R. Lambert

Lloyd R. LAMBERT, 59, Rochester, died at 11 p.m. Tuesday at IU Medical Center, Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita; four daughters, Amy Marlow, Sulfur Springs, Mary Fording, Twelve Mile, Jennifer Green, West Lafayette, and Cynthia Pennell, Kailua, Hawaii; two sons, Eric A. Green, Rochester, and Daniel Green, Rochester; four sisters, Edith ‘Sissy’ Browning, Macy, Susan Shambarger, Macy, Debbie Yerk, Macy, and Pam Cattin, Winamac; and six brothers, Allen Lambert, Rochester, Lenny Lambert, Macy, John Cattin, Mexico, Larry Cattin, Macy, Dennis Cattin, Peru, and Glen Cattin, Winamac.

Funeral service is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Visitation is 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Allen E. Quimby

Jan. 13, 1989 – July 13, 2013

Allen Eugene QUIMBY, 24, Argos, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, following a sudden illness.

Allen was born on Jan. 13, 1989, in Plymouth, to parents Ernest Lamar Quimby Jr. and MaLeta Bauman. He had lived in the Argos community all his life and was employed at the Argos McDonald’s.

He was a graduate of Argos High School class of 2007.

He served in the Indiana National Guard. Allen enjoyed his music, writing songs and spending time with the friends he had known since grade school.

Survivors include his mother, MaLeta DeWitt and husband Bart, Argos; father, Ernest L. Quimby Jr. and wife Roberta, Grovertown; brothers, Martin Quimby and wife Ranna, Rochester, and Kevin Quimby, Argos; stepbrothers, Derrick DeWitt, Knox, Daniel Webb and wife Tara, Hamlet, and Michael Webb and wife Stephanie, Bouton, Iowa; and grandparents, Robert Bauman, Argos, Shirley Fuller and husband John, Snyder, Texas, and Larry and Ellen DeWitt, Argos.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Ernest L. Quimby Sr. and Marguriet Quimby.

Funeral service is at noon Friday, July 19, 2013, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with Rev. Brian Trump and Rev. Valerie Wallis officiating.

Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Maxinkuckee IOOF Cemetery at Poplar Grove, Culver, at a later date.

Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at www.earlgrossmanfuneral.com.

 

George W. Wright

April 7, 1931 – July 14, 2013

George Wallace WRIGHT, 82, of Macy, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

Born April 7, 1931, in Kokomo, he was the son of the late Wallace Jay and Helen H. (Stine) Wright.

George was a retired Merchant Marine from Exxon Mobile Corporation.

He enjoyed reading, living on the lake and spending time with his family.

Surviving him is one daughter, Deborah Wright, Alameda, Calif.; one son, Royce Jay Wright, Rockland, Maine; grandchildren, Shelly Hale, Leif T. Reynolds and Elizabeth J. Reynolds; great-grandchildren Kayla Sands, Karissa Sands and Dylan Hale; and one sister, Ginger Wright Barnett.

He was preceded in death by one son, Rockne Allen Wright.

No services will be held.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory, Logansport.

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

 

Lloyd R. Lambert

March 6, 1954 – July 16, 2013

Lloyd R. LAMBERT, 59, of Rochester, passed away at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at IU Medical Center of Indianapolis.

On March 6, 1954, Lloyd Richard Lambert was born in Baltimore, Md. After high school, with great pride, he served our country with the U.S. Army for a stint of 14 years until he was honorably discharged in 1986. A loyal and devoted employee since 2002, Lloyd was a member of the custodial department of Lau Industries.

Lloyd and Juanita Vuittonet were married on Oct. 23, 2009.

Lloyd is lovingly remembered by his wife, Juanita; four daughters, Amy Marlow and husband Donald, of Sulfur Springs, Mary Fording and fiance Dustin Maisel, of Twelve Mile, Jennifer Green, of West Lafayette, and Cynthia Pennell and husband Zachery, of Kailua, Hawaii; two sons, Eric Allen Green and wife Kerrie, of Rochester, and Daniel Green, of Rochester; 15 grandchildren; four sisters, Edith ‘Sissy’ Browning, of Macy, Susan Shambarger and husband David, of Macy, Debbie Yerk of Macy, and Pam Cattin, of Winamac; six brothers, Allen Lambert, of Rochester, Lenny Lambert, of Macy, John Cattin and wife Holly, of Mexico, Larry Cattin, of Macy, Dennis Cattin and wife Beverly, of Peru, and Glen Cattin and wife Karen, of Winamac; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Lloyd in death were his parents, Richard and Ethel Cattin; a sister, Cindy Cattin; and a brother, Michael Lambert.

A sunset celebration of life for Mr. Lloyd Richard Lambert will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home.

Military rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Team.

Interment will be in the Citizens Cemetery, Rochester.

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

 

Gene O. Whitteberry

Gene O. WHITTEBERRY, 84, Mentone, formerly of Walkerton, died at 10:35 a.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Survivors include three daughters, Roxann Drake, Walkerton, Norma Sobieralski, Koontz Lake, and Tammy Stoneburner, Mentone; and one brother, Harold Whitteberry, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mentone United Methodist Church, Mentone.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

King Memorial Home, Mentone, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

 

Richard Reed

Richard ‘Dick’ REED, 87, Rochester, died at 9 p.m. Monday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

Survivors include one brother, Ted L. Reed, Redding, Calif.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Aug. 9, 2013, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Gene O. Whitteberry

Aug. 12, 1928 – July 18, 2013

Gene O. WHITTEBERRY, 84, of Mentone, and formerly of Walkerton, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Gene was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Stockwell, to Wesley and Bertha Mae (Crose) Whitteberry. He married Irene Gouker Place on Aug. 8, 1973, in Walkerton. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 1983.

Gene was a process engineer for Torrington of South Bend. He retired in 1982.

He graduated from Walkerton High School in 1946. Gene then served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He furthered his education at the Allied School of Mechanical Trade in Chicago, Ill. He attended the Mentone United Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge 266, of North Liberty, and the Scottish Rite of South Bend.

Survivors include three daughters, Roxann and husband Ronnie Drake, Walkerton, Norma and husband Charles Sobieralski, Koontz Lake, and Tammy Stoneburner, Mentone; one brother, Harold Whitteberry, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; sisters, Helen and Mildred; and three brothers, Bob, Elmer and his twin brother, Dean.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. today at Mentone United Methodist Church, Mentone, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church, Hickory Creek, Rochester, or the Center for Hospice.

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

King Memorial Home, Mentone, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013

 

Nancy C. Harrell

Oct. 13, 1929 – July 21, 2013

Nancy C. HARRELL, 83, Claypool, formerly of Star City, died at 3:25 a.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, following a brief illness.

Nancy was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Star City, to parents William and Laura (Billings) Huff. She married Lloyd W. Harrell on Dec. 24, 1950, in Star City. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1994.

Nancy was the office manager for Midwest Poultry Services, of Mentone, for over 20 years. In the earlier years, she worked in the Fulton County Courthouse.

She was a graduate of Star City High School. She enjoyed reading, spending time traveling to see her family and cooking.

Survivors included three daughters LuAnn and husband Ed Heitner, Lakeland, Fla., Sara and husband Tim Boganwright, Claypool, and Felicia Barker and husband Steven Ray, Asheville, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Harrell; son-in-law, Mike Barker; two sisters, Elizabeth Purkey and Jean Cooke; and brother, John Huff.

Per her request, no public visitation or services will be held. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in McKinley Memorial Gardens, Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 4666 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Services were entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Services with King Memorial Home serving the family.

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

 

Alice J. Hively

Alice J. HIVELY, 92, Rochester, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

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

 


 

Jane A. Norris

June 3, 1949 – July 19, 2013

Jane Ann NORRIS, 64, Plymouth, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

She was born on June 3, 1949, in Rochester, to Charles and Huetta (Cloud) Norris. Jane graduated from Rochester High School in 1967 and attended Trinity Bible Institute in North Dakota.

She worked at Hart, Schaffner and Marx for over 10 years, and also worked at Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth. She also enjoyed working in health care at Cardinal Center in Plymouth.

She truly enjoyed visiting with her friends and loved the times she spent talking on the phone to share life’s updates.

She is survived by two sisters, Colleen Dillman, Rochester, and Donna Miller and husband Ron, Rochester; and two nieces, Trina Miller, Frankfort, Ky., and Angie Miller, Lafayette.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local food pantry.

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

 

Melbadine Frushour

Melbadine FRUSHOUR, 87, Rochester, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

Arrangements are pending with Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.


 

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

 

Laurence Clarke Rogers

Jan. 30, 1947 – July 22, 2013

Dr. Larry ROGERS entered eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:45 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013. He had been in failing health since February and had closed his practice, Crossroads Podiatry, in March.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1947, one of triplets to Everett and Bernadette (Comeau) Rogers, in Beverly, Mass.

On Oct. 27, 1973, he married Janan Warner in Argos. He was a graduate of Beverly High School, Assumption College, Worchester, Mass., Ball State University, Muncie, and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill. From 1969-1971 he served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He had a podiatry practice in Rochester, since June 1, 1981. He was a member of The Cross, was a Sunday school teacher there, and an avid Bible student. He is survived by his wife, Janan Rogers, Rochester; his son, Corey Rogers; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Austin Rogers (their mother Rachel Phillips Rogers) and Carson Rogers (his mother, Sarah Hoffman Rogers), all of Rochester; daughter, Rachel and husband Matt Woods, Rochester; son, Seth and wife Samantha Rogers, El Paso, Texas; and granddaughter, Sophia Rogers, of El Paso, Texas; brothers, Paul Rogers, Peabody, Mass., and his twin, Wilfred and wife Donna Rogers, Medford, Mass.; sister, Marie Gould, Lilburn, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant triplet brother, Leonard; brother, Roy Rogers; and sister, Yvonne Holden.

Memorial services will be conducted in October of this year.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross church.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

 

Laurence Clarke Rogers

Jan. 30, 1947 – July 22, 2013

Dr. Larry ROGERS entered eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:45 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013. He had been in failing health since February and had closed his practice, Crossroads Podiatry, in March.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1947, one of triplets to Everett and Bernadette (Comeau) Rogers, in Beverly, Mass.

On Oct. 27, 1973, he married Janan Warner in Argos. He was a graduate of Beverly High School, Assumption College, Worchester, Mass., Ball State University, Muncie, and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill. From 1969-1971 he served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He had a podiatry practice in Rochester, since June 1, 1981. He was a member of The Cross, was a Sunday school teacher there, and an avid Bible student.

He is survived by his wife, Janan Rogers, Rochester; his son, Corey Rogers; grandchildren, Kaitlin and Austin Rogers (their mother Rachel Phillips Rogers) and Carson Rogers (his mother, Sarah Hoffman Rogers), all of Rochester; daughter, Rachel and husband Matt Woods, Rochester; son, Seth and wife Samantha Rogers, El Paso, Texas; and granddaughter, Sophia Rogers, of El Paso, Texas; brothers, Paul Rogers, Peabody, Mass., and his twin, Wilfred and wife Donna Rogers, Medford, Mass.; sister, Marie Gould, Lilburn, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant triplet brother, Leonard; brother, Roy Rogers; and sister, Yvonne Holden.

Memorial services will be conducted in October of this year.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross church.

Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

 

Donald R. Nicoll

Sept. 22, 1927 – July 23, 2013

Donald R. NICOLL, 85, of Lucerne, passed away at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in his residence.

Don was born Sept. 22, 1927, in Logansport, to the late Alexander and Abigail (Rouch) Nicoll. On Aug. 5, 1951, in Lucerne, Don married Mary Jo Brandt who survives. Don was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Cross Wind United Methodist Church, Lucerne Lions Club and the VFW Post No. 3790. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Other survivors include two daughters, Beth (Tim) Miller, Rochester, and Tammie Nicoll, Fort Wayne; one son, Stephen (Karen) Nicoll, Lucerne; one sister, Vivian Roller, LaFountain; one brother, Alfred Nicoll, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) Covanes, Houston, Texas, Justin (Maryann) Miller, Rochester, and Brett (Jacqueline) Miller, Bloomington; five great-grandchildren, Isaac and Eli Nicoll, Kaylee and Charleigh Covanes and Jacob Miller.

One grandson, Aaren Nicoll, seven brothers and three sisters, preceded in death.

A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, in the Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory, with Pastor Ken Smith officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the Lucerne Lions Club.

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

 

James Drake

James D. DRAKE, 67, passed away July 20, 2013, at Shands University of Florida Cancer Center, Gainesville, Fla.

Surviving are his wife, Cathy Bickle Drake; three sisters, Judy Bryson, Brevard, N.C., Pat Tomb, Portage, and Paula Hazen, Plymouth; one stepson, Cory See, Rochester; and two stepgrandsons Kaleb and Kaden, Rochester.

Jim was born and raised in Walkerton, and later moved to North Liberty. He was owner operator of Jim Drake Construction for over 30 years. In 1998, he moved to Fruitland Park, Fla., where he currently resided.

Cremation only; however, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1650 W. Main St., Suite 3, Leesburg, Fla., on his behalf.

 

Annie B. Zartman

Oct. 10, 1916 – July 23, 2013

Annie ‘Ann or Anna’ B. ZARTMAN, 96, of Kewanna, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at her residence.

Born Oct. 10, 1916, in Swayzee, she was the daughter of the late John and Arrie (Clark) Burnett. On March 8, 1934, she married Adam Zartman, and he preceded in death July 2, 1970.

She was a member of the Kewanna Church of Christ. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, reading and especially spending time with family.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Faye Zartman and Janice Lee Zartman Green (Richard), both of Kewanna; two grandchildren, Dawn Green Harding Nikolich (Rick) and Dale Green (Wendy). She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Haley Harding Vera (Jose), Heath Harding (Tanesha), Holt Harding (Stephanie), Brittany Nikolich, Samantha Nikolich, Joshua Green, Luke Nikolich, Jacob Green, Gunnar Van Horn and Lindsey Van Horn; and five great-great-grandchildren, Jaden Anderson, Makhia Harding, Bentley Van Horn, Riley Harding and Nathan Van Horn.

She was also preceded by four brothers, two sisters and great-great-grandson, Ian Vera.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Pastor Aaron McCombs officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the funeral home and one hour before the time of service on Saturday.

Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in rural Fulton County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kewanna Church of Christ.

Sign the online guestbook or leave online condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Friday, July 26, 2013

 

Patricia C. Utterback

Jan. 26, 1931 – July 22, 2013

Patricia C. UTTERBACK, 82, of Franklin, passed away July 22, 2013.

She was born in Talma, on Jan., 26, 1931.

She is survived by her children, Kathy K. DeWester (Frank), Bloomington, Paul J. Liskay, Carey, N.C., Lori Warford (Richard), Orange Park, Fla., and Mary H. Mahoney, Alabama; sister, Charlene S. Schroer, Rochester; stepbrother, Fred N. Wright; grandchildren, Natalie K. Voyles, Fishers, Misty Warford, Orange Park, Fla., Keith Warford, Orange Park, Fla., Sean Mahoney, Melissa Mahoney and Christy Mahoney; great-grandchildren, Kate Charters, Fishers, Benjamin Grannan, Fishers, and Carter Warford, Orange Park, Fla.; and nieces, Deborah Habig (Richard), and Cindy Cerami (Cordy), Chino Hills, Calif.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary F. Wright; stepfather, Roger N. Wright; father, Carl Dick; and husband, Les Utterback.

Graveside service was at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Akron Cemetery, in Akron.

Lynhurst Neighborhood Funeral Home in Indianapolis is handling the arrangements.

 


 

Helen Welty

Helen WELTY, 94, Mentone, passed away at 4 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at The Elkhart Hospice House, Elkhart.

She was born in Marshall County, to parents Henry and Orpha (Hershberger) Reichert.

In 1938, she married Leslie Welty. He preceded her in death in 1976. Helen was a homemaker, who was a member of the Church of God AWA in Dallas, Texas.

Survivors include Sue Ann and husband Rick Mizell, Arlington, Texas, and Helene and husband Craig Dunlap, Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Lyle and wife Margie Welty, Cincinnati, Ohio; one sister, Mary Alice Clough, Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Carol Wolf and Janet Borton; one sister; and two brothers.

Following Helen’s wishes, private family services were held on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions are open to the donor’s choice.

King Memorial Home, Mentone, was entrusted by the family with arrangements.

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

 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

 

Arthur S. Burge Jr.

April 2, 1935 – July 25, 2013

Arthur S. BURGE Jr., 78, Kokomo, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Waterford Place.

He was born April 2, 1935, in Indianapolis, to Arthur S. Burge Sr. and Ruth (Krause) Paul. On June 28, 1985, he married Barbara (Richardson) Burge, and she survives. He graduated from Arlington Tech High School and later served in the United States Army. He worked as a truck driver at General Transfer Company in Rochester for 15 years and at Dean Foods for 15 years. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 364, South Bend, for 30 years, VFW in Athens, Tenn., Moose Lodge in Fort Myers, Fla., American Legion in Kokomo, Masonic Lodge in Center, and the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis. He was an avid musician and played guitar and was the lead singer in the band “Country Showmen.” He spent several winters in Fort Myers, Fla., at Cypress RV Resort.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Malissa (Scott) Maggard, Deborah McIntosh, Ellen Ferrell and Christina Seeley; one son, Shannon Burge; six grandchildren including granddaughter, Allison Morgan; brothers-in-law, John (Peggy) Richardson, Rodney (Kathy) Richardson, Patrick Richardson, Douglas Richardson, and Robert (Sandy) Richardson; sisters-in-law, Dixie (Mike) Gibson and Charlene Richardson; and nephew, Lee (Pamela) Mann.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Buddy and Josephine Richardson; and sister-in-law, Linda Richardson.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo.

Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital.

Messages of condolence may be made online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.

 

Brenda J. Cook

Brenda J. COOK 60, Rochester, died at 7:05 a.m. Friday, at her residence.

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

 


 

Jane M. Warner

Jane Marie WARNER, 85, Argos, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil V. Warner, Argos; daughters, Kathy Blackman, Rochester, Lori Thomas, Argos, Becky Gary, Rancho-Cucamonga, Calif., and Liz O’Dell, Argos; and one sister, Helen Peer, Plymouth.

Funeral service is at 3 p.m. Monday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

Visitation is 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Monday, July 29, 2013

 

Gladys M. Coffing

Aug. 19, 1929 – July 27, 2013

Gladys M. COFFING, 89, North Manchester, and formerly of the Gilead area, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, where she’d been a resident since January of 2009.

Gladys was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Fulton County, to Hugh and Alta (Hibschman) Strong.

She married J. Richard ‘Dick’ Coffing on June 20, 1943, in Miami County. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2009.

Gladys was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Metea High School in 1941. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church near Gilead, and the Order of the Eastern Star of Gilead.

She is survived by one daughter, Rita and husband Greg Slater, North Manchester; two sons, James L. Coffing, Lake Villa, Ill., and Ronald D. and wife Deb Coffing, Monticello; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Thelma Butcher, Roann.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Richard ‘Dick’ Coffing; daughter- in-law, Sharon Coffing; two sisters, Esther Everest and Opal Grumpp; and two brothers, Lloyd and Robert Strong.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Timbercrest Senior Living Community Chapel, North Manchester, with Chaplain Carol Pfeiffer officiating. Visitation is also 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester.

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

 

Brenda J. Cook

July 19, 1953 – July 26, 2013

Brenda J. COOK, 60, Rochester, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at her residence.

Brenda was born on July 19, 1953, in Kentucky, the daughter of Sidney and Lona (Wolford) Estep. She was married to Tim Cook and had been a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Cook; son, Ace Cook, Rochester; grandchildren, Tyrees Estep, Desiree Estep, both of Rochester, and Devon Estep, Kokomo; sisters, Betty Lou Estep, Rochester, Carol and husband Charles Zuppardo, Lima, Ohio, Debbie and husband Alan Shortz, Rochester, and Pam and husband Robin Day, Rochester; and brothers, Michael and wife Dorothy Estep, Rochester, and Patrick and wife Eva Estep, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Sam Estep and Tim Estep; and her parents.

Services will be conducted at a later date.

Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

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

 


 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

Donald E. Hornstein

March 23, 1934 – July 26, 2013

Donald E. ‘Gene’ HORNSTEIN, 79, Kokomo, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at his home.

He was born March 23, 1934, in Chokio, Minn., to Ernest Hornstein and Mildred (Donarus) Smith. He married Marlys (McDonald) Hornstein on Nov. 17, 1952, and she survives.

He graduated from Beardsley High School and later worked for Chrysler, from where he retired in 1990. He was a member of Local UAW 685. He enjoyed to hunt, fish and watch TV, and he loved and cherished his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Mark (Jessie) Hornstein, Donald Hornstein and Michael (Wanda) Hornstein; two daughters, Karen (John) Vonderahe, and Kim (Rodney) Himelick; 12 grandchildren, Gretchen (Dave) Workman, Amy (Brent) Smith, Nicholas (Heather) Hornstein, April Vonderahe, Julie (Jerry) Satterfield, Michelle Hornstein, Kathleen (Josh) Taylor, Whitney (Curt) Haisley, Jamie Vonderahe, Anthony (Marie) Schultz, Hilary (Billy) Knerr, and Josshua Schultz; 17 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marvin (Elaine) Hornstein, and Wayne (Shannon) Hornstein.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Dean Hornstein.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo, with Michael Hornstein officiating.

Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, Kokomo.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.

 


 

Christi Grossnickle

Christi GROSSNICKLE, 62, Rochester, died at home Monday.

Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

Christina K. Grossnickle

Christina Kay ‘Christi’ GROSSNICKLE, 62, Rochester, died at 5:50 p.m. Monday, at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis; one daughter, Jessica, Chicago; one son, Clint, London, England; one sister, Linda Hamilton, Muncie; and one brother, Maurice Long, Wabash.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church.

Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service Monday in the church.

 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

 

Christi K. Grossnickle

Dec. 1, 1950 – July 29, 2013

Christina Kay ‘Christi’ GROSSNICKLE was born on Dec. 1, 1950, in Wabash, to Richard and Ruth Long.

A 1973 graduate of Indiana State University in elementary education, she began her long teaching career in first and second grades near Attica. Christi taught in North Carolina for nine years and earned a master’s degree at Appalachian State University.

She retired from the Rochester Community School Corporation, in 2011. She dedicated her working life to the achievement of children. She earned the respect of students, parents, fellow educators and administrators.

Christi married Dennis Grossnickle in 1971 at Grace Lutheran Church in Muncie.

A lifelong Lutheran, Christi was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, where she served as a trustee, on the alter guild, Luther Anns, and taught Sunday school. She volunteered at The Cross church food pantry and Second Blessings.

Christi enjoyed the classes at the Wellness Center as well as running, biking, hiking and, recently, golfing. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. She had so much more to give back to this community that she loved, had her life not been cut short.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Clint Grossnickle and companion Jessy Van Camp, London, England; and a daughter, Jessica Grossnickle and companion Marcos Flores, Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Linda (Fred) Hamilton, Muncie; and a brother, Maurice (Katie) Long, Wabash.

A celebration of the life of Christi K. Grossnickle will be held at the St. John Lutheran Church located at Fourth and Jefferson streets, Rochester, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. The Rev. Mel Meyer will officiate.

Friends may visit with her family from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and at the church Monday one hour prior to her services.

Christi’s final resting place will be the St. John Lutheran Church Columbarium, where she will be inurned following her services.

Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Columbarium Fund, Nickel Plate Trail through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation or Gentiva Hospice.

You may share a story or express your thoughts online to Christi’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wally Davidson

Aug. 6, 1944 – July 31, 2013

Mr. Wallace ‘Wally’ DAVIDSON, 68, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at his home in the early hours of July 31, 2013.

On Aug, 6, 1944, Wallace H. Davidson was born in Indianapolis. He was the treasured son of Anna Davidson.

Wally grew up in Indianapolis and graduated with great pride from Manual High School with his class in 1963.

When patriotism beckoned, Wally answered the call and served our country with the U.S. Army during the late 1960s. His tour of duty included stints in Thailand and Germany. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter M-14.

At the Never on Friday Dance Club, Wally met the love of his life, Miss Jane Marie Woznicki. Many Friday evenings together, they danced the night away doing the twist and rock and roll. They were married in Carmel on Dec. 5, 1970, sharing life’s adventures for over 42 years.

Their union produced two beautiful daughters, Kristine and Kerri. With great excitement, the family awaits the arrival of the third generation later this year.

While living in Indianapolis, Wally enjoyed woodworking. He had a shop in his garage where he created custom gifts for family and special friends, including intricate music boxes, a vanity and a variety of cabinetry.

In July of 2001, Wally and Jane moved to the Rochester community. Here, they cultivated many friendships. They shared an interest in taking ballroom dancing lessons, biking on the Nickel Plate Trail and sharing pizza in Denver before the return trip. They dabbled with creating their own home brewed beer brands and creating cabernet blackberry and strawberry wines.

With a great lifetime interest of trains and locomotion, Wally enjoyed a vast collection of American Flyer Trains. In his basement, he constructed a custom layout that was once featured as a cover story for the Classic Toy Trains magazine. His S-gauge model A.C. Gilbert American Flyer ran on the layout that encompassed a 22 by 25 foot area of his basement. Detail oriented, he assembled the city with a meticulous effort, incorporating landscapes and scale model cars and buildings to compliment the trains’ passage around the track.

Through his leadership, the American Flyer Train Club was formed that encompassed members from around a four-state area around the Midwest. He always took time to help others by refurbishing and restoring older model trains. Just a few years ago, he dispensed with his treasured collection.

Wally is lovingly remembered by his wife, Jane; two daughters, Kristine Beltz and husband Mark, of Indianapolis, and Kerri Davidson, of New York City, N.Y.

Friends may visit with the family from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 2, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

A 7:30 p.m. sunset military service will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team.

A celebration of the life of Wallace Davidson will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Good Shepherd Chapel of the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, where friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service.

Interment will be on the family plot at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

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

 

June Sanders

Oct. 19, 1925 – July 30, 2013

Graveside services and interment will be held Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. in the Dry Valley Cemetery, for June SANDERS, 87.

June passed away at Bethesda Health Care, Tuesday, July 30, with her family by her side. She was born Oct. 19, 1925, in Montour Falls, N.Y., to Norman and Louise Hayden.

She married Richard Sanders, Aug. 3, 1946, in South Bend. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Cristine and husband James Gooch, of Cookeville, Tenn., and Cathy and husband Ray Linter, also of Cookeville, Tenn., and a son, Pete and wife Judy Sanders, of Fort Myers, Fla. She has nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Vince, George, Jack and Tom Hayden; and one sister, Bettie Quick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

To sign the online guestbook and leave the family a message, go to www.crestlawnmemorial.com.

 

Friday, August 2, 2013

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

 

Shirley A. Newman

April 3, 1936 – Aug. 1, 2013

Shirley A. NEWMAN, 77, Colfax Apartments, Warsaw, and formerly of Palestine, passed away at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born April 3, 1936, in Warsaw, to parents Melvin and Catherine (Bowser) Miller.

On July 24, 1956, she married Robert D. Newman in Warsaw. He preceded her in death on March 26, 2006.

Shirley worked at Plating Works of Warsaw. She was a graduate of Warsaw High School. She enjoyed crafting, especially knitting and crocheting.

Shirley is survived by one daughter, Cathy and husband Jim McClone, Mentone; three sons, Rob and wife Patti Newman, Akron, Dusty and wife Carol Newman, Mentone, and Don and wife Tammy Newman, Akron; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two stepsisters, Sharon Evans, Warsaw, and Becky and husband William Bailey, Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Newman; sister, Gloria McPeak; brothers, Larry Miller and Bobby Miller; and stepsister, Judy McKinney.

By request, no service will take place.

Burial will take place at a later date at Palestine Cemetery, Palestine.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

Memorial contributions will be open to the donor’s choice.

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

 

Ivan R. Troutman

Ivan R. TROUTMAN, 88, Rochester, died Thursday at Hickory Creek, Rochester.

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

 

Gerald M. Urbin

Jan. 3, 1924 – Aug. 2, 2013

Gerald M. URBIN, 89, Fulton, passed away at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

He was born on Jan. 3, 1924, in Kewanna, the son of Raymond and Madge (Wisely) Urbin.

On Oct. 26, 1947, in Logansport, he married Betty J. Warfield. She preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2007.

Mr. Urbin was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II and had been a truck driver and farmer.

Survivors include his children, Ned and wife Eunice Urbin, Kewanna, Madge and husband Phil Smitley, Bunker Hill, Alma and husband Ted Halterman, Rochester, Larry and wife Brenda Urbin, Kewanna, Rex and wife Glenda Urbin, Kewanna, Gail Urbin and husband John Kelley, Rochester, Dale and wife Annette Urbin, Logansport, and Nanette and husband Dennis Stark, Winamac; 26 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Urbin; one grandchild; one great-granddaughter; one great-grandson; three brothers; and one sister.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating.

Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton.

Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton.

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

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

 

James D. Mathias Sr.

June 14, 1934 – Aug. 3, 2013

James D. MATHIAS Sr., 79, Rochester, passed away at 3:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on June 14, 1934, in Fulton, the son of Hugh and Clara (Dale) Mathias.

He graduated from Fulton High School in 1952. On Sept. 21, 1956, in Rochester, he married Sis Alber and she survives.

Mr. Mathias was a U.S. Army veteran, and retired from General Transfer, Rochester, after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Local 364 and 710, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, American Legion and the Eagles Lodge, all of Rochester. In his spare time he loved to follow sports, especially Indiana University, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees.