2013 Obituaries

Theodore Eric Sheets

Oct. 12, 1951 — Dec. 16, 2013

Theodore Eric “Ted” Sheets, 62, of Winamac, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 12, 1951, in Gary, to William and Imogene (Hall) Sheets.

Ted married Debra K. Weaver on May 3, 1975 in Pulaski. Debra survives.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.

Ted had worked as a carpenter for many years. He and his son Wes owned and operated T & W Construction in Winamac. Ted also worked in maintenance at the Ball Corporation in Monticello.

Ted was a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking and helping others.

Ted was awarded the Carnegie Hero Fund Award for an outstanding act of heroism in 2001.

Ted will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his wife Debra K. (Weaver) Sheets of Winamac; daughter Megan [Cory] Dupuy of Brookston; son Wesley Eric [Tashia] Sheets of Winamac; granddaughters: Alexis Sheets and Chelsea Dupuy; grandson Logan Dupuy; sisters: Judith Kay Foerg-Jackson of Star City, Jacqueline Hartisch of Rochester, and Carey M. Baugh of Winamac; and brothers William Sheets of Rochester, and Daniel Sheets of Wichita Falls, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Imogene (Hall) Sheets; daughter Heather Sheets; brother Timothy Edward Sheets; sister Victoria Sue Thomas; two nephews; and one niece.

A Scriptural wake service was held at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Frain Mortuary. Visitation followed from 3-8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Dec. 20, at Frain Mortuary. Father Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial took place in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. Military graveside services were conducted by the American Legion and VFW.

Memorial contributions may be given to Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 25, 2013)

 

Madelyn Marie Rausch

May 25, 1928 — Dec. 23, 2013

Madelyn Marie Rausch, 85, Winamac, passed away at 12:23 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born May 25, 1928, in Brainard, Ky., to Isom and Lula (Allen) Holbrook.

She was married to Wilbert H. Rausch on Jan. 12, 1948, in Winamac. He passed away June 28, 1970.

Madelyn was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed being outdoors and caring for her animals.

Madelyn loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was a strong farm housewife. She saw so many changes during her long life.

Survivors include: sons: Michael [Pamela] Rausch of Winamac, Stephen [Barbara] Rausch of Winamac, and Paul Rausch of Winamac; daughters: Theresa [Robert] Krohn of Sheridan, Patricia [Randel] Holliday of Winamac, Monica [David] DeSabatine of Winamac, Loretta “Lori” Rausch [Leon Morales] of Winamac, and Elizabeth “Betty” [Larry] Allen of Winamac; brothers: Cash Holbrook of Knox, and Harold “Curly” Holbrook of North Judson; 24 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Isom and Lula (Allen) Holbrook; husband Wilbert H. Rausch; son William Rausch; two grandchildren; three sisters; and seven brothers.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Frain Mortuary, with Father Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 25, 2013)

 

Charles A. Weaver

Sept. 24, 1923— Dec. 21, 2013

Charles A. “Bud” Weaver, 90, of Francesville, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

Bud was born on Sept. 24, 1923 at the family home in rural Jasper County.

He married Janet E. Cords on Oct. 17, 1959 in Francesville. She survives.

Bud was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Francesville. He enjoyed helping with the maintenance work around the church.

Bud served 59 years on the Francesville Volunteer Fire Department and also served many years as a first responder.

Bud was a loving husband, father and brother. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.

Survivors include his wife Janet E. (Cords) Weaver of Francesville; daughter Barbara J. “Buffy” Weaver of Francesville; sister Rosie Pfledderer of Francesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles A. and Mary A. Weaver; brothers: Edmund Weaver, Wilfred Weaver, Leonard Weaver and John Weaver; and sisters: Lucille Jobe, Mary Clabby, Pauline Weaver, Madge Render and Jane Nelson.

Visitation will be from noon - 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with Father Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Francesville Volunteer Fire Department or to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 25, 2013)

 

Faye Oliver

Faye Oliver, 89, of Francesville, formerly of Rensselaer, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 25, 2013)

 

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis, 98, Winamac, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Hickory Creek at Winamac in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 18, 2013)

 

Mary Ann Salrin

Feb. 27, 1943 — Dec. 5, 2013

Mary Ann Salrin, 70, of Wheatfield, passed away at 2:02 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1943 in Francesville, to the late Harold and Itris (Render) Redlich.

On June 17, 1961, Mary Ann married Larry Salrin at the North Judson Methodist Church. Larry survives.

Mary Ann was an active member of the Medaryville United Methodist Church. She was a former volunteer with the Jasper County Hospice.

She enjoyed flowers and gardening as well as watching her cardinals and hummingbirds.

Mary Ann was a loving wife, mother and sister. She will live forever in our hearts and minds, and her family will miss her dearly.

Survivors include her husband Larry D. Salrin of Wheatfield; daughters: Julie R. [Niles Andersen] Salrin of Louisville, Ky., and Jodi K. [Kent] Haring of Medaryville; brother John [Alice] Redlich of Rocky Mount, N.C.; sister Cheryl [Gary] Jeffers of Huntsville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Itris (Render) Redlich; and sisters: Jean Rowe and Joyce Stoll.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel Medaryville. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel Medaryville. Pastor Susan Jennys officiated.

Burial took place in Independence Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Medaryville United Methodist Church or Jasper County Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 11, 2013)

 

Sue Fair

Aug. 8, 1933 — Dec. 3, 2013

Sue Fair, of Lake Bruce, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 3, at her residence.

Born Aug. 8, 1933 in Kokomo, she was the daughter of the late William and Rachel (Blossey) Benson.

On May 22, 1953 she married Austin Fair. He preceded her in death May 23, 1989.

She was a graduate of Clay Township High School.

Sue worked at Eaton Controls in Winamac retiring after 25 years. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Lake Bruce and a former member of Union Local 1609. She enjoyed horses, reading and watching her hummingbirds.

Survivors include her daughters: Vickie McIntire of Kewanna, and Sandi [Jim] Roark of Bunker Hill; grandchildren: Bill Shidler of Indianapolis, Bobby Neff of Rochester, Jimmy Roark of Peru, Jenni Wicker of Lake Bruce, and Lindsey McIntire of Rochester; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her sister Nancy Hale.

Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Lake Bruce. Pastors Adam Packer and Todd Wilson officiated. Interment followed the service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Fair family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 11, 2013)

 

DeVon Loyd Overmyer

April 30, 1923 — Dec. 3, 2013

DeVon Loyd Overmyer, 90, of Kewanna, passed away at 2:11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Jane and Tom Johnson.

On April 30, 1923, DeVon was born near Lake Bruce to Lloyd and Nora Woodcox Overmyer.

Growing up as the second oldest of the Overmyer kids, DeVon was always there to help his brothers and sisters. As a youngster he became acquainted with Al Capone. The Bruce Lake Resort was a place to relax and have fun. This attracted many Chicagoans, among them was Capone. The Overmyer family allowed Capone to park his car in their garage.

With great Indian pride, DeVon graduated with his class from Kewanna High School in 1942. He continued his education at North Central College of Naperville, Ill., from 1942 through 1944. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 from Monroe College.

DeVon and Lucille I. Peters were married on April 20, 1946 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Lake Bruce. Their union of 55 years produced a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. Over the years two more generations were added to the family tree.

DeVon developed a stealth work ethic as a young man growing up during the depression years. He was passionate about farming but also during his younger years worked at Armours Dairy in Rochester, the state highway garage and Pulaski Memorial Hospital, both of Winamac. For many years he ran an automotive garage from his home near Lake Bruce.

DeVon was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge #79 Rochester, serving as past worshipful master at the Kewanna Masonic Lodge, member of the Order of Eastern Star Royal Center Chapter for more than 55 years. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriner and the United Methodist Church of Kewanna.

Paramount in DeVon’s life was his loving family. He was the proud patriarch overseeing four generations. Remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, DeVon was a role model and provided a positive influence on anyone who met him. He would go out of his way to help everyone around him. He was loved by all who knew him.

Left to cherish DeVon’s memory are his daughter Barbara “Jane” [Thomas] Johnson of Kewanna and their daughter Karrie Chantel (Johnson) [Justin] Goelz; his son: DeVon [Maria] Overmyer Jr. of Ridge Manor, Fla., and their daughter Desiree (Foci) [David] McCune and their daughter Cecilia McCune; two brothers: Rev. Kenneth [Anna] Overmyer of Middlebury, and Lawrence [Jayne] Overmyer of Kewanna; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lucille on July 14, 2001; a grandson Claudio Foci; two brothers: Rev. C. Samuel Overmyer and Donald Overmyer; three sisters; and one brother in infancy.

Visitation with the family was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester. A celebration of the life followed at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Pastor Todd Wilson officiated. A Masonic service was held at 12:45 p.m. Interment was in the Bruce Lake Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Kewanna United Methodist Church or to Southern Care Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 11, 2013)

 

Jeanne Miller

Oct. 16, 1932 — Dec. 1, 2013

Jeanne Miller, 81, of Grass Creek, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born Oct. 16, 1932 in Fulton County, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lela (McCoy) Hizer.

On April 1, 1951 she married the love of her life, Gerald “Gene” Miller. He survives.

She was a 1950 Grass Creek High School graduate and was also a graduate of Fort Wayne Beauty School.

Jeanne was a homemaker and farm wife. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed talking on the telephone, especially with her granddaughter, Courtney.

She was a member of the VFW in Kewanna and she also attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Rochester.

Survivors include her husband Gene Miller of Grass Creek; daughters: Catherine [Daniel] Hassenplug of Kewanna, Marilyn [Bruce] Mock of Rockwall, Texas, and Kelly [Brian] Bragg of Frankfort; brother Thomas [Dorothy] Miller of Plymouth; sister Judy [Kenneth] DePoy of Fulton; sister-in-law Norma Miller of Kewanna; 10 grandchildren: Brian [Melinda] Hassenplug, Brad [Rebecca] Hassenplug, Eric [Amanda] Hassenplug, Alyssa, Dustin and Brody Mock, and Garen, Kelsey, Catey and Courtney Bragg; and four great-grandchildren: Ethan, Adrian, Audrey and Olivia Hassenplug.

She is preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Harrison-Metzger and Rans Funeral Home in Kewanna and also one hour before the time of service on Thursday.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at the funeral home with Pastor Ed Taylor and Dr. James Gabhart officiating.

Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church of Rochester.

Sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Miller family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 4, 2013)

 

Thomas L. Knouff

Dec. 23, 1947 — Nov. 26, 2013

Thomas L. Knouff, 65, of Fowler, died Nov. 26.

He was born Dec. 23, 1947, in Rensselaer, to the late Thomas and Georgia (Haring) Knouff.

He married Irene M. (Travenik) Knouff, May 29, 1976, in Fowler; she survives.

He was a 1966 graduate of Winamac High School and had served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from NIPSCO after more than 30 years.

He enjoyed fishing in Arkansas and Minnesota, gardening, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife Irene M. (Travenik) Knouff; daughter Marianne Knouff [fiancé Wayne Cox] of Dayton; three sons: Matthew T. [Megan] Knouff of Lafayette, Patrick B. [Gloria] Bixler of Arlington, Texas, and Jeffrey L. Bixler of Logansport; sister Terry Clark of Lafayette; brother Dan [Edna] Knouff of Winamac; brothers-in-law: Joseph Travenik [Jan Combs] of Lockport, Ill., and Frank Travenik [Carol Russell] of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren: Brent Shalley, Brandon Kattell, Kalie Benefiel, William Kasch, Gabby Wilson, and Matthew and Jeffrey Bixler; five nieces; and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Thomas D. Knouff; and father and mother-in-law Frank and Josephine Travenik.

A celebration of Tom’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s memory and honor to the Almost Home Humane Society, 1705 South 2nd Street, Lafayette, IN 47905.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 4, 2013)

 

Doris A. Thompson

July 6, 1946 — Nov. 19, 2013

Doris A. Thompson, 67, of Winamac, formerly of Monon, went home to be with God and her family at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.19 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born on July 6, 1946 in Rensselaer, to the late Clarence and Irene (Lewellen) Allen. On April 11, 1966, Doris married Wilbur E. “Red” Thompson in Lakeland, Fla. Wilbur passed away July 27, 2013.

Doris was a longtime resident of White County. She had worked as a nurse’s aide for 20 years in Wolcott. She also had worked in the deli at Wal-Mart in Monticello. She retired in 2010.

Doris was a member of Calvary Temple Church of Monticello, and she was currently attending Calvary Baptist Church of Winamac.

She enjoyed fishing, spending time with her grandchildren and her dog, Cindy.

Doris was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include: son Daniel W. [Sarah] Thompson of Winamac; granddaughters: Danyell Rae Thompson, Elizabeth Weiss, Wynona [Joseph] Hadyen; brother Jim Allen of Monon; and sister Patricia [Bill] Bell of Yeoman.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur E. “Red” Thompson; parents Clarence and Irene (Lewellen) Allen; and sons Matthew E. Thompson and Joshua Marion Thompson.

Visitation was on Friday, Nov. 22, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 23, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor David Norris officiated. Burial took place in Bedford Cemetery in Monon.

Memorial contributions may be given to Calvary Baptist Church of Winamac or Pulaski Animal Control.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 27, 2013)

 

Lynne K. Burton

Oct. 16, 1948 — Nov. 20, 2013

Lynne K. Burton, 65, of Newnan, Ga., formerly of Winamac, passed away at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at her home in Newnan, Ga.

She was born Oct. 16, 1948, in Gary, to Floyd and Irene (Call) Frazier.

Lynne married Alan Burton on July 13, 1974, in Merrillville. Alan passed away on Sept. 18, 2001.

She worked as a third-grade teacher at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac, before having children in 1977. Prior to her stroke, she enjoyed baking and sewing. She loved to laugh, drink a good glass of wine, and enjoy time with friends and family.

Lynne lived most of her life in Winamac, moving to live with her daughter Dawn in 2005. She enjoyed traveling with her daughters and spending time with her grandchildren.

Lynne was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Winamac, and the Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Survivors include her daughters: Dawn [Nathan] Taylor of Newnan, Ga., and Erin [Chad] Rawls of Bartlett, Tenn.; grandsons: Rylan Taylor of Newnan, Ga., and Austin Taylor of Newnan, Ga.; and granddaughters: Mallory Rawls of Bartlett, Tenn., and Amelia Rawls of Bartlett, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Irene (Call) Frazier; husband Alan Burton; and son Jordan Burton.

Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 24, at Frain Mortuary, and one hour before the service on Monday in the church. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at First United Methodist Church in Winamac. Rev. Matt Landry officiated. Burial took place in Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project or Pulaski Animal Control.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 27, 2013)

 

Bernice Engle

Dec. 23, 1923 — Nov. 24, 2013

Bernice Engle, 89, of Lakeside, passed away at 1:07 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Kindred Hospital South in Greenwood.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1923 to the late Dale Lewis and Cleo (Sanders) Engle.

During the war, Bernice worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant. She retired from Lever Brothers Company.

Bernice was a member of Tippecanoe Christian Church.

She was a very talented musician and also enjoyed fishing.

Bernice will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Survivors include her nieces Kathryn [John] Perkins of Greenwood, and Diana [Ed] Zimpleman of Kokomo; nephews David [Mary] Caldwell of Florida, and Tom Caldwell of Flora; and step-sister Phyllis Warren of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dale Lewis and Cleo (Sanders) Engle; brother Marvin Engle; sister Jane Caldwell; stepbrother Junior Ogle; niece Karen Lawson; and nephew Jerry Caldwell.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Burial will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Tippecanoe Christian Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 27, 2013)

 

Lucile Emma Lewis

Lucile Emma Lewis, 101, of Akron, passed away at 2:58 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 27, 2013)

 

Ronald Leroy (Zeke) Myers

Feb. 9, 1942 – Nov. 6, 2013

Ronald Leroy (Zeke) Myers, 71, of Las Vegas, passed away on November 6.

Ronald was the son of the late Melvin and Mamie Myers. He was married to Rosalinda Sarmiento for over 39 years. She survives.

He spent 17 years in the U.S. Army, receiving two Bronze Stars, one Silver Star and two Purple Hearts from his three tours of duty in Vietnam. He lived in Las Vegas for the past 33 years and retired from the U.S. Postal Service, 14 State Division.

Survivors include daughters Samantha Myers of Las Vegas and Rosemarie [Jason] Long of California; grandchildren: Sidney Ronald Myers, Andre Long, Ava Rose of California and Paris and Noah Scales of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers: Donald [Linda] Myers and David [Della] Myers, both of Francesville; five sisters: Evelyn Dunker of Francesville, Carol [George] Martindale of Star City, Janet [Dennis] Haschel of Winamac, Martha [Richard] Losh of Medaryville and Sheryl Hunt of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Ann Wood of Monticello.

A celebration of life memorial service and open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Banquet Room in Francesville, one block north of the bank, so his family here can complete the journey through life they have taken with him. Please come and share and help us give him a final party. For him life was one big celebration. He was not a complainer, but a “gotta-do-what-you-gotta-do” person.

Ronald will be buried in the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

(Pulaski County Journal - Nov. 20, 2013)

 

Evelyn E. “Babe” Markley

Feb. 17, 1925 — Nov. 17, 2013

Evelyn E. Markley, 88, of Kewanna, passed away at 6:52 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Winamac, to Carl and Ethel (Hartwick) Hall.

Evelyn married Harris John Markley in 1962, who died Oct. 1, 1978.

She had worked at Switches at Leiters Ford, and at Kewanna Metal Specialties in Kewanna.

Evelyn was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1121 in Kewanna. She was a member of the FOE 2580 in Winamac, for more than 30 years.

Evelyn enjoyed riding her three-wheeled bicycle, making sock monkeys and collecting chicken memorabilia. She also enjoyed playing cards. She always had a family gathering on the third of July during the Kewanna fireworks that she called the “Happy Everything Party.”

Survivors include her daughters: Judy Markley of Winamac, and Julie [Dan] Birge of Kewanna; sons: Jerry L. [Laura] Bitterling of Logansport, Jay [Candy] Bitterling of Winamac, and Jeff E. Markley of Rochester; grandchildren: Kyle Bitterling of Greenwood, Melissa Behny of Fishers, Jesse Bitterling of Star City, Shane Bitterling of Culver City, Calif., Jamie Wenzler of Kewanna, Ashley Birge of Kewanna, Jason Bitterling of Winamac, Brittney Thompson of Rochester, Lacey Holloway of Kewanna, Haley Markley of Rochester, and Spencer Markley of Rochester; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harris John Markley; parents Carl and Ethel (Hartwick) Hall; son Jackie Lee Bitterling; great-grandson Liam Behny; twin brother Rev. Larsene Hall; sister Berniece (Hall) Nitzschke; and son-in-law Donald J. Markley.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 21 at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Pastor Todd Wilson officiating. Burial will take place in Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Kewanna Community Food Pantry.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 20, 2013)

 

Freddie J. Hagen

Aug. 4, 1936 — Nov. 15, 2013

Freddie J. Hagen, 77, of Winamac, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

He was born Aug. 4, 1936, in Winamac, to Fredrick and Anna (Jensen) Hagen.

He married Dorothy (Stellter) Hagen on Aug. 6, 1960 in First United Methodist Church Winamac.

For a period of time, Freddie was a livestock and grain farmer. Later, he worked as a welder at Thermo Products in North Judson, until his retirement.

Freddie was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved to garden. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy J. (Stellter) Hagen of Winamac; sons: Ricky Lee [Cindy] Hagen of Winamac, and John W. [Dawn] Hagen of Winamac; daughter-in-law Cathy Hagen of Burnettsville; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fredrick and Anna (Jensen) Hagen; son Rodney Alan Hagen; and twin sisters Gennifer and Geneva.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 4-6 p.m., at the Bible Church in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 20, 2013)

 

Bertha Fugate

Oct. 14, 1934 — Nov. 14, 2013

Bertha Fugate, 79, of Francesville, (formerly of Medaryville) went home to be with the Lord at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

Bertha was born on Oct. 14, 1934 in Salyersville, Ky., to the late Tony and Sarah (Jordan) Trusty.

Bertha was a retired CNA and had worked at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette for 13 years.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She loved her dogs, Dutches and Casper.

Bertha was a caring Christian woman. She enjoyed attending Bailey’s Corner Church.

Survivors include sons: Ronald R. [Mandy] Trusty Sr. of Medaryville, and James L. [Diane] Fugate of Northville, Minn.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters: Lillie Mae Shepherd of North Judson, and Helen Hopkins of North Judson.

She was preceded in death by her parents Tony and Sarah (Jordan) Trusty; sister Lottie McCarty; and brother Earl Trusty.

Visitation was from 2-3 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 16 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 16, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. Pastor Ed Trusty officiated. Private burial will take place in Denham Cemetery in Denham.

Memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home to help cover funeral expenses.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 20, 2013)

 

Darwin W. “Doc” Parcel

March 25, 1932 — Nov. 11, 2013

Darwin W. “Doc” Parcel, 81, of Star City, passed away at 3:39 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, surrounded by his family, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

He was born March 25, 1932, in Star City, to Cecil and Eva (Miller) Parcel.

He was married to Barbara J. Watson on Dec. 12, 1954, in Logansport. She survives.

Doc was a coach for the Star City Little League for 21 years.

He was a former member of the Star City-Van Buren Township Fire Department where he also served as chief for many years.

Doc served as a Cub Scout Master from 1964-72.

He retired from the Farm Bureau Co-op Elevator in Star City after 40 years of employment. He also had worked for Roy Jones in his younger years.

Doc enjoyed bowling, the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana University Basketball, and the New York Yankees.

He had played merchants baseball, fast-pitch softball, and participated in a bowling league.

Doc loved his dog “Jeter” and enjoyed riding around Star City in his golf cart with Jeter. He also enjoyed spending summers in Foxwood Hills in Middlebury.

He was a member of the Star City United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Barbara J. Parcel of Star City; sons: Mick [Kathy] Parcel of Winamac, David [Weez] Parcel of Winamac, and Doug [Michelle] Parcel of DeMotte; grandsons: Aaron [Adriane] Parcel of Chattanooga, Tenn., Steven [Katie] Polstra of Winamac, and D.J. Parcel of DeMotte; granddaughters: Sarah Chase of Vicksburg, Mich., Tarrah Polstra of Winamac, Abbey [Jake] Berger of Winamac, Danielle [Justin] Dommer of Winamac, and Erika Parcel of DeMotte; nine great-grandchildren; brother Kermit “Buck” [Betty] Parcel of Winamac; sister-in-law Betty [Dean] Parcel of Star City; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Eva (Miller) Parcel; brothers: Gerald Parcel and Darl Dean Parcel; and sister-in-law Anna Parcel.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Frain Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 14, at Frain Mortuary with his grandson Aaron Parcel officiating. Burial will take place in Star City West Cemetery in Star City.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 13, 2013)

 

Loretta K. (Lawson) Mau

April 2, 1946 — Nov. 9, 2013

Loretta K. (Lawson) Mau, 67, of Winamac, died on Nov. 9, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Loretta was born on April 2, 1946, to Thomas and Catherine Lawson in Bluefield, W.Va.

On Jan. 29, 1972, she married Arthur K. Mau Jr. in North Judson.

Survivors include her husband Arthur K. Mau Jr. of Winamac; son John [Karoline] Mau of Columbus, Texas; brothers: Ronald Lawson of North Judson, and Don Lawson of North Judson; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Catherine Lawson; brother James N. Lawson; and Paul Thomas Lawson.

Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. CST at the O’Donnell Funeral Home Inc., in North Judson. Funeral services are Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. CST at the funeral home with Rev. Mark Fakih officiating.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 13, 2013)

 

Timothy Joe Shepperd

Aug. 4, 1956 — Nov. 9, 2013

Timothy Joe Shepperd, 57, passed away Nov. 9, peacefully in his sleep.

Timmy Joe was born on Aug. 4, 1956 to Sterling “Pooch” and Rosalee Shepperd in Culver.

He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 150 where he was a heavy equipment operator for many years.

Timmy Joe was well known for his expertise in Speedway Motorcycle racing.

Survivors include his son Timothy Joe Shepperd Jr; one daughter Barbara Jo Rans; five grandchildren; and four sisters: Robin [Larry] Sanders, JoAnn Hubbard, Julie [Stephen] Byrd, and Tammie Shepperd.

He was proceeded in death by his parents.

Visitation will begin 10 a.m. until the funeral service on Saturday Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. EST at the Souls Harbour Church, 9331 W. 750 N. in North Judson. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the services.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 13, 2013)

 

Zachery Rex Conkel

Zachery Rex Conkel, 19, of Francesville, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, passed away at 8:19 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 13, 2013)

 

Bernard J. Rakowski

Bernard J. Rakowski, 89, of Ora, passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at his home.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 13, 2013)

 

Mary M. Whipple

Mary M. Whipple, 67, of Star City, passed away at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at her residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 13, 2013)

 

John “Ted” Anton Jr.

April 10, 1936 — Oct. 31, 2013

John “Ted” Anton Jr., 77, of Winamac, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

He was born April 10, 1936, in Terre Haute, to John and Pauline (Regas) Anton.

John “Ted” was married to Joy M. McDonald on Jan. 30, 1959, in Crown Point. She passed away on July 15, 2005.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1961.

Ted was a former resident of Gary until he moved to Winamac in 1974. He also lived in Las Vegas from 1978-98, returning to Winamac in 1998 to spend more time with his grandchildren.

He formerly worked for PPG in Gary as a truck driver until 1978. He also worked at Deluca Liquor in Las Vegas until his retirement in 1998.

Ted was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski, and the Winamac Moose Lodge.

Ted enjoyed bowling, bingo and gambling. He loved spending time with his family and friends, but he especially loved his time with his dog “Bear.”

Survivors include his daughter Roxanne [Steven] Gorby of Winamac; grandson Glenn Anton Gorby of Winamac; granddaughter Ashley Brooke Gorby of Winamac; brother Tom Anton of Dyer; sisters: Mary Kokenos of Des Plaines, Ill., and Wilma Petroski of Schererville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joy M. (McDonald) Anton; parents John and Pauline (Regas) Anton; and brother Jimmy Anton.

Visitation was 3-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Frain Mortuary. A scriptural wake service was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski. Rev. Ambrose Ziegler officiated. Burial took place in Winamac Cemetery in Winamac. The American Legion and VFW conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 6, 2013)

 

Kenneth Keith “Bud” Kistler

Aug. 22, 1930 — Oct. 19, 2013

Kenneth Keith “Bud” Kistler, 83, Carmel, passed away Oct. 19.

He was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Winamac, to Floyd and Leitha (Stuart) Kistler.

He attended Star City High School (1944 – 1948), Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Bud served as a shipboard naval journalist during the Korean War, sharing current naval news between servicemen and their hometowns.

As an Illinois and Indiana real estate broker, he sold and managed residential and commercial properties. He also developed and built custom residential areas in both states. After retiring from the business world, he became a backyard horticulturist concentrating on the care and enjoyment of his 150 assorted rose bushes.

Survives include by his wife of 56 years Annette (Matula); sons: Kurt and Michael; granddaughter Katherine Kistler; sisters: Doris [Arlow] Baggerly and Helen Brown; brother Dean Kistler; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Garnet Rearick, Esther Hayes, Grace Straw, Thale Feltis, Lura Feltis and Jane Grice; and brother Lee Kistler.

Private services are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 6, 2013)

 

Jean Strang

Jean Strang, 85, of Monterey, passed away on Oct. 31 at her home.

(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 6, 2013)

 

Louis E. Zimmer

Nov. 17, 1928 — Oct. 23, 2013

Louis E. Zimmer, 84, of Royal Center, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the home he shared with his wife for 63 years.

Born Nov. 17, 1928, he was the son of the late John F. and Daisy (Crow) Zimmer.

On June 25, 1950, he married the love of his life, Betty Woneda Van Meter; she survives.

He was a Royal Center High School graduate.

Louis was a professional sheep shearer and judged many national shearing contests in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. He had one of the oldest Corriedale sheep flocks in the nation. For many years, he showed sheep at the Indiana State Fair. In 1985, Louis had the Grand Champion ram at the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Louis was also awarded the Guy Green Award for lifetime achievement by the National Corriedale Association and the Oren Wright Award from the Indiana Sheep Breeders Association.

As a hobby, Louis handcrafted beautiful bowls and other works that are cherished by those who received them as gifts.

Louis was a member of Metea Baptist Church. He also served on the board of directors for Farm Bureau and the Cass County 4-H Fair Board. He was a longtime member and past president of the Logansport Rose Society. For many years, he served on the Harrison Township Advisory Board and was very proud of the improvements to the fire department. Louis was also a founding member and president of the Pioneer Pathfinders camping club in Royal Center.

Louis was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He and Betty enjoyed taking their children on vacations and camping trips, where he loved reading the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley to the kids. His greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Survivors include his wife Betty Zimmer of Royal Center; children: Gary L. [Peggy] Zimmer of Rosedale, Jeffery L. [Bobbi] Zimmer of Royal Center, Linda S. Zimmer of Royal Center, Sharon L. Couch of Billings, Mont., Randal D. [Jennifer] Zimmer of Winamac, and Bradley A. Zimmer [Ann Haley] of Indianapolis; sister Ann [Ray] Beers of Florida; grandchildren: Steven [Loretta] Gwin, Sara [Chris] Ramsey, Justin [Erica] Zimmer, Cole Zimmer, Jacob [Sienna] Couch, Misty [Chris] Wade, Maria Zimmer and Jordan Couch; and great-grandchildren: Cody and Noah Gwin, Whitney and Matthew Ramsey, Asher Lyman and Braelyn Couch.

He was also preceded in death by his brother Raymond.

Visitation was on Friday, Oct. 25, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home of Royal Center and also before the time of service on Saturday. Services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Metea Baptist Church in Metea. Pastors William Cordes and Bob Cree officiated. Burial followed at Indian Creek Christian Cemetery in Royal Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Metea Baptist Church and/or Gentiva Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 30, 2013)

 

Kevin Dwight Smith

Jan. 15, 1954 — Oct. 22, 2013

Kevin Dwight Smith, 59, of Indianapolis, passed away at 5:50 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis.

Born Jan. 15, 1954 in Rochester, he was the son of Kenneth D. Smith and Jean (Brooks) Browning.

Kevin was a master carpenter and he specialized in finish work. He was very passionate about woodworking and was a perfectionist.

He attended The Vineyard Christian Church in Indianapolis.

Survivors include his mother Jean (Brooks) Browning [Jerry] of Tucson, Ariz.; children: Kacy Barnaba Smith [Stephen] of Crosby, Texas, Kevin Dwight Smith Jr. “Snuff” [Trisha] of Texas, Triston Smith [Lindsay] of Indianapolis, Danae Smith [Brian] of Mesa, Ariz., Cameron Smith; of Bloomington, and Brodie Smith of Indianapolis; stepmother Bonnie Smith of Kewanna; sisters: Kathy Thompson [Dan] of Plymouth, and Kim Hoover of Star City; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth D. Smith; and brother-in-law Thomas Hoover.

Memorial services were held at noon, Friday, Oct. 25 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Lake Bruce. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Bruce Lake Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community South Hospital.

Sign the guest book or leave an online condolence for the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 30, 2013)

 

Homer O. Martindale

June 20, 1944 — Oct. 27, 2013

Homer O. Martindale, 69, of Star City, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

He was born June 20, 1944, in Star City, to Joseph and Florence Tomlinson Martindale. Homer was married to Freda Ann Clemons Lloyd on Feb. 23, 1979, Clinton, Ind. She survives.

He formerly served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the color guard that served at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s funeral service.

Homer was a truck driver for most of his life. He also had worked in the construction industry.

He was a member of the Yorktown Road Church of Christ, Logansport.

Homer was a jack-of-all-trades and also enjoyed working on cars. He also enjoyed growing roses.

Survivors include his wife Freda Ann Lloyd Martindale of Star City; daughters: Sandy [Dave] Watson of West Lafayette; Mary Martindale of Goshen, and Susan Warkentin of Goshen; sons: Jason Martindale of Warsaw, and Chris [Kristie] Martindale of North Webster; stepdaughter Shanna N. Lloyd of Winamac; step-grandson Adrian Chupp of Winamac; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers: Wilbur [Linda] Martindale of Star City, George [Carol] Martindale of Star City, (twin) Virgil [Linda] Martindale of Humeston, Iowa; Joe [Cecilia] Martindale of Kewanna; Jim [Brenda] Martindale of Logansport; and sisters: Gert Thomas of Burnettsville, Mildred [Eldon] Kinzie of Logansport, and Kay [Jeff Henderson] Malott of Logansport.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Florence Tomlinson Martindale; stepdaughter Lisa Lloyd; and sisters: Donna Woodard, Stella Dilts and Bessie Martindale.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Frain Mortuary, with Mark Racop officiating. Burial will take place in Star City West Cemetery, Star City.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society or Yorktown Road Church of Christ.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 30, 2013)

 

Earl E. White

May 22, 1924 — Oct. 23, 2013

Earl E. White, 89, of Winamac, passed away at 12:46 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

He was born May 22, 1924, in Beebe, Ark., to Elmer and Hazel (Button) White.

Earl married Wanda Berneda Cross on Nov. 20, 1943 in Portageville, Mo. Wanda died Dec. 13, 1998.

Earl had worked as a farmer and was a retired sanitation worker for the Town of Winamac. He also worked in the tree trimming business for many years. He moved to Winamac in 1964 from Portageville, Mo.

Earl enjoyed telling jokes and playing cards and dominoes with his daughters. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He was survived by his daughters: Shirley D. [Joe] Decker of Winamac, Alice F. [Bobby] Creasy of Winamac, Brenda S. Craig of Winamac, Patricia “Sandy” E. Terry of Winamac, and Carolyn J. [Stan] Johnson of Talma, Ind.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister Lucille Thompson of Rochester; and brother Elmer White of Monterey.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Hazel (Button) White; infant son; sisters: Mildred Huffman and Ida Davis; and brother Eldon White.

Visitation was 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Frain Mortuary. Funeral services followed at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. David Broad officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 30, 2013)

 

Ronald E. Buck

Jan. 15, 1941 — Oct. 24, 2013

Ronald E. Buck, 72, of Peru (formerly of Logansport) passed away at 9:38 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.

Born on Jan. 15, 1941 in Winamac, he was the son of the late James Otis and Elsie (Fritz) Buck.

Ron formerly attended Winamac Christian Church and the Main St. United Methodist Church in Logansport. He was a past member and clown of the Peru Circus and he was known as “Bucko” the clown. Ron was also an avid joke teller who enjoyed playing the guitar and listening to Elvis music.

Survivors include his brother James Buck of Metaire, La.; sister Barbara [Joe] Buck of Logansport; sister-in-law Sue Buck of Logansport; nieces and nephews: Michelle Buck of Lebanon, Ohio, Michael [Kathy] Buck of Lebanon, Ohio, Ryan [Rebecca] Buck of Logansport, Abby [David] Sell of Logansport, and Barb [John] Davenport of Peru; and great-nieces and nephews: Carrie and Matt Becker of Indianapolis, Alec and Lauren Buck of Lebanon, Ohio, Baileigh Buck of Logansport, Caleb, Joe, Isaac and Maddison Sell of Logansport, and Claire and Sam Buck of Logansport.

He was also preceded in death by his brother Robert Buck; and sister Janet Buck.

Services will be at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at Marocco-Rans Funeral Chapel with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Pastor George Dinkle will officiate. Burial will follow at Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peak Community Services in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 30, 2013)

 

Robert Earl Hubbard

Jan. 19, 1950 — Sept. 18, 2013

Robert Earl Hubbard, 63, of Winamac, died on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Robert was born in Winamac on Jan. 19, 1950 to Joseph Winzle Hubbard and Elizabeth (Spicer) Frazier.

He served his country from 1969-72 during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army. Robert was retired from Allis-Chalmers.

He was survived by his son Robert “Robbie” [Lori] Hubbard of Tampa, Fla.; daughters: Ryla Hubbard of Punta Gorda, Fla., Elizabeth Munguia of West Lafayette, and Sarah Esparza of South Bend; eight grandchildren; sisters: Yvonne “Colleen” Hubbard of Winamac, Kathryn [Carl] Shidler of Elkhart, Kelly [Ron] Shidler of Winamac, Karen [Paul] Shidler of Winamac, and Kaye [Glenn] Brady of Winamac; and brothers: James [Rose] Hubbard of Winamac, Timothy [Lorraine] Hubbard of Mishawaka and Kenneth [Mary] Frazier of Hesperia, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Winzle Hubbard and Elizabeth (Spicer) Frazier and by his stepfather, who raised him, Kenneth “Blackie” Frazier.

Burial with military honors will be Friday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Marion National Cemetery committal shelter in Marion, Ind. There will also be a gathering to celebrate Robert’s life on Nov. 3, at the Church of Heartland in Winamac from 2-4 p.m. Preferred memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

Send a condolence to the family at www.northernindianafuneralcare.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 23, 2013)

 

Robert ‘Bob’ Edward Lancashire

Robert ‘Bob’ Edward Lancashire, 52, of Nashville, Tenn., passed away on Oct. 10.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 23, 2013)

 

Floyd L. “Barney” Barnhouse

March 18, 1923 — Oct. 9, 2013

Floyd L. “Barney” Barnhouse, 90, of Winamac, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

He was born March 18, 1923, in New Boston, Ill., to Ed and Ruth (Hallsted) Barnhouse.

Floyd was married to Alberta J. Platt on June 14, 1952, at the Hamlet Presbyterian Church in Mercer County, Ill. She passed away on May 29, 2002.

A native of Mercer County, Ill., Floyd graduated in 1942 from Keithsburg High School. He also was a 1951 graduate of Western Illinois College.

Floyd served in the U.S. Navy as a motor machinist mate third class during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post #71.

He was a retired farm drainage contractor. He was a member of the Indiana Land Contractors Association. Floyd was also a former soil conservationist and was the first manager of the Winamac office of the U.S. Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Floyd was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Winamac, where he formerly served as a deacon.

He enjoyed auto racing including the Indy 500 and NASCAR.

Floyd also enjoyed watching wildlife from the back window of his home.

Survivors include his daughter Jenise M. [Laura Bailey] Barnhouse of Winamac; grandsons: Jonathan Barnhouse, David Barnhouse; sister-in-law Agnes Barnhouse of Coal Valley, Ill.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Ruth (Hallsted) Barnhouse; wife Alberta J. (Platt) Barnhouse; son Jason F. Barnhouse; grandson Stephen Barnhouse; brothers: Verne Barnhouse, Carl Barnhouse and Charles Barnhouse; sisters Florence Nudo, Gail Miller and Beryl Crose.

Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 12, at Frain Mortuary. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 13, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Rev. Laura Bailey officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac. The VFW and American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Alberta J. Barnhouse Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Pulaski County Community Foundation or the American Heart Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 16, 2013)

 

Gayhart “Gay” Clingler Blanton

Gayhart “Gay” Clingler Blanton, 72, of Bedford, (formerly of Ora and Logansport) passed away peacefully at her home in Bedford on Thursday, Oct. 10.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 16, 2013)

 

Larry L. Dollahan

Feb. 23, 1938 — Sept. 30, 2013

Larry L. “Woody” Dollahan, 75, Monterey, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

He was born Feb. 23, 1938, in Knox, to Richard and Mary Scott Dollahan.

Larry was married to Mary Jane Long on March 3, 1956, in Bass Lake. She passed away on Oct. 12, 2004.

He was a former member of the Mounted Posse for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department several years ago.

Larry was a retired lather in the construction industry and had been a member of the Lathers Union.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and just about anything outdoors. He loved to karaoke and was known as Woody Nelson because he enjoyed singing Hank Williams songs.

Larry was involved in many adventures during his lifetime including raising horses, cattle and hogs. He bred coon dogs for sale, and enjoyed training them to hunt. He formerly farmed and owned a grocery store (Spunky’s Place) with Mary Jane.

Survivors include daughters: Karen [Doug] Beaver of Leiters Ford, Betty [Jim] Butler of Culver, Violet [David] Johnson of Winamac, Jodie [Mark] Dommer of Winamac, and Bonnie [Bill] Urbach of Rochester; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; brothers Tom [Beulah] Dollahan of Walkerton, Meridith “Jake” [Evelyn] Dollahan of North Judson, and Albert [Mary Margaret] Dollahan of Vincennes; sisters Linda Allen of Argos, Marilyn Haynes of Plymouth, Connie [David] Warren of Koontz Lake, and Jackie Pugh of Culver.

She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Mary Scott Dollahan; brothers Jan Dollahan, Terry Dollahan, Ronnie Dollahan, and Jerry Dollahan; and sister Carolyn Clifton.

Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 3, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 4, at Frain Mortuary. Laura Bailey officiated. Burial took place in Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 9, 2013)

 

Ruth McLin

Oct. 13, 1931 — Oct. 4, 2013

Ruth McLin, 81, of Medaryville, passed away at her home on Friday, Oct. 4.

She was born Oct. 13, 1931 in Caryville, Tenn., to the late Clyde and Arlettia (White) Davis. On Sept. 15, 1951, she married Earl Levi McLin. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1973.

Ruth lived many years in Illinois, where she owned and operated her own beauty shop from her home, and later worked for over 20 years as a housekeeper for Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. Upon her retirement, she moved to Medaryville.

Ruth was an active member of the Medaryville Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and participating in activities at the Medaryville Senior Center. Ruth enjoyed sewing, crocheting and traveling.

Ruth loved her family very much and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her son James [Vicki] McLin of Medaryville; daughters: Carol [Kyle] Trusty of Jacksboro, Tenn., Kathryn McLin of Cedar Lake, and Anita [Charles] Puckett of Crown Point; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother Daniel [Sherri] Davis of Dolton, Ill; sisters: Wanda [Gary] Rogers of Caryville, Tenn., and Florence Davis of Caryville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Arlettia (White) Davis; husband Earl Levi McLin; infant grandson Robert Zarate; and brothers Andrew Davis and Billy Davis.

Visitation took place on Monday, Oct. 7, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. Funeral services followed at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel. Rev. Tom Dewlen officiated. Burial took place at Campbell Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Jacksboro, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, following visitation at Martin Wilson Funeral Home, LaFollette, Tenn.

Memorial contributions may be given to Medaryville Assembly of God Church or Medaryville Senior Center.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 9, 2013)

 

Irene M. (Cegielski) Shepperd

Irene M. (Cegielski) Shepperd, 81, of Medaryville, passed away Oct. 3, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 9, 2013)

 

Marie M. Raypole

Marie M. Raypole, 89, of Winona Lake, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 9, 2013)

 

Mary D. Danford

Aug. 28, 1947 — Sept. 28, 2013

Mary D. Danford, 66, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 28, at her home surrounded by her family. Mary fought a brave battle against cancer.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1947 in Stockbridge, Mich., to the late Wayne and Gertrude (Patrick) Neeley.

On Feb. 3, 1962, she married Norman C. Danford. He survives.

Mary was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Winamac. She was an assistant for AWANA, teaching children about the Lord.

Mary enjoyed playing BINGO, watching Norm race, and doing ceramic crafts.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Mary will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband Norman C. Danford of Francesville; sons: Barry D. [Rhonda] Danford of Francesville, Randall S. [Tammy] Danford of Medaryville, and John M. [Julie] Danford of Francesville; daughter Stacy M. Mueller of Francesville; brothers: Wessell Neeley of Knoxville, Tenn., Delmer Neeley of Tennessee, Ralph Neeley of Francesville, Richard Neeley of Medaryville, Arnold Neeley of Medaryville, and Billy Neeley of Winamac; sisters: Marilyn Hirtle of Las Vegas, Nev., Patricia Fritz of Winamac, and Brenda Clark of Memphis, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Gertrude (Patrick) Neeley; brother Ernie Neeley; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 3, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel with Pastor David Norris officiating. Burial will take place in White Post Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Calvary Baptist Church or American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 2, 2013)

 

Henry Lewis Wagner

March 2, 1933 — Sept. 24, 2013

Henry Lewis Wagner, 80, of Peachtree City, Ga. (formerly of Winamac), passed away Sept. 24, at Southland Nursing Home in Peachtree City.

He was born March 2, 1933 in North Judson, to the late Herbert and Anna Wagner. Henry graduated from North Judson High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank driver during the Korean War. He married Virginia Steiner of Lafayette, in 1961. She survives.

Henry was a farmer all of his life, and he drove a bus for the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, trapping, gardening and beekeeping. Henry found pleasure operating the sawmill at his home.

He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac.

Survivors include his wife Virginia Alto (Steiner) Wagner of Peachtree City, Ga.; daughter Edie [Dean] Tendick of Winamac; son Herb [Megan] Wagner of Mooreland, Ga.; grandchildren: Jennifer Tendick, Travis Tendick, Kayla Wagner, Benne Wagner, and Adam Wagner; sister Mabel Anna Stohlman of Berne, Ind.; and nephews: Paul Stohlmann III of Bluffton, Ind., and John [Bekah] Stohlmann of Maspeth, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Anna (Dunker) Wagner.

Visitation was Sept. 29, at Frain Mortuary and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services were Sept. 30, at St. Luke Lutheran Church of Winamac. Pastor Tom Woodley officiated. Burial took place in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in Medaryville. The American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Luke Lutheran Church or St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 2, 2013)

 

Terry Lynn Rogers

Nov. 11, 1956 — Sept. 29, 2013

Terry Lynn Rogers, 56, of Winamac passed away at 2:10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Nov. 11, 1956, in Logansport, she was the daughter of Bernard A. and Marjorie (Murphy) Scheffer.

On July 26, 1983 she married Sam P. Rogers, who survives.

She was a Winamac High School graduate.

Terry was formerly employed at the Braun Corporation, Plymouth Tube, and she also formerly worked with her father at Scheffer’s Well Drilling for 17 years.

She was an avid animal lover, trail rider at Tippecanoe River State Park and just being outdoors was her passion.

Survivors include her husband Sam P. Rogers of Winamac; mother Marjorie Scheffer of Monterey; sister Judy Smith of Monterey; brothers: Keith Scheffer [Deb] of Star City, and Greg Scheffer [Becky] of North Webster; several nieces, nephews and cousins; her beloved dogs: Ellie Mae and Lex; and her horse Dawber.

She was preceded in death by her father Bernard A. Scheffer.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Royal Center Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 2, 2013)

 

Leona C. Good

Leona C. Good, of Logansport (formerly of Argos), passed away on Sept. 25 at 8:55 p.m. at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 2, 2013)

 

Harold E. Meiser

Harold E. Meiser, 91, of Rochester, passed away on Monday, Sept. 30 at 3:40 a.m. at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester.

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 2, 2013)

 

Frederick M. Gilsinger

March 13, 1925 — Sept. 18, 2013

Frederick M. Gilsinger, 88, of Kewanna, passed away at 3:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Creasy Springs Health Campus in Lafayette.

He was born on March 13, 1925, in Chicago, Ill. In April 1946, Fred married Jessie Morgan. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1996.

Fred was a 1943 graduate of Winamac High School. He was a Second Lieutenant and served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Fred was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Monterey.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his sons: John Gilsinger of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dale [Jayne] Gilsinger of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Patricia [Steve] Dice of Lafayette; grandson Jesse Gilsinger; granddaughters: Christie [Rob] Hough and Diana Lazzell; great-granddaughters: Mallory Archer and Sophia Hough; great-grandson Jesse Archer; and sister Joan [Harry] Petrohilos, of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Mansolf; wife Jessie Ruth (Morgan) Gilsinger; and his son Frederick M. “Michael” Gilsinger, Jr.

Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 22, at Frain Mortuary. A Scriptural Wake Service followed at the funeral home. A funeral mass was held on Monday, Sept. 23, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Monterey. Rev. Bert Woolson officiated. Burial took place in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Anne’s Catholic Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 25, 2013)

 

Keith B. “Frog” Salrin

March 12, 1936 — Sept. 20, 2013

Keith B. “Frog” Salrin, 77, longtime Medaryville resident, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, at his home in Guymon, Okla.

The son of Orvis and Mary Alice (Walter) Salrin, he was born March 12, 1936 in Medaryville. He was raised in Medaryville, and graduated with the class of 1954.

Frog served in the U.S. Army Special Forces from 1954 to 1964, with stints in Korea and Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, he worked in Medaryville in the automobile manufacturing industry, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, VFW, American Legion and 40/8 Group.

In October of 2012, he moved to Guymon from Medaryville to be near his family.

Survivors include his daughter Kathy [Eddie] VanDyke; two grandchildren: Keith and Elizabeth all of Guymon; brother Robert [Jean] Salrin of Medaryville; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services and interment of cremains were at the White Post Cemetery in Medaryville.

Friends may sign the online guestbook, and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 25, 2013)

 

Genevieve Davis

Sept. 30, 1926 — Sept. 19, 2013

Genevieve Davis, 86, of Winamac, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Bruce Lake, to John and Frances (Lesniak) Ziemba. She was married to Robert P. Davis on Oct. 30, 1948, in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac.

Genevieve was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac.

During her lifetime she enjoyed her family and extended relatives, many friends and travel opportunities. She completed her life surrounded by the company of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Mark Davis of Beijing, China, John [Karen] Davis of Dublin, Ohio, Paul [Theresa] Davis of Indianapolis, Mary Ziemba-Davis of Indianapolis, Thomas [Donna] Davis of Zionsville, Lillian [Mark] Youngblood of Franklin, and Anne [Randy] Coleman of Zionsville; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert P. Davis; grandson Aaron Michael Davis; and granddaughter Rachael Marie Coleman.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 23, at Frain Mortuary. The rosary was recited, followed by the Scriptural Wake Service, on Monday in the funeral home.

The funeral mass was held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiated. Burial took place in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, Indianapolis.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 25, 2013)

 

Robert E. Smrt

Robert E. Smrt, 91, of Donaldson (formerly of North Judson), died on Sept. 15 at Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson.

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 25, 2013)

 

Nancy Ann Fox

Jan. 5, 19542 — Sept. 13, 2013

Nancy Ann Fox, 59, of Royal Center, passed away at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at St. Vincent’s Hospice in Indianapolis surrounded by her family.

Born on Jan. 5, 1954 in Winamac, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Rosemary (Stamer) Busch.

On Sept. 20, 1986 she married Douglas F. Fox. He survives.

Nancy was a 1972 West Central High School graduate.

She was a lifelong homemaker and farmwife.

Nancy attended All Saints Catholic Church and she enjoyed the outdoors, attending and helping with various sporting events and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband Douglas F. Fox of Royal Center; daughters: Erica S. [Mark] Field of Kewanna, and Katy R. Fox of Royal Center; sons Matthew D. Fox of Royal Center, and Ross W. Fox of Royal Center; sisters: Linda [Bruce] Novak of Ft. Wayne, Bonnie [Chuck] Myer of Brookston, Sandy [Ralph] Burns of Rockville, Sheryl [Fred] Fritz of Francesville, Patty [Denny] Pfledderer of Francesville, and Diane [Mark] Cervenka of Francesville; and grandchildren: Jadyn Field and Ali Field, both of Kewanna.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 16, at Harrison-Metzger- Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Sept. 17 at All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport. Father Dominic Petan officiated. Burial took place at St. James Cemetery in Francesville.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept., 18, 2013)

 

Thomas W. Crissinger

March 21, 1934 — Sept. 15, 2013

Thomas W. Crissinger, 79, of Star City, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

He was born March 21, 1934, in Pulaski, to William and Rosa (Crist) Crissinger.

Tom was married on Dec. 3, 1954, in Jeffersonville, to Arvilla A. Rater. She survives.

Tom farmed for 15 years, drove a semitruck for 35 years, and was a millwright from 1989 until his retirement. He was a member of Millwrights Union Local 1029.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Denham. He loved to sing at church.

Tom was an avid NASCAR and dirt-track racing fan. He formerly raced at Shady Hill Raceway for many years.

Tom enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a very generous person who was always helping people.

He loved working on old tractors, fishing and floating down the river with his family.

Survivors include his wife Arvilla A. Crissinger of Star City; sons: David T. [Elaine] Crissinger of Winamac, Michael L. Crissinger of Star City, Jonathan M. [Michelle] Crissinger Sr. of Plymouth, and Jesse F. Peter of Star City; daughter Kathleen I. Taff of Winamac; sister Betty Maxwell of Winamac; 10 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents William and Rosa (Crist) Crissinger; sisters: Mary Blohm and JoAnn Fox; brothers: Robert Crissinger and George Crissinger; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one granddaughter-in-law; and one son-in-law.

No services were held. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church in Denham.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 18, 2013)

 

Lee Winfield Bailey

Jan. 8, 1942 — Sept. 8, 2013

Lee Winfield Bailey, 71, of Star City, passed away at 3:04 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Doctors Hospital in Bremen.

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 18, 2013)

 

Gregory Nelson Coburn

Gregory Nelson Coburn, 49, of Royse City, Texas, passed away on Aug. 17, 2013.

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 18, 2013)

 

Theodore F. “Ted” Rausch

Jan. 8, 1952 — Sept. 3, 2013

Theodore F. “Ted” Rausch, 61, Winamac, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born Jan. 8, 1952, in Logansport, to Casper and Frances (Reidelbach) Rausch. Ted was married on Sept. 10, 1976, in Winamac, to Karla Jo Knebel. She passed away on Jan. 9, 1979.

He was a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, and the Knights of Columbus.

Ted was a former Pulaski County Commissioner, serving two terms from 1993-2000, and a former member of the Pulaski County Council from 2001-2004.

He was appointed to serve as the Pulaski County Recycling manager in 2001 and served in that capacity until 2007. He was also named the Pulaski County Transfer Station manager and was in that position from 2002-2007. Ted was a member of the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Board from 2001-2007.

Ted was a farmer for all of his life. He also had worked for Rife Heavy Duty Truck Parts and Jim Berry and Sons.

He loved Indiana University basketball and was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed playing cards, and truck and tractor pulling.

Survivors include: son Casey Eskridge of Indianapolis; daughters: Haylee [Matthew] Smolek of San Pierre, and Teddi Rausch of Winamac; granddaughters: Hanna Eskridge of Indianapolis, and Hattly Smolek of San Pierre; grandsons: Haydyn Smolek of San Pierre, and Rowyn Smolek of San Pierre; step-daughter Kylie [Eddie] Molebash of Rochester; step-granddaughters Braiden Molebash of Rochester, and Aiden Molebash of Rochester; sisters: Carolyn [Ken] Harpole of Bartlesville, Okla., and Deborah [Mark] Moss of Burnettsville; brothers: Donald [Bea] Rausch of Winamac, and Robert Rausch of Lansdale, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Casper and Frances (Reidelbach) Rausch; wife Karla (Knebel) Rausch; and daughter Cassidy Kenzie Rausch.

Visitation was Friday, Sept. 6 at Frain Mortuary. The Scriptural Wake Service was held during the visitation. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 7 at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Leroy Kinnaman and Rev. Edward Clark officiated. Burial took place in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to a college fund for Teddi Rausch or the American Heart Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 11, 2013)

 

Ernest David “Dave” Lehman

May 19, 1925 — Sept. 4, 2013

Ernest David Lehman, 88, of Logansport, formerly of Star City, passed away at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

He was born May 19, 1925, in Elkhart, to Ernest and Mary (Wherli) Lehman Sr.

Dave married Dorothy Louise Boardman on Aug. 16, 1947 in Nappanee.

Dave served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action.

He earned an A.B. and M.A. from Notre Dame University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He taught at Valparaiso University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Most of his career was spent teaching political science at Central Connecticut State University.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy Louise (Boardman) Lehman of Logansport; and son Ernest David Lehman III of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Mary (Wherli) Lehman Sr.; one sister; and two brothers.

Private family services will be scheduled at a later date.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 11, 2013)

 

Corey Allen Pugh

Feb. 14, 1965 — Aug. 25, 2013

Corey Allen Pugh, 48, Indianapolis, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 12:24 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, in Indianapolis.

He was born Feb. 14, 1965, in Pontiac, Mich., to William and Marie Archer Pugh Jr.

Corey was married to Joanne B. Wenzler on May 15, 1993, in Winamac. She survives.

He was a 1983 graduate of Winamac Community High School and attended Purdue University.

Corey resided in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. His career included managing numerous restaurants including Arby’s in the Indianapolis area.

He enjoyed camping, golfing, watching sports especially the Indianapolis Colts, and spending time with his friends and family.

Survivors include his wife Joanne B. Wenzler Pugh of Indianapolis; sons: Shane M. Pugh of Indianapolis, and Tyler A. Pugh of Indianapolis; parents: William A. and Marie Archer Pugh Jr. of Winamac; sisters: Kristina M. [Robert] Smith of Fort Wayne, Rebecca L. [Phillip] Juday of Muncie, and Amanda Storm of Netherlands; brothers: Kyle A. Pugh of Muncie, and Dana L. Pugh of Muncie; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 30 at Frain Mortuary before the service. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Rev. Matt Landry officiated. Burial took place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 4, 2013)

 

Martha J. (Banes) Baker

Nov. 28, 1928 — Aug. 26, 2013

Martha J. (Banes) Baker of Walton, Ind., passed away at 12:05 a.m. Aug. 26 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Logansport.

She was born in Medaryville on Nov. 28, 1928 to Ray and Helen (Saltsman) Banes.

She was a graduate of Medaryville High School in 1947.

Martha married Charles Leroy Baker on May 9, 1949 in Kewanna. He survives.

She retired from the dietary department at Lewis Cass High School and enjoyed being with family, gardening and serving.

Survivors include her husband Charles Leroy Baker; sons: Charles Jr. [Sandra] of Kokomo, Jeffrey [Nancy] of Logansport, Randy [Lisa] of Peru, and Dennis [Elsie] of Walton; daughter Martalee [Ron] Montgomery of Walton; sisters: Ramona [Jimmy] Departe of Casa Grande, Ariz., Judy [Ray] Propoes of Idaville, and Debra Durham of Dobie, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Ray and Helen (Saltsman) Banes and one great-grandchild.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston and an hour prior to services at the Church on Friday, Aug. 30. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Walton Christian Church in Walton, with Rev. Bill Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Walton IOOF Cemetery in Walton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 28, 2013)

 

Bruce Whitaker

Aug. 24, 1964 — Aug. 24, 2013

Bruce Whitaker, 49, of Winamac, passed away in Rensselaer, Aug. 24 at 5:30 a.m.

He was born Aug. 24, 1964, in Rensselaer, to Joseph and Edna Patton Whitaker.

Bruce worked at Monon Trailer for several years.

He enjoyed auto racing and being outdoors. Bruce enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his mother.

Survivors include his mother Edna Carol Patton Anderson of Winamac; brothers: Dennis Whitaker of South Carolina, Kalvin Whitaker of Winamac, Michael Watson of Winamac, and Matthew Watson of Knox; several nieces and nephews; six aunts and one uncle.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Whitaker, one aunt, one uncle and one niece.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Goodway Baptist Church until the hour of services. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., with Pastor James Rowe officiating. Burial will take place in Independence Cemetery in Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 28, 2013)

 

Gregory Nelson Coburn

Oct. 4, 1963 — Aug. 17, 2013

Gregory Nelson Coburn, 49, of Royse City, Texas, passed away on Aug. 17.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 28, 2013)

 

Bertha L. Heltzel

Aug. 6, 1913 — Aug. 8, 2013

Bertha L. Heltzel, 100, of Michigan (formerly of Monon), passed away on Aug. 8.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 28, 2013)

 

Dr. Sam W. Heltzel

March 3, 1938 — Aug. 19, 2013

Dr. Sam W. Heltzel, 75, of Lafayette (formerly of LaPorte), passed away at 9:33 a.m. Aug. 19, at St. Elizabeth Hospital East in Lafayette.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 28, 2013)

 

Corey Pugh

Corey Pugh, 48 Indianapolis (formerly of Winamac), died on Aug. 24, 2013 in Indianapolis.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 28, 2013)

 

Zale Devon DuBois Jr.

Oct. 2, 1951 — Aug. 14, 2013

Zale Devon DuBois Jr., 61, Winamac, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8:18 a.m. in Starke County.

He was born October 2, 1951, in Winamac, to Zale and Leanna (Rapright) DuBois Sr.

Zale married Katherine A. Zickmund on July 29, 1972 in Rensselaer.

ZD was a shop manager in the service department at several local car dealerships. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1994. He was a retired Pulaski County police officer. After retiring from the county police he worked at GalFab in Winamac. Zale enjoyed all forms of racing. He enjoyed anything to do with cars. He enjoyed helping the people of Pulaski County when serving as a police officer.

ZD enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Katherine A. (Zickmund) DuBois of Winamac; sons: Jim D. [Daphne] Sutton of Billings, Mont., and Cale D. [Christina] DuBois of Crown Point; mother Leanna “Pete” DuBois of Rochester; grandsons: Caden DuBois, Jonathon Sutton, Blake Sutton, and Devon Sutton; granddaughter Izabella Sutton; great-granddaughter Madelyn Sutton; and sisters Linda [Kenny] Smith of Arizona, and Terry [Stan] Tucker of Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father Zale Devon DuBois Sr.; and sister Peggy DuBois.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Winamac. Memorial services followed at First Baptist Church in Winamac. Pastor Mark Pilger officiated.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Agnes D. (DePoy) Cornell

May 10, 1933 — July 29, 2013

Agnes D. (DePoy) Cornell, 80, of Foxboro, passed away July 29 at the Norwood Hospital.

Agnes was born on May 10, 1933 in Winamac in Monroe Twp., Pulaski County. She previously lived in Attleboro and has lived in Foxboro for more than 50 years.

She worked for the Foxboro Company for 17 years before retiring.

While in Foxboro she enjoyed playing in the Foxboro Cribbage League. She was an avid softball player and previously coached the girls softball team at Foxboro High School.

She also loved all outdoor activities and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan.

Beloved wife of Donald J. Cornell and mother of Charles of Trumbull, Conn., Larry of Pawtucket, R.I., David of Dalton, Mass., and Greg of Foxboro, Mass. Also survived by six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several siblings in Indiana.

Funeral services were private at the request of the family.

Donations in her memory can be made to the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, One Patriots Place, Foxboro, MA 02035.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Ernest “Buck” Wireman

Jan. 11, 1926 — Aug. 18, 2013

Ernest “Buck” Wireman, 87, of West Lafayette (formerly of Medaryville), died on Aug. 18 at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette.

Buck was born on Jan. 11, 1926, in Salyersville, Ky.

He was survived by his daughters: Cheryl K. [Steve] Owens of Medaryville, and Patti [Jeff] Lietke of Mantoon, Ill.; son Richard [Crystal] Wireman of Lafayette; brother Arthur Allen of Stockbridge, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m. CDT at O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc., of North Judson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. following the visitation at the O’Donnell Funeral Home.

Interment will be at the White Post Cemetery of Medaryville.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Ivan Roy Troutman

Oct. 31, 1924 — Aug. 1, 2013

Ivan Roy Troutman, 88, of Rochester, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, at Hickory Creek Healthcare Center in Rochester.

Born on Oct. 31, 1924 in Winamac, he was the son of the late Perry and Ethel (Agnew) Troutman.

Ivan was a 1942 Kewanna High School graduate and a U.S. Merchant Marine during WWII.

He was a lifelong farmer and a member of Kewanna Church of Christ. Ivan enjoyed fishing and cutting wood.

Survivors include his brother Charles [Jackie] Troutman of Baltimore, Md.; sisters: Ruth Taylor of Winamac, and Lois [Norm] Hansen of Mayer, Ariz.; nieces: Carol Bibler and Barbara Hittle, both of Argos; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his sister Doris Miller.

Visitation was before the service on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. A celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. Pastor Aaron McCombs officiated. Burial with military rites followed at McKinley Memorial Gardens in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association or the Kewanna Church of Christ.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave online condolences at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Hargis Hopkins Jr.

May 1, 1934 — Aug. 13, 2013

Hargis Hopkins Jr., 79, of, Francesville, went home to be with the Lord at 4:51 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Charles R. Eastes

Sept. 25, 1939 — Aug. 13, 2013

Charles R. Eastes, 73, of Francesville, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Margaret Marie “Peg” Million

Jan. 29, 1918 — Aug. 14, 2013

Margaret Marie “Peg” Million died Wednesday, Aug. 14, with her family by her side in St. Petersburg, Fla.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Carl R. Rater

Jan. 24, 1933 — Aug. 19, 2013

Carl R. Rater, 80, of Greenville, Mich. (formerly of Winamac), passed away at 5:05 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Spectrum United Rehab and Nursing Center in Greenville.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 21, 2013)

 

Barbara Jean Clark

Oct. 3, 1946 — Aug. 8, 2013

Barbara Jean Clark, 66, Winamac, passed away at 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Muncie, to Charles Eugene and Leah Aline (Bell) Lehner.

Barbara was married on June 7, 1969, in Crown Point, to David Clark, who survives.

She was a graduate of Ball State University and taught in the Crown Point, New Castle, Pioneer and Winamac school systems.

Barbara resided in Winamac for the past 40 years. She was a member of the Pulaski County Extension Chords.

Following her retirement she enjoyed camping with the Tear Jerker Camping Association.

She enjoyed most of all being “Oma” to her grandchildren and cherished the time reading to them.

Barbara was an avid scrapbooker. She also enjoyed reading, traveling, and being with her friends and family. She will always be remembered for her laughter and sense of humor.

Survivors include her husband David R. Clark of Winamac; daughter Andrea Jean [David] Bordenkecher of Fishers; sons: Aaron David [Kara] Clark of Fishers, and Adam Christopher [Nioka] Clark of Indianapolis; granddaughters: Eliza Jean Bordenkecher of Fishers, and Eleanor Josephine Clark of Fishers; and grandsons: Nathaniel David Bordenkecher of Fishers, and Addison James Clark of Indianapolis.

She is preceded in death by her parents Charles Eugene and Leah Aline (Bell) Lehner; and sister Melissa Sue Williams.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Rev. Edward Clark officiated. Burial took place in the McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 14, 2013)

 

Bonnie L. Tam

June 28, 1956 — Aug. 9, 2013

Bonnie L Tam, 57, of Monticello, died at 1:54 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at St. Vincent Seton Hospital in Lafayette.

She was born on June 28, 1956 in Rochester to the late Clyde and Hazel (Howisein) Weppler.

On April 5, 1981, she married Paul Tam in Winamac. He survives.

She was a member of Monticello Christian Church and a graduate of Winamac High School. Bonnie worked in banking for more than 32 years, beginning with State and Savings Bank and continuing with Wells Fargo following the merger. She was a member of Crystal Chapter OES #165.

Bonnie was fond of animals, especially hummingbirds and cats. She also enjoyed reading. She loved cooking and baking and was known for her cakes and banana nut bread.

She is survived by her husband Paul Tam of Winamac; two brothers: Harold [Sandy] Weppler of Wolcottville, and Ken [Doris] Weppler of Winamac; brother-in-law Larry Kopka of Francesville; niece Mandy [Scott] Gibson of Westfield; great-nephew Cody Gibson of Westfield; great-niece Cayley Gibson of Westfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister Barbara Kopka.

Visitation was on Monday, Aug. 12 at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the funeral home. Rev. Chris Dodson officiated. Burial followed at Riverview I.O.O.F. Cemetery in rural Monticello.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Monticello Fire Department Gift Fund or to Monticello Christian Church.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.springerfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 14, 2013)

 

Patricia A. Gourley

Aug. 10, 1940 — Aug. 8, 2013

Patricia A. Gourley, 72, Rochester, formerly of Star City and Winamac, passed away at 3 a.m., on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Life Care Center in Rochester.

She was born Aug. 10, 1940, in Hammond, to Leslie and Victoria (Kulczyk) Shay.

Patricia was married to Vernon Gourley on Feb. 25, 1961, in Schererville. He survives.

Pat moved to Rochester three years ago. She was a former employee of Hickory Creek Nursing Home at Winamac.

Pat enjoyed gardening, yard work, and loved being with her family.

Survivors include: husband Vernon Gourley of Rochester; sons: John [Cheri] Gourley of Rochester, and Dave [Sue] Gourley of Valparaiso; daughters: Debbie Vandalsen of Rochester, and Karen Baker of Resaca, Ga.; granddaughters: Mindy Jaberg, Julie Hanson, Michelle Warner, Susan Baker, Alyssa Gourley and Kari Gourley; grandsons: Matthew Stevens, John Gourley Jr., Shane Vandalsen, Jacob Gourley, James Baker and Scott Baker; great-grandchildren: Joseph, Braxton, Lila, Sophia and Kaylee; and sister Delores Dixon of Schererville.

Preceded in death by her parents Leslie and Victoria (Kulczyk) Shay and sister Barbara.

Visitation was on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Jeff Seger officiated. Burial took place at the McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 14, 2013)

 

Linda Jane (Pitcher) Flanigan George

Sept. 30, 1947 — June 19, 2013

Linda George, 65, of Angleton, Texas, passed away on June 19 at her home due to an extended illness.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1947, to Glen and Lahoma (Skoor) Pitcher of Winamac.

She attended school in Winamac and upon leaving school she moved to Angleton, Texas, where she raised her family.

Survivors include: husband David George; daughters: Lahoma Hunter of Freeport, Texas, Ava Sell of Angleton, Texas, and Gail [Dennis] Sawyer of Angleton, Texas; sons: Don Flanigan of Tucson, Ariz., and Jonathan Flanigan of Angleton, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters: Nialetta Hall of Bloomfield, Carol [Jerry] Stackhouse of Monticello, Connie [Robert] Brady of Winamac, Janet Amik of Scottsburg, and June [Charles] Peterson of Winamac; brothers: Gene [Sharon] Pitcher of Bloomfield, Clayton Pitcher of Yuma, Ariz., and Dennis [Elizabeth] Pitcher of Winamac; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Lahoma (Skoor) Pitcher of Winamac; sister Donna Pratt of Winamac; and brother Arnold Pitcher of Kokomo.

Private services were held in Angleton, Texas, on June 22, 2013.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 14, 2013)

 

Frank O. Cannon Jr.

Frank O. Cannon Jr., 86, Winamac, passed away at 11:05 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

Burial will take place in the St. Joseph South Cemetery, Pulaski, following the memorial mass.

The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Frain Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 14, 2013)

 

Ernest Warren Mullins Jr.

April 9, 1926 - Aug. 5, 2013

Ernest Warren Mullins, Jr. (known as “Moon” or “Junior”), 87, of Hanover Park, Ill. (formerly of Monticello) passed away at 8:50 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 5, at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Ill.

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 14, 2013)

 

Roberta M. Bischoff

June 6, 1933 — Aug. 3, 2013

Roberta M. Bischoff, 80, of Winamac, passed away at 5:46 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born June 6, 1933, in Cambridge City, to Shirley Raymond and Berta Mae (Barringer) Huff. Roberta was married on July 20, 1963, in Seymour, to Richard Bischoff, who survives.

She grew up in Crothersville, and graduated from high school there. She was a resident of Winamac for the past 50 years.

Roberta was a former Republican Party vice-committee woman for Monroe Township.

She was a longtime employee of Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation office. She formerly was employed in the Pulaski County Surveyor’s Office while Rich was county surveyor.

Roberta loved cooking, gardening and watching sports, especially Indiana University basketball. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include: her husband Richard R. Bischoff of Winamac; sons Ronald M. Bischoff of Winamac, and Randall M. Bischoff of Lafayette; daughter Rebecca M. [Matthew] Tubergen of Carmel; step-son Robert F. [Sylvia] Bischoff of Zionsville; grandsons: Jeffrey [Carrie] Bischoff of Fishers, and Tyler Bischoff of Lafayette; granddaughters Deborah [Brian] Beuter of Westfield, Julia [Michael] Myers of Carmel, Catherine [Brad] Huff of Indianapolis, Mallory Bischoff of Winamac, Macy Bischoff of Winamac, Roxanne Bischoff of Lafayette, Aleicia Bischoff of Lafayette, Madeline Tubergen of Carmel, and Reagan Tubergen of Carmel; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Shirley Raymond and Berta Mae (Barringer) Huff; brother David Huff; and sisters Shirley Ratts and Mary Anna Huff.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Frain Mortuary of Winamac, with Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 7, 2013)

 

Lorane I. Kersey

Sept. 25, 1933 — Aug. 1, 2013

Lorane I. Kersey, 79, of Winamac, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5:35 a.m. in Pulaski Memorial Hospital of Winamac.

Born on Sept. 25, 1933 in Denham, Ind., she was the daughter of the late George and Louise (Katschke) Miller.

On March 22, 1952 she married Robert G. Kersey who preceded in death in February of 1978.

Lorrie was a 1951 graduate of North Judson High School. She received her associate degree from Ivy Tech.

She was elected as the clerk of the Pulaski County Circuit Court from 1979-1982. For the remainder of her career she worked as an auditor for the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

Lorrie enjoyed reading, watching birds, and playing cards with her family. She also loved gardening and her flowers were admired by many.

Surviving are three daughters: Linda [Tim] Kersey of Columbus, Ohio; Suzanne [Don] Hollis of Winamac, and Kathleen Kersey of Winamac; two sons: Brad [Gayle] Kersey of Chesterfield, Va., and Eric [April] Kersey of Plymouth; along with 12 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter Lisa Jane Kersey.

Graveside services will be private and burial will be in the Winamac Town Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — Aug. 7, 2013)

 

Gerald P. Polstra

Jan. 28, 1932 — July 27, 2013

Gerald “Jerry” Polstra, 81, of Star City, passed away at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 28, 1932, in Argos, Ind., to Clarence “Abie” and Roberta (Gahagan) Polstra.

Jerry attended Winamac Community High School and enlisted in the Army at the end of World War II. He was active in border patrols in Germany and Poland. Upon his return, he married Betty Louise Button on Oct. 4, 1953 in Winamac.

He worked over the years in construction, at the local Shell station and then retired from Plymouth Tube after 28 years of service. He was also a member of Rotary Club and the Star City United Methodist Church.

Jerry loved his daily routine that consisted of coffee and dinner at the Oak Grove Restaurant almost every day. He liked working on anything around the house, mowing his lawn and playing solitaire. He enjoyed sharing stories about his work at Plymouth Tube and his military service to his children, grandchildren and friends. He will be missed by many family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Betty Louise (Button) Polstra of Star City; daughter Darlene Polstra [Alan] Daily of Star City; son Mike Polstra of Winamac; grandchildren: Natalie Daily Federer, Sarah Daily, Tasha Daily [Jeff] Mitchell, Jess Daily, Josh [Jessica] Polstra, Steven [Katie] Polstra, Tarrah Polstra, Chad Polstra and Bobby [Tanya] Polstra; great-grandchildren: Julian Polstra, Kale Federer and Tanner Federer; brothers: Charles Patrick Polstra of Valrico, Fla., and Richard Marion Polstra of Indianapolis; mother-in-law Elizabeth Sera Button of Winamac; and many brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence “Abie” and Roberta (Gahagan) Polstra; and son Robert Bruce Polstra.

Visitation was on Wednesday, July 31, at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral services were on Wednesday, July 31 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. David Sommers officiated. Burial took place in the McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

The VFW and the American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Diabetes Association or the Pulaski Memorial Hospice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 31, 2013)

 

Margaret Eleanor Prall

Feb. 10, 1918 — June 7, 2013

Margaret Eleanor (Petaja) Prall, 95, died on June 7, in Phoenix, Ariz., where she has resided since September of 2012 to be near her nephew, William “Bill” Prall.

Born on Feb. 10, 1918 in Laurium, Mich., she was the daughter of Anna and Gust Petaja.

On Feb. 15, 1964, she married Francis Prall in Detroit.

Eleanor graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1936. She then moved to Detroit and pursued a career as a professional figure skater performing with a number of skating troupes including Royal Ice Palace Revue and Ice Follies throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Cuba. She appeared in several shows with Dick Button and Sonja Henie. “Margie Lee,” as Eleanor was known in the skating world, skated as a stand-in for Henie when she was unable to perform.

After her retirement from professional skating, Eleanor resided in Detroit for several years. She then moved to Medaryville after marrying Francis, and lived there until moving to Phoenix.

Eleanor was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Medaryville. She and her sister, Dorothy, were talented vocalists who performed for many years with a choral club affiliated with Purdue University in Indiana.

She was a devoted aunt to 16 nieces and nephews and helped nurture all of them, especially while the family gathered at their cottage in Bootjack, Mich., affectionately known as “Dreamland.” She had a marvelous sense of humor and could improvise props and costumes to entertain family and friends.

Survivors include eight nephews; six nieces; and her circle of friends and caregivers in Medaryville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Francis Prall; her parents Anna and Gust Petaja; seven brothers; five sisters; and two nephews.

Eleanor will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home in Clawson, Mich. Pastor Bill McNabney officiated. Interment followed at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Mich.

Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 31, 2013)

 

Laurence Clarke Rogers D.P.M.

Jan. 30, 1947 — July 22, 2013

Dr. Larry Rogers entered eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, July 22. 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, Ind. He was a graduate of Beverly High School; Assumption College of Worcester, Mass.; Ball State University of Muncie, Ind., and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine of 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, a Sunday school teacher there, and an avid Bible student.

He is survived by his wife Janan Rogers of Rochester; son Corey Rogers and grandchildren Kaitlin and Austin Rogers (their mother Rachel (Phillips) Rogers), and Carson Rogers (his mother Sarah (Hoffman) Rogers), all of Rochester; daughter Rachel [Matt] Woods of Rochester; son Seth [Samantha] Rogers and granddaughter Sophia Rogers, all of El Paso, Texas; brother Paul Rogers of Peabody, Mass.; twin brother Wilfred [Donna] Rogers of Medford, Mass.; sister Marie Gould of 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 will be by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home in Rochester.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 31, 2013)

 

Wilbur E. Thompson

Aug. 12, 1941 — July 27, 2013

Wilbur E. Thompson, 71, of Winamac, (formerly of Monon) went home to be with God and his family at 5:10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. He passed away at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Wilbur was born on Aug. 12, 1941 in Sullivan, Ind., to the late Marion W. and Leliah G. Cox Thompson.

On April 11, 1966, Wilbur married Doris A. Allen, who survives.

Wilbur was a longtime resident of White County. He was retired from Monon Trailer. He was a member of Calvary Temple Church of Monticello.

Wilbur enjoyed fishing and hunting. He especially enjoyed staying at Lakeview Cottages on Kentucky Lake.

Wilbur was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include his wife Doris A. Allen Thompson of Winamac; son Daniel W. [Sarah] Thompson of Winamac; granddaughters: Danyell Rae Thompson and Elizabeth Weiss; adopted granddaughter Nona [Joe] Hayden; sisters: Josephine M. [Gene] Meng of Merom, Judith A. “Judy” Domingue of Alabama, and Eva M. [Ray] McCammon of Sullivan; brother Wallace T. [Angel] Thompson of Vermont; sister-in-law Janice Thompson of Buffalo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Marion W. and Leliah G. Cox Thompson; sons: Matthew E. Thompson and Joshua Marion Thompson; and brother Lloyd O. Thompson.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Pastor Charlie Roberts officiating.

A graveside service will take place at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Bedford Cemetery in Monon. Burial will take place immediately following services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Frain Mortuary.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 31, 2013)

 

Jimmey R. White

April 24, 1955 — July 17, 2013

Jimmey R. White, 58, of North Judson, died on Wednesday, July 17, at his home.

Born April 24, 1955, in Pulaski County, he was the son of Elmer Jr. and Velma Sue (Gee) White.

On Nov. 29, 1975, he married Hazel DePoy in North Judson.

Survivors include his wife Hazel White of North Judson; daughter Rebecca Lynn [Joe] Baxter of Monticello; parents Elmer Jr. and Velma Sue White of Winamac; sisters: Connie [Terry] Pine of Winamac and Debbie [Robert] Hanney of Akron, Ohio; brothers: Garry [Rhonda] White of Winamac and Darrell [Alice] White of Winamac; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers: Eldon White and Ronnie White.

Funeral services with interment were held on Saturday, July 27 at Highland Cemetery in North Judson. Rev. David Mullens officiated.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 31, 2013)

 

Carol Deane Master

Jan. 16, 1933 — July 23, 2013

Carol Deane Master, 80, of Monterey, died on Tuesday, July 23, at her residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 31, 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, 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 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 schoolchildren. 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 to 2001 and the Fulton County Council from 1995 to 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 a family member, friend, teacher, coach, 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 [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 step-granddaughters; sisters: Jennifer [Larry] Brinker of Ramona, Calif. and Jill [Phil] Kimbrough of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.; and former son-in-law Bryan Lewis of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by Martha on March 5, 1987; his father on Jan. 29, 1995; and daughter Julia “Kim” Lewis on Nov. 7, 2003.

Friends visited with family on Friday, July 19 and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Services were on Saturday, July 20, at Good Family Funeral Home and Reverend Linda Sue Hewitt officiated. A private burial followed in IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Brovont Memorial Fund at the Fulton County Community Foundation, 800 Main Street, Rochester, IN 46975.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 24, 2013)

 

Eugene V. Huber

July 15, 1919 — July 17, 2013

Eugene V. Huber, 94, of Kouts, (formerly of Francesville), went home to be with the Lord at 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. He passed away at his daughter’s residence in Kouts.

Eugene was born on July 15, 1919 in Remington, to the late Louis and Lena (Scheiler) Huber.

On July 13, 1941, he married Mildred E. Wuethrich, who passed away on June 16, 2001.

Eugene served as a medic in the U.S. Army overseas during World War II.

Eugene was a member of the Francesville Apostolic Christian Church. He was a spiritual mentor who inspired others with his positive outlook on life. He had the gift of helping people. Eugene’s life exemplified a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

Eugene was a farmer and an entrepreneur. He enjoyed camping, cooking, traveling and woodworking.

Eugene was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his sons: Gene [Barbara] Huber of Winamac, Rod [Mary] Huber of Valparaiso, Chris [Sharon] Huber of Francesville and John [Beverly] Huber of Montezuma, Ind.; daughters: Sandee Price of Sarasota, Fla., Peggy Huber of Kouts and Wanda [Jake] Hoerr of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Lester [Glendoris] Huber of Francesville; sister Viola Schlatter of Paulding, Ohio; 24 grandchildren: Gene Allen Huber, Gina Emch, Missy Baumgartner, Chad Huber, Rod Huber Jr., Brett Huber, Candy Wade, Travis Huber, Krista Campbell, Kristine Krieger, Kelly Hebert, Chris Huber Jr., Shannon Huber, Tonya Schieler, Adam Huber, Jason Huber, Nathan Huber, Julie Zeller, Andrew Huber, Franz Hoerr, Anneliese Lindberg, T’kya Hoerr and Fredric Hoerr; 58 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred E. Wuethrich Huber; parents Louis and Lena (Scheiler) Huber; granddaughter Angela Dawn Huber; great-granddaughter Lauren Elyse Huber; son-in-law Glenn Price Jr.; three brothers; and four sisters.

Visitation was on Sunday, July 21, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services were on Monday, July 22, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville, and the ministers of the church officiated. Burial took place in the Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Apostolic Christian World Relief Haiti Fund.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 24, 2013)

 

Kenneth M. Foerg

Dec. 8, 1931 — July 16, 2013

Kenneth M. “Kenny” Foerg, 81, of Pulaski, died at 10:18 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

Born on Dec. 8, 1931 in Pulaski, he was the son of Peter M. and Rosella (Scheffer) Foerg.

Kenny graduated from Pulaski High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning home from the war, he lived with his parents and farmed on the family homestead.

Kenny was a devoted member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski. After moving to the health care center, he continued to practice his faith by participating in the rosary, receiving communion, and listening to spiritual music.

Kenny will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his nephews: Michael Foerg, Joseph Foerg, Richard “Rick” Foerg, John E. Fox and Thomas P. Fox; and nieces: Patricia Keller, Elaine K. Holmes-Cobane, Ruth A. Fox-Dietrich, Catherine L. Reifert and Rebecca J. Cohrs.

He was preceded in death by his parents Peter M. and Rosella (Scheffer) Foerg; brother Richard J. “Bosco” Foerg; sister Mary Ellen Fox; and nephews: Robert Fox, Jeffrey Fox and Ronald Foerg.

Visitation was Saturday, July 20, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A funeral mass was held on Saturday, July 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski and Rev. Bert Woolson officiated. Burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery South in Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be given to charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 24, 2013)

 

Margaret L. Herman

Jan. 22, 1933 — July 22, 2013

Margaret L. Herman, 80, of Monterey, formerly of Highland, passed away at 7:50 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born on Jan. 22, 1933 in Pueblo, Colo., she was the daughter of James E. and Margaret (Davies) Richards.

She married Vincent Herman and he preceded her in death.

Margaret moved to Monterey about 10 years ago to enjoy country living.

Survivors include her sons: William [Glenys] Herman of Gary and Richard Herman of Monterey; daughter-in-law Ellen Herman of Highland; granddaughters: Lauren Herman, Samantha Herman and Amanda Herman, grandsons: Matthew Herman and Patrick Herman; step-grandsons: Layne Planer, Wayne Planer and Chad Planer; and step-granddaughter Sherry Planer.

She was preceded in death by her parents James E. and Margaret (Davies) Richards; husband Vincent Herman; son James Herman; and brother David Richards.

Friends visited with the family on Sunday, July 28, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Margaret’s wishes were to be cremated and scattered in Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with final expenses.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 24, 2013)

 

Thomas W. Davis

May 26, 1920 – July 10, 2013

Thomas W. Davis, 93, of Winamac, died on Wednesday, July 10, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

Born May 26, 1920, in Star City, he was the son of Otis and Blanch Fahler Davis.

Tom married Ruby L. Reinholt. Ruby died April 28, 2007. He later married Veneda L. Galbreath Hoesel. She survives.

Tom was a United States Navy veteran. He served on the U.S.S. Rockdale in the Pacific during WWII. Tom was retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He also was an insurance agent, a plumber and a volunteer fireman.

Tom was a member of the Star City United Methodist Church and the Winamac VFW 1728.

Tom enjoyed tinkering, driving his golf cart with his cat named Cat (White Mountain), buying and riding in cars and watching the river. Tom loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an imaginative storyteller and his kids and grandkids will always remember his fascinating tales and life lessons.

Survivors include his wife Veneda Davis of Winamac; daughters: Chris [Ted] Sputh of Indianapolis, Patti [John] Grimm of Evansville, Marybeth [Ed] Cunius of West Chester, Pa. and Susie [Tom] Grumme of Indianapolis; grandchildren: Carl Sputh, Ryan Sputh, Tom [Mary] Grimm, Anna Grimm, Adam Grimm, Kyle [Mike] Cooney MacNeal, Kelly [Jason] Cooney Krugh, Sean Cooney, Samantha Cunius, Kate Grumme and Paige Grumme; great-grandchildren: Aaron MacNeal, Noah MacNeal, Ruby Krugh and Olivia Krugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Ruby L. Reinhold Davis; sisters: Flora Faye Knipple, Bessie Baughman and Alma Jean Lawrence.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. EDT, prior to the service at the Star City United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Star City United Methodist Church, with Reverend Ruth Waite officiating.

Graveside services will follow Tom’s Life Celebration at the Star City West Cemetery. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Star City United Methodist Church: P.O. Box 277 Star City, IN, 46985 or to the Pulaski Animal Center: P.O. Box 156 Winamac, IN 46996.

(Pulaski County Journal – July 17, 2013)

 

Marcella Jane Good

Feb. 1, 1922 – July 12, 2013

Marcella Jane Good, 91, of Winamac, died at 8:02 p.m, July 12, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

Born Feb. 1, 1922 in Logansport, she was the daughter of Charles and Pearl Frick Fife.

On May 31, 1941, Marcella married Darl L. Good. He passed away on May 27, 2011.

Marcella was a member of the Pulaski Presbyterian Church, the Delta Sigma Tau Sorority, garden club, Federated Women’s Club and the home ec. club. She was a 4-H leader for many years.

She enjoyed entertaining friends and family. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, knitting and gardening.

Survivors include her daughter Judy Anspach of Greenwood; son Gary L. [Lenn] Good of Yorktown, Va.; grandsons: Kevin L. [Angela] Anspach of Greenwood, Matthew A. [Charla] Anspach of Greenwood and Jeremy L. Good of Yorktown, Va.; granddaughters: Kimberly L. [Christopher] Wade of Suffolk, Va. and Kristina Good of Yorktown, Va; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Darl L. Good; grandson David M. Anspach; two brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 17 at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 18 at Frain Mortuary, Winamac with Reverend June Barrow officiating.

Burial will take place in the Pulaski Presbyterian Cemetery in Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 17, 2013)

 

Lynn L. Kopka

July 12, 1923 — July 8, 2013

Lynn L. Kopka, 89, of Francesville, died at 9:24 a.m. on July 8, at his home in Francesville.

He was born on July 12, 1923, to John and Frieda (Kaupke) Kopka.

Lynn married Alice Pfledderer on Nov. 6, 1949 in Francesville. She passed away Feb. 23, 2003.

Lynn was a 1941 graduate of Medaryville High School.

He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #228.

Lynn was a member of the St. James-Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville. He served on the church board many times during the years.

He had worked at Francesville Drain Tile Co. for many years.

Lynn enjoyed the outdoors, especially taking care of his yard, garden, flowers and feeding the squirrels.

Lynn was a loving father and brother and a great friend to all. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his son Wayne Alan Kopka of Francesville; brother Jon [Irene] Kopka of Lafayette; sister Carolyn Cords of Francesville; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and friends: Larry and Frankie Steele of Monon, and Melanie Mitchell of Monon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice M. (Pfledderer) Kopka; infant brother Eugene Alan Kopka; and brother-in-law Arthur Cords.

Visitation was on July 11, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were on July 12, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with Pastor T.J. Jenney officiating. Burial followed at the Roseland Cemetery in Francesville. The American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the St. James-Salem United Church of Christ or the American Legion Post #228.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 17, 2013)

 

Tom D. Brovont

July 14, 2013

Tom D. Brovont, 73, of Rochester, died on Sunday, July 14, at his home.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

A celebration of the life of Tom Brovont will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, in the Good Family Funeral Home, with Rev. Linda Sue Hewitt officiating.

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

(Pulaski County Journal – July 17, 2013)

 

Donald Anthony Kain

May 2, 1935 — June 24, 2013

Donald “Don” Kain, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Monday, June 24.

He was born in Logansport on May 2, 1935, to Anthony W. and Elizabeth H. (Krempetz) Kain.

Don graduated from Winamac High School in 1954 and attended Butler University for two years. He worked as a draftsman at Rockwell Standard in Logansport. He made his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., after moving from Logansport.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 and was stationed in Germany.

He married Margaret Seltzer on June 24, 1980. She died in 1993.

Survivors include his brother Richard [Ann] Kain of Lexington, S.C.; sisters: Mary Jane LaRocque of Green Acres, Fla., Delores Schultz of Star City, and Kathleen [Joe] Bozzuto of Vandalia, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margaret Seltzer; and sister Patricia (Kain) Hemmingsen.

A private burial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or any other memorial charity of choice.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 17, 2013)

 

Howard Lance Mitchell Jr.

Dec. 20, 1972 — July 6, 2013

Howard Lance Mitchell Jr, 40, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Saturday, July 6, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 17, 2013)

 

Ann Amelia Selle

August 8, 1921 – July 6, 2013

Ann Amelia Selle, 91, of Winamac, died on Saturday, July 6, at 6:55 a.m., at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born August 8, 1921, in Winamac, she was the daughter of John and Rose Poole Kruzick.

On May, 10, 1946, she married Forrest Dixon in Winamac. He preceded her in death on January 28, 1969. She then married Wilfred Selle on September 5, 1970 in Winamac. He also preceded her in death on February 16, 1973.

Amelia attended school at St. Peter’s parochial and Winamac High School. In 1944 she enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Womans Army Corp (WACS) and was discharged in 1946.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Ladies of Charity, Christian Mothers, and an associate member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. She was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski, and had formerly lived in Star City.

Amelia was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include her sons: Thomas [Arlena] Dixon of Indianapolis and Michael Dixon of Plymouth; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose Poole Kruzick; first husband, Forrest Dixon; second husband, Wilfred Selle; two brothers; and five sisters.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 10 at Frain Mortuary. The rosary will be recited at 7:15 p.m., followed by a Christian Mothers service. The scriptural wake service will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

The funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

Burial will take place in the St. Peter’s Cemetery.

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

(Pulaski County Journal – July 10, 2013)

 

Kenneth Devon Tiede

May 18, 1924 – July 7, 2013

Kenneth Devon Tiede, 89, of Francesville, died on Sunday, July 7, at 12:30 a.m., at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.

Born May 18, 1924, he was the son of the late John C. and Ferne Riggs Tiede.

On June 26, 1949, in Francesville, he married Marjean Moncel. She preceded him in death on July 4, 1999.

Devon was a graduate of Medaryville High School. After high school, he worked at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant and Gutwein Milling Co. Devon was the “dynamite man” for Ward Stone Co. in Francesville and went on to haul livestock for Auggie Moncel. After retirement, he enjoyed working on the farm with Big Mike.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post #228 in Francesville.

Devon enjoyed raising roses and giving them to all the ladies in town. He was a Chicago Cubs and NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports.

He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his daughter Jody [Joel] Flotow of Francesville; son Mike Tiede of Francesville; granddaughters: Joelyn Flowtow and Taylor Tiede; and grandsons: Janssen Flowtow and Jerod Tiede.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John C. and Ferne Riggs Tiede; and wife Marjean Moncel Tiede.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10 in Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. Pastor James Ketchen officiated.

Burial took place in the Bowman White Post Cemetery in Francesville. The American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Legion Post #228.

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

(Pulaski County Journal – July 10, 2013)

 

Linda K. Reinholt

Aug. 5, 1957 — July 3, 2013

Linda K. Reinholt, 55, of Monterey, passed away at 2:59 a.m., July 3, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born Aug. 5, 1957 in Logansport, she was the daughter of to Harold and Emily (MacLain) Sutton.

On July 11, 1981, Linda married Art Reinholt in Kewanna. He survives.

She was a member of the Monterey Bunco Club.

Linda enjoyed gardening and working on her computer. She also enjoyed working in her yard. Linda was an avid Cubs fan. Linda loved spending time with her grandsons.

Survivors include her husband Arthur T. Reinholt of Monterey; mother Emily MacLain Brown of Knox; sister Mary F. Wilcox of Knox; brothers: Harold Lee [Krista] Sutton Jr. of Bourbon, Ind., and Robert Eugene [Sandy] Sutton, Kewanna; and grandsons: Dalton M. Reinholt of Tyner, Ind., and James R. Reinholt Jr. of Tyner, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her father Harold Sutton; son James R. Reinholt; and brother James Joseph Sutton.

Services were held on July 8, in Frain Mortuary of Winamac. Burial took place in the Citizens IOOF Cemetery located in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Diabetes Association.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 10, 2013)

 

Michael E. “Tank” Blinn

March 31, 1963 — June 23, 2013

Michael E. Blinn, 50, Winamac, Ind., passed away at 8:52 a.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013 at I-57 in Portageville, Mo., as a result of an accident.

Mike was born March 31, 1963, in Winamac, one of the first babies born in Pulaski Memorial Hospital. He attended Star City Elementary graduating from Winamac Community High School. He was employed as a salesman for Gilsinger Implement.

He wrote weekly columns for the Pulaski County Journal. A Pulaski County resident for his entire life, Mike was a former farmer and truck driver. He was co-owner of Edgewood Enterprises.

Mike was a member of Kankakee Valley H.O.G., Pulaski County Area Planning Commission Board, former board chairman of the Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District and Star City United Methodist Church.

Mike was a great American, a gear head and a community leader. He was never happier than when he was on his Harley, his John Deere tractor or working on a piece of machinery in his shop, always with the music cranked up high and no phone. If his God allows, Michael E. Blinn is still smokin’.

Survivors include his parents, Tom and Charlotte Haselby Blinn of Winamac; Brenda McIntosh of Winamac; sister Lore (Randy) Gibson, niece Maia Gibson, nephew James Gibson, all of Lafayette; Aunt Carol Danruther, Rensselaer; Aunt Evelyn Haselby, Star City; Aunt Marie (Blaine) Brown, Florida; many cousins; and his faithful dog, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Luther and May House Blinn; Firman and Hazel Hiatt Haselby; Eli Heater, Ed Kuehl and Paul Mewhiney; nieces Susanna, Corinne and Emme Gibson; and his faithful dog, Hootie.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. EDT Saturday, June 29, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Rev. Ruth Waite officiating.

Burial took place in the Star City West Cemetery located in Star City.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. EDT Friday, June 28, at Frain Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 3, 2013)

 

Susan Diane Sayers

Sept. 27, 1961 — June 26, 2013

Susan Diane Sayers, 51, of Kokomo, formerly of Star City, passed away at 8:55 a.m., on June 26, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo.

Born Sept. 27, 1961, in Knox, she was the daughter of Dan Robert and Jean Ann (Compton) Sayers.

Susan graduated from Winamac Community High School in 1980 and attended Huntington College. She was a nine-year 4-H member of the Van Buren Twinklers and also a 4-H leader for several years. She was a former member of the American Legion Post #71 Auxiliary and the Star City Lioness Club.

Suzie was a member of the Star City United Methodist Church, where she formerly served on the administrative council and had attended the Main Street Methodist Church, of Logansport, and Grace United Methodist Church, of Kokomo.

She set a record by attending Camp Re-Yo-Ad for 44 years. Suzie enjoyed spending time with her companion John Seabolt. She leaves behind her two guinea pigs Mapel Carmel and Lemon Drop Peggy.

Survivors include her brother Thomas A. Sayers of Star City; niece Sunnie Sayers of Elkhart; nephew Samuel Sayers of Winamac; great-niece Ava Sayers of Winamac; great-nephew Trey Sayers of Winamac; companion John Seabolt of Kokomo; guardians Kent and Deena Lowry of Winamac; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dan Robert and Jean Ann (Compton) Sayers.

Friends may visit after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at Star City United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at Star City United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ruth Waite and Rev. John Wortinger officiating. Burial will take place in the Star City West Cemetery in Star City.

Memorial contributions may be given to Star City United Methodist Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 3, 2013)

 

Archie Robert Clark

May 19, 1920 — June 24, 2013

Archie Robert Clark, 93, of Winamac, passed away at 4:30 p.m., on June 24, at the home of his daughter in Winamac.

Born on May 19, 1920, in Winamac, he was the son of Omer and Eva (Collins) Clark.

Archie married Edna Lyles in 1943. He was also married to Rose Earhart Budd on April 22, 2001.

Archie was born and raised on a farm. In July 1942, he entered military service and joined the U.S. Army’s 80th Infantry Division at Camp Forest, Tenn. He trained at Camp Phillips, Kan., and Camp Laguna, Ariz. He went overseas in July 1944 and fought all across Europe. The 80th was one of Gen. George Patton’s crack units and Archie received several decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Belgian Service Award, French Service Award and the Purple Heart.

He returned to the United States and was discharged from the Army on Nov. 13, 1945. He then took up farming and in 1950 was elected Monroe Township Trustee, serving eight years. During 1953-54 he served as president of the Monroe-Winamac School Board. He also served eight years on the Monroe-Winamac Library Board and formerly served on the Pulaski County Welfare Board. Archie worked for six years as the storage supervisor for the Pulaski County Department of Agriculture. He was elected Pulaski County Assessor, serving from 1962-1968. Archie worked for many years as an automobile salesman.

Archie is survived by his wife Rose Clark of Winamac; daughters: Nancy Winters of Winamac and Lori Kolish of Winamac; sons: Robert [Sandy Butler] Clark of Star City and Eugene [Rhonda] Clark of Battle Ground; stepson Dennis [Diane] Budd of Kingsford Heights, Ind.; stepdaughters: Sheila [Cliff] Judkins of Winamac and Suzette [Gregg] Yoder of Logansport; sisters: Marjorie Braun of Winamac, Wilma Swindle of Sparta, Tenn. and Jean Frain of Winamac; 17 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Eva (Collins) Clark; sister Violetta Deeds; granddaughter Anissa Phillips; and great-grandsons Cody Heims and Brandon Graham.

Funeral services were held on June 28, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Burial took place in the Pulaski Presbyterian Cemetery in Pulaski.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 3, 2013)

 

Helen M. Jones

Jan. 14, 1922 — June 28, 2013

Helen M. Jones, 91, of Star City, passed away at 5:45 p.m., on June 28, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Born on Jan. 14, 1922, in Cass County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Blanche (Morrison) Clary.

On Feb. 2, 1942, she married Roy M. Jones. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2008.

Helen was a 1940 Lucerne High School graduate.

She was a member of Star City United Methodist Church.

Helen was a lifelong farm wife and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking but most of all spending time with her family,w especially her grandchildren. Helen was very proud that all 10 of her grandchildren graduated from college.

Survivors include her children: Sammy K. [Pam] Jones of Star City, Rex E. [Connie] Jones of Indianapolis, Joan Z. Marks of Indianapolis and Susan Machata of Florida; grandchildren: Debbie [David] Applegarth, Scott [Jamie] Marks, Morgan Jones, Joshua Jones, Christy [Craig] Coon, Ryan [Leah] Jones, Amy Jones, Michael [Juliana] Machata, Matthew Machata and Jessica [Julio] Delgado; and great-grandchildren: Jacob, Nicholas and David Applegarth; Cooper and Layla Marks; Sophia and Aidan Jones; Lindsey, Lucas and Katelyn Coon; and Andrew Michael Machata.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers: Cecil and Russell; sisters: Ruth, Bernice, Charlotte and Bonnie Lou; and son-in-law Richard “Dick” Marks.

Services were on July 1 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home at the Royal Center Chapel. Burial followed at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — July 3, 2013)

 

Brian Lee Miller

Brian Lee Miller, 41, of Logansport, passed away at 1 a.m., on June 28, at 1020 N. Indian Creek Road in Logansport.

(Pulaski County Journal — July 3, 2013)

 

 

Bryan “Bart” David McKenzie

Aug. 14, 1973 — June 22, 2013

Bryan “Bart” David McKenzie, 39, of Lafayette, passed away on Saturday, June 22.

Born on Aug. 14, 1973 in Lafayette, Bryan was the son of Edward Lee of Delphi and the late Carol Sue “Susie” (Farlow) McKenzie.

On Dec. 30, 2011, Bryan was married to Nicole “Nikki” Panici at D.T. Kirby’s in Lafayette. She survives.

Bryan graduated from Pioneer High School in 1992. He worked various construction jobs then went on to work for himself as a paintless dent repair specialist for the past six years.

In his free time, Bryan enjoyed four-wheeling, camping, hunting, working in the garage with his friends, playing with his children, and he was excellent at grilling and cooking. Most of all Bryan was a proud, loving father and husband. He made a lot of people smile.

With his wife, Bryan is survived by his daughter Ryleigh of Lafayette; stepson Austin Shidler of Indianapolis; four brothers: Brock Dale of Lafayette, Brent [Dawn] Drew of Lafayette, Kody Lee of Kokomo, and Kolton James of Delphi; sister Sky Marie of Delphi; father Edward Lee of Delphi; in-laws: Frank Panici and Tom and Becky Allen; brothers-in-law John [Jane] Williamson and Joey Panici of Winamac.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel of Lafayette. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to the time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist in funeral expenses and for Ryleigh and Austin’s education.

You may light a candle of hope in remembrance of Bryan by visiting www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

(Pulaski County Memorial — June 26, 2013)

 

Richard Franko

Dec. 2, 1932 - June 19, 2013

Richard Franko, 80, of Winamac, formerly of Chicago, Ill. and Fontana, Calif., passed away on June 19, at his home in Winamac.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Joseph and Mary (Hochevar) Franko.

Richard grew up on the east side of Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned from Korea, he moved to Fontana with his family. He served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves. While living in California, he worked at Kaiser Steel. He retired from the steel mill and went to work for the Fontana School District. He retired from the school in 1994 and moved to Winamac in 1995. Richard enjoyed living in Winamac very much.

Richard was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #748 in Knox, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #220 in Chicago. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Winamac.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.

Richard was a caring and generous man. He acted as a caretaker for many family members over the years. “Uncle Rich” will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include: his companion Edith Michielsen of Winamac; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary (Hochevar) Franko; brothers and sisters-in-law Joseph “Joe” [Josephine] Franko, Raymond W. [Mary] Franko and Edward [Molly] Franko; sisters and brothers-in-law: Marie [Louis] Kukman, Virginia [Thomas] Langbeen and Frances [Steve] Kasperzyk; brothers: Lawrence Franko and Albert “Skip” Franko; and two nieces.

A funeral mass was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac on June 24. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or Knox VFW.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - June 26, 2013)

 

Michael Blinn

Michael Blinn, 50, Winamac, passed away at 8:52 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, as the result of a motorcycle accident in Portageville, Mo.

Arrangements are pending at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

See full obituary in the July 3, 2013 edition.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Warren D. Short

April 8, 1923 - June 19, 2013

Warren D. Short, 90, of Winamac, died on June 19, at 2:05 a.m. at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

He was born on April 8, 1923, to J. Milton and Bessie (Hiatt) Short of Winchester, Ind.

Warren married Elsie Brown on Aug. 24, 1951, in Arba Friends Church near Lynn, Ind.

Warren farmed with his father during his high school years. He attended Earlham College and graduated from Purdue University in 1951.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the Phillipines and Japan as part of the Japanese Occupation Force.

After graduation from Purdue, Warren began a career of service to others beginning as a Purdue Extension agent in Johnson, Blackford and Grant counties. He and Elsie served as agriculture missionaries in Kenya East Africa for eight years. While there he established the Lugari Farmer Training Center. Upon their return to the U.S. he became the manager of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau Co-op. After retiring he worked for two years for FHA doing financial counseling with farmers.

He was a lifetime member of the Arba Friends Church.

Warren was a member of the Winamac Church of the Nazarene. He was building chairman during the construction of the new church sanctuary.

Warren is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac. He served as trustee and mission chairman.

He served on the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Board for three years.

Warren enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. After retirement he and Elsie traveled in their motor home throughout the west and southwest United States. Warren enjoyed any kind of construction projects. He was proud to have overseen the construction of the Medaryville Grain Elevator.

Survivors include: his wife Elsie (Brown) Short of Winamac; daughter Evelyn R. [Bernard] Regier of Newton, Kan.; son Leonard M. [Carol] Short of Winamac; granddaughters: Michelle A. [Tim] Bowyer, Natalie L. Shidler, Abigail Regier and Gretchen Regier; grandsons: Leonard W. Short, Jacob K. Short and Bernard K. Regier; sister Naoma Girton of Richmond; and brothers: Roy [Patty] Short of Lynn, Ind. and Howard [Mary] Short of Racine, Wisc.; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild

He was preceded in death by his parents J. Milton and Bessie (Hiatt) Short; brother Palmer Short; brother-in-law Larry Girton; and grandson-in-law Jeff Shidler.

Funeral services were held at Arba Friends Church, Lynn, Ind. on June 24. Burial took place at Arba Friends Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski County 4-H.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - June 26, 2013)

 

Kenneth M. “Kenny” Poisel

May 10, 1957 — June 20, 2013

Kenneth M. “Kenny” Poisel, 56, of Winamac, passed away at 12:30 a.m. on June 20 at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born May 10, 1957, in Winamac, to Elmer and Marylu Malchow Poisel.

Kenny was married to Robin Trainer on May 15, 2000, in Winamac. She survives.

Kenny was formerly of Francesville and had lived in Winamac for the past 25 years. He was a welder all of his life and was a former employee of Galbreath Inc. of Winamac.

Kenny enjoyed fishing, hunting, being in the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Survivors include: his wife Robin K. Poisel of Winamac; sons: Steven L. Poisel of Lafayette and Elmer Raie Poisel of Winamac; daughters: Yolanda Ray of Lafayette, Jovanda Poisel of Lafayette and April L. Poisel of Lafayette; sisters: Twilia [Mark] Patterson of Indianapolis, Penny Kasten of Lafayette and Jenny [Cary] Swinford of Delphi; brother David [Shari] Poisel of Valparaiso; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Marylu Malchow Poisel.

Services were held on June 25 in Frain Mortuary of Winamac with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Orville L. Rife

April 22, 1922 — June 20, 2013

Orville L. Rife, 91, a lifetime resident of Winamac, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 4:55 a.m. on June 20. He passed away peacefully at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

He was born April 22, 1922, in Winamac, to the late Burvie and Dorothy Faye (White) Rife.

Orville married Lucille Mae Goble on Sept. 30, 1944, in Francesville. She passed away on Nov. 28, 2003.

He married Gertrude “Gert” Bleicher Stout on April 10, 2004, in Francesville. She survives.

Orville was a member of the First Baptist Church in Francesville. He was also a member and co-founder of the Prisoners for Christ Missions.

He worked as a machinist for Standard Auto and William Gehring Farms. He retired Jan. 1, 1987.

Orville enjoyed horses and giving rides at the Power from the Past. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by his friends and family, as well as the jailbirds and ex-cons that he ministered to.

Survivors include: his wife Gertrude “Gert” Bleicher Stout Rife of Winamac; daughters: Carol R. [Mike] Hoffman of Winamac and Naomi L. [Joe] Murphy of Winamac; sons: Harold O. Rife of Indianapolis, Donald E. [Jean] Rife of Winamac, John D. [Julie] Rife of Gonzales, La., Randal E. [Jill] Rife of Logansport and Samuel E. [Connie] Rife of Winamac; step-sons: Alvin K. [Cheryl] Stout of Winamac, Kurt D. [Michaela] Stout of Star City and Larry E. [Laura] Stout of Winamac; sisters: Elnora G. Jordon of Winamac and Shirley M. Beckner of Winamac; brother Calvin [Virginia] Rife of Highland; sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Rife of Winamac, Gloria Rife of Winamac and Evelyn Powers of Winamac; brothers-in-law: Donald Goble of Sun City West, Ariz. and Philip Lemeron of Winamac; 20 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Burvie and Dorothy Faye (White) Rife; first wife Lucille Mae Goble Rife; brothers: Gerald Rife and JB Rife; three grandchildren; and great-granddaughters: Andrea Nicole Rife and Alysa Pearl Allen.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 27, at the First Baptist Church in Francesville and one hour prior to services at the church Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. EDT on Friday, June 28, at the First Baptist Church (corner of State and Yellow streets) in Francesville with Pastor Dennis Gutwein officiating. Burial will take place in the Paul’s Chapel Cemetery, in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church of Francesville.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Rose Maurie Brinkmann

Feb. 10, 1925 - June 19, 2013

Rose Maurie Brinkmann, 88, of Winamac, died on June 19 at 11:40 a.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born on Feb. 10, 1925, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Herman A. and Georgia A. (Thompson) Bauer.

Rose married Francis William “Bill” Brinkmann on Sept. 11, 1948, in Indianapolis. Bill died Oct. 6, 1997.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers.

Rose and Bill moved to Winamac in 1990. Rose loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include: her daughters: Linda [Dan] Murphy of Winamac, Mary Jane Rhodes of Winamac and Lisa [Patrick] Doud of Oswego, Ill.; sons: Charles Brinkmann of Hot Springs, Ark., Gregory [Sue] Brinkmann of Brookfield, Wisc., James [Margaret] Brinkmann of St. Louis, Mo., Edward Brinkmann of Northbrook, Ill. and Bradley Brinkmann of Northbrook, Ill.; grandchildren: Karen Murphy, Kevin [Alyssa] Murphy, Holly Brinkmann, Christoph Brinkmann, Eric Brinkmann, Nicholas Rhodes, Timothy [Laura] Brinkmann, Joel Brinkmann, Daniel [Emily] Brinkmann, Alissa Brinkmann and Balin Doud; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband Francis William Brinkmann; parents: Herman A. and Georgia A. (Thompson) Bauer; and sister Joan Bauer.

A funeral mass was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Winamac on June 22. Burial took place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Lillian Montz Koleszar

Sept. 30, 1945 — June 15, 2013

Lillian Montz Koleszar, 67, wife of Marvin Koleszar, of Salem, S.C., died Saturday, June 15, at her residence.

Born Sept. 30, 1945, Lillian was a native of Kewanna and the daughter of the late Henry John and Alice Lorraine Weller Montz. She was a graduate of Kewanna High School and Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science 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, she 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-laws: Eric Treon and Jeff Ball; sister Vivian [Dan] Pesaresi of Indiana; and a sister-in-law Bonnie [Rex] Kiser of Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry John and Alice Lorraine Weller Montz; and brother Victor Montz.

A mass of resurrection was held June 21 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Seneca.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Clemson Community Care Center, PO Box 271, Clemson, SC 29633.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Jenay Louise Stukofski-Kneece

June 17, 2013

Infant Jenay Louise Stukofski-Kneece was stillborn at 9:45 a.m., Monday, June 17, at Logansport Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center.

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; great-grandparents: Joseph and Carole Kuhn of Winamac; sisters: Alishia, Heather and Lacy Kneece all of Ohio; 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 were held with interment following at South St. Joseph Cemetery in Pulaski.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave condolences at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Paula M. Kruger

Nov. 18, 1953 — June 9, 2013

Funeral services for Paula M. Kruger were held at 11:30 a.m. on June 13 at Goodwin Funeral Home with paster Ron Masters officiating.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 26, 2013)

 

Joseph Nicholas Keller

Dec. 4, 1914 — June 10, 2013

Joseph Nicholas Keller passed away at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Winamac, at 11 a.m. on June 10.

He was born in Monterey on Dec. 4, 1914, the youngest child of Joseph G. and Maggie (Hartman) Keller.

Joe lived in the Monterey community his entire life. He attended Holy Family Catholic School and graduated from Monterey High School in 1933. After high school he went to Ball State University for a year, but soon learned that he wanted to return to the farm. He was a lifelong member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Monterey.

Until he lost his sight, Joe was an avid reader. Then he began to listen to books on tape from the state library. His hobbies included listening to and taping music from the radio, especially music from the 30s. He also enjoyed having a garden and several fruit trees. After he retired from farming and milking cows, he took up cooking and baking, always searching for new recipes.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews: Patricia [John] O’Donnell, Ruth [Don] Zehner, John [Colleen] Keller, Tom [Toni] Keller, Mary [Gene] Personett, Bob [Sheila] Keller, Jim [Bertie] Keller, Jerry [Rea] Keller, Dan [Peggy] Keller and Margie [Tim] Wise. He also leaves many great-nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers: Cecil and Clement Keller; sister Laura Keller; and a nephew Clem [Jean] Keller Jr.

Funeral services were at St. Anne Catholic Church in Monterey on June 14. Burial followed in St. Anne Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the church.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 19, 2013)

 

Keith Edward Leazenby

Dec. 13, 1957 — June 1, 2013

Keith Edward Leazenby, 55, of Pauls Valley, Okla., died on June 1.

He was born to Ronald Leazenby and Geraldine Rhoades on Dec. 13, 1957, in Logansport.

Keith graduated from Winamac High School, attended college for four years and received a degree as a Certified Public Accountant. He had made his home in Pauls Valley, Okla., for the last five years moving from Norman, Okla. He was a self-employed truck driver for more than 30 years.

Survivors include his father Ronald [Lena] Leazenby of Noble, Okla.; mother Geraldine Rhoades of Pulaski; three brothers: Mike and Matthew Leazenby and Russell Taft; two sisters: Jackie Ashcom and Janice Hoesel; financée Susan Tracy; her children: Heather Ralphs, Clark, Spencer and Tristin Tracy; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

A memorial service took place on June 7 at McMahans Funeral Chapel.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 19, 2013)

 

Sylvia Marie Planck

Sept. 16, 1921 — June 12, 2013

Sylvia Marie Planck, 91, of Winamac, passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Star City, to Nathan and Norma (Fall) Abbott. Marie was married to Wayne Planck on July 10, 1939, in Star City. Wayne passed away on June 27, 2012.

Marie graduated from Pulaski High School and attended the Star City United Methodist Church.

Marie was a former telephone operator for United Telephone. She also had been a beautician working out of her own home.

She enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling with Wayne.

Survivors include: daughter Judy M. [Larry] Bonnell of St. Charles, Ill.; daughter-in-law Sharlene Planck of Winamac; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Nathan and Norma (Fall) Abbott; husband Wayne Planck; sons: James Planck, Ronald Planck and Dale Planck; grandson Kenneth Wayne Bonnell; granddaughter Cheryl Planck; great-granddaughter Ali Gibson; brother James Abbott; and sister Wilma Peterson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on June 15 at Frain Mortuary of Winamac, with Rev. Ruth Waite officiating. Burial followed in the Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Star City United Methodist Church.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 19, 2013)

 

Emaline Grace Wampler

June 10, 2013

Emaline Grace Wampler, of Winamac, was stillborn at 11:44 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

She is the daughter of Jason and Maggie (Hickle) Wampler, both of Winamac.

Survivors include: sister Elizabeth L. Wampler of Winamac; brother Ethan J. Wampler of Winamac; paternal grandparents John and Christine Wampler of Knox; maternal grandparents James and Barbara Hickle of Winamac; great-grandfather Richard Wampler of North Judson, and great-grandmother Betty Hickle of Kewanna. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

She is preceded in death by great-grandparents: Elizabeth Wampler, John and Betty Rogers, William and Mary Webb, and Harold Hickle.

A private family service was held.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 19, 2013)

 

Priscilla Joan (Whybrew) Lehman

May 3, 1944 — May 20, 2013

Priscilla Joan (Whybrew) Lehman, 69, Rex, Ga., formerly of South Bend, passed away at 9:25 a.m. on May 20 at Sacred Journey Hospice following a brief illness.

She was born May 3, 1944 in Pulaski County to the late Oliver and Katherine (Appel) Whybrew.

Priscilla married Terry H. Lehman on May 28, 1966 in Winamac. He survives.

She was a 1961 graduate of Winamac High School and earned degrees from Purdue University North Central and Bethel College of Mishawaka. She retired from Memorial Hospital of South Bend as a registered nurse. She was a member of Gospel Center Missionary Church and then later attended South Bend First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her husband Terry H. Lehman of Rex, Ga.; daughters: Michele [Keith] Williams of Cypress, Texas, and Christina Lehman-Reed of Stockbridge, Ga.; grandchildren: Samuel, Thomas, and Katherine Williams, and Jordan and Austin Reed; siblings: Gordon [Sandy] Whybrew of Lebanon, Lane [Janice] Whybrew, Susan [Ron] Kennedy, and Julia [Darwin] Field, all of Winamac. Aunt “Tob” also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Oliver Harold and Katherine Emma Whybrew and younger brother Myron Whybrew.

Her life revolved around family and friends, and she was always giving of herself to help others. What she enjoyed most was traveling with her grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

Donations honoring her memory may be made to Christian City, 7300 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 12, 2013)

 

Keith Edward Leazenby

Dec. 13, 1957 — June 2, 2013

Keith Edward Leazenby, 55, of Pauls Valley, Okla., died on June 2.

He was born to Ronald Leazenby and Geraldine Rhoades on Dec.13, 1957, in Logansport.

Keith graduated from Winamac High School, attended college for four years and received a degree as a Certified Public Accountant. He had made his home in Pauls Valley, Okla., for the last five years moving from Norman, Okla. He was a self-employed truck driver for more than 30 years.

Survivors include his father Ronald [Lena] Leazenby of Noble, Okla.; mother Geraldine Rhoades of Pulaski; three brothers: Mike and Matthew Leazenby, and Russell Taft; two sisters: Jackie Ashcom and Janice Hoesel; financée Susan Tracy; her children: Heather Ralphs, Clark, Spencer, and Tristin Tracy; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

A memorial service took place on June 7 at McMahans Funeral Chapel.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 12, 2013)

 

Geraldine “Gerry” Crissinger Banks Mosby

Sept. 3, 1932 — June 2, 2013

Geraldine “Gerry” Crissinger Banks Mosby, 80, formerly of Star City, died on June 2 at Harrisburg Medical Center in Raleigh, Ill.

She was born in Gary on Sept. 3, 1932.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 12, 2013)

 

Joan S. Strand

Feb. 26, 1933 — May 31, 2013

Joan S. Strand, 80, a lifetime resident of Winamac, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at IU Health Hospital in LaPorte.

She was born Feb. 26, 1933, in Winamac, to the late Walter and Lucille Strand. After the untimely death of her mother, her maternal grandparents helped raise her.

Joan was a 1951 graduate of Winamac High School and enjoyed attending class reunions as well as the alumni banquets. She kept in touch with many of her schoolmates.

She was a retired telephone operator and dispatcher for United Telephone.

She enjoyed meeting her friends for coffee every day.

Joan loved her cats and enjoyed bird watching.

Survivors include her cousins: Helen (Straw) Gardner of North Canton, Ohio, Carol (Straw) Minarik of Culver, Joyce (Straw) Selbey of Syracuse, Albert Straw of Winamac, Marie Thompson of Albany, Ind., Stephen Simhauser of PennYan, N.Y., Andrea (Straw) Bischof of Niles, Mich., Linda (Straw) Johnson of Buchanan, Mich., Kathleen (Straw) Shelton of Niles, Mich., Julie (Straw) Udell of Niles, Mich.; and many second-cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Edward and Lucille Irene (Straw) Strand; cousins: Marguerite McCarthy Salisbury, Alan Hood, Lowell Strand, Gladys (Strand) Pugh, Evelyn Strand, Elsie (Strand) Manzuk, Eleanor (Strand) Brown, Kathryn (Strand) Kirchgessner, Priscilla (Straw) Gordan Babb, Jerry Straw, Sandra (Straw) Herner, Alberta Straw and James Simhauser.

Funeral services were at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, on Tuesday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. and Rev. Nancy Foster officiated. Burial took place at Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Pulaski County Animal Control Fund.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 5, 2013)’

Alicia Marie Smidler

Jan. 21, 1989 — May 31, 2013

Alicia Marie Smidler, 24, of West Lafayette (formerly of Beavercreek, Ohio), died on May 31 at 9:15 a.m. during an auto accident in West Lafayette.

She was born on Jan. 21, 1989, in Winamac, to Frederick E. and Debra Kay (Button) Smidler and spent most of her life in Beavercreek, Ohio.

She graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2007. While at Beavercreek High School she was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with an honors diploma. Her passion was cheerleading and coaching young athletes. She attended Purdue University and graduated in May of 2013, with both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degree. Alicia was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. While attending Purdue, Alicia worked as a server at BW3’s. She was preparing to enter law school. She loved animals. Alicia had a passion for traveling and had many friends around the world. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Survivors include her parents, Frederick E. and Debra Kay Button Smidler of St. Joseph, Mich.; brother Michael Herman Smidler of St. Joseph, Mich.; paternal grandparents: Herman and Norma (Houston) Smidler of Monticello; maternal grandparents: Melvin E. and Cleta Sue (Smith) Button of Winamac; maternal great-grandmother Elizabeth Sera Button of Winamac; aunts: Deb [Larry] Winter of Winamac, Susan (Elsworth) Griffith of Austin, Texas and Bunnie [Curt] Daughtery of Star City; uncles: Frank [Trudy] Smidler of Stoughton, Wis., Steve [Cindy] Smidler of Raleigh, N.C., Chris [Sally] Smidler of Francesville, Jeff [Sharon] Smidler of Richmond, Va. and Melvin F. [Karen] Button of Winamac; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her cousin John Melvin Button.

Family and friends may visit 4-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral Services will be held at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, on Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. with Robert Conn officiating. Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Alicia Smidler Animal Rescue Have A Heart Memorial Fund, Fifth-Third Bank, 53 South Second Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — June 5, 2013)

 

Maureen Ellen Fox

Sept. 1, 1958 — May 27, 2013

Maureen Ellen Fox, 54, died May 27, at Baltimore Washington Medical Center after a brief illness.

Maureen was born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 1, 1958. Maureen lived her entire life in Ben Oaks in Severna Park, Md. with her parents, the late Margaret and Eugene Fox and then with her brother and his wife, Kevin and Karen Fox.

Maureen was a graduate of Marley Glen School and spent many happy years at the Providence Center day program.

Maureen enjoyed art, music and movies. Her favorite performing artists were the Monkees and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Maureen’s favorite movies were Pretty Woman, Sister Act and Sweet Home Alabama. She looked forward to her family’s annual spring trek to Nags Head, N.C., where she reigned supreme over the television set and tried to get everyone in the house to bring her as many “slizerts” (desserts) as she could get away with.

Maureen was loved and cherished by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her brothers: Greg Fox of Severna Park, Md., Mark Fox of Alexandria, Va. and Kevin Fox of Severna Park, Md.; and eight nieces and nephews: Sarah, Chris, Jessica, Brent, Kelly, Zachary, Brian and Jordan.

Mass took place on Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bello Machre, Inc., Making a Difference, 7765 Freetown Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060, or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway Annapolis, MD 21401.

Online condolences may be made online at www.barrancofuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — June 5, 2013)

 

Leon D. Wuethrich

Leon D. Wuethrich, 91, of Selma, Ind., (formerly of Francesville) died at 3:20 p.m., on Monday, May 20, at Liberty Village in Muncie.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 29, 2013)

 

Felix M. Moyer

Felix M. Moyer, 96, of Medaryville, died at 9 p.m., on Tuesday, May 21, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 29, 2013)

 

Michael A. Weida

Michael A. Weida, 57, of Winamac, died at 11:55 a.m., Saturday, May 25, at his residence.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 29, 2013)

 

Jesse Kenton Caldwell

Jesse Kenton Caldwell, 30, of Winamac, died at 2 a.m., May 25, at his residence in Winamac.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 29, 2013)

 

Roberta M. “Bobbie” Sims

Jan. 11, 1938 — May 17, 2013

Roberta M. “Bobbie” Sims, 75, of Winamac, formerly of Portage, died at 10:15 p.m., Friday, May 17, at St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette.

Born Jan. 11, 1938 in Gary, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Margaret (Whalen) Bush.

She lived most of her life in Portage before moving to Winamac in 2002. Throughout her life, she maintained close friendships with childhood friends.

Bobbie enjoyed fishing, crocheting, collecting dolls and playing Bingo. She was an excellent oil painter.

Bobbie was a loving mother and her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

Survivors include: son Ralph L. [Kimberly] Smith Jr. of Winamac; daughters: Colleen M. Durr of Chesterton, Robin J. [Ronald] McCart of Portage, Rebecca F. Smith, of Valparaiso and Shannon M. Gasaway of Winamac; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and brother Glenn O. [Jan] Bush Jr. of Carson City, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Kathleen Howerton.

No services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 22, 2013)

 

Carol M. “Mama” Ingram

Aug. 24, 1945 — May 7, 2013

Carol M. “Mama” Ingram, 67, of Winamac, died at 4:16 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 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 also 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: companion Carl Bolen of Winamac; her children: Michelle [Calvin] Neace of Knox, Heather [Mike] Anderson of Winamac, Carla Estes of Winamac, Barbara [Rob] Rumsey of Monticello, Susan [Cory] Ames of Francesville, Richard [Janelle] Ingram of Francesville, Charles [Missy] Ingram of Buffalo, Kevin [Alana] Ingram of Winamac, Chad Bolen of Georgia and Charlie [Angie] Bolen 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 were Saturday, May 11 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home of Kewanna. Burial took place at Barnett Cemetery in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingram family.

Please sign the online guest book or leave an online condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Jerry J. Weese

Oct. 1, 1942 — May 9, 2013

Jerry J. Weese, 70, of Star City, passed away peacefully at 12:45 a.m., Thursday, May 9, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo.

Born on Oct. 1, 1942 in White County, he was the son of Edward and Dorothy (Logan) Weese.

Jerry had formerly worked for NIPSCO for 12 years as a plant mechanic. He formerly co-owned and operated S & W Equipment in Winamac and was a farmer and auctioneer.

He was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church, Royal Center Masonic Lodge, past associate patron of the Mentone Order of Eastern Star, Ft. Wayne Scottish Rite, Royal Center Lions Club and the Indiana Auctioneers Association.

Jerry enjoyed traveling, visiting with friends and handing out suckers to the kids at church.

Survivors include: mother Dorothy Weese of Logansport; sons: Troy [Janet] Weese of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Brad [Lupita] Weese of Anchorage, Alaska; companion Nancy Smock of Royal Center and her children and grandchildren; brother Doug E. Weese of Royal Center; grandson Nathan Weese of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; niece Tracy [Gregg] Mitchell of Chicago; and nephew Ryan [Vickie] Weese of Logansport.

He was preceded in death by father Edward Weese.

Services were Tuesday, May 14, at the Royal Center United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Burial was at Davis Cemetery of Burnettsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Royal Center United Methodist Church.

Please sign the online guestbook or send a condolence at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Jacob Bradley

March 6, 1984 — May 8, 2013

Jacob Bradley, 29, of Winamac, passed away in his sleep around 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in his home.

He was born March 6, 1984 in Monticello to Grover and Vickie (Hall) Bradley and attended West Central High School.

Jacob loved hanging out with his friends and driving around in his truck. He also liked mowing and watching movies.

Surviving with his parents are his siblings: Tammy [Joaquin] Pesina of Winamac, Josh Bradley of Winamac, Charlie Bradley of Winamac, Ashley Anderson of Winamac, Tom [Rhonda] Cormican of Coonslake and Geno Cormican of North Dakota.

Jacob really enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.

The service was Monday, May 13, at Clapper Family Funeral Home of Monon. Interment followed in Tippecanoe Christian Church Cemetery of Winamac.

Memorials may be made to the Jacob Bradley Memorial Fund.

Share memories and online condolences at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Russell “Rusty” Prange Jr.

April 14, 1930 — May 6, 2013

Russell “Rusty” Prange Jr., 83, died on Monday, May 6 at 12:10 p.m. at his residence in Winamac.

He was born on April 14, 1930 to Russell Sr. and Irma (Dahlke) Prange in Pomeroy, Iowa.

Rusty was married to Ann E. Bollhauve on June 13, 1953 in Winamac. She passed away June 7, 2006.

He was a retired meat cutter and had worked many years at Russell’s Trading Post in Winamac. He was also a self employed painter.

Rusty enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict serving aboard the USS Orleck.

Rusty attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church for many years.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include sons: Terrance T. [Brenda] Prange of Fort Wayne and Steven R. [Catherine] Prange of Niles, Mich.; daughter Deborah A. [Jeffrey] Compton of Star City; brother Gary Prange of Pomeroy, Iowa; grandsons: Richard [Jennifer] Prange, Chad [April] Compton and Josh Kujawa; granddaughters: Erin [Kevin] Allen, Emily [Andrew] Workman, Lizabeth Prange, Brooke [William] Jung and Dori Prange; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: wife Ann E. Bollhauve Prange; father Russell Prange Sr.; and mother Irma Dahlke Prange.

Funeral services were May 10 at Frain Mortuary. Burial took place at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Winamac. The American Legion and VFW conducted military graveside services.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Forest G. (McWherter) Conn

Sept. 5, 1915 — May 6, 2013

Forest G. (McWherter) Conn, 97, of Winamac, died on Monday, May 6, at 2:25 p.m. at St. Vincent Medical Center in Indianapolis.

She was born Sept. 5, 1915 in Winamac to Henry and Emma (Cramer) Vanaman.

Forest married Harold L. McWherter on Sept. 19, 1935 in Winamac. Harold died on Sept. 16, 1944. She married Harry R. Conn on June 29, 1947 in Winamac. Harry died Jan. 8, 2002.

Forest was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac. She was a past matron of OES 96, Winamac.

She was a former laborer at the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant, a former telephone operator and clerk for the United Telephone Co., and a former bookkeeper at the ASCS office in Winamac. Forest last worked as a secretary and abstract preparer at the Gast Law office in Winamac.

She loved to work in her flower garden and horseback riding. Forest also loved to crochet afghans and to sew quilts. She read western and history novels on her Kindle.

Survivors include: son Richard L. Conn of Winamac; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: father Henry Edgar Vanaman; mother Emma Jeanetta Cramer Vanaman; husband Harold L. McWherter; husband Harry R. Conn; and brothers: Claude Vanaman, Virgil Vanaman and Robert Vanaman.

Funeral services were on May 10 at Frain Mortuary. Burial took place at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Willard (Will) E. George

August 14, 1945 - May 5, 2013

Willard E. George, 67, of Winamac, passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at his home

He was born August 14, 1945 in Worcester, Mass., to Earnest J. George and Eva I. (Army) George.

He married Bonnie Christina Sullivan on April 16, 1966 in Place, Mass. Bonnie preceded Willard in death on March 2, 2009.

Will had worked at Englewood wastewater treatment in Englewood, Fla., as plant supervisor.

He had resided in Winamac since 2008.

Will was a member of the Winamac Eagles #2580 and Winamac VFW Post #1728.

Spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was very important to him. He enjoyed fishing, football and NASCAR.

Survivors include: son Joseph W. [Marie] George of Winamac; daughters: Kimberly J. George [Dave] Hefner of Monticello, and Karolyne A. George Booth of Monon; brother Daniel George of Millbury, Mass.; grandsons: Eric George, Andrew D. Lewis, David [Megan] Hefner Jr., Michael Hefner and Jakob Booth; granddaughters: Marie N. [John] Carter, Stephanie [Steven] Foust, Heather Hefner and Adrienne Booth; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: wife Bonnie C. (Sullivan) George; daughter Kristina A. George; father Earnest J. George; mother Eva I. (Army) George; sister Susan Howe; and brother Donnie George.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Daniel E. Wilson

Oct. 1, 1962 — May 4, 2013

Daniel E. Wilson, 50, of Monterey, passed away on Saturday, May 4 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital at 7:48 p.m.

Daniel was born on Oct. 1, 1962 to James A. and Myra L. (Lovekemp) Wilson in Cheverly, Md.

Daniel was married on Jan. 1, 1983, in Midwest City, Okla., to April L. Depue. She survives.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1980 and then the U.S. Air Force in 1981. He spent the next 22 years serving his country, retiring June 30, 2004. Daniel retired as a master sergeant. He was a flight engineer for 19 years and an aerospace maintenance engineer for three years. He spent most of his career flying on the C-130. He loved flying. He served numerous times in the Persian Gulf during the recent conflicts there.

After his retirement, Daniel enjoyed collecting antique firearms. Daniel loved the outdoors, keeping busy all the time and his fur babies. He will be really missed by his family.

Survivors include: wife April L. (Depue) Wilson of Monterey; sons: Stephen [Linda] Swetland of Wasilla, Ark., and Jonathan J. Wilson of Monterey; daughter Amber N. Wilson of Monterey; mother Myra L. (Lovekemp) Sundberg of Glendale, Ariz.; brothers: James A. Wilson Jr. of Glendale, Ariz., and Kenneth B. Wilson of Glendale, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by father James A. Wilson and stepfather Pete Sundberg.

No services will be held.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Mary M. Gutwein

Mary M. Gutwein, 94, of Francesville (formerly of Monon), passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Parkview Haven Retirement Home.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 15, 2013)

 

Daniel L. Sparks

Nov. 29, 1952 — May 4, 2013

Daniel L. Sparks, 60, of Winamac, passed away Saturday, May 4 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born on Nov. 29, 1952 in Winamac, he was the son of the late Henry and Annabelle (Bitterling) Sparks.

He was a 1972 Winamac High School graduate.

Dan was a retired brake inspector from Eaton Corporation in Winamac.

Survivors include: his brothers, David [Carol] Sparks of Winamac, and Douglas [Catherine] Sparks of Winamac; sister Deanna [Dennis] Pletka of Winamac; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation or service was not held.

Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.

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

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 8, 2013)

 

Donald D. Myers

Donald D. Myers, 83, of Francesville, died on May 5 at 6:10 p.m. at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 8, 2013)

 

Mary Jane Brucker Perry

October 23, 1924 — April 27, 2013

Mary Jane Brucker Perry, 88, of Kewanna, passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Monterey, to Albert Brucker and Lydia (Wade) Brucker, who preceded her in death. She was raised on a Jersey dairy farm and attended school in Monterey.

On Nov. 3, 1942, she married Lawrence J. Perry Sr. at St. Anne’s Church in Monterey. They celebrated 65 years together.

For her entire life Mary Jane was a homemaker devoted to her husband and eight children, owner of Maple Corner Antiques for several years, and together with her husband farmed family-owned Harrison Township land for 95 years. Along with collecting, selling and exhibiting antiques, Mary Jane enjoyed working in her extensive flower gardens, playing euchre, entertaining family and friends, and traveling. She was a past member of Harrison Township Home Economics Club.

She was an active member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kewanna, and a current member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.

Mary Jane is survived by seven children: James [Mary Gudas] of Piqua, Ohio, Rosemary [Stephen] Perry-Hessong of West Lafayette, Albert [Joyce Matteson] Perry of Evansville, Michael “Mick” of Winamac, Marilyn Galbreath of Vonore, Tenn., Kathleen [James] Weidner of Salem, Ill., and Jane [Ron] Becker of Zionsville; 20 grandchildren: Mary Eileen Miller, Lawrence J. Perry III, Christine Gladden, Theresa Whalen, Wayne Perry, Diana Perry, Michelle Balleck, Michael Yoder, Lesly Yoder-Norris, Christopher Perry, John Perry, Jennifer Gilliam, Stephanie Lemberis, Michael Perry Jr., Duane Galbreath Jr., Allison Galbreath, Lydia Weidner, Jack Weidner, Hannah Becker and Erica Becker; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Perry Sr.; a son, Lawrence J. Perry Jr.; one grandson, Mark Perry; three sisters: Evelyn Reinholt, Madeline Danti and Alberta Miller; and one brother, Paul Brucker.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 30 from 3-8 p.m. at Frain Mortuary, Winamac with a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or Sisters of Poor Clare, Belleville, Ill.

Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.frainmortuary.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 1, 2013)

 

Donald E. Engel

Dec. 18, 1930 — April 23, 2013

Donald E. Engel, 82, of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, April 23.

Don was born near Monterey on Dec. 18, 1930 to Louis and Venis (Lewis) Engel.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda, and four daughters: Terry Symon, Linda Johnson, Karen Hiatt and Susan Gass. He is also survived by two sisters; Ladyne Keller and Vivian Maes; one brother Edward Engel; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A great-grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren are due later this year.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

In honoring Don’s wishes, no services are being held.

Donations in Don’s name can be made to the Alvin Dubin Alzheimer Resource Center, 1005 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL, 33919; The Hope Hospice Healthcare Services, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E, Cape Coral, FL, 33909 or a similar organization.

(Pulaski County Journal — May 1, 2013)

 

Betty Louise Koscher

July 11, 1934 — March 16, 2013

Betty Louise Koscher, 78, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Winamac, died on Tuesday, March 16, at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Betty was born to Inman and Pauline W. Walter Bird on July 11, 1934 in Star City.

She was raised in the Winamac area and a former resident of the Knox and Bass Lake area before moving to Chicago in 1959.

She was a 1952 graduate of Winamac High School and had attended Truman College in Chicago.

Betty was a legal secretary for various Chicago law firms over her career.

She had formerly attended the United Methodist Church.

Betty enjoyed traveling, going to movies, music and reading books.

Survivors include: sons: Steven J. [Lyssa] Koscher of Berlin, Wis., and Randall E. Koscher of Berlin, Wisc.; granddaughter Jennifer [Justin] Keyt of Hobart; grandson Joshua [Hannah] Koscher of Oregon, Wisc.; great-grandsons: Jackson Keyt of Hobart and Cameron Keyt of Hobart; sister Kathryn A. Nuth of Laguna Wood, Calif.; niece Renee Nuth of California; nephew Michael [Jane] Nuth of California; great-nephew Christopher Nuth; great-niece Emily Nuth; and many cousins from the Indiana area.

Betty was preceded in death by: father Inman Bird; mother Pauline W. Walter Bird; nephew Timothy Nuth; and great-niece Nicole Nuth.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. EDT on Saturday, May 11, at Frain Mortuary of Winamac with a Celebration of Life beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. Rev. Matt Landry will officiate.

Burial will take place at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — May 1, 2013)

 

 

John Daniel Skillen

July 6, 1927 — April 4, 2013

Visitation will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Frain Mortuary (305 E. Main St.) Winamac. A funeral mass will follow at noon EDT on Saturday, April 27, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Martin Sandhage officiating. Burial will take place at the Winamac Cemetery. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 24, 2013)

 

Irene Fox

Irene Fox, 96, of Francesville, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 24, 2013)

 

Marian Mahler

Jan. 19, 1937 – April 3, 2013

Marian M. Mahler, 76, of Ora, passed away on April 3 at home in the company of her husband.

Marian was born to Lester and Ruth (Gray) Manis on January 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 Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Culver on April 20 at 1 p.m. EST. The family invites friends 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.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 17, 2013)

 

Sharon Kay Denton

April 15, 1944 — April 11, 2013

Sharon Kay Denton, 68, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord at 8:53 p.m. Thursday, April 11, after a strong battle against cancer. She passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Sharon was born on April 15, 1944 to the late Carl and Mary Gutwein. She graduated from Francesville High School in 1962.

Sharon married James Denton on November 25, 1962 in Francesville. They had been married for 50 years. They enjoyed traveling and camping.

She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville.

Sharon owned and operated Sharon’s Beauty Shop for more than 37 years.

She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Sharon will be greatly missed.

Survivors include: husband James L. Denton of Francesville; son Todd [Penny] Denton of Francesville; daughters: Gina [Jeff] Tanner of Francesville, Tina [Greg] Reinhold of Rising Sun, Ind. and Jessica [John] Murray of Francesville; sisters: Maxine [Art] Novotny of Francesville, and Juanita Norman of Monon; brothers: Nate [Rhonda] Gutwein of Francesville; Edison [Chrisann] Gutwein of Francesville, Phil [Carol] Gutwein of Medaryville, Eldon [Mary Lee] Gutwein of Monticello, and Rodney [Donna] Gutwein of West Lafayette; brother-in-law Karl [Donna Jean] Westfall of Francesville; sister-in-law Yvonne Gutwein of Francesville; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carl Gutwein Sr.; and mother Mary (Farney) Gutwein; sister Mary Louise Westfall; and brother Carl Gutwein Jr.

Funeral services were held on April 15 at the Apostolic Christian Church. Burial took place at Roseland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Loving Shepherd Ministries c/o Francesville Apostolic Christian Church or American Cancer Society.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 17, 2013)

 

Ila Jo Westerhoff

Dec. 20, 1930 — April 11, 2013

Ila Jo Westerhoff, 82, of Winamac, passed away Thursday, April 11.

She was a member of the D.A.R.

She is survived by eight children: Allan [Cindy] Westerhoff of Cedar Lake, Bill [Julie] Westerhoff of Cedar Lake, Jim [Natalie] Westerhoff of Burleson, Texas, Steve [Kelly] Westerhoff of Phoenix, Ariz., Linda [Steve] Wilson of Pine, Colo., Gerry Ann [Jim] Wise of Dyer, Susan [Paul] Fox of Star City, and Amy Hart of Phoenix, Ariz.; 23 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; brother Jack Davis of Darien, Ill.; sisters: Diane [Bob] Meyers of Aurora, Ill., Donna Been of New Lenox, Ill., and Michelle [Bill] Schyver of Austin, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Westerhoff; and son John Westerhoff.

Funeral service was on Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at Sheets Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Burial followed in Lowell Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Malcom Jones officiating all services.

Online condolences can be made at www.sheetsfuneral.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 17, 2013)

 

John Daniel Skillen

July 6, 1927 — April 4, 2013

John Daniel Skillen, 85, of Spring Hill, Fla. (formerly of Indiana and Iowa), passed away at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fla.

He was born on July 6, 1927 in Winamac, to the late Charles and Violet Skillen.

John graduated from Winamac High School where he lettered every year in basketball. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his service in the Navy he attended and graduated from Purdue University. John then went to work at the General Electric Corporation in Indianapolis, where he met his wife, Patricia. They were married on July 17, 1954 in Jasper. She survives.

After their marriage in 1954, John worked for Drydon Rubber and then for Sheller-Globe Corporation for 29 years. He held the general plant manager position in Montpelier, Ind., for more than 20 years and retired from Sheller-Globe in 1989 as general manager of Sheller-Globe and a member of the bank board, in Keokuk, Iowa. He was also a co-owner of Heartland Packaging Company.

John was an avid fisherman since his boyhood in Winamac and was nicknamed “Kingfish” for his superior angler skills as he fished the Tippecanoe River. He hunted regularly, was a competitive golfer, and strategic bridge player.

After his retirement he resided in Leesburg, Ind., on Tippecanoe Lake where he took up woodworking, making oak and cherry wood furniture for his family. In 2000, he and his wife, Patricia, moved to Timber Pines golfing community in Springhill, Fla., where he lived comfortably until the time of his death.

John was a loyal, devoted and beloved husband and father.

Survivors include: wife Patricia Claire Skillen of Spring Hill, Fla.; sons: Jeffrey Charles Skillen and Steven Victor Skillen of Independence, Minn.; daughter Ann Claire [Tom] Lockwich of Clearwater, Fla.; granddaughter Natalie Skillen; grandson Blake Skillen; sister Joan Henry of Winamac; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: father Charles Skillen; mother Violet Metz Skillen; and brother Robert “Bob” Skillen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Burial will be at the Winamac Cemetery in Winamac. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 10, 2013)

 

Phyllis T. Foerg

March 21, 1933 — April 1, 2013

Phyllis T. Foerg, 80, of Star City, passed away on April 1 at 5:53 p.m. at Pulaski Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of Isadore V. and Gloria (Snow) Roth.

Phyllis was married on Sept. 26, 1953, in Pulaski, to Richard J. “Bosco” Foerg. He passed away on Feb. 14, 2005.

She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski, and the Christian Mothers. Phyllis served for many years as the church organist and served in many capacities with the church.

Phyllis enjoyed basket making, sewing, painting, woodcrafts, doll houses, gardening, fishing, birdwatching and baking. She used to attend craft shows around the area as a vendor selling her crafts.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Phyllis loved to volunteer with the Cass County Mental Health Association.

Survivors include: daughter Pat [Dewey] Keller of Indianapolis; sons: Mick [Denise] Foerg of Waterloo, Ill., Joe Foerg of Star City, and Rick [Lisa] Foerg of Monticello; sisters: Arvilla Thornbury of Indianapolis, and Charlotte Berger of Star City; brothers: Doyle Roth of Star City, and Ron Roth Sr. of Monticello; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: father Isadore V. Roth; mother Gloria Snow Roth; husband Richard J. “Bosco” Foerg; son Ronald Foerg; and sister Dolores Gading.

Friends and family gathered at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski on Friday, April 5. Burial took place at St. Joseph Cemetery South, Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 10, 2013)

 

Dollie Mae Martindale

July 26, 1937 - April 2, 2013

Dollie Mae Martindale, 75, of Culver, passed away at 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver.

She was born on July 26, 1937 in Monterey to Carl Keller and Mildred (Stevens) Keller. She resided in Monterey until moving to Culver in 1979.

On October 19, 1979, Dollie married Roderick Martindale who proceeded her in death on October 23, 2011.

Dollie retired from Culver Community School Corporation in 2002 after many years as a bus driver. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed the outdoors, which included activities such as gardening, bicycling, going for walks, and chatting with friends and neighbors. Dollie belonged to the Grace United Church of Christ in Culver where she sang in the choir and dearly loved her church family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and always remembered for the kindness that she showed others.

Dollie is survived by her daughters: Rae [Jeff] Bonnell of Monticello, and Cindy [Tom] Kasten of Winamac; son Tim [Darci] Posthuma of Warsaw; stepsons: Rick [Diana] Martindale of Walkerton, and Bob [Becky] Martindale of South Bend; stepdaughter Susan [Jim] Lovell of Manhattan, Mont.; grandchildren: Brian Bonnell, Shawn Bonnell, Shay Kasten, Shanna Bonnell, Britni Posthuma-VandenBossche and Kelsi Posthuma; great-grandchildren: Peyton, Ty and Ally Bonnell, Raegan Kasten and Brody Bonnell; three brothers: Jerry [Linda] Keller, Don Keller and Steve [Brenda] Keller.

She was proceeded in death by father Carl Keller; mother Mildred Keller; husband Rod Martindale; sister Sally Keller Griffin; and brother Jim Keller.

A gathering of family and friends was at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver. A celebration of Dollie’s life was at Grace United Church of Christ with Rev AnnMarie Kneebone officiating. Burial took place at Culver Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace United Church of Christ-Culver, Plymouth Hospice Palliative Care or The Fight to End Pancreatic Cancer (www.pancan.org).

(Pulaski County Journal — April 10, 2013)

 

Jennifer Louise “Shorty” Terry

November 16, 1946 — April 7, 2013

Jennifer Louise “Shorty” Terry, 66, of Winamac, passed away on Sunday, April 7 at 6:59 a.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

She was born on November 16, 1946 in Winamac, to the late Harry A. and Mercedes Elizabeth (Nufer) Roberts.

Shorty married David Elroy Terry on April 13, 1974 in Winamac. He died September 17, 2009.

Shorty enjoyed gardening and flowers. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shorty had worked at Eaton Controls in Winamac, Galbreath Inc. and Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include: sons: Mike [Kelly] Bierrum of Winamac, and Martin [Cathy] Bierrum of Winamac; daughter Kelly Terry Ortman of Winamac; sisters: Janet Marie Brown of Vestal, N.Y., Jo Ellen [Doc] Russell of Winamac, Jeannine Rose [Steve] George of Middlebury, Ind., and Jayne Elizabeth “Rusty” [Carl] Federer of Francesville; brothers: James [Rita] Roberts of Cass Lake, Minn., John [Louise] Roberts of Elloree, S.C., and Jeff [Brenda] Roberts of Winamac; brother-in-law Ron [Carol] Shrader of Kewanna; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Shorty was preceded in death by: husband David Elroy Terry; parents Harry A. and Mercedes Elizabeth (Nufer) Roberts; and sister Judy Shrader.

Graveside services will be held at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Winamac on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m.

Inurnment will take place at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Winamac following services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 10, 2013)

 

Daniel J. Reedy

January 27, 1991 - March 28, 2013

Daniel J. “Danny” Reedy, 22, of Winamac, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, after an extended battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

He was born on January 27, 1991 in Winamac and graduated from Winamac Community High School in 2009.

Danny enjoyed playing darts and mudding in his Ford. He liked to hang out with his friends and live life to the fullest. He was a true farm boy at heart.

Danny loved to spend time farming with his Papaw and fixing the barn if it needed fixing. He also loved to fish with his Gramps.

Danny loved his family very much and will be dearly missed. His smile will always be remembered.

Survivors include: mother Brenda Reedy [Mike Blinn] McIntosh of Winamac; father Rick [Kathy] Reedy of Winamac; brothers: David Reedy of Winamac, Colton Reedy of Winamac, Dillan Reedy of Winamac, and Dalton Reedy of Winamac; stepbrother Nolan Jenkins of Winamac; stepsister Alyssa Jenkins of Winamac; maternal grandmother Judith [George] Stinemetz of Winamac; paternal grandfather Richard Reedy of Francesville; paternal grandmother Carol Reedy of Winamac; two nephews; five uncles; four aunts; and 13 cousins.

Funeral services were at Frain Mortuary, Winamac on Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating.

Burial took place at Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery of Winamac.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Danny.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - April 3, 2013)

 

Helen Mae Stigall

May 2, 1921 - March 31, 2013

Helen Mae Stigall, 91, of Winamac, passed away on March 31 at Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in DeMotte.

Helen was born in Hammond and was the daughter of Lee and Lily (Cloud) Goble.

Helen first married Maynard Lee Pittser who passed away in February 1946. She then married Kenneth Fount Stigall on December 29, 1951, in Hammond. Kenneth passed away on November 29, 2010.

She was a former resident of Hammond where she was a member of the Hammond First Church of the Nazarene. She was also a member of the Winamac Church of the Nazarene.

Helen was a member of the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered as a Pink Lady at the hospital. She was very committed to helping others.

Helen loved her God and was a committed wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

While residing in Hammond Helen worked for Fuller Brush Co. and had been a Union Meat Cutter for Howard’s and Sons Meats.

Survivors include daughters: Nancy Pittser-Kietzman of Bradley, Ill., Rebecca [Robert Lax] Mestrovich of Hammond and Peggy Stigall Brodien of Whites Creek, Tenn.; son Kenneth F. [Joy] Stigall Jr. of Pickwick, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Lee Goble; mother Lily (Cloud) Goble; first husband Maynard Lee Pittser; second husband Kenneth Fount Stigall Sr.; brothers: Kenneth Goble, Armond Goble and Forrest “Bud” Goble; and sisters Feorl Goble Bazan and Nellie Goble Bosley.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 3 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral service will be held at Frain Mortuary on Wednesday, April 3 at 1 p.m. EDT, with Rev. Gregory Chambers officiating. Private burial will take place at Paul’s Chapel Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village.

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

(Pulaski County Journal — April 3, 2013)

 

Argel James “Spud” Bonnell

April 29, 1918 - March 20, 2013

Argel James “Spud” Bonnell, 94, of Chandler Ariz., formerly of Star City, died on March 20 at 12:55 a.m. at Hospice of The Valley Dobson Home in Chandler, Ariz.

He was born on April 29, 1918 to Milo and Muriel Penny Bonnell.

Argel married Hazel May McFarland on December 31, 1938, in Star City. She passed away on October 6, 1994.

Argel “Spud” Bonnell was a farmer in the Winamac area for over 35 years. He moved to Arizona in the early 1970s with Hazel.

He was a member of the Star City United Methodist Church and enjoyed going to services when he visited during the summers.

He was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers Association for over 20 years and enjoyed going to the musical jams all over the state of Arizona.

His favorite thing in life was to go camping. For many years he and his wife, Hazel, traveled the United States in their camper and later mini-home.

In his later years he loved spending time with his family and sitting on his front porch visiting with friends and neighbors.

Spud always had a joke to share and a smile on his face. He brought a warm light into everyone’s lives that he touched.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jean Riffil of Chandler, Ariz.; three granddaughters: Carla [Bill] Riffil-Fisher of Chandler, Ariz., Alynn [Aaron] Humerickhouse of Logansport and Rhonda Berger of Winamac; a grandson, Alan James “AJ” [Melanie] Berger of Winamac; a sister, Alice [Frosty] Montgomery of Royal Center; a brother, Wayne [Marylou] Bonnell of Star City; eight great-grandchildren; and many great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Muriel Penny Bonnell; his wife, Hazel Penny (McFarland) Bonnell; one daughter, Muriel Louise Tolson; a great-granddaughter, Jennifer Spurgeon; two brothers: Owen Bonnell and Howard “Buck” Bonnell; and four sisters: Dorothy Bonnell, Bonnie Hiatt, Mildred Roth and Margret Bechdol.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, March 26 from 3 to 8 p.m., at Frain Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at Frain Mortuary on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ruth Waite officiating.

Burial will take place at Buck Cemetery in Thornhope.

Memorial contributions may be given to Star City United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Valley in Arizona at http:/www.hov.org.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - March 27, 2013)

 

James R. Hackett Sr.

May 24, 1937 - March 19, 2013

James R. Hackett Sr., 75, Logansport, passed away at 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 19 at his residence.

Born May 24, 1937 in Pulaski County, he was the son of Ray and Lucille (Hettinger) Hackett.

He was married April 30, 1960 to Shirley Conklin, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, James R. Hackett Jr. of Kokomo; two daughters: Connie [Bill] Nealis of Peru and Traci Nikitaras of Logansport; a brother, Kenneth [Diana] Hackett of Venice, Fla.; a sister, Caroline Roller of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends and family visited on March 23 at Kroeger Funeral Home in Logansport. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery with full military honors.

Condolences may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 27, 2013)

 

Betty Louise Koscher

Betty Louise Koscher, 78, of Chicago, formerly of Winamac and Knox, died on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 27, 2013)

 

Arlene June Gutwein

Arlene June Gutwein, 82, of Medaryville, passed away on March 21, 2013 at 3:15 a.m. at her residence in Medaryville.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 27, 2013)

 

Richard Joe Wuethrich

Oct. 3, 1932 - March 11, 2013

Richard Joe “Rich” Wuethrich, 80, of Francesville, went home to be with his Lord at 10:20 p.m. on Monday, March 11.

He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at the Hope Hospice House in Ft. Myers, Fla., after a brave battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Rich was born on Oct. 3, 1932 at the family home in rural Jasper County, Ind. to the late Christian and Barbara Wuethrich.

At the age of 15, Rich recognized his need for a Savior and has enjoyed walking with his Lord ever since. He was baptized at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville, where he remained a lifelong member.

Rich graduated from Francesville High School in 1950. He was a lifelong farmer in the Francesville area. Farming was a tremendous joy to him. Rich served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He married Nola Ward on May 25, 1952 in Francesville. She survives. The Lord had planted a love for Nola at an early age that was shared for more than 60 years. Rich and Nola raised their family on the family farm west of Francesville. They spent 25 years living on Lake Schafer in Monticello before moving back to Francesville.

Rich was a tender, loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rich had a compassion for lost souls and a special caring spirit for his family and all those who touched his life. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Nola Ward Wuethrich of Francesville; sons: Rick [Judy] Wuethrich of Francesville and Randal [Stefanie] Wuethrich of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughters: Candace [Jim] Meiss of Austin, Texas, Constance [Steve] Beer of Syracuse, Ind. and Robin [Jeff] Steffen of Phoenix, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters: Theresa Von Tobel of Francesville, Elizabeth Schambach of Elgin, Ill., Glendoris [Lester] Huber of Lexington, Ky. and Genevieve [Ed] Schambach of Elgin, Ill.; brothers: Willis [Marjean] Wuethrich of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert “Bob” [Phyllis] Wuethrich of Francesville and Chris Lee [Ruth] Wuethrich of Francesville; sister-in-law, Barbara Wuethrich of Francesville; brother-in-law, Eugene Huber of Kouts; and many dearly loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Christian Wuethrich; mother, Barbara (Pelsy) Wuethrich, sisters: Barbara Ellen Wuethrich, Mildred Huber, Wilma Stewart and Velda Overmyer; brother, David Wuethrich; father-in-law, Emmett “R.E.” Ward; and mother-in-law, Lena (Honegger) Ward.

Friends and family visited on March 18 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville. Burial took place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Apostolic Christian Church World Relief Haiti or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - March 20, 2013)

 

Helen Irene Tanner

Sept. 1, 1921 - March 18, 2013

Helen Irene Tanner, 91, of The Christian Village, Lincoln, Ill., formerly of Medaryville, passed away at 5:18 a.m. Monday, March 18 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Ill.

She was born Sept. 1, 1921 in Medaryville, to Nathaniel and Ina Thompson Hall Swisher. Helen was married to Ezra Tanner in Michigan City. He died April 20, 1974. Helen had lived most of her life in Medaryville and was a long-time member of the Medaryville Christian Church.

She had worked at the Medaryville Garment Factory for many years and was an avid sports fan, especially fond of the Chicago Cubs and Indiana basketball. She loved life, especially fun, food, friends, family and faith. All her children were with her at her passing. They sang hymns, read scripture and prayed with her.

Survivors include daughters: Beverly J. [Jerry] Ripley of Valparaiso, Linda I. [Ed] Seggelke of Lincoln, Ill., Dana G. [Randy] Berkshire of Lincoln, Ill., and Donna M. [Earl] Eells of Rossville, Ill.; son, Thomas M. [Debby] Tanner of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter-in-law, M. Eileen Tanner, Prince Edward Island, Canada; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and countless other relatives

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ezra. E. Tanner; son, Terry E. Tanner; father, Nathaniel Swisher; mother, Ina Thompson Hall Swisher; three sisters: Lottie, Carrie and Opal; and three brothers: Robert, Omer and Charles.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. CDT on Thursday, March 21 at the Christian Nursing Home in Lincoln, Ill.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. EDT Friday, March 22 at Medaryville Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. EDT Friday, March 22, at Medaryville Christian Church of Medaryville, with Don Nedza, Tom Tanner and Chaplain Ryan Edgecombe officiating.

Burial will take place at the Independence Cemetery of Medaryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to: The Christian Village, 1507 7th Street, Lincoln, IL 62656 or to Lincoln Christian University, 100 Campus View Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656.

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

Arrangements are being handled by Frain Mortuary, Medaryville.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 20, 2013)

 

Geraldine Patricia Calloway

Nov. 11, 1927 - March 7, 2013

Geraldine Patricia Calloway, 85, formerly of San Antonio, Texas and Star City, Ind., passed away at 1:55 a.m. on Thursday, March 7 at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

Born on Nov. 11, 1927 in San Antonio, she was the daughter of William R. and Beatrice H. (Tijerina) Flynn.

She went to school in San Antonio until her senior year when the family moved to Ft. Sumner, N.M., and she graduated there. She was married to Richard Lee Smith Sr. on Jan. 26, 1948 and later married to Bill J. Calloway on Jan. 8, 1966, both of whom were in the U. S. Air Force.

She loved to travel and was privileged to travel to Japan and numerous European and Mediterranean countries. She lived and worked in Texas, New Mexico, Japan and Germany. In her work career, she was especially proud to have worked at the Helium Activity in Amarillo, Texas in the 1960s. She also worked with the 165th Military Intelligence in Frankfurt, Germany (branch of 66th MI, Munich, Germany) in the 1970s. She retired from her civilian career with the government as a ward clerk at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in 1987.

She moved from San Antonio to Star City in 1999 to be near her daughter and family. She loved to garden and take care of her cats.

Survivors include her daughter, Constance “Connie” Laraine Maxson of Star City; son, Richard “Rick” Lee [Michiko] Smith Jr., of Tallasee, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Elaine [Marvin] Stone of Jones, Okla.; four grandchildren: Tracey [Brandon] Collins of Monterey, Kari Stout [John Haley] of Winamac, Erina Smith and Elisia Smith both of Fountain, Colo.; two step-grandchildren: Kelly Carlson of Oklahoma and Valerie [James] Carlson Stewart of Oklahoma.; several great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Betty Flynn; cousin, Arlis Harvey; and numerous family and friends from all over the world.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William “Billy” Flynn Jr. of Florida in 2011; son-in-law Terry L. Maxson of Star City in 2012; and stepdaughter, Carol Calloway Ford Shotts of Oklahoma in 2010.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home in Royal Center.

Interment will be in Ft. Sumner, N.M.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook online at ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 13, 2013)

 

Juanita S. Johnson

Jan. 24, 1942 - March 5, 2013

Juanita S. Johnson, 71, of Kewanna, passed away at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born Jan. 24, 1942 in Vanceburg, Ky., 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. [Allen] Seidel of Winamac, Donna A. [Robert Rans] Dugan of Kewanna, Julia F. Brainerd of Warsaw and Frank H. [Wendi] Johnson of Rensselaer; brothers: Meredith Hughes of Vanceburg, Ky., Ronnie Hughes of Melbourne, Ky., and Douglas Hughes of Butler, Ohio; sisters: Ethel Sullivan of Garrison, Ky., Wanda Edington of Vanceburg, Ky. Mattie K. Barbour of Maysville, Ky., Barbara Hughes of Vanceburg 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 preceded in death by son-in-law, Richard Brainerd; grandson, Tavin; and brothers: William Hughes and George Hughes.

Friends and family visited on Saturday, March 9 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Burial followed at Bruce Lake Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association and/or Hope Hospice.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook online at ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 13, 2013)

 

Wayne E. Davis

Aug. 4, 1938 - March 7, 2013

Wayne E. Davis, 74, of Winamac, passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

Born on Aug. 4, 1938 in Logansport, he was the son of Roy and Francelia Taylor Davis.

He was married in 1994 to Seair Sue Gibbs, who survives, residing in Star City.

Wayne was a retired Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army. Following retirement he was a truck driver for several companies.

He was a 1955 graduate of Metea High School and a 1979 graduate of Indiana University. He was a member of the Winamac VFW and American Legion Posts. Wayne was also a member of Tipton Masonic lodge.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Christopher A. Davis and James W. Davis; two daughters: Elizabeth and Terry; four sisters: Bessie Crain, Karen Sutton, Janet Platt and Joan McCloskey; stepsons: Everett Jackson and Bradley Gibbs; stepdaughters: Susan DeWitt and Wanda Camp; fourteen grandchildren; twelve step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Three brothers preceded him in death.

Private interment with full military honors will be in Buffalo Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

(Pulaski County Journal - March 13, 2013)

 

Rosemary G. Rearick Cottrell

June 8, 1941 — Feb. 28, 2013

Rosemary G. Rearick Cottrell, 71, of Winamac, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born on June 8, 1941 in Winamac, she was the daughter of the late Clement and Berniece (Kuhn) Braun. She was widowed by her husbands Carson Rearick and Jesse Cottrell.

Rosemary was a homemaker and she was a member of Church of the Heartland in Winamac. She enjoyed collecting owls and rocks. Rosemary also enjoyed going to the ladies church breakfasts, traveling and most of all spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children: Berniece “Bunny” [Donnie] Decker of Winamac, Anthony “Bud” [Tammy] Rearick of Monterey, Lavonda [Tom] Spoor of Monterey and Tania [Harold] Bradley of Cub Run, Ky.; brothers: Anthony [Joy] Braun of Rochester, Andy Braun of Winamac and Jerry Braun of Winamac; sisters: Betty [Walt] Wallace of Winamac, Jan [Paul] Meyer of Star City, Dorothy Braun of Indianapolis, Patricia Braun of Illinois, Margaret [John] Shegas of Florida, Ruth [Mike] Robbins of New York and Clara Keller Braun of Winamac; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She preceded in death by her parents, Clement and Berniece (Kuhn) Braun; a brother, Terry Braun; and grandchildren: Amanda Spoor and Andy Decker.

Services were held on Monday, March 4 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, the Royal Center Chapel. Pastor Jim Howard officiated. Burial was at Star City West Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Project A18 Mission, 705 E. Jefferson St., Plymouth, Indiana 46563.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 6, 2013)

 

Jamie Allyn Sheets

Jamie Allyn Sheets, 39, of Winamac, died on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3:42 p.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 6, 2013)

 

David C. Sharits

Feb. 2, 1948 - Jan. 12, 2013

David C. Sharits, 64, of Richmond, formerly of Winamac, died on Saturday, Jan. 12 at The Lincoln Center in Connorsville following an extended illness.

Born on Feb. 2, 1948, he was the son of Cecil Sharits and Vivian Mosteller.

David was retired from the Ben Franklin Corp. and was an avid outdoor enthusiast.

Survivors include his mother, Vivian Mosteller of Richmond; a brother, Dale [Barbara] Sharits of Richmond; three daughters: Tracey [Harold] Dulin of Medaryville, Stephanie [Daniel] Iesenberg of Fishers and Christa [Mike] Glover of Centerville; six grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Sharits; and a niece, Shannon Sharits.

(Pulaski County Journal – Feb. 27, 2013)

 

Earl Charles Reisman

Earl Charles Reisman, 84, of Monterey, passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 27, 2013)

 

Eva Ida Waters

Eva Ida Waters, 83, of Kewanna (Lake Bruce), died at 12:55 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 27, 2013)

 

Marie Ruth Tiede Smith

Marie Ruth Tiede Smith, 77, died on Feb. 24 at 10:44 a.m. at her residence in Francesville.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 27)

Doris Green Puchalski

Aug. 10, 1928 — Feb. 12, 2013

Doris Green Puchalski, 84, formerly of North Judson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Decatur, Texas.

Doris was born on Aug. 10, 1929 in Rensselaer, to Paul and Viola (Beaver) Green. She was united in marriage to Edward Puchalski on Sept. 28, 1957 at North Judson.

Doris retired as postmaster for the U.S. Post Office in Denham. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the League of Postmasters.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Edward Puchalski of Decatur; three daughters, Brenda McHenry of Corinth, Belinda Puchalski and Briget Puchalski, both of Decatur; son, Brian Puchalski of Leakey, Texas; granddaughter, Cassaundra McHenry; two grandsons, Royce McHenry and Luke Puchalski; two sisters, Elsi Faye Summers and Dixie Green, both of Rensselaer; two brothers, Richard Green of Connecticut and Mike Green of California.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Wanda Duggins and Margene Ogle; and brother, Marvin Green.

Family and friends visited on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur, Texas.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Ramona S. Seagrave

Oct. 10, 1934 - Feb. 16, 2013

Ramona S. Seagrave, 78, of Winamac formerly of Royal Center passed away at 11:10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at I.U. Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

Born on Oct. 10, 1934 in Marion, she was the daughter of the late Winston and Nellrose (Schick) Morton. On Sept. 15, 1961 she married Dwight H. Seagrave. He preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 2010.

She was a 1952 Swayzee High School graduate.

Ramona was a clerk at Credit Bureau of Logansport for 17 years retiring in 1988. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and the St. Luke Lutheran Church Women’s Guild. Ramona was also a former member of Town and Country Extension Homemakers Club in Royal Center.

Survivors include: her children, Bruce Ladd of Cambridge City; Phil Ladd [Kim] of Lafayette, Greg Ladd [Cheryl] of Logansport; brothers, Mike Morton of Phoenix, Ariz., Chuck Morton (Velma) of Hattiesburg, Miss.; sisters, Nancy Heim [Joe] of Westlake Village, Calif., Eileen Lemons [Gene] of Marion; grandchildren, Scott Ladd [Sarah] of Indianapolis, Cody Ladd of Indianapolis; great-granddaughter, Amelia Ladd of Indianapolis; special cousin, Joyce Zody [Frank] of Kokomo; brother-in-law, Larry Seagrave [Carolyn] of Greentown; and special friends, Betty Schaff of Marion, Dick Harmon [Sharon] of Lucerne. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 721 South Market St., Winamac with Pastor Tom Woodley officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Harrison-Metzger and Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.

Burial will be at Thompson Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Marcella Martha Myrtle McCray

April 15, 1923 - Feb. 16, 2013

Marcella Martha Myrtle McCray, 89, of Winamac, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. She was born on April 15, 1923 in Tomahawk, Wis. to Claude and Jeanettie Shidler.

Marcella lived many years in Florida and Texas before moving back to Winamac two years ago. Marcella enjoyed nature, especially bird watching. She was loved by her family and will be missed.

Survivors include three daughters: Jeanettie M. “Sis” [Art] Fox of Winamac, Marge [Darrell] Ries of Tyler, Texas, Linda Craig of Winamac; two sons: Ronald [Marie] Craig of Grovertown, Ind., Steven [Sandy] Craig of Winamac; daughter-in-law, Brenda Craig of Winamac; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and four sisters.

She was preceded in death by mother Jeanettie Hare Shilder; father Claude Shilder; son William Brent Craig; seven sisters; and three brothers.

Private family burial was at Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery of Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Winamac VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Dorothy “Pam” Ellison

Feb. 16, 2013 - July 16, 1955

Dorothy “Pam” Ellison, 57, of Royal Center passed away at 2:40 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born on July 16, 1955 in Logansport, she was the daughter of Merle and Carole (Brewer) Rogers. On June 26, 1982 she married William “Bill” Ellison, he survives.

She was a 1973 Pioneer High School graduate.

Pam worked in the office for Traylor Chemical Inc. in Royal Center for more than 30 years until its closure in 2008. She also worked part time at Roger’s Auction House of Royal Center.

Pam was a member of Burnettsville Christian Church and she enjoyed fishing, camping, genealogy and needlework.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Ellison of Royal Center; son, William Cory Ellison (Ellen) of Ft. Wayne; mother, Carole Rogers of Logansport; brothers, Gary Rogers of Monticello, Larry Rogers of Royal Center, Terry Rogers (Tamara) of Royal Center; brother-in-law, Dennis Ellison (Jan) of Logansport; and sister-in-laws, Peg Glenn (Dennis) of Noblesville and Nancy Ellison of Seattle, Wash. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Merle Rogers.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at Harrison-Metzger and Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel with Chaplain Scott Ellison officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 3-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, American Heart Association and the American Liver Association.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ellison family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Dolores Mae Wagner

Dolores Mae Wagner, 85, of Medaryville, died on Feb. 12 at 3:27 p.m. in Monticello.

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Peggy Tiede Goss

Peggy Tiede Goss, 62, of Greenwood, died on Friday, Feb. 15.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Paula R. Masterson

Paula R. Masterson, 39, of Rochester, passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Danny Lee Overmyer

Danny Lee Overmyer, 73, of Francesville, died on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:26 a.m. at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 20, 2013)

 

Ralph William Braun

Dec. 18, 1940 - Feb. 8, 2013

Ralph William Braun, founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, passed away Friday, Feb. 8 in Winamac. He was 72.

Ralph was born on Dec. 18, 1940 to Joseph J. and Olive M. Braun in Winamac.

He was a pioneer in the mobility industry, struggling with spinal muscular atrophy from a young age. Out of a need to improve his own mobility, Ralph built his first three-wheel scooter in 1962. Realizing that there were many others like him, he started his own company developing and manufacturing several mobility products. This began in 1963 when he started Save-A-Step Manufacturing. This eventually grew into The Braun Corporation in 1972. What began as a solution to his own mobility needs grew to a company that would eventually change thousands of lives. In 2006, The Braun Corporation adopted the brand name BraunAbility for its products. Today his company has grown into a worldwide corporation with its headquarters still based in Winamac.

In 2010 Ralph released his autobiography, Rise Above. He then started The Ralph Braun Foundation as a way to assist the disabled population with purchasing mobility equipment. As a recipient of many awards and honors, Ralph’s recognition began in 1979 when he received the Employer of the Year Award from the Commission for the Handicapped and the Indiana State Board of Health. Since that time he has been featured on television and in many newspaper and magazine articles for his success and drive to improve the lives of others with disabilities.

In 2012 he was awarded the “Champion of Change” from The White House. He was also honored with the Support of the Guard and Reserves Patriot Award. This award is for his dedicated support and flexibility offered to employees serving in the military. Ralph’s most recent award was a bronze plaque from the Adaptive Driving Alliance for being the leader and pioneer for mobility products. Braun was a lifelong model airplane enthusiast and member of the Winamac Aero Modelers Club.

Ralph was a loving father, dedicated husband and wonderful friend to many. Over the years his involvement and donations to our community were too numerous to mention. He will be greatly missed.

Ralph’s survivors include his wife of eight years, Melody; his children: Cherie [Paul] Braun-Diaz, Todd [Amy] Braun, Brent Braun, Drew [Lisa] Braun and Melissa [Nathan] Dennis; eight grandchildren: Nathan and Alison Diaz, Brittney and Brady Braun, Quentin, Justin, and Caitlin Haley, Lindy Dennis; his stepchildren: Aaron [Carrie] Gutwein, Anthony [Jennifer] Gutwein, Allison [Daryl] Starr and Adrienne [Nick] Vollmer; seven stepgrandchildren; and one sister, Joan Heath.

Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Joseph J. Braun, in 1986 and mother, Olive M. Freeman Braun, in 2012.

Friends may call at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac on Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon.

Entombment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Ralph Braun Foundation at P.O. Box 310, Winamac, IN 46996.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

Joseph Eugene “Gene” Blastic

Nov. 30, 1936 - Feb. 8, 2013

On Feb. 8, at 7:11 p.m., Gene Blastic passed away at IU Hospital of Indianapolis with his family surrounding him.

In October of 2012 he was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Gene was born in Valparaiso on Nov. 30, 1936 to Joseph and Margaret Blastic and has a brother, Doug Blastic. His family relocated to Logansport and then to Winamac.

His father was an owner of Sidell and Blastic Furniture that was located in downtown Winamac. Gene graduated from Winamac High School in 1954. He attended college at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology from 1954 through 1958 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering. While attending Rose Hulman, he was the Cadet Commander of the ROTC Military Unit, Commander of Rose Rifles, a display ceremonial. He was a member of the Society of Military Engineers, a 1st Lt. with Army Corp of Engineers, and served active duty with the U.S. Army for six months and reserve duty for seven-and-a-half years.

In 1958, after marrying Carol and completing active duty with the U.S. Army, he accepted a position with Western Electric as a project engineer. He received two patents for his designs of the hand-held receiver for telephones. He remained with the company while being promoted to upper level management positions until the company merged with AT&T in 1976. He maintained a Professional Engineering License in the state of Indiana from 1963 to Dec. 31, 2012 and was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He continued to work for AT&T until he retired at an early age of 54 to follow his dreams of building custom homes. He was the CEO of B. Joseph and Associates and later Sunny Homes and built homes in the suburbs of Detroit, Mich., from 1990 to 1999. He and his wife, Carol, then retired to their summer home on Bass Lake.

Gene was a 50-year member and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Knox. He served the Starke County Community by being active with many organizations and associations that strive to better the community and received awards for his outstanding commitment to the community. Some of the those organizations and awards are as follows: Starke County Economic Foundation, president for two years, member for 10 years; Starke County United Way, Volunteer of the Year in 2003, and member for six years; Starke County Chamber of Commerce, president for four years and member for eight years; Starke County Right to Life member; Junior Achievement, volunteer for five years; Bass Lake Properties Association, past president and member; Bass Lake Neighborhood Watch Group member; Bass Lake Festival Association, past president and member; Grand Marshal with his wife, Carol, of the Bass Lake Festival 2012; Love, Inc., founder, charter member and officer; and recipient of the Henry F. Schricker Award of Service Before Self on Jan. 17, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol; his four children and spouses: Jeanene [Joe] Calabrese of Winamac, Greg [Michelle] Blastic of Howell, Mich., John [Carrie] Blastic of Indianapolis and Michael [Kim] Blastic of Brighton, Mich.; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at MC Smith Funeral Home, Knox.

Funeral services and mass will be on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Knox.

Burial will be held on Feb. 16 at Roselawn Cemetery, Terre Haute.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Gene Blastic Service to Community Memorial College Scholarship Fund.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

Lula Mae Fields

Jan. 3, 1912 - Feb. 8, 2013

Lula Mae Fields, 101, of Grass Creek, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 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 [Neva] Fields of Kewanna, Richard [Sharon] Fields of Minneapolis, Minn., Shirley [Jess] Shively of Franklin and Sandra Redmaster of Ft. Wayne; a 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 preceded in death by one son, John Fields; a brother, Darwin “Duke” Morrett; and a 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 at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Pastor David Sommers officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 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.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

George Henry Dunker

May 12, 1936 - Feb. 6, 2013

George Henry Dunker, 76, of Francesville, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4:15 a.m. at the Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer.

Born on May 12, 1936 in Francesville, he was the son of Henry Dunker and Martha Popp Dunker.

George married Evelyn Myers on Jan. 2, 1971 in Francesville.

George was a member of the St. James-Salem Church of Francesville. George and Evelyn attended Bethel Bible Church of Winamac.

George was retired from Talbert Manufacturing. He enjoyed trap-shooting, hunting and fishing. He liked to collect toy farm tractors and playing SKIP-BO.

George loved his family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Myers Dunker of Francesville; a daughter, Tonya M. Dunker of Monon; three sisters: Louise [Charles] Hoagland of Bargersville, Ind., Isabelle [Robert] Stout of Lake Hamilton, Fla. and Marilyn [Larry] Stout of Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Martha Popp Dunker; three sisters: Gertrude Rose, Henrietta Criswell and Viola Baker; and a brother, Carl Dunker.

Funeral services were at Bethel Bible Church of Winamac on Saturday, Feb. 9. Rev. Thomas Hopewell officiated.

Burial followed at St. James Salem Cemetery of Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Bethel Bible Church Mission Funds or American Lung Association.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

Evelyn McDaniel

July 12, 1920 - Feb. 6, 2013

Evelyn McDaniel, 92, a longtime resident of Rensselaer, passed way Feb. 6 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Evelyn was currently residing near her daughters in Cincinnati. She also resided for a time at the Oak Grove Retirement Village in DeMotte.

She was born July 12, 1920 in Jasper County, the daughter of Robert and Edna (Brown) Timm.

She was raised in Jasper County and was a 1938 graduate of Medaryville High School.

Evelyn’s first marriage was to Harry Holl, who passed away Nov. 9, 1955. Her second marriage was to George Lashbrook, who passed away July 18, 1989. Evelyn then married Harry G. McDaniel on Dec. 6, 1996 in Rensselaer, and he passed away April 11, 2006.

She retired from Sears & Roebuck Department Store, Rensselaer, after being a sales clerk for 15 years. She was also a QMA for 10 years at the Rensselaer Care Center. Evelyn was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Rensselaer, the Pricilla Club and a past member of the South Newton Home Economics Club.

Surviving are her loving family: daughters Alice [Charles] Roberts and Joyce [David] Nine, both of Cincinnati and Judy A. Kurbin of Independence, Mo.; stepchildren Tom [Martha] Lashbrook of Rensselaer and David [Sharon] McDaniel of Tacoma, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and two sisters: Marjorie Coburn of Monticello and Hazel Timmons of Lafayette.

Along with her parents and her husbands, Evelyn was preceded in death by a son, Donald Holl.

Funeral services were at the Jackson Funeral Chapel Monday, Feb. 11. Rev. Charles Roberts officiated.

Burial followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Rensselaer.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Church of the Nazarene, Rensselaer.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

Francis LeRoy Girton, Jr.

July 21, 1935 - Feb. 5, 2013

Francis LeRoy Girton, Jr., formerly of Winamac and now of Cocoa, Fla., passed away on Feb. 5.

He was born on July 21, 1935 to Francis and Ruth (Nordyke) Girton at home in Fulton County.

He married Dorothy Jean Reinholt on Nov. 24, 1956. She survives.

Francis served our country in the Navy on the USS DesMoines. He was a past master of Indiana Harbor Masonic Lodge in 1980 and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. He retired from Inland Steel as a heavy machine mechanic and moved to Florida after his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Girton; four daughters: Tammie Walters of Tennessee, Sheri [Nick] Stergos of Indiana, Nancy Davis of Florida and Lori Girton of Florida; one son, Bruce [Donna] Girton from Illinois; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia [Verl] Shaffer of Culver and Sebring, Fla.; and a brother, Jerry [Patrica] Girton of Hobart.

Proceeding him in death were his parents; a sister, Eleanor “Candy” Barker; and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held in their clubhouse in Cedar Lakes on March 2.

Local arrangements are with Funeral Solutions of Cocoa, Fla.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

Charlotte Ann Austin

Charlotte Ann Austin, 79, of Monon, died on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in Monticello.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 13, 2013)

 

Glenna B. Haschel

Feb. 8, 1927 - Jan. 31, 2013

Glenna B. Haschel, 85, of Winamac, died on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 12:10 a.m. at Wintersong Village in Knox.

Born on Feb. 8, 1927 in Delong, she was the daughter of Francis and Jeaneave Faulkner Kelly.

On Nov. 20, 1948 in Culver, she married Ray Edward Haschel. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1998.

Glenna worked as a cashier at the A&P Grocery in Winamac for many years. She also worked previously as a telephone switchboard operator in Monterey and Winamac.

Glenna earned a pilot license as a young women and maintained it for many years. She was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She gave many wildflower presentations to groups over the years. She especially loved going on Mayflower tours. She had traveled to all 50 states and to seven foreign countries. Glenna was an avid NASCAR racing fan. Her favorite driver was Dale Jarrett.

Glenna was a lifetime member of the OES 96 in Winamac.

Survivors include a son, Dennis F. [Janet] Haschel of Winamac; two grandsons: Aaron Ray [Julie] Haschel of Indianapolis and Chad William Haschel of Union Mills; three great-grandsons: Erik Haschel, Samuel Ray Haschel and Jackson Haschel; and two great-granddaughters: Emma Haschel and Jana Haschel; a sister, Donna [Robert] Wahl of Louisville; a brother Gene [Mary] Kelly of Fort Wayne; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Kelly of Culver.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Edward Haschel; a brother, Norman Kelly; and her parents, Francis and Jeaneave Faulkner Kelly.

Memorial services were Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Rev. Laura Bailey officiated.

Burial followed at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to OES 96 in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 6, 2013)

 

Claud Si Grizzell

June 19, 1916 - Jan. 29, 2013

Claud Si Grizzell, 96, of Winamac, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 8:08 a.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

Born on June 19, 1916 in Denison, Texas, he was the son of Claud A. and Mary E. Wertz Grizzell.

In 1951 in Chicago he married Mary E. Petrungaro, She preceded him in death on March 24, 1984.

On May 31, 1986 in Logansport, he married Dolores M. Small Lasley. She survives.

He was a retired stationary engineer for the Sherman-Williams Co. in Chicago. He also worked as a photographer for several newspapers.

He was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church, Logansport; Twin Rivers Muzzle Loaders, Logansport; National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association; Fulton County Historical Society, Rochester; and Mill Creek Trappers.

Claud served in the U.S. Navy from 1939-1945.

He was a Life Member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion, Winamac.

He was a member of the USS Cushing DD-376 Reunion Association. He was serving aboard the ship when it was sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores M. Small Grizzell of Winamac; three daughters: Donna M. [Mick] Macaluso of Grants Pass, Ore., Gail R. [John] Vye of Rockford, Ill. and Nancy Lee [David] Finklestein of Silver Springs, Md.; a son, Charles G. [Clara] Grizzell of Schofield, Wis.; four step-daughters: Amanda S. [Neal] Fry of Austin, Texas, Cheryl Ann Johnson of Macomb, Ill., Carrie Lynn Huse of Winn, Mich. and Gail Marie Ayers of Logansport; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and three sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claud A. and Mary E. Wertz Grizzell; his step-mother, Ocie Grizell; his first wife, Mary E. Petrungara Grizzell; and three brothers: Leslie R. Grizzell, James M. Grizzell and David A. Grizzell.

A rosary service and scriptural wake service were held Monday, Feb. 4 at Frain Mortuary.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 5 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Rev. Mike McKinney and Rev. Martin Sandhage officiated. The VFW and American Legion conducted military services at the church immediately following the funeral mass.

Burial followed at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

Memorials may be given to the All Saints Catholic Church or to St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 6, 2013)

 

Zale D. DuBois, Sr.

Oct. 21, 1924 - Jan. 29, 2013

Zale D. DuBois, Sr., 88, of Rochester, formerly of Winamac, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 11:02 a.m. at the Life Care Center of Rochester.

Born on Oct. 21, 1924 in Mishawaka, he was the son of Clyde and Tressa Vanetta Wiler DuBois.

On Sept. 6, 1946 in Mishawaka, he married Leanna M. “Pete” Rupright. She survives.

Zale was service manager at Sheppard’s Chevrolet in Winamac for 23 years. He then retired and moved to New Mexico where he ran King Zale Mobile Home Service. He moved back to Winamac in 1990. His last employer was Rife Heavy Duty Equipment in Winamac.

Zale served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the VFW Post 1728 in Winamac.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling and traveling. Zale loved his children and grandchildren very much.

Survivors include his wife, Leanna M. “Pete” Rupright DuBois of Rochester; two daughters: Linda [Kenny] Smith of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Terry [Stan] Tucker of Camdenton, Mo.; a son, Zale [Kathy] Dubois, Jr. of Winamac; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Melvina Foltz of South Bend; and two brothers: Paul [Donna] DuBois of Peru and Kaye [Dawn] DuBois of Star City.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Irene DuBois; his parents, Clyde and Tressa Vanetta Wiler DuBois; two brothers-in-law: Charles Foltz and Jack Bowers; two sisters: Maxine Bowers and Ethel E. Foriz; and two brothers: Delois E. DuBois and Donald L. DuBois.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 1 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Pastor Harold Leininger II officiated.

Burial followed at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac, where the VFW and American Legion conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Life Care Center of Rochester.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 6, 2013)

 

Lorraine Tunis

June 7, 1936 - Feb. 4, 2013

Lorraine Tunis, 76, of Winamac, died at 1:25 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

Born on June 7, 1936 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Joseph and Louise Foreman Zakrajsek.

Lorraine was a certified nursing assistant and had worked for many years at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

She was a former member of the Eagles #2580 Auxiliary in Winamac.

Lorraine enjoyed bingo, crossword puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters: Louise Reno of Winamac, Cindy [Jim] Trusty of LaPorte and Susan [Jeff] Riley of Amarillo, Texas; four sons: Elige [Denise] Tunis of Peoria, Ill., Don [LeAnn] Tunis of Winamac, Ron [Becka] Tunis of Winamac and Roy [Penny Hurlburt] Tunis of Winamac; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosemary Cameron of Mission Viejo, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Louise Foreman Zakrajsek; a son, Robert Tunis; two grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

Visitation will Friday, Feb. 8 from 1 p.m. until the time of services at Frain Mortuary.

Funeral services will be be Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. EST at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Paul Begley will officiate.

Burial will follow in Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 6, 2013)

 

John E. Large, Sr.

John E. Large, Sr., 68, of Culver, died on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:07 a.m. in Plymouth.

(Pulaski County Journal - Feb. 6, 2013)

 

Edna Lois Ruff

Aug. 5, 1926 - Jan. 23, 2013

Edna Lois Ruff, 86, of Star City, died Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2:35 p.m. at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

Born on Aug. 5, 1926 in Bicknell, Ind., she was the daughter of Delos Sylvan and Luella Mullins Myers.

She was married to Harold F. “Bud” Ruff, Jr. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2013.

She was a former employee of the Medaryville Garment Factory and Barco’s Orchard. She also was a full-time farm wife.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Schultz of San Marcos, Texas; and a son, Rodney Schultz of Hot Springs, S.D.

Lois loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and any children around her.

No services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 30, 2013)

 

Demaris Koebcke

June 24, 1935 - Jan. 23, 2013

Demaris Koebcke, 77, of Francesville, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 1:15 p.m. IU Health Hospital of Lafayette.

Born on June 24, 1935 in Francesville, she was the daughter of Forest and Opal Bailey.

On Dec. 31, 1951 in Jeffersonville, Ind., she married Willard Koebcke. He survives.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Francesville.

Survivors include her husband, Willard Koebcke of Francesville; two daughters: Jackye [Blaine] Hites of Olney, Ill. and Ellen [Harvey] Gutwein of Francesville; a sister, Janelle Tiede of Francesville; seven grandchildren: Nicole [Robert] Schwartz of Peru, Holly [Shannon] Blank of Olney, Ill., Heather [Kevin] Cox of Munster, Summer [Karl] Schippert of Evansville, Stuart [Alivia] Gutwein of Lafayette, Lance [Erica] and Tyler [Lacie] Gutwein both of Francesville; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Opal Bailey.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 26 at the First Christian Church of Francesville. Pastor Jim Ketchen officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Francesville or the American Heart Association.

Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 30, 2013)

 

Leroy C. Cosgray

July 27, 1927 - Jan. 21, 2013

Leroy C. Cosgray, 85, of Buffalo, died at 1:21 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at Seton Hospital in Lafayette.

Born on July 27, 1927 in White County, he was the son of Morris and Minnie (Blumhardt) Cosgray.

On Jan. 14, 1956, he married Judith A. Tieman. She survives.

Leroy was a 1945 Royal Center High School graduate and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

He was a lifelong White County farmer who was an avid Minneapolis Moline collector. He was a member of Buffalo Christian Church and the Prairie Goldrush Club. Leroy was a former member of the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department, and he was a former Liberty Township Trustee for 8 years. He was also a founding board member of IBEC. Leroy was a proud participant in the world’s largest tractor parade with his M670 Super in Grand Island, Neb. this past August. He enjoyed tractor pulling, I.U. basketball and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Judith A. Cosgray of Buffalo; two sons: Steven L. [Joy] Cosgray and Mitchell L. [DeeAnn] Cosgray, both of Monticello; a daughter, Sheryl A. [Troy] Jones of Westfield; a brother, Jerry [Eileen] Cosgray of Royal Center; two sisters: Wanita [John] Rehm of Burnettsville and Wilma Jean [Marvin] Berkshire of Royal Center; eight grandchildren: Megan [Chad] Haupert, Seth Cosgray, Kelsey [Corey] Stetler, Allyson [John] Cheever, Quentin Jones, Kaitlyn [Levi] Bunch, Brant Jones and Hannah Cosgray.

He was preceded in death his parents, Morris and Minnie (Blumhardt) Cosgray; and a brother, Donald “Brud” Cosgray.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 at the church and also one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb.1, at Buffalo Christian Church in Buffalo with Tom Haynie officiating.

Burial will be at Hughes Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorial contributions may be made to Buffalo Christian Church.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 30, 2013)

 

June E. Cheadle

Aug. 18, 1923 - Jan. 16, 2013

June E. Cheadle, 89, of Winamac, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 a.m. at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

Born on Aug. 18, 1923 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Alfred and E. Amanda Hoagland Johnanson.

On Aug. 17, 1946 in Oak Lawn, Ill., she married Loren P. Cheadle. He survives. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

June was a former resident of Chicago. They moved to Winamac in 1984. She worked at Litton Industries and Red Tag, both of Chicago and retired from Sun Ray Cleaners in Chicago in 1961.

June was a member of the Red Hat Society at the Pulaski Health Care Center where she resided for the past three years. She was a very active resident at the center.

Survivors include her husband, Loren P. Cheadle of Winamac; a daughter, Marsha Gearhart of North Judson; a nephew, Randy [Susie] Halter of Spring Lake, Mich.; and a niece, Dolores [Ed] Wantuch of South Holland, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and E. Amanda Hoagland Johnanson; two sisters, Florence Falconer and Violet; and two brothers: Herbert and Everet.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 18 at Frain Mortuary in . Rev. Mat Landry officiated.

Burial followed at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski Health Care Center.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 23, 2013)

 

Barbara Stoner

April 21, 1947 - Jan. 13, 2013

Barbara Stoner, 65, of Florida, died on Jan. 13, 2013.

Born on April 21, 1947, she was the daughter of Donald and Ethel Enycart of Star City.

She was an honor student, member of the Spanish and Latin clubs, 4-H, all sports, a candy striper and was a girl’s state delegate.

Barbara loved God, and He rewarded her with a rich and full life. She was a Methodist.

She and her husband operated a Yamaha-BSA Motorcycle dealership in Lafayette. Their flat-track racing team raced everything east of the Mississippi including Louisville, Ky. and the Daytona Beach, Fla. invitational.

She coached girls’ high school softball for two years in Battle Ground, Ind..

Barbara worked at credit bureaus for 20 years in Detroit, Los Angeles and Tampa and was a licensed private investigator in California. She owned several businesses including convenience stores, a cleaning service, a consignment store and a drive-in movie theater in Thayer, Mo. She was one of the first hose-carrying entry fire fighting females in Dixie County, Fla.

She attended Ocala Fire College and studied criminal justice at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.

She had held several offices in the Riverview, Fla. Moose Lodge Auxiliary, had been a director on the Old Town Volunteer Fire Dept. Board, was a procurement officer for them, and had been a secretary for the newly formed Dixie County Humane Society.

Barbara had many collections including coins and stamps and she loved life and everything in it, including wildlife, pets, books, music, auctions, children and, most of all, poor people.

Survivors include four sons: Larry Stoner of Old Town, Fla., Cary [Brandi] Stoner of Panama City, Fla., Charles [Deloris] Walls of Detroit and John [Ruth] Aro of Herron, Mich.; a daughter, Toni [Charles] Maraj of Trenton, Mich.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands: Bobby Howard and Joseph Aro; two brothers: Richard and David Enycart; two daughters: Melissa Stoner and Terri Price; and three sons: Joseph and James Aro and Jared Stoner.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 21 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel in Cross City, Fla.

Burial followed at South Port Memorial Gardens in South Port, Fla.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 23, 2013)

 

Cara Lynn Bridegroom Botarf

Nov. 17, 1944 - Jan. 8, 2013

Cara Lynn Bridegroom Botarf, 68, of Wheatfield, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 2:25 a.m. at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso after a long illness.

Born on Nov. 17, 1944 in Winamac, she was the daughter of Albert Samuel and Marilee Sheetz Bridegroom.

In 1965 she married Erwin Prater, who preceded her in death in 1986.

On Aug. 1, 1987 in San Pierre, she married Daniel Botarf. He survives.

She worked as a QMA at Little Company of Mary in San Pierre before her disability.

Cara’s greatest joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Botarf of Wheatfield; three sons: Erwin “Willy” Prater of North Judson, Randy Bridegroom of New Mexico and Eddie [Peggy] Prater of San Pierre; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Alberta Jones of Marshall, Mich. and the family farm in Winamac; and a daughter-in-law, Margaret Prater of Logansport.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Samuel and Marilee Sheetz Bridegroom; her first husband, Erwin Prater; and a son, Donald Prater.

No services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 23, 2013)

 

Robert Wayne Geddes

Dec. 29, 1918 - Jan. 10, 2013

Robert Wayne Geddes, 94, of Celeste, Texas, formerly of Winamac, died on Thursday, Jan. 10 at his residence.

Born on Dec. 29, 1918 in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of Robert and Lyle Geddes.

On April 24, 1953 in Logansport, he married Barbara Jean Evans. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 1990.

He was a member of the Professional Rodeo Association.

Wayne was a longtime resident of Winamac, moving to Texas in 1999. He was a retired truck driver and formerly worked at Galbreath, Inc. He was a saddle maker and worked with leather.

Survivors include three sons: DuWayne Geddes of Arizona, Gale Geddes of Texas and Alan [Patty] Geddes of Florida; two daughters: Marlin Marie Geddes of Arizona and Patsy [Stephen] Hultgren of Monon; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Geddes and Lyle Geddes; his wife, Barbara Jean Evans Geddes; a son, Lawerance Geddes; two grandchildren; and two sisters.

Wayne donated his body to science.

Graveside service and burial will be held at a later date at Star City West Cemetery in Star City.

Memorial contributions may be given to Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919; 100 percent of the proceeds go to injured cowboys.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 23, 2013)

 

Harold F. “Bud” Ruff, Jr.

Nov. 16, 1928 - Jan. 19, 2013

Harold F. “Bud” Ruff, Jr., 84, of Star City, died on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3:10 p.m. at Hickory Creek at Winamac.

Born on Nov. 16, 1928 in Star City, he was the son of Harold F. “Hap” Ruff, Sr. and Gertrude Regina Shultz Ruff.

Bud was married to Lois Ruff, who survives.

A lifelong resident of Star City, Bud was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

No services will be held.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 23, 2013)

 

James Robert Eugene “Jim Bob” Graham

Sept. 13, 1978 - Jan. 10, 2013

James Robert Eugene “Jim Bob” Graham, 34, of Winamac, died on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:15 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Born on Sept. 13, 1978, he was the son of Robert and Janet Disinger Graham.

On March 3, 2007, he married the light of his life, Ashley Cotner. She survives.

Jim Bob attended Pleasant Ridge Bible Church in rural Francesville. He was a 1998 graduate of Winamac Community High School and a 2000 graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis.

Jim Bob enjoyed life to the fullest.

He had worked as a mechanic, farmer and self-employed truck driver. He owned and operated Grahams Transport, Inc.

Jim Bob liked to shoot clay pigeons, ride horses and enjoyed mudding in his truck.

Jim Bob loved spending time with his family, especially his niece and nephew. He was a loving husband, son and brother. Jim Bob will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley Cotner Graham of Winamac; his parents: Robert “Bob” and Janet Disinger Graham of Winamac; a brother, Ryan [Diane] Graham of Winamac; his maternal grandmother, Violet Disinger of Francesville; a nephew, Andrew Graham; a niece, Abigail Graham; three aunts: Katie [Alan] Fritz of Winamac, Betty [Don] Stotler of Bloomington and Karen Speicher of Bloomington; two uncles: Larry [Diane] Disinger of Francesville and John Speicher of Winamac; his in-laws: Garry and Sharon Leman Cotner of Winamac; a brother-in-law, Troy Cotner of Winamac; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Richard Disinger; his paternal grandparents, Dimp and Kathleen Waymire; a cousin, Brian S. Speicher; two uncles: Ricky S. Disinger and Guy Waymire; and an aunt, Diana Disinger.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Leonard Allen will officiate.

Burial will take place at Tippecanoe Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Beulah G. Sutton

June 9, 1923 - Jan. 10, 2013

Beulah G. Sutton, 89, of Winamac, died on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 2:44 a.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born on June 9, 1923 in Winamac, she was the daughter of George A. and Ethel M. Artist Enyeart.

On June 4, 1950 in Kewanna, she married Darl W. Sutton. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 2007. She lived her entire life in the Winamac area.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ethel M. Artist Enyeart; her husband, Darl W. Sutton; three brothers: Cecil, Donald and Vernal Enyeart; and two sisters: Velma Tatman and Garnet Beauchamp.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 14 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Rev. Daniel W. Burgess officiated.

Burial followed in the Citizens-IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Pulaski Health Care Center.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Thelma I. McDaniel

Thelma I. McDaniel, 86, of Culver, died on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:20 a.m. in Culver.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Pastor John R. Mangum

Oct. 5, 1960 - Jan. 8, 2013

Pastor John R. Mangum, 52, of Fulton, formerly of Royal Center, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:51 a.m. at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

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

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

John was serving as pastor at Fulton United Methodist Church and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Lake Bruce at the time of his death. He was also a member and chaplain of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge #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 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; four sisters: Julie Mangum of Chino, Calif., Patty [Mike] Doughty of Many, La., Katie [Adam] Hudson of Running Springs, Calif. and Laura [Brett] Diener of Many, La.; his in-laws Ron and Edna Smith of Kokomo; a brother-in-law, Ron S. [Shannon] Smith, II of Kokomo; a sister-in-law, Heather [Dean] Schimmelpfennig of Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. Mangum, Sr. and Mary June DeShon Smiley.

A celebration of John’s life with masonic and military rites was held Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Royal Center United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Pastor Kevin Drane officiated.

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

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Anna Marie Dennis

Oct. 29, 1918 - Jan. 7, 2013

Anna Marie Dennis, 94, of Winamac, died on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 2:28 p.m. at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

Born on Oct. 29, 1918 in Star City, she was the daughter of Harry and Pearl DeWitt Kochel.

On Aug. 12, 1940 in Royal Center, she married Gilbert W. Dennis. He preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1994.

Anna was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers and playing bingo at the senior center.

Survivors include two daughters: Kaye [E. Allen] Olson of Winamac and Sharon Criswell of Winamac; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Dennis of Winamac; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three brothers: Paul Kochel of Logansport, Sam Kochel of Winamac and Audley Kochel of Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert W. Dennis; a daughter, Carol Hayes; a son, Thomas G. Dennis; a son-in-law, David Criswell; her parents, Harry and Pearl DeWitt Kochel; a sister, Betty Henderson; and three brothers: Jack Kochel, Bob Kochel and Jim Kochel.

Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 13 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. David Broad officiated.

Burial followed in Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Pulaski Health Care Center Activities Fund.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Ernest D. Woodard

Ernest D. Woodard, 74, of Medaryville, died on Monday, Jan. 7 at 9:29 p.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Cara Lynn Botarf

Cara Lynn Botarf, 68, of Wheatfield, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 2:25 a.m. at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 16, 2013)

 

Rachel Marie White Heishman

March 6, 1980 - Jan. 5, 2013

Rachel Marie White Heishman, 32, of Winamac, died on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:55 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

Born on March 6, 1980 in Winamac, she was the daughter of Garry W. and Rhonda L. Smeltzer White.

Rachel was a lifetime resident of Winamac and a 1998 graduate of Winamac Community High School. She received her associate degree in the medical field. While in high school Rachel was a cheerleader for many years. She also loved dancing. She attended the Winamac Church of the Nazarene and was very active in her church youth group in her younger years. Rachel was a wonderful caregiver, which was her life’s passion. Rachel loved her son and her family.

Survivors include a son, Caden W. Heishman of Logansport; her parents: Garry W. and Rhonda L. White of Winamac; a sister, Nicole M. [Marcus] Slifer of West Lafayette; a nephew, Keegan Slifer of West Lafayette; two grandmothers: Dolores Smeltzer and Velma White, both of Winamac; and a grandfather, Elmer White of Monterey.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Roland Smeltzer; and great-grandparents Ralph and Pearl Shrader and Raymond and Eunice Smeltzer.

Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at Winamac Church of the Nazarene.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. EST at the church with Pastor Denny Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to a fund being established for Caden’s educational expenses.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Marilyn M. Stamper

March, 21, 1935 - Dec. 27, 2012

Marilyn M. Stamper, 77, of Winamac, died on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 9:47 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

Born on March 21, 1935 in Star City, she was the daughter of Harry and Meta Holt McClellan.

On Aug. 16, 1953 in Hoover, Ind. she married Jesse R. Stamper. He survives.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her flower garden and watching hummingbirds in her yard.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse R. Stamper of Winamac; three sons: Allen R. Stamper, Alvin J. [Monica] Stamper and Albert C. [Lynette] Stamper, all of Winamac; five grandchildren: Jon A. Stamper of Rochester, Lyndsee M. [Sam] Sayers, Alecia M. Stamper and Sierra P. Stamper, all of Winamac, and Joshua C. Stamper of Lucerne; three great-grandchildren: Audrey Ziegler and Isabella Stamper, both of Dallas, and Trey D. Sayers of Winamac; and two brothers: Burton [Mary] McClellan of Monticello and Roy [Joan] McClellan of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Meta Holt McClellan; a sister, Leona Cannon; and two brothers: Harry McClellan, Jr. and Bob McClellan.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 31 at Frain Mortuary. Pastor Denny Wilson officiated.

Burial followed in the McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Alberta L. Straw

May 26, 1944 - Dec. 28, 2012

Alberta L. Straw, 68, of Winamac, died Friday, Dec. 28 at 8:40 p.m. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

She was born on May 26, 1944 in Winamac to Richard and Agnes Reinholt Shaw.

Alberta worked at Kewanna Metal Specialty as the human resource manager.

Alberta enjoyed Indiana University basketball.

She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She helped to organize the Reinholt reunion for many years.

Survivors include a brother, Albert [Debbie] Straw of Winamac; three nieces: Leslie Miller of Granger, Jennifer Straw of Lafayette and Angela Straw of Logansport; a nephew, Scott Straw of Winamac; and five great-nieces and nephews: Ashley Miller, Jamee Miller, Joel Miller, Abbey Miller and Julee Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Agnes Reinholt Straw.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Frain Mortuary. Rev. Jarrel Hartle officiated.

Burial followed at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Lucille Miller

Sept. 9, 1924 - Jan. 2, 2013

Lucille Miller, 88, of Francesville, formerly of LaCrosse, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:57 a.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

Born on Sept. 9, 1924 in Lafayette, she was the daughter of Martin and Emma McCormick.

On Aug. 10, 1949 in Valparaiso, she married Raymond Miller. He survives.

Lucille graduated from Monon High School. She and Raymond raised their family on a farm in LaCrosse.

Lucille was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in LaCrosse. She served as clerk-treasurer of the Alter Rosary Society.

Lucille was a proud farm wife and also served as treasurer of Dewey Township in LaPorte County.

Lucille and Ray toured the United States on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles throughout their lives together.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond W. Miller of LaCrosse; two daughters: Cheryl Kay Miller of Wooster, Ohio and Connie Maxine McMeans of Wooster, Ohio; two sons: Ronald Alan [Shelley] Miller of Topeka, Kan. and Rex Elliot Miller of Wooster, Ohio; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia [Herb] McKay of Columbus, Ohio, Charlotte [Norm] Winner of Gwinn, Mich.; five brothers: Glen [Chris] McCormick of South Chicago Heights, Ill., Kenny [Barbara] McCormick of Francesville, Carl [Phyllis] McCormick of Homer Glen, Ill., Bob [Marilyn] McCormick of Kentucky and Joe McCormick of LaCrosse; and two brothers-in-law: Wilmer Altman of Ambia, Ind. and Ed Redwine of Augusta, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Emma Zabel McCormick; a great-granddaughter; three sisters: Francis McCormick, Donna Redwine and Mary Alice Altman; a brother, Tom McCormick; and a sister-in-law, Margie McCormick.

No services will be held.

Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family for funeral expenses.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Dennis D. Dowling

Dec. 1, 1926 - Dec. 28, 2012

Dennis D. Dowling, 86, of Winamac, died on Friday, Dec. 28 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

Born on Dec. 1, 1926 in Adrian, Mich., he was the son of James W. Dowling and Olga C. Hawks Dowling.

On Sept. 28, 1946 in Napoleon, Ohio he married Irene Bixler. She preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 2011.

Dennis and Irene lived many places, including Michigan, New York, Illinois and Kentucky, but for many years they called Winamac home.

Dennis was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, having served as a radioman with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska and with the U.S. Navy in the Panama Canal Zone.

He had been an amateur radio operator having held the call signs W8IRV and W9ESW among others. He was a member of the American Amateur Radio League and the Adrian Amateur Radio Club.

Mr. Dowling retired in 1990 from Plymouth Tube Co. where he worked as an engineer for 28 years. He enjoyed his community and was always learning something new.

Survivors include two sons: Jim [Edna] Dowling of Hopkinsville, Ky. and Gerald [Carol] Dowling of Winamac; two daughters: Denise [Yolanda Baldwin] Dowling of North Aurora, Ill. and Deelight [Richard] Murphy of Chicago; three grandchildren: Jeni Marcinkiewicz, Stacey [Jeremy] Beckner and Laura [Matt] Mullins; three great-grandchildren: Maggie Marcinkiewicz, Leo Marcinkiewicz and Jayden Beckner; and two sisters: Jennie [Robert] Gentz of Blissfield, Mich. and Margery Neuroth of Blissfield, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene A. Bixler Dowling; his parents, James and Olga Dowling; two grandsons: Jeremy Michael Dowling and Larry E. Wilcox; and three siblings: Ralph B. Nolan, Yvonne A. Ganitopoulos and and Dorothea M. Smith.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 5 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Burial will take place at a later date in the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Pulaski Health Care Center, Pulaski County Human Services Von Tobel Center or Kingdom Kids Daycare.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Olive Lucille Lawson

Sept. 22, 1931 - Dec. 28, 2012

Olive Lucille Lawson, 81, of Winamac, died on Friday, Dec. 28 at 4:43 p.m. at Pulaski Health Care Center.

Born on Sept. 22, 1931 in Reynolds, she was the daughter of George William and Carrie Grace Dalzell Gross.

On Oct. 12, 1949 in Monticello, she married Kenneth Dale Lawson. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2009.

She was a member of the White Oak Methodist Church in Headlee.

Lucille and Kenny farmed for many years near Buffalo. They moved to Winamac in 2007.

Lucille enjoyed walking, sewing, biking and gardening. She also enjoyed camping, playing euchre and spending winters in Florida with Kenny.

She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters: Marsha J. Lawson of Phoenix and Janice M. [John] Dilts of Winamac; a son, Michael W. Lawson of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren: Jennifer [Bill] Tohtz of Bartlett, Ill., Andrew Compton of Phoenix, Tracie Nuckols of Westfield, Lori [Bryce] Brumm of Winamac, Kari [Kyle] Johnson of Winamac, Sandi [Ben] DeSabatine of Winamac and Brooke Lawson of Washington, D.C.; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Carl Edward [Marqueti] Gross of Lafayette, Thomas Franklin [Sharon] Gross of Monticello and George William Gross, Jr. of Perido Beach, Ala.; and a sister, Evelyn Kay [Richard] Yater of Burkesville, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Dale Lawson; her parents, George William and Carrie Grace Dalzell Gross; two brothers: Charles and Leon; and a sister, Helen Sterrett.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Rev. Thomas Hopewell officiated.

Burial followed at Hughes Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Pulaski Health Care Center Activities Fund, American Cancer Society or Winamac Community High School Athletic Fund.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Ronald Wayne Planck

Ronald Wayne Planck, 70, of Lucerne, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 1:55 p.m. at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Donald Ross Swartzell

Dec. 15, 1937 - Dec. 31, 2012

Donald Ross Swartzell, 75, of Winamac, died on Monday, Dec. 31 at 10:34 a.m. at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

Born on Dec. 15, 1937 in Winamac, he was the son of Robert W. Swartzell, Sr. and Ester Lavon “Bonnie” Johnson Swartzell.

On July 5, 1958 in Winamac, Don married Mary E. Nicolas. She survives.

Don enjoyed farming with horses and riding motorcycles. He was a good mechanic. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Nicolas Swartzell of Winamac; two sons: Steven [Bonnie] Swartzell of Monterey and James [Cletha] Swartzell of Winamac; two daughters: Connie [Kevin] Roe of Winamac and Donna [Dale] Lindstrom of North Vernon; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers: Jeffrey [Georgia] Swartzell of Winamac, John [Nancy] Swartzell of Winamac and David Swartzell of Winamac; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. Swartzell, Sr. and Ester Lavon “Bonnie” Johnson Swartzell; an infant grandson, Matthew Lindstrom; and a brother, Robert W. Swartzell, Jr.

Private funeral services will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Burial will take place at Reed Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Glenn E. Taylor

March 24, 1940 - Jan. 5, 2013

Glenn E. Taylor, 72, of Culver, died on Saturday, Jan. 5 at his residence.

Born on March 24, 1940, he was the son of Glenn and Norene Taylor.

On July 28, 1962 in Hamlet, he married Lynda Taylor.

Glenn retired as a mechanic from the Indiana Department of Transportation LaPorte District. He was also a farmer and a member of St. Luke’s Community Church of San Pierre.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda Taylor of Culver; a daughter, Colleen [John] Tripenfeldas of Winamac; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Taylor of Medaryville; three brothers: Russell [Carolann] Taylor of Boisie, Idaho, Jim [Marilee] Taylor of Deer River, Minn. and Bill [Sharon] Taylor of LaPorte; three sisters: Carol Green of Wolf Lake, Ill., JoAnne [Arthur] Schoon of Gary and Sharon [Bob] Kerrick of Downers Grove, Ill.; four grandchildren: Taylor Tripenfeldas of Winamac, Sydney Tripenfeldas of Winamac, Hannah Taylor of Medaryville and Emma Taylor of Medaryville.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Taylor.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. CST at Braman & Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson.

Burial will follow in San Pierre Cemetery.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 9, 2013)

 

Dean D. Lowry

Dec. 20, 1944 - Dec. 21, 2012

Dean D. Lowry, 68, of Francesville, died at 3:20 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born on Dec. 20, 1944 in Francesville, he was the son of Donald H. and Alice Catherine Bayless Lowry.

On July 17, 1966 in Monon, he married Carol E. Johns. She survives.

He was a member of the Francesville First Christian Church where he has served as chairman of the church elders, deacon, Sunday school teacher, small group member and was on the missions committee. Dean was also a member of the West Central School Board since 1986. He had a true interest in the well-being of the students. Dean was a board member of the Purdue Christian Campus House. He was the former president of the Carroll-White REMC Board where he had served for 25 years. Dean was a former member of the Pulaski County 4-H Board and the Pulaski County Pork Producers. Dean was a lifetime farmer and avid golfer. He enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, riding his motorcycle and mowing the roadsides.

Dean especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Carol E. Johns Lowry of Francesville; a daughter, Amanda [Mark] Douglas of Rossville; two sons: Scott [Christin] Lowry of Monticello and Jeff [Kasey] Lowry of Francesville; eight grandchildren: Gabrielle, David, Shea, Samantha, Madison, Kaitlynn, Ashlynn and Sarabeth; two brothers: Richard [Martha] Lowry of Francesville and Paul [Diana] Lowry of Thorntown; two sisters: Donna [Richard] Wen of New Brighton, Minn. and Mary [Eldon] Everidge of Rockville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald H. and Alice Catherine Bayless Lowry; two brothers: Kenneth and James Lowry; and three infant sisters.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 24 at Francesville First Christian Church. Pastor James Ketchen officiated.

Burial with military graveside services followed at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be given to Francesville First Christian Church Building Fund or West Central Schools Educational Foundation, Inc.

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

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 4, 2012)

Alberta Elsie Katschke

Jan. 4, 1953 - Dec. 26, 2012

Alberta Elsie Katschke, 59, of Winamac, died at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at her residence.

Born on Jan. 4, 1953 in Winamac, she was the daughter of Adam and Frances Hurlburt Hines.

On March 24, 1969 in Winamac she married Thomas Bryant. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1973.

On Oct. 6, 1973 in Kewanna, she married Ray Katschke. He survives.

Alberta retired from Plymouth Tube Co. in Winamac after 27 years of employment. She also worked at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, for two years. She enjoyed camping and visiting the boat. Alberta loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Ray P. Katschke of Winamac; a daughter, Sheila G. Yockey of Rochester; four sons: Thomas E. [Teresa] Bryant, Paul A. Katschke and Brent A. Katschke, all of Winamac, and Brian R. [Melissa] Katschke of Rochester; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers: Adam [Bonnie] Hines of Monticello, Minn. and Frank [Mindy] Hines of Winamac; and two sisters: Rosemary [Bill] Marsh of Plymouth and Cindy [Glenn] Cole of Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Frances Hurlburt Hines; her first husband, Thomas Bryant; two grandchildren; a sister, Geneva Shidler; and a brother, Robert Hines.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 29 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Rev. Charles Azbell officiated.

Burial followed in the Winamac Cemetery.

(Pulaski County Journal - Jan. 2, 2012)

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